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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 17, 2007, 07:13:33 PM
I wasn't overly impressed with the demo.  It looked good, but the combat seemed way too frantic for my tastes.  Of course it doesn't help that I got my ass completely kicked by some trapped treasure chest about 5 minutes into the demo.  Note to devs:  releasing a demo in which players come up against uber-tough enemies right off the bat (without being familiar with the combat system), is usually not the best way to make a good first impression.

That being said, I also hated the FFXII demo for the same reason (too frantic, seemed difficult), and that ended up being my GOTY for last year.  I'm still hopeful, but don't have terribly high expectations.  I have RG pre-ordered, but will probably wait for reviews.
10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neversoft to take over Guitar Hero franchise? on: January 17, 2007, 05:20:19 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 17, 2007, 05:06:46 PM

I've always enjoyed the Tony Hawk games.  Importantly, I generally enjoy the choice of music in them.

While I'm not a huge fan of the games (they're very well done, just not my cup o' tea), I totally agree on the music.  It's usually fantastic, and I think Neversoft will do fine.
10123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello. on: January 17, 2007, 03:20:14 PM
If you kids don't knock it off, I'm turning this website around and we're going home.  Don't think I won't!!
10124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Song of Ice and Fire on... HBO?! on: January 17, 2007, 02:21:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 17, 2007, 01:30:19 PM

...the flip side is that it might serve as motivation to finish up since HBO will have a lot of money on the line should they ever reach a season with no source material. 

I can't really see that as a good thing.  I'd much prefer he takes 5 years between books and delivers a quality product, rather than shoveling crap out the door because someone threw a pile of money at him and said "Get it done".
10125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Song of Ice and Fire on... HBO?! on: January 17, 2007, 01:09:20 PM
Awesome news.  Hopefully GRRM doesn't get so caught up in the TV series that he forgets to finish the books.
10126  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Clearing out the old PC games on: January 16, 2007, 11:49:10 PM
A couple of these became available again, so a quick bump.
10127  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: January 16, 2007, 11:46:52 PM
+1 to ROTC1983 for fast payment
10128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 15, 2007, 07:30:51 PM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on January 15, 2007, 06:15:59 PM

That was from a great cartoon Web site that was referenced on OO not long ago: http://xkcd.com/

Damn, those are funny. Keeping on the MC Hammer theme:

10129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 15, 2007, 05:23:36 PM
10130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Better Film Trilogy on: January 15, 2007, 05:13:24 PM
Define "better".  I love the LOTR films, and they are really superior in every possible way.  Story, acting, effects, etc are all incredible.  But as good as LOTR is, the Original TrilogyTM will always be my favorite movies.  Maybe it's just the nostalgia factor, but there is something so undefinably great about those films that I don't think there's anything that will ever take that top spot for me.
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: ATB Returns to Form in GoW Edition 15/Jan/06 on: January 15, 2007, 05:35:54 AM
Tried Winning Eleven 9, and realized that I just truly suck.  In 8 games, I managed to score a total of 2 goals, both on penalty kicks.  That is by far the most aggrivating sports game I've ever played.  Also spent some time with Yggdra Union, and it's just not my thing.  From what I've heard, if you have the time and patience to learn what the 9,000 numbers and stats mean, then there really is a good game to be found.  I just don't have said time or patience, and consequently the game is up in the trading forum.

So I ended up restarting Diablo 2.  Can't go wrong with the classics.
10132  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Yggra Union (GBA) & Neverwinter Nights 2 on: January 15, 2007, 04:24:15 AM
Bumped to add Yggdra Union
10133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 13, 2007, 08:18:09 PM


10134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 13, 2007, 02:41:17 PM
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 13, 2007, 02:30:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 12, 2007, 08:16:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 12, 2007, 08:14:20 PM

NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  Words cannot even express how badly I hated FFX-2.

I don't know how to say this lest it crush you further, but you know, FF12: Revenant Wings, that DS game you are looking forward to? 

Same director *and* he's writing it as well!

Kevin, you truly know how to crush a man's soul.  I'm going to go weep in the corner now.  icon_wink

Actually, I'm a FF whore so I'm sure I'll end up playing both games.  My problem with FFX-2 was less the story and more the Barbie/Charlie's Angels/Britney Spears feel the game had.  As long as it's targeted to gamers other than 13-year-old girls, we'll probably be OK.
10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 12, 2007, 08:14:20 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 12, 2007, 06:51:15 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 12, 2007, 02:25:25 PM

FF13 is from the same teams that have worked the previous core FF titles and the story and setting certainly seems to be a throwback to those games as well.  I'm personally fine with that since I love the older titles every bit as much as I love FF12 but I imagine some will be disappointed. 

But I hear the director for 13 is the same guy who did X-2.  So I'm a little bit cautious about it. 

NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  Words cannot even express how badly I hated FFX-2.
10137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 12, 2007, 06:12:25 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 12, 2007, 06:11:18 PM

http://www.gamingtarget.com/article.php?artid=6458

This spring....only on PS2 (and PS3 via back compat).

Oh.  Hell.  Yes.
10138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 12, 2007, 04:11:41 PM
Quote from: gellar
Where he made a friend

Quote from: Gratch

Apparently our dogs have met.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 12, 2007, 02:43:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 12, 2007, 02:38:48 PM

You're absolutely right though, and it's something that I never considered: it's a huge departure from AoW and HOMM III style play.  Harumph!

Part of my problem may be that I cut my TBS teeth on HOMM 3, so it is my basis of comparison for all TBS games.  Disciples requires such a radically different style of play, and it takes quite a bit of getting used to.   I don't think my brain could ever really make that switch.

Speaking of HOMM3, I heard a rumor long ago that there was a DS port in the works for it.  Did anyone ever hear what happened to that?  Portable HOMM would be about the coolest thing since...well...ever!
10140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 12, 2007, 02:33:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 12, 2007, 01:29:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 12, 2007, 12:51:55 PM

Played a bit of Disciples 2 on Gametap last night.  I had forgotten how ridiculously hard and/or frustrating that game is.  It tempered my enthusiasm for the DS port somewhat, but I'm sure I'll still pick it up.

Perhaps, sir, with all due respect, it was your incompetent playing.

<drops silky white glove on the ground>

Pistols at dawn.

Oh no you di'unt.

Admittedly, I am pretty bad at TBS games, but I've always had particular trouble with the Disciples series.  It has always seemed very unbalanced to me.  You start maps with low level characters, and the only way to build up those characters is by defeating monsters to gain XP.  However, there are a very limited number of monsters that low level characters can actually defeat.   So your only options are to either build up a single uber-group, or try running around with multiple groups of under-powered characters.   IMO, if they would simply lower the XP required to level up (nothing drastic, just keep it in line with the enemies on the map), it would make the game 100% more fun.

I'm sure I'm probably just missing something obvious, but this series has always been an exercise in frustration for me.  Doubly so, since I absolutely love the artwork and the setting
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Jan/07 on: January 12, 2007, 02:21:07 PM
Will definitely put some time into Winning Eleven 9, and will probably give Xenosaga 3 one more shot to see if it grabs me.  Might also fire up Planescape:  Torment again (through Gametap), and also see if I can figure out the insanely complicated Yggdra Union
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 12, 2007, 12:51:55 PM
Played a bit of Disciples 2 on Gametap last night.  I had forgotten how ridiculously hard and/or frustrating that game is.  It tempered my enthusiasm for the DS port somewhat, but I'm sure I'll still pick it up.
10143  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC DVD) on: January 12, 2007, 02:16:29 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 12, 2007, 01:42:30 AM

Any game you are interested in trading it for? Or is it strickly for sale? Thanks.

Nothing really leaps to mind, but let me know what you've got for PS2, PC, DS, or XBox.  Something might strike my fancy.
10144  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Yggra Union (GBA) & Neverwinter Nights 2 on: January 12, 2007, 12:52:10 AM
I've got a massive case of gaming ADD right now, so NWN2 is the one that goes.  Box, manual, & everything shipped for $25.  PC DVD version.  **SALE PENDING**

I can also do Yggdra Union (GBA) for $20 shipped.  **SOLD**

I've also got Gal Civ II ($20 shipped) if anyone wants it.  **SOLD**
10145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 12, 2007, 12:38:30 AM
Here's Vader.  He's a black lab/border collie mix:






This one's Buddah:



Here's Saba:



And finally, Doodle:

10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 11, 2007, 09:40:06 PM
This will be the game that forces me to buy a PS3.
10147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 11, 2007, 08:48:20 PM
I very rarely finish games.  I will play most games until they don't interest me anymore, then move on.  Occasionally one will hook me all the way through (most recently FFXII & Dreamfall), but they're few and far between.  As a general rule, I try to give most non-RPG's at least 2 hours, and I try to give RPG's at least 8 hours.  If a game doesn't grab me by then, chances are it never will.  There have been a few that have seen less than that, but that's pretty much my "make it or break it" point.  I've only spent 70+ hours on 3 games in my life:  FFVII, FFXII, and FF Tactics Advance. 

The shortest I've ever spent with a game is 5 minutes with the Earthworm Jim 2 port for GBA.  Bought it used, played it for 5 minutes in the parking lot of the Gamestop, and immediately took it back in for credit.
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 11, 2007, 03:51:02 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 11, 2007, 03:37:19 PM

Damn, we need DiabloDS...

That would be awesome.  I'm dying for a good hack-n-slash on the DS.
10149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Human Mr. Potato Head on: January 11, 2007, 03:31:03 AM
Thought this was pretty fun to play with.
10150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 10, 2007, 11:13:58 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on January 10, 2007, 10:43:53 PM

I know I've posted this one before but it bears repeating.




That's fake.
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS MMOG: Maple Story on: January 10, 2007, 08:36:01 PM
From the trailer, it looks like fans of FFX-2 should feel right at home!   icon_wink

I keeed, I keeed...
10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 08:30:55 PM
You must be so proud! ...sniff...   icon_wink

Mrs. Gratch has also had a minor breakthrough lately.  While I don't think I'll ever get her playing a "real" game with any regularity, every time I walk in the office she's playing Bookworm Adventures on her computer.  She won't let me pay for the full version, and I think she's been through the demo about a hundred times now.  I just need to break down and buy it for her.  She also watched me play the last 10 hours of Dreamfall a couple weeks ago because she got so wrapped up in the story.  We're going to start The Longest Journey together soon, so we'll see how that goes.  Maybe adventure and puzzle games are "gateway" games.
10153  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: January 10, 2007, 03:25:02 PM
+1 to zero, Goldchamp, and wonderpug for quick payment.
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II 360 Info!! on: January 10, 2007, 02:43:15 AM
I like these two:

Possum Kingdom—Toadies*
Salvation—Rancid

but the rest of those songs are pretty 'meh'.  Nothing that will make run out and pick it up anytime soon.
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 09, 2007, 12:17:46 AM
Picked up Yggdra Union and Winning Eleven 9 this afternoon, and preordered Rogue Galaxy.  Off to play the demo now.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 07:32:37 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on January 08, 2007, 07:04:29 PM

Actually I bought a DS Lite.  I just meant "made the right choice" as in "is it any fun? "better than a PSP?"

That's a whole 'nother debate, one which you'll get a wide range of opinions.  FWIW, I much prefer the DS to the PSP, but it all depends on what type of games you like and how important graphics are.  There are a shit-ton of RPG's coming down the pipe this year, so if you're a fan of JRPG's you definitely picked the right system.

I'll be honest, there's not a ton of games on the DS that have really hooked me so far.  The only real "must have" for me at this point is Meteos, but the Castlevania games, Mario & Luigi:  PiT, New Super Mario, Mario Cart, Trauma Center, and Metroid Pinball are certainly all fun little diversions.  Elite Beat Agents didn't click for me, but I can certainly see how people would love it.  I still need to get my hands on Contact & Phoenix Wright.  There's also a ton of good GBA games, in case you missed them the first time around.
10157  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Final Fantasy III w/guide FS on: January 08, 2007, 05:37:18 PM
**SOLD**

$32 shipped for both.  Could also do a trade, currently looking for:

-  The new Castlevania (DS)
-  Grandia 3 (PS2)
-  Valkyrie Profile (PS2)
-  Yggdra Union (GBA)
10158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Into the Breech! on: January 08, 2007, 04:16:27 PM
Good luck, and I'm sure everything will go fine.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 04:12:23 PM
Quote from: warning
And I agree about Advance Wars and Fire Emblem having a very puzzleish nature.  That's my main gripe with both.

I also completely agree, and it's what ultimately killed my interest in both games.
10160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 12:50:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2007, 02:57:41 AM

4. Can anyone think of a TBS game that is as good or better- on any platform?  I could toss in Disciples 2 (my all time favorite PC game) and HOMMIII (really my first TBS game), but the balancing and excellent AI of AWDS tops them all in my book.

None of the games in the Advance Wars series did anything for me, so I can think of about a dozen TBS games I enjoyed far more than AWDS.  I think a game like Final Fantasy Tactics trumps it in nearly every way possible, but thats just my opinion.

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