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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 18, 2008, 02:57:07 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on January 18, 2008, 02:07:22 PM

Okay, which of you folks are playing RB online, 'cause I'm all kinds of up for that action. Please sound off and expect friends requests shortly thereafter.  icon_wink

Shoot me an invite.  Multiplayer with GT'ers is so much better than with random strangers.  smile
10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rondo of Swords, a DS SRPG from Atlus on: January 18, 2008, 12:26:45 PM
I'm typically all for a new SRPG, but this one just looks like a Fire Emblem rip-off.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 18, 2008, 12:25:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 18, 2008, 12:10:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 18, 2008, 04:48:28 AM

Anyone having problems not hearing all the tracks when playing over XBL?  It happened last night with Fyedaddy & Grue, and in a couple matches again tonight. I was on guitar/bass, and Fyedaddy was on the other.  I could hear my guitar and the drums fine, but couldn't hear his track at all.   Thought it was maybe a problem with my headset, but it happened again tonight in two different groups when I was using the mic to do the vocal track.  Strange...

It seems to emphasize the track you are playing and this sometimes drowns out the other players tracks when playing remotely.  I've noticed it's especially bad if you're doing much better than the other person.  Similar to how GH 2 would lean the volume towards the winner.

Don't think that's the case, as the end score showed Fyedaddy was hitting 99% on those songs I couldn't hear him.  It's not that the track is lower volume, it's simply not there at all. 
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2007 NPD Info is here on: January 18, 2008, 05:03:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 18, 2008, 02:08:05 AM

Rockband:  463k (360)
Rockband:  174k (PS3)

Would love to know how many of those were the stand-alone game, and how many were full bundles.
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 18, 2008, 04:48:28 AM
Anyone having problems not hearing all the tracks when playing over XBL?  It happened last night with Fyedaddy & Grue, and in a couple matches again tonight. I was on guitar/bass, and Fyedaddy was on the other.  I could hear my guitar and the drums fine, but couldn't hear his track at all.   Thought it was maybe a problem with my headset, but it happened again tonight in two different groups when I was using the mic to do the vocal track.  Strange...
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: January 17, 2008, 11:24:20 PM

Quote from: KePoW on January 17, 2008, 09:28:52 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 17, 2008, 07:41:14 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 17, 2008, 07:38:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 17, 2008, 03:44:38 AM

Wait 'til you see what's coming about two weeks after that.  It will be awesome.  My GF can't wait.   ninja

Since you work there, you must do everything in your power to get us Tool. Dear jesus i would give you my soul for some tool.

Jambi,  Lateralus, or anything from Aenima would be great.

Chaz, are you listening?  I highly request Tool as well...Lateralus please

I'll third this?  Playing along with Tool on the drums could very well be gaming nirvana.
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possibly interesting graph (360 related) on: January 17, 2008, 03:56:45 PM
On a side note, I just noticed that at a quick glance, CeeKay's avatar looks entirely too much like mine.  I demand that he change it immediately, as accidentally being associated with his posts could be a disaster of catastrophic proportions!
10128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forum Challenge - Abolishing the Backlog on: January 17, 2008, 02:28:52 PM
Backlog is somewhat of a foreign concept to me, as I typically don't feel any sort of burning desire to finish every game I buy.  I'll play games until I get bored with them or something else catches my eye, then move on.   Sometimes I come back to them, sometimes I don't.  If I had fun with a game, I feel I got my money's worth, which may or may not mean that I 'beat' it.
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs XF details and screens on: January 17, 2008, 02:24:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 17, 2008, 01:42:15 PM

More SRPGs is never a bad thing. 

I generally agree, but I would love to see an actual high quality JRPG on the PSP.  The current crop can only be described as mediocre, at best.

I haven't typically been very interested in the Wild Arms series (the 'old west' feel just doesn't appeal to me), but I'm certainly keeping my eye on this one.  Will have to wait for reviews, but it certainly looks promising.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possibly interesting graph (360 related) on: January 17, 2008, 02:21:04 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 17, 2008, 02:12:15 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 17, 2008, 01:40:54 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 17, 2008, 12:30:58 PM

Well magazines usually publish a month in advance right?  So if Lost Odessey (I cannot spell that damn word) was released on December 6th then they probably don't have the most recent sales data for December.  I'm sure it will cause at least a respectable spike.

Nah, Lost Odyssey didn't do very well in the weeks that followed and didn't really spike 360 sales at all.   


According to VGchartz it only sold 90k copies. Ouch.  Oh well it will do much better over in America what with all the RPG-starved 360 owners.

Given the game's pedigree, that really surprises me.  I figured all they'd need to do is throw a "From the creators of Final Fantasy" sticker on the case, and it would fly off the shelves.

It'll be very interesting to see how it does in the US.  If it's another huge flop, I'm afraid it will usher in the complete extinction of JRPG's for the 360.  frown
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: January 17, 2008, 02:27:38 AM
Looks like I will save some money the next couple weeks.  Thank goodness!

EDIT:  Dammit, I lied.  Just listened to Siva (haven't heard it in years), and will have to pick that one up.
10132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Annual Assessment Results Time- 2008 Edition! on: January 16, 2008, 07:52:16 PM
What's this "raise" of which you speak? 
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 16, 2008, 03:01:23 PM
I thought I was a pretty good RB drummer...until I played with The Grue last night.   Watching him keep the 4X multiplier through the drum rolls on Train Kept A Rollin' was by far the most impressive RB feat I've seen yet.   bowdown
10134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 4 Just Hooked Me on: January 16, 2008, 12:41:46 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on January 16, 2008, 05:40:11 AM

I don't get what's wrong with that?

Shia's clothing looks a little out of place given the supposed time period, but otherwise.. looks fine to me. He's supposed to be old this time.

I think it looks fine too.  In fact, everything I've seen gets me more and more excited for this, and I think they could really turn it into a fun movie.  Not sure I get where the hate is coming from.
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 16, 2008, 03:56:36 AM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 15, 2008, 04:20:27 PM

I got a question.

Anyone find a good mic stand for Rock Band, that's affordable and decent? I'm failing at figuring this whole 'mic stand' thing out on google. I'm looking for something that'll allow me to sing and play guitar at the same time.

I want to give this a shot as well, but I think Mrs. Gratch will throttle me if I spend any more money on Rock Band.  Between the game, the downloads, and the new drum throne, this single game is quickly approaching $300.   icon_eek
10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 16, 2008, 03:53:36 AM

Quote from: EddieA on January 16, 2008, 12:50:47 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 15, 2008, 08:55:35 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 15, 2008, 08:03:08 PM

Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon were made by two different companies, so even if you didn't like BD, LO might be a different story.  The battle system was designed some of the same people who did three of the best battle systems of all time - Final Fantasy 6, Legend of Dragoon, and Shadow Hearts, so it should be good.  It's also supposed to be pretty challenging at times, which should be a nice change of pace from the too-easy RPGs of late.

Aren't they both Mistwalker games?

Yes, but Mistwalker isn't a full developer.  Like Enix, they contract out the majority of the work on their games to other companies.  It's not clear how much is done by Sakaguchi/Mistwalker as opposed to the hired companies, but I think that Mistwalker does much of the design, while the other companies do most of the programming, artwork, and testing.  Blue Dragon was developed by Artoon (of Blinx and Vampire Rain fame/infamy) while Lost Odyssey is from Feel Plus, which is made of developers who once worked for Square and Nautilus (of Legend of Dragoon and Shadow Hearts fame).

That makes sense, thanks Eddie.   I actually like old-school, turn-based RPG combat, so I think Lost Odyssey will be perfect for me.  The last true JRPG I played was FF XII (played about 8 hours of Eternal Arms, but I really disliked it so it doesn't count), and I've been dying for something new.
10137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] My Backlog - I'm Ashamed to Admit... on: January 16, 2008, 03:50:41 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 16, 2008, 01:37:15 AM

Just out of curiosity, for those that have given FF-X2 a thumbs down, did any of you also dislike FF-X?

Absolutely loved FFX, and thought FFX-2 did it a huge disservice.
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] My Backlog - I'm Ashamed to Admit... on: January 16, 2008, 01:19:05 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 15, 2008, 11:11:56 PM

In other words is it that bad!?

In a word:  yes.  In more words:  Never, ever, ever, under any circumstances would I recommend that anyone play that utter and complete abomination of a game.

But I have no strong feelings on the subject.  slywink
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 15, 2008, 08:55:35 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 15, 2008, 08:03:08 PM

Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon were made by two different companies, so even if you didn't like BD, LO might be a different story.  The battle system was designed some of the same people who did three of the best battle systems of all time - Final Fantasy 6, Legend of Dragoon, and Shadow Hearts, so it should be good.  It's also supposed to be pretty challenging at times, which should be a nice change of pace from the too-easy RPGs of late.

Aren't they both Mistwalker games?
10140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware's Sonic RPG revealed on: January 14, 2008, 07:08:56 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 14, 2008, 03:29:17 PM

Honestly I'm sure they'll give it their all and make a game that a lot of insufferable fanboys think is worth playing...

Sonic has fanboys?  Who knew?
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February EGM game scores on: January 14, 2008, 07:07:13 PM
Sometimes I wonder if this hobby is passing me by.  There's a grand total 8 titles on that list that interest me at all, two of which are for a system I don't own (and don't plan on owning anytime soon), and another 2 would be "wait and see depending on review" titles.   

On the plus side, my bank account will be much happier.
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 11, 2008, 02:37:48 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 11, 2008, 06:34:24 AM

Worthplaying has even more new screenshots.





Only a little over a month  drool

Damn, those shots look good.  Totally didn't realize it was out next month, can't wait!
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 2 Unofficial Expansion? on: January 09, 2008, 10:18:53 PM
I never played F2 back in the day, but have started it on three separate occasions in the last 2 years.  I've never been able to get more than a few hours into it without getting either bored or frustrated.
10144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gladiators on: January 09, 2008, 03:15:57 PM

Quote from: disarm on January 08, 2008, 02:24:37 PM

holy crap...'Crush' (aka gina carano) is a monster.  check out some of her muay thai/MMA footage on youtube...one tough chick.

Here she is kicking the ever-loving shit out of some poor Thai boxer.

Yes, this woman will kick your ass.

Jebus, I'm in love.
10145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cats vs Dogs on: January 09, 2008, 03:03:42 PM
We've got 3 cats and 1 dog, and I'd be hard pressed to pick one over the other.   The cats probably have a slight edge, simply because they're at least somewhat independent.  Wouldn't trade him for the world, but Vader (our flat-coated retriever) is a bit on the high-maintenance side. 
10146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2008, 04:24:58 AM




10147  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: January 05, 2008, 01:00:47 PM
+1 to Goldchamp for Pirates!
10148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Garbage Day + 55 mph wind gusts = Ken not having a good day on: January 05, 2008, 03:48:55 AM
We're getting a nasty storm blowing into Salt Lake right now too.  Gonna be a long night...

EDIT:  40-50 mph winds have blown the fence down on the east side of the house, and I found shingles all over my backyard during my 4:00 am damage-assessment flashlight stroll.  Yay.
10149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: January 02, 2008, 02:45:35 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on January 01, 2008, 07:06:48 PM

Guess I'm just easy to please. I like all of Pixar's movies.

 bowdown Pixar


Same here.  Bug's Life is the closest thing they've had to a 'miss', and I still really enjoyed it.

Wall-E looks amazing.
10150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2008 - console and PC... go! go! go! on: January 02, 2008, 02:43:28 AM
FINISHED IN 2008
-  Rock Band - Feb 1'ish - A (I'm going to consider this completed, as I've beaten every guitar & drum song at least on Hard)
-  Final Fantasy VII:  Crisis Core - April 13 B+
-  Final Fantasy Tactics:  War of the Lions - May 4 A++++
-  Bioshock - May 27 - A- (would have been an A, but the ending stunk)
-  Planescape:  Torment - June 19 - A+ (not an A+ in the world that describes how good it was)
-  Penny Arcade:  On the Rain Soaked Precipice of Darkness - June 22 - C+ (felt really short for the $20 price tag)
-  Civilization Revolution - June 19 - B (excellent PC to console conversion.  Will have a ton of replay value)
-  Jade Empire - July 24 - A- (second time was the charm with this one, much better on PC than XBox)
-  Fable II - November 1 - B (solid but unspectacular)
-  Rock Band 2 - November 16 - B+ (fun, but I'm getting a bit burned out on the genre)
-  Jewel Quest II - November 20 - B+ (normally wouldn't include iPhone games, but this one was a blast and I spent quite a few hours with it)
-  Titan Quest - December 2 - B (good take on the Diablo formula, but it gets pretty repetitive towards the end.  Crappy ending, as usual.)

CURRENTLY PLAYING
-  King's Bounty

PLAYED AND DISCARDED
-  Lost Odyssey (360)
-  Patapon (PSP)
-  Etrian Odyssey (DS)
-  God of War:  Chains of Olympus (PSP)
-  Final Fantasy:  Crystal Chronicles (DS)
-  Guild Wars (PC)
-  The Witcher (PC)
-  Dungeon Siege (PSP)
-  GTA IV (360)
-  Hot Shots Golf 2 (PSP)
-  FF Tactics Advance 2
-  FFIV
-  Titan Quest
-  Tales of Vesperia
10151  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S or F/T: Assassin's Creed (360) **SOLD** on: December 31, 2007, 05:00:35 PM
$35 shipped or trade for:  **sold**

- The Witcher
- Guild Wars: Factions (would probably need to throw in little $$ to even this one out)
10152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How's the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie? on: December 30, 2007, 06:12:50 AM
Mrs. Gratch wanted to see this, so we picked it up on PPV tonight. 

I can say without hesitation that Pirates 3 is absolutely, positively, without any doubt whatsoever one of the worst movies I have ever seen.  It's not very often you see suck of that magnitude, but that was truly an epic fail on every single possible level.   The story was completely incomprehensible, the "action" was ridiculous, the characters (even Depp, who I loved in the first two) were mind-numbingly dull, and I think my eyes actually hurt from rolling them so much.  What an absolute turd and a complete waste of what was once a very promising franchise.
10153  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What MMO's are everyone doing these days? on: December 29, 2007, 10:13:09 PM
I started Guild Wars this month, and much to my surprise, have really been enjoying it.  This is the first MMO that I've ever played for more than 2 weeks, and have put nearly 60 hours into it the past month.   Even picked up two of the three expansions for X-mas.  The little things that make all the difference: 

-  I really don't like gaming with other people, so I needed something that was very solo friendly.  GW fits that bill perfectly. 
-  It's free, so I don't feel like I have to play in order to get my $$ worth.
-  I can either play for 4 hours or a half hour and still have fun.  It's not something I have to plan my life around just to play.
-  My brother also started up, so it's good to be able to spend some time with him, even if it is just virtual (he's in Nashville and I'm in Salt Lake)

None of the another MMOs really interest me, but GW has been great fun so far.
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Console Games From This Generation Added to Your Permanent Collection? on: December 29, 2007, 08:45:34 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 29, 2007, 07:45:45 PM

I've always wondered how many people collect games assuming they'll go back and play them again, but then they never do. Gaming turns out to be an expensive hobby if you fall into that trap. If you rent, or buy and then make an immediate auction upon completing the game you can usually get way with only spending $7-$15 on a game.

But if you pay $60 for a game, convince yourself that it belongs in your replay collection, but then never play it again- you can easily burn through several hundred to a few thousand dollars a year.

I typically sell games once I finish or get bored with them, but have a bad habit of getting an urge to play again and rebuying them a year or two down the road.  I'm trying to be better about determining which games are "no-sells" and which aren't, but I still end up purchasing a ton of games twice.  In fact, I rebought Okami & Oblivion just yesterday.   icon_redface

There's only a few games from the current generation that I know will be permanent:

-  Rock Band (360)
-  Guitar Hero II (360)
-  Mass Effect (360) - This one is on the fence, pending on how far I get through a replay
-  Final Fantasy Tactics:  War of the Lions (PSP)
-  Oblivion (360, although I played it mainly on PC)
-  Puzzle Quest (360)

Come to think of it, there's not many from last generation either:

-  Final Fantasy X (PS2)
-  Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
-  Okami (PS2)
-  Knights of the Old Republic (XBox)
-  Beyond Good & Evil (XBox)

It amazes me that with as many games as I play, what I listed above is nearly my entire console gaming collection (the only other games I own are Assassin's Creed & the PSP Dungeon Siege).
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: December 29, 2007, 06:36:51 AM

Quote from: KC on December 26, 2007, 01:26:57 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 26, 2007, 01:08:16 PM

I hope I can beat this so that I can finally open up Brave Story New Traveler!

I finished both and thought that Jeanne D'Arc was better.  It may be because there are a lot more JRPGs than JSRPGs available.  Brave Story was competent, but nothing new.

I would agree.  I got bored pretty quickly with Brave Story.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Warriors of the Lost Empire on: December 28, 2007, 03:44:08 PM
Strange that I can't find a single review or even a preview of this game.  Had never even heard of it before this thread.  That typically sets off all kids of warning bells, but I sure would love a good hack n' slash for the PSP.  Very tempted to give this a try, but the lack of any info at all makes me a little nervous.   Might just go pick up the Dungeon Siege game instead.

Quote from: Jarrodhk on December 24, 2007, 01:40:34 PM

icon_biggrin Yeah, pretty standard 'armor is for looks not function' mode of dress.  The first armor upgrade for the gladiator even says in the text 'the chest is left exposed to show courage'.  eff courage!  I want some protection!

Unless the character is female, of course.  slywink
10157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Video game Christmas (or other winter solstice holiday) hauls!!! on: December 28, 2007, 12:37:23 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 28, 2007, 09:41:25 AM

I've never gotten a video game in my life from my parents.  To get 10 all in one Christmas-wow.  Honestly it seems like a bit of a waste-I mean, how many games can you play at one time? anyways?

Same here.  My family steadfastly refuses to support my gaming addiction.  smile

I did buy myself Guild Wars:  Nightfall and Eye of the North with some of my X-mas money.  Does that count?
10158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / L/F: The Witcher (PC), Dungeon Siege: ToA (PSP) on: December 27, 2007, 11:37:11 PM
Nothing really to trade, so let me know how much you want for either one.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: December 27, 2007, 11:36:19 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 27, 2007, 05:39:09 PM

I actually find the inventory interface to be vastly superior to the KOTOR one. I mean it's WAY better. As in, I am amazed so many people hate it. I find it much easier to deal with. I love transferring items to ominigel to get rid of extra crap. Does it get worse later on?

Once you start hitting the inventory limit, it becomes a PITA.   The main problem is that it defaults back to the top of the list once you turn an item into omni-gel.  There were times when I would need to onmi-gel multiple items to make inventory space.  Instead of being able to do multiple items at once, you have to scroll through the massive list to find it, select one individual item, hit 'Y', then do it over again for each item.  Just a really stupid design decision that I imagine could have been easily fixed.
10160  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Massive Steam sale going on right now!! on: December 27, 2007, 11:31:29 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 27, 2007, 09:14:11 PM

Is that for the new one?  I think my brother was kind of "meh" on the newer one, which is sad because he really loves Pirate games (we played the hell out of the original).

Yep, the new one.  Granted, I never played the original, but I really liked this remade version.  Nothing that will knock your socks off, mind you, but certainly a very entertaining game.  I just traded a GT'er for the PSP version, and can't wait to get started again.

Quote
How much is that going for?  Now that there's a way to get the game without giving any money back to Funcom (hmm... maybe I should get a used copy...), I might get it.  I liked TLJ, and would like to see how the story continues.

$18 through Steam, and about the same used.  Dreamfall's story is one of the best I've ever seen, but I wish I would have played TLJ first.  Dreamfall would probably have made a lot more sense.   As good as the story is, the game does have it's warts.  They tried to implement both combat and stealth mechanics, both of which failed pretty miserably.  Thankfully, the times you're required to use them are few and far between, and don't detract from the experience.
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