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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 05:00:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 19, 2007, 04:54:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 19, 2007, 04:50:53 PM

Booted up my 360 to play some Assassin's Creed this morning and got an "Unplayable Disc" message.   Thought it was strange, so I threw in Guitar Hero II.  Same thing.  Put in a couple DVD's.  Same thing.

The fucking DVD drive just went out on my (second) 360 the day before Rock Band and Mass Effect comes out!  Are you fucking kidding me?  I've been looking forward to these two more than any other games this entire year.  I took this entire week off work just to play these two games.

Words cannot begin to express my fury at the moment.  Please tell me there is some sort of fix.  Please?  Please??????

My sincerest sympathies.  I know exactly what you are feeling at this moment.

If need be, I'd do what Purge suggested in my 360 failure thread- buy a new one from Best Buy or something and just take it back when you get your replacement unit from MS. 

Thanks Kevin, can you point me in the direction of that thread? 

I know it's a bit underhanded, but I'm not above going this route today.  A couple questions if I do this:

1.  What is Best Buy's return policy on open consoles?  If I keep it for a month (or however long it takes them to fix it) then return it, do they give money back?  Store credit?  Tell me to fuck off?
1a.  Would Costco be a better choice here?  I know they take back pretty much everything, but I'm not sure how that would apply to a console that has been opened and used for a few weeks.
2.  I assume I could take the hard drive off my current unit and put it on the new one.  Does that screw things up with save games, XBL Arcade games, etc.? 

10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 04:50:53 PM
Booted up my 360 to play some Assassin's Creed this morning and got an "Unplayable Disc" message.   Thought it was strange, so I threw in Guitar Hero II.  Same thing.  Put in a couple DVD's.  Same thing.

The fucking DVD drive just went out on my (second) 360 the day before Rock Band and Mass Effect comes out!  Are you fucking kidding me?  I've been looking forward to these two more than any other games this entire year.  I took this entire week off work just to play these two games.

Words cannot begin to express my fury at the moment.  Please tell me there is some sort of fix.  Please?  Please??????
10123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More great Japanese TV shows!! on: November 19, 2007, 12:40:22 PM
Human Tetris...with Bikini models!

(some pretty NSFW ads on that site, btw)
10124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 19, 2007, 12:38:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2007, 06:56:52 AM

man, screw those capture the flag missions.  half the time I end up missing one because they seem to blend in so well- I give them one try, and if I don't get it I move on.  so what if I don't get some achievement?

I haven't been able to clear any of those either.  I'll typically clear everything else in an area, but will always skip those.
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 19, 2007, 05:32:36 AM
This line from the 1 Up review is making it pretty easy to stay away:

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Between the rigid narrative structure, the amusing tone with an undercurrent of imminent doom, and the gameplay's streamlined take on a previous adventure, Revenant Wings is actually pretty similar to Final Fantasy X-2 -- which makes sense, since they're both the creation of FFXIII director Motomu Toriyama.

If it's anything like FFX-2, then I'd simply rather not play it.  FF X-2 was one of the few sequel/spinoff games that actually made me enjoy the original game less.
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 19, 2007, 04:47:32 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 18, 2007, 11:07:30 PM

wow, GS is doing a midnight release for ME.  I just got the call about it, but I'll be passing on the chance to smell the geek stink.

Must be an individual store thing.  Mine isn't doing anything special for either ME or Rock Band.  frown
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - November 20th approaches... on: November 18, 2007, 04:08:45 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 18, 2007, 03:01:43 AM


I can pretty well guarantee I will never pass that song.  Just like with Freebird, I don't have the patience to play through 7-8 minutes of a song, only to run up a brutal, repetitious solo at the end. 
10128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: November 18, 2007, 02:57:58 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 18, 2007, 03:03:11 AM

the 13th and last episode of the final fantasy retrospective is now up on gametrailers.com

this episode talks about all the common themes that unite and join all of the final fantasy games

from magic,crystals,orbs,summons,vehicles,villians,music and heroes

at the end,it also breifly talks about final fantasy 13 being a three part adventure...which we already knew,and doesnt give much else away
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/27455.html
23 minutes long

i think it maybe time for final fantasy 9 ...hmm,perhaps after COD4 and Mass Effect mania dies

Thanks for the heads-up, I'd completely forgotten about this. 

I loved how the morphed together the FF theme from each version at the beginning of that segment.  Very cool
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH3: DLC Boss Battle Pack Free on: November 17, 2007, 06:36:49 PM
Why anyone would want to voluntarily play that version of Devil Went Down to Georgia is beyond me.  Kudos for making them free, though.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 17, 2007, 03:16:00 AM
Finished the second kill, and was much more successful this time.  Got a bit lucky in that he walked right next to me, but I was able to slam a knife in his throat.  All hell broke loose, and the ensuing chase was one of the funnest things I've done so far.  The guards seem to be much more alert after you take out a mark, and running from them was a blast.

I've noticed a couple AI quirks:  one very cool, one very lame (but kinda funny).  The cool one is that if you get into a fight next to your horse, he will kick at your enemies and stun them for a second.  Thought that was a nice touch.  The bad was when I got in a fight on top of an archer tower.  During the course of the scuffle, I got tossed off the side.  I took a couple bars of damage, but nothing else.  Much to my surprise, the guard took a flying leap off the tower to follow me, and killed himself in the process.  Like I said, not smart but pretty funny to watch.

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Brilliant idea - thanks for that.  I turned off all the HUD options and find myself a ton more immersed in the game.  Instead of eyeballing icons on a mini-map, I'm doing things more through the environment, which is fun.  I found all the view points by actually looking for the birds.  I found citizens in trouble by listening for them and finding them in the crowd.  Great stuff.  It's amazing how much the HUD takes away from the game environment.  It's like taking the training wheels off.

I have a really hard time doing this.  I typically don't like the whole "sandbox" concept to begin with (AC being the sole exception, so far), and probably my least favorite thing to do in games is simply wander around trying to find what to do next.   There's no way I'd be able to play without the map.  Very cool how they were able to accomodate both play styles!  smile
10131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EB Loses Another Customer on: November 16, 2007, 07:04:04 PM

Quote from: QP on November 16, 2007, 06:40:20 PM

This year I used pre-orders as a buying control as well.  So many games were coming out, and in the summer I had spending money for me.  So basically I pre-ordered everything I planned on buying and it's worked out well.  Actually I have a lot less urge to browse around game sections of stores (not that I still don't do it), I quickly get bored because I know I'm already getting the games I really want as they come out.  I think pre-ordering has probably saved me a bunch of money due to a lot less impulse buys.

+1.  Pre-ordering in full keeps me from spending the money elsewhere.
10132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPDs on: November 16, 2007, 05:31:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 16, 2007, 04:09:43 AM

I'm telling you, a lot of publishers who have been relying on the 360 being their bread and butter are going to have frowns at the end of this holiday season. 

If the dumb-asses would quit releasing every single good game in a 2 month span, they might see some better sales.  We're not all human ATM's, y'know.
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 05:27:29 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 16, 2007, 05:14:33 PM

My favorite moment so far - tossing an archer off a third story rooftop and listening to the gasp of at least a dozen citizens as he crashed to the ground dead.

I love grabbing the guards and throwing them off rooftops.  Especially when you do it in the middle of a 4-5 person combat.
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Nov/07 on: November 16, 2007, 04:22:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 16, 2007, 04:09:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 16, 2007, 03:31:39 PM

Assassin's Creed and Final FantasyTactics.

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Please note: If you like TBS games you must...MUST  play Panzer Tactics on the DS.  It is absolutely fabluous.  Deep. Engaging.  Well built and just challenging enough to make you approach missions with care.  Brilliant!

Just stop it.  The last thing I need right now is another handheld TBS game.

EDIT:  After checking out some previews, this will be pretty easy to avoid.   I really don't like military themed games.  Even Advance Wars was too much Army for me.

 icon_eek

What other kind are there?!

 retard

I really enjoy fantasy or medieval TBS, but anything with modern military warfare turns me off.
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Nov/07 on: November 16, 2007, 03:31:39 PM
Assassin's Creed and Final FantasyTactics.

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Please note: If you like TBS games you must...MUST  play Panzer Tactics on the DS.  It is absolutely fabluous.  Deep. Engaging.  Well built and just challenging enough to make you approach missions with care.  Brilliant!

Just stop it.  The last thing I need right now is another handheld TBS game.

EDIT:  After checking out some previews, this will be pretty easy to avoid.   I really don't like military themed games.  Even Advance Wars was too much Army for me.
10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 03:30:25 PM

Quote from: spigot on November 16, 2007, 02:55:47 PM

Anybody figure out a way to get into a city without blending in with scholars? Don't get me wrong, they're always conveniently around when I need to get into the city but I'd prefer to get in all  ninja2-like.


I got into Acre by climbing around the side of the gate, walking over the guards, and hopping across a few poles.

I completely botched by first assassination attempt in Damascus.  I followed the guy too closely, and he turned around and - along with 3 of his guards - started attacking.  I outran the guards, but the mark kept up with me pretty well.  Ended up in a one-on-one swordfight with him in an alley, and finally brought him down.  It wasn't nearly as satisfying as doing a stealth kill, but was still pretty fun.  I'm really liking the combat now that I got some counter moves.  There's nothing like doing a flying face-stab on one guard, then using counter moves to whack his buddies.  Some of those moves are simply awesome.   

Probably my least favorite part right now is horse riding between cities.  It probably won't be a big deal once I clear all the View Point markers, but there always seem to be a shit-ton of guards around each one.
10137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 15, 2007, 09:56:16 PM

Quote from: mikeg on November 15, 2007, 09:35:46 PM

It is over the shoulder 100 percent complete control.  BUT, you can pause at anytime and tell each and every squad mate whom to attack next and HOW to do it.  Then unpause and go.  Or never pause and just fight.

Have you tried playing with any of the aiming assistance options?  Turtle made a post earlier in the thread about varying levels of aiming help, and I'm wondering how much (if at all) they change the gameplay.   The exact wording he used was "full aiming, balanced, and full assistance".  Curious how those work.
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 15, 2007, 02:21:58 PM

Quote from: mikeg on November 15, 2007, 12:36:45 PM


Plot: 9.5 Very very intriguing and interesting
Graphics: 8.0 Good but way too much pop up, fill in, stutter
Gameplay: 7.0 Inconsistent
Sound: 9.5
Replay: 8.5
Value: 8.0


That is exactly the kind of breakdown I like to see. 
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 15, 2007, 02:13:15 PM
Spent about 3 hours with AC last night (almost done with all the side missions in the first Damascus area).  Iím enjoying it far more than I initially thought I would.  For the first 30-45 minutes, I thought Iíd made a big mistake, as I really didnít like it at all.  The controls felt wonky, I couldnít get a handle on combat, and I had a hard time figuring out what triggered the guardís attention.  However, about an hour in everything clicked, and Iím having a blast.   A couple thoughts:

-   The graphics and presentation are simply amazing.  Standing on top of a view point and looking out over the city is incredible.  Altairís movement is fluid and natural, and all the characters are animated very well.  This is the probably the closest a game has come to feeling like a living, breathing city. 
-   I love the climbing mechanic.  The fact that you can climb anywhere and on anything blows my mind.  I probably spent close to an hour last night simply running around on ledges and rooftops because it was so fun.  Smacking a guard then running away is a blast.  And as cheesy as it is, doing a 100-foot swan dive into a pile of hay is really quite exhilarating.
-   So far, I have no complaints with the AI.  Sure, theyíre somewhat brain-dead and theyíre a bit too easy to lose on the rooftops, but theyíre not so dogged in the pursuit that it loses itís fun.
-   The Assassinate option seems a bit screwy.  If I equip my hidden blade, it gives me the option to assassinate pretty much everyone walking around.  However, that option seems to disappear when I go into ďSave the CitizenĒ mode, and it only allows me to get into a sword fight.  I did manage to do some sort of flying head-stab a couple times, but Iím not sure which buttons I pushed to get it to work.  Probably just need more practice.
-   Combat seems decent enough.  Iím starting to get some of the timing patterns down, but Iíll still get worked if Iím facing more than a couple guards at once.  Will be interested to see how that changes once I get some counter moves.
-   The side-missions are all similar, but I really like how you get small pieces of the story from each person.  While the actions themselves are repetitive (i.e. eavesdropping, pickpocketing, etc.), the different information makes it feel like you are putting together a puzzle. 
-       The voice work and music are very solid overall.  The little comments they make as you climb around on buildings are hilarious.  The only weak spot is Altair himself.  His voice is completely out of place and his actor is really, really bad.  It's a little bit distracting to listen to everyone talk with their realistic middle-eastern accents, then have Altair pipe in with his "I'm a suburban bad-ass from central Iowa" voice. 

The only thing I donít like so far is the story ďtwistĒ
(Do we still need to spoilerize this?). 
Spoiler for Hiden:
It feels completely unnecessary, and is honestly pretty stupid.  I love the medieval atmosphere, but all the modern-day stuff completely takes you out of it.  Iím sure theyíre setting it up so you can play ďAltairĒ in different time frames in the sequels, but it all seems very silly to me.  Just make me a damn medieval assassin, not something out of the Matrix.

Overall, Iím very pleased with AC so far.  First impressions would put it around an 8.5 or so, and it'll be interesting to see how it holds up.  Canít wait to fire it up tonight and make my first assassination!
10140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EB Loses Another Customer on: November 15, 2007, 05:43:51 AM
After reading some of the reviews, I decided on a whim this afternoon to pick up Assassin's Creed.  I would normally have tried to pick it up at Gamestop, but because I didn't want to play their ridiculous "did you pre-order?" game, I went to Best Buy instead.   In and out in 5 minutes, and they had at least 30 copies on the shelf. 
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - November 20th approaches... on: November 15, 2007, 05:38:32 AM
While I'm still not crazy about the pricing, at least they're trying to make it a little better.  Besides, this:

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Metallica Pack
"Ride the Lightning"--Metallica
"Blackened"--Metallica
"And Justice for All"--Metallica

and this

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David Bowie Pack
"Moonage Daydream"--David Bowie
"Heroes" as made famous by David Bowie *
"Queen Bitch" as made famous by David Bowie *

kick epic amounts of ass.
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It Finally Happend- the dreaded Red Rings of Death! on: November 15, 2007, 05:35:22 AM
Ouch, sorry Kevin.  If my 360 goes belly up the week of Rock Band, someone is going to get hurt.
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games that got better after you played them for awhile on: November 15, 2007, 05:32:38 AM
Final Fantasy Tactics.  I bought it twice (at full price, no less) within 6 months of release.  Just could never get it to click with me, and the very difficult early game really put me off.  Picked it up about a year later, decided to actually put in the time to figure it out, and it easily became one of my favorites.
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 14, 2007, 06:50:21 PM
I'm a weak, weak man.  My copy is waiting at Best Buy for pickup on my way home.
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 14, 2007, 02:21:16 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 14, 2007, 02:02:41 AM

Quote from: rickfc on November 13, 2007, 09:52:51 PM

Quote from: warning on November 13, 2007, 09:50:50 PM

Help us Gaming Trend.  You're our only hope!

Yeah, what gives?  smile

It's called "we're reviewing a fuckton of games right now, give us a chance"  icon_eek

Is fuckton more or less than a shitload?  I always get those confused.
10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 14, 2007, 01:19:32 AM

Quote from: tripwire on November 14, 2007, 12:51:20 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 14, 2007, 12:35:19 AM

Quote from: tripwire on November 13, 2007, 11:19:23 PM

Quote from: KePoW on November 13, 2007, 11:04:13 PM

Quote from: tripwire on November 13, 2007, 10:07:54 PM

So far it looks like IGN and Eurogamer have the most informative reviews going.

why's that, just because they have it rated lower?  sounds pretty cynical to me

Not because they're lower, but because they go into the issues alot more, which ultimately makes me decide if it's worth my time. I always want to hear the cons, then decide if it's enough to steer me away.

Gamespot's review seems very weak to me. He doesn't go into any detail about the repetitive nature of the missions, NPC phrases, and dumb AI which is so very obvious in the vids i've watched.



Maybe because the GS reviewer didn't think they were issues?  It stands to reason that a 9.0 review is going to have fewer negatives than a 7.7 (frankly the reviewer wouldn't be doing their job otherwise). 

If the AI just stands around oblivious to everything while you kill someone next to him, or patiently waits their turn for you to kill them next in a fight, it then becomes more than a subjective opinion on whether it's an issue or not.

Some of it boils down to realism vs. enjoyment.  There seems to be a knock on most steath games for bad AI.   Is it realistic for guards to "forget" about you within 30 seconds?  No.  But would it make for a fun game to have guards relentlessly pursue you for 20 minutes?  Again, no.  There needs to be a happy medium.  It looks as if AC certainly leans more towards the 30 second extreme, which apparently bothers many people.  I personally prefer less AI to more, but that's just my personal preference.

Same thing holds true for the combat mechanic.  Seems to me that combat simply wouldn't be fun if you had half a dozen guards swarming all over you at once.  Sure it makes the waiting enemies look a bit silly, but I'd rather have an enjoyable combat mechanic with some silly visuals than a button-mashing hack fest against multiple enemies.  Again, different strokes and all that.

I'm still debating on whether I want to take the plunge this week or not.  I'm leaning towards no, but we'll see how my willpower holds out.
10147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 14, 2007, 12:35:50 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 13, 2007, 08:06:02 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 13, 2007, 05:25:16 PM

Ice Pirates > Spaceballs smile

+ 200,000,000,000

Of course I haven't seen it in 20+ years.  I used to think spaceballs was funny too. Then I watched it earlier this year (freebie). I threw it away without finishing it and without evan a chuckle.

You threw it away?  Sheesh, at least offer it up as a freebie on the trading forum or something.  I'm sure someone would have wanted it.
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 09:55:31 PM
The IGN review also mentions horrible voice acting, but the voice work is mentioned as a definite strong point in Game Trailers review. 

I'm confus...ed
10149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free XBLA game Carcassonne on: November 13, 2007, 09:51:55 PM
Wow, I almost bought this last weekend.  Very cool!
10150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've found my evil (older) twin on: November 13, 2007, 09:18:54 PM
I also have a musical twin.

The only possible answer is that there is a musical parallel universe to GT that we weren't aware of.
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 07:34:17 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 13, 2007, 07:14:04 PM

IGN Video Review

No score, but they do call it "one of the 5 biggest disappointments in gaming". They recommend a rental.


It may be completely accurate, but that was a horrible review.  Sounds like it was being read by a bored 16-year-old.

"So, Assassin's Creed is, uh, Ubisoft's big title.  And you get to, like, play an assassin and you can kill anyone you want in any city.  And, you know, it's really dissapointing"

Honestly IGN, at least try to make it sound somewhat professional.
10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Sellers-what games convinced you to get a console or handheld? on: November 13, 2007, 07:12:53 PM
Great topic!

Parents bought the Atari 2600, and I never owned an NES or SNES.

Sega Genesis:  First gaming system I bought for myself, and all because of NHL í94.  That damn game nearly failed me out of college.

PS1:  Seeing the all-cutscene Final Fantasy VII trailer in a movie theater absolutely blew my mind.  Iíd never seen anything like it before, and knew I had to have the system.  Went out and bought one the next day.

PS2:  I held off buying one forever, but Final Fantasy X finally convinced me take the leap.

XBOX:  After seeing the initial mad rush for the PS2, I actually bought one on launch day with the intention of flipping it on e-bay.  The out of control prices never materialized, so I returned it unopened.  Didnít pick one up again until KotOR came out.

Gamecube:   Bought one for Zelda:  Wind Waker.  Ended up disliking the game and selling it 2 months later.  Bought one again for RE4.  Ended up disliking that and selling it as well.   Never did really find a game that I liked for it.

GBA: Golden Sun & Tactics Ogre.  Even sent it off to Paul to install the Afterburner backlight kit.  smile

DS:  Iím on my second DS.  Picked up the first one on a whim, and got bored with it pretty quickly.  Grabbed a DS Lite mainly to play Age of Empires, which I didnít really like.  Come to think of it, the only DS game Iíve really enjoyed has been Puzzle Quest, and Iíve tried most of the AAA titles.  Iím really just keeping it for future potential at this point.  Hasnít been played in quite a while.

PSP:  On my second PSP as well.  Bought it originally for Wipeout Pure, and sold it during one of itís many game dry spells.  Bought a second one a couple months back specifically because of Jeanne DíArc and FF Tactics.  Itís become an SRPG godsend lately.

360:  Bought a 360 because I had to have Blue Dragon.  A next-gen JRPG with that sort of pedigree, how could it miss?   Due to the bad reviews, I still haven't played any of Blue Dragon except the demo, and really don't have much desire to.  I"m sure I'll get around to it eventually, but now it's all about Rock Band, Mass Effect, and Assassin's Creed.
10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brand new 360 locked up last night. Should I be worried? on: November 13, 2007, 05:48:33 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on November 13, 2007, 05:13:22 PM

Quote from: warning on November 13, 2007, 05:02:51 PM

I think it's a rooster with two penises.

I see three penises.

Wouldn't that be penii?
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: November 13, 2007, 05:17:55 PM

Quote from: Kemper Boyd on November 13, 2007, 05:05:42 PM

Hmmm...I was able to beat him on my second try with my party levels ranging from 12-15. It really helped to have Ramza as a monk with pummel (~150dp FTW).

The Pummel skill drives me nuts because the damage is apparently random.  About 25% of the time it'll do a major (150 hp) hit, but at level 24, Ramza typically only does 20-30 damage.  It's so unpredictable that I usually don't even bother with it.   FWIW, he's mastered all the skills as an 8th level Monk.

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Also, I was pretty suprised when I chose to run an errand from the tavern and I lost the use of the guys I sent until the time was up - I got a cool reward though.

I haven't messed around with any of the tavern stuff yet.  Is it a 'dispatch mission' structure like FFT:  Advanced (i.e. you send a character off for either X amount of days or X amount of battles)?  Does the character you send get any XP/JP, or is it for items only?
10155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My life has forever changed on: November 13, 2007, 02:10:31 PM
Congrats!!   thumbsup
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 02:06:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 13, 2007, 01:47:39 PM

The Game Trailers 9.1 makes me pretty optimistic.  I would say that Game Trailers has some of the best reviews going right now. 

Agreed.  I really like Game Trailers format, and tend to agree with most of their reviews.  That video review is making it awfully hard to resist.
10157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: November 13, 2007, 12:10:32 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 13, 2007, 05:15:12 AM

general advice: when you reach one of those points where the game asks you if you want to save, always make your save in a secondary spot...

Oh sure, tell me that now...  slywink 

Finally managed to beat him on my 9th try last night.  Pinned him back in a corner, got a couple lucky criticals, and was able to beat him down.    On to chapter 3!

As big a fan I am of FFT, I have to admit the constant level griding gets really old.  Wish it were balanced a bit better.
10158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 03:38:27 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 13, 2007, 01:36:44 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2007, 01:02:34 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2007, 01:01:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2007, 12:45:38 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2007, 08:18:26 PM

Quote from: rickfc on November 12, 2007, 08:10:56 PM

So far, it seems to be living up to the hype...

Metacritic

I can't wait to buy this game tomorrow!!!

sorry, but i think this is actually out on wednesday.  at least, that's the current rumor.frown

Aeris called.  it's going to be in TOMORROW!!!!!  I actually rickrolled with joy when I got the call!

Who's Aeris?

the Gamestop automatic calling system.

You named it(her)? How cute, and scary.

You've obviously never pre-ordered from Gamestop.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: November 13, 2007, 03:36:58 AM
Motherf&#*er!!  I had forgotten how hard the guy at the end of Chapter 2 is.  He just took out everyone in my party in a single turn, causing 120-170 damage on each character.  Reality is, I'm probably not quite high enough level to take him on yet (everyone around 22-23).  But I spent over an hour and a half grinding (i.e. attacking my own party members) during that battle at the castle gate.  Since the game throws you right into this battle with no chance to do any more levelling, I could be screwed, but I really don't want to go back to an old save and lose all that JP.  F&%k.   icon_evil

The sometimes ridiculous difficulty of FFT was one of the things that finally turned me off the original, and unfortunately it's happening again.  frown
10160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 13, 2007, 01:31:18 AM
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