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10121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan Tonight 10 PM Est? on: May 04, 2007, 05:49:39 PM
Don't snicker at "wood for sheep".
Don't snicker at "wood for sheep".
Don't snicker at "wood for sheep".


OK, now I'm in.  slywink
10122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4.May.07 on: May 04, 2007, 04:37:06 PM
I'd be up for some Catan tonight, although I'm not very good yet.   Probably going to be re-upping my XBL subscription this afternoon. Got a time?

Also trying to break the 9,000,000 mark in Guitar Hero II, and will put more time into Final Fantasy Tactics.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: May 04, 2007, 03:54:35 PM
I really like Gametap as well.  My $40 1-year subscription has been one of my better gaming investments.  Hell, it's worth it just for the Sam & Max games alone.  smile

They'll occasionally go through some dry spells, but there's usually at least 1-2 new games I week that end up playing.
10124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dry Cleaner Loses Pants, Lawyer Says They're Worth $67 Million on: May 03, 2007, 04:32:34 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 03, 2007, 04:19:12 PM

Quote from: Poleaxe on May 03, 2007, 04:02:20 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 03, 2007, 02:54:33 PM

Quote from: Poleaxe on May 03, 2007, 02:48:57 PM

If you're a lawyer, take it like a man.

With insight so biting, witty, and sharp, there is no wonder why I longingly wait for your frequent  commentary on our discussions.

Thanks. I learned from a lawyer.
77 and counting. Keep contributing when you think we need your "special" brand of insight, because god knows you come here and just set us right straight pardner.  thumbsup

Post count smack?  C'mon now Calvin.
10125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 03, 2007, 01:30:11 PM

Quote from: javahead on May 03, 2007, 03:17:31 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 01, 2007, 07:05:40 PM

I liked Spiderman 2 more than 1 (which I absolutely hated), but nowhere near enough to fight opening weekend crowds to see it.  Might get around to it in a month, or just catch it on DVD.  Especially given the decidedly average reviews.
Take into account that Spiderman 1 was 5 years and 3 directors in the making. That Raimi got it together at all to pique the public's interest was genious. S2 was all under one umbrella, so to speak, and it was a much better movie on many levels (except that beanie and the decision to not wear a bra after the car crashed thru the diner...ick!!)

There's two main reasons I haven't really liked the Spiderman movies:  CGI overkill and casting.  I can only watch a CGI Spidey swinging on CGI webs through a CGI city fighting CGI villians for so long before it simply gets old.   Most of Spiderman 1 looked more like a video game than a movie.   IMHO, Kirsten Dunst is an absolutely horrid actress, and not even the least bit attractive.  Tobey McGuire isn't bad per se, but I don't think he's particularly good either.  Willem Dafoe did a good job in the first one, but he's pretty much the only standout in either movie.

Pretty easy for me to pass on Spidey 3.
10126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 03, 2007, 11:57:42 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 03, 2007, 06:51:52 AM

I'm away from home this week, but for those of you who have been playing this version of Catan, is it worthwhile for the singleplayer only?  I've never played the boardgame but mostly just because it's hard to get people together to play those sorts of games and I would like to check it out. 

I'm certainly having fun with the single player, but I'm pretty tempted to re-up on XBL Gold so I can get in on some MP action.  The AI is farily good, but I imagine it's not nearly as satisfying to screw over an AI opponent as a real person.  smile
10127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 11:02:27 PM
Figures.  The one game I have any MP interest in is released the day after my trial Gold membership expires.  Debating whether I want to re-up for a single game...
10128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 07:28:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 07:11:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 02, 2007, 06:52:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 02, 2007, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 06:12:50 PM

Just to confirm, you cannot play hotseat multiplayer on one TV, correct?

No you cannot as far as I can see.

Wait, so you only play other people online?  That might be a deal-breaker for me, as I was hoping this is the game that would finally get Mrs. Gratch to play a video game with me (she loved the board game).  If we can't play together, I'm not sure I'll actually buy it. frown

Yeah, it's really too bad.  I remember reading that they couldn't figure out how to hide each player's cards.  I suppose if you tried to do a "Player 2's turn is about to begin, everyone else look away" sort of thing, it would fall apart in the trading since everyone would be able to see everyone else's stockpile.

Still, I wish they implemented it anyways and let us worry about people cheating.

That makes sense, but it still sucks.  Maybe I'll pick it up anyway and see if she'll start playing online.
10129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: May 02, 2007, 06:52:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 02, 2007, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2007, 06:12:50 PM

Just to confirm, you cannot play hotseat multiplayer on one TV, correct?

No you cannot as far as I can see.

Wait, so you only play other people online?  That might be a deal-breaker for me, as I was hoping this is the game that would finally get Mrs. Gratch to play a video game with me (she loved the board game).  If we can't play together, I'm not sure I'll actually buy it. frown
10130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 01, 2007, 07:05:40 PM
I liked Spiderman 2 more than 1 (which I absolutely hated), but nowhere near enough to fight opening weekend crowds to see it.  Might get around to it in a month, or just catch it on DVD.  Especially given the decidedly average reviews.
10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: May 01, 2007, 04:28:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 01, 2007, 04:26:40 PM

Well, for the first time in the near year I've had a DS, a game has locked up. That game?  Read the thread title dummy.

So not only are there terrible sound bugs, but the game locks.  Eek a voots!

This happened to me 4-5 times during my 40'ish hours.  Thankfully, it's always after an auto-save, so I didn't lose anything.

It's also the only DS game I've played that's ever locked.
10132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get ready for gas prices to jump up on: May 01, 2007, 04:07:41 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 01, 2007, 04:02:30 PM

You're right, jump HIGHER is what I should have said.

Oy Vey!!!! This $3.00 a gallon gas (or close to it) is the pits.

Especially when Mrs. Gratch's company refuses to raise her mileage allowance to account for it, and she typically drives 75+ miles a day.
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: May 01, 2007, 04:04:43 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 01, 2007, 07:20:21 AM

According to this news item at RPGFan, it looks like the development team has been disbanded and no future titles are planned  crybaby  crybaby

That's too bad.  While I didn't care for the last game, I certainly would have liked to see the series continue in some fashion.

This means that Karin Koenig is officially dead.  Depward will be crushed.  slywink
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: May 01, 2007, 03:29:44 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 01, 2007, 03:00:31 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 12, 2007, 04:05:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 12, 2007, 11:40:59 AM

So yesterday me and my knight came up against that two headed ogre that everyone says took them multiple attempts and is really hard.  I was very scared.

I pounded him into the ground.  I don't think I dropped below half health.  Obviously I rule, and you, as the saying goes, drool.

However, I still haven't run across the legendary bat.

Bite me. smile  I have been fighting him for 3 days. 

There are battles where he has done 50 points of damage before I even move.  It is very, very easy to see why people accuse the game of cheating when that happens.

misery loves company icon_cry ...

IIRC, the ogre has an axe that has a 50% chance of an extra turn when he inflicts damage.  If his 50% misses, you're in pretty good shape.  If it continuously hits, well...
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Puzzle Quest coming later this year! on: May 01, 2007, 02:07:36 PM
Awesome, awesome, and then more awesome.  smile  I knew I'd be buying Puzzle Quest again, I just thought it would be for PC.  Looks like it'll be XBLA instead.

The Rocketbowl game the article mentions is pretty fun as well.  Played a bit of it on Gametap last weekend.
10136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: May 01, 2007, 01:04:47 PM

Quote from: godhugh on May 01, 2007, 03:25:07 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 01, 2007, 03:20:41 AM

"I have either Final Fantasy X or Dragon Quest VIII up next, haven't decided which to play yet."
Are you in the mood for a story-based, shorter experience (FFX) or a battle-heavy, lengthy game (DQ8)?

Hmm, not sure. I thought FF XII was pretty lengthy and I'd be looking for something along those lines I think. How do those two games compare to FF XII length and grinding-wise?

1.  I finished FFX in a little over 40 hours.  That same amount of time into DQVIII, and I'd barely scratched the surface.
2.  You'll do way more grinding in DQVIII.
3.  FFX is much more focused on developing the story and characters on a completely linear path, while DQ VIII's main focus is for you freely explore the expansive world.  I enjoyed FFX quite a bit more, but it really depends on what you're looking for.
10137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 01:00:22 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 01, 2007, 06:25:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM

I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

Yes, especially considering the NFS series didn't fair to well in an open world environment.

My thoughts exactly.  I hated the switch to an open world for NFS games.

Just give me the next damn race, don't make me drive around for 5 minutes looking for it.
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: May 01, 2007, 04:52:07 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 01, 2007, 03:31:27 AM

"Shadow Hearts:  From the New World (the third game), on the other hand, was an absolute mess."
I really don't get why people think this.  Other than the fact that its tone is less serious, everything else about the game is very similar to Covenant.  As long as you're not expecting a Covenant-level story, it's one of the most purely fun RPGs on the PS2.

That's exactly the problem.  Both of the first games had amazing stories and strong characters, which were the main reason I enjoyed them.  If you throw in a non-sensical story and substitute a whiny 15-year-old as your lead character, all you're left with is a decent combat system which wears thin after a while.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/30) on: April 30, 2007, 11:10:43 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 30, 2007, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: DonD on April 30, 2007, 03:06:15 PM

Fairy Godmother Tycoon?

I'm all for tycoon games, but c'mon.
I saw a prison tycoon game at Best Buy. One of the features was "use a variety of weapons against rioting inmates!" I was pretty appalled by that.

I actually saw Prison Tychoon 2 at Circuit City.  Sad to think something like that warrants enough sales for a sequel.
10140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your current favorite music? on: April 30, 2007, 10:16:57 PM
I'm still on an Opeth kick and listen to Ghost Reveries at least once a day.

I've also been listening to a lot of industrial in preparation for shows the next few weeks.  Seeing Frontline Assembly on May 15, Skinny Puppy on May 29, and VNV Nation on June 20.  Gonna be an incredible few concert weeks!
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: April 30, 2007, 08:27:05 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 30, 2007, 08:22:20 PM

hows the second?

Shadow Hearts:  Covenant is easily one of the best RPG's on the PS2.  I can't say enough good things about it.  Shadow Hearts:  From the New World (the third game), on the other hand, was an absolute mess.

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and gratch are you talking about the sea mother part thats about 2 minutes of "sloop sloop squish" or something?  hehehe that also had me laughing but in more of a "come on are you seriously going to do this ANOTHER time? - get to the point!"

Yep.  One of the more...uh, memorable sequences I've ever played.  And not in a good way.
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Hearts - most funny video game moment EVER on: April 30, 2007, 06:00:43 PM
I don't remember this either, but it wouldn't surprise me.

When I read the title, I thought it would be referring to the Sea Mother bit.
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: April 30, 2007, 04:45:52 PM
Catan will be my fist XBL arcade purchase.  I played the board game once (ages ago) and had a blast, so I'll definitely pick it up again.  Guess this means I'll have to renew my Gold subscription as well.
10144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever Feel Like You Spend Too Much Time At GT? on: April 30, 2007, 01:24:39 PM
I voted "too much", just because I tend to post here way to often when I should be working (like right now).

I don't find GT to be cliquey...cliquish...clique-like...or whatever at all, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much.
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: April 30, 2007, 01:21:48 PM
Absolutely love the look, but I'll probably wait for some reviews first.  "Side scroller" and "action RPG" both give me pause, as I'm not big on either.
10146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-30-07: Jive Edition on: April 30, 2007, 01:19:07 PM
9 hours of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for me.  Man, I absolutely love this game.
10147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 30, 2007, 01:19:30 AM




10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 29, 2007, 04:01:56 AM

Quote from: Destructor on April 29, 2007, 02:40:12 AM

Quote from: KC on April 29, 2007, 02:34:32 AM

1.  Aside from upgrading your skills and getting a mount, there was no reason to build up your citadel.
2.  There was no need to forge weapons or learning new skills.

While I partially agree with your first statement, I utterly disagree with your second. Forging weapons is VERY useful ability, as you can get some nice goodies from it. And there are some nice spells you can learn if you take the time to do so.

I'm with KC in regards to forging.  I did take the time and effort to forge quite a few things, but none of them were ever any better than what I found in the shops.  I used the same equipment through most of the game as well.
10149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The circle is complete, Sony is making money. on: April 28, 2007, 04:58:45 PM

Quote from: Kobra on April 28, 2007, 12:32:08 AM

PS3 is a flop, its dead and done unless something dramatic happens.

The "something dramatic" will be when the AAA titles from the AAA franchises are released.  The question becomes, will there be enough support for the system at that point for anyone to care?

To be honest, the lack of AAA titles from both MS & Sony baffles me.   Outside of Gears of War and maybe Guitar Hero, where are the big system sellers for either console?  There's no GTA, no Halo, no Final Fantasy, no Metal Gear, nothing from any of the series that are all but proven to sell more systems.  Hell, even the new IP's that are considered heavy hitters have been ridiculously slow in coming (i.e. Lair, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed).  I know they're all on the way, but it seems like both systems are sure taking their sweet time.

Gotta hand it to the big N.  At least they're smart enough to release something from their flagship franchises (i.e. Mario & Zelda) quickly to keep people interested.
10150  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Thief: Deadly Shadows (PC) on: April 28, 2007, 12:42:52 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on April 28, 2007, 05:54:26 AM

I'll trade it for Arcade Unplugged.

YGPM
10151  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Thief: Deadly Shadows (PC) on: April 27, 2007, 05:36:04 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 27, 2007, 05:33:41 PM

I may have it laying around somewhere. You have anything you'd be willing to trade?

Don't have much right now, to be honest.  I could part with Viva Pinata or the Arcade Unplugged pack (Bejeweled 2 & Geometry Wars) for 360, but that's about all I've got.
10152  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Thief: Deadly Shadows (PC) on: April 27, 2007, 05:08:49 PM
If anyone's got it, let me know how much you'd like.
10153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: ATB Sole Parent Weekend Edition 27apr07 on: April 27, 2007, 04:58:28 PM

Quote from: warning on April 27, 2007, 04:41:14 PM

I'm going to futz around with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II for the Xbox.

That's a fun game, in a mindless hack-n-slash sort of way.
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: ATB Sole Parent Weekend Edition 27apr07 on: April 27, 2007, 02:04:58 PM
Most likely more Guitar Hero 2 for me.  I'm mainly working on 5-starring everything on hard.  I've got through the first 6 sets with all 5-stars, but a couple songs in the 7th are giving me fits.  I freaking hate The Trooper  finger.  I'm also working my way through on Expert (first 6 sets are done).  I never did finish Expert on PS2, so I'm bound and determined to do it this time.

I've also gotten on a major Final Fantasy Tactics Advance kick again (I'm even listening to the orchestrated soundtrack at work!).  I'm now nearing 150 hours with this goofy little game, and still absolutely love it. 
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happened to Gamerankings.com? on: April 27, 2007, 01:33:20 PM
Since it's now been down for 2 weeks, my guess is that Gamerankings is not coming back.   What a bummer.  Their "top rated" lists were extremely handy when picking up a new system.   It was also really useful to have not only all the reviews, but also all the preview articles in one easy to find place.

 icon_cry

EDIT:  Scratch that, I guess it's back.  Really strange though.  If I type in gamerankings.com, I get the "sorry we're off-line message".  However, if I type in www.gamerankings.com, then it comes up just fine.  Odd..
10156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 26, 2007, 11:12:48 PM


10157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 26, 2007, 03:06:11 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 26, 2007, 03:02:02 PM

Boy, the music sure does suck.

I rarely played with the sound on so it didn't bother me, but yes it does. 
10158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 backwards compatibility issues on: April 26, 2007, 02:46:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2007, 02:28:49 PM

Some games do have issues with the BC emulation.  I've tried playing Red Dead Revolver (which looks like a pretty fun western) but like you I'm having major graphical issues that are detracting from gameplay.  Your best bet to find out if a game has issues is to search the official XBox.com forums for the game in question and see what pops up.

Wow, I'd never been to the official XBox forums before.  What an complete mess! 

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I had the same thing with Thief - weird lights showing through the walls.  Most everything else has been fine with the occasional glitch here and there.

My main problem is that the lights show through people as well.  So you have guards walking around with what looks like a torch burning in their chest because of the glitch.   Think I'll just track down the PC version instead.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 backwards compatibility issues on: April 26, 2007, 02:16:53 PM
I've picked up two Xbox 1 games to play on the 360:  KotOR 2 and Thief:  Deadly Shadows.  KotOR 2 works fine and plays just like it did on the original XBox.  Thief, however, is an unplayable mess.  Somehow light sources got screwed up, so now any sort of fire shows right through walls (i.e. if there's a torch or fire in a fireplace on the opposite side of a wall, it will bleed through to the side you're on).  Also, the light reflections coming in through windows now "stick" in one place in the room, no matter how the camera is positioned.  It's tough to explain, but it suffice to say, it basically makes the game unplayable.

So, is BC on the 360 hit-and-miss like this, or do most games work without a hitch?  There's a couple other XBox games I'd like to pick up, but don't want to spend the $$ if they're going to have significant problems.
10160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario and Zelda-I Just Don't Get It... on: April 26, 2007, 02:09:47 PM
I'm with the OP.   I certainly understand how people would enjoy them, but they don't click with me at all.   Not that I haven't tried, mind you (I bought a Gamecube specifically for WW when it came out), but I tend to get bored with any Mario or Zelda game very quickly.  Then again, I didn't enjoy either series back in the NES days either.

And since everyone seems to be doing the comparison, I though the gameplay in Okami was far, far better than anything I ever played in a Zelda game.
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