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10161  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. 
10162  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..
10163  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


10164  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. 
10165  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.
10166  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.
10167  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.
10168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defective Guitar Hero II [360] guitars on: April 26, 2007, 01:33:51 PM

Quote from: kathode on April 11, 2007, 05:37:41 PM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  I've got one of the defective models and it works fine, so why bother with the hassle of a return? 

Same here.  Whammy bar on my 055 model works just fine.
10169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 05:12:21 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 26, 2007, 04:38:49 AM

Taking a photograph and then saying "Is this you? Cuz I'm gonna beat the shit of you"  now that's up in the air. 

That's pretty much what I was referring to.
10170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 26, 2007, 04:34:13 AM

Quote from: Kobra on April 26, 2007, 03:45:56 AM

Or better yet, I could go over, photograph his home, him walking around his home, and his car, and you can email him saying "I have enough data to have you dealt with, this isn't your car is it?  Is this you eating a Big Mac?

I'm no lawyer, but that's got to be a lawsuit waiting to happen...
10171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 26, 2007, 04:30:39 AM
Thanks Ron.  Bummer about any mid-mission saves.  Some of the gigantic missions of the previous games were fantastic, right up until either the insta-death or boss fight you couldn't quite figure out.   Side note:  This is something else I've never been able to figure out about the Tenchu series.  Why is it that you sneak around the entire level, avoiding any and all detection, then they always throw you into a giant melee battle against the level boss?  That always seemed silly to me.

The smell thing sounds pretty gimmicky to me.  Is it implemented well?
10172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW - Robosapien Love - NSFW on: April 26, 2007, 04:22:42 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2007, 01:13:46 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2007, 10:36:31 PM

Not to be a prude, but is GT really the place for this sort of thing?  I have no problems with full-on pr0n videos (which - let's face it - this is), but I hardly think we need to put direct links to them in our forum. 

And before anyone asks:

1.  Yes, I did see the NSFW disclaimer and
2.  Yes, I know about the Sunday Skin threads (imo, there's a pretty distinct line between scantily clad models and close up video of a chick getting rammed with a dildo)

Just my $.02.  Carry on...

I think someone watched the video and just has penis envy  Tongue

Proportionally?  Abso-freaking-lutely.
10173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW - Robosapien Love - NSFW on: April 25, 2007, 10:36:31 PM
Not to be a prude, but is GT really the place for this sort of thing?  I have no problems with full-on pr0n videos (which - let's face it - this is), but I hardly think we need to put direct links to them in our forum. 

And before anyone asks:

1.  Yes, I did see the NSFW disclaimer and
2.  Yes, I know about the Sunday Skin threads (imo, there's a pretty distinct line between scantily clad models and close up video of a chick getting rammed with a dildo)

Just my $.02.  Carry on...
10174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: POLL: Did the GHII patch mess up your 360? on: April 25, 2007, 08:53:22 PM
No problems for me either.
10175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 25, 2007, 08:52:51 PM
Knights are pretty easy to play, and I had a blast with it.

You'll be thanking us in a couple hours.
10176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 25, 2007, 08:31:00 PM
Awesome preview!!  This one just jumped way, way up on my most wanted list (silently, of course).   ninja

Three questions:

1.  My biggest concern is with the camera, which has been my biggest gripe with the last few Tenchu games.  It would tend to give you very bad angles which made things more difficult than necessary.  It was especially bad when your character was in corners or against a wall.  Does it fare better this time around?

2.  The last game was notorious for it's "cheap" deaths.  You'd be running down a seemingly harmless passageway, and suddenly fall into a bottomless pit you could barely even see.  Combined with the save system (see next question), it was extremely frustrating.  Any sign of this sort of thing?   

3.  Does it allow for mid-mission saves?  Nothing more aggravating than methodically sneaking around a level for an hour+, then getting smacked down by the boss and having to do the entire thing over again.   Hoping they fixed that somewhat.

Bonus question:

4.  Do the graphics look better in action than they do in the screenshots?  The screens are rather less than impressive, and it almost looks like Xbox 1-level graphics.   Smooth animation can do wonders in that department, though.

10177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: April 25, 2007, 05:15:32 PM
I'm very excited for this one as well.  The last couple entries haven't been stellar, but I'm a still a complete sucker for the series.

Last I heard, it was scheduled for a July release.  Gamestop shows 6/12, FWIW.
10178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 25, 2007, 02:32:29 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 25, 2007, 02:12:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2007, 02:06:59 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 25, 2007, 07:38:10 AM

The guy says if I send him $250 more and take off the negative feedback he'll send the PS3. He said a personal check was okay.
Any suggestions? If I send him a personal check obviously I'll know if he cashed it, but then again, I dont want to be out $750 instead of $500.

Wow, can't believe he's stupid enough to make this offer.

Why? Obviously he got corruptelic to at least consider it. I'm guessing that a decent percentage of people actually fall for it.

He should just put a flashing neon "SCAMMER" sign on his head.

"I didn't get your $500 (wink, wink), but will take a huge loss and sell it to you for $250 out of the goodness of my heart.". 
10179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 25, 2007, 02:06:59 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 25, 2007, 07:38:10 AM

The guy says if I send him $250 more and take off the negative feedback he'll send the PS3. He said a personal check was okay.
Any suggestions? If I send him a personal check obviously I'll know if he cashed it, but then again, I dont want to be out $750 instead of $500.

Wow, can't believe he's stupid enough to make this offer.
10180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Adventure games from the past couple years on: April 24, 2007, 05:38:28 PM
I absolutely loved Dreamfall as well and would highly, highly recommend it.  It's got some not-so-good bits (the combat mechanics are truly atrocious), but the story and characters are incredible.  If you liked The Longest Journey, this one's a no-brainer.

I've also played through all the Sam & Max games so far (first 5 episodes).  They can each be completed in about 2-3 hours, and are great fun. Not terribly difficult, mind you, but the humor is spot on and I'm having a blast with them.  The last episode (Reality 2.0) is far and away the best of the bunch.
10181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 24, 2007, 03:53:45 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on April 24, 2007, 03:22:34 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 24, 2007, 02:28:23 PM

I'm playing a knight too.  Can someone explain to me why Thrust is any good?  It only destroys one jewel/rune.  I quit using it awhile ago.  I much prefer Charge which wipes out an entire row.  I'm currently only Level 15 so maybe Thrust gets better???  icon_confused
I only use it on the +5 Skulls . . . works like a mini-bomb, getting everything in a square surrounding the +5 skull.  If there is a +5 skull I have no chance of matching, I'll often blow it up defensively, before they get a 4 chain combo and match it themselves . . . I'm not a huge fan of it either though . . . I mainly just use stun.

What he said.  Use it on the +5 skulls, especially if there is another +5 skull close.  Causes damage and prevents the AI from using the super-skull against you.  It's also fantastically useful for setting up 4 or 5 chain combos for yourself.   I don't think I ever used Charge.
10182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 24, 2007, 02:57:57 PM
Ouch, that sucks. 

Stuff like this is why I will never buy anything off Ebay for more than $20.   Ebay is a scammer's paradise, and there's just too many ways for people to rip you off.
10183  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / L/F: Guides for KotOR 2 and FFX on: April 24, 2007, 01:27:26 PM
If you can part with the guides for either of these games, let me know how much you'd like.
10184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 4/22/07 on: April 24, 2007, 11:43:39 AM


Mmmmmmm, Keely...
10185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 24, 2007, 11:38:54 AM
Finally beat Puzzle Quest last night.  It really is a great little game, and easily my favorite on the DS so far.  I'm sure I'll probably fire it up again sometime down the road to play as a different character.  Playing a Knight was a blast, although all you really need are Stun and Thrust to get you through the game.  I wish they hadn't put in the level cap, but that's a pretty minor gripe.

Overall, I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
10186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 23, 2007, 11:15:21 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 23, 2007, 09:26:05 PM

As for 360 games for this summer, they may not all be AAA, but some scheduled games I'm looking forward to checking out: Forza 2, Shadowrun, Tenchu Z, The Darkness, Dirt: Colin McRae Off-Road, Overlord, Two Worlds, Stranglehold, Stuntman: Ignition, and Sega Rally Revo.  I'm sure some of those will get delayed, too. 

Forgot about Tenchu (I'm always a sucker for this series) and Overlord.   At least there'll be a couple things to keep me busy.
10187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: More Guitar Hero II Songs on the way on: April 23, 2007, 08:35:30 PM
The only pack that I would even possibly consider would consist of Crossroads (Clapton), Ziggy Stardust (Bowie), and No One Knows (Queens of the Stone Age).  I don't even really like the QotSA song, but it's a blast to play.
10188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 08:27:33 PM

Quote from: warning on April 23, 2007, 07:37:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 23, 2007, 07:05:17 PM

Quote from: warning on April 23, 2007, 06:14:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM

I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.

I told ya it was great!


Heh, I almost included a "Thanks Warning" after my original comment.  smile

Now when you want to completely blow your mind pick up Opeth's Damnation album.  It's... not metal at all.  And still completely awesome.

Already got it, and I really like it.  smile

I went on an Opeth buying binge and picked up Damnation, Deliverance, Blackwater Park (which is a pretty close second to Ghost, and Still Life. 
10189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 07:05:17 PM

Quote from: warning on April 23, 2007, 06:14:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM

I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.

I told ya it was great!


Heh, I almost included a "Thanks Warning" after my original comment.  smile
10190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 05:22:39 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 23, 2007, 05:16:09 PM

I think I am just dead inside.  I have never had music "blow my mind", nor have I ever been moved by a movie, or tv show, or book.  I look at art and see paint on a canvas, nothing more, nothing less.

Never?  Like, never ever?

Damn, that would suck.
10191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 05:15:34 PM

Quote from: noun on April 23, 2007, 05:06:59 PM

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2.  Metallica - ...and Justice for All.  This was really the first 'metal' album I ever heard.  Before this, I was stuck on hair metal and bad 80's pop.  This album opened my eyes to an entirely new genre, thank goodness.

Badly produced and sans Cliff Burton, many Metallica fans consider this the beginning of the end for the band. If you haven't already, check out the far, far superior Master of Puppets.

I'm one of the few that actually liked AJFA better than MoP.  Maybe it's just sentimental value, but the songs just click better with me for some reason.  I'd consider the Black album the beginning of the end, as it was a drastic change in both sound and song structure (i.e. the switch to radio friendly 3:00 songs).

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Edit: Never mind, I found the answer in your profile.

Huh?  icon_confused
10192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Albums that blew your mind on: April 23, 2007, 04:53:06 PM
I picked up Opeth's Ghost Reveries recently, and realized this album is an absolute masterpiece.  It's been a long time since I've heard something that has just blown me away like this one has.  So I got thinking about other albums that have made my jaw hit the floor on first listen, and came up with a few:

1.  Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park.  If nightmares had sountracks, they would sound just like this.  Completely insane, and utterly brilliant.
2.  Metallica - ...and Justice for All.  This was really the first 'metal' album I ever heard.  Before this, I was stuck on hair metal and bad 80's pop.  This album opened my eyes to an entirely new genre, thank goodness.
3.  Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies.  I never expected this 180 degree turn they did from Dirt.  Opened up an entire side to one of my favorite bands that I never knew existed.
4.  Yasunori Mitsuda & Millenial Fair - Xenogears:  Cried.  These are pseudo-celtic remakes of the songs from Xenosaga.  Sounds cheesy, but is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard.
5.  Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction.  Raw, nasty, dirty, and like nothing I'd ever heard.  And it still holds up perfectly after 20 years.
6.  Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral.  This is one of those albums where I find something new every time I listen to it.
7.  Opeth - Ghost Reveries.  See above
8.  Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle.  Any album that can combine punk, funk, ska, death metal, pop, circus music, country, 50's do-wop, and rap all within the space of a single song automatically qualifies as a true mindfuck.

I'll probably think of more, but am curious to hear some albums from the GT masses.  I need to pick up some new music anyways, and maybe I can get some ideas.  smile
10193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 01:55:56 PM
Nothing for me
10194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 23, 2007, 01:23:47 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 21, 2007, 07:38:09 PM



Blech.   thumbsdown
10195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 23, 2007, 01:21:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 23, 2007, 09:16:55 AM

f**k,f**k,f**k!!!!!


DELAYED!

now pencilled in for September


Well crap.  Mrs. Gratch and I have agreed on a "one game per month rule" (yeah, I was spending way too much on games), and Blue Dragon is far higher on my priority list than Mass Effect.  Since they're both coming out in September, it looks like now it'll be even longer until I play ME.  frown

Maybe this is a question for another thread, but are there any good RPG's coming out this summer?
10196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4-23-07 Weekend Recap Club Edition on: April 23, 2007, 01:16:23 PM
Guitar Hero 2, Guitar Hero 2, then a little more Guitar Hero 2smile  Stumbled across a copy at FYE on Saturday, and spent most of Saturday and Sunday playing.  Even though I've played it all before, being able to compare Leaderboard scores takes it to a whole new level.   I used to not care too much about my score when I played, but now I'm checking the board before every song to see what score I have to hit to move up.  Makes it a lot more fun. 

Played a bit of Puzzle Quest as well, up to level 50 now.  I think I'm about ready for it to end, as the whole story bit is really dragging at this point.  It was never stellar to begin with, but I'm now at a point where they're not adding anything new, and I'm just fighting the same enemies over and over again.  It's still fun, mind you, but I'll be glad when I get it finished and take a break for a bit.

Also messed around with a few goofy bowling and pool games on Gametap.  Mindless stuff, but a nice diversion for a bit.
10197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sanjaya's Sister on: April 22, 2007, 08:14:08 PM
While I don't think she's particularly attractive, this is rather hypnotic:

10198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In search of: Traditional RPG on: April 22, 2007, 08:10:32 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 22, 2007, 04:35:01 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 22, 2007, 04:31:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 22, 2007, 04:22:19 PM

Skies of Arcadia for the GameCube might be right up your ally.

gellar

While I normally wouldn't trust Gellar at all with RPG advice, I think he is right on here. SOA might be exactly what you are looking for.

Just be warned, it's a combat every 5' game. I really liked it, but got burnt out on the constant fighting.

I really liked Enchanted Arms on the 360. Sure it's corny, but the combat is different/neat and I enjoyed the storyline.

While I agree on SoA, I'd throw in a dissenting vote on Enchanted Arms.  I thought it was incredibly dull, and the combat - while unique for a while - wore thin pretty quickly.  EA was nothing more than a drab string of RPG cliche's thrown together with crappy voice acting and possibly the most uninteresting cast of characters I've ever seen.

I'd second warning's recommendation of FFXII, although the real-time combat takes some getting used to.  Might also want to give Final Fantasy X a try if you haven't already.  The Digital Devil Saga games might also fit the bill, but they're pretty combat intensive as well.
10199  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can anyone find Guitar Hero 2 for 360? on: April 22, 2007, 01:33:46 AM
Stopped by the local FYE store on a whim, and they had a stack of them just sitting there.  Picked one up and sent out quite a few XBL friend requests so I can start on the leaderboards.

Game on!!
10200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Westboro Baptist Church at it Again on: April 21, 2007, 06:12:46 PM
There's petty, ignorant, bigoted, spiteful, and hateful people in every religion (including atheists).  There's also kind, generous, loving, and charitable people.  You can find plenty of folks in both groups pretty easily.   

To paint any group - especially one as diverse as 'Christian' - with some kind of broad brush of bigotry or hatred is pretty far off the mark, imo.
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