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10161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 03:27:45 PM

Quote from: Leona-Windrider on February 20, 2007, 03:22:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 01:13:57 AM

I dunno.  The lack of an EB/Gamestop logo anywhere on that page makes me a bit suspicious.  Kinda looks like a bitter fanboy-created ad to me, but ymmv.

Pretty stupid move on EB's part if it's true, however. 

It's true -- the coupon is already in the computers.

Ah, I stand corrected then.
10162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 20, 2007, 03:21:48 PM

Quote from: Wolves on February 20, 2007, 01:38:16 AM

Off the top of my head, here's what I came up with....

(good list)...
6. Postal 2(PC)
(good list)...

Wait...what?  You just slipped that in there to make sure we were paying attention, right?
10163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy 30th Birthday WBS!!! on: February 20, 2007, 04:46:50 AM
Pfffft, younguns.

(happy b-day!)
10164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 04:20:10 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 20, 2007, 03:53:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 20, 2007, 02:55:33 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM

Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...

Gratch, I've always been a little confused as to what yours was, anyway. 

I believe its an Xray of a guy sleep in an office chair.

Heh.  Never thought of that, but I suppose it sort of looks that way.  It's actually a skeleton jumping out of it's skin. 

EDIT:  There, now it's something new.  smile
10165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 01:13:57 AM
I dunno.  The lack of an EB/Gamestop logo anywhere on that page makes me a bit suspicious.  Kinda looks like a bitter fanboy-created ad to me, but ymmv.

Pretty stupid move on EB's part if it's true, however. 
10166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM
Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...
10167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 10:14:45 PM
Nada.  Too busy trying to get through Final Fantasy VI.
10168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 19, 2007, 06:31:37 PM
I've DL'ed everything on Gametap, but haven't fired it up yet.  I generally loathe MMO games, but have never tried an adventure one.  Maybe I should give it a shot...
10169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 2/19/2007 on: February 19, 2007, 04:16:02 PM
Reinstalled Fate and spent about 4 hours with it.  It's funny that as far as hack n' slashers go, the little low-buget Fate is probably 2nd on my list behind Diablo II.  There's just something about it that they got right, and the big-budget stuff like Dungeon Seige and Titan Quest missed.

Also spent a few more hours with Final Fantasy VI Advance.  I'm at the 11 hour mark now, and am extremely glad I gave it a shot.  Really, really enjoying it, and I can finally see what all the fuss around this game is about!

Plus, I've got today off and I'm using a PTO for tomorrow as well.  Yay 4 day weekends!!   icon_cool
10170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 19, 2007, 03:45:26 PM






10171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 19, 2007, 04:06:23 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on February 19, 2007, 02:03:51 AM

This thing hits for awesome (though inconsistent) damage

My initial thought was to make Basch an axe character, but the inconsistent damage ended up scrapping that notion.  It simply got too frustrating to have him hit for 500 damage with one swing, and 25 on the next two.  It probably all averages out in the end, but I just felt better using weapons that caused a consistent amount of damage every time.
10172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Awesoime FFXII Revenant Wings trailers on: February 19, 2007, 04:02:42 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 19, 2007, 02:14:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2007, 12:35:37 AM

The combat still looks like a hectic mess to me, which is a bit concerning.  However, the graphics and music look/sound amazing, and I'm sure I'll be trying this one out.

Well, the game is supposedly using gambits so that should make combat much less hectic. 

I hope so.  The first clip looks awesome and it's pretty obvious how the gambits will work.  The second clip, however, shows battles with a ridiculous amount of units on-screen.  I have a hard time seeing how gabits will function in this situation, and it just all looks very...messy. 
10173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Awesoime FFXII Revenant Wings trailers on: February 19, 2007, 12:35:37 AM
The combat still looks like a hectic mess to me, which is a bit concerning.  However, the graphics and music look/sound amazing, and I'm sure I'll be trying this one out.
10174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interesting Movie on: February 17, 2007, 02:20:40 PM
Never heard of it, but that's a pretty impressive cast
10175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YEEEEA!!! It's THE TODD Time on: February 17, 2007, 02:14:30 PM
Meant to check that out after the show and forgot.  Looks like I didn't miss much.

Speaking of Scrubs, I am completely gaga over Sarah Chalke.  I think I could watch her all day.





10176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A new crop on: February 16, 2007, 03:50:55 PM
I'm pretty 'meh' on all those, actually.  If I had to choose one, I'd probably pick Shivering Isles.  However, after recently restarting Oblivion, I realized that once you get past how pretty it is, the gameplay itself is really pretty dull.
10177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: February 16, 2007, 03:39:15 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on February 15, 2007, 03:20:32 PM

icon_cry

I take it yours died again?
10178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 16, 2007, 03:37:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 09:39:40 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 09:30:46 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 09:21:08 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 08:38:16 PM

I played FFXII like a madman right when it came out.  Ever since, I'll take a several week break, then come back and play two hours one night and think, "Wow this game is awesome!!" then get distracted again.

I'm right around where you are, Calvin.

Then its definitely time to make finishing this your ONLY rpg project mr. rpg lover that never finishes them.
HOW DARE YOU SIR!   icon_wink

It's just that a lot of games (I'm looking at you, Grandia III) really lose steam towards the end.

Oh absolutely, especially average RPGs, but I can honestly say FF12 is getting better and better at the 27hour mark, I really wish I had more time so I could spend 10 days just blowing through it and doing hunts and everything and staying in the flow of the game like I was last week playing so much, now with work its going to be a much more disjointed experience and I have to choose between main questing or side questing/grinding each night of play. Sucks frown

FFXII had a 10-15 hour stretch in the mid-game that was mind-numbingly dull.  It was nothing but shuffling from place to place with no real character or story advancement.   The final third, however, was very strong story-wise and really helped pick it back up.  The last few hours (and their accompanying cutscenes) are really quite amazing.
10179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 01:12:57 PM
It's a GBA weekend!  I'll mainly be playing Final Fantasy VI with some Final Fantasy Tactics Advance thrown in.

I've actually got a 4-day weekend, so I should get in plenty of gaming time.  smile
10180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 16, 2007, 12:18:56 PM

Quote from: godhugh on February 16, 2007, 12:04:04 PM

You may want to put that whole post in spoiler tags ROTC since I don't think Gratch has ever played FF6 smile.

S'alright, I already read it.

No worries though, I'm not a big fan of Shadow anyways.  slywink
10181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 16, 2007, 04:26:14 AM
I don't care how good the rest of the game is, it was worth playing just to see the Opera House sequence.  I knew Uematsu was a good composer, but that was just sheer brilliance.
10182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: jade empire on: February 16, 2007, 12:40:28 AM
Hated it on X-Box as well.  Pass for me.
10183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best, and worst, concert you've seen on: February 15, 2007, 03:14:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 15, 2007, 02:31:07 PM


Worst:
Faith No More:  I really like this band, but for the love of all that is holy, don't see them live.  My God, I cannot imagine how many takes are required to get a song to sound coherent, but it damned sure wasn't happening during the concert I went to.  *shudder*

Mike Patton is either really on or really off, depending on which night you catch him.  Saw him twice with Tomahawk:  once was an absolutely mind-blowing show, the other was complete shite.

I'm sure show quality depends on which and/or how many drugs he ingested earlier in the evening.  slywink
10184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best, and worst, concert you've seen on: February 14, 2007, 10:37:57 PM
BEST

Absolute Best (this one's easy):
Skinny Puppy (day after Thanksgiving 2004).  One of the most amazing visual spectacles I've seen in any medium.  Not quite the drug-infused mayhem that the "Too Dark Park" or "Last Rights" tour were, but Ogre and company put on a stage show that is rivaled by none.  They're touring again this summer and I can't wait to see them again.

A couple other good ones:
Aquabats (1997'ish).  Any time the band storms onto the stage through back of the audience, goofy tribal music blaring, wearing spandex superhero outfits, tossing marshmellow Peeps and carrying lit tiki torches, you know you're in for a fun show.
Tool (1998).  They played at one of the smaller venues in town.  Place was packed to the gills, and they put on an amazing show.  Saw them a few years later on the Lateralus tour, and they weren't nearly as good.
Nine Inch Nails & Bauhaus (2006).  NIN always puts on a great show, but to have Bauhaus open was a dream come true.
Bad Religion & Dance Hall Crashers (1996).   Bad Religion is one of the few bands that sounds better live than on CD.
Great Big Sea (2005).  Drove through a blizzard to get to this one, and it was awesome.  It was part of a concert series at a snobby concert hall in Park City, so about half the crowd were nose-in-the-air 60 year olds, and the other half were the rowdy rest of us.  Most of the snooty crowd left about the time we started dancing jigs up and down the aisles, but there were a few that joined in and had a blast.

WORST

Absolute worst:
- Otto von Shirach (opened for Skinny Puppy, 2004).  Ironically, the worst show I've ever seen was the opening band for the best show I've ever seen.  Words cannot express how completely painful this 40 minutes was.

Other bad ones:
Candlebox (opened for Metallica in 1994'ish).  Partly dissapointment because Alice in Chains was supposed to be the opener and had to cancel the day before the show and partly because they just flat-out sucked.  The only time I've ever seen a band get booed off the stage.
White Zombie (1993) - Nothing but a mind-numbingly loud wall of noise for 2 hours.  We could honestly not even tell what song they were playing for about half the concert.
Beck (1998) - I'm not a big fan of him to begin with (he was part of an all-day festival thing), but he was beyond awful live.
10185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 14, 2007, 05:56:00 PM
Hmmm, tough to narrow it down, but here’s what I’d probably go with:

10.  KOTOR 1 (X-Box) – As an unrepentant Star Wars fanboy, I still contend that KotOR 1 is the best Star Wars experience in any medium in the last 20 years.  Sheer brilliance from start to finish.

9.  Heroes of Might & Magic III (PC) – HOMM 3 was the first computer game I bought after I got my first computer.  I picked it up on a whim at Costco (not knowing anything about it or the HOMM series), and was completely blown away.

8.  Thief 2 (PC) – While I enjoyed both of the other Thief games, T2 was near perfection as a game.  Huge levels, an epic story, amazing game mechanics…T2 had it all.

7.  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) – I’ve put probably more hours into this game than any other I can think of.  And I just repurchased it last week.   icon_redface

6.  Guitar Hero (PS2) – The first time playing “Ziggy Stardust” in Guitar Hero was possibly the greatest gaming moment I’ve ever experienced.

5.  Final Fantasy XII (PS2) – While not as strong a story or characters as the other FF games, XII has possibly my all-time favorite battle system. 

4.  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant (PS2) – A near perfect combination of story, graphics, music, and combat.

3.  Final Fantasy X (PS2) – There’s really only been one other game that I have felt as strong a connection to the characters as FFX, and that’s the game at #1.

2.  Diablo II (PC) – I’ve tried may hack ‘n slash game before and since, and nothing has struck the balance that Diablo II does.  It is truly the measuring stick that all others are measured by.

1.  Final Fantasy VII (PS1) – Honestly, FFVII is the sole reason I’m a gamer.  Before purchasing FFVII, I occasionally played a few sports and racing games, and that was it.  Having missed out on all the SNES RPG’s, I had no idea that such an incredible, epic story could be told in video game format.   I pretty much locked myself in a room for 2 weeks and did nothing but play that game.  I was completely blown away, and became convinced that gaming could be a viable storytelling medium.  Since then, I’ve been able to play most – if not all – of the major RPG’s and have spent thousands of hours with this hobby.  Had I skipped out on FFVII, I doubt I would have ever really become a gamer.

A couple close contenders:  Okami (if it had ended at 25’ish hours, it would probably be top 5), Xenosaga, Burnout 3, Chrono Cross, Tenchu, God of War, The Longest Journey/Dreamfall.
10186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 14, 2007, 03:40:46 AM
Well, shit.  Gonna have to play through about an hour over again.  Just got through Zozo, and when it asked me to form my party, I accidentally only chose 2 characters (Locke & Celes).  Now I'm getting my ass absolutely handed to me, and have no way to get back to Narsche to add another 2 characters to the party.  Grrr...
10187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 14, 2007, 02:14:54 AM
Whew.  Thanks!
10188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 13, 2007, 09:09:05 PM

Quote from: depward on February 13, 2007, 08:04:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 13, 2007, 07:48:47 PM

Dumb question.  It seems like the characters get additional spells when they hit certain levels.  Is there any other way to gain spells or abilities (i.e. equipping certain items, etc.)?
Your characters learn new spells by equipping Espers or certain weapons & armor.  Each spell has a rate of how fast they learn it.

I'm about 6 1/2 hours in and haven't come across any Espers (other than the one Terra encounters).  Is that normal, or am I just missing something?
10189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 13, 2007, 07:48:47 PM
Dumb question.  It seems like the characters get additional spells when they hit certain levels.  Is there any other way to gain spells or abilities (i.e. equipping certain items, etc.)?
10190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout- Playing it through again for the first time. on: February 12, 2007, 07:06:00 PM
I also tried FO2 a couple times, and could never get into it for more than a couple hours.  Suppose I should probably try FO1 one of these days.
10191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best system no one ever purchased: the Gameboy Micro on: February 12, 2007, 05:52:06 PM
It's certainly a nifty little gadget, but just looking at it makes my hand cramp up.  I have problems with the DS Lite being too small, so I know there's no way I could use one of those.
10192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/12) on: February 12, 2007, 03:05:25 PM
Nothing here either
10193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 12, 2007, 01:53:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 12, 2007, 01:37:58 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 12, 2007, 07:12:48 AM

I am sure this is a silly question-but if you don't have a handheld is this game worth playing on one of those anthologies cds for PS1?

Play it on an emulator instead.  The PS1 port sucks because of insane loading times just to go in and out of the menus. 

+1.  One of the main reasons I quit playing the PS1 versions was because of the ridiculous load times.
10194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 12/Feb/07 on: February 12, 2007, 01:52:36 PM
Put 6 hours into Final Fantasy VI Advance.  This is the first time I've played it, and am quickly realizing why everyone was so gaga over this game 13 years ago.  I'm usually not one that enjoys "old-school" RPG's, but FFVI is an absolute joy to play.
10195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 12, 2007, 04:59:40 AM

Quote from: Dimmona on February 12, 2007, 04:46:03 AM

It's been discussed a bit in the thread already, but I'm curious what people's approach to the 2 parties are.  Do you play them as 2 teams with mirrored functionality (tank, quick melee/their, mage) or are most people using Calvin's approach of making each person on the team fully unique?

I kept my 2 parties were pretty well mirrored.  I had 2 heavy armor + sword tanks (Vaan/Basch), 2 ranged white/green mages (Fran/Penelo), and 2 "jack of all trade" characters (Ashe was a light armor/spear melee white/black mage, Balthier was a guns ranged black/white/green mage).  it was easy to trade out characters without losing any effectiveness, and it fit my particular play style.
10196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 12, 2007, 03:59:16 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 12, 2007, 03:48:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 12, 2007, 03:37:33 AM

Not sure why this one grabbed me when other old-school games didn't, but I am having an absolute blast with it so far. 

The FF6 Rules!/FF7 Sucks! crowd notwithstanding, I think FF6 and FF7 are far closer in tone, story, and gameplay than most will admit, with the chief differences being one of hardware and character focus (FF6 is more of an ensemble).  FF4 paved the way, but I think FF6 is a big leap over old-school RPGs of the time and instead is basically the precursor to the style of Console RPG that would become predominant in the PS1 generation. 

It's always amazed me that so many people want to place FF6 on a pedestal and complain about what Console RPGs would become in the wake of FF7 when I really don't see much of a difference.  I think they are both exceptiona RPGs that have stood the test of time. 

The similarities have surprised me as well, and all in a good way.  To this day, FF VII is my favorite game of all time, and FF VI just has that same "feel" to it.  Maybe it's because of the identical battle mechanics, the extremely similar music (there's a few tracks that if I heard them outside the game, I'd be hard pressed to say whether they were from VI or VII.  And I'm a huge VG music junkie!), or the strong characters, but FF VI simply captures that same magic that FF VII had.  I'm very glad a gave it another shot!

My only concern so far is there have already been 3-4 times where I had no earthly idea where I was supposed to go or do next, and have had some trouble finding certain caves, forests, etc. even with the help of a walkthrough. 
10197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 12, 2007, 03:37:33 AM
A couple details.  My first real RPG was FFVII.  I never had a SNES, so I don't have any "nostalgic" memories of FF VI (i.e. omg, best RPG EVAR!) like most people do.  I tried it once on the PS1 FF Anthology, but only got about an hour into it.   I've always been very skeptical about it, mainly due to the seemingly fanatical following it has.  I'm also not usually big on old-school RPG's, mainly because they feel very dated.  I've tried all the previous Final Fantasy games on either PS1 or GBA, and have never gotten more than a couple hours in before getting bored and/or frustrated.

That being said, I spent about 6 hours with FFVI today, and so far, it is a truly brilliant game and is certainly worth the heaps of praise it receives.   The core gameplay is fun, but the story and characters are simply incredible.  Not sure why this one grabbed me when other old-school games didn't, but I am having an absolute blast with it so far. 
10198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 12, 2007, 03:26:55 AM

Quote from: kathode on February 12, 2007, 02:49:09 AM

Go with two parties.  You'll save yourself some frustration in the long run.  I found mixing up two relatively even parties and switching every two levels was a good solution.  Initially I had one powerful party and a not-so-powerful party, and every time I had to pull out the not-so-powerful party I didn't enjoy it as much. 

+1 to this.  It takes a little more effort, but is completely worth it.
10199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 11, 2007, 03:51:02 PM

Quote from: warning on February 11, 2007, 07:47:03 AM

I'm going nuts for Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.  I've put in about 12 hours since Friday night.   icon_eek

Must stop playing and get to bed.

Damn, impressive.  I tried that game twice, and could never get into it because of the strange gameplay mechanics.
10200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 11, 2007, 03:51:11 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 11, 2007, 01:48:01 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on February 11, 2007, 12:53:17 AM

You can buy them after you get to a certain point, I was in the 20 hour range when I got there. Without being spoilerish it is after the area called the Henne Mines. you should find a pair before then though.

Like I said though you will be fine even with out those gauntlets.

Good stuff dude, appreciate the advice. Last thing for now-did you concurrently level parties, level each up 5 lvls and switch, have one uber party, or what? I hate, hate, hate this aspect of JRPGs where you have to be active to get the XP-its such an unnecessary grind (but I still love it!)

FWIW, you'll get an XP doubling accessory as well.   Remember that while only the active members get XP, all members get LP.  I would equip the active 3 characters with the XP doubler, and the inactive 3 with the LP doubler.  This way, everyone was getting double of either XP or LP for every single battle.  I was a bit of a pain to switch accessories every time you swapped characters, but by level 40 I had far more than enough LP for each character to learn every skill, augment, magic, and technik.

I preferred to keep my party always within 2-3 levels of each other at all times.  I found it a huge help to be able to switch in a brand new party during tough fights without sacrificing any effectiveness.  This did require quite a bit more grinding, but was worth it in the long run.
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