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10161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Worms 2 DS review [rant warning] on: October 25, 2007, 02:37:08 PM
I have no problem with people reviewing games that aren't in their favored genre.  In fact, I think it's somewhat refreshing and can alleviate "fanboy" reviews that we see so often.  That being said, just as bad as having an unabashed fanboy review a game is having an unabashed hater review it.

I donít get it. Maybe itís all the expansion packs, maybe itís the endless recycling of gameplay, or maybe itís a combination of the two plus something else. Any way you look at it, the enduring popularity of the Worms franchise eludes me. THQ has built a franchise upon what is little more than one step removed from a Flash game, then charges $30 to $40 a pop for it.

If I may offer some (hopefully) constructive criticism to Mitch.  You may not want to display such a blatant bias against the game or franchise right off the bat.  After reading that opening paragraph, I can only assume that you did not really gave it a fair shake.   As such, I won't put any stock into this review at all, and will probably question the validity of future reviews you write  (i.e. "Does he hate this genre too?").   I actually thought the review itself was pretty good.  You outline some of the issues you have and did a good job describing why you didn't like it.  Unfortunately, it was all called into question by your opening statements.

By the way, I haven't played this particular game, so I have no idea how good or bad it actually is.

10162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft-delaying 4 games until next fiscal year!! on: October 25, 2007, 12:54:20 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on October 25, 2007, 12:24:55 AM

Ľ Assassin's Creed For PC Pushed Back To 2008

In a news release today, publisher UbiSoft announced their fall/holiday 2007 line-up of games. One of those games is the long awaited third person action game Assassin's Creed. However while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will be coming out this fall, UbiSoft has decided to push back the PC release of the game until early 2008.

That's interesting.  If the PC version is going to get an extra few months of lovin', maybe it'll be worth waiting to see what (if any) improvements are made.
10163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft-delaying 4 games until next fiscal year!! on: October 25, 2007, 12:23:12 AM
Now that I think about it, I've seen a online ads for AC popping up all over the place lately.  Seems a bit odd that they'd ramp up their marketing campaign if it was going to have a major delay.
10164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft-delaying 4 games until next fiscal year!! on: October 24, 2007, 11:17:19 PM
I actually wouldn't mind if AC got pushed to next year.  With everything else coming out in the next couple months, I wouldn't have time to play it anyways.
10165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 Demo on: October 24, 2007, 04:55:32 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 24, 2007, 04:51:23 PM

And I think my own disappointment has made that I'm not as gung-ho about the game as I had hoped to be.  I really wanted to like it.  And I think my own disappointment is what's disappointing me.  Does that make sense?   

Makes perfect sense.  FWIW, I feel this way about most AAA titles (Gears of War, Zelda, Halo, GTA, etc.) - like there's something that "clicks" for everyone else, but I'm missing. 

I anticipate that my copy of GH3 will see a ton of playtime during the next month, but gather dust as soon as Rock Band comes out.  I will admit that I'll miss seeing Pete's name on the leaderboard though. 
10166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 24, 2007, 04:30:28 PM
While I certainly disagree with his JRPG opinions, that was pretty funny.

"With the subtlety and self-respect of a retarded mammoth in a NIN t-shirt".  Brilliant.

10167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 Demo on: October 24, 2007, 04:22:08 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 24, 2007, 03:51:32 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 24, 2007, 03:43:17 PM

I'm not sure if it was the lack of polish, or the slightly different look and feel, but after I was finished playing I just couldn't help feeling like something was missing.   

That's interesting, because I think the new look makes it look more polished.  Otherwise, it is just like GH2, in my opinion, other than the boss battles, which I don't think are in the demo.  The boss battles are really the only differentiator between GH2 and GH3 other than the new visuals.

I actually felt similar to Pete, although it's not enough to keep me from buying the game.  I was very disappointed to see the exact same characters, outfits, animations, etc. used in this version.   I know they're trying to change up the gameplay with boss battles and such, but I can't imagine it would be that much effort to include some updated graphic polish.   

I think some of the problem lies in the fact that we've seen the coolness potential of what Rock Band is bringing to the table, and GH3 seems very much "same-old, same-old" in comparison.
10168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: October 24, 2007, 01:34:13 AM
Been a while, but the trailer has finally been released:

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Brace yourselves before watching.  It's really, really, really bad.   crybaby
10169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 Demo on: October 24, 2007, 12:37:58 AM
A couple demo thoughts, crossposted from OO:

1. I'm pretty sure they made the timing easier. There's a couple HO/PO sections that it felt like I missed, but it kept my multiplier. I thought it felt a little easier to play.

2. Overall, I'd say the difficulty is about equal with GH2. On Expert, I was able to 5-star everything but "The Metal" within a couple tries, which is about par for the course on what I assume are low-tier songs.

3. I really liked the look of the venue and some of the new camera angles. That being said, would it kill them to change up the look and feel of the other band members? We've seen the exact same characters in the exact same outfits since GH1. Cripes, mix it up a little. (I suppose this could change in the full version, but I doubt it.)

4. Both covers ("Rock You Like A Hurricane" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot") were very good.

5. Animations for the guitarist are good, but completely suck for the rest of the band. Quite frankly, the drummer looks ridiculous, and it's pretty obvious they didn't put any effort into getting the animations right. It also seems like the singer's mouth isn't synched up to the vocals very well.

Felt good to play some new GH songs, but I'm reserving any judgment until we see the final product.
10170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 23, 2007, 08:36:12 PM
Just finished Chapter 1 last night at around 12 hours.  This time around, I'm really focusing on gaining key skills from each character class before jumping to something new.  I'm a bit concerned that I will end up lacking in abilities at some point, but I'm trying to keep a pretty good balance of skills between the 6 party members. 

I can't say enough how awesome the new translation is.  Some of the prose is a bit heavy-handed, but it the story makes so much more sense this time around. 
10171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: 2009 Bioware MMO is based in KotOR universe on: October 23, 2007, 05:11:22 PM

Quote from: biggercup on October 23, 2007, 04:44:21 PM

I know I loved both KOTOR but would I pay $15.00 per month to play it?

That's the problem, you wouldn't be playing KOTOR.  Most of what made KOTOR so awesome (characters, epic story, pacing, etc.) would be stripped out and replaced with grinding womp rats and mynocks next to 12-year-olds named SeXXi_Jedi and YourMomsARhodian.
10172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: 2009 Bioware MMO is based in KotOR universe on: October 23, 2007, 12:12:41 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 23, 2007, 11:49:03 AM

I knew about this.  It was mentioned quite awhile ago.

I - don't - care.  MMO's. Bleh.  Not for me.  It's single player or bust.

If it's not a KOTOR 3 single player game than I really don't care.  I'm actually fed up waiting for KOTOR 3.  I think I have finally come to terms that there will never be a KOTOR 3.  It just boggles the mind that you can have two big sellers in KOTOR 1 & 2 and NOT produce a third.  We live in an age of sequel after sequel and yet no KOTOR 3.  I will slowly savor Mass Effect to get my space exploration fix.

KOTOR 3 is dead.  icon_cry

I completely agree.  I would love nothing more than to see a next gen KotOR, but couldn't care less about an MMO.  This is really crappy news.
10173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: and the final song in GHIII is... on: October 23, 2007, 12:08:53 PM
That song didn't just suck.  That was so monumentally bad that it may force us to completely redefine the word suck.  That was suck on an epic, colossal scale that has never before been seen.  And I even sort of like the original song!  Looks like - just as with GH2 - I'll be perfectly content to beat every song but the last one.

The power-up nonsense is about as ridiculous as I expected.  Here's the fundamental problem I have with the boss battles and power-ups.  You could hit every single note of that incredibly difficult song perfectly, and still lose.  And you won't lose because you're not more skilled than the other guy, but because of cheap tricks like making the notes invisible.  It makes your actual skill at the game irrelevant.

battle mode is TONS of fun in multiplayer and the rest of the game is extremely solid.  Honestly, the most disparaging words about battle mode are coming from people who haven't tried it yet, and those that have either really like it or don't feel it as ruinous to the game as everybody expects it to be.

Not all of us will be playing multiplayer.  While throwing power-ups at a buddy standing next to you might be fun, throwing them at the AI (or having them thrown at you) isn't exactly my idea of a good time.  Looks like it only serves to add frustration where it isn't needed.
10174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Classic PC game boxes/box artwork on: October 22, 2007, 07:22:44 PM
I really should have taken some pictures before I tossed 2 huge crates full of old game boxes last weekend.  frown  My personal favorite was the old triangle shaped big-box for the original Thief.
10175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/22) on: October 22, 2007, 02:15:16 PM
I'm pretty sure Front Mission for DS comes out this week as well.  At least, according to Gamestop it does.  That's the only possible on my list, although it might take a back seat to my current glut of SRPG's.
10176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Talk me outta buying a 360.... on: October 20, 2007, 06:06:32 PM
My 360 is a $400 Guitar Hero (and soon to be Rock Band) machine that gives me a nice blood pressure spike every time I turn it on.  But if you enjoy FPS, action, and sports games, then go for it.
10177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: November 14th....$$$$$$$ on: October 19, 2007, 09:10:55 PM
I didn't know Assassin's Creed was that close.  I'll probably be deep in backlog at that point, so it'll have to wait a while.
10178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 Demo on: October 19, 2007, 09:03:20 PM
Everyone is showing the release date for GH3 as 10/28, but that's a Sunday.  Is that actually right?
10179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 19/Oct/07 on: October 19, 2007, 03:04:34 PM
Going to give NWN2 one more shot.  I played it on release and couldn't past the performance and camera issues, but I've heard the patches help.  Will also spent some time with Puzzle Quest and FF Tactics. 

Might even blow the dust off my GH2 guitar in preparation for the pending GH3 release.   headbang
10180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Skies of Arcadia 2 rumor resurfaces yet again on: October 19, 2007, 11:46:35 AM
Do you think it'd be a Wii title?
10181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 18, 2007, 07:25:28 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 18, 2007, 07:15:33 PM

Question: Your weapon stat (the R/L) lists the attack value and then the chance to block ie: R 3 +5%. Does the weapon always help you block, or only if you are using the "parry" skill? In other words if I am not using parry, should I even worry about the weapon block chance? So far parry seems to be pretty worthless and counter attack seems to be better.

I've never found Parry to be particularly useful.  It slightly increases your block chance, but not enough to really make a difference.  Getting a "Counter" skill (i.e. Counter Tackle) is a much better choice.

Oh, another question icon_neutral, looking through the manual it says you will lose a character if his bravery drops too low or his faith gets to high. I have seen the values change, but what effects them? Playing a melee class makes bravery go up and vice versa?

The whole Brave and Faith thing is a strange game mechanic, and I've never been exactly sure what affects the values.  FWIW, it's typically not something you have to worry about this until quite late in the game.  On the original version, I played 55 hours with the same characters and never had this become an issue.  One of the later classes (Mediator, iirc) has skills that will increase Brave and decrease Faith if the values get too high or low. 
10182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 18, 2007, 06:00:39 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 18, 2007, 05:39:41 PM

One complaint about this game is the Guest AI is kind of crappy.  I was on one of the first couple of battles and the dudes I had as guests would run away from the enemy and waste their turns.  Not impressed.

I have the opposite problem.  My guests are typically a few levels lower than the rest of my characters, but they still insist on charging in headfirst against any enemy.  Keeping them alive becomes a big problem.

One odd thing I've noticed is the huge number of misses by my characters in critical situations.  Seems like if I'm preparing a killing blow on an enemy, my characters miss quite frequently - even when the hit percentages are up in the 80-90% range.  Wouldn't bother me if it were consistent, but it only seems to happen when I'm applying the final smackdown.
10183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: where's the buzz for Bionic Commando? on: October 18, 2007, 02:42:12 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 17, 2007, 03:03:49 PM

Just read that Mike Patton (Faith No More) is providing the voice for the character.

This is a very, very good thing.
10184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: October 18, 2007, 02:55:56 AM

Quote from: KC on October 17, 2007, 10:02:22 PM

My only gripe is that I only had to transform my characters on one mission during the game, and it wasn't the final boss battle.

Wow, that's pretty amazing.  I was constantly doing transformations.  Typically not for the attack increases, but more as a healing technique.

I'm thinking about getting FFT, but am wary of the views in the other thread saying that game is hard.

It's certainly hard, but not unfair.  It forces you to think about tactics, which I never really had to worry about much in Jeanne.  Hell, I didn't even use an AOE spell until Jeanne's last couple battles.  I much prefer FFT's job system to the JD's skill stone system as well.
10185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: October 17, 2007, 06:48:24 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 17, 2007, 05:35:23 PM

Ok, i was thinking about picking it up for the Wii but i just saw this video of GH III. I've never played a GH game before, but i don't think i can do this  eek eek

99.9% of the people that play will never be able to do that.
10186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 16, 2007, 02:48:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 16, 2007, 02:41:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 16, 2007, 02:23:47 PM

Am I the only person buying both the Rock Band budle and the GH3 with wireless guitar for 360 this year?  It's an awesome year for the music genre.

Nope - I'm in for both as well. smile

I'm getting both as well.  I was just going to get the GH3 game, but that new guitar sounds too sexy to pass up.

Between GH2, GH3, and Rock Band, I've officially spent more on my music accessories than I did on the console itself.
10187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: October 16, 2007, 01:50:08 PM
I'll be restarting NWN2 this week as well.  Got a few hours in last time, and couldn't get past the sluggish performance and wonky camera.  I understand the patches fix some of that, and the extra 1G of RAM I put in should also help.  I'm hoping it clicks with me this time around, as it's one of those games I really wanted to like.
10188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You haven't played Beyond Good & Evil? Shame on you. on: October 16, 2007, 01:23:53 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 16, 2007, 03:00:11 AM

Quote from: EddieA on October 16, 2007, 02:53:40 AM

The PS2 game Primal reminded me of BG&E in a lot of ways, especially the interaction of the protagonist and sidekick.  I'm sure it can be had dirt cheap now.  Of course, it sold horribly too frown

yeah, when i read this post, i thought of primal, as well... & mark of kri (another by-way-of-the-toilet story)...

I loved BG&E but didn't care for Primal at all. 
10189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 16, 2007, 01:22:37 AM
Got a chance to put in a few more hours over the last couple days, and am falling in love with it all over again.  I had forgotten how brutally hard it was, and am really having to adjust my playing strategies.  5 hours in, and I've already lost multiple battles.  This isn't a bad thing, mind you, just something very different from the past few SRPG's I've played.  My main gripe right now is the massive amount of slow-down.   Anything with particle effects takes forever.  If you cast a Cure spell and hit 4 party members, just plan on putting the PSP down for 30 seconds while it goes through the animations.  Really the only negative I can think of for this iteration of FFT.
10190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You haven't played Beyond Good & Evil? Shame on you. on: October 16, 2007, 01:17:50 AM
Absolutely agree.  BG&E was one of the best games of the last console generation and every gamer needs to at least give it a shot.  They left the story wide open for a sequel, and I'd love to see one.  Unfortunately, the game sold like complete ass, and I'd be shocked if we ever saw anything from it again.  More's the loss for gamers.  frown
10191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 14, 2007, 05:53:53 PM
IIRC, random battles are set to the highest character in your party, not the highest character participating in the battle.  So if Ramza is 3 levels higher that everyone else but isn't taking part in the fight, enemies will still be at his level.  Story battles have set character levels, but I'm pretty sure they raise if your party is extremely overpowered.

And yeah, the game is hard as hell.   One thing that helps in the early game is to make sure every character learns the Squire's "JP up" ability.  This gives them extra JP for every action, and can be a huge help.  I'm currently trying to get that ability in random battles before moving on to the story stuff.
10192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 14, 2007, 05:43:23 PM
I've had very little time with FFT this week (only about an hour).  However, I do have a nice 4 hours flight to New Orleans this afternoon, so I should have some pretty good impressions by the time that's done.  smile
10193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 02:32:37 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 14, 2007, 01:30:14 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 14, 2007, 07:04:15 AM

I remember when EB games used to price match, the store you were price matching also had to have their items in stock in order for them to give you that price.

I thought EB Games (Gamestop) still does price match. They won't price match Fry's Electronics (as they tend to put items up at a loss to attract customers) according to employees, but they will other stores.

Mine never have. 
10194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 12, 2007, 10:58:22 PM
10195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Oct/07 on: October 12, 2007, 02:53:17 PM
Not much free time for me, but what I do have will be split between Final Fantasy Tactics on PSP and Puzzle Quest on XLBA.
10196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ouch...Valve boss lets loose on PS3 on: October 11, 2007, 07:48:44 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 11, 2007, 06:48:56 PM

Here's the funny thing, these comments are like 4 months old, kind of weird that they've recently resurfaced on the intarwebs.

I remember reading this in a GI issue several months ago.  Was wondering why it's suddenly become newsworthy again.
10197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: October 11, 2007, 04:11:48 PM
Hmmmm, I think I'll steer clear of this one.
10198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 02:42:48 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on October 11, 2007, 02:03:29 PM

The best actually comes from a video game from the 8-bit era.

If we're going retro, I prefer 8-bit Slayer.
10199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: October 11, 2007, 01:09:15 PM
I've never understood the masochistic bent some RPG players have, and the absolute necessity to play a "hard mode".  When a game becomes so difficult that it's more frustrating than fun, that's usually the time I'll put it down.
10200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 01:05:52 PM
I picked it up from XBLA yesterday as well.  It's been a while since I fired it up on DS, and playing in HD with a new class is almost like playing a whole new game.  I'd forgotten how much fun it was!

Quote from: Lockdown on October 11, 2007, 12:00:32 PM

As far as the battles go - well, I've never played bejeweled before, so I'm not really sure I'm all that good.  I mean, I nearly lost the first fight against the practice knight.  If it weren't for that gemberry spell, I would have.   icon_neutral  I'm not very good at looking at the board one-step ahead, like they instruct you to.  I can't tell you how many times the computer got 3 skulls in a row and burned me after I made a move.  I just can't see it.  I wonder if I'll get better as I play more?  I hope so.

If it's any consolation, I've actually beaten the game (on DS) and still managed to lose twice to the first practice knight.    I had him down to 3 HP, and he got a cascade of 3 burning skulls and hit me for nearly 20 hp in a single shot.  A lot of your success - especially in the early game - will come down to luck.  If you're like the rest of us, you'll get the distinct feeling that the computer is cheating.  smile
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