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10201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: August 21, 2007, 07:24:05 PM
OK, I know EO is hard and all, but I'm wondering if maybe I screwed something up.  I just got to the third level and:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Every single character in my party, gets one-hit killed by the Stalker FOEs.  2 frontline tanks (protector and Landschnizel), Healer, Alchemist, and Survivalist, and not a one of them can withstand even a single hit.  I've got the top level armor, and the Stalker is still doing 90-100 damage each hit.

Is that supposed to happen?  Entire party is level 10, and will probably hit 11 on the next trip through the dungeon.  I've been doing pretty standard level-ups (Landstink - Sword skills and Def up; Defender - Def Up, Shield, and Cure; Healer - Cure & TP up; Alchemist - TP up and Fire skills; Survivalist - Will have to check when I get home), but I'm feeling woefully underpowed.  Am I supposed to grind until these guys become doable, or are they to be avoided until further into the game?

Love the game, but it's frustrating as all hell.
10202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 21, 2007, 01:40:44 AM

I almost had to throw a dart to pick which Bioshock thread to post this in!

So I fired up the demo expecting it to run really poorly on my system.  OUCH.  It ran even worse than I expected.

Athlon 64 3500Mhz
GeForce 6800GT (256MB) (Today's BETA nvidia drivers)
2GB Ram
Audigy 2
Windows XP

Opening water scene was super choppy, but I figure I'll at least see how it runs when I get indoors.  Nuh uh.  I kept turning down the settings more and more.  Even at 1024*768, -everything- turned off or turned to low, including the texture resolution, and the framerate was unplayably low.  Practically a slideshow whenever I turned my head or if there was anything happening on the screen.

I know we've grown to expect minimum requirements to be meaningless, but this was just horrible--my system was even a nudge above the minimum requirements.  I didn't think to try to drop to 640*480, maybe that's what they had in mind for the min req?


Well that answers the "will it run on my system" question with a resounding no.   I've got pretty similar specs with less RAM (1 GB) and a better vid card (7800).  Since I'm completely hopeless playing FPS on consoles, it looks like I'm out of luck on Bioshock until I can afford a PC upgrade.   Which will be...well...never.   tear
10203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 21, 2007, 04:11:23 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 21, 2007, 03:55:17 PM

Etrian Odessy is like crack.  I'm in the post-game, and can't stop playing.  Not even for my new Wii...

I agree.  Frustrating, throw-my-DS-through-the-wall type crack, but crack nonetheless.
10204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 21, 2007, 04:10:20 PM
Another vote for RTS.  I played the hell out of Starcraft and the first two Age of Empires games, but now I find them terribly boring.  I'm also pretty burned out on sports games, and can rarely get through an entire season in any game.  I'll typically pick up last year's Madden for $10-15 about the time this year's comes out, so I'm always a year behind.

10205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 21, 2007, 03:31:14 PM
I made the mistake of getting this and Etrian Odyssey on the same day.  I've spent a couple hours with LA, but it's taken a back seat for now.
10206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 20, 2007, 06:54:17 PM
If any of you guys want to off-load your old PSP's, please let me know.
10207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/20) on: August 20, 2007, 03:25:21 PM
Possibly Jeanne D'Arc if I can get my hands on a used PSP.

Bioshock looks amazing, but I know my lack of FPS skills would make it nothing more than an exercise in frustration.   tear
10208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 20, 2007, 11:53:47 AM
10209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: August 19, 2007, 05:07:47 AM
I'm a little late to the party, but started EO this afternoon, and have spent a good 5-6 hours with it today.  I never really played any of the "old-school" games this was modelled after, but am still having a blast.  A couple questions:

1.  It seems like the enemy drops yield a pretty minimal amount of EN.  I'm just about through level 2 (party is 8th level), and am barely getting enough EN from level runs to rest at the inn, much less buy any decent items.  Is there anyway to increase either the amount of stuff dropped or the amount you get when you sell it?

2.  What's with the crystal doors?  I've seen one on levels 1 and 2, but can't seem to do anything with them.  Do they open up later?

3.  More of an observation than a question:  Jebus, this game is really hard.  Fun as hell, but absolutely brutal.  smile
10210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 18, 2007, 09:26:52 PM
If you kids don't play nice, I swear I'll release the monster:

10211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 18, 2007, 03:18:50 PM
Quick impressions after an hour:

1.  I love the feel of the combat.  Yes, it's exactly like FFTA, but that's completely fine with me.  Bummer that it doesn't include any job class switching (at least that I've read), but it looks like there's enough variety with the characters to keep things interesting.  My only small gripe is that you can't choose character facing after taking an action.

2.  Doesn't look like you'll be able to abuse the XP system as easily as you could in FFTA.  Small actions (items, etc) only give 5-10 XP, so you really need to get people into the battles to level them up.

3.  I like that you gain back all your XP & MP at level up.  Combined with the large XP bonus for a final blow, it adds a new strategic layer to combat.

4.  I'd agree that the cutscenes are way too long.  I've played about an hour and a half, and at least 2/3 of that has been cutscenes.  On the plus side, the voice acting is really good.  Actually, it sounds pretty amazing coming out of the DS.

Sure it's formulatic and not particularly original, but I'm really enjoying it so far.  One question: is there a way to do random battles?  I'd like to grind out a few levels, but the only fights I've been able to do so far are the story based ones.
10212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I saw Gary Oldman today on: August 18, 2007, 02:04:26 PM
I have also seen Chuck Norris.  He came into a restaurant in Denver just as we were leaving.  Dude is tiny, but the tall leggy blonde he was with was absolutely amazing.  Should have gone over and said hi, just so I could get a better look at her.  Of course, he probably would have killed me with a salad fork.
10213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 18, 2007, 01:22:18 AM
Hey, maybe I could pick up Bullet Witch! 

/ducks
10214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 17, 2007, 11:35:54 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 17, 2007, 10:01:56 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 17, 2007, 05:14:26 PM

You'd best pray to the gaming gods that you don't get Eduardoed.

gellar
Thanks for reminding me. I haven't done this in a while:

Those lousy motherfucking ass shit fucks! Kameo? That's it? Microsoft should be locked in a cell, Padilla style, and convinced to work for Sony, Padilla style, against their own best interest.

That reminds me I should call and give them some outrage for sending back such an old unit.  Probably won't make a difference, but maybe I can get a free game out of it.  slywink
10215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 17, 2007, 09:55:10 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 17, 2007, 09:47:16 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 17, 2007, 06:51:59 PM

They recently sent me back a replacement unit with a manufacture date 6 months older than the one I sent in to get fixed.    Hope you have better luck.

Does the serial number have any significance in terms of manufacture date (i.e. the higher the number the later the manufacture date)?  For example, I had a launch unit with a serial number starting with "4034--------" and the unit they're sending back has a serial number starting with "9015--------".  Here's to hoping that I get a newer unit.

I don't think so.   My original unit's number started with a 1, and the new (older) one starts with a 9.
10216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 17, 2007, 09:27:09 PM
Just picked this up, but it will be another 4 hours until I'm off work to play. 

Stupid job.  icon_evil
10217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 17, 2007, 06:51:59 PM
They recently sent me back a replacement unit with a manufacture date 6 months older than the one I sent in to get fixed.    Hope you have better luck.
10218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Last Pre-Bioshock (for most) Playlist EVER! 17/Aug/07 on: August 17, 2007, 02:37:58 PM
It's going to be an all DS weekend for me.  My Blue Dragon pre-order money (I've decided to skip it for now) will be used to pick up Luminous Arc this afternoon, Etrian Odyssey is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, and I'll also be finishing this playthrough of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (I've been on the final battle for a couple weeks, just need to actually wrap it up).

Handheld gaming FTW!!

Oh, and I might get in some Planescape:  Torment, since I recently restarted that one as well.
10219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 17, 2007, 01:44:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 17, 2007, 01:34:31 PM

(with the possible exception of music since LA has Mitsuda doing the score)

Damn you Kevin, now I have to buy a PSP.

Actually, a PSP, Jeanne D'Arc, and Brave Story are all on my birthday wish list for next week.  Between LA, Etrian Odyssey, JDA, and BS, it looks like I'm in for some serious handheld gaming for the next little while.
10220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 17, 2007, 01:20:50 PM
Thanks for the impressions guys.  The lukewarm reviews were giving me pause, but it sounds like this one is right up my alley.  Even the bad reviews (like 1Up's) make it sound interesting for me.  As someone who has put nearly 200 hours into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, something like this sounds exactly like what I'm looking for (from the review):

Quote
For all intents and purposes, Luminous Arc is a Final Fantasy Tactics clone. And not of the original, but of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the Game Boy Advance installment from 2003.

It also seems like the user rankings on the bad reviews are much higher than the review scores, which indicates to me that it simply didn't click with the reviewer.  Looks like I'll be picking this one up this afternoon!  smile
10221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: August 17, 2007, 11:58:34 AM
You are a bad, bad man.
10222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 17, 2007, 04:59:13 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 17, 2007, 02:29:25 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 16, 2007, 11:30:31 PM

My thoughts exactly.  The near constant grinding you had to do ended up boring me.

If by grinding, you mean fighting battles while doing nothing else, the only time you had to do that is the beginning, which I assume was done purposefully as a nostalgic throwback to the earlier games.  As long as you fully explore the overworld and dungeons, you can get through the game just fine.

I must not have done the dungeons correctly then, because even with many hours of grinding I was woefully underlevelled around 25 hours in.  That was about the point I quit.
10223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 17, 2007, 04:57:19 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 17, 2007, 04:01:43 AM

Really game music so very rarely sticks with me for some reason, but I do remember FF12s being standout. Would like to dl it-is it free online anywhere?

No, but you can buy it.
10224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 11:31:15 PM

Quote from: ericb on August 16, 2007, 11:21:15 PM

I just picked up a used PSP (only $80, so glad the slim is coming out so the prices are falling so much) just so I can get some of these new tactics games coming out...it took a couple years but the PSP finally has a decent game list than I'm interested in.  Did the question of multi-classes get answered yet?

Where'd you find a used one for $80, if you don't mind me asking.
10225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 16, 2007, 11:30:31 PM

Quote from: Canuck on August 16, 2007, 10:49:21 PM

Dragon Quest VIII had a story???  I just couldn't plow through that game I'm afraid.

My thoughts exactly.  The near constant grinding you had to do ended up boring me.
10226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 16, 2007, 08:12:28 PM
Certainly not glowing

Spoiler for Hiden:
7.9

Looking more and more like I'll wait for a used copy.  Mainly because:

Quote
The amount of time you have to invest in Blue Dragon before the payout occurs is excessive by any measuring stick...For the first 10-15 hours Blue Dragon offers linearity, characters you know little about, and little in the means of interesting action or combat. It's not a far stretch of the imagination at all to think that a great number of gamers won't make it over this first hump.

Quote
If there were any type of worthwhile story or intriguing characters, I could look past some of the more lackluster aspects of Blue Dragon. But the story – the reason most folks pick up an RPG – is sophomoric and uninteresting.

Quote
Though it has some nice touches, Blue Dragon’s first disc (which will eat up 15 hours of your life) is a total snooze fest.

When people start saying the story is bad even in comparison to Dragon Quest games, you know it's really, really bad.  I know it was never supposed to be BD's strong point, but I can't see paying $60 for a game that's going to bore me to tears.
10227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 16, 2007, 07:54:02 PM
Bret Michaels Band?



Ooooooookay.   icon_cry
10228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 05:23:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 16, 2007, 04:25:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 16, 2007, 04:22:35 PM

I was listening to the Xenosaga III and Final Fantasy XII soundtracks this morning.  They make great background music in the office.

XS3 is the rare soundtrack that I'll listen to in the car.  Hell, it's the rare music that I listen to in the car since I mainly listen to podcasts.  Probably my favorite game soundtrack of recent years.  FF12's score is superb as well but I prefer it in the context of the game itself than on it's own. 

All the Xenosaga soundtracks are pretty amazing.  I'm partial to the first because it was composed by Yasounori Mitsuda and performed by the London Symhony.  There are some amazing tracks on there.

I think I'll make it an all-game-music day today.  I've got the soundtracks for Tenchu, Beyond Good & Evil, Enihander, Final Fantasy IX Piano Collections, and Vagrant Story all lined up  smile
10229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 04:22:35 PM
I was listening to the Xenosaga III and Final Fantasy XII soundtracks this morning.  They make great background music in the office.
10230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 03:11:33 AM
62% Optimus Prime.
10231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 16, 2007, 01:08:25 AM


10232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 12:31:42 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 16, 2007, 12:25:26 AM

So this game is similar to other "tactics" type games, correct?

I know this is a subjective question, but about how many gaming hours do titles like that typically have?   Are we talking like 20 hours before you've finished the game, or is it normally much longer than that?

It obviously depends on the game, but I'd say most SRPG titles are longer than your average game.  I'd say they average 30-50 to just get through, and 70-100 hours for the completist.  Hell, between my 2 playthroughs, I've put nearly 200 hours into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
10233  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Possibly looking for a PSP on: August 16, 2007, 12:21:01 AM
YGPM
10234  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for a PSP on: August 15, 2007, 03:23:30 PM
EDIT:  Never mind, I found one.
10235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 15, 2007, 01:40:20 PM

Quote from: Darren8r on August 06, 2007, 08:17:59 PM

Well they announced Metallica's "One" today for Guitar Hero 3. I think I'll go in and pre-order the game now.


I was listening to "One" on the ride home yesterday. While I love the song, I don't really think it will be much fun to play in GH. Reminiscent of "Freebird", the front half will be slow and very easy, and the back half will be completely ridiculous. Hopefully they'll surprise us somehow.
10236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 03:04:23 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 14, 2007, 02:47:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 14, 2007, 02:43:27 PM

Man, I really need to rebuy a PSP.

ditto, but I'm holding out for the Slim. 

The new features on the Slim don't interest me much, but I might wait to see if I can pick up a used one a bit cheaper when the Slim is released. 

Strange that after 2 years of absolutely nothing that interested me in the least, the PSP is now my most wanted system.  There's some damn fine JRPG and SRPG gaming on the way.
10237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 02:43:27 PM
Man, I really need to rebuy a PSP.
10238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the rule on seeing your friend's ex-girlfriend? on: August 13, 2007, 06:28:07 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 13, 2007, 06:18:35 PM

I'd say way longer than that man. I just had an incounter with a friend's 2-year removed girl and that did not go over smoothly.

Freudian slip?
10239  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Etrian Odyssey (DS) on: August 13, 2007, 04:23:38 PM
EDIT:  Deal done.  smile
10240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's August 13, 2007: What's Your GOTY? (pre-Fall AAA Classic) on: August 13, 2007, 02:17:34 PM
GOTY Released in 2007

Puzzle Quest - Nothing really extraordinary has jumped out at me so far this year, so PQ takes the #1 spot by default.

GOTY Game Played but not released in 2007:

Toss up between Final Fantasy VI and Baldur's Gate II (PC)- I finally went back and finished both of these RPG classics this year.  There have been a million games that have come and gone since these two were released, but few have been better.  A couple of truly epic, incredible games.

Darkhorse That May Make A Charge:

Blue Dragon: The comparisons to Dragon Quest make me a bit wary (i.e. heavy on combat & exploration, light on story & characters)  but it looks gorgeous and the turn based combat system is right up my alley.  I also need to give Etrian Odyssey a try.

Anticipated GOTY After the Fall Releases:

Rock Band This is a complete no-brainer for me.  This could very well be my video game Nirvana...literally and figuratively.
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