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10201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 29, 2007, 05:08:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 28, 2007, 06:23:44 PM

and so is the early Ren & Stimpy.

I thought about listing Ren & Stimpy, but it got so bad so quickly after John K left (and don't even mention that "new" Ren & Stimpy that Spike TV did a while back.  ::shudder:: ) that it's tough to include on an all-time favorites list.  If we were listing best single seasons ever, then R&S would easily be near the top.
10202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/07 on: September 29, 2007, 02:37:16 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 28, 2007, 07:02:26 PM

I wonder what everyone with a 360 will be playing this weekend.

Possibly some Guitar Hero II, but mostly Brave Story on PSP.
10203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 29, 2007, 02:35:03 AM
Good:  I can now put that extra $30 in pre-order money towards something else.   thumbsup
Bad:  I despise even leaving the house on Black Friday, much less going anywhere near a retail store.   thumbsdown thumbsdown
10204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 28, 2007, 05:15:18 AM
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that ATB doesn't like the song set much.  slywink
10205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 27, 2007, 11:00:48 PM
Firefly, with the US version of The Office as a close second.  Scrubs would get honorable mention.
10206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 27, 2007, 08:17:24 PM

Quote from: Dirt on September 27, 2007, 07:28:02 PM

I'm having a ball right now just binding shit.

I do have a quibble with the balance though.  Sniper II is crap.

Sniper IV is pretty good, even though it's not very likely you'll miss anyway once you get to that level.
10207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 27, 2007, 05:02:09 PM

Quote from: Kemper Boyd on September 26, 2007, 02:29:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 25, 2007, 04:00:13 AM

Thanks Kemper, I'll give that strategy a try.  I've had the need to use AOE spells so infrequently that I almost forgot they were there! 
So I just tried this level again with level 60ish peeps and I took the Big G down in 4 turns by just concentrating on him(?) alone. I probably could have done it in 3 if I had planned better. AoE FTW!

Looks like I was just using the wrong tactics.  I followed Kemper's strategy and took him down in 3 turns as well to beat the game last night.  I couple final observations:

-  Very strong story throughout.  I liked the idea of having a few of the characters jump in and out of your party at certain points.  However, they would jump back in at much lower levels than the rest of the party, which could make it rather difficult to keep them alive.  Certainly kept you on your toes, as you never knew who you would lose or when.

-  Pretty easy for an SRPG.  I only lost 2 battles in the entire game (one of them being my first try at the final boss), and they were both simple strategy adjustments.  I suppose I just did too many free combats, but I felt vastly overlevelled for the final third of the game.

-  Perfect length for me at just over 40 hours.  Any longer, and I probably would have started losing interest.

- I said it in an earlier post, but Level 5 did a great job at fixing many of the minor annoyances with SRPG games.  In fact, I think it will be tough to start FFT in a couple weeks, since many of my minor gripes will be present.

Overall, I had a ton of fun with Jeanne D'Arc.  It's my GOTY so far, although I'm guessing that Rock Band or Mass Effect may take that title.  It was certainly worth purchasing a PSP for.  smile
10208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 25, 2007, 04:00:13 AM
Thanks Kemper, I'll give that strategy a try.  I've had the need to use AOE spells so infrequently that I almost forgot they were there! 
10209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:14:27 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 24, 2007, 10:11:50 AM

Quote from: warning on September 24, 2007, 03:30:34 AM

I'm still working on that mission Canuck.  Third time's a charm... hopefully.

Well third time wasn't a charm for me. FUCK.  Looks like I am going to have to start taking advantage of that game's quicksave function so i can quickly get back into the game whenever I make a stupid fucking mistake.

You may want to consider doing a few of the Free Combat levels before tackling that one again.  I made it a habit of doing a least one free combat between each story mission, and it kept my characters at a high enough level that I never ran into either your situation, or the "boss one hits me!" problem that others have had.

Well, until the last battle, anyways.
10210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:11:09 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 23, 2007, 11:55:03 PM

I have a couple of questions.  I notice that some of the spells have CMD and REV in their little description box.  What the heck do those things mean?  And what does "rarity" mean?  I don't think the manual explained it.

I've spent over 40 hours with the game, and still have no idea what those mean.  My guess is that they're not terribly important.
10211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 04:03:31 AM
I got to the final battle this afternoon.  Even with all my characters north of level 60, the only two words to describe this battle are "Yeah, right".  I have no idea how I'm going to beat this, and there's no way to go back and do more leveling (you get thrown right into it after the 2nd to last battle).  It's a bit irritating, as I've cruised through the last 10-15 stages feeling like I was vastly overleveled, and now I seem to be vastly underleveled in the space of a single stage.

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Counter's happen too often (everytime?) in my opinion.  I think I liked it better when you didn't know if there was going to be a counter or not.  And even if it did happen, there was no guarantee that they would hit.

Counters always happen on melee attacks only.   Never happens on archer attacks or spells, and only occasionally happens when abilities are used.  There's also no counter when attacking from 2 squares away (spear-wielders) if the attackee only has a 1 square reach.  It really threw me off when I first started, but I got used to it and rather like the idea.  Counter-attacks become a very important strategic consideration the further you get in the game.
10212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Family Guy Tonight! on: September 24, 2007, 03:25:56 AM
That was incredibly 'meh', although I did get a chuckle out of the Asteroids bit.
10213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally!! on: September 22, 2007, 02:59:31 PM
I've put about 4 hours into Brave Story, and am looking forward to diving into it more once I finish Jeanne.  My initial impressions are that it's fun, but pretty generic.  Story, characters, combat, and dialog straight out of RPG 101.
10214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: They brought the pain... on: September 22, 2007, 12:31:58 PM
Ouch, sorry man.  I stirred up a hornets nest a couple weeks ago and got stings right above the eye and inside my ear.  Hurts like a bitch, and that was only 2.
10215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally!! on: September 22, 2007, 12:30:18 PM
Jeanne D'Arc, no question.
10216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 22, 2007, 12:29:46 PM
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I am not as extreme as this, I will occasionaly turn on my radio, but in general I could do without music.

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Not a big music listener.  I never turn my radio on in my car, don't own any kind of music player from any generation, and don't attend concerts.  I occasionally watch music clips on youtube and stuff just to hear an interesting rendition of something, but honestly, I would say I only actually hear, completely through, maybe 10 songs a year.  Wierd, but true.

There are very few times that I don't have some sort of music playiing, so I can't even wrap my brain around this concept.  Life without a constant soundtrack would just feel...well...dead.  Different strokes and all that.
10217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 21, 2007, 02:48:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 21, 2007, 02:38:00 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on September 21, 2007, 01:54:09 PM

As much as I adore Guitar Hero (and plan on buying GH3), the hefty price tag investment for Rock Band is keeping my interest level at next to zero.

I know I mentioned it in that other thread, but I just find it fascinating how many people seem to interpret Rock Band as a $200+ minimum entry price.  If you've already got a Guitar Hero guitar for the 360, the hefty price tag investment for Rock Band is $60.  If you don't have a guitar, I can't see the RB Guitar+Game bundle being priced that different than the GH Guitar+Game bundle.  If you see the drums as a must-have peripheral, if they're around $80 then they're just $20 more than if you wanted to buy a 2nd X-Plorer for Guitar Hero.

It seems like Harmonix needs to spend some PR time convincing the pubic that each individual instrument campaign is comparable to the single player GH campaign, or maybe empasize the "put together a band" angle where each person may only have one instrument.

What he said.  If Harmonix doesn't start letting people know that the entry price for Rock Band is exactly the same as it is for GH2, they might be in trouble with Rock Band. 

Since I'm getting the full kit, apparently I'll be one of the only drummers around.  smile
10218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 21, 2007, 03:21:49 AM
Heathens, all of ya.
10219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 20, 2007, 07:21:31 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on September 20, 2007, 06:56:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 20, 2007, 06:45:29 PM

And a sad one: When playing online, bandmates will not be able to hear you sing

THAT SUCKS.  icon_cry

I dunno, maybe that's a blessing in disguise. 

(Just kidding, that blows.)
10220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Populous is coming to the DS! on: September 20, 2007, 03:37:16 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on September 20, 2007, 03:36:31 PM

Fuck yeah!
I hope it actually comes out, though, unlike Disciples and Jagged Alliance 2.

Yeah, whatever happened to these?  Are they still in the works?
10221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP new buyer questions on: September 20, 2007, 01:46:40 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 20, 2007, 01:19:59 PM


-How about screen protectors?   Does most use them?   Whats a good one to get without blurring the screen?

I picked up a used unit from Gamestop, and whoever originally owned it had some kind of clear protective coating put over the entire front of the unit.  Wish I know who did it, as it does an awesome job of protecting the thing and I'd highly recommend it.  Any smudges just wipe right off with a slightly damp paper towel, and it's very scratch resistant.

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I've read good stuff about Syphon Filter and KillZone Liberation.   I know alot are liking some of the rpg's, but they don't interest me for the PSP.

Dunno if that includes SRPG's, but Jeanne D'Arc is easily the best game I've played this year on any system.
10222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Lost Odyssey videos on: September 20, 2007, 01:13:05 PM

Quote from: mikeg on September 17, 2007, 11:29:31 PM

Off my list unfortunately.  One, the graphics were very mediocre to me and it being turn-based took it from being a possible play to a never play.  Just can't stir up even an ounce of interest in anything turn-based.  Until these vids I had no clue.  Glad I watched them.  One less game to fret over.

But those who dig that stuff, looks like you have a big one coming.

Exact opposite for me, and I think that looks absolutely amazing.   Most real-time combat systems are far too frenetic and twitchy for my tastes, so this looks like it'll be perfect. 
10223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH, FFTA2, White Knight videos on: September 20, 2007, 11:58:49 AM
I'm disappointed they didn't spruce up the FFTA2 graphics a bit, but that's not a major concern.  I love the gameplay, and it looks like that has stayed perfectly intact.

ASH looks very, very cool.  Do we know when it's due to arrive in NA?
10224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jackass Thompson in GTA IV? on: September 19, 2007, 05:29:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 19, 2007, 05:20:39 PM

and after he is dead,i would switch to baseball bat and just keep plumeting and plumeting and plumeting icon_twisted

Plumeting?   icon_lol
10225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- 82 Days Away on: September 19, 2007, 12:09:40 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 10, 2007, 02:07:34 AM

They're innovating in small ways, but I also think they're taking a small step back by going for a more shooter type of combat.

In the latest video, I've noticed the "target lock" is gone and you generally shoot toward the reticle, makes me wonder if the abandoned the idea that your stats still govern hits and such.

For the three of us that are dreadful at console shooters, I give this design decision a hearty  thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown.
10226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillary's legal mandate for health insurance- WTF?!?!?!? on: September 19, 2007, 11:31:57 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 19, 2007, 01:45:13 AM

...I am currently paying $1000/ month for me, my wife, and two kids. ..

Ouch.  Makes me realize how good (and cheap) my insurance is.
10227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 19, 2007, 02:16:56 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 19, 2007, 01:22:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 18, 2007, 01:48:35 PM

Looks pretty hit & miss to me.  Tiers 4, 5, 6, & 8 (especially 8 ) rock.  Tiers 2, 3, & 7 (with the exception of Cult of Personality) are already putting me to sleep.  With Slipknot, Disturbed, and Muse, set 7 looks like it'll be the stinker of the group imo.

Muse?  Stinker?  BLASPHEME!!!!!

Seriously, have you seen the video for Knights of Cydonia?  Any vid that features a hottie in Wilma Deering's old skintight space pilot suit has a thumbs up from me.  biggrin

Love the video, but thought the song was complete ass.   Just not my thing, I suppose.
10228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 18, 2007, 01:48:35 PM
Looks pretty hit & miss to me.  Tiers 4, 5, 6, & 8 (especially 8 ) rock.  Tiers 2, 3, & 7 (with the exception of Cult of Personality) are already putting me to sleep.  With Slipknot, Disturbed, and Muse, set 7 looks like it'll be the stinker of the group imo.
10229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 06:05:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 17, 2007, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2007, 04:55:08 PM

It's still a day 1 purchase, that would just irritate me if I get less songs because I don't know anyone else who plays.
Not planning to play it online?

Maybe.  I don't do much multi-player, so it depends on whether I feel like reupping on XBL for one game.
10230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap (9-17-07) on: September 17, 2007, 04:57:55 PM
I finally gold-starred Heart Shaped Box on Expert in GH2.  I'd missed it by one note on 3 separate occasions (once on literally the last note of the song), so I was glad to finally get all the way through.  I was surprised, however, that a completely perfect run-through only gave me a score ranked #897.  I apparently need to used my star-power more judiciously.

Oddly, I now have 2 gold-stars on Expert (Heart Shaped Box & Salvation), but none on hard.
10231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 04:55:08 PM
It's still a day 1 purchase, that would just irritate me if I get less songs because I don't know anyone else who plays.
10232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate seeing my team lose, but I hate it more on: September 17, 2007, 02:47:37 AM
Words cannot begin to describe the loathing I have for Mike Shannahan and the Broncos.   icon_evil
10233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 02:46:18 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on September 17, 2007, 02:05:59 AM

I think they mean when you play through the game in Co-op mode, the encores unlocked will be different, I assume it will be an insentive to play Co-op mode. You will then get more songs you cant get by yourself.

That would be incredibly lame.  So those of us who don't happen to have any gaming friends get less songs?  Just another "brilliant" gameplay decision to go along with boss battles and power-ups. 
10234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 01:51:08 AM
So are those "Co-op encore" songs available in single player?   I'm confused...
10235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 16, 2007, 06:31:36 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 16, 2007, 04:17:36 AM

Yeah that was complete and utter destruction.  There is absolutely nothing to explain that level of asskicking, considering the Utes two best offensive players COULDN'T EVEN PLAY.

Top three offensive players, actually.  Our QB, #1 running back, and #1 wide receiver were all out.  Oh, so were 2 of our starting O-lineman.
10236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 16, 2007, 04:15:34 AM
Formerly 11th ranked UCLA got pounded by my Utes, 44-6.   Awesome, awesome game.   icon_biggrin
10237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stardust [2007] on: September 15, 2007, 05:18:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 15, 2007, 03:35:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 15, 2007, 03:28:16 PM

Unfortunately, it has completely tanked at the box office.  $35 million revenue against a production budget of $70 million, last I checked.  frown

I think Paramount only paid a small fee to distribute it so they had no interest in the movie's success. 

Which would explain the lack of any sort of promotion at all.
10238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: psp: srpg paradise! on: September 15, 2007, 05:15:29 PM
Jeanne D'Arc has been my gaming surprise of the year so far.  For me, the lack of job variety is offset by the fantastic level design and even better story.  My only small gripe right now is that it's easy to power-level, which can make the game very easy.  I'm about 2/3 of the way through (just finished Mission 27), with all my characters at 50-55 level.  Even the big stage bosses have been 8-10 levels below me, and haven't been a huge challenge.   Minor nitpick, though and one that could have easily been avoided had I not spent so much time on free combats.

With all this handheld RPG and SRPG goodness, I haven't even turned on by "regular" consoles in months.  Between Jeanne, Brave Story (which I've barely scratched the surface of), Luminous Arc, and Etrian Odyssey, I'm a happy gamer right now.  Adding FFT and Disgaea to the mix just makes things that much better.  I can't wait to dive back into FFT again.

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I've got Jeanne D'Arc coming from Amazon and I'm seriously looking at the FFT port as I never played the original.

Definitely pick up FFT.  It's easily one of the best SRPG games ever made.
10239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stardust [2007] on: September 15, 2007, 03:28:16 PM
Saw it a couple weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it.   It won't blow you away, but it's a solid, fun, exciting movie that gets nearly everything right.  Some of the storyline transitions were a bit tough to follow, but that's a very small gripe in an otherwise great film.  BTW, Deniro is farking hilarious.  One of his scenes had me laughing harder than I have at a movie in years.

Unfortunately, it has completely tanked at the box office.  $35 million revenue against a production budget of $70 million, last I checked.  frown
10240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 15, 2007, 03:22:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 04:23:11 PM

The other comments I've heard about the game:

- Awful story

- Mundane and boring dungeon design

These two factors take it from a release day game to a "maybe sometime down the road" game.  With my increasingly limited gaming budget, I just can't justify dropping $60 on a game that I might like.  I want to support the quirky JRPG, but can't do it when I know there's a some games coming up that are no-brainers for me (i.e. Mass Effect, Rock Band, etc.).

I wasn't crazy about the demo anyways.  It looked nice, but both the combat system and the sheer ridiculousness of the game's concept turned me off. 
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