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10201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why does the PSP have so many mediocre/bad RPG's? on: August 26, 2007, 06:47:00 AM
Seems to me like the PSP would be the perfect platform for some quality JRPG's.  However, a quick glance an the Gamerankings scores show that most of the RPG's released so far have been mediocre at best, with a few absolute stinkers thrown in for good measure.  Out of 24 titles listed, only 4 of them scored over 80% (Jeanne D'Arc, X-Men Legends II, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Valkyrie Profile).  I haven't paid much attention to the numbers, but perhaps install base is simply too low for developers to make the games.  Seems the system is powerful enough for some great RPG's, but there simply isn't anything out there.  Or maybe there's some big RPG's in the works that I haven't heard about?

On a side note, how cool would it be to see some of the PS1-era "classics" given the remake treatment on PSP.  Much like FF III on the DS, I would love to see Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story, or some of the Final Fantasy games in a portable format.
10202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Recent Handheld Games on: August 26, 2007, 06:24:04 AM
In the past couple weeks, I've been playing nothing but handhelds:

DS - Puzzle Quest, Etrian Odyssey, Lumious Arc
PSP - Jeanne D'Arc (best SRPG I've played in a long time, on any system), and I'll be grabbing Brave Story soon
10203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 26, 2007, 03:59:50 AM

Quote from: Knightsabre on August 26, 2007, 03:17:40 AM

Maybe I've missed this in the previews, but just to be clear - if you have no friends (not me, of course . . . I'm just asking on behalf of some guy I know  paranoid ) Anyway, can Rock Band be played as a single player game, or is it inherently multiplayer?  Just curious.

From what I understand, there will be 3 solo campaigns.  One for guitar, one for vocals, and one for drums.  Which is very good news for those of us who don't have any friends who game IRL.
10204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 26, 2007, 03:58:34 AM
Quick question about transformations for a certain character.   Slight spoilers, so...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Gilles used a armlet to transform during the first battle he appeared (the one where you don't control him directly).  Now that he's in my party, is there a way to get him to transform again?  The status screen shows he has an armlet equipped and he's gaining SP every battle, but there's no "Transform" option like Jeanne has.

Am I missing something?

Speaking of transformations, I just had my first battle where they become absolutely necessary.  Being vastly outnumbered, I had to use all my support characters to soften up the enemy a bit, then have Jeanne come through with Godspeed and mop them all up.  Was quite fun!  smile
10205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: August 25, 2007, 10:12:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 25, 2007, 09:58:58 PM

i have been searching every rock and tree for items,as they dont give any sign that anything is there(like say..FF9 where you had an ! icon appear)

Ugh, that just sounds awful. 
10206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Monty Python Star Trek on: August 25, 2007, 10:06:14 PM
I typically don't care much for anything Trek, but this was damn funny.
10207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: July NPD - "The Wii is just a fad" on: August 25, 2007, 09:11:00 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 24, 2007, 10:16:52 PM

Well I am 6'7" 245 pounds and played a few sports in my day so I have been called a big dumb jock a few times in my life.  icon_biggrin

You are the brute squad!
10208  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 6/07) on: August 25, 2007, 09:03:45 PM
+1 to Eduardo X for quick payment on Odin Sphere
10209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 25, 2007, 05:48:33 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on August 25, 2007, 04:14:27 AM

Bah, I'm getting annoyed with all of these 'no allies may die' missions where you spend 15 minutes fighting only to have some low level monster pull a random spell out of his sphincter and kill a full health ally with one hit.

Great game.  Quite often frustrating, but still good.

How far along are you?  I haven't had that happen yet (about 8 hours in), just curious what I might be up against later.  smile
10210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: August 25, 2007, 01:18:56 PM
Based on the reviews and demo, BD has gone from a day one, "This is the reason I bought the system" type of game to an "I'll wait until I can find a used copy" game.  I'm typically a JRPG fan, but it sounds to me like they crammed everything I dislike about JPRG's into a single game.  Which it probably explains why the reviews are all over the map.  My guess is that if you're a fan of the old Dragon Quest games (i.e. light on story, generic characters, lots of exploration), then you'll probably dig BD.  I'm just the opposite (i.e. a need a compelling story and characters), so I'll pass for now.  I'm sure there's a ton of folks that will absolutely love it, but I just can't see myself in that group.

I'll stick with Jeanne D'Arc for now.  That seems to be sucking up plenty of my time.  smile
10211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 24, 2007, 02:51:25 PM
Thanks, that's good to know.  I actually think the turn limit is pretty annoying, kinda like the Law cards in FF Tactics Advance.  I can see why they put it in, but it only serves to make things a little bit more frustrating.
10212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 24, 2007, 02:26:32 PM
**Crossposted from OO**

I'm about 7 hours in (just hit Chapter 2), and Jeanne D'Arc is holding up very, very well.  The combat system is extremely solid, with enough challenge to be interesting, but not so much to make it frustrating.  I really like the skill stone system, and I'm finally starting to get some cool stuff that is making battles much cooler.  A couple random observations.

1.  Both the in-game artwork an anime cutscenes are absolutely amazing.  Level 5 really did a fantastic job and it's got a ton of eye candy.

2.  The transform skill seems a bit overpowered at this point (all characters are level 14-16, with Jeanne out in front at 19).  It allows me to turn into this death-dealing-uber-warrior that can kill multiple enemies in a single turn.  It's saved my butt in a couple battles, but I sort of feel like I'm cheating.

3.  I like how there is a pool of XP split between the entire party (both those that participated in the battle and those who didn't) after battles.  Since I can only take about half my characters into any given fight, it helps a ton in keeping everyone somewhat close in levels.

4.  The random battles could certainly be a little tougher.  At my level, none of the random battles have even been a challenge so far.  They're good to gain a couple levels here and there, but certainly don't pose any threat.

5.  I wish there was a way to see how many MP a character will be regenerating per turn.  Planning attack strategies can be a little tough when you're not 100% sure when spells will be available.

6.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting XP carry over to the next level.  See, characters level up every 100 XP points.  In most games (FF Tactics, I'm looking at you), if a character has 99 XP and does an action that gains 20 XP, he only gains the one point to level up and loses the other 19.  However, Jeanne D'Arc gives you one point to level, and applies the other 19 towards the new level.  It's a subtle thing, but one that has always been a pet peeve on mine in SRPG's.  This title finally gets it right.

7.  Bravo on the storytelling.  I originally thought the idea of an anime Joan of Arc retelling with orcs and demons was beyond ludicrous, but they have done an extremely good job with it.  The characters are all likeable (the Scooby Doo guy cracks me up) and the story is very well done and intriguing.

Anyone with even a passing interest in SRPG's and a PSP needs to give Jeanne D'Arc a try.  It's a fantastic little piece of work that, unfortunately, will end up getting buried under the Bioshock release this week.  frown
10213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 - What'd ya think? [Movie] on: August 23, 2007, 06:47:48 PM
I'm really late to the party, but I finally got around to watching 300 today.  It was mildly entertaining, but I'm glad I didn't buy the DVD as I can't really see myself watching it again.  The stylized combat was cool at first, but lost it's "wow" factor pretty quickly and I was pretty bored towards the end.  Decent flick and I'm glad I saw it, but it wasn't nearly as cool as I was hoping it would be.
10214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 23, 2007, 06:29:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 23, 2007, 05:23:38 PM

Well, I finally got my new 360 back, and in all honesty, I think I'm happy things happened the way they did. I've been out of town for work over the past month, so I wouldn't have had time to play, anyway. And, the 360 I received yesterday was one of the new models with the HDMI connection and a manufacture date of "2007-08-06". Here's to hoping that the HDMI port and recent manufacture date are indicators of some of the failure problems being addressed.


Glad that turned out well for ya Pete.

However, hearing this just makes me even more pissed that I got stuck with an older replacement unit.  And that was, what, 2 weeks before Pete gets a brand spanking new one?  Fucking MS...   icon_evil   icon_evil
10215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: August 23, 2007, 04:21:54 AM
I haven't played it, but thought this demo review was damn funny.
10216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 23, 2007, 04:14:17 AM
This thread is making me glad I skipped over this one today.  Had it in my hand, but decided against it.   Looks like the right choice.
10217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 22, 2007, 11:31:08 PM
Picked up a PSP today basically for this game.  I've played the first couple intro battles and am very impressed so far.  The artwork, music, and combat system seem fantastic, and I can't wait to get into the customization options.  More impressions will follow tomorrow...
10218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 01:58:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 22, 2007, 01:51:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 22, 2007, 01:03:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 22, 2007, 12:15:20 PM

Is there a story?  If so, IN!

If it's anything like Fate, then no.

So what's the point? L00ting?

There's no defined 'end game'?  You just go and kill and kill and that's it?  What's the reward then? Just shinier l00t for l00t's sake?

Fate had an end boss, but there was little or no story as to why you were going after it.

I can't speak for this new game, but Fate was nothing more than either "fetch" or "kill monster X on floor X" quests.  You could accept 3 at a time, and new ones became available from the townsfolk once they were completed.   Sounds cheesy, but actually worked very well.
10219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 22, 2007, 01:31:26 PM
Frakking awesome new songs.  Faith No More, FTW!!

Not my first choice for a NIN song, but should be pretty fun on the drums.
10220  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for a PSP on: August 22, 2007, 01:07:55 PM
One bump before I start looking locally.  smile
10221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: August 22, 2007, 01:06:19 PM
Dead was surprisingly fun to play, but there's not a chance in hell that I'd actually pay extra money for more MCR songs.
10222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 01:03:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 22, 2007, 12:15:20 PM

Is there a story?  If so, IN!

If it's anything like Fate, then no.
10223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 12:00:39 PM
Very cool.  While pretty basic, FATE was a fantastic little game that I played the hell out of.  Would love a good hack-n-slasher on the 360.
10224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo (Another Xbox 360 Bites the Dust) on: August 22, 2007, 11:59:14 AM
Note to self:  Pencil in release of gremlins to ATB's house...
10225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 22, 2007, 03:48:29 AM
For those of us with lower-end systems, Bioshock is very playable.   Only very minor hiccups running at 1024 X 768 on high settings.  Turning the textures down to medium makes it run perfectly smooth.  Obviously missing out on the eye candy at that res, but it's good to know we can still play through without spending a ton of $$ to upgrade.  My rig:

Athlon 64 3500+
7600 GT
1 GB RAM

That being said, I'll probably skip it for now.  Definitely a cool atmosphere, but nothing about the demo really grabbed me and said "you have to play this game".  I'm sure I'll get to it eventually, but would rather put the money towards a PSP purchase right now.
10226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wet on: August 22, 2007, 02:46:29 AM
The best name they could come up with was "Wet"?  Christ, were they even trying?
10227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 22, 2007, 02:37:38 AM
It's been years since I've felt the need to download beta video drivers.  If I were so inclined, where would be a reputable source to get these "Bioshock drivers"?

EDIT:  Never mind.  Didn't realize the demo install took you directly to the download page.
10228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 10:49:22 PM
Oops, I have a 7600 GT, not a 7800.  In fact, Eddie and I have the exact same specs.

I'm encouraged to hear it might run, less encouraged that I started my DL at 6:30 this morning from Gamershell, and as of nearly 5:00 this afternoon it still has 4 hours to go.  Seems to fluctuating wildly between around 200K and around 20K.  Might need to check somewhere else.
10229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 07:40:52 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 21, 2007, 07:30:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch 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

I'd give the demo a try.  From what I'm reading around the net, a minimum system with something better than 6800 series cards seems to do pretty well on 1024 or 1280 resolutions.  It appears the game is more GPU dependent than CPU dependent.  My 6800 based minimum system ran ok but had noticeable framerate issues so I went with the 360 version.

I set the demo to DL when I left this morning, so it will hopefully be done when I get home.  Was getting shit speed from every DL server (of course), so we'll see what happens.  Would love to play it on PC, and don't mind cranking down all the bells and whistles in order to make it doable.

Will report back later for those of us with long-in-the-tooth systems...  smile
10230  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.
10231  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
10232  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.
10233  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.

10234  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.
10235  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.
10236  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
10237  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
10238  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
10239  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:

10240  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.
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