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10201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My life has forever changed on: November 13, 2007, 02:10:31 PM
Congrats!!   thumbsup
10202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 02:06:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 13, 2007, 01:47:39 PM

The Game Trailers 9.1 makes me pretty optimistic.  I would say that Game Trailers has some of the best reviews going right now. 

Agreed.  I really like Game Trailers format, and tend to agree with most of their reviews.  That video review is making it awfully hard to resist.
10203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: November 13, 2007, 12:10:32 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 13, 2007, 05:15:12 AM

general advice: when you reach one of those points where the game asks you if you want to save, always make your save in a secondary spot...

Oh sure, tell me that now...  slywink 

Finally managed to beat him on my 9th try last night.  Pinned him back in a corner, got a couple lucky criticals, and was able to beat him down.    On to chapter 3!

As big a fan I am of FFT, I have to admit the constant level griding gets really old.  Wish it were balanced a bit better.
10204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 03:38:27 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 13, 2007, 01:36:44 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2007, 01:02:34 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2007, 01:01:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2007, 12:45:38 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2007, 08:18:26 PM

Quote from: rickfc on November 12, 2007, 08:10:56 PM

So far, it seems to be living up to the hype...

Metacritic

I can't wait to buy this game tomorrow!!!

sorry, but i think this is actually out on wednesday.  at least, that's the current rumor.frown

Aeris called.  it's going to be in TOMORROW!!!!!  I actually rickrolled with joy when I got the call!

Who's Aeris?

the Gamestop automatic calling system.

You named it(her)? How cute, and scary.

You've obviously never pre-ordered from Gamestop.
10205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: November 13, 2007, 03:36:58 AM
Motherf&#*er!!  I had forgotten how hard the guy at the end of Chapter 2 is.  He just took out everyone in my party in a single turn, causing 120-170 damage on each character.  Reality is, I'm probably not quite high enough level to take him on yet (everyone around 22-23).  But I spent over an hour and a half grinding (i.e. attacking my own party members) during that battle at the castle gate.  Since the game throws you right into this battle with no chance to do any more levelling, I could be screwed, but I really don't want to go back to an old save and lose all that JP.  F&%k.   icon_evil

The sometimes ridiculous difficulty of FFT was one of the things that finally turned me off the original, and unfortunately it's happening again.  frown
10206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 13, 2007, 01:31:18 AM
10207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: November 12, 2007, 11:08:31 PM
Interesting that if you search for FFT:  WotL at Gamerankings, Gaming Trend's review comes up as a 68%.  Upon further inspection, it looks like Gamerankings is counting their review of D&D Tactics instead of Final Fantasy Tactics.  Certainly drags down the average score a bit.

Anything you can do to fix that Ron?
10208  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF : MUA for a buddy of mine. on: November 12, 2007, 06:47:29 PM
What is MUA?
10209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/12) on: November 12, 2007, 05:02:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 12, 2007, 02:13:41 PM

What's orcs and elves? Isn't that that cell phone game that got heaps of praise?

Yep.  I played it on my cell, and it was a blast.  I'll definitely be picking it up for DS at some point.

I'm going to try my best to not purchase Assassin's Creed this week.  I don't want it to get lost in the Rock Band/Mass Effect crush next week, and would rather play it when I get some spare gaming time.  Like, you know, around June or so...
10210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2007 Game of the Year babble on: November 12, 2007, 04:15:48 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 12, 2007, 02:27:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2007, 06:01:38 PM

FFT is undeniably brilliant, but it's basically the same game I played 10 years ago.

yeah, basically (tho there're some very nice (& surprising) additions), but that doesn't make it any less undeniably brilliant today - to the contrary, it makes it more brilliant than ever...

we'll just have to wait'n'see what jeanne d'arc will look like 10 years from now smile ...

Part of FFT's charm is how old-school it is.  Like many of the older FF games, it's fun to go back and see how some of the now-standard genre conventions got started, but I'm glad we have moved past them.  After playing Jeanne, it was really hard to go back to things like having a turn order, not having XP carry over to the next level (this has always been a big gripe of mine with the FFT series), crappy camera angles, etc.  The story and job system certainly make up for some of these problems, but I think Jeanne does all these little things just right.

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Awesome find!  Odd that they didn't use actual music from the game in that spot though.
10211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2007 Game of the Year babble on: November 11, 2007, 06:01:38 PM
My nod would go to Jeanne D'Arc at this point.  FFT is undeniably brilliant, but it's basically the same game I played 10 years ago.  Jeanne took a completely ridiculous premise, and turned it into a thoroughly enjoyable experience, both in gameplay and storytelling.  Level 5 ironed out many of the small, niggling issues I always had with SRPG games, and it was easily the most fun I've had gaming this year.

As of today, Jeanne D'Arc is my GOTY on any platform.  Unfortunately, I think it will be surpassed by either Rock Band, Mass Effect, or Assassin's Creed.
10212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 11, 2007, 03:44:08 AM
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Gameplay:  You move just like in Gears, and many other 3rd person game.  No difference there.  You can pull up a weapon by either just pulling the trigger or hitting the b button.  You can heal yourself or squad mates with the y button if you have medigel available.  Cool affect when you do it too.  I have to say I was worried about combat, but those fears are gone.  You shoot and take cover just like in Gears and Rainbow Six.  With weapon drawn you can shoot from the hip or hold the left trigger and get the zoom affect.  You can crouch by clicking the left analog stick, and you can take cover behind objects like in R6V by just walking up to an object.  You will only take cover if your weapon is drawn.  Then move to the edge, put your cursor on the target and press the left trigger and out you'll pop and then you press the right trigger to shoot.  You throw grenades with the back button.  I haven't gotten the hang of the grenades just yet to be affective with them, but one cool feature is you can throw one by pressing back and then whenever you want to detonate it you press back again.  So, you can detonate in mid flight if you want or right over their heads.  Will take some getting used to, but is cool none the less.

Crap.  That's starting to sound really action/shooter-ish again, which is a bad sign for me.   Any feel on the difficulty level for those of us who are typical RPG gamers (i.e. FPS & action game retarded)?
10213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: November 10, 2007, 01:17:43 PM
I went back and played GH 2 for a while last night.  Made me realize what a huge difference there is in the HO/PO sensitivity between the two games.  GH 3 is much, much more forgiving.  I was flubbing a ton of multi-note runs that I would have easily aced in GH 3.
10214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GHIII Demo may have sold me.... on: November 09, 2007, 10:23:47 PM

Quote from: Koz on November 09, 2007, 10:04:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2007, 09:19:00 PM

I think the song selection is far superior in GHII, but if you've never played before, GHIII is a fine place to start.

I think the GHIII song list is far superior. YMMV.

I should probably clarify.  The song selection is probably a bit better in GHIII.  There are more master tracks and less bad covers.  However, I think the majority of the songs in GHII are much, much more fun to play.
10215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GHIII Demo may have sold me.... on: November 09, 2007, 09:19:00 PM
I think the song selection is far superior in GHII, but if you've never played before, GHIII is a fine place to start.
10216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH III cheating? on: November 09, 2007, 06:37:55 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 09, 2007, 06:23:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2007, 05:54:53 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on November 09, 2007, 04:41:47 PM

One of my rare dissapointments in XBox Live is the ease in which others (random online opponents, as I've never experienced it with anyone on my friends list) have been able to cheat and the inability (or lack of concern) of the MS team to stop it.

Problem is, since these cheat codes are so easily available, anyone who is remotely good at the game will constantly get accused of cheating when playing online.  I'm pretty damn good at GH (career score in the top .5% on the GH2 leaderboards, last I checked), but I'd estimate that around half of the people I beat online told me I was a cheater - usually in very, um, colorful ways.  Takes all the fun out of laying a good smackdown on someone.

Yea, the racial slurs are thick in the 5 year old Live aren't they?  I get that abuse in shooters usually...

It's one of the things that has kept (and continues to keep) me away from multiplayer gaming.   It's been fun the new times I've played with GT or OO'ers, but playing against random people is like stepping into a sewer.
10217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH III cheating? on: November 09, 2007, 05:54:53 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on November 09, 2007, 04:41:47 PM

One of my rare dissapointments in XBox Live is the ease in which others (random online opponents, as I've never experienced it with anyone on my friends list) have been able to cheat and the inability (or lack of concern) of the MS team to stop it.

Problem is, since these cheat codes are so easily available, anyone who is remotely good at the game will constantly get accused of cheating when playing online.  I'm pretty damn good at GH (career score in the top .5% on the GH2 leaderboards, last I checked), but I'd estimate that around half of the people I beat online told me I was a cheater - usually in very, um, colorful ways.  Takes all the fun out of laying a good smackdown on someone.
10218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH III cheating? on: November 09, 2007, 04:07:20 PM
There's a bunch of cheat codes available for GH3.  I'm not sure what they all do, but I know they're available. 

There's no way they'd be able to play all those songs without missing a note. 
10219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Nov/07 on: November 09, 2007, 02:53:51 PM
Most likely a steady dose of Final Fantasy Tactics on PSP. 
10220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stand-up comedy on: November 09, 2007, 12:30:40 PM

Quote from: Simon on November 09, 2007, 12:37:03 AM

Steven Wright has a new album out, I was checking it out and did like the clips. He's very dry though. icon_biggrin

Sweet!  Thanks for the heads-up.
10221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Assassin's Creed thread - brought to you by Jade Raymond on: November 09, 2007, 12:30:40 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 08, 2007, 11:57:47 PM

Quote from: CSL on November 08, 2007, 11:37:59 PM

Why the fuck isn't it Tuesday yet.

I heard doomingly bad news today at Gamestop.  The guy behind the counter, who is that rarest of all creatures, a cool Gamespot employee, said he just got word that AC had been pushed back to the 21st.

Who knows if he was misinformed or was playing some kind of cruel joke, but it sounded genuine to me.

3 AAA titles on the same day?  That could be considered cruel and unusual gamer punishment.
10222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stand-up comedy on: November 08, 2007, 08:59:13 PM
-  Steven Wright is easily the funniest comedian I have ever heard.    If you like dry humor, you will love it.

-  It wouldn't really work as an audio-only format, but Jeff Dunham is an amazing and hilarious ventriloquist.  There's plenty of his clips available on YouTube.  Saw him live a couple weeks ago, and by the end of the show, my stomach was honestly in pain from laughing so hard.
10223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - November 20th approaches... on: November 08, 2007, 08:43:34 PM
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David Bowie (Masters):
Moonage Daydream, Heroes, Queen Bitch

Awesome list overall, but these are beautiful.  Just beautiful.  :sniff:  Now they just need to announce Ziggy Stardust as their next full DLC album. 
10224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Assassin's Creed thread - brought to you by Jade Raymond on: November 07, 2007, 07:43:16 PM
My resolve to not pick up AC on day one keeps shrinking.  The only thing keeping me from putting down a pre-order right now is that with ME and Rock Band coming out the following week, I simply don't have enough time for all three.   I can almost guarantee that AC will be the first title I pick up in '08.
10225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: November 07, 2007, 01:01:25 AM
And I'm officially done with GHIII.  My copy is boxed up and is shipping out to the OO'er that bought it earlier today.  Overall, I'll give Neversoft kudos for the effort, but too much was either half-assed or simply broken.  When I fired it up last night and realized that there were really only 4 songs I enjoyed playing, I knew it was time to just cut my losses.

Maybe I'll pick it up down the road, once they've ironed out the problems.  If I were to grade it as-is, however, I'd give it a C.
10226  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: November 07, 2007, 12:25:16 AM
+1 to hitbyambulance for quick payment on Puzzle Quest
10227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 06, 2007, 10:36:45 PM
Maybe this is the hook I can use to finally get Mrs. Gratch to play.

"But honey, I can't get any groupies or cash unless you sing!"
10228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 06, 2007, 09:07:11 PM

Quote from: Booner on November 06, 2007, 08:54:27 PM

........but then read that you can't do the World Tour solo. Bummer. thumbsdowndisgust

Huh, I thought you could.  Must have missed that somewhere in the previous 8 pages.

So, is the world tour thing for a full band (i.e. 4 people) only?  Can it be done online?
10229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most Anticipated Game for 2008? on: November 06, 2007, 03:32:14 PM
There's not a ton of 2008 titles that interest me right now.  I guess my most anticipated is Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2.
10230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RRoD lurking like a grue in the dark on: November 06, 2007, 01:57:28 PM
I have this feeling of dread every time I boot mine up.  I just know it's going to die the day before Rock Band and Mass Effect is released.
10231  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Guitar Hero 3 (360) w/guitar **SOLD** on: November 06, 2007, 12:43:07 PM
Thought I'd give it a shot here before taking it to e-bay.   Everything in perfect condition.  Guitar does have a couple of the stickers on it (Guns N Roses and a flying skull).   Has not been registered online.

$85 shipped.  **SOLD**
10232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music for warning - suggestions please! on: November 05, 2007, 09:59:42 PM

Quote from: warning on November 05, 2007, 09:07:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2007, 04:01:54 PM

-  I Am Robot and Proud - The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing (if you can listen to this without a smile on your face, you truly have no soul)

Gratch you are a man among men.  I Am Robot and Proud is awesome.  The Electricity is such a cool album and just perfect for mellowing out at the end of the day.

I have yet to find anyone that doesn't like that album at least a little bit.  smile

If you want something in a similar vein, check out Goddamn Electric Bill - Swallowed by the Machines or The Postal Service - Give Up (one of my all-time favorite albums).
10233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/5) (The real post) on: November 05, 2007, 07:21:32 PM
Nothing for me.
10234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you play this past weekend? (11/5 edition) on: November 05, 2007, 05:43:17 PM
Bulk of my time was spent with Vampire the Masquerade:  Bloodlines.  This was my third time starting it up, and it finally 'clicked'.  It's got a few warts, but overall is a fantastic game with a great atmosphere.  Also played enough Hellgate to realize it bores me to tears, and finished a couple more story battles in Final Fantasy Tactics.
10235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 05, 2007, 12:57:30 PM


10236  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Hellgate London & NWN2 on: November 04, 2007, 04:58:59 PM
PC DVD.  Need the cash, so not really interested in trades.  $30 shipped, or make me an offer.  **SOLD**

I've also got NWN 2 for $15 shipped if anyone wants it. **SOLD**
10237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sedation Dentistry on: November 04, 2007, 03:06:10 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 04, 2007, 06:39:16 AM

Dude. Go now. Don't wait. I'm like you, but I put it off too long, and had to get a root canal. Most excruciating pain in my whole damn life.


You must have had a crappy dentist.  I've had 5 root canals, and while they're not pleasant, none of them have involved excruciating pain.

I just recently got dental insurance again, so I'll be making my first dentist visit in 4 years next month.  Definitely not looking forward to that afternoon...
10238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed. In the shadow of ME? on: November 03, 2007, 03:56:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 03, 2007, 03:11:16 PM

and the week after is Mass Effect and Soul Calibur Legends.

and Rock Band, which is why I'll be waiting to play AC for a few months.
10239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: November 02, 2007, 09:42:53 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 02, 2007, 09:08:12 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 02, 2007, 09:02:27 PM

I ordered from AMZN last night, but the recent statements by EA about shortages are making me a little concerned...

I've had mine pre-ordered since July and I'm not holding my breath about getting one near release...

I would think you'd be safe if you pre-ordered that long ago.  I've pre-ordered mine about the same time, and I better get one on launch day.
10240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GHIII impressions thread on: November 01, 2007, 02:52:51 PM
If GHIII is your first entry into the series, then you'll have an absolute blast.  However, my main problems with GH III are:

-  Other than a few standouts, the song list is weak.  The bulk of the songs are ones that I'll play once to get through them and never play again. 

-  The botched leaderboards are a big problem for me.   The friends list leaderboard competition was basically the only reason I played GHII as much as I did.  In GHIII, most of the time I can't even see other people's scores, much less try to compare.  Take out that competition aspect, and I lose interest pretty quickly.

-  For me, multiplayer is a wash.  While it's been fun when I get a chance to play with GT'ers, I still can't access any random matches and it's still not tracking any of my multiplayer scores.

-  The graphics and animations are bad.  The whole purpose of the game is to create the feeling of playing in a band, not playing with animatronic robots.

-   The concept (and execution) of Boss battles in a guitar game is beyond lame. 

When you boil it down, GHIII simply brings nothing new to the table.  It's the exact same game we've been doing for the last 3 years, and maybe it's just getting a little stale.   With the drum and vocal aspects, Rock Band is bringing something new that is surprisingly fun. 
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