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10201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 quick 360 questions on: September 01, 2007, 03:34:10 PM
1.  My 360 is hooked up to my TV through the component cables.  I've noticed a couple games and DVD's where items on the right side of the screen seem to be cut off.  For example, I could only see about half of the bottom right radio icon during the Bioshock demo.  Is this a calibration issue with my TV or a problem with the XBox?  FWIW, I've never noticed any problems with other things hooked up through those component cables (i.e. cable box or stand alone DVD).

2.  How do you turn off the pop-up notice when people on your friends list sign in?  It's horribly distracting when playing GHII.
10202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Labor Day Edition on: August 31, 2007, 02:51:03 PM
Lots of Jeanne D'Arc, and I'm debating whether or not I should pick up Brave Story as well.  I tend to get sidetracked easily, so I'm afraid that if I pick up something new, I won't finish Jeanne.
10203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A soccer RPG from Level 5 on: August 30, 2007, 11:51:51 AM
From the article:

Quote
During soccer matches, you have full control over your team. The game uses the stylus for all controls. To make your player advance, you draw arrows indicating your preferred direction. To pass, you tap your target player with the stylus. To shoot, you simply tap your opponent's goal. When shooting, you can point to different areas of the goal to get different directions for your shot.

Run into an opponent player and you enter into a command battle. Here, the bottom screen displays panels allowing you to select from various options. When on defense, you can select to block or slide. When on offense, you can chose to evade or jump over your opponent. The game also uses this command system for goals, as some shot opportunities will prompt you for heading or a volley shot.

Maybe it's just because I'm a soccer player, but that sounds like it could be some good - albeit quirky - fun.
10204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 29, 2007, 08:18:59 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 29, 2007, 06:55:36 PM

Woo



Work

Purty.  You draw that?

Makes me realize I have entirely too many icons on my desktop.
10205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: August 29, 2007, 06:05:14 PM

Quote from: Xmann on August 29, 2007, 05:49:56 PM

am i the only one with 0 interest in this game?

No interest here either.  Probably the most overrated series ever, imo.
10206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: August 28, 2007, 06:22:40 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 28, 2007, 05:06:11 PM

I know that Gamestop's evil female robot hasn't called me yet, so I think it's tomorrow.

Hey, you show Aeris some respect!
10207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 JRPG's on: August 28, 2007, 06:21:37 PM

Quote from: warning on August 28, 2007, 05:17:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 28, 2007, 03:14:05 PM

Might want to give Dark Cloud 2 a try as well.  It's more action-RPG, but still a quality game.

Dude.  He wants games that have simplicity.

"First you have to learn how you can invent things.  Oh and you have to learn how to take pictures.  And now you get to learn how to play golf in a RPG.  An RPG?  Yes now shut up.  Now we're going to switch characters on you and you'll play a girl who uses magic and a sword instead of a boy with a wrench and a gun.  Now you are piloting a giant robot which you have to maintain and fuel.  Now you have to figure out how to spectrumize every freaking item you find to bind it to your weapon so it can level up.  Now you have to learn fishing.  Got all that?  Now you have to basically rebuild the fucking world building by building."

 icon_lol  I didn't remember it as being overly complex, but apparently my memory is failing in my old age.  Then again, it has been a damn long time since I played it.
10208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 JRPG's on: August 28, 2007, 03:14:05 PM
If you're looking for simple, definitely check out Dragon Quest VIII.  It's about as simple as it gets, both in gameplay and story.  I thought the first couple Shadow Hearts games were fairly simple as well, but ymmv.  Might want to give Dark Cloud 2 a try as well.  It's more action-RPG, but still a quality game.
10209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: August 28, 2007, 01:01:56 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 28, 2007, 12:48:57 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2007, 10:57:56 PM

Quote from: warning on August 27, 2007, 03:32:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2007, 04:20:57 AM

No one complained about emotionless NPCs in Oblivion.

Where were you?  The NPC's in Oblivion were a *major* source of criticism.

I don't recall criticism, I remember people praising the amount of dialogue in the game and the well-done voice-acting. Are you referring to their daily schedules?

No, he is referring to everyone being obsessed with the same nonsense.

"I saw a mudcrab the other day."
"Dreadful creatures."

(walk 4 feet)

"I saw a mudcrab the other day."
"Dreadful creatures."

(walk 4 feet)

"I saw a mudcrab the other day."
"Dreadful creatures."


All voiced by the same three actors.  The lack of VO variety in Oblivion drove me nuts.
10210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: August 28, 2007, 12:09:56 AM

Quote from: Canuck on August 27, 2007, 11:59:20 PM

Is there not even a world map where you go from town to town? 

There is a world map listing towns where you can choose to a)  advance the story, b) shop, or c) do a random battle.  It's pretty standard SRPG fare, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a game in the genre that didn't use this type of setup.
10211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 27, 2007, 04:12:58 PM
I'll be picking this one up as soon as I finish Jeanne D'Arc.  Just not enough time for both right now.
10212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: August 27, 2007, 03:24:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 27, 2007, 03:19:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2007, 01:23:53 PM

EDIT:  Interesting that they make no mention of the "Advent Children" movie in the FF VII episode.

maybe because it sucked?

* CeeKay ducks

 Tongue

Oh no you di'int...
10213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 27, 2007, 02:13:50 PM
The Blue Dragon reviews have scared me away, so nada, zip, zilch for this week.  frown
10214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why does the PSP have so many mediocre/bad RPG's? on: August 27, 2007, 02:08:37 PM

Quote from: warning on August 27, 2007, 01:46:56 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 26, 2007, 07:17:07 AM

It could be the fact that for the most part companies haven't been willing to dedicate the development time and money for lengthy RPGs on a portable system when they could target the larger, more well established market of consoles.  If they have a smaller or second-tier team with less time you end up with mediocre results.

I think that's the answer.  If you're going to spend $xx to develop a RPG would you want to do it for the PSP or for the DS which has a much larger installed base meaning more sales or for the PS2 which has roughly PSP-quality visuals but has an even larger installed base?  It's the problem with a lot of PSP games: companies won't dedicate AAA development teams until the system does better but the system won't do better until it gets more AAA titles.  I think things are starting to turn around for the PSP and I hope the PSP Slim shifts things even further.

I'd actually pose the same question about the DS.  Outside of Pokemon and FF III, there's really no RPG's for that system either.  There's a few quality niche titles (Contact, Etrian Odyssey, etc.), but most of the DS RPG's have been pretty bad.  I know there's some coming, but it's a genre that is sorely lacking in the handheld department right now.
10215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The GT Scariest Games Ever Thread on: August 27, 2007, 01:41:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2007, 12:59:39 PM

Clive Barker's Undying.

+1.  This is the only game that has actually scared me enough to quit playing. 
10216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: August 27, 2007, 01:23:53 PM
Well, there goes my productivity for the morning.  Thanks alot metallic...  smile

EDIT:  Interesting that they make no mention of the "Advent Children" movie in the FF VII episode.
10217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 27, 2007, 11:53:59 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2007, 06:45:02 AM

What the hell man, I can't get past this flipping stage. Once I finally got close, he blocked my path and I ran out of turns before I could run around him to the exit. Either that, or he one-shots my weakest character once she gets close. I'm going on my 10th attempt now...

Sounds like your characters are too low of a level for that stage.  Instead of retrying the same fight over and over, go do a few of the "Free Combat" areas and get your characters a few more levels and/or skill slots.

FWIW, I've made it a habit to complete 1-2 random battles between each story level.  It's kept my character levels fairly high, and I haven't had any problems with enemies (even bosses) one-hitting my characters.
10218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 27, 2007, 01:35:20 AM
Not that we need any more impressions at this point, but...  smile

Now 16 hours in, and Jeanne D'Arc is a solid contender for my GOTY.  They simply got everything right with this title, and it's just amazingly fun to play.   Most of the little gripes and nitpicks from other SRPG's have been ironed out in this game.  The attention to detail in both the graphics (things like the shadow of clouds passing over the plains during battle) and gameplay balance are outstanding.   The story - which I thought would be the weak point - has just kept getting better as it goes, and there's a fantastic twist at the end of Chapter 3.  Can't wait to see where that sequence of events takes things.  Probably the only thing I would change at this point is to not have quite as many characters.  I'm up to a dozen now, and it's making it extremely difficult to keep everyone up to speed.  I've got a main battle party I've been using, and have unfortunately started neglecting everyone else.

For those concerned about the time limit, in 16 hours I have only had a single battle where it has even been an issue.  And that battle was only an issue of getting characters to a certain location in time, and not a problem actually defeating an enemy. 

P.S.  Has anyone else taken on that "free battle" area at the beginning of chapter 3?  My guess is that is a fight that I will come back to in a long time (the 800 hit point dragon was a little daunting), and it better have something awfully cool.

10219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 26, 2007, 05:09:37 PM
Drummer or guitarist, I'm all over it.  Singer would be a scary prospect, but I'll probably give it a shot.   nod
10220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 26, 2007, 04:02:25 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on August 26, 2007, 02:53:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch 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?
 
That's strange.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
I am able to make a "Transform" choice when I select Gilles. I forget the name of the Gem he uses, but he turns into some sort of "bird" guy. It hasn't been too helpful yet because I haven't used him much and he's quite a few levels behind Jeanne, but it's definitely there on his menu choices. I wonder if maybe he gets the Transform ability at a certain level. He's level 17 in my game.
 

Spoiler for Hiden:
I wonder if it's maybe not the level, but getting to a particular battle that triggers it.  I just finished part 1 of the final fort battle, and the Transform ability became available this time.  Gilles is around level 23, so I don't think it has anything to do wtih the level.  Strange...

EDIT:  I figured it out.  You can only use the transform command before moving.  After you move, that option is no longer available.

I've actually been doing quite a few random battle to try and keep everyone around the same level.  Jeanne is still out front at 28, but most of my characters are within 2-3 levels of her.  I think my lowest character is Collete at 22.  Man, that guy is worthless.  smile
10221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aliens vs. Predator 2- The Real Deal? on: August 26, 2007, 01:42:19 PM
Note to self:  Do not watch that trailer while attempting to eat breakfast.
10222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why does the PSP have so many mediocre/bad RPG's? on: August 26, 2007, 07:00:18 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 26, 2007, 06:58:03 AM

For PS1 RPGs on PSP there is a little thing called hacking the firmware icon_wink

Yeah, I probably should look into that. 
10223  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.
10224  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
10225  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.
10226  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
10227  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. 
10228  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.
10229  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!
10230  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
10231  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
10232  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
10233  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.
10234  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
10235  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.
10236  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
10237  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.
10238  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.
10239  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...
10240  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.
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