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10241  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.
10242  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
10243  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. 
10244  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...
10245  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.
10246  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
10247  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.
10248  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.
10249  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
10250  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. 
10251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: September 14, 2007, 11:20:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 14, 2007, 09:40:42 PM

the don't seem to work for me in firefox.  nor when i use the ietab extension.  it has to be virgin ie6 or nothing apparently.

Works fine for me.  :shrug:

I actually rather enjoyed TR:  A, but that was funny as hell.
10252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 05:28:37 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 14, 2007, 01:52:36 AM

Not too expensive (relatively).  The Seiko is 73,000 yen and Orient 45,000 yen.  So that would be about $650 and $380 respectively.

Apparently your definition of "not too expensive" and mine are vastly different.  slywink
10253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII intro(look familiar?) on: September 14, 2007, 05:26:19 PM

Quote from: depward on September 14, 2007, 03:26:45 PM

Gameplay vid (blurry, but has a cutscene + gameplay) http://youtube.com/watch?v=q2Byz6nJq4o

Wish I knew what the heck was going on there.  Looks very cool, but I can't tell if it's an extremely fast turn-based system or a more real-time, action-RPG style.
10254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 14, 2007, 06:28:36 AM










10255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 03:42:01 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 03:36:56 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 14, 2007, 03:32:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 02:36:57 AM

Also, looks like Blue Dragon did just over 50k.  Talk about a bomb!  That's worse than Enchanted Arms did it's first month! 

Ouch.  I'm curious how many gamers were initally interested, but opted not to pick it up after seeing the mediocre reviews and horrible demo.  That's certainly what happened with me.

Creates somewhat of a Catch-22.   JRPG fans won't plunk down cash for mediocre/bad games, which in turn means publishers won't keep bringing JRPG's to the system because of poor sales.  We're all hoping for the next Final Fantasy, but chances are it won't get made unless we buy the BD's and Enchanted Arm's that keep getting released.

I maintain that a June release with no demo would have scene sales of BD in well excess of 300k.  I think it would have even reviewed better then as well. 

I agree.  The game could have been the bees knees, and still been buried under the big August releases.  There's a couple games that fit that mold pretty well.  Jeanne D'Arc is a wonderful little game, but had no chance competing with the likes of Bioshock and Madden for people's console dollars.
10256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 14, 2007, 03:34:13 AM

Quote from: Enough on September 14, 2007, 12:13:23 AM




I'm so going to hell for laughing at that.
10257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 03:32:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 02:36:57 AM

Also, looks like Blue Dragon did just over 50k.  Talk about a bomb!  That's worse than Enchanted Arms did it's first month! 

Ouch.  I'm curious how many gamers were initally interested, but opted not to pick it up after seeing the mediocre reviews and horrible demo.  That's certainly what happened with me.

Creates somewhat of a Catch-22.   JRPG fans won't plunk down cash for mediocre/bad games, which in turn means publishers won't keep bringing JRPG's to the system because of poor sales.  We're all hoping for the next Final Fantasy, but chances are it won't get made unless we buy the BD's and Enchanted Arm's that keep getting released.
10258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Undiscovery screenshots on: September 12, 2007, 01:30:22 PM
I typically dislike Tri-Ace games, and that ridiculous name isn't doing this one any favors.

Graphics are nice, though.
10259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 11, 2007, 08:55:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 11, 2007, 01:24:47 PM

New additions:

  # Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" [master track]
  # Red Hot Chilli Pepper's "Dani California" [master track]
  # KISS' "Detroit Rock City" [master track]

Not bad.  Not great, but certainly not terrible.

I keep hoping they'll throw us black/speed/death/whatever metal fans a bone and give us at least one track that we can growl along with instead of singing.  Some Opeth would be sweet.
10260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Gaiden 2 Screens on: September 11, 2007, 08:52:57 PM
It's been a while since I played it, but I don't remember the NG1 being that over the top with the gore.  Am I just remembering wrong?

EDIT:  I kannt speel
10261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 10, 2007, 09:45:50 PM
Congrats Eco-Logic!!
10262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP or PS3 on: September 10, 2007, 06:48:17 PM
If you like SRPG's, Jeanne D'Arc (PSP) is easily my Game of the Year so far.  It'd be an awesome strategy title on any platform, but is near perfection on a handheld.
10263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap (9-10-07) on: September 10, 2007, 06:17:25 PM
Only managed to get in a couple levels of Jeanne D'Arc between football games.
10264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 10, 2007, 06:16:09 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 10, 2007, 04:25:05 PM

Final Fantasy Tactics.  Fun game, interesting story, shocking ending (for me anyways).

FF Tactics Advance is a very close #2 on my list.  It and FFVII are the only games that I have ever put more than 100 hours into.
10265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 10, 2007, 03:43:53 PM
Easy, Final Fantasy VII.   It's the sole reason I ever became a gamer.
10266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 09, 2007, 03:29:49 PM
Bummer, but certainly not a deal breaker.  All my play will be solo anyways, so I'm not too worried about cords running across the room.
10267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII intro(look familiar?) on: September 09, 2007, 03:28:00 PM
Mmmmm, purty. 
10268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ocean 4 - first details and screens! on: September 08, 2007, 06:45:15 PM

Quote from: Calvin on September 07, 2007, 06:50:31 AM

Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying this conversation about JRPGs and the US market and all that guys, really good ideas, information, and speculation-fun to read.

I'll echo Calvin here.  Anytime Kevin, Dante, and Eddie get into an RPG discussion, it's fun for the rest of us.  smile
10269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 08, 2007, 06:20:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 08, 2007, 05:42:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 08, 2007, 05:10:31 PM

Hobbies have become tougher since I've gone back to working 60+ hour weeks.  I still play soccer quite a bit (2 indoor and 1 outdoor game every week) and have been trying to catch up on some "modern classic" books (just finished Farenheit 451 and am halfway through 1984), but that's about it.  Most of my free time this summer has been spent trying to get my yard in shape, but since I hate yardwork I'm not considering it a hobby.

Hell man, if your working 60+ a week can you not afford to hire some of those Hispanic yard workers to maintain your yard? We have a few guys that mow the lawn every Friday, I think we pay them like $70 a month.

My retired father-in-law decided that our yard was his project this summer.  It's great because he has designed and paid for all the improvements, but part of the deal was that I would help him do the work.  Considering I'm getting a new 16' X 16' covered deck, brand new sprinkler system, and a ton of landscaping for free, I shouldn't complain a bit.  smile
10270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 08, 2007, 05:10:31 PM
Hobbies have become tougher since I've gone back to working 60+ hour weeks.  I still play soccer quite a bit (2 indoor and 1 outdoor game every week) and have been trying to catch up on some "modern classic" books (just finished Farenheit 451 and am halfway through 1984), but that's about it.  Most of my free time this summer has been spent trying to get my yard in shape, but since I hate yardwork I'm not considering it a hobby.

There's a couple of activities that I really used to enjoy that I'm going to try and get back into this year:

-  Weight lifting
-  Racquetball
-  Playing the drums

Time permitting, of course.   Fending off CeeKay's advances takes up a lot more time than you'd think, as I'm sure some of you already know.

EDIT:  Should probably add that every Saturday from now until December is about nothing but Utah football, and every Sunday is dedicated to our Our Blessed Lady of the NFL.
10271  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Okami (PS2) on: September 08, 2007, 02:00:21 PM
Nothing really to trade, so shoot me a price.
10272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere follow-up coming to Wii on: September 08, 2007, 01:58:13 PM
Wow, that's beautiful.

I could never really get into Odin Sphere's gameplay, but I absolutely loved the artwork.  This certainly looks to continue in that vein.
10273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/07/07 on: September 08, 2007, 03:24:57 AM
Mainly Jeanne D'Arc and possibly some Brave Story.
10274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 07, 2007, 04:12:12 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 07, 2007, 03:55:35 AM

Quote from: Atragon on September 07, 2007, 02:51:58 AM

Will smashing your axe at the end of a song give bonus points? slywink

No, but playing the drums one handed will open up a couple of hidden Def Leppard songs.

::golf clap::
10275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 06, 2007, 09:50:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 06, 2007, 07:10:04 PM

Beginning of Chapter 4 Spoiler: 
Spoiler for Hiden:
  Damn, I'm really happy I've been leveling up Lianne all along.  I had kind of ignored her initially since she seemed so weak but without another mage I took the effort to level her up.  She proved her worth there in short order but now that she's the lead at least for a time it's really paid off.  I'd be crying right now if I had let her languish.

::snicker::

Just wait until you hit the end of Chapter 5.  I'll leave it at that...
10276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 08:29:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?

Not that I'm bailing on my pre-order (Rock Band is still #1 on my most wanted list), but these track announcements did nothing for me.  Pixies are good, but that's certainly not the song I'd pick. 
10277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 05:31:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 05:20:44 PM

Grateful Dead. Blech.

+1
10278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: September 05, 2007, 03:15:22 PM
My refurb unit started giving me "Unplayable disc" errors last night.  This is only the 4th time I've turned it on since I got it back, and it's been played for about 2 hours tops.

Unreal.
10279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is your Armageddon Empires thread? Cause this game is excellent... on: September 05, 2007, 01:28:54 PM
You guys just need to stop.  The last need my backlog needs right now is yet another deep, complex, involving game.    icon_frown
10280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 05, 2007, 11:48:32 AM

Quote from: skystride on September 04, 2007, 08:36:14 PM

Anyone know if those items that permanently raise stats are only usable during battle?  It's not just permanent for a single battle is it?

Not sure, I've actually never used them.  I'll give them a try tonight.

The story is just all kinds of cool.  Just finished chapter 5 last night, and there's a major plot twist that just floored me.  I'm honestly in awe of how engaging and intriguing they've managed to make the story, given the source material.
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