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10241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 08, 2007, 02:08:26 PM
The RPG lineup for X-Box is very slim.  I'd highly recommend both Knights of the Old Republic games, and I really enjoyed Fable as well.  Sudeki was also a fun - if rather shallow - action RPG and is one of the only pseudo-Japanese style RPG's on the system.  I personally hated Jade Empire, but ymmv.  Might also want to try the Lord of the Rings: Third Age game.  Think Final Fantasy X with a LotR skin, pretty fun game.

Of course there's Ninja Gaiden, which I personally hated but a lot of people swear by.  I also enjoyed Beyond Good & Evil and Demonstone, but they can both be found on other systems.

P.S.  I have no idea what games are BC or not
10242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 08, 2007, 02:39:18 AM
10243  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 07, 2007, 11:08:26 PM
Big 'ol +1 to Simon for the free copy of Armed & Dangerous
10244  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: February 07, 2007, 11:07:51 PM
Got mine today.  Simon's da man!!
10245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 07, 2007, 10:04:16 PM
That's awesome info Bob.  I never thought to use the post-battle 'heal to 80%' trick!   thumbsup

A couple other gambit tips that came to mind:

-  Always set up at least one or two characters with either a Phoenix Down or Resurrect gambit in the top slot.  That way, anyone who goes down will immediately get revived.  Don't do it with everyone, or you end up using multiple PD's or spells for a single downed ally.

-  The Decoy ability is fantastic for mob control, and is essential in the late-game.  It causes all enemies to attack one ally, and leaves your others free to cure, use black magic, etc.  For about the last 10 hours of the game, I set up a gambit that would automatically keep Decoy and  Protect cast on my tank.

-  For standard enemies, I would almost always control my tank (Vaan or Basch) and just let the gambits work on my healers and ranged attackers.  On bosses, however, I would always send my tanks in to fight, then control my ranged character to make sure buffs and heals were staying up on the tanks.  Seemed to be a pretty effective tactic.

Man, this is making me want to start FFXII over again...
10246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All Time Favorite Fantasy/Sci Fi Settings? on: February 06, 2007, 05:24:44 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on February 06, 2007, 03:56:51 PM

Dark Crystal

Labyrinth

Never Ending Story



Thanks for lodging this in my head for the rest of the day:

You remind me of the babe.
What babe?
The babe with the power.
What power?
The power of voodoo.
Who do?
You do.
Do what?
Remind me of the babe.


Admit it, you're singing it now too.

10247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best wishes to KD on: February 06, 2007, 05:04:42 PM
Yikes.  Hope everything's OK.
10248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 06, 2007, 04:08:22 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 06, 2007, 03:30:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 06, 2007, 12:02:57 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 06, 2007, 03:25:00 AM

Okay gang, here's my question on Quickenings. I only have one on Bauch and have not picked up any of the others for any other character. I'm to a point where let's just say having a lot of these chained together would be a good thing. So, my question is this: Exactly how do I use them? Say I go into my other characters and give each one a Quickening. Would that then make the one on Bauch more powerful? As it stands now when I click on Quickening up pops a screen and a little menu at the bottom right but hell if I know what to do with it. What am I supposed to do other than probably read the frickin' manual? smile

FWIW, I never did figure out the whole Quickening chain thing and was able to beat the game pretty easily.  I also didn't realize until 30+ hours in that getting quickenings doubled a characters MP.  Needless to say, I made a beeline for them as soon as I figured that little tidbit out!

Well holy crap. That explains why the one guy who isn't Magic-centric yet has the lone Quickening of my crew has as many if not more so magic points than my mages.

/pwned.


Whew, I'm not the only one that didn't notice.   icon_wink
10249  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 06, 2007, 03:09:43 PM
+1 to wonderpug for quick payment on Rogue Galaxy
10250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you smoke? on: February 06, 2007, 01:09:29 PM
Smoked for 4 years during college, but quit soon after.  Chewed tobacco on and off for about 10 years, but also quit that about 3 months ago and haven't had one since.

First time in 11 years I've been completely tobacco free, and I feel great!  smile
10251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 06, 2007, 12:02:57 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 06, 2007, 03:25:00 AM

Okay gang, here's my question on Quickenings. I only have one on Bauch and have not picked up any of the others for any other character. I'm to a point where let's just say having a lot of these chained together would be a good thing. So, my question is this: Exactly how do I use them? Say I go into my other characters and give each one a Quickening. Would that then make the one on Bauch more powerful? As it stands now when I click on Quickening up pops a screen and a little menu at the bottom right but hell if I know what to do with it. What am I supposed to do other than probably read the frickin' manual? smile

FWIW, I never did figure out the whole Quickening chain thing and was able to beat the game pretty easily.  I also didn't realize until 30+ hours in that getting quickenings doubled a characters MP.  Needless to say, I made a beeline for them as soon as I figured that little tidbit out!
10252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 06, 2007, 02:02:35 AM
Been a few months since I played, but the best setup I found for a Steal gambit was to set one of your support characters with the Enemy HP=100% --> Steal.  This way they would only steal against enemies at full strength, then switch to attack/cast/heal/whatever once they'd been hit.  It required a little bit of babysitting (they would continually steal if the other members were concentrating on a tough enemy), but it was certainly better than having to open your leader's menu every time you wanted to steal.

With the license board, definately for the augments first.  You can keep them specific (melee damage boost for fighters, X% less mana for casters, etc.), but the augments are an absolute lifesaver.  I found that I rarely used black magic, so I set up 2 characters as ranged White Mages (Penelo/crossbow & Fran/bow), one as a ranged combo black/white mage (Balthier/guns), and three melee characters (Vaan & Basch with heavy armor & swords, Ashe with spear and light armor).  If you get the LP doubling accessory (which I would highly recommend), you'll have enough LP by level 45 for every augment, nearly every spell (black, green, white, time, & otherwise), plenty of weapons, and 3 quickenings for everyone.  You'll need to specialize a bit for the first half of the game, but it opens up pretty quickly. 
10253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: March EGM Scores and Rumors on: February 06, 2007, 01:22:22 AM
Man, Diddy Kong racing is just getting trashed.  Thought it might be a fun Mario Kart diversion, but I guess not.
10254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ice cream! Ice cream! The ice cream man is coming! on: February 05, 2007, 11:47:29 PM
When I see this, it makes me sad that we now get this.
10255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms AND Suikoden Questions on: February 05, 2007, 10:22:47 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 05, 2007, 10:17:27 PM

Suikoden, in order or greatness:

Suikoden 2
Suikoden
Suikoden 5
Suikoden 3
Suikoden 4

Suikoden 4 is quite horrible. Suikoden 3 and 5 change spots on the list depending upon which gamer you ask.

I only tried Suikoden 3 & 4, and they were both bad enough to swear off the series completely.
10256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: February 05, 2007, 08:07:44 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 05, 2007, 07:58:30 PM

If you're having trouble with the combat, be very wary when opening treasure chests.  Mimics are very nasty, and are several times more powerful than the other enemies in the area.  I was easily wiping out the enemies on Juraika, but the first mimic almost wiped out my party in a few seconds.  After a bunch of healing potions and resurrections, I eventually won, but it was a close call.

Yeah, I got smacked around by a couple of those on Juraika.  Certainly a shock after walking through most of the other enemies.

Unfortunately, Rogue Galaxy failed my "8 hour test".  If I find that I'm not enjoying a game after 8 hours, I can put in aside in good conscience knowing that I gave it a fair shake.  I might have been able to handle the combat difficulties if the story was compelling (or vice versa), but the combination of the two just killed it for me.  With zero interest in the characters and nothing but aggravation with the combat, the game was quickly becoming an exercise in frustration and simply not any fun.

I am glad so many others seem to be enjoying it though.  I just wish I was there with ya.  frown
10257  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Rogue Galaxy on: February 05, 2007, 07:49:28 PM

Quote from: warning on February 05, 2007, 07:47:11 PM

Crap.  If I didn't miss it and it's still available then count me in please.

Sorry man, someone beat you to it by about 5 minutes.
10258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ATB MIA? Weekend Recap 5/Feb/2007 on: February 05, 2007, 07:42:27 PM
Played another couple hours of Rogue Galaxy and realized that, unfortunately, I really don't like it.  I was really hoping it would be the next great RPG after FFXII, but it's a no go for me.  frown

So, I ended up finishing Act I in Diablo II and am trying to make sense of Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri, which I'm just playing for the first time.  Talk about complex!   eek  I'm also hopelessly addicted to Bookworm Adventures, and started it over again.

10259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh no! Joss Whedon quits as WW director on: February 05, 2007, 07:38:19 PM
This means he can start working on the Serenity sequel or Sci-Fi Channel Firefly series, right? 
10260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Legal] Jack Thompson to face potential disbarment. on: February 05, 2007, 07:36:58 PM
As much as we all hate Jack, in some ways I think we need to keep him around.  The guy is so obviously batshit insane that very few people actually take him seriously.  Imagine if the gaming industry was trying to fight against someone with all of Jack's "video games are teh evil" conviction, but the smarts to present it without coming across as a complete loon.  That would certainly be a more formidable foe.
10261  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Rogue Galaxy on: February 05, 2007, 07:25:36 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 05, 2007, 06:53:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 05, 2007, 06:48:25 PM

As much as I want to like it, turns out that Rogue Galaxy just isn't my thing.  Will do game + guide for $45 shipped.  Can't think of anything I'm looking for in trades, but feel free to make an offer for PC, PS2, or DS.

 icon_eek  Holy crap, that is an amazing deal!

I like to take care of mah GT peeps.  smile
10262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: February 05, 2007, 06:51:59 PM
Put another couple hours in over the weekend, and realized after 8 hours that RG just simply isn't my thing.  The combat is just way to hectic and twitchy for me, and I just can't get interested in the story or characters at all.   It's got outstanding production values, but apparently my old-man gaming reflexes are such that I'm just not enjoying the game at all.

It pains me to do it (I was really hoping this would be the next 70+ hour RPG to follow up FFXII), but it's up in the trading forum if anyone wants it.   icon_cry
10263  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Rogue Galaxy on: February 05, 2007, 06:48:25 PM
As much as I want to like it, turns out that Rogue Galaxy just isn't my thing.  Will do game + guide for $45 shipped.  Can't think of anything I'm looking for in trades, but feel free to make an offer for PC, PS2, or DS.  **SOLD**
10264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/5) on: February 05, 2007, 02:45:24 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 05, 2007, 02:23:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 05, 2007, 02:18:56 PM

Debating whether I want to get Final Fantasy VI or not.  I've already got it on PS1, so I'm not sure if it's worth picking up for the DS as well.  Would be nice to play without the ungodly load times, though.

If you've never played it then by all means grab it for the GBA.  The load times on the PS1 version really are excruciating and can mar what is otherwise a superlative experience. 

I've gotten about 3 hours in on two separate occasions, and never played any further.  Maybe if I have it in a portable format, it'll keep my attention better.
10265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/5) on: February 05, 2007, 02:18:56 PM
Debating whether I want to get Final Fantasy VI or not.  I've already got it on PS1, so I'm not sure if it's worth picking up for the DS as well.  Would be nice to play without the ungodly load times, though.
10266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SB Predictions. Gellar U Post 1st. Everyone Else Do the Opposite & Be Correc on: February 04, 2007, 10:49:23 PM
Colts:  24-21
10267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall on: February 04, 2007, 07:10:17 PM
Just spent a 1/2 hour with the demo, and my only reaction is 'meh'.  Looks and feels like a low budget Titan Quest.  Also runs like an absolute pig on my system.  I know I don't have the best specs (Athlon XP 3800, 7600 GT video, 1 GB RAM) but it runs TQ just fine, which looks far better than Silverfall.

May pick this up down the road after a price drop.
10268  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: BFME2, Knights of the Nine (Oblivion expansion), TLJ on: February 04, 2007, 05:46:33 PM
Battle for Middle Earth 2:  PC CD-ROM version.  Have the box & CD's.  No manual (the person I bought it from couldn't find it), but I do have the legit registration code.  $14 shipped.

Knights of the Nine:  Oblivion expansion.  $10 shipped.  **SALE PENDING**

The Longest Journey:  CD & Box, PDF manual on disc.  $10 shipped.

Only thing I'm really looking for is Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, but make me an offer for DS, PC, or PS2.

10269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall on: February 04, 2007, 04:52:01 PM
This one slipped completely under my radar.  DL'ing the demo now.
10270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist, Fools! 2/Feb/07 on: February 02, 2007, 08:42:41 PM

Quote from: kathode on February 02, 2007, 08:39:32 PM

I just finished Giruvegan and have put in several hours of leveling in the Necrohol, so my guys are all cresting 60 now.  Then probably will have to wait until next weekend to push through the last remaining plot stuff. 

FWIW, you should be able to beat the game pretty easily with 60+ level characters. 
10271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist, Fools! 2/Feb/07 on: February 02, 2007, 08:06:57 PM
I'm going to give Rogue Galaxy through the weekend and see if it grows on me.  I really want to like it, but I'm afraid the combat is just too twitchy for me.  Hopefully I just don't have the hang of it yet, and it'll 'click' with me this weekend.

Will probably put some time into Syberia and Diablo II as well.
10272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore. On the DS on: February 02, 2007, 06:45:07 PM
Awesome, awesome, awesome.
10273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bumper Stickers on: February 02, 2007, 03:48:01 PM
I have one that says:

"I poke badgers with spoons"

No secret meaning, just thought it was funny.  Always amusing to watch people in the rearview trying to puzzle it out.
10274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The good news is that I'm okay... on: February 02, 2007, 03:45:08 PM
Damn, glad you're OK.  We had a pretty nasty snowstorm here earlier this week that turned a 20 minute commute into an hour and a half.  Always an adventure during winter driving!
10275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: February 01, 2007, 05:30:56 PM

Quote from: Ragnarok on February 01, 2007, 02:35:37 AM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2007, 07:04:00 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on January 30, 2007, 05:23:00 PM

I usually do straight trance most of the time. Sometimes go into the more vocal stuff. There are some hard songs that I like.
Name some bands.  Any of these sound familiar?

-VNV Nation
-In Strict Confidence
-Neuroticfish
-Assemblage 23
-Apoptygma Berzerk
-NamNamBulu
-ATB
-Das Ich
-Covenant (you might really like them)
-DeVision
-Dismantled
-Hanzel und Gretyl (very hard, just thought I'd throw that in there..)
-Informatik
-Melotron
-KMFDM (and the MDFMK release)
-Seabound

All of those are in the industrial/futurepop/electronica/techno sort of style of music.  Of course, Oakenfold / Sasha & Digweed / etc. are trancey.

Good list of stuff to check out there dep.  I recognized Covenant and KMFDM though the only industrial stuff I currently have on my PC is older Ministry and REALLY old Malhavoc.

Just FYI, Assemblage 23 has a new album coming out this spring.  While their last effort was a little weak, I've got high hopes for the new one!
10276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: February 01, 2007, 02:05:06 PM
Quick (2 hours) impressions:

+  Sure is purty.  Not sure if it looks better than FFXII, but it's certainly equal in a cel-shaded sort of way.

+  VO work is good.  Nothing turns me off of a game faster than bad voice work, and RG nailed it.

+  Seems like there will be plenty to do. 

+/- Not sold on the combat system yet.  It's very fast and frantic, and reminds me a lot of Kingdom Hearts (which I really disliked).  Part of the problem comes from the camera (more in a sec), but I probably just need to figure out how to use it better.

-  Story is pretty bland so far.  From the reviews, it doesn't sound it gets much more interesting, which is a shame.  There's a ton they could have done with this universe, no pun intended. 

-  Camera is pretty wonky in battles.  On multiple occasions, it got locked into strange angles that made it impossible to see what was going on.  I found that I get hit a lot from behind because I can't see what's back there.  It's also annoying that blocking locks you into one spot.  Combat would be instantly improved if you were just able to rotate while blocking to see where the enemies are.

-  Difficulty seems a bit off, but maybe that's because I'm not any good yet.   I took out a few bosses with no problem, then got my ass handed to me by ye olde generic enemies.

First impressions are that it's a poor man's FFXII.  The Revelation board is similar to the license board, and the bestiary is just like FFXII's in trying to kill X number of a certain enemy.  It certainly channels both Dark Cloud and Kingdom Hearts in it's combat style, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your opinion of those games.  I'm not sold on it yet, but I'm not hating it either.  Gonna need another few hours to tell.
10277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games That Took A While, But Then Just Clicked on: February 01, 2007, 12:08:52 AM
Final Fantasy Tactics.  Bought and sold the game 3 seperate times because I just couldn't get into it.  First time was right after I finished FFVII, and I was expecting more of the same.  You can imagine how that turned out.  Tried it again a year later, and could never get the hang of the combat system.  Tried one more time a year after that, bought the guide to go along with it, and it just clicked.  Absolutely fell in love with it and have spent hundreds of hours with it since.
10278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 31, 2007, 09:26:26 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 31, 2007, 08:55:59 PM

When I picked up mine, some guy who smelled of District Manager asked me if I preordered Rogue Galaxy, and when I said no, was surprised that the store had some available for sale anyhow.  He said something about other GameStop stores in the area were sold out and that I was very lucky to be able to get one.

-Autistic Angel

Man, that bullshit infuriates me.  That's a whole 'nother topic for a whole 'nother thread though.

Maybe I'll swing by Target on the way home.
10279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 31, 2007, 07:55:25 PM
I was dead set against getting this, but a couple of the reviews are making it look more tempting.  Plus the fact that it's only $40 helps.  I'm not really playing else anything right now, so maybe I'll give it a shot.

I canceled my Gamestop pre-order, so I'm debating if I want to try and go play their "you didn't pre-order, you don't get one" game.
10280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever wondered what is your true faith ? on: January 31, 2007, 06:45:50 PM
1.    Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants  (100%)
2.    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (90%)
3.    Jehovah's Witness (80%)
4.    Reform Judaism (77%)
5.    Liberal Quakers (76%)
6.    Bah�'� Faith (75%)
7.    Unitarian Universalism (64%)
8.    Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (58%)
9.    Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (55%)
10.    Orthodox Judaism (53%)
11.    Sikhism (52%)
12.    Islam (48%)
13.    Orthodox Quaker (44%)
14.    New Thought (44%)
15.    Neo-Pagan (40%)
16.    New Age (40%)
17.    Secular Humanism (37%)
18.    Mahayana Buddhism (32%)
19.    Jainism (31%)
20.    Theravada Buddhism (31%)
21.    Taoism (28%)
22.    Scientology (27%)
23.    Seventh Day Adventist (26%)
24.    Eastern Orthodox (22%)
25.    Roman Catholic (22%)
26.    Hinduism (19%)
27.    Nontheist (18%)
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