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10241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 03, 2007, 11:50:07 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 03, 2007, 11:26:53 PM

I have a confession-I have never actually finished a FF game.  I beat FF Tactics but I played with a friend.  Played about 35 hours of FF7, 30 hours of FF9, and about 40 hours of FFX.  I never beat any of them though.  I'm wondering if it would be possible to go through and beat them all in the month of December.  Is it do you think?  If I start over from the beginning?  I don't have a job so that will help.  On the other hand I don't want to be sitting in front of the TV permanently for a month.  Is it possible to rush through them without doing too much grinding and very few sidequests and finish them in say 30 hours or 35 hours?

IIRC, first time through I beat FF7 in 35, FF9 in 45, and FFX in 40.  That's with a minimum of side quest, and just the requisite grinding to get all the way through.

That said, it would be a shit-ton of gaming for a single month.
10242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 03, 2007, 11:24:11 PM
I put in my RMA request a couple weeks ago, and today received my return box (just did the standard return, not the express).  The box is huge, and is obviously intended for the drum set.  It includes instructions on "packing your drum kit", but makes no mention of the guitar.  My guess is that they sent me the wrong return box, but I figured I'd see what other people had encountered with the return process.  The guitar will certainly fit in this box (it's huge), but I don't want to send it back if it's incorrect.

EDIT:  I love how there is absolutely no documentation on how to complete the return.  There are the extremely vague instructions on how to pack up the drum kit, 3 separate UPS labels (all with different tracking numbers), and that's it.   No idea which return label I'm supposed to put on the box, or what happens after I ship.  I assume they'll get it back and send out a replacement, but it would be nice to at least give me an idea of the process.
10243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/3) on: December 03, 2007, 06:23:14 PM

And CK's new avatar gives me a headache.  Make it stop!!
10244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favourite videogame music? on: December 03, 2007, 03:08:48 PM
A few personal favorites:

-  Xenogears Cried (live Celtic arrangements of the songs from Xenogears)
-  Beyond Good & Evil
-  Planescape:  Torment
-  Chrono Cross
-  Final Fantasy VII & IX Piano Collections
-  Tenchu
-  Heroes of Might & Magic III
-  Einhander
10245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 02, 2007, 03:01:51 PM

Quote from: Semaj on December 02, 2007, 10:42:23 AM

That was neat.
10246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 02, 2007, 02:57:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 02, 2007, 08:47:09 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 02, 2007, 08:40:55 AM

$169.99.  Costco sold it for $159.99.

Otherwise, it's the hot rare item of the season.

Really? I have seen one in every single solitary electronics store I have been in for the last week or so.

Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target all had stacks of them yesterday.
10247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got an email regarding my Rock Band guitar replacement... on: December 02, 2007, 02:56:15 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on December 02, 2007, 06:59:34 AM

Greetings Rocker,

Congratulations on your purchase of Rock Band!

After reviewing our records, we see that your recent request for a replacement guitar has been subject to an unacceptably long delay due to a late shipment from our manufacturer.

By the time you receive this, your replacement guitar should be on its way to you. However, the Rock Band team is committed to providing a world-class customer experience and we do not believe we have met this commitment in connection with your request. As a token of our appreciation for your patience and understanding, we will be offering you a FREE EA game. Details will follow shortly.

We are sorry if your first experience with Rock Band has not met your expectations. We hope our gift will show you how committed we are to your satisfaction.

Thank you,

The Rock Band Team

And I was just starting to get antsy about the replacement I requested the day after thanksgiving...

I'd love a copy of Skate...

I got the same e-mail this morning.  Gotta admit, that's a pretty cool move on EA's part.
10248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't having 20+ years of video game experience make me "decent" at them on: December 01, 2007, 05:17:50 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 01, 2007, 04:45:40 PM

When you play a particular game online these days in many cases you are playing people with much more experience than you at that particular game.

Very true.  I played the hell out of the original UT when it first came out, and was pretty damn good.  Nowadays, I'm lucky if I get a 10:1 death to kill ratio in any FPS game.  And console shooters?  Fuggedaboutit.  There's far too many good games to put a ton of time into just one.

Although if FF XII had multiplayer battles, I'm sure I'd kick some ass...  slywink
10249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs Crossfire coming to North America on: November 30, 2007, 04:25:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 30, 2007, 03:24:14 PM

And here's a long trailer (with gameplay) from the Japanese version. Looks quite nice.

Damn, that does look good.  Very encouraging to see there will be some sort of job/class system.  Not sure about the cat doing 9,999 damage  though.  slywink
10250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 30, 2007, 04:20:53 PM

Quote from: faide on November 30, 2007, 06:54:29 AM

Definitely don't call them, just go here:
It's an online form just tell it what is faulty.  Pretty painless when you don't have to talk to anyone smile

I put in a return request last Wednesday.  When it was done, I got a screen listing both an RMA number and a UPS tracking number.  I didn't bother to write them down, since it said the info would be e-mailed to me.  Never did receive a confirmation e-mail, so I guess I should probably call and make sure the replacement is on the way.
10251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 30, 2007, 04:18:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 30, 2007, 08:02:45 AM

Quote from: BiggerBoat on November 30, 2007, 06:39:08 AM

150+ saves.

heh, I have about that many at 15 hours in with me doing alot of sidequests.  I have a tendency to save right before trying to open a locker, so if I screw up the sequence I just reload and try again instead of wasting the omni gel.

Man, I thought I was an excessive saver but you guys are nuts.  I just hit 20 hours and am on save #25.
10252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs Crossfire coming to North America on: November 30, 2007, 12:22:56 PM
I'm not crazy about the WA series, but I'm always up for more SRPG goodness on the PSP.
10253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company Christmas Parties on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:50 PM
Our boss is taking our team of 15 and our spouses to Ruths Chris Steakhouse for dinner.  I've never been there (never been able to afford it), so I'm pretty excited.
10254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 08:00:55 PM
Ooooo, forgot about Lost Odyssey.  That one is definitely on the list.
10255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 07:53:08 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 29, 2007, 07:37:40 PM

They know, hell we know, that if they were remotely close together GH3 would've gotten stomped.

Are you talking about release dates?   Because both games were released pretty close together (within a month, iirc), and GHIII came out way ahead. 
10256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 07:30:07 PM
Honestly can't say there's anything coming out that I have my eye on.  I'll probably try the Burnout game, but I doubt it'll be a day-one purchase.
10257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 06:50:47 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:17:03 PM

I totally understand your opinions in that regard, I just think it's a little naive to declare that Guitar Hero is dead because of Rock Band.

Completely agree.  I certainly don't think the GH franchise is going anywhere, I just personally didn't care for this version.
10258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unreal Tournament 3-who's in? on: November 29, 2007, 03:31:59 PM
Back in the day, I was really good at the original UT.  It's really the only online FPS I've been decent at, and I played the hell out of it.   Tried the UT3 demo a couple weeks ago, and got my ass completely handed to me over and over again.  Guess I've lost my twitch skills, so I'll skip this one.
10259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 03:12:00 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:46:52 AM

Man, the GHIII hate here is almost palpable. 

For me, at least, it's not a matter of GHIII hate, but rather one of disappointment.   I understand a new developer needs some time to get the hang of things, but there are a ton of small things that GHIII gets wrong.   Shoddy graphics, piss-poor animation, screwy note charts, borked leaderboards, ridiculous boss battles, etc., etc.  It seems like Neversoft tried to fix something that wasn't broken, and ended up making it worse.  I really wanted to like GHIII, but simply put, it just wasn't any fun.

By comparison, even in solo mode, RB tends to get most of these little things right.    The crowd sings along with you when you're doing well.  The stage lighting and animations correspond to what's going on in the song.  The note charts feel more natural and more like playing a real guitar.  I can see everyone on my friends list on the leaderboards.  The list goes on and on.  Some of it is experience with the genre, but a lot of it is simply common sense.

I really hope Neversoft can right the ship with the next GH game.   I'd love nothing more than to be able to play 2 fun, well-done rhythm games.   We shall see...
10260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 02:55:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 29, 2007, 01:11:36 PM

You can't just turn off the controller, you have to log out of your gamertag.  This is how it works on any game with info tied to a gamertag.  You bring up the guide, press X to sign out, choose yes, then you can sign on using any of the other controls.  You don't have to turn off anything, controllers or console.  You DO have to log out.  If you turn off the controller without logging out, your gamertag is still logged on that controller and the console is just waiting for the controller to come back on and will not free up your gamertag. 

That makes more sense, thanks.  I've never needed to log out of my gamertag before, so I wasn't sure how it worked.
10261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 01:00:45 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 29, 2007, 05:04:53 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:46:52 AM

...the player selection interface and mechanic is sloppy and just not well thought out (depending on which controller has my live tag attached to it, I have to power down my xbox and unplug said controller to switch over to another controller to play a different instrument if the first one isn't going to be used, for instance)

you do realize you can just hit the guide button on the controller you don't want to use, sign out by hitting X, then hit the guide button on the desired controller to sign back in don't you?  you never have to unplug anything or power down the console.  it is a bit annoying considering that you never had to do anything of the sort for GH though

I have this problem as well.  Once i either turn off a second controller or switch to a new one (i.e. guitar to drums), the game won't allow me to log in with my gamertag unless I completely restart. 
10262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 08:27:24 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 28, 2007, 07:55:43 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 28, 2007, 07:37:33 PM

They are going to ride that name for another game, but that's it. It will not last pass 4.

Considering the rumor that GH4 will be exclusively focused on Aerosmith, it might not last past 3.  icon_lol

You serious Clark?
10263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 02:57:40 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 28, 2007, 02:32:24 PM

I actualy like the RB interface much better.  I see HOs/POs better and I love how they tell you which star you are working on instead of hiding it.

Overall, I like the RB interface much better.  However, I have a really hard time differentiating the long and short notes for HO/PO.  This is about the only interface or graphic issue I think GH has the edge with.
10264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 28, 2007, 12:21:36 PM

Quote from: KingWank on November 28, 2007, 08:56:05 AM

I saw an article on Kotaku where some chob tried to compare the guitar difficulty from RB on expert to previous games.  It was considered equal to GH2 on hard mode.  What a pile of crap.   

Actually, I'd say that comparison is just about right.   RB guitar on Expert is far, far easier than either GH2 or 3 on Expert, with the exception of Green Grass & High Tides.  I haven't played any of the DLC yet, so I'm not sure how it stacks up.
10265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your GH/RB skill level? on: November 27, 2007, 10:15:46 PM
I'm pretty good.  Was able to 5-star everything but the last couple Expert tiers on GH1 & 2.  Also completed everything but Raining Blood and the final boss battle on GH3 on my first run through.

I'm decent on RB drums (helps that I've played drums IRL), but have so far hit the wall on the 5th Expert tier.  frown
10266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 06:09:26 PM

Quote from: Loomi on November 27, 2007, 05:30:36 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 27, 2007, 05:08:48 PM

Does Solo Career count for leaderboards?  I played In Bloom on drums and went to check Leaderboards for Solo and it said I hadn't played a song yet.
Yup.  Sometimes it just doesn't update right away.  I had the same thing happen to me last week, but the next day my score was there.

I'm usually seeing about a 5-10 minute delay before scores show up on the leaderboards.
10267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 27, 2007, 01:03:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 27, 2007, 05:19:20 AM

I love that RB is not impossible. 

"Impossible" would be a very good word to describe the Expert drum campaign.
10268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 27, 2007, 02:07:58 AM

10269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 27, 2007, 02:01:27 AM
I was fully expecting mine to die sometime during the running of the AC/Rock Band/Mass Effect gauntlet.  I just didn't expect it to happen the day before.
10270  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Warhammer Squad Command (PSP) on: November 26, 2007, 08:20:25 PM
10271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 26, 2007, 08:17:04 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 26, 2007, 08:09:44 PM

So who has everyone been romancing?  I am really torn, I think my character truly would be in love with Ashley, but her being a fellow soldier, I think my character would frown upon fraternization, so he will likely be pursuing Liara instead, he is so torn...

Ashley lost me with the whole God bit.  Liara it is, blue head and all.
10272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: November 26, 2007, 07:06:26 PM
I played a Wii for the first time this weekend.  Did both the Sports games and Umbrella Chronicles.  It was fun with a couple other people, but is certainly not something I would consider buying for myself.  Besides, after an hour with the controller, I had to quit because my wrist hurt like hell.
10273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The greatest performance in the history of sports. on: November 25, 2007, 09:16:00 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on November 25, 2007, 06:15:39 PM

Still gives me chills to watch this.  I'll always remember the front page of the paper the other day--a shot of Turcotte, with Secretariat coming down the stretch, looking behind him as if to say "where did the rest of the field go".

You and I have very different definitions of the word "sports".
10274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 25, 2007, 09:14:41 PM

Quote from: QP on November 25, 2007, 09:01:50 PM

Man having a hard time getting going on it worth it?

Absolutely.  I really disliked it for the first 2-3 hours, but it clicked with me once I figured out some of the screwy systems (combat, inventory, etc.).  With a couple exceptions (I still really dislike the vehicle combat), once I hit the Citadel and started in on the RPG elements, I've been having an absolute blast.
10275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: November 24, 2007, 06:03:34 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 24, 2007, 05:28:27 PM

Yeah I'm going to 'borrow' one from Costco tomorrow until my replacement comes back.  Hopefully they have some in stock.  And it's #3, asshole

Good luck with that.  I hit 4 Costco's earlier this week trying to do the same thing, and there wasn't a 360 to be found anywhere.  One of the stock guys actually laughed when I asked when they were getting more in.
10276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 24, 2007, 04:44:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 24, 2007, 03:38:24 PM

You've got access to it now.  On the Galaxy map whenever you go to the different systems (and right now you can go to every one of those on the main Milky Way map) select each planet in a system.  Sometimes it will give you the option to Survey.  Also, as I think Destructor pointed out, scan around asteroid belts for "hidden" resource deposits (you can often see a very faint twinkling when there is something hidden but I ususally just rotate teh cursor all the way around the asteroid belt). 

I'm 20 hours in now and have yet to do any main quest missions other than find the final crew member.  The  number of side quests is mind boggling.  It's amazing the stuff I've stumbled on just exploring the galaxy.  Heck, I just did the "personal quest" for one of my crewmembers far earlier than is normal because I happened upon a certain planet. 

Thanks Kevin.  I'll start exploring some of the other random planets once I finish up with this main quest one.
10277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 24, 2007, 03:34:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 24, 2007, 03:24:21 PM

Re: money- explore the worlds.  Finding ore deposits on worlds you land on or surveying other worlds will net huge amounts of cash. 

Is surveying a skill that opens up later in the game?   So far, I've only been to the Citadel, the world where you find the 6th crew member, and now the ice planet from the main quest.  I haven't seen anything about ore deposits or surveying, but maybe I just haven't got far enough in yet.
10278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 24, 2007, 02:11:51 PM
Quick question:   I put a couple points into the First Aid skill as a Soldier.  It said I am supposed to get an ability that heals X amount of points to my entire team, but it's not anywhere on my wheel when I pull it up.  Am I missing something, or does First Aid just bump up the healing rate when I use the Medi-Gel stuff?

I'm hoping I didn't gimp myself when I accidentally chose Auto-Level when I had 8 points to spend.  It put some points in strange spots that I wish I had back (it put 3 in Intimidate when I already had 5 in Charm, 2 points in pistols when I'd been focusing on Assault Rifles, etc.   icon_confused). Since my previous save was a couple hours back, I didn't bother reloading to change it.  Hasn't seemed to cause any problems so far (14 hours in, level 20), but we'll see how it goes.

I've gotten the hang of combat a bit, and am now really enjoying it.  Bioware tells an amazing story, and I have really connected with these characters and this gameworld.  The AI is still completely worthless, and I typically just let them run around and do their own thing while I concentrate on specific baddies.  I wish I could actually buy some of the stuff in the stores, but everything is still way too expensive.  I've maxed out my Combat Armor skill, but have yet to find a single piece of heavy armor I can actually afford!  Frustrating.
10279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 24, 2007, 06:26:51 AM
I got hit with it too.  I'll join you in blaming it on Kevin.  smile
10280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 23, 2007, 07:39:31 PM
Gah, the end of Won't Get Fooled Again is freaking impossible.   icon_evil
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