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10241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 14, 2007, 05:56:00 PM
Hmmm, tough to narrow it down, but here’s what I’d probably go with:

10.  KOTOR 1 (X-Box) – As an unrepentant Star Wars fanboy, I still contend that KotOR 1 is the best Star Wars experience in any medium in the last 20 years.  Sheer brilliance from start to finish.

9.  Heroes of Might & Magic III (PC) – HOMM 3 was the first computer game I bought after I got my first computer.  I picked it up on a whim at Costco (not knowing anything about it or the HOMM series), and was completely blown away.

8.  Thief 2 (PC) – While I enjoyed both of the other Thief games, T2 was near perfection as a game.  Huge levels, an epic story, amazing game mechanics…T2 had it all.

7.  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) – I’ve put probably more hours into this game than any other I can think of.  And I just repurchased it last week.   icon_redface

6.  Guitar Hero (PS2) – The first time playing “Ziggy Stardust” in Guitar Hero was possibly the greatest gaming moment I’ve ever experienced.

5.  Final Fantasy XII (PS2) – While not as strong a story or characters as the other FF games, XII has possibly my all-time favorite battle system. 

4.  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant (PS2) – A near perfect combination of story, graphics, music, and combat.

3.  Final Fantasy X (PS2) – There’s really only been one other game that I have felt as strong a connection to the characters as FFX, and that’s the game at #1.

2.  Diablo II (PC) – I’ve tried may hack ‘n slash game before and since, and nothing has struck the balance that Diablo II does.  It is truly the measuring stick that all others are measured by.

1.  Final Fantasy VII (PS1) – Honestly, FFVII is the sole reason I’m a gamer.  Before purchasing FFVII, I occasionally played a few sports and racing games, and that was it.  Having missed out on all the SNES RPG’s, I had no idea that such an incredible, epic story could be told in video game format.   I pretty much locked myself in a room for 2 weeks and did nothing but play that game.  I was completely blown away, and became convinced that gaming could be a viable storytelling medium.  Since then, I’ve been able to play most – if not all – of the major RPG’s and have spent thousands of hours with this hobby.  Had I skipped out on FFVII, I doubt I would have ever really become a gamer.

A couple close contenders:  Okami (if it had ended at 25’ish hours, it would probably be top 5), Xenosaga, Burnout 3, Chrono Cross, Tenchu, God of War, The Longest Journey/Dreamfall.
10242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 14, 2007, 03:40:46 AM
Well, shit.  Gonna have to play through about an hour over again.  Just got through Zozo, and when it asked me to form my party, I accidentally only chose 2 characters (Locke & Celes).  Now I'm getting my ass absolutely handed to me, and have no way to get back to Narsche to add another 2 characters to the party.  Grrr...
10243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 14, 2007, 02:14:54 AM
Whew.  Thanks!
10244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 13, 2007, 09:09:05 PM

Quote from: depward on February 13, 2007, 08:04:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 13, 2007, 07:48:47 PM

Dumb question.  It seems like the characters get additional spells when they hit certain levels.  Is there any other way to gain spells or abilities (i.e. equipping certain items, etc.)?
Your characters learn new spells by equipping Espers or certain weapons & armor.  Each spell has a rate of how fast they learn it.

I'm about 6 1/2 hours in and haven't come across any Espers (other than the one Terra encounters).  Is that normal, or am I just missing something?
10245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 13, 2007, 07:48:47 PM
Dumb question.  It seems like the characters get additional spells when they hit certain levels.  Is there any other way to gain spells or abilities (i.e. equipping certain items, etc.)?
10246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout- Playing it through again for the first time. on: February 12, 2007, 07:06:00 PM
I also tried FO2 a couple times, and could never get into it for more than a couple hours.  Suppose I should probably try FO1 one of these days.
10247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best system no one ever purchased: the Gameboy Micro on: February 12, 2007, 05:52:06 PM
It's certainly a nifty little gadget, but just looking at it makes my hand cramp up.  I have problems with the DS Lite being too small, so I know there's no way I could use one of those.
10248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/12) on: February 12, 2007, 03:05:25 PM
Nothing here either
10249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 12, 2007, 01:53:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 12, 2007, 01:37:58 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 12, 2007, 07:12:48 AM

I am sure this is a silly question-but if you don't have a handheld is this game worth playing on one of those anthologies cds for PS1?

Play it on an emulator instead.  The PS1 port sucks because of insane loading times just to go in and out of the menus. 

+1.  One of the main reasons I quit playing the PS1 versions was because of the ridiculous load times.
10250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 12/Feb/07 on: February 12, 2007, 01:52:36 PM
Put 6 hours into Final Fantasy VI Advance.  This is the first time I've played it, and am quickly realizing why everyone was so gaga over this game 13 years ago.  I'm usually not one that enjoys "old-school" RPG's, but FFVI is an absolute joy to play.
10251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 12, 2007, 04:59:40 AM

Quote from: Dimmona on February 12, 2007, 04:46:03 AM

It's been discussed a bit in the thread already, but I'm curious what people's approach to the 2 parties are.  Do you play them as 2 teams with mirrored functionality (tank, quick melee/their, mage) or are most people using Calvin's approach of making each person on the team fully unique?

I kept my 2 parties were pretty well mirrored.  I had 2 heavy armor + sword tanks (Vaan/Basch), 2 ranged white/green mages (Fran/Penelo), and 2 "jack of all trade" characters (Ashe was a light armor/spear melee white/black mage, Balthier was a guns ranged black/white/green mage).  it was easy to trade out characters without losing any effectiveness, and it fit my particular play style.
10252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 12, 2007, 03:59:16 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 12, 2007, 03:48:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 12, 2007, 03:37:33 AM

Not sure why this one grabbed me when other old-school games didn't, but I am having an absolute blast with it so far. 

The FF6 Rules!/FF7 Sucks! crowd notwithstanding, I think FF6 and FF7 are far closer in tone, story, and gameplay than most will admit, with the chief differences being one of hardware and character focus (FF6 is more of an ensemble).  FF4 paved the way, but I think FF6 is a big leap over old-school RPGs of the time and instead is basically the precursor to the style of Console RPG that would become predominant in the PS1 generation. 

It's always amazed me that so many people want to place FF6 on a pedestal and complain about what Console RPGs would become in the wake of FF7 when I really don't see much of a difference.  I think they are both exceptiona RPGs that have stood the test of time. 

The similarities have surprised me as well, and all in a good way.  To this day, FF VII is my favorite game of all time, and FF VI just has that same "feel" to it.  Maybe it's because of the identical battle mechanics, the extremely similar music (there's a few tracks that if I heard them outside the game, I'd be hard pressed to say whether they were from VI or VII.  And I'm a huge VG music junkie!), or the strong characters, but FF VI simply captures that same magic that FF VII had.  I'm very glad a gave it another shot!

My only concern so far is there have already been 3-4 times where I had no earthly idea where I was supposed to go or do next, and have had some trouble finding certain caves, forests, etc. even with the help of a walkthrough. 
10253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 12, 2007, 03:37:33 AM
A couple details.  My first real RPG was FFVII.  I never had a SNES, so I don't have any "nostalgic" memories of FF VI (i.e. omg, best RPG EVAR!) like most people do.  I tried it once on the PS1 FF Anthology, but only got about an hour into it.   I've always been very skeptical about it, mainly due to the seemingly fanatical following it has.  I'm also not usually big on old-school RPG's, mainly because they feel very dated.  I've tried all the previous Final Fantasy games on either PS1 or GBA, and have never gotten more than a couple hours in before getting bored and/or frustrated.

That being said, I spent about 6 hours with FFVI today, and so far, it is a truly brilliant game and is certainly worth the heaps of praise it receives.   The core gameplay is fun, but the story and characters are simply incredible.  Not sure why this one grabbed me when other old-school games didn't, but I am having an absolute blast with it so far. 
10254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 12, 2007, 03:26:55 AM

Quote from: kathode on February 12, 2007, 02:49:09 AM

Go with two parties.  You'll save yourself some frustration in the long run.  I found mixing up two relatively even parties and switching every two levels was a good solution.  Initially I had one powerful party and a not-so-powerful party, and every time I had to pull out the not-so-powerful party I didn't enjoy it as much. 

+1 to this.  It takes a little more effort, but is completely worth it.
10255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 11, 2007, 03:51:02 PM

Quote from: warning on February 11, 2007, 07:47:03 AM

I'm going nuts for Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.  I've put in about 12 hours since Friday night.   icon_eek

Must stop playing and get to bed.

Damn, impressive.  I tried that game twice, and could never get into it because of the strange gameplay mechanics.
10256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions on: February 11, 2007, 03:51:11 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 11, 2007, 01:48:01 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on February 11, 2007, 12:53:17 AM

You can buy them after you get to a certain point, I was in the 20 hour range when I got there. Without being spoilerish it is after the area called the Henne Mines. you should find a pair before then though.

Like I said though you will be fine even with out those gauntlets.

Good stuff dude, appreciate the advice. Last thing for now-did you concurrently level parties, level each up 5 lvls and switch, have one uber party, or what? I hate, hate, hate this aspect of JRPGs where you have to be active to get the XP-its such an unnecessary grind (but I still love it!)

FWIW, you'll get an XP doubling accessory as well.   Remember that while only the active members get XP, all members get LP.  I would equip the active 3 characters with the XP doubler, and the inactive 3 with the LP doubler.  This way, everyone was getting double of either XP or LP for every single battle.  I was a bit of a pain to switch accessories every time you swapped characters, but by level 40 I had far more than enough LP for each character to learn every skill, augment, magic, and technik.

I preferred to keep my party always within 2-3 levels of each other at all times.  I found it a huge help to be able to switch in a brand new party during tough fights without sacrificing any effectiveness.  This did require quite a bit more grinding, but was worth it in the long run.
10257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 10, 2007, 07:44:29 PM
Found a copy, finally.  Every Best Buy, Gamestop, EB, and Circuit City in Salt Lake is sold out until next week.  I managed to track down the last copy at Gamecrazy, which is also the last one at any of their stores.  Madness...
10258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of time wasting. on: February 10, 2007, 03:03:26 PM
18.446 so far.  That gets hard!
10259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 10, 2007, 12:07:40 AM
Damn, this game is hard to find.  Every Gamestop/EB in town is sold out, as is the Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target I stopped by on the way home.   eek
10260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Square's next MMO coming to 360 and PC on: February 09, 2007, 08:32:33 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 09, 2007, 05:53:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 09, 2007, 05:45:13 PM

Has there been any word if this was going to be another Final Fantasy type setting?

Rumors are pointing to a world used in a previous FF (but not FFXI). 

So help me, if they make FFVII into an MMO I'm kicking someone at Squeenix square in the nuts.
10261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 09, 2007, 03:07:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 09, 2007, 02:45:41 PM

I'm going to be evil and tell you what I'm playing....

God of War II

Yea, I suck.

Yes.  Yes you do.

(lucky bastage)
10262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 09, 2007, 01:52:42 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 09, 2007, 03:33:26 AM

Psychonauts is sheer unfettered genius from the guy who made the equally brilliant Grim Fandango. Basically Psychonauts is a platformer where you play a kid who must jump into people's minds to deal with their personal demons, sort their emotional baggage, clean out their mental cobwebs, etc. Do not try to learn more for it will spoil the awesome within. Each level (brain) is completely different than the last and all are brilliant.

I apparently need to give Psychonauts another try.  I remember getting stuck with something very early in the game, then just never going back to it.
10263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 09, 2007, 01:49:32 PM
Might be picking up FFVI Advance today.  Trying to decide if I want to give it another shot, as I started it a couple different times on the PS1 and just never stuck it out.  I'm also desperately trying to figure out what I'm doing in Alpha Centauri.  I think I like it, but the whole game is just so gorram complicated!

Will also start Armed & Dangerous (thanks for the freebie Simon!), and probably put some time into Diablo II as well.
10264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12 :revanant wings DS trailer on: February 08, 2007, 11:33:57 PM
Oh my.   drool
10265  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 08, 2007, 09:27:59 PM
+1 to Dante Rising for quick payment on Knights of the Nine
10266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: February 08, 2007, 03:32:27 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 08, 2007, 03:24:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 08, 2007, 03:23:11 PM

I completely agree.  It seems like it would be right up my alley and the reviews are good, but the gameplay videos didn't impress me at all.   The gameplay videos looked more action game than RPG, which after my recent Rogue Galaxy experience, I should probably avoid.

These games are NOT RPGs.  There are RPG elements but no one should buy this or the Boktai games thinking they are getting an RPG.  They are action based- much close to Zelda in execution. 

Thanks Kevin, I'm definitely going to pass then.  I don't think I've ever really enjoyed a Zelda game, so this one probably isn't for me.
10267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: February 08, 2007, 03:23:11 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 08, 2007, 02:12:46 PM

I just watched this trailer, and I don't know what to think.  It certainly looks interesting, but there's something about the style that doesn't sit right with me.  I think I'll have to wait and see some forum impressions.

I completely agree.  It seems like it would be right up my alley and the reviews are good, but the gameplay videos didn't impress me at all.   The gameplay videos looked more action game than RPG, which after my recent Rogue Galaxy experience, I should probably avoid.

Tell ya what.  You buy it, then sell it to me if you don't like it.  slywink
10268  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
10269  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
10270  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
10271  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: February 07, 2007, 11:07:51 PM
Got mine today.  Simon's da man!!
10272  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...
10273  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.

10274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best wishes to KD on: February 06, 2007, 05:04:42 PM
Yikes.  Hope everything's OK.
10275  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
10276  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
10277  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
10278  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!
10279  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. 
10280  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.
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