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10241  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.
10242  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.
10243  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.
10244  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
10245  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.
10246  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.

10247  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? 
10248  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.
10249  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
10250  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
10251  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**
10252  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.
10253  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.
10254  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
10255  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.
10256  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.

10257  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.
10258  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. 
10259  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.
10260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore. On the DS on: February 02, 2007, 06:45:07 PM
Awesome, awesome, awesome.
10261  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.
10262  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!
10263  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!
10264  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.
10265  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.
10266  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.
10267  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.
10268  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%)
10269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ten New Titles Approach the Xbox Live Arcade Horizon on: January 30, 2007, 08:25:20 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 30, 2007, 07:25:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 30, 2007, 07:21:47 PM

From that list: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Settlers of Catan, Worms.  headbang

Add in that mini-golf title and you've got my list as well! icon_biggrin

FWIW, that mini-golf game showed up on Gametap a while back and is completely awful.
10270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP shipments drop 75% on: January 30, 2007, 08:23:45 PM
If they:

1)  Dropped the price $50-100
2)  Released some decent RPG's

I would repurchase a PSP in a heartbeat.  As it is, however, I fear it would end up collecting dust and I can't justify paying for one.
10271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 30, 2007, 07:11:42 PM

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.

I would put most of those bands squarely in the Industrial or EBM camps, but ymmv.

Wait a sec...ATB is a band too?  Is there anything he can't do?!  slywink
10272  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance on: January 30, 2007, 05:42:10 PM
Don't really have anything to trade right now, but will gladly do $$.
10273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 30, 2007, 04:58:58 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2007, 04:40:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 30, 2007, 02:34:56 PM

Just got an e-mail from Amazon that the new Skinny Puppy CD shipped today.   drool

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!!


Hey, tell me how it is...

I've been listening to the new Apoptygma Berzerk album.  It's interesting - their music has definately evolved (many would argue 'devolved').  I like it though!

People have said the same about SP's new stuff.  I personally really enjoy it, but it's certainly completely different from their nightmare-inducing intensity of "Too Dark Park" or "Last Rights". 

There's a bunch of 45 second song samples here.  Pretty similar to their last album, but a bit more dark and menacing (which is a good thing).  They're supposed to be touring starting in April, and I can't wait to see them again!
10274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 30, 2007, 02:34:56 PM
Just got an e-mail from Amazon that the new Skinny Puppy CD shipped today.   drool

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!!

10275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 30, 2007, 01:04:43 PM




10276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's everyone listening to? on: January 29, 2007, 10:20:19 PM
Been hooked on Eyeless in Gaza for the last few days.  Fantastic stuff that I missed the first time around.





10277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 29/Jan/07 on: January 29, 2007, 02:25:01 PM
I repurchased Oblivion with the Knights of the Nine expansion and messed around with that for a bit.  Much of it reminded me why I quit playing in the first place (good lord, the dungeons & monsters are repetitive), but I like a couple of the new quests.  Trying to decide if I want to keep playing with my existing character (about 40 hours in, main storyline completed) or start over with someone new.  Or if I even want to bother messing with it until the expansion.

Also started up Diablo II again, for the umpteenth time.  Playing as a Paladin this time, which I haven't done before.  Y'know, I've seen everything in that game a million times before, but it just never gets old.   I think I may have put more time into DII than any other game I've ever played. 
10278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/29) on: January 29, 2007, 02:20:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 29, 2007, 01:48:52 PM

I WILL buy Rogue Galaxy at some stage.  Don't know if it will be this week though since I have no plans to play it right away and I don't expect it to be rare. 

Same here.  I didn't like the combat system in the demo, and all the reviews I've read say that the story is pretty weak.  Not a good combination for me (either the battle system or story have to be good to keep my interest), so I'll probably wait until I can pick it up used.
10279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why are DS' so hard to find? HELP ME FIND AN ONYX LITE! on: January 29, 2007, 04:54:07 AM
Pretty much completely sold out around here too.  Checked the Gamestops last Thursday, and neither Best Buy, Curcuit City, or Costco had any  yesterday.  Craziness.
10280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 26/Jan/06 on: January 27, 2007, 02:50:15 PM
Bah.  After last night's gaming session, I'm officially done with both Winning Eleven 9 and Indigo Prophecy.   Just can't get into either of them.  So I'm going to go repurchase Oblivion with the Knights of the Nine stuff, and start up again.  I can't decide if I want to keep going with my existing character (I've beaten the main storyline, but still have tons of extra stuff to do) or start fresh with a new build.

Decisions, decisions...
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