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10281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 12:41:00 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 12:26:19 AM

Is this an exact remake of Tactics on the PS1 or a new story altogether?

Remake, with a few added extras.  The main addition is the animated cutscenes, which look amazing.  They also added 2 new classes and a couple of unlockable characters.
10282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:32:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2007, 12:22:01 AM

SH:Covenant was an incredible game, and I'm really disappointed to see so many people agree that SH: From the New World pales so badly in comparison. I absolutely loved the characters and cut scenes in Covenant, and was thrilled to see that you could go back and watch them after the game. I really wish RPGs would tell stronger stories.

Part of the disappointment with New World stems from the fact that Covenant was just so damn good.  It would have been hard to follow it up no matter what, but what they did release was extremely sub-par in comparison.  One of the things I really liked about the first 2 SH games was that they bucked the RPG trend of "teenage kids save the world".  Yuri was quite the bad-ass, and his supporting cast was equally as strong.  The move to a whiny kid as the main character felt like a complete opposite, and really turned me off.  New World also really lacked a strong bad guy.  In the nearly 12 hours I played, I had no idea who I was fighting against or why I was fighting them.  There were some hints and vague references, but the evil characters were very poorly developed.  Again, a huge shift from the first two games.

This is part of the reason why I'm willing to give Lost Odyssey a chance despite the rumors that it is massively slanted toward "watching the game". If someone could someone fuse the tightly-wrapped, detailed stories in adventure games (minus the obtuse puzzles) and RPGs I'd really be ecstatic.

I agree about Lost Odyssey.  If it's 20 hours of good storytelling through cutscenes, then I have no problem with it.  I have little faith, however, in the ability of an RPG developer to be able to do this.  Games that tell a truly compelling story with great characters are few and far between.

10283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 12:02:35 AM
Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   icon_eek

10284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 08, 2007, 11:52:16 PM
Sounds like we have similar tastes (my 2 faves are also FFX & Shadow Hearts), and I'd definately recommend Final Fantasy XII first.  I typically burn out 30-40 hours into RPG's, but FFXII kept me going for nearly 80.  It's really an incredible game.  If you can handle the ridiculous encounter rate, the Digital Devil Saga games are also very good.

As far as ones to avoid, I'd stay far, far away from Shadow Hearts: From the New World.  (Eddie will disagree with me here, but I'm sticking to it!  smile) Especially if you enjoyed the first two.  The combat is somewhat fun, but the characters and story that made Covenant so amazing are replaced by a whiny teenage lead and a complete and utter snoozefest of a story.  I also didn't care much for Rogue Squadron, but I'm not big on action-RPG's in general.
10285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 08, 2007, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 08, 2007, 10:37:49 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 08, 2007, 09:36:54 PM

Ok, got clarification.  The 360 controllers (GH II and GH III) will work for all 360 content.  Once you try the GH III guitar, however, you'll want to ditch the old one slywink

Yahoo!  Can't wait to finally play the My Chemical Romance DLC with the wireless controller.

So you're the one...
10286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 08, 2007, 11:42:40 PM
Doesn't come out here until Wednesday.
10287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 08, 2007, 09:15:19 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 08, 2007, 07:41:19 PM

Quote from: Brendan on October 08, 2007, 07:39:47 PM

Alex Smith to not have been squashed by a huge DT?   crybaby

Actually I think I would have preferred just to have Norv Turner back.


Before yesterday's Chargers game, I would have said that's a distinct possibility.
10288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 games for a 41-year-old gaming n00b? on: October 08, 2007, 08:36:02 PM
My boss turned 41 on Saturday, and his wife bought him a PS2 along with Guitar Hero for his b-day.  He tried it at a party a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it, so they took the PS2 plunge.  Now, this is a guy who has never owned a game system, and hasn't played a single video game (other than Guitar Hero) since the original NES.  He asked me for some suggestions on other stuff he should check out, and I was honestly pretty stumped.  Here's what we're working with:

-  Won't have a ton of time, so short-burst gaming will be a must
-  Has 3 young kids at home, so games must be at least somewhat age appropriate (i.e. no GTA or Manhunt games)
-  Not having the gaming background that most of us have, anything with overly complex controls is going to be an issue.  My guess is that any FPS will be out (I've been gaming for 30 years and still can't get the hang of them), and the simpler the controls the better.
-  He's not into anything japanese, so quirky RPG's or stuff like Katamari Damacy is probably out
-  He likes sports, but complex controls and a million different buttons might be a problems.

I know it's a tall order, but let me know if you can come up with any good suggestions.  I'm going to pick up a Burnout game for him, but racing games are about the only thing I could think of.
10289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 06:47:36 PM
Forgot about Puzzle Quest on XBLA.  I'll be picking that up as well.
10290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 02:04:34 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics.   It's getting some awesome reviews so far. 

Between FF Tactics, Jeanne D'Arc, Luminous Arc, and the upcoming Disgaea PSP port, I'm in SRPG heaven!
10291  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: October 08, 2007, 01:37:39 PM
+1 to Laner for uber-quick payment on Zelda
10292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 08, 2007, 01:13:32 PM
I really only notice it when it's completely over the top.  In those cases, it's more annoying than anything.  Seeing ads in games does nothing to make it a more "real world" experience, imo.

Then again, I don't typically play the sort of games that use much.  Not much in-game advertising in RPG's.  smile
10293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 08, 2007, 01:18:38 AM
This may have already been answered, but will the wireless guitar that comes with GHIII be compatible with Rock Band (the 360 version)?  I wasn't planning on picking it up, but the couple previews I've read make it out to be a vast improvement over the Xplorer.  And wireless would be very nice, since Vader seems to really enjoy the "jump back-and-forth over the cord" game.
10294  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: lock up old threads on: October 08, 2007, 01:12:08 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 07, 2007, 10:26:13 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 07, 2007, 10:11:25 PM

Why lock the thread that was revived? Because it served no purpose? I can point to countless threads that don't serve any purpose and turn into CK spam threads. slywink

Like this one any moment.

And this

Being able to resurrect a thread certainly isn't a bad thing.  There's been quite a few times where a bumped thread about an old game rekindled my interest in it.  I don't see why we'd need to put a restriction on it.
10295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH, FFTA2, White Knight, Lost Odyssey videos on: October 08, 2007, 12:51:23 AM

Quote from: EddieA on October 08, 2007, 12:34:33 AM

RPGamer has some very positive impressions for ASH.

addictive, challenging gameplay meshed to one of the most refreshing, original core SRPG systems in quite some time. While things may suddenly completely fall apart a bit further in, so far ASH is one of the best strategy RPGs I've played in years.

Neat.  I'm really looking forward to this one!
10296  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS games F/S - Now with added ZELDA! on: October 07, 2007, 11:21:41 PM
Bumped to add Zelda:  PH.
10297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 07, 2007, 11:20:48 PM
I put another hour or so into this today.  I know it's innovative, creative, and I should like it, but Zelda:  PH does absolutely nothing for me.   Every puzzle is an exercise in frustration, and having to restart that timed Ocean King temple twice certainly didn't do anything to help.  Even after playing a few hours, I still feel like I'm fighting against the controls.  It basically boils down to the fact that I don't find it to be very fun.

I knew I probably should have avoided PH, but it looked like it might be unique enough to break the string of Zelda titles that apparently everybody loves but me.  Glad I gave it a shot, but it just confirms once and for all that I need to stop buying Zelda games.

It's up for grabs in the trading forum, if anyone wants it.
10298  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gametap for $60/year on: October 06, 2007, 07:17:42 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 05, 2007, 05:53:43 AM

I read over at Cheapass Gamer that, like last year, Gametap is offering a discount if you sign up for a full year - $60/year, or $5/month instead of $10/month.  I don't see it advertised at the site, but if you have a free membership and click on "Upgrade to Gold", the $60/year offer will be listed.

I'm pretty sure my subscription is up this month, and I'll probably renew with this deal.  Some of the games they're offering are $60 just by themselves, so it's kind of a no-brainer.
10299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 04:45:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 06, 2007, 04:28:37 PM

The cooldown timer actually is a good improvement.  The game is challenging but isn't savagely so.  If you guys have questions I can answer them....

The schizophrenic difficulty was really my only gripe about PQ.  I actually had to dial down the difficulty early on, but the final third of the game wasn't even a challenge.  I'll be interested to see how these changes affect things.  As long as they don't make it ridiculously hard, I'm cool with it.  I'm definitely going to get the XBLA version.  Having only played the DS flavor, I can't wait for the upgraded graphics.

How are the controls with an X-Box controller?  Both the DS stylus and mouse controls are perfect, but I'm a bit concerned about trying to use a gamepad.  Especially when you need to move fast.
10300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sweeney Todd Trailer on: October 06, 2007, 03:36:21 PM

Quote from: Reemul on October 06, 2007, 03:14:22 PM

Hopefully that singing bit is the only bit in it (fingers crossed)

You do know this is a movie adaptation of a broadway musical, right?
10301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 01:56:55 PM
One example of this is the spell timer. Some spells now have a cool-down time attached to them, so you can't necessarily cast them every turn; you have to wait from one to five turns for them to become available again. This makes the game fresh and interesting because a lot of the most powerful spells now have this tradeoff. You'll find improvements like this all through the game.

Can't say I'm crazy about this.  The early and mid-game were challenging enough without having restrictions put on what spells you can cast.
10302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2007, 01:16:09 PM
I've been trying to avoid posting LOLcats, but this one was too funny to pass up.

/window seat please
10303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2007, 03:46:28 AM

10304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 05, 2007, 06:04:41 PM
It's becoming more and more tempting to plunk down the extra $$ for the new wireless controller.  I don't like the Xplorer's shape anyways, and this new one sounds very cool. 

I still hate the co-op only songs, but oh well.
10305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Quiz) Which candidate fits your views best? on: October 05, 2007, 03:35:28 PM
Top 3
Biden - 49
Hillary - 47
Obama - 47

Bottom 3
Thompson - 8
Ron Paul - 7
Tancredo - 7

Not terribly surprising.
10306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 05, 2007, 12:03:42 PM
Played an hour or so last night (first couple levels of the Fire Temple), and am trying to decide if I like it.  My biggest problem is that I'm having a hell of a time getting it to correctly register my inputs.  Moving leads to sword slashes more often than not, the circle attack only registers about half the time, and somersaulting is completely hit and miss.  While it's not that big of a deal now, I can see where it's going to be a major problem later on.  There have been a couple times where being able to use the D-pad for movement would have been a godsend.  Getting stuck in a room with multiple enemies and trying to maneuver around them while attacking proved to be rather...interesting.

Still, it's pretty unique and I'll keep my fingers crossed that i get more comfortable with the controls as I play. 

10307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want a PSP? on: October 04, 2007, 11:12:35 PM
Too lazy to search on what games you like, but Jeanne D'Arc is the best game I've played on any system this year. 

I went with the old version, since you can find a used one for around $120.  There's not anything about the new ones that seems to be worth the extra $$.
10308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Salad Fingers on: October 04, 2007, 10:45:44 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on October 04, 2007, 08:39:46 PM

That guy must have been high when he made those...

Ya think?
10309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 04, 2007, 04:06:01 PM
I think I might give this one a shot.  I'm typically not a fan of Zelda games, but I just watched some gameplay videos, and it looks like this one is unique enough for a try.

Does anyone know if the free guide at TRU is offered in-store, or if it's only online?
10310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 03:25:44 PM
Initial reports from retailers worldwide show console sales have more than doubled compared with the weekly average before the launch of “Halo 3.” With games such as “Halo 3,” “Madden 08” (EA Sports), “Mass Effect” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Rock Band” (Harmonix), Xbox 360 has the greatest lineup in the history of video games and is the only console where consumers can play all the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Greatest lineup in the history of video games?  That's some funny shit.
10311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP: Yggdra Union on: October 04, 2007, 01:06:44 PM
Tried this on GBA, and ended up more confused than anything else.  Seemed like it might be fun, but it threw so many numbers at me I couldn't figure out exactly what was going on.  Might be interested in giving it another try.
10312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Salad Fingers on: October 04, 2007, 11:59:42 AM
Sweet, I do like me the Salad Fingers.  Was wondering if we'd ever get a new episode, and this one is particularly bizzare.  Love it.
10313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 03, 2007, 11:57:34 PM
Excellent and dead on, as always
10314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 08:22:45 PM
Both GS's in my are are severely understaffed, and there is almost always a 10-15 minute line to check out.  If someone is trading in multiple games or - god forbid - a system, you'll be there forever.   They used to be really good about not hassling people for pre-orders, not hoarding copies of games, and being generally knowledgeable folks.  But when both stores got new managers, they both promptly went to shit.  Some of you may remember my God of War pre-order disc adventure, and that's the type of "service" that is now the norm. 

Trust me Shifty, your store is most certainly the exception rather than the rule.
10315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 04:14:29 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 03:58:08 PM

I was referring to Sony's LIBRARY of games, not current PS3 releases.

Ah, I misunderstood.  My bad.  I agree that the back catalog is quite amazing.

I invite you to come over, watch Pirates of the Caribbean on DVD, THEN watch the Blu-Ray release I have, and tell me you don't see the difference.

I know there's a difference, but for me it's not worth the $400 for the system and higher DVD prices.  Besides, I've got a 3 year old rear-projection TV, so a lot of the really hi-def stuff isn't really applicable.

I like my big screen, but having an ultra-super-mega-hi-def picture has never been that important to me. 
10316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Soon, Purge, Soon... on: October 03, 2007, 03:39:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 03, 2007, 03:26:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 03, 2007, 01:25:45 PM

This makes me very, very happy.  I was quickly losing interest in ME, since it seemed they were turning it into a sci-fi squad-based shooter.  The fact that I can have a) an easy mode and b) a target lock system makes things infinitely more palatable.  Now I might actually be able to enjoy what looks to be an amazing gameworld and story without being handicapped by my complete FPS suckiness.

yeah, it's nice that they didn't dumb things down for everyone but instead are giving people a choice on how things are handled.

I'm pretty sure CeeKay just called me stupid.   Them's fightin' words dude...
10317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 02:51:32 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 02:32:08 PM

Fantastic Blu-Ray player, arguably one of the top 3 or 4 out currently, with infinite potential for improvement

I'm no videophile, but I don't see enough difference between regular & Blu-ray to warrant $400

Unmatched backwards compatibility

I'll just keep my PS2.

Arguably the most powerful system, so that bodes well for upcoming games

Agreed, but I'd rather wait until some of those games are actually released before plunking money down on the system.

Strong Sony library of games

Hmmm, maybe we're not talking about the same system.  slywink  Personal preference, but I think the PS3's library is ridiculously weak right now.  The potential is there, but by the time the good games actually show up, the system might be even less!
10318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:46:57 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 03, 2007, 02:40:32 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 02:37:58 PM

I pre-order all the time.  I do it out of convenience.  I like paying for a game (in full) well before its release.  This way on release day I just walk in and walk out with my game.  It's all about convenience.  Also since I paid it off early it "feels" like I'm walking in later on and getting the game for free!  icon_lol 
And in the process, you're giving them an interest-free loan.  It's win-win! slywink

I wouldn't say it's any more convenient, but I'll occasionally pay pre-orders in full if I have the money right then.   That way I'm not tempted to spend it on something else before the game comes out.

I got a work bonus last week and used it to pre-order GH3, Rock Band, Mass Effect, and FF Tactics paid n full.  If I hadn't done that, I'm sure I would have just frittered it away on other stuff before those games actually got released.  Of course, this is the first time I've ever pre-ordered this much stuff at once.
10319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: October 03, 2007, 02:19:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 03, 2007, 02:17:24 PM

crybaby  I posted it first!  I even had a witty comment and everything.

Fixed my link.  smile

Seriously, I was really hoping to see Black Sunshine be a master track.  Thunderkiss '65 was a master, wasn't it?

Nope, it was most definitely a cover.  IIRC, none of the tracks in GH1 were masters.
10320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:17:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 03, 2007, 02:06:38 PM

I personally don't boycott stores for the preorder stuff.  The only EB I boycott is the one where the manager was an ass to me and lied through his teeth when I had my DS Lite pixel problem.

I'm not really boycotting them.  I just know they won't sell me a copy if I haven't pre-ordered, so I shop elsewhere for games on release week.

I'm really not even opposed to pre-orders and do them from time to time (mainly on niche titles).  It's their stance of "absolutely no sale unless you pre-order" that irritates me and causes me not to shop there for impulse buys.  Why not just order a few extra copies and quit being dicks about it?
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