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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: March 26, 2007, 01:10:35 PM
Never heard of it either, but it's certainly on the radar now.  Loved the Dungeon Keeper series, and this looks pretty similar.
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 26, 2007, 12:04:58 PM
I'm now at Level 19, and have been having a really good time with it.  Switching to Easy mode seems to alleviate much of the "cheating" feeling, although the AI can be pretty suspect (i.e. sometimes passing up obvious major damage combos for lesser mana).  In general though,  switching levels has made the game playable for me, where it was simply an exercise in frustration before.  I actually won my first city siege last night, which I though was pretty impressive since the city started out with 100 more HP than me!  With my upgraded towers and keep, that'll be a nice gold-producing addition.  smile

A couple questions:

1.  Is there an advantage to upgrading your mount?  I've upgraded my Giant Rat to level 8, and I don't see any noticeable difference.
2.  Is it just me, or is the "capture" mechanic endlessly frustrating?  I've pretty much given up on trying to capture enemies, since I can never figure out their stupid puzzles. 

Overall, I'm enjoying it much more that I expected I would.  I thought after the frustrating first few hours that I would be giving up on it quickly, but it's certainly got me hooked.
10323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Mar/06 on: March 25, 2007, 05:03:36 AM
I was weak and picked up Puzzle Quest for DS.  I think I may regret it, however, as the game seems to suffer from Culdcept syndrome:  great game ruined by cheating AI.  Reserving judgement for a few more hours, but initial (3 hour) results are not promising.
10324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No wife tonight-my movie pick. Rented Serenity. on: March 25, 2007, 04:56:08 AM

Quote from: Ragnarok on March 25, 2007, 02:56:35 AM

That said,  would the TV series be worth a buy?

FWIW, the movie actually makes a hell of a lot more sense (and has a lot more emotional impact) if you've seen the show.  That being said, Serenity stands up fine on it's own.  I saw the movie first, then went back and watched the show.  Then did it again, then a few more times after that, and a couple more times for good measure...  slywink
10325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My 2 hour XBOX 360 Ownership... I need reassurance on: March 25, 2007, 02:34:32 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 25, 2007, 02:26:36 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2007, 02:17:49 AM

Quote from: Clay on March 25, 2007, 02:03:34 AM

So, what's the word?  Should I just hold tight until the revisions come and ask for a refund tomorrow?  Or should I get a new system?  The whole thing makes me pretty damn nervous.  What's with the missing headset??  Did EBGames sell me a used machine? 

They'll probably exchange it for you no problem, but you'll have to raise holy hell to get a refund. 

On hardware?  Pretty much everybody will let you return hardware no questions asked for 30 days.  Software is where it's a bitch to get a refund. 

Maybe they've changed their stance then.  I have tried to return hardware to them twice, and had to raise a massive stink both times in order to get a refund.

First time was on an unopened X-Box with a purchase receipt from the day before.  I was told they had problems with "people stealing systems then counterfeiting receipts" so they weren't accepting hardware for returns, only exchanges.  Second one was on a GBA SP that I had for a week, then decided to return and wait for the DS release.  Had to battle it out with a manager on both occasions (the X-Box one turned rather unpleasant), but they finally gave me the money back.
10326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My 2 hour XBOX 360 Ownership... I need reassurance on: March 25, 2007, 02:17:49 AM

Quote from: Clay on March 25, 2007, 02:03:34 AM

So, what's the word?  Should I just hold tight until the revisions come and ask for a refund tomorrow?  Or should I get a new system?  The whole thing makes me pretty damn nervous.  What's with the missing headset??  Did EBGames sell me a used machine? 

They'll probably exchange it for you no problem, but you'll have to raise holy hell to get a refund. 
10327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 25, 2007, 01:16:23 AM

Quote from: Pharaoh on March 25, 2007, 01:03:20 AM

As much as I love the game, like Unbreakable says, it cheats far too much.

I know Bejeweled is at its core a luck game, but the computer cheats. It has to. I am a lvl 19 Warrior, and fights now are trivial stupidity.

At this point, the mobs I fight usually get the first turn, and will almost always proceed to get 3 and 4 combo skull hits, which end up in giant chains of 4's, giving them tons of mana and knocking me for like 20+ before I even get to move. At this point, even if I try to build up mana, the computer will usually start to move pieces at the bottom, and somehow magically whatever falls from the top is EXACTLY what it needs for giant chains and tons of mana/skull spam. It knows exactly what to move to get different tiers to fall exactly into 4 and 5 chains, and even starts to anticipate the moves. I knew the game was a cheating son of a bitch when I watched it avoid a 4 skull chain, move a yellow for a 3 the opposite direction for no seeming reason, only to see what dropped new from the top of the screen was more skulls, which then auto proc'ed and kicked my ass.

The fact no matter what mob I fight can get full mana in each category by turn 14 pretty regularly...well, I give up.

Its fun when you start out, but then it becomes a clusterfuck of so many abilities and items, that the computer is just too good and has a clairvoiant anticipation of the board. Thats not fun.

I haven't played quite as much, but I'm starting to agree here.  My level 7 characters just got taken from 56 hit points to 3 in the space of 2 opponent moves.  Suppose it wouldn't be as frustrating if I saw something even close happen for me instead of just against me.  It's not a game-wrecker yet, but I can see how this could become a problem pretty quickly.
10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Warning* Positive PS3 Article Inside - Enter At Your Own Risk on: March 23, 2007, 08:54:10 PM

Quote from: StitchJones on March 23, 2007, 08:08:20 PM

Why must we do this?  Why must we really care.  It's all personal.  If you like one system over the other, then fine.  I myself want them both to do very well, as i am a gamer and could care less about what company makes the games as long as they are great.  I only own a 360 right now, but I KNOW I will be purchasing a PS3 down the road, there is no if's and's or but's about it.  Can't we agree that both are pretty good next gen systems with potential to deliver us some great games and move on.  Let's just talk about the games man...  You'd think people were arguing over their penis sizes as much as people argue over 360 vs. PS3.  And this is nothing directly toward you Hetz, I'd just love to see more direct game talk on this board overall.  I love the impressions and personal game screen shots people give of games.  It's why I visit this forum.

Dude, just stop.  We'll have none of that rational thought 'round these parts.
10329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Mar/06 on: March 23, 2007, 04:00:05 PM
This weekend will mainly be spent trying to figure out how the hell I'm going to get online access for my 360 that should be arriving next week.  I don't really want to start anything new with a new system on the way.  With any luck, I'll be able to join some GoW multiplayer games soon.  smile

Might play some Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, but that's about it.
10330  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 23, 2007, 01:28:34 PM
Another +1 to Hrothgar for freebies
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii is a big hit with the "under 1" crowd on: March 23, 2007, 12:05:43 PM
Baby watching Wii Golf
10332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: could ps3 lose its exclusive FF13??? on: March 22, 2007, 07:24:20 PM
I think that's a double-dog-dare, isn't it?
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: could ps3 lose its exclusive FF13??? on: March 22, 2007, 06:16:04 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 22, 2007, 06:13:50 PM

The problem with the PC port of FF7 is that they didn't re-render the backgrounds for higher resolution.  So 320x240 backgrounds that looked fine on a TV thanks to the native blurring effect were pixelly messes on a monitor at just 640x480.  That was offset a little bit by the nice (for the time) 3D accelerated battle sequences. 

That was the problem I remember as well.  I also recall that the music was screwy as well (different MIDI systems between PC & PS1), and never really sounded right.

Something tells me we wouldn't run into those types of problems with the current gen. smile
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: could ps3 lose its exclusive FF13??? on: March 22, 2007, 05:37:23 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 22, 2007, 05:31:55 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if FF13 at least makes it to the PC.  And if you are going to do that, it's probably far easier to throw a 360 version out there as well.  IMO, the only thing which will limit them is how many potential sales they believe that platform can sell.

A PC port would surprise me a bit.  The only non-MMO ones they've done are VII & VIII, and neither of those turned out very well (or sold very well, from what I understand).  FFXI is still going gangbusters, but I think they'd be a more than a little gunshy about a PC port of a single player RPG.

As someone that is PS3-less for the forseeable future, that isn't to say I wouldn't want a port, but I just doubt we'll see it.
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 22, 2007, 04:22:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 22, 2007, 03:43:23 PM

I wonder how much bigger this title would've been if they had found a good way to give it an Iron Chef tie-in.  With a little bit more depth from the competition, it might've been been a good little hit with that branding.

If they ended up with both an Iron Chef and a Bob Ross game, there's no way I could resist getting a Wii.
10336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 22, 2007, 02:16:26 PM

Quote from: Leona-Windrider on March 22, 2007, 02:34:53 AM

An interesting fun fact: our Microsoft rep completely denies the existence of the black 360.  Either he's not in the loop or was being coy slywink

FWIW, my sis-in-law is an "X-Box rep" for Microsoft (she's the one that services the store demo units, hands out all the nifty promo material, etc.).  According to her, they are usually the last people that are actually told anything of substance, and most of the info their reps get come from the same internet sources we read.

Funny side note:  She has absolutely zero interest in games or gaming and the only time she has ever even touched an X-box is on her service calls.  Yet, she's always considered the 'hawt gamer chick' whenever she does into the GS/EB locations.   icon_lol
10337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 02:33:17 PM
This is the only thing from the review that concerns me:

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On the DS, the problems with the presentation are much more severe and end up impacting the gameplay. The graphics aren't as crisp and clear as they are on the PSP, and there are barely any flashy special effects. Most significantly, the puzzle playfield appears cramped on the lower screen of the DS, and it's difficult to discern certain pieces. Because of the size of the pieces, it's also easier to make mistakes with the game's mandatory stylus controls. The content is still good, but these problems make the DS version harder to recommend.

Maybe I'll just wait for the full PC version instead.
10338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 20, 2007, 11:48:32 PM




10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 20, 2007, 04:01:24 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 20, 2007, 05:34:22 AM

I'm growing concerned about this ramp.  icon_eek

I'm usually no good at action games, so I played on Easy.  Even at wussy level, that ramp was still an absolute bitch.
10340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 01:32:11 PM

Quote from: mytocles on March 20, 2007, 12:21:12 PM

"real time cooking effects" - wtf would that be - your Wii starts to steam and smoke? stirthepot

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes


They're saving that feature for the 360 version.  slywink
10341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Trailer on: March 20, 2007, 01:25:00 PM
Please tell me I didn't just see a pirate ship sailing over a sand dune.

Other than that one shot, it looked pretty cool.
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 01:19:08 PM
They really should find a way to attach the Iron Chef name.

Allez Cuisine!
10343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 19, 2007, 11:13:21 PM






10344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Hearts? on: March 19, 2007, 09:32:33 PM
I purchased Kingdom Hearts three times hoping it would finally 'click' with me.  I love Disney and I love Final Fantasy, but KH did absolutely nothing for me.  Part of the problem was the wonky camera, part of it was the super-cutsey feel of the whole thing, but something about the game just put me off.  I got up to the Tarzan world once, but that was as far as I could stomach.

It's just another one of those "everyone loves but me" games, I suppose.
10345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 19, 2007, 07:14:22 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 19, 2007, 01:06:20 PM

So I gave it a little more time Saturday and Sunday (in all honesty, about an hour more). I know I haven't played it enough to really fully give it a full evaluation, but it just isn't for me. I hate making these realizations about games that I want to like, but sometimes you have to just be honest and realize that this type of game isn't for you. I had to come to that understanding with Devil May Cry 3 (in fact, the only one I still like is Devil May Cry 1-the best in the series), Ninja Gaiden, Okami, and others. God of War 2 is the most recent. 3 hours isn't necessarily enough of a test, but there is no sense playing something I don't really enjoy.

I am happy you guys are getting so much pleasure out of this one, and I salute the job they did making this game look the way it does on the PS2!

Don't feel bad, I'm the same way with most of the big name franchises everyone else raves about.  I hate the GTA games with a passion, didn't care for Halo, am 'meh' on Metal Gear, don't care for most platformers (i.e.  Ratchet & Clank, Jax & Daxter, etc.), and so on.

Different strokes, and all that...
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 06:38:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 19, 2007, 06:30:01 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 19, 2007, 05:58:49 PM

It's the same cable, at least on my system it is. What I'm not sure about is the ability to have 2 cable modems.

Most cable companies (including the one I work for) would have you open a second account, get a second bill, and essentially pay for two modems at full price.  You would not be able to bond your connection to double the speed either. 

Ugh, no way.

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In short, buy into some WiFi love.  You can get a router and card for less than 60 if you shop smart.  Shop S Mart.

But I'd sill have to buy the $100 wireless adapter for the 360 right?  Or are there 3rd party alternatives to that adapter?
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:57:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 19, 2007, 05:43:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 19, 2007, 01:15:25 PM

the only other option is figuring out a way to run a 100 foot cable through the rafters to the family room.  Given the unique layout of our house, I'm not even entirely sure that's possible.

I guarantee it is possible, you just need to try harder. if you have a cable outlet near your router and a cable outlet by the 360 then the cable company managed to do it, so can you! smile Of course if you go outside and see a black cable coming out one window, thrown over the roof and going into an attic window you may not want to task the cable guys to run any more wiring at your house.

Well, the house already had a cable TV jack when we moved in.  It's right by the TV where the 360 is going to be.  When we signed up for Comcast, they ran a new cable internet jack directly through outside wall to the office.   So the question is, can they create an additional internet jack somewhere there is already a TV jack?

I'm an idiot about this stuff (obviously) and didn't know if the cable TV and cable internet cables all come in the same way.
10348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:35:51 PM
Warning, you rule man.   icon_lol

Maybe I should put a Jobu doll next to it and sacrifice a live chicken every time I turn it on...
10349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:15:21 PM
Hey, quit jinxing me!!
10350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weeken Recap 3-19-2007: The Hangover Edition on: March 19, 2007, 03:16:21 PM
Finished up God of War 2, and spent a couple more hours with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.  I just can't seem to get enough of that game!
10351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baten Kaitos Origins on: March 19, 2007, 01:49:45 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 19, 2007, 10:25:55 AM

Baten Kaitos (of which Origins is a prequel) is a great game, and from what I've played of Origins (I'm about 20 hours in), it's even better.  The artwork is beautiful, the voice acting is excellent (whereas it was pretty bad in the original BK), and the battles are fun.

I heard rumors they were making the card battle "time-limit" mechanic faster for Origins.  Is this true?  That was the main thing that killed the original for me.  Having all of a nanosecond to choose your card ultimately destroyed any fun I was having.

I still think the original is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played, and I'm really looking forward to the DS version.
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 19, 2007, 01:34:36 PM
Possibly Puzzle Quest, but with my 360 purchase I might need to pick up a few games for it instead.
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 01:15:25 PM
Bah, getting this thing on-line is going to be an absolute bitch.  I don't really want to spend the extra $150'ish for the wireless adapter and a wireless router, but the only other option is figuring out a way to run a 100 foot cable through the rafters to the family room.  Given the unique layout of our house, I'm not even entirely sure that's possible.  Maybe I just need to have Comcast come install another jack by the TV.  There's already a cable TV outlet there, maybe they can just piggyback off that.

I knew there was a good reason I hadn't played online before.

10354  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS Xbox 360 Premium system with 4 games, 2 controllers on: March 19, 2007, 11:46:19 AM

Quote from: Jag on March 19, 2007, 03:10:39 AM

Good deal. Looks like Gratch snatched it up though biggrin

Yep.  Can't wait!!  smile
10355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360.. on: March 19, 2007, 02:06:06 AM
Thanks for the info Brendan, that'll be a big help.

Just remember, you guys aren't allowed to laugh at me if I actually get online to play.  slywink
10356  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 19, 2007, 01:00:49 AM
+1 to Louis Cypher for quick payment on God of War 2
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I'm getting a 360 (and a Gamertag!) on: March 19, 2007, 12:55:23 AM
Looks like I'm getting a pretty good deal on a month-old used 360.  A couple questions:

1.  Can you buy any kind of warranty protection direct through MS on used systems, or are you just on your own.  Also, if it was purchased recently, does the 1 year warranty applies even if it's not the original owner?
2.  You don't have to be online to play, right?  It might be another month or so before I can get the stuff to either go wireless or run cables from the office to the family room.
3.  The Premium system is the better one, correct?

Thanks!
10358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a new must, must, must have game... on: March 19, 2007, 12:10:45 AM
Wow, that's pretty impressive.  I really need to find a way to get a 360 soon.
10359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack(ass) Thompson sued by Take Two on: March 18, 2007, 08:55:58 PM
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(Take Two’s law firm) Blank Rome… has, by this remarkable lawsuit, laid bare precisely what it is about - the silencing and destruction of Take-Two’s most abiding and most successful critic.

Or maybe, just maybe, they're just tired of paying the legal fees associated with defending themselves against your baseless and ridiculous lawsuits?
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 18, 2007, 08:46:08 PM
Just finished this afternoon, and it's a fantastic game from start to finish.  It did seem a bit more puzzle-heavy than the first one, but nothing too tough to figure out.  Bummed about the cliffhanger ending though, since I won't have a PS3 for a long, long time.  frown

A solid 10/10 from me. 
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