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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Soon, Purge, Soon... on: October 03, 2007, 01:25:45 PM

Quote from: Booner on September 20, 2007, 12:54:30 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 20, 2007, 05:26:19 AM

If they have an option for target lock, that'd be great, but they could at least confirm the ability to choose somewhere.

It looks like they do have varying levels of assistance.



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.
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 01:20:17 PM
I was considering picking up the new Zelda DS game today.  There's a new EB a couple blocks from here, but since I know they'll play their ridiculous 'since you didn't pre-order, we won't sell you a copy' game (even if they have extras), I'll just swing by Best Buy or Circuit City on the way home instead.   There have been quite a few occasions when I'd like to impulse buy a game on release week, and I always avoid EB and pick it up somewhere else.

Sseems like if they'd quit being pre-order nazi's, they might get more business on new releases.  Then again, maybe I'm the only one that does this...
10323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 01:12:57 PM
In looking at the top ranked PS3 games, there's not a single one that interests me in the slightest.  Since Blu-Ray means little to me, there's simply no reason to buy a PS3 until they start releasing some good games.
10324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 03, 2007, 12:31:08 AM

Quote from: naednek on October 02, 2007, 11:06:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 02, 2007, 03:10:49 PM

- They could easily be 3-1 right now (fuck you and your time-out a millisecond before the snap, Shannahan), and are actually playing with some heart this year.



Uhh you can't have it both ways, you won your 1st game the same way (a week later nonetheless)  But the Raiders are starting too look good, but like every year, there will be a self implosion.

I stand corrected then.  I missed the Browns game, and didn't realize that we did the same thing.    It's a bush-league call, no matter who pulls it.

It'll be interesting to see if there's the annual raider-plosion.  We won't really get a feel for the team until they lose a few games and face some adversity, which I'm sure will happen.  Kiffin seems to have instilled a bit more discipline, but just how much remains to be seen.   This is the first year since the Super Bowl that I'm actually pleased about the direction they're heading.
10325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: October 02, 2007, 06:35:04 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 02, 2007, 06:30:44 PM

Waitaminute... Vagrant Story was set in Ivalice?

Yeah, I'd forgotten about that as well.  Part 9 of the retrospective brought out some pretty interesting theories about the connections between all the Ivalice games. 
10326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally took the plunge into the handheld arena! on: October 02, 2007, 03:27:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 02, 2007, 03:24:14 PM

wow, thatnks for all the suggestions guys!  that's the nice thing about picking up an older system- instant backlog  icon_biggrin

There's a ton of great GBA games as well, if you missed out on them the first time around.  Fire Emblem, Metroid, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, FF VI, Golden Sun, etc., etc.
10327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 02, 2007, 03:10:49 PM
-  My Raiders have a long way to go, but are looking much better.  Of course, Miami is really bad so we'll need to see how they do against a real team.  Losing Jordan will be a huge problem if he's out for too long.  I was initially skeptical about the Kiffin hire, but I like what I see so far.  They could easily be 3-1 right now (fuck you and your time-out a millisecond before the snap, Shannahan), and are actually playing with some heart this year.

-  Jesus, Peyton Manning is good.  I get annoyed at his overexposure, but I could watch that guy play football all day.

-  NE & Indy are both amazing.  Can we just play the AFC title game and call it done already?  slywink
10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally took the plunge into the handheld arena! on: October 02, 2007, 03:42:26 AM
Puzzle Quest has easily been my favorite game for the DS so far.  Etrian Odyssey is also good, if you enjoy old-school (i.e. brutally difficult and somewhat repetitive) RPG's.  It allows you to map dungeons, which adds quite a bit of fun.  I'd also give Age of Empires and Meteos a try.   Lots of people also rave about the Advance Wars & Castlevania titles, but they didn't do much for me.

I have to admit I haven't played mine much, and have kept it mostly for potential.  There are some great RPG & SRPG titles on the horizon in the next year or so.
10329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 01, 2007, 07:23:55 PM
I'm considering Zelda, but am leaning towards "pass" with FF Tactics coming out next week.
10330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda - Phantom Hourglass on: October 01, 2007, 07:20:31 PM
I'm so torn on this game.  On one hand, the review sounds great and it looks like a very unique and fun DS game.  On the other hand, I've become bored and/or frustrated very quickly with the last few Zelda games I tried (Wind Waker, Four Swords, & Minnish Cap).   I've never been a huge fan of the series in general (even the first game), so there's no impulse to buy on name value alone.

What to do, what to do...
10331  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS games F/S - Now with added ZELDA! on: October 01, 2007, 02:00:30 PM
Prices include shipping:

DS
Zelda - Phantom Hourglass:  $30 shipped.  Includes the 336 page Prima guide.  **sold**
Etrian Odyssey:  $20

Need the $$ for upcoming games, so not really interested in trades.  Paypal only, please.
10332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 29, 2007, 05:08:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 28, 2007, 06:23:44 PM

and so is the early Ren & Stimpy.

I thought about listing Ren & Stimpy, but it got so bad so quickly after John K left (and don't even mention that "new" Ren & Stimpy that Spike TV did a while back.  ::shudder:: ) that it's tough to include on an all-time favorites list.  If we were listing best single seasons ever, then R&S would easily be near the top.
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/07 on: September 29, 2007, 02:37:16 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 28, 2007, 07:02:26 PM

I wonder what everyone with a 360 will be playing this weekend.

Possibly some Guitar Hero II, but mostly Brave Story on PSP.
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 29, 2007, 02:35:03 AM
Good:  I can now put that extra $30 in pre-order money towards something else.   thumbsup
Bad:  I despise even leaving the house on Black Friday, much less going anywhere near a retail store.   thumbsdown thumbsdown
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 28, 2007, 05:15:18 AM
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that ATB doesn't like the song set much.  slywink
10336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 27, 2007, 11:00:48 PM
Firefly, with the US version of The Office as a close second.  Scrubs would get honorable mention.
10337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 27, 2007, 08:17:24 PM

Quote from: Dirt on September 27, 2007, 07:28:02 PM

I'm having a ball right now just binding shit.

I do have a quibble with the balance though.  Sniper II is crap.

Sniper IV is pretty good, even though it's not very likely you'll miss anyway once you get to that level.
10338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 27, 2007, 05:02:09 PM

Quote from: Kemper Boyd on September 26, 2007, 02:29:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 25, 2007, 04:00:13 AM

Thanks Kemper, I'll give that strategy a try.  I've had the need to use AOE spells so infrequently that I almost forgot they were there! 
So I just tried this level again with level 60ish peeps and I took the Big G down in 4 turns by just concentrating on him(?) alone. I probably could have done it in 3 if I had planned better. AoE FTW!

Looks like I was just using the wrong tactics.  I followed Kemper's strategy and took him down in 3 turns as well to beat the game last night.  I couple final observations:

-  Very strong story throughout.  I liked the idea of having a few of the characters jump in and out of your party at certain points.  However, they would jump back in at much lower levels than the rest of the party, which could make it rather difficult to keep them alive.  Certainly kept you on your toes, as you never knew who you would lose or when.

-  Pretty easy for an SRPG.  I only lost 2 battles in the entire game (one of them being my first try at the final boss), and they were both simple strategy adjustments.  I suppose I just did too many free combats, but I felt vastly overlevelled for the final third of the game.

-  Perfect length for me at just over 40 hours.  Any longer, and I probably would have started losing interest.

- I said it in an earlier post, but Level 5 did a great job at fixing many of the minor annoyances with SRPG games.  In fact, I think it will be tough to start FFT in a couple weeks, since many of my minor gripes will be present.

Overall, I had a ton of fun with Jeanne D'Arc.  It's my GOTY so far, although I'm guessing that Rock Band or Mass Effect may take that title.  It was certainly worth purchasing a PSP for.  smile
10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 25, 2007, 04:00:13 AM
Thanks Kemper, I'll give that strategy a try.  I've had the need to use AOE spells so infrequently that I almost forgot they were there! 
10340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:14:27 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 24, 2007, 10:11:50 AM

Quote from: warning on September 24, 2007, 03:30:34 AM

I'm still working on that mission Canuck.  Third time's a charm... hopefully.

Well third time wasn't a charm for me. FUCK.  Looks like I am going to have to start taking advantage of that game's quicksave function so i can quickly get back into the game whenever I make a stupid fucking mistake.

You may want to consider doing a few of the Free Combat levels before tackling that one again.  I made it a habit of doing a least one free combat between each story mission, and it kept my characters at a high enough level that I never ran into either your situation, or the "boss one hits me!" problem that others have had.

Well, until the last battle, anyways.
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:11:09 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 23, 2007, 11:55:03 PM

I have a couple of questions.  I notice that some of the spells have CMD and REV in their little description box.  What the heck do those things mean?  And what does "rarity" mean?  I don't think the manual explained it.

I've spent over 40 hours with the game, and still have no idea what those mean.  My guess is that they're not terribly important.
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 04:03:31 AM
I got to the final battle this afternoon.  Even with all my characters north of level 60, the only two words to describe this battle are "Yeah, right".  I have no idea how I'm going to beat this, and there's no way to go back and do more leveling (you get thrown right into it after the 2nd to last battle).  It's a bit irritating, as I've cruised through the last 10-15 stages feeling like I was vastly overleveled, and now I seem to be vastly underleveled in the space of a single stage.

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Counter's happen too often (everytime?) in my opinion.  I think I liked it better when you didn't know if there was going to be a counter or not.  And even if it did happen, there was no guarantee that they would hit.

Counters always happen on melee attacks only.   Never happens on archer attacks or spells, and only occasionally happens when abilities are used.  There's also no counter when attacking from 2 squares away (spear-wielders) if the attackee only has a 1 square reach.  It really threw me off when I first started, but I got used to it and rather like the idea.  Counter-attacks become a very important strategic consideration the further you get in the game.
10343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Family Guy Tonight! on: September 24, 2007, 03:25:56 AM
That was incredibly 'meh', although I did get a chuckle out of the Asteroids bit.
10344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally!! on: September 22, 2007, 02:59:31 PM
I've put about 4 hours into Brave Story, and am looking forward to diving into it more once I finish Jeanne.  My initial impressions are that it's fun, but pretty generic.  Story, characters, combat, and dialog straight out of RPG 101.
10345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: They brought the pain... on: September 22, 2007, 12:31:58 PM
Ouch, sorry man.  I stirred up a hornets nest a couple weeks ago and got stings right above the eye and inside my ear.  Hurts like a bitch, and that was only 2.
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally!! on: September 22, 2007, 12:30:18 PM
Jeanne D'Arc, no question.
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 22, 2007, 12:29:46 PM
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I am not as extreme as this, I will occasionaly turn on my radio, but in general I could do without music.

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Not a big music listener.  I never turn my radio on in my car, don't own any kind of music player from any generation, and don't attend concerts.  I occasionally watch music clips on youtube and stuff just to hear an interesting rendition of something, but honestly, I would say I only actually hear, completely through, maybe 10 songs a year.  Wierd, but true.

There are very few times that I don't have some sort of music playiing, so I can't even wrap my brain around this concept.  Life without a constant soundtrack would just feel...well...dead.  Different strokes and all that.
10348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 21, 2007, 02:48:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 21, 2007, 02:38:00 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on September 21, 2007, 01:54:09 PM

As much as I adore Guitar Hero (and plan on buying GH3), the hefty price tag investment for Rock Band is keeping my interest level at next to zero.

I know I mentioned it in that other thread, but I just find it fascinating how many people seem to interpret Rock Band as a $200+ minimum entry price.  If you've already got a Guitar Hero guitar for the 360, the hefty price tag investment for Rock Band is $60.  If you don't have a guitar, I can't see the RB Guitar+Game bundle being priced that different than the GH Guitar+Game bundle.  If you see the drums as a must-have peripheral, if they're around $80 then they're just $20 more than if you wanted to buy a 2nd X-Plorer for Guitar Hero.

It seems like Harmonix needs to spend some PR time convincing the pubic that each individual instrument campaign is comparable to the single player GH campaign, or maybe empasize the "put together a band" angle where each person may only have one instrument.

What he said.  If Harmonix doesn't start letting people know that the entry price for Rock Band is exactly the same as it is for GH2, they might be in trouble with Rock Band. 

Since I'm getting the full kit, apparently I'll be one of the only drummers around.  smile
10349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 21, 2007, 03:21:49 AM
Heathens, all of ya.
10350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 20, 2007, 07:21:31 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on September 20, 2007, 06:56:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 20, 2007, 06:45:29 PM

And a sad one: When playing online, bandmates will not be able to hear you sing

THAT SUCKS.  icon_cry

I dunno, maybe that's a blessing in disguise. 

(Just kidding, that blows.)
10351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Populous is coming to the DS! on: September 20, 2007, 03:37:16 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on September 20, 2007, 03:36:31 PM

Fuck yeah!
I hope it actually comes out, though, unlike Disciples and Jagged Alliance 2.

Yeah, whatever happened to these?  Are they still in the works?
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP new buyer questions on: September 20, 2007, 01:46:40 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 20, 2007, 01:19:59 PM


-How about screen protectors?   Does most use them?   Whats a good one to get without blurring the screen?

I picked up a used unit from Gamestop, and whoever originally owned it had some kind of clear protective coating put over the entire front of the unit.  Wish I know who did it, as it does an awesome job of protecting the thing and I'd highly recommend it.  Any smudges just wipe right off with a slightly damp paper towel, and it's very scratch resistant.

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I've read good stuff about Syphon Filter and KillZone Liberation.   I know alot are liking some of the rpg's, but they don't interest me for the PSP.

Dunno if that includes SRPG's, but Jeanne D'Arc is easily the best game I've played this year on any system.
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Lost Odyssey videos on: September 20, 2007, 01:13:05 PM

Quote from: mikeg on September 17, 2007, 11:29:31 PM

Off my list unfortunately.  One, the graphics were very mediocre to me and it being turn-based took it from being a possible play to a never play.  Just can't stir up even an ounce of interest in anything turn-based.  Until these vids I had no clue.  Glad I watched them.  One less game to fret over.

But those who dig that stuff, looks like you have a big one coming.

Exact opposite for me, and I think that looks absolutely amazing.   Most real-time combat systems are far too frenetic and twitchy for my tastes, so this looks like it'll be perfect. 
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH, FFTA2, White Knight videos on: September 20, 2007, 11:58:49 AM
I'm disappointed they didn't spruce up the FFTA2 graphics a bit, but that's not a major concern.  I love the gameplay, and it looks like that has stayed perfectly intact.

ASH looks very, very cool.  Do we know when it's due to arrive in NA?
10355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jackass Thompson in GTA IV? on: September 19, 2007, 05:29:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 19, 2007, 05:20:39 PM

and after he is dead,i would switch to baseball bat and just keep plumeting and plumeting and plumeting icon_twisted

Plumeting?   icon_lol
10356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- 82 Days Away on: September 19, 2007, 12:09:40 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 10, 2007, 02:07:34 AM

They're innovating in small ways, but I also think they're taking a small step back by going for a more shooter type of combat.

In the latest video, I've noticed the "target lock" is gone and you generally shoot toward the reticle, makes me wonder if the abandoned the idea that your stats still govern hits and such.

For the three of us that are dreadful at console shooters, I give this design decision a hearty  thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown.
10357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillary's legal mandate for health insurance- WTF?!?!?!? on: September 19, 2007, 11:31:57 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 19, 2007, 01:45:13 AM

...I am currently paying $1000/ month for me, my wife, and two kids. ..

Ouch.  Makes me realize how good (and cheap) my insurance is.
10358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 19, 2007, 02:16:56 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 19, 2007, 01:22:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 18, 2007, 01:48:35 PM

Looks pretty hit & miss to me.  Tiers 4, 5, 6, & 8 (especially 8 ) rock.  Tiers 2, 3, & 7 (with the exception of Cult of Personality) are already putting me to sleep.  With Slipknot, Disturbed, and Muse, set 7 looks like it'll be the stinker of the group imo.

Muse?  Stinker?  BLASPHEME!!!!!

Seriously, have you seen the video for Knights of Cydonia?  Any vid that features a hottie in Wilma Deering's old skintight space pilot suit has a thumbs up from me.  biggrin

Love the video, but thought the song was complete ass.   Just not my thing, I suppose.
10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 18, 2007, 01:48:35 PM
Looks pretty hit & miss to me.  Tiers 4, 5, 6, & 8 (especially 8 ) rock.  Tiers 2, 3, & 7 (with the exception of Cult of Personality) are already putting me to sleep.  With Slipknot, Disturbed, and Muse, set 7 looks like it'll be the stinker of the group imo.
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 06:05:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 17, 2007, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2007, 04:55:08 PM

It's still a day 1 purchase, that would just irritate me if I get less songs because I don't know anyone else who plays.
Not planning to play it online?

Maybe.  I don't do much multi-player, so it depends on whether I feel like reupping on XBL for one game.
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