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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 29, 2006, 06:55:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 29, 2006, 04:17:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 29, 2006, 03:33:37 PM

I might put a few more hours into Xenosaga III and see if it does anything to grab me (it hasn't after about 3 hours),

Like most RPGs, XS3 is a slow starter.  Doesn't help that combat starts off way too easy as well.  I liked the beginning area but it seems like for most people it didn't really grab them until they got to the second act. 

I think part of my problem is that I've spent close to a full hour (out of the 3 I've played) simply reading through the somewhat cryptic database in order to get caught up on everything.  I played the original when it first came out in 2003 and never made it all the way through X2, so trying to get back up to speed has been a bit daunting.  Not to mention the universe is one of the most complex I've ever seen.
10322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 29, 2006, 05:56:24 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 29, 2006, 05:29:29 PM

From the videos it looks like it's the gambit system all over. The battles looked to be in real time. I think that would be great if they gave us a better expanded gambit system and more character specific license boards too. I think the game looks sweet. 2007 is definitely the year of the DS.

Videos?  Where?
10323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF12: Revenant Wings images on: December 29, 2006, 05:27:51 PM
Wow, some of that artwork is beautiful.  Can't say I'm crazy about the "kiddie" look of the characters, but I've played enough JRPG's that it doesn't bother me too much anymore.  I thought the battle screens were particularly interesting.  With the multiple enemies across the screen, it almost looks like a grid-based tactical game.  That's certainly not a bad thing but wasn't really what I was expecting, especially with FFTA 2 being announced.
10324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 05:23:39 PM

Quote from: kathode on December 29, 2006, 04:56:09 PM

But I hear he's talking about making the whole thing an MMO.

God, I hope not.  I fail to see how that story could be told  in any way, shape, or form in an MMO setting.  Not to mention the fact that I hate MMO games.
10325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 04:37:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 29, 2006, 04:23:58 PM

I don't know if I'd call the story better.  Probably more like equally as good.  Unfortunately you'll know a few of the surprises since you've played Dreamfall.  TLJ is still well worth playing (I just replayed it this year after starting Dreamfall) but be aware that it's a much more conventional adventure game in format- ie very contrived, wacky puzzles.

The goofy/nonsensical puzzles are normally what turn me off about adventure games, but I should be OK with a good GameFAQ.  I'm dying to know how the characters tie together from the two games.
10326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 04:17:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 29, 2006, 04:12:03 PM

I finished the game, it was ok.  And I wouldn't be opposed to playing a sequel... but I refuse to give any money to JoWood.  If I can pick this up either in a trade or used, that's how I'll be getting it.

I don't see JoWood mentioned anywhere on the box, unless they're associated somehow with Funcom.  If you're interested, I'd be willing to trade my copy.  Once you're done with the story and know how it wraps up, there's really not much reason to go back and replay it.

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So, Gratch, am I to take it you never played The Longest Journey?

Nope, missed it entirely.  I have managed to track down a copy, and it should be arriving next week.  From people familiar with both, I've heard TLJ is an even better story, so I can't wait to get started!
10327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 04:13:13 PM
If you don't like a lot of dialog, this probably isn't the game (or series) for you.  It's really more of an interactive story than a proper game.  As Mrs. Gratch put it (she watched me play the last 2/3 of it), it really felt more like a 13 hour movie than an actual game.  You'll be putting down the controller for long stretches at a time while the story is told.

This didn't bother me at all because the story and characters were so incredibly well done.  If you're looking for something fast paced, however, you'll want to look elsewhere.
10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / And my "How the hell did I miss this?" game of 2006 is... on: December 29, 2006, 03:51:17 PM
Dreamfall.

I caught Dreamfall on someone's "Best of" list (Gamespot, maybe?), and it looked remotely intriguing.  I typically haven't been a fan of the adventure genre, but I decided to give it a shot.  Lucked into a copy on Wednesday afternoon, and proceeded put in a 10 hour session that afternoon, and another 4 hour session last night to wrap it up.  I'd never even heard of the game before, but quite frankly, it absolutely blew me away.  It's technically an adventure game, but there are some stealth and fighting mechanics also involved.  To be honest, neither of them are particularly good, but it really doesn't matter.  The storyline is absolutely incredible and is easily the best I've seen in a game in a very, very long time.  Anyone who is a fan of sci-fi or fantasy owes it to themselves to check this one out, as there's plenty of both.   There are some absolutely wonderful characters that you feel a true connection with, and the cliffhanger ending will leave you itching for a sequel (it's the middle of a planned trilogy that started with The Longest Journey). 

You may not have heard of it, but if you enjoy a brilliant story and beautiful graphics, you have to check out Dreamfall.  After the past 2 days, it jumped from "never heard of it" to easily the second best game I've played this entire year behind FFXII.  This is definately a hidden gem that I think many of us probably just overlooked.
10329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 29, 2006, 03:33:37 PM
I'm in limbo right now, as I don't really want to start anything until FFIII and The Longest Journey arrive next week.  I might put a few more hours into Xenosaga III and see if it does anything to grab me (it hasn't after about 3 hours), and I may also give Neverwinter Nights 2 another look.  I shelved it about 5 hours in because it was boring me to tears, but I really do want to like it.
10330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of Xbox - Prelim on: December 29, 2006, 07:52:25 AM
-  Dreamfall
-  Dreamfall
-  and, Dreamfall
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what game did ya get for Christmas? on: December 29, 2006, 01:33:22 AM
Didn't get any games, but was able to purchase with X-mas $$:

-  Dreamfall (PC)
-  The Longest Journey (PC)
-  Syberia (PC) - Can you tell I'm on an adventure game kick?
-  Elite Beat Agents (DS)
-  Final Fantasy III (DS)
-  Xenosaga III (PS2)
-  Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC)
-  Rogue Galaxy (PS2) - Pre-order paid in full

TLJ, Syberia, and FFIII are still on their way to me, and I'll hopefully have them next week.  I'm hoping to finish Dreamfall tonight, and can't wait to fire up the other two when they get here.  Dreamfall definately goes on my "how the hell did I miss that?" list for 2006.

The only real stinker so far in the bunch is Dark Messiah.  It's an absolute piece of crap, and I'm kicking myself for dropping the $35 on it.  The jury's still out on Xenosaga III, as it hasn't done much to grab me yet after about 3 hours.
10332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 Slim impressions. (late to the party) on: December 28, 2006, 06:05:24 AM

Quote from: Kobra on December 28, 2006, 05:00:48 AM


Burnout 3 Takedown - Great stress burner, Flatout2 is much much better, but this is still a really cool game for those without PC's.


Probably the first (and last) time I'll ever hear that.
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: December 27, 2006, 08:06:34 PM
I consider myself to be decent at rhythm games.  I was pretty successful at Amplitude.  I've cleared both Guitar Hero games (well, all but the last 2 songs of GH2) on Expert.

EBA completely baffles me.

Picked it up yesterday and am most of the way through the 1-star level.  I think I'm on the last song ('Jumpin' Jack Flash), and the ending has kicked my ass multiple times now.  The highest rank I've received on any song so far is a C.   My biggest problems is that I can't seem to find where the hell they are coming up with their rhythms.  Most of the time, they seem to be completely random and have nothing to do with either the vocal, guitar, or drum tracks.  Maybe it's just because I'm not familiar with most of the original songs, but I'm having a hell of a time even getting through the easiest level.  It's still pretty fun, but the randomness is very off-putting to me.  Maybe it's because I've become so used to Guitar Hero, where what I'm hearing and what I'm playing are always the same.

I am officially humbled.  :icon_sad:
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 26, 2006, 11:04:15 PM
Well, took my X-mas money out today and picked up Dreamfall (PC), Elite Beat Agents (DS), Xenosaga III (PS2), and pre-ordered Rogue Galaxy.

All-in-all, it was a pretty good haul.
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 26, 2006, 06:01:11 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 26, 2006, 04:39:29 PM

With over 30 new games in the house from Yesterday, it is safe to say we won't be buying a single game, for any system, within the next 6-12 months.  saywhat

Can I quote you on that?   icon_wink
10336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penny Arcade's games of 2007 list with pics on: December 26, 2006, 05:21:17 AM
Wow, lots of RPG's that weren't even on my radar.  Now I'm excited for 2007 PC gaming!!
10337  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few PC, DS, & PS2 games I'm looking for on: December 26, 2006, 04:52:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 24, 2006, 05:12:05 AM

If NWN2 is FT/FS, could you please post a price and or additional wants? Thanks.

Sorry, $32 shipped on NWN2.  The only other thing I really want is BSG Season 1, but let me know if you'd be interested in NWN 2.

Will shoot you a PM as well.
10338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2006, 03:09:37 AM
I made out awesome this year. The haul (between wife, in-laws, & parents):

- 3 tan and 1 grey Dockers pants
- 3 Polo shirts for work
- Brown/Black leather belt
- 2 pair of new Vans
- New Univ. of Utah hat
- Storm-tater & Artoo-Tater to go along with my Darth Tater figure
- Pirates 2 & Cars DVD's
- DVD burner
- New wallet with $15 gift cards to Borders, B&N, Gamestop, Circuit City, Applebees, Ruby Tuesday, and a couple other local restaurants.
- Padded goalie shorts
- $100 in Amex gift cards
- $75 cash

And to top it all off, we were surprised with a $20,000, no-interest, pay-back-whenever-we-can loan from the in-laws so we can start the in vitro process next month. We thought we'd have to wait a whole 'nother year to put the money together for that.

Needless to say, it was a damn good X-mas.
10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 25, 2006, 03:10:57 PM
I got FFIII from Warning, so now I have to decide on which games to get with my $100 in gift cards.   I'm thinking about picking up Elite Beat Agents and Dreamfall, then pre-ordering Rogue Galaxy.

Not that I really need to pre-order, but if I don't I'm sure I'll spend the $$ somewhere else instead.
10340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 24, 2006, 04:37:32 PM
10341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ethical Dilemma on: December 24, 2006, 04:37:07 PM
Given the spoilers, I think you did the right thing.  I probably wouldn't have called them solely on the basis of being left in the garage (hell, my dog spends half his life in the garage while we're at work.  However, we would never leave him there if we went out of town.), but if there is a history of problems, then you make the correct choice.
10342  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few PC, DS, & PS2 games I'm looking for on: December 24, 2006, 04:46:48 AM

Quote from: Bulletproof on December 23, 2006, 05:47:40 PM

Is that Golden Sun 2 for GBA?



Yes.
10343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 05:54:09 PM
Looks like the Parent's Television Council now has their panties in a wad over this. 
10344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 04:33:15 PM
I usually don't think much of Timberlake, but that was some funny shiat.
10345  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: NWN2, Gal Civ 2, Civ IV on: December 23, 2006, 03:03:06 PM
Changed the title, as I got all the games I was looking for.  Stuff's still for sale if anyone's interested.

-  Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC) - **NO LONGER AVAILABLE**
-  Civilization IV (PC) - $20 shipped
-  Galactic Civilizations II (PC) - $18 shipped
-  Magnetica (DS) - $15 shipped
-  Golden Sun 2 (DS) - $10 shipped (game only)  **SOLD**

Shoot me a PM if you're interested.  Thanks!
10346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you dreamin of a white Christmas? on: December 23, 2006, 04:59:28 AM
I love snow and cold.  If it was 30 degrees ten months out of the year, I'd be perfectly happy.
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 23, 2006, 02:33:50 AM
Ended up grabbing Dark Messiah of M&M off Steam.  Downloading now, and will hopefully beat it in the next week or so..
10348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2006, 07:01:02 PM




10349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PS2 - Prelim on: December 22, 2006, 06:53:44 PM
FF XII
Okami
I guess GH2, although it didn't even come close to GH1
10350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FFTA2 coming soon for... on: December 22, 2006, 06:09:58 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 21, 2006, 11:02:09 PM

...the Nintendo DS.  Or... maybe the GBA?

Not to leave out the PSP, they will be getting a remake of FFT.

Here's the part of that article I found most interesting:

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Another magazine, Gamelabo, reportedly mentions that Square Enix also has two more unannounced Xbox 360 games in the pipeline

Maybe this is old news, but that's a pretty major coup for the 360. 
10351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FFTA2 coming soon for... on: December 22, 2006, 05:53:32 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 22, 2006, 06:54:31 AM

I read somewhere that FFT A2 will have a more serious tone, similar to FFT rather than FFTA.

If it keeps the battle system and has a more advanced/mature story, FFTA2 has the potential ti be the most perfect game ever created.
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 03:13:52 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 22, 2006, 03:12:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 22, 2006, 03:09:29 PM

I'm going to try one more time to get into Neverwinter Nights II.  I don't think it's going to happen (this is my third try, and someone about it just rubs me wrong), so I think I'm going to head out and pick up Xenosaga III, FF III, and Elite Beat Agents with the $100 in gift cards I got yesterday. 

Did you finish XS2?

Nope.  I played it twice, and ended up quitting both times around the same spot (8'ish hours in).  From what I've heard, X3 does a pretty good job of summarizing the plot stuff.  Now if I can just track down a copy of the game, it's really tough to find!
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 03:09:29 PM
I'm off from today until Jan 2.   icon_biggrin 

Going to try one more time to get into Neverwinter Nights II.  I don't think it's going to happen (this is my third try, and someone about it just rubs me wrong), so I think I'm going to head out and pick up Xenosaga III, FF III, and Elite Beat Agents with the $100 in gift cards I got yesterday.  I'll also be playing through the new Sam & Max on Gametap.
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: December 21, 2006, 03:11:29 PM
I had tentatively put FFXII as my GOTY about a month ago.  Now that I've finished, I can confirm that it is indeed GOTY material, and probably qualifies as my GOTP5Y (Game of the Past 5 Years).

It was a ballsy move for Square to change up the FF formula like they did, but it certainly paid off.  From start to finish, FFXII is simply an awesome game.
10355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 21, 2006, 01:16:32 PM










10356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do women really think we listen to them all the time? on: December 21, 2006, 01:01:27 PM
Were you saying something?
10357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 21, 2006, 01:31:57 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 20, 2006, 03:40:54 AM

my brother in law sent this to me...



You are so going to hell for that.   icon_lol
10358  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: December 20, 2006, 11:40:42 PM
+1 to Gellar
10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally I play Guitar Hero on: December 20, 2006, 08:47:26 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 20, 2006, 01:41:45 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on December 19, 2006, 06:48:16 PM

If you don't like music you won't like music games, I think that goes without saying.


I went back to guitar hero after playing guitar hero II and boy, it really shows up on how much they improved the timing in GH2. GH1 seems very clunky compared to GH2.

Maybe I should have skipped getting them GH1?  Or is it still worth having both?

I'd say it's still worth getting both, but definately start with GH1 and work up.  Starting with GH2 and going back to 1 is a tough transition.
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally I play Guitar Hero on: December 20, 2006, 08:45:54 PM
I've started playing through the bonus songs in GH2, and man are they terrible.  "Pangea" is not only my least favorite GH song in both games, but ranks right up there with the worst songs I've ever heard.  Ever.

At least the bonus songs in GH were fun to play.  The ones in GH2 are stinkers all the way around.
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