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10321  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.
10322  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...
10323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 27, 2007, 12:07:37 AM




Awwwwww...


10324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post your backlog!!! on: January 26, 2007, 04:17:55 PM
I don't really worry about finishing games, so I guess I really don't have a backlog.  I play a game until I get bored with it, then move on.  If I finish it, great.  If not, no big deal.  Sometimes I go back to games later, but I very rarely get the "I have to finish this!" urge.
10325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 26/Jan/06 on: January 26, 2007, 04:14:33 PM
I finished The Longest Journey yesterday, so I'll probably either put more time into Indigo Prophecy or Syberia over the weekend.  Not sure how much I like Indigo Prophecy (the story and gameplay are unique, but clunky controls are aggravating), so it'll probably be Syberia.   Also picked up Battle for Middle Earth 2 yesterday, so I'm going to make a concerted attempt to get back into RTS's.  Played through the tutorial missions last night and was pretty 'meh', but I suppose that's to be expected. 
10326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diamonds in the rough on: January 25, 2007, 08:05:27 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 25, 2007, 07:56:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 25, 2007, 03:31:46 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 25, 2007, 03:04:54 PM

definetly quake 4,i will have to get back to that one day...especially how you get a bonus disc with quake 2 on it


for me,it was on xbox1 called armed and dangerous,a lucasarts game,it got bad reviews here but i got it and loved it,it was also funny as hell(as with most lucasarts games=monkey island)

Armed and Dangerous was from Planet Moon Studios (small developer, 13 people in it, IIRC)... they also made Giants : Citizen Kabuto (PC)... an EXCELLENT game even by today's standards (dated graphics, but the gameplay is very fun!!). I don't know anything about the PS2 version of GIANTS though.

They made also made MDK and Infected (PSP).

Armed and Dangerous in an absolutely fantastic game, as is Giants.

This is good to hear, as I just picked it up from Simon's extremely generous freebie thread.  It's always been on my "I'll get around to it someday" list, but I've just never...gotten around to it.
10327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where do you Fall? on: January 25, 2007, 08:03:43 PM
67%, but tough to answer when you don't play any online or MP games.    slywink  Funny that it said I rarely use guides, since I answered "All the time" on the "Do you use game guides?" question.

You rarely use guides. You love the satisfaction of beating a game all by your lonesome. You probably have a big imagination and love to use games to escape and have fun. As a result of being this kind of gamer though, you may get a bit angry if someone beats you at a game that you pride yourself at being good at. This isn't always the case though. You're the kind of person that probably beats all of the people at games that come into gamestop and brag about their uber gaming skills but have nothing to show for it. People enjoying playing games with you. I salute you.

10328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 25, 2007, 07:28:16 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 25, 2007, 04:26:20 PM

BTW, who owns the "GameCrazy" stores?

All the ones around here are attached to Hollywood Video stores.
10329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 25, 2007, 05:00:40 PM

Quote from: jament on January 25, 2007, 04:08:10 PM

stuff

That was funny, and oh so true. 

I used to really like my local Gamestop.  They didn't use a lot of high pressure tactics, they were knowledgeable about games, I was on a first name basis with most of them, etc., etc.  Unfortunately, it has gone completely to shit in the 2 months since the last manager left, and I rarely go in there anymore.  Most of the knowledgeable staff has quit, and been replace with a group of l33t g4m3rz.  If you can actually pry one of them away from talking to their friends long enough to ask a question, it becomes very evident that they know absolutely nothing about games outside of the major mainstream titles (Halo, Madden, WoW, etc.).  Trying to find any niche titles in that store is like pulling teeth.  Took 15 minutes and 3 different employees to track down Yggdra Union the other day, even though I gave them the exact spelling and the system it was for.  Then, as the guy was ringing me up, he actually said to the other employee, "I can't believe people pay for this Japanese crap".  I probably should have said something to him, but I figured it wasn't worth the effort.

It's to the point that I will drive 10-15 minutes out of my way to go to another store, rather than stepping foot in there.  A shame, really.
10330  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: January 25, 2007, 03:44:07 AM
YGPM
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: January 25, 2007, 03:41:43 AM
It's been about 2 months since I've put significant time into anything on Gametap, and about a month since I even fired it up.  frown

Still some good stuff to be had, but these shitty releases are getting old.
10332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tag - what's yours mean? on: January 24, 2007, 05:33:30 PM
Happened to be reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series when I created the handle.  The series has since turned to complete shite, but Gratch is still a awesome character.
10333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 24, 2007, 12:25:19 AM


10334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This won't cause any confusion: GamesTrend.com on: January 23, 2007, 12:56:48 PM
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The domain move was made on January 1st, and dozens of users have registered for free game access within just days of the site’s launch.
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Dozens?  Damn, how can GT hope to compete with that kind of crushing competition?
10335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT SOS - Anyone want to help me get a DS Lite? on: January 22, 2007, 07:15:25 PM
Wow, didn't realize they were so hard to find.  Thought I might have found one (listed as "In Stock" on their website), but it looks like every Gamestop & EB around here is sold out as well.
10336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 22/Jan/06 on: January 22, 2007, 07:08:26 PM
Not much for me.  Picked up Indigo Prophecy and messed around with it for a while.  Interesting concept and story, but the sluggish controls and wonky camera drove me nuts.  Also put another couple hours into The Longest Journey, and am about 2/3 of the way through (I think). 

Also tried the Rogue Galaxy demo again to see if I liked it any better the second time around.  Combat is still too hectic for me, and the demo has taken it from a day one purchase to a see-if-I-can-grab-it-used-from-somewhere purchase.
10337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/22) on: January 22, 2007, 02:12:27 PM
Somewhat interested in Hotel Dusk, but will probably wait for a few more reviews.
10338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl 41 on: January 22, 2007, 03:41:14 AM
I'm picking the Colts, but that Chicago defense is going to play Manning tough.
10339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: January 20, 2007, 08:43:03 PM
FINISHED IN 2007
-  Dreamfall (A+)
-  Guitar Hero II (PS2 & 360) (B+)
-  The Longest Journey (B+)
-  Bookworm Adventures (B+)
-  Final Fantasy VI (A+)
-  God of War II (A-)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 2 - Situation Comedy (B)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 3 - The Mole, The Mob, and the Meatball (B-)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 4 - Abe Lincoln Must Die! (B+)
-  Sam & Max:  Episode 5 - Reality 2.0 (A)
-  Puzzle Quest (A)
-  Baldur's Gate II (A)
-  Jeanne D'Arc (A-)
-  Mass Effect (A)

CURRENTLY PLAYING
-  Assassin's Creed
-  Rock Band
-  Final Fantasy Tactics - War of the Lions

SHELVED
-  Dark Messiah of Might & Magic.  I had high hopes for this one, but it just blows.  For an "action-packed FPS", this is one of the most boring games I've ever played.
-  Indigo Prophecy.  Decent concept and story, horrible control system felt like I was running my characters through mud.
-  Battle for Middle Earth 2.  Try as I might, I just can't get into RTS games.  Even my two favorite settings (Star Wars & LotR) can't keep me interested.  frown
-  Xenosaga III.  Too.  Damn.  Boring
-  Planescape:  Torment.  Was trying to play through Gametap, and ran into some serious technical issues.  Sound stuttering, game freezes, etc.  Tried again with the CD version, got to nearly the exact same spot, then just petered out and lost interest. 
-  Enchanted Arms.  Generic RPG 101.  There was seriously not a single thing in this game that made it stand out.  Boring combat, dull characters (with piss-poor voice overs to boot), and an unengaging story.
-  Brave Story.  Again, an utterly generic, soulless RPG.
10340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Game of the Year on: January 20, 2007, 08:41:10 PM
Black?  Seriously?
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: January 20, 2007, 05:38:45 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 20, 2007, 05:24:56 PM

Amazing game.  A true masterpiece.  Loving the second go-around on hard!  Controls work great for me.

And if you think about it, if you're demanding a perfect camera in a game where you're fighting massive moving mountains; you're asking for something that can't really happen.  And what else do you want?  You can MOVE the camera, you can ZOOM in on the colossi (like a z-targeting system [and nobody complains about Zelda's camera]), and you can auto-center the camera.  What more do you want!?  Want it to move with your MIND!?  Get a Segway!

Gratch!  You were on the 4th one!?  Maaaan, the 5th one would have blown your mind biggrin

Not asking for a perfect camera, as I know there's no such thing.  However, I felt like I was constantly fighting the camera in order to see what the hell I was doing.  I'm all for a good challenge or puzzle, but when the camera alone becomes the main source of frustration, it's time to find a different game.

FWIW, I completely appreciate what they were trying to do with the game, and I really wanted to like it.  Just didn't work for me.
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NDS] How many dead pixels do you have? on: January 20, 2007, 03:35:19 PM
I've owned 2 DS's now, and have never had a dead pixel.
10343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone still hyped for Shadow of the Colossus? on: January 20, 2007, 03:34:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2007, 06:59:28 AM

So, I grabbed a used copy tonight and played for about 90 minutes.  Actually, I spent 60 of those minutes fighting the controls and the final 30 playing around with the first Colossi while still fighting the controls.  Definitely not my thing  icon_frown -  I'm going to see if I can return it tomorrow at EB.

This was my reaction too.  Fighting the camera & controls more than the Colossi does not make for a fun game.  I got up to the fourth one, then it simply became too frustrating.
10344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wait, it's Monday? Time for the Sunday Skin! on: January 20, 2007, 01:30:01 AM

Quote from: Jancelot on January 18, 2007, 05:10:06 AM

eek 

Perfection!



That would be Crystal from Sports By Brooks.  A couple more of her:








10345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10,000 posts. History, The Site, The Future on: January 19, 2007, 07:36:59 PM
Props to all those that make this such a kick-ass place to be!   thumbsup
10346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE! on: January 19, 2007, 07:35:00 PM
if we move the body to a different location, I think we'll avoid any suspicion.  You can wire the money to my account and

slywink
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 19/Jan/06 on: January 19, 2007, 07:32:09 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 19, 2007, 07:02:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 19, 2007, 03:21:56 PM

Still on my adventure game kick, so I'll try and finish up The Longest Journey and am also going to try and track down a copy of Indigo Prophecy.  Might also play a bit of Winning Eleven 9, but that game is quickly becoming more frustration than fun.

Do you have XBox Live?  If so, you could always play me.

But fair warning: I am quite good.

Thanks for the offer, but I don't think an ass-whooping will do much for my already waning interest in the game.  slywink  I don't have Live anyways.
10348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 19/Jan/06 on: January 19, 2007, 03:21:56 PM
Still on my adventure game kick, so I'll try and finish up The Longest Journey and am also going to try and track down a copy of Indigo Prophecy.  Might also play a bit of Winning Eleven 9, but that game is quickly becoming more frustration than fun.
10349  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Yggra Union (GBA) & Neverwinter Nights 2 on: January 19, 2007, 02:01:51 PM
Price drop on NWN2
10350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really WANT to support the 360... But its getting harder to/ on: January 19, 2007, 01:01:01 PM
Holy fuck, does it ever stop?
10351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 19, 2007, 12:22:28 AM

Quote from: warning on January 19, 2007, 12:20:48 AM



Funny pic, but can you blame him?  Good lord she is hot.
10352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Daily Show brings the awesome on: January 18, 2007, 09:42:56 PM
I'm apparently the only one that didn't think it was funny.   Then again, I'm not a big Trek fan to begin with.  :shrug:
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS and PSP] More Final Fantasy Tactics Goodness! on: January 18, 2007, 05:42:23 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 18, 2007, 04:57:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 18, 2007, 02:43:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 18, 2007, 01:31:47 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 18, 2007, 08:51:18 AM

According to AllRPG Balthier from FFXII will not only appear in the PSP version, but also play a role in the storyline.

WTF?  The Lion War is ancient history in the time of FFXII so that is a truly bizarre move to make. 

That was my first thought too.  Maybe it's great-great-great-Grandpa Balthier?

Seeing this thread is making me repeat my mantra:

I will not re-buy a PSP just for this game
I will not re-buy a PSP just for this game
I will not re-buy a PSP just for this game


You can always rebuy it for the ability to play PS1 games  ninja

Dude, you're not helping.
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS and PSP] More Final Fantasy Tactics Goodness! on: January 18, 2007, 02:43:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 18, 2007, 01:31:47 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 18, 2007, 08:51:18 AM

According to AllRPG Balthier from FFXII will not only appear in the PSP version, but also play a role in the storyline.

WTF?  The Lion War is ancient history in the time of FFXII so that is a truly bizarre move to make. 

That was my first thought too.  Maybe it's great-great-great-Grandpa Balthier?

Seeing this thread is making me repeat my mantra:

I will not re-buy a PSP just for this game
I will not re-buy a PSP just for this game
I will not re-buy a PSP just for this game
10355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really WANT to support the 360... But its getting harder to/ on: January 18, 2007, 03:15:17 AM

Quote from: Hetz on January 18, 2007, 01:03:29 AM

Quote from: Canuck on January 18, 2007, 12:41:51 AM

Judging by the number of complaints on this forum I suspect that (for this forum at least) the fail rate might be even higher than 50%!

I think it is well higher than 50% at this point on this forum. It's incredible how something like this could happen, unless they just did away with QA when they were racing the system to market. It's got to be costing them a ton to replace all of these things.

I'd love to see what the percentage is with a higher sample number.  I tend to put more stock into what the GT crowd has to say (since we're all pretty much hardcore gamers who know how to take care of systems), but it would be interesting to see a larger number surveyed. 

Of course, my personal theory is that ATB put a curse on GT'ers which causes their systems to fail and his to keep running.    slywink
10356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really WANT to support the 360... But its getting harder to/ on: January 18, 2007, 12:03:01 AM
Here's a snap poll I did a while back to see how many people have had 360 problems.  Out of 56 people, 30 had problems, which is a 53% failure rate (if I did my math right).  And that number is probably low, considering many of the people who voted yes were on their second or third system. 

There's no way I'm buying one of these until it gets at least a little more stable.
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 17, 2007, 11:58:53 PM

Quote from: mikeg on January 17, 2007, 11:52:19 PM

I would be all over this if the combat system wasn't turned base.  At least I heard it was.  That is a definite no way for me. 

It's not turn-based.  Well, at least the part of the demo I played was definately not turn based.  There were always 3 party members and 3-4 enemies frantically running around, everyone performing actions at maniac speed.  In fact, the real-time speed of the battles was so frantic that it was a huge turn-off for me, as I could never get a handle on what the hell was actually going on. 
10358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heading Back to Books on: January 17, 2007, 11:53:50 PM
Or you could do what I did.  I hit a gaming wall recently so I started playing adventure games, which is a genre I had never really explored.  I've found some incredible games (Dreamfall, The Longest Journey, Syberia, etc.) that tell amazing stories, most of which I never even knew existed before a couple months ago.

I'm sure adventure gaming will also wear thin after a while, but it's been great fun so far!
10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2: Rogue Galaxy on: January 17, 2007, 07:13:33 PM
I wasn't overly impressed with the demo.  It looked good, but the combat seemed way too frantic for my tastes.  Of course it doesn't help that I got my ass completely kicked by some trapped treasure chest about 5 minutes into the demo.  Note to devs:  releasing a demo in which players come up against uber-tough enemies right off the bat (without being familiar with the combat system), is usually not the best way to make a good first impression.

That being said, I also hated the FFXII demo for the same reason (too frantic, seemed difficult), and that ended up being my GOTY for last year.  I'm still hopeful, but don't have terribly high expectations.  I have RG pre-ordered, but will probably wait for reviews.
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neversoft to take over Guitar Hero franchise? on: January 17, 2007, 05:20:19 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 17, 2007, 05:06:46 PM

I've always enjoyed the Tony Hawk games.  Importantly, I generally enjoy the choice of music in them.

While I'm not a huge fan of the games (they're very well done, just not my cup o' tea), I totally agree on the music.  It's usually fantastic, and I think Neversoft will do fine.
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