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10361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie Recommendation : Flushed Away. on: November 10, 2006, 03:13:25 PM
From what I've seen, Flushed Away sounds like a very apt description of this one.

BTW, when did they pass a law that states if you make an animated movie, it has to be about talking animals?  I think there's a subset of laws that require a talking penguin, as I saw yet another preview for an animated penguin feature (not Happy Feet).  This one is apparently about a penguin that learns to surf.  Ugh.
10362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Spider-Man 3 Trailer! SWEET MERCIFUL CHRIST!!!!! on: November 10, 2006, 05:04:22 AM
I really, really want to like these movies, but this one just looks like more of the same that I hated about the first two.  Crappy actors with an overload of crappy blue screen/CG Spidey, swinging through crappy blue screen/CG buildings saving crappy blue screen/CG people.   Meh. 
10363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 10, 2006, 02:11:20 AM


Talk about a shitty job:





10364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 10, 2006, 02:03:15 AM
One thing that I really hope they do in the next GH is at least a little modeling of the band after their real life counterparts.  Granted, the graphics are basically just filler, but I think it would add a lot to the atmosphere to see Axl's snake dance, Mick's strut, Steven's acrobatics, or Claypool's funky walk instead of the same boring guy-in-a-t-shirt for every song.   
10365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 10, 2006, 01:06:38 AM
On the subject of LP's, I thought this was pretty funny:

10366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 10:12:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 09, 2006, 09:31:03 PM

FF and MGS can eat my ass, other games do what they do better time and time again.

Someone obviously hasn't played FF XII.    icon_wink
10367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 09, 2006, 10:08:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 09, 2006, 09:17:20 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 09, 2006, 08:22:14 PM

My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc, 

My least favorite are sword, iggypop, that rap craptastic one, etc

I REALLY REALLY hope that now since they have the coding down to an art that the can just start pumping out GENRE versions.  How about 20 classic songs from such groups as YES, U2, Def Leopard, Pink Floyd, The Who, Genesis,etc..  Just give us a classic 70s and 80s venue to play them on and sell it for 20 bucks or so.

Do the same for other genres, have a heavy over the top version with Gwar, Iron Maiden, etc

I think you're more likely to find these themed packs on Xbox Live than in any stores.  And it will be really really hard to resist them.

I sure hope not.  I have zero interest in a 360, nor the funds to buy one anytime soon.

I remember reading an interview with Red Octane a while back that said they were looking at doing these type of expansions.   IIRC, they specifically mentioned a metal pack, a classic rock pack, and an 80's pack.  Not sure if those are still in the works or not.

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My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc,

Almond Bros.   icon_lol
10368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 08:22:03 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 08, 2006, 08:17:30 PM

Since i haven't gotten there yet, which chest do we NOT open and where at in the game is it?  I'm still in the sewers after escaping the palace.

I can check the guide when I get home, but I'm pretty sure you've already passed them.  A couple of them were in Lowtown and Rabanastre iirc, so you've probably already opened them. 
10369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 07:37:19 PM

Quote from: depward on November 08, 2006, 07:28:44 PM

I'm in love with the game - so good, SOOOO GOOOOOOOOD

Amen, brother.  All the minor niggles aside, this is one of the best games I've played in a long, long time.
10370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 06:24:35 PM
Great impressions Pharaoh, thanks!  I'm glad to hear the storyline stays strong.  A good battle system can only keep me interested for so long, but I'll always play through a good story.

Quote from: Pharaoh on November 08, 2006, 05:56:30 PM

K) The Zodiac Spear, the weapon you get in the Necrohaul Nabudis for not opening 4 specific chests in the first half of the game is overpowered. If you do get it, prepare to be able to Melee the rest of the game. Yes, you can just use auto-attack for even the last boss because of how hard the thing hits. Up to your preference.

As an aside, I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it when games do this.  I'm trying to play through as guide-free as possible to stay away from spoilers.  There is no mention anywhere in the game that opening specific chests 5, 10, 12, & 17 out of the 2,000 chests in the game during the first 2 hours will cause me to miss out on the uber-weapon 40 hours later.  Shit like that annoys me to no end.

10371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genji [PS3] Review-Hi2u Bad Launch Titles on: November 08, 2006, 03:31:16 PM
Bad launch titles?  I'm shocked.  Shocked I tell you!!   icon_wink
10372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The f-word on: November 08, 2006, 03:22:31 PM
I've made a conscious effort lately to curb my swearing.  I let an f-bomb slip at work the other day and got lectured about it (big no-no around here), so I've got to make sure I keep it clean.  
10373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 08, 2006, 03:16:27 PM
Thought it would be interesting to see people’s Top 5 and Bottom 5 in GH II.  I played through Hard last night, so here’s my initial impressions.  Some of these may change, depending on how insane the Expert difficulty level gets.

Top 5 (in no particular order)
1.  Message in a Bottle – I actually despise this song, so I was surprised at how fun it was to play.
2.  Monkey Wrench – Again, not a fan of the original, but this one’s a blast.
3.  Sweet Child O’ Mine – This was a surprisingly well done cover.  Besides, who honestly can say they don’t like this song at least a little bit?   icon_wink
4.  John the Fisherman – Having the original tracks is a huge plus on this one
5.  Laid to Rest – Again, very surprised because I am not a Lamb of God fan at all

Honorable mention:  Jessica, Rock This Town (will be better once I can nail the strumming pattern), Crazy on You

Bottom 5 (again, not in order)
1.  Strutter - Boooooooooring
2.  Mother – I love this song, but this cover isn’t very good.  The singer is bad, and the whole thing is just wussified.
3.  Tatooed Love Boys – If I never have to hear this song again, I’m perfectly OK with that.
4.  Freya
5.  Bad Reputation – This one is probably my least favorite.  Just a bad, bad song.

Dishonorable mention:  Madhouse, Heart Shaped Box (mainly because it's a bad cover)
10374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 08, 2006, 03:02:09 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 08, 2006, 02:34:41 PM

Cover Quality - I think it may be because these are songs I know much better than in GH1, but the voices are WAY off on a lot of songs this time around, not something I really noticed in GH1.

I agree.  The ones that are off seem much more glaring this time around.  "Mother", "Heart Shaped Box", and "Killing in the Name Of" are probably the worst.

On the flip side, there are a few that I never thought they'd be able to pull off that sound really good.  "Message in a Bottle", "Them Bones", and "Sweet Child O Mine" come to mind.
10375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 08, 2006, 02:37:13 AM




10376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sigh. I lost another pet today... on: November 07, 2006, 12:35:25 AM
That's tough man.  My condolences.   :icon_sad:
10377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 06, 2006, 08:19:20 PM

It looks like it's selling well  icon_biggrin

Wow.  1.5 million in the US and 2.4 million in Japan.  Assuming $50 a game, that's $195 million so far (and it's only been out a week in the US).   eek
10378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 06, 2006, 07:55:39 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on November 06, 2006, 06:16:14 PM

The PS3 really doesn't interest me for the next 6 months to a year.  I haven't heard of anything exclusive that I have to have before then.

Now come the first price drop..... I'll 80% likely buy one.  I had 0 intention of buying an xbox originally.  When they dropped to 200 I walked out the store with one the next day.

+1. 

Then again, I'm not really the typical gamer.  The lack of any sort of RPG on either the 360* or PS3 means I can easily wait for a while.

*yes, I know about Enchanted Arms but it's not exactly a system seller for me.
10379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: Knightshade is a Psycho Edition on: November 06, 2006, 07:50:11 PM
Mostly FFXII, with a little bit of NWN2.  I quickly realized there's no way I'll be able to play both of those at the same time, so I'm shelving NWN2 for now.
10380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, when's the next gaming drought? on: November 06, 2006, 07:46:32 PM
For me, the only games I'm really looking forward to are Guitar Hero 2 and FF III (DS).  Since I don't plan on going next gen for a long time, I'm not to concerned about most of the upcoming releases.  Maybe it'll actually give me time to finish the dozen or so games I have started right now.
10381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's get ourselves on the map! on: November 06, 2006, 05:20:55 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 04, 2005, 10:21:33 AM


"Sorry, Gamintrend not found"

Alright, who broke the intarweb?
10382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 03:10:06 PM
FWIW, I'm pretty sure guests don't get XP.  Vossler joined at level 17 when everyone else was at 12-13.  He's stayed at that same level and everyone else has caught up to him.
10383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 02:54:25 PM
Hmmm, looks like I need to go hit a couple marks while I've still got Vossler in the party.  I've only done the first four, so maybe it's time for a little hunting action.  I think there's a teleport stone in this area, so that might be worth a shot.  It's strange though, as I've done almost the exact same thing and I'm still quite a ways behind.   icon_frown  Just out of curiosity, where did you do your grinding for that much XP?  The best I could find was on the desert platforms (where I got my 127 chain), and those guys only gave 80-90 xp. 

It does make me wonder, however, which method is best for this game:  Leveling 3 uber-characters, or keeping the entire party balanced.  I remember the end of FFVII, where the game required you to grind your lesser used characters to even have a chance, and I wonder if this one will do the same.
10384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 02:39:02 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 06, 2006, 02:30:10 PM

Of coruse hours-wise I'm in about the same place as you (at the time of your posting). Story-wise, I wish there were chapter numbers or something so I could say where without spoiling it. slywink

Wait, your characters are 27th level 20 hours in?    How the hell did you do that?  :icon_eek:   I just got to the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Tomb of Raithwall, through all the desert platforms
and am gearing up to fight the boss there.  I've spent a couple of hours grinding on the most powerful enemies I can handle, so I'm trying to figure out how you could be that far ahead.  The only thing I can think of is that I've been trying to keep my party pretty balanced, so I've got everyone around level 17-18.

Wonder what I'm doing wrong?

EDIT: 
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My main 3 are levle 27, the other 3 are 12-13... doh.

Oops, missed that part the first time.  That explains a little bit of the level difference, but even with 3 characters at 27 and 3 at 12, you're still a good 15 levels above me. Wondering how you did that.
10385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 02:00:26 PM
-  Guitar Hero II
-  Possibly Elite Beat Agents.  Haven't decided if the supposedly excellent gameplay will be worth sitting through the absolutely horrid music selection.

Will get FFV eventually, but I've too many other RPG's to play right now.
10386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 01:01:04 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 06, 2006, 05:51:26 AM

-I vastly prefer FF10's Grid to 12's Licence Board.  Defined roles with the chance to customize/branch later = awesome.  Hodgepodge of skills + combat that encourages all your characters to be jack-of-all-trades and discourages specialization = lame.

While it's not really affecting my enjoyment of the game, I completely agree with this.   I liked the idea of defining the character (i.e. healer, caster, melee, etc.), but having the ability to expand that role if you to invest the time & effort.  I'm always worried when I make choices on the license board that I'm relegating myself to hours of grinding because I made the wrong choice for that character.  More specifically defined roles for the characters would have been nice.
10387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 05:15:09 AM
I finally figured out the one small thing that's been bothering me about the combat system.   After nearly 20 hours, I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to use an elemental attack.  I was going to set up Balthier as my black mage, but I haven't had occasion to use any black magic spells yet.  In fact, I haven't even seen the level 2 spells for sale anywhere!  I also have not had to use any of the white or green magic spells other than Cure yet.  Fran & Penelo know them all, but I have yet to use them.

Does this change as you get further in?
10388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 02:34:47 AM
Got my biggest chain so far tonight.  Ran through the desert platforms and racked up a chain of 127 before another enemy snuck in to break it.  The drops start to get pretty sweet after 100.   icon_biggrin
10389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 06, 2006, 12:46:08 AM

Quote from: Dafones on November 05, 2006, 06:54:23 PM

We were pretty impressed with our selves when we broke 100,000, though I'm sure you all just kill the game by now.

Ah, I remember those days so long ago...  slywink

Glad you're enjoying it.   In terms of just sheer fun factor, GH is be one of - if not the single best - game I've ever played.  Can't wait for this Wednesday!
10390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 06, 2006, 12:43:08 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 06, 2006, 12:32:39 AM

"By selling items to the merchants it opens up more and more items from the bazaar."
Is the bazaar global or separate for each store?  For instance, if you sell enough to one store to unlock its bazaar, does that open up the bazaar option for all stores or just that one?

I'm pretty sure the bazaar is global.  I've got a couple bazaar items that I unlocked in Rabanastre that are available at any vendor in the world.
10391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 05, 2006, 08:40:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 05, 2006, 08:27:32 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 05, 2006, 07:29:56 PM

going back there shortly, now that i've gotten some quickenings (re: which, is anyone actually taking the time to push specific buttons, or just basically mashing all of'm, as i am?)...

I know I'm doing something wrong with the Quickenings, as I don't have the slightest idea how the hell to actually pull one off.

On the other hand, I have my first Summon, and wow...what a power increase I suddenly have.

I also agree that the 'steal just to keep up with the joneses' aspect of the game is starting to get very tiring. The problem is that I need the money. You just don't get enough money/item drops (unless you run wild with the Chain system) without doing it. And I'm at the 22 hour point now.

Two questions:

1.  How/where do you pick up Summons?  Are they unlocked on the license board?
2.  Is there some trick to the Quickenings?   I have no idea what I'm atually supposed to be doing either.
10392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 05, 2006, 07:40:25 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on November 04, 2006, 04:07:24 AM

Anyone know if there's a way to set up gambits so the character does an action only once? 
For example, I want Vaan to steal once as his first action then attack the rest of the time.  The problem is he keeps stealing consecutively and I want him to stay concentrated on the leader's target.

16 hours in, and I have yet to find a Steal gambit that works well.  I tried the Foe HP=100%-->Steal, but that only works if you're fighting one enemy.  If you're fighting multiple foes, the person with that gambit will run around trying to steal from all of them until they've all been hit.

Mabye there's a Gambit later on that limits it to one action (i.e. Steal Once)?
10393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 05, 2006, 05:16:28 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 05, 2006, 04:22:36 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on November 04, 2006, 12:59:05 AM

60 chain?  Sheesh, I've gotten to 18 as the highest for myself.

I just got up to 100 just to see what the drops turned into...  I'm pretty well stocked up on phoenix down. slywink

About the hunts, is it just me or are they ridiculously hard after the first four? I've tried a number of them and I'm not even coming close to defeating these guys. I thought the hunts would be an amusing diversion form the storyline stuff, but they've become a pain and I'm skipping them for now.

I've gotten my ass handed to me as well.  I'm guessing I just need to be higher level to take them on.
10394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 05, 2006, 03:55:47 PM




10395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 05, 2006, 03:49:17 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 05, 2006, 03:36:24 PM

ok, i'm about sold on picking this up........however.........can this be played on a widescreen monitor?  will it scale?

Scales to either 4:3 or 16:9.  FWIW, the 16:9 looks great on my widescreen.
10396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I loves the cats! on: November 04, 2006, 02:36:40 PM

Quote from: warning on November 04, 2006, 12:01:26 PM



That one just kills me.
10397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 03, 2006, 03:48:57 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 03, 2006, 03:09:40 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 03, 2006, 02:39:40 PM

CGW's Matt Peckham only gives NWN2 5 out of 10 stars in the Jan issue. Is his review pretty un standard for NWN2?

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3154870

Damn, this definately has me reconsidering. I didn't like the first NWN personally, so I am leary already about this one.  I'll wait for a couple of price drops, it seems a bit pricey at $50 in most locations.. I'll re-investigate it around the $30 pricepoint.

Don't base your opinion solely on this review.  It's utter shite.  That being said, I can't imagine that someone with an active dislike of the original NWN would enjoy NWN2 very much.

What was it that you didn't like about the original?  If it was the campaign storyline, that is supposedly much improved this time around.  If it was the actual gameplay, I'd probably steer clear until a price drop, as it's really pretty similar.
10398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 03, 2006, 03:44:07 PM

Quote from: jonsauce on November 03, 2006, 03:27:21 PM

I've nver played a Final Fantasy game before and I don't regret picking this one up.  I'm having a blast with it.  It makes me wish I hadn't missed out on the previous 11.  I might go back and play a few of them when I'm finished with this.

Correction.  It's 10, plus that online...thing.   icon_wink
10399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/Nov/06 on: November 03, 2006, 03:25:05 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 03, 2006, 03:11:15 PM

Not entirely sure yet but among the contenders is a title I received yesterday for review that I'm not overtly looking forward to.

Now I'm intrigued...

This weekend's all about FFXII with maybe a little bit of NWN2.
10400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 03, 2006, 02:59:53 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 03, 2006, 02:39:40 PM

CGW's Matt Peckham only gives NWN2 5 out of 10 stars in the Jan issue. Is his review pretty un standard for NWN2?

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3154870

That was a painful read.  I could barely get through his first muddled paragraph:

Quote
As everything-the-original-did -- and more -- follow-ups go, Neverwinter Nights 2 deserves a banner & something like "mission accomplished." Think the sequel to Jurassic Park, where Spielberg's all "You want more dinosaurs? I'll show you more dinosaurs." As a contemporary CRPG, on the other hand, NWN2 leaves a lot to be desired, and that's too bad, because these are the guys who brought us Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale 2 and therefore they are the guys I'm least inclined to take issue with.

I have issues aplenty with his review (why would you have someone with such an obvious negative bias toward the D&D system review a D&D based game?), and it's even harder to take him seriously when he writes at the third grade level.  It's hard to believe someone actually gets paid to write like that.
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