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10361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 23, 2007, 06:29:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 23, 2007, 05:23:38 PM

Well, I finally got my new 360 back, and in all honesty, I think I'm happy things happened the way they did. I've been out of town for work over the past month, so I wouldn't have had time to play, anyway. And, the 360 I received yesterday was one of the new models with the HDMI connection and a manufacture date of "2007-08-06". Here's to hoping that the HDMI port and recent manufacture date are indicators of some of the failure problems being addressed.


Glad that turned out well for ya Pete.

However, hearing this just makes me even more pissed that I got stuck with an older replacement unit.  And that was, what, 2 weeks before Pete gets a brand spanking new one?  Fucking MS...   icon_evil   icon_evil
10362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: August 23, 2007, 04:21:54 AM
I haven't played it, but thought this demo review was damn funny.
10363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 23, 2007, 04:14:17 AM
This thread is making me glad I skipped over this one today.  Had it in my hand, but decided against it.   Looks like the right choice.
10364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 22, 2007, 11:31:08 PM
Picked up a PSP today basically for this game.  I've played the first couple intro battles and am very impressed so far.  The artwork, music, and combat system seem fantastic, and I can't wait to get into the customization options.  More impressions will follow tomorrow...
10365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 01:58:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 22, 2007, 01:51:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 22, 2007, 01:03:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 22, 2007, 12:15:20 PM

Is there a story?  If so, IN!

If it's anything like Fate, then no.

So what's the point? L00ting?

There's no defined 'end game'?  You just go and kill and kill and that's it?  What's the reward then? Just shinier l00t for l00t's sake?

Fate had an end boss, but there was little or no story as to why you were going after it.

I can't speak for this new game, but Fate was nothing more than either "fetch" or "kill monster X on floor X" quests.  You could accept 3 at a time, and new ones became available from the townsfolk once they were completed.   Sounds cheesy, but actually worked very well.
10366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 22, 2007, 01:31:26 PM
Frakking awesome new songs.  Faith No More, FTW!!

Not my first choice for a NIN song, but should be pretty fun on the drums.
10367  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for a PSP on: August 22, 2007, 01:07:55 PM
One bump before I start looking locally.  smile
10368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: August 22, 2007, 01:06:19 PM
Dead was surprisingly fun to play, but there's not a chance in hell that I'd actually pay extra money for more MCR songs.
10369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 01:03:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 22, 2007, 12:15:20 PM

Is there a story?  If so, IN!

If it's anything like Fate, then no.
10370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 12:00:39 PM
Very cool.  While pretty basic, FATE was a fantastic little game that I played the hell out of.  Would love a good hack-n-slasher on the 360.
10371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo (Another Xbox 360 Bites the Dust) on: August 22, 2007, 11:59:14 AM
Note to self:  Pencil in release of gremlins to ATB's house...
10372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 22, 2007, 03:48:29 AM
For those of us with lower-end systems, Bioshock is very playable.   Only very minor hiccups running at 1024 X 768 on high settings.  Turning the textures down to medium makes it run perfectly smooth.  Obviously missing out on the eye candy at that res, but it's good to know we can still play through without spending a ton of $$ to upgrade.  My rig:

Athlon 64 3500+
7600 GT
1 GB RAM

That being said, I'll probably skip it for now.  Definitely a cool atmosphere, but nothing about the demo really grabbed me and said "you have to play this game".  I'm sure I'll get to it eventually, but would rather put the money towards a PSP purchase right now.
10373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wet on: August 22, 2007, 02:46:29 AM
The best name they could come up with was "Wet"?  Christ, were they even trying?
10374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 22, 2007, 02:37:38 AM
It's been years since I've felt the need to download beta video drivers.  If I were so inclined, where would be a reputable source to get these "Bioshock drivers"?

EDIT:  Never mind.  Didn't realize the demo install took you directly to the download page.
10375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 10:49:22 PM
Oops, I have a 7600 GT, not a 7800.  In fact, Eddie and I have the exact same specs.

I'm encouraged to hear it might run, less encouraged that I started my DL at 6:30 this morning from Gamershell, and as of nearly 5:00 this afternoon it still has 4 hours to go.  Seems to fluctuating wildly between around 200K and around 20K.  Might need to check somewhere else.
10376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 07:40:52 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 21, 2007, 07:30:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 21, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 21, 2007, 01:40:44 AM

I almost had to throw a dart to pick which Bioshock thread to post this in!

So I fired up the demo expecting it to run really poorly on my system.  OUCH.  It ran even worse than I expected.

Athlon 64 3500Mhz
GeForce 6800GT (256MB) (Today's BETA nvidia drivers)
2GB Ram
Audigy 2
Windows XP

Opening water scene was super choppy, but I figure I'll at least see how it runs when I get indoors.  Nuh uh.  I kept turning down the settings more and more.  Even at 1024*768, -everything- turned off or turned to low, including the texture resolution, and the framerate was unplayably low.  Practically a slideshow whenever I turned my head or if there was anything happening on the screen.

I know we've grown to expect minimum requirements to be meaningless, but this was just horrible--my system was even a nudge above the minimum requirements.  I didn't think to try to drop to 640*480, maybe that's what they had in mind for the min req?


Well that answers the "will it run on my system" question with a resounding no.   I've got pretty similar specs with less RAM (1 GB) and a better vid card (7800).  Since I'm completely hopeless playing FPS on consoles, it looks like I'm out of luck on Bioshock until I can afford a PC upgrade.   Which will be...well...never.   tear

I'd give the demo a try.  From what I'm reading around the net, a minimum system with something better than 6800 series cards seems to do pretty well on 1024 or 1280 resolutions.  It appears the game is more GPU dependent than CPU dependent.  My 6800 based minimum system ran ok but had noticeable framerate issues so I went with the 360 version.

I set the demo to DL when I left this morning, so it will hopefully be done when I get home.  Was getting shit speed from every DL server (of course), so we'll see what happens.  Would love to play it on PC, and don't mind cranking down all the bells and whistles in order to make it doable.

Will report back later for those of us with long-in-the-tooth systems...  smile
10377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: August 21, 2007, 07:24:05 PM
OK, I know EO is hard and all, but I'm wondering if maybe I screwed something up.  I just got to the third level and:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Every single character in my party, gets one-hit killed by the Stalker FOEs.  2 frontline tanks (protector and Landschnizel), Healer, Alchemist, and Survivalist, and not a one of them can withstand even a single hit.  I've got the top level armor, and the Stalker is still doing 90-100 damage each hit.

Is that supposed to happen?  Entire party is level 10, and will probably hit 11 on the next trip through the dungeon.  I've been doing pretty standard level-ups (Landstink - Sword skills and Def up; Defender - Def Up, Shield, and Cure; Healer - Cure & TP up; Alchemist - TP up and Fire skills; Survivalist - Will have to check when I get home), but I'm feeling woefully underpowed.  Am I supposed to grind until these guys become doable, or are they to be avoided until further into the game?

Love the game, but it's frustrating as all hell.
10378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock pc review...pc better on: August 21, 2007, 06:25:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 21, 2007, 01:40:44 AM

I almost had to throw a dart to pick which Bioshock thread to post this in!

So I fired up the demo expecting it to run really poorly on my system.  OUCH.  It ran even worse than I expected.

Athlon 64 3500Mhz
GeForce 6800GT (256MB) (Today's BETA nvidia drivers)
2GB Ram
Audigy 2
Windows XP

Opening water scene was super choppy, but I figure I'll at least see how it runs when I get indoors.  Nuh uh.  I kept turning down the settings more and more.  Even at 1024*768, -everything- turned off or turned to low, including the texture resolution, and the framerate was unplayably low.  Practically a slideshow whenever I turned my head or if there was anything happening on the screen.

I know we've grown to expect minimum requirements to be meaningless, but this was just horrible--my system was even a nudge above the minimum requirements.  I didn't think to try to drop to 640*480, maybe that's what they had in mind for the min req?


Well that answers the "will it run on my system" question with a resounding no.   I've got pretty similar specs with less RAM (1 GB) and a better vid card (7800).  Since I'm completely hopeless playing FPS on consoles, it looks like I'm out of luck on Bioshock until I can afford a PC upgrade.   Which will be...well...never.   tear
10379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 21, 2007, 04:11:23 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 21, 2007, 03:55:17 PM

Etrian Odessy is like crack.  I'm in the post-game, and can't stop playing.  Not even for my new Wii...

I agree.  Frustrating, throw-my-DS-through-the-wall type crack, but crack nonetheless.
10380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 21, 2007, 04:10:20 PM
Another vote for RTS.  I played the hell out of Starcraft and the first two Age of Empires games, but now I find them terribly boring.  I'm also pretty burned out on sports games, and can rarely get through an entire season in any game.  I'll typically pick up last year's Madden for $10-15 about the time this year's comes out, so I'm always a year behind.

10381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 21, 2007, 03:31:14 PM
I made the mistake of getting this and Etrian Odyssey on the same day.  I've spent a couple hours with LA, but it's taken a back seat for now.
10382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 20, 2007, 06:54:17 PM
If any of you guys want to off-load your old PSP's, please let me know.
10383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/20) on: August 20, 2007, 03:25:21 PM
Possibly Jeanne D'Arc if I can get my hands on a used PSP.

Bioshock looks amazing, but I know my lack of FPS skills would make it nothing more than an exercise in frustration.   tear
10384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 20, 2007, 11:53:47 AM
10385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] etrian odyssey impressions on: August 19, 2007, 05:07:47 AM
I'm a little late to the party, but started EO this afternoon, and have spent a good 5-6 hours with it today.  I never really played any of the "old-school" games this was modelled after, but am still having a blast.  A couple questions:

1.  It seems like the enemy drops yield a pretty minimal amount of EN.  I'm just about through level 2 (party is 8th level), and am barely getting enough EN from level runs to rest at the inn, much less buy any decent items.  Is there anyway to increase either the amount of stuff dropped or the amount you get when you sell it?

2.  What's with the crystal doors?  I've seen one on levels 1 and 2, but can't seem to do anything with them.  Do they open up later?

3.  More of an observation than a question:  Jebus, this game is really hard.  Fun as hell, but absolutely brutal.  smile
10386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 18, 2007, 09:26:52 PM
If you kids don't play nice, I swear I'll release the monster:

10387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 18, 2007, 03:18:50 PM
Quick impressions after an hour:

1.  I love the feel of the combat.  Yes, it's exactly like FFTA, but that's completely fine with me.  Bummer that it doesn't include any job class switching (at least that I've read), but it looks like there's enough variety with the characters to keep things interesting.  My only small gripe is that you can't choose character facing after taking an action.

2.  Doesn't look like you'll be able to abuse the XP system as easily as you could in FFTA.  Small actions (items, etc) only give 5-10 XP, so you really need to get people into the battles to level them up.

3.  I like that you gain back all your XP & MP at level up.  Combined with the large XP bonus for a final blow, it adds a new strategic layer to combat.

4.  I'd agree that the cutscenes are way too long.  I've played about an hour and a half, and at least 2/3 of that has been cutscenes.  On the plus side, the voice acting is really good.  Actually, it sounds pretty amazing coming out of the DS.

Sure it's formulatic and not particularly original, but I'm really enjoying it so far.  One question: is there a way to do random battles?  I'd like to grind out a few levels, but the only fights I've been able to do so far are the story based ones.
10388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I saw Gary Oldman today on: August 18, 2007, 02:04:26 PM
I have also seen Chuck Norris.  He came into a restaurant in Denver just as we were leaving.  Dude is tiny, but the tall leggy blonde he was with was absolutely amazing.  Should have gone over and said hi, just so I could get a better look at her.  Of course, he probably would have killed me with a salad fork.
10389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 18, 2007, 01:22:18 AM
Hey, maybe I could pick up Bullet Witch! 

/ducks
10390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 17, 2007, 11:35:54 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 17, 2007, 10:01:56 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 17, 2007, 05:14:26 PM

You'd best pray to the gaming gods that you don't get Eduardoed.

gellar
Thanks for reminding me. I haven't done this in a while:

Those lousy motherfucking ass shit fucks! Kameo? That's it? Microsoft should be locked in a cell, Padilla style, and convinced to work for Sony, Padilla style, against their own best interest.

That reminds me I should call and give them some outrage for sending back such an old unit.  Probably won't make a difference, but maybe I can get a free game out of it.  slywink
10391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 17, 2007, 09:55:10 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 17, 2007, 09:47:16 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 17, 2007, 06:51:59 PM

They recently sent me back a replacement unit with a manufacture date 6 months older than the one I sent in to get fixed.    Hope you have better luck.

Does the serial number have any significance in terms of manufacture date (i.e. the higher the number the later the manufacture date)?  For example, I had a launch unit with a serial number starting with "4034--------" and the unit they're sending back has a serial number starting with "9015--------".  Here's to hoping that I get a newer unit.

I don't think so.   My original unit's number started with a 1, and the new (older) one starts with a 9.
10392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 17, 2007, 09:27:09 PM
Just picked this up, but it will be another 4 hours until I'm off work to play. 

Stupid job.  icon_evil
10393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Apparently a time-bomb comes standard with every 360. on: August 17, 2007, 06:51:59 PM
They recently sent me back a replacement unit with a manufacture date 6 months older than the one I sent in to get fixed.    Hope you have better luck.
10394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Last Pre-Bioshock (for most) Playlist EVER! 17/Aug/07 on: August 17, 2007, 02:37:58 PM
It's going to be an all DS weekend for me.  My Blue Dragon pre-order money (I've decided to skip it for now) will be used to pick up Luminous Arc this afternoon, Etrian Odyssey is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, and I'll also be finishing this playthrough of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (I've been on the final battle for a couple weeks, just need to actually wrap it up).

Handheld gaming FTW!!

Oh, and I might get in some Planescape:  Torment, since I recently restarted that one as well.
10395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 17, 2007, 01:44:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 17, 2007, 01:34:31 PM

(with the possible exception of music since LA has Mitsuda doing the score)

Damn you Kevin, now I have to buy a PSP.

Actually, a PSP, Jeanne D'Arc, and Brave Story are all on my birthday wish list for next week.  Between LA, Etrian Odyssey, JDA, and BS, it looks like I'm in for some serious handheld gaming for the next little while.
10396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Luminous Arc Impressions on: August 17, 2007, 01:20:50 PM
Thanks for the impressions guys.  The lukewarm reviews were giving me pause, but it sounds like this one is right up my alley.  Even the bad reviews (like 1Up's) make it sound interesting for me.  As someone who has put nearly 200 hours into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, something like this sounds exactly like what I'm looking for (from the review):

Quote
For all intents and purposes, Luminous Arc is a Final Fantasy Tactics clone. And not of the original, but of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the Game Boy Advance installment from 2003.

It also seems like the user rankings on the bad reviews are much higher than the review scores, which indicates to me that it simply didn't click with the reviewer.  Looks like I'll be picking this one up this afternoon!  smile
10397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: August 17, 2007, 11:58:34 AM
You are a bad, bad man.
10398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 17, 2007, 04:59:13 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 17, 2007, 02:29:25 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 16, 2007, 11:30:31 PM

My thoughts exactly.  The near constant grinding you had to do ended up boring me.

If by grinding, you mean fighting battles while doing nothing else, the only time you had to do that is the beginning, which I assume was done purposefully as a nostalgic throwback to the earlier games.  As long as you fully explore the overworld and dungeons, you can get through the game just fine.

I must not have done the dungeons correctly then, because even with many hours of grinding I was woefully underlevelled around 25 hours in.  That was about the point I quit.
10399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 17, 2007, 04:57:19 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 17, 2007, 04:01:43 AM

Really game music so very rarely sticks with me for some reason, but I do remember FF12s being standout. Would like to dl it-is it free online anywhere?

No, but you can buy it.
10400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 11:31:15 PM

Quote from: ericb on August 16, 2007, 11:21:15 PM

I just picked up a used PSP (only $80, so glad the slim is coming out so the prices are falling so much) just so I can get some of these new tactics games coming out...it took a couple years but the PSP finally has a decent game list than I'm interested in.  Did the question of multi-classes get answered yet?

Where'd you find a used one for $80, if you don't mind me asking.
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