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10441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!! on: November 28, 2006, 10:17:44 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 28, 2006, 08:03:46 PM


...and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth)

Mantooth?  :chuckle:
10442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: November 28, 2006, 08:01:04 PM
As of now, I'll tentatively go with FFXII.   By far the most fun I've had with a game this year.  I'm not finished with it yet, so we'll see if it holds up, or if the lack of story in the last 10'ish hours is going to end up being it's downfall.

Two Runners-up (and why I didn't put them first):

Okami - If they had cut it at around 20 - 25 hours, this would be a shoe-in for not only GOTY, but possibly one of my favorites of all time.  Unfortunately, it seemed to run out of ideas and creativity toward the final third.  It was simply too long and the story started to get very dull after about 25 hours.  A shame, really, as it was a fantastic game. 

Guitar Hero II - Don't get me wrong, GHII is a fantastically fun game.  Tough to say exactly what it was, but something about GHII didn't quite have the magic that GH did.  I think it was the combination of song selection, some genuinely awful covers, and my lofty expectations, but it didn't quite grab me like the first. 

EDIT:  On the PC front, I need to add Civ IV, Gal Civ II, and Oblivion to the list
10443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 28, 2006, 01:14:03 PM




10444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 27, 2006, 09:15:39 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 27, 2006, 08:28:53 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 27, 2006, 05:39:01 PM

That's weird Gratch; I felt more that way about FFX than I do about FFXII so far. icon_biggrin

This one still feels more like FFVI than any of the others in the series. Which is a good thing for me. icon_wink
I dont understand people that say that about FFX? Were you just missing the story in there? FFX is constantly filled with great story, character interaction, etc. I mean, I am not busting on your Farscry, you know my obsession with FFX-its just..there is so much story!!

That's how I felt about FFX as well.  There was always something story-wise that kept pulling you forward.  There was also a lot more character interaction and dialogue than there has been in FFXII so far.

FWIW, it's only been the last 1/4 of FFXII I've played that has felt this way.  Hopefully the story will pick back up once I get to the next locale and  I can shake this feeling.
10445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Could I start the MGS series with #3? on: November 27, 2006, 07:54:39 PM

Quote from: only1 on November 27, 2006, 01:49:00 PM

I would definitely say go to MGS1.  It, by far, for me, has been one of the best games I've played.  MGS2 just wasnt that good, IMO ad I'm still working on MGS3...

+1.  I absolutely loved MGS 1, and MGS 2 was a Day one purchase for me.  For some reason, it just never grabbed me like the original did, and I only ended up getting about halfway through it before getting completely bored.  I even tried it again a year or so later to see if maybe it just didn't "click" with me the first time around, and came away with the same opinion.

I tried MSG3 when it first came out, but didn't really care for it either.  To be fair, however, it came smack in the middle of a glut of other games and I didn't really give it much of a chance.  I remember getting frustrated very early on and just never going back to it.  It's one I've been meaning to try again but just haven't gotten around to it.
10446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How have the Next Gen shortages affected your buying? on: November 27, 2006, 06:29:03 PM
Not a bit, but I'm not usually an early adopter anyways.  There's no real "killer apps" for me with any of the systems, so I haven't really felt the urge to run out and get one.

On a side note, the defective unit horror stories have been the biggest reason I haven't pulled the trigger on a 360 yet.  I'm holding out to see if they might be able to sort out some of the technical issues before I buy.
10447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/27) on: November 27, 2006, 02:17:16 PM
Nothing
10448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO Down? on: November 27, 2006, 12:55:34 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 27, 2006, 01:01:36 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 26, 2006, 05:28:12 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 26, 2006, 04:37:54 PM

Quote from: GGMark on November 26, 2006, 12:38:03 PM

OO down

We can only hope.   icon_lol

I was wondering who would be first to post this, you, LE, or Unbreakable. icon_biggrin

Heh.  It must be painful for some at OO to see that OO-Banned folk seem to do well here, even thrive. 

Why would it be painful?  The happier you are somewhere else, the less likely they are to get Crowley-esque retaliation.  Everybody wins.
10449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 27, 2006, 12:52:33 PM
I'm hitting a point of frustration right now in the way the game is progressing.  I'm 43 hours in and am currently:
Spoiler for Hiden:
sneaking back into Arcadia
.  Problem is, it seems like they completely abandoned the story around 10 hours ago.   It's felt like a tacked on 5 minutes of story for every 1-2 hours of fighting.  I've lost any sort of emotional investment in the characters, as they're essentially just shuttling me from one place to the next.  Compare that to, say, FFX or Shadow Hearts where the main impetus behind continuing is wanting to know what happens to the characters you have come to care about.  Hell, half the time I don't even remember why I'm going to the next section, only that it's where the game is pushing me.  Thankfully, I still really enjoy the combat & levelling aspects, so I'm sure I'll keep playing.

After such a strong start to the story and characters, having it completely abandoned like this is extremely dissapointing.   Does it pick up at all, or should I just get used to this?
10450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Working tech support has given me no hope for mankind. on: November 27, 2006, 04:36:43 AM
That's tough man, I feel for you.

I'll admit that I get extremely grumpy when I'm on hold for a long time, then am connected to someone who a) doesn't know how to do anything but read from a script and needs to "elevate" the call (which requires even more on-hold time), or b) can't understand/speak English.  Also, keep in mind that people have sometimes been incorrectly transferred two or three times before they get to you (I get that alot at my job), so they're understandably frustrated.  Hopefully these don't apply to your situation, but if they do, it may explain a bit why people are difficult.

As a general rule, though, people are just assholes.    icon_wink
10451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360 Marketplace] Clash of the Titans - I'll watch it next year... on: November 25, 2006, 04:23:43 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on November 25, 2006, 04:09:34 PM

I'm fairly certain that playing any game on Live (Final Fantasy, R6 multiplayer, etc.) will cause any existing downloads to pause - maybe all the FF playtime impeded the progress?  I agree though - slow ass downloads could be a killer for the service... thankfully, the prices on the movies are pretty good so I might give it a try.

Edit:
Major Nelson confirmed that they are having big network problems with the downloads and they are working on it, and MS is offering to refund $$ for anyone who's having problems downloading.  Guess it wasn't FF after all smile

That and the fact that FFXII is an off-line PS2 game.  icon_wink
10452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Declare your Black Friday Phat L00tz here! on: November 24, 2006, 05:27:31 PM
There's not a chance in hell I would step foot in any retail establishment today.  People are f'ing insane.

Mrs. Gratch had to be to work at 5:30 this morning (at Bath & Body Works) and brave the madding hordes all day.  I feel bad for her.   icon_frown
10453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am amazed by the skills of some people here on: November 24, 2006, 02:41:44 PM
I've got great nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills
10454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blackest of Fridays on: November 23, 2006, 03:35:28 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 23, 2006, 02:51:31 AM

Not me.  I would rather pay full price any other day of the week then mess with that cluster.

+ a million

Having worked retail at a few Black Friday's (at Office Max), I can only assume there is something that happens that day which causes people to completely lose any shred of humanity and revert to base animalistic behaviors.   Black Friday brings out some of the most ridiculous and disgusting behavior I have ever seen in adults.
10455  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Titan Quest, Okami, HOMM V, more on: November 22, 2006, 08:04:57 PM
One bump for Titan Quest & Magnetica
10456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Magazine Subscriptions on: November 22, 2006, 02:06:52 PM
I got a Game Informer suscription with my Gamestop card.  Don't really pay much attention to it, but it's good bathroom reading.
10457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Thanksgiving Edition on: November 22, 2006, 02:04:32 PM
Mainly FFXII, but I'm also going to try and beat those last two f&$*ing Guitar Hero II songs that I haven't been able to get past.  Hangar 18 and Institutionalized on Expert have been kicking my butt.
10458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 21, 2006, 11:30:02 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 21, 2006, 09:24:04 PM

Um I sit about 5 feet away from my TV with absolutely NO issues, plenty of space and I have a coffee table in between the couch and tube. The sensor doesn't ead movement, there are accelerometers and whatever else in the controller for that. The sensor bar is for pointing only.

Ah, good to know.  I'll probably pick up a Wii eventually (I did get a GCN towards the end), but there's just nothing on the radar for it that really turns my crank.
10459  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: November 21, 2006, 11:25:47 PM
+1 for KC
+1 for Xmann

Both for super fast payment.
10460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Attn Gamespot: Get off your ass, seriously... on: November 21, 2006, 08:56:21 PM
I honestly don't think I'd be able to use a Wii in my gaming space.  My couch and TV are only about 5-6 feet apart, and there really isn't room for any sort of exaggerated movements.  I think it would be very difficult for the sensor to read movement when you're practically standing on top of it. 

I've been slowly losing interest in the Wii anyways, so it's not a big loss.
10461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your Avatar? on: November 21, 2006, 04:24:00 PM
Can't even remember where I found mine, but I thought it was a cool picture.

I'm glad Dep clarified, as I've always wondered what the hell that blue thing was.
10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 21, 2006, 03:16:42 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on November 21, 2006, 01:52:04 AM

"Institutionalized" by The Suicidal Tendencies is not only the worst GH song I've ever played, but it ranks as probably the worst I've ever heard in my life ever.  Wow.

Blasphemy!!   icon_wink  Man, I loved that song back in high school!
10463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you asking for for Christmas? on: November 20, 2006, 08:00:24 PM
An external HD and a few new work shirts, and I'll be happy.
10464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much credit card debt does your household have? on: November 20, 2006, 07:07:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 20, 2006, 06:47:02 PM

As far as current debt, I have ~2k - 3k that I'm chewing down to zero.  Every card has been destroyed and we are just getting rid of them. 

That's about where we're at also.  It was all paid off until I had to put in an A/C unit, get a new computer, and do car repairs over the summer.  Blech.  I keep one card for such emergencies, but don't ever use it otherwise.
10465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oooops.... on: November 20, 2006, 02:35:08 PM
I call BS
10466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/20) on: November 20, 2006, 02:33:40 PM
Nothing for me, and probably won't be anything for quite a while.

With my recent computer upgrade, it's going to be at least 6-12 months before I can afford to do a next-gen system.   :icon_sad:  I guess the bright side is that I'll have a big library to play when I finally get one!
10467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 20, 2006, 02:30:13 PM
My biggest gripe with equipment is the lack of information you receive when buying it.  This is especially bad for armor.  All you see is a single stat (either defense or magic defense increase), but there is no mention of anything else.  Someone earlier in the thread mentioned that mages can be uber-powerful if they are in the correct armor set.  Problem is, the game provides no detail or feedback that would indicate this.  For all I know from the item descriptions, I'd do just as well to have my mages decked out in Heavy Armor!  I can't help but feel my characters could be more powerful if I gave them the right equipment, but I'm having a hell of a time figuring out what that equipment should be.

I'm also sort of kicking myself for developing Basch as a hammer character.  The damage amounts vary so wildly with hammers, and it really looks like overall they're less powerful that other weapons.  Sure, it's great when he hits for 1100 damage, but when it's followed up with a 28 and a 110, it really starts to lose it's lustre.  Especially when Vaan is doing a very consistent damage amount with his sword.  I think I should probably start moving Basch towards something else.
10468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 19, 2006, 05:22:21 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 19, 2006, 05:08:34 PM

Well i decided to go do some hunts and stay away from the main story and i'm feeling better about the game.  I think i'm gonna just look at it as a long term game and no reason to rush it.

Now.......Bashe has gotten Silence on him and i can't get it off.  Save crystals don't cure it, potion won't cure it, and nobody's spell cures it.   He's had it on for quite some time and it won't leave.  Only thing i have noticed is he has an accessory that makes him slightly immune to all effects and when i look at it's stats, it has "silence" equipped written underneath it.  I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but i can't even take this item off him to see.  Anyone know why this is happening and what to do about it?

The Vox spell cures silence, and there's also an item that does it (Echo Herbs, I think).   I'm not sure what accessory you're referring to, but my guess is it's a "trade-off" item:  spell immunity for not being able to cast spells.  Good for fighters, bad for mages.  Can't you unequip it through the menu?

Quote
Secondly, how is everyone managing their characters while leveling?  Vaan is my highest at 16 and the rest are 15 and even a couple at 12.  I'd like to keep a core group at or around the same level, but i can't see myself constantly switching them out to level as this would take forever to do.  So should i just pick a set of members and level them all together?  Right now i like Vaan, Ashe, Bashe, and Fran.  Vaan and Bashe are my tanks and, Ashe my mage, and Fran is a mage/ranged.  How should i concentrate on leveling a group?

Totally depends on your play style.  I've been very particular about keeping all mine at the same level (31 hours in, and everyone is at 26).  It's a big deal for me to be able to swap out characters during a fight and not lose anything.  On the negative side, the group as a whole is probably underpowered compared to what it could be if I only levelled a group of 3 characters.  I know some others here have been levelling one group way out in front of the others.  That works too, as long as you don't ever have to switch anyone out in battles.   My way will probably take longer, but I feel better about my party.

I've mainly been trying to keep them at the same level because many of the previous FF games have had sections or battles where you are required to use certain characters.  If those characters are under-developed at the expense of creating a uber-group, then you're pretty much out of luck.  I'm not sure if FFXII will do this, but better safe than sorry.   icon_smile
10469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone biting on the HOMMV Expansion? on: November 19, 2006, 04:17:22 AM
I'll probably pick up whatever Platinum-Ultimate-Diamond-Super Edition they come out with in a year, but I'm actually selling my copy of the original now because it's just gathering dust.
10470  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Titan Quest, Okami, HOMM V, more on: November 18, 2006, 06:26:50 PM
Clearing out a few games that I've simply lost interest in.  Boxes & manuals included, price includes shipping:

-  Titan Quest (DVD) - $20
-  HOMM V (CD) - $17 **SOLD**
-  Okami (PS2) - $22  **sold**
-  Magnetica (fun little Zuma clone for the DS) - $10

Possibly interested in FFIII for the DS, but mainly just need the $$ for car repairs.   icon_frown

Shoot me a PM if interested.  Thanks!
10471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 18, 2006, 12:14:09 AM
Figures.  I fire up FFXII when I get home from work, play 10 minutes, then defeat an enemy that opens up all the second level damage spells, haste, and the LP doubling accessory at the merchant.

Life is now a lot easier.   icon_cool
10472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 09:38:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2006, 09:30:32 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 17, 2006, 09:10:20 PM

Haste isnt available like 35 hours in? Are you kidding me? Isn't that taking some of the license stuff just too far? In FF10 you got haste in what, 10 hours? What was it like in older FFs?

*modified because I was getting way too excitable about not having haste early on biggrin*

Well Gratch's 35 hours and my 42 hours aren't the same as everyone else's.  I've been doing lots and lots of marks and sidequests and since the rate new stuff you can buy is introduced is for the most part linked to storyline progress, that slows me down. 

Plus, with this system it feels like haste might be a bit of a game breaker earlier on since with gambits you can autocast it continuously and out of combat so it's pretty much always worth it.  My main reasoning to want haste is to be able to counter Slow, which I get hit with pretty frequently.

Really, if you want the equivalent of haste, set up autocast beserk (which is available early) to turn your guys into killing machines. 

QFT.  I haven't done a ton of hunts, but I have been doing quite a bit of leveling in order to keep my party balanced and buy new equipment.

On a side note, I really need to just get going with the main storyline as the dreaded "30 Hour Bug" is threatening to bite.  I have a ton of games that I quit around the 30 hour mark (Okami being the most recent) because my attention drifts to other things.  It usually tends to happen if there is a lot of grinding or non-story related stuff going on, which is exactly where I'm at in FFXII.   
10473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PS3 Line Insanity; Pregnant Woman Tries Not To Give Birth While Waitin on: November 17, 2006, 04:41:12 PM

Quote from: javahead on November 17, 2006, 04:01:19 PM

Red Sharpie: $.75
Pure Breed Yellow Labrador: $750

4 year old daughter getting her hands on both at the same time: Priceless  (or endless blackmail?)

Now that's funny.  Poor dog.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 04:13:29 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2006, 02:23:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 17, 2006, 02:19:12 PM

Drives me nuts when I get hit with "Slow" and the only thing I can do is wait it out.

Re: mages- I've outlined my mage strategy here before so I won't do it again, but I'll just say that even with no second level black magic spells, my mage kicks all sorts of unholy ass. 

I must be doing something seriously wrong then, because my black mages feel woefully underpowered.  I've set up Balthier as my mage, but haven't quite figured out the best armor/weapon combo yet (probably need to go back and read through this thread again).
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 02:19:12 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 17, 2006, 04:32:57 AM

So are you saying i have a long ways to go before i can use anything more than a simple fire or water spell?  And only daggers and no ninja swords?  I'm liking the game alot, but if i gotta use the same spells and weapons for another 10 or 20 hours, i'm quitting now. 

You'll get plenty of new weapons, so don't worry about that.   I prefer not to purchase a weapon license before it becomes available in the shops, but ymmv.  Farley makes a good point about the quickenings, but my feeling is that while you'll eventually get around to using those weapons, you'd be much better off licensing spells or abilities you can use right away.  Someone said it earlier, but it's a good idea to make beelines for the Speed enhancing spells (everyone), and for the meele & magic enhancers for fighters & mages.  The HP boosts have been nice as well (just got everybody the +500 HP license last night  icon_smile)

I'll admit that I'm a bit frustrated at how slowly some of the spell progression is going.  I'm about 30 hours in (25-26 level characters, just hit the Henne Mines), and I have yet to see a second level black magic spell available for purchase.  I'm still flinging first level fire, water, & blizzard spells, which seem very underpowered.   There's also a few spells that have traditionally been offered early in FF games that I'm still waiting to get.  Haste is the big one, but Dispel also comes to mind.  Drives me nuts when I get hit with "Slow" and the only thing I can do is wait it out.  I also just barely received a 2nd level single-person cure spell (within the last 2 hours). 

It seems as though the devs really want you to focus on melee instead of magic this time around.  That's all fine and dandy until you run up against some damage resistant enemies and your magic abilities suck.  (I.E.  The mass of jellies that damn near wiped my entire party last night)
10476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2006, 04:59:42 AM
I get most of mine from here.  It's a 969-page version of this same thread. 

Be warned though, some of it is extremely NSFW.  Much more so than this thread.
10477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2006, 03:28:46 AM


10478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas starting earlier again on: November 15, 2006, 09:27:02 PM
Funny you mentioned this, as 'Carol of the Bells' just started playing from my co-workers office.

Yeah, it's too damn early.
10479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 15, 2006, 09:24:37 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 15, 2006, 08:55:54 PM

whats your favorite Bonus track? I really enjoyed 2 or 3 of em from the first game, I haven't found any that have stuck with me like the first yet, which ones should I give some more love too? 

And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!
10480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 15, 2006, 07:46:07 PM

Quote from: warning on November 15, 2006, 07:10:10 PM

- It seems pretty hardcore.  No saving in dungeons.  Well you can do a quicksave anytime out of battle but once you load it it disappears.  Permanent saves apparently only happen on the world map.

This is the deal-breaker for me right now.  I've never been a big fan of uber-difficult RPG's (which I've heard this one is), and I hate having to replay large sections because of no save points. 

I'll probably check out FFIII, but not until I can find is used or the price drops.
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