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10441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Classic PC game boxes/box artwork on: October 22, 2007, 07:22:44 PM
I really should have taken some pictures before I tossed 2 huge crates full of old game boxes last weekend.  frown  My personal favorite was the old triangle shaped big-box for the original Thief.
10442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/22) on: October 22, 2007, 02:15:16 PM
I'm pretty sure Front Mission for DS comes out this week as well.  At least, according to Gamestop it does.  That's the only possible on my list, although it might take a back seat to my current glut of SRPG's.
10443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Talk me outta buying a 360.... on: October 20, 2007, 06:06:32 PM
My 360 is a $400 Guitar Hero (and soon to be Rock Band) machine that gives me a nice blood pressure spike every time I turn it on.  But if you enjoy FPS, action, and sports games, then go for it.
10444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: November 14th....$$$$$$$ on: October 19, 2007, 09:10:55 PM
I didn't know Assassin's Creed was that close.  I'll probably be deep in backlog at that point, so it'll have to wait a while.
10445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 Demo on: October 19, 2007, 09:03:20 PM
Everyone is showing the release date for GH3 as 10/28, but that's a Sunday.  Is that actually right?
10446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 19/Oct/07 on: October 19, 2007, 03:04:34 PM
Going to give NWN2 one more shot.  I played it on release and couldn't past the performance and camera issues, but I've heard the patches help.  Will also spent some time with Puzzle Quest and FF Tactics. 

Might even blow the dust off my GH2 guitar in preparation for the pending GH3 release.   headbang
10447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Skies of Arcadia 2 rumor resurfaces yet again on: October 19, 2007, 11:46:35 AM
Do you think it'd be a Wii title?
10448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 18, 2007, 07:25:28 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 18, 2007, 07:15:33 PM

Question: Your weapon stat (the R/L) lists the attack value and then the chance to block ie: R 3 +5%. Does the weapon always help you block, or only if you are using the "parry" skill? In other words if I am not using parry, should I even worry about the weapon block chance? So far parry seems to be pretty worthless and counter attack seems to be better.

I've never found Parry to be particularly useful.  It slightly increases your block chance, but not enough to really make a difference.  Getting a "Counter" skill (i.e. Counter Tackle) is a much better choice.

Oh, another question icon_neutral, looking through the manual it says you will lose a character if his bravery drops too low or his faith gets to high. I have seen the values change, but what effects them? Playing a melee class makes bravery go up and vice versa?

The whole Brave and Faith thing is a strange game mechanic, and I've never been exactly sure what affects the values.  FWIW, it's typically not something you have to worry about this until quite late in the game.  On the original version, I played 55 hours with the same characters and never had this become an issue.  One of the later classes (Mediator, iirc) has skills that will increase Brave and decrease Faith if the values get too high or low. 
10449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 18, 2007, 06:00:39 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 18, 2007, 05:39:41 PM

One complaint about this game is the Guest AI is kind of crappy.  I was on one of the first couple of battles and the dudes I had as guests would run away from the enemy and waste their turns.  Not impressed.

I have the opposite problem.  My guests are typically a few levels lower than the rest of my characters, but they still insist on charging in headfirst against any enemy.  Keeping them alive becomes a big problem.

One odd thing I've noticed is the huge number of misses by my characters in critical situations.  Seems like if I'm preparing a killing blow on an enemy, my characters miss quite frequently - even when the hit percentages are up in the 80-90% range.  Wouldn't bother me if it were consistent, but it only seems to happen when I'm applying the final smackdown.
10450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: where's the buzz for Bionic Commando? on: October 18, 2007, 02:42:12 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 17, 2007, 03:03:49 PM

Just read that Mike Patton (Faith No More) is providing the voice for the character.

This is a very, very good thing.
10451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: October 18, 2007, 02:55:56 AM

Quote from: KC on October 17, 2007, 10:02:22 PM

My only gripe is that I only had to transform my characters on one mission during the game, and it wasn't the final boss battle.

Wow, that's pretty amazing.  I was constantly doing transformations.  Typically not for the attack increases, but more as a healing technique.

I'm thinking about getting FFT, but am wary of the views in the other thread saying that game is hard.

It's certainly hard, but not unfair.  It forces you to think about tactics, which I never really had to worry about much in Jeanne.  Hell, I didn't even use an AOE spell until Jeanne's last couple battles.  I much prefer FFT's job system to the JD's skill stone system as well.
10452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: October 17, 2007, 06:48:24 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 17, 2007, 05:35:23 PM

Ok, i was thinking about picking it up for the Wii but i just saw this video of GH III. I've never played a GH game before, but i don't think i can do this  eek eek

99.9% of the people that play will never be able to do that.
10453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 16, 2007, 02:48:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 16, 2007, 02:41:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 16, 2007, 02:23:47 PM

Am I the only person buying both the Rock Band budle and the GH3 with wireless guitar for 360 this year?  It's an awesome year for the music genre.

Nope - I'm in for both as well. smile

I'm getting both as well.  I was just going to get the GH3 game, but that new guitar sounds too sexy to pass up.

Between GH2, GH3, and Rock Band, I've officially spent more on my music accessories than I did on the console itself.
10454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: October 16, 2007, 01:50:08 PM
I'll be restarting NWN2 this week as well.  Got a few hours in last time, and couldn't get past the sluggish performance and wonky camera.  I understand the patches fix some of that, and the extra 1G of RAM I put in should also help.  I'm hoping it clicks with me this time around, as it's one of those games I really wanted to like.
10455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You haven't played Beyond Good & Evil? Shame on you. on: October 16, 2007, 01:23:53 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 16, 2007, 03:00:11 AM

Quote from: EddieA on October 16, 2007, 02:53:40 AM

The PS2 game Primal reminded me of BG&E in a lot of ways, especially the interaction of the protagonist and sidekick.  I'm sure it can be had dirt cheap now.  Of course, it sold horribly too frown

yeah, when i read this post, i thought of primal, as well... & mark of kri (another by-way-of-the-toilet story)...

I loved BG&E but didn't care for Primal at all. 
10456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 16, 2007, 01:22:37 AM
Got a chance to put in a few more hours over the last couple days, and am falling in love with it all over again.  I had forgotten how brutally hard it was, and am really having to adjust my playing strategies.  5 hours in, and I've already lost multiple battles.  This isn't a bad thing, mind you, just something very different from the past few SRPG's I've played.  My main gripe right now is the massive amount of slow-down.   Anything with particle effects takes forever.  If you cast a Cure spell and hit 4 party members, just plan on putting the PSP down for 30 seconds while it goes through the animations.  Really the only negative I can think of for this iteration of FFT.
10457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You haven't played Beyond Good & Evil? Shame on you. on: October 16, 2007, 01:17:50 AM
Absolutely agree.  BG&E was one of the best games of the last console generation and every gamer needs to at least give it a shot.  They left the story wide open for a sequel, and I'd love to see one.  Unfortunately, the game sold like complete ass, and I'd be shocked if we ever saw anything from it again.  More's the loss for gamers.  frown
10458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 14, 2007, 05:53:53 PM
IIRC, random battles are set to the highest character in your party, not the highest character participating in the battle.  So if Ramza is 3 levels higher that everyone else but isn't taking part in the fight, enemies will still be at his level.  Story battles have set character levels, but I'm pretty sure they raise if your party is extremely overpowered.

And yeah, the game is hard as hell.   One thing that helps in the early game is to make sure every character learns the Squire's "JP up" ability.  This gives them extra JP for every action, and can be a huge help.  I'm currently trying to get that ability in random battles before moving on to the story stuff.
10459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 14, 2007, 05:43:23 PM
I've had very little time with FFT this week (only about an hour).  However, I do have a nice 4 hours flight to New Orleans this afternoon, so I should have some pretty good impressions by the time that's done.  smile
10460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 02:32:37 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 14, 2007, 01:30:14 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 14, 2007, 07:04:15 AM

I remember when EB games used to price match, the store you were price matching also had to have their items in stock in order for them to give you that price.

I thought EB Games (Gamestop) still does price match. They won't price match Fry's Electronics (as they tend to put items up at a loss to attract customers) according to employees, but they will other stores.

Mine never have. 
10461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 12, 2007, 10:58:22 PM
10462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Oct/07 on: October 12, 2007, 02:53:17 PM
Not much free time for me, but what I do have will be split between Final Fantasy Tactics on PSP and Puzzle Quest on XLBA.
10463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ouch...Valve boss lets loose on PS3 on: October 11, 2007, 07:48:44 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 11, 2007, 06:48:56 PM

Here's the funny thing, these comments are like 4 months old, kind of weird that they've recently resurfaced on the intarwebs.

I remember reading this in a GI issue several months ago.  Was wondering why it's suddenly become newsworthy again.
10464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: October 11, 2007, 04:11:48 PM
Hmmmm, I think I'll steer clear of this one.
10465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 02:42:48 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on October 11, 2007, 02:03:29 PM

The best actually comes from a video game from the 8-bit era.

If we're going retro, I prefer 8-bit Slayer.
10466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: October 11, 2007, 01:09:15 PM
I've never understood the masochistic bent some RPG players have, and the absolute necessity to play a "hard mode".  When a game becomes so difficult that it's more frustrating than fun, that's usually the time I'll put it down.
10467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 01:05:52 PM
I picked it up from XBLA yesterday as well.  It's been a while since I fired it up on DS, and playing in HD with a new class is almost like playing a whole new game.  I'd forgotten how much fun it was!

Quote from: Lockdown on October 11, 2007, 12:00:32 PM

As far as the battles go - well, I've never played bejeweled before, so I'm not really sure I'm all that good.  I mean, I nearly lost the first fight against the practice knight.  If it weren't for that gemberry spell, I would have.   icon_neutral  I'm not very good at looking at the board one-step ahead, like they instruct you to.  I can't tell you how many times the computer got 3 skulls in a row and burned me after I made a move.  I just can't see it.  I wonder if I'll get better as I play more?  I hope so.

If it's any consolation, I've actually beaten the game (on DS) and still managed to lose twice to the first practice knight.    I had him down to 3 HP, and he got a cascade of 3 burning skulls and hit me for nearly 20 hp in a single shot.  A lot of your success - especially in the early game - will come down to luck.  If you're like the rest of us, you'll get the distinct feeling that the computer is cheating.  smile
10468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 11, 2007, 11:58:18 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 11, 2007, 06:17:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2007, 03:08:37 AM

Those 3 games:  meh, meh, and meh.

Which is why there's a ton more games further down in that link that contain some really cool looking titles.

Doh!  The DQ games and the new Monolith game both look pretty nifty.
10469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 03:12:06 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2007, 02:50:38 AM

Quote from: dback99 on October 11, 2007, 02:15:16 AM

I really think this was the pinnacle of music.  Not sure this can be topped.


but what about this one?

I see your Kenya, and I raise you one leopard.
10470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 11, 2007, 03:08:37 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 11, 2007, 01:45:41 AM

Dude, Fire Emblem is just the tip of the iceberg

DS could possibly go down as one of the greatest game systems ever made, if not THE greatest.

Those 3 games:  meh, meh, and meh.
10471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 11, 2007, 12:19:46 AM

Quote from: warning on October 10, 2007, 10:05:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2007, 09:33:08 PM

It's much more difficult than Jeanne D'Arc, which was never really much of a challenge

Weren't you completely flummoxed by the last stage of Jeanne D'Arc?

Yes, but once I applied a bit of common sense (i.e. attack the big baddie directly and don't bother with his henchmen) I beat it in 3 turns.  My characters were so overlevelled that I cruised through the entire final third of the game without ever feeling challenged.   Since enemies don't scale to your level, it's pretty easy to outpace the game.

On a side note, after spending 40'ish hours with Jeanne, it's really tough to get used to a turn order and permanent moves again.
10472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 09:33:08 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 10, 2007, 09:26:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2007, 08:03:20 PM

Will probably be playing this all day, so I'll have some more impressions later tonight.

Where did you get it at? Doesn't seem to be out yet in this part of the country.

Got mine at Gamestop today.

How hard is this game?  On a difficulty scale of 1 (easy) to ten (hard)?  I'm finding Jeanne D'Arc to be about a 4 or 5 on this scale. Will FFT be significantly harder?

I'd probably put FFT around an 8.  Some battles can be ridiculously hard, others are a bit easier.  It's much more difficult than Jeanne D'Arc, which was never really much of a challenge
10473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 08:03:20 PM
It made me upgrade to 3.51 before I could play.  A couple very early impressions (as in, first 2 battles):

-  Maybe it's my bad eyes, but the text is very small and somewhat tough to read. 
-  The art style used in the cut-scenes is stunningly beautiful.  Can't wait to see all of these cutscenes.
-  Even in the first 1/2 hour, they've changed a lot in the dialog.  It already makes the story much, much easier to understand.  This new translation is fantastic.

Will probably be playing this all day, so I'll have some more impressions later tonight.
10474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: October 10, 2007, 07:23:54 PM
I saw a bunch of negative impressions, and the review scores were not particularly impressive.  However, if I love the whole Forgotten Realms world and mythos, but am not hugely concerned about how closely the game sticks to the D&D manual, do you think D&D Tactics would be fun?  Seems like most people and reviewers didn't care for the game because they didn't do a good job translating the rules or classes.  I'm just wondering if it's any good if you take that out of the equation.
10475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 10, 2007, 07:18:18 PM
While I'm somewhat excited for the game (never been a big fan of FE, but always give them a shot), I can't help but notice that it looks like complete ass.  The DS is powerful enough to crank out something better than those early-era GBA graphics.
10476  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Games for Sale on: October 10, 2007, 01:04:04 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on October 10, 2007, 07:00:51 AM

This a sign that Ebay is my better option?

Most of your prices are $5-10 higher than E-bay.  May be why they're not moving.
10477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a PSP. on: October 10, 2007, 02:43:58 AM

Quote from: Knightsabre on October 10, 2007, 02:23:20 AM

I guess I'll jump in here and ask about strategy/tactical games for the DS and PSP - I don't have either, but I'm starting to do a little research, and its very tempting to pick one up.  I know DS has the Advance Wars (I believe thats the right name) that people rave about, but is there anything else like that for DS?  And what about the PSP?

PSP has Jeanne D'Arc, which is one of the best SRPG's I've ever played.  It's also getting ports of both Final Fantasy Tactics (the original PS version) and Disgaea.  Those 3 titles alone could keep you playing for months.  I'm not into Warhammer, but the Squad Commander game looks like it has a ton of potential.

Outside of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (a GBA game) I haven't really been able to get into many of the other DS/GBA SRPG titles.  Advance Wars does nothing for me, neither does the Fire Emblem series.  Luminous Arc isn't bad, but it's not great either.
10478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 01:23:04 AM

Quote from: JCC on October 10, 2007, 01:10:15 AM

Question for the FF experts: Which game is better, Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy XII. Based on what I have read from forum people, I would guess XII, but X seems to have gotten higher review scores.... well from Gamespot anyway....

I'd put them fairly equal, with perhaps a very slight edge to FFX.  Honestly, they're tough to judge against each other as they are very, very different games.  To me, FFXII felt very epic, as as if you were seeing a birds-eye view of a huge conflict without knowing a lot about the individual people involved.  It's certainly thrilling, but left me a bit ambivalent towards the characters themselves.  FFX felt much more focused around the happenings of a very small group of characters, and really focused on building them up.  I found myself much more emotionally involved in FFX, while I enjoyed the fast paced battles of FFXII better.  Both approaches worked amazingly well, but I very slightly preferred FFX.  If I were to make a movie comparison, FFXII is Lord of the Rings, and FFX is The Royal Tenenbaums.  Both brilliant, but for vastly different reasons.

Not sure if that helps, but there it is.  smile
10479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 12:23:44 AM
I really enjoyed elements of Baten Kaitos as well.  The ridiculous turn timer eventually killed the card-battle system for me, but it was a fun game otherwise.
10480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 09, 2007, 06:11:07 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 09, 2007, 05:54:52 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 07, 2007, 04:39:37 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 05, 2007, 05:11:02 PM

I couldn't have broken my finger at a worse time.

Interestingly enough, this happened to m etoday.  crybaby

After reading this, and considering how bad I want Rock Band, I'll probably break both arms and get a bad case of laringitis on Nov 22nd... alll caused by an exploding television. Nov 22nd also happens to be my 29th birthday.

Hey, you could still work the bass pedal!
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