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10481  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few PC, DS, & PS2 games I'm looking for on: December 26, 2006, 04:52:18 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 24, 2006, 05:12:05 AM

If NWN2 is FT/FS, could you please post a price and or additional wants? Thanks.

Sorry, $32 shipped on NWN2.  The only other thing I really want is BSG Season 1, but let me know if you'd be interested in NWN 2.

Will shoot you a PM as well.
10482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2006, 03:09:37 AM
I made out awesome this year. The haul (between wife, in-laws, & parents):

- 3 tan and 1 grey Dockers pants
- 3 Polo shirts for work
- Brown/Black leather belt
- 2 pair of new Vans
- New Univ. of Utah hat
- Storm-tater & Artoo-Tater to go along with my Darth Tater figure
- Pirates 2 & Cars DVD's
- DVD burner
- New wallet with $15 gift cards to Borders, B&N, Gamestop, Circuit City, Applebees, Ruby Tuesday, and a couple other local restaurants.
- Padded goalie shorts
- $100 in Amex gift cards
- $75 cash

And to top it all off, we were surprised with a $20,000, no-interest, pay-back-whenever-we-can loan from the in-laws so we can start the in vitro process next month. We thought we'd have to wait a whole 'nother year to put the money together for that.

Needless to say, it was a damn good X-mas.
10483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/25) on: December 25, 2006, 03:10:57 PM
I got FFIII from Warning, so now I have to decide on which games to get with my $100 in gift cards.   I'm thinking about picking up Elite Beat Agents and Dreamfall, then pre-ordering Rogue Galaxy.

Not that I really need to pre-order, but if I don't I'm sure I'll spend the $$ somewhere else instead.
10484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 24, 2006, 04:37:32 PM
10485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ethical Dilemma on: December 24, 2006, 04:37:07 PM
Given the spoilers, I think you did the right thing.  I probably wouldn't have called them solely on the basis of being left in the garage (hell, my dog spends half his life in the garage while we're at work.  However, we would never leave him there if we went out of town.), but if there is a history of problems, then you make the correct choice.
10486  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: A few PC, DS, & PS2 games I'm looking for on: December 24, 2006, 04:46:48 AM

Quote from: Bulletproof on December 23, 2006, 05:47:40 PM

Is that Golden Sun 2 for GBA?



Yes.
10487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 05:54:09 PM
Looks like the Parent's Television Council now has their panties in a wad over this. 
10488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new kind of Holiday Gift -- NSFW Video(lyrics) on: December 23, 2006, 04:33:15 PM
I usually don't think much of Timberlake, but that was some funny shiat.
10489  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: NWN2, Gal Civ 2, Civ IV on: December 23, 2006, 03:03:06 PM
Changed the title, as I got all the games I was looking for.  Stuff's still for sale if anyone's interested.

-  Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC) - **NO LONGER AVAILABLE**
-  Civilization IV (PC) - $20 shipped
-  Galactic Civilizations II (PC) - $18 shipped
-  Magnetica (DS) - $15 shipped
-  Golden Sun 2 (DS) - $10 shipped (game only)  **SOLD**

Shoot me a PM if you're interested.  Thanks!
10490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you dreamin of a white Christmas? on: December 23, 2006, 04:59:28 AM
I love snow and cold.  If it was 30 degrees ten months out of the year, I'd be perfectly happy.
10491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 23, 2006, 02:33:50 AM
Ended up grabbing Dark Messiah of M&M off Steam.  Downloading now, and will hopefully beat it in the next week or so..
10492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2006, 07:01:02 PM




10493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PS2 - Prelim on: December 22, 2006, 06:53:44 PM
FF XII
Okami
I guess GH2, although it didn't even come close to GH1
10494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FFTA2 coming soon for... on: December 22, 2006, 06:09:58 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 21, 2006, 11:02:09 PM

...the Nintendo DS.  Or... maybe the GBA?

Not to leave out the PSP, they will be getting a remake of FFT.

Here's the part of that article I found most interesting:

Quote
Another magazine, Gamelabo, reportedly mentions that Square Enix also has two more unannounced Xbox 360 games in the pipeline

Maybe this is old news, but that's a pretty major coup for the 360. 
10495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FFTA2 coming soon for... on: December 22, 2006, 05:53:32 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 22, 2006, 06:54:31 AM

I read somewhere that FFT A2 will have a more serious tone, similar to FFT rather than FFTA.

If it keeps the battle system and has a more advanced/mature story, FFTA2 has the potential ti be the most perfect game ever created.
10496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 03:13:52 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 22, 2006, 03:12:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 22, 2006, 03:09:29 PM

I'm going to try one more time to get into Neverwinter Nights II.  I don't think it's going to happen (this is my third try, and someone about it just rubs me wrong), so I think I'm going to head out and pick up Xenosaga III, FF III, and Elite Beat Agents with the $100 in gift cards I got yesterday. 

Did you finish XS2?

Nope.  I played it twice, and ended up quitting both times around the same spot (8'ish hours in).  From what I've heard, X3 does a pretty good job of summarizing the plot stuff.  Now if I can just track down a copy of the game, it's really tough to find!
10497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 03:09:29 PM
I'm off from today until Jan 2.   icon_biggrin 

Going to try one more time to get into Neverwinter Nights II.  I don't think it's going to happen (this is my third try, and someone about it just rubs me wrong), so I think I'm going to head out and pick up Xenosaga III, FF III, and Elite Beat Agents with the $100 in gift cards I got yesterday.  I'll also be playing through the new Sam & Max on Gametap.
10498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's The End of November: What's your GOTY? on: December 21, 2006, 03:11:29 PM
I had tentatively put FFXII as my GOTY about a month ago.  Now that I've finished, I can confirm that it is indeed GOTY material, and probably qualifies as my GOTP5Y (Game of the Past 5 Years).

It was a ballsy move for Square to change up the FF formula like they did, but it certainly paid off.  From start to finish, FFXII is simply an awesome game.
10499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 21, 2006, 01:16:32 PM










10500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do women really think we listen to them all the time? on: December 21, 2006, 01:01:27 PM
Were you saying something?
10501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 21, 2006, 01:31:57 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 20, 2006, 03:40:54 AM

my brother in law sent this to me...



You are so going to hell for that.   icon_lol
10502  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: December 20, 2006, 11:40:42 PM
+1 to Gellar
10503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally I play Guitar Hero on: December 20, 2006, 08:47:26 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 20, 2006, 01:41:45 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on December 19, 2006, 06:48:16 PM

If you don't like music you won't like music games, I think that goes without saying.


I went back to guitar hero after playing guitar hero II and boy, it really shows up on how much they improved the timing in GH2. GH1 seems very clunky compared to GH2.

Maybe I should have skipped getting them GH1?  Or is it still worth having both?

I'd say it's still worth getting both, but definately start with GH1 and work up.  Starting with GH2 and going back to 1 is a tough transition.
10504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally I play Guitar Hero on: December 20, 2006, 08:45:54 PM
I've started playing through the bonus songs in GH2, and man are they terrible.  "Pangea" is not only my least favorite GH song in both games, but ranks right up there with the worst songs I've ever heard.  Ever.

At least the bonus songs in GH were fun to play.  The ones in GH2 are stinkers all the way around.
10505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Endings on: December 20, 2006, 06:25:06 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 20, 2006, 05:24:09 PM

Nobody mentioned Final Fantasy Tactics yet?  It certainly gets my vote for most shocking ending.

I would love to mention it, but through 3 tries I never managed to get all the way to the end.
10506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think this is the greatest picture on: December 19, 2006, 09:19:04 PM
10507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii + bedroom = bad idea on: December 19, 2006, 02:07:06 PM
Dude, what you do with your Wii in your bedroom is your own business.   Tongue
10508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Endings on: December 19, 2006, 02:04:20 PM
Probably my two favorite are Final Fantasy X and Beyond Good & Evil.  I just wish we'd get to see the sequel that was set up for BG&E.   icon_frown

10509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [FFXII] - Putting faces to voice actors on: December 19, 2006, 05:07:58 AM
In retrospect, maybe this thread was a bad idea...
10510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap - 12/18/06 on: December 18, 2006, 05:31:24 PM
Finally finished up FFXII.  While it was good to finish, it's always a bit sad to leave a game world and characters you've spent 80+ hours with.   :icon_sad:

I restarted Neverwinter Nights 2 last night, and am enjoying it quite a bit more playing a Dwarven Defender than I was trying to play with a Warpriest.  Still not completely sold on it, but my impressions are certainly better than the first time around.
10511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Order of The Stick on: December 18, 2006, 02:41:08 PM
OOTS has been one of my daily web stops for a couple years now.  It's easily the best and funniest webcomic out there.
10512  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Xenosaga III on: December 18, 2006, 02:39:43 PM
If anyone wants to get rid of this, please let me know.  I don't have much in the way of trades (Titan Quest & Civ IV on PC, Magnetica for DS, and Golden Sun II for GBA), but I can certainly do $$.

Thanks!
10513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [FFXII] - Putting faces to voice actors on: December 18, 2006, 02:15:02 PM

Quote from: Fellow on December 18, 2006, 06:58:16 AM

Haha, yeah... I remember that one as well. Just for you, my man.



Way to go, you just shot Dep's productivity for the day all to hell.
10514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/18) on: December 18, 2006, 02:13:21 PM
Finally finished FFXII over the weekend, so I might pick up either FFIII or Xenosaga III this week.
10515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 17, 2006, 03:57:42 PM




10516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [FFXII] - Putting faces to voice actors on: December 17, 2006, 05:51:21 AM

Quote from: depward on December 17, 2006, 01:55:14 AM

I want Karin Koenig.  Like, in a non-video game sort of way.

I threw in the factoid about Karin just for you Dep.    nod
10517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Those still looking for a Wii or PS3 on: December 17, 2006, 05:42:00 AM
People are fucking insane.  Just got back from Target, and there are about 30 people liined up outside - in a goddamn blizzard - waiting to get a Wii tomorrow morning.   Seriously, it's currently 25 degrees and dumping snow, and these people are sitting outside in their camp chairs.  Madness...

Overheard one of the managers telling someone in the store that they only got 15 units, and he's going to go out and tell everyone after 16th in line to go home.   Good luck with that.
10518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: December 17, 2006, 01:47:18 AM
Well, after a few weeks of amazing updates, the last month has been absolute shit.  If you're not a military or sports game fan (which I'm not), there hasn't been a single thing in the last month worth getting.  Plus, they upgraded their software and the client now seems to run quite a bit slower.  The scroll arrows (to move between games) now don't work for me either.

Thankfully, the new Sam & Max and Deus Ex are coming soon.  Hopefully they get a few more quality titles to go along with them.
10519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [FFXII] - Putting faces to voice actors on: December 17, 2006, 01:32:29 AM
So, just for kicks I looked up the voice actors for FFXII on IMDB.  I was mainly just trying to see if the guy who played Vaan is the same actor who did Tidus in FFX (they're not, but sound pretty close to me).  Found it interesting that some of the voice actors actually look pretty similar to their game counterparts. 

Fran:


Penelo:


Balthier:


Ashe (also played Karin Koenig in Shadow Hearts:  Covenant.   Probably my favorite female VG character):


Vaan:



Admit it, you wanted to know if the girl doing the Fran VO (one of the coolest accents I've ever heard) was - in fact - a hottie.   icon_wink
10520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: December 17, 2006, 01:10:27 AM

Quote from: KePoW on December 17, 2006, 12:16:56 AM

this is really little puzzling to me.  as I mentioned, my 3 main chars were about the same levels as yours, but I wasn't *anywhere* close to getting every piece of the LB on any of them.  the most I got with a char was Ashe...she had 95% of the magicks, 95% of the augments, about 50% of the accessories, and like 20% of the tecknicks.  and probably like 30% of the bottom section of the board (weapons/armor).  but she only got this much because she was the one who wore the LP doubling accessory.  my other 5 chars only had maybe 65-70% of how many LB slots Ashe unlocked.  so I don't understand where the difference between our chars comes from.  well I didn't bother leveling my bottom 3 chars, they were only like 30-32 at the end...but I don't see how that would make that much difference

The trick is in the LP and XP doubling accessories.  Once they became available (about halfway through, iirc), I purchased 3 of each and they were the only accessories I used throughout the entire rest of the game.  I'd keep the active party equipped with the Embroiderred Tippet (double XP) and the inactive members equipped with the Golden Armlet (double LP).  For boss fights, I'd equip everyone with the Golden Armlet. 

This way, the inactive characters were earning double LP for everything, while the active characters were levelling much faster.

Quote
please don't tell me you think X is close to XII!   icon_wink

XII is superior in every aspect, except for music.  I think the score is a step down from nobuo uematsu's work.  but other than that, XII owns X (don't even get me started on X-2).  my final verdict would be a 9.7 out of 10.  I can't wait to get started on my second time through, to do 100% of everything...I finally opened the strat guide and there's a shitload of extra things I missed (I never look at the guide or any FAQs the first time through)

I think both games are masterpieces, but for completely different reasons.  FFXII is all about the epic, grand adventure while FFX is about characters and emotion at a much more personal level.  Both of these aspects were done incredibly well and I thoroughly enjoyed both, but for completely different reasons that makes them hard to compare.  Honestly - outside of Balthier & Fran - I didn't really care that much about the characters in FFXII, but felt much more attached to the world and the setting.  FFX was the complete opposite.  There was a big emotional attachment to the  characters, but the setting did nothing for me.

It's kind of like trying to compare two movies from completely different genres.  For me, it would be something like Lord of the Rings (epic action) vs. Royal Tenenbaums (characters and emotion).  They're both brilliant, but for completely different reasons and it's impossible to say one is better than the other.  Not sure if that make sense or not...   icon_smile

I agree on the music, although outside of a couple pieces, I thought FFX's music was one of Uematsu's weaker works.  (it doesn't even compare to FFVIII, imo).   FFXII's music brought back great memories of FF Tactics, which is always a good thing.
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