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10481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 09, 2007, 04:26:20 AM
Looks like you can control the camera, I just didn't notice it.  From OO:

Quote from:
You can rotate the Camera in the 360 version.  Hold one of the bumpers, the left one I think, and use the right stick to rotate the camera.
10482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2007, 02:01:45 AM




10483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 09, 2007, 01:45:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 09, 2007, 12:38:53 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 08, 2007, 09:43:38 PM

Can wait to let out my inner evil bastard!   icon_twisted

I thought people in Utah weren't allowed to have inner evil bastards  Tongue

No, no...we've got more inner evil bastards than most.  Living so repressed can do that to a person, y'know. 
10484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 08, 2007, 09:43:38 PM
That was a fantastic demo!  Think Fable + Dungeon Keeper, and you're on the right track.  Looks and sounds gorgeous, and controls great as well.  The lack of camera control is a little wonky, but makes complete sense given the control scheme.  The voice work is very good, and highly amusing to boot.  Some of the small touches had me laughing, such as a couple of the minions making helmets from the pumpkins they plundered.  My only concern is that from the gameplay videos at the end, it doesn't look like you are able to summon a wide variety of minions.  You fight against a number of different enemies, but it seemed like you're always controlling the imp-like characters.  That'd be a bummer, but certainly not a deal breaker.

Sweeping your minions, setting forests ablaze, and generally causing mass havoc is an absolute blast.  Overlord is now a day one purchase for me. Can wait to let out my inner evil bastard!   icon_twisted

EDIT:  According to this preview, it looks like you only get to control 4 different types of imps.  Bummer.
10485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 06:29:59 PM
A somewhat related question:  Does MS have anything to do with setting a game's release date, or is that the sole discretion of the publisher?   Just curious who the decision ultimately came down to that lumped these all together.
10486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 04:03:20 PM
My guess is that - unfortunately - Eternal Sonata will tank, simply because of the competition.  While I'm not that terribly intrigued by it's concept, any failure will set a bad precedent for other unique RPG's, or for anything "different" on the system.  I'd really like for the 360 to be more than just an FPS, racing, and sports console, but there needs to be some successes in other genres in order for that to happen.  I think Blue Dragon has a chance to do really well.  If they're smart, they'll plaster "From the creator of Final Fantasy" over every single available inch of ad space so people are aware that Sakaguchi is involved.

It really is unfortunate that they're all being released so close together.   I've got a self-imposed limit of 1 game per month, so only Blue Dragon will be getting my $$.  I'm sure I'll pick up the other two eventually, but won't be able to help out with that initial sales push that is so important.
10487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 8/Jun/07 on: June 08, 2007, 01:13:16 PM
Gonna be a light gaming weekend, but what time I do get will mostly be spent with FF VII.   Can't wait to try the Overlord today as well.
10488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 01:08:36 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 08, 2007, 01:32:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 08, 2007, 12:32:07 AM

I'm trying to decide if I liked the demo or not.  The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but I thought they were certainly better than XBox 1 level

so are they noticeably better than Ninja Gaiden Black?

I'm not being sarcastic or anything, I haven't followed this game whatsoever until reading this thread

The character animation isn't nearly as smooth, but I think it looks better.  Other than the odd clipping problem, I really had no complaints about the graphics.

Having played through the demo again last night, and I really think I'm going to wait until a price drop before picking this up.   I can't really point to one major thing (well, maybe the save point issue), but there's a ton of little things that absolutely bug the crap out of me.    It'll probably be a great $30 game, but I can't see myself paying full price.
10489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 08, 2007, 12:16:53 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 08, 2007, 11:47:12 AM


Thirdly - A GREAT video of gameplay:  nl team website vid

That was awesome!  I was just about sold before, but that sealed the deal.  Unless this gets horrible reviews, I'm absolutely in.   I had the new Tenchu game pre-ordered, but after the lackluster demo yesterday, I think I'll switch to this.
10490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 12:09:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 08, 2007, 08:30:36 AM

the custom faces really were some of the most god awful ugly faces in a game.

+1.  They're really bad.
10491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 12:32:07 AM
I'm trying to decide if I liked the demo or not.  The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but I thought they were certainly better than XBox 1 level.  Some of the new animations are cool, especially when jumping around on the rooftops.  Not sure how the killing animations are triggered, but I seemed to get the same one every time.  Music and sound is very good, but that's no surprise.  The demo level was good sized, and had a nice layout.  The camera felt a little too fast, but I'm sure will get easier with a little practice.  It doesn't seem that they let you pan down as far, so it's tough to see enemies below.

However, it's painfully obvious that the devs haven't listened to a single bit of player or reviewer feedback.   The lackluster combat system is exactly the same as the last version.  Slash, slash, thrust...then block.  Slash, slash, thrust...then block.  Repeat over & over.  It's even more frustrating this time because you can't pivot while you're blocking.  So if the enemy moves around behind, you have to release your block (which usually leads to a beat-down) just to turn around.   The AI is still dumb as rocks, although I think that's somewhat of a necessary evil in these games. 

My biggest gripe is the same as every other game in this series.  Would it kill you to drop in a fucking save point?!?!?!.  I spent 1/2 hour creeping around through the level, taking out guards, and generally being a sly ninja ninja.  I get to the objective, get thrown into one-on-one a fight against the boss.  I hung in for a bit, but ended up losing the fight.  Up pops the "Mission Failure" screen, and I have to do the whole...damn...thing over again. As much as I enjoy and want to support the series, this may be the one thing that prevents me from picking up Tenchu Z.  I simply don't have the gaming time or patience to replay huge segments of games any more, simply because they devs thought it would be a good idea not to allow mid-mission saves.
10492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 07, 2007, 05:37:46 PM
Thanks for the heads-up.   I'll be getting the demo this afternoon, and can't wait to give it a shot.
10493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 07, 2007, 02:28:58 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 07, 2007, 01:47:13 PM

I recently got a disk unreadable error with Forza 2.  The last time I got a disk unreadable error was right before my 360 died.  I don't know whether to be worried or exchange Forza 2 or what.  It only happened once, but sometimes the music skips.

That's happened to me twice while playing GH2.  Thankfully, a simple reboot fixed it both times.  Makes me damn nervous, though.   paranoid
10494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 07, 2007, 01:42:16 PM
Thanks for the reminder to get my warranty extended.
10495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 06:50:22 PM
Oh yeah, I will beat GH2 on Expert.  I've currently beaten everything except Freebird, but I'm sure it will take an entire summer of practice to get past that one.
10496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 05:40:24 PM

Quote from: JSL on June 06, 2007, 04:59:15 PM

Beyond Good & Evil is another game that never got the attention it deserved. Easily one of the best games I have ever played. I wished it was longer, but while it lasted it was a lot of fun.

BG&E was my first thought as well.  I didn't list it because it got a ton of critical praise IIRC.  It was just the unfortunate victim of bad timing and horrid marketing.

Sucks that we'll never get to see a continuation of the story.  frown
10497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 12:55:10 PM
While they usually don't get fantastic reviews, I'm an absolute sucker for the Tenchu games.   Tenchu Z is my most anticipated game of the summer.

I do stay far, far away from the handheld versions, though.
10498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 06, 2007, 12:52:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 06, 2007, 05:18:11 AM

i am just about to leave Midgar via motorbike mini game(forgot the motorbike game that it resembles)

Probably Road Rash.

I'll be storming Shinra headquarters tonight.  I'm coming for you Rufus!!
10499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 12:49:47 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 06, 2007, 12:18:45 PM

I will complete a replay of either FFX or FFXII by the end of the summer.

Those are both on my plate as well, but not by the end of the summer. 
10500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 12:06:30 PM
FF VII (for the 4th time) and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (for the 2nd time).

I wish there was a new game that I could sink my teeth into, but absolutely nothing for the 360, PS2, or DS has interested me lately.  frown
10501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: June 05, 2007, 08:14:51 PM




10502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 05, 2007, 07:35:54 PM
I need to give this another shot, as it didn't really grab me when I played it the first time.  I remember getting stuck with something very early on, and not having any desire to keep going.
10503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 05, 2007, 01:36:16 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 05, 2007, 01:26:15 PM

The plus side to having Nickelback is that if they get one of their songs, they get them all.

 icon_lol  That's funny as hell.
10504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 05, 2007, 03:58:50 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on June 05, 2007, 03:02:10 AM

Wouldn't mind seeing some newer bands in GH3 like Nickelback for one, that would be awesome!



I can list lots of "newer" bands I'd like to see in GH3, but Nickleback would be nowhere near that list.
10505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 05, 2007, 02:55:30 AM
I have got to find me one of these for when we have kids:

10506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Music [soundtracks] on: June 05, 2007, 02:44:03 AM
Definitely not legal, as I've imported many of those soundtracks direct from the publishers.  Got a bit of a thing for game music.  smile

That being said, there's a ton of stuff on there that you wouldn't be able to get any other way.
10507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/4) on: June 05, 2007, 12:33:20 AM
I'll get Tomb Raider:  Anniversary free through Gametap this week, so I don't have to buy anything.  smile
10508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you get impartial financial advice? on: June 04, 2007, 10:41:46 PM
Interest only loans aren't always a bad thing.  We switched to an interest-only about a year ago, and are saving about $400 a month.  That extra money has gone a long way towards paying down our massive credit card bill.  Medical expenses smacked us with about $15,000, which is now down to $4,000.  Should be paid off by next February.

We are pretty lucky, though, in that our home has actually appreciated over $100,000 since we bought it 2 1/2 years ago.  Not sure if I'll end up selling or just converting back to a fixed before the interest only period is up in August 2008.   Unless the bottom completely falls out of the Salt Lake market (which isn't likely to happen anytime soon, especially in the area we're in), I'll be in pretty good shape.

Maybe I'm vastly oversimplifying things, but I think it's been a pretty good thing so far for our situation.
10509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 04, 2007, 09:42:51 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 04, 2007, 07:45:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 04, 2007, 01:52:22 PM


Shinra just collapsed the plate on Sector 7 last night.  (I assume weíre not going to bother with spoiler tags, since the game is 10 years old).  There is a short cinematic that I never really paid much attention to before.  The collapsing plate is shown through a Sector 7 residentís front room window.  They are obviously just sitting around watching TV, when suddenly the sky literally collapses and crushes an entire city.   You then see President Shinra looking out over the wreckage from the top of Shinra tower while an operatic score plays in the background.  The guy just killed thousands of people, and heís simply having a glass of wine while he looks out over the carnage.  Those Shinra folks are some seriously evil, heartless bastards.

Iíve really enjoyed the 4 hours Iíve put in so far, and should be able to get a few more hours in this week.  Itís good to start this one again.



thats exactly where i am,i am just about to head for the shinra building and if i remember rightly go up those 600million flight of stairs that takes forever(!)

Storm in the through the front doors, ya wuss.  slywink
10510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 04, 2007, 01:52:22 PM
I was finally able to get in a couple hours last night.  This time through, Iím really trying to focus on the characters and the story.  The last couple times I played, I was so concerned about maximizing abilities, finding secrets, etc., that I simply glossed over the bulk of the story and dialog.   I really want to get a handle on the story and characters this time around.  The one thing that always frustrated me about the story is that whenever Cloud is hearing voices in his head, itís tough to figure out either a) who is talking, or b) who theyíre talking about.  There are a couple early game segments where this happens, and it still drives me nuts.

Shinra just collapsed the plate on Sector 7 last night.  (I assume weíre not going to bother with spoiler tags, since the game is 10 years old).  There is a short cinematic that I never really paid much attention to before.  The collapsing plate is shown through a Sector 7 residentís front room window.  They are obviously just sitting around watching TV, when suddenly the sky literally collapses and crushes an entire city.   You then see President Shinra looking out over the wreckage from the top of Shinra tower while an operatic score plays in the background.  The guy just killed thousands of people, and heís simply having a glass of wine while he looks out over the carnage.  Those Shinra folks are some seriously evil, heartless bastards.

Iíve really enjoyed the 4 hours Iíve put in so far, and should be able to get a few more hours in this week.  Itís good to start this one again.
10511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 6-4-2007 on: June 04, 2007, 01:04:55 PM
Spent most of my weekend digging up broken sprinkler pipes in my backyard, so I didn't get nearly as much gaming time as I had hoped.  I did get a couple more hours into my FFVII replay, as well as going back through Medium difficulty on Guitar Hero II.  5-starred everything, so I got the cool Viking guitar.   headbang headbang
10512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 03, 2007, 05:04:20 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on June 03, 2007, 04:35:19 PM

Also, I can't get my gamepad to work with ePSXe.  But I though there was a plugin for it, but I neither have it nor can find it.  But after spending over an hour on it, it seems so much smarter to just go into my closet and grab the PSX, without needing to worry about either ePSXe or the PS2's flaky support.

That was my final verdict as well.   The hassle of actually getting ePSXe to work wasn't worth it.  It does seem to play fine on my PS2, however.  Just looks like crap on the 52" TV.

I had planned on putting a few hours into this yesterday, but the broken sprinkler pipes in my yard had different ideas.    icon_evil
10513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New handheld RPG shots on: June 02, 2007, 04:08:10 AM
Nice shots, thanks Eddie.  smile

Is that Dragon Tamer a game in the Monster Hunter series?  Kinda looks like the same art style.
10514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 01, 2007, 11:47:58 PM
Bah, I just spent the better part of 2 hours fiddling with drivers trying to get ePSXe to work.  The graphics look fine, but both the music and character movements are randomly playing at about 10X speed.  It'll go at turbo speed, then back to normal, then back to turbo, etc.  I also can't get it to recognize any kind of gamepad, and there's no way I'm spending 40+ hours on my keyboard for this one.  I'll just play it on my old PS1 instead.

I am going to cheat a bit, however, and use the save point for the game I started a couple weeks ago.  It's only about 3 hours in (doing the Wall Market segment), and I don't really feel like replaying segments I just did a week ago.
10515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: June 01, 2007, 05:41:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 01, 2007, 02:24:26 PM

I'm still hoping they have the paying customers on seperate servers so the freeloaders don't hog all the bandwidth.  If not I'll probably be cancelling my subscription in the coming weeks.

I'm pre-paid through October, but +1 to the sentiment.  I'm gonna be miffed if games suddenly take 10X as long to download. 
10516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Song Lyrics You've Gotten Wrong on: June 01, 2007, 01:51:22 PM
"Excuse me while I kiss this guy..."

"Wrapped up like a douche..."
10517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 1/Jun/07 on: June 01, 2007, 11:52:51 AM
Assuming I can get ePSXe running, I'll be re-starting FFVII as well.
10518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Big of a Star Wars Fan Are You? on: May 29, 2007, 08:41:24 PM
Awesome pic man.   thumbsup
10519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-28-3007: YARGH!!!!! on: May 29, 2007, 08:30:36 PM
Just hit the 10 million mark in GH2 career mode this afternoon.  That means I officially:

 headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang headbang
10520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Big of a Star Wars Fan Are You? on: May 29, 2007, 02:38:00 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on May 29, 2007, 01:53:34 PM

I will say this.  I would like to know how many of the people who responded in this thread that are NOT Star Wars fans, or just considered it "meh", have actually seen the original movies in the theater in 1977, 1980 and 1983.  I would bet that most of you never did.  Those individuals could never know what a life changing experience that was like.

Not everything affects everyone the same way.  Yes, seeing Star Wars in the theater was an amazing and somewhat defining experience for some of us, but it certainly was not that way for everyone.  I know plenty of people who saw the original releases in the theater and never developed anything more than a casual 'meh' interest in the series, and there's nothing wrong with that.

To be honest, I think the prequels really soured a lot of people on Star Wars in general.  If you weren't a pretty major fan to begin with, I can certainly see how the piss-poor acting in Episodes I and II would put you off the series for good.  Mrs. Gratch is a perfect example.  She saw Star Wars during the original run, and while she enjoyed it, I don't think she would have ever watched them again if I didn't make her.  smile  After seeing Episode I, I pretty much had to drag her kicking and screaming to the other two prequels.  She had absolutely zero interest in seeing, as she put it, "possibly the worst acting ever to disgrace the screen". 

Different strokes for everyone, man.  smile
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