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10521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: could ps3 lose its exclusive FF13??? on: March 22, 2007, 06:16:04 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 22, 2007, 06:13:50 PM

The problem with the PC port of FF7 is that they didn't re-render the backgrounds for higher resolution.  So 320x240 backgrounds that looked fine on a TV thanks to the native blurring effect were pixelly messes on a monitor at just 640x480.  That was offset a little bit by the nice (for the time) 3D accelerated battle sequences. 

That was the problem I remember as well.  I also recall that the music was screwy as well (different MIDI systems between PC & PS1), and never really sounded right.

Something tells me we wouldn't run into those types of problems with the current gen. smile
10522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: could ps3 lose its exclusive FF13??? on: March 22, 2007, 05:37:23 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 22, 2007, 05:31:55 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if FF13 at least makes it to the PC.  And if you are going to do that, it's probably far easier to throw a 360 version out there as well.  IMO, the only thing which will limit them is how many potential sales they believe that platform can sell.

A PC port would surprise me a bit.  The only non-MMO ones they've done are VII & VIII, and neither of those turned out very well (or sold very well, from what I understand).  FFXI is still going gangbusters, but I think they'd be a more than a little gunshy about a PC port of a single player RPG.

As someone that is PS3-less for the forseeable future, that isn't to say I wouldn't want a port, but I just doubt we'll see it.
10523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 22, 2007, 04:22:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 22, 2007, 03:43:23 PM

I wonder how much bigger this title would've been if they had found a good way to give it an Iron Chef tie-in.  With a little bit more depth from the competition, it might've been been a good little hit with that branding.

If they ended up with both an Iron Chef and a Bob Ross game, there's no way I could resist getting a Wii.
10524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 22, 2007, 02:16:26 PM

Quote from: Leona-Windrider on March 22, 2007, 02:34:53 AM

An interesting fun fact: our Microsoft rep completely denies the existence of the black 360.  Either he's not in the loop or was being coy slywink

FWIW, my sis-in-law is an "X-Box rep" for Microsoft (she's the one that services the store demo units, hands out all the nifty promo material, etc.).  According to her, they are usually the last people that are actually told anything of substance, and most of the info their reps get come from the same internet sources we read.

Funny side note:  She has absolutely zero interest in games or gaming and the only time she has ever even touched an X-box is on her service calls.  Yet, she's always considered the 'hawt gamer chick' whenever she does into the GS/EB locations.   icon_lol
10525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 02:33:17 PM
This is the only thing from the review that concerns me:

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On the DS, the problems with the presentation are much more severe and end up impacting the gameplay. The graphics aren't as crisp and clear as they are on the PSP, and there are barely any flashy special effects. Most significantly, the puzzle playfield appears cramped on the lower screen of the DS, and it's difficult to discern certain pieces. Because of the size of the pieces, it's also easier to make mistakes with the game's mandatory stylus controls. The content is still good, but these problems make the DS version harder to recommend.

Maybe I'll just wait for the full PC version instead.
10526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 20, 2007, 11:48:32 PM




10527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 20, 2007, 04:01:24 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 20, 2007, 05:34:22 AM

I'm growing concerned about this ramp.  icon_eek

I'm usually no good at action games, so I played on Easy.  Even at wussy level, that ramp was still an absolute bitch.
10528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 01:32:11 PM

Quote from: mytocles on March 20, 2007, 12:21:12 PM

"real time cooking effects" - wtf would that be - your Wii starts to steam and smoke? stirthepot

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes


They're saving that feature for the 360 version.  slywink
10529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Trailer on: March 20, 2007, 01:25:00 PM
Please tell me I didn't just see a pirate ship sailing over a sand dune.

Other than that one shot, it looked pretty cool.
10530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 01:19:08 PM
They really should find a way to attach the Iron Chef name.

Allez Cuisine!
10531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 19, 2007, 11:13:21 PM






10532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Hearts? on: March 19, 2007, 09:32:33 PM
I purchased Kingdom Hearts three times hoping it would finally 'click' with me.  I love Disney and I love Final Fantasy, but KH did absolutely nothing for me.  Part of the problem was the wonky camera, part of it was the super-cutsey feel of the whole thing, but something about the game just put me off.  I got up to the Tarzan world once, but that was as far as I could stomach.

It's just another one of those "everyone loves but me" games, I suppose.
10533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 19, 2007, 07:14:22 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 19, 2007, 01:06:20 PM

So I gave it a little more time Saturday and Sunday (in all honesty, about an hour more). I know I haven't played it enough to really fully give it a full evaluation, but it just isn't for me. I hate making these realizations about games that I want to like, but sometimes you have to just be honest and realize that this type of game isn't for you. I had to come to that understanding with Devil May Cry 3 (in fact, the only one I still like is Devil May Cry 1-the best in the series), Ninja Gaiden, Okami, and others. God of War 2 is the most recent. 3 hours isn't necessarily enough of a test, but there is no sense playing something I don't really enjoy.

I am happy you guys are getting so much pleasure out of this one, and I salute the job they did making this game look the way it does on the PS2!

Don't feel bad, I'm the same way with most of the big name franchises everyone else raves about.  I hate the GTA games with a passion, didn't care for Halo, am 'meh' on Metal Gear, don't care for most platformers (i.e.  Ratchet & Clank, Jax & Daxter, etc.), and so on.

Different strokes, and all that...
10534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 06:38:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 19, 2007, 06:30:01 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 19, 2007, 05:58:49 PM

It's the same cable, at least on my system it is. What I'm not sure about is the ability to have 2 cable modems.

Most cable companies (including the one I work for) would have you open a second account, get a second bill, and essentially pay for two modems at full price.  You would not be able to bond your connection to double the speed either. 

Ugh, no way.

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In short, buy into some WiFi love.  You can get a router and card for less than 60 if you shop smart.  Shop S Mart.

But I'd sill have to buy the $100 wireless adapter for the 360 right?  Or are there 3rd party alternatives to that adapter?
10535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:57:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 19, 2007, 05:43:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 19, 2007, 01:15:25 PM

the only other option is figuring out a way to run a 100 foot cable through the rafters to the family room.  Given the unique layout of our house, I'm not even entirely sure that's possible.

I guarantee it is possible, you just need to try harder. if you have a cable outlet near your router and a cable outlet by the 360 then the cable company managed to do it, so can you! smile Of course if you go outside and see a black cable coming out one window, thrown over the roof and going into an attic window you may not want to task the cable guys to run any more wiring at your house.

Well, the house already had a cable TV jack when we moved in.  It's right by the TV where the 360 is going to be.  When we signed up for Comcast, they ran a new cable internet jack directly through outside wall to the office.   So the question is, can they create an additional internet jack somewhere there is already a TV jack?

I'm an idiot about this stuff (obviously) and didn't know if the cable TV and cable internet cables all come in the same way.
10536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:35:51 PM
Warning, you rule man.   icon_lol

Maybe I should put a Jobu doll next to it and sacrifice a live chicken every time I turn it on...
10537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 05:15:21 PM
Hey, quit jinxing me!!
10538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weeken Recap 3-19-2007: The Hangover Edition on: March 19, 2007, 03:16:21 PM
Finished up God of War 2, and spent a couple more hours with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.  I just can't seem to get enough of that game!
10539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baten Kaitos Origins on: March 19, 2007, 01:49:45 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 19, 2007, 10:25:55 AM

Baten Kaitos (of which Origins is a prequel) is a great game, and from what I've played of Origins (I'm about 20 hours in), it's even better.  The artwork is beautiful, the voice acting is excellent (whereas it was pretty bad in the original BK), and the battles are fun.

I heard rumors they were making the card battle "time-limit" mechanic faster for Origins.  Is this true?  That was the main thing that killed the original for me.  Having all of a nanosecond to choose your card ultimately destroyed any fun I was having.

I still think the original is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played, and I'm really looking forward to the DS version.
10540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 19, 2007, 01:34:36 PM
Possibly Puzzle Quest, but with my 360 purchase I might need to pick up a few games for it instead.
10541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360... on: March 19, 2007, 01:15:25 PM
Bah, getting this thing on-line is going to be an absolute bitch.  I don't really want to spend the extra $150'ish for the wireless adapter and a wireless router, but the only other option is figuring out a way to run a 100 foot cable through the rafters to the family room.  Given the unique layout of our house, I'm not even entirely sure that's possible.  Maybe I just need to have Comcast come install another jack by the TV.  There's already a cable TV outlet there, maybe they can just piggyback off that.

I knew there was a good reason I hadn't played online before.

10542  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS Xbox 360 Premium system with 4 games, 2 controllers on: March 19, 2007, 11:46:19 AM

Quote from: Jag on March 19, 2007, 03:10:39 AM

Good deal. Looks like Gratch snatched it up though biggrin

Yep.  Can't wait!!  smile
10543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I'm getting a 360.. on: March 19, 2007, 02:06:06 AM
Thanks for the info Brendan, that'll be a big help.

Just remember, you guys aren't allowed to laugh at me if I actually get online to play.  slywink
10544  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 19, 2007, 01:00:49 AM
+1 to Louis Cypher for quick payment on God of War 2
10545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I'm getting a 360 (and a Gamertag!) on: March 19, 2007, 12:55:23 AM
Looks like I'm getting a pretty good deal on a month-old used 360.  A couple questions:

1.  Can you buy any kind of warranty protection direct through MS on used systems, or are you just on your own.  Also, if it was purchased recently, does the 1 year warranty applies even if it's not the original owner?
2.  You don't have to be online to play, right?  It might be another month or so before I can get the stuff to either go wireless or run cables from the office to the family room.
3.  The Premium system is the better one, correct?

Thanks!
10546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a new must, must, must have game... on: March 19, 2007, 12:10:45 AM
Wow, that's pretty impressive.  I really need to find a way to get a 360 soon.
10547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack(ass) Thompson sued by Take Two on: March 18, 2007, 08:55:58 PM
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(Take Two’s law firm) Blank Rome… has, by this remarkable lawsuit, laid bare precisely what it is about - the silencing and destruction of Take-Two’s most abiding and most successful critic.

Or maybe, just maybe, they're just tired of paying the legal fees associated with defending themselves against your baseless and ridiculous lawsuits?
10548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 18, 2007, 08:46:08 PM
Just finished this afternoon, and it's a fantastic game from start to finish.  It did seem a bit more puzzle-heavy than the first one, but nothing too tough to figure out.  Bummed about the cliffhanger ending though, since I won't have a PS3 for a long, long time.  frown

A solid 10/10 from me. 
10549  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: God of War 2 (and GoW1) on: March 18, 2007, 08:43:15 PM
**SOLD**

$40 shipped for God of War 2, $50 shipped for both God of War 1 & 2.

Shoot me a PM if interested.
10550  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 18, 2007, 02:32:18 PM
I'll add NBA Street as well.  Paypal for shipping will be forthcoming as well.   nod
10551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Top 25 PC Games of All Time on: March 18, 2007, 12:23:00 AM
I agree, strange list.  Surely Diablo II gets on there somewhere.  And no love for the Thief games?
10552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2007, 08:16:11 PM
10553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 17, 2007, 05:31:47 PM
Got a chance to spend more time with the demo, and I'm liking the game even more.  The "capture" bit is hard as hell, though, and I haven't even been able to capture the first skeleton.  It's even got a somewhat interesting storyline, which surprised me for a puzzle game. 

The only thing I don't really like is the reliance on luck.  There've been a couple times I had my opponent on the ropes, only to have a lucky stream of +5 skulls fall in from the top.  But I suppose there's no getting around that in this sort of game, and it's a minor annoyance at best.
10554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 17, 2007, 04:04:19 PM
I really liked Shadow of the Vampire.  It's not necessarily scary or gory, but I thought the acting was terrific (especially from Dafoe) and the story was interesting.
10555  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 16, 2007, 04:55:18 PM
I'll take Tenchu:  Wrath of Heaven for round 2.  Thanks again!!
10556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 16, 2007, 02:42:23 PM
OK, I'm confused.  Are they releasing a full PC-only version?  I'd almost rather get that than try to play on the small DS screens, but their official site still only says it's coming out for PSP/DS.

The lack of a registration option (as Eddie mentioned) almost makes me think this is just some sort of "teaser" version for people to get the feel of the game.  Strange.  icon_confused
10557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vampire DVD movies! on: March 16, 2007, 02:17:17 PM
Didn't they do a "Salem's Lot" movie?  I remember the book scared the hell out of me, and I vaguely remember a movie version.
10558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 16, 2007, 01:46:55 PM
Thanks Eddie, that demo completely sold me.  I never thought that HOMM3 meets Bejeweled would work...but it does!
10559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/mar/07 on: March 16, 2007, 01:18:35 PM
God of War 2
Planescape:  Torment
10560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: March 16, 2007, 12:27:19 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 15, 2007, 11:32:24 PM

Buttfuck. I've been playing it for two more hours and still can't beat it. I must be missing something glaringly obvious, but I don't think it's in the environment. I think it's a control maneuver that I've forgotten about. Or something. I dunno.

I've played it so much, I can fight and defeat the different enemies and just keep going as long as I'm careful. I just can't close the deal at the very end of the fight.

I'm playing on God mode, the hardest of the 3 available difficulty levels. You have to unlock the fourth.

Thanks for the spoiler tag, KD. I forgot about that in the midst of my rage.

Back to it.


Huh, I just played through that same spot, and I didn't have any trouble with it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As soon as he starts to hang, I ran around underneath him hitting O, and Kratos will latch on.  Granted, I was both running and jumping around when I tried to latch onto him, but I'm pretty sure it happened while I was standing on the ground. 

EDIT:  Apparently you figured it out as I was typing.  Good jorb.

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