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10601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 08, 2007, 05:10:31 PM
Hobbies have become tougher since I've gone back to working 60+ hour weeks.  I still play soccer quite a bit (2 indoor and 1 outdoor game every week) and have been trying to catch up on some "modern classic" books (just finished Farenheit 451 and am halfway through 1984), but that's about it.  Most of my free time this summer has been spent trying to get my yard in shape, but since I hate yardwork I'm not considering it a hobby.

There's a couple of activities that I really used to enjoy that I'm going to try and get back into this year:

-  Weight lifting
-  Racquetball
-  Playing the drums

Time permitting, of course.   Fending off CeeKay's advances takes up a lot more time than you'd think, as I'm sure some of you already know.

EDIT:  Should probably add that every Saturday from now until December is about nothing but Utah football, and every Sunday is dedicated to our Our Blessed Lady of the NFL.
10602  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Okami (PS2) on: September 08, 2007, 02:00:21 PM
Nothing really to trade, so shoot me a price.
10603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere follow-up coming to Wii on: September 08, 2007, 01:58:13 PM
Wow, that's beautiful.

I could never really get into Odin Sphere's gameplay, but I absolutely loved the artwork.  This certainly looks to continue in that vein.
10604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/07/07 on: September 08, 2007, 03:24:57 AM
Mainly Jeanne D'Arc and possibly some Brave Story.
10605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 07, 2007, 04:12:12 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 07, 2007, 03:55:35 AM

Quote from: Atragon on September 07, 2007, 02:51:58 AM

Will smashing your axe at the end of a song give bonus points? slywink

No, but playing the drums one handed will open up a couple of hidden Def Leppard songs.

::golf clap::
10606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 06, 2007, 09:50:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 06, 2007, 07:10:04 PM

Beginning of Chapter 4 Spoiler: 
Spoiler for Hiden:
  Damn, I'm really happy I've been leveling up Lianne all along.  I had kind of ignored her initially since she seemed so weak but without another mage I took the effort to level her up.  She proved her worth there in short order but now that she's the lead at least for a time it's really paid off.  I'd be crying right now if I had let her languish.


Just wait until you hit the end of Chapter 5.  I'll leave it at that...
10607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 08:29:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 05, 2007, 06:13:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 06:03:23 PM

I'm more and more inclined to abort this pre-order.

Just because of the Grateful Dead optional download, or did those other 4 new songs fall flat for you as well?

Not that I'm bailing on my pre-order (Rock Band is still #1 on my most wanted list), but these track announcements did nothing for me.  Pixies are good, but that's certainly not the song I'd pick. 
10608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 05:31:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 05, 2007, 05:20:44 PM

Grateful Dead. Blech.

10609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: September 05, 2007, 03:15:22 PM
My refurb unit started giving me "Unplayable disc" errors last night.  This is only the 4th time I've turned it on since I got it back, and it's been played for about 2 hours tops.

10610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where is your Armageddon Empires thread? Cause this game is excellent... on: September 05, 2007, 01:28:54 PM
You guys just need to stop.  The last need my backlog needs right now is yet another deep, complex, involving game.    icon_frown
10611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 05, 2007, 11:48:32 AM

Quote from: skystride on September 04, 2007, 08:36:14 PM

Anyone know if those items that permanently raise stats are only usable during battle?  It's not just permanent for a single battle is it?

Not sure, I've actually never used them.  I'll give them a try tonight.

The story is just all kinds of cool.  Just finished chapter 5 last night, and there's a major plot twist that just floored me.  I'm honestly in awe of how engaging and intriguing they've managed to make the story, given the source material.
10612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 04, 2007, 11:24:01 PM

10613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 04, 2007, 01:50:05 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 04, 2007, 01:28:49 PM

1.  Cash is more than plentiful.  Weapon and Armor "updates" don't happen too often so it's not a big deal to buy all of the  new stuff when it hits.  I've got more cash than I know what to do with most of the time.  Early on if you need money you can sell extra skills (which you'll have a ton of in short order) for lots of money but don't go hog wild doing so- later on you can use those extra skills to bind new ones.

I wouldn't recommend selling skills, as you'll probably regret it when you start binding them later on.  I sold a bunch of my Luna +1 skills for quick cash early in the game, then had a hell of a time finding more when I needed to bind them.   With regards to equipment, I'm on Chapter 4 (24 hours in) and upgraded every character's equipment to the max about 10 levels ago.  No new equipment has arrived in the shops for a long time, and I've had nothing to spend money on.  I've got a pretty big bank stashed away, and I keep hoping something new will show up that I can spend it on.

2.  I don't think enemies give weapon and armor loot drops but I do think you can get them on the buried treasure squares on the battlefield.

There's a couple battles where you can get some special weapons, but they're very few and very far between.
10614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I don't have a (fill in the blank) console because.... on: September 03, 2007, 05:17:33 PM
Pretty simple, really:

-  I don't have a PS3 because they cost too much and there's no games I want to play.
-  I don't have a Wii because there's no games I want to play.
10615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 03, 2007, 02:01:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 03, 2007, 05:32:41 AM

Quote from: Brendan on September 03, 2007, 03:36:10 AM

wah wah wah wah wah inferior wah Pac-10, wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah.

you need to speak up.  us people over hear can barely hear you west coasters.

Yeah, I suppose it would be hard to hear with your head up your...  slywink

10616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 03, 2007, 01:55:20 PM
Possibly Worms for either PSP or DS, but that's it.  And my wallet will thank me for it.
10617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 03, 2007, 02:33:20 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 03, 2007, 02:23:43 AM

I know nothing about college football.  I just happened to see the last 2 minutes of the game on YouTube though.  Can someone please explain why this is an upset?

Michigan is the winningest program in college football (iirc), and a near constant in the top 25.  They were ranked 5th in the country before yesterday's upset.  App. State is a DI-AA program, which is the college football equivalent of a JV team.   Michigan was favored by 35 points going into the game.   In the history of college football, no Division IAA team has ever beaten a ranked team before, much less a team in the top 5.
10618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 01, 2007, 08:38:14 PM
That is amazing.  What's the over/under on how long it will be until Carr gets canned?
10619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So ....yesterday I get to join... on: September 01, 2007, 07:22:22 PM
That sucks man, good luck with the hunt.
10620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Fast Have You Driven in Your Current Car? on: September 01, 2007, 06:29:27 PM
1997 Saturn SL1 - 95
2001 Taurus - 105

I have to be pretty careful in the Taurus.  Sometimes I'll look down at the speedometer and somehow be going 90.
10621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 quick 360 questions on: September 01, 2007, 03:34:10 PM
1.  My 360 is hooked up to my TV through the component cables.  I've noticed a couple games and DVD's where items on the right side of the screen seem to be cut off.  For example, I could only see about half of the bottom right radio icon during the Bioshock demo.  Is this a calibration issue with my TV or a problem with the XBox?  FWIW, I've never noticed any problems with other things hooked up through those component cables (i.e. cable box or stand alone DVD).

2.  How do you turn off the pop-up notice when people on your friends list sign in?  It's horribly distracting when playing GHII.
10622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Labor Day Edition on: August 31, 2007, 02:51:03 PM
Lots of Jeanne D'Arc, and I'm debating whether or not I should pick up Brave Story as well.  I tend to get sidetracked easily, so I'm afraid that if I pick up something new, I won't finish Jeanne.
10623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A soccer RPG from Level 5 on: August 30, 2007, 11:51:51 AM
From the article:

During soccer matches, you have full control over your team. The game uses the stylus for all controls. To make your player advance, you draw arrows indicating your preferred direction. To pass, you tap your target player with the stylus. To shoot, you simply tap your opponent's goal. When shooting, you can point to different areas of the goal to get different directions for your shot.

Run into an opponent player and you enter into a command battle. Here, the bottom screen displays panels allowing you to select from various options. When on defense, you can select to block or slide. When on offense, you can chose to evade or jump over your opponent. The game also uses this command system for goals, as some shot opportunities will prompt you for heading or a volley shot.

Maybe it's just because I'm a soccer player, but that sounds like it could be some good - albeit quirky - fun.
10624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 29, 2007, 08:18:59 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 29, 2007, 06:55:36 PM



Purty.  You draw that?

Makes me realize I have entirely too many icons on my desktop.
10625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: August 29, 2007, 06:05:14 PM

Quote from: Xmann on August 29, 2007, 05:49:56 PM

am i the only one with 0 interest in this game?

No interest here either.  Probably the most overrated series ever, imo.
10626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: August 28, 2007, 06:22:40 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 28, 2007, 05:06:11 PM

I know that Gamestop's evil female robot hasn't called me yet, so I think it's tomorrow.

Hey, you show Aeris some respect!
10627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 JRPG's on: August 28, 2007, 06:21:37 PM

Quote from: warning on August 28, 2007, 05:17:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 28, 2007, 03:14:05 PM

Might want to give Dark Cloud 2 a try as well.  It's more action-RPG, but still a quality game.

Dude.  He wants games that have simplicity.

"First you have to learn how you can invent things.  Oh and you have to learn how to take pictures.  And now you get to learn how to play golf in a RPG.  An RPG?  Yes now shut up.  Now we're going to switch characters on you and you'll play a girl who uses magic and a sword instead of a boy with a wrench and a gun.  Now you are piloting a giant robot which you have to maintain and fuel.  Now you have to figure out how to spectrumize every freaking item you find to bind it to your weapon so it can level up.  Now you have to learn fishing.  Got all that?  Now you have to basically rebuild the fucking world building by building."

 icon_lol  I didn't remember it as being overly complex, but apparently my memory is failing in my old age.  Then again, it has been a damn long time since I played it.
10628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 JRPG's on: August 28, 2007, 03:14:05 PM
If you're looking for simple, definitely check out Dragon Quest VIII.  It's about as simple as it gets, both in gameplay and story.  I thought the first couple Shadow Hearts games were fairly simple as well, but ymmv.  Might want to give Dark Cloud 2 a try as well.  It's more action-RPG, but still a quality game.
10629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: August 28, 2007, 01:01:56 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 28, 2007, 12:48:57 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2007, 10:57:56 PM

Quote from: warning on August 27, 2007, 03:32:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2007, 04:20:57 AM

No one complained about emotionless NPCs in Oblivion.

Where were you?  The NPC's in Oblivion were a *major* source of criticism.

I don't recall criticism, I remember people praising the amount of dialogue in the game and the well-done voice-acting. Are you referring to their daily schedules?

No, he is referring to everyone being obsessed with the same nonsense.

"I saw a mudcrab the other day."
"Dreadful creatures."

(walk 4 feet)

"I saw a mudcrab the other day."
"Dreadful creatures."

(walk 4 feet)

"I saw a mudcrab the other day."
"Dreadful creatures."

All voiced by the same three actors.  The lack of VO variety in Oblivion drove me nuts.
10630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: August 28, 2007, 12:09:56 AM

Quote from: Canuck on August 27, 2007, 11:59:20 PM

Is there not even a world map where you go from town to town? 

There is a world map listing towns where you can choose to a)  advance the story, b) shop, or c) do a random battle.  It's pretty standard SRPG fare, and I'm hard-pressed to think of a game in the genre that didn't use this type of setup.
10631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 27, 2007, 04:12:58 PM
I'll be picking this one up as soon as I finish Jeanne D'Arc.  Just not enough time for both right now.
10632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: August 27, 2007, 03:24:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 27, 2007, 03:19:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2007, 01:23:53 PM

EDIT:  Interesting that they make no mention of the "Advent Children" movie in the FF VII episode.

maybe because it sucked?

* CeeKay ducks


Oh no you di'int...
10633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 27, 2007, 02:13:50 PM
The Blue Dragon reviews have scared me away, so nada, zip, zilch for this week.  frown
10634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why does the PSP have so many mediocre/bad RPG's? on: August 27, 2007, 02:08:37 PM

Quote from: warning on August 27, 2007, 01:46:56 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 26, 2007, 07:17:07 AM

It could be the fact that for the most part companies haven't been willing to dedicate the development time and money for lengthy RPGs on a portable system when they could target the larger, more well established market of consoles.  If they have a smaller or second-tier team with less time you end up with mediocre results.

I think that's the answer.  If you're going to spend $xx to develop a RPG would you want to do it for the PSP or for the DS which has a much larger installed base meaning more sales or for the PS2 which has roughly PSP-quality visuals but has an even larger installed base?  It's the problem with a lot of PSP games: companies won't dedicate AAA development teams until the system does better but the system won't do better until it gets more AAA titles.  I think things are starting to turn around for the PSP and I hope the PSP Slim shifts things even further.

I'd actually pose the same question about the DS.  Outside of Pokemon and FF III, there's really no RPG's for that system either.  There's a few quality niche titles (Contact, Etrian Odyssey, etc.), but most of the DS RPG's have been pretty bad.  I know there's some coming, but it's a genre that is sorely lacking in the handheld department right now.
10635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The GT Scariest Games Ever Thread on: August 27, 2007, 01:41:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2007, 12:59:39 PM

Clive Barker's Undying.

+1.  This is the only game that has actually scared me enough to quit playing. 
10636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: August 27, 2007, 01:23:53 PM
Well, there goes my productivity for the morning.  Thanks alot metallic...  smile

EDIT:  Interesting that they make no mention of the "Advent Children" movie in the FF VII episode.
10637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 27, 2007, 11:53:59 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2007, 06:45:02 AM

What the hell man, I can't get past this flipping stage. Once I finally got close, he blocked my path and I ran out of turns before I could run around him to the exit. Either that, or he one-shots my weakest character once she gets close. I'm going on my 10th attempt now...

Sounds like your characters are too low of a level for that stage.  Instead of retrying the same fight over and over, go do a few of the "Free Combat" areas and get your characters a few more levels and/or skill slots.

FWIW, I've made it a habit to complete 1-2 random battles between each story level.  It's kept my character levels fairly high, and I haven't had any problems with enemies (even bosses) one-hitting my characters.
10638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 27, 2007, 01:35:20 AM
Not that we need any more impressions at this point, but...  smile

Now 16 hours in, and Jeanne D'Arc is a solid contender for my GOTY.  They simply got everything right with this title, and it's just amazingly fun to play.   Most of the little gripes and nitpicks from other SRPG's have been ironed out in this game.  The attention to detail in both the graphics (things like the shadow of clouds passing over the plains during battle) and gameplay balance are outstanding.   The story - which I thought would be the weak point - has just kept getting better as it goes, and there's a fantastic twist at the end of Chapter 3.  Can't wait to see where that sequence of events takes things.  Probably the only thing I would change at this point is to not have quite as many characters.  I'm up to a dozen now, and it's making it extremely difficult to keep everyone up to speed.  I've got a main battle party I've been using, and have unfortunately started neglecting everyone else.

For those concerned about the time limit, in 16 hours I have only had a single battle where it has even been an issue.  And that battle was only an issue of getting characters to a certain location in time, and not a problem actually defeating an enemy. 

P.S.  Has anyone else taken on that "free battle" area at the beginning of chapter 3?  My guess is that is a fight that I will come back to in a long time (the 800 hit point dragon was a little daunting), and it better have something awfully cool.

10639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 26, 2007, 05:09:37 PM
Drummer or guitarist, I'm all over it.  Singer would be a scary prospect, but I'll probably give it a shot.   nod
10640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 26, 2007, 04:02:25 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on August 26, 2007, 02:53:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2007, 03:58:34 AM

Quick question about transformations for a certain character.   Slight spoilers, so...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Gilles used a armlet to transform during the first battle he appeared (the one where you don't control him directly).  Now that he's in my party, is there a way to get him to transform again?  The status screen shows he has an armlet equipped and he's gaining SP every battle, but there's no "Transform" option like Jeanne has.

Am I missing something?
That's strange.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I am able to make a "Transform" choice when I select Gilles. I forget the name of the Gem he uses, but he turns into some sort of "bird" guy. It hasn't been too helpful yet because I haven't used him much and he's quite a few levels behind Jeanne, but it's definitely there on his menu choices. I wonder if maybe he gets the Transform ability at a certain level. He's level 17 in my game.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I wonder if it's maybe not the level, but getting to a particular battle that triggers it.  I just finished part 1 of the final fort battle, and the Transform ability became available this time.  Gilles is around level 23, so I don't think it has anything to do wtih the level.  Strange...

EDIT:  I figured it out.  You can only use the transform command before moving.  After you move, that option is no longer available.

I've actually been doing quite a few random battle to try and keep everyone around the same level.  Jeanne is still out front at 28, but most of my characters are within 2-3 levels of her.  I think my lowest character is Collete at 22.  Man, that guy is worthless.  smile
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