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10601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/20) on: November 20, 2006, 02:33:40 PM
Nothing for me, and probably won't be anything for quite a while.

With my recent computer upgrade, it's going to be at least 6-12 months before I can afford to do a next-gen system.   :icon_sad:  I guess the bright side is that I'll have a big library to play when I finally get one!
10602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 20, 2006, 02:30:13 PM
My biggest gripe with equipment is the lack of information you receive when buying it.  This is especially bad for armor.  All you see is a single stat (either defense or magic defense increase), but there is no mention of anything else.  Someone earlier in the thread mentioned that mages can be uber-powerful if they are in the correct armor set.  Problem is, the game provides no detail or feedback that would indicate this.  For all I know from the item descriptions, I'd do just as well to have my mages decked out in Heavy Armor!  I can't help but feel my characters could be more powerful if I gave them the right equipment, but I'm having a hell of a time figuring out what that equipment should be.

I'm also sort of kicking myself for developing Basch as a hammer character.  The damage amounts vary so wildly with hammers, and it really looks like overall they're less powerful that other weapons.  Sure, it's great when he hits for 1100 damage, but when it's followed up with a 28 and a 110, it really starts to lose it's lustre.  Especially when Vaan is doing a very consistent damage amount with his sword.  I think I should probably start moving Basch towards something else.
10603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 19, 2006, 05:22:21 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 19, 2006, 05:08:34 PM

Well i decided to go do some hunts and stay away from the main story and i'm feeling better about the game.  I think i'm gonna just look at it as a long term game and no reason to rush it.

Now.......Bashe has gotten Silence on him and i can't get it off.  Save crystals don't cure it, potion won't cure it, and nobody's spell cures it.   He's had it on for quite some time and it won't leave.  Only thing i have noticed is he has an accessory that makes him slightly immune to all effects and when i look at it's stats, it has "silence" equipped written underneath it.  I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but i can't even take this item off him to see.  Anyone know why this is happening and what to do about it?

The Vox spell cures silence, and there's also an item that does it (Echo Herbs, I think).   I'm not sure what accessory you're referring to, but my guess is it's a "trade-off" item:  spell immunity for not being able to cast spells.  Good for fighters, bad for mages.  Can't you unequip it through the menu?

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Secondly, how is everyone managing their characters while leveling?  Vaan is my highest at 16 and the rest are 15 and even a couple at 12.  I'd like to keep a core group at or around the same level, but i can't see myself constantly switching them out to level as this would take forever to do.  So should i just pick a set of members and level them all together?  Right now i like Vaan, Ashe, Bashe, and Fran.  Vaan and Bashe are my tanks and, Ashe my mage, and Fran is a mage/ranged.  How should i concentrate on leveling a group?

Totally depends on your play style.  I've been very particular about keeping all mine at the same level (31 hours in, and everyone is at 26).  It's a big deal for me to be able to swap out characters during a fight and not lose anything.  On the negative side, the group as a whole is probably underpowered compared to what it could be if I only levelled a group of 3 characters.  I know some others here have been levelling one group way out in front of the others.  That works too, as long as you don't ever have to switch anyone out in battles.   My way will probably take longer, but I feel better about my party.

I've mainly been trying to keep them at the same level because many of the previous FF games have had sections or battles where you are required to use certain characters.  If those characters are under-developed at the expense of creating a uber-group, then you're pretty much out of luck.  I'm not sure if FFXII will do this, but better safe than sorry.   icon_smile
10604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone biting on the HOMMV Expansion? on: November 19, 2006, 04:17:22 AM
I'll probably pick up whatever Platinum-Ultimate-Diamond-Super Edition they come out with in a year, but I'm actually selling my copy of the original now because it's just gathering dust.
10605  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Titan Quest, Okami, HOMM V, more on: November 18, 2006, 06:26:50 PM
Clearing out a few games that I've simply lost interest in.  Boxes & manuals included, price includes shipping:

-  Titan Quest (DVD) - $20
-  HOMM V (CD) - $17 **SOLD**
-  Okami (PS2) - $22  **sold**
-  Magnetica (fun little Zuma clone for the DS) - $10

Possibly interested in FFIII for the DS, but mainly just need the $$ for car repairs.   icon_frown

Shoot me a PM if interested.  Thanks!
10606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 18, 2006, 12:14:09 AM
Figures.  I fire up FFXII when I get home from work, play 10 minutes, then defeat an enemy that opens up all the second level damage spells, haste, and the LP doubling accessory at the merchant.

Life is now a lot easier.   icon_cool
10607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 09:38:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2006, 09:30:32 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 17, 2006, 09:10:20 PM

Haste isnt available like 35 hours in? Are you kidding me? Isn't that taking some of the license stuff just too far? In FF10 you got haste in what, 10 hours? What was it like in older FFs?

*modified because I was getting way too excitable about not having haste early on biggrin*

Well Gratch's 35 hours and my 42 hours aren't the same as everyone else's.  I've been doing lots and lots of marks and sidequests and since the rate new stuff you can buy is introduced is for the most part linked to storyline progress, that slows me down. 

Plus, with this system it feels like haste might be a bit of a game breaker earlier on since with gambits you can autocast it continuously and out of combat so it's pretty much always worth it.  My main reasoning to want haste is to be able to counter Slow, which I get hit with pretty frequently.

Really, if you want the equivalent of haste, set up autocast beserk (which is available early) to turn your guys into killing machines. 

QFT.  I haven't done a ton of hunts, but I have been doing quite a bit of leveling in order to keep my party balanced and buy new equipment.

On a side note, I really need to just get going with the main storyline as the dreaded "30 Hour Bug" is threatening to bite.  I have a ton of games that I quit around the 30 hour mark (Okami being the most recent) because my attention drifts to other things.  It usually tends to happen if there is a lot of grinding or non-story related stuff going on, which is exactly where I'm at in FFXII.   
10608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PS3 Line Insanity; Pregnant Woman Tries Not To Give Birth While Waitin on: November 17, 2006, 04:41:12 PM

Quote from: javahead on November 17, 2006, 04:01:19 PM

Red Sharpie: $.75
Pure Breed Yellow Labrador: $750

4 year old daughter getting her hands on both at the same time: Priceless  (or endless blackmail?)

Now that's funny.  Poor dog.
10609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 04:13:29 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2006, 02:23:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 17, 2006, 02:19:12 PM

Drives me nuts when I get hit with "Slow" and the only thing I can do is wait it out.

Re: mages- I've outlined my mage strategy here before so I won't do it again, but I'll just say that even with no second level black magic spells, my mage kicks all sorts of unholy ass. 

I must be doing something seriously wrong then, because my black mages feel woefully underpowered.  I've set up Balthier as my mage, but haven't quite figured out the best armor/weapon combo yet (probably need to go back and read through this thread again).
10610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 02:19:12 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 17, 2006, 04:32:57 AM

So are you saying i have a long ways to go before i can use anything more than a simple fire or water spell?  And only daggers and no ninja swords?  I'm liking the game alot, but if i gotta use the same spells and weapons for another 10 or 20 hours, i'm quitting now. 

You'll get plenty of new weapons, so don't worry about that.   I prefer not to purchase a weapon license before it becomes available in the shops, but ymmv.  Farley makes a good point about the quickenings, but my feeling is that while you'll eventually get around to using those weapons, you'd be much better off licensing spells or abilities you can use right away.  Someone said it earlier, but it's a good idea to make beelines for the Speed enhancing spells (everyone), and for the meele & magic enhancers for fighters & mages.  The HP boosts have been nice as well (just got everybody the +500 HP license last night  icon_smile)

I'll admit that I'm a bit frustrated at how slowly some of the spell progression is going.  I'm about 30 hours in (25-26 level characters, just hit the Henne Mines), and I have yet to see a second level black magic spell available for purchase.  I'm still flinging first level fire, water, & blizzard spells, which seem very underpowered.   There's also a few spells that have traditionally been offered early in FF games that I'm still waiting to get.  Haste is the big one, but Dispel also comes to mind.  Drives me nuts when I get hit with "Slow" and the only thing I can do is wait it out.  I also just barely received a 2nd level single-person cure spell (within the last 2 hours). 

It seems as though the devs really want you to focus on melee instead of magic this time around.  That's all fine and dandy until you run up against some damage resistant enemies and your magic abilities suck.  (I.E.  The mass of jellies that damn near wiped my entire party last night)
10611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2006, 04:59:42 AM
I get most of mine from here.  It's a 969-page version of this same thread. 

Be warned though, some of it is extremely NSFW.  Much more so than this thread.
10612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 17, 2006, 03:28:46 AM


10613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas starting earlier again on: November 15, 2006, 09:27:02 PM
Funny you mentioned this, as 'Carol of the Bells' just started playing from my co-workers office.

Yeah, it's too damn early.
10614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 15, 2006, 09:24:37 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 15, 2006, 08:55:54 PM

whats your favorite Bonus track? I really enjoyed 2 or 3 of em from the first game, I haven't found any that have stuck with me like the first yet, which ones should I give some more love too? 

And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!
10615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 15, 2006, 07:46:07 PM

Quote from: warning on November 15, 2006, 07:10:10 PM

- It seems pretty hardcore.  No saving in dungeons.  Well you can do a quicksave anytime out of battle but once you load it it disappears.  Permanent saves apparently only happen on the world map.

This is the deal-breaker for me right now.  I've never been a big fan of uber-difficult RPG's (which I've heard this one is), and I hate having to replay large sections because of no save points. 

I'll probably check out FFIII, but not until I can find is used or the price drops.
10616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "If I Did It" -- OJ Simpson interview to air on Fox on: November 15, 2006, 07:29:36 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 15, 2006, 03:11:42 PM

Hopefully the Goldman family will sue his ass off.

Again.

Won't matter much if they do.  From what I understand, he hasn't paid a penny of the 33 million he already owes them. 

OJ is possibly the most despicable human being on the planet.

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Someone find out how we can prevent this crap from being aired.  Lets petition FOX!  Enough is enough damnit!

It does make me wonder what advertiser will have the balls to be attached to this train wreck.  I know bad publicity is better than no publicity, but this might be taking it a step too far. 
10617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 15, 2006, 01:26:39 PM
 :icon_eek:  :icon_eek:  This is one ridiculous tattoo:



10618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 14, 2006, 02:50:49 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 14, 2006, 02:41:11 PM

What the market sees as the winner and what is the winner for me will most likely be different.

+1.  "Winner" means something different to everyone, and it's all a matter of personal preference.

The winner for me will be the system that comes out with the best RPG's.  Based on this generation, my guess it that it will be the PS3, but we'll see.  So far, none of the systems are looking overly promising in that regard.
10619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 14, 2006, 02:48:16 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 14, 2006, 01:52:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 14, 2006, 01:03:48 PM

'Tatooed Love Boys'.   thumbsdown

Tattooed Love Boys was one of my favorite Pretenders songs when I was a kid.  I loved it when the guitarist would hit that Wiii Wiii Wiii Wiii and then go into the duh duh duuuh duh duh duh duh duh.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  So, getting to play that song in guitar hero ranks very high with me.

That's a good point.  I think familiarity with the song goes a long way towards enjoying it in GH.  For example, "Them Bones" is not really that fun of a track gamewise, but I enjoy playing it just because I love the song.  That's probably why I enjoy "Last Child" (one of the better Aerosmith tunes, imo) and dislike "Freya" (never heard it before).
10620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 14, 2006, 01:03:48 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on November 14, 2006, 08:05:28 AM

"Last Child" by Aerosmith is the worst song I've played for either GH game.

"Freya", on the other hand, ROCKS.

Huh.  I would actually switch those two.  I think the Aerosmith song is pretty fun to play.

Both of my least favorite GH songs are on this edition:  'Freya' and 'Tatooed Love Boys'.   thumbsdown
10621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 13, 2006, 05:26:38 PM
Possibly FFIII, but I think I'll likely wait for Christmas.  I'm already overloaded and don't really want to add another one onto the list.
10622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 12, 2006, 04:31:16 PM
There was a great "funny pics" thread this morning on Fark

















10623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I own a DS Lite....what now? on: November 12, 2006, 12:31:45 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 12, 2006, 12:15:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2006, 11:35:27 PM

Since I'm assuming you missed them on the GBA:

-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-  Golden Sun
-  Tactics Ogre

I haven't found any DS games yet that really keep my interest, but Meteos was pretty fun.

2 out of 3 ain't bad.  I'll grab FFTA and Golden Sun.  Tactics Ogre = no go for me.  Tried it, didn't like it.

If you didn't like TO, you might not like FFTA either.  It's one of my favorites, but the kiddie-ish story and unique character development isn't for everyone.
10624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I own a DS Lite....what now? on: November 11, 2006, 11:35:27 PM
Since I'm assuming you missed them on the GBA:

-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-  Golden Sun
-  Tactics Ogre

I haven't found any DS games yet that really keep my interest, but Meteos was pretty fun.
10625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 11, 2006, 04:28:48 PM
10626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 11, 2006, 12:26:11 AM

Quote from: Arkon on November 10, 2006, 11:01:03 PM

I doubt many of the PS2 sales are new customers, it is all the existing customer base replacing thier PS2s.  As many problems as I have had with my 360, I had a worse time with my launch PS2.

I agree that many of them are probably not first time PS2 owners.  However, I wouldn't agree that the bulk of sales are people replacing defective units.  I've heard a ton of people who previously sold/traded their PS2 say they are now rebuying the system because of all the great "last gasp" games.

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones, as I have a launch PS2 that still works great.  Of course now that I say that, it will probably explode and burn down my house. icon_wink
10627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/10/06 on: November 10, 2006, 05:39:51 PM
Probably not a ton of gaming time for me, but what little I have will be split between FFXII and GHII.
10628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 10, 2006, 05:38:50 PM
Blows my mind that there are still 235,000 people buying PS2's.  I'm sure the FFXII/Guitar Hero punch helped, but that's a lot of units for an old console.
10629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie Recommendation : Flushed Away. on: November 10, 2006, 03:13:25 PM
From what I've seen, Flushed Away sounds like a very apt description of this one.

BTW, when did they pass a law that states if you make an animated movie, it has to be about talking animals?  I think there's a subset of laws that require a talking penguin, as I saw yet another preview for an animated penguin feature (not Happy Feet).  This one is apparently about a penguin that learns to surf.  Ugh.
10630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Spider-Man 3 Trailer! SWEET MERCIFUL CHRIST!!!!! on: November 10, 2006, 05:04:22 AM
I really, really want to like these movies, but this one just looks like more of the same that I hated about the first two.  Crappy actors with an overload of crappy blue screen/CG Spidey, swinging through crappy blue screen/CG buildings saving crappy blue screen/CG people.   Meh. 
10631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 10, 2006, 02:11:20 AM


Talk about a shitty job:





10632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 10, 2006, 02:03:15 AM
One thing that I really hope they do in the next GH is at least a little modeling of the band after their real life counterparts.  Granted, the graphics are basically just filler, but I think it would add a lot to the atmosphere to see Axl's snake dance, Mick's strut, Steven's acrobatics, or Claypool's funky walk instead of the same boring guy-in-a-t-shirt for every song.   
10633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 10, 2006, 01:06:38 AM
On the subject of LP's, I thought this was pretty funny:

10634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 10:12:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 09, 2006, 09:31:03 PM

FF and MGS can eat my ass, other games do what they do better time and time again.

Someone obviously hasn't played FF XII.    icon_wink
10635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II - Your Top 5 & Bottom 5 songs on: November 09, 2006, 10:08:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 09, 2006, 09:17:20 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on November 09, 2006, 08:22:14 PM

My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc, 

My least favorite are sword, iggypop, that rap craptastic one, etc

I REALLY REALLY hope that now since they have the coding down to an art that the can just start pumping out GENRE versions.  How about 20 classic songs from such groups as YES, U2, Def Leopard, Pink Floyd, The Who, Genesis,etc..  Just give us a classic 70s and 80s venue to play them on and sell it for 20 bucks or so.

Do the same for other genres, have a heavy over the top version with Gwar, Iron Maiden, etc

I think you're more likely to find these themed packs on Xbox Live than in any stores.  And it will be really really hard to resist them.

I sure hope not.  I have zero interest in a 360, nor the funds to buy one anytime soon.

I remember reading an interview with Red Octane a while back that said they were looking at doing these type of expansions.   IIRC, they specifically mentioned a metal pack, a classic rock pack, and an 80's pack.  Not sure if those are still in the works or not.

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My favorite songs are old school,  Kansas, Rush, Heart, Almond Bros, etc,

Almond Bros.   icon_lol
10636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 08:22:03 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 08, 2006, 08:17:30 PM

Since i haven't gotten there yet, which chest do we NOT open and where at in the game is it?  I'm still in the sewers after escaping the palace.

I can check the guide when I get home, but I'm pretty sure you've already passed them.  A couple of them were in Lowtown and Rabanastre iirc, so you've probably already opened them. 
10637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 07:37:19 PM

Quote from: depward on November 08, 2006, 07:28:44 PM

I'm in love with the game - so good, SOOOO GOOOOOOOOD

Amen, brother.  All the minor niggles aside, this is one of the best games I've played in a long, long time.
10638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 06:24:35 PM
Great impressions Pharaoh, thanks!  I'm glad to hear the storyline stays strong.  A good battle system can only keep me interested for so long, but I'll always play through a good story.

Quote from: Pharaoh on November 08, 2006, 05:56:30 PM

K) The Zodiac Spear, the weapon you get in the Necrohaul Nabudis for not opening 4 specific chests in the first half of the game is overpowered. If you do get it, prepare to be able to Melee the rest of the game. Yes, you can just use auto-attack for even the last boss because of how hard the thing hits. Up to your preference.

As an aside, I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it when games do this.  I'm trying to play through as guide-free as possible to stay away from spoilers.  There is no mention anywhere in the game that opening specific chests 5, 10, 12, & 17 out of the 2,000 chests in the game during the first 2 hours will cause me to miss out on the uber-weapon 40 hours later.  Shit like that annoys me to no end.

10639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genji [PS3] Review-Hi2u Bad Launch Titles on: November 08, 2006, 03:31:16 PM
Bad launch titles?  I'm shocked.  Shocked I tell you!!   icon_wink
10640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The f-word on: November 08, 2006, 03:22:31 PM
I've made a conscious effort lately to curb my swearing.  I let an f-bomb slip at work the other day and got lectured about it (big no-no around here), so I've got to make sure I keep it clean.  
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