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10641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 16, 2007, 11:30:31 PM

Quote from: Canuck on August 16, 2007, 10:49:21 PM

Dragon Quest VIII had a story???  I just couldn't plow through that game I'm afraid.

My thoughts exactly.  The near constant grinding you had to do ended up boring me.
10642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Blue Dragon review on: August 16, 2007, 08:12:28 PM
Certainly not glowing

Spoiler for Hiden:
7.9

Looking more and more like I'll wait for a used copy.  Mainly because:

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The amount of time you have to invest in Blue Dragon before the payout occurs is excessive by any measuring stick...For the first 10-15 hours Blue Dragon offers linearity, characters you know little about, and little in the means of interesting action or combat. It's not a far stretch of the imagination at all to think that a great number of gamers won't make it over this first hump.

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If there were any type of worthwhile story or intriguing characters, I could look past some of the more lackluster aspects of Blue Dragon. But the story – the reason most folks pick up an RPG – is sophomoric and uninteresting.

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Though it has some nice touches, Blue Dragon’s first disc (which will eat up 15 hours of your life) is a total snooze fest.

When people start saying the story is bad even in comparison to Dragon Quest games, you know it's really, really bad.  I know it was never supposed to be BD's strong point, but I can't see paying $60 for a game that's going to bore me to tears.
10643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 16, 2007, 07:54:02 PM
Bret Michaels Band?



Ooooooookay.   icon_cry
10644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 05:23:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 16, 2007, 04:25:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 16, 2007, 04:22:35 PM

I was listening to the Xenosaga III and Final Fantasy XII soundtracks this morning.  They make great background music in the office.

XS3 is the rare soundtrack that I'll listen to in the car.  Hell, it's the rare music that I listen to in the car since I mainly listen to podcasts.  Probably my favorite game soundtrack of recent years.  FF12's score is superb as well but I prefer it in the context of the game itself than on it's own. 

All the Xenosaga soundtracks are pretty amazing.  I'm partial to the first because it was composed by Yasounori Mitsuda and performed by the London Symhony.  There are some amazing tracks on there.

I think I'll make it an all-game-music day today.  I've got the soundtracks for Tenchu, Beyond Good & Evil, Enihander, Final Fantasy IX Piano Collections, and Vagrant Story all lined up  smile
10645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most recent game music that can get stuck in your head? on: August 16, 2007, 04:22:35 PM
I was listening to the Xenosaga III and Final Fantasy XII soundtracks this morning.  They make great background music in the office.
10646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which Transformer are you? on: August 16, 2007, 03:11:33 AM
62% Optimus Prime.
10647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 16, 2007, 01:08:25 AM


10648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] D&D: Tactics impressions on: August 16, 2007, 12:31:42 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 16, 2007, 12:25:26 AM

So this game is similar to other "tactics" type games, correct?

I know this is a subjective question, but about how many gaming hours do titles like that typically have?   Are we talking like 20 hours before you've finished the game, or is it normally much longer than that?

It obviously depends on the game, but I'd say most SRPG titles are longer than your average game.  I'd say they average 30-50 to just get through, and 70-100 hours for the completist.  Hell, between my 2 playthroughs, I've put nearly 200 hours into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
10649  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Possibly looking for a PSP on: August 16, 2007, 12:21:01 AM
YGPM
10650  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for a PSP on: August 15, 2007, 03:23:30 PM
EDIT:  Never mind, I found one.
10651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 15, 2007, 01:40:20 PM

Quote from: Darren8r on August 06, 2007, 08:17:59 PM

Well they announced Metallica's "One" today for Guitar Hero 3. I think I'll go in and pre-order the game now.


I was listening to "One" on the ride home yesterday. While I love the song, I don't really think it will be much fun to play in GH. Reminiscent of "Freebird", the front half will be slow and very easy, and the back half will be completely ridiculous. Hopefully they'll surprise us somehow.
10652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 03:04:23 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 14, 2007, 02:47:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 14, 2007, 02:43:27 PM

Man, I really need to rebuy a PSP.

ditto, but I'm holding out for the Slim. 

The new features on the Slim don't interest me much, but I might wait to see if I can pick up a used one a bit cheaper when the Slim is released. 

Strange that after 2 years of absolutely nothing that interested me in the least, the PSP is now my most wanted system.  There's some damn fine JRPG and SRPG gaming on the way.
10653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 14, 2007, 02:43:27 PM
Man, I really need to rebuy a PSP.
10654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the rule on seeing your friend's ex-girlfriend? on: August 13, 2007, 06:28:07 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 13, 2007, 06:18:35 PM

I'd say way longer than that man. I just had an incounter with a friend's 2-year removed girl and that did not go over smoothly.

Freudian slip?
10655  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Etrian Odyssey (DS) on: August 13, 2007, 04:23:38 PM
EDIT:  Deal done.  smile
10656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's August 13, 2007: What's Your GOTY? (pre-Fall AAA Classic) on: August 13, 2007, 02:17:34 PM
GOTY Released in 2007

Puzzle Quest - Nothing really extraordinary has jumped out at me so far this year, so PQ takes the #1 spot by default.

GOTY Game Played but not released in 2007:

Toss up between Final Fantasy VI and Baldur's Gate II (PC)- I finally went back and finished both of these RPG classics this year.  There have been a million games that have come and gone since these two were released, but few have been better.  A couple of truly epic, incredible games.

Darkhorse That May Make A Charge:

Blue Dragon: The comparisons to Dragon Quest make me a bit wary (i.e. heavy on combat & exploration, light on story & characters)  but it looks gorgeous and the turn based combat system is right up my alley.  I also need to give Etrian Odyssey a try.

Anticipated GOTY After the Fall Releases:

Rock Band This is a complete no-brainer for me.  This could very well be my video game Nirvana...literally and figuratively.
10657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eternal Sonata demo...on OXM disc on: August 12, 2007, 03:56:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 12, 2007, 03:38:00 AM

I had fun with the demo, but it's not going to be an immediate purchase.  I'll probably get it after the New Year unless I blow through all the games that I plan on picking up quicker that I'm expecting to.

That's about where I'm at as well.  The demo was gorgeous, but I wasn't crazy about the combat system.  I also think (and I never in a million years would have imagined I'd say this) that it may be a bit too quirky for me.   The whole concept of the thing just puts me off for some reason.

I'll probably wait for it to pop up in the trading forum.
10658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the rule on seeing your friend's ex-girlfriend? on: August 11, 2007, 09:06:29 PM

Quote from: DonD on August 11, 2007, 08:33:41 PM

Depends on how good a friend, I'd say.  If it's just someone you know casually, I think you're fine.  A good friend would never do that to another good friend.  IMO.

I also want to add:  3 years is a long time.  Probably best to wait a bit regardless.

QFT
10659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying for the rest of the month? (August) on: August 11, 2007, 06:26:11 PM
Just Blue Dragon for me.
10660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 11, 2007, 05:27:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 11, 2007, 02:42:35 PM

And Justice for all is where the the wheels began to fall off.

It's over produced and dry. Still it had some great songs on there.

Huh.  If anything, I'd say ...Justice was underproduced.  My only gripe with it has always been that it sounded "cheap" compared to the others.  ::shrug::
10661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good PS2 games on: August 11, 2007, 04:22:26 AM
The Baldur's Gate:  Dark Alliance games were pretty fun in co-op, iirc.
10662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 11, 2007, 04:14:22 AM
This was my Lego castle. I think it probably pre-dates the ones you guys had:



Ah, the hours, and hours, and hours, and hours, and hours we spent with that thing.

EDIT:  Wow, this thing apparently came out in 1981.  Makes me feel really old...
10663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - now with more awesomeness on: August 11, 2007, 04:10:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 11, 2007, 01:37:02 AM

I think I only ended up getting 4 of their albums (Black, Load, ReLoaded and Garage Inc) but I've always meant to delve further into their backlog.

Yeah, you've basically got a "worst of" compilation with those four albums.

While I hate the insufferable cockbags Metallica have become, there's not many metal albums that can compare to either Master of Puppets or ...and Justice for All (feel free to insert Ride the Lightning or Kill 'em All in place of ...Justice, depending on your personal preference).
10664  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Odin Sphere (PS2) on: August 10, 2007, 08:35:19 PM
Need cash for Blue Dragon, so not really interested in trades.  Looking for $30 shipped, or make me an offer. 

**SOLD**
10665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 10, 2007, 02:44:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 10, 2007, 02:26:29 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 09, 2007, 11:02:27 PM

Quote from: algernon on August 09, 2007, 05:07:09 PM

Speaking of old toys.  Anyone else see the new version of Crossbows and Catapults?  I think its called Warchest:  Crossbows & Catapults.  I was a Target and they had it for $34.99.  I never played as a kid but have heard good things. 

You have my attention sir.  Crossbows & Catapults was my absolute, #1 favorite game as a kid.

great game!  there was nothing like tripling up the rubber bands to make the weapons even more powerful  icon_twisted

Man, my brother & I could get those things moving.  If you used 3-4 rubber bands and tipped it forward, you could pretty easily destroy a castle in a single shot.  Not to mention doing some serious damage to the other person's kneecaps.  My parent's house still has small, carom-sized dents in the walls from this game, and I'm pretty sure my childhood cats were permanently traumatized.

Switching gears, anyone remember Stompers playsets?



Those little trucks were bad-ass.
10666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 11:02:27 PM

Quote from: algernon on August 09, 2007, 05:07:09 PM

Speaking of old toys.  Anyone else see the new version of Crossbows and Catapults?  I think its called Warchest:  Crossbows & Catapults.  I was a Target and they had it for $34.99.  I never played as a kid but have heard good things. 

You have my attention sir.  Crossbows & Catapults was my absolute, #1 favorite game as a kid.
10667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And so my 360 comes to an end... on: August 09, 2007, 07:23:03 PM
Manufacture date on the one I returned:  10/9/06

Manufacture date on the refurb unit I got back today:  5/1/06

Any guesses on how long this one lasts?  Hey MS:   finger
10668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That One Toy on: August 09, 2007, 03:46:36 PM


My cousin had it, though.  We couldn't stand the kid, but we practically lived at his house because he had Dark Tower.
10669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Now shipping with HDMI on ALL models! on: August 09, 2007, 03:07:52 AM
What are the odds that the replacement unit I receive tomorrow will have the new chips? 

Other than slim to none, that is...
10670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 08, 2007, 04:32:03 PM
While I completely disagree with your view of marriage, I applaud you for sticking to your guns.   I truly believe that folks should do whatever makes them happy in their relationship, and what works for some certainly does not work for others.

Good on ya.   thumbsup
10671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: August 08, 2007, 04:03:14 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 08, 2007, 10:37:43 AM

afterthought:

hmm,you know ages ago when i played it,the ruby weapon came out to play around gold saucer,but this time i didnt see it...wonder why

You have to run into the red claws in the sand, iirc.
10672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Slim hands on video on: August 08, 2007, 02:12:45 PM
Have they announced any pricing for this new model yet?  Also, do we know if there will be any price drops on the older model when the new one comes out?  Most of the new features of the "slim" model wouldn't really be applicable to me, so I might just pick up one of the current gen.  95% of my "portable" gaming is done sitting on my couch with the until plugged in, so battery length and/or size don't really matter.  The TV-out would be nice, but certainly not necessary.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually becoming interested in a PSP again.   Between FF Tactics, Brave Story, Disgaea, and Jean D'Arce, it looks like there's finally some good handheld gaming to be had for us JRPG fans.  smile
10673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Jeanne d'Arc commercial on: August 07, 2007, 02:41:43 PM
Well, that certainly fulfills my "WTF" quotient for the day.
10674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Why the 360 fails on: August 07, 2007, 02:38:09 PM
The 360 is the first console I've ever had a problem with.  I've still got a launch PS2, a working PS1 that is around 11 years old, my XBox 1 worked for years before I sold it...hell, even my Atari 2600 and original NES are still kicking!  Yet my very gently used 360 craps out after not even 6 months.

It's sad that such an awesome console with so much potential has been hamsturng by piss-poor design.
10675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And so my 360 comes to an end... on: August 07, 2007, 12:01:10 AM
Just received an e-mail that my unit is being shipped back today, and I'll have it on Thursday. 

I take that back.  A unit is being shipped back to me, but it's not my original one.  They include the serial number of the unit in the shipping confirmation e-mail, and it's different than the one I sent back to them.   I'm hoping for a new unit and not a refurb, but am certainly not holding my breath.  Assuming it arrives Thursday, total turn around time will be 3 1/2 weeks from the time I reported it, to the time I get it back.  Not too bad, really.

One question:  Does a unit with a new serial number cause problems when the old hard drive is hooked up to it?
10676  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 6/07) on: August 06, 2007, 10:19:36 PM
+1 to Caine for Baldurs Gate:  DA 2 and Planescape:  Torment.
10677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: August 06, 2007, 06:55:40 PM
I'm feeling a little guilty about ditching this replay effort, but getting back into Baldur's Gate II has sucked up most of my gaming time for the past couple months.   Since it has always been on my "I will finish this someday" list and FF VII has already been completed twice, BGII ended up taking precedence.

I'll probably jump back into FF VII eventually, but there's a couple other things distracting me right now.
10678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VIII-replay on: August 06, 2007, 06:19:58 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 06, 2007, 05:08:36 PM

I really liked the card game.  It's too bad they never made something like that in their games after that.

I thought the card game was in IX.  It's been a while (and I was never really a fan of it), so maybe I'm remembering wrong...
10679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 06, 2007, 12:03:26 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on August 06, 2007, 08:00:09 AM

That's a great white shark, and it is also a photoshop job. 

I figured it was photoshopped, but it's creepy nonetheless.  It pretty much sums up why I will never go swimming in the ocean.
10680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 06, 2007, 03:50:37 AM




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