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10721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 12, 2006, 03:48:57 PM
Dammit, I knew this was going to happen.  I'm stuck about 18 hours in:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got to the city with all the mist that is making people sick.  You apparently have to go through one of the 'Dig-Dug-esque' sequences to release the water in the canal and get into the palace.  I've tried the digging bit over a dozen times, and I can't seem to get past it.  I've tried every imaginable route, yet I still run out of time before the idiot guy finds whatever it is he's looking for.

So far, Okami has been nearly the perfect gaming experience for me.  I'm really hoping I can figure this out in order to keep playing.  FWIW, the stupid digging sequences are by far my least favorite part of the game.   
10722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 12, 2006, 02:41:29 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 11, 2006, 08:02:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2006, 06:00:36 PM

The whole game could be sweet child of mine and I'd still buy it.

Though considering how down and out Axl Rose has been for the last, oh, decade, you would think he would do the voice himself for a Biggie Sized Value Meal.

You kidding?  He's still probably lighting cigars with the $100 bills from Appetite for Destruction royalties.  I can't even imagine the ungodly amount of money GnR made back in the day.
10723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 11, 2006, 03:51:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2006, 03:04:46 PM

So will Killing in the name of include the 10 minute part where he screams 'F you I won't do what you told me?'  Maybe they'll change it to 'Hug you, I'll do what you told me!'

I've wondered about that too.  I figured they would steer clear of songs that required heavy editing.
10724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii preorder = 10/13! on: October 11, 2006, 12:05:39 PM
After reading over the launch list in the most recent GI, I'm definately out.  Only one or two game that interest me in the least, so I'll wait until the library is stronger.
10725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 11, 2006, 04:17:18 AM

Quote from: naednek on October 11, 2006, 04:11:36 AM

Personally if people are dumb enough to buy it for $400 above retail, that's their own fault, and I don't see the problem why people can't profit off their stupidity.

I think you just summed up Sony's entire marketing philosophy.   icon_wink
10726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 11, 2006, 03:59:14 AM

Quote from: AgtFox on October 11, 2006, 03:23:02 AM

I also don't want jblank to feel alone in what he is trying to justify. 

Trust me, he's not.  The argument of the poor, desperate gamer that can only afford the retail cost and the big, evil, immoral meanies that are selling them for more than retail doesn't fly with me at all.  If that poor gamer wanted one that bad, they should have been willing to camp out/get there uber-early/etc. at Gamestop or Best Buy to ensure they got one.  If they weren't willing to do that, they get to play the supply & demand game just like the rest of the world.
10727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God Hand on: October 11, 2006, 02:35:17 AM
3.0 from IGN
8.0 from Gamespot

Not very often you see that much of a disparity.  Capcom must have pulled out of an ad campaign on IGN...
10728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 11, 2006, 12:05:27 AM






10729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bloodrayne II (New Uwe Movie) on: October 10, 2006, 11:36:39 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on October 10, 2006, 10:43:08 PM



Beer, meet monitor.  finger
10730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 rpg's on: October 10, 2006, 09:04:58 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 10, 2006, 08:37:50 PM

I'm also seeing there is a FFX and FFX-2, correct?

No, there is only FFX.  Most of us prefer to think that FFX-2 never existed.   icon_wink

Yes, FFX is turn based.  It is also a wonderful game that I would highly recommend to anyone.  A fantastic story, compelling (if a bit whiney) characters, a fun battle system, and amazing (for the time) graphics & music.  A big  thumbsup, and it would be a shame if you missed it.

FFX-2, on the other hand, is one of the most horrible creations ever to disgrace the PS2.  I would not wish that game on my worst enemy.   They took great a great game, filtered it through a 12-year-old girl's brain (i.e.:  "Those robes are boring, Yuna would look so much better in hot pants and boots!", "Oooh, let's add a Britney Spears intro complete with cheezy J-Pop song and dancers!", "How totally bitchin would it be if the main battle mechanic revolved around changing outfits?  That would, like, totally appeal to the target market of FFX!"), and shat out the results.  I know there's a few who like it around here, but I hated absolutely everything about FFX-2.
10731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 10, 2006, 06:47:46 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 10, 2006, 06:31:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2006, 06:24:36 PM

If anything, go bitch at Sony for trying to artificially jack up demand by only producing a limited number of units.

I don't think it's artificial at all- if they could I have no doubt Sony would like to have at least double the number of consoles they are currently shipping. 

Then Sony has piss-poor planning or were too optimistic about the launch date.  Either way, I don't see how it comes back to being the fault of the consumer for selling one at an inflated price.
10732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 10, 2006, 06:24:36 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on October 10, 2006, 06:11:04 PM

You're providing the rare commodity?  No.  No you are not.  Sony is.  You are using the poor distribution of a rare commodity for a profit.  What you are doing is no different from a scalper who buys an entire bank of tickets, thus forcing a restriction in supply.  Is what your doing completely legal? Absolutely.  Does it still mean you're an opportunist who amorally exploits others for his own good? Absolutely.  Don't fucking lie to yourself.

I don't know if I bitched enough during the 360 bullshit, but I figure I can make up for any lack on my part by doubling my efforts on the PS3 vultures.

Boo-fucking-hoo.  If Sony wants to restrict distribution, then this is what will happen.  If people want to pay ridiculous prices for something, more power to the person that has one to sell.  If someone's doing this with food or medicine that is in short supply, I'll jump right on the 'scumbag train' with you, but it's not like the E-bayer willing to drop $1,200 for little Johnny's X-Mas present is going to die without a PS3.  

If anything, go bitch at Sony for trying to artificially jack up demand by only producing a limited number of units.
10733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my PS3 reserved (a report from the lines) on: October 10, 2006, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: Hetz on October 10, 2006, 04:40:15 PM

Am I the only one here that is going to be actually PLAYING my PS3???   eek

Oh yeah, and I was #1 in line at my local EB! I got the 60GB version. I'm excitied to play all my PS2 games in 1080p! smile

Yes.  Yes you are.   icon_wink  I'd be willing to bet that 60-70% of the people doing pre-orders are doing it to resell.  Making $600+ for doing absolutely nothing is just too tempting an offer to pass up.

I have officially decided today that being a late adopter is by far the best way to go with consoles.  Most of the best games come out at the end of a consoles life-span anyways (Okami & FFXII - according to the early reviews - are perfect examples), so I can finish up some great games, plus a few gems I may have missed, while everyone else is busy scrambling for the new system.  By the time I finally get around to picking up the new system, there is usually a) a better library to choose from, b) the price of any intriguing launch titles has dropped significantly, and c) the price of the system itself has gone down.  I'm sure I'll get a PS3 eventually, but I have zero interest in one at this point, and will be chuckling at everyone scrambling and paying obscene prices for one at launch.
10734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 09, 2006, 11:13:59 PM
Was drinking about 4 a day, and have decided to try and quit cold turkey.  I've been steadily gaining weight for the past few years, and I think that's one of the main culprits.  Mrs. Gratch has been soda-free since January, so it's high time I joined her.  Besides, I figure it'll save me around $50-60 a month, so there's one extra game I can play!   icon_biggrin

Today was my first day.  I have a brutal headache, but I've had nothing but water so far.  Going to pop a couple Excederin Migranes (those things are pure caffiene) and hope it helps. 
10735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: How'd it Go on: October 09, 2006, 07:03:21 PM
Put about 2 more hours into Okami (17 hours in, about halfway through) and repurchased Civ IV to I could play the Fall From Heaven Mod.  Somehow lost about 6 hours in "Just one more turn" mode.
10736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/9) on: October 09, 2006, 03:08:25 PM
Nothing for me.  I've got a couple games I need to finish before FF XII, Guitar Hero 2, & FF III come out, so I'm trying not to buy anything new.
10737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 08, 2006, 04:19:49 AM
Wait for it...















10738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - yay? nay? I gots it? I wants it? on: October 07, 2006, 02:55:07 PM
I was really hoping this would grab me (since there's nothing else out for the DS right now), but I just couldn't get past the "meh" feeling the entire time I was playing.  I enjoyed DQ VIII and usually like Squeenix games, but Rocket Slime just felt very boring to me. 

My copy's up for grabs in the Trading Forum if anyone wants to take a crack at it.
10739  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS) on: October 07, 2006, 02:52:03 PM
**SOLD**

This one just didn't grab me like I hoped it would.  Case, manual, and game in perfect condition with only about 3 hours play time.  $25 shipped and it's yours.

Thanks!
10740  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Sacred Gold Edition on: October 07, 2006, 02:51:36 PM
I might still have it (will have to dig through the closet to see).  I'll check when I get home and shoot you a PM if I do.
10741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ico on: October 07, 2006, 04:29:47 AM
I know it's blasphemous, but I didn't like either Ico or SotC.  I could certainly appreciate the artistry and creativity that went into them, but they just bored me to death.
10742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick, name a video-game franchise you dislike on: October 02, 2006, 11:56:50 AM
Grand Theft Auto
Halo
10743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Great music video on: October 01, 2006, 01:41:38 PM

Quote from: stiffler on October 01, 2006, 04:32:36 AM


Very cool.
10744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 30, 2006, 02:38:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 30, 2006, 02:25:49 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 30, 2006, 08:49:21 AM

Brutal?  I thought it was pretty emotional and was actually tearing up at one point.  I loved the opening cinematic.

If it was skippable or if it automatically scrolled through the text it'd be great, but as it stands the intro is the games weakest link.

+1.  They should have found a way to tell that story in-game instead of making it a long, unskippable scene. 
10745  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Skin Forum? on: September 30, 2006, 02:35:06 PM
FWIW, I have no problem with an occasional Skin thread, but an entirely seperate forum would definately be overkill.  It's not like we're a group of drooling pervs constantly clicking Refresh on Sunday morning to see if Ron's posted the his 'Sunday Skin' yet.  Well, maybe Warning, but I digress...   icon_wink  It's just a fun little thing, and I highly doubt it's done as something to drive traffic to the site on weekends, as was suggested.

There is the occasional suggestive thread, but I think the community as a whole is very good about keeping it to an appropriate level.  As long as anything NSFW gets tagged as such (which 99% of the time it is), I don't have any problems avoiding stuff that I should click on at work or when the missus is around.
10746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 30, 2006, 02:09:14 PM
14 hours in, and I'm still in love with Okami.  Most adventure games start to bore me 8-10 hours in, but this one shows no signs of slowing up.  I just (slight spoiler, I guess):

Spoiler for Hiden:
Beat Crimson Helm (which was a fantastic boss fight), and headed into the Moon Cave after the French bastard.  God, that guy bugs me!

Mrs. Gratch even watched me play for a couple hours last night and commented on how stunningly beautiful the game was.  High praise indeed, coming from someone who usually doesn't like games at all.


A couple questions:

1.  Treasures.  Is there any reason to hang on to these, or can you just sell them as soon as you pick them up?  I didn't know if there was some sort of uber-treasure reward for collecting one of everything.

2.  Where is the guy that trains new moves?  I found him very early on and learned a couple moves, but now I can't remember where he was.  I've collected a good bit of Yen, and want to learn some new moves.

3.  Is there any gameplay function to barking?  I know Ammy will do it when you press circle (when you're not next to an NPC), but it doesn't seem to affect anything.
10747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a couple PS2 games on: September 30, 2006, 01:54:33 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 30, 2006, 01:30:13 AM

okay, i think i've changed my mind from Lego Star Wars to Kingdom Hearts II. 

Personally, I much prefer the Lego Star Wars games to the KH series.  I like Disney and am a huge Final Fantasy fanboy, but I never could get into the KH series.  I actually bought the first KH on two seperate occasions.  Since everyone raved about it, I thought that maybe it didn't just click with me the first time around.  Ended up hating it both times.  This will sound strange, but KH felt more like a kiddie game to me than Lego SW ever did.  The cheezy, cutsey feel of KH absolutely drove me nuts, but didn't bother me in the Lego SW games.  Maybe my expectations were just out of whack or something...

Quote from: Kobra
Grab one of the existing, cheaper RPG's from the used market, by the time you finish a few, Okami will be on the discount shelves.  Thats what I am doing, and entirely why I skipped Okami for now.

You could go this route, but Okami is honestly one of the best games I've played in years.  Not just PS2, I'm talking any system.  It is worth every penny and I would highly, highly recommend it.  FWIW, Gamerankings.com has it at 93% and it's the 10th highest rated PS2 game of all time.  It truly is an incredible game.
10748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a couple PS2 games on: September 29, 2006, 07:19:23 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 28, 2006, 11:44:42 PM

so it looks like initially i'll grab guitar hero, lego star wars, and something for me.  so you have ONE game to buy...what do you choose?

Okami
10749  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Lego Star Wars 2, Summon Night, more on: September 29, 2006, 12:05:45 PM
One bump before trade-in
10750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 28, 2006, 11:59:18 AM






10751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Latest anti-video gaming news on: September 27, 2006, 08:42:06 PM
Quote
The game [GTA] trained him "how to point and shoot a gun in a fashion making him an extraordinarily effective killer without teaching him any of the constraints or responsibilities needed to inhibit such a killing capacity," according to the suit.

By this logic, we should have at least a few million people ready to suit up for NFL teams each year.  If GTA trains you to be a killer, Madden trains you to play football.  Right?
10752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 27, 2006, 12:02:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 27, 2006, 10:43:59 AM

Can someone explain why this game did so poorly in Japan?  saywhat

That's very surprising to hear it didn't do well in Japan.  I would think something like this would be a huge seller over there.

Has anyone heard how the US sales numbers are looking?  I've seen little to no promotion on it, so I'm afraid it's going to end up as another wonderful failure (a la Beyond Good & Evil).
10753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 27, 2006, 11:58:49 AM
Very nice lineup, and I can't believe everything only came to $339!  When you figure gaming hours per dollar with that group, you certinaly won't be dissapointed.

I'll second Warning's Dark Cloud 2 recommendation.  The first game is average at best, but Dark Cloud 2 is fantastic.
10754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 27, 2006, 04:03:22 AM
The more I play, the more Okami feels like a Myazaki (sp?) anime in game form.  The settings, characters, music, and art style would fit perfectly into Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away.  That's a very, very good thing.   icon_biggrin
10755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 03:22:44 AM
You like JRPG's and don't have a PS2?  For shame Kobra, for shame...  icon_wink

Here's my must-have short PS2 list:

-  Guitar Hero
-  Okami
-  Final Fantasy X
-  Shadow Hearts
-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
-  Dragon Quest VIII
-  Xenosaga
-  Dark Cloud 2
-  God of War
10756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 25, 2006, 05:44:27 PM
The Land is offended that you insulted The Land and The Land will soon be sending an army of Land ninjas from The Land to silence you.

Mock The Land at your own peril.
10757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 25, 2006, 05:00:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 25, 2006, 02:25:15 PM

Too often when I obtain something new the game will automatically provide a little cutscene camera move showing explicity where to go next, followed by a little statement from Issun making it abundantly clear exactly where to go and what to do.  For this style of game, where exploration is so very important, I'd prefer more of those moments be left for me to discover.

Call me a simpleton, but that is one of the reasons Iím enjoying Okami and I donít enjoy the Zelda games.  My gaming time is extremely limited, so wandering around for hours with only vague hints of what to do next will make me quit playing a game faster than anything else.  I still do plenty of exploration around the world, but having the next goal clearly spelled out has eliminated the frustration I usually feel in these types of games.
10758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 25, 2006, 02:07:48 PM
Nothing.  Still too busy with Okami.
10759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: What'd You Play? 25/Sep/06 on: September 25, 2006, 02:06:29 PM
Okami and a little bit of Titan Quest when Mrs. Gratch was watching TV.
10760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 25, 2006, 02:05:15 PM
Put in another couple hours yesterday, and Okami is far and away my GOTY.  Hell, it's probably my GOTDecade if it stays this good throughout.  This game continues to amaze me at every level and is an absolute joy to play.

I just beat what I assume is the second boss:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Spider Queen in the ruins.  Took a few minutes to figure out what I was supposed to do, but it was a blast trying to tie her down with the vines.  I quickly realized how crappy I am an accurately controlling the brush!

What a fantastic battle!  The only problem now is that my house is a mess because I'm too busy playing to get around to any of the housekeeping I should be doing.

Huge props to Clover & Capcom for this amazing gem.
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