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10841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/11) on: June 11, 2007, 01:34:41 PM
Definitely Prince of Persia classic, and possibly Tenchu Z.  The demo was so underwhelming that I'm not sure if I want to pay the full $60 for it.
10842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 11, 2007, 03:49:30 AM
Just finished the long 'origins of Sephiroth' flashback sequence.  Man, that's a lot of info to digest.  I need to dig up a transcript or something so I can refer to it during some of the later segments.  Mainly when they start in with the 'Cloud was Zack' mess.
10843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 06/11/07 on: June 11, 2007, 03:47:46 AM
Sat down on Sunday with Tomb Raider:  Anniversary, figuring I'd finally see what all the fuss with this franchise was about.  7 hours later, I was finally able to peel myself away.  This was my first real TR experience, and I must say that I was extremely impressed (more thoughts here).  It was a great way to spend a Sunday.

Also put a couple hours into FF VII, and got through the long 'origins of Sephiroth' flashback sequence.  Amazing to think how mind-blowing those cut-scene graphics were 10 years ago.  I love this game, though, and playing it never gets old. 

Played a bit of Guitar Hero II, but I think I'll be taking a break for a while.  The only song I have left to beat is Freebird on expert, but I actually seem to be getting worse each time I play.  Also spent another couple hours with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, and am remembering why I disliked the end-game so much.  Why in the hell did they put a limit on the quest items you can carry?  You're given no indication of which ones you might still need for quests, but are forced to discard any new items after a certain point.  If you happen to discard the wrong one and still need it for an upcoming quest, well, you're pretty much screwed.  I was thinking about trying for all 300 quests this time, but I can't see that happening.  I'm at just under 40 hours, so I'll probably just push through to the end of the story bits and call it good.  It's not like I won't be playing it again in a year anyways.  smile
10844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flea stuck underneath LCD screen! on: June 10, 2007, 11:27:23 PM


Damn, you must have a huge screen!
10845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 10, 2007, 10:02:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 10, 2007, 09:55:30 PM

I was stuck at that part too.  You *can* jump perpendicular but it's hard. 

This page was very helpful for that part:

http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/tombraideranniversary/walkthrough/images/screens_level05a.html

Whew, that did it.  Thanks!  smile
10846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 10, 2007, 08:37:22 PM
Nice write-up.  smile

I'm a little bit ahead of you (just escaped Midgar, headed for Kalm on the world map), but got sidetracked by Tomb Raider:  Anniversary this afternoon.  Should get in a couple more hours while Mrs. Gratch is at work tonight.
10847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Rollerblade? on: June 10, 2007, 08:30:31 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on June 10, 2007, 06:50:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 10, 2007, 02:17:12 PM

I used to rollerblade almost every day.  We had a river trail by my old house that was absolutely perfect for skating on.  Haven't done it since we moved 3 years ago, but I've been itching to give it a shot again.

I tried a couple newer pair of skates, and could never find one that gave me enough ankle support.  I'd end up rolling my ankles inwards, which made it really hard to skate without falling over.  I've still got my old huge skates that I absolutely love (they look like giant ski boots), but they haven't been used in a few years and I don't even know if I could get replacement wheels for them.  Maybe some research is in order this week...

Go to any sporting goods store and they have wheels and stuff to repair your skates.  All you need is an Allen wrench

Good to know.  I was afraid they might just be so outdated that I couldn't find wheels for them.

Now I'll just have to deal with all the kids laughing at my 'old man' skates.  smile
10848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 10, 2007, 08:28:14 PM

Quote from: Azhag on June 10, 2007, 07:41:24 PM

Well, also pedigree of Final Fantasy creator and Dragonball Z creator.

These two are the ones that come to mind for me as well. 

To us hardcore gamers, the Chrono Trigger name probably carries weight, but will mean nothing to the casual or younger gamer.  The names above, however...
10849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 10, 2007, 08:25:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 10, 2007, 07:00:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 10, 2007, 06:28:45 PM

Quite frankly, I don't think I've ever seen level designs like this before.  I thought the Half Life, Thief, and God of War's of the world had some great levels, but they don't even hold a candle to that Peru tomb.

Have you played the Prince of Persia games?  They have some pretty similar level design and control system.  In fact it's pretty easy to trace a direct line from the original 2D PoP games with their platforming, traps, and fantastic animation and moveset to the first Tomb Raider games that took those elements into 3D level design (albeit with shoddy interfaces) to the PoP games starting with Sands of Time with level design and moves very much inspired by TR but with dramatically improved controls and now to the two most recent TR games which incorporate many of the lessons learned from the PoP games.

I enjoyed the platforming aspects of the PoP games, but really hated the fighting mechanics.  I got about 2/3 of the way through the first game, then simply got too frustrated with constantly losing battles.   The whole emo-kid-wannabe vibe of the second one was just lame, and I never bothered with the third.

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St. Francis's Tomb is even better than Peru- and much longer to boot. 

Yep, pretty amazing so far.  Unfortunately, I'm stuck in one of the mythological tombs (Damocles) simply due to the controls.  There's a spot where I'm supposed to wall run on a hook, then somehow jump backwards onto a pillar to get out of the tomb.  I must have tried it 50 times, and I fall every...single...time.  I have no idea how you're actually supposed to do it, since wall running only allows you to jump straight ahead.  Giving up for now, will probably try again later this afternoon.
10850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 10, 2007, 06:28:45 PM
I'll freely admit that I've steered clear of the TR games, simply because both the game premise and Lara Croft herself seemed pretty ridiculous to me.  The only one I ever played is TR2, and that was for about 1/2 hour years ago. 

However, I've now spent my entire morning with TR:  Anniversary (thanks Gametap), and I'm absolutely loving it.  I doubt I ever would have purchased this game, but figured it was free, so what the hell.  Quite frankly, I don't think I've ever seen level designs like this before.  I thought the Half Life, Thief, and God of War's of the world had some great levels, but they don't even hold a candle to that Peru tomb.  I'm not crazy about the gunplay controls - mainly because I suck - but that's my only minor complaint.  Just hit the second major tomb (St. Francis', I think).  Not sure how far I'll get (I'm typically awful at puzzle solving), but I'm very, very glad I finally gave it a try.  Downloading TR:  Legend now as well.

P.S.  That frakkin' T-Rex battle was just...epic.
10851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Rollerblade? on: June 10, 2007, 02:17:12 PM
I used to rollerblade almost every day.  We had a river trail by my old house that was absolutely perfect for skating on.  Haven't done it since we moved 3 years ago, but I've been itching to give it a shot again.

I tried a couple newer pair of skates, and could never find one that gave me enough ankle support.  I'd end up rolling my ankles inwards, which made it really hard to skate without falling over.  I've still got my old huge skates that I absolutely love (they look like giant ski boots), but they haven't been used in a few years and I don't even know if I could get replacement wheels for them.  Maybe some research is in order this week...
10852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 09, 2007, 04:26:20 AM
Looks like you can control the camera, I just didn't notice it.  From OO:

Quote from:
You can rotate the Camera in the 360 version.  Hold one of the bumpers, the left one I think, and use the right stick to rotate the camera.
10853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 09, 2007, 02:01:45 AM




10854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 09, 2007, 01:45:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 09, 2007, 12:38:53 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 08, 2007, 09:43:38 PM

Can wait to let out my inner evil bastard!   icon_twisted

I thought people in Utah weren't allowed to have inner evil bastards  Tongue

No, no...we've got more inner evil bastards than most.  Living so repressed can do that to a person, y'know. 
10855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 08, 2007, 09:43:38 PM
That was a fantastic demo!  Think Fable + Dungeon Keeper, and you're on the right track.  Looks and sounds gorgeous, and controls great as well.  The lack of camera control is a little wonky, but makes complete sense given the control scheme.  The voice work is very good, and highly amusing to boot.  Some of the small touches had me laughing, such as a couple of the minions making helmets from the pumpkins they plundered.  My only concern is that from the gameplay videos at the end, it doesn't look like you are able to summon a wide variety of minions.  You fight against a number of different enemies, but it seemed like you're always controlling the imp-like characters.  That'd be a bummer, but certainly not a deal breaker.

Sweeping your minions, setting forests ablaze, and generally causing mass havoc is an absolute blast.  Overlord is now a day one purchase for me. Can wait to let out my inner evil bastard!   icon_twisted

EDIT:  According to this preview, it looks like you only get to control 4 different types of imps.  Bummer.
10856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 06:29:59 PM
A somewhat related question:  Does MS have anything to do with setting a game's release date, or is that the sole discretion of the publisher?   Just curious who the decision ultimately came down to that lumped these all together.
10857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 04:03:20 PM
My guess is that - unfortunately - Eternal Sonata will tank, simply because of the competition.  While I'm not that terribly intrigued by it's concept, any failure will set a bad precedent for other unique RPG's, or for anything "different" on the system.  I'd really like for the 360 to be more than just an FPS, racing, and sports console, but there needs to be some successes in other genres in order for that to happen.  I think Blue Dragon has a chance to do really well.  If they're smart, they'll plaster "From the creator of Final Fantasy" over every single available inch of ad space so people are aware that Sakaguchi is involved.

It really is unfortunate that they're all being released so close together.   I've got a self-imposed limit of 1 game per month, so only Blue Dragon will be getting my $$.  I'm sure I'll pick up the other two eventually, but won't be able to help out with that initial sales push that is so important.
10858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 8/Jun/07 on: June 08, 2007, 01:13:16 PM
Gonna be a light gaming weekend, but what time I do get will mostly be spent with FF VII.   Can't wait to try the Overlord today as well.
10859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 01:08:36 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 08, 2007, 01:32:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 08, 2007, 12:32:07 AM

I'm trying to decide if I liked the demo or not.  The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but I thought they were certainly better than XBox 1 level

so are they noticeably better than Ninja Gaiden Black?

I'm not being sarcastic or anything, I haven't followed this game whatsoever until reading this thread

The character animation isn't nearly as smooth, but I think it looks better.  Other than the odd clipping problem, I really had no complaints about the graphics.

Having played through the demo again last night, and I really think I'm going to wait until a price drop before picking this up.   I can't really point to one major thing (well, maybe the save point issue), but there's a ton of little things that absolutely bug the crap out of me.    It'll probably be a great $30 game, but I can't see myself paying full price.
10860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 08, 2007, 12:16:53 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 08, 2007, 11:47:12 AM


Thirdly - A GREAT video of gameplay:  nl team website vid

That was awesome!  I was just about sold before, but that sealed the deal.  Unless this gets horrible reviews, I'm absolutely in.   I had the new Tenchu game pre-ordered, but after the lackluster demo yesterday, I think I'll switch to this.
10861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 12:09:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 08, 2007, 08:30:36 AM

the custom faces really were some of the most god awful ugly faces in a game.

+1.  They're really bad.
10862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 12:32:07 AM
I'm trying to decide if I liked the demo or not.  The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but I thought they were certainly better than XBox 1 level.  Some of the new animations are cool, especially when jumping around on the rooftops.  Not sure how the killing animations are triggered, but I seemed to get the same one every time.  Music and sound is very good, but that's no surprise.  The demo level was good sized, and had a nice layout.  The camera felt a little too fast, but I'm sure will get easier with a little practice.  It doesn't seem that they let you pan down as far, so it's tough to see enemies below.

However, it's painfully obvious that the devs haven't listened to a single bit of player or reviewer feedback.   The lackluster combat system is exactly the same as the last version.  Slash, slash, thrust...then block.  Slash, slash, thrust...then block.  Repeat over & over.  It's even more frustrating this time because you can't pivot while you're blocking.  So if the enemy moves around behind, you have to release your block (which usually leads to a beat-down) just to turn around.   The AI is still dumb as rocks, although I think that's somewhat of a necessary evil in these games. 

My biggest gripe is the same as every other game in this series.  Would it kill you to drop in a fucking save point?!?!?!.  I spent 1/2 hour creeping around through the level, taking out guards, and generally being a sly ninja ninja.  I get to the objective, get thrown into one-on-one a fight against the boss.  I hung in for a bit, but ended up losing the fight.  Up pops the "Mission Failure" screen, and I have to do the whole...damn...thing over again. As much as I enjoy and want to support the series, this may be the one thing that prevents me from picking up Tenchu Z.  I simply don't have the gaming time or patience to replay huge segments of games any more, simply because they devs thought it would be a good idea not to allow mid-mission saves.
10863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 07, 2007, 05:37:46 PM
Thanks for the heads-up.   I'll be getting the demo this afternoon, and can't wait to give it a shot.
10864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 07, 2007, 02:28:58 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 07, 2007, 01:47:13 PM

I recently got a disk unreadable error with Forza 2.  The last time I got a disk unreadable error was right before my 360 died.  I don't know whether to be worried or exchange Forza 2 or what.  It only happened once, but sometimes the music skips.

That's happened to me twice while playing GH2.  Thankfully, a simple reboot fixed it both times.  Makes me damn nervous, though.   paranoid
10865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 07, 2007, 01:42:16 PM
Thanks for the reminder to get my warranty extended.
10866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 06:50:22 PM
Oh yeah, I will beat GH2 on Expert.  I've currently beaten everything except Freebird, but I'm sure it will take an entire summer of practice to get past that one.
10867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 05:40:24 PM

Quote from: JSL on June 06, 2007, 04:59:15 PM

Beyond Good & Evil is another game that never got the attention it deserved. Easily one of the best games I have ever played. I wished it was longer, but while it lasted it was a lot of fun.

BG&E was my first thought as well.  I didn't list it because it got a ton of critical praise IIRC.  It was just the unfortunate victim of bad timing and horrid marketing.

Sucks that we'll never get to see a continuation of the story.  frown
10868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 12:55:10 PM
While they usually don't get fantastic reviews, I'm an absolute sucker for the Tenchu games.   Tenchu Z is my most anticipated game of the summer.

I do stay far, far away from the handheld versions, though.
10869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 06, 2007, 12:52:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 06, 2007, 05:18:11 AM

i am just about to leave Midgar via motorbike mini game(forgot the motorbike game that it resembles)

Probably Road Rash.

I'll be storming Shinra headquarters tonight.  I'm coming for you Rufus!!
10870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 12:49:47 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 06, 2007, 12:18:45 PM

I will complete a replay of either FFX or FFXII by the end of the summer.

Those are both on my plate as well, but not by the end of the summer. 
10871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will complete __________ by the end of the summer on: June 06, 2007, 12:06:30 PM
FF VII (for the 4th time) and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (for the 2nd time).

I wish there was a new game that I could sink my teeth into, but absolutely nothing for the 360, PS2, or DS has interested me lately.  frown
10872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: June 05, 2007, 08:14:51 PM




10873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts!!! on: June 05, 2007, 07:35:54 PM
I need to give this another shot, as it didn't really grab me when I played it the first time.  I remember getting stuck with something very early on, and not having any desire to keep going.
10874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 05, 2007, 01:36:16 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 05, 2007, 01:26:15 PM

The plus side to having Nickelback is that if they get one of their songs, they get them all.

 icon_lol  That's funny as hell.
10875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: June 05, 2007, 03:58:50 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on June 05, 2007, 03:02:10 AM

Wouldn't mind seeing some newer bands in GH3 like Nickelback for one, that would be awesome!



I can list lots of "newer" bands I'd like to see in GH3, but Nickleback would be nowhere near that list.
10876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 05, 2007, 02:55:30 AM
I have got to find me one of these for when we have kids:

10877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Music [soundtracks] on: June 05, 2007, 02:44:03 AM
Definitely not legal, as I've imported many of those soundtracks direct from the publishers.  Got a bit of a thing for game music.  smile

That being said, there's a ton of stuff on there that you wouldn't be able to get any other way.
10878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/4) on: June 05, 2007, 12:33:20 AM
I'll get Tomb Raider:  Anniversary free through Gametap this week, so I don't have to buy anything.  smile
10879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you get impartial financial advice? on: June 04, 2007, 10:41:46 PM
Interest only loans aren't always a bad thing.  We switched to an interest-only about a year ago, and are saving about $400 a month.  That extra money has gone a long way towards paying down our massive credit card bill.  Medical expenses smacked us with about $15,000, which is now down to $4,000.  Should be paid off by next February.

We are pretty lucky, though, in that our home has actually appreciated over $100,000 since we bought it 2 1/2 years ago.  Not sure if I'll end up selling or just converting back to a fixed before the interest only period is up in August 2008.   Unless the bottom completely falls out of the Salt Lake market (which isn't likely to happen anytime soon, especially in the area we're in), I'll be in pretty good shape.

Maybe I'm vastly oversimplifying things, but I think it's been a pretty good thing so far for our situation.
10880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: June 04, 2007, 09:42:51 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 04, 2007, 07:45:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 04, 2007, 01:52:22 PM


Shinra just collapsed the plate on Sector 7 last night.  (I assume weíre not going to bother with spoiler tags, since the game is 10 years old).  There is a short cinematic that I never really paid much attention to before.  The collapsing plate is shown through a Sector 7 residentís front room window.  They are obviously just sitting around watching TV, when suddenly the sky literally collapses and crushes an entire city.   You then see President Shinra looking out over the wreckage from the top of Shinra tower while an operatic score plays in the background.  The guy just killed thousands of people, and heís simply having a glass of wine while he looks out over the carnage.  Those Shinra folks are some seriously evil, heartless bastards.

Iíve really enjoyed the 4 hours Iíve put in so far, and should be able to get a few more hours in this week.  Itís good to start this one again.



thats exactly where i am,i am just about to head for the shinra building and if i remember rightly go up those 600million flight of stairs that takes forever(!)

Storm in the through the front doors, ya wuss.  slywink
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