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11161  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Psychonauts for X-Box on: June 28, 2005, 02:43:26 AM
Nothing there that caught my eye Mytocles.  Sorry.
11162  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Psychonauts for X-Box on: June 28, 2005, 02:04:40 AM
Played it for a couple hours before realizing it wasn't really my thing.  Will sell it for $35 shipped, or looking to trade for:

-  Forza Motorsport (X-Box)
-  Destroy All Humans (X-Box)
-  Altilier Iris (long shot, but maybe someone will hate it right off when it's released tomorrow and want to trade)
-  Possibly Sims 2 (PC) (still debating on this one)

Or shoot me another offer for PC, XBox, or PS2.
11163  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Rage Must Sell/Trade!! on: June 27, 2005, 10:25:22 PM
11164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suggest me some of the best RPGS out there... on: June 27, 2005, 01:40:00 PM
I posted this last week in the similarly titled thread over at OO.  But since there's quite a few different people here, I figure I'd put it up for discussion here as well.  smile

My suggestions:

- Shadow Hearts & Shadow Hearts: Covenant. If you like RPG's at all, you have to try these. Easily my favorite RPG series next to FF.  I actually just bought SH:  C again over the weekend and it's just as good the second time through.  That says a lot, imo.
- Disgaea. The other Nippon Ichi games are fun (Phantom Brave, La Pucelle), but Disgaea is by far the best of the bunch.
- Xenosaga 1. Ep 1 is great, but don't bother with Ep 2.
- .hack series (worth a try now that each volume is $20'ish)
- Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
- Either of the Shin Megami Tensei games. They're not much for story, but the art style and combat are fun.
- Stella Deus is a decent SRPG, but you need to have a ton of time and patience for it.
- Legaia 2 is decent, especially for $10.

A few I really disliked:
- Stay far away from FF X-2. It's a nothing more than a horrid cash-in by Square.
- Y's: Ark of Napishtim.
- I personally hated everything about Star Ocean III, but I know quite a few people enjoyed it.
- Suikoden III & IV. I loved Suikoden II, but both of the PS2 Suikoden games just sucked. So....boring....
- Grandia II. It's not bad, per se. It is simply the most generic, boring RPG I've ever played. There was nothing unique about it at all.
- Unlimited Saga. I give them props for trying something unique, but it just didn't work at all.

- All the old Squaresoft games are worth trying if you haven't played them before. Any of the Final Fantasy's (VII and IX are personal favorites), Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Vagrant Story, Brave Fencer Musashi, Legend of Mana, etc.
- Final Fantasy Tactics is a must if you're into SRPG's at all.
- I'm not a big fan of Enix developed games, but they're highly recommended. Star Ocean II, Valkyrie Profile, Dragon Warrior, etc.
- Suikoden II
- Legend of Dragoon is a decent, if not spectacular, RPG.
- Vanguard Bandits
- Thousand Arms
- Lunar II

RPG pickings are pretty slim for the X-Box:
- KotOR 1 & II
- Jade Empire (I thought it was pretty 'meh'. Felt like just a KotOR mod to me)
- Sudeki
- Fable (I highly enjoyed both Sudeki and Fable, even though they got trashed in reviews. If you don't play them expecting a deep, involved storyline and realize they're really just basic hack-n-slash, they're both really fun.)

See LE's list, but add Tactics Ogre

There's a few fun hack n slash games that some people consider RPG's as well.
- Baldur's Gate I & II
- D&D Heroes
- Champions of Norrath I & II
- The Bard's Tale
11165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Essential Xbox games? on: June 27, 2005, 12:50:58 PM
Another vote for Burnout 3, Thief, and Beyond Good & Evil, & KotOR.

I'd also add:

-  Baldurs Gate:  Dark Alliance
-  NBA Street V2
-  Fable (as long as you go in expecting a fun hack-n-slash, not an 'epic' RPG)
-  Sudeki (see Fable)
-  Star Wars:  Republic Commando
11166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Shadow Hearts 3 characters revealed on: June 25, 2005, 04:08:02 PM
The magic system looks interesting, but every time I see a new character, I cringe.  A 15-year old lead character?  An 8 year old pirate captain?  C'mon, now.  The Shadow Hearts games have always had a quirky sense of humor, but they've also always had a very dark tone to them as well.  It almost seems like they're trying to go 'cutsey' in this installment, which would be very bad for the series.
11167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have purged.......TIME TO BINGE!!!! on: June 25, 2005, 02:11:41 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Mario is good, but not as good as HSG.

Gratch - I admit that, other than sports, the PSP library is pretty thin but wouldn't you think some of the RPGs and SRPGs that are the strength of the PS2 start making  their way over? Don't know for sure but it seems logical.

I would think it's logical as well, but there seems to be a near complete silence in regards to upcoming RPG's.  Had there been even a shred of information that something was coming, I might have held onto mine.  As it is, there is nothing coming in the next 6 months that I can honestly say I'm interested in.  The only two I even know of are Y's (which was horrid on the PS2) and a 'Tales of' game (which I've never cared for).  Lame.

The promotion of the PSP is really strange so far.  You'd think that with the launch of such a sexy gadget, Sony would really be pushing developers to get something...anything...out for it.   It's almost like they're counting on the multimedia capabilities to carry the device, which I think is pretty risky.   If it's truly a gaming platform, get some damn games out already!
11168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have purged.......TIME TO BINGE!!!! on: June 24, 2005, 09:38:40 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I know I'll probably be the only one in here to say it but I LOVE my PSP.

I'm finally able to play sports games on a handheld.

I'll be the first to admit the PSP is a great system.  Problem is, unless you are really into sports games, there are no great games for it right now.  That's why I sold mine.  If your genre of choice is RPG's, then the future is particularly bleak and you'd be far better off with a GBA or DS.  There are some fantastic RPG and SRPG's for that platform.

I have no doubt that I'll buy a PSP again once the library is stronger and the price drops.  Right now, however, it was a $250 paperweight.
11169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a new puppy... yikes! on: June 24, 2005, 07:44:53 PM
Awww, what a cutie.  If we ever get another dog, I want a Shepherd.

At least the family you got her from gave a crap about her.  Most of the families in my neighborhood get puppies for their kids, and once they get past the "Oh, they're so cute" stage, they completely abandon them.  There's two dogs down the street that I have never once seen out of their kennel.  Snow, rain, sleet, heat...doesn't matter.  These dogs stay in the kennel no matter what.  I've never seen them walked or seen anyone at the house interact with them other than yelling at them to shut up.  It's really sad.  frown
11170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phantom of the Opera on: June 20, 2005, 07:32:28 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I love Phantom of the Opera and the movie by Joel Schumaker (who tortured us with Batman and Robin) was pretty good and pretty true to the original play.  Glad you liked it...I was big into it when it first came out, I did a whole project for it for band in middle school.

I love the play, but that movie version was god-awful.  There were multiple times where the lip-synching didn't come close to matching the singing, and it killed the whole suspension of disbelief.    Technically it was good, but I just couldn't get past the 'singing'.
11171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 hack-and-slash with AI allies? on: June 20, 2005, 07:28:29 PM
Demon Stone fits the bill, but it's super short (about 7 hours).  Definately a rental, not a purchase.
11172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - beautful new shots on: June 19, 2005, 05:34:37 PM
I wasn't a huge fan of the Grandia II, but those screen shots look absolutely amazing.  Might be worth a shot just for the graphics alone.
11173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I be looking forward to for the PSP? on: June 17, 2005, 05:36:58 PM
For me, nothing.  Which is why I sold mine.

I'm sure I'll probably re-buy one in a year or so once the library is stronger (and the price is probably lower).  Right now, however, the lack of any good RPG's combined with the lack of any on the horizon killed my interest in the system.  frown
11174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Arc The Lad? on: June 15, 2005, 07:11:53 PM
That's too bad.  I really enjoyed Twilight of the Spirits, but it looks like I'll be skipping this one.
11175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: June 15, 2005, 06:55:40 PM
Ahhhhh, Vagabond posts.  Oh, how I miss them...

11176  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: June 15, 2005, 04:10:43 AM
+1 to stiffler
11177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I quit drinking for a few years and... on: June 14, 2005, 06:26:21 PM
I had a couple beers at the Assemblage 23 concert a few weeks ago.   It was the first alcohol of any kind I've had in 12+ years.  Amazing the buzz you can catch from 2 beers when you haven't drank in that long.
11178  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Neverwinter Nights (SOLD) & Battle for Middle Earth on: June 12, 2005, 10:20:24 PM
I picked up Battle for Middle Earth (CD version) yesterday hoping it would rekindle my lost interest in RTS games. It didn't. Everything's in perfect shape, as I only opened it yesterday and played it a grand total of once. My loss, your gain and all that...

Neverwinter Nights is sold

Looking for $25'ish, or a trade. Not much I'm dying to get right now, but throw out a couple suggestions and something might pique my interest. I've got PC, PS2, and X-Box.

PM me if you're interested. Thanks!
11179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bush and Bush on Bush Jr II [RP] on: June 05, 2005, 10:04:05 PM
I should probably clarify.  I live in Utah, so the amount of incredibly vocal bible-thumpers is much higher than most places.
11180  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: June 05, 2005, 07:35:01 PM
Big +1 to pr0ner for buying my PSP and letting my actually make my car payment this month!
11181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: heh on: June 05, 2005, 03:53:37 PM
Quote from: "Semaj"
If you don't vote, you really have no reason to complain about who gets elected.  Thusly they dont really count...

Yeah, because my vote for a Democrat counts so much in a state that votes 75-80% Republican.  I can honestly say my vote did not matter one bit, but I did it anyways.  Mainly because it was so amusing and/or scary (still can't decide which) to stand in line and listen to all the bible thumpers talk about how glad they were that someone with "high moral values" and "religious standards" was going to get their vote.  Good to see they were concerned about all the issues at stake.
11182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is the PSP really worth $250? on: June 05, 2005, 01:39:14 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Wow - I'm kinda shocked you guys are pretty down on the PSP.

Oh, well - I still love it!

I'm not down on the PSP at all.  I think it really is an amazing system that seems capable of producing some truly fantastic games.  Problem is, there's no fantastic games to play so far, and none really on the near horizon.  A system is only as good as it's games, and the current crop is very lackluster.

I'm sure I'll rebuy one once the library is bigger and the price drops.
11183  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Trading Guidelines have been revised on: June 04, 2005, 10:31:01 PM
Aw, man.  I worked so hard on that.  slywink
11184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is the PSP really worth $250? on: June 04, 2005, 05:21:00 PM
Unless you're completely enamored with the current crop of games, I'd say no.  I just sold mine because I found I really never played it.  The lack of RPG's really drags the system down, imo.
11185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Coming soon.... the Prince! on: June 04, 2005, 01:16:00 PM
How could you possibly play KD without dual analog?
11186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I'm going to sell my PSP on: May 31, 2005, 12:47:04 PM
Quote from: "shadow9d9"
It is funny.. the same person that would sell a psp this early on is the same kind of person impatient enough to buy it... Every console/handheld takes a looong time to get the good games out... The system has a good 4+ years left to it.. what do you have to lose by waiting?

Well, since I recently had to take a nearly 35% pay cut with my new job (happened after I bought the PSP, btw), the market value I could get for the PSP far outweighs the possibility that a game might come out that interests me.  Besides, I agree with Corruptrellic.  I can probably get nearly what I paid for it if I sell it now, then maybe buy one down the road after there is a more established library and a price drop.

I had also considered getting a DS, but there is even less that interests me about the that system.  The touch screen seems gimmicky, there are still no RPG titles, and the couple games that I've played weren't very impressive.  I think I'll just hold off on handhelds for now.

It's up for sale in the trading forum right now, btw.

/shameless plug
11187  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* I'm broke. Selling my PSP w/HS Golf & FIFA Socce on: May 28, 2005, 08:53:56 PM
Yep.  I'll leave it available until next Tuesday.  Shoot me a PM if you're interested.
11188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Symphonia - Final Verdict? on: May 27, 2005, 07:03:06 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
With that said, it's a lot of fun if the combat system clicks for you.

This is the key.  I liked the story, characters, and setting, but really didn't enjoy the combat system.  Even after 8+ hours, combat felt incredibly chaotic and I didn't think the AI did a very good job controlling the other characters.
11189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Wife Gone for 5 Days: Now 13 weeks! on: May 26, 2005, 12:20:17 PM
Between losing one job, starting another, starting 2 other part-time positions, trying to make my yard look decent, hitting the gym and actually seeing my wife on occasion, I haven't touched a game for nearly 3 weeks.  There's really only one game coming out in the next 2 months that interests me at all (Altilier Iris), and I'll probably wait on it as well (too broke to buy any games, hence the PSP for sale).

My console:games owned ratio is currently 3:2.  I have zero games for my X-Box & PS2, and only 2 for my PSP, neither of which I've played for nearly 2 weeks.  My PSP is also up for sale in the trading forum (shameless plug), so in a week or so I will own 2 consoles with a grand total of 0 games.
11190  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* I'm broke. Selling my PSP w/HS Golf & FIFA Socce on: May 25, 2005, 06:51:14 PM
Just FYI guys, I'll leave it up for OO & CG'ers for a week, then I'm going to have to list it on E-Bay (I really need the $$).  I'd just much rather see it end up at a good home, y'know?  slywink
11191  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* I'm broke. Selling my PSP w/HS Golf & FIFA Socce on: May 25, 2005, 01:00:54 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Rage"

Someone needs to create a funny Photoshop that we can just post.

11192  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* I'm broke. Selling my PSP w/HS Golf & FIFA Socce on: May 25, 2005, 12:51:13 PM
My bad.  Looking for $250 or thereabouts, since that's what E-bay would fetch.
11193  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* I'm broke. Selling my PSP w/HS Golf & FIFA Socce on: May 25, 2005, 03:34:00 AM
I received a PM from someone about the PSP.  I responded, but the system seemed to go apeshit when I hit 'Submit', so I'm not sure it got there (and for some reason neither the PM I received or the one I sent shows up in my box).  Very strange.

So whoever sent me that, please let me know if you got my response.
11194  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* I'm broke. Selling my PSP w/HS Golf & FIFA Socce on: May 25, 2005, 02:50:49 AM
Not getting paid for 1 1/2 months, combined with a nearly 35% pay cut for the new job I had to take, means I am desperately broke.  Hence, I am putting my just-over-a-month old PSP with two games up for sale.  It is in perfect condition with not a single dead pixel, and comes with the standard stuff (slipcase, 32 meg card, cleaning cloth, & sampler disc).   It will also come with Hot Shots Golf and FIFA Soccer, both in perfect condition.

I was going to E-Bay it, but I wanted to offer it up to both OO & CG first since I've had so many good trades through these communities.  Honestly, I'm looking for cash only (no trades) as I'm in pretty desperate need right now.   Make me an offer if you're interested and we'll see what we can do.

PM or e-mail if you'd like pics or more details.  Thanks.  smile

EDIT:  Looking for $250'ish, since that's what I could get for it on E-Bay.
11195  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Xenosaga 2 Preorder DVD on: May 25, 2005, 02:49:43 AM
Kevin actually PM'ed me about it a while ago (to which I never responded, my apologies Kevin.  It's been a crazy couple weeks.), but I felt since it was listed on the OO PIFF thread, I should keep it available for OO'ers.  Sorry about the confusion, I dropped the ball on that one.  frown

Anyhow, it was sent out to Szagny this afternoon.
11196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I'm going to sell my PSP on: May 22, 2005, 04:32:14 PM
Stupid impulse purchases.  I basically picked up my PSP on a whim (largely due to the CG forum effect, I might add) because it did look really cool.  I'm not into multiplayer gaming, and I don't have much need for a portable system, but I just couldn't resist the allure of a sexy new gadget.  Now that I've had it for a month or so, I realize that there's really not that many games for it that interest me, nor are there many coming out that make me want to keep it.  So far I've been through:

-  Untold Legends (starts off good, gets repetitive & boring very quicly)
-  Wipeout Pure (a fun racer, but I wasn't terribly good at it)
-  Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (I liked the old Tony Hawk games, but the open-endedness of the Underground series really bugs me.  Besides, I spend close to 2 hours just trying to get past one stupid trick in the tutorial.  I guess I'm just not good enough)
-  Lumines (It just didn't grab me like it has everyone else.  It's a decent puzzler, but I really didn't see what all the fuss is about)
-  FIFA soccer (I really enjoy this game, but the lack of a career mode is going to seriously impact it's longevity.  Once I finish my season, there's not much incentive to go back and play through it again.)
-  Hot Shots Golf (easily my favorite PSP title so far)

When I look at the upcoming releases, I only see 2 games that really pique my interest:  Madden 2006 and the Final Fantasy VII game.  I'm mainly an RPG fan, and the lack of any RPG's for this system (now or upcoming) is really starting to kill my interest in the PSP.   The only ones I know of, and correct me if I'm wrong, are Y's (which was an absolute pile of ass on the PS2) and Tales (which I didn't really care for on GCN).  

So are there any good RPG, SRPG, or maybe some unique titles coming down the pipe that are must-have-OMG-look-at-that, type games.   I really don't want to sell it, but I hate to see it simply collect dust while I wait for something good to come out.
11197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Twi'lek females: Would you hit it? on: May 22, 2005, 01:13:30 AM
Here is your smoking hot Twi'lek, Amy Allen

As Aayla Secura:


11198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 06:18:50 PM
Well put Laner
11199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 01:22:42 PM
I'm with Starshifter on this one.  I thought both Portman and Christensen did a much better job this time around.  The dialog was clunky, but I thought they pulled it off well and there weren't nearly as many cringe-worthy lines.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish and can't wait to see it again.  The only part I really didn't like was the whole Vader sequence at the end.  I think it would have made him so much more evil had he simply said, "She's dead?  I killed her?  Fuck her, she deserved it for betraying me."

As far as using the same ship 18 years later, remember that Leia was basically trying to travel around incognito when she was captured by Vader.  If you're trying to sneak around, are you going to take the nicest, most souped up ship that attracts notice, or are you going to drive something old, beat up, and inconspicuous to avoid notice?
11200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Advent Children Trailer on: May 18, 2005, 03:50:34 PM
Quote from: "weleavefossils"
Their is going to be a shooter/action game focused around Vincent. I believe it takes place a year after advent child, or its a year after the game..I don't remember which.

'Dirge of Cerebrus' is the Vincent-centered game for PS2.  There's also 'Crisis Core', which is an action/RPG in development for PSP.
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