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11281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 19, 2005, 02:51:26 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I don't see the difficulty as a huge turn-off personally.  In the case of Devil May Cry 1 and 3 you can make the case that since Dante is immortal (I mean, he takes tons of swords in the opening movie of DMC3 without dying) he shouldn't be dying as often (if at all) as he does in the game.  However, what fun would a game be if you were totally invulnerable?

With God of War I'm just going on what I've heard.  Chances are since it shares the kind of combo system that DMC3 has that the enemies are as difficult and numerous.  Who knows, it may not be overly difficult.

As for the "new trend"...I actually say it is an old trend that has come back into prominence.  Think back to games like Contra (can you beat it with the base 3 lives or do you have to use the trick?), Super Mario Bros. (if you hadn't have spent so much time on it, could you beat the game in just a few lives?), Ninja Gaiden (any of them, including the Xbox one), etc.  They were all hard games, but we've grown into our 20s (or later) and we forget how hard those games used to be and how long we spent in order to beat them.  Then new games come along with a high difficulty level and we whimper and go into the fetal position.  Why is that?  I don't find DMC3 anymore difficult than those games of old.


I was never really good at hard games, even back when I was a kid.  Having to replay the same parts of a game over and over because it was so hard just made me lose interest in the game, even back then.

Difference is, back then if it was a game I really wanted to get through, I had hours and hours to spend on it.  I could spend hours dying in the same spot 50 times because I could always spend the next few hours getting past it.  Nowadays, with 2 jobs, house, wife, etc., I don't want to spend the time doing the same thing over and over and getting nowhere.  A long gaming session for me is an hour, and the prospect of replaying a boss fight or a certain section over and over while not moving the game ahead causes me to completely lose interest.
11282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2? on: March 19, 2005, 02:39:38 PM
I count the first Xenosga among my top 5 favorite games of all time.  The sequel, however, was a huge, steaming pile of crap.  Go play the first one a couple times and just skip the second entirely.

BTW, if you play X2 without having played X1, it probably won't make much sense.  The developers assume you are already familiar with the events and characters of the first game and proceed accordingly.  There's no "Previously on Xenosaga..." help in X2.

There's a fairly detailed discussion about it here and reviews here
11283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 19, 2005, 06:13:36 AM
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He also doesn't talk about the game being hard either and I have heard it is DMC3 level hard and possibly surpasses it.


And with that info, my interest level just went back down to nil.
11284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 19, 2005, 05:04:02 AM
I didn't have much interest in GoW until I caught part of the G4 "Making of" special tonight.  That game looks damn cool now.
11285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I really need to quit rebuying games on: March 18, 2005, 10:40:20 PM
Gamestop started up their "Buy 2 get 1 Free" deal again today.   I had about $70 store credit from some other trade-ins, so I grabbed Phantom Dust and PoP:  WW.  Got looking around for a couple others I might want to try, but nothing really grabbed me.  Then it happened again.

There was a used copy of Fable.  I thought "Y'know, I had a good time with this one first time around basically playing a good guy.  I'd like to try it again as an evil bastard."  So I bought Fable.  Again.

Looking around for my freebie game, I picked up Zelda:  WW.  I really burned out on the first one with the whole sailboat exploration thing, but I thought, "Y'know, I may enjoy this game a little more if I just play it for myself and not try to stick so close to the strategy guides.  Maybe I'll try it again."  So I bought Zelda:  WW.  Again.

So I've now spent full price and used price for both of these games, which probably makes me a colossal idiot.  However, there have been a couple games that didn't grab me on the first try (Final Fantasy Tactics, Majesty, FF8, etc.) that I didn't like the first time, but really enjoyed when I tried them again.  Guess I keep hoping that will happen again.

Am I the only one that does this?
11286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking at buying some anime... but then... on: March 17, 2005, 04:19:34 PM
I picked up the Trigun set off E-bay ages ago for around $35.  I found out from a friend (after the fact) that it was the bootleg edition.  He said it would probably look and sound horrible, and he would bring over the "real" versions so I could see the difference.  We watched three episodes from his DVD's and then the same three on mine, and I honestly couldn't tell any difference at all.  And this was on a 52" HDTV with a nice surround sound system.  Picture quality, sound quality...everything was exactly the same.

Not trying to advocate bootlegging here, but from my personal experience there isn't much difference.
11287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any other console gamers not care a whit about handhelds? on: March 17, 2005, 01:08:50 PM
I'm not much of a handheld gamer either.  I did have a GBA (twice), but outside of FF Tactics Advance, I really didn't spend that much time with it.  I simply don't have anywhere outside of my house that I would really game.  And if I'm sitting on the couch, you can damn well bet I'll be playing on the 52" hdtv!

At this point, I could care less about the PSP simply because none of the launch titles interest me at all.  Put a couple of good RPG's on the system, then I might consider picking one up.  Put a Final Fantasy game on it, and I'll have to get one.
11288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars: Republic Commando. What a blast! on: March 16, 2005, 04:24:40 AM
I'm not into squad-based or tactical shooters at all (as the learning curve is pretty daunting), and I definately don't play many FPS games on consoles.  I picked up SW:  RC on a whim after cancelling my Samurai Legend Musashi order, not really thinking I'd play it much.  

Ho-lee-shit.  It has been a damn long time since I've had this much fun with a game.  There's really not a ton of tactics involved, but there is enough to make it fun for a n00b like me.  Setting up 2 squadmates in sniping positions, having another plant an explosive charge, then laying down short burst cover fire against a squadron of battle droids is one hell of a rush.  I never thought a game could really make the prequels cool, but this one is doing it in spades.

I'm sure it's too basic for the hardcore squad-based shooter fan, but for a novice FPS'er and Star Wars junkie like me, it's absolutely perfect.  Both (very sore) thumbs way, way up!
11289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Musashi Samurai Legend review. Ouch on: March 15, 2005, 04:44:43 PM
I was thinking about picking this one up tomorrow, but I think I'll wait for a price drop or a rental.  Certainly looks like it's not worth $50.  

Brutal IGN review.

Man, I long for the days when a Square game was always a day one purchase.  Now, more often than not, Square games end up being a "never" purchase for me.  Dissapointment is probably the best word to use for their latest games I've tried (Drakenguard, Front Mission 4, Kingdom Hearts GBA, and now probably Musashi) frown
11290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lego Star Wars. How cool is this!? on: March 11, 2005, 01:47:42 PM
Oh man, this just looks like it could be all kinds of awesome.  In a kiddie sort of way, I'm sure, but the cool potential is through the roof if you ask me.

Lego Star Wars.  There's a movie and a PC demo on that site.  I haven't played the demo yet (work computer wouldn't be able to run it), but will try it when I get home.
11291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFVII: Advent Children (what platform?) on: March 11, 2005, 01:21:48 PM
My understanding is that the movie will be released first for the PSP in whatever media format it uses (UMD or something like that), then will get a DVD release later.  I don't think they've set a specific north american DVD release date yet, but they have said that it will be released here.

As for a new FFVII game, there are a couple different ones.  FFVII:  Before Crisis is a cell-phone game centering around the Turks and is only available in Japan.  FFVII:  Dirge of Cerebrus is an action game with Vincent as the lead.  They also just announced a FFVII Snowboarding game for cell phones that is a recreation of the snowboarding mini-game in the Golden Saucer.  There's a rumor that they are doing a complete remake of FFVII for either PSP or PS3, but the rumor has been floating around forever and nothing has ever been confirmed by Square.
11292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts: From the New World announced on: March 09, 2005, 09:37:30 PM
A second page of screens
11293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts: From the New World announced on: March 09, 2005, 08:51:29 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Hahaha.  Johnny Garland looks like a chick.


That makes me a little nervous.  One of the reasons I liked that series so much is the relative lack of angsty 13-16 year old main characters.  Not too excited to see they've chosen to have the design team attend 'Standard Japanese RPG character modeling 101' class.
11294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts: From the New World announced on: March 09, 2005, 07:54:49 PM
Please get a US release.  Please get a US release.  Please get a US release.  Please get a US release.  

I noticed a lack of Karin in any of those screenshots.  frown
11295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge of the Sith Theatrical Release Poster on: March 09, 2005, 01:27:08 PM
I know Ep III will probably suck, but seeing that made the fanboy in me just do a little dance of joy.
11296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WARNING: GameCrazy on: March 08, 2005, 06:50:31 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
I've never been to a Gamecrazy.  Are they basically EB/Gamestop minus the PC games?


That and they're usually attached to a Hollywood Video.
11297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / All right Square, you can stop now on: March 08, 2005, 06:49:24 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
that's too funny!  also unfair! you know i'd kill to play (almost) anything to do with Morrowind - why can't they flood the market for me?  i guess if it resulted in inferior products - then a snowboarding game - i'm better off, LOL.  probably falls in the "be careful what you wish for" category.


You must have missed this, which by all accounts is an unplayable mess.
11298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / All right Square, you can stop now on: March 08, 2005, 02:49:43 PM
Saw this on Gamespot this morning.  Yes, that is a Final Fantasy VII snowboarding game for made for cell phones.

I was initially excited about the prospect of expanding the FFVII 'universe' with the Advent Children movie (which I still think looks fantastic), but they're taking it way too far.  We've now got Before Crisis, Dirge of Cerebrus, and a Snowboarding game to go along with the movie.  What started as interesting has become a case of milking the cow dry with sub-par products.  Not what I had hoped for from my favorite game.  frown
11299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nice preview of Final Fantasy XII at GameSpot on: March 07, 2005, 06:48:33 PM
The one thing that makes me nervous about FFXII is the fact they keep mentioning the similarities it has to MMORPG's.  I know I'm in the minority here, but I absolutely detest MMORPG's.  The repetitive level grind, the boring battle systems, the lack of a cohesive story or character development, playing with other people (I enjoy RPG's because I can play them by myself and don't have to deal with anybody else), etc. etc.  I'm really hoping they're not trying to make it so much like an MMORPG that they miss out on what makes Final Fantasy games so incredible:  fantastic stories first and foremost, characters and character development, unique battle systems, great music, and the breathtaking graphics.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still really looking forward to FFXII, but the previews do make me a bit nervous about it.

BTW, we did all realize this article is nearly a year old, right?
11300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly on: March 06, 2005, 06:44:36 PM
Do you need to play the first FF game in order to understand the second?  I see FF2 all over the place, but am having a tough time tracking down the first one.
11301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Creepiest Games - No Spoilers Please on: March 06, 2005, 06:43:11 PM
I'd definately add Eternal Darkness and Undying to the list.  Can't play either of those alone in a dark room.

Maybe I'm strange, but I never found any of the RE games to be very scary.  They're high on the gore factor, and had a couple "gotcha" moments, but overall I didn't think they weren't very creepy.
11302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 06, 2005, 04:46:37 PM
Quote from: "swizzlest"


I just hate it when I get my cock stuck in the fridge.
11303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Web Comics: which are your favorites? on: March 05, 2005, 04:36:29 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Homestar Runner.

Trogdor!!


I would have mentioned that, but I kinda figured Homestar was a given by now.
11304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 05, 2005, 04:35:27 AM
Damn you people, I picked it up this afternoon.  It was $12 used but $45 new at Gamecrazy.  Thought the new price was awfully strange for such an old game.

Put in about an hour, and it's pretty cool so far.  I'm not much into survival horror, but the story of this one at least has me interested.  Will hopefully be able to give it some more time tomorrow.
11305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Web Comics: which are your favorites? on: March 04, 2005, 07:25:34 PM
The greatest webcomic ever is Order of the Stick.  You have to be a D&D geek to understand it, but it's funny as hell.
11306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Let's talk PSP launch games!! on: March 03, 2005, 05:11:27 PM
I'm very interested to see what the PSP can do and think it can be a fantastic system.  Unfortunately, not a single one of the launch titles interests me enough to pick one up.  Much like the DS, it looks like I'll be waiting for some more games and/or a price drop.
11307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 01, 2005, 01:19:26 PM
Seriously, stop it.  I don't need anything else to play right now.
11308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 28, 2005, 12:56:37 PM
Depward:  I felt the exact same way 3 hours in.  Unfortunately, it goes downhill pretty quickly once you hit the 8-10 hour mark.
11309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you getting a PSP? on: February 28, 2005, 12:54:07 PM
I won't be getting one on launch.  Much like the DS, there's not a single  launch titles I'm interested in.  If a few more RPG's become available I'll probably pick one up.  Especially if the rumored FFVII remake actually happens.
11310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 11:23:04 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Valkyrie profile in particular seems nearly impossible to find.


I refused to pay the $60-80 Valkyrie Profile was going for on E-Bay.  I searched for VP for literally years before a buddy found a copy at Gamestop.  That used copy ran me $40, but I broke down and bought it because I had to see what all the hype was about.  Ended up spending a grand total of 8 hours with it before I was bored to tears.  I really don't undestand why it's talked up so much.  Thankfully I was able to unload it on E-Bay for $65.

Unbongwah put it very well.  I love the RPG genre, but I've found myself enjoying fewer and fewer of the newer games.  I guess I simply don't have the time or patience for them any more.  In the past couple months I've been through Growlanser Generations, Xenosaga II, Baten Kaitos, Tales of Symphonia, La Pucelle, Phantom Brave, Paper Mario 2, Shin Megami Tensai, and KotOR 2.  The only one that I got more than halfway through was KotOR 2, and even that was a struggle to finish.  It's tough to really get into something when you can only spend an hour at a time playing it.  

However, when you do find that 'one game' that really hooks you (the most recent for me was the Shadow Hearts series), it makes the frustration of all the other games worth it.
11311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its time.... "What are you playing?" on: February 25, 2005, 01:12:43 PM
Picked up NBA Street 3 and Psi-Ops last night.  NBA Street is a blast, although it seems to move a bit slower than the last iteration.  Mine came sans instruction manual (used) and I couldn't find a tutorial, so I'm sure I'm missing some of the little nuances.  Psi-Ops is fun, but I'm horrible at controlling action games and I'm sure it'll get too hard for me pretty soon.  Picking guys up and slamming them into the wall never gets old though.  smile
11312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 25, 2005, 01:11:05 AM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "warning"
Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...


I really enjoyed it too.  I went in with zero expectations and found that it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be.

Now I can't wait for FFVII:  Advent Children.
11313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu: Fatal Shadows question on: February 24, 2005, 07:47:08 PM
Every review I've read so far has just killed the new Tenchu.  I've really enjoyed all the Tenchu games so far, and their weak points don't bother me that much.  I realize the AI is weak, the camera is frustrating, and the hand-to-hand combat is clunky, but I love sneaking around being a bad-ass ninja.  

So did they change anything to the core components of the game, or is it simply being panned because it is more of the same?  If it's MOTS, I'll probably love it despite the poor reviews, but if they changed something dramatic, I might avoid it.
11314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its time.... "What are you playing?" on: February 24, 2005, 05:01:41 PM
I'm debating whether I actually want to push through and finish the colossal dissapointment that is Xenosaga II.  I'm leaning towards trading it in for Y's or NBA Street 3.

Also been messing around with Zone of the Enders 2, and recently re-loaded Morrowind and Diablo II on the PC.
11315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best current PS2 RPG? on: February 24, 2005, 04:59:25 PM
Quote from: "infoghost"
Shadow Hearts Covenant looks tasty. I am looking for the typical Japanese turn based/FF-like RPG.


SH:  C would be my first recommendation.  I liked it quite a bit better than Shin Megami Tensai, but that's more just personal preference.  If you're more into story and character development, SH:  C is the way to go.  If you're into a unique battle system and power-levelling, you'll probably enjoy SMT more.  Can't really go wrong with either, honestly.

Quote
I've played FFX, but not FFX-2. Didn't really have much appeal to me, but I supposed I can be talked into it if it's really good.


FFX-2 is one of the most horrid pieces of crap I've ever played.  If you enjoy giggly, angsty, teenage, Britney Spears wanna-be's then you'll love it.  Otherwise, I'd steer clear.
11316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 21, 2005, 10:06:59 PM
From the article:

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Every week through the end of the year, classic.1UP.com will be presenting a look at a different video gaming landmark -- the fifty most important games to be created within the forty years that the medium has existed.


If you look at it in the context of most important games, and not essential games, the inclusion of games like ET, FFVII, and the Macintosh (although that one is a bit strange) make more sense.

All in all, it's a pretty good list.
11317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 21, 2005, 02:30:05 PM
I put about 10 hours into X2 last week.  As much as it pains me to admit it, Xenosaga 2 is pretty bad.  The story is painfully dull, the bulk of the writing is very poor, the voice actor changes are jarring, and the new combat system isn't very fun.  The MIDI music is awful, but the actual symphonic tracks are very good.  I picked up the soundtrack (which, thankfully, doesn't include most of the horrid MIDI stuff), and really enjoy it.

I loved Xenosga, and X2 is just a huge, huge dissapointment.  Since it's only 20'ish hours I may end up finishing it, but it really doesn't interest me much at all.
11318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / M-U-L-T-I-pass on: February 19, 2005, 01:32:00 AM
Quote from: "Beer Goggles"
Green.


Super Green
11319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 15, 2005, 04:47:07 PM
I'm taking tomorrow off so I can play it all day.  I'll toss up some impressions when I'm done.
11320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2? (PS2) on: February 13, 2005, 06:17:11 PM
I preferred BGII over Bard's Tale.  While the humor in Bard's is great, it's quite a bit too long, and the jokes really wear thin towards the end.  There's also some bizzare design decisions in Bard's Tale that annoyed me to no end (i.e.  Fight your way up the tower, kill the boss, then fight your way back down the same tower to get out.  Really annoying.)

BGII is a solid hack-n-slash with a completely uninspired story.  But at least the combat and game design are solid.
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