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11281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / what are you looking forward to? on: July 08, 2005, 06:31:36 PM
Wish there was more on my list, but for now its:

-  Burnout Revenge
-  Shadow of the Colossus
-  Dragon Quest VII (I'm cautiously anticipating this one.  I haven't liked any of the other Dragon Quest games, so I'll definately check out reviews)
-  Magna Carta
-  Final Fantasy XII
11282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Impressies on: July 06, 2005, 11:31:06 AM
Quote from: "RamPanther"
<Pointing finger accusingly> I WARNED you Gratch, but wouldn't listen.  Now you're a chump like the rest of us.

Yeah, yeah...I know.  At least they gave me $30 trade-in credit for it.
11283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Impressies on: July 05, 2005, 05:45:58 AM
Got through a couple hours today, and I am definately less than impressed. While I certainly dig the art style (in towns, not the world map), the been- there-done-that storyline and bland battle system are really making it tough to keep playing. The synthesis aspect is interesting, but I don't know that it will be enough to keep it going. I'll give it a couple more hours and hopefully it grabs me, but I'm not holding out much hope at this point.
11284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / From the Front Page - Games ruined when nearly perfect! on: July 02, 2005, 09:36:24 PM
For me, Half Life 2 was anytime you had to get in a damn vehicle.  I couldn't control those things worth a crap, and it brought the game to a grinding halt every time one of those sections came up.
11285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Impressies on: July 01, 2005, 02:33:25 PM
Well, I wasn't crazy about Forza (racing games in which you're completely screwed if you make one tiny mistake aren't my idea of fun.  Burnout-style games are more my type.), so I'm going to swap it for Altilier Iris this afternoon.  Should have some impressions tonight.
11286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameSpot hands-on preview of Fable for PC on: June 30, 2005, 10:42:12 PM
I really enjoyed the X-Box version.  As long as you don't buy into the hype (most of which came from Moloneaux himself), and take it for what it is - a basic hack-n-slash with an interesting social system - it is a really entertaining game.  The ending is horrid, but I'm used to that in games nowadays.
11287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / recommend good playstation 1 games on: June 30, 2005, 12:56:50 PM
99% of my favorite PS1 games were RPG's, but there were a few other gems:

-  Tenchu:  Stealth Assassins
-  Skullmonkeys
-  Rally Cross
-  Einhander
11288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Impressies on: June 30, 2005, 11:38:48 AM
Hmmm, I was debating between this or Forza.  I think I'll go with Forza and wait for a price drop on this one.
11289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you in debt? on: June 29, 2005, 08:09:40 PM
Currently just CC debt and the mortgage, but I hope to have all the CC debt taken care of by September.  It would have been even sooner if not for all the damn car repairs.

We paid off Mrs. Gratch's car in May and got the title last week.  It's been a great car and hasn't needed many major repairs.  Since we got the title, however, we have had to replace the battery, the serpentine belt, 2 of the belt pulleys, 2 tires, and the car's computer.  I swear to God these things are pre-programmed to break down right when you pay for them. :evil:
11290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kong is coming... on: June 28, 2005, 11:34:52 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
Trailer 20+mb

Looks like fun, but nowhere near what I was hoping for.  Too much Jurassic Park in it for my taste.

My thoughts exactly.  My enthusiasm for KK dropped quite a few notches after seeing that trailer.
11291  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Psychonauts for X-Box on: June 28, 2005, 03:38:32 AM
If nobody comes in with Forza (highest on the priority list), I'll take you up on that Dr. Jones.   Thanks!
11292  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.
11293  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.
11294  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Rage Must Sell/Trade!! on: June 27, 2005, 10:25:22 PM
11295  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
11296  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
11297  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.
11298  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!
11299  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.
11300  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
11301  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'.
11302  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.
11303  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.
11304  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
11305  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.
11306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: June 15, 2005, 06:55:40 PM
Ahhhhh, Vagabond posts.  Oh, how I miss them...

11307  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: June 15, 2005, 04:10:43 AM
+1 to stiffler
11308  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.
11309  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!
11310  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.
11311  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!
11312  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.
11313  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.
11314  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
11315  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.
11316  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?
11317  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
11318  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.
11319  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.
11320  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.
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