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11281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Sidekick? on: September 01, 2005, 05:41:46 PM
Statement:  HK-47 is far superior to any other meatbag or other pathetic life form mentioned in this thread.
11282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Lead Character? on: September 01, 2005, 11:31:46 AM
My favorite is probably Cloud (FFVII), but here's a few that haven't been mentioned:

-  Jade (Beyond Good & Evil)
-  Yuri (Shadow Hearts 1&2)
-  King of All Cosmos (Katamari Damacy)
11283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1,000 Iraqis feared dead... no bombs involved. on: September 01, 2005, 02:12:10 AM
My cousin is leaving for Iraq in 3 weeks.  I'm proud of him for going, but will be freaking out every day he's gone.  frown
11284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Can you play an instrument? on: September 01, 2005, 02:10:43 AM
I can play piano pretty well, drums not so well, and a little bit of guitar.  I wish I had the time and/or patience to practice more, but mostly I just dabble now.
11285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stella Deus vs La Pucelle on: September 01, 2005, 02:08:42 AM
I really enjoyed Stella Deus.  It is basically the same team that developed Final Fantasy Tactics, and it has a very similar feel (right down to the same composer).  However, it does require a ton of power-levelling and patience to develop your characters, which I simply didn't have the time or patience for.  Many people also didn't care for the art style, but I thought it was beautiful.

I never really got into La Pucelle.  I played it right after Disgaea, and thought it was a big step backwards.
11286  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: August 31, 2005, 12:47:29 PM
+1 to Yossarian
11287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TRULY late to the party: Final Fantasy X on: August 30, 2005, 06:05:25 PM
While FFX isn't my favorite RPG of this generation (Shadow Hearts:  Covenant takes that title), it was truly fantastic game.  I'd easily list it in my top 10 games of all time.

FFX-2, however, was an absolute travesty.  Words cannot express how much I hated that game.
11288  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/T: Advance Wars DS on: August 26, 2005, 11:47:09 AM
LE:  I know, but after just a couple hours I could tell that this really isn't a game I was going to enjoy.  When you're completely losing interest - even in just the tutuorial missions - it's a pretty good indicator that it just isn't your thing.  I'd rather give it up to someone who will actually enjoy it.  smile

Warning:  Not too interested in that one, sorry.

Yossarian:  Someone else's PM beat you by about 15 minutes.  If that one doesn't happen, you'll have first dibs.  I'll let you know...

Raven:  Heh.  I think I've already got one of those collecting dust around here somewhere.
11289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advance Wars: Dual Strike - great reviews so far! on: August 26, 2005, 02:27:13 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "wonderpug"
I don't think the game is as puzzle like as you're interpreting it as. In just about every mission you have a lot of flexibility on how to proceed. You only really need to do it a "right way" if you care about your score, or maybe on some of the pre-deployed maps.

You're right but that part doesn't really kick into until after the tutorial phase which is rather long for all three games and something Gratch might not have made it beyond.  The early missions are much more puzzle oriented because the game is trying to demonstrate a particular tactic in each case.  But yeah, the later missions (and vast majority of the game) are much, much more open ended.

You're right, I doubt I even got past the tutorial.  I put about 2-3 hours total into it.  But when I'm getting my butt kicked even on the simple tutorial missions, I'm guessing it's just not my type of game.   I'll just go back to playing FFTA again or maybe give Tactics Ogre another shot.
11290  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/T: Advance Wars DS on: August 25, 2005, 10:42:27 PM
11291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advance Wars: Dual Strike - great reviews so far! on: August 25, 2005, 10:40:30 PM
Well, I tried AW DS, and I still just can't get into this series.  I think my main problem is trying to keep straight which units are best against which, and trying to figure out exactly how the developers 'want' you to beat a mission.  Maybe I'm just short on patience, but I can't see myself investing the time it takes to have any success at this game.  

Teenybop characters also bug the everliving shit out of me.  When my CO says things like, 'Word.  You got served!', that's a pretty good indication that this game just isn't for me.  frown

I'm putting it up in the trading forum if anybody's interested.
11292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 8/25 DOOM movie trailer on: August 25, 2005, 08:37:17 PM
Wow, that just looked...awful.  Not that I was expecting Oscar-caliber, but everything about that trailer just screamed low-budget crap.
11293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 Hollywood parody on: August 24, 2005, 12:57:06 PM
Quote from: "Galadriels"
Detailed impression of Shadow Hearts 3 here .

Pretty much spot on.  The first half is pretty good, especially the part involving Al Capone, Edna, and Ricardo.  The same thing can't be said for 2nd half though.

Yikes.  Maybe I'll just replay through SH2 again instead of pining for SH3.  frown
11294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advance Wars: Dual Strike - great reviews so far! on: August 23, 2005, 02:53:43 PM
I'm so torn on AW.  Normally I really enjoy TBS games, but for some reason the first one didn't really grab me.  However, it was one of 6 games I picked up when I bought my GBA, and I don't know if I really gave it a chance.  I tend to do 'game overload' when I get a new system and never really devote time to a single game.  I never tried AW2, but the DS version has me seriously tempted.  

Maybe I'll pick it up as a b-day present to myself today.
11295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ringtones on: August 21, 2005, 02:51:01 PM
Quote from: "Baku"
Hey, Im looking for final fantasy VII thru X-2 ringtones and wallpaper, where is a GOOD site that has like poly tones and such?

im looking desperately for this and i cant find anything frown

btw my carrier is...alltel

MIDI files for damn near every old video game.  I currently use the FFVII theme and a couple of the Zelda songs on mine.
11296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 20, 2005, 04:49:37 PM
I still wonder about the percentage of $400 vs. $300 units that will be sold.  I have the feeling that the $300 units will sell far greater than MS expects (unless they manufacture a shortage).   Keep in mind that we (the avid, well-informed gamers) are probably in the minority when it comes to those buying the system.  Sure, none of us would even consider buying the non-HD version, but soccer mom buying an X-mas present at Wal-Mart is going to buy the cheaper one.  Somehow I doubt that the avid:casual purchaser ratio is 80:20.
11297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who have you met? on: August 20, 2005, 12:42:20 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
Anthrax, at the venue they were playing that night. Had sandwiches with them smile That was very cool, as I was a huge fan back then.

I got backstage passes for a show they played with Public Enemy and Primus.  They were great guys and passed the beer around very liberally to us then-16 year olds.  Scott Ian is a seriously funny guy.  They let us hang with them for almost an hour, and were telling some great groupie stories.  I also got to meet Chuck D & Flavor Flav at that show.  Chuck was an incredibly nice, well-spoken guy (as if anyone would be surprised by that), and Flav was completely batshit insane.  Seriously, that guy has more than a few screws loose.  Nice guy, but just bizzare.
11298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Death Jr. = Not so good on: August 17, 2005, 02:11:56 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
Quote from: "Destructor"
On a more serious note though - there are very few games actually worth putting time to on the PSP. I should know - I got mine near the US launch, and all I own is Wipeout and Lumines. That's it.

Everything else...just isn't that good.

If you told me several months ago that by August I'd be thinking of selling my PSP and buying a DS, I'd have called you loony, but that's just what I'm thinking.

That's what I just did.  Put more play time into my DS in the first week than I did my PSP in 2 months.  Meteos is horribly addicting.
11299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 01:36:29 AM
BG&E is one of my favorites as well.  Whoever was in charge of marketing for it should be dragged out back and shot.

Too bad we'll never see a sequel.  frown
11300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS : How many stuck/dead pixels do you have on: August 16, 2005, 11:29:39 AM
Had mine for a month or so.  No dead pixels at all.
11301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 16, 2005, 12:33:58 AM
Huh, I never knew so many people hated the NWN official campaign.  I really enjoyed it.  :shrug:
11302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 01:52:03 PM
I felt the same way ATB.  I never thought I'd see the day when a Bioware game made me feel absolutely zero connection to the characters, but this one managed it.  Add in the lame story, so-so graphics, and dull combat system, and you've got yourself a dud.
11303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 15, 2005, 03:26:14 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Thank goodness for Gamestop's used game return policy

What's this?

Gamestop (well, at least the Gamestop by me) will let you return any used game for full credit within 7 days.  It's a lifesaver when you drop a chunk of change on some duds.
11304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 15, 2005, 03:24:33 AM
Quote from: "EddieA"
"Wrath Unleashed (the description of an updated 'Archon' intrigued me), Drakenguard, and Tsugunai: Atonement were all basically terrible."
A local used game store has had a copy of Tsugunai for $10 for a long time, and it keeps calling out to me to take it home slywink  I know it got mediocre reviews, but I love timing-based RPG battles, a la Shadow Hearts.  What didn't you like about it?

It was tough to put my finger on, but the game simply had no personality at all.  The graphics, the battle system, the story...everything about just screams mediocre and second rate.  Granted, I only put a few hours into it, but there were no even remotely interesting characters, the only thing different about the battles is the block mechanic, and some of the puzzles - even in the opening portions - are obscure to the point of infuriating.  When you have to consult GameFAQs to figure out what you're supposed to be doing next within the first hour of play, that's never a good thing.  For $10 it's probably worth a shot to see if it turns your crank, but it did nothing for me at all.

The one saving grace is the soundtrack, which is absolutely brilliant.  I've had the soundtrack for a few years now, and that's really the only reason I wanted to try the game.  Last time that happened was with Shadow Hearts, which became one of my all time favorites.  It's done by Yasounori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger/Cross, Shadow Hearts, Xenosaga), and has some incredibly moving and haunting pieces.
11305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 14, 2005, 09:12:23 PM
I pucked up 3 'average' games last week, and promptly realized why they received their respective ratings.  Wrath Unleashed (the description of an updated 'Archon' intrigued me), Drakenguard, and Tsugunai:  Atonement were all basically terrible.  

Thank goodness for Gamestop's used game return policy, as it allowed me to pick up Baldur's Gate 2 for the PC and Burnout 3 instead.  2 games that I already know I enjoy.  smile
11306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hopes for the Next Gen of Console Gaming on: August 12, 2005, 02:54:13 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Downloadable Content - I hope that a new trend is that good games don't die after release.  Like Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, the majority of folks know this is a great game and I am happy to see them adding new levels for coop and multiplayer.  I would like to see good games continue to have content added.

The only concern I have with this trend is that we will see console developers develop the PC mindset of, "We can release a buggy mess and patch it later."  As someone who doesn't ever play console games on-line, and therefore has no use for X-Box live, this would really upset me.
11307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hopes for the Next Gen of Console Gaming on: August 12, 2005, 01:33:50 PM
All I ask for is something original.  I'm so tired of seeing sequel after sequel with the same ideas and gameplay mechanics rehashed over and over again.  There was an artice in EGM last month that said in 2005, Fable was the only game in the top 50 sellers for the year that wasn't a sequel.  That's really pretty sad.

I know it's a case of supply and demand, but it's depressing to see absolute gems like Beyond Good & Evil be complete flops, while Pokemon 9,352 sells millions of copies.  I know there still has to be some innovative gaming ideas left out there, and hopefully we see some of them in this next generation (even though I highly doubt it).
11308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden on: August 11, 2005, 03:42:25 PM
The insane difficulty and lack of saves quickly killed my interest in NG.  There's too many good games out there to be spending hours replaying the same sections over and over again.  The lack of saves only get worse as the game progresses.  It it bugs you that bad now, you'll be reaching controller-chucking levels of frustration pretty soon.
11309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 01:26:53 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Someone said that most would be getting Oblivion on the PC... I think that perhaps from hardcore gamers on forums like this (which honetly represents a small % of total gamers) that may be true... but I think this time Oblivion will sell considerably more on the 360 than the PC version will.

I totally agree.  Personally, I play very few games on my PC anymore, so I haven't bothered to keep it updated with the latest and greatest video card, sound, etc..  It's not worth spending the $500-$1000 it would cost to upgrade my computer so it would run Oblivion worth a crap, so I'll just play it whenever I eventually pick up a 360.
11310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFTA Question on: August 10, 2005, 01:15:21 AM
Put close to 100 hours into FFTA, and I've never stolen a skill.   The only reason I ever played a thief was to get to Ninja.

P.S.  I'm assuming you're referring to the thief's 'Steal - Ability' skill.
11311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: August 09, 2005, 07:06:26 PM
If this is a tease, I'm going to beat you.  slywink

I'm curious how much localization really costs.  It seems to me that since the bulk of the work on the game is already completed, localization wouldn't really cost that much (compared to the rest of the process).  I would think a game would have to sell an insanely low amount of copies for it to lose money on a US release.
11312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 09, 2005, 07:02:07 PM
God of War with Meteos coming in a close second.
11313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 09, 2005, 01:20:49 PM
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
For all the Microsoft haters I ask two questions:

1) How has it been watching Nintendo decline for the last ten years?

2) After all the promises of the PS2 launch, how can you ever believe anything Sony says?

Now a question for everyone that thinks Xbox 360 will be released on Nov 4th:

How could you believe a release date from Walmart when they never get games (or systems) on the first day they are released?

I think that Nov 9th, (aka Halo 2 day) will be it.  I don't have any inside information, just a hunch.

I think there's a big difference between "microsoft haters" and "not remotely interested in even a single X-Box 360 launch title".  Just like the PSP, I think the 360 has great potential, but until they release some games that I'm interested in, I could care less about it.
11314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Bond Girl! on: August 09, 2005, 01:16:48 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"

3.  Breasticles pass my expection

Expectation?  Inspection?  Excretion?  Ejac... never mind.  

11315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 09, 2005, 02:37:05 AM
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
3. Omikron: The Nomad Soul==> This DC game offered exploration and a world  on a epic scale. At the time I had never seen anything like it. It paved the way for open ended games with large worlds.

Wasn't that the game David Bowie did all the music for?  I remember picking it up for that fact alone, and not liking it much.  But maybe I'm thinking of a different game.
11316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Thirteen upcoming games to watch... on: August 08, 2005, 07:12:45 PM
I have Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Meteos.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another game.  slywink

Seriously though, there are some exciting things on the horizon for the DS.  I'm sure I'll pick up FF3, Lunar, Advance Wars DS, Castlevania, and FF:  Crystal Chronicles, and we've also got Xenosaga and Baiten Kaitos games in the works as well.  Trauma Center looks quirky enough that it might be worth a shot.
11317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Bond Girl! on: August 07, 2005, 12:40:07 AM
While I agree it seems a little cheap (OK, a lot cheap) on EA's part, I think she's smoking hot.

And the most important prerequisite for any Bond girl...

11318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Makai Kingdom on: August 06, 2005, 02:19:00 PM
I'm really fighting the urge to pick this one up.  I loved Disgaea, but after spending close to 60 hours with it, La Pucelle and Phantom Brave just seemed like MOTS to me and I lost interest pretty quickly.  I'm a little nervous that the same thing would happen with MK.
11319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 06, 2005, 02:16:11 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
Not sure what direction to go now.  Maybe i need to reconsider Dark Allaince or Xmen or Jade Empire.  Or just play my rpg's on pc.

If lack of story is a problem, then you definately don't want to play Dark Alliance.  DA's story makes Fable look epic.
11320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 05, 2005, 05:22:37 PM
1.   Final Fantasy VII - This was my first console RPG, and is honestly the only reason I ever got into gaming at all.  Prior to FFVII, I played a few sports and driving games, but nothing that I could have ever considered emotionally involving.  FFVII made me realize what a powerful storytelling medium video games can be, and sparked my interest in gaming in general.   Thanks to this game, I have purchased nearly every RPG released since 1998, as well as playing through some of the ‘classic’ games in the genre.  Sure, it has it’s flaws, but any game that makes me want to play through 40+ hours 3 times has to be at the top of the list.
2.   Shadow Hearts:  Covenant – For me, SH:  C is the perfect combination of story, graphics, gameplay, characters, exploration, battle system, music, cinematics…basically everything.   I picked up the first game in this series on a whim, and was completely floored by both games.  IMO, this is as close to perfect as an RPG can get.
3.   Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - This has to go on the list simply for the sheer amount of hours I put into it - over 90 – which is far more than any other game I’ve ever played.  The story was only so-so, but the strategic battles and character development kept me absolutely hooked for months.

Honestly, Star Wars:  KotOR and Beyond Good & Evil would probably be tied for #3 on this list, but since we can’t include games that were released on other platforms…
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