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11321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 22, 2005, 12:55:55 PM
I've got a FFVII save that I've been working on here and there for nearly a year.  It'm about 30 hours in, and I'll usually get around to playing a couple hours or so a month.  Maybe I'll eventually I'll get through it (it's my 4th time through), but there's no rush.
11322  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: September 21, 2005, 11:38:25 PM
Greeneggs:  Got the AoW collection today.  Thanks much!
11323  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: September 21, 2005, 11:37:18 PM
+1 to greeneggsnham for the PIFF'age.  Super quick on the shipping too.
11324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox rpg questions on: September 21, 2005, 06:30:09 PM
Quote from: "greeneggsnham"
Chrono Cross -alone- justifies the purchase of a PS2 for an console rpg'er. And it's a PS1 game!


+1.  Chrono Cross is an absolutely fantastic game.

There really isn't a japanese/anime style RPG for the X-Box.  The closest one style-wise is Sudeki, but it's really more of an action RPG than a traditional japanese RPG.  If you pick up a PS2, however, you will have a huge amount of RPG goodness available to you.  It's worth it for the PS2 titles, but if you factor in any of the PS1 RPG's you may have missed, it's a no-brainer.
11325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge on: September 21, 2005, 02:26:28 AM
After 6 or so hours, I can admit that many of my initial impressions have been changed, and I really enjoy Burnout Revenge.  A couple more observations:

-  The events I enjoy, I really enjoy.  Races (especially crashbreaker), eliminator, road rage, and Grand Prix events are all absolutely fantastic fun.  However, the events I dislike, I really dislike.  I absolutely loathe the preview lap and burning lap events, Traffic Attack is decidedly 'meh', and the crash mode is now absolutely pathetic.

-  Speaking of crash mode, I can't believe how they took something so fun and so engaging...and completely ruined it.  The huge jumps, wind, car weight, etc, all combine to utterly ruin the crash mode imho.  The beauty of Crash events was simply ramming full speed into oncoming traffic, maybe grabbing a couple power-ups, and sitting back to watch the carnage.  It was simple, easy, and fun.  Now, I have to take into consideration every known law of physics, wind shear, jump to distance ratios, bullshit, bullshit, etc, etc.  They ended up taking a simple concept and adding so much that it just sucked all the fun right out of it.  

Not to mention that the AI of the cars in B3's Crash mode was non-existant...and that was a good thing.  They didn't stop, swerve, or try to get out of the way; instead they slammed full speed into whatever was in front of them.  In this version, however, the cars will actively maneuver to get out of your way during a crash sequence.  During one crash, I managed to make a roadblock pile-up at one point in a roundabout.  I thought I had it made until all the oncoming traffic came to a stop!.  No cars ran into my flaming roadblock, and I ended up having to retry the course.   I dread having to complete any of the crash events now, and am perfectly satisfied with a bronze just so I can get past them.

-  You can tell there is still some rubberbanding, but since it now works in my favor as well as against me, it is much more tolerable and serves to add great tension to most of the races.  It also seems that the opposing AI is not nearly as perfect as last time, and will quite often crash of their own accord.  This makes the races seem much more fair.

-  Now that I'm getting used to it, the sweet spots for takedowns are much easier to find.   I also haven't run into any more 'swing-the-camera-back-as-you-run-into-a-wall' moments.  Maybe that was just an odd happening in my first few runs.

All in all, I'd say B3:  Revenge is a very enjoyable game.  I really wish it provided the option to skip the crash and solo race modes.  Not being able to skip them knocks it down a notch.  A solid B+ from me.  smile
11326  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: September 20, 2005, 06:49:19 PM
Thanks Greeneggs, I'll let you know when I get it if it's the right one.  

A humble request:  Does anyone have a copy of Giants:  Citizen Kabuto they'd be willing to part with?  I played this when it first came out but my system wasn't beefy enough to handle it.  I'd love to give it another shot.

Thanks!
11327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution Controller Poll on: September 20, 2005, 02:11:09 PM
Right now, there's simply no way to know.  It will totally depend on the games.  I will admit that it looks silly, but the concept is interesting and some killer apps will easily make up for any aesthetics it is missing.
11328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 20, 2005, 12:02:05 AM
Yes!  The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree is finally being released!  The graphics may be a bit lackluster, but all the previews point to a rich storyline and a deep combat system that could make it this fall's GBA 'killer app'.  I'll be sure to put up some detailed impressions soon...
11329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hetz is not the only lucky son of a gun on: September 19, 2005, 09:06:10 PM
Congrats!  biggrin

I've got about 30 points saved up, and am debating which one I should enter.  Anyone know when the promo ends?
11330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Fear for my Wallet on: September 17, 2005, 04:01:45 PM
That's alright.  I've been wanting to go back and play through the original game anyways, so added content is just an extra bonus.  smile
11331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Fear for my Wallet on: September 17, 2005, 02:58:41 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"


Thanks for the review.  I'll be picking up the X-Box version, so I'm not worried too much about the control scheme.  I thought the X-Box controls worked pretty well for the original game.
11332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Fear for my Wallet on: September 17, 2005, 03:44:40 AM
Huh, my wallet is rather thankful then.  The only game that interests me in the near future is Fable, and it's only $30.  smile
11333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 17, 2005, 01:26:56 AM
Quote from: "Crawley"
I'm very exicted at the possibilites of this. Just gotta get the creative software developers to make the most of it.


And therein lies the problem.  How many developers are going to be willing to develop a truly unique game solely for a platform that (most likely) will have the lowest user base?  In the current gaming world of 'more of the same is the only thing that makes money', will anyone be willing to take that risk?  

If the Revolution proves to be the catalyst that forces a change, I'm all for it.  I just don't see it happening.
11334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge on: September 17, 2005, 01:13:15 AM
I went ahead and picked it up today.  Impressions after an hour or so:

-  Either takedowns are much more difficult to execute, or I haven't found the 'sweet spot' yet.  In B3, I knew exactly how to hit a car to take them down from either the side or rear, but those same spots aren't effective in B3R.  Of course, it may just be a matter of finding those spots in this version.

-  The rubberband AI hasn't seemed to be a problem yet.  That's a very good thing.

-  Hate the traffic attack mode.  Smacking into all the same-way traffic felt like Pac-Man trying to run over the dots.  Lame.

-  Vertical takedowns are sweet.  I managed to take out 2 opponents using a 'death from above' move that left all kinds of carnage in it's wake.  Neat.

-  The takedown camera sucks.  On 3 occasions during my last race, the takedown slo-mo camera swung back and put me right in front of a wall with no time to react.  Not fun.

-  Being able to run into same-way traffic takes much of the thrill out of the race.  White knuckle driving while knowing I had to avoid everyone in B3 was most of the fun.  Knowing I can slam anyone with no penalty makes the game more dull.

-  Crash mode isn't nearly as fun without all the power ups.  And the golf swing start is stupid.

I don't know yet if B3R is better or worse than B3.  I'm leaning towards worse, but I'm going to give it a few more hours tonight and see improving my takedown abilities will help the enjoyment factor.  Judgement pending...
11335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge on: September 16, 2005, 08:58:30 PM
Quote from: "Matt"
So am I really the only one who is very disappointed that they completely took out the road rage single play events? Heck all of the single play events I mean its either you play world play or multipler. Theres no way to just randomly jump into races/road rage/crash mod by yourself just to kill time..

Anyone else upset about this? In burnout 3 after I almost completed the game and world play got boring I could just sit for hours playing single player road rage on random tracks all night. Nobody else has even mentioned this..


I was going to pick it up this afternoon, but the lack of random Road Rage events (or the lack of being able to chose any random events) is giving me pause.  BO3 reached a point where the races were simply too hard and/or frustrating for me, so I spent a ton of time doing random races, mainly road rage.  If that is not available, it is going to seriously decrease the longevity of this game for me.  frown
11336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 01:15:28 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
The more I think about it, the more this thing reminds me of trying to play a game like Dragon's Lair on my VCR Remote.


Heh, nice.

That video just made a bad idea look even worse.  So...apparently all we will get on the Revolution with this new controller are motion controlled games?  No thanks.
11337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 12:02:48 PM
After staring at it for a few minutes, I think I put my finger on what bugs me about it that controller.  Look how far apart the A button is from the B and C.  Now imagine trying to play a fighting game with that button setup, or any game that requires quick button combos.  Yeah, I can't picture it either.  THe layout seems very counter-intuitive.  Let's face it, we've been using a similar button layout on every controller for the past 10 years, and I can't imagine that gamers will suddenly get used to three vertical buttons.  It also doesn't seem like the thing has any shoulder buttons, or am I missing something?

As always, I give Nintendo props for trying something new, but I just can't see how this controller could be functionally viable.
11338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 15, 2005, 10:07:24 PM
Uematsu isn't bad, but Yasounori Mitsuda is a far better composer (especially when it comes to game music).  Chrono Trigger & Cross, Xenogears & Xenosaga, Shadow Hearts, Tsunugai, etc.  Some of the most beautiful music (I'm talking all music, not just game soundtracks) I've ever heard.
11339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 15, 2005, 03:58:42 AM
More thoughts:

I just watched it again and I must admit that it is even better the second time through. Parts of it still make absolutely no sense, but knowing the overarching story definately helped a few things fall into place.

With this movie, Square has set an entirely new standard in computer animation. Think of the absolute best CGI you have ever seen, then realize that it pales in comparison to the detail, realism, and beauty found in this film. In some ways it's a shame that FFVII: AC isn't more accessable to the masses, because I really think people would start looking at CGI in a whole new light. It's really going to be hard to watching other animated films after seeing what Square has done here. I picked up so many details this time through that I missed the first time. The fluidity and realism of the character movements. The perfection of light, shadow, and reflection. The way characters images are skewed when seen through a certain perspective. It is simply flawless, and the artists are to be truly applauded.

Unfortunately, that if you don't have a basic knowledge of the characters, you will be completely and utterly lost. For example, Aeris is never explained, and if you don't know her significance, all of the emotional punch will be lost. Square makes the assumption that the people that will watch this will be very familiar with who the characters are and their relationships with each other, and offers very little in the way of backstory. While this will probably hurt the overall success of the film, you have to give them props for knowing their audience. Don't let it stop you from seeing it, if for no reason than for the visual spectacle of the thing. You won't regret it. smile
11340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 14, 2005, 07:10:10 PM
I absolutely loved Xenosaga I, but II was an absolute and complete mess.  I hope the 3rd installment can redeem it somewhat.
11341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 14, 2005, 04:06:34 AM
I just finished watching FFVII:  Advent Children, and I will say that this is nothing short of an wonderful, incredible, simply amazing movie.  I have never, and I honestly mean never, seen such a visually stunning piece of work.  Square has perfected every single detail of this film, while preserving the spirit and feel of the game.  The detail packed into every single shot completely astounded me.  If you can let yourself suspend disbelief for a couple hours, you will be witness to some of the most incredible fight and chase scenes ever to be put to any medium.  Game, film, TV...I have never seen anything like this.

Much like the game, the story is completely batshit insane.  But somehow it all just...works.  I will say that if you haven't played the game all the way through, it will make even less sense.  If I can pick a very small nit, some of the characters did seem a bit tacked on.  They all came together for a mind-boggling battle, but it did seem a bit like Square decided, "Well, we need to be sure and show Yuffie, Cid, Red XIII, et al, so let's throw them in here."  That being said, seeing the gang all together in a massive throw down brought a huge smile to my face.  When it all comes together at the end, it is a heart-wrenching moment that honestly almost brought a tear to my eye.

The music is fantastic, although most of it has been released before, either on the FFVII Piano CD, The Black Mages, or the FFVII Reunion Tracks CD.  That's nothing against it, and those who have never heard those CD's will be absolutely thrilled by it.  I absolutely love hearing 'One Winged Angel' with screaming guitars and a full orchestra, and the piano arrangements during the few quiet moments fit perfectly.

OK, enought with what probably sounds like fanboy babble.  I'll simply say this.  Square absolutely, completely, 100%, and in all other ways nailed it with FFVII:  Advent Children.  It is an absolute must see for fans of the game, and for anyone who simply wants to sit back and be amazed for a couple hours.
11342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale worth 9.99? on: September 14, 2005, 12:15:14 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Ys isn't even worth $10...


I'll second that.  I absolutely hated that game.

Back on topic, Bard's Tale is certainly worth $10.  I put in about 10 hours before the frustration level got too high, but all in all it was pretty fun.  There are a few laugh-so-hard-you-fall-off-the-couch ("Oh it's bad luck to be you...") moments that are all too rare in games.
11343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Deep Labyrinth - New RPG for the DS on: September 13, 2005, 11:38:01 AM
I probably wouldn't have paid much attention to this one, until I read this:

We've got twenty screenshots of a Deep Labyrinth, a first person action RPG that's a bit reminiscent of the King's Field series. This is due out for the Nintendo DS in the Spring of 06, at least in Japan. Why is this title notable? Besides having Yasunori Mitsuda (Of Chrono Trigger & Cross and Xenogears & Xenosaga fame) compose the soundtrack, Masato Kato, the scenario writer for Baten Kaitos, Xenogears, and both Chrono games is also writing the story. The title will also feature a spell casting system activated via stylus gestures; as you can see in one of the shots, the player casts a lightning spell by drawing a jagged line. Sounds like good stuff so far.

Mitsuda music and a Kato story?  That combination means it's automatically a day one purchase for me if it ever hits the US.

Screenshots are here.
11344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Newbie or "Pimp Your Favorite Game Here" on: September 11, 2005, 11:02:28 PM
My PS2 must-haves:

-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
-  Xenosaga (the first one was brilliant, the second was terrible)
-  Burnout 3
-  Tenchu 3

Plus a couple you already have:
-  Beyond Good & Evil
-  FFX
11345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command Question on: September 10, 2005, 12:13:18 PM
Damn, that training mission Wonderpug mentioned is a bitch.  I've tried it at least 4 times now, with no success.  I almost wish I got that bug so I could get past it!  

I'm having a great time with it so far, although if it gets (well, remains in my case) insanely difficult, that will kill my enjoyment pretty quickly.  Withholding verdict until I can play a bit more.
11346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Speaking of IGN, Burnout Revenge Review up on: September 10, 2005, 02:48:48 AM
I'd be perfectly happy if they got rid of the Burning Lap and Preview Lap events.  I hated those damn things.
11347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 10, 2005, 02:22:00 AM
Quote from: "EddieA"
"He's coming for you."
In the US version of DQ8, the red slimes are now called she-slimes, so apparently they're female.  I have no idea how they check for gender with slimes, though slywink


Lift up their skirts, duh.
11348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 09, 2005, 01:06:41 PM
Quote from: "Darren8r"
Dont hurt me, but I've never played a Dragon Quest game before.


This will most likely get me beaten and shunned but...

you're not missing much

That being said, I'm intrigued enough by DQ8 that I'll probably give it a shot.
11349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone getting Radiata Stories? on: September 07, 2005, 06:52:49 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Gratch"
As big of an RPG as I am, I have yet to enjoy an Enix-developed game.  The Dragon Warrior games are dreadfully dull, Valkyrie Profile is not nearly as good as the rabid fans say it is, and I despised nearly everything about Star Ocean III.  So I'm sure I'll try Radiata stories eventually, but not I can find it cheap and used.
SO3 definitely sucks, but the rest of what you wrote makes you a HEATHEN!!!


Heh, so I've been told.  Different strokes and all that...
11350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Football is Coming!!! YEAH!!! on: September 07, 2005, 01:10:37 PM
I'm one of "them".

11351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone getting Radiata Stories? on: September 07, 2005, 12:43:21 AM
As big of an RPG as I am, I have yet to enjoy an Enix-developed game.  The Dragon Warrior games are dreadfully dull, Valkyrie Profile is not nearly as good as the rabid fans say it is, and I despised nearly everything about Star Ocean III.  So I'm sure I'll try Radiata stories eventually, but not I can find it cheap and used.
11352  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: September 06, 2005, 01:08:42 PM
Quote from: "greeneggsnham"
I have retail jewel case (rerelease) versions of Mafia and Age of Wonders Masters Collection (Age of Wonders and AoW2, together) up for grabs.

I'd like to claim Slave Zero from wookie007.

My copy of XIII has been claimed, so it should be taken off the list.


I was just thinking over the weekend that I wanted to give AoW2 another shot.  I'll take it if you still have it (will send PM with the address).

I'm pretty sure my Karma is +a lot (haven't been in this thread since I changed jobs and can't ship for free, so I can't quite recall frown), but I'll offer up Medieval:  Total War just to be sure.
11353  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Round One of KS's Office Clearing Efforts on: September 04, 2005, 07:31:25 PM
YGPM
11354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Fanboys" on: September 04, 2005, 07:07:50 PM
Quote from: "Darren8r"
luckily I havent seen it here yet and hopefully I wont biggrin


I don't think you've been paying enough attention. slywink

It all depends on the connotation.  Hell, I freely admit that I am an fanboy of many things (Star Wars, Final Fantasy, my PS2, etc.), and I have no problem when other people call me on it.  However, when 'fanboy' is used to mean a rabid, seething, bile-spewing, unreasonable jerk, then it becomes a problem.
11355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TCU vs. OU - Frogs for teh win!!1! on: September 04, 2005, 03:57:22 PM
That game was great, and TCU beating OU is fantastic for the MWC.  Any time one of our teams (other than BYU, of course) can knock off a ranked opponent, I'm a happy man.  smile

This adds even more intrigue to the game 2 weeks from now when my Utes travel to TCU.  Both schools have this one circled as the 'make or break' game for the conference, and I think it'll be one hell of a fight.
11356  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.
11357  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)
11358  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
11359  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.
11360  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.
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