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11321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you happy with your 360? on: November 29, 2005, 07:30:26 PM
Where is the 'Didn't get one and think the rampant fanboy and anti-fanboyism surrounding this console is completely insane.' option?  slywink
11322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: November 29, 2005, 02:10:29 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Okay, I can 4-star everything except for that damned Queens of the Stone Age song and it doesn't help that I freakin' hate that song.  Hate.  It.

I hate that song too, but I think it's one of the funnest to play.

I'm through the first 4 sets on hard, but I rarely get over a 3-star rating now.  The differences between GH and a real guitar start to become very obvious on the harder levels.  On a real guitar, you don't have to 'strum' every single note like you do in GH.  Especially in some of the solo passages, actually being able to strum fast enough is more of a challenge than the actual finger placement.  Not that it makes it any less fun, but it certainly is different.

And I broke the 200,000 mark for the first time last night.  I rock!  smile
11323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 09:32:36 PM
Play Tenchu and get back to me.  slywink
11324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 annoyances on: November 28, 2005, 09:31:56 PM
I agree with your gripes, but they haven't annoyed me too badly yet.  

When do you get the world map?  I'm about 15 hours in, and having to commit the landscape to memory is driving me nuts.
11325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 06:35:28 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
I never understood all the love for Ico.  I played it through and came away with a very "meh" feeling, and was pretty disappointed with SoTC.  The camera was horrid in SoTC.

That was one of my biggest gripes as well.  I felt like I was fighting the controls more than I was fighting the Collossus (Collossi?).
11326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what did you play over the holiday? on: November 28, 2005, 03:21:37 PM
I put 14 hours into Dragon Quest VIII and finally finished the first 4 sets of Guitar Hero on 'Hard'.  Good times.
11327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So this is where all the 360's went..... on: November 28, 2005, 03:19:54 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Taking a 85+% profit on something that people are scrambling to find in the first place?

Yeah, there's a problem with that.  It's called greed.  

If the guy had bought 64 then sold them for $450?  No biggie.  Or sold them and let the -market- determine the price?  No biggie.

Putting it arbitrarily at $750 means that he's just a greedy little bitch that deserves getting kneecapped.

I checked out his auctions and it looks like there's no bids for quite a few of them.  If they don't sell at $750, then he's either stuck with them or will have to relist at a lower price.  If they do sell for $750, then isn't that the market dictating the price?
11328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 28, 2005, 04:08:56 AM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"

FWIW, SotC didn't do much for me either.  I could appreciate the scope, creativity, and artistry, but it just wasn't much fun.  Once you got past the 'wow' factor of what they did, it simply wasn't that engaging of a game.

simply wasn't that engaging of a game? You are just asking for a flamewar, aren't you? You could have stop at SotC didn't do much for me and not took a swipe at the

Sorry, I probably should have said it wasn't that engaging for me.  I can certainly see how people would go nuts over it, but it just didn't grab me like I was hoping it would.  I honestly wanted to like SotC, but just...didn't.  

I'm really not trying to start a flame war.  Honest!  smile

I think like GTA3 which introduce the free roaming city which are now being copied in other games and become a normal feature...

This being a good thing is debatable.  I actively dislike the whole free roaming concept (I despise the GTA games), but then again, I'm probably not your typical gamer.
11329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So this is where all the 360's went..... on: November 28, 2005, 04:02:57 AM
Call me crazy, but I fail to see how that makes him a bastard. He saw a chance to make big bucks and took it. It was quite a risk considering that he would have had to pre-order way in advance to get that many on release day, and at that point, no one knew for sure how bad the shortage would be (if at all). If there hadn't have been such a limited supply, he would have shelled out $60,000 that he'd be scraping to recoup his costs on. If people are willing to pay the big bucks for them, then more power to him. It's not like he's beating up small children to get them.

Then again, I'm not one that's clamoring for a 360, so it makes no difference to me.
11330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stupid DQVIII question on: November 28, 2005, 12:12:27 AM
I know I'm missing something painfully obvious, but how the hell do you access the Alchemy Pot?  When he created it, the king said something about visiting him at his carriage, but I have no idea where to find him.  I've checked some GameFAQs, the manual, and the strategy guide but can't find any mention of it.  

Any help?
11331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / We just got a Gamestop in town - a good thing? on: November 27, 2005, 09:56:55 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
I tend to think these store, as well as EBs, are about as good as the employees behind the counter.  

I'll second this.  The Gamestop by me has some very knowledeable & friendly employees, and they're not overly pushy with their add-ons.  I have been to a couple other Gamestops in town, however, that I would never consider going back to because the counter jockeys were either clueless or just flat-out rude.
11332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forget 360, may get PS2 to play Shadow of the Colossus! on: November 27, 2005, 09:54:08 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "Hetz"
I disliked I really don't think that much of SotC. I mean it's ok....but far from the best game ever like some are claiming.

What are your favorite games of all-time?  Just curious.  Trying to nail down the type of gamer that doesn't like SotC.

FWIW, SotC didn't do much for me either.  I could appreciate the scope, creativity, and artistry, but it just wasn't much fun.  Once you got past the 'wow' factor of what they did, it simply wasn't that engaging of a game.

Just my opinion, of course.
11333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Retro Console Poll on: November 27, 2005, 02:40:04 AM
Being mainly an RPG fan, I'd have to go with PS1, with PS2 running a close second.
11334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are the chances of a Guitar Hero sequel/expansion? on: November 27, 2005, 02:38:29 AM
I would love to see an add-on to Guitar Hero with more songs.  My guess is that the biggest cost for this game is the rights to the music, as I wouldn't think the actual programming would be incredibly difficult.  Does anyone know how well this one sold?

Also, does anyone else now hear songs and think, 'Man that would be a good Guitar Hero song'?  I have a list of about 20 songs that I've heard in the last couple days that would be perfect!
11335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your own 'anything' of the year awards on: November 27, 2005, 02:35:09 AM
Most pure, unadulterated goofy gaming fun
-  Guitar Hero, hands down.  Nothing even comes close.  A far distant second would be Lego Star Wars.

Most frustrating game
-  Digital Devil Saga.  While I loved the story, graphics, and characters, the ridiculously high encounter rate completely killed what was a fantastic game.

Most dissapointing
-  The lack of quality games for the PSP.  Sony creates an incredible gaming machine...then releases a huge load of absolute shite games for it.  i'm sure we'll see some inspired titles later in it's lifespan, but as of now the PSP is a huge dissapointment.

Biggest Time Sink
-  I know this is a console forum, but Civilization IV is the champ.  The words 'Just one more turn' are pure evil.

Game I really wanted to like but didn't
Magna Carta.  Shadow Hearts meets Arc the Lad meets Grandia II battle system with Final Fantasy-esque production values.  Can't miss, right?  Wrong.  For me, MC was an exercise in frustration and a huge dissapointment.

Game I really expected to hate but didn't
Dragon Quest VIII.  I hated the uninspired demo and have never liked an Enix developed game (especially previous Dragon Quest games), but I'm really enjoying the old-school goodness that is DQ8.  Speaking of demos...

Worst demo
This would be a tie between DQ8 and Final Fantasy XII.  While the former was simply dull and uninteresting, the latter is a huge step in the wrong direction for the series (imo, of course).  I can only hope that the final version of FFXII will turn out like the final DQ8 version, and be much more enjoyable.
11336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 25, 2005, 02:57:45 PM
Very nice write up, semiconcious.  While MC didn't do much for me, I can certainly see how people looking for a non-traditional RPG would really enjoy it.  I don't think MC is a bad game by any means.  There were just too many little quirky things (both in and out of battle) that kept me from really enjoying it.

Of course, since it got stolen out of my car earlier this week, I won't have to worry about playing it anymore.   :evil:
11337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 24, 2005, 05:18:38 AM
I caved.  Picked it up tonight and have put about 3 hours into it.  Just beat the waterfall quest (my guys barely survived at 6th level.  I was out of herbs and one more hit would have killed me) and limped back to town.  I'm really enjoying it so far, despite my lack of enthusiasm about Enix games in general.  I have actively disliked the previous DQ games I've played, so coming into this one with no expectations probably helped.  After trying the chaotic on-screen mess that is Magna Carta's combat, DQ8's simple streamlined battle system seems great.  I like the unique look and feel, although I think I'd be embarassed if anyone over the age of 10 was watching me play.  I'm actually more of a 'on-rails' RPG fan (my biggest gripe about RPG's is the 'What am I supposed to do next?' feeling), but we'll see how this one progresses.  The visual and music are both better than what I was expecting, and the monster designs are fairly inspired.  I'm excited to play more, but am not sure if this will be able to pull me away from Guitar Hero entirely.

On a side note, I usually pick up strategy guides for RPG's (see the gripe above for why), but the DQ8 guide is pretty much worthless.  For example, it makes absolutely no mention of the boss for the waterfall area.  I was actually wondering if there was one right up to the point he popped out.  Um, isn't that why the strategy guide is made?  I'm not expecting the book to give everything away and completely hold my hand, but at least give me a little heads-up that I'll face something that might completely kick my ass.  That's why I bought the damn thing!
11338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 24, 2005, 01:28:48 AM
For all you FF fans:

11339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: November 23, 2005, 03:30:30 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Guitar Hero!

You've got to be kidding.  Guitar Hero is nothing short of brilliant.
11340  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/T: Magna Carta (PS2) *no longer available* on: November 23, 2005, 02:09:30 PM
This got stolen out of my car this afternoon.  Sorry to anyone who may have been interested in it.  frown
11341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: November 23, 2005, 01:46:42 AM
OK, knock it off.  You're making me really want this game, even though I have yet to ever like an (mostly) Enix developed title.
11342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I sell my PSP - I am becoming one of those people on: November 23, 2005, 01:43:11 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"

I just cannot see anything on the launch horizon which appears even slightly interesting.  I like RPGs, I don't like multiplayer, and I hate sports titles.  I can't find a single thing which I would buy for this system.

That was exactly what I was feeling.  I sold mine and haven't regretted it at all.  All told, I probably lost about $50 on the whole thing, but that's certainly worth knowing that it wasn't the system for me.  

Get a DS.  While there isn't much right in the way of RPG's now, it looks like there will be some good ones down the road a bit.
11343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: November 19, 2005, 02:05:25 PM
Quote from: "Loomi"
Just played a little at lunch.

Fuck Crossroads.

I only went through on Easy level last night, and I'll second this.  Damn, that song is brutal.

The song selection is just awesome though.  There's a few in there that I'm not crazy about, but most of the songs are great.  Mrs. Gratch laughed at my reaction when I saw 'Symphony of Destruction' on the set list.  I said, "I've always wanted to be able to play that!".  Like button pressing on a controller is going to help with that somehow...

It's odd how some of the songs I expected to like I didn't (Hendrix, White Zombie), and sone of the songs I expected to hate I loved (Queens of the Stone Age, Deep Purple).  We'll see if that changes at the higher levels.
11344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: November 19, 2005, 05:53:55 AM
This pretty much sums up my feelings about Guitar Hero after a few hours of play:

When Mrs. Gratch and I were in Gamestop tonight, I was debating on Guitar Hero or DQ8.  There were some kids (probably 8-10) years old that were playing the Gamecube demo unit.  I don't know what they were playing, but they were just giggling and laughing with unabashed glee at the joy of playing the game.  I turned to Mrs. Gratch and wistfully said, "I wish I could feel like that playing a game again.".  I figured what the hell, and picked up GH for the extra $20.

2 hours later, about halfway through the Ziggy Stardust solo, standing in my living room with one foot up on the laundry basket like an on-stage amp, my head bobbing, the guitar neck swaying with the emphasis I was putting on the wammy bar, and the crowd meter maxed out, it hit me...

For the first time probably in years, I felt like those kids while playing a game again.  I was able to completely lose myself in a game, throw inhibition to the wind, and dance around my living room like a rock-star at 8:30 on a Friday night.  And how often does a game let you say that?

I have no idea how the replay value will be.  I have no idea if I'll be playing this game a week from now.  But for the gaming experience I had tonight, I would recommend Guitar Hero to any person who has even the slightest interest in it and would venture to say it is probably the best gaming dollars I've spent in a long, long time.  It is truly one of those, 'This is why we game' games.
11345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFX How arcadey? on: November 18, 2005, 01:56:53 PM
I'll second (third, fourth...whatever) the recommendations for FFX.  It is an absolutely fantastic game that is about as far from 'arcadey' as you can get.
11346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 18, 2005, 02:04:15 AM
11347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 17, 2005, 02:38:33 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
1. I think R2/L2 is supposed to switch targets.
2. The manual says it's random, so there isn't a set number.
3. ???
4. From what I've read, enemies will respawn a few times in most areas, but only after you've progressed further in the game from that area.  This was a concern of mine, too, but none of the reviews I've read mention the game being particularly difficult, so I'm assuming that if you fight every enemy in a region, you should be fine.

Thanks Eddie.  I was hoping I'd just overlooked something with the targeting system, so I'll give that a shot tonight.  I haven't encountered any respawning enemies, but maybe i need to get further in before that happens.  I'll give it another couple hours and see what happens.
11348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 demo impressions on: November 17, 2005, 03:55:19 AM
I haven't played it, but every time I read an article saying that 'Square is trying to make FFXII similar to an off-line MMORPG', I cringe.  If I want to play an MMORPG (which I never do), I'll sign up for a freaking MMORPG.  Beleive it or not, game developers, there are some of us out there that detest that style of game!  I play FF for the characters, the story, the graphics...all the things we've come to expect from the FF titles.  I have serious concerns about FFXII.
11349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 17, 2005, 03:25:26 AM
I put in a few more hours, and I have a few question/gripes about the battle system:

1.  If there are multiple enemies in your target range, Is there any way to pick which one you want to attack?  For example, I'm busy hammering away on the strongest enemy and nearly have him beat.  But once his buddies join the fight, your character automatically targets the closest one, which isn't necessarily the one you already had depleted 3/4 of their HP.  This poses a problem because you then have to move around to target the one enemy you want, and the leadership bar (time meter) doesn't fill while you're moving.  So the other enemies might get in another hit or two by the time you position yourself to attack the one you were originally fighting.  Highly, highly annoying.

2.  Is there a way to tell how many perfect hits it take to level up a skill?  In order to percieve a new skill (level up a skill), you need to get three perfect button presses when using it.  But there doesn't seem to be any way to tell how many times you have to do this before it levels up.  This makes skill levelling feel completely random, which is very aggravating.

3.  Is there any way to tell how much Chi a specific skill will use?  You have to have a specific type of Chi available (out of 8 ) to use a skill.  There is a meter for each type of chi in the top corner, but there doesn't seem to be any way to tell how much or how little of that Chi will be used for each action until after you make the attack or cast the spell.  That doesn't do much good.  The only way I've seen is to memorize how much the action uses, which is OK when I only have 3 actions available, but would be a serious headache with more skills.

4.  Do enemies ever randomly spawn?  I was hoping to level my characters up a little bit before a boss battle, but once I cleared a map, there is no way to make the enemies reappear.  How are you supposed to level up if you're only allowed to fight one set of enemies one time?

While the story and graphics have gotten better over the last couple hours, the battle system has become very frustrating.  I'm hoping I'm just overlooking something obvious with these questions.  Otherwise, MC may be on the trading block before long.  frown
11350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 16, 2005, 05:01:00 AM
The only way to turn off the VO is to turn off the sound effects as well.
11351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 16, 2005, 04:01:12 AM
I know there are a lot of people on the fence with this one, so here are some VERY early impressions (about 1 1/2 hours):

Graphics:  Not very impressive.  In fact, they pretty much blow.  For a game that seems to tout it's artwork (The quote 'The best production values since FFX' is on the box), I was very dissapointed.  This honestly looks like a 2-3 year old title.  The character animations are stiff, everything looks low poly, lighting and particle effects are dull, and the backgrounds are blocky.  Not impressive at all, especially when we've seen with recent games (i.e. God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, etc.) what the PS2 can really do.

Sound:  Oh dear lord, the voiceovers.  Just when I think a game can't possible do any worse in the VO department, along comes this one.  The delivery of most of the lines is seriously wince inducing, and the VO's on the cutscenes can't be skipped.  For some reason, the voice actors decided to put long pauses between words when there shouldn't be.

"I can't believe....(long awkward pause)........what she did.  She could have.....(long awkward pause)......made a better choice.  We'll have to.....(long awkward pause)......go on."

You get the idea.  It's absolutely embarassing.

I'm actually really enjoying the in-game music, other than the dreadful opening song.  Several nice melodies, and I'm excited to hear more.

Gameplay:  The story is pretty RPG-basic, but seems interesting enough.  There have been quite a few flashbacks to the main character's background, but nothing about any of the side characters.  Hopefully the story gets a bit more involving.

The battle system really shines...I think.  I'm having a hell of a time figuring it out, but what I have picked up on is pretty good.  I'm honestly going to have to read the manual pretty thoroughly before I really understand it.  There does seem to be a glut of icons, buttons, and gauges on the battle screen, which are somewhat tough to keep track of.  The combat itself seems like a cross between Grandia II and Shadow Hearts.  Your time meter and the enemies meter fill at the same time, and when  it reaches a certain point, you can act.  The action itself revolves around timed button presses - a la Shadow Hearts.  If you are successful, the attack/spell/action goes off.  If you miss, no action happens, but you only lose a little bit of your meter.  The tutorial (which was basically worthless, btw) said that 3 perfect button presses would gain me new skills, but that seems to be pretty random so far.  I'm going to have to read up on how that works.  There is also a field effect (sort of like Chrono Cross) that determines what actions you can cast.  Thankfully, you can change styles (actions) mid-battle to allow for different attacks to take advantage of this effect.  It seems like a cool system so far, and I'm sure will allow for great flexibility as the game progresses.  

Overall first impression:  I was really expecting more in the production department.  The lackluster graphics and horrid voice acting unfortunately serve to draw you out of the game, rather than into it.  Hopefully the story and battle system can overcome the other shortcomings.  I'll post some more detailed impressions when I get a little further.
11352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 16, 2005, 01:49:12 AM
I'll second Eddie's comments on the packaging.  Very, very impressive.  I'm going to sit down with it in a few minutes, so I'll have some impressions later tonight.
11353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who doesn't care about Oblivion? on: November 15, 2005, 10:51:42 PM
Huh, I didn't know Strongbad was a Devils fan.
11354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII ship date change . . . on: November 15, 2005, 07:17:50 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
The reviews have thankfully made my hesitancy after the average demo completely go away, so I cannot wait. I hope its in stores today!!

As loath as I am to admit it, I'm in the same boat.  I have yet to like an Enix-developed game (and yes, that includes Valkyrie Profile), and the demo did nothing for me.  Yet, these reviews are actually making me interested.  The FFXII demo may put it over the top and I might actually buying DQ8 instead of Magna Carta, as the reviews on the latter are making me wary of spending $50.
11355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (11/20) on: November 15, 2005, 03:38:57 AM
Magna Carta, and possibly Guitar Hero (it's not hitting my Gamestop until this week)
11356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who doesn't care about Oblivion? on: November 14, 2005, 08:29:20 PM
I'm very interested in Oblivion, but I refuse to purchase a $400 system when it is the only game that interests me.  So it'll be a while until I play it.
11357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Massive Shortages at Launch on: November 11, 2005, 10:42:32 PM
Looking at it from the outside (as someone who has no interest in picking one up on day one), this whole thing seems rather silly.    Golden tickets...sales rationing...

You guys have fun with all that.
11358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video games and crying? on: November 10, 2005, 11:47:11 PM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I've never played Final Fantasy VII, but I thought it was "Aeris."

-Autistic Angel

US version was Aeris, Japanese version was Aerith.

I don't know about teary-eyed, but that was definately my first  "Holy Shit, did that just happen?" gaming moment.  Parts of Beyond Good & Evil and the ending of Shadow Hearts 2 (both previously mentioned) brought me much closer to actual tears.
11359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I caved today on: November 09, 2005, 06:51:01 PM
Until they get some games that I'm actually interested in, fighting the 360 temptation will be pretty easy.  Once that killer-app hits, it may be a different story, but I haven't seen anything yet that screams 'MUST HAVE' for me.
11360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I may not get a PS3 - if this is true on: November 09, 2005, 03:31:22 PM
Quote from: "bluntman72"
what about people who dont want to go online, does this mean they cant play games because it will not be able to check.

That would be me.  I have absolutely zero plans to go online with any of my consoles.  If they suddenly required me to be online just to play, then I wouldn't be buying a PS3 (or any console that requires it).  

I also buy most, if not all, of my games used.  This would be a horrible move on Sony's part if it's true.
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