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11321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Hot Shots Golf 5 on: February 23, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 23, 2007, 03:30:03 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 23, 2007, 05:09:49 AM

Maybe I'm just not impressed with graphics these days, but that doesn't look all that spectacular to me.


Same with me. It doesn't look any better than some of the Tiger Woods 2007 stills, and TW doesn't have the bug eyed characters. Never could get into the Hot Shots Golf games, it's just a sport I want to play with pros, not enormous eyed cartoon characters.

See, I'm exactly the opposite.  I could never got into the games with the pros, and enjoyed playing a ultra-simple golf game with goofy anime characters.

HS5 would be a day one purchase for me...if I was able to afford a PS3.  frown
11322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Feb/07 on: February 23, 2007, 03:25:31 PM
More Final Fantasy VI (what an incredible, awesome, outstanding, amazing game) and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for me.  I swear, I've spent more time with my DS in the last 2 weeks than in the previous 6 months combined!
11323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best/most memorable gaming moments on: February 23, 2007, 03:21:17 PM
Reading through the "Favorite Games of all Time" thread got me thinking about the gaming moments that just make us stop and say "Wow, that was awesome.".  Since I experienced one of mine recently (FFVI), I thought it would be fun to see what everyone's most memorable gaming moments are.  Here's a few of mine, not necessarily in order:

1.  Opera house sequence (Final Fantasy VI - SNES/GBA) - I knew Uematsu (composer) was good, but this sequence is simply amazing.  I'm sure it would have been even more impressive had I played it on the original SNES 13 years ago, but better late than never.  Honestly, I never thought I'd be able to care about little sprite-based characters, but it's impossible not to with FFVI.  The entire sequence is just beautiful.

2.  Aeris' death (Final Fantasy VII - PS1) - It's interesting to look back on this.  Nowadays, we are all so connected online that we probably would have read about a sequence like this on a message board long before we played the game.  However, I played FFVII pre-internet, so I had no idea it was coming.  Seeing your favorite characters take a sword through the gut was, well, gut-wrenching.

3.  The big reveal (KotOR - XBox) - Talk about a jaw-dropping moment.  Maybe I was just dense, but I had no idea it was coming.  A great twist in a fantastic story.

4.  Taking down a Colossus (Shadow of the Colossus - PS2) - While I didn't like the game overall, there is an immense (no pun intended) feeling of satisfaction in taking down that first Colossus.

5.  Playing Ziggy Stardust (Guitar Hero - PS2) - I just played guitar for David Bowie!!  ::faints::

6.  Your first "Godlike" (Unreal Tournament - PC) - Back in the dial-up days, I was pretty damn good at UT.  The first time I hit a "Godlike" however, I about jumped out of my chair.

7.  Flipping the score (Asteroids - Atari 2600) - You've played for hours on end, your eyes are bleary, and you're finally gotten the score up to 999,999.  You shoot that next asteroid, and you're back at zero.  The sense of accomplishment is awesome, the payoff...maybe not so much.

8.  The big jump (Rally Cross - PS1) - Rally Cross was one of the first racing games I played on my PS1.  My brother and I would race for hours on end, and it just never got old.  There was a few times when racing head to head that the cars would jump over each other while catching massive air.  Man, we thought that was pretty much the coolest thing in the world.

9.  Purifying an area (Okami - PS2) - There's nothing quite like seeing a drab, dreary landscape suddenly explode in a whirlwind of color and life.  The Myazaki-esque art design made it even more amazing.

10.  Yuna's summoning (FFX - PS2) - The cutscene with Yuna completing the summoning on top of the water is probably my favorite one Square has ever done.   

11.  Alice's fate (Shadow Hearts) - I got the "bad" ending when I played through Shadow Hearts.   Without spoiling too much, Yuri realizing what happened to Alice as the end-game credits are rolling is absolutely brutal.  There's a scene toward the end of Shadow Hearts:  Covenant involving Karin & Yuri that's similarly touching.  One of the few times the eyes have misted up during a game.

12.  Pey'J (Beyond Good & Evil) - There was a short scene after the credits that turns the ending completely on it's head.  The real tragedy is that we will never get any closure on it.  frown
11324  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Civilization 4 and Heroes of Might and Magic V expansions on: February 23, 2007, 12:52:12 PM
11325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 23, 2007, 03:39:33 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 23, 2007, 03:18:42 AM

Yeah, stealing is essential but, with the gambit system, I don't really mind it. 

True.  Having it automated isn't nearly as tedious as the manual input of the draw system.

Y'know, I never really thought of the comparison between the two until Calvin mentioned it.
11326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Whitney Music Box on: February 22, 2007, 11:44:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2007, 02:18:50 AM

I was expecting a Whitney Houston sex video.  I want a refund and the state of Utah as compensation.

No, dammit.  I refuse to belong to CeeKay.
11327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 22, 2007, 10:30:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 22, 2007, 09:49:00 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 22, 2007, 09:40:24 PM

A picture of Simba as PeteRock's desktop?  SHOCKING!   icon_mrgreen

I wish our dog park had a pool. :/

Ours does, and Vader won't go anywhere near it.  I'm actually sorta glad, as it's usually nasty.
11328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop Thread on: February 22, 2007, 08:16:34 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 22, 2007, 07:54:59 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 22, 2007, 07:18:33 PM

Meh, haven't had one of these in awhile and I'm bored at work.

Skylander - where did you get this?  I want it!

Me too.  That is an awesome picture.
11329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBA Vegas All-Star Weekend....."an unmitigated failure" on: February 22, 2007, 12:52:05 PM
This pretty much confirms what my dad told me.  He was in Vegas the day before the All-Star game, and he said the number of gang-bangers quadrupled (at least) in the 24 hours before the game.  He said it was the only time he's ever felt really uncomfortable in Vegas.

IMO, it's not just the All-Star game that's a mess.  The entire NBA has a major image problem.  What used to be a league with , y'know, talented basketball players has now become a group of hip-hop thugs that care infinately more about getting their dunk on Sportscenter than  whether or not their team wins.  I used to follow the NBA pretty religiously, but can honestly say I haven't watched an entire game since Jordan retired.
11330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 game franchises that need to go away on: February 21, 2007, 06:33:36 PM

Quote from: Devil on February 21, 2007, 05:59:55 PM

Where's Final Fantasy and Metal Gear on this list?


Them's fighting words!!   finger

Good call on the initial list, though.
11331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Gaiden Black Tips on: February 21, 2007, 03:59:58 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on February 21, 2007, 03:29:22 PM

My advice, return it!  It made me sad.  The game looks beutiful and it seems easy to control but I couldn't beat the first boss character on easy.  I HATE YOU NINJA GAIDEN.

+1.  There's a fine line between difficult and ridiculous, and Ninja Gaiden crossed it.  I got about halfway through, then decided it simply wasn't worth the aggravation.
11332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst song lyrics of all time? on: February 21, 2007, 02:58:36 PM
One of my friends was a huge Disturbed fan, and was trying to get me to give them a shot.  I got this far into the first song on their album before bursting out laughing:

So, are you breathing
So, are you breathing now, now
Are you breathing
So, are you breathing, now

Wake up, are you alive
Will you listen to me
I'm gonna talk about some freaky shit now
Someone is gonna die
When you listen to me
Let the living die, Let the living die

Good god, that's horrid.
11333  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 20, 2007, 11:22:16 PM
A huge, massive, enormous +1 to ROTC1983.

I bought Final Fantasy Tactics Advance from him.  There was apparently a problem with USPS, and they returned the package.  Not only did he reship the game via express mail, he actually refunded me the money I paid him even though the game was still shipped!  That was way above and beyond on his part, and a true statement as to the type of awesome traders (and people) we have around here.

And don't worry, the money was sent back to him once the game arrived.  smile
11334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 20, 2007, 06:09:21 PM
Quick question:  Do you need to have an entirely balanced party of characters (i.e. every character knows most of the skill/magic available), or can you get through FFVI with one uber-party of characters?  I've mainly been using Terra, Edgar, Sabin, and Locke/Celes.  I've done a bit of grinding, and they have mastered nearly every magic skill available right now (just got to World of Ruin, about 16 hours in).  I'm afraid, however, that I'm going to run into a situation (a la the end of FFVII) where you have to use every character available, whether their underpowered or not.  If that's the case, I'm going to need to do some serious grinding in the second half of this game.

Any thoughts from those who have finished it?
11335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 20, 2007, 04:37:31 PM
I'm sure this is a photoshop job, but  eek

11336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 03:27:45 PM

Quote from: Leona-Windrider on February 20, 2007, 03:22:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 01:13:57 AM

I dunno.  The lack of an EB/Gamestop logo anywhere on that page makes me a bit suspicious.  Kinda looks like a bitter fanboy-created ad to me, but ymmv.

Pretty stupid move on EB's part if it's true, however. 

It's true -- the coupon is already in the computers.

Ah, I stand corrected then.
11337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 20, 2007, 03:21:48 PM

Quote from: Wolves on February 20, 2007, 01:38:16 AM

Off the top of my head, here's what I came up with....

(good list)...
6. Postal 2(PC)
(good list)...

Wait...what?  You just slipped that in there to make sure we were paying attention, right?
11338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy 30th Birthday WBS!!! on: February 20, 2007, 04:46:50 AM
Pfffft, younguns.

(happy b-day!)
11339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 04:20:10 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 20, 2007, 03:53:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 20, 2007, 02:55:33 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM

Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...

Gratch, I've always been a little confused as to what yours was, anyway. 

I believe its an Xray of a guy sleep in an office chair.

Heh.  Never thought of that, but I suppose it sort of looks that way.  It's actually a skeleton jumping out of it's skin. 

EDIT:  There, now it's something new.  smile
11340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EB: Trade in the past (PSP) for the future (DS Lite) on: February 20, 2007, 01:13:57 AM
I dunno.  The lack of an EB/Gamestop logo anywhere on that page makes me a bit suspicious.  Kinda looks like a bitter fanboy-created ad to me, but ymmv.

Pretty stupid move on EB's part if it's true, however. 
11341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar changing madness!!! on: February 20, 2007, 12:07:30 AM
Don't think I've changed mine since the beginning.  Maybe it's time for a new one...
11342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 10:14:45 PM
Nada.  Too busy trying to get through Final Fantasy VI.
11343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 19, 2007, 06:31:37 PM
I've DL'ed everything on Gametap, but haven't fired it up yet.  I generally loathe MMO games, but have never tried an adventure one.  Maybe I should give it a shot...
11344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 2/19/2007 on: February 19, 2007, 04:16:02 PM
Reinstalled Fate and spent about 4 hours with it.  It's funny that as far as hack n' slashers go, the little low-buget Fate is probably 2nd on my list behind Diablo II.  There's just something about it that they got right, and the big-budget stuff like Dungeon Seige and Titan Quest missed.

Also spent a few more hours with Final Fantasy VI Advance.  I'm at the 11 hour mark now, and am extremely glad I gave it a shot.  Really, really enjoying it, and I can finally see what all the fuss around this game is about!

Plus, I've got today off and I'm using a PTO for tomorrow as well.  Yay 4 day weekends!!   icon_cool
11345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 19, 2007, 03:45:26 PM

11346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 19, 2007, 04:06:23 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on February 19, 2007, 02:03:51 AM

This thing hits for awesome (though inconsistent) damage

My initial thought was to make Basch an axe character, but the inconsistent damage ended up scrapping that notion.  It simply got too frustrating to have him hit for 500 damage with one swing, and 25 on the next two.  It probably all averages out in the end, but I just felt better using weapons that caused a consistent amount of damage every time.
11347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Awesoime FFXII Revenant Wings trailers on: February 19, 2007, 04:02:42 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 19, 2007, 02:14:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2007, 12:35:37 AM

The combat still looks like a hectic mess to me, which is a bit concerning.  However, the graphics and music look/sound amazing, and I'm sure I'll be trying this one out.

Well, the game is supposedly using gambits so that should make combat much less hectic. 

I hope so.  The first clip looks awesome and it's pretty obvious how the gambits will work.  The second clip, however, shows battles with a ridiculous amount of units on-screen.  I have a hard time seeing how gabits will function in this situation, and it just all looks very...messy. 
11348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Awesoime FFXII Revenant Wings trailers on: February 19, 2007, 12:35:37 AM
The combat still looks like a hectic mess to me, which is a bit concerning.  However, the graphics and music look/sound amazing, and I'm sure I'll be trying this one out.
11349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Interesting Movie on: February 17, 2007, 02:20:40 PM
Never heard of it, but that's a pretty impressive cast
11350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YEEEEA!!! It's THE TODD Time on: February 17, 2007, 02:14:30 PM
Meant to check that out after the show and forgot.  Looks like I didn't miss much.

Speaking of Scrubs, I am completely gaga over Sarah Chalke.  I think I could watch her all day.

11351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A new crop on: February 16, 2007, 03:50:55 PM
I'm pretty 'meh' on all those, actually.  If I had to choose one, I'd probably pick Shivering Isles.  However, after recently restarting Oblivion, I realized that once you get past how pretty it is, the gameplay itself is really pretty dull.
11352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: February 16, 2007, 03:39:15 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on February 15, 2007, 03:20:32 PM


I take it yours died again?
11353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: February 16, 2007, 03:37:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 09:39:40 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 09:30:46 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 15, 2007, 09:21:08 PM

Quote from: depward on February 15, 2007, 08:38:16 PM

I played FFXII like a madman right when it came out.  Ever since, I'll take a several week break, then come back and play two hours one night and think, "Wow this game is awesome!!" then get distracted again.

I'm right around where you are, Calvin.

Then its definitely time to make finishing this your ONLY rpg project mr. rpg lover that never finishes them.
HOW DARE YOU SIR!   icon_wink

It's just that a lot of games (I'm looking at you, Grandia III) really lose steam towards the end.

Oh absolutely, especially average RPGs, but I can honestly say FF12 is getting better and better at the 27hour mark, I really wish I had more time so I could spend 10 days just blowing through it and doing hunts and everything and staying in the flow of the game like I was last week playing so much, now with work its going to be a much more disjointed experience and I have to choose between main questing or side questing/grinding each night of play. Sucks frown

FFXII had a 10-15 hour stretch in the mid-game that was mind-numbingly dull.  It was nothing but shuffling from place to place with no real character or story advancement.   The final third, however, was very strong story-wise and really helped pick it back up.  The last few hours (and their accompanying cutscenes) are really quite amazing.
11354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Feb/07 on: February 16, 2007, 01:12:57 PM
It's a GBA weekend!  I'll mainly be playing Final Fantasy VI with some Final Fantasy Tactics Advance thrown in.

I've actually got a 4-day weekend, so I should get in plenty of gaming time.  smile
11355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 16, 2007, 12:18:56 PM

Quote from: godhugh on February 16, 2007, 12:04:04 PM

You may want to put that whole post in spoiler tags ROTC since I don't think Gratch has ever played FF6 smile.

S'alright, I already read it.

No worries though, I'm not a big fan of Shadow anyways.  slywink
11356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (GBA) Final Fantasy VI impressions on: February 16, 2007, 04:26:14 AM
I don't care how good the rest of the game is, it was worth playing just to see the Opera House sequence.  I knew Uematsu was a good composer, but that was just sheer brilliance.
11357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: jade empire on: February 16, 2007, 12:40:28 AM
Hated it on X-Box as well.  Pass for me.
11358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best, and worst, concert you've seen on: February 15, 2007, 03:14:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 15, 2007, 02:31:07 PM

Faith No More:  I really like this band, but for the love of all that is holy, don't see them live.  My God, I cannot imagine how many takes are required to get a song to sound coherent, but it damned sure wasn't happening during the concert I went to.  *shudder*

Mike Patton is either really on or really off, depending on which night you catch him.  Saw him twice with Tomahawk:  once was an absolutely mind-blowing show, the other was complete shite.

I'm sure show quality depends on which and/or how many drugs he ingested earlier in the evening.  slywink
11359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best, and worst, concert you've seen on: February 14, 2007, 10:37:57 PM

Absolute Best (this one's easy):
Skinny Puppy (day after Thanksgiving 2004).  One of the most amazing visual spectacles I've seen in any medium.  Not quite the drug-infused mayhem that the "Too Dark Park" or "Last Rights" tour were, but Ogre and company put on a stage show that is rivaled by none.  They're touring again this summer and I can't wait to see them again.

A couple other good ones:
Aquabats (1997'ish).  Any time the band storms onto the stage through back of the audience, goofy tribal music blaring, wearing spandex superhero outfits, tossing marshmellow Peeps and carrying lit tiki torches, you know you're in for a fun show.
Tool (1998).  They played at one of the smaller venues in town.  Place was packed to the gills, and they put on an amazing show.  Saw them a few years later on the Lateralus tour, and they weren't nearly as good.
Nine Inch Nails & Bauhaus (2006).  NIN always puts on a great show, but to have Bauhaus open was a dream come true.
Bad Religion & Dance Hall Crashers (1996).   Bad Religion is one of the few bands that sounds better live than on CD.
Great Big Sea (2005).  Drove through a blizzard to get to this one, and it was awesome.  It was part of a concert series at a snobby concert hall in Park City, so about half the crowd were nose-in-the-air 60 year olds, and the other half were the rowdy rest of us.  Most of the snooty crowd left about the time we started dancing jigs up and down the aisles, but there were a few that joined in and had a blast.


Absolute worst:
- Otto von Shirach (opened for Skinny Puppy, 2004).  Ironically, the worst show I've ever seen was the opening band for the best show I've ever seen.  Words cannot express how completely painful this 40 minutes was.

Other bad ones:
Candlebox (opened for Metallica in 1994'ish).  Partly dissapointment because Alice in Chains was supposed to be the opener and had to cancel the day before the show and partly because they just flat-out sucked.  The only time I've ever seen a band get booed off the stage.
White Zombie (1993) - Nothing but a mind-numbingly loud wall of noise for 2 hours.  We could honestly not even tell what song they were playing for about half the concert.
Beck (1998) - I'm not a big fan of him to begin with (he was part of an all-day festival thing), but he was beyond awful live.
11360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 14, 2007, 05:56:00 PM
Hmmm, tough to narrow it down, but here’s what I’d probably go with:

10.  KOTOR 1 (X-Box) – As an unrepentant Star Wars fanboy, I still contend that KotOR 1 is the best Star Wars experience in any medium in the last 20 years.  Sheer brilliance from start to finish.

9.  Heroes of Might & Magic III (PC) – HOMM 3 was the first computer game I bought after I got my first computer.  I picked it up on a whim at Costco (not knowing anything about it or the HOMM series), and was completely blown away.

8.  Thief 2 (PC) – While I enjoyed both of the other Thief games, T2 was near perfection as a game.  Huge levels, an epic story, amazing game mechanics…T2 had it all.

7.  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) – I’ve put probably more hours into this game than any other I can think of.  And I just repurchased it last week.   icon_redface

6.  Guitar Hero (PS2) – The first time playing “Ziggy Stardust” in Guitar Hero was possibly the greatest gaming moment I’ve ever experienced.

5.  Final Fantasy XII (PS2) – While not as strong a story or characters as the other FF games, XII has possibly my all-time favorite battle system. 

4.  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant (PS2) – A near perfect combination of story, graphics, music, and combat.

3.  Final Fantasy X (PS2) – There’s really only been one other game that I have felt as strong a connection to the characters as FFX, and that’s the game at #1.

2.  Diablo II (PC) – I’ve tried may hack ‘n slash game before and since, and nothing has struck the balance that Diablo II does.  It is truly the measuring stick that all others are measured by.

1.  Final Fantasy VII (PS1) – Honestly, FFVII is the sole reason I’m a gamer.  Before purchasing FFVII, I occasionally played a few sports and racing games, and that was it.  Having missed out on all the SNES RPG’s, I had no idea that such an incredible, epic story could be told in video game format.   I pretty much locked myself in a room for 2 weeks and did nothing but play that game.  I was completely blown away, and became convinced that gaming could be a viable storytelling medium.  Since then, I’ve been able to play most – if not all – of the major RPG’s and have spent thousands of hours with this hobby.  Had I skipped out on FFVII, I doubt I would have ever really become a gamer.

A couple close contenders:  Okami (if it had ended at 25’ish hours, it would probably be top 5), Xenosaga, Burnout 3, Chrono Cross, Tenchu, God of War, The Longest Journey/Dreamfall.
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