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11321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for DS Screens on: February 16, 2006, 12:37:28 AM
Well, no luck for today.  They're hoping to get it in tomorrow, but no promises.

BTW, it got good reviews from both the GI and EGM mags that showed up today.
11322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for DS Screens on: February 15, 2006, 07:52:59 PM
I'm hoping to pick mine up tonight as well.  Oddly, I didn't receive a call last night from 'Aeris at Gamestop' confirming that my pre-order was arriving.  Did it get delayed or something?
11323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 15, 2006, 02:45:53 AM
Double post
11324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 15, 2006, 02:45:16 AM

11325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Selling my Xbox for a PS2 name me some must haves! on: February 13, 2006, 07:08:04 PM
Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero, and Guitar Hero.  smile  Honestly, it is worth every penny of the extra $20.

A few of my other favorites (most of which have already been menioned):

-  Shadow Hearts series (both games are great, but Covenant is quite a bit better.  Helps to play through the first game to understand the full impact of the second.)
-  God of War
-  Final Fantasy X
-  Disgaea
-  Xenosaga (just the first one.  The second game is an absolute mess)
-  Tenchu
-  DQ8
-  Hot Shots Golf
-  Dark Cloud 2

A couple multi-platform that are must play's if you missed them on your X-Box:
-  Burnout Revenge
-  Lego Star Wars (I'd rent it though, as it can easily be beaten in about 8 hours)
-  Beyond Good & Evil

A few games everyone else but me seemed to love for the PS2
-  Metal Gear Solid:  Snake Eater
-  Shadow of the Colossus
-  Star Ocean III
-  RE4
-  Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2
-  Any of the GTA games
11326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 01:53:01 PM
Count me in with the 'controls ruined it' crowd.  I really, really wanted to like it, but I felt like I was fighting the controls more than I was fighting the baddies.  Not exactly my idea of fun.
11327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III reviews trickling in on: February 12, 2006, 12:31:20 AM
I'm going to hold off and pick up Age of Empires DS instead.  GIII is intriguing, but I wasn't a huge fan of the previous games and I'm not a big fan of fast-paced, frantic battle systems.  I'm sure I'll give it a try, but not until after a price drop.
11328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for DS Screens on: February 11, 2006, 02:37:00 PM
I was waffling between AoE DS and Grandia III, but I think AoE just won out.  This looks entirely too cool.
11329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are some good fantasy movies? on: February 10, 2006, 05:38:24 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
The Dark Crystal owns all.

Amen.  DC and Labyrinth were two of my favorite movies as a kid.  I had a Jen & Kira poster on my wall for years.

Did you know they're making a Dark Crystal sequel?
11330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 10, 2006, 05:33:04 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I wonder if the story will make sense.  I watched the subtitled version which floated around the net a few months ago and I was just silly.  

sure looked pretty though.

The story is really pretty lame, even for the most ardent FFVII fanboys (of which I am one).  However, the visuals more than make up for what the story lacks.  It is a absolutely incredible and jaw-dropping work of art.
11331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else regret not being born in today's age? on: February 06, 2006, 05:15:18 AM
Screw the technology.  I'm just miffed because I don't remember girls being nearly as hot when I was in high school.  slywink
11332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A couple Madden 06 questions on: February 06, 2006, 05:14:20 AM
Thanks.  I forgot it was a pre-season game, so that explains the subs.  The fair catch also worked as soon as I took control of the return man.

The stadium music is still horribly annoying, but I guess it's a necessary evil.  Why they didn't give it an 'Off' option is beyond me.  Michaels also didn't make any play call goofs in the last 2 games I played, so it must have been an isolated thing.
11333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A couple Madden 06 questions on: February 05, 2006, 08:35:20 PM
So I'm a little late to the Madden party this year.  Picked up a used copy of Madden 06 yesterday to get my yearly football game fix.  Unfortunately, it came without a manual, so I have a couple questions:

1.  How do you call a Fair Catch?  I can't find it anywhere on the controller settings.  My punt returner keeps fumbling the ball since he's getting hit the moment he catches it.  I've resorted to moving everyone away from the ball, but then I run the risk of losing 10-15 yards on the bounce.

2.  Why do my players get randomly subbed out in Francise mode games?  Playing with the Steelers, I noticed about halfway through the 2nd quarter that Roethlesburger & Bettis were both out.  There was nothing on the injury report, and I was able to sub them both right back in.  Playing against the Eagles (same game), neither McNabb or Westbrook played after halftime.  Again, no injury to either of them.  Granted, McNabb was 0-10 at halftime, but I was only up 10 points so I can't think of why they would sub him.

3.  Is there a way to turn off the god-awful music during the game without completely turning off the crowd noise?  I figured out how to switch it out of the menus, but not the actual in-game music.  Hearing that shite after every play is grating on my nerves, but completely shutting off the crowd noise kills the experience.

4.  Is Al Michaels saying the wrong team name a random bug, or a common occurrence?  I was on offense with the Steelers, and Michaels kept saying 'Pittsburgh comes out in a 4 man front.'.  Ummm, no.  The defense may be in a 4-man front, but I'm pretty sure Pittsburgh is in the I formation.  I wish there was a way to keep Al and turn off John.  Madden's commentary just keeps getting worse and worse.
11334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 artist fired for small criticism of console on: February 03, 2006, 07:17:23 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Nice Sony. Classy. Sets a great precedent. Way to be.

Yeah.  Never mind the fact that he's criticizing his employer in a public forum, that he's listing specifics that (from what I understand) are now being taken as fact by industry folks, and that I'm sure he is breaking a NDA by spouting off like he did.  Whether it's true or not is irrelevant.  The guy is just an idiot.

Er, I mean Sony is teh Evil.
11335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Final Fantasy 12 info on: February 02, 2006, 11:35:43 PM
I'm not terribly concerned about the FMV sequences, but I also have a big problem with the save points.  I just don't have that much time to game anymore, and long stretches to find save points are nearly impossible.  It's not a game killer (the MMORPG feel is far more disconcerting to me than save points, but that's another discussion), but is definately an annoyance.

My understanding is that most games tend to get tweaked between their Japanese & US release.  Maybe they'll add in more save points for us wussy US gamers.
11336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sunday Skin - 1/29 on: January 31, 2006, 01:13:17 PM

She is stunning.  Is she just some random chick, or does she have her own site?
11337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has There Ever Been a Better Trilogy than POP? on: January 31, 2006, 01:11:45 PM
I much prefer the Thief trilogy to PoP.
11338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday time waster... on: January 28, 2006, 06:24:05 PM
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)   88%

Gee, that's a big surprise.
11339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This just in! Jessica Simpson Likes her Tatas! on: January 24, 2006, 02:10:22 PM
I'll agree that she has great breasts, but her face is hideous.   Not attractive at all, imo.
11340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS1 recommendations? on: January 18, 2006, 07:01:18 PM
Just FYI, FF7 does have quite a bit of foul language (shit, Goddamn, etc.) that may or may not be appropriate for younger kids.  Depends on your attitude towards that stuff, I suppose.

Most of the Squaresoft (man, it feels wierd typing that) PS1 RPG's are excellent.  The FF games, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Vagrant Story, the Mana series, and FF:  Tactics are all worth a look.  Their interest for a 9-year-old would probably vary, but I'd say FFIX, Chrono Cross, or the Mana games would be good ones.

Also, try to find a copy of Skullmonkeys.  It's a hilarious platformer done in a claymation style.  It's pretty difficult, but an absolute blast to play.
11341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: January 17, 2006, 03:33:29 AM
Woo hoo, I just beat the 300,000 mark! Managed a 322,768 on 'Unsung' on Expert level. Those 8X star power multipliers during the end run racked up a shit-ton of points.

Sorry, my wife wasn't impressed and I had to brag to someone.  Cool
11342  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: DQ8 wanted: Resident Evil 4 on: January 17, 2006, 01:32:43 AM
11343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ on: January 17, 2006, 01:30:32 AM
Wait, there's a main site?    (I keed, I keed...)

Congrats KD.  Sounds great!
11344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos 2 coming to US on: January 16, 2006, 10:07:30 PM
If they got rid of the card timer, Baten Kaitos would be one of my favorite RPG's ever.  The graphics and music were simply beautiful, the story was decent, and the battle card mechanic was a blast.   That damn card timer took all the fun out of it at the higher levels, though.  Having 2 seconds to choose a card made it much more frantic and frustrating than it needed to be, and I never did make it all the way through.

Hopefully they find better voice actors as well.  Thankfully you could turn the VO off, otherwise I wouldn't have made it nearly as far as I did.  The VO work was Hall of Shame material for sure.
11345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamer Loses Games In Fire on: January 16, 2006, 07:30:34 PM
Any updates?
11346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Japanese sales data 12/26 - 01/01 on: January 15, 2006, 04:14:34 PM
Anyone else surprised to see both Star Wars:  Episode III and Lego Star Wars on that list?  I figured the Ep III game would sell (I didn't  expect top 10), but I had no idea the Lego game sold that well.
11347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever wanted to love a game you absolutely hate? on: January 11, 2006, 10:44:24 PM
I've got quite a few games that I have purchased more than once, hoping that I could see what everyone was raving about:

Kingdom Hearts
The GTA games
Zelda:  Windwaker
Advance Wars
Any MMORPG (tried DAoC, FFXI, & City of Heroes.  Couldn't get into any of them)
Halflife (1 or 2)
11348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 10, 2006, 01:48:41 PM

I'm in Baccarat trying to find out why the casino is closed.  It seemeed the most logical place to go, but maybe I missed something.
11349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 10:15:52 PM
I can't remember the name (I haven't played since before X-mas), but it's the first town you come to after getting the ship.  I haven't actually hit the dungeon proper yet, but I know from the random encounters outside of town that I will need to level up before I do.  I've been getting my ass kicked pretty good.  I thought I had been doing a good job of levelling (I'd spend at least a full game-day each time I turned the game on doing nothing but levelling), but apparently not.

I'm also realizing that I have built a couple of my characters incorrectly.  I started out building sword skills on the main character, then switched to boomerang once I finally got one and realized what a better weapon it is.  I now use the boomerang almost exclusively, but I've got about 20 points in a sword skill that I haven't used more than once or twice in the last 10 hours.  Oops.  I developed Yangus OK, but I split off too many points for Jessica between staff and Sex Appeal as well.  My characters are probably too underpowered now, but I just can't bring myself to start over and rebuild them from the beginning.
11350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: January 09, 2006, 09:34:43 PM
Ugh, I've really hit the wall with DQ8.  I'm about 25 hours in, and I've reached the point that I will need to spend a few hours levelling before tackling the next dungeon.  While I enjoy the combat for the most part, I just can't bring myself to spend the time level-grinding.

I love this game, but the ultra-simplistic story and characters are starting to cause it to lose a bit of lustre.  frown
11351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hilarious Guitar Hero News Report on: January 07, 2006, 10:09:50 PM
lol.  That's classic.
11352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 06, 2006, 07:36:24 PM
Played for about 3 hours last night, and ended up pretty unimpressed.  While the graphics are stellar, the combination of repetitive environments and extensive backtracking make the game pretty dull.  Once you get past the 'wow' factor, it's just really not that much fun.  Bought it used, so it'll be going back tomorrow afternoon.

I am, however, really enjoying the Doom RPG cell phone game.  It's a perfect time-killer for 10-20 minute stretches, and it quite fun.  How sad is it that I enjoy the cheap little cell phone game more than the multi-million dollar version?
11353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 05, 2006, 11:24:36 PM
I'm not a big FPS game (I think the last console one I played was Republic Commando), so I definately don't suffer from FPS 'overkill'.  I think I'll give it a shot.
11354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How was Doom 3 on the X-Box on: January 05, 2006, 05:29:30 PM
I was somewhat interested in Doom 3, but my PC wasn't beefy enough to run it.  Since the X-Box version just dropped to $20, I'm looking at possibly picking it up.  The reviews were pretty good (87% on Gamerankings), but I wanted to get the collective GT opinion before I did so.  

Yea or Nay?
11355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where can I download FF7 Advent Children trailer from on: January 02, 2006, 05:58:26 AM
It's not officially out yet in the US, but it has been released in Japan.  Last I heard it was supposed to get a US release sometime in the next month or so.  Having seen the Japanese version, I can vouch for the fact that it will be worth every penny when it comes out here.  Definately a day one purchase, even though I've already watched it about a dozen times.
11356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Impressions!!! on: January 02, 2006, 05:56:20 AM
Quote from: "shon"
I am still trying to beat the game on Extreme.  I am down to 2 songs.

Let me guess...'Cowboys from Hell' and 'Bark at the Moon'?  Those are the only two I haven't been able to finish on Expert.
11357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Over 30, 40... or, erm... 50? Read this now! on: December 31, 2005, 04:21:34 PM
Great article, and it describes the exact reasons why I have never enjoyed multiplayer gaming.  1)  I simply don't have the desire to put in the time to be remotely competitive at these games, which in turn means they aren't a lot of fun for me when/if I play online.  2)  Every time I've played on-line, it's been against some obnoxious 12-year-old either talking l33t or cursing like a sailor.  

I'll just stick to my single player games that I can play at my own pace, thanks.
11358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What did you get for Christmas? on: December 26, 2005, 05:00:23 AM
Not much in the way of actual presents this year, as we're flying out for a weeks vacation tomorrow.  Did manage to score a decent inexpensive digital camera (Fuji 4.1 MP), a couple Monty Python CD's, and the 'Rudy' DVD.
11359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jennifer Aniston is apparently a man on: December 24, 2005, 03:08:31 PM
GQ names Jennifer Aniston 'Man of the Year'

Ummm...OK.   Apparently no one did anything better this year than 'showing good humor during her breakup with Brad Pitt'.  Just when I thought GQ couldn't get any less relevant
11360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or PSP? on: December 23, 2005, 03:50:06 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Farscry_Redux"
So, where are the discussions on the great games out for the PSP?

They're still loading?   :wink:

Dammit Warning, you owe me a new monitor.

Tru1cy does have a point.  It's only recently that the DS has come into it's own game-wise.  I'm really hoping that the games for the PSP eventually catch up with the sweet hardware, but I don't see much indication that they will in the near future.  I've been very 'meh' about the list of upcoming PSP games.  If they suddenly started announcing some quality RPG titles (hell, even ports would be fine at this point), I could generate some interest in the system.  Until then, the DS will be my system of choice.
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