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11321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advance Wars: Dual Strike - great reviews so far! on: August 23, 2005, 02:53:43 PM
I'm so torn on AW.  Normally I really enjoy TBS games, but for some reason the first one didn't really grab me.  However, it was one of 6 games I picked up when I bought my GBA, and I don't know if I really gave it a chance.  I tend to do 'game overload' when I get a new system and never really devote time to a single game.  I never tried AW2, but the DS version has me seriously tempted.  

Maybe I'll pick it up as a b-day present to myself today.
11322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ringtones on: August 21, 2005, 02:51:01 PM
Quote from: "Baku"
Hey, Im looking for final fantasy VII thru X-2 ringtones and wallpaper, where is a GOOD site that has like poly tones and such?

im looking desperately for this and i cant find anything frown

btw my carrier is...alltel

MIDI files for damn near every old video game.  I currently use the FFVII theme and a couple of the Zelda songs on mine.
11323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG editorial has made me have serious Xbox 360 2nd thoughts. on: August 20, 2005, 04:49:37 PM
I still wonder about the percentage of $400 vs. $300 units that will be sold.  I have the feeling that the $300 units will sell far greater than MS expects (unless they manufacture a shortage).   Keep in mind that we (the avid, well-informed gamers) are probably in the minority when it comes to those buying the system.  Sure, none of us would even consider buying the non-HD version, but soccer mom buying an X-mas present at Wal-Mart is going to buy the cheaper one.  Somehow I doubt that the avid:casual purchaser ratio is 80:20.
11324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who have you met? on: August 20, 2005, 12:42:20 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
Anthrax, at the venue they were playing that night. Had sandwiches with them smile That was very cool, as I was a huge fan back then.

I got backstage passes for a show they played with Public Enemy and Primus.  They were great guys and passed the beer around very liberally to us then-16 year olds.  Scott Ian is a seriously funny guy.  They let us hang with them for almost an hour, and were telling some great groupie stories.  I also got to meet Chuck D & Flavor Flav at that show.  Chuck was an incredibly nice, well-spoken guy (as if anyone would be surprised by that), and Flav was completely batshit insane.  Seriously, that guy has more than a few screws loose.  Nice guy, but just bizzare.
11325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Death Jr. = Not so good on: August 17, 2005, 02:11:56 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
Quote from: "Destructor"
On a more serious note though - there are very few games actually worth putting time to on the PSP. I should know - I got mine near the US launch, and all I own is Wipeout and Lumines. That's it.

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

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

That's what I just did.  Put more play time into my DS in the first week than I did my PSP in 2 months.  Meteos is horribly addicting.
11326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 01:36:29 AM
BG&E is one of my favorites as well.  Whoever was in charge of marketing for it should be dragged out back and shot.

Too bad we'll never see a sequel.  frown
11327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS : How many stuck/dead pixels do you have on: August 16, 2005, 11:29:39 AM
Had mine for a month or so.  No dead pixels at all.
11328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 16, 2005, 12:33:58 AM
Huh, I never knew so many people hated the NWN official campaign.  I really enjoyed it.  :shrug:
11329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 01:52:03 PM
I felt the same way ATB.  I never thought I'd see the day when a Bioware game made me feel absolutely zero connection to the characters, but this one managed it.  Add in the lame story, so-so graphics, and dull combat system, and you've got yourself a dud.
11330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 15, 2005, 03:26:14 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Thank goodness for Gamestop's used game return policy

What's this?

Gamestop (well, at least the Gamestop by me) will let you return any used game for full credit within 7 days.  It's a lifesaver when you drop a chunk of change on some duds.
11331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 15, 2005, 03:24:33 AM
Quote from: "EddieA"
"Wrath Unleashed (the description of an updated 'Archon' intrigued me), Drakenguard, and Tsugunai: Atonement were all basically terrible."
A local used game store has had a copy of Tsugunai for $10 for a long time, and it keeps calling out to me to take it home slywink  I know it got mediocre reviews, but I love timing-based RPG battles, a la Shadow Hearts.  What didn't you like about it?

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

The one saving grace is the soundtrack, which is absolutely brilliant.  I've had the soundtrack for a few years now, and that's really the only reason I wanted to try the game.  Last time that happened was with Shadow Hearts, which became one of my all time favorites.  It's done by Yasounori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger/Cross, Shadow Hearts, Xenosaga), and has some incredibly moving and haunting pieces.
11332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 14, 2005, 09:12:23 PM
I pucked up 3 'average' games last week, and promptly realized why they received their respective ratings.  Wrath Unleashed (the description of an updated 'Archon' intrigued me), Drakenguard, and Tsugunai:  Atonement were all basically terrible.  

Thank goodness for Gamestop's used game return policy, as it allowed me to pick up Baldur's Gate 2 for the PC and Burnout 3 instead.  2 games that I already know I enjoy.  smile
11333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hopes for the Next Gen of Console Gaming on: August 12, 2005, 02:54:13 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Downloadable Content - I hope that a new trend is that good games don't die after release.  Like Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, the majority of folks know this is a great game and I am happy to see them adding new levels for coop and multiplayer.  I would like to see good games continue to have content added.

The only concern I have with this trend is that we will see console developers develop the PC mindset of, "We can release a buggy mess and patch it later."  As someone who doesn't ever play console games on-line, and therefore has no use for X-Box live, this would really upset me.
11334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hopes for the Next Gen of Console Gaming on: August 12, 2005, 01:33:50 PM
All I ask for is something original.  I'm so tired of seeing sequel after sequel with the same ideas and gameplay mechanics rehashed over and over again.  There was an artice in EGM last month that said in 2005, Fable was the only game in the top 50 sellers for the year that wasn't a sequel.  That's really pretty sad.

I know it's a case of supply and demand, but it's depressing to see absolute gems like Beyond Good & Evil be complete flops, while Pokemon 9,352 sells millions of copies.  I know there still has to be some innovative gaming ideas left out there, and hopefully we see some of them in this next generation (even though I highly doubt it).
11335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden on: August 11, 2005, 03:42:25 PM
The insane difficulty and lack of saves quickly killed my interest in NG.  There's too many good games out there to be spending hours replaying the same sections over and over again.  The lack of saves only get worse as the game progresses.  It it bugs you that bad now, you'll be reaching controller-chucking levels of frustration pretty soon.
11336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 01:26:53 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Someone said that most would be getting Oblivion on the PC... I think that perhaps from hardcore gamers on forums like this (which honetly represents a small % of total gamers) that may be true... but I think this time Oblivion will sell considerably more on the 360 than the PC version will.

I totally agree.  Personally, I play very few games on my PC anymore, so I haven't bothered to keep it updated with the latest and greatest video card, sound, etc..  It's not worth spending the $500-$1000 it would cost to upgrade my computer so it would run Oblivion worth a crap, so I'll just play it whenever I eventually pick up a 360.
11337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFTA Question on: August 10, 2005, 01:15:21 AM
Put close to 100 hours into FFTA, and I've never stolen a skill.   The only reason I ever played a thief was to get to Ninja.

P.S.  I'm assuming you're referring to the thief's 'Steal - Ability' skill.
11338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: August 09, 2005, 07:06:26 PM
If this is a tease, I'm going to beat you.  slywink

I'm curious how much localization really costs.  It seems to me that since the bulk of the work on the game is already completed, localization wouldn't really cost that much (compared to the rest of the process).  I would think a game would have to sell an insanely low amount of copies for it to lose money on a US release.
11339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 09, 2005, 07:02:07 PM
God of War with Meteos coming in a close second.
11340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 09, 2005, 01:20:49 PM
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
For all the Microsoft haters I ask two questions:

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

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

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

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

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

I think there's a big difference between "microsoft haters" and "not remotely interested in even a single X-Box 360 launch title".  Just like the PSP, I think the 360 has great potential, but until they release some games that I'm interested in, I could care less about it.
11341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Bond Girl! on: August 09, 2005, 01:16:48 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"

3.  Breasticles pass my expection

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

11342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 09, 2005, 02:37:05 AM
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
3. Omikron: The Nomad Soul==> This DC game offered exploration and a world  on a epic scale. At the time I had never seen anything like it. It paved the way for open ended games with large worlds.

Wasn't that the game David Bowie did all the music for?  I remember picking it up for that fact alone, and not liking it much.  But maybe I'm thinking of a different game.
11343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Thirteen upcoming games to watch... on: August 08, 2005, 07:12:45 PM
I have Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Meteos.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another game.  slywink

Seriously though, there are some exciting things on the horizon for the DS.  I'm sure I'll pick up FF3, Lunar, Advance Wars DS, Castlevania, and FF:  Crystal Chronicles, and we've also got Xenosaga and Baiten Kaitos games in the works as well.  Trauma Center looks quirky enough that it might be worth a shot.
11344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Bond Girl! on: August 07, 2005, 12:40:07 AM
While I agree it seems a little cheap (OK, a lot cheap) on EA's part, I think she's smoking hot.

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

11345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Makai Kingdom on: August 06, 2005, 02:19:00 PM
I'm really fighting the urge to pick this one up.  I loved Disgaea, but after spending close to 60 hours with it, La Pucelle and Phantom Brave just seemed like MOTS to me and I lost interest pretty quickly.  I'm a little nervous that the same thing would happen with MK.
11346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 06, 2005, 02:16:11 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
Not sure what direction to go now.  Maybe i need to reconsider Dark Allaince or Xmen or Jade Empire.  Or just play my rpg's on pc.

If lack of story is a problem, then you definately don't want to play Dark Alliance.  DA's story makes Fable look epic.
11347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 05, 2005, 05:22:37 PM
1.   Final Fantasy VII - This was my first console RPG, and is honestly the only reason I ever got into gaming at all.  Prior to FFVII, I played a few sports and driving games, but nothing that I could have ever considered emotionally involving.  FFVII made me realize what a powerful storytelling medium video games can be, and sparked my interest in gaming in general.   Thanks to this game, I have purchased nearly every RPG released since 1998, as well as playing through some of the ‘classic’ games in the genre.  Sure, it has it’s flaws, but any game that makes me want to play through 40+ hours 3 times has to be at the top of the list.
2.   Shadow Hearts:  Covenant – For me, SH:  C is the perfect combination of story, graphics, gameplay, characters, exploration, battle system, music, cinematics…basically everything.   I picked up the first game in this series on a whim, and was completely floored by both games.  IMO, this is as close to perfect as an RPG can get.
3.   Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - This has to go on the list simply for the sheer amount of hours I put into it - over 90 – which is far more than any other game I’ve ever played.  The story was only so-so, but the strategic battles and character development kept me absolutely hooked for months.

Honestly, Star Wars:  KotOR and Beyond Good & Evil would probably be tied for #3 on this list, but since we can’t include games that were released on other platforms…
11348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New FF VII game? on: August 04, 2005, 06:53:12 PM
And FFVII:  Advent Children is coming to DVD/UMD and possibly a limited theatrical release.

Even to a rabid FFVII fanboy, this milking of the franchise is a bit much.
11349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III out today (images heavy) on: August 04, 2005, 01:01:27 AM
Never played Grandia I, but I didn't care much for Grandia II.  It wasn't necessarily bad, it was just one of the most bland, cliched RPG's I've ever seen.  There was literally nothing unique about it at all.

Grandia III does look pretty intriguing (from what I've seen), and that Famitsu review makes me really hope it gets released here.
11350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS wireless question on: August 03, 2005, 02:36:58 PM
Maybe the DS has a really good range and it was reaching from Utah to NJ.

And yes, I am stalking you.  slywink
11351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS wireless question on: August 03, 2005, 01:28:02 AM
I'm sitting on my couch playing Meteos last night, and all of a sudden the top screen shows something like 'Player 2 connected'.  It stayed that way for about 30 seconds, then went back to normal.

My understanding is that the wireless connection for DS is pretty limited range-wise.  Is that correct?  If so, I'm a little freaked out because it means someone was standing in my yard with a DS at 11:30.  Seems a little...odd.
11352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 02:47:55 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
Am I the only fool that is looking forward more to the unreleased titles for this generation rather than the upcomming xbox360 et al?

Nope.  I've seen precious little from the next-gen systems that interests me at all.  We seriously need more good RPG's!
11353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kids. on: August 02, 2005, 02:23:25 AM
We're kicking around this dilemma right now.  The only way for us to have kids is either in vitro (around $14,000) or adoption (slightly less at 10 - 12k).  I wouldn't mind adopting, but Mrs. Gratch really wants to have kids of 'our own'.  I'd prefer the adoption route as I have a feeling her multiple health issues are going to make for a very tough pregnancy.

We'll see what happens, but since women usually get their way, we're probably going to try for our own first.
11354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 02:17:38 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
From what I've read.

Launch Titles:

Perfect Dark Zero
Madden 06
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GR3)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Test Drive Unlimited
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
SSX 4 (simply because it will be out before the 360)

"Launch Window" Titles:

PGR3 (may not be a launch game)

Wow, you just saved me $300!  Not a single title there that I would consider a 'must have'.  Hell, there's only two (Oblivion and SSX4) that I would consider buying at all, and even those would require some incredible reviews.

After my PSP experience, I refuse to get suckered into purchasing day one, and have to sit on it for months (or years) until any good games come out.  Much rather wait until there is an established library, then pick up a bunch of stuff at once.
11355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 7 weeks without playing anything... *Updated* on: July 31, 2005, 05:18:33 AM
So am I the only one that thinks that - outside of a couple titles - General's list reads like a 'do not buy' list for the system.

Minority Report?  Night Caster?  Spawn Armageddon?  Batman Dark Tomorrow?  NFL Fever?  You couldn't pay me to play those games.
11356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: July 29, 2005, 03:24:06 AM
Quote from: "Galadriels"
I got a creeping feeling that we won't a North American release of Shadow Hearts 3 any time soon, unless the game did surprisingly well in Japan.  However, the odds are heavily stacked against it.  Given that it will likely be overshadowed by the Square-Enix's 2005 Party this weekend, plus the release of GRANDIA III by Square-Enix next week.

This is a pity as Shadow Hearts 3 just received a very high score by Famitsu, 35/40, and an equivalent of "Editor's Choice".  So this game is very high quality RPG.  

I guess a lot of people missed my question above about whether people in NA would want to play an RPG made in Japan about the States.  The top brass at Japanese publisher may conclude that the answer is no, given that a RPG made in the U.S. about Japan would likely receive little interest overthere as well.  When taking into account that Shadow Hearts 2 did only around 110~120k in NA, there is significant risk involved in bringing it over.

::plugs ears::


Seriously though, given the sales of the first two games, I could understand if it never made it to this side of the pond.  It doesn't make me any less dissapointed about it, but I can understand the reasoning.
11357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: July 28, 2005, 11:29:52 AM

Too bad we'll never see anything like that in the States.  frown
11358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA Trax on: July 27, 2005, 03:28:44 AM
While I agree that the bulk of the EA Trax are utter crap, they do throw some good ones in every once in a while.  NCAA 06 had Bad Religion, The Clash, and De La Soul, so it can't be all bad...right?
11359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Is is just me, or... on: July 26, 2005, 06:52:07 PM
I should probably clarify.  I can count on one hand the number of times any of my 'portable' gaming systems have left the house.    99% of my gaming is done on the couch, so portable durability (i.e. getting dropped, bumped, etc.) is not a concern.  Maybe that's why the PSP felt so much more durable to me.

I think that maybe the hands thing isn't necessarily the size of one's hands, more that certain hand sizes have a hard time.  For example, with my particular hand size, the bottom corners seem to dig in to an area between thumb and forefinger and become very uncomfortable.
11360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: July 26, 2005, 11:52:14 AM
I'm about 2 hours in, and still trying to decide if I like it or not.  The art style and story are good enough, but the screen by screen movement system is certainly going to take some getting used to.  

Judgement pending...
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