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11321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos II Screens on: October 21, 2005, 01:18:30 AM
I probably would have kept playing if it wasn't for that damn timer.  The further you progress in the game, the shorter amount of time you have to select your cards.  You get to point of having less than 2 seconds to play a card, and choosing the wrong one could be disasterous.  Had they removed that one gameplay mechanic, BK would have been a much more enjoyable game.
11322  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 20, 2005, 11:33:56 PM
+1 to Devil
11323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos II Screens on: October 20, 2005, 04:22:34 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
God, the first game was absolutely horrid. I can't believe Namco's making a sequel to it.

BK was one of the few games last year that I acutally enjoyed.  It got fairly monotonous about 18 hours in, (I never did actually finish it), but I really enjoyed it.  It is still one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen.  

Well, I should quantify that by saying I really enjoyed it after turning the voices off.  That was quite possibly the worst voice acting ever recorded.
11324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many games have you bought/Acquired in 2005? on: October 20, 2005, 02:57:54 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
I probably bought another 50 or so, but they were used and most cost between $1 and $10.

Those don't count?  I rarely buy games new, and will usually wait months until I can find a used copy on the cheap before I'll give them a try.  Since games are so hit and miss with me (lately it's usually 'miss' frown ), it's very seldom that I will pay full price for one.

As far as being rich and/or frugal...not really.  It's very, very seldom that a game grabs me enough to actually play it all the way through.  In fact, I'd bet that half of the games I purchased this year were returned for credit within 30-60 days.  There's many more I didn't list that I returned within Gamestop's 7-day exchange (thank goodness for that policy!).  I play games until I get bored with them, and have no qualms about trading them in unfinished.
11325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Metroid Prime comes with... a rumble pack? on: October 19, 2005, 06:12:32 PM
Isn't that Metroid Pinball, not Prime?
11326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many games have you bought/Acquired in 2005? on: October 19, 2005, 12:48:30 PM
Here's what I can remember off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are more:

-  Digital Devil Saga
-  Onimusha3
-  God of War
-  Tenchu 3
-  Katamari Damacy (again)
-  Jak III
-  Stella Deus
-  Altilier Iris
-  Disgaea (again)
-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant (again)
-  Dark Cloud 2 (again)
-  Drakengard
-  .hack - Vol 1
-  Tsunugai

-  Burnout 3:  Revenge
-  Psi-Ops
-  Burnout 3: Takedown (again)
-  Tenchu 3 (again)
-  Psychonauts
-  Lord of the Rings:  Third Age
-  Jade Empire
-  Phantom Dust
-  Wrath Unleashed
-  NCAA '06
-  Thief 3
-  Forza Motorsport
-  Fable (again)
-  Oddworld:  Strangers Wrath

-  Castlevania DS
-  Meteos
-  Advance Wars DS
-  Fire Emblem
-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-  Rebelstar Command
-  Zelda:  Minish Cap
-  Riviera

-  RE4
-  Baten Kaitos
-  Tales of Symphonia

-  Tony Hawk
-  Lumines
-  FIFA '06
-  Hot Shots Golf Fore
-  Wipeout Pure

-  Sacred Gold
-  Black & White 2
-  Baldur's Gate 2 collection
-  Medival:  Total War
-  Age of Wonders 2 collection
-  Neverwinter Nights Platinum
-  Morrowind
-  Pirates!

And as of right now, the only games I still own are:
-  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
-  Sacred Gold (which is up for trade)
-  Age of Wonders Collection
-  Baldur's Gate 2 collection

The PSP & GBA were sold, and all my games were either traded or sold.  Oddly enough, I'm perfectly OK with that and plan on buying very few games in the forseeable future.
11327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 19, 2005, 02:17:00 AM

11328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 free demo available on: October 18, 2005, 07:57:15 PM
Picked up the DQVIII demo yesterday and was completely unimpressed.  Everything about it had the feel of the bland, boring, uninspired gameplay which (just IMO, of course) has been the hallmark of Enix developed games.  DQVIII just seems like more of the same thing we’ve been playing for years, only prettier.

Then again, I’m going through my ‘jaded gamer’ phase right now, so maybe it’s just me.
11329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I need to quit gaming for a while on: October 14, 2005, 09:48:20 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Half-Life 2, Halo 1 & 2, Dynasty Warriors Version 3,4 and 5, Burnout 3 (and revenge is really good too). RE4 and Zelda have also entertained me beyond the point of remembering to go to bed. smile

That's the sad part.  I've tried every one of those games, and the only one I enjoyed for more than a few hours was Burnout 3.  If I can't get into the supposed 'best of the best', then maybe I am hopeless.  Hell, I even bought a Gamecube twice - once when Zelda came out and once when once when RE4 came out.  Ended up selling it both times because once I realized I didn't care for either game, there wasn't anything else that made me want to keep it.

One of my biggest pet peeves (I do realize I'm in the minority here) is the trend towards open-ended gaming.  There is nothing I hate more than wandering around wondering what to do next.  Many of the newer RPG's are leaning that way by giving 8,000 different quests and letting the player decide which to do first.  No thanks.  I much prefer something stricly linear like FFX where I'm lead from place to place with a strong narrative and memorable characters.  Hell, even platformers - which used to be simple, straightforward fun - are picking up on the trend.  I tried Jak 3 a while back and ended up wandering around for an hour wondering what the hell I was supposed to be doing.  Granted, I'm probably just an idiot and missed something obvious, but it insanely frustrating.  This probably sounds like a 'grumpy old man' rant, so I'll stop while I'm ahead.  slywink

I like the idea of sticking with one game.  I'm mainly an RPG gamer, but I do enjoy stealth action (mainly the Thief and Tenchu variety, not the Splinter Cell or Metal Gear type.  Not into military games of any type.).  maybe I'll play through one of those again, as I thoroughly enjoyed both those games.
11330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I need to quit gaming for a while on: October 14, 2005, 05:19:56 PM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
Sounds like you need a good dose of multplayer. Single player games are great but playing with other people makes games a whole new experience.

For example playing BF2 last night with Doomboy and we were on Mash City not sure if your familar with the concept of conquest but the there are several strategic sites marked by a flag the idea is to take and keep these sites.

Well my squad was at the mosque site and the flag kept dropping and we couldn't figure out why, there were no MEC soldiers around then it occured to me the bastards were on the roof. Oh and not just one bastard like 5 or 6 of them. Hadn't even occured to me to do that but sure enough they did, it took a helicopter dropping them off but it's do able. Of course we dug em out with grenades and arty strikes but thats the point never know what your going to get against other human players. Even if doomy didn't have any freaking grenades to help out with..


Actually, I have never enjoyed multiplayer games.  Some of it is the obnoxious-profanity-spewing-12-year-old to decent gamer ratio, some of it is the fact that I don't have enough 'practice' gaming time to actually be good enough to enjoy it, and some of it is the simple fact that gaming - for me - is a very individual hobby.  (Hence my penchant towards RPG's)

i've tried both MMORPG's (which I absoutely despise, but that's a whole 'nother topic) and online shooters, and quickly grew tired of both.  I did enjoy playing the first UT online, but that's about it.
11331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I need to quit gaming for a while on: October 14, 2005, 05:00:37 PM
I think I might need a break from gaming for a while.  I don’t know if it’s the games themselves, or if it’s the fact that I have become the stereotypical cynical, jaded gamer, but I just don’t seem to be enjoying gaming anymore.  Nearly everything I play has that been-there-done-that feeling to it, and there is absolutely nothing that feels remotely innovative or creative.  Even when I come across a game that I enjoy, there are always these little things that frustrate me and I’ll quit playing.  For example, I was really quite enjoying Digital Devil Saga.  The artwork, music, characters, story…everything was great.  But the encounter rate took the frustration level through the roof, and I quit playing.  A few years ago, I may have soldiered on and tried to finish, but now I simply lose interest and figure the frustration level isn’t worth it.  It is a very rare occasion that I put more than 8 hours into a game, and that seems a struggle even with games I enjoy.    Hell, I recently sold Castlevania DS, Advance Wars DS, and Black & White 2 after only a week.  They received great reviews and I really wanted to like them, but every time I sat down with them, I either got frustrated or bored within an hour.

Honestly, I’m really hoping that taking a break for a while will renew my interest in what has been my favorite hobby for the last 15+ years.  I just wish that there was a game that could give me that ‘Wow’ feeling that I used to get when playing games.  A game that I could sit down to play, look up the clock and realize that 3 hours just flew by.  It’s been far too long since that happened, and maybe stepping away for a while will help.

We’ll see.  frown
11332  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have Atari 2600 joysticks? on: October 14, 2005, 12:15:47 AM
We just dug my wife's old Atari 2600 out of the basement, but all we have are the paddles.  Anyone have some spare joysticks laying around that still work?
11333  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 14, 2005, 12:14:39 AM
+1 to warning.  Great as always.
11334  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Castlevania DS, Black & White II, Meteos, more on: October 12, 2005, 12:56:58 PM
Sorry Mytocles, but Warning beat you to it.
11335  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Castlevania DS, Black & White II, Meteos, more on: October 12, 2005, 01:15:01 AM
A few newish titles that for some reason or another didn't really grab me.  All prices include shipping:

-  Black & White II (PC) - $30 *sale pending*
-  Castlevania:  Dawn of Sorrow (DS) - $25 *sold*
-  Sacred Gold - $15
-  Baldur's Gate II Collection (includes BGII, BGII expansion, & soundtrack disc) - $18
-  Meteos (DS) - $16 *sold*

Not looking for much in the way of trades, but make me an offer (PC, PS2, DS, XBox) and we'll see if something strikes my fancy.
11336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Didn't preorder the Xbox 360? Have fun camping out! on: October 08, 2005, 06:09:15 PM
You guys did notice the fine print on Ritz Camera, right?

A 4 game minimum purchase is recommended from our supplier with each Xbox console order to be considered for early order allocation. Product will be heavily constrained through the Holiday season and placement of order does not guarantee immediate shipment.
11337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar: Dragon Song on: October 07, 2005, 06:19:13 PM
Quote from: "weleavefossils"

The battles are sort of odd, and I don't know if im missing something, but I have yet to figure out how to select who I want to attack first, but I'll just have to check the manual for that.  

My understanding from the reviews is that you can't select enemies to attack.  This and the losing-HP-while-running thing sealed the 'No Buy' for me.
11338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: Fable on: October 06, 2005, 02:05:56 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
So overall, it was great fun at first.  Got very engaging towards the middle and then ended up as a 'I'm going to finish it just to finish it' for me.

I'd still recommend it, but with caution. I would be willing to play a sequel though!

That sums up my feelings exactly.  I also thought the end was a huge letdown, and the last hour or so really took the shine off what had been a fantastically fun game.

I will be picking up The Lost Chapters for X-Box when it comes out.
11339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the heck are you getting this week? (Week of October 3) on: October 03, 2005, 04:34:24 PM
Castlevania DS and maybe Trauma Center
11340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disgaea 2 Japanese Playstation Mag Scans on: October 02, 2005, 03:39:55 PM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Anyone else think the first screen looks like something out of Nightmare before Christmas??

That's a bad thing?
11341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 30, 2005, 01:02:15 PM
I enjoy anime, but don't watch nearly as much as I used to.  I own most of the 'big name' anime movies (Spirited Away, Mononoke, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, etc.) and a few series (Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Lodoss War), but I don't really go out of my way to track down new series.  I found that it's simply too expensive to collect anime, and no place around here has a decent selection to rent.  Maybe I'll try Netflix or something...
11342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda guarantees Oblivion for XBox 360 launch on: September 30, 2005, 12:57:49 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Just of note, they could technically patch this game just as easily as the PC version - you'd just have to own the 360 instead of the threeshitty. smile

I really, really, really hope they do not go down this road.  The 'release first-patch later' mentality has all but ruined PC gaming for me, and it would infuriate me to see it bleed over into consoles.  Besides, there are still plenty of us without X-Box Live that have absolutely zero plans of ever getting it.
11343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar: Dragon Song on: September 28, 2005, 04:09:01 PM
While I was initially excited, I'm definately going to wait based on the reviews.  Sounds like an exercise in frustration, so I'll wait until I can get it on the cheap.  

Man, I was really looking forward to an DS RPG though.  frown
11344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 06:35:37 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
4.  Advent Rising ...<drumroll please> - BEST GAME MUSIC SOUNDTRACK EVER (don't even argue with me!) and it even tops Halo's soundtrack!!!  


Well, I guess if Halo is your basis for comparison...
11345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 02:46:27 PM
I'll elaborate later, but my top 5:

1.  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
2.  FFX
3.  Beyond Good & Evil
4.  Xenosaga (1 only.  2 was a disaster.)
5.  Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Honorable mention goes to:
-  Shadow Hearts
-  Meteos
-  Thief 3
-  Burnout 3
-  KotOR
11346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Worst Game You've Played this Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 02:41:49 PM
1.  Easily FFX-2.  I loved FFX, FFX-2 was a cash-in of epic proportions.
2.  Drakengard - It was such a cool concept that was sucked down into the depths of mediocrity with it's insanely repetitive gameplay.  The story and cutscenes were great, but when you only have to push a single button to play a game, that's not my idea of fun.
3.  Star Ocean III - Again, this one had a ton of potential.  Unfortunately, we ended up with a juvenille story, needlessly complex battle system, and bar none the worst voice acting I have ever heard.  Blech.
4.  Unlimited Saga - Who thought these game mechanics could ever be a good idea?
11347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: September 26, 2005, 01:01:53 PM
Quote from: "depward"
Which makes me think - I purchased the OST for Covenant a long time ago and it's one of my favorite music CDs.  Is it SO WRONG OF ME to want to already order SH:FtNW's OST now?  Or will listening to the music before playing the game somewhat "ruin" the experience?

I picked up the OST last week.  It is very good, but not quite as amazing as the previous games.  You can really tell Mitsuda's touch is missing, as most of the OST is aggressive, thumping music.  It really could have benefited from a few mellower songs.  It's still good, not quite as good.

BTW, they released a CD comprised of arrangements of Shadow Hearts music by other game composers that is fantastic.  It includes music from all three games, and some of the remixes are pretty amazing.  It's called 'Near Death Experience - Shadow Hearts Arranged" and you should be able to find it on E-Bay.

And, of course, the exclusion of my girl Karin Koenig makes me cry inside, but hey, that's ok   biggrin   I have a poster . . . of her . . . on . . my wall . . . so it's ok.

The exclusion of both Karin & Yuri are the main reason I'm not nearly as excited for this game as I expected I'd be.  They could easily be my favorite video game duo, and replacing Yuri with a 16-year old just feels...wrong.

Anyways, jump on the hype-train with me!  If not now, well, that's OK!  We still have almost 6 months til the train leaves the station . . . a loooong six months   :cry:

I'm still excited about SH:  FtNW,  but I don't want to build it up too much.  There's too many variables that scream 'let-down' to me, so I'll stay cautiously optimistic.  smile
11348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Digital Devil Saga 2 coming October 4 on: September 25, 2005, 08:39:54 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
I am waiting for the reviews to tell me if they have fixed the godawful Skies of Arcadia like encounter rate. That single-handedly made me stop playing the first.

Me too.  I thought the characters, graphics, battle system, story, music, and evey other facet of DDS was great, but the insane encounter rate ruined what was otherwise a fantastic gaming experience.  I'll wait and see about DDS2.
11349  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.
11350  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!
11351  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.
11352  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.
11353  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
11354  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.

11355  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.
11356  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...
11357  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?
11358  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
11359  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.
11360  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
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