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11681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 06, 2005, 04:46:37 PM
Quote from: "swizzlest"


I just hate it when I get my cock stuck in the fridge.
11682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Web Comics: which are your favorites? on: March 05, 2005, 04:36:29 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Homestar Runner.

Trogdor!!


I would have mentioned that, but I kinda figured Homestar was a given by now.
11683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 05, 2005, 04:35:27 AM
Damn you people, I picked it up this afternoon.  It was $12 used but $45 new at Gamecrazy.  Thought the new price was awfully strange for such an old game.

Put in about an hour, and it's pretty cool so far.  I'm not much into survival horror, but the story of this one at least has me interested.  Will hopefully be able to give it some more time tomorrow.
11684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Web Comics: which are your favorites? on: March 04, 2005, 07:25:34 PM
The greatest webcomic ever is Order of the Stick.  You have to be a D&D geek to understand it, but it's funny as hell.
11685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Let's talk PSP launch games!! on: March 03, 2005, 05:11:27 PM
I'm very interested to see what the PSP can do and think it can be a fantastic system.  Unfortunately, not a single one of the launch titles interests me enough to pick one up.  Much like the DS, it looks like I'll be waiting for some more games and/or a price drop.
11686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 01, 2005, 01:19:26 PM
Seriously, stop it.  I don't need anything else to play right now.
11687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 28, 2005, 12:56:37 PM
Depward:  I felt the exact same way 3 hours in.  Unfortunately, it goes downhill pretty quickly once you hit the 8-10 hour mark.
11688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you getting a PSP? on: February 28, 2005, 12:54:07 PM
I won't be getting one on launch.  Much like the DS, there's not a single  launch titles I'm interested in.  If a few more RPG's become available I'll probably pick one up.  Especially if the rumored FFVII remake actually happens.
11689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 11:23:04 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Valkyrie profile in particular seems nearly impossible to find.


I refused to pay the $60-80 Valkyrie Profile was going for on E-Bay.  I searched for VP for literally years before a buddy found a copy at Gamestop.  That used copy ran me $40, but I broke down and bought it because I had to see what all the hype was about.  Ended up spending a grand total of 8 hours with it before I was bored to tears.  I really don't undestand why it's talked up so much.  Thankfully I was able to unload it on E-Bay for $65.

Unbongwah put it very well.  I love the RPG genre, but I've found myself enjoying fewer and fewer of the newer games.  I guess I simply don't have the time or patience for them any more.  In the past couple months I've been through Growlanser Generations, Xenosaga II, Baten Kaitos, Tales of Symphonia, La Pucelle, Phantom Brave, Paper Mario 2, Shin Megami Tensai, and KotOR 2.  The only one that I got more than halfway through was KotOR 2, and even that was a struggle to finish.  It's tough to really get into something when you can only spend an hour at a time playing it.  

However, when you do find that 'one game' that really hooks you (the most recent for me was the Shadow Hearts series), it makes the frustration of all the other games worth it.
11690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its time.... "What are you playing?" on: February 25, 2005, 01:12:43 PM
Picked up NBA Street 3 and Psi-Ops last night.  NBA Street is a blast, although it seems to move a bit slower than the last iteration.  Mine came sans instruction manual (used) and I couldn't find a tutorial, so I'm sure I'm missing some of the little nuances.  Psi-Ops is fun, but I'm horrible at controlling action games and I'm sure it'll get too hard for me pretty soon.  Picking guys up and slamming them into the wall never gets old though.  smile
11691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 25, 2005, 01:11:05 AM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "warning"
Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...


I really enjoyed it too.  I went in with zero expectations and found that it wasn't nearly as bad as the reviews made it out to be.

Now I can't wait for FFVII:  Advent Children.
11692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu: Fatal Shadows question on: February 24, 2005, 07:47:08 PM
Every review I've read so far has just killed the new Tenchu.  I've really enjoyed all the Tenchu games so far, and their weak points don't bother me that much.  I realize the AI is weak, the camera is frustrating, and the hand-to-hand combat is clunky, but I love sneaking around being a bad-ass ninja.  

So did they change anything to the core components of the game, or is it simply being panned because it is more of the same?  If it's MOTS, I'll probably love it despite the poor reviews, but if they changed something dramatic, I might avoid it.
11693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its time.... "What are you playing?" on: February 24, 2005, 05:01:41 PM
I'm debating whether I actually want to push through and finish the colossal dissapointment that is Xenosaga II.  I'm leaning towards trading it in for Y's or NBA Street 3.

Also been messing around with Zone of the Enders 2, and recently re-loaded Morrowind and Diablo II on the PC.
11694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best current PS2 RPG? on: February 24, 2005, 04:59:25 PM
Quote from: "infoghost"
Shadow Hearts Covenant looks tasty. I am looking for the typical Japanese turn based/FF-like RPG.


SH:  C would be my first recommendation.  I liked it quite a bit better than Shin Megami Tensai, but that's more just personal preference.  If you're more into story and character development, SH:  C is the way to go.  If you're into a unique battle system and power-levelling, you'll probably enjoy SMT more.  Can't really go wrong with either, honestly.

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I've played FFX, but not FFX-2. Didn't really have much appeal to me, but I supposed I can be talked into it if it's really good.


FFX-2 is one of the most horrid pieces of crap I've ever played.  If you enjoy giggly, angsty, teenage, Britney Spears wanna-be's then you'll love it.  Otherwise, I'd steer clear.
11695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 21, 2005, 10:06:59 PM
From the article:

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Every week through the end of the year, classic.1UP.com will be presenting a look at a different video gaming landmark -- the fifty most important games to be created within the forty years that the medium has existed.


If you look at it in the context of most important games, and not essential games, the inclusion of games like ET, FFVII, and the Macintosh (although that one is a bit strange) make more sense.

All in all, it's a pretty good list.
11696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 21, 2005, 02:30:05 PM
I put about 10 hours into X2 last week.  As much as it pains me to admit it, Xenosaga 2 is pretty bad.  The story is painfully dull, the bulk of the writing is very poor, the voice actor changes are jarring, and the new combat system isn't very fun.  The MIDI music is awful, but the actual symphonic tracks are very good.  I picked up the soundtrack (which, thankfully, doesn't include most of the horrid MIDI stuff), and really enjoy it.

I loved Xenosga, and X2 is just a huge, huge dissapointment.  Since it's only 20'ish hours I may end up finishing it, but it really doesn't interest me much at all.
11697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / M-U-L-T-I-pass on: February 19, 2005, 01:32:00 AM
Quote from: "Beer Goggles"
Green.


Super Green
11698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 15, 2005, 04:47:07 PM
I'm taking tomorrow off so I can play it all day.  I'll toss up some impressions when I'm done.
11699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2? (PS2) on: February 13, 2005, 06:17:11 PM
I preferred BGII over Bard's Tale.  While the humor in Bard's is great, it's quite a bit too long, and the jokes really wear thin towards the end.  There's also some bizzare design decisions in Bard's Tale that annoyed me to no end (i.e.  Fight your way up the tower, kill the boss, then fight your way back down the same tower to get out.  Really annoying.)

BGII is a solid hack-n-slash with a completely uninspired story.  But at least the combat and game design are solid.
11700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 11, 2005, 02:58:58 PM
FFTA was by far my favorite game for the GBA.  I probably dumped close to 90 hours into it before I put it away.  The story is pretty weak, but I found the gameplay and individual character development to be fantastic.  My only complaint about it was the stupid law system.  Toward the end of the game, the laws start getting very restrictive and you are usually dealing with more than one at a time.  That got really annoying.

I wasn't too crazy about TO.  Honestly, I don't think I gave it much of a chance (about 6 hours worth), but it didn't grab me at all.  I found the more individualized combat of FFTA to be much more enjoyable.
11701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions: Return to Arms thoughts? on: February 10, 2005, 04:35:11 PM
Same here.  I was considering this one for some mindless hack-n-slash, but I'm definately going to skip it.
11702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 10, 2005, 01:26:33 PM
I finished up last night just under 35 hours.  A decent game, but not nearly as good as it's predecessor.  You can tell Obsidian wanted to do a lot more with it, and ended up having to rush it out the door.  It's especially obvious in the odd ending.  Seems like they simply ran out of money and/or time and wrapped it up the best they could.

A fun game all in all, but I don't think I'll be playing through it again as a Dark Sider like I did KotOR 1.
11703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 09, 2005, 07:11:06 PM
Makes no sense to me either.  Odd thing is, it's totally random.   Most of the game is fine, even some big battle pass by with no slowdown.   Other times it will get horribly choppy while just walking around a city.  I don't get it.

Mine's a pretty old X-Box, so that may be part of it.  Playing with the component cable on an HDTV shouldn't make a difference, should it?
11704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 09, 2005, 04:50:40 PM
I'm dissapointed with the number of technical glitches in the game.  Nothing game ending, but I've had 3 or 4 hard locks, which has never happened to me in any other X-Box game.  I've also run into a ton of slow-down when multiple enemies are on screen, sometimes so bad it's nearly impossible to fight.  Clipping problems galore, audio stutters, enemies shooting through walls, etc., etc.  Definately rough around the edges.

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My biggest beef so far with KotOR 2 is the lack of an strong villain.  I don't think the story is bad (although I've had a bit of trouble figuring out exactly what my character did in the Mandalorian Wars), but the absence of a strong badguy bugs me.  Especially since Darth Malak was so good in KotOR 1.

I've seen that guy with the mask once, but I'm nearly 33 hours into the game (about to embark on the "Endgame" according to the strategy guide), and have no idea how he's tied into everything other than being very strong with the dark side.   I'm hoping it gets explained, but from what I've heard of the ending, I'm not holding my breath.
11705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sega Master System on: February 09, 2005, 12:49:46 PM
I keep itching to buy a Sega Genesis so I can play NHL 93, Shadowrun, and Earthworm Jim again.
11706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good Super Bowl Commercials on: February 07, 2005, 08:58:31 PM
Dunno who that Godaddy.com chick is, but she was smokin hot in that commercial.  The extended one on their website is even better.
11707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 2005 'sleepers'... on: February 06, 2005, 08:53:34 PM
I'm excited for most of EddieA's list of RPG's.  There will be a couple on that list that I will skip or just rent (most notably the WildARM's games.  never could get into those.), but the bulk of that list will be day one purchases.  Gonna be a good RPG year.  smile

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How was SH:Covenant? I haven't played it yet and saw it for $30 at Fry's today. What didn't you like about it?

It's an absolutely brilliant game.  Battle system, characters, story, music...everything is top notch.  It may be a bit tough to catch on if you missed the first SH, but SH:  C is a great game all around.
11708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy HELL!!!! Star Wars Ep 3 footage on: February 06, 2005, 03:42:00 PM
That just made my day.  Thanks Rob.
11709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 04, 2005, 09:53:58 PM
Quote from: "depward"
New EGM gave it sub-par reviews.  They say it's still heavily focused on cutscenes, character development is based upon the same skill tree, and the game can be beaten in 20 hours.  Looking like more and more of a pass for me lately . . .


And that sounds just about perfect for me.  Between 2 jobs, the wife, and the resolution to get in shape, I have very little gaming time anymore.  If I get to play for 45 minutes, that's a marathon session.  I find that when I only get to play for short sessions, I can't maintain my attention on a long (40+ hour) game.  Something around the 20-25 hour mark is usually right about the time I start losing interest in most games.  My last 3 have been Paper Mario 2 (15 hours), KotOR 2 (23 hours) and Baten Kaitos (23 hours).  If any of those games had ended around the 25 hour mark, it would have made me very happy, but I knew I was going to have to slog on for another 20 hours and lost interest.

I also love the fact that X2 is going to be cutscene heavy.  As long as the voice acting and storytelling are as uniformly excellent as they were in the first game (imho, of course), I will really be able to get into it.

Funny how everybody else's negatives are my positives.  Guess I'm odd...
11710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 04, 2005, 03:37:30 AM
I run Sportamerica, a sports instructional video production company.  It's a small company (4 of us), and I'm pretty much in charge of everything.  Accounting, sales, order fulfillment, graphic design, video editing, etc.  You name it, I do it.  Been there for almost 9 years.

I also work part-time as a graphic designer for a laser etching company.  Mainly setting up jobs for laser engraving, but I also handle their print marketing pieces and some sales.
11711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 07:47:39 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
I hated FF8 because of the God-awful combat scheme where you were nearly forced to spend a half hour drawing or whatever the heck you did spells every time you found a new monster. That and the absurd decision to make you bust your controller and hands pushing buttons just to make your summons more powerful (and it was nearly required as well).


Same here.  I absolutely loved everything about FF8...except for the combat.  Graphics, characters, music (Uematsu's best work, imho) were all great, but that combat system absolutely drove me nuts.  Never did finish it all the way through.
11712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: February 03, 2005, 01:33:30 PM
Quote from: "VynlSol"
I've been reading it off and on for quite a while . I'm currently, "on".

Pretty funny stuff. I played D&D in the late seventies, haven't touched it since. Amazingly enough, I still have all the books, modules, dice, etc in a box somewhere. Which means I dragged that shit around with me everywhere for the past 25 years...I need help.


E-bay is your friend.
11713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which Game to Buy Next? on: February 03, 2005, 01:32:30 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Any tips for other RPGs? I hear Star Ocean is good, Shin Megami Tensei got good reviews, anything else?


Shin Megami Tensei is a pretty cool game.  You may want to give it a rental first, though.  It definately has it's own style, which turns some people off.  Personally, I thought SO3 was a steaming pile of crap, but I know a ton of people who enjoyed it.  Maybe I just missed something.

A couple others fairly recent RPG's that have been good:
-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant (my personal GotY for 2004)
-  Baten Kaitos
-  Tales of Symphonia
-  Paper Mario 2
11714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 01:23:51 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
...and the little creature thing that looked like it was from He-Man (a cartoon I hated), both annoyed me (this is based on screenshots and reviews only).


You didn't like Vivi?  Blasphemy!  slywink  (btw, he's actually a fantastic character once you get into the game)

Discussing the Xenosaga series is always interesting.  I don't think I've ever seen a game that polarized people as much as this one.  Either you absolutely loved it or you absolutely hated it.  I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who said "Xenosaga was just OK", it's either one extreme or the other.  Not many games that do that.

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Try Shadow Hearts Covenant!

I'll strongly second this.  SH:  C is quite possibly the best RPG to come out in the last 3-4 years.  If you haven't tried it yet, you're really missing out.  You can check out the trailer here.
11715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 02, 2005, 09:02:00 PM
Quote from: "jersoc"
I say go for it. I think playing XS1 will give you vital information you need for the next one. Plus its a superb RPG.


Good point.  From what I understand, the Monolith aren't making any concessions for people who didn't play the first game.  If you don't know who the characters or events of the first game, you're pretty much out of luck.  No "Previously on Xenosaga..." for this one.

I actually asked for the 16th off so I can play Xenosaga II all day.  smile
11716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 02, 2005, 08:05:49 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
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(too much movie, very little game)


Stay far away from Xenosaga, then. I loved the first game, but there are 60+ minute cut scenes in the game. If you don't like that sort of thing, you will hate the series.


What he said.

Personally, I loved Xenosaga I (it's in my personal top 5).  It felt like an incredible 40 hour anime with a few interactive battles thrown in for good measure.  But you have to be prepared to sit for long stretches at a time, 45-60 minutes for some of the longer ones, just watching cut scenes.  I wouldn't recommend it in your case.
11717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Not Buying Another XBOX Game on: February 02, 2005, 05:23:36 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "ATB"
•  Fable- November 04 (may play through KOTOR II again before embarking on another RPG, so it's gonna be a while before I play through this one)

Just my opinion, but Fable will not reach the love you have for KOTOR2.  In fact, the game is crap.  I know there are people out there who like it, but any RPG that you can conceivably beat in 8 hours (I did this) is not an RPG in my mind.  I had no wish to do any side quests because the game doesn't make you feel as immersed in the land as you probably should.  I personally would trade it in toward something that is better.  Remember, this is just my opinion though.


Personally, I think your enjoyment of Fable will depend solely on your expectations going in.  If you expect a deep, epic, revolutionary, engrossing game (as most people did) then you will be horribly dissapointed.  If you expect a lighthearted, fun, hack-n-slash (as I did) then you might enjoy it quite a bit.

Just don't read anything Moleneaux himself says about the game and you'll be just fine.  slywink
11718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: February 02, 2005, 03:28:43 PM
You simply do not mess with Belkar.
11719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not Buying Another XBOX Game on: February 02, 2005, 03:26:52 PM
Man, you guys are nuts.  I hardly have anything on my backlog.  Then again, it's really not that often that I play a game all the way through.  I usually play something until I get bored with it, then either put it aside or trade it in.  Right now I've got:

-  KotOR 2 (25 hours.  Just got to Iziz.)
-  Theif DS (I'm on that stupid zombie boat level. Man, I hate zombies in that game!)
-  Tales of Symphonia (just picked it up the other day.  Haven't tried it yet.)
-  Pirates!

I was also 22 hours into Baten Kaitos, but it got boring so it's getting traded in this afternoon.  Of course, all of these get put aside when Xenosaga II comes out on the 15th.  smile
11720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: February 02, 2005, 12:58:20 PM
I've also hit the wall with BK and will be trading it in this afternoon (probably towards Xenosaga II).  Too many other good games to play to keep plugging away at one that really isn't that interesting.  

Final verdict:  One of the most, if not the single most beautiful games I've ever played.  Just seeing the amazing graphics kept me playing for an extra 6-8 hours.  A fun combat system that keeps you on your toes, but gets very frustrating in the later stages.  Only having 3 seconds to pick a card was a very bad design decision, imo.  As is not being able to pause during a battle.  

Unfortunately, it's all wrapped around possibly the dullest set of characters in RPG history.  Other that Mizuti, there is not a single original character in the bunch.  Combine that with a pretty boring story, and there's not much incentive to finish.

It was fun while it lasted (I got about 23 hours in), but isn't quite compelling enough to finish.  B+
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