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11681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN Deals? on: January 18, 2005, 03:19:14 PM
Quote from: "warning"
When I buy a Gamecube (which is inevitable... sigh) does it come with a memory card or do I need to purchase one separately?

Edit: oh and one more thing.  I know it's common to abbreviate it GCN but where in the heck does the N come from?  There is no N in Gamecube...

1.  You need to buy a memory card seperate.  They have small ones and large ones that range from $5 to $30.  Since I mainly just play RPG's that don't typically require a ton of storage space, I got one of the small ones used for $5.  

2.  Gamecube Nintendo, maybe?  Dunno.
11682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should the Vikings trade Randy Moss? on: January 18, 2005, 12:55:39 PM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"

God, I hope not.  Wouldn't surprise me though.
11683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN Deals? on: January 18, 2005, 12:54:23 PM
I just re-bought a Cube a couple weeks ago and have been loving it.  I picked up one of the holiday bundles that included Mario Cart and a $15 coupon off any new game for $90.  In retrospect, I probably should have gone with a refurb one, since I've played Mario Cart for a grand total of about 10 minutes.  Could have saved myself some $$.

Baten Kaitos and Paper Mario 2 are great games.  I keep telling myself I'm going to finish at least one of them before getting RE4, but I doubt that will actually happen.
11684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts:Covenant help on: January 17, 2005, 04:18:26 PM
Been too long since I played it and I can't remember where you're supposed to go next from where you're at.

You may have already thought of this, but a few ofGameFAQs Shadow Hearts: Covenant walkthroughs helped me through a quite a few tough spots in the game.
11685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Impressions on: January 17, 2005, 01:13:23 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Well I appreciate the impressions., I hated #3 so I imagine I will not like this any better. At best its a rental.

My thoughts exactly.  I was never a big fan of the series, so this one will certainly be a rental.
11686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: January 14, 2005, 10:34:37 PM
I don't know that it's significantly better, outside of the obvious improvements (graphics and voice acting).  In fact, I think you would miss out on the significance of many of the games in Covenant had you not played all the way through the first game.  Especially the facets of Alice & Yuri's relationship.
11687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: January 12, 2005, 09:20:40 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Shadow Hearts:  Covenant was far and away my Game of the Year for 2004.  Graphics, story, music, combat...everything was damn near perfect.  The way they tied the story of both games together at the end was absolutely brilliant.   I'm hoping it sold enough to warrant a sequel.

I hope it sold well in Japan because its our only hope.  In the US sales have been miserable (sub 100k).

That's too bad, but not surprising.  Other than a couple ads in Game Informer, I didn't see a thing about it anywhere.  It's too bad such brilliant games (Shadow Hearts, Beyond Good & Evil, etc.) have such horrid marketing departments.  With some decent promotion and more wiser release dates, I think both of these games could have been successful.

BTW, is that under $100,000 or 100,000 copies?  If it's 100,000 copies, they might have at least broken even on it (3 mil at $30 copy average).  If it's only $100,000, then...yikes.
11688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: January 12, 2005, 08:38:41 PM
Shadow Hearts:  Covenant was far and away my Game of the Year for 2004.  Graphics, story, music, combat...everything was damn near perfect.  The way they tied the story of both games together at the end was absolutely brilliant.   I'm hoping it sold enough to warrant a sequel.
11689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 12, 2005, 01:37:00 PM
"In my day if you argued with the DM he’d stab you in the fucking eye.  Trust me."

Comedy gold right there.
11690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 11, 2005, 07:08:50 PM
I'm not a big horror game fan, but this one certainly looks interesting.  Glad I (re)bought a Gamecube last week.

It'll be interesting to see how long my vow to finish KotOR2, Paper Mario 2, and Baten Kaitos before picking up another game holds up.
11691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 02:29:30 PM
OK, I'm a little late.   I picked up a Gamecube along with BK and Paper Mario 2 last week.  I thought I'd be spending most of my time with PM2, but BK has really grabbed me.  Probably don't need anymore, but my impressions after about 7 hours:

1)  I'm surprised the graphics haven't been mentioned as much in this thread because this is one beautiful game.  Honestly, this may be the best looking RPG I've ever played.  Even with a weak story (more on that in a sec), I want to keep moving ahead because every single area is a work of art.  It's all prerendered backgrounds, so they were able to put an incredible amount of detail into every new screen.  

2)  The voice work and writing are terrible.  I'm a little surprised because Monolith did such an amazing job with both in Xenosaga.  Thankfully you can turn the voices off in the "System" menu, which I would advise doing immediately.  I think that perhaps the reason they sound odd is because you are hearing everything as Kalas' sprit guide, not as the actual player.  

3)  The story isn't terribly interesting (it's the RPG standard "evil god gets set free, our hero must save the world" type) , but it keeps the game moving ahead so you can see the new areas.  Be warned, it starts really slowly.  I actually quit playing after an hour my first time because I was bored.  It gets moving a little better after the first couple hours, but you'll need some patience to get into it.  Thankfully seeing the new areas really made me want to press on.  Did I mention the game looked incredible?

4)  The combat is fun so far, but I can see how it might start getting frustrating.  I haven't come up against anything too tough yet, and have finally started to learn the best ways to fill my deck.  I wish there was some way to know what the cards will morph into so I can be prepared.   I thought I had some healing bamboo shoots, only to find out they morphed into attacking bamboo stalks after a few uses.  Some warning would have been nice.  Given the inherent randomness of card battling, however, it would have been nice for them to put save points a little closer together.

All in all, I'm having a good time with Baten Kaitos so far.  The card battling is a nice change of pace  from your standard RPG, and the game is visually stunning.  I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit more than Paper Mario 2, which surprises me.  I even put shelved my 35+ hour KotOR2 game for a while because of it, so it must be pretty good.  smile
11692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got married a week ago! UPDATE with picture links on: January 09, 2005, 02:59:38 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Quote from: "hentzau"
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
You still have 7 hours to run very, very far away.  :lol:

No really.....congrats!  Now go make babies.

Actually, spend a year or PRACTICING making babies.  A lot.  Then have your babies.  Practice makes perfect, y'know.

I recommend just getting a dog instead.

To make babies with?  Ewwwwww...
11693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its Friday Again on: January 07, 2005, 06:33:35 PM
Picking up a Gamecube with Mario Cart, Paper Mario 2, and Baten Kaitos on the way home.  I think I'll be set for a few days.  biggrin
11694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SE 5th Elelment DVD on: January 07, 2005, 06:30:28 PM
Sweet.  Fifth Element is one of the few movies that both Mrs. Gratch and I both enjoy.

Super green.
11695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worth buying a Gamecube? Again. on: January 07, 2005, 02:21:00 PM
Thanks for all the feedback.  I didn't get a chance to pick one up yesterday, so I'm getting one on the way home today.  A friend is letting me borrow Tales of Symphonia, so there's one I don't have to buy.  I'm still torn between Paper Mario 2 & Baten Kaitos though.  Probably end up being a coin toss at the store.

I only sold my system about 6 months ago, so I've tried nearly all the older games.  One of the reasons I sold it was because none of them really hooked me at all.  I tried all the "big name" games:  Zelda:  WW, Super Monkey Ball, Animal Crossing, Skies of Arcadia, Metroid Prime, Ikaruga, etc., etc., and didn't find anything that really wowed me.  Now that the system actually has some RPG's, I think I'll enjoy it a bit more.
11696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rear Projection TVs no good for gaming? on: January 06, 2005, 08:29:24 PM
I do all my gaming on my 52" hitachi RPTV, and have never had a problem with burn in.  Granted I usually don't do marathon sessions anymore, but I've put in quite a few 8-10 hour stints without  problem.  I couldn't be happier with it.
11697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worth buying a Gamecube? Again. on: January 06, 2005, 04:04:17 PM
Final Fantasy:  CC was actually the reason I bought my GCN the first time.  I wanted to try it and Zelda, but ended up burning out on both pretty quick.  FF:  CC is probably a lot more fun when you're playing multi-player, but neither me nor any of my friends had Gameboys.

I think I might give it a shot again.  Gamestop had a bundle for $70 with Mario Cart included, so that might be worth it.  So which do I pick up first?  Paper Mario 2, Baten Kaitos, or Tales of Symphonia?

Oh, and not that I'd ever buy it (I'm not a fan of the series), but this Resident Evil Chainsaw Controller is pretty damn cool.
11698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worth buying a Gamecube? Again. on: January 06, 2005, 01:01:17 PM
I had a GCN for a while, but I sold it because it never got any use.  But with Tales of Symphonia, Baten Kaitos, and Paper Mario having been released, I'm itching to maybe pick one up again.  Think it's worth it for just a couple games?
11699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / thanks for the info.... on: January 05, 2005, 09:10:26 PM
Hank:  What's the name of that system on the bottom left?  If it's the one I'm thinking of, you put transparent screen overlays on for each different game.  Can't remember the name of it though.
11700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 03, 2005, 09:41:49 PM
Definately start with Beyond Good and Evil, then proceed immediately to Katamari Damacy.  Two amazing games right there.
11701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / On Shania Twain and exclamation marks!!!! on: January 03, 2005, 01:36:05 PM
Shania Twain is a singer?  I just thought she was eye candy.  slywink

For whiteboy:

11702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looking for some good multiplayer games on: December 29, 2004, 03:07:34 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Say hello to my little friend: Crash mode in Burnout 3!  Take turns trying to cause the biggest pile-up or simultaneously cause pure havoc!  It only supports 2 players at once (8 players switch-off) for that, but really, there is nothing more fun to watch than insane crashes full of twisting metal and explosions.

We also have tons of fun with the Road Rage racing mode, where the objective isn't to come in first, it's a race to see who can take out 10 opponents first.  Always a good time when you're bumping your friends into walls!

I'll second that one.  My brother and his wife came over on Monday, and we spent close to 5 hours playing Burnout 3.  Road Rage is so fun and easy to pick up that even Mrs. Gratch & my sis-in-law (who detests video games of any sort) were having a great time with it.
11703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Used $260.00 in Gamestop gift cards Sunday to buy 6 games. on: December 29, 2004, 01:20:50 AM
It does have more of everything. The issue with the game is that it takes too long to get to the races. I don't want to spend 5 minutes driving around the city trying to find a race. I just want to mod my car, pick an option in the menu for what kind of race, and then actually race. I tried to like it. I really did, but I got so bored looking for things to do I just couldn't take it anymore.

That was exactly my problem with it too.  Plus, after playing Burnout 3, crashing cars with no damage just seems so silly.
11704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Used $260.00 in Gamestop gift cards Sunday to buy 6 games. on: December 28, 2004, 06:27:18 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Quote from: "mikeg"
congrats!  Never had that much at once.  You must have been giddy.  You got some fun gaming ahead with those.

Absolutely. Amazingly, I have spent more time with NFS2 than any of the others so far, its just got me hooked.

Just out of curiosity, had you played NFSU before trying NFSU2?  Nearly everyone I talked to that played the original hated the second game (myself included), but it seems that those who skipped the original like NFSU2.

Just curious...
11705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser:Generations Impressions? on: December 23, 2004, 07:35:50 PM
11706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best. Strongbad E-mail. Ever. on: December 23, 2004, 01:35:54 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Are all the email things that entertaining?

Absolutely.  The single funniest thing on the entire intarweb.
11707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best. Strongbad E-mail. Ever. on: December 22, 2004, 10:28:52 PM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"
I've been considering the new DVD, to support the Brothers Chap.

I'm pretty sure I'm getting that for X-mas from Mrs. Gratch.  Something arrived yesterday from that was about the size of a DVD box.  It's either that or a Homestar hat, which would also be good.
11708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / anime / cartoon quotes fun on: December 22, 2004, 09:07:53 PM
Quote from: "Byrns"
Transformers. smile


Isn't that from "Battle of the Planets"?  Been forever since I've seen it, so I could be wrong.

I'll throw up an super easy one, cause it's the only thing that comes to mind:

See You Space Cowboy
11709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anime Fest on: December 22, 2004, 01:05:48 PM
I love Ninja Scroll as well.  If you can handle a bit of the ultra-violence, NS is awesome.  Avoid the series though, it's pretty awful.  Here's a couple other recommendations...

Must see:
-  Spirited Away (if you only see one anime, see this one)
-  The Cowboy Bebop series
-  Princess Mononoke
-  Akira
-  Vampire Hunter D (& Vampire Hunter D:  Bloodlust)

Fun, but not superb:
-  Trigun series
-  Vampire Princess Miyu
-  Ranma 1/2 (more of a comedy series)
-  Metropolis (amazing artwork, weak story)
-  Castle in the Sky
-  Last Exile
11710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser:Generations Impressions? on: December 21, 2004, 07:39:37 PM
I've basically given up on GIII at this point.  I refuse to spend hours and hours powerlevelling on "auto-battle" just to advance the story.    Too many other good games out there.
11711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow.. what a haircut on: December 21, 2004, 12:51:11 PM
Quote from: "Jolor"
You're from Utah ... you figure it out.

Ummmm.  Not sure what that has to do with anything, but OK.
11712  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow.. what a haircut on: December 21, 2004, 02:14:03 AM
Were you getting your hair cut here?

There's one of these just down the street from me, but somehow I don't think Mrs. Gratch would take kindly to me making it my regular barber shop.
11713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are You Done With Your Christmas Shopping??? on: December 20, 2004, 03:05:16 PM
Almost done.  Have a couple more things to get for Mrs. Gratch and one for my brother, but that's about it.

Now if UPS would just deliver my stuff from Amazon, I'd be set.
11714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Music that you miss. on: December 19, 2004, 02:33:57 PM
I'll second (third?) Alice In Chains.  Most of their music is even more poignant now given Layne's downward spiral.
11715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 'classics i finally played this year' list on: December 19, 2004, 02:28:25 PM
This year, I made it a point to track down most of the PS1 RPG's that I missed the first time around.  I played:

-  Vandal Hearts 1 & 2
-  Valkyrie Profile
-  Star Ocean 2
-  Vagrant Story
-  Legend of Mana
-  Final Fantasy Anthology (?  The one with Chrono trigger)
-  Xenogears
-  Dragon Warrior VII

I also caught up on some PC classics thanks to the PIFF thread.  

-  Grim Fandango
-  System Shock 2
-  Fallout 2
-  Dungeon Keeper 2

Probably the only game I played this year that is destined to be a classic is Beyond Good & Evil.  Too bad we'll never see a sequel.  frown
11716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 17, 2004, 09:43:12 PM
Nothing great.  Just my attempt to get past Mr. Hairy Ass up there.

11717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser:Generations Impressions? on: December 17, 2004, 04:14:50 PM
OK, now the required power levelling is getting old.  I had to power level for close to 2 hours to get past the last boss, and just came up against a new one that is 10 levels higher than anyone in my party.  I'm guessing I'll need another 2+ hours of levelling just to have a shot at him.  

Kind of a shame, really.  The first 12-15 hours had a very nice, steady difficult  curve with some challenging battles and scenarios, but nothing that my characters couldn't get past with a little preparation and good combat tactics.  Now I'm at a point where I have no choice but to hop on the levelling treadmill if I want to continue (I'm at about 18 hours, btw.  The boss at the bottom of the "Star Door" cave north of the capital city.).  The combat system is fun, but I'm not sure if it's that fun.
11718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: Console edition on: December 16, 2004, 06:37:41 PM
I'd say none of the above as well.  A couple of them were dissapointing, but that's far different than being awful.
11719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 12:53:41 PM
I think it really depends on the kid.  My friend's 4 year old son absolutely loves them, but my 8 year old niece was terrified.
11720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 12:49:46 PM
Shadow Hearts:  Covenant

An absolutely fantastic game through and through.  Graphics, voice acting, story, battle system...everything was near perfect.  One of the few games I can honestly say I had fun from start to finish.

A couple close runners up:

-  Thief:  Deadly Shadows
-  Beyond Good & Evil (was released in 12/03, but I didn't play it until Feb.)
-  Burnout 3
-  Katamari Damacy
-  Growlanser Generations
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