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11681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 30, 2006, 02:38:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 30, 2006, 02:25:49 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 30, 2006, 08:49:21 AM

Brutal?  I thought it was pretty emotional and was actually tearing up at one point.  I loved the opening cinematic.

If it was skippable or if it automatically scrolled through the text it'd be great, but as it stands the intro is the games weakest link.

+1.  They should have found a way to tell that story in-game instead of making it a long, unskippable scene. 
11682  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Skin Forum? on: September 30, 2006, 02:35:06 PM
FWIW, I have no problem with an occasional Skin thread, but an entirely seperate forum would definately be overkill.  It's not like we're a group of drooling pervs constantly clicking Refresh on Sunday morning to see if Ron's posted the his 'Sunday Skin' yet.  Well, maybe Warning, but I digress...   icon_wink  It's just a fun little thing, and I highly doubt it's done as something to drive traffic to the site on weekends, as was suggested.

There is the occasional suggestive thread, but I think the community as a whole is very good about keeping it to an appropriate level.  As long as anything NSFW gets tagged as such (which 99% of the time it is), I don't have any problems avoiding stuff that I should click on at work or when the missus is around.
11683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 30, 2006, 02:09:14 PM
14 hours in, and I'm still in love with Okami.  Most adventure games start to bore me 8-10 hours in, but this one shows no signs of slowing up.  I just (slight spoiler, I guess):

Spoiler for Hiden:
Beat Crimson Helm (which was a fantastic boss fight), and headed into the Moon Cave after the French bastard.  God, that guy bugs me!

Mrs. Gratch even watched me play for a couple hours last night and commented on how stunningly beautiful the game was.  High praise indeed, coming from someone who usually doesn't like games at all.

A couple questions:

1.  Treasures.  Is there any reason to hang on to these, or can you just sell them as soon as you pick them up?  I didn't know if there was some sort of uber-treasure reward for collecting one of everything.

2.  Where is the guy that trains new moves?  I found him very early on and learned a couple moves, but now I can't remember where he was.  I've collected a good bit of Yen, and want to learn some new moves.

3.  Is there any gameplay function to barking?  I know Ammy will do it when you press circle (when you're not next to an NPC), but it doesn't seem to affect anything.
11684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a couple PS2 games on: September 30, 2006, 01:54:33 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 30, 2006, 01:30:13 AM

okay, i think i've changed my mind from Lego Star Wars to Kingdom Hearts II. 

Personally, I much prefer the Lego Star Wars games to the KH series.  I like Disney and am a huge Final Fantasy fanboy, but I never could get into the KH series.  I actually bought the first KH on two seperate occasions.  Since everyone raved about it, I thought that maybe it didn't just click with me the first time around.  Ended up hating it both times.  This will sound strange, but KH felt more like a kiddie game to me than Lego SW ever did.  The cheezy, cutsey feel of KH absolutely drove me nuts, but didn't bother me in the Lego SW games.  Maybe my expectations were just out of whack or something...

Quote from: Kobra
Grab one of the existing, cheaper RPG's from the used market, by the time you finish a few, Okami will be on the discount shelves.  Thats what I am doing, and entirely why I skipped Okami for now.

You could go this route, but Okami is honestly one of the best games I've played in years.  Not just PS2, I'm talking any system.  It is worth every penny and I would highly, highly recommend it.  FWIW, has it at 93% and it's the 10th highest rated PS2 game of all time.  It truly is an incredible game.
11685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me a couple PS2 games on: September 29, 2006, 07:19:23 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 28, 2006, 11:44:42 PM

so it looks like initially i'll grab guitar hero, lego star wars, and something for me.  so you have ONE game to buy...what do you choose?

11686  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Lego Star Wars 2, Summon Night, more on: September 29, 2006, 12:05:45 PM
One bump before trade-in
11687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 28, 2006, 11:59:18 AM

11688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Latest anti-video gaming news on: September 27, 2006, 08:42:06 PM
The game [GTA] trained him "how to point and shoot a gun in a fashion making him an extraordinarily effective killer without teaching him any of the constraints or responsibilities needed to inhibit such a killing capacity," according to the suit.

By this logic, we should have at least a few million people ready to suit up for NFL teams each year.  If GTA trains you to be a killer, Madden trains you to play football.  Right?
11689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 27, 2006, 12:02:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 27, 2006, 10:43:59 AM

Can someone explain why this game did so poorly in Japan?  saywhat

That's very surprising to hear it didn't do well in Japan.  I would think something like this would be a huge seller over there.

Has anyone heard how the US sales numbers are looking?  I've seen little to no promotion on it, so I'm afraid it's going to end up as another wonderful failure (a la Beyond Good & Evil).
11690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 27, 2006, 11:58:49 AM
Very nice lineup, and I can't believe everything only came to $339!  When you figure gaming hours per dollar with that group, you certinaly won't be dissapointed.

I'll second Warning's Dark Cloud 2 recommendation.  The first game is average at best, but Dark Cloud 2 is fantastic.
11691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 27, 2006, 04:03:22 AM
The more I play, the more Okami feels like a Myazaki (sp?) anime in game form.  The settings, characters, music, and art style would fit perfectly into Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away.  That's a very, very good thing.   icon_biggrin
11692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 03:22:44 AM
You like JRPG's and don't have a PS2?  For shame Kobra, for shame...  icon_wink

Here's my must-have short PS2 list:

-  Guitar Hero
-  Okami
-  Final Fantasy X
-  Shadow Hearts
-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
-  Dragon Quest VIII
-  Xenosaga
-  Dark Cloud 2
-  God of War
11693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 25, 2006, 05:44:27 PM
The Land is offended that you insulted The Land and The Land will soon be sending an army of Land ninjas from The Land to silence you.

Mock The Land at your own peril.
11694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 25, 2006, 05:00:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 25, 2006, 02:25:15 PM

Too often when I obtain something new the game will automatically provide a little cutscene camera move showing explicity where to go next, followed by a little statement from Issun making it abundantly clear exactly where to go and what to do.  For this style of game, where exploration is so very important, I'd prefer more of those moments be left for me to discover.

Call me a simpleton, but that is one of the reasons Iím enjoying Okami and I donít enjoy the Zelda games.  My gaming time is extremely limited, so wandering around for hours with only vague hints of what to do next will make me quit playing a game faster than anything else.  I still do plenty of exploration around the world, but having the next goal clearly spelled out has eliminated the frustration I usually feel in these types of games.
11695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 25, 2006, 02:07:48 PM
Nothing.  Still too busy with Okami.
11696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: What'd You Play? 25/Sep/06 on: September 25, 2006, 02:06:29 PM
Okami and a little bit of Titan Quest when Mrs. Gratch was watching TV.
11697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 25, 2006, 02:05:15 PM
Put in another couple hours yesterday, and Okami is far and away my GOTY.  Hell, it's probably my GOTDecade if it stays this good throughout.  This game continues to amaze me at every level and is an absolute joy to play.

I just beat what I assume is the second boss:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Spider Queen in the ruins.  Took a few minutes to figure out what I was supposed to do, but it was a blast trying to tie her down with the vines.  I quickly realized how crappy I am an accurately controlling the brush!

What a fantastic battle!  The only problem now is that my house is a mess because I'm too busy playing to get around to any of the housekeeping I should be doing.

Huge props to Clover & Capcom for this amazing gem.
11698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will Console Microtransactions Hurt Gaming? on: September 25, 2006, 12:00:15 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 24, 2006, 08:12:44 PM

don't believe that we'll see devs shipping some bare-bones game with chunks missing.

Then you have much more faith in developers than I do.  My gut feeling is that microtransactions are going to end up as a developer excuse to release unfinished games.  Don't have time to wrap up that last dungeon?  Make it a microtransaction.  Didn't have the extra month to properly balance the enemies?  Sell a more powerful weapon as an add-on.  They won't make it that obvious, of course (marketing message will be more along the lines of "Having trouble with Green Ghoulies?  Now chop through them in no time with the Goulie Fucker 2000!  Only $2.99!!!"), but you know that it's going to end up getting abused.  I'd like to think that we as gamers wouldn't stand for this and vote with our dollars, but you know that if the game is popular enough, people will buy it.

As was shown with what Sony proposed with GT, I think we're well on our way towards buying nothing but an interface and then paying for content.  Take something like a Pokemon game, for instance.  They sell the interface and a 'starter deck' for $25, then you pay $.99 per deck/card/whatever (not real familiar with Pokemon) after that.   Basically, you purchase the storefront that allows you to buy more stuff.  If marketed correctly, something like that would be a huge seller, and no amount of ranting or raving from us gamers would have any effect on it.

Unfortunately, we've let the beast in the door and there's no way to shoo it back out again.  We're stuck with microtransactions for better or worse, and I have the bad feeling it's going to be worse. 
11699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Myth Busters:Kari Byron NSFW!!! on: September 25, 2006, 03:41:14 AM
She doesn't do much for me, but I'll admit that her au naturale pictures are far, far better than the overdone glam shots.
11700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baten Kaitos : Origins on: September 25, 2006, 03:39:42 AM

Quote from: JCC on September 25, 2006, 02:00:44 AM

I really thought BK would have been plenty of fun without any timer at all. A simple turn based version of the card battle system would have rocked and I would have stuck with the game. But, my frustration at the lack of time to properly choose cards, coupled with the horrid voice acting and mediocre story drove me away. Too bad, I loved the graphics and really liked the battle system - minus the timer.

Sums up my feelings exactly.
11701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: September 25, 2006, 03:38:34 AM

Wow.  Figuring that each of those games take minimum of 40 hours to beat (some a lot longer, some shorter), you're looking at 1400 hours or 58.3 full days to beat them all.

Good luck, there really is some fantastic gaming to be had in that list.
11702  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Lego Star Wars 2, Summon Night, more on: September 25, 2006, 12:48:20 AM
Trying to raise a little $$ for some releases coming out in the next month.  All prices include shipping, boxes & manuals included unless specified.  PM me if interested:

-  Lego Star Wars 2 (original X-Box - NOT 360) - $30
-  Summon Night (GBA) - $22
-  Battles of Prince of Persia (DS) - $11
-  Brain Age (DS) - $11
-  Tactics Ogre (GBA - No box or manual) - $20

11703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 24, 2006, 03:05:10 PM

11704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Infant Drowns in Mother's Vomit! on: September 23, 2006, 03:51:24 AM

Quote from: VynlSol on September 23, 2006, 03:09:00 AM

That is quite possibly the worst thing I've read since...well...ever.
11705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why we game (Okami related) on: September 23, 2006, 02:59:55 AM
I put in about 6 hours into Okami tonight, and had somewhat of an epiphany while I was playing. I probably should have put this in the Okami impressions thread, but it goes a little further than that.  Let me wax gamer-philosophical here for a moment...

In all honesty, games like Okami are why I still play video games.  I've become a bitter, jaded gamer and after countless 'meh' gaming experiences, I sometimes wonder if maybe the hobby has passed me by.  I can probably count the times I've been truly amazed by a game in the last 10 years on two hands.  It seems to happen less and less often as I get older, and those truly great gaming moments become fewer and farther between.  However, there are the rare occasions when my passion for gaming is reignited.  It happened to me while playing Beyond Good & Evil, it happened the first time I look down a Colossus, it happened the first time I played 'Ziggy Stardust' in Guitar Hero, it happened when I watched the sun rise over a lake in Oblivion...and it has happened again tonight.  One of those rare moments when I can grin a childlike grin from ear-to-ear, completely immerse myself in something incredible for a short time, and I can forget all about the day-to-day crap for a few hours.

As gamers, we gladly sift through mountains of crap to find the the rare, few, nuggets of solid gold.  While our definitions of a great game certainly differ, it's these rare games that make suffering through crappy sequels, uninspired gameplay, lack of innovation, Jack Thompson nonsense, fanboy rantings, and all the "50 Cent:  Bulletproof" games worth it.  When a game truly comes together - creativity, talent, originality, story-telling - and just clicks with you it is an amazing feeling.

To me, Okami deserves every bit of the stellar reviews it's receiving.  Simply put:  If you have a PS2, you owe it to yourself to at least try this game.  Maybe it won't click with you the way it did for me.  Maybe you're not as jaded as I have become.  But this one is truly something special and deserves not to be missed.

Game on, fellas.  Game on...
11706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 23, 2006, 02:37:26 AM
A couple minor questions:

1.  In battles, what is the wolf symbol down in the bottom left?  Time bonus, maybe (red, yellow, or green depending on how long the battle takes?)

2.  How does the astral pouch work?  The manual says that once it is full, it brings you back to life when you die.  However, the one time I died (fighting the french-sounding dude), it kicked me back to the last checkpoint.  How do you know when it's full and will bring you back to life? 
11707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 22, 2006, 09:18:44 PM

11708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 22/Sep/06 on: September 22, 2006, 03:22:20 PM
Okami, Okami, and then maybe a little more Okami.  Can you tell it finally 'clicked' with me last night?   icon_biggrin

I might throw in a little Titan Quest if Mrs. Gratch wants the TV.
11709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD: Classic to cost $426.50 to $975?! on: September 21, 2006, 08:36:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 21, 2006, 07:58:47 PM

My point here is that there is certainly a fine line to be walked here.  I would love it if all these companies gave us this exta stuff for free, but I don't expect it.  I also expect to get enough content for the $60 I paid for the game and only have supplemental, non-important content be offered via paid download.  This is acceptable to me.  Downloading extra maps or gameplay types is acceptable.  However, when I begin to feel like I should have had this content for my $60 or that you are forced to buy it to be on a level playing field, that is when I begin to have a problem with it.

The main problem I see is that the definition of "acceptable amount of content" is going to have a very different meaning for developers/publishers than it does to gamers.
11710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD: Classic to cost $426.50 to $975?! on: September 21, 2006, 07:29:00 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 21, 2006, 07:23:32 PM

Comparing Bethesda to what Sony may be trying to do with GT is just plain retarded, period. Even without any of the add-ons a game like Oblivion is still just huge with dozens of hours of quality gameplay right out of the box. What is possibly being attempted with Gran Turismo is so far from that saying otherwise is stupid.


While I don't like Bethesda's microtransactions either, what they're proposing for GT is on a whole 'nother level.
11711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: September 21, 2006, 07:18:07 PM
Wow, this seriously looks like ass:

11712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Trusty Bell screen shots on: September 21, 2006, 02:29:51 PM
Sure looks purty.  That premise seems a little goofy, but the more JRPG's the better.  They keep releasing these, I may actually have to break down and buy a 360.
11713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD: Classic to cost $426.50 to $975?! on: September 21, 2006, 01:23:06 PM
Just another example of why I absolutely despise the movement towards microtransactions.  If this trend continues (and I don't see any reason why it won't), it will end up driving me out of this hobby for good. 

The biggest problem I have with microtransactions is the fact that it will essentially let developers released unfinished games, then charge for 'special bonuses/features' that they should have been included in the first place.  It could lead to a bad, bad situation for us as gamers.
11714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 21, 2006, 01:18:20 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 21, 2006, 12:14:52 PM

Gratch, you can always go to your quest log (or whatever it's called) and it'll basically give you the most important convo's which essentially steer you in the right direction.

Thanks TML, I missed that.  My brain was mush last night, so I'm hoping tonight's time with the game will leave some more positive impressions.
11715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: September 21, 2006, 12:09:16 PM
My initial response has been similar to ATB's.   As a work of art, Okami succeeds on every level.  The graphics, music, setting, & characters are all incredible.  As a game, however, it didn't click with me at all after an hour.  Couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it just didn't seem like much fun to me.  I'm chalking it up the fact was simply exhausted last night and my brain wasn't working right.  I'll try it again tonight and see if I fare any better.

My biggest concern is that it will suffer from my least-favorite game malady:  now-what-itis.  A game can be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but if I'm constantly wondering "what am I supposed to do now?", I won't play it for very long.  The gibberish voice-overs are already driving me insane.  Is there a way to turn them off, or at least translate them into King of all Cosmos language?
11716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Reviewer trashes FF III (DS) on: September 20, 2006, 07:18:55 PM
Thought this review of FF III from Planet Gamecube was interesting.  I wonder if the game is actually that bad, or if the reviewer just had a hard time with it.  Will certainly warrant keeping an eye on the reviews.
11717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your home page? on: September 20, 2006, 04:39:18 PM
MSN for me
11718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: lego star wars II impressions on: September 20, 2006, 04:36:01 PM
I'm having a great time with this game, but the camera is driving me insane.  I was falling off unseen ledges in the ESB levels at a ridiculous rate.  It's much more challenging than I expected, and some of the puzzles have taken serious brainpower.  I doubt I'll play through it more than once, but it's certainly a fun little diversion.
11719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware to Start Developing for the DS on: September 20, 2006, 04:31:48 PM

Quote from: olaf on September 20, 2006, 03:05:00 PM

I am gonna cry if the art style is anime with kids and big heads.

Being Bioware, I highly doubt it.
11720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 20, 2006, 02:25:20 PM
If you guys don't knock it off, I'm going to be reading nothing but Tad Williams for the next year.   icon_wink
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