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2161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 23, 2005, 10:34:50 PM
While I found the end of SS to be hard, I didn't find myself replaying whole chapters because of one "extra" fight that was nearly impossible to win. that really took place after the fight was over. (Tried to be vague so as not to spoil.) 99% of my frustration with that segment of Path would have been eliminated if they had just given me a save right before the "extra" fight. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Having said that, I have finished the chapter and bypassed that (thankfully) optional fight and am now on chapter 28. Great, great game, but that one segment has really cheapened the game as a whole for me.
2162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: December 23, 2005, 10:32:10 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Off topic, but will PS3 be able to play PS games?

I believe it will be.
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 23, 2005, 04:00:17 PM
I have been loving this game and I still fully intend to continue and finish it, but there is a glaring stinky fault in this game that just irritates me.


Spoiler for Hiden:
It is so frustrating that I have to complete all of chapter 27, and then there is a fight with the Black Knight that by all accounts in walkthroughs, I have to be lucky in order to have a chance of winning. Also, my lone support character is chosen for me and it's Mist, who I never have used, which further gimps me for this battle. If I am going to be stuck with Mist, then the game should have been forcing me to level her up, instead of giving me the freedom to gimp myself this way. But, most frustrating is the fact that I don't get to SAVE right before this battle. So, anytime I want to reattempt this battle I have to play through an entire chapter over again. What the hell?

This battle is (thankfully) optional, as it turns out, but I am so irritated at the lack of saves, that I will probably never even attempt it again, which is too bad and is seriously clouding my overall opinion of this game.

BAD BAD game design by Intelligent Systems/Nintendo. Why do some developers insist on putting in features bound to annoy gamers?

(pant pant) Thank you. Rant over.
2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 20, 2005, 03:28:07 PM
As an until now silent observer of the recent trials and tribulations of msduncan's 360 adventure, I offer congratulations and plead with you to simply enjoy the fact that you have "won" and will now be able to enjoy your new toy on X-mas day. As others have said, I am sure you will be able to recoup most of your money (at worst) on the extra crap you had to get. I hope the 360 will live up to the agony you endured to get it.
2165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I fired up Final Fantasy V last night... on: December 20, 2005, 03:07:33 PM
Keep in mind that FFV and VI will be released for the GBA next year (I believe in a 2in1 game cart).

EDIT: Nope apparently they will be released seperately.
2166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trace Memory impressions on: December 18, 2005, 11:42:55 PM
Well, I got this for X-mas from my brother (who is about to leave town over the holidays) on Friday. The big knock on this game is that it's short, and I am forced to agree as I have already completed it.

It was a very fun PC styled adventure game as billed. It truly does utilize just about every imaginable aspect of the Nintendo DS in its puzzles, and some of them were just cruel in how clever they are (I confess I did have to use a walkthrough about 3 times). If not for its criminally short length, it would be an easy recommendation. As it is (only about 5-6 hours long at most) I say wait until it's VERY cheap. Fun game though.

(Hopefully I'll get a little more time from his other present, METROID PRIME PINBALL~!)
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 - Price Drop Discussion on: December 16, 2005, 08:45:16 PM
[derail on]

Yes! The DS has completely unoriginal games! They are all ports! Like Trauma Cent... er... Nintendogs... er.... Metroid Prime Pinba... er... Phoenix Wright er.... Meteos... er.... Kirby Canvus..... er... Completely the same games I've played on every other Nintendo system...

[derail off]
2168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 - Price Drop Discussion on: December 16, 2005, 03:45:01 PM
I can't imagine why they would even think about dropping the price until the PS3 or Rev come out.
2169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 06, 2005, 10:57:38 PM
I'm not predicting anything, but I am wondering... While I am sure the Rev. will have greatly inferior graphics to a PS3/XBox360 when those systems' games are played on an HD set. Will the Rev look that much worse than a PS3/XBox360 on a NON-HD set?

My guess is Nintendo thinks the answer to that is "no". And, like it or not, the vast majority of the world is not going to be hooking this gen of consoles up to an HD set. I think this is how Nintendo is cutting costs around graphical power, without really being at a serious competitive disadvantage with the other 2 (in their minds). Again, I'm just speculating here.

I also think that Nintendo firmly believes that they can attract the non-gamer AND cater to existing gamers without alienating either group. I am not sure if I agree with them on that score, but I'll bet they believe it.
2170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone played the GBA version of Pirates of the Caribbean? on: December 04, 2005, 05:04:45 PM
Glad to help. smile

I was curious as I didn't even know there was a GBA port till I saw your post.
2171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone played the GBA version of Pirates of the Caribbean? on: December 03, 2005, 05:11:29 PM
Gamespot didn't think much of it.
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / M and L: partners in time! on: November 30, 2005, 03:03:52 PM
I have one question. Does it take as long to save in this game as it did in Superstar Saga? That is my main annoyance with that game. (Almost finished with it. I'm in the last "dungeon".)
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (11/26) on: November 21, 2005, 03:22:23 PM
Maybe Gothic II Gold.
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 18, 2005, 04:15:42 AM
Agree with those who had valid reasons for widescreen. I primarily watch sports on TV, and it's frankly appalling to me how much of it (especially college footbal. *ahem* ABC *ahem*) is NOT in HD. In a year or two I will get a much bigger (and much wider) HD TV. I hope the prices will be even lower by that time! It'd be cool if the HD TVs could be priced lower than the game consoles! Tongue
2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 18, 2005, 03:40:49 AM

Yep, and that was my main reason for going with a normal TV for my entry into HD. For me, it was a nice choice, since there is even less HD content available than even I guessed. I am sure that's the last non widescreen TV I will ever buy, and there are times I wished I had bought a widescreen (and bigger) TV, but it will wait for a year or two. smile

Edited to add, ThinJ mentioned the AVS Forums. This is an essential forum for anyone looking to make an informed decision about buying virtually any piece of audio/video equipment.
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 17, 2005, 10:40:49 PM
I have the 32" (non-widescreen) version of that Sony, and I love it. Keep in mind when deciding on Normal vs widescreen that a 32" TV gives you a widescreen picture equivalent to a 29" widescreen. Whereas, a 30" widescreen's SD pictures is equivalent to around a 24" regular TV. Just something to consider.
2177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario Kart DS review [ign] on: November 15, 2005, 03:45:49 PM
I believe there is a little app on your computer (that comes with the dangle) where you have to give permission to allow any DS'es to use your dangle. So, once you've allowed yours once, it will have access. I believe you can allow multiple DSes access to it.
2178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Handheld Help (DS or Improved GBA SP) on: November 13, 2005, 10:35:39 PM
I would say that unless money ($50 delta between them) is a BIG issue, it's a no-brainer to buy the DS. Honestly, the SP upgrade is great, but way too late.

And I only own 2 DS games! (X-mas will change that.)
2179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS wi-fi dongle adapter available on: November 13, 2005, 04:51:29 PM
IGN says the dangle will go to retail when Metroid Prime Hunters is released next year. (rumor)
2180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: November 11, 2005, 03:48:51 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I thought all the speculation with the Revolution controller was that Nintendo would be releasing "shells" to make it similar to the current Cube controller so that 3rd party ports can be easily played on the system.

Bingo...speculation.  Show me where Nintendo has agreed to this.

Here. From Reggie's recent speech:

We know freehand control also raises a logical question: won't an advance this dramatic cause difficulty for the porting of games between systems? The answer is little difficulty at all. If you want to retain your original control scheme, we make that easy by supplementing our new control system with a traditional controller expansion, if you will. It's a classic looking device that will hold the basic Revolution controller and allow game manipulation in traditional ways -- if that's what the developer chooses. In short, you can have it both ways. Familiar or revolutionary. One hand or two. Today's games or tomorrow's.

Full speech is here.
2181  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Cheap video card? on: November 11, 2005, 02:39:26 PM
Your best bet is probably a GeForce 6600 ($130-160 or so) depending on the flavor, or one of the new fangled GeForce 6800 GS cards that I think retails for around $200.
2182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Super Mario 64 DS - which control scheme? on: November 09, 2005, 10:58:25 PM
I've used the default mode with the gamepad and buttons. It isn't perfect, but I find the "momentum" based system works suprisingly well. My brief dabblings with the touch screen didn't work too well.
2183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: November 07, 2005, 03:55:39 PM
I don't think there is any doubt that, at this point, it's the right business move for Nintendo. But, I will be irate if they make it a Rev title.
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: November 03, 2005, 04:34:24 PM
I am on chapter 21. Chapter 19 was really hard to get through without losing someone, but I finally did it. Chapter 20 was pretty easy. Chapter 21 looks to be hard.

I took a few days off to finish off FE: Sacred Stones, which I did, and wow those last couple chapters were tough. I was glad to know when I was on the final chapter, as I allowed myself to lose a couple characters on it. Once I finish off Erika's specific chapters, I will be happy to retire that great game.

Anyway, based on how FE:SS ended, I expect the end of PoR to be brutal. Still loving it! smile
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Famitsu] Super Mario DS on: November 03, 2005, 02:36:09 PM
Has there been any hint about when this sucker is coming out?
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: October 30, 2005, 05:44:37 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"

Oh I agree. I know Oblivion will still sell well, but Zelda you need to remember hasn't had ANY ads for it yet.

Wait, Nintendo markets their games?  Tongue


There has been virtually no marketing for it at all yet, whereas Oblivion has had ads running for MONTHS already. They now also have billboards and taxicab/bus ads for the game in New York City and Los Angeles. That isn't cheap.

Any delay is going to hurt them much more than Zelda being delayed hurt Nintendo. For one, Zelda is a much bigger name than the Elder Scrolls, so it will sell like hotcakes no matter when it comes out, and two, Oblivion has already had lots of money sunk into the advertising of the game, based on it coming out in November/December.

All very good points. I am sure Bethesda WILL get hurt to some degree financially, if in fact, they delay Oblivion to 2006. And of course, there will be some illwill among the hardcore gaming dorks like us who will feel betrayed/angered/saddened by being acutely aware of all the emphatic claims that it would be out this Nov/Dec. Still, Bethesda isn't a small developer/publisher and while TES may not be the same brand as Zelda, it is still probably their top dog, and I think it will still do very very well for both console and PC whether in 2005 or 2006. I really think they will be fine and getting it out now would merely be a "better" scenario for them. Getting out late will be "worse" but not a disaster IMO.

Hey, hopefully, the game is still on track. We still haven't offically heard it's delayed have we? Keep your fingers crossed. smile
2187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: October 30, 2005, 02:14:23 PM
I think this situation (if, in fact, Oblivion does get delayed into 2006) is a lot like the situation Nintendo faced in delaying Zelda. Yes, of course, not releaing a game in the X-mas season (and in Oblivion's case, near the launch date) is surely going to cost them some sales and money. But, as has been noted, as gamers, we will end up with a better finished product. I wouldn't really be worried about their lost money though. In both cases, the games will still sell well. It's not like either franchise is in danger of ending with this iteration just because they don't get released in the ideal release window.

And now we wait... grrrr...
2188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - it is so addictive! on: October 28, 2005, 03:14:09 PM
I'm flip-flopping between both Sacred Stones and Path of Radiance right now. Oddly enough, I think I am on chapter 20 of both now! I need to pick up vanilla FE next.
2189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The news is back!!!! on: October 28, 2005, 03:12:11 PM
The silver lining for me with the name change is (for a while at least) Websense doesn't block this site at work (for now)! Of course, I have a workaround for that, but it's a bit slower, so YAY GAMINGTREND~!
2190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Going home late last night... on: October 27, 2005, 02:42:29 PM
I've heard rumors that Fairies wear Boots.
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Metroid Prime Pinball Impressions on: October 26, 2005, 09:44:41 PM
I don't have it, but I played a demo of this at Best Buy a week ago. I thought it was a cute game of pinball and enjoyed following the action from top to bottom screen. And, they definitely plugged in a  lot of wacky Metroid stuff, but ultimately, I just don't see myself wanting to play pinball on my DS that much. Maybe when it hits the bargain bins.
2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 24, 2005, 02:53:43 PM
In all 3 games you can restart the chapter if someone dies. The only difference between the save systems between the cube and GBA games is that the cube doesn't automatically save after every turn. You have to actually select suspend and quit the game and then select Resume Chapter. In the GBA games it always automatically saved after each turn.
2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 23, 2005, 03:29:45 PM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
2) the game saves after every turn,

It should be noted that the cube version appears to NOT save at the end of every turn automatically. However, you do have the option of suspending the game (save and exit) on any turn, so essentially, it's the same save system. But, if you powered off the cube without saving I don't think you would be able to resume the chapter from your last turn like you could with the GBA version.
2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Let's make fun of the Gizmondo! on: October 21, 2005, 04:35:59 PM
I love the 48 second power on time, myself.
2195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 21, 2005, 04:16:38 AM
Chiming in on this one again. I love it. I just finished chapter 11 (after about 5 tries! I am trying not to lose anyone). I think I actually like this more than Sacred Stones. Aside from the obvious graphics/audio superiority, I love the tiny extras to the strategy this one adds. I have made use of the "shove" function. I love the fact that mounted units can move after attacking. I love the duality of the Laguz (badass when animal, space-takers when they are humanoid). I love the conversations you get to have with party members between battles. I also have found this to be more challenging than Sacred Stones so far (and I am playing on Easy). I'm having a blast so far, and I really hope I'm not the only one around here enjoying this awesome game! smile
2196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos II Screens on: October 20, 2005, 07:04:54 PM
I was playing this before it got bumped for Fire Emblem. (which is awesome)

I really really liked the combat a lot. I liked the card system, though I didn't like the timer. (I wouldn't mind a timer if it was longer) I also really enjoyed the graphics a lot. But the writing and the voice acting were blech. I do plan to return to it though.
2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 19, 2005, 01:27:19 AM
Ok, I caved and got this despite the fact that I was going to wait till I finished Sacred Stones. I am on chapter 6. So far, loving it. I love the graphics. Yes, they are not cutting edge or anything, but the artwork is very appealing, and it is great to see FE char's looking so good. The music is very well done. My biggest issue so far, is there is an oh so tiny pause between the battle map and the combat animation. It's subtle, but it is just a teeny bit annoying. The story seems ok so far.  There have been some tiny tweaks to battle as has been detailed in reviews, but this is pure FE goodness on the big screen!!

2198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 18, 2005, 12:27:38 PM
I have been having tons of fun with the Sacred Stones (my first FE game) and am on chapter 18. After SS is over, I think I am going to be hard pressed to resist picking up this new GCN version. The reviews look great, and I actually have liked all the graphics I've seen, despite that being one of the primary complaints of reviewers. So, any people picking this up today? ME WANT IMPRESSIONS~! smile
2199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 10:30:03 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
There is no reason for a Zelda fan to not try, not to rent, or borrow, or "try" in some manner Majora, because it is a hell of a game.

Oh, I agree. It's a remarkable game, and I do plan on finishing it with an emulator when I get through some other games.
2200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 07:36:22 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
You guys are scaring me about this save system in Majora's Mask!  Is it really that bad?

The only thing that annoys me about Ocarina is the save system.  No matter where I save if I reload it starts me back in Kakariko Village in my tree home or at the start of a dungeon if I'm in the dungeon.  It's annoying because I always have to backtrack.  Why is that?  Why can't I just reload and start right at the spot where I saved?

Oh boy, if you don't like the normal Zelda save system, you are in for a bad surprise when you start MM.

(Trying to be spoiler free here, but there are some abstract spoilers)
Basically, there are 2 methods to save your game. But before I mention that, you need to realize that in MM all the action takes place over 3 days. At the end of the 3 days, the area-the-game-takes-place-in comes to an end. So, you learn a song that takes you back to the beginning of the first day. The problem is, all of your progress is lost when you do this. (Except for key things that you do to progress the game.) So, that is the way you save your game anywhere you want, you play the song and go back to the first day. But, if you were in the middle of clearing the first dungeon, well you will not only have to start the entire dungeon over, but you will have to make it TO the dungeon again from scratch.

There are also save points marked as owl statues in the game. When you save with those, you keep the game exactly as you want it, and can return. But, once you do resume the game from your owl's savepoint, that save is gone, meaning if you want to exit the game you have to find another owl (they aren't plentiful) or play the song and lose all the progress you made after (and possibly before) you saved at the owl before. (It's like the Suspend option in the Fire Emblem games, but you can't do it anywhere/anytime you want, you have to find the statue.)

Couple this with the fact that you are trying to complete a dungeon within the 3 day time limit, and it makes for a stressful experience for me, and the main reason I haven't completed the game. Having said that, I do think MM is an awesome game that is marred by the system, hence my desire to play it on an emulator where I can alleviate some of the problems I have with it.
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