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2201  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
2202  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.
2203  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.
2204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 07:08:04 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
but few people ever realized that you can save the game as you are at any time. That's what the owls were for - they saved your exact progress, down to the minute, whenever you wanted to. You just had to remember to save the game in this manner before you turned off the system, or warp back to the beginning. It's like a whole mob of people never even understood this, and the game got hammered because of it.


I understood/understand it perfectly, and completely loathe it. It's a savepoint that's not really a savepoint. If you're going to limit me with savepoints (and boy do I have a rant about lazy programmers continuing to make console gamers put up with them, but that's another post...) then MAKE THEM SAVEPOINTS! Meaning, don't make them go away when I reload. On the other hand, if you want me to be able to exit the game when I want and pick up when I left off, understanding that I will not have that save point when I resume, that's ok too, but don't LIMIT WHEN I CAN DO IT!!! I'll take one restriction or the other, but not both. Coupling the crappy save system with a freaking time limit, just makes the whole experience stressful for me.
2205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Zelda Project! on: October 17, 2005, 05:52:28 PM
I played all but Ocarina and MM on the original systems. I played Ocarina on an emulator originally and have played it on the gamecube since then. I also have played all the others on the cube as well. The only one I haven't finished is Majora's Mask, which I find hard to play due to the awful save system. I really need to play an emulated version of that so I can finally win it though. Zelda 2 I haven't one on the cube, but did win on the NES.
2206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS questions on: October 17, 2005, 02:12:08 AM
A couple comments on battery life. I definitely notice the DS needs charging more than my GBASP did. But, that's when playing DS games. Playing GBA games doesn't seem to be a big drag on battery life. (Reasonable since only one screen is lit when playing GBA games.)
2207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 27 New Oblivion Screens!!! on: October 16, 2005, 04:07:16 PM
WOW! Never have I seen TEXT so well rendered!!!  Tongue

Seriously, I thought the actual graphic screen shots looked great. And, much more aesthetically pleasing than I found Morrowind's browns and greys.

Alas, my puny Athlon 1400 is not going to cut it for this one! I need a lucky Mt Dew cap!!!!
2208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Hands On on: October 14, 2005, 02:11:17 PM
I'll ask what I asked in another thread:

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are they going to change the way NPC conversation works in this game? One of my main gripes the TES games is the stupid hyperlink chat system with every character in a town basically having the same 30 keywords/responses with like 2-3 unique ones.
2209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MY Oblivion thread!!! Non-sticky! All invited! on: October 13, 2005, 01:01:54 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"


Quite sure. slywink

I did say PC version. smile Having said that, I am sure a change at EB is forthcoming.
2210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MY Oblivion thread!!! Non-sticky! All invited! on: October 12, 2005, 09:22:49 PM
It's interesting that neither EB nor Gamestop have moved the PC release date to 12/5... yet.

EDIT: OOPS! Gamestop has. Not yet for EB.
2211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 11, 2005, 06:22:16 PM
Wow. Gamespot gave Phoenix Wright a 8.8!!!
2212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 09:22:43 PM
Jumpman was one great game.
2213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 07:31:02 PM
Brickout at the end of an Apple 2+ tutorial. It was Breakout turned on its side basically.

Soon to be followed by classics like Lemonade Stand and OREGON TRAIL~!
2214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ DS ] Castlevania impressions on: October 08, 2005, 05:44:20 PM
So, do you like it? smile

Despite the fact that I have been gaming for nigh on more than 25 years, I have never played any Castelvania game. Would this game be a good starting point, or should I pick up the various GBA games first? (I think the Aria of Sorrow is the prequel to this DS game right?) Should I bother with the NES Classic original Castlevania?
2215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Detailed impressions of Oblivion from X05 on: October 06, 2005, 09:51:33 PM
LOL! Hetz is certainly enthusiastic. Wasn't it Morrowind talk on Gone Gold that caused the Road to Gold forum to be created in the first place?

I'm intrigued by Oblivion, but I'm always intrigued by the Elder Scrolls Games, and they always end up disappointing me. Unless I get a lucky Mt. Dew, I won't own anything that will play this one anyway.

Hey Hetz, are they going to change the way NPC conversation works in this game? One of my main gripes the TES games is the stupid hyperlink chat system with every character in a town basically having the same 30 keywords/responses with like 2-3 unique ones.
2216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 10:02:19 PM
Using the Open GL 2 plugin worked. Now, my only small problem is some slowdown entering, exiting, and (occasionally) during combat. Nothing too bad.

Thanks for the help!
2217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 07:17:44 PM
Thanks. I wasn't using the v2.xx of Pete's Open GL driver (JCC = stupid). I have installed it, but will have to wait till after work to give it a try.
2218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: October 05, 2005, 04:56:31 PM
Ok, I finally remembered to bring home my FFVII discs from my girlfriend's house. It seems to emulate fine except when entering combat? The whole "blur screen effect" doesn't happen and the sound effect slows down and then it transitions into combat slowly. I have tried tweaking settings from "Fast" to "Nice" and haven't been able to get this to work. Is it working ok for anyone else? Care to share your settings?
2219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 3 for DS in 2006/FF5 and FF6 for GBA announced on: October 05, 2005, 04:14:59 PM
Ok, so this is probably retreading old, tired, matted, worn out, stomped down, flattened ground, so I apologize in advance. Can someone please lay out to me exactly what the FF#s mean in terms of Jap vs. US releases? I am pretty sure that FF3 in the US for the SNES was really FF6 in Japan, but what about the others? (My understanding is that from 7 on, we've been in sync.)
2220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda guarantees Oblivion for XBox 360 launch on: September 30, 2005, 12:44:36 AM
I hope they aren't forced into releasing it early. Bethesda's track record is not exactly exemplary in this area. Although, i seem to remember Morrowind being pretty stable upon release.

Of course, I don't own a system that can play this new beast, unless I got a lucky Mt Dew cap today! smile
2221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Best Game You've Played This Gen? on: September 26, 2005, 01:53:17 PM
Eternal Darkness hands down. My favorite game since Thief 2. If an Eternal Darkness sequel is ever released (I doubt it, and screw all of you who didn't buy it. I hate you.) I would buy the system it's for, no questions asked.

I hope Zelda Twilight Princess might dethrone it.
2222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Question: Backwards Compatability for Live games? on: September 26, 2005, 12:12:02 PM
I think this might be the ~$20 HD switcher.
2223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 04:31:39 PM
Yes, I may take that step next and see how that works for me. Thanks for the tip!
2224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 03:55:31 AM
I do own a playstation and FF7 (although my FF7 discs aren't at home at this moment).

I tried getting this thing to work with Blood Omen. While it will run, I just can't get the speed quite right. I had to use my DVD-RW. My 52xCD-ROM just couldn't keep up, which seemed odd to me. With no FPS limiting, the opening movies play nicely. But then, after Kain is killed the movie where he turned into a vampire plays to quickly. If i limit the FPS, then the 2nd movie plays ok, but the first is too slow.

I also had some odd graphical oddities at times. I have never had luck with PSX emulators, dating back to Bleem. Oh well, I probably don't have time to play FF7 now, anyway, but I was intrigued about being able to play it with slightly better graphics. Thanks for the help.
2225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 02:12:41 AM
Yikes. It actually took me far too long to find it. I overcomplicated the search.
2226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 23, 2005, 01:43:44 AM
Ok, so to use ePSXe, I have to somehow extract my BIOS from my playstation? That sounds awful compelkated.
2227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone replaying FF7? on: September 22, 2005, 10:05:37 PM
Can anyone recommend a good PS One emulator?
2228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Demos downloadable off Revolution? on: September 21, 2005, 12:25:49 AM
I think it would be neat if Nintendo extended their "download old Nintendo games" to the DS as well as Revolution. How cool would it be to be able to dload a library of NES and SNES to the DS? I would love that, and gladly pay for some sort of subscription service if the library was big enough. I actually see this being more attractive for the DS than for Revolution.
2229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 20, 2005, 01:06:52 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
1. Ultimate Spiderman isnt coming out for the 'Cube?
2. Is it based on the really great Spiderman 2 game engine?
3. is the PC version going to be a port of the console game?  It wasnt with Spiderman 2, and I heard it really sucked on the PC.  So a port would be a really good thing.


1. It is coming out for the cube (this week).
2. I believe it is, though obviously has a very different look to it.
3. Don't know.
2230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 04:53:44 PM
I find myself getting more and more excited about this controller. First off, those videos are almost certainly not indicative of how you will actually use the controller. I think you will likely have the "remote" sitting in your hand with your hand on an armrest or on your lap (like it would be today) and will be making slight motions of the wrist to control it. So I really don't see the motion aspect being fatiguing at all. The problem is controlling its buttons. I think they need to stick primarily to using the trigger (the remote does have a trigger right?) cause I sometimes get fatigue in my hand just switching between buttons on my TV remote. That is something I am concerned about much more than just doing the motion aspect of it.

The door is so wide open with this controller (if it works well) for them to have games that just don't work on consoles now. (Tons of PC-like games). It *should* be the best way to play a FPS on a console.

The keys are : A. they better have the tech down so that it feels "right" and isn't awkward to motion-control. B. You better be able to callibrate the motion detectors so they can be as sensitive/insensitve as gamers want. In fact they should store multiple "controller profiles" on each Revolution so person A and person B don't have to adjust the sensitivity when they switch. and C. Actually do fun things with it that just can't be reproduced on other consoles.

I also think it's key that this be at a low price point ($200 max). It would help to actually have a lot of titles at launch for once too.

As for me, like with any Nintendo console - Call me when Zelda is out for it, and then I'll take a look! smile
2231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 04:15:04 AM
Well, it would seem that Revolution WILL certainly live up to its (former) name. Will it actually be *good*? Hmmm.

At least I'm intrigued rather than horrified (just mildly scared). I agree that there will probably be an even further dearth of 3rd party support for this console. Not that the developers won't support it (I think almost all of them WILL try to), but that they aren't going to have the resources to support it a LOT. The Rev will definitely be all about exclusives - since even if the games are out for other consoles, I can't imagine that they will possibly play anywhere close to the same at all to the Rev version.

Nintendo has balls the size of grapefruits. I'll give them that.
2232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 15, 2005, 12:22:16 AM
What odd timing. I just bought Baten Kaitos yesterday and am going to start it tonight. Here's hoping I like it enough to get the sequel! smile
2233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite PC Game Lead Character? on: September 01, 2005, 12:55:30 AM
Garret. No one else comes close.
2234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Nintendog impressions (yes I'm turning in my man-card) on: August 29, 2005, 11:42:02 PM
My shelty can do a back flip! She is awesome! smile
2235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA Riviera Manual on: August 29, 2005, 10:07:26 PM
The game does have tutorialish stuff at the beginning. I think you'll be ok. You could always consult an FAQ to get some of the manual stuff as well.
2236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Nintendog impressions (yes I'm turning in my man-card) on: August 25, 2005, 02:10:39 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"

When people get desperate enough to run the Chiuahuaha version out of stock, then I'll believe there's a supply problem.


I bought the Chiuahuaha version. I wanted a shelty like I had as a kid! My shelty Ally is ridiculously cute. This is defintiely the most soothing, therapeutic game ever.

For those looking for a specific version, try Circuit City. Mine had all 3 versions in ample supply and is in the same shopping center as an EB that was sold out.
2237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Nintendog impressions (yes I'm turning in my man-card) on: August 24, 2005, 02:10:50 AM
Picked this up tonight, and it is fun and HORRIBLY cute.

As far as I can tell you can NOT have more than one "profile" per cart. You can (eventually, when you earn enough $) have 3 dogs in the house at a time and store 5 more at the "Dog Hotel". (Not sure how much the hotel costs.)

The EB I went to tonight was already sold out. I got mine at Circuit City.
2238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable coming to PC this fall on: August 22, 2005, 09:19:41 PM
Have they ever posted the PC requirements? I couldn't find them on Microsoft's or Lionhead's pages.
2239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Have Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones Impressions? on: August 17, 2005, 02:46:52 AM
Picked up FE:SS tonight, and while still in the early stages (Chapter 2), after 45 mins. or so of in-game time, I am having fun.

My only concern is that once I have lots of units, I will get bogged down in party micromanagement. Hopefully with the convoy, this won't be too bad.
2240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 02:43:56 AM
It really is a shame that it didn't do better. But it was released at the wrong time of year for such an unpromoted game (X-mas).

I will say that I enjoyed the early more action/adventure stuff more than the stealth stuff, but I still enjoyed myself throughout. Clearly they intended on a sequel (based on the ending). It's a shame it will likely never be made.
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