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2241  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.
2242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda delayed :( on: August 16, 2005, 12:39:33 PM
Wow, what a kick in the nuts.

On the one hand, what in the hell is Nintendo going to do with no AAA Gamecube title this holiday? On the other, all praise Nintendo for bucking the trend of most game publishers and rushing a game out early for the holidays so the game can be done right. Few other publishers would do it.
2243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS : How many stuck/dead pixels do you have on: August 16, 2005, 01:40:35 AM
I'd see if you could return it to the store you bought it from.

Mine is about 2 months old. No dead pixels.
2244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vote for which type of Bioware game you want next! on: August 16, 2005, 01:39:49 AM
Dragon Age!!!!
2245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: August 15, 2005, 11:33:15 PM
Interesting. I am doing SS first, because I want to have a user manual for my first FE experience, and I can only find FE used, cart only. Anyway, will probably pick up FE:SS tomorrow after work. smile
2246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: August 15, 2005, 10:31:47 PM
Well, I just finished this game. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I only thought it was "good" as opposed to "great". I wasn't that enamoured with the story or the writing. In fact, most of the dialogue seemed awful to me and made me dislike the characters I was playing more than the villains!

The games quirks were a mixed bag. I actually liked the limited movement. I can get into free exploration and all, but I find in most games nowadays, the exploration leads to tedious searches through empty, bland areas, so I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed having moving/exploring limited. I also loved the way this game handled levelling up. No, wandering around and getting buzzed into random encounters. You find an item, practise with it, and level up. Sure, you're doing the same sort of thing as in a random fight, but here you were completely in control of when you "grinded". Very good.

I did NOT like the limited inventory system (I was constantly gnashing my teeth at trying to figure out what to drop when I got a new EXP item). I also really never warmed to the "only 4 items in combat" as well as the limited durability of items. It added to the strategy, but annoyed me more often than not.

At the end, Lina was my workhorse. In the last chapter I acquired 3 sets of bows that just made her a monster in battle. I hardly ever used Ein's monster attack since he cracked the overdrive bar. I generally fought most of the boss battles with Ein, Lina, and Fia (for healing).

Still, had fun. I'm glad this was only around a 20+hr game, as i probably wouldn't have made it through it if I had to go 50 hours as the formula was running a bit dry. I loved the graphics and the artwork though I'll echo others' comments about the backgrounds being reused too much.

Fun game. Solid B title.

(Now I am going to try my first FE game and pick up Sacred Stones. Wish me luck! smile )
2247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 10:22:29 PM
I haven't played Jade Empire, but a friend of mine really loved it. (shrugs)

I am really looking foreward to Dragon Age. The one thing that has always made me abandon the Bioware games is the damn AD&D ruleset. Sorry, but I always thought they never translated well into the CRPG world. I also always hated the spell memorization mechanic. I'm sure I'm in the minority there.

I actually really like KOTOR and NWN the most - and they are the only Bioware games I have managed to finish. I thought the D&D rules were more palatable with me only managing 2-3 characters. I've always felt NWN was underrated. I enjoyed the original campain quite a bit. (I liked it MUCH better than the Shadows expansion.) And the first 2 chapters of Hordes of the Underdark were freaking great. I didn't like the final chapter much.

Baldurs Gate 2 was definitely one great game - content wise. But, I have never been able to stick with it, because I get bogged down in all the crappy party micromanagement that drives me crazy.

Anyway, I am excited to see what Bioware does outside of the confines of the AD&D rules. (Although I am probably in the minority on that front as noted above.)
2248  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Samsung 19in LCD 8ms on: August 08, 2005, 07:21:15 PM
I'm impressed at the prerebate price for this monitor. I sort of, kind of, wish my monitor would die just so I could get this one.
2249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 05, 2005, 04:30:45 PM
In no particular order:

Adventure (Atari2600) - It created a genre, created the easter egg, and is still amazingly fun to play today.

Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo) - Still my favorite Zelda. As AgtFox said, it was a quantum leap foreward, especially after the wrong turn the 2nd game made (not that it wasn't also great).

Eternal Darkness - Sanity's Requiem (Nintendo Gamecube) - Coincidentally, I finished this game for the 4th time this week. This is my favorite game of the current generation, and I just think it's a work of art. Such fantastic writing, gameplay, artwork, and the unbelievable, scary insanity effects. Brilliant stuff. I weep for the fact that there will never be a sequel. Every gamer that didn't buy this should be shot.
2250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miyamoto on the Revolution on: July 26, 2005, 04:24:24 PM
I still don't get people's hatred of the GCN controller. To me it is by FAR the most intuitive and easy to learn. I have zero problems with the X-Box controller, though it is a 2nd place finisher behind the cube controller.

I loathe the PS1/PS2 controller. I *own* a PS1 and I STILL don't know which button is which. Fuck that Triangle/Square/Circle shit. LOL.
2251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miyamoto on the Revolution on: July 25, 2005, 09:35:22 PM
I wouldn't call EDTVs uncommon. I think chains like BB and Circuit City are still duping unknowing consumers into buying their least expensive plasmas which are EDTVs. I still see plenty of them.
2252  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Where can I buy the Nintendo DS bundle with Mario 64? on: July 19, 2005, 12:15:57 PM
I think that deal may be over. I know EB had dropped it 2 Sundays ago when I bought my DS. Good luck.
2253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: July 19, 2005, 04:05:34 AM
Well, I am WAY late to the party, but I finally finished this one tonight. This is my first RE game that I have played for more than a few minutes. (Always hated the controls on the older ones. I do still have a borrowed copy of RE0, so I might give it another try sometime.) Anyway, given that, I didn't really know who all these characters were that Leon knew, nor did I know anything about Leon's past in the other games, so I didn't benefit from many plot points that were probably neat to more verteran RE players. Overall, I thought the game was not a great game, but a good game that was sprinkled liberally with several great, exciting sequences/boss battles. I thought the controls were fine here. I liked the more slower paced shooting. If I am going to play a 3rd or 1st person shooter, I greatly prefer to use a mouse and keyboard, so I was glad they made a more hybrid or original type of game here.

Overall, I found the game fun, if occasionally frustrating at times. Most sequences i had trouble getting by, I could usually conquer after a break away from the game. Graphically, it's certainly one of (if not) the best looking games on the cube - though I wouldn't have minded less grey/brown locations. The sound was great aside from some wooden voice acting. I did think the last boss battle was very easy, and (I hate to admit it) the final jetski thing frustrating (I died 4 times before getting it right). A very slick presentation overall, but the final cutscene was weak and very brief.

Overall, I had a fun time and will probably try to play it with that infinite rocket launcher sometime. smile
2254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need some console advice on: July 15, 2005, 09:25:34 PM
I've seen some ok looking X-Box bundles at Costco in the past. Probably spend more than $150, but you get an extra controller and 1 or 2 games with it for like $180 or something along those lines....
2255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need some console advice on: July 15, 2005, 03:46:15 AM
You'll hear all kinds of advice for system A, B, or C, but the best way to make a decision is to look at what the exclusives are for each system, and see which ones appeal to you the most.
2256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple of KOTOR questions on: July 05, 2005, 04:27:03 PM
I couldn't really stop the ranged guy (Carth) from running in either, but later I had an all jedi light sabre party so it became a non issue.

Has KOTOR2 really come down in price for the PC? I still see it for $50 everywhere.

Enjoy KOTOR, it's a really fun game!
2257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FATE Released. (Think Diablo 1 + Nethack. But pretty.) on: July 04, 2005, 02:50:20 PM
Quote from: "how786"
PS-Anyone know where Peacedog is? He's an old friend form the Gone Gold Forum.

He and some other Admins from Gone Gold created their own forum which basically mirrors the ones from Gone Gold. You can find them here.
2258  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Metroid Prime 2 $20 on: June 29, 2005, 12:08:45 PM
It says it's $50!
2259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have purged.......TIME TO BINGE!!!! on: June 27, 2005, 08:31:40 PM
The DS has 2 screens. They are smaller than the PSP's.
2260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN doesn't even cover the Revolution? on: June 15, 2005, 04:12:55 PM
They cover it on IGNCube. I believe they said that since there is so little info out about the console and its games, that there is no point to giving it its own page. Probably later this year, it will have its own page. In the meantime go to IGNCube for the Rev info.
2261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Redemption - any love for this oldie? on: June 14, 2005, 03:44:12 PM
I really enjoyed the early stages of the game quite a bit. But, when you started adding party members I found the controls far too unwieldy, even when they patched in the ability to pause and give orders. Too bad, as there was a lot of potential there, but I couldn't get past my frustrations with party control.

I agree with you about the manual. It was fantastic.
2262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No High def for Revolution on: June 14, 2005, 02:19:43 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"

Won't this create a big pain in the ass for multiplatform titles?  They'll create all the ubermega highrez artwork all HD-pretty and then what, have to dumb it down for the Revolution?  

They'll have to do the same "dumbing down" for the PS3 and XBox 360 for the near 85%-90% of those consoles' owners who won't support HD.

As an owner of an HD TV, I am very disappointed with Nintendo's decision to not support it, but I really doubt that THIS decision will hurt their sales in any major way. (They'll take care of that by having a sporadic release schedule and crappy 3rd party support - again.)
2263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No High def for Revolution on: June 14, 2005, 12:23:18 PM

2264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Symphonia - Final Verdict? on: May 29, 2005, 05:38:42 AM
Thanks for all the comments!

I started this tonight, and while it's somewhat fun, I am completely lost at the combat right now. I'll keep plugging away.
2265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Symphonia - Final Verdict? on: May 27, 2005, 06:30:35 PM
Now, that I have finished playing (the great) Thief  2 - Shadows of the Metal Age fan expansion, I am hungering for some console RPG action again. A friend leant me this a while back and think I am going to fire it up at last. Did people generally enjoy this one? Is it worth my 40+ hour investment?
2266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo - doing quite nicely thank you... on: May 27, 2005, 03:47:46 AM
Apparently, the DS really saved their bacon last year. Not bad for a "gimmicky gadget"! smile (Although, it should be noted that I sure don't own one. LOL)

They have definitely fallen to a distant 3rd now, after possibly briefly holding 2nd when they were down to $99 and the other 2 were still $199. If the X-Box could do... well... ANYTHING in Japan, it would be far, far ahead of Nintendo.

It also looks like Nintendo has seriously downgraded their earning predictions for the next fiscal year due to the floundering gamecube. So, not all is rosy in Nintendo-land. Too bad. I love my little cube, but I wish Nintendo would do whatever it takes to get better (MUCH better) 3rd party support.

For now, I'll just hope the Revolution's controllers don't blow chunks.
2267  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Paper Mario free after $20 gift voucher at EB on: May 27, 2005, 01:47:33 AM
If you can buy Paper Mario 2 for $20, that's a steal. It's a teriffic game.
2268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FATE Released. (Think Diablo 1 + Nethack. But pretty.) on: May 26, 2005, 05:11:09 PM
I haven't bought it (or played it yet since I can't install it anywhere but c) but I think you get like 3 unlocks for your $20. But, I think you can also plead to the main developer and he will help you out. If Wild Tangent ever goes under, then I think your screwed.
2269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Have Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones Impressions? on: May 26, 2005, 12:29:24 AM
Ok, I am puzzled. I have never played Fire Emblem, but the Gamespot video has me intrigued. I understand that the game saves after every turn, so that once you have a character die, there is no way to reload and try the battle again. (ie. you play in "hardcore" mode) So, my question is, what if your entire party gets wiped out? Is it game over? Do you have to start all over?
2270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP/DS] Need help picking a handheld game on the way home.. on: May 23, 2005, 11:04:28 PM
All I can say is that Minish Cap is indeed a teriffic Zelda adventure! smile
2271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Trailer on: May 19, 2005, 01:38:02 AM
I have been totally ecstatic about this game since E3 of 2004!! I wish they would have announced a release date for this one. I am paranoid it will slip into 2006.
2272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pic of Xbox 360 on: May 09, 2005, 12:36:41 PM
Am I the only one who thinks the controller looks like a toy? Honestly, if that controller was for the next Nintendo console, I think this forum would be all over it calling it "too kiddie".

Otherwise, I like the look of the new X-Box.
2273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution-info. WOW! on: May 07, 2005, 01:25:11 PM
IGN Cube's editor debunked Aries as a fraud. I wouldn't believe any of the stuff he posts, or at least not get my hopes up based on them.
2274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GCN] Gamecube component video? on: May 05, 2005, 03:40:40 AM
Just an FYI for those who may want one of these component video cables and is fed up with waiting for Nintendo. My LikSang order status changed to shipping today, so it would seem they really do have them in stock.

I can't wait to see Metroid Prime and RE4 in progressive scan in a week or two...or four! smile
2275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / x-play on re4? on: May 04, 2005, 04:21:02 PM
Personally, my favorite G4 show is CINEMATECH~! Man, I love that, though they need to quit piping in crappy music.
2276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GCN] Gamecube component video? on: May 03, 2005, 02:34:48 AM
Thanks for the info guys! smile

Chaz, I ordered mine from LikSang. I have ordered from them in the past and had no problems. It's $5 more than from Nintendo, but at least I don't have to wait till June.

2277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GCN] Gamecube component video? on: May 02, 2005, 10:54:48 PM
Anyone here own and use the Gamecube component video cables? Does the upgrade to progressive scan really make a difference? I know the cube only does 480p so it isn't true hi def, but was wondering if p-scan alone makes a big difference. (I hope so as I have some on the way! smile )
2278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameStop Acquires EB Games on: April 18, 2005, 04:28:30 PM
This is a sad day for gamers. No matter what you think of either store today, you are better off having two options instead of just one.
2279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / March Console Software and Hardware Figures on: April 16, 2005, 05:36:19 PM
I was curious so I went to EB's page and looked at how many forhcoming games EB has listed for each console.

PS2 - 94 games. (nice)
X-Box - 86 games. (I found this to be VERY high considering they are releasing the X-Box 360, THIS year. Well done.)
Gamecube - 22 games. (Seriously.)

#'s aren't everything of course. I am not sure how many of those 94 or 86 games I would actually want. But still, Nintendo doesn't even appear to be trying other than a couple of big titles.

Nintendo, you are a tough company to love.
2280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worldwide Console Sales Data post o' death.... on: March 30, 2005, 08:44:31 PM
Actually, if you want to blame someone for Sega getting out of the console making business, it would be far more appropriate to blame Sony than Nintendo.
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