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1401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion GotY Edition - Character Question on: December 05, 2008, 08:20:09 PM
Thanks Pete!
   
That's a great suggestion. I didn't remember a difficulty slider from my time with the game 2+ years ago, so I'll be sure to point that out to him.
           
I appreciate it.
1402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion GotY Edition - Character Question on: December 05, 2008, 06:45:02 PM
My brother found a copy of the ES IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition for his PS3 at a Walmart in a clearance endcap for $10. (Unfortunately for me, the 360 version was still at full price frown )
   
I played it for a bit at release on the PC, but didn't play too far into the game. I liked it, but I remember being a bit frustrated with the scalable combat. I want to give my brother a little advice about that, so I want to double check with some of the veterans around here to make sure I'm not misleading him.
       
If I remember it correctly, the issue with scalable combat came into play if you had a character with major skills like Speechcraft, Mercantile, Athletics, etc. instead of having combat skills as your majors. It seems like the problem came when your character was advancing levels without advancing combat/magic skills, so that the fights you encountered would become too difficult.
       
I realize that the point is to play the character you want to play, but I do want to try to point him in the right direction, so that he doesn't get frustrated with encounters.
                 
Thanks for any help.
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what's the best JRPG for the Xbox 360? on: December 05, 2008, 02:03:23 PM
Tales of Vesperia was excellent. Up until two weeks ago, it would have had my vote, but now The Last Remnant has edged it out. I'm only about halfway through The Last Remnant but, unless it completely falls on it's face in Disc 2, it will be ahead of Tales in my book.
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How fast can you type? on: December 04, 2008, 05:35:36 PM
Good grief Pete, you're a machine. Not to mention Orpheo. Wow!
    
117.17 - no mistakes. While that's no great shakes around here, it's better than I thought it would be. Thank goodness for high school typing class. smile
1405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 04, 2008, 01:49:10 PM

Quote from: Toe on December 03, 2008, 06:47:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 03, 2008, 06:36:59 PM

I always think of this Onion article when I think of Creed.  Didn't they start out as a christian rock group or something? 

I was under the impression thats what they have always been. They are a bit tricksy in their lyrics (i.e. they do not use scripture or anything, more of just vague references), but if it quacks like a lamb...
   
Creed never was a Christian group. Stapp liked to use vaguely scriptural references, but he was always more of a New Age/Higher Power kinda guy.
   
As for their reunion, thankfully their new music will never pass my tympanic membrane. smile
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: December 04, 2008, 04:00:00 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 04, 2008, 03:20:25 AM


From what I've read, I think you can no longer complete the Disc 1 sidequests once you get to Disc 2, so you might want to finish those up.
   
Thanks for telling me about this! I'm pretty sure that I've opened the battle that will take me to Disc 2 and I still have quite a few sidequests that I want to complete. By exploring a bit more, I just found a handful of new zones and 2 new cities that don't seem to be connected to the main quest, so I'll make sure to finish all the sidequests I can find and explore more thoroughly before I move on to Disc 2.
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: December 04, 2008, 02:08:25 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 03, 2008, 11:54:20 PM

One of the DLCs is a key to a bonus dungeon, and the other is a set of difficult guild quests.
       
Nice. I'll have to grab those tonight.
       
I'm still having a great time with this. I played it off and on most of the Thanksgiving break. I've put a lot of time into the game, but I'm progressing fairly slowly (completionist that I am smile ), taking on most side quests and guild tasks that I can find. I'm still on Disc 1, but I suspect I'm getting close to Disc 2.
         
I do have a couple of quibbles. First, I have hundreds of components with no apparent use (I could probably make a lot of money selling them off, but I'm hanging on to a huge list of components, just on the off chance that I might be able to put them to use eventually). My other quibble is that I wish more of the lower level (effortless) mobs would cower than they currently do. It would be nice if their aggro would virtually go away if they were significantly lower than the party (much like gray monsters in WoW). They're still mostly avoidable, if you don't need to harvest them, but some of the dungeons are a little close quarters and I find myself getting targeted by trivial monsters.
           
Other than those two quibbles (and small quibbles they are, at that), I'm having a grand time with the game. I personally think the game looks great and I really like the art direction. I like the story quite a bit and I even like the way some of the side quests have repeating characters and continuing storylines. Fun, fun, fun.
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: December 04, 2008, 02:04:53 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 03, 2008, 11:54:20 PM

One of the DLCs is a key to a bonus dungeon, and the other is a set of difficult guild quests.
       
Nice. I'll have to grab those tonight.
       
I'm still having a great time with this. I played it off and on most of the Thanksgiving break. I'm going pretty slowly (completionist that I am smile ), taking on most side quests that I can find. I'm still on Disc 1, but I suspect I'm getting close to Disc 2.
         
I do have a couple of quibbles. First, I have hundreds of components with no apparent use (I could probably make a lot of money selling them off, but I'm hanging on to a huge list of components, just on the off chance that I might be able to put them to use eventually). My other quibble is that I wish more of the lower level (effortless) mobs would cower than they currently do. It would be nice if their aggro would virtually go away if they were significantly lower than the party (much like gray monsters in WoW). They're still mostly avoidable, if you don't need to harvest them, but some of the dungeons are a little close quarters and I find myself getting targeted by trivial monsters.
           
Other than those two quibbles (and small quibbles they are, at that), I'm having a grand time with the game. I personally think the game looks great and I really like the art direction. I like the story quite a bit and I even like the way some of the side quests have repeating characters and continuing storylines. Fun, fun, fun.
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: December 01, 2008, 07:15:58 PM

Quote from: mytocles on December 01, 2008, 05:19:25 PM

I remember that happened to me once, but now I may be confusing games - I'm in Fallout 3 now, and sleeping is an option there as well.

First, make sure your character isn't in the middle of a moving action, like running in and clicking too fast on the bed.  I doubt that's the problem, but it's easy to check, lol.

Next, look at your quest log.  One of those games doesn't allow you to do certain things at certain times, usually involving something in the main quest not being finished. 

Good Luck!   icon_razz

   
Thanks mytocles. I'll try those out when I get home. I suspect you're right about the quest. She's probably hurrying me along toward the Hero of Will. It seems like I remember her saying something about time being of the essence. Of course, I do like to run around quite quickly, so I'll try the first suggestion, too. smile
1410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: December 01, 2008, 04:06:51 PM
This may be addressed somewhere else in this great, big thread, but I want to try to avoid reading too much about the game.
   
For some reason, my character cannot sleep. I'm just starting the Hero of Will quest. I've tried the inn in Bowerstone, both day and night, and I've even hoofed it back to my place in the gypsy camp. Everytime I target a bed, I get the message, "you can't sleep now." I can't seem to find any status conditions on my character that should prevent sleep. I have enough trouble with insomnia in real life. I don't need it in my games, too. smile
   
Does anyone know what I can do to be able to sleep again?
1411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BC PS3s - Still in the Wild? on: December 01, 2008, 02:13:49 AM
Thanks for the link CeeKay. The interesting thing is that the last BC release was Aug. 2007, which seems to indicate the Feb. 2008 article was in error (unless, of course, the last bit of that run was bundled with MGS in 2008).
         
disarm, thanks for the tip on the Sears rumor. I have a couple not too far away. I may make a run tomorrow, just to see if I might get lucky.
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BC PS3s - Still in the Wild? on: December 01, 2008, 01:42:51 AM
After untold hours of service, my old, reliable, launch night PS2 (has it really been over 8 years now?) is finally starting to show its age. frown
           
Now, with the imbedded Blu-ray player, I'm considering a PS3. However, with our big library of PS2 titles, I would love to be able to find a backwards compatible model.
   
I know that the most recent PS3s have not been backwards compatible. In search of info, I found a (probably outdated) article http://ps3.qj.net/Revival-of-80-GB-PS3-backwards-compatible-model-confirmed-by-Sony/pg/49/aid/114671, dated Feb. 2008, saying that the MGS4:GotP 80 GB bundle would have backwards compatibility. Most store shelves have the Uncharted bundle on display now and I haven't seen a Metal Gear bundle in person. I can still find them listed on some websites, but it's unclear whether they're truly backwards compatible. The specs don't mention anything one way or the other. I can find a 40 GB MGS bundle on Amazon that doesn't say if it is BC or not (at least not that I can divine). The 80 GB bundle points to other sites and is in the $600-650 range (way too much, I could buy the 160 GB Uncharted bundle and a brand new PS2 for that). I'm a bit skeptical of the ebay option for such a big ticket item.
       
So, all rambling aside, is it possible to find backwards compatible (preferably new) PS3s still, or has that ship long since sailed?
   
Edited to fix article link.

1413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 30, 2008, 01:10:05 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 30, 2008, 09:09:57 AM

Quote from: jersoc on November 29, 2008, 10:07:36 PM

is there a way to get people into your union when going to blakedale or whatever? the 2nd time you hook up with david and gang they are quests so it's just you in a union. like 2 hits and im dead and it's game over. wtf seriously.

i let Rush 'stand by' so that he doesnt get involved as much,and let the actual fighters,the real fighters do/get the damage(that second time you are with David,he brings like 10 fighters with him)..and of course hire some leaders from the guilds

but i would also like to get people into my union,at the guild the only people to hire are leaders..which isnt that great as i already hired 3 leaders...one of them is on the sidelines because at the moment i cant make more than two unions,that one for me(with no one in it but me) and one with two people in it

     
If you go to the Union Board (on the Y button menu), you can disband the union with the two people in it and you can disband Rush's single union. You might not even have to disband Rush's union, you may just be able to go to Change Formation. After you choose the formation (even if it's the same one you're already using), you can put Rush with 2 leaders that you hire in the same union (the other two leaders go into slots 2, 3, 4, or 5 of Rush's union). That way, you will have David's two unions, plus your one union made up of Rush and two hired leaders. That will make a world of difference. Rush will be able to jump back into the fights with the other two hired leaders in his union.
           
I am really enjoying this game more and more, the further I get into it. There are lots of side quests, varied environments, great strategy options, varied battle types, rare monsters, etc. The story is even better than I expected after some reviews I read panned it as generic.
           
1414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 27, 2008, 05:59:02 AM
I've been playing this on and off all day, in between trying to get the house ready for company tomorrow. I'm about 6 hours in and I'm very pleased with the game.
   
As mentioned above, I have installed to the hard drive and I haven't had a single technical issue yet. It makes me wonder if I'm playing the same game the reviewers were (although I would guess they were playing from the disks). Maybe it will change as I get deeper in, but I have had a couple of large scale battles already with no noticeable issues.
   
It took a little while for things to finally "click," but now I've got a good understanding of the formations and what's taking place on the battlefield. I've even gotten to the point where I can hit most of the timing sequences (I found myself enjoying watching the battles early on and I was always surprised when the timing sequences popped up. I bet I didn't hit one until about the 20th one that popped up. smile ) I'm having a great time moving leaders and soldiers in and out of the unions. I ran into one stretch where Rush's union was getting wiped out at the start of three straight encounters (my second union was holding it's own, but I'm not sure if Rush was getting any benefit from the encounters since he was napping during those battles). A little tinkering with my formations and lineups made a huge difference and I was able to cruise through the rest of the dungeon, so I was happy with the strategic element.
         
Obviously, I'm still early on and things could change, but I am enjoying the game very much so far.
1415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: November 26, 2008, 06:11:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 26, 2008, 05:27:34 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on November 26, 2008, 05:15:48 PM

I see the HDMI input on the Xbox 360. Once I get the cable from monoprice, will the HDMI provide sound to the TV (I'm not sure exactly what you meant by separate audio) or will I only have sound if I get the extender or shave the plastic? Thanks.

Correct, HDMI carries audio and video. You would only need separate audio cables if you were sending the audio to a separate receiver or something.
   
Excellent. Thanks Teggy!
1416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 26, 2008, 05:18:12 PM
Kevin, thanks so much. That is a big help. I really appreciate it!!!
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: November 26, 2008, 05:15:48 PM
Wow, awesome. Thanks for the link BrianE and the replies everyone:
           
I do have a newb question about this, though:
 

Quote from: wonderpug on November 26, 2008, 04:39:06 PM

monoprice.com is the place to go.  Just buy a regular HDMI cable for $5.  If you need to run separate audio cables, either shave off a little plastic from your existing A/V plug to make room for the HDMI cable, or buy a $3 extender thing from ebay.  Don't let Microsoft bully you into a $40+ purchase just to get around their stupidly placed ports.
   
I see the HDMI input on the Xbox 360. Once I get the cable from monoprice, will the HDMI provide sound to the TV (I'm not sure exactly what you meant by separate audio) or will I only have sound if I get the extender or shave the plastic? Thanks.
1418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: November 26, 2008, 04:26:34 PM

Quote from: egrudzin on October 27, 2008, 02:39:47 AM

HDMI cables can be had separately for < $10 online too.
   
I finally got an HDTV to go with my Xbox 360. I'm very pleased with the setup. I wanted to revive this thread because I'm now in the market for the Xbox 360 HDMI cables. I have found them for $42 at Amazon and a few other places (NewEgg, Buy.com). Before I place the order, I was wondering if anyone knew a reliable online retailer that had them cheaper.
1419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 26, 2008, 04:17:37 PM
Thanks Destructor and Chaz!
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 26, 2008, 04:16:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 26, 2008, 06:19:54 AM

This game actually made me go back and recalibrate my TV (and it was already pretty well calibrated).  

   
Sorry to derail, but I just now entered the modern era and got my first HDTV. Kevin, I'm curious what process you use to calibrate. I realize that you may have the calibration tools on hand or you may have your own process that you've developed. I certainly wouldn't expect you to type out all of your individual steps, but if you have a link to a process that you've found effective that doesn't require the tools, I would appreciate the link. I've done some searching on my own, but there are so many methodologies out there, that I'm a bit confused as to which process to go by.
   
I just started Last Remnant, but TR:U remains high on my "to get" list.
1421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 26, 2008, 06:18:49 AM
My Amazon copy arrived this afternoon. I played about 3 hours. So far, I really like the game. I'm beginning to get the hang of the unions and the battle system.
 
As Stich mentioned, I installed to the hard drive. Admittedly, I'm very early on, but I haven't seen any slowdowns at all yet. As a matter of fact, any loading screens have gone so quickly that I can't read the entire game tip on the splash screen. So, I really appreciate the heads-up to install it first.
           
One thing I am curious about, for any of you who got the Amazon pre-order. I have a key code for three additional formations. However, I can't figure out how to redeem it. It says to go to the Marketplace and choose to "redeem code." I can't seem to find a redeem option on the Marketplace screen. If I browse through the games' listing and choose The Last Remnant, there are all sorts of trailers and media packs, but I don't see any sign of the pre-order. If anyone can step me through where to enter the code once I'm on the Marketplace, I would be grateful.
1422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 23, 2008, 02:13:57 AM
Thanks Tebunker!
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 23, 2008, 12:08:11 AM

Quote from: StitchJones on November 22, 2008, 10:23:53 PM

On the framerate side, it is a MUST that you install the game to your hard drive. 
   
I'm still a 360 newb. I do have the new Xbox Live Dashboard/Experience installed. How would I go about installing the game to the hard drive? I didn't really see an option under the "My Xbox" area.
1424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 22, 2008, 08:10:52 PM
I was notified that my Amazon order (the $40 pre-order special that EddieA found) shipped yesterday. With the Thanksgiving holidays coming up, it may still be a week or so before I get it. The reviews have been a bit lukewarm (GameInformer gives it 7/10 in their latest issue), but I remain hopeful. I'll give some impressions when the game arrives.
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect - Point of no return? on: November 20, 2008, 01:14:45 PM
Somehow, I had resisted the urge to buy a 360 for a long time. Surprising, since I waited in line for the midnight launch of the PS2 and I waited in line during the early morning hours for a Wii back in 2006. (Yeah, yeah, nice story grandpa smile )
   
Anyway, I almost bought a 360 system back when Mass Effect was released. Still I was able to resist the urge. However, with the recent system price drop and the releases of Fable 2 and Fallout 3, I finally took the plunge.
   
My brother called me last Friday to tell me that a Wal-mart nearby had put some games in a clearance end-cap and that I should check it out on my way home. When I got there, they had one copy left of Bioshock for $10 and one copy left of Mass Effect for $10. Needless to say, I snatched them both up. Well, I have become so engrossed in Mass Effect that I haven't even opened Bioshock yet.
         
I am really enjoying the game tremendously. So, while this post has nothing to do with the "Point of no return" in the game, I just thought I would share. smile
1426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 12, 2008, 05:00:46 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 11, 2008, 03:25:48 AM

I'm not sure how long it will last, but Amazon has TLR available for preorder for $39.99.

   
Good catch EddieA! I was probably going to get it close to release day anyway, but for $40, I jumped on the pre-order. smile
1427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: October 27, 2008, 04:05:07 AM
Thanks everyone! All of your replies have been extremely helpful. I really appreciate it!
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: October 27, 2008, 01:53:21 AM
I have long resisted the pull of the Xbox 360, but I believe Fable 2 and Fallout 3 are going to be enough to push me into a purchase (not to mention Infinite Undsicovery and Tales of Vesperia). I have just about settled on picking up the Pro 60 GB package, but I'd like a little feedback on a few questions before I take the plunge:
         
1. It looks like both the Pro and the Elite have backwards compatibility for most Xbox games. I have a few Xbox games that I (and my girls) still like to play. Does the Pro indeed allow backward compatibility?
       
2. Is the extra 60 GB and the HDMI cables of the Elite worth the $100 price difference? Shockingly enough, we don't have a high def TV yet, but will at some point during the holidays. I doubt I will use the system for much more than playing pre-packaged games, but I am curious how quickly 60 GB might fill up with game updates, extra content, etc.
         
3. Are there any other advantages of the Elite over the Pro that I might be missing?
   
Thanks!
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki [Wii], Disgaea [PSP], Orcs and Elves [DS] ... Oh, my! on: December 20, 2007, 09:34:30 PM
Thanks for the responses everyone. I appreciate it. It's been a big help. I'll probably end up going with Zack and Wiki for him (and maybe even an extra copy for yours truly) and I'll probably grab Disgaea for myself next week.
     

Quote from: kronovan on December 20, 2007, 07:27:50 PM

My only question is, does he already have Super Mario Galaxy? The reason I ask is because it has a co-op play mode that's perfect for a 7 year old and their parent.

       
He's pretty bad about buying things on or near release day, even near the holidays (I guess it runs in the family smile). I checked with his wife and he does already have Super Mario Galaxy. He's been playing it with his 7 year old already and they're having a big time, so it was a great suggestion, if he had any self-restraint at all. smile
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zack and Wiki [Wii], Disgaea [PSP], Orcs and Elves [DS] ... Oh, my! on: December 20, 2007, 06:03:00 PM
I'm looking for a present for my brother. I thnk I've narrowed it down to one of the three in the title of the thread.
   
Zack and Wiki - Good reviews. I found the IGN Review thread here and the community responses seemed to have been very favorable. He has a 7 year old son that he likes to play games with, so this would seem to fit the bill. Probably the safe choice.
   
Disgaea - He played the original on the PS2 years back and enjoyed it. I wasn't able to find a thread about the PSP version of Disgaea (I easily could have just missed it), so I'm very curious if anyone here has any impressisons. Is it a nice update that is enjoyable on the PSP? Does it add much or is it basically a port? Probably the nostalgic choice.
         
Orcs and Elves - I believe this was originally a cell phone game, hopefully beefed up for the DS. I doubt this would be the way to go, but I saw it on the shelf and wondered if anyone here has tried it. He does like old school RPGs, if they're well done. He loved Eschalon (PC) and also enjoyed Etrian Odyssey (DS). Probably the risky choice.
     
Any feedback on these would be appreciated. I hate to admit it, but I'm also looking for some impressions because I'm interested in hearing about them for my own selfish purposes after the holidays. smile
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: end of an era: your ps2 top dozen on: December 10, 2007, 09:39:11 PM
Dragon Quest VIII
Kingdom Hearts 2
Dark Cloud 2
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Final Fantasy XII
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land
Kingdom Hearts
Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria
Ico
Disgaea
Shadow of the Colossus

   
Edited because depward reminded me of Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria. I can't believe I forgot that one.
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eschalon: Book 1 on: November 18, 2007, 06:22:18 PM
I've been following the development of this game for over a year now. The developer was kind enough to post periodic updates on OO.
   
It is an old school RPG harkening back to the glory days of Ultima, Might & Magic, and Wizardry. The official game site is Basilisk Games.
   
There is a very positive preview up on RPGWatch.
   
The game will be available tomorrow for digital download and/or CD orders.
   
I am really looking forward to playing this tomorrow. I'll give some impressions once I've logged some time in the game, but I wanted to start this thread in case anyone else is interested in checking out the game.
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports games for the PSP on: October 18, 2007, 02:43:06 PM
While you're only asking about NBA, MLB, NHL, and football games, I do have to mention that the PSP sports game that has consumed uncounted hours of my time is Hot Shots Golf. While there are many PSP games that are very good, I'm nutty enough to believe that Hot Shots Golf is a good enough game to justify the purchase of a PSP all on its own. smile
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 10:17:57 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2007, 08:03:20 PM

-  Maybe it's my bad eyes, but the text is very small and somewhat tough to read. 
 
It's not just your eyes. I'm having a hard time reading the text, too.
    
That's my only quibble with the game so far, though. Everything else is aces.
1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games for a 41-year-old gaming n00b? on: October 09, 2007, 12:25:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 08, 2007, 08:36:02 PM

-  He likes sports, but complex controls and a million different buttons might be a problems.
   
I would think Tiger Woods and Madden (or NCAA if he's a bigger college football fan) would be safe choices if he is either a golfer or a football fan.
   
My brother-in-law has a PS2 and owns exactly one game, NCAA Football (he does buy the new version every year), and he absolutely loves it.
1436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 09, 2007, 12:03:19 AM
Mask of the Betrayer and FF Tactics.
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 27, 2007, 10:25:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2007, 01:35:20 AM

Now 16 hours in, and Jeanne D'Arc is a solid contender for my GOTY. 

I agree. Jeanne d'Arc is easily my favorite game of 2007 on any platform.
 

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2007, 01:35:20 AM

P.S.  Has anyone else taken on that "free battle" area at the beginning of chapter 3?  My guess is that is a fight that I will come back to in a long time (the 800 hit point dragon was a little daunting), and it better have something awfully cool.
 
I can't wait to get powerful enough to try that map. I knew I was in trouble when I scanned the map and saw another 800 point dragon hanging around on the far side, not to mention the "Queen" and other monsters spread around the map. When Jeanne did 27 points of damage to one of those dragons, I figured it was time to bail and come back later. smile
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 26, 2007, 02:53:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2007, 03:58:34 AM

Quick question about transformations for a certain character.   Slight spoilers, so...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Gilles used a armlet to transform during the first battle he appeared (the one where you don't control him directly).  Now that he's in my party, is there a way to get him to transform again?  The status screen shows he has an armlet equipped and he's gaining SP every battle, but there's no "Transform" option like Jeanne has.

Am I missing something?
 
That's strange.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
I am able to make a "Transform" choice when I select Gilles. I forget the name of the Gem he uses, but he turns into some sort of "bird" guy. It hasn't been too helpful yet because I haven't used him much and he's quite a few levels behind Jeanne, but it's definitely there on his menu choices. I wonder if maybe he gets the Transform ability at a certain level. He's level 17 in my game.
 

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2007, 03:58:34 AM

Speaking of transformations, I just had my first battle where they become absolutely necessary.  Being vastly outnumbered, I had to use all my support characters to soften up the enemy a bit, then have Jeanne come through with Godspeed and mop them all up.  Was quite fun!  smile

I'm just starting Chapter 3 and the game keeps getting better. The last four or five battles have come down to the last turn or to Jeanne relying on the transformations to capture the day. At first, I didn't like some of the timed levels, but now I really like the way it makes me think about my strategy for each map. It actually gives me a nice feeling of accomplishment when the strategy works. smile
 
I'm on a new map that looks to be quite challenging. Jeanne, Roger, and Lianne have jumped way ahead of the others in levels now (Jeanne is 29, while some of my party members are still 15 and 16). I've been going through the story, but I think it may be time to go back and do some free combat with my lower level characters to bring their levels up. 
 
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc- IGN review on: August 23, 2007, 05:27:53 PM
Wow, this is a fun game. I've been waiting for this ever since EddieA posted the news that it was coming to North America. It has been well worth the wait, and then some.
 
The graphics are amazing and it is very addicting. It even has me looking forward to having to spend several hours waiting around in airports over the next two days. smile
1440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/20) on: August 20, 2007, 11:19:58 PM
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