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4921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 31, 2006, 06:51:29 PM
I'm being extremely skeptical about FF12, simply because I let myself get caught up in the FF10 excitement and ended up losing interest in it half way through, and I wouldn't touch FFX-2 with a 10-foot pole. I'll wait a few weeks after release to decide whether I will play it or not based on everyone's impressions.
4922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 29, 2006, 11:35:19 PM
I don't really look at review scores, I go off what I read in the review. This is an excerpt from the GI review that made me skeptical:

"These nagging doubts are distracting enough to keep Final Fantasy XII from ascending to the same heights as some of the previous entries..."

You would have to read the entire review to know what his doubts refer too, bit it is disheartening nonetheless.
4923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 29, 2006, 05:34:55 PM
I read the Game Informer review and it didn't seem very promising, I'm worried this one may be all flash no substance.
4924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might and Magic: Dark Messiah Impressions. on: October 28, 2006, 08:05:01 PM
A friend of mine was absolutely raving out it, but he seemed more impressed with the graphics and physics more than anything.
4925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo is making money. Lots and lots of money on: October 26, 2006, 08:59:47 PM
You really gotta give it to Nintendo, they sure know how to turn a profit.
4926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Extremely detailed Wii hands-on on: October 17, 2006, 01:07:00 AM
Cool article.
4927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The most bizzare game you have ever player is... on: October 15, 2006, 07:08:51 PM
Some of the older point-and-click adventure games on the PC were very bizzare. Phantasmagoria and Sanitarium take the cake for me.
4928  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WTF is it about WoW?!? on: October 12, 2006, 09:25:11 PM
I know exactly how you feel man, I've quit maybe 4-5 times now but I keep coming back. It always starts with that fucking itch  disgust Anyhow, when I decided I wanted to quit WoW and never come back, I d/e'd my epics (not like i had that many), deleted my 60 priest, uninstalled the game, and told everyone I QUIT FOREVER!! Lo and behold I came back, I even paid to have a Shaman powerleveld to 60 (I just cant stand powerleveling), I had an admin retreive my Priest and have him doing MC now, I'm raiding 3-4 nights out of the week and PVPing here and there. I've thought about quitting AGAIN, but part of my problem is I don't quit because I'm bored, I quit because I figure I'm doing my life a favor. However, knowing BC is coming out and all, I'm not even gonna bother quitting cause I know I'll be right back. :sigh: Why do drugs when you can play WoW and be healthier.
4929  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Cool Gamer's Wives on: October 02, 2006, 08:28:28 PM
I'm not married, but my girlfriend and I are pretty close and spend a lot of time together so I can relate. I go back and forth in my own mind about whether I want her to get into gaming the way I am. I love video games, but I'll admit they have kept me from certain activities which would probably be more beneficial for me. Sometimes, because of video games, I'm too lazy to exercise, or I don't study as much as I should, or I rush home from work early because I've been dreaming about video games, or I pass on social activities. I don't really want my girlfriend to get hooked on video games and develop the same negative habits I've developed. At the same time, I know it it would be cool to be able to have conversations with her about video games, look forward to the same upcoming video games, have her play WoW with me in the evenings, help eachother when we're stuck in a particular part, and so on. She's definately shown signs of a potential video game girlfriend; I let her borrow my GameCube for a few weeks when she first moved into her apartment, she got about 13 hours into Paper Mario within a week which I thought was great progress, that's enough time to beat most console games. She also LOVEs the DS, over the weekend on our 4 hour flight to Texas, and the flight back, she put a lot of time into New Super Mario Bros. and many of it's mini-games. I've tried to get her into WoW, but simply out of principle and knowing how much time I can spend on it she won't touch the game. She gets angry when I put a raid in the evening ahead of seeing her or some other social activity, but other than that she doesn't mind my video game habit.
4930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sonic the Hedgehog demo available via Marketplace on: September 27, 2006, 11:44:52 PM
Most of the 3D Sonic games are too difficult to control. I gave up on Sonic Heroes because of the controls.
4931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. (Forum UserReview) [x360] Enchanted Arms on: September 14, 2006, 04:43:27 AM
Almost 20 hours put into this game, I voted a 5. You gotta love JRPG's to enjoy this game, otherwise it becomes a snorefest.
4932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's Online Plan... Revealed! on: September 13, 2006, 06:16:14 PM
I used Xfire for a few months then uninstalled it, I really didn't find too much use for it.
4933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Losing interest in Enchanted Arms... on: September 13, 2006, 06:14:51 PM
I didn't mind Makoto's voice,  I just can't stand Atsuma's. I switched to the Jap track about 15 hours in.
4934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Losing interest in Enchanted Arms... on: September 13, 2006, 12:40:40 AM
I don't know what to say really, I'm about 15 hours in and my interest is waning fast. It had such an incredible opening, but over time everything has become such a huge bore. The battle system is pretty boring, I just have the party auto battle most of the time unless its a boss enemy. I thought collecting golems would be fun, but I only use a few of them, the rest suck. The story hasn't done anything to pull me in, I don't particularly like Atsuma or any of the supporting cast of characters, and the game is in desperate need of cutscenes. I'm not talking about CGI, I just want some simple FMV cutscenes rather than two characters talking back and forth. I really would like more than implied actions, I want to see it.

I guess the reviews were right afterall... The need for something new on the 360 or wanting to love the first JRPG on the system blinded us, I'm thinking.
4935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted Arms First Impressions on: September 11, 2006, 05:29:47 PM
I'm about 15% into the game so far, still enjoying it but not as much as the first bit when I had Toya and Makoto with me. Karin and Raiger just aren't interesting in the least bit, and it gets annoying having Karin bitching at you with her high-pitched voice so often. I don't see how people can knock these graphics as not being truly next-gen though, the PS2 and Xbox don't come close to pulling these visuals off.

One question though, is anyone noticing some major tearing (i.e no Vsync) in the graphics?
4936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9/9/99 on: September 09, 2006, 07:50:12 PM
Awesome system, short life-span. I got lots of fun out of this system for a couple of years.
4937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted Arms First Impressions on: September 09, 2006, 12:07:17 AM
Thanks to good impressions from GT and OO, I decided to pick up EA last night. WOW.WOW.WOW.WOW  eek I'm only 6 hours into it so far but I'm in love. The visuals are gorgeous, what is this average rating bullshit people are giving it? And the cutscenes, the first cutscene with the Devil Golem... I was blown away. Final Fantasy eat your heart out, seriously! As far as battle system goes, seems deeper than the average RPG of this type, although I'm not far enough into the game to determine whether its great or not. I'm also digging the characters, namely Makoto! He is hilarious! It's so funny to hear him and Atsuma bicker, and I love how Toya keeps the trio focused.

I don't want to get too hyped up, but so far it's been one hell of an opening. I don't think I'll ever look at a publication's review again, it's all forum impressions for me from now on.
4938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/4) on: September 07, 2006, 08:23:36 PM
Thanks to continuing positive impressions of Enchanted Arms, I just may pick that one up.
4939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Only 500k at launch? on: September 07, 2006, 05:19:11 PM
I think the Wii is going to be huge in the first few years of the generation, but I honestly think the horrible graphics power and novelty of the controller will wear off after just a few years. I simply can't envision any longevity in the Wii's lifespan. As for 360 Vs. PS3, its hard to say. In the beginning Sony's loyal fanbase will push system sales but really it comes down to which console has the best exclusives between the 360 and PS3, the price of both consoles, and how much better PS3 game's graphics look than 360 towards the end.

Sony can ship as many consoles as they want at launch, they are gonna be hard to find for the first year regardless of how many they ship.
4940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Official: 'Assassin's Creed' Headed to 360, PC on: September 03, 2006, 06:12:45 PM
OMG it looks horrible compared to the PS3 versionx0r! wasted
4941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 4. Am I Crazy Insane? on: September 03, 2006, 06:10:57 PM
I have a unique perspective on Resident Evil 4. I was a huge fan of RE1, RE2, and RE: CV. Couldn't get into the rest. I basically bought a GameCube to play Resident Evil 4. I thought it was a crummy Resident Evil game, it just didn't have the atmosphere I was expecting and the storyline didn't feel true to the series. However, as an action game in it's own right, the game was tremendous.

As an RE game, no good. As an action game, awesome.
4942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row Impressions...b1#$@! on: August 30, 2006, 06:24:24 PM
You guys say that the graphics are good, but I had problems with Vsync and frame rate during the demo. Has that been cleared up?
4943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 24, 2006, 06:26:31 PM
Because, as I pointed out, you're just not buying a product, you're supporting the company behind it by giving them money and telling them "hey, keep doing what you're doing, I'm ok with it!"

What exactly do you care, as a consumer, how the business is running? It's not YOUR job to fix EA's job quality issues or business methods. Let the Better Business Bureau handle that. So they bought the NFL license, it's not like other companies can't make football games now, their games just can't feature any players from the NFL. If you wan't to hate on someone, hate the NFL. Stop going to football games, never watch them on TV.

Like I said, I've always enjoyed EA's products and continue to enjoy them. As a person who simply likes to play video games, that's the only thing that concerns me. I absolutely have zero intention of investigating into a company's practices every time I buy a game. 
4944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: August 24, 2006, 06:14:37 PM
Yep, made by the people made the Riddick game. Lets hope that they can get stealth right in this one.
4945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 23, 2006, 06:09:16 PM
The way I see it, it's simply a fad. Who cares if some EA employee's wife is bitching? EA isn't the only company guilty of that type of work environment within the industry. Why do people who don't even play sports games care if EA owns the NFL license? What pisses me off is people are hating on this company based on their own personal principles, rather than because of the games they put out which is really the only thing as consumers we have a right to judge by. I personally like EA, I like the production values in a lot of their games. Why is it, when you look at all the good RTS franchises out there, Command & Conquer is one of the few still going strong? I love EA for giving the series life. They may milk their games on a yearly basis, but companies like Capcom are guilty of the same fucking whoreness and no one hates them for it.

People are going to hate on EA as long as they are as big, powerful, and important as they are in the video game industry. But let's at least be honest that it's all predicated on bullshit.
4946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 13, 2006, 07:55:58 PM
I'm considering trading in the game already, I don't feel like back-tracking through the stuff I did just a couple days ago. I didn't have all that much fun doing it the first time  icon_neutral
4947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 13, 2006, 06:17:42 PM
Valkyrie Profile has tempted me to purchase a PSP... that and my constant disappointment in DS game graphics. I just bought Metroid... has to be one of the ugliest games I've ever played aside from the interface.
4948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 13, 2006, 06:15:36 PM
I don't mind the save system in general, I think some of you need to stop being lazy and run your asses to one of the restrooms between scoops to save. I just don't particularly like that I restarted the 72 hour story mode, albeit with my character's updated stats, without knowing I was doing so. I read the manual and everything, I still didn't realize what I was doing. I've heard complaints from other people who did the same thing.
4949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 12, 2006, 06:02:52 PM
After my first few hours I wasn't liking the game, it's just so different from what I'm used to playing. However, after a few more hours I started to really warm up to it and enjoy myself. I like how there's so many different ways to take down enemies and complete each scoop. Saving hostages can be a bitch though, once you get them you have to drag their asses all the way to the warehouse, they get caught on zombies along the way, and it's kinda buggy when it comes to them entering new areas.

I had no complaints about the save system until after putting about four hours into the game yesterday, I loaded it up to find I restarted the entire f'ing thing, but my character has the same stats. The fact that I restarted the game and basically lost my progress without knowing I was doing so is pretty lame. I mean seriously, I thought choosing Quit just brought you to the main menu screen or something. Ah well, I don't mind restarting ALL that much I suppose.
4950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question of the CEENNTTUURRRRYY! on: August 12, 2006, 05:48:27 PM
I've also heard some pretty bad stuff about hardware issues with the 360...

Hardware issues were more prevailant earlier in the 360's lifespan, at this point there are new revisions of the hardware which are much more stable.
4951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Rising impressions! on: August 09, 2006, 08:02:48 PM
Once my work shift is over I'll be sinking my time into some zombie killing action! Lets get the full-game impressions going!
4952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft loves the Wii on: August 03, 2006, 10:52:03 PM
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Monster 4x4 World Circuit and Open Season

Bleh  :?
4953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is there any interest in Dead Rising? on: August 03, 2006, 10:45:24 PM
I think a lot more people are interested in this one than it seems. I thought the game was a riot when I played it at E3, got it pre-ordered and can't wait to dig into it!
4954  Gaming / Analog Gaming / No More E3?! on: August 02, 2006, 01:21:40 AM
This sucks for me being on the retail front. I haven't read whether retail management will be allowed into the show or not, but I'm not paying for the trip for this new "evolved" E3. Fuck that, seriously. I liked the noise, the lights, the babes, and of course the games. I don't see why they couldn't just tone it down a bit in terms of booth setup, I mean I can see why some companies would complain when the booth next to them has a stage with a live musical performance going on. E3 to me has always been about excitement, but now its not there. There's no single event to be excited about any longer, now E3 will come and go and I don't think people will care as much anymore. Its just another trade event.

Ah well, I'm glad I got 5 consecutive years in while I could.
4955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Saints Row demo on the Marketplace! on: August 02, 2006, 01:05:39 AM
I haven't played a GTA game since GTA3, and much of it was because I couldn't stand the graphics. This'll be perfect.
4956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 28, 2006, 05:30:57 PM
I normally don't play demos, but since I'm so on the fence with this one I think I should.
4957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest patch 1.11 on: July 27, 2006, 06:03:45 PM
It says it implemented Time Smoothing which creates less hitches and blur when the character is moving... That's cool but it sounds like a pretty nice effect that should have been added before the game came out.
4958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet pushed to 2007!? on: July 26, 2006, 11:29:26 PM
In the GameStop system we have it listed in 2007 now.
4959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet pushed to 2007!? on: July 26, 2006, 03:55:16 PM
I was looking at release dates the other day and noticed Lost Planet is scheduled for Feb 2007... wasn't it supposed to come out in August? Has Capcom stated the reason for the huge delay?
4960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Gen Star Wars Trailer on: July 23, 2006, 06:52:39 PM
No way, that video was bullshit. There's no way the game is going to play and look like that, it was definately pre-rendered and if its not then those environment look like shit. Plus, there was no aiming mechanism, its obvious when the Jedi picks up that debri and throws it at the tie fighter.

I'll get excited when I see some in-game footage, assuming it doesn't look crummy like most other Star Wars games.
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