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2121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 06, 2010, 01:22:11 PM
If you have a good PC and a PS3 then there really is no reason to buy a 360 beyond multiplayer. Look at the top 20 games for the 360 on Metacritic. Only about 3 are  exclusive to the 360, so if you don't want to play those games, then don't waste your money.
2122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Hypothetically if there were a Menzoberranzan MMO would you play? on: March 05, 2010, 01:45:03 PM
Moria is the closest thing that I can think of in a recent MMO. At least as far as the environment. Turbine develops both LoTRO and D&D so it's not out of the realm of possibility for there to be an Underdark expansion for D&D.
2123  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: War of the Ring -- Collector's Edition on: March 03, 2010, 09:49:40 PM
Forget the box, look at the rug that guy has in his living room. It's like he bought it at the Rug Store version of IKEA.
2124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: March 03, 2010, 02:45:28 PM
I'm pretty sure this season is past the point of being able to save itself. By far the worst season ever. I keep hoping that the writing will get better. Instead it gets worse and worse each week.

Why the hell does someone need to take the fall for CTU so bad? How the heck would simply knowing the names of the people with the rods be enough to stop them before they set it off? How many underccover operatives does this fake president have in NY anyway, can't he just narrow it down to a couple of likely ones who have betrayed him? Why send an unproven man-boy into an obvious trap to kill your informant? Is there actually a secluded swamp that close to NYC with a view of the skyline like that? And why the heck would they sink the bodies in the swamp and not weigh them down?  I could keep going but good lord the writing is loose.
2125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB 2K10 (for those of us without a PS3 but love baseball) on: March 02, 2010, 07:41:28 PM
I laugh at Baseball fans who have to play MLB 2K10 instead of The Show. Laugh I say.  icon_lol
2126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] - The Last Rebellion on: March 02, 2010, 05:04:58 PM
Here's my review. Worst score I have ever given a game. Here's my summary
Last Rebellion is not a good game. The graphics are PS2 in quality; the sound is boring and adds nothing to the already vacant atmosphere. The battle system is decent but hampered by stuns and a low difficulty. There are no side quests and the game can be beaten in less than 13 hours. The storyline has potential, but ultimately falls flat and suffers from the same lack of atmosphere that the rest of the game suffers from. If this were a PSP game I may be able to overlook a lot of these short comings, but as a PS3 game, Last Rebellion is disappointing.
Sucks too because I wanted to like it, but once I got past the 3 or 4 hour mark I realized the game wasn't going to get better, and actually gets worse.
2127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: final fantasy crystal chronicles crystal bearers trailer (Wii) on: March 02, 2010, 03:10:08 PM
My next review will be of this game. I'm about half way through it. I should have had it done by now, but I got sidetracked by other things with hard due dates. My impressions are good though.
2128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The OTHER MMORPG - FFXI on: March 02, 2010, 04:31:01 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 02, 2010, 03:36:01 AM

I had skipped one month due to bills, then when I tried to continue my sub they explained that it wasn't possible.  Definitely a disappointment.  I MIGHT have rebought the game to continue if my characters would be accessible, but was told they were deleted when the account lapsed.  I had about 8 months played when it all happened.

That is a tremendous pile of BS on Squares part. It basically means that only the hardcore will continue to play their game, thereby eliminating the casual gamer. Stupid business decision.
2129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] - The Last Rebellion on: March 01, 2010, 03:55:23 PM
I finished this one last night and I will be writing my review today, so you should see it on the site tomorrow. But I will end the suspense and just say that this game is not good. Even if you like off beat RPGs you will be hard pressed to enjoy this one all the way through.
2130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB 10 The Show (PS3) on: February 26, 2010, 04:07:36 PM
I skipped this one last year for the first time in a long time and Im on the fence this year. This damn thread is pulling me into the forum effect.
2131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 26, 2010, 04:05:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 26, 2010, 03:58:53 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 26, 2010, 03:45:58 PM

So what happens to all of the previous candidates that died?  Do they become part of the smoke monster amalgamation?  Didn't we see multiple faces in the smoke monster when it confronted Echo?  It seems like energy never (or rarely ever) leaves the island, to include life force or whatever you want to call it.   

That doesn't appear to be how it works. There were faces in the smoke monster when it confronted Mr Eko, but those were scenes from his memories. Nemesis has only taken on the shapes of dead people, but that doesn't mean he's limited to doing only that. Also, people like Christian Shepherd appear to be separate entities or perhaps even the original person. AFAIK, none of the Losties who have died have been represented by Nemesis later. I don't really see how you draw the conclusion that "life energy" doesn't leave the Island.

Also keep in mind that Nemesis' transformation into Locke was seemingly unique. He's supposedly unable to change back into other shapes now for unknown reasons.

Dead is dead. It's entirely possible however that a merging between the two realities will force the other reality's Locke into Nemesis' new body, perhaps suppressing or killing it outright. This may be a central concept to Jacob's plan.

Along these lines has there ever been a reason given for the Smoke Monster killing Mr. Echo. It seems like a pointless killing, but we all know better than that with this show.
2132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Crazies on: February 24, 2010, 09:05:41 PM
He was also the pimp in that movie where Elisha Cuthbert is a porn star.
2133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: new to PS3.. (advise/links to demon's soul character creation)? on: February 23, 2010, 06:24:11 PM
Use the wiki. The best advise I can give you is to take it slow, if you build up a bunch of XP and aren;'t sure about your next encounter, the best thing to do is go back to the hub and level up. Nothing is worse than dying at the wrong time in that game. And trust me you will die, I don't care how good your skills are. But, it is a really good game once you get the feel for it.
2134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] - The Last Rebellion on: February 23, 2010, 04:04:36 PM
I'm playing this one right now. I will have a full review up by next week. My initial thoughts are decent though. If you are in to off beat JRPGs then you will probably like this one. This comes from only about 4 hours of gameplay though, so my final thoughts aren't in on this one yet.

So far it is anything but cliche for a JRPG. It's a turn based attack style game, BUT you only have one person in your party, the kicker is that the one person has two souls and you have to sub them in and out for each attack turn. It's actually an interested combat mechanic. The story isn't your typical farm boy girlie man becomes a dragon slayer type thing either. Instead you start out as somewhat of a badass, without much real empathy for the people around you. It will be interesting to see how the story plays out.

2135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO Volume III: Allies of the King book 1: Oath of the Rangers on: February 23, 2010, 02:45:08 PM

Quote from: ydejin on February 22, 2010, 10:54:13 PM

Quote from: Sadan01 on February 22, 2010, 10:48:34 PM

I would think that Rohan may be next after Volume III, but then again, with the Hobbit being made into a movie, it wouldn't surprise me to continue further north from Mirkwood instead, before heading south to Rohan.
The hobbit movie isn't coming out until December of 2011.  I think that's too long for them to stay in Mirkwood.  I do agree that it would make a lot of sense for them to expand Mirkwood northward when that first movie comes out, and then perhaps add in the Lonely Mountain when the second movie arrives in December of 2012.

Volume III deals with the rangers, and we know from the books that the Rangers eventually head to Rohan to fight with Aragorn. So I would assume that we would make it to Rohan by the end of Volume III. This is just my guess though, since the devs haven't given any clue as to where they are going next. I really hope it is towards Rohan though. I want to see Mount Doom eventually.
2136  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: /me winces as he pushes the button on a new 160 gig intel ssd. on: February 22, 2010, 02:35:26 PM
I had the same debate when I upgraded to Win 7. But in the end I couldn't justify the price. I really hope the SSDs come down in price soon. I would love to have a 200+ Gig SSD drive running windows and my main apps.
2137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/22) on: February 22, 2010, 02:30:11 PM
I have a review copy of Last Rebellion. I'll let you guys have some first impressions after I get some play time with it. 
2138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Far Cry considered a hard game? on: February 19, 2010, 04:55:10 PM
It's hard but not impossible. Definitely harder than most shooters.
2139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 19, 2010, 02:52:52 PM
I was shocked that team Stephanie, Colby and Tom didn't sway the two women. Tom and Colby better step up their game if they want to stay.
2140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Heater on: February 19, 2010, 02:01:18 AM
If it did burst, it means that the tank has a crack in it somewhere, so it would continually leak. Seriously though if all it is is the heater core then it doesn't make sense to buy a whole new tank, just buy the core and replace it. They are designed to be replaced every couple of years.
2141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Water Heater on: February 19, 2010, 01:07:37 AM
You may just have a bum heater core. In which case you can buy a new one for about $30. It's easy to diagnose and install too, just do a Google search for instructions if you can't figure it out. Otherwise you are looking at at least $700 for a whole new heater.
2142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 17, 2010, 04:49:41 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on February 17, 2010, 03:47:10 PM

Is that really Matthew Fox? It looks like him, but damn he let himself go for a while if it is.
2143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 17, 2010, 03:54:44 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 17, 2010, 03:49:55 PM

the whole 'no hubs/towns' thing is really no big deal for me - a number of my favorite srpgs don't have them, & still manage to work in every other way (story/characters/gameplay). so yeah, for a jrpg, it's a departure from 'the norm', likely means there'll be no mini-games (cards, chocobo racing), & will be faulted for this (beyond the demo, i'm in blackout mode), but as long as the other stuff i mentioned is there, i'm more than willing to give it a shot smile ...

I usually find towns to be the most tedious and boring part of any RPG, so if the game works without them I certainly wont miss them.
2144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 17, 2010, 03:53:07 PM
I don't think that young kid was Jacob. The kid specifically referred to Jacob in the 3rd person and Smokey seemed to be somewhat inferior to him. Damn questions being answered with questions.
2145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 17, 2010, 02:17:29 PM

Quote from: jersoc on February 17, 2010, 02:28:19 AM

the 360 version is the same. wtf are you expecting is so different that makes you scared?

I'm not scared, my worry is that the game was developed for the PS3 and then ported to the 360 (In the west at least). Square has promised a dual release and now that it's crunch time I'm worried that they haven't given themselves enough time to properly port the game to the 360 without making compromises to the game. Again I have absolutely no proof to support this. It's just a worry. Ultimately what I'm trying to say is that if the 360 version isn't on the level with the PS3 version then I hope they hold it off to make it right.
2146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 17, 2010, 02:15:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 17, 2010, 12:46:04 AM

Quote from: Scraper on February 16, 2010, 09:49:13 PM

Does anyone else find it odd that the 360 version has zero reviews so far? I hope they aren't holding the review copies back intentionally to hide something.

the current issue of Game Informer says 'due to time related factors, Square Enix could not provide an XBox 360 version of FFXIII for review in this issue' and they go on to say they'll evaluate it separately and report any differences.

Yeah I started to wonder about this when I read that article the other day. Why would time related factors have allowed them to review the PS3 version and not the 360? Magazines usually review all versions at once, it makes me think that Square didn't give them the 360 version at press time or they gave it to them much later. Either way it makes me worry. I guess I'm just hoping that the 360 version isn't gimped and Square is trying to hide it. Hopefully I'm reading too much into it.
2147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 16, 2010, 09:49:13 PM
Does anyone else find it odd that the 360 version has zero reviews so far? I hope they aren't holding the review copies back intentionally to hide something.
2148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP why? on: February 16, 2010, 04:33:04 PM
One of the things that sticks out to me is that I see hand held gaming devices as more of a child's toy than an adult toy.(At least when viewed by the public at large) Much more so than home consoles. It is much more common to be at a group event or out in public and see a child playing on their hand held rather than an adult. I know personally I own two PSPs and two DSs but when it comes to playing them out in public I hesitate. With that said Nintendo has absolutely crushed Sony when it comes to making a kid friendly hand held. It may not be the only reason the DS is so far ahead, but I think it is a big reason.
2149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/12/10 - All About the President's Edition on: February 13, 2010, 12:46:50 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 13, 2010, 01:24:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 12, 2010, 10:00:43 PM

I'd really like to find something on either PSP or DS that I could sink some time into, but nothing is really jumping out at me...

which reminds me, i'm still working my way thru disgaea 2:

much better than i'd heard (not as good as the original, granted, but most other video games aren't either smile ) - pretty damn funny (petitioning/bribing the dark assembly has to be experienced to be appreciated), & i'd say a bit harder than the first one...

This reminds me that I need to buy Disgaea 3. Still haven't played that one.
2150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Castlevania: Dracula X] VICTORY!!!!!!!!! on: February 09, 2010, 03:52:16 PM
This is why the 16bit and 8bit era was so great. Games were actually hard. Good job, Dracula X is one of the few Castlevania games that I haven't played. I may have to give it s shot.
2151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 08, 2010, 07:08:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 08, 2010, 08:02:01 AM

bring on the chicks!

That dude with the ball has giant man tits.
2152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, I want to play Castlevania III, but my Gen-X Dual System won't play it. on: February 08, 2010, 03:42:21 PM
Castlevania III is also available on Gametap.
2153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends & Heroes of Newerth&BC on: February 03, 2010, 07:18:35 PM
I knew you couldn't give this thread up Tals. I have never seen a 7 page thread about a game carried out by mostly two posters (Tals and Kossak) keep up the good work.  nod
2154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends & Heroes of Newerth&BC on: February 02, 2010, 06:01:55 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on February 02, 2010, 04:49:41 PM

The most important question I have - where do I download the LoL client? I went to the website, looked all around, signed in, still couldn't find the client DL. Am I missing something? Also, the reviews for LoL stated that much of the paid for content wasn't enabled back in November - at release. Has this been fixed?

Second question - can I DL HoN and try it before purchase? No subs, right? I'll be glad to try both and give it a shot - but frankly, I've heard things about the HoN community being VERY cutthroat and mean to Newbs and I wasn't turned on by that sort of, IMHO, immature behavior. A look at the LoL forums shows that this exists here too - but from my limited experience in Beta, I didn't see too much in the way of immaturity.


You have to create an account first right here. Some of the content has been added, like the store for the game. But there are still only two maps to play on, which really sucks. They also have a ton of stuff to add in yet which should make the game better.
2155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Axe Cop on: February 02, 2010, 05:41:19 PM
Avocado Uni Soldier Rules.
2156  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 29, 2010, 06:24:34 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 29, 2010, 05:52:47 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 29, 2010, 05:09:07 PM

Making Volume I soloable is the answer to my biggest request with the game! smile It's very difficult to find fellowships for the Volume I content, so I've now way outlevelled it. frown At least now I can go back and play through all of Volume I before I get much into the 50's and head into Moria!

Yeah it's for this reason alone I'm tempted to find my copy and reinstall/resubscribe.  What servers are you guys on, if any?

Most of us are on Elendilmir.
2157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 29, 2010, 05:47:49 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 29, 2010, 05:09:07 PM

Making Volume I soloable is the answer to my biggest request with the game! smile It's very difficult to find fellowships for the Volume I content, so I've now way outlevelled it. frown At least now I can go back and play through all of Volume I before I get much into the 50's and head into Moria!

It will make leveling new toons a lot more enjoyable too.
2158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need you guys to settle an argument on: January 29, 2010, 03:33:08 PM
If you hold your left hand with your palm facing you it looks like the alleged face. The "shoulder" is part of the sheets on the bed. The "ear" is the pinky. The Eye is most likely photoshoped or perhaps the camera's strap.
2159  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 29, 2010, 02:32:51 PM

Quote from: Jag on January 29, 2010, 01:56:43 PM

Got that email today as well and the GT quote was the first thing I noticed  nod

I feel like the Jefferson's, We're Movin on Up. To the East side.
2160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Revealed - your Wii has actually been a PS2 in disguise all this time on: January 28, 2010, 08:59:45 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 28, 2010, 08:17:21 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 26, 2010, 05:18:34 PM

Let me help (via gamerankings)

80 Reviews97.30%Super Mario Galaxy
84 Reviews94.28%The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
21 Reviews93.95%World of Goo
77 Reviews92.65%Super Smash Bros. Brawl
31 Reviews92.00%Metroid Prime Trilogy
70 Reviews89.65%Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
51 Reviews88.50%New Super Mario Bros. Wii
45 Reviews87.96%Punch-Out!!
36 Reviews87.21%Boom Blox Bash Party
62 Reviews86.23%Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
8 Reviews86.13%Bomberman Blast
33 Reviews85.85%Little King's Story
8 Reviews85.63%Maboshi's Arcade
19 Reviews85.11%LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
11 Reviews85.00%Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Ep5
75 Reviews84.87%Super Paper Mario
57 Reviews84.84%Boom Blox
13 Reviews84.42%Guitar Hero: Metallica
13 Reviews84.00%Swords and Soldiers
5 Reviews84.00%New Play Control! Pikmin 2
27 Reviews83.93%Mega Man 9
16 Reviews83.87%Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection
7 Reviews83.71%Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
13 Reviews83.54%Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth
12 Reviews83.08%Tetris Party
11 Reviews82.82%Art Style: ORBIENT
59 Reviews82.81%MadWorld
49 Reviews82.78%Wii Sports Resort
61 Reviews82.60%No More Heroes
14 Reviews82.43%EA Sports Active More Workouts
8 Reviews82.38%Bit.Trip Void
12 Reviews82.25%NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
64 Reviews81.98%WarioWare: Smooth Moves

That list gets a lot smaller once you take out the non exclusives and multiple iterations of the very same sports game! I even gave them the benefit of the doubt when it came to games that I've never even heard of that they probably are Wii exclusive. All that's left is quirky motion control games and first party Nintendo games that really don't do it for me unfortunately.
Now I suppose that still isn't a bad list and you can't very well say that there are no games available for it but I would like to see it compared to similar lists of PS3 and 360 consoles. (only they get to keep their non-exclusives because technically if motion control isn't the main point of the game then they're guaranteed to be superior anyways.

To me the 360 is the biggest offender here. Take out the games that are available on the PC or PS3 and you are literally left with Halo 3 and Gears 2.
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