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7361  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 vs. COD5 on: February 23, 2009, 05:52:57 PM
If I could play hardcore CoD5 without tank maps, I would probably say I prefer it. But I can't. Do they have hardcore team deathmatch on CoD4?
7362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: February 23, 2009, 05:40:45 PM

Quote from: Hotfreak on February 23, 2009, 05:23:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 23, 2009, 01:49:19 AM

I do wonder, do you get anything for killing a boss? There is no indication of it on-screen. And if so, do KOed party members lose out? IIRC, this is what happens to KOed characters in FFVII.
License points but not xp, so ko-ed members are fine.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Also, my characters were all around 18-19 for the demon wall.  I killed it on the first go, losing a couple.  The boss casts an instant kill spell and one that drains all the mp from one of your characters.  I can't imagine getting through this without a loss unless you get really lucky with quickenings.



Spoiler for Hiden:
Do you mean the x-zone spell? I went in with I think Vaan, Balthier, Fran and Vossler (guest) and they were all around level 15 at the time, I think. I equipped them all with the anti-blindness accessory and got through with just those guys. At the end Fran was in the x-zone. I actually haven't even used a quickening yet. I didn't discover one until after I had defeated the first esper.

After finishing up this part I went off and killed another mark and am going to try one of the guild ones. Now my characters are all about level 17. Hopefully I will find some things to do before continuing on with the story (all the other marks on the board were type 2, so I probably don't want to go there) so I will be in better shape for the next part.
7363  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All PS2 Gold Box Monday 2/23 on: February 23, 2009, 05:02:30 PM
Bumping so people don't forget. As posted elsewhere, the daily deal is Persona 4 for $26. The short term deals look to be:

6AM PT: Lego Batman - expired (was $15)
10AM PT: Call of Duty World at War Final Fronts - expired (was $20)
2PM PT: Madagascar 2 - confirmed $20
6PM PT: it was Yakuza 2

7364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are your gaming plans for the weekend?(Sat morning addition) on: February 23, 2009, 03:54:20 PM
I put a bunch of hours into Final Fantasy XII (at around 17 hours now) and had a saturday night Burnout Paradise session with some buddies. I also tried out The Maw demo, which I may pick up at some point down the line.
7365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23) on: February 23, 2009, 02:57:18 PM
Preordered on Killzone. I think a co-op run of 50 Cent would be really fun, but I have too much backlog now. It wouldn't hurt for wait for it to drop in price either.
7366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: February 23, 2009, 01:49:19 AM
I'm also playing through this for the first time right now. The combat really grabbed me, but now after about 17 hours of playing I am running into some of the same problems I have always had with RPGs. The types of issues that have prevented me from ever finishing a turn-based RPG.

The one thing I am definitely not clear on is when I'm supposed to just be grinding vs. when it is ok to go on with the story and approach the bosses. The area I am trying to finish up...

Spoiler for Hiden:
the Tomb, throws 4 bosses at you in pretty quick succession - the bird guarding the tomb, the wall guardian, the first esper guardian and finally Vossler. The first of these was easy after I backtracked and discovered what the game wanted me to do (get the berries), but all the bosses after that have followed a similar pattern: get completely wrecked the first time, make some adjustments, get wrecked again, and eventually come up with a solution that works.

For example, the door guardian put blindness on everyone, so I went back to the merchant and got accessories for everyone that prevented blindness. With the buttons that slow down the wall, I was able to finally beat the wall without too much trouble.

The esper guardian used a lot of fire, so I set up everyone to spam him with water magic and was able to get rid of him after a few tries.

Vossler I still haven't beaten yet. I have probably tried him 10 times and I can consistently get him down to about an inch worth of health left, and a couple of times have basically had him down to one last hit when I simply ran out of characters. I start with Vaan, Fran and Balthier. Vaan tosses a warp mote which quickly gets rid of his henchman, and then I have Vaan hit Vossler with the Blood Sword, which hits him with sap. I then turn on Vaan's gambits which has him down potions when he goes below 50%, which ties Vossler up while Balthier and Fran use ranged attacks and Fran does an occassional cure of Vaan. This very quickly gets Vossler down to 25% or less, but I only have 8 potions, so Vaan eventually bites it, and then all hell breaks loose. Vossler goes after Fran, which allows Baltair to keep working him down, but after a while there's nothing I can to keep Vossler from running all over me. I can use Phoenix downs to get Vaan back, but he won't last long, and all the other characters are basically useless, because without constant curing/potions, Vossler cuts right through them. I believe he goes into berserk at the end which means he is knocking 300-400 points off at times. And he uses reflect, so it's basically impossible to use magic/magic items against him.

I wish I had haste for Balthier, because that would probably make the difference, but I have neglected to buy it so far. I gave in and looked up a boss FAQ, and the person who wrote it suggests that you level up to 18 or 19 before fighting Vossler. Well, there's a problem - my characters are all level 14 and 15. But how was I supposed to know that? I spent a lot of time fighting, including a lot of time crossing the desert and backtracking to get the berries. I guess the idea of grinding is the thing I am not used to. It's certainly not much fun, and I even thought I was grinding during my time in the desert. I had a 75+ chain going on my way, and I certainly could have just fled through parts. But now I am close to stuck because there's very little I can do to get past Vossler. There's no merchant to go to and no sure way to get extra potions (I also think I could probably make it if I just had 2 or 3 more potions for Vaan to give the ranged attacks more time). I actually did a little grinding back in the tomb, and I didn't wind up with anything useful, not even a potion.

I think my last chance is to use the esper somewhere in the fight. I tried to earlier on and nothing happened so I thought maybe you couldn't use it there. However, in the FAQ they suggest using it, so I must have just done something wrong.

So I am a bit frustrated because I thought I was doing things right (I have even finished 4 hunts, so I am not just going right at the story - I tried a 5th, but got wiped out, so I moved on) but now I am stuck again in an RPG. I guess if I had started out looking at a strategy guide it would have helped, but that's just not how I like to play games. If I need to look at a strategy guide to make it through, what's the point in playing the game? I might as well just watch the cutscenes.

UPDATE: I managed to get past the spot described in the above spoiler.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I read a couple of pages at the start of this thread and realized I had a lot of license points sitting around. I unlocked a lot of things for Vaan, Balthier and Fran and that seemed to get me the little extra I needed to get by Vossler. They still wound up KOed at the end, along with Ashe, but Penelo and Basche were able to finish the last bit off.

I do wonder, do you get anything for killing a boss? There is no indication of it on-screen. And if so, do KOed party members lose out? IIRC, this is what happens to KOed characters in FFVII.
7367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 21, 2009, 08:14:59 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on February 21, 2009, 06:53:40 AM


And not so much of a spoiler, but here's where I am:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Took me a while to get the pearls I needed to upgrade the spacecraft to get to the moon, but now I'm here. I'm guessing is the final area. I'm a bit stuck at the moment, but am getting really sleepy so I gave up for the night. I'll push on tomorrow night, I hope. I'd love to finish this weekend.


Spoiler for Hiden:
Realizing that you had to go into the volcano was the place I figured most first time players would get stuck. I don't know if there are any hints in the game towards getting you there, but the fact that I remembered that bit (as well as the secret of the boots) helped me get to the moon very quickly after the slaughterhouse this time through.
7368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising new video on: February 20, 2009, 05:27:41 PM
I have the game and all the expansions for PC, but when I loaded it up and started playing it I had absolutely no idea what was going on smile

I'm kind of used to tutorials.
7369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand on: February 20, 2009, 04:45:00 PM
I saw a preview for this on X-Play a little while back and was really surprised at how fun it looked. It's a cover based shooter with over-the-top action and co-op. It's getting decent reviews. I don't care for his music, and I heard his first game was atrocious, but I have to admit I'm curious.
7370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you wondered what kept PeteRock so fabulous... on: February 20, 2009, 01:57:48 PM
teh female hormones!

Quote
The startling study was enough to drive men to drink. According to a report released last week by the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, bourbon, America's beloved corn squeezings, contains female-type sex hormones that may be responsible for the "feminized" appearance—enlarged breasts and beardless faces—of some alcoholic men. The culprit, wrote Judith Gavaler, a Medical Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, may be phytoes- trogen, a female-type hormone found in corn.

slywink
7371  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 120 GB 122.00 HDD @ Buy.com w/ Free Shipping on: February 19, 2009, 07:24:15 PM
That reminds me, I bought a 1 TB external drive at Costco this weekend for just about $100. Came with it's own housing, power adapter and USB and firewire cables. This MS stuff is such a joke.

The one thing that they should at least consider doing is partnering to release a standard external drive that is affordable. For example, TiVo got with WD and they sell a 500GB external drive that connects via eSATA. It costs about $110. MS could do the same and hook it up via USB (although I don't know if the ports are USB 2.0. Maybe they don't even need to be).
7372  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 120 GB 122.00 HDD @ Buy.com w/ Free Shipping on: February 19, 2009, 05:48:22 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 19, 2009, 05:08:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 19, 2009, 03:32:24 PM

OK, that's just the hard drive, not a 360 with a 120GB HD. Title is a bit confusing.

Fixed. But yeah. Should I call Captain Obvious?   disgust icon_wink

Well, it confused me and we all know I am very, very perceptive  ninja
7373  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 120 GB 122.00 @ Buy.com w/ Free Shipping on: February 19, 2009, 03:32:24 PM
OK, that's just the hard drive, not a 360 with a 120GB HD. Title is a bit confusing.
7374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward will not be ignored on: February 18, 2009, 09:01:20 PM
It's not this weekend, it's the weekend after - also note this is the weekend that Killzone 2 comes out, which I'm sure is not a coincidence.
7375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinity Ward will not be ignored on: February 18, 2009, 07:33:11 PM
COD4 double XP weekend coming up:
http://www.fourzerotwo.com/2009/02/17/big-call-of-duty-4-promotion-starting-feb-27th/
7376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Feb 2009: Beyond Good & Evil on: February 18, 2009, 06:44:43 PM
Feel free to go through my backloggery and pick a game from there  icon_lol

Actually, Ico is on there, and while NOLF and Freedom Force are not, I believe I own both and have had several aborted starts of both of them.

Ditto on the Riddick comment - I plan to get the new version when it comes out.
7377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft's I Am Alive on: February 18, 2009, 05:47:05 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 18, 2009, 05:36:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 18, 2009, 05:00:09 PM

They will probably ruin it by having the source of the quake being the release of some genetically engineered creatures (or the quake will release some genetically engineered creatures that were safely locked away), but I'm intrigued.

Please, please, please don't let this be true (the creatures, not that you are intrigued icon_wink). They could *so* make a really interesting game out of this premise without screwing it up with aliens or creatures or other wacko stuff.

Well, according to wikipedia, there is a reference in the trailer to a Maori god that causes earthquakes, so I don't have my hopes up that this won't take a supernatural route.
7378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft's I Am Alive on: February 18, 2009, 05:00:09 PM
They will probably ruin it by having the source of the quake being the release of some genetically engineered creatures (or the quake will release some genetically engineered creatures that were safely locked away), but I'm intrigued.
7379  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Action Movies: What makes or breaks them? on: February 18, 2009, 03:08:24 PM
For me, I think it is some amount of plausibility, but in the world that the movie has created. If the universe allows for it, I have no problem with over-the-top concepts. For example, Independence Day tries to hold on to some sense of reality, but then has crop dusters and the president flying fighter jets and random people flying alien spacecraft and uploading viruses via a mac. It's stupid and totally pulls you out of the movie. However, something like a wire-fu film makes sense because it fits into the mythology of the time.

But bad movies are also just bad movies. Armageddon has some of the worst writing in a movie ever (animal cracker scene?), plus it expects you to be entertained by watching a bunch of guys drilling a hole. Aside from the ridiculous nature of the premise (turning a bunch of blue collar workers into astronauts)
7380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 18, 2009, 01:02:51 AM
They stole the idea from Steve's, which was Boston-based thankyouverymuch. But I have no qualms eating there, especially since they are more common here now than Herrell's (which is really Steve's now. The stores that are actually called Steve's are an embarrassment to the name).
7381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 18, 2009, 12:57:01 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 18, 2009, 12:09:44 AM

yup, final fantasy xii - an under-rated, 'hidden gem' if ever there was one smile ...

Yes, yes well...  this thread did morph a little bit. But I do have Primal coming and I ordered a copy of Shadow Hearts.
7382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My 3-year old tv broke...but I fixed it for $5! on: February 17, 2009, 10:10:20 PM
Man, we are like MacGyver up in here. High fives!
7383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:40:05 PM
Possibly just internal issues - http://au.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26783939

We'll see...
7384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:30:52 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on February 17, 2009, 09:27:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2009, 09:22:27 PM

That sucks.  I couldn't care less about the overall review aggregation, but it was my go-to place to see what reviews were released for a game and open up the ones I was interested in reading.

Me too.

Would metacritic work as a substitute?

Technically, yes, but I liked the layout at Gamerankings. Very easy to use.
7385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:30:24 PM
The strange thing is that I looked up a game earlier today, so whatever is happening started only a few hours ago.
7386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 09:28:49 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 17, 2009, 09:22:41 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 08:24:33 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 17, 2009, 08:05:37 PM

hmm i dont remember about the cut scenes... though i THINK it does pause w/ start (isnt there a little button in the bottom right or left corner that says "press (something) to skip"?

and i will give you one "spoiler" about the hunts

Spoiler for Hiden:
you will get them much faster than you can handle them!  from what i remember, a level two hunt will pretty much require a level 20 party, at least.  likewise, level 3, about level 30 party - DONT take them on willy-nilly you WILL get wiped!

I took a detour in the middle of the early quest with Penelo and did get completely wiped out on the second available hunt. I managed to complete it on the second try, but wound up using up most of my phoenix down in the process. I wondered afterwards if the game had meant for you to just complete the quest you were on with Penelo and then go do more hunts after you had gotten the "real" party together.

you will have more luck going back to work on the hunts later, especially once you fill out your party more.  if you take on many of them early, you're setting yourself up for a big challenge pretty quickly...not impossible, but you will tear through all your potions and money.  just follow the story for a bit and you can go back to the hunts any time.  i've been playing the story pretty much straight through recently and just hit my first little wall that seems to require a little leveling before i can progress any further.  i have quite a few hunts open and plan on going back to work on them now as a way to level a bit without just wandering about aimlessly.  i'm about 30 hours in now and the game is fantastic so far...fun gameplay, interesting characters, and great story.

According to the manual, the game will give you a hint based on the color of the enemy name (blue means you should win fairly easily, yellow you have a shot, red run away). I wonder if that scales at all to how big your party is. I neglected to check what color the second hunt creature was, but I know I specifically avoided a later encounter following the manual's suggestion.
7387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamerankings going away? on: February 17, 2009, 09:20:03 PM
Saw this on GAF - if you go to gamerankings.com you get redirected to Gamespot. Of course, the fanboys over there are glad, because they think the overall rankings are wrong. However, I use it all the time to look at various reviews and I'm hoping it's not actually gone.
7388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV Impressions on: February 17, 2009, 08:54:11 PM
Uh oh, Hark's already unlocked all the characters. You guys are toast.
7389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: February 17, 2009, 08:30:26 PM
I need to go back and finish this game. I think I am about 75% done based on the in-game stat. I got to the point where I was getting my butt kicked a lot and it was getting frustrating. I should probably just go in and do the remaining story missions. I am playing as Mui and I guess she has less health than Mattias. I guess that's what I get for wanting to hear that sexy British accent.

On of my main problems is whenever I get in a helicopter I seem to get shot down really quickly.
7390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 08:24:33 PM

Quote from: Doopri on February 17, 2009, 08:05:37 PM

hmm i dont remember about the cut scenes... though i THINK it does pause w/ start (isnt there a little button in the bottom right or left corner that says "press (something) to skip"?

and i will give you one "spoiler" about the hunts

Spoiler for Hiden:
you will get them much faster than you can handle them!  from what i remember, a level two hunt will pretty much require a level 20 party, at least.  likewise, level 3, about level 30 party - DONT take them on willy-nilly you WILL get wiped!

I took a detour in the middle of the early quest with Penelo and did get completely wiped out on the second available hunt. I managed to complete it on the second try, but wound up using up most of my phoenix down in the process. I wondered afterwards if the game had meant for you to just complete the quest you were on with Penelo and then go do more hunts after you had gotten the "real" party together.
7391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My 3-year old tv broke...but I fixed it for $5! on: February 17, 2009, 07:49:34 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 17, 2009, 07:13:15 PM

You are a hero!

Teggy - making the world safe for wives everywhere to watch old episodes of "House".
7392  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal (keep it updated!) on: February 17, 2009, 06:58:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 17, 2009, 06:53:47 PM


Cool, except I think they are selling a version with extra tracks on iTunes. I'll have to see if they are worth the extra $5-$6.
7393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 06:36:25 PM
Well it looks my wife had some really odd exemption setup on her W-2: federal at 0 and state at 1. I don't even know how it's possible to set it up that way, but the upshot is that we got a nice refund. Looks like it will be going towards debt. Sorry, America.
7394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV Impressions on: February 17, 2009, 06:24:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2009, 03:40:25 PM

My GameStop has them in, enough even for non-preorders.

I'm off!

(insert wonderpug sprinting to the store and back to work montage)

Looked like they had about 20-25 copies for the 360, 15-20 for the PS3.  The guy said that was everything they had, for preorders and unreserved alike.  Slightly contrary to the guy from the same store who just a few days ago told me they had over 300 preorders logged so I better preorder preorder now now!   disgust

Well I see that Hark is already online playing it, so you are officially behind. You lose! (although he has yet to win a ranked match, maybe hasn't played one - isn't it scary what you can find out just by looking at someone's xbox live profile?)
7395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite "default" game music? on: February 17, 2009, 06:21:39 PM
I have to say I don't have a lot of favorite game music because when it plays over and over while you play it tends to become either annoying or you start to tune it out.

I will say that I like the theme that plays in Kingdom Hearts when you load up the disc. I also thought something that was unique was the way that Banjo-Kazooie plays the same exact music the entire game but changes as you go from area to area. From what I understand, that happens real-time.
7396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My 3-year old tv broke...but I fixed it for $5! on: February 17, 2009, 06:04:02 PM
Every once in a while you think you're going to get screwed and then a little something nice happens. For the past 2 years or so we have been fairly dedicated to paying off debt. We are not as hardcore as we should be, but we try to do without when we can - limited vacations, hanging on to old cars, trading games instead of buying, etc. We do treat ourselves now and again, especially when there's a bonus, gift, stimulus payment, etc.

3 years ago the old 20" tv I had in the bedroom died and I decided there would be no more sdtvs coming into my house. The best solution was a 27" Panasonic CRT HDTV that I got for about $400. It is 85 pounds (hence my newer rule of no more CRTs coming into my house - at least it's smaller than my old 120 pound Sony sdtv that I would love to get rid of).

On Sunday my wife informed me that the tv is off and will not turn on. Pressing the power button does absolutely nothing. Fantastic. I look up my documentation and see that the tv is at least a year out of warranty. I didn't buy an extended warranty, but the TV was from Circuit City, and wouldn't that be the kicker? So my option for repair is somehow getting the 85 pounds into my car and to a repair place, where I would no doubt be charged a bunch for labor. At this point my mind wanders to Costco, but I really, really don't want to spend money on a tv right now. Plus, I'd still have to dispose of the 85 pound tv.

So, off to the internet we go and I find that this is a common problem with the Panasonic tvs. The culprit? A tiny fuse that regulates the flow of power to the tv. If I don't mind opening the tv up, I can verify that the fuse is blown and then replace it. I figure, why not, hopefully I won't electrocute myself. I unscrew about 8 screws and get a look inside, and sure enough, the fuse is blown. Of course, the fuse is a specialty Amp/Watt combo that you really can't get in stores, but people online recommend a suitable replacement that can be found at Home Depot.

On Sunday morning I pop over to Home Depot, grab the fuse (a package of 2 for $5), go home and swap it in and the tv turns back on. Just to be safe, I ordered the correct fuse online so I can put the exact right one in when I get them. And my wallet is breathing a sigh of relief.
7397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 04:55:31 PM
Quick question - if you press "start" during a cutscene in ffxii (in-engine or fmv), will it pause the cutscene or just skip over it? A couple of times yesterday I had to tell my wife to wait to talk because I was afraid I would miss the cutscene.
7398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 02:25:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 17, 2009, 02:22:49 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 02:18:27 PM

Quote from: warning on February 17, 2009, 12:40:25 PM

Man I'm excited for you.  I played it through for the first time this past August/September and loved it.  You're in for a great time.

Well I am enjoying it so far. How long should I expect the game to be?

About 70 hours or so. 

Oh my. Well, we'll see if I can do this. The most time I have spent on any (story-based) game is 60 hours on GTAIV. How is the difficulty level towards the end? That's usually what will get me to quit on a game, if it starts to get too frustrating.
7399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 02:18:27 PM

Quote from: warning on February 17, 2009, 12:40:25 PM

Man I'm excited for you.  I played it through for the first time this past August/September and loved it.  You're in for a great time.

Well I am enjoying it so far. How long should I expect the game to be?
7400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 17, 2009, 03:30:07 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 17, 2009, 03:02:00 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 02:47:39 AM

OK, yeah, this game is much different than any other RPG I've ever played and I mean that in a very good way. No random battles, no break from the action for battles, gambits (not having to obsess over health is huge)... I've played some other games that have elements of this system (KOTOR, Kingdom Hearts), but this has me hooked (I played about 4.5 hours today).  The story and characters help as well, of course. Although what was Square thinking by giving away "Amalia's" identity in the instruction book? Granted, if you were paying attention to the cutscenes you'd basically know, but even when I saw her reappear I wasn't 100% sure it was her.

FYI, there is some fantastic (and spoiler-free) information about FF XII in this thread, especially relating to gambit setups.  The early game is pretty basic, but there are some definite gambit tips and tricks you'll want to be aware of as you progress.  The FF XII late-game is an incredible mix of action and gambit-tweaking that has few rivals in the RPG world.

I took a quick look and saw things in the first post that I don't really want to know. If I don't play the game perfectly and don't see the best ending or get the best loot, so be it. I'd rather just see things unfold as I play and do my best with what the game throws my way. Hopefully I won't play myself into a corner.
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