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8401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Indigo Prophecy] I'm not sure what I just "played" was a "game" on: July 02, 2007, 06:53:33 PM
Found this recap of the story coming off the rails on GAF - it's juvenile, but still very funny if you've played the game.

Spoiler for Hiden:
*earlier, Carla and her partner Tyler*
Carla: "This case is strange."
Tyler: "This case is ****ed up"
*Enter Tyler's wife, Sam*
Tyler: "Hey sam, what's happening?"
Sam: "**** your ****ing job. I have a ticket to Buffalo or some ****ing place like that, and the train leaves in an hour. if you dont come with me you dont love me."
Tyler: "Ok. Lets go. Hey Carla?"
Carla: "Yeah?"
Tyler: "I'm pretty *bleep*ed so i'm just going to cave into my girls ultimatum and quit my job and sell flowers in ****ing Buffallo. All in the period of 2 minutes i decided this"
Carla: "...ok"
*later on*
Helpful Psychic: "Good job Lucas. You've saved the Jade Child. Now hand her over to me so i can protect her."
[you get a choice to say yes or no] either way:
Lucas: "...what the ****?"
Carla: "LUCAS!! OVER HERE!!"
*escapes from AI and runs to Carla*
*they do so*
Homeless man: "Good we're safe. Hello Lucas, i am a homeless person. Me and other homeless people you see on the street aren't really impovershed people who can't get a job at all! We're called....THE INVISIBLES!! Yes lucas, you guessed correctly. Homeless people have been secretly living underground in the sewers waiting for prophecies!"
Lucas: ".......This is a ****ing joke right? ........Listen, I'm going to go back there and get some sleep. And when i wake up you guys better have sobred up!"
Carla: "I'll come with you. Even though i was a cop trying to convict you for murder during the first 2/3rds of the game, currently suspect that you are a member of the walking dead, and i've really only known you on a personal basis for a few hours: i think it would totally be beneficial if we ****ed right now."
8402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Indigo Prophecy] I'm not sure what I just "played" was a "game" on: July 02, 2007, 03:22:17 AM
I have been looking around for Indigo Prophecy for a while and I stumbled upon it for $10 at the recent Gamestop sale.  I fired it up this weekend, I'm enjoying the beginning and the story, and then after a couple of hours, I really feel like I'm not actually playing a game.  I don't mean I am so absorbed by the thing that I'm living it, I mean, there's no game in there!

I did enjoy the story (until that last 3rd, much like a lot of the reviews I have read after the fact), but I really couldn't consider it an adventure game, because there weren't really any puzzles to solve, no inventory, and little challenge.  There were the "Simon" and button mashing parts, but they were mostly tedious.  The story was interesting enough for me to keep playing, and the game was short, so I didn't feel like putting it down at any point, but I really felt like I was dealing with a choose-your-own-adventure book (with very few branches, it turns out) than a game.

I was disappointed, because there were some cool visuals and the story had some strong points (and quite a few weak points, but those would be spoilers). So, it was mostly like watching a movie, and for $10 I guess I am ok with that.
8403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] RE Code: Veronica X - Worth Playing? on: June 27, 2007, 08:59:55 PM
I played past the halfway point and then got stuck because I didn't have enough herbs and was basically going to have to start over from the beginning.  I might go back at some point with a walkthrough, because the story and cutscenes were good.

Just play the game better than I did!  icon_biggrin
8404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 19, 2007, 02:03:48 AM
For the first time in a very long time I am buying something on release - Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition, since I haven't played it yet.
8405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii VC] Microsoft is going to make me buy an N64 on: June 15, 2007, 08:16:19 PM
I never had an N64, and never really wanted one, but now with the VC I am getting an itch.  I love platformers, and I'd really like to play Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie.  I'm also intrigued by Jet Force Gemini.  One problem, all these games were developed by Rare, now owned by Microsoft, and everything I have read points to them never appearing on the VC.

So I was looking around and I could probably snatch up a console and all of these games for around $50.  But I'd be bringing a 10 year old console into my already crowded gaming pile and that just seems silly.  But I might do it anyway.

(And before the first person pops in and says "emu", I like to play games in front of a tv with a proper controller.)
8406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [LTTP] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 10, 2007, 11:27:24 PM
I recently got a Wii, so I decided to finally finish off Wind Waker. (By the way, picking up the game at the Triforce hunt and taking it to the end does not leave the best lasting impression).  Having done so I had the option to continue on to Twilight Princess or use the Virtual Console to go back and play OoT.  I figure I'm going to get a new TV in a couple of months which will be better served for playing Twilight Princess, so I decided to play OoT.

I have to say, for a 9 year old game, this one holds up really well.  The character models are a little blocky, but I have actually been impressed by some of the effects.  I've had no problem getting immersed in the story - and the gameplay is easily as deep as Wind Waker.  I'm only about 5 hours in, but I'm really looking forward to playing it through.  For any people fairly new to Nintendo (my first Nintendo console was a Gamecube), I highly recommend it (and it's only $10).
8407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's current marketing...issues... (somewhat NFSW) on: June 10, 2007, 11:15:24 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on June 10, 2007, 04:20:57 PM

this is living website...

tell'm bill harris sent you...

There's no option in the pulldown to say you are visiting from the U.S., so I guess it is made by Europe for Europe?  I'm American and don't get it, so I guess they got that part right.
8408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone use a charging station for their wiimotes? on: June 06, 2007, 07:02:31 PM
Buying loads of AA's doesn't seem very attractive.  Does anyone have one of the 3rd party charging stations for wiimotes and would recommend it?  (Something like this?

There are rumors of a Nintendo solution but nothing concrete yet.  I am surprised it didn't launch with the console.
8409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii are married on: June 05, 2007, 02:20:46 AM

Quote from: Turtle on June 05, 2007, 01:28:40 AM

And also consolations to her for her soon to be game widow status.  Tongue

Actually, she got the Wii because it was the system she thought she would be most likely to play.  So hopefully it will lead to some playtime together, which I am open to.  Unless I am playing some of my xbox, ps2 or gamecube backlog, of course.
8410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii are married on: June 04, 2007, 04:56:44 PM

Quote from: javahead on June 04, 2007, 04:23:07 PM

how upset I was that she spent that much money
Man, that musta cost a fortune! Amazing gal, but take the checkbook while there's time.

I told her I would give her until the end of our vacation before she got any lectures smile
8411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii are married on: June 04, 2007, 04:22:55 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 04, 2007, 04:17:14 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 04, 2007, 04:03:27 PM

Unfortunately (I really needed to get to bed anyway), we didn't have the right cables to hook it up

Oh I bet you needed to get to bed.  I hope you had the 'right cable' or she's gonna be disappointed!


Joking aside, putting together a wedding really was the most exhausting thing I have ever done. Throw in an overnight drive to our wedding location and a few very late nights catching up with old friends and I was ready to use the Wii as a pillow. smile
8412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii are married on: June 04, 2007, 04:03:27 PM
I'm not sure if this goes in console or off-topic smile  I guess this is one of those "I have the best wife" threads.  I got married Memorial Day weekend, and the night before the wedding my then-fiancee presents me with this heavy wrapped present (which she has been teasing me about for about 2 weeks).  She says open it up with your friends and then there is something in the car that you might want for it.  Open it up to reveal this heavy metal case, and upon opening it I find a new Wii, 4 remotes, 2 nunchuks and Sports, Play, Twilight Princess, Paper Mario and Madden.  I was torn between thinking about how amazing she is and how upset I was that she spent that much money smile  The thing she hid in the car was our portable DVD player.  Unfortunately (I really needed to get to bed anyway), we didn't have the right cables to hook it up to the player, so I had to wait a week to fool around with it.

So I have my first next(ish) generation console...
8413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Candidate For Us All! on: May 18, 2007, 06:45:07 PM
What, they didn't bring back Billy Dee?  I AM OUTRAGED!
8414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dude, are you driving a girl car? on: May 17, 2007, 03:47:35 PM
I own a RAV4, but my fiancee is the one who gets to drive it about 90% of the time. I do like it, though - it's a very comfortable car to drive.  And the picture in the article is of a pre-2006 version.  The newer ones are bigger and more manly. Yeah, that's it.
8415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 08, 2007, 02:39:29 AM

Quote from: kronovan on May 08, 2007, 01:12:27 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2007, 12:40:40 PM

I guess I could try a new disk - at least it would only be $20 (or less if used).

You might still be able to rent KOTOR from a rental outlet.

Well, at the rate that I play games, I would be paying a lot of late fees, or I would just wind up paying for the game after I found out it worked (assuming it worked).  Anyway, I picked up a used copy for $10 today and played for about an hour and a quarter.  There were a couple of minor stutters, but just during some of the in-game cinemas and not during battle, so hopefully I did just have a bad disc.  I guess I will find out as I keep playing.
8416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 07, 2007, 12:40:40 PM
I guess I could try a new disk - at least it would only be $20 (or less if used).
8417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is my (original) XBOX going bad? on: May 07, 2007, 01:48:13 AM
So I have been playing KOTOR, and about 9 hours in I started having problems with stuttering - the audio will never be skipped over, but often when a character is talking, the audio will pause and then continue after a break of 5 or more seconds. Also I'll get lots of pauses during combat at times.

I haven't noticed this during any other XBOX game yet, but the my copy of KOTOR is essentially brand new (I bought it a while back new and played about an hour but I haven't really played it until now).

The other thing I have noticed is that sometimes hwen I put the disk in the drive it will immediately spit it out.  If I pick it up and readjust it it will eventually take it in, although I have heard a bit of a grinding noise when it goes in.

Anybody seen this?  I bought my XBOX new at the end of 2005 and I thought they had stopped using the "bad" drives by then.
8418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone collect baseball cards? (Ebay link) on: May 05, 2007, 01:59:33 AM
Baseball cards are something I wished I could spend more money on when I was a casual collector (mid-late 80s), but now it's gotten a little out of hand.  Back then you could buy a case for $20 (or was it $40?  Either way, it wasn't a huge sum), and each pack had a lot of cards.  These days you get like 5 cards per pack and every guy has about 10 varieties of rookie cards - you have to buy a whole bunch of sets to wind up with the "real" rookie card that will actually be worth something.

I have fooled around a little bit with eTopps, but I do miss the fun of actually opening a pack and seeing what's inside.
8419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello Dad, I'm in Jail! on: May 05, 2007, 12:55:19 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 05, 2007, 12:47:21 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 05, 2007, 12:13:30 AM

Heh, I wonder if she'll find anal rape "Hot" or not?

I didn't know women could get anally raped by other women.  eek

Well they do have fingers.   But I don't really think that's the kind of jail she's going to.

8420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hello Dad, I'm in Jail! on: May 04, 2007, 11:52:39 PM
I like it here! Love, Paris
8421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why am I always so tired...? on: May 02, 2007, 01:30:46 PM
BTW, this is the pillow I had read about - it is FDA approved to treat sleep apnea

There's a woman in her underwear at the top of the site, so I guess it is mildly NSFW.  Kind of a stupid design choice.

8422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why am I always so tired...? on: April 27, 2007, 07:42:27 PM
I was reading in Men's Health that there is now a pillow that is an effective treatment for some people with sleep apnea.  You have to sleep on your side and it puts your head at the right angle to keep the airway open.  I don't recall the name of the pillow, but I can look it up when I get home.
8423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario and Zelda-I Just Don't Get It... on: April 26, 2007, 03:49:27 PM
My problem with the Mario games are the controls.  I've mentioned many times that I'm a 3D platformer lover, but I didn't own any consoles between the 2600 and the PSX, so I began with Spyro and continued to Ratchet, J&D, etc.  After playing those games, I found the controls in Mario 3D games to be "slippery" and the platforming to be a little unforgiving.  I have played a good bit of Super Mario Sunshine and I hate the way that you slide in a lot of places I would normally expect to stop short, or overshoot jumps or miss a ledge or handhold.  The way Mario will wind up sliding on his belly drives me crazy in particular.  There's also not the same level of story in the Mario games that you get with an Insomniac or Naughty Dog platformer (although I haven't played any of the Crash games).

I do enjoy the Zelda-style games, particularly the 3D versions.  I've never finished one, though.
8424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] God of War trailer! on: April 26, 2007, 01:38:32 PM
Has any information been released on where this game will fit in the storyline?  I did a little cursory searching yesterday and couldn't find anything.
8425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 08:16:45 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on April 23, 2007, 07:05:42 PM

I can't tell you the number of times I swore during the Meat Circus level of Psychonauts.


There are 2 Jak 2 sequences that come to mind for me - one where you are on a gun on rails and have to shoot down a ton of enemies, and then the part where you have to escort your friends to a balloon.  The final boss battle took me quite a few tries as well.
8426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 06:45:13 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 23, 2007, 06:03:52 PM

You know, don't you, that that is still not the really sucky spinning blades part of GoW, don't you?

I didn't mind the stuff that follows too much.  I gave up on a few chests so I didn't have to jump on and off, but I had gathered up enough so that I didn't really need them.  I know there was one spot I went to where I suddenly got attacked by a billion harpies, after which I died.  After I restarted at the last checkpoint I just avoided that place.

edit: I realized that those blades actually came before the towers, so maybe you were just kidding around  icon_redface
8427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 02:51:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 23, 2007, 02:48:11 PM

Ugh....Zelda The Wind Waker.  "Now you must be extorted by the most ambiguously gay character ever invented named Tingle for billions of rupees so you can sail the very boring high seas in search of the 900 pieces of the Triforce."

Listen...Ganon wouldn't even go through this much trouble to reassemble it - the thing is completely safe in 900 pieces at the bottom of the ocean. 

I put down this game at this point quite a few months ago, not having ever heard of the famous triforce hunt.  I was just getting a little sick of jumping all over the map and wanted to play something else for a while.  I do want to go back and finish it though.
8428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4-23-07 Weekend Recap Club Edition on: April 23, 2007, 02:24:53 PM
Got to the last boss battles in God of War, but died part way through so I have to go back and finish it.  Started up Gurumin and got past the first boss.
8429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game sequences that made you curse [minor God of War spoilers] on: April 23, 2007, 02:15:37 PM
Been playing through the original God of War, and I recalled people complaining about "spinning blades".  Every time I come upon some spinning blades I think, "oh, here they are" but don't have much trouble.  Then I come upon some more spinning blades of a different variety, then more.  So I'm thinking, perhaps what they were referring to just the overuse of spinning blades (and I can agree with that).

Then I am climbing out of Hades and come upon the spinning blades you have to climb.  Yes, one of the cheapest, most annoying sequences I have every played.  It was as if just feeling the breeze of one of the blades caused you to tumble to the ground.  Yes, then came the cursing.  I'm glad my fiance was out yesterday, because she might have been frightened by the shouts of "SON OF A BITCH!" coming from the basement.

But that was not the worst part.  The worst part, the most curse worthy part of the whole thing, was finally reaching the top of the tower, getting that rush of accomplishment, and then running over to the right and seeing ANOTHER TOWER.  SON OF A BITCH!
8430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite band time! on: April 20, 2007, 01:55:20 PM
The Get Up Kids
The Promise Ring
The Spinanes
Bad Religion
Liz Phair
8431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo vs. Metroid - Insane Fight Video on: April 20, 2007, 02:02:14 AM

Quote from: lex on April 19, 2007, 10:49:20 PM

It was put together well, even though it made no sense.

I think the guy who made this animation probably has an alternate, X-rated, version of the ending between Master Chief and Samus somewhere on his harddrive.... icon_twisted

Well, if you read his comments he/she actually says that it is not Master Chief, but some other Spartan that is alluded to somewhere.  It's like really really geeky fanfic...but the animation is awesome.  I'm curious how its done, because if you read the writing he/she says the methods that he/she uses would be laughed at by professional animators.
8432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 20, 2007, 01:48:11 AM
Does anyone have experience running KOTOR on the 360?  I know it's on the list, but i have heard it has issues.  The rumored $90 trade in for the old XBOX towards the elite has me intrigued, but KOTOR is in my backlog and I really do want to play it.  I'll be kind of upset if I miss cutscenes and stuff on the 360.
8433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 08:37:49 PM
Artemis blade is a weapon that you can switch to instead of the Blades of Chaos.  It is slower, but is more powerful, so that part of what you said made sense.  Clicking on the analog sticks is what threw me - that is what you do when your meter gets filled up and you can use rage of the gods.  It makes you all covered in lightening and makes you more  powerful for 60 seconds or so. 
8434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 08:16:46 PM

Quote from: javahead on April 17, 2007, 08:08:20 PM

I'm not a big fan of the Artemis Blade; while it does good damage it is much slower and leaves me open to counter attacks. It took me a good while to get the hang of pressing the analog stick-tops in the heat of battle so I did a lot of the game without ever using it.

Press the analog stick tops? Isn't that rage of the gods?
8435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 08:01:26 PM
I don't think it's possible to miss the Artemis blade.  You talk to Artemis right before starting the trial of Atlas and she gives it to you, and I think a cutscene is triggered by you walking towards the doorway.  You wield it by clicking L1 and R1, and do the same to put it away.
8436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 07:11:35 PM
Sounds like I'm on the right track.  I'm surprised you didn't use the Artemis blade, though.  You can really mow down enemies with the spin attack.  It's not as flashy as the blades of chaos, but it really does the trick, especially in close quarters.  It made the part where you pick up the shield of hades and the wall starts closing in very easy.
8437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 06:36:46 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 17, 2007, 06:32:30 PM

Just don't put orbs into the not-so-important ones, like the gorgon head.

Ooh, good, I thought right then.  That "insta-freeze" in the powerup sounded tempting, but the thought of having to stop and stand still in the middle of battle while trying to aim the thing didn't seem too attractive.
8438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War advice [MUCHO SPOILERS] on: April 17, 2007, 06:24:17 PM
I'm playing God of War for the first time.  Last night I finished the trial of Atlas and am at the start of the trial of Poseidon.  I was kind of curious how far through the game I was so I pulled up GameFAQs and was reading some of the walkthrough up to the point I had reached.  I found out that in trial of Atlas I missed a key that can be used later for some really nice health and magic boosts.

Having read about the key I felt like I would be cheating if I went back and got it, but I am wondering if I am going to be at a major disadvantage in the endgame if I don't have those powerups?  I have already increased both my magic and health two times each by finding gorgon's eyes and feathers, so I think I am doing fairly well finding hidden chests.  Oh, I am playing on "Normal".
8439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Klonoa games on: April 12, 2007, 09:12:14 PM
I had posted a while back looking for lesser known platformers for the current gen consoles.  Someone recommended Klonoa 2, so I picked up a copy.  I finally got around to playing it, and I have to say I am really enjoying this game.

I was a bit skeptical when I put the game in because I thought it was a 3d platformer and it turned out it was more of a 2d+ platformer.  The graphics are 3d, but you are generally moving left or right along a path.  Sometimes you are on a circular rail, and in addition to being able to shoot left and right, you can shoot into or out of the screen.  There are also some surfing sequences where you have a little more freedom of movement.

What I like about platformers is, well, platforming.  So what I don't like about 2d platformers is that when you are limited to moving left and right, you need to spend a lot of time avoiding enemies instead of concentrating on puzzles.  3d platformers allow you to move in any direction, so it is easier to avoid enemies, or at least take them on on your own terms.  What's cool about Klonoa 2 (IMHO) is that the creatures in the game are not so preoccupied with killing you.  They are dangerous, but more often they are there to be used in conjunction with a puzzle.  For example, some enemies will shoot you high up in the air if you capture them and then perform a double jump.

Has anyone played any of the other Klonoa games and are they worth tracking down considering what I like about Klonoa 2?  I know there is a PSX game and 2 GBA games.  I would love to see what the developers would do with a full 3d game, but it doesn't seem like one is on the horizon.
8440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 03, 2007, 08:43:26 PM
As much as I would love a 2nd analog on the PSP, I can't say I wouldn't be annoyed if they came out with a big revision like that so early in the product's life.  Maybe if they had some attractive trade in plan, but I don't know why they would do that - they'd wind up with a whole mess of PSPs that no one would want.   The stuff in Turtle's post seems more logical.  Nothing that would prevent you from being able to play any future psp games (unless someone came out with a game that used the touch screen).
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