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8441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Early game appetizers on: March 19, 2007, 06:37:09 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't remember how much you get, but in
Spoiler for Hiden:
you get some weapons and cash and then realize you've been dreaming.
8442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How bad is Devil May Cry 2 really? on: March 19, 2007, 06:22:08 PM
I'm planning on buying DMC 1 and 3 and skipping DMC 2 because I've heard it's not too great.  But buying the $30 5th anniversary set is cheaper than buying just 1 and 3.  So, if I do that, do I:

1. Throw away/eBay DMC 2 or
2. Play it

From what I understand, part 3 is a prequel, so it doesn't seem that not having played 2 would cause any problems understanding the story.
8443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Five Albums on: March 01, 2007, 03:45:04 AM
5 is too hard, I'm putting 10:

Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty
The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
U2 - Achtung Baby
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
The Spinanes - Strand
R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
8444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2007 - Console & PC on: February 23, 2007, 02:51:00 AM
Completed in 2007
Sam & Max: Episode 1 (PC) 7 out of 10
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (PSP) 8 out of 10
Rayman 2 Revolution (PS2) 7 out of 10
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (XBox) 8 out of 10
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2) 8 out of 10
God of War (PS2) 8 out of 10
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN) 8 out of 10
Indigo Prophecy (PS2) 6 out of 10
007: Everything or Nothing (XBOX) 8 out of 10
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (XBOX) 8 out of 10
Killzone (PS2) 8 out of 10
Black (XBOX) 7 out of 10
Metal Gear Solid (replay on PS1) - finished 8/6
Super Mario Sunshine (GCN) 6 out of 10 - finished 9/22
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii) 9 out of 10 - finished 11/28
Armed And Dangerous (XBOX) 7 out of 10 - finished 12/24

Working on
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (XBOX)
Hot Shots: Open Tee (PSP) - forgot about this one.  I chip away at it now and then with the intention of getting 100% of the items.

On hiatus (have put considerable playtime in but got put aside for whatever reason)
I-Ninja (XBOX)
Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (VC)
Star Wars: KOTOR (XBox)
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (PSP)
SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo (PSP)
Okami (PS2)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA) (need to finish the last boss frown )
Psi-Ops (PS2) (need to finish the last boss frown )
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (XBOX)
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (GBA)
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)
Metroid Prime (GCN)
Super Paper Mario (Wii)

Gave up (would never finish)
Thief: The Dark Project (PC)
8445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 23, 2007, 01:21:18 AM
OK, I have to retract my assessment of last boss battle.  The reason I wasn't able to finish off the battle using my normal "get ridiculously strong and wipe him out" method was an oversight on my part.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I guess I just wasn't reading some of your guys posts right - I thought the shields were the kind that popped up in front of you and you had to stand behind them (didn't they have those in one of the R&C games?) instead of the one that surrounded you, so I didn't buy it.  Since I was having trouble I decided to go around grinding, upgraded to the Electro Rocket and then bought the shields.  At that point I discovered my mistake.  After I got the shields it was easy.  He goes down quickly to about 1/3 health with the Laser Tracer, then it's just rockets, jumping, rockets, jumping and more rockets with the occasional stop to reset the shield or buy some more ammo with the PDA.  The whole thing probably takes a minute.  I didn't even bother with trying to stay far enough away so that his attacks wouldn't hit me.

So again, I think my final verdict is that this is a very good game for the PSP, but definitely on the short side if you're only in it for the single player.  About half the planets of a standard R&C game, and only 1 or 2 activities per planet instead of the normal 2 or 3 with the console versions.
8446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 22, 2007, 08:19:35 PM
Yeah, that was a definite minus on this one for me.  While I really enjoyed the gameplay, I picked this game up on Friday evening and I was essentially done with it by Sunday, except for the final boss, and I wasn't playing non-stop, by any means.  The minigames give you a couple of extra hours, but if you don't plan on using the multiplayer (which I don't), I think $40 is bit much for the game.

I think it is totally worth playing and one of the best games I have played on the PSP, but I wouldn't begrudge anyone who rented it or waited for it to go greatest hits.
8447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 22, 2007, 01:53:24 PM
Grue - do you think what you found there is a bug or by design?  I'm definitely going to have to try that.
8448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 21, 2007, 04:40:12 AM
OK, I might be starting to agree with the opinions about the final boss battle.  I have the full suit of mega-bomb armor and every decent weapon maxed out and I haven't been able to get the guy much lower than halfway.  Even with the best armor about 3 hits is all you can take and they never offer you any extra health.  The thing I appreciated about the other R&C games (at least 2 and 3) was that if you're not a an excellent gamer you could trade skill for time and eventually have the best armor and weapons and then breeze through the final battle.  Here, not so much.  I don't know when I will wind up finishing this one frown 
8449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 19, 2007, 11:21:01 PM
Well, I am at the final boss (I think) - maybe it's not hellish, but it ain't easy.  I have figured out how to get him about halfway down fairly easily and I have ideas about how to beat his next set of attacks, but now I have to go back out and get some bolts to buy more ammo.
8450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 19, 2007, 05:43:10 AM
I was just playing GoW for the first time the other day and got past the first boss and wound up in the room with Kratos'...companions.  I figured this was the minigame I had heard about but when I walked up to them, it prompted me to press R2 and gave me some repetitive conversation.  This thread prompted me to look it up and I gather you actually have to jump on the bed?
8451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 19, 2007, 05:30:55 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 19, 2007, 04:15:42 AM

Quote from: The Grue on February 19, 2007, 04:06:50 AM

I've played a good bit and want to echo the cramping of the left thumb that has been mentioned.  It mostly hits me on the hoverboard levels.  I absolutely hate those levels, by the way.  The race itself isn't very much fun as the controls kind of suck and there is no real sense of speed.  Then, my thumb wants to die after pushing forward on the nub for the entire race.  Now that I think of it, though, you may not actually have to push forward to go forward.  I will have to try that.  Still, though, the levels sucks beyond belief and I don't like playing them.  I also don't really like the robo battle level either.  I know they put them in their to give some diversity, but honestly, I would be more happy if I could just straight platform.

Agreed on the hoverboard levels.  Awful, awful stuff and I've never bothered to do anything but what is actually required to progress.

However, I rather enjoy the Clank Challenges and I've probably done 80-90% of them. 

Same here on the hoverboard, I've only done the required races - although I figured out you can just use the d-pad left and right to steer and your button for boost, no need to push forward, so it can actually be  a time to rest the thumb.  I'm kind of 50-50 on the Clank Challenges. 

Semi - do you have a link to what you bought for the PSP?

I wonder if those posters were referring to the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Luna battle
I don't know that I would describe that as hellish, but if you died during that battle, you had to back up a few steps to get back to it each time.
8452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest from Naughty Dog and Insomniac to be revealed soon on: February 19, 2007, 01:06:22 AM

Quote from: warning on February 17, 2007, 02:11:39 PM

Both Naughty Dog and Insomniac had strong franchises on the PS1 (Crash Bandicoot and Spyro) which they left behind when the PS2 came out.  What's cool is they replaced them with other strong franchises (Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter).  I'm kinda hoping they do the same with the PS3.  Ratchet and Clank are great games but I'm much more interested in something new taking advantage of the new systems' capabilities.

I agree with this.  I love R&C (and loved Spyro), but the 3rd game was really just a rehash of the 2nd game (a really good rehash, mind you).  I'd be interested in seeing a new platformer series from them. 
8453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (PSP) on: February 19, 2007, 12:48:17 AM
My only problem with this game is that it has been literally painful to play at times.  My strategy during the giant Clank portions in particular have given my left hand really bad cramps.  The analog nub just isn't very well designed.  A extender you could pop on it would help a lot - anyone ever seen something like that?

My only other gripe is that there is almost no (obvious) reward for collecting platinum bolts, only different skins.  I think it was that way in R&C 3, too, although I think if you got everything in the game you got into the Insomniac Museum.

Other than that, there is definitely a lot of fun to be had here with great new weapon upgrades and platforming elements.  The story and cutscenes, which were really lacking in Daxter (although it was a great game) are fantastic so far.  I'm 6 or 7 planets in and looking forward to see what happens.
8454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myst Online: Who is with me? on: February 17, 2007, 03:28:30 AM
Is it free if you subscribe to gametap or is there a fee on top?
8455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar Knights "one of the finest games on DS." 1UP review on: February 08, 2007, 06:46:53 PM
Isn't there a well known RPG series called "Lunar"?  I thought this game had something to do with that.  They probably should have picked a different name.
8456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo rolls out movie and TV show downloads! (woot?) on: February 08, 2007, 06:30:39 PM
What would make unbox with Tivo perfect would be a subscription plan.  Basically having netflix where I could get a new movie immediately after finishing one would be amazing.
8457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 30, 2007, 01:19:17 PM
I have played Psychonauts and definitely liked it (except for the frustrating ending parts).  Last night I got on eBay and picked up Klonoa 2 and Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy.  I am looking into a copy of Rayman 2 as well.
8458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 30, 2007, 01:27:51 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 30, 2007, 01:18:30 AM

Sphynx and the Cursed Mummy.

I have heard a lot of good about that one - it seems the only bad thing people have to say about it is that it doesn't have voice acting.

How about Rayman 2?  I have the PSX version but I really haven't played it and I know there is a prettier version for the PS2.
8459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 30, 2007, 12:59:06 AM
Would anyone recommend the Conker version for Xbox?
8460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 29, 2007, 10:57:24 PM
OK, I'm bidding on a copy of Klonoa 2.  More suggestions welcome!
8461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 29, 2007, 10:46:03 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that I had already played Psychonauts (great game).  I have heard good things about Klonoa 2.
8462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which lesser known platformer should I get? (current gen) on: January 29, 2007, 10:30:19 PM
I've played all the biggies (Ratchet, Jak, Sly, PoP, Mario (well, I gave up on that one)), but this is my favorite genre.  Is there a hidden gem out there waiting for me?  I Ninja? Legend of Kay? Ruff Trigger?
8463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario 64 DS - which control scheme? on: January 29, 2007, 10:22:26 PM
I came back to this game a week or two ago and gave it another shot.  I couldn't deal with the d-pad controls and was doing pretty well with the touch screen until I got to about 30 stars and then it became unbearable. I decided to eBay it.  Hopefully I will get to play it as it was meant on virtual console at some point.  Maybe not though - Super Mario Sunshine drove me insane and I put it down pretty quickly.  The controls are just too slippery for me on the Mario games.  I find the PS2 platformers a lot more fun (and they have better storylines as well).
8464  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 26, 2007, 03:09:30 PM
I may look into that anyway - Minimo doesn't seem to work too well with the 750's screen size.
8465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diamonds in the rough on: January 25, 2007, 07:02:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 25, 2007, 06:22:22 PM

Gears: Glitch in the System should be added to that list.

Do you mean Metal Arms?
8466  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 25, 2007, 06:37:38 PM
FYI - this is what it basically looks like when I visit the site using IE on my phone:

I downloaded Minimo (mini mozilla) and it views the site normally, although the UI is a bit crowded, so I need to see if I can configure it better.
8467  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 25, 2007, 01:09:40 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 25, 2007, 12:30:16 PM

Does GT have a 'mobile browser' version of the site? Or a text only version of the site that gets sent instead if you don't have a 'compatible browser'?

I think that's what he means (as with my Treo, some sites look far different on it depending which browser I use to surf with). I'm not quite sure though.

Correct - WAP = Wireless Application Protocol.  If you visit the forum using the Windows Mobile version of IE, it forces you to a text version of the site, which, if you a compatible phone, allows you to use key presses to pick links instead of having to click on links.  But it also makes it hard to read quotes and there are no pictures.  I'm guessing that the simple machines forum handles this.  I'll do some searches and see if I can come up with something.
8468  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Dumb phone question - can you bypass the WAP site? on: January 25, 2007, 02:58:04 AM
My new phone has UMTS, so I don't mind visiting the full site on it.  But when you visit using mobile IE, it forces you to the WAP site.  Anyone know a way to get around that?
8469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I never would have survived the 16 bit era on: January 19, 2007, 05:32:11 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 19, 2007, 05:09:09 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 19, 2007, 04:48:41 PM

The best example I can give people who didn't game back before things like Gamefaqs is Infocom games.  Infocom games were text-based adventure games on the computer.  You would type things like "go west" to move west.  I loved Infocom games from Zork to Infidel to Wishbringer.  When I would play them, I would get stuck, though.  And sometimes I would be stuck for a month.  I would try all kinds of things to advance in the game and eventually would give up for a while.  Then, maybe a month later, I would think about it again and finally come up with what I had to do to get past that spot.  Imagine being stuck in a game for a month.

i just want everyone here o know that i, suck as i might at other games, i did indeed figure out how to get the babel fish in hhgttg completely & totally on my own...

infocom uber alles - great, great memories (floyd!). being stuck in a game for a month has never been more fun...

I used to draw out maps for Infocom games, with one box for each room or area you went into and lines representing the paths out E,W, etc.  I can't remember which game, but one of them had a maze in it.  A maze in text - talk about frustration.
8470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I never would have survived the 16 bit era on: January 19, 2007, 03:43:09 PM
Between the Atari 2600 and the PSX I didn't own any consoles.  So there are a ton of classics out there that I have never played, and now, with re-releases I can pick them up.  One such example is Zelda: A Link To The Past, which I picked up for my DS.

Maybe I'm just a really bad gamer, but this game is hard. Simply walking from one are to the next is like running the gauntlet - knights charge and shoot arrows at you, things pop out of the ground, birds swoop through the air.  I'm lucky to reach a dungeon, much less get inside and kill the boss. I have died countless times already and I have only gotten to the second boss (the caterpillar guys, which I have to figure out how to take out).

I don't know how you guys did it.  No tutorial, no gamefaqs (I at least have not had to resort to that yet), just you and an instructional manual (and 95 cents a minute for the hint line, I guess).

16 bit era gamers, I salute you!

On a side note, I am really impressed on the links between the Zelda games.  I have only played Wind Waker, and it was pretty cool to see that they use the same exact pieces of music or audio (in lo-fi versions) when you meet fairies, or uncover a secret, or when Link swings his sword.
8471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 12, 2007, 11:03:33 PM
I'm trying to come to grips with the fact that I just don't "get" certain genres and I should not buy certain games no matter how well received they are.  TBS, RTS and RPGs with complex character/battle systems fall into this category.  I'd say there are 2 reasons for this.  #1 is I am a badtm gamer.  I don't have the reflexes to win at Starcraft and I will never beat a 12 year old at Halo.  And I need to be led around a little bit.  I am honest with myself about this and I am ok with it.  #2 is that I have "ADD" - quotes so as not to offend anyone who has actually been diagnosed with ADD, but I mean that I have a very short attention span for any game that requires too much of my attention.  I don't want to have to start comparing unit types and how many squares I can move or what combination of potions I need to beat one boss vs. another.

Problem is I have yet to apply this to my game buying.  I feel like since I bought Advance Wars, I should try to finish it, even though I have picked it up and put it down 5 times.  I feel like I should finish Fallout, even though after I buy my vault 200 more days from the water merchants my head about explodes from the amount of quests I have to choose from.

I think if I could call it quits on games I'd be a lot happier.  I took my first big step a little while ago when I got rid of Sly 3 - maybe Advance Wars should be next.  Except then I'll need to explain to my fiance why I'm selling the copy of Advance Wars: Dual Strike that she got me as a gift, even though I never played it.  But I guess that's a whole different thread.
8472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: January 08, 2007, 05:22:12 PM
Barbie Horse Adventures from the used bin at GameStop?
8473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Confession on: January 07, 2007, 03:04:28 AM
Believe it!

sorry, I watch too much x-play.
8474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW --- READ AT YOUR OWN RISK on: January 03, 2007, 09:35:10 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 03, 2007, 07:09:19 PM

Saddam's "trial" was a joke anyway, he didn't stand a chance when he was being tried by his enemies.

When he came to power he simply rounded up anyone he felt was a threat claiming they were going to overthrow the government and "tried" and executed them.  I know that 2 wrongs don't make a right, but the guy didn't deserve a fair trial - he didn't deserve a trial at all.  He deserved to be dead (or worse), and he is.

8475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need Wind Waker help (spoilers) on: January 02, 2007, 04:09:56 PM
I seem to recall seeing the bird girl with the harp, but I don't remember exactly.  I know if you go to dragon roost you hear music playing.  As far as the deku leaf guy goes - I mistakenly found out his hiding place the very first time I visited that island because I was bad with the grappling hook.  If I hadn't fell in by mistake I'm not sure how I would have know to go in there.
8476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap- End of '06 on: January 02, 2007, 04:05:51 PM
I got to about 21 hours on Okami. Also am about 50% through the (first?) castle in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.  I also played through the entire training section and the first 2 missions of Advance Wars.
8477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist- The final one for 2006! on: December 30, 2006, 11:39:21 PM
Been doing my normal thing of dropping some stuff when it gets frustrating and picking up something that looks more interesting.  I took the week off from work and finished Halo 2 - I had previously gotten about halfway through and put it down.  I am 15 hours into Okami, which I got as a gift last week, and hoping to be somewhere between 20-25 hours in before work interrupts again. I have also been playing Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow from the Castlevania Double Pack for GBA. I got stuck on Harmony of Dissonance a while back and put it down, but maybe if I can get through AoS I'll go back and start that one over.
8478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Decline of the PS3 Gray Market on: December 30, 2006, 04:41:55 PM

Quote from: msduncan on December 30, 2006, 03:43:29 PM

As friends with one of the speculators, he said this year there were COUNTLESS fraudulent bidders...

Your post makes me wonder about the accuracy of that chart - are the prices Kotaku found simply finished auctions or ones where the price was actually paid?
8479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: December 30, 2006, 04:35:16 PM
I put WW down a few months ago when I got to the triforce hunt (not knowing anything about it - it was just dragging and I got preoccupied with something else).  Since it turns out it is close to the end I guess I'll try to go back and finish it after I finish Okami.  Since WW is the only Zelda I've played, it's kind of amazing how much it seems Okami ripped off.  Not that I'm not enjoying Okami, but it is kind of distracting when the first Okami boss is basically a combination of the first two WW bosses, and some things are lifted directly (gather 3 pieces of something to add to the life bar, the little musical flourish that plays when you uncover something) from Zelda.
8480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Impact of next gen game prices... on: December 30, 2006, 05:13:16 AM
There are essentially 2 things that have kept me from getting a next gen console yet:

1. I only have 1 HDTV and it's not where my consoles are
2. $60 games

I simply can't get over that hurdle. I got all of my current-gen consoles well into their lifespans, so I am very used to picking up AAA titles for $20 in their "greatest hits/platinum choice/etc." versions.  I think I have paid $40 for a game maybe twice and $50 once, and that was so I could play Burnout 3 online with some of my friends.  It's gotten so $20 is what I want to pay for a videogame.  It's not really a problem since my backlog is so huge, but it also means I'm going to have to wait to play the latest and greatest.  I don't play online much at all, so I feel like I'll survive.  And maybe I'll have a downpayment on a house that much sooner.
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