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7681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excited about Assassin's Creed on: June 12, 2006, 11:59:05 AM
Quote from: "ATB"

What does <3 mean?  I see it everywhere now..

Well, take a look at the shape of it and tell me if it reminds you of anything.  You might perhaps look in your lap for reference.
7682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Adventure games rise from the ashes on DS on: June 04, 2006, 01:54:52 AM
Quote from: "Misguided"

DJ, do what I did and go here

Oh, I've done this.  They just don't have any in my area ever for whatever reason.
7683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Adventure games rise from the ashes on DS on: June 03, 2006, 06:43:46 PM
I want it so badly, but can never find it used in my local stores and am not paying the premium on eBay.
7684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: June 03, 2006, 11:32:19 AM
Quote from: "depward"

I got two Machalite ores from mining in my Kokoto Farm!  So yeah, try there I guess.

I have been mining there forever and still not gotten any of that ore.  I also tried a level 4 guild gather quest in the first world and, while I did come away with something called Dragonite, I did not come away with what I wanted.  I guess I am just unlucky.
7685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: June 03, 2006, 03:21:20 AM
I'm still liking it a great deal, though I echo that it is most definitely not for everyone.  It very much feels like an MMO in that you will be doing some of the quests over and over again to get money and loot to improve your gear.  Since I like MMOs, that is kind of a plus in my book, but YMMV.

As far as weapons go, I am using the lance currently.  It is somewhat difficult to wield.  I have it up to Bonce Lance+ right now, which I suppose isn't very high.  Everyone else who posts seems to have improved their weapons much more before going through the quests, because I am on the Tier 3 quests and don't have the stuff to upgrade.  I need Machalite Ore and am not sure how to get it.  I guess I need to try mining in other areas besides the Forest and Hills.
7686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility... on: June 02, 2006, 01:01:29 PM
A response from the Microsoft PR blog about this:

Lots of talk about backwards compatibility online today.  We wanted to get to the bottom of it all, so we went right to the team working on the next back compat update.  We hear directly from them that they're in the testing phase of another update, and it should be out in the next few weeks.  We saw the list they're testing, and it looks like they're hoping to add at least a dozen titles.

Long before the launch, we thought we might hit a few dozen titles, and we all feel pretty good about the list of well over 200 titles on the back compat list today, including many of the games that you’ve asked for.  You all have heard us say the work isn't simple.  Many games did unique things to take advantage of the processing power of the Xbox, and that makes it difficult to emulate, especially when we then have to make new code work with existing (and future) compatible titles.

But rest assured, we're not done yet.

We know for a fact that there are lots of people who continue to care about backwards compatibility, including the "Emulation Ninjas" who are working full time on the updates.  And those of us posting on this blog.  And, of course, many of you.

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming update…
7687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 29, 2006, 05:33:15 PM
Nothing from the list this week.  Hoping to pick up Table Tennis, though.
7688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 29, 2006, 04:34:35 PM
I finished off my last Tier 2 qquest and got the option to do the Felyne kitchen no.  When I was in there, the cat I hired asked for 3 knife mackerel, which I did not have.  So, I went out and did a quest and fished the mackerel I needed.  When I went back, he was takling about how you could catch insects with nets and I couldn't give him the fish, so I guess it is one of those things where you need to have it and what the cat talks about changes each time you come back from a quest.  I had the cat make me a meal which increased my stamina.  I assume it will only be for the next quest I do and I assume other food combinations will lead to other bonuses.

I complained a lot in that last post, but I actually do like the game, though it can be frustrating at times.
7689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 29, 2006, 05:05:19 AM
Quote from: "depward"

A couple of questions: has anyone found out a way to perhaps expand how many items you can carry?  I wish I had more space so I didn't have to make a decision as to what to discard when I'm out in the field.  Also, I'm collecting and storing a good deal of items, including lots of herbs, berry sort of items, and so forth.  Should I just be selling these items?  And lastly (for right now anyway) - any opinions as to the most worthwhile Kokoto Farm upgrades there are?

I'll try to tackle some of these questions based on my playing experiences.  I  only have one quest left in the 2nd tier Chieftain quests, so I think I have some more time in than you.

I haven't seen any way to increase your inventory, but since they were nice enough to let you do upgrades with items in your item box, there really is no need to carry anything around more than what you need for your next quest.

You use herbs and blue mushrooms to make potions and the berries seem to be used to make ammunition for the gun, so if you never use the gun, then I assume you can sell them unless the kitchen cats use them (I haven't unlocked it yet).

With regards to upgrades to the farm, I don't have even enough points yet to do the 1000 point one yet, much less the other ones, but I think I am probably going to go with the mushroom one first, just to get mushrooms for crafting.

As more my updated impressions on the game, I have played it a good deal today and I both love it and hate it at the same time.  The controls can definitely get frustrating and the game could certainly do with some kind of target lock system, though I think there is locational damage so there would have to be a way to switch between areas if they had done it.

The game tutorial made it seem like you could sneak around, but monsters seem to spot me from way off, even when I am crouched and moving very slowly.  Just kind of frustrating that they put tools in there for stealth-based play and don't seem to be using them.

Sometimes the areas can be too small.  I had a quest to kill 10 of these charging boars and it was incredibly difficult to pull off because I was being attacked by 8 of these things at once and they don't give you any time to drink a potion while you are in there.  I would have to leave the zone and I am thinking that the health ont hese guys resets if you do that.  I know the health doesn't reset on the wyverns, but I think everything else might.  At any rate, constantly dodging 8 chargin boars was very annoying and I think it was mostly made difficuly by the cramped quarters of that area.

Killing a wyvern is a bitch.  This game is definitely not about rushing in and attacking these things and you really need to exercise some patience.  The controls make the battles a little more diificult than they should be.

Overall, though, I am enjoying the game, though it really is not for everyone.  The game is a lot of work where you have to do some grinding to get materials to upgrade your armor and weapons.  When I opened up the tier 2 quests, the first quest was to kill a wyvern and I kept trying and dying on it, thinking that since it was the first quest, I should be able to do it.  I was very wrong on that, so I went ahead and did all the other quests except one and then came back to it after I had done some upgrading and managed to kill the wyvern with my last continue.

One fear I have is that I have basically exhausted all the areas, though.  I think I have visited about 5 (counting the cat arena) and I am not sure if there are more or not.  Actually, I guess there are, because I had heard someone talk about a volcano.

At any rate, though sometimes I tell myself I am going to bring it back to the store and trade it in, overall I have basically been playing it non-stop today, so that should tell me that there is something about the game the has me hooked.
7690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 27, 2006, 12:46:18 PM
Quote from: "depward"
Whoa, talk about insane difficulty ramping:

The quest after the first one you encounter and kill three blue rapter things (I believe it's "gather 7 special mushrooms") the difficulty went sky-high!  Now there are actual predators in practically EVERY zone!  Including like, six blue rapter things in one area and three of those charging ones in another.  Seriously!  Wtf!

Yeah, wait until you have to kill the Velocidrome.  I died so many times because it was him and then like 6 other velociprey all gangbanging me.
7691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Field Commander Impressions on: May 26, 2006, 12:12:55 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Yeah if the multiplayer sucks I have no interest in this game.  I may swap it for Monster hunter as well provided I hear that it is easy to get online with a tunnel program.

THe problem with the tunnel program, is you have to have a specific router or wifi adapter hooked to a PC to be able to use it.  It isn't like you can just up and use it with any old network setup at home.  I am still deciding whether I think it is worth the trouble to go buy one of the supported wifi cards to get this to work or not.
7692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 26, 2006, 12:03:31 PM
I played through the first 6 introduction quests given by the chief guy last night.  Basically, these serve as a kind of tutorial to teach you how to hunt and gather in the game.  I can tell already that this game is right up my alley as it has these wacky cats that help take care of your farm.

Semiconcious is very correct in saying this is a hunting sim, though don't think of Deer Hunter in that regards.  It is like a hunting sim RPG type of thing.  If you're not hunting, you can gather materials to upgrade your armor.  You basically do quests to get out there and either hunt or gather specific items to earn cash.  I hunted three different prey in those quests I did.  One was an herbivore which I had to hunt to get some raw meat and then cook that meat.  Oh, that reminds me of one cool thing, which is that over time you get hungry and it affects your stamina.  So, while you are out int he field hunting, your stamina bar will get shorter and shorter and you can increase it by eating meat that you have cooked.

A second monster I fought was a large boar who would charge me.  He was pretty fun to take down and let me see how different the strategies for monsters can be (the herbivores were basically stand and spear).  Finally, the last were a pack of velociprey, which had this fun jumping attack, which again made me have to change the way I approached hunting them.

I am not very far in, I know, but I assume I will be introduced to a variety of monsters which will vary in how I have to track them down and hunt them.  So far, I like and I assume I will continue to like.  I will update again when I have some more time in.  I can tell, though, that this is the type of game that not everyone would enjoy.
7693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 25, 2006, 12:03:40 PM
I picked it up up yesterday, but haven't played.  I was trying to get the Kai thing to work and then realized you either have to have a specific brand and model of router to work or a PC with one aof a bunch of certain brands and models of wireless cards in them.  I have neither, so I couldn't make it work.

I will probably play it tonight, though, and take a little break from Metal Gear Acid 2, which just plain rocks.
7694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/22) on: May 23, 2006, 03:46:06 AM
Might purchase either Monster Hunter or Table Tennis or both or none.  How's that for making up your mind? Tongue
7695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Monster Hunter Online issues... on: May 23, 2006, 01:51:50 AM
Ha, I wouldn't exactly call this an "issue" per se, in that it isn't like it's a bug or anything.  The fact that this has no infrastructure has been known for some time, too.  I want to get it, but still waiting on reviews before biting on it.
7696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Halo 2 SP worth playing? on: May 20, 2006, 08:20:31 PM
Still playing the SP of Halo 2 and still loving it.  I must be alone in liking the fact they they switch you up between the alien and Master Chief.
7697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP purchase poll (lack of joystick issue...) on: May 20, 2006, 08:19:42 PM
I bought a PSP on launch and I haven't really played a game yet that I couldn't live without two analog sticks.
7698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / which 360 do you own? on: May 20, 2006, 12:45:45 PM
I have the Toshiba.  My 360 is pretty quiet.
7699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Halo 2 SP worth playing? on: May 19, 2006, 12:03:57 PM
I bought Halo 2 last week to play the SP on my 360 and so far I have enjoyed it a great deal.  I am not playing it upon release with expectations which could never possibly be fulfilled by all the hype, though.  I'm sure you will enjoy it.
7700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 18, 2006, 02:12:06 AM
I own them all except Phoenix Wright (I need ot get it though) and Jump Super Stars.  You really can't go wrong with choosing any of them.
7701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 17, 2006, 12:15:19 PM
I still don't get everyone's complaint about the saving.  Am I the only person who closes their DS and puts it in sleep mode when I am done gaming?
7702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Opera web browser pics... on: May 17, 2006, 12:13:42 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
So is this going to be a cartridge which will be purchased?

Yes.  THe big thing that excites me about this is that I will be able to WiFi game at hotles when I travel.  Pretty much all hotels require you to accept a ToS before you can browse and get your MAC registered.  Without web browsing you can't play your DS over that network.  However, once the Opera browser comes out, you hook up, get that MAC in there and then popo in a game and away you go.
7703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy XIII and spinoffs? on: May 17, 2006, 12:09:07 PM
Quote from: "cingular"
It's stupid that it's exclusively being released on the PS3.  It may be one hell of a game like ffx was, but it's not worth paying $500 to play it.  Is there anything else coming out for the PS3 that's even remotely as close to anticipated as ffxiii?

7704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 16, 2006, 05:21:25 PM
Update on this. NCSX got my Lite and Brian Age cart I sent back and thye tried the cart in another DS Lite and the DS Lite broke. So, for some reason my Brian Age cart is shorting DSes. They sent it off to Japan for repair or replacement and they say it will take 10 days for them to get it back.

As far as Brain Age goes, all I did was put the DS in sleep by closing the lid the day before it broke and then when I opened it and hit Training it froze. The only thing I can think is that the cart didn't like that it still thought it was the day before but the DS would have the current date and it freaked out. I would think someone would have run into this before though. Normally I back out from the menu when I see yesterday's date on the Brain Age screen, but that day I forgot to. Anyone else use sleep mode and Brain Age a lot?
7705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/15) on: May 15, 2006, 01:23:40 PM
If my Lite wouldn't have broken, I would be purchasing the new SMB.
7706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend an Xbox game for my 360 on: May 14, 2006, 12:50:29 AM
I bought Halo 2 used today because I never played it and the Halo 3 trailer got me thinking I should catch up on the story.  I played Halo 1 to completion co-op with a friend.  So far, it has been a fun game, especially with the dual-wielding weapons.
7707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 13, 2006, 02:22:02 PM
Quote from: "The_Man"
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "The_Man"
Quote from: "Interloper"
Time to turn in my man card, the game getting the most interest from me based on what I saw is Viva Pinata.   :oops:

Me too.  That one and Fable 2 are the two games I'm looking the most forward to.

What exactly do you do in this game?  I've only seen screenshots and can't quite figure it out.  From what I can tell it looks like the fancy fur effects they used on Conker (specifically, the furry tails).

The GT preview says "Viva Piñata lets you control a variety of living piñata species in an ever-changing garden environment."  Okay...  Can I beat the hell out of them until their candy pops out?  More importantly, can I swing the Wiimote to do so? :wink:

I guess I'll just have to download the video and find out!  So many games to check out now...  The future on all fronts looks bright, I just wish I could play them now.

Looks like a cross between Black & White, The Sims, and Harvest Moon.  You really should download the will sell you instantly.

I think it could also be called part Animal Crossing as well.  I am definitely interested in it.
7708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 12, 2006, 12:19:18 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Make sure you leave the battery out for literally a minute or so, to make sure any residual power is gone.

I assume all residual power was gone since I had to put all the settings back in.  I will give it a try, though.


Nope, didn't work. frown  Sending it off today.  Oh, how I will miss it.  Guess no NSMB next week for me. *cry*
7709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 12, 2006, 12:18:25 PM
I played both MotoGP and Lost Planet.  Lost PLanet I liked a lot, though hopefully they will give you objectives and cool little side things to do.  If all it is is running through levels shooting stuff, I think I will get bored quickly.  I enjoyed the art design of the creatures a great deal.  I also like the mechanic where you slowly lose energy or whatever that stuff is based on the fact that it is so cold (I am guessing that is why you lose it).

With MotoGP, I played one race and came in 20th.  It is interesting how differently a bike apparently races than a car and I was just not adjusting very well.  I will have to give it another go and slow down better at the turns.  The graphics were not as good as I had seen on the screen shots in my opinion.  However, this is probably due to the fact that they were taken from views you wouldn't actually be doing during a race, just like they do with Madden screens.
7710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 11, 2006, 09:54:16 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Have you tried removing the battery for a minute? No idea how hard that might be to do.

I gave htis a try just now and it seems to have fixed the clock problem, but the thing still won't read DS games.  Thanks for the suggestion, though.
7711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 10, 2006, 03:04:44 PM
Just noticed something else.  The time on the system is no longer advancing.    Bleh.
7712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 10, 2006, 02:56:16 PM
Well, I talked to NCS and they want me ot send the unit back for them to take a look at.  So, I suppose that's positive news.
7713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 10, 2006, 02:46:38 PM
I opened my Lite today to play a little Brain Age.  I had put it to sleep by closing it and I just clicked on Training.  Well, the unit locked on me.  So, I turned it off and turned it back on and it shows no DS cart is found.  I took it out, reinserted and no go.  I tried another DS cart and get the same thing.  I tried blowing in the slot and trying the games again and nothing.  Also, some GBA carts work and some do not.  I also had one GBA cart be recognized and then freeze the game once it got past the GBA splash screen.  So, it looks like my Lite is screwed.

The problem I have is that it is an import of a Japanese unit and I am not sure if I can easily get it repaired or replaced.  I wrote to National Console Support where I bought it to see if they can do anything or make any suggestions.  I have a sinking feeling I am screwed.  I've only had the unit for a little over a month and have never had any problems with Nintendo hardware in the past.  Sucks to be me.
7714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/8) on: May 08, 2006, 01:28:43 PM
7715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 03:12:00 AM
When I read things like this, I have to wonder what they hell the naysayers are thinking when they say this will tank.  What Nintendo is doing for the gaming industry is amazing.
7716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 01:29:55 PM
I've had mine since March, so I don't care. smile
7717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Guild Wars question on: May 02, 2006, 01:38:43 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
The second one.

Why did you bother to buy the first game anyway?  Factions is stand-alone.

Because I wanted to experience the first world first.  In order to do that, I have to own it.  I will eventually buy Factions, I am sure.
7718  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Guild Wars question on: May 01, 2006, 03:14:44 PM
I bought the original Guild Wars campaign yesterday and made a Ranger.  I am level 7 now and getting close, I assume, to leaving the starting area.  I am starting to realize I think I want Assassin as my secondary profession.  So, my question is this, how do you get Assassin as your secondary?  Can I do it in the pre-searing world once I buy Factions, or do I have to create a new character with Factions and choose it as secondary over there?
7719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/01) on: May 01, 2006, 01:32:21 PM
Nothing, though I just bought the original Guild Wars yesterday, so I am busy with its gaming goodness.
7720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Magic (DS) on: April 30, 2006, 03:04:41 PM
Both IGN and Gamespot have reviewed it.  I am too lazy to look it up, but I think IGN gave it around a 6.5 and Gamespot around a 7.9.  Both reviews criticized micromanagement of units and all over the board difficulty.
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