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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2008, 09:22:41 PM
I played Far Cry on the PC only.  Still is my favorite shooter, loved the openess, multiple ways of getting through a fire fight, and believe it or not I liked the save system.  It made me think of the many different ways to approach a situation.  I appreciated the game much more.  The last 10 to 20% of the game was awesome.   
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2008, 07:48:37 PM
Bioshock PS3
I bought it on the PC last year, but I want to play this gem on HDTV.

Far Cry 2 PC or PS3
The first one is still my favorite first person shooter of all time.  But I am unsure which one to get, PC or PS3.  I want to see this puppy on my HDTV, but I am not use to the console controls of a shooter.  I like my keyboard and mouse.  This is a very tough decision.

Guitar Hero World Tour PS3
I need to have a talk with my wife on this one before I take the plunge.  I have yet to try a 'Rock Band' type of game.   I'm very interested in rocking out on my favorite tunes.

Wii Music is for the family at christmas. 
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 15, 2008, 10:28:02 PM
Yeah the only disadvantage of getting this on the console is I have to wait for the kids bedtime. 

Yellowking, go get the game for your 42inch HDTV.  This game is meant to be played on that with a complete soundsystem.  It is sweet, at least for the first few minutes I have played.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 15, 2008, 05:57:43 PM
Got a copy at lunch today for my PS3.  Wife and kids were gone for a haircut so I got test drive it for a few minutes.  Easy install.  Good short intro.  The graphics are the big thing right off the bat, stunning on my HD 42in TV.  Sound is loud... when the first encounter happens, you feel like you are in a movie, great sound and atmosphere.  Your guy is kind of at the left of the screen, third person view.  I didn't get a chance to use my first weapon yet.  You also have inventory.  Standard objectives and saving after each one is instant, no slow down.  I like this feature, if you are lost on what to do next you can create an in-game blue line path that your guy can follow to the next objective.  

Until the first reviews came out, I did not know anything about this game.  After only a few minutes, the best way to describe it is a faster action BioShock in space.  Gore and horror everywhere.  Bottom line, looks and sounds like a triple A title.  Can't wait to play more tonight.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There Hope for Metallica? on: September 12, 2008, 10:18:12 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on September 12, 2008, 06:55:17 PM

It's not the second coming of 'Justice', but I haven't listened to a new Metallica disc five times in a row (all day today) since the Black album released. I'm really enjoying it so far.

Same here.  Really enjoying the new CD.  I like most of the songs a lot, but the Judas Kiss and the Broken songs really stand out for me right now.  Can't wait to hear some of these songs in concert.  I will be there for sure.

Really why compare it to their old stuff?  No way could they repeat that magic 20+ years later.  That stuff is timeless.   
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 months left! what are you buying? on: July 20, 2008, 02:23:27 AM
I was thinking about this same subject on Friday.  I was wowed by how many good games that are coming out by November.

First day buy:

Fallout 3
Wrath of the Lich King
The Witcher Enchanced
Far Cry 2

Madden 09

Mario Super Sluggers
Star Wars Unleashed
Animal Crossing

Dragon Quest IV
Chrono Trigger

Buy if reviews are good:

Space Siege

Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour
Little Big Planet
Golden Axe
Saint Row 2

Tales of Symphonia - Dawn new world

87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 18, 2008, 06:21:54 PM

Quote from: msteelers on July 18, 2008, 05:59:49 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 17, 2008, 07:10:08 AM

Quote from: Jancelot on July 17, 2008, 07:05:57 AM

Bottom line is that it is a great starting point and I hope that it sells well so that we see sequels down the line with some tweaks and a little more depth added in.

A friend of mine who works at Gamestop said that it absolutely bombed in his region. The only version that did even remotely well was the DS iteration. I'm hoping his area is not indicative of sales in general.

I saw on that the game has sold out here in the U.S. I also saw yesterday somewhere that the game has been the best selling 360 game on Amazon since it came out. That probably dropped though after NCAA came out, but it is still good.

I finally found a copy at a Sam Goody store, their last copy too.  I've been spending the last 2 days searching for a copy.  All the Gamestops around here were sold out.

I will be firing it up tonight and all weekend.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360 and PS3) No Love for the Release Version of Civ: Revolution? on: July 17, 2008, 02:14:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 13, 2008, 02:28:07 PM

I don't think I've ever finished a game of Civ in my whole life.  This may be just what the doc ordered, but I have a feeling I'll get it and play it once.

Wow, this thread has just about sold me on getting this game.  Bullwinkle's comment is exactly how I feel about CIV games.  I have yet to buy the console version because of that fact.  I just don't like long civ games anymore because I don't have the time dedicated for 2+hour sessions.  I am about to pull the trigger.  Thanks for the impressions.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shocking News!! Game Reviewers admits not finishing the games for review on: July 15, 2008, 02:18:51 PM
Agreed.  It is not shocking news at all.  But it is still sad and embarressing to the reviewers. 

As a gamer, I'm caring less about reviews anyway.  As time goes on, if you game all the time you become jaded.  It takes more WOW to get your attention.  I hate that feeling.  I always take a break from gaming when that happens.  If I was a reviewer, I would become jaded pretty quickly.  That does nothing to the casual gamer. 

90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3] So, what do you want to hear from Sony and Nintendo tomorrow? on: July 14, 2008, 08:25:09 PM
Nintendo - Animal Crossing Wii and DS 2.  Also, the DS 2 has the functionality to download and play all your purchased VC and wiiware games.

PS3 - I want a good RPG game to play in HD.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] final fantasy tactics a2 impressions on: July 08, 2008, 01:59:50 AM
Ok, I absolutely loved the first FFTA on the GBA and probably played it close to 100 hours.  I was very worried that this sequel wouldn't stand up to the original.  After about 5 hours I can say my expectations have been met, love this game too.  Everything seems improved except for the battles.  Looks to have a ton of quests.  I'm in heaven.  I do need to figure out the clan stuff, including the trials and the trial titles.

Yes, I would like a better adult story but it is not a game breaker.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 25, 2008, 12:54:50 PM
Possibly a new game series?  Or maybe a warcraft vs diablo vs starcraft fighting gaming?  Tongue
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/23) on: June 23, 2008, 02:40:03 PM
Been waiting for this ... Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 01:11:13 PM
Worst part of great games to me is long intro hand-holding tutorials that you can't avoid.  Also, any maze type levels.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How not to act while at work on: June 17, 2008, 08:01:14 PM

Quote from: ArmyOfOne on June 17, 2008, 07:12:21 PM

I was on a conference call last week where my VP asked us if we had heard from any of our people in Iowa.  We have buildings in Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids.  Since I had been working with some of their staff all week I chimed in...

"Oh yeah, I was talking to Jeff earlier, they're managing to stay afloat."

Needless to say my bad pun was not well recieved.

LOL, now that story is fitting with this thread title.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There Hope for Metallica? on: June 10, 2008, 01:00:11 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on June 10, 2008, 07:12:48 AM

i've never heard a full album by this band, and today i saw _Kill 'Em All_ on the shelf at the library, so i am listening to it now... it's kinda enjoyable in that 1983 sorta way. this would have been a year or two before i discovered Dungeons & Dragons..

Nice album to start listening to.  Their recent concert this past weekend included four songs from that album. 

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Ride The Lightning
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. Bleeding Me
06. No Remorse
07. Devil's Dance
08. And Justice For All
09. Fade To Black
10. Master Of Puppets
11. Whiplash
12. Nothing Else Matters
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Enter Sandman
16. Die, Die My Darling
17. Motorbreath
18. Seek and Destroy

I am not expecting another Master of Puppets.  I just want the new CD to feel powerful with clean guitars and drums.  I want the long songs with great riffs and cool solos.  Songs that stand out on their own as epics.  That is what Metallica is about... epic songs with epic riffs.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: June 09, 2008, 06:13:52 PM
Made it last night to floor 30?  It was the first rainbow floor.  I was killed by a giant tainted insect mob, that thing must have massive HPs.  Any tips on killing it?  My character was sealed, so I couldn't use any magic!  Sucks!  How many floors does the rainbow dungeon have?  How close was I to the end?  That run was amazing.  All but 4 of inventory spots were filled with holding Jars [5] that I had filled with items.  I survived 3 monster houses on my way to the rainbow dungeon.   

I'm going to stockpile blastwave scrolls, knockback staves, 99 wood arrows, and sleep scrolls with my plated mastersword +15 and iron shield +10 for my next run.   Those are the most useful items for me.  I also have 15 more fay puzzles to do. 

I still love this game.  I brought 4 different DS games with me on a Costa Rica business trip last week and I ended up only playing this one.  Probably is my favorite DS game now.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: Who's in for Midnight??? on: May 27, 2008, 02:27:07 PM
Pretty good movie for a summer flick.  Very much enjoyed it.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Memorial Day Edition on: May 23, 2008, 03:15:26 PM
I picked up Age Of Conan yesterday and the first two-three hours didn't suck me in at all.  The plan was to play that as my main game this weekend, but not now. 

I probably will spend my time on GTAIV, Mario Kart, and WoW.
100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: May 22, 2008, 10:14:37 PM
My account was hacked in March of this year.  In fact, I caught the person in the act, kind of.  I logged off around 1am in the morning... all of my characters were fine.  Then I woke up around 6am and logged back in (checking mail before I went to work) and low and behold my level 70 was stripped of everything.   eek  I quickly went to my other three high level charcters and all but one was stripped.  My guillies that were on at that time said I was logging in and out around 4am in the morning.  Duh!  They should have thought something was up!  I quickly logged an in-game ticket and changed my password... DAMN IT! by the time I logged the ticket and logged back out my account password was changed!  Thank goodness I got that ticket done ingame.  By 10:30am that day, Blizzard had my account and items back.  The gamemaster even called me.  That was cool.  But man, I just felt completely violated.  That has never happened to me.  I scanned everything on my computer for two weeks and found no keylogger.  I did install a tougher anti-virus and firewall.  I also changed all my other PC account passwords.   

Horrible situation.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: how squeenix made my spring... on: May 21, 2008, 04:41:01 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 21, 2008, 03:46:58 PM

6/24 (a few days late) - final fantasy tactics a2 (ds)
long-awaited sequel to my choice for greatest gameboy title ever...
I'm in for that one.  biggrin

Yep, I thirdly agree.  FFTA was awesome on the GBA.  Can't wait for the DS sequel.
102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 20, 2008, 08:05:13 PM
I would like some impressions too.  I'm still playing WoW, but I might play something different until the Lich expansion comes out.   Does this game go live today?  Is it out at my local gamestop today?
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero IV article in Gameinformer on: May 20, 2008, 05:30:30 PM
I would be in favor of buying GHIV or Rock Band 2... if the controllers were made better.  I just can't bring myself to spend a large amount of money for something that has a good chance of breaking.  I have not bought Rock Band because of that issue.  I does look like fun.  I'm looking forward to buying a game like this once the controllers are good to go.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testament [music] on: May 20, 2008, 02:35:28 PM
Low is pretty good.  I would say Practice What You Preach or New Order are up there too.  Of course the new CD, The Formation of Damnation is just as good, perhaps it might be their best.  IMO

Yeah, Testament has never been my favorite metal band but they are very good and very consistent.  Their music doesn't disappoints.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testament [music] on: May 20, 2008, 02:21:01 PM
80's hard rock and metal bands are coming back in waves this year.  Many are very good... Testament and Whitesnake new releases are top-notch.  If this new Whitesnake's CD (it just came out about a month ago) was released back in the 80's, it would be a million+ seller for sure.  Instead, it won't sell more than 100K today.  Why?  Because there is no marketing or visibility for good music anymore.  My 17 year old daughter loves music and she can't stop listening to the new Whitesnake, loves it.  But if it wasn't for me, she never would have heard it.

Sorry I didn't mean to get off topic.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testament [music] on: May 20, 2008, 12:03:30 PM
Yeah, their new one is darn good.  Definitely sounds like their old stuff and just as good... new order and practice what you preach.  They also are on one of the coolest metal tours in recent memory.  Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Testament.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD Numbers! on: May 16, 2008, 03:22:49 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 16, 2008, 02:33:14 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on May 16, 2008, 02:23:17 PM

Not to mention that there hasn't been a party game for the Wii that has come close to matching the fun of it's launch title. 

Boom Blox and Mario Party 8 say hi.  Ultimately it comes down to what you prefer and you obviously don't prefer Wii games.  I, on the other hand, play mine all the time and have a ton of games for it.  I have no issues with the wheel controller in Mario Kart like some do and actually prefer it to the wiimote and nunchuck controls.  I was playing Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles last night and loving the Wii Zapper for giving me that light gun game experience.  Controlled very smoothly.  The throwing controls for Boom Blox just feel great and it wouldn't be the same with a normal controller.  Something about hurling that ball that makes it great.

Also, I'd love everyone's proof of people just not playing their Wii's anymore.  Everyone says it, but I would think if that were the case, then word of mouth from parents who bought one and had it collect dust woulod get out and sales would dwindle.  As more anecdotal evidence to counter your anecdotal evidence, I know 3 families who are not gamers at all who bought Wiis and play them all the time.

Why are people having such a hard time believing in the success of this console when the numbers command respect?

I agree with Grue.  Sure you can call the wii gimmicky all you want.  But ultimately it comes down to "is it fun".  I've been a gamer for a long time.  The wii is original and I find the motion control to be a refreshing change in gaming.  Boom Blox and Mario Kart are the most recent games that are just a blast to play.  And my kids can play them with me.  Which is another big plus. 
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: May 07, 2008, 01:58:20 PM
It might have been me.  I ran the rescue around midnight last night.  But I am unsure if my DS reconnected to the server to say that I was successful.  Anyway, glad you were recovered.  Looking at the list of people to be rescused last night, you were on the furthest floor.  The long run was tough!  That includes the very first room on the first floor.  I was immediately surrounded by 4 mobs!  Luckly I brought a sleep scroll with me from my warehouse.  Saved me right off the bat. 

The game is just a blast to play.  I think it tops puzzle quest which I spent more than 50 hours with.  And I haven't played much WoW lately since buying this game.  That is saying something because I have been playing WoW since the first day of release back in 2004.  I really hope the developer makes a sequel and keeps it on the DS... possibly put it on the next-gen DS. 
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: May 06, 2008, 08:00:27 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on May 06, 2008, 07:57:33 PM

Argh. Sometimes this game just decides to kill you and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it.

My first step into a hidden Monster House on Floor 21 was right on a Riceball Trap. Only option was to run, but a double-speed robot thingie beat me to a pulp before I transformed back into human form. Dead.

Anyone up for making a rescue run? I put in a WiFi rescue request (name is Godbolt). Rescue number is 0000-0000-5316. I'd appreciate it, as I think I can make it all the way with the gear I've got at the moment.

I won't be on until later tonight.  In case no one has rescued you, I will look you up and give it a go.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is coming to a DS near you! on: May 06, 2008, 03:17:52 PM

Quote from: depward on May 06, 2008, 03:02:56 PM

How about this:

Some wanderer man I met complained about his eyesight.  Hey, I had a herb of sight... but how do I give it to him?  Can I even do this?

Go into your inventory, select the herb of sight, and throw it to him... your character has be turned to the direction of the NPC.  The NPC will take it and use it.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Your Console Tracked the # of Hours You Play, Would You Play Less? on: May 06, 2008, 03:10:03 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 06, 2008, 03:01:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 06, 2008, 02:58:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 06, 2008, 02:54:03 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 06, 2008, 02:30:09 PM

and Ike, your new avatar is just ... wrong.  saywhat

Who is that?

the guy who had his daughter locked in his basement for a couple of decades and forced her to have sex.
You forgot the part where he fathered 7 children by her. SEVEN children by his own flesh & blood daughter. And the story is worse than that overall.
edit: link
Yeah, even worse than that... the kids that were born from his daughter were kept in complete darkness in the basement as well! 

112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Your Console Tracked the # of Hours You Play, Would You Play Less? on: May 06, 2008, 03:07:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 06, 2008, 02:40:14 PM

Quote from: Torfish on May 06, 2008, 02:37:44 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 06, 2008, 01:21:23 PM

Nope.  I only game after the family has gone to bed so it's all guilt free for me. 

Yep, this is what I live by.  I could easily be a game nut, but that rule I made with my wife allows me to be guilt free of how much I play on a game or console.  Guilt free is awesome, but on the bad side of that rule I don't get to master many games and I definitely don't master any MP games like COD4.

I'm very lucky that my wife goes to bed very early- like 9pm or 9:30.  Meanwhile I usually hit the hay at about 1:30am on a work night so that still leaves lots of gaming time every night. 

Lucky!!! My wife goes to bed around 10pm.  But I am so non-functional at work when I game past midnight.  So, my usual quittting time is 11:30ish.  I need to decrease my sleep requirements damn it!  Anyway, I am very happy with that mutual agreement and I wouldn't want to change it.  Because I could easily be addicted to 8+ hours gaming per day.  
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Your Console Tracked the # of Hours You Play, Would You Play Less? on: May 06, 2008, 02:37:44 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 06, 2008, 01:21:23 PM

Nope.  I only game after the family has gone to bed so it's all guilt free for me. 

Yep, this is what I live by.  I could easily be a game nut, but that rule I made with my wife allows me to be guilt free of how much I play on a game or console.  Guilt free is awesome, but on the bad side of that rule I don't get to master many games and I definitely don't master any MP games like COD4.

Oh my, that icon for IkeVandergraaf is so wrong
114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Friend Codes! on: May 03, 2008, 09:00:52 PM
115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial Wii Console Number REQUEST THREAD on: May 03, 2008, 08:59:35 PM
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: April 30, 2008, 12:59:28 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 30, 2008, 12:39:50 PM

Ok, played a bit more and I do have a few complaints.

1. The camera system needs some work. When walking, it is too floaty and doesn't follow the player like it should, 100% of the time. As such, I got REALLY nausious when going after the guy in Vlad the not so terrible, in the construction yard.

Yeah, same nausious thing happened to me.  It did get better as I played the game.  I also agree about the camera system.  I didn't have much problems with the walking camera, it was the driving camera system that seemed to always float too low when driving uphill.  I had to adjust constantly with the right stick.

Minor quirks though.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: April 30, 2008, 12:03:26 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 30, 2008, 12:14:13 AM

Wow, love the game and I seem to be the only PS3 owner that thinks the graphics are great.

I did end up picking up the game for the PS3.  I wasn't expecting much on the graphics because of this thread, but I was very surprised.  The graphics are very nice!  The city looks pretty realisitic compared to past GTA games.  I do agree with some people that the dialog isn't that great, but hey this is about driving and shooting people.  My first little feature that I found and liked was watching TV in the cousin's apartment.  That was cool.
118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial PS3 Network Name REQUEST THREAD on: April 30, 2008, 03:28:01 AM
PS3: Torfish

add me, thanks!
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 29, 2008, 08:44:31 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on April 29, 2008, 08:31:43 PM

Quote from: Torfish on April 29, 2008, 08:25:05 PM

Yeah, I got the last 3 wheels at my gamestop.  The wheel does look gimmicky... but once you play for a few races, it just works.. and adds to the fun factor.  Fun to lay on your couch and steer your car on-line with a bunch of other people.  Love the online play still.  Easy to get into and love the stats Nintendo keeps. 

It might have had something to do with the fact that Best Buy is selling them for $9.99.  I just can't bring myself to pay $14.99 for a $0.75 piece of plastic.  I plan to pick up wheels 3 and 4, but not till I can find them at $9.99 or less.

Gamestop had them for $9.99... that is what I paid.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pixel Junk Monsters: Encore on: April 29, 2008, 08:27:35 PM
I was thinking about downloading this on my PS3.  I've never played this type of game before, I don't think.  Easy to get into?  The games short?  Save at anytime available?
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