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281  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kindle2 For Sale on: July 12, 2010, 02:32:36 AM
this still available?
282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend some console exclusives on the 360? on: May 29, 2010, 03:57:53 PM
snag a cheap copy of Kameo. It was a launch title and really alot of fun.

The Condemned games are rad too
283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "End of Eternity" coming to US as "Resonance of Fate" on: March 21, 2010, 03:04:43 AM

That tone is pretty much throughout the game, although that sequence was way more randy than most. I truly don't get japanese stuff at all


Quote from: Gratch on March 20, 2010, 01:15:02 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 20, 2010, 11:04:56 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVibNKrp8sQ

the scene in english. holy shit that's hilarious.  icon_lol icon_lol @ raisens.

Ah yes, the scene that is almost singlehandedly keeping me from buying this game.  For those of you that are playing, is this the sort of tone throughout the game, or is this scene just a one-off "WTF?" moment?

It's strange, I've played JRPG's and watched anime for years now (I'm fairly used to Japanese quirkiness), so I'm not sure why I've had such a negative reaction to this scene.  For some reason it just bugs the shit out of me and drops my interest level for this game down to nil.
284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resonance of Fate on: March 20, 2010, 09:34:41 PM
Ha! I searched and couldn't find a recent thread...i must be blind or something slywink
285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resonance of Fate on: March 19, 2010, 08:45:43 PM
Anyone else playing this one?

I'm not sure why I put this in my gamefly queue, as I usually loathe JRPG's. That being said, i'm having a pretty swell time. At 8 hours in I'm just now starting to grasp the underlying strategy of combat and feel reasonably comfortable posting some impressions.

I haven't the slightest idea what the story is about. It's set on a machine world built in levels (perhaps in the sky?).  The scenery is all spinning gears and cogs and metal bulkheads, pretty steampunk looking. The game kind of tosses you in without any explanations and you start in your base in the city. Once I walked outside my front door some old guy gave me vague directions to the Arena and so that was my first destination.

The combat is turn based, but sort of realtime within your turn. The combat tutorials were pretty weak and so much of combat (for me) is trial and error, but it gives you enough that you don't get your ass handed to ya right away. Anyone ever see Equilibrium with Christian Bale? That's what the combat reminds me of, these sort of running gun-kata's. Initially you start positioning yourself and firing on your opponents, who can in turn interrupt your turn by moving and attacking you. At the bottom of the screen are these jewels called "Bezels" and those sort of represent your health (each Bezel is worth 1k hp) and your potential for a gun-kata, which is the true nuts and bolts of the fighting. Now, you can choose to run across the map which gives you much better bonuses to firing and while running you cannot be hit by an enemy. In addition if you run across the path of your teammates you will build "resonance" which you can use to have all of your characters run and fire upon an enemy. With 3 resonance you can sort of make a triangle and, if you are positioned properly, have all of your characters run around your opponent firing in turn. That being said, once resonance is built having any character do anything EXCEPT run across your other characters path will cause you to lose your resonance, so positioning is super important. You also want to use your running katas when you are able to soften and take out an opponent, due to a Bezel being used each time you do, replenishing upon the death of an enemy. There are other things such as Smackdowns (jumping and firing upon an enemy form above) and juggling an enemy in the air with bonus shots, but so far those have been more accidental than purposeful when I do score them. Another thing to bring up is that there is a bit of grinding before you tackle bosses. I have had my arse handed to me and succeeded only after grinding for an hour or so. The bosses aren't super hard, but you need to match level with them a bit before you take them up.

This all brings us to the world map, which is made of hexes and must be explored. By defeating enemies you can loot hex pieces to unlock more of the map and sometime find treasures. Some of the hexes are colored and require a hex key of that same color to unlock. Thus far I haven't run into too much trouble exploring, but I can see wanting to use my colored hexes sparingly, as I've only received a couple of colors and shapes thus far.

The graphics are solid and the city is beautiful and reminds me alot of the towns in Baten Kaitos, which was the last JRPG I liked. The sound is good and the voice acting is superb (i'm really enjoying some of the banter I've overheard in combat, although I can see it getting tiresome if they don't change it up some).

There truly is much, much more, but as I said I'm just now starting to "get" what the game is about. Take this all with a grain of salt because I normally dislike this genre, but for some reason this one clicked and I'm having a great time with it, despite not having a clue as to what is going on or what i'm doing half the time.

286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This generation's "Must Play" games. on: March 03, 2010, 11:35:50 PM
Mass Effect

GR2

GTA4 - what a great experience, with the exception of having to answer Brucey's calls
287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spring Beers 2010 on: February 23, 2010, 03:57:12 PM
another month and Ommegeddon should be out, my favorite seasonal beer. It's the kind of brew you love or hate, made with Brettanomyces which imparts a sour tone with a crisp citrus flavor. Keep it in the pantry for a few months and it gets wicked funky.

I've been all about Hoppin' Frog lately, curious to see what they some up with.
288  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Mass Effect 2 (360) FT on: February 06, 2010, 08:21:05 PM
this one is gone!
289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 06, 2010, 02:47:31 PM
Jersoc's post mirrors my own opinions perfectly. I was kinda pissed that they just removed the Mako entirely, as opposed to fixing it. It felt less like I was exploring the galaxy and more like I was a dock worker sorting bins of product or something with the whole scanning bit.

Anyone else get crazy eye from the insanely small text? Granted I'm on an SDTV via composite, but it was still wicked small(much as Dead Rising was). I got a couple of serious headaches after playing for a decent stretch.

All that nothwithstanding, it was a solid experience. Nobody does cinematic games quite like Bioware.

290  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Mass Effect 2 (360) FT on: February 05, 2010, 07:46:43 PM
maybe, lemme check into it and see if it's something I'll dig. I think a buddy of mine played that one.
291  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Mass Effect 2 (360) FT on: February 05, 2010, 05:47:04 PM
Would like to swap for Bayonetta or AC2 for the 360
292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First year of no Christmas on: December 16, 2009, 06:45:03 AM
Are you friendless or something? We spend our holidays with many of our friends, so much so that we have traditions in place and know in advance who is making/bringing what.

Plus, it's not too late to put up a tree. Start a tradition of buying each other an ornament every year maybe, do some stocking stuffers, make an awesome xmas lasagna, buy some weird winter beer, so walk around looking at lights, send out some cards, volunteer at a nursing home.

You post makes me sad

293  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Borderlands Friends List (360/PS3) on: November 28, 2009, 02:52:15 PM
we are just past that point...i'll you a shout next time we get together (usually 10ish est)
294  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Borderlands Friends List (360/PS3) on: November 08, 2009, 08:13:29 AM
WorkingMike on the 360

my buddies and I are almost through playthrough 1, always looking for a 4th
295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 25, 2009, 07:12:52 AM
I think unicorns are kick ass
296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 22, 2009, 12:25:19 AM
I give you Superfuzz

which is only slightly less awesome than Cyborg

and that brings us to this gem, finally available on dvd - Hardware

Mechs anyone?

Prepare to die Earth scum!



297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 24, 2009, 01:07:56 PM
CBC Radio 3 and The Moth are always topping my list
298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 02:53:25 PM
Barbie Girl

My Humps is awesome when Alanis does it
299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 30, 2009, 01:20:02 PM
he turned in the first draft back in May, so I'm guessing it'll be next spring at the earliest
300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I have this backlog of games... on: August 22, 2009, 12:40:23 PM
my buddy and I have been playing quite a bit of SR2 co-op on the 360, so that one would get my vote. I got some achievement for playing alot, maybe 50 hours or so.

anyway, if you want to play that one you can look me up, my gamertag is WorkingMike. My other votes go to Kingdom Hearts and Munch's Oddysee
301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a mystery book recommendation on: August 07, 2009, 06:53:51 PM
I really enjoyed all of Donald Westlake's novels over the years, particularly the Parker novels he wrote under Richard Stark. They start back around 61 or so, but there were a few newer entries as well.

Lawrence Block is good, I dig the Keller books he wrote the last few years.

I just read KOP and ExKOP by Hammond. Technically Sci-Fi, but can hold it's own among the hardboiled crowd.

The Kurtz novels by Dan Simmons were really good.

I give two enthusiastic thumbs up to both the Repairman Jack books and Lansdale's stuff.

Charlie Huston. You may not dig the vampire novels he wrote (which are excellent), but his other novels would fit the bill.
302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Peter Pan got married! on: July 28, 2009, 08:49:24 PM
I see him around town sometimes, at the flea market, the mall, etc...

He's a pretty nice guy, just odd
303  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Thinking of selling some of my collection (PS1,PS2,PS3) (some rare) on: July 21, 2009, 02:33:38 PM
i'm interested in Vagrant Story, sent ya a pm
304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Funniest Thing....ever on: July 20, 2009, 06:46:06 PM
TeaPartay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y4-5Zouvjs&eurl=

Super duper NSFW - http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=13250
305  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 360 games for trade on: June 22, 2009, 06:55:19 PM
I have up for trade:

Lost Odyssey
Infinite Undiscovery(new in shrinkwrap)
Dark Sector
Oblivion Collectors Edition
Pure
C&C Kanes Wrath
Jericho


Looking for:
Saints Row 2
Far Cry 2
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
Left 4 Dead
Halo Wars

Saints Row 2 is topping my list, so i figured I'd try here first before trading em in to Gamestop

306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing older back-log...... Dungeon Siege on: June 14, 2009, 02:41:42 AM
the multiplayer world was much more fun than the single player campaign, at least to me.
307  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: anyone have a copy of Vagrant Story? on: April 24, 2009, 02:08:05 AM
that's a good point. I really regret selling my copy a few years back and i'm certain that other people feel similarly.
308  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / anyone have a copy of Vagrant Story? on: April 23, 2009, 01:39:25 AM
I know it's a shot in the dark. I'd like to rip it to my PSP's memory stick, I really enjoyed this one.
309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Aaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!! on: April 18, 2009, 01:22:57 PM
yeah, I would just say RROD and send it in. I doubt they even test the units they repair.
310  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Dune games on: April 17, 2009, 05:34:28 PM
I have a jewel case copy of Emperor with all the cd's. I'll have to look around for the manual, not sure if I have it. The cd key is on the case.

Anyways, it's yours if you want it, just send me a pm with your addy and i'll mail it out. I'll take an older game in trade if you want, but i'm just as happy to pass it along as well.

311  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Fallout 3 FT on: March 12, 2009, 07:41:09 PM
sorry, for the 360 smile
312  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Fallout 3 FT on: March 12, 2009, 07:40:21 PM
for your Far Cry 2
313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 11:29:41 PM
there is a movie called Vulgar that stuck with me. My wife had nightmares for a few nights just from my description of the film. The guy who played Dante in Clerks is the protagonist.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120467/

I'll 2nd Happiness. I haven't been able to look at Dylan Baker as anything else since I watched that one.

314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What kinds of interests make you a "nerd" or "dork"? Why? on: February 23, 2009, 07:20:33 PM
I think that in order for you to be in the Nerd or Geek category there needs to be a distinct lack of social skills. People who have interesting hobbies that they delve into while maintaining a social life = Fascinating/eclectic souls. People who can ONLY relate to their hobbies and people who share those interests = Nerds/Geeks. I know math nerds, beer nerds, tattoo geeks. It's a matter of obsession.

In my mind there is a distinct line you cross before you become "that guy"
315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Tattoo on: February 23, 2009, 07:11:54 PM
super clean, who did it?
316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 07:10:57 PM
btw, Funny Games is a remake. The original is a little better in my opinion.
317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 07:08:53 PM
do NOT watch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0856288/

Frontiers was pretty rough too http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814685/

There is an older film called Man Bites Dog. If you can find the uncensored version of it, it's worth a watch. More morally disturbing than graphic.

There is a great picture you can get instantly on Netflix called Dead Man's Shoes that lingers with you.
318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books - Song of Fire & Ice, Davinci Code, Questions... on: February 19, 2009, 04:31:40 PM
if you are digging Song of Fire and Ice, then I would also recommend the series The First Law by Joe Abercrombie - i think you would dig it.

You also might want to check out Matthew Reilly, his novels are fun. He is to writing what Frazetta is to painting, where he constantly throws you into the peak moment of action. Pretty implausible, but wicked entertaining.

319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games to play with my non-gamer girlfriend on: February 16, 2009, 06:18:03 PM
my wife is a non-gamer and she LOVES Mario Party

lately she's been all about Outdoor Adventure Challenge (i think thats the name....the one with the DDR pad)
320  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Cigars on: February 10, 2009, 02:48:00 PM
Joe Cigar has the Indian Tabac Super Fuerte on sale today for 30 bucks per 20. With SCHIP going into effect, this is an excellent price on a great cigar.

It's one of Rocky Patel's blends

http://www.joecigar.com/
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