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2561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 12, 2005, 07:47:28 PM
Quote from: "Booner"
Quote from: "jersoc"
By ebgames called, they'll have it around 6. I cant wait. its going to be a long 4 hours.


Ditto.  smile


So how long until it is available as a torrent?  :lol:

Sorry...
2562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 11, 2005, 11:50:02 PM
Wow.  They hated it.  After reading the Gamespot review I see no reason they should have given it an 8.4.  If everything they say is true it is; short, simplistic, has bad combat, and has framerate issues.

Sometimes you just wonder how/why they spend so much of the review bashing it and then give it a score which they consider "great"
2563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 07, 2005, 05:27:28 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
I got halo 2 the Friday after it came out so I that puts shipping at 3-4 days depending on when the mailed it.

As I'm in no hurry, it could take the full 15 and I wouldn't care.  I think that number is just a pad though...



I am not in a big rush either, but sooner is always better.


I went ahead and ordered from them.  For $10 I can wait a couple days if I must.
2564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 07, 2005, 03:34:26 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Just cancelled my preorder at EB....

...And then preorderd at Overstock for 45 bucks for the LE (yes they're charging an extra $1 and change for the LE, but it's still cheaper than any place else for a prebuy!

This number one on my most anticipated, but I'm planning to finish POP:WW before taking this on...BTW- POP:WW is, despite my initial reaction, quite amazing.



They say that shipping may be 2-15 days which seems a bit long.

Has anyone had any experience with them and how fast they ship?
2565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / could you 'go' in this toilet? on: April 04, 2005, 07:31:48 PM
Oh yeah!  I would love it!  


Seriously I wouldn't have a problem with it.
2566  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory banner on: March 31, 2005, 03:00:14 AM
I haven't had much trouble here but it makes going to any IGN site impossbile...well scrolling through them.

I wasn't sure it was that ad but it is the only consistent thing.
2567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command coming to GBA on: March 30, 2005, 10:51:08 PM
I am giddy with excitement!  Now I just pray it will not be like D&D - Eye of the Beholder.  I was all pschyed for a real D&D game and got ....well crap.

This game has me feeling the same way about a real Xcom type game (probably Xcome lite I know)


Oh and the important thing from teh article

"Developed by Codo Technologies Ltd, "Rebelstar Tactical Command" is scheduled to ship in August 2005."
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 30, 2005, 01:20:01 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "RamPanther"
The manager at my local EB said that Advent Children was NOT coming to America, based in part on the extremely poor revenues of the original Final Fantasy movie in the United States.

I hope he's wrong. (Although you could still import since UMDs are not region locked)


He's wrong. It'll be here.  The poor revenue for the FF movie was a major financial blow to Square but they have nothing to lose releasing it here- they only need to pay for localisation.  It may not get a theatrical release but a UMD/DVD release is a guaranteed money maker.


Well unless it is going to be in English everywhere they would have the cost of good actors.  That can be expensive.
2569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Small gripe about GoW's story (Possible Spoilers) on: March 29, 2005, 04:58:48 PM
Thanks for putting the SPOILER in the title.  

I am glad I am not the only one who noticed that.




I love the action but I prefer the chracters in Onimusha (the only other game like this I have really played and enjoyed).  Maybe Kratos will grow on me but mostly I am pretty happy he seems to die in the opening cutscene.
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Small gripe about GoW's story (Possible Spoilers) on: March 29, 2005, 02:40:27 PM
Ok, I know they want to portray Kratos as a soulless evil guy but they are just stupid about it.  In the first area with the Hydra Kratos lets the guy with the key die becuase "he didn't come back to save him!"  he was just after the key


It is just silly.  They put in the scene with the captain to make Kratos look evil, souless and mean - but the motivation for him being there at all was to get the key so he could be helpful, and kind.  


But why did he want the key?  It was to save people.  So Kratos's actions make no sense.  He heartlessly lets the guy die, so he can try to go save other people?  So he is heartless to half the people and despritely trying to save the other half....for no reason.


Anyway I am enjoying the action and the pretty graphics but the story (at least so far) is what a 14 year old would make up.
2571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does anyone here even have a DS? I have some ?? PSP too! on: March 28, 2005, 06:19:41 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Just do like I do - wait until there are some games that are really worth the cost of entry for either system.  As you might guess, right now, I don't own either smile


The voice of logic!  How dare you!!  

Although I must admit that I why I haven't bought either of them yet.  For me it is going to be the RPGs.  I haven't seen yet which system will really bring out good RPGs.  And I don't mean "action" RPGs like Untold Legends either - I mean real RPGs. smile

The nice thing about waiting is I have all these other folks who rush out and figure out the problems with the system before I buy it.
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 25, 2005, 09:30:18 PM
I went out last night and picked this up.  How could I resist the pull of the forum.  Besides it is going to stay a PS2 exclusive so I didn't have to wait and see if an Xbox version was announced.  


I only got to play a few minutes but so far I am loving it.  Now I just need to get more time to play.
2573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 24, 2005, 09:37:32 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

Farleybarnstormer: I take it you haven't picked up GOW yet? If not, let me throw out a few points. I tend to like these action games in limited quantities. I loved the original DMC and was able to get through it with a little frustration. I thought Ninja Gaiden's camera angles, 2x2 foot rooms with 78 ninjas and absurd difficulty was not fun at all. I liked the cheese and relative ease (and rhymes) of the Onimusha series.

God of War seriously takes everything good out of every action game ever and puts it together. The controls are flawless and intuitive. The combat/combo system IS somewhat basic, but with my blades of chaos now upgraded to level 3, I have like 7-8 fairly simple combo moves to use that require a few simple button presses, and look and sound like an oiled up, naked, recently shaved Elisha Cuthbert. They are hot, sexy, and cool.

Kratos is an awesome protagonist, utterly unforgiving in his brutality and self-absorption. His quest for redemption for "past sins" is that much more ironic by the fact that he continues to treat the random people of Greece as so much cattle. Anyways, I am only...3.5 hours in? So, I dont want to overstate the lasting appeal of the game. But its good. I suggest getting it.



I added some bold for the interesting part.....


Anyway, I haven't picked it up yet but the forum effect is gripping me hard.
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 24, 2005, 09:09:16 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

If DMC3 was made...say..with a semi-reasonable difficulty mode, I would be on it like white on rice in a sexy honey lime burritto. Instead, our Japanese buddies decided to go ninja-crazy on my ass and make it (according to nearly everyone, including those that love the game) so difficult that it amounts to an exercise in frustration.

Now, God of War's regular difficulty level is not that bad, but to me, its not that easy either! Given that, I doubt I could survive DMC3.


I couldn't agree more...well maybe I could but I doubt it.

I have an hour, maybe two to play at night I don't want to spend that repeating the same crap because I (admititedly) suck


It makes me very happy to see you think the difficulty of GoW is reasonable.   Makes my wallet unhappy but the rest of me it great.
2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 23, 2005, 10:20:42 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
After an hour of play I just finished the first level and boss fight.

Epic doesn't even begin to describe how this game feels. The sound, the graphics, the blood, the gore, the guts its like nothing that has ever been done before.

This is the best game I have ever played. It feels like I am discovering video games for the first time, despite the fact that I've been playing them for 25+ years.

If you don't own a PS2 this is the reason to buy one.


I sense you are not sure yet about the game....could you play a few more hours and tell us how you really feel?

Thanks.  :wink:
2576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 23, 2005, 04:31:01 PM
Alright, do we have some real impressions yet?


I admit I am mostly interested in how hard/easy it is.  I loved games like Onimusha but games like DMC made me cry...
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XCom Gold. Fileplanet. Free. on: March 21, 2005, 01:34:23 AM
So since registration is free and the game is free...does that mean we can get it from other sites now for free too?

Basically I think it is insane that every single time I try to download it there is a huge line.  I download from tons of sites and I have never seen queing like Fileplanet.  Personally I think they just make non-payers wait to try to get them to buy the premium service.

Anyway since it is free now shouldn't any site be able to post it?
2578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Possible to clear save game from AW - never mind on: March 21, 2005, 01:30:13 AM
[edit]
A quick google search turned up the answer.

Hold right, select and the left shoulder button while booting.

That should just be intuitive!  Why couldn't they just program the normal way for deleting data?


[/edit]





I just picked this up used with no instructions and I am wondering if there is a way to clear the saved data that already exists.  I am sure the person who had the game before me did a great job but I want my own stats, campaign to continue, etc.

Thanks
2579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Now Hate: Kathode/Ring2/Saw/and more on: March 20, 2005, 04:41:48 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "Koz"
Troy isn't historical. It's based on the Iliad, most of which is fiction (or at least impossible to prove it's non-fiction). I guess it was an epic in scope, but it was still a pretty bad movie (and I even liked Brad Pitt in it).


Oh my god. You actually think I could get through a four year college program (in history, thank you so much), and watch the popcorn movie that was Troy (I still really liked it despite its shallowness) and NOT KNOW that its not based on some sort of incontrovertable historical fact? Good god Koz, give me like...2 cents worth of credit?



Yeah but you said you liked Van Helsing so you lose 5 cents right there. So you are actually 3 cents in the hole.
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially hate Fire Emblem on: March 19, 2005, 11:56:06 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
ROFL. You know what is sad you guys? This game is one of the easiest in the series.

I didn't mind the save system.  I thought it was pretty cool, actually.



Well some people like having their nipples clipped with clothespins....so there isn't much suffering that someone doesn't like.

For me I like it easy.  I know that is what I like so I look for games that meet that criteria and this isn't one of them.
2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially hate Fire Emblem on: March 19, 2005, 01:24:57 AM
And they really could have kept the difficulty without the fustration.

Allow for resurection at a cost, or only allow 2 saves per battle, or something.

I don't mind losing becuase of lack of strategy on my part, but the cheap criticals which sometimes totally ruin the battle are just maddening.  It is so annoying to play a great game in terms of strategy but lose becuase Eliwood gets killed by a critical!
2582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: George Lucas is a freaking IDIOT on: March 19, 2005, 12:56:13 AM
Quote from: "jessie"
So, I'm midly interested in Episode III.  I want to see the transformation of Anakin into Darth Vader etc....



The problem is that there will not be an explanation.  If ep. 2 is any indication then there won't be any really good scene which shows why Anakin turned.  He will just turn becuase he is a prick.
2583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially hate Fire Emblem on: March 19, 2005, 12:53:21 AM
What the f&%ck is up with this game?  Is it really that hard to save at some reasonable time?  

What good is a save system that saves *after* each move?  So if a move goes bad, well obviously you want it saved!  

How about a save after each player round?  Nah, that would be silly.


So after playing the first 15 chapters fine I am now in a stretch where I have to play each map 7 or 8 times to come out all alive.  Now this isn't becuase of particular bad strategy on my part most of the time.  It is most often becuase of a "critical" by the enemy.  So my full health guy, who would normally take 5-10 damage is suddenly dead.  Gee that is fun.  

Really this system just sucks the fun out of the game like the huge Vac-u-suck at the end of Spaceballs.
2584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I really need to quit rebuying games on: March 19, 2005, 12:43:55 AM
I am squarely in the catagory of if you bought it once you should buy it twice!

I don't know.  I get angry and put off by games and then trade them.  Then a few months later I get a hankering to play them again.

In fact I think I have actually bought most of the games I have finished more than once.

Oh well.  I guess that is why it is a hobby.  It isn't about making the best choices but about enjoyment.
2585  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted Car Battler Joe and Racing Gears Advance (GBA) on: March 16, 2005, 01:35:41 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
The B&M stores around me have woeful GBA sections.  One GameStop quite a drive from me does have a nice used section, though.
.

I have noticed that too.  I can't figure out why they don't even keep stock of current games.  I get the impression that retailers are giving up on the GBA
2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanted Car Battler Joe and Racing Gears Advance (GBA) on: March 15, 2005, 07:24:11 PM
I am looking for these somewhat hard to find game for the GBA.  If anyone has them and wants to trade or sell them let me know.

I also posted in the trading forum but I hope this might catch the eye of folks who haven't really thought about selling/trading those games.
2587  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted Car Battler Joe and Racing Gears Advance (GBA) on: March 15, 2005, 07:20:51 PM
Is anyone has these and is willing to trade or sell let me know.  They seem to be impossible to find in the stores.

Thanks
Farley
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Musashi Samurai Legend review. Ouch on: March 15, 2005, 05:24:39 PM
Yeah, that wasn't real positive....ouch.


Oh well it saves money, right!  Try to look on the bright side!
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Demo- Any Good on: March 15, 2005, 02:01:55 PM
There are a couple threads on the Official Forums for Jade Empire if you want to get a lot of opinions.

Personally I found it great...once I got over the idea it was going to be RPG Tekken.  The combat only has a few buttons to hit and I haven't really found any combos so it isn't exactly a real fighting game.

But it isn't suposed to be.  It is an RPG with more interactive combat.  It is about story and character and the path you choose rather than learning combos and combat moves.

That said it is great in my opinion.  It is beautiful, the characters look cool, the moves look neat, and the setting is very interesting.  You don't get to see much dialogue but what there are for voice acting is very good and considering Bioware's reputation I am willing to trust that the story will be good.

All in all the demo set me straight on what to expect from combat, but didn't show enough RPG elements to get me more excited then I was.  So as a demo to hook players I would say it is a "C" but it is great if you are already interested in the game.
2590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Crap Holy Crap Holy Crap Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars on: March 11, 2005, 04:33:04 PM
I hate George Lucas  I hate him because this movie looks incredible - simply amazing, but I have seen Ep1, and Ep2 so I have a feeling in my heart that every fight, and all the action will be incredible but the dialogue and acting will make me want to gouge out my eyes.
2591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Legend of Zelda trailer on: March 11, 2005, 12:52:34 AM
I noticed that the "explosions" when monsters were destoryed was almost the same as Wind Waker.  Is this the same 3d engine just not using cell shading?
2592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Demo for Lego Star Wars out! on: March 10, 2005, 06:56:26 PM
You can find it here - http://www.worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=23935

Don't know of any other mirrors yet.
2593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I loath incredibly tough final bosses on: March 09, 2005, 04:13:45 PM
Quote from: "ATB"

PS. (If anyone chimes in with Beyond Good and Evil they should be kicked in the eyeball!)



It wasn't that BG&E's boss was so tough so much as it was like playing a different game.  For 99% of the game you use your brains to get around combat, then suddenly are forced into a combat situation.  That is what I found annoying.
2594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's time to retire the following bands/artists... on: March 09, 2005, 03:24:39 AM
For bands still making albums I would say Rolling Stones would be high on my list.


Bands that shouldn't be played anymore is a much longer list.

Number one on my list would be Soundgarden  spoonman.  There is an Iowa station which seems to play that song at least once a day - usually after their comercial saying they play the "best new rock"   smile  It may have been an alright song, but it is over 10 years old now!  Let it die!!!
2595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I loath incredibly tough final bosses on: March 09, 2005, 03:20:36 AM
So I am playing Tactics Orge for the second time.  I am at the last fight and I  reminded again how much I loath games with final battles that are 10 times tougher than all the previous battles.

The final boss has twice the number of hit points, he is about impossible to damage, and he can create new minons as often as he wants.

The stupid thing is that I know how to beat him.  Just chip away and heal, chip away and heal, for hours.  Then I win - yippie.

This kind of battle is just stupid.  It is only tough because they make the boss stronger not becuase of strategy or anything.  It is just annoying.  

It also really annoying that the final boss is so much tougher than any other character.  Why not ramp up the difficulty?  Why just throw a hugely powerful boss into the end?



YUCK>>>>



Oh and I have Tactics Orge for trade....it is a great game!


 :lol:
2596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I am getting bit by the Sell the Xbox Bug again, help me on: March 08, 2005, 04:17:19 AM
Who wants to take bets on when Tebunker will start a thread about getting an urge to buy another Xbox? smile


I know it is probably to late but don't do it!   There will be stuff at E3 which you haven't heard about yet.  They always tend to do that so it is pretty much a given.  You will be kicking yourself in the behind once you see a must   have game.
2597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got a new job - want to buy a toy but nothing sounds cool on: March 05, 2005, 10:06:24 PM
well it hard to remember every detail each time I post! smile
2598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got a new job - want to buy a toy but nothing sounds cool on: March 05, 2005, 05:14:11 PM
So I got a new job and to celebrate I wanted to get something new and cool but I can't think of anything!  So I am looking for ideas.  

First I have all the consoles, I have a GBA, I won't buy a DS until there are actually some games for it, the PSP isn't out yet....so working with that....

What should I buy for under $200?


The best idea I have yet it something mostly boring - a new console switch box.  Right now mine will do up to S-video but I saw one at Game Stop which will do componet.  So I could have my Xbox, PS2, and Cube running through the one componet that my TV has (currently only the Xbox goes through it, the rest are S-video).  

Then I could also buy a better DVD player with componet out.  Would that make any difference?

That is the best thing I can think of and that is mostly boring!!!

Any other ideas?
2599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FANBOY ALERT NICE COLLECTION! on: March 03, 2005, 09:34:22 PM
You can also see an Xbox remote in the lower right corner!   I saw the big N should come smack this faker around!
2600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'd hold off on buying any new portable machine anytime soon on: March 01, 2005, 08:12:01 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"

The 3 'big consoles' are all pretty much equivalent - they are all in the same generation.

With handhelds they are not. They current portable market spans 3 generations of 'big systems':

GBA = equivalent to the SNES
Nintendo DS = equivalent to the N64
PSP = equivalent to a PS2
Nintendo's theoretical new handheld = equivalent to a Gamecube.

I would think you could get away with doing some cross platform dev on the PSP and Nintendo's new pipe dream. But throwing the DS and GBA into the mix just won't work.




Maybe it wouldn't work.  I am not a coder so I have no idea about the technical hurdles.

I will say though that I would be willing to bet that is if it is profitable to put out games on all those platforms companies will do it.  Their goal is profit so if it can be done they will.
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