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2641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 13, 2005, 03:03:12 PM
I knew it would be bad but wow.


Usually there are at leat one or two positive reviews
2642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Price gouging ?? on: January 13, 2005, 02:32:16 PM
I wish people would stop confusuing terms.

It isn't "price gouging" since that can only be done for necessary items and while I know WOW is important to some people it is hardly food.  



This is what capitalism is all about really.  Supply and demand.  The supply is limited and the demand is high - therefore anyone in a high school economics class will tell you - price goes up.

That is what allowed us to defeat the USSR, it is why we are the only superpower, etc., etc.


EB is being agood American! by selling that collectors edition for huge profit!  We should be looking at them as an example of the fufillment of the American way of life!
2643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 12, 2005, 05:49:19 PM
After 10 minutes of play at Best Buy all I can say is - it is beautiful, but why can't they get the controls right?

I know Capcom has the people becaue Onimusha 3 had great control so they are not ignorant of how to do it, but they never seem to bring it to the RE series.

I just kept wanting to look around.  I know I am silly but with a game this beautiful I wanted to look around, but of course you really can't.  Well you can sort of but it won't feel like you are looking around.  It feels like you are shuffling your feet then looking around, then shuffling your feet etc.


I also wanted to find a way to run but I couldn't.  Maybe it exisits, if I had a manual I could tell but I just had a few minutes with the game.




I bet if you like the RE series though all other things will fade to the beauty of this new game.
2644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 09:07:55 PM
Quote from: "El Guapo"
Basically the ending sequence of the game IS the ending, rather than having an ending video like KOTOR 1 did.  I would've liked to have had a decent cinematic, but I liked the overall story so much that the ending sequence/lack of a decent video didn't really destroy my enjoyment.  

So I don't think ATB's going to be devastated by the ending like farley2k apparently is.  I've actually had interesting discussions with people about the KOTOR2 story; that really wasn't possible with KOTOR 1's pretty straightforward story.



El Guapo, I would love to hear more about your thoughts on the ending.  If you want post them in this thread so spoilers all stay out of this one.


I will say that it had nothing to do with a lack of video for the ending but the shear number of incomplete stories.
2645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 07:31:05 PM
I will be looking around town for it after work.  I hope it is in.
2646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 02:33:45 PM
Well to be fair neither of them had great endings but I bet you will change your tune after you finish.  

Post back in here after you are done and let us know how you feel.
2647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished KotoR2 - And I want my freaking 30 hours back!!!! on: January 10, 2005, 05:25:08 PM
Quote from: "rabies66"


I am much happier, except Nordom keeps calling me "meatbag"...



LOL :lol:
2648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished KotoR2 - And I want my freaking 30 hours back!!!! on: January 10, 2005, 03:15:07 AM
Need I say "spoilers"?
























What a piece of crap ending.

    1. The Ebon Hawk was dented and very clearly damaged in the cutscenes on Malachor V, but suddenly all the dents were gone and it could save me?  I felt like I was watching a bad Dukes of Hazzard episode where they do a jump, the General Lee is damaged, and then in the next scene the car is fine!

    That may seem like nit picking to some but it totally ruins the supspension of disbelief!

    2. What the heck was the thing with the remote?  It is just living on Malachor V for the rest of time with Go-To?  What was is suposed to do?  Bao-Dur never mentioned anything about his rigging the stuff, so why even have it?

    3. I never actually choose a path!  Keira says I can choose to follow Revan, wait on Malachor V, or become an exile again....I never picked any of those.  I simply asked to see the future....and then suddenly my conversation options were gone and I could only let her die which brought up the stupid move mentioned in point 1.

    4. I
hate games where you work as a team for hours and hours and then have to take on the final boss alone.  Why did I bother leveling up Atton, Bao-Dur, HK-47, T3-M4, etc.?  They served no purpose in the end.

I know this is some crappy RPG tradition, but it is stupid.  Random battles used to be an RPG tradtion as well and people are pretty sick of that.  I am sick of working to get the best armor, skills, weapons, etc. for a ton of people and then have none of it matter!!

5. The stupid wrap-up of Attris on Telos!  She was evil, but not really, but she loved me, but she hated me.....

6. But on that subject....I didn't kill her because I was Ms. Light Side.  So it made no sense when I told the evil, killer, thingy, guy that there was no Jedi on the planet.  There were!  Atris was still on Telos!

7. What was up with finally killing Kreia anyway?  We had this "bond" that I was asking about the whole freaking game.  Where did that go?  I killed her but I lived?  Makes no sense.

8. What was up with Mira?  I didn't have her kill the Wookie, she ran off....but then we never saw here again?  Since the Ebon Hawk left and we never saw her get back on is she trapped on the planet forever?
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I think what bugs me the most was that the game as really quite good until the final planet.  There is just seemed like everything fell apart.  The level was stupid, losing your companions was stupid, the remote was stupid, the bit the Mira, the final conversation which doesn't resolve anything, etc.  

If they would have wrapped up well, or even half way decently I would put it as one of my favorite RPGs ever, but they really blew it at the end.




what do others who have finished thing?
2649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 08, 2005, 11:43:09 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Thats just one review out of the 20 or so there. Let it go, there are always negative reviews for each game.



Don't you get tired of seeing the same threads and the top each day?  Come on!  This is a place to bitch, discuss, argue, praise, etc.  



 :roll:
2650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 08, 2005, 11:41:55 PM
Did you all read the whole review?  

Comments like this

Quote
For anyone simply wondering whether or not this game is good, I ought to affirm that yes, it is good. This is a good 2D Zelda game and Capcom have at least done the series justice with a suitably taut and colourful instalment. (Feel free to check the rating at the bottom of this review for a numerical interpretation of this qualitative concept.) But do we really need another good Zelda game?


idicate, to me anyway, that he is using a stupid yardstick to measure the game.  It is good, but that doesn't matter?  It is good but who needs another good Zelda game?



Perhaps it does lack inovation but that is very subjective.  If that game is good on its own merits then it deserves a good score.  


It felt like, reading the review, he said "I am sick of Zelda games.  Oh another Zelda game to review.....boring...."  I don't think that is a very good way to approach reviewing a game.
2651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 08, 2005, 06:51:09 PM
I have to say this review just stikes me as an idiot with a web site.

It is the worst review of The Minish Cap currently on www.gamerankings.com so I read it to see what the worst parts of the game are....but it doesn't say any bad points.  In fact it says "Still, I can't help but wonder why one of the finest series of games ever created has left me, one of its biggest fans, behind?"  So if it is one of the finest games why does the twit give it a 70%?


The only negative I can see is that it is like the other Zelda games....well what does one expect while playing Zelda?  Perhaps a Wookie, or some evil Jedi (sorry I have been hitting the KoTor2 pretty hard)  


After reading the review again I can't help but think...this guy is just bitter.  He doesn't enjoy games anymore and shouldn't be writing reviews.  



Anyway. It comes out this week so I will be picking it up despite the cynical review.
2652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I play next? on: January 05, 2005, 11:14:32 PM
Paper Mario 2.  Great, great, game.  Well worth your time now.
2653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Quarter To Three forums on: January 05, 2005, 04:23:06 PM
Don't give up!  Check out this thread and you will see that Tom asks everyone to email him to get an account.

I don't know why he doesn't use the automatic stuff, but it is a fun forum and worth emailing him to get an account.
2654  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 05, 2005, 12:44:53 AM
Quote from: "Darkhugh"
Any interest in Return of the King: Extended edition, never opened?


Yeah post now after I just bought it on sale last week!!!
2655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help buying a PDA on: January 04, 2005, 09:20:56 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I have a friend who is in the market for a pda and i have no earthly idea on what they should be looking for or what features they would need or can get.  So let me say what they'll be needing it for and the features they've expressed they'd like and give me some suggestions.  

They're looking to stay in the $300 range if at all possible with the features desired.

They'll primarily be using it for nursing school.  From what i understand you can get one with a recorder built in that they can use to record lectures or use while doing clinicals themselves.  Obviously a good organizer and something fairly intuitive and not overwhleming would be nice as well.  Everyday use for notetaking, calender use, and a recorder.  
What would be some recommendations and is there somewhere online recommended to shop or is a b&m the best advice?



Our nursing department just bought PDAs for all their staff and plan to start using them in teaching in the future.  

They got a bundle of software from a place called Skyscape.  They have a ton of medical type software.  I don't know if your frind will ever want that stuff but it seemed to impress our nursing instructors.

They got Palm Tungsten Es for the PDA
2656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where did Gonegold go? on: January 03, 2005, 04:26:30 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
It's dead Jim. Rich just couldn't handle it anymore and just abandoned it. Everyone took off and split between here and http://www.octopusoverlords.com/phpBB2/.
Both are good sites so check them both out.


I think this is probably all you need to read unless you really want to wade through those other threads warning mentioned.
2657  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 02, 2005, 04:46:16 PM
21 views and no offers?   smile


It is right after Christmas someone must have gotten a little extra money.
2658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guild Wars on: January 02, 2005, 04:44:29 PM
I am thinking about picking it up.  I played the last open beta weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit.  I also love the idea of not paying a monthly fee to play.  I like the idea that if I get interested in something else for a few weeks or months I can pick Guild Wars back up without having to have paid for it while I wasn't using it.
2659  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: January 01, 2005, 02:54:46 AM
I have this for trade or sale.  I honestly can't think of anything I am looking for right now so I am more likely to sell it but I will look at any offers.

I am asking $30

Thanks
2660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for thoughts on an MP3 player on: December 29, 2004, 03:18:23 PM
I got a 512 Meg Iriver over Christmas and I love it.  It just feels very solid something that a lot of flash MP3 players fail to do.

I also love having an FM player.  I like my music but I am an NPR junkie so I need to be able to also catch All Things Considered on the way home.  

I find that 512 Megs is practically more music than I can listen to in a week with how much time I spend with it so that is more than enough.

I originally found the Iriver brand when I was looking at MP3 player recommendations on a running site.  Lots of runners found it to be a soild machine.  I must agree.  It takes a good beating while running and doesn't seem to mind
2661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 01:44:35 AM
Cool!  I bought two just so I would have a spare!  :shock:
2662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 12:39:43 AM
Looking at the "greatest remote" thread got me thinking about buying a really nice universal remote but my TV doesn't have enough inputs for all my stuff so I have to use a switch box to manually switch between stuff.

That works fine and all but it makes it sort of pointless to get a universal remote because I still have to do so much manual work.  I couldn't, for example, hit "play movie" and have it turn on the TV, tuner, DVD, correctly select the right input, and play the movie becuase I would always have to get up to switch from the TiVo to the DVD player manually anyway.  

I can't imagine that this is an uncommon situation.  It seems that with the number of things to plug into a TV anymore (consoles, DVDs, TiVo, etc. ) many people would have this.

So what is the best solution (short of buying a new TV)?  Are there any remote controled switching boxes?  That would make a universal remote useful becuase it could control that.  However I have only seen the manual kind in the console game isles.  

What do you gurus of A/V stuff know that might help a fella?
2663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA - Anything on the horizon? on: December 21, 2004, 03:51:48 PM
I know Nintendo has said the DS isn't a replacement for the GBA but there seems to be a huge lack of games coming out for the system.  This is especially true if you like RPGs.  After Zelda's Minish Cap there is nothing as far as I can see for months!
2664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I've given in: Time to for an XBox on: December 17, 2004, 05:08:57 PM
I hear that EA sports games are the best. smile
2665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woop - San Andreas rolls onto the Box on: December 17, 2004, 03:54:19 PM
Next they will announce it for the PC!  Is nothing sacred?
2666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 17, 2004, 03:51:10 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
You all won’t believe what just happened.  The highest producer in the office requested a meeting with me.  This guy is in the top 4% of all Advisors in the country for my company.  He basically offered me a job, paying a little more than the new offer.  I wouldn’t have to travel at all and the bonus potential would be pretty substantial.  He generates 3 times the business of my current boss and I would be doing analysis for he and 2 other advisors.  It would be a lot more challenging than my current job, but I wouldn’t have to take the CFA right away either.  He makes 7 figures a year so he can afford to compensate extremely well.  I wouldn’t have to travel and my hours would be 8 – 5.  He will pay for other designations, CFP, CFA, or anything else I want.  

Decisions Decisions Decisions.  Any insight?


Not really much of a decision. I don't see many downsides to taking the offer  from what you have listed.  Are there some?
2667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8: Outstanding and Informative Review on: December 17, 2004, 03:18:16 PM
Well that was somewhat disappointing.  The length of time leveling is annoying.  He says that the game takes 60 hours but he also talks about how for one boss he had to wander around leveling up for at least an hour before he could win.  

So how many hours are spent doing the story vs. how many hours spent leveling up because of a skewed exp system?  

Also his comment that battles take 1-2 minutes is annoying.  I don't mind if the battles are deep, but it doesn't sound like they are.  It just sounds like they are slow.  

I will still check it out but I am less excited than I was.
2668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 07:59:34 PM
It comes down to Half Life 2 vs. Far Cry for me.  And it is a tough choice.  

I honestly think that Far Cry looked better (at least in terms of shadows)  but HL2 just pulled me in night after night.


I think I will have to go with Half Life 2.
2669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 07:37:49 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Excellent points Farley, but this is a trend that EA is forcing upon the business.  This is bad for us gamers, and it's bad for anyone that want sot break into sports gaming.

What I hate seeing is you have a great group of developers (I don't even have their game, and know none of them), who were making some great innovatuions and were making good money doing it.  They were EVERY successful.  And they have been forced out...



It probably is bad for gamers as a whole but we don't really worry about that in capitalism.  The theory is that the market will sort out what is best for everyone.

What I hope will happen is that the good developers/programers will make football games without the NFL player names and those better programs will sell really well.  That will show the NFLPA that they should go with the good games to make more money.

Unfortuntatley that probably won't happen becuase, as has been pointed out, consumers are not bright sometimes.
2670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: December 16, 2004, 07:22:50 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Pre-order from the store itself. That's what I do. biggrin
I preorder to get the goodies; sometimes it's worth it.

In this case, JE is already pre-ordered for me. I'm not going to wait for the PC version; frankly I prefer playing on a 51" screen with fully realized Dolby 5.1. <shrug> each to their own, I guess.



If it came with any goodies I would consider pre-ordering.  Other than that, every store will have it for -I am taking a psychic guess here - $49.99. So I don't see any reason to reward any particular store.  

I might if I had a store I liked better than others but I don't.  To me they are all the same.  

Actually I take that back, Best Buy has started asking for my phone number each time I buy something (and I don't think they want a date).  I don't like that.  So I guess all stores are not equal.
2671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 07:18:06 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Well sorry for being rude.

Facts are facts:


See this is a case of talented people losing their jobs, and us discerning gamers losing a better product.  This is anti-competitive tactics and is supposed to be illegal.

So, the more talented/better  programmers lose their jobs, and you think that's fair?  That "that's the American way?"  Well I don't agree.



A couple thoughts.

1. There is nothing illegal about this.  They are not creating a monopoly on football games - they are purchasing the rights to use trademarked names!  Very, very different.  The NFL and the players accociation have the right to decide who gets to use their name.

2. "So, the more talented/better  programmers lose their jobs, and you think that's fair?  That "that's the American way?"  Well I don't agree."  The programmers may have been more talented but obviously the marketing people, finance people, etc. must be smarter at EA.  They got to be huge through good business practices.  

If I have the best janitor in the world - the tops, Mr. Clean himself.  That doesn't mean the company as a whole should never be allowed to go under.

Just because programers are good doesn't mean a company can't fail.  A company is more than just one department.  Yeah it sucks for the talented programers, etc. but that is what being part of a company is all about.
2672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 04:55:20 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Laner your right about that...  it's sad when businesses can rely on the "moron" factor to make sales.



No that is capitalism.  


Consumers have all the freaking power in the system but they totally piss it away by being stupid.  

If next year no one bought any EA games the company wouldn't keep that contract (they would probably be bankrupt) and consumers would "win"

That is the power of the capitalist system.
2673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 16, 2004, 04:51:03 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
One of those games shows up in gamerankings list of the ten lowest-rated PC games of the year.  Three show up in the top ten.  How could this possibly be a good way to determine which is the most god-awful terrible game of the year?  More like "Which well-received game didn't you like?"


Or "Which popular game is it currently cool to hate?"
smile
2674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 16, 2004, 04:24:57 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"


Quote from: "farley2k"
I would also recomend Paper Mario. I am playing it while juggeling MP2, and KoToR2 and it is probably the one that pulls me the most. It is just so much fun, and yet deep.


Already finished Paper Mario. I think it's one of the best games released this year. Fun, and addicting. A tip if you're just starting: Don't neglect the troubles. They're very rewarding.


Thanks!  Where do I get them?  I just beat Hooktail to let you know where I am


Oh and a broader question is this one of those games with enough secrets and stuff you can miss easily at the begining that would make it worthwhiel to go get a walk-through.  

I hate missing really cool stuff at the start of a game which you can't go back for.
2675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: December 16, 2004, 03:36:52 PM
I will buy it the day it comes out but I can't see pre-ordering it.  There will be tons of copies at EB, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart etc.  Considering how often I see threads about how pre-ordered games don't ship on time or they ship at the same time as stores so stores have it the same day I just can't see the value in pre-ordering.

After watching the videos I will say you should buy it the day it comes out but considering the history of most places with screw-ups with pre-orders I would just plan for a long lunch on the day it comes out and go pick it up.
2676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 03:32:18 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
This is tough since I own all the current generation consoles.  The games are just so different sometimes - like Cube games compared to Xbox games...

I think I have put the most time into Shadow Hearts: Covenant but Paper Mario is looking so soon (but I just started)

So I guess at this point in the year is has to be SH:C



Oh and while I am loving KoToR2 the bugs are pissing me off so much that it is dumped as a possiblity.
2677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 03:31:33 PM
This is tough since I own all the current generation consoles.  The games are just so different sometimes - like Cube games compared to Xbox games...

I think I have put the most time into Shadow Hearts: Covenant but Paper Mario is looking so soon (but I just started)

So I guess at this point in the year is has to be SH:C
2678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 15, 2004, 06:52:56 PM
Well you are kinda picky since you want to dump two of the choices (MP2, and KOTOR2).

Personally I would have said MP2.  It is great if you loved the first one and while it does have some backtracking it is the fun kind.  I love being able to go to someplace I remember with a new ability and getting something that was unavailable to me before.  

Also in MP2 some of the backtracking is between light and dark "worlds" which should make it more fun.



I would wait for KoToR2 if you have a PC which will be able to play it.  I am not a very tough grader for games but the slowdowns in KoToR2 really piss me off.  I mean come on!  

I would also recomend Paper Mario.  I am playing it while juggeling MP2, and KoToR2 and it is probably the one that pulls me the most.  It is just so much fun, and yet deep.
2679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 15, 2004, 06:52:37 PM
Well you are kinda picky since you want to dump two of the choices (MP2, and KOTOR2).

Personally I would have said MP2.  It is great if you loved the first one and while it does have some backtracking it is the fun kind.  I love being able to go to someplace I remember with a new ability and getting something that was unavailable to me before.  

Also in MP2 some of the backtracking is between light and dark "worlds" which should make it more fun.



I would wait for KoToR2 if you have a PC which will be able to play it.  I am not a very tough grader for games but the slowdowns in KoToR2 really piss me off.  I mean come on!  

I would also recomend Paper Mario.  I am playing it while juggeling MP2, and KoToR2 and it is probably the one that pulls me the most.  It is just so much fun, and yet deep.
2680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 15, 2004, 06:45:57 PM
This converation is starting to sound like covert talk for puberty.

I didn't get mine a "level" 17!

Oh?  I got mine at 13.  And it is huge....


 :lol:
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