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2641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III (DS) Impressions on: November 16, 2006, 03:18:41 PM
Does it have a map? 

I was enjoying the FF1&2 collection on the GBA but eventually I got frustrated because I was constantly lost.  This helped I guess because I was getting into lots of random battles so I leveled a lot but eventually it just got too annoying. 

Is it at least somewhat clear where to do in this game?
2642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 14, 2006, 05:10:28 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 13, 2006, 02:28:10 PM

Also, if you want to get a really powerful sword (Demonsbane +59 attack) in that dungeon:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Beat the optional demon wall (the one you ran from at first).  That will open up a secret side passage.  At the bottom of the stairway in that secret passage is a chest that has Demonsbane as a random drop.  However, the chest has only a 70% chance of appearing, and only 50% chance of dropping Demonsbane if it appears, so you  may have to respwan/reload the chest several times.  Took me forty-five minutes to respawn it but it was completely worth it.

That demon wall is hard!  I still can't beat him and I have beaten the "Boss" for the dungeon.  I don't die but he pushes me back to the door before I can hit him enough to kill him.   That and he sends my best fighters to the "void" all the time!  Is there a way to come back from there, or do I have to wait for Superman to throw a bomb into space?

2643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III review on: November 14, 2006, 05:00:47 PM

Quote from: Farscry on November 14, 2006, 03:14:26 PM

This is prepaid through trade-in credit at my local independent shop.  icon_biggrin

Me too!  Well most of it.  It is rather expensive for a DS title so I will have to kick in a bit.  Still for my last trade ins (and $15 extra) I got Elite Beat Agents and FF3.  That is fair (even if EBA is kicking by but right now)

2644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 14, 2006, 02:31:32 PM
"the ultimate winner once everything is said and done?"

What does that mean?  Number of units sold?  Number of A+ titles? Highest profit margin for the company?  Least returns for defective units?  Highest brand loyalty? 

I could go on for a long time listing different things that could define "the ultimate winner" 

I voted for the Wii since it will make the most money per unit for the company, have a low return rate from defects, have high consumer loyalty, and will be rated the most "fun" by polls. 

Really except for units sold and number of games I think the Wii will dominate - but those are two very important numbers to lots of people so I can see why others would pick one of the other consoles
2645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 13, 2006, 02:18:10 PM
- spoilers -

I just got to the Tomb Of Raithwall and it is really annoying.  I never liked sections where you pretty much need to know the trick in order to be prepared for the boss fight.  I don't think it would be possible to beat Belias without something to remove oil.  I had 10 or so hankies when I started the dungeon but used them when I got oiled by other monsters so that by the time I faced him I was out.  Since this hasn't been a common status attack I haven't bothered to have anyone get a license for it (and I haven't bought it yet anyway) so I died.  I don't like that.  Not because I don't like dying but because you need to know the gimick before entering the dungeon or you are screwed.  Now I have to go to buy a bunch of hankies and maybe the spell to remove oil and fight my way through the dungeon again.  That is annoying.  I know it is a common thing to have in these games but I still don't like it. 

I also wasn't too big of a fan of the fact that there is no save point before him.  I know that with the save points fully healing that they have to be spaced farther apart to prevent abuse but it is silly these days to have to fight that long on then face a boss without a save.   My guess is they knew that most people, like me, would have to go buy some hankies, or spells to fact him so they didn't want to trap us at the bottom of the dungeon.    That just says to me that they knew it was a cheap tactic. 

Oh well I will get over it and go back to playing soon. 
2646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 09, 2006, 02:03:40 PM
I am really disappointed with my License board choices so far.  I just kind of blundered around at first and took a lot of stuff I didn't need.  I think now I am faced with restarting (only 10-15 hours in really) or doing some grinding to get more LP to guide my characters better. 

Is everyone else happy with the license choices? or did you look at a guide? or what? 

2647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 08:16:26 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on November 08, 2006, 07:23:03 PM

It makes me wonder why they put something like this in?  Unless you have a strat guide and read it beforehand, there is absolutely no way you're not going to open at least one of those chests along the way...unless your some odd non-opening chest weirdo.

As far as I remember there is something like this in most (if not all) FF games.  I remember a spot in #9 where you could only fight this certain boss if you did X action again and again. 

Stuff like this is for the hardcore player who plays again and again. 
2648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 08, 2006, 04:58:12 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 08, 2006, 03:21:51 PM

The AI works, but it has issues. In my mind, it seems to be based on the fact that you can rest just about anywhere in a matter of seconds. Spellcasters tend to be the main problem here, as they'll cast away (and not on the best of targets either). Tanks though are pretty good about finding a target and beating it down, occasionally using special powers (Knockdown, Power Attack, etc) when they find it useful.

I have to disagree.  When my tank runs past several enemies - getting an AoE from each - to attack someone farther away that isn't working.  That is busted.

When the AI for casters will cast dispel magic on enemies which don't even have any buffs on, that is busted.

When my rogue will just leave a fight to go disarm a trap, that is busted.

The AI doesn't work unless you define work as just doing anything.
2649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 01, 2006, 01:36:52 PM

Quote from: kathode on November 01, 2006, 12:35:24 AM

Seemingly stupid question that is causing me a great deal of agitation at the moment -
Is anyone playing this with a non-standard PS2 controller? 
I have two cheapos I got when my last one died.  One is a MadCatz knockoff but one is a plain old gray Sony controller.  FF12 seems to demand an authentic DualShock 2 or it refuses to load up.  Going to see if I can't borrow Calvin's controller for a second and test this out, but man, WTF?

Update: Yup, it doesn't like anything but the real deal.  What a load.

I am using the Pelican "Predator" and it works fine so far. 

One thing is that I can't move through certain menus with the analog stick which is a bit annoying.  I don't know if that is caused by the controller.
2650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 01, 2006, 01:34:17 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 01, 2006, 12:17:23 AM

That type of thing has always been one of my big problems with JRPGs.  Of the 100's of battles you are typically forced to fight, very few of them seem to require actual strategy and effort to win.  It seems like you can usually just go through the motions and use the same tactic over and over.

Yeah but at least you could try different things for fun.  You could cast blizzard instead of fire, etc. 

With 2 characters on gambits and one guest it is pretty dull.
2651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 11:34:44 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 31, 2006, 09:54:23 PM

I'm not talking morality, I'm talking about what "sucks for me" as the guy behind you in line.

In that case, yes it totally sucks.  It also sucks that there are going to be so few of them. 
2652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 09:44:50 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 31, 2006, 08:43:35 PM

The idea is that if not for eBay, the profiteers wouldn't be in line at all. On the flip side, the profiteers are just proxies for the people who will buy the systems from them. Can I flip it again? Those people who would spend $2,000 for a game console find their time too valuable to line up for a console, so they probably wouldn't be in line if they didn't have the profiteers to do it for them. I think I'm out of sides.

What if I am willing to pay a college kid to wait in line for me?  When the PS2 was going on sale my wife and I stood in line, and she was standing in for a friend....was that immoral?   He didn't pay her to stand in line so was it ok?  Was she robbing someone else of their PS2?  He didn't pay extra for the system...was that ok then?

2653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 07:59:50 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 31, 2006, 06:48:24 PM

I guess the big difference is that in your example there aren't any people buying the Aston Martins for $50,000. Every person who buys one to sell at 110K is taking away the ability to purchase one at $50,000.

 if I am 6th in line and the store only gets 5 units in stock every person in front of me who buys the PS3 strictly to sell for profit has prevented me from buying it for retail price.  Yes I guess I could get it at retail price if I wait long enough.  But that doesn't change the fact that the speculators are driving up the price for those who actually want to buy the console simply to play games on it.   Or worse not allowing those people to buy it at all for a time period.

Instead of there being 800,000 PS3s sold for $600, there may only be 400,000.  The rest being sold for $1000+.  My point is that if you want to make a profit on a PS3 that is your business.  But don't pretend your actions are not affecting other people.


Everyone in the line before you is "preventing" you from buying it at retail price.  It makes no difference if they keep it, sell it, or throw it in the dumpster.  You still can't have it.  I can't see how what they do with it matters.

Why would they only sell 400,000 units for $600?  Retailers won't sell the other 400,000?  I think what you mean is there will be 800,000 sold at $600, and 400,000 resold for $1000.  Again what a consumer does with the console after they buy it is not relevant. 

One true thing you said - "But that doesn't change the fact that the speculators are driving up the price for those who actually want to buy the console simply to play games on it. "  Yup.  So are those people selling Valkyrie Profile for $150, or Suikoden 2, etc.   

Why is the PS3 different than those things?  Or is that wrong too? 

I want a Razr phone but on ebay they are really too that wrong?  Shouldn't all ebay sellers only charge what the phone costs with a new plan?  Aren't they scalping?
2654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Oh boy.....this could get real ugly.... on: October 31, 2006, 06:22:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 31, 2006, 04:23:59 PM

Help me understand why this is different than scalping tickets in your mind, they seem pretty similar to me.

They do indeed.   And I have never understood why scalping was illegal.  I suppose you could argue that since a concert/game/etc. is a one time event that there should be special rules but I never understood why when I legally buy something I can legally sell it.

2655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: October 31, 2006, 05:56:58 PM
I am enjoying it but combat is sometimes just watching them "gambit."

small spoilers

I was getting beaten repeatedly by the fire horse boss until I just set everyone to gambits and let the computer do the fighting.  It could keep track better than I could of who needed healing, when they needed it, etc.  I guess that is great AI but on the other hand it made for a pretty boring boss battle. 

2656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lik-Sang is dead thanks to Sony on: October 24, 2006, 05:16:16 PM
I am pretty disappointed.  They were a reputable, honest dealer. 

I am starting to really dislike Sony.
2657  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Childish Tattletale Bull on: October 19, 2006, 05:10:29 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 19, 2006, 05:04:15 PM

Good lord, I can't believe the lengths to which people will go to ensure superficial standards of "neighborhood beautification".  Maybe it's because I grew up poor and people cared more about working to have food on the table and a functioning heater in the house, and it wasn't considered a problem to not have time to keep everything perfectly upkept.

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon
my dog died and my wife was in the hospital for the week that my lawn was taller than 3" (it never got high enough to warrant a phone call.  4" at worst)

Well, apparently you are under the mistaken impression that family crises are somehow more important than the height of your lawn, you pathetic excuse of a homeowner, you.  [/sarcasm]

Which laws are we allowed to break then? 

Aren't there more important things to worry about in life?  I honestly don't understand the perspective that this stuff really matters.  There's a difference between reasonable expectations of peace and quiet (having ordinances to keep people from blaring loud music while driving down the street in the middle of the night) and "Stepford Wives" degrees of superficial perfection.

Aren't there more importan things to worry about than a reasonable expectation of peace and quiet? 

We all seem to have a line drawn somewhere between what is Stpford Wives and what is alright.  Kobra just has  a different line - and he has found a community to live in which agrees. 

KD seems to disagree with where the line is drawn in his town and I assume he will be working to overturn those ordnances.   
2658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Childish Tattletale Bull on: October 19, 2006, 05:05:56 PM
I'm dead serious when I say this:  This is pure cowardice.

Have some balls and go talk to those people instead of hiding behind the city.  You don't really know those people's situations, and to step all over them without that knowledge is craven at best.[/wuote]

Speaking as someone who has almost gotten his face beaten in I will say that I don't confront neighbors about these kind of things anymore - I turn them in.  How many drunk assholes am I supposed to fight so I am not considered a coward? 

I have gone over to a neighbor and talked to them about their house looking run down - and been resoundingly told to fuck off and die.  I turn them in.

We have laws and I use them.  It isn't cowardice anymore than it is cowardice to expect police to stop speeders.  I expect people to obey the laws of the area they live in.  That is not being a coward as far as I can tell.
2659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Childish Tattletale Bull on: October 19, 2006, 04:58:34 PM

Quote from: Bulletpig on October 19, 2006, 04:51:46 AM

So Kobra, how many squares of toilet paper does the city allow you to use for each dump?

And what about how long your hair is?  Nothing like a long haired hippy to drive that house value down.

My biggest problem though is where does it stop?

Really though I am glad that your happy where you are at and thankful that we live in a country that we get to choose where we want to live.  Speaking of which let me know what city your in so I can add it to my list of places I refuse to live.  icon_wink


It stops when people don't vote for the laws or vote out the lawmakers who created the laws.  This isn't a police state.  People can organize and vote for less restrictive ordances.
2660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully. Who's getting and who's got impressions. on: October 19, 2006, 04:48:46 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 18, 2006, 02:44:41 PM

Parents really need to get involved with their kids these days, and stop blaming the video game makers for problems because ultimately, it's up to them what their kids play in their own home.

Off topic really...

While that sounds great it doesn't mean squat when parents don't go that.  I still have to put up with the little jerks in the mall, driving like crap on the road, etc. 

In the real world kids don't just stay at home all day.  They are out in the world interacting with it and me, and as such I suffer from other people's bad parenting.  So I have a vested interest in if this game should be played by kids because I will have to deal with the consequences. 
2661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game collecting, rare games and their value etc. on: October 18, 2006, 02:52:53 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 18, 2006, 01:15:01 AM

So what are your thoughts? Are games worth collecting? Is it more important to hold onto old stuff or forget that play on into the future. I am truly interested in everyone's own opinion on the matter.

I don't think they are worth collecting.  Right now you can play all the Apple 2 games on line at Someday you will be able to do the same thing with PS2 games, or Xbox games, etc.  So the only thing you will have is the "value" of having the physical media.

I am not a collector so I don't see the value of having the physical media.  It doesn't make me happy to hold it, only to play the actual game so I don't see collecting them.
2662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need every gamer's advice real quick! on: October 18, 2006, 02:45:39 AM

Quote from: Chaz on October 18, 2006, 12:59:17 AM

No!!!!  Valkyrie Profile is going up in value, since they never made that many, they're not reprinting it, and most of those that have it now aren't selling it.  All the other games you'd be getting are only going down in value as they get older.  In two years, you'll be able to get that entire batch for $40, and Valkyrie Profile will be worth more than $150. 

Or in two years those who really want it will have it and the value will be squat. 

Is there any rare game which has not lost its value?  Is Suikoden 1 or 2 still worth hundreds?  There was a period they were.  I can't think of may other games which have gone up really high except Final Fantasy Tactics and once they put out a greatest hit version that went way down.

2663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need every gamer's advice real quick! on: October 18, 2006, 12:54:57 AM
Go for it. VP will eventually loose its value.  Right now it is just crazy how much people will pay so go while the getting is good.

2664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: October 07, 2006, 04:02:44 PM
Wel I am done - or pretty close.  I am playing the first capture mission and the flaws are really showing - showing enough that I might not be able to finish. 

1. only certain members can caputure - of course you have to figure that out by blind luck really, so if you don't have any of those guys recurited you get to add them....of course if you don't have enough money you get to restart!  Yippie!

2. I finally got to the character but the mission is 15 turns long and I got there on turn 13.  Since characters can only do one thing per turn I couldn't capture.  Next turn my character had two "stars" so again I couldn't capture.  Finally on turn 15 I got one attempt, but didn't make the dice roll.   So I get to restart!  Yippie!

3. On my 4th or so attempt I reach her on turn 11 or so and can capture!  Well apparently due to terrain and which character was there I needed a 12 to capture!  Well the odds are 1 in 36 for that!   Gee so guess what happened?  4 turns where I don't get a 12.   Restart!  Yippie.

4. Next play through I get to the same situation and am ready to attack....only to have the game freeze.  Restart!  Aw screw it.  No restart, no replay, put the freaking game up for trade instead....

Oh but if you are thinking of trading me for it, it is a great game....really....ignore what I wrote.  You want this great game.
2665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: October 05, 2006, 08:12:46 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on October 05, 2006, 07:12:53 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 05, 2006, 03:28:25 PM

although it appears I can buy it on-line!

Does this mean you've given up on MK?

No.  I am still working on it, but I can see how I might become annoyed enough to quit.  Right now I am on my first capture mission and I have had to start it a few times because I don't see to know the rules for who can capture!  That is annoying and bad documentation.  However I am still enjoying it. 

2666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: October 05, 2006, 03:28:25 PM
My Best Buy doesn't have Battles of Prince of Persia that I can find.  Or does BB mean another store?

[edit]although it appears I can buy it on-line!


2667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/2) on: October 02, 2006, 08:27:20 PM
I am interested in ST:TA but I want to see reviews first - for the DS version.  It could be a very deep tactical game which could be really cool if they are creative with the controls, but I want to have others test the water first.

2668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: October 02, 2006, 01:08:59 AM
Alright.   I have put in maybe an hour - about 4 battles - so I really can't say too much but I am enjoying it enough to keep playing.

This game really suffers from not haveing good documentation.  The manual is terrible and while there is a good in-game help system it still leaves a lot to be desired.  For example you get two movements/attacks per turn - for all your members.  So if you forget one guy because he is on the bottom of the map nothing will ever be said by the game,  I was moving my main guy all the time and wondering why it was none of the other characters trun until it occured to me to try to force moving them, then it became clear.  But that information wasn't given anywhere by the game. 

I assume there is some advantage to different terrain but I can't find any documentation to that. 

The graphics are nice though and I am figuring out the battle mechanics.  I just don't know why they couldn't produce a decent manual or tutorial.

2669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Robot Taisen (GBA) Impressions on: September 30, 2006, 01:59:51 AM

Quote from: Pharaoh on August 11, 2006, 05:19:54 PM

This game gets frustratingly hard if you don't build your mechs right. Or at least equip them correctly heh.

Other than that I love it, but it is getting rather difficult to track all the pilots and mechs I keep recieiving since their names are so strange and I really get no intro to them.

Yes!!! Exactly.  I hate this weird naming convention makes it about impossible to keep track of which mechs are which and who is in them. 

And the game is getting harder if you don't upgrade, but I am unsure of what is best to upgrade a lot of the time.  Do I save my pilot points for new spirit skills or should I upgrade their stats?  She I put points for mechs into en or hp?

It is a fun game but the lack of information makes it harder then it needs to be.
2670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 29, 2006, 08:11:52 PM

Quote from: Doopri on September 29, 2006, 07:23:08 PM

well i ended up going with super robot taisen and have been loving it hehehe...

so i cant comment about this one - if youre still unsure about it you can make the choice i did and just grab the robots!

Keep up your impressions.  I picked Super Robot Taisen a couple weeks ago and have been having mixed feelings.  I like parts of it but it is very annoying at times.  Many of the scenarios have a hugely powerful enemy show up at the end which I find cheesy. 

I also really don't understand a lot of the mechanics behind what to upgrade, etc.

It is light hearted though and that is good.
2671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who season 2 on: September 29, 2006, 07:18:36 PM

Quote from: Tareeq on August 11, 2006, 05:19:40 PM

I will add for those who thought highly of Christopher Eccleston that getting used to David Tennant will take a while.  I think he's just fine in his own way, but it's a jarring contrast.

I love Tennant's Doctor.  I found Eccleston too gloomy and depressed.  Tennant is so vibrant and excited about things that I found him refreshing.
2672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 29, 2006, 12:54:45 PM
I picked this up last night, but only got to turn it on and read the manual.  I will say that the manual is one of the most useless ones I have seen in awhile.  I get to pick a hero from 5 different people....but no explanation as to what makes them different (maybe they are not.)  I don't have any idea what the stats for troops I can recruit mean, I have no idea pretty much about anything.  Hopefully the in game stuff will actually explain what is going on.

2673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion for the PS3 and PSP on: September 28, 2006, 12:36:51 PM
Wow.  So I was right!?   saywhat

2674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 28, 2006, 12:27:57 PM
No review bad can it suck?
2675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 27, 2006, 05:33:22 PM
Well I was going to take one for the team and buy it without reviews but apparently it is impossible to buy in Easter Iowa.  I have called every store except Best Buy to see if they have it and none do. 

Doesn't exactly make me confident it will be a winner.
2676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: September 27, 2006, 01:51:12 AM
This is tempting me...if only because the last DS game I played was Pheniox Wright.  I play a lot of Fire Emblem (and where is a DS Fire Emblem!!!!) but DS games have been sparse.

2677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Front Mission screens! on: September 27, 2006, 12:05:01 AM
I don't have any idea if it will but the text on the screen is in English so that is cause for optimism
2678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Front Mission screens! on: September 26, 2006, 02:41:03 AM
Games are Fun has the first screens I have seen of Front Mission for the DS.  I love FM so I really hoping this will be great!
2679  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Oblivion CE (360) + strategy guide on: September 09, 2006, 06:58:51 PM
I am finally done with this.  It has been a long time but I think I am sick of this game! 

I looking for Enchanted Arms but I figure no one is done with that so I am mostly going for cash.  I figure the whole thing CE, and guide for $45 with shipping. 

PM me if interested.

2680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea 2 Impressions on: August 31, 2006, 04:11:58 PM
I loved the first one but I just never had enough time to commit to it.  The sequel seems to be even that means it is out for me. 

I really wish they would put out a smaller version of the game (meaning less to do) for those of us who are wimps when it comes to taking on long games.

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