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2681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is the 360 worth buying? on: March 23, 2006, 08:52:28 PM
Well I wanted one bad enough I had Purge buy one in Canada and ship it to me!

Of course I am banking on future releases.  I got it to play Oblivion and I hope that by the time I am done there are more games I want to play.   It sounds like you might be in the same boat - hoping to enjoy a couple games now and have others in the future.

I find it worth it but I am a video game junkie.
2682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Snakes On A Plane = R. HOLY CRAP!!! on: March 23, 2006, 08:47:50 PM
And then people wonder how Uwe Boll and other hacks like McG keep getting money.

They just need to point to this POS and say "audiences are stupid.  They like anything if is sounds stupid enough!  The problem with BloodRayne was it made to much sense!  Americans want dummber!"
2683  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Seeking Shadow Hearts: Covenant on: March 23, 2006, 02:28:50 PM
ATB I am in the same boat.  I have it if you have something good to trade.
2684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 22, 2006, 08:51:42 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"

On a side note, I have to admit that I'm feeling a little underwhelmed with the graphics, especially after seeing all of those beautiful screenshots leading up to the release.  The skyboxes are exceptional, and the foliage looks great up close but the mipmapping, grass/rock/object popup, and fog usage makes me feel like I'm playing FarCry on an old PC.  It's probably still one of the best looking games out there, but I guess I was expecting a more consistent look after seeing all those purdy screenshots....

I feel this way a bit as well.  I guess I figured that with a console they couldn't really tweak shots but it seems like they did.
2685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 22, 2006, 06:18:58 PM

I am a happy panda....and I really wish I could find a picture I liked better.
2686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 04:28:32 PM
I use FAQs.  I very rarely play a game twice so I like to make sure I get the majority of stuff during my one playthrough.

SH:C was one of those games with tons of other stuff to do.
2687  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: March 22, 2006, 04:23:53 PM
Finally got it all seutp!  

Gamertag = Farley2k
2688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 22, 2006, 03:45:38 PM
Well I got it all setup last night and played a bit of Oblivion.  I didn't get a chance to compare DVD playback so I still have my DVD player plugged in but I do like how Oblivion looks!

I get one free month of Live's Gold package so I will have to rent some on-line games and test it out.  

Lets see if I can put my gamer card into this...  and it can't be done.  frown

Oh well.  My gamertag is Farley2k if anyone sees me online.
2689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 09:57:16 PM
Nice, nice video

Well it sounds terrible, and the quality isn't good but it shows some actual gameplay of a no professional.

Oh and it may be NSFW becuase the player curses a lot...and sounds like a twit, but hey it is free gameplay footage
2690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 09:55:56 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
farley, looking forward to getting home? biggrin

Yes!! Of course my wife will want to spend "quality time" since she has been out of town. frown
2691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 09:21:18 PM
Quote from: "Griffinol"
I've never played Daggerfall or Morrowind before.  I recently got into Gothic 2, and loved it.  

Can anyone who's played both types of games before tell me if this is similar?  I understand Oblivion will be open ended, but have a story line in it also.  

What I'm looking for is a similar experience.  Since I haven't been able to pick up Gothic 1 and am eagerly waiting for Gothic 3, I'm hoping Oblivion will be the same type of enjoyment.

If you follow the story line, is it like Gothic?  How much bigger is the game world?  

Any other comparisons would be appreciated as I'm thinking about picking up this game today.


It is as similar as any game out there except Gothic 1.  If you loved Gothic 2 I would say you will enjoy Oblivion.  

I am not sure if it is as tight of a story as Gothic 2.   The Elder Scrolls seems to favor very, very open ended gameplay.

Combat is a bit more simplistic in Oblivion, but it is very similar.  

Oblivion is much, much prettier but that is a given considering Gothic 2 looked average at best.  

Hope that helps
2692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Im getting sucked into the hype on: March 21, 2006, 05:23:31 PM
Quote from: "FlyingElvis"
The Elder Scrolls series isn't anything like KOTOR or Zelda. Those two are a bad comparison.

Better would be something like Gothic or Everquest, albeit without 2000 morons running around.

Perhaps but the original poster mentioned two games they had played.  While it may be more like some 3rd or 4th game it seems better to use the original posters games becuase they know about those games.
2693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: March 21, 2006, 04:57:19 PM
Quote from: "warning"
John Pertwee?  Wow.  I thought I was the only one who saw those episodes.  I liked him as the Doctor but I didn't like that he was trapped on Earth for much of his run.

Apparently word of mouth has it that the current run only gets better as it progresses.  The first two were apparently the weaker episodes.

But if he wasn't trapped on earth we wouldn't have

The Whomobile!

2694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Im getting sucked into the hype on: March 21, 2006, 04:21:27 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"
Never played Morrowind... Love the Zelda series... HATED KOTOR. Will I like Oblivion? It looks amazing, I dont like anything too heavy on RPG stats.. it bores me. Is the pace too slow?

The combat is more like Zelda than KOTOR since it is action rather than turn based but it is first person.  

I agree with the "rent it" suggestion.  I think you will know really quickly if you like the game.
2695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 21, 2006, 04:16:52 PM
Quote from: "Soulchilde"
1. Yes.  Also at the end of this month Verizon is sponsoring a Live! weekend, so you can play with us at the time if you choose

I know!  I am very excited about having it setup by the weekend.  I will be renting GRAW, should I also get COD2?  Which are more people playing?
2696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 21, 2006, 04:15:18 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
2) Horizontal, always. There's a reason as to why your PC CD drives are always horizontal - it puts extra strain on both the CD drive and the CD reader if you go vertical, as now you're fighting gravity.

3) I have the optional download from Microsoft on my laptop (WinXP SP2) that allows me to stream music to my 360. You can't do it with video though? I didn't know that. Then again, I wasn't interested in trying either.

4) So your DVD player is S-Video, and your 360 is under Component. Automatically, just based on that, your 360 will look better (assuming you have a Progressive Scan (480p) capable TV), as you can't output into Progressive without a Component connection.

2 - I wish they would make them flat then.  Both the Cube and the PS2 open from the top so nothing can go on top of them which means I will have to put something on top of the 360.  If it were flat that would be easier!

3 - Do you have a link to that?  I will head to to see if I can find it but a link would be easier. smile  

4 - So it should be somewhat better.  But it is so much better that I will be shocked?  

Thank you all
2697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 21, 2006, 03:17:25 PM
Not three hundred and sixty questions but questions about the Xbox 360

So I finally will be getting one (UPS says it is on the truck for delivery) and I have a few questions about setup and that kind of thing.

1. If I stick with the silver package will I still be able to download demos, and games off live?  I know I won't be able to play on-line but that is fine but I would like to be able to get bejeweled! (after all I only have it for the PocketPC, and PC)  

2. Does vertical or horizontal matter?  I haven't decided yet what would look best but does it make any difference besides looks?

3. I know that I can't currently stream movies from my PC unless I have
Media Center edition or Vista but (for those of you who watch say the xbox scene) will there ever be a program I could run on the PC which would fake out the 360 so I could play video?  If I could just do that I could get rid of the original Xbox altogether since that is really all I do with that.  

4. My DVD player is going through S-video but the 360 will be component will DVDs look better on the 360?  If they would I could get rid of the DVD player.  (in case you can't tell I would like to limit the number of things I have running - right now I have a Cube, a PS2, DVD player, TiVo, and an Xbox.  I would love to limit some of that if the 360 can do any of the functions.)

Thanks, I will post more questions if I think of any.
2698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 02:57:44 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"

Except the only thing that is failing here is going to be you and your trolling.

Seriously, why don't you post this shit over at RPG Codex? You will be among your own kind over there and they will welcome this nonsense with open arms.

Dude, you get two versions of the game, you play for a few hours and this is what you give us?  

How about impressions?  Differences betwen PC and 360 version?  How about a few screen shots?  As I recall from when you got the 360 you are good at posting shots.  Some of your stuff looked great.  

Pleaes impress us with details instead of forum fighting.
2699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 20, 2006, 11:19:52 PM
Lets keep it civil.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

While lots of people may not agree with LE, he isn't attacking any specific poster so lets not start.
2700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will my new DRL run oblivion, or will I need to get 360 ver? on: March 16, 2006, 07:06:40 PM
I wound up canceling my Alienware computer in favor of a Dell XPS machine. Long story -- concerns over AW support and turnaround time, reliability, etc.

I believe that Dell just bought Alienware so soon their service will be the same.  Of course that doesn't always mean improvement...just consistency.
2701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 05:54:45 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"

They got review copies at this German is what they say about the requirements for the PC:

if you want to play Oblivion in 1280x1024 and full details you need 3.8 Ghz minimum (!), 1 GB RAM and a GF 7800 GTX...

I am glad I got a 360!  While I used to enjoy PC upgrading it just isn't worth it for me anymore.
2702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where are you from?? (Time for one of these threads) on: March 16, 2006, 05:20:38 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
I'm in the LANDTHATACTUALLYSELLSXBOX360'SATRETAIL . I export to the US, it would seem. Right Thin_J? Farley_2K? How about some Autistic Angel or Mikagami? Oh yeah... I'm the grandmaster pimp. biggrin

Your in the glorious land that apparently Microsoft likes.  Either that since every game isn't in French and English all other Canadians are boycotting the 360.
2703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where are you from?? (Time for one of these threads) on: March 16, 2006, 04:21:29 PM
Cedar Rapids for me as well!  Wonderful town of wonderful smells.
2704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 16, 2006, 03:35:17 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
It's funny how many people had problems with the final boss.  It wasn't that hard people smile

It wasn't hard compared to an action game like Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry but compared to the rest of Beyone Good and Evil it is hard and very out of place.

You play a whole game where you sneak around, avoid conflict, use the terain and your brain to solve puzzles then suddenly they force a boss fight on players.

If finished it but I thought it was stupid and out of place with the rest of the game.
2705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda uses Rev controller on: March 16, 2006, 02:26:19 PM
When asked about Twilight Princess' progress, Miyamoto said everything coming along well, and that "because Revolution can run GameCube software, when you play Twilight Princess on Revolution you can take advantage of the Revolution controller."

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop the train. We already knew Twilight Princess would be playable on GameCube, but it's mighty odd for Miyamoto to simply announce such a feature on a whim - but apparently he has. Not only that, but Miyamoto made sure to underscore that "almost everything" about Revolution will be revealed at E3 in May.

I read that "take advantage" as it will use the new features of the revolution controller.  I would think that would require special programing.  Unless the revolution controler is just amazing and can translate movement into traditional stick pushes which are what the game expects.
2706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 15, 2006, 07:41:15 PM
Quote from: "docvego"
Quote from: "Fellow"
Quote from: "docvego"
drat! the official forums seem to be down.  Now where am I supposed to find lively mature conversations about the game?!

Might want to watch out for the official forums for a short while. Apparently there's an uber-nerd on a personal crusade to spoil the game for everyone, by using his newly acquired strategy guide. Reason? He's still huffy over the fact that Bethesda delayed the game last year.

the childish nature of some people defies the imagination, thanks for the warning.  I'll just trust Hetz for my news updates.  biggrin

It is Hetz.. smile
2707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: March 15, 2006, 03:59:15 PM
Personally I loved it.  I found the setting wonderful and different, I found combat fun but very easy and I thought the story was...well the story wasn't great but I loved the rest.

I liked just wandering around I found the whole art direction beautiful.
2708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 Intro and Commercial on: March 15, 2006, 02:50:19 PM
What is it about this series that instantly hooks me?  I hated the demo but I was just hooked when I watched these.  

It is like crack or something.
2709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 15, 2006, 01:49:13 PM
So what are the bets on how long until it appears on the warez sites?  I give it till the weekend.
2710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 11:24:23 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Rowdy, hit .

My other Superstore still has 9 premiums in stock.

I picked one up for Farley2k today.

I also picked up a second one; it may be up for grabs (waiting on 2 friends who mentioned interest to say yay or nay).

If anyone is interested in the second premium, email me.

Thank you so much!!!  I have emailed you and we will hammer out the details.

Thanks again.

Now I just have to tell my wife smile
2711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 09:41:03 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
New video is up. It's short, but you want to see this:

You are too kind!  Thanks.
2712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 07:55:04 PM
Quote from: "fyedaddy"

I've tried to go a couple of times but the dood atmosphere there was a bit much for me. Maybe I was just there on off nights.

I was just in Video Games Etc here in Northeast Cedar Rapids over the past weekend and they looked to have a couple of 360 units in stock inside the display case by the register. Are you close enough to CR to stop by? They have a second CR store on the SW side of town as well as their store in Coralville. If you lived closer to Coralville they'd have one shipp to you from another store. For that matter, they have stores in Waterloo, IA or in Illinois that they'd do the same thing. Have you tried Video Games Etc for one?

I only go to Carnnage's Saturday events.  It is fun to bring the PC and play with other actual people - I know that there are real people when I play on-line but somehow actually being in the same room makes it more real.  And since it is a local LAN game the lag is usually a lot less.

I have stopped by Video Game's Etc. many times.  I was even ready to bite the bullet and get on a waiting list however they wouldn't put me on the list if I didn't buy a bundle.  

That is another thing which really pisses me off about the whole situation - stores are using the shortage to force gamers into buying stuff they don't want.  I find that very annoying.  I just want the system!  However since they are so hard to find retailers know they can sell crappy bundles and make more money.  I guess I shouldn't be too annoyed since the store is there to make money and it isn't like the 360 isn't a luxury item but it still does.
2713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 - Officially Delayed Until November in Japan on: March 14, 2006, 07:41:53 PM
Oh well.  I think anyone who didn't see this comming was crazy.
2714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 06:19:27 PM
Quote from: "Farscry_Redux"
Dude... I'm in eastern Iowa!  biggrin  Cedar Rapids, in fact.

I ended up just picking up a Core unit and adding the hard drive separately.  That's all I wanted the Premium for anyway.

Cool!  Have you checked out ?  It is the Cedar Rapids Gaming network.  They have LAN parties about once a month.  Fun stuff.  Great group of people.
2715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 03:07:08 PM
Quote from: "Purge"

You will have an email in a few moments.
2716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 03:05:31 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"

Very, very nice.
2717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 14, 2006, 01:37:59 AM
Quote from: "mikeg"
Tell you what, the next time I see one I will just pick it up, bring it home, put it on the thread at cost and if no response that day, return it the next.

I will be looking for your thread! smile
2718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 13, 2006, 11:13:33 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
We need to know who is in the market for one and the rest of us, when we find one, could buy it knowing there is someone who would take it.  I was in Sam's the other day and ther were a dozen at least sitting there.

Great idea but I would recommend people only buy one at a place they could return it.  If someone were kind enough to do that for me I would be very greatful but what if two people were so kind?  I wouldn't want two, but I would feel obligated to pay the person back.

Having said hat if your Sam's has any more and you are willing I will gladly buy one from you.  I will pay shipping, insurance, etc.   However PM me before you run to the store so I will stop shopping around. smile
2719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 13, 2006, 10:15:38 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
From Cheap Ass Gamer:

The Xbox 360 Premium system, without a bundle, is available at

399.99 and free shipping.


Thanks for the thought!
2720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams this week! on: March 13, 2006, 05:56:41 PM
The game is very good.  It is very different then the previous games which takes some getting used to but if you liked the other ones you will love this one.

The biggest difference is that the gameplay is broken up into "missions".  So you go out, do a mission, come back level up, see your team at the base, talk to them then go on another mission.  That is ok but it really breaks up the gameplay for me.  I don't feel like I am following a long story but instead just little snips.  

The camera is moveable but I find that actually less them usefull.  With the other games they planned out the areas fairly well so you could see what was going on so I didn't care about the fixed camera.  And honestly there are still a lot of areas where the camera cannot move.  I also find that I don't really bother rotating the camera that much.  I am used to the mechanics of the first 3 games so I know how to figure out where the enemy is and can attack something I can't see.  It just doesn't make the game for me.

The english voice acting is decent but nothing spectacular.  It doesn't detract from the game.  

The graphics are very, very good.  I am amazed at how they can keep getting a bit more out of the PS2.  It plays smooth and fast as well.  

One of the things I really like about the series is upgrading your stuff.  This game has more. You can upgrad weapons and armor as well as learn new abilities etc.  It is great!  I love being able to just go back to a previous section and have more monsters to kills so I get more points for ungrading.  It allows me to be a worse player, but spend more time upgrading so I can still kill the big bosses.  I like that flexiblity.  

In this game you get to control 4 companions and while they are mostly brain dead when fighting beside you they are fun to control and varied.  It also adds to the obsession to get everything becuase you can go back a lot to earlier areas and do things with diffferent characters.  In some levels for example you see a stone block you know you can't move but you will get a guy who can move them later so you can come back and see what you missed.  

All in all the game is bigger, better, longer, and offers a lot more of the demon slashing fun of the other games so if you loved them you will love this one as well.
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