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2681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: April 06, 2010, 08:30:05 PM
I have taken a break from FFXIII and playing this.  Great time so far but I am still in Okinawa. I just played golf (much harder than Hot Shots!)  It is a very fun game. 

2682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 06:25:43 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 06, 2010, 06:13:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 06, 2010, 04:45:43 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 06, 2010, 04:37:30 PM

I have put it down for a few days after hitting chapter 11.  It feels so open that I am perhaps a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it is so empty that I am kind of bored.  It is just about going from fight to fight, to fight, to fight, etc.  I don't feel like the characters are growing of the story.  The fights are fun while I am doing them but afterwards I just feel like I didn't really do anything

 Square has a thing or two to learn from Bioware in that department. 

no. no they do not.

Yes, yes they do.  (this seems kind of pointless...I don't think opinions will really change)

I found the story and characters much more interesting in ME2.  It was fun to follow the politician to try to find the assassin, it was cool to help the Salarian check the Genophage.  There has been nothing like that in FF13. 

2683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 05:46:58 PM
I would have to agree with going for Crystalium (or whatever it is called) points rather than upgrading equipment.  I didn't upgrade squat until Chapter 11 and did fine.  It was upgrading skills, getting more HP, more STR, more MAG which really helps. 
2684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 04:37:30 PM
I have put it down for a few days after hitting chapter 11.  It feels so open that I am perhaps a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it is so empty that I am kind of bored.  It is just about going from fight to fight, to fight, to fight, etc.  I don't feel like the characters are growing of the story.  The fights are fun while I am doing them but afterwards I just feel like I didn't really do anything
2685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 05, 2010, 05:52:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 05, 2010, 04:54:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 05, 2010, 04:05:21 PM

No, I mean if you want to play thew iphone version on an ipad. Can you authorize an app you've purchased for another or different device w/o buying it again?

The DRM works such that an app can be placed on 5 devices  It is tied to your account, not the device.  To be 100% sure, though, I downloaded an app I bought on the iPhone to the iPad and did not have to pay.

Great! 

2686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 03:27:34 PM
I did it.  I wasn't going to but my wife said we could use some of our tax refund for it and well that was really all it took.  I know all the reasons against it.  I know they will have a "refresh" in a few months and maybe a price drop, I know it can't run this or that, I know I am under Apple's thumb but I also know I love my iPhone more than almost any technology I have ever bought (it is tieing with TiVo and my PS2) so I expect that I will love this think.

The first time I can just walk out to the deck and watch a streaming movie from Netflix under the stars it will be worth it.

2687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 05, 2010, 03:21:26 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 05, 2010, 02:56:36 PM

So , can you redownload stuff you've bought for iPhone without paying for it?

Good question.  If I trash my iPhone I can reload any apps I had, but I don't know what would happen if I had two devices.  Perhaps it could only be on one at a time?

Someone try this!
2688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 03, 2010, 12:03:49 AM
What is the sense of the availability of this?  Will it be one of those situations where you have to wait for months for stores to actually have any, where people develop web apps which track stores so people can rush to any store which is supposed to get one or two in stock, or will places have some in a week or so.  I am not crazy enough to think they will still have some Monday or something but I hope it isn't one of those situations where it is months before the demand is met.

2689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 02, 2010, 02:37:39 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 02, 2010, 06:21:01 AM

Ugh, stuck at the (a?) chapter 10 boss.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Cid

I want to beat this boss without any help, been going at it for two hours now. I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with any more tough, annoying bosses so soon after the chapter 9 boss. So far chapter 10 has been my least favorite chapter, the regular encounters can be annoying too. One of them lasted for 7 minutes  puke


Spoiler for Hiden:
He gave me a tough time too.  I eventually won with Lightning, Hope, and Fang.  Whenever he guarded I did synergist and saboteur (Lightning was a healer then I think) then if he did that Ray think I instantly switched to combat clinic.  That was about the only way I could stay healthy enough.  Any other time I had the chance I was hitting him.

Probably the toughest fight so far for me. 
2690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Expendables on: April 01, 2010, 09:16:23 PM
I don't know.  Several scenes made me say Hell Yeah!

2691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 01, 2010, 04:53:37 PM
The person who approved the crafting probably oked the map system for the hunts.  They can mark north but can give an arrow for the right direction to go for the next mark?
2692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 01, 2010, 02:27:54 PM

Quote from: Devil on April 01, 2010, 12:57:17 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on April 01, 2010, 08:21:28 AM

Thought you're not going to be able to watch Netflix instant movies on the iPad? Think again.

That's big.

That puts it squarely into something I would want.  To be able to stream a movie while in the john!  What will technology bring us next?
2693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 30, 2010, 08:41:12 PM
Thanks for the description.  I am very confused by upgrading.  I am still confused, but less so.
2694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 07:04:53 PM
That works out pretty evenly then.  Now they just need to explain how his flashing told him exactly which buttons to push on the soda machine to get it to take him down.
2695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 04:37:42 PM
I am still trying to figure out the time line to see if it makes sense.  How long has Sarah been a spy?  I thought Shaw's wife died fairly recently but I thought she had been a spy for awhile...
2696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 30, 2010, 01:32:02 PM
This week's episode was probably the one I have hated the least of this season.  I guess that isn't saying much but it was certainly better than anything else they have done.  Perhaps because characters actually talked to each other instead of just looking hurt and then getting cut off or something.  Also it was the most we have seen of the supporting cast in a long time.  And Jeff and Lester were just weird - not creepy or sleazy like they have been in a couple episodes this season.   

I still think it is a pretty lame plot/story with Shaw but at least it will be over next week!
2697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Saturday delivery on: March 29, 2010, 09:13:39 PM
Yeah people will start shipping their letters via UPS...oh wait they don't deliver on Saturday....they will use FedEX - what is their minimum charge to come to my house to pick up letter? 

While I don't know if this will help I don't think removing Saturday delivery will cause people to go to somebody else.

2698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 06:10:48 PM
While I never installed another OS it does feel like Sony more often removes features than adds new features.  It just looks bad PR wise. 
2699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: March 26, 2010, 05:49:22 PM
It does seem like experiences vary wildly. I got Final Fantasy XVIII the week it came out.  I have gotten Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bioshock2, and a couple other new releases in the last year as well.  Basically I love 'em.  But it is quite clear they have issues of consistency.
2700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 23, 2010, 02:49:21 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 23, 2010, 01:54:44 PM

Chances are, the switch in emphasis probably drove away as many viewers as it attracted, which maybe accounts for ratings not really getting substantially better or worse. Optimists would probably say there's still more people watching via DVR, Hulu and NBC.com.

They are not substantially worse but the have been falling all season which isn't good. 

Quote
Date    Episode     Household Rating/Share    Live+SD 18-49 Rating    Live+SD Viewers (000)    Live+7 18-49  Rating    Live+7 Viewers (000)
January 10, 2010    Chuck vs. the Pink Slip    4.2/6    3.0    7,703       
January 10, 2010    Chuck vs. the Three Words    4.0/7    2.9    7,197       
January 10, 2010    Combined    4.1/7    2.9    7,450       
January 11, 2010    Chuck vs. the Angel de la Muerte    4.3/7    2.6    7,355       
January 18, 2010    Chuck vs. Operation Awesome    3.8/6    2.5    6,650       
January 25, 2010    Chuck vs. First Class    4.1/6    2.50    6,977    3.04    8,137
February 1, 2010    Chuck vs. the Nacho Sampler    3.9/6    2.44    6,732    2.97    7,818
February 8, 2010    Chuck vs. the Mask    3.9/6    2.23    6,596    2.75    7.790
March 1, 2010    Chuck vs. the Fake Name    4.0/6    2.43    6,701    3.00    7,894
March 8, 2010    Chuck vs. the Beard    3.8/6    2.3    6,367       
March 15, 2010    Chuck vs. the Tic Tac    3.6/6    1.9    5,849       

Link to actual article
2701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 23, 2010, 01:22:18 PM
So what did people think of last night's episode.  I think you can probably guess that I hated it.  It had one funny bit with the towel and other than that it was dark, dark, dark.  Ok that isn't completely true the stuff with Casey was supposed to be funny but I find Jeff and Lester being gross to be the opposite of funny. 

Anyway they certainly are staying on the becoming a spy theme.  I don't understand why Chuck believes that he and Sara will be together if he becomes a real spy since it is likely "real spys" would be assigned to different areas but I guess they want to try to keep that spark going. 

2702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 22, 2010, 06:03:34 PM
No I am thinking more of that section with Lightning and Hope where they kept riding elevators to more levels where they walked around to another elevator and then walked around.

To be fair that was by far the worst section.  Most of the rest of the areas the characters went through only a couple "levels".  L&H went through just a ton.
2703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which is worse? Star Trek made-up science or Doctor Who made-up science? on: March 22, 2010, 05:31:21 PM
Doctor Who is far worse.  Well the new stuff anyway.  The old stuff didn't have him creating things quite so often or using the screwdriver so much. 
2704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 22, 2010, 05:27:16 PM
I like the battle system but I wish there was less of it.  I remember feeling it as first when playing Lighting and Hope's never ending journey in chapter 4.  There were what, 8 levels of nothing.  No bosses, no great treasure, no story.  Just level after level of hallway.  

If they cut out levels where no story happened the game would be a lot shorter.  
2705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bernie Madoff has the piss beaten out of him on: March 19, 2010, 09:24:02 PM

Quote from: rickfc on March 19, 2010, 09:02:29 PM

I couldn't stop grinning when I read this.  There are few more deserving people of a severe ass-whooping than him.

Consumerist

Really?  I can think of a lot of people.  Rapist, murders, drug dealers, pedophiles, wife beaters, that jerk who uses a check in the checkout isle.  I could go on. 

Madoff was a colossal a-hole but he is just one of many in a list who needs a beating.
2706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's "Predators" on: March 19, 2010, 05:01:33 PM
I guess I am interested enough to look at reviews, but not interested enough to rush out before reviews.  The director has at least a better track record than Anderson.

Armored 43% on rotten tomatoes, Vacancy 55% and Kontroll 81%.  

But we will see.  
2707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 17, 2010, 04:49:32 PM
That is something I like about the system - staggering isn't just a time to beat the snot out of enemies but is a time to do other stuff. 

2708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 17, 2010, 03:49:53 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 16, 2010, 11:18:50 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 16, 2010, 09:46:56 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 16, 2010, 09:30:30 PM

In chapter 6 there were a few enemies that the game warned might be too tough and suggested I run past them, I decided to give it a shot and true enough I got my ass kicked. Is this an indication that my characters are weak? Should I be grinding enemies to bring my characters to a level that they can defeat these particular enemies?

it's more of an indication that you're not using the right paradigms and strategy. i never grinded cp really. if you say what they are i can tell ya how i beat em.

Part of my aversion to them was the time it seemed each would take to defeat. I didn't feel like spending 10 minutes on each.

In chapter 7 when it switches back to Light/Hope I had no trouble taking them down. A good strategy is to use Deceptisol (spelling?) in order to get a pre-emptive strike causing them to be staggered right off the bat.

I just got to these guys and generally they are more boring than tough.  It just takes forever to get them staggered.  One thing that does work for me is that as soon as they are staggered I switch to a paradigm which has a saboteur.  Then I poison them.  It never seems to take when they are not staggered but does when they are.  Once the beast is poisoned you just kind of dink around hurting them when you can, healing, etc.  Eventually they die. 

Like others have said though the reward is paltry for all the effort.  It is far faster to just go around them.

2709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 17, 2010, 02:53:07 PM
I am happy people enjoy the show but like Rowdy said it was a show close to cancellation anyway and I don't think this new setup is going to draw in viewers.   

Has anyone heard people talking about the show as something they just started watching and are loving it?  It doesn't feel that way to me but I don't talk to a ton of people about TV.
2710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 16, 2010, 08:39:50 PM
Well now they have removed the grinding you could do to get strong enough to win so that is a change.
2711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 08:19:04 PM
Perhaps I am doing myself a disservice but I have been rewatching season 1.  When you watch last nights episode and then watch Chuck vs. the Undercover Lover where we meet a woman Casey loved who is really a French spy...well it is like two different shows with the same cast and set. 

2712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 16, 2010, 08:10:11 PM
I thought about it more and you're right that optional stuff should be in the main game.  If you just can't get enough fighting supertough mobs you can do the sidequest when you want.  If you don't want to you can continue with the main story.

The only issue would be leveling.  If you did everything extra than the final fights might be too easy.  If you did none of them perhaps the fights would be too tough.  So they would have to balance it more.  By putting them all after the main game the designers know (roughly) exactly what level you will be at for the final fight and can set it up accordingly.
2713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 06:46:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 16, 2010, 06:38:37 PM

That seemed like an end of season episode, what with all the developments in the last few minutes.   icon_confused

Originally they only were renewed for 13 episodes (this is number 10) so perhaps the writers were wrapping things up.  Then they got extended to 19 so I bet they had to do some scrambling! 
2714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: March 16, 2010, 06:37:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2010, 06:06:46 PM

Not to deter anyone from getting the game (I got it myself) but from what I've heard Sega removed a large amount of quests from the game, even beyond just the Hostess and Trivia stuff they announced beforehand.  Incredibly disappointed with them over that. 

Probably true but the question becomes does it detract from the game.  Will I, as an American playing the game with no knowledge of what was in the Japanese release, notice something?  Will the game feel shorted or incomplete?  Or is the only way I know because someone tells me there is stuff missing?

2715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 04:46:32 PM
Thanks for the concern but my cereal was great.  It is Chuck that stinks these days.
2716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 02:39:38 PM
Jesus do they remember they are doing a comedy?  There were what 2 funny bits - smacking the glass wall with his face, and Awesome/Morgan reveal.  That was really it for funny in the whole dark, depressing episode.  And the main focus - Casey's secret life and how he could be turned just with a threat to the woman he loved so much he abandon her - was unbelievable and pointless.  Casey was just "dismissed" from the military.  No discharge papers, no forcing him out of Burbank where he knows Chuck's supposedly secret identity?  And the continued stupidity of Sarah and Chuck's relationship.  So far Sarah acts like a completely different character than she has for 2 seasons.  That is just dumb.  In fact the whole story arcs this season - Chuck becoming a real spy, Sarah falling for Shaw, Casey's secret life, Chuck and Sarah not loving each other anymore - are dumb. 

2717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [SyFy] Red on: March 12, 2010, 09:34:04 PM
Yeah, well..umm nothing to see here.
2718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 12, 2010, 06:35:32 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 12, 2010, 06:20:49 PM

You will find yourself constantly shifting, canceling and forcing before full ATB at a frantic pace. It is quite intense.
I have yet to run into a situation where I felt I needed to micro-manage the AI. The key is setting up all the P-shifts prior to setting out.

Every time my group changes I create and change the order of my P-shifts before I set out.

That really threw me last night.  I had these Paradigms I liked, party switched on me and suddenly I didn't have squat!  That is something they should have mentioned in the tutorials. 
2719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 12, 2010, 03:40:59 PM
I have put in 6 hours or so - I am all the way through the tutorials I think (I hope) and I am still not sure I love it.  I have the same concerns as others have voiced.  The writing has really been cheesy often.  Some of the delivery is pretty bad. 

I also don't really care for the battle system.  I understand wanting to speed up fights for the ADD generation but you lose so much control.  Sure the AI picks the right spell most of the time but I want to pick what my team does.  Paradigm shift is a help but it is still just scripted AI.  Sometimes I want something else done - even if it is not the best choice.  I guess in today's age I am just a throw back but I like controlling everything.
2720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Move on: March 11, 2010, 08:29:27 PM
It feels like this is just something to cover their bases so they can say "we have that too." instead of being something they designed as really important.  That doesn't mean it won't be fun but I don't see it as being a system seller for either Sony or Microsoft.  MS definitely wins on the cooler name though.
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