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2721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 18, 2005, 05:49:04 PM
I just don't understand why I must be at work while such a perfect game is at home waiting for me to come back to it.


I just hit Chapter 2 and I am just blown away by how perfect I find this game.  I can see why people might not like it and I see a lot of things I would want to see in JE 2 but for that doesn't change the fact that every moment I am playing is bliss and every moment away is suffering.

I just haven't been this blown away for a long long time.  I just pray that it keeps up until the end.
2722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 09:51:32 PM
I will admint that anger was geting the best of me when I posted.  It doesn't really make the game crap but it is certainly stupid.

I don't even think it is becuase of how difficult it is (although I think it is tough) It is because of how they changed how the game worked.

Up till that point at almost any point with sections like that there were save points before and after so that players didn't have to do those difficult parts over and over.  

They never had a really tough monster fight followed by some platform puzzle without a save.  

I will probably get by it later tonight but I no matter what I feel that the section is very different in tone and design than the rest of the game.
2723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 07:17:50 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
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I also have to say that this kind of crap at the end of the game really makes me wonder if reviewers really finish games. It is a very good game but those sections are worth some points off. And even if you can live with that it doesn't even really show up in reviews as something mentioned.


Maybe reviewers didn't find it as difficult as you did?



have you played the section?

It isn't about difficulty.  It  is about stupid design decissions which don't match the rest of the game at all.  

Such a major shift in the basic game mechanics should be noted even if it is a section the reviewer gets by quickly.
2724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War - why do they piss away a great game?!!! on: April 16, 2005, 06:45:08 PM
What is the matter with developers?  I just got the the spinning tower blades of utter crap and I have to say the last few sections of the game have just been utter crap.

The stupid section with the spikes that come up from the ground and kill you and destroy the box to get get the necklace.  The dumb ass crap in Hades.

Why after such great sections, such fun, fun boss fights to they piss the whole game away with stupid sections?

It just isn't fun and it really has ruined the game experience for me.  

I tried getting up the spinning blade for a long time but after falling 30-40 times when even the smallest pixel of the blades touched me I just said screw it.

I don't even care if I finish the game.  Maybe I will pick it up in a few days but right now I am just so freaking pissed I can't even stand to look at the game.



I also have to say that this kind of crap at the end of the game really makes me wonder if reviewers really finish games.  It is a very good game but those sections are worth some points off.  And even if you can live with that it doesn't even really show up in reviews as something mentioned.
2725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 15, 2005, 02:42:42 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
My one real bitch about the game is the blocking animation. I think the shield thing is a total cop out. They should have carried the animation one step farther and made the character block like a normal martial artist. The shield would be fine when you are blocking and ice dart for instance, but when some one kicks to my head i wanna see my character block high. I would really have liked it if the combat worked out more like what the Matrix online looks like. The glowing shiled thing is is just so artificial.


I agree.  The shield is fine for magical/unnatural attacks but for real life stuff their should be real life blocks.  However after seeing how much movement capture they already did for the moves I have to say I am willing to let it slide.


Oh, and kudos on using capitalization and punctuation.  It is much easier to read your stuff when it is properly punctuated.
2726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OurColony.net Challenge - Sign Up/Discuss - Xbox 360 related on: April 15, 2005, 02:28:22 PM
I am not sure my brain can wrap around this new marketing.  I is just so freaking confusing!
2727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else receive 2 Jade Empires from Overstock.com...? on: April 14, 2005, 11:11:57 PM
And there seems to be no sense to it.  I ordered after ATB (since I found out from his post about the price) but they didn't cancel mine!

Very strange company.
2728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else receive 2 Jade Empires from Overstock.com...? on: April 14, 2005, 01:51:28 PM
Mine is still "In process" which means squat to me.  I want it shipping by now.  

(edited) It is shipping now.  I have the USPS tracking number.  I guess I should be happy since I got it cheap but I just want to have it *now*(edit)

Actually I think I will just cancel it myself.  My Gamestop has copies of the LE in and it is only $4 more and I won't have to wait for shipping.  



Everytime I pre-order I end up regretting it.  Not because of order issues (like them canceling the order) but because I see the game sitting on store shelves while my order is still shipping.  I hate that.


Of course Overstock doesn't allow cancelations!

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Can I cancel an order?

Orders cannot be cancelled once the checkout process has been completed.

    * Due to our commitment to process orders quickly, once the checkout process is completed our warehouse is immediately notified to pick and pack the order for shipment.
    * We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you.
    * If you have already completed the checkout process, and no longer need the item you ordered, please view our Return Policy.



So they have no problem canceling yours but you can't do it yourself!  Now that is just rude.
2729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Design seen? on: April 13, 2005, 09:10:41 PM
"Xbox 360 - Come full circle"  

"Xbox 360 - Really, going nowhere."

"Xbox 360 - One revolution, back to the start"

"Xbox 360 - Back where we started"





I don't know I can't see the great ads for the 360.
2730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge Of The Sith (1337 subtitles) on: April 13, 2005, 06:25:28 PM
LOL
2731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / the nerve of some people. on: April 13, 2005, 06:07:29 PM
Well, I bet you feel lucky you are moved! smile

Seems like a cultural thing, I don't think she meant to be nasty any more than you did.  After all from her side you guys were pretty rude.  You made it very hard for them to sell the house since weekend showings are by far the way most people look at homes.  

I don't think you were wrong - legally but when people start pulling out the technicallities of the law well usually that isn't very helpful.  Basically you refused to compromise and help them out - which you were within your rights to do - but it isn't very nice either.
2732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 13, 2005, 02:26:21 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
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Long gone are the days of the 100 hour RPG.


Err...not quite.

Ever hear of Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion?


No, what's that?  Is that part of a series?
2733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 13, 2005, 01:42:56 PM
Quote from: "Scoop20906"
I think it's pretty funny how spoiled gamers and developers have become. We expect the end all be all game for everyone for almost every title.

I remember when I was LUCKY in the old days to get ONE game a year that was really awesome. ONE A YEAR.  :shock:

Now I expect to get at least 5 to 6 awesome games a year. The funny thing is the developers are putting out great games. Some aren't for me, some are. We are really lucky we get this much quality and attention these days. I know we pay for it but still, we are lucky.



Sort of true, but there was also a day when getting one really great movie a year was lucky.  Once movies became big business/mainstream though that changed.

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar business now so it isn't exactly stretching the envelope to expect several good games a year.  


Don't get me wrong, I agree "We are really lucky we get this much quality and attention these days" but I also don't think that is unreasonable.
2734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 12, 2005, 07:47:28 PM
Quote from: "Booner"
Quote from: "jersoc"
By ebgames called, they'll have it around 6. I cant wait. its going to be a long 4 hours.


Ditto.  smile


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

Sorry...
2735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 11, 2005, 11:50:02 PM
Wow.  They hated it.  After reading the Gamespot review I see no reason they should have given it an 8.4.  If everything they say is true it is; short, simplistic, has bad combat, and has framerate issues.

Sometimes you just wonder how/why they spend so much of the review bashing it and then give it a score which they consider "great"
2736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 07, 2005, 05:27:28 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
I got halo 2 the Friday after it came out so I that puts shipping at 3-4 days depending on when the mailed it.

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



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


I went ahead and ordered from them.  For $10 I can wait a couple days if I must.
2737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 07, 2005, 03:34:26 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Just cancelled my preorder at EB....

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

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



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

Has anyone had any experience with them and how fast they ship?
2738  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / could you 'go' in this toilet? on: April 04, 2005, 07:31:48 PM
Oh yeah!  I would love it!  


Seriously I wouldn't have a problem with it.
2739  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory banner on: March 31, 2005, 03:00:14 AM
I haven't had much trouble here but it makes going to any IGN site impossbile...well scrolling through them.

I wasn't sure it was that ad but it is the only consistent thing.
2740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command coming to GBA on: March 30, 2005, 10:51:08 PM
I am giddy with excitement!  Now I just pray it will not be like D&D - Eye of the Beholder.  I was all pschyed for a real D&D game and got ....well crap.

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


Oh and the important thing from teh article

"Developed by Codo Technologies Ltd, "Rebelstar Tactical Command" is scheduled to ship in August 2005."
2741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 30, 2005, 01:20:01 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "RamPanther"
The manager at my local EB said that Advent Children was NOT coming to America, based in part on the extremely poor revenues of the original Final Fantasy movie in the United States.

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


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


Well unless it is going to be in English everywhere they would have the cost of good actors.  That can be expensive.
2742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Small gripe about GoW's story (Possible Spoilers) on: March 29, 2005, 04:58:48 PM
Thanks for putting the SPOILER in the title.  

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




I love the action but I prefer the chracters in Onimusha (the only other game like this I have really played and enjoyed).  Maybe Kratos will grow on me but mostly I am pretty happy he seems to die in the opening cutscene.
2743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Small gripe about GoW's story (Possible Spoilers) on: March 29, 2005, 02:40:27 PM
Ok, I know they want to portray Kratos as a soulless evil guy but they are just stupid about it.  In the first area with the Hydra Kratos lets the guy with the key die becuase "he didn't come back to save him!"  he was just after the key


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


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


Anyway I am enjoying the action and the pretty graphics but the story (at least so far) is what a 14 year old would make up.
2744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does anyone here even have a DS? I have some ?? PSP too! on: March 28, 2005, 06:19:41 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Just do like I do - wait until there are some games that are really worth the cost of entry for either system.  As you might guess, right now, I don't own either smile


The voice of logic!  How dare you!!  

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

The nice thing about waiting is I have all these other folks who rush out and figure out the problems with the system before I buy it.
2745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 25, 2005, 09:30:18 PM
I went out last night and picked this up.  How could I resist the pull of the forum.  Besides it is going to stay a PS2 exclusive so I didn't have to wait and see if an Xbox version was announced.  


I only got to play a few minutes but so far I am loving it.  Now I just need to get more time to play.
2746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 24, 2005, 09:37:32 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

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

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

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



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


Anyway, I haven't picked it up yet but the forum effect is gripping me hard.
2747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 24, 2005, 09:09:16 PM
Quote from: "Rage"

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

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


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

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


It makes me very happy to see you think the difficulty of GoW is reasonable.   Makes my wallet unhappy but the rest of me it great.
2748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 23, 2005, 10:20:42 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
After an hour of play I just finished the first level and boss fight.

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

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

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


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

Thanks.  :wink:
2749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 23, 2005, 04:31:01 PM
Alright, do we have some real impressions yet?


I admit I am mostly interested in how hard/easy it is.  I loved games like Onimusha but games like DMC made me cry...
2750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XCom Gold. Fileplanet. Free. on: March 21, 2005, 01:34:23 AM
So since registration is free and the game is free...does that mean we can get it from other sites now for free too?

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

Anyway since it is free now shouldn't any site be able to post it?
2751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Possible to clear save game from AW - never mind on: March 21, 2005, 01:30:13 AM
[edit]
A quick google search turned up the answer.

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

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


[/edit]





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

Thanks
2752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Now Hate: Kathode/Ring2/Saw/and more on: March 20, 2005, 04:41:48 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "Koz"
Troy isn't historical. It's based on the Iliad, most of which is fiction (or at least impossible to prove it's non-fiction). I guess it was an epic in scope, but it was still a pretty bad movie (and I even liked Brad Pitt in it).


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



Yeah but you said you liked Van Helsing so you lose 5 cents right there. So you are actually 3 cents in the hole.
2753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially hate Fire Emblem on: March 19, 2005, 11:56:06 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
ROFL. You know what is sad you guys? This game is one of the easiest in the series.

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



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

For me I like it easy.  I know that is what I like so I look for games that meet that criteria and this isn't one of them.
2754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially hate Fire Emblem on: March 19, 2005, 01:24:57 AM
And they really could have kept the difficulty without the fustration.

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

I don't mind losing becuase of lack of strategy on my part, but the cheap criticals which sometimes totally ruin the battle are just maddening.  It is so annoying to play a great game in terms of strategy but lose becuase Eliwood gets killed by a critical!
2755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: George Lucas is a freaking IDIOT on: March 19, 2005, 12:56:13 AM
Quote from: "jessie"
So, I'm midly interested in Episode III.  I want to see the transformation of Anakin into Darth Vader etc....



The problem is that there will not be an explanation.  If ep. 2 is any indication then there won't be any really good scene which shows why Anakin turned.  He will just turn becuase he is a prick.
2756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially hate Fire Emblem on: March 19, 2005, 12:53:21 AM
What the f&%ck is up with this game?  Is it really that hard to save at some reasonable time?  

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

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


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

Really this system just sucks the fun out of the game like the huge Vac-u-suck at the end of Spaceballs.
2757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I really need to quit rebuying games on: March 19, 2005, 12:43:55 AM
I am squarely in the catagory of if you bought it once you should buy it twice!

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

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

Oh well.  I guess that is why it is a hobby.  It isn't about making the best choices but about enjoyment.
2758  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted Car Battler Joe and Racing Gears Advance (GBA) on: March 16, 2005, 01:35:41 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
The B&M stores around me have woeful GBA sections.  One GameStop quite a drive from me does have a nice used section, though.
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I have noticed that too.  I can't figure out why they don't even keep stock of current games.  I get the impression that retailers are giving up on the GBA
2759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanted Car Battler Joe and Racing Gears Advance (GBA) on: March 15, 2005, 07:24:11 PM
I am looking for these somewhat hard to find game for the GBA.  If anyone has them and wants to trade or sell them let me know.

I also posted in the trading forum but I hope this might catch the eye of folks who haven't really thought about selling/trading those games.
2760  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted Car Battler Joe and Racing Gears Advance (GBA) on: March 15, 2005, 07:20:51 PM
Is anyone has these and is willing to trade or sell let me know.  They seem to be impossible to find in the stores.

Thanks
Farley
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