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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Monkey Island on: July 07, 2009, 06:14:43 PM
This comes out next week!  July 15th it seems.   I will be buying day one!
2842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP2 in development,as powerful as XBOX1 on: July 07, 2009, 01:00:12 PM
And it will only cost as much as the Xbox did at launch!  Really it is a bargain!
2843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: July 06, 2009, 07:06:52 PM
There will be a copy available at Gamefly soon, because I am done.  It is a pretty fun game but some of the flaws keep me from wanting to pick it up to play.  I think the health thing is dumb, the alchemy is dull, and the dungeon layouts are awful.  It has moments of a lot of fun but eventually I just got a bit bored.
2844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Lucasarts announcement Monday on: July 06, 2009, 06:09:54 PM
This topic has been moved to PC Gaming.
2845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 24, 2009, 03:24:12 PM
I have played about 10 hours now and I have a major love/hate relationship with this game.  In many ways it is just bad design.  Menus are hard to go through, you have to constantly go in and out, the item creation while certainly complex is actually pretty simple and not very exciting.  I have gotten far, far better stuff from random drops.  It is just plain stupid to charge 100g to heal HP and MP.  I just have my caster cast heal until they are out of spells, rest for free to get back MP, then have them cast again, repeat.  So I never pay to heal HP no one would - so why make it cost something?  It is just dumb.  And while the game is hard at first now at level 3 it is a breeze.  I don't know if I simply made a team with really high agility or what but I almost never get hit.  So I just hold down X for battles.  It is kind of dull.

Yet there is something that keeps me playing.  I like the exploration aspect a lot.  I also love the art style.  And there is something fun about collecting crap. 

All in all I don't know why I keep playing but I really can't seem to stop.  It is addictive...but like cheetos or popcorn I feel sort of unsatisfied afterwards. 
2846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect or Bioshock - Father's Day Clearance Buy on: June 19, 2009, 08:31:48 PM
I never could finish Mass Effect.  I hated the combat.  It was bad so I turned down the difficulty but then it just got boring with many fights ending almost before I saw the enemy (teammates were good shots though).  I did finish Bioshock though and thought it was one of the most atmospheric games I have ever played.  It does run out of steam at the end but it is so cool for 95% of the game that I overlooked the cheesy ending.
2847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: June 17, 2009, 08:00:23 PM
I have the recommended spec - a 360!  smile 

I am not in love with the new theme of they seem to be taking.  The web site with the spattered blood, the head sliding down a spear as the transition graphic, etc.  However it is Bioware and they have been a company worth trusting.  I will wait until a few reviews come up but I bet I end up buying it.
2848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 17, 2009, 05:32:49 PM
Apparently you can play the system at the sword icons by saving right before you touch them and seeing what you get.  If you don't like it load the game and try again.  But that doesn't feel like roll playing to me so I haven't done it. 
2849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 17, 2009, 03:03:36 PM
Your just a sadist so you like it. smile

It is not that it is confusing.  It is that it is tedious to the point of not being fun (for me).  I played for hours before I finally got the part needed to make a slingshot.  I would love to make a sword but I have never gotten a worn sword.  In fact after hours of playing the part of the slingshot was the first item I got which would be used to make another item.  I got lots of twine, string, etc. but none of the "base" items.  It is random but it is annoying that I could fill up my item bag and not get anything I could make into something! 

I don't mind item creation but they could have streamlined the system a lot.  You should be able to see recipes and your items at the same time, so you don't have to remember what is needed for X item then go back to your list.  It is not intuitive at all.

2850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 17, 2009, 01:19:24 PM
Yeah alchemy blows.  I have played for several hours and not gotten anything which could be made into something.  I actually had so much stuff my item bag got full!  So I had to sell a bunch of stuff (I know I could put in a locker but come on how many pieces of thread do I really need to horde?)  I finally got a broken sling shot (or whatever it is called) but no other piece (wood chip?) so I had to buy that, then I discovered you had to have a slingshot stone (but only one).  All in all it cost me 100 or so pieces of gold which is cheaper than a new one at the store but it was a terrible system to fight through.  I also find it almost beyond stupid that you have to buy a stone for it, and an arrow for the bow - but only one.  Why not just increase the price of the bow and call it bow&arrow?  If I only have to buy one then it isn't realistic, but at the same time it isn't simple.  That is just dumb.  All in all I think I will just sell everything unless it is obviously rare and not bother to much with alchemy. 
2851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: June 16, 2009, 09:23:25 PM
I would love for this to make a Christmas release here in the US but I am betting next year.
2852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 16, 2009, 03:56:16 PM

Quote from: Eightball on June 16, 2009, 03:44:07 PM

My cleric has a healing spell, farley.

Did he start with one or get it after a level?  I wonder why mine didn't.

Yeah, I am confused about magic.  Over lunch I checked and a premade named Akika is a cleric and she know white and black magic (heal and fire) but none of the other premades know any black magic.  So how does one learn magic?  Why at level two does she have both?

2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 16, 2009, 03:55:30 PM
I long for the day I get a "broken bow" so I can make a bow. 

The alchemy stuff is annoying.  It is harder than it needs to be.  You have to go into the recipe book, look around then go out and into your inventory to see if you have stuff then go back to the recipe book, etc. etc.  I can't remember in CoH if I have a crude iron, hard stones, etc.  so I constantly going back and forth.    The Witcher had a much easier system and more logical.  You went into the recipe book and what you could make was highlighted!
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 16, 2009, 02:06:36 PM
Rachel McAdams is hot!
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 16, 2009, 01:55:11 PM
So I put in a couple more hours last night - all of them re-rolling my team!  Once I realized how important that is I knew I had to do it.  Here are a few tips

1. you can get anywhere between 1 and 40 bonus points when you first "enroll" a new character.  Re-roll.  It makes it a lot better to have a lot of those extra points.

2. if they are going to be a fighter start out as a warrior.  The XP needed for classes is different and the more "cool" classes require more.  For example a warrior only needs 400 XP to go from level 1 to 2, but a samurai needs 600.  So at the begining when you don't have good equipment and you are weaker you should start out with a class which can level faster.

3. Have both a wizard and a devout.  I was in the classic naming mode and took a cleric in my first party and I kept wondering why he couldn't heal.  Turns out devouts are the ones who get the healing spell (the cleric gets appraise which is great but not needed for a dungeon)  Both the wizard and devout can restore MP for free at the Dorm so you can completely heal your party without it costing anything.  Just have the devout cast heal as often as he/she can, then rest, then cast some more! 

4. Make two parties - even if you only take one into the dungeon.  The second party can be the cleric and alchemist.  In my case I have three clerics so that I can always have someone appraising stuff.  When you come back from the dungeon put all your stuff to be appraised into the lockers in the dorm, then switch to your other party, go back in and appraise all of it, sell what you don't want, then go back to your dungeon party.  It is a bit tedious but you don't have to waste a spot in the dungeon party which is important. 

That are the basic tips I can come up with for the very beginning of the game.  Anyone got more?
2856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop wii asshattery on: June 15, 2009, 09:19:39 PM
A brick and mortar store charging more for stuff!  Say it ain't so Joe!
2857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 15, 2009, 01:17:08 PM
I got it from Gamefly and put a couple hours into it.  I like it but I have to ask - why can't hard be fun? My basic scenario goes like this; go to dungeon, get into 4 fights because that is the number of times my wizard can cast fire, run out of dungeon, appraise what I got, sell anything worth over 100G, rest wizard for free to get back MP, head into dungeon and repeat.  This isn't particularly fun, it is just tedious.  Hard yes, but hard because it is tedious.

They could have come up with a risk reward system which would make it hard because it was challenging.  Here is an idea - have treasure based on the number of steps you have taken in the dungeon.  So if you walk 20 steps you get an ok treasure, if you walk 50 you get a good treasure, but make it 100 and you get something great!  So now I have to decide when I am at 82 steps do I go on? My team is beat, a couple characters dead, several with low HP, and the wizard is out of spells but I am so close!  If I can just make it a few more steps I will get something great!  Step count rests when you leave the dungeon so I know I can go out but I would lose all that work!    Suddenly in that type of game there is real tension because I have to weigh each step.  I get closer to great stuff but I also take risk.

CoH really has no tension.  I go until I can't cast any more then leave, rest and go back.  It is just a slow slog.  I love the setting, I love the art, I like the battle system, and I expect I will learn to enjoy alchemy but there isn't any excitement about going into the dungeons. 
2858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 12, 2009, 07:53:25 PM
Then this will just be a rental.

Maybe they planned for part of the difficulty of the game to be getting it! smile
2859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 12, 2009, 06:35:11 PM

Quote from: Farscry on June 12, 2009, 02:07:13 PM

The Lindale Gamestop had one last night. You should check with the Westdale Gamestop, or perhaps one of the Video Games Etc stores might have one in today or Monday.

I can't believe they only got ONE at the Lindale store. That's just utterly ridiculous.

Your a lucky person.  None at Westdale, or any of the VideoGamesEtc. locations.  I can have Walmart ship to straight to the store for me but they don't carry it.

Since more of you have it I will ask again - is the manual needed?  Some of them are really a big help, some are just the same information you can get in game.  I will have it from Gamefly sometime next week but that is without a manual.  Should I bother ordering it?
2860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 12, 2009, 02:00:33 PM

Quote from: Farscry on June 12, 2009, 01:52:02 PM

I lucked out and snagged one. Unfortunately, there was only one, or I would've snagged two and left one unopened for whomever else on GT might want it.

You live in CR don't you?  Where the heck did you find one? 
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 11, 2009, 03:23:47 PM
So how bad am I going to get beaten without the manual?  Gamefly says it is shipping it out to me today so next week I should have it but Gamefly doesn't send manuals.  Is the in game explanation good enough or should I just send it right back to them?
2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Crimson Gem Saga on: June 10, 2009, 09:14:38 PM
Any more impressions?
2863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 10, 2009, 09:13:34 PM
Anyone else find this or get to play it?  Seems like a very niche title which will be hard to find unless you order on line.
2864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 10, 2009, 01:01:31 PM
Your a scholar and a gentleman!  Thanks.
2865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 09, 2009, 09:03:11 PM
It seems from the write up that there is a class which can appraise items for free which would be a big help in the beginning it sounds like
2866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bing, Microsoft's new search engine on: June 09, 2009, 08:25:12 PM
It is a new "decision" engine (at least according to their marketing spin)
2867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: June 09, 2009, 07:55:43 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 08, 2009, 04:34:54 AM

Top of the thread!

I demand this link be fixed!  It was one of my favorite pics so far! 
2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 09, 2009, 07:27:17 PM
I am pretty sure that review is done by the guy who did the 100 hour write up posted earlier so there is just one source saying the game gets easier, and one (rittchard) saying it is too difficult. 

We need a tie breaker but I don't think the game is available locally to me so I would have to order it which I don't really want to do until someone else breakes the tie
2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 09, 2009, 03:11:46 PM
In the 10 hour write up by that same fellow on RPGamer he says

The difficulty is reasonable enough that it can serve as an entry level game to the genre without putting veterans of the Etrian Odyssey series to sleep.

So very different than rittchard's feelings.  I am curious now.  I may have to try it.
2870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 - Official One-Stop Media Thread on: June 03, 2009, 02:58:54 PM
The Front Mission trailer is just odd.  In several parts it looks terrible - like the lasers at the beginning.  In some spots is also appears almost real time.  And the phrase "for world wide" just sounds like bad English!
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 - Official One-Stop Media Thread on: June 02, 2009, 07:44:13 PM

Really sounds like a porn movie name, but I might just be a pervert.
2872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 05:07:55 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 02, 2009, 06:18:12 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 02, 2009, 06:15:09 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 02, 2009, 03:13:15 AM

Holy shit @ the Old Republic's fucking amazing!

Bah... No in-game footage!

I'm...flabbergasted...why the negative response, instead of rejoicing over what's obviosly a labor of love?? There'll be plenty of ingame footage soon, I'm sure, so why not enjoy this instead instead of berating other peoples enjoyment?

For me the negativity is that I have no idea what kind of game it is!  That trailer tells me nothing.  Is it a brawler like God of War?  The huge battle could mean that.  Is it an RPG?  Is it single player?  It is a MMO? Can I be good or bad?  The trailer offers nothing to people except pretty images. 
2873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Monkey Island on: June 01, 2009, 05:41:43 PM
Looks great!  I can't wait.
2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Up - Down? on: June 01, 2009, 04:18:36 PM
Your complaints are totally valid kratz.  They are two very weak parts of the movie.  In all honesty I thought the overall story was bunk. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
if the adventurer is in his 20s when Carl sees the news reel, he would be in what his 80s when Carl finally meets him?  80 year olds hardly ever fight like that!

but I really felt the emotion of the characters and cared about them apart from the story.
2875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Dated on: June 01, 2009, 02:42:39 PM
Console or PC? 

2876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Up - Down? on: June 01, 2009, 01:53:30 PM
This quote hit a note with me so I stole it from Quarter to 3.

Quote from: Gary Whitta;1754015
Oh yeah, the short was great too. Pixar does impossibly cute animals better than anyone.

Which is ironic really because they've actually progressed so far beyond that while all the other animation studios seem mired in pandering to kids. Seeing the Ice Age 3 trailer before Up really brought this fact home. Movies like Over The Hedge, Madagascar, Ice Age, Kung-Fu Panda tend to be very one-note, relying heavily on cutesy animal antics, juvenile humor, slick celebrity voices and ephemeral pop-culture references. Not that there's anything wrong with that ("you know... for kids!"), but Pixar consistently shows that animated features can be all that and then SO MUCH MORE. They are operating on an entirely different level, exploring complex themes within the framework of painstakingly well thought-out narratives... making actual FILMS that just happen to be animated.
2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Up - Down? on: June 01, 2009, 01:25:43 PM
I thought it was great.  It was emotional yet very funny and not overly sentimental. 
2878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: May 27, 2009, 06:55:18 PM
He has never been so happy about a game. 
2879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "Fabulous One" is not so fabulous any longer. At least financially. on: May 26, 2009, 05:37:52 PM
Sorry to hear this but it sounds like you have a great support network so that will help.

I don't know if you keep track of your finances very well but now would be a good time to really figure out exactly how much money is going out and get a budget setup.  It seems depressing when there is no income but it is better to be honest and face the reality rather than pretend things are fine.  If you can't afford "X" anymore you need to cut it out rather than try to pretend you can.  There are probably a lot of things you can cut back on or do without for awhile.

Of course maybe when you really look at it you will find you don't need your income and you can start the life of a house husband!
2880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ten Years Ago Today, Childhood Dreams Died Screaming on: May 20, 2009, 01:33:21 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 20, 2009, 01:07:08 PM

Yoda is introduced as a meddlesome creature and not a great jedi.  When he's first seen you're not supposed to know he's Yoda.

You also never see him fight in the real movies.  So when he talks about "wars not making one great" it carries a different weight.  Once you have seen him bounce around like a kid's rubber ball his wise comments in the Empire Strikes Back don't mean as much. 
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