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3161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 21, 2008, 12:24:30 AM

Quote from: Xmann on February 19, 2008, 02:44:30 PM

sigh....i've already reached a point where i quit every single rpg i try.......boss battles.   i really really like this game alot, but i'm already at a point where i'm frustrated to the point of quitting.

spoilers below!!!!!

Spoiler for Hiden:

i'm at the first boss and he just whips my butt.   i can beat him once, but not even close the 2nd time.   i equip the yellow band and i use my anti-paralyze items, but they hammer my health so low all i can do is use turns on healing and never use damage spells.   i have no clue as to how and beat him the second time.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1. I went back to the main town and bought a bunch of aqua bombs.  That way all three characters can do 200-250 damage to him each round.
2. You only need to kill 2-3 of the little guys.  They just re-appear anyway.  You want to kill a few so the boss doesn't absorb to much magic too quickly. 
3. If you have a power drink giving in to Kaim will make him strong enough to kill the little guys with one blow.  So a round can be him killing, Seth using a bomb, and Jansen casting.  Once a couple are dead switch to Kaim using bombs.  That way you are doing roughly 600 points damage per round.  The monster has 1800 (roughly) in each round so that is only 3-4 hits! 
4. Remember Kaim and Seth learn skills when they wear an item so you can have both of them learn anti-paralysis before the fight, then have Jansen wear the yellow band - thus all three are immune to paralysis!

Hope that helps.  It is a lot tougher than most RPGs anymore. 
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 21, 2008, 12:17:28 AM

Quote from: mikeg on February 20, 2008, 11:20:09 PM

Okay, as a person who has only played one rpg in my life-Mass Effect, answer me something.  I understand that FF games are big for what they call 'grinding' or building up your character with mindless side quests that have absolutely nothing to do with the main story.  Does this game have alot of that, dare I say it, crap?  And if so, can you get through the game and skip all that? 

I might like it if I don't have to roam around endlessly with little to no direction and don't have to do unrelated side quests.  I might even be able to endure the turn-based combat for a great story and interesting characters.  That stuff, more than anything, is what I am looking for in most games.

It does have mild grinding.  You will notice a point before each boss fight where your characters just get squat for XP at that point you should be able to take on the boss.  Keep in mind this game is harder than most RPGs in recent memory so you often have to find a specific strategy to beat the boss.  So if you run quickly through an area you might not be a high enough level to take on a boss but generally you don't have to do much grinding. 

I do find it odd that someone who played Mass Effect would be concerned about side quests which have nothing to do with the main story!  smile

3163  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / * lowered price* FS: Mass Effect (360) on: February 16, 2008, 02:53:01 AM
I am done with it so if anyone is interested PM me.  I am looking for $35 shipped but offers are welcome.


3164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden II - annoying. on: February 05, 2008, 02:23:33 PM
I finally got around to ripping my copy and putting it on my PSP (BTW easy and plays great!) and I am reminded of why I shelved the game years ago.  I hate the find all 108 characters to get the good ending crap.  I just checked a FAQ and I have already missed one so I believe I can't get the good ending anymore.   I know back then the "good ending" was supposed to be hard, the kind of thing you only got on multiple plays through the game but it still pisses me off.  Considering how much gaming time I have I am going to just play it my way and watch the good ending on Youtube. 

There are some gaming conventions that I do not miss!
3165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WALL*E superbowl commercial..funny on: February 05, 2008, 03:52:42 AM
Pixar has never disappointed and I expect Wall*E to be wonderful!
3166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] WAR...Jet Li vs Jason Statham on: February 04, 2008, 02:07:04 PM
The saddest thing is they are doing "Crank 2"  How can you have a continuation when he fell out of a freaking plane and smashed into the ground?  Apparently the movie picks up right after that and has him have some other condition which forces him to do really stupid stunts.

Why does hollywood hate action stars?  Really is there a good action start whose career hasn't devolved into crap?  Even the great ones like Jackie Chan seem to put out movies like "The Medallion", "The Tuxedo", or "Around the World in 80 Days"   

3167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice on: January 29, 2008, 02:02:01 AM
You can convert your fat PSP battery to a pandora battery and make your memory stick into a magic stick - and both can be converted back*  (*not all batteries will to that so you should check what model the used one you are looking at has and check that model on the web.)

I have modded two different batteries and changed them back as well.  It actually it easier than it seems. 

Personally I ended up selling the fat one I had and buying a slim because the slim just felt better but that is a personal preference. 

After modding they are the same.  Last night I ripped my Psone copy of Suikoden 2, put it on my slim and it works great.  I have also ripped all my PSP games so that I don't have to have all the UMDs with me.

Great little machine!
3168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does Mass Effect get better? on: January 24, 2008, 09:53:02 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 24, 2008, 07:16:41 PM

Many gamers are getting a bit older and have more time pressures. Waiting on elevators just feels like wasted time, conversations that go nowhere are wasted time. We want the meat and potatoes whiel the kids still asleep, no time for boring veggies, he could wake up at any moment!


The feeling of not loving the game really hit me when I realized that I had played 2+ hours last night and nothing happened except I was a bit higher level.  At least nothing in terms of the story.  It is nice that the hooker err consort got her name cleared but did I really need to talk to her, go a bar 4 minutes away, talk to the general, travel another 4-5 minutes to the diplomat, then walk back to her?  All totaled the mission probably was 1/2 an hour and nothing really important happened! 

With the baby situation I probably won't have a block of time that long to play for the rest of the week....and I wasted it with nothing happening!  That is annoying, very annoying.
3169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does Mass Effect get better? on: January 24, 2008, 06:24:28 PM
Without spoiling it for me, is the story going to get better?  Right now I have played maybe 3-4 hours and I am not finding it great.  The combat seems worse than KoToR, the interface is worse, the characters don't seem as interesting, and I don't even think it looks as good.  I am hoping the story will really kick off here once I leave the Citadel and can explore the galaxy but so far it isn't blowing me away.   Maybe it is the travel time.  I wanted to manually go to each location first so I could run into any extra quests but going from the embassy to the lower wards takes forever!  Run, run, run, then wait on an elevator...etc.  It does give a sense of how bit the Citadel is but it is so dull! 

So, without spoilers, will it get better?
3170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I suck at being a dad on: January 16, 2008, 07:45:13 PM
Sounds like you are doing as well as you can.  Putting the child in a safe place (ie crib, swing, pac-and-play) and leaving the room is perfectly fine - and sometimes necessary.   Just remember that she isn't doing this to be mean, or frustrate you.  She only has one way to communicate and she is trying to clue you in.  You probably can't do anything about it but don't women always say they just want men to listen rather than solve the problem? smile

3171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 16, 2008, 07:20:28 PM
I think the game looks great but the load times really annoys me.  I think this gen of consoles is powerful enough that they could have worked a bit to tighten up the programing.  Of course if it gets good reviews I will try it out but probably once it is found somewhere used.
3172  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (SOLD) FS: PSP on: January 14, 2008, 03:35:27 PM
That didn't take long.

3173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP questions on: December 19, 2007, 03:44:30 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 19, 2007, 02:22:08 PM

Technically (from what I've read), the PSP Slim's battery has about the same life as the old one in spite of being smaller. You can use the slightly larger capacity battery from the old one (you don't have to mod it, but companies are selling inexpensive custom battery covers so that the old style battery doesn't look like it's out of place).

The PSP has a lot of great games, so I would recommend trying a few of those before obsessing bout Home Brewing. smile Where there's a will there's always a way though, and the Web is still awash with "how to home brew" for PSP regardless of Firmware version (just some are much more of a challenge it seems). It's like Blizzard trying to block hackers from -- they can keep trying, but it's not a winnable fight.

I want to run "homebrew" so I can put games on a memory stick mostly.  I want to buy Jeanne D'Arc, Disgea, and FFT.  I am going on a trip and I have no desire to try to keep track of 3 UMDs, make sure they don't get lost or scratched.  It just makes sense as cheap as memory cards are to put games on them. 

3174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP questions on: December 18, 2007, 01:27:43 AM
Get the lead out you lazy heathens!   slywink  Someone must know.
3175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP questions on: December 17, 2007, 06:12:33 PM
I am going to get a PSP now that they have several RPGs I want to play but I had a few questions.

1. Are all versions moddable?  I have Sam & Max: Hit the Road from years ago that I want to play.  I know you used to be able to mod the PSP to do homebrew but I also remember Sony was always upgrading the firmware to try to stop people.  Have all the versions been hacked?

2. Is there any difference between the new slim and the old except weight and "slimer-ness" smile  I didn't find the old weight bad so I don't really care and a used old one is $129 vs. $169 for the new.  If that is all it adds I don't see much point in spending $40 extra.

3. New vs. used - any opinions?  I usually don't care but since my 360 died I have started to think that a warranty is not a bad thing. smile  However I guess that goes back to question one - are the new ones moddable?

Those are my questions, any help would be appreciated.

3176  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: PSP on: December 15, 2007, 03:43:51 PM
I would like to get one and I don't really care if it is the new slim one or if it is new at all so I figured I would post here to see if someone has one and is ready to get rid of theirs.

PM me with a price if you are that person! smile

3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It Finally Happend- the dreaded Red Rings of Death! on: December 12, 2007, 03:48:27 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2007, 03:18:53 AM

This seems as good a RRoD thread as any to resurrect!

What's the best way to handle an intermittent RRoD problem?  I got it several times on Sunday and submitted a RMA request.  Yesterday and today, the 360 has been working fine.  If the coffin arrives by the end of the week, I'm worried what will happen if I send it in while the rings are still in their early intermittent stage.  It'd be bad enough if they send it back to me without any changes, but even worse if they charged me the $100 out of warranty fee because they couldn't reproduce the red rings.


I would wait.  They have extended the warranty for RRoD for a pretty long time (three years I believe).  I just had it happen to mine and did send it in because it was constant but it was only 2 years old so I would have had another year.

When was yours made?  Figure 3 years from that.  If time is close it is probably better to send it in, but if you have several months why not wait to see if you can get it to be broken all the time.

3178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: phoenix wright says "take that!" on: November 27, 2007, 01:03:41 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 26, 2007, 11:18:58 PM

nothing new or anything (so far), but why mess with perfection? smile ...

I think the problem is that for many the 2nd game wasn't perfection.  I finished it but I had to force myself.  There was just something about the cases which made them un-fun.  Perhaps it was the extreme illogicalness.  I don't expect PW to be real law, but having the kidnapper as a witness just struck me as so ludicrous it sucked the fun out of the case. 

Anyway I have hopes the 3rd has stronger cases
3179  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Puzzle Quest and Worms 2: Open Warfare (ds) on: October 23, 2007, 03:12:46 AM
With so many games coming out (including Front Mission for the DS!) it is time to unload some of the ones I know I will not play anymore even though they are great.

Puzzle Quest - $20
Worms 2: Open Warfare - $25

PM me if interested.
3180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP: Yggdra Union on: October 12, 2007, 11:01:13 PM
I played it a bit on the DS and I don't think anyone should get their hopes too high.  It is ok but not great in my opinion.  The combat mechanic was overly complicated for no real rewards.
3181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 12, 2007, 12:15:59 AM
It doesn't blow me away graphically but after playing FE:SS 5-10 times I am just excited to have a new FE game, no matter how it looks.  The looks were never the draw of the game anyway.
3182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV: Bionic Woman on: September 27, 2007, 03:12:41 AM
I will check it out again but I wasn't blown away. 

Besides having only 1 bionic arm she also has no military/combat training.  I think Sara would have kicked her ass, but I also felt she really didn't want to kill her so she held back.

3183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioshock slowdown after update on: September 08, 2007, 02:45:05 AM
FYI if this has happened to you.

So I kept getting a message about an update when I played Bioshock and last night I finally did it.  Now there is a 2-5 second pause every 15 seconds or so!  It is unplayable!

Apparently I am not the only one


Solution for the XBox360 "game pauses every 10-15 seconds" problem


After playing the game for a long time (on the XBox 360 only), the game begins to "hitch" or "pause" slightly every 10-15 seconds. The problem does not go away if you restore a savegame, start a new game, or reboot the XBox 360.


This seems to be a problem with the hard drive caching system on in the XBox 360 system software, and we are working with Microsoft to identify a solution for this issue. We have confirmed that the hitching goes away if you clear the hard drive cache.

To clear the hard drive cache, you must hold down both the RB and LB gamepad buttons while the game is starting. This must be done IMMEDIATELY after the console is rebooted (or the game is launched from the dashboard) and the buttons must only be released AFTER the red 2K Games logo appears.

NOTE: do not attempt to clear the hard drive cache by holding the "A" button during loading. While that works for Oblivion, Bioshock uses different button combination to clear the cache, and holding "A" will not work.

I will try this tomorrow and post if it works. 
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ATB needs a Fire Emblem thread on: September 07, 2007, 02:12:02 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 06, 2007, 11:18:19 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 06, 2007, 11:04:27 PM

Right now I am playing Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones for the hundredth time because it is still the best of TBS on the systems.

Whoa whoa whoa. Big claim, there Jr.  Better than Advance Wars: DS?

It is very hard to say because while they are both TBS games they are vastly different.  I found the story much more compelling in FE.  I love the permanent death aspect of FE.  Every unit is unique in terms of personality and stat growth so it is a real touch choice to let one stay dead.

AW:DS is so different because you can keep building units.  It involves a lot of different mechanics.

Personally I enjoy FE much more but I can see why some people may like AW more.
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ATB needs a Fire Emblem thread on: September 07, 2007, 02:08:29 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 07, 2007, 01:01:53 AM

I just won an ebay auction- shipped price $24.35.

QUESTION: SHould I play the first FIre Emblem first?

No, the stories are not releated.

The only problem you will have is that the made some changes which really improved Sacred Stones so it is very hard to go play the first one - and you will want to play more if you enjoy it as much as I do. 

3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: September 06, 2007, 11:04:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 06, 2007, 01:51:18 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 06, 2007, 02:52:46 AM

I will be waiting for reviews as well.  There are a lot of great games on the DS but there is a lot of crud too. 

Please suggest some. I'm desperate for a new DS game.

I tend to lump DS and GBA games together since they play on the same machine so the first two which I was thinking of were Rebel Star: Tactical Command, and Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2 which are both GBA.

I would say that Lost Magic, Age of Empires and Heroes of Mana are all ..... average at best games on the DS.  So perhaps not crud but not something to come back to either.

Right now I am playing Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones for the hundredth time because it is still the best of TBS on the systems.
3187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: September 06, 2007, 02:52:46 AM
I will be waiting for reviews as well.  There are a lot of great games on the DS but there is a lot of crud too. 
3188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aliens vs. Predator 2- The Real Deal? on: August 26, 2007, 01:17:15 AM
It was more like Freddy vs. Jason than a sci-fi movie.  Guy with face eaten away by acid, chick stuck to wall with throwing star thing, etc.  Seemed to have a higher body count than most slasher flicks.  Too back in my opinion.  The Predators were supposed to be kind of noble hunters, now they are just another slasher character. 
3189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock [Man am I a wuss] on: August 24, 2007, 11:44:41 AM
I too was surprised how scary it is.  I am enjoying it but only in small doses.

Unfortunately they also seem to have gone for "gore" scares which is a bit annoying.  I am almost bored with the shear number of bodies ripped in half strewn all over.  I wish they would have toned that down and kept the psychological terror.
3190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Want to watch Transformers or Shrek 3 in HD, get a HD-DVD Drive. on: August 20, 2007, 09:59:06 PM
This topic has been moved to Off-Topic.
3191  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: PicrossDS and Etrian Odyssey on: August 16, 2007, 01:52:28 AM
Looking to get some dough for Bioshock next week so I am not really looking for a trade.

PicrossDS $13
Etrian Odyssey $25

PM me if interested.

3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 15, 2007, 03:46:22 AM
The death thing is very stupid.  Even if the chambers are far apart if the enemies keep their lost health when you die it just means it takes longer to get to them.  I take a guy down to 50% health but the last chamber was 15 minutes away - not a big deal because I can just walk back and take him down the next 50%.

It could make the game way, way to easy.
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock Demo on XBLM on: August 14, 2007, 03:07:44 AM
I just don't know.  I am really impressed with the atmosphere and concept but I got a bit tired of the shooting.  Odd since I love FPS but I was hoping for more atmosphere and less shooting.  It seemed like the plasmids were just different ways to kill, not ways to interact more with the world.   

I am still excited but I am going to rent first.
3194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man at Comic-Con - Footage = Awesome on: July 30, 2007, 09:57:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 30, 2007, 12:47:54 PM

yanked from youtube. frown

Grr.  Now I will have to dig around somewhere else.  I imagine you can still find it on bit torrent sites.  They don't really yank much because of copyright violations.

It is just so stupid though.  Having this posted costs them nothing since they are not supplying the bandwidth but it is creating a lot of interest in the movie!  What kind of morons try to kill free advertising?
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hoshigami Remix DS impressions?? on: July 11, 2007, 04:44:43 PM
Well considering how few games the DS has had recently it is a very bad sign that apparently no one is even trying it.

3196  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Iriver H10 5 Gig on: July 10, 2007, 07:53:04 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on July 10, 2007, 04:57:14 PM

Does this have a user-replaceable battery?

Nope it is a rechargable but I bet you could replace the whole thing. 

Although I guess it doesn't matter much because it is sold...sorry.

3197  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (SOLD) FS: Iriver H10 5 Gig on: July 10, 2007, 04:50:58 PM
I never seem to use this.  It works perfectly but I just use a different MP3 player so I thought I would sell it.

I don't have any pictures right now but here is the official site.  It is the gray one on this page  I will try to post some pics if people want.

I would like to get $40 for it. 

If anyone is interested PM me.

3198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/9) on: July 09, 2007, 02:28:01 PM
"Riviera: The Promised Land" is actually a pretty fun game.  I played it on the DS (or was it on the GBA?) and had a good time. 

I think there were some impressions so if you are on the fence you could search for Riviera and find comments by some of us who got it.
3199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hoshigami Remix DS impressions?? on: July 06, 2007, 03:48:41 PM
Nope, but I am anxious to hear some from anyone else.

The review at RPGamer was pretty bad.  If you check it seems like IGN gave it about the highest score. 
3200  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Bully on: June 22, 2007, 03:50:40 PM
I am thinking of playing through this on the PS2 and wondered if anyone had it around.

I really don't have much to trade....but PM me if you have it and we can see if I have anything.

Off the top of my head I have

Stalker (pc)
Phoenix Wright 2 (ds)
GRAW 1 (360)
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (cube)

maybe I could find others if I dug around, but nothing really new.

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