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3161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Front Mission 4 - $27 at Target this week on: August 29, 2004, 02:08:50 PM
So is it worth it?  I liked FM3 quite a bit but FM4 never seems to generate much hype so I don't know if it was bad or if it is just a genre of limited interest.
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts - wow it stinks on: August 26, 2004, 08:54:47 PM
I loved the concept, the art, the story, and the voice work but I hate it when a game is a chore to play.

The perfect examples (to me) are the barrles in the colosium.  No mosters but hard....why?  Because the combat is so bad mixed with the camera that it is difficult to hit the barrel correctly to smack the one on the far away platform!

The other example as I have said is the rafters in the Tarzan level.  It is very difficult to walk on them sucessfully because the camera keeps moving all around which means that walking forward is about impossible.  You have to keep moving the camera to stop the perspective from changing and the character from falling.

Those are game mechanic issues which ruined the fun for me.  It wasn't the enemies, the AI, or the puzzles but the underlying game mechanics that suck the fun out of the game.
3163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Duel Masters worth $16? on: August 26, 2004, 07:11:41 PM
Well I got it.  Who can resist for $16.  Even if I hate it I can probably get $10 in credit at the local used game shop.

Hopefully it will be fun.  I am excited to try it but I really want to finish FFTA (no matter how annoying it is being)
3164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Duel Masters worth $16? on: August 24, 2004, 08:34:30 PM
I saw that the GBA game Duel Masters is on sale for $16 this week.  It is worth it?  I have never tried the Yu-Gi-Oh type games but I am running out of stuff to play on the GBA.
3165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFTA - law cards suck the fun from the game on: August 24, 2004, 01:01:34 PM
(seems like I only post to bitch...I should try to post something positive...later)

So I am about 32 hours into FFTA and for the last bit (about 2-3 hours) the law cards have really been sucking the fun from the game.  It had become an excercise in wandering around locations waiting for reasonable laws, rather than trying to plan out how to win the fight or learn new skills. But now, it seems like the really crippiling stuff is spaced such that it is impossible to avoide.  Stuff like "color magic", "blades", "techniques", or "status" are now so common that I either have to wait for that one perfect day when they are not in effect or just give up.  

Give up you say?  Why?  Because I don't have the correct anti-law cards to do anything about most of the laws anymore.  The only place to get new ones besides missions is from the trader and he has basically nothing.  My highest R card is R4 anti-law but most of the laws are now R5 or R6 - so I have squat.

Then there is the whole unclearness of the cards vs. the names.  For example is "El Cid" a great sword, a knightsword, or a saber?  Is Phantasma a skill, or a technique?  Why the f*#k do I get a card for using "white magic" when holy is illegal?  Why isn't it called "holy magic"?  So they can outlaw it twice?  Once with holy and once with color magic?  Now I am sure I could read every description of every weapon and every spell but dammit I shouldn't have to!  That is tedious to the extreme and isn't the least bit fun.

So now that I am so invested in the game I have to decide if it is worth going on at all.  I think I am tough enough to finish the required missions so I think I may just give up trying to learn cool new abilities and just finish the game which is too bad becuase I was enjoying dinking around trying to learn all sorts of new stuff.

Is there a point where the laws go away?  Or at least go back to a reasonable amount?
3166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts - wow it stinks on: August 23, 2004, 01:06:54 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
It is skippable, actually.  Further in the game you can just teleport to different worlds if you wish to bypass that.

Wonderful!  Between that and the promise of larger areas later in the game I feel compelled to keep pushing through.
3167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts - wow it stinks on: August 23, 2004, 02:28:23 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Hey now, I enjoyed that part of the game.  Where's the fun in just teleporting from world to world?

It was fairly mundane until I decided to go and build the ultimate gummi ship.  That's fun!

Seriously?  I didn't even mention that part of the game becaue I just assumed everyone hated it.  

It wouldn't have been so bad if there was a point to it but it just was tedious.  Want to buy some potions?  Oh well hold down the fire button which leafing through a magazine until you end up back in traverse town....yawn...

It was one of the worst mini-games I have ever seen, mostly because it was unavoidable!  At least most mini-games can be skipped if players don't like them, this one was forced down players throats quite frequently.

Even if it was fun it would still drive me nuts to have it happen so often.
3168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts - wow it stinks on: August 20, 2004, 08:37:57 PM
I picked it up since it is only $20 and I have to say it is the most beautiful piece of crap I have ever played.

The camera is worse than bad.  It actually fights the player.  In the levels it tries to follow which means that walking forward changes all the time.  For example in the Tarzan level when you are in the big house and walking on the rafters, the camera constantly keeps moving so you fall down because it walks Sora off the edge but you meant to be walking along the beam!  

My only other gripe is that the levels are so small.  It almost feels clausterphobic.  Almost all the levels are surrounded by really tall trees or some such thing to trap the player. Traverse Town is the biggest level so far with wide open areas.  Nothing else has had that in the first 3 worlds.

I love the Disney theme, the voice acting, the visuals, etc. but it is like work to play the game.  I work enough.
3169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 20, 2004, 03:26:11 PM
Of course then I saw this review on RPGFan where they say


The combat in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time can be described as nothing less than heavenly. It is fast, furious, and ultimately fun throughout the entirety of the game.


The battle system in Star Ocean is truly the highlight of the experience.

So who knows?  I guess I will wait for those of you with more guts to try it and get some more opinions.
3170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - Massive list o' features on: August 18, 2004, 01:23:15 PM
Ok so can you tell us if it is going to have a strong enough story to carry the game or will all this free choice stuff make it aimless like Morrowind.  I liked Morrowind but I often wandered around with no real sense of what I needed to do next.

I hope Fable will have a more focused story.
3171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 17, 2004, 05:31:40 PM
There does seem to be a trend towards overly complicated combat systems.  I hope that FF12 (I am not a Roman and do not use their numbers - long live the USA!)  will be better than most though.

Of course we have a year to wait at best guess so who knows.
3172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 17, 2004, 01:23:25 PM
I got my EGM yesterday and they had a review of Star Ocean 3 and they were not too happy with it.

I don't have it with me at work but it boiled down to complaints about the combat system.  They felt it was overly complicated, not intiutive, and got dull.  The combat system is what most other reviewers/previews have said is the high point in the game so I am concerned thaty they seemed to hate it.

Now I think the game has moved to a wait for more player reviews before buying rather than a rush out on release day purchase.
3173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA games worth looking forward to on: August 15, 2004, 03:02:42 PM
Sad to say that is about all that is on my radar too, except for Final Fantasy 1 & 2 which should be incredible.

I know that Nintendo says the DS isn't the GBA replacement but I get a strong feeling that we may be seeing the end of the GBA.  Oh it will take a couple years to finish up all that is already started and planned but I think - especially if the DS does well - that Nintendo will start focusing on the DS and dump the GBA
3174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I really wish Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was better :( on: August 06, 2004, 08:27:17 PM
I have been playing this for the last few days and for such a high quality game it certainly has some gapping flaws that I think wouldn't have been that hard to fix.

First and formost is the enemy AI.  They are just plain dumb.  Example - they shoot at my main guy almost to the exclusion of the other characters.  Last night was one funny example.  On its first move the AI used "Charm" on my powerful illusionist!  Wow.  I was going to be screwed, so I quickly wacked him out of it.  Thus wasting a move for one of my characters, and hurting my illusionist!  Great, right?  Well sort of.  On its next turn with that female archer does the AI show the same brains?  No they attack my main guy for a whopping 4 damage!  Gee that hurts.

They constantly do that stupid stuff.  They will fire arrows at characters who have the "block arrows" skill, or will attack a character will full health who is a mage rather than a character with 4 HP who is a fighter.  I can only assume the AI ranks enemies based on their skills not on their HP as the fight goes on.  That is just bad programing.

It is bad enough that aside from the fun of getting new skills to try out there is no excitement in the battles at all.  I really wish they would have made the game a bit better...or even more I wish it was still possible to find Tactics Ogre which had much better AI.
3175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holiday sequels that will suck on: August 06, 2004, 01:54:51 PM
Lord Of the Rings: The Third Age - Not really I sequel, but I just can't see how this game can deliver anything more than bland reverse-mirror look at the movies. Since EA is limited to only portraying things that were in the Jackson flicks and can't pull any leftover material from the books, I just can't see how they can make a story with an interesting narrative and characters that aren't thin stand-ins for the characters from the movies.

Yes but from the magazine article I read while they can't put in stuff from the books that Jackson didn't use (like Tom Bombidale) they can put in stuff that is new - meaning not in the books or in the movies provided it could be "infered" from things mentioned in the I have no clue what that means exactly but it does give them some room to make a story.
3176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I like Sudeki on: August 02, 2004, 02:45:15 PM
I am happy people like it but I just couldn't stand it.  I found the combat to be...ok but not great.  It drove me nuts to be one of the melee fighters and never be able to pull of combos.  I would get the first two hits and then some monster would hit me from behind!   It was maddening and sucked a lot of fun out of it.

And then the voice acting...."Do you feel lucky, punk?  Statistically your chances are not gooo."  Wow, so bad, so very, very, very bad.

The puzzle elements were just pathetic.  Gee a big crate!  I wonder who should try to move it...a vine covered wall...whatever will I do?  

All in all it was a "C" game and with so many "A" games out there I just couldn't see wasting my time.
3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I pick up Kingdom Hearts? on: July 27, 2004, 06:16:32 PM
I plan to pick up Tales as soon as it is $19.99 smile
3178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I pick up Kingdom Hearts? on: July 27, 2004, 02:46:45 PM
Now that it is a Greatest Hit (only $19.99) I am thinking about playing KH but I can't decide.

I generally don't like action/rpgs, but I did really like Zelda: Wind Waker.  However I hated Prince of Persia's combat  I do love Square games generally and I am sure the production values will be high.

I am a bit concerned though about how long the game is and how hard it is.  I am planning on picking up Star Ocean at the end of August so I only need a game for a month - which for me translates into maybe 20-30 gaming hours.  How long is KH?

And then the difficulty.  I have read several reviews which say the game is at times fustratingly hard.  I hate that!  If reviewers say a game is hard for them I can pretty much bet that I will be driven nuts.  I don't want to play a game for fustration, I don't find a sense of accomplishment from restarting 10 times - I just feel pissed.  I admit it - I like easier games.

So based on that, should I bother with KH?
3179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sudeki is Gold on: July 21, 2004, 04:21:29 PM
I admit I only read the IGN review but it seems like the demo was actually a good indication of what the game is like.  Combat great and fun but not much story or other stuff.

Oh well I will probably pick it up or rent it just becuase I am an RPG junkie.
3180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spiderman 2 - What good are all the combos? on: July 08, 2004, 03:51:12 PM
I love the game, really but I have to say I hope they work on the combat in the next game (and I really hope they make another game with this engine becuase it is very good)

I have bought every possible upgrade but combat is still a button mash.  I Maybe I am doing it wrong but I have never gotten a combo pulled off by choice.  I get one I try that button combo until I am almost dead and then give up and button mash.

That and how in the hell do all these criminals get so quick?  It is about impossible to hit those guys with webbing after you get close.  They can dodge a ton of times!  Come on!  Are they all superheroes too?
3181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 25, 2004, 03:00:22 PM
Anyone catch the "making the game" show on MTV about Spiderman 2.  Lots of good interviews with the development team, tha actors, and even Stan Lee.  

It also showed lots of game footage.  I am very excited about the game now.  Only a few more days!
3182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 21, 2004, 07:57:58 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
The PC version is different than the console versions, simple as that.  Activision confirmed that the PC version is for younger aged people than the console version.  So, basically, the only way you'll get the GTA3 like gameplay is if you get it on the consoles.

LOL!  So GTA3 like gameplay is for the younger aged  

It is nice to have a clear choice though.  Not much chance of my getting the PC version.
3183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 21, 2004, 06:17:52 PM
Does anyone know what the deal is with the console version vs. the PC version?  A demo was released for the PC which sounds completly unlike what is described in the console preview.  I also seem to remember that two different companies are making the different versions.  So what is going on?

Now as to the specifics of the preview - how is the main story?  Does it just basically re-do the movie?
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales Of Symphonia GOLD! on: June 21, 2004, 06:04:20 PM
At least according to Gamershell

I am sitll on the fence about the game since it is more of an action RPG, and I would have to dig out the Cube, dust it off and plug it in to play but I do like those Japaness RPGs.

Is anyone planning on rushing out to get it?
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 08:35:53 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Well, the camera issues will subside a bit by the time you reach about mission 4., so you should be out of the woods soon.

Yeah, but I bet the missions get harder.  So it is out of the woods and into the fire.
3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 05:24:21 PM
And about the review - I would have given something slightly lower on the camera.  I find that sometimes when I am say 3 quarters of the way along a wall it is really hard to get  a good angle to see how far to move the team so my leader looks around the wall.  Perhaps not a big deal but sometimes it is annoying.

I also am almost sick (and I am only on the 2nd mission!) of the "yo, Bravo!" comments that the guy makes - every time!  Why can't he make comments once out of every 3 times or something.

My wife was sitting in the same room reading and had to leave.  She said "I am sure that while playing you don't notice the repetition but it is really annoying."
3187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 05:05:38 PM
It is a lot of work but I must admit it is one of the main things I end up searching the net for so I bet it will be popular.
3188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 02:35:03 PM
Maybe you need a cheat section for games that have these hidden goodies.
3189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hilarious PA Strip Today (Zelda: Four Swords) on: June 17, 2004, 06:04:51 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
The one time I laughed was when the GBA first came out and Tyco (I think) was sitting there playing with it and each panel had more and more light in it. That one was spot-on.

It's usually the sublte "secondary" joke that makes for the good strips... the main plot (as it were) is rarely worthwhile.

Such as this one...

The dialogue isn't the funny part - it's the fact that those huge things are supposed to be the Xbox controllers.

I found the dialogue pretty darn funny in that one!  Perhaps because I did find the alien spaceship levels to be rather repeditive...
3190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS2] HDLoader - play PS2 games from hard drive on: June 16, 2004, 08:36:37 PM
Ok so it does appear a lot better and easier to use than I thought.
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:13:48 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

Ask Sony. People are still buying PS2's and it's nowhere close to the XBox in terms of horsepower under the hood. The games are always the thing, and there are never any good ones until the console's been out a year, IMO.

I love my PS2 but I do think it was a special case.  I think when it came out there wasn't any other choice really.  They also started way, way ahead of the other companies.  

Now that the market is tighter and real competion exists I think we won't see another situation where a console sells so strongly based on name recognition alone.
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:11:59 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
But I really have trouble with them shortening the life expectancy of the consoles just to get a chance at the number 1 slot. That pisses me off royally.

I think the life expectancy of consoles has to drop with more competition.  I mean, it just isn't MS doing it - it is an unavoidable product of having 3 big consoles.  Sales are tougher to get so the need for improvement and new stuff gets more important.  The shelf life goes down.
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS2] HDLoader - play PS2 games from hard drive on: June 16, 2004, 06:08:02 PM
One thing it did mention was that you needed the PS2 HD and broad band adapter.

I bet you could put a bigger HD in but I think you would have to buy their HD kit (currently only sold with FF11 far as I know) to get the special connectors to the PS2.

So the initial outlay is more that just for their fairly reasonable software...more like $100 plus their software.
3194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:04:18 PM
It does give them quite a leap on the other next generation systems.  

I wonder if it would be a good idea though since that would virtually guarantee that Sony could put out a more powerful machine.  One of the big selling points of the Xbox is that it is the most powerful console...without that jewel in their crown will customers flock to it?
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Soooo... are we getting a cel-shaded "Wind Waker 2" on: June 14, 2004, 07:22:11 PM
Moved to Road to Gold since ....well it isn't out yet....
3196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What current consoles do you own? on: June 14, 2004, 02:19:55 PM
wow we are sad!  I figured I would be one of the only ones with all the systems but apparently we all have too much money to spend and can't stand not being able to play all the games!

3197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Ultimate Card Games - WOW on: June 03, 2004, 07:23:05 PM
After calling all around I finally found it at Gamestop - the last choice for gaming (maybe that should be there slogan!)  

I think I was mostly lucky though.  I imagine most people will have to order it.

What makes no sense about that is the kid at the store said "we just can't seem to keep these in stock!"  Now I am no marketing guy, but it seems to be that if a game consitently sells out then it would be smart to order more copies of that.  Now maybe that is just stupid - trying to supply what there is a demand for.  

Oh well I am in gaming heaven.
3198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Ultimate Card Games - WOW on: June 03, 2004, 01:23:26 PM
I think I may have found the perfect game.  Last night I picked up Ultimate Card Games and I have to say it is incredible.

First they have a ton of games.  Spades, Hearts, Cribbage, Canasta, Eucre, 15 types of solitare, and several kinds of poker.  That alone makes it a great great game becuase it plays to the strengths of the GBA - quick games.

However they didn't just make it fluf.  They put in a lot of backgrounds, a lot of music, and a 3d face creator which alctually has more variate than most PC games.  I was able to create a player who actually looks like me, something I couldn't do it KOTOR (last game I remember that let you pick your characters looks)

They also included a *spectacular* save system which basically auto saves after each hand so you can play for under a minute at a time if that is all you have available.

Check out the IGN review for a ton more details.

If you have any interest in playing card games this is a must buy game.

3199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Front Mission 4 [PS2] on: June 02, 2004, 01:24:17 PM
Well it seems that IGN hated it.  The review isn't very flattering.

I will say that most of his complaints seems stupid to me.  If someone acutally thinks that a turn-based game is going to have action sequences like the opening movie, well they don't play may TB games.  

Some of his stuff though, especially about the dumb AI make me a bit sad.  That and the battle lasting for 100 rounds.  That is just too long.  They should have more battle on smaller areas.

Oh well I am still looking forward to it and can't wait to see other reviews.
3200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Shinning Force [GBA] on: May 26, 2004, 03:18:39 PM
Apparnetly Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon is to long to fit, but since there are not any other Shinning Force games for the GBA I didn't think there could be much confusion. smile

Dispite being out in Europe for a month I haven't seen many reviews.  However this one seems pretty good.  It is a heck of a lot better than the mostly useless review in EGM.   Their mini reviews told you practically nothing about the game, what changed, what stayed the same, etc.   However they all gave it high marks which is good.

I am just happy to have another Strategy RPG on the GBA.  I am also to see remakes of these classics.  The GBA is perfect for this kind of thing and I hope there are a ton more!
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