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arias 2006-08-24 15:13

the "Currently Playing" thread.
 
Alright little bobos, I thought we gamers would want to post abit about the games we're currently working on :D I wanted to make it an RPG thread but that could probably be too narrow a subject field. So just bold the title of the game you're playing and talk a little about it if you wish.

I'm actually playing Final Fantasy Tactics for the original Playstation now :twitch: , and I'm finding it to have an awesome plot. It's quite enjoyable playing it too, despite some flaws. The battles take incredibly long, random enemies everywhere are match-levelled to your strongest character. So far I've put 21 hours into it and am halfway through the game.. I'm more interested in the plot than anything else, but I haven't used a strategy guide yet because I power-levelled my characters and am breezing through the regular plot.

It has a wonderful story, maybe overly dense for a game, but one which is to be expected from Yasumi Matsuno (Vagrant Story, Orge Battle, FFXII). It's still one of the best plots I've experienced in an RPG so far though. Loving it :D

Apart from that I did abit of Star Ocean 3 but found it rather horrible : o I am new to the series and the battle system is really complicated at first sight. The pace of the game in the first 2 hours is awfully slow, and so far the plot fails to intrigue, along with the annoying character animations/voice-acting which aren't to my taste. So I've decided to put it away since I can't spare too much time on games..


So what are you guys working on now?

Js2756 2006-08-24 15:47

Currently working on:

Suikoden II - just recently got into the Suikoden series, and I want to play them in order. Beat Suikoden earlier in the summer. Tons of variety in terms of characters, but I hate getting stuck with really crappy guys like Freed Y.

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - I sort of put this one on hold awhile back, so I've gone back to play it again.

Megaman X Collection - Mainly for nostalgia reasons, as I've already beaten all the games on the disk when they were releaseed individually (except for the bad racing game). Still have 5 and 6 to beat, and if I feel like it, 4 using X.

Megaman X8 - Another game that I dropped a long time ago, but am replaying again. Not as good or as fluid as the older games.

Vampire Saviour - The best fighting game that rarely anybody plays. I play this just to burn time. If I don't feel like this, I'll dab into the Street Fighter world, usually Alpha 3.

FFTactics is easily my favourite FF game on the PSX. Just incredibly fun. Once you get used to the battle system of Star Ocean: Til the End of Time, it's not bad, except that the AI is incredibly stupid and so will get your uncontrolled characters killed over and over again.

ReAn 2006-08-24 16:45

- Sin Episodes: Episode One Fun use of Physics in a pseudo-futuristic world.
- World of Warcraft Duh... one of the most well put together MMORPGs yet. Content is lacking, but the engine, flexability, features & combat system keep me playing.
- EVE Online Fun little MMO, a tad slow but really nice graphics.

Rengemaru 2006-08-24 17:06

Mainly FF11 online but also playing Fire Emblum and Golden Sun 2

Ryuu-Odjn 2006-08-24 17:16

Currently it's a Tales of... fest for me, playing both Tales of Destiny II and Tales of the Abyss.

Destiny II is great fun, with a good battle system. The 2D is well done to me. It's freaking hard though, alot harder than any of the other Tales games I've played. The battle system is just too geared towards magic damage, whilst the player is focused on physical attacks. I wonder how much of the remake of Destiny I will resemble it's sequel.

Abyss is easily one of my favourite games, despite not knowing much Japanese. The battles are great fun and are possibly my favourite in an RPG. The designs are great, the voice over is amazing, with Anise and Jade being the best sounding. The dungeons can get alittle annoying with some puzzles, but that's almost a standard feature of any jRPG. Currently on the third playthrough and maybe onto the fourth soon :heh:

I've got quite the backlog sitting around, which currently includes Tales of Legendia, Atelier Iris, Zwei!! and Sakura Taisen V. I may also actually try to finish Kingdom Hearts at some point, if I didn't dislike it so much :heh:

OutPhase 2006-08-24 17:38

The "trying to clear V on another" game, I mean, IIDX 7th style and 9th style.

mokoi 2006-08-24 18:41

Currently playing: Shadow Hearts 2 it's fun & so far is alot better than 3.

arias 2006-08-24 18:44

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Originally Posted by mokoi
Currently playing: Shadow Hearts 2 it's fun & so far is alot better than 3.

That's what I heard. SH2: Convenant was pretty good.. although it wasn't as good as FFX for me, unlike what alot of gamers seem to think. I won't spoil it for you so I won't talk about it any further.. but I'll tell you that the town music theme with the laid back electric guitar was one of the incredible pieces on that soundtrack :upset: :D I was blown away by it the first time it played, and only later found out that it was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (that track only).

Is SH3 that bad, though? I'm wanting to play a solid, story-driven but not-too-taxing (read: random-battle-rich) RPG but I think I've run out of good games in my possession. Just sitting and waiting for Okami, .hack and FFXII..

Zhemos 2006-08-24 20:12

Playing Wild arms 4 right now. I just started it, and so far It's a blast.

Varion 2006-08-24 20:16

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Originally Posted by Js2756
Suikoden II - just recently got into the Suikoden series, and I want to play them in order. Beat Suikoden earlier in the summer. Tons of variety in terms of characters, but I hate getting stuck with really crappy guys like Freed Y.

Suiko 2 :D Yeah, you'll probably get a bit more enjoyment out of them playing them in order, especially the first 2. On the other hand, people's opinions vary greatly when it comes to 3 and 4 (personally, I skipped them). 5, on the other hand, must not be skipped under any circumstances. Only game I've ever played, took 50 hours to do so dedicating most of my days to it, then the day after finishing booted it up again and played it through again to get all the stars. Really want to play it again too >_>

Anyway, currently playing a nice mix of games, including Xanadu Next, which is a PC action RPG by Falcom mostly mouse-controlled with some simple but effective music, decent difficulty and fair character customisation. Not the best game ever, but plenty of fun. Also Langrisser II for the megadrive, which is a great strategy RPG that's really old but lasts pretty well in terms of gameplay. No towns or anything, just money you accumulate between battles to spend hiring troops for each of your generals or spending on weapons and armour, and finally Lunar : Silver Star Story Complete for the playstation, which I should've played years ago but finally am. Simple and not altogether fun battles but a reasonable difficulty level, good music and a great script = fun classic RPG.

Kamui4356 2006-08-24 20:19

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Originally Posted by arias
Apart from that I did abit of Star Ocean 3 but found it rather horrible : o I am new to the series and the battle system is really complicated at first sight. The pace of the game in the first 2 hours is awfully slow, and so far the plot fails to intrigue, along with the annoying character animations/voice-acting which aren't to my taste. So I've decided to put it away since I can't spare too much time on games..

I'd suggest you spend a bit more time on it. Once you get the hang of the battle system, it's one of, if not the best of any rpg series out there. Though the plot, it does get better, but still I suppose you'd have to be a fan of the series. It never reaches great.

As for what I'm playing now, I just started another mmorpg, flyff. There's a link in the anime mmorpg suggestions thread. Apart from that, nothing really.

I haven't been playing console games lately, as my ps2 died a while ago. I have 3 or 4 games sitting on my shelf that I haven't been able to play, and about 7 more I'd like to pick up...:heh:

Varion 2006-08-24 20:30

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Originally Posted by Kamui4356
I'd suggest you spend a bit more time on it. Once you get the hang of the battle system, it's one of, if not the best of any rpg series out there. Though the plot, it does get better, but still I suppose you'd have to be a fan of the series. It never reaches great.

Hm, didn't see that bit. Definitely agree with this though, although I remember picking up the battle system quite quickly. If you play with it a bit more and still don't like it then you may as well give up, as the plot never becomes anything fantastic and as for the ending... well, I've heard of it being referred to as 'the biggest change since the menopause' and I'm inclined to agree. Probably my second favourite battle system in any game second to Grandia 3 though, plenty of things you can do (like knocking enemies into the air, backflipping a few times then slashing them on the way down... that never got old) and the 3D battlefield makes it a lot more interesting than the comparatively limited battle systems of the Tales series. Loved the music too, but the voice acting really isn't very good though, so turn that off sharpish. Still haven't got round to playing any of the other games in the series myself :)

arias 2006-08-24 20:42

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Originally Posted by Valdra
and finally Lunar : Silver Star Story Complete for the playstation, which I should've played years ago but finally am. Simple and not altogether fun battles but a reasonable difficulty level, good music and a great script = fun classic RPG.

I've heard Suiko II is the best of them all. Which is why I have it ready to play in the future, along with Breath of Fire IV, Front Mission III and Kartia.. all for the Playstation :D

As for Lunar: SSS, I don't even remember whether I completed the game. I think I reached the final dungeon and didn't feel spurred on to complete it.. regardless, it is quite a classic RPG. There is nothing inventive or innovative in it when you play as a modern gamer, but I suspect it was quite great in its time and that RPGs thereafter did take it as a prototype, lending its elements to build on.

For some reason, I still have a great liking for reasonably high-resolution 2D RPGs (Chrono Trigger is an exception despite being low-res). Perhaps the pixel art reflects an anime style more than anything else, and I'm hopeful that some future games will continue to utilize pixel art! : O It's painstaking work, but I really like its aesthetic presentation.


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Originally Posted by Kamui4356
I'd suggest you spend a bit more time on it. Once you get the hang of the battle system, it's one of, if not the best of any rpg series out there. Though the plot, it does get better, but still I suppose you'd have to be a fan of the series. It never reaches great.

Then I'll probably not play it :heh: Reason being, as much as I like fighting in the BS of RPGs, I can't spend that much time on it these days. Digital Devil Saga was an exception because it was so darn fresh and good, so I bore through that game despite its ridiculously high and hard (for modern standards) random battles. I've heard the SO3 battle system being lauded, and I've seen my brother play SO2 and it looked really dynamic.. but I wish they had a more gradual learning curve for beginners. The tutorial presented in the beginning of the game taught ALOT with little tiny fonts..

I got through the battles in the first two hours fine, but somehow felt unsatisfied. Perhaps one day I'll pick it up again.. I reallllly like parts of its music though. The one I love most is the save game theme (?). It's like elevator music, but oh so good.. :D

C.A. 2006-08-24 20:54

I just ended a 7 hour SRW Alpha 3 session, its my 5th newgame+ round. I'm on chapter 57 now and my total number of turns till the end of this stage will be 224 turns. My target is completing this newgame+ round under 250 turns.

After completing this round I'll still have to go on a 6th round to finally complete the mecha collection and fully completing the game(All mechs and characters collected/unlocked, all stages cleared, all bonus stages finished).

My first play was with Kusuha, 2nd Cobray (Hard Mode), 3rd Selena (Special Mode), 4th Touma (Special Mode), 5th(this round) Kusuha (Special Mode), 6th(next round) Cobray (Special Mode).

Something extra, you may want to read if you're a SRW Alpha 3 player, its a post of mine on HF forum's 'What's the best accomplishment you've ever done in a video game?' thread. My greatest achievement for Alpha 3, 1387 kills in 7 turns, chapter 53:

http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showpo...4&postcount=16

Varion 2006-08-24 21:11

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Originally Posted by arias
I've heard Suiko II is the best of them all. Which is why I have it ready to play in the future, along with Breath of Fire IV, Front Mission III and Kartia.. all for the Playstation :D

As for Lunar: SSS, I don't even remember whether I completed the game. I think I reached the final dungeon and didn't feel spurred on to complete it.. regardless, it is quite a classic RPG. There is nothing inventive or innovative in it when you play as a modern gamer, but I suspect it was quite great in its time and that RPGs thereafter did take it as a prototype, lending its elements to build on.

For some reason, I still have a great liking for reasonably high-resolution 2D RPGs (Chrono Trigger is an exception despite being low-res). Perhaps the pixel art reflects an anime style more than anything else, and I'm hopeful that some future games will continue to utilize pixel art! : O It's painstaking work, but I really like its aesthetic presentation.

I wouldn't argue with anyone who said Suiko 2 was the best, though I still have more love for 5 for some reason. I'd strongly recommend you play Suiko 1 before 2 though, seen as in many ways it's a direct sequel (although it's not focused around the same hero you do recruit many of the same characters and it's nice to know them already, Viktor and Flik especially). Pretty much the only complaint I could level at Suiko 2 was the major battles were pretty meh. The first game's were simple but fun even if it was just basically a game of rock-paper-scissors. The second game's on the other hand is more like a typical strategy RPG except it's way too random and only any fun if you're some kind of masochist. 5 easily has the best major battles, it's kind of like a miniature Age of Empires style game where you allocate heroes to lead each regiment/fleet of ships which gives them bonuses and spells, then move your units across the map and make them attack each other with certain types being strong against others. Plus the music's a fantastic remix of the first game's major battle music that was a huuge nostalgia trip :) It was the first game I ever bought the OST for and I still don't regret it.

I think everything Lunar stands for really lies in execution to be honest, I don't think it was even innovative for its time. Still, it's got many a genuinely funny moment, the music's great and it's got a very classic feel to it, so I like it :) Probably not as much as people who played it years ago though, I always feel like I'm missing something when they talk about it :p Maybe I'm just not far enough in. As for art, anything works for me so long as it's not cel-shading. God I hate cel-shading :heh:

The SO3 tutorial is useless though. Seriously, I just skimmed through it, learned basically nothing and picked it up later by way of 'ooo this makes me do a cool aerial flip, I'll use that more'. Sakuraba's music tends to be better liked by people who haven't played most of the games he's composed for, because he doesn't vary his style much. Still, I loved SO3's stuff, especially one of the battle themes at the very end of the first disc. Shame they only used that track, what, twice? Oh well...

sedukshun 2006-08-24 21:16

im playin flyff
and abit of habbohotel <--ahahah

arias 2006-08-24 21:20

I'm well aware of the link between Suikoden II and Suikoden I.. I've completed the first game, and my brother completed the second (but I didn't sit through with him so I don't know the plot at all). However, I played and completed Suiko I when I was about 13 years old.. so I'm betting I won't remember much of it :heh:

Cel shading isn't that bad :p I think some games pull it off remarkably well. Look out for Rogue Galaxy.. that one could work.

Varion 2006-08-24 21:37

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Originally Posted by arias
I'm well aware of the link between Suikoden II and Suikoden I.. I've completed the first game, and my brother completed the second (but I didn't sit through with him so I don't know the plot at all). However, I played and completed Suiko I when I was about 13 years old.. so I'm betting I won't remember much of it :heh:

Cel shading isn't that bad :p I think some games pull it off remarkably well. Look out for Rogue Galaxy.. that one could work.

Probably not >_> You'd probably be fine if you knew the basics considering you mentioned not having much time though. If you remember who the first hero was and who Viktor and Flik were you'd probably still enjoy it anyway. No previous experience required to acknowledge Luca owns. Glad you have anyway, at least my comment about major battles probably made sense.

In all fairness Rogue Galaxy doesn't look that bad (though I had to look it up because I've never heard of it) because they still seem to have put quite a bit of detail in to it. A lot of the time it just seems to be used as some way to make the game look 'different' when little to no effort's actually been put in. Ever played Tales of Symphonia? The opening video's a beautiful anime-styled cutscene then it just seems to drop and drop. Oh well, hopefully the PS3/Wii generation will bring in something else.

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Originally Posted by sedukshun
and abit of habbohotel <--ahahah

Must...resist...urge... to...make...pool...joke...

uLTraCarL- 2006-08-24 23:36

Just played some Mushihimesama
http://ultracarl.com/videos/mushihimesama.avi
Digicam ran out of memory, but I got to level 5, 2nd form of the last boss.
My highest score so far 197,492,548

Daniel E. 2006-08-24 23:39

Currently playing Breath of Fire IV. It's hardly my favorite from the series, but I decided to play it again just for the heck of it. :p

arias 2006-08-25 00:00

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Originally Posted by Daniel E.
Currently playing Breath of Fire IV. It's hardly my favorite from the series, but I decided to play it again just for the heck of it. :p

Tell me more about it?

I'm replaying some PS1 games, and I've put in 20 hours into BOF IV before, maybe about 5-6 years ago. When it first came out, anyways. I don't remember much of it.. is it good? Well, good enough to warrant a play? :D Recommendations?

I've played BOF V: Dragon Quarter, by the way. Thought it was a brilliant little gem.. but that's just me ; )

iamtetsuo 2006-08-25 01:25

Diablo II If you don't already know what this game's about than I really can't help you... Playing a necro on US West Level 59 as of last play...

I'm also playing: Guitar Hero (and I suck major hardcore, but I keep on practicing), GTA: San Andreas for like the 4th time..., and a little Soul Calibur 3. All of these on the PS2 of course...

SpecterVR 2006-08-25 03:44

Oh really now.
Playing a little psone game called Hoshigami. Strategy RPG, I'm having great fun with it. The battle system, as far as I've gotten, seems to have such amazing possibilities, and the enemies are relentless, which is a great plus for me. Been looking for a challenge after playing Indigo Prophecy and Suikoden V (again).

Corn 2006-08-25 04:16

Guild Wars. No online RPG/MMORPG can really come close to this games awesome depth in pvp, combat and tactic. Incredible balanced and tactical, and yet totally fast paced, frantic and insane:D

It's the greatessssssttt:)

Can't wait for Nightfall; http://youtube.com/watch?v=8mjPJ9QIbxk

arias 2006-08-25 08:24

I've just finished Final Fantasy Tactics. Stayed up all night to finish it in one go. All I have to say.. is that the plot was very ambitious, and I managed to keep track of the most important threads, especially character relationships. And it was bloody brilliant. There's a distinct Shakespearan influence on the penning of the drama, and the game is gripping until the very end. I'm very impressed.

I probably wouldn't have understood it as well if I played it nearly 10 years ago (~1997) when it was released.

Ah. What a game.

OutPhase 2006-08-25 08:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by sedukshun
and abit of habbohotel <--ahahah

Is the pool still closed due to AIDS?

Daniel E. 2006-08-25 12:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by arias
Tell me more about it?

I'm replaying some PS1 games, and I've put in 20 hours into BOF IV before, maybe about 5-6 years ago. When it first came out, anyways. I don't remember much of it.. is it good? Well, good enough to warrant a play? :D Recommendations?

Hmmmmn.... lets see.

-I like the combo system a lot (combining spells + skills + other combos to create more powerful attacks is always nice :D ) it just a shame that combinations sometimes fail.

-The story is pretty avarage as far as japanese RPG's are concerned. It would have been nice if you could play as Fou-lu a bit more. The ending is pretty bad and lame, IMHO. :(

-I hate the dragon system a lot. The one from BoF III was so much better; You only get one dragon form that gets different abilities depending on what "beast" you 'may' want to summon.

And I say "beast" because the game's definition of dragon is a little off. Worms, Whales, Knights, etc. If it's big, the characters refer to them as dragons.:rolleyes: The summons animations are also among the worst I have ever since.

-The fishing mini-game is nowhere near as good as the one in 3. You can no longer see all the fish in the water and the ones you get to see all have the same shape(extremely based on luck this time around); Still fun to play though.

-I like the characters designs a lot, but I have heard many complains from other people in this regard. I am pretty sure you still remember them. By the way, Ursula reminds me of Chun-lee (Street Fighter) :D

At the end of the day, I'll say that BoF IV is an OK game that helps you kill time while you wait for the good ones to arrive.

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Originally Posted by arias
I've played BOF V: Dragon Quarter, by the way. Thought it was a brilliant little gem.. but that's just me ; )

Me too. It's not just my favorite game in the series, but also one of the best RPG I have ever played.

Shame Ryu only has one dragon form though. :p

IchiKyo 2006-08-25 13:23

Currently Play Persona 3

Finished Xenosaga 3 2 Times... One with Normal Clothes, Other with Swimsuit Mode

DingoEnderZOE2 2006-08-25 13:26

Currently playing Dead Rising for the X-box360 to get as many achievements as I can. It's more fun than I originally thought it would be.

My list of games that I need to get back to sometime are Sakura Taisen V,Final Fantasy X-2(I only beat it once and It was the normal ending.),and Skies of Arcadia:Legends.

GHDpro 2006-08-25 16:40

I have a ton of games I still need to finish some time, and I even have a stack of games
still in original shrinkwrap.

What I'm playing currently however are:

DS) Final Fantasy I & II (currently about 7 hours in FF1)
I usually don't like high-random encounters and little story, but somehow FF1 keeps me playing.

PS2) Xenosaga (restarted from scratch again - got stuck near the end before)
One other game I recently finished for PS2 was Phantom Brave

PC) Galactic Civilizations 2 (though it's getting a little boring now)

the.Merines 2006-08-25 16:57

In anticipation of Xenosaga III, I went back and played though I and II again. Playing Xenogears for the fifth time because it... its Xenogears. Also practicing my drifting in GT4 to no avail.

Deathkillz 2006-08-25 20:11

i play world of warcraft ~ i guess its not popular around here :p well currently enjoying killing dumb allies across servers on my lock :D and after going to BWL to kill nef ;) (high endgame boss)

sukreih 2006-08-25 22:22

Tokemeki Memorial Girl's Side 2nd Kiss!!
Konami simply rocks in renai simulation games..

Onizuka-GTO 2006-08-25 22:33

tokobot
monster hunting
animal crossing
Super mario bro.
Brain age
Viewtiful joe
lost in blue
Kirby


yeah ,mobile gaming, dont have the time for any pc/home console games these days....

arias 2006-08-26 02:01

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Originally Posted by Daniel E.
At the end of the day, I'll say that BoF IV is an OK game that helps you kill time while you wait for the good ones to arrive.

[...]

Me too. It's not just my favorite game in the series, but also one of the best RPG I have ever played.

Shame Ryu only has one dragon form though. :p

Gah. And I was hoping it was going to be a good game! I guess I won't be playing it anytime soon then.. I don't want to waste my limited time. I'll now have to choose between Kartia, Front Mission 3, Vagrant Story and Saga Frontier 2 for my next game on my retro adventure.. : B

It's a shame that BOF V didn't get more acclaim and sales, although perhaps its understanding when you see that it's a rather simple and bareboned game. It has a certain amount of polish, but it's quite obvious that it didn't have too big of a production budget. Still, the aim of the game is quite simple, although it seems that you have to play it twice to really get the full picture of things. And when you do, it's quite fascinating! It's also a rather challenging game. Loved it though.

Shinoto 2006-08-26 02:19

Currently
Tales of Symphonia
Soon to take over my life
Disgaea 2^^

Zeifear 2006-08-26 05:53

Well, now I feel like playing some oldies again. (Especially the Lunar series ^^)

ANYWAYS!

I'm playing Steambot Chronicles, which is pretty good though nothing fantastic, Growlanser 3 (Just finished 2), which is far better then 2 IMO (Although I usually don't like random battles that much), and Monster Hunter (For PS2).

Games waiting for me to play....Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Drakengard 2, Radiata Stories, Atelier Iris 1&2, Digital Devil Saga 1&2 (As soon as I get them anyways), and Xenosaga 2.

arias 2006-08-28 04:04

Holy shit.

http://www.ffxii.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=7015

Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story & FF XII) has left Square-Enix! His supposed illness seems to be a cover-up for his actual leaving the company. What a shame, the man is a genius. I'll follow his works wherever he's going; that's for sure. The minus is that at Squeenix, he had a massive budget and production crew upon which to build a highly polished game.. I'm not sure that he'll have that sort of freedom and resources at another company. But I have faith in YAZZ. Looking forward to his next work for sure.

From that thread, rumours are that he's joined Mistwalker. Fuck no.. it's a company that is, so far, only developing games for the X360, which I will most probably not get. I hope the news clears up soon..

Zenemis 2006-08-28 11:13

Leaving WoW after realizing that you can only ever "lose" at it, I got hooked on EVE, and I'm having a blast, since I can actually make a considerable difference to the experience's of others, for better and worse.

Cheers.

Zeifear 2006-08-28 13:10

Ah, Eve. That reminds me, I still have an old account on it, if anyone wants it just ask me, I'll never play it again.


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