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Old 05-22-08, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus
Well I beat it in about 5.5 - 6 hours yesterday on my Mac. A lot of fun, I'll probably play through it once or twice more. Kemper the cat really surprised me when he scored a 1 out of 200,000 shot of getting a 999 damage attack. Really cool kitty. I love how Anne-Claire's robots explosion gets larger every time you use it.

For those who got it on their computer, you can use your key for multiple copies of the game. I have this installed on my Mac and my PC, and I gave the key to my girlfriend so she could play it on her Mac as well.
Do you know what the Mac requirements are? I'm at work and can't check. If I buy it, I'm trying to decide between 360 or the Mac version. With that key flexibility I could play it on my iMac or mabye on the Macbook Air.
Old 05-22-08, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Flay
We probably need to add a Demo it option sometime. It was either 'Rent it' or 'Recommended'. The latter would have gone against the closing statement and the Metacritic quote for that matter.

Metacritic added us a couple months ago. Very cool for our little site.
We did have that prior to moving to the new system. I had the ManWhoFixesThings add different options specifically for the arcade titles.
Old 05-22-08, 07:20 PM
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Played the demo (XBLA version), but will not be buying the full game any time soon.

Likes:
  • Look and feel of the game
  • Your customer character shows up in the 2D cut-scenes, even the "preview" for the full game -- nice touch.
  • Combat system seems well thought-out and robust.

Dislikes:
  • Too linear
  • Combat interface was clunky on XBOX. Would probably play much easier with a mouse.
  • Humor fell flat
Old 05-22-08, 08:18 PM
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I'm very sad to hear about the length but i had bought it right away due to loving PA, the humor, and the look of the game. When my wife said she wanted to see the game i knew i had to drop the 20 bones.
Old 05-24-08, 11:13 PM
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debating on whether to get this. I just got a couple of 1600 point cards for 20 bucks for both, so is it worth the 10 bucks I would spend on it?
Old 05-25-08, 07:32 AM
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After playing the demo I decided I would buy it if/when it's about $10.

I think at that price the purchasing decision is pretty much a no brainer. If you're a PA fan get it. If not, then don't.
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http://kotaku.com/5011161/penny-arca...ee+day-records

Well, the game has broken some Xbox Live sales records. Time for Capcom and others to nudge prices higher for their upcoming releases!
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Uh, it broke sales for revenue. Which is easy, when you are charging 2-4x as much as other titles.
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Uh, it broke sales for revenue. Which is easy, when you are charging 2-4x as much as other titles.
I think most companies would be intrigued by the idea of making more money...

Anyway, time will tell if the game has staying power, or if PA fans were responsible for the first week numbers.
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Cheap points probably contributed to some of that as well.

I know when i had a few point cards that i got for almost 50% off then i was far more liberal with my purchases in the Marketplace.
Old 05-27-08, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by xmiyux
Cheap points probably contributed to some of that as well.

I know when i had a few point cards that i got for almost 50% off then i was far more liberal with my purchases in the Marketplace.
It is just too bad that they cannot know that. All they see is that people are buying the items left and right. That is all they care about. They don't care that you got 1600 points for $5 and that is why you bought this game or that game.

It sucks that they can basically write their own ticket and people buy it. It is why the GH pricing never was lowered when that game was popular. Everyone bought them up at the high price point and sent a clear message that high prices are just fine.
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I got several 1600 point cards for $5 and I still won't buy PA. I tried the demo and it was passable, but not worth 1600 points.
Old 05-27-08, 07:57 PM
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Perhaps I'm missing something...where are you getting $5 point cards? I could use like 2 of them...
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Last week I used the $10 off Target coupons to pick up a bunch of points cards, then had them price adjusted this week, since they're on sale. Not everyone had success with the coupon, but I used it several times for points cards and so did a couple of my friends.

::Cue Decker's soap box::
Old 05-28-08, 12:18 AM
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I really like parts of PA. I think when they set out to produce a comic about a game it is top notch. When they attempt any other type of comic I am usually upset I wasted my time reading it. The demo seemed to not really parody RPG games so as many other people stated the joke just didn't work for me. I love the visual style but I'd rather buy and play Okami again if I simply wanted a pretty game.

I think the PA guys risked too much with the pricing of the game and didn't risk enough when it came to creative gameplay.

[rant]My other main complaint with them is how wordy and over the top their posts are. They either study a thesaurus each day or they have a program to just change every 14th normal word into a fancier version. Their game title only helps to prove that their nature is not to be simplistic but rather way over the top and a tad pompous. [/rant]

I think I'd rather spend my money on anther one of their books and wait for the game to get a minor discount.

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Old 05-28-08, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by FusionX
::Cue Decker's soap box::
It ain't a soap box. I'm happy for you. Your Target reps are a lot dumber than those I ran into. I just don't want people to expect toget it for $5, because for many of us that isn't happening. I'm loading up on 1600 point cards at $12.50 and I will certaily pass on this game at that price. I wasn't too fond of the demo and didn't find it all that funny. For fans, it's a great service, but for the rest, I don't think it'll be a universally loved title and the lack of replay doesn't make me that interested. Neither does the episodic nature of the game.

I do wonder though -- they sold 15000 copies in the first few days. That was third-best this year. Don't you think if the game was 800 points they would have moved over 30K? If it were 1200 points, don't you think at least 22K games would have been purchased? I would think so. I'm not sure if they might ultimately be hurting themselves with the higher price.
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I would have gotten in on it at 800 points. Maybe 1200 with the points deal this week.

800 is the tops for my arcade purchases. It is the reason I still don't and won't own Lumines for Live because it is priced higher then 800 points and you still need to buy more parts to push the total up around 2000 points.
Old 05-28-08, 09:40 AM
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I have enjoyed several of the comics but found the demo to be rather unispiring. Count me as another that would wait for a price drop before considering a purchase... cheaper points or not.
Old 05-28-08, 11:01 AM
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Can someone clue me in on these cheap Target points cards?
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Originally Posted by CKMorpheus
Can someone clue me in on these cheap Target points cards?
They're on sale for $14.99 this week. That's a deal in-and-of itself.

Additionally there are coupons floating around.

One for $5 off a $25 "toy" purchase - buy 2 cards for $24.98 + tax.

Another for $10 off any Xbox 360 game - buy each card for $4.99 + tax.

However, neither coupon technically applies to the point cards. Cashiers will normally just apply them anyway or, worst case, you could argue that the cards are for xbox 360 games (and therefore toys) if you want.
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Note that a lot of Targets are out of the cards, mostly due to hoarders.
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Originally Posted by pinata242
They're on sale for $14.99 this week. That's a deal in-and-of itself.

Additionally there are coupons floating around.

One for $5 off a $25 "toy" purchase - buy 2 cards for $24.98 + tax.

Another for $10 off any Xbox 360 game - buy each card for $4.99 + tax.

However, neither coupon technically applies to the point cards. Cashiers will normally just apply them anyway or, worst case, you could argue that the cards are for xbox 360 games (and therefore toys) if you want.
My Target has a stack of them. Care to point a fellow gamer in the right direction for these sweet coupons?
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