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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2005, 11:44:44 AM »

I started playing this last night and am in the middle of chapter 2.  Pretty good so far.  I can easily see myself getting confused during a big battle, but that's nothing new.  I like that its a game I can play in front of my stepson.  In fact he might get to play a game or two with me over the weekend.

Is there a way to pause the game and read the info for each skill?  In the heat of battle its kind of hard o figure out what everything does.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2005, 01:10:28 PM »

When you have skills assigned to buttons you press the D-pad in the direction that corresponds with the skill you want more info on.  It'll display all you need to know like range, casting cost, damage etc.  This happens in real-time though so don't take too long, otherwise you could get whacked.

Dave and I fiddled with the trading last night.  It's probably better if we play for a while longer and accumulate more skills.  We can then trade for some rare skills.  Anything of lesser rarity is probably pretty easy to acquire from shops.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2005, 01:35:53 PM »

Yeah, I think we could probably pass on trading one- and two-star-rated items.  I'm going to jot down my inventory this weekend anyway, just to have a good idea of my entire stock.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2005, 02:39:48 PM »

I'll make up a quick spreadsheet with my skills as well.

Geek level.....rising.......
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2005, 02:10:48 PM »

This really is a fantastic game. It supplants Carve as the benchmark of $20 titles.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2005, 02:13:44 PM »

And to think you talked me out of buying it.  Oh well.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2005, 02:21:33 PM »

Hey, I said *I* couldn't buy it just then. Don't let my financial straits limit your choices. I'd tell you to buy it now, but apparently online gaming just isn't your bag anymore, baby.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2005, 02:25:29 PM »

I logged in last night hoping for some CT or Worms or GR2 or Halo or Burnout but everybody was playing PD.† :)

I'll probably be on again tonite.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2005, 03:29:58 PM »

I need to get in on this glut of Phantom Dust.  I desire to expand my arsenal! 
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2005, 05:37:47 PM »

I've been playing this a lot over the last couple of days (as many of you have noticed I'm sure).  I am now at the beginning of Chapter 5 and have just opened up the Refinery level.  This game is highly addictive! I just can't stop playing until I collect 'em all!  Amazing that it was so cheap.
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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2005, 03:40:30 PM »

I'll second that this game is worthy of topping Carve as best $20 game.  There are a couple of gripes, but they're small.  More maps up front would be nice, as apparently some are unlocked as you progress through single player.  I used to think it would be nice if you could make your own arsenal for online play without having to play through the single player, but now I see why that would suck.  I for one wouldn't know what the hell I was doing without playing the single player a bit first.  I still don't know what I'm doing half the time. as it is.  And lastly, it would be nice if the game supported more than four online at a time, maybe a gallery of sorts at least.  Then again the most I've seen in one room at a time has been three.  All in all I've got to give this game a big thumbís up!

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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2005, 02:41:53 PM »

Something has been vexing me. I am vexed! How random are the quick arsenals? I've seen Jeremy get a certain skill (the one where skulls appear over your own skills, the cheeky bastard) too many times for mere chance to account for it. Are there different arsenals for the different characters? Choose Cuff Button and you'll get a different set than Meister? I'd just assumed each one got something from the 300+ available skills. Either the game just got that much deeper, or it's a cheating whore!
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2005, 03:24:09 PM »

I'm not sure about how many arsenals there are in quick mode, but I agree that certain skills come up very often.  I can't say for sure if they always belong to the same arsenal (then my estimate would only be four or five different ones in quick mode) or if just a handful of skills (say 50) get rearranged into slightly different arsenals each time (thereby making it much more difficult to say how many actual arsenals there are in quick mode).

Oh yes, I've been the character "Know" for quite some time now.  Don't hate me for my mad skillz!

My 'rare' skill for 30 wins was a little disappointing.  Twisted Laser (of Optical school).  2 COST; 2 STRENGTH (long range, arc trajectory, infinite uses).  Meh.  I'm only 7 more wins to obtain another skill!

BTW Matt, tell us how much you like Judge of Anubis? ;D
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2005, 03:40:02 PM »

I vote for Whore.
Especially Jeremy.  Goddamn Judge of Anubis.

That is a good question Allen, and I have know idea.  We'll have to investigate.  I also think that there's more than one skill that have that effect.  Its also possible that any one of us have had that skill to use and had know idea how to use it properly.  Its also likely that Jeremy has a secret room set up code that allows him to obtain kick ass skills while the rest of us are left with the primordial soup of skills.
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Re: Phantom Dust
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2005, 03:50:44 PM »

All I know is, it's going to take FOREVER for me to master enough skills to truly be great at this game.  I just spent some time reviewing them at http://www.phantom-dust.com/skills.php and now my brain hurts.

Also, in looking at that chart, can any of you tell me what the "V" column denotes?
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