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2121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo Wars?! Why not... on: October 20, 2007, 11:51:03 PM
...why not a Halo RPG?  I really think Halo sales would translate better into an RPG instead of an RTS title. It would be especially cool if they gave it a little Suikoden flair, and you took advantage of some turn-based army battles during the gameplay. If you've read any of the books, Halo does have an expansive backstory.

Personally, I would have really enjoyed seeing Bioware or Obsidian tackle something like this.

Incidentally, how would you handle combat? Real-time first person? Real-time third person? Turn-based? Personally, I would avoid first person to give the title a more pronounced division from regular Halo. 
2122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - 360, Wii, DS ~500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 19, 2007, 07:45:27 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 19, 2007, 07:38:46 PM

Wasn't Oblivion for the PSP cancelled? I've heard nothing about it for months. icon_surprised

Answering my own question, I don't see it listed anywhere on the Bethsoft website or at Gamestop. I guess it is all over for the PSP version. Did Oblivion sell poorly on the PS3?     #$@%
2123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - 360, Wii, DS ~500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 19, 2007, 07:38:46 PM
Wasn't Oblivion for the PSP cancelled? I've heard nothing about it for months. icon_surprised
2124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Etrian Odyssey 2- new website on: October 18, 2007, 08:18:30 PM
My party has a survivalist, medic, alchemist, dark hunter and bard. I traded out my protector for the Dark Hunter. So far it seems like a good decision.
2125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 barely outsells Wii for September in ... on: October 18, 2007, 08:13:43 PM
Damn, Halo 3 sold almost 200,000 units. How in the HELL did that happen? Isn't that like twice the population of Canada?
2126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Namco confirms a Summer release for Culdcept Saga on: October 18, 2007, 08:08:26 PM
Last I heard was March 2008.

I'm still betting that this game never makes it stateside. I hate to say it, but the niche is far too small among the Xbox crowd. It would probably sell very well on the Wii, however.
I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the days of JRPGs and niche titles like Culdcept and Katamari are coming to a close on the 360 platform.
2127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SCEA CEO-PS3 short term sacrifices for long term wins on: October 18, 2007, 07:24:55 PM
The Playstation brand is very much still in the game, especially with the new price drop and the upcoming library. Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Gran Turismo, and other titles with such pedigrees ensure the PS3 will not fail. Plus I still believe that Sony has the strongest internal development among the Big Three.

Going forward, just about every 3rd party game will be on both the PS3 and the Xbox, so that becomes a wash. Exclusives will generate the excitement and loyalty, and Sony's development teams are far, far stronger than the MS camp.

I love to see an American company in the console arena, but I still think that by the end of this generation MS will be in last place.
2128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SWAT: Target Liberty (PSP) impressions on: October 18, 2007, 07:10:10 PM
It looks like this version of SWAT has a storyline from the writers of the FX show "The Shield". Very cool, as this is one of my favorite television programs. If SWAT plays as well as Killzone:Liberation, it is a must have for me.

Keep us informed, Blackjack!
2129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Etrian Odyssey 2- new website on: October 18, 2007, 06:59:57 PM
Does Etrian Odyssey get better? I'm level 8 and moved on to the second floor finally. Not really seeing any strategy or storyline yet, and I haven't  really discovered anything interesting. I also think I made a mistake by adding a bard to my party. She seems useless. By the time she casts any of her party enhancements or shields the battle is practically over.
2130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And....a new PS3 SKU for the US on: October 18, 2007, 06:36:15 PM
Is the 20GB PS3 a collector's item now? I went and Amazon and a new 20 gig console runs from $560-$900(!). How ridiculous. I thought I might pick one up, assuming it would drop in price to a $350-$399 price point.
2131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 11, 2007, 10:00:14 PM
Well, I guess Bioware will eventually be beaten down into an internal EA developer that does RPG movie licenses.

Thank God we still have Bethesda.
2132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Folklore on: October 10, 2007, 06:43:14 PM
They've got machines that actually feed you?  And here I've been chewing my own food food like a sucker....

Wow, it isn't that difficult to return to the review pages.
2133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 03:00:24 AM

Quote from: JCC on October 10, 2007, 01:10:15 AM

I loved the combat in BK (the first one) until the timers became too short (which didn't take long). I thought the story was bad and the voice acting beyond horrid, but the graphics were fantastic. But, sadly the combat became to frantic with the timers and I gave it up. I thought it was lame you couldn't turn the timers off entirely, since I felt they served no purpose. The combat would have been perfectly fun to me without a timer.

Question for the FF experts: Which game is better, Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy XII. Based on what I have read from forum people, I would guess XII, but X seems to have gotten higher review scores.... well from Gamespot anyway....


I agree with the timer really dragging the game down. I loved everything else, but the final several hours were way too frantic, and I had no time to think about the cards I wanted to use. Finally hit a wall and traded it in, although it was fun while it lasted.
2134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 02:58:35 AM
BTW, I just finished Enchanted Arms, which turned out to be a surprisingly fun RPG. Considering that it came from a development house not known for RPGs (From Software) I was surprised at how well the game's combat system was laid out. The strategic grid layout was a nice design choice, and collecting your army of golemns was somewhat addictive.  The story also had a few entertaining twists, but I wouldn't rate it as anything superlative.

A good, solid "75%".

2135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 01:06:24 AM
I'm guessing that the 20 hours of storytelling in Lost Odyssey is probably split up among multiple endings. So the average person may only see a portion of those elements depending upon their choices.

2136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:22:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 08, 2007, 11:52:16 PM

Sounds like we have similar tastes (my 2 faves are also FFX & Shadow Hearts), and I'd definately recommend Final Fantasy XII first.  I typically burn out 30-40 hours into RPG's, but FFXII kept me going for nearly 80.  It's really an incredible game.  If you can handle the ridiculous encounter rate, the Digital Devil Saga games are also very good.

As far as ones to avoid, I'd stay far, far away from Shadow Hearts: From the New World.  (Eddie will disagree with me here, but I'm sticking to it!  smile) Especially if you enjoyed the first two.  The combat is somewhat fun, but the characters and story that made Covenant so amazing are replaced by a whiny teenage lead and a complete and utter snoozefest of a story.  I also didn't care much for Rogue Squadron, but I'm not big on action-RPG's in general.

SH:Covenant was an incredible game, and I'm really disappointed to see so many people agree that SH: From the New World pales so badly in comparison. I absolutely loved the characters and cut scenes in Covenant, and was thrilled to see that you could go back and watch them after the game. I really wish RPGs would tell stronger stories. This is part of the reason why I'm willing to give Lost Odyssey a chance despite the rumors that it is massively slanted toward "watching the game". If someone could someone fuse the tightly-wrapped, detailed stories in adventure games (minus the obtuse puzzles) and RPGs I'd really be ecstatic.
2137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:14:39 AM

Quote from: Farscry on October 08, 2007, 11:56:46 PM

The only console rpg from the PS2 generation I'd recommend higher than FFXII is Dragon Quest 8, which you don't have, so chuck another vote onto the FFXII pile. icon_wink

I played Dragon Quest 8 and really enjoyed it, but not quite as much as FFX or SH: Covenant.

My friend is pushing me toward Persona 3, but I'm thinking I should probably play Persona 2 first.
2138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 08, 2007, 11:34:28 PM
I have a large backlog of unplayed RPGs in my closet, and I could use some help choosing the next RPG I should play. I'd also like to hear which title you would absolutely avoid.

I'm really looking forward to something character and/or story driven this time around. For a point of reference, my favorite console RPGs over the last several years have been FFX, Shadow Hearts Covenant, and KotOR. Here is what I have:


PS2
Persona 3
Nocturne
Valkyrie Profile 2
Shadow Hearts: From the New World
Metal Saga
Devil Summoner
HACK:Rebirth
Final Fantasy XII
Rogue Galaxy
Magna Carta
Digital Devil Saga 1
Digital Devil Saga 2
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
Romancing Saga

Gamecube:
Tales of Symphonia
Baten Kaitos Origins

Xbox 360
Blue Dragon (stopped after 10 hours to wait for difficulty patch)

PSP:
Valhalla knights
Jewel Summoner
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
Tales of Eternia

Playstation:

Vagrant Story
Parasite Eve
Persona 2
2139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 10:44:46 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 04, 2007, 10:09:19 PM

That 2001 list for the PS2 I think is what helped propel the PS2 to the win last generation( at least in the US). Especially GTA III which was this "out of left field" mega hit that helped Sony seriously mute the launches of the XBox and Gamecube.

I think 2007 is Microsoft's best chance of really hammering Sony, at least in North America. Even if Sony does release a $399 PS3 it still can't match Microsoft's current release schedule, and MS will just lower the price on the 360 again. I don't see the Xbox having so much open territory next year as the Sony software machine comes alive.

2140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 08:38:29 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 04, 2007, 08:33:01 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 04, 2007, 08:15:36 PM

That list is skewed, Kevin, because many of those titles did not appear on the same platform, and it looks like you are taking all of 1998 into consideration based upon your preface. You have games in there that are exclusive to the PC, the Gamecube and the PS2. If the games on that list were ALL appearing on one console (but some could still be multi-platform) I would agree with you. I'm referring to one console having such a large and diversified holiday gaming list.  I think the PS2 might be the only challenger to the 360.

Well, I mentioned the whole year only in response to bringing a summer release like Biioshock into play when discussing great holiday lineups.  Although just holiday releases in 1998 were pretty amazing.  Good point on platform but, again, that was in response to KD who listed GTA 3 and Halo which were on separate platforms in 2001. 

I will say that the PC lineup from 1998 alone trumps the 360 lineup from this year and I don't think the 2007 PC lineup remotely compares.  Quake Wars, Orange Box, Crysis, and Hellgate combined won't have the impact of just Half Life.  Thief, despite not getting blockbuster sales, is certainly one of the most influential games of the last decade elements of which have been cribbed in far more successful games.  Baldur's Gate 1 is also one of the bigger PC RPGs in the last decade as well. 


Is there anyplace we can actually quickly see what releases took place over what platforms in a historical timeline? There must be some crazy gaming zealot who has posted this info on the Internet.

2141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 08:27:15 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 04, 2007, 08:23:10 PM

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I wouldn't say the same about Sara Lee and General Motors.

Damn it Dante!  You just ruined my EZ-Bake Oven in the GM Vehicle program....back to the drawing board.



Mmmmmmm........EZ-Bake.........


When I was young I'd force my cousin to bake for me at every family event.  Yes, violent persuasion was often involved.

Yeah, I said it.......don't get between me and my #$@! chocolate cake.
2142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 08:15:36 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 04, 2007, 05:59:18 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 04, 2007, 05:49:02 PM

I would add Bioshock and PGR 4 to the list too.

Is Bioshock part of a holiday lineup since it was released in August?  Because then things get real fuzzy.  If you want to look at a "Greatest Lineup In History" then I think 1998 easily holds the crown but not everything was released in the holidays (ie Starcraft came out in the Spring). 

Signficant 1998 releases:

Half Life
Starcraft
Fallout 2
Grim Fandango
Thief
European Air War
Metal Gear Solid
Final Fantasy Tactics
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
I-War
Resident Evil 2
Heretic 2
Redguard (personal favorite of mine)
Freespace 1

and a lot more. 

Of those, I know that HL1, Thief, Grim Fandango, Fallout 2, Zelda, and MGS were all holiday games and just those cream just about every other year IMO. 

EDIT- Doh!  Add Baldur's Gate 1 to the incredible holiday lineup of '98. 

That list is skewed, Kevin, because many of those titles did not appear on the same platform, and it looks like you are taking all of 1998 into consideration based upon your preface. You have games in there that are exclusive to the PC, the Gamecube and the PS2. If the games on that list were ALL appearing on one console (but some could still be multi-platform) I would agree with you. I'm referring to one console having such a large and diversified holiday gaming list.  I think the PS2 might be the only challenger to the 360.

And to throw mud in the faces of the "PC gaming is dead", I would say 2007 comes very close to matching 1998 in quality. Especially if The Witcher knocks it out of the park. (I know, I know, it won't be Baldur's gate, but...)

As for Ridah's post that the Wii and 360 aren't competing for the same customers/market, I think that is an argument that is simply not true. There are limited developer budgets and they are most definitely pitting the Wii, PS3 and 360 against one another when looking at future title creation. If powerful publishers and developers like SquareEnix start orientating to the Wii, Sony investors will not be pacified by the non-compete argument. It is simply lip service. I'm quite sure Sony and MS are studying and charting all of Nintendo's moves. I wouldn't say the same about Sara Lee and General Motors.
2143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 04:01:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 04, 2007, 03:25:44 PM

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Initial reports from retailers worldwide show console sales have more than doubled compared with the weekly average before the launch of “Halo 3.” With games such as “Halo 3,” “Madden 08” (EA Sports), “Mass Effect” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Rock Band” (Harmonix), Xbox 360 has the greatest lineup in the history of video games and is the only console where consumers can play all the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Greatest lineup in the history of video games?  That's some funny shit.


Yeah, I definitely wouldn't go that far, but MS probably has the finest Fall/Winter release schedule in the history of video gaming. Obviously you have the real heavy hitters, but there is something for just about everyone being released.  I'm sure MS will also use their standard tactic of offering rebates during the holiday season. If they can't win Christmas with their Fall/Winter release lineup and price incentives, then to me it shows that games really can't save a console.


2144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 11:31:55 PM

Quote from: Calvin on October 03, 2007, 11:11:23 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 03, 2007, 10:02:36 PM

That's perfectly fine.  However I just want to state that not considering the system at all when some really good exclusives come out in the future, and the price drops to within your price range, is also foolish.  If this new model does come out at $400, it brings the PS3 within range of quite a few people and at the same time a bunch of new games release for it.  As I was saying, I think this new model at a lower price point was likely a reaction to Konami and Square thinking about porting to the 360.  Sony reacts by throwing more money at the PS3 to get more market share.

Calvin, I'm honestly not sure why you bought a PS3.  It's good hardware, but it doesn't have the games you want just yet.  You seem more angry at having bought something you didn't really want rather than angry at the PS3.  Admittedly, I'm really not using my PS3 that much, but about this time after I got my 360, I wasn't playing that much either.

I'd trusts the analysts more, they've got a ton more data, research, and experience behind them when determining.  Remember, they also have a line in with both MS and Sony.  Analysts may be overstating themselves by saying Sony will come out on top, but Sony is seriously pumping money into the system, and there's seriously a lot of stuff in the works for 2008.  Way too early to call this race over, I want to see what happens when the big 2008 games like MGS4, FF13, Killzone 2, God of War 3, etc... come out that go head to head with whatever cool stuff MS will have by then.  Now that'll be something to see.
I have no vested interest in seeing the PS3 struggle, and god help me I would rather them dominate than the Nintendo Wii-all-lose, but the PS3 is a disaster right now.

I'm of the same mind that I'd rather see Sony performing well instead of the Nintendo. The Wii and DS are pushing gaming in a direction that I'd rather not travel. I certainly don't have any irrational dislike of Nintendo, but their gaming library and hardware choices run completely contrary to my gaming desires.
2145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 06:27:25 PM
A friend of mine was relatively high up in the foodchain at Gamestop. Since preorders save the company significant money on Inventory he suggested that customers who preorder be given a 5% discount. Not much, but better than nothing and it saves you $3 on a 360 or PS3 new release.

He said his boss looked at him like he was "growing a third eye in the middle of his forehead and said they aren't in the business of giving money away." 

So much for customer appreciation. You get raped on trade-in prices, and can't even get a tiny savings for preordering.
2146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb i on: October 02, 2007, 09:53:20 PM
From game Informer:

"Rumors are floating abound that Halo masterminds Bungie will be leaving Microsoft. The rumor’s source being a reader blog from Seattlepi.com stating that in fact, as of yesterday, Bungie is no longer part of Microsoft. While the majority of Internet denizens are stating that this could never happen and that it’s not true, we’ve heard the opposite. From a source close to Bungie, Game Informer has  learned this rumor has some merit. It looks like with Halo 3, Bungie really is finishing the fight.

Our source stated that Bungie is “tired of Making Halo, and didn’t want to do future Halo games.” For an unstated, but significant amount of money, Bungie shareholders bought the studio name back from Microsoft. Our source also revealed that even though Microsoft will retain the rights to Halo, Microsoft also has “the right of first refusal on future games.” This means that Microsoft has the first shot at publishing Bungie’s future titles. How this will come into play if Bungie decides they want future game X to appear on the PlayStation 3 and Wii alongside an Xbox 360 release will make things quite interesting.


http://www.gameinformer.com/News/Story/200710/N07.1002.1438.22348.htm
2147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb i on: October 02, 2007, 02:43:40 AM
Actually, now that I read the first post again, I can see where this would make some sense. Bungie makes Halo 4, but is allowed to work on other IPs. You then let the development house create these IPs for portables (the PSP or DS) or the PC, which are not in direct competition with your main console.
2148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb i on: October 02, 2007, 01:05:08 AM
In other news, Cadillac is leaving GM.  I don't see MS as the type of company to let their #1 development house and cash cow pick up their toys and leave. If anything, they would create parallel titles to keep the team happy.
2149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Odyssey - 20 hours of cutscenes! on: October 01, 2007, 04:04:16 PM
This makes me want the game even more. I'll trade you random battles for cut scenes any day of the week.
2150  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: (Nippon Ichi) Soul Nomad and the World Eaters on: September 29, 2007, 01:46:59 AM
Great game if you are into Disgaea/Phantom Brave, etc, but it looks like I'm burned out on NIS.  Game will be sent to you in "Like New" condition with delivery confirmation. Looking for high-quality versions of:

PC-
Bioshock
Two Worlds

Xbox 360-
Bioshock
The Darkness


PS2-
Wild ARMs 5

PSP-
Blade Dancer
D&D Tactics
2151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/24) on: September 24, 2007, 05:37:19 PM
Soul Nomad and the World Eaters
2152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 23, 2007, 10:28:41 AM
I'm a little further in, and the game continues to get better. The graphics truly are stunning in this game. I really love the art direction and the color palette chosen for just about everything. Eternal Sonata definitely raises the bar for other RPGs in the graphics department.



2153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 22, 2007, 01:45:56 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 21, 2007, 05:44:54 PM


Do Bethesda and Bioware actually use scaling AI?  I've never messed with the difficulty levels in their games but my experience is that most developers' idea of difficulty scales are limited to "enemy hits harder, the player hits weaker" which has zero to do with AI.  The games where the enemies actually use different tactics on different difficulty levels seems to be few and far between, whether western or easter, or RPG or not. 

On the fly difficulty levels are definitely nice but I think we are going to see less of that, not more, due to achievements.  I think any game that defines certain achievements based on difficulty level is going to be less likely to include on the fly difficultly changes.  But, yeah, I'd like to see more of that.   

No, I'd have to agree with you here. I should have used the term on-the-fly scaling difficulty instead of scaling AI. That is what I get for posting after a 15 hour work day. Still, its nice to have the option to bump up the difficulty at any point without needing to restart the game.

Eternal Sonata would be a better game if the difficulty was slightly higher. Its too easy to abuse the special attack button, and overall you can perform significantly more attacks than most enemy parties. But I'm roughly six hours in and the game continues to impress me. The story is nicely told and some of the characters are endearing. The battle system is a wonderful idea that would have been phenomenal with just a few extra tweaks. I love how your attacks change depending on the light/dark aspect of the battlefield. The game really does feel like you're playing a high-budget cartoon. The transition from gameplay to cutscenes shows no sudden, dramatic change in quality, which is a really nice bonus. It makes things feel more seamless.

Some people may find the world to be absolutely beautiful but too confining at the same time. It feels alot like Fable in that sense. There is all this beautiful scenery and architecture that you just can't...quite... explore.
2154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 21, 2007, 05:22:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 20, 2007, 06:05:54 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 20, 2007, 05:53:17 PM

I'm shocked you would choose Wild ARMS 5 over Eternal Sonata or BD. I've yet to play Wild ARMS, but several reviews and forums have complained loudly about the poor graphics and brain-dead AI. It seems that the only way to die in ARMS is if you have suicidal tendencies and let the AI take the first 5 turns as freebies. Even then you are given the option to replay the battle if you lose. I've watched several gameplay videos, and I just can't see any apparent significant redeeming qualities.

Ah, to each his own. Let me know how Wild ARMS turns out.

Don't know about AI yet.  Haven't heard much positive or negative on WA5 but all I've heard about ES is that it's a complete cakewalk which isn't appealing to me.... 

Wild ARMs 5 from several review sites:

"...truly abysmal AI..."

"...Especially since the AI was apparently borrowed from a PONG machine, so don't expect much in terms of intelligent monsters -- the game really doesn't want you to get hurt, much less die..."

"Random encounters don't offer any additional challenge, just more tedium as you need to move into position before attacking."

"If you miraculously lose to its Fisher Price artificial intelligence, you can elect to start the battle over, or return to your last save point."

"...a slightly above average game weighed down by substandard graphics and an AI that never even reached the point of being half-baked."


Having a poor AI, and then forcing me to move through combat at a slower pace due to the necessity of navigating a small hex-board seems like a bad decision. At least in Brave Story I could end the easy battles in 3 strokes of the "X" button.
I do LOVE the idea of the added tactical element they tried to add, but the implementation sounds very poor.

I really wish Japanese developers would starting implementing scaling AI like that seen in RPGs by Bethesda and Bioware. The ability to change the AI difficulty on the fly? And not have to restart the entire game? Brilliant!

Anyway, I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from purchasing an RPG. Its just irritating to see one RPG panned and one praised while both share the same inherent flaws. (average story, easy AI)
2155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 20, 2007, 05:53:17 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 20, 2007, 05:30:09 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 20, 2007, 05:20:24 PM

And why haven't you bought Blue Dragon or Eternal Sonata yet? I know you like RPGs. And please don't say you're waiting for Mass Effect. That title will be an RPG Leviathan. The niche titles need the biggest push.

Blue Dragon is an eventual purchase but I'm trying to go a bit more out of my way these days in not buying a game until I'm actually ready to play it.  Right now I've still got Persona 3 to finish (which should be done in the next week).  However I think my next RPG is going to be Wild Arms 5.  From what I've read it does the "traditional" RPG thing a little better than BD and is $20 cheaper to boot.  BD might be on deck after that though.  I like a lot of what I've heard from reliable RPG fans so I'm not turned off at all by the American press's lukewarm reaction.

Eternal Sonata, though, just hasn't sold me yet.  I've heard enough bad stuff from reliable Japanese importers to raise some pretty serious flags for me.  It's undeniably a gorgeous game but I need a bit more than that and I wasn't even that impressed by the demo.  Plus, I don't trust the American press at all when it comes to RPGs.  From listening to them talk I don't think they play them very long before pronouncing judgment so I'm not convinced that most of these guys have given BD the time to get good (which I've heard happens) or to see Eternal Sonata through to the end long after the initial wow factor of the graphics has passed. 

But I'm willing to be convinced and will be looking at impressions with interest as people get farther into the game.  I did eventually buy Enchanted Arms after user reaction was more positive than expected (though I have yet to play it) so the same could certainly happen with ES. 

I'm shocked you would choose Wild ARMS 5 over Eternal Sonata or BD. I've yet to play Wild ARMS, but several reviews and forums have complained loudly about the poor graphics and brain-dead AI. It seems that the only way to die in ARMS is if you have suicidal tendencies and let the AI take the first 5 turns as freebies. Even then you are given the option to replay the battle if you lose. I've watched several gameplay videos, and I just can't see any apparent significant redeeming qualities.

Ah, to each his own. Let me know how Wild ARMS turns out. The majority can always be wrong.
2156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 20, 2007, 05:20:24 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 20, 2007, 05:14:01 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 20, 2007, 04:37:14 PM

I really hope this title sells well. The art direction, music, combat and story are all very well done. My only regret is that combat tends to be too easy. I had the same complaint with Blue Dragon. Apparently Japanese developers seem to be of the mindset that the Xbox crowd is filled with a bunch of RPG newbies.

Actually, Japanese gamers tend to like games easier than Americans.  American versions often feature new, harder difficult modes than their Japanese counterparts. 

I realize that they think American PS2 owners like their games harder. But apparently Xbox owners are in the remedial room...

And why haven't you bought Blue Dragon or Eternal Sonata yet? I know you like RPGs. And please don't say you're waiting for Mass Effect. That title will be an RPG Leviathan. The niche titles need the biggest push.
2157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 20, 2007, 04:37:14 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 20, 2007, 04:05:25 PM

Wow, this game is gorgeous...and engaging too. I've barely gotten started, but I'm much more into the story than with Blue Dragon.

I agree. I cannot say enough good things about this title. Not only does it have some of the most beautiful graphics I've ever seen on the 360, but the story and combat are equally entertaining. I'm about 5 hours in, and so far Eternal Sonata has definitely been worth the price of admission.

I don't even mind the fact that the game is only about 25 hours long. I can use a short, tightly woven RPG to counterbalance the massive timesinks most RPGs turn out to be.

I really hope this title sells well. The art direction, music, combat and story are all very well done. My only regret is that combat tends to be too easy. I had the same complaint with Blue Dragon. Apparently Japanese developers seem to be of the mindset that the Xbox crowd is filled with a bunch of RPG newbies.
2158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: Worms Open Warfare 2 + Gurumin on: September 17, 2007, 06:24:07 PM
Excellent condition, original manuals and cases. Will trade BOTH Worms Open Warfare 2 (this is the new highly rated Worms game) + Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, for one of the following games. I'll also throw in the demo of Jeanne D'Arc if you'd like to try it out. The items will be sent to with delivery confirmation.


Looking for:

PS2
Wild ARMS 5

PSP
D&D Tactics
Monster Hunter Freedom 2

PC
Two Worlds

Xbox 360
The Darkness


2159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 15, 2007, 02:28:38 PM
I'm supporting it. I'm hate the fact that the 360 is turning into a FPS/Sports console machine, just like its predecessor. But I feel like a Republican voting in the state of California.

Blue Dragon crashed and burned.
Viva Pinata went down in flames.
Kameo bit the dust.
Overlord limped along and sputtered out.
Enchanted Arms imploded.

Does anyone know if Culdcept Saga is even coming to the 360 any more? It was due out in early summer, got pushed to September, and now I hear that a release is "under review".




2160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Controllers: I Wish Someone Would Bring This Idea to the PS3 on: September 11, 2007, 01:55:16 PM
http://www.saitek.com/uk/prod/p3600v2.htm

"New ‘Cyborg-module’ reversible d-pad and left analogue stick - Alter the stick and d-pad position to your preference"

This is a PC controller, but I think this would be a great idea for a console. Most people I know prefer the layout of the analog sticks on the 360 in comparison to the PS2/PS3 layout. After using Sony's controller for about an hour I feel like my thumbs are trying to detach from my hands in protest. Gah! Logitech, where are you when I need you most?!
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