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6041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Started up Chrono Trigger again on: February 14, 2006, 07:16:44 AM
I've been playing console RPGs since the first Dragon Warrior, and as much as I fondly remember those games, IMO, today's games blow them out of the water in every way imaginable.  To me, RPGs just keep getting better, and almost all of my all-time favorite RPGs are on the PS2.
6042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Started up Chrono Trigger again on: February 14, 2006, 03:23:35 AM
I've probably started Chrono Trigger 10 times between the original and the PSOne version, but I've never made it more than halfway through.  For some reason, it's never captured my interest.  All the ingredients are there, but it just never "clicked" with me.  I do intend to finish it someday though (perhaps on start number 11 slywink).
6043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: February 14, 2006, 03:18:56 AM
I doubt even Nintendo knows when the game will be released, so I'm sure Best Buy doesn't.
6044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 14, 2006, 03:13:31 AM
SquareEnix has given the North American release information here.
6045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 08:00:14 PM
I usually get easily frustrated with games with poor control schemes, but I have no problem with RE4.  I think part of it is the context-sensitive commands (like jumping through windows, knocking down ladders, hitting buttons fast to run, etc).  I think we're going to see a lot more of this in games now, as it allows the player to have a large move arsenal, while still making player skill important, but not overwhelming the player with tons of commands to learn.
6046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: February 13, 2006, 04:43:30 AM
A heads-up for those who have it -  When translating the game, XSeed removed two enemies from the game, but not from the monster list.  Since completing the monster list is a requirement for getting one of the EX File keys, it's impossible to get without a Gameshark or similar device.  frown
6047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: February 12, 2006, 08:33:14 AM
Anyone else playing this?  I'm about 10 hours in, and am really enjoying it, even more than I thought I would be.  From the reviews, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill RPG, and while there are certainly cliches to be found, it has more personality than most reviews gave it credit for.  The characters are well-defined, and as in past games, each serves as a different voice in the game's philosophical discussions, focused mainly on war and its affects so far.  The enemies are an interesting lot, and seem more like something out of Shadow Hearts than a Wild ARMs game, with a Spike-and-Drusilla pair of vampires and twin girls that look like stitched-together dolls, among others.  The hex-based battle system is not only a great idea, but also well-executed, making each battle a little different, which is very important when you're fighting the same enemies over and over.

The only problem is that XSeed apparently failed to do much in the way of QA, as not only is there an obvious typo in the very first skill you get, but they also screwed up the bonus stuff, so it's not possible to get all the bonus content.  I hope they're more careful with Shadow Hearts.
6048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III reviews trickling in on: February 12, 2006, 08:24:20 AM
"The testament of Game Informer giving Digital Devil Saga 2 a 6.25 only proves the point."
After that review, a 6 or so for Paper Mario 2, and an 8.25 for Suikoden 4, I no longer put any stock in their RPG reviews.  They did rate a bunch this month, though, with 8.75 for Grandia 3 and Shadow Hearts, and 7.25 - 7.5  for ToP, ToL, and MS Saga.
6049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III reviews trickling in on: February 11, 2006, 08:05:12 PM
RPGamer gave it a 4.5/5, and Game Informer 8.75.  I'll definitely be getting it eventually (along with Tales of Legendia), but I'm going to wait a while.  With so many RPGs coming out between February and March, I'm just getting the ones that are likely to be rare soon (Tales of Phantasia GBA and MS Saga) and Shadow Hearts, because it's only $40.  

The only thing that disappoints me about Grandia 3 is the lack of locations.  From the reviews and looking at the FAQ, it looks like there are only about 13 locations to visit.  The dungeons are supposed to be long (which I like), but that seems like an awfully low number.
6050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 10, 2006, 09:51:58 AM
RPGamer has some news about the upcoming European release of the Advent Children movie.  The voice actors for Cloud and Aerith from Kingdom Hearts (Steve Burton and Mandy Moore) reprise their roles for the movie, and Jessica Alba is also featured, presumably as Tifa.
6051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LEGO Star Wars 2 on: February 10, 2006, 02:56:57 AM
There's a preview/interview at IGN.
6052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 Official NA Release Date... on: February 09, 2006, 08:05:37 PM
The combat sounds much improved, with more options and more interaction.  The gummi ship does return, but has been overhauled, both in graphics and gameplay.
6053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire for 360 on: February 09, 2006, 11:59:42 AM
According to Gamecloud, an XBox360 entry in the KUF series is in the works, although it ditches the RTS elements in favor of RPG elements.
6054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 Official NA Release Date... on: February 09, 2006, 11:06:29 AM
It's set to come out the same day as Suikoden 5.  I wonder if Suikoden 5 will be delayed. They already knew that KH2 would be coming out in spring, but maybe they thought it wouldn't be until April.
6055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioshock is Game Informer's cover on: February 09, 2006, 06:58:31 AM
That's an interesting cover - can't wait to get my issue.
6056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Golden Sun - Am I Out of Luck? MINOR SPOILERS on: February 09, 2006, 04:20:24 AM
I don't remember that part specifically, but this thread at GameFAQs sounds like it might help, if this is the same situation you're in.
6057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 Official NA Release Date... on: February 09, 2006, 12:17:22 AM
That's an impressive list of voice talent, although it's kind of odd that they didn't mention some of the biggest names, like the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
6058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Movies: Cancelled on: February 08, 2006, 08:23:17 PM
According to Lionhead, the games haven't been cancelled; they just won't be published by Activision.  They're even working on an expansion pack for the PC version.
6059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / C &C Generals : Zero Hour? on: February 07, 2006, 08:07:45 PM
There was a screenshot that supposedly came from the desktop of the developers showing C&C 3, but it was probably fake.  I would expect an announcement soon, though.
6060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW website on: February 07, 2006, 11:49:35 AM
XSeed has unveiled the full website for the upcoming Shadow Hearts game here.  There are voice samples for the main characters, which sound great.
6061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 07, 2006, 11:47:26 AM
I'm guessing Atelier Iris must have sold rather well for them to not only localize the sequel, but also announce this even before the sequel is out in the US.  I figured that this would be the game for the "premiere event" they mentioned in their newsletter.
6062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mario Bros Timewaster? Check on: February 07, 2006, 06:45:05 AM
It doesn't hurt that Nintendo keeps using these sounds/music in every Mario game since then slywink
6063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are the numbers on the wall at Best Buy? I know... on: February 07, 2006, 06:44:53 AM
Actually, those are the numbers they have to type into each computer in the store every hour, or the place will explode slywink
6064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black Demo on: February 07, 2006, 03:06:47 AM
It would probably take awhile, but won't they send you a new disk if yours is defective?
6065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Farcry Instincts, anyone? on: February 04, 2006, 08:42:35 PM
How's the difficulty in Instincts?  I found the PC version rather difficult, and I'm still not that good at the console FPS control scheme.
6066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blizzard hiring in Diablo division on: February 04, 2006, 04:54:00 AM
"Isn't WOW Diablo-ish enough? I want Starcraft 2!"
If this does mean that they're hiring now for Diablo 3, then it's highly likely that Starcraft 2 is the mystery game they've been working on for the past few years.

WoW and Diablo might differ in play style, but both are based on the addictive "kill and loot" mechanic.  I think both games probably appeal to a large part of the market, and I would guess being able to freely play Diablo 3 online would eat into the market of WoW players who don't like paying $15 a month or are getting tired of the game.
6067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 03, 2006, 01:52:06 AM
I remember when I bought Arena, the sales clerk warned me that I would need a lot of hard drive space because it would take up 25 MB  :lol:
6068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Heroes of Might and Magic V public beta on: February 02, 2006, 12:30:13 PM
After reading a little at the official forums, the problems seem to be pretty minor.  The biggest complaint (other than Starforce) was that it was too similar to Heroes 3, and too "simple", neither of which I would consider a problem.  I didn't read that much, so there may be more, but it seems as though the beta might not be as bad as it would seem.
6069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 02, 2006, 08:20:11 AM
I'm really hoping that there will be a demo.  As with Morrowind, I'm at or just above the minimum, and Morrowind wasn't really playable at the minimum specs.
6070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend Video on: February 02, 2006, 08:15:54 AM
Mine was up to 500K by the time it finished.
6071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Load Times on: February 02, 2006, 08:13:55 AM
I just got to the Imperial City, and the load times do seem longer there, which isn't surprising, given its complexity.  Previous area load times never seemed that long, but load times rarely bother me in a game.  The only exception was Crash : Wrath of Cortex, with its ridiculous 50+ second loads.
6072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Load Times on: February 01, 2006, 11:26:26 PM
Once you're in the game, no load time should be over 15 seconds, so perhaps it's a problem with backwards compatibility?
6073  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Resident Evil 4 GCN now Player's Choice on: February 01, 2006, 08:49:56 PM
According to IGN, RE4 for the Gamecube is now a Player's Choice title, and should be available for $19.99.
6074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Load Times on: February 01, 2006, 08:47:01 PM
The first load should be about 20-30 seconds, and the rest 10-15 or so.  It's about on par with KoTOR, but it seems to load a little more at the start, and less between areas once you've started.
6075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / John Romero's MMO on: January 31, 2006, 08:29:48 PM
It only took the OO thread 7 posts to get the three Romero keywords in - Daikatana, bitch, and frogs.  Can GT beat that record, ignoring the words in this post?  With sensible, rational posts like the one from Calvin, things are off to a slow start slywink
6076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warlords for NDS & PSP? on: January 31, 2006, 08:00:19 PM
There's also talk of a portable version of Warlords 5.  As for Champions, it's supposed to be something different for the series and be somewhat "puzzle-like" at times.  I'm guessing it's an Advance Wars-type strategy game or an SRPG.
6077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This just in: 24 is AWESOME on: January 31, 2006, 07:17:44 AM
If you think the acting and writing is good in season 1, wait until you get to the current season.  They've really assembled some great writers and actors this season.  As far as ranking the seasons, I think season 3 was by far the best.  It had the most variety (I loved the scenes in Mexico), the single best episode (you'll know it when you see it), and the two best scenes of the series so far (the end of the above best episode and one of the final moments of the finale).  Seasons 1 and 2 are both very good, while I found season 4 disappointing, but still not bad.
6078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to find Rez or Disgaea new? Get a 'reprint'. on: January 29, 2006, 05:48:51 AM
I wouldn't care if it's a reprint or original, but I wouldn't want to do business with a company that lies to its customers.
6079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII Yangus' Adventure - A few thoughts on: January 28, 2006, 09:18:46 PM
I picked up Torneko for $2.50 a few months ago.  I'll have to try it out.
6080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Free Trackmania game on: January 28, 2006, 11:25:10 AM
The makers of the fun racing series Trackmania are giving away a free, standalone game called Trackmania Nations ESWC. There's a multiplayer mode that I haven't tried, and the single-player consists of 90 time-trial tracks. Worthplaying has the game here.
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