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6081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts: From the New World thread of ALL THREADS on: March 07, 2006, 09:44:40 AM
Can't wait, even though I'm only halfway through Covenant.  I've always liked timing-based battle systems, and I love the real-world settings, especially the Native American ones.  I'll also be getting Tales of Phantasia Wednesday, and I just started MS Saga and Tales of Legendia.  Then, there will be a whole 3 weeks without a major RPG release until Suikoden 5 and Kingdom Hearts 2.
6082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: March 05, 2006, 12:33:45 AM
I'm trying not to use the alchemy FAQ.  It's not exactly fun trying different objects in the alchemy pot over and over, but it's great when you get something that works.
6083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any DQ8 impressions yet? on: March 04, 2006, 10:05:18 AM
Does anyone know the purpose of the recipes that read "item x = ??? + ???"?
6084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Japanese vote on Top 100 games of all time (WTF....) on: March 04, 2006, 04:06:37 AM
FFX is would be at the top of my all-time best game list too.
6085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blizzard to 360's - no World of Warcraft for you on: March 04, 2006, 04:02:17 AM
I would be suprised if Blizzard doesn't develop a console MMORPG.
6086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus's latest Shin Megami Tensei title - Devil Summoner 3 on: March 03, 2006, 11:49:11 AM
I've only played two games featuring them, but Kazuma Kaneko's character designs are my all-time favorites.  They're amazing, and I'd be willing to play a mediocre game for the sole reason of seeing them.  1Up has a preview  here, and while they haven't made an official announcement, I'm pretty sure Atlus has said that they are localizing it.
6087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 24, 2006, 06:04:13 AM
I haven't played much, but I'll post my impressions now, as I'll be gone for the next week.  The game starts with a nice rendered intro, showing various scenes from the game with some odd-sounding music playing.  The graphics and sound/music seem pretty average so far, as is the voice acting.  It looks like the highly customizable mobile suits will be the main graphical draw, as it seems like it will be great fun customizing them and then admiring your handiwork.
Little has happened with the story so far, but I'm liking the characters, and there's already been some nice humor, and it appears the translation is solid.    The world map is actually a map of the Earth, with you starting out in Spain, which I don't think I've ever seen in a console RPG before.  It's got a nice map for the world and dungeons (hopefully dungeon maps will become a standard in console RPGs from now on), and both the map and encounter gauge resemble those in SMT : Nocturne.  As for saving, it can be done in towns and at save points in dungeons.  Overall, it definitely seems like a winner, even from what little I've played.
6088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW reviews on: February 23, 2006, 07:58:34 AM
Johnny is 16, not 13.
6089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good RPGs on PS2 with no random battles? on: February 22, 2006, 09:58:51 PM
Grandia 3, 2, and XTreme,  Magna Carta, Radiata Stories, Xenosaga 1 and 2, Arc the Lad : Twilight of the Spirits, Star Ocean, and Breath of Fire : Dragon Quarter all have onscreen enemies rather than random battles.
6090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW reviews on: February 22, 2006, 07:38:08 PM
GI gave it 8.75.
6091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW reviews on: February 22, 2006, 07:23:09 AM
RPGFan and RPGamer have posted their very positive reviews for the new Shadow Hearts game.
6092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many consoles do you own? on: February 21, 2006, 07:11:31 AM
Hooked up and used regularly -
PS2
XBox
Gamecube with Gameboy adapter
PSOne
Dreamcast
GBA

I also have an NES and SNES, but neither has been used in years.
6093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 20, 2006, 03:20:21 PM
"the fact that the game seems to be completely removed from any of the continuities actually makes it less appealing to me than it would have otherwise."
From what I've read, there are many references to elements of the shows/etc. throughout the game, rather than direct storyline links.
6094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 20, 2006, 05:19:46 AM
Anyone else picking this up this week?  I've never seen any Gundam-related shows or played any of the games, but this RPG is looking really good.  There's a good review here that explains more about the game than I've read even in the few previews available.  I'm particularly excited by the comparisons to the Shin Megami Tensei/Digital Devil Saga combat system, which is one of the best I've ever played.
6095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Much Memory for a PS2? on: February 20, 2006, 05:13:40 AM
"another $100 will get you the xbox 360 core version, which IMO, is the future."
Plus another $40 for a memory card.  It's a vicious cycle slywink  My biggest disappointment with the next-gen consoles is that none come with a hard drive standard.  IMO, that was the best innovation of this generation, and it's sad to see the next-gen actually regressing in terms of features.
6096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 - Delayed a year and cost over $900 to make?? on: February 20, 2006, 05:13:19 AM
I'm guessing that by E3, the rumors mill will have the PS3 coming out in 2014, costing $5,000 and requiring both a retinal scan and urine sample in order to turn it on  biggrin
6097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / grandia/legendia impressions? on: February 19, 2006, 10:58:25 PM
"Just do like I do and get them all. You'll play them some time or another."
I will get them all eventually, of course smile  It's just a matter of waiting for the big-name ones to come in price or get them used.
6098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Much Memory for a PS2? on: February 19, 2006, 10:55:25 PM
"(Which amazingly, 5 years after launch, are still the same price!)"
I believe that when the PS2 first came out, the cards were $35, and now you can often find them on sale for $20 (or $35-$40 for the twin pack).
6099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / grandia/legendia impressions? on: February 19, 2006, 08:53:25 AM
Best Buy has Grandia 3 on sale this week for $40.  I'm sorely tempted, even though MS Saga is coming out this week, and Tales of Phantasia and Shadow Hearts two weeks after that, and I'll be getting all 3 of those.
6100  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Good deals at Circuit City on: February 19, 2006, 08:52:02 AM
Circuit City has some good sales this week on some fairly new games - $28 for Jak Combat Racing, Ratchet : Deadlocked, and Sly 3, $20 for Gun, True Crime, and Advent Rising, $30 for C&C First Decade, and $35 for the AOE3 Collector's Edition.
6101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why can't more PC games come in DVD style cases? on: February 19, 2006, 06:56:27 AM
Dungeon Siege 2 and The Sims 2 both came in DVD cases, and both had fairly large manuals, so that's not really a problem.  They are very nice and convenient, so hopefully, other publisher will follow EA and Microsoft's example and start to use them.
6102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is the big deal about Mother 3? on: February 18, 2006, 07:32:22 AM
I would be surprised not to see both Mother 1 + 2 and M3 released in the US.  Nintendo is trying to keep their promise of supporting the GBA, and there aren't many GBA games being made.  They're publishing FF4-6 and Tales of Phantasia for the GBA, so I don't see why they wouldn't bring the Mother games over too.
6103  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.
6104  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).
6105  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.
6106  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.
6107  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.
6108  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
6109  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.
6110  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.
6111  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.
6112  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.
6113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LEGO Star Wars 2 on: February 10, 2006, 02:56:57 AM
There's a preview/interview at IGN.
6114  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.
6115  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.
6116  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.
6117  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.
6118  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.
6119  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.
6120  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.
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