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6081  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.
6082  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.
6083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 28, 2006, 03:31:17 AM
There's also Final Fantasy 3 DS, FF5 and FF6 Advance.  Also, I recently got an e-mail from NIS America stating that they are having a "premiere event" in early February, which could either be for Atelier Iris 2 or an unannounced game.
6084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 27, 2006, 08:10:41 PM
"Yeah, but most of those aren't confirmed for 2006. They're either TBA, TBA 2006 or Q(whatever) 2006. I left some of those off for that reason.  smile "
Well, if you have to get all technical about it slywink

Confirmed for 2006 -
Disgaea 2, Metal Saga, Steambot Chronicles, The Witcher, The Roots, Titan Quest, and Tao's Adventure.
6085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 27, 2006, 06:58:17 AM
There's also Children of Mana and the PS2 Mana game, Disgaea 2, Dungeon Siege 2 expansion, Metal Saga, Shining Wind (probably), SMT : Devil Summoner, Steambot Chronicles, The Roots, The Witcher, Titan Quest, Xenosaga 1+2 for the DS, Tao's Adventure, Yggdra Union (probably), and (most likely) Tales of the Abyss and Tempest, and the two Valkyrie Profile games.  Also, I would guess Enchant Arm and Lost Odyssey for the 360 will also be headed to the US.
6086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Heroes of Might and Magic V public beta on: January 27, 2006, 06:45:46 AM
Am I missing something, or is there nowhere on that page where they mention what they don't like about the beta?
6087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII Yangus' Adventure - A few thoughts on: January 27, 2006, 06:43:27 AM
I don't see this game coming out in the US anyway, given the unpopularity of the few games of this type released here.
6088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 27, 2006, 02:27:35 AM
It looks like the game pretty much pretends that 3 and 4 never existed.
6089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 26, 2006, 07:38:01 PM
It looks like it's going to be great.  The game is much more in the style of the first two, with a zoomed-out view, an overworld, six-person battles, etc.  Konami has also said this is supposed to be the longest and most story-packed of the games.
6090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 26, 2006, 07:10:20 AM
Although it isn't coming out in Japan until the end of February, Suikoden V will be hitting the US March 28, according to IGN.  They have some English screenshots and Gamespot has some videos here.  Konami also revealed an RPG coming to the DS called Tao's Adventure.
6091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus is out in Japan... on: January 26, 2006, 06:57:03 AM
Wow, it usually takes much longer than this for a Final Fantasy thread to devolve into an argument between the old style and new style, even if there's very little actual difference between them slywink
I'm not surprised by the Dirge of Cerberus response.  An FPS from Square was a risky proposition to begin with.  I wouldn't think the hype would be that high for it, even with the FF7 name.
6092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for Xbox 360, PC, DS, and PSP! on: January 25, 2006, 08:48:31 PM
I'd say it's more of a consequence of that fact that the vast majority of games are based around combat in one form or another.  This is also (hopefully) the first game in a series of new Trek games, so we can hope there will eventually be a game (an RPG preferably) that captures the full spirit of the shows.

BTW, I'd really recommend watching the last few seasons of DS9.  There's plenty of action in the combat, but it's really about the affects of the war on the characters, and it's absolutely outstanding.  Also, try to catch the episode "The Visitor" on cable sometime.  It's probably the finest hour of dramatic television I've ever seen.
6093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 25, 2006, 08:18:59 AM
No, Tales of Phantasia was an SNES game, and the first in the Tales series.  This is the first time it is officially coming to the US, although people may have played it through emulators and fan translations.  The US ToD2 was a PSOne game called Tales of Eternia in Japan.  The game called ToD2 in Japan, a PS2 game that was a direct sequel to ToD, was never released in the US.
6094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chibi Robo on: January 25, 2006, 08:15:48 AM
Game Informer is a good magazine for previews and exclusives, but their reviews are terrible.  A 6.25 for Paper Mario and Digital Devil Saga 2 and 8.25 for Suikoden 4?
6095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion collectors edition info! on: January 25, 2006, 08:12:00 AM
It's certainly a lot better than the lame collector's editions lately, like The Movies and Empire at War.
6096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 25, 2006, 01:25:44 AM
There's a preview at Gamespy.
6097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 10:16:07 PM
The game seemed to get a lukewarm reception from what I read at GameFAQs, but the impressions of the US version have been very enthusiastic, including the story.
6098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: January 24, 2006, 08:06:20 PM
It's better than fluently :lol:
6099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 08:04:49 PM
I'll definitely be getting it, but I think I'm going to wait a while.  There are 4 RPGs coming out in the span of a month (Tales of Legendia, Grandia 3, MS Saga, and Tales of Phantasia) and I'll be probably preordering MS Saga and ToP since they're most likely to become rare quickly.  I'm going to try to hold out on G3 and ToL and get them used, but if someone puts them on sale for $40, I'll probably cave slywink
6100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3 question on: January 24, 2006, 03:36:10 AM
IIRC, they only played once on my copy.  Is it saving your game status properly?  I can't think of any reason why they would keep playing unless it thinks that it's the first time you're playing either a race or crash mode.
6101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you have a video game character crush? on: January 23, 2006, 08:12:56 AM
April's still a looker in Dreamfall -
The big plot twist in the game is that she was originally one of the Ringwraiths, and this is her without the hood on :twisted:
6102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 23, 2006, 06:44:44 AM
From what I've read, the PSOne version added and rebalanced skills in the game, and also featured a smoother combat system more in line with the other PSOne entries in the series.
6103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you have a video game character crush? on: January 23, 2006, 03:27:08 AM
April Ryan is quite a looker -




 :wink:
6104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 23, 2006, 12:15:04 AM
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will.  There's a thread at RPGamer with a comparison of the SNES and GBA versions, and the GBA version looks quite a bit worse.
6105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 22, 2006, 08:41:26 AM
There's also Tales of Phantasia for the GBA coming out one month later.  It's not exactly an audiovisual extravaganza, but it looks like it will be fun.
6106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: January 21, 2006, 09:55:38 PM
Has Bethesda said if there will be a demo or not?  The post gives me hope, but without a demo, I wouldn't want to risk it.  I was a little over the minimum specs for Morrowind, and while the game ran, it was barely playable.
6107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: January 21, 2006, 07:07:18 AM
The skill system is interesting, too.  Each character has ~50 skills to learn, both passive and usable skills.  They're earned upon attaining certain levels, but you can take a hit to HP/MP in exchange for learning them before you reach the required level.  You can also choose whether to use HP or MP in return for the skills.  It's simple, but makes for some interesting choices.
6108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyrie Profile Sequel Official Site on: January 21, 2006, 07:03:32 AM
Dragon Quest Yangus is probably the iffiest, and even that's possible.  Hopefully, now that the DQ series has made a name for itself in the US, we'll get the Dragon Quest V PS2 remake brought over.
6109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyrie Profile Sequel Official Site on: January 21, 2006, 01:59:53 AM
Square Enix hasn't confirmed a US release, and it will probably be months before they do, given their track record.  It's not definite that it will be localized, but given the success of tri-Ace's last two games (Star Ocean and Radiata Stories), I think it's a strong possibility.  As for rereleasing the original, that's what the PSP VP is.
6110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 20, 2006, 09:22:04 AM
Rumors suggest Rogue Galaxy will be released in the summer.
6111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 20, 2006, 07:16:01 AM
There's about as much chance of a turn-based Tales game as there is an action Dragon Quest game slywink  From what I've heard, the battle system in ToL is a simpler version of the one found in ToS and more in line with the previous games in the series.  Pretty much everything I've read about the game has been very positive, though.
6112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 19, 2006, 08:08:21 PM
As mentioned on the front page, the official Tales of Legendia website is up.  Be sure to find the passcode and watch the exclusive video.  It's worth it.
6113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: January 19, 2006, 12:10:01 PM
I'm about 3 hours in, and just got the fourth party member.  I'm still really enjoying it.  The battles are fun and varied, and I really like the style of the conversation scenes.  The game has some speech, which is well-done, but the dynamic cutscenes really help spice up the text speeches.  I'm about to head to the game's first dungeon, so I'll see how those fare in this game, as they've been a highlight of the series.
6114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars - Empire at War on: January 19, 2006, 08:38:13 AM
The 2 last tutorials cover skirmish mode, so I'm guessing the answer is yes slywink
6115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Before Turkeyday on: January 19, 2006, 12:20:10 AM
I thought the rumors were putting the price at $150.  I believe Nintendo said it would be significantly cheaper than the other two, and I wouldn't say $300 fits that description.
6116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gamer.... on: January 17, 2006, 10:13:52 PM
There have been a lot of rumors lately about Diablo 3, which would be my guess as to what it is.  Either that, or it's nothing slywink
6117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Remember punks - 24 starts tonight! on: January 17, 2006, 07:42:48 AM
Manny Coto (who vastly improved Star Trek : Enterprise in its last season) is one of the new exec. producers and wrote the first hour of tonight's show, which is a good thing.  It usually takes the season a little while to get going, but everything seems to be clicking into place already this season.
6118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos 2 coming to US on: January 17, 2006, 02:26:52 AM
From what I've read, they're doing a pretty big overhaul of the combat system, but I don't know if the timer will be gone or not.
6119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat : Armageddon on: January 17, 2006, 02:20:49 AM
The article said they're focusing on putting as much content as they can in the game, since the graphical demands of a next-gen game will mean much less content for the next game.
6120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat : Armageddon on: January 16, 2006, 07:44:11 PM
The new Game Informer has a preview of the final current-gen MK fighting game, called Armageddon.  It will include every character ever in an MK game (over 60) as a playable fighter.  The game also adds aerial combat, kreate-a-fighter, and custom fatalities.  As for modes, Konquest is going to be a Shaolin Monks-type beat-em-up, and Chess and Puzzle Kombat are gone, both to be replaced with other new modes.
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