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6081  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.
6082  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.
6083  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.
6084  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.
6085  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.
6086  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.
6087  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.
6088  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.
6089  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
6090  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.
6091  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
6092  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.
6093  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.
6094  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.
6095  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.
6096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos 2 coming to US on: January 16, 2006, 07:38:05 PM
According to IGN, Nintendo will be bringing Baten Kaitos 2 to the US later this year.  biggrin
6097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: January 16, 2006, 03:30:52 AM
My local Circuit City takes a long time to get new games in, if they get them at all.

As for the lengths, I've heard 40-60 for ACF, and 25-40 for WA4.  There's a lot of optional content in ACF, and some for WA4, but not as much as the previous entries in the series.
6098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - why have "normal" mode on: January 16, 2006, 03:27:19 AM
I got the game from Christmas, and haven't played that far in, but there always seems to be something that will give you an advantage over the enemies.  At the beginning, shooting them in the leg will down them, and then kick them if they go their knees.  Otherwise, shoot them in the leg and then run.  Also, keep an eye out all around (the quick-spin move helps) and try to limit the number of ways they can come at you.  Always watch your back, even if you seem to be in a safe area.  Also, be on the lookout for things in the environment to use.  Sometimes you can shoot out of windows or barricade doors, and climbing a ladder and picking off villagers (or knocking the ladder down) as they climb up it is always fun smile
6099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: January 15, 2006, 10:44:51 PM
I haven't gotten to a dungeon yet, so it's hard to tell how it will stack up to ACF in that respect, but the graphics are better, the story is more interesting, and the addition of the platforming aspects gives the game a somewhat different feel from other RPGs.  The battle system looks like it's going to be the highlight of the game.  The random distribution of your characters and the enemies make each battle different enough from each other that I don't think I'm going to tire of the random combat, which can happen with RPGs.  It also looks like they took advantage of the system with interesting abilities for your characters, such as ones that affect all hexes in a straight line or one that moves all characters in one hex to another.  Also, it looks like the enemies can have the same abilities as your characters, which will probably help make the battles more interesting.

There is one WTF thing with the game, though.  The first skill you get has a major typo in it (it's written as "hantom line" rather than "Phantom line" and the first major character you talk to has a typo in their speech.  From what I've read at GameFAQs, this is just an isolated occurrence and the rest of the game is fine, but I have no idea how these slipped past the testers.
6100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: January 13, 2006, 12:17:18 PM
I picked it up yesterday and have played about an hour or so.  I'm really enjoying it so far.  The game lets you convert save data if you have a Wild ARMs : Alter Code F save, and you can get bonuses in WA4 based on how far in ACF you are.  Also, you can turn on/off each bonus individually, so you can get the extra stuff without having overpowered characters.  The game itself is an interesting mix of platforming gameplay and traditional RPG gameplay.  There's a lot of jumping and sliding, and there have already been a couple of stealth segments where I had to sneak past some guards.  The action aspects lend the game a faster pace than most RPGs.  I've only had a few battles, but the new hex-based battle system is looking good.  Even the best RPG combat systems can get boring, but it looks like the random placement on the hex grid will help make each battle a little different, even if fighting the same enemy.

The presentation is solid, too, with good graphics (they're more artistically impressive than technically impressive) and solid voice work.  A very nice touch is that each person in the game, even those with only a line of dialogue, gets their own full-screen portrait.  The game also uses an interesting style for its text displays, with pictures of the speaking parties being shown almost comic-book style.  It's more dynamic and involving than just standard text boxes.  XSeed's first localization is looking good also, with completely natural-sounding dialogue.  I'll post some more impressions tomorrow after I've played some more.
6101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to? (2006) on: January 13, 2006, 07:54:33 AM
Baten Kaitos 2
Blue Dragon & Lost Odyssey
Final Fantasy XII
Grandia 3
Heroes of M&M 5
Kingdom Hearts 2
Zelda : TP
Phantasy Star Universe
Rogue Galaxy
Shadow Hearts : FtNW
SMT : Devil Summoner
Suikoden 5
Tales of Legendia, Phantasia, and The Abyss
Valkyrie Profile : Silmeria
Xenosaga 3
6102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Revolution] Subscription pricing info... on: January 13, 2006, 07:50:08 AM
I think subscription would be a mistake.  Sure, it's a lot of games, but even fans of classic games don't play them all the time, and I don't think it would be worth it to most people.  I'm really looking forward to playing the older games, but there's no way I'd pay $15 a month to do it.
6103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The New and Improved Collection/Favorites/Games Finished on: January 12, 2006, 07:57:32 PM
Finished Games
The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker - Gamecube
Mario & Luigi : Superstar Saga - GBA (43 hours)
Pandora's Box - PC
Max Payne - PC
Kingdom Hearts - PS2 (59 hours)
Halo - XBox
Serious Sam : The Second Encounter - PC
Paper Mario : The Thousand Year Door - Gamecube (103 hours)
Eternal Darkness - Gamecube (21 hours)
Crash Bandicoot & The Wrath of Cortex - PS2
I-Ninja - PS2
Indigo Prophecy - PC
Dungeons & Dragons : Heroes - XBox
No One Lives Forever 2 - PC
Wario Ware, Inc. - GBA
Grandia 2 - Dreamcast (67 hours)
Shadow Hearts : Covenant - PS2 (99 hours)
Sly 2 : Band of Thieves - PS2 (34 hours)
Jak 2 - PS2 (39 hours)
6104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fate and Spyware on: January 11, 2006, 08:00:28 AM
I've had FATE on my computer since it was released, and I've never had any problems with it or WildTangent.
6105  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dragon Quest 8 $35 at Target on: January 09, 2006, 01:44:55 AM
Great price for a great game.
6106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wild ARMs 5 announced on: January 07, 2006, 01:49:57 AM
Wild ARMs 4 comes out in the US next week, and they've just announced Wild ARMs 5.  There isn't much in the way of details yet, other than it will be on PS2.  RPGamer has the news here.
6107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG to look out for in 2006 - a few thoughts on: January 05, 2006, 10:07:00 AM
MS Saga does look interesting, although with Tales of Legendia and Grandia 3 both also coming out in February, it's going to be a tough choice of which to get.  I'm really looking forward to WA4, since platformers and RPGs are my two favorite types of games.
6108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 - Special Edition on: January 05, 2006, 06:53:28 AM
Similar to Ninja Gaiden Black, DMC3 is offering a special edition with a new easier mode (and a harder mode), new playable character, and some other extras.  Worthplaying has the details here.
6109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG to look out for in 2006 - a few thoughts on: January 05, 2006, 06:49:50 AM
From what I've seen in videos, the combat looks pretty similar to Dark Cloud 2, although I think you can pause in battles to change characters and select special moves.  There should be some discussion and reviews of the Japanese version at GameFAQs by now.
6110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need Help With Nippon Ichi Games on: January 04, 2006, 11:37:25 PM
I have a hard time getting into games without much story, unless they're something where story is totally unnecessary, like Unreal Tournament or something like that.
6111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG to look out for in 2006 - a few thoughts on: January 04, 2006, 09:45:24 AM
I think the US version of Disgaea is scheduled for the summer.  There are a ton of RPGs coming this year, starting with Wild ARMs 4 next week, and the flood won't let up until at least summer.
6112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random encounter frustration on: January 03, 2006, 09:30:30 PM
I don't mind random encounters, but I prefer visible enemies, and I like it even better when you can interact with the enemies, such as hitting them first to gain an advantage in games like Grandia and Magna Carta.  I think the reason random encounters are still around is due mostly to tradition, although it seems to be on its way out, especially with a big game like FF12 doing away with them.
6113  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Halo 2 for $5.24 on: December 27, 2005, 10:04:17 PM
I went to Blockbuster today to pick up Halo 2. They didn't have any used copies, but they have a special on new copies for $10.
6114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using 2 video cards at once? on: December 27, 2005, 07:36:45 AM
It looks like, even if it's possible, it would be more trouble than it's worth, so we'll probably go with either a new All-in-Wonder or a non-TV card, and pick up a separate TV tuner card later.  Thanks for the replies.
6115  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using 2 video cards at once? on: December 26, 2005, 10:51:46 PM
My dad has a Radeon All-in-One card that has become obsolete, and is looking to upgrade the video. He'd like to get a new card that doesn't have a TV tuner, but still use the old All-in-One for the TV abilities. Is there any way to have both cards in the computer at once, and switch back and forth, using the All-in-One for the TV stuff, and the new card for everything else? If so, what would it entail, i.e. switching the monitor cord between the two cards, etc.
6116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyrie Profile Sequel Official Site on: December 24, 2005, 05:37:11 AM
:shock: tri-Ace's games seem to get more beautiful with each release.
6117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: December 24, 2005, 12:18:59 AM
The PS3 will play PSOne and PS2 games.
6118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 22, 2005, 09:56:08 PM
I'm very glad to see the tidal wave in the Poseidon trailer, rather than the ridiculous terrorist plot in the awful TV movie remake from a few weeks ago.
6119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another upcoming Star Trek movie? on: December 22, 2005, 09:55:45 PM
There's nothing wrong with the Star Trek franchise that getting rid of the people who ruined it wouldn't fix.  The last season of Enterprise (barring the horrendous finale) was very good because they got a new show-runner and writers.  I believe I read that Bryan Singer (of the X-Men and new Superman movies) is a big Trek fan and has considered helming a new movie, and the creator of Babylon 5 was interested in doing a new series.  I would love to see either one.

Personally, I think they should go with a DS9-based movie.  It may not have the recognition of TNG, but that didn't help the box office for Nemesis, and DS9 had the best acting, writing, action, and drama.  In the hands of a good writer and director, they could make an amazing movie out of it.
6120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts II Trailer out on: December 22, 2005, 09:32:09 AM
1Up has some impressions of the game here, as well as a video of the early part of the game.
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