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6121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII ship date change . . . on: November 08, 2005, 08:19:13 PM
There's a thread at GameFAQs with some pictures of the packaging.


One more week!
6122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How did Shining Force Neo hold up? on: November 08, 2005, 08:14:30 PM
I haven't played it myself yet, but most of the impressions I've read have been very positive.
6123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mother 3 (Earthbound 2) announced on: November 08, 2005, 08:46:44 AM
RPGamer has the news that Nintendo has put up a teaser site for Mother 3 for the GBA, a sequel to the wacky SNES RPG Earthbound.
6124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Tactics - tomorrow? on: November 08, 2005, 08:42:07 AM
IGN has posted their review with a score of 7.3.
6125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SONY PS3 to LAUNCH IN 2007 on: November 08, 2005, 07:08:30 AM
"Everybody keeps mentioning Killzone 2 as a major driving force for the PS3, not just here, but in person as well."
I think Killzone 2 is a PS2 game, whereas the E3 video was supposed to be Killzone 3.  I have no idea if it's any good or not, but the fact that it sold well and Sony is pushing the series is probably why it gets mentioned so much.
6126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SONY PS3 to LAUNCH IN 2007 on: November 08, 2005, 03:37:19 AM
I think people are willing to wait for the PS3.  Microsoft will probably pick up some people who would have bought a PS3 instead of a 360 is both were available, but I'll bet most of those people will also get a PS3 when it comes out.  There are still some big exclusive games coming for PS2 next year - Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts 2 being the biggest, but also Killzone 2, Onimusha 4, Phantasy Star Universe, and Rogue Galaxy.  
There's also the Japan factor.  Microsoft is definitely getting somewhere with Japanese developers, but it remains to be seen whether the Japanese consumers will care, and MS will likely only have less than a 6 month head start there.
6127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: November 08, 2005, 03:24:07 AM
"I thought all the speculation with the Revolution controller was that Nintendo would be releasing "shells" to make it similar to the current Cube controller so that 3rd party ports can be easily played on the system."
You can just plug a Gamecube controller into the Revolution and use that.
6128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Tactics - tomorrow? on: November 07, 2005, 07:26:50 PM
I think Gamespot and Gamespy did some hands-on previews, and both were positive.  I'm not sure what's with the lack of buzz about the game, though.  I know Suikoden 4 was disappointing, but Tactics is looking good.  I'll definitely be getting it eventually, but I want to finish S4 first, and I'm getting DQ8, Magna Carta, and Wild ARMs next week.
6129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer The First Decade announced on: November 07, 2005, 07:20:59 PM
From the Gamespot article - "allows all of our fans a chance to own a great C&C collection, re-mastered to work on current operating systems".
6130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 06, 2005, 03:37:27 AM
The best I can tell, from what I've read and seen, there's only one character and one enemy active at a time.  A bar fills, and when it hits a certain point, one of your characters can take an action, and you can choose which character will act.  It works the same way for the enemies, who have their own meter.  As with turn-based systems, the characters/enemies not currently attacking don't figure into it.  It's not like Star Ocean, where all characters and enemies are always active, just one of each at a time.  This probably isn't completely right, but this is how it seems to work in the videos.
6131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus announces 2 new RPGs on: November 05, 2005, 02:41:27 AM
There's a website for Steambot Chronicles (under the original and much cooler Japanese name "Junk Romance Great Action Bumpy Trot" here.  The screenshots show mechs, rhythm-based musical instrument-playing, pirates, and comboys, and the characters are named after spices (Marjoram, Fennel, etc).  It makes Metal Saga seem almost pedestrian by comparison slywink
6132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 05, 2005, 02:32:11 AM
Check the first page of this thread - there's a lengthy post describing the battle system.  Also, further down the first page is a link to some videos at etoychest.  One of them shows the battle tutorial from the game, which should also help explain things.
6133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus announces 2 new RPGs on: November 04, 2005, 08:15:12 PM
Atlus has announced that they're bringing two RPGs to the US - Metal Saga, an RPG which apparently combines driving tanks, an evil supercomputer, and battles both on foot and in tanks, and Steamboat Chronicles whose "non-linear gameplay gives you the freedom to do whatever you want; start a band, help the townspeople, or join a gang of bandits and terrorize them - all with customizable mechs and the industrial revolution!"   There are some screenshots for Metal Saga here and details on both games here. :shock:  biggrin
6134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 04, 2005, 08:12:17 PM
The game has been pushed back a week to November 15th.  This is just crazy - Dragon Quest 8, Final Fantasy 12 demo, Wild ARMs Alter Code F, and Magna Carta all on the same day!
6135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 04, 2005, 08:56:02 AM
If you've seen the female characters from the game, you know there's absolutely no way to confuse them with the male characters slywink
6136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Phantasia GBA coming to US and Europe on: November 04, 2005, 02:35:29 AM
I guess the GBA isn't quite dead yet.  Tales of Phantasia, a GBA remake of the previously Japan-only SNES game, is coming to the US and Europe in March.  RPGFan has the news and there's some details on the game at RPGamer.
6137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 04, 2005, 02:17:05 AM
"Wow, checking the site out, the music composer - Sung-Woon Jang - has a birthdate of March 1997"
Maybe he's the Doogie Howser of the music world  :lol:
6138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei . . . online? on: November 03, 2005, 11:18:35 AM
AFAIK, it's still in development, but the chances of it coming to the US are pretty remote.
6139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your choices for best PC game music ever? on: November 03, 2005, 12:21:37 AM
Other than those mentioned, Betrayal At Krondor (the first time I heard CD-quality music) and Total Annihilation stand out in my mind.
6140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 02, 2005, 03:11:54 AM
RPGamer has a bunch of new English screenshots here.
6141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 voice cast on: November 01, 2005, 11:25:13 PM
Worthplaying has a list of some of the actors who will be providing voices for Kingdom Hearts 2.  It looks like the cast from the first game is returning, as well as most of the original voice actors for the new worlds, including the full cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
6142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo's Revolution - "No specs for you!!!" on: November 01, 2005, 10:21:29 PM
I don't think Nintendo ever made a big deal about the Gamecube specs, and it's on par with the other current-gen systems.
6143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: November 01, 2005, 11:36:43 AM
The voice acting certainly wasn't anywhere near Digital Devil Saga-quality, but it was far from horrible, and 20 second load times aren't bad.  I'm glad they have a nice long explanation of the battle system.  It looks like, once you learn it, it will be a blast, as it combines elements of my favorite RPG battle systems.
6144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: October 31, 2005, 08:41:00 PM
"everything I've read about the combat system makes me think of 'Legend of Dragoon"
Personally, I would love that (LoD is probably my all-time favorite battle system), but I think it's more like Shadow Hearts, where you press a button as the cursor swings around a circle.
6145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SONY PS3 to LAUNCH IN 2007 on: October 31, 2005, 08:08:13 PM
Did this come from the same source that said Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2 would be announced at BlizzCon? slywink
6146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta "confirmed" for November 8th release on: October 31, 2005, 08:04:24 PM
My wallet was hoping for a delay, but the rest of me is very happy.  Magna Carta, Wild ARMs : Alter Code F, Dragon Quest 8, and the Final Fantasy XII demo all in the space of 8 days!  biggrin
6147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/31) on: October 31, 2005, 08:01:36 PM
Castlevania eventually, but nothing right now.
6148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 4 min Grandia 3 Intro Video - No Japanese skill required on: October 29, 2005, 08:17:14 PM
According to RPGamer, the game has been given a ESRB rating, meaning it will definitely be coming to the US.  Hopefully, we'll get an official announcement soon.
6149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wild ARMs : Alter Code F coming Nov. 15 on: October 29, 2005, 08:14:46 PM
Speaking of Wild ARMs, RPGamer has the box art for Magna Carta here.  This might be a good sign for a November 8 release, but if so, they should be unveiling the official website very soon.
6150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Street Date Broken Already? on: October 29, 2005, 08:10:33 PM
Is that VelocityGirl?
6151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blizzcon and WoW addon on: October 29, 2005, 11:31:28 AM
There's a rumor going around that they're going to announce Diablo 3 as an MMORPG for the XBox360 and StarCraft 2 for the PC.  I'd put the likelihood of either happening at about 0 slywink
6152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wild ARMs : Alter Code F coming Nov. 15 on: October 29, 2005, 02:12:25 AM
From what I've read about the original WA and what I've played of WA2, the wild west thing wasn't a big part of the game.  There are elements of a western setting, but also a heavy amount of standard console RPG settings.  Wild ARMs 3 had much more of a western setting, while it looks like WA4 will have very little.
6153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wild ARMs : Alter Code F coming Nov. 15 on: October 28, 2005, 11:03:58 AM
I don't think there's much chance we'll see Magna Carta on the 8th.  Atlus has "winter" listed on their website, and they haven't said anything about a release date other than that.
6154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wild ARMs : Alter Code F coming Nov. 15 on: October 28, 2005, 09:18:55 AM
RPGamer has the news that Agetec has announced the release date for Wild ARMs : Alter Code F, a remake of the original Wild ARMs for the PSOne.  I love the Wild ARMs series mix of traditional RPG gameplay and heavy use of puzzles, and I never got a chance to play the original.  November 15 is going to be quite a day - Wild ARMs, Dragon Quest 8, and the Final Fantasy XII demo  drool
6155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser 5 announced on: October 28, 2005, 08:46:21 AM
1Up has the first details on Growlanser 5, a strategy RPG for the PS2.  Growlanser 2 and 3 were released in the US as Growlanser Generations, and I'm playing through 2 now and enjoying it.  Working Designs brought Generations to the US, but hopefully Atlus themselves will bring 5 over, since they're publishing the game in Japan.
6156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Gladius] - Thanks Dafones! on: October 25, 2005, 10:31:29 PM
The upcoming Lord of The Rings : Tactics and the GBA version of LoTR : The Third Age are some other western-developed SRPGs.
6157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / stubbs the zombie? on: October 25, 2005, 09:38:20 PM
You're right.  That's what I get for having 10 tabs open in Firefox all the time, and switching back and forth between news stories and forum postings slywink
6158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / stubbs the zombie? on: October 25, 2005, 07:49:53 PM
They're making a computer-animated primetime show based on the game, apparently to air on Fox.
6159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS2]Sly Cooper/Jak&Daxter/Ratchet &Clank-which ones on: October 25, 2005, 07:45:18 PM
"Too bad they are all so short. Max 10hours for 2 and 3." (Ratchet & Clank)
Maybe if you just do what's required, but there's a lot of optional stuff to do.  My final time with Going Commando was over 40 hours, and I didn't even get everything.  You can also play through both games a second time in challenge mode, where enemies are tougher, but you can upgrade your weapons further.
6160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest VIII ship date change . . . on: October 25, 2005, 07:28:33 AM
Check out the "Official Movie 1" here for a sample of the new orchestrated music.  Also, Gamespy has posted a great preview  that does a great job of explaining the appeal of the DQ series.
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