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6121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Terrific hands-on preview of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion... on: October 09, 2005, 10:08:50 PM
The original Game Informer article revealing the game mentioned a possible PS3 release.  Have they ruled that out?
6122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How's the AI in Age of Empires 3? on: October 09, 2005, 07:03:39 AM
They will be releasing an updated demo soon, with a smaller interface, bug fixes, and a tutorial.
6123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Digital Devil Saga 2 impressions (absolutely no spoilers) on: October 08, 2005, 05:37:19 AM
In case anyone doesn't know, the DVD sleeve is reversible.  The other side has different cover art that matches the DDS1 cover and box set insert.
6124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gladius. Remember Gladius? Also: KOTOR 3 Cancelled?!?!?!?! on: October 08, 2005, 05:33:35 AM
Maybe it's being done by the mystery developer who is supposedly working on Baldur's Gate 3.
6125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle.Net = Product Announcement? on: October 08, 2005, 12:30:03 AM
Wow, it sure didn't take very long to outdo the absurb "Origen" XBox360 countdown thing.
6126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/05/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: October 07, 2005, 07:49:56 AM
I thought the training video also mentioned that entering the sequence (or at least using the computer in some way) was a precaution against something bad happening.
6127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 10/05/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: October 06, 2005, 07:51:31 AM
"Jack not telling Locke and Kate "Yeah, I saw him before, a few years back"....heck, Jack should've been saying to everyone, "Hey, I know you! We met back...." the second he recognized him. Why wouldn't he mention it? Anyone have any idea of motivation?"
Jack was extremely freaked out by seeing Desmond there.  It should be impossible for him to find someone he met before, and he can't deal with fact that there's no way it could be a coincidence.  His rational world is falling apart, and telling the others about Desmond would be confirming something that should be impossible.  I liked the parallels of Jack and Locke's breakdowns, with Jack holding a gun on Desmond, and Locke asking the island what he's supposed to do.
6128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Conference [it's final, DS > PSP] on: October 05, 2005, 11:48:46 PM
Actually, it's a picture of Bill Gates draped across a Ferrari in a red speedo.  Don't you wish you could see it now?  :lol:

Mistwalker also announced their DS RPG called ASH.  RPGamer has some details here.  Also, Nintendo announced an RPG based on the Tingle character from Zelda, and Namco announced they are working on a Tales game for the DS.
6129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Conference [it's final, DS > PSP] on: October 05, 2005, 11:17:55 PM
I think Miyamoto would still look like that even if he had just found out that the world was going to end slywink

"Do Bill Gates or Ken Kutaragi ever look like they're having this much fun?"
Maybe not, but has Miyamoto ever looked this sexy?
6130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 05, 2005, 10:31:59 PM
There's an interview about the game at Gamespot.  They call the combat similar to KoTOR (you'll have 3 characters), but it will be all real-time and have "aspects of a shooter".  Also, the character you create (you'll have a choice of classes) will go through all 3 games of the series, as in the Baldur's Gate saga.  They also emphasize that it is foremost an RPG.
6131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Digital Devil Saga 2 impressions (absolutely no spoilers) on: October 05, 2005, 10:22:42 PM
I picked up my pre-order today, but as usual, I didn't get the bonus soundtrack.  I still have to finish up the first one, but I can't wait to get started on it as soon as I do.  Also, from what I've read at GameFAQs, it looks like no one who preordered from EBGames.com or Gamstop.com is getting the soundtrack with their game.
6132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 3 for DS in 2006/FF5 and FF6 for GBA announced on: October 05, 2005, 06:52:28 PM
Here's a list of the games and what platforms they're available for in the US -
FF1 - NES, PSOne (Final Fantasy Origins), GBA (FF 1+2 Dawn of Souls)
FF2 - PSOne (Final Fantasy Origins), GBA (FF 1+2 Dawn of Souls)
FF3 - DS (assuming a US release)
FF4 - SNES (as FF2), PSOne (Final Fantasy Chronicles), GBA (coming 2005)
FF5 - PSOne (Final Fantasy Anthology), GBA (assuming US release)
FF6 - SNES (as FF3), PSOne (Final Fantasy Anthology), GBA (assuming US release)
FF7 - FF8 - PSOne, PC
FF9 - PSOne
FFX - FFXII - PS2

RPGamer has some screenshots of FF3 DS here.
6133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 3 for DS in 2006/FF5 and FF6 for GBA announced on: October 05, 2005, 11:18:22 AM
That would explain what's taking so long with FF3.  Hopefully, we'll get some screenshots soon.
6134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 05, 2005, 08:59:07 AM
According to IGN, "Microsoft Game Studios Executive Shane Kim and BioWare team members have said in the past that Jade Empire 2 (working title) is definitely in development." and "We have a couple of Xbox 360 titles in development right now," said a BioWare spokesperson. "But we're recruiting across the board for all four development teams. We have two teams working on Xbox 360 titles, one team on Dragon Age (for the PC), and one on digital distribution, which is ongoing content created for Neverwinter Nights."  It seems like Bioware really likes the Jade Empire world they created, so I would think they would rather do the sequel themselves than let someone else handle it.
6135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 05, 2005, 07:12:16 AM
They're calling it an action-RPG with squad-based tactical combat.  That sounds like it will be third-person, with party members you can order around.  Also, given the amazing job they did creating the Jade Empire world, I don't think we have to worry about the gameworld being generic sci-fi.

"Maybe I wanted a Jade Empire sequel, which took me back to the days of Oriental Adventures for D&D."
According to IGN, they're already working on that, too.
6136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 04, 2005, 07:14:24 PM
Worthplaying has some more details here.  They're calling it an action-RPG that "employs a real-time, squad based, tactical combat system"
6137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rhapsody and Persona 2 in-stock at Gamestop? on: October 04, 2005, 06:57:08 PM
I found a copy of Persona 2 at my local Gamestop yesterday, and although it was being sold as used, it looked brand-new.  I remember that some website was selling new copies of Persona 2 and Rhapsody a while back, so I checked Gamestop's website, and they are listing both games as in-stock online and most stores are showing up as having 1-3 copies.  It's worth checking out if you've been looking for them.
6138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 03, 2005, 07:06:48 PM
If it is an XBox360 game, then it's most likely the FPS/RPG that they've hinted at, although there's a small possibility it could be the rumored Jade Empire 2.
6139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the heck are you getting this week? (Week of October 3) on: October 03, 2005, 10:35:27 AM
I'll be getting DDS 2 as well, although I won't be playing it for awhile.  I'm only about halfway through the first, and definitely want to finish it first.
6140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 03, 2005, 10:33:07 AM
On Bioware's home page, there's a little flashing sign reading "2005-10-04".  Presumably, they will be announcing something then.  Hopefully, it will be their unannounced console title, but given the lameness of these recent countdown events, it will probably be another NWN module.
6141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ IV: A bit concerned on: October 03, 2005, 03:46:37 AM
"I have faith in Sid but I hope this doesn't end up looking like a mass-market boardgame."
I may be wrong, but I don't think Sid Meier had much to do with Civ 4 or Civ 3.
6142  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire 14.99 on: October 02, 2005, 09:20:51 AM
It's worth every bit of the $50 I paid for it.
6143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF4 GBA Famitsu Scans on: October 01, 2005, 01:24:22 AM
According to RPGamer, Nintendo and Square Enix are interested in bringing more FF games to the GBA, presumably meaning FF5 and FF6.
6144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 gets another RPG - Magna Carta 2 on: September 30, 2005, 08:36:31 AM
I'm not sure who Bill Gates in sleeping with to get all these companies to put their RPGs on the 360, but it's apparently working slywink  According to RPGamer, the sequel to the PS2's soon-to-be-released Magna Carta is headed to the 360.  There will also be a port of the PS2 game on the PSP.
6145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda guarantees Oblivion for XBox 360 launch on: September 30, 2005, 03:17:25 AM
Didn't the XBox version of Morrowind have some pretty big bugs, even though it was released after the PC version?
6146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft officially jumps the shark on: September 29, 2005, 08:54:05 PM
They're publishing a dancing game, just like several other companies have done.  Why is this bad  :?:
6147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disgaea 2 and Ys Strategy rumors on: September 29, 2005, 08:58:49 AM
RPGamer has some details for Disgaea 2.
6148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS RPG from Killer 7 creator on: September 28, 2005, 11:05:12 PM
It's called Contact, and according to the info at Gamespot, it sounds like it could be interesting.
6149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Mana (partially) revealed on: September 28, 2005, 07:43:39 PM
According to RPGamer, Square Enix has announced some details for their upcoming group of "Mana" games, collectively called "World of Mana".  There's Children of Mana for the DS (picture here) and Seiken Densetsu 4, a 3D game for an unspecified platform (picture here).
6150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar: Dragon Song on: September 28, 2005, 07:18:59 PM
Since enemies are visible, you can run past them to avoid fighting them.  The HP loss is supposed to prevent you from doing this and avoiding the fights.  It's a dumb solution, but thankfully, the reviews say that it become irrelevant once you've gone up some levels.
6151  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Blockbuster - 25% off used games on: September 28, 2005, 05:23:27 PM
My Blockbuster/Gamerush has a very large selection, too.
6152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disgaea 2 and Ys Strategy rumors on: September 28, 2005, 10:38:06 AM
According to RPGamer, rumors are circulating that both Disgaea 2 and an Ys strategy game for the DS will be announced in the next Famitsu, a Japanese magazine.
6153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar: Dragon Song on: September 28, 2005, 06:06:18 AM
I love the Lunar series, and will definitely be getting this as soon as I buy a DS.  None of the problems seem all that bad, and it sounds like the highlights of the series (the characters and story) are still there.
6154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 4 min Grandia 3 Intro Video - No Japanese skill required on: September 27, 2005, 06:40:00 PM
EB has put up a listing for Grandia 3.  They may not be accurate with release dates, but sites don't generally put up a listing for a game unless they have confirmation that it's coming to the US.  Hopefully, we'll get an official announcement soon.
6155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is the last season of Enterprise worth watching? on: September 27, 2005, 11:03:07 AM
I believe the current plan is to bring Trek back in two years, either with a new movie (with new people, presumably) or a TV series.  Whether this is true, or just an attempt to soothe angry fans, I don't know.

"I did see the Riker/Troi "epilogue", as well as the two episodes set in an alternate WW2 universe; is the stuff inbetween any good?"
Well, you saw the worst, now watch the rest slywink  And, if that final episode is still on your Tivo, smash the unit into a million bits and buy a new one.  There's no other way to get rid of the taint of that insulting piece of crap.  I'm still amazed the actors had the professionalism to actually perform the episode.
6156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 free demo available on: September 27, 2005, 08:39:06 AM
Square Enix has updated their DQ8 site with a form to sign up for a free demo of the game here.
6157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Worst Game You've Played this Gen? on: September 27, 2005, 03:03:48 AM
Anyone else find a lot of their favorite games on these lists?  Final Fantasy X (and somewhat X-2), Jade Empire, KoTOR 1 and 2, and Star Ocean 3 (which I think has some of the BEST voice acting I've ever heard) are on my list of the best games of this generation.  Then again, I've only ever played maybe one or two RPGs that I really didn't like, so perhaps I'm not the harshest judge in the world slywink
6158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Breath of Fire IV: Yea or Nay? on: September 26, 2005, 07:42:08 PM
Check out the reviews at GameFAQs.  Usually, you can get a pretty good idea of the general feeling toward a game with the reviews there.
6159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Breath of Fire IV: Yea or Nay? on: September 26, 2005, 06:58:54 PM
"IV (for the PS1), on the other hand, is widely considered to be a horribly generic FF7 clone."
Are you thinking of some other game?  Other than the fact that they're both RPGs with white-haired villains, I don't know of any similarities between BoF4 and FF7  :?:  Reviews averaged about 8/10, and it seems like it's considered a good, solid, but unremarkable RPG.
6160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Breath of Fire IV: Yea or Nay? on: September 26, 2005, 10:28:41 AM
I've played about halfway through, and I'd say it's above average.  It's nothing spectacular, but it's got some interesting characters, and the character graphics are very nice.  Also, being able to switch characters in and out during battle is always a plus.
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