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6121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vote for which type of Bioware game you want next! on: August 22, 2005, 11:26:52 PM
All of Bioware's RPGs have excelled at different things.  In BG2, the gameplay (mostly the battles) were paramount, while character development and story were minimal.  In NWN, they made a great toolset that opened up RPG creation to a large number of people, producing many outstanding modules.  KoTOR (like Blizzard with StarCraft) showed they could craft a great story and memorable characters, and Jade Empire showed they could build a beautiful, original, and memorable world without a big license to fall back on.  

I'm not the biggest fan of NWN, but I think the rest of the games are some of the best ever made, and I don't think they've lost anything.  Personally, I'd rather have good gameplay with great characters and story in an RPG than great gameplay and merely good characters and story.  Hopefully, someday they'll be able to capitalize on all their strengths in one game.
6122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: August 22, 2005, 09:06:14 AM
According to the same guy who's supposed to be from Midway, Midway actually wanted to publish the game, but they weren't willing to give the developers what they were asking for the rights.  They found another publisher who would, and offered Midway the same deal, but Midway refused.

From the review at GameFAQs, SH3 isn't a direct sequel as Covenant was to Shadow Hearts.  By all accounts, it's not as good as Covenant either, but I still really want to play it.  Hopefully, an official announcement will be made soon.
6123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Nintendogs $14.99 at Amazon on: August 22, 2005, 03:57:09 AM
From what I've read at GameFAQs, all dogs are available in all versions, without having to wirelessly connect to anyone else.  There are a few items that are exclusive to each version, and those can only be gotten by connecting to someone who has another version and having them gift the item to you.
6124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 22, 2005, 03:55:28 AM
Apparently, they think there's a large number of people who will pay $340 for a console and $60 per game, but won't fork over another $60 to get a hard drive, backwards compatibility, wireless controller, and remote control.  Then again, they think people will pay to buy an extra shirt in a game slywink
6125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 19, 2005, 11:59:53 PM
I'll be getting all 3 consoles, but only when they hit $200.  I'm stockpiling PS2, XBox, Gamecube, and GBA games in order to survive the wait slywink
6126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First Suikoden Tactics Screens on: August 19, 2005, 01:41:03 AM
IGN has some impressions here.  I'm not the biggest fan of SRPGs, but this one sounds good and I'm a big fan of the Suikoden series.  It's odd that they chose to base the game around the least popular game in the series, especially since they're redoing the graphics instead of using the same ones as in Suikoden 4.
6127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 18, 2005, 10:07:36 AM
If MS had been upfront and honest about the two versions, then I don't think people would have minded anywhere near as much.  $400 isn't unreasonable, but for some reason, MS chose to be deceptive and pull this unpleasant surprise out of nowhere, and they shouldn't be surprised that it's blown up in their faces.  Also, the $300 version seems to serve no purpose other than to allow them to say they have a $300 console.  If $300 actually got you a useable console, then it would be an option.  It won't though, unless you plan to finish all your games in one sitting.  The $300 option is actually $340 with the required memory card, and that makes it an terrible deal.
6128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 18, 2005, 02:07:03 AM
That's good news for all the people who plan to buy the $300 version.  All 3 of them slywink
6129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II Review is UP on: August 17, 2005, 06:43:38 PM
"you do have to refight through all the mobs you killed (as the save doesn't save the world state itself). "
Did they change this from the demo?  In the demo, most enemies stayed dead when you reloaded.  They do respawn, but slowly, so when running back through an area, there were only a few enemies, as opposed to the large numbers the first time through.
6130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 06:39:16 PM
"Now, though, it feels like we're going backwards again."
My thoughts exactly.  Other than better graphics, this next generation of consoles seems like a step backwards.  Hard drives and wireless controllers should have been the standard for all 3 for the next-generation, yet none of them will have the hard drive as standard and XBox 360 won't even have a wireless controller standard.

I don't get why Microsoft chose to be misleading, even as recently as the completely wrong interview with J. Allard in this month's Game Informer.  They should have been upfront about the two versions all along, rather than just announcing it out of the blue.  They had to know this would generate a mostly negative reaction, so why compound that by misleading people for months?  It makes no sense.

Buying the $300 version doesn't make sense either.  If you include the price of the required memory card, you're only $60 away from getting over 30 times the storage space and a wireless controller.  One card probably wouldn't even be enough, given that KoTOR saves were too big too fit on an 8 MB card.

Well, Sony and Microsoft keeps making mistakes left and right regarding their next-gen consoles.  I can't wait to see how Nintendo screws up slywink
6131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda delayed :( on: August 17, 2005, 05:42:49 AM
If you mean Metroid Prime 2, EB has it for $30 used, and I think I saw it at Blockbuster for $20-$25.
6132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man, Beyond Good & Evil really is fantastic! on: August 17, 2005, 05:35:49 AM
Although much different in tone, the game Primal reminded me quite a bit of BG&E.  Both star a female protagonist with a non-human sidekick, although Primal is much more serious.  They also both have action/fighting mixed with exploration and puzzles, and neither are afraid to let their characters show some emotions.  It's another great game that got overshadowed by other games and can be found dirt cheap now.

Also, the designer of BG&E, Michel Ancel, is doing the new King Kong game, which, if nothing else, will at least get more exposure.
6133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS : How many stuck/dead pixels do you have on: August 16, 2005, 06:37:23 PM
The DS is dropping to $129.99.  With Lunar and Mario & Luigi 2 coming out, it's getting harder and harder to resist.
6134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zelda delayed :( on: August 16, 2005, 10:25:14 AM
According to IGN, Zelda : Twilight Princess has been delayed until sometime after March 31, 2006.  frown
6135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 16, 2005, 06:09:49 AM
X-Men Legends, Bard's Tale, and Fallout : Brotherhood of Steel are the XBox games most similar to DA2, other than DA1.  Other than being overly difficult, I really liked the LoTR action games.  They have amazing production values, and are lots of fun.  I just picked up Demon Stone (for $10 at the Toys R Us clearance) yesterday, and it's supposed to be quite a bit easier, so I think I'll really enjoy it.

As for DA1, it's as much fun as DA2, but is shorter, has only 3 character types, no weapon customization, and you can't use the trigger to set up quick spells/abilities.  I think the graphics are actually better in the first game, though.  It's definitely worth playing if you enjoy the sequel.
6136  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Free Shipping on Rebel Star Tactical Command Preorder on: August 16, 2005, 06:01:39 AM
Gamestop still has it listed for $30, but they also have Dungeon Siege 2 still incorrectly listed for next week.  Either they're not on the ball updating their website, or they know something other stores don't.
6137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 16, 2005, 01:45:05 AM
IGN gave it an 8.5.
6138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No one talking about Generation of Chaos? on: August 16, 2005, 01:38:20 AM
There was a preview in the last Game Informer, and it sounds like a very ambitious game.  There's a strategy layer that the article compares to Civilization, with cities, trading, and even diplomacy, in addition to the large battles.  Also, you can play as several different factions, each with their own storyline and characters.
6139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vote for which type of Bioware game you want next! on: August 16, 2005, 01:35:07 AM
Given the great job they did creating the world of Jade Empire, I'm glad their next game is going to be set in another universe of their creation.  I do hope they'll do a sequel to Jade Empire someday, even though they're not keen on sequels.
6140  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Toys R Us Clearance on: August 15, 2005, 03:15:53 AM
I can't remember many, but they had Mario Golf Advance for $17.50, R-Type Final for PS2 for $5, Demon Stone for XBox for $15, and Dr3ver for $10.
6141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 rare PSX RPG's back in stock temporarily on: August 14, 2005, 10:57:12 PM
Rhapsody is out of stock already frown
6142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 14, 2005, 10:55:51 PM
"Wrath Unleashed (the description of an updated 'Archon' intrigued me), Drakenguard, and Tsugunai: Atonement were all basically terrible."
A local used game store has had a copy of Tsugunai for $10 for a long time, and it keeps calling out to me to take it home slywink  I know it got mediocre reviews, but I love timing-based RPG battles, a la Shadow Hearts.  What didn't you like about it?
6143  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Toys R Us Clearance on: August 14, 2005, 10:50:57 PM
Toys R Us is having a big store-wide 50% off clearance, and there are some video and PC games included.  I picked up Demon Stone for PS2 for $10, and there were quite a few others marked down as well.
6144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 4 min Grandia 3 Intro Video - No Japanese skill required on: August 14, 2005, 07:09:00 PM
SquareEnix hasn't officially announced a US release, but I'd say it's a sure thing.  It will probably be released in the US either next spring or summer.
6145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sigma Star Saga on: August 14, 2005, 09:42:36 AM
I've got in pre-ordered.  As far as the RPG elements, it plays like a standard action-RPG.  You traverse different planets, attacking enemies with your gun, and get pulled into random battles.  When you trigger a random battle, you enter a side-scrolling space shooter segment.  Killing enemy ships gets you experience, but I'm not sure if it's your ships or your character that you level-up with the experience.  I love RPG/other genre hybrids, and early reviews are very positive.  With this and Dungeon Siege 2, it's going to be a very fun week for me smile
6146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 14, 2005, 07:05:00 AM
"I mean, if I read the Gamespot review right, DS2 stays trivial, regardless of what difficulty you play it on."
To me, it sounded like they didn't actually play on the harder difficulties, as the comments about them are very general.  (This isn't a criticism of the review, as I don't think you'd have to do so to provide a proper review of the game.)  However, other articles I've read about the game make it sound rather difficult, and I've already died a few times in the demo after getting overwhelmed by enemies.

The depth in Diablo 2 comes about due to the differing enemies - different attack styles, resistances, etc.  DS2 has all these things, and more.  Each character doesn't have as many skills as a single character in D2, but you're controlling 4-6, rather than 1.  It remains to be seen in DS2 becomes difficult enough to necessitate using these as D2 does in the harder difficulty levels, but the potential is certainly there.
6147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hold the Phones guys, Xbox 360 Hard Drive not included? on: August 13, 2005, 04:09:07 AM
From the Game Informer interview, it sounds like having two versions is pretty much a done deal; it's only a matter of when they do it.  They've told developers not to count on the hard drive always being there.  I don't really see what the appeal of a non-hard drive version would be, though.  Unless it's much less expensive (more than $50 cheaper), what would be the point?  You'd have to buy some sort of memory for it, presumably at $20-$30 that would hold a fraction of the amount of data of the hard drive.
6148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 13, 2005, 01:25:17 AM
"The only part that puzzles me is that bit about teleporting back to town- that's what pets are for, hauling your crap so you don't need to go back to town."
It looks like pets are more like regular party members in DS2 rather than just for transporting your gear.  Since they count toward your four-member party limit, you'll probably want them around for every battle.  I'd imagine you still can send them back to town if you want, though.
6149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Untold Legends 2 on: August 13, 2005, 12:03:29 AM
The new Game Informer has a preview of the sequel to the PSP's Untold Legends.  It's called Warrior's Code, and will feature a new, more distinctive art style, 5 character classes, each with a weapon specific to them and 15 skills, and premade levels, rather than the randomly-generated ones of the first game.  RPGamer also has the details here.
6150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 12, 2005, 11:10:16 PM
I assume that comment is referring to the fact that they thought the game was easy, not that you don't have options for fighting.  From what I've seen of the demo, there's at least as much potential for strategy in DS2 as in Diablo 2 - you have four characters, enemies with different methods of attacking, resistances, and stats, and even "hates" where enemies will target your players for using potions or skills in their sight.  DS2 even has the little health bar over the enemy, listing its weakness, similar to the Diablo games.  I would assume you need to use more strategy on the harder levels.
6151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 site launched on: August 12, 2005, 06:29:17 AM
It's hard to explain the appeal of Dragon Quest.  The battles are pretty simplistic, as are the stories.  The first four games had only bare-bones characters.   The games are just fun to play, though.  I've been replaying the Gameboy remakes of the original games, and they're still fun to play today, despite their simplicity.

 As for DQ8, the main draw is the large, explorable world  - something that fewer and fewer modern RPGs have, although they seem to be making a comeback.  Also, the quest is long, and the graphics feature great cel-shading, similar to Dark Cloud 2 from the same developer.  Personally, I prefer the story-based FF games, but Dragon Quest was my first RPG and will always be special to me.
6152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 site launched on: August 11, 2005, 11:24:16 PM
Worthplaying has some new English screens here.
6153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Thirteen upcoming games to watch... on: August 11, 2005, 05:43:10 AM
"One game you forgot which is coming out in the next month or two is Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Although I'm not sure about the "real-time" part of the gameplay. Anyone know more about that?"

There's a preview at 1Up that explains the new real-time action mode in the game.
6154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 site launched on: August 11, 2005, 12:58:56 AM
That's the main Dragon Quest theme, and has been for as long as I can recall.
6155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 site launched on: August 10, 2005, 07:45:25 PM
From the SlimeKnights page -

August:
FRI 12 - North Attleboro, MA - Emerald Square (3-9PM)
SAT 13 - Saugus, MA - Square One Mall (3-9PM)
SUN 14 - Nashua, NH - Pheasant Lane Mall (12-6PM)
FRI 19 - Garden City, NY - Roosevelt Field (1-7PM)
SAT 20 - Lake Grove, NY - Smith Haven Mall (3-9PM)
FRI 26 - Glen Allen, VA - Virginia Center Commons (3-9PM)
SUN 28 - Langhorne, PA - Oxford Valley Mall (12-6PM)

September:
SAT 03 - Charlotte, NC - South Park (3-9PM)
FRI 09 - Kennesaw, GA - Town Center at Cobb (3-9PM)
SAT 10 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Place (3-9PM)
FRI 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Lafayette Square (3-9PM)
SAT 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Castleton Square (1-7PM)
FRI 23 - Orland Park, IL - Orland Square (3-9PM)
SAT 24 - Calumet, IL - River Oaks Center (3-9PM)
FRI 30 - St. Paul, MN - Maplewood Mall (3-9PM)

October:
SUN 02 - Duluth, MN - Miller Hill Mall (12-6PM)
SAT 08 - Seattle, WA - Northgate Mall (3-9PM)
SUN 09 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Mall (1-7PM)
FRI 14 - Westminster, CA - Westminster Mall (3-9PM)
SAT 15 - Laguna Hills, CA - Laguna Hills Mall (1-7PM)
SUN 16 - Brea, CA - Brea Mall (12-6PM)
FRI 21 - McAllen, TX - La Plaza Mall (3-9PM)
SUN 23 - Cedar Park, TX - Lakeline Mall (12-6PM)
6156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 site launched on: August 10, 2005, 07:03:32 PM
SquareEnix has launched a teaser site for Dragon Quest 8 here.  All it features now is the E3 trailer, though.  They've also launched a fansite - Slime Knights, where you can earn mini-medals toward getting exclusive movies and screenshots, and even actual DQ merchandise.  I even made my first bit of fanart to get some points - Here it is in all its MSPaint glory slywink


It looks like SquareEnix is going all out with the marketing, including a mall tour, that is, alas, not coming anywhere near me.
6157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia - Great soundtrack & trailer inside on: August 10, 2005, 06:59:59 PM
Yes - the US release is set for early next year.  I wish we were getting Tales of Rebirth as well, but I guess that's not going to happen.  Tales of The Abyss is 3D, so hopefully, that will get a US release as well.
6158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: August 10, 2005, 05:27:30 AM
"Let's hope it isn't Working Designs. Otherwise you can look forward to seeing it released around the same time as the PS3. "
You mean PS4, don't you? slywink

I'm going to guess the publisher will be Atlus.  The game is a good fit for them - combining the two things they're known for - dark, serious games and "wacky" games.  Plus, their last announced game (Magna Carta) comes out in November/December, so they have nothing announced for next year yet.  Presumably, Devil Summoner will be coming to the US (interestingly enough, set in a similar time period to Shadow Hearts), but that leaves the rest of the year free.  Namco is also a possibility, as they continued the Arc the Lad series by bringing End of Darkness to the US.  That series has a pretty small fanbase, so they might be willing to take on the SH series.  They already have Tales of Legendia coming in spring, and possibly Tales of the Abyss in the fall, so SH might be a good summer release for them.
6159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 10, 2005, 01:23:16 AM
"If Dragon Quest 8 comes out this year, I predict that that will take the crown."
It is - it's coming out in November.  I can't wait!
6160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: August 09, 2005, 09:38:28 PM
There's another post by this person at GameFAQs explaining how SH1 and 2 did, and why Midway isn't doing SH3 - here.
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