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6121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW reviews on: February 22, 2006, 07:38:08 PM
GI gave it 8.75.
6122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW reviews on: February 22, 2006, 07:23:09 AM
RPGFan and RPGamer have posted their very positive reviews for the new Shadow Hearts game.
6123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many consoles do you own? on: February 21, 2006, 07:11:31 AM
Hooked up and used regularly -
PS2
XBox
Gamecube with Gameboy adapter
PSOne
Dreamcast
GBA

I also have an NES and SNES, but neither has been used in years.
6124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 20, 2006, 03:20:21 PM
"the fact that the game seems to be completely removed from any of the continuities actually makes it less appealing to me than it would have otherwise."
From what I've read, there are many references to elements of the shows/etc. throughout the game, rather than direct storyline links.
6125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 20, 2006, 05:19:46 AM
Anyone else picking this up this week?  I've never seen any Gundam-related shows or played any of the games, but this RPG is looking really good.  There's a good review here that explains more about the game than I've read even in the few previews available.  I'm particularly excited by the comparisons to the Shin Megami Tensei/Digital Devil Saga combat system, which is one of the best I've ever played.
6126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Much Memory for a PS2? on: February 20, 2006, 05:13:40 AM
"another $100 will get you the xbox 360 core version, which IMO, is the future."
Plus another $40 for a memory card.  It's a vicious cycle slywink  My biggest disappointment with the next-gen consoles is that none come with a hard drive standard.  IMO, that was the best innovation of this generation, and it's sad to see the next-gen actually regressing in terms of features.
6127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 - Delayed a year and cost over $900 to make?? on: February 20, 2006, 05:13:19 AM
I'm guessing that by E3, the rumors mill will have the PS3 coming out in 2014, costing $5,000 and requiring both a retinal scan and urine sample in order to turn it on  biggrin
6128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / grandia/legendia impressions? on: February 19, 2006, 10:58:25 PM
"Just do like I do and get them all. You'll play them some time or another."
I will get them all eventually, of course smile  It's just a matter of waiting for the big-name ones to come in price or get them used.
6129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Much Memory for a PS2? on: February 19, 2006, 10:55:25 PM
"(Which amazingly, 5 years after launch, are still the same price!)"
I believe that when the PS2 first came out, the cards were $35, and now you can often find them on sale for $20 (or $35-$40 for the twin pack).
6130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / grandia/legendia impressions? on: February 19, 2006, 08:53:25 AM
Best Buy has Grandia 3 on sale this week for $40.  I'm sorely tempted, even though MS Saga is coming out this week, and Tales of Phantasia and Shadow Hearts two weeks after that, and I'll be getting all 3 of those.
6131  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Good deals at Circuit City on: February 19, 2006, 08:52:02 AM
Circuit City has some good sales this week on some fairly new games - $28 for Jak Combat Racing, Ratchet : Deadlocked, and Sly 3, $20 for Gun, True Crime, and Advent Rising, $30 for C&C First Decade, and $35 for the AOE3 Collector's Edition.
6132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why can't more PC games come in DVD style cases? on: February 19, 2006, 06:56:27 AM
Dungeon Siege 2 and The Sims 2 both came in DVD cases, and both had fairly large manuals, so that's not really a problem.  They are very nice and convenient, so hopefully, other publisher will follow EA and Microsoft's example and start to use them.
6133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is the big deal about Mother 3? on: February 18, 2006, 07:32:22 AM
I would be surprised not to see both Mother 1 + 2 and M3 released in the US.  Nintendo is trying to keep their promise of supporting the GBA, and there aren't many GBA games being made.  They're publishing FF4-6 and Tales of Phantasia for the GBA, so I don't see why they wouldn't bring the Mother games over too.
6134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Started up Chrono Trigger again on: February 14, 2006, 07:16:44 AM
I've been playing console RPGs since the first Dragon Warrior, and as much as I fondly remember those games, IMO, today's games blow them out of the water in every way imaginable.  To me, RPGs just keep getting better, and almost all of my all-time favorite RPGs are on the PS2.
6135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Started up Chrono Trigger again on: February 14, 2006, 03:23:35 AM
I've probably started Chrono Trigger 10 times between the original and the PSOne version, but I've never made it more than halfway through.  For some reason, it's never captured my interest.  All the ingredients are there, but it just never "clicked" with me.  I do intend to finish it someday though (perhaps on start number 11 slywink).
6136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: February 14, 2006, 03:18:56 AM
I doubt even Nintendo knows when the game will be released, so I'm sure Best Buy doesn't.
6137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 14, 2006, 03:13:31 AM
SquareEnix has given the North American release information here.
6138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 08:00:14 PM
I usually get easily frustrated with games with poor control schemes, but I have no problem with RE4.  I think part of it is the context-sensitive commands (like jumping through windows, knocking down ladders, hitting buttons fast to run, etc).  I think we're going to see a lot more of this in games now, as it allows the player to have a large move arsenal, while still making player skill important, but not overwhelming the player with tons of commands to learn.
6139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: February 13, 2006, 04:43:30 AM
A heads-up for those who have it -  When translating the game, XSeed removed two enemies from the game, but not from the monster list.  Since completing the monster list is a requirement for getting one of the EX File keys, it's impossible to get without a Gameshark or similar device.  frown
6140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, did anyone buy Wild Arms 4? on: February 12, 2006, 08:33:14 AM
Anyone else playing this?  I'm about 10 hours in, and am really enjoying it, even more than I thought I would be.  From the reviews, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill RPG, and while there are certainly cliches to be found, it has more personality than most reviews gave it credit for.  The characters are well-defined, and as in past games, each serves as a different voice in the game's philosophical discussions, focused mainly on war and its affects so far.  The enemies are an interesting lot, and seem more like something out of Shadow Hearts than a Wild ARMs game, with a Spike-and-Drusilla pair of vampires and twin girls that look like stitched-together dolls, among others.  The hex-based battle system is not only a great idea, but also well-executed, making each battle a little different, which is very important when you're fighting the same enemies over and over.

The only problem is that XSeed apparently failed to do much in the way of QA, as not only is there an obvious typo in the very first skill you get, but they also screwed up the bonus stuff, so it's not possible to get all the bonus content.  I hope they're more careful with Shadow Hearts.
6141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III reviews trickling in on: February 12, 2006, 08:24:20 AM
"The testament of Game Informer giving Digital Devil Saga 2 a 6.25 only proves the point."
After that review, a 6 or so for Paper Mario 2, and an 8.25 for Suikoden 4, I no longer put any stock in their RPG reviews.  They did rate a bunch this month, though, with 8.75 for Grandia 3 and Shadow Hearts, and 7.25 - 7.5  for ToP, ToL, and MS Saga.
6142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III reviews trickling in on: February 11, 2006, 08:05:12 PM
RPGamer gave it a 4.5/5, and Game Informer 8.75.  I'll definitely be getting it eventually (along with Tales of Legendia), but I'm going to wait a while.  With so many RPGs coming out between February and March, I'm just getting the ones that are likely to be rare soon (Tales of Phantasia GBA and MS Saga) and Shadow Hearts, because it's only $40.  

The only thing that disappoints me about Grandia 3 is the lack of locations.  From the reviews and looking at the FAQ, it looks like there are only about 13 locations to visit.  The dungeons are supposed to be long (which I like), but that seems like an awfully low number.
6143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 10, 2006, 09:51:58 AM
RPGamer has some news about the upcoming European release of the Advent Children movie.  The voice actors for Cloud and Aerith from Kingdom Hearts (Steve Burton and Mandy Moore) reprise their roles for the movie, and Jessica Alba is also featured, presumably as Tifa.
6144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LEGO Star Wars 2 on: February 10, 2006, 02:56:57 AM
There's a preview/interview at IGN.
6145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 Official NA Release Date... on: February 09, 2006, 08:05:37 PM
The combat sounds much improved, with more options and more interaction.  The gummi ship does return, but has been overhauled, both in graphics and gameplay.
6146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire for 360 on: February 09, 2006, 11:59:42 AM
According to Gamecloud, an XBox360 entry in the KUF series is in the works, although it ditches the RTS elements in favor of RPG elements.
6147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 Official NA Release Date... on: February 09, 2006, 11:06:29 AM
It's set to come out the same day as Suikoden 5.  I wonder if Suikoden 5 will be delayed. They already knew that KH2 would be coming out in spring, but maybe they thought it wouldn't be until April.
6148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioshock is Game Informer's cover on: February 09, 2006, 06:58:31 AM
That's an interesting cover - can't wait to get my issue.
6149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Golden Sun - Am I Out of Luck? MINOR SPOILERS on: February 09, 2006, 04:20:24 AM
I don't remember that part specifically, but this thread at GameFAQs sounds like it might help, if this is the same situation you're in.
6150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 Official NA Release Date... on: February 09, 2006, 12:17:22 AM
That's an impressive list of voice talent, although it's kind of odd that they didn't mention some of the biggest names, like the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
6151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Movies: Cancelled on: February 08, 2006, 08:23:17 PM
According to Lionhead, the games haven't been cancelled; they just won't be published by Activision.  They're even working on an expansion pack for the PC version.
6152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / C &C Generals : Zero Hour? on: February 07, 2006, 08:07:45 PM
There was a screenshot that supposedly came from the desktop of the developers showing C&C 3, but it was probably fake.  I would expect an announcement soon, though.
6153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts : FtNW website on: February 07, 2006, 11:49:35 AM
XSeed has unveiled the full website for the upcoming Shadow Hearts game here.  There are voice samples for the main characters, which sound great.
6154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 07, 2006, 11:47:26 AM
I'm guessing Atelier Iris must have sold rather well for them to not only localize the sequel, but also announce this even before the sequel is out in the US.  I figured that this would be the game for the "premiere event" they mentioned in their newsletter.
6155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mario Bros Timewaster? Check on: February 07, 2006, 06:45:05 AM
It doesn't hurt that Nintendo keeps using these sounds/music in every Mario game since then slywink
6156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are the numbers on the wall at Best Buy? I know... on: February 07, 2006, 06:44:53 AM
Actually, those are the numbers they have to type into each computer in the store every hour, or the place will explode slywink
6157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black Demo on: February 07, 2006, 03:06:47 AM
It would probably take awhile, but won't they send you a new disk if yours is defective?
6158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Farcry Instincts, anyone? on: February 04, 2006, 08:42:35 PM
How's the difficulty in Instincts?  I found the PC version rather difficult, and I'm still not that good at the console FPS control scheme.
6159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blizzard hiring in Diablo division on: February 04, 2006, 04:54:00 AM
"Isn't WOW Diablo-ish enough? I want Starcraft 2!"
If this does mean that they're hiring now for Diablo 3, then it's highly likely that Starcraft 2 is the mystery game they've been working on for the past few years.

WoW and Diablo might differ in play style, but both are based on the addictive "kill and loot" mechanic.  I think both games probably appeal to a large part of the market, and I would guess being able to freely play Diablo 3 online would eat into the market of WoW players who don't like paying $15 a month or are getting tired of the game.
6160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 03, 2006, 01:52:06 AM
I remember when I bought Arena, the sales clerk warned me that I would need a lot of hard drive space because it would take up 25 MB  :lol:
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