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6161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus is out in Japan... on: January 26, 2006, 06:57:03 AM
Wow, it usually takes much longer than this for a Final Fantasy thread to devolve into an argument between the old style and new style, even if there's very little actual difference between them slywink
I'm not surprised by the Dirge of Cerberus response.  An FPS from Square was a risky proposition to begin with.  I wouldn't think the hype would be that high for it, even with the FF7 name.
6162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for Xbox 360, PC, DS, and PSP! on: January 25, 2006, 08:48:31 PM
I'd say it's more of a consequence of that fact that the vast majority of games are based around combat in one form or another.  This is also (hopefully) the first game in a series of new Trek games, so we can hope there will eventually be a game (an RPG preferably) that captures the full spirit of the shows.

BTW, I'd really recommend watching the last few seasons of DS9.  There's plenty of action in the combat, but it's really about the affects of the war on the characters, and it's absolutely outstanding.  Also, try to catch the episode "The Visitor" on cable sometime.  It's probably the finest hour of dramatic television I've ever seen.
6163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 25, 2006, 08:18:59 AM
No, Tales of Phantasia was an SNES game, and the first in the Tales series.  This is the first time it is officially coming to the US, although people may have played it through emulators and fan translations.  The US ToD2 was a PSOne game called Tales of Eternia in Japan.  The game called ToD2 in Japan, a PS2 game that was a direct sequel to ToD, was never released in the US.
6164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chibi Robo on: January 25, 2006, 08:15:48 AM
Game Informer is a good magazine for previews and exclusives, but their reviews are terrible.  A 6.25 for Paper Mario and Digital Devil Saga 2 and 8.25 for Suikoden 4?
6165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion collectors edition info! on: January 25, 2006, 08:12:00 AM
It's certainly a lot better than the lame collector's editions lately, like The Movies and Empire at War.
6166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 25, 2006, 01:25:44 AM
There's a preview at Gamespy.
6167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 10:16:07 PM
The game seemed to get a lukewarm reception from what I read at GameFAQs, but the impressions of the US version have been very enthusiastic, including the story.
6168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: January 24, 2006, 08:06:20 PM
It's better than fluently :lol:
6169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - Feb. 14th on: January 24, 2006, 08:04:49 PM
I'll definitely be getting it, but I think I'm going to wait a while.  There are 4 RPGs coming out in the span of a month (Tales of Legendia, Grandia 3, MS Saga, and Tales of Phantasia) and I'll be probably preordering MS Saga and ToP since they're most likely to become rare quickly.  I'm going to try to hold out on G3 and ToL and get them used, but if someone puts them on sale for $40, I'll probably cave slywink
6170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3 question on: January 24, 2006, 03:36:10 AM
IIRC, they only played once on my copy.  Is it saving your game status properly?  I can't think of any reason why they would keep playing unless it thinks that it's the first time you're playing either a race or crash mode.
6171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you have a video game character crush? on: January 23, 2006, 08:12:56 AM
April's still a looker in Dreamfall -
The big plot twist in the game is that she was originally one of the Ringwraiths, and this is her without the hood on :twisted:
6172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 23, 2006, 06:44:44 AM
From what I've read, the PSOne version added and rebalanced skills in the game, and also featured a smoother combat system more in line with the other PSOne entries in the series.
6173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you have a video game character crush? on: January 23, 2006, 03:27:08 AM
April Ryan is quite a looker -

6174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 23, 2006, 12:15:04 AM
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will.  There's a thread at RPGamer with a comparison of the SNES and GBA versions, and the GBA version looks quite a bit worse.
6175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia website on: January 22, 2006, 08:41:26 AM
There's also Tales of Phantasia for the GBA coming out one month later.  It's not exactly an audiovisual extravaganza, but it looks like it will be fun.
6176  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.
6177  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.
6178  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.
6179  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.
6180  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.
6181  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.
6182  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.
6183  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.
6184  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
6185  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.
6186  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
6187  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.
6188  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.
6189  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.
6190  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.
6191  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
6192  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.
6193  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
6194  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.
6195  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.
6196  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
6197  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.
6198  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)
6199  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.
6200  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.
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