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6161  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.
6162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead or Alive and Mortal Combat questions on: August 09, 2005, 07:14:26 PM
MK : Deception has a ton of single-player kontent.  There's the standard arkade mode, a pretty bland story mode that's supposed to take upwards of 20-30 hours, 400 items to unlock, as well as full-fledged minigames Chess Kombat (like chess with fighting MK pieces) and Puzzle Kombat, a Tetris-style game.
6163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 09, 2005, 07:09:21 PM
Right now, I'd say either Jade Empire or Digital Devil Saga.  I haven't finished either, so it depends on how they hold up.  Come December, it will probably be either Dragon Quest 8 or Digital Devil Saga 2.
6164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 unofficially confirmed for US release on: August 09, 2005, 07:01:28 PM
A representative from Midway, who decided to pass on localizing Shadow Hearts 3, posted this at the GameFAQs message board -
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SH3 WILL get released here in NA (and also most likely in Europe as well), but just not by Midway. Some other company has picked this title up and I'm sure they will do a great job localizing it.


I'm pretty sure this is legit, given the other posts made by this person.  Hopefully, we'll get official confirmation soon.
6165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead or Alive and Mortal Combat questions on: August 09, 2005, 06:09:27 AM
I've tried a lot of fighting games, and Mortal Kombat is definitely one of the simplest and easy to get into.  Generally, in the tutorials going over the characters' moves, I can get them to work on the first few tries.  Also, I wouldn't let anyone from Midway see your post - If they catch anyone spelling kombat with a "c", they send out their goon squad to teach them a lesson slywink
6166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera gets another shipment on: August 09, 2005, 12:54:00 AM
According to RPGamer, Atlus has shipped another batch of Riviera for the GBA to stores.  It's a great game, so if you missed out on the first shipment, now would be the time to get it.
6167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 09, 2005, 12:48:04 AM
I really like Actraiser 1, too, but Soul Blazer just "clicked" with me.  The underwater level was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen in a game, and I preferred the more action-RPG combat of SB to Actraiser's more straight-up action combat.  Hopefully, SquareEnix will make both games available to download on the Revolution.
6168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Thirteen upcoming games to watch... on: August 09, 2005, 12:44:05 AM
It's the Japanese Final Fantasy 3, and assuming it comes to the States, will finally complete the main-line FF series in the US.  SquareEnix announced it a while ago, but haven't really said much about it since.
6169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Viewtiful Joe question on: August 08, 2005, 08:12:55 AM
" Basically, it's pride and respect on the line"
Well, I'm playing on Sweet difficulty level (a notch below Kids), so obviously, I have neither of those slywink
6170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Viewtiful Joe question on: August 08, 2005, 06:13:45 AM
"I cant help you with that but if you see another can you get it and ship it to me?"
Sorry, they only had one.  They rarely have console games on clearance, so I was surprised they had it, and even more surprised at the price.
6171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Viewtiful Joe question on: August 08, 2005, 04:17:38 AM
I picked up Viewtiful Joe for the PS2 (on clearance at Target for $2.54  :shock: ) and was wondering how running out of lives is handled.  When you run out of lives, are you given more or do you have to reload a save with the number of lives you had when you saved?  I lost a couple lives fighting the second boss, and I'm wondering if I should reload and try to get through the battle without dying in order to save my lives for later on.
6172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Thirteen upcoming games to watch... on: August 08, 2005, 04:13:25 AM
There's also Final Fantasy 3 and Lunar : Dragon Song.

"Also to note, there's apparently a Secret of Mana game that might be tentatively titled World of Mana in the works."
From what I understand, SquareEnix announced at their party event that "World of Mana" is the collective name for a group of games across many platforms that will relaunch the "Mana" series.  Presumably, the DS will be one of the platforms.
6173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 08, 2005, 04:10:45 AM
In "Ironman" mode, if you die, your character is gone, i.e. your saves for the character are deleted.  Other than the Rogue/Nethack type text games, the only ones I can think of that implement this are Diablo 2, Dungeon Hack, and Warlords Battlecry 2 and 3.  I'd never play this way myself, but it's a nice option for the crazy people who do slywink
6174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple Xbox Games i just bought, check them out. on: August 07, 2005, 09:02:29 PM
Rallisport Challenge 2 is one of the best racing games I've ever played, so the first one is probably good, too.
6175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your top 3 console games of ALL-TIME? on: August 07, 2005, 07:00:11 AM
1. Final Fantasy X - I'll second Rage's comments, and add that the game has probably the best ending I've ever seen.  It's been 2 years since I finished it, and there are parts I still remember as if I played them yesterday.

2. Dragon Warrior 3 - I got Dragon Warrior 1 for a Christmas gift (it was free with a Nintendo Power subscription) and have been hooked on RPGs ever since.  I remember a preview for DW3 in Nintendo Power had a map of the world, and I just stared at it, filled with anticipation at being able to visit all those places.  I'm playing it again on the GBA, and despite its simplicity, it's still fun.

3. Soul Blazer - It was a toss-up between this and Dark Cloud 2, both city-builders/RPGs.  Dark Cloud 2 is the better game, but Soul Blazer wins for nostalgia's sake, and because I've played it four times and could probably play it again today and enjoy it just as much.

This list will probably change soon, as I'm currently playing through a few games that will be contenders for the list after I finish them.
6176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: August 06, 2005, 07:23:17 AM
RPGamer has a ton of screenshots and the full almost 8-minute trailer.  The game looks amazing.
6177  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / MP3 Player deals? on: August 06, 2005, 01:15:31 AM
I have no experience with them myself, but I saw this on TV last night.  There's also a 512 MB version for $120 - $10 rebate.
6178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: August 05, 2005, 11:55:53 PM
The Covenant trailer and the final trailer for Prince of Persia : TSoT are by far the two best game trailers I've ever seen.
6179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III out today (images heavy) on: August 05, 2005, 06:29:34 AM
IGN has posted some impressions and new screenshots/videos here.
6180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 05, 2005, 06:03:30 AM
I don't get it either.  It seems like they went out of their way to improve everything else and make it user-friendly and fun to play, and then they drop in a terrible save system.  Did they look at all the negative feedback it got in Diablo 2 and say "Hey, that could be just as unpopular in our game!"?  I didn't really mind it in Diablo 2 since the monsters respawned and you were at least earning experience while fighting them again.  Here, you just have the tedious task of running back through empty areas to where you already were.  Also, it wrecks whatever immersion the increased emphasis on story creates.  

In a randomly-generated gameplay-based game like Diablo 2, it kind of makes sense, but in a game like Dungeon Siege 2, this type of save system makes absolutely no sense.  I just hope there is enough negative feedback about it that it will get changed before the game's release.  I can't imagine anyone preferring this system over the traditional save system.

I also don't get the M rating.  The enemies exploding into chunks after a special attack is kind of fun to watch, but why limit your audience for such a small addition?  It really makes you wonder what developers are thinking sometimes.
6181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This makes me very happy (We Love Katamari) on: August 05, 2005, 03:18:32 AM
Well, it's certainly quirky.  It's also really ugly.  I'd say it looks like a child's drawing, but even children have better color sense than that slywink
6182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 05, 2005, 03:16:22 AM
A week or two ago, Lionhead announced that The Lost Chapters will also be released on the XBox, and will go directly into the Platinum Hits line for $20.  I think Jade Empire is by far the best of the action-RPGs, but it is definitely epic.  I'll second the recommendation for Sudeki - it's pretty simple, and has   a great art style as well.
6183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / New PS2 Greatest Hits on: August 05, 2005, 03:08:27 AM
I saw Ratchet 3 in the Greatest Hits section at Target the other day, so they might have already marked it down there.
6184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / New PS2 Greatest Hits on: August 05, 2005, 01:49:35 AM
According to IGN, Jak 3, Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Killzone, ATV Offroad Fury 3, Hot Shots Golf FORE!, and Sly 2: Band of Thieves will be joining the PS2's $20 Greatest Hits line, probably on August 23.
6185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 05, 2005, 12:42:25 AM
Unfortunately, I was wrong about the saving.  You don't pick up right where you left off, but rather near where you were.  The monsters don't respawn, but you have to walk back to where you were.  I'm not quite sure how it works yet, but I'll do some more experimenting.  I really like everything else about the game - I hope this isn't a big problem.
6186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: August 04, 2005, 07:41:20 AM
IGN has further impressions from the Japanese version.  Also, they're apparently assuming the game will be released in the US, as they comment on how a character will be translated into English.  I hope they're right.
6187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: August 04, 2005, 07:24:09 AM
Gamespot has some new information about the game.  My favorite part - "Level 5 is confident that the total volume of areas to explore in Rogue Galaxy will surpass any RPG to date."  I spent over 190 hours on Dark Cloud 2 - I can't imagine how long this game will be.  It looks like next year will be another great one for RPGs.
6188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 04, 2005, 07:11:43 AM
It's more like Diablo 1 - you can save anywhere, but you only have one save slot per character.  When you reload, you pick up right where you left off.  That's how it works in the demo, so I would assume that's how it will work in the full game.  According to the Gamespot preview -
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But if you or your party is killed, you can use a resurrect spell (assuming there's anyone left to cast it), or else you will spawn at the nearest town, but with all your equipped items and 25-percent of your gold left behind at your gravestone. You can then ask a member of the Guild of Death to return all your equipment, but you'll lose your gold, or else you can simply travel back to the gravestone and all your stuff will magically reappear.

I wish they'd kept the standard save/load system.
6189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dynasty Warriors 5 XL! on: August 04, 2005, 07:07:03 AM
Your thumbs must be really sore after 5 games + spinoffs slywink
6190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 03, 2005, 10:21:07 PM
I got 500K/sec from 3DGamers.  Also, the demo is different from the beta.  The demo starts from the beginning of the game, and probably ends right before the beta area begins.
6191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia III out today (images heavy) on: August 03, 2005, 09:29:13 AM
The game has one of the best logos I've ever seen for a game.  Hopefully, now that the Japanese version is out, we'll get a US release date soon.
6192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / psxone on: August 02, 2005, 12:36:46 AM
I still have several PSOne RPGs I'm still playing, and a bunch still to get to.  I still use my PSOne, mostly to avoid having to keep swapping out memory cards all the time and to save wear and tear on my PS2.
6193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I guess we won't be playing FF12 any time soon on: July 30, 2005, 05:20:08 PM
IGN and Gamespot have impressions of the new demo.  Also, RPGamer has some new scans.
6194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I guess we won't be playing FF12 any time soon on: July 30, 2005, 05:55:33 AM
Square Enix has finally announced the Japanese release date for Final Fantasy 12 - March 16, 2006  :shock:   If the delays have been caused by gameplay issues, it's possible the script is pretty far along, and if so, they could be working on the English localization during that time, and have a simultaneous US/Japanese release.  If not, it looks like we'll be waiting awhile.  This might be a good thing, though.  If other developers are no longer afraid to release RPGs next year for fear of competing with FF12, it might help ensure US releases of games like Shadow Hearts 3 and the recently-announced Tales of The Abyss.
6195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - Path of Radiance Box Art on: July 30, 2005, 01:23:49 AM
6196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 3 New XBox360 RPGs announced on: July 29, 2005, 11:04:38 PM
"Of course the micro-buying market kind of scares me, but what the hell."
I wouldn't worry about it.  I'm guessing it will be about as successful as the PS2 hard drive.
6197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: July 29, 2005, 03:25:27 AM
With such niche titles as Atelier Iris and Digital Devil Saga both selling well enough in the US to warrant sequels, I have to think Shadow Hearts 3 will make it here.  The SH US fanbase isn't huge, but SH2 was very well-received, and I think the fact that it's set in the US would actually make it more appealing to the US audience.  SH3 would probably sell about as well in the US as the first two games, but those sales are pretty much guaranteed, so hopefully publishers will take that into account.

IGN has a short hands-on preview along with some new screenshots and movies here.
6198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ken Kutaragi on the PS3 - expensive, 10 years on: July 29, 2005, 12:29:59 AM
"Unless they have a FF or a GTA up their sleeve I can't see it being as huge a success as it's predessor."
Both games are in the works for the PS3, along with other heavy hitters like Metal Gear, and I imagine their publishers would be very unhappy with Sony if the PS3 comes out at $400 or more.  Sony pricing the PS3 too high could have a domino effect, costing them both sales and exclusives.  I think they have more to lose by pricing it too high than by taking big losses and pricing it competitively with the 360.
6199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: July 29, 2005, 12:16:56 AM
I don't get why is there is a smattering of English in Japanese RPGs, either.  In the Japanese version of Baten Kaitos, the whole intro was spoken in English, and a Japanese video of Dragon Quest 8 also showed the intro written in English.  Status screen screenshots often show some English words, but mostly Japanese.  It doesn't seem like it would help importers, as 95% of the game is still in Japanese.  Anyone know why they do this?
6200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ken Kutaragi on the PS3 - expensive, 10 years on: July 28, 2005, 07:34:33 AM
There's a little blurb about the PS3 FF game at IGN - "Confirmed to be in development by Square Enix President Yoichi Wada, the first next-gen FF will likely be Final Fantasy XIII."  The director of FF7 and X has also said that he is working on the game, although he didn't say what the game was either.  I think it's most likely that it's FF7-2.  A sequel would make sense as a culmination of all the FF spinoffs and the movie, and it would generate a lot of buzz for the PS3.  SE has also said they are working on a next-gen MMORPG, which could be for the 360.
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