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6241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Might & Magic 6 anything I should know? on: July 10, 2005, 06:06:20 AM
It's been awhile, but I don't remember having problems with clearing stuff out.  There's some stuff you have to go back for, but you should be able to handle most things in an area before you move on to the next.  There should pretty much always be a quest in your quest log that you can handle at your level.  Again, it's been years since I played it, but I don't remember anything like what you're describing.
6242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: July 09, 2005, 10:50:56 AM
The trial quest on Manaan was one of my favorite moments in KoTOR.  I loved the moral dilemma set up when you finally learned the truth.  I thought about my final choice for quite awhile, more because it was an interesting choice than for what I was going to get game-wise.

I'm loving Jade Empire.  It seems too much like KoTOR at first, but after leaving the first town, the game world really starts to show its uniqueness.  It's also, at times, a very beautiful game - from the serenity of the sunset in Tien's Landing to the creepiness of the forest.  It's a big step up from the mostly bland visuals of KoTOR.
6243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 11:32:44 PM
In Sacred, the loot is randomized, the monster placement seems somewhat random, but the maps are premade.  It doesn't have a hub setup like Diablo 2, as it's all one big, premade world.

"I do have one big question on Dungeon Siege two: One of the screen shots I saw for the skills screen for the fighter, all the skills were simply percentage increases to damge/hit/speed/etc. Does your fighter learn new attacks, or is he stuck with 'i hit things, and that's all I'll ever do' a la DS?"
From what I've read, I think there are both.  You can have melee powers that are different types of attacks, and you also have passive skills that boost your abilities.  It looks kind of like WoW's skills and talents system.
6244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any interest in Killer 7? on: July 08, 2005, 06:27:10 AM
1Up gave it 8.4 and Gamespy 2.5/5.
6245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 06:24:22 AM
Sacred certainly has its faults, but I think it's a solid game and one of the better Diablo-style games.  The demo is large, and should give anyone considering buying the game a very good idea of what to expect in the final version.  FATE is a lot more fun, but it's also much simpler in scope and gameplay.
6246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 01:54:27 AM
I didn't find Sacred to play anything like Dungeon Siege.  You only control one character, and all the characters (even melee ones) have many skills to use.  It doesn't play quite as well as Diablo 2, but the setup is basically the same, apart from the randomness.  Sacred also has a gigantic world to explore, which is something you don't see too often in action-RPGs.
6247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 07, 2005, 11:05:03 PM
It definitely sounds like Sacred.  The armor you're describing is the Seraphim's wings.
6248  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Big Lots restock 7/5..YMMV on: July 07, 2005, 11:01:31 PM
I've never seen a console game at Big Lots - only PC.
6249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Might & Magic 6 anything I should know? on: July 07, 2005, 12:52:23 AM
You should be able to set one spell for each character as a quick spell, and then cast it by hitting one of the keys.
6250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any interest in Killer 7? on: July 07, 2005, 12:37:25 AM
GamePro gave it 1.5/5, but their reviews are all over the place when compared to other sites.
6251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Might & Magic 6 anything I should know? on: July 06, 2005, 11:07:35 PM
MM6 was great fun, and extremely long.  My characters were somthing like level 110 by the time I finished, and I'm sure I put well over 100 hours into it.
6252  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Some more Target deals (?) on: July 06, 2005, 11:03:21 PM
My Target had Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich for $20 on clearance.
6253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: July 06, 2005, 06:34:09 PM
Sting also did the Evolution games for the Dreamcast (rereleased as Evolution Worlds on the Gamecube), but from what I played of them, they are nowhere near as good as Riviera.
6254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any interest in Killer 7? on: July 06, 2005, 06:30:16 PM
IGN gave it 8.1.
6255  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Circuit City Clearance 9.99 games on: July 06, 2005, 07:14:43 AM
Baten Kaitos is a steal for $10.  It's one of the most beautiful games I've ever played, and has a great soundtrack too.
6256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riviera Impressions on: July 02, 2005, 01:02:59 AM
Anyone else pick this up?  I was on the fence, but I figured a new GBA game from Atlus is a good recipe for a game getting rare quickly, so I bought it along with Atelier Iris.  I'm glad I did.  It's hard to describe the game's appeal, though.  It has many elements of traditional RPGs, but it doesn't play like anything else, except for perhaps Unlimited Saga.  Fortunately, it does right what Unlimited Saga did horribly wrong.  The game is about choices - deciding what to do with your limited points, deciding what items to take into battle, etc.  
The graphics are nice, especially the character portraits, the music is solid, and the smattering of voice acting adds a little to the game.  It's definitely a deliberate, slowly-paced game (although it's broken into small chunks so that it seems to move fast).  The game is hard to describe, but fun and addicting to play.
6257  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Lotsa deals at EBGames.com on: July 02, 2005, 12:51:58 AM
Secret of The Silver Earring is very good, especially if you like mysteries/detective stories.
6258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Impressies on: July 01, 2005, 09:28:46 AM
I'm really enjoying it.  I love the hand-drawn art style, and I'm having fun collecting everything I can find.  It looks like there are a lot of new abilities you gain during the game that will enable you to get items that are out of reach at the beginning.  It's definitely not a game for everyone, but the combination of traditional RPG and the item synthesis is a perfect fit for what I like in games.
6259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana Impressies on: June 30, 2005, 09:24:38 AM
At the risk of breaking tradition, here are my impressions from about 45 minutes of playing -
The manual is thin - only 16 pages and black and white, but it looks like there will be in-game tutorials for everything, so it shouldn't matter.  The game looks beautiful, full of color and detail, and definitely more high-res looking than most 2D RPGs, such as Disgaea.  The voice acting is definitely solid, and the translation is looking good, too.  I haven't done much yet - a few battles, a few tutorials, and smashing half the town to smithereens to get mana slywink  If an old-school 2D RPG with a heavy dose of item creation sounds good to you, then it looks like the game will definitely fit the bill.  I can't wait to play some more tomorrow.

I also picked up Riviera, and was surprised I hadn't realized earlier that this is probably the first time in many years when two non-remake 2D RPGs were released on the same day.  I'll put up some impressions of Riviera tomorrow, as I haven't opened it yet.
6260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / what are you looking forward to? on: June 28, 2005, 07:01:40 AM
PC - Dreamfall, Oblivion, Dungeon Siege 2, Civ4, Dungeon Delvers, The Movies
Console - DRAGON QUEST VIII!!!!!!, 24, Digital Devil Saga 2, Flipnic, Indigo Prophecy, Kingdom Hearts 2, Zelda, Magna Carta, Mario Baseball, Radiata Stories, Sigma Star Saga, Sly 3, and Wild ARMs Alter Code F
6261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suggest me some of the best RPGS out there... on: June 28, 2005, 06:50:45 AM
I don't know how long it would take to rush through Twilight of the Spirits, but it's by no means a short game.  I'm slower than most people when playing RPGs, but I'm over 70 hours with ToTS and just now nearing the end.  I much prefer the Arc the Lad-type game where you have your traditional RPG exploration combined with tactical battles.  Unfortunately this is pretty rare.  You might want to track down the Arc the Lad Collection for the PSOne, which  includes Arc 1-3.  Arc 2 and 3 both play like ToTS, where you can freely explore, and their combat is even more tactical than in ToTS.
6262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The reviews are coming in for Riviera on: June 27, 2005, 11:33:26 PM
The game looks interesting, but there are many things that look like they might make the game frustrating.  I'm really hoping someone posts a long, informative review before Wednesday.
6263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Upcoming Games--- 06/27/05 on: June 27, 2005, 11:24:49 PM
"Well, excuse me for not realizing we have two RPGs/Tactical RPGs this week."
By tactical RPGs, do you mean games like Disgaea?  Neither Atelier Iris nor Riviera really fit that description.  Both are more-or-less traditional RPGs, at least in terms of battles.
6264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar : Dragon Song coming to DS on: June 27, 2005, 07:38:13 AM
The Nintendo Power article also mentioned that the next Lunar game will most likely tell the story of the four heroes mentioned in the first game, something that fans have wanted for a long time.
6265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suggest me some of the best RPGS out there... on: June 27, 2005, 05:20:53 AM
I'm at over 90 hours with DW7, and I think I'm about halfway through.  It's definitely the Baldur's Gate 2/Might & Magic 6 of the console world.
6266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Shadow Hearts 3 characters revealed on: June 27, 2005, 12:34:50 AM
Magna Carta is due out Winter 2005, so I would assume that means December.  RPGamer has some screenshots here.
6267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Shadow Hearts 3 characters revealed on: June 26, 2005, 09:26:08 AM
I love systems like the Judgment Ring, and wish more games would use them.  It's a nice compromise between turn-based and real-time and helps alleviate the tedium of fighting so many battles.  I'm really looking forward to hearing more about Magna Carta, which is supposed to combine a Judgment Ring type system with character movement on the battlefield.
6268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Shadow Hearts 3 characters revealed on: June 26, 2005, 06:04:37 AM
"A 15-year old lead character? An 8 year old pirate captain? C'mon, now."
The first two games also featured child/teen characters - Halley in the first game, and Anastasia in Covenant.  The developers have a way of taking what sound like ridiculuous character concepts and making them work.  Also, although Johnny is the character you play as, the story seems to revolve more around Shania - she's the one who is able to change forms, rather than the main character.
6269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Shadow Hearts 3 characters revealed on: June 25, 2005, 07:51:44 AM
RPGamer has some new info and scans for the game.  Someone better announce a US release soon, or someone's going to get hurt.
6270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NBA Live 2006 Pic [Xbox 360] on: June 25, 2005, 12:13:17 AM
That guy seriously needs some moisturizing cream.  He looks like he's about to crack into a million bits slywink
6271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your Nintendo Revolution Controller rumor for the day.... on: June 22, 2005, 11:35:22 PM
If these are accurate, I would assume they lock into some sort of base, so you can switch out which components you have in which slot.  Some company made a controller like this, where you can switch out different parts to make different button/stick arrangements.
6272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FATE Released. (Think Diablo 1 + Nethack. But pretty.) on: June 22, 2005, 11:31:57 PM
On their forums, I read that it's a bad idea to keep trying a code that isn't working, as it can use up your unlocks.  I'd contact them and let them sort it out before trying the code again.
6273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't understand the acceptance of the PSP exploits on: June 22, 2005, 10:12:03 PM
"Square Enix doesn't make money off Chrono Trigger carts anymore. It isn't officially available anywhere for current systems"
You can still find Final Fantasy Chronicles (which includes Chrono Trigger) for the PSOne in many used game stores, and it can be played on the PS2.

"its like file sharing - no one had a problem with it until artists and courts got involved"
It was always illegal, regardless of whether anyone was doing anything to stop it.
6274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 - beautful new shots on: June 19, 2005, 08:10:52 AM
RPGamer has some beautiful new shots of Grandia 3 here.  I can't see any reason why Square Enix wouldn't bring this to the US, so hopefully they won't wait too much longer before an official announcement.



6275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG News - Magna Carta and Riviera on: June 19, 2005, 07:37:43 AM
"please! - either really do up the english voicework right, or just leave it as is with subtitles"

Judging by past Atlus games like Disgaea and Digital Devil Saga, the voice work should be excellent.
6276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Post your Collections/Favorites/Games finished thread on: June 18, 2005, 07:31:59 AM
2005 Games Finished
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Dragon Warrior - Gameboy Color
Dragonball Z : Legacy of Goku 2 - GBA
Star Trek : Elite Force 2 - PC
Star Wars Episode 3 - XBox
Kya : Dark Lineage - PS2
Simpsons Hit & Run - XBox
FATE - PC
Arc the Lad : Twilight of The Spirits - PS2
Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time - XBox
The Hobbit - XBox
Metroid Fusion - GBA
Dragon Warrior 3 - Gameboy Color
Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance 2 - XBox (second time through)
Lord of The Rings : The Third Age - XBox
6277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Plan - a single-player multiplayer spy game on: June 18, 2005, 07:26:44 AM
Worthplaying has some details and screens for a new game, The Plan.  The premise sounds interesting, as you control 3 spies simultaneously while trying to pull off a heist.
6278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG News - Magna Carta and Riviera on: June 18, 2005, 07:19:20 AM
RPGamer has an interview with Atlus about their upcoming RPG Magna Carta.  The game looks great, especially the battle system, which sounds like it might be one of the best ever.  Also, Atlus has opened a website for their soon-to-be-released GBA RPG Riviera.
6279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario: TTYD on: June 17, 2005, 06:59:53 AM
The number of star pieces and shine sprites is listed on your main status page, although I think that only tells how many you currently have, not how many you've collected.  I'm pretty sure there is no reward for 100% completion (other than personal satisfaction, of course slywink).
6280  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Might and Magic VI: Mandate of Heaven SE at BigLots on: June 17, 2005, 06:54:40 AM
It's great fun and extremely long, probably on par with Baldur's Gate 2.  My characters were something like Level 111 or so when I finished.
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