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6281  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.
6282  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.
6283  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.
6284  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.
6285  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.
6286  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
6287  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.
6288  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.
6289  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.
6290  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.
6291  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.
6292  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.
6293  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.
6294  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
6295  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.
6296  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.
6297  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.
6298  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.
6299  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.
6300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - Path of Radiance Box Art on: July 30, 2005, 01:23:49 AM
6301  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.
6302  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.
6303  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.
6304  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?
6305  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.
6306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts-From the New World (Limited Edition) Out Today on: July 28, 2005, 05:42:49 AM
Now, they just have to announce the US release, and I'll be happy.
6307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ken Kutaragi on the PS3 - expensive, 10 years on: July 28, 2005, 05:41:27 AM
"As for Square-Enix...I don't remember them announcing anything other than support for the PS3"
They did say that it was a Final Fantasy title that is planned for the PS3, and  I'd be surprised if it isn't FF13 or the long-rumored FF7 sequel.  XBox360's already long list of RPGs is definitely impressive, but I can't see SquareEnix risking any of their big franchises unless the 360 really takes off in Japan.  I think the best they can hope for is ports of the FF games or the FF11 sequel.  Of course, stranger things have happened - like Square and Enix merging.
6308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ken Kutaragi on the PS3 - expensive, 10 years on: July 28, 2005, 01:40:30 AM
"I think they are going to sell it at $399 or $499 here in the U.S."
No offense to the guy that wrote this, but there's simply no way in the world Sony would put the PS3 out at $500 and $400 is really stretching the bounds of possibility, unless the 360 is $360.  Sony depends on the mass-marketability of their system and its games, and $500 is not a mass-market price.  It's just not going to happen.

"Nothing has been announced from Square-Enix beyond Final Fantasy XII and it will be interesting to see where they go with next-generation systems."  At E3, Square Enix announced that they will produce a FF game for the PS3, presumably FF13 or FF7-2, with the 360 and Revolution most likely getting spin-off games.  I think there's pretty much no chance of the main SquareEnix franchises (FF, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts) leaving the Playstation.
6309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ken Kutaragi on the PS3 - expensive, 10 years on: July 27, 2005, 11:54:13 PM
Regardless of what Kutaragi might say, Sony didn't get to their position by being stupid.  Whatever the XBox360 costs, that's how much PS3 will cost, or be in the same general price area.
6310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 3 New XBox360 RPGs announced on: July 26, 2005, 07:18:49 AM
According to RPGamer three new XBox360 RPGs were unveiled at the XBox Summit in Japan.  Most interesting is a new game from Tales Studio and Namco, although it won't be a Tales of... game.  I don't know what Microsoft is doing to get all these RPGs on the 360, but it must be working.
6311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Considering a DS. Any RPG's on the way? on: July 25, 2005, 12:17:31 AM
Final Fantasy 3 is also in the works, though no release date has been mentioned.  A US release hasn't been confirmed, but it's pretty much a given.
6312  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Half-Life 2 for $20 on: July 24, 2005, 10:41:34 AM
CompUSA has the regular version on sale this week for $20, and the Collector's Edition for $40.
6313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 24, 2005, 05:30:58 AM
The main story is supposed to 60 hours, plus sidequests.  Given the amount of quests and enemies listed in the in-game journal, it definitely looks like it will be a lengthy adventure.
6314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable vs Jade Empire vs other rpg's on: July 23, 2005, 05:40:16 PM
Like Purge said, if you can wait a while, Fable : The Lost Chapters is going straight to Platinum Hits, so it will only be $20 when it comes out, and adds some new stuff to the game.  Sudeki is fun, too, and has a very beautiful style to it as well.  You might want to check out the Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance games also.  They're fun Diablo-sytle games, and should be cheap, although the first one may be hard to find.
6315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 23, 2005, 09:05:47 AM
I think that the continuous click only applies to the character you're currently controlling.  If you switch characters, I would assume the AI would take over the character you just deselected and would continue attacking/casting/etc.  You can still manage the party, but no matter who you're controlling, you're always doing something.  I may be wrong, though.
6316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: July 23, 2005, 06:47:12 AM
"Are the randomly generated battles as frequent as, say, Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast?"
It's a different kind of system.  It works like Zelda or the Dark Alliance games.   The levels and enemies are randomly generated, and then your single character fights them in real-time.

Gamespot has posted the full-length (7+ minutes) trailer for Rogue Galaxy here.  It looks very cool and seems more like Dark Cloud 2 than the description made it sound.
6317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable vs Jade Empire vs other rpg's on: July 23, 2005, 01:32:32 AM
Take everything Gratch said, switch the names of the games, and you have my opinion.  That should help you decide slywink
6318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 22, 2005, 08:53:21 AM
"I'm not sure where you got the whole "added clicking" idea from. From the many videos I've seen of the gameplay, it still has the DS1 style of one click to do a task until done."
I think that in DS2 you have to hold the mouse down to continue attacking an enemy, rather than just clicking on it once in the first game.  There's no more clicking, but it's somewhat more interactive than just clicking once and then watching your character attack.
6319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: July 22, 2005, 06:53:38 AM
"Not to mention the combat absolutely sucked."
I thought it was great.  Even with the large amount of fighting, I never once got bored with it, and the combination of melee and ranged attacks worked great.  They also balanced the difficulty well, since it remained a challenge even if you levelled up your weapons a lot.  It was also a big improvement over the combat in Dark Cloud, which did indeed suck.

1Up has some details about the trailer for Rogue Galaxy here.  The setting sounds very cool, but it looks like it's not going to be a Dark Cloud-type game, as you have a 3-member party.
6320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings Tactics on: July 22, 2005, 06:35:38 AM
Gamespy has a first look at LoTR Tactics for the PSP here.
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