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6281  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.
6282  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.
6283  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.
6284  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.
6285  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.
6286  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
6287  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.
6288  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.
6289  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.
6290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia DS - a tactical/card game on: July 22, 2005, 06:01:00 AM
Prince of Persia is coming to the DS - as a tactical strategy game with card-based battles  :shock:  It's certainly a bizarre extension of the series, but the combination of a tactical game with card battles could be very interesting.  IGN has details and screenshots here.
6291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPGs, the next 5 months, and You on: July 22, 2005, 05:58:34 AM
There's also Pokemon : Gale of Darkness, which is supposed to the first non-handheld full-blown RPG game in the series.  It's due out in October.
6292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: July 21, 2005, 11:17:41 PM
"Side topic: is Dark Cloud 2 worth getting?"
I put over 180 hours into it, loved every minute, and think it's one of the best games ever made, so I would say yes slywink
6293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: July 21, 2005, 07:11:07 AM
Level 5, makers of the Dark Cloud games and Dragon Quest 8, have announced their new game - Rogue Galaxy.  The only information available so far is that it will feature randomly-generated dungeons.  The screenshot looks cel-shaded, although more detailed and realistic-looking than usual.  I wish they'd do Dark Cloud 3, but hopefully, this game will be something similar.  RPGamer has the news and screenshots.
6294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: July 21, 2005, 07:01:30 AM
Mantra skill gaining and levelling up are separate.  Levelling up is done through the traditional Exp. points method.  Your main character Serph, gets 3 points to distribute to their attributes (along with HP and MP increases), while the other party members' points are distibuted automatically based on what kind of character they are.  Winning a battle gets you points towards completing your mantra and permanently gaining the skills associated with it.  If you use devour skills, you master mantra much more quickly.  You can have as many skills as you want, but only 6-8 (depending on your level) active at any one time.
6295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Brave Guide is free to download on: July 21, 2005, 06:56:50 AM
Cool.  I just bought the game the other day.  I really hope they make the massive Nocturne guide free.  I've put the game off until I finish DDS, and the guide would be very helpful.
6296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPGs, the next 5 months, and You on: July 21, 2005, 06:14:27 AM
DQ8, Radiata Stories, KH2, DDS2, Magna Carta, Wild ARMs Alter Code F, and Sigma Star Saga (GBA side-scrolling shooter/RPG) will all be first-day purchases for me.  Gundam looks cool to me, but I've never had much interest in the whole "mech" genre, so I'll need more information.  Makai Kingdom I'll probably buy sometime in the future, but I doubt I'll ever get Romancing Saga.  There's also the Gamecube Fire Emblem game, which I will get when the price comes down, and Lunar, which (depending on reviews) I will probably buy a DS to play.
6297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 21, 2005, 05:57:18 AM
From playing the beta, it seems like they've fixed what was wrong with the first game.  Pretty much all of the opinions of the beta I've seen have been positive, even those from people who didn't like the first game.  It definitely looks like a winner.
6298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally a real Mech/Robot RPG! - Gundam True Odyssey on: July 15, 2005, 06:34:24 AM
According to IGN, it is coming to the US. smile
6299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls - spoilers? on: July 15, 2005, 12:06:27 AM
Thanks.  I've played enough of FF5 to know who Gilgamesh is, but I've heard he's a really interesting character, and didn't want to know his fate until playing FF5.  I've got a 10-hour car ride tomorrow and next Wednesday, so I'll be getting a lot of GBA time in smile
6300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls - spoilers? on: July 14, 2005, 11:35:45 PM
I just got Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls for the GBA, and I read that the bonus dungeon(s) from either FF1 or FF2 contain either characters or enemies from other games in the FF series.  If anyone's played them, are there any spoilers from other games in terms of the charcters that appear?  Specifically, I still haven't gotten around to finishing FF5 or FF6, and need to know if any of extra stuff in Dawn of Souls would reveal any major spoilers (i.e. characters dying) in those games.  I hope this makes sense - it's hard to explain slywink
6301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend a Gradius-type game for GBA on: July 14, 2005, 06:10:06 AM
There's an RPG/side-scrolling space shooter due out next month called Sigma Star Saga.  It plays like an action-RPG, but the random battles consist of side-scrolling space shooting.  It sounds crazy, but it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.



6302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many PC games do you have installed? on: July 13, 2005, 07:38:19 PM
At the risk of breaking the forum and making myself look completely nuts  :wink: here goes -

Anachronox
Baldur's Gate & ToTSC
Deus Ex
Diablo II & expansion
Divine Divinity
Dungeon Hack
FATE
Icewind Dale II
Might & Magic VII
Morrowind & expansions
Neverwinter Nights & expansions
Planescape Torment
Sacred
System Shock 2
Vampire - Bloodlines
Wizardry 8
Adventure Pinball
DS9 The Fallen
Freelancer
Max Payne
MDK2
MS PInball Arcade
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Serious Sam 2
ST Elite Force 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Broken Sword - The Sleeping Dragon
Curse of Monkey Island
Grim Fandango
Law and Order 2
Outcast
Secret of The Silver Earring
Syberia
The Longest Journey
Bicycle Board Games, Card Games, and Casino
Clue
Hoyle Majestic Chess, Puzzle, Board, and Card Games
Mega Solitaire
Moraff's Maximum MahJongg
MS Puzzle Collection
Pandora's Box
Parker Bros Card Games
Scrabble Online
Shanghai 2nd Dynasty
Smart Games 1, 2, 3, StrataJams
Typing of The Dead
UpWords
Age of Mythology
Age of Wonders II
Battle Realms
Black & White
C&C Tiberian Sun
Celtic Kings - Rage of War
Conquest - Frontier Wars
Disciples 2
Emperor - Rise of The Middle Kingdom
Etherlords II
Europa 1400 - The Guild
Freedom Force
Galactic Civilizations
Heroes IV
Impossible Creatures
Jagged Alliance 2
Lords of EverQuest
Lords of Magic
Majesty
Master of Orion
Rails Across America
Rise of Nations
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Sid Meiers SimGolf
SimCity 3000 Unlimited
Star Trek Away Team
Starcraft & Brood War
Stronghold
TA Kingdoms
The Nations
War of the Ring
Warcraft III & Frozen Throne
Warlords Battlecry III
Warlords IV
Zoo Tycoon
6303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: July 12, 2005, 10:00:20 PM
Gratch - What level are your characters?  I rarely get ambushed, and the only reason I could guess you're getting ambushed so often is if you're at a low level compared to the enemies.  I think I was about level 20 when I finished the Citadel.

angrycoder - Once the atma bar fills up, you've mastered the mantra and have to pick a new one.  Since you gain atma by devouring enemies, and Argilla at first refuses to do so, she won't gain atma.  Just keep playing - you'll soon be able to change Serph and Heat's mantras and Argilla will have a change of heart.
6304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Shipping Question on: July 12, 2005, 06:50:02 PM
Thanks for the replies.  I'm going to use the Saver shipping option, so it looks like I won't have anything to worry about.
6305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many PC games do you have installed? on: July 12, 2005, 06:47:26 PM
About 110 total.  If you count just games made in the last few years, about 70.  I have 160 GB total, almost full, and all but whatever Windows takes up and 16 GB of music is devoted to games.   Needless to say, I jump around between different games a lot slywink
6306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragonshard Demo this week! on: July 12, 2005, 06:35:16 PM
Any word on a single-player demo?
6307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Shipping Question on: July 12, 2005, 07:33:05 AM
I'm planning to order Flipnic for PS2 from EBGames.com, but I'm going to be out of town next week, and will probably be gone when the game arrives.  I'm having my mail held, so if they use regular mail, I'll be sure to get it, but their website says they also use FedEx and UPS.  Anyone know what FedEx and UPS do when they try to deliver a package and no one is home?
6308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Kingdom Hearts II Trailer! on: July 12, 2005, 07:27:29 AM
Cool.  What appears to be the gummy ship certainly seems much-improved.
6309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: July 11, 2005, 11:42:48 PM
Not that this does you any good now, but, after getting taken to the Citadel, you could have left the area, gone back to your base, and healed up/shopped/etc.  I've only run into one area that I couldn't leave and go back to my base, and that was storyline-dictated.
The combat can be challenging, but there are several things that make it easier.  First, healing is cheap.  Dia only costs about 3 MP, and even at level 24, still heals a big chunk of my characters' HP.  Argilla should have a ton of MP, and MP restoring items are cheap.  Also, areas with HP restoring stations are great for levelling-up without risk.  If worse comes to worst, you can always use the large karma terminals to teleport back to the entrance, return to your base to shop/heal, and then come back.
 
At the point I am now, enemies are doing quite a bit of damage to my characters, and they occasionally die, but as long as I have plenty of MP restoring and Dis- items, I can pretty much heal to full strength after every battle if I have to.  Also, money is easy to get.  Enemies give quite a bit, and tracking down the Cells nets me several thousand for each one.  So, while individual battles remain challenging, as long as you can survive each one, you'll be fine.

A word of warning, though.  The last boss at the end of the Citadel can be very hard if you don't have the Void Expel spell.  There's a great cut-scene after the battle, though, so it's definitely worth it.  I hope you stick with it.
6310  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.
6311  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.
6312  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.
6313  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.
6314  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.
6315  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.
6316  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.
6317  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.
6318  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.
6319  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.
6320  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.
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