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6361  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.
6362  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.
6363  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.
6364  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.
6365  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.
6366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem - Path of Radiance Box Art on: July 30, 2005, 01:23:49 AM
6367  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.
6368  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.
6369  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.
6370  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?
6371  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.
6372  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.
6373  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.
6374  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.
6375  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.
6376  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.
6377  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.
6378  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.
6379  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.
6380  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.
6381  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.
6382  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.
6383  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
6384  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.
6385  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.
6386  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.
6387  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.
6388  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.
6389  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
6390  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.
6391  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.
6392  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.
6393  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.
6394  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.
6395  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
6396  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
6397  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
6398  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.



6399  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
6400  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.
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