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6401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best SRPGs? on: June 07, 2005, 08:18:16 AM
There are a bunch available for the PSOne, though I haven't played most of them - Vandal Hearts 1 and 2, Kartia, Saiyuki, Arc the Lad Collection, Front Mission 3, etc.  I really like the Arc the Lad games, as they combine traditional RPG mechanics (visiting towns, walking around dungeons, etc.) with turn-based SRPG battles.
6402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 06, 2005, 10:03:40 AM
Cool - I forgot that Nintendo published Super Mario RPG.  I've always wanted to play that, but I was thinking Square had published it.  I would guess a lot of third parties will get on board with this.  It's basically free money for them.
6403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar : Dragon Song coming to DS on: June 06, 2005, 12:38:34 AM
For some reason, Nintendo was listing the game as an RTS, but has since changed their listing to RPG, presumably turn-based and similar to the earlier games.  I really don't get what it happening with this game.  Ubisoft has next month listed as the release date for the US, but nobody even knows who the developer of the game is, and the little bit of information released the other day is pretty much all that is known about it.  This game is even more of a mystery than Riviera for the GBA.
6404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar : Dragon Song coming to DS on: June 05, 2005, 06:36:05 AM
RPGFan has details on the new Lunar game for the DS, Dragon Song.  It will be a prequel to Silver Star, and is supposed to come out next month.  I'm surprised it's due to be released so soon (before the Japanese release, surprisingly) as I've heard next to nothing about the game.
6405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 05, 2005, 06:01:11 AM
I was afraid of that.  I hope they at least won't be much.  I'd probably pay up to $10 for games that I never got around to buying, like Paper Mario for the N64.
6406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA...as a flashlight? on: June 05, 2005, 05:59:46 AM
Our power went out a few weeks ago.  I grabbed my GBA, used it to find my way my living room chair, and sat there playing Dragon Warrior 3 until the power came back on smile
6407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 Slime Controller coming to US on: June 04, 2005, 03:22:29 AM
The incredibly cool slime controller for Dragon Quest 8 is coming to the US, according to 1Up.  It's pricey at $40, but it's great that it will be released here.


6408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 03, 2005, 06:22:32 PM
I hope a lot of third parties offer their games, even for a small fee.  It wouldn't be much work for them.  They just put the game on the download service - no advertising, manufacturing, etc.  It would also be a great way to preserve these classic games.
6409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 03, 2005, 10:38:48 AM
According to this interview at Gamesradar, the VP of Nintendo of America has said that all Nintendo-created NES, SNES, and N64 games will be downloadable via the Revolution for free.  If this isn't a misunderstanding (i.e. the download service is free, but the games cost), this might be the first console I buy on release day.  Metroid, Zelda, Paper Mario, Super Tennis, Mario Tennis, Mario Kart, etc. all free  :shock:
6410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / N64 cartridge problem on: June 03, 2005, 07:46:41 AM
If cleaning the contacts didn't work, this probably won't, but the old trick is to blow hard into the end of the cartridge.
6411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The DS back on top in a big way in Japan on: June 02, 2005, 11:03:54 PM
I thought the DS was dead in the water before E3, but now, I'm really looking forward to getting one as soon as the next wave of games comes out.  I can't wait for Mario & Luigi 2!
6412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blizzard and Starcraft 2 on: June 02, 2005, 07:54:19 PM
There have been a few rumors regarding Blizzard's next game, and they've all pointed to Diablo 3.  I think this is odd, since WoW shares many elements of Diablo, so I would think StarCraft 2 would be the obvious choice for their next game.  They just trademarked the name "The Burning Crusade", but that is most likely the name of a WoW expansion pack.
Personally, I'd love for them to try their hand at a more traditional story-based RPG, a la Bioware.  I enjoyed WoW, but it finally convinced me that MMORPGs are just not for me.  If it had been a single-player game, I probably would have never stopped playing it.
6413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA Recommendation on: June 01, 2005, 09:05:02 PM
Depending on your tastes, there are a lot of cool DS games coming up (Mario & Luigi 2!, Advance Wars, Animal Crossing, a new Super Mario platformer, Mario Kart, Castlevania, and a bunch of others.  I think it would definitely be worth the money to go for the DS.
6414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / next gen game prices...sixty bucks?! on: June 01, 2005, 06:22:07 PM
Until Microsoft or the game publishers confirm the prices, these are still just guesses by EB.
6415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - question about saving on: June 01, 2005, 06:20:21 PM
Thanks.  I wonder why they did this instead of just offering normal save-anywhere saves.  The FAQs mention some pretty big exploits you can use this system for.
6416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable - question about saving on: June 01, 2005, 05:59:51 AM
I finally picked up Fable, and I'm a little confused about the saved games.  I know that "Hero Saves" save your character status, items, etc, but not the state of the world and quests.  If you do a Hero Save, does everything in the game reset, i.e. all treasure chests, items, etc. or just everything you've gotten since your last regular save?  I want to collect everything without abusing this to recollect items, but it would be hard to remember what all I've gotten if everything resets everytime I do a Hero save.
6417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 player RPG on: May 31, 2005, 06:18:24 PM
I think Tales of Symphonia (Gamecube) and Lord of the Rings : The Third Age (all 3 systems) let each person control a character in battle.
6418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 - new screens on: May 31, 2005, 06:18:18 AM
RPGamer has new some magazine scans for Kingdom Hearts 2, showing off the Pirates of the Caribbean world.
6419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Symphonia - Final Verdict? on: May 30, 2005, 07:06:02 AM
I'm about halfway through, and while it's fun and well-made, it hasn't "grabbed" me yet.
6420  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Paper Mario free after $20 gift voucher at EB on: May 29, 2005, 07:57:11 AM
Other than gameplay similarities, there are no storyline connections (as far as I know) between the Paper Marios, so you'd be fine starting with the Gamecube one.  I rented the original, but never finished it, but I will definitely downloading it when Revolution comes out.
6421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ROckstar Games: PS3 on: May 28, 2005, 08:59:25 PM
I think Gamespot referred to it as Red Dead Revolver 2.
6422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Bioware News on: May 27, 2005, 06:35:06 AM
I hope the FPS RPG they're working for XBox 360 also makes it to the PC.  I don't think even Bioware could make a console FPS that I could control.
6423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A great writeup about the state of Gaming on: May 25, 2005, 06:41:29 PM
There's some good points in there, but some of them seem more like personal preference than an overall view of what gamers want.  Also, anyone who thought the Final Fantasy commercials were showing gameplay footage must have really been out of touch with the games at the time slywink

There's one mistake, though -
"if you want to get me revved up about Madden 2006 on the XBox 360, don't show me a damned screenshot that's obviously from a cutscene"
According to the developers, the actual gameplay looks better than those shots.
6424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 25, 2005, 06:38:27 PM
6425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / riviera on: May 25, 2005, 06:46:56 AM
It sounds good to me.  June is going to be a good month for RPGs - Riviera, Atelier Iris, and Arc the Lad : End of Darkness.
6426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Witcher preview on: May 25, 2005, 03:07:48 AM
Gamespot has posted an E3 preview of the upcoming RPG The Witcher.  It provides some gameplay details, and the combat sounds like it could be very interesting.  It sounds like the system used in Summoner for the PC, where you click your mouse at the right time to hit you opponents.  The game is also looking really nice, especially considering that it uses the Bioware NWN engine.
6427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Boy and His Blob for DS on: May 24, 2005, 12:54:51 AM
I didn't see anything about it being at E3, but Majesco is making either a remake or sequel to the NES game A Boy and His Blob for the DS.  Worthplaying has some screenshots, but no details about the game.
6428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Flipnic - Ultimate Pinball on: May 23, 2005, 06:45:08 PM
EBGames has it listed for July 13, but Gamestop doesn't have a listing for it yet.
6429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I'm going to sell my PSP on: May 23, 2005, 06:38:54 PM
NIS America is brining Generation of Chaos, described as "Monopoly meets Final Fantasy Tactics" (whatever that means slywink) to the US next spring.  They were working on a Disgaea-type game called Makai Wars, but it's been put on hold.
6430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Shadow Hearts 3 characters revealed on: May 21, 2005, 07:29:59 PM
RPGamer has a very nice new trailer for the game.  It's from the Japanese demo, although it's mislabeled an "E3 trailer" at the site.  The game comes out in a couple months in Japan, so hopefully, we'll get word on a US release not long after that.
6431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo gets stupid... on: May 20, 2005, 06:35:12 AM
All Nintendo is doing is providing potential customers with a choice.  If you want the regular-sized GBA, buy that, and if you want something smaller, buy the Micro.  If you already have a GBA, you're not missing out on anything by not getting the new one.  Nintendo makes money, and customers have more choice.  What's wrong with that?
6432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Discussion: Nintendo Revolution on: May 20, 2005, 06:30:54 AM
In an interview on G4, Reggie Fils-Aime gave a hint about the controller, saying that, in order to play the NES - Gamecube games, you'd need a controller that would be able to play like all the earlier controllers.  This certainly sounds like the controller will be configurable in some way, possibly with the changeable touchscreen idea rumored before E3.
6433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No surprise announcements this year? on: May 19, 2005, 06:24:01 PM
There's a rumor that Nintendo and Retro (makers of the Metroid Prime games) are going to announce a major new FPS for the Revolution today.
6434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blizz at E3? on: May 18, 2005, 09:38:11 PM
They like to make a big splash when they announce a new game, so they don't announce them at E3.  I imagine it won't be long after, though.
6435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Flipnic - Ultimate Pinball on: May 18, 2005, 09:23:16 AM
IGN has a hands-on look at this very cool-sounding pinball adventure game here.  It looks great, and it's only $20.
6436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best video game trailer ever? on: May 18, 2005, 07:24:50 AM
The best trailer I've seen is the final trailer for Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time, with Shadow Hearts : Covenant coming in second.
6437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why isn't anyone talking about the new 2d Mario platformer? on: May 17, 2005, 10:24:50 PM

And Luigi gets the shaft again!  Someday, living in Mario's shadow is just going to be too much, and Luigi is going to beat Mario to a pulp slywink

I didn't like either Super Mario 64 or Sunshine, so I'm glad Mario's going to be in 2D again.
6438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Games to be $59.99 each... on: May 17, 2005, 10:21:56 PM
Until Microsoft announces something official, this is just a guess by EB.  It could go either way at this point - $50 or $60.
6439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Digital Devil Saga 1 - I need some opinions on it.... on: May 17, 2005, 10:20:54 PM
I'd recommend playing DDS first.  It uses a very similar battle system, but overall, the gameplay is simpler and easier.  I'd still buy Nocturne now, before its gets any rarer, but it would probably be easier to play after going through DDS.
6440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nominees for strangest game at E3. on: May 17, 2005, 10:18:10 PM

Odama - a pinball wargame with a pool of naked bald men.
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