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6441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 20, 2005, 03:04:15 AM
When you're talking about console RPGs, DQ8 is an archetype of the genre.  The first Dragon Quest created the genre of console RPGs, with the first Final Fantasy coming not long after.
6442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 19, 2005, 04:17:49 AM
Two words - LEGO Slimes.
6443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ikusagami - 1 vs. 65, 535 on: September 18, 2005, 11:46:01 AM
1Up has a video and some impressions for Ikusagami here, an action game for the  PS2 that was announced at TGS.  The video is very impressive - 65000+ enemies coming at you makes Dynasty Warriors seem like a walk in the park slywink
6444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V Announced on: September 18, 2005, 07:55:34 AM
1Up has some impressions of the demo.  The game sounds great, from the new graphic style to the increased combat options, like rotating characters in and out of battle and formations.  It's looking like Suikoden 4 was a one-game abberation, as both Suikoden Tactics and S5 are both shaping up to be great.
6445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V Announced on: September 17, 2005, 03:15:14 AM
It was a return to the much simpler style of the first game, and it didn't really work.  The world consists of 75% water, which you sail on with a slow ship and Skies of Arcadia-frequent random encounters.  The 4-player parties removed what little strategy there was in the battles, and the graphics were very bland and lifeless.  There are some great characters, though, and the cutscenes are nicely-done with exceptional voice acting.  It's not all bad, but it has some bad parts.  BTW, I loved Golden Sun, so I guess I shouldn't compare it to that slywink
6446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atelier Iris 2 coming to US on: September 17, 2005, 01:32:34 AM
I got an e-mail from NIS America today, revealing that they are planning to release Atelier Iris - Eternal Mana 2 in the US this spring.  I'm really enjoying the first, and I'm glad to hear it sold well enough for them to bring the sequel over.
6447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V Announced on: September 17, 2005, 01:22:17 AM
It seems they're looking more to the earlier games for inspiration.  Both 6 character battles from the first 3 games (hopefully individually rather than team-controlled) and player skills from S3 are returning for part 5.  Thankfully, they've already announced a US release, unlike some companies who wait months before announcing a US release.
6448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Level 5 (Dark Cloud, DQ8) announces Rogue Galaxy on: September 16, 2005, 10:01:40 AM
1Up has the awesome new TGS trailer here.
6449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The real Revo controller on: September 16, 2005, 08:17:47 AM
If nothing else, a Wario Ware game using this thing could be the best game ever.
6450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] Oblivion - Collectors Edition - $69.99 on: September 16, 2005, 07:44:17 AM
"I am getting embarrased by the number of spelling and grammatical errors"
You mean embarrassed?  biggrin  :twisted:
6451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 1 and 2 coming to PSP on: September 16, 2005, 07:02:13 AM
The teaser site for Suikoden 1 and 2 for PSP is here.  I already have both for PSOne, but it's nice that people will be able to play these without spending $100 or whatever for them.
6452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy IV for GBA on: September 16, 2005, 01:36:54 AM
I read that, up through FF6, the odd FF games were gameplay-centered, while the even ones were story-centered.  Thus, 2, 4, and 6 all made big leaps in story presentation over what was standard at the time, and 1, 3, and  5 all had more in-depth gameplay systems, such as FF5's job system.
6453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] Oblivion - Collectors Edition - $69.99 on: September 16, 2005, 01:31:15 AM
"I guess if we presuem that360 games will all be 60"
At least some of them won't be - Microsoft announced the price of Perfect Dark Zero as only $50.
6454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution's revolution a tilt controller? on: September 16, 2005, 01:29:20 AM
"The biggest killer was that using the controller was a lot more fatiguing then just pushing analog sticks, as you had to suspend it. It takes a lot more arm/wrist movement with a tilt controller."
That's true.  I've used a tilt controller, and it was very awkward.  You can't just hold it like a regular controller.  You have to hold it out and away from you, not resting comfortably on your lap.  You also have to hold it level, lest you cause unintended movement.  Maybe it was just a bad controller, but I hope this isn't what the Revolution controller will be.
6455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy IV for GBA on: September 15, 2005, 06:56:05 PM
"And back then, Square believed that the story and gameplay was more important than the graphics. Nowadays, they just focus on the pretty pictures and over-abundance of CGI footage."
It's been 8 years since FF7, and people are still talking about the story and getting excited about a movie based on the characters.  FF7-X all featured involved, lengthy stories with developed characters, and (mostly) solid gameplay.  I can understand a personal preference for the older games, but I don't think anything has changed at Square.  Yes, the graphics are much better, but neither story nor gameplay has ever suffered because of it.
6456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 15, 2005, 07:56:49 AM
IGN has some more info on BK2, including some returning characters, here.
6457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 15, 2005, 05:55:33 AM
There are scans of the Baten Kaitos 2 article here and one for Xenosaga DS here.
6458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 15, 2005, 02:10:03 AM
I got mine for pre-ordering at Gamestop, and they rarely get the pre-order goodies.
6459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy IV for GBA on: September 15, 2005, 12:30:52 AM
In yet more RPG news, RPGamer has word that Final Fantasy IV is coming to the GBA this December.  Presumably, it will be similar to FF1+2 on GBA, with new stuff added.
6460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 14, 2005, 11:40:36 PM
Oh, glorious day - I have played the Dragon Quest 8 demo smile  There are two modes - story, which contains a small town, some story elements, and then a large wilderness area and cave, and battle, which is a large open area, where your party can fight monsters and level up.  The graphics are gorgeous, the voice acting is excellent (especially given the myriad of accents used - it fits the game perfectly), the writing/translation is great, and there are cool nostalgic touches sprinkled in the game from previous games in the series.  The battles are fast to load and play out, although at early levels, you're mostly limited to just plain attacks.

There's a great feeling of exploration in the game, from the tons of searchable/breakable objects in towns to the wide-open outside areas.  It feels both old and new.  It still feels like Dragon Quest, but there's nothing about it that seems out-of-date.  The only downside is that the demo is quite long, and you can't save.
6461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 14, 2005, 09:14:26 PM
US releases are pretty much assured for both games, given the success of both in the US.  Baten Kaitos even sold better in the US than in Japan.  Gamespot has some details on BK2 here.
6462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liberty City Stories = Slaps on the face for Jack Thompson on: September 14, 2005, 09:13:49 PM
Wow, that's the lamest comeback since they dropped potatoes outside Dan Quayle's house on Murphy Brown.
6463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 3, Baten Kaitos 2 announced on: September 14, 2005, 06:41:36 PM
RPGamer has the news that both Xenosaga 3 : Thus Spoke Zarathustra and a sequel to Baten Kaitos for Gamecube are in the works, along with a version of Xenosaga 1 and 2 for the DS.  Also, rather than the 6-part series it was originally planned to be, Xenosaga will end as a trilogy with part 3.
6464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 14, 2005, 06:38:12 PM
The Dragon Quest series was renamed Dragon Warrior when originally brought to the US due to a trademark issue.  Now that the trademark has expired, SquareEnix is now calling the series Dragon Quest in the US as well.
6465  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Best Buy unload sell (tons in here) on: September 14, 2005, 07:18:51 AM
I picked up Otogi 2 for $10, but that was the only game on the list that my BB had.
6466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale worth 9.99? on: September 13, 2005, 07:44:03 PM
I picked up Bard's Tale for $8 used, and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would.  I usually don't like difficult games, but here the difficulty makes the game more fun.  Having to time your blocks makes melee combat much more interesting than in the Dark Alliance-type games.
6467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trying to stump the RPG experts... on: September 13, 2005, 07:31:59 PM
"Finally, go grab Final Fantasy 4. The Japanese version. The US got Final Fantasy 4 Easy Type"
The Final Fantasy IV in the PSOne's Final Fantasy Chronicles is an English version of the original Japanese "hard type" FF4.
6468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 13, 2005, 09:50:27 AM
According to a thread at GameFAQs, the English demo is available now.  People have mentioned finding it at Fry's, Shopko, and for pre-ordering at Gamestop.  I'm going to preorder a copy at Gamestop tomorrow and hope I get a demo disc.
6469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trying to stump the RPG experts... on: September 12, 2005, 08:47:46 AM
Dragon Warrior 4 is set up in chapters, and in one of them, you play a female warrior (Alena) who hooks up with a male healer (Cristo).  That's the only one I can think of off-hand.
6470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone getting Radiata Stories? on: September 11, 2005, 07:34:16 AM
Best Buy has it on sale this week for $40.
6471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 11, 2005, 07:22:04 AM
Given that most new movies come out on DVD at around $20, I don't think $30 is outrageous.  $20 would be better, of course, but I imagine first week sales will bring it down to $25.  These are just guesses anyway, until SquareEnix releases a definite price.
6472  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Radiata Stories - $40 at Best Buy on: September 11, 2005, 07:16:42 AM
Best Buy has Radiata Stories on sale this coming week for $40.  I was going to wait and pick it up used in a few weeks, but now I don't have to smile
6473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 11, 2005, 06:20:04 AM
I can't see SquareEnix letting this miss the holiday season, especially since all they have to do is translate it and record the voice acting for the US version.  I'm really hoping they put some effort into the translation.  Their recent games have been well-done, but the FF movie translation was not good, with lots of awkward non-English sounding dialogue.

"But I guess instead of paying 13 bucks for a movie ticket your paying 45 for the movie."
SquareEnix hasn't announced US pricing yet, but Gamestop and EB have $30 for the DVD, which isn't too bad.
6474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Digital Devil Saga 2 website live on: September 11, 2005, 06:12:02 AM
I'm loving the first one, too, and I'm trying to finish it before DDS2 comes out.  I was hoping they'd pack the soundtrack in with the game like last time since my local stores almost never got the preorder bonus items.  Maybe I'll get lucky this time.
6475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 10, 2005, 06:00:04 AM
Apparently, they're changing a lot of the names, especially the spells.  Some of them are pretty silly, too, such as "Pop" to leave a dungeon (previously Outside) and "Woosh" as a wind spell (previously Infernos).  I don't really mind them changing the names, but you'd think they could have come up with some better ones than that.
6476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 10, 2005, 05:54:21 AM
When they announced the delay, I believe they gave the new release as "before the holidays", but nothing more concrete.  I would guess December, especially if Kingdom Hearts 2 doesn't make a US release this year.
6477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 10, 2005, 01:47:43 AM
"He's coming for you."
In the US version of DQ8, the red slimes are now called she-slimes, so apparently they're female.  I have no idea how they check for gender with slimes, though slywink
6478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 10, 2005, 01:39:37 AM
The US version was originall supposed to be released on the same day, but it was delayed a few months.
6479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 09, 2005, 06:57:50 AM
Speaking of metal slimes, here's the (for now, at least) Japan-only metal slime controller -
6480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want Dragon Quest VIII, and I want it now. on: September 09, 2005, 01:35:30 AM
Gamestop has 11/22, but SquareEnix hasn't said anything more specific than "November".  As for being appropriate for a 6-year old, I'm not sure.  It is rated Teen, and the female character has "sex appeal" skills that, at least from what I've read about the Japanese version, can get pretty suggestive.  The violence is presumably pretty cartoony, although some of the cutscenes may be somewhat intense.
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