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6441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Post your Collections/Favorites/Games finished thread on: June 18, 2005, 07:31:59 AM
2005 Games Finished
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Dragon Warrior - Gameboy Color
Dragonball Z : Legacy of Goku 2 - GBA
Star Trek : Elite Force 2 - PC
Star Wars Episode 3 - XBox
Kya : Dark Lineage - PS2
Simpsons Hit & Run - XBox
FATE - PC
Arc the Lad : Twilight of The Spirits - PS2
Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time - XBox
The Hobbit - XBox
Metroid Fusion - GBA
Dragon Warrior 3 - Gameboy Color
Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance 2 - XBox (second time through)
Lord of The Rings : The Third Age - XBox
6442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Plan - a single-player multiplayer spy game on: June 18, 2005, 07:26:44 AM
Worthplaying has some details and screens for a new game, The Plan.  The premise sounds interesting, as you control 3 spies simultaneously while trying to pull off a heist.
6443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG News - Magna Carta and Riviera on: June 18, 2005, 07:19:20 AM
RPGamer has an interview with Atlus about their upcoming RPG Magna Carta.  The game looks great, especially the battle system, which sounds like it might be one of the best ever.  Also, Atlus has opened a website for their soon-to-be-released GBA RPG Riviera.
6444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario: TTYD on: June 17, 2005, 06:59:53 AM
The number of star pieces and shine sprites is listed on your main status page, although I think that only tells how many you currently have, not how many you've collected.  I'm pretty sure there is no reward for 100% completion (other than personal satisfaction, of course slywink).
6445  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Might and Magic VI: Mandate of Heaven SE at BigLots on: June 17, 2005, 06:54:40 AM
It's great fun and extremely long, probably on par with Baldur's Gate 2.  My characters were something like Level 111 or so when I finished.
6446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: June 16, 2005, 06:28:45 PM
I think the game is fantastic, and I'd put it right up there with the best RPGs on the system.  What's most impressive is that, although the world is huge, it is also incredibly detailed.  Every area, down to the small houses, is packed with detail and unique objects, the backstory is detailed, and every object has a graphic and a description.  The combat system takes a while to get a handle on, but works very well, and I liked it a lot better than the one is Tales of Symphonia, especially the ability to quickly switch characters.  The game mixes both the big, epic moments and stunning wide-open outdoor areas with meticulously detailed indoor areas and small, intimate moments, and nails both.
6447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kirby Canvas Impressions on: June 15, 2005, 08:12:13 AM
How did this game make it to market without a subtitle with DS initials?  Did they miss the memo from Nintendo? slywink
6448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest Frontiers - $10 game going for $50+ on Ebay on: June 15, 2005, 02:25:21 AM
"so the people who play EQOA are needing it"
Those people exist? slywink  I'd have figured they would have shut down the servers long ago.
6449  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Star Ocean: Till the End of Time for 14.99 on: June 14, 2005, 06:19:38 PM
That's a steal for one of the best RPGs of this generation.  I paid $50 for it when it came out, and it's worth every penny.
6450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Arc The Lad? on: June 14, 2005, 03:12:52 AM
GameInformer has quite negative hands-on impressions here.  I really enjoyed Twilight of the Spirits (I'm just about finished, even though I got it on its release day slywink), but I've heard mostly negatives about EoD.  Unless the game gets some really good reviews (which is looking unlikely) I'm going to wait and buy it used in a month or two, when a local store should have it for $20 or $30.  With Atelier Iris and Riviera coming at the end of the month, I'm being uncharacteriscally frugal this month slywink
6451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Tactics - info and screens on: June 12, 2005, 07:44:34 AM
This is the first full-blown strategy RPG for the series, but they've all featured a SRPG kind of mode for their big battles (or sea battles in S4's case).  That is why this genre seems like a logical step for the series.
6452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Tactics - info and screens on: June 11, 2005, 02:05:12 AM
RPGamer has some details and a magazine scan here for the new strategy RPG set in the Suikoden universe (Suikoden 4's time period apparently).  This type of game seems like a natural offshoot for the series, and the fact that Konami has already trademarked the name "Suikoden Tactics" in the US means it's most likely going to be released here.
6453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls [GBA] on: June 08, 2005, 09:46:44 PM
"I got bored pretty quickly. Random encounter were every few steps the maps were very confusing and it was very, very easy (probably because of so many encounters - you level up pretty often)

I really love the FF series and I was really suprised by how little I enjoyed the game."

If you haven't played the original Final Fantasy (the NES version or the PSOne Origins remake), the Dawn of Souls version is very different in terms of difficulty level.  The original is very difficult - most dungeons require mutliple trips just to level up, and even carrying the maximum 99 potions, you'll run out quickly.  Add in the scarcity of magic (the original game didn't use MP points), instant death moves, and lack of save points (Origins had quick saves anywhere), and you get one difficult game.
6454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 08, 2005, 06:28:57 PM
I hope it's a standard pricing method, i.e. you pay for a game, and then it's yours.  I think $5 for NES and SNES and $10 for N64 would be fair.  There are only a few games for which I'd pay more than that.
6455  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.
6456  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.
6457  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.
6458  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.
6459  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.
6460  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
6461  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.


6462  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.
6463  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:
6464  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.
6465  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!
6466  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.
6467  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.
6468  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.
6469  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.
6470  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.
6471  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.
6472  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.
6473  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.
6474  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.
6475  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.
6476  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.
6477  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.
6478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 25, 2005, 06:38:27 PM
6479  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.
6480  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.
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