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6521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oh Noes!! Pariah Demo! on: April 15, 2005, 06:33:04 PM
Are there bots available to play against in the demo or is it strictly for play against other people?
6522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it wierd to want a system for just 1 game? on: April 15, 2005, 05:55:35 AM
"Atlus SRPGs (Disegena, Phantom Brave)"
No offense, but that is the worst mangling of Disgaea I've ever seen  biggrin
6523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 15, 2005, 05:52:55 AM
When you level up, your 3 primary stats increase, and you get points to allocate to them as you see fit.  Your 3 primary stats are used to determine your conversation abilities (intimidate, charm, and one other one), so those improve along with your stat point increases.  You also gain points to allocate to the 3 facets of your styles, making them do more damage or increase status affect duration, etc.  You can also get bonuses for completing certain objectives.  For instance, I gained +7 to focus for reading all the books in the first town.
6524  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Target $1 bin games on: April 15, 2005, 05:47:24 AM
I've seen some cheap productivity stuff in the Target $1 bins before, but they actually had some old Sierra games in there this week.  I picked up Pharaoh, Sierra Sports Game Room, After Dark Games, and Creep Night Pinball for $1 each.
6525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 14, 2005, 11:11:44 AM
Does anyone know if you get experience if your follower kills an enemy?  I would assume so, but I don't want to be missing out on experience if you don't.
6526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 14, 2005, 05:36:32 AM
"Just sit back, absorb, and turn your mind off."
To me, it's the opposite.  I find today's games much more engaging than the old ones.  There was a decision in KoTOR that I mulled over for quite a long time, not because of the differing affects my decision might have on the game, but because the game posed a very interesting moral dilemma.  Graphics, voice acting, etc. are tools that allow developers greater freedom in creating games.  If they don't use them to make the game more involving or interesting, I don't think it's because of the graphics/VO themselves, but the poor use of them.

"I would like to compare sales of ES3 v KotOR"
I'm almost positive that Bethesda announced that both XBox versions sold over a million each, plus the PC sales.  Just a guess, but I'd put KoTOR's sales at about half that total.
6527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Design seen? on: April 13, 2005, 06:30:19 PM
It sounded a little goofy at first, but XBox 360 has really grown on me, and I think it's almost certain that is the final name.  As for being white, I just can't see it.  Ugly green and black is synonymous with the XBox, and I can't see them dumping something that is so closely tied to them.
6528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps2] SRPG fans UNITE! Stella Deus (4/26) on: April 13, 2005, 07:17:12 AM
IGN has just posted a preview of the game.
6529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Laxius Power - massive, freeware console RPG on: April 12, 2005, 06:42:23 PM
I'm really sorry about that - with Firefox, I didn't get any popups.  I removed the link in my first post, since the game is widely available from other sites.
6530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia Coming on: April 12, 2005, 06:33:08 PM
This is great news, but since they're announcing Legendia first, it looks like they're skipping over bringing Tales of Rebirth to the US.  That's a shame, as it's supposed to be a very good game.  Hopefully, someone else will pick it up for US release (if Namco would allow that) or we'll see it on a handheld.
6531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Laxius Power - massive, freeware console RPG on: April 12, 2005, 07:14:05 AM
Technically, this is about a PC game, but the game is very much a console-style RPG, so I figured it would be of most interest to console gamers.
The developers have released the final chapter in the Laxius Power saga, a series of 3 freeware "old-school" console-style RPGs.  The feature list (especially for part 3) looks incredible and there's supposed to be 200-300 hours of gameplay between the 3 games  :shock:  There's also supposed to be some "adult" content in the form of nudity.  A Google search for "Laxius Power" will lead to many shareware site download links.
6532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 11, 2005, 10:24:52 AM
Gamespy has posted their review - 5/5.  I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of perfect or near-perfect scores for this game.
6533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Radiata Stories by Sqaure Enix available on Gamestop on: April 11, 2005, 06:59:40 AM
It's a humorous action-RPG from the makers of the excellent Star Ocean : Til The End of Time.  IGN has a hands-on preview here.
6534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Radiata Stories by Sqaure Enix available on Gamestop on: April 11, 2005, 04:40:12 AM
I'm glad Square Enix is stepping up their US releases.  Even the remake Romancing SaGa : Minstrel Song looks like it's coming to the US.
6535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantasy Star Universe details on: April 08, 2005, 08:50:23 AM
IGN has some details and the confirmation that Phantasy Star Universe will be released in the US (I really wish Square Enix were this forthcoming with their US release confirmations.)  Also, the rumors were right - the game will have both an offline, story-driven mode, as well as an online mode, presumably similar to the PSO games.
6536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 08, 2005, 05:56:34 AM
Bioware has definitely dropped hints about a PC release, but haven't officially confirmed anything.
6537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts- Any Way to Disable Subtitles? on: April 08, 2005, 05:53:36 AM
No, and I find it very annoying as well.  Xenosaga is the same way, as well as Digital Devil Saga.  I have to avert my eyes from the bottom of the screen to avoid reading the subtitles before they're spoken.  I got used to it eventually, but I have no idea why there isn't an option to shut them off like there is in pretty much every other game.
6538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What has happened to Square? on: April 08, 2005, 05:51:42 AM
There was a DQ5 remake released in Japan, and I think it's possible that it will be released on the PS2 or the PSP in the US someday.  DQ4 is kind of stuck in-between, as its PSOne remake was cancelled for the US when the company localizing it went out of business.  It would be a good fit for the DS.  If DQ8 is as successful as I think it will be, I'm sure Square Enix won't let the previous entries go to waste, especially given the long gaps between each DQ release.
6539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: April 07, 2005, 06:59:19 PM
I played for about an hour last night, and I'm really enjoying it.  The opening cutscene is incredible, and the cool art style looks even better in motion than in screenshots.  The great dungeon automapping returns from Nocturne, and really helps in exploring the dungeon areas.  The voice acting is good, too, and thankfully, they appear to be unknown actors.  It looks like companies have finally realized there are other good voice actors in the world other than the usual suspects (Jennifer Hale, Cam Clarke, etc.)  They're very good at what they do, but it's distracting hearing the same voices in every game.
6540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: April 07, 2005, 07:47:46 AM
Double Jump Books, who have done strategy guides for other Atlus games, passed on doing one for DDS, so it looks like there isn't going to be one.  There are a few FAQs at GameFAQs though.
6541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger 3? on: April 06, 2005, 10:10:18 PM
I'm guessing it's a late April Fools joke, or simply a fake.  I know Square Enix said they intend to release 1 game a month, but FF12, Kingdom Hearts 2, Grandia 3, and Chrono 3 all in one year seems like too much.  I hope it's true, but I doubt it is, especially since they just unveiled Grandia 3.
6542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: April 06, 2005, 06:34:35 AM
We're on the second page already, with no impressions of the actual game.  Should we just make this the official impressions thread?  biggrin
6543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: April 05, 2005, 11:41:38 PM
From what I've heard, DDS is good, but DDS2 is great.
6544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More Japanese RPGs coming to America on: April 05, 2005, 07:27:59 AM
According to RPGamer, Nippon Ichi America is teaming with the Japanese company Idea Factory to bring some of its previously Japan-only RPGs to the US.  I'm not familiar with the company or its games, but more RPGs is always good news to me smile
6545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: April 05, 2005, 07:07:34 AM
RPGFan has posted their review.  I like this quote -
"Digital Devil Saga is like Final Fantasy X, but the characters eat each other." slywink
I'll post some impressions when I get it Wednesday.
6546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 10.5 on: April 05, 2005, 06:56:31 AM
6547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Impressions on: April 04, 2005, 11:14:38 AM
It sounds crazy to me since I can't play FPS games on consoles to save my life, but I know people who actually prefer console controllers to the mouse and keyboard setup.
6548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 platformers rejoice! Ratchet 4, Jak X, and Sly 3! on: April 04, 2005, 12:11:07 AM
"I gotta get me a PS2 ..... unless the PS3 is for sure backwards compatable."
It is - with both PS2 and PSOne.
6549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 platformers rejoice! Ratchet 4, Jak X, and Sly 3! on: April 03, 2005, 10:36:53 AM
"Supposedly Insomniac is already at work on a major FPS for PS3"
I really hope that's not true.  I'm okay with FPS games on the PC, but I find console FPS games pretty much unplayable.
6550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ape escape on the loose on: April 02, 2005, 04:12:49 AM
I haven't played this version, but in the other Ape Escapes, there were some monkeys who you couldn't get until you got a certain gadget later in the game.
6551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Marshall Show...er... Alias 3/30 on: March 31, 2005, 08:01:29 AM
I've never really liked Marshall, but he's really grown on me this season, for some reason.
6552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Flipnic, a pinball adventure, coming to PS2 on: March 31, 2005, 07:55:18 AM
Namco announced that they will be releasing Flipnic : Ultimate Pinball for the PS2 this summer, according to Worthplaying.  It sounds most like Adventure Pinball, which I really liked.  That makes the third game that Namco has announced that sound really cool to me - Sigma Star Saga, a side-scrolling space shooter/RPG, the XCom-like Rebelstar Tactical Command, and now this.
6553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command coming to GBA on: March 30, 2005, 10:09:46 PM
Namco has announced a turn-based strategy RPG for the GBA called Rebelstar Tactical Command.  Worthplaying has details and screenshots.

6554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Tony Hawk on: March 30, 2005, 07:45:51 PM
Ports is the wrong word, but most of the launch titles are at least heavily based on existing games, rather than full-blown original creations like Lumines and Untold Legends.
6555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 coming! on: March 30, 2005, 07:35:24 PM
It is indeed Grandia 3, and the screenshots look beautiful.  The battle system appears similar, as the screenshots show a circular gauge like the one in Xtreme.  Hopefully, we'll get a translation of the article soon.
6556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grandia 3 coming! on: March 30, 2005, 09:26:22 AM
Last week, the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu Weekly had a teaser that they would have news of a major RPG from Square Enix this week.  According to a post at GameFAQs the game in question is Grandia 3!  There should be some confirmation tomorrow, presuming this is true.
6557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 30, 2005, 08:00:52 AM
"Square Enix is working on an action-RPG set in the FF7 world called Crisis Core."
To reply to my own post slywink I meant to add that Crisis Core is for the PSP.
6558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Tony Hawk on: March 30, 2005, 02:39:03 AM
"On a side rant, does it bother anyone else that some of these PSP games are selling for $50?"
I was shocked when I saw that PSP games were going to sell for $50.  It seems ridiculous to me, especially since many of the launch titles are simply ports of existing games.
6559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 30, 2005, 02:33:38 AM
Square Enix is working on an action-RPG set in the FF7 world called Crisis Core.
6560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Messed up PS2 disc - Any suggestions? on: March 28, 2005, 09:14:41 AM
Boiling DVDs only helps with certain problems.  I wouldn't take the chance that the problem your disc has is one of them.
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