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6601  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Blockbuster Buy 2, Get 1 Free? on: January 09, 2005, 08:40:39 AM
Blockbuster's website has a buy 2 preowned games, get 1 free special going.  Does anyone know if this is in-store too, and if so, when it will end?  I got a gift card for my birthday, but I'd rather not brave the snow tomorrow if I can wait until Monday slywink
6602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reviews Suikoden 4 on: January 08, 2005, 09:46:43 AM
IGN has posted their review for Suikoden 4.  Although the game sounds somewhat disappointing, the review has actually increased my interest in the game.  After hearing nothing but vague "it sucks" comments, it's nice to have some concrete details about the game.  Also, the minigames sound like great fun, and I've always loved minigames in RPGs.  The $40 price tag is also nice.  Anyone else picking this up on Wednesday?
6603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list - 2005 edition: Keep it updated! on: January 08, 2005, 09:43:14 AM
I'll start off the 2005 edition of the finished games list with a game that was released in 1989 slywink  I'm replaying all the Dragon Warrior games as I wait impatiently for DW8's released, and I just finished the GB Color remake of the original game last night, so

Dragon Warrior (Gameboy Color)
Dragonball Z : Legacy of Goku 2 (Gameboy Advance)
Star Wars Episode 3 (XBox)
6604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/05/05 on: January 06, 2005, 07:45:29 PM
"I never got the sense that Kate killed the three robbers, just shot them and wounded them. She seemed pretty good with a gun - I figure she knew where she was shooting and aimed for no-kill parts of the body."

That's what it looked like to me.  Kate killed a guy, and then wanted to retrieve whatever was in his safety deposit box.  She shot the other 3 robbers just to stop them from killing the bank manager.  She was awfully good with the gun, so she was presumably used to using one, either as a criminal or perhaps the military (the plane looked like a fighter jet to me).  I'm guessing Kate doesn't know the meaning of the plane, either, only that it was somehow important to the guy she killed.
6605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A L I A S - Here we go baby!!!!!!! on: January 05, 2005, 07:53:07 PM
Be glad you missed the last episode.  They got the old Scooby-Doo writers to write it.  There's no other explanation why they would have two "rubber-mask" plots in one show.  You know it's bad when you're actually rooting for the villain because you can't stand the heroes anymore.

BTW, I love the "Ima" commercial, even though I must have seen it a hundred times already.
6606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 10:58:50 PM
"I'm forced to wonder if this game's going to make my 3.0ghz machine beg and cry for it's mommy."
As good as the graphics are, I'd be surprised if they didn't allow a large range of customization.  The Age series has mass market appeal and sales, so I'm sure they want to have a large enough market that is able to play it, while still wowing people with the graphics.
6607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Untold Legends for PSP announced on: January 04, 2005, 10:35:36 PM
Worthplaying has the details.
6608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 10:26:33 PM
Worthplaying has some new screenshots.  :shock:
6609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / On Shania Twain and exclamation marks!!!! on: January 04, 2005, 07:28:38 AM
Maybe she had just broken up with Jake Jarmel. -
""It was a damp and chilly afternoon, so I decided to put on my sweatshirt!"

"I pulled the lever on the machine, but the Clark bar didn't come out!"

 biggrin
6610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 12:26:21 AM
IGN has a preview/interview about the game, including a few very nice-looking screenshots.  The third screenshot looks amazing.  With regard to the physics engine, this sounds interesting -
"We have cannon shots that can literally throw infantry off the ground, and perhaps off a cliff, and down into the water...Don't be surprised if a collapsing tower squashes the villager working in the nearby fields." smile
6611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars : Empire at War on: January 03, 2005, 11:51:10 PM
Am I the only one that actually liked that song? slywink
6612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 03, 2005, 06:26:58 AM
I remember the old Myth games got some attention from their use of physics.
6613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warcraft 3 - Can You Give Orders While Paused? on: January 03, 2005, 06:24:27 AM
You can pause the game by bringing up any of the menus, but there's no issuing orders while paused.
6614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guild Wars on: January 02, 2005, 09:40:33 AM
The game is still in beta testing, and they occasionally have beta weekends where a limited number of people can play.  The full version isn't due out until this spring.
6615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars : Empire at War on: January 02, 2005, 06:31:32 AM
TheForce.net has the first details on the Star Wars RTS that was revealed a while ago.  It will be set between episodes 3 and 4, and include both land and space battles.
6616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Castlevania DS on: January 02, 2005, 06:13:58 AM
AllRPG has some details on the first Castlevania game for the DS, a sequel to the GBA's Aria of Sorrow.
6617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 01, 2005, 07:46:57 PM
"I guess all of the above adds up over time. I also go back to talk to characters again after a quest or some significant event to see if anything has changed and/or developed. This also results in alot of walking around."
I do the same, and surprisingly, most console RPGs designers actually write different text for return visits.  For instance, if you return to a town after doing some major event, the townspeople will comment on what you've done.  I've always enjoyed this, so I usually talk to everyone several times.
6618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 01, 2005, 01:47:39 AM
"BTW, I finished KOTOR 1 at 84 hrs."
I didn't know there was anyone who takes as long to complete RPGs as I do.  I think most people's KoTOR times were around 40 hours, but my final time was close to 90.
6619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: December 31, 2004, 07:18:35 PM
Planet AOM has some more details, including the fact that the game will use the Havok physics engine.
6620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Maniac Mansion Remade on: December 31, 2004, 06:52:12 AM
Retro Remakes is a great site for information on remakes of old games like these.
6621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: December 31, 2004, 06:51:17 AM
According to AOM Heaven, the new PC Gamer has a preview for the soon-to-be-announced Age of Empires 3.  As rumors suggested, it will be set in the "Age of Discovery".  Also, the blurb mentions that it will have a single-player campaign.  I know some people like the RoN "World Conquest" campaign style, but I much prefer the preset scenarios method, so this is good news for me slywink

The Ensemble Studios website countdown is almost done, so we should have details there either tomorrow or Saturday.  I just hope the big reveal is not a black screen that says "Buy PC Gamer" slywink
6622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: December 30, 2004, 02:15:12 AM
I haven't played it yet, but Eternal Darkness is also supposed to be excellent, and it's very cheap now.
6623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy ****, does Max Payne ROCK or what?! on: December 29, 2004, 07:04:20 AM
I tried the demos for both games, and found both really difficult.  I had decided that they just weren't the type of game for me, but then I found MP2 at Target for $5, and a few days later, got MP1 at EB for $1.75.  I started playing MP1, and I'm really glad I changed my mind about playing it.  I'm still getting the hang of it, but it's so much fun, I don't really mind having to redo sections.
6624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bizarre Japanese Peripheral Device of the Day: on: December 27, 2004, 09:15:56 AM
I want one!
6625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2.5 on xbox 2...confirmed?!?!? on: December 27, 2004, 09:14:19 AM
"Actually...splitting halo 2= more money. More than 1 xbox 2 edition= more money. Microsoft= more money.

Meaning they are not mistakes."

While both would earn them money in the short term, I think both would end up costing them in the end.  For Halo, it depends on what is meant by Halo 2.5.  If it just means that it's a continuation of the story with all the new features and graphics expected in a next-gen game, then that would be fine.  If it's more Halo 2 with better graphics, I think it will cause some ill well toward the game and start the XBox 2 off on a sour note.

As for the different XBox 2 versions - In general, the mass market console buyers do not want choices; they want simplicity.  Different XBox 2 versions will only fracture the market, confuse less knowledgeable people, and leave developers unsure about what features they should be supporting.  IMO, if MS intends to make different versions of the XBox 2, they are making a colossal mistake.
6626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "The wait is almost over" on: December 27, 2004, 12:26:28 AM
Well, it looks like the wait is actually almost over now.  The latest message is "1995 - Ensemble Studios founded".  Presumably, they're leading up to 2004 (or 2005) - Age of Empires 3 is revealed".
6627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2.5 on xbox 2...confirmed?!?!? on: December 27, 2004, 12:24:42 AM
If this were true, it would be two dumb mistakes by Microsoft (splitting Halo 2 in half and having multiple XBox 2s), and I don't see them making either mistake.
6628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NWN Multiclass Question on: December 24, 2004, 11:15:13 AM
In Neverwinter Nights, does the multiclass EXP penalty apply to prestige classes?  I plan to level up to 10 or so as a druid, and then start levelling up as a Shifter.  Will I suffer the EXP penalty since my levels aren't within 1 of each other?  Also, I am an Elf, so the human/half-elf exemption won't apply.
6629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA2 now free on: December 22, 2004, 06:31:14 AM
As they did with Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar has made GTA2 available as a free download.
6630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy...2! on: December 21, 2004, 10:25:44 PM
The additions to the sequel - more varied environments, differing level goals, and opponents, all sound like great additions.
6631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA - Anything on the horizon? on: December 21, 2004, 07:42:42 PM
The sales success of the DS was probably the last nail in the GBA's coffin.  There are still quite a few games on the IGN list, but not many major games.  There's the MegaMan collection, Zelda, Mario Party, Wario Ware Twisted, and Mario Tennis.  As for RPGs, there's Fire Emblem 2 for sure, and IGN has Tales of Phantasia listed, but I'd guess any future RPGs will be on the DS.
6632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy...2! on: December 21, 2004, 08:14:05 AM
1Up has some new details on the sequel.  Sounds great!
6633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: December 20, 2004, 09:16:31 AM
Dreamfall
Dungeon Lords
Restricted Area
The Witcher
The Movies

and a ton of console games slywink
6634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends question on: December 20, 2004, 03:36:44 AM
Does anyone know how much space on the PS2 memory card an X-Men Legends save takes?  I'm trying to decide which version to get, and my PS2 memory cards are pretty full.
6635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 19, 2004, 08:21:19 AM
"i prefer real-time combat, loved morrowind, deus ex, pirates of the caribbean, plus i've liked stuff like Baldur's Gate"
From your list, it sounds like you play mostly PC games.  If you haven't played a console RPG, they are very different from their PC counterparts.  In traditional console RPGs (including Suikoden 4), you enter battles by walking around and running into enemies at random.  Your team (up to 4 in Suik. 4) take turns inputting their moves (attack, cast magic, defend, etc), and the enemy does the same.  If you've played them before, I'm sure you know all this, but if not, I'd suggest checking out some of the IGN battle videos to see what they are like.
6636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus bringing Stella Deus and DDS2 to US on: December 18, 2004, 08:43:00 AM
Atlus made a slew of announcements today.  Stella Deus, a strategy-RPG with what appear to be high-res 2D character graphics, is coming to the US this summer.  Also, Digital Devil Saga, an off-shoot of the Shin Megami Tensei series, will be released in a limited edition box when it comes out this spring, and its sequel, Digital Devil Saga 2, will be released in the US this summer.  :shock:  That brings the total of RPGs from Atlus coming out this spring and summer to 4 - DDS and Atelier Iris in spring, and DDS2 and Stella Deus in summer.  It looks like 2005 might even end up surpassing 2004 in RPG releases, though they look to be (thankfully) spread out over the whole year this time.
6637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rumor Mill - Diablo 3 on: December 18, 2004, 08:30:30 AM
"As far as I know, Blizz North hasn't annouced anything that they're working on. That's the group that does Diablo, IIRC."
I would assume they're the ones working on StarCraft 2. Since WoW was launched last month, I'm guessing they won't go too long without announcing what they're working on.
6638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8: Outstanding and Informative Review on: December 17, 2004, 06:57:59 AM
That's pretty much what I expected.  There's some sort of magic to the DW series that makes what would seem like tedium incredibly fun.  Although I have a great deal of nostalgia for the series (DW1 was my first console RPG), it's more than that.  I'm replaying DW1 and DW3 now on the Gameboy, and they're still fun to play.  I just hope Square Enix stops keeping us in suspense and officially announces a US release soon.
6639  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anarchy Online now free on: December 17, 2004, 06:52:18 AM
I tried downloading from their site, but I was cut off and it was slow when it was going.  I managed to get it using the BitTorrent link yesterday, but it took many, many hours.
6640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 16, 2004, 07:35:57 PM
If you know you want to get Growlanser, I wouldn't hesitate.  Working Designs' games become rare much faster than most others.  You might as well get it new now, since Star Ocean isn't going to become rare, and will most likely get Greatest Hits status next year sometime.
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