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6601  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.
6602  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.
6603  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.
6604  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.
6605  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.
6606  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.

6607  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.
6608  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.
6609  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.
6610  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.
6611  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.
6612  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.
6613  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.
6614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG Roundup on: March 25, 2005, 07:40:17 PM
Gamestop has May 24th now.  I think EB just put up the wrong date, since NIS America has said it'll be released in May since they announced it.
6615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG Roundup on: March 25, 2005, 12:09:08 PM
I'm still not sure about all the aspects of the game, but I don't think there are any strategy RPG elements in Atelier Iris.  It looks like a standard RPG with a  really involved item-combination system.  Wild ARMs 4 looks really good, too.  I like the jumping elements (especially if they're used in the puzzles the series is known for) and the battle system looks intriguing in the videos.  I hope we get a confirmation of a US release soon.
6616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG Roundup on: March 25, 2005, 10:03:28 AM
Lots of RPG news this week, since both Shining Force Neo and Wild ARMs 4 were released in Japan this week.  IGN has impressions of Shining Force Neo and Wild ARMs 4, as well as news about Phantasy Star Universe.  Also, Worthplaying has posted a preview and English screenshots for Atelier Iris : Eternal Mana.
6617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Lords Demo available tommorrow on: March 25, 2005, 04:08:07 AM
Great news.  I've really been looking forward to this one, so I hope it's turned out well.
6618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Kingdom - "Sequel" to Disagea on: March 24, 2005, 11:24:53 AM
IGN has posted some impressions of the Japanese version.
6619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar game in the works for the DS on: March 24, 2005, 06:37:52 AM
I'd say they're most like the early Final Fantasy games, with your party on one side and the enemy on the other in turn-based battles.  They're best known for their nice and numerous anime cutscenes and endearing characters.  The graphics are simple SNES quality, but still charming.  They're definitely worth playing, and I see them fairly often at used game stores, so they're probably not that rare.
6620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Kingdom - "Sequel" to Disagea on: March 23, 2005, 07:15:10 PM
They're also working on a game called Makai Wars for the PSP, which will presumably tie in with Makai Kingdom.
6621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar game in the works for the DS on: March 23, 2005, 07:23:21 AM
According to RPGamer, a game called Lunar Genesis is in the works for the DS.  I loved Lunar : Silver Star Story, and Eternal Blue to a lesser extent, so I would love to see another game in the series.  This good news almost makes up for the bad news that Phantasy Star Universe is going to be a sequel to the PS Online games, rather than the original RPGs frown
6622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy crap - Goldeneye DS!! (&Dragon Quest + Katamari Dam on: March 20, 2005, 08:56:36 AM
I don't know if it's in the article, but Square Enix has announced two Dragon Quest games for the DS - a DQ Monsters game and a Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest game, in addition to FF3.
6623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2? on: March 19, 2005, 09:26:02 PM
"Not to mention it has even more cutscenes than the original, and the original had more cutscene time than gameplay time."

It may have seemed that way, but it's not true.  It certainly had a ton of lengthy cutscenes, but there were only 8 total hours of them in a 40 hour game.
6624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: March 19, 2005, 09:22:20 PM
None of the reviews I've read have mentioned the game being overly difficult, while pretty much all of the DMC3 reviews did.  Whether this means that it's not incredibly hard or they just didn't mention it, I don't know.
6625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Oddworld game revealed on: March 18, 2005, 08:40:39 PM
There's a very nice piece of artwork accompanying the article, and it's in the same style as the Stranger artwork, so I'm pretty sure it's legitimate.
6626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Oddworld game revealed on: March 18, 2005, 07:36:55 PM
There's a blurb in the new Game Informer about the next Oddworld game in the works for XBox.  It will be a first/third person game like Stranger's Wrath, with a new character named Fangus.  Fangus is a shepherd with rabies who uses guns and his flock to attack enemy invaders.
6627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Phantom Dust - Now with a few demo impressions on: March 17, 2005, 06:17:43 AM
My "free" copy has shipped from Gamestop, but since I chose value shipping, it's probably going to be a while before I actually play it slywink
6628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: March 16, 2005, 11:56:07 AM
I put in my preorder today.  I was pleasantly surprised that the clerk knew what game I was talking about.  I was dreading having to spell out Shin Megami Tensei : Digital Devil Saga and be met with a blank stare slywink
6629  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Law & Order 2 and Seven Kingdoms 2 for $1 on: March 16, 2005, 08:56:06 AM
"Sweet... mind grabbing me a copy of Seven Kingdoms 2? I'll pay for both the game and your shipping costs."

Sure.  I'll be going back there in a few days, and they had several copies.
6630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario-The thousand year door! on: March 16, 2005, 12:12:35 AM
Yes, the Pit of 100 Trials is optional.  It's even recommended that you finish the game first before trying the harder levels.
6631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Demo- Any Good on: March 16, 2005, 12:10:59 AM
"WOW. I'm so impressed by the ingenuity of the gaming community."
I just wonder how the idea ever popped into someone's head.  "Gee, my DVD isn't working.  I think I'll stick it in boiling water - that should help." slywink
6632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Psychonauts!!! on: March 16, 2005, 12:08:15 AM
I'm definitely looking forward to it, although I'll be waiting until the price comes down some.
6633  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Law & Order 2 and Seven Kingdoms 2 for $1 on: March 16, 2005, 12:04:31 AM
YMMV, but my local Deals (one of those "everything's a dollar" stores) had a bunch of copies of Law & Order 2 : Double or Nothing and Seven Kingdoms 2 for $1 each.  They actually have several computer games, but most are ones you've never heard of.  This is the first time I've seen such a recent game there.
6634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFVII: Advent Children (what platform?) on: March 11, 2005, 07:22:00 PM
There's also an FF7 action RPG called Crisis Core in the works for the PSP.
6635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 4 on: March 11, 2005, 08:06:19 AM
Firaxis just announced that they're using the GameBryo 3D engine, which they also used for Pirates!, for Civ4.  It's a pretty good bet it'll be in 3D slywink
6636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Phantom Dust - Now with a few demo impressions on: March 10, 2005, 08:10:28 AM
Thanks for the tip. I was going to preorder the game at the store tomorrow, but free is much better smile
6637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts: From the New World announced on: March 09, 2005, 10:33:39 PM
Great news, plus there's a good chance it will be released in the US.  According to an interview with one of the developers of the series, the game sells as well in the US as it does in Japan, so it they get the sequel, we should too.
6638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Preview on: March 09, 2005, 11:05:01 AM
It looks great to me.  I love games with complex characters and storylines.  I guess I better get cracking on finishing the first game slywink
6639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nice preview of Final Fantasy XII at GameSpot on: March 07, 2005, 07:37:14 PM
I've read all the previews, and still don't get the comparisons to MMORPGs.  The story and characters look to be as deep as any other console RPG, the combat is reminiscent of KoTOR, and the game is strictly single-player.  I think most of the MMO talk came from early interviews about elements of FFXI being in the game.  However, the only elements ever mentioned were being able to see armor/weapon changes on your character's model, large cities teeming with people, and combat that doesn't take place in a separate battle arena, all of which appear in single-player RPGs as well.
6640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 US release "as soon as possible" on: March 07, 2005, 01:02:23 AM
" I just hope they have seriously revised the combat. the old style was classic yes, but it was hopelessly archaic and needed an update."
It depends on what you find archaic about it.  From what I've read, combat is pretty similar to the old games.  You input your team's commands, and then you and the enemy attack each other based on each combatant's agility score.  The biggest difference is, as in DW7, there are tons of skills to use.  DW7 had a great variety of skills, and I thought the combat was great, and DQ8 looks to have great variety as well.  Also, for the first time in the series, your characters now appear in battle, rather than the first-person view of the previous games.
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