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6601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which Mario Party? on: February 27, 2005, 11:33:48 PM
I haven't played 6, but I thought 5 was a big improvement over 4.  6 comes with a microphone and some microphone-based minigames, if that interests you.
6602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 may be the real deal! on: February 27, 2005, 07:28:48 AM
Do the reviews mention what level of difficulty the reviewers are playing at?  There are supposed to be 5 levels.
6603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 26, 2005, 02:42:06 AM
The movie was an amazing technical achievement, but for some reason, they skimped on the translation.  Much of the phrasing didn't sound natural at all, which is odd, given the much better translations that the Square games of the period got.  Then again, the games' dialogue might have sounded worse spoken.
6604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fahrenheit coming to the US on: February 25, 2005, 07:28:11 AM
The very intriguing Fahrenheit is coming to the PS2 under the name Indigo Prophecy, according to Worthplaying.
Gamespot has a preview.
6605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baseball Wars '05 on: February 25, 2005, 07:15:13 AM
From reading the GameFAQs forums, you could save mid-game in ESPN 2K4, but you can't in 2K5.  I really wish the option were there, as I don't always have the 45 minutes to play a full game.  Do the others allow mid-game saves?
6606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best current PS2 RPG? on: February 25, 2005, 07:12:18 AM
IMO, FFX is still the best RPG on the PS2, but I'd put Star Ocean : Til the End of Time second (although it's action and not turn-based), and Shadow Hearts : Covenant third.
6607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 07:05:55 AM
In terms of battle style, LoTR : The Third Age is most similar.  Overall, I'd say FF8 is the closest to FFX, although the battle system is quite different.  You can see the roots of much of what they pulled off so well in FFX in FF8.  I'd also recommend Arc the Lad : Twilight of the Spirits.  It's turn-based and the story is serious.  It's sometimes labelled as a strategy RPG, but it's much more along the lines of a traditional RPG with a larger battle area.  
You might also want to check out Digital Devil Saga, coming out next month.  It's an offshoot of the Shin Megami Tensei series, but it's supposed to have a greater emphasis on story, at least from what I've read.
6608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Major League Baseball 2K5 out? on: February 24, 2005, 08:52:14 AM
Whoops - I forgot there was a Sports Forum.  I wondered why no one was talking about the game slywink  I'll be picking up the XBox version tomorrow.
6609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 02/23/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: February 24, 2005, 07:01:26 AM
"Hurley's cameo made me sit up real quick. So what's his story?"
I don't want to spoil anything here, but the TVGuide.com plot synopsis for next week reveals the basics of Hurley's backstory, and why he would have been on television.

This was definitely the best episode of any show I've seen this year.  I find Jin and Sun's backstory much more interesting than any of the other ones, and this episode was even better than their last one.  I'm actually more interested in what happens to these characters than about the island's mysteries.
6610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Major League Baseball 2K5 out? on: February 24, 2005, 06:39:27 AM
I thought this game wasn't supposed to ship until next week, but the Gamestop website has the XBox version as having been released, while the PS2 version is labelled 2/28/05.  I'm not usually into sports games, but the $20 price tag is too hard to resist.  Anyone seen it in stores yet?
6611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus - 2 new games announced on: February 23, 2005, 07:32:55 PM
In its apparent quest to release more games this summer than all other companies combined slywink, Atlus has announced two more games for US release - an RPG for the GBA called Riviera and an action game for the PS2 called Samurai Western.
6612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 22, 2005, 11:55:41 PM
Given the negative reaction to the game in both Japan and the US, I'd be surprised if they didn't make big changes for XS3.
6613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / On the horizon...jack squat? on: February 22, 2005, 07:21:01 PM
Hopefully, Dungeon Lords is still on track for April.
6614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 22, 2005, 02:22:24 AM
They missed a lot, most glaringly the original Zelda and Final Fantasy IV, for going far beyond their contemporaries in terms of exploration and storytelling, respectively.

I think Mario Kart was included not for the racing, but for the fact that it was a game that encouraged people to play together, popularizing "party" games.

The only reason I can see for the inclusion of Jet Grind Radio is that it was (one of?) the first cel-shaded games.

I do think Halo belongs on the list, but more for its social relevance than for its gameplay.  It went a long way towards making non-gamers see video games as "cool" rather than "geeky".
6615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 21, 2005, 11:16:51 AM
Ys : The Ark of Napishtim comes out Tuesday.  It's supposed to be a decent action-RPG.
6616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 21, 2005, 05:47:26 AM
I know Suikoden 4 got mostly mediocre reviews, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
6617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines - Minimimum Specs on: February 21, 2005, 01:45:05 AM
"Did Bloodlines run on a GF4MX?"
Half-Life 2 does, so I don't see why Bloodlines wouldn't.  I wish there was a demo for Bloodlines.  Half-Life 2 runs fine on my system, but I'm not sure Bloodlines would.
6618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia revealed on: February 16, 2005, 07:49:34 PM
RPGamer has the first details and screenshots for the Namco's newest Tales game, Tales of Legendia.  Like Symphonia, it's in 3D, but you can tell there's a new character designer and the game is for the PS2.  Namco has already trademarked the name "Tales of Legendia" in the US, so it looks like a US release is a pretty sure bet.  It also might mean they'll skip over the 2D Tales of Rebirth and just bring Legendia over, which would be a shame.
6619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 15, 2005, 05:51:21 PM
I won't be getting it until I finish the first one, but it's on sale at Target this week for $37.77.
6620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gauntlet : Seven Sorrows on: February 15, 2005, 08:02:40 AM
The new Game Informer has a preview of the new Gauntlet game in development by Midway.  The concept behind the game comes from John Romero, while Josh Sawyer (of Black Isle fame is lead designer).  Other than the four character types and the hack and slash gameplay, the game looks very different from the earlier titles.  It looks to have a serious, dramatic storyline, involving the characters helping the world's emperor die in peace by setting right the seven sorrows he created with bad decisions.  
The screenshots look beautiful, with an apparent mix of medieval and Asian design.  Also, the characters (including an acrobatic Lancer and masked Tragedian) will have special attacks and multi-character junction attacks that involve minigames, such as directing shards at enemies using the analog sticks, and then pressing them in to hit the enemies.  It looks very intriguing, especially the world they're creating for the game.  Hopefully, there will be an official announcement soon, since the game is scheduled for October.
6621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wario Ware touched (NDS). Impressions on: February 14, 2005, 07:39:26 PM
At least with Wario Ware for the GBA, the point wasn't to finish.  It's more like the "old-school" games where getting the high score was more important than finishing the game.
6622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OPM demo disc thoughts on: February 13, 2005, 07:53:46 AM
Maybe they just created a bad demo for Musashi.  All the previews I've read have been pretty positive.
6623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale or Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2? (PS2) on: February 13, 2005, 07:52:40 AM
I'm on my second time through with DA2 and am still enjoying it.  It's not great, but it's fun to pick up every now and then.  The story does indeed suck, but it's not confusing.  It is also really easy, even on "Hard" mode, especially if you do the sidequests.
6624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS Twin Snakes Question on: February 13, 2005, 07:47:24 AM
I haven't played Twin Snakes, but I've founded that most people grossly overestimate cutscene to gameplay ratio.  I would guess that gameplay seems to go by much faster than cutscenes since you are actually involved in the action, leading people to think the cutscenes take longer than they do.  For instance, you'll hear a lot of people say that Xenosaga spends as much time on cutscenes as on gameplay, whereas there are actually only around 8 hours of cutscenes in 40-50 hours of play.
6625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OPM demo disc thoughts on: February 12, 2005, 07:58:24 AM
Ys looks great, but I've heard it's really short - 10-15 hours or so.  The official website lists "Hidden, unlockable secrets that showcase the timeless legacy of Ys" as a feature.  Hopefully, that means at least one of the previous Ys games, which make getting the game worth it for me.
6626  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Warlords Battlecry 3 - $10 at Best Buy on: February 12, 2005, 07:51:33 AM
I picked up Warlords Battlecry 3 from $10 at Best Buy, although it was still marked $19.99, following a tip from another forum.  It's also $10 on their website, so this could be a nationwide price reduction.
6627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NWN Gold Manual on: February 12, 2005, 07:38:15 AM
You didn't get a manual at all?  You should have - my Gold Edition came with a full, spiral bound combined manual and a foldout case for the CDs.  I doubt they'd put out two versions of it, so you might have gotten either a used, or at least opened, copy.
6628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scrapland? on: February 10, 2005, 07:22:59 PM
Did you find it somewhere for $10?  From the reviews, it looks like it would definitely be worth that.
6629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Super Monkey Ball 2 on: February 10, 2005, 07:49:23 AM
Are you trying to launch yourself through the goal?  You just need to get launched up on top of the spire.  Then, you can use the level overview view to find where you need to drop over the side to hit the goal.
6630  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 09, 2005, 07:55:19 AM
It looks like all preorders will get the limited edition.  Here's Bioware's page announcing it.
6631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 2005 'sleepers'... on: February 06, 2005, 03:57:55 AM
There are a lot of non-major RPGs coming out this year -
Arc the Lad - End of Darkness
Atelier Iris - Eternal Mana
Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2
Makai Kingdom
Dragon Quest 8 (not big in the US yet, but it will be soon smile)
Phantasy Star Trilogy (if it ever makes it to the US)
Radiata Stories
Shining Tears and Shining Force Neo
Stella Deus
Samurai Legend Musashi
Fire Emblem for Gamecube
Namco X Capcom
Sigma Star Saga
Tales of Rebirth (assuming it's coming to the US)
Wild ARMs Alter Code F and WA4
Ys : The Ark of Napishtim

Among non-RPGs
Advent Rising
Psychonauts
6632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Kingdom coming to US on: February 04, 2005, 07:53:01 PM
I think they wanted to distance the game from Phantom Brave, and play up the Disgaea tie-ins like Prinnies, thus the name change.  They also have a PSP game coming out called Makai Wars (again featuring Prinnies).
6633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MegaMan X Collection & Capcom Classics on: February 04, 2005, 07:50:05 PM
More classic game compilations. smile
6634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Kingdom coming to US on: February 04, 2005, 07:55:29 AM
Nippon Ichi America has announced that they are bringing the Disgaea-esque strategy RPG Phantom Kingdom to the US under the name Makai Kingdom.  RPGFan has some screenshots.
6635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking about getting a Gamecube... on: February 03, 2005, 08:08:15 PM
"I have hated the Nintendo Corporation ever since they screwed over Atari back in the 1980's"
Yikes, way to hold a grudge slywink  Seriously, what did they do?  I know they offered Atari the rights to sell the NES in the US, and Atari turned them down, or something like that, but that's about it.

"I know there are two Paper Marios, is one of them actually a sequel to the other, or is it just an expansion in gameplay? "
There's Paper Mario for the N64 and Paper Mario : The Thousand Year Door for the Gamecube.  They share similar gameplay, but I don't think there's any storyline connection between the two.  The Gamecube version is fantastic.
6636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 08:00:06 PM
Shadow Hearts : Covenant has an awesome group of characters, and they're definitely unique.  How many other games have vampire pro-wrestler superheroes? slywink  I'd recommend playing SH1 first, though, as the second is more meaningful if you have.
6637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Lords on: February 01, 2005, 07:50:55 AM
Gamespot and IGN both did updated previews of the game last week, but it sounded like there was a lot left to do before the game was ready.  Perhaps they're just redoing the website?
6638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LoTR : The Third Age sequel on: February 01, 2005, 07:48:51 AM
EA has confirmed that a sequel to the Third Age RPG is in the works.  I'm really enjoying the first one.  Despite its derivative gameplay, it's great fun to explore the world the book and movies created.
6639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Radiata Stories previews on: January 29, 2005, 07:24:58 AM
Gamespot, Game Informer, and IGN have posted their impressions of the Japanese version of Radiata Stories, the newest RPG from Square Enix and tri-Ace, makers of the amazing Star Ocean : Til the End of Time.  The previews sound positive, and according to IGN the game has been getting good reviews in Japan.  Best of all,
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You can kick pretty much anything in the game, whether it be road signs, livestock, or even people. While some characters, such as the guards in the castle, will resist your kicks with unpleasant moans, other people will often get angry, so you'll get pulled into one-on-one engagements with them.
slywink
6640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix & Konami sales figures on: January 29, 2005, 03:04:19 AM
"I don't know how much the product quality decline can be contributed to the merger, but it certainly seems like there has been a significant drop in creativity and overall polish in SE's recent games."
I think it has more to do with Square's need to make up for the huge loss that was Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within.  They needed money, so quick-turnaround games like FFX-2 (which I thought was great in its own way) and easily localized games like Drakengard were released.  I have to disagree about Enix, as I thought DW7 and Star Ocean 3 were absolutely fantastic, with SO3 competing with FFX as my favorite game of all time.  I have never seen a game so polished and detailed as SO3. From the incredibly detailed scenery to the huge backstory and details on everything in the world from the races to the plants and animals, the game was obviously a labor of love for the designers.
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