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6681  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
6682  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.
6683  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.
6684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bizarre Japanese Peripheral Device of the Day: on: December 27, 2004, 09:15:56 AM
I want one!
6685  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.
6686  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".
6687  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.
6688  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.
6689  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.
6690  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.
6691  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.
6692  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!
6693  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
6694  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.
6695  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.
6696  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.
6697  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.
6698  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.
6699  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.
6700  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.
6701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 07:31:59 PM
This may change, since I haven't finished any of these games, but so far, my GoTY would be Star Ocean : Til The End of Time, with Shadow Hearts : Covenant and Paper Mario as runners up.  It was an amazing year for RPGs.
6702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: December 16, 2004, 07:40:46 AM
Jade Empire is competing with Dragon Quest 8 as my most anticipated game of 2005.  Every preview and screenshot I see only makes the game seem better and better.
6703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 15, 2004, 08:36:19 PM
Star Ocean is the best game I've played this year.  I'm about 25 hours in, and I love everything about it.  The graphics are amazing (not technically, but the art design, variety, and amount of detail are incredible), the voice acting is some of the best I've heard (at least from the 3 lead characters), the battle system is fun, and the story is very good as well as thought-provoking, with some great, emotional scenes.  Plus, it's very long, with a lot of extra things to do, so it will keep you going for a long time.
6704  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anarchy Online now free on: December 15, 2004, 08:26:01 PM
You can now download and play the base Anarchy Online game (without expansion packs) for free here.  It looks like the free subscription lasts until January 2006.  I'm downloading now, but it's going to take awhile.
6705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Divinity on: December 15, 2004, 08:03:18 AM
Speaking of BD, they've just released the full strategy guide as a free download here.
6706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser:Generations Impressions? on: December 15, 2004, 08:02:21 AM
Growlanser 2 allows you to save at any time, even during battles.  I'm not sure why they removed that in G3.
6707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shining Force Neo on: December 14, 2004, 07:41:04 PM
According to RPGamer, the new PS2 Shining Force game is going to be an action-RPG, rather than a strategy RPG like the earlier games in the series.  This is odd news, since the already-revealed Shining Tears is also an action-RPG.
6708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 14, 2004, 04:28:11 AM
IGN has some hands-on impressions of the near-final US version here.
6709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gothic 3 details on: December 13, 2004, 07:40:43 PM
I got Gothic 2 new at Babbage's/Gamestop a few months ago for $10.
6710  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Sunday Ad's 12/12 - 12/18 on: December 13, 2004, 07:37:51 PM
That's good to know.  I figured it would be $24.99, but $22.99 is even better.
6711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Battery Life... even worse than originally thought. on: December 13, 2004, 09:02:44 AM
"Mahjong Fight Club" - That's the funniest game name I've heard since Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary  biggrin
6712  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Sunday Ad's 12/12 - 12/18 on: December 13, 2004, 08:50:08 AM
I'm not sure about the $22.99 price for RoTK at Best Buy.  They show the Fellowship and RoTK DVDs side by side.  There is a "$22.99" tag over the Fellowship box, and a "Hot price" label between the two.  Whether this means they are both $22.99, or if that price just applies to Fellowship, I'm not sure.
6713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser:Generations Impressions? on: December 12, 2004, 11:58:43 PM
I wish all games, especially RPGs, would allow the option of having the spoken dialogue displayed on screen or not.  I find it very distracting to have the words onscreen.  I can read the text faster than the actors speak it, so I find myself having to avoid looking at the screen so I don't have the whole text read before the actor is half done speaking the lines.  I'm really hoping they've added the option in Xenosaga 2 and Kingdom Hearts 2, because it really bothered me in the first games.
6714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 12, 2004, 11:53:23 PM
There's a reader review for Suikoden 4 up at GameFAQs.  Beware, though, that there is a spoiler for Suikoden 3 in the review.
6715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 11, 2004, 09:42:05 PM
"Because I mentioned FFX-2 in context as a joke and the defenders of square for some vague reason felt obligated to fire up their lightsabers to defend it."
We don't have lightsabers.  We have swords that are 3 times as big as were are slywink
6716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 11, 2004, 08:39:52 AM
How is it not a sequel?  All of the characters (except the ones who are gone in one way or another) reappear and it takes place in the same world.  As for the plot, the whole Sin/Zanarkand plot was wrapped up in FFX; there was nothing to continue.  It's not like the plot comes out of nowhere, though.  It has a basis in the background of Spira shown in FFX, and having new factions spring up after the revelations about Yevon makes sense.  Yes, there was a drastic change in the tone and battle system, but those were only elements of the first game, not the whole of it.

Also, Square made no attempt to deceive anyone.  You'd have to have avoided even a cursory look at the game to not know about the lighter tone or real-time battles.  From the beginning (the first image of the game was Yuna in short shorts with a gun in each hand), the game was marketed as a continuation of the characters and world of FFX, not necessarily the gameplay.
6717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jagged Alliance 2 - WinXP capable? on: December 11, 2004, 04:07:52 AM
It ran fine for me in native XP.
6718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser:Generations Impressions? on: December 10, 2004, 07:37:20 PM
Working Designs has said that they may bring the original Growlanser to the PSP.
6719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Namco announces new ramen noodle theme park on: December 10, 2004, 07:36:00 PM
The good news is that 10 people can get it for only $1 slywink
6720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Namco announces new 'Tales' RPG -- Tales of Melfes on: December 10, 2004, 07:35:21 PM
Before Tales of Symphonia came out, Namco said that its sales would determine whether or not they brought other Tales titles to the US.  Since the sales of ToS surpassed their expectations, it's a pretty good bet that this new game and Tales of Rebirth will see a US release, probably both next year.
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