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6681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Castlevania : Curse of Darkness details on: January 25, 2005, 07:22:07 AM
RPGFan has details on the next PS2 installment in the Castlevania series.  The first PS2 game was more in line with the earlier Castlevania games, while it looks like this new one will be more like the GBA games, with experience points and a variety of skills.
6682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Arc the Lad : End of Darkness coming to US on: January 25, 2005, 07:15:30 AM
According to IGN  Namco is bringing the newest Arc the Lad game, called Arc the Lad : Generation in Japan, to the US in May.  It takes place in the same world as Twilight of the Spirits, but is an action-RPG, unlike the previous games in the series.  They also have some impressions of the Japanese version.
6683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Japan getting Shadow Hearts : Covenant DC on: January 24, 2005, 05:06:05 AM
According to RPGamer a Director's Cut version of Shadow Hearts : Covenant is due to be released in Japan.  While there's pretty much no chance the US will ever see this release, it does seem like a very good sign that there will be a Shadow Hearts 3 someday.
6684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sigma Star Saga - space shooter/RPG on: January 21, 2005, 08:18:37 AM
This sounds really cool.
6685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: January 21, 2005, 08:17:13 AM
The videos at IGN, especially of the fights on the ship and against the hydra look amazing.
6686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Woohoo!!!! Twenty eight!!! on: January 20, 2005, 10:10:43 AM
Wow, you hang out with Doug Henning? slywink
6687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 1/19/05 on: January 20, 2005, 06:42:26 AM
Whoever cast this show did a great job.  Most of the actors are (relatively) unknown and they're all good.  The writers are also doing a good job of providing variety in the backstories - it's almost like an anthology series.
6688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advent Rising - new preview on: January 20, 2005, 06:24:55 AM
IGN has posted an updated preview for the upcoming sci-fi action game Advent Rising, as has Gamespot .  Earlier previews were pretty negative, but it looks like many of the earlier complaints have been dealt with.  The game looks very ambitious, and it now looks like they'll be able to pull off the execution.  There's also a great new trailer at IGN.
6689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Craziness] Visual Concepts to have (kind of) MLB exclusive? on: January 19, 2005, 08:15:14 AM
6690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Trek gaming news on: January 19, 2005, 07:59:09 AM
There's a post here about the future of games set in the Star Trek universe. Most interesting is that a previously cancelled game may be resurrected - Secret of Vulcan Fury perhaps?
6691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Impressions on: January 19, 2005, 07:39:20 AM
I'm a couple of hours in, and I'm enjoying it.  There's definitely an attempt to evoke memories of the first game - the health displays, sound effects, and battle win theme are straight out of Suikoden 1.  The graphics have been technically ok, but very lacking in detail.  Details can really make graphics come alive, as in Star Ocean, but the environments in Suikoden 4 have been bland so far.  As in S3, the main character has an odd walking animation, although the battle animations are nice.  

The ship-to-ship battles and minigames have been the highlight so far.  I even had my own litle gambling problem, where I kept losing at the dice game, and couldn't stop until I'd made my money back slywink  My main gripe is the four-character battle party.  I didn't like the partner system in 3, but at least the 6-character battles from 1 and 2 allowed for some strategy in placing your characters.
6692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Under the Radar on: January 17, 2005, 10:41:05 AM
The last word on Baldur's Gate 3 is that it is indeed being worked on.  I would guess it'll be unveiled at E3.
6693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV Review... on: January 15, 2005, 10:36:43 AM
Suikoden 4 is actually supposed to be pretty short as RPGs go - most reviews say 25-30 hours.  Reviews have been in the 7/10 range, although Game Informer gave it an 8.5 and said that at its best moments, it's as good as the best RPGs.
6694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy 2 shots on: January 13, 2005, 07:31:48 AM
Gamespy has some screenshots of the upcoming sequel to Katamari Damacy.  Unfortunately, they're really tiny.
6695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: January 13, 2005, 07:11:35 AM
"About the only quibbles I have is that I wish they tried to have the dialog match the setting a little more. Having the main character run around saying stuff like ‘Dude’ and ‘Pops’ and essentially be a character with a 90s sensibility is somewhat jarring. There’s so much they could do with the setting but haven’t."
The first game has a certain quirk factor, but to me, that was part of its appeal.  The sequel definitely turns the quirk up a few notches, but it fits better with its lighter tone.  It also helps that Covenant's translation and voice work is much improved.
6696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 07:41:55 PM
Circuit City has it on sale this week for $22.99.
6697  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Blockbuster Buy 2, Get 1 Free? on: January 11, 2005, 09:47:56 AM
To answer my own question slywink the sale is going on in-store, but there was no indication on the sign of when it ends.
6698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix (finally) lists Dragon Quest 8 for US release on: January 10, 2005, 05:41:00 AM
It's about time!
6699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't forget! 24 starts tonight! on: January 10, 2005, 05:23:01 AM
It was good, but I think they were trying a little too hard to make the show exciting, leading to some overly contrived moments (even by 24's standards).  Also, someone really needs to fire whoever it is that hires the CTU workers.  They only hire people who are mentally unbalanced or domineering tyrants slywink
6700  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Good Circuit City deals on: January 09, 2005, 08:59:16 AM
Circuit City has some good console game deals going on this week - GTA : San Andreas, Halo 2, and Prince of Persia : Warrior Within for $35 and Zelda : Minish Cap for $23.
6701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 09, 2005, 08:56:54 AM
Circuit City will have the game on sale this week for only $22.99.
6702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list - 2005 edition: Keep it updated! on: January 09, 2005, 08:54:47 AM
"Ummm since we didn't have a General Gaming section I started this in PC Gaming."

I didn't read the first post in that thread, and assumed it was just for PC games, so I copied it and put in this section for console games.  Also, since the sticky thread has a section for finished games, I might as well delete this thread.
6703  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
6704  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?
6705  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)
6706  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.
6707  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.
6708  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.
6709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Untold Legends for PSP announced on: January 04, 2005, 10:35:36 PM
Worthplaying has the details.
6710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 10:26:33 PM
Worthplaying has some new screenshots.  :shock:
6711  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!"

6712  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
6713  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
6714  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.
6715  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.
6716  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.
6717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars : Empire at War on: January 02, 2005, 06:31:32 AM 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.
6718  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.
6719  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.
6720  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.
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