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6761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 impressions on: November 30, 2004, 08:14:12 AM
IGN and Gamespot have posted their impressions of the Japanese version of Dragon Quest (Warrior) 8, which was just released in Japan.  I really wish I knew Japanese right now slywink

6762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Details on Sakaguchi's new game(s) on: November 29, 2004, 05:19:48 AM
RPGFan has some details about the games coming from Mist Walker, the game development studio founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series.  Also, the article revealed that Nobuo Uetmatsu will be providing the music for the game.  I love the entire FF series, but I can't wait to see what new games these two can create.
6763  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB PC preowned<$14.99 now 70% off (Sale Over??) on: November 29, 2004, 12:18:18 AM
The sign at the store said it went through November 27, but that might not necessarily be for all stores.
6764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "The wait is almost over" on: November 27, 2004, 04:47:13 AM
Usually, that would be true, but it's been over a year since Titans was released.  Presuming they were working on this new game even before Titans shipped, it's probably not too far off.  My guess would be late next year.
6765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "The wait is almost over" on: November 26, 2004, 07:05:21 AM
That's the teaser message at the Ensemble Studios website.  I've been wondering what they were up to, since it's been quite a while since AoM : Titans was released.  Hopefully, they'll reveal what their new game is tomorrow, and not have an 8-day countdown to nothing, like a certain RPG developer that shall remain nameless slywink
6766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [pic] HK47 from KoToR 2 on: November 25, 2004, 12:18:39 AM
I'd imagine most people looking at this thread having already finished KoTOR, but you might want to put a spoiler warning on that last post, just in case.
6767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civilization franchise sold! on: November 24, 2004, 08:10:11 PM
I would guess Microsoft.  I don't think they have any interest in putting it on the XBox, but they've had much success with other historical strategy games, like Age of Empires and RoN.
6768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario Baseball & New Zelda shots on: November 24, 2004, 08:09:18 AM
Gamespot has some new screenshots from the new Gamecube Zelda game, as well as screenshots from the next Mario sports game, Mario Baseball.

6769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:06:21 AM
Yes, the puzzle temples in FFX were terrible.  I love RPGs with puzzles in them, but not the random trial-and-error from FFX.  I almost always try the puzzles first on my own, but I didn't even bother with the Dome puzzle - I went straight to the FAQ.  Also, if you're stuck on a new game, just ask at the GameFAQs forum, especially if the game is already available in Japan.  There are a lot of importers who've finished the Japanese version and also people who will have the game finished within days of its release.
6770  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB PC preowned<$14.99 now 70% off (Sale Over??) on: November 24, 2004, 03:28:05 AM
This is crazy.  Between two different stores, I got -
Max Payne
Wizardry Gold
Republic : The Revolution
Ghost Master
Armed & Dangerous
Enter The Matrix
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
BG : Tales of The Sword Coast
Star Wars Monopoly
Empire of Magic
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

for $26  :shock:
Thanks for the heads up on this.  I don't go to EB that enough, so I probably would have missed it.  According to the signs, the deal is good through Saturday the 27th.
6771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The state of roleplaying games on: November 22, 2004, 08:01:01 PM
This is the main difference between console and PC RPGs.  There have been very few console RPGs that aren't linear, while most PC RPGs allow more freedom.  Actual non-linearity is very hard to pull off, though.  It doesn't really do any good to allow the player to go anywhere if they're not strong enough to defeat the monsters in anyplace other than where they're supposed to go.  

KoTOR was a great bridge between console and PC RPGs in many ways, including linearity.  Scalable difficulty allowed you to go wherever you chose, and still be able to defeat the enemies there, while the story (which usually suffers with nonlinear games) held up throughout the game.  Generally, I prefer linearity in my RPGs, as a large part of why I play them is for the stories.  If other developers can pull off what Bioware did with KoTOR, though, then we could have both freedom and a well-told story.
6772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser Generations review on: November 22, 2004, 07:26:44 AM
Gamespy has posted their review for Working Design's upcoming PS2 real-time tactical RPG collection (an RTTRPGC slywink) Growlanser Generations.  It's supposed to be out on the 29th, but there's been no mention of the game going gold, so I don't know if it'll make it by then or not.
6773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 20, 2004, 08:23:00 AM
About halfway down this page is the legend Suikoden was apparently based on.
6774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gladius Question- Updated! Please Look! on: November 20, 2004, 02:36:40 AM
You can't go back until you've beaten all 4 of the regions' regional tournaments.  There are even some tournaments you can't do on your first visit, because they require the higher-level certifications.
6775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Never tempt fate. on: November 19, 2004, 02:33:56 AM
Some people say I shouldn't tempt fate.  I say fate should not tempt me.
6776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 19, 2004, 02:30:38 AM
Why is Suikoden 3 any less mature because it has an anthropomorhpic duck in it?  It's not like he was some kind of Donald Duck "wacky" character; the character itself was serious.  SMT : Nocturne has plenty of anthropomorphic creatures, and I even have a talking mop in my party, but it still has a very mature tone.  
I take it as a given that Japanese RPGs are going to have odd things in them.  Early in FF7, you're fighting your way through a corrupt megacorporation fighting giant houses with arms and legs.  They're weird, but I don't think they make the games any more or less mature for their presence.
6777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 18, 2004, 07:00:34 AM
I thought 3 was great, especially the varied and wonderful character designs.  There were problems, like the odd pacing, stiff animation, and the "pair-up" combat system, but I thought it had the same "Suikoden" feel that made the first two games special.

I've heard vague comments that 4 isn't that good, but I haven't heard any specifics about what supposed to be bad about it.  It's supposed to be out in January (for $39.99 for some reason) and unless it gets really bad US reviews, I'll be picking it up as soon as it comes out.
6778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 17, 2004, 07:36:30 PM
I read in a review that you can get the weapons from GC and the first game free in UYA if you have a save from those games on your memory card.
6779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 17, 2004, 07:35:08 PM
I may have some impressions later.  My resolve to wait is rapidly waning smile  The thing that sounds most interesting about the game is the battle system.  Even the best battle systems get boring after you figure out the best way to kill a certain enemy or group.  With the shuffling of the cards for each battle, every combat should be somewhat different.
6780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NOLF2 graphics problem on: November 17, 2004, 10:04:02 AM
I started up NOLF2 for the first time in quite a while, and I'm having a graphics problem I didn't the last time I played.  Certain sections of the ground will occasionally get brighter for a second or two, or flicker between light and dark.  I've tried updating my drivers, and that didn't help.  Anyone have this problem in this game or another?
6781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 17, 2004, 08:35:30 AM
I think Lucasarts has pretty much abandoned their internal development, and will probably become just publishers.  I'm sure there will be a KOTOR 3, but Lucasarts will hire some other developer to do it.
6782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 17, 2004, 08:35:07 AM
I'm getting it tomorrow, but I won't be playing it until for awhile.  I'm already playing too many RPGs at once, so I'm forcing myself to hold off on Baten Kaitos and Grownlanser Generations (assuming it makes it out this year) until Christmas.  From the reviews I've read, the consensus seems to be that the game looks and plays great, but the story is somewhat cliche.
6783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 16, 2004, 07:43:45 PM
"I highly doubt there will be a Fable 2. It sold well but the setting is just not compelling enough to warrant a sequel IMO."
Fable may have disappointed a lot of people, but it sold really well.  When BC was cancelled, the speculation was that they wanted to focus on Fable 2.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it next year even.
6784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Greg Hastings Paintball on: November 16, 2004, 11:04:21 AM

6785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 16, 2004, 10:58:48 AM
Unless Sony makes some big mistake (like Nintendo did with using cartridges for the N64), Sony will win the next round of console wars by a big margin.  They have the edge in exclusives, amount of games, variety of games, supportive fans, and they're fast becoming the "Nintendo" of this generation, where their name is almost synonymous with video games.  Microsoft did a great job getting the XBox to where it is in only one generation, but they have no hope of toppling Sony any time soon.

The thing that will help XBox 2 the most is a strong launch.  Right now, it looks like Oblivion will probably be a launch title, and I'd bet either Bioware's unannounced console project or their presumed FPS/RPG using the Unreal 3.0 engine will be as well.  Also, I think they need to just forget about Japan and concentrate on the American market and developers.  Japan is pretty much a lost cause as far as XBox is concerned.  Their only chance would be getting FF13 or Dragon Quest 9 exclusive to the XBox, and I can't see any way that would ever happen.
6786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 15, 2004, 07:38:50 PM
Adrenaline Vault just posted a review for the SmartJoy Frag.
6787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 15, 2004, 05:06:13 AM
I haven't played UYA yet, but my favorite from the first two games is the Plasma Storm.   I love how it mows down herds of Protopets with one shot.  Also, it's fun to toss out a bouncer bomb and a Plasma Storm when there are lots of enemies on-screen and try to get the frame rate to drop slywink
6788  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / All "Greatest Hits" $14.77 at Target on: November 14, 2004, 08:45:57 AM
In Target's sales circular, they have all XBox, PS2, and GCN "Greatest/Platinum/MegaSuper Hits" for $14.77 this week.
6789  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Black Friday ads. on: November 13, 2004, 10:20:57 AM
It's the day when all the crazy people go shopping slywink
6790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos review at IGN on: November 13, 2004, 07:00:09 AM
IGN has reviewed Baten Kaitos, giving it 8.8/10.  Also, Game Informer gave it 8.75/10.
6791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Brave sequel announced on: November 12, 2004, 07:50:51 PM
Did Phantom Brave not sell well in the US?  The IGN article made it sound like they wanted to distance themselves from Phantom Brave and play up the similarity to Disgaea, while the name and RPGamer article made it sound like a sequel to PB.
6792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: The Third Age...anyone played it? on: November 12, 2004, 07:47:59 PM
I haven't tried it, but the way it works is that each player controls 3 of the 6 player characters while walking around and in battle.

As for the game, I'm really enjoying it.  It's a traditional console-style RPG, and very similar to Final Fantasy X, but the production values are very high, and they made great use of the license.
6793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom Brave sequel announced on: November 12, 2004, 01:48:04 AM
According to RPGamer, Nippon Ichi has announced their next game, a sequel to Phantom Brave called Phantom Kingdom.  They also have some scans of the Famitsu article announcing the game.
6794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 10, 2004, 05:26:31 PM
"I am too poor to afford the 250,000 maximum armor upgrade."
Not to discourage you or anything, but that's not the maximum armor upgrade - that costs a million bolts slywink

Also, have you gotten the Shield "weapon" yet.  It is extremely helpful, especially once it's upgraded.  It almost makes the game too easy, but if you're having trouble, it's the cheapest way to go.
6795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another freakin Star Wars RTS on: November 10, 2004, 05:20:55 PM
The other 3 Star Wars RTS games were made before Lucasarts started getting good developers to do their licensed games.  They got Bioware to do KoTOR, and the group doing this new game is made up of ex-Westwood employees who worked on the Command & Conquer games.  I think the era of bad license games is ending.  Companies are starting to realize that, although bad games with a popular license will sell, good games with a popular license will sell even better.
6796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 10, 2004, 10:31:19 AM

If I didn't already have one, that would be enough for me slywink

Also, multiplatform releases are best on the XBox, not only because of the graphics, but also the hard drive, which is very handy, especially for games that take up a lot of memory to save.  The only bad thing is the lack of 4 shoulder buttons, which makes games with complicated control schemes, such as SSX or Tony Hawk, better on the PS2.
6797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Smart Games help needed on: November 08, 2004, 07:44:54 PM
Almost - the 3 main Smart Games games came out in 1996, 1997, and 1998.  AFAIK, Pandora's Box and the Hoyle Puzzle Games series are the only thing like it that anyone's made since.  There are lots of shareware puzzle games, but I can't bring myself to spend $20 on a single game.
6798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Smart Games help needed on: November 08, 2004, 08:06:20 AM
It was "take".  I remembered that they actually have the solutions on the Smart Games site, so I looked it up there.  Thanks for the help.
6799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / wow?! yes! on: November 08, 2004, 08:01:29 AM
"Whats a panderan?"
It's one of the neutral heroes from Warcraft 3 - a panda brewmaster.
6800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Smart Games help needed on: November 08, 2004, 03:01:04 AM
Thanks for the replies.  Broker was right.  "Hit Me", although it fit, isn't what they're looking for.
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