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6761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worst title ever? on: November 05, 2004, 10:37:45 AM
I hear it was the same guy who wrote the song "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" slywink
6762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scrapland review on: November 04, 2004, 09:40:35 AM
IGN has posted their review for Scrapland, giving the game 8.3/10.  The review also says "If you liked Beyond Good & Evil, you'll like Scrapland."  I hadn't heard the two games compared before, but I know BG&E was a favorite around here.
6763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sonic Mega Collection Plus on: November 04, 2004, 09:36:59 AM
I picked up Sonic Mega Collection Plus for the XBox today while getting my preordered copy of The Third Age.  I almost bought the Gamecube version several times, but I'm glad I waited.  The Plus version adds 6 Sonic Game Gear games and some non-Sonic Genesis games (Comix Zone and The Ooze).  It also allows you to save the games and resume them from any point.  It's great to be able to play for just a few minutes and quit, rather than knowing I'll be tied down for a few hours if I want to play through the whole game.  For $20, it's a great bargain.  I just wish there were more collections like this.
6764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great new Dragon Warrior 8 Trailer on: November 03, 2004, 10:22:02 PM
Wow, I thought I was the only one who can't wait for this game.  Level 5 did such an amazing job with Dark Cloud 2, I'm sure this will be even better.  Hopefully, they'll also reveal Dark Cloud 3 once DQ8 ships.
6765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great new Dragon Warrior 8 Trailer on: November 03, 2004, 08:56:20 AM
Worthplaying has posted what is likely the final trailer for Dragon Quest/Warrior 8 before its Japanese release later this month.  The game looks better every time I see it.
6766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Third Age Review!! on: November 03, 2004, 06:33:55 AM
I've seen some movies where there is some NPC interaction, so that apparently comes later in the game.

TeamXBox has also posted their review, giving it 8.4/10.
6767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The CG Finish the Most Games 2004 thread on: November 02, 2004, 10:39:10 PM
I've been on a game-finishing tear (for me at least) this year.  I've finished -
Ape Escape 2
BG Dark Alliance 2
Champions of Norrath
Dark Cloud 2
Golden Sun
Shadow Hearts
Sly Cooper & The TR
KoTOR
6768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Third Age Review!! on: November 02, 2004, 08:47:02 PM
I don't really get the "rpg lite" comment.  Console RPGs have gotten more story-based lately, but there are plenty of RPGs that are more focused on combat than story, and most RPGs these days are easy enough that you never have to "power-level" and I've never seen them called "lite".  As for difficulty, the "hard" difficulty level is supposed to be suitably challenging.
6769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: The Third Age RPG: Going to be good? on: October 29, 2004, 05:10:16 AM
"It's actually a remake of an old Super Faicom RPG, so its roots are firmly in the 'hardcore, high-difficulty' vein"

AFAIK Nocturne is a sequel to the SNES SMT games (it's SMT3), not a remake.

As for KoTOR, it did a great job of blending PC and console RPGs, but leaned more heavily toward the console side.  Story and characters were paramount, which is what I would consider the hallmark of console RPGs.

LoTR : T3A seems to fall heavily on the console side as well, but it looks like you'll have more control over your characters' developments.
6770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: The Third Age RPG: Going to be good? on: October 27, 2004, 10:28:21 PM
There will be two stories going on in the game - the basic story of the movie and the story of your characters.  You don't play the characters from the movies (except in select battles).  You have a group of 6 new characters who are following the actual fellowship.  It seems like an interesting way to stay within the movie license, while still providing some new narrative.  Also, rather than the set pieces of the earlier action games, you'll be able to travel all over the world, exploring many of the locations of the films, some of which were only glimpsed in the movies.

The designers have made no attempts to hide the fact that the game is heavily based on the mechanics of Final Fantasy X.  The battles (both random and set) will be very similar, although there will be options to move your characters around in different tactical formations.  As for skills, the game uses a skill tree for each character, presumably like Diablo 2.  There will be things to collect, but these will be sidequests, such as getting ultimate weapons/armor, etc.  There will also be story "spheres" to collect that play reedited footage from the movies (including some from the EE of RoTK) with new voiceovers by Ian McKellan.

Overall, if you're a fan of FFX-style RPGs, this is like a match made in heaven.  If not, the game probably won't change your mind, unless you're a huge LoTR fan.  There's a great site with lots of information on the game here.
6771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: October 27, 2004, 06:54:13 PM
"The absolutely dreadful voice acting, lame story, weak combat system, and bland, boring graphics really killed SO3 for me"

For me, it's just the opposite.  The voice acting (other than 2 overly-high-pitched characters) is great, the story is interesting and the Star Trek-like Prime Directive stuff makes it unique, I love the combat system, and the graphics, while not technically that great, are artistically some of the best I've seen.  The wide open outdoor areas make the world seem more vast than most RPGs with true world maps, and each location is unique and wonderfully realized.  Each house in a town is unique, with tons of details, many unique to just that house.  

The beginning is a bit weak, as the sci-fi stuff isn't done nearly as well graphically as the on-planet stuff, and Sophia's voice can be grating.  Other than that, I've been incredibly impressed with everything about the game, and (so far) it's my game of the year.
6772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP = $185 on: October 27, 2004, 06:39:20 PM
Level 5 (makers of the Dark Cloud series and Dragon Quest/Warrior 8 ) also announced they are working on an original RPG for the PSP.  Now if they'd just release details on Dark Cloud 3, I'd be happy.
6773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware Launches 'NWN Premium Content' Store on: October 26, 2004, 11:55:32 PM
The boxed expansions were 20-25 hours and cost $30, so the price is in line with those.  If these are the same quality, I wouldn't mind buying them.  I doubt I'll ever get to them, though, as I'm still playing SoU.
6774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings: Third Age Gold on: October 26, 2004, 06:55:31 PM
The game's coming out next Wednesday, and I can't wait.  Combining the LoTR setting with the gameplay of Final Fantasy X sounds great to me.  Plus, the production values seem to surpass even the previous LoTR games.
6775  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Tron 2.0 and The Hobbit $5 at CC on: October 26, 2004, 08:35:51 AM
My Circuit City had both Tron 2.0 and The Hobbit (PC version) on sale for $5.  The tags were marked "Sale" although they usually only use those to designate items that were in their circular.
6776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now THAT's a cool controller on: October 26, 2004, 07:46:51 AM




It looks horribly uncomfortable to use, but I'd still love to have one.
6777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits -- Worth playing? on: October 26, 2004, 07:44:35 AM
I think I'm about halfway through, and it's good so far.  Not great, but good.  The two-perspective storyline is interesting, and the combat is fun, although I wish there were a greater variety of special attacks.  The combat system is pretty standard turn-based fare, except played out on a larger map more akin to tactical RPGs.
6778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy controls on: October 23, 2004, 05:50:12 AM
Fortunately, the replacement I got from Best Buy works fine.

I'm really glad I didn't miss this game.  It's absurdly addicting.  There's so many ways to play - either going for time, trying to get the biggest katamari, or trying to pick up rare objects.  It seems more like a big sandbox than a game.  Every time I finish a level, I can't wait to play it again to get a faster time, or pick up an object that's just a little too big to pick up.
6779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / the elder scrolls iv: oblivion on: October 23, 2004, 01:43:36 AM
The Game Informer preview mentioned a Winter 2005 release date, but I don't know if that's official or not.  The article also intimated that the game was running on XBox 2 development kits, and the graphics seem to be what I would expect out of the next generation machines.
6780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: October 22, 2004, 06:56:49 PM
Everything about it is great.  It is a little slow to start, but it gets good fast.  The world is incredibly detailed, with each area both unique and full of little details.  There are also big, open areas that look great, and effectively create a sense of a wide open world without the use of a world map.  The story and characters are also interesting, and while sci-fi and fantasy have been mixed in games before, I've never seen it done this well.
6781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy controls on: October 22, 2004, 06:46:52 PM
From reading this thread at GameFAQs, it looks like there was a manufacturing defect with some of the CDs.  I can see the defect by looking at the CD, and it causes the PS2 to chug and whir and makes load time increase to one or more minutes, when they should be 5-10 seconds.  I don't know how many bad ones were made, but it looks like most people's work fine.
6782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 06:35:44 PM
There's also the Lord of The Rings games - Battle for Middle Earth and The Third Age, Zelda : The Minish Cap and Kingdom Hearts (December) for GBA, Mario Power Tennis, as well as the RPGs Baten Kaitos and Growlanser Generations.  There would have been more, but Suikoden 4, Digital Devil Saga, and Wild ARMs Alter Code F were delayed until next year.
6783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gothic 2 Add-on coming to US after all? on: October 22, 2004, 07:25:11 AM
From a chat at Strategy Core -

Arach: Will Gothic II : Night of the Raven be published in the UK, US? Additonally, anything on Gothic 3?
JoWooD: We are working on that =)
Gothic 3 will come at end of 2005
6784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Gameboy Color games? on: October 22, 2004, 07:22:59 AM
If you're into RPGs, Dragon Warrior 1+2 and DW3 are great.  There's also the Dragon Warrior monsters games, which are kind of like Pokemon with DW monsters.
6785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Disc Read Error" NOOO!!! [PS2] on: October 22, 2004, 07:22:21 AM
I have no idea if it works, but you might want to have a look at this.
6786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 OXM Review on: October 22, 2004, 07:19:07 AM
PoP : WW did get a 10/10 from PSM, but with their new design that is apparently supposed to be read only by people whose attention span is shorter than that of a hyperactive rabbit, I'm not sure how much that means.
6787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy controls on: October 22, 2004, 07:14:41 AM
Thanks for the replies.  I got it today, and I'm glad I did.  The controls work fine, and the game is a blast.  Unfortunately, I got one of the "bad" ones that have an error, so it chugs my PS2 and takes over a minute to load.  I'm exchanging it at Best Buy tomorrow and hoping the other copy they have works.
6788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The WoW vs EQ2 photo showdown hoedown! (56k beware) on: October 22, 2004, 07:11:29 AM
EQ2 :



WoW :
6789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / But it's... pink! (Best Quotes Thread - Games Ed.) on: October 21, 2004, 06:50:01 PM
"I have FURY!"  - Fawful, Mario & Luigi : Superstar Saga
6790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Choice got tougher - Bloodlines now shipping the 16th too on: October 21, 2004, 10:29:14 AM
I don't know if all these games will make it, but that's also the day Prince of Persia : Warrior Within, Pirates!, GoldenEye 2, Call of Duty : Finest Hour, and Baten Kaitos are scheduled to ship, and Metal Gear Solid 3 is scheduled for the day after.
6791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Choice got tougher - Bloodlines now shipping the 16th too on: October 21, 2004, 06:31:18 AM
I can't remember where I read it, but one of the newer previews said 30-40 hours for the main quest, 60 to do everything.
6792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy controls on: October 20, 2004, 06:13:58 AM
I've been thinking about picking up Katamari Damacy, but I'm worried about having problems with the controls.  I suck at using the analog sticks in FPS games, and I had fits trying to get used to controlling the boats in Ape Escape with the analog sticks.  I read that you control your ball using both analog sticks, rather than just the one.  Are the controls hard to use?  The game seems like a fun little romp, and the last thing I'd want from it is frustration.
6793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sacred PLUS: October 29th on: October 20, 2004, 06:08:52 AM
I'm glad I read this thread before installing Plus, since I've played way too much to even think of restarting.
6794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario 2 Impressions on: October 19, 2004, 06:59:49 AM
It's games like Paper Mario that will make me always love Nintendo.  There's just a special magic to their games, some sort of mixture of nostalgia and great design that add up to something special.  The battle stage is a brilliant concept, and the game is just great fun to play.
6795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei : Nocturne Impressions? on: October 19, 2004, 06:56:33 AM
I'm finding it very addicting so far.  As much as I love big, involved stories with lots of cutscenes, it's fun to just spend lots of time just battling monsters, too.
6796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rate X-Men Legends for single player on: October 18, 2004, 06:44:09 PM
Target has the game on sale this week for $35.
6797  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 2 Good RPG deals on: October 18, 2004, 03:58:53 AM
In case you haven't seen the ad, Target has both Tales of Symphonia for Gamecube and X-Men Legends for XBox and PS2 for $35 this week.
6798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 on: October 17, 2004, 08:39:20 AM
It's been about 9 months since it was released, and I think it sold pretty well, so it might be going on Greatest/Platinum Hits soon.
6799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 on: October 16, 2004, 08:44:21 PM
The second has more characters, is quite a bit longer, and is much easier.  The best thing it adds is the ability to hold down one of the shoulder buttons to instantly use up to 5 skills, rather than the clumsy selection method of the first game.  I actually thought the graphics in the first were better, since the sequel has a lot of boring, overly brown levels.  Overall, the second is definitely better, but the first is still worth playing.  Champions of Norrath is better than both, but still not that great.
6800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Space Hack (Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary) demo on: October 16, 2004, 08:30:18 PM
It does seem like fun, but I can't figure some things out.  I was using one of the guns, and it stopped working.  I don't see anywhere where it mentions using ammo, and there's no option to recharge it.  I've tried using the melee weapons, but I take a lot more damage that way.
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