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6801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sigma Star Saga Preview on: May 04, 2005, 05:45:10 AM
Gamespy has a preview for the upcoming (and really cool-looking) Sigma Star Saga, Namco's sidescrolling space-shooter/RPG.
6802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indigo Prophecy Preview on: May 04, 2005, 05:42:14 AM
Gamespot has a pre-E3 preview of the upcoming adventure game Indigo Prophecy.  I'm really looking forward to this game - everything about it seems unique and intriguing.
6803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: May 03, 2005, 09:35:29 AM
Returning to areas works in both games.  Many areas you return to in Covenant will lead to items that give your characters abilities, such as Karin's music or wolves for Blanca to fight.  There are also some fun ongoing sidequests, such as Solomon's Key, trading items, and the treasure hunt.
6804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: May 03, 2005, 06:30:40 AM
" Yuri can only have three fusion monsters equipped at a time and the amount of sanity it takes to summon one means he will likely only use one per battle."
They changed this for the sequel.  In Covenant, there's no SP cost to fuse. You lose a few SP per round while fused, so you can switch between any fusion you have acquired (they no longer have to be equipped) and there's no cost (SP or turn-wise) to do so.  It's a very nice change, although I like the way you acquired new fusions better in the first game.

As for sidequests, there's kind of a theme to getting bonus/sidequest items.  Always return to areas you've cleared out, as you'll usually find something new there.  This is especially true of rooms in which you fight bosses.  There's usually an item in them you can't get on your first visit because you enter the cutscene/boss battle as soon as you enter the room.
6805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blue Dragon- New Xbox 360 RPG announced on: May 03, 2005, 01:29:27 AM
I wonder if they game will be cel-shaded - I'm not sure how well Toriyama's designs would translate to regular 3D graphics.  I've been pretty disappointed with the rumored XBox 360 hardware so far (lack of built-in hardrive), but it looks like the games will make up for it.

There's a very small amount of information at RPGamer.
6806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I played Final Fantasy X-2 - where are my testicles? on: May 03, 2005, 01:23:09 AM
Both 9, X, and X-2 allow you to shorten the summoning animations.  Sitting through them was a pain in FF8 - I can't believe there weren't enough complaints about the Japanese version for them to allow shortened ones in the US version.
6807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I played Final Fantasy X-2 - where are my testicles? on: May 02, 2005, 06:52:30 PM
"The other main problem with FF8 was that for most of the game, Squall was a completely uninteresting and unlikeable main character. His only motivations seemed to either be apathy or just plain rudeness, which made me really dislike him."
That was the main reason I liked it smile  I really enjoyed watching Squall start out as an uncaring jerk, learn the reasons behind his feelings, and finally coming to terms with them.  FF8 was definitely flawed, but I enjoyed its more realistic look and more mature storyline and characters.
6808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I played Final Fantasy X-2 - where are my testicles? on: May 02, 2005, 10:01:16 AM
I'm having great fun with X-2.  It's cheesy, but it's also a lot of fun.  I really like job-based battle systems, and being able to change jobs mid-battle makes for a lot of variety in battle, something not even FFX managed to do.  I also like the minigames and the variety of things to do, and there's a ton of stuff to do.  I'm over 50 hours already and still in chapter 2 (of 5).  I love FFX, and it's still my all-time favorite RPG, but I'm enjoying FFX-2 for what it is.

"Now she is an attention whore, pop-star? Sure thing?"
Not to nitpick slywink, but that isn't Yuna singing at the beginning - it's Leblanc.  So far, the only thing Yuna has done is dance and sing a little, and she was prompted to do that.
6809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I was blind, but now I can see (EBGames rant) on: May 01, 2005, 11:13:17 PM
"You see, I've never had a bad experience at a Gamestop or EB Games. Until yesterday."
Doesn't that mean you've had lots of good experiences with them?  You probably just hit on one of the bad stores - there are still plenty of good ones out there.
6810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2? PS3? Revolution? PC? Check out the screens... (56k) on: April 30, 2005, 01:34:49 AM
I don't understand why people are so skeptical of next-gen console graphics abilities.  Even first generation games should look much better than what today's PCs are capable of, and those games will probably use only a fraction of the consoles' abilities.  The Madden next-gen shots are mock-ups of what the engine is capable of, and the developers have said that what they have running looks better than those shots.
6811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starshifter! How's your Progress in KOTOR 2? on: April 29, 2005, 11:01:24 AM
It's nice to know someone else takes as long to complete these games as I do.  My finishing time for KoTOR 1 was close to 90 hours, and I'm at about 23 with KoTOR 2 and just landed on Telos.
6812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 29, 2005, 07:47:29 AM
RPGamer has details on the concert.  The first concert has finished its tour, and I would assume this new concert will go on tour as well.  I really hope they make it to Cleveland someday, as I would dearly love to see it.
6813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Tactics on: April 29, 2005, 07:39:30 AM
RPGFan has the news that Konami has registered the trademark "Suikoden Tactics" in the US.  Hopefully, we'll get to see this at E3.
6814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 29, 2005, 06:46:31 AM
I'm about 30 hours into Star Ocean, and I love everything about it.  It is slow to get started, but everything, including the graphics and voice acting improve a lot once the prologue section is done.  The most amazing thing is the attention to detail.  There are hundreds of topics in the on-line dictionary detailing the backstory of the game, and every building is packed with little details.  Assuming things hold up, I think it's going to end up topping FFX as my favorite RPG ever.

In other Square E3 news, they're putting on another concert around the time of E3, as with last year's Dear Friends concert.  This new concert will feature a performance of the opera music from FF6, and CDs of both shows will be available at the concert.  I really hope they plan to sell the CDs in stores, because I would love to have them.
6815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Snowblind gets Dark Alliance rights on: April 29, 2005, 03:27:30 AM
According to Worthplaying, Interplay has sold the Dark Alliance rights to Snowblind.  They lost the D&D connection, so it's just the name, but it's pretty easy to guess now what their next game is going to be slywink
6816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 28, 2005, 12:34:03 AM
Square had an "off" year or two while they recovered from the Spirits Within disaster and expanded (mostly unsuccessfully) into other genres.  Thankfully, that time is over.  The three big upcoming releases - FF12, Dragon Quest 8, and Kingdom Hearts 2 all look amazing, as do their lesser-known games like Radiata Stories and Grandia 3.  Their non-RPGs may be iffy at best, but I think in the next year or two we're going to see some awesome RPGs from them.
6817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Flagship Studios finally announces project...Hellgate:London on: April 27, 2005, 10:31:44 PM
"Diablo 2 was at first limited to pixelated 800x600 mode."
Didn't it start off at 640x480 and then get bumped up by the expansion pack?

The game looks like loads of fun to me.  Even with its problems, I haven't found a game that does the Diablo forumla better than Diablo 2.  Flagship has said they intend to keep it an RPG first, so there will be no ammo to worry about, and the FPS controls will be simplified (targetting aids, etc) and be based on your stats and equipment.
6818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 09:20:24 PM
There's a trailer for Magna Carta at GameTrailers and a website for the game here.  It looks like there will be some sort of Judgment Ring system, since the website lists "A new input system called ‘trinity drive’ which is as if one does rhythm action" as one of the features.
6819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 06:58:39 PM
According to RPGFan Atlus will be showing Digital Devil Saga 2 and Magna Carta : Tears of Blood.  There are some screenshots of Magna Carta at RPGamer.  I don't know anything about it, but it looks very nice and one of the screenshots shows what appears to be a Judgment Ring-style meter.
6820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 06:40:37 PM
I'm hoping we'll get a nice surprise and they'll announce DQ8 for this summer.  If Radiata Stories is coming out in the fall, KH2 presumably before Christmas, and FF12 next spring, there aren't many options for DQ8's release.  Hopefully, the unfortunate lack of voice acting in DQ8 means a quick localization.
6821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix E3 lineup on: April 26, 2005, 06:54:13 AM
Game Informer has a list of the games Square Enix will be showing at E3.  Finally, we get official US confirmation for Dragon Quest 8, as well as Radiata Stories, and Romancing Saga : Minstrel Song.  Now, if only Sony will be showing Dark Cloud 3, I'll be very happy.
6822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia 3 Screens and Info on: April 26, 2005, 03:16:53 AM
PoP 3 is just a working title, just as they called WW PoP 2 when it was first announced.  I imagine it'll end up with just PoP and a subtitle.
6823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone tryed "Full Metal Alchemist: Broken Angel" on: April 25, 2005, 06:42:55 PM
I haven't played the others, but I'm really enjoying Ys.  The best thing about it is the variety in enemies.  So many action RPGs (particularly the BG Dark Alliance and Champions type games) get boring because every enemy just rushes at you or sits back and slings spells or arrows at you.  So far, in Ys, every enemy I've come across has a different type of attack or require a different method to defeat.  Some require certain sword attacks, while others do charge attacks, throw bombs and retreat, etc.  It's been lots of fun so far, so hopefully, this holds up througout the game.
6824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Serious Sam 2 screenshot on: April 25, 2005, 07:40:19 AM
"Hope the gameplay expands beyond the "pass checkpoint, kill buttloads of enemies, rinse, lather, repeat."
Wasn't that the point of the games, though?  They were intentionally made simple to provide an alternative to the increasingly cinematic and complicated FPS games.  I do hope they add some variety like Serious Sam : The Second Encounter did, with the bouncy platforms, changing gravity, etc.  I know they're adding a physics system, as it was shown in last year's trailer for the game.
6825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Impressions! (pg. 2) on: April 24, 2005, 07:32:02 AM
There's probably more to it, but some enemies are weak against gun attacks and there are combos involving them.
6826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts 3 details on: April 23, 2005, 08:02:33 AM
RPGamer has some new details on the characters and battle system for the upcoming Shadow Hearts : From The New World, including word of the return of one of the characters from Covenant.  Hopefully, we'll get word of a US release at E3.
6827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Greatest Strategy Guide Ever Written on: April 22, 2005, 01:29:46 AM
The Star Ocean : Til the End of Time guide is massive and very high-quality.  They even used high-quality thick paper for it.  It puts most RPG strategy guides to shame.
6828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution - touchpad controllers? on: April 21, 2005, 06:40:17 PM
Game Informer is great for world exclusives and previews, but I've found most of their rumors don't pan out.  While it's possible that the Revolution controller will have a built-in touchscreen, there's no way there won't be analog sticks and buttons.  It wouldn't make sense - they'd turn off both hardcore gamers and the new gamers they're trying to attract.  Even people who know next to nothing about video games know that controllers are supposed to have sticks and buttons - they'd be intimidated by a controller that doesn't.
6829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Super Punches in Rocky Legends? on: April 21, 2005, 06:39:17 PM
I would assume the two version would use the same layouts for the buttons, thus (PS2)X=(XBox)A, Circle=B, Square=X, and Triangle=Y.
6830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 07:11:29 PM
I forgot about that one.  Fire Emblem : The Sacred Stones is due out next month.
6831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution punting on E3 on: April 19, 2005, 06:11:29 AM
Regardless of whether this is true, I think it would be a wise move for Nintendo.  There is going to be such an overload of information coming out of E3, Nintendo would get lost in the shuffle no matter what.  Let Sony and Microsoft try to outdo each other, and then launch a big reveal in the post-E3 doldrums.  If they do have something truly revolutionary, they need people to focus their attention on them, and that wouldn't happen at E3.
6832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I miss my GBA on: April 19, 2005, 01:17:45 AM
There are two RPGs on the horizon - Riviera from Atlus, and Sigma Star Saga (a combination side-scrolling space shooter/RPG!) from Namco, set for release in June and July, respectively.  There's also Pokemon Emerald at the end of this month.
6833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oh Noes!! Pariah Demo! on: April 15, 2005, 06:33:04 PM
Are there bots available to play against in the demo or is it strictly for play against other people?
6834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it wierd to want a system for just 1 game? on: April 15, 2005, 05:55:35 AM
"Atlus SRPGs (Disegena, Phantom Brave)"
No offense, but that is the worst mangling of Disgaea I've ever seen  biggrin
6835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 15, 2005, 05:52:55 AM
When you level up, your 3 primary stats increase, and you get points to allocate to them as you see fit.  Your 3 primary stats are used to determine your conversation abilities (intimidate, charm, and one other one), so those improve along with your stat point increases.  You also gain points to allocate to the 3 facets of your styles, making them do more damage or increase status affect duration, etc.  You can also get bonuses for completing certain objectives.  For instance, I gained +7 to focus for reading all the books in the first town.
6836  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Target $1 bin games on: April 15, 2005, 05:47:24 AM
I've seen some cheap productivity stuff in the Target $1 bins before, but they actually had some old Sierra games in there this week.  I picked up Pharaoh, Sierra Sports Game Room, After Dark Games, and Creep Night Pinball for $1 each.
6837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 14, 2005, 11:11:44 AM
Does anyone know if you get experience if your follower kills an enemy?  I would assume so, but I don't want to be missing out on experience if you don't.
6838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 14, 2005, 05:36:32 AM
"Just sit back, absorb, and turn your mind off."
To me, it's the opposite.  I find today's games much more engaging than the old ones.  There was a decision in KoTOR that I mulled over for quite a long time, not because of the differing affects my decision might have on the game, but because the game posed a very interesting moral dilemma.  Graphics, voice acting, etc. are tools that allow developers greater freedom in creating games.  If they don't use them to make the game more involving or interesting, I don't think it's because of the graphics/VO themselves, but the poor use of them.

"I would like to compare sales of ES3 v KotOR"
I'm almost positive that Bethesda announced that both XBox versions sold over a million each, plus the PC sales.  Just a guess, but I'd put KoTOR's sales at about half that total.
6839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - Design seen? on: April 13, 2005, 06:30:19 PM
It sounded a little goofy at first, but XBox 360 has really grown on me, and I think it's almost certain that is the final name.  As for being white, I just can't see it.  Ugly green and black is synonymous with the XBox, and I can't see them dumping something that is so closely tied to them.
6840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps2] SRPG fans UNITE! Stella Deus (4/26) on: April 13, 2005, 07:17:12 AM
IGN has just posted a preview of the game.
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