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6801  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
MDK 2
Wizardry Gold
Republic : The Revolution
Ghost Master
Armed & Dangerous
Enter The Matrix
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Asteroids
Enclave
BG : Tales of The Sword Coast
Star Wars Monopoly
Alice
Empire of Magic
Homeworld
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.
6802  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.
6803  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.
6804  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.
6805  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.
6806  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.
6807  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.
6808  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.
6809  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.
6810  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.
6811  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?
6812  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.
6813  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.
6814  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.
6815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Greg Hastings Paintball on: November 16, 2004, 11:04:21 AM




6816  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.
6817  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.
6818  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
6819  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.
6820  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
6821  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.
6822  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.
6823  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.
6824  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.
6825  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.
6826  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.
6827  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.
6828  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.
6829  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.
6830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / diablo....in 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.
6831  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.
6832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Smart Games help needed on: November 07, 2004, 12:28:11 PM
I've been playing the old Smart Games PC games lately, and am stuck on a couple word puzzles.  Hopefully, someone can help.

1. The clue is "Blackjack decision".  The only thing I know is that it ends with "E".  I've tried double and insurance, and it's not either of those.

2. The clue is "stock character".  The answer is 6 letters, rhymes with a color (other than gold, brown, yellow, and blue), contains an O, but not a T.

Please help!
6833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Return of the Sith videogame trailer up now on: November 07, 2004, 10:18:04 AM
Spoilers (speculative ones, anyway)
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What I was talking about was the part of the game trailer that appears to show Obi-Wan knocking Anakin into the fire, necessitating the Darth Vader suit.  The movie trailer shows what appears to be Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting over a fire pit, or volcano, or whatever it is.
6834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Return of the Sith videogame trailer up now on: November 07, 2004, 04:46:14 AM
Presuming I know what everyone's talking about slywink, it's also hinted at (although the final act itself is not shown) in the teaser trailer for Episode 3.
6835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: TTA (More impressions please!) on: November 05, 2004, 07:35:46 PM
I'm really enjoying it too.  I can see the faults the reviews mention, but they don't bother me.  I'm usually willing to forgive a game's problems if it has a license I like, and FFX is my favorite game of all time, so it doesn't bother me that they borrowed so much from it.  
I really like the attention to detail in the game.  Your character changing appearance with the different equipment is great, and a feature I wish more console RPGs would adopt.  Also, on Hard mode, the game has had a nice level of challenge so far.  I haven't died yet, but I came very close in one fight, even with my party members expending all of their AP on special moves.  I'm glad that save points heal your party, or I wouldn't have made it.  What I'm most impressed about is that they managed to capture the grandeur and majesty of the films.  From the music, the detailed, expansive environments, and the voice-overs by Ian McKellan, it all fits perfectly into the world of the movies.
6836  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
6837  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.
6838  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.
6839  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.
6840  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.
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