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6801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 12, 2004, 08:19:44 AM
According to the Game Informer article, the NPCs in Oblivion will all have schedules that they follow.
6802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Announced! on: September 10, 2004, 06:37:06 PM
It's coming for both XBox 2 and PS3.  I wish they'd had more than one screenshot available for their big unveiling, though.
6803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Ocean on: September 01, 2004, 02:58:36 AM
I'll be getting mine tomorrow.  The combat is similar to ToS, but there are differences between the two battle systems.  All reviews except one have praised the battle system, and it looks like lots of fun from the videos.  I'll post some impressions tomorrow.
6804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 25, 2004, 06:36:51 AM
Gamespy has also posted their review.
6805  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / CompUSA on: August 24, 2004, 06:34:50 PM
Anyone else seen this?  My CompUSA is kind of far away, and I'd like to know if this is a national thing or just one store before I make the trek.
6806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally beat KOTOR! on: August 22, 2004, 05:13:24 AM
33 hours is the longest game you've played :shock:   That would probably be less time than 90% of the games I've played.  Coincidentally, I finished KoTOR this past week, although my final time was about 88 hours.  I loved the end of the game, especially the last enemy's final speech.  It really made you think about the whole theme of the game, rather than some generic villain speech.  The game itself is good, but the quality writing really makes it something special.

I haven't tried it myself, but although I don't think you can blow up whole planets or anything, I know you can do something horrible to two of your teammates.  Also, there is a different ending if you choose to go dark side.
6807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 20, 2004, 01:20:22 AM
Waaay too many -
Games I'll get on release day -
Baten Kaitos
Digital Devil Saga
Dungeon Lords
Shadow Hearts : Covenant
Shin Megami Tensei : Nocturne
Star Ocean - Till The End of Time
Suikoden 4
Wild ARMs Alter Code F

Games I'll get later -
Bard's Tale
Battle For Middle Earth
Burnout 3
ChoroQ
Demonstone
DBZ : Buu's Fury
Evil Genius
Fable
Golden Land (I hope)
Growlanser Generations
Half-Life 2
Jak 3
Kingdom Hearts : Chain of Memories
KoTOR 2
Legend of Zelda - The Minish Cap
LoTR : The Third Age
Mega Man X Command Mission
Metroid Prime 2
Paper Mario 2
Phantom Brave
Ratchet & Clank - UYA
Sly 2
Sonic Mega Collection Plus
The Sims 2
Vampire : Bloodlines
X-Men Legends

And those are just the games I'm really looking forward too slywink
6808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 17, 2004, 06:32:27 PM
The other p/reviews have been inconsistent when it comes to music and story, but every other p/review I've read has said that the battle system is excellent, with some calling it the best they've ever seen.  From what I've read, the game does have faults, but I don't think the combat system is going to be one of them.  The IGN review gives a good overview of the battle system.
6809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA games worth looking forward to on: August 17, 2004, 01:41:38 AM
I loved Soul Blazer, and played through it 4 times, and I rarely play any game more than once.  The city-building/action RPG genre may be pretty small, but it's produced some great games.

"Lufia titles (before they became the crap that they are now)."
That probably answers my question, but did you play Ruins of Lore for the GBA?  It's supposed to be part of the Toys R Us sale, but I haven't read many good things about it.
6810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA games worth looking forward to on: August 15, 2004, 06:15:01 PM
It looks like developers are abandoning the GBA in favor of the DS.  There's a very long list of games in development for the DS, and it's been a slow year for GBA releases already.  I'm guessing the GBA will be pretty much dead by the end of the year.  I really wish they had ported over more SNES classics and RPGs - Actraiser, Soul Blazer, the Lufia games, Super Mario RPG, etc.  I just hope we'll see some of them on the DS.

That said, there are still several games I'm looking forward to - Dragonball Z : Buu's Fury, F-Zero : GP Legend, Mario Pinball Land, LoTR - The Third Age, Kingdom Hearts, and Zelda.  I would be looking foward to the new Wario Ware game, but I only have the Gameboy player, and I don't think it would be a good idea to shake my Gamecube around to get it to work slywink
6811  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Bombastic (PS2) $4.99 at Circuit City on: August 04, 2004, 03:08:28 AM
Thanks for the tip.  I found it in a bargain bin although with some other games marked $5-$10.  I also picked up Alter Echo for $5 and Eternal Darkness for $10.  They also had lots of copies of Rogue Ops, XGRA, Gladiator, and some other games for all systems, including GBA.
6812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF series question on: August 03, 2004, 02:39:19 AM
I guess I'm easy to please - I like both old and new-school console RPGs, and computer RPGs.  I much prefer console RPGs, but I think the future holds a lot of promise for hybrids like KoTOR.
6813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF series question on: August 02, 2004, 04:18:23 AM
I thought I was the only person around here who likes FFX-2 slywink  It has one of the few battle systems I never got tired of playing.
6814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF series question on: August 01, 2004, 11:28:24 PM
"when did you play FF6? was it back in 94/95 or so when it came out on SNES? Or was it the PSX remake. That could have an influence. "

I played it back when it was released, then again about 1997 (I couldn't afford a PSOne and I need to play something slywink) and I'm playing it again now as part of the FF Anthology.  It's not as good as I remember it being, though.  The characters, although extremely well-designed, don't really get developed much.  Major things happen to them, but the amount of time spent developing the characters is much less than the later games in the series.  I think what FF6 nailed was the setup - how can you go wrong with a girl who was forced to kill learning to find a place in the world, and another who chose to be a killer trying to make peace with what she's done?  At the time, it was so much better than anything else, it made a big impact.  Personally, I feel that FFX stands out even more today, since even though there are a lot more RPGs to compare it to, it's still manages to be so much better than the others.

"Square has always focused upon the graphics from FF7 on up."
I don't think that's true at all.  The games do have great graphics, but there's a lot more time spent on character development and story than there ever was in the earlier FF games.  FF7 and FFX were obviously big leaps over the earlier games in terms of graphics, but I think they were equally big leaps in storytelling and character development, especially FFX.  Square is a big enough company that they don't have to sacrifice gameplay, story, or character development for graphics - they can do both well.

Personally, I chalk it up to nostalgia and a preference for the fantasy settings of the earlier games.  Most people who didn't care for FF7 and FF8 do like FF9, despite the fact that FF9 had much better graphics and more CGI than 7 or 8.  Maybe people couldn't get into the world or characters or FFX, but I'd say that's due more to personal preference than the quality of the game.
6815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF series question on: August 01, 2004, 06:18:26 AM
Someone made this comment in the Tales of Symphonia thread, and I just to have ask -
"FFX, bah. Square lost their imagination and simple 'awe' of playing a FF game at number 6, personally. They regained some things in my eyes with FF9, but other than that, I haven't been impressed at all with a Final Fantasy title in ages."

I've heard this a hundred times, and I just don't get it.  I've played every FF game since the first one, and FFX is, IMO, so much better than FF6 or any of the other games in the series, they don't even compare.  FFX has everything that FF6 had, only everything's much, much better.  Yes, the graphics are amazing, but they're used to create a beautiful, creative, awe-inspiring world.  The Farplane is still the most amazing sight I've seen in a game, but the way it was used to underscore the losses of the people of Spira is what made it truly special.

I could understand this comment if the FF games had become some sort of Hollywood blockbuster explosion-a-minute fast-paced games, but they couldn't be farther from that.  Most of the story of FFX consists of small, intimate moments, examining things like the love, faith, family, tradition, sacrifice, and death.  FF6 certainly had some memorable characters, and that may be the only area where it can compete with FFX.  There are moments in FF6 I'll never forget, but there isn't a minute of FFX that isn't memorable.

I hope I don't sound like I'm attacking this opinion or anything, but I hear these comments so often, and I just can't for the life of me understand them.  I could understand someone not liking the FF series as a whole, but I don't see how someone could like FF6 and not like FFX.  Could someone who feels this way explain why they do?
6816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / driving games on: July 29, 2004, 07:02:27 PM
Driv3r would have been infinitely better had they dropped the on-foot missions.  The driving was fun, but the out-of-car controls were horrible.  It's a shame, too.  The game had great potential, but they just wasted it.
6817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I pick up Kingdom Hearts? on: July 28, 2004, 12:56:53 AM
Don't forget Tales of Destiny 2, which was called Tales of Eternia in Japan or the Japanese Tales of Destiny 2 for the PS2, which is a sequel Tales of Destiny for the PSOne slywink
6818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: July 28, 2004, 12:54:08 AM
Release date - Winter 2004  Cool
6819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends Hands-on on: July 24, 2004, 07:04:12 AM
IGN has a hands-on preview of the upcoming X-Men RPG.  There are some new details, including information on classic missions, which are memorable battles from the comics that you can play outside the main storyline.  Every time I hear about this game, it sounds better and better.
6820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3: Takedown on: July 23, 2004, 06:50:51 AM
EB and Gamestop have early September.
6821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what the heck is Growlanser? on: July 23, 2004, 01:28:39 AM
Their last big RPG project was the Arc the Lad Collection for the PSOne, which I think came out in 2001 (I still haven't finished it slywink).  I hope the August release date holds, since they are notorious for delays.  I haven't heard much about it lately, though, so I wouldn't be surprised if it did get delayed.  I hope they get the game out before it gets drowned in the flood of RPGs coming this fall/winter.
6822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3: Takedown on: July 23, 2004, 01:24:26 AM
It's amazing how much they improved the game between the first and second games, and it looks like this will be even more of an improvement.
6823  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Trade 2 and get any preowned game for 9.99 - Gamerush stores on: July 20, 2004, 03:07:30 AM
There's a coupon in the latest Gamepro (September) for a similar deal, where you get any preowned for $4.99 with 3 trade-ins.
6824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sudeki is Gold on: July 16, 2004, 06:36:37 PM
There's no multiplayer.  It just means that you can switch control between any of the four characters.
6825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 60 minute Shakedown Premiere: Tales of Symphonia on: July 15, 2004, 01:55:24 AM
That's pretty much how I'd sum up my experience so far, too.  The graphics are just beautiful.  They have the great detail of 2D, but with the advantages of 3D.  I only have two small complaints.  It would be great to be able to switch your character in battle by pressing one button, rather than going through the menu, and the Up-B spell shortcuts are hard to use without inadvertantly jumping.
6826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Sudeki Demo on: July 12, 2004, 07:16:38 PM
From what I've seen, Sudeki bears the most resemblance to Summoner 2, which is only available for the PS2 and Gamecube.  It has lots of characters with unique skills and a similar action-oriented combat system.
6827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Shots on: July 06, 2004, 11:15:42 PM
You can pause in Jade Empire to switch enemies or select a different fighting style.    There's a thread about it at the Jade Empire forums here.
6828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware's "Dragon Age"!!!! on: July 06, 2004, 04:01:31 AM
In addition to Jade Empire, Bioware has another console (and presumably console-only) game in the works.  All they've said about it is that it takes place in a new universe they've created, and that this universe is very different from Jade Empire and Dragon Age.  A while back, they copyrighted the title "Star Citadel", so it appears that the new game may be science fiction.
6829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Old School Question on: July 02, 2004, 02:34:46 AM
I remember paying $69.99 for SimEarth.  The good old days slywink
6830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Orange Stars and Blue Diamonds on: July 01, 2004, 04:32:26 PM
I think the idea is to get people who different versions to trade with each other, rather than to get people to buy both versions.  The differences are usually very slight, so I doubt there are many people who buy both versions.

As for missing out out some stuff, it's a little frustrating. However, what you're missing is usually so small compared to the overall amount of content in the game, I don't really care.
6831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire...did you know? on: June 29, 2004, 06:57:40 AM
It definitely seems odd, but it looks like great fun.  Also, I'm pretty sure one of the E3 previews said they planned to allow the player to play the game from the main menu, presumably after they first played it in the game.
6832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yap Yap YAAAP! on: June 24, 2004, 06:19:51 PM
I always took the ... to signify that the character didn't know what to say or as a deliberate pause in the conversation.
6833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales Of Symphonia GOLD! on: June 23, 2004, 06:45:37 PM
Not to be a fanboy or anything, but just to clear up some things slywink

The blobs for enemies is only for the overworld sections.  For some reason, the overworld is plain and ugly compared to the rest of the game.  In dungeons and other non-overworld areas, the wandering monsters are representative of what the enemy looks like.

As for the voice acting, I've heard that it is poorly delivered and unemotional.  I don't know why, since there are big names voicing the characters, including Tara Strong (Rikku from FFX and X-2), Cam Clarke (MGS), and the ubiquitous Jennifer Hale (Bastila from KOTOR).  The voice acting sounded okay in the videos I've watched, although I can see what they mean about being unemtional.

IGN has an extensive FAQ here.
6834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Mega Man Anniversary Collection [PS2/Xbox] on: June 23, 2004, 06:38:19 PM
According to the IGN reviews, the PS2 version has an episode of the Mega Man cartoon, while the Gamecube version has producer interviews instead.
6835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starcraft: Ghost Discussion on: June 23, 2004, 06:28:23 PM
The last we heard, Blizzard reduced their number of unannounced games from two to one, as they wanted to concentrate on one "key title".  Presumably, this game is either StarCraft 2 or Diablo 3.  The game is being worked on by Blizzard North, who did the Diablo games, but I'm still guessing it's SC2.

As for Ghost, it looks like Blizzard is looking for another developer to finish work on the game.
6836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales Of Symphonia GOLD! on: June 22, 2004, 06:27:16 PM
Both Gamestop and EBGames.com have the art book listed as a bonus for pre-ordering.
6837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales Of Symphonia GOLD! on: June 22, 2004, 02:17:53 AM
Just to be clear, the Tales games are quite a bit different than a typical action-RPG like Dark Alliance or Champions of Norrath.  Most of the time, the game is just like a standard console role-playing game, with cities to explore, lots of people to talk to, and dungeons with puzzles to solve.  You get into battles just as you would in games like Final Fantasy X, although the enemies are visible on screen rather than randomly encountered.

Once in battle, the action part comes into play.  You target an enemy, and can either attack or use a special move, as well as jump.  There's an explanation of the battle system at GameFAQs.  Although I enjoy the more traditional battle systems, this system works well too.

Also, it's great to see RPG season begin in earnest.  We've already had Shining Force this month, ToS and Sudeki next month, and Ys VI, Wild ARMs Alter Code F, Suikoden 4, Star Ocean 3, SMT: Nocturne, Shadow Hearts 2, Phantom Brave, Paper Mario 2, Mega Man X Command Mission, LoTR : The Third Age, KOTOR 2, Kingdom Hearts : Chain of Memories, Growlanser Generations, Fable, Digital Devil Saga, The Bard's Tale, and Baten Kaitos all (hopefully) by the end of the year  :shock:
6838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about ChoroQ PS2 game news story on: June 19, 2004, 07:04:55 AM
Sony appears to have wised up a bit and realized that niche games are going to help the PS2, not hurt it.
6839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Soooo... are we getting a cel-shaded "Wind Waker 2" on: June 15, 2004, 04:02:10 PM
I think all Nintendo ever said was that Wind Waker 2 would use the same engine as the first, and people naturally assumed that meant cel-shaded.
6840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sudeki [Xbox] on: June 08, 2004, 03:26:55 AM
It looks like it's going to be in the vein of Summoner 2, with the characters having different abilities they need to use.  I also really like what I've seen of the art style, and what I can tell from the videos, the combat looks good too.  If it does make it out July 13, it's going to be an expensive day for me, with Tales of Symphonia coming out too.
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