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6801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario-The thousand year door! on: March 16, 2005, 12:12:35 AM
Yes, the Pit of 100 Trials is optional.  It's even recommended that you finish the game first before trying the harder levels.
6802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Demo- Any Good on: March 16, 2005, 12:10:59 AM
"WOW. I'm so impressed by the ingenuity of the gaming community."
I just wonder how the idea ever popped into someone's head.  "Gee, my DVD isn't working.  I think I'll stick it in boiling water - that should help." slywink
6803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Psychonauts!!! on: March 16, 2005, 12:08:15 AM
I'm definitely looking forward to it, although I'll be waiting until the price comes down some.
6804  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Law & Order 2 and Seven Kingdoms 2 for $1 on: March 16, 2005, 12:04:31 AM
YMMV, but my local Deals (one of those "everything's a dollar" stores) had a bunch of copies of Law & Order 2 : Double or Nothing and Seven Kingdoms 2 for $1 each.  They actually have several computer games, but most are ones you've never heard of.  This is the first time I've seen such a recent game there.
6805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFVII: Advent Children (what platform?) on: March 11, 2005, 07:22:00 PM
There's also an FF7 action RPG called Crisis Core in the works for the PSP.
6806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 4 on: March 11, 2005, 08:06:19 AM
Firaxis just announced that they're using the GameBryo 3D engine, which they also used for Pirates!, for Civ4.  It's a pretty good bet it'll be in 3D slywink
6807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Phantom Dust - Now with a few demo impressions on: March 10, 2005, 08:10:28 AM
Thanks for the tip. I was going to preorder the game at the store tomorrow, but free is much better smile
6808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts: From the New World announced on: March 09, 2005, 10:33:39 PM
Great news, plus there's a good chance it will be released in the US.  According to an interview with one of the developers of the series, the game sells as well in the US as it does in Japan, so it they get the sequel, we should too.
6809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Preview on: March 09, 2005, 11:05:01 AM
It looks great to me.  I love games with complex characters and storylines.  I guess I better get cracking on finishing the first game slywink
6810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nice preview of Final Fantasy XII at GameSpot on: March 07, 2005, 07:37:14 PM
I've read all the previews, and still don't get the comparisons to MMORPGs.  The story and characters look to be as deep as any other console RPG, the combat is reminiscent of KoTOR, and the game is strictly single-player.  I think most of the MMO talk came from early interviews about elements of FFXI being in the game.  However, the only elements ever mentioned were being able to see armor/weapon changes on your character's model, large cities teeming with people, and combat that doesn't take place in a separate battle arena, all of which appear in single-player RPGs as well.
6811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 US release "as soon as possible" on: March 07, 2005, 01:02:23 AM
" I just hope they have seriously revised the combat. the old style was classic yes, but it was hopelessly archaic and needed an update."
It depends on what you find archaic about it.  From what I've read, combat is pretty similar to the old games.  You input your team's commands, and then you and the enemy attack each other based on each combatant's agility score.  The biggest difference is, as in DW7, there are tons of skills to use.  DW7 had a great variety of skills, and I thought the combat was great, and DQ8 looks to have great variety as well.  Also, for the first time in the series, your characters now appear in battle, rather than the first-person view of the previous games.
6812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / you're next gen games will probably cost a lot more on: March 07, 2005, 12:55:28 AM
"The biggest selling game of all time is still from the NES- Super Mario Bros 3. Its the Titanic of videogame sales- not even GTA or Halo 2 has come close."
That's true, but you have to take the market as a whole.  There are vastly more games being released nowadays, and they're spread among more systems.  Each individual game may not be as big a seller, but taken together, they're making much more money.  I would guess that the total number of games sold a month in today's market is several times that of the SNES days.
6813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends on the PS2: Ewwwww. on: March 05, 2005, 07:45:42 AM
The characters do look pretty terrible, but the backgrounds are nice, especially the exterior of the X-Mansion.  I think the gameplay is much better than the BGDA games or CON, though.  The differing moves (tripping, throwing, etc), the powers, and the destructible environments really add to the experience.  The game got unfairly compared to the dungeon hack type games, when it's really more of an action-RPG.
6814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 US release "as soon as possible" on: March 03, 2005, 07:29:19 AM
According to an interview at RPGFan, Square Enix will release Dragon Quest 8 in the US "as soon as possible".  Also, if it's a success (and it should be) other DQ games will be brought over smile
6815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 02, 2005, 09:27:55 AM
The IGN review said 20 hours each time for experienced gamers.
6816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 may be the real deal! on: March 01, 2005, 07:36:49 PM
"to say this, & fail to mention the necessity of restarting the whole level each time this happens, is just plain poor/deceptive writing"
According to the Gamespot review, you can buy an item that lets you restart mid-level if you die.
6817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'd hold off on buying any new portable machine anytime soon on: March 01, 2005, 07:36:13 AM
Is a portable Gamecube even realistically possible?  Assuming Sony was pushing for the best graphics they could get for the PSP, they only managed graphics somewhere between PSOne and PS2 quality.  It just doesn't seem possible to me that Nintendo managed to get better than PS2 graphics on a handheld, much less a $99 one.
6818  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: February 28, 2005, 07:26:57 AM
EddieA,Proudmoore,Alliance,Keldrynn,Druid,Night Elf,none,Leatherworking
6819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Nintendo MMORPG on: February 28, 2005, 07:18:53 AM
The game sounds cool to me, especially given that Chunsoft had a hand in creating some of the Dragon Quest/Warrior games.
6820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which Mario Party? on: February 27, 2005, 11:33:48 PM
I haven't played 6, but I thought 5 was a big improvement over 4.  6 comes with a microphone and some microphone-based minigames, if that interests you.
6821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 may be the real deal! on: February 27, 2005, 07:28:48 AM
Do the reviews mention what level of difficulty the reviewers are playing at?  There are supposed to be 5 levels.
6822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 26, 2005, 02:42:06 AM
The movie was an amazing technical achievement, but for some reason, they skimped on the translation.  Much of the phrasing didn't sound natural at all, which is odd, given the much better translations that the Square games of the period got.  Then again, the games' dialogue might have sounded worse spoken.
6823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fahrenheit coming to the US on: February 25, 2005, 07:28:11 AM
The very intriguing Fahrenheit is coming to the PS2 under the name Indigo Prophecy, according to Worthplaying.
Gamespot has a preview.
6824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baseball Wars '05 on: February 25, 2005, 07:15:13 AM
From reading the GameFAQs forums, you could save mid-game in ESPN 2K4, but you can't in 2K5.  I really wish the option were there, as I don't always have the 45 minutes to play a full game.  Do the others allow mid-game saves?
6825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best current PS2 RPG? on: February 25, 2005, 07:12:18 AM
IMO, FFX is still the best RPG on the PS2, but I'd put Star Ocean : Til the End of Time second (although it's action and not turn-based), and Shadow Hearts : Covenant third.
6826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 07:05:55 AM
In terms of battle style, LoTR : The Third Age is most similar.  Overall, I'd say FF8 is the closest to FFX, although the battle system is quite different.  You can see the roots of much of what they pulled off so well in FFX in FF8.  I'd also recommend Arc the Lad : Twilight of the Spirits.  It's turn-based and the story is serious.  It's sometimes labelled as a strategy RPG, but it's much more along the lines of a traditional RPG with a larger battle area.  
You might also want to check out Digital Devil Saga, coming out next month.  It's an offshoot of the Shin Megami Tensei series, but it's supposed to have a greater emphasis on story, at least from what I've read.
6827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Major League Baseball 2K5 out? on: February 24, 2005, 08:52:14 AM
Whoops - I forgot there was a Sports Forum.  I wondered why no one was talking about the game slywink  I'll be picking up the XBox version tomorrow.
6828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 02/23/05 - HOLY CRAP! on: February 24, 2005, 07:01:26 AM
"Hurley's cameo made me sit up real quick. So what's his story?"
I don't want to spoil anything here, but the plot synopsis for next week reveals the basics of Hurley's backstory, and why he would have been on television.

This was definitely the best episode of any show I've seen this year.  I find Jin and Sun's backstory much more interesting than any of the other ones, and this episode was even better than their last one.  I'm actually more interested in what happens to these characters than about the island's mysteries.
6829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Major League Baseball 2K5 out? on: February 24, 2005, 06:39:27 AM
I thought this game wasn't supposed to ship until next week, but the Gamestop website has the XBox version as having been released, while the PS2 version is labelled 2/28/05.  I'm not usually into sports games, but the $20 price tag is too hard to resist.  Anyone seen it in stores yet?
6830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atlus - 2 new games announced on: February 23, 2005, 07:32:55 PM
In its apparent quest to release more games this summer than all other companies combined slywink, Atlus has announced two more games for US release - an RPG for the GBA called Riviera and an action game for the PS2 called Samurai Western.
6831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 22, 2005, 11:55:41 PM
Given the negative reaction to the game in both Japan and the US, I'd be surprised if they didn't make big changes for XS3.
6832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / On the horizon...jack squat? on: February 22, 2005, 07:21:01 PM
Hopefully, Dungeon Lords is still on track for April.
6833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 22, 2005, 02:22:24 AM
They missed a lot, most glaringly the original Zelda and Final Fantasy IV, for going far beyond their contemporaries in terms of exploration and storytelling, respectively.

I think Mario Kart was included not for the racing, but for the fact that it was a game that encouraged people to play together, popularizing "party" games.

The only reason I can see for the inclusion of Jet Grind Radio is that it was (one of?) the first cel-shaded games.

I do think Halo belongs on the list, but more for its social relevance than for its gameplay.  It went a long way towards making non-gamers see video games as "cool" rather than "geeky".
6834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 21, 2005, 11:16:51 AM
Ys : The Ark of Napishtim comes out Tuesday.  It's supposed to be a decent action-RPG.
6835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 21, 2005, 05:47:26 AM
I know Suikoden 4 got mostly mediocre reviews, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
6836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines - Minimimum Specs on: February 21, 2005, 01:45:05 AM
"Did Bloodlines run on a GF4MX?"
Half-Life 2 does, so I don't see why Bloodlines wouldn't.  I wish there was a demo for Bloodlines.  Half-Life 2 runs fine on my system, but I'm not sure Bloodlines would.
6837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia revealed on: February 16, 2005, 07:49:34 PM
RPGamer has the first details and screenshots for the Namco's newest Tales game, Tales of Legendia.  Like Symphonia, it's in 3D, but you can tell there's a new character designer and the game is for the PS2.  Namco has already trademarked the name "Tales of Legendia" in the US, so it looks like a US release is a pretty sure bet.  It also might mean they'll skip over the 2D Tales of Rebirth and just bring Legendia over, which would be a shame.
6838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 15, 2005, 05:51:21 PM
I won't be getting it until I finish the first one, but it's on sale at Target this week for $37.77.
6839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gauntlet : Seven Sorrows on: February 15, 2005, 08:02:40 AM
The new Game Informer has a preview of the new Gauntlet game in development by Midway.  The concept behind the game comes from John Romero, while Josh Sawyer (of Black Isle fame is lead designer).  Other than the four character types and the hack and slash gameplay, the game looks very different from the earlier titles.  It looks to have a serious, dramatic storyline, involving the characters helping the world's emperor die in peace by setting right the seven sorrows he created with bad decisions.  
The screenshots look beautiful, with an apparent mix of medieval and Asian design.  Also, the characters (including an acrobatic Lancer and masked Tragedian) will have special attacks and multi-character junction attacks that involve minigames, such as directing shards at enemies using the analog sticks, and then pressing them in to hit the enemies.  It looks very intriguing, especially the world they're creating for the game.  Hopefully, there will be an official announcement soon, since the game is scheduled for October.
6840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wario Ware touched (NDS). Impressions on: February 14, 2005, 07:39:26 PM
At least with Wario Ware for the GBA, the point wasn't to finish.  It's more like the "old-school" games where getting the high score was more important than finishing the game.
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