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6841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sigma Star Saga - space shooter/RPG on: January 21, 2005, 08:18:37 AM
This sounds really cool.
6842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War on: January 21, 2005, 08:17:13 AM
The videos at IGN, especially of the fights on the ship and against the hydra look amazing.
6843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Woohoo!!!! Twenty eight!!! on: January 20, 2005, 10:10:43 AM
Wow, you hang out with Doug Henning? slywink
6844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 1/19/05 on: January 20, 2005, 06:42:26 AM
Whoever cast this show did a great job.  Most of the actors are (relatively) unknown and they're all good.  The writers are also doing a good job of providing variety in the backstories - it's almost like an anthology series.
6845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advent Rising - new preview on: January 20, 2005, 06:24:55 AM
IGN has posted an updated preview for the upcoming sci-fi action game Advent Rising, as has Gamespot .  Earlier previews were pretty negative, but it looks like many of the earlier complaints have been dealt with.  The game looks very ambitious, and it now looks like they'll be able to pull off the execution.  There's also a great new trailer at IGN.
6846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Craziness] Visual Concepts to have (kind of) MLB exclusive? on: January 19, 2005, 08:15:14 AM
6847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Trek gaming news on: January 19, 2005, 07:59:09 AM
There's a post here about the future of games set in the Star Trek universe. Most interesting is that a previously cancelled game may be resurrected - Secret of Vulcan Fury perhaps?
6848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden Impressions on: January 19, 2005, 07:39:20 AM
I'm a couple of hours in, and I'm enjoying it.  There's definitely an attempt to evoke memories of the first game - the health displays, sound effects, and battle win theme are straight out of Suikoden 1.  The graphics have been technically ok, but very lacking in detail.  Details can really make graphics come alive, as in Star Ocean, but the environments in Suikoden 4 have been bland so far.  As in S3, the main character has an odd walking animation, although the battle animations are nice.  

The ship-to-ship battles and minigames have been the highlight so far.  I even had my own litle gambling problem, where I kept losing at the dice game, and couldn't stop until I'd made my money back slywink  My main gripe is the four-character battle party.  I didn't like the partner system in 3, but at least the 6-character battles from 1 and 2 allowed for some strategy in placing your characters.
6849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Under the Radar on: January 17, 2005, 10:41:05 AM
The last word on Baldur's Gate 3 is that it is indeed being worked on.  I would guess it'll be unveiled at E3.
6850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV Review... on: January 15, 2005, 10:36:43 AM
Suikoden 4 is actually supposed to be pretty short as RPGs go - most reviews say 25-30 hours.  Reviews have been in the 7/10 range, although Game Informer gave it an 8.5 and said that at its best moments, it's as good as the best RPGs.
6851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy 2 shots on: January 13, 2005, 07:31:48 AM
Gamespy has some screenshots of the upcoming sequel to Katamari Damacy.  Unfortunately, they're really tiny.
6852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: January 13, 2005, 07:11:35 AM
"About the only quibbles I have is that I wish they tried to have the dialog match the setting a little more. Having the main character run around saying stuff like ‘Dude’ and ‘Pops’ and essentially be a character with a 90s sensibility is somewhat jarring. There’s so much they could do with the setting but haven’t."
The first game has a certain quirk factor, but to me, that was part of its appeal.  The sequel definitely turns the quirk up a few notches, but it fits better with its lighter tone.  It also helps that Covenant's translation and voice work is much improved.
6853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 07:41:55 PM
Circuit City has it on sale this week for $22.99.
6854  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Blockbuster Buy 2, Get 1 Free? on: January 11, 2005, 09:47:56 AM
To answer my own question slywink the sale is going on in-store, but there was no indication on the sign of when it ends.
6855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Enix (finally) lists Dragon Quest 8 for US release on: January 10, 2005, 05:41:00 AM
It's about time!
6856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't forget! 24 starts tonight! on: January 10, 2005, 05:23:01 AM
It was good, but I think they were trying a little too hard to make the show exciting, leading to some overly contrived moments (even by 24's standards).  Also, someone really needs to fire whoever it is that hires the CTU workers.  They only hire people who are mentally unbalanced or domineering tyrants slywink
6857  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Good Circuit City deals on: January 09, 2005, 08:59:16 AM
Circuit City has some good console game deals going on this week - GTA : San Andreas, Halo 2, and Prince of Persia : Warrior Within for $35 and Zelda : Minish Cap for $23.
6858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 09, 2005, 08:56:54 AM
Circuit City will have the game on sale this week for only $22.99.
6859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list - 2005 edition: Keep it updated! on: January 09, 2005, 08:54:47 AM
"Ummm since we didn't have a General Gaming section I started this in PC Gaming."

I didn't read the first post in that thread, and assumed it was just for PC games, so I copied it and put in this section for console games.  Also, since the sticky thread has a section for finished games, I might as well delete this thread.
6860  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Blockbuster Buy 2, Get 1 Free? on: January 09, 2005, 08:40:39 AM
Blockbuster's website has a buy 2 preowned games, get 1 free special going.  Does anyone know if this is in-store too, and if so, when it will end?  I got a gift card for my birthday, but I'd rather not brave the snow tomorrow if I can wait until Monday slywink
6861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reviews Suikoden 4 on: January 08, 2005, 09:46:43 AM
IGN has posted their review for Suikoden 4.  Although the game sounds somewhat disappointing, the review has actually increased my interest in the game.  After hearing nothing but vague "it sucks" comments, it's nice to have some concrete details about the game.  Also, the minigames sound like great fun, and I've always loved minigames in RPGs.  The $40 price tag is also nice.  Anyone else picking this up on Wednesday?
6862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list - 2005 edition: Keep it updated! on: January 08, 2005, 09:43:14 AM
I'll start off the 2005 edition of the finished games list with a game that was released in 1989 slywink  I'm replaying all the Dragon Warrior games as I wait impatiently for DW8's released, and I just finished the GB Color remake of the original game last night, so

Dragon Warrior (Gameboy Color)
Dragonball Z : Legacy of Goku 2 (Gameboy Advance)
Star Wars Episode 3 (XBox)
6863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/05/05 on: January 06, 2005, 07:45:29 PM
"I never got the sense that Kate killed the three robbers, just shot them and wounded them. She seemed pretty good with a gun - I figure she knew where she was shooting and aimed for no-kill parts of the body."

That's what it looked like to me.  Kate killed a guy, and then wanted to retrieve whatever was in his safety deposit box.  She shot the other 3 robbers just to stop them from killing the bank manager.  She was awfully good with the gun, so she was presumably used to using one, either as a criminal or perhaps the military (the plane looked like a fighter jet to me).  I'm guessing Kate doesn't know the meaning of the plane, either, only that it was somehow important to the guy she killed.
6864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A L I A S - Here we go baby!!!!!!! on: January 05, 2005, 07:53:07 PM
Be glad you missed the last episode.  They got the old Scooby-Doo writers to write it.  There's no other explanation why they would have two "rubber-mask" plots in one show.  You know it's bad when you're actually rooting for the villain because you can't stand the heroes anymore.

BTW, I love the "Ima" commercial, even though I must have seen it a hundred times already.
6865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 10:58:50 PM
"I'm forced to wonder if this game's going to make my 3.0ghz machine beg and cry for it's mommy."
As good as the graphics are, I'd be surprised if they didn't allow a large range of customization.  The Age series has mass market appeal and sales, so I'm sure they want to have a large enough market that is able to play it, while still wowing people with the graphics.
6866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Untold Legends for PSP announced on: January 04, 2005, 10:35:36 PM
Worthplaying has the details.
6867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 10:26:33 PM
Worthplaying has some new screenshots.  :shock:
6868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / On Shania Twain and exclamation marks!!!! on: January 04, 2005, 07:28:38 AM
Maybe she had just broken up with Jake Jarmel. -
""It was a damp and chilly afternoon, so I decided to put on my sweatshirt!"

"I pulled the lever on the machine, but the Clark bar didn't come out!"

6869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 12:26:21 AM
IGN has a preview/interview about the game, including a few very nice-looking screenshots.  The third screenshot looks amazing.  With regard to the physics engine, this sounds interesting -
"We have cannon shots that can literally throw infantry off the ground, and perhaps off a cliff, and down into the water...Don't be surprised if a collapsing tower squashes the villager working in the nearby fields." smile
6870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars : Empire at War on: January 03, 2005, 11:51:10 PM
Am I the only one that actually liked that song? slywink
6871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 03, 2005, 06:26:58 AM
I remember the old Myth games got some attention from their use of physics.
6872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warcraft 3 - Can You Give Orders While Paused? on: January 03, 2005, 06:24:27 AM
You can pause the game by bringing up any of the menus, but there's no issuing orders while paused.
6873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guild Wars on: January 02, 2005, 09:40:33 AM
The game is still in beta testing, and they occasionally have beta weekends where a limited number of people can play.  The full version isn't due out until this spring.
6874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars : Empire at War on: January 02, 2005, 06:31:32 AM has the first details on the Star Wars RTS that was revealed a while ago.  It will be set between episodes 3 and 4, and include both land and space battles.
6875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Castlevania DS on: January 02, 2005, 06:13:58 AM
AllRPG has some details on the first Castlevania game for the DS, a sequel to the GBA's Aria of Sorrow.
6876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 01, 2005, 07:46:57 PM
"I guess all of the above adds up over time. I also go back to talk to characters again after a quest or some significant event to see if anything has changed and/or developed. This also results in alot of walking around."
I do the same, and surprisingly, most console RPGs designers actually write different text for return visits.  For instance, if you return to a town after doing some major event, the townspeople will comment on what you've done.  I've always enjoyed this, so I usually talk to everyone several times.
6877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 01, 2005, 01:47:39 AM
"BTW, I finished KOTOR 1 at 84 hrs."
I didn't know there was anyone who takes as long to complete RPGs as I do.  I think most people's KoTOR times were around 40 hours, but my final time was close to 90.
6878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: December 31, 2004, 07:18:35 PM
Planet AOM has some more details, including the fact that the game will use the Havok physics engine.
6879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Maniac Mansion Remade on: December 31, 2004, 06:52:12 AM
Retro Remakes is a great site for information on remakes of old games like these.
6880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: December 31, 2004, 06:51:17 AM
According to AOM Heaven, the new PC Gamer has a preview for the soon-to-be-announced Age of Empires 3.  As rumors suggested, it will be set in the "Age of Discovery".  Also, the blurb mentions that it will have a single-player campaign.  I know some people like the RoN "World Conquest" campaign style, but I much prefer the preset scenarios method, so this is good news for me slywink

The Ensemble Studios website countdown is almost done, so we should have details there either tomorrow or Saturday.  I just hope the big reveal is not a black screen that says "Buy PC Gamer" slywink
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