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6841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle For Middle Earth - Just 3 days to go! on: December 04, 2004, 06:47:38 AM
Gamespy has posted their 4/5 star review.
6842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Growlanser Generations review on: December 03, 2004, 07:57:14 PM
IGN has posted their review, giving it 8.6/10.
6843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 details and trailer on: December 03, 2004, 07:15:22 AM
This forum is so civil, it's frightening slywink
6844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoToR 2 shipping on Monday? on: December 03, 2004, 07:13:54 AM
IGN will be posting their review tomorrow night.
6845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 details and trailer on: December 02, 2004, 08:04:06 PM
RPGamer has an interview with Tetsuya Nomura which gives some new details on Kingdom Hearts 2.  Also, IGN had an awesome new trailer for the game, but for some reason, they've taken it down.
6846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Hard To Be a God" RPG announced on: December 02, 2004, 07:57:58 PM
The info at Worthplaying sounds interesting.
6847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rumor Mill - Diablo 3 on: December 02, 2004, 07:55:39 PM
The last word from Blizzard was that they were only working on one game in addition to WoW.  Since they just released WoW, I can't see them putting out another RPG in the near future, so that game is presumably StarCraft 2 or an original property.  With WoW done, it's possible that team (other than those making new content for WoW) will start work on Diablo 3.  I imagine it'll be at least a few years before we see it, though.
6848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / anyone getting Prince of Persia - Warrior Within? on: December 02, 2004, 07:26:21 AM
1Up gave it 9.0/10, as did Games Domain.
6849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga & Baten Kaitos coming to Nintendo DS on: December 02, 2004, 07:25:46 AM
I would guess Xenosaga would be some sort of side-story, since they'd presumably have to ditch the extensive cutscenes.  Baten Kaitos could work well, though, with your cards displayed on the touch screen.
6850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga & Baten Kaitos coming to Nintendo DS on: December 01, 2004, 10:56:03 PM
According to 1Up Nintendo has added Xenosaga DS and Baten Kaitos DS to their list of upcoming third-party titles.
6851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting KoTOR 2 details on: December 01, 2004, 10:50:37 PM
Chris Avellone has posted some "designer ramblings" to the Obsidian forums regarding influence, romances, and endings in KoTOR 2.  About the endings - "Your character's gender, your character's light side/dark side leanings, the 4 different answers to your questions about what happened in K1, you ALSO get variations based on how you solved each planet and how you dealt with each of your companions." smile
6852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Final Fantasy 1 & 2: Dawn of Souls on: December 01, 2004, 07:59:03 PM
Circuit City also has it for $25 this week.
6853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone play Technic Beat? on: December 01, 2004, 11:18:52 AM
I hadn't heard anything about this game until I read this review at Gamespy.  I like both puzzle and rhythm games, so I'm intrigued by the game.  Anyone play it?
6854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sacred Patch 1.8.62 on: December 01, 2004, 07:49:40 AM
Worthplaying has the new patch for Sacred, with several pages of fixes listed.
6855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Restricted Area (sci-fi action RPG) coming to NA on: December 01, 2004, 07:29:30 AM
Yes, it's North America.  It'll be published in the US next spring.
6856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Restricted Area (sci-fi action RPG) coming to NA on: December 01, 2004, 02:35:18 AM
Yea!.  IGN has a series of articles about the game here.

6857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Final Fantasy 1 & 2: Dawn of Souls on: December 01, 2004, 02:28:13 AM
"I've been doing a lot of generic leveling up. Don't know whether that's really required or not."
Presuming they didn't make the game easier for the GBA, then for FF1 at least, it's very much required.  I have yet to make it out of a dungeon without being almost dead, and that's after several level-up/scouting trips into the dungeon.  The game is very hard, at least on the "Hard" difficulty setting.

Also, assuming they kept the option from the Origins games, I'd suggest that anyone playing change the setting that automatically switches targets if an enemy dies to "off".  Combat is very boring if you use the auto-switch.
6858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Fall on: December 01, 2004, 02:21:40 AM
They just launched the German version, and I guess it was a mess.  Tey've already released 4 patches for it, and it looks like it's still not fixed.  As for the English version, one of the developers posted the following on their forums -
"I'm fully aware that you guys are growing impatient, but at this point there simply isn't anything to be announced. Take note though that there will be an English version."
6859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gothic 3 details on: November 30, 2004, 07:48:44 PM
6860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Onimusha 3 -- Worth $15? on: November 30, 2004, 07:47:57 PM
I don't generally like games like this, but I really enjoyed what I played of the demo.  The story appeared to be interesting, with a temporal crossover between Japan in the past and modern-day Paris.  Plus, it's always fun to grab enemies with a whip and smash them to the ground slywink  Also, the control is much improved over the earlier games in the series.
6861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 30, 2004, 07:47:18 PM
"I certainly hope that Elder Scrolls 4 isn't a XBox exclusive, lets face it, the best thing about Morrowind was all the mods that enhanced the original game, and I can't see that on a console."
Usually when people refer to a game as an "XBox exclusive", that only means it won't be on PS2 or GCN.  Halo, KoTOR, etc. are considered XBox exclusives, even though they're also on the PC.  Elder Scrolls 4 has been announced for the PC, so there's nothing to worry about there.
6862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Konung 2? on: November 30, 2004, 07:38:35 PM
The first game got pretty terrible reviews, but the sequel looks to be improved, and it's only $20.  It's shipped today, so hopefully we'll get some reviews soon.  Anyone thinking about picking it up?
6863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 impressions on: November 30, 2004, 08:14:12 AM
IGN and Gamespot have posted their impressions of the Japanese version of Dragon Quest (Warrior) 8, which was just released in Japan.  I really wish I knew Japanese right now slywink

6864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Details on Sakaguchi's new game(s) on: November 29, 2004, 05:19:48 AM
RPGFan has some details about the games coming from Mist Walker, the game development studio founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series.  Also, the article revealed that Nobuo Uetmatsu will be providing the music for the game.  I love the entire FF series, but I can't wait to see what new games these two can create.
6865  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB PC preowned<$14.99 now 70% off (Sale Over??) on: November 29, 2004, 12:18:18 AM
The sign at the store said it went through November 27, but that might not necessarily be for all stores.
6866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "The wait is almost over" on: November 27, 2004, 04:47:13 AM
Usually, that would be true, but it's been over a year since Titans was released.  Presuming they were working on this new game even before Titans shipped, it's probably not too far off.  My guess would be late next year.
6867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "The wait is almost over" on: November 26, 2004, 07:05:21 AM
That's the teaser message at the Ensemble Studios website.  I've been wondering what they were up to, since it's been quite a while since AoM : Titans was released.  Hopefully, they'll reveal what their new game is tomorrow, and not have an 8-day countdown to nothing, like a certain RPG developer that shall remain nameless slywink
6868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [pic] HK47 from KoToR 2 on: November 25, 2004, 12:18:39 AM
I'd imagine most people looking at this thread having already finished KoTOR, but you might want to put a spoiler warning on that last post, just in case.
6869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civilization franchise sold! on: November 24, 2004, 08:10:11 PM
I would guess Microsoft.  I don't think they have any interest in putting it on the XBox, but they've had much success with other historical strategy games, like Age of Empires and RoN.
6870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario Baseball & New Zelda shots on: November 24, 2004, 08:09:18 AM
Gamespot has some new screenshots from the new Gamecube Zelda game, as well as screenshots from the next Mario sports game, Mario Baseball.

6871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:06:21 AM
Yes, the puzzle temples in FFX were terrible.  I love RPGs with puzzles in them, but not the random trial-and-error from FFX.  I almost always try the puzzles first on my own, but I didn't even bother with the Dome puzzle - I went straight to the FAQ.  Also, if you're stuck on a new game, just ask at the GameFAQs forum, especially if the game is already available in Japan.  There are a lot of importers who've finished the Japanese version and also people who will have the game finished within days of its release.
6872  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
Wizardry Gold
Republic : The Revolution
Ghost Master
Armed & Dangerous
Enter The Matrix
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
BG : Tales of The Sword Coast
Star Wars Monopoly
Empire of Magic
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.
6873  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.
6874  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.
6875  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.
6876  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.
6877  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.
6878  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.
6879  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.
6880  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.
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