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6841  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth PC Game $14 shipped - HURRY!!! on: October 12, 2004, 06:27:52 PM
"Was going to get it for the Xbox for the surround sound"

Are you talking about Battle for Middle Earth or the FarCry DVD mentioned in the first post?  AFAIK, BfME is a PC-only game.
6842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want the Nintendo DS to fail on: October 11, 2004, 06:49:40 PM
"I only feel this way because I see a ton of potential still left in the GBA and I think that developers will jump on the bandwagon if the DS becomes popular."

It looks like that's already happened.  There are a few big releases left, like Kingdom Hearts and the new Zelda, but I think the GBA's going to be pretty much dead after this year as far as new releases go.
6843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 10, 2004, 08:12:32 AM
It's Under the Skin, aka Panic Maker.  Mytocles, go ahead and post the next shot since you had to pass before.
6844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 06, 2004, 06:17:13 AM
"Anyway, for my next image, I bring your way this classic RPG from when story and plot meant far more than graphics and sound."
You mean now? slywink

Anyway, it's Final Fantasy 6 (aka Final Fantasy 3 on the SNES).

Here's a shot from what is actually Square's best RPG slywink

6845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 04, 2004, 06:30:24 PM
"The Legend of Ghost Lion. Never heard of it before, but the screenshots make it look like a Zelda-ish adventure."

It's main claim to fame was that it was a near-clone of Dragon Warrior, with nearly identical graphics.  That was enough to get me interested in it.
6846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 04, 2004, 03:17:08 AM
Hmmm...I don't know what happened.  The picture showed up when I first posted it.  Hopefully this one will work -

The only image I could get to work is of the Japanese version.  It will be really easy if you can read Japanese slywink
6847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 03, 2004, 11:03:03 AM
Ring of Red for PS2.

6848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 01, 2004, 02:14:17 AM
I must be a console gamer at heart.  In the GG PC game screenshot threads, I hardly knew any of them, but I've known almost all of these.
6849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rising Price of Games? on: October 01, 2004, 02:13:32 AM
It's true that a lot more money is being spent to create games now, but the market is also much larger, so more people are buying them.  I'm sure that Final Fantasy 7 cost a whole lot more than Final Fantasy 6 to create, but Square probably made more money on FF7 than FF6.

Also, increasing the price of games will lead more people to not only wait for it to be cheaper, but also to buy used games.  I think the $50 price will hold for the next round of consoles.
6850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 26, 2004, 07:15:58 AM
Not only is it the Sega CD classic Night Trap, it also appears to be in French.  I guess that would make it Pi├Ęge de Nuit slywink

Here's a shot from one of my all-time favorite games -
6851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank: Where to start? on: September 20, 2004, 01:48:05 AM
The second game is much like the first, but with a LOT of stuff added, such as some extensive mini-games, weapon and hit point levelling-up, and more variety.  The first is a great game, though, and I found it to be funnier than the sequel.  I'd recommend playing the first game first, since there are references to some of the characters (notably Captain Qwark) in the sequel that you won't get if you haven't played the first game.
6852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Review on: September 19, 2004, 07:48:04 AM
The thing I'm most impressed with, graphics-wise, is the detail in the cities.  Every house/shop looks different as is packed with stuff.  I often spend several minutes just looking around the different buildings at all the objects, many of which are unique to each building.  I also love how you can see outside through the windows and the snow the blows in when the doors are open.  It makes the game seem more connected, rather than making a clear break between exteriors and interiors.

It seems like the reviews that have come out now, such as CG's and AVault's are giving the game higher scores than some of the earlier, more average reviews.  I'm glad to see the game get better scores.  From what I've played, it's definitely a great game.
6853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] KOHON II Single/Multi Demo 'soon' (tm) on: September 16, 2004, 06:31:41 PM
Of course, what "The demo will be released next Monday" really means is that next Monday, they will announce that the demo has been delayed slywink
6854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 06:26:25 PM
Don't forget the other side game - Puzzle Kombat - a Super Puzzle Fighter-esque game with MK characters.  I'm actually more interested in these two side games than the regular game.
6855  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.
6856  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.
6857  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.
6858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 25, 2004, 06:36:51 AM
Gamespy has also posted their review.
6859  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.
6860  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.
6861  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
DBZ : Buu's Fury
Evil Genius
Golden Land (I hope)
Growlanser Generations
Half-Life 2
Jak 3
Kingdom Hearts : Chain of Memories
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
6862  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.
6863  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.
6864  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
6865  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.
6866  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.
6867  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.
6868  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.
6869  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?
6870  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.
6871  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
6872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: July 28, 2004, 12:54:08 AM
Release date - Winter 2004  Cool
6873  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.
6874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout 3: Takedown on: July 23, 2004, 06:50:51 AM
EB and Gamestop have early September.
6875  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.
6876  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.
6877  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.
6878  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.
6879  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.
6880  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.
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