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6841  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 2 Good RPG deals on: October 18, 2004, 03:58:53 AM
In case you haven't seen the ad, Target has both Tales of Symphonia for Gamecube and X-Men Legends for XBox and PS2 for $35 this week.
6842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 on: October 17, 2004, 08:39:20 AM
It's been about 9 months since it was released, and I think it sold pretty well, so it might be going on Greatest/Platinum Hits soon.
6843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 on: October 16, 2004, 08:44:21 PM
The second has more characters, is quite a bit longer, and is much easier.  The best thing it adds is the ability to hold down one of the shoulder buttons to instantly use up to 5 skills, rather than the clumsy selection method of the first game.  I actually thought the graphics in the first were better, since the sequel has a lot of boring, overly brown levels.  Overall, the second is definitely better, but the first is still worth playing.  Champions of Norrath is better than both, but still not that great.
6844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Space Hack (Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary) demo on: October 16, 2004, 08:30:18 PM
It does seem like fun, but I can't figure some things out.  I was using one of the guns, and it stopped working.  I don't see anywhere where it mentions using ammo, and there's no option to recharge it.  I've tried using the melee weapons, but I take a lot more damage that way.
6845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PStwo on: October 16, 2004, 07:10:47 AM
"Now I'd love to see Microsoft trim the Xbox by 75%"

That would bring it down to the size of an oversized suitcase slywink
6846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Space Hack (Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary) demo on: October 16, 2004, 07:08:08 AM
The action RPG Space Hack has been renamed Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary   :shock: according to Worthplaying.  There's also a demo available.  Apparently, they decided Space Hack was just too plain, so they came up with a bunch of random words and added "Space Mercenary" to the end.

Between this new name and the Bad Mojo rerelease news, I'm beginning to think April Fool's is coming late this year slywink
6847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any fighting/rpg games out there I should know about? on: October 15, 2004, 07:20:16 AM
IGN just did a preview of the US version of Virtua Quest.  I think it's due out in January.
6848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei : Nocturne Impressions? on: October 14, 2004, 10:20:39 AM
I also read on the GameFAQs forum that you can get skills than increase or decrease the encounter rate, like the newer Final Fantasies.
6849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei : Nocturne Impressions? on: October 14, 2004, 06:40:12 AM
The Gamestop calls went out because they didn't stop their automated calling service in time.  The game won't be in stores until Friday.
6850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei : Nocturne Impressions? on: October 13, 2004, 11:52:36 PM
From what I've read, the game isn't plot-heavy, but the plot is still good.  The game I've seen it most compared to is, oddly enough, Pokemon.  It's battle-heavy, and the purpose of the battles is to level up and evolve your pokedemons, so you can fight stronger and stronger pokedemons.  There's also supposed to be some involved and tricky puzzles in the dungeons.  I think there might be a pretty high frustration factor, but it also seems like it will be worth it.

There are some reviews praising the game at GameFAQs.  The one that sold me was the "One of the PS2's largest, longest, and most surreal RPGs" review, especially the part describing the dungeons.
6851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bad Mojo to be rereleased on: October 13, 2004, 06:52:32 PM
Not sure if this should go in Road To Gold since it's a rerelease, but the 1996 cockroach adventure game Bad Mojo is going to be rereleased this November.  Now I challenge everyone to come up with a news story more bizarre than this one slywink
6852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shin Megami Tensei : Nocturne Impressions? on: October 13, 2004, 06:49:16 PM
No one seems to know why, but the game is now supposed to ship Thursday, and be in stores Friday.  I was forced to get Paper Mario yesterday to make the wait easier slywink
6853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fallout 3-D on: October 13, 2004, 06:42:06 PM
Other than the little blurb in Game Informer stating that it would use technology from Elder Scrolls : Oblivion and be set in  a major US city, not much is known.  I would guess that it might be a System Shock 2/Deus Ex kind of FP RPG, since that seems to be a growing trend in the genre, with Vampire : Bloodlines, Bioshock, and Bioware's unannounced game all going this route.  

Troika is also working on a post-apoc RPG, and it looks like it will be isometric and real-time, although there might be a turn-based option.  There are posts about the game at No Mutants Allowed.
6854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shining Tears preview on: October 13, 2004, 07:21:58 AM
Gamespy has posted the first major preview I've seen for Sega's upcoming action-RPG spinoff of the Shining Force series.  It certainly sounds interesting, especially the 2-character control, which I thought worked great in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga.
6855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario review up at Gamespot on: October 13, 2004, 07:14:43 AM
Alas, I am weak.  With all the RPGs coming out, I was going to limit myself to the more obscure ones, and buy the bigger ones down the road.  Needless to say, I'm now playing the game and loving it slywink
6856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I like Sudeki on: October 13, 2004, 07:08:30 AM
I picked it up a few weeks back for $25, and I'm glad I did.  One thing I didn't see mentioned much was the art style, and it surprised me.  At least in the areas I've been to, the game is very beautiful, with lush colors, nice vistas, and a kind of fairy tale vibe to it.  Of course, there's also the rather gruesome scenes, with farmers impaled on pitchforks and miners with pickaxes in their heads.  Overall, I expected to like the game, but I'm finding it even better than I thought it would be.
6857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I want the Nintendo DS to fail on: October 12, 2004, 11:42:00 PM
The PSP price has been rumored to be anywhere from $200 to $500.
6858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario review up at Gamespot on: October 12, 2004, 06:54:32 PM
This probably isn't uncommon.  The last time I read PC Gamer, they even stated in their score explanation that "niche" games wouldn't score over 90% no matter how good they were.  This is very stupid, though.  Even a cursory glance at a game like Paper Mario is enough to tell you that it's not going to be some sort of dark, adult-oriented game.  It should be easy to tell from the review if it's a kind of game you would be personally interested in.  There's no need for that to be reflected in the score.
6859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Gameboy Color Cartridges on: October 12, 2004, 06:46:08 PM
I'm playing 3 GBC games now (Dragon Warrior 1 and 3 and DW Monsters) and they all work fine.  This is just a guess, but I would think the batteries would be good for about 10 years.
6860  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / TRU B2G1 coming soon on: October 12, 2004, 06:28:57 PM
I just wanted to mention that I'm proud of myself for figuring out what this thread's title means before clicking on it slywink
6861  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.
6862  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.
6863  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.
6864  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

6865  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.
6866  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
6867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 03, 2004, 11:03:03 AM
Ring of Red for PS2.

6868  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.
6869  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.
6870  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 -
6871  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.
6872  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.
6873  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
6874  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.
6875  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.
6876  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.
6877  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.
6878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 25, 2004, 06:36:51 AM
Gamespy has also posted their review.
6879  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.
6880  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.
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