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Episode 3

Posted by abootgames on February 13, 2006

Direct DownloadThis episode gets us back into the swing of things with our RPG special.

Jade Empire for the xbox. Too much like KOTOR to really call a new game. Identical menu structure and mapping systems, the light versus dark is even here. Open Hand versus Closed Fist The martial arts RPG did give this game a new feel. This is a “talky” RPG, very heavy on the story with a decent amount of butt kicking.

Contra shattered soldier – Picked this back up after writing it off for it’s difficulty last year. It’s pretty much and updated version of an older SNES contra (I believe super Contra).  Good 2 player co-op fun with a crazy degree of difficulty.  It’s like playing a fast moving game of that card game memory.  Still it feels old school enough to get me into it.  The best thing about it is that the Konami code, although slightly modified to work on the PS2, still works!  Up,up, down,down, L1,R1,L2,R2,L3,R3.

Champions – Return to Arms – A hack and slash rpg – action adventure – I have played this game before ( Balder’s Gate- Dark Allience – Champion of Norrath – etc) – A good game but basically a button masher – a gorgeous and fun button masher

Lords of the Realm II – I was feeling nostalgic and putting off work while at my PC and decided to play this classic turn based RTS again.   This game was released in mid nineties (probably 96) and mixes turn based resource management with real time battles.  It’s great against the PC, but even better against a real person.  My only real complaint is the fact that even today playing a LAN game still chugs.
Releases this week:

DS – Age of Empires: The Age of Kings

GBA and Gamecube – Nothing

PC – Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy
KicknRush Soccer 2006
Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
Rome: Total War Gold Edition
Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers
Star Wars: Empire at War
Star Wars: Empire at War Collector’s Edition

PS2 – Drakengard 2
Fight Night Round 3
Grandia III
Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
Rugby 06
State of Emergency 2
PSP – Exit
Fight Night Round 3

Xbox – Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
Rugby 06

Xbox 360 Full Auto

News: Hideo Kojima has a podcast of his own. The Kojima Productions Report.

EA to Lay off 5% of it’s work force. With 6500 world wide that means 325 will be looking for work. EA also reports a drop in profits, meaning not making as much as anticipated.

“The Movies” a Hollywood sim is NOT to be released beyond the PC.

Pre-Ordering D&D Online will give the gamers a wealth of goodies. Early acces to the game, (3 days). Access to the european launch, an exclusive DVD, and some artwork.

Halo 2 for the PC to be for Windows Vista only!

Pete’s Top Ten RPG’s

1. Final Fantasy VII
2. Dragon Warrior
3. Ultima
4. Final Fantasy
5. Phatasy Star
6. Everquest
7. Balder’s Gate (PC)
8. Diablo
9. Final Fantasy X
10. .dothack

Bryan’s Top Ten RPG’s

1. Shinning Force 2
2. LOZ: Ocharina of time
3. FF Tactics
4. FF Tactics Advanced
5. FF 8
6. FFX – Blitz Ball only
7. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 1
8. Everquest
9. San Andreas
10. Fable!!!

Pre-view of episode 4 – Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

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