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I have like every kind of video and computer game systems. (mostly my brothers) I have quite a few games to but i haven't got any this year. What are some good games and were do you find them. I have the Final Fantasy games and Some other new ones from last year but i haven't found any that i like for this year. I also havn't played any new games. Can some one give me some ideas? I like good graphics and story lines. :rolleyes:
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Tales of Symphonia for Gamecube. That has both incredible graphics and an amazing storyline. Grab it now and paly it like mad. Some of the older PS1 games like Tales of Destiny and Earthbound for the SNES are also highly recommended.
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[color=#737373]My first recommendation would be Ico for PlayStation 2. The story isn't especially deep, but it's charming and adds to the experience. And the visuals are pretty incredible, in terms of the atmosphere and sheer scope of various environments.

I'd also recommend Resident Evil 4 without hesitation. Amazing graphics and a pretty cool story to boot.[/color]
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[quote name='Lord Dante']star ocean till the end of time for the ps2. good story, good graphics, and the FMV's are few and far between (makes a nice change compared to some other games) plus you get to have blue hair![/quote]

Unfortunately, "the plot twist" kind of ruins the story for me towards the end. It pretty much completely discredits everything that you'd done up until that point. Well, at least its one of those plot twists that you can look at and say "I didn't see that one coming!" Its still a good game, with some of the best gameplay that I've seen in a long time. Not to mention a lot of hours of gameplay... On the subject of blue hair, Fayt's in my party and I usually control Maria.

Gravity Bullet > most of the other attacks in the game

[quote name='James']My first recommendation would be Ico for PlayStation 2. The story isn't especially deep, but it's charming and adds to the experience. And the visuals are pretty incredible, in terms of the atmosphere and sheer scope of various environments.[/quote]

I didn't like Ico. I hate escort missions, and Ico was one giant escort mission...

[quote name='J2Assassin']Tales of Symphonia for Gamecube. That has both incredible graphics and an amazing storyline. Grab it now and paly it like mad.[/quote]

Yeah, if you consider cell shading to be amazing graphics and absolutely love stories where you can see every plot twist a good 5-20 hours before it comes around. Anybody that didn't figure out the twists with Mythril and Kratos has either not been playing RPGs and/or watching anime for very long, isn't paying close attention to the story, or is just plain stupid. Don't get me wrong, I liked ToS, but there wasn't anything "amazing" about it. It has generic characters, a generic story, generic plot twists, and generic gameplay... its just that it carries out those stereotypes well and its very good at using those generic things to throw together a game that's ultimately very enjoyable.

Good games... the Metal Gear Solid series deserves its repution. Eternal Darkness rocks, even if it isn't exactly bone chilling. The Legacy of Kain games are always good, and have one of the best stories around. (especially on Raziel's end of things) GTA is good if you're looking to kill a good 40-80 hours. (not that there are many gamers that haven't gotten around to playing those yet) Ninja Gaiden is good if you're looking for a great action game, and a challenge. Digimon World 1 is the most underrated of all time. (don't waste your time with the other two though)

And if you haven't played Morrowind, pick that one up for Christ's sake prepare to be overwhelmed! Lots of exploring and leveling up and side quests in that game... a few hundred hours worth!
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Disgaea: Cartoony. Tactics. RPG. What more is there? Well, other than it being right up there with Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics as far as tactics games go.

Phantom Brave: Basically a sequal to Disgaea.

Star Ocean 3: Great battle system, much like Tales of Symphonia, and over 70 hours long.

.hack 1-4: These four combined are around 60 bucks and offer around 100 hours of gameplay.

GC

Tales of Symphonia: This is the most playable game EVER. I usually play it in 5 minute intervals and get a lot accomplished. Over 60 hours supposedly.
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[size=1]If you like racing games, I highly suggest [u]Gran Turismo 4[/u] for the PS2. The graphics for that game are beautiful and the gameplay is amazing.

If you're more of an RPG person, get [u]Star Ocean: Till the End of Time[/u] or [u]Kingdom Hearts[/u]. Both of which are absolutely amazing. They both have beautiful graphics and the gameplay is amazing, you won't want to stop. =D

--Lan[/size]
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I suppose it depends on what genre of video games you like:

If you like the survival horror:
1) RE 4: it is a new system and its pretty good
2)Clock tower 1,2 or 3: this is just good ole scary fun. you play a little girl and she doesn't have much for weapons and the villians are 10 times stronger and faster than her. It is sure to get you to yell out at least once


If you like RPGs:
1) Legend of dragoon: this is older than most but the in game battle system is something that I have yet to see in another RPG..too bad, it was alot of fun to play it

2)Jade empire: I hear good things about this game from other people. I'll start playing it as soon as I get enough money.


If you like fighting games:
1) DOA 2: the one for the Xbox live is very fun to play. It also has a nice feature of tons of costumes. Some of which are...umm....fanserviced...to say the least
2) Soul Calibre 2: I would go for the gamecube for this one...only because link is the extra character and is more interesting than the other two (but spawn for the Xbox is also not bad)

I'll just stop for now
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[quote name='ChemAngel']Jade empire: I hear good things about this game from other people. I'll start playing it as soon as I get enough money.[/quote]

Just rent Jade Empire. You'll be able to beat in a couple of nights. It fools you into thinking that its going to be long at the beginning, but as soon as you get past Chapter 3, the game quickly rushes to the end.

[quote name='ChemAngel']DOA 2: the one for the Xbox live is very fun to play. It also has a nice feature of tons of costumes. Some of which are...umm....fanserviced...to say the least[/quote]

Its worth mentioning that DOA2 is much faster paced that most fighting games. I've heard one comparison basically saying that if Tekken is the old fassion tea house with a traditional setting and lots of needlessly complicated conversation, then DOA is the strip bar where the music's blasting, everybody's partying, and the girls at the dancing platform are hot! I'd actually have to say that that's one of the better analogies that I've heard. Where as Tekken and Virtua Fighter are more "thinker's fighters" that rely on the player memorizing combos and where to use them more than anything, DOA is more like a game of rock paper scissors... it relys on you meeting your opponents holds with strikes, throws (counters) with holds, and strikes with throws. Its fun if you're looking for a fighting game that sports fast paced flowing action as compared to combo memorizing.

Edit: Damn, typo central.
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thank you for the tip bloodseeker. I might just rent the game now.

As for your DOA analogy, I agree. I think that is why it is one of my favorite fighting games. You don't have to understand the combos to be able to wipe the floor with your opponent.

:animesmil my personal favorite is being able to be online and fighting other people besides the computer. I like to remain quiet until the round is about to start. Than I say my greetings, which is always followed by "oh, it's a chick. No problem, this game is yours."

It is funny....apparently guys get upset with they get their butts handed back to them by a girl. They get even more upset if you are a "C" level and they are a level higher than you. And EVEN MORE upset (to the point of leaving the area) when you beat the higher level guy....perfect.

...I wonder why....
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I'm digging Dark Cloud 2 at the moment. The graphics are pretty good (not at Final Fantasy level, but still pretty nice) and they do manage to slip in a few breathtaking scenes. I wouldn't recommend it if you have a horrible fear of clowns, though. Because this will only enhance it (though after you get through Chapter 1, I think they leave you alone).

Sly Cooper is always a hoot and a half. You get to steal stuff! And you're a racoon! With a cane!

I thought ICO looked pretty cool. >.>
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[quote name='sbrebaby']I like good graphics and story lines. :rolleyes:[/quote]

The two least important elements of a game. It could be the worst game made, but as long as it looks good and has a good story, you'll like it? I just don't get it.

Well, I do have some recommendations (assuming you can stand games that actually have good gameplay). First, the two [i]Zone of the Enders[/i] games, only on PS2 (I'm not talking about the GBA one). I don't often like the storylines in video games, but I liked the story in the ZOE games (despite the fact the the main character in the first one sucks). The graphics are good, too, but the excellent gameplay was the main draw for me.

One of my favorite games would have to be [i]Drakengard[/i], also for PS2. Some people find it repetative, but I don't really care. There are three different gameplay modes in the game, and even though the three don't really change any durring the game, it's enough variety to keep me interested. But sinse you don't care about that, let's get to what you do care about. The game looks really good, especially during cutscenes. Oh, and don't skip the cutscenes or 'events' (these advance the story, but use the same character and area modles as when you're actually playing). This game has the best storyline I've ever seen in a game. Doesn't look too special at first, but later on it becomes excellent (just wait until you enconter child priestess Manah, or the giant killer babies. Yes, giant killer babies).
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[quote name='Takuya']The two least important elements of a game. It could be the worst game made, but as long as it looks good and has a good story, you'll like it? I just don't get it.[/quote]

Speak for yourself. Storylines and length are [i]the[/i] selling points when it comes to turn-based RPGs.

[quote name='Takuya]]One of my favorite games would have to be [i]Drakengard[/i'], also for PS2. Some people find it repetative, but I don't really care. There are three different gameplay modes in the game, and even though the three don't really change any durring the game, it's enough variety to keep me interested. But sinse you don't care about that, let's get to what you do care about. The game looks really good, especially during cutscenes. Oh, and don't skip the cutscenes or 'events' (these advance the story, but use the same character and area modles as when you're actually playing). This game has the best storyline I've ever seen in a game. Doesn't look too special at first, but later on it becomes excellent (just wait until you enconter child priestess Manah, or the giant killer babies. Yes, giant killer babies).[/quote]

Dude... TYPE NOT THE WATCHERS! (Manah was a pain in the ***)
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[QUOTE=Bloodseeker]I didn't like Ico. I hate escort missions, and Ico was one giant escort mission...

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[color=#737373]Maybe you didn't like it, but it was very popular for a reason. I think it's at least worth a rental.

While it's true that you spend your time escorting a girl around, that certainly isn't the focus of the game. The game is primarily all about the environment-based puzzles. The girl certainly factors in with that, in terms of being something you have to take into account, but it's not at all like the boring escort missions you get in other games. And of course, the dream-like atmosphere is worth visiting, if only for a rental. Beautiful game.

Anyway, I agree about both Metal Gear Solid and Eternal Darkness. They are especially good for people who are into good graphics and good stories.

Of course, a good graphics and good story aren't as important if a game actually isn't [i]fun[/i]. Thankfully, many of the games mentioned here actually feature pretty great gameplay, so even for a rent, they're worthwhile. I would generally recommend a rental for any game before you buy it though, especially if you aren't certain about what you want.[/color]
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[quote name='Bloodseeker]Speak for yourself. Storylines and length are [i]the[/i'] selling points when it comes to turn-based RPGs.[/quote]

He did speak for himself. So are you. Neither of you are saying something true for everyone. Not everyone is into how movie-esque RPGs have become, honestly. It really depends on the set-up of the game in as well. I've always been a fan of dungeon hacking type games. They don't always have the greatest stories (although some do), but I can still manage to enjoy them and consider them very good games. It's very subjective.

Anyway, games I'd recommend:

Forza Motorsport (Xbox): It's strange to say this, but I think this game has usurped Gran Turismo as my favorite racing simulator title. It has a better sense of speed, it feels more realistic and it's just less tedious and more fun where it counts. I really recommend this one.

Rallisport Challenge 2: Along with this and Forza, Xbox is the best racing console there is, in my opinion. This one is far more arcadey than Forza or GT, but it still requires some braking at proper points and such. I'm a sucker for rally racing games. Doesn't hurt that this one is absolutely gorgeous either.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath: I never thought I'd care about an Oddworld title. Strange that when Lorne Lanning shuts the hell up his company finally puts out a great game. It's an action title that can be played from first or third person depending on the situation. It's in an Old West setting (with Oddworld creatures, obviously) and mostly has you getting bounties in the form of missions. I suppose it is a bit repetitive, but it's well done and has some cool ideas.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne: This is my favorite RPG on the PS2, personally. It's not for everyone and isn't set up like many RPGs of today. It's very heavy on leveling and dungeon hacking, but it's also incredibly interesting and well done. Story and characterization are a bit different than most may be used to in that a vast majority of it comes from NPCs and not from your own character. You make a lot of decisions, however, that can affect the course of the game and the ending. Despite that "setback", I found it a hell of a lot more interesting than stuff with supposedly "epic" storylines.

You can also try out Digital Devil Saga. It's a spin-off and not directly related to Nocturne. It's not as difficult or long, but it's still packed with dungeons and such. Keep in mind that it directly ties into its sequel (coming this Summer) which contains a majority of the storyline.

That's all that comes to mind right now.
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"Speak for yourself" is another way of saying that I disagree. I didn't mean to imply that he thought that he was speaking for all of us. (seeing as how he disagreed with somebody else here, that kind of disqualifies him for that) Don't tell me that you've never heard that phrase used like that before!
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[quote name='Bloodseeker']"Speak for yourself" is another way of saying that I disagree. I didn't mean to imply that he thought that he was speaking for all of us. (seeing as how he disagreed with somebody else here, that kind of disqualifies him for that) Don't tell me that you've never heard that phrase used like that before![/quote]

I know. I was just playing with the words so I had more to write. There's not much to do at this hour... lol

Anyway, more games so I don't get in trouble for a short, junky post:

Phantom Dust: An excellent action RPG for Xbox. Only $20! I think if a DBZ game were done in this way (fully destructable environments) it would be pretty kickass. As it is, this game does the job and it does it well. Very recommended.

Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter: I don't think this one did too well. It's likely not what BoF fans were expecting from the fifth title in the series. It's pretty much just strictly dungeon crawling with a really interesting battle system. The game actually expects you to die and restart (with your stats) in order to properly progress. I liked it, once I got used to it.

Resident Evil 4: Definite must own if you have a GameCube. Best game in the series and I recommend it to even people who aren't into the previous games. Has something for everyone.

Lego Star Wars: This is only worth a rent, I think, but it's a lot of fun. It's the type of Star Wars game I would have expected to have seen more of. You basically just run around beating the crap out of stuff. Both licenses are used really well.
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I recently rented Burnout 3: Takedown and was really impressed. Now I want to buy the game, and I suppose sometime soon I will.

It's a pretty gorgeous-looking game and the game's graphics convey a great sense of speed. Also its different modes are well done: I especially enjoy the crash mode, where you simply crash into traffic and try to do as much damage as you can. Racing is also fun due to takedowns and getting boost. Good game. I think it's only $20 at this point, too (not sure, though, that's just my guess).
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[quote name='Generic NPC #3']Resident Evil 4: Definite must own if you have a GameCube. Best game in the series and I recommend it to even people who aren't into the previous games. Has something for everyone.[/quote]

Yep. I love Eternal Darkness, but I would recommend RE4 over it. I don't even know how easy it would be to even [i]find[/i] ED anymore. I heard that it was selling for cheap in stores, but I've not seen a copy of the game anywhere in a long time. Glad I bought a copy when it first came out. :D

You should definitely get them both if you can, though. RE4 is the better game, but ED offers a much different horror experience than RE4 does. RE4 is like an awesome action movie, while ED is more like a suspense movie that screws with your head (not that RE4 doesn't have screwy moments of its own lol). They're both great games.
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[QUOTE=Takuya]
One of my favorite games would have to be [i]Drakengard[/i], also for PS2. Some people find it repetative, but I don't really care. There are three different gameplay modes in the game, and even though the three don't really change any durring the game, it's enough variety to keep me interested. But sinse you don't care about that, let's get to what you do care about. The game looks really good, especially during cutscenes. Oh, and don't skip the cutscenes or 'events' (these advance the story, but use the same character and area modles as when you're actually playing). This game has the best storyline I've ever seen in a game. Doesn't look too special at first, but later on it becomes excellent (just wait until you enconter child priestess Manah, or the giant killer babies. Yes, giant killer babies).[/QUOTE]

In my opinion, Drakenguard was the poor mans Dynasty Warriors, It seemed like a copy in my opinion except for the Dragon bits. It may appeal to others but I am an old veteran of the DW games which might be why it didn't realy appeal to me.

[QUOTE=James][color=#737373]My first recommendation would be Ico for PlayStation 2. The story isn't especially deep, but it's charming and adds to the experience. And the visuals are pretty incredible, in terms of the atmosphere and sheer scope of various environments.
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First time gamers will be incredibly frustrated by ICO (Like I was) because of poor AI shown by the Princess. I remember an Old Penny Arcade strip which poked fun at how stupid the girl was. I cannot find the link to strip right now but when I can I'll edit this post.

Edit: I've gotten the URL, It's [url]http://img.penny-arcade.com/2001/20010928l.gif[/url] and can be viewed by clicking here[URL=http://img.penny-arcade.com/2001/20010928l.gif]here[/URL]
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[quote name='The Monster']First time gamers will be incredibly frustrated by ICO (Like I was) because of poor AI shown by the Princess. I remember an Old Penny Arcade strip which poked fun at how stupid the girl was. I cannot find the link to strip right now but when I can I'll edit this post.[/quote]

I don't know. She wasn't smart, but she wasn't supposed to be. It's your job to properly guide her because she doesn't know any better. Aside from expected sections of her being captured by enemies, I had no real issues, personally. She comes when called and jumps when she should.

First time gamers would have trouble with things far more simple than that nature, probably... but I can't imagine it would take them long to adjust to.
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  • 4 months later...
Thanks for all your comments i wanted to see what everyone likes and base my pick on how you rated them in your opinions that is why i have not posted in this Thread until now. I like story line because it is extremely hard for me to get into a game with out one. I could really careless if it has great grafics but if it has no story line i won't play it. I love graphics I like fighting, magic, guns, basic killing, martail artsie stuff and such. i loved legends of dragoon and all the final fantasies and all the resident evils. I will try some of the games you have suggested but i would like some more info on Ico and Eternal darkness. Thank you ;)
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