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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin
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    Ugh... I am not looking forward to cracking down on my PS2 collection.
    That's why I started earliy. I have around 70 of them, hardly one which was released in the last year or so. I never buy them for more than $20.

    This RPG library will be much more extensive than the one for the PS1....and around 70% of the games got a guide, too.
    Well I've got 50 of 'em. At least I'm at the halfway point, and luckily I've virtually no intrest in game guides. I do buy the double jump ones because they're so nicely done though.

    I too snatch up 20 dollar games with a few "gotta play right now" exceptions.

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    Intriguing, I'm at 51, although in addition I have a number of titles that are GC/XB versions. Looks like I have a ways to go.

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    I added "Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan" to the list. As far as I kmnow, there was no guide released for it.

    Thank goodness the RPG flood came to a stop in the last two, three months. A break to catch up with buys during summer sales time.

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    I was just looking for a list of RPGS for ps2 thanks. Great work. This made my day.

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    You could put Deus Ex: the Conspiracy in the "borderline" section. It has a lot of RPG elements, mixed with traditional shooting.

    I'm sure anyone else who's played the game would agree with me on that. It's certainly close to being an RPG, although not 100% full blown.

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    I added Disgaea 2 and Xenosaga III, and didn't put Dirge of Cerberus in the Borderline category despite its strong RPG background.

    Both added games saw a guide...and in case you missed it, yep, what a monster of a 600-page-guide Disgaea 2 got from Doublejump.

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    As far as I know, Unlimited SaGa didn' get a strategy guide. *tosses an asterisk to the OP*

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    NOTE: This new system is really nice! It looks great and works great (MUCH faster than the old one). To everyone involved in this laborous process: THANKS!

    I updated the list:

    Added were
    Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
    .hack GU (also available in Deluxe Pack)
    Tales of the Abyss
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
    Final Fantasy XII (also available in Deluxe Pack)
    Phantasy Star Universe

    which brings the total number to 108.

    All of the recently released games have guides; two of them (FF XII and .hack GU) are also available in deluxe packs.

    I corrected an information about Unlimited Saga. To my knowledge there was no guide published in the US for this game. If you know better please let me know (best with a pic).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audigy View Post
    As far as I know, Unlimited SaGa didn' get a strategy guide. *tosses an asterisk to the OP*
    Thanks, Audigy, you were right!

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    I added 'River King: A Wonderful Journey' because it is essentially the same game as the Harvest Moon games just centered around fishing instead of farming.

    Also added:

    -Justice League Heroes, an action-RPG in the same vein as Baldur’s Gate and Champions of Norrath, which has the same developer (Snowblind Studios);

    -Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, an action-RPG, a straightforward beat-em-up and dungeon crawler in the same vein as the two X-Men Legends games from the same developer (Raven).

    River King didn't see a published guide.

    This brings the total number of games up to 111.

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    I aded Graffiti Kingdom to the list since Magic Pengel is also already listed. (Tough case, I know)

    In the borderline category I added the so-called breeding RPGs Monster Rancher 3 and 4 and EVO.

    The only game for which a guide was published is Monster Rancher 3 to my knowledge. If you know better, PLEASE post and let us know.

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    I added Ar Tonelico and Rogue Galaxy. I didn't see a published guide offered for Ar Tolenico, so...if you know better let us know.

    Question: I removed the deluxe pack-note from Dot Hack GU. I remember to have read something about a deluxe pack for this game and made even a note, but can't find a thing about a deluxe set offering now. Maybe it was a cancelled EB/GS offering? Let us know if you have any information on this.

    I included a listing of the games available in a deluxe box set with the extra content at the end of the list. If you find mistakes or left-outs or have suggestions for more useful descriptions, please shout and scream!

    On a sidenote, what is exactly the deal with the cooperation between Prima and Doublejump? When I bought some time ago the guide for SMT Devil Summoner I noticed that the alleged Doublejump book was published by Prima although this publisher wasn't on the cover. Same goes now for the new Rogue Galaxy guide, in both cases the copyright is with Prima. The Devil Summoner guide was never offered on the Doublejumb website, however, Rogue Galaxy is.

    The guides seem to be great efforts; my Q: is Prima using the fantastic image of Doublejump among RPG-players to sell guides? Are the authors of the guides still slected and hired by Doublejump or Prima? Who is in charge for the content of guides, Doublejump or Prima?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    On a sidenote, what is exactly the deal with the cooperation between Prima and Doublejump? When I bought some time ago the guide for SMT Devil Summoner I noticed that the alleged Doublejump book was published by Prima although this publisher wasn't on the cover. Same goes now for the new Rogue Galaxy guide, in both cases the copyright is with Prima. The Devil Summoner guide was never offered on the Doublejumb website, however, Rogue Galaxy is.

    The guides seem to be great efforts; my Q: is Prima using the fantastic image of Doublejump among RPG-players to sell guides? Are the authors of the guides still slected and hired by Doublejump or Prima? Who is in charge for the content of guides, Doublejump or Prima?
    According to the Doublejump website (forums):

    The staff at Doublejump write the guides and Prima publishes them. Also of note is that Sony now requires Doublejump to publish their guides in the standard 8 1/2" x 11" format. No more fat, little guides for DJ (which is a good thing IMO).

    I just picked up the Rogue Galaxy guide (and game of course) this afternoon and it comes in at a hefty 384 pages. If this guide would have been made in the smaller format, it easily would be their largest one to date. The amount of information contained is amazing. I think all RPG fans should buy Doublejump guides if for nothing else than to support a company that is full of people who love the genre...even if you don't usually do the "guide thing".




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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Question: I removed the deluxe pack-note from Dot Hack GU. I remember to have read something about a deluxe pack for this game and made even a note, but can't find a thing about a deluxe set offering now. Maybe it was a cancelled EB/GS offering? Let us know if you have any information on this.
    Yes, there is a special edition version of .hack//GU that I believe was a GS/EB exclusive. It comes in a larger cardboard box that includes the game, a figurine of the character Haseo, and Terminal Disc, which has a video digest of the prevous .hack games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heybtbm View Post
    According to the Doublejump website (forums):

    The staff at Doublejump write the guides and Prima publishes them. Also of note is that Sony now requires Doublejump to publish their guides in the standard 8 1/2" x 11" format. No more fat, little guides for DJ (which is a good thing IMO).

    I just picked up the Rogue Galaxy guide (and game of course) this afternoon and it comes in at a hefty 384 pages. If this guide would have been made in the smaller format, it easily would be their largest one to date. The amount of information contained is amazing. I think all RPG fans should buy Doublejump guides if for nothing else than to support a company that is full of people who love the genre...even if you don't usually do the "guide thing".
    I normally hate guides, but love what Double Jump has been putting out. However I think it really stinks that Sony's being nazi asshats over the format. It was nice having a guide that fit on a normal bookshelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eternalblue81 View Post
    Yes, there is a special edition version of .hack//GU that I believe was a GS/EB exclusive. It comes in a larger cardboard box that includes the game, a figurine of the character Haseo, and Terminal Disc, which has a video digest of the prevous .hack games.
    Thanks, guy, you were right and my dim memory correct. I added the deluxe set to the listing. Strangely, I've never seen that thing. It comes with an Haseo action figure and a "Terminal Disc." Someone who has the set might be able to clarify what is on this disc for a more accurate description in the listing?

    I changed slightly the deluxe set lists at the end with more accurate and detailed content. This might be very helpful since we all know the evergreen Qs of collectors hunting after the WD sets for the PS1-RPGs like "what the hell was exactly in there?"

    EDIT: Sorry, I overlooked in your quote about the disc the part "which has a video digest of the prevous .hack games." I edited the list accordingly. Thanks guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daria View Post
    I normally hate guides, but love what Double Jump has been putting out. However I think it really stinks that Sony's being nazi asshats over the format. It was nice having a guide that fit on a normal bookshelf.
    Same here (not exactly, I love guides )...but I liked the bookformat of the recent Doublejump guides a lot (granted, very small print) like I loved the WD guides for Alundra and Lunar. I'd even opt for hardcover guidebooks like we have in Japan or had in the US from WD for Arc and Vanguard Bandits; but then, probably the market isn't lucrative enough for such elaborate guides in hardcover.

    (BTW, Daria, I loved your collections in the Dragon Quest and Zelda threads! VERY IMPRESSIVE.)

    However, I doubt what you and heybtbm said about Sony. It is probably PRIMA that insists on a magazine format for (what else?) money reasons, not Sony. Sony has no power over companies who publish guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Same here (not exactly, I love guides )...but I liked the bookformat of the recent Doublejump guides a lot (granted, very small print) like I loved the WD guides for Alundra and Lunar. I'd even opt for hardcover guidebooks like we have in Japan or had in the US from WD for Arc and Vanguard Bandits; but then, probably the market isn't lucrative enough for such elaborate guides in hardcover.

    (BTW, Daria, I loved your collections in the Dragon Quest and Zelda threads! VERY IMPRESSIVE.)

    However, I doubt what you and heybtbm said about Sony. It is probably PRIMA that insists on a magazine format for (what else?) money reasons, not Sony. Sony has no power over companies who publish guides.
    Well whoever's decision it was. It stinks. :Ž

    (thanks for the compliment though!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    However, I doubt what you and heybtbm said about Sony. It is probably PRIMA that insists on a magazine format for (what else?) money reasons, not Sony. Sony has no power over companies who publish guides.
    The info on Sony making the decision comes directly from the source...the people at Doublejump...

    http://www.doublejumpbooks.com/yabbs...p?topic=4709.0




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    Quote Originally Posted by heybtbm View Post
    The info on Sony making the decision comes directly from the source...the people at Doublejump...

    http://www.doublejumpbooks.com/yabbs...p?topic=4709.0
    Oh geez, I forgot that Sony published the game. I think Level-5 when I think about Rogue Galaxy, not Sony at all.

    You might be right. If "Sony asked for it," then the ball is in Sonys half albeit still the guide-publisher makes the final decision and has to hold grounds in the business-dealings with the game-publisher.

    It might be not so clear, though, to blame Sony. Isn't it very convenient for Doubejump to say that Sony insisted on the format than to say that it was PRIMAS decision since they have a publishing cooperation with them?

    Sony is a powerhouse, but so is Prima. I'd think they have enough leverage to push for a format they want...towards Sony AND Doublejump.

    The reason I'm so mistrustful about the alleged Sony pressure is the SMT Devil Summoner guide. The game publisher changed (Atlus), but not Prima and Doublejump producing in the same new format (except for the first Disgaea guide). I don't know, but maybe Atlus pushed for the mag format as Sony did? I doubt it. Seems more likely that Prima with all its distribution power isn't a friend of the book format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Sony is a powerhouse, but so is Prima. I'd think they have enough leverage to push for a format they want...towards Sony AND Doublejump.
    Sony has the ultimate (and final) say in anything related to games, guides, accessories released on any of their systems. If you want to release your PS2, PSP, or PS3 product...you have to play by their rules. I'm not offering a commentary if this is good or bad, I'm just pointing out the way this industry works.

    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Seems more likely that Prima with all its distribution power isn't a friend of the book format.
    You're probably on to something there.




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    Quote Originally Posted by heybtbm View Post
    Sony has the ultimate (and final) say in anything related to games, guides, accessories released on any of their systems.
    Oh Lord, I won't even respond to that because it is ridiculous.

    However, as a publisher for a specific game, Sony has the final word for a licensed guide. But I doubt heavily that Sony pressured for a larger guide format.

    The reason: let's use some common sense. After the first Disgaea guide, DJ published six guides exclusively in book format, among them SMT Nocturne (game publisher: Atlus) and Genji (game publisher: Sony). NIS, Atlus, and Sony felt obviously very comfortable with the successful format. If I were to believe the Sony-pressure-tale, Atlus and Sony suddenly transformed into a larger format pressuring company after Prima took over distribution.

    It doesn't make sense! I wouldn't be surprised if NIS transforms into a mag- format-loving company as well after giving their ok for three guides in book size; and this has nothing to do with Prima, of course.

    I don't know if the guy on the DJ forum reperesents DJ or not. If he does, the statement that Sony asked for the larger format is the dumbest thing he could say. It is not only false it is dumb because it is a cheap weaseling-out-strategy in order to avoid problems with the new cooperator Prima although it is obvious what's going on. It is a Doublejump-Prima decision, nothing else. Just ask him in response if Atlus insisted on the new format, too, and if isn't a remarkable coincidence that the format-change falls together with the new cooperation with Prima.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Thanks, guy, you were right and my dim memory correct. I added the deluxe set to the listing. Strangely, I've never seen that thing. It comes with an Haseo action figure and a "Terminal Disc."
    No problem. Happy to add toward the list. I was wondering if it would be helpful if the games that were only sold in deluxe/special edition form, like Dragon Quest VII, Magna Carta, and those that had the choice between standard and deluxe like Growlanser and .hack//Gu were differently marked?

    By the way, I'm a gal, not a guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Oh Lord, I won't even respond to that because it is ridiculous.

    However, as a publisher for a specific game, Sony has the final word for a licensed guide. But I doubt heavily that Sony pressured for a larger guide format.

    The reason: let's use some common sense. After the first Disgaea guide, DJ published six guides exclusively in book format, among them SMT Nocturne (game publisher: Atlus) and Genji (game publisher: Sony). NIS, Atlus, and Sony felt obviously very comfortable with the successful format. If I were to believe the Sony-pressure-tale, Atlus and Sony suddenly transformed into a larger format pressuring company after Prima took over distribution.

    It doesn't make sense! I wouldn't be surprised if NIS transforms into a mag- format-loving company as well after giving their ok for three guides in book size; and this has nothing to do with Prima, of course.

    I don't know if the guy on the DJ forum reperesents DJ or not. If he does, the statement that Sony asked for the larger format is the dumbest thing he could say. It is not only false it is dumb because it is a cheap weaseling-out-strategy in order to avoid problems with the new cooperator Prima although it is obvious what's going on. It is a Doublejump-Prima decision, nothing else. Just ask him in response if Atlus insisted on the new format, too, and if isn't a remarkable coincidence that the format-change falls together with the new cooperation with Prima.
    Believe whatever you want. Doublejump books said themselves (several times on their own forums) that Sony requested the larger size. If you want to continue with this bizarre conspiracy rant...go ahead. I'm done here.




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    Quote Originally Posted by heybtbm View Post
    Believe whatever you want. Doublejump books said themselves (several times on their own forums) that Sony requested the larger size. If you want to continue with this bizarre conspiracy rant...go ahead. I'm done here.
    We have very different concepts of "bizarre" and "conspiracy"...and "rant." What I described is neither bizarre nor a conspiracy but a very normal business relationship and business deal based on realism and not naivite. The former takes business with critical rationalism, the latter takes statements at face value.
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