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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:45:48 AM »
I picked another PS4 up, it's a new Slim version. Decided to give Bloodborne another chance and I'm faring much better this time. There was something really wrong with that borrowed PS4 Pro, you guys were right. Anyway, it's such an atmospheric game, despite the lacking 2nd half. Gonna check out the Old Hunters DLC this time.

Got Persona 5 too but I'm so slow by the time I get to play it, the improved version will probably be out.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:40:12 AM »
Just read the review, cannot wait to play this gem of a game!

The lack of news about the PC version is a bit worrying, though. Don't want another Automata hack job of a port, DQ deserves much better.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 01, 2018, 11:58:10 AM »
^ Maybe you borrowed a bad unit? I just bought a PS4 Pro a week or so ago, and haven't noticed any "sluggishness" in any area. Games boot up quickly, they look great, and controls respond just fine. I was initially alarmed at how hot the system gets, but there have been zero performance issues over hours of play, so I don't consider that a con.

<-- Never encountered input lag in Bloodborne, nor did I feel that the interface was sluggish. Clunky and unorganized, but not slow or laggy. Maybe the PS Store is, but...that's been a constant problem with Playstation products, and even their websites are slow as fuck. They need to get their shit together there...otherwise, can't help ya, sorry. Did you try different HDMI cables? That's the only other thing I got. Had to swap the ones on my PS3 once because I was having issues.

I have no clue about the PS4, it's from a friend of mine who had to travel for around 2 weeks and lent it to me, since I had occasionally mentioned BB. According to wikipedia the "Pro" is a beefed up PS4, so in theory it should... run games better? Felt disappointed for sure. I then tried Nioh in "performance mode" or w/e it was called and the controller response was much better. By the powers of Google, I found BB has bad frame pacing, which I believe is what bothered me so much.

Could also be a case of being stuck with PC and portables for so long that console gaming now feels completely alien. My last console was the venerable PS2, which was basically put disc in -> play. With the PS4, I felt no joy like I did when I first turned my PS2 back in the day. Quite the contrary, was annoyed as hell I had to install the game, then wait for it to download updates, which took its sweet time since my connection is on the crappier side. I hate the "pc master race" meme but it unfortunately does have a point.

This is probably super old news to most of you but I had no idea things had changed so much and I'm not exactly sure if for the better. Oh, well. I feel like that image of the old man yelling at clouds, lol.

It's interesting how we change over time.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:19:41 PM »
I borrowed a PS4 Pro for two weeks in order to play Bloodborne. After hearing so much praise, turns out it was nothing special. Been there, done that -- I know the drill by now. It would still be alright if it wasn't for the horrid input lag. I tried hooking the controller to the console, tried hooking the console itself to my monitor instead of the TV, same results. Unacceptable in an action game.

About the PS4 itself, I have no idea why it sold (sells?) so much. Poor hardware, sluggish system interface... Console gaming is truly dead to me.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« on: April 02, 2018, 01:05:31 PM »
B) this is Squeenix we're talking about here. They completely ignored DQX for the west and NoA had to foot the bill for the DS ports way back when.

I think the chances are decent this time. The translation will be ready  to go, unless the Switch version adds new events, like the 3DS one did. Remember, SE does like easy money, unless XI bombs completely, which I don't think it  will -- it has the right production values people on the west value. Besides, X was a MMO, which many are not fond of, morever they'd ve to maintain servers and stuff.

Either way, nice it will be on PC too. Would've double dipped and picked the 3DS version too, the classic mode looked so good.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:31:22 PM »
Playing Pokemon Crystal. Cyndaquil 4 lyfe!

(too many y's)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:53:49 PM »
- Metroid: Samus Returns

It's nice and all but lacking as a Metroid game.

The control scheme was horrible, free aim was a pain in the ass. I very much preferred the locked angle of the previous classic games. I don't know if the "new 3ds" improves the handling but on my cheapo 2DS it didn't flow well.

What about the uppercut mechanic? I don't think it has a place in the main series which is known for its deliberate, slow paced gameplay. Don't play Metroid for the action nor am I a fan of the Prime games.

Visually, it was very drab (not that the original is much better, being on the GB). However, in Metroid II, the deeper you got, the more suffocating it was and you would find a lot of organic matter too, indicating you were approaching some kind of nest. Meanwhile, in SR you have a bunch of sterile, large rooms. Didn't like the 3D graphics at all, where was the beautiful 2D art?

On the bright side: The map was a blessing. To this day I still have no idea how I managed to complete the original Metroid II by myself, without consulting any external sources. Metroid fights were another improvement, felt dynamic and way better than the missile sponges of the original. I also loved the end sequence, nice Super Metroid foreshadowing.

Nonetheless, it could've been better. Felt like Nintendo threw bones in order to shut up the people asking for a new game. I know the series won't print money or move systems like Mario or Zelda but at least treat your IPs with a modicum of respect. Have yet to play AM2R, but I feel it might indeed be the superior Metroid II remake. A work of love.


- TES IV: Oblivion

The internet hivemind was right: what a mess.

The overworld was made of boring green hills and tress, laced with tacked on shrines here and there. I didn't find a single thing that made me go "Hey, what's that structure over there? Better check it out!". Dungeons looked identical, visually speaking: brown caves, grey temples. Even, the towns were all copy-pasted affairs (well, Bruma had snow).

Mechanics were weird. You have dice rolls mixed with real time stuff, jany as hell. I did like magic being mapped to a specific key, though. No word on the infamous scaling, since I had heard it was so bad I modded it out.

Most of the sidequests were better than Morrowind's usual fetch approach or Skyrim's "kill draugr to solve all problems". I didn't mind the repeated voice actors, but the sudden voice changes were eye-rolling.

I didn't last long (around 20 hours, I think) because it was extremely boring. Didn't even complete the main quest. Elements of both Morrowind and what would eventually be Skyrim were present but didn't mix well, like oil and water. It's as if the game was unsure of what it wanted to be: a full blown RPG or an action title. Reminded me of Dragon Age II.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:48:59 PM »
Wearing a shirt Vaan?
Maybe they can finally fix Vaan's abs.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:00:06 PM »
God be praised, FF12 on PC!

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity or Torment Tides of Numenera?
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:24:51 PM »
Thought both were pretty weak.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:23:13 PM »
None of the characters were well developed enough for me to feel much of anything for them.  Maybe that changes in ME2/3?

Yes, characterization is ME2 forte.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey V
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:22:22 PM »
I'm not too keen on the music. Third stratum was the worst offender, had to mute the sound since it was super grating on the ears. Curiously enough, its FM version is fantastic. The first battle theme isn't good either, considering the amount of time you'll hear it and taking previous games on account. Thank god later you get a kickass theme to make up for suffering through it.

Took a break when I encountered the teleporter puzzle. I'm still traumatized by the one in EOII.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016)
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:14:31 PM »
Kanto and Johto were lovely adventures indeed. I'm really fond of Black1/White1 too, felt it was a modernized take on Red/Blue and God bless playing with older PCs. Sun/Moon, otoh were super boring, not to mention the PC was some creepy always smiling kid.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei V
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:06:16 PM »
Ehh... IV and Apocalypse were pretty iffy, so not really interested unless it goes back to minimalist Nocturne style.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey V
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:02:26 PM »
Am I the only one playing this?

Nobody else?

As far as party makeup, it seems like you need to almost make a character for every class and switch them out as needed.

Is this on the mark?

Was thinking the same! I keep swapping the dragoon and the katana wielder class, according to my needs of more defense or offense. Other than that I'm rocking a pugilist/necromancer/mage/botanist party and it was trouble free till I faced the 1st stratum boss. Need more time to analyze its patterns.

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