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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 24, 2014, 08:16:22 PM
Finished both Shadowrun campaigns. DMS was really good, but Dragonfall DC was on another level, almost there with New Vegas. Gameplay, writing, soundtrack, visuals, atmosphere - it nailed everything. I had no idea I would like it (and DMS) so much considering I knew nothing of the pnp game. Can't wait for another official module.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 08, 2014, 02:58:30 PM
I played the game and wanted to talk about it so badly.

Here you go.

http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Dragon_Age_Inquisition_First_Look/index.html

Good preview, Taellus. I haven't kept up with the development so I know little about the game.

It seems most people who were able to play it early highlighted the fedex nature of the "sidequests". I think it would be more apt to call them busywork them properly structured quests. Skyrim was guilty of these too so maybe it's a problem inherent to open world games.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 02:37:35 PM
To give it some credit, I don't think I can ever get sick of the last epic FMV.  That shit was...cool....as hell.

Oh, agreed. Chapter 12 had a nice one too during the intro.

Nope, you didn't miss a thing. A wizard goddess did it is all you need to know (until the sequel where due to a wizard goddess doing it, a time hole opened up and swallowed Lightning for some reason; also there's a guy literally made of Bahamuts running around trying to save his chronically doomed waifu (or at least one/all of them) and also Sora from Kingdom Hearts but none of that matters because Serah just wants to go on Time Cop adventures with her beloved Sabertooth Snow but the universe wont let her since the aforementioned goddess also made her into a doomed waifu (not to be confused with all the other doomed waifu/s, as she is not the same person as that doomed waifu(s)); at least the plot of XIII-2 isn't as goofy as XIII-3).

Yeah, I read about it on the FF wiki (you know a game had good storytelling when you need to check external sources). It also explains the party transformation and the Fang/Vanille thing. Wouldn't be bad if they actually mentioned her directly during the course of the story instead of a datalog entry or a throwaway scene towards the end of Chapter 11 in which Vanille is basically just reading stuff. Show, don't tell.

They should have taken more time to develop the mythos/backstory. Hell, Chapter 11 onwards should be about the party discovering the existence of said goddess and she could even manifest herself or something. Instead, they go to Oerba because reasons. So many missed opportunities.

I was mildly interested in XIII-2 and LR because the battle system was improved, but I don't know if I'll be able to stomach the story + annoying characters. If there's something I liked about Lightning is that she was quiet and would tell people to shut up.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 07, 2014, 11:32:06 PM
FFXIII - Beaten.

It's an ok game. Unfortunately it started to fall apart by Chapter 11, which managed to kill the pacing, characters and story in one swift strike. The final dungeon deserves special mention because god, it dragged so much. I had more trouble getting to the boss than fighting it. The ending was a bit of a wtf or maybe I wasn't paying attention. Gonna hit Youtube later to rewatch the cutscenes.

Aaaand that's it.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 27, 2014, 10:33:40 PM
Draak, all the TES games have level scaling/leveled lists. People just bitched about it in Oblivion a lot for some reason.

Oh I see. It's just that I kept reading "Morrowind has no item/level scale and is perfection!!1!one!" so I was surprised.

To be honest after playing it the Skyrim hate makes little sense beyond lore/world building. Maybe if I had played the game back in 2002 I'd think different. Well, I did but quit after character creation, oops.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 27, 2014, 07:32:12 PM
Morrowind - Beat the main quest and did a bunch of Imperial legion ones. Took too long to join House Redoran and they ended up telling me to gtfo. I know you can join then later but what's the point? Still, good game. The meeting with a certain someone in Vivec during the final stages of the main campaign was truly great as well as the whole Tribunal debate through the story.

On the bad side:

- I thought the game had no leveled lists/level scaling but daedric weapons were dropping left and right and Dark Brotherhood ambushes were getting way too hard. Two assassins? Good thing I was near the door.
- Final boss encounter was bugged because once I cast levitate he tried to go after me, fell down and got stuck somewhere, which was unintentionally funny. How come such powerful enemy doesn't know how to fly?
- Dungeon design was weak, there was no variety whatsoever. It's something I thought was rather well done in Skyrim.
- Fetch quests everywhere.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Grimrock II on: October 18, 2014, 12:28:25 PM
Out already?! Need to play the first one...
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2014, 12:23:28 PM
MH Freedom Unite - Mission accomplished. Took down Ukanlos (huge pain in the ass, ugh) which means I'm done with the game. There are still quests left but I'm not dealing with Diablos or Rajang anymore, nope nope. Gonna take a long break from the series and "hardcore" gaming as a whole.

FF XIII - It's a soap opera instead of a game, full of fake melodrama. Only downsides are Snow (good thing all sane characters tell him to stfu) and Vanille (what the heck is wrong wih her?). Voice acting is mostly solid, though everytime Lighting talks I imagine Liara, haha. Probably explains why she was all dark and edgy in Mass Effect 2.

Battle system got a bit better once I realized the stagger mechanic is all that matters, however I still have trouble remembering which paradigm does what. Would be better if the game paused while you decide the next shift.

It's been an enjoyable experience so far.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 12, 2014, 12:25:39 AM
I'm playing the Final Fantasy XIII PC port and by reading internet forums you'd think it's the worst port ever when it's not even close. Yeah, it's missing basic options like being able to set the resolution and key mapping (not all keys can be changed) and there's some weirdness going on with the framerate but it's not the end of the world. Dark Souls and Saints Row 2 were way, way worse as in not even properly playable at launch. Game is pretty, runs fine on my mid range desktop and default keyboard controls are decent.

It's another case of the PC gaming community overreacting and blowing things out of proportion. I think some of these people prefer to nitpick about every single detail instead of, I don't know, playing games and having fun? "Oh noes, 720p? The horror, the horror!"

I'm just glad I can finally play the game.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 09:53:22 PM
Skyrim - Finished the main quest, civil war and a few odd sidequests here and there so I consider it "beaten".

Morrowind - I tried that graphics overhaul mod and it was so overdone I could barely see where my character was stepping. Went with a combo made of texture replacers, code patch and mge xe without those crappy post processing effects. Looks good without loosing the feel of the game.

Long live to the wikipedia dialogue.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 08, 2014, 08:54:59 PM
.hack//SIGN is really good, excellent character-driven series. Not to mention the terrific soundtrack. Can't go wrong with that one, unless you want something action packed.

I find Yama a little boring (moreso than a G-rank Lao run) but Ukanlos is a blast every time.  Whenever I go back to running monsters with old hunting buddies it's usually a lot of Rajang, Teostra, and Ukanlos.  Fatalis just isn't any fun. 

Oh no, worse than Lao? :( I've been waiting to fight him since I saw this cute pic. Yama is like the series Cthulhu.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 07, 2014, 06:05:14 PM
Went back to my trusty PSP since the 3DS went kaput (and I barely played the thing, thanks Nintendo.) Anyway, picked up MH Freedom Unite again and have been tearing through HR8 monsters. Looking forward to Yama and Ukanlos.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 24, 2014, 10:46:25 AM
Christ, what have I started?

Some kind of RPGFan .Hack fest, that's what.

Oh, the evil you've unleashed upon The World!

Seriously, it's nice to meet another fan. Didn't know you mentioned the games a few pages back, thought no one cared about the franchise anymore.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: August 24, 2014, 10:11:52 AM
Why is the PS4 selling so much? I've been out of the loop about consoles since the beginning of the PS3 days, when the reception was lukewarm at best.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 24, 2014, 09:48:55 AM
I've been on a .hack mood lately so I gave .hack//Infection a go (again). Gameplay is god awful but the lack of teenage drama makes it so much better than GU.

Come to think about it, it's curious how CC2/Bandai never released a .hack collection for the PS3, considering the prices of the games nowadays. Would be pretty practical and affordable to have IMOQ + GU in one disc. Then there's still Link, Versus and Guilty Dragon left...

I miss the PS2 days, when most Japanese games were localized.


Recently slogged through almost 100 hours of FFXII.  That game somehow managed to be a fat giant turd and impossibly addictive at the same time.

Ha, welcome to the club. I spent an unholy amount of time doing the hunt quests or whatever they were named and I didn't even like the game.
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