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16  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.
17  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.
18  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...
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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.
25  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.
26  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.
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2014, 10:25:17 PM
Finished Saints Row 4. Yeah, I'm disappointed with this one.

I loved the references to the past games, but it didn't feel like a SR game. I think it was the emphasis on the sci-fi stuff and the super powers, too out of the place. The main campaign was weak and the humor was hit or miss, whereas SR2/3 were spot-on. Gameplay-wise, the novelty of the powers wore off fast and it got dull in a way the past games didn't.

28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 10, 2014, 09:25:17 PM
Yup. Not to mention there are companions and henchmen you can hire to fill the gaps in your party.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 10, 2014, 09:03:24 PM
It's a fantastic game, the praise and hype is well deserved in this case. I'm impressed by the class(less) system and the many ways you can manipulate the battlefield to your favor.

Soundtrack is stellar too.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 01, 2014, 03:21:47 AM
Divnity: OS - Gameplay seems to be excellent from what I've played and the interactivity with the scenary sets it apart from almost all RPGs I've played. True to a Larian game, the dialogues are funny/witty: couldn't help but smile when an enemy was complaining about arthritis. Had to tear myself away from the computer or I'd keep playing.
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