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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 18, 2015, 06:04:06 PM
Fallout 2 - I don't know if at this point anyone cares about spoilers but you've been warned.

For all the hype the game gets it sure is boring. I'm mostly in it for New Vegas (and Cassidy, because he is awesome). The whole of San Francisco and that Hubology cult was so out of place, not to mention New Reno and a certain Vault populated by rather peculiar inhabitants. Despite the similarities shared between New Reno and Vegas (casinos, warring families, overall feeling of decadence), the latter was properly integrated and consistent to the overall theme of the game whereas the former was "just there". NV had its wacky moments, truth be told, but most of it was confined to a special perk and Old World Blues (the weakest dlc, imo). Not only that, it more or less kept the "post-apoc western" setting through most of the campaign (the dlcs were exceptions).

Anyway, at long last I delivered the GECK hoping the game would end and, yo and behold, it tells me I need to face the Enclave, just like that. Zero build up, unlike the Master's shenanigans back in FO1 or the growing tensions between the major factions in NV. However dry it could be at times, the original Fallout had focus and interesting, even creepy places like the Glow and the Cathedral. Back when I started FO2, I was looking forward to visit the NCR territory and, when I did, the "best" thing I found over there was Tandi, who basically gave me $ and told me to gtfo. If not for Vault City and Gecko there would be no interesting areas to explore.

Hopefully the Enclave section will be over quickly because the game is dragging by now.

TL;DR - I don't like Fallout 2.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obligatory 2014 Thread: Your Year on: December 21, 2014, 08:35:35 PM
1) Tie between Shadowrun: Dragonfall DC and Morrowind.

2) Shadowrun: Dragonfall DC

3) Maybe Dragon Age Inquisition? Not a proper disappointment since I was expecting a prettified DA2 (which I'm not a fan of) and that's exactly what it was.
33  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 19, 2014, 06:11:34 AM
Dragon Age Inquisition - Yeah, I think the series isn't for me anymore. I could list all things I thought were poorly done or implemented but then I'd be a negative nanny haha. At least DAO will always be there to replay.

A few spoilery comments:
The best thing in the whole game was letting that twit Hawke die (and save Loghain once more). So good, though he/she probably didn't die. It was also a nice touch to hear again from Morrigan and even the Warden (which hopefully will never show up in future games so Bioware won't have the chance to ruin the character.)
34  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.
35  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.


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.
36  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.
37  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.
38  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.
39  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.
40  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...
41  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.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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.
45  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.
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