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841  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Infinite Space on: May 04, 2010, 09:58:52 PM
Yeah, I had to order my copy from Amazon. Couldn't find it at any retailer in a college town fer christ's sake.
842  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Infinite Space on: May 01, 2010, 09:49:48 AM
BTW there is an excellent FAQ on GameFAQs for the game that really demystified alot of the density and transformed my experience into a much more enjoyable one.
843  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Infinite Space on: May 01, 2010, 09:45:35 AM
Once you *get* the mechanics, it's really quite brilliant when you finally have all the facets of gameplay in place (fighters, AA, weapons loadout, stat twinking, etc.) The only major beef I have is that without a FAQ you miss a ton of content and there are alot of times where you aren't given much information on how to advance the storyline. The complete lack of a dialogue or quest log really hurts the game. There were many times where I didn't realize I had to talk to an NPC X number of times to advance the story or visit Y location without any real direction. I guess it gives you a sense of discovery but in a game this long (60 hours minimum WITH the FAQ) you could be endlessly dawdling.

Still it's a great game, once you unearth the mechanics. The storyline starts out trite but becomes obnoxiously epic. I really would love to see the sequel get HD treatment with some real anime cutscenes.
844  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chaos Rings on: April 25, 2010, 02:08:23 AM
I just DL'd the game and I have to say I am not disappointed in the slightest. The graphics are prett much the best on the iPhone yet, which is pretty close to the PSP in terms of polygons. The controls are pretty awesome. Unlike Zenonia the analog touch stick isn't static it appears wherever you press on the left side of the screen. If you've played any iPhone games with a virtual control pad, you know that not having a physical controller makes controlling via touch cumbersome because your fingers are always reorienting. By making the input completely moderated by your touch makes a huge difference. There's no need to reorient your hands or your fingers because the input is dynamic.

Definately a must buy if you have an iPhone and love RPGs.
845  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Infinite Space on: April 23, 2010, 04:23:18 AM
I'm about 6 hours in, last fight of chapter 3, and I'm loving the game but it's not for everyone. The manual and ingame help don't do much to teach you the intricacies of the game. There's alot of trial and error involved, especially when it comes to moving the story along - there's no quest log that I can find. There's a ton of grinding for cash, but the combat is pretty cool once you understand all of the mechanics and open up a few abilities. I'm thankful for the ability to skip the combat cinematics though. The story and characters pick up decently in chapter 2, and the game is incredibly vast, though I do shake my head at some of the design choices. There needs to be a pan and a zoom in combat and travel because you can't really see anything until the action cinematics. They desperately need to have tooltips for modules and weapons - comparison shopping is a pain in the ass. Having an arrow graph doesn't help with the amount of customization you need to do on the fly. The boss fights can be pretty unforgiving, especially when you have to fly through sectors without stations, leaving you to fight with an almost full Tiredness gauge (yes, that's what it's called. Fatigue would have made more sense). I also wish they put a little animation in the character portraits. The anime stills are of a nice quality, so having bitmap portraits seems needlessly retro.

I will say it took a couple of hard hours to get hooked on the game, and if your not a min/max type of person, or an impatient player, then stay far away from IS. If your a patient person looking for an incredibly deep strategic experience with an almost never ending array of customization options and a pretty cool space opera, look no further. I completely agree with Akira's review of the game. Probably one of the most addictive DS games ever.
846  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 23, 2010, 02:07:38 AM
Any of you Leviathan old timers (newcomers welcome too), Belle put together a group on Facebook for people to discuss and network for XIV. Check it out.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=120647537949251
847  Media / General Games / Re: Finally, a game worth dusting my Wii off for... on: April 11, 2010, 04:56:57 PM
I actually ordered Fragile, so we'll see how it goes. I was really interested in it when they announced it in Japan, but I had been so out of touch with alot of the more obscure Wii titles that I overlooked it. I did get a hold of the Monster Hunter Tri demo... and hot damn if that's not a sweet looking title. I haven't done any online multiplayer on the Wii yet, so i'm curious to see how it pans out, but I think i'm going to get it just off my impressions of the demo. I really wish Nintendo gave us at least a 720p option on the Wii - playing it on my 32" in the office is decent, but when I put it on the 63" in the livingroom, it hurts my eyes ><
848  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 10, 2010, 09:48:53 AM
Looks like videos are still up here... http://www.ffxivblog.com/livestream-of-ffxiv-gameplay/

If you haven't seen them yet, you may want to check them out before they get yanked again.
849  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 10, 2010, 08:29:00 AM
Looks like the leaked alpha footage got removed at the developer's request. However there's still some more stuff on the net such as...

leaked alpha manual with pictures...

http://www.psu.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5063463#post5063463

Click on the spoilers button to show the details...

Here's a more tidyed up version via GameInformer.

http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2010/04/05/final-fantasy-xiv-alpha-begins-thursday-new-details-uncovered.aspx
850  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 09, 2010, 06:27:20 PM
I'm just stating that I still think Aion's combat system is the best of the genre  right now that I've experienced, especially at endgame. The rest of the game has issues, but I standby my opinion of the combat. Combat in XI was slow, methodical and boring after a while. I really hope XIV mixes things up and makes combat more fast paced and visceral.
851  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 09, 2010, 05:26:15 PM
I'm kind of hoping the combat is a little more fast paced later on. After playing AION, i'm spoiled on the battle system, from the video it looks about as slow as XI ><
852  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 09, 2010, 09:00:26 AM
LOL looks like he made this stream also...
http://www.justin.tv/calvyno/b/261945023

and got banninated for violating the NDA, but the videos still remain intact. Sucks for him :)
853  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 09, 2010, 08:38:06 AM
You want, footage... here ya go... Thanks to Belledeath for digging this up in the wilds of the internet.

http://www.justin.tv/calvyno/b/261943051#r=ufrRjWg~&s=li Takes a while for him to login though, but almost 2 hours worth of gameplay.

I warn you, its painful to watch cause the person playing doesn't seem to know what the hell their doing, and has several other things running in the background like MiRC etc. The framerate is also pretty choppy, but at least its a clear glimpse of how the gameplay works, you just have to be really patient in watching the video.
854  Media / General Games / Re: Finally, a game worth dusting my Wii off for... on: April 09, 2010, 08:31:09 AM
I had really bad experiences with the first one, and I don't have motion plus, so I probably won't be playing this one.

The game comes with the motion plus packaged with it. As per my original post, I have the first game too which was horrible, and RS2 is nothing like the first.

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I only really commented because I HATE the phrase "This game made me dust off my Wii!" because it's such horseshit.  There are so many awesome games for the Wii coming out that I fail to see how anyone could have time to play them all, and STILL we're getting this nonsense "Hurf Durf there's nothing to play on the Wii".  Horseshit.

That sir, is your opinion. Outside of the games Eusis mentioned (a whopping TWO) there aren't alot of games on the Wii that appeal to me. Please realize that my statement is MY opinion, so respect it as such before declaring carte blanche that its horseshit. You obviously didn't take the time to even read what I wrote anyway.  I've owned a Wii since launch and my backlog of games on it is a handful compared to the literal pile I have for PS2, PS3 and 360 titles. So yes, RS2 is a game that is new (not on the horizon) that was worth me dusting off my Wii for.
855  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV Thread on: April 09, 2010, 05:31:38 AM
More information about the alpha test which started in Japan two days ago (which makes me think the NA alpha has yet to begin) . The info is from Famitsu as translated by the staff at FFXIVCore.

Alpha impressions with pics http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/5081-famitsu-site-update-alpha-impressions/?s=5768cb0718f07d9c85ca9394d17392f0

Gameplay Details http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/5095-famitsu-april-22nd-issue-alpha-test-sneak-peek/?s=727f767b73d15032de34d19d0860f2b7

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