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2041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: November 26, 2008, 02:05:13 PM
Well, I traded in The Last Remnant to Gamestop for $30 (I paid $40 through Amazon, so it's a minor loss).  I gave the game a chance, but it failed to immerse me.  The combat system is fun, and the soundtrack is pretty awesome IMO, but it takes more than that to make a good RPG.  I overlooked the technical issues in the game just as I did for Mass Effect, but Mass Effect had an impressive world, interesting characters, fantastic writing, and a focused storyline.  The Last Remnant gives me none of that.

More power to the folks who enjoy it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
2042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: IGN ARTICLE ON SQUARE ENIX on: November 26, 2008, 11:32:47 AM
Some points are good, others are not.  Characters in towns are a good point, since I talked to everyone in Mass Effect that I could (though there's technically only one, very freakin' large "town" in Mass Effect).  Every character had their own agenda, motivations, whatever... and the writing was always top notch.  Playing through The Last Remnant, all town NPCs so far have been boring with typical JRPG dialogue.  Tales of games are the worst at this, where NPCs will have one liners like "I love the beach."  I think the last JRPG I played where I went out of my way to talk to every NPC was Grandia 2, because the writing was phenomenal and the dialogue would further supplement character personalities since your party would be a full participant in these interactions.
2043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: November 25, 2008, 08:11:27 PM
I had considered the possibility that David already knew about Rush's situation, but I just couldn't figure out a way to make it work.  If they knew that Irina was missing, then how did they have absolutely no idea who Rush is, who is with Irina all the time up until her kidnapping?  If she was so important that they'd have an informant keeping watch on her, then they certainly would have kept tabs on her brother as well, considering their family is supposedly famous and all that.

On a side note, the battle system is growing on me... it's definitely a lot of fun.  The animations for characters in conversation pieces however, is getting progressively more awkward the further I go.  It's as if no motion capture was done, because everyone animates like string puppets... which is made more distracting because they tried to make the characters as realistic looking as they could within the limits of the game engine.
2044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: November 25, 2008, 11:52:02 AM
Started the game, and there's already issues with writing.  I'm at the part where Rush first meets David (Dah-veed?  Really?), and David already starts talking to Rush about helping find his sister.  The problem?  Neither Rush nor Emma mentioned Rush's sister at all.  Either David can read minds, can see the future, or the story-writers weren't paying attention.

The combat system is interesting so far, though I've only scratched the surface.  I like the soundtrack, and the graphics are nice when the textures are there... it seems so strange how in some cutscenes, texture pop-in is minimal to non-existant, and in other spots there's texture issues all the time.  The animations are a mixed bag.  The awkward poses and animations characters do in many conversations look silly and completely unrealistic.  No one moves like that.

Minor gripes, really.  I'll comment more when I get further in.
2045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: November 24, 2008, 08:28:52 PM
IGN can dislike the game as much as they want.  It gets so tiring watching the RPG community act like a bunch of snobby wine connoisseurs.  Some people like it, some people don't.  As long as you enjoy the game, isn't that all that really matters?
2046  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China hates pop music. on: November 24, 2008, 12:27:49 AM
Personally, I'm looking forward to continued drama.
2047  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 22, 2008, 04:36:38 PM
Expansion add-ons, also known as "Adventure Packs" to folks who play Everquest 2.  Square's taking yet more cues from Sony Online Entertainment, I see.
2048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: November 19, 2008, 08:28:15 PM
I wonder how much of the slowdown and/or stuttering will be decreased merely from installing the game to the hard drive.  I tested Mass Effect this evening, and it made quite a difference.  There's considerably less stuttering than before, the menus navigate faster, and texture pop-in has been drastically reduced.  I imagine all Unreal Engine games would benefit.
2049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: November 17, 2008, 10:45:06 PM
Or, we could have another pretentious JRPG filled with random religious references and a quest to kill god.  It's all been done to death.
2050  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoy your stay in hell, Obama lovers. on: November 15, 2008, 02:48:05 PM
Really? Seriously, most people voted for Obama for his "change" and of his race (that is a fact. Like 97% black people voted for him and some of my friends voted for him just because of that.)
The statistics vary depending on the source, but Obama averaged about 95% of the black vote.  Kerry got about 93% in 2004, and Al Gore about 95% as well.

Blacks have historically voted Democrat in overwhelming numbers for some time now.  Stating that it was mostly over his race is rather disingenuous.  Obama could have been white, and he still would have received the black vote in the 90th percentile.
2051  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the traditional console RPG genre stale? on: November 05, 2008, 04:27:10 PM
People have been weeping crocodile tears since the 32-bit era about how RPGs aren't like "the good ol' days".  Same old tired arguments, same old rhetoric, same old nonsense.
2052  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 02, 2008, 09:44:31 AM
Probably, but I doubt the transfer is instantaneous.  I do know that it costs money to do a server transfer.  You're better off just starting over.

If you do start over, send a /tell to my character Meicyn, and I'll hook you up with a linkpearl (think guild).  There's other folks on it that are also low level, that you may be able to play with.
2053  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 02, 2008, 09:06:34 AM
Create a new character, and select Leviathan as the server.
2054  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 23, 2008, 06:02:22 PM
Only thing I cared about was the Trick Staff II and Treat Staff II.  I now have both.
2055  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FUCK ALL OTHER MMORPGS on: October 23, 2008, 06:01:41 PM
Loved KOTOR, loved Mass Effect, but here's the thing.  Bioware games are always buggy as hell.  MMORPGs are some of the most open-ended, and thus most prone to issues with bugs out of any kind of game around.

Therefore, Bioware + MMO = Glitch Fiesta
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