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2041  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.
2042  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?
2043  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.
2044  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.
2045  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.
2046  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.
2047  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.
2048  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.
2049  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.
2050  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.
2051  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.
2052  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
2053  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 15, 2008, 09:40:10 AM
Going from rank 3 Bastok, switching to Windurst cost me 4K.  I don't know what influences the cost, but thought that was worth noting.

It's also worth noting that Windurst's missions are far, far better in terms of plot, character personalities, and detail.  Bastok's characters are about as colorful and interesting as the surrounding countryside and town itself... all lifeless and depressing.  I'm very happy I switched to Windurst for the nicer atmosphere, better exposition, and the fact that the fishing and cooking guilds are there, both of which I'm involved with.  Got rank 5 last night, so I can do airship travel again.

Next stop, level 50.
2054  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: September 22, 2008, 07:21:42 PM
Just ring me up anytime.  My character's name is Meicyn... more than happy to do some level sync action.
2055  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: September 21, 2008, 07:51:00 PM
Level 1 to level 18 Paladin in the span of 8 hours, including breaks.  Most of it was solo.

Craziness.
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