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2161  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Metal Gear Solid 4 on: June 16, 2008, 08:37:40 PM
Let me give you another angle: Call of Duty 4's sneaking/sniping segment was directed better than any sneaking gameplay segment Metal Gear Solid 4 offered.  And if I wanted to go Rambo style, again, Metal Gear Solid 4 falls short in comparison to numerous other titles.  When you fight bosses, you are reduced to dealing with this clunky 3rd person shooter interface.  I can't blind fire in the direction I'm running.  Why?  Look at that Square button... it is relatively unused for the grand majority of the game.  Setting the button for toggling auto-aim?  Really?  Come on.  In fact, MGS4 should have taken inspiration from Call of Duty 4 for the controls.

To be frank, the highlight of the entire game for me was...

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...the motorcycle ride in Act 3, because it combined cinema with actual gameplay.  I didn't have to deal with a half-assed cover system, and could concentrate on shooting things while feeling extremely badass the entire time.  Seriously, that sequence had me grinning ear to ear.  I just wish the rest of the game had been given that degree of gameplay/cinematic integration.  The final fight involving Liquid comes to mind, in which Metal Gear Solid 4 became one of the shittiest fighting games ever.  Dramatic and pretty to be sure, but it handled like utter garbage.


Anyways, I'm glad to have experienced MGS4, but it's not a game I intend to replay anytime soon.
2162  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Metal Gear Solid 4 on: June 15, 2008, 10:45:00 PM
Quote from: "DarkSageRK"
I'd probably feel very sorry for you.

Is this guy for real.
2163  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Metal Gear Solid 4 on: June 15, 2008, 10:31:04 PM
Quote from: "DarkSageRK"
MGS4...6-7/10?

I'd love to see a list of titles that you consider to be better games.

Every other game I have for my PS3, to start things off.  Uncharted.  Ratchet & Clank.  Hot Shots Golf.  Super Stardust HD.  They all are chock full of something called gameplay, an integral part of video games.

On future playthroughs, those fancy cutscenes in MGS4, as impressive as they are, will no longer have the "wow" factor, and the player is more inclined to skip cutscenes than deal with several hours worth of dialogue again, being left with decidedly average gameplay that controls as well as Capcom's Lost Planet.

Metal Gear Solid 4 was more an experience than a game, much like Shadow of the Colossus on the PS2, hence why I gave it two ratings as opposed to one.  My apologies that I didn't jerk off to it.
2164  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Metal Gear Solid 4 on: June 15, 2008, 12:46:25 PM
Posted this elsewhere, and I'll say it here too:

I'm not a fan of the series, so having picked up the fourth game, I don't know what all the hubbub is about. Beneath the needlessly lengthy cutscenes that could use editing is a decidedly average game at best, of which you spend probably half your game time experiencing. It suffers the same poor design choices that Xenosaga had, where the game will finish a cutscene, give you control again, you walk a few steps, and then it cues to another cutscene. Why not just go straight to the next cutscene? When you finally do get to play lengthier gameplay segments, you deal with a not-that-intuitive control system. After playing games like Gears of War, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and numerous other 3rd person titles, Metal Gear Solid 4 feels like a step backwards.

To be perfectly frank, Metal Gear Solid should be a TV series, not a video game. It has been an interesting experience to be sure, but no more so than watching Heroes or Firefly, and almost as non-interactive. As an experience, MGS4 is a 9 out of 10, but as a game, a 6 or 7 out of 10 at best.
2165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 14, 2008, 05:17:21 PM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
Well, y'know, if you want a Sci-Fi RPG series, there's always Xenosaga...

Which was a piece of pretentious, overhyped bullshit.  Never before have I played an RPG where I hated every single character in the entire cast, friend or foe.  It was a trainwreck of Shadow the Hedgehog proportions.
2166  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 14, 2008, 10:31:13 AM
Isn't there like... one turn-based RPG on PS3, which is a port of a crappy 360 RPG?
2167  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 13, 2008, 07:00:20 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
I think you're misunderstanding what Parn meant when he said that.  I have a feeling he wants what I want:  a galaxy spanning adventure of epic scope with a myriad of alien races, not stranded on Bumfuck V and dealing with pointy-eared elf types.

Precisely.
2168  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unoriginal Topic: Favorite Battle System on: June 13, 2008, 06:58:52 PM
Another vote for the Shining Force turn-based system.  Shining Force III was turn-based RPG combat perfection, if you ask me.  Weapon level tiers, rock-paper-scissor style weapon affinities, strategic placement of characters... it was some great stuff.
2169  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 13, 2008, 06:54:13 PM
Here's how my game lineup is looking:

Currently playing: Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
July: Civilization Revolution (multiplatform)
August: Tales of Vesperia (360)
September: Infinite Undiscovery (360)
October/November: Fable 2 (360), Gears of War 2 (360), Valkyria Chronicles (PS3), Little Big Planet (PS3)
Sometime in winter: The Last Remnant (360)
Sometime this year: White Knight Chronicles (PS3)

Unless you're seriously hurting for money, restricting yourself to one console doesn't do any good.  Sure, it's pricy to go and buy both at the same time.  But that's why I bought my 360 first, then later bought a PS3.  But if I stuck with just the 360, I'd have missed out on some quality gaming.  Same goes for the reverse situation.

Knowing what's in store for RPGers, it makes more sense to buy a 360 first, then get a PS3.  But again... don't limit yourself to one of the two.  Do yourself a favor and eventually own both.  Let the fanboys bicker and argue over stupid shit.
2170  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 12, 2008, 08:30:15 PM
A Japanese Mass Effect is what I think a lot of folks are hoping for out of the next Star Ocean game.  Here's hoping they deliver.
2171  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 11, 2008, 07:06:24 PM
What the fuck is a 4chan.
2172  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 11, 2008, 06:59:21 PM
2173  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xbox 360: RPG Title Announcement Media Event on: June 10, 2008, 11:05:50 PM
Looks like Square Enix is giving Bioware a run for their money with character models in Unreal 3.  I'm such a graphics whore.  What happened to me.

http://kotaku.com/photogallery/lrjune/1001961210?viewSize=thumb1280x1280

http://kotaku.com/photogallery/lrjune/1001961234?viewSize=thumb1280x1280

Also, Star Ocean 4 features a gas station!

http://kotaku.com/photogallery/starocean4/1001960765?viewSize=thumb1280x1280
2174  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xbox 360: RPG Title Announcement Media Event on: June 10, 2008, 10:50:13 PM
The arguing over it came up in a few threads back when this place used the RPGBoard script, but obviously it was way after FF7 had released, and not before.  But that stuff definitely existed.  Trust me, I was one of those die-hard anti-Sony kids at the time, and there were plenty of "Final Fantasy 7 sucks" and "Square betrayed Nintendo" pages on Geocities, Xoom, Fortune City, and all the other free webspace providers to browse through back then.  Eventually, I pulled the stick out of my ass and stopped being a one-console-kid that had to bash anything that wasn't on my platform of choice.

It was similar to the bickering and arguing that went on when Working Designs cancelled Lunar: SSS on the Sega Saturn and switched over to localizing it for Playstation.  I should know, because I was one of many folks who participated in that nerd-rage.  It's not a period of my life that I was particularly proud of, let me tell you.

Jesus, it's crazy that it's been over a decade since I first visited this website.
2175  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xbox 360: RPG Title Announcement Media Event on: June 10, 2008, 10:27:54 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan Ingram"
I call BS on this one. There was no one to whine about that. Everyone had bought a PSX over N64 before FFVII was even announced.

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