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2251  The Rest / General Discussions / Xbox 360 price cuts confirmed on: September 04, 2008, 01:40:53 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Damn, that Arcade system is VERY tempting. I just wonder if its pointless to get a 360 without a HD. I am NOT an online gamer and will most likely never play anything on line. I may want to purchase the occasional Live Arcade game, though, so do I need the HD for those? Do the games run better with the HD models?
I'll probably end up getting one by the end of the year and am just wondering if I need to fork over the extra hundo.


You do need the HD to download XBLA games (sources tell me that you can't run downloaded games from the memory cards), but it's up to you which
one you pick.  I have an arcade that hasn't been online yet, it works just fine for what i need it to do (play 360 games)

I'm not sure what cache Eusis is talking about.  I know of Unreal tournament 3 can do an install similar to what the PS3 does, but afaik, the systems and load times are the same in terms of regular, disc based games.
2252  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia - Special Edition on: September 03, 2008, 12:25:37 PM
Apparently this game has an Indalecio (From SO2) type mechanic to it.
From a review:

"By completing a certain sidequest, an additional phase was added to the game's final boss fight, a phase [sic?] a full seventeen levels higher than the normal final boss. Once the sidequest was completed, there was no way to beat the game without going through this additional, extremely difficult boss."

Review doesn't mention what the sidequest is.  Interesting though... probably wasn't a great idea.  I could see a ton of people cashing in their DLC for that boss if it's easy to unknowingly unlock.

On a side note, apparently when you sleep at an inn voluntarily (not because you need to to make the story progress) you get an extra cutscene and may get something else out of it.  I just did it today and someone learned a new arte.  I wonder what else I missed besides some scenes?
2253  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: September 03, 2008, 12:14:49 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Finished TOTA last night. Took me ONLY 87 1/2 hrs. About the same as DQVIII and DC2. I recall Symphonia taking around 65 or so. Why the hell do I play RPGs again?

Anyway...
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Fought Van a few more times and beat him when I decided to have Luke play a more supporting role. I basically assisted Tear with keeping everyones Hp/Tp up, with the occasional Arte thrown in. Jade and Guy are my Heroes!
More emotional business between Luke and Tear. Kudos to the voice actors and writers for making me actually CARE about theses characters.
I'm a tad confused about the fate of Luke, though. Sooo...is he alive or dead? Him dying made sense to me, as sad as it was. Then we have the scene after the credits where he shows up in that meadow(or whatever). Was that a vision only seen by Tear? Kind of a last goodbye? Or is he still alive?

Regardless, this game has really taken a lot out of me(in a good way) and I'm going to have to play something a bit lighter before going into another long rpg.


From what I remember reading from the creators (regarding the ending):
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The ending scene could be Luke OR Asch.  Most think it's Luke and it doesn't make any sense to me for it to be Asch.  Maybe it is a dream, but I'm pretty sure it meant he lived.  It's been awhile since I beat it so i'm not 100% positive.
2254  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia - Special Edition on: September 02, 2008, 09:56:20 PM
Quote from: "mizuki_no_beatdown"
Everyone I've talked to seems to think pretty much the same, or at least not dislike the English VA. But, I dunno... maybe I was in a bad mood when I played the demo? Just wasn't clicking with me.
 
 No voice-over option though, right?
 
 That would be a series first if there was, I believe.


Voice over option?  Not really sure what you mean.  But if you don't like the voices I know you can turn off skit voices and you could probably turn down scene voices to zero if you want (movies have subtitles by default as well)
2255  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia - Special Edition on: September 02, 2008, 03:29:04 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
Quote from: "Jet16"
Quote from: "DM Kyle E. Miller"
So far, it is just a delight to play. Makes me smile.


Pretty much my sentiments as well. I'm having a great time with this game.


I agree, is nice the X360 has this title. =)

The story has yet to "wow" me with its spoilers... but the plot is indeed thickening.  Usually Tales games pride their characters over story.

I'm liking battles too.  A good fluidity to them, even though they're less chaotic and cluttered than Abyss'.


I agree on the battles.  They are fun, just wish the enemies didn't respawn in dungeons so damn fast.  You WILL be fighting more than previous games.  Thankfully the battles are fast and the loading times are very low.

As for the story, it definitely takes awhile to get anything major going. I'm sure for reasons here and there, reviewers will nit-pick at various things (which I'd probably agree with), however it's such a fun title.  The game is still hard to put down and it's very fun to play.

Other notes: I'm glad ToV doesn't make you learn Artes like FFIX did.  Everyone was worried, myself included, that all the moves were tied to weapons.  Thankfully this is not the case and I like the skill system.

I don't see the DLC being needed too much yet.  On normal difficulty, i've yet to run out of money or really need extra levels (you level up pretty fast in the beginning like normal, then it slows down a lot more).  I imagine some may use the 5 level one on the boss from the XBL demo game.  I don't know much about the game's other difficulty modes (other than normal) or extra dungeons, but I imagine all would be useful on hard mode or any other mode that may be after that.
2256  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery on: August 31, 2008, 05:27:44 PM
Quote from: "Jet16"
Quote from: "Jet16"
I thought Oblivion was just pure balls.


I said I thought it was pure balls. I clearly used that wording because you would react this way if I said it was balls as a fact.


Same.  Really wanted to like it.  Was digging the medieval theme, the beautiful overworld, etc.  But once I started fighting more and more, combat felt really, really clunky.  Maybe I didn't get far enough, but most of it seemed to revolve around hacking and slashing with a block here and there with some movement to avoid enemy attacks.  I guess I'm one of the few that felt this way.
2257  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Warhammer Online on: August 30, 2008, 06:06:47 PM
I decided I'm definitely going to give this game a TRY.  I'm 90% sure it'll run on my PC and looking at the wardb site (alternate site: wowdb.com), I really would like to give it a shot.

That being said, I know this is mainly a PvP game, but are there different realm types (ala Normal or PvP in WoW)?  What are the differences between the realms?  Also is there anything to discourage/prevent ganking lowbies (ex: a level 40 camping lowbies in a level 15 leveling area)?

WoW pvp while leveling rarely is fun (it's either one out numbers the other, one is fighting a mob while jumped, or one has a fair fight, only for the other to log on their main and camp said person endlessly) so I'm curious if Warhammer rectified any of the issues that plagued WoW (and probably other games)
2258  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 30, 2008, 11:50:40 AM
Moar Tales of Vesperia:

About 10-12 hours in, still no main quest yet. Voice acting is decent. I like most character's voice actors except Flynn's.  The game is a bit more goofy at times than I'd prefer and I'm already very sick of "Team Rocket".  While I enjoy my time playing it, I'm definitely feeling the game is mediocre and not as good as Symphonia or Abyss, but I'm not even to the main quest yet so it's definitely a bit too soon to judge it too harshly.
2259  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Secret of Mana coming to Japanese VC on: August 30, 2008, 11:41:58 AM
Same.  I love both, but I enjoyed SoM much more.  Good stuff though, I lost my cart years ago, would love to be able to play it on my TV again (or a DS.....)
2260  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery on: August 30, 2008, 11:33:29 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Quote from: "Alisha"
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
playing VP: Silmeria felt like pushing 5 tons of wet rope up a sandy hill. .


that's your fault for not learning to play the game. valkyrie profile's battle system is very rewarding if you actually take the time to learn it. i hate to sound like an ass but i bet you played tales of the abyss and symphonia on the easiest difficulty.


In which the easiest difficulty is the default (normal.) Most people probably don't start playing a Tales game On Mania or Unknown.



I dont even think you can start (first playthrough) on mania or unknown, can you?  For me Abyss and Symphonia, while awesome, didn't really merit another playthrough just for a harder difficulty due to the length of the game.

I never got far enough in VP2: Similaria to find it difficult, but I got far enough to find it a pain in the ass.

The 1UP Infinite Undiscovery review gave me some hope since the reviewer did mention "it's at least worth one playthrough".  It's short (20-30 hours) which, depending how fun the battle system ends up, may be a good thing or bad thing.  I already put 5 dollars down on it, so I'm not sure what I'll do yet.  It's only 5 dollars, but I don't want to put 55 for a barely mediocre game.  Might just wait for a rpgfan and see how some people think of it first.
2261  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 28, 2008, 11:26:44 AM
I agree the demo boss is very hard.  I attempted him three times and then turned it off for a break.  Glad I'm just playing it on normal.  So far the bosses have been somewhat difficult, which is kinda nice (outside of running out of life potions).
2262  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 27, 2008, 10:13:47 PM
Sounds like it'll pretty much be digital crack for anyone who loved the first two.

Sucks about the text being hard to read.  Since Disgaea tends to be a lot about stats and numbers, that sucks ass if its difficult to read the numbers on the stats screen.
2263  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 27, 2008, 05:31:58 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
Tales of Vesperia
The Tales games seem to have a knack for starting you off in a forest early in the game.  

[Un]Fortunately, the games battle system works AGAINST abusing free-run by having the character in control run and use a strong hit (bad for combos and enemies can break away from it easy).  The game started pretty tough, but so far its everything I hoped it would be. =)

And rejoice!  The lead female isn't annoying.  Thank god, otherwise I would have had to taken good ol' avy down. =(


Yup, agreed.  Also thankfully you can switch your buttons around so you don't have to use X as arts like in default.  About 4 hours in, enjoying it a lot.  Some of the dialogue is wacky but hey -- it's a tales game.  I don't think it's going to be better than Symphonia or Abyss, but it's early in the game and I enjoy taking a slightly pessimistic view towards it at start so if it starts to get really good, it's like a pleasant surprise.

Quote from: "dalucifer0"
I bought Disgaea 3. Text is so fucking small, it's not funny. It's like trying to read a book seven feet away from your face. Still in chapter 1, as the intro to this game is longer than the first two.


Are you on a standard definition TV or HDTV?  I didn't pre order Disgaea3 but the guy at gamestop today gave me the soundtrack that came as a preorder bonus when i picked up Vesperia.  Pretty damn cool.  Really thought about purchasing Disgaea 3 today anyway since it would be nice to have a copy when I actually did get a PS3, but since Infinite Undiscovery is coming out soon and it makes more sense to buy a game for a system I already own, I decided against it.  Someday.
2264  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Question About Future Xenosaga Projects on: August 25, 2008, 06:40:47 PM
I liked XG's gameplay personally.  I liked the fact that gear fights were completely based on equipment (which was mostly store bought [until the end] so everyone had access to the same stuff without going out and doing optional sidequests for gear) and not based on level.  I haven't played it in a long, long time but at the time, it felt like it helped maintain the level of difficulty (easy or hard) like Mana Khemia in the gear fights since you couldn't over (or under) level.  Once you got infinity mode though, every boss battle became even more of a breeze though.

Anyways, my problem with Xenosaga at the time I played it was mainly just the time apart at the releases (1&2 were about 2 years [US version] and 2&3 were about 19 months).  Is that a terribly long time? Not really, maybe even the opposite.  But at the time, I played Xenosaga 1 when it first came out and had no idea when the 2nd would come out (I just knew it would be awhile).  For a game that is supposed to have a "deep, intricate storyline", just seemed too hard to follow without replaying the 25 hourish gameplay of the first one.

Coupled with the poor timing that I was going to start college then, it was just tough.  

Looking at it now, I'm considering buying up the two and playing them since they're all out.
2265  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Warhammer Online on: August 24, 2008, 05:30:49 PM
Quote from: "D'Rider"
Id also like to add that if you don't think your machine will run the game, then you're probably right. :P As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure it killed my computer's processor, because I can't even get it to boot anymore. I'm typing this on my old sexy Pentium 133. :P


What were your specs?  I run it on an imac and most of the requirements I meet (don't know about the pixel shader on the graphics card).  TF2 and WoW run fine (in Windows, not OSX) on 1600 x 1080 settings, but I don't know about Warhammer.  I have no problems with running it in windowed mode until I build a regular gaming pc.

It's nice to hear that everything you do is worthwhile, but hopefully it's not so easy to level that you constantly have to worry about who you're grouped with are horrible players (a common problem in WoW).
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