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2266  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.
2267  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.
2268  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)
2269  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.
2270  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.....)
2271  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.
2272  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).
2273  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.
2274  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.
2275  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.
2276  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).
2277  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Warhammer Online on: August 23, 2008, 07:40:45 PM
How does the grinding/leveling feel?

Personally I'm at the point in WoW where I cannot level another character.  I leveled about 1/5th of a level of WoW (from 40-41) and I was incredibly bored.

My biggest concern would be, besides my PC not running it, is that I would pop it in and get bored after the first 4 levels.
2278  Media / Single-Player RPGs / In lu of ToV and IU it's time for me to get a 360. on: August 23, 2008, 07:29:18 AM
Quote from: "Lard"
Because I don't want to buy a console that is guaranteed to fail?

I'm not knocking the content, I can think of at least five games off the top of my head I'd like to play on the system....but why would I buy something that is guaranteed to break?

Give me a break.
2279  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia - Special Edition on: August 22, 2008, 06:14:01 PM
I don't care. I just thought it was lame and interesting enough to bump the post.  It's not a MMO so it's not a huge deal anyway.  My 360 is not hooked up to the internet so I couldn't even participate in the DLC even if I wanted to.

Edit:  apparently in the same link Eusis posted, Some of the DLC will be free.  Hopefully those skills mentioned in the article are also obtainable in game.

Replying to Parn's post below me:  I agree that the journey through the game is the important part.. I still couldn't be looking more towards it.  I'll probably look around other stores by my gamestop until they get it in that morning so I can play it ASAP.  Wonder what time the trucks come in? =P
2280  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia - Special Edition on: August 22, 2008, 06:10:10 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
I'll point out that you can only buy most of that once. I still think it's pretty weak...

Also the potential for someone to not only take note of this, but deliberately break balance so you really do need to get this.

Didn't know you could only buy it once, thanks for the link.  I'm pretty sure that they've mentioned in interviews that they want to put the best weapons in the game on DLC as well (which is also lame to me).

And the bolded part is my concern too.  Probably not built into Vesperia, but who knows for future games.  Kinda reminds me of the one point in FFXI's lifespan where someone from this board mentioned that progressing in that game almost required gil buying of some sorts.
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