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2356  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 20, 2008, 01:01:41 PM
Been kinda on hold for console games as of lately.  My parents are getting me a hdtv for my graduation gift+birthday gift since they bought my sister furniture in her apartment where she was doing her residency a couple years ago for her gift.  So i'm going to hold out until graduation (I dont even have my ps2 with me at the moment so it's not like I have a lot to choose from).  My parents offered it to me and even though I felt bad about it at first, I couldn't really turn it down. After looking around I'm surprised how much prices have come down and have become much more affordable.

Anyways, been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2.  I finally rocked my old best damage and kill record in one round yesterday.  I probably won't be beating my new record anytime soon but that's okay.  At least this time it's with my favorite class.
2357  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rondo of Swords on: April 20, 2008, 12:56:45 PM
How would you rate the difficulty compared to either of the GBA Fire Emblems?
2358  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 18, 2008, 02:03:08 PM
Quote from: "daschrier"
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
I'm going to finish all the hunts in FFXII which should take up a lot of time as well as all summons since i'm at the last dungeon.
Yeah, that will take a lot of time... I don't think either of those things is possible without getting at least 3 characters to Level 100, or getting super-weapons like the Tournesol and the Zodiac Spear, so have fun doing all that. :P

I was planning to go that route, but after the remaining hunts became too ridiculously hard, I just went and beat the game. I wasn't even near level 100 and didn't have any super weapons, and destroyed the final boss in no time.

I stopped at the second best hunter rank.  From what I read on gamefaqs, the last hunt takes literally hours to beat.  You probably made the right decision
2359  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: April 17, 2008, 11:40:17 PM
It's the same singer.  How is it going to be bastardized?  Just because it's not in Japanese?
2360  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rondo of Swords on: April 17, 2008, 02:20:15 PM
I'm highly interested in this title and will be scurrying off to the city later to find a copy.  It should be a pretty fun game.  I usually don't like playing too many Srpgs in close intervals, but Fire Emblem: DS seems like a long way off so I'm not too worried =P
2361  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: April 17, 2008, 02:09:54 PM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
Quote from: "Eusis"
I like how they're finally dubbing skits and even resinging the opening vocal in english rather than cutting the vocals out or outright replacing the song. I'm not the biggest fan of Tales of games, but it looks good and it'll be nice to have more quality RPGs for the 360.

Yeah, now maybe Bandai can move on up to actually keeping the original Japanese vocals...

I wouldn't mind that either but it's wishful thinking.

Quote from: "Daggerstrike"
...and companies never go back on their word...

I fully agree with what Silverwolf X said.  While companies may go back on their word, look at the history of the Tales series in the US.  Anytime a Tales game has been released in America on a system, any ports of said game in Japan never came to America.  We get one shot at a game, if even that.  This could change with Tales of Vesperia but I'm willing to bet that it won't.
2362  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 16, 2008, 11:31:10 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
I actually might have been frothing about that at an earlier point! Even then though, this is too vague. THERE'S A WEDDING!!! Ok.

Speaking of LO, I completed the first dungeon-ish area on Disc 2! And the enemies seem to be getting way too much HP and dragging battles out longer than necessary, let's see if this reaches a point of putting me off to the game.

I'm far enough to know who he's talking about but not far enough to get to that point so it pissed me off that he didn't even take the 2 seconds to put a spoiler tag on it.   You'll figure out who he is talking about soon enough.

Disc 2 had probably some of the longer battles.  It got better afterwards for me at least.  I sometimes would go the route of using all-flara or another element with someone else to cast a speed-up spell.  That helped speed things up for me.
2363  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: April 16, 2008, 11:05:20 AM
I really digg the screenshots.  I never have gotten that excited for graphics before, but I think I will make an exception this one time.  It's been awhile that I've been so fanboy-ish excited for a title that doesn't even have a lot of information out yet.. its been awhile so it feels nice to be excited about something again.

I'm curious how exactly the gameplay will turn out.  I'm pretty sure that in one of the interviews with the developers they stated the battles would run in 60fps.  That's pretty interesting about the "button mashing certain buttons to make moves".  It makes me think of Devil May Cry 4 with the combo moves.  I wonder if there will be a classic scheme or not?
2364  Media / Single-Player RPGs / C3 Interview with Namco Bandai on Tales of on: April 15, 2008, 05:37:20 PM
I'd give Professor Gast/Chris a try.  It might be something worth posting on the front page news.
2365  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyria Chronicles on: April 15, 2008, 03:12:51 PM
Bumping this topic because of this:


Valkyria Chronicles will have an optional 3.3gig install that will cut down the load times from a 15 second wait.  I'm wondering if it completely gets rid of the load times or just reduces it to a more manageable level?  Also I wonder how often those "15 second load times" would exist?  Just first booting up? Every time you enter a new town?


I personally don't care as long as it's an optional install incase someday in the future you run out of space (I wouldn't buy anything but the 80 gig model so who knows if that would even happen but I digress) and want to play a game anyhow.  I think overall it's great.  Anything that helps the flow of the game, makes things more natural feeling, and reduces loading times in general is appreciated in my book.
2366  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 15, 2008, 02:58:27 PM
If Adel was the lady that you fought late in the game, I had trouble with her too.  In fact, that was one of the few FF bosses that I never beat legitimately.   I ended up using a gameshark to beat the game.  Sad =\
2367  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 15, 2008, 01:12:53 PM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
FF3, 5, and tactics. How viable ARE the different classes and skills? And in what ways? I have to admit I'm a bit more personally interested in 3, since I suspect FFT is actually fairly well balanced. I do want to look into the "Monks beat everything" accusations I've heard for FF5 and T, though. Seems like it might be true for 5.

FFV is overall a pretty easy game (final boss was tough for me among a few others) so I found most classes are viable/useful (I never tried some of the odder classes like Alchemist/Dancer/whatever).  With the mix and match system, iirc it really can make some classes powerful if you want to go that route.
2368  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Death Note sucks on: April 12, 2008, 06:01:30 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Quote from: "Eusis"
Consensus seems to be to read the manga rather than watch the anime.
Isn't that true of all anime?

One may be better than the other, but as far as I'm concerned the entertainment value (most important thing to me) is totally dependent on what you like doing better - reading or watching.  While I try to read as much as possible, I'm still in uni and need to read a lot of textbooks.  Because of that, I generally enjoy watching anime more than reading manga in most circumstances.
2369  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 11, 2008, 12:44:35 AM
Quote from: "Blace"
Just got Assassin's Creed for my 360 and finished the first two assassinations. I love it so far, but it might start getting repetitive eventually (like all the negative reviewers said).

I rented it last week and I felt that way too.  I didn't feel it got repetitive until about... the fourth assassination.  The battles started to get on my nerves too after awhile until I learned a creative gameplay mechanic.  Instead of doing reversal hits with your sword, hold down the right trigger and switch to the hidden blade.  You cannot block or parry attacks with the hidden blade, but every counter attack is a guaranteed kill.  I found combat a lot less annoying once I found this out.

I'm curious how the sequels will play since many felt the first game was too repetitive.  I can't imagine sales would be as good as the first game if it is just more of the same game even though it's probable that it might take place
in Japan
2370  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 11, 2008, 12:37:30 AM
Quote from: "calintz"
true - but what FFXII lacks in character development, it makes up in aces in an interesting world.

Very true.  I did not use Panello at all (or the bare minimum) during my adventures, and I find myself when I'm bored going through at low levels seeing what she can solo with decent equipment (Best store bought dagger, cat ear hood accessory [amazing speed], good leather armor, etc).

It also could be that it's very FFXI like to me and I enjoyed that part of it.
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