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1981  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII 15th Anniversary, Thread of "It has been that long?" on: February 16, 2012, 04:23:09 PM
I had considered bringing this up a while back just for laughs. But since the question regarding the blood has been directly asked...

Spoiler alert

I feel dumber after watching that...
1982  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Binary Domain - The spiritual successor to Snatcher? on: February 16, 2012, 01:33:32 AM
I'm just gonna say it:  This game looks like garbage.

Now I could be wrong.  Heck, I hope I'm wrong.  But everything I have seen about this game screams we're-desperately-trying-to-imitate-the-west-but-don't-actually-know-what-we're-doing to me.  Now maybe there is an interesting story under there, but the actual gameplay looks like a mix of been-there-1000-times-before 3rd person cover shooter and some stupid gimmicks (wow, if you don't keep your teammates happy they'll refuse to follow your orders...and they're supposed to be pros).  The game doesn't even look good graphically.

Like I said, I hope I'm wrong.  But jeez I have a baaad feeling about this one...
1983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 15, 2012, 06:59:41 PM
Snow rides a motorcycle constructed of two lesbians making out

Lesbian sisters!  Incest makes everything better.
1984  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 anticipations on: February 15, 2012, 03:38:41 PM
-Tales of Xillia (same; Graces looks pretty bad, IMO)

I see a lot of people saying crap like that about Graves for what seem like extremely superficial reasons.  Yeah the art style isn't for everyone but Graces f is supposed to be a very good game.  Give it a chance.  Xillia is also good, though perhaps lacking in content compared to most Tales games.
1985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What kind of PSP and DS should I get? on: February 14, 2012, 06:42:58 PM
The PSP doesn't multi-task at all, meaning when it's downloading something you can't do anything with it but sit there and watch the progress bar.  For this reason alone I prefer to download stuff on my PS3 and then copy it over.  Not to mention that the PSP did come out like 7 years ago and its wifi has issues connecting to certain types of WPA2 networks...but still, you can access all the content from the PSP itself so long as you're patient.

Still, since you obviously don't have an existing UMD collection I would seriously consider just saving up for a Vita.  You can still play PSP games on it (through the PSN) but then you can access Vita content as well.
1986  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Awesome Anime's and Manga's That Really Rocks! on: February 14, 2012, 06:35:22 PM
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
1987  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 14, 2012, 03:52:17 PM
Yesterday I went to the dentist (you just know this is going to be an exciting story).  Honestly, I'm really bad about going to the dentist regularly and hadn't been in a few years.  But I'm actually quite good and brushing and flossing so I don't normally have any problems.   But for the last few weeks I've had pain in my lower molars that comes and goes but has been bad enough it sometimes keeps me from sleeping.  Since I hadn't been to the dentist in a few years I figured I should really go...

However the dentist said he couldn't find anything wrong.  No cavities, no gum problems, nothing.  But the pain is still there.  He seemed to think the most likely cause was stress.  I guess when people are stressed they subconsciously clench and grind their teeth, and that can lead to pain like I was describing.

I can't say that I'm not stressed...I'm actually going through a really stressful period.  I'm trying to finish my dissertation, find a job, and basically figure out what the hell I'm doing with my life.  But I never would have expected that the first person to point out I was stressed would be my dentist...

So anyway, dentists know.
1988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 14, 2012, 02:40:55 PM
I absolutely suck at dispelling.  I just set them all off and take the damage.  Seems to be working out OK so far...
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 12, 2012, 11:14:07 PM
I'm going to have to completely disagree.  While I don't think the Skyrim comparison is perfect by any means, this game is still a lot more like Skyrim than it is like Dragon Age 2.  Dragon Age 2 was a completely narrative and character driven game that focused on telling a story not just in the main quest but also in the relationships with your party members and even in many of the sidequests.  The game suffered (a lot...) from the reuse of dungeon locations, but I actually liked its storytelling.  Most importantly, the NPCs were actually developed and had personalities.

Amalur puts pretty much zero emphasis on characters (to the games loss, I feel).  The people you meet are nothing more than icons on a map who hand out quests.  You really feel like they don't serve any other purpose.  And while it's not quite as open as something like Skyrim, it's still a big open world that feels closer to those sorts of games than it does to Dragon Age...
1990  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 09, 2012, 05:04:33 PM
So I bought the game new, entered the online pass code, downloaded something from it. The DLC section from the main menu is now active, and it says that the House of Valor DLC is 9.99. I thought you got this for free when you did the online pass thing, or is the PSN store just not recognizing the code I used?

Yes, that's the content you get from the pass code.  If you actually downloaded it then it certainly doesn't sound like the code wasn't recognized.  Maybe the store just doesn't recognize that you already have it and so lists it by default.  I'll check on my system later.
1991  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 09, 2012, 03:31:26 AM
For some reason I got Commander Shepard's armor without actually playing the ME3 demo (and I certainly didn't purchase a 'season pass', whatever that is...).  I don't even know why, it just showed up.  That's not supposed to happen, is it?
1992  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: February 08, 2012, 04:07:48 PM
What happened to Grand Knights History?

Apparently even Xseed doesn't know...not a good sign.
1993  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 08, 2012, 03:44:06 PM
Just get Macaroni & Cheese and use the powder... >_>

That is so wrong...

I'm a cheese snob.  I will happily pay $10/lb for good imported cheeses because it's worth it to me (unfortunately with the exception of a handful of cheddars from some smaller producer American doesn't make any good cheese...).  Heck, the parmigiano-reggiano I buy is like $20/lb.  It's totally worth it, though.  The difference in flavor between that and the cheap stuff is night and day.
1994  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 08, 2012, 04:31:23 AM
So I got around to actually playing the game (and not just admiring the soundtrack and...dice bag) and I just gotta say: damn combat is fun in this game.  The demo didn't give a good taste of things to come both because you didn't really have a large set of abilities and the enemies were so easy t was pretty straightforward.  Well, it's the beginning/tutorial area so what do you expect...

But after spending more time with the real game I'm starting to appreciate the nuances of the combat system.  I'm currently playing a warrior/mage sporting a hammer/chakram combo.  Hammers are massively powerful weapons but they're so slow they can be tricky to use.  Faster enemies can hit you and interupt your attack even if you swung first, sometimes.  But the chakrams make up for those shortcomings quite nicely so learning to use the two together--as well as magic attacks and well-timed blocks--is a lot of fun.

Everybody seems to be comparing this game to Skyrim for some reason so I might as well say that I've never actually enjoyed combat in a Bethesda game.  Sure it's a necessary component because it gives you something to overcome, but it isn't actually fun.  At least not to me.  But in this game I find myself charging towards any red dots I see on my map just because killing things is so enjoyable.

So yeah, there's that aspect, but that doesn't mean the rest of the game falls short.  Far from it.  There are so many quests, so much lore, so many mechanics I haven't even explored yet (like crafting, etc.).  This game just blows me away.
1995  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: February 07, 2012, 10:06:20 PM
http://kotaku.com/5883089/sony-you-wont-be-able-to-bring-psp-discs-to-vita

No plan to allow any sort of PSP game play or transfer on Vita.

If you want to play PSP games, buy them again.

This feels like when Sony took BC out of the PS3 just so they could re-sell us PS2 games.

I honestly don't give a shit.

First of all, "If you want to play PSP games, buy them again" is ridiculously untrue, since if you bought your games digitally in the first place they'll work just fine.  It's not like we didn't know this was coming...

Before anyone claims "but Japan got the passport program", the passport program was a complete mess.  The number of titles supported was tiny, the amount of money publishers wanted for them was excessive (sometimes almost as much as just buying the game normally...), and the whole thing seemed broken and ripe for abuse from the start. 

Why do people feel entitled to get a second copy (yes, it's a second copy...there's absolutely nothing Sony can do to keep you from selling your UMD version after getting the digital one...) of their games on a different medium?  Can you name any other example of any company anywhere doing that sort of thing?  If you bought a movie on DVD does that entitle you to a discounted blu-ray version?  If you have a big UMD collection you probably have a PSP to play them on...get over it.

Sorry for coming off as hostile...I'm not really ranting at anyone here just ranting at the general attitude I keep seeing on various other sites.  People are acting like the sky is falling when I have a hard time imagining any other outcome...
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