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2611  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.
2612  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.
2613  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

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...
2614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 07, 2012, 05:21:22 PM
I got my limited edition box set.  It's so pretty...it's sitting there, tempting me.  I'm supposed to be writing my dissertation, damn it...

Edit: Listening to the soundtrack now.  It's pretty good.
2615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki for Vita on: February 07, 2012, 02:59:46 AM
If you check the Xseed forums (well, back when they were up...) they've been very strongly hinting at without actually saying a PC release.  Which I'm honestly kind of bummed about since I don't run Windows...but I know I'm in the minority there.
2616  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 04, 2012, 10:11:59 PM
There's some kind of sporting event coming up?
2617  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 04, 2012, 04:17:20 PM
Additionally (I can't just watch one series at a time...) I watched the first 25 episodes of "The Twelve Kingdoms" and hesitate when I say its the best thing in anime that passed me by in a long time... I abso-freakin'-lutely love it..... I can definately see where it isn't for everone but man... if you like the 90's esque fantasy-fair type stuff this is a must see.

Oh man, The Twelve Kingdoms.  I love that show.  Definitely stick with it.  It's divided into four main story arcs (though the fourth is so short it hardly counts) and they are not all equal...for me it kind of went like this:

Arc 1:  Meh, OK at best.  Seems like generic fantasy stuff.  Some irritating characters.
Arc 2:  Tons of background material for the universe, etc.  Lot's of talking.  I happen to like that sort of stuff, but it's definitely not for everyone.

Needless to say, Arc 3 is why I love this show.  It's so good I can forgive pretty much anything up to that point...the finale might be my favorite moment in any anime ever.  Unfortunately because of the slow beginning I think a lot of people give up on the show before they get there.

At 25 eps in I believe you're just starting to get to the good stuff.  Have fun.  This is one of those shows where I wish I could wipe my memory or something so I could experience it fresh a second time...
2618  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: February 04, 2012, 04:05:23 PM
Man, I called all the Gamestops in Seattle and nobody is getting any until the 15th :(

What's the deal, neglecting a whole city...

Edit:  Re-reading most post it didn't seem obvious that I was talking about the demo units.  Obviously it launches when it does...
2619  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: February 03, 2012, 03:02:36 PM
I have a weird urge to cosplay as bad box art Megaman just because I think it would be hilarious (and I'm not even into cosplaying, really...).

Pure cheese.
2620  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Xseed hacked? on: February 03, 2012, 02:44:19 AM
OK, that's weird, the problem seems to be partially on Google's end.  I wasn't typing in the URL, just googling it.  Yet the address they claim to take me to is the right address.  But if I click on Google's link vs. typing it in directly I get completely different results.   Also, Google is also claiming "This site might be compromised" in their search results...weird.

And yeah, the forums are still down.  Something must have happened.
2621  The Rest / General Discussions / Xseed hacked? on: February 03, 2012, 02:13:28 AM
I was just trying to go to Xseed's website and the main page is completely blank while trying to go to their forums redirected to some Canadian pharmacy website (which I'm sure is totally legit...).  Either they decided on a new business model or something is wrong...
2622  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 02, 2012, 09:09:17 PM
FFXIII was hard?  Are you kidding me?  Time consuming, yes.  Lot's of enemies had pointlessly high numbers of hitpoints so the battles dragged on and on and on, but I wouldn't call a game where you successfully win every single battle (and get 5 stars for the matter...) with the exact same strategy 'hard'.  Not even close.

That was my biggest beef with the battle system.  There just weren't that many options to choose from so finding the optimal solution was trivial.
2623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 01, 2012, 09:14:28 PM
Sad the story wasn't as good as it could've been

Interesting choice of words.  How good could the story have been, really, given what they were working with and who was working on it...

Sounds to me like the game is exactly what I expected it to be.
2624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: January 31, 2012, 02:48:54 AM
They did the same thing with DA and DA2, why all the fuss now?

If you get the "Ultimate Edition" of Dragon Age, all the content comes on the disc.

You have to install it, but there's no code.

Massive difference.

How is that even relevant?  The 'Ultimate Edition' was a re-release that came out like a year later.  There certainly was release day DLC with Dragon Age.  I know because I got it day 1 and had to download stuff.
2625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: January 30, 2012, 09:47:26 PM
Wait, are they actually calling it an 'online pass' themselves?  I thought that label was just attached to it by angry websites.

They did the same thing with DA and DA2, why all the fuss now?

I wonder that too...
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