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3061  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: December 22, 2010, 11:19:56 PM
I can understand Danku's retort, though. Kevadu's comment to him was really out of place and brash, and I believe Danku's responding to that more than anything about the game. Kevadu had no reason to suspect that Danku won't like the game, yet he told him he wouldn't anyway. If someone did that to me, I'd be pissed too.

Seriously?  I don't think I even said anything offensive.  Not all games are right for all people and Danku seems to completely miss the point of the game.  I suppose a change of heart is always possible but I think I gave the perfect response to somebody who is wishing this game was something that it was never intended to be.
3062  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 20, 2010, 05:37:21 PM
On a technical level, one thing I think Nier does significantly better than most games on the market graphics-wise is the long line-of-sight.  A lot of games sacrifice long-distance views for short-distance detail and the result can be lots of ugly pop-in (I'm looking at you, Unreal engine...).  Nier has essentially no pop-in.  In the norther planes you can see objects all the way from one side of the map to the other.  And I'm not talking about painted-on backgrounds but real objects that you can run right up to.  The Aerie is another good example, though there are parts of it you can never reach and interact with there are still quite a few parts you can, and you can see them clearly from anywhere.

I also really like Nier's art style.  I can understand why somebody would consider it a beautiful game.
3063  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 19, 2010, 01:29:13 PM
Related rant:  Stop using 'MMO' like it's a noun!  Massively multiplayer online what?  Is MMOG too hard for people?
3064  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: December 19, 2010, 01:33:19 AM
What the hell are you talking about, Thoren?
3065  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you don't like anymore but wish you still did. on: December 17, 2010, 05:33:28 PM
I still like FFVI, but I have to agree about the character roster skills.  Relm is useless unless she's copying Gogo, Umaro filled up space, Terra, Locke, Sabin, Edgar and Celes were absolute tanks when everyone else fell short, the game was on whole too easy as well.  I loved the opera part, but I hate the cinematic that precedes a pretty tight timed-part.  I think, more than any other title in the series, this deserves a remake worthy on next-gen though.

I agree that some of the characters were pretty useless but other character skills were quite powerful.  Cyan's lvl 7 swdtech was the most powerful attack in the game (at least against a single target).  And Umaro was a friggin tank statwise.  Who cares if you can't control him?  Just make sure somebody in your party can heal and you're good to go.  One of my favorite things to do was pair Umaro and Cyan because Umaro continues to attack while Cyan's swdtech charges.  And speaking of Cyan again, make him learn quick and you get to charge his swdtech at your leisure (and do it twice, no less).  The only other attack that is comparable is quintuple-ultima with the gem box and quick (and hopefully an economizer or else you will run out of MP doing that real fast).

I felt the best characters were Terra, Locke, Celes, Sabin, Cyan, Shadow, Umaro, and Gau (yes, Gau, at least if you spend the time to learn some good Rages).  Gogo is totally over-rated.  Sure he (she/it?) can use any skills, but his stats suck so he'll always be inferior to the original.  Edgar was good early on but felt completely useless in the late game.  Mog felt like Gau but weaker and with fewer attack options.  Strago had potential but never lives up to it.  Relm and Setzer just sucked.  Still, it's a big cast and half of them are in my 'good' categories.  And there is far more interesting diversity to them than in later FF games where characters are only distinguished by their stats and their limit break attack.

And yes, I have played way too much FFVI.  But I still love it.  A current-gen (side-rant:  These systems have all been out for several years now, why are we still calling them 'next-gen'?) remake of FFVI would make me so happy I would explode.
3066  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 17, 2010, 05:10:24 PM
I still haven't given up on platinuming Nier, but it seems to have gone to the back burner (which means it probably won't happen...).  Actually the great majority of the trophies really aren't bad at all, but then there's that damn upgrade-all-weapons-to-max trophy which requires an absurd number of hours farming for rare materials.
3067  Media / The Soundroom / Re: NieR Gestalt & Replicant / 15 Nightmares & Arrange Tracks, 08.12.2010. on: December 17, 2010, 03:11:27 PM

Is that DRM-free?

Honestly I've never even used iTunes, but compared to the import price that is mighty tempting.  Of course I probably can't even download it from my Linux machines...
3068  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Have you "RPG'd yourself out of other genres"? on: December 17, 2010, 12:40:07 PM
It's not an impossible number at all.  It would be if they were 60 hours RPGs yes, but when it's games from across all genres and formats it's easy to finish a couple of games a week.

I don't think I have ever, in my lifetime, completed more than one game in a week, regardless of genre...

I also have 5-6 hours of gaming time a night.

Holy shit...that explains it.

During the week if I get an hour of gaming in on any given night I would consider that pretty good, but certainly not normal.  I might game 5-6 hours on a Saturday or Sunday, on occasion, but certainly not every weekend.
3069  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 17, 2010, 12:25:53 PM
I'm pretty sure there is a little "how to garden" tutorial after completing one of the sidequests.
3070  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Have you "RPG'd yourself out of other genres"? on: December 17, 2010, 02:07:06 AM
Yeah, I don't know how anyone finishes 61 games in a year.  That has nothing to do with playing them in order...that's more than a game a week!

Unless Kup meant that he had a bunch of almost-finished games that he was able to move to the finished category.
3071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 16, 2010, 03:03:43 PM
Hmm...I'll just do a top 5.  Anything more than that gets fuzzy.

1) Nier
2) Ys Seven
3) Valkyria Chronicles II
4) Ys Oath in Felghana
5) Resonance of Fate

Note:  I haven't played ME2 yet...
3072  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dr. Holocaust and the Savage Bandito on: December 16, 2010, 12:42:24 PM
I don't even know what it is that I just watched...
3073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 16, 2010, 12:29:19 PM
Nier had DLC?
3074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Thread (merged) on: December 16, 2010, 12:25:30 PM
Yeah, as much as I'm looking forward to this game (and I am really looking forward to it) I'm actually kind of relieved that it's delayed.  Q1 2011 is already packed.
3075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 15, 2010, 03:45:06 AM
Was that trailer super-choppy for anyone else?  Didn't seem to be a CPU-usage issue, either.  More like there wasn't enough bandwidth but they weren't buffering it.
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