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3391  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: May 04, 2011, 08:39:17 PM
People need to stop treating anonymous like some sort of coherent organization.  It isn't.

'Splinter group'?  What does that even mean?  Splintered from what?  The way anonymous works, if you say you're in anonymous then you're in anonymous.  So this really doesn't surprise me at all.  It's also completely meaningless.
3392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: May 04, 2011, 08:07:35 PM
No no no Dragon Age 2 had poor execution of most of its ideas from the start.Having the entire story based on just Kirkwall was pure laziness from bioware's part.

Come on, Dragon Age 2 definitely has its issues (like the constant reuse of the same maps and enemies spawning out of nowhere in a way that makes it impossible to have a coherent strategy), but this is probably my favorite aspect of the game.  Telling the tale of how a city changes over an extend period of time is something actually different and interesting.  DA:O, by comparison, was telling an incredibly generic man vs. obvious evil story.
3393  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 04, 2011, 01:26:50 PM
Liege waffles are amazing.  If you've never had a proper Liege waffle then you should.  They're more of a dessert, though.
3394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol. on: May 04, 2011, 02:42:04 AM
Well, it's been a while since I played it but from what I recall:

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The whole pocket dimension was more for recuperating in the middle of tough dungeons, and it also served various plot purposes.  But I don't remember anything about being able to keep allies there or change your party.  Well, in all the games most party members just stand around where you leave them when they are removed from the party.  So I suppose the pocket dimension could serve as a central hub for that purpose, but it isn't really a new function.  It's just a convenient location.  None of the games encourage that kind of thing, though, since members not in your party don't gain experience or anything.

As for being more linear, I guess you could say that but it was just an expanion pack not a full game.  And they decided that rather than making a bunch of crappy sidequests they would create one of the biggest, most bad-ass dungeons seen in any modern RPG that's really a single massive sidequest.
3395  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 04, 2011, 12:12:41 AM
I seriously hate Best Buy now. Been like 2 years since I last went in there, and their anime section is like 10% what it used to be, and half of it's fucking DragonBall Z.

This is not a problem limited to Best Buy.  You should pretty much give up on finding a decent anime selection anywhere besides specialty shops or online.  On the other hand, it's massively cheaper online so I'm not really complaining...
3396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol. on: May 04, 2011, 12:03:59 AM
Baldur's Gate definitely had some inconsistent difficulty problems.  I made it through but not without problems (especially near the end...), and I'm the type of D&D player that can basically quote the rules from memory.  A lot of the time I would just expect to die the first time in a battle but try to hang on long enough to learn all the cheap tricks the designers were throwing at you (and there were a shit-ton of cheap tricks) so that I would be ready to avoid them the second time around.

Just about every issue I had with Baldur's Gate (the difficulty, slow pacing, lack of direction, etc) was fixed in the sequel, though.  And Throne of Bhaal was a pretty awesome conclusion to the series.  I can't recall much in Throne of Bhaal that has to do with Bioware's current design choices, though.

But since you already picked up Baldur's Gate at least play it long enough so that you learn to love Minsc.
3397  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 03, 2011, 06:49:42 PM
Another Tsundere, Luca from ArTone2 was at least cheerful and sweet before the hard-hitting emotions started to pent up.

How in the hell is Luca a tsundere?!  She starts out completely dere, and only later do you find out that she has some serious issues to deal with.  If Luca is a tsundere then the term has truly lost all meaning...
3398  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Osama Bin Laden is dead. on: May 03, 2011, 01:08:52 PM
Nicely said, Yoda.
3399  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 03, 2011, 01:54:42 AM
Wait, the Canadians are talking about fleeing to the US?  But Canada is where we always talk about fleeing to!  That just doesn't work...
3400  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: May 02, 2011, 01:03:58 PM
Atlus, I love you, but I don't actually want anything in that deluxe edition...yet part of me is tempted to get it anyway, just because it's a deluxe edition.  I have a problem...

The CD and artbook, on the other hand, I'm all over.
3401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 02, 2011, 12:20:20 AM
Mystic powers grant me a miracle!

Time to barf.

Also, I hated KOS-MOS.  She was one big deus ex machina.  There was no sense of purpose to her design, just whatever random crap the developers felt like throwing at you at that moment.
3402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol. on: May 01, 2011, 06:26:02 PM
Planescap: Torment is a perfect example of the sort of freedom I like in RPGs.  It's generally pretty clear what to do next, but there are a ton of different ways to do it.  Not enough games follow that model.

Fallout is another good example, but the original Baldur's Gate didn't give you a strong sense of direction.  You spend a lot of time just wandering around in mostly empty maps.  Baldur's Gate II was much better, though.
3403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 30, 2011, 12:33:29 PM
I could actually add Estelle from LoHTiTS to the best list. She's a genki girl done right, honestly.

I agree completely, though the game just came out here so she was probably at a disadvantage (not sure everyone has even played it).  Plus there are still two more games to go so we still have to wait and see how her character develops (or play it in Japanese...).
3404  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: George Hotz (geohot) VS Sony. on: April 29, 2011, 04:08:32 PM
OH BUT OUR TROPHIES AND SAVE DATA ARE SAFE! Who cares? We can re-acquire those, just be honest about our credit card info, Sony..

You know, it may sound silly at first but when you think about it it's actually way easier to get a new credit card number than it is to reproduce the work that went into those trophies and save data...
3405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A dark game? on: April 29, 2011, 01:37:36 PM
If I may add a 5:

Look up a guide for the fishing minigame. I'd say ignore it except it's required to advance the plot. The game does a piss poor job of explaining it.

Wait, there's only one point in the game when you have to fish and if you fail more than a couple of times the game just gives it to you for free so you can move on.

That said, I got really good at the fishing and got all the trophies and stuff for it.  I was actually enjoying it by the end.
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