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3391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 15, 2010, 12:54:24 AM
At some point some Tales game has to reach the states, unless they've just given up on localizing the series entirely (and if that was the case I really wish they would just let a third party do it...).
3392  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: were you a good RPGfan this year? Xmas wishlist. on: December 14, 2010, 07:49:22 PM
Ooo, I gotta get my Aunt the "America's Test Kitchen" cookbook - if anyone knows what tastes good, it's the cook's who prepare every thats thought up.

I have that.  Fantastic cookbook.  Cannot recommend it enough.
3393  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: December 14, 2010, 03:26:46 AM
First Uncharted 3 gameplay footage sets a house on fire

That fire looks really stunning. Can't wait to see more sequences with Drake and Sully, Uncharted 2 needed more of those and a better final battle.

Damn, that fire is phenomenal.  One of the (very brief) gameplay snippets at the end of the trailer showed some fantastic water effects, too.  I have to admit, when this was first announced part of me was wondering how they could possibly top Uncharted 2, but it looks like the boys and girls at Naughty Dog have been hard at work.
3394  The Rest / General Discussions / The 2011 Thread on: December 12, 2010, 03:17:42 AM
Holy crap, 2011.  I can't remember the last time there were this many games I was looking forward to in a single year.  I don't usually do list threads, but I made this in part just to keep track of the information for myself.  These are just games I'm interested in, we'll see how many of them I actually end up getting.

January
Mass Effect 2 PS3
LittleBigPlanet 2

February
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

March
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dragon Age 2
Okamiden
Team ICO Collection

'Q1'
Ar Tonelico Qoga

April
Portal 2
LA Noire

'Summer'
Disgaea 4

November
Uncharted 3

'Holiday'
Mass Effect 3

Unknown Release Date
Journey
Batman: Arkham City
Infamous 2

Being Optimistic Despite Lack of Any Official Information
Catherine
Valkyria Chronicles 3
Last Guardian


I notice March-April is packed again this year...what's up with that?

So what are you looking forward to in 2011?
3395  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: December 12, 2010, 02:03:10 AM
I'm talking about collectibles, intriguing and varied puzzles, awesome landmarks, and customization (Maybe different style of robes or hats, maybe even costumes).

I don't think this game is for you.
3396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: December 12, 2010, 02:01:19 AM
Speaking of Uncharted 3... November 1 2011 release date.

WHO CARES

I do.
3397  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: December 11, 2010, 06:36:44 PM
I disagree with this.  Playing through the main game again does extend the life of the product, sure, but I would have rather had a longer or more involved single-player experience, and you could argue that creating the multiplayer component took away from this.

This is a false dichotomy.  What you seem to be missing is game development is not a zero-sum game.  A game's budget (and therefore resources) is based on what the publisher thinks it's going to sell.  If they add a feature (like multiplayer) that they believe will increase the number of copies sold then they can also increase the budget, hire more people to work on that feature, etc.  This doesn't have to happen at the expense of the single-player campaign at all.

Now, one might reasonably question whether multiplayer options are really going to sell more copies of Mass Effect 3, but at the very least EA seems to think so.
3398  Media / Miscellaneous Games / LA Noire on: December 10, 2010, 05:24:23 PM
Why is there not a thread for this game already?

I'll admit I'm not the biggest Rockstar fan and I haven't been following this game very closely, but I just read this preview at Joystiq and suddenly my interest level is quite high.  This game sounds very different than the kind of game Rockstar is known for making.
3399  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 10, 2010, 03:05:28 PM
Not really at all. I really like the PSP, BUT have found that I like tv console machines better.

The PSP can do TV out, you know.
3400  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs - Deep, Medium, or "Lite" stories? on: December 10, 2010, 12:08:35 PM
3. Light-hearted/"Lite" Story (Grandia, Lunar, Valkyria Chronicles)

Valkyria Chronicles?  Really?
3401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 10, 2010, 04:31:33 AM
Nier is by no means perfect.  It has a ton of repetive fetch quests (though they're quite optional), the world is just too small, and they reuse the same handful of locations over and over.  It's not a technically impressive game and there isn't enough variety in the enemies you fight.  (At least the regular ones.  The bosses can be quite cool)  I can understand why a lot of critics gave it the scores that they did.

That said it's still my favorite game of the year.

There is just something special about this game that is difficult to encapsulate in a review score.  There are little things that Nier does better than any game I have ever encountered in my 20 some-odd years of gaming.  Despite being a talking book Weiss is one of the most well-written characters I have ever encountered, and he's exceptionally well voiced acted to boot.  Just listening to the banter between Weiss and Kaine is always a joy even when it's totally irrelevant to the plot.  The main character can come off as a bit of a goody two-shoes at times, but his plight feels far more human than either the strange antics of typical JRPGs or the overblown dark fantasy of typical WRPGs.  The setting is exceptional.  They have actually manged to present a dying world without resorting to all-out doom and gloom.  There are still people living and moving forward with their lives but somehow you can always feel the looming threat of the shades and know that this way of live isn't going to last.  Video games and usually about as subtle as a charging rhinoceros in a china shop, but Nier is loaded with subtleties.

In terms of gameplay even if Nier doesn't do anything exceptionally well it does so many different things that it never gets boring.  I love the camera tricks and mix of gameplay styles, and frankly wish they used it a little more.  As I mentioned earlier while the regular enemies can be pretty repetive there are a number of really good boss fights.  I also really like the way the magic spells are used, which is actually pretty unique.  Gameplay alone will never sell this game but honestly I think what they have is perfectly adequate.

So there you have it.  I think most of this has been said before but that's my two cents.
3402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 09, 2010, 07:05:05 PM
To be fair, I thought Nier actually had some great art design.  It was only on a technical level that the graphics weren't so great, but there were times when it was quite pretty.
3403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 09, 2010, 06:57:43 PM
Except CGR spoke disparagingly of Nier's music. Credibility lost.

I'm sorry, I know how extreme that sounds. And I make fun of most people that would make such a sweeping generalization of another person. But c'mon. Nier's soundtrack is out-of-this-world amazing.

I honestly had the same thought, but I didn't really want to get into it...

I don't like CGR reviews in general very much.  It seems like he spends half the time attempting to joke around but not really being funny instead of talking about the game.
3404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 09, 2010, 04:06:57 PM
OK, I know what you're talking about now.  Yeah, that's not exactly typical of the game and I don't think I would call it an 'environmental hazard'.
3405  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VGA on: December 09, 2010, 03:48:04 PM
I, too, am saddened by the fact that Intel and AMD will be abandoning the VGA plug in lieu of HDMI and DisplayPort.

What, was that not what this thread was about?

What, no DVI?!
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