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751  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-Random Battles worse than Random Battles? on: December 18, 2010, 11:20:44 AM
I didn't like much the battles in Dragon Age: Origins.
They're not random and to make thigns worse, they are scripted, there will always be 2 enemies on said corner, on mage casting something, etc. It kills a lot of the variety not to mention the huge amount of battles you can't run away.
When the encounter is random as boring as it is, you can use the command escape in most games and you're done, in a game like dragon age you have to endure the whole thing.
I'm complaining about because as the game went on I found the combat to be a little boring most of the times but I have no better proposal to fix it.
Between the repetition of Dragon Age's combat and the insanely high encounter rate of Dragon quest, I'd take Dragon Age any day.
752  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 17, 2010, 04:49:39 PM
I'll try to put mine in order but the only unmovable on the list is Mass Effect 2

1. Mass Effect 2 (Simply the best RPG I've played in years)
2. Resonance of Fate
3. Persona 3 Portable
4. Final Fantasy XIII
5. Birth By Sleep
6. Valkyria Chronicles 2 (until this one I pretty much enjoyed all, some more or less)
7. Atelier Rorona
8. Star Ocean The Last Hope
9. SMT Strange Journey
10. Dragon Quest IX

edit: How could I forget to put P3P on my own list!
753  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 16, 2010, 03:13:49 AM
This new trailer looks really good!
I wonder how the plot's going to run out like.

And the gameplay, I hope it's more towards the controls of peace walker which made it really good to control a 3rd person game without another analog. If they have a smart camera that's all I need.
754  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: December 15, 2010, 03:33:18 PM
Female Shepard for paragon.  Male Shepard for renegade.  Do this for maximum enjoyment.

Really?  I do the exact opposite; female Shepard is a total bitch. :P

Yeah same here.My FemShep tortures,murders and intimidates her way into the galaxy.If the Reapers think they are ruthless,FemShep will show off human cruelty at its finest

I'm glad you say so because that's the route I was going to take with my FemSheppard.
Since my main male Sheppard is the good guy I'd like to see how is it to play on the other end. Maybe even
spoiler: Taking the suggestion of the Illusive Man and taking the collectors's technology. I mean, he's Martin Sheen, and he was the president (west wing). I can't deny his wishes hehe.
755  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: December 13, 2010, 11:58:41 AM
Alright, to get away from the multiplayer argument, the game's trailer looked cool, and I'm excited to see how Bioware finished off the series.  The third entry in a franchise has a lot to live up to.  Guess this means I'll have to play through 1 (ugh....) and 2 (yay!) again to prepare. 

I was thinking the same thing. Then I thought, well instead of putting myself through some pain and go through ME1 again, I'll play it on the ps3 (the comics style), at least there will be no Mako on it.
I rarely buy the same game twice but considering the "Shadowbroker" DLC didn't work till the end on my PC (also in lot's of people pcs) and I don't wanna risk on my all time favorite games (ME2) to have the same fate as KOTOR which won't run on windows vista/seven making me unable to play it again. I had it for xbox 1 but sold the console but now I can't even play it on pc, so all I have left are memories.

I won't let this happen to ME2. So I'll get ME2 for ps3 and ME3 as well.

A little of topic but on Mass Effect still, of course:
I started a playthrough as a female Sheppard because I heard the female VA, Jennifer Hale, if I'm not mistaken, was "all that and even more". Even though she's good, I still think the male Sheppard is a lot more consistent and more tuned with the character, as I mean "the guy who saved the galaxy".
756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 09, 2010, 08:40:03 PM
I got Knights in the Nightmare but one thing keeping me away from it so far is the tutorials. They are so long and complex.
You know when you're in that moment you want something a little less innovating ? But I'll get to it.
757  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 09, 2010, 08:35:37 PM
758  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: December 03, 2010, 11:23:05 PM
re-playing through on paladin right now, love the fighting (not quite up to god of war level, but still nice), and love feeling like a bad ass with all my combos. I just started using the sub-weapons since i felt it was cheating before. The downside is, now theres nothing to do...

I disagree with the combat statement. I find the combat really closing in on NG (it makes you think and rewards defensive play even on normal compared to GoW which allows somewhat of a button-mash attitude on the easier settings) and much above GoW levels, especially because the game rewards you for flawless combat. IMO it is rather deep and while it still isn't NG or Bayo , for me it's the next in line, especially given so many options, ground combos, air combos, secondary weapons, special abilities and magic all make the combat more flexible than GoW... but that's just my point of view.

Nier, I bought it for 30 euros here in Europe and it was quite the discount.. I'm glad I did because after I'm done with my paladin playthru and all of the trials I'll jump back into it for more quests with my buddy Weiss.

I quote you on it, the combat and controls are much ahead of God of War yet not on pair with Bayonetta or Ninja Gaiden. The sad thing in GoW is how there are a lot of moves that when active you simply can't stop them to defend, move away etc as opposed to LoS when you feel like you're always in control.

Anyway, I just beat the game and I'm glad I did. I loved every single moment of it, especially the ending. The sad thing is that I almost skipped it, reason: It was being called a God of War clone and I simply can't stand another God of War. Even being a great Castlevania fan I was close to missing it until my cousin bought it so while he was playing CoD Black Ops I borrowed Lords of Shadow and what a blast this game is.

This game shines on so many aspects for me it comes to my Top 4 of the year, together with Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta and Mario Galaxy 2.
Since I didn't buy the game I'll at least support them by buying the DLC which I waiting for!
Oh, and props to the soundtrack of this game that like most Castlevania games doesn't disappoint but in this case it is simply amazing.

Now I'll search for the artwork of this game on the internet to use as wallpaper or if unlucky, I'll take some pictures of my screen and see what I can do.
759  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 17, 2010, 05:09:32 PM
I wish I knew this back then...
I should take this as a lesson for Nippon Ichi games, as they all require some sort of farming (the SRPG ones)

I remember in Disgaea 1 a stage that every square had an invincibility trait, with just one normal. The cheat was to combine monster to get them high leveled and then throw 'em to this spot and kill them for major experience.
760  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 17, 2010, 02:24:18 PM
I loved Phantom Brave and beat it when it was released on the PS2. The downside is that it's too freaking hard! Your phantoms have a limited number of turns so even grindind for levels takes way more time than it normally does for Disgaea, for example.

As much as I loved it, I wouldn't play it again. I needed cheats to beat it for the first time and back then I would rarely use cheats (Action Replay and the like) in a game. Well, but if it has a discount price on the PSP it could be fun.
761  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Avoids on: November 11, 2010, 06:40:30 PM

I actually enjoyed FFIII a lot. Even more than FFIV which some people seem to worship.
With the exception of the story in which IV is miles better, I thought the gameplay to be really fun, switching jobs as you please is fun, the difficulty curve is better.

I think IV starts a lot better, a galaxy away, but near the end the options you have in III made it much more fun, enjoyable and customizable for me.
762  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Haves on: November 11, 2010, 06:27:35 PM
I don't like the game after you SPOILER
Turn into stone
because after this it seems like you have no direction of where to go, even less than before. I came to a point where I was lost even with a faq. The last dungeon was one of the most boring I've seen in my life, because it's really complex, full with lever puzzles, different exits and to boost the encounter rate up to the sky. When you can finally think of how to do it, there's so much encounters you have to remember it all when it finally ends.

I promised to myself the the last (possible last) DQ I would be playing would be IX. If it's at least slightly fun and less grindy I'd give the series another shot. Actually, I've found them all (VIII & V) enjoyable until the middle.
Maybe I should do this, get Dragon Quest, play it until the middle and drop it.
763  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LF jrpg on PS3 on: November 11, 2010, 05:41:22 PM
One thing that makes me love save points is to stop you from making a dumb decision and save at a horrible spot. You can always say "use your brain" and I sure do, but some people tend to forget sometimes.

I know two stories, with my cousin and my neighbor:
1. One was at the sub boss at Diablo 1, one floor away from Diablo, he was bad at health, about to die and what did he do ? SAVE. But in Diablo you only have 1 save slot so if you save at a bad spot, you're pretty much screwed. Not much his fault but he should've thought it better.
2. The other was playing Baldur's Gate II, and this one I make fun of even to this day. He saved rarely and he was all proud of using 'auto-save'. We can all see where this leads to. He went into some dungeon to fight maybe a boos or some foes which killed everyone in his party except the main character and he ran back through the door he came in BUT as you walk through the doors the game auto-saves. So that pretty much screwed up his session and he had to start back a lot of hours.

So my thoughts on save points, they can be handy because sometimes all you need is a strategy and not having them (if you're not careful) may force you to go way back.
764  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Haves on: November 10, 2010, 06:31:42 PM
I have a lot of gripes with the Dragon Quest series yet I find Dragon Quest V to be really damn good. I think the first 12 hours of it are simply great, too bad in the end it get so convoluted and grindy but I'd say that for all DQ I've played.
Bottom line, get it. I thought it to be better than VIII and gave me a better impression than DQIX, which I've played very little.
765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: November 08, 2010, 02:11:56 PM
I wonder if this comic will be the next step of interactive comic Hideo Kojima was talking about when he came up with the one on the PSP.
I mean, we have not only tons of choices, but also male and female Sheppard plus 6 classes to choose from.

I also would like to know if they could try and put the meaningful sidequests in the comics, especially from the characters we see again in ME2.
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