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406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 11, 2011, 11:02:26 AM
I agree that using the environment is a key component of the tactical feel in these kinds of games, however I quickly grew bored with using the same pull/choke strategy over and over again to get through combat.  And your party members are so devastating now, that placing a tank in a doorway is almost an instant win in these combat situations.  Hell, Aveline basically took on the high dragon in Act 3 by herself.  She just needs a heal spell every once in a while to keep her going.  As for pressing A to win, well, I'm playing on PC, so there's none of that present.  

I still wish I could turn FF on while playing on normal.  Based on conversations with Stephen, I have no desire to play this game on hard or nightmare because of the overwhelming odds thrown at the player and the luck necessary to defeat some of the harder situations.  I'm further along than Stephen, and I can't even fathom how he's going to get through some of the tougher fights.  
407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 11, 2011, 09:28:04 AM
I was thinking about the enemy wave design, and here's what I came up with.  Having waves of enemies spawn around you is an inelegant solution to a very real problem that was present in Origins and even worse in 2.  If you walk into a room full of enemies in Origins one of two things is going to happen:  either you hold back and use the door as a choke point, or you rush into the room possibly end up bogged down in enemies (and of course potential mage fireball death).  In 2, if you use a choke point there's almost no way the game can beat you.  I almost laugh when I'm given a choke point because my party is so damned powerful at range (archer Hawke kicks all sorts of ass).  So, they went with the enemy wave design to keep players on their toes and prevent choke point abuse/death.  I don't think it was the best way to handle the problem, but it certainly helps to avoid the tedium of using the same trick over and over again to beat the game.  
408  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 10, 2011, 12:19:20 PM
I think there should be some guides on GameFaqs that avoid spoilers.  That should be a good starting point.  The game is amazingly deep, so be prepared for some heavy reading.

And I don't think I called her my ex.  I think I was very careful to avoid that, actually.  Ha!
409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 10, 2011, 11:51:17 AM
I thought we were all talking about the complete look of indifference and "Oh fuck, what have I gotten myself into now" look on Hawke's face....
410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 09, 2011, 05:43:07 PM
I only put the game up to hard, so friendly fire wasn't on.  I would love to play the game with friendly fire because it would be even more tactical, just like Origins.  Instead, I have go to an absurd difficulty just to get the gameplay tweak that I want.  So odd...
411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 09, 2011, 04:47:45 PM
So I pumped the difficulty up to hard because I wasn't facing any challenge.  Enemies were certainly hitting harder, but it wasn't anything I could handle.  Then an enemy mage comes in and drops a big ball of fire right on my party that insta-kills the WHOLE FUCKING GROUP!  I tried the encounter again and the bastard only got one of my crew.  My healer revived him, but the flaming ball was still in place so it killed him AGAIN!  Seriously, this kinda stuff is what killed Origins for me, but at least they had the decency to put it on the higher difficulties.  I don't consider insta-kill attacks to be challenging.  I find them cheap and stupid in this day and age.  I'm sticking with normal just for my own sanity.  I don't even want to think about what Stephen is going through on Nightmare...
412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 09, 2011, 01:17:05 PM
About ten hours in, and I'm loving the combat and characterization of my party members.  John wasn't lying about the repeated environments, though, and it shows some laziness that sullies an otherwise fun and exciting turn for the franchise.  I still think the game is very engaging, but some corners were obviously cut. 
413  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 09, 2011, 12:13:58 AM
It's up now!
414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 05, 2011, 04:27:58 PM
415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 03, 2011, 01:40:07 PM
In all fairness, I really wasn't trying to start anything with our readers.  I've read the differing opinions, and I was just posting what I thought of the demo in a preview.  I really think the game plays a lot like Origins and I'm very much looking forward to the full game.  I'll reserve judgement until I play the complete release, however. 
416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 03, 2011, 12:38:54 PM
Our Dragon Age 2 demo episode is up along with my written preview.  Hope you guys enjoy!
417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 01, 2011, 10:51:06 AM
I wasn't a huge fan of Bioware games for the longest time.  Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 changed my mind, but I still haven't played the old-school classics.
418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: February 27, 2011, 03:25:25 PM
Loving the game so far, but I agree that it really needed a mini-map.  I think DQ9 spoiled me here, but I have to paint a mental image of the dungeon all the time, which is a little annoying.  Loving the battle system too!
419  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: February 25, 2011, 02:44:22 PM
I think I was using MixZing or the default player on the HTC phones.

Also, our Dragon Age 2 special is in the can and should be ready for you guys sometime soon.  Look forward to some ass-kicking awesomeness as I school the boys and prove the game is just fine!
420  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: February 24, 2011, 04:59:05 PM
I actually never played King's Quest, so I really can't speak to it.  That said, I'm always looking for an excuse to rip on Stephen when it comes to KH.

And once again, I can't say how much I love to read the support you guys give the show on the boards.  We weren't even sure if anyone was listening to the show besides the editors and Ivalice Alliance.  Glad you guys are enjoying it!
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