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421  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 24, 2011, 12:23:19 AM
RDR was easily my favorite game of last year.  Such an incredible experience.  Don't worry too much about cattle herding, as you only do it a few times over the course of the whole game.  

I'm going to try my best to finish The Witcher this week so I can safely play the next game.  I love the storytelling and moral dilemmas, but I can't stand the combat system.  Looks like the more action-oriented approach in the sequel will be right up my alley.  Other than that, I'm reading A Song of Ice and Fire for the first time, and I adore it!  Seriously, those looking for fantasy with a harder edge and more political intrigue will love this series.  I'm midway through the second book and I haven't been this enthralled with a world and its inhabitants in a long time.  I honestly care about these characters, and that is extremely rare for me. 
422  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Real Silent Hill Experience on: April 22, 2011, 07:52:41 PM
Almost through these videos, and I can't stand the two guys who made it (three if you count the odd looking beard guy).  I love how they say that the underwhelming combat and wonky controls from the first few games in the series are better than anything else done to date.  They use the argument "those are the controls, so get used to them" to defend the franchise's shortcomings.  I'm a huge Silent Hill fan, but I refuse to defend poor design choices.  That said, the retrospective has some decent production values and you can tell these guys are fans.  There's also a good deal of information hidden within the subjective analysis.  

Also, they say that 3 is the best game in the series.  Totally disagree with them on that one.

Just finished the whole thing, and I stand by my original statements.  These guys are clearly in love with certain aspects of the first few games, and they would rather see the series die than expand and develop.  Don't get me wrong, the past few games haven't been so hot, but that doesn't mean we should throwout the baby with the bathwater.  Also, I've never been a fan of the whole cult angle so heavily prevalent in 1 and 3.  I find the personal hell of SH2 to be far more intriguing and disturbing than crazy dudes trying to summon an evil god.  I hope the next game follows a similar storyline but shies away from the "main character can't remember what bad thing he/she did" plot line. 
423  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 19, 2011, 10:51:46 PM
John showed me a Penny-Arcade comic making fun of KH2.  I took the screen from that.  Enjoy!

424  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 19, 2011, 09:19:53 AM
It was about an hour.  We rerecorded the show last night with a better focus on discussion topics.  Should be up sometime in the near future!
425  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 16, 2011, 10:59:25 PM
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we lost our latest podcast recording.  Not sure what exactly happened, but it seems our software failed us.  We'll try to record again sometime this week.  Sorry guys!
426  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Need opinion, important Q for a girl. on: April 10, 2011, 01:44:47 PM
I'm a fan of short hair.  Just my two cents. 
427  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 04, 2011, 09:33:07 AM
That sounded like a back-of-the-box quote, IA.  Your check is in the mail!
428  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 03, 2011, 11:50:06 PM
Thanks for spreading the word, Ivalice! 
429  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 01, 2011, 09:41:06 AM
Here ya go, Lard!


I find the best way to get the podcast is to either use iTunes or subscribe to the RSS feed through GoogleReader.  We always make sure to post a news story when a podcast is released.  Sorry for the confusion. 
430  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 30, 2011, 06:50:34 PM
DMC2 remains one of the worst examples of a rushed product meant to meet demand and failing miserably at everything the original game set out to establish. 

Why does that sounds so familiar...
431  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 30, 2011, 03:05:49 PM
My biggest problem was the lack of a cohesive "system" in Bayonetta.  Dodging some moves would trigger witch time while others wouldn't, which lead to lots of cheap hits and deaths.  Combine that with enemies that have some rather cheap attacks, a fucking awful camera that took three steps back from every advancement in the genre, and some of the absolute worst QTEs in any game EVER and you have a rather frustrating experience.  I died a lot playing Bayonetta, and every death felt cheap and undeserved.  I found DMC3 to be easier, and I know how nuts that sounds!
432  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 30, 2011, 09:06:18 AM
I kinda figured this thread was going to explode after wearing my Heavy Rain hater pants...
433  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 27, 2011, 09:41:04 AM
Episode 21 is now on iTunes and the RSS feed.  Sorry that took so long, guys!

Slight technical difficulty.  Trying to fix it now!

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434  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: March 20, 2011, 01:26:41 AM
A new podcast is on the horizon...
435  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.  
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