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46  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: June 26, 2014, 09:00:01 AM
Bought my copy.  Going to give it a chance after the demo left me pretty unimpressed last year. 
47  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI) on: June 26, 2014, 08:58:48 AM
I got the chance to play a pretty long demo at E3, and must say I came away quite impressed.  It still has a long way to go (the framerate was kinda shit and the controls need a lot of tuning between now and release), but the key concepts of old-school survival horror are clearly there.  I jumped quite a few times in an awesome way, the atmosphere was intense, and there was great resource management.  I don't think it will revolutionize anything, but it was clearly a game designed to follow up RE4 in terms of pacing and gameplay. 

In terms of setting, however, it comes across more like the original design for RE4 (with the hookman and stuff).  I wouldn't be surprised if Mikami used some of those original design documents for TEW...
48  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Shovel Knight on: June 25, 2014, 10:31:54 PM
I will be picking this up at some point over the summer. 
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Steam Sale - Crits Wallet for 4.99 Damage on: June 24, 2014, 07:59:26 AM
So far, I picked up:

Walking Dead Season 2
Wolf Among Us
Ikaruga (I suck at this game!!!)
Metal Slug 3 (got Stephen a copy, too)
Metal Gear Rising
Bulletstorm

I'm holding out for Cave Story+.  It's at 6.99 now, but I think it may drop even more by the end of the sale.

Also making it a point to play more of my Steam games.  Finished Braid last night, played Hotline Miami for an hour and hated it (really want to love it, but the controls are pretty shitty), and I'm playing Fez when I'm around my home computer. 
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Transistor on: June 22, 2014, 10:58:33 AM
I think the combat works, but it isn't quite as accurate or precise as advertised.  Lots of times I knew exactly what I wanted to do and planned it out, only to have something weird happen where the enemy bounced around completely differently from what was described. 

Glad people are enjoying the game, though.  Wasn't my cup of tea, but I would never begrudge someone's enjoyment. 
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 14, 2014, 04:15:35 PM
Our E3 podcast is now live!  Enjoy! 
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 06, 2014, 04:07:14 PM
I think Transistor's flat, detached feeling goes a long way towards conveying the world and alienating players.  Kinda interesting how it worked out.

So yeah, Episode 80 is now live!  We will, hopefully, record two podcasts while at E3.  Look forward to it! 
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: June 05, 2014, 02:55:13 PM
Looks great, but (not trying to be negative here) I'd like to see a demonstration of the game at this point.  The full combat mod for W2 gave me really high hopes that they ironed out some of the gameplay idiosyncrasies that I wasn't really a fun of, so I want to see the game in actual action and not just pretty cutscenes and snippets.  Hope we see it at one of the big press conferences! 
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 23, 2014, 11:11:16 AM
Persona 3 Portable has taken over my life.  That is all. 
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 02, 2014, 05:07:46 PM
*faints*

...umbasa.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 28, 2014, 08:35:17 AM
God, the opening of FF9 is amazing!  I was completely blown away and finished it in a week (keep in mind I was in ninth grade at the time).  The battle system is a bit slow for my taste, but the characters are outstanding and the world is a lot of fun. 
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: April 24, 2014, 10:49:17 AM
I was a huge fan of Origins.  Really hoping they can create something that feels just as equally epic and awesome.  DA2 was a bit of a disappointment (story was blah, the choices all sucked, and the dungeon variety was laughable) but it still had some pretty good moments.  Here's hoping! 
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 23, 2014, 10:27:31 PM
I think more than anything else I was having fun with my friend.  I love calling Stephen a hipster because it honestly couldn't be further from the truth.  

As for the Spoony style arguments against X, I think we have to keep a couple of thins in mind.

1.  There's obviously a nostalgia factor with VI.  I played it as a kid and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

2.  The lack of 3D cinematics and voice allows for the imagination to take over in many places.  Sure, there's plenty of melodrama in VI, but it's something entirely different to see it in 3D glory with a (questionable?) voice cast.  It's kind of the same argument you get with books.  Some people can never stand to see their vision and imagination fully played out in a movie because it will never fit with how they filled in the gaps in the medium.  I'd probably have huge problems with some of the dialogue if it was delivered full voice in VI, for example.  

3.  Pretty sure I mentioned, but just in case, X has a fantastic battle system.  Easily one of my favorite parts of the game.  I can easily see it as a contender on the combat alone.

4.  Sorry, I can't stand anyone in the cast besides Lulu and Auron.  Tidus is terrible (except in the admittedly powerful ending, of course), Yuna is vapid in most places, and Rikku just feels along for the ride most of the time.  And Seymour?  Yeah, I'll take Kefka any day.  

Again, keep in mind that I was having fun with Stephen and, yes, you can apply the same arguments to VI and most other FF games.  As FF has continued to move in the direction set by X, I find myself less and less attracted to the series.  For me it's all about the exploration, world, and story.  X has some really awesome story moments, but I didn't feel quite as connected to the world as the duality between the world of balance and world of ruin in VI.  I liked the game just fine, but it did begin a trend of moving towards more fantastical and incoherent (IMO) plots that have pushed me away.  
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 21, 2014, 10:49:12 PM
Episode 78 is live.  Enjoy!!
60  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: April 09, 2014, 08:48:47 PM
My WD has great survivability, but his damage is kinda wimpy for torment right now.  I tried grinding all damn weekend but only got one minor upgrade, which was disappointing.  Perhaps Stephen would be kind enough to carry me through some T2 and T3 to find better gear, yes? 
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