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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Will you raise your kids playing video games? on: January 08, 2014, 08:30:41 PM
Time spent engaging kids is time well spent I think. Whether it is reading books together or playing video games or throwing a baseball around, I have a hard time believing that type of interaction can ever be a bad thing.

EDIT: The flipside of this is that pawning kids off probably has degrees of bad. "Go do your homework and don't bother me" is not optimal, however "go play Candy Crush and don't bother me" is probably an exceptionally bad developmental idea.

But I have no kids and will never have any. Not judging.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: January 08, 2014, 08:25:00 PM
Individual editor awards are also posted for a reason. I am 100% behind the readers that Ni no Kuni was awesome, I have sunk way too many hours into it.

FFXIV would have been my game of the year 2004-2005. FFXIV is an unbelievably well polished version of that exact same game. Like literally the exact same game with an FFXIV theme. That's a very good thing but frankly I just don't have time to stand in queues or schedule raids. Holy crap though I would have been all over this if it came out when I had time for it. Great game.

All told another great year to be a gamer. It's only gonna get better.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Will you raise your kids playing video games? on: January 08, 2014, 08:18:20 PM
I will courageously duck the issue by never having any kids.
49  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Ys: Memories of Celceta Review? on: December 11, 2013, 04:28:48 PM
Will Ys: Memories of Celceta on the vita be getting a review eventually?

Oh, you bet it will. It's going through our editorial process right now, as a matter of fact.

Keep your eye peeled - or you can subscribe to one of our feeds to see when it pops up, either the regular news feed (http://www.rpgfan.com/news/feeds/rss.xml) or our reviews only feed (http://www.rpgfan.com/news/feeds/reviewrss.xml).
50  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 27, 2013, 05:09:03 PM
I would love to see this number!
51  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 27, 2013, 04:56:11 PM
Oh, I agree.  The tone and gameplay work beautifully in this game, probably better than any other in recent memory.  Those first clicker sections were maddening, but then they let you play in their little mini-sandbox and everything starts to flow and feel amazingly organic. 

Right on.

In short, my review is: "This is the best game I will never ever play again."
52  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 27, 2013, 04:44:20 PM
I think those brutally difficult opening sections though serve both a tone and gameplay purpose. From a tone standpoint it let's you know just how difficult SURVIVAL is in this universe - I died on the OPENING SECTION for crying out loud before the title of the game even appeared. That sent the message loud and clear.

From a gameplay standpoint it let's you know that the game is going to absolutely punish you for not taking it seriously and learning the rules. As frustrating as those sections were, I think they totally work on both levels.

I'd say this game is a tremendous example of marrying mechanics to tone, something that I don't think a whole lot of games actually bother to do.

EDIT: I say this of course pretty sure I will never play this game again. I can admire the gameplay choices from afar without punishing myself. :-)
53  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 27, 2013, 04:29:07 PM
Oh! I thought it was simply terrific. Almost completely pitch perfect. I mean, even though I died probably 500+ times (I may be underestimating, there were 2 sections of the game that it literally took me multiple nights of play to get past) I never thought it was unfair, just that I suck. I also think the actual gameplay complemented the tone damn near perfectly.

I also thought the ending was predictable, but I mean that in an extremely satisfying way. Like, this is the only way that would even make sense for it to end.

Altogether a great piece of storytelling and gaming. I hesitate to call it particularly "fun" the way I'd hesitate to call playing something I suck at for hours on end, like say golf, "fun". But it's certainly a triumph of a game that I will probably never pick up again simply due to the frustration level it inspired as I twisted my fingers into pretzels trying to complete it. (If I'm going to do something I KNOW I suck at for stretches that long, I'll stick to golf so at least I get outside for a bit.)

I can certainly see why it is being called one of the best games of the year, and I certainly wouldn't strenuously disagree. I wouldn't say it was MY favorite game of the year for reasons already mentioned. :-D
54  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 27, 2013, 03:01:37 PM
Finally finished this a few days ago. Thanks to everybody who offered tips!
55  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 20, 2013, 12:05:22 PM
When I start mistaking my own shortcomings for the game itself being terrible, I will truly have become an old person. Only a matter of time before I am complaining about the music kids listen to these days.

Last of Us is clearly awesome, I'm just getting the story in a slow drip because I'm lucky to get past one combat sequence every couple of nights.
56  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 20, 2013, 11:17:22 AM
Uncharted is WAY more frustrating than Last of Us.  There are times when you're just completely screwed and nothing is going to save you except luck.  No freakin' clue how I beat the first game on Crushing, but it was a terrible experience.  Outside of one or two parts in Last of Us (freakin' Winter section...), hard mode wasn't that bad.  The biggest issue I have is the enemies become bullet sponges, but since I use stealth most of the time it's not really an issue.  The problem gets out of control on the forced action sections, which is the reason I finally quit.  Survival mode takes away the noise vision, which is a no go for me.  You really need that skill to play with their given level design, so I'm sure it would just piss me off.  

Edit-
Also, I died about a hundred times playing Uncharted 2.  Just throwing that out there in case people thought I was showing off how good I am at games or something.  I'm not really good at games.  I'm just persistent.  I still throw a controller every once in a while. 

Exact opposite for me. I found Uncharted 2 way easier. The Last of Us I cry a little bit whenever combat sections come up. And that's on Easy. Any mode higher than that is simply unfathomable for me.

It is always sad when a game is clearly awesome and I just completely suck and there is no way around the level of my own sucking. Like Dark Souls. Which I still have probably cleared about 2% of.
57  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 20, 2013, 12:56:16 AM
I thought I had the hang of it for a bit there but NOPE. I think I am at the sniper section mentioned previously. Whatever it is I've been stuck on it for a while.

I used to be good at video games. Ravages of age I guess.
58  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 20, 2013, 12:38:34 AM
This game is so freaking hard. I can't even imagine playing on Normal, Easy is kicking the absolute crap out of me.
59  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 18, 2013, 09:07:00 AM
Thanks for the help guys - this has gotten easier as the game has progressed. I'm still getting clobbered, just less regularly.

I, too, am apparently horrendous at stealth.
60  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: November 15, 2013, 06:09:19 PM
Incidentally this game is pretty compelling, I just am terrible at it!
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