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811  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys I&II Chronicles on: January 26, 2011, 06:59:07 AM
Like Fadedsun, I am yet to play a Ys game. I hear I and II are not nearly as good as the later ones. What do you experts think?
812  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 26, 2011, 06:32:27 AM
Oh really? I've never heard of it, but I just looked it up and doesn't really seem all that similar.
813  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 26, 2011, 02:39:14 AM
Been watching Ouran High School Host Club, and yes it's goofy and over the top, but it's hilarious!  And it's got Vic Mignogna, Junpei from P3's VA, need I say more?

I started watching this over Thanksgiving because I was bored and heard it mentioned a couple of times from friends. It was a great guilty pleasure series, but I only watched the first half of the first season or so. K-ON! falls into the same boat for me - cutesy guilty pleasure anime fun.

But at least the characters in Ouran have personality? :P Sorry, I'm a K-ON hater.

Haven't really watched any anime recently, but I did finish Bakemonogatari the other night. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
814  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: January 25, 2011, 11:31:08 PM
That's actually what I said.

"Playing them with a guide would help, but it's not really an ideal experience if you have to sit with the guide the entire time you play."

But let's face it, unless you're a hardcore Tales fan, sitting through 50 hours of text you can't understand (with or without a guide) is really not that much fun. Plus (Vesperia aside because of it's 360 release), most walkthroughs don't translate things for you, they just guide you through, so you're missing a ton of stuff.
815  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: January 21, 2011, 07:38:45 AM
Or let me remind you all the 3DS will cost between $350-$400 for us Aussies.
816  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FNC/Production 1 Conference Recap (FFXIII-2, Agito XIII->Type-0) on: January 18, 2011, 06:07:34 PM
Let's not start hating on it before it's out. We have a single trailer to go on with no gameplay footage. It might turn out to be really good. *Hopes for the best*
817  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FNC/Production 1 Conference Recap (FFXIII-2, Agito XIII->Type-0) on: January 18, 2011, 06:06:26 PM
Demon's Souls is not a JRPG.

But really, I haven't played it. Isn't it pretty damn westernized though?

It's a JRPG only because it's made by a Japanese gaming company and is an RPG. Otherwise it shares no similarities with the JRPG sub-genre at all. None that spring to mind anyway.
818  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 05:49:13 PM
You can even get them for free from Betehsda's website. Assuming you're willing to run them through DOSBox.
819  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 04:44:19 AM
Unless there is no mod support, in which case I would probably cry.

They'd be fools not to include it, considering how many more copies of Oblivion they must have sold through it.

The only reason I could see them omitting it would be for legal reasons. There is some crazy and illegal stuff out there in the modding world. Obviously Bethesda aren't liable for that, but I know there was a bit of a "thing" back when the nude mods for Oblivion started coming out. And there was WAY worse stuff than that available.
820  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 09, 2011, 08:00:21 PM
In Oblivion vanilla you'd explore into some shitty cave full of goblins only to get a chest full of pregenerated loot crap. That just sucks.

And that's what I hated the most. Due to scaling you couldn't fight your way through a massive dungeon and actually get something good. You'd only get gold/gems/weapons/armour scaled to your level. The mods fix that, but they really shouldn't have to. Difficulty should be static. Is it really so hard to do? Dungeons/caves etc. that are close-by to the events of the main story or close to towns should be easier and give lowbie equipment. The further off the beaten track you go the dungeons and enemies should be harder and have better rewards.

In vanilla Oblivion I never felt I got stronger. Sure, the new enemies would start appearing that were more challenging, but there was never anything MORE of a challenge. I like knowing I can't complete a dungeon yet because I'm not strong enough. It's great incentive to come back later when I'm more awesome.

And bandits should only ever be in leather. End of story.
821  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 08, 2011, 07:55:18 AM
In response to all the info posted by hell_snake:

--No Class selection at start?--
I'm sure we'll all adjust, but what the hell are they thinking?

--Perks?--
Oh please. Let's not turn this into the fantasy version of Fallout.

--LESS Skills?--
A pox upon them! Bring back Unarmored!

--Combat--
Do I sense dual-wielding finally? These seem like positive changes.

--Third person view improved.--
Does that mean I can actually use a bow in third person without looking like an idiot and missing my target by a mile?

--Weapon Smithing--
Yay!

--Level Scaling--
You think they would have learned everyone hated it by now...

--Fast Travel--
Bring back Mark and Recall + Mage's Guild teleportation. None of this fast travel nonsense.

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But let's face it. If I can mod it, I'll be happy.
822  Media / General Games / Re: Nintendo 3DS - Feb 26 - Y25,000/$260-$300, Megaman Legends 3 for 3DS also on: January 08, 2011, 06:02:03 AM
When the original 60GB PlayStation 3 came out in Australia it cost $1000. Yes, that's right. We win. And by that I mean we lose.
823  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: January 07, 2011, 06:09:37 PM
Tales games, in my opinion, can still be relatively fun in Japanese because the combat is so fun, so that gives Tales of Rebirth, Tales of Destiny 2, Tales of Destiny Remake, Tales of Phantasia X and PS3 Tales of Vesperia and probably more as possible purchases, but you'll need a story guide to understand them.

As someone who frequently imports JP Tales games I was highly advise against it for someone who doesn't know any of the language. I agree the combat is fun but would you really want to wade through hours and hours of text you can't understand for it? I don't think so. Playing them with a guide would help, but it's not really an ideal experience if you have to sit with the guide the entire time you play.
824  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Import Friendly Japanese Games on: January 06, 2011, 06:32:42 PM
Speaking as someone who does import JP RPGs, if you don't speak a word of Japanese then they're all going to be inaccessible to you. The RPGs are probably the hardest genre to understand without knowledge of the language.

I would recommend to you a game called Jump Ultimate Stars. It's a 2D fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. It is tons of fun, one of the best games I've played on DS, and is pretty import friendly.
825  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Anyone plan on playing Cataclysm World of Warcraft? on: December 06, 2010, 08:08:45 AM
Just thought I'd break some of this down to show the other perspective...

Why has there been no sort of visual improvement to the original races yet?

This one, I don't know. I'd assume it's a low priority thing. I know some of the developers have expressed interest in doing it in the future.

Why is there still no form of housing in the game?

Too impractical. Where would you git everyone's house? Or even just houses for guilds?

Why can't you name warlock pets?


This is intentional. The concept is you are just summoning and forming a contract with an already living, intelligent being. It has it's own name.

Why can't you change the color or at least choose the model of pets?

You can tame the colour you want. There are generally 2-3 per pet available.

Why are most mounts and armors simple re-colorings of old armors and mounts?

This is a fair complaint. But has gotten a LOT better with Cata and the most recent patch.

Why is there such limited music in the game?


Can't comment. I turn my down to hear in voice chat or play my own music. But I hear this is also better with Cata.

No dyes? No new hairstyles?

There are new hairstyles. But they can only be accessed from the barbershop. There is no real need for dyes. There are enough available colours.

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But I do understand where you're coming from.
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