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886  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The more RPG's I play, the more I forget on: July 18, 2010, 07:47:59 PM
I play a LOT of games and while plenty are good and/or above average in all respects, sometimes it's that intangible mojo that burrows into my mind and stays there for eternity. 

It's often the... "This game is so awesome! But I can't quite put my finger on why" kind of thing. It's like how if someone asked me to list my top 10 RPGs ever and my top 10 highest rated RPGs ever. The lists would not match.
887  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Maybe it's the weed - but I find this horribly amusing... on: July 18, 2010, 07:46:27 PM
This kind of thing always gets on my nerves. It's these kind of stupid people that want 100% political correctness all the time that are ruining our world. I have no qualms about being free with your sexuality and not feeling you should be ashamed about it. That being said, the writer of that article is an idiot. They remind me of extreme feminists. Who I also hate.
888  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: July 18, 2010, 06:04:57 AM
I'm on  my first playthrough so I'm trying to get by with everything I find along the way, I'm trying to avoid guides as much as possible. Yesterday I killed the adjudicator, on the first 2 tries I was owned but on my third try I figured out a way to beat it without being touched, figuring this stuff out by yourself is really rewarding.
It's a fascinating game, yesterday I was entering 4-2 for the very first time, I had just beat the adjudicator and was messing around with my equipment, a BP invades and completely destroys me with a meatcleaver, I didn't even have time to react. I was raped in a matter of seconds.

That sucks. I always wanted to be invaded, though. I have now played the game for nearly 40 hours (probably just less than half in body form) and have not even once been invaded. Boo.
889  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: July 18, 2010, 04:24:16 AM
It completely depends on your ranged weapon.  Most of them are Dexterity based.  Sticky Compound Long Bow+5 is typically considered one of the best and that has an S in Dexterity.  You only really need 30 or so in total to use this weapon effectively for all of your standard and New Game+.

Ah yeah. I forgot about the stat bonuses some weapons are affected by. I have the Compound Bow at +2 right now. Not with Sticky. I haven't killed Flamelurker on this play yet so I can't upgrade anything fancy. Again but Dex is like, 14. So that may not help all that much anyway.
890  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: July 18, 2010, 03:01:12 AM
Armor doesn't mean shit in anything but PVP.  And even then, only the armor that resists magic is any help at all.  This game is all about dodging if you're melee, you aren't going to get anywhere in NG+ if you don't realize that.  So yeah, if you're having problems winning with Melee pick up a bow, it makes everything easy-peasy.  There are some enemies who will literally just stand there and let you shoot them if you're far enough away.

Does strength score contribute to ranged attack power? Because my dexterity is reaalllyyyy low.
891  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: July 17, 2010, 10:54:28 AM
No, closer to white. Believe it or not. I got close to PWWT on most worlds on my first play through. Once I max that out I'm gonna head back towards black after I kill off most of the bosses. Assuming I get that far...

I grabbed the Brushwood armor set from 1-1 which has the highest physical defence, but is ungodly heavy. I swapped from Garl Vinland's Dark Silver set (which is better for PvP--High magic resistance) to that. It has helped quite a bit, but it hinders my ability to roll which is a problem for some enemies and bosses. Especially the armor spider. But it made getting 1-hitted by Tower Knight all the more annoying. Especially seen it takes a huge amount of souls for me to level up.

I must say though, a lot of the bosses seem like they'd be easier if I was ranged or magic. Most of the bosses can only do damage to you if you're close to them. Unfortunately for me, being pure melee, I don't have a choice. But I'm thinking of ditching most of my armor when I fight bosses. If they're gonna 1-hit me anyway I might as well make myself be able to run and roll faster.
892  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: July 17, 2010, 08:10:47 AM
I finished my play through a week ago or so. I played Temple Knight with sword and board and, honestly, didn't have that much trouble with it.

New Game+, on the other hand, is hell. It is unbelievable hard. I beat Phalanx but got 1 hit killed by Tower Knight. I tried Armor Spider and I could roll quickly enough. I think I'm getting to the point of throwing the towel in. Being 1-hitted when I have a HUGE amount of health and the best defensive armor in the game is a bit of a bummer.
893  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: League of Legends on: July 17, 2010, 04:02:53 AM
I played it a while back. Haven't in some time though. I really enjoyed it, but it's in desperate need of more maps.
894  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Where Should I Begin? on: July 16, 2010, 08:46:50 PM
That said, I did actually enjoy playing Dual Strike, it's just that the overall quality of the product really is in the toilet when compared to the other games available.

Oh, I totally agree about the balance. It was ridiculous. But I reckon the game as a whole was so much fun. To me that's more important. I felt Days of Ruin wasn't interesting or fun or anything in-between.
895  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Where Should I Begin? on: July 16, 2010, 09:42:16 AM
If you're going to get a DS Advance Wars game, skip Dual Strike and get Days of Ruin instead.  It's got a somewhat better balance(Still not as good as AW2 though), has online play, and the story is arguably better (Not that you'd play AW for the story anyway).

:O No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hated Days of Ruin. I thought it was really lame. It tried to be serious and failed, I thought. I loved Dual Strike to death. Huge amount of side missions, commandos, special abilities, units etc. Plus, it's just great fun. If I remember correctly, Samy + Eagle = Win (except for sea battles). Though I agree that AW2 is the best.

I've never played Dragon Quest before, but the one thing that turns me off is the first person battles. I also don't know which one I should get, seeing as a new one was just released. Is the story in IV really that engrossing, Eusis? I know the new one emphasizes multiplayer and the story suffers "nameless-hero syndrome", but the gameplay itself looks fun.

I thought that about the battles too. Until I actually played it. I really grew to enjoy that it's different from other RPGs in that sense. I personally didn't like IV all that much. I could never relate to the characters. I think V is the best of the ones on DS.
896  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kingdom hearts re:coded gameplay video on: July 16, 2010, 01:57:04 AM
However, I'm actually not overjoyed at the footage or at getting re:coded.  Things are starting to get stale; we really do need KH3. 

You're spot on there. The more of these they bring out the less I'm interested. I did enjoy 358/2 Days though, even if the whole plot progression kind of cancelled itself out at the end. I'm really looking forward to Birth by Sleep.
897  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Where Should I Begin? on: July 16, 2010, 01:50:27 AM
I'd advise against Rhapsody, though I'm pure Pat (he reviewed it) will tell you otherwise. It's buggy, very short and not all that interesting. It is very cute and adorable though.

I'd highly recommend (non-RPGS included):
-- Advance Wars: Dual Strike
-- Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
-- Dragon Quest V
-- Knights in the Nightmare
-- Mario Kart DS
-- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
-- Professor Layton & The Curious Village
-- Professor Layton & The Diabolical Box (I think it's called something different in the USA)
-- Super Mario 64 DS (If you never had a 64)
-- The World Ends With You

Some other (not quite as good) recommendations would be...
-- Animal Crossing: Wild World
-- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
-- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
-- Luminous Arc
-- New Super Mario Bros.
-- Pokemon Platinum
-- Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
898  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Hearts Review on: July 15, 2010, 09:16:13 AM
Thanks Shadow! I remember you wrote a pretty positive review for it on GameSpot, right?

Totally agree on the localisation too. But the odds of it happening are highly unlikely. Speculation is because so much of the game is voice acted and they don't want to have to dub it. Couple that with potentially low sales and it really doesn't look good. Mind you, these low sales aren't helped by the fact that retailers stock so few copies. Plus, Namco Bandai seem to just be a bit lazy when it comes to organising an English release. Along with Hearts I'd love it if they localised Rebirth as well.
899  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: kingdom hearts re:coded gameplay video on: July 15, 2010, 04:29:05 AM
Looks alright.  Very similar to KH1, by the sounds of things.

Honestly, I'd rather they just got on to KH3. I'm all up for getting this, but I'd kind of prefer they just move forward.
900  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Hearts Review on: July 14, 2010, 11:59:45 PM
Thanks for reading my review! :D

I've only played about the first 5 hours of the game before dropping it. It was mainly because I had a lot of difficulty reading the text. I didn't understand how to build my character and a sense of progression was lost to me because the leveling felt too linear (or that I didn't know exactly how my character was being improved).

Levelling just does some basic stat increases for you. It's the Soma Build that really builds your character up. There's an option in the main menu where you can improve your weapons (Soma). By picking the green, blue, or red upgrade you'll get more artes, support skills, or stat boosts respectively.  Shing, for example, I find generally benefits from a mostly red upgrade with a few green levels thrown in here and there. Where I found Beyrl to be more useful with a bigger range of spells through using green and blue. It all depends on how you want battles to pan out. There's not really any right or wrong choice. Though going pure blue might be a bit of a challenge...

If you ever feel like picking it up again, check out this walkthrough:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/ds/950188-tales-of-hearts/faqs/55254

It gives pretty good info on each segment of the story and great info on how the game works. It doesn't go line-by-line in the script or anything, so having decent Japanese language skills is highly useful still, but it gives you a better feel of what's going on if your Japanese isn't great. I referred to it from time to time when something confused me.

My other gripe was the combat system. I just could not understand why I am mashing my special attack button 16-20 times in a row and stun-locking my enemies. It felt... like cheating. It felt like there was no strategy to it. I must have been playing it wrong. I don't know.

If you've only played about 5 hours, you're still pretty early on. Overall, it's not a difficult game anyway. But in the first part of the game it's especially easy. You'll find, as you go, that those abilities your using now won't do enough damage to enemies soon enough. You'll be then forced to assign new ones which require more EG to use. Once your EG bar runs out, you're basically a sitting duck while you wait for it to refill. So you have to be careful about using your best skills all the time.

Bosses can be especially hard. The second half of the game has some surprisingly challenging bosses that will wipe the floor with you unless you understand what attacks you're using and which ones link well together.

I do agree with Andrew though on the story. The characters were pretty heart-felt to me. Early in the game you quickly realize that this is serious.

I adore most of the characters. I never really felt that much love for Innes or Beyrl, but the rest (non-party included) I thought were pretty damn good. At only five hours in, the best is still to come! :)
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