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961  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! :)
962  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PSP video out problems on: July 14, 2010, 04:03:42 AM
Well, in my experience with doing this with my PSP your problem could stem from from one of two different things:

1) Bad cable. The first one I bought to do this was too.

2) You've plugged it in wrong. This is obvious, but I did this with my second cable and couldn't figure out why everything was orange. I changed the cables around and everything was fixed.
963  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PSP Rpg's. Whatever will I buy? on: July 13, 2010, 08:52:20 PM
I'm sorry to say I have no idea what is available for download. But here are some of the RPGs I have on PSP. Give em a search on the PSN Store. I've tried to list stuff others haven't mentioned much yet.

[Highly Recommended]
-- Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
-- Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (A very unique experience and an excellent game)
-- PoPoLoCrois (A 'lite' RPG. But I adore it.)
-- Tales of Eternia

[Other Recommendations]
-- Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (Turn Based. I thought this was a bit slow, honestly. But a lot of people love it.)
-- Jeanne D'Arc (Turn Based. Hard to find, but pretty good.)
-- Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (Action RPG. A bit simple, but still fun.)
-- Star Ocean: First Departure (I hated it... but some people like it.)
-- Star Ocean 2: Second Evolution (see above.)
964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 13, 2010, 10:07:55 AM
I know most people are still lolFamitsu, but with most 40s I can remember them giving I understood the general thrust of why they did it...with this game, not so much. This just seems a lot like the same game I played 10 years ago, with some interface cleanup and laughably easy instead of incredibly frustrating.

Never give Famitsu scores much weighting. They're either extremely generous or paid for. I'll leave that up to the conspiracy theorists to determine.
965  The Rest / General Discussions / A Call to Arms: Future Editorial (Online Gaming Ettiquette) on: July 12, 2010, 08:45:34 PM
I am currently working on an editorial for the site about etiquette and communication in online gaming. I'll be discussing trolls, elitists, misconceptions and preconceptions relating to playing games online.

If any of you have any interesting or amusing stories about times you have played online with any game, please share them! I'd love to hear them and, if they fit in with my editorial, I may well use them! If you'd prefer I didn't use them (or you don't want your name used in the editorial) then just let me know!

Thanks Guys!
966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tales of vesperia makes me sleepy on: July 11, 2010, 03:30:08 AM
I've been loving it since the get-go (though I am playing the PS3 version so the foreign language is keeping me on my toes). Like Shadow, I'm curious as to where you're at story-wise.
967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PsP) on: July 10, 2010, 08:09:17 AM
It seems interesting so I will probably try it out when it comes out.
But then again I live in Europe where any bad news concerning game releases is possible.

I wouldn't worry. Europe will get KH for sure. I'm from Australia (where we're even worse off!) and it's already available for pre-order. Collector's Edition too, apparently.
968  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Real ID Challenge - Internet 1, Activision 0 on: July 09, 2010, 09:02:27 PM
Man, they did a great job of making their point.

On the flipside, it's kind of creepy. I do feel bad for those people.
969  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - FIrst Trailer Ever! on: July 08, 2010, 09:29:50 AM
That looks fantastic. Exciting too. Knowing my luck it won't get a PAL release...

I had to laugh though when they were ducking behind cover. Made me think of Gears of War... haha.
970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Shiniest New Sword on: July 06, 2010, 10:14:31 AM
I haven't played Dark Cloud 2, but consensus is that for many gamers it wins the "most improved sequel" award.  Dark Cloud was seen as meh, even bad, but Dark Cloud 2 is considered by many to be one of the best RPGs on the PS2

I played both and didn't like either. 2 was at least bearable, but still extremely repetitive.
971  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good PSN Games? on: July 06, 2010, 04:08:05 AM
Cool, thanks guys. I'd forgotten about the retro titles too. Thanks for listing them Hoshino!
972  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games With Lots of Exploration.... on: July 06, 2010, 04:07:33 AM
Thanks for all the great suggestions guys! Gonna go check some of them out!
973  The Rest / General Discussions / Good PSN Games? on: July 05, 2010, 04:08:10 AM
Finally decided to take the plunge and buy a PSN store pre-paid card. I'm already planning to buy the LittleBigPlanet Pirates and MGS DLC. I'm probably also going to try flower.

Excluding DLC, what are some good original titles I should try out?
974  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I have a PS3 (finally). Reccomend me stuff!!!!!! on: July 03, 2010, 10:14:21 AM
Siren: Blood Curse is a neat game, if you are a fan of the horror genre. It's on PSN, but I got a physical copy of the Asia version, since I didn't want a digital copy of it.

Australia got a physical copy! *points at the one sitting on my shelf*
975  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games With Lots of Exploration.... on: July 03, 2010, 10:11:20 AM
Ultima 4 - 7, dammit ~~~. But mostly 6 and 7 and the Worlds of Ultima games. Also Ultima Underworld 1, at least.

Arx Fatalis would probably work.

Gothic 1 and 2 would REALLY work.

Star Control 2 would SUPER DUPER work.

Everblue 2, Aquanaut's Holiday, etc, though your mileage may vary about how well you like them. I personally adore them both although AH barely counts as a game.

Yume Nikki, Seiklus, Nifflas' stuff.

Uru, or the Myst games in general, really, although moreso Uru and probably Riven than like, Exile, or Myst 4, both of which were sort of linearish.

Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat. Call of Pripyat is soooo gooooood.

Outcast.

I'd probably also toss in Omikron though I haven't played that in ages.

Tell you what I liked so much about this list? I wasn't familiar with about half the games! Haha. The only ones I'd played were Myst and Gothic. I liked Gothic 1, but as cool as the exploration was, there were a lot of problems with it. The ones I hadn't heard of I went and looked them up and there some awesome looking ones. Not quite sure how I could get my hands on them any more though...

The Baldur's Gate Series was intense for how precise you could hover your mouse over the environments (literally like a pixel big).

Fallout 1 and 2 are way better than 3, depending on your luck you could find some crazy shit randomly wandering around the desert.

Yup, got BG series. I haven't played FO1 or 2, but I know we've got them in stock where I work. Might take a look at picking them up.
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