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961  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.
962  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.
963  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.
964  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.
965  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
966  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.
967  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.
968  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:


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! :)
969  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.
970  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.)
971  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.
972  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!
973  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.
974  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.
975  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.
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