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961  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Does anyone actually like random battles? on: July 29, 2010, 12:38:21 AM
I think random battles are a thing of the past.  There's better ways to do it, there's no need for the delay when you have to transition from the map to the battle.

This is what I was thinking. Like some of you have pointed out, there are some games that do benefit from random encounters. But nowadays it often just seems like it's developers being lazy. Leaning on tradition because they can't be bothered to think of a better way.

You make a good point about Pokemon too, Thoren. Obviously that isn't going to work for a lot of games, but the grass is a good mechanic.
962  The Rest / General Discussions / Does anyone actually like random battles? on: July 28, 2010, 06:13:37 AM
I was wondering today, whether anyone actually prefers random battles in RPGs as opposed to seeing your enemies on the field first.

Most of the time, it doesn't really bother me. But some games just go over the top with enemy encounters. Also, often when I want to get all the treasure in a dungeon and there's a lot of walking I just wish I could avoid enemies sometimes. Plus, it tends to add to the atmosphere.

Perhaps I just don't see it, but are there any advantages to random battles? Apart from saving the developers time and effort, of course.
963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 28, 2010, 04:29:48 AM
Niiiccceee!

It's been rumoured Graces was coming to PS3 for a while now, but I'm glad it's confirmed. It's probably unlikely it'll get a worldwide release, but here's hoping! If not, I suppose I'll import. I do prefer playing games in my native language though. Not a surprise a new ones announced for PS3 either.

They need to stop with radiant mythology though. I can't speak for the second one (as I haven't played it), but the first was garbage. Mindless fetch quests through the same dungeons over and over again. Plus a lame story. Even if it was intended as a fan crossover game, it did it badly.
964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: most unappreciated RPGs? on: July 26, 2010, 07:54:26 PM
The first Shadow Hearts game often gets overlooked and it's a shame because it really was a great game.  The problem is it flew under everyone's radar and everyone seems to gush over Covenant that it doesn't get the props it should.  Covenant may have been the more memorable game, but the first Shadow Hearts was actually a fantastic game.  Plus, it opened the door for the series.  Sigh, it still makes me sad that we will never see another SH game. 

I've got all three Shadow Hearts. I've really enjoyed the first two, but I haven't played the third yet. I hear it isn't as good.
965  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Move is beginning to impress me on: July 26, 2010, 07:14:32 AM
I feel like the Wii set a poor precedent for motion controls when it comes to serious gamers. I bought a Wii on launch and I only have a few games for it. I bought more than that to try and returned all the rest. The three I do have don't even use motion controls.

Sure, the PS Move is more accurate and flashier, but I'd put money on the games still not being that good. Or, games that are typically good will start to use the motion controls as a gimmick for weird mini-games.
966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: most unappreciated RPGs? on: July 26, 2010, 05:27:16 AM
I don't think I could really name any. But that's possibly because we discuss so many here that they don't feel obscure to me any more, even though the rest of the gaming community might never have heard of them.

Though I wouldn't have said Tales or Skies of Arcadia are particularly obscure, nor are they universally disliked.
967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skyward Sword and the Zelda timeline. on: July 26, 2010, 02:09:09 AM

That website is awesome. Hilarious reading.
968  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: July 25, 2010, 10:12:22 AM
I got drunk once, but that was a long time ago, and it's gonna be my first and last.

Overall I don't drink due to health reasons. I'm glad I'm not the only one in this forum who doesn't drink. :P

:)

We need a "people who don't get drunk" topic now.
969  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: July 25, 2010, 09:05:44 AM
What's worse than a hundred dead babies nailed to a tree? One dead baby nailed to a hundred trees. <-- the one joke that stuck with me, it's horrible. :(


That is horrible. But, actually, I think 100 dead babies is still worse.

Oh, and I have never been drunk because I don't drink. :P
970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I have too many games to play!!! on: July 23, 2010, 07:42:22 PM
I know what you mean. I work in a gaming store too so you can imagine how often I buy stuff.

Click the image in my signature. It's a site called Backloggery designed to help you make progress through your backlog of games! It's good fun to use.
971  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skyward Sword and the Zelda timeline. on: July 23, 2010, 12:44:34 AM
this timeline thing is one reason I don't really play any games in this series.

I don't understand why that would stop you playing? It's not even remotely important to the enjoyment of playing. They don't even talk about it in the games.
972  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skyward Sword and the Zelda timeline. on: July 22, 2010, 04:29:23 AM
Although I'm pretty sure there is no evidence to support Twilight Princess occurring after Ocarina of Time rather than before it.

There is actually: the woman who runs the fishing game has a picture of her ancestor there, the guy who ran the fishing game in OoT.

Ah! I did not know that! Good to know! :)

Edit: Actually, placing Wind Waker would be tricky too, wouldn't it? I mean, there's no game so far yet that covers the seas receding. Obviously PH and ST after directly after it, but how does that explain Hyrule being back to normal for ALttP and further on? Is there anything to suggest Wind Waker isn't right near the end?
973  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skyward Sword and the Zelda timeline. on: July 22, 2010, 04:22:37 AM
It doesn't bother me they don't release a timeline. I like the speculation! Haha.

I've played them all and that timeline seems to make sense to me.

Although I'm pretty sure there is no evidence to support Twilight Princess occurring after Ocarina of Time rather than before it. Though after it does still seem more likely. And why can't Wind Waker follow Majora's Mask? Having the timeline split doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I could easily see it being...

Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Twilight Princess
Wind Waker
Phantom Hourglass
Spirit Tracks
Oracle Seasons/Ages

...without a timeline split. And how exactly do you place the Oracles in a timeline? They don't even occur in Hyrule. I can't see how anyone could give any evidence to support where it fits into. Correct me if I'm wrong but, the Goddesses, Impa (and Link, of course + Zelda if you used the special passwords in both games so you can fight Ganon) are the only familiar characters in it. If anything, with Din, Nayru and Farore being physical beings in it leads me to believe it could be a very early one. Or, a very late one.

I still support the idea of The Wind Fish in Link's Awakening being a descendant/forefather of Jabu Jabu in OoT. Which one though? Who knows? :P
974  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.
975  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.
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