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571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 19, 2015, 10:29:53 AM
Ugh, worst water dungeon ever.

It's a stealthy puzzle thing, but the layouts of the puzzle rooms are pure evil. Basically, you have to avoid being seen by eyes on the wall by using a cloaking ability. Could have been pretty fun in a 2D game with a good overview of the rooms, but it just doesn't work in 3D. There are also plenty of those things near doors, meaning you'll be warped back to the starting point if you don't have the cloak ability up when you enter certain rooms.

I think you can skip the worst rooms and only miss out on some treasure, but still...

What you're saying: "This water dungeon stealth puzzle thing is bullshit"
What I'm hearing: "Dungeons in this game involve more than running from one end of a corridor to the other"

How much my expectations for this series have fallen.
572  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Witch and the Hundred Knight coming to PS4 March 1st - $40 on: October 18, 2015, 08:17:16 PM
Honestly, it was probably the narrative that kept me going through it. Yeah, near the end there does start to become an element of trying to collect all the best loot but ultimately there isn't really anything satisfying about the gameplay. Quite the opposite, really, as most of the time it starts to just turn into annoyingly trying to hurry up and take down a bunch of damage sponges so you can move on to the next group of damage sponges. Some of the bosses were kind of fun, but again the second half of the game just does everything it can to wear you down. My strategy for the final boss ended up being getting to a level where it's first form couldn't really hurt me and then just filling my inventory with healing items for the second form and wailing on it until it died, with no regard for trying to avoid counter attacks.

Probably not the answer you were hoping for, I realize, but I did want to be honest despite my love for the game as a whole.
573  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2015, 11:13:14 AM
The CW "Abs! and also television shows...I guess"

I'd consider the CW casting choices a bigger problem if those two shows weren't more often good than bad (Though S3 of Arrow is starting to lose me)
574  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2015, 05:52:58 PM
The universe is a pretty horrible place, sometimes.

Feels, sympathy, space... whatever you need right now Dincrest, you've got it.
575  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 15, 2015, 06:53:30 PM
Happy they found a way to keep Tom Cavanaugh on The Flash.  Watching him play Harrison Wells is a treat.

Binge watching season 1 of that along with season 3 of Arrow to try and catch up so I can start watching live finally. I'm amazed at how well CW did making two shows with such different tones but that still very clearly feel like they belong in the same universe. Meanwhile, the DC movies all have the exact same tone and themes and couldn't feel more separated.
576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Witch and the Hundred Knight coming to PS4 March 1st - $40 on: October 15, 2015, 06:49:17 PM
I love Metallia as a character, but I really don't know if I want to play through this game again. It was okay for the most part, but a lot of it dragged on for too long and I don't feel like there's a lot of replay value.

Will still probably get this, and probably the LE no less, because my love of Metallia is just that great.
577  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2015, 05:52:28 PM
Are you interested in Bloodborne, Tomara? That was worth the price of admission alone for my PS4, and I wasn't even a Souls fan prior. But it looks like there's a bunch of cool stuff on the horizon regardless.

Excellent choice of words ;)
578  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes, CE on: October 13, 2015, 04:34:37 PM
Played for about 3 hours now, and so it's time for some initial impressions:

+ Goddess is this game gorgeous, easily the best use of 3D animated graphics with high fidelity textures I've seen. Has me really excited for the future of the series
+ All the blips and bloops and fanfares from the series are present and put to really good use. The game nails the "Dragon Quest" feel in all the right ways.
+ I can't say this one with absolute assurance yet, obviously, but the game seems to have a lot of content, or at least plenty of collectibles to keep you invested for a good while.
+ Amazing job so far bringing classic characters to life. Alena is already my favorite character in the game. The humor in general is well balanced where it's constantly present in the script but never feels like it's trying too hard.
+ Combat feels smooth. The slower pace over typical Musou games means there's less button mashing and more deliberate combo building.
+ The maps that require you to use monster coins to prevent being surrounded can get pretty frantic. Boss fights can be quite the rush as well. It's the reason that "AI is shit" isn't on my cons list, if the AI knew how to fight on their own, those battles wouldn't be nearly as exciting.

- Going solely by the skill page for each character, there aren't a lot of moves to add to each character's arsenal. I don't know if new combos are learned at higher levels, but from the look of things the game lacks some variety.
- The slower pace of combat does sometimes feel like a letdown. Some maps, particularly the free areas, feel like you spend more time finding enemies than defeating them.
- I want the names of anyone involved in the decision to have voices outside of cutscenes come from the controller speaker. To any other developers out there: Don't. Do. That. It's bad enough Sony thought their controllers needed speakers to begin with.
- Healix is the most annoying mascot character of any game to date.
579  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 13, 2015, 12:44:05 AM
First 30 minutes of DQ Heroes was pretty fantastic. So fantastic that I stopped for the night since I'm half asleep and plan to just start over tomorrow when I have more of my faculties to appreciate it.
580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 12, 2015, 07:49:28 PM
I know the PS3 let me download free Disgaea D2 DLC before I had any part of the game installed.
581  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 11, 2015, 10:22:19 PM
You know that feeling you'd get in High School when you were pretty sure someone knew something you didn't want them to know but they weren't confronting you about it, so you weren't sure what to do?

Just as aggravating as an adult, trust me.
582  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 11, 2015, 03:29:48 PM
...SIX HOUR LONG...   ...this guys is definitely 'a less is more kind' of deal...  ...he gets into the nitty gritty...

583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 10, 2015, 07:25:22 PM
The MC for this title looks like he could hurt the experience for me. Since we are talking costumes though, at least it appears there is a "Yuri" motif for him so that helps.

And while on the subject of paying for costumes I would just like to express my disgust upon realizing I paid MORE for all my costumes in the last three games than I did for the titles themselves. That is jarring to me for some reason, and even more so because I paid it without a thought or care. I am (obviously) in the camp that costumes should be in game unlocks but, at the very least, I wish they were a wee bit less compromising of my wallet. I feel like I should be getting some quests and characters attached to my content for the pricing.

Sort of all a mute point for me as I really don't feel like I'm ready for another JRPG in my life just yet.

Don't buy in to the nonsense, dude! I'm so against this series monotizing what was originally a fun side quest reward that I haven't boght a single piece of Tales DLC and don't plan to no matter how tempting the costumes are.
584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: October 10, 2015, 08:14:55 AM
Aeolus' memory for game details is both impressive and frightening.
585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Zestiria on: October 09, 2015, 09:18:53 PM
"And Much More..."

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