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1276  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 25, 2011, 09:30:36 PM
I have to disagree, Rob, I think the colors and brightness work well (though I do agree about what Blizzard said)-- and in terms of darkness, ahve you tried cahnging the settings? I don't think I've had an issue with not being able to see paths and chests. Though I do agree, the camera can be frustrating in multiplayer. On the other hand, coming off of Daggerdale, it's like a miracle. I also think the online coop is designed for playing with a close group-- it does have a 'proper' component, it's just not the Diablo-style "jump in with anyone and kick some ass."

I think it's going a bit far to call the balancing in combat a "flaw."  It's part of the design-- and in my experience, it's pretty evenly balanced to build your focus-- if you run low, play hit and run with a longer-ranged attack to build focus, or dodge a bunch of attacks to build up a power sphere and heal yourself. It can be difficult when you've got 5 HP and low focus to swing the fight around, but the satisfaction from doing so is pretty high, especially since it's a little more based on reflexes and skill than numbers and potions?

TL:DR: I can see where you are coming from, but I don't totally agree. Should make for good podcast discussion.
1277  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 25, 2011, 08:00:19 PM
I think I'm about halfway through the game with my girlfriend on coop. I really dig this game, it's a total blast. I love that the idea is for me to teleport/dodge around and hit enemies, and the selection of skills and abilities is really tight and balanced. The art is great, it's colorful, and the quests are actually pretty interesting. There's a haunted house side quest that is better than basically the entirety of D&D: Daggerdale. Sure, it's not like old school Dungeon Siege, but I'll be damned if this isn't some of Obsidian's best work. It won't be swayed from the opinion that they clearly cared about this game, and even if it isn't for everyone, they put some effort into it.

I haven't played online, but I've heard the multiplayer setup there isn't too solid, so there's points against that-- but I think the idea they were going for was a multipalyer game you'd play with the same group of people throughout, which has made it fine for me. I could see why some people wouldn't be happy with that decision, though.
1278  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: June 22, 2011, 06:03:29 PM
Diablo 2 is still the gold standard of hack and slash. Love.
1279  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 22, 2011, 10:19:24 AM
I'm playing as
Reinhart and I think he is quite awesome. However, he can get cut down fast if you aren't careful. My gf is playing Katarina, and together they are completely awesome.
1280  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 21, 2011, 12:35:33 AM
been spending some time with the full game. honestly, this game reminds me of seiken densetsu 3. combat difficulty balance is awesome, i love feeling like it's actually skill affecting whether or not my coop partner and I win fights. plus, reinhart's dynamic magic is bad. ass.
1281  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 16, 2011, 10:02:03 PM
I agree with the general sense of being surprised and pleased. It had its own flavor, and the production values on it were top-notch. Except the chick character's voice sounds really, really awkward. But other than that, solidness. Going to enjoy reviewing it and co-oping it with my gf.
1282  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why the best kids' books are written in blood on: June 15, 2011, 12:58:19 AM
Excellent article.
1283  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: June 15, 2011, 12:55:19 AM
Honestly, I haven't played the game and I didn't think ANYTHING was spoilerific. But I've heard some don't agree, so at this point I'd say err on the side of caution.
1284  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 13, 2011, 11:46:34 PM
Did they not make any interface changes for the PC version? I haven't seen it yet.
1285  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Out on: June 13, 2011, 11:01:21 PM
Check out the boards on GameFAQs, Rob. People are still into it. They're all bawwwing about how it's different, though. But I agree with everyone else, the demo sold me, it's pretty damn fun.
1286  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 09, 2011, 09:17:06 PM
Comments like yours are the reason we do it, man. Well... that and to slowly drive Rob insane.
1287  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 03, 2011, 11:08:07 PM
Until I show up as a level 500 black phantom, that is
1288  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 01, 2011, 02:31:20 PM
In Wild Arms, I always found Anatasia to be the first well-done female protagonist.

She was hailed as the hero who vanquished Lord Blazer, but when you finally meet her at the end of disc 2, she said that even female heroes have sides of them that are feminine and sensitive, that even she had guys she fell in love with and girly things she liked doing, and that it wasn't fair for people to attach 'strength' and 'heroism' as just a show of force or martial ability.

That's what really made me like her the most out of all Wild Arms characters, despite having an active role in the story for like, two hours. :P

Wild ARMS 2 as a whole just had outstanding themes that were overlooked. The whole concept of 'heroism' not being all it is cracked up to be was absolutely brilliant, because it attacked a trope of JRPGs without saying "I AM LAMPOONING THIS TROPE OR MAKING IT OBVIOUS."
1289  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 01, 2011, 09:49:12 AM
I think Shania from Shadow Hearts 3 was a good female protagonist. Someone pick apart my entry, please. :)

I actually voted for Alice from Shadow Hearts, and thinking on it now, Shania would have been an excellent example, as well. But everyone in Shadow Hearts is interesting and well-done (yes, even Joachim :) ) Thank you for bringing up my <3 <3 <3 series.

I like the execution of femShep much better because of Jennifer Hale, no offense to Mark Meer.
It's weird but, I hear everyone say how Hale's performance is so much better than Meer's, but I find that Hale's VA for Shepard is flat a lot of the time (which is weird because her other roles like Bastila are excellent), while Meer has a lot of great tones and stuff, making for more entertaining delivery, especially as a renegade. Maybe it's just me.

I agree 100%.
1290  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 24, 2011, 01:49:12 PM
Or Fifth Jerusalem
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