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601  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 19, 2013, 04:38:40 PM
I think you're underestimating the price difference.

On the one hand, it's a victory for consumer rights. On the other hand, it's clear exactly which team they're playing for and whose rights they prioritize first. It's great from a competition standpoint. You're right that the hardcore gamers are a subset, and the average dude won't care about the backpedaling or messaging, but they WILL care very much about the $100 difference in price.

As I said early, for me having only played maybe 2-3 games on my XB and XB360, I will definitely not be buying this console. They could price it the same as Sony and give me free cupcakes every time I turn it on (which, if 360 is any indication, would be once a year) and I still wouldn't want it. There is nothing in the lineup that interests me, and between the product messaging and the 360's complete dearth of RPGs (because most RPGs aren't the CoD-level jillion-selling cash-cows that Microsoft and their corporate publisher pals are desperate for) suggests to me that the case will be no different this time.

Nonetheless, them dropping some of these restrictions is absolutely a good thing, and I'm pleased that they went this route, even if it was very begrudgingly.
602  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Online 2 on: June 19, 2013, 04:15:37 PM
It's riyou kiyaku-- it's a use/user agreement. The rest is saying to please check and insert/enter something. I'm guessing it's asking you to check a box that says you accept the ToS.
603  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 19, 2013, 04:10:29 PM
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/415414/microsoft-to-ditch-xbox-one-drm-and-always-online-policies-say-sources/

Interesting. I'd love to see them do this. It won't affect me totally having no interest in the console (seriously, nothing in their lineup makes me want one. I played Lost Odyssey on my 360 and Phantom Dust on my original Xbox. I'm not doing this dance a third time). But even so, it would be good overall for competition for them to do this.
604  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: June 19, 2013, 11:31:44 AM
Dice, this penguin in your sig intrigues and pleases me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCo2MNHUmY0&list=FLSFH4c7IrIuqoV77VFrlJLg&index=12 Cryamore! Aivi Tran is awesome.

EDIT: Just realized this was already on the page. FUUU.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGjfRhBXwzw Aivi and co. doing Corridors of Time.
605  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Capcom's deep down on: June 19, 2013, 11:28:59 AM
That's interesting. Maybe it was more like a Luminous Engine-type thing where they were just showing off. For all the hate heaped on Capcom these days, they do come up with some pretty solid new game ideas now and then. I'm interested to see where this goes.
606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: June 18, 2013, 11:52:50 PM
Square has basically already said that the HD remasters are going to be $40 for the pack on PS3 and $20 each on Vita.

And yeah, outright attacks are no. I completely disagree with him on everything he said, but you can't tell people to go fuck themselves here. If you disagree, you can say so.

And Aeolus, whether or not you like FFXII is completely irrelevant. The game is massive and saying it was somehow cheating you by being full-price at launch is... well, disingenuous. Maybe you didn't like it, but the game was not incomplete. It was much improved by the IZJS version, but it isn't at all a Capcom-level "hey here's the same game 8 months later at full price but we tweaked it." The game was still better than most games and packed with stuff to do.
607  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 18, 2013, 01:30:07 PM
So far, the only major issue I have is that AI characters are completely immune to being seen-- the enemies won't notice them if they aren't already alerted by you. It breaks immersion to see Ellie sneaking around a clicker's knees and have it be like "WELL I DO NOT APPEAR TO SEE ANY IMMEDIATE THREATS," but it's a relatively minor quibble for me.

I could have sworn I've seen Ellie alert an enemy before, but it could have just been my dumb ass. I can see the reasoning behind making the allies immune, since the developers probably didn't want the ally AI to screw over the gamer's perfectly laid stealth plans, but yeah I agree, it sort of breaks immersion, but never to the point where it's more than a small annoyance.

Yeah, absolutely. I think the alternative would be much worse, because sometimes when you're trying to be stealthy and have two people with you, it'd be almost impossible to stay hidden. Loving this game, though. SRS.
608  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 18, 2013, 01:00:37 PM
So far, the only major issue I have is that AI characters are completely immune to being seen-- the enemies won't notice them if they aren't already alerted by you. It breaks immersion to see Ellie sneaking around a clicker's knees and have it be like "WELL I DO NOT APPEAR TO SEE ANY IMMEDIATE THREATS," but it's a relatively minor quibble for me.
609  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 18, 2013, 01:54:46 AM
I am in love with this game. That is all.
610  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 17, 2013, 11:46:06 AM
I agree with you, Stephen.  I'm not looking for perfection.  I don't think I've ever played a game that's perfect (except for Chrono Cross, of course...).  I just think there are areas in Last of Us that feel like a record skip during a rockin' party.  These moments stick out in the worst possible way because the game clearly establishes rules that it wants you to respect and acknowledge. 

"Hey, dude, be careful.  Conserve your ammo.  Keep your head down.  Scan the area and move when you feel the moment is right."

"Uh, what about that dude that just spawned in the closet behind me?"

"GOTCHA!!!"

I like this game quite a bit, don't get me wrong.  Remember, I LOVE THE CRAFTING SYSTEM!!! 

I like the crafting a lot, too. I'm playing on hard mode, and I guess there are fewer resources, which is creating a fantastic sense of "okay, I don't want to craft anything right now because I'm not sure what I might need later," and it's making me very carefully consider whether I need another shiv to take out a clicker or a first aid kit versus a molotov. Definitely like what they've done with it.

I've only had one situation where an enemy spawned that I couldn't see with the hearovision,
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before you meet Bill when you hear the banging on the door

so I was at least expecting there to be someone there, but I do agree that it's a little Heavy Rain-in-the-clock-shop cheap that they did that.
611  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 17, 2013, 03:27:15 AM
super mario games for example. I think the only mario game I ever played for story as much as gameplay is Super Mario RPG.

Mario games have stories?

You guys are crazy, I avoid spoilers like the plague.  I can't imagine getting the same appreciation out of something like Spec Ops: The Line if you already knew the ending.  It would ruin the whole experience.

I agree. I don't like to know anything going inl.

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Also, I'm about 40% through Last of Us.

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Going with Ellie and Billl to get the car battery.

Haven't had a single problem with stealth or the combat. Didn't mind

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the hanging upside down part, either. It was tense, changed things up, and was brief.

I could understand someone saying this game isn't perfect, but this is already one of those "this game is so good I don't even care about whatever flaws it may have" games for me.
612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: June 16, 2013, 11:54:28 PM
I don't see why they'd cut it from FFX/-2 but not from Kingdom Hearts HD. Unless the rumor about selling Last Mission/Int'l as DLC is true. Which would be dumb, since that would require actual effort to remove.
613  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 16, 2013, 04:17:29 PM
I haven't had a single glitch either, Kevadu. And I agree completely with you-- so far, I haven't had a problem with any sequence in the game-- either in terms of it working properly or of it feeling "stupid." Maybe some of them feel 'game-y,' but since I'm playing a game, I sort of... expected that. It's not a perfect game, no, but none of my favorites or the ones that have stuck with me most ever have been.

Except Chrono Cross, but we all know how CC discussions end up.
614  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 15, 2013, 12:38:17 PM
This game is fucking rad. I'm

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just escaped the patrols with Ellie and Tess, now I'm in the knocked-over building and just got attacked by a clicker.

Forgive the expression, but Naughty Dog is the tits.
615  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us on: June 15, 2013, 12:55:45 AM
Just got back from E3. It was waiting on my doorstep. Time to play.
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