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841  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 10, 2013, 07:58:06 AM
If you played DA:O on consoles then the problem might be much harder to spot. Playing DA:O on a computer made me see why people hated DA2 so much: DA:O was basically a RTSRPG. Positioning was important, and so were the right skills, the right setup, and the right equipment, especially on higher levels.

For everything DA2 did right (better story, better equipment variety, better ability progression, some better character development/dialogue, more focused world building) it did quite a bit wrong (wave-based combat bankrupting the gameplay, less equipment customization, some worse characterization, cut and paste dungeons, focusing on only one city). BioWare just needs to keep the good and leave the bad, but lots of companies say they will do that and very few follow through.

All of this, though I agree with Tooker that focusing on one city isn't inherently bad, it was just their execution in this case.
842  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 09, 2013, 06:58:22 PM
Thought the music was fan-tastic in ACF. Thought the combat was ruined. Oh good, 9 enemies at once who use OBSERVE and all move before me, each taking 2-3 hits to kill. I won't be here all day.
843  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 08, 2013, 11:29:34 PM
Are fans really split? I was pretty sure almost everyone preferred DA:O's combat? I enjoyed DA2's fighting, but the encounter design was borked.

I'm open to this game. I dont' have any investment in the DA world, so as long as it's a fun and well-written RPG, I'll sweat out the details later.
844  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: June 08, 2013, 11:13:23 PM
Future of Final Fantasy QA sounds suspiciously like "here are vague promises but no games."
845  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: June 08, 2013, 08:31:02 PM
Even that guy who did the complete Burnout series rip album didn't even have it. Oh, the halcyon days of music not being completely accessible. How I do not miss thee.


Just to stay on topic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjK8njx4fb4 AWESOME boss theme.


Also, I love Infinite Images. It's too bad they totally flubbed SCV. The music was pretty good, but the game was so underwhelming compared to the last few SCs. Also they took out Yunseong. Also I didn't realize Keiki Kobayashi did SCIV's OST. <3 Ace Combat.

https://soundcloud.com/sony-soundtracks/sets/the-last-of-us <-- Last of Us soundtrack sampler. Amazing.
846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Class of Heroes 2 (Physical + Digital) on: June 08, 2013, 08:24:31 PM
I've been spoiled. I used to not mind a lack of dungeon BGM, but after EO I'm always like 'WHY IS THERE NO SOUND HERE.'

I still do like dungeons with ambient sound only, but it's pretty flubbed in CoH where the sound effects are nondescript and... weird.

Why can I hear a pterodactyl in the Beginner's Brush?

All that said, I still haven't played Wizardry PS3 (We're talking Labyrinth of Lost Souls, right?)
847  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: June 08, 2013, 08:04:22 PM
We're gonna get some Breath of Fire in an upcoming music podcast. mmm... Dragon Quarter...

Also, I still remember when we discovered Liquid Sky. One of us was playing Burnout and the other was all like 'OH MAH GOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SONG TURN OFF EVERYTHING ELSE ON THE RADIO.'

Good times.

*installs Burnout Paradise*
848  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Daft Punk signs for fourth studio album on: June 08, 2013, 08:02:55 PM

And yes, I agree. My tastes have changed a lot over the years, and I've really started to shy away from wanting "more of the same thing," no matter how good what it used to be was. Predictability is borrrrring.
849  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: June 08, 2013, 01:20:14 PM
Yeah, the Triforce pieces ruined the game and made me not want to finish. Just such a silly timesink. Loved the rest of it though, even the sailing. I'd love to see them re-add in those cut dungeons.
850  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 08, 2013, 03:17:20 AM
Wait, just to be clear here I never said you couldn't build a gaming PC for $400.  I was objecting to the statement I was quoting which seemed to imply that PCs were basically free, because they're not.

Besides which, don't most non-gaming people mostly use laptops these days?  I don't think most $400 laptops will run games very well...

Ah, okay, true.

Although I won't comment on the laptop thing-- I don't have any numbers in front of me and I know plenty of people who use both, so I'm not sure.
851  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 08, 2013, 03:02:45 AM

(Though I'll listen to yours!)



YESH! to you listening.
852  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 08, 2013, 02:58:02 AM
I agree with Mesh's points almost wholesale, but I've been arguing with Ash about this for days now. It's just a situation that some people aren't going to agree on, and that's okay-- because none of us have to buy an XB1 if we choose not to.

This reductionism I continually see that says "XB1 IS THE SAME AS STEAM BUT EVERYONE LOVES STEAM" is missing very important shades of distinction.

And you can get a very solid PC to play games on for $400. I know, because I built one for a friend a few months ago. We spent $500 total, and that included a brand new bitching monitor, cheap speakers, and a mouse/keyboard. It runs Borderlands 2 at higher-than-console-quality settings, and does everything else you'd want a PC to do.

The only point that is true is that-- yes, you could be said to not "own" your games on Steam, but considering my games are more accessible via Steam than they are as CDs sitting in my parents' attic 900 miles away, I am infinitely more connected to them than I would be otherwise. The doom and gloom and "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STEAM DIES" is paper-thin, if you ask me, because Steam isn't going anywhere for the forseeable future, and when it does, they've already said they'd unlock the encryption.

Microsoft's console will be gone and forgotten in ten years when the hardware becomes outdated, and if the NEXT Xbox isn't backwards-compatible, your games WILL disappear. It's equally possible that they'll unlock them somehow, too, and we can't discount that, but the life-cycle for a piece of console hardware versus a PC-based distribution platform that exists on Mac, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android is significantly shorter.

Mesh basically summed it up:

Value-added or taken away. Steam's introduction and existence does nothing to take away from our computer gaming experience. Some of us even like its features; the rest can ignore it. XBO and its online DRM are a major step backwards from the 360 in every ownership aspect.
853  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 08, 2013, 01:02:46 AM
I predict there won't be a Shadow Hearts podcast before the next E3

Does that include music podcasts :D?
854  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Class of Heroes 2 (Physical + Digital) on: June 07, 2013, 11:32:11 PM
It's hard for me to compare this to Elminage. Elminage is a fantastic game, but was treated with almost no respect. CoH2 is a decent game treated with immense TLC.

I have to be honest, even aside from the localization I still felt like Elminage Original was pretty lame. There are significantly better options that make it hard for me to justify spending much time with it.

I will definitely agree though that CoH2 speaks volumes to the care Vic Ireland and folks and MonkeyPaw put into their projects. I'd absolutely support a future endeavor for them.
855  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2013 on: June 07, 2013, 11:19:32 PM
Hmm. I want to be upset, but to be honest, any new game in the Nosgoth world is fine with me. If it rekindles interest in the world, I'm happy with that. Plus, it might even be GOOD. O_O
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