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871  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: June 24, 2013, 12:51:39 PM
my only gripe with phase 3 was the difficulty on a few quests. very maat'esque with little room for error. except that we are talking about low level content here. the one with the chocobo egg was obviously trying to teach you something. but the one with the gargoyle and the masked mage was infuriating. made more so by the fact its a 2 part battle.

If your using the armory system and setting the right abilities (like Protect and Cure) these fights aren't hard at all. As long as your letting the main NPC beat on the boss and you focus on the adds, its pretty simple. For the gargoyle/mage fight, you have to focus and kill the Gargoyle first because he has way less HP, but does much more damage. Also, you have to pay attention to his TP moves, and the mage's spells. The difficulty is appreciated, because as you've said, each fight is trying to teach you something. I think it's refreshing to actually have to learn strategy for fights instead of the 99% faceroll content in MMOs these days. Yes, if you just run in guns blazing, you will get your ass handed to you, but if you follow some pretty basic rules (don't stand in the big glowy circle thingy) they're not that challenging.

ACtually, I agree. This is a big reason why I dont' enjoy most MMOs these days. It's all designed to be so damn easy that no one gets frustrated and quits. It was one of GW2's biggest faults (that and the whole "your bread and butter skills for the rest of the game are unlocked after two hours"), if you ask me. You could play that game PvE half asleep because of how streamlined everything was. Generally I'm a challenge-lover anyway, though, but I haven't found anything too difficult yet, but I do like that I have to actually pay attention, like with managing the thaumaturge's aether charges.
872  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 24, 2013, 12:46:56 PM
I'm sure we'll get him on soon to talk about it. :)
873  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: June 23, 2013, 11:08:17 PM
I'm legitimately sitting here going "man, I'd like to play some FFXIV." I stand 100% corrected by S-E. I'm pretty sure I wrote in this very thread a few months ago that there was almost no way they could get me interested in playing this game
874  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: June 23, 2013, 11:06:05 PM
I think not supporting a company you don't like is a perfectly legitimate reason. It doesn't make you the South Park WoW-nerd to not want to give money to a company you dislike. As we've seen with XB1, speaking with your dollars is really the ONLY way to make a point.
875  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: June 23, 2013, 11:04:57 PM
Your words do not fail you-- that's very helpful! We've discussed this a lot between ourselves, so it's helpful to hear what you listeners think. Generally, I cut all songs down to one loop, but with longer tracks I think it WILL be good to let them breathe. I'm going to be editing our new episode tonight and tomorrow, so I'll keep your suggestions in mind. WE WILL MAKE THIS THE GREATEST MUSIC SHOW EVER.

And I think you're right on the money about the length-- if we were a more compact format, I'd hesitate, but since we're already going for the 'big episodes' duration, I think it IS good to give the music enough room to breathe.
876  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 23, 2013, 01:00:35 PM
So apparently they're now even going back and adding a rechargeable battery to the XB1 controller.

I have a feeling by the time this thing comes out, they'll just be saying "Fuck it, you guys want a PS4? We'll just put some PS4's in our Xbox One packaging."

I don't see why there's anything wrong with adding a rechargeable battery though. That's a good idea. There are some things I don't mind them copying.
877  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara on: June 22, 2013, 11:31:43 PM
I beat it on Steam a couple of times with a buddy. I'll have a review up soon. It's fun!
878  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: June 22, 2013, 07:32:39 PM
I'm confident that this will be the first MMO I play and enjoy since LOTRO.
879  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: June 21, 2013, 10:09:12 PM
Would the story make sense if I never played the original?

It makes plenty of sense to me, and I didn't play 1.0
880  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: June 21, 2013, 08:33:33 PM
Well, some early feedback I had from other editors was that we should shy away from 5+ minute songs. In effort to combat that, I've taken to those abrupt transitions to cut out repetitive portions of longer songs. Would listeners not mind longer songs in between talking segments? I try to keep a general balance of time, but if people don't mind lengthier songs, that's at least one way I can sidestep the abrupt editing.
881  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: June 21, 2013, 08:31:52 PM
I am optimistic for FFXV. As long as the entire game isn't heavily scripted action sequences (and the gameplay video made me suspect that it'll be paced more like Kingdom Hearts, only with an actual world map), I'm very much looking forward to it.
882  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 21, 2013, 03:47:20 PM
There was an interview with the Titanfall guys (sorry, it was a couple days ago and I don't have the link...) in which they basically admitted that their much-touted 'cloud' stuff was nothing more than matchmaking servers...whee.

Wait, really?
883  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Online 2 on: June 21, 2013, 12:59:59 PM
Haha, sure thing. ;)
884  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 20, 2013, 09:36:51 PM
Microsoft's publisher-friendly practices and their aggressive move to court big money (CoD DLC, CoD itself, the NFL, EA/Acti friendliness) and their decision to basically continue as is for indies all suggest to me that they're very down with the current AAA-centric model. You don't break profit records with indie games-- you break them with your annual CoD release, release-parties, advertising money, tie-in money, and that sort of thing. You're right that the big pubs are responsible too, but Microsoft absolutely supports that model (where do we think the recently 180-d DRM choices came from? It was (if you ask me) a clear attempt to cozy up to big pubs).

I don't like it, but it's absolutely where the big money is, and I think that's exactly what Microsoft courts.

885  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: RPGFan's Best of the Generation? on: June 20, 2013, 09:30:26 PM
Only if the overall can be Dark Souls.
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