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5371  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone interested in Bioshock? on: August 06, 2007, 08:22:17 AM
I don't have a 360 (can't afford one right now) but I am definitely excited about some of the upcoming titles like Mass Effect and Bioshock.  System Shock 2 was a very memorable game for me.  Even the first level was scary, and it just got better and better.
5372  The Rest / General Discussions / Funny Video Thread!!! on: August 06, 2007, 08:16:43 AM
I see no more reason to keep this thing open.  Old, dead, and we already have a live YouTube thread.
5373  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 05, 2007, 11:57:12 AM
Lard- Xenosaga 2 is notoriously imbalanced.  I would have smashed up my copy had I not used a Gameshark.  The story and music are terrific, but the imbalanced battles were lame.  Xenosaga 2 would have been much better had the battle system not had those stupid break zones.  

I've heard complaints about the dungeon crawling, but I didn't think the dungeons were that bad.  They were pretty linear and save points always appeared when I needed them.  I thought Xenosaga 1 was worse in that regard where dungeons were long and save points were infrequent.   Some of the dungeon puzzles in Xenosaga 2 were twiddly and lame though.

I don't care who people are and how they feel about video game cheat devices, but Xenosaga 2 is one game that completely justifies Gameshark usage.  

Xenosaga 3 is nothing like 2.  It's like in that game they finally figured out how to balance things properly and streamline the battle system.  Xenosaga 3 is pretty much universally regarded as the one installment where Monolith soft "got it right."

EDIT:  And battles in 3 are much easier than 1 and 2.
5374  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 05, 2007, 10:32:57 AM
I think I did about a dozen of the GS quests.  I liked those.  I didn't do the post game thing with
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the professor and Erde Kaiser
though.  Maybe I'll go back and do it eventually.  

I'm a couple hours into Xenosaga 3.  So far, excellent.  Smooth visuals, great music, intuitive gameplay, etc.  I will admit, though, that I miss the multi-button combo attacks from Xenogears and prior Xenosaga titles.  

Thing is, with it taking place 6 months after Xenosaga 2 and reading the database, I really wanted to play the
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Gnosis terrorism, Grimoire, Jr meeting Nephilim, the meeting of Doctus, Shion leaving Vector, etc.
rather than just read about them in the "this happened in the past 6 months" database.  I definitely agree with Damian's review that it felt like there should have been a game between 2 and 3.  

If the initial segment is any indication, it seems Shion's becoming less of a weenie.  Perhaps she actually did some growing up
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after leaving Vector and thus getting off the corporate baby bottle that was feeding her and keeping her immature.
 But I tell you, what IS it with Vector employees being whiny?  Shion was whiny.  Allen was even whinier.  And Miyuki was whiny as hell in the beginning segment of 3.
5375  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 04, 2007, 08:10:13 PM
I just beat Xenosaga II.  There's closure in some aspects, but many unanswered questions still remain.  I definitely want to see what's up with Chaos.  

It's rare that an RPG series has been this addicting to me and not burned me out.  After 35 or so hours of Xenosaga I, I immediately wanted to pop in Xenosaga II.  Now after 25 or so hours of Xenosaga II, I immediately want to pop in Xenosaga III.  

That series has this intangible mojo that I can't seem to get enough of... and especially considering how much I've complained about various aspects of it, saying this is one of my favorite series is not faint praise.
5376  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 04, 2007, 01:27:33 AM
Yeah, but Spiderpig is a cooler name, and they have songs about him in the movie.  That
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operatic version of the Spiderpig song
is awesome.  He will always be Spiderpig to me and my friends.  Let's just say the Spiderpig jokes, puns, and silliness were in full force when we went to a barbeque restaurant and ate pork ribs after the movie.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Ham
5377  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: August 03, 2007, 11:57:22 PM
Spiderpig.  What?  I just saw the Simpsons movie today.  So Spiderpig is my song of the moment.

Spiderpig, Spiderpig
Does whatever a spiderpig does
Can he swing from a web?
No he can't.  He's a pig.
Look out!
He is the Spiderpig.
5378  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 03, 2007, 11:54:52 PM
I saw the Simpsons movie today.  It was good.  There were some parts that dragged, but the classic Simpsons humor was always around the corner.  

One thing still puzzles me, though.  
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Whatever happened to Spiderpig?  Maybe we'll find out in the sequel.


Spiderpig reminded me of this comic book I read as a kid called Peter Porker, an anthropomorphic pig who becomes the spectacular Spiderham.
5379  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / XENOSAGA MEMORY CARD on: August 03, 2007, 06:06:35 PM
Shig's just being a jackass as usual.  The swimsuits are good for shits and giggles once in a while (it is funny seeing characters doing battles in swimsuits) but I think it's pretty stupid.  

Look, don't worry about transfer data.  You won't miss out on anything important story-wise if you don't transfer your data over from one game to another.
5380  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / XENOSAGA MEMORY CARD on: August 03, 2007, 02:52:06 PM
The only thing that gets transferred over is some easter eggs, like characters' swimsuits.  There's no additional story/meaningful content unlocked by transferring over completed save data.
5381  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 03, 2007, 10:32:35 AM
I'm at the Omega Star Cluster in Xenosaga 2.  

You know, even though I still think Shion's a petulant weenie, she was more bearable this time around.  Some of the scenes with her were freaking hysterical.  I wonder if the creators intended to make her a parody of herself in those instances.  

I found it hysterical in Moby Dick's when she
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cowered in a corner in fear of her brother.


I can dig Shion more than Allen, though.  That guy's the whiniest, complainiest, most insecure, embarassingly clingy, socially incompetent little wuss.  His position as Shion's lapdog is pretty pathetic.  She has his balls in a dixie cup and she doesn't even realize it.  

Still, as something of a foil Allen's not bad.  I mean, in the restricted area Shion puts on that fake "little miss tough girl" act with him, because she knows he's the only one who'll be intimidated by that.  She can't do the "little miss tough girl" act with anyone else because she's a transparent weenie who can barely intimidate a dust bunny.  She especially can't do that "little miss tough girl" act with her brother and KOS-MOS hardly listens to her anyway.  

When she did the "little miss tough girl" act with Allen, I laughed.

In any case, despite all my complaining about the series and tearing it apart at times, it's becoming one of my favorite RPG series.  It has that intangible mojo that keeps me coming back and is offering me a unique experience that I haven't gotten from the genre in a long time.
5382  The Rest / General Discussions / Best ethnic accent? on: August 03, 2007, 10:14:04 AM
Eastern European definitely.  Then again, that could be because some of the most gorgeous women I've met during my graduate studies were from countries like Romania and Belarus.  

I can dig Icelandic too, since it's not very common.  

And like most guys, I think Brazilian accents are really sexy.  

My least favorite has to be Indian accents for any gender.  I'm Indian and everything, but there is no way in heaven or hell that an Indian accent can sound even remotely cool.  No matter what, an Indian accent will always sound laughable to me.

I'm not a fan of French accents either.  To me they either sound frou-frou, fruity, snobbish, or arrogant.  French accents are not warm and inviting to me.  They're off putting.
5383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Decent real-time rpgs? on: August 03, 2007, 10:02:13 AM
Quote from: "rpgseeker"
Thanks for the replies.  I will look into this MegaTen game.


Thing with that Devil Summoner game is this:  Everything else about the game is pretty good except the battle system.  The setting is excellent (incredible sense of time and period), the storyline's pretty good, the visuals are easy on the eyes and the music's easy on the ears.  

But the battles are limiting, get monotonous, can be frustrating/twiddly, and just generally isn't fun.  

So if you want to play a real-time RPG purely for the battle system, then Devil Summoner won't fit the bill, unless you can look past the battle engine and really enjoy the other really good aspects about the game.
5384  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 02, 2007, 08:15:10 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Man, you GameShark to get through the story painlessly but you're doing those quests anyway? Either you just used the GameShark to ease it up a bit and still need to do some of that stuff or you're just insane. :P


I took a visit to Second Miltia after wandering around the Kukai foundation and everyone and their great aunt Ida Mae roped me into one GS quest or another.  Still, those were fun.  It gave life to the characters in Second Miltia and made it seem like a living, breathing place where people actually live lives and aren't just mannequins that say the same things over and over.  

I didn't go out of my way to do any, they just sorta landed in my lap whilst I was hanging out in Second Miltia.  The only one I actually wanted to do was repay Captain Matthews' debt, because he's my favorite character in the series.  Infinite items really helped there.  

And I don't see what's so bad about me GameSharking Xenosaga 2.  You're the one who advises people to skip it and just see the database in 3.  I viewed the database in 3, but seeing the stuff for myself in 2 (and 1) has been great.  Plus, you know how I feel about the music.  

Progress- I'm in Labyrinthos now.
5385  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 02, 2007, 04:33:45 PM
My progress in Xenosaga 2- finished the Ormus Stronghold and am now doing a bunch of GS quests before going to Old Miltia.
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