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5536  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms XF on: March 17, 2008, 07:20:36 AM
Trust me, Wild Arms XF is long.  People who've played the import say it's upwards of 40 hours.  I can totally see it possible to spend more than that on it because the battles, even early on, are challenging.  

And just remember, it's not *exactly* Wild Arms for the PSP.  If you want a traditional RPG like the original Wild Arms, this isn't it.  But if you enjoy tactical RPGs like Tactics Ogre or Final Fantasy Tactics, this one is fun and difficult.
5537  The Rest / General Discussions / Naruto Kills on: March 16, 2008, 11:16:18 AM
How is it that back when I was a kid and we'd play cops & robbers (with cap guns and toy guns that shoot projectiles), perform WWF moves on each other (like full nelson and sleeper hold), jump off the top of the stairs with sheets tied around our necks trying to be Superman, and all kinds of other stupid things kids do, nobody got killed?  

It's not fair to say "kids are stupid these days" because I certainly did my fair share of dangerous and stupid things as a kid.  

I'm just waiting for someone to cry out and ban sandboxes because they're dangerous.  Hey, the beach is one giant sandbox!  People bury each other in the sand at the beach all the time!  let's go ban it!  What are responsibility and accountability again?
5538  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamestop? Mo' liek, Gamegestapo! Or, "The Game Stops He on: March 16, 2008, 11:03:25 AM
Come to think of it, though, some of these complaints are ones I'd have about chain stores vs. Mom and Pop stores.

Look at Guitar Center for instance.  They do not take good care of their instruments and most of the monkeys they hire don't know squat, especially about basses.  Mom and Pop stores take excellent care of their instruments, provide better customer service, and have people who actually know their stuff.  However, Guitar Center has a far wider selection of instruments than any Mom and Pop music store.  There's a reason many of us on TalkBass refer to the store as Guitard Center, Gutter Center, or Guitar Denter.  

I don't really know of any independent game shops around me, but around where my parents live in south Jersey, there are independent family-run game shops.
5539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms XF on: March 16, 2008, 10:09:54 AM
Clarissa's cool and all, but Labyrinthia's probably my favorite of the protagonists.  She's a complete goofball but is serious when need be and quite intelligent.  And when outfitted right she is quite the badass in battles.  

And for the brief time she was present,
Nanasato, the prison warden
made a big impression on me.  Her dialogue was great and kinda made me want to side with her during that mission.  It'd be nice to see more of her since I found her more compelling, interesting, and intelligent than the main cast of villains.
5540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms XF on: March 15, 2008, 08:50:54 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
 As someone who plays a lot of SRPGs, I have to say, this game is worth playing.

Heh, and a dude like me who's typically not an SRPG player likes the game as well.  Go figure, eh?
5541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms XF on: March 15, 2008, 07:47:29 AM
I'd take 1up's review with a grain of salt.  Hell, I'd take my upcoming review with a grain of salt.  Though I don't necessarily disagree with the flaws 1up mentions (and even the flaws they don't mention), it sounds like they didn't get too far into the game before completely dismissing it.  They didn't even mention the game's good points, like the music.  

Yes, classes can be switched in a flexible manner and some classes can be considered non-traditional.  

No, the game does not force you to use certain jobs in certain missions.  But it does suggest what kinds of classes would give you the highest chance of success in a given mission.
5542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms XF on: March 14, 2008, 06:08:13 PM
I like the game so far.  I'll have a review for the site by the end of the month as well as a review of the OST.  Impressions so far: a good, but not great, SRPG with an engaging story and a stellar soundtrack.  

Lately, I've found myself unexpectedly impressed by handheld game soundtracks.  I'm sure Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles -Ring of Fates won't be winning any awards, but the OST is amazing.  By the same token, XF is nowhere near the level of FFT or Tactics Ogre as far as SRPGs go, but the music is incredible.  

The character art isn't that bad.  It's generic, but not horrible.  The art is no better or worse than that of previous Wild Arms titles.  Now Shadow Madness is a game that had godawful character art.

PSP's become *the* go-to system for SRPGs.  FFT, Disgaea, Jeanne d'Arc, Wild Arms XF...
5543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: March 13, 2008, 08:03:48 PM
When I preordered it, the person behind the counter didn't see it, I mentioned it was on the website a week ago, she read a few titles on her screen and when she said "Shin Magenta" I said "that's it.  Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3- FES."  

Shin Magenta, Shin Magnetic, Shin Magma, Shin Megan... close enough.  So long as it gets preordered.
5544  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: March 13, 2008, 07:53:29 PM
"Twisted" by Savin Ill.  Savin Ill's a hip-hop/funk band using live instruments and the guitar riff on "Twisted" is great.  Rockin'

5545  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: March 13, 2008, 07:50:26 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Why the fuck can't I find Wild ARMs XF?  :P

It should be at EB tomorrow or Monday despite the fact it shipped out on the 11th.  Lazy.

Losfer, I'm playing Wild Arms XF to review for RPGfan.  I will say that my initial impressions are very positive.  Game's really fun (and challenging), the music's fantastic (I'm reviewing the OST as well), and the story so far is quite good.  

I don't want to say much since, well, I want people to read my upcoming review (I've only had the game in my possession since Monday).
5546  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesomest. Dog. Ever. on: March 13, 2008, 04:23:22 PM
Reminds me a bit of Hatebeak, a death metal studio project where an African Grey parrot sqawks black/death metal vocals.  I also remember going to this backyard show where a grindcore band was playing and the house dog was barking at the lead singer the whole time because, well, grindcore singing sounded like barking to him:P

I'm also reminded of this YouTube video that isn't on YouTube any more of a 2 year old girl thrashing out to Divinity Destroyed.  Man, that was so adorable and awesome.  I hope my hypothetical child enjoys thrashing out to Divinity Destroyed.  That band is awesome.  

I usually see cats residing at punk houses.  Those cats are either completely insane or extremely friendly/trusting.
5547  The Rest / General Discussions / The Eternal Debate on: March 12, 2008, 08:57:21 AM
I'm into beer tasting (I've tasted over 200 in my life and have tasting notes for about 50) and the most recent gem I had was Dock Street Illuminator Bock Beer from an upstate NY brewery.  It had body, a lovely toasted malt flavor with some nice hop and spice notes, and went down smooth.  

Life's too short to drink bad beer.
5548  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: March 09, 2008, 05:15:22 PM
Just really interesting varieties of electronic music (usually danceable) that I typically don't hear in other venues. I can't say much more beyond that since I'm not too versed in the subgenres of electronica.  I think others like SandInYourShoes may be able to better explain it.
5549  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: March 08, 2008, 11:29:58 PM
Quote from: "sandiny0ursh0es"

That's funny you mention that, Dincrest, about gay bars. In Vegas, I feel like this is completely true as well.

I think that's just a universal rule.  I'm straight but have/had many gay friends over the years so I'd go bar/club hopping with them.  When I was an undergrad at UAlbany, there was this one gay bar a lot of straights went to because it was one of the only places with a dance floor folks under 21 could get into.  I was friends/classmates with one guy who DJ'd there occasionally, so I'd go to see/hear him spin.  When I was living in NYC, I was friends with a lot of musical theater people and went to a few bars there.  Again, awesome music.  Just recently, a friend of mine celebrated her 21st so we went bar hopping in the Philly "gayborhood" and this one bar we went to had incredible music.  I was disappointed at the lack of a dance floor, though.  I wanted to dance.  I so should've asked one of the bartenders about the music.
5550  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 07, 2008, 09:00:58 PM
So Deggy Weggy Poo- didja hook up with the cutie in that 2nd picture?  Or at least one of her less attractive friends:P
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