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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: March 04, 2014, 08:25:21 AM
Okay, I played another day, did a bunch of side quests. I've noticed a slight increase in my abilities to take down enemies. Still I couldn't get Noel down to more than 2/3rds. I'll try again at the end of day 4.

I'm guarding and trying to exploit his weaknesses, but his attacks are a bit hard to predict, and I barely do any damage to him. Went through all my potions, a phoenix down and an Arise. I notice other people saying they beat him on day 2... I must really suck at this game.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: March 04, 2014, 05:54:45 AM
Okay, so I'll explain where I am and why I'm so frustrated.

I'm right towards the beginning, in Luxarion, I have 5 days left (end of the day in which you can start the glowing number quest). I finished the quest where I have to find the glowing numbers and save the girl, now I have to chase after and defeat Noel. I have like 30 minutes left until the day ends, and I won't be able to fight Noel until after midnight of the next day if I don't do it now. Problem is, all but the lowest enemies utterly destroy me, and when I went up to Noel, he absolutely obliterated me. I was under the impression that I was supposed to defeat Noel at the end of this day, but I'm just getting my ass kicked. I've barely had any time to do side quests, and when I do, I'm faced with enemies that just wear me down.

I feel like I'm doing something horribly wrong. I feel like I'm just keeping up with the pace the game expects (Hope is constantly urging me to hurry and it gets me very agitated), but at the same time, I'm very confused as to where I'm supposed to be in terms of time by this point.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: March 03, 2014, 02:37:07 AM
Most stressful game ever. I feel awful after having played it for 3 hours. I even restarted a section. I feel like I'm not living up to the pace it requires.

Not enjoying this one bit. Think it's bad for my mental health.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: January 19, 2014, 09:14:45 PM
River is an awesome character that I feel they took a bit too far. The more I saw of her, the less I liked her. I guess I just dug the mystery aspect the most? Not sure.

Glad you're enjoying it so much, Dice. I've never bothered with any Who before the current iteration. It just looks so....corny. I work with a guy who seen it all, and likes to talk about it, but I kind of glaze over when he does.


Don't. there's a lot of amazing Who out there besides the current iteration. Yes, some of it is corny, some of it is not. But come on, there has been some ultra corny modern Who too. Doctor's 2-6 are all worth watching, IMO. Yes, it goes up and down, but hasn't it always? Second half of Tom Baker's run alone absolutely rivals any modern Who... easily better than Moffet's fairy tails. Put aside the lack of 21st century special effects and you'll find a program that's full of great dialog and characters, and knows it's technical limitations enough to not be cheesy most of the time.

As for River, yeah, they kinda ruined her. Silence in the Library is possibly my favorite Doctor Who episode(s) ever. Return of the Angels was also very strong, after that, it all went down hill. She got way too timey wimey, and their insistence at shoving you her and the Doctor's relationship every second got a little... LOT old.

Still hoping that Steven Moffet regenerates soon...
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: December 23, 2013, 03:09:20 PM
Well, quite a few mentions of it are made in classic Who, though they make it out to be a very final number, and not by choice. The Doctor's mentor (who eventually turns bad for some reason), claims he is on his last regeneration. But yeah, there is the weirdness of the "skeletor" Master, who is described as being on his last regeneration, and for the reason, looks like a rotting corpse... never really explained why he is different. Then there is the Valyard.

Anyway, if Moffat is counting Smith as Regeneration 13, then he's already broken the rules without us even realizing it. Either Moffat is content to just blow the limit off (which I'm just fine with), or it'll need to be explained in the next 3 days as to why it happened, and what's going on. I'm banking on grateful timelords offering The Doctor a full new cycle.

Anyway, looking forward to the big Matt Smith sendoff. It's been fun!
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are turn-based console RPGs officially dead? on: December 19, 2013, 02:15:43 PM
They were "perfected" in parts of game design that are linear and quantifiable, that being hardware limitations, which was the point. Turn-based RPGs were a popular choice in the early years of game design (and continue to be a popular choice for amateur game devs) exactly because they require somewhat less sophisticated programming and resources etc.
I call BS. Action and action adventure games were around long before the turn based RPG. When you put the games side-by-side they use about the same CPU resources: animated sprites, scrolling, etc. RPGs may be not doing it ALL THE TIME, but when the action happens, there's just as much processing to be done as in real time battle systems. You're confusing interactivity with CPU power.

RPGs were the way they were because they wanted to create console/computer based versions of tabletop pen & paper RPGs, which were all turn based. There was no "settling" for turn based, it was a conscious decision by creators, who wanted to create games that reflected the pen & paper RPG genre, and also getting messages from some gamers who weren't happy with the "trigger finger" direction many games were taking those days.

I know plenty of people, myself sometimes included, who know our hand/eye coordination isn't the greatest, and honestly enjoy games where the competition is out of time, so we can plan our moves. The way you talk about it, it sounds like all games SHOULD have been real time. So what about all of us who would prefer to have more games out-of-time?
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 20, 2013, 02:55:08 PM
My bad.

Go watch the Brain of Morbius. And ignore Prime - it's a really fun story.
Meh, I dunno what it is, but the Sarah Jane period of Tom Baker just really never got me going. There are some killer episodes like Arc in Space and Genesis of the Daleks, but I feel as if maybe they had a lower budget at the time, or were aiming too high with effects they couldn't pull off. IMO, the Pertwee era feels more polished. I'm going to go against the grain here and say that the Tom Baker period didn't really start rocking until Leela came along. I was never crazy about Sarah Jane to begin with, but it feels like she got whinier the longer she went. In fact, I believe it's part of the reason why she left... she didn't like the way she was being written. Not sure why she's everyone's favorite companion, there are a lot worse, but there are a lot of far more interesting ones. And of course, the era went out with an absolute bang with Romana II. Fuck... if they bring ANYONE from the past back with the 50th, Lala Ward. Hell, she and Capaldi are about the same age, and doesn't look all that old. I'd love to see the two of them ham it up. Greatest companion ever. Of course, you have to suffer through about 6 episodes of the tart Romana I, who I think we can all agree was an absolute bitch (even if she was smokin'). Though we get The Pirate Planet during that season, which is one of my all time favorites, Douglas Adams wrote it, and it has a lot of the same zany humor as the hitchhiker's guide.

Sorry for going off like that, I'm a huge DW nerd and I've seen all of it, except the movie (which I intend to watch this week). Back to the point, Brain of Morbius is worth seeing, if not because its huge plot implications. The first half is really quite good. I just don't like the fact that it devolves into a ridiculously corny, low budget monster flick: big plastic and rubber brain monster flailing around grunting and chasing the heroes through the castle. I just feel like it's one of the surprisingly few episodes that don't translate well to a modern audience.

But it looks like Brain of Morbius and Terror of the Zygons are the ones to see here for the upcoming episodes. Neither one is anywhere near a standout, IMO.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 20, 2013, 02:31:10 PM
Eh, I think fans would pretty pissed if they blew it off using a prior event. Just thinking about it, suddenly the doctor regenerates, and someone's like "Wait a minute, how can you do that again?" "Oh that? Yeah, I got a whole new generation cycle years ago!" I don't think the creators would ever live that one down, especially since fans have been "worried" about it for the last few regenerations. No, mostly, I think problems are best dealt with by something at the time, not by kind of half-ass retconning it using some mumbo jumbo from years back. Whatever his new regeneration cycle will be, I think it needs to be dealt with at the end of Capaldi's run.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 19, 2013, 04:54:45 PM
Cool that the Sisterhood of Karn were mentioned. Too bad Brain of Morbius was such HORRIBLE episode. Grade F monster flick.

But the Sisterhood of Karn are one of those elements that has become so central to Doctor Who lore and yet never used or heard of again, possibly for good reason. Their connection to the Timelords is huge, and the possibilities are endless, maybe too much so.

BTW: for anyone who worries about the 12-regeneration limit, there are a million ways around that, some of which are very obvious canon from long ago. The Master himself is testament to that, as he supposedly was on his last regeneration back during the 4th Doctor. We know the Timelords can offer a whole new regeneration cycle, as they promised The Master for his aid, which he still managed to not give even with that incentive! The Sisterhood of Karn seem capable of doing crazy things with Timelord regeneration. The Master was able to body snatch his way into another regeneration, with all his abilities intact (though we'd assume he only has one heart). But The Timelords giving The Doctor a new regeneration cycle for saving their butts? They'd be stupid not to.

In fact, I half expect that Moffat will do that soon. If Capaldi is the final regeneration, that brings up another problem: Final Regenerations are weak. The master looked like a rotting corpse during his, though one other Timelord was referred to being in his final regeneration and looked just fine, so I'm not sure what that's about. I fully expect that the 50th anniversary will end the Time War, the Doctor(s) being the savior. If so, then the Timelords owe him that much. Hell, they go on and on about Rasilon, but The Doctor has saved and elevated their kind more than the old geezer.

The fact is, the whole "12 regenerations" was made canon during the 4th Doctor (I don't believe it was during Pertwee), when the creators had NO IDEA that the show was going to go on for that long. They probably made it 12 regenerations as a way of making the number so high that they figured we'd never have to worry. It was never a number to hang over our heads, so I have no problem with the creators making some easy way out of it, in order to stick with the original intentions of the show.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: November 18, 2013, 02:27:05 PM
Are you being sarcastic?

Not at all. Okay, so AC3 was a slight dip, but AC4 is turning out to be a very fun experience, just like I remember the original AC2.
11  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 12, 2013, 03:05:25 PM
Thanks Ninja, for killing my favorite series.

For the little I know Nintendo is more to blame with how Other M was more than Team Ninja. Either way I don't want to start any discussion here because I know people get all emotional when someone bring up Other Mon forums.

...I already had enough of that crap with FF fans years ago. ._.'

Yeah, your probably right, it was overseen by Nintendo (unlike the Retro games). However, this is different than the FF games. No single FF game as basically gone back and re-written the rest of the series into dust. Sure, some dippy fans will "wahhaaa!" this and that about some game killing the series, but then the next game goes a different direction and proves that while maybe not the greatest thing in the world, the series didn't get killed off by the specifics of one game. But now no developer will touch Metroid with a ten foot pole. There is a real tangible problem here. Metroid has always had a dubious life, being a japanese series unpopular in japan.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: November 12, 2013, 02:58:15 PM
boss!

Ubi may now becoming my favorite game company in the world. Even with Assassin's Creed, they've done an amazing job keeping a franchise fresh and entertaining for this many iterations, and not dragging out development on each. I think that's key in this day-in-age. Creative juice can go bad when left out for too long, to a certain degree, it's important to be realistic and just move forward, not overthinking and re-doing every thing. Ubi's done a killer job in just keeping their creations moving. I don't see many game companies doing that good a job and with that success rate. Ironically, they have sort of returned gaming to it's prime again, because back in the day, there weren't 5 year development cycles, each development team put out a new game every 6 months to a year.

It's also great to use large money-makers as a way of funding smaller artistic projects. The best of the best do this, and have done this throughout history. It's easy to either lose your soul and make only money-making projects, or go the other way and never make enough to keep afloat and have the ability to really let your creative endeavors take off. For anyone who says that an artist/developer to work in this way is selling out should go fuck themselves right now.

Too bad they were on the evil end of the DRM stick, other than that, I'm at a point where I feel like Ubi can do no wrong.
13  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 04, 2013, 03:04:26 PM
Adventure games... I probably play them more than RPGs these days (well, because practically all games are Adventure games, now days). Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, Metroid, etc. They typically have pretty much all the things I really love about RPGs, sometimes more. I love side scroller Metroidvania's too... without the "vania" (never was much into Gothic vampyre stuff). What can I say? I'm a Metroid super-freak.

Thanks Ninja, for killing my favorite series.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda LttP 2 for 3DS on: November 04, 2013, 02:59:09 PM
I'm also digging that and the new Goron look since it looks to finally address the whole matter of whatever happened to the Gorons to make them non-existent in the earlier games.

I read that about 4 times, and I'm still really not following what you mean there.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: October 28, 2013, 03:03:23 PM
Eh, just tell yourself that monsters don't reproduce sexually and just pop up from the underworld, and you'll be fine.
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