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1486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 17, 2011, 03:06:14 AM
Yesterday, Nintendo asked me to fill in a little survey because I had registrered my copy of Xenoblade with them. One of the questions was about playtime. How much time did I spend playing Xenoblade so far? It was multiple choice and the highest answer was 21+ hours. Cute.
1487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 16, 2011, 09:13:50 AM
I'm taking a break because I need to grind a few levels to tackle the final boss and Deus EX has taken over my free time but there's one thing I need to say.
As amazing as this game is, I recently came across a shining example of the biggest gripe I have with jrpgs:

Girl: We should come back here some day and swim in the ocean.
Protagonist: Great idea, I'll tell the others so we can all come together.
Girl: Ugh, you're so naive, I meant just the 2 of us! Can't you take a hint?
Protagonist: Oh... OK... I'm sorry.

I just can't tolerate this kind of thing anymore. They show as much skin as they possibly can on every female character, they go out of their way to animate the boobs so they jiggle with even the slightest movement, but when they actually talk about sex, or better yet imply it because God forbid anyone actually says the word, the game suudenly seems to have been written by a 10 year old. When you're coming from a game like the witcher where sex is just another activity in the main character's daily routine, you know, like normal people, stuff like this makes you want to jump out the window. It probably doesn't bother most of you but I really can't stand this kind of thing anymore, they need to realize that they are also writing for adults and this stuff really makes me cringe. I know that the average age of gamers in Japan is way lower than in the West but still.

On the other hand, the heropon has a wife and seven kids, so... yeah... atleast someone in the party knows a thing or two about biology.
1488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 1Up: Why Japanese Games are Breaking Up With the West on: September 14, 2011, 03:13:11 AM
Okay, I played peace walker so I'm very curious. What is the claw control scheme?

don't you know? Google knows everything: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0bzLXnx0k4

Hey, that's what I did to make do some of those annoying jumps in Wild Arms 5 right! You know, the one where you have to move, rotate camera and jump at the same time.
1489  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2011, 02:12:59 PM
Yay, Chibi is eating again! Now if only he'd poop. That would mean he's going to be all right. Come on, lil' bunny, poop! Poop on the carpet for all I care, just poop!

That is sad - and sick bunnies are sad too.  Best wishes for a full recovery, Tomara.  I've had 3 rabbits, and they all broke my heart when they died. :(

I know what you mean. Mine always have the tendency to go the most dramatic way possible. My first had always been kind of weak and died in my arms. I was 12. Then my grandparents gave me a rabbit they got from a cousin. That one caught pheumonia and died an hour after we returned from the vet. In my arms. Both were albinos by the way. The third albino came up with a grand finale of depression and wtf. First there was the tumor that was discovered too late. It grew to the size of an egg. She was skin and bones at that point. Then she got E. cuniculi, which paralyzed her hind legs. She didn't seem to care. Kept eating and everything. But, it was obvious that just wasn't right, so we decided to put her down. On the way to the vet I fed her a few more strawberries. She loved strawberries. Anyway, at the vet... she just wouldn't die. After another dose she finally passed on.

I kind of miss her. Sure, she was an obnoxious, clingy masochist, but Boogernose was a charming pet in her own crazy way.
1490  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2011, 07:53:48 AM
It is sad when pets die...

My rabbit is sick and is holed up behind the couch right now. I've made an appointment with the vet, but it's still one and a half hours away. Waiting sucks. Poor bunny :(
1491  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2011, 02:33:55 AM
Is cooking really so bad? Most of my meals can be made in like 15-20 minutes. If you can't get good fresh produce, why not go for something frozen or canned? Honestly, what makes me reheat leftovers is not feeling like cooking, but not wanting to do the clean-up. That's the main reason I make sure I only have to cook 3-4 times a week ^_^'
1492  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 12, 2011, 07:59:01 AM
This is amazing.

Wait, what, how? I mean, does this make sense in any way? What's with the atrocious outfit? Is this from 1991? Did the artist, presumably a white male age 55-70, get stuck in that era? What with the 9/11 at the end? Can someone explain it to me? :(

1493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 12, 2011, 06:57:06 AM
You don't have to play 100+ hours to get to the ending. You could finish it in 50 or so if you don't bother with the sidequests. My kind of playtime is what you get if you try to complete as many quests and maps as possible. Both are valid ways to play the game, but a happy medium may be best.
1494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad, here I come. on: September 12, 2011, 03:12:07 AM
I went through it three times. My game froze twice after reaching a certain floor (I think it was 47) and trying to kill the enemies there. It happened after concluding the first turn both times. So the third time I rushed straight to the next floor and got Choko without further difficulty. I think I got there in one turn by giving Arc or Tosh something to boost their movement...
1495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 12, 2011, 03:05:53 AM
How much battery life does it eat up attaching it to the remote? Will it not work if the remote's batteries are dead? I was thinking it would plug into the Wii like the GC controller. :/

Yep, you just plug it in. It's actually pretty convenient since the classic controller is nearly wireless this way.

A good pair of fully charged batteries usually lasts me close to 25 hours.

Question - if we complete a side quest, like getting an item for someone, does it automatically reward me, or do I have to take it back?

Depends on the type of quest. There are a lot of generic collect/kill quests that reward you automatically. After finishing a quest from a named NPC you usually have to go back to report your success, but that's because doing so will improve the relationship between the characters in your party.

The quest usually gives the general location of the quest giver and you can find out when they're active by looking at the affinity chart. Since you can also skip to old locations and change the time whenever you want, it's not much of a hassle. Besides, completing one quest often opens up the next one in line, so you can pick that one up right away.
1496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 11, 2011, 03:15:04 PM
Use it with Xenoblade, seriously.

Anyway, finished the game at last! Saw the ending coming from a mile away but that's probably the reason why I enjoyed it this much. Now I feel a sudden urge to listen to the Xenogears OST...
1497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad, here I come. on: September 11, 2011, 02:43:31 PM
Guys, need some help here. I know that it was said Choko was extremely handy to have, can I make it through the forbidden ruins at level 45?

Yeah, that should be a good level. You'll probably gain some more while you're there.
1498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 11, 2011, 11:59:50 AM
It works, sure, but the classic controller will give you more control over the camera, which is a good thing during battles. Besides, if you also play retro games on the Wii or plan on doing so, you should really consider investing in a classic controller. The red pro that comes with Xenoblade is pretty neat, but a regular old white one works just as well.
1499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 11, 2011, 08:53:20 AM
I think the idea is that the power now comes from within Shulk instead of the Monado.

Even at lv 70 I'm still having trouble with some bosses, if I hit another difficulty spike I'll have to take a break, there's no way I'm grinding at this point.

Gems can make a huge difference and it's not that hard to make good ones if you have a few characters with high affinity. Plenty late game quests also reward you with some very nice gems.

Trying a different team also got me through some though battles. For instance, Riki and Sharla (with heavy armor, in case she draws aggro) combined with someone with good DPS worked wonders for me. Forcing topples also works on some bosses. Melia's pretty good at it. Plus, it's funny to see her topple huge enemies with that clumsy kick of her's.

Anyway, I'm going to finish up today. I did the majority of the quest, hunted down a bunch of L95+ monsters and saw nearly all heart-to-hearts, and that's enough, I'm done. Well, after I beat the final boss, I'll be done. I'll get right to it after I finish my cup of tea. I hope.
1500  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 10, 2011, 04:24:40 AM

All the reviews I read on it seemed more positive. I still want to play it though. I don't think I'll be taking it back anytime soon. Took me long enough to locate a store with both games in stock and another 20 minutes just to get a confirmation that they did have it.

It's all right, nothing special, just an okay game. Dragongard is still worth playing because it's so insane. The gameplay is monotonous, but the huge amount of crazy (and the awesome dragon) make it a memorable experience. Dragongard 2 is more like a paint by numbers JRPG with a 'hero' so unlikable you want to throw him off a bridge.
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