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1501  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.
1502  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.
1503  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.
1504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 10, 2011, 02:40:17 AM
Well, it translates to 3 hours a day, maybe a bit more in the weekends. That's not too insane.

And... I have a disability and can't work as much as I want to. It gets boring.
1505  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 08, 2011, 02:19:58 AM
110 hours? I wish I had this much time on my hands...

Well, I did get the game a week early and clocked in 25 hours the first three days in the name of journalism... Now I just play for fun. Which is good. I'm surprised I didn't burn out after that weekend. That's how great this game is!

Some people were wondering about the soundtrack. Well, now that I'm almost done with the game I can tell you that it's one of the most memorable in recent memory.

If you register the game at Nintendo's website, you can download a 12 track soundtrack for free. The offer lasts until the end of the month.

Is it better with a classic controller (which I don't have yet :( ) or the "regular" Wii controller?

1506  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 07, 2011, 02:59:46 PM
Yeah, my clock is at... 110 hours and there is still stuff I want to do. And it's not because I'm a perfectionist, but because I enjoy doing all those little quests and killing unique monsters.

Last game that made me feel this way and go this far was Disgaea, or maybe Tales of the Abyss... No, Tales of the Abyss doesn't really count, since I'm technically still on my first playthrough with Xenoblade. I played through Tales of the Abyss twice.
1507  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2011, 04:16:03 PM
Just to make sure, you eat liquorice made of liquorice extract, right? Most licorice is artificial nowadays.

Not in the Netherlands. Gelatin instead of gum arabic in the 'bad quality' kinds, but all types use liquorice. What you call red liquorice we don't consider liquorice at all. Besides, I'm old-fashioned and also chew liquorice root.
1508  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2011, 02:08:51 PM
Went to the doctor again today. Blood pressure was as low as last time, despite all the liquorice. Blah. Light-headedness sucks. Oh, and I have a vitamin D deficiency. Probably because I bundle up like a granny whenever I go outside - you don't catch all that much sunlight when only your head and hands are showing.

He assured me that a low blood pressure is nothing to worry about, but offered to send me to otolaryngologist. I declined, because I'm not a fan of hospitals and if a doctor thinks it's harmless, why waste more time and money on pointless tests? On the other hand, I'm a bit worried... My dad was my age when his heart problems started... I should probably have mentioned that... Oh well.
1509  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: September 06, 2011, 02:16:04 AM
It's on of the best RPGs this generation. You love explorating a large world? This game has it and does it better than, say, Oblivion. The game takes place on a dead god. How awesome is that? The battle system is nice and fast and offers a great amount of debt to anyone who's willing to challenge himself. Lots of optional bosses in this game. Speaking of optional content, there's plenty and it's integrated into the game fairly well. The exploring and questing combined add another 50 hours to the game and it's not like the game is short to begin with. It's very tempting to take breaks from the story often and the game will support that decision every way it can. For instance, You can warp to places you've seen before for free whenever you want. Story's more than decent too and the characters avoid a lot of the tropes other JRPG heroes walk right into. And hey, even if you don't really care what's happening, atleast most of the cutscenes are spectacular. No endless amounts of talking heads, nope.
1510  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Video game dream haps on: September 05, 2011, 03:39:51 AM
Xenoblade is getting to me. It involved Dunban, Jin from Xenosaga and coffee, but I can't remember the details.
1511  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 04, 2011, 12:00:45 PM
A good tutor can make a huge difference. I once helped a kid with math one, perhaps two hours a week for a year. His grade went from a 4 to a 7. I wasn't doing anything special and it was not as if he was truly bad at math, but he was behind when he started the year and didn't get the individual attention he needed to close the gap. It was very frustrating for him and he nearly lost all motivation.

Funny thing though, I still don't know how his parents got my number...

Anyway, it was my sister's boyfriend's birthday today. The amount of crazy in his family is amazing. For instance, his 40-year-old cousin left rehab (he likes his alcohol a bit too much...) early because he met some women there, also an addict. That was six weeks ago. She's pregnant now. Yes, it was planned. No, she's not changing her ways. Went straight for the wine, smoked some cigarettes, got bored with those and moved on to cigars.

It was... yeah... that poor kid is not going to come out well...
1512  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 03, 2011, 04:24:47 PM
Damn economy

I'm not sure it's that... We got a Game Mania last year and it's in a better location. It's a shitty store, but a real eyecatcher. I guess poor old DimPlus couldn't compete (despite being cheaper, offering better service and having a much better selection)... There are still two DimPlusses left (there were four before, including the one near me) and the webshop is still funlly functionable, but I will miss having a proper gameshop in the neighbourhood.

I hope the manager is all right. He's worked there since forever and the closing must have come suddenly. When I spoke him a few weeks ago, he was working on a little StreetPass event.
1513  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 03, 2011, 10:55:39 AM
My favourite gameshop... suddenly... gone...! Why?! When?! I... That store's a part of my childhood, I got Lunar: Silver Star Story there, it can't be gone... ;_;
1514  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 03, 2011, 03:15:27 AM
My brother's birthday is coming up and I don't know what to give him... I don't want to give him a game again (though Mass Effect, Fallout and a bunch of other stuff I got him were all well recieved). Maybe I'll just get him some socks and/or underwear...

How about borderlands? If he likes shooting/RPG games,it should suit him.

Got Borderlands covered, yep. Was thinking about Red Dead Redemption, but for some reason the Xbox 360 version is still quite expensive. Maybe I should get him a pointscard instead. I think there's some DLC for other games he wants...
1515  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 02, 2011, 02:50:26 PM
He wants the new Deus Ex. I'm not getting him the new Deus Ex. It's too expensive.
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