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1726  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.
1727  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...
1728  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.
1729  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...
1730  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.
1731  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.
1732  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.
1733  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.
1734  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.
1735  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?

1736  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.
1737  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.
1738  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.
1739  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.
1740  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.
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