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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 12, 2007, 06:06:38 PM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
Anyway, just picked up the Orange Box today and it's probably the best deal you could possibly get. It's great, even Portal:D

I found Portal to be the best part of the Orange Box, actually. Such a refreshing change of pace from most games that are put out these days, and the story and writing is downright fantastic. It's been a long time since I last played a game with so many memorable quotes. And the ending is priceless.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / EA to Acquire BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios on: October 12, 2007, 06:26:36 AM
This is part of the a disturbing trend that's been going on for a long while now, where publishers acquire development houses. Activision bought Bizarre, 2K Games swallowed Irrational,  Microsoft gobbled up (and subsequently released, admittedly) Bungie and EA... Well, EA has been doing this stuff forever. Origin, Maxis, Bullfrog and now BioWare/Pandemic are just a few of the studios they've bought. It looks like we're moving towards a few big publishers owning pretty much all major game studios, leaving us with a very depressing video game business indeed. The big publishers will be a lot more hesitant to approve new ideas than independent developers are, and there's also the possibility that games will be "dumbed down" to appeal to a greater audience.

All we can hope is that BioWare, Pandemic and all other studios that get bought up are allowed to retain some kind of freedom (like how Blizzard is part of Vivendi but still kind of allowed to do their own thing).
3  Media / General Games / GH III/Rock Band on: October 09, 2007, 11:47:55 AM
Will most likely be getting both. GH3 for the PS2, since I already have a guitar and stuff for that, and Rock Band for the Xbox360.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 07, 2007, 05:02:14 PM
Team Fortress 2.

I usually hate online shooters, but this is really a lot of fun. I love playing the Engineer. I can just build my little turrets and let them do all the work.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Bungie and Microsoft Split on: October 07, 2007, 03:50:59 PM
Good news all around. Bungie can now start making some other games that aren't Halo. I'd love to see them make another strategy game in the vein of Myth. The Fallen Lords remain my favorite Bungie game to date.

Of course, the terms of the deal might very well state that Bungie are obligated to produce X number of more Halo games for Microsoft. And they're probably going to want to anyway, since the Halo franchise is a pretty guaranteed revenue stream.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Blue Dragon on: August 30, 2007, 03:24:49 AM
Hey, the boss battle music is the best part about Blue Dragon. It's hilarious, in a good way. I've found myself humming along to it on several occasions.

And it's sung by Ian Gillan, for Lord's sake.[/i]
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Blue Dragon on: August 30, 2007, 01:48:22 AM
What makes you think the big sites' reviews are biased? Having played the Blue Dragon demo out on Xbox Live I'm not the least surprised by the scores it's been getting. The game play in the little I played felt extremely archaic, and the snippets of character and story you got were decidedly unappealing.

Chrono Trigger this ain't.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / next generation console rpg... on: August 29, 2007, 12:41:02 PM
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say... The DS. Why? Because of the humongous install base in Japan. There's a reason DQ IX is being developed for the DS, after all.

Of the two home consoles, the PS3 is definitely going to be the winner. In the end. At the moment both the PS3 and Xbox360 have sold way too few units for it to be very economically viable to develop big-budget RPGs exclusively for them (since it's still a bit of a niche market outside of Japan).
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 26, 2007, 11:33:42 AM
Just got to the part with the plot twists. One of which I had already figured out ages ago, and one of which came as a little bit more of a surprise, though it was still far from original. I'll have to say that I'm a little disappointed with the back story of the player character, but the setting and story of Rupture itself is fantastic. I'm really digging the game, but I've been playing a bit too much of it during the last few days. So I'm gonna give it a break for the night, I think, and finish it up tomorrow or Tuesday.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 24, 2007, 01:32:13 PM
Bioshock on the 360. Just got the
. It's totally living up to all expectations so far.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / The best mega-gaming sites... on: August 15, 2007, 03:29:20 PM
I used to visit GameSpot pretty exclusively for my general gaming information, but these days it's probably split between that site, 1UP and Eurogamer. I like GameSpot for their reviews and video content, 1UP for the editor blogs and podcasts, and Eurogamer for the generally laid back atomsphere and dry English humor.

IGN and Gamespy I very, very rarely visist, because of shit like that IGN editor figurine. Gamespy is a little better in that regard, I suppose, but IGN is like one of those early 90s computer magazines that were aimed at "the cool, young male demographic." You know, the ones that would mix articles on computer games with movie reviews and pin-up pictures with horrendous results.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone interested in Bioshock? on: August 13, 2007, 03:00:22 AM
This demo is awesome. Haven't played it all the way through yet, but so far it's certainly lived up to my expectations. And the graphics are amazing - I know it's a dead horse at this point, but the water effects are breathtaking and small details as fish flopping around on the floor when an area gets flooded really adds to the immersion.

This thing is now my officially most anticipated game of the year. Even more so than Mass Effect, and I say that being a huge Bioware fanboy.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 11, 2007, 08:50:30 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
I didn't know which kind of fanservice you meant. Though, if you think about it, FF IX itself is fanservice, as it was trying to be more like the older games. Even though it isn't quite as obviously fan service as, say, FF X-2 or Revenant Wings.

Yes, that was kind of my point. Final Fantasy IX relied too heavily on fanservice, and some parts of the game itself were less than appealing. In general, building a game (or anything) purely around fanservice of any kind is a bad idea. Final Fantasy X-2, which you've already mentioned, makes a great case for this.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 11, 2007, 04:38:21 PM
Okay, time to clear up a misconception. :)

Fanservice does not necessarily mean scantily clothed females, although that's the popular definition of the term. Fanservice is anything that serves the only purpose of appealing to fans of the franchise. In the case of Final Fantasy IX, this took the form of a multitude of references to the earlier installments in the series.

Though Quina certainly is easy on the eyes...
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 07, 2007, 06:06:50 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
and most importantly, YOU CAN'T DIE ON THE LAST BOSS!!!

Well, neither can you in Final Fantasy VII. Technically. If you consider Yu Yevon the final boss in FF X, then the event where Cloud uses omnislash on Sephiroth is the final boss of FF VII.

So, my list:

Final Fantasy XII[/u] - Call me shallow, but I just adore the incredibly high production values of the latest FF installment. The graphics are gorgeous, the voice acting is terrific, the music is amazing. Hell, even the localization is excellent - I've gushed over it before. I also really enjoy how the story is different from the usual "save the world from an evil guy" fare, and more centered around politics and the theme of revenge. It's also got a stellar cast of characters, and I personally find the battle system to be one of the most enjoyable ones in recent memory. So yeah, number twelve is a winner in my book.

Final Fantasy VII[/u] - I debated where I should put FF VII, but I figure it deserves its spot as number two. You know, it seems like a lot of people like to hate on Final Fantasy VII just because it's popular - which is doing the game a huge disservice. It really is an amazing game, and it deserves a lot of credit for taking the genre into the next generation in terms of visuals, music fidelity and just storytelling in video games. It was also the game that brought the genre into the mainstream, and without its success we certainly wouldn't be seeing as many console RPGs as we do.

Final Fantasy VI[/u] - Because it's a classic and, together with Chrono Cross, the pinnacle of 16 bit RPGs.

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest[/u] - This counts, right? It's just a terrible, terrible game.

Final Fantasy IX[/u] - Horrible cast of characters, uninteresting story and it took its fanservice too far.

Final Fantasy V[/u] - Just have to put this here because it's my least favorite of the Final Fantasies I've beaten (have Dawn of Souls for the GBA but haven't gotten around to playing it yet).
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