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511  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 03, 2014, 07:07:04 PM
Played some multiplayer with some random guy who really knew his way around. I get the impression your experience can vary drastically with a title depending on who you play with. He certainly revealed to me that I play SLOW.

I imagine I am probably a pain in the ass as I found myself really more or less following the other dude to the fight without so much as a moment to even switch my skills.

Me thinks, being paired with more patient gamers will prove more suitable than this first experience with multi.
512  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 03, 2014, 06:59:33 PM
For those who didn't catch word about the 20th anniversary sony theme on the PSN, I got it on the PS4 but the PS3 and PSVita has incarnations as well (I think). There is something really neat about booting up the PS4 and hearing that classic PS1 boot-tune play. Oooooo Soneestlagia at its finest I say.

The theme was a clever way to serve up something to the staggering amount of people who just bought a PS4 on black friday only to announce the CE System a week later. LoL

EDIT: For anyone who read before my edit, I misreported having it on the VITATV. Doesn't seem to be the case. Worse yet I worded it wrong made claim to have gotten it. Forgive me for (erroneously) coming across as a fibber if ya caught that.
513  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 06:53:36 PM

You may need to relocate to where there are museums hiring, but that's one place where art history is valued.

(I'm currently an instructional assistant who went to school for guidance and counseling, so this is my inner guidance counselor coming out.)  

Dice will be fine because if she can't get a job in her field I'm gonna relocate to Canada (cause I've been where I am for too long), then I'm gonna teach her how to tattoo and weeeeee beeeeeeee RICH RICH RICH!
514  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 02, 2014, 07:13:53 PM
Whhhhhelp after having my ass handed to me in the Temple of Enlightenment is LOST ODYSSEY, I decided I need to unwind and try out Diablo 3 today for the PS4.

For a guy who really has a tough time getting into darker western fantasy this game had me hooked in under an hour. Smooth as butter, immediately intuitive controls and interface, superb atmosphere and best of all (for me) the Wizard was clearly modeled directly after me making my first character selection an easy pick!

I will be writing Blizzard to inquire as to when my royalty check for use of my face will be arriving. Then I will write a secondary letter of complaint because I believe my model was supposed to be used for the demon hunter. Then again, I may just be too busy playing to bother with the letters at all.
515  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 02, 2014, 07:05:10 PM
klyde, let's fuckin' play and chat.

Alrightee I threw in the towel and decided to fire this up before finishing lost odyssey. Just got my feet wet with a Wizard on hard. I will be playing tonight after work as much as possible so I can join you and D.

Remember, I have never done multiplayer/chat before, and this my first Diablo experience since 2! LoL

In other words, I will probably be a pain in the ass til I get the hang of things.

Eastern US time zone, I almost always am on at 3-4am (thats typically when I get done with work) but can easily play around with my afternoon/pm routine to accomodate playtime as well. Let me know when you fine folk typically play.
516  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 01, 2014, 10:58:08 PM
Wow Dice, mega congrats!!!

Finishing things feeelz good.
517  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 01, 2014, 10:55:17 PM
The game is pretty easy and multiplayer is hop in hop out.

Agent D and I started new characters on Expert difficulty and we didn't have any trouble after playing for a few hours. He said it gets harder though later.

I'm pretty sure you can change the difficulty on the fly
Difficulties are more based on your gear than a linear progression. If you're finding things too hard, you can bump it down. If they're too easy, bump it up. The higher difficulties offer more XP, gold, and better loot, so you always want to play on the highest you can manage. I'd say at least start on hard, because it isn't really very :)

I'd recommend beating the story mode once, and then switching to adventure mode (unlocked at completion), which is where the real awesomeness is at, post-storyline.

Thanks for the advice guys.

I love getting to switch difficulty as it suits me and not being "locked" to one selection at the start of a title.

518  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 01, 2014, 08:22:25 PM
I was trying to express that I believe Tales of Symphonia is an okay RPG that was REALLY overrated because of the GameCube's situation in 2004 and because of how dedicated the system's fans were.  The fact that I didn't play it until 2006 and it wasn't my first Tales game probably had something to do with my disdain for it.  I frequented the GameFAQs forums around that time, and I was shocked and annoyed at how widely worshipped that game was on the site.  Basically I'm a bitter Tales hipster and probably should avoid talking about Symphonia in general. 

I was really biting my tongue on this one but I can't help it now.

You have summed up my feelings in regard to how overrated Symphonia is too well, to not express my agreement. I loved the PS1 Tales as a kid. I played symphonia back on the gamecube upon release or soon thereafter and while it was fun to play multi-player with my girlfriend at the time, I really didn't find it memorable at all. Fast forward to my next experience with it, Symphonia Chronicles re-release this last year and all I can say is I find it to be one of those games from the "AwKwARRRRD" era of gaming.

The "AwkWaaaRRd" era being that uncomfortable point when dev's starting screwing around with 3d next gen stuff but couldn't quite nail it. I actually find it FAR easier to go back and play a 16 bit classic than to try some of these early-3d offerings. Symphonia, for all it does right, cannot escape this for me. Everything about it feels now/felt then to be a step backwards to me.

I'm not saying it is a bad game. Far from it. I am however saying I have a far stronger affinity for most other entries in the franchise and will surely replay Eternia, Destiny and Phantasia long before I consider touching Symphonia again.

In other news...

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AND LOSING/ I have prepared my PS4, now loaded with titles for play. I really don't think I can stick to my "not gonna play it before finishing something else" rule. My interest in borderlands has totally fallen flat ATM and I'm really considering swapping it out of my gaming agenda for the time being to hop into Diablo 3.

LOST ODYSSEY/ this is the real reason I haven't played the PS4 yet. I have spent 15 hours in the last 3 days doing optional stuff on Disc 4 and am obsessed. This is turning out to be one of those games that I truly enjoy everything about, including the end game stuff that typically demands quite a bit of patience/discipline.
519  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: December 01, 2014, 08:08:52 PM
So I got Diablo 3 for the black friday sale and am on the precipice of finishing Lost Odyssey, at which point I will be popping D3 in as my FIRST PS4 OFFERING!!! Really excited here (so much so I don't know if I can/should wait to finish LO to be honest).

I expressed elsewhere on the board in the past the my experience with multiplayer anything is null. Is there anything I should know in regard to that here as a multiplayer newbie??

Additionally, how should I approach the games difficulty starting out? Should I start on the easiest and continue to move through each difficulty in a successive fashion or is it fine/suggested to start on a higher difficulty?

Essentially I am just posing the obligatory question of "about to start soon, anything I should know beforehand?" coupled with an additional dumb "I don't know jack about multiplayer, any advice?".

520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 30, 2014, 07:48:39 PM

I think the Fairy Fencer F may be a step closer to that.  It's reportedly darker than FFF (which had a darker undertone than most Compile Heart games), and considering that FFF had less frequent and more toned-down fanservice than other Compile Heart games... Klyde, the people may think we're crazy, but I believe with you... on the wings of an eagle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRXxjDT53rg

You can already see it happening with each title they release. One need only look as far as the Vita incarnations of the Hyperdimension series to see the CH/IF potential. All they really need to do at this point is approach a game tonally and in terms of art direction from different/darker angles and they'll nail it. This is SURE to happen on the PS4 in my mind.

Look at how few people cared to pay attention to the first Persona on PS1 because it was a mechanically jarring and messy experience. I'm not saying CH/IF is gonna pump out the next Persona or be the next Atlus. However, I do see them coming into their own and standing toe to toe with such "titans" with their own IP in time.

So let the masses think we are 1 or 2 short of a six pack Din. Worst case scenario is we remained stoked about the future while the nay sayers keep whining about bad games! LoL

Even if I'm wrong, I like having things to look forward to :)
521  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 30, 2014, 07:34:55 PM

You and I HAVE to collaborate one day.
Maybe next game that completely hooks you I'll doodle something for ya. ;P

This is a 3 day late response. I apologize for not being on top of my forum conduct here. Better late than never as they say.

Ya know, EVERY time I get waaaay into a game a daydream about doing some killer fan art. Then the reality of whatever I need to spend hours drawing for work sets in!! Today I want to re-render all the Lost Odyssey cast as anime-awesome versions of themselves in the vein of what I think they would look like if Nippon Ichi made the title. I've had this desire for weeks to be honest.

But the truth of the matter is I have to tattoo car parts on a mechanic and then draw jenny mccarthy as a leprachaun tonight. By the end of that, I don't feel inspired to do anything but play Lost Odyssey. LoL

I do tend to passion projects occasionally to blow of some creative steam but rarely do they end up involving pens and pencils. Yesterday I made this poster via sliced up old Nintendo power mags. F-U-N

522  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 30, 2014, 07:22:44 PM
Gaming heaven.

Thats exactly how I feel right now.

LOST ODYSSEY/ Optional bosses on Disc 4 are tricks-eee beasts let me tell ya. Just off'ed a Blue Dragon that cost me 2 goddess medicine. I like saving my uber-items for final bosses but this game is demanding some more liberal use.

I love how they provide you skills that would be typically or historically gamebreaking in most turn based systems only to whack you with off the wall unfair battles that make you exploit every  "trick" you've got. Simply exploiting weaknesses or relying on buffs/debuffs will not prove enough to win some of these battles. If your not thinking a move or two ahead game over is a REAL possibility.
523  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 29, 2014, 06:52:08 PM
Yeah, I'm not big on Abyss as a whole but he's really fantastic.  If there's only one Tales fig that should be owned, it's Luke, in my opinion.

He really needed that re-release, he was going for like $200+ unopened.

That is why I love those crazy expensive import toys. The are like instant money-back if you need it and keep them in good condition sealed. Possibly one of the safest purchases in terms of a quick resale I can think of. In fact, I think my toy collecting habit successfully funded most of my gaming purchasing compulsions over the course of the last year. Want a jump into the next gen with a PS4? Take two or three figures from the shelf and turn them into a piece of sexy new technology easy.
524  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 29, 2014, 06:43:42 PM

I want an option to favorite posts, because you, sir, have got the right idea. :)

That made me very happy to read. In truth, I sort of suffer from an odd insecurity that all my posts terribly distort my points and come across wrong. That is why I tend to get too wordy. On that note, thank you friend! You made me smile.

Now as to the topic on the table...

MINIGAMES!! The true stars of the final fantasy universe.

Blitzball, Triple Triad, Snowboarding, Chocobo Racing and the list goes on. It would be interesting if they made a cross-universe mash up title of just the FF mini games, complete with character selection from across the FF universe. I want to snowboard as Shadow with a DLC costume to render me as a pink extreme-sports-ninja. Then I want to ride a motorcycle as Strago and race a chocobo ridden my Umaro and name it Ex-Death the 2nd.
525  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 29, 2014, 06:32:12 PM
Yuri, Rita, Estelle and Repede were my favored party the whole game, occasionally swapping Estelle for Raven.

I will say one thing about Carol though. Setting his healing smash technique (its not called that, but you know what I'm talking about) as a alternatively triggered skill is pretty helpful to spam late game in conjuction with other characters healing techs/spells because of the offensive advantage Carol could potentially offer.

Almost every Tales game, my survival strategy banks on my main character as an offensive tank while all my alt. skill slots are filled with healing spam.

LOST ODYSSEY/ Disk 4 feels like a big departure from the rest. Not entirely in a bad way, but the storytelling and narrative hook DOES take a bit of a nosedive. The game, up to this point, felt VERY focused and coherent in the displaying of event chronology and whatnot. Disk 4 sort of lets you infer a bit more than you actually get to see, coupled with massive gaps in actually viewing any plot progression, which leads to a different feeling than the game maintained thus far. However, what goes happen when it happens is nothing short of freakin' awesome so all is forgivable.

BORDERLANDS 2/ Did the Thanksgiving DLC. The end and last few side quests (if you can call them that) were quite possibly the most agitating 20-30 minutes of this whole game. Halloween DLC rocked and this Gobbler crap was a total fail in comparison.

I am beginning to really wonder if I will ever beat Borderlands 2 to be honest. It feels like there is ALWAYS something to do and moving forward to finish the main plot has to be an active choice to ignore a great deal of what you catch in your peripheral vision along the way.

Final news, in crazy-awesome looting session I ended up using a golden key (acquiring 2 purple shotguns) AND finding 2 "purple" weapons (launcher and sniper rifle) the same night. The current difficulty went from challenging to null in a heartbeat.

THE PLAYSTATION 4/ I finally set up my newly acquired toy and am totally fighting a hardcore desire to dive in and start playing something. I promised myself I would not until I finished one of my current games on deck and just set it up to make sure it worked properly (scarred by horrific instances of new electronics failing straight outta the box) but golly this is taking some discipline.

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