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1  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Guild Wars 2: Were-Vikings, Technomidgets, and Plant-Based Pedobait on: April 29, 2012, 12:37:41 PM
Liking Norns so far myself. Gotta play around a bit more though. There's a lot of hectic movement going on with so many people in the early game. It's hard to figure out kills and the like sometimes.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 16, 2012, 07:10:43 PM
So I just got this in the mail and it won't play in my Wii. Do I need that stupid cleaning kit or is there another way?
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Legend of Grimrock on: April 14, 2012, 01:37:31 AM
So who the fuck is playing this fine piece of gaming throwback? Just spent a good hour and a half with the first section of the game and HOT DAMN is it hard.

Newschoolers, this is how dungeon crawls were done in the past. All kinds of tile-based, first-person awesome.
4  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Lollipop Chainsaw; Don't worry, she's 18 on: April 11, 2012, 11:21:50 PM
I like good cosplay, too.  I've always had a guilty desire to try it myself, but the cost of an outfit and the possibility of looking like an absolute knob stops me.  The hell was wrong with a scandelous outfit for [some of] the very games appearing at these conventions?! So silly, not like she was showing nip.

It's PAX's bid to end sexist marketing, which I wholly support. It's not about nudity, it's more about sexual pandering towards men and how unbalanced it is.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: April 04, 2012, 02:57:11 AM
1 was the best at world building and exploration.

2 was the most well paced.

3 was the most solid and well-rounded.

Well, that's how my judgments of quality goes with the series anyway.

You sir, are an incredibly poor judge of quality as far as Mass Effect is concerned then. I did read your review, and I haven't seen someone work a dick that hard since Gauge got into porn.

But then, you also ignore arguments that actually poke giant holes in your logic. Hi there FTL theory.

(I am fully aware of how antagonistic this is. I was incredibly ticked off how fanboy you got in your review.)

6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: April 04, 2012, 01:15:30 AM
In fact I'm more bummed out by this than anything to do w/ the ending.

It's stuff like this that'll get to me longer. It's seriously one of the most half assed ways to deal with revealing something like this, only way this could've been worse (albeit more hilarious) if they revealed the mask under her mask REALLY IS HER FACE.

In general, ME3 was a huge downgrade from ME2. I played both beside each other and I'm watching the wife replay all three now. Just in general, ME3's storytelling is worse, its graphics are actually overall worse except the environments (holy shit did character models get a downgrade besides Shep), animations are worse, questing is worse, etc etc etc. There are basically only three major improvements in ME3: Upgrading weapons using the bench, the non-stereotype gay option, and the melee controls. Pretty much everything else is worse.

Heck, even the planetary exploration is worse. They kept the WORST aspect: Fuel consumption, and stripped the rest of it bare. There isn't even an option to actually combat Reapers or use evasive maneuvers beyond "GTFO system". No meaningful ship upgrades, a huge reduction in cast to the bare essentials, VERY poor conversation pieces (no cut-to-dialogue-and-expression, just dialogue and flapping mouths makes for VERY awkward quest results), and a general visual downgrade...? Easily the weakest of the trilogy.

The ending, even if it is justified, is hardly the weakest note. It's definitely the one that leaves you with the biggest hole in your stomach because it lacks true, meaningful closure, but it's not the worst thing the game does. Now don't get me wrong, the game is still good, it's just not as good as its companions, and that really stings considering it had the most to build on. Phoned-in crap like Tali's face is just icing on the cake.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: March 30, 2012, 01:35:56 PM
No offense, but you guys sound like you're talking out of your butts about Earthbound's graphics. Don't get me wrong, I like the game and still do. I beat a rental copy three times when it first came out and a few more times on [redacted]. Yeah, its art direction fits the game well, but FF7's has great art direction too.

Basically, Earthbound has always had crappy graphics, but now people decided they like it now because they finally realized the rest of the game is so good (which it is). Final Fantasy VII had good graphics, but over time look dated. Wind Waker (since somebody brought it up) always had good graphics, but people were too butthurt over the cell shading to realize this at first. All of these games have good art direction.

Except it doesn't. Speaking as a designer and art director, Earthbound is beautiful. And I didn't need 4 years of higher education, a degree, and 6 years of industry to tell me that. I knew that at 13 years old, because art and technical fidelity are not the same thing. FFVII had great art direction, but it has technical issues which interfere with that. Earthbound does not.

The team behind Earthbound was more than capable of making it look like Chrono Trigger or Seiken Densetsu 3. They didn't, and that was on purpose. Earthbound was meant to be whimsical and childlike. It was meant to allow for a cartoon-like level of expression (not to be confused with animated cartoons, I am talking about cartooning itself), which it succeeds in. As well, it was meant to have a surreal quality, which it also accomplishes.

Now, is it for everyone? No. Earthbound is an "art" game, more than anything. It's Shigesato Itoi delivering a story that is unapologetic in its weirdness, which is pretty much Itoi's calling card. Itoi is whimsy, wit, and weird rolled into a single package, and Earthbound (Mother on the whole) reflects that. He managed to make a game that was not only very light-hearted and strange, but also had really poignant moments, on par with (and largely exceeding) anything Square has had to offer in emotional value.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG girl you would marry? on: March 29, 2012, 06:35:44 PM
I'll leave the creepy marry-virtual-creations stuff to the Japanese and Koreans.

You people are weird.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: March 29, 2012, 06:22:03 PM
I've never understood why people thought Earthbound had "bad" graphics. Even as a kid playing the game, I knew it was an artistic decision to have something so clean looking. Not a thing bad about it. It's purposeful, which is more than I can say for a lot of "technically" beautiful games.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: March 29, 2012, 05:07:28 PM
A truly classic game is more than the sum of its parts. The gestalt experience is, at least in my line of thinking, the means by which to arrive at such a conclusion.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: March 28, 2012, 05:56:35 PM
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VI
Phantasy Star IV
Shining Force III
Persona 4

There are reasons.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Question about Suikoden on: March 27, 2012, 08:32:12 PM
God I love Suikoden. I miss when there was a real community for the series.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Question about Suikoden on: March 27, 2012, 03:45:39 PM
Wait until this guy has to play Suiko II and get Clive.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Question about Suikoden on: March 26, 2012, 09:42:04 PM
Take your weapons to a forge. They'll improve it for a price. However, forging can only go up to a certain level, so you'll find yourself limited by the skill of the smith. Naturally, as you advance in the game, smiths become more skilled and you can forge further.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why does BioWare hate blondes? on: March 17, 2012, 10:55:23 AM
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