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1  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: April 07, 2014, 02:39:15 AM
ESO = crack.

Less gear/level obsessed than other recent MMOs, much more story/lore focused. It's very easy to spend an entire day off wandering around chatting, reading, and collecting crafting mats.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Underrated Classic!: Gothic 1 on: February 21, 2014, 06:35:38 PM
Gothic 3 was made by different guys, basically.

That was Gothic 4 (which is just called Arcania now since the rights to the series reverted to PB), Gothic 3 was still made by Piranha Bytes. I enjoyed G3 when it was fully patched, but it was still nowhere near G2. They bit off more than they could chew by making the game world too big - the quests suffered as a result and the combat wasn't up to much either.

After playing the demo of Arcania I think it's best to pretend that Gothic 4 never existed. Risen is pretty much another Gothic game with some names swapped round anyway, though Risen 2 was let down by having combat as bad as G3.

Agreed. Gothic -> Gothic II: Gold -> Risen

Arcania is a definite skip, and Gothic III is a mostly skip. You can really get lost in the atmosphere and world fully patched, and the patch helps combat a bit... but the quest/storyline isn't nearly as tight or well done as the first 2 due to the overly massive world, and very easy to break/seal off access to large portions of the story and world without even meaning to if you don't explore everything before you start questing.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help me get caught up on the last 13 years. on: February 20, 2014, 02:43:12 PM
Xenoblade Chronicles is the best JRPG I've played in over a decade. Only regret I had was not waiting for the Wii U to come out (so I could enjoy the upgraded resolution) after I already played 100+ hours on the Wii. Epic gameplay, exploration, soundtrack, uber-bosses, story, side-quests (if you don't mind doing a bunch) and of course the English accent voice-overs were amusing.

Dolphin actually makes it look damned good.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Underrated Classic!: Gothic 1 on: February 20, 2014, 09:10:49 AM
Gothic II: Gold is my favorite PC RPG.

I agree with the dark souls kind of feel... I remember being roflstomped by a big ostrich within a few seconds of starting the first one, but once you learn the attack patterns most non human/orc enemies are easy.

I love that you can be creative and use scrolls/arrows/climbing to get past or defeat things way beyond your level and get good loot faster in some cases, and the number of chances the games give you to come back to a tough fight or jackass once you've gained power for a little payback.

Great series.... only counting G1-G2. G3 with the community patch is passable, but the difficulty is screwy so I never became a big fan. Very strange going from G1-2 starting out on molerats/boars and working your way up to Orcs and Orc Commanders, then having G3 reverse all that and suddenly you can wade through an army of orcs without much problem but 2 boars together and you'd better have a good strategy.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you canít bear in RPGs on: December 30, 2013, 12:32:46 AM
Long cut scenes don't bother me... but games that auto skip them when you press 'Start' make me crazy. Sitting through 15 minutes of unskippable intro story, press 2 buttons, then another video that skips when I try to pause for a second so I have to restart totally and watch the first video over or miss that bit of story forever? Hate.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2013, 02:36:00 PM
Woke up at 11, wife and I went to VIllage Inn for breakfast, got a pie to take home... good Christmas.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2013, 07:39:03 PM
Funny, I used to live in OH and never knew of it until I moved to Denver. Microcenter is amazing. :D
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2013, 02:59:41 AM
So I manage a thrift shop, and one of our charities brought a truck that had a bunch of clothes and some other things... including projectors. I didn't touch them and let them be priced and put out while I was off, figuring they were old/dead.

Come back after 2 days off to find them priced at $25, and got curious. Turns out they're NEC WT610 models, which do 720p/1080i. Perfectly good bulbs. Bought one to play with and then picked up a screen at Microcenter for $60. For a total investment of $90 including tax and DVI cable I now have my original 26" monitor, and a 86" 1600x900x60 projection on the wall behind it that I also hooked my PS3 up to.

Shiny as hell. It's almost like Christmas. :D
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 17, 2013, 02:36:13 AM
Finally bought my first new car today... 2014 Kia Forte. With bluetooth, and a small built in jukebox to copy favorite MP3s to, the tech features are damned shiny for the price.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: October 07, 2013, 11:30:56 PM
ZshadeZ:  Yeah, you're not supposed to go into that area until much later in the game.  I'm surprised you were able to handle it, honestly.  Even if you're good enough to not get killed aren't your AI companions getting slaughtered?

Third try or so when I won I started with a back attack and rushed with some quick ass beatery and 2 of the little rappy looking bird guys died fairly easily. Then Slenderman touched Alvin in a bad way and he died, but I sidestepped and warped behind him and started punching him in the ass. Millia was far off and set to artes only since I thought she was supposed to be the main mage-type at that point. She auto-item res'd him while I was comboing slender and by the time my ac ran down Alwin and her were both attacking him... he ended up stunlocked by constant attacks until he died, and then we all shot up 2 levels.

The next 2 fights were a pain too, but after that it was fairly easy so I figured it was just a nice little grind spot for challenge. After clearing each map between story areas in Graces 3+ times to try to get titles and get them to level 5 and still having bosses maul me most of the way through I thought 20 minutes of grinding couldn't possibly hurt me. >.<

I've sort of changed plans, if I hit somewhere else with overly high exp that's better than that place was I'll spend an hour in it and continue to RP as epic god slaying martial arts master PHD of Asskickery.

Also I gave Jude sunglasses and made them sink into his head and colored them an aqua that matches his outfit trim. So I'm a PHD of Asskickery with insect eyes.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: October 03, 2013, 11:24:46 PM
Beat ToG with 70ish hours in, made final save, and decided to save future arc and such for the end of play 2 to have something new to look forward to.

Started ToX a few minutes back. Changing camera angles pleases me, but the menus and amount of polish in them... very unTalesy. Just met up with Ms. Maxwell, and trying to decide on my first grind spot. I miss Lhant Hill.


*edit*

ToG -> Grind titles and grind more to max them, character progress is still pretty slow. Beat the main arc on Chaos and it was a challenge even with a few hours of grinding (ended main arc with 120 mastered titles for Asbel and 3200 ether mixer)

ToX -> Started on hard and beat down the red haired girl with my Tales skills. Got to Millia's hometown and the gate guard said the floodmeadow had tougher enemies... got wiped out the first try. Tried a few more times for the challenge and won. Ended up spending about 20 minutes running around killing things and looting without paying attention to level. Realized I'd gone from level 12 to 26. Shop levels all around 30. That was about 6 hours ago. Left to continue and realized all fights are now a joke. Been running through collecting loot and shiny things between story segments and ignoring fights. Boss fights just involve mindless artspam and laughing as they try to injure me.

Eh. All of my Tales experience to date has been grinding and keeping at the highest difficulty I can handle and having the game only really easily "breakable" with grinding at NG+ using the grade shop. I didn't really expect 20 minutes of side grinding/looting to impact the game so much and for so long. If it's this easy to grind up to uber it's good that there's a 2nd play needed to get all of the story or there'd be no reason to NG+ at all.

/pouting
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2013, 08:07:51 PM
^ Take it back and return it. I worked in a big box store for a couple years and the things we had to take back were just plain insulting.

Winner was a half-eaten (as in 50%) pie that customer complained "tasted funny".

You could also put Visine in Costco's mother as revenge.

Take that, Costco's mom!
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sega buying Atlus on: September 21, 2013, 05:42:35 PM
Ah, yes, I pay attention to things. ;)

Actually I kinda thought the same....

What the hell games does SEGA even make these days then?

Hmmm... good question. Let's consult Google.

GO DANCE    IP    Rhythm / Music       Sep 12, 2013
Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse    X360    2D Platformer    7.0    Sep 4, 2013
Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse    PC    2D Platformer       Sep 4, 2013
Total War: Rome II    PC    Historic Real-Time Strategy    8.0    Sep 3, 2013
Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse    PS3    2D Platformer       Sep 3, 2013
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F    PS3    Rhythm / Music    7.0    Aug 27, 2013
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse (Genesis)    PS3    2D Platformer       Aug 20, 2013
Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD for Wii U    WIIU    Compilation       Aug 8, 2013
Sonic CD    OUYA    2D Platformer       Aug 1, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Stasis Interrupted    PS3    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Jul 23, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Stasis Interrupted    PC    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Jul 23, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Stasis Interrupted    X360    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Jul 23, 2013
Code of Joker    ARC    Board       Jul 11, 2013
maimai GreeN    ARC    Rhythm / Music       Jul 11, 2013
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I    OUYA    2D Platformer       Jul 3, 2013
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II    OUYA    2D Platformer       Jul 3, 2013
Company of Heroes 2    PC    Historic Real-Time Strategy    7.5    Jun 25, 2013
Puzzle Pirates    IP    Role-Playing       Jun 20, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Movie Map Pack    X360    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Jun 11, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Movie Map Pack    PS3    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Jun 11, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Movie Map Pack    PC    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Jun 11, 2013
Godsrule: War of Mortals    IP    Action       Jun 6, 2013
Sega Card Gen: MLB '13    ARC    Baseball       May 23, 2013
Sonic the Hedgehog    AND    2D Platformer       May 21, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Reconnaissance Pack    X360    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       May 7, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Reconnaissance Pack    PS3    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       May 7, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Reconnaissance Pack    PC    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       May 7, 2013
The House of the Dead: Overkill- The Lost Reels    AND    Action       Apr 25, 2013
The House of the Dead: Overkill- The Lost Reels    IP    Action       Apr 25, 2013
7th Dragon 2020-II    PSP    Role-Playing       Apr 18, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Bug Hunt    PC    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Mar 19, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Bug Hunt    PS3    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Mar 19, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Bug Hunt    X360    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Mar 19, 2013
Sonic Dash    IP    3D Platformer       Mar 7, 2013
Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition    PC    Historic Turn-Based Strategy       Mar 5, 2013
Phantasy Star Online 2    VITA    Sci-Fi Online Role-Playing       Feb 28, 2013
Shining Ark    PSP    Role-Playing       Feb 28, 2013
Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno    IP    Action       Feb 21, 2013
The Cave    UNIX    2D Platformer       Feb 19, 2013
Virtua Striker    PS3    Soccer Sim       Feb 13, 2013
Cyber Troopers Virtual-On    PS3    3D Fighting       Feb 13, 2013
Cyber Troopers Virtual-On    X360    3D Fighting       Feb 13, 2013
Virtua Striker    X360    Football Sim       Feb 13, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines    X360    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter    4.5    Feb 12, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines    PS3    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter       Feb 12, 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines    PC    Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter    4.5    Feb 12, 2013

Wow. It seems like SEGA now focuses on producing mostly shit, and keeping the few non-shit titles Japan only. It's a great business model. Bastards.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Bring back RPGBoards on: September 16, 2013, 05:53:34 AM
I have never tried this thing, and would like to correct that oversight.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Bring back RPGBoards on: September 15, 2013, 09:11:21 PM
Well of course we'll have cognac and scotch. And e-cigars. We can have herbalists and prescriptions both, we'll be old.
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