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151  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 13, 2012, 12:32:22 AM
Does anyone else experience some weird frame rate hesitation during attacks? Not even exclusively during combat, but doing barrel busting as well.

I have an occasional 1 second freeze at random times. I'd say about once every 30 min. to an hour. No complete freeze or serious slow down yet in my 20 hours playing on a fairly new PS3.
152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: To Fable or Not to Fable on: February 13, 2012, 12:29:05 AM

I can't help it. To be fair, I should play it before I knock it, but, some of its features sound so bad and there are so many great games to play I can't support that franchise. It did get a mature rating so that means I expect some level of maturity.

Other things that aren't goofy that deflect my interest is low weapon variety. Variety is a key point for me on any RPG.

The navigation system from what I hear is severely lacking, having a bread crumb trail system or something to that effect. Also, when finding a location to fast travel to things are poorly labeled.

No need for me to list more when there are links to more detailed lists, my point being, if there are so many poor features in this game on top of the gimmicks I find silly and unnecessary, there's no point in giving this a try for even 20 bucks. Yes, to top it off, Molyneux talks up his games like they are gifts from the heavens when probably anybody on this fourn could design a better games than Fable 3.

Fable the Journey also looks pretty bad.
153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: To Fable or Not to Fable on: February 12, 2012, 06:36:27 PM
So don't fart on NPCs.

I'd rather advise people not to buy games like that. And, they are rare, I like to be tolerant of new ideas - as long as there is 'something' good about them.

This review says it best. Pointing out reasons amongst many why Fable 3 should be avoided. I don't care if people agree as much as I wanna see people spend their time and money on better games.

154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: To Fable or Not to Fable on: February 12, 2012, 05:34:42 PM
You can fart and hold hands with NPCs just for kicks?

I don't see the problem.

The problem is, whilst I don't need every minute of a game to be serious, slap stick funny stuff really kills the mood for me. I wouldn't feel the same about my character in an over serious toned RPG if he's doing what Clarence and Phillip from South Park are.

Could you imagine if Link or Cloud could go around and fart on people? I think it would change the way I looked at thier character. How about a farting Aragorn ? I understand Fable is an original creation and therefore has more creative leeway but, I want that childish humor out of my RPGs.

The exception would be an RPG who's goal is to be humorous all round. It doesn't fit.
155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 12, 2012, 05:20:57 PM
It seems that the problems with Amalur will come end game when you can easily cut things down in one swipe.
I'm enjoying it more than Skyrim in some ways, but it doesn't put me in awe in the same way. For the most part it's more good old fun as far as hack and slashing mobs and cycling thru loot. But, it doesn't put you there in that world.

I'm now 20 hours in and going strong. Gonna make a character to max out each skill set ( finess/might/magic ) .

Since performance cut Skyrim short for me, I'm really appreciating how smooth it performs all round.
156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: February 12, 2012, 09:16:04 AM
The PS3 version made Skyrim unplayable for me too.

Sold it... Wasn't 100% done with it but, got all the main quests done except for the Dark Brotherhood.

Skyrim would rock with mods anyway. Gotta get a PC for this one. I still like Morrowind the best in the series and best of all for that matter. There was something about that game world that had a feel all it's own.

I also like how the beast races felt more like beasts and it had in armored and spear which never made a return. =(
157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: February 12, 2012, 07:53:03 AM
This was a game I decided to get while I was waiting for Skyrim. I didn't really know what to expect. All I know is it generally got good reviews and many people said something like " they don't make games like this anymore."

I gave it a try. Didn't know what to make at first but, got my ass kicked around... After I grinded a bit I got better and better and started to love it. I rarely feel "good" when I accomplish something in a game or when I kill a boss but, this game is really gratifying. Nice variety of loot too, they pretty much got all the main weapons down.
Not that I'd want too, but, is there any other game that gives you the option to duel wield shields? =)

Now I got Demons Souls and I'm liking that as much if not a bit more. KoA is first on the playlist for now. The Dark Souls games aren't quite pure RPGs in my book, more action than RPG. It just has stats and a shop or two...
158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: To Fable or Not to Fable on: February 11, 2012, 07:12:20 PM
I played Fable 1 when it came out. It was a decent game. That's the best I can say.

I also have no 360 so, no Fable 2 for me.

Fable 3 got some of the worst reviews I have ever seen when people got honest. You can fart and hold hands with NPCs just for kicks?

There's no item menu to switch to or something, you need to go to a location to switch weapons I heard?

Fable 3 sounds atrocious and laughable, as some of the reviews on it are actually funny.
159  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you keep your games or trade after finishing them? on: February 11, 2012, 06:32:59 PM
I sell.

The only game I have never sold is Diablo 2. To this day no game has addicted me more. No other game seems to have randomized drops in quite the same way.

Once in a while I regret selling a game, but, that's rare. My one regret that stands out is selling Dark Souls. It may be the first game I re-buy. But, there's no rush, so much to play right now, I have a list...
160  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: When did you get into gaming? on: February 11, 2012, 05:42:21 PM
The first game I got hooked on was Kung Fu for the NES. Then soon after that the shiny gold Legend of Zelda came a long, team that with Metriod and I was an addict.

I had an Atari 2600 and an Intelevision with games like Snafu and Pitfall but, can't say I was really playing video games back at that point. I never actively waited for new games to come out or anything like that.

I actually quit for about four years or so because I moved to Japan and just did other things like pick up, go out drinking more, study Japanese than Skyrim came a long and it was a must play ... Others I missed throughout the years followed... Red Dead Redemption, demons souls and dark souls, fallout 3 and New Vegas ...

I missed so much that I have so much to play now. Thinking about trying Dragon Age Origins but, I dunno... I'm not a big fan of cut scenes and I hear Bioware loves em'
161  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Magic the Gathering (card game) on: February 11, 2012, 05:26:24 PM
I used to play MTG hardcore. Got quite a few dual lands and moxes still. I basically stopped when video games started getting better and better.

Diablo 2 made me quit pretty much all other 'hobbies,' and then Morrowind came a long. But I was pretty hardcore into MTG for a while, even went to some tourneys.

As you can see my avatar is a Royal Assassian. =)
162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 10, 2012, 10:34:55 PM
Surprisingly quite. I thought this game would be getting a lot more attention on this board.

Me too.

Had the PS3 version of Skyrim been as workable as the XBOX 360 or PC version I would still have a few quests to finish up but, the constant freezes and especially frame rate drop sent me on my way. Which is what brought me to the Reckoning.

I'm only about 9 hours in. But so far so good. It has all the elements I look for in an RPG.

My two yen...

The loot

The item system is broken down like Diablo 2 were they use a color scheme to catagorize the rarity and general value of the items. You can socket items as well, which is an option I find too many RPGs lack. Upgrading and enchanting items is fun, but having a socket gives you a reason to search for loot for the item. The drop rate is frequent, which I like as well, it's always fun to cycle through items and gradually improve your set up. For better or for worse, I like the way wolves and bears (or normal non-equipt creatures) drop items and gold (this takes away realism but, keeps me wanting to grind and farm). It seems they have done a good job in making each weapon type have its own distinct feel as far as varied reaches, speed and skills for different weapons (KoA appereantly is with Skyrim on the no spears anymore thing?). There is also a wide variety of alchemy components and crafting components for making gems, weapons and armor. Weather there are as many as in TES, I don't know, but, there seems to be plenty. To me loot is an important factor in an RPG and so far I'm really liking this system.

The combat

I started the game on Normal. The best comparision I have in my experience to the way combat feels is to compare it to Dark Souls. Your character in KoA is a bit faster and rolls out of danger easier than our less forgiving Dark Souls.
I am enjoying how you can create combos and instantly change attacks. One of the combos I tried that was mentioned in a review was Ice Trap and Harpoon, where you set an Ice trap and pull the enemy (depending on its size) into the trap. You can pelt off some ranged attacks quicky before the enemy closes in and then instantly slash them with a melee or close ranged attack. I am not sure if the combat willl stay fresh and fun for 100's of hours, but so far I'm really enjoying it.

the Mobs

I have seen a few of the major game reviewers say the mobs get repetitive. Being 9 hours in the game, of course, there is no way for me to know but, so far I have been happy with the variety. To just shoot off the top of my head I have seen wolves, bears, various types of sprites, various types of soliders and theves, giants, kobolds, serpent like creatures, spiders, brownies, bogarts and quite a few others with lore based names I can't recall. When I have seen repeats graphically, the color and names were different ( being broken down by class so to speak like Storm Champion sprite ) and the enemies had different abilities which helps keep it fresh. So far so good here too.

the game world

The world isn't as "open" as I'd like it... many times you can't simply jump down from a low ledge to just move on but, you have to find your way down or a path out of the area. However, aside from a few minor gripes about the invisible walls you sometimes encounter when it looks like you can cut on through, the world is fairly large and looks nice. Many reviewers claim graphics to be somewhere in the middle, I'm totally happy. Doesn't look as nice as Skyrim but, the quality is high. Nice lush colors, lighting effects and plenty of detail like birds over head or light breaking through the trees in the forest. There are plenty of locations to be discovered and the towns look nice, filled with all the usual traders, inns and guilds.

the story

I have no idea, I don't generally start paying too much attention to the main quest or storyline until I need too. So far, it has not grabbed me and pulled me in.  

side quests

I haven't done too many but, from what I have done, they are all hack and slash to a goal on the map were you need to retrieve an item or kill a mob. I don't mind this really, if this is the type of RPG it is, not going to hold that against it. I'll hack through them happily until the next RPG I wanna play comes along. I joined what seemed to be the fighters guild so, this is probably why I have only had these types of quests. Maybe the theives or mages guild has wider variety?

Sound and music

It's fine. No John Williams score but it all pretty much fits the mood.

Goes without saying I have many more things I'm happy with than dissapointed. I'm playing on the PS3.

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