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316  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 12, 2014, 12:13:03 AM
There's a side Persona 4 Arena tournament sponsored by Atlus and MadCatz going on in this channel - http://www.twitch.tv/jyosua - it's not a main-stage tournament, but the action has been pretty good so far.  Lots of Chie players :/

And muh gawd, the Street Fighter IV top 16 has been incredible.  Snake Eyez vs. Xian (Zangief vs. Gen) was probably the best match I've seen all day.  Then Gamerbee vs. Fuudo (Adon vs. Fei Long) was almost as good.  ****in' EVO. 

Persona 4 Arena matches have moved to the official MadCatz stream - http://www.twitch.tv/madcatz - the Japanese Aigis player that won last year didn't show this year, unfortunately, but pretty much all of the American players I remember from last year are still around. 
317  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2014, 11:13:18 PM
Played some Batman: Arkham City earlier tonight.  Party like it's 2011.  Some thoughts:

-Production values are outstanding.  Game looks gorgeous, the voice work is tremendous, and there is incredible detail in the environment's nooks and crannies, visually, aurally, and in narrative. 

-The basics of combat, gadgets, and movement are basically the same as Asylum. That's... fine.  A little floaty and not as weighty-feeling or climb-tastic as some of its ilk, but they get the job done. 

-City is more open than Asylum, but the basic design of the quests feel less natural and more like following beacons on a map.  Because that's all you do in this game.  Go to the next beacon.  This game is rivaling the Assassin's Creed for open-world checklisting.  The sidequests are mostly fun (LOVE the new Riddler riddles and Zsasz, couldn't care less about political prisoners or Riddler trophies) but sweet Moses there are too many of them. 

-The basics of the storyline are... fine.  Most of the time it's Batman doing cool Batman things, and there is so much production and polish here that it's super impressive.  But I'm far from seized by whatever plot hooks Arkham City presents.  Mostly just playing to unlock more dots on the city map and new pieces of the checklist. 

I already know how this is going to go.  I'll move through the story slowly, do a bunch of the sidequests, get checklist fatigue, and then beat the game just to finish it.  That'll probably take around two weeks, I'm guessing. 
318  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BEST game you bought on a WHIM and LOVED <3 on: July 06, 2014, 10:44:17 PM
I wanted to get a third game at $20 or under to get a buy two get one free deal at a GameStop when I was in high school, and almost at random I picked up Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  My thoughts were "oh, Prince of Persia.  I played that ages ago.  A new one could be pretty good."  Yeah.  One of my absolute favorite PS2 titles.  Better than the other two games I was getting in the deal.  (One was Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and I don't remember the second). 

The second time was a LONG time ago; I'm thinking around 1996-1997 when I was 10 or 11.  It was very early in summer vacation and I had done a bunch of chores and yardwork at home and for a few neighbors - my parents told me I could go and get any SNES game I wanted at the nearby used game store after I did all of that work (LOTS of mowing, weeding, mulching, and trimming).  I really wanted to get Mega Man X2 or X3, as I adored MMX and had rented the sequels, but never bought them.  I went to the store and they didn't have *anything* that I specifically wanted or didn't already own.  I was crestfallen.  But I was determined to get something for all that work I had done, so I looked at the backs of various boxes and through some gaming magazines they had in front.  My dad started to get impatient, so I panicked a bit and picked out a game that had a sort of mysterious name: Illusion of Gaia.  I won't defend Illusion of Gaia as the best or deepest RPG on the SNES, but goddamn if I wasn't super into it for awhile.  Really weird, interesting game.  Never did get all the red jewels, though....
319  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 06, 2014, 06:04:04 PM
Yeah I could never do that.  I need to see them in story segments, use them in battle, and compare them side by side to other characters.  I often do some prior research and sometimes it informs my decisions (especially for Fire Emblem games), but I need to see characters in action before I can decide if they're worth using or not.  For example, I was pretty set on using Argilla, Serph, and Heat for the entirety of Digital Devil Saga, but I liked using Gale and Cielo during the cruise ship dungeon so much that I stuck with them for the entire rest of the game.  I went from being anti-Cielo in the early game (before you can use him in battle) to using him almost all the time. 

So yeah, Inquisition.  I have no idea.  I'm not even sure what race, sex, or class my Inquisitor is going to be.  That'll be at least three hours at the character creation screen(s). 
320  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 05, 2014, 09:34:03 AM
Well, I think it's waaaay too early to judge.  I won't get a feel for how much I like or dislike these characters until I actually hear some party banter and camp dialog.  Or whatever the equivalent of camp dialog is.  Way to early to determine what my final party is, heh. 

And I do appreciate that they made a gay male character in a potential romantic role for DAI.  I probably won't romance him in my first playthrough (presuming I enjoy the game enough to run it multiple times, like Origins, Awakening, and 2), but it's cool that BioWare had the balls to include a character like him. 
321  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 30, 2014, 07:27:45 AM
I have one last challenge to do in Retro Game Challenge (beat 100 enemies in stage 2 of Robot Ninja Haggle Man 3), but oh man I can't stop playing Guadia Quest.  It is so dumb.  I love it.  Not super far in, early on in the Angel's Tower.  I will probably end up beating Guadia Quest, but not any of the other RGC games on the cart.  Star Prince and Haggle Man 3 are tough, yo. 

Also, I beat Dragon Age: Origins and imported by S&S Warrior Dwarf Noble into Awakening.  Man, that game rules.  Maybe 40% through, as I've done one of the three main quests plus a ton of side stuff.  It's everything that is good about Dragon Age, except it's 12-15 hours instead of 35-40 hours.  I'm still bitter that they RUINED Anders and Justice in Dragon Age 2....
322  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 29, 2014, 07:11:20 PM
... Is foot volley that Sepak Tikraw (...probably misspelling that) from Thailand? It's completely insane.
323  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: June 29, 2014, 04:13:23 PM
I think the two best-playing teams of the tournament so far have been France and Germany.  They've looked good in all of their wins.  However, if both teams win this round, they'll face each other next round!  Their half of the bracket also includes Brazil and Colombia, which is insane.  My guess would be a final of Colombia beating Argentina, but it could go many different ways.  Yes, I believe in home continent advantage. 
324  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Steam Sale - Crits Wallet for 4.99 Damage on: June 29, 2014, 02:57:31 PM
I am really, really trying not to spend too much on games this year.  The only thing I bought on this Steam sale was Far Cry 3 at 75% off.  Might get another thing or two before it ends, but it's unlikely. 
Ha! Less than 24 hours after I post this I pony up $3 for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.  Sometimes I don't mind being wrong.
325  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Steam Sale - Crits Wallet for 4.99 Damage on: June 28, 2014, 09:33:53 PM
I am really, really trying not to spend too much on games this year.  The only thing I bought on this Steam sale was Far Cry 3 at 75% off.  Might get another thing or two before it ends, but it's unlikely. 
326  Media / General Games / Re: Shovel Knight on: June 26, 2014, 01:50:25 AM
Downloaded it an hour or two ago.  KickStarter backers get it a day early.  Shovel Knight will be my weekend. 
327  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 24, 2014, 05:59:37 PM
I started up Dragon Age II this morning before work and played a couple of hours. NOW I understand why so many people were upset. Bioware changed way too much shit they shouldn't have. I have no idea what they were thinking. Not being able to import your character from the first game and play as them is understandable given they wanted another story going on at roughly the same time with new characters, but forcing us to be human and not be able to customize like anything is horseshit. The combat system is also alot more like an action game in this one. I much prefer the combat in the first game. The improved character animations and facial expressions are nice, but the art direction in the first one was also way better since they had to make up for less pretty graphics. Now, I do think the menus are better handled in this one because I can actually read things since the text and everything is bigger. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they switched the conversations to the Mass Effect system when the first one was completely fine. Again, not something that needed changed at all. We'll see how much I end up enjoying this, but I'm pretty bummed out currently. I know I'm late to the party, but I had to vent somewhere haha.
I think that Dragon Age II has a nice skill system and the characters and party banter are both good, but the game does have a number of disappointing design decisions.  I'm probably going to replay it later this year and see if I like it a little better than I did.  Will take different story route.  We'll see how it goes. 
328  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 24, 2014, 12:57:20 PM
It's not active yet. If you go to the site, you can apply for the Keep beta.
329  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 24, 2014, 07:16:05 AM
*sigh* Over the weekend got myself psyched up for DAI for some reason, and then I remembered there are still three months left. :(

Man, I hope so.  The way I see it, I'll be playing Inquisition on the PS3, and any future Dragon Age games (in, say, 2016 or beyond) I'll play on PS4.  Hell, if they eventually make a PS4-only Ultimate Edition then I'd probably buy that.  When I have a PS4.  2+ years from now. 

And this Keep stuff is intriguing.  If I can really customize EVERY possible decision in Dragon Age Origins, Awakening, and DA2, then I'll be happy as a clam.  If they get to the majority of the branches in those three games, then I'll probably be okay.  If it's only 10-12 major plot points over all three of those, or they totally ignore Awakening, or they don't let me visually customize my own Warden and Hawke... then we have a problem. 
You will not be able to customize EVERY decision. You'll only be able to customize decisions that are imported into DAI. However since you will be going into parts of Fereldan and having a companion from DA2, there should be a good number of decisions that get imported. As for Awakening, I believe they have mentioned that you'll finally be able to properly import a customized Ultimate Sacrifice with an Orlesian Warden Commander for Awakening, so it is not being completely ignored. As for visually customizing your previous characters....I highly doubt that will be included, but that wouldn't included in importing from DA2->DAI anyways since at least for the Warden there was no visual data transferred to DA2.
Yeah, I was exaggerating my hopes on purpose.  My guess is that'll only be major decisions and consequences, plus a few smaller sidequest ones only existing as nods to fans (like... that dwarf that wanted to study with the Mages showing up, for instance).  I do hope that they import customized player-character appearances though, on the off-chance that a (surviving) Warden or Hawke shows up in Inquisition or a future game. 
330  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 22, 2014, 10:15:48 PM
Some more Dragon Age: Origins housekeeping today in between about 6 hours of OT at the office and assisting my aging parents with yard work.  Killed the dragon, did all of the companion quests, did a bunch of guild stuff and quests around Denerim, and I think I'm ready to finally tackle the Brecilian Forest.  The elves are my least-favorite faction to deal with in the Dragon Age games, but that's mostly because I find the Mages/Fade, Templars/Chantry, Dwarves/Deep Roads, and Qunari really fascinating.  Plenty of shit to do in that forest, at least. 
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