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46  Media / Miscellaneous 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. 
47  The Rest / General Discussions / 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. 
48  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.
49  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. 
50  The Rest / General Discussions / 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. 
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: June 22, 2014, 05:38:36 PM
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. 
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: June 22, 2014, 08:18:11 AM
Games Beaten: 2014 Edition
1. Ys Seven
2. Rayman Origins
3. Assassin's Creed II
4. Dust: An Elysian Tail
5. The Walking Dead (season one)
6. Frog Fractions
7. Mortal Kombat (2011)
8. Digital Devil Saga
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Persona 3: Portable (FeMC)
11. Sonny
12. Sonny 2

Work has gotten really busy since I returned from vacation, so I haven't done a ton of gaming in June.  Probably going to have Retro Game Challenge or Dragon Age: Origins up here soon. 
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Transistor on: June 22, 2014, 08:15:29 AM
RPGFan posted two reviews last month:

Robert thought it had some problems
Stephen was a little more positive about it
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2014, 11:34:38 PM
Ugh. Played around 10-11 hours of Dragon Age: Origins today.  Did all of the Orzammar and Anvil of the Void quets, the Urn of Sacred Ashes quest (did most of the Redcliffe stuff earlier in the way), and a few side quests in Denerim and going between all of the city areas.  Already did the Mages Circle quests earlier this week.  Haven't touched the Brecilian Forest yet.  I love DA: Origins, but that was too much.  Hopefully I'll have the game finished in the next three or four days. 
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 18, 2014, 09:57:58 PM
This whole deal with seeing how they handle DLC in SMT and PQ just make me think what they are going to do for P5.
Maybe.  I believe with 100% certainty that there will be an upgraded P5 (FES, Golden, etc.) less than two years after it lands.  If I was Atlus, I wouldn't have DLC in the original P5, but add DLC functionality to P5 Dash and go nuts with DLC there.  Or I could be totally wrong and they could have DLC included with P5 from the get-go.  Adachi's going to be day-one DLC for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.  That's a little weird. 
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 18, 2014, 09:33:07 PM
I keep meaning to start a big new game project (probably XenoBlade Chronicles), but I keep getting sidetracked.  First I replayed Sonny and Sonny 2.  Then I started re-beating parts of Retro Game Challenge.  Now I'm replaying Dragon Age: Origins.  I shouldn't be doing this.  I have a problem. 
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 18, 2014, 09:30:57 PM
Here's a topic from a few weeks ago where someone asks basically the same PS3 questions.  Your tastes might be different from his/hers, of course, but there's a bit of PS3 exclusives talk in that topic. 

As for what's happening... well... I'll probably get promoted?  In about six months?  They're putting me on a six month project in another department, and my boss said if everything goes well they're probably hire me at a higher grade than I'm on now.  I'll go from inspecting sewer lines to... working at a sewage treatment plant.  Great. 
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 18, 2014, 09:25:46 PM
Hold off on PQ, maybe a year later a Super-Deluxe-Velvet-Teddie Edition will be made with all of that hazz on it.

A "GOTY" re-release of a 3DS game? I've never seen such a thing before.
Well, it probably doesn't count, but we technically got the GOTY version of Bravely Default.  But it was a "dash" or "FES" version of Bravely Default and not one specifically included with DLC. 

And, well, I guess if it sells then they have every right to.  If it's more than $1 per Persona, though, I won't indulge in it at all.  But $2 for a pair of game-breakers after I've had my fun?  Could be a nice tip jar. 
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 15, 2014, 03:02:04 PM
Well, I'm not interest in attempting to perform tarot readings.  I'll treat the cards like collectibles and keep them in one of my spare card cases. 

Anyhow, do we have any new word on SMT X FE at all?  I'm still curious whether it's going to draw Atlus characters from DDS, Persona, or other SMT umbrella games or just the core SMT series.  All I can find after a quick search is an E3 blurb saying "we're still working on it; please wait patiently."  Right.  Thanks. 
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 15, 2014, 09:24:00 AM
.....No one but me cares about a complete set of the Persona Major Arcana Cards? Fine I'll just enjoy these cards by myself. Harumph. :p
You kidding? I'm buying Persona Q and Ultimax at launch to get the full set. I don't own a 3DS.
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