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736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 23, 2012, 08:59:45 PM
Still playing Red Dead Redemption, and I'm pretty sure I'm near the end.  Huge, massive, titanic spoilers if I mentioned what I were to mention what's going on in the game. 

But with that said... has anyone here played RDR: Undead Nightmare?  Is it good?  Because I kind of want some more RDR once I've finished the game. 
737  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: May 22, 2012, 07:09:42 AM
OK, lessee....

Torchlight 2 so far feels like Torchlight, but better.  It's probably the same engine or similar, but there are more environments, more classes, more pets, a nicer item interface, and a few other changes of that nature.  Most of the pros and cons of Torchlight can be extended to TL2. 

First of all, the basic framework of Torchlight and the first Diablo are, well, identical.  They're designed by a bunch of the same people after all.  You choose one of three classes, start in a hub town, and you tackle a dungeon that goes down and only down.  Sure, there are sidequests and NPCs and such in the town, but the story is an afterthought and the goal is to loot, level, and advance. 

Levels and skills - Torchlight is awfully similar to Diablo II.  Lots of clicks, lots of loot, and a ton of skills mappable to hotkeys.  You have to go into Torchlight's editor to change the hotkeys if you don't like the defaults (the editor's helpfully provided by its creators for free).  Each class has unique skills, but all three classes share passives (i.e. + to armor, + to a certain kind of weapon, etc.) that work similarly to the weapon masteries of the Diablo II Barbarian.  Levels and skills are almost the same as in Diablo II - you gain levels and get one skill point for level.  All abilities can have up to 10 skill points placed into them, or eventually raised up to 12 via +skills on items (+skill equipment is quite rare).  There's also a "Fame" stat that works parallel to levels.  Every time you kill a boss or a Champion-level monster you gain fame, and every level of Fame gives you another skill point. 

Loot is great - hundreds of items, with the best ones typically being high-end sets and uniques.  You can also continually enchant items to make them stronger, similar to how the smith in Act I of Diablo II can add enchantments to an item with the Horadric Malus.  Your pets make loot even better.  Each Torchlight character comes with a pet of your choosing (no difference between them other than appearance, but this might be different in TL2) and your pet represents a second inventory that you can use.  If you want to sell off a bunch of your crap without going back to town, you can send your pet up and in a minute or to he'll sell everything in his inventory and bring back the profit.  It's possible to beat the game, with plenty of loot and gold, without ever visiting town, but I wouldn't recommend this because sidequest rewards in town can be pretty good. 

Combat is fast and crisp, just like the first impressions linked above indicates.  Monsters are all meatbags, though, with nothing as challenging as elemental immunities or really brutal auras like Diablo II bosses or even environmental tricks like some Diablo III bosses.  You just power through them, and they aren't difficult.  Overall, Torchlight is much easier than Diablo I or II (I've only played a little of III) but the final few floors of the main Torchlight dungeon (which is 35 floors in all) are a significan step up in difficulty.  Once you beat the main game, you can challenge an endless dungeon that can get pretty tough.  Good for achievement hunters or people that want to max out a powerful item set. 

Visuals are smooth, bright, and colorful (more like D III than Diablo II) and the visuals are cartoony.  Some people compare it to WoW, which I think is unfair, but Torchlight is a lot brighter than Diablo II.  It also goes for a steampunk fantasy setting instead of a gothic fantasy setting, and Torchlight enemies include goblins, trolls, golems, lizard-men, rat-men, spiders, and small dragons in addition to Diablo classic undead and demons.  Basically Torchlight has much greater enemy variety than Diablo, but is a little lacking in environment variety.  That 35-floor dungeon changes dungeon type every 4-5 floors (kinda like in Diablo how the dungeon changed every 4 floors), but I'd say that Diablo II has a slightly better environment variety, especially since Diablo II is a longer game.  You can beat Torchlight in a few hours if you rush, but it's probably an 8-10 hour game if you go at a normal pace. 

But hey, do you want me to just give you a copy of Torchlight?  If you preorder TL2 on Steam you get Torchlight for free, and I have a spare copy from that promo.  I can just give it to you and you can try it out for yourself.  Most of my friends already have the original because, well, I kinda made it rain on my friends' list during the winter sale when Torchlight cost $3.75.  If you want a free copy of Torchlight, just PM me on this forum with your Steam ID and I can send it your way after I get home from work (about to leave for work right now). 
738  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Torchlight 2 on: May 21, 2012, 11:05:32 PM
Torchlight II isn't out yet.  Release date still unannounced.  The beta is going on right now, though, and it's ****ing fantastic.  Here's the Torchlight II thread that was already here

I think that Torchlight is a little better than Diablo (I've put dozens of hours into all three games), but that's mostly because it's a lot more modern.  Everything is very similar to Diablo, except significantly easier with a more sensible difficulty curve.  Look, I don't want to give you a fact-storm; just visit http://www.torchlightgame.com/ and http://www.torchlight2game.com/ for detailed info you want. 
739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 20, 2012, 05:09:53 PM
Wrapped up Star Ocean 2 nicely.  After I finish writing a review, gonna continue with some more Red Dead Redemption.  I think I'm at least 80% done, but it could be less.  After that... I'm not sure what I'll play next.  Maybe finally try Persona 3.
740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 18, 2012, 09:43:20 PM
Red Dead Redemption's fun, but oh man John Marston needs some more comebacks. 

first 1/3rd = "you guys owe me for this arbitrary task, and you better help me at Fort Mercer later!"
second 1/3rd = "okay, I'll help you again, but this time I need information about Javier Escuella in return!"
last 1/3rd (where I'm in the game now) = "I'll do whatever you say, but I want to see my family!"
741  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 17, 2012, 02:04:50 PM
I think in that case your expectations are what's wrong. Smash isn't trying to occupy the same space in gaming that stuff like Street Fighter is, and I've never heard anyone talk about it with the same currency of other fighting games.
I agree with parts of this claim and disagree with others. First, certain circles DO claim that Smash is a serious fighting game on par with Street Fighter, regardless of your perception. I'd say that this is more a result of the hardcore Smash scene and less of Smash's designers. I'd concur that Smash is not intended to occupy that niche and does not do so, but try telling that to the aforementioned hardcore fans with whom I've argued.

But mostly, Smash isn't fun for me. I love many fighting games, I love many platformers, and I love some multiplayer party games. Smash fails in all of those theatres.
742  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 17, 2012, 01:16:20 PM
I can't stand Smash Bros. it's a party platformer masquerading as a fighting game and lacks in finesse, style, run factor, and overall satisfaction when you compare it to a fighter that's actually good. I would take 90% of the fighters produced by Capcom, Namco, Sega, or Arc System Works over Smash. They're awful.

And before someone replies with "I bet you hate them because you suck at them" or thereabouts, no. I placed third in a Brawl tournament at my university's game festival shortly after Brawl was released. not a good game. Or series.
743  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 05:03:54 PM
Tales of Symphonia isn't bad, but it's not even in the top 5 games in the Tales series. 

TWEWY is garbage for hipsters and weeaboos. 

Fallout is boring.  All of them.  New Vegas is the least-boring, so that's something.  I used to feel similarly about Elder Scrolls, but Skyrim changed my mind a little. 

And I agree with whoever said that Skyward Sword is really bad.  Because it is. 

Anyone who believes that "Square was ruined when they merged with Enix" and that it's somehow Enix's fault or something, is full of shit.  Enix acquired Square based on share count, and Square only did it to save their own asses. 
744  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Star Ocean 2 questions on: May 16, 2012, 12:48:59 PM
I was going to start a new topic for this, but I guess this topic's title suits me just fine.  I've been playing Star Ocean 2 for the first time (using the PSP remake) and a have a few questions. 

I've been trying for a few hours to get the Green Upgrade that teaches me the skill Hyper Launcher.  I've been using Level 10 Orchestra and Opera has Level 10 Machinist, but zero luck (and plenty of Black and White Upgrades).  Is there any kind of equipment or stat bonus that will increase my chances?  Is the violin song that increases item luck better than Orchestra? 

I heard something about a Limiter that changes Gabriel / Indalecio's stats.  If I do the PA that activates this, will he become stronger or weaker?  The source I looked at wasn't clear.  Note: I *don't* want to fight the stronger version. 

I've been using Customization and Blacksmith for all of my weapons and armor needs.  Is there anything better in Fun City or the final few dungeons?  I'm not interested in trying the optional dungeon quite yet. 
745  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: May 16, 2012, 12:01:06 PM
That's the way to do it. You either enjoy. Game enough to finish it or you don't. And I don't see the point of keeping games around that you don't finish.
I have no game backlog. I just have a current game and future games. I buy a game and beat it, then buy a new one.
I understand where you both are coming from, but that's not how every gamer thinks.  I'll sometimes buy games that I know I'll want to play, but then real life happens and gets in the way.  Or I'll buy a game that's on sale despite playing something else, or thinking more as a game collector instead of a game player, or any other reason that prevents me from playing a game.  I don't think I'm in a minority when I say that at least 30% of the games I own haven't been finished. 

Keeping a detailed backlog (which I've done since 2010, and have been blogging about since 2011) motivates me to finish games.  I'm less likely to put down a game indefinitely or switch up when something new comes out, because I'm writing about it and don't want to leave that door open.  It's helped me cut into my collection of unfinished games in a big way. 
746  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games you've basically "Memorized" on: May 16, 2012, 11:56:44 AM
Chrono Trigger, Mega Man X, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.  It's a little sad when I think about how well I know these games....
747  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 14, 2012, 07:49:39 PM
Watching Kuroko's Basketball.  So far it's pretty good, although I wish the basketball was a little faster-paced.  Very faithful to the manga through the first six episodes.
748  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your game play log on: May 14, 2012, 07:13:53 PM
These are all estimates, but I know that my MHFU file is well over 400 and my PSP Disgaea 1+2 files are both over 200 (that's not including the PS2 or PS3 games...).  I don't even want to know how much time I've put into Pokemon over the years....  I'm pretty sure the only FF games that are in the 100 club are FF Tactics and FF IV - I've beaten FF IV more times and on more systems than I care to think about....

200+ hours
Diablo II + Lord of Destruction
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness + Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories + Dark Hero Days
Final Fantasy Tactics
Pokemon (various)
Monster Hunter Freedom 2+Unite

100+ hours
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Warrior VII
Final Fantasy IV
Tales of Phantasia

50+ hours
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX
Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
Chrono Trigger
Dragon Age: Origins
Civilization III
Torchlight

These are only the first few that come to mind, and many of them (esp. Chrono Trigger and the FF games) come from multiple playthroughs.  Surprise realization: I've played my PSP *WAY* more than any other system the past 6 or 7 years; it's not even close.  At least five games that crossed over 100 hours. 
749  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Backlog Thread on: May 14, 2012, 06:12:27 PM
On another forum I've been taking part in a thread similar to this one, writing a new review in a blog every time I complete a new game and keeping a running total of completed games vs. purchases.  Here's the backlog half of how it breaks down:

Current Backlog
Mass Effect
Grandia II
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Red Dead Redemption
Star Ocean: Second Evolution
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3D Dot Game Heroes
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Darksiders
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
Demon's Souls
Final Fantasy XII
Okami
Persona 3: FES
Rogue Galaxy
Valkyria Chronicles
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Early in the year I picked 16 games from my backlog (which probably numbers at least 30 in total) and pledged to conquer them.  Every time I finish one, I write a new review in my blog.  I've only completed 3 games, so I'm a little behind (I blame Mass Effect 2+3)
750  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime Comedies? on: May 04, 2012, 05:30:36 PM
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu's rugby episode is probably the funniest episode of an anime I've ever seen, outside of Azumanga Daioh. All of Fumoffu is great, but OMG that rugby episode killed me.
All of this. I'be watched the rugby episode and the plague episode of Fumoffu multiple times.

My other favorite comedy anime are sorta-generic shounen that feature comedy occasionally, like One Piece or Beelzebub (probably not what you're looking for).
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