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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 21, 2014, 09:43:40 AM
They fucked up the physics.  Everything is absolutely the same as before, but when you're on a colossi or trying to climb it, the Hero tends to lose balance super easily when they sway about.  You'll keep your footing but waste a lot of time stumbling about.  It's not that bad during the main game nor game breaking, but it will basically require you to hunt for lizards (eating them ups the in-game Grip Meter) for some of the harder fights but it makes the game INCREDIBLY frustrating for Time Attacks that you have to really pull your best tricks and pray for a good spot of luck.

Really? I thought you were going to talk about the framerate or any other technical aspects, but not how they rebalanced a part of the game to something you aren't particulary fond of.

For what's worth however I'll throw my 2 cents; I've played both versions of SotC. And the PS3 version is a clear improvement over the original release. More it could be done to make SotC a smoother experience but that would be messing around too much with the original game.

I appreciate the input.

It does sound like a matter of personal preference. Since I've never played the original version, I wouldn't even know the difference. Sweet.



EDIT:

Cecil's Class Job Change in Final Fantasy IV.

This one was a biggie for me as well. Good stuff.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 20, 2014, 05:37:08 PM
Rage - Got to subway town. Starting the first real mission there (clearing mutants out of the Blue Line).
If it wasn't for the excellent id-esque gun-play, I think I would have stopped playing this one out of boredom by now. The story and characters and settings just feel... uninspired.
3  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Josh breaks down every Game of the Year pick (and regrets every second of it) on: November 20, 2014, 05:04:53 PM
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 20, 2014, 01:20:13 PM
it's totally a game I'm dying to replay, I just wish the PS3 version wasn't so fucky.

What's wrong with it? I was wondering, because I've never played the original PS2 version, and was thinking of picking up the one for PS3. It seems to have glowing reviews on Amazon.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 20, 2014, 10:19:45 AM
7. Lunar/ Ghaleon's assault on a certain dragon blew my mind when I was a little kid. I'll never forget that.

I was just coming here to post this one. That event floored me when I first played it about 20 years ago (crap I feel old, and I'm not even the oldest here). Ghaleon's actions at that point really gave you the drive to seek vengeance and finish the game.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 19, 2014, 05:42:43 PM
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(if it were me instead of Joel, I'd have had them carve that girl up and find a cure)

Being a parent, I completely sympathized with Joel. The rest of the world can go straight to hell when a child you truly care for is in serious trouble, or danger. Their well being means absolutely everything.
Overall, I know his actions at that point in the game can easily be viewed as selfish to many people, but I personally understood that in his mind and heart of hearts, that there was no way in hell he
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was going to let two young girls that he cared for die.

That's the human mind for ya.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 18, 2014, 10:11:17 AM
I used to love snow as a kid, funny how things change.

Owning a car in the northern states (U.S.) was what ultimately killed my own love of snow. As soon as I had to start sharing slippery roads with other commuters, and making sure my car stayed unsalted, snow became nothing but a damn hassle.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 14, 2014, 09:34:57 AM
Been trying to trap a squirrel that's been in our basement for like a week and a half now.... without success. F-er keeps snatching the bait from the traps without setting them. Now that it's been getting away with eating bait, it's pooping all over the place.
It's definitely stuck down there, so I guess I'm gonna have to be cruel and starve it's ass a bit, so it's (hopefully) more willing to leave my domicile. If not, I guess we'll see how long the hunger strike lasts. I should probably get a professional to nab it at this point, but I'm not exactly loaded with dough...
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 13, 2014, 09:39:40 AM
Evil Dead (REMAKE) - Here's the blasphemy: I've never seen the original Evil Dead films, including Army of Darkness. I've been meaning to over the last few decades... Just never got around to it.
Now, with a fresh perspective on the story, I must say this was a fun Halloween film. It has a good balance of ridiculousness and scary stuff. The acting was decent. Especially Mia when she was possessed. Overall, the "victims" were a little too brainless about stuff ("Don't go in there!! What're you, stupid??"), but I understand that's how some scenes needed to be set up.
I was surprised about the amount of gore. Actually had to turn my head for a second during a few scenes, cuz I'm a wuss about that stuff. Being based on an early 80s (when gore was all over the horror movie industry) film, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by it.

FOR SHAME!

The Bruce Campbell versions are worlds better.  The redo won't prepare you for the goofy genius of Evil Dead 2 or 3 at all. 

You may be pleased to know I ended up watching the original last night on Hulu. Good stuff. Definitely has the classic horror movie feel to it. It's the little things that make the difference in scariness. Not overblown and overused special effects.
Anyway, the original is a good time, for sure. The low budget they had to work with definitely shows in some scenes, but overall the make up and effects are pretty darn good for the time.
In the end, I did like this one a bit better than the remake. The tension is built up more effectively. You could feel the desperation of the characters. Wanting and trying to get out of the situation.

I started watching the second one, and I was already confused by the first 5 minutes. It seemed to retell the ending of the original in a different way? I don't know, but it definitely has a VERY different feel than said original. I didn't watch all of it though, cuz it was getting late. I know it has a legacy in it's own right, so I'll check it out some other day.


I also watched the first 20 minutes of Journey to the West. Strange stuff, but admittedly interesting and entertaining. Definitely a Stephen Chow film. I'll probably finish it with some mary jane this weekend. "Fer shizzle".
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 12, 2014, 02:48:09 PM
I'd like to see Interstellar... on home video. Too long for the theater for me. The mysteries and possibilities of the universe always interest me, so I'm a bit excited about it.


Evil Dead (REMAKE) - Here's the blasphemy: I've never seen the original Evil Dead films, including Army of Darkness. I've been meaning to over the last few decades... Just never got around to it.
Now, with a fresh perspective on the story, I must say this was a fun Halloween film. It has a good balance of ridiculousness and scary stuff. The acting was decent. Especially Mia when she was possessed. Overall, the "victims" were a little too brainless about stuff ("Don't go in there!! What're you, stupid??"), but I understand that's how some scenes needed to be set up.
I was surprised about the amount of gore. Actually had to turn my head for a second during a few scenes, cuz I'm a wuss about that stuff. Being based on an early 80s (when gore was all over the horror movie industry) film, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by it.

The Rite - Not bad. More like a drama than a horror movie, but it's spooky enough at times. Seen plenty of movies about exorcism, and this one of the better ones, IMO. The story (for the most part) is interesting, and the acting is good (especially Hopkins during the last half hour or so). Some scenes felt a little drawn out, and the movie overall a little long, but not enough to make me feel fatigued by it. I did feel that the ending wrapped everything up a little too nicely/conveniently, but waddayagonnado?
Side note: The main actress' cleft chin really bugged me. I can't stand that on women. Thankfully, she didn't have a ton of screen time.

A Million Ways to Die in the West - Where to begin? OK, it's obvious McFarlane wasn't really putting much effort into his role. Some of the scenes where he has a lot of dialogue are a little painful to watch/listen to. As for the overall humor... A lot if it felt there was minimal (or no) effort in regards to actual wit. Lots and lots of toilet jokes and nonsensical stuff, which I am usually down with, to a degree. However, like I said, it's like there was minimal effort involved. A lot of it fell flat for me. Don't get me wrong, though. There are some pretty funny scenes..., but usually involving the other (real) actors. The cameos were fantastic. Especially the one involving a certain time machine. Also, Charlize Theron is fucking beautiful, so I'll watch almost anything with her in it, anyway. Some people (especially those who like the sad state Family Guy is in these days) will probably enjoy the film thoroughly.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: November 07, 2014, 11:39:27 AM
^ If you want to get even more of an adventure fix, Gog.com has Syberia 1 & 2 on sale this weekend ($3/pop). I've never played either one, but have heard consistently good things.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: November 06, 2014, 12:16:16 PM
Resuscitating this thread to ask if I should play Skies of Arcadia Chronicles (GCN) or Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter (PS2) after I finally finish off Lunar 2?  I've owned both for years, but haven't gotten further than a half hour into either.

I tend to like games with a more serious tone and I don't have time to learn a hokey or overly complicated battle system.  The more straight forward, the better.



BoFV is a more unique game part of RPGs in general and the BoF series itself.  It's pretty dark and strange, and will make you work for your ending.

The safer bet is Skies.  It's fantastic from start to finish, but with a pretty high encounter rate and some kinda sludgey graphics by now.
Dice speaks true, Skies is an overall much more approachable game. I am a massive breath of fire fan myself, but I could never really enjoy DQ all that much. I got to a village once and pretty much gave up. Skies...man, I maxed out Vyse's stats entirely, I played it so hard. Nothing like 3 shotting the final boss...good times.

Gonna echo this one. Skies is my favorite GC RPG, if not my favorite 'cube game of all. I've sold off most of my games for that system, but Skies is one of the few I've kept.
It's plenty straightforward, as you would prefer. No weird gimmicks or anything. The ship battles have a bit of a learning curve, but it's well worth it, as they can be some of the most challenging and fun fights of the game. Tip: Upgrade your ship as early and often as possible.
Overall, It's a nice long game with (mostly) interesting characters, and a decent story. As Dice says, the random encounter rate seems high at times, but I never found myself feeling overwhelmed/irritated by it. The on-foot battles can go fairly quickly, and IIRC, the associated animations aren't too lengthy. The graphics are definitely old school, but decent for the time.
Highly recommended.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 04, 2014, 10:28:47 PM
going to vote for the next governor of Illinois to be put in jail

I wasn't sure what you meant so I googled it. Certainly is a peculiar streak/trend they've got going on there.

Easily the most expensive and corrupt damn state I've ever lived in...
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 03, 2014, 12:58:23 PM
I think my point is that while I have this weird sense of urgency in my life, I see very few people out there who seem to feel the same. I get frustrated because I'm out there doing things while others are sitting at home watching shit TV shows or whatever.
I find myself frequently getting frustrated, and judgmental, of the actions(or lack thereof) of other people, without knowing anything about them. This is wrong, I know, but I still do it.

Happy Belated. Sounds like you are already turning into "Old Man Grumpus" at your tender age. Time to get that cane so you can shake it at all the lazy good-for-nothings.

/facetious
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 03, 2014, 11:47:08 AM
LOST ODYSSEY (Finally)/ As the final frontier of my Xbox 360 gaming, this is epic for me. All I can say thus far is I am a little disturbed by the art direction, character design and atmosphere. I'll expand on that in my next post when I've developed the opinion some more.

I have to play through that someday... Gotta re-purchase it first. I had it a while back, and let a coworker borrow it, because I was busy with a different game at the time. Said coworker moved far away, and I never saw it again. Jack ass...

edit: Yes, I played ten-twelve hours and only got to the 3rd or 4th new area.  I spent more than 2/3rds of it running around colony 9 and looking for "!" icons and then doing whatever fetch quest for whoever/random NPC before I got sick of it.  I read somewhere that there are already over 100 quests available by the time you even get to colony 6.  That's kind of absurd if you think about it.  I hadn't even gotten used to the control scheme or realized I didn't need to do any of them (the tutorial makes them seem life and death important), yet the game kept bombarding me with task after task after task.

So i took a breather and tackled something much more straight forward.

That was my issue with Xeno as well. Got overwhelmed with all of the damn minor side quests and eventually went on to play other games. Yes, I know the quests are optional, but it just left a bad taste in my mouth.. so to speak. I'm gonna play through some day. I keep hearing such great things about the game.



As for me, I've pulled another Xeno, and sort of abandoned Vesperia for now. Just haven't felt like playing it. Nothing wrong with the game itself. I quite like it so far, actually. Just haven't really been in an RPG mood lately. I'm sure I'll come back to it soon.

Been playing a lot of Rage, since I'm borrowing it from a friend. I'm at the point where you infiltrate the base of the people who like to use RC truck bombs (can't remember their gang name). Got killed twice there, so I called that play session quits.

My second Saint's Row 3 play-through is going well. I'm investing as much as I can into properties right away, so I can have all of the monies and weapon upgrades before tackling the bulk of the main story missions. It's fun as hell to make your character look outrageous/ridiculous, and enjoy their splendor in cut scenes. I'm planning on purchasing SR4 when I'm done with this play-through.
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