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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: October 10, 2014, 04:37:14 PM
My ancient computer has finally met its match, though I wasn't really expecting to be able to run it anyway. My CPU and version of Windows are out of date, so I'll have to old hold off until I can buy a new computer, the only thing worth salvaging in this one is the graphics card (the recommended GTX 660).
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: October 03, 2014, 07:04:33 AM
Delayed to early 2015. Boo.

Oh well, there's more than enough CRPGs to play in the meantime. I'm still playing Divinity: OS, I haven't got round to Wasteland 2 yet, and Legend of Grimrock 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition are out soon too.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 10, 2014, 03:03:37 PM
I thinking of starting Valkyrie Profile 2, since I've had it sitting on my shelf unplayed for too many years now. Do I need to worry about missing bigs chunks of the game again if I don't consult an FAQ, or can I just play it through it normally like any other game?
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: September 09, 2014, 05:58:28 PM
The patches include most of the files from the DLC whether you own it or not, to maintain compatibility. This way, you can still play with anyone even if you own the DLC and they don't, and vice versa.
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2014, 04:19:15 PM
And yeah, Minish Cap is just as bad about cash as other Zelda titles, but at least you can empty your wallet handily by buying a hundred Blue Shells for those awful figurines.

...which you have to buy one at a time, reading the same text over and over again and watching an unskippable egg-cracking animation 130 times if you want a piece heart. That was where I said enough is enough, and decided I didn't need 20 heart containers that much.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: August 19, 2014, 06:44:03 AM
That sounds normal for a beta. Wasteland 2 uses the same engine, and until recently it ran at about half the framerate is does now.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 17, 2014, 10:48:39 AM
I reached the final boss in Minish Cap, and it's just as much of a difficulty spike as I remembered, seeing as the rest of the game was fairly straightforward. The final form is really irritating - you have to line your clones up to the exact pixel, otherwise deflecting the attack from it will end up missing. Also, what's the point of giving you a save and continue option if all the items you used up in the fight are gone? Thankfully, I'd saved beforehand, so I don't have to spend an age grinding the 600 rupees I'd need to fill all my bottles with red potions.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2014, 07:52:21 PM
Got the final volume of Carnelia in TitS, with the aid of an FAQ. The first time round on PSP I was disappointed that I didn't manage to collect them all, but knowing what I know now there's no way that anyone would find them in a normal first playthrough. You have to play the game in a way that defies logic by visiting NPCs in remote locations, when the plot tells you that you really ought be going elsewhere, and you have to go there during an exact period of time else you're out of luck.

The only way anyone would get them all without using an FAQ was if they talked to every single NPC in the region, after every single point in the main story.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: August 14, 2014, 06:43:15 AM
I put my game on ice for now waiting to see the 2 upcoming companions.

I'd rather use companions than henchmen and I don't like the 2 available right now.

I'm waiting too, I haven't been past the starting area yet. 4 NPCs to choose from should mean that my choices in character creation aren't duplicated too much.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 12, 2014, 10:39:33 PM
I'm replaying Minish Cap, since I never did finish it the first time round. The dungeons are pretty good, but the kinstones fusion system is incredibly annoying. If you want to collect everything (including all the pieces of heart), you'll spend about half of the game backtracking trying to find the correct NPCs, who are spread out all over the map. And even if you do find an out of the way NPC, they won't necessarily fuse with you until you've progressed to a specific point in the game, which means even more backtracking.
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 10, 2014, 07:39:34 PM
To it's credit though it doesn't, by any means, come close to approaching the level of /bad difficulty mod/ that this thing does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQLezKCtDZo

That looks really stupid. I mean, Grandia 2 is ridiculously easy but turning every normal encounter into a 10 minute boss fight isn't the right approach either. Haven't they heard of the middle ground?
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 09, 2014, 01:17:46 PM

No, I'm with Mesh here. It's pretty bad how when you turn around, your entire party retraces your step instead of staying at their location until they can move to follow you.
Having to equip something to fix a stupid behaviour doesn't make it better.

I didn't say it was better, I'm just pointing it out since he might have overlooked it or not obtained it yet. Once you've got Haze the game goes from fairly easy to the easiest JRPG since Grandia 2, at least until the final dungeon.

Re: Eagle Vision showing enemies on the minimap - that was one of the few things added to the PSP version that they haven't backported.
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 09, 2014, 08:19:42 AM
- Combat with map enemies is trivial if you get a preemptive strike and you can usually kill them before they do anything, but if they get a surprise attack on you they can do a ton of damage before you can act. And it's easy to get surprise attacks because if an enemy hits ANYONE in your party that has their back turned it triggers one. Like I managed to get surprise attacked by walking away from a stationary enemy, cause my party... just flipped behind me. Meanwhile it's weird to get preemptive strikes because, thanks to the 3D maps and 2D sprites, it's NOT always apparent whether you're running into an enemy's back or not in certain camera angles.

Have you got the Haze quartz yet? You get it at Bracer rank 5, equip it and enemies will stop chasing you. After I've got that, I usually just fight one or two of each enemy type in an area and ignore the rest, there's more than enough experience and sepith to stay reasonably strong without getting overleveled.
29  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 03, 2014, 08:36:39 PM
Half-Life 2 is the only game I had stop playing due to the horrible motion sickness it gave me. I barely made it through the boat level, and by the time I got to the buggy not long after I couldn't take any more of the camera being thrown about violently. I've played plenty of other first-person games without feeling like a living hell, but this was too much for me.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2014, 08:14:55 PM
Progressing the story. If you want to complete all the sidequests always do them before the main story, even if it means going out of your way to somewhere off the beaten path, since you never know when progressing is going to close a quest.
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