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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 07, 2014, 02:31:07 PM
I actually gave in and moved on from FFIV:TAY back to Trails in the Sky. I have a question for those who have played it: How's the difficulty curve? I get the feeling it's going to be one of those RPG's where the monsters get stronger at a much slower pace than your characters.

I thought it was really easy up until the final dungeon, which was the only real test. It's not mindless, you can't go through every battle spamming attack, but I never had much difficulty figuring out how to approach battles. This was with zero grinding too, I avoided a lot of battles but still didn't have much trouble, though I did complete as many sidequests as I could.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Retrospective on: April 05, 2014, 07:06:06 AM
I actually think it has better and more memorable quests than Skyrim, though the game mechanics and world are significantly worse.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 27, 2014, 06:33:08 PM
I've gone back to Shadowrun Returns now that the Dragonfall DLC has been released (an expansion that's meant to be about the same length as the original campaign). I'm playing as a dwarf mage, mostly using support spells along with pistols. Apart from being to save anywhere now, the biggest improvement is that you don't have to fill out your party with generic mercenaries anymore, everyone that joins you has a personality and place in the story.

I'm also playing Dead Space for first time. I remember this being compared to Bioshock a lot when it was released, but I like it more. It doesn't feel as open, but I didn't enjoy the exploration that much in Bioshock, it got very old constantly rifling through containers everywhere. The weapons are more fun to use too, since for the most part they don't fit in the standard shooter arsenal of pistol, SMG, assault rifle, shotgun and rocket launcher.

That said, I still don't like that over the shoulder camera shifted to the left that so many games use now, and I don't think I ever will do. Something about it feels really weird to me, and it's zoomed in too close.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 24, 2014, 08:55:19 PM
I think I actually enjoyed Witcher 1 more than 2.

As did I, though I liked both. The combat was better in 2 (though still not great), but I much preferred the story and atmosphere of 1. As someone who hasn't read any of the books, I thought The Witcher 2 did a poor job of introducing various political elements, and didn't give much of reason for me to care what was happening outside of Geralt's story.

Chapter 2 is where the original gets really good, I wasn't all that impressed with it in Chapter 1 either.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: February 23, 2014, 06:20:16 PM

I do have a question for those of you that have already played the International Version: Does the expert sphere grid have the same nodes as the regular sphere grid but in a different order, or does it make it harder overall to develop the characters to ridiculous lengths?

Like Starmongoose said, as far as I can remember it just gives you more options, you can still develop them the way they were originally intended.

The main difference with the International Version is the stupid near-impossible Dark Aeons blocking off areas you might want to go back to near the end of the game.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: [Kickstarter] Zaharia- an isometric Middle Eastern style fantasy cRPG on: February 21, 2014, 01:01:13 PM
Computer RPG.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Underrated Classic!: Gothic 1 on: February 21, 2014, 07:49:17 AM
Gothic 3 was made by different guys, basically.

That was Gothic 4 (which is just called Arcania now since the rights to the series reverted to PB), Gothic 3 was still made by Piranha Bytes. I enjoyed G3 when it was fully patched, but it was still nowhere near G2. They bit off more than they could chew by making the game world too big - the quests suffered as a result and the combat wasn't up to much either.

After playing the demo of Arcania I think it's best to pretend that Gothic 4 never existed. Risen is pretty much another Gothic game with some names swapped round anyway, though Risen 2 was let down by having combat as bad as G3.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith on: February 14, 2014, 09:42:52 PM
"I'll back in 60 hours"
Silly British English.  That missing "be" is almost as bad as saying hospital or future without "the" in front of them. :P

I'm English, and I've never heard anyone speak that way before. Those look like mistakes in the script rather than anything to do with the way we normally speak our language.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 30, 2014, 06:06:20 PM
I finished Assassin's Creed III, and I've given IV a quick try now and the shaky camera is already making me feel sick. Unlike any of the previous games, it wobbles about when you're running, which is completely unnecessary and makes it feel like you're playing a drunk. It wouldn't be so bad if this was a game where you only sprint in short bursts, but it's not, it's a series where you spend half of your time running at full speed. It's usually only first-person games that give me motion sickness, I really hope I can get used to it and it doesn't become completely unbearable like Half-Life 2.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 23, 2014, 08:28:51 AM
I've been playing Assassin's Creed III. Outside the missions where it's required, stealth seems damn near impossible compared to the previous games. I've been trying to take the forts without being seen, but going anywhere that isn't a hiding spot exposes you instantly to about 5 guards at a time, and there are hardly any high places where they can't see you. It's far easier to just not bother and slaughter the 20-odd mooks that come after you.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits slow gameplay? on: January 12, 2014, 05:28:56 PM
The last boss is called the great darkness through the whole game. JUST before the last dungeon (point of no return) there's a merchant who sells you darkness resist accessories and damage+ to darkness weapon upgrade. I am by far the most retarded gamer to have played AtL:TotS because I didn't buy a single one thinking they were useless. Then I get to the last boss and I'm like "Why is he hitting me like a truck and I'm doing so low damage?"

I never defeated the final boss, probably for the same reason. I can't remember exactly but I think I may have screwed up and spent all my money on other things just before the point of no return, leaving myself with no useful saves to go back to.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 01, 2013, 05:08:20 PM
I'm liiking FFIII a lot more now that I found that the version I have (PSP) has an auto-battle feature - it repeats your last action and can be turned on and off at any time, and it speeds up all the animations. My main complaint is gone, and it's about as quick as SMT Nocturne or DDS now.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 21, 2013, 09:58:24 PM
Bought the remake of FFIII, it's alright but it's a lot slower than it should do for a basic turn-based RPG. There's so many unnecessary short pauses that it ends up feeling pretty sluggish.

You start a battle - the camera pans around to show you the enemies. You select attack - the camera moves again, and there's another brief pause. And another pause before the enemy attacks. And yet another pause before the menu comes back up.

44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 20, 2013, 08:30:34 PM
I started playing Rayman Legends, it's every bit as good as Origins, and that was fantastic in the first place. I won't spoil anything, but the last level of the first world was wondrous, it's not often a game brings a smile to my face like that.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Child of Light on: November 18, 2013, 01:26:44 PM
Only at 30 FPS though, all the other versions run at 60 FPS.
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