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2026  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys Seven on: September 11, 2010, 09:10:25 PM
I love Ys.
I don't have a psp.
I am seriously considering buying a psp so i can play these Ys games(plus a few others).
Thing is, I will probably only play it with it hooked up to my PS3 so I can play on the tv.
Getting to my point now...
How do psp games look when blown up on an HD tv?  terrible? OK? Still playable?
2027  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metroid: Other M on: September 10, 2010, 03:07:27 PM
I'm really loving this game. I'm probably about 10 hours in, closing on the end, and I'm absolutely taken by it now. It took a long time to build and sink in. It feels a lot bigger and more epic than it did when I first started. I realized something... I've always been comparing it to Metroid Prime 1, one of my favorite games ever made. But when I think about it, Prime 2 and 3 just left me feeling empty and cold. Other M doesn't, it's grabbed me. Is it as good as Prime 1, certainly not, but it's far more engaging than Prime 2 and 3.

It does have its flaws. The upgrades are really standard and predictable, it feels like the developers just did the bear minimum in order to have an intact metroid game. The music is incredibly boring. This was my problem with Prime 2 and 3 as well. Super Metroid and Metroid Prime had great TUNES... lots of catchy melodies amongst swirling ambiance. Ever since the first Metroid Prime, though, the music has become completely background-oriented, with no melody to speak of, usually no beat either, just long drones. I was really hoping they would bring back the melodic stuff like Phendrana or Norfair Depths, but there's nothing to be found. I have other gripes as well, but for the most part, I'm coping fine. I actually really quite like the story and acting, not sure what everyone's problem is.

I'm totally with you on the music thing. You may remember my post about the lack of good music in games nowadays. This, being a Metroid game, was one I was hoping would buck the trend. Sadly, it's been nothing but "noise" so far. I'm not that far in, but your comments have verified my fears. Metroid games are known for their music. Don't these developers KNOW that? I swear, it's like they never think about what the gamer him/herself may want. Do they make these games in a freakin' bubble?
<---frustrated
2028  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 09, 2010, 04:14:38 PM
So I borrowed mass effect from my brother in antecipation of the release of ME2 on the PS3 (fortunately my PC can handle it).
I've been itching to get into this franchise but not being able to play ME2 kept me away from it untill now.
Anyway, this game is definitely all about the story, characters and setting. I think the gameplay is pretty weak, but the story definitely grabbed my interest and I can't wait to see where it goes. Overall the dialogue is great and there are great choices that are very different from each other whenever you have to answer something, I'm really impressed with the setting and the story. I'm glad these aspects of the game are so good because the gameplay really doesn't hold up as far as I'm concerned, I hope ME2 plays a lot better than this. They have to realize that if they want it to play like a shooter they have to meet certain standards because as we know the bar is pretty high there. I know it's an rpg and the game definitely delivers where it matters most but I don't feel satisfied with the combat, maybe I'll get used to it.

If you're sorely disappointed with Mass Effect's combat then you are going to be super happy when you play Mass Effect 2.  ME is basically an RPG with shooter elements, whereas ME2 is a shooter with RPG elements.  I think that's the best I can sum it up.



I've been hearing that a lot though I do hope that they didn't cut too many rpg elements. All they really had to do was improve the gameplay. Why exactly is 2 less rpg than 1?
You don't spend as much time in menus customizing weapons, armor, etc. It's vastly simplified. I actually preferred it this way, but can understand why stat junkies might miss it. The game is still very much an rpg,though The story and conversations are fantastic. It really IS a better overall experience.

2029  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 09, 2010, 09:14:22 AM
Had to stop playing Other M due to the waggle causing my tendinitis to flare up. Not cool.
I went back to playing Muramasa for now. It's fun.
I also finally ordered  a copy of Bayonetta, so I'll be playing that in a few days as well.
2030  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 08, 2010, 01:44:09 PM
I've been reading the first Elric short story compilation, Stealer of Souls. I am not impressed. I understand how this may have been interesting back when it came out, but now it's just not working for me.
The stories are (understandably, due to the format) rushed and feel incomplete.
Cliches run rampant.
The resolutions all seem to be pulled out of thin air. Oh, look! I can use this plant to make a potion that will make us invulnerable! huh?
Then we have him falling in love with some 17 year old girl and getting married 5 minutes later. WTF?
IMHO, the concept of Elric is far cooler than the actual implementation.

I read through some "great fantasy book" lists yesterday and have decided to read the Coldfire trilogy. Ordered the first book from Amazon.
2031  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 - Shadow Broker DLC on: September 08, 2010, 01:28:55 PM
Thanks for the details!
I bought it new the first day it came out. I never got this Zaeed fellow or the firewalker thing. I did do the Normandy crash site thing.
Sounds like I need to do some catching up.
2032  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 - Shadow Broker DLC on: September 08, 2010, 10:17:08 AM
I freaking loved ME2 but have yet to get any DLC. What is worth it, and what's not? I'm not trying to hijack the thread. Just expand it a little.
2033  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: inFamous 2 Gameplay Footage on: September 06, 2010, 01:47:53 PM
I only played a 1/3 of the first, then got bored.
The new powers look like fun. Lightning tornado? Hell, yeah!
The overall graphics look the same, though. blah.
They NEED new environments. That's the main reason the first one got boring over time.
I DID like Cole a lot. Glad they changed him back.


Graphics look the same?

A bit refined, but mostly the same. The city itself looks almost identical. They seem to be throwing in more effects and stuff, but that's not what I meant.
Where's my lava world?
Where's my ice world?
kidding...
The game looks like it'll be more fun than the first just due to the increased amount of powers. I wonder it all the baddies are still able to hit you from a mile away.

2034  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: September 05, 2010, 08:24:44 PM
I have yet to play Bayonetta, but I hear it has a zillion difficulty levels. I'll probably not pick the super easy one. Whichever mode is the next below normal is what I will play in.

The big problem with Bayonetta in my opinion is not the difficulty. Is that it can be way too over the top for some people, the game enjoys how fucking ridiculous it is and if you don't like that aspect of the game you're not going to enjoy Bayonetta even is you try really hard.

...not to mention that the plot is all over the place, but that's part of the charm.
I absolutely loved the demo, so I'm pretty sure I'll dig the game.
I just finished the Vanquish demo. Just had to get used to how things work. It's far too easy to overheat, though. I suppose that's part of the challenge.

2035  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: inFamous 2 Gameplay Footage on: September 05, 2010, 01:08:01 PM
I only played a 1/3 of the first, then got bored.
The new powers look like fun. Lightning tornado? Hell, yeah!
The overall graphics look the same, though. blah.
They NEED new environments. That's the main reason the first one got boring over time.
I DID like Cole a lot. Glad they changed him back.
2036  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: September 05, 2010, 01:00:18 PM
I played the demo twice and always picked normal. I don't even know what the difference is, gotta check it out but from the name I can tell that it makes the game too easy.

Casual = casual
Auto = auto-targeting the first time you aim

Even tho it's not much of a difference between them really and I'm glad, compared to Bayonetta's easy modes which made the game feel awkward doing random combos. Who even plays these modes?

<---Plays almost every game on easy mode. Hard games =/= fun to me. I have yet to play Bayonetta, but I hear it has a zillion difficulty levels. I'll probably not pick the super easy one. Whichever mode is the next below normal is what I will play in.

I didn't notice any type of auto anything in the mode I played. I guess I was expecting a lock on or something. Once I got used to it, I was doing ok, regardless.

2037  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 04, 2010, 09:30:34 PM
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1.- Golden Sun

WTF

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12.- Lord of the Rings Two Towers (GBA version)

WTF
WTF indeed. As soon as I saw Golden Sun as his #1 game of the past decade he lost me.
2038  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: September 04, 2010, 09:27:59 PM
Ok, so I DLed the demo. I picked "casual auto" whatever that means. It was pretty tough, regardless.
I love the whole boost slide thing, and the slow-mo shooting. It's crazy fast, and a lot of fun. The more I played, the better I got at it. Didn't beat the big ass robot, though.
It feels like Gears of War on speed. I have a feeling this game will hand me my ass, so it's not one I would buy right away. When it eventually drops to $30 or something I'll pick it up.
2039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 03, 2010, 04:16:18 PM
I was quite shocked when I saw the DDS games as #1. Never even occurred to me that that was a possibility. Granted, I've never played them, so I have no opinion on the matter.
Actually, I've never really played ANY of the Persona/SMT/DDS games outside of playing Persona 2 for about a half hour and not liking it.
I've mostly avoided them because they seem to be very long and difficult games. I have no patience for either of those traits nowadays.
Happy to see Skies so far up the list.

 
2040  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Facts About You! on: September 02, 2010, 01:51:53 PM
I would hate being at the mercy of public transit. With my own car I get to go where I want, when I want.
Cab drivers are generally insane and drive like such(Chicago ones, anyway)
Riding a bus or train means you have to share space with a bunch of other mopes. No, thanks.
Plus, I'd rather listen to my music on a stereo than earbuds.
All that being said, I can totally see the advantages of not having a car in a big city. I just don't think I could do it.
I live in the burbs of Chicago, so I don't have a choice anyway.
Around here a girl would totally laugh at a guy who didn't have a license or a car. Unless all your dates are in the basement, you NEED them.

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