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2056  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: October 01, 2010, 09:03:28 PM
I meant I didn't understand the reasoning behind it.  It's not just used for Metroid-like Castlevania games.  It's used as a generic term any game of that style, even though there are plenty of examples that have been doing it before Castlevania hopped on the bandwagon.

Maybe it was originally used to describe the Metroid-like Castlevania games and then people co-opted it.  That would make sense, actually.

Well, see, I've never heard that term used for anything but Castlevania games.  That's why I was confused by your answer.

edit: No need to double post:
I went to download the demo, but it is not available on either my PS3 or the 360. WTF?
How did you get this demo, CD? I thought it might me a Playstation Plus thing, but didn't see it on that page either. That would be an asshole move, anyway.

2057  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: October 01, 2010, 02:38:11 PM
I don't even understand the term 'Metroidvania'.  The Metroid part, certainly, but for me that's never been what Castlevania was about.  When was that term coined? 
Don't understand it? You've never heard that term used for all the Castlevania games since Symphony?
Castlevania games that play in the style of Metroid games? Not ringing a bell? I don't recall when I first heard it, but it's been around for awhile now.
2058  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: October 01, 2010, 12:15:33 PM
I played the demo and enjoyed it, but this game just isn't a priority for me. Perhaps if Lords of Shadow wasn't coming out...
Even if it's technically a better game, I just prefer the more fantastical world of Castlevania over the "yet another sci-fi shooter" thing of Vanquish. It'll have to wait until the price drop.
2059  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: October 01, 2010, 12:03:53 PM
I've read in a couple reviews how it's not like "classic" Castlevania. Then they go and site the Metroidvanias as being "classic" Castlevania! It's like Castlevanias 1-4 never existed! The true "classic" games were straight up action games. There was very little to no exploration(minus 2, I suppose). I enjoyed every one of them.
I have zero problem with the game going that route. I'm going to have a hard time waiting until the 27th(my birthday) to play this.
2060  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: GameCrush..How many of you would pay to play with Dice? on: September 30, 2010, 03:29:11 PM
I married a girl who turned out to be a gamer.  Just wanted to brag - that's all. :D
Me too! The first day I met my (future)wife was when I was playing Mario Kart 64 with a buddy in my parents basement. She said she loved that game, and wanted to play.
She doesn't play games as much as she used to, but has absolutely no issues with my own gaming habits.

This just seems so wrong to me. Paying money just to play a game with a girl? Talk about desperation.
I also agree that this should be an all-encompassing service. Not just guys buying girls.
From my experience it's never been hard to get guys to play video games with you :P

I wonder why.

BOOBS!!!!! :D
Wait, what? I thought Star was using "you" as in the general "you". Referring to other guys. I imagine this response was with the thinking that guys will play games with girls simply because they have boobs?
Not altogether incorrect.
; - )
2061  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Beyond Good & Evil getting HD Rerelease on: September 30, 2010, 03:03:07 PM
Welp, now I'll have to buy it again. I hope the strong word of mouth helps it sell. It's a fantastic game.

No need to name call. Ash is just the messenger.
; - )

I freakin' loved the game, but have no interest in an HD version. I'd rather play something new. Or a sequel if it ever shows up.
2062  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: September 29, 2010, 02:25:53 PM
There's hype for this? Maybe I'm visiting the wrong sites, but I haven't seen or heard much of anything. I read a couple European reviews yesterday(both 8s), and I see a few more today. Gamespots is whiny as hell.
As far as I can tell Castlevania is pretty damn niche nowadays. I don't expect this game to sell anywhere near all the big titles out there.
Looks damn good to me. I asked my wife to get it for me for my birthday next month. I've already got a few games to play for now.
2063  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you take notes on games? on: September 27, 2010, 05:07:51 PM
That one dungeon in PS2 with all those god damn pits in it.

Turned out that the ninth and final Nei item was with Lutz all along (the bastard).
Bingo! That dungeon(and lost more) was a total bitch. I spent hours with the guide and moy scribbles trying to figure it out.

No modern game should require note taking. Especially for RPGs, I greatly appreciate developers that take the time to add automaps, autonotes, plot summaries, bestiaries, etc.
You are also correct. I can't remember the last time I actually had to take notes for a game. Probably not since the 16 bit years.
2064  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Marathon! on: September 27, 2010, 03:12:10 PM
I also remember the game going by way too fast. Plus, it was too easy. Coming from a guy who likes things easy, that's saying something

I actually think PS4 is one of the most well-balanced RPGs I've ever played. Pretty much any amount of grinding would make the game too easy, but if you're someone who likes going straight to the end (Which is what I almost always do the first playthrough), it was pretty much the right difficulty the whole way through.

Back when I played this game, I was quite the grinding fool. With rpgs, too.
ba-dum, tsh!

So, yes, by the time I got to the final boss, my levels were pretty darn high.
There's no such thing as a "first playthrough" for me. Just the one playthrough and that's it. You people and your free time.

2065  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: September 27, 2010, 10:41:31 AM
Goddamn @ that curvy goddess
Which one?
Lower right looks good to me. Curvy = yes, please. My wife is curvy goodness.

Then again, knowing you, you're probably joking. You prefer stick chicks Thoren?

2066  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fav/Least Fav Video Game "Parts" on: September 27, 2010, 10:31:03 AM
Oh, look. More FFXIII bashing. How...shocking.
This topic is hard for me, as I tend not to remember things too well. I don't understand how you people can dredge up all this stuff from games you played years ago. Hell, I just played Terranigma a few years ago, and I have no clue how it ended.

Dragon Age: Origins
The fade
REALLY???!!! That was the ONLY part of that game that I actually enjoyed!
I had no problem with the fade either. I also enjoyed the rest of the game, too, though.

I love great game music, so most of my favorite parts will probably be so because they were accompanied by great tunes.

FFIV - When Cecil became a Paladin. The flying whale. The level in the giant robot thing.

Chrono Trigger - Undersea Palace - love the music!

Phantasy Star IV *spoilers for those who have yet to play!* Not the normal PS4 spoiler, either:
When another planet was discovered. I was so damn excited. Too bad it was so short

Secret of Mana - I'm with Darkrider 100% the last level was fantastic!

Skies of Arcadia - This game felt "right" right from the beginning. The music, the graphics. It's hard to pick just one part, but I agree about the gigas battles. Cool stuff.

Grandia II - Fighting Melfice(Wow, I remember his name!) and reversing one of his attacks just before he was about to pummel me. I recall it being an intense battle.

Chrono Cross - When the computer, or whatever it was, says "Welcome back, Chrono Trigger." I got shivers!

Tales of the Abyss - Lukes speeches towards the end of the game. Unexpectedly moving.

I don't feel like doing to least favorite parts. I'd rather not dwell on such things.

2067  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 25, 2010, 07:56:12 PM
My son and I were both playing Metroid games this afternoon. I'm still playing Other M, and he's playing Zero Mission.
Zero Mission has better tunes than MOM. Not cool.
2068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Marathon! on: September 25, 2010, 07:52:59 PM
Phantasy Star 1 - Me and my three brothers played this collectively back when it first came out. I loved the hell out of it, but never beat it. Got stuck in the last dungeon. I still mean to play all the way through ti someday. I bought the gameboy collection when it came out to do that.

PS2 - This was hard as hell, and totally grindy. I remember spending all sorts of time with the game guide that came with it, attempting to figure out the dungeons. Graphics and music were great, and the story was prety "dark" for it's time. Nostalgia tells me I liked it, but I know I couldn't do it again.

PS3 - This one was just weird. It seemed like a step down from the first 2. Especially in the music department. The generation thing was clever, but overall the game was just blah.

PS4 - I enjoyed it immensely until the end. I hated everything to do with the final dungeon. The graphics, layout, godawful music. Ugh.
I also remember the game going by way too fast. Plus, it was too easy. Coming from a guy who likes things easy, that's saying something.

PS5 -This game was...
Oh wait.

2069  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 23, 2010, 10:55:25 AM
Metroid: OM
Playing through the "snow" area now. I've come across these new enemies that appear to have electric conductors on their heads. They move super fast and are hard to kill. Got my ass kicked a few times and turned the game off in frustration. I'll try again tonight. I'm hoping this doesn't end the same way as pretty much every other recent Metroid game for me. I have a lot of fun until it gets too hard, then stop playing, never to go back. That's how the Prime games were for me. They got too hard, and I stopped having fun. No fun = no play.
2070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 21, 2010, 04:13:43 PM
I'm long past caring about plot lines or characters in video games. There are all sorts of great books and movies for that.
Gameplay is key. Make it simple and fun, and I'm there. Pretty graphics and a great soundtrack also help.

That opinion is terrible. How about we actually have good stories and characters in games? WHAT AN AMAZING THOUGHT. Imagine if when films were created people thought "Good characters and plot in films? Heh. We have books for that. Idiots. I watch movies for short and simple fun. ie piano music with a few lines of text every couple minutes."

Or what if when the printing press was created. "Widespread books? Fucking idiot, we have professional storytellers!"
I love that my opinion is terrible. It doesn't mean that I don't want better stories and writing. It's just that I don't spend all my time nitpicking the shitty ones. I have more important things to do with my time. Like talk on rpg message boards.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mass Effect 2. Sadly, as we've seen in the writing thread, it is one of the exceptions.
I used to think the FF games were well-written with great plots! Good thing I don't replay games, or my nostalgiac feelings would be hurt.
; - )

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