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2431  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 06, 2009, 10:01:02 AM
The kid and I continue to rock Castle Crashers. This game just keeps going. I figured we would have finished it by now, but new areas keep popping up. I think we stopped in the undersea palace.

Gears - I think I'm nearing the end of Act 3. I wouldn't get anywhere in this game without the judicious use of checkpoints.
2432  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 06, 2009, 09:38:22 AM
Saw 2 movies over the weekend:
Let the Right One In - Too much geek community hype on this one. It was OK, but I was expecting better. I'll blame the subtitles.

Bolt - I actually kinda liked this. Disney CG has improved tremendously. Plus, none of the characters were stupidly annoying, like in most movies aimed at children. There was even a few unexpectedly "sweet" moments.

BTW, still watching Battlestar. I am on disc 3 of season 2.
2433  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The favorite quotes thread on: April 03, 2009, 08:52:38 AM
"The very existence of flame throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done."
-George Carlin

2434  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 02, 2009, 11:13:49 AM
Gears of War - Somehow I have made it to Act 3. The graphics in this game are amazing, but the grey/brown/grey color scheme is getting to me. Just because everything is destroyed and the world is in chaos, doesn't mean there wouldn't be color in it. Mass Effect and Dead Space both had similar schemes. I need to play something more colorful before I fall into deep depression.
2435  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG towns thread on: April 02, 2009, 11:02:02 AM
Like DC I have always been partial to the more techy or futuristic towns. Midgar, Esthar, Solaris, etc., with a few exceptions.
I agree with Kstar on the snow town in Symphonia. It just felt warm and inviting. Plus it was gorgeous.
I liked the towns in Skies quite a bit. That whole game just felt "right" The perspective really helped that.
Rabanastre from FFXII was incredible. I was quite overwhelmed at first, but came to appreciate it as feeling like a bustling city. Plus, the music fit perfectly.
Great music can make a mediocre town that much better. I remember the first time I played Suikoden, some of the town music just floored me(voices!).
In general I do not want to spend a lot of time in a town, and they rarely require it. But then you have places like The Citadel in Mass Effect that demand you spend gobs of time there. I gladly did. The conversations alone made it worth it. Throw in the fact that the game actually rewards you for said conversations, and I could spend hours wandering the place.

2436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Female RPG Fans....... on: April 01, 2009, 01:48:26 PM
My wife plays games on occasion. She loves Mario Kart and Super Mario Galaxy. Back in the day she was a big fan of Sam and Max and Day of the Tentacle. It is something she'll do if nothing else is pressing. She bought me both the original X-Box and the 360. I've never heard a single grumble about my game-playing. Then again, gaming isn't even my #1 hobby(That would be gardening). I couldn't be with someone who would mock my interests.
Mutual respect and all that.
2437  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: March 30, 2009, 12:19:25 PM
Pretty much exactly what DC said. I actually do still enjoy them just as much, if not more. I am very particular about what I play, resulting in pretty much only playing "great" games. I can buy whatever games I want, but my time is a precious commodity.
Same in regards to gaming being much more publicly "accepted" than it was when I was younger. Like DC, I've never been ashamed of being a gamer, but still had to be careful with certain people. Now, it's like everyone is playing some sort of game(I'm looking at you, Wii) and no one thinks twice about people of any age enjoying games. Thing is, I guarantee plenty of these new game players would view the  "hardcore" gamers as sad losers who live in their parents basement. Stereotypes suck.
2438  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on: March 30, 2009, 11:30:09 AM
DC, it was actually titled Lion King 1 1/2. It was quite the abomination.

FFIV was the BEST GAME EVER when I played it when it first came out. I have not played it since, besides dabbling in the DS release. I'm not really sure I want to screw with those memories too much, so this "After Years" thing has me troubled. I might get it if its cheap enough, but I won't expect anything great.
2439  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your current-gen top rpg list on: March 26, 2009, 11:33:21 AM
It seems no one knows how to make a GREAT(universally acclaimed) jrpg with the current technology. Every game that comes out seems to have some pretty major flaws. Doesn't seem to be much on the horizon either, besides FF XIII. It's all so...sad.


What do you mean? We got Valkyria Chronicles. I'd say that's one, two, and three.
I've heard that's good. I thought it was more of a strategy game than standard rpg, though. Correct me if I'm wrong, of course.
When Sony decides to lower the ridiculous price of the PS3 I will get one. I'm sure Valkyria will be one of my first purchases.
2440  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Pastor w/ 5 kids takes in child killer on: March 26, 2009, 09:51:50 AM
Interesting. I think the pastor is a bit loony for doing this, but I understand what he is doing and why.
As for the peoples reaction. What is better - The evil you know about or the one you don't? They act like everything was peachy before this guy showed up. Somehow I doubt that. One of the comments for that article even mentioned there being registered sex offenders in the town. I wonder how many of those people know that. It IS public information after all.
Personally, being the father of an 8 year old, I would not in any way be thrilled about this guy living in my town. It's a no-brainer.
But where is the guy supposed to go? Are there retirement homes for prisoners?

In my world the guy would have been offed as soon as he pleaded guilty. End of problem.
2441  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 26, 2009, 09:24:02 AM
Make sure the hard drive is properly in place. I had the same problem with my 360, a little jiggle and it's played fine ever since.
Thanks for the bit of advice. I removed and replaced the HD, then was able to install the game. huh.

Moving along slowly in Gears. I am now in act 2. I had to redo the Berserker thing numerous times.
I like the checkpoint system in this game. You never really lose a lot of progress when you die(and I die a lot). Plus the game saves itself. Good stuff.

rpg-wise, I've tried to go back to Xeno III, but I'm just not feelin' it. We'll see. I may be done with my PS2. I need a 360 rpg to play. I have Lost Odyssey, but I really want to play Fable II. I just don't feel like forkin' out $60 for it. Probably wait until a price drop.

2442  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your current-gen top rpg list on: March 26, 2009, 09:06:28 AM
I'm quite a bit behind on my "current-gen" rpg playing. I have only played through and completed Mass Effect. Then again, not a whole lot else looks to be worth playing through, so...
1. Mass Effect

It seems no one knows how to make a GREAT(universally acclaimed) jrpg with the current technology. Every game that comes out seems to have some pretty major flaws. Doesn't seem to be much on the horizon either, besides FF XIII. It's all so...sad.
2443  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Zelda. on: March 25, 2009, 05:06:26 PM
If it's like Phantom, then I'll have to pass. I liked that game for a little while, then got tired of it. Especially that godawful never ending dungeon, whatever it was called.
Zelda needs to be completely re-imagined. I like to think of Twilight as the culmination of the old school Zeldas. It was good, but its now time for something FRESH. I don't think trains fit the bill.

2444  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 24, 2009, 09:30:27 AM
Played some Gears of War last night. What an awesome game. Admittedly, I'm not very good at it, but it's just so intense and engaging.
I tried to install it to the hard drive the other night, but my 360 was telling me this disc was unreadable(not so - its new). Then it was locking up on me. I guess I'll just have to play off the disc.
I saw Dead Rising for $20 at wallymart the other day so I picked that up. I played for 20 minutes or so. The only thing that concerns me is being under time constraints. I hate that(I'm looking at you Majoras Mask). I tend to take my time with games. We'll see how it works out.
 
2445  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 23, 2009, 08:47:21 AM
Nan ran out and got Twilight from the Red Box early Sat. Morning. She read the books and wanted to see the movie. I wouldn't call it a good movie, but it wasn't horrible either. I'm actually curious enough o want to see the future movies.

I don't think I ever mentioned that my family went and saw Coraline in 3D. Very imagtinative movie. I liked it a lot. The 3D was implemented perfectly.
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