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2431  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 26, 2009, 04:32:07 PM
SOTN - Finally made it to the inverted castle...then lost the will to keep playing.
Started up Fable II. Loving it so far. Graphics are beautiful(minus the pop-in), the fighting is fast and fun, and the dog rocks. This is good stuff, and I imagine I'll be playing it for awhile.
2432  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 20, 2009, 09:31:24 AM
thanks for that. I see now that I just need to bust that bridge to carry on. Thanks!
2433  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 20, 2009, 08:25:41 AM
SOTN - soooooo I'm done? I went to the top of the castle and ended up fighting and beating Richter. Then sat stunned as the credits rolled by and the game ended. Wha? I figured I was only halfway done. Where's this friggin' inverted castle I've heard so much about? I just assumed it was part of the main quest, not something you had to unlock. I ended up with 80% Do you need 100% to get the inverted castle? There were a couple areas I couldn't open/get to. I guess I'll have to check a FAQ, but I'm kinda pissed.
ie:
-a long room on the far left of the map lined with spikes that you have to fly through as the bat, with some glowing door at the end of it. I couldn't figure out how to open the door.
-a wall in the underground that the fairy says looks suspicious but I can't seem to do anything to it.
-In the "gear" area there is a wall opening shown on the map but I can't go through it on the game screen.

ugh. I wasn't ready to be done with this yet. Plus Richter was a pathetic end boss. I'll assume that the inverted castle has the "real" boss aka Dracula? If that is the case you shouldn't have to get a perfect game to open it. It should just be part of the normal game.

<--would like some cheese with his whine

edit: OK, so I just read through some FAQS. Damn, I missed a lot. And there's no way I would have found out some of that stuff without reading an FAQ. What the hells the point of playing a game if you have to stare at a cheat guide the whole time? Hitting gears a certain # of times to open a door? How would I have known that? Any room that has medusa heads I'm just trying to get the fuck out of, not run around hitting gears.


2434  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Amazon reviews ever? on: May 19, 2009, 01:33:48 PM
I'm pretty sure I have a wolf shirt like that one. I don't recall getting any extra female attention when I wore it. It must be that specific shirt that works the magic. Funny stuff.

2435  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: FISH FOUND IN BOY'S PENIS on: May 19, 2009, 09:04:29 AM
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,,24353334-5012895,00.html

FISH FOUND IN BOY'S PENIS

The patient was admitted to hospital with complaints of pain, dribbling urine and acute urinary retention spanning a 24-hour period. According to the boy, the fish slipped into his penis while he was cleaning his aquarium at home.

Professor Vezhaventhan and Professor Jeyaraman, who treated the boy and later wrote a paper on the case, explained: "While he was cleaning the fish tank in his house, he was holding a fish in his hand and went to the toilet for passing urine. When he was passing urine, the fish slipped from his hand and entered his urethra and then he developed all these symptoms."

After detecting the fish in the boy's bladder, Vezhaventhan and Jeyaraman used a technique known as cystourethroscopy to insert a special set of forceps down the patient's penis. Unfortunately, the fish was just too slippery to grip, so they resorted to using a rigid ureteroscope with a tool attached that is normally used for removing bladder stones.

The fish the urologists removed, which Practical Fishkeeping believes to be a small member of the Betta genus, measured 2cm long and 1.5cm wide.

He was later admitted into counseling to help him overcome any trauma.

Wait? The FISH was admitted into counseling? Cause that's how that reads. They don't say how old the boy is, but I'm thinking he had to have one hell of a urethra to catch a fish.
This story smells...um....yeah.
2436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 300th Virtual Console game has gone up: Majora's Mask on: May 19, 2009, 08:50:48 AM
Most nerve wracking game ever.
Somewhere between the hand in a toilet, the moon, and the constant clock made the game...quite frankly, not fun.

Bingo! I DO NOT like being under a time limit/time constraints. This game didn't work for me at all, although I can see why others may like it.
2437  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 19, 2009, 08:41:04 AM
SOTN - I'm coming to realize why this game is so revered. It truly is fantastic. There is a lot more to it than I expected. I didn't know there would be familiars, let alone so many damn things to find and collect. I was so excited when I got my bat form so I could explore all the dark corners. Which is basically what I am doing now. I do think its odd that you can't sell off your old weapons/armor. The menu gets awfully cluttered.
Heck, I think the game still looks pretty good, plus the music is great. Just a perfectly put together game.
2438  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 11, 2009, 11:00:57 AM
Waiting for fable II to show up. Still playing SOTN. I was actually stuck for a little while trying to figure out where to go. I checked gamefaqs, and it turns out I'm a moron(yet again). I didn't see the vertical stairs in that room where you fight the spinning sword thingy. They DO kinda blend in to the background.
2439  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII not a JRPG on: May 08, 2009, 08:34:55 AM
There are several reasons why I rarely play western RPGs.

1. Hardware. Most of the good ones are PC games and I have a laptop from 2003. I did try to play some older games like Lands of Lore, but I don't really like first person games. I also don't like playing with a mouse and keyboard.

2. Choices. There are already so many choices I need to make in reallife, so I usually prefer it when there is a clear objective in the games I play. I don't want to wander around and do some quests until stuff happens. I don't mind if I can't pick the role I play, as long as it's a role worth playing.

3. Graphics. I'm sorry, but I prefe colourful games over the brownish and grayish ones with maybe some green. If a game is brown/gray/green it better have some unusual and creative setting, not just dreary towns and realistic forests.

Tomara explains quite well why I never liked Wrpg. I guess I still don't for the most part, but I am more open to trying them out nowadays.
While I enjoyed the branching conversations in ME, in the past I was really put off by such things. I want to be TOLD a story, not construct my own. That's work! Too many choices/options = ZZZZZZZZZ.
Whats IS the deal with Wrpgs and graphics? Why so opposed to color and artistry? I don't get it. While I did like the look of ME, it still had that "dreary" look about it that a lot of western games seem to favor.
I might actually try out Fallout 3 if it didn't appear to be constructed of, like....4 colors.
Bioshock looks to be well done artistically, but the whole 1st person thing has kept me away.
2440  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So, i just got a snes. on: May 07, 2009, 02:07:12 PM
I friggin hated Earthbound. I never understood the love for this series.

Recs:
Actraiser - although it is early SNES, so it hasn't aged as well as some others
Secret of Mana/Evermore - Mana is better, but ever is an underrated game
Soul Blazer/Illusion of Gaia/Terranigma - not sure which one I liked the most, or would recommend first. All great.
Lufia - I preferred the first one. the second was too puzzle-centric

non-rpgs:
Contra III Alien Wars
super Turrican
super metroid (although you've probably played all sorts of metroids/metroidvanias to make this moot)
Donkey Kong Country - The first 2 are actually really good games.
Axelay - cool shooter even with the slowdown
2441  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Turn Based RPG, Do they no longer exist? on: May 07, 2009, 01:49:20 PM
I don't know, guys. Games haven't been just about "fun" for years. Games are entertainment. Is entertainment always fun? Look at movies, books, etc. Is it all always about fun? No way. Most of the time its about telling a story. Some of those stories are downright depressing, sad, or thought-provoking. Unless you define it differently than I do, Fun is not part of the equation. I hold modern games on the same level. Some are made to be fun, and others to be a bit more than that.
Saying games are just for fun insults the hobby, really. Tell all the people who work on a multi-million dollar game like Mass Effect that the game was just fun. I would think they would be a bit upset about this, as the game was quite serious and not meant to be just a silly diversion.
Perhaps I'm over thinking it, but when I think of fun games, I think of pick up and play stuff like Castle Crashers, not epic rpgs. There may be some moments in the game that are fun(I'm thinking Grandia II's battle system here) but for the most part rpgs are not fun at all.

It's not that games can't be other things, but if you're not enjoying playing the game then something wrong is going on.

enjoyment and fun are two different things. I can "enjoy" a serious movie/game/book but not necessarily have fun. Right now I am enjoying reading Tad Williams Memory, sorrow and Thorn book series, but I would not call it a fun read. To me, the term is almost too general. Lets say I'm talking about Dead Space or Gears of War. Both games certainly had moments that I would call fun, but as a whole were serious, intense experiences.  It seems I have a (far?)narrower definition of fun than others. To each his own.
2442  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII not a JRPG on: May 07, 2009, 10:20:11 AM
Would you please explain for our friends out there in TV land why you don't like Western RPGs?

Ain't my cup of tea. :D



I prefer the Japanese charm of gaming, if you know what I mean. :P
I'm not quite sure this counts as a good explanation. Ya see, I used to be the same way. Western rpgs suck! Then I played Mass Effect and completely changed my tune. It wasn't hideously boring and confusing like the ones I tried in the past. I actually had some idea as to what I should be doing! Plus, the game is 3rd person w/ a simple battle system.
Now, I still refuse to play first person games like Fallout or Oblivion, but I don't like 1st person games as a whole, so thats that.
As for the topic:
Final Fantasy XIII is a JRPG.
Yup
2443  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Turn Based RPG, Do they no longer exist? on: May 07, 2009, 10:02:08 AM
If you don't play games to have fun, wtf is the freakin point then?

Quoted for truth.

I don't know, guys. Games haven't been just about "fun" for years. Games are entertainment. Is entertainment always fun? Look at movies, books, etc. Is it all always about fun? No way. Most of the time its about telling a story. Some of those stories are downright depressing, sad, or thought-provoking. Unless you define it differently than I do, Fun is not part of the equation. I hold modern games on the same level. Some are made to be fun, and others to be a bit more than that.
Saying games are just for fun insults the hobby, really. Tell all the people who work on a multi-million dollar game like Mass Effect that the game was just fun. I would think they would be a bit upset about this, as the game was quite serious and not meant to be just a silly diversion.
Perhaps I'm over thinking it, but when I think of fun games, I think of pick up and play stuff like Castle Crashers, not epic rpgs. There may be some moments in the game that are fun(I'm thinking Grandia II's battle system here) but for the most part rpgs are not fun at all.
2444  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 06, 2009, 10:04:39 AM
SOTN - Thoroughly enjoying this game now. Damn medusa heads drive me crazy, though. I turned into a wolf and was thinking it was pretty useless until I found a pot roast. Apparently, the dog allows for item finding. Doesn't appear to be useful for anything else. This game is addicting.
Bought me a copy of DMC4, cause I love these games. Better have an easy mode.
Saw that Fable 2 dropped in price to 29.99 on Amazon. Ordered that up.

2445  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 01, 2009, 03:27:18 PM
Hell, I've never claimed to be that great of a game player. I generally play games on easy when its available, and rpgs normally take me 2-3 times the average hours to complete.
While save spots ARE plentiful, I have still found myself in some tough situations. Plus, the point remains that there are no healing items, or they are very scarce. Me and my weak gaming skills have barely made it from save spot to save spot so far. Maybe I just went too far ahead or something. Or far more likely....I suck at gaming.
anyway...
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