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2431  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The selectable difficulty levels in RPGs topic on: October 01, 2009, 01:43:21 PM

As for gamers selecting easy, time could be an issue too.  Not everyone has the time to complete a 35+ hour RPG in a week.  Sometimes it takes a month or two or six!, especially if you're juggling a job, family, school, real life stuff.  So when real life's frustrating you six ways to Sunday, you probably don't want your fun escapism distraction to frustrate you even further. 



Exactly this.
2432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The selectable difficulty levels in RPGs topic on: October 01, 2009, 09:30:47 AM
Most rpgs I've played don't have difficulty settings.
When they do: Traditionally, I would always pick the normal setting, mainly out of fear of shame. Nowadays, if a game has an easy setting, I'm going to pick it. I play games more for the experience, not for the challenge.
I started up Tales of Vesperia and was expecting difficulty settings, but there wasn't any. Then I saw that you can change the battle difficulty. I kinda like that. Keep it on normal, and if I have a lot of trouble with a boss or something, then I can change it.
Mass Effect I changed everything to the easiest settings. I loved the game. Sure, it wasn't especially challenging, but I enjoyed the experience.
Games like MGS, Gears of War, DMC, or God of War, I would never make it past the first few levels without easy or casual modes. By using easy I am able to enjoy the game. I would think the developers would prefer people actual play their game, than avoid it due to being too hard.
I'll never understand people who play games on hard(or higher) modes. You must have a pretty stress free life, if you enjoy that kind of difficulty. To each his own, I suppose.

2433  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 29, 2009, 02:38:01 PM
I was playing MGS4, thinking it's a bit boring, when it suddenly became all sorts of awesome.
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What the hell are those mechanical creature things? The one reminds me of Doc Oc.  I imagine I will get to fight them all as bosses. Very cool

Now I just wish I could get out of this friggin war zone. Too much brown and grey.
2434  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable 2 "Episodic", Fable III announced on: September 29, 2009, 12:19:58 PM
Eh while I didnt care for Fable, Fable 2 was pretty fun.  Im looking forward to number 3, course I never really payed attention to all the crap he talkeda bout, so *shrug*
Same with me. I never read a word of what he said about Fable II, and quite enjoyed it.


If they ditch the rubbish battle system from Fable II, then Fable III should be pretty sweet.
Huh? I thought the battle system was the best part of the game. Made me feel like a kick-ass hero. Fast-paced and fun.

How about some kind of challenge in the next one. The first 2 could be completed by a druken, blindfolded, one-armed chimp.
This is one of the reasons why I LIKE the Fable games. I suppose it could be a little more challenging, though.

2435  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 22, 2009, 02:53:10 PM
I don't know why but this seems relevant here.

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As day length shortens (technically, it's the increasing dark period) it stimulates blooming in Coleus, so fall plants are much more determined to bloom than they were in summer. There is no practical way for the hobbyist to prevent the plant from maturing sexually, but pinching the blooms will go a long way toward keeping the plant growing with the vigor of the intermediate (teenager) stage.

Imagine if humans worked like that.
ha. Plant geeks unite!
ahem...anyway...
I'm going to go pinch a teenager and see what happens. I predict lawsuit(what? You think I'd pinch a dude?).
2436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix on: September 22, 2009, 02:49:26 PM
Hey what happens when the current gaming generation grows up and becomes more interested in salaries and babies than their vidyagames, and simultaneously the gaming systems get too expensive for the younger generation? We gonna see another videogame crash?

(Or are people going to do the smart thing and decide against every growing up, because that leads to being fat, depressed, and uninteresting?)
I've been married for ten years and have an eight year old. I've played games all the way from when I was a kid until now. It may have slowed a bit here and there, but I've never stopped.
Babies are not more interesting than video games. Anyone who says otherwise is lying.

2437  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 21, 2009, 10:47:40 AM
MGS4 - It's been awhile since I've played an MGS game(whenever 3 came out) so it took me a while to get used to the mechanics again. Beautiful looking game. Especially all the little details. I anticipate a crazy story to follow. I just met Drebin.

Wipeout HD - Wow, is this awesome. Super slick graphics, fast races, thumping tunes. Exactly what I was hoping for. I still don't understand why the 360 doesn't have some type of futuristic racer.
2438  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 21, 2009, 10:36:57 AM
Watched two movies over the weekend:

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Keanu version) - terrible movie. the whole thing made no sense, and was just not well put together. The kid sucked. Poor Jennifer Connelly has let herself get so skinny. She's an OK actor, but has lost all her "presence", so to speak.

9 - I took my 8 year old to see this, after deciding he could handle it. I found it to be a movie with a lot of squandered potential, but still entertaining in the end. The visuals were well done, and the action sequences were pretty intense. I also liked that the girl puppet-thing, #7 (voiced by the aforementioned JC), was the best fighter of the lot. I'd like to see this world expanded upon. A series would be cool.
2439  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 18, 2009, 01:56:38 PM
Picked up a PS3 this morning. Bought MGS along with it. I also started downloading Wipeout HD, but had to leave, so I'll finish that tonight. I didn't get to DO anything with it because of updates and setting everything up.
The Wallymart I bought it at didn't have Valkyria, Uncharted, or anything else I wanted. I'll get those off the Ole interwebnet.
2440  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 11, 2009, 08:56:03 AM
So I decided to play the first part of FF: TAY. After playing so many action-based games I wanted to play something more traditional. Plus, its short!
I'm actually rather impressed so far. I got my ass kicked a couple times by the beholder thing with the countdown spell before actually implementing some strategy into the mix. Beat it easy after that.
The random encounter rate is ridiculous, but that's to be expected I guess.
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I now have just Ceodore after the castle invasion. Biggs and Wedge are dead! Cid is off with Rosa! Rydia was sent off somewhere to escape death! Whats up with Kain?
I am...intrigued.
2441  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld sequels to games on: September 10, 2009, 06:39:13 PM
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I don't get the "I can move around with my DS!" argument. Anytime that I've played something on it I was just sitting on the couch. Who moves all over when they're gaming anyway? Odd.

Because Fire Emblem is on my GBA, I don't have to stop playing if I get hungry and want to cook something, if I have to use the facilities, if I want to watch something on TV, and any number of other things.  I can just take it with me.  If somebody is making a lot of noise in one room, I can move to the next.  If I suddenly feel like laying down, I can go in my room and sprawl on the bed without having to turn off my game.  There are a lot of reasons for wanting to move around while playing a game.

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I like my games to look great, sound great, play great, and to make me say "wow, that was awesome" every now and then. DS games, no matter what it is, do not qualify.

I'm completely the opposite of you; there are times when I'll be playing something on my console and just think "I could be X on my DS right now" because it was genuinely more fun or interesting.  Honestly I think you just need to play different handheld games, because apparently you're just playing the bad ones or something.
Gen, I'm thinking we just don't agree on things. Plain as that. lol
Ya see, I only start gaming when I know there won't be any distractions. Generally after the family has gone to bed, and I can play in peace. No moving required(Unless I'm playing the Wii....which I will...eventually...when a good game comes out...ouch!)
Ever since I hooked up the 360 to my HD TV and surround system and saw Dead Space in all it's glory(and mass Effect, Gears, Fable II, etc), it has become very hard to play games on a 2.5"(+/-) screen (x 2!)
I'm not saying the games aren't great or anything. I'm just in a fireworks kinda mood, ya know?
It's like asking if I would rather watch a movie on a giant theater screen or at home on a 13" tv. The movie is great regardless of the viewing medium, but I sure as hell am going with the more bombastic experience.

2442  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld sequels to games on: September 10, 2009, 04:15:14 PM
I just can't get myself to play handheld games anymore. I bought a few games for the DS but hardly touched them.
Playing a game on a handheld just doesn't feel the same to me. I feel like I'm wasting my time, and that I should be playing a "real" game on a console. I know this sounds silly, but that's how it is.
I don't get the "I can move around with my DS!" argument. Anytime that I've played something on it I was just sitting on the couch. Who moves all over when they're gaming anyway? Odd.
I like my games to look great, sound great, play great, and to make me say "wow, that was awesome" every now and then. DS games, no matter what it is, do not qualify.
No, you could never replicate something like Mass Effect on the DS. The epic scope alone would be impossible. The music was awesome and very cinematic. DS tunes couldn't come close. etc. etc.
I know some of the things I say sound superficial, but that's just where I am now when it comes to gaming.
2443  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: New 2-D Sonic game from Sega on: September 10, 2009, 03:19:59 PM
I enjoyed Sonic 1 and 2 on the Gen. Played them both endlessly. Perfect mix of great graphics, music, and simple game play. I liked Sonic CD also, but I played the japanese version first so I was appalled when the US one had changed the soundtrack. I also had a lot of fun with Sonic Adventure on the DC.
It was never all about the speed with me. I explored those dang levels.
I have zero hopes for any return to past glory.
2444  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 09, 2009, 04:08:12 PM
Beat Devil May Cry 4. I had a blast with the game, despite the overuse of bosses and repeating levels. Tons of fun.

I'm really not sure about what to play next. I've got Tales of Vesperia to play, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood for another goofy jrpg.
Ditto for Lost Odyssey
Maybe I'll play FF: TAY

I WANT to pick up a PS3 and play some of those games. Soon enough...

2445  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Gaming Intelligence Agency is back! on: September 09, 2009, 01:46:39 PM
What the hell is that? Some lame attempt at comedy? Satire? I'm confused.
I used to love the GIA.
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