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2446  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 03:39:16 PM
Adult characters with adult problems suck.  I want unicorns and fairies.

It actually bothers me when I see people who only want to play "Rated M for Immature" games.  The people who can't appreciate simple childlike fantasy are depressing, IMO.

I don't think the general age of protagonists makes my experience any more or less fun, with RPGs. I'm not that shallow. :P All that I ask for is an interesting set of characters, as well as a sufficient amount of side-dialogue, to keep things fresh outside of the main story (Stuff like Private actions, skits, cosmospheres, etc etc).

I think this quote sums it up pretty well.  See also: Lord Scottishes' signature.  I have the rest of that quote posted on my wall at work.

Goddamn man, stop taking everything so literally. Of course I mean in a fantasy/sci-fi/game setting. I'm not talking about adult problems in cubicle land. I'm am NOT one of those only M for mature people. I'll happily play a game of any rating as long its appealing to me. I'm pretty sure the Zeldas are E for everyone. I loved Okami, too.
Ya know what? Generalizations suck. It really comes down to a game by game basis. I might like one game that has kids that don't annoy me, then hate another.
2447  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 02:38:09 PM
I sure as hell do NOT want him to suddenly play a part in my next rpg. Or ANY kid for that matte I play games to get way from the real world, not rehash it.

So you went on amazing adventures when you were a child?

One of the reasons I like younger characters in my games is because it lets me stand in their shoes for a while and pretend my early life was as exciting and awesome as theirs.  I dunno about you, but I never got to fight through a war and become a legendary hero when I was 13, so when I get to play as Rolf in Fire Emblem 9 and do exactly that, it's a great feeling.

You know what I meant. I don't want whiny brats in my video games. period.
Honestly, that second paragraph just makes me roll my eyes. I enjoyed being a kid when I was a kid. I do not use video game characters as stand ins for a better life. That just sounds...odd. Being 34(Buddy is 38? I always thought I was the oldest dude here) I relate better with adult characters with adult problems. Who'da thunk it? ; - )

2448  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 02:01:13 PM
Personally, I haven't had a problem with Van, Tidus, Squall, etc. At least they are grown physically. The problem comes when you have 10 year olds or younger participating. I just started playing LO, so I don't know how old Cooke and Mack are, but it sounds like they fall under this. I have a feeling I won't be playing LO much longer as its already a bit off putting even without them.
Thing is, after many years of playing games, I've finally gotten tired of silly bullshit. I have completed 4 games so far for the 360. Mass Effect, Gears of War, Dead Space, and Castle Crashers. Taking CC out for a moment, I think the similarity in these games is clear. A distinct lack of silly bullshit. Now CC was quite silly, but it was awesome silly. Totally old school good time.
I don't see any Jrpgs producing anything as remotely interesting, especially when they insist on including completely idiotic characters, scenarios, clothing, etc.
Atreyu was badass because he wasn't a whiny little shit with a tutu on. I swear he was older than 10. I saw him as 12/13. Whatever.
I did not like Enders Game at all. Hated the Ender character. Totally unrealistic.
Jrpg developers haven't quite realized that the people who played the games they made 20 years ago are, in fact, 20 years older now. I know its hard to grasp, but adults tend to like games that appeal to adults.
I have an 8 year old son. Great kid. Love him to death. BUT...
I sure as hell do NOT want him to suddenly play a part in my next rpg. Or ANY kid for that matter. I play games to get way from the real world, not rehash it.
If they HAVE to have a kid in it, at least relegate them to a bit part, with the annoyance factor on low. This just seems so common sense to me.

2449  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 23, 2009, 09:59:14 AM
Lost Odyssey - I haven't even left the first city yet. I DID manage to see two of the "Thousand years of dreams" sequences and was quite impressed. So simple, yet so effective.
I'll admit that the LO thread is making me a bit squeamish about playing this. I like it so far, though.
2450  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 22, 2009, 09:02:58 AM
Beat Gears of War last night. I definitely had a good time with it, and will play #2 in the future.

I think I'm going to play Lost Odyssey now. I need an rpg after Gears and it's whats available at the moment. I want to play Vesperia or Fable II, but am too cheap to shell out full price for games. I imagine these 2 won't drop until the Fall.

As for my comment about 2 player games. I enjoyed Streets of Rage 2 the first time around. Don't think I want to pay any more for it though.
If Alien Hominid is really hard, then I'm out. Same thing with that N+ game. The idea is to play and have fun together. Not kill each other in frustration.
Maybe I should look and see what is available for WiiWare.
2451  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 21, 2009, 11:48:44 AM
I garden. A lot. It is really not just a hobby. It is what I DO. I know when some people hear the word "garden" they think of veggies, but they are only a small part of it. I enjoy the design/layout, the constructing of stone walks and walls, and tinkering with perennial combination's. Over the course of 10 years I have created my own personal sanctuary, and am quite proud of it. It is ongoing, though, which I love.

I read a lot. Mostly high fantasy, but some sci-fi and mystery stories too.

I like taking pictures. Mostly nature influenced, but all with the goal of being meaningful and artistic. Moments in time captured forever. I take my picture taking a bit too seriously...

I love movies, and would love to get to the theater WAY more than 3-4 times a year, but life has a way of getting in the way.
Even my home viewing is a lot less than I would like. Maybe one a week with episodes of BSG in between.
2452  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 21, 2009, 11:04:15 AM
The kid and I finished Castle Crashers. Pretty kick ass game. Some of those bosses were quite tough. I imagine we'll play some more just for the fun of it. I might DL Alien Homind, as well, although it looks a bit too similar.
Anyone have any recommendations for fun 2-player games I can play with an 8 year old? (preferably 360 arcade type)
I'm at the last stage of Act 4 in Gears of War. I'm supposed to run across a locust infested courtyard to get to an APC in a very short amount of time. I am having a VERY hard time accomplishing this, and have died repeatedly. I may have reached my limit on this game.

2453  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 19, 2009, 05:18:46 PM
Poor Megan. I was trying to think of a "hot" girl and she's the first to pop into my head. I would take Rachel Weisz or Jennifer Connelly(before she got all skinny) over her, although I still find her quite attractive. I could probably find flaws in them, too, if I stared long enough.
I actually do not think the opposite is true. If I stare at someone unattractive they do not suddenly get redeeming features. They just get uglier. Sad but true. Then again, I don't find myself staring at ugmos too much.

2454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POLL: Fable 2 or Mass Effect on: April 19, 2009, 11:05:40 AM
Ya see. Now I'm on Youtube listening to ME music and it is fantastic. I knew there was good music there, I  just couldn't friggin' hear it! I don't remember if there was sound control in the game where you can adjust the SE/ST levels, but why keep the music so low? bizarre
I always did like the galaxy map music. I would just open the map and listen to it.
I think I may actually have to buy the dang OST now. Thanks a lot guys.

2455  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 08:46:39 PM
She IS cute. And she stayed that way after I stared a little bit. You could stare at anyone and find flaws. Go find a picture of Megan Fox or whoever and stare at it a bit. It may take awhile but you could probably find something wrong with her look. I prefer not to look for flaws in people. I like to focus on the positive, especially when it comes to physical features.
2456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POLL: Fable 2 or Mass Effect on: April 18, 2009, 08:39:05 PM
At first I hated the Mako. It just controlled really weird and I had a hard time killing anything with it. It wasn't until about halfway through the game when I realized I could zoom in with the cannon. I suddenly loved the Mako. By the end I got used to the controls, too.
I think my play time was around 37 hrs or so. I did most of the side missions, but made no effort at all to do any achievements.
Maybe there was music in every area(yes, I DO have full surround) but it was quiet and nothing to write home about(I DID like the C-SEC tunes). I would have loved some cool technoesque space tunes(think PS4) in the background. Western (rpg) developers are almost too obsessed with realism. They go with dynamic sound over basic background tunes. I'll take a great music track playing the whole time over boring environmental sounds and sudden crescendos signaling an enemy attack. Then again, there's no guarantee of great music anywhere nowadays. I'll shut up now.
I am aware of other classes. I went basic everything when I played. I really do want to play again trying different things.
2457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POLL: Fable 2 or Mass Effect on: April 18, 2009, 12:34:49 PM
Ok, this Mass Effect love fest needs to be grounded a bit. Can't have the dude thinking he's getting the second coming of gaming or something.

The game actually gets quite monotonous if you choose to visit all the planets/galaxies/whatever for the side missions and "treasure" hunting. Hell, they all look basically the same and have strikingly similar missions.

The story is just OK. The characters definitely make up for this, though. The main antagonist sucks, IMHO.
Then you have the typical western rpg lack of music. Granted, there are a few decent tunes, but its mostly environmental stuff.
I would have liked a mix of gun/melee combat. I got kind of tired of shooting after awhile. Speaking of shooting I rarely changed my gun. There was no point. Hopefully, ME2 mixes in some different types of weapons that are useful as well.

NOW, I purposefully sat down and thought about the games flaws. In no way does any of the above negate the fact that ME is a great game. I just wanted to add a little balance to the love fest.

2458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Demo on: April 17, 2009, 03:51:10 PM
I HATE hard games, so this better not be too difficult.
Every game should have difficulty settings, so those who prefer the easy route(me) and those who prefer it hard(crazies) can both have it their way.
2459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POLL: Fable 2 or Mass Effect on: April 17, 2009, 03:43:34 PM
ME is not a 1st person shooter. It's 3rd person. I enjoyed it tremendously, despite a few flaws. I'm not so sure about the story being "amazing" but the characters are certainly interesting.
I have yet to play Fable II, but I definitely want to. I just don't want to pay $60 for it.
This poll is lopsided.
2460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Had to post this FFXIII gameplay video on: April 16, 2009, 09:57:21 AM
Holy shit, this game really does look amazing. Lightning is like a freaking female Dante. She is awesome. Not so sure about the dude with the bird. Why do japanese designers insist on including stupid stuff like that? Makes no sense.
What really gets me is the setting. I LOVE the futuristic look of it all. Very flashy, but totally cool.
I don't understand why they are going back to having a transition between the field and fighting. I like how XII had no transition. The fighting does look fast-paced, though.

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