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2446  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince on: July 20, 2009, 02:18:34 PM
While I enjoyed it for the most part, I was let down too.
The omissions/changes are really bothering me.
The ending in particular. The movie completely took away the emotional punch it had in the book. I was picturing a much more "epic" scene. The battle/scuffle happening in the background while the Snape/Dumbledore scene takes place. It was just so blah.
Some of the more interesting "memories" were omitted, especially the one(2?) with snape.
Then the delivery of the "I'm the half-blood prince" line fell flat, too. The movie never even indicated that Snape was aware of Harry possessing the book.
Still...The cast was great, as always. Slughorn was perfect, and all the principals did very well.
take out the stupid quidditch and excessive Lavender scenes, and add in more of the essentials from the book, and I might have been happier.
But that ending...ugh.
2447  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 17, 2009, 09:38:18 AM
alright, so I'm actually starting to get burnt out on Fable II. I'm enjoying it still, but am starting get annoyed at the more obvious flaws. I'm tired of every friggin woman asking for a wedding ring for starters. Didn't someone play test this thing? I don't like going into towns because I'm constantly harassed. Maybe if I had gone more evil?
I'm really starting to rake in the cash, too.  I don't understand why they made it add up when your not playing. Makes it too easy to get rich.
I suppose I could stop screwing around with all the side quests and actually follow the story line, huh?
2448  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How is Fable 2? on: July 13, 2009, 01:50:56 PM
There you go Grim, no more excuses not to play FO3!
I was just reading some reviews, and no one says anything about a 3rd person perspective. Its' all FPS this and FPS that. One review did mention it, saying it was clunky or something and only for Fallout 1 and 2 fans(I take it the first 2 were not first person?)
The ONLY game I was ever able to tolerate in 1st person was MP, and I still totally sucked at those.
I'll try FO3 when it drops to 20-30$.
Sorry for the thread-jack.
2449  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How is Fable 2? on: July 13, 2009, 01:12:12 PM
Mas, FO3 may be a better game, but I will never play it simply due to the perspective. I'm sure I'm not alone in my disdain.

Fallout 3 plays in both first-person and third-person, so I'm not sure what the issue is here. Unlike Oblivion third-person mode is actually playable since there's a crosshair and your character isn't placed exactly in the centre of the screen.
I was under the impression that the whole game was in 1st person. So fighting is done in 3rd person? full movement and everything? regardless, the only first person I like in a game is when you can look around with the camera to see your surroundings.
2450  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How is Fable 2? on: July 13, 2009, 09:04:10 AM
I am playing it right now. I'm finding it quite enjoyable really. I think the battle system is great. I love how you can seamlessly go from using your sword, to shooting a crossbow, to casting a spell. Very exciting stuff.
The world is beautiful to look and fun to explore. I look all over for treasure and gargoyles to shoot.
The main story is mostly blah, but most of the game seems to happen outside of it.
I suppose it could be considered easy, but I prefer easy games, so that works for me.
Mas, FO3 may be a better game, but I will never play it simply due to the perspective. I'm sure I'm not alone in my disdain.

2451  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 10, 2009, 09:33:49 AM
Long story short, here I am almost 20 years later, and I can't stand WRPGs, most of which offer all of the D&D elements I thought FFIV was so sorely lacking back then. WoW and Elder Scroll, ugh, they seem so tired and old fashioned to me now. And all I can think about is FFXIII. Yep. Irony.

I think this may actually be the reversal of some of us here, growing up on JRPGs only to start getting tired of them and giving WRPGs a shot and getting hooked.

As for baldness: I don't think it represents being sickly so much as that it represents age... and you know what, it probably is the same here. Note that all of this bald characters aren't REALLY build, almost all of them have some fuzz there which shows they're not old enough to start balding.

Exactly this! For years, I was all about the jrpg and very anti-wrpg. trying out Kotor on the Xbox only solidified this. I played the original Fable and liked it, but not that much. Now with the 360, I am finding myself playing almost nothing but western made games, rpg or otherwise, and loving them. Now, I still have no interest in first person games, rpg or otherwise(MP excluded), so Fallout 3 and Oblivion never even get a try from me, but its still quite a reversal. I DO want to try out Tales of Vesperia, but thats about it. It just seems that every jrpg that comes out has some fatal flaws keeping it from greatness.
I AM looking forward to FFXIII, though, as I pretty much always enjoy them.

BTW, bald/shaved head = awesome! no other explanation. Not that I would have any personal experience...
2452  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long is looooooooooooooong? on: July 10, 2009, 09:12:51 AM
In the 20-30 hour range is fine by me. Shorter is fine, too, as long as its done well. I used to not mind playing through long games, but life has managed to get in the way, and these beasts can take me 3-4 months to get through. Only being able to play an hour a night will do that, even with the supposed "short" games.
Still, like DC said, I will make exceptions for great games(DQ VIII 90+, FFXII 110, DC2 85+).
ME was perfect, because even after playing through a majority of the side quests, I finished the game around 36 hours.
2453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 08, 2009, 09:58:45 AM
jrpgs + too many kids = awful

wrpgs + bald space marine = awesome!
2454  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's E3 Awards on: July 08, 2009, 09:57:06 AM
Alpha Protocol must look/play better in person because the pics look incredibly generic and boring. It looks like every other next gen game to me. Definitely a wait and see on that one. ME2 looks good, as long as they remember why the first one was so good. I "wasted" so many hours in the original just wandering around and talking to everyone. The new one just needs a better menu system and a better protagonist. Sounds to me like they are getting a bit too excited about juicing up the battles when that was only a small part of what made the game great. We'll see.
2455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best Unique Gameplay Feature on: July 08, 2009, 09:41:31 AM
i'm shocked so many people hate the judgement ring. can that many people suck so bad at something that actually requires skill? i love anything that adds an element of skill. even if you suck theres an auto mode.

It has nothing to do with being bad at it; I hated the system and did well with it.  The problem is that it makes everything so slow.  It's like adding 3-4 seconds worth of loading time to every single move.

I love how people accuse those who don't like the judgement ring of sucking at it. It has nothing to do with sucking at it, or even the amount of time it takes. I just felt that it took away any semblance of thought or strategy that should be a part of an rpg battle system. If I wanted something timing based I would play a shooter or an action game. Perhaps if they used it more as a bonus type thing I would have been OK with it. One poorly timed button press could fuck up the whole fight. Too bad, too, as I liked the setting of SH and wanted to keep going with it.
2456  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 07, 2009, 10:51:08 AM
Fable II - That whole Spire sequence was bizarre. I liked the design of the place, though. Doing side quests and watching the money roll in after buying all sorts of shops and such. I suppose I should get back to doing the main quest. Gotta find the third Hero or something.
2457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best Unique Gameplay Feature on: July 03, 2009, 10:44:28 PM
Judgement ring? - Wait...isn't that the stupid wheel of fortune from the Shadow Heart games? I HATE that.

I feel like I should experience this "press turn" system, but have no interest in playing a Megami Persona game. Quite the quandary.

Grandia II's battle system that actual makes turn based combat fun.

Suikodens castle building(see variations in Skies of Arcadia and Dark Cloud 2) Love that stuff.
2458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Most Annoying Playable Character on: July 03, 2009, 10:35:43 PM
*wonders why everyone hates on Rinoa so much. She was totally the type of girl I wanted to date, looks wise anyway...I don't really recall much about her personality)

I don't remember if you ever HAD to use Quina, but if you did, then that is my answer. Dear god, what was that THING?!

I hated Kid from Chrono Cross simply because of her name. Who the hell comes up with these things?!
(Obviously, I'm STILL full of hatred)

2459  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 24, 2009, 02:00:23 PM
Fable II - Not sure how many hours I've played so far, but I just made it to Westcliff for the first time. Not sure what I think about Brianne..I mean...whatshername...the warrior woman hero person.
I need to get to buying some shops or houses or something to get the cash rolling in.
There are parts of this game I love and parts that, like the first Fable, I could do without. I find in this game, unlike in Mass Effect, I dread talking to people and traversing towns. Its all rather convoluted and annoying. All the yapping drives me crazy,too.
Perhaps if I played the game as a more evil character I would find it more fun.
Plus the "story" is pretty much non-existent.
I enjoy the whole "adventuring" part of the game the most; where I'm just kicking ass, finding treasure, and enjoying the scenery.
2460  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Up on: June 17, 2009, 03:01:05 PM
cheese fries...mmmmmmmmmmm
Took the wife and kid to see Up this past Weekend. It was quite good, but not as good as I hoped it would be.
*spoilers to follow*

What is the deal with the talking dogs? Is Muntz a genius inventor in addition to being a famous explorer? There was no explanation. I ask because there was no other indicators as to his inventiveness/genius. I also think the dogs were injected into this movie purely for the kids. They really have no place in it otherwise.
Wouldn't Muntz be a lot older than K(C)arl? They portray them as being the same age, but Muntz was C(K)arls childhood hero, right? Odd.
The opening montage of KCarl and Ellies life together was sweet. Sets a good tone for the movie.
The kid just an OK character, but he had the best line in the movie. Something about the boring things in life being what you remember.
There were definitely 2 or 3 moments that tugged the heartstrings. As always with Pixar movies, I think the adults get more out of it than the children.

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