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2461  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 27, 2008, 09:17:33 AM
TOTA - All sorts of shit going down. I swear I am RIGHT. THERE.
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Goddamn, if this game isn't actually making me get a tad emotional. That scene with Luke at the Tower of Rem when he thought he was going to die. "I don't want to die!" You genuinely FEEL for the guy. Then finding out that Luke IS in fact dying, and the scene between him and tear at the mansion...wow. Why can't more games do this?
Then last night I was back at the absorption Gate. You actually kind of respect Largo, ya know? He is one of the coolest baddies in a long time.
Now I am in the Radiation Gate, and it took quite a force of will to stop playing last night.

Holy shit if this game didn't rope me back in after a bit of a lull. I really cannot think of any game that has ever done CHARACTERS better than this.
I am once again at the point where the thought of finishing the game makes me feel a bit melancholy. I am totally tempted to "go on an appointment" and go home and finish it. lol
2462  The Rest / General Discussions / The Avatar, Title, and Sig Thread! on: August 25, 2008, 10:00:16 AM
I'm not sure why I am posting as nothing has changed since the last time. Or the time before that...and so on.

Avatar has been the same since forever. Found it in a search of the ol' interwebnets numerous years ago, and have used it ever since.

Title comes from Mr Richard Dawkins. I read it in his book "The God Delusion" and thought it would make a cool sounding title. So there.

My sig doesn't change much because the game I'm playing and the book I'm reading doesn't change much.
2463  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 25, 2008, 09:24:39 AM
Quote from: "Wilsongt"


I also played Tales of the Abyss last night and did the stuff at Choral Castle. I swear, I'm not made to play Tales of games. All I ever do is end up button mashing instead of stringing combos together.


I have an odd feeling that's how most people play them. I made it through Symphonia just fine, and am 6786793706 hours into Abyss with the same "strategy". I typically just whale on the attack button and spam artes all over the place. Seems to work out in the end.

The aforementioned Abyss:

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Played through the Tower of Rem. I think I was pretty tired because I don't remember what happened after that. Probably something about Replicas and some sarcastic remarks from Jade
2464  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 22, 2008, 03:03:39 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
epic thread indeed

Anyway, John, your ability to rush games always impresses me.  Good job, mate.  LoS is gonna be pissed.  :P


Not pissed. BAFFLED. I just don't get it. I know I'm slow as Molasses going up a mountain when it comes to games, but this guy just baffles me. 31 hours? I'm at 76 right now, and STILL not done. To me, this is a just a fucking LONG ass game.
I understand beating skill based games quickly. Johns obviously an awesome gamer. Rpgs are a bit different, though. How can one guy play through the same game, but beat it in half(or less!) the time?
It is a tad disheartening, to be honest.
Anyway, back to reading every sentence 3 times just to understand the story that much better...
; - )
2465  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Star Wars - Force Unleashed on: August 22, 2008, 01:53:54 PM
Yeah, I'm starting to get jazzed for this. Only thing is...I don't have a PS3 or a 360(yet). I'll be picking it up for the Wii. I'm wondering how the control scheme is going to work. I haven't seen or read much about the Wii version. Regardless, the game looks like a good time.
2466  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 20, 2008, 12:09:22 PM
Still playing TOTA - Some of you crazy fast players will probably beat it before I do. *sigh*
Anyway, my progress:
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Played through the Isle of Feres, traveled to a few towns, now I'm supposed to go to Cheagle Woods for the much vaunted "duel" between Anise and Arietta.
I was stuck in Feres for a bit and checked gamefaqs for help. I ended up finding my way on my own, but I was dismayed by the many references to Mieu Fire 2 and Mieu Wing.  I don't have either one of these, and didn't even know they existed until reading the FAQs. There hasn't been a single reference in the game to either of these. I figured there would be more Mieu upgrades, but that they would happen as part of the basic storyline. Hopefully, I don't need them.
2467  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 12, 2008, 11:12:20 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Quote from: "GrimReality"
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I don't quite get why it's taking so long to get through the game. yes, I thought the game ended 10 hours than it actually did, but I have to be one of the slowest people to trek through an RPG and TotA took me 47 hours.

Grim Reality, I would say you're almost done storywise, but not at the pace you're playing.

some whiny stuff from me.


It must've been my experience with Tales of Symphonia that let me go through TotA, as I thought it was the easiest of the Tales I've played. And yeah, I played 4-7 hours at a time, as I hardly had any work that week....


I played through and very much enjoyed Symphonia. I think I recall it taking around 65 hours or so.
Also, in regards to Dices comment. I don't get why the free run makes the game easier. I don't even use it that much, because you have to hold the button down. Maybe I'm just clueless.
2468  The Rest / General Discussions / We're Horrible out of 5 on: August 12, 2008, 09:18:55 AM
hmmm...

Never smoked or did any drugs.
No one nighters.
No real thievery that I can think of.
Ahh, but I do enjoy a good beer. The wife and I also enjoy our wine. Neither of these do I consume to any excess, though. Still...

1/5 = damn fine human being.
2469  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 12, 2008, 09:09:38 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
I don't quite get why it's taking so long to get through the game. yes, I thought the game ended 10 hours than it actually did, but I have to be one of the slowest people to trek through an RPG and TotA took me 47 hours.

Grim Reality, I would say you're almost done storywise, but not at the pace you're playing.


ALL games take me forever to get through. I think I've been playing Abyss now for 6 months or so. I rarely, if ever, bother with side quests, and I generally don't spend excessive hours leveling(current lvls are at 56 or so). I really have no freakin idea where all the hours came from, but there they are.
FFXII took me around 110. DQVIII was 90 or so. Same with Dark Cloud 2.
Hell, even action games normally take me about double what other people say it takes them.
I wonder if its all the starting and stopping. Sometimes I'll play just a half hour at a time. Or play from one save point to the next.
Tis a mystery!
2470  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 11, 2008, 05:14:50 PM
TOTA will. Not. End.
71 hours now...
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Ions dead. Anise is a mega bitch, and I just fought a Balrog like thing. Now there's some "key to Lorelai thing" out there somewhere and I'm supposed to go to Belkend...I think.

This just feels like the Never ending quest. My opinion of the game drops as each hour goes by. We'll see.
2471  The Rest / General Discussions / The Megahyper Summer Olympics Thread O'Awesome on: August 11, 2008, 05:06:07 PM
I missed the opening ceremonies except for a few things. I saw some whales and some people walking sideways on a giant ball thing.

I've been watching the swimming, and Nan likes the gymnastics. I was pissed because I turned them off last night to play some Abyss and missed the damn relay win. Watched it in Youtube this morning but its not the same.
I'll turn them on every night to whats on. I normally enjoy the track and field stuff, too.
2472  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: August 08, 2008, 08:53:01 AM
Tales of the Abyss just doesn't want to end!
So I thought I was about done...
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Beat Van at the absorption gate. Was thinking the game would be over. Now I find myself hopping around getting everyone back together. Then, to top it off, apparently everything I did previously is moot as the God Generals are still alive. and Van, too? WTF? I just don't get why they are padding a game that doesn't need padding. This better not add another 20 f'ing hours or something. I REALLY want to move on from this.
2473  The Rest / General Discussions / Favorite plants. on: August 05, 2008, 11:08:55 AM
What the hell?!
I don't come to rpgfan for a topic on plants. I come here to get away from the plants for a few minutes.
For those not in the know, I'm a horticulture guy. It's what I do for a living. I'm rather fond of plants. I just don't ever think to make a topic about it here.
For the record my favorite plant(s) are ornamental grasses. Easy to grow. No real upkeep involved. Dramatic display in masses, especially in the fall.
aaaanyway...
2474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone Want a Nintendo Wii? on: August 04, 2008, 03:06:33 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
All systems this gen are disapointing in one way or another.  I love my Wii, but God damn...  I want some new games.  I can name a few games for the 360 and PS3 that I am excited about, but NOTHING for the Wii.

I know Nintendo's a company and all and making money is why they make games, but fuck, release some real games please.  You have your Wii Fit and Wii Sports and Wii Music to make money with...  Can we have a new Zelda game?

...And can third party companies release something besides fucking Petz Babyz Pool Party?


QFMFT
2475  The Rest / General Discussions / The influence of the fanbase on things you like on: August 04, 2008, 03:03:50 PM
I think the Wii itself is a good example of this. For the longest time I wanted one, but couldn't find it. For months I complained about not being able to find one. Now we finally have one, and I am left wondering what the fuss was all about. I should have bought a damn 360!
I think all sorts of people are falling for the hype on this thing.
I will admit now that the popularity of it is getting on my nerves. I recall listening to a radio show, where the hosts have never talked about video games that I am aware of. Then suddenly one morning the female host was asking the male host "which game is your favorite? Golf or boxing?"
As if the sports pack was the only game(s) available for the system.
I actually think there all sorts of people buying this thing that will never buy another game.
Hell, I brought my son over to my aunts house(shes 70 or so) for kidsitting and there it was, sitting on their couch.
I think I'm turning into the guy who hates something just because its popular, but all these bandwagon jumpers are irritating the hell out of me. I hope I can do a 180 on it someday.
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