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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 11, 2014, 10:47:44 AM
Beat the game in 20 hours!? Wha? I'm at 20 hours, and I just got Dorian! This Skyhold place everyone keeps talking about is but a whisp of a dream for me. I've been mixing up side quests with story quests.
There's so much to do, and I really want to get the most out of it. I can see this taking me over a 100 hours, and I'm ok with that.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 10, 2014, 09:33:55 PM
Some day I'll be able to justify the cost of a PS4. But not yet.
Anyway...
Just met Dorian. He seems like a fun character. Pretty classic dashing hero archetype.
The patch downloaded last night, but I don't really know what it did.



I love Dorian. Reminds me of Errol Flynn + The guy from A Princess Bride
Bingo! Probably why I like him.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 09:32:02 PM
Wow, I didn't realize my question would spark such a conversation! I told him to check the games out on youtube and see if it looks good to him. There's been a few other games that I've recommended that he didn't like, or just got bored with, so you never know. He's a nut for everything Pokemon, Zelda, Ys, Chrono Trigger, etc.
I remember Suikoden 1 having a great soundtrack as well, although I don't recall how it compares to 2.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 10:27:46 AM
I've got to get my rpg-loving son to play a Suikoden game. I think he'd love them. I wonder if I should start him on 1, or just skip to 2? Hmmm.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 10, 2014, 10:12:46 AM
Some day I'll be able to justify the cost of a PS4. But not yet.
Anyway...
Just met Dorian. He seems like a fun character. Pretty classic dashing hero archetype.
The patch downloaded last night, but I don't really know what it did.

51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 08, 2014, 02:37:04 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty damn excited about this. I might even buy a WiiU when it comes out. There hasn't been any other reason to do so.
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 08, 2014, 02:26:19 PM
Locke -

I loved this movie. It's so simple, yet incredibly effective. It's simply Tom Hardy being amazing, answering and making phone calls, on his way to a destination.
It sounds like a boring premise for a movie, right? But it works wonderfully. We have drama, and revelations, and you come to care about Ivan, and what will happen to him.
The movie ended and I was sad because I wanted to keep following Ivan and make sure everything works out for him.
Highly recommended.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 06, 2014, 08:52:11 PM
I've only managed 15 hours or so, and I already think it's better than Origins. Same reason as Blace. It's fun!
54  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Game Music Bundle 8 - 168 tracks for $1 on: December 05, 2014, 11:50:51 PM
I heard about it, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I was wondering about the quality of the music, as I really haven't heard of any of the games featured.
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 04:59:10 PM
Craig is good as Bond, but the movies have been varying quality.
Casino was pretty great, Solace was pretty bad, Skyfall was good, but way overrated. Like Took, I really didn't care if they ever made another one.
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 04, 2014, 12:17:56 PM
It came out on June 13th, which is technically early in the "Summer" movie season.

http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/june/2014/

There really wasn't much else of interest, especially to children,  around it either.

And Natros, I was referring to the US box office. 177mil for a much asked for and anticipated sequel is pretty weak.
It's kind of interesting how many articles were written about this very topic:
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=why+did+how+to+train+your+dragon+2+underperform

Oh, well. My son wants a copy for Christmas, so we'll own it. I'm playing my part.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 11:31:12 AM
That IS a thought. What DOES a Art History degree get you, anyway? What type of job are you hoping to do? Hopefully, you can get some sort of kick ass art related job, but I think we've all heard bad things about job potential for people with art degrees. Perhaps art history is different?

58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 03, 2014, 11:18:11 AM

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - I won't lie. I fuckin' love this series. These films are done in such a way... that I know if I were a kid these days, I would absolutely go head over heels for them. They make me have all kinds of feels.You can tell a lot of love was put into them.
So anyway, this installment is quite good. I still like the first film better, but I believe that's only because it focuses more on introducing the characters and their initial development. It's more personal that way. In no way is the 2nd one an inferior film, IMO.
In this one, 5 years have passed since the first movie, so of course, the main characters are now a bit older. Hiccup has been taking any chance he can to explore the outside world, now that he has Toothless. In those travels, he/they come across dragon trappers working for a very bad dude, who of course ends up being the main bad guy, Drago. Drago is played very effectively by Djimon Hounsou. His yells are perfect for the role. Hiccup also comes across a long lost family member, who aides him in his fight with Drago. As the film progresses, there is an unexpected death of a major character. Both my wife & I thought it wasn't perma-death, but it sure as hell was. Surprising.. and effective. It reminds the viewer and the characters of how very "real" things are.
All in all, I'd say this film carries the spirit of the first one very well, and adds some unique characters and plot elements. One thing I really appreciate is the subtleties. Like how each character has their own unique mannerisms; how each rides his/her dragon differently; and how the long lost family member acts so elegant, yet feral at the same time.
Well done. Loved it.


Good review. I've enjoyed both of these movies as well. I'm baffled as to why the second did so "poorly" at the box office. There's no good explanation for it. Great movie, great reviews, years of anticipation, then...mediocre money. It bothers me because shitty movies like endless ice age sequels make gobs. Oh, well.
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 03, 2014, 10:42:36 AM
I am astonished at how HUGE the Hinterlands are in DA: Inquisition. This one area is like the entire map of Origins!
I've gotten way too sidetracked doing all sorts of quests here instead of moving the story forward.
I saw my first dragon, and promptly turned around so I didn't get my ass handed to me. Damn thing is huge and very imposing. Awesome.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 02, 2014, 10:20:25 AM
I find it extremely hard to believe that you're not having texture loading issues to at least a minor extent.  I've seen differing reports on it, though and some people with fewer than others.  It is a confirmed issue, one that, as far as I'm aware Bioware has said nothing about fixing.

I'm very sensitive towards FPS drops, so to me they're very blatant.  The entire first cutscene basically chugs, for example, while simultaneously not loading the NPC clothing at all.   It's a poorly coded mess and I'm ashamed it was released in this state.  The FPS tend to start dropping when rifts are anywhere nearby but are decent otherwise.

I have a thin PS3.  My old fat PS3 died a while ago.
As I said, sometimes I'll gain control of my character when the textures are still loading (especially when I am running around and talking to everyone in Skyhold causing constant zoning and loading), but I don't think I have ever had a conversation go beyond three lines of dialogue without the textures fully loading. Can't recall any FPS drops near rifts either, although that might just be a difference in terminology as I do recall occasionally having very short hangs near rifts, but never more than a quick second or two when I first approach them. I have certainly had occasional issues with the game. The worst one being when I pulled a switch in the oasis, my game dropped either FPS or processing speed to something like a sixth of what it was before and it appeared to be unfixable. Fortunately had an auto save from before pulling the switch and next time I pulled it had no issues.

Super thin PS3 here.

I reiterate what Ran says above. I've certainly had issues here and there, but nothing game breaking. I'm having too much fun adventuring to care about minor graphic glitches and such.
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