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2401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 23, 2008, 05:29:24 PM
I tried playing Puzzle Quest as a few different classes and noticed big difference in how their skills affect the game.  Both versions do have bugs, but from what I can read, the DS version's bugs are more performance-based.  Weird numbers showing up, big lag time on certain events, that kind of thing.  Frankly, after seeing what the companion skills do, I didn't feel like missing them was that big a deal.  Also, from what I've read, the DS controls are more difficult because the gems are smaller (and therefore hard to hit with your stylus) and can be harder to distinguish from each other.

I really enjoyed Puzzle Quest - the battles are fun, and using your skills well can make a huge difference in your success.  There are several different gameplay modes that let you improve your character, and they're fun too.  As an "audition" for writing for RPG Fan, I actually wrote a review of the PSP version and gave it an 85%.
2402  The Rest / General Discussions / Crazy Cool Stuff with the Wiimote on: January 23, 2008, 05:05:41 PM
Gotta say - some of the crazy Wiimote stuff I've seen online makes me want to buy an extra just to connect to my computer and mess with...
2403  Media / Miscellaneous Games / No More Heroes on: January 23, 2008, 10:21:38 AM
Quote from: "superflat"
9.0 from GameSpot. Take that as you will.

Well, I guess Kevin Van Ord isn't getting fired!
2404  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Heath Ledger Dead on: January 23, 2008, 10:15:48 AM
Quote from: "Dice"
...that sucks, pretty sudden too.

...glad they finished filming Dark Knight at least..

That's what I thought.  Both parts.  I felt guilty, too.
2405  The Rest / General Discussions / Physical copy or DL copy? on: January 23, 2008, 10:11:08 AM
I'm a physical kinda guy, I guess.  I have downloaded a few CD tracks (legally), but given the choice, I'll take the physical copy almost every time.  Price is really the differentiator for me.  That's just how I roll.
2406  Media / Miscellaneous Games / No More Heroes on: January 22, 2008, 04:41:41 PM
When I looked earlier today, its average on metacritic was 90 - pretty great, even though there were only 4 reviews.  I watched a video review and liked the way they made the whole lightsaber thing work (there's a cap on the end that extends out on a rod rather than just a beam of hard light that extends an arbitrary distance).  Oh, and the game looked pretty fun, too. :D
2407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 22, 2008, 04:36:50 PM
Quote from: "Wolfrider"
Astonisha Story is something you should probably steer clear of as well. It's not awful (then again my tolerance for bad RPGs is pretty high) but it's just so absolutely run of the mill.

Man, I got that game for just $10 and I was STILL a bit disappointed.  I got to the final boss and got my head handed to me on a plate, so I just quit playing.  Wasn't interested in going back and level grinding.

If you're looking for turn-based stuff, others have already given the recommendations I would give.  Disgaea, FFT, and I haven't played Jeanne, but always hear good stuff about it.  Given the other great stuff out there, I'd stay away from the just OK Dungeons & Dragons Tactics.

If you can bring yourself to try an action RPG, Marvel Ultimate Alliance was awesome.

I couldn't get into the Castlevania games either - guess not every game is for everybody, even if it's a great one.
2408  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 21, 2008, 09:37:23 AM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Since I started reading "The Stand" on Friday, I've somehow managed to get about 850 pages of it read. It's good, but it would be better if it was half as long. Only 600 pages to go..............

Is it the original version, or the longer "director's cut" version?  Because I've read both, and I think I prefer the original.  There's a scene in a motel with a pistol in the longer version that still gives me the jibblies when I think about it.
2409  The Rest / General Discussions / Opinions on the PSP on: January 17, 2008, 12:49:04 PM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"
I've stopped taking my PSP to work because it's too damn fragile and I hate the load times.

Do any of you have a Slim? The impression I've gotten is that it's a significant improvement in both of those respects.

Gotta agree with JP on the load times.  There seems to be a noticeable improvement in the slim.  On fragility?  I couldn't really say.  I have dropped my slim and it still works fine, but the way the door works now means it's a little more prone to the disk coming out if you do drop it.  If you're really worried about that, I'd just recommend a wrist strap - problem solved.

I forgot to mention other good upcoming stuff - soon you'll be able to use your PSP to make Skype calls, and a camera and GPS are reportedly on their way to the US this year.
2410  The Rest / General Discussions / Opinions on the PSP on: January 16, 2008, 10:36:48 PM
I've had both a DS and a PSP for a long time now, and I have a big old stack of games for each of them.  Like you, I only want it for playing games (although I have used it from time to time for movies & music).

I like RPGs but haven't played some of the old classics (like FFT and Disgaea), so some of the remakes/ports have been great for me.  I also really enjoy action-oriented RPGs like X-Men Legends and Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and I like playing those on my PSP.  Stuff like that, when they release a PSP version and a DS version, the PSP version tends to be pretty similar to the consoles (just not as pretty), with some really nice exclusives.  The DS, on the other hand, tends to get really crappy versions that aren't anything like the home consoles.

I also like non RPGs, and have played some really great (and exclusive) games on the PSP like Syphon Filter (the first one - second one's next on my list to buy).  I loved Pursuit Force too, even though it had its problems.  PSP's also getting God of War in March, and that's gonna be a whole bucket full of awesome.

I'm not knocking the DS here by any means - just saying there is some really great stuff to be had on the PSP.  If you're buying new, I'd definitely go with the Daxter pack - it's a pretty decent game, and you also get the memory stick, a disk of Family Guy episodes, and the silver one doesn't show fingerprints like the black one does.  Having TV out makes the UMD movies much more worth bothering with, too.
2411  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Holy crap! Darth Vader and Yoda...! on: January 09, 2008, 11:33:38 PM
Haha - crazy!  Let's just hope this one's better received than the last one (Soulcalibur Legends' current average is about 5.3 - nasty).
2412  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 08, 2008, 07:56:00 AM
I just finished I Am Legend.  Been wanting to read it for years, and got it as a Christmas present.  Good stuff.  Now I'm reading Peter and the Starcatchers, which I've also wanted to read for years because I love Dave Barry's stuff.
2413  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Great movies as of late... on: January 07, 2008, 09:52:01 PM
Quote from: "sandiny0ursh0es"
I've been meaning to watch National Treasure 2 since I enjoyed the first one a lot.

I did too, and I thought the second one was pretty decent.  Not the greatest film in the history of the world, but fun.  Just so you know ahead of time, there's nothing after the credits.  (So yeah, that thing that feels like they should resolve it after the credits or it's setting up for a third movie?  It's setting up for a third movie.)

In DVD stuff, I also recently saw Shoot 'Em Up, and I must say it lives up to its name.  Plus, any movie where the hero kills two guys with carrots... it's so over the top you have to love it.
2414  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 03, 2008, 12:35:09 PM
I just finished Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell - it was pretty good stuff.  Sort of historical fiction/fantasy.

Then, I read I Am Legend.  I can see why they've made three movies of that story - it's good stuff.
2415  Media / The Soundroom / Guilty pleasures... on: December 29, 2007, 03:39:04 PM
Every day I walk past the theater on Broadway where they play "Mamma Mia!"  I try not to even look at the posters for fear I'll have that song stuck in my head all day. :)  Abba's music is just too darned catchy!
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