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46  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: FPS for newbie and Borderlands question on: August 02, 2014, 11:11:50 PM
You can definitely jump right into the second Borderlands, and I would actually recommend that you do so.  The mechanics were refined in some important ways that make it more fun and less frustrating. :)

I think a newbie can handle it, but you will want to consider the class you choose carefully.  I might go with the turret dude (Axton, I think his name is), because it takes a little of the aiming pressure off of you.  If you get the Vita version (which I'm not sure I'd recommend for you because of the control issues), go with the Mechromancer.  (She's a DLC character on consoles.) The game gives you story quests and side quests like any RPG, but it does a pretty good job of pointing you toward your objectives and telling you what they are, so if you put it down for a while, you won't be super lost when you come back to it.

Borderlands is probably a good fit for you if you like to customize, because you level up and have skill trees, and you get loot in the form of guns and grenades and shields and things with special effects.  Like some guns have a chance to set enemies on fire or electrocute them.  Some shields will release an elemental blast when they get depleted.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 02, 2014, 01:16:00 AM
I read RPGfan for those rare but amazing reviews a guy called Greig writes. He is so awesome.

And handsome too.

And unbelievably humble!
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 01, 2014, 01:23:03 PM
I say Paper Mario. Everyone in the world has a Wii in a draw somewhere. Paper Mario is available on virtual console. The only drawback is you need a pro controller to play it. You might be able to use a Gamecube pad, I can't remember.

i just finished it - it requires the "classic controller."
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 01, 2014, 01:45:40 AM
My nephew's 11, and you can have his copy of Pokemon AnyColorYouCanName when you pry it from his cold, dead hands.  He also enjoyed FFTA2 and FFIV on DS.

I'm pretty sure he hasn't played the Mario & Luigi games, but they're also great and totally suitable for kids.  I somehow missed Partners in Time, but I loved Bowser's Inside Story.

I will be lazy and give you this link to our whole DS reviews page rather than link to each of the specific games. :)
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews-ds.html

If she's got a version of the DS that includes a GBA slot, there are good options there as well.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks to RPGFan on: August 01, 2014, 01:22:45 AM
I've encountered a lot of great stuff because of RPGFan that I wouldn't have otherwise.  I think I have to put the Disgaea series at the top of the list, not because any of them is necessarily the best game I've ever played, but because I had never heard of it, and thanks to the site, I think I've played every game in the series at least once.  (I reviewed both the PSP and DS ports of #1, and I reviewed the PS3 version of 4 and am about to start work on the Vita version.)  That also led to me playing ZHP, which I loved, and Mugen Souls, which I enjoyed, and probably some other good games as well.

And lots of swell people, of course. :)
51  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: July 29, 2014, 12:28:30 AM
They get new skills and runes for those skills at fixed points, and you can change which skills you're using at any point you want (as long as you're not in combat) at no cost.  The expansion and later patches made a big difference in how you might want to build your character, and they also mean that you find yourself changing skills from time to time as you get items that work better with one set of skills or another.

One note: you'll want to go into the options menu and turn on "elective mode."  That lets you assign any skill to any button (although on PS3, I had to unlock the buttons before I could assign things to them, which was annoying for the first several levels).
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 27, 2014, 02:05:07 AM
Lars and the Real Girl: surprisingly good.  I didn't realize Ryan Gosling was the main character.  He did a really good job, though.  For those who don't know the movie, he plays a weird loner guy who one day introduces everyone to his new girlfriend... a Real Doll sex doll.  You'd think it'd be stupid or just there to make fun of the weirdo or something, but it's actually pretty touching.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: July 26, 2014, 02:42:42 PM
After listening to the podcast, I also had to think about Monsoon's excellent question.  I dug into my past reviews, and I've got a couple.

Mugen Souls is maybe more of a B game than a C+, but still, the changes that would have made it much better are not big ones.  Making it so that you could rewatch tutorials would have helped, for example, and that seems like a tiny change.  But more importantly, I think if they had just cut a thing or two from the gameplay systems, it could have been great.  The characters had too many stats, and what they did was very unclear.  And the system that you use so often to attempt to turn enemies into your peons was equally unclear, making it a constant guessing game.  Thankfully, from what Neal said in his review of the sequel, they did add an in-game help menu, and they made the peon system more clear.

More recently, Borderlands 2 on Vita.  Again, maybe more of a B than a C+... or maybe even a B even.  But still, the controls are a mess, because they tried to incorporate all of the controls from the console, and you just don't have enough buttons on Vita.  There are one or two things they could have cut, and that would have made all the difference in the world.  You don't really need a "switch to the next weapon" button, for example, because you have the entire D-pad dedicated to weapon selection.

Aside from that, all of the games I could think of that were just not good would need more/bigger changes than you're asking about to become actually good.  :)
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 2 Review on: July 21, 2014, 02:49:40 PM
BURN THE WITCH!

Does he weigh the same as a duck?
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Text-based RPG for iPhone: Elven Blood on: July 19, 2014, 11:11:57 AM
Sounds interesting.  Good luck with it.  I'll pass, because I'm not into games where you have to wait actual time for a meter to recharge.

(Oh, and I moved this into the "single-player RPGs" forum.)
56  The Rest / General Discussions / MOVED: Text-based RPG for iPhone: Elven Blood on: July 19, 2014, 11:09:11 AM
This topic has been moved to Single-Player RPGs.

http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=14172.0
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: July 16, 2014, 12:21:10 AM
Very nice job, Aurian. :)
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 09, 2014, 10:43:54 AM
That is pretty great. :)
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 09, 2014, 12:01:57 AM
I included some important info I forgot about. Kinda looking for something that's more pick-up-and-play, so with that in mind...

If you've got an iPhone/Pad/whatever, try Solomon's Keep.  It's a fun twin-stick shooter RPG, simple enough you can probably handle it sick, but with enough depth to it that you might want to play it after you're better.

I'm definitely considering this. I've never been good with iPad shooter controls, but I did end up playing Age of Zombies to death last time I was sick...

Forgot to mention that it's free.  It offers some IAPs, but they're not "pay to win" things.  They're like DLC, and could not be more optional.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good Game For When You're Sick? on: July 08, 2014, 09:09:34 PM
If you've got an iPhone/Pad/whatever, try Solomon's Keep.  It's a fun twin-stick shooter RPG, simple enough you can probably handle it sick, but with enough depth to it that you might want to play it after you're better.
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