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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 13, 2010, 04:16:47 PM
Lets just be thankful that Obsidian isnt making DA2.

Perhaps we should count our blessings.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 13, 2010, 11:16:11 AM
Honestly, I think EA is starting to wear off on Bioware.  I'd like to think they are able to produce all these games (for PC too! I know they are a PC developer..) because they are with EA now and have a much bigger staff to work with, but in all honesty, I think they are just streamlining the fuck out of their games.  Don't get me wrong, I'm the biggest Mass Effect fanboy, but they streamlined the SHIT out of ME2.  And Dragon Age (on consoles anyways..) just felt like a quick redo of the Mass Effect series, basically a Swords and Magic style Mass Effect.  I thought the first DA was decent but I don't really have any high expectations from DA2.  Or ME3 for that matter.

I'm not trying to flame Bioware by any means, I can't really even talk on that count as I've never really played Baldur's Gate or KOTOR.  I just hate to see EA wearing off on Bioware, the same way Activision is wearing off on Blizzard.  It's like having a band you really love make mediocre CD's every year, or one really fuckin' good one once every 5 years.  But the realist in me constantly reminds me that video games are a business.  Business is money.

This is what I'm worried about too. I mentioned it a bit in my DA Awakening review or DLC review or something. I'm pretty convinced EA is corrupt, and I've been worried that they'll ruin Bioware's games for a while now. Not that any of their games actually have been ruined yet, but the direction they seem to be going is what worries me. There are signs, and they're not good. But perhaps we should just trust Bioware to deliver.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 13, 2010, 12:31:34 AM
Yeah, the first one isn't as bad, but the second one is pretty hideous. Unfinished, no doubt. I hope. Seeing it in action might be relieving as well if animation is good and stuff.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 12, 2010, 10:23:09 PM
Female mage? Did you see a different shot than I did?

Anyway, I loved Wind Waker too. The problem here? Dragon Age is dark fantasy. Realistic, historic kind of fantasy. Giving it a cartoon look is completely different than giving Zelda - a light, whimsical fantasy - celshaded graphics.

I don't see Bioware's logic here unless they're trying to make it look "cool" by using some modern graphic novel style.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 12, 2010, 09:50:00 PM
What does everyone think of the new graphical style? It's definitely cartoonish. Check out Gameinformer.com if you haven't already. I'm not sure I like it more than the DA:O's graphics. It looks too much like WoW and not enough like a dark fantasy world. Perhaps Bioware is really falling.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 11, 2010, 11:14:35 PM
As Dennis said, it's a bit slow to start and easy, but it seems like a solid JRPG with everything that comes with it. There seems to be attention to detail and good pacing, which are often lacking in today's battle-battle-battle JRPGs. I'm ignoring the multiplayer, and the single player experience doesn't seem too different because of it. Unfortunately, the party members are created characters as everyone knows by now, and this will undoubtedly be the very worst thing about the game. A stupid, stupid decision. That and going with handheld. Boo DS 3D.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 11, 2010, 11:32:55 AM
I'm pro single-player-only, so we'll have to see how it goes. Sam's going to review it for the site, but I might do a second opinion. I'm going to try to find it today.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 09, 2010, 10:41:34 AM
Yeah, the details do sound a bit like what Fable III is trying to do. That worries me. The Fable series is such a joke and totally anti-RPG.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 08, 2010, 11:34:28 PM
You guys are right on. Let's hope Bioware listens to the fans (they usually do) and doesn't create a streamlined DA. I want my complicated, old-school combat, god dammit.

And I hope the new art style isn't too modern graphic novelish. It doesn't fit the setting. Far too sterile and 'hip.'
25  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Some RPG monster sculptures I made recently on: June 24, 2010, 11:18:29 PM
These are pretty fantastic.
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: LOST (Season 6) on: May 24, 2010, 07:32:18 PM
This universe was created when they were still on the island, so everyone would appear there as they did on the island.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: LOST (Season 6) on: March 25, 2010, 01:27:00 AM
JP, that's what I've thought the flash sideways scenes have been for a while now, and I think we're right!

And I really hope Jacob and the MiB are not good... or bad, actually. I will be sorely disappointed if it turns out to be a battle of good versus evil. But yes, like you say, they're both manipulative and Jacob even seems moreso at times because he never explains anything, just expects his pawns to do as they say.

Interesting what you mention about Jacob not being God because he can't absolve sins. Maybe Jacob is more like an analog to Jesus though, in which case... could Jesus absolve sins? I'd think so, but maybe not. I did think that Jacob's dousing Richard in the ocean was reminiscent of baptism though.

It seems that the theory that the island is trying to keep evil contained could be true though, and is true unless Jacob is not 'good.' It's not the worst thing that the creators could do with the show, but it isn't the best. I'd still like to see that maybe Jacob isn't right in keeping the MiB there.

Also - what Jacob said about bringing people to the island to show the MiB that people are naturally good and capable of change makes sense considering what has happened on the island. I'll have to think about it more, but it seems plausible. Hopefully the creators comment on how Jacob had no right to do that, to use people in his little game with the MiB.

There definitely seems to be a Nature of Good and Evil theme dominating now. Are humans innately good or innately evil? It's an old philosophical debate, but not an uninteresting one for sure.

Let's hope they pull off something surprising and profound. And, let's hope the best characters get awesome roles in the final episodes.
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2009, 11:57:55 PM

See Brazil. Now. :)
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 29, 2009, 11:09:14 AM
Strange Journey got good scores in Famitsu: 10/9/9/8.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 01, 2009, 10:07:15 AM
Neal, if I didn't know you were an honest chap, I wouldn't believe that story. Is your life always like a commercial? Either way, nice!
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