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« Reply #4050 on: December 04, 2012, 01:11:25 AM »

Games I have beaten in 2012

Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 again

....oh

Honestly everything else has been either multiplayer or I had to put down because I was too lazy to go buy Gravol/dramamine.

But I might beat VLR this year.
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« Reply #4051 on: December 04, 2012, 10:42:23 AM »

Damn, Witcher 2 really took off last night! It was awesome. I love this game. A great, MATURE, story with characters you care about, and many others that have surprised me. The voice acting really helps.
Then, out of the blue, Geralt got to groove with Triss in an underground Elven bath house! Good times!
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« Reply #4052 on: December 04, 2012, 12:39:45 PM »

that is a hell of a list.... kudos to you
Thanks.  In early 2011 I realized that my backlog was out of control, so I endeavored to beat 50 games on the year.  Some of them were cop-out entries like fighting games and arcade games, but I still did it.  After doing that, I set a similar goal for 2012, but targeting longer, more involved games in my stacks of unplayed titles like Persona 3 and FF XII.  For the rest of 2012 I'll probably just finish Valkyria Chronicles (haven't started it yet, but will soon!) and play a few side games of Torchlight II and Civilization V. 
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« Reply #4053 on: December 04, 2012, 01:22:27 PM »

So all I play are RPGs.... pretty ignorant to everything else... having recently enjoyed Alice Madness Returns however, I really want to pick up some non-rpg titles for my ps3.... any suggestions would be really appreciated... the only things I really cannot tolerate are superheroes and war.... other then that I'm feeling real open to trying something new...
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« Reply #4054 on: December 04, 2012, 01:42:28 PM »

God of War games are a lot of fun, I especially liked the mythology aspect

Dantes Inferno...see above post, although a bit inferior, still fun

L.A. Noire...although maybe borderline RPG

Folklore...was a nice little jaunt

Uncharted games...although maybe too "superheroesque"

Resistance series...I don't like shooters unless the story hooks me, I was suitably hooked

Shadows of the Damned...now that was a barrel of fun, lol
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« Reply #4055 on: December 04, 2012, 01:43:24 PM »

The only non-RPG game I have on my PS3 is Yakuza 4.
If you've never played Zone of the Enders, you might want to try the HD collection (it's a bad port though)
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« Reply #4056 on: December 04, 2012, 01:47:17 PM »

No superheroes and no war, hm....  maybe the Uncharted games?  They're basically in the Tomb Raider / Indiana Jones mold, with okay 3rd-person gunplay and great dialog.  Uncharted 1 is pretty good, Uncharted 2 is spectacular, and Uncharted 3 has some awesome parts, but is ultimately lacking in direction to the point of disappointment. 

And of course there's my favorite PS2 series, Ratchet & Clank!  Cartoony aliens and robots with multiple theatres of gameplay.  R&C has been my Mega Man replacement for the past several years - colorful, cartoony platforming and shooting with an over-the-top arsenal of weapons. You can get HD versions of the first three R&C games in a bargain $30 PS3 collection, plus there are 4.5 R&C games made more recently for the PS3.  The original trilogy is excellent; some of my favorite PS2 games.  On PS3, Tools of Destruction is decent, Quest For Booty is weak and not worth the $15 tag, A Crack in Time is one of the best platformers of the past 10 years, and the last two (All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault) are okay, not great.   

And while I'm bringing up those PS3 HD collections, the best reissue of them all is the Ico / Shadow of the Colossus collection.  Ico is really interesting and Shadow of the Colossus is on my shortlist of the very best games of the PS2/GC/XB/DS/PSP generation. 
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« Reply #4057 on: December 04, 2012, 03:04:14 PM »

Peco, again, I hear is a tank... I just don't know if it's ever really worth going through the effort (my general theory being: if you can beat Mikba, you can beat anyone -- even the last boss with ease).
Most seem to boil down to Ryu, Rei, Garr, and Momo.  Momo, as cute and wonderful as she is, made it painful to just *hope* her attack connects sometimes. >_o

Played some Radiant Historia.  I left the DS in my purse and then at some point I guess I reached for something inside and accidentally popped the cartridge out of the system...lost some progress. :(

I wonder what I should play over Winter holiday. :D

Peco's big thing is being able to control his growth more than any other party member since he joins at level 1 and isn't really forced into your party at any given point (barring one or two dungeons). Alternatively, you can just use him as a skill bank due to how quickly he'll gain levels, just stick a master with either really annoying skills to learn or one that nobody wants on him and he'll be in and out in no time. Additionally his biggest issue can be alleviated by giving him inoculations against fire damage or fire absorbing equipment.

Meanwhile Garr's big problem is how his best weapon isn't really all that great and hurts him to use it, while his second best weapon takes forever to show up and even then you're stuck with having to lean on Garr's stats to make up the difference for its marginal attack power.

Momo does indeed have accuracy issues which is why you pretty much glue an Artemis' Cap onto her accessory slot.
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« Reply #4058 on: December 04, 2012, 03:14:57 PM »

And of course there's my favorite PS2 series, Ratchet & Clank!  Cartoony aliens and robots with multiple theatres of gameplay.  R&C has been my Mega Man replacement for the past several years - colorful, cartoony platforming and shooting with an over-the-top arsenal of weapons. You can get HD versions of the first three R&C games in a bargain $30 PS3 collection, plus there are 4.5 R&C games made more recently for the PS3.  The original trilogy is excellent; some of my favorite PS2 games.  On PS3, Tools of Destruction is decent, Quest For Booty is weak and not worth the $15 tag, A Crack in Time is one of the best platformers of the past 10 years, and the last two (All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault) are okay, not great.   

And while I'm bringing up those PS3 HD collections, the best reissue of them all is the Ico / Shadow of the Colossus collection.  Ico is really interesting and Shadow of the Colossus is on my shortlist of the very best games of the PS2/GC/XB/DS/PSP generation. 

Agreed with all of this, in particular the Ico/Shadow collection but I'd also add the Sly and Jak collections to round out the list of great platformers.  For that matter, I think the Journey collection would appeal to him due to the beauty of the games (Journey in particular).
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« Reply #4059 on: December 04, 2012, 03:19:46 PM »

Thanks guys! Some last minute questions on the the matter....

I'm leaning toward Ratchet and Clank I think... sounds like some mindless fun (for a change)... can I jump right in at A Crack in Time??

Also how was Rayman Origins? Someone suggested that to me...

What type of game is journey exactly?

Shadows of the Damned looks interesting too... I do like horror.... I also like westerns (HUGE fan of Doc Holiday right here folks...) so logically I must ask if anyone has any experience with Red Dead Redemption....

Lastly, is there anything "Sonic" related worth indulging?

oh oh oh..... WAIT!.... one more question.... I never played darksiders.... heard lots of good things... how "western comic book-ish" does it feel?

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« Reply #4060 on: December 04, 2012, 04:02:09 PM »

What type of game is journey exactly?

To simplify things, Journey is basically Flower with (optional) co-op and more control over your character. Is a nice experience overall.

Shadows of the Damned looks interesting too... I do like horror....

There's isn't any horror in Shadows of the Damned but is a good game. If you like RE4 you are probably going to enjoy it, though, if you have previous experience with Third-person shooters start the game on Hard difficulty.

I also like westerns (HUGE fan of Doc Holiday right here folks...) so logically I must ask if anyone has any experience with Red Dead Redemption....

If you are asking if Red Dead Redemption is any good, yes it is. It was the best game of 2010 for a lot people, even for the ones that aren't into westerns.

Lastly, is there anything "Sonic" related worth indulging?

People say that Sonic Generations is great. I've only played the demo and it seemed to be pretty fun.
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« Reply #4061 on: December 04, 2012, 04:11:48 PM »

Play red dead. For the problems I had w/ the narrative (small complaints) it's one of the best gaming experiences I've had.

Awesome soundtrack:
http://youtu.be/0cXsoRRYf5A

http://youtu.be/Bz8JdBidRqs

http://youtu.be/tg-yC0xcI9s

And you can play poker in that game. And if you lose you can quit the game, follow the guy that won, murder him, and take all the gold!

Awesome landscapes and wilderness to explore.
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« Reply #4062 on: December 04, 2012, 05:46:12 PM »

I don't think anyone asked for this, but I'mma do it anyway.  Monsoon breakdown of the entire Ratchet & Clank series:

Foreward: Ratchet & Clank is my favorite PS2 series.  Each of the four games had a clear direction, made specific improvements and further experimented with the series' formula with each sequel, and was a consistently fun blend of running, jumping, and shooting with ridiculous equipment and weapons, plus several alternative gameplay modes in each game like hacking minigames, racing, turret shooting, space shooting, and arena battles.  The stories of Ratchet games are character driven and HILARIOUS, with some chuckle-worthy jokes in almost every cutscene.  Each game is maybe 10-14 hours to finish, with a larger time investment if you get into item collection or special challenges in a big way.  

The PS2 games are a clear "original trilogy" plus a fourth spinoff (no "Clank" in the title, scaled down stages, etc.), and I really enjoyed all four.  The recent PS3 collection is the first three games.  In the PS3 era, Insomniac Games made two full-blown Ratchet & Clank Future games, a third half-game taking place in between the two Future titles, and then two more recent spinoffs that introduce new gameplay types, including co-op.  There are also three handheld R&C games, and they're decent, but I don't consider them part of the Ratchet canon as they weren't made by Insomniac.  I'll be using the American titles for each of the games and rating them each with up to five stars of quality.  Five stars = excellent, four stars = pretty good, three stars = decent, two stars = sub-par, one star = bad.  

Ratchet & Clank (PS2, 2002)

It's hard to go back to the original after playing the recent games, because the targeting mechanics are unrefined, the platforming is less sticky, and there is no weapon upgrade system to speak of.  Still good, though, with a well-crafted storyline and some truly ingenious platforming segments.  The old InfoBot macguffins were nice, and I sort of wish the series had continued using them in some capacity.  The first Ratchet & Clank is an important part of the series to introduce the main characters (mostly Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and The Plumber) and to just be a good foundation, but I prefer a number of its sequels.  Morph weapon turns foes into chickens.  Four stars


Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (PS2, 2003)

I think Going Commando is where the series finds its groove.  The expanded arsenal is upgradable via EXP for the first time, the stages are larger and more diverse, the number of collectibles is huge, and we see some good character development out of Ratchet (who settles into a more laid-back persona) and Qwark (who is, for my money, the best character in the series).  The villains of Going Commando are probably the best in the series, and Ratchet has a voice actor change from Mikey Kelly (Michelangelo in the old TMNT cartoon) to James Arnold Taylor (Tidus in Final Fantasy X) that proves lasting.  Oh, for the record, Clank has always been voiced by David Kaye and Qwark has always been voiced by Jim Ward; they're awesome.  Morph weapon turns foes into sheep.  Five stars


Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2, 2004)

My second-favorite game in the series.  I think its storyline is roughly as good as the first two games, but Qwark is at his absolute best and the game also introduces Dr. Nefarious, who becomes a major character in later games as well.  UYA has my favorite weapon selection in the entire series, and some awesome in-game bonuses from having completed save files of the first two games.  Great stages and collectibles, but fewer than Going Commando and generally shorter stages.  Weapon EXP is better than Going Commando, with more upgrade tiers and better weapon mods.  The alternative gameplay modes (Rangers, vid-comics, arena, racing) are probably my favorite in the entire series.  Sadly, Up Your Arsenal is the last Ratchet game to feature voice work from Neil Flynn.  Morph weapon turns foes into ducks.  Five stars


Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2, 2005)

Spin-off game whose gameplay consists of ENTIRELY arena stages.  Sure, the arenas are a good size and the boss battles are solid, but the smaller arsenal (only 10 weapons, with one of them endgame-only) and lack of stage variety is a major downside.  The highlight is probably weapon customization, which improves upon the mod systems of both Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal.  Still, Deadlocked is a letdown compared to the original trilogy.  I think a lot of development time was spent on the multiplayer functionality, which was okay but unbalanced.  Morph mod turns foes into chickens, sheep, ducks, and pigs.  Three stars


Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3, 2007)

The older Ratchet games are crisp and nice to look at.  The Future trilogy is freaking GORGEOUS.  This was the game that got me sold on the visuals of the new generation of consoles.  But as a Ratchet game, Tools isn't in the top tier.  The weapons are great, but the new characters aren't quite as interesting as older NPCs and the Clank-only missions are weaker than usual.  The addition of Combat Devices is unnecessary (basically makes ammo more expensive for a few weapons), but the Raritanium weapon mods are a great change to weapon upgrades and the weapon selection is quite strong, maybe better than Crack.  Firefights are still pretty good, collectibles are still pretty good, the lack of PSN trophis is disappointing.  The Six-Axis controls (used on a few weapons and transportation modes) are okay, but ultimately I wish Insomniac implemented them less frequently.  Plot cliffhanger at the end was extremely frustrating at the time.  Morph device turns foes into penguins.  Four stars


Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (PSN, 2008)

The download-only game is probably not worth the $15 price tag, but is decent fun for its 3 or 4 levels and provides a crucial plot point to serve as a bridge between Tools and Crack.  Your arsenal is five or six re-used weapons from Tools of Destruction and the gameplay is good, but nothing to write home about.  My recommendation: play Tools of Destruction, read a synopsis of Quest for Booty, then go straight on to Crack in Time.  No morph weapon.  Two stars


Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (PS3, 2009)

This is what I'm talking about.  A Crack in Time (the original working title "Clock Blockers" was nixed by Sony and I still wish they hadn't) has bigger and better stages and some fabulous firefights and arenas.  Space shooting and space travel is the best in the series, and the Clank-only segments (mostly-forgettable parts of earlier games) are the best puzzles in the series.  They ditch the Combat Devices from Tools of Destruction, make the best of the old Devices into new weapons, and bring some old and new weapons to the table to make a solid arsenal overall.  The storyline is excellent, delving into the pasts of both Ratchet and Clank in a big way, bringing Clank to the story forefront for the first time since the first game.  Welcome returns of several old favorites as well.  My favorite game in the series, but if you like Commando or Arsenal better I won't judge you one bit.  It's a close call.  Morph weapon turns foes into chimpanzees.  Five stars


Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (PS3, 2011)

This is pretty good as a co-op action game, but a little weak in single-player.  Players control Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, or Nefarious, and each can use a unique gadget in addition to a modest selection of traditional Ratchet weapons.  Stages are more linear than usual, but boss battles are big and entertaining and the shooting is still fun.  Great in a group, much less-great alone.  I'd say more, but I never finished All 4 One and won't be inclined to pick it up again unless I can get multiplayer going easily.  Morph weapon turns foes into pigs, sheep, or dinosaurs.  Three stars


Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (PS3, 2012)

Probably my least-favorite game in the series - not a very awesome way to celebrate a tenth anniversary.  FFA was released just last week for only $20, but it also has only five stages and they balance real-time strategy with platform shooting in a way that's not always fun.  Not very many weapons either, with only a few new additions to a selection drawn from the other PS3 games.  Challenge level is also quite low in a series where it's never been that difficult to begin with.  The co-op is better than the single-player when I tried it, but only made the game easier and seem even shorter.  Look, my favorite parts of Ratchet games are the awesome weapons, funny characters, and massive variety of gameplay, and FFA falls a little flat in each of those elements. The paid-DLC skin packs don't enhance the experience, either.  Take what I say with a grain of salt, though - I only played it for maybe 3-4 hours and I didn't even find the morph weapon.  Two stars

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Look, long story short (too late), I'd go with the Ratchet & Clank Collection.  PS2 copies of the first four games are probably five bucks a pop if you don't mind tracking them down.  If you like those, then by all means continue with the newer PS3 games.  The Future trilogy heavily relies on background from the PS2 trilogy, and Crack is a direct continuation of Tools.  You can totally skip Deadlocked, the PSP games, All 4 One, and FFA and not miss anything important, but you really ought to try the first three.  
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« Reply #4063 on: December 04, 2012, 05:52:47 PM »

I loved RDR, but I did have one (possibly) somewhat silly complaint. Because the game really is free roam I found myself getting side tracked constantly! I forget how many hours I put into that game before I got to the end but it was silly, and while I obviously had fun I do kinda wish it had been a tad more linear. Like I said, possibly a silly complaint, but oh well, it's how I felt.
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« Reply #4064 on: December 05, 2012, 01:56:58 AM »

So anyways, on my gaming front I went a snagged a cheap copy of both Jade Empire and Panzer Dragoon Orta for my otherwise barren XBox library.

I'll finally have something to talk about in this thread beyond other peoples' games.

Both are great games.  I'd like to know what you think of Jade Empire.  I think it's Bioware's forgotten classic.

So far all I've managed to do was barely make it to level 2. At least I picked up the two perks prior to the first real fight.


Additionally I went back and picked up Einhander.
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