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Re: The NEW Game Journal
« Reply #5175 on: June 12, 2013, 01:59:56 PM »
I have a question! I'm considering getting my son a 3DS for all the help he's giving me with my garden while I'm crutching around. Is the only difference between the regular and XL models the bigger screen? Do the games look stretched, or not as good? I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $50.

From what I've heard is that there are enough improvements with the XL to be worth getting over the vanilla.

Specifics include things like a better nub, better battery life, actual start and select buttons instead of a touch pad that you need to press down on, a clamshell design that prevents contact between the two screens when closed, and yes, a larger screen.
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« Reply #5176 on: June 12, 2013, 02:59:44 PM »
It's funny, I like everything about the 3DS XL except the buttons. They just look and feel cheaper than the original 3DS. No matter how many times I tell myself that they're easier to press and more comfortable than the original's, I just can't find them aesthetically pleasing.
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« Reply #5177 on: June 12, 2013, 03:05:49 PM »
I have a question! I'm considering getting my son a 3DS for all the help he's giving me with my garden while I'm crutching around. Is the only difference between the regular and XL models the bigger screen? Do the games look stretched, or not as good? I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $50.

I enjoy my 3DSXl (bought it from my coworker for $140--what a steal!) and probably would agree that the angle of view for the 3ds is a little bit more forgiving. I noticed then when playing Liberation Maiden, which literally requires me to hold it with my left hand--the weaker hand that can't hold stuff straight for too long. Just promise that if you do get your son the 3DSXL, make sure he doesn't play for extended periods, because I don't care what anyone says, the 3dsxl feels really heavy to me (hence poor holding/angel-ing with my left hand) compared to what I used to use before (DS Lite).

Eh, maybe because it's just my hands and dealing with heavy stuff and playing piano.

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« Reply #5178 on: June 12, 2013, 04:08:42 PM »
I have a question! I'm considering getting my son a 3DS for all the help he's giving me with my garden while I'm crutching around. Is the only difference between the regular and XL models the bigger screen? Do the games look stretched, or not as good? I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $50.

I enjoy my 3DSXl (bought it from my coworker for $140--what a steal!) and probably would agree that the angle of view for the 3ds is a little bit more forgiving. I noticed then when playing Liberation Maiden, which literally requires me to hold it with my left hand--the weaker hand that can't hold stuff straight for too long. Just promise that if you do get your son the 3DSXL, make sure he doesn't play for extended periods, because I don't care what anyone says, the 3dsxl feels really heavy to me (hence poor holding/angel-ing with my left hand) compared to what I used to use before (DS Lite).

Eh, maybe because it's just my hands and dealing with heavy stuff and playing piano.

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Re: The NEW Game Journal
« Reply #5179 on: June 12, 2013, 05:06:29 PM »
I have a question! I'm considering getting my son a 3DS for all the help he's giving me with my garden while I'm crutching around. Is the only difference between the regular and XL models the bigger screen? Do the games look stretched, or not as good? I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $50.

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+Better 3D angle
+Bigger screen
+Better battery life
+3D games, as in 3 dimensional games and not 3D oh lookie it's like it's coming right at me, tend to look better  (or so i've heard)
+The design changes that Aeolus mentioned

-More expensive
-2D side-scrolling games like Mario look worse (or so i've heard)
-less comfortable to hold for smaller hands

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« Reply #5180 on: June 12, 2013, 10:18:28 PM »
I'm not sure if I like God Hand. Hmmmm.

Think I might consider moving on to Sakura Wars or Xenosaga... idk.

Anyway, wrist is jacked up for some reason, so I'm gonna lay off the console games for a bit. ... Also Dust, because that's also a bit RSIy.
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Re: The NEW Game Journal
« Reply #5181 on: June 12, 2013, 10:41:39 PM »
I'm not sure if I like God Hand. Hmmmm.

Think I might consider moving on to Sakura Wars or Xenosaga... idk.

Anyway, wrist is jacked up for some reason, so I'm gonna lay off the console games for a bit. ... Also Dust, because that's also a bit RSIy.

Damn I missed the chance for Sakura Wars and regret it a bit because it was so weird looking.

I played some Eternal Sonata.  The bosses in this game are usually a tough challenge, defending REALLY means life and death.  Stuck at Fugue, might level up one and try again.  This game is also pretty unforgiving with merchants -- I've stocked up, but yikes.

Oh, last bitter complaint.  Camera angles in battles suck terrible butt.  I wish there was an anchor for how far or close you want it, because the "far view" is just insanely far and makes it hard to know if you're en route to the enemy.

I love the heck out of the battle system, music, and graphics.  The story is just....nonsense, but it's pleasurable drama anyways I guess.  Polka isn't very lovable though.
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Re: The NEW Game Journal
« Reply #5182 on: June 12, 2013, 11:02:12 PM »
I'm not sure if I like God Hand. Hmmmm.

Think I might consider moving on to Sakura Wars or Xenosaga... idk.

Anyway, wrist is jacked up for some reason, so I'm gonna lay off the console games for a bit. ... Also Dust, because that's also a bit RSIy.

Damn I missed the chance for Sakura Wars and regret it a bit because it was so weird looking.

I played some Eternal Sonata.  The bosses in this game are usually a tough challenge, defending REALLY means life and death.  Stuck at Fugue, might level up one and try again.  This game is also pretty unforgiving with merchants -- I've stocked up, but yikes.

Oh, last bitter complaint.  Camera angles in battles suck terrible butt.  I wish there was an anchor for how far or close you want it, because the "far view" is just insanely far and makes it hard to know if you're en route to the enemy.

I love the heck out of the battle system, music, and graphics.  The story is just....nonsense, but it's pleasurable drama anyways I guess.  Polka isn't very lovable though.

It's funny, because I stopped caring about everyone except Jazz, Falsetto, and Viola--probably why they were on my final team. In regards to battle, yes, you better be careful with later fights--I'm already thinking of a few boss fights that you might have trouble with. Endure the journey! :)

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« Reply #5183 on: June 13, 2013, 12:10:51 AM »
Thanks for the 3DS info, guys. Of course, I'm sure I'd be playing certain games on it as well. It would mostly be for him, though, as I simply prefer consoles over handhelds. Hard on the neck, too.

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« Reply #5184 on: June 13, 2013, 11:30:32 AM »
Guys I am a FULL 4%(!!) into Arkham City. I am attacking this game HARDCORE!

No, seriously though I was kind of put off by it when I first started playing it b/c it didn't feel as cozy as Arkham Asylum, but I'm starting to warm up to it. Don't know what all the complaining about catwoman was about (other than the pay gate crap) as she's so far my favorite part of the game. Then again, give a Castlevania fan a whip in a video game and you've made an instant friend.

Do wish the thug chatter/banter wasn't so frequent, though. Sometimes it interrupts important plot dialogue.
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« Reply #5185 on: June 13, 2013, 12:52:25 PM »
Beat Gravity Rush the other day, now intent on completing Tales of Graces f. I think I've got 47 hours to date, so I think the end is in sight, though I remember Vesperia clocking in around 60 hours or so.

I think after Vesperia, I'll tackle FF XII-2. I've had it since launch, but just haven't found the time to play.
Lately I've been hankering for an RPG, and just sort of want to go on a binge.

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« Reply #5186 on: June 13, 2013, 11:14:02 PM »
God Hand - Starting to get a handle on how to actually play this (guard canceling???)

Shenmue - Old lady looking for the Yamamotos didn't show back up. Explore Dobuito a bit. Played Space HaPLAYED ACTUAL FUCKING SPACE HARRIER ON MY ACTUAL FUCKING TELEVISION SET.

PDS - Beat the first boss on disc 2. Might be joining the ranks of Legend of Mana as being one of those games where I'll completely forgive the gameplay mechanics because the story and worldbuilding are so dang dandy.
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« Reply #5187 on: June 14, 2013, 05:34:56 PM »
GodDAMN Tactics Ogre Knight of Lodis is fun.  Smart move buying that on a whim.  I need to revisit the entire Ogre saga. 

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« Reply #5188 on: June 14, 2013, 06:28:09 PM »
Still in the mines in Wizardry 6. The enemies have become easy enough to beat so I guess I have to move on elsewhere soon. Found a broken catapult thing which I guess I am supposed to repair somehow.

Finished a lot of DS games I had lately. Namely, the last boss in Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Final Fantasy 3 and Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings. I always seem to just give up right at the last dungeon. Not because the area is hard but rather, the effort to beat it just is not there.

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« Reply #5189 on: June 14, 2013, 07:10:09 PM »


I think after Vesperia, I'll tackle FF XII-2. I've had it since launch, but just haven't found the time to play.
Lately I've been hankering for an RPG, and just sort of want to go on a binge.

I still need to tackle XIII-2 as well (i presume that is what you meant and not revenant wings). Want to get that out of the way before lightning returns at the end of this year.

In other news, animal crossing is totally losing me. The problem is not the game... it is me and my unnervingly narrow taste in games. I think I've really developed a strong affinity for what I like and this just isn't it in spite of its charm.

Now Wild Arms Alter Code F..... Totally hooked on this again! Thank you "lets play" for catching me up, verbatim, on the plot thus far! I'll tell ya what, that site is a godsend for picking up backlogs. After re-reading up to where I am at, I hardly feel like I put the title down for but a week or two.
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