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« Reply #240 on: Dec 27th, 2011, 6:15pm »

I've been playing through the "New Game Plus" feature in Arkham City. I made sure I went back into the main game and got all of the gadgets and upgrades first, so I got to start New Game Plus with everything. But it is significantly more difficult.

I also just got all of the new suits. I think the 1970s one is my favorite. That is just the classic look for Batman. In fact, I think "Classic" would have been a better name for it instead of "1970s", since that's actually the outfit he wore in the comics from the late '60s through the early '90s, not just in the '70s. I also really like the Batman Inc. suit. That's the one I wanted to play through New Game Plus with since it has the classic yellow oval like the 1970s suit but is darker and fits in better with the gritty environment of the game. The 1970s suit looks a bit out of place at times. But anyway, when I started the new game I discovered that the cutscenes still show Batman wearing the default costume regardless of which suit you choose. It only shows the one you choose in actual gameplay. I found that kind of annoying so I decided to just play the game again with the default attire. rolleyes
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« Reply #241 on: Dec 28th, 2011, 09:19am »

I'm teaming up with my brother and a good friend of ours to complete Final Fantasy XII in one sitting. We lost 45 minutes of progress when I stretched my legs and hit the power button on the PlayStation 2 with my toe. Ah well!

We're at the Stilshrine of Miriam in 16 hours and are about level 20 with our characters.
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« Reply #242 on: Feb 11th, 2012, 05:58am »

I've been playing Skyrim a lot, like the rest of the world. It's my brother's copy but since he left for a six month trip to Australia, I had time to play this game. It's great (like all Elder Scrolls games) but the numerous bugs (like all Bethesda games) have killed the longevity for me. I find this a real shame because I have a lot of quests still to do.

Luckily I managed to do all guilds and the main storyline. I think the Thieves' Guild was, by far, the coolest questline to follow -- it even outclassed the Dark Brotherhood, in my opinion. Normally, people really dig the assassins but in Skyrim, for me, the thieves came out on top.


The rest of my game time I spend on Dark Souls. What an amazing game. I have a Dexterity build but it's too high level for my tastes. I'm having a lot of fun with my mid-level Sorcery build and co-oping, helping people out with difficult bosses.
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« Reply #243 on: Mar 12th, 2012, 12:30pm »

Got Mass Effect 3 friday

The shooting is now really good and it really does feel big and epic. Your never really sure what is gonne happen and characters you've grown to like will die . The end is fucking unbelievable....i just sat there for a few minutes pretty much open mouthed thinking there's gotta be more, this is so awful it can't be real, alas it was. I really can't overstate how fucking complete shit it is sad
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« Reply #244 on: Mar 13th, 2012, 02:26am »

I have not played Mass Effect 3 yet -- I will buy the game when I have more time -- but I have, unfortunately, seen multiple people complain about the ending. Sounds really disappointing or bad even.
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« Reply #245 on: Mar 21st, 2012, 1:09pm »

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« Reply #246 on: Apr 6th, 2012, 05:15am »

I finished Journey and Borderlands: Game of the Year edition.

Journey was phenomenal. I truly find that game a piece of art. It has a heavy price tag for a short game, though. I found it money well-spent.

Borderlands was really enjoyable. I got it on a whim, quite cheap. I usually do not like first-person shooters but this one had humour and co-op. I especially found the references to Fallout and Bioshock funny in the 'Claptrap's New Robot Revolution' DLC.

I just started on Fallout: New Vegas. I have to get into it. The controls, movement and combat are really bad like all Bethesda games/games with the Bethesda engine. When the story grabs me, I hope that will allow me to look past the game's flaws. I heard the story mechanics and humour are really good in Fallout: New Vegas so I am willing to find it.
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« Reply #247 on: Jun 21st, 2012, 12:33pm »

Never continued Fallout: New Vegas. I never got hooked, I guess. I will get into it eventually. I'm just not interested in gaming these past few weeks. I played a lot of Dark Souls but all the glitchers, cheaters and lag have worn me out.

I did see that Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes gets rave reviews:

Knightwing video review
IGN video review
Newsarama written review

I really want to get it based on the scores, especially with the great voice acting.
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« Reply #248 on: Jun 25th, 2012, 09:07am »

Wii U: confirmation that Nintendo is desperately trying to catch up to the zeitgeist, rather than creating it? The Wii worked well, though they did a terrible job exploiting its gimmick and its market-penetration. Have to love that Nintendo finally found a way to do the GameBoy thing on dedicated consoles: have tech that is 5+ years behind the curve as your "new" release.

The iPad controller as argument for outdated technology doesn't seem nearly as strong as the Wii gimmick. Motion control, rather than dual-screens, was somewhat unique. This is a Frankenstein's monster of Apple product matched to the DS, with hardware about as powerful as a 360.

With the 3DS, they're now into a decade of recycling GameCube tech, which magically goes up in price as it ages. Perhaps most pathetic is that it still seems underutilized by most developers, just as it was the first time around.

Anyway. I'm on the verge of buying a Vita. Except I know they'll price-drop it right after I do.
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« Reply #249 on: Jun 25th, 2012, 10:46am »

on Jun 25th, 2012, 09:07am, Will wrote:
Anyway. I'm on the verge of buying a Vita. Except I know they'll price-drop it right after I do.
I will probably get a PS Vita as well but I will wait at least a year. Although Gravity Rush looks and sounds incredible, I feel no need to get it now. It's Summer so I don't need a portable gaming device since I will be spending most of my time in the sun. I guess we will see a price drop just before Christmas.
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« Reply #250 on: Jun 27th, 2012, 07:39am »

I'm concerned about the firmware. It's important to get an early build for easier hacks and homebrew. It's almost definitely powerful enough to emulate Model 3. Handheld Scud Racer...

Sony's marketing has been lacking, though. A price-drop will happen sooner rather than later. And then there's the question of where its market is at. Is it there at all, here and now or five years ago?

I really hope that smartphones and tablets don't cause the death of high-end dedicated vg portables.
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« Reply #251 on: Jun 27th, 2012, 4:10pm »

Ah yeah, Firmware and the homebrew community. I never did anything with that with my PSP but I can see the appeal.

I don't think that smartphones and tablets will destroy handheld videogame devices but they are competitors of sorts. Not for the same type of game but for the same free time. I hope developers will notice that soon and start adjusting their prices to actually challenge the simple games played on smartphones.
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« Reply #252 on: Jun 28th, 2012, 12:31pm »

on Jun 27th, 2012, 4:10pm, TheMidnighter wrote:
Ah yeah, Firmware and the homebrew community. I never did anything with that with my PSP but I can see the appeal.


The CPS2 emulation alone justified the PSP for me.

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I don't think that smartphones and tablets will destroy handheld videogame devices but they are competitors of sorts.


Depends. Different markets? Yeah, in a way.

The tablet/phone market is far bigger. And big enough that they might just swallow the video game market as a side-benefit.

In a way, the Wii showed this potential, even though Nintendo is the only true video game company/console manufacturer that's still going. Sony/Microsoft brand convergence means that the machines they put out for this market are always truly trojan horses of a sort: how to get a bigger hold on multimedia mindshare through a single device , or a couple devices in tandem (PS3/Vita).

Anyway, the early Wii triumph was to attract different demos -- women, the elderly, child molesters (well, a Nintendo staple?) -- to play games, both because of the motion control and also because of the simplicity of product.

A flood of cheap apps may really signal this sea change. As a gamer that wants challenge and intricacy, it's likely to be the end of games, at least in handheld form, if it progresses.

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I hope developers will notice that soon and start adjusting their prices to actually challenge the simple games played on smartphones.


The simple have a circular advantage: they require fewer resources -- often far fewer -- and thus can charge less for the finished game.

How do you get dev costs down for a big release on Vita that is almost as big a design chore as PS3 softs?

The counter-argument(?), or present and parallel problem is that as dev costs have risen on "big" games the industry has become far more limited and predictable s far as tone and design parameters on gameplay.
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« Reply #253 on: Aug 4th, 2012, 10:34am »

I bought a second PSP to run custom firmware on. Finally I'll be able to play all those games that never properly arrived in Europe (e.g., Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Brave Fencer Musashi). I always wanted to play those games -- I read the advertisements in the American comics I bought -- but a lot of games never made it to these shores.

I guess I'm holding out for some horrible winter weather to fully appreciate all the titles I will finally be able to sink my teeth into.
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« Reply #254 on: Aug 15th, 2012, 6:17pm »

I don't want to over-hype it, but Chrono Trigger may still be my favorite RPG. Then again, there is Earthbound...

There were a lot of great JRPGs from that era that didn't get a release in the US or any western country. but, over the last decade, emulation and fan-translations have quietly made old games new. Seiken Densetsu 3 comes to mind, as does the early Front Mission stuff; I haven't played much of the latter, but the translation seemed serviceable.

http://superfamicom.org/translations/info/seiken-densetsu-3-english
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/frontmission/frontmission.htm

Have you ever played Snatcher? The Sega/Mega CD iso is easy to emulate on PSP, and I think the game is a far better realisation of digital storytelling than the uncomfortable mix (particularly between gameplay and cut scenes) that MGS2 became.

There's also a fan translation of Policenauts.

http://policenauts.net/english/
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