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monkeyman
I'm really looking forward to playing 10 on my Vita. I really like it.
GundamGuy_UK
I really wanted to like it, but just couldn't get into it at all. I loved how it looked, I loved the battle system and the music. I just hated the voice acting so much, and it felt so linear. Running around felt like a 3D platform game.
Atara
I know all about why making a HD FFX is way easier than doing it to FF7, bit I don't want a HD version of 7, just a slightly prettier one with nicer sprites and video sequences. That's all.

To me, FF7 would sell better, and gave much more interest than 10 which, IMO, is where the franchise started to dip in quality.

People have been screaming out for a FF7 remake/update since that tech demo was shown.
monkeyman
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 14 2011, 07:10 PM) *
I really wanted to like it, but just couldn't get into it at all. I loved how it looked, I loved the battle system and the music. I just hated the voice acting so much, and it felt so linear. Running around felt like a 3D platform game.

Only Tidus annoyed me. I agree though, the game was mostly linear though until you get the airship (which you can't really fly -,-) which sucked.

Auron is my favourite character of the FF series and Yojimbo is my favourite summon.
GundamGuy_UK
It would be nice to have a version of the game where they picked an art style and stuck to it. The characters completely change style between battles, cutscenes, and the field, and it's not the same style for each mode all the time either. I guess part of that is down to it being a very early 3D game, and a lot of the time the models look like sprites in VI (in terms of style, I mean), which doesn't really work in 3D. There is a BIG leap in graphics between VII and VIII - despite the shift from 2D to 3D I'd say it's even bigger than the gap between VI and VII.

Square-Enix isn't the same as Squaresoft was. They're not as good a company and their games aren't as good. They're not bad, but they're not all instant classics like the older ones. I-IX are all fantastic games that will be loved forever. Will anyone want to play XII or XIII ten years from now? I don't even want to play them now.

I can't even remember the last JRPG I played that wasn't either from the 90s or an enhanced remake. I think the genre as a whole has stagnated somewhat over the past couple of years.
fatseff1234
Squaresoft were where it was at.

zeden
I've found that Atlus has taken their place as purveyor of interesting and challenging JRPGs in my mind. Disgea really blew me away when it came out years back and since then playing the Shin Megami Tensai series has changed my expectations in terms of story telling and characterisation.
The dilemmas and actions the characters run into in those games really showed up the fairly lax story telling of Square-Enix's efforts, I'm far more interested in a game where I'm asked to draw moral conclusions on the actions of characters and the events surrounding them rather than trying to squeeze some satisfaction from the comparratively rote and worn out tropes of the FF series plots.
fatseff1234
What format is Disgea on? PS2?
Jimmay
Got back on Deus Ex last night after over a week of not playing it and I think I may be losing interest. Spent about 40 retries trying to get out of the penthouse at Tai Yung before I just ended chucking out a concussion grenade and running through everyone. Not exactly the subtle approach I was going for. I don't know if its because I've lost my touch a bit after a week or that its just taken a massive leap up in difficulty but it was really bloody tedious.
monkeyman
The penthouse where you talk to the Asian lady that tries to seduce you then trap you?
There's a vent to the right if the room (as you face the incoming soldiers) which pretty much takes you to them. Then I just cloaked up and walked out. If you are playing stealthy cloaking is really damn useful

Jimmay
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Sep 15 2011, 09:03 AM) *
The penthouse where you talk to the Asian lady that tries to seduce you then trap you?
There's a vent to the right if the room (as you face the incoming soldiers) which pretty much takes you to them. Then I just cloaked up and walked out. If you are playing stealthy cloaking is really damn useful


I'm playing stealthy but don't have cloak. I got to the vent but there were two heavy gunners there that I just couldn't get past. I tried every single way around them and just kept getting killed. So I reloaded to when they are all crowded at the entrance talking about me, chucked a concussion grenade into the middle of them and ran through them all firing off my PEPS to knock any stragglers over. It was elegance personified.

One thing that does piss me off a bit about it, and has actually caused some of my mates to give up on it, is the fact that your batteries don't recharge themselves and nutrients are so hard to come by. It is pretty irritating spending Praxis points on building them up only to end up with just one battery left because you're out of nutrients.
monkeyman
Yeah I'd read in every review how irritating that was, so made sure not to get all batteries. I have 3 batteries and rarely eat nutrients. I'll only use more cells if I need to cloak for a long time, or cloak then takedown sort of thing.
It was a bit limiting but I'm fine with it now.
I do think they should have either more nutrients or a slow recharge for all batteries; it's silly that non-lethal takedowns consume an energy cell -,-
NiteFall
Yeah, really the battery recharge upgrades should increase the speed of recharge and the number of cells recharged, as it is they're next to useless.
monkeyman
Ni No Kuni American release officially confirmed
Which means a European release is just as likely; and if not I'll just import (<3 region free gaming)
I'm looking forward to this so so much.
NiteFall
stupid KOTOR not liking Windows 7. >.<
Sir_Robin_the_brave
Apparently Portal 1 is available for free on Steam until September 20th. If indeed there is anyone who hasn't played it yet.
Silky
You got your internet sensation/widdy girl crush in my Bioware DLC
GundamGuy_UK
Bethesda have announced that all pre-orders of Skyrim will receive a bonus cloth version of the map included with the game, however no retailer has confirmed that this is in fact the case, so I have no idea how you would claim for it.
NiteFall
QUOTE (NiteFall @ Sep 16 2011, 02:04 PM) *
stupid KOTOR not liking Windows 7. >.<


Yay! I got it working. All it took was patching the game. After reinstalling it in compatibility mode. Then running it in compatibility mode as an administrator. Then changing one of the .dll files. Then adjusting the texture settings in the games .ini file. Then adjusting it again so it would run in windowed mode. But now it works!


For now.
Silky
Bit the bullet and purchased Dead Island on steam.
I've heard mixed reports, but a friend of mine who usually has good taste seems very impressed.
sweetbutinsane
QUOTE (Sir_Robin_the_brave @ Sep 16 2011, 02:13 PM) *
Apparently Portal 1 is available for free on Steam until September 20th. If indeed there is anyone who hasn't played it yet.


Urm...
Silky
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Sep 16 2011, 07:35 PM) *
Urm...

ohmy.gif
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (NiteFall @ Sep 16 2011, 06:46 PM) *
Yay! I got it working. All it took was patching the game. After reinstalling it in compatibility mode. Then running it in compatibility mode as an administrator. Then changing one of the .dll files. Then adjusting the texture settings in the games .ini file. Then adjusting it again so it would run in windowed mode. But now it works!


For now.


This is why I dislike PC gaming. The only games I'd want to play are old classics from the mid-90s to the turn of the century, and modern computers hate them all.
fatseff1234
And all of those flash hentai 'Dating' games...


Porn.
zeden
QUOTE (fatseff1234 @ Sep 15 2011, 09:00 AM) *
What format is Disgea on? PS2?


Yup, as well as PSP and DS.


Finished Deus Ex today and I'm glad to say I've not been disappointed. It carried most of what made the original so compelling over and felt like it was just about the perfect length, just as I started thinking about how much more there was to go things ramped up nicely for a very satisfying ending. The last boss was a bit of a cake walk but the conversation before it more than made up for it with sheer tension. Until Skyrim arrives this will definitely be my game of the year, possibly even after in terms of plot.
Llama
Just played MW3 at GAMEfest. Much enjoyed. Only played one of the spec ops, but was very fun.
sweetbutinsane
QUOTE (Silky @ Sep 16 2011, 07:50 PM) *
ohmy.gif


I know. I keep meaning to buy The Orange Box but I get easily distracted by buying other things.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Sep 17 2011, 07:38 PM) *
I know. I keep meaning to buy The Orange Box but I get easily distracted by buying other things.


You need to buy it, because it's easily one of the best games of the past decade.
Llama
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 17 2011, 10:08 PM) *
You need to buy it, because it's easily one of the best games of the past decade.

Girl wearing the Portal t-shirt right here agrees *points at self*
GundamGuy_UK
I was referring to The Orange Box as a whole, but Portal is one of the biggest highlights of it (ironic as it's by far the shortest game).

I'm transferring all my old point-and-click games into ScummVM. So many memories...

EDIT: You're really missing out if you never played this
Silky
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 17 2011, 10:49 PM) *
EDIT: You're really missing out if you never played this


And indeed this.
monkeyman
Talking of the Orange box; there's a fantastic section in Resistance 3 that is clearly inspired by (some might say ripped off) the "we don't go to Ravenholm" section in HL2. It's great so far; but it also really made me want to replay HL2 and episodes.
Wish it ran on my netbook sad.gif
GundamGuy_UK
I think I'll get Halo: Anniversary when it comes out. I've never played a Halo game, which seems almost a crime considering it's the Xbox's flagship franchise. I figure a remake of the original would be a good place to start.

Or should I start with Reach instead, as I hear it's a prequel?
logger
Personally, I'd say play them in order of release.
fatseff1234
Alpha Protocol - 1

Alpha Protocol - 2

Earl footage that gave me inspiration to do my 'Let's Play' channel.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 18 2011, 02:03 PM) *
I think I'll get Halo: Anniversary when it comes out. I've never played a Halo game, which seems almost a crime considering it's the Xbox's flagship franchise. I figure a remake of the original would be a good place to start.

Or should I start with Reach instead, as I hear it's a prequel?



QUOTE (logger @ Sep 18 2011, 02:39 PM) *
Personally, I'd say play them in order of release.


I concur with logger, would definitely play Halo first. The remake does look quite natty.
GundamGuy_UK
I read in a review that Reach is the most challenging Halo game. That in and of itself doesn't bother me, but I feel I should perhaps play the others first because I don't want them to all feel too easy after playing through Reach.

I'll get the remake in November, then. I hope Halo 2 gets similar treatment; I'm sure I read somewhere that it doesn't work properly on the 360.
Everlong
Not sure many of you here enjoy Gears Of War, but yay at number 3 being released tomorrow. Going to grab a copy during my break tomorrow.

Interested to to see how the trilogy ends. I bet at least one of Delta squad snuffs it (noooooo!).
GundamGuy_UK
I enjoyed playing the first game on split-screen co-op when my friend first got his 360. We both liked it, but neither of us could understand why it grew to be so popular. It's an incredibly repetitive game, and the plot was practically non-existent. That's fine for an action game, but we couldn't figure out why everyone seemed to be obsessing over the story like it was Shakespeare with guns. The entire plot of the first game can be summed up in a couple of sentences, and that's including time to explain the setting of the game.

Is there something I'm missing, somehow? I'm sure the sequels have more story, because sequels always try and build some big mythos around the title. But this is the first game I'm talking about. I remember an interview with Epic Games where they were nattering on about how incredible the story was, and we were just so confused by that.

It's not even the best story Epic has ever told. Unreal had a far superior story in it, and you're the only character in the entire game.

EDIT: Don't get me wrong, it's a very enjoyable game. It's just a bit too repetitive for my taste, certainly too repetitive for three games worth. At the time of release it was fantastic, and I'm sure I'd still have a whale of a time on it today. It's best in short bursts though, unless they've completely changed how it flows since the first one.



EDIT 2:
Wait, wait, wait a second. What is this?

"Better with Kinect sensor"? What have you done to my Mass Effect 3, EA? It was bad enough when you added that stupid registration thing in 2.
Kick in the Head
I recently did a playthrough of Gears of War 2 with a friend split-screen - neither of us had played the first game, and while it was a bit of fun just going through chapter to chapter, popping alien heads, I agree about the lack of an interesting story. You can just sum it up with "space war" and that about covers it, right? The only emotional involvement I had was with the rookie character you take under your wing - just because he's not just either a grizzled world-weary battle vet or cocky "let's whup some ass!" stereotype.

Even then, the action gamepay's hardly the most entertaining, with the co-op potential surprisingly underused beyond the seen it-done that simultaneous switch-operation or driver/turret varieties. Few memorable set-pieces either. I guess the reason everyone gets excited about a sequel is because they enjoy the gameplay, but have no desire to play through the main story again and a new game is just more of the same.
Everlong
I know what you guys mean about story and that it can get really repetitive, but I just quite enjoy it. Plus the multiplayer is a big plus for me.

Admittedly the games I'm most looking forward to are ME3 and especially Skyrim, but I do love my Gears of War.
GundamGuy_UK
I remember finding it hilarious how even the smallest of ledges required everyone to go "HUUUUURRRGGGH!" when they climb over them.
Ade
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Sep 7 2011, 07:22 PM) *
I caught a coelacanth last night. happy.gif

I had one of those, but I sharpened it.
monkeyman
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 19 2011, 02:24 PM) *
EDIT 2:
Wait, wait, wait a second. What is this?

"Better with Kinect sensor"? What have you done to my Mass Effect 3, EA? It was bad enough when you added that stupid registration thing in 2.

It's optional but dumb
You might be alright using Kinect in combat on the easy difficulties, but you wouldn't be able to do it in the harder settings. It's quicker and easier to pause the action to issue commands, you'd get shot to pieces pointing with your crosshair in realtime and would be wasting time where you could be shooting things yourself.
GundamGuy_UK
That's really, really stupid. Why read out the option, only to have Shepherd say it again seconds later? That's not immersion, it's the opposite. The conversation wheel isn't Shepherd talking, it's Shepherd's inner monologue.

I also raged a little at how apparently "there's never been a better time to jump in" than in the third and final game in a massively story-driven series... It also really irks me for some reason how they have a "default Shepherd" who's on the box and gets an action figure and so on. If the player is supposed to create a character and be Shepherd, who's this guy on the box? Skyrim doesn't have some random man on the box who's apparently the guy you play as, then invites you to create your own character. That's always really annoyed me. KotOR's box just showed the supporting cast, why not do the same? For me, Shepherd always has and always will look a certain way, and she's nothing like that bland default guy. I use the same build of my own creation every time I play, because that is Shepherd to me.
Jimmay
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 19 2011, 08:18 PM) *
That's really, really stupid. Why read out the option, only to have Shepherd say it again seconds later? That's not immersion, it's the opposite. The conversation wheel isn't Shepherd talking, it's Shepherd's inner monologue.

I also raged a little at how apparently "there's never been a better time to jump in" than in the third and final game in a massively story-driven series... It also really irks me for some reason how they have a "default Shepherd" who's on the box and gets an action figure and so on. If the player is supposed to create a character and be Shepherd, who's this guy on the box? Skyrim doesn't have some random man on the box who's apparently the guy you play as, then invites you to create your own character. That's always really annoyed me. KotOR's box just showed the supporting cast, why not do the same? For me, Shepherd always has and always will look a certain way, and she's nothing like that bland default guy. I use the same build of my own creation every time I play, because that is Shepherd to me.


The generic Shepherd is THE Shepherd to me. I find that if I try and create my own character there's always something slightly off about him. It doesn't bother me that it's the same Shepherd as a lot of other people's.
GundamGuy_UK
Playing as the default Shepherd is absolutely fine, there's nothing wrong with that. It's not about the fact that he's the default, or that many people play as him (though according to BioWare themselves, the majority of people create their own Shepherd)

I just find it annoying how in a game where you can create your own character, you're still forced to see the same default one all the time. All games where you can create a character have default options for those who don't want to do so, but they don't plaster those defaults on the cover. I find it strangely alienating somehow.

In all the promotional videos for games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim, they're very careful to hide the face of the character as much as possible, for that very reason.
Silky
I tend to create my own Shepard. Same thing with the Warden/Hawke in Dragon Age. I just feel a deeper connection to a character that is my own creation.
Besides, I much prefer FemShep anyway.
GundamGuy_UK
I do, male Shepherd has a rubbish voice. FemShep's actress is awesome, and I feel sorry for her because she's never in any of the promotional stuff.
Jimmay
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Sep 19 2011, 08:26 PM) *
Playing as the default Shepherd is absolutely fine, there's nothing wrong with that. It's not about the fact that he's the default, or that many people play as him (though according to BioWare themselves, the majority of people create their own Shepherd)

I just find it annoying how in a game where you can create your own character, you're still forced to see the same default one all the time. All games where you can create a character have default options for those who don't want to do so, but they don't plaster those defaults on the cover. I find it strangely alienating somehow.

In all the promotional videos for games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim, they're very careful to hide the face of the character as much as possible, for that very reason.


It's strange that you feel that way though as you only see default Shepherd on adverts and box art. Once you're playing its all your own creation so what does it matter. In a game that is very heavy on story surrounding the main character it would be hard to do any promo stuff and not show their face. In Fallout the Vault Dweller doesn't even speak and you never even see their face if you stick to first personbsobits much easier to do.
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