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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-06 15:46:45 Reply

At 7/6/12 03:30 PM, phrozonfire wrote: it's definitely my favourite FF (That's right, better than the FFVII everyone finds so precious).

Have you played IX, or VI or Tactics?


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-06 19:34:03 Reply

At 7/6/12 03:46 PM, Jackho wrote: Have you played IX, or VI or Tactics?

I tried, but I can't get into them. They just seem really unwelcoming and push me away.

Haven't tried IX.

I might play VI if they had an iphone version I could take around me in the absence of any other consoles/PC.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-06 21:05:09 Reply

When I saw the ending of FFX on Youtube, I said "fuck this game" and never played since. I still love the soundtrack and listen to it, though.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-06 21:33:58 Reply

At 7/6/12 02:57 PM, phrozonfire wrote:
At 7/6/12 02:22 PM, Dean wrote: looks like it's going to be more my thing than FFX is/was. Still not gone back to that after getting stuck on a boss battle though.
Whaaaat?

What boss did you give up at?

I gave up at the boss battle on the airship. Although to be fair, I've always been terrible at JRPGs D:

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-06 22:02:24 Reply

At 7/6/12 09:33 PM, SineRider wrote: I gave up at the boss battle on the airship. Although to be fair, I've always been terrible at JRPGs D:

I remember that boss, it was a pain in the ass, almost as bad as Yunalesca.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-07 07:17:11 Reply

At 7/6/12 07:34 PM, phrozonfire wrote:
At 7/6/12 03:46 PM, Jackho wrote: Have you played IX, or VI or Tactics?
I tried, but I can't get into them. They just seem really unwelcoming and push me away.

Tactics was possibly the hardest to get into with a lot of stuff being thrown at you, but I also find it the most rewarding and it has possibly the best ending in the series (it's also one of the few that leave open a possibility for a sequel, which of course never fucking happened). I played the War of the Lions version though, I'm not sure how much it was altered from the original, other than certain classes being added and others being harder to unlock.

Haven't tried IX.

You should, it's definitely my favorite and unless you're turned off by the art style it's very easy to get into.

I might play VI if they had an iphone version I could take around me in the absence of any other consoles/PC.

If you have a PSP you could play the PSN version, or just get an SNES emulator on your phone. I wouldn't pay for Square's overpriced phone ports (FF3 for $15? Tactics for $20? Fuck off).


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-07 07:53:20 Reply

Final Fantasy is a series that I struggle to get into. I've discussed this before with Jackho. I've not played a great deal of the games. IV, V, Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus and X is about it. Never beat a single one of them and probably didn't make much progress in IV and V but it has been years since I played them.

I now have copies of X-2 and XII to play at some point, but I would like to try and beat FFX before moving onto either of those.

I can't really explain why I struggle to get into the series. I usually get bored of them or decided to move onto another game long before I reach the end.

Each to his own I suppose. Final Fantasy just isn't really for me.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-07 12:14:00 Reply

Think I might finally start Digital Devil Saga after all this JRPG talk. Bought it ages ago and never got around to it.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-07 16:33:59 Reply

At 7/6/12 03:37 PM, phrozonfire wrote: I'd really use FFX as a warm-up, because DQ is far, far harder.

At first I was like "nah, a game with cell shaded graphics and crazy voice acting isn't going to be hard at all". Then I left town for the first time and headed off to the waterfall cave as instructed. I couldn't even make it there first attempt. I had to head back to town to heal. Second trip I'd levelled a couple times and bought loads of healing things in preparation. Made it to the cave and had one of the two party members fall in battle.

This game is looking to be more of a hardcore RPG than I was expecting. If a character falls in battle, they're not back to having 1HP after the battle is over and you can just heal them. They're dead. If you want them back you have to go to town, visit the church and have them resurrected. I reckon that this alone is going to make it pretty damn hard.

On top of that, it feels like you have to grind right from the start. I turned off my PS2 for now and I'll go back to it tomorrow, but there's going to have to be some grinding done before I revisit that cave.

Thankfully the cell shaded graphics have aged well, so it's not an awful game to look at. The inventory system is a mild annoyance. As well as having your standard inventory, you can make the party members carry items. If you want to access items in battle, they have to be stored on the party member, not in the inventory. The number of items they can hold is pretty small and things that replenish health don't stack, so you can only use a few per battle. Not that you need that many for one battle at this stage, but I imagine later on you will.

I think I'm going to try and avoid using the strategy guide for the most part. I was using it with FFX and it was good but this seems like a game I could actually get into, so I'd rather explore it for myself, maybe consulting the guide if I get stuck or if I can't be arsed looking over a huge area for items when the guide can just tell me where they are.

Looks like it's gonna be a damn hard game.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-07 17:04:11 Reply

At 7/7/12 04:33 PM, Dean wrote: If a character falls in battle, they're not back to having 1HP after the battle is over and you can just heal them. They're dead. If you want them back you have to go to town, visit the church and have them resurrected. I reckon that this alone is going to make it pretty damn hard.

Just an fyi, FFX was the only one which did that, in all FF games before it (and even in X-2) characters stay dead after battle and any status ailments stay until their healed. FF1 also had that church resurrection system.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 13:11:24 Reply

At 7/10/12 12:16 PM, YoDudle wrote: I just got a Sega Dreamcast with Sega GT. I can't wait to try it out. Does any of you know any good games that I can get for the system other then Sonic Adventure.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 14:56:13 Reply

At 7/10/12 12:16 PM, YoDudle wrote: I just got a Sega Dreamcast with Sega GT. I can't wait to try it out. Does any of you know any good games that I can get for the system other then Sonic Adventure.

Shenmue, Jet Grind Radio, Blue Stinger, maybe MDK2, The Power Stone games, . I would say Omnikron: The Wandering Soul, but I'm unsure how well it was ported to the system

So I decided to playthrough Wind Waker again after watching some of CosmoWright's live speedrun yesterday. Forgot how cool this game was.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 15:37:36 Reply

Well, I've just downloaded Game Booster, to see if this works to reduce my lag isues with Lord of the Rings Online. You never know, it could work.

Hell, it's loaded the game pretty quickly, let's see if it can handle some of the gaming...


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 18:23:43 Reply

I've been caught in ROTMG fever. gosh darn it.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 18:40:02 Reply

Has anyone seen the Ouya?

It's a project on Kickstarter for a $95 console that runs Android 4.0 and is highly customizable. They are asking for $950K to get it into production. I saw it earlier in the day and it was at around $150K. Well, in a matter of hours it has now broken its aim and is currently at $1.25M, it raised over one million in less than 12 hours, how fucking amazing is that?

It's got pretty similar specs to the new Nexus 7 tablet from Google. Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM, wifi, bluetooth, mini-HDMI.

I think this could be HUGE, at $95 it's in the impulse buy zone. Casual gamers love games you can get on mobile devices (such as android and iOS) and hardcore gamers can get something cheap with plenty of customization. I'm really geeky when it comes to customizing shit, so I have such a boner for this device.

I have the intention of buying a Nexus 7 tablet ASAP to go with my Android phone, so an android gaming device would make my household a really top-notch Android ecosystem. Think about the possibilities, while I'm at a friends house he gives me a copy of a movie on my phones Micro SD card, I get home I stream this to my Ouya seamlessly. I can start playing me some Chrono Trigger on a SNES emulator whilst at home, than I go out, break out my Nexus 7 and HOT FUCKING SHIT I continue from right where I left off because I can sync all my saves across all my devices.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 19:00:08 Reply

At 7/10/12 06:40 PM, iMini wrote: Has anyone seen the Ouya?

How do you pronounce that shit? I thought it was a pretty lame idea, I don't see the appeal of android games on a home console as that kind of defeats the purpose of most of them especially when I could play something far better instead. Whatever though, the funding show's there's plenty of people interested, it's just not for me.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 19:35:54 Reply

I am LOVING The Walking Dead video game. Only game with choices I've actually sat thinking about after making them. In most games it's a case of quicksave before, sit and consider the outcomes, reload if you don't like how the rest of the scene plays out, but by giving you limited time and having most repercussions happen much further down the line (meaning you'd sacrifice a lot of progress to redo one), it really feels like they matter.

Still not sure caving Larry's skull in was the right thing to do, and feeling guilty about stabbing that cannibal in front of Clementine.

No guilt about stealing the food, though. Finders keepers yo.

Also started on Digital Devil Saga. It's Persona 4 except instead of being Scooby-Doo: The Anime Series you travel around with a woman with jaws full of jagged teeth for breasts and eat people.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-10 19:40:27 Reply

At 7/10/12 07:00 PM, Jackho wrote:
At 7/10/12 06:40 PM, iMini wrote: Has anyone seen the Ouya?
How do you pronounce that shit? I thought it was a pretty lame idea, I don't see the appeal of android games on a home console as that kind of defeats the purpose of most of them especially when I could play something far better instead. Whatever though, the funding show's there's plenty of people interested, it's just not for me.

I think you underestimate the potential of the android library.

There are your regular FPSs, RPGs, etc and some pretty hardware demanding ones at that (N.O.V.A. 3?). And then there's emulation again, at the moment, I think we can only really go as far as the fifth generation (PS1, N64) and Handhelds (DS for sure is possible, PSP, 3DS and Vita maybe not).

It's not just games either, you can stream a lot of online services on it (such as Hulu, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, etc) and it's full capable of watching x264 and XVid formats, so it's a fully fledged multi-media machine aswell. Hell, for $95 you could get a media center a lot worse, and for a lot more you could get a media center that doesn't offer anything else (Apple TV?)

I can understand if you're not interested though.

Personally, I'd already be playing classic games on my 32" TV if I had a PS3 controller. I think technology today really is wonderful.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-11 08:04:35 Reply

At 7/11/12 02:33 AM, The-Great-One wrote: So...

What are your Top 10 Favorite Video Games of All-Time?

It's hardly changed.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-11 13:15:58 Reply

At 7/11/12 02:33 AM, The-Great-One wrote: What are your Top 10 Favorite Video Games of All-Time?

I was actually surprised at some of the games that made it onto my list. I reckon that if I were to replay some of those games they'd no longer be on the list but I was basing my opinion on how I found the games when they were still "new", which I think is how these lists should be made. In most cases, I've not actually played most of those games since they were released.

The PS2 and Xbox 360 made up my entire list because those are the platforms I spent most time on. I've played a lot of the classic retro titles over the last few years, but it's hard to call them my favourite games now that I'm playing them when they're dated. I can still see why they are regarded as great games by those who originally played them, but for me, it's hard to say "wow this is amazing" when I'm playing something that's 20-30 years old.

Also can't believe that I forgot to put Pokemon Silver on my list!


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-11 18:18:30 Reply

At 7/10/12 07:40 PM, iMini wrote: I think you underestimate the potential of the android library.

There are your regular FPSs, RPGs, etc and some pretty hardware demanding ones at that (N.O.V.A. 3?). And then there's emulation again, at the moment, I think we can only really go as far as the fifth generation (PS1, N64) and Handhelds (DS for sure is possible, PSP, 3DS and Vita maybe not).

Sure there's plenty of games worth playing but very few, if any, would compare to an average current gen game. I can already emulate on my PC.

It's not just games either, you can stream a lot of online services on it

I can already do that on my PC and phone though, or on a tablet if I wanted one, and probably quite a few through my Xbox if I could be arsed.

I just don't see why you'd buy a device which can do nothing you can't already do on multiple others you already own.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-21 05:45:20 Reply

I've not been gaming much at all recently. My parents have been away in Greece for the past week now and I still have a few days left before they come back. As a result I've been having to clean the house (my brother is still here, making mess), take care of the numerous pets which involves taking the dog for two walks each day which typically last about an hour. It's hard work compared to what I usually do, but I actually like it. Makes me feel like I have a purpose during the summer months. Even if it was only for a week and a half.

Been playing some Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV again. Both games I've previously beat but I was in the mood for some Rockstar. Just wish I still had my Xbox Live Gold so that I could piss about with some Battlefield 3 online. Been a while since I last played that.

Scary to think that there's less than two months of my summer left already. It really has flown by this year where as it usually drags itself out.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-21 06:02:19 Reply

Dean what is up with your new sig it sucks.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-21 06:49:31 Reply

At 7/21/12 06:02 AM, Snuff wrote: Dean what is up with your new sig it sucks.

But it's such a cool game :(


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-21 07:01:51 Reply

At 7/21/12 06:49 AM, Dean wrote:
At 7/21/12 06:02 AM, Snuff wrote: Dean what is up with your new sig it sucks.
But it's such a cool game :(

Well it looks like a pooey game and you shouldn't play it

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-23 11:50:57 Reply

At 7/21/12 07:01 AM, Snuff wrote: Well it looks like a pooey game and you shouldn't play it

Is this because of the anime cut scenes? Usually I'm not really all that into anime but there are certain exceptions. This was one.

Really wish that I had more Master System and Mega Drive (Genesis) games. I love the 8 and 16 bit consoles but due to how expensive it is to collect for the Nintendo systems over here I've stuck with Sega.

Whenever I next have some money to burn I think that I'll most definitely be expanding my Sega collections. I just never seem to have much spare cash these days and the only place for me to get hold of this stuff is on eBay, so it's not exactly cheap. Although I hate to think how much of my income will be spent on my game collecting hobby once I'm in full time employment.

Also on the look out for a Master System controller but it's rare to see one sell for a reasonable price on eBay.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-24 06:20:00 Reply

If you had to play games from only one developer, who would it be?

I'm gonna say Bethesda, stongest batting average I'd say. Even the games they spew out with less-than-excellent reviews, are relatively enjoyable.

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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-24 07:41:54 Reply

At 7/24/12 06:20 AM, iCurrie wrote: I'm gonna say Bethesda, stongest batting average I'd say. Even the games they spew out with less-than-excellent reviews, are relatively enjoyable.

Since Morrowind, Bethesda haven't really developed any games that were met with less than excellent reviews

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)
IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005 (2004)
IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (2006)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
Fallout 3 (2008)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

I can't really comment on the Drag Racing games, but the rest have all been top notch titles. I love Bethesda as developers but they don't develop games often enough I don't think I'd pick them as developers that I could exclusively play their games.

I'd possibly go with Rockstar Games, although that may be cheating because they've bought out a good few development studios over the years.


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Response to Videa Game Regulars Lounge. 2012-07-24 10:28:01 Reply

At 7/24/12 07:41 AM, Dean wrote: I'd possibly go with Rockstar Games, although that may be cheating because they've bought out a good few development studios over the years.

No doubt that Bethesda produce quality - the only upside to a low output of games, is that you can get weeks of non-stop entertainment out of one game, before it gets too stale.

I never got into any of the more popular Rockstar franchises, GTA, RDR, etc. Maybe GTA:SA, but otherwise I found they were all the same thing basically - with different graphics and settings. But hey, I'm a fantasy nerd.