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@  BlackMax : (03 December 2016 - 08:25 AM)

I'm still exploring all the possible mods for the PC version of Fallout New Vegas.

@  Pennpenn : (02 December 2016 - 11:03 PM)

So what, my species is perfectly happy to completely obliterate an undeveloped species to make servants, go full on ADVENT on more developed worlds, but for the middle of the road species suddenly my hands ar tied? Bah.

@  Pennpenn : (02 December 2016 - 10:58 PM)

It's annoying in Stellaris how "Pre-sentient" life forms can be Uplifted (turned into sentient and loyal races) and pre-space age civs can be messed around with and taken over, but you can't do anything about "Stone Age Primitives" so they just end up as a permanent debuff to a planet and end up squatting in valuable tiles.

@  Verity Carlo : (02 December 2016 - 10:53 PM)

To put it simply, everyone is in a race to become god.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (02 December 2016 - 10:42 PM)

I'm playing Tales of Zestiria instead.

@  Touch My Thighs : (02 December 2016 - 10:10 PM)

So basically I'm 15 hours into Final Fantasy XV and it seems like they took the edgy FF7-style game they were going to make, threw it out and made something actually fun instead.

@  BlackMax : (02 December 2016 - 09:29 PM)

...and now that I've sat home a short bit I realize I completely forgot to look for Ross, TJ MAXX or Marshalls in the area. Damn.

@  ShadowMan024 : (02 December 2016 - 09:20 PM)

I envy you.

@  BlackMax : (02 December 2016 - 09:17 PM)

Just found RiD Warriors Bisk and Ratchet, plus TR Hot Rod, while hunting. It was a good night.

@  ShadowMan024 : (02 December 2016 - 08:28 PM)

"You hugin' people..."

@  Strafe : (02 December 2016 - 07:36 PM)

I liked that one, too. I'm not a fan of the guy at all, but "A Few Good Men" is still one of my all-time favorite movies. He's fantastic as Lt. Daniel Kaffee.

@  Kalidor : (02 December 2016 - 06:24 PM)

Tom Cruise sucks but I really did enjoy Edge of Tomorrow

@  Benbot : (02 December 2016 - 03:57 PM)

What? They made a new Mummy movie and cast Tom Cruise? I love Cruise, but isn't he kind of expensive? Kind of stupid to rely on his star power to boost a new franchise instead of...like...good writing? I hope it had both, but I'm not holding my breath.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (01 December 2016 - 11:36 PM)

Now if only I could get one of my GoG games to work right (well series of games) :(

@  Kalidor : (01 December 2016 - 11:24 PM)

Thanks, I picked it up. Worth it for the soundtrack alone

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (01 December 2016 - 10:01 PM)

GoG is awsome.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2016 - 08:07 PM)

woot woot, thank you kindly!

@  Dekafox : (01 December 2016 - 07:42 PM)

Head's up, GOG has Neverwinter Nights up for free for about another 30 hours or so

@  Verity Carlo : (01 December 2016 - 07:30 PM)

the men who murdered my imaginary friends

@  Locoman : (01 December 2016 - 05:30 PM)

I'm coming, Baby Legs! I'm.... Regular... Legs!

@  Benbot : (01 December 2016 - 04:05 PM)

What are you worried about, come get fake doors!

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (01 December 2016 - 02:07 PM)

I just found out that Blue from Blue's Clues is a girl. Whoa.

@  Bass X0 : (01 December 2016 - 01:14 PM)

Holy Magikrap!

@  Pennpenn : (01 December 2016 - 08:45 AM)

Also, TR Triggerhappy is a good mold.

@  Pennpenn : (01 December 2016 - 07:34 AM)

I should have said "not staying together", but anyway.

@  unluckiness : (01 December 2016 - 06:50 AM)

My Astrotrain had that but some floor polish on the tabs helped.

@  Pennpenn : (01 December 2016 - 06:48 AM)

On the subject of recalcitrant TR voyagers, does anyone else have an issue with Sentinel Prime's legs staying together in space-brick mode?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (01 December 2016 - 03:40 AM)

Holy crap or holy carp? ;)

@  BlackMax : (30 November 2016 - 08:41 PM)

...holy crap it works!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2016 - 07:14 PM)

Hold the button (orange spot) on his chest and push them down till they click.

@  BlackMax : (30 November 2016 - 06:05 PM)

The horns can never be kept down! \m/. >_< .\m/

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2016 - 04:19 PM)

I was about to say.. I have no problem getting him to stay together in any mode. The horns was the worst thing for me. But I got that fixed.

@  unitremover : (30 November 2016 - 12:26 PM)

...and I just figured that out too

@  unitremover : (30 November 2016 - 12:24 PM)

Oh, hey, I figured it out. Now if I can just find a way to get his upper and lower body to stay pegged together in robot mode I'll be in business.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 November 2016 - 12:12 PM)

Cold showers.

@  unitremover : (30 November 2016 - 12:11 PM)

Oh, what's the trick to getting his horns to stay down?

@  unluckiness : (30 November 2016 - 08:26 AM)

Alolan baristas say the darndest things

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2016 - 08:26 AM)

I like Alpha trion. Just gotta see if his horns will stay down now that I learned the trick.

@  Robowang : (30 November 2016 - 07:55 AM)

Alpha Trion is awesome. Fun transformation, beefy robot mode, sweet sword, amazing headsculpt, and great colors.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 November 2016 - 05:48 AM)

Why? Alpha Trion is pretty cool, even with some flaws. He reminds me of BW2 designs.

@  unitremover : (29 November 2016 - 11:34 PM)

I should've listened to what everybody else said about Alpha Trion and not gotten lured in by the sweet siren call of a new toy evoking Vector Prime

@  Msol : (29 November 2016 - 10:12 PM)

Hot damn Astrotrain is way better than I was expecting.

@  BlackMax : (29 November 2016 - 06:32 PM)

I would've guessed that unaired theme for Beast Machines.

@  Gizmoboy : (29 November 2016 - 04:11 PM)

yes, Lightbright is correct on that one

@  Lightbright : (29 November 2016 - 01:47 PM)

Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas?

@  Bass X0 : (29 November 2016 - 01:36 PM)

Name the song by the lyrics - "I'm a beast when you turn me on, into the future Cybertron"

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 November 2016 - 05:47 AM)

Ultra Matryoska.

@  BlackMax : (29 November 2016 - 04:55 AM)

That'd be CW Ultra Magnus, I would think.

@  Nutjob R/T : (29 November 2016 - 01:22 AM)

Hm. Titans Return Rowboat Girlyman?

@  BlackMax : (28 November 2016 - 09:09 PM)

TR Alpha Trion looks like a Space Marine Primarch. Specifically, I'm thinking Fulgrim.


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#1 Lizard King

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

Anybody pick this up today? I've been looking forward to it for a while. Ive really needed something to satiate my jrpg needs, and I think this will hit the spot.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:05 PM

I had it pre-ordered in full like two weeks ago, so second I got off work I headed over and picked up my copy.

I'm not too far in it yet, but they really switched up how the battles work. I'm going to have to play around with them to figure out how it works this time.

Also the skits are Voiced! Woot!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:54 PM

Ive never played a tailed game before but this has me really intrigued

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:59 PM

I'm getting a copy when I eventually, inevitably get a PS3. Hopefully this year.

I'm a huge Tales of fan. Well, everything but Legendia. The battle system there did nothing for me - but I've heard great things about Graces f.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:08 PM

QUOTE(Matthias Phage @ Mar 14 2012, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm getting a copy when I eventually, inevitably get a PS3. Hopefully this year.

I'm a huge Tales of fan. Well, everything but Legendia. The battle system there did nothing for me - but I've heard great things about Graces f.


It's funny because this game is the reason -I- got a PS3. I was prepared to go without one for a while, but new Tales game? No way I can miss out on that. I'm a huge fan myself. With this game I now own EVERY single Tales game to be brought stateside, as well as a European port of Tales of Eternia for the PSP.

So I played more of the game last night, and I can say it definitely is worth the purchase from what I've experienced. The story has managed to capture me at least, and the characters are fun.

Just finished the child arc of the story. Now it's seven years later and I'm playing the main arc where main lead Asbel is about 17 or so. The fact you 'grow up' during the game isn't much of a spoiler. The child arc only lasts about two hours unless you drag it out.

As for the battle system, they really switched it up, and I think they did a marvelous job at it. In stead of the 2-D battles as in Tales Tradition, it's more of a 3D look as instead of running from side to side, you are running forward to back. You actually don't have normal attacks anymore in a sense.

The battle work via a CC gauge. Each action takes a number of CC to perform. Normal attacks use about 1 CC. You only get around 4-5 CC starting off in battle. The gauge automatically refills when you stand still. This forces you to use more strategy then just 'run up and attack' Thankfully blocking doesn't count toward CC usage. So if you stand still and block. The gauge refills. So I've gotten use to rushing up and attacking, only to block directly afterward, usually blocking the attack the enemy was about to do. You can also evade attacks while blocking, and evading correctly will fill up your CC gauge faster.

There is a way to extend how much CC you have in battle, but best I understand, it's to chain hits together and not take damage in return.

There is also a separate gauge on the left side of the screen that fills blue as you do well in battle and chain a lot of hits, or red as you get hit too much, or enemies chain hits upon you.

Fill this gauge out blue and you enter some sorta tension field where the CC gauge disappears and you can wail on the enemy as much as you want. If the gauge fills red though, the enemies can do the same.

Last is the new way the artes work. Normal attacks are linked with 'fighting artes' so assuming you have enough CC. Those familiar with Tales games know that you can usually do artes/special moves by holding up/down/left right/ or no direction when pressing the 'arte' button. Now if you hold up while attacking normally, you'll attack normally and continue with one of your fighting artes.

Once you end the childhood arc, you get burst arts which work much the same way normal artes did in the older games.

I've yet to see how 'Mystic Artes' work, but I'm sure they are in here.

I could go on about a couple of the other little things this game does, but I'll stop for now. At least that should give you some sort of idea on the battle system, and hopefully help you decide if you want the game.

I'm having a blast with it. ^_^

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:27 PM

That was really informative. Thank you. I don't have a problem with western style RPGs, but I've really been yearning for a more traditional rpg. I don't know why they've fallen out of favor so much. I think this looks like it'll really hit the spot though.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:24 AM

QUOTE(Lizard King @ Mar 14 2012, 04:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know why they've fallen out of favor so much.


Not really. They've just moved onto the handhelds and the like.

Problem is, "traditional" JRPGs are really expensive and intensive to produce for the HD consoles. Fans expect a bajillion different, sprawling environments, massive cityscapes, hundreds of different species of monsters to fight, more weapons and loot than you can shake a stick at, and so on and so forth. The amount of detail that goes into each and every one of those things is absolutely insane, and now they're expected to make them in near photo-realistic graphics to boot.

It's no wonder that production has slowed greatly, with more emphasis put on sequels such that assets can be reused as much as possible without coming off as cheap.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:27 AM

Dude, someone can make a good traditional rpg. It's just that people expect RPGs like mass effect and fall out these days. That's just the industry standard. I've been meaning to check out some handheld RPGs though. I have an ds xli or something like that, but I mainly bought it for Pokemon.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:40 AM

PSP seems to be the platform of choice for the JRPGs, not that I'm complaining, it's let me get some nice updated ports of PSX classics. I'm going to pick this iteration of the Tale series up eventually, but I keep holding out hope for the remake of ToD to come stateside as well, maybe actually translate all the content this time.(Plus the ability to recruit a certain person's sister without a cheat device would be nice).



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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE(Asquian @ Mar 15 2012, 06:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
PSP seems to be the platform of choice for the JRPGs, not that I'm complaining, it's let me get some nice updated ports of PSX classics. I'm going to pick this iteration of the Tale series up eventually, but I keep holding out hope for the remake of ToD to come stateside as well, maybe actually translate all the content this time.(Plus the ability to recruit a certain person's sister without a cheat device would be nice).


I'd like to say that I'm with you for that hope, but I think we both know the answer to this. Probably has about as much chance as Legends 3 coming out now. *sigh*

We've missed out on too many Tales games. If I had my wish, I'd like for the PSP version of Tales of Phantasia to make it stateside.

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