Posts Tagged ‘ RPG ’

My opinion of The Witcher 2

This is a really great game if it was newly released in the early 2000s.  However, from the lack of abilities, skill tree, options for ‘doing stuff’ to the redundant sword swinging the same way as a 90s hack ‘n slash, I felt this game is very much behind the curve of new millenium gaming.

Though it does provide somewhat of a decent visual experience, I couldn’t help to feel that there is something very lacking in the game.  There are some quests, there is a main story but character growth (or a lack thereof) makes me feel that this game falls short of what is expected.

Though it does have a few ‘mature’ scenes in it and has language consistent that would be used as adults would use in certain situations, I don’t think many in my age group would find this game very appealing after spending a few days playing.  It most likely will make most feel as if they were ripped off.

I think I’d rather play my modded version of The Last Remnant or The Last Oddesy.

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White Knight Chronicles 2

White Knight Chronicles 2 is another highly anticipated RPG that I’m looking forward to. I don’t care about the giant Robo-armor things that they transform into but, like most people, will be playing this game for it’s fantasy, medival elements. The story, lore, adventure and customizable character growth as well as unique, awesome playing environment is what is going to catch most eyes in the wonderful world of RPG gaming.

Of course, in the attempt to now include female gamers and the LGBT crowds into the ‘modern gaming realm’ we will see over emotional male scenes as we did in the main plot line as we did in the first which makes most men (at least the ones I’ve talked with in as well as outside of Japan) hit the skip cutscene button during those overly emotional wastes of time. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little emotion every now and then but most of the people I’ve talked with about the emotional male scenes in games, movies and even TV shows lately are just a little much. It’s okay, a small price to pay for some good fantasy RPG goodness!

The gameplay is supposed to be a lot better but it looks more or less the same to me. Either way, I’ll play it just for the story and lore involved. It’s not the best but a lot better than most RPGs in current days.

Until then I guess I’ll be absorbed in Tactics Ogre!!

‘Tactics Ogre: Let us cling together’ on the PSP is by far the most enjoyable fantasy RPG so far this year in my opinion

Tactics Ogre: Let us cling together has been the most enjoyable game this year so far in my opinion. This game is a mix of Final Fantasy Tactics and Ogre Battle (Nintendo 64 if you remember it) made by Square Enix. It may be sad that I name a PSP game as the most enjoyable but honestly that how the RPG genre has been doing in recent years. Two Worlds II was fun but very short, WoW is just boring after a few months (no challenge whatsoever = ultimate lameness) and most other recent RPGs also lack enough content to keep RPG goers interested longer than a few months at best. My little brother and I talk every now and then about our favorite games and while talking with him I realized that there are many RPG type games attempting to join the ‘action’ genre. But that’s another topic for later, perhaps.

I think this will keep me busy until White Knight Chronicles 2 comes out at the end of May. Hopefully that one is longer than its predecessor as well.

Just download and finished the Dragon Age 2 Demo….

Well, I took the liberty of downloading the Dragon Age 2 demo from the bioware website for my Windows 7 PC and had trouble launching the game. I got an error related to DirectX and had to go to microsoft’s website to re-download it (even though everything seemed up to date, I read this on one of the bioware social forums that stated this was a fix and it did indeed fix the problem). The error was something like d3dx11_42_x64 but the re-download fixed that.

Also my PC froze on the ‘Start Menu’ screen. At first I thought it had something to do with DA2 servers because at the bottom of the screen it was stating it was connecting to the servers and the DA2 demo was not responding. However, I went to the bioware Dragon Age forums and found that I needed to remove any flash drives and other removable storage because it is a known issue with the demo.

After that, I started playing with no problems. The graphics is nice, the combat is fun and storyline is pretty decent. I think I’ll be at Gamestop tomorrow night to pick it up (I reserved it) during the ‘midnight release.’ This game looks worth it from judging the demo I played.

FFXIV Patch 1.16 set for early March

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The outline for the patch looks promising and are
outlined as followed:


Patch 1.16 Outline
(02/24/2011)

Patch 1.16 is scheduled to go live in early March, bringing
with it new quests, various improvements to the user interface, and more!

The list below briefly outlines the content slated for release in the
forthcoming patch.
◆Outline of Patch 1.16 Content
Storylines and
world quests
Quest-related system changes
Addition of icons to make
quest NPCs easily recognizable
Addition of quest NPC locations to maps

Journal improvements
Reexamintion of data transfer mechanics to display
all current quests and levequests on one screen
Increased speed for text
scrolling in general, and further speed increase for continuous scrolling

Addition of page-scrolling control for gamepads
Rank/Level up fanfare

Examination of dramatic effects when a new rank or level is attained

Camera improvements
Ability to adjust camera distance when locked onto a
target
Ability to freely adjust camera distance when playing with a gamepad

Targeting system improvements
Ability to target by type (“PC only” or
“NPC only”) when using a gamepad
Ability to target by clicking on character
name displays
Auto-translate dictionary update
Update of auto-translate
dictionary contents
Guildleve usability improvements
Reexamination of
and balancing of local levequest issuing conditions
Adjustments to item
condition values
Adjustments to lower the rate at which item condition
deteriorates
Synthesis interface improvements
Adjustments to the item
synthesis process
Increased pace of gathering actions
Changes to the
frame rates of action animations to speed up gathering
Retainer system
improvements
Ability to summon retainers currently operating a bazaar

Reexamination of enemy size
Optimization of enemy size for ease of play

Reexamination of stats
Addition of an auto-MP regeneration feature

For more details, be sure to keep an eye on further Topics posts in the
coming days. In addition, comprehensive patch notes will be available on the day
of the patch’s release. Relevant dates and times will be announced in
Information posts as they become available.

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Well, I like most of what I see here but I’m still
concerned about server stability.
Even though these changes will most likely
improve the game so much compared to the state it was in a while ago, I would
argue that server stability is more important.  That being said, that is my only
complaint and this game is on its way to surpass the revolutionary FFXI
MMORPG.  The new changes in the team and staff over at the FFXIV HQ appears
to have been a very wise decision.
So far, so good!

 

 

Final Fantasy 14

I’m not sure what to think about this game.  I’m one of those guys that have been playing through the FF series since FF1 on the NES and have been an avid, loyal fan.  The earlier games used to be challenging, creative, massive, interesting but most of all…..fun!!  As much of a fan that I am of the grand FF franchise, I have to honestly say that they have been slowly regressing when it comes to story quality and fun.  The graphics have gotten better but the stories have been more……..lame?  I think that’s the right word to describe it.  Boring would be more accurate but not really.  A game that looks better but lacks a real point or has more ‘shock and awe’ moments but less substance would be the most accurate way to describe Final Fantasy 14 compared to former Final Fantasy games.

Any way you look at it, it doesn’t ‘feel’ like a Final Fantasy game.  It’s truly sad when the majority of FF fans still say that Final Fantasy 7 was the best FF game (or best game ever) that has ever existed.  Graphics have come a long way but it doesn’t seem that much else has.

However, I don’t think I can abandon the FF genre…yet.  I still hope that Square Enix will see their mistakes and realize that they’re having a ‘teachable moment’.  Even if it’s a very long one.

I don’t think that Final Fantasy is a lost cause.  There are many fun aspects to it but there is something definitely missing that most ‘experienced’ FF players notice.  We want ‘that’ back.

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I will say that I enjoyed Dragon Age and looking forward to playing Dragon Age 2 as well as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Fable III.  RPGs rock!!!