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    I recently finished the Good playthroughs of Infamous 1 + 2.

    I also finished Final Fantasy XIII, because although I had stopped playing it months ago, I was close to the end and didn't want to start a new game before the one-two punch of Arkham City and Uncharted 3.

    My backlog of games is ridiculous. I am also playing a lot of Plants vs Zombies.
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    Verdict on the FFXIII endgame? I actually found that the game came into its own nicely in the area before the Big Badguy Reveal (the area before the area before Gran Pulse), offering up proper dungeonlike areas... But after alllll that corridor walking for the first twenty or so hours, you'd really have to be interested in the battles to stick around after the Gran Pulse detours turned out to be more corridors and LOTS of backtracking through'em.

    Thankfully, I WAS interested enough to stick with it for a total of 70 hours. Did all the hunts I could do before the post-ending grid increase (including a couple of fights I technically wasn't strong enough for, but managed to claw my way through), and then was pleased to discover some real exploratory areas between the corridors.

    It's a shame, though. If they'd just tightened the game a bit, removed some of the repetitive "oh no we can't do it/oh yes we can" dialogue, and above all axed ten to fifteen hours of corridors from the start of the game, they would've had a really GREAT game. As it is, I feel a lot of players were tired of it once they got to the meat of the game - 15-20 hours in.
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    Finished Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road. SO MUCH better than the other DLC's. I felt like Honest Hearts was interesting but spare, and Old World Blues was kind of contrived and hollow (with a few really great moments). I did like Dead Money a lot, though.

    I haven't been playing much. Over the summer I got really into Team Fortress 2, just before it went free-to-play, but I've kind of gotten out of it as gaming has become more casual since I started school.

    I really want Arkham City, but my X-Box is busted and it doesn't come out for PC until November and I can't really afford it anyway. Oh well, I can wait.
  3.  (10262.24)
    @TwentyThoughts, re: FF13. Eh. To be honest, it'd been so long since I played it that I had forgotten who everyone was and why everything mattered. They did that whole flashback montage at the end and I was completely lost. I am doing the hunts just to give myself something to play for a few minutes while I decompress from work, before cooking dinner for the lady of the house.

    It's certainly a gorgeous game, but either Final Fantasy games aren't as good as when I was a kid, or I've just grown to not like them any more. I don't think I'll even consider going back to a JRPG until they decide to include Japanese audio tracks with subtitles. Horrible dialogue and bad writing are easier to ingest through other languages and subtitles.

    But in a few weeks, Arkham City will be here and I can leave it all behind. Then Uncharted 3. Then I return to my never-ending backlog of games. Assassin's Creed II, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, LittleBigPlanet 2, Portal 1...

    I tried to make this deal with myself that I wouldn't buy new games until I had finished a few of the ones I already had. I forgot that there's also a new Legend of Zelda coming out soon.
  4.  (10262.25)
    Final Fantasy games aren't as good as when you were a kid. After FFIII on the SNES, there were only a few shining moments left in the series- FFIX and FFXII. Also, the online RPG thing really should have been done as spinoffs, rather than as part of the proper numbering.

    I think I've lost my taste for J-RPGs. The first one I've actively enjoyed in years is Radiant HIstoria. I used to play a ton of them, like Lunar 1&2, Chrono Trigger, Arc the Lad, Shining Force, etc. Now I start playing, the game talks forever before giving the player even a bit of freedom, and even if I don't put it down out of boredom after 2 hours I still tend to find the battle systems better suited to putting me to sleep than anything else. The genre just feels like it stagnated.

    On a side-note, one of these days I've got to take another crack at Knights in the Knightmare. It practically requires a phd in its battle system to clear even the first fight, but I get the sense there's something in there worth finding.

    -edit- And wouldn't you know, after posting this here's the video for the Serious Sam RPG-

    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    I can relate to those going off JRPGs, I'm in the same boat. For me the last decent one was FF12 because it changed things up and took a few risks, but it was so hated in Japan they decided to abandon it in favour of something even more linear and worthless than 10 was.

    As a genre it has ceased to move on. All the ones I've seen on PS3 and 360 might well have been on the PS1 for all the use they're making of the power and storage space beyond 'ooh shiny'.

    Even the most stagnant western genre, the FPS, throws in interesting new ideas every now and then.
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    im also pretty done with jrpgs. a combination of my changing tastes and the complete inability to innovate have left me burnt.

    as a side note to that, if you loved SHINING FORCE 1+2 when you were younger, replay them now. its a shocking difference between your memory and how little fun they are anymore (i say this as someone who played the shit out of both of them)
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    I still think Level 5 is making some of the best games, JRPG or otherwise (I havent picked up White Knight 1/2 yet so I dont know about that)

    But Dark Cloud 2, Rogue Galaxy, Jeanne d'Arc, Professor Laton are all amazing.

    Ni no Kuni or whatever it will be called Stateside is completely boner inducing for both my girlfriend and I.
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    the Layton games are indeed awesome
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    From what I've read about Ni no Kuni, it has the same issue I have with all JRPGs right now.

    Pretty. Really pretty.

    Gameplay the same as every other one I've played in the last 10 years.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    FFXII's battle system was definitely a step forward in gameplay for the FFs, it's a shame the plot was so bad. "I'm someone you've never heard of, and I'm here to tell you about a thing you've never heard of in a place you've never heard of. Even though you've never heard of it, it's really important."

    VIII and X are my favorite of the post-SNES FFs; VIIIs mechanics are pretty good (although well within the increasingly boring JRPG template), and the way X unfolds its world as you play through it is really beautifully done.
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    I'm still saying Radiant Historia is every bit as good as I remember RPGs being, without that pesky issue of wishful thinking about the good old days cluttering up my judgement. The DS is good for RPGs, much better than full-sized consoles, but even in that group Radiant Historia is pretty special.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    @Joe Haha, I still love Shining Force. They're so cheesey and obviously completely rip off Lord of the Rings! I can't really disagree with the boring part though. They are boring.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011 edited
    @Tedcroland: Dead Money had an interesting story, I thought the ending narration was surprisingly poignant. It was the first time in a long time i felt in danger in the game. Not being a melee/unarmed/stealth character it added a challenging edge to the DLC that made the story more fun. Forcing me to use unconventional weapons and conserve ammo.
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    Finished Gears of Spess Mawwines 3, I shot lots of things in the face. 7.5/10, would have been better but the end was ehhhh whatever. Multiplayer is fun though.

    Blockbuster finally wizened up and has a monthly fee for games on par with Gamefly but you can actually go to the store and swap them out.

    So next I'll be Arkham Citying it up. Then I think I'll get a Skyrimjob.
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
    The fact that we can say "Serious Sam RPG" makes my head asplode.
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    broke in to the top 400 on SIlvergun!
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    Rented X-Men:Destiny; It's actually a lot more fun than a lot of people (critics) are giving it credit for. Don't get me wrong, some of the gameplay is very stiff (recovery time from blocking and combos is horrid, you'll find yourself getting juggled because of it unless you invest in some speed customization via Northstar or Quicksilver or endurance via Colossus, Juggernaut or Emma Frost) and at one part of it, near the end, the frame rate takes a huge dive and the audio goes to shit for no apparent reason. Other than those it's a solid beat'em up.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    @Internaut - its one I'll probably pick up on the cheap in the new year. Silicon Knights games are often pretty flawed, but with the odd really good idea in there. I just can't really justify buying it right now given how many games in a row I'm likely to buy in November. (Which reminds me, keep meaning to pre-order Zelda so I get the special edition Wii Remote Plus, as I don't have a motion plus at the moment)
    • CommentAuthorDonburiBoy
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    I bought my friend Radiant Historia for his birthday and he seems to really enjoy it.

    I got Tactics Ogre for the PSP but don't have a lot of time to play it. I was a big fan of Final Fantasy Tactics so playing a similar game from the same creators appealed to me.

    Final Fantasy 6 was my favourite in the series. 9 is my favourite PS1 entry. I enjoyed bits and pieces of 10 and 12. I thought 10 had a decent cast and a great soundtrack, the story wasn't too shabby, but really cheesy in some places. I loved the design and world of 12, but the characters were forgettable and the story wasn't all that great.

    I will probably cave and get Ni No Kuni, simply for the visuals.

    For those looking at getting Arkham City, are you planning on getting the DLC as it comes out, or hold off and wait for a game of the year edition? This, and Uncharted 3, are the first games I've ever pre-ordered. Usually I just wait for cheaper, more complete versions.