Game Progress Topic #10
CLOUDBOND007
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(9/7/04 4:34 pm)
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Haven't really made much progress. Been watching movies more than playing games.

My FF1 save file was accidentally erased, so that's done for now.

Guess I could pick up FF6 again, but I dunno. It was alright to play again, but I was having trouble fully enjoying it. I finished Sabin's scenario and was ready to start one of the other two.

I should get Fable next week, though.




TWEETER911
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(9/7/04 4:50 pm)
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YOU DOG OF WU.
I was planning on beating you to it again....arrggghhh....
#@$!!$@
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Uhm....
Anyways.
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I've just been leveling up like crazy since I got Albel in Star Ocean 3....
Roger is 20 levels behind Fayt, yet Roger does more damage.
Yaaay.




Red Clawbot
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(9/8/04 3:00 am)
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Why do we have 10 instead of 1?

I've been playing Sim City for like 10 hours straight with little success...now, I need to be put in a straightjacket, for there is no reality anymore.

I also beat TMNT on the NES like a week ago, but a glitch prevented me from seeing the ending. Kind of sucked.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/8/04 3:27 am)
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No reason for 10, really... although an 1100+ post topic would seem a little weird, I guess.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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you insolent fool!
(9/8/04 4:01 am)
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This is probly the third "10" btw....




Red Clawbot
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(9/8/04 4:35 am)
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Heh. You guys are still up and you probably live on the east coast too. It's like past 4am over there. No surprise I guess. I only go to bed at 2 though.

I've seen topics with 1000+ replies a lot, but never here. I'm just wondering if it really mattered, but apparently, it doesn't. We seem to be doing it, because we have been making new ones as a result of some mysterious tradition. Mysterious to me anyway, until someone gives a reply and ya ya ya...

O, and by the way... 10

Flying Omelette
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(9/8/04 6:44 am)
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I restarted a game of Kartia and made it to the Battle of Three Leaves Pond in Toxa's Quest. I actually lost the Kainas Town Marketplace battle on my first attempt. I have never beaten that one on my first try. However, I've been using a slightly different strategy than what I did before.




sethrashnoo
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(9/8/04 9:27 am)
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I've made it to Magicant in Earthbound Zero.




CodieKitty
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(9/8/04 5:53 pm)
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Something kind of cool and kind of not cool in Shining the Holy Ark. You can do things out of order, struggle on the thing you were supposed to do later, then breeze the earlier part. As it turns out, you were supposed to go fight Rilix BEFORE going and getting the Sacred Mirror and the Holy Pendant. I went straight for all three treasures, then fought Rilix.

The West Shrine boss was a pain. I've only died twice in this game. The first time was barely getting by the Reaper boss, then getting clobbered on the way back to town. The second was fighting this pismire. Strangely, the second time I fought it, all I did was equip Arthur with the Sacred Sword and Mirror, go in with Lisa instead of Akane, had Melody and Lisa use Support several times and I won rather easily. The only person who gained a level during my return was Melody. After getting the Holy Pendant, I decided to go find Rilix. I easily beat the Dark Spirit. And when Rilix jumped it, she and her Dark Spirits got a can of whoopass opened on them.

Now the not so cool part... Forte's nigh unusable! I promoted Basso, Rodi, Melody, and Arthur at Lv. 30 (and as far as I can tell, there's no real advantage to waiting to promote your characters. In fact, it actually seems DISadvantageous because it's harder to raise your characters, and they learn their better moves when promoted), Akane at 25. When I got Forte I had Rodi and Arthuralready promoted, Melody and Basso at Lv. 28 or so, and Forte was at Lv. 15! ARGH!




Red Clawbot
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(9/8/04 6:03 pm)
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I just defeated Milon's Secret Castle. This is like the "yay" of the week for me, so far.

Brief summary:

It's one of these games that you really have to figure out for yourself. You only get one life, which makes it extra hard, and you really have to watch your power meter. The ending is only one screen long and is about as entertaining as the ending to Super Mario Bros. (now that I think about it, the Milon is kind of dressed like Mario while the princess in this game resembles princess Toadstool). I think I'll give it 2 out of 5. Fairly average game in terms of graphics, music, and control.




James FP
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(9/9/04 9:50 am)
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I've found the resting place of the ancient warship, Shellcoof, in Panzer Dragoon Saga, but I'm unable to get very far inside of it right now.




sethrashnoo
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(9/9/04 11:19 am)
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Earthbound Zero progress: Got the Onyx Hook from the wells in the town of Fountain in Magicant.




DEATHAMSTER
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(9/9/04 1:27 pm)
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All I did lately was play Urban Champion so I could review it and then never have to play it again.




CodieKitty
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(9/9/04 5:23 pm)
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Didn't get too much done in Holy Ark. Got some levels, got a little further into the Tower of Illusion, found a pixie or two. Yeah. But I found out something very fun.

There's these somewhat rare Hattari enemies that look like a purple snake with a hat that looks like a yellow Merger (an enemy you'll frequently run into in the West Shrine). They have a tendency to run away, but if you manage to kill them they give an crapload of experience (3,000 EXP! And most of your characters at this time will need 6,000 between levels). When I first saw how much experience they put out, I almost yelled the S-word. But ever since I killed that one, I haven't been able to find another :(

Add that to the fact that all the other common enemies ooze EXP (a trio of Reverants nets about 500 EXP), and that makes this a great place to level.

Oh yes, and there's this wall enemy that only appears in certain places that reminds me of the Alien Queen. It's got these long, skinny arm/legs coming out of the side of it like in that image you have of the Alien Queen in the Aliens SAB, and when it has its head aligned with its back it looks like it has a long headcrest like the Alien Queen has. Probably not a cameo, though, just coincidence. If I got a picture, I'd send it to SAB. It's about as similar as, oh, Tyr.




Kairobi King
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(9/10/04 9:41 am)
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I beat Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 on Ninja Gaiden Trilogy and I've made it as far as the jungle level of Ninja Gaiden 3. I really don't like the play control of NG3 too much at all. I wish they could've fixed it for the Trilogy.




CodieKitty
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(9/10/04 4:12 pm)
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Know what? I was supposed to go get Doyle a longass time ago. Although when I got Forte and he was 10 levels below, he eventually did become quite formidable. And when I promoted him, he learned Soul Steal a few levels later. It's actually quite acurate for an instant kill move (and kind of fun to watch)

Speaking of Forte, I noticed his defenses were horribly low. When I got the Solar Shard, I just had Lisa use Return to go to the beginning of the dungeon, then go to town and buy some equipment for him. He still had that crappy equipment from the beginning of the game! I got him a bunch of stuff, and now he can actually take a few beatings.

I did get through the Tower of Illusion. On the boss, I just had Forte pump up Arthur with a few uses of the Attack spell (It's not a magic attack, it increases the Attack of the target), Arthur attacked, and Lisa and Akane used Aura/Praying to keep the party fit. Forte got killed, but he served me well. Arthur was doing 500+ damage each strike. I then brought in Melody to make sure Arthur didn't go down.

Oh yes, I have all the Leprechauns. Go me!

I don't like any of the characters' Promoted costumes as much as the unpromoted costumes (except maybe Akane, but there's little difference in the two).




ErniePants
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(9/10/04 4:37 pm)
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I think I'm getting closer to beating Populous. Sometimes if you just start over the current level you get a lucky break and it'll be easier.




TWEETER911
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(9/10/04 6:15 pm)
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PARTY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

Star Ocean 3.

Stopped overleveling and went to Bar Mountains.....but now I need some money to buy basil, as lots of monsters here cause paralyze.
#$@%%@

edit:
normaly this wouldn't bother me, but I just bought 2 expensive (and good) weapons, and made one in the workshop....

lalalala




Psycho Penguin
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(9/10/04 6:46 pm)
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Thanks to the hurricane, I haven't had power for a week. This means lots of GBA time, which I devoted mostly to Phantasy Star 3.. I'm in the 2nd generation, just rescued my family or somethning like that.




CodieKitty
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(9/11/04 9:34 am)
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Phantasy Star III sucks. Why didn't they dump III on that GBA collection and put IV in?

Got a little deeper into Desire Mine. This is nuts. I have to go through the dungeon and flip a bunch of switched so the mine cart goes somewhere else. And I thought the South Shrine was long...




Psycho Penguin
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(9/11/04 4:43 pm)
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They are remaking PS4 for GBA or PS2, one of those. PS3 is great imo.




Red Clawbot
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(9/11/04 6:36 pm)
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"They are remaking PS4 for GBA or PS2, one of those. PS3 is great imo."

For a second there I thought there was going to be a Playstation 3 and 4 already coming out.




TWEETER911
I learned from both
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(9/12/04 6:05 am)
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Wheee I'm gona make a long, messy, and incoherant Star Ocean 3 post that only 1 person will bother reading...yay?
............
I'm now on Disc 2 of SO3.....still recovering from the WORST GLITCH EVER (see that other topic).......I have this strange feeling it could come back and murder me....or something...


Disc 2 starts off spiffy enough....a wee bit long on the plot, though.
The first boss of the disc is incredibly easy supreme commander BIWIG (what a name, huh?). He's basicly the same as his minor troops that prowl the area, only he wears green and yells stuff at you during the fight...stuff like "I'M GOING TO KEEEL YOU ALL!".

When you fight him, the best song ever plays....Bitter Dance! Its a wierd rap-like song...but its actually pretty catchy....
'>_>


You then get an old character back for full time, based on something you did in disc 1.(all but 3 people leave at disc 1's end..)
I chose to have Albel back full time. Anyone with half a brain choses Albel.....he's a fierce sexy bishounen swordsman maniac!
He even goes "MUAWHAHAHAHAHA" sometimes when he levels up!
....In a way, I'm a lot like him....minus the sexy and bishounen parts!
V_V'


Then plot stoof happens, and you go to Moonbase like...30 minutes later.
......
Ok, I'm at Moonbase now. Sophia and Peppitta both joined at level ONE......uh.......most of my characters are in the mid 30's range....except Fayt, he's in the 40's and is freakishly overlevled! JOY!!!!!! @_@'
........
I DID level Sophia up to lv 16. I also got the "gain 5 levels in one battle" trophy, too.
I'm not going to use Peppita though, because I despise her...and because I can get Roger back later on...


I already killed the boss of the place that shows up rather soon and unexpected like. Twas some Angel thing that attacked for both HP and MP damage. Annoying, but not too tough.

Moonbase is crawling with robots that give out lots of money. I'm gonna waste several hours making money...




In other news, I now have the Guilty Gear XX Reload KOREAN OST. Its.....very different. I LOOOVE Ky's music though.




CodieKitty
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(9/12/04 11:31 am)
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Quote: They are remaking PS4 for GBA or PS2, one of those. PS3 is great imo.

Well, then again you just finished the first generation. Rhys' ain't so bad. But it all takes a nosedive from there.

And if you wind up liking this the whole way through, you're not going to like the other three. It's proven that anybody who likes III will hate I, II, and IV, and anyone who likes I, II, and IV will hate III.

Holy Ark progress: Tried to fight Rilix the second time, got my butt whooped. Actually, I hit Reset just before she delivered the final blow. I guess I'll have to go do some leveling. The game's battles are so fast paced that I don't mind (except when I experience some slowdown. I still haven't figured out what's causing it)

Magi Nation progress: Just got the claws for digging through soft soil. Wandered around the tunnels for a while. Is that rotting wall in that sewer in front of the fire area where I get the Ormagon (I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THIS)?




Flying Omelette
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(9/12/04 11:41 am)
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I finished Toxa's Quest in Kartia. I think I did it in record time. I actually beat Saradiart on my first try, but I think that's because I finally have worked out a really good strategy for beating him.




Psycho Penguin
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(9/12/04 12:00 pm)
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III has awesome qualities when compared to I and II - it's more refined and cleaner, in terms of menus and battle system, and it's just better in terms of stat tracking and stuff like that. From the little I played of PS1 and PS2, I hated the dungeons and didnt like how they didnt keep track of stats well.




CodieKitty
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(9/12/04 12:11 pm)
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*smacks forhead* I forgot you were playing the GBA versions. I played the Genesis versions. The GBA port bastardized II (although I think the only thing wrong with the PSI port is that it occasionally crashes while saving).




Flying Omelette
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(9/12/04 6:11 pm)
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And now I've made it to the Battle of Three Leaves Pond in Lacryma's quest in Kartia.

Considering that many players of modern RPGs think the story is the best (or most important) part of an RPG, Kartia is extremely underrated. The story and characters really are some of the best I've seen in any RPG. You'd probably need to play through both quests a couple of times in order to catch everything. This is the third time I've played through the game and I'm still picking up on things I didn't "get" before.

One recommendation I do have is that if you play this game, definitely play Toxa's quest first. Both quests have parts that won't make sense until you've seen what's going on in the other, but Lacryma's moreso than Toxa's. Toxa's quest is more of a self-contained story that simultaneously fills in the gaps of Lacryma's story.




cuttersDCut
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He just keeps meltin'
(9/13/04 4:47 pm)
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I've been playing a little of Star Ocean 3. I saved Nel on my recent ventures.

In ESPN NFL 2K5, the Colts are ruling. The normal difficulty is easy. I turn up the difficulty with each season complete, so All-Pro is next.




CodieKitty
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(9/13/04 5:32 pm)
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Made it to Shining the Holy Ark's final boss. Got my butt whooped. It's leveling time...




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/13/04 9:50 pm)
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Ha! I actually used my calculator to help me solve a puzzle in KOTOR. The puzzle was just finishing some simple number sequences, so I guess they could be done in a person's head... but it was nice to have a check... and an excuse to use the quadratic and logarithmic regression features.

Most of the enemies in this area (the sith base on the water world) are push overs, but I've so far gotten two game overs from dark jedi.




GaveUp
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(9/13/04 11:55 pm)
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Eternal Darkness

Well, I just startd Eternal Darkness, played for about a half hour tonight. The story has already somewhat caught me, so that's a plus. On the downside though, the jaggies on some of graphics kind of bug me. Also, so far the fighting style just seems really boring ... find enemy, smash button. We'll see if things get better, just a first impressions post right now.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/14/04 12:05 am)
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I remember that KOTOR puzzle, but I never used that method. I think I just attacked the Sith Base head on the first time I played, and I might've done the interrogation once, too.

Heh. I wonder if Crawl and I will agree any more about KOTOR than we do about Lunar.

I feel I should remind you once again that when you have to pick a party member to do something important, don't use Mission. I've seen at least three people have their entire current game's ruined because of the glitch potential there. It's possible that you're already done with that part considering the nonlinearity, but can't hurt to mention it.


And I haven't been playing anything. I hope to have Fable by the end of this week.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/14/04 1:22 am)
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Quote: I feel I should remind you once again that when you have to pick a party member to do something important, don't use Mission. I've seen at least three people have their entire current game's ruined because of the glitch potential there. It's possible that you're already done with that part considering the nonlinearity, but can't hurt to mention it.



I'm not really sure what you're talking about... But I'm not using Mission now anyway. I've mostly been using Bastila (as a Jedi, I find her healing abilities useful) and either Carth or Canderous. Story-wise, I sometimes like hearing Canderous's tales.

I doubt I'd have my entire game ruined anyway... I'm really spoiled by having a hard drive for saves. I have at least 6 save files on this game going.

BTW, regarding those dark jedi in the sith base... Well, I did eventually manage to kill one group of them, but not the other two. I just left and dealt with the fish guy trial. (The first time I tried it, I got a game over)



I didn't want to interrogate the prisoner because I was worried that threatening him would give me Dark Side points. You know, there was a time back on Taris where I was more light aligned than Carth. But then I threatened a droid seller. Since then, I've earned nothing but light side points, yet I've only just now been able to catch back up to Carth.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/14/04 1:43 am)
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Yep, the hard drive is nice. I don't even like to delete files at all anymore, until I'm completely finished with a game.

The part I was talking about has you picking one character (not your main character) to control solo. I think it's the only time in the game where you have to do such a thing. I just don't want to name the place this occurs, because the name is a minor spoiler at the very least. But yeah, if you had save files going back an hour or so, you'd be alright.




Nixxy Blayde
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(9/14/04 10:32 am)
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I beat Axelay on Easy and Normal. I've made it only as far as the Regenertoid boss of level 3 on Hard.




Crawl and 1OOO
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(9/14/04 10:39 pm)
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I can hardly believe it! In order to scare a giant shark away in KOTOR, I had to solve... The Bucket Problem!!




Magnus CROWE
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(9/15/04 10:07 am)
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I'm replaying Chrono Trigger in preparation to play Chrono Cross. I haven't played CT in so long, I've forgotten much about it and I want to be up to speed on the storyline. So far, I made it to the Medieval Kingdom (AD 400 or something?) and beat the Yakra boss of the Cathedral. Then I rescued Marle, went back to AD 1000 and saved.




Lord Vyce
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(9/15/04 10:56 am)
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I'm at the third battle of K. Tree Village in Shining Force II. Mushakomongo!!!




Flying Omelette
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(9/15/04 11:13 pm)
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I'm two battles away from the ending of Lacryma's quest.




Lord Vyce
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(9/16/04 9:06 am)
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Reached Nazca in Shining Force II. I rool!




SETZERtheGREAT
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(9/16/04 3:34 pm)
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I've discovered the new worst game ever made: Caveman Games.

Other than that, I've been playing Fable and Ninja Gaiden on my new X-Box.




CodieKitty
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(9/16/04 5:19 pm)
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THE HOLY ARK HAS BEEN SHINED!

...or something like that.

I did it by going to the West Shrine and beating up a bunch of Hattaris (3333 for defeating them, and extra 999 if you get them with ten Leprechauns. They tend to run away, though). While very interactive, that was a very confusing ending. After I got leveled enough, I went on to fight Rilix with a constantly changing party. When the final boss came, I stuck with Lisa, Arthur, Rodi, and Melody.

The credits then roll, and while watching them a cinema plays with all the characters in their polygonal forms instead of their messy claymation forms. The artists shows great potential on this. Unfortunantley, the only person who doesn't look like a robot is Doyle.

But I got a 90% item collection ratio. Yay!

What's Good

The music is the main thing that stands out to me in the game. Well, I like fast-paced music. If you don't, it may not appeal to you. But I loved it.

The battles are very fast-paced.

Loading times are just short of non-existant.

What Make It Not-So Run Of The Mill

Well, for starters, the Pixie system. If you search certain places, a pixie may pop out. There are five kinds of pixies, one for each way the enemy may appear on the screen. The Fairies are really useless, as the last time you're probably going to use them is the Aborigine Mansion. I found the Leprechauns to be the most useful.

The first person mode the game is done in adds a strange charm. You spend almost the entire game in Arthur's eyes. When you walk, you're walking around as Arthur. If Arthur looks around, the screen moves. When you engage in a battle, you'll see your allies run up to the enemy, whack them, then run back, but when it's Arthur's turn the screen flies up to the enemy, and a sort of motion goes across the screen, symbolizing his attack.

You actually fight with eight characters, but only four at a time. You can swap characters mid-battle if need be.

What Could've Use Work

The humans look awful in this graphics style.

The game's plot is a total mess. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I found myself saying "...huh...?" a lot, especially the ending.

There tends to be some slowdown, which can get annoying after a while.

In the final dungeon, the sound effects frequently glitch up. Sometimes they're vanish, play only part way, or in the most annoying (and frequent) case, a crackling from somebody's final blow will play until some other noise takes its place (slamming into a wall normally cures this). And if you run from a fight, bringing up the map makes this scratching noise instead of the swishing it's supposed to.

A Major Stupidity
The package was obviously made when the game was in its prototype mode.

On the cover, you see Arthur, Melody, and Rodi battling a giant rock thing (and on the first page of the manual, it has a grayscale version that also includes Basso and I think Forte). I don't know what that thing is. It's nowhere in the game.

On the back of the case, you'll see the names "Arthur, Basso, Melody, and Lisa" (probably not in that order) on one of the screens, but Akane is attacking. She's also using her Spiritual spell which works like Forte's Soul Steal. The hand coming out of the ground isn't transparent like it is in the game. I also wonder why their HP stats all ready beyond 300 when I just passed 200 when I was in the Tower of Illusion.

In the manual, the pixie page shows a screen of a non-existant Siren-based enemy with a skull for a face being attacked by pixies that look nothing like any of the pixies actually in the game. And on the final page, you see a picture that looks like a screen of Forte conducting a sayance or something, with Arthur sitting on one side of the table and Rodi on the other. This isn't in the game.

I'd say that if you're looking for a "traditional" RPG for the Saturn that isn't as run of the mill as Albert Odyssey, I would definitely reccomend Shining the Holy Ark. It's no Final Fantasy 6, but it's still a good game.




Flying Omelette
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(9/16/04 11:08 pm)
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I finished Lacryma's quest in Kartia. I totally forgot how to beat Beltshumeltz. I think I used to do it by getting a bunch of dragons close to him and then letting them attack him from afar. But all my dragons got wiped out before they were able to get close to him. All magic seems to be ineffective against him. I finally figured out something that worked, although I still think I had an easier time with him than I have in the past. I guess I've just gotten a lot better at playing this game.


Side note: I didn't notice any cameos or references in this game save for one: I think the character Shell is an intentional reference to Mary Shelley. First of all, the chapter that deals with her is called "Bride of Heathen" (a la "Bride of Frankenstein"), and her hairdo is reminiscent of the Bride of Frankenstein's, and I think she's even drawn to look a little like Mary Shelley. And then, of course, the similarity in the names. (It's also worth nothing that the last four letters in Lacryma's name are an anagram of "Mary", and Lacryma is Shell's daughter, but that might just be coincidence.)




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/17/04 12:44 am)
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Okay, since Fable hasn't arrived yet, I started a new game of Grandia II, playing the PC version for the first time.

In my topic on the subject, I wasn't sure how it compared to the PS2 version, but now I can see that this is clearly the port of choice for those who can't get the original Dreamcast version. There's no slowdown at all to this point, music is nice, the voices sound like they should now, and battles are perfect. Spell effects look great, and there's no slowdown even with multiple characters and enemies onscreen.

I'm 2 hours in right now, reached a new town, and saved right before an important dungeon. I've gone through a couple areas so far (a tower, and some mountains), but this upcoming place is the most interesting of those, IIRC.

I probably won't be playing as much once I do get Fable, but I'm having enough fun to stick with it. Remember, this is my third time playing this game, and it's about as linear as they get.




James FP
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I made it to the battle of Grig Orig in Panzer Dragoon Saga, but I'm unable to beat the thing yet. This is the largest boss I've yet encountered. I might have to level up some more.




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God, I've been playing so many games lately.

Foremost, in Fable, as I said in another thread, I got married, had sex, then killed some mini ogres called "Hobbes."

In Simpsons Hit & Run, I finished Bart's first part of the story, now onto Lisa, or going back to Bart and finding all the extra stuff.

In ESPN NFL 2K5, the Colts got a first round bye in the playoffs and are awaiting the results of the Wild Card Weekend.

In Star Ocean 3, I think I'm in some dungeon, but I haven't played it in awhile. Oh wait, now I remember, I was leaving the castle where Nel was held captive.




CodieKitty
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I hooked up my SNES and decided to continue Lost Vikings 2. I made it to the final Dark Ages stage, but haven't beaten it yet. The number of cameos in this game is blowing my mind.

It's a decent game so far, but I don't like it as much as much as the original Lost Vikings. Although Fang and Scorch are pretty cool. I hope there's a level where the only two people you get are Fang and Scorch. Somehow I doubt it, though.




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Just restarted FF9.

Got to the Cargo Ship, where it freezes mid-cut scene. :/




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(9/17/04 6:04 pm)
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I got Fable today, and the bonus disc. Haven't tried it yet. Yeah, that's not progress, but whatever. Not sure how I want to play the first time... guess I'll just see how I feel as I start playing.




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Sounds like James is having more trouble with Panzer Dragoon Saga than I did. I got hardly any "Game Overs". I wonder if I leveled up more at the beginning than he did?




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/17/04 10:32 pm)
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FABLE

I had to play Fable for almost two hours before the game let me make a complete save, storing all information, rather than just character stats. Questionable save system all in all, from what I've seen.

The game is very interesting so far... nice graphics, good voice acting, and a varied battle system. Using magic and ranged attacks is a lot more fun than regular melee combat, but everything is pretty good. When you use arrows you can use a nice first person mode, and there's one spell that's just like using Star Wars style force lightning.

There were lots of minor side quests to do (item retreival, a race from one area to another, stuff like that), aside from the main mission, which was training to be a hero. I skipped some of it, and I'm hoping I can still do some of it later. If not, I'll do it during a replay. I'm pretty sure I'll try to be a completely good hero the first time I play.

When I saved, I seem to have reached the point where I can stop and explore a little, and take quests whenever I'm ready. Probably about as nonlinear as things are going to get. Basically, it's the end of the tutorial section of the game, and the start of the main section of gameplay.

The disc I got from preordering is really cool. There are about seven playable demos of interesting games (Sudeki, Crimson Skies, Project Gotham Racing 2, and others), as well as a documentary on Fable and videos of other games.




CodieKitty
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I finally finished watching Alien Ressurection.

That movie seemed to be more of a "Hey, Let's Gross Out The Watcher A Bunch" more than a "Hey, Let's Make Something Coherent".

I remember Magnus saying something about one of the Alien movies, and a baby alien looking like "a reject from the mummy". I could've sworn he said Alien 3, but it appears he really said Ressurection. To me, that wasn't when the movie started sucking. That's when the movie crashed and burned.

I also tried to play Equinox. I thought Landstalker's controls were irritating. At least Nigel didn't move so damn slow.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/18/04 3:24 pm)
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FABLE AND GRANDIA II

I've been exploring a bit in Fable, and doing some quests. You return to the Hero's Guild to get major and side quests. Storyline ones are in gold, and optional ones in silver. You have to have a certain fame level to take them, though. I finished a quest with fighting some wasps, and one where you protect items at a farm (you could also take a quest to help take the items instead).

For many quests, you can boast (I'll finish without taking any damage, for example) and if you succeed in that, you get extra gold or fame. If you boast and fail at it, there's a slight penalty. You can do many boasts at once, if you want, but they don't seem easy.

I've found places with respawning enemies, and I'd like to power up my character some more if I can.



I experienced a strange graphics glitch in Grandia II... not sure if I should blame it on the game itself or if it's just happening on my PC. Basically, it's one of her spells that combines FMV and a regular spell effect. The movie starts, then the effect begins... but everything kind of freezes for about 7 seconds. Then, the damage done is displayed, and it continues like normal.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/19/04 3:45 pm)
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I played some more Fable, finishing another main quest involving helping merchants get safely through several areas. The game's equivalent of werewolves were there. I spent some time just wandering around a little, too. There's at least the freedom to go through most of the areas at will, confined though they may be. Right now, I'm having a lot of fun. I just have to see how much content the game really has... I'm definitely not rushing, so I'd really like for it to take me at least 15 hours before I'm done. I'm already close to 5 hours in.

In Grandia II, I finished the next dungeon. It was pretty easy, including the boss. Had fun, except that the sound of footsteps inside that cave got really annoying after a while. Roan (sp?) joined the party. Also, from what I read, that error with the spell I mentioned in another post is something that happens to everyone with the PC version. It's not a spell you would use that much, and it still works, so not too big of a deal.




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I started playing Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. It seems okay so far. The battle system is interesting. I guess I can't really say too much else about the game. Not a whole lot has happened. I hope I don't get too spoiled by Kartia.

The graphics are nice, I suppose. They look "oldschool" even though the game uses polygons.




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I have to confess that I am kind of digging KOTOR. For one thing, it really does seem to have a difficulty curve. I have been getting more and more Game Overs as I progress. (The game still doesn't feel as challenging as the more challenging RPGs (like Vagrant Story), though. I guess maybe a good comparison is that KOTOR is like Final Fantasy 1 on Origins, with original rules, but allowing yourself the Memo system to save anywhere)

And as for the story... Well, truth be told, the "story" isn't really about its plot so much. And there are a lot of ridiculous little things, so you can't take it too seriously.

But on the plus side, I am growing fond of some of the characters.

And I really like this game's sense of humor. I've laughed out loud several times. It's sort of a deadpan, sarcastic form of humor, so maybe that's why I relate to it.




CLOUDBOND007
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Are you playing on normal or hard difficulty this time? I've only done easy and normal so far. But I'm glad you're enjoying it... I hate when I recommend something and I turn out to be the only one who likes it.



In Fable, I just was working on this sidequest where I have to rescue someone from a cave full of monsters. So I go in, and encounter some other captive that's not the one I was sent in to find. He wants to join with me to find treasure, so I said okay. I fight through the cave with him, trying to keep him healed.

Then I reach the end where the boss is... I could sacrifice that guy in exchange for the person I was sent to find... but since I'm playing a good guy now, I refused and attacked the monster...

So that treasure hunting guy didn't survive the battle anyway, but I have to help the other prisoner out of the cave... I failed though, and he didn't make it. I got a Game Over screen, but retain all my experience points and items (and there was a ton of exp there).




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Uh... I haven't done anything with the difficulty. So whatever is default.




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(9/19/04 10:39 pm)
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I've been addicted to Labyrinth for Sega CD the past several days. I'm so glad I was able to find such a rare game.




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I made it to the end of Darc's first chapter in Arc the Lad: TOTS. Man, what Densimo did at the end of that part really pissed me off!!

But on the plus side, the game seems like it could be getting more difficult. I've still not gotten any "game overs", but I only just barely won the last boss fight.

And, as an even greater plus, I found a kitty in Kharg's part of the story!




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I've been leveling myself up in Fable. I got my physique up another point so I can carry a Greatsword with more ease. I also got my speed up a point.

CLOUDBOND007
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(9/20/04 3:47 am)
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KOTOR is better than Fable. Can Fable beat Morrowind?

I played too much of this game today. Unfortunately, more time spent (7 hours in according to game clock) doesn't mean it's been getting more fun or anything.

Well, I finished the cave rescue quest I mentioned earlier. This time I just completely ignored the one guy who was irrelevant to the quest. As far as protecting the other person, I used my new spell "enflame"... it does fire damage to all surrounding enemies, usually knocking them down, but doesn't harm people following you (unless you target it that way, which would be stupid). That allowed me to keep him from getting damaged for the most part.

After that, I went on the next main quest mission to infiltrate a bandit camp. You have to sneak past three bandits and reach a gate... this must've taken me about 15 attempts. Very frustrating.

After that, it was pretty straightforward hack and slash gameplay... I obtained a bandit disguise that was necessary for about 5 seconds. I then saved two prisoners of the bandits, and eventually reached a boss. It seemed really hard to win against him at first, but you just wait for him to get his weapon stuck in the ground, and attack him when he tries pulling it out. How many times has that been done before?

So after that, there's a plot development. And now I have to go to a new area to find a missing Archeologist.

My alignment is very far to the side of good, and I'm pretty renowned. My character has scars all over... makes him look kind of evil, except for the halo that's been developing over his head lately.

But yeah, KOTOR is a much better game than Fable. Morrowind is just so different that it's hard to compare them... I think I had more fun my first time playing that game than I'm having right now with Fable, though.




Lord Vyce
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I finished Shining Force 2 and unlocked the pizza in Rygar: The Legendary Adventure.




CodieKitty
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I'm up to the last Smuggler's Cove stage in Lost Vikings 2 (The one which has the password "T1N3".

On the "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine" cameo, I'm not sure if that's Norse by Norsewest, or Lost Vikings 2. Aside from the console, the game's name, graphics, sound, and passwords the two games are identical. Note one of those things is "passwords" - from what I played, the passwords of the two versions were completely different. I haven't had my PSX hooked up in a while, so I couldn't punch in one of those. If they both use those passwords, this should apply to Lost Vikings 2 as well as Norse by Norsewest.




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I played some more Fable, and I'm annoyed at the complete and total lack of sidequests lately. I hope I haven't done all of them... I mean, there were only about four so far.

This main quest had me going to a new area where it rains. There was a boss from earlier repeated... just hack and slash, use potions, and do what you can to avoid the boulders it throws at you.

Had to guess a door's name before it would let me pass... I just gave somebody a ruby and they told me it's name. Then I had to go to town and defeat a bunch of balverines, and the white balverine leading them. Got a silver augmentation for my weapon. Pretty easy stuff mostly, but the main boss battle was a little tougher, since there were about 8 attacking at once.

Now I have to go to the Arena for no particular reason. It's a main story quest, so I'm sure something will happen that relates to something. But I want sidequests.




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I left Tatooine.

This game just keeps getting harder all the time. I think I spent an hour trying to beat Malak's apprentice after I killed the dragon. I was slightly worried about what would happen if I couldn't kill him. I guess I could have just tried to leave the planet without getting the star map, and return later. But if you do get the star map, you HAVE to fight him.

And I didn't even finish everything on Tatooine. I still never rescued the miners near the sand crawler. I easily killed the first attack of sand people, but the next totally wiped me out, hopelessly. And I probably tried a dozen times. It's something you can try fairly early on in the planet's quest, so I kept returning to it.


I guess I'll talk about the difficulty curve itself now.

When the game starts, fighting is just a matter of standing still and attacking. Generally, you'll only have to heal between rounds. And you can fully heal by (nearly instantly) returning to your apartment.

The first complications are simply when you have to pay attention to how much damage you've sustained, and heal yourself in battle. The first time this really comes to the forefront is when you fight Juhani. You'll have to heal yourself a bunch of times to get through that fight.

Eventually, you go on more and more missions where you're not allowed to instantly return to your base.

You can't level build very well in this game -- almost none of the enemies are random. So, if you can't beat an enemy, you either have to try another strategy, or put it off until later.


At this point in the game, I'm giving a lot of thought to the various skills my characters can learn. (I almost never use the "autolevel up" feature). I like having my main character have persusive powers. It also sort of fits with how I've been role playing the character, as someone who tries to solve problems diplomatically. But of course it's also important to consider the effects abilities have on battles.


I think there are at least two types of RPG battle challenge. One is sort of like a poker game, and applies to games like Final Fantasy. You have no "special" abilities -- basically everything either heals or hurts. So, you know all the rules, and you know all the odds -- you just have to place your bets. Is it better to fight a boss full out, or to have a healer? How long can you put off healing? Bets like that.

Then there's the kind where there's some special ability that kind of requires thinking outside of the box. Maybe like casting Berserk on the Magi Master. There are a few reasons why challenges like this work. The first is that these games usually have tons of abilities, and the useful ones are kind of buried along with the less useful ones. Secondly, it's often hard to believe, before the fact, that the useful ones really will be useful.

Like in Final Fantasy, who would waste a level 8 slot on XXXX? Yes, it can kill enemies instantly. But that would be so useful if it always worked that we know it usually won't work; we wouldn't expect it to work on bosses, for instance.

When something does work on a boss, like casting Berserk on the Magi Master, it can be surprising.

There are both kinds of challenge in KOTOR. The first kind comes into play around the time you fight Juhani, and remains active for the rest of the game (so far, but I don't see why it'd let up). It even intensifies as the game goes on. The real time pace of the fights is really fast. Fortunately, you can pause the game and still input actions, and I've been having to do that lately to keep my party alive (the AI controlled characters don't always heal themselves)

The second type of challenge also comes into play. Now, maybe you've seen lots of things like I described before, so you'd no longer be surprised to see some useful skill "really" works. The complication in KOTOR is that while some skills really always work, plenty don't. So, you really have to pay attention when you consider what skills to give a person, and to use in battle.

Example: On Kashyyk (sp?), after I found the Star Forge, I was attacked by some battle droids that slaughtered me. On my next try, I used the Destroy Droid force ability to kill them. Obvious use of an obvious power? Well, maybe not. For one thing, my main character did not have this ability. I used a supporting character, and (I think) he had this ability before he joined my party; hence, it wasn't really on my mind.

Secondly, when you use a force power on an enemy, they get a chance to make a "saving throw" against it (remember, this game's battle system is based on AD&D). This means I almost never use the skill "Stasis field", for instance, though the computer tends to recommend it on levels up.

But if you look carefully at the Destroy Droid description, you'll see that a successful saving throw only halves the damage, but doesn't negate it. So, there's no way using it could be a wasted turn.

There are a lot of other things that add to the challenge (like ambush attacks, when tend to dimish the utility of the save-anywhere feature). I guess one thing that isn't a challenge is the puzzles. I saw one number puzzle pattern on Tatooine that wasn't very obvious, but on the other hand, you can circumvent the challenge of that entirely just by using an item.




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I've gotten farther in Arc the Lad: TOTS. I rescued Lillia from the fallen airship and got her back to Yewbell Town. I didn't realize that sequence would initiate a long series of battles in which I wouldn't be able to save in-between, but I managed to survive it.

I still have not gotten a game over yet. I'm not even sure how game overs work in this game. Do you get a game over only if all of your characters die or do you have to keep everyone alive? In Kartia, you lose if just one of your main (human, not phantom) characters dies in battle. I guess eventually I'll find out unless things stay the way they've been...




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Metroid Prime

Played a little bit farther in Metroid Prime tonight. Great game to procrastinate about writing papers to. ;) I've just gotten the speed boost for the morph ball and now have to return to the landing site. Game is definately growing on me, though I do still reminice for some of the old side scrolling style metroid.

CLOUDBOND007
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(9/21/04 1:36 am)
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Fable's Arena is fun

Interesting analysis, Crawl.

"I was slightly worried about what would happen if I couldn't kill him."

If you somehow end up in a situation where it seems like you can't proceed, lower the difficult to easy until you get by it. It's probably enough to be considered cheating, but as a last resort, it's good to have it as an option. Pretty sure I made it through without ever doing so, though I was using characters designed mainly for combat.


In Fable, 9 or 10 hours of total play time so far, I can't remember which. I finished the Arena... this is the first time I've had real fun with the game in a while. It's pretty typical stuff... round after round of increasingly powerful enemies. Eventually, I was fighting boss level things, including a cool scorpion enemy. At the end, I decided to spare the friend I was forced to fight, but I still got my gold (and lots of it) for some reason, even though they implied I wouldn't, unless I made the evil choice.

A new character was introduced in the story... I had some stuff about his purpose spoiled before I started playing, unfortunately.




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I beat Grig Orig in PDS.

One thing I forgot to mention is that before I took on Grig Orig, I had to go through this long part where you basically rage wanton destruction on an enemy oil rig. I don't know if it was even possible to destroy every last structure in that place. It just seemed to go on forever, until I blew down the main tower.

After that, I had to stop a missile that was launched from the base, and that part worried me a bit because it was timed and I just barely beat that thing before time ran out.




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I have once again made it to Area 11 of Zanac and hit a brick wall. One day, I shall beat this game.

I also played up to the first or second desert level in The Guardian Legend on TGL mode before I stopped. I've come to the conclusion that I don't like playing this game on TGL mode as much as I do the normal game because your weapons are weaker and enemies take too many hits to kill. But I wouldn't play the normal game unless I'm in the mood to do the adventuring parts.

I think Zanac is a superior shooter.




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(9/21/04 8:12 pm)
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Fable has been more fun in general lately. Aside from some sidequests and general entertaining wandering, I advanced the main quest a little bit. There were these new enemies that were a lot of fun to fight... giant armored things... can't remember if they were human or monster in design, though. Now I'm working my way to a graveyard, and therefore there are undead creatures to fight. They're easy for some reason, and give fantastic experience.




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I made it to the end of Kharg's second chapter in Arc the Lad: TOTS and about halfway through Darc's second chapter.

I finally discovered that Game Overs must only occur if you lose ALL members of your party, because Darc died during a boss fight against the Dilzweld army, but I didn't get a Game Over. However, there might be certain battles where you could get a Game Over if a certain person dies (for example, there was one in Kharg's quest where the goal was to protect Lillia...I imagine if she died, you'd fail the mission, but I don't really know for sure since I quite easily kept her alive.)




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I went through the Graveyard in Fable. There was one part where I had to find pieces of ancient armor scattered about, but it was pretty easy. After that, there was a fight against large numbers of undead at once, then I was allowed to pass through.

I snuck into a jail area to rescue someone... don't want to spoil that part. Basically though, I was caught and remained imprisoned there for a year. What was neat is that my characters custom haircut changed during the year.

Had to escape again, through a mini-game sort of, and make another attempt at saving this person. There was a really cool Kraken boss on the way out... it wasn't very challenging, though.

Now I have one more sidequest or I can continue the main quest again. I'm getting very close to the end of the game, I think. Should be about 15 hours play time, though I haven't done a lot of the optional tasks, like finding all of the keys for these treasures, opening the riddle-asking demon doors, etc.




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I can safely say that Arc the Lad: TOTS has been entertaining so far. The characters and story aren't as well-written as Kartia's or even Albert Odyssey's for that matter, but it's interesting enough that I'm curious about what's going to happen once the characters in the two separate quests confront each other.

I also like some of the game's music.

The battle dialogue is really goofy, but the voice acting is okay. Jennifer Hale (Ruby from Alundra 2) puts in another good performance as Delma. And Danny Cooksey (the guy some people were referring to as "Donkey Lips" here awhile ago) is Maru.




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Played more Fable... I had several optional quests remaining... mostly item collecting, but I decided to skip them and proceed with the final part of the main storyline.

I got to fight some more undead, and a surprise boss that was the most challenging in the game so far. He uses a ton of powerful magic attacks, something you hardly ever see your opponents do in this game. I won though, because I have good equipment and tons of potions.

Next quest is to stop the last boss (no name because I don't want to spoil anything) from activating certain points all over the world.




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(9/23/04 3:38 am)
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Fable = Complete

Yeah, I just beat the game. The last boss was pretty easy. There was a choice at the end of the game, which determines if you can get a certain weapon or not and changes your allignment, and apparently the ending.

Thing is, there's hardly any ending there. About 15 seconds of narration, then 15 minutes of end credits.

Important info- You have to wait through the entire ending credits if you want to use your character again after the ending.

What can you do with your hero after saving the world? Not a whole lot, unless the current rumors are true. Some are saying that there are some hidden areas, and the info on accessing them will be released by the developers later. Sounds like wishful thinking though.




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I'm about three-quarters through the Dark Tower.

I picked up a cold a few days ago, so I haven't been able to do much else.




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I finshed Earthbound 0. I liked it a lot but I'd say the Super NES is better.

I've been playing an NES game called Thunder & Lightning, which is like an Arkanoid clone. It's actually quite a fun game!




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I finished The Dark Tower.

...Sort of. There's an ambiguous ending, then Stephen King has a note that says what comes next would be a less ambiguous, but perhaps optional, ending.

Well, I'll read that eventually, but for now I'll imagine the series ends as I've read it, and think about it that way for a while.




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I just got the Pyron in Darc's Quest of Arc the Lad: TOTS.

I think the demons' side of the story is more interesting than the humans' side, but sometimes, it's annoying to play as Darc because the story has him purposefully make the wrong decisions, and as the person who's controlling his actions, you want to make him do the obvious right thing.




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Quote: I finished The Dark Tower.



Wait a minute. The last volume of that series is out already? I wasn't aware of that. I'll have to let my brother know since he was reading that series.




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Yeah, it's done. The last volume was released Tuesday.




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I leveled up my dragon and beat Grig Orig. I think I was making it harder than it actually was. There's a specific way you have to attack it and I wasn't doing that right.




Shykid
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Wah, I haven't gotten a new game in the looooongest time. I still need to get a PS2. What's Star Ocean 3 like?

The only new game I'm looking forward to is Megaman Zero 3, which comes out in October.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I missed playing KOTOR for the past few days because I was reading The Dark Tower, and after that, last night, we watched The Sound of Music. But I got back to it tonight.

I guess I must have been at the part where CB007 warned against using Mission. Well, I used Canderous. That part was over pretty quickly, and they mostly threw softball enemies at you there (maybe as a safeguard in case you didn't bother equiping anyone other than yourself, Carth, or Bastila with much)

The boss fight there (where you fight Carth's old mentor) killed me a couple of times, though. I'm not entirely sure what I did differently the time I won that made me successful. When I fought Malak's apprentice (Banon?) and won, I killed his two helpers first. I'm not sure if that helped or not. It seemed like Banon used his Drain Life skill less on that fight, and that definitely helped.

For this fight, I killed the two dark jedi first. But I tried that before without success. (Once, I tried killing some Sith troops first, hoping to just get them out of the way immediately, and that strategy failed utterly) Maybe I was just better at healing my party members.



Anyway, after this comes.... You know. The game's "Plot Twist". (I can't guarantee there won't be spoilers here) I didn't even know this game had a Plot Twist, so I didn't really see it coming. (It's kind of funny, though, to think that the first scene of the game seems to be the way it is just as a convention of videogames [and FO told me there was something similar at the beginning of Magic of Scherezade] but it actually could be considered a hint at the twist)

I don't know if I really like it, though. Why does it seem like every game thinks it has to have a big plot twist to have a good story? And in some sense, this twist is kind of a cliche... Maybe the biggest cliche in game stories (and it was a cliche before videogames were even invented)

On the other hand, this probably explains why it's possible to roleplay as either a Dark or Light side character.

And I doubt this'll lower the quality of the game overall. I was telling FO that if this game keeps up till the end, it might be the first RPG I actively enjoyed that wasn't made by Square.




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I finished Kharg's third chapter and I've just started on Darc's third.




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Yeah, that was the place with the glitch. If Mission frees everyone and is left in stealth mode, the conversation in the Ebon Hawk afterwards gets stuck because she's undetectable. Having high awareness on your main character can make the scene passable eventually, but some were stuck there for good.

As far as unexpected plot twists, it's really not a bad one. But when you replay the game, you see how they were hinting at it constantly.

And like you said, it does give a little motivation to play a more darkside character. When I go through darkside, I do try to roleplay a bit, rather than just picking all the cruel/greedy/vengeful options.

I was going to start replaying Fable, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I played some Burnout, and it seems interesting. Lots of game modes, nice graphics, and you can use the custom soundtrack option (another reason I like the Xbox).




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I made it a little farther in Darc's 3rd story, and I beat the Dragon Ordeal test. I didn't think I was going to win that battle. If Darc hadn't dodged an attack towards the end of it, I would have lost.

One character I absolutely do not like in this game is Kharg's mother, Lady Nafia, and now after hearing more about her from this part of the story I like her even less. I didn't like her in Kharg's story because of her trying to hold Kharg back and her inability to tell him the truth about who and what he really is. Being overprotective only causes problems later in life.




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KOTOR: Korroban was where I needed to go to advance the story, but I wanted to catch up on some sidequests first. I went to Manaan, and got rid of the creatures that boarded my ship. Also, Jolie's friend was on trial for murder. After a while of evidence gathering, I got him off. However, this case isn't wrapped up as neatly as some others. Despite that he was found not guilty, Jolie still has suspesions that he did it. I thought some of the evidence was pointing towards the wife. And in any case, you never really found out who did kill the woman, even if Jolie's friend didn't.

When I used Force Persuasion to get a witness to tell me a detail in the case, I gained some Dark Side points. So, I reloaded my last save.

At Manaan, I had Canderous in my party. He was challenged by a fellow Mandalorian veteran. We had to go to Tatooine to resolve that.

While there, I got in swoop bike races for the first time (since you need to, on Taris) and eventually "won" the circuit. I also played a couple of games of Pazaak.


Now, though, I'm going back to Korriban to make some real progress in the game.




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There's this really bizarre puppet-girl character in the Demon's party in Arc the Lad: TOTS named "Bebedora". I just had to play through a part where they send her into a humans' town alone as a spy. It was one of the damn funniest sequences in a game I've played in awhile.

I've reached Cragh Island in Kargh's Quest. I'm guessing that the stone monuments on this island are describing characters from previous Arc the Lad games.




CodieKitty
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(9/26/04 4:29 pm)
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I caught Mewtwo and Moltres in Pokemon Fire Red!

This is the first time I've ever "legitamitely" caught the three legendary birds. In the original, it was a pain in the ass to catch them because they had to be asleep or else the ball would miss them. I used the 129 Item code to get a bunch of Master Balls, and caught them that way. They changed it in Fire Red/Leaf Green so it's MUCH easier to catch them.




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Okay, I've lost count of what chapter I'm at in Arc the Lad: TOTS, but I think it's the fourth. I'm playing Darc's side and I just made it to the Megist in the desert. I've activated the elevator and I'm prepared to go after Lord Darkham.

Gotta love how the Dilzweld Army in this game is so clearly and obviously based on the Nazis. What they did to the Slothian tribe was one of the saddest things I've seen in a game in awhile. This game has a lot of really sad moments. But it's got a lot of funny dialogue, too.

I don't remember if I mentioned it yet or not, but I have been getting some more "Game Overs" lately. On my first try of the battle against Drugoza (or whatever his name is, the horseheaded guy), I lost really badly. Then I changed my strategy and that worked. I still don't think the game is all that difficult. But the story, characters, and music are all really good and entertaining. If this game has a soundtrack CD available, I might consider purchasing it.




Crawl and 1OOO
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I'm almost done with Korriban.

I joined the Sith academy. I helped the renegade Sith pupils escape, encouraged a few other students to leave (and maybe join the Jedi). Right now, I think my Light side alignment is as high as it can go. I have white beams shooting out of my head on the profile screen, and I get a 13 force point deduction when using Heal. Also, I've gained Light Side points several times since reaching what I thought was maximum, and it doesn't seem my alignment is changing at all.

A couple of comments about alignment:

I think whether you're awarded Dark or Light side points is often rather weird. Example: The last thing I tried to do before quiting for the night was saving a Mandalorian that was being interrogated by the Sith. He told me that if I put him in a catatonic state, he could escape. Well, my computer skills must not be so good, because I got a failure when I tried that outright. So, I just kept injecting him with the maximum dose of serum. That eventually put him in a catatonic state... But I got Dark Side points! (I didn't save after that, so I'll try again later)

As far as roleplaying and alignment goes: I have almost entirely been making Lightside decisions... and will often in fact reload a save if I accidentally get Dark Side points. Yet, I don't think this hampers role playing. I think a person who has a reputation that he's proud of might allow that reputation to influence him, to try to act in a way that is consistent with how he's perceived. That's my justification, anyway.

And sometimes you can roleplay without much regard to light/dark side. For instance, when some Sith were harassing me, I pacified them by telling a goofy joke. Just because you're pure of heart doesn't mean you have to be serious all the time...


Anyway, I also cleared out almost all the caves in the darkside valley. There was one that became sealed, that had some Sith weapon inside. I *think* I know how, in principle, to get it, but I think that would have required a Dark Side decision in an earlier Sith test. I think you need an item to get far in that cave, but the cave became totally sealed after I got that item.

Aside from freeing that Mandalorian, I think the only other thing I can do on Korraban is free the captives in the dueling area. But I'll need to buy a lot of computer spikes for that.


Oh, I want to talk about one fight I had tonight. I had to fight two powerful enemies that known as Jedi slayers. It just so happened that before I fought them, I gained a level. So, I saved, and then was able to experiment with leveling up in different ways after they'd kill me, before I'd fight them again. I, in an earlier post, complained that the "Stun" abilities didn't seem very useful, but I finally relented to the recommendation, and tried "Stasis Field". Well, that was a HUGE help. It actually allowed me to freeze both creatures at the same time. Otherwise, they attacked so fast I couldn't possibly heal myself fast enough to undo their damage. During one fight, I someone got in a position where one of them couldn't reach me, so I only had to withstand one of their attacks, yet I STILL wasn't able to kill even one of them. That Stasis Field was a huge help, and it also helped me in the final Sith test.


There was also a puzzle in that dungeon. It still wasn't that hard, but it took a little while to remember the (initially confusing) rules. Also, while figuring out, in general terms, how to solve the puzzle isn't too difficult, I imagine that figuring out how to solve it in the minimum number of moves could make an interesting math question.




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Heh. I found two sites that were selling the soundtrack CD for Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits and I bought it from the one that had it for the (much) cheaper price. It's the first time I've ever imported anything directly from Japan.

I still cannot find any sites selling the OST's for Kartia (Rebus) or Alundra 2. From what information I could gather about the Alundra 2 OST, it was only available in a very limited quantity through some special offer on Activision's website, or it could be won through some contest that was over a long time ago. I'm guessing it might be impossible to find that one now. I don't know why Kartia/Rebus's OST would be so rare, though, aside from it not being very popular.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/27/04 3:31 pm)
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Burnout 3= Good

Burnout 3 is a really fun racer so far... you get to be aggresive, trying to push your opponents into traffic, into the walls, off the road, etc. Doing this fills your boost meter, letting you go at extreme speeds for a while. Driving on the wrong side of the road, drifting, near misses against other cars, etc. also increase your boost, but not as much.

There's different modes, including one on one to win a car, regular races, time trials, destroying as many cars as possible within a time limit, elimination mode (last place racer eliminated after each lap) and more.

There's a crash mode where the goal is to cause as much damage as possible while crashing your vehicle. This mode has it's own set of variations.

The game has many different tracks and cars... it's very impressive in that way. In terms of total races and unlockables, I wouldn't be surprised if it was as lengthy as a Gran Turismo game.

I may play Fable again soon, if I have time.




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The plot of this game has really had me thinking a lot about it all day today at work. I haven't thought this much about a game's plot since Kartia. Even though the basic idea is nothing that hasn't been done before, I think that what makes this story work particularly well is that you play as both the demons and the humans, so you see things from both perspectives. It's impossible to side completely with one or the other, yet it's also impossible to not understand the situations that both face.

What it's also got me thinking about is the idea of peace between the humans and the demons. I just hope the game doesn't have some Deus Ex Machina, super-happy idealistic ending because the reality it's presented so far is that such a goal would be difficult, if not impossible, to attain, and it would take years of work and determination on both sides to achieve it. But the game also made me think if trying for such a goal would be worth it in the first place. As was pointed out many times in the story, even though humans and demons don't like each other and live separately, most of them were content with their lives until Windalf and Nafia stole the Wind Stone and set everything into motion. Their intention was to bring peace, but would things have been better off had they just left things as they were? I guess it all depends if Dilzweld had discovered the secret of the Spirit Stones because of what they did or not. The game hasn't said how Dilzweld found out about them yet (and maybe it never will.)

And, I also think the characters are well-written and likable, too. I've said before that I can still enjoy a game with a so-so plot if the characters make it interesting, and I think that holds true here. Seeing how the characters react to and handle the situations is more important than the situation, itself.




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From what information I could gather about the Alundra 2 OST, it was only available in a very limited quantity through some special offer on Activision's website, or it could be won through some contest that was over a long time ago. I'm guessing it might be impossible to find that one now.

I guess this doesn't really matter too much since I used Sound Recorder to grab quite a few of the game's music tracks. The only one I'm missing that I'd kind of like to have is the secondary boss theme, but I'd have to replay through a good portion of the game to get to that one. All that hard work I did to get the very best defense items in this game paid off because I was able to grab the main boss theme and the two Mephisto battle themes easily with them. Because I was taking so little damage from Mephisto, it didn't matter that I was taking hits during the first and third forms. I had plenty of HP and HP refilling items to last me long enough to record the songs. And the game has a function to turn off the sound effects, so I got them with no sound effects, too. On the second form of Mephisto, I discovered that if you walk around the edge of the room, circling the boss, he won't attack you. Of course, you can't attack him from there, either, so that's not really a gameplay spoiler, but it was useful in grabbing that boss theme.




Flying Omelette
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I got quite a bit of music from Albert Odyssey. Some of the songs I'm still missing are the two boss themes, the final boss music, Novia's battle music, Lulu's theme, Pike's Dream, Radoria's Castle, Kia's theme, the Agnus town theme, and Balan's Fort. The final boss and Novia's battle theme I can get by loading my save point at the end of Fargasta Tower. The others I'd have to play to the midpoint of the game.

It's great to finally be able to listen to songs from one of my favorite game soundtracks any time I want to. What a useful thing that Sound Recorder is. I wish I'd known about it sooner.

In Arc the Lad: TOTS, I made it to the Great Library and I found the Lamda Sutra, but I need someone to translate it for me.

Another thing I really like about this game is that the plot gets itself going, but then something happens and you think it's going to slow down the story from just getting to the good stuff, but then what happens always turns out to be interesting, too. It looks like we might finally discover more about the truth behind Maru's past.

This game really likes to tug at the heartstrings. I was really saddened by the outcome of Darc's latest chapter, but then I was uplifted by the beginning of the next chapter with Kharg when he returned to the town.

I even got to see that kitty up close in a cutscene, and I'm glad I did because I had noticed earlier the house it was in was totally destroyed by the Dilzweld and I wondered about the poor cat, but I guess he survived somehow.




Crawl and 1OOO
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Last night, I got a little more done in KOTOR.

First, I tried to take care of some outstanding miniquests. None of the shops on Korriban sold computer spikes, so I had to go to Manaan to get some. While there, I won the Swoop Bike Championship. At first, I thought it'd be much harder than the circuit on Tatooine. In Tatooine, the challenge is pretty much just to hit all the speed boosters. But on Manaan, there are obstacles right next to some of the speed boosters, and it was hard to hit the booster and not the obstacle. But I think I finally cleared out the circuit with less time an effort spent that on Tatooine. Eventually, for some unknown reason, that obstacle was just never a problem for me anymore. And when I beat the 2nd tier, I did so with a fast enough time that would have tied the 1st tier leader. And when I beat the 1st tier, I blew the old time away, with almost a half a second victory (might not sound like much, but the difference between the 2nd and 1st tier times is only 2-hundreths of a second!)

But when I got back to Manaan, I STILL couldn't free those prisoners. Maybe my computer skill just isn't high enough. And, unfortunately, it seems as though it's not possible to use party members for that task (one droid in my party has a very high computer skill). Maybe I'll be able to come back later for that quest after I level up. I even tried releasing the prisoners just by fighting them, and telling them, when they were out, that I'd help them escape, but it didn't do any good.


I also went back to Tatooine to find out what was up with Mission's brother.


I think that was the last of the side quests I worked on. After that, it was off to the Sky Forge planet.


The funny thing is, I should have known there was a planet like this, because shots are shown of it in the opening FMV, yet it slipped my mind (though I suppose that even if I knew there'd be a planet like that, I wouldn't necessarily know it'd be the Star Forge planet).

The creatures here look like the hologram that tested me at the map on Kashyyk. I never would have known what that thing really looked like in Hologram form.

Anyway, I only got a little bit done there so far. I met with "The One", and tenatively agreed to help their race.

I earned over 1000 experience points just for talking to the Lore Master. That's a little odd, IMHO. The experience you earn for a task isn't always commensurate with the task (I only earned a couple of hundred XP for winning the race on Manaan). I guess they have to do that because you could easily do the Swoop Bike quest the first time you get to Manaan, and if you got 1000 XP for it, maybe be overleveled for that part of the game. On the other hand, just as some nonlinear games have enemies level up with you, maybe XP rewards could vary depending on your current level and other factors.


I'm about 40 hours into the game so far. Rarely does an RPG keep my interest for long past that point, but so far it's looking good for this game.




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I returned to the area below the burning forest in Panzer Dragoon Saga and I cleared the area of items, except for a few doors I can't open yet. I also got the baby dragon from the wreck of Shellcoot.




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My friends and I played X-men Legends last weekend, but I started by myself on it a couple of nights ago. I got through the Morlock sewers pretty well. If only Cyclops would stop dying. My ideal team is Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Beast. I substituted Gambit in when I got him for Nightcrawler though. I like this game.




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BTW, I also played Hydlide.


Ree...aa...l..l....y... Baa.a.a.a....d... Sccccrrrr... olllllll....i...nnn.ggg..... *eyes roll like a slot machine*


Crawl (or whoever it was who said this) was right about attacking the enemies from behind though. You have to attack them as they're moving away from you to keep from taking damage. I worked my way through a maze, but the treasure chest at the end was locked.

I've noticed a lot of people call this game a "Zelda Clone", but I think it was trying to be more of an Ys clone. You bump into enemies to kill them in Ys. You don't do that in Zelda. And the graphic style (if you can call it that) looks more similar to that of Ys than Zelda's. Plus, the experience building and the use of magic is more like Ys than collecting Zelda's heart containers.




CLOUDBOND007
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(9/28/04 4:05 pm)
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Burnout 3 (Racer) has more to it than Fable (RPG)

I've played probably three or four hours of Burnout 3 so far. There's three different parts of the world to race at, and I'm working on USA right now. I only have a fraction of the available gold medals there (there's about 6 or 7 to earn for each track), and I've hardly done any of the crash mode events yet. The other parts of the world seem like they may have even more to do, with higher difficulty. Then there's these trophies which you try to earn over the course of the whole game by fulfilling different sets of requirements in individual races.

I still want to play Fable, but you have to play the whole intro in one sitting, and that can take 2 hours... it's annoying.




Lord Vyce
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(9/28/04 4:11 pm)
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I PLAYED SOME MORE TALES OF SYMPHONIA AND IT WAS VARRY, VARRRRRRRY GOOOOOOOOD!!!




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(9/28/04 8:50 pm)
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Here's what I decided to do with Fire Red...

I don't like this game anywhere near as much as Ruby, and the girl is really dumb looking. So, I placed everything but a Pidgey into Pokemon Box for my Ruby to take whatever it pleases, and I'm going to restart my Fire Red with the boy and a different Starter (you can breed the Starters with Ditto, so I don't need to fear evolving them).




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I must be near the end of KOTOR. For one thing, my main character is at the maximum level (IIRC, 8 as a scout, 12 as a Jedi Consular). My other characters are generally at level 18.

I'm not sure what to do at this part of the game. There are two tribes on this planet, and I was hoping to bring peace to them. But it seems impossible. As soon as I returned from the other (more [apparently, anyway] peaceful) tribe, the first tribe attacked me. The first onslaught of them was pretty intimidating, with what seems like a dozen enemies, some of them Rancor Monsters, attacking all at once. But I've gotten past that part twice. The next few enemies are softballs. But then I died once at The One.

I have a couple of ideas to try. One is to load an earlier save and attack the other tribe, just to see what'll happen. Maybe I'll even play two paths simultaneously.

Another is to try using the stealth skill to reach the One. I've actually never used this skill in the game yet.

Finally, and most obviously, I could just try to kill the One until I'm sucessful.




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Oh, and on a weird note, last night I had a weird dream where I was on my school campus where I was supposed to meet up with MC for... I dunno, I guess lunch. When people asked who that was, I would say "Well, I don't know his real name, but he has an obsession with Dan Hibiki" Then a guy off to my right says "Hey, CK, what kept you?"... and it's Dan Hibiki.

Yeah.




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I tried using the stealth skill, but it wasn't entirely successful. It worked until I made it to the chamber with The One, but there, stealth mode or not, the cut scene with him unleashing the Rancor's automatically played out.

It still helped, though. Only my main character was surrounded. When I left Solo mode, my two other party members were instantly teleported to the chamber's entrance. Anyway, I won that battle on that second try.

I then went to the temple, and pretty much cleared it out. There was a major plot point at the temple's summit, but people who've played this game already know what it is.

The last thing I did tonight was give the elder's their genetic data from the temple.

So, I guess the next time I play, I'll be going to the Star Forge itself.




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Crawl, just in case you want to see the darkside ending without playing the game all the way through again, that temple scene is the switching point which determines how the rest of the game plays out.




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Dumbass battery in DH's Saturn died. It's a good thing I was backing up my save files to a memory card.

In Panzer Dragoon Saga, I found this mammoth-sized flying battleship of some sort. Actually, I think it was briefly mentioned in one of the books that I acquired earlier in the game. You have to fly below this thing's underbelly and destroy it bit-by-bit. The problem is that it has the ability to blow you clear out of the battlefield, and then you have to try over and over again.




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Quote: Crawl, just in case you want to see the darkside ending without playing the game all the way through again, that temple scene is the switching point which determines how the rest of the game plays out.



Thanks. I have a save about a couple of hours before that point.

I think I'll eventually have to look at a guide sometime after I beat this game to have an idea of all the things that can happen. I was thinking that some time in the future I might want to play through this game with a dark side character, but even that wouldn't show everything that I think would be interesting. I missed a few light side things this time, for instance. And then there's the gender thing. I was thinking of my next play through being a female, but it might make more sense to have a dark side male (considering your relationship with Bastila).

It's sort of an unusual thing in this day and age: A game where you can not do everything. In a way, that's sort of refreshing. I'm sure some people would see it as an even greater obligation -- Now you'd have to play through the game a dozen times to see all the dialogue and possibilities!

But on the other hand, if you're ambivalent about "doing everything" in a game to begin with, the impossibility of doing it here grants you the freedom from having to make any attempt to do everything. Finally, stuff that's optional in a game feels optional again.




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I beat NES Rygar last night. I hadn't done that in a really long time and had forgotten almost everything about the game. It was a lot of fun going through it and figuring everything out all over again. I still love the part where you see the sunset.




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The main difference between genders is the romance quest, and who you have it with. Darkside/lightside won't affect things until the temple as long as you're nice to the person, but the effects of your temple decision are drastic either way.

Yeah, there's definitely no way to see everything without playing the game dozens and dozens of times or reloading constantly to see what effects every action has. If it was possible, I'd be burdened with trying it.

I think a darkside playthrough is definitely worthwile, for the new force powers alone and the character appearance changes alone, but it's not fun just picking all the darkside options for the sake of doing so. If you do, your character is just a petty thief and rather cruel. I don't picture Darth Vader in the films, while he is extremely evil, as someone who'd steal five credits from someone just because he likes being mean.

If you do replay, consider trying the hardest difficulty, since I know you like the extra challenge.




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Yeah, I'd play on Hard for a replay.

I (earlier) played about an hour as a Dark Side female. I guess it could have some interesting role playing possibilities. Already in that time, Carth was flirting with me. I had to get over 5 hours into my current light side quest before I even met Bastila. And then she was just being a jerk (which, in retrospect, considering the game's big plot twist, makes sense). And when options to flirt with her started appearing in dialogue, they didn't seem very serious at first (though I chose them anyway).

So, yeah, you'd have to have a more complex person, who's generally evil, but is nice to at least some people. It seems like it would be hard to be mean to Carth since he's basically just a nice guy.

And I'm guessing you wouldn't even need to always be evil for game play purposes (saving force points with dark powers). I got to the maximum light alignment rather easily, so you could probably skip petty things and still have a high dark alignment.




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Yeah, there are so many more places to get darkside points than there are to get lightside. Fits in with the idea that the darkside is quicker and easier. You could be maximum dark by the time you left Dantooine if you made every effort to do so. Even restricting yourself a bit in terms of the kinds of DS actions you do, you'll still reach full dark sooner than you could reach full light, most likely.

BTW, something else to try... Force Persuade/Dominate Mind adds lots of interesting dialogue options, and it's geared towards dark side players. You can talk almost anyone into anything, as long as it's possible to do it, without having to put any points into persuade. Sometimes force users will resist it, but since it only takes two feats to get, it's worthwhile.

Another darkside gameplay aspect is the Genoharadan missions... the ones you get from Hulas (sp?) on Manaan. They might not fit in with how you roleplay this character, but they're darkside only, and something new for you to try if you get bored.




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You have to choose if you want to play as the Demons or the Humans in the final chapter of Arc the Lad 4. For now, I decided to play it out as the humans, but I made a separate save right before this part so that when I'm done, I can go back and replay it as the demons. I'm worried about the outcome of this game...




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Well, I played on more Arc the Lad 4 tonight and made it further into the flying castle. The latest developments have made me feel a less worried about the outcome. I'm glad that you still get to play as both the humans and the demons in this chapter after all.

But I have to admit...I can't remember the last time a game's plot made me feel as nervous as this one has at times. The last big cutscene and battle involving Bebedora had me feeling really on edge...I suppose I should have expected the outcome, but it's hard to tell for sure, considering that some characters that I thought would stick around have died for good. And if the outcome had been different, I would've been pretty close to tears.

One trend I'm beginning to notice in some RPGs is that the entire game won't have much in the way of puzzles or mazes until you get to the last area of the game, which is one huge maze-like mess. That's how it was in Albert Odyssey and Panzer Dragoon Saga, and that's now what it's like in this game, too.

Umm...one thing I noticed...I looked up this game on imdb.com and voice actor Michael Bell is listed as doing "Diekbeck" in this game. I've yet to come across this character - I've only found a couple of robots who were pretending to be him. I'm guessing he's a hidden character, but for what purpose?




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Fable Again.... making fun of it some more

I've been playing my evil character on Fable, not making much main story progress, trying to just wander around and enjoy the game world if possible. Thing is, they make the strangest decisions when designing it.

You could go into a town, doing all kinds of terrible damage, having guards attack you, hundreds of thousand gold in fines, etc. So you leave for 10 minutes, come back, and everyone forgets what you did the last time.

I'm having fun though, using archery far more in 2 hours than I did the entire time I played my other character. It's very powerful, and unlike magic, you can do it indefinitely without potions.




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Quote: One trend I'm beginning to notice in some RPGs is that the entire game won't have much in the way of puzzles or mazes until you get to the last area of the game, which is one huge maze-like mess. That's how it was in Albert Odyssey and Panzer Dragoon Saga, and that's now what it's like in this game, too.

Shining the Holy Ark had puzzles from very early in the game. The farthest back I remember is the Crest puzzle in the Enrich Dungeon, but that's still rather early in the game (It's a 50 hour game, and I'm certain you're in the dungeon within the first five)




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Okay, couldn't resist. I had to look up how to find Diekbeck. You need to win the 30-round contest in Cathena to unlock him as a playable character. It's a good thing I made a save right before Cathena was blown up. But it's just as well. I'm not going back for him now. I tried that contest earlier and I could barely damage any of the enemies in the first round, and I ended up losing. I don't how on earth you could survive 30 rounds of fighting like that unless you pumped your levels up really high, and I don't want to be over-leveled for the final boss.




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I also found out that Arc the Lad 4 has a New Game + feature, so I'll probably get Diekbeck and the other hidden character on a replay.

No real developments yet. I've just been exploring the Flying Castle and leveling up my party members. It's fun to have ten characters to choose from, and they're all so different.




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I played some more Fable... not much real progress. Just leveling a little, and one minor sidequest I think. This is one of the very few quests where you pick a good or evil side, so at least there was something different for this playthrough.

In Burnout 3, I earned some more gold medals on race events. I tried some crash events, but I just don't have as much fun with those, like I said earlier. I want to complete them because of the unlockable stuff, though.




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PARTY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

Somone bought me a game recently.
Megaman Battle Network 3 BLUE Version!
Wheeee!

I was refusing to buy it for myself because Capcom has gone the Pokemon route and made 2 versions...
..........
Its still very fun, though. I'm about to fight Flameman several hours in, as soon as I put out the last fires in the beach....

The boss music is much much better than 2's, also. Whee.


I still need to finish Star Ocean 3, though.....arrrrr.....the # of things to play is too much for me....




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Metroid Prime

Player Metroid Prime a bit more last night. Got to the pirate research lab and grabbed the infravision visor ... things look nifty in it.




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I just got to the final boss of Arc the Lad 4 and had my ass handed to me on a silver platter. I'm not sure what to do to beat this guy. Before when I had lost to bosses, I could sort of see what to do to win. And then I'd change my strategy and it would work. As of now, I don't even see what to do to beat this guy...I could try a different party combination, but I don't know how much of a difference that'd make.




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Not a lot of game time involved in this progress post, but I now have all the gold medals for the USA races in Burnout 3. I'm mostly ignoring the crash events there.

Now I'm starting to get racing gold medals in the Europe races.

I've unlocked about 50% of the race mode vehicles. Overall game completion percentage is still very low, though, considering how many unlockables there are.

In Fable, I just bought a new weapon and leveled some more.




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After giving everything on Fire Red to my Ruby, I got reinterested in playing Ruby. I got my Nidoqueen (named Athena, of course) to Lv. 100, and I'm working on my Articuno (Icicle), Zapdos (Cloud), Lanturn (Glimmer) all to Lv. 100, and my various -eons to Lv. 50; Vaporeon (Leviathan), Flareon (Rydia), Jolteon (Kain), Espeon (Cecil), and Umbreon (Goblez, but if that's not how the name of that evil guy from Final Fantasy IV's name is spelled, somebody please tell me. I forgot how it's spelled, and can't be bothered to look it up). I need a 6th Pokemon for Lv. 50 battles, and I'm looking in the direction of Tropius.

Y'know, the only good way to level up in this game is with the Elite Four. And after you've beaten them the 200th time (although I've probably beaten them about 300 times), it really starts to get repetetive. I'm hoping to finally be able to do some work in the Battle Mode of Colosseum.




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Just got FF:TA.

So far....I've gotten about 5 missions done.




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I finally installed Quake III Arena. It's the first PC game I've played (outide of freeware or commodore 64). It's quite possibly the fastest FPS I've ever played. I'm still getting used to the controls and tweaking them to my desired settings, but after about a total of 30-40 minutes of playtime, I can move pretty well through the levels. Keys are used to move forward (w), backwards (s), and strafe (a & d), while the mouse is used to look. It's turned out to be a fairly intuitive setup, but I still have some trouble reacting very accurately in close quarters combat.

There are 6 tiers, each with 4 stages. You beat a stage by getting to a certain number of frags before anyone else does. Once you beat all 4 stages in one tier, you can move to the next one. So far I've beaten two stages from the second tier. I've been playing on the easiest of the 5 difficulty settings. Once i make it to the third tier, I might go back and up the difficulty on the eariler ones.




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Dammit! I just tried again with slightly higher-leveled characters and a different party configuration, and STILL got my ass handed to me! I have no idea what to do. I've begun leveling up again...




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Played on my five-year-old FF6 save file from Final Fantasy Anthology. I might actually beat it if I feel like it (and if I have the time). Loading times are killer, though. I might not bother uncursing the cursed shield. Then again, I DO like the spell Ultima...

Hard thing about FF6 was that it got really boring in the World of Ruin.




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I thought about this battle last night...I think what I have to do is stay out of range of his "Hatred Fire" attack. There's no way I'm going to beat him if he keeps using that on us because it refills his hit points. I just wish there was some way of avoiding the "Black Flame" attack, because all he needs to do is hit us with that twice in a row (which he sometimes does) and that's it. Maybe there is a way to avoid it...I'm gonna get everyone's levels up one more and try again...




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I hadn't played any games in a while (I'd been busy with other things), but I did return to KOTOR for a bit this morning. In non-KOTOR news, I wasn't sure where my GBA AC adapter was, but that turned up yesterday.


I had left off at the beginning of the Star Forge, and currently just reached Bastilla (who has killed me twice).

The interesting thing about this part of the game is that it has long continuous battles. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this in an RPG before. You have no idea how many enemies you'll have to fight because more just keep running onto the scene. And of course it's impossible to revive a character during a battle, or recover Force points, so there's a lot of tension in wondering when the waves of reinforcements will stop pouring in.




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That sounds a bit like Kartia. Reinforcements keep showing up in a lot of battles and you can't revive characters in that game, either.

As soon as Delma has enough SP to earn the Resurrection spell, I'm going to try tackling the final boss of Arc the Lad 4 once more. This time, I'm going to use a different strategy...




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Well, I guess there are even reinforcements in Magic of Scherezade. And I was about to say that if that part of KOTOR was close to anything, it might have been the part in Final Fantasy 4, when Fabul is attacked.

But, really, I don't think that part in KOTOR is very close to any of those things. Maybe one difference is that, in KOTOR, fights take place in the same screen as normal exploring. So, not only are there reinforcements, you're not even necessarily sure after killing the last few enemies that are in front of you if the battle is over yet. Also, enemies can continue to ambush you while you're trying to heal.



Well, I beat Bastilla. I ended up doing it twice, actually, to see if she'd be able to help me fight Malak (it seems she can't). But at first it seemed to be a difficult battle; I lost count of the number of times I lost to her. At first, it seemed the only hope I had against her was using Stasis field, but she could Save against that, and if that happened, that one wasted move would almost guarantee I'd lose. And you'd have to have it succeed several times against her (which would take an unnatural amount of luck), because she regroups a few times during the fight.

So, I was looking for different options. I changed some of my equipment. One thing that really helped was one particular move which I normally don't use, because it has some disadvantages.


After that, there was a seemingly endless battle against droids (which I eventually lost/gave up on). I'm sure there must be some trick to getting them to stop regenerating, because they seem to be truly endless there. There only seem to be a few possible options for what to do, though. It's not possible to run from that fight, nor does it seem possible to attack the machines that create the droids.




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Just a hint (not the whole solution) on the droids, because it's more of a control issue than a gameplay one. Something that the game rarely ever deals with.

Press the button (B, I think) that lets you cancel combat mode first. This lets you target/examine other objects besides the droids. Otherwise, all you can do is switch from one to another, fighting an endless battle.




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In an extreme desperation for a change of pace, I found myself playing Star Fox Adventures.

Yeah, I was pretty desperate.

I actually just finished it. When people say it feels like you get the last two spell stones and three Krazoa Spirits in two hours, they're not exaggerating. Sure, there's probably more time elapsing between the two, but there was barely any thought put into this. I think I spent twenty minutes at the most on Dragon Rock. I think it took me three hours to get the last spell stone and two Krazoas, but one of those hours was spent trying to figure out how the hell to open the temples on the Walled City. And, you get the last two Krazoa Spirits within TEN MINUTES of each other, and the last one is just given to you.

(Spoiler)

I had it spoiled to my a long time ago that you don't fight Scales at the end of the game, but Andross. Well, there's two things about this that made me curious. First off, after actually experiencing what happened with Scales, I knew what was originally supposed to happen in the original version of Dinosaur Planet. You were supposed to clobber Scales, and he dropped the last Krazoa, you returned it and saved Krystal or whatever her name originally was and the planet. Well, they introduced Star Fox into it. And know they cut all that out, just made Scales keel over, and tacked on Andross just for the Star Fox feel. The second thought, when I first heard Andross was the final boss, I was expecting you to fight him on foot, as if he floats around like the Shopkeeper, but wears a gown or something. But no. You get a Star Fox 64 Andross and his brain remake, although it's nowhere near as interesting.

(End Spoiler)

Speaking of Star Fox 64, am I the only person here who liked it more than the original Star Fox?

Overall, I wouldn't say it sucked, but it was a huge disappointment. I'm glad I paid $15 for it, and nothing more (well, the extra $5 for the rental, but eh.) Maybe three stars or 6/10.

Here's some funny Star Fox comics for you all to enjoy!

www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=39
www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=103




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Quote: Speaking of Star Fox 64, am I the only person here who liked it more than the original Star Fox?



I've always liked Star Fox 64 better than the SNES one. The first one just never appealed to me much.




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DAMMIT!!! I came THIS CLOSE to beating the Lord of the Dark Abyss in Arc the Lad 4 and then I lost control of the battle and LOST AGAIN!! That !@$%#$ is going down!!

This is the most difficult boss fight I've seen in awhile...




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DAMMIT!!!

Lost again!! I'll have to level up more. But I did come much closer to beating him than I ever have before...I think the latest strategy I used is the key to winning, but I have to be a bit stronger...

This game has an unhealthy number of people who act like Falco Lombardi when you heal them in battle.




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Fable is pretty fun the 2nd time through...

In Fable, I went through the Bandit Camp part of the main story. What's neat is that the bandits really respect my evil character... being nice to him and cheering him. Everybody else in the game world hates him... they boo when he walks by or just run away.

Next I have to do a quest called "Find the archeologist". It involves finding the archeologist :)

As an evil character, it's really easy to earn experience points by fighting the endless waves of guards that come after you when you commit a crime...

I also finished some sidequests, including one where you have to beat more enemies than another hero within a time limited.

The sidequest I'm on now involves freeing somebody from a cave full of monsters.

I'm having more fun with the game this time around, which is good. My character has evolved from an archer into a mostly melee character... I still like to use the long range attacks sometimes, though. I've pretty much ignored magic during this playthrough so I could spend the experience points elsewhere.




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PARTY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

Ever since I learned from the Holy Lord Muni Shinobu that having 100% mission completion for a character in Samurai Warriors means extra money to purchase special features in XL, I've been filling in all the missions I can before the expansion hits US shores next month
......
I've got 8 characters at 100%.....I only have two more missions for Mitsuhide Akechi for him to be at 100% completion.
I'll move on to Ranmaru Mori next.....
So what if he's a bit...girlie looking....he has great attacks.
xD




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There is ONE other strategy I think I can try. I'll need to bring up Maru's level a bit, though. My team has so far consisted of Kharg, Maru, Bebedora, Darc, Paulette, and Delma, but I might substitute Volk for Bebedora. But I don't know...Volk has a longer and wider range attack that would be useful in taking out the boss's eyeball helpers, but Bebedora has an EXTREMELY wide range for her attack spells, so she can hit the boss a few times from a distance. I need to keep my distance from this boss because if you get too close he casts a spell that takes your HP and gives it back to himself.

This method I'm thinking of would take forever to kill him, but eventually he would go down...

I'll have to give it a try tonight after work...




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SPOILER (sort of, because I don't know if this will work):

The strategy I'm playing out in my head is this:

Right side of the room: Volk, long-range attack needed to take out eyeballs.
Kharg in middle, acts as healer
Maru in front, should be able to hit boss with bow & arrow, just out-of-range of boss's attacks.

Left side of room: Paulette, long-range attack needed to take out eyeballs
Delma in middle, acts as healer
Darc in front. Once the boss's black cloud is lifted completely, I could have Darc rush in and give a few powerful attacks. This will most likely result in Darc eventually getting killed, but then I can just have Delma or Paulette revive him. Everyone else should stay out-of-range so they won't get killed at all.




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Quote: I've always liked Star Fox 64 better than the SNES one. The first one just never appealed to me much.



Liontamer comes to my emotional rescue again! *bear hug*

I finally caught that damn Entei in Pokemon Colosseum, then used the Time Flute to instantly purify it. I then took my SNES apart, and hooked up my Genesis. I've had a taste for Gaiares lately.




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I started from an earlier save file and beat the Cathena Arena 20 Round Battle in Arc the Lad 4. I got Diekbeck unlocked and into my party. Umm...I wouldn't have known that was Michael Bell's voice just from listening to it. It's so heavily flanged, it's unrecognizable (Diekbeck is a robot)...and consider that the Transformers all have flanged voices, yet Bell is still very much recognizable as Prowl, Scrapper, Sideswipe, and Bombshell.

But, man, it was awesome kicking ass with Kharg and Maru. You can only use two characters in the area, and I chose Kharg because he's the strongest and Maru for his really long-range attack that can hit multiple targets. On a related note, Maru and Bebedora = greatest RPG characters ever! And it's funny because this is one of the few times I can recall that not only did the "little kid" characters in a story not annoy the hell outta me, but also became my favorites.

Which reminds me...I really, really liked being able to choose from all ten characters in the final area. It's much too bad that you couldn't do that for more of the game. I wish there could've been some post-game activity that you could've used all 10 characters (or 11 or 12 if you have one or both of the hidden characters unlocked). Jade Cocoon had a "neverending dungeon" that was unlocked after you beat the game. Something like that would've been really nice for Arc the Lad 4.

Oh, I also figured out what to do with that dog in Milmarna. Boy, that was pointless. I didn't get anything from that stupid chest.

However, when weighing the good and the bad, this game is by far my favorite RPG that I've played in a long time. Yes, I liked it more than Panzer Dragoon Saga, and I'm definitely finding a place for it on my Top 100. It's just that when I like a game's characters and battle system as much as I did with this one, I wish there was more I could do with it. And even though the game was rather easy, the final boss fight was one of the hardest and best boss fights I've encountered. The amount of strategy I had to use and the amount of tries it took me to hit upon that strategy were exhausting.




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I started playing Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II (referred to from now on as BG2). It's basically identical to the first game so far, but with more heroes. Even the menus, fonts, etc. are pretty much identical. I'm using the melee guy, I forget what class the game gives him. Was interested in trying the Necromancer too if the game turns out to be fun.

The graphics are good, but not improved over the last game. Combat is a little simplistic, but not overly easy so far.




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I've been playing Breath of Fire 2. I think I agree with those who say this one isn't as much fun as the first one was. The story is okay, but the battle system is dull and I don't like feeling that no matter how much I level up, it's not doing much. I also think the dragon spells in this game are really, really lame. Calling on a dragon to make one attack is nowhere near as cool or fun as having characters turn into dragons for the duration of the battle. As far as my actual progress, I just got Jean the Frog and I'm working on putting together the ingredients for the Fly Pudding to prove the fake prince is an impostor.