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4876  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Permit Me for bringing another DS game topic on: May 16, 2010, 08:22:25 pm
Quoting Shabazz: "Ain't this a bitch?"

No wonder all the good niche and/or violent games aren't selling well and will soon become hard to find...
Those kids should be spending their allowances and lunch money on those quality games.

If I can't find a launch copy of The Dark Spire, I'll be runnin' up their houses.  Outlaw with an upgrade
4877  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: May 16, 2010, 05:55:20 pm
Finally got that last puzzle done in Polarium!
Definitely felt like an accomplishment; took me over 20 minutes in-game time to figure it out.

So back to my never-ending quest in Etrian Odyssey II, with mapping out the 24th floor and all other places that don't include leading me to floor 25.
4878  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: May 16, 2010, 09:29:37 am
So true it hurts ce_gray...

Frank Sinatra - Isle of Capri

Come Fly With Me is such an amazing album...
4879  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: May 16, 2010, 12:01:36 am
That last puzzle in Polarium makes everything else look like a cakewalk.
4880  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Interview With A Forum Crazy II: Modern Wurfur on: May 16, 2010, 12:00:23 am

And Lovely Complex, and School Rumble (Even with it's second season filler) and Zero no Tsukaima and Kimi ni Todoke (BB said to read the manga before watching the anime though) and... I shouldn't know this much. Now they know too much.

Know any more?
4881  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: What Are You Currently Watching II: You Only Watch Twice on: May 15, 2010, 11:54:26 pm
I'll just have to reach the ending two episodes before the real ending.
Is Soul Eater still worth watching if one skips the filler ending?
4882  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Interview With A Forum Crazy II: Modern Wurfur on: May 15, 2010, 11:52:58 pm

*Cough* Er... Ninja'd? Yeah... Ninja'd, hours after the last post...

Indeedily! So Mexican and so delicious....

Have you watched your romantic/comedy anime yesterday?
4883  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Permit Me for bringing another DS game topic on: May 15, 2010, 01:26:08 pm
I had painstakingly leveled up a kick ass sword, plated it so it wouldn't rust etc etc...  I'm sure you see where this is going? 

I got mind fucked by one of the hypnosis things and lost it.  But I keep going back to it eventually... thinking I'm going to beat it one of these days...

Unfortunately I do... How you gear up, pimp everything out, bring all the supplies you need... And it can't save you from an enemy messing you up and the others coming in for the beatdown.
Looked up what hypnosis does... Jesus... I can imagine that in a monster house... And it sends shivers down my spine.
To actually beat it is a true accomplishment. Might make it one of my life-long goals.

Damn it you serious? Bought mine new and didn't get a CD with it. Shame too, the music was good.

I thought it was, and I could have sworn that and a few other DS Atlus games came with it.
Checked the official website for Knights in the Nightmare and the Soundtrack comes with every launch copy.
4884  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: What Are You Currently Watching II: You Only Watch Twice on: May 15, 2010, 01:14:39 pm
Even more than when they took out the guy who liked Spring Onions?
That part was unsettling, even to the end he offered them some.

I just had to see the anime, even if the ending was crap. And is the filler ending a part of the manga as well or just a shoddy job for the anime alone?
4885  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Permit Me for bringing another DS game topic on: May 15, 2010, 09:23:14 am
Knights in the Nightmare is pretty good Hail you could give that a shot, its a pretty good mash up of Bullet Hell and RPG.

I want to add that you should really try to pick this one up new, as I think it comes with a CD with some music from the game on it.

I keep going back to Shiren the Wanderer (a rogue like/mystery dungeon game)

Hells yeah! That game defines pain and misery! Gave up on it when I died in the Golden City due to a malady of status alignments.
It's the most hardcore rogue-like on the DS, way more so than those pansy Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games.

Picross is definitely a keeper if you're into puzzle games, it's long, challenging, addictive and hard to resist once you get into the groove of it. Has a huge number of puzzles and the option to make your own. Lacks graphics and sound, but it's simplistic looks work with it and you would more often than not neglect the music for your own.

A quick, fun, overwhelmingly adorable romp; Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, part Adventure-RPG, part Mech battles. In the A-RPG part, you gather items (Practically anything) which can be used as ammunition for your mech. As well as the slimes you meet can help you run it, three max at a time. What sweetens the deal is that they have different characteristics, as to what they would do if you enlist them. The mech battles are the highlight, bombarding the enemies' mech and then breaking in to destroy the core... That alone should be a good enough reason to purchase the game.
4886  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Interview With A Forum Crazy II: Modern Wurfur on: May 15, 2010, 12:11:05 am
It makes me feel that Sammich is the greatest person in the 5 universes.
It also makes me feel like punching something in a delinquent fashion.

Just how awesome is that picture? The only wrong answer is not agreeing with how awesome it is.
4887  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Permit Me for bringing another DS game topic on: May 14, 2010, 10:55:37 pm

It got below average reviews, unfortunately. But there is also a sequel to Hotel Dusk, but it was only released in Japan (As far as I know).
4888  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: What Are You Currently Watching II: You Only Watch Twice on: May 14, 2010, 10:27:21 pm
First episode of GANTZ and I am already "oh shit!"
Only 10 minutes into it, and there is already a couple of decapitations. Absolutely brutal.

The ending of the episode was... Unsettling to say in the least.
This will be one hell of a series.
4889  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Interview With A Forum Crazy II: Modern Wurfur on: May 14, 2010, 10:00:17 pm
Star Wars. But I'm getting over my nerditude, have a backlog of a few Star Wars books to read now.
But I've still read more than my fair share of EU books.

Have you ever imagined that you went to a high school of delinquents where there was a guy who looked like Freddie Mercury, a robot and a gorilla who wears a wristwatch and is smarter than a majority of said delinquents?
4890  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: TZH Game Reviews II: Sins of the Reviewer on: May 14, 2010, 09:55:18 pm
Recently Completed: Orcs & Elves

System: Nintendo DS

Story: In the grand scheme of things, an Orc army has joined forces with the Vaettir, an Dark Elf sect, to lay siege about the Dwarven realm of King Brahm. As an elf warrior named Elli, whom wields a talking wand named Ellon, you receive a message that says to find King Brahm. Your journey begins in the Entrance Hall, as you are greeted by a Dwarven Ghost.

Time Spent: 5:44:48

The Good:
+ Some real old-school, First-Person, Turn-Based Adventure-RPG gameplay, that's pretty damn fun to boot.
+ Some tactics and a bit of planning are used at times, which helps to make it more enjoyable.
+ Nice cast of secondary characters, particularly a constantly drunken dwarf and another dwarf who doesn't know he's dead.
+ Humorous dialogue, particularly with the characters above.
+ A great selection of weapons, from swords and a war hammer to your wand and some phoenix eggs that act as a grenade.
+ Considering the short run time, excellent enemy variety.
+ Control scheme uses both the traditional button layout and touch screen controls and can be used at the same time.
+/- The graphics don't tax the system, but for a game with this sort of style in gameplay, they work quite well. It's unfortunate that the enemies up close look pixelated.
+ The blood splatters that show on the floor and walls when you slay enemies are a nice touch.
+/- Music is good, but wish there was more of it.
+ The sound effects are decent enough, hearing some enemies give out a final cry before they die is satisfying.
+/- Barely any puzzles to slow you down.
+/- Save anywhere may have some think it decreases the difficulty, but on Nightmare, it probably would change their mind (Even asks if you want to die before it allows you to try that difficulty level).
+/- Potions come in quite a large supply, so chances are your gold will only be spent on ammo and limited use-type weapons.
+ Unlockable artwork is a nice extra in such a short game.

The Bad:
- Real short.
- Story is kinda bland.
- Not much replay value, apart from higher difficulties.

Score: 7/10, the length really hurts the game, as it could have used a few extra hours and a deeper story. The gameplay is the saving grace of it, as it really helps keep the player going: It's a fun, enjoyable romp, slaughtering orcs, trolls, rats and hell-hounds. For those who want a quick Adventure-RPG fix and don't particularly care about graphics or sound, it's worth a look into. It's more of an appetizer than a main course though.


Recently Completed: Polarium

System: Nintendo DS

Story: N/A

Time Spent: 3:45 (3:24 for Puzzles and 0:21 for Challenge Mode)

The Good:

+ Contains some of the most devious logic based puzzles on the DS.
+ Nice array of puzzles that have a nice level of difficulty: The first third are ridiculously easy, second third are challenging and some a tad easy and the final third will wrack your brain, especially the final ten and the notorious Puzzle 100.
+ You're given a puzzle and your task is to make the rows black or white with one line. Instructions don't get more complicated than that.
+ The hint system is there, but real men don't use it.
+ No cheesy/corny/pointless story to get in your way: Just some puzzle action.
+/- The graphics are simple and bland, but it doesn't clutter up the puzzles with unneeded graphics.
+/- The touch screen is precise and you can easily recover a mistake. At times I did wish I could use the d-pad though.
+ Say you are on a puzzle and you finish it, only to get it wrong. Continue on that puzzle and the game saves the last attempt on it. That, is a lifesaver.
+ Ability to create your own puzzles.
+ Multiplayer is a nice addition, and I believe that only one person needs a copy of the game.

The Bad
- 100 puzzles really isn't that much.
- Challenge mode is crap and feels a bit out of place.
- Music is weak and you would be better off listening to your own.
- The sound effects would get annoying eventually.
- Overall, the presentation is really dull and lacking. Pretty much gray, white and black for most of the game.
- No unlockables or extras.

Score: 6/10, unfortunately I have to include Challenge mode into the score, as it would have done better without it. The main attraction here is the logic-based puzzles, which are some of the best out there. But that and the option to create your own are the only real selling points for this. This is mainly for puzzle junkies who need a quick fix as it's hard to recommend it when there are so much better DS puzzle games out there. But for what it's worth, I do feel a bit smarter getting past quite a few of the puzzles.


Recently Completed: Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard

System: Nintendo DS

Story: The Duke of High Lagaard is sponsoring research expeditions into the labyrinth to uncover the secrets and mysteries of the Floating Castle that resides above it, as well as to retrieve the Grail of Kings that resides in the castle. The expeditions consist of guilds, and that's where you come in; a guild just starting off with the dream to be the first to reach the castle and retrieve the Grail of Kings.

Time Spent: 70+ hours

The Good:
+ Improved over the first one in nearly every aspect, but it's still the same old-school, map-making experience...
+/- ...But now more difficult, brutal and masochistic than ever before!
+ Additions to the map-making aspect are most welcome and a bit surprising, as the previous one was already amazing. The map making is half the game.
+ Combat is still fun and traditional.
+ Three new classes to play and experiment with; Gunner, War Magus and Beast.
+ Ronin class is now playable and easily a top-tier character now. (You don't have to activate a stance to perform a skill, which is a huge plus)
+ Overall the classes are improved and more effective for certain situations.
+ Generally, all skills have their use, but what really matters is what you choose as you can't invest in everything.
+ Stat upgrades (By using skill points) are universal and not restricted to certain classes.
+ Huge customization options, with equipment as well as the aforementioned skills.
+ Force Skills are changed completely for the better, now instead of a one-shot power boost, it's a special ability that's different for each class (An example is the Ronin's Issen slash, targets all enemies, deals heavy damage with a chance of an insta-kill)
+ When resting a character, you only lose five levels, unlike ten in the original.
+ Geomagnetic Fields, you'll learn to love them. Only one can be activated at a time, but you can go from the town straight to that field, preventing any unnecessary treks to that spot and saving a lot of time.
+ Auto battle option is available, but never used it (Needs the L-Shoulder button and mine's still busted).
+ From what I've heard, over 100 side quests are available.
+ The layout of the menus looks much cleaner and user friendly than before.
+ Graphics are nice and there is no slowdown...
+/- ... Battle scenes on the other hand are clean but there's little animation when you actually fight.
+/- Music is as great as always, but the theme for when you're walking around may get repetitive, considering how much exploring you'll do.
+ When you kick the bucket, you have the option to save your map. This is a real time-saver.
+/- Dialogue is better than before and decent enough, at times humorous, but nothing special.

The Bad:
- As before, the story takes a back seat to the gameplay.
- Still the same amount of excessive grinding.
- It's a tad unforgiving (Maybe a bit more so than before), but that should be expected from a game of this genre.
- Enemies that have insta-kill moves. Particularly those in the last stratum.
- Defender (Protector), Immunize (Medic) and Relaxing (Troubadour) are now gone. The first two combined with Bravery made you exceedingly powerful and the latter restores TP (Equivalent of magic points) every turn, making it abusable.
- FOEs no longer provide Exp.
- You mess up your skill allocation, you die. Painfully.
- You know you suck when a pack of butterflies kick your ass.
- Secondary characters are just there to do tasks and such (Shopkeeper, Healer, Inn-Keeper, Bartender who gives quests), but the game isn't about deep characters and development.

Score: 8.5/10, once again, cartography is half the game. You'll be making maps of each floor; keeping track of everything as a poorly made map will lead you to the grave. The other half consists of you getting your ass kicked in fights until you level up enough to get your ass kicked in boss fights. This game pulls no punches in beating the crap out of you, and that's one of the perks. It's not an easy romp, and the game gives you no hints or tips on how to create your characters well. It's not particularly inviting but it has spirit, and a style that screams old-school. This is for a fan of the niche genre and newcomers are advised to try out the first game as it's arguably easier (Even without the quick save) and more forgiving.

Nevertheless, if you think you're up to the challenge, then check out this version. It improved on nearly every aspect over the first one and is what a real sequel is about.

Better Than: Etrian Odyssey
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