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4966  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The Anti-Peeve rides again! on: April 17, 2010, 09:04:44 am
I remember reading it, but it's most unfortunate that it was left unfinished.
Would the anime provide some sort of satisfying conclusion, or just stop where the manga did?
4967  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Quote Thread on: April 16, 2010, 11:31:21 pm
"It is here that Joshua meets his guide, the only interactive character in the entire game. You may have seen the screenshots that show a buxom blonde with collagen lips, high-heeled boots, and enough cleavage to make Jenna Jameson feel envious. The idea of having a woman who looks more like a porn star than a holy figure is strange enough in a game that has strong Christian overtones all throughout. But that oddity goes straight to disturbing awkwardness when she smiles and announces that she is, in fact, your grandmother."
Review of the adventure game Heaven

"Here's another curse for you; may all your bacon burn!"

~Calcifur, Howl's Moving Castle.

You are my favorite new TZH user.
4968  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: TZH Game Reviews II: Reviewer's Revenge on: April 16, 2010, 11:23:16 pm
Recently Completed: Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut

System:
Nintendo DS

Story: Nico Collard, French Photographic Journalist, scores an interview with Pierre Carchon; a national hero, media king and infamous adulterer. Soon after first meeting, he is shot dead in his home by a mime. She chooses to go after the mine and learns how Carchon and her father are connected and far more than she bargained for (Not going too much into that part, as it would spoil some new content). Fast forward to a cafe (And to the main game), where Nico was to meet a contact named Plantard who was to give information about the Templar's manuscript, and enter George Stobbart whom was sitting outside the cafe. Plantard entered the cafe with a brief case and soon a clown playing an accordion enters the cafe as well and leaves with the briefcase, soon followed after with an explosion from the cafe. Nico meets up with George in the aftermath and thus leads to a trip over Europe on a journey to discover the secret of the Templars.

Time Spent: 10:52

The Good:
+ Hands down one of the best DS adventure games out there...
+ ...as well as one of the best ports available.
+ The story is downright amazing, and the dialogue/writing is top-notch. Humorous, engaging and will drag you in.
+/- Nico storyline in the beginning adds depth to her character, but isn't sustained for more than the first hour or two.
+ Is a true point-and-click adventure by having complete use of the touch-screen.
+ Diary feature added that keeps track of the story.
+ Hot spots are displayed by a small circle, so the player doesn't have to search for them (Adventure gamers know what a Godsend this may be).
+ Doesn't try and use 3D polygonal graphics to a mediocre or lackluster effect but instead employs a great cartoon style for the characters and has some beautiful backgrounds.
+/- Beautiful music, but there are quite a few areas where it's just silence and only the sound effects are there to keep you company.
+ Excellent hint system.
+/- Slider puzzle only occurs once and decoder puzzle twice.
+ Apart from that, the puzzles are quite brilliant overall, and can usually be beaten by logic or by talking to the right characters.
+ Some nice extras; Character art and a message from the director.

The Bad:
- No voice overs. Given the DS's limited capacity, it's not really surprising, but is missed.
- Kind of short, clocking in at 10-12 hours.
- A few puzzles might leave the player stumped.
- The top screen isn't used for anything, while the bottom is used for everything.

Score: 9/10, this... This, is what all adventure games (And ports) should strive for. This is right at the top of adventure gaming on the DS; an absolute essential. If you played the original Broken Sword, then you already have this; if you're an adventure gaming fan, you already have this; if you are a casual fan... Then you should play this immediately. It has a great story and writing, likable characters, beautiful settings, fun puzzles and all the stuff that makes an adventure game good.

On par with: Hotel Dusk: Room 215
4969  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The Anti-Peeve rides again! on: April 16, 2010, 05:23:07 pm
When you say high five, I imagine Borat saying it. Nothing like an old, over-used reference, eh?
But at least the movies and food were good?

AP: Toradora!, easily one of my top anime after finishing it.
4970  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: April 16, 2010, 12:59:00 pm
PP: A general lack of manners and bad spelling on the internet. I can't tell whether I'm talking to elementary school children or adults.

This, without a doubt.

PP2: This weather. Overly warm, sunny and might even force me to not wear my jacket.
Also makes me feel sick (Sore throat, stuffy nose and cough). And then there is Summer...
4971  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The Anti-Peeve rides again! on: April 16, 2010, 12:50:53 pm
AP: That feeling of finding a hidden gem (Panzer Tactics DS for me this time).

AP2: Last period Financial Accounting on a Friday. Less than half our class of 15 kids showed up. Wonder how many stayed.
4972  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 16, 2010, 12:48:29 pm
Just picked up Panzer Tactics DS for $11.29!
That feeling of finding such gems for so cheap... For me, that is worth more than getting an R4.
Could have saved hundreds though, but the feeling...

Missed out on Drone Tactics (Same price) and Orcs and Elves/Polarium (Combined comes up to roughly the same price as well).
4973  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Words on paper in this technological world, reading anything? on: April 16, 2010, 06:07:45 am
Bernard Cornwell - The Burning Land

It's his latest in the Warlord series. Bloody brilliant.

I should check out more of his stuff, but I'm content with that series and Azincourt.
And I still can't thank you enough.
4974  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 15, 2010, 08:41:38 pm
Completed Broken Sword and back to Etrian Odyssey II and Final Fantasy IV Advance (God-damn traditional gameplay, with an ambush/random battle every few steps. But I love it nonetheless).
And possibly Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker, If I can remember which monsters I want to synthesize next.

Hoping that my local game store has a copy of Killer 7 used. But then again, who would buy such a game?
4975  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What did we learn today? (Apart from that australian wine rocks.) on: April 14, 2010, 08:33:16 pm
TIL that the voice actor for Coby in One Piece sounds just like Fuyuki Hinata from Sergeant Frog.
4976  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 13, 2010, 08:14:26 pm
Yes, I'm at I think Mission 7 or 8. And even then I just barely skimmed past a few of them. Like I said, artillery confuses me, I know they're an indirect attack unit, but for some reason I just can't attack units that are only a few squares in front, it's kinda annoying. But if I REALLY get stuck, my flash cart has cheats programmed for most games in it, so I'll just use that to get past a level I'm stuck on.

You will need it for Mission 20... And for a few others.
They are 2-3 Range, right? And if possible, I usually substitute Artillery with Rocket Launchers.

Most of the games I'm stoked for have been out for years.
4977  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: Latest Movie You've Seen on: April 13, 2010, 01:58:46 pm
Porco Rosso and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
Loved the beginning of the first one and the second one, Patrick Stewart!
4978  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 13, 2010, 05:03:56 am
If Call of Duty could have full VO, then I guess Broken Sword should as well. With it being an adventure game, it would have made it even better. But I still can't get over how much space it would take... Since chatting with characters is half the game.

I am so horrible at Advance Wars:DoR. And Beware of Mission 20! Full air supremacy!

Might be playing Beneath a Steel Sky soon.
And have I ever told you how much you rock with that avatar lately?
4979  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: April 13, 2010, 04:54:22 am
PP: Feel sick on such an easy day. And on a late opening to add to that.

PP2: Just sneezed on my headphones... Could be worse at least.
4980  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 13, 2010, 04:46:10 am
Didn't they cut the voice acting out for that one?

Unfortunately. But would the DS have been able to hold such an amount of VO for an adventure game?
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