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2491  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: July 07, 2010, 06:23:28 am
Saw them live, they were heaps good till some arse in the crowd threw a glass bottle at the bassist, who started bleeding from the head and walked of stage in a dazed way. The rest of the band noticed this, went to see if he was ok, came out and said they were stopping the performance because their bassist had a concussion >.> I was so annoyed at the stupid person who threw the bottle! The whole crowd was.

I just saw them live with Demon Hunter earlier this summer.  The show was epic and thankfully no bottles hit the bass player to stop the show.   laugh
2492  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: RogueLikes... on: July 07, 2010, 06:21:43 am
Yes I'm double posting...

I'm posting my initial impression of Izuna 2 here until I get further into it to do something worthy of a full review.

Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns.

My first impression is that this is REALLY easy as far as Roguelikes go, it borders on being Roguelite but I think it falls just short of crossing over into that territory.

Why it's a Roguelike:

If you die you lose your items and money, all of them, and return to town.

Dungeon crawling where each level is randomnly generated.

Turn based action.

Lots and lots of items, most of which are not identified.

Why it's a Roguelite (almost):

You can store items and money that will persist even after death.

You keep your EXP when you die.

You can choose to bring a party member with you while dungeon crawling and you can switch between the two, even if the primary character "dies".

Since it's a graphical Roguelike for the DS I keep wanting to compare it to Shiren so I'll make the followingn additional observations.

The graphics are good.  Large handdrawn sprites are used for conversations while standard looking sprites are used for the dungeon crawliing.  This is sort of unfair to compare with Shiren which is a port of an old Super Nintendo game or to Nethack which I still play in ASCII flavor but whatever *shrug*.

Unlike Shiren you can't retreat to previous floors in a dungeon but also unlike Shiren the Dungeons don't seem to be a linear progression.  Town appears to act like a hub and there seem to be multiple dungeons.

Weapons in Izuna can break through use.  This adds a nice bit of resource management and difficulty which brings me to the other thing Izuna does that I like.

Talismans are basically magic stickers you can find throughout the dungeons.  You can either use them like a spell scroll by reading them, or you can stick them on a weapon to grant it some ability OR stick to a staff to make the staff magic.  This seems to be how you would grind weapons up to uber levels of power through careful application of talismans, assuming you don't break the weapon.

The game also has a voice overs during most character conversations.  I give it bonus points for using the original Japanese voices and not redubbing.  The game also has a good sense of humor.

Overall initial impressions are favorable, if you like Roguelikes I would get it.  It was well worth the less than ten bucks I spent on it  laugh

Now to find the original...
2493  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: July 06, 2010, 06:24:05 pm
PP:  My vacation ended today...

Work sucks...
2494  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: July 06, 2010, 05:57:22 pm
Beneath the Encasing of Ashes - As I Lay Dying

One of the best post Zao metalcore bands around though I think I prefer Haste the Day.
2495  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Team Fortress 2 on: July 06, 2010, 05:54:29 pm
I can run TF2 on a laptop, just gotta force the low res materials....



I didn't know they had TF2 for the Atari 2600.
2496  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Dreams on: July 06, 2010, 05:41:50 pm
So I dreamt I was at the museum with my mom.  Not horribly odd, it's happend IRL a few times...

Then she breaks some ancient thing that causes some mummy to revive (of course) and instead of seeking vengeance on her it decides to stalk me instead.

Which involves it sending me text messages?  Which I could totally tell were from the mummy because they were spellings of his indechipherable moaning like, "hhurrarrggha!!!" 

So yea...
2497  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 06, 2010, 05:56:51 am
I remember buying Izuna near when it came out for $30. One of the few times I bought a non-PC game new and near it's release date.
It's far more forgiving than Shiren, that's for sure, and quicker to boot.

And also give me the heads up if Izuna 2 is worth a purchase.

Wish I knew that before I tossed that staff aside three rounds ago...

MUCH more forgiving.  You can save EXP between deaths?  Pssh...  But the items do break which is interesting.  I haven't gotten far into it, I'll report more later.

And the staff of stability?  You won't trip on those stumble traps and break jars full of good stuff as long as you carry it (not in a jar.)  VERY handy later on when they have those stupid stumble traps everywhere.
2498  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 05, 2010, 01:24:22 pm
I have failed at finding Izuna: Legend of the unemployed ninja but I did find the sequel for 9 bucks at GameStop and snapped it up.  More Roguelike goodness awaits me!

Oh, and add a staff of stability to your must have item list for Shiren, uber useful and I'm angered I lost mine.  Friggin electrified items...
2499  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 04, 2010, 11:55:59 pm
Fallout 3 was OK at best and barely deserved to be called a Fallout game. I still play it now and again to try to complete the DLC I paid for and it's not completely horrific but it felt more like Oblivion with a different paint job than Fallout.  I'd rather have spent the time replaying FO 1 and 2.

Take the above statement with the appropriate grains of salt of course, I am a card carrying glittering gem of hatred.
2500  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 03, 2010, 10:20:16 pm
I disliked Dark Forces 2, not the gameplay which was actually pretty good but the fact they made Kyle Katarn a Jedi.  Kyle Katarn was a badass in DF 1 because he WASN'T a Jedi.  It would have been a better game IMO if it had a different protaganist.
2501  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 03, 2010, 11:40:52 am
Red Dead Redemption, pretty much all week.  I got my 100% complete achievement Tuesday night and I've been playing the multiplayer like a fiend ever since.  I just finished a bag march wherein I siezed a cannon and proceeded to mercilessly shell the enemy team.  They wasted so much manpower trying to kill me my team mopped up and I finished with a 42 to 3 kill/death ratio.  It was supremely satisfying.  laugh
2502  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 28, 2010, 04:51:57 pm
Well, Darwinia kinda crashed on me, so I'mma play Uplink instead.

Or Multiwinia. Or Defcon. Either way, I paid only five bucks for these games. :3

Uplink rocks so hard. 
2503  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 26, 2010, 09:05:48 pm
ToeJam and Earl, two hours in and only on level 19, but ToeJam is a homey.
And the ship part is right beside the exit; been waiting for this to happen for 18 levels.

You're really making me want to bust out TJ & E again.  The first and third are really the only ones that have the roguelike feel, the second one is fun but it's a pretty linear side scroller.

I DID have TJ & E on my iPod Touch but the Genesis emulator for it was REALLY buggy and I deleted it quickly.
2504  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 26, 2010, 07:37:55 am
Indeed it is! Only game where you can tether a truck to a helicopter and slam it into a gas station, as far as I know. XD

Nah, you could do that with the winch choppers back in the first Mercenaries for the PS2/XBox.  I killed many a surprised grunt with my tank flail back in the day.
2505  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The Anti-Peeve rides again! on: June 25, 2010, 01:33:01 pm
ToeJam snd Earl were the shit, I own and have beaten all 3 but I never made the roguelike connection.

AP:  TJ & E are Roguelikes!
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