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#1 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

A good video game movie will come about when a competent director learns which concessions he has to make to his movie to keep the spirit of the video game alive. I think MK did fairly well, but the PG-13 rating didn't do it any favors. On the flip side, Super Mario Bros. did very poorly because they changed the colorful mushroom kingdom into a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, and turned Bowser into a human (surely, an animated movie would've been better).

#2 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

Hello, wall of text. Wow, you decided to give us all your personal information up front, didn't you?

Anyway, welcome.

#3 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

If I were to view this completely objectively, I'd say Bretons are the best race. The fact that you can get 80% magic resist without resist magic equipment (perks and standing stone). The Orcs Berserker Rage is really good too and High Elves run faster because they're taller than everyone.

Khajiit, Imperials and Wood Elves don't fare as well, since their abilities aren't particularly powerful(or just very situational).

Overall, what race you play doesn't really matter. The damage output is pretty much the same across the board. The race I played the most in Morrowind was High Elf, because they got a ridiculous amount of magicka. In Oblivion I played Breton because of easy magic immunity(Bretons could actually become completely immune to magic and melee attacks). In Skyrim, I've actually leaned more towards Khajiit. I just find the nigh-eye power really handy. Sadly, vampires get it for free and vampires are generally overpowered.

#4 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

*sigh* I just got my Xbox back from repair and have a big stack of games to play, and the first thing I do is put in Skyrim. I guess I'll play through all those Assassin's Creed games, Resident Evil 5, Rayman and about 5 other games later...

#5 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

Well, dual wielding is definitely the most powerful option, especially if you know a thing or two about smithing(the killing Ancient Dragons in one power attack kind of powerful) Even a one-handed build will outdamage two-handed because of weapon speed, though Dual Savagery is really powerful.

However, I find the game with these kinds of weapons boring, so I elected to play without any form of weapons, or armor for that matter. I'm playing pure mage, the only points I've invested outside of Magic skill trees are in Alchemy and Smithing(for companions). Thunderbolt gives me more satisfaction than 10 melee weapon kills.

#6 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind: While the midi-clorians were a stupid addition, it's only mentioned in Episode 1, then was swiftly brushed under the rug after fan backlash (pretty much the same happened to Jar-Jar). While it's a stupid explanation, it's doesn't change what the force does or what the force is. The best step forward for Star Wars would be to divorce itself from the timeline in the movies and start fresh.

I think Star Wars Episode 1 is so bad it's sad, while Star Trek V is so bad, it's laughable, but there are plenty of Star Trek that's just as bad as V, while there's only one Star Wars movie that's as bad as Episode 1.

#7 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

People like to take a shit on Star Wars because the prequels weren't as good as the original trilogy. In fact, they were pretty bad.

The thing is, the very same thing is true about Star Trek. Sure, the original series and TNG were pretty good, and so were some of the movies. In fact, some of the Star Trek movies are worse than anything Star Wars. However, when Star Wars is bad, it's a lot of action and pseudo-philosophy, with little coherency(kinda like the Matrix). When Star Trek is bad, it's a lot of nonsense technology and interstellar diplomacy, with a hefty dose of boredom.

The main difference between Star Wars and Star Trek is that Star Trek is Sci-Fi and Star Wars is Fantasy with Sci-Fi elements. I like both, but must profess my love of Star Wars over Star Trek.

#8 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

My xbox broke back in June, but due to a problem with shipping it didn't actually get sent for repair on Monday. I'm from Norway, which has the longest average repair time of any country in Europe(16 days, I think), so I figured I'd buy a new PS2. I bought a PS2 in early 2001, but after seven years of use it can't read discs anymore and I have a lot of PS2 games, so I figured better get one now before I can't get one anywhere.

However, before my PS2 broke I had bought Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call (or Nocturne) and I played about an hour of it. While I don't remember much from it, other than it being a little drab, watching the Persona 4 endurance run leaves me thinking maybe I should give the game another chance. However, my Xbox got fixed almost right away(which makes me think they didn't really fix it, but I'll see when I get it back) and my Xbox backcatalog is huge (not to mention upcoming games like Dishonored and Hitman).

So, is this game worth another look?

#9 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

My xbox broke back in June, but due to a problem with shipping it didn't actually get sent for repair on Monday. I'm from Norway, which has the longest average repair time of any country in Europe(16 days, I think), so I figured I'd buy a new PS2. I bought a PS2 in early 2001, but after seven years of use it can't read discs anymore and I have a lot of PS2 games, so I figured better get one now before I can't get one anywhere.

However, before my PS2 broke I had bought Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call (or Nocturne) and I played about an hour of it. While I don't remember much from it, other than it being a little drab, watching the Persona 4 endurance run leaves me thinking maybe I should give the game another chance. However, my Xbox got fixed almost right away(which makes me think they didn't really fix it, but I'll see when I get it back) and my Xbox backcatalog is huge (not to mention upcoming games like Dishonored and Hitman).

So, is this game worth another look?

#10 Posted by alexl86 (619 posts) -

Okay, here goes...

  • FF I: Not very heavy on the story, and there's a few annoyances that they fixed in later games. You can choose what characters to play from the start. It worth the 5/600 Wii Points on VC, if you have a Wii.
  • FF II/IV: More focused on story, you play as a knight. I find the Engrish in this game a little bothersome, but maybe they fixed that in the DS version. Again, if you got a Wii, this is 8/900 points on VC.
  • FF III/VI: Many consider this to be the best in the series, and I'm not gonna dispute them. Kefka is probably one of the best villains in video games. 8/900 points on VC.
  • FF VII: This is my personal favorite, and it's due for a new release on PC (probably this year). I like the characters, I like the world. VII is a change in the series as they went from 2D to 3D, they also changed a lot of the aestetic of the series.
  • FF VIII: I don't like it. None of the characters are appealing to me, the story is riddled with plot holes and drawing magic sucks. It looks a lot better than VII, but that's about the only good thing I have to say about it.
  • FF IX: Haven't played it. Many people say good things and it seems to be a call back to the games before VII.
  • FF X: I don't know about X. I don't like most of the characters and the story makes sense only as long as you don't question things. Character progression also makes character individuality non-existent. It has a good combat system though, and if you find it in the bargain bin, it's not a bad game.
  • FF XII: I like this more than X, mostly because the story is better, as are the characters in your party. The only problem with this game is that your character's involvement in the plot is pretty superficial.
  • FF XIII: I bought it and then my Xbox broke, so I've probably haven't played more than 3 hours of it. From what I hear, this game is 75% tutorial and that's certainly true from the three hours I've played.

I know a lot of people disagree with me on VIII and X (I like X, but I don't think it's as good as other games in the series).