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#1 Posted by alexl86 (646 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.

#2 Posted by alexl86 (646 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.

#3 Posted by alexl86 (646 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.

#4 Posted by alexl86 (646 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?

#5 Posted by alexl86 (646 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?

#6 Posted by alexl86 (646 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).

#7 Posted by alexl86 (646 posts) -

It's only the biggest thing to happen in video games last year. Multiple game of the year awards. Sold 3,4 million in 2 days.
 
Seriously though, you're plunged into a huge world, you pick a race at the start of the game and you level up by using skills. The game starts you on a quest, but you can completely abandon that when you're done with the tutorial. You're free to go where you please, you'll run into different characters, do various quests and discover new locations.

#8 Posted by alexl86 (646 posts) -

One game is gonna last me the rest of my life? I can have multiplayer, even online multiplayer, but such activities attract attention. I have a few games swirling around in my head...

1. Single-player open world games: Games like Skyrim, Fallout and GTA have the potential for 50+ hours of play, and the first two have meaningful content the second or even third time around, while GTA has multiplayer (though not particularly good multiplayer). Advantage is that it doesn't require an active connection or more people unless you play the multiplayer mode.

2. Multi-player focused games: Games like CoD, Halo, WoW, FIFA, Starcraft etc. have potential for nearly infinite playtime, but mostly requires a constant connection to be played as single-player is limited, or none existing(FIFA has a lot of single-player content if you don't mind playing against AI).

3. Tetris: Just Tetris. Tetris is simple, intuitive, it can be played competitively, you can arrange tournaments and it's timeless. At it's core, Tetris is flawless.

So, Tetris.

#9 Posted by alexl86 (646 posts) -

Final tally: € 127,36
 
Games bought:

That is all.

#10 Posted by alexl86 (646 posts) -

I say THPS2. 3 certainly looks better than 2, but 3 is pretty much 2 with the reverts, so you can have vert tricks in your combos. Also, Spider-Man is better than Wolverine and Darth Maul combined...
 
That said, 4 and THUG 2 are also pretty good. I remember being relieved the time limit was gone so I didn't have to start the whole level over after collecting S-K-A-T. I think THUG2 is the one that brought back classic mode, where you could basically play through the levels with a 2 minute time limit (in addition to the story mode), so you could have it both ways.