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#1 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

Rage.

#2 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -
@DreamsTornaApart said:
"I’m really sorry tha [sic] there is nothing there that you want," explained Caplin. 


I wanted these games so much I bought them when they came out.  
This
#3 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

When I started reading this thread I was afraid I was going to date myself but plenty other great "older' choices have been thrown into the mix.
 
My list, in no particular order: 
 
Final Fantasy
Fallout
Icewind Dale
Diablo II
Xenogears

#4 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

I see what you are getting at, Game=$60 and XBL Gold=$60 but I've never really viewed it as Microsoft is depriving me of a game every year. I view it more along the lines of if I want to get the best multiplayer experience on a console I need to pony up for it.

#5 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

This week the crew is joined by the lovely Ms. Sarah Strickler infusing the guys with some perspective from the fairer sex. Of course with a female around Jeff gets a little out of control, threatening to douse Sarah in paint thinner, and has to be calmed down via giant darts filled with estrogen. Ok so maybe THAT didn’t happen but we do talk about Dead Space 2, NBA 2K11, and Killzone 3 before discussing the week’s news in the first segment. In the second segment we discuss some thought provoking topics and answer the mail. Get it here.

The audio quality is a little all over the place in this episode and that makes Chris a sad panda.

Music in this episode:

Strike of the Devil’s Axes OC ReMix by CarboHydroM & LuIzA
Filmscore by The Dino Haak*
I’m Taking It Back by TJ Nekko

*Music licensed from Magnatune.

E-mail comments (or questions) to perfectlysane@vagary.tv or follow us on Twitter.

Sarah – mush_rooms
Tony – iamnapoleon1066
Jeff – JustSomeDude899
Cyrus – FozzyTehGamer
Chris – kariyanine

Perfectly Sane Show


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ALL NEW: The Perfectly Sane Show: Volume 2 – Episode 26 – get it at Vagary.tv or iTunes and The Movie Dudes - Episode 3 at Vagary.tv.

Hit up my friends Game Over and TeaBagRadio.

Coming Tomorrow:
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Currently Playing: Final Fantasy IX (PSOne on PSPGo), Dead Nation (PS3)
Currently Listening To: Alter Bridge’s AB III
Currently Reading: Gears of War: Anvil Gate by Karen Traviss
Currently Anticipating: Killzone 3
Halo Rank: Major Grade 3
Bad Company 2 Rank: 11
CoD: Black Ops Rank: 45

#6 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

I like it so much that I bought it on both the PS3 and the 360.  I kind of wish there was a PSP version as well so I could take it on the go with me.

#7 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

 

As I sat waiting for my daughters’ to finish their dance lesson this morning I was sitting playing a copy of Final Fantasy IX on my PSP Go. Something struck me as odd about the situation, while I was playing what I would argue is the best of the PSOne era Final Fantasy titles, I was also doing something I find tedious and boring when I sit at home to play games on my television. That something of course was level grinding.

Level grinding has been a core piece of the JRPG puzzle for me since I began playing them back on the Nintendo Entertainment System with the likes of Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy. There always came a point where I just could not move forward without grinding out a few levels and upping my character stats. Honestly it was never something I gave much thought to, it was part of the game and how it was played.

Somewhere along the line though things changed. My best recollection of where it changed for me was around Final Fantasy X. While I do remember having to do some grinding in that game, it seemed nowhere near the level of excess I had to endure in the past. It was more streamlined and delivered more on the promise of cinematic gaming than anything had before it but in doing so it also diminished my desire to spend half my time with a game grinding out levels.

The way I play games has changed. Games like Mass Effect 2 are more appealing to me now than something like Final Fantasy XIII. Some of that just comes with my taste in storytelling having matured but a lot of it comes from the way the games themselves are designed and how I want to spend my time when I am playing on my couch.

Of course this all begs the question of why do I have no problem grinding out levels while I play my PSP but would rather jab my eyes out with hot pokers before playing a like-styled game on my PS3? Personally I think the answer is quite obvious. Level grinding is throw away time and while I sit and wait, I am doing nothing more than letting that time slip away so why not do a little bit of level grinding to make it easier for me to progress the story later on. It was a nice realization to come to and one that has great implications on future Japanese RPGs designed in the classic style, at least for me.

A lot of the gaming community has vocally admonished JRPGs for their reluctance to evolve from what they were. I do not need them to evolve into something different, I just need them to shift where they are trying to target me. Stop trying to get my 360 or PS3 purchases, get me on the handheld and I think we might all be able to coexist peacefully. At least I know I will.

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ALL NEW: The Perfectly Sane Show: Volume 2 – Episode 22 – get it at Vagary.tv or iTunes and The Movie Dudes – Episode 1 at Vagary.tv.

Hit up my friends Game Over and TeaBagRadio.

Coming Tomorrow: Week in Movies #2
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Currently Playing: Final Fantasy IX (PSOne on PSPGo)
Currently Listening To: Alter Bridge’s AB III
Currently Reading: Gears of War: Anvil Gate by Karen Traviss
Currently Anticipating: Little Big Planet 2
Halo Rank: Captain Grade 3
Bad Comapany 2 Rank: 11
CoD: Black Ops Rank: 20

#8 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -
@wasteguru: no, you are not alone.  I would watch that as well.
#9 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

My Miranda died.  I still mourn her loss.  As for the rest of them, I don't much care except for maybe Tali and Garrus.

#10 Posted by kariyanine (301 posts) -

 

I am not a huge anime fan. The genre intrigues me, because of my animation background, but I’ve never really be enthralled but any of it. On the other hand Devil May Cry is a series I have long held a good bit of appreciation for, and yes I even liked DMC2. When I found out a DMC anime had been produced I put it on my queue, despite knowing I would probably not like it one bit.

I generally watch over my Netflix queue like a hawk, moving and shifting titles around as I see fit. Devil May Cry kept creeping towards the top of the list and I kept relegating it back down. But then I got lazy and despite seeing the warning signs I left the list fulfill its destiny and now I have the Devil May Cry anime in my possession.

I could be like a lot of Netflix customers and put the disc on top of my DVD player and wait until the mood to watch the series washes over me. Netflix would undoubtedly love this as I am what some might consider a low tier power user of the service (unlimited 3 discs at a time service with a high turnover) but I can’t sit back and let it knowingly waste my money so I watched it or more accurately am watching it as I type this post out.

There is no easy way to say this but Devil May Cry is kind of a giant turd. Dante seems like a naive sap, Trish is nowhere to be seen (two episodes in) and for some reason (which is kind of explained) Dante is playing babysitter to a young girl who also seems to be the holder of Dante’s balls. I get the fact that the strong point of the game series is not the storytelling but as ridiculous as those stories were, they were at least a blast to play through.

In this anime, there is nothing fun about it. Sure the animation itself is serviceable and the show does have the look of the games down but everything that was cool and fun about the games is gone here. I would love to say that Devil May Cry is a train wreck but it is really nothing more than boring generic anime storytelling at its worst.

Here is hoping the Syfy mini series Tin-Man is a little better (as that should arrive tomorrow).

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ALL NEW: The Perfectly Sane Show: Volume 2 – Episode 21 – get it at Vagary.tv or iTunes.

Hit up my friends Game Over and TeaBagRadio.

Coming Tomorrow: Movie Dudes Episode 1 (maybe)
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Currently Playing: Final Fantasy IX (PSOne on PSPGo)
Currently Listening To: Alter Bridge’s AB III
Currently Reading: Gears of War: Anvil Gate by Karen Traviss
Currently Anticipating: Little Big Planet 2
Halo Rank: Captain Grade 3
Bad Comapany 2 Rank: 11
CoD: Black Ops Rank: 20