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Wait, how did Jan end up with the European dub of the game?

The Eurodubs are pretty fun as it's so rare for a game to have British VO, but the American dub of Ape Escape 2 includes the entire cast of Pokemon. You really missed out here, @janman.

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The co-op section was bad because no one's actually gonna play the game that way, but other than that I don't see how this wasn't an accurate representation of the game. Basically you're unhappy he picked a story mission that you don't like as much as some of the other ones? Well, that's the game for ya. You're gonna be dropped in a sectioned off area of the city where you'll have to play L.A. Noire for an hour, before being pulled into the Astral Plane where you're doing a whole lot of Legion-based puzzle solving. The game feels heavily segmented. You can easily go an hour or two without having to do any real combat. It can get a bit exhausting, to be honest. Even Yakuza allows you to beat up random street thugs while exploring the city and doing sidequests.

But hey, I'm still early on myself. Maybe the game changes at some point. But right now, I wish the game's structure was a bit different.

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@dryker:

Well, 505 Games isn't developing it either as they're just a publisher.

Inti Creates was meant to develop Ritual as well but were kicked off a year ago. They were replaced by a studio you've never heard of called DICO.

Honestly, those initial pieces of 2D concept art looked amazing, and I don't understand how "more budget" equals "now it's 2.5D." That actually seems more like a cost-cutting measure if anything.

It's too bad they couldn't just let Inti Creates do their thing and make the game with Azure Striker-esque graphics, or bring in WayForward. They definitely would've known what to do with it.

But yeah, as it stands, Ritual being good is no guarantee.

Also, here's hoping this turns into another Hard Corps. I'd love to see Vinny get all the endings.

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Sooo... he's not restarting on Normal, is he?

It hasn't been very interesting so far, honestly. It's just a cheat run.

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Wait, was that Jan pointing at himself implying he's waiting for Kingdom Hearts III? Could it be true? Is there a Kingdom Hearts fan in the GB staff?

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@fredz85: The only reason I know about Naglfar is because of the black metal band of the same name. But yes, on the second trip to Hel when they started talking about the ship, I thought "Fuck, is that going to be Naglfar?!"

But no... it's just a wooden ship. Missed opportunity right there.

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@galerian: For the blinding attack, yes, but there are also Valkyries that have arena-filling shockwave attacks. They simply can't be avoided and must be interrupted.

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@glok1132: Yeah, he knows surprisingly little about a game he considers one of the best of this console generation. If he's just a guy who doesn't care about story but still loved the game, then fine, whatever. But he also doesn't remember the final boss fight?

Also, for what it's worth...

- The third Dragon Tear can be found at the dragon that crashed after you fought Baldur on it. Its corpse is still sitting in Midgard. Just go there and pick up the Dragon Tear off the ground.

- The Valkyries' unavoidable flash/explosion/blinding attacks can also be interrupted with Shock Arrows and axe throws, not just Light Arrows like Ben mentioned.

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Can anyone confirm the presence/lack of spoilers?

Just finished it and it's spoiler-free.

@nicotn: I'm sure there are, but those outlets don't have Dan and Vinny working for them. I'd like to hear them talk about the game start to finish at some point.

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I was kinda hoping this would be the spoilercast, but I guess it's too early for that. Hopefully there'll still be one in the future.