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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: March 15, 2015, 04:42:23 pm »
I watched the credits roll in Freedom Wars on the PSVita. It's not the real ending, but I tried the first mission of the final chapter and went: "Hahahaha. No." It's a monster hunting game (yeah it's a genre now) ala Monster Hunter but set in a science fiction future and the enemies are mechs. It has a great setting but sadly doesn't use it for a great story though. It's still better than MH's non-story however. The combat is pretty fun and kinetic, with a hook like device called a thorn you are carrying around with which you can zip around the battlefield or cling to the enemies, it gives the game quite a Attack on Titan feel. (Wouldn't a MH style game set in the AoT universe own?)

What I disliked was that there is too much button mashing in combat. Not in the sense of senselessly swinging around your weapon, that is as ineffective as supposedly in MH (never played it), but there are a lot of actions that literally require you to mash the circle button repeatedly - like cutting off body parts of enemy mechs. In some fights I spent like a combined total of 25 minutes mashing that button (out of a 45 minute fight). It gets old FAST. Then there are the usual genre weaknesses, getting the materials for that weapon upgrade you need can take a dozen runs on the same enemy over and over. Oh and did I mention that for 90% of the game there are only 2 different enemies? I wish I was kidding but I'm not. There is a biped mech and a quadroped mech and they just put different weapons on its shoulders and arms. It doesn't change much though, it always plays the same...

If you have a Vita and you like that genre it's a pretty alternative to MH I'm sure, but for the normal gamer it's probably pretty meh. Make the fights 10 Minutes shorter and replace the dumb button mashing mechanic and you have a really solid game here.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The original NES Controller
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:27:44 pm »
The dualshock controllers have always been my preference, along with the Dreamcast controllers. I can't play things like Devil May Cry without a PS2/3 controller. No matter how much time I spend with other stuff, it just never feels right.

The Dreamcast had an excellent and super cheap (comparably) arcade stick but I found the standard controller to be dreadful. It invented analog triggers (afaik) which was important and amazing, but the general shape was terrible to hold and the buttons super flimsy IMO. Visual Memory cards were a cool idea on paper but the execution was pretty terrible too and it ended up being just a needless feature that increased the price of official memory cards.

I think the PS2 era dual shocks were probably the best Sony controllers, though the Xbox 360 controllers might actually be better in general as long as you don't need a dpad. The PS3 dual shocks were sadly IMO a step back from the PS2 ones, with the analog L2/R2 buttons that had this really terrible angle. Also not a fan of the pressure sensitivity of the shape buttons on the PS2/3 controllers, it always got terribly finnicky when games actually used that for distinguishing different actions (I have bad memories about some MGS game using that for close quarter combat, it was a mess).

Worst controller of all time? Wii U tablet ;D

Gaming Discussion / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest
« on: March 12, 2015, 04:41:16 am »
March is a brutal month, I just bought Cities Skylines and I'd also like to try this, Hotline Miami 2 and Hyperdevotion Noire when finances allow. :'(

I just hope this game isn't style over substance like, say, a Vanillaware game.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Need Programming Advice
« on: March 05, 2015, 03:53:53 am »
To reply to some questions on the BASIC part and the level of what I know.  The book states BASIC quite a bit in its introduction chapter so it made me believe that there is something else to learn beforehand.  Again, I have no clue if this BASIC programming bit was necessary or not to learn.  For the level of programming that I know, just extremely simple stuff like changing the hexadecimal points around for the color palettes and that's about it (some sort of YouTube video showed something about it while using FCEUX.)

What Dr. Floppy said. That's just รก common beginner programming language from the time when the NES was brand new, but it's not relevant for romhacking or learning NES ASM. Just ignore that stuff.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Need Programming Advice
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:29:22 pm »
But then again, for console coding, I wouldn't suggest Python.

What's console coding? No one on this board will be using a high level language of any sort to make homebrew running on a 6502 CPU. For romhacking tools like custom dumpers/inserters any language with a basic file i/O API will work just as well as any other. (And for modern consoles, people use Unity to make console games just fine and it uses C#)

Newcomer's Board / Re: Need Programming Advice
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:26:47 pm »
I'm amazed that every thread even remotely related to programming turns into "my programming language's pen0r is longer than yours".

Gaming Discussion / Re: Any Good Retro Turn-Based RPGs?
« on: March 01, 2015, 03:42:36 am »
You have this backwards. 1 is the one with all the glitches in it.

Would have been nice if more than two of the nine testers played through the game :|

You released that translation 12 years ago according to the DB. The problems are well known and you got tons of feedback about it since then. A bit disappointing to put all responsiblity on the beta testers from back then now when you had ample opportunity to fix the translation since.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:02:37 pm »
Bravely Default. For a good 30h it was a strong 7, maybe even a light 8 out of 10. Then it completely and utterly turned to shit. In 20 years of gaming I haven't encountered a game that shot itself into the foot like this. Save yourself the disappointment and avoid this, no matter how good it looks at first glance.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:56:07 pm »
Finished Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth on PC. It's a remake of a PS3 JRPG that's also available on Vita. I hear the original was a much worse game, and I really don't dare imagine how that was like. It's a cheap budget JRPG (new price was 15 bucks on launch sale) with emphasize on cheap. There are only like half a dozen dungeon layouts, while there are 50 dungeons in the game. So basically each dungeon is copy pasted 10 times with only the enemies replaced. The dungeons are super short too, you can run from the entrance to the end usually in less than 5 minutes. The storyline is also only presented visual novel style with textboxes and talking heads. Cities are implemented as simple menus. So you either watch dialogues or you pick a dungeon from a list and run through it. Really this game probably cost less to make than the PS3 licensing fees...

Still, it is suprisingly fun. Combat is turn based with a bunch of systems piled on it, and there is a massive crafting component involving hunting monsters for materials and crafting plans to unlock new equipment or dungeons. And the grind is so extremely streamlined, you can breeze even through special bosses within 10 seconds by liberal use of the ultra smooth animation cancel button. There are also absolutely no loading times, everything appears and works instantly. So the grind can downright turn into a rush and feels very satisfying. Think the loot and kill vortex of Diablo, but as a JRPG.

Oh also the story is a parody of the console war in the current game industry. The entire cast of the game is female with permanent fan service forced in your face. The main character is a personified Dreamcast and there are also Playstation, Xbox and the Wii present. Ofc the Xbox has the biggest tits while the Wii is as flat as a washboard and gets extremely jealous if that's pointed out to her. At the start they are all mortal enemies but of course they eventually band together to fight a greater evil. It is in no way shape or form serious and constantly goofy and 4th wall breaking. I thought I would hate it but honestly, I think I prefer this absolute nonsense over yet another embarassing teenage melodrama or boring as fuck Hero Alex gathers the stones of power to save the world from the evil wizard shit as you'd usually find in JRPGs.

Mild recommendation.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Ouya emulation quality?
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:59:35 am »
Oldish thread, but very relevant update.

Earlier in the thread I recommended strongly against a Raspberry Pi for emulation purposes since it barely runs NES without frameskipping.

But earlier this week they announced a second generation RasPi, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B:
This time it has a 900Mhz Quad Core instead of 1 core with 700Mhz, while still costing the same. It should be much better suited for emulation now. Here are some official videos showcasing it running N64 and PSX emus:
Though I'm sure those were handpicked examples, I doubt it'll run that well for all games, but it should be usable for most folks.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Persona 5
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:22:32 pm »
It looks great.

One big potential eww though: sneaking sequences. Please don't...

Recently hyper negative criticism has been made on one of the You tube chanels regarding the hack Zelda3 Parallel Remodel.

Someone doesn't like your stuff, boohoo. The opinion of random people on the internet doesn't make a hack non-compliant for RHDN.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Higan, the bane of my existence
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:15:44 pm »
Say again? Celeron?

It's a brand name for cheap budget CPUs by Intel.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: February 01, 2015, 03:54:04 am »
Beat Deponia yesterday. It's only the first game in a trilogy, so I still have some ways to go. It's a classic point & click with fantastic art and very funny writing. It's by the same author who also did the Edna & Harvey games, only with much much matured art. The voice acting (at least the original German one - it's a German game) is top notch as well. Some puzzles were a bit eww, but with adventure games I always have a walkthrough ready for when you're stuck for more than 15 minutes anyway. Call it experience :P If you enjoyed classic Lucas Arts adventures like Day of the Tentacle or Sam & Max, I'd give this a bash.

Also beat Danganronpa 2 a while ago. It's better than the first game because the characters are more fun IMO. In every other way it's pretty much more of the same. Enjoyable if you can imagine playing an animu murder mystery.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: December 26, 2014, 04:12:17 am »
Out of curiosity, are you including Tales of the Abyss in the 3DS lineup? If so, what was the issue with that when it was transferred over from the PS2? Honestly, it's probably my least favorite game that I've played in the series, but it's been a long time, and I still consider picking it up from time to time. If it's a mess then I guess I'll skip it anyway.

Nah, didn't think about Abyss. I haven't played the 3DS port. I don't know what your issue with it is, I still consider the PS2 version to be the best Tales game all around. It's the only one with a story close to being interesting and it had real character development, something which other Tales games also can't boast with. Don't remember much about the gameplay, standard Tales stuff iirc. Though it has been 10 years since I played it, I might be talking out of my butt.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: December 25, 2014, 01:18:26 pm »
Finished Tales of Hearts R (Vita). It's a solid Tales game that doesn't feel castrated for being a mobile game. In other words, it's heaps and bounds better than the sad sad crap we got on the DS from the Tales franchise. At least the stuff we got translations for, can't compare this to the original DS version of Hearts since I haven't played it. The only difference to a console Tales game is that the enemies aren't visible on the map and it's instead a classical random battle every few steps deal as in other JRPGs.

Also a FYI: Unlike most other Tales games that were localized this one only has the Japanese voice acting. Some people wouldn't have wanted it any other way regardless, others don't care (that would be me), but for some I hear this is an issue. *shrug*

Gaming Discussion / Re: Ouya emulation quality?
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:42:28 am »
Rasberry Pi can't even run NES games without frame skipping now and then.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Re: Victoly!
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:57:03 pm »
Finished Dragon Age: Inquisition.

It's pretty good. It's definitely quantity over quality, but even the cookie cutter stuff is still decent at least, and there are quests that are great. It's a feast for explorers since the world is really huge and packed with interesting stuff. Sometimes overwhelmingly so. Still I was entertained. Don't expect a return to DA Origins though, it's pretty different to that in most ways.

RPG of the year 2014 remains Divinity Original Sin though, without question.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Wii First Person Shooters
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:40:17 pm »

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