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Ben's Week In Review: January 31

I think it's like 10 outside. There's no wind but if there was, it'd feel like -1000. But I'm warm...warm and kinda happy. :)

An urge for old-school RPGs has returned

You know, you wouldn't think that a small piece of news like Namco Bandai failing to bring Tales of Vesperia to the US would resonate for the week. But for me, it has. I think it's all this talk about Final Fantasy XIII straying so far from the standard old-fashioned RPG norm and while I'll still play it, I find myself craving some turn-based JRPG goodness. This is why I really wanted to see Vesperia arrive at some point; I didn't really have the time for Eternal Sonata when it finally came out for the PS3, but it was still a solid game. And now that I'm 100% convinced that turn-based is officially dead, I keep looking for any information on a Lost Odyssey sequel, which I think is the last new RPG (for consoles, not handhelds) that was truly turn-based. So how come we can't get the PS3 version of Vesperia?

I'm only talking about all RPG fans in this scenario; I can easily get the 360 version if I want to. It's just that every time I see even the slightest example of the continued elimination of the turn-based system, I get depressed. It's really painful for someone who loves that style and still remembers the glory days of the PS1 with great fondness.

Do we care about Episodes from Liberty City?

I love GTA and all, and I suppose I should care about Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City coming to the PS3...but I don't. If I really cared, I would've picked this up for the 360 when it came out last October but the truth is, I never even knew it released. There's no doubt that I'll play GTAV when it comes out but when it comes to these spin-offs, I have great difficulty summoning the requisite enthusiasm. I dunno...I just think GTAs should be a full experiences from start to finish; I want time to enjoy a robust story and become immersed in a huge new world. Maybe that's just me, but I get the feeling others may feel the same way, provided they actually play the GTA titles. I know some - kids, mostly - just drive around in circles and kill people, but I've always become quite involved with every GTA. I can't really do that with spin-offs and pseudo-sequels so I guess I just don't care enough for Episodes from Liberty City.

But I'm sure it's good news for fans of the franchise who only own a PS3. Personally, I can't wait for Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption, which comes out at the end of April. I won't be missing that release.

Personal gaming update

So I guess the cat is out of the bag and most of you know what I'm playing right now. It also doesn't really help that some of you are on my PSN friends list and can easily see what I'm playing; I've gotten a half-dozen messages already, all riddled with excitement and a bit of jealousy. ;) However, I can only tell you what I've told them: I am not allowed to say anything until the embargo date, which is February 10. I promise that we'll be one of the first to post the review and that's the best I can do. All I'll say is that I'll really try to impress people with the analysis; I think it's required for this game.

I've finished Halo 3: ODST, which means I've played and completed every entry in the series. It was...well, it was Halo. I like them all. But as I've said before, I've grown a little tired with the same ol' same ol' and I'm really hoping Halo Reach actually represents some forward thinking on the part of Bungie. I'm also about 2/3 of the way through Bayonetta although I'm not sure when I'll be able to finish. I have more pressing matters at hand right now. ;) The other game I really want for February is Bioshock 2, although I do want to try Dante's Inferno at some point. That's it for now. Gotta get back...

1/30/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (82 posts)

Kiwi of DOOM
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:13:55 PM
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I've been missing the RPGs lately too. Took to playing through .Hack//Infection again. Maybe i'll give Xenosaga another go too..

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MysteriousMagus
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:42:12 PM

I finished GU but still trying to beat quarantine... It's a pain in the *ss to get all the virus cores...

@__@ Anyways i never played any Tales games...

Anyone here finished or played mass effect 2?

Ben..you said that you didn't like Mass effect 1.... but 2 it's actually good... i couldn't even play 1 without getting bored but 2 it's really good.

I hope secret exclusive is twisted metal!

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Gow49ers
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:15:48 PM
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Ben,
Finishing up Bayonetta myself, on Chapter 10, cool game, she's smoking hot, lol! Any details at all on God of War III, online? i am really curious to see what its going to be. Dante's Inferno, i am really looking forward too, and Heavy Rain. Keep up the great work !

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:32:19 PM

my guess, just scores, ranks & leaderboards

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:19:29 AM

Yeah, there won't be any actual online mode as far as I know. And that's just fine by me.

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StevieRV
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:20:28 PM
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what game are you playing? i didnt see the cat come out of the bag lol. i went to preorder GOWIII ultimate trilogy yesterday but was told it sold out b4 it released, damn, oh well just gotta import the GOW collection and buy GOWIII standard edition

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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:30:14 PM

Heavy Rain

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tes37
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:25:15 PM
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So you're playing Heavy Rain. Ok now I'm part of the 'bit of jealousy' crowd. I can't wait to play it myself. I thought there were no game overs, but in your editorial, "What Do You Expect From Heavy Rain?" you said there are no deaths. Is that true, I'm kinda confused now.



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LegendaryWolfeh
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:31:29 PM

if your character dies, it's dead for good but the game doesn't stop, you just lost a perspective

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:31:38 PM
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Wait, I never thought of Tales as turn based, since you just run up and mash attack buttons over and over again. I tried to get through two Tales games but couldn't do it.

But hey at least we have Last Rebellion coming in turn based form, and at $40 it looks like a steal. Even though I'm now technically looking forward to WKC more than FFXIII I have to play the latter first, I'll pick up WKC a bit cheaper. Stick around for Resonance Ben, and that other one, forget its name.

Dante's Inferno is on the preorder pony as well. That will be my action fix for quite some time, sorry Kratos, I love ya but there's some gray in that beard by now.

I gives strictly no f*cks for oldass GTA DLC, Rockstar can shove it up their butts. TheWorld doesn't do sloppy seconds.

Oh yeah, and I'm on a PS2 RPG kick, but my team in Grandia III isn't strong enough to beat the last guy. ARRRGH! After that it's on to Shadow Hearts Covenant. That's what's up with me in case you were interested.

Considering doing another story based in a game world a-la my treatment Fallout 3: The Dunwich Horror. Can't focus on what I'm really sposeda be doing.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:20:14 AM

No, Vesperia isn't entirely turn-based; it's just the style that reminds me of the old days, you know?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:30:24 AM

Yeah I reckon.

Update: Using superior strategy skills and timing I just beat Grandia III with a relatively weak force, great ending. Now can we get a part IV?

Thing is, and I think this is the appropriate venue, the turn based mechanic allows you to do these things like overcome insurmountable enemies with a sense of having accomplished an intellectual feat. Going up to a big critter and wacking away at it in an action rpg, just isn't the same as taking on a glactic evil force with not just your sword but your superior mental faculties. The death of turn-based ends the strategy that makes RPGs so rewarding in the first place.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:55:01 AM

Exactly. There was always an element of strategic thinking or as you say, "intellectual" thinking when playing turn-based. No matter how deep real-time gets, I think we lose this. No matter what the situation, having time to think about your plan of attack and SETTING that plan of attack is infinitely more rewarding, IMO.

In turn-based RPGs, I just loved thinking two, three, even four and more turns ahead when fighting tough enemies and bosses. All you really do in hack 'n slash is react. I will never buy the idea that all these real-time mechanics are as deep as turn-based COULD be. Because I still play most RPGs and I haven't seen that yet.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 1:06:42 AM

For me, it doesn't NEED turn-based gameplay

It just needs to have a BIG and explorable world
A true party where I can swap characters
A deep storyline
Upgradable system (weapons, magics, etc.)

50hours+ of TRUE gameplay

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Hitch
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 3:04:24 AM

Ben what do you mean "Entirely turn-based"? It isn't turn-based AT ALL.

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b3mike
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:43:25 PM

Wait.............you're passing on GOW3 just to purchase a GOW ripoff?? Fail!

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Jian2069
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 4:34:39 PM

LOL, HE PRE-ORDERED DANTE'S INFERNO INSTEAD OF GOD OF WAR 3

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Deadman
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 5:17:03 PM

Dantes Inferno is going to kick ass. The demo rocked and EA even got the DVD tie-in and the PS3 edition right for a change.

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Oxvial
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:34:06 PM

I also would want to preoder Dante's but if its like 8 hours not...need to see more about the lenght of that game.

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Deadman
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:55:52 PM

@oxvial if you played the demo expect the game to be the same who cares about length or what someone else thinks.
Again that demo rocked I got that puppy on pre order too. All else falls to the side when DI finally comes to me doorstep. I havent been this excited for a game since inFamous.

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Alienange
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:33:44 PM
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I must be reading this wrong ... you almost sound like Vesperia was going to satisfy your craving for turn-based jrpgs.

Which doesn't make sense.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:15:38 PM

That's what I was thinking (saying).

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Alienange
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:25:17 PM

Yeah you beat me to it. It IS what it sounds like... I'd blast Tales into orbit for how much I hate it, but I'm a little tired right now.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:21:16 AM

See above comment.

Sorry, I didn't make that clear.

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Alienange
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:50:23 AM

If it wasn't for you Ben I would NEVER have played Lost Odyssey. I decided on a whim to see what you were going on about and sure enough, it's turn-based jrpg greatness.

As WorldEnds points out above, turn-based can give a gamer a real sense of accomplishment when up against insurmountable odds.

Maybe I've got to take TheHighlander's suggestion to write to game companies more seriously. I want turn-based back!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 8:31:09 PM

LO is RPG gold, IMO. :)

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 10:44:18 PM
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Since reviewer's kit is out already, I'm guessing Ben's probably playing Heavy Rain, aren't you ben???? LOL

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StevieRV
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:05:02 PM
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i assumed it was heavy rain but i wasnt sure

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:16:16 PM
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Yeah his rain is all heavy, ours is just a bit of sleet right now.

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just2skillf00l
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:22:33 PM
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Envious just isn't quite it. There are no words to truly explain how extremely envious I am of Ben right now. (Still in the panic room up in the attic...just 24 days til release, haha, hehe, I'm not crazy!).

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OtisFeelgood
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:27:00 PM
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10 degrees? Damn, it's been in the 70s here all day. ;o

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GuernicaReborn
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:07:03 AM

lucky you. It's negative 4 here. My thermostat is set at 64. Thats 68 degrees warmer, and I'm still cold.

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 12:39:21 AM

It was a little cooler today. Its been very cloudy all day so its been in the 60s. ;x

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inkme101
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:35:47 PM
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well ben as soon as you've played through that (HR) i'll take it off your hands ok? ok!
but please clarify on no game overs/no deaths in HR

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Charger7302
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:27:11 AM
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Well my gaming update is terrible, I think I'm the first person to say this but I am officially on my 3RD Ps3. My refirb has given in and I'm going to sent that one in(I question the ps3's failure-rate) for another 60 gig. If that one fails on me I am done with playstation.(Though there isn't much alternative for me, nintendo is casual and I just hate the way microsoft runs it's gaming division, it's nothing but shooter after shooter with them)

On the Heavy Rain note, I am really liking what I've seen in the recent videos. It looks like the story is going to be really good, which should make up for any lack of gameplay.

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tes37
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:31:50 AM

Sell your refurbished one when you get it back and buy a slim. You'd lose the built-in heater but it's a lot more quiet.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:33:06 AM

Those old refub units have the same probs the originals did. Break down and get a slim.

edit: a pox on tes37 for beating me to it.

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tes37
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:37:38 AM

What? I ain't good enough for an old fashioned curse. Why do I always get stuck with the pox? How about we settle on rickets?

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 2:20:56 AM

I wouldn't recommend the slim as the cooling design isn't as good as the originals. Not saying the originals are great but I saw some design flaws in the schematics. Just fix it yourself.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:32:01 AM
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Sad that jrpg's are kinda done....
Now it's thrown into the Japanese "niche" category....meaning we'll rarely get the good rpgs in the U.S. anymore...or in limited quantities

So sad. ps3 provides so much technology for rpgs to use.....and only Demon's Souls has used it perfectly (yeah it's not a true jrpg, but yeah)

Heavy Rain's so close now...

Freaking cold here to...wtf?

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 1:28:27 AM

Maybe Squeenix will surprise us with Dragon Quest X.

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johnld
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 5:56:24 AM

well, if you really want a game you can just import. i love that ps3 games are region free. Now i just gotta learn japanese.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:13:07 PM

Guess we all have to learn Japanese for imports huh?

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___________
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:34:16 AM
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i still can not believe R* have not released any info on LA Noire yet.
i read a article the other day saying its a mess ATM, and has had the shakiest development cycle ever.
i was really excited for that game, since i thought i finally had a proper substitute for GTA but these recent reports certainly are not striking confidence in me.
hope im wrong but ive got the feeling LA Noire is going to be the biggest disappointment of the generation.

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phantomMenace
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 1:12:25 AM

As big as Duke Nukem Forever????... I think they said that wasn't dead yet, talk about shaky development.

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___________
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 2:03:23 AM

well a game has to come out to be disappointing.
i really hope DNF comes out, i would jump to the moon if it did.
but, yea, i cant see that happening.

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Jawknee
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 1:26:34 AM
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Sad too see a slump in turn based RPG's. Guess it just makes the old school ones more valueable. Ever since FFVII I've always prefered turn based to Action RPG. I got bored with Enternal Sonata. Was more interested in Tales of V. Instead. Bummer.

As far as the extra GTA IV episodes. I don't really care. Happy for those who wanted it though. A buddy of mine really wanted these and was thinking about getting another 360 just for these episodes. Bet he's glad be waited.

Red Dead Redemption does look pretty freaking awesome. IGN has some nice preview videos up. Can't wait to see more. The graphics look much better then GTAIV. Did the same Rockstar studio make Red Dead? There's more then one studio yes?

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www
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 3:17:16 PM

Yes there's a whole lotta studios, we have Rockstar Vancouvre, Rockstar Leeds or something..... I dunno, Rockstar North, a lot.

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Bandit King
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 10:37:54 AM

Just so you and other know a head of time Sqeenix wont be surprising anyone with Dragon Quest X as that title was long ago announced as a Wii exclusive, yes you read that right I said Wii. So sad.............

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Victor321
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 1:57:38 AM
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I think unlike many of us here, the Hardcore Gamers of today (most, not all) should be called "Twitchcores", if you guys know what I mean ;)

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Qubex
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 2:16:39 AM
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Well, it must surely be intriguing to be playing Heavy Rain. I am most interested in how the cenematics and interactivity work together; I think there may be many game designers out there looking at how the final product ships and what impacts it makes on the market.

There is no reason why a story like Avatar could not be adapted to be played and experienced like Heavy Rain, and in 3D too. So imagine the Avatar movie being really interactive... with 70% of it made on computer, the next 30% would need to convincingly model and portrait computer generated characters as real life humanoids and not just aliens with motion capture movements applied.

This will be the final step, but to do that we would need next generation hardware to pull that off in real-time. The new "nVidia" GPU "Fermi" goes someway to achieve "Pixar" resolution and quality in real-time. For us, the next PS4 should do it... let us see what happens. I am very interested in this evolution anyway.

My gaming update: I am current playing Heavenly Sword and very much enjoying it. Does anyone know if Ninja Theory are developing a sequel or not?

Q!

"i am home"

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Naztycuts
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 2:45:38 AM

Qube you dont remember the article about Ninja Theory closing it's doors? Twas a sad day

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Qubex
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 4:57:08 AM

Well that is a crying shame; I may have read the story, but forgot about it. That is really bad news. Was this because of generally poor sales of Heavenly Sword; from what I am seeing now, it looks very good considering it was produced 3 years ago. It still looks better than a lot of games today.

Wow, so no Heavenly Sword 2 then. Very upsetting indeed!

Q!

"i am home"

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SmashedPumpkin
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 4:18:23 AM
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Red Dead Redemption is going to be the best western-based game ever made!

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Vivi_Gamer
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 4:48:18 AM
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I completed Lost Odyssey, the other day, fantastic game, just the kind of RPG i needed to play. It had a good story which progressed to an epic proportion by the end. good battle system, fun mini-games. It was the RPG experience i needed, i feel like now i dont even need to worry about the 3 coming out soon(FFXIII, WKC, SO4) , i'll wait till they get cheaper. I'm now just waiting for Heavy Rain, 4 weeks... not long now.

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NULL
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 5:36:42 AM
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I think the excitement of EFLC coming onto PS3 has made me crush thoughts of how it should have been in the original game.

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www
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:12:50 AM
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I do care about the GTA DLC, I really want to pick it up, just haven't got around to it. And with Heavy Rain, FFXIII, GOWIII, 2010 FIFA WC around the corner, its making picking spin-offs difficult. Plus, I want ME2 and Bioshock 2, so many games, damn.

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Lotusflow3r
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 9:01:50 AM
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WKC is a total old school RPG, i heard the soundtrack the other day and it gave Uematsu a run for his money!

WKC is the game for anyone looking for a new RPG that stays in touch with the root and gives you that old magical feeling that only a true RPG can.

I get it just from the videos on youtube (the whole games up there!)

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Qubex
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 9:56:03 AM

I like the fact you can build your own towns... so cool!

Q!

"i am home"

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Oxvial
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 4:25:03 PM

A rpg game with towns!!!! o.o!

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Gone
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 11:28:39 AM
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Ben, are you going to give Star Ocean: The Last Hope International a try?


http://www.amazon.com/Star-Ocean-Last-International-Playstation-3/dp/B002I0J4AM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1264958863&sr=1-1

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 8:32:25 PM

Eh, I played it on 360. It was okay but no, I'm not interested in the PS3 version.

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Skatejimmy5
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 11:53:24 AM
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I am really looking forward to GTA: Episodes from Liberty City. I've been anxiously awaiting the announcement of it since The Lost & Damned released on Xbox 360 almost a year ago. I knew it would come, but I had a hard time waiting, so I replayed the original game like four times. One of them to 100% again also. Anyway, can't wait 'til the end of March, I'm gonna play those extra hours like crazy!

:)

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Deadman
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:21:11 PM
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Playing Dragon Age really made me miss Turn Based RPG . I didnt realize that they strayed so far from it.

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SmokeyPSD
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 12:54:31 PM
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RPGS used to me my genre of choice, now by necessity this gen ive had to look elsewhere. Good and bad I guess, I think RPGS are the best genre to make use of this generation though with storage being a huge factor.

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GamerKid123
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 2:23:03 PM
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I'm with you on the GTA subject Ben, i'm not gonna touch it. I'm just going to wait for GTA V to come out :) Heck, i got quite personally involved in some of the missions in GTA IV, the story was that good. Hope the 5th is as good story-wise, if not better, otherwise i'll be a bit disappointed.

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Mr Bitey
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 2:28:00 PM
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Speaking of RPGs, I'm really looking forward to White Knight this week. :)

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Jian2069
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 4:39:07 PM
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If the price is right, I'll pick up the GTAIV episodes, it'll hold me off til GTAV
Speaking of which, why isn't there any info about GTAV? D: !
Isn't it supposed to be out before fall 2010?

Also the only RPG I really got into was FFIV, I haven't played any RPG since (except MMORPG's on the PC).

Wait no, I played Oblivion and Fallout 3, those are RPG games right?
Oblivion >>>>> Fallout 3

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 5:23:57 PM
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Looking forward to the WKC review if Ben can tear himself away from Heavy Rain :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 8:31:46 PM

Arnold's doing WKC.

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tlpn99
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:10:12 PM
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I got the GTA DLC for the 360 as I knew it would be ages for it coming out on the PS3. I will more than likely end up getting it on the PS3 too so I can play it with my mates who only have the PS3.

Looking forward to Heavy Rain myself. Lets hope it's as good as it's meant to be. After all this hype you dont want it to be a pile of rubbish.

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geovanwitdakick
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:38:15 PM
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It most likely isn't a pile of rubbish, Sony said it hasn't gotten a review under 90. According to Metacritic, that's accurate.

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Jed
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 6:50:10 PM
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I just got the GTA DLC from gamefly, and I guess I was just expecting something better. I will keep playing it for now, but I dont think it will knock my socks off.

Speeking of cold... with as hot as it gets here(West Texas) in the summertkme, you think that we would get a little break from the weather in winter. NO. We have had about 10 inches of snow so far, and it has been down to about 3 degrees on more than one occasion. I want my blankie.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 7:07:35 PM

Wow, where do you live? It surely isn't Texas....
Does it really get that cold over there?

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Jed
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 2:05:00 PM

It did this year. burrrr

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Kr3sn1k
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 7:48:42 PM
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Ben where do you live? And no im not asking because i want to come to youre house and steal youre ps3 with whatever game happens to be inside O_o

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 8:31:23 PM

CT.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 8:37:23 PM
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We got 8 inches of snow last night up here in New Jersey, & I'm aready sick of it! I hate riding my Harley through all the salt, & all the damned sand, cinders & salt solutions spread all over the roadways

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geovanwitdakick
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 8:58:22 PM
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it hasn't snowed or rained here in Manhattan, NY. Well, not in a few days at least. The last rain day being Monday.

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Qubex
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 9:17:16 PM
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Damn, you guys should "chill out" in the tropics with me; we never have winter and over Christmas we were clocking in 26 to 29 degrees daily... the temperature is now ticking up as we start to go into our "spring", mid summer is 36 here in Singapore. :)

Watched in amazement at all the bad weather in Europe and the United States... here we just get rain, short tropical bursts, but not much else... it is a fairly quiet relaxed environment...

Q!

"i am home"

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jami
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 12:30:24 PM
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i couldnt give a flying hoot about GTA DLC either. i'm a fan of the series but 4 was quite a disappointment. they'll have to really up their game for GTA5...otherwise i'll be done with this series

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Bandit King
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 10:47:00 AM
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I too miss the old turn based RPG's of the PS1 days. FF7 was my first but Grandia, Xenogears, Breath of Fire, Lunar...I could go on. Such great games. Turn based game play is truly one of the most under rated gameplay styles around as it is easy to learn but allows for depth as well. I am picking up White Knight today, but I am not going to open it until I read more reviews, I just hope there is enough JRPG and Story and not too much MMO in there.

Ben do you think Arnold could give us an early opinion? Maybe just a quick opinion on the game from a JRPG fan's stand point? Please?

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