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Demo is up on 360 at 1.5GB. A short run through with the swordsman, and an exterior griffin hunt with the Rogue class (or whatever arbitrary names they've assigned).

Quite short, bit of character creation which you can import into the full game.

Really quite liked it. Getting a Monster Hunter meets Demon's Souls vibe. Which makes it a buy.
#1 at 16:08:48 - 24/04/2012
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I've got a poor-man's MonHun meets poor-man's Demon's Souls vibe all along, too, agreed.
#2 at 16:34:32 - 24/04/2012
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No one else tried this? It's actually pretty good.
#3 at 12:50:27 - 27/04/2012
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I tried it last night and thought it was pretty good too, in fact I was a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

Grabbing hold of a griffin as it's flying about and stabbing at it is something I've not done before.

I think I'll be picking this up, shame there's no PC version though.
#4 at 13:38:15 - 27/04/2012
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I still can't see me rushing to pick up a nuCapcom game the week after DIII comes out or whenever this releases.
#5 at 18:22:45 - 27/04/2012
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Killed the dragon an hour ago, and presumed that was the end of the game... Ho no! There's a whole other game after the credits.

This has been fantastic from the outset. The combat system is robust and tactile, and every weapon and skill feels different. There's so many options available to you as you build your character, your pawn - and jockey a couple of other player's rented recruits.

Love the fact that you can respec at any time, earning a whole new skill set with zero penalties - in fact the game encourages it. Reading around, it seems there's a cyclic meta-game attached to this - it doesn't effectively end. Not sure if it's raid type stuff, but I'm now presented with whole new quests - nothing is repeated or recycled (yet, anyway).

Easily Capcom's finest hour this gen. Not that that's actually saying much, sadly.
#6 at 15:05:00 - 08/06/2012
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Finally got hold of this after waiting 2 weeks for amazon to fail to get a copy to me.

Only played through the first couple of hours but really impressed so far and can't wait to get home to continue playing.

I assume that if I change my character's class I still keep my basic stats (e.g. HP, Stamina, Def, etc.) and it is just the class specific skills that I can no longer use?
#7 at 16:30:50 - 11/06/2012
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Some class skills are transferable, but the pleasure is in mixing and matching. Best bet is to stick with one class type for your main pawn (i.e. fighter, tweaked to warrior, etc), level up yourself in one vocation, but then experiment.

I've completed the vocations for strider, ranger, assassin, and I'm dabbling in Magic Archer and currently trying out a Mage Knight - my first experimenting with magic).

The game is stunning.

Oh, my pawn's name is Jasmin, and she's a level fifty-ish warrior. She should walk stright into your game in the rift, it costs nothing to use a pawn from a buddy on your friends list.
#8 at 16:36:16 - 11/06/2012
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saw jasmin in the rift last night but thought it would make things a little too easy to employ a level 50 pawn with a starting character.

will definitely hire her once I level up a bit though.
#9 at 17:13:06 - 11/06/2012
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Jasmin is an indispensable member of my party :-)

I'm nuts busy with work at the moment, but this is my go to game when I've got an hour spare.
#10 at 19:13:51 - 11/06/2012
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FlexibleFeline said:Jasmin is an indispensable member of my party :-)

I'm nuts busy with work at the moment, but this is my go to game when I've got an hour spare.


I didn't think you'd let her go in a while. It's worth dismissing her and then rehiring her. She's got some different skills and gear now.

I spotted using one of my pal's pawns whe he went past level 100. I felt it was spoiling any surprises, drooling over all this amazing gear he had on. :)
#11 at 19:22:27 - 11/06/2012
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Is dismissing and rehiring any different from sleeping in an inn? I seem to get updated when that happens.

I just had half an hour or so - I did very little except make my way through to The Shadow Fort on an escort mission. Combat against goblins and saurians is very gratifying at this stage. Being ambushed by a bunch of them with a Chimera, less so - I wonder if that was because it was night time or does that not make a difference?
#12 at 21:41:05 - 11/06/2012
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Go back to the rift and swap her out. Do a quest and come back and rehire her. She'll update as her new character class and with the new gear.

She's a lot better at the game than I am... :)
#13 at 22:32:50 - 11/06/2012
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Thanks for the message, got it this morning. I've slept twice and Katy's returned from adventuring with Larry and someone I don't know....I don't think she's registered your use of her, oddly; maybe next time I rest?
#14 at 08:37:39 - 17/06/2012
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Hmmm. Thinking about it, I suspect it switched to offline mode. Will log on in a bit and I guess that will update the server.
#15 at 11:37:00 - 17/06/2012
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Yep, that worked, thanks :-)
#16 at 22:14:42 - 17/06/2012
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Well, would you look at Jasmin now. Awesome. Just went I wanted to get rid of my weakling mage too. He was booted, Jasmin re-hired and a new warrior brought in to replace her old role.

She's even more useful. Good job mad!
#17 at 17:50:52 - 26/06/2012
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I told the missus you're her biggest fan. She's quite handy around the house, too. :)

Haven't seen Katy in my rift for a while, not sure why.

(Well, this conversation will make a lot of sense to anyone not playing this, eh?)
#18 at 18:02:19 - 26/06/2012
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Katy has certainly been getting around - she's been used a lot...there's no way of not making that sound a bit fnar fnar, but no pun's intended. Not sure what makes them more prominent in the Rift or not?

I really started to love the game when I - probably after a good 10 hours! - finally went north of Gran Soren, wandering (without fixed purpose though with a load of "kill x skeletons, kill x rabbits" board quests) into the wilted forest and coming across the abbey at dusk. It really was rather beautiful and haunting. Then night fell and we were attacked by wave after wave of undead. I'm a Magic Archer at the moment so that Magical Flare comes in very handing for both illuminating and damaging the undead. This was followed by stumbling across two ogres minding their own business by a fire and (unwisely) attacking them - got the last one whittled down to a sliver of health as the sun rose, but he went nuts and continually charged me, killing me before I could heal. Bah. Great stuff.

Re-reading that, it's clear what a fucking geek I am.
#19 at 18:33:34 - 26/06/2012
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Testify!

And if you haven't tried it yet, give Mage Knight a shot. At higher tiers he's godly. I only have Mage itself to make a start on. Sorceror is fun, but I'm missing the tactile combat.
#20 at 18:45:32 - 26/06/2012
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Sounds good. I'm going to get my magick archer maxed and then decide where to head next.

I hear you about the tactile combat - with the magick archer, the staff is a bit wasted on me; some very cool and useful spells but I soon reverted to daggers (some brilliant moves in there) and bow. The archery is splendid with one move giving you panzer dragoon multiple lock-ons.

Has this been a success? I really think they have something here - it feels like it has a longevity and sense of persistence that other games don't; I can imagine myself dipping in and out for months. I'd love them to develop the multiplayer further e.g. a drop in drop out into a friend's game (say the friend has hired your primary pawn) - just as an additional option. Perhaps that's too ambitious? Or even a bit of Dark Souls shit stirring whereby you can invade? I think DD has done something very refreshing going on with its multiplayer but I'd love to see it taken a step or two further.
#21 at 20:24:56 - 26/06/2012
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Keep on being slightly intrigued by this game, but the flow of this thread since it came out reminds me a bit too much of a Two Worlds thread or something. :p
#22 at 22:31:23 - 26/06/2012
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That's it. You stand in the corner, you face the wall, and you think about what you've done.
#23 at 23:52:14 - 26/06/2012
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Oh, and Flex, they're already talking sequels/franchise. Everybody seems to love it.
#24 at 23:53:10 - 26/06/2012
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ilmaestro said:Keep on being slightly intrigued by this game, but the flow of this thread since it came out reminds me a bit too much of a Two Worlds thread or something. :p


:-D

I honestly wish it had someone else standing up for it here apart from us; you know, to boost its credibility!
#25 at 06:15:53 - 27/06/2012
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repairmanjack said:Oh, and Flex, they're already talking sequels/franchise. Everybody seems to love it.


Good news. They're onto something here.
#26 at 06:17:10 - 27/06/2012
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Hehe, sorry guys. :)

This seems to be one of those rare modern games that has been resistant to an immediate price drop, probably playing a part in not too many people giving it a shot.
#27 at 09:33:16 - 27/06/2012
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I imagine it's done rather well. Every forum I've been on has been gushing with praise. People seem really blown away by it - it's so much more than the taste you get in the demo.

I'm hoping for a similar wonderful surprise with Spec Ops, but in all honesty games as good as this don't come along that often.

I wouldn't recommend you a shit game (even if I do really enjoy it). But I'd recommend this without reservation.
#28 at 10:22:39 - 27/06/2012
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repairmanjack said:
I wouldn't recommend you a shit game (even if I do really enjoy it).

Hah, this should be your blog title. ;)

Honestly, I don't think it will have done that well/didn't think it would do. "Being a good game" is not really enough to get sales on its own, unless that is also tied up with "being the latest in a line of good games in the same series" or "reviewing off the charts". There were so many obvious reasons to run far away from this on release, for me (it's made by Capcom etc.).
#29 at 11:24:24 - 27/06/2012
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FlexibleFeline said:
I honestly wish it had someone else standing up for it here apart from us; you know, to boost its credibility!


I will happily stand up for it. One of the best games of the year so far for me. Definitely the best combat in an action RPG (or at least a match for Dark Souls though I personally consider the two to be quite different games) and the Pawn system works really well.

I paid full price for it and have not regretted it for a moment. Already sank around 30-40 hours into the game despite having little free gaming time at the moment.
#30 at 17:06:08 - 27/06/2012

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