——- Drakensang Online ——-

If you’re a PC gamer and enjoy free-to-play dark fantasy MMOs you might want to try the beta for a game called Drakensang Online.I’ve only played for a few hours so far. In short it kind of reminded me of Diablo II and Titan Quest. It has that same dark atmosphere like Diablo with lush and colorful looking visuals that Titan Quest had for most of the environments. It’s a hack & slash MMO so it operates the same combat wise too. You break your index finger on the left button and eventually learn new skills to apply to the right. There are only three quick attack slots and the button config appeared broken. The button is there, but it wasn’t opening up the UI to allow me to change anything. You also have the good old action bar at the bottom of course.

The game itself is being developed by Bigpoint Games and uses the famed Unity Engine. It’s also browser based so there is nothing for you to install. You literally just register and select “Play Now”. As long as you have the latest java updateyou can start playing the game almost immediately. Being that it takes seconds to start and it’s F2P, I think it’s worth giving it a shot. Just like all the other F2P MMOs you can purchase large amounts of in-game currency or items starting at $2.99. During battles enemies will drop very small amounts of copper. Of course doing it this way will test your patience because items, equipment, upgrades, etc. seem to require quite a bit VS the amount of loot that drops. There is the auction house though so I’m sure you can make it up there as well. There seems to be two types of currency in Drakensang. There’s copper (I assume it builds up like WoW – copper to silver to gold) and then another form called Andermant which is used to bring yourself back to life or buy powerful equipment through their online purchasing system. The normal in-game currency will get you basic equipment (common) and new skills it seems.



You can also choose between a warrior and mage but that’s all there is to it. There are customization options but don’t expect anything like Aion =) It’s very limited so far though again, this is just beta. I will say that the character appearances matched a dark fantasy world really well in my opinion. This is more my personal taste talking of course. I’m not a fan of playing a character with a mohawk in a Lord of the Rings type setting. I just can’t picture Mr. T making a good Aragorn or Legolas. Or maybe he would…hmm. Maybe I’m just a FOOL. Maybe AngryMrBungle is lurking about getting ready to say “Yeah but you’re stupid. Thanks!”

The mechanics behind the warrior combat also reminded me of WoW. A warrior will use “rage” to execute abilities for example. The caster uses mana like every other game out there and had more of a Diablo feel. There didn’t appear to be casting times and long drawn out animations. You assign a spell, press the button and immediately a fireball is tossed out. Of course there is the animation for casting the actual spell…you’re just not waving your hands around in the air for 3 seconds while getting stabbed a hundred times before that.

Graphically it certainly isn’t the cleanest and shiniest you’ve seen but they did a pretty good job. What I really like about the 3D world they put out was the amazing detail put into the areas you traverse. If you take into account that it’s browser based it certainly wipes the floor with other browser based games and it definitely stacks up against Titan Quest for sure. It also depends on YOU as well. The game looks good to me, but others may think it looks fantastic or perhaps not impressive at all. My wife claims to see no real difference in blu-ray movies and could care less about it all together while I think she’s completely insane.


Graphically though, the lighting and shadows are very well done. Click the image for a much better view. There’s lots of different and colorful looking plant life, trees, and natural looking rock formations put in just the right places. Ruins actually look like they were once a temple or burial chamber while caves / caverns looked naturally carved into a mountainside. In a lot of MMOs / rpg games I’ve played, dungeons are simply large rectangular rooms with pillars. Maybe they put couple of alters and coffins, add some low lighting effects and call it a dungeon. That’s definitely not the case here. Bottom line – Bigpoint did a great job with making the terrain / environment appear vivid and realistic inside and out.

Animation is also extremely smooth and fluent. Being that its just beta, I also didn’t find that there was any lag or performance issues period. In the past, betas have been the opposite for me most of the time. I recently played Heroes 6 and although the game was fun, it had its share of screen tearing and occasional lock-ups among other little things. It was great to get my beta key and jump on a brand new game in 5 minutes.

The only time the game seems to hiccup is when going into a different area all together. For example – You start out in the wilderness and eventually come across a giant blue arrow. By stepping on the arrow the game loads into a small village. At the start of loading your character is floating on top of a blue square while the rest of the environment is just gone. All you see is a greenish tinted screen and your character waiting as things begin to pop up. It takes a few seconds but nothing serious.

Sound isn’t anything amazing but it gets the job done well enough. Sound effects in general reminded me a lot of Titan Quest for those of you who played it. Equipping different weapons didn’t yield different sound effects. It was just one sound for every melee attack. Creatures sound a bit muffled at times too. Maybe it was done on purpose? To me it just sounded slightly distorted.

Exploring and questing (at least so far) appear to be the same old same old while the game throws waves of enemies at you. And I mean WAVES. There are certainly plenty of quests to take up and it had a WoW feel to it though I guess it’s become more of a standard nowadays in MMOs. You don’t care who you’re helping and what the story is as long as you get the XP, gold and equipment they have to offer. Drop rates are alright. I had to kill an army of gremlins in order to get 12 quest items though. Luckily you can one shot most of them. And of course objectives are all the same. “They stole my tools”, or “save my son” and lets not forget “Go kill 100 of these guys and bring me their left testicle as proof!” No surprise there though right?

The only thing I’m not too crazy about in terms of combat / quest grinding is how the enemies just show up. They appear out of thin air and there doesn’t seem to be a specific respawn zone. I was standing around looking at my inventory when 6 undead soldiers appeared in front of me. As I fought them off, more and more just kept “appearing” from all corners of the screen within seconds after killing the others. I mean, they literally just kept coming until the entire left and upper portion of my TV was covered in zombies knights. I ran like if the Black Beast of “Aaaaargh” were chasing me but more showed up right in front of my path. I felt like the GAME itself just wanted me to die.

In other words, no spot is safe unless you’re in town. Games like WoW or Rift always had that rock or hill you could scout out from. There were spots that were always clear 100% of the time. Not here lol so don’t leave your guy standing around while you run to the little boys / girls room. Your toon will be eating dirt when you get back. Oh, and you can’t swim lol. So if you’re running for dear life don’t think you can get away by retreating into the water like the old WoW days when enemies some how didn’t know how to swim.

Thankfully you can escape mobs pretty easy. I HATED when I was a mile away and that stupid wolf still managed to bite me in the arse because he was still aggro’d. Not here though. As long as an inch or two separates you from the enemy, you won’t take any damage. Enemies also don’t follow for too long and will run off the screen and vanish off the map. Not sure if that’s a glitch though. Your health regenerates slowly, enough to help keep you from getting killed until your stomach can handle another potion =) I’m not sure if the regeneration rate changes later as you reach higher levels.



If you do happen to get your face shoved up your wazoo, the game gives you the option to either resurrect in the same spot for a price OR you can come back to the nearest graveyard. Equipment does take durability damage but it wasn’t clear to me if your gear took additional damage when dying. There is a cool down on healing / mana potions which seems to be about 30 seconds. I know in Diablo you could keep popping them as you took a monstrous beating without vomiting red healing juice all over the floor afterwards. In the beginning it’s not so bad because you can take hits from the little guys. As you progress further though you have to be careful since the game pulls a Dragon Age II on you with the whole ‘endless thugs appearing out of nowhere’ thing.

Just for the record…and I’m sorry, but I thought Dragon Age II was a big disappointment. I stuck the case under my basement window so at least Hawke helps me get a breeze when I have work to do. And no sadly, I’m not kidding. It’s getting better use than it would otherwise. Even with the release of Legends, I’m just not interested in putting anymore money into it. I feel like I would be promoting EA to release 1/3 of a game at the full price of $50. Was it $60 for consoles? I had it on PC and I barely went through the game once.


Anyway… the dungeons in Drakensang allow you to choose either normal or difficult before entering. I didn’t try difficult but on normal the enemies don’t seem to be “elite”. They are just a couple of levels higher than you at the start but you definitely need to find a few people to accompany you unless you’re a higher level of course. There isn’t much room to escape from what I have seen so far and you will quickly be overwhelmed.

I won’t bother going into inventory much because its exactly the same as any other MMO / RPG whatever. I also can’t comment on skills or special abilities as I lack the cash to learn anything yet. I’m only on level 4…so not much excitement there. I also didn’t bother looking into online purchasing system of gold and equipment too much. This is really because I just never had any interest in using real hard earned money to buy virtual items for in game.

Quite honestly it would be a waste to spend your cash on in-game equipment especially since Drakensong is not a game I can see myself playing for even a few months. It strikes me more as filler during the time it takes for Skyrim or Grim Dawn to be released. Torchlight 2 is coming out pretty soon as well. For others of course, its a different story all together. Maybe you’ll enjoy the game far more than I give it credit for and play it for a much longer period of time.

Getting back to equipment though – Enemies DO drop the occasional rare / uncommon item but they followed the whole “unidentified” thing with that like in Diablo. You get these magical talismans used to “identify” a piece of equipment. Not doing so still allows you to equip the item, just not with the magical benefits and buffs. There is also a tab on the top left corner of the screen that takes you to the Drakensang site to buy anything you need. You can do this at ANY point in the game.

The music is more like a background noise just put in to make the environment sound foreboding. Diablo II had individual full tracks for each area. The music was pretty good in my opinion. For Drakensang Online although technically it is “music” playing, the only way that I can describe it is: Monotonous – repetive and dull. From a certain point of view, it does fit the game well since the game is a literal non-stop battle against dark creatures. Perhaps that’s simply what Bigpoint wanted. It changes slightly as enemies appear but its not anything I’d ever have playing in the background like Wrath of the Lich King.

The monsters are another positive mainly because they’re different which for me at least, is very refreshing. The game doesn’t start out with giant rats, bees, bears or even wolves. I haven’t seen kobolds or gnolls or any of the standard things I’m used to seeing in an MMO. Instead they start out with gremlins attacking you that actually look like the creatures from the movie…Gremlins. Also further in I was attacked by a giant bloated version of Swamp Thing. In other screen shots on the Drakensang site I’ve seen a few pretty awesome looking creatures. I also fought the entire legion of undead soldiers…or so it seemed. Those guys are pretty standard of course…but then again you can’t have a good dark fantasy game without the skeleton crew, right? =p


Overall if you’re into these types of games it definitely seems fun. I wouldn’t push it on anyone who isn’t a fan of the genre simply because there’s nothing new and unique the game offers. It’s just a mixing pot of old classics and some modern rpgs thrown in together. It’s a good attempt though and being free it may be a fun way to end the last half hour of your evening before you go to bed. It’s also the best browser game I’ve seen period. The screenshots should attest to that.

If you’re not an IGN Prime member and you have the $6 a month to burn, I’d give it a try. They also have pro videos to watch such as StarCraft II training videos for example: Learning the best build orders, timing, etc. There’s plenty of other stuff you get as well and I’ve got nothing negative to say about IGN Prime. I’m not really a hardcore gamer either but I like having the option to watch the videos or try out games in beta. Plus there’s other cool stuff that IGN has to offer as well like discounts on digital downloads. If you do decide to give Drakensange a try, then I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading!

– Rob


* Might & Magic – Heroes 6 *

First off, I recently joined PRIME just because I liked what was offered.  Last night I downloaded the beta for Heroes 6 and in short I really love it.



I played Might and Magic: Dark Messiah a few years back and I loved the game.  Reminded me of the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.  I never played any of the turn based games however and now that I played Heroes 6, I feel silly I didn’t.  The link above gives you a brief look at all the games that were released.

Being on IGN of course I would expect almost everyone to have seen images, videos, etc.  Just in case though, take a LOOK if you haven’t.  IGN also of course has their views HERE.

GOG.com is a great place to visit if you want some old classic rpgs.  They seem to have all the previous Might & Magic games available.

BEFORE YOU READ ON –  Being that I’m a new face here I certainly don’t expect my views to be taken highly.  However I wanted to put them out there for what little it may be worth to some of you.  I’m also NOT a professional writer for that matter and I don’t have the charisma to accrue three thousand followers.  With that in mind, just bear with me.

I don't have that effect on readers.

Graphics –  The game visually looks great.  Take a look at some of the screenshots on my “graphics” link.  Since I don’t have any previous M&M experience, I can’t compare them.  Although I will say that in the beta comments in-game many fans had nothing but great things to say about it.  The lighting and shadows are great.  Splash effects from water and spells are awsome.  Character movement is fluent and they did a great job with combat and spell visual effects as well.  You can zoom in and out whether your exploring the map or in combat. Even at close range, the game, npcs, heroes, and environments looked clean and crisp.  Character faces are also very well detailed and look just as good even when up close.

Sound FX – This has always been something to me that could make or break an rpg.  Just my opinion of course.  I have a surround system and even at half volume my basement was vibrating to the sound of Duke Slava’s horse riding across the terrain.  It was awsome.  So far from what I’ve seen, the combat and spell sounds along with the voice acting and other environmental effects were fantastic.  When your soldier puts a spear though a monster you really feel the hurt from the sound effects and that’s what I love.

Gameplay – Won’t say too much here since obviously the game isn’t out and things can change.  Basically you are allowed to move around the map for a certain period.  Once that time is up, the enemy then makes their move.  It’s the same while exploring the map and trying to find resources as well as combat.  In combat however, you are taken to a “battlefield” where it’s like Final Fantasy Tactics for those of you who know.  Trying to explain ALL the details here would require a small War and Peace novel.  I’ll just say that it’s all about strategicly placing troops in the right area so you don’t get destroyed.  At the end of each battle the game gives you the chance to either restart the fight or continue on with your losses.  There’s also a “watch replay” function but it’s greyed out for me.  Not that I’d want to re-watch my pathetic attempts anyway =p

OVERALL IMPRESSION – I’m really having a great time with it.  Anyone who has access to the beta and hasn’t tried already, I encourage you to do so.  If you’re NOT familiar with the series, be warned though.  There is a LOT to take in.  There are a great many options and paths to take when either leveling your hero or building your base.  Combat may be a bit frustrating to a new player as well.  I fought water elementals who continually cast a movement impairing spell so I could not move my troops period to attack.  So for several turns my guys took a beating until the spell wore off.  Exploring is important as well because you’ll find magical weapons are armor in addition to additional resources (i.e. gold, lumber, ore, etc).  If you decide to give it a shot, then I hope you enjoy it.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying “What the HELL Robert!  Why didn’t you make a video instead and talk about the game in GERMAN damnit!”  Well firstly, I’m Puerto Rican with a little Italian and I can’t even speak spanish for that matter.  HOWEVER…  you CAN hear all about the craze in Germany HERE!

Thanks for your time!

* The good old days. Well, at least for me… *


Above are a couple of images from a Gamestop in San Jose, California.  I have never seen anything like that here along the east coast.  It’s too bad not ALL Gamestops are like that.  I always felt they should close the smaller stores and get one big large space.  I only went to one E3 and that was way back in 97 or 98.  It was the last one they had in Atlanta Georgia.  Man, I had a blast.  That’s how I feel that a place called Gamestop should be.  Not THAT big of course…but a mini version. 

It’s kind of silly to me to walk into a place called Gamestop and looking at PS3 and 360s connected to a 13 inch screen demo unit shoved into a corner and practically covered by the life size cardboard cut out of Cloud.  I mean Target has a better display for crying out loud. 

I’ve always felt that it would be great for gamers to have a solid place to actually hang out in and MEET in person.  Have a few drinks, something simple to eat, enjoy the company of live people vs always updating your status.  I bet there are lots of people who could use the escape too.  Don’t get me wrong, I mean I LOVE being able to turn on my 360 and challenge my buddy to a SSFIV match anytime.  But there’s just something about going to a place like E3 that you can NEVER get from that. 

I think with a little planning Gamestop could close all those little stores and open one larger one.  Take a look at the rest of the images:


You’ll see what I mean about a mini E3.  Maybe there are places like that in other areas…but none anywhere NEAR here.

I always had a blast with good old Dungeons & Dragons, Golden Axe…X-Men (the 4 player classic) and of course, the capcom fighters.  I LOVED Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes.  It wasn’t just the games though.  It was the sort of “high” I got while a crowd of twenty people cheered for me from behind as they looked over my shoulder.  Not that I was a super pro champ, but that’s just how it was back then.  I’m also a pretty social guy and I made a LOT of good friends as well.  I haven’t seen that over here on the east coast. 

Also, I think it would be pretty awsome if Gamestop did things like:

1.  Selling comics and novels based on games.  Having book signings from authors that write the Warcraft and Dragon Age books…or at least reps for a little Q&A.  Or just publisher / dev reps period.  Hand out free stuff like posters, hats, shirts…small little contest to get you a free copy of whatever game is hot at the time.

2.  Aren’t those card games still popular?  (sorry, I was never into it)  I remember back when Dragon’s Den was THE place to be, there were several tables setup.  It was packed too.  People were playing D&D or the Magic CG. 

3.  Have an internet gaming cafe…sell drinks, snacks, sandwiches and such.  Have tables setup with WiFi. 

4.  Have REAL competitions…not the 6 person Madden ones because that’s all you could fit in the store before it became a fire hazzard.  Get some huge plasma’s in there.  Hold those good old SF tournaments.  Or a FPS multiplayer competition.  Anything to get people in even if you have to charge money for tickets or entrance fee.  It’s better than the trade-in thing they have going on.  At least that’s how I feel anyway. 

5.  Job recruitment…I think that would be exciting.  Talk to a rep about work benefits, what you need to apply and all that stuff.  Of course you can READ about it online but that takes the fun out of it…well it does for me at least. 

6.  Live music – Jack Black played at Blizzcon right?  I’m sure there are plenty of underdog bands who would be more than happy to give it shot…and plenty of people who would love listening.  

7.  Old Movie showings – I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan of anime, but there are a few I wouldn’t mind watching over and over.  Spriggan is an all-time favorite of mine for one. 

8.  Cosplay contests

I don’t think trade-ins are good for long term.  Sure there are plenty of people who love being able to save $5 here and there.  And yeah, it does add up.  But you also have that angry mob who remembers the first and LAST time they would ever trade a game in.  I forget what game it was… but I remember only getting $7 bucks for it.  Came back a few days later and saw the same game being sold for $39.99 vs $44.99 new. 

Now for me, I’d slash at least $15.  NOT because I’m speaking from a customer’s standpoint…but MORE people would be drawn to that which would eventually MORE than make up for the initial slash.  And since trade-in purchases are 100% profit they are still ahead of the game even if they sold it for $20.  My old boss use to tell me that selling a game alone, the store would only make about $2 profit.  That was back in 96 when I worked for Software Etc.  Not sure if it changed since.  I can’t imagine it’s more though…

Even at Best Buy…selling a PS3 alone would actually COST the company money.  That’s why there was all this forced bundle garbage they tried to hit you with when all you wanted was the system.  But come on…there are so many innovative and fun things a GAME store can do especially in today’s world. 

Are there a lot of places like what I’m talking about in other areas of the world?  I’ve come across some huge arcades on the internet, but they weren’t really anything more than just an arcade. 

Anyway…  I guess I wanted to know:  Would most of you not care and just stay home anyway?  Or would you be more inclined to go to a place that was more like a mini E3 showcase?  I’ve toyed with the idea for years on whether or not I should try to devote resources into opening such a place.  Sort of a little dream I guess.  My brother seems to think it would be doomed to fail because of online play.  Maybe he’s right.  Maybe I’m still trapped in that era to some extent?  Then again I watch things like Blizzcon, or Comic Con and it really does fire off some heavy feelings of excitement in me.

* The Gaming RIG – SAVIOR to Duke Nukem Forever *

Okay so everyone of course knows that Duke Forever’s offical reviews left tons of people scratching their heads.  Being a huge Duke 3D fan, of course I was on the same boat.  I sat here in my dining room with my laptop reading one terrible review after another.  THEN I got to Jim Sterling’s review on Destructoid.  You can read it below:


This review made me laugh and cry at the same time.  Ironically though, it’s what made me get up and just buy the game.  Fast forward to a week or so later, it is apparent that almost EVERYTHING that was being torn apart in the game was for the CONSOLE versions.  I have it on PC and the game isn’t anywhere NEAR as bad as the reviews even IGNs own.

In the gaming world there are a LOT of tech savvy players out there.  However, there are still those who assume that they don’t have a choice because they feel “I dont have 13 thousand dollars to buy a gaming rig” as one of many few posters here on IGN have commented.  If you go to Alienware particularly, they sell gaming systems for as high as 6 or 9 thousand dollars depending on what you want.  I had a LOT of customers who fell victim to their marketing.  One regular in particular is now 20k in debt to Alienware alone just because he’s a loyal fan and refuses to go through anyone else as far as custom builds.   

Back to my point – I may not have the fastest system in the east…but it’s fast enough:

AMD 6 Core CPU at 3.1GBZ – 8GB of DDR3 RAM – 2x 1GB DDR5 Saphire ATI cards at Crossfire of course – Solid state drive with Windows 7 64bit installed on it – SATA III 500GB HD for everything else.  The main board has 4 USB 3 ports, 4 USB 2, 2 Firewire, fantastic integrated sound (supports a 5.1 surround sound) and overall a Windows rating of 8.1.  Again, NOT the fastest thing BUT fantastic enough to drag any game through the mud.  You might want to go on Alienware’s site or perhaps Best Buy and compare specs and costs.  How much did this thing cost me?  $942.  That’s it.  ALL brand new, warranty and all.  That’s because I went overboard too because I wanted to learn a few things about some of the more recent toys put out there.  And that still may seem like a lot to you BUT consider that this is something in which for GAMING purposes which is what I really use it for, will NOT have to be upgraded for a long LONG time. 

If you happen to have a desktop that’s 4 or even 5 years old there is a good chance you can upgrade and make significant changes to get a nice gaming system.

Games like Duke Nukem Forever LOOK great, loads FAST (4 second load times and COUNTING), plays smooth, Batman AA looks and sounds fantastic.  Mass Effect 2?  Completely blows away the console versions.  I mean, consoles look good BUT when you see it on PC, no comparrison. 

WHAT ABOUT BUGS?  THAT’S WHY I BUY FOR CONSOLES – True enough that there are some games out there that ship with bugs.  Most games though are pretty good.  An even BETTER plus that players may not all know, is the modding community.  Batman AA is an awsome example.  One site I go to, they gave Batman the suit from the Dark Night.  Street Fighter 4 and soon Super Street Fighter 4 AE – awsome costumes and even new stages.  Dragon Age: Origins – People added new cut scenes to the game.  Mostly to make the romance scenes a lot more…”mature” heh.  Anyway, there it is.  Just a few examples. 

CONTROLS? – For games like Super Street Fighter, you can of course buy a control that is a PS3 or XBOX 360 replica for PC.  Plug it into the USB port and that’s that.  Nothing more to it.  They are like $30 and up depending on if you want turbo, programmable buttons, wireless, etc. 

All in all for the most part… you get uncomparable amazing graphics, better overall performance and a lot of cool free extras from mods out there.  If you’re a Duke Nukem 3D fan, make sure you get the Duke Nukem 3D High Resolution pack too if you haven’t already heard or have it.  Do a search for it and see for yourself.  Character models are all redone and music as well.  They did an awsome job. 

Well, AGAIN I’ll say that I KNOW most of you out there are tech savvy.  I am NOT trying to say I am the best and most all knowing tech in the field.  God knows I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself and still learning as new stuff comes out.   But for those of you who I have found on the site that did NOT know…  this post is definitely worth considering.

Chrono Break?

I am a huge HUGE fan of the original Chrono Trigger.  I think that it was…IS still one of the best rpgs I have ever played even today.  After playing through CT several times, I prayed that Square would release a sequel.  Needless to say when I found out, I jumped up so high that I pulled a Wiley Coyote and smashed my head into the ceiling of where I worked (which was Software Etc at the time).

Sadly…Chrono Cross ended up being a horrid disappointment and I feel it is one of the worst games I have ever played period.  Perhaps if it were a stand alone with NO connection to the original I may have felt differently.  Then I came to find out that the original team who worked on CT had left Square and apparently went to work for Monolith. 

Fast forward to roughly 30 minutes ago, I accidentally found an article on the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrono_Break talking about an interest in a sequel to Chrono Cross.  Worse yet, by the same group who made Cross.  Now, I know that there are people out there who thought CC was a great game and enjoyed it.  Thing is though…  why are so many game devs not getting it?

When you have an award winning formula to a game, why trash it?  Why would Bioware create a game like Dragon Age: Origins, a great expansion like Awakening and THEN put out a SEQUEL called Dragon Age II?  I understand that many of the employees from back in the glory days are gone.  Still, that’s NO excuse.  Make these new people sit down and PLAY the damn classic!  Make them understand – “Look, THIS is what got us on this pedestal.  Take it and make it BETTER.”  Simple as that.  Same thing with Duke Nukem Forever.  The game deserved MUCH better than what it got, but 2K and Gearbox could have used Duke to put themselves on top.  What’s another year or two with a game people didn’t even believe would come out?  That is yet another long story which I would like to talk about another time.

Getting back to my main point.  I really hope that Square-Enix start to take their current rpgs a bit more seriously.  I’m tired of controlling a girly boy wearing water shoes and a big fat yellow windbreaker with a giant sword.  Tired of saying “Wait, is that a girl?  No…no I think its a guy”.  Finally Fantasy VII and VIII did just great without voice over work.  Sometimes I feel like they should keep it that way.  Those dumb speed racer expressions that characters in the new games hold for ten seconds before they start talking. 

Bring back characters like Cecil or Locke.  Cloud and Squall.  I don’t mean THEM specifically but main characters who actually LOOK like they can take a beating and can lead a group into a battle that meant certain death.  Would you follow Tidus to fight SIN?  Not me.  Now Auron, is a different story.  Thanks to him I was able to finsih FF X.  

Now I know that there are millions of people who don’t agree and think that all FF games and Chrono Cross was great…but after playing FF 2 and 3 for SNES, 7 and 8 for PS and a classic like Chrono Trigger… I would think I could expect more or better than what they have released.  Especially with their MMOs…jeez.  And now they’re in serious financial trouble too so I read.  LOOK AT YOUR PAST WINNERS Square-Enix.  

Of course I’m curious to know what others think.  This is all just my opinion of course…