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Cblogs of 03/10/2010 + Sykisms

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It's hard to describe my feelings about Final Fantasy XIII. On the one hand it's horrifically slow to get going and does pretty much play itself for the first few hours. On the other hand it features possibly the most likable cast of any FF game to date (Pedobear approved Vanille excepted), has a brilliantly paced story and a battle system that starts out simple and grows to become insanely deep. When I can spend hours in the menu tweaking my paradigms in preparation of an upcoming boss fight then I know this isn't a simple system. I've heard people bitching and moaning about the Auto option on the battle menu but the stunning thing about that is that A) the auto commands are usually stuff you were going to do anyway and B) you don't have to use it. There's an option in the settings menu (which some people are genuinely unaware of) which lets you set whether the cursor defaults to Auto or to the Abilities sub-menu. Selecting lots of different abilities is very useful when you're trying to fill up a Gestalt gauge during a Eidolon battle. Bottom line though is that FF13 takes a bit of time to get going but once it gets into its stride it's right up there as a great game.

Also don't bitch about the game being linear, FF10 was one linear path from start to finish.

Sorry for the late recaps, I kinda fell asleep.



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M - Garrus is a sexy beast
P - Sega Addicts podcast has finally kicked off
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C - Thoughts on the Battlestar Galactica MMO
C - Why don't you have a PS3 yet?
C - Why aren't there more ugly women in videogames?
S - Stewie is looking for a writing job
S - A few things about gaming in Iceland



N - Torchlight coming to consoles?
N - Monkey Island 2 SE on it's way, just to remind you how vastly inferior it is to the first game
T - Zim's headed to PAX East, so here are his early impressions of FF13
T - More FF13 thoughts
T - Even more FF13 thoughts
T - Thoughts on Haxan, the latest SF4 character
R - Heavy Rain review
R - Reviewing Cotton 2, an old Saturn game
R - Ducktales, like you don't know this game is good
V - Rev Anthony did a lecture, you can watch it



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