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« Reply #80 on: October 11, 2010, 05:08:58 PM »

So is this the best game evar? I tried the demo and thought it was pretty meh. Aside from some issues with saved games, it seems to be getting glowing praise here.
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« Reply #81 on: October 11, 2010, 05:30:29 PM »

It's a great game that has been lovingly crafted and polished. While it's not innovative in any way, it's hard to imagine how they could have executed this concept much better.

IGN, GameSpot and GameTrailers all gave the game rather low scores, while all other publications I've seen have given it excellent ratings. It seems the three of them slam the game for not being Castlevania-like enough for them, which is really a rather silly thing to pull points for. The GameTrailers reviewer also seems to have been completely retarded. He complains about the platforming sections in a way that reveal his total lack of attention to the signals the game shows you. He complains about falling to his death because of a lack of direction and inconsistent platforming controls, which is flat out wrong. He's probably trying to use the same way of controlling your character as in Uncharted, which would indeed get you killed quickly because it would cause you to jump or drop to your death when you intended to do something else. As long as you use the controls the game tells you to do in the tutorials however, it's almost impossible to die during these segments.
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« Reply #82 on: October 11, 2010, 10:50:30 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on October 11, 2010, 05:30:29 PM

As long as you use the controls the game tells you to do in the tutorials however, it's almost impossible to die during these segments.


Agreed- the platforming is quite reasonable and I haven't had an issue with not knowing where to go or inadvertently dying. 
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« Reply #83 on: October 12, 2010, 01:33:00 PM »

Played up until chapter 3 I think last night - my first real sitting with the game since I bought it.

The visuals are certainly stunning - the devs/art team really put all they could into this title and it shows  beautifully. As I was playing I was thinking about all the games that I would like to see in this type of setting - very nice stuff.

Combat is GoW - but hey I liked it then and I like it now - so I am satisfied. I do admit that I cannot remember ALL the possible combos so the pause button gets a ton of play from me so that I can go back to my travel book and re-learn.

One thing that I am not sure if I like is the level design where there are 2 paths - I am the type of gamer where I feel regret for not heading down path left instead of path right. I was more than a little confused when I got to the 'spider' level where there were 2 paths etc. But it all worked out in the end. I guess I can replay the levels later and try to remember to take the alternate paths - but who am I kidding Tongue

All in all - I am really liking the game. The absence of the castle is a little odd - but I am not going to knock the game for this.

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« Reply #84 on: October 12, 2010, 02:19:04 PM »

Quote from: Roman on October 12, 2010, 01:33:00 PM

One thing that I am not sure if I like is the level design where there are 2 paths - I am the type of gamer where I feel regret for not heading down path left instead of path right. I was more than a little confused when I got to the 'spider' level where there were 2 paths etc. But it all worked out in the end. I guess I can replay the levels later and try to remember to take the alternate paths - but who am I kidding Tongue

This.  I don't enjoy those sections.  The swamp level was worse, though.  In the spider level I felt like I covered most of the areas.  But even then, it took twice as long making sure.

This save game fiasco has me waiting to see if a solution or patch or way to avoid it comes up.  Waiting is not good, as I'll lose the flow of the game, but I'd rather do that than lose all my progress.  I know me, I wouldn't play again.
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« Reply #85 on: October 12, 2010, 02:58:38 PM »

where does the save game issue come into play?

Another thing that I noticed was that there is no save and quit option?
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« Reply #86 on: October 12, 2010, 03:06:38 PM »

Argh! The Music Box level was NOT fun! Glad to be done with that. At chapter 10 now, and only two more to go after this. I feel like I have all the powerups and abilities at this point.

Baba Yaga's voice actor sucks.
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« Reply #87 on: October 12, 2010, 04:11:44 PM »

Quote from: Roman on October 12, 2010, 02:58:38 PM

where does the save game issue come into play?

ahh - looks to be a gaystation 3 only bug. Phew.
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« Reply #88 on: October 12, 2010, 04:26:08 PM »

Quote from: Roman on October 12, 2010, 04:11:44 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 12, 2010, 02:58:38 PM

where does the save game issue come into play?

ahh - looks to be a gaystation 3 only bug. Phew.

From what I've heard it's not, but the 360 is able to recover from it, possibly without any issues.

And WTF? Gaystation? Are we in kindergarten here?
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« Reply #89 on: October 12, 2010, 04:31:14 PM »

no I am just having a little fun. I own a gaystation 3 anyway.
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« Reply #90 on: October 12, 2010, 04:36:25 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 12, 2010, 02:19:04 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 12, 2010, 01:33:00 PM

One thing that I am not sure if I like is the level design where there are 2 paths - I am the type of gamer where I feel regret for not heading down path left instead of path right. I was more than a little confused when I got to the 'spider' level where there were 2 paths etc. But it all worked out in the end. I guess I can replay the levels later and try to remember to take the alternate paths - but who am I kidding Tongue

This.  I don't enjoy those sections.  The swamp level was worse, though.  In the spider level I felt like I covered most of the areas.  But even then, it took twice as long making sure.


The game basically encourages you to go back and replay levels to get items you didn't have powers to get before and to beat certain challenges.  So, if you missed a path, the game basically wants you to go back and play and you can grab the other path that time.
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« Reply #91 on: October 12, 2010, 04:45:30 PM »

You can usually (perhaps even always) do all paths on the first go as long as you're careful not to jump down large drops that isolate you from the branch. If you see a drop, turn back and try the other path before jumping down.
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« Reply #92 on: October 12, 2010, 10:50:02 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 12, 2010, 02:19:04 PM

This save game fiasco has me waiting to see if a solution or patch or way to avoid it comes up.  Waiting is not good, as I'll lose the flow of the game, but I'd rather do that than lose all my progress.  I know me, I wouldn't play again.

I've been copying the save after each night's play session so if I does happen to me again I won't be out too much time.  Still it's a testament to how much I love the game that, despite losing over 6 hours of progress, I immediately started replaying it and still had a great time (indeed I really learned the ins and outs of the combat system much better the second time around). 

I certainly hope they patch it but Far Cry 2 had a similar issue and I don't think it ever got patched (or if it did it took a really long time).  I'm really disappointed about how lax certification standards have got this generation. 
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« Reply #93 on: October 12, 2010, 11:37:15 PM »

But do we know that the error occurs when loading the save and not when overwriting the existing save?  It seems to me if your save gets borked, backing it up isn't going to do any good.
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« Reply #94 on: October 13, 2010, 12:32:18 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 12, 2010, 11:37:15 PM

But do we know that the error occurs when loading the save and not when overwriting the existing save?  It seems to me if your save gets borked, backing it up isn't going to do any good.

I haven't seen any confirmation either way- if the error is occurring during overwriting then having a backup should at least ensure you don't lose more than a session's worth of effort.  If the error is during loading then obviously a backup probably won't fix it. 

From what I saw when my own save was corrupted, the entire file just disappeared from the system.  So, in theory, as long as there is a save listed to backup you should be fine. 
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« Reply #95 on: October 13, 2010, 01:25:20 PM »

Just finished the game on Warrior difficulty (ie. Normal). Holy crap, the whole ending and final battle was incredibly epic. For those of you wondering what this game has to do with the Castlevania franchise, you'll get to know the answer in the end, and boy is the answer given in style! smile

The whole thing took me 17 hours, and I enjoyed every one of them. I'm really looking forward to the sequel now.
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« Reply #96 on: October 13, 2010, 01:46:48 PM »

I have not got to play much, for some reason I got wrapped into Icewind Dale and reading.

But glad its looking to be as good to the end as it is the first 2 hours..  slywink
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« Reply #97 on: October 13, 2010, 10:34:05 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on October 13, 2010, 01:25:20 PM

Just finished the game on Warrior difficulty (ie. Normal). Holy crap, the whole ending and final battle was incredibly epic. For those of you wondering what this game has to do with the Castlevania franchise, you'll get to know the answer in the end, and boy is the answer given in style! smile

How long do you think it took you to finish the last three chapters?  I'm on 10-1 and I'm wondering if I can push through and finish tonight in a 2-3 hour session.  I always hate to stop playing a game when I'm within an hour or two of finishing. 
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« Reply #98 on: October 14, 2010, 04:39:07 AM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 13, 2010, 10:34:05 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 13, 2010, 01:25:20 PM

Just finished the game on Warrior difficulty (ie. Normal). Holy crap, the whole ending and final battle was incredibly epic. For those of you wondering what this game has to do with the Castlevania franchise, you'll get to know the answer in the end, and boy is the answer given in style! smile

How long do you think it took you to finish the last three chapters?  I'm on 10-1 and I'm wondering if I can push through and finish tonight in a 2-3 hour session.  I always hate to stop playing a game when I'm within an hour or two of finishing. 

The last two chapters are pretty short, at least. There are a few puzzles in this part of the game which may or may not take some time. Can't guarantee you'll be able to get through it all in 2-3 hours.
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« Reply #99 on: October 14, 2010, 07:35:32 AM »

A patch for the PS3 version seems to be coming soon. It will fix the save corruption issue.
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« Reply #100 on: October 14, 2010, 01:08:43 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on October 14, 2010, 07:35:32 AM

A patch for the PS3 version seems to be coming soon. It will fix the save corruption issue.

Yeah, I read that last night and decided that I will hold off playing until it comes out.  Don't want to lose progress.
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« Reply #101 on: October 17, 2010, 09:36:23 PM »

is it safe to say that if I'm not digging this game by the titan fight I'm not going to be hooked at all?

NM, I just noticed that for some reason my health is below half starting out the titan fight even though I had it at full during Pan's Temple.  I'm not sure if it's a glitch but the game wasn't grabbing me before I saw that, so back it goes.  I will give them immense credit for all the details they put into the game environments, the gameplay itself isn't my cup of tea though.
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« Reply #102 on: October 17, 2010, 09:50:28 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on October 14, 2010, 01:08:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 14, 2010, 07:35:32 AM

A patch for the PS3 version seems to be coming soon. It will fix the save corruption issue.

Yeah, I read that last night and decided that I will hold off playing until it comes out.  Don't want to lose progress.

Hopefully "soon" isn't as vague as it usually is.
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« Reply #103 on: October 17, 2010, 10:34:41 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2010, 09:36:23 PM

is it safe to say that if I'm not digging this game by the titan fight I'm not going to be hooked at all?

NM, I just noticed that for some reason my health is below half starting out the titan fight even though I had it at full during Pan's Temple.  I'm not sure if it's a glitch but the game wasn't grabbing me before I saw that, so back it goes.  I will give them immense credit for all the details they put into the game environments, the gameplay itself isn't my cup of tea though.

Health doesn't save- if you die then you start with just under half the health. 

I realize that it is probably too late but most people seem to think the game doesn't start to get really good until Chapter 3 and you shouldn't judge it by Chapters 1 and 2.  Personally I loved Chapters 1 and 2 as well but that kind of seems to be the minority opinion. 
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« Reply #104 on: October 17, 2010, 10:45:45 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 17, 2010, 10:34:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2010, 09:36:23 PM

is it safe to say that if I'm not digging this game by the titan fight I'm not going to be hooked at all?

NM, I just noticed that for some reason my health is below half starting out the titan fight even though I had it at full during Pan's Temple.  I'm not sure if it's a glitch but the game wasn't grabbing me before I saw that, so back it goes.  I will give them immense credit for all the details they put into the game environments, the gameplay itself isn't my cup of tea though.

Health doesn't save- if you die then you start with just under half the health. 

I realize that it is probably too late but most people seem to think the game doesn't start to get really good until Chapter 3 and you shouldn't judge it by Chapters 1 and 2.  Personally I loved Chapters 1 and 2 as well but that kind of seems to be the minority opinion. 

if it's reloading the last checkpoint it should at least give you what you had when the checkpoint was saved.  meh, doesn't matter, I just dropped it in the mailbox.
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« Reply #105 on: October 17, 2010, 11:50:41 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2010, 10:45:45 PM

if it's reloading the last checkpoint it should at least give you what you had when the checkpoint was saved.  meh, doesn't matter, I just dropped it in the mailbox.

Eh, it's a balancing act since it prevents you from screwing yourself by having a checkpoint save when you have almost zero health.  Once you get access to Light Magic it's relatively easy to rebuild your health very rapidly. 
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« Reply #106 on: October 18, 2010, 05:40:53 AM »

meh, lost my save game adter a hard run this weekend, ugh
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« Reply #107 on: October 18, 2010, 12:00:15 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 17, 2010, 11:50:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2010, 10:45:45 PM

if it's reloading the last checkpoint it should at least give you what you had when the checkpoint was saved.  meh, doesn't matter, I just dropped it in the mailbox.

Eh, it's a balancing act since it prevents you from screwing yourself by having a checkpoint save when you have almost zero health.  Once you get access to Light Magic it's relatively easy to rebuild your health very rapidly. 

Or they could just a) put you at full health or b) keep you at whatever health you had when you got to the save, unless it was less than half, then give you half.
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« Reply #108 on: October 18, 2010, 01:47:25 PM »

I'm getting pretty tired of the puzzles in this game. I don't even care about getting the extra XP for solving them. Thank goodness they don't actually make you pay for a solution to them. I'm in the Electric Laboratory now and it wants me to stand on the round plate and punch to activate/deactivate the tesla towers. I've tried every move I have and it doesn't do anything. Do I need to purchase a skill move to continue?
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« Reply #109 on: October 18, 2010, 01:49:36 PM »

You need to do the ground punch, not the forward punch. Press and hold both L2 and Triangle (on the PS3) at the same time, if I remember correctly. You don't need to purchase anything.
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« Reply #110 on: October 20, 2010, 01:10:50 PM »

Just beat the Lycan 'god' last night and am really, really enjoying this game.
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« Reply #111 on: October 21, 2010, 01:38:17 AM »

how the heck do I 'tear down walls' that are marked as: you may be able to tear this wall down?

I am a failure - please help.
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« Reply #112 on: October 21, 2010, 02:01:16 AM »

Quote from: Roman on October 21, 2010, 01:38:17 AM

how the heck do I 'tear down walls' that are marked as: you may be able to tear this wall down?

I am a failure - please help.

You need a special ability though I'm not sure if you have it yet:

Spoiler for Hiden:
  I believe you engage Shadow magic and then hold down R2 to charge up sprint and then release it in the direction you want to bust through the wall.
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« Reply #113 on: October 21, 2010, 04:55:49 AM »

Yup that's it. Althoughnfor me it's the left trigger  icon_biggrin figured it out thanks.
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« Reply #114 on: October 21, 2010, 06:43:29 AM »

Having a lot of fun with this game.  I do like the way they handle health in that it is up to you during combat and based on how well you do some fights can be finished quickly.  I was fighting one boss and noticed something
after the 5th try that made it really easy which I like in that I need to find out weaknesses and watch how the enemy attacks.  I'm on the V chapter playing on the next to hardest difficulty. 
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« Reply #115 on: October 21, 2010, 02:52:07 PM »

I was able to stack my coupon with the $30 deal they had at Kmart this week to get Castlevania for the PS3 for $5 when I bought Vanquish.  I'll probably hold off on playing it for a while in the hopes that they patch out that savegame corruption bug, but otherwise I'm looking forward to it! icon_cool

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« Reply #116 on: October 28, 2010, 10:55:32 PM »

The PS3 patch is apparently out now!

Fixes the save issue and adds some "cosmetic changes" whatever those are.
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« Reply #117 on: October 28, 2010, 11:36:13 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 28, 2010, 10:55:32 PM

The PS3 patch is apparently out now!

Fixes the save issue and adds some "cosmetic changes" whatever those are.

Sweet!  I can keep on playing now.
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« Reply #118 on: October 29, 2010, 06:18:10 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on October 18, 2010, 01:49:36 PM

You need to do the ground punch, not the forward punch. Press and hold both L2 and Triangle (on the PS3) at the same time, if I remember correctly. You don't need to purchase anything.

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« Reply #119 on: October 29, 2010, 07:07:27 PM »

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 29, 2010, 06:18:10 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 18, 2010, 01:49:36 PM

You need to do the ground punch, not the forward punch. Press and hold both L2 and Triangle (on the PS3) at the same time, if I remember correctly. You don't need to purchase anything.

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