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General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games
« on: January 23, 2016, 11:17:02 AM »
Mana Khemia is a game that's gotten positive feedback from readers and staff, but I despised it.

Heh. That is seriously one of my favorite games. I like Atelier in general, but I loved the way the skill tree was tied to crafting new recipes. The school setting was just icing.

So found this project on reddit yeserday, the kickstarter just started a few days ago and they have a 2 hour demo available. My expectations weren't high but I found that I really enjoyed the game. It cuts out a lot of the old school "fat" of retro style RPGs and focuses on quick ability-laden battles and (hopefully?) engaging dungeon puzzles. There's no random encounters, and zero grinding. The script is well written, and the dungeon segments are fairly short with a good pacing inbettwen side quests (diversions). Anyway I put together a review video to share the things that I liked about the project so far. Or -

Check Out Shadows of Adam on Kickstarter:
Vote to Greenlight on Steam:
Play the Demo Online:

General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:33:44 AM »
lol, "why is there all of this extra content that I don't want to use and won't affect my experience negatively at all?!" THIS GAME SUCKS!

on a related note: It would be interesting to hear how many of those people who didn't enjoy CC for all of the extraneous characters did or didn't enjoy Suikoden.

I love Suikoden. But I don't have a problem with a big roster of characters. I have a problem with a big roster of unlikeable characters.

Edit: Also I can appreciate good world building, but if I'm not enjoying the company I can't appreciate the landscape. Likeable characters are an accessible vehicle through the story/world. Games like Lunar, or Tales, or Suikoden, etc keep me going because I can form an attachment to my party. Chrono Cross was lacking this entirely for me. Instead of marveling at the cool things the game got right, I found myself put-off everytime a character spoke. I realize not everyone feels the same, but that's what makes it an unpopular opinion.

General Discussions / Re: The Old RPG games
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:26:51 AM »
I find I don't play any neo-retro games on steam because with fan translations there's more than enough legit old games to keep me busy for years.

Game Journals / Re: Daria plays Faria.
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:19:45 AM »
Faria, for all its charms, is rough as hell and I don't fault you for not finishing it. You made a valiant effort! I wrote a piece on it last year if you're interested, but I imagine you already know all there is to know!

(also, here's a teeny podcast where I talk about Faria in relation to Nichiren Buddhism)

I was enjoying the game enough. Just life happened and it got away from me. Happens more often than it doesn't. Plus in the mean time I've started up a youtube channel for old RPG reviews.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5
« on: January 17, 2016, 10:16:47 AM »
The digital version came out in December, but I think the retail versions, with all the bonus goodies, comes out later this month.

Worth remembering that if you didn't preorder you'll need to hunt down a second hand copy on eBay or wherever. It's how GaijinWorks has been operating thus far, hopefully they can eventually tackle something more suited for wider distribution (kind of expect a premium preorder via them though!)

This is the first place you should check. They preorder some of Gaijinworks games in bulk and sell them for slightly more than the preorder price.

General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games
« on: December 26, 2015, 09:08:49 PM »
Taking Trigger out of the equation all together I still hated Cross. The characters were absolutely awful, and the accents were a poor substitute for actual character identities.

I liked Lynx though. So there's that. And the environments were pretty. But I can literally name 20 other RPGs for the PSone I'd rather play.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5
« on: December 26, 2015, 08:58:46 PM »
I ordered two copies because... I figured one might be be good trade bait. While I am looking forward to playing the game, I just have so much going on gaming wise right now I probably won't even get to it when it does arrive.

Game Journals / Re: Daria plays Faria.
« on: December 26, 2015, 08:49:52 PM »
Totally never finished this. :P

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:19:23 PM »

Yay: Phantasia, Vesperia, Eternia, Abyss
Meh: Destiny, Symphonia (I'm fully aware I may have just been in a bad mood for these)
Never played: The rest.

... I'm a bad Tales fan. But the games I loved, I REALLY loved. I just need to get around to playing more of them.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:14:35 PM »
Ni no Kuni was my favorite PS3 game, so definitely stoked for this release.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours!
« on: August 01, 2015, 08:21:43 PM »
I'm really bad with music...
I pretty much don't 'hear' the music in anything unless it's legendary quality (to my own taste).
I'm really good at numbing background noise due to reasons and often, my brain will just cancel music out =/

Most of the time, after a movie, whoever I went with goes "Man, the music was great!" to which I ponder "There was music?"

All that to say: I don't remember a single song from BoF4...

This is me. I don't feel qualified to really critique music so I don't even bother. Unless it's like outstandingly good (or bad) it's just background noise to me.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS
« on: August 01, 2015, 08:19:08 PM »
Oh well.  I still like his character design, though.  I'm not the biggest Dragon Quest fan (my favorite DQ game was Rocket Slime), but something about this one seems to compel me a bit.

There is nothing wrong with loving Rocket Slime.

I also never mistook the new protagonist for girl. DQ games have always had a pretty solid medieval fantasy setting and he just looks like he has squire hair.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours!
« on: July 31, 2015, 11:17:14 AM »
A pox on everyone above me for forgetting my first entry. Considering it was designed specifically for this sort of thing. :-P

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Pretty much THE quintessential tutorial to RPGs. It'll give you a taste of everything the genre has to offer so that you know right out the game if this is or isn't the game-type for you.

-Experience with RNG battle values, delivered right away from the very first Bull-Boss that can just outright slaughter you with lucky critical. Yet completely forgiving due to the retry system.
-Teaches you about grinding by offering incentives via upgraded gear in the Battlefields; if you can't handle FFMQ's grinding then you know JRPGs aren't for you because it only gets worse.
-Very basic magic system that instructs on the fundamentals of elemental systems and limited casting costs; even rewarding you for thinking outside the box via the Healing-Hurt factor.

Who really needs RPG tutorials tho? It's not a hard genre. Read some bits, walk around and fight shit. Rinse and repeat. Mystic Quest's excessive hand holding and juvenile dialogue is more likely to bore new gamers than inspire them to try more RPGs.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours!
« on: July 31, 2015, 12:54:08 AM »
Haha. Yeah, Zelda's more like the gateway drug to RPGs. :P

edit: If it helps you can think of them more as guidelines than hard and fast rules.

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