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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: September 21, 2015, 10:36:22 PM
The trailer is amazing.

For some reason the graphics of SO series always impress me.  Tales of games have a good art style but SO just always seem prettier.  Here is hope for better dialog and less anime cliche

Anyway, day one purchase for sure and am hyped
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project Setsuna (or 'Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna') on: September 21, 2015, 10:34:08 PM
Sorry if asked before - any discussion about localization on this title?
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: September 03, 2015, 01:20:35 AM
Abyss.  Start the second play-through immediately.

Still think it's the best entry in the series.

4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 (updates in the 1st post) on: June 15, 2015, 11:27:21 PM
Agreed, I hope also that this don't come out too long with how he's already busy with KH3, 2019 here we come

Another thought, with no news about FF16, would this constitutes as a main game entry or similar in scope?  Given how big and expensive this is going to cost, they can't be making another one at same time can they
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII for PS4 on: June 15, 2015, 10:46:24 PM
Best thing about this news is that Nomura is directing, probably the best choice at this point and only that could do a good job at this
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 20, 2015, 11:41:59 PM
BTW, that's much hard one to guess avatar wise!

Baten kaitos origins though, oddly never beaten that game or the first one - come to think of it the only rpg I finished on the gamecube was tales of symphonia
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 20, 2015, 11:19:04 PM

It holds dear in my heart but I never finished the game - shame really I know :(
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 20, 2015, 10:42:52 PM
Are we still listing top 10s?  I hope I'm not derailing the thread :) 

Yeah my definition of RPGs include soul games...

10. Legend of Dragoon
9. Xenosaga
8. Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
7. Tales of the Abyss
6. Final Fantasy X
5. Star Ocean 3
4. Persona 3
3. Tales of Graces F
2. Final Fantasy VII
1. Dark Souls

Last one was really hard - I'm torn between FF8/9, Suikoden 3, Resonance of Fate, Persona 4, Dragon age Origins, etc etc...
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 20, 2015, 03:09:51 AM
Good job dice.. It's wayyyyyyyyyyyyy better.

I have to admit.  I love the series and will definitely pre-order this one.  The girl's nose is turning me off big time.  All the other pictures are gorgeous though, the HD towns, the main guy looks cliche but pretty decent, but the girl...
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: January 05, 2015, 03:07:53 AM
That's what I thought... The game looks good and I'm hungry for another Action JPRG on the PS3 after Xillia 2... I guess will go with the Chinese version then.  Hopefully this sees a western release despite how unlikely it could be, we'll see...
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: January 05, 2015, 02:55:22 AM
Can someone fill me in the probability of this getting localized? Not that familar with the shining franchise.  I played a few during the PS2 era but SEGA seems to stop localizing them. 

Thinking about picking up the Chinese version on Play-Asia.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 18, 2014, 11:48:13 PM
From what I've seen: It's kinda basic Tales.  I'm sure it'll work well for a handheld, but (and I've said it before) I think the game did more as an NDS title than it will as a Vita title.  But I've heard decent things (some good, some bad) and I'm sure it'll be worth to see a technically missing title.

Good to know.  Other than the graphics difference, I am curious what other major differences are.  I have heard that the combat is quite good.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 18, 2014, 05:38:11 PM

j/k aside, I agree that Vesperia hit a high note in graphic style.  The cel-shading looks stunning and most likely reduce demand on the graphics card because it is a bit more blurry?  I don't see why would they not to attempt to try that style again.  The world design of Vesperia looks a lot better than say Xillia - some of the areas in Xillia looks downright uninspired e.g. copy-pasta of the trees on those cliffs.

Is tales of Hearts R any good?  How is the game with the noise about it being a "demake"??
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 05, 2014, 12:09:48 AM
Did they ever specify why they completely jumped ship from a sci-fi anime designs to uncanny-valley real-people models??
I think it fits the tone of the story more, and they don't look that bad (in III anyway).

Really hated the change from 1->2, that was a big shock seeing completely different models.  When it comes to 3 I guess people including me get used to it.  However still felt the original faces/models are fine, not sure why they made huge changes like that.  In particular, KOS-MOS looked damn fine in 1, although the ones in 3 also looks good I still prefer the model in episode I.

Omg, what the hell happened?  Especially when the rest of the cast were drawn so much better.

Haha, is that one real?  That's quite ridiculous.  Jin is actually a pretty cool character, comparing to his sister.

Some interesting responses on battle system of XS episode II, I don't realize that the combat is so hated by many... I guess I am in the minority here in thinking it is quite interesting with the boost system (if I remember correctly?) and how you can make combos.   I remember it is quite different from episode 1, and they ditched all the changes in 3.  Back then I liked the combat of 2 much better than 1 and 3 because it deviated from the traditional turn-based formula quite a bit.

In an attempt to bring back on-topic (sorry for the derailment)
Playing Symphonia for the first time (never had a gamecube). Seven hours in, and i'm having a hard time enjoying the battles. The normal encounters seems so slow-paced, and it feels like i'm not getting stronger. I'm not that fond of the characters either, but i can sense there'll possibly be some good development on Lloyd. Well, these are only my first impression, will play some more, since i am enjoying the story so far.
I think it gets better later.  The combat in this game is probably slightly out-dated in tales standards - it gets better as you goes through the story though.  I don't believe you can do free-runs in this one, so it probably feels limited if you played the later tales games.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 04, 2014, 12:01:41 AM
Regarding the top 5 JRPG battle system list, my personal list:

1. ToGF: hands down the most well-tuned and fun battle system in JRPG period.  ToGF gets a lot of flak especially towards characters and the storyline, but I think no doubt they have designed the best battle system in tales to-date.  I was never bored in battles even in optional dungeons.  The MA are plenty and can be used often - somehow I've never got bored with them unlike those summon animations in FF games.  The whole system including titles and how you can activate MA through long combos, is addictive and well designed.
2. Star Ocean 3: till the end of time: 3 and 4 are similar, and 3 is slightly better than 4 (never finished 4, so maybe things change).  Really enjoyed using Maria.
3. Persona 4 golden: probably the most enjoyable more or less "traditional" turn-based system.
4. Xenosaga 2: Although lot of people dislike the game, I really liked the combat due to its unique take on turn-based system
5. Resonance of fate: very unique battle system, figuring this thing out is like a puzzle.  Although later on it gets repetitive and boring.

HM: Legend of dragoon, Shadow hearts games : "gimmicky" battle systems that was very interesting but gets less fun towards the late game.  I guess RoF is also similar but I am little biased since IMO RoF is a under-appreciated game.

Edit: yeah forgot about Grandia 3, that's was a great system.  Too bad I only finished half and couldn't force myself to finish the whole game.  I thought the second half sucked pretty bad.
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