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10396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc (SRPG for the DS [Mitsuda composing]) on: August 14, 2006, 08:16:17 AM
I'd like to know if she was just not interested in the selection like Gast, or if she thinks the idea's stupid still and refuses to touch it because of that regardless of the lineup. :P
10397  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations on RPGs, please? on: August 14, 2006, 03:30:38 AM
I really liked SuikIII myself. The end part sucked though, probably because the director left towards the end of the game's development. I'd say if you can get it for cheap, get it anyway. But it probably shouldn't be prioritized over the other games (though I'd pick it over Grandia 1, and the PS2 port of Grandia 2 sounds bad.)
10398  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations on RPGs, please? on: August 14, 2006, 12:39:40 AM
Xenosaga... I liked the first, but a lot of people didn't. I hated II, and so did a lot of fans of 1, but some people liked it - they either were able to deal with the gameplay or are madmen who genuinely enjoy it. III sounds like it is the best in the series hands down, but after being burned by II, I'm cautiously optimistic.

Nevertheless, I will play it to the end if only to finish the story, and if you're going to get the XS games you may as well go and get III as well. Heck, III has text summaries of 1 and 2 apparantly, so you could feasibly skip both games, though I wouldn't recommand it.

I can't comment on Legendia, but for the Grandia games, or at least 1 and 2.... I had fun with them, personally. 1 was ok at the start, boring after crossing the End of the World (a place, not an event), then was really enjoyable for disc 2. Grandia II meanwhile is consistantly good, and the more recommanded of the two. Their stories can be entertaining, but honestly are stupid cliched bullshit. And both pull horrible twists at the end that undermine major plot events, an act I call pulling a Grandia thanks to these two doing it twice /in a row/. If you want me to be more specific...
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Both have major heroines sacrifice themselves, only to be resurrected in a horribly contrived method at the end of the game, thus not only undermining what they've done, but cheapening the story on a whole, possibly to the point where it really is just a bunch of rubbish.

Oh, and BoF: It is short, but it'd be murder if it was longer. The game uses something called the SOL system, Scenario Overlay. It's like a new game +, but you only keep unspent Party EXP, all skills you've learned, and items that are stored in the new game, and more cutscenes are availble when you replay. It's also pretty challenging thanks to these and other factors, and if you die you have to either restart at the last save point, or at the beginning of the game. To further compound this, you now have a D-Counter which, after you've fully unlocked the dragon powers, steadily rises throughout the game, and moreso when you use the dragon powers - there is no way to lower this short of using the SOL features, and if you reach 100 the game ends. Don't let that scare you off though, it's a one of a kind experince you won't get with any other game, and I'm told the ending is amongst the best game endings ever.
10399  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 13, 2006, 10:56:47 PM
... Or in this case, hit the hornet's nest, then make a tree fall over on you and kill you.

Well, may as well get closer to being on topic than we were before this mess started. Good point Gast. However, I think most of those examples are also games they could be easily advertized and sold in the US: Tekken, Ace Combat, and MGS are all major franchises over here afterall.
10400  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 13, 2006, 10:17:59 PM
"Cyberstalking" eh? I only read the top part, but like said before, mean pictures in one thread's not that severe. And if you're constantly harassed, it might be a good idea to see /why/ you are. Another good thing to do is, uhh, stop giving them ammo. Seriously, you're best just ignoring people if they bug you, and anytime you try to tell them to stop because 'it's illegal' is going to be the same as hitting a hornet's nest with a bat: It's only going to piss them off so they warm at you en masse, which will almost certainly happen now pending something like a lock.

Edit: And even if you actually reported it, how seriously could they enforce it? I can't see it being easy to explain this to the cops and actually make them not blow you off.
10401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc (SRPG for the DS [Mitsuda composing]) on: August 13, 2006, 09:59:49 PM
I haven't heard much of his music, but I have to admit that I really liked the sound of SGF2's OST.
10402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 13, 2006, 09:58:28 PM
Better I think to hear what the reviewer thinks, and not have his opinion expressly stated as a fact, but I think I just plain don't notice either way.

... And you didn't not just drag in the 'it's against the law' angle. You've just fucked yourself over, to be blunt.

Edit: To add more to the 'internet harassment' is illegal... I think that's for stuff much, much more serious than a few pictures. Like finding out where you live and other means to contact you and harassing by those too. Not for 'posts a few mean pictures in one thread on a forum'.
10403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 13, 2006, 08:59:22 PM
Guys, you need to calm down with this rampant picture posting. You're only going to continue to distract him from answering just why reviewing in first person is such a bad thing in the first place!
10404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc (SRPG for the DS [Mitsuda composing]) on: August 13, 2006, 07:18:29 PM
... Yeah. You're going to have to die pal. Sorry. :(
10405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: August 13, 2006, 04:19:35 AM
Quote from: "Fadedsun"
I love both III and IV. Although, the general opinion of those games is that they sucked.


The general opinion seems to be that no one can agree outside of 1 being at least one of the weakest. I've seen people who didn't like the SNES ones but the PSX ones, people that like IV but not III, or III but not IV (myself and the Hardcore Gaming 101 guy), and V... Not only should that probably not be factored in to being so different, but thanks to what I just said it will only appeal to BoF fans if it's style and gameplay appeals to them as well.

As for VP:L: It's impressive for a portable machine... until you factor in that it's also perfectly capable of nearly-PS2 graphics in that system as well, and that every spec of the PSP is superior to the original PSX outside of button count and resolution, and the latter only applies for high res PSX graphics - the normal resolution, or at least the minimum resolution, easily fits into the PSP screen. That can be seen when comparing VP:L with VP for any area that's more than a screen wide - in fact, it's only zoomed in for areas there were only a screen wide on the PSX because the screen is /too big/ now, so they want it to be consistantly wide screen and not have odd, stand out areas that don't fill the screen. I think it still stands out poorly but whatever.

So while it's not a horrible port that ruins the game, it is certainly /not/ a good one either. If PS2 games can be ported near-flawlessly and PSX games apparantly being easy enough to emulate that they can start selling them in a new download service, then the PSP port could've had an extra month or two to be fine tuned and been near-perfect and not simply serviceable.
10406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations on RPGs, please? on: August 13, 2006, 01:17:08 AM
Yeah, I should've noted that even though we may not have the better ones to make the games look worse, some people still hate it.

The story for 3's supposed to be good, but 2's I found horrible. Victor Ireland prefers it for some reason, but it tries to handle several plot threads... In a game that can be beaten in under 20 hours. In the end, you wind up rushing through several plot lines that had they only stuck with one, could've probably made a decent, albit generic, RPG. But I had a lot of fun with the gameplay, so it evened out for me.
10407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations on RPGs, please? on: August 13, 2006, 12:22:58 AM
Growlanser 2 and 3 are supposed to be the worst in the series. But the rest hasn't come out here, so they don't have to worry about being in their shadow. I enjoyed 2, as stupid as the story was.
10408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Riviera for the PSP on: August 12, 2006, 10:00:25 AM
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I never said it was a substantial improvement. But hey, I guess it's alright for you to have selective arguments that ignore half of my post, because that doesn't require intelligence, now does it?


Aren't you the one that said smoothing the hell out of them with some crappy filter makes them more "detailed"?

To be fair, it's zoomed in, so I think smaller details, even when smoothed like that, might stand out more.

If he doesn't mean that, then it's the more likely 'damn the portraits look better'. Which is the one distinct improvement I can see, even though there's not as many samples as I'd like. Unlike the backgrounds and the like, they probably had higher res versions of those portraits that got used over the versions used for the GBA.
10409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations on RPGs, please? on: August 12, 2006, 03:51:25 AM
Not quite. The basic system is roughly the same, but there's some tweaks and alterations, the most notable being that you don't recruit demons in DDS and you're limited to 3 party members. It's more of a traditional RPG in that way, as well as having more cutscenes and the like. SMT:N is more like a demonic Pokemon in that you only have the main character, who goes and recruits demons to fight alongside him.

The story in both the DDS series and SMT:N are good, but it's different in presentation and focus. Others could describe it better, but a quick way to cover it would be to say DDS focuses more on the characters, while SMT:N focuses more on the setting.
10410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico out soon on: August 12, 2006, 12:44:58 AM
Problem is you're definitely in the minority Rain. I'm sure even with many that want to play it, most of us would want at least one of those games (I'm not sure if DS3 is a typo of XS3 or actually Devil Summoner 3, but both can count here) over Ar Tonelico; I know I'm pretty much interested in all of them over it anyways. But coming out after Winter and we're done with those big hits, we'll definitely get Ar Tonelico.

Rogue Galaxy however is a bit more iffy for me, but that's irrelevant at this point.
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