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10531  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 27, 2006, 04:51:54 PM
I really don't like GameStop/EB's focus on pre-ordered - I liked it back when Babbages and EB were focused on selling new games, while Funcoland was nearly dedicated to used games, but now it seems like they're trying for a middle ground... But encroaching on Funcolands ratio of new/used, while focusing only on the current generation more often than not. Makes me wish/hope some new retailer focusing on games popped up, but as it is Fry's is now my favorite place for games.
10532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 27, 2006, 01:35:42 AM
Well, I consider the SH and WA series amongst the more popular RPG series - they're obviously not comparable to FF or many SE games/series, but I imagine they're still more popular than, say, MegaTen or Atelier Iris over here.
10533  Media / Single-Player RPGs / This Fall/Winter is gonna suck....but is also awesome. on: July 26, 2006, 11:49:53 PM
SMT:DS has yet to be revealed, if it even /exists/, and unless you're planning to import XS1&2 is likely never coming out in english, thanks to a combination of Namco's spotty record when it comes to localizing their RPGs, and the fact that the game apparantly just sucked.

Stuff like Duck Hunt, I think is more likely to be a much cheaper Wii VC game, a graphically updated version of the original. As for any other games (I never heard of ASH), it's entirely possible some of those games on your list will get delayed, thus further dropping the amount you'd have to spend: Rogue Galaxy already proves this.
10534  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: July 26, 2006, 08:28:15 AM
Added Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. Kind of weird given how the original VP's already there, but hey. Plus different difficulties/endings.

Edit: Didn't notice the double post, but it's been three days anyway.
10535  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 26, 2006, 08:26:11 AM
Beat Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth and got the A ending. Shouldn't have went and spoiled myself just monthes ago when Silmeria was announced, but ah well. May dabble in the Seraphic Gate later.
10536  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So what happened to Xseed? on: July 26, 2006, 04:13:26 AM
It is worrying they haven't said a thing at E3, but I don't think they'll go away that quickly - it /is/ run by Square USA's ex-president, so he's got plenty of experince.
10537  The Rest / General Discussions / The question begs to be asked: on: July 26, 2006, 12:52:33 AM
Quote from: "Mike"
And a cupcake if we like you.

I would like a cupcake.
10538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / This Fall/Winter is gonna suck....but is also awesome. on: July 25, 2006, 07:36:33 PM
Looks like the delay's unofficially confirmed.

Eh. Duno how trustworthy that is, as both DQ Heroes and FFIII are slated on their site to come out later than September while Square's site still insists both will be out in September, but then they have yet to put a page up for VP2, which is supposed to be out then too. Nevertheless, the burden's lightened.

Edit: Wait, DQ Heroes is still set to Septemer (or was pushed back up after Square announced the official date), while FFIII is missing from IGN's story of Square summer releases. Well, guess those amongst us that want Rogue Galaxy this year are fucked! And possibly those of us that wanted FFIII long before FFXII came out. But we were kinda fucked in that regard no matter when it came out.
10539  The Rest / General Discussions / The question begs to be asked: on: July 25, 2006, 05:56:55 PM
Didn't really forget, but I just don't have any use for them. Don't hate them, and you can sometimes just fuck off with them, such as right now. But how many of our topics really need them anyway? I suppose it could e interesting for some games, to see how many got it, but the only game I think that'd be remotely interesting for is VP:L, and that's just to see how many people actually A. have it, or B. are willing to get a PSP just to play it.
10540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 25, 2006, 01:23:04 AM
Quote from: "Ramza"
Also, for ppl who said "should be on DS..." why? What purpose would the touch screen and/or dual screen serve?

While these aren't strong enough reasons to move it over to the DS, the fact you can use to the touch screen for selecting panels to move to and the like /could/ be useful. It wasn't the best controlling for AW:DS, but it was functional, and something as simple as an option to use buttons to access the menus and stuff while using the stylus for panel selecting would probably make it work that much better than what AW:DS did (control completely with the stylus). And of course, you could use the top screen to show various stats on the battle, like what troops there are and their current HP/MP, and detailed information on selected ones.

Outside of those, I can't really think of anything that'd benefit more from being on the DS.

Edit: Also, while I initially brushed off what MonCaptain said as being overly cynical and nitpicky about what was said, I gave that some further thought and I think he has a point. Level 5's great, but part of that is because they're not afraid of trying something experimental, then refining it with a later installment. DC2 and, and likely RG to some extent, built off  of the successes and failures of DC1, and DQVIII stuck to what the previous DQs did, but making a giant overworld and making the whole thing look great, which DC1 and 2 can be thanked for as well. And the only other game of their's outside of those 4 is TFLO, which was cancelled so it's hard to tell how they'd fair in other (sub)genres.

However, I think that can also show that, should this game fail, it's sequel be that much better for it.
10541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Degredation of RPG Magic on: July 25, 2006, 01:17:15 AM
I think part of the problem for battles is the fact that they can't make random encounters too long - why the hell should I bother casting a status spell when I can just make that character whack an enemy that'll be dead in a turn anyway? DDS and, to a lesser degree, DQVIII manage to make it worthwhile to cast said status spells, yet battles are still very quick.

What might also be a contributing factor (though DDS kinda disproves this) is the increasing number of games that only feature 3 characters at a time. Heck, I think more games have just 3 party members this generation than games with more, though I'm not inclined to go and count each and every one (note: strat RPGs don't count, nor do most action RPGs).

For the non-combat spells, I think that'd be a great idea - but what immediately comes to mind are the adventure games like Zelda and the Metroidvanias. Still, if anything that strengthens your case: You /can/ make magic that can be used to make the adventure more interesting, and not harm game balance whatsoever. Perhaps let the player walk only through wooden walls, but not brick or stone? Maybe waterwalk for a short distance, thus making continent-to-continent travel impossible, while letting us cross the rivers and head to the cave in the middle of the lake?

But this brings up a whole other problem: Earlier RPGs have a stronger sense of adventuring compared to modern RPGs. Nowadays, it feels like rather than take games further than before with better technology, they're shrinking back - we could have had several games by now with overworlds like DQVIII's. Instead, most of the time we're lucky to see even the traditional overworld, usually getting limited field maps ala SO3, or maps where you just select your destination and completely bypass the actual travel. But then, it's costing more to make games - and better to save that time and effort to make an extra dungeon or two, or some cutscenes.

Meh. It's getting easier for stupid shit like this to bug me, years ago I'd just be a little disappointed and move along. :P
10542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 24, 2006, 07:54:21 PM
Just so you know, the mods frown upon double (or in your case, triple) posting when there's that little time between each. If you wanted to address different quotes, you can insert more quotes with the quote code, and if you want to address a different point... Well, that's what paragraphs are for. :P

And did you go 'Haha sony suck!' because of multiple Tales remakes/ports, or just because you don't like Sony? Either way, it's unwarranted - Sony has no say in how much Namco whores out their franchises beyond giving or denying approval, and if it was just to express a dislike for Sony, then it simply wasn't called for. It was irritating as hell to see a former post constantly drag Sony into topics not directly related just to be praised over the competition, and personally, I think dragging them in only to be attacked is just as bad.

As for what you said... What PS1 games were ported to the GBA again?
10543  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Spider-Man 3 teaser on: July 24, 2006, 07:38:07 PM
Keep in mind they've thrown characters who would become villians in previous movies, yet they never became super villians within the movie. I'm guessing Sandman's not going to be a factor, but I expect the Green Goblin, and if he doesn't become the Green Goblin, then at least buildup to when it will inevitably happen.
10544  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 24, 2006, 04:27:23 PM
Quote from: "Fadedsun"
What they really should have done is bundled VP together with VP2. VP can't be that big of a game, I bet it could have fit on the DVD that VP 2 is on, or they could have made it two discs. They just wanted to make more money. =/

VP is likely around a gig - you can't just compare what your computer reports though since it reuses a lot of stuff, though I guess if you have a way to check the size of a UMD, and can weed out the movies, that'd give one a good idea of how big they really are. Anyway, that'll have to be saved for the PS3 and a VP3 (Valkyrie Profile: Hrist? That'd be an interesting change compared to most RPGs), as the blu-ray format is better for casually throwing extra games on and it wouldn't surprise me if Silmeria's already using up most of the DVD.
10545  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 24, 2006, 05:29:11 AM
Quote from: "Dade"
So I've been playing VP:Lenneth....just finished Chapter 1. I've played the PSOne version and personally I enjoy the PSP port more.

Same here, and while I think I share some of those reasons, they're not THE reason for me. I was expecting to much out of the game back then, and since I was going down the path for the normal ending, I was even more disappointed when the stuff with Lezard Valeth and the others happened, and were subsequently forgotten after chapter 5.

Now that I'm playing it fully aware of what I'll get, plus going down the path for the A ending, I'm liking it a lot more. Plus I didn't know that something like half the dungeons are entirely new for hard mode, so it's a fresher experince than most replays are.
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