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10576  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / What did you watch? on: July 16, 2006, 11:57:35 PM
I grew up on 80's and early 90's cartoons, but it's the ones from the 80's I think I'm the fondest of, half because of the overbearing power of nostalgia. Transformers was easily my favorite cartoon, and I think only one person I've seen that isn't above 30 flat out didn't like it (hey there Tranny).

However, I think I can watch and enjoy cartoons of the early 90's easier than many of those from the 80's; Rocko is still funny, I might be able to enjoy Tiny Toons, and Animaniacs is good too. But upon seeing Silver Hawk and Thundercats again, I couldn't stand them. Transformers was still awesome when I last saw it (admittedly back when I was 13 or 14), which was the same time I last watched Silverhawks and Thundercats.
10577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Vagrant Story on: July 16, 2006, 10:55:20 PM
If I recall correctly, Valkyrie Profile did fairly well in Japan. Doubt it was a million seller, but it was probably strong enough to warrant a sequel.

VS might be the same way, but honestly even if SE and Matsumo both wanted to do one, there was the whole deal with developing FFTA then FFXII; a bit too busy for the last 3 or 4 years to go make a new VS. Plus it'd be smarter after that, they can then hook in all the people who loved FFXII into buying VS2 along with the original fans.

Oh, and I didn't find it TOO hard - it certainly has more of a bite than the vast majority of modern RPGs, but... whether it's because of forcing myself through games like XSII, playing the MegaTen titles, or just plain getting more experinced, I found it much, much easier when I played through it and beat it than when I got half way through back when it came out.
10578  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 16, 2006, 10:48:20 PM
I think Shining Force is more irritating than AtL because it's a longer lasting, more beloved series, plus that came off strongly as a side game - ya know, like the 5+ Shining side games. Even then, there was a prequel released shortly after that had a similar battle system to BoF:DQ, which seems like a more natural SRPG transformation than what SFN is.
10579  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 16, 2006, 01:27:24 PM
Got Drakengard for $5 yesterday at CompUSA, thanks to their sale. As repetitive as it is, it's kinda fun, and the game just... I dunno, has this demented feel to it, which has my interest. Anyways, finished Chapter 1, and stopped there, doing an expedition to level up my lance, will do the same for the hammer, then continue.
10580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 15, 2006, 04:02:54 PM
Plus they have the series (unofficially?) started by Shining Tears, they've already got their action RPG quota filled. Maybe the difference is that they've got a 2D series, and a 3D series. Disregarding the fact the difference doesn't matter if it's purely graphical. But I've never played either (and for all I'd know, I could enjoy them), so maybe they're significantly different.

I'm more annoyed at the principal of the matter and the fact Sega's boneheaded in regards to BOTH doing well and appealing to their core fanbase, than genuine dislike for the games.
10581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 15, 2006, 01:01:26 PM
On second thought, to be fair, they're 'implanting new systems'. But I'm not exactly expecting much given /most/ of Sega's recent track record.
10582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 15, 2006, 12:54:09 PM
Teaser site launched. I guess Shining Force Neo apparantly being pretty unpopular wasn't enough to convince Sega to go back to the traditional strategy RPGs. Think it's safe to call the series dead. :P
10583  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / UMDs Shelved for Good on: July 15, 2006, 04:40:57 AM
I'll have to find other stories, but despite the headline I don't see anything flat out stating that /Sony/ has ended UMD. I've seen a similar story on GameSpot. and they're only reporting that while UMDs will still be made, they will make movies come free with memory stick duos as well.

Nevertheless, the format's life is limited for uses outside of video games. How the fuck did they expect this to succeed when only a video game system plays them, let alone the fact they're just mini-DVDs when they've already got cheap, affordable portable DVD players? I expect a few more monthes before Sony /officially/ shuts down production, espicially since it's going to be harder for them to sell them when no one else wants to.

Edit: The GameSpot story, for those curious. To be fair, that /is/ typical PR crap, but still means they're not officially scrapped yet.
10584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 15, 2006, 04:32:04 AM
Hidoshi: Agreed on the cinematic angle for FFIII, it's already looking better than I can imagine 2D being without anime/CGI cutscenes or whatever. However, I disagree with the FFA/FFC comments, /espicially/ the FFIV bit. Granted, if you already have the games in those collections (FFV exempted as long as you don't know japanese, and roms don't count), there's little reason to get them. Well, there's more reason to get FFIV, but that's more to see a proper translation and what all was different between the US version (not Easytype - read here for details, though it'll spoil you on a bonus boss in FFIV Advance).

However, the collections were a good value, both when they came out and espicially now, for those that never got the original games, such as myself aside from CT. It's essentially 20, now 10 bucks each for games that cost at least twice as much used. And while FFV, VI, and CT got the shaft with porting, what with menu load times and all, FFIV came out damn well. There are no noticeable load times aside from saving/loading, and that's not half as bad as constant menu loads that the other ports suffer from. At /worst/, outside of that I see a tiny bit of slow down in some battle animations... And that sounds better than what FFIV Advance got.

While I wouldn't appreciate being charged full price for these games being just ported - as much as I like IV, it's hard to justify putting down $35 for a moderately enhanced port of a game I just beat - these were sold in collections at a slightly below average pricepoint. Japan, obviously, is a different story with this. But almost all of us don't live there, and they get charged a fuckload more than we do on average anyway.

With all that said... I certainly wouldn't mind overhauled remakes of IV and VI. But since SE doesn't seem to be putting out quite as many original new properties as of late compared to the 16 and 32-bit days, they're very low on my wish list. Wouldn't mind more remakes of games we never got though.
10585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 15, 2006, 01:46:49 AM
Quote from: "Lucid"
3d graphics just aren't something that age well for me.

To be fair... That can probably be said for most people. But I think the PS2 games will be different: The 32-bit generation is to 3D what the 16-bit generation was to 2D. Likewise, the generation that's currently ending is the 3D equivilant of the 16-bit generation.

Still though, 8-bit 2D games can still look decent even compared to superior 16 bit titles, and I think FFIII is having that effect. It'd be nice if it were 2D, but hey.

Edit: Decided to be fair and give the movie a shot; I wanted to abstain from as much media as possible outside of a handful of early shots, but better to argue this without being half blind. While not the best animations, I think they work fine, and with characters that unrealistic it's not a concern. Also like the retro sounding effects; hopefully they're kept completely for the US release, unlike DQVIII's. :P
10586  Media / The Soundroom / News flash for you power metal sluts out there. on: July 14, 2006, 11:45:06 PM
Quote from: "Sazabirules"
I wonder how they had to change their name when they existed before the download service.

Most likely being lazy about getting the copyright/trademarks. Kinda like how I figure Sony got into that stupid mess with the force feedback. And I hate this kinda shit, but I find it kinda amusing an 'of fire' is apparantly enough. Not as bad as when WD had to rename Vanguard Bandits to that name, but that was less legitimate and more silly threatening. :P
10587  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Team Fortress 2 still exists on: July 14, 2006, 02:18:57 PM
Just nothing like when it was shown before, apparantly.
10588  Media / Single-Player RPGs / This Fall/Winter is gonna suck....but is also awesome. on: July 14, 2006, 01:39:23 PM
Still, I have yet to see a source other than Lost Fragment/RPGLand post that news. Not to be an untrusting ass, but... I'll wait until I hear it elsewhere. :P

I wouldn't mind a delay though. I've been waiting for a long while on this, but god damn. There's so much shit that'll be out this fall, that it'd be great the lighten the load, espicially with the new consoles to worry about too.
10589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 14, 2006, 01:36:55 AM
Plus it's a freakin' /portable/. The PSP is a powerhouse, and it's only halfway between a PSX and a PS2. What the heck were you expecting, a PS3? :P

Plus I get nostalgic for that PSX-style 3D. And I like the art style of this.
10590  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2006 on: July 13, 2006, 06:10:09 PM
My last post was just a page back, but that was 3 monthes ago, and it's been slow, so I'm just reposting here.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Suikoden IV
Shin Megemi Tensei: Nocturne
Vagrant Story
Valkyrie Profile (B Ending, Normal)
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (A and C Endings, Hard)

Again, for the 'sorta' games, just Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow for now.
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