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10756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Multiplayer, offline console RPGs... on: May 29, 2006, 06:45:58 PM
Honestly, most of the PSX installments to existing Squaresoft franchises have had a lot of controversy around them - the only exceptions I can think of are the SaGa and Front Mission games, and the latter didn't make any US debut for that installment in addition to being the most similar to the prequels from what I've seen, and SaGa... Well, that's /SaGa/, that's always going to have people hating it.

Looking back, whether it's nostalgia talking or my genuine opinion, but LoM really did have a lot of charm to it and some good stuff. But back then, I was really disappointed because it barely resembled Secret of Mana at all, and that's what I /really/ would have wanted on the PSX. Hell, I'm hoping that DoM ultimately is the successor I've wanted since the 16-bit days.

Though, for just LoM: I'd say it's worth a look as long as you don't have to pay out of your ass for it. Just do not expect a successor to Secret of Mana in any regards - hell, the fact they blatantly made a Seiken Densetsu 4 after that should be more than enough of an indicator.
10757  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Someone tell me on: May 29, 2006, 06:01:39 PM
Given how the SoTN spawn managed to bore me somewhat while the original game kicked all amounts of ass, I think Gast is right. If they were 30 dramatically different RPGs per year, then it'd probably be a different story - but then, I'd be just as well off trying out the great games in other genres, heh.

Edit: Oh, and I wouldn't necessarily complain that they'd be bad; even if they wre all the same, it wouldn't be like they'd be pulling any serious problems outside of 'no innovation'. It'd just be... Well, boring. :P
10758  The Rest / General Discussions / *The* gamer-oriented question... on: May 29, 2006, 05:36:49 PM
Quote from: "Azrael"
If you take into account inflation right now, you'll find that you are probably paying similar or maybe even less money now for a PS3 or Xbox360 than the original NES or SNES when they first launched since what I understand they both launched around $200-300 at the time.

XBox 360? Perhaps. PS3? I don't think so; as I seem to recall they have yet to get past the 300-ish mark in inflation. :P
10759  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Someone tell me on: May 28, 2006, 07:52:06 PM
Los - What is/isn't good is purely subjective. All the games you listed happen to have their fanbases, or at least some redeemig value to them. I'd much prefer to have those 30 titles, only 5 of them are great, but 1 or 2 that I /love/ that many others won't like, rather than just those 5 but miss out on titles I'd really have liked.

Besides, people, critics, whoever will weed out the good from the average, and the great from the good, So there's really no harm for us to having this many out (outside of rushed development at least, which will happen anyway) unless you absolutely must beat /every/ RPG that comes out or at least own all of them. Other genres are filled with an assload of titles anyway, so cutting back on RPGs compared to those others would suck.

Besides, the bad titles of the bunch would just make the good ones look better anyway. Inevitably there will be titles better than others, and if all of them were truly equally good, then they'd all be considered average. Likewise, if you were to compares some of even the worst RPGs out today to stuff on the Atari 2600 and whatnot, then it'd seem to be awesome as hell.
10760  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Someone tell me on: May 27, 2006, 09:27:02 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Oh God, I totally disagree.  Too many RPGs are being released now.  And a lot of them range from aboslute shit to just plain mediocre.  I remember the days when you'd get one to three RPGs a year and they were all awesome.  Now you just get too many damned sub-par fillers.

Yeah, god forbid we do some research to avoid the shit games and yield 3-6 worthwhile RPGs a year over 1-3, depending on how lucky we are with a localization company! Also, more companies giving a genuine damn about the translation quality of the games, and not frequently running around butchering things, but I guess stuff like that's pretty minor. :p

Also, not all RPGs were great.
10761  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tengai Makyou/Far East of Eden 4 PSP on: May 27, 2006, 01:29:35 AM
Anyone hoping for a US release? Here's the RPGFan news story about the official site opening, and the screenshots look good and seem resized properly for the PSP. It's sounding like there's more than enough new content to appease SCEA, and with the first one coming out I'm having some hope this'll come out too.
10762  Media / Single-Player RPGs / First RPG? on: May 26, 2006, 05:11:11 PM
I can't remember a time when I didn't realize those games weren't RPGs. Closest is knowing of Zelda as an Adventure game right off the bat... But I've kinda stuck to that anyway. :P

I do, however, remember a time when I thought all games were made by Nintendo.
10763  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Someone tell me on: May 26, 2006, 01:32:07 AM
XSII's gameplay may be just that; it was for me. But some people don't mind, or flat out love the battle system. If you're intolerant of long battles though, you may be better off reading a synopsis.
10764  The Rest / General Discussions / *The* gamer-oriented question... on: May 25, 2006, 10:57:11 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Both are teenagers, but Justin was written in a more childish manner while Eikichi was written in a darker, grittier manner.

Dude, how the fuck can anyone nicknamed "Captain Underwear" be dark and gritty? :P
10765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Someone tell me on: May 25, 2006, 10:35:37 PM
DDS1 /could/ be a problem, but I frequently see that used on GameStops/EBs, I believe for $35. And DDS2 is on GS/EB's website for $40 new, so those two are also the best to start off with due to being relatively common.
10766  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Old Skool on: May 25, 2006, 05:14:29 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"
you know i get this a lot when all i wanted is to understand why he liked it.
my reason for not liking it was quite simple.i found the difficulty a bit to harsh,and i found myself at dhoulmagus sorely underleveled and levels dont come easy in that game.

The way you typed it came off as 'lol fuck that shitty series who the hell likes it'. Though if you still want to know why, I guess it's just the feeling of adventure, and the fact it /is/ so reminiscent of older RPGs.
10767  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Someone tell me on: May 25, 2006, 05:10:22 PM
Check out the Digital Devil Saga games and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, though I recommand DDS more for your first shot of the SMT series of games. People are suggesting SuikII, and that's /very/ good, but SuikV is newer and much easier to find, and loved by a lot of people here so I'd grab that if you have trouble finding II. III is also, arguably, a great title, but that's better played after 1 and 2. Make sure to check out DQVIII too unless you hated the old DQ/DW games. It may be worth a look even if you did though.

XS1 and 2 I'd be weary on; nevertheless both games run for 20 or less so it's not like they're exactly risky purchases. I personally loved XS1 while abhorring 2 for the most part, though I know quite a few people here hate XS1 too. Personally, I'm hoping that XS3 restores the series enough for one final outting.
10768  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Favorite game that reviews/people hated on: May 25, 2006, 05:02:40 PM
I think it's not about what games some other guys hate, but what games seem to be hated by the majority, or at least the majority around here. Probably not as reliable a benchmark as the sites and publications since you can just hit GameRankings.com to be sure, but eh.
10769  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Favorite game that reviews/people hated on: May 24, 2006, 11:21:39 PM
Bogatyr: The topic reads reviews/people. So, yes, I'd say having several fanboys bashing it on forums counts, though for 'lots of people didn't like it' and not 'underrated by reviewers'. But if people seriously believe that critics underrated CC, maybe they need to look around a bit more.

Edit: Though yes, I suppose FFVII can count. But I think the throngs of fanboys, and the fact at least half of us recognize it as being a legitimately good game make that a bit harder to argue for.
10770  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Old Skool on: May 23, 2006, 09:59:33 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"
Quote from: "Eusis"

That, uhhh, came out in Europe. Anyways, decent looking roster of games I suppose; I wish DQV would come out here though.


why? if its anything liek dragon quest 8 it sucks. i swear that game got worse the more i played it.

Yeah, god forbid they bring out games you don't like but others might, such as myself. I fucking loved DQVIII personally. :P
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