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286  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most hours you've logged into a game? on: April 06, 2009, 08:13:27 PM
Pokemon. Hundreds and hundreds of hours wasted.

Pokemon = timesink. If I'm not mistaken, I've logged 180h+ in Pokemon Gold.
287  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your current-gen top rpg list on: April 06, 2009, 08:00:43 PM
Well, if handhelds count as "current-gen" then the top ones for me so far were the Dragon Quest remakes and Etrian Odyssey.
288  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: The Top 9 Video Game OCD Moments You Know You’re Guilty Of on: April 01, 2009, 02:59:01 PM
I'm guilty of #1-#3. :P
289  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: would you say the older you get, the less fun games are on: March 31, 2009, 06:41:39 PM
Things are better when you're young because you're both ignorant and creative. Maybe I'll be playing phantasy star and make up conversations between characters or imagine fights as more than I see on screen, because hey, I'm 12 and I can do that. You grow up and what you're given is what you get.

Nah, I think that depends just as much on the game as on the player. My imagination is going to be filling in blanks for the DS DQ games and especially Etrian Odyssey because there's that much more room for my imagination. A lot of modern RPGs have you see everything the characters do and they even constantly talk in battles, so there simply aren't any blanks for your imagination to fill in. Also, I've just found either a great justification for first person battles or psychological insight into why people do/don't like them!

Quoted for truth.
290  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 28, 2009, 11:00:18 PM
EOII - Beat the Overlord. Thought I could return to town to rest, but no, you have to fight both of his forms without heading back... at least he was easier than those Evildra FOEs. After that I watched the ending and now I'm doing the required quests to gain full access to the last stratum.
291  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 26, 2009, 05:46:40 PM
EOII - Last floor of the 5th stratum. Overlord's first form was so easy, Smite+Viper got the job done. Got killed while fighting his second form (which looks pretty cool) since I didn't return to town to heal/restock. Gonna finish the remaining quests, grind a little more and then try again.
292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Zelda. on: March 25, 2009, 04:01:58 PM

My thoughts exactly.

Nintendo, where is my 2d Metroid? :(
293  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 20, 2009, 10:56:31 AM
Another one I just thought of...Unskippable/Unpauseable Cutscenes. No game should be without the means to both pause and skip it's cutscenes.

So true.

To help with the list:

- No quick save in portable rpgs
- Excessive amounts of fetch quests.
- When the game asks you a Yes/No question, but the answer really doesn't matter and won't change anything story-wise. So WHY ask it in the first place?
294  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 19, 2009, 07:58:23 AM
More EOII - To my surprise the boss went down pretty fast, all that was needed was to null it's status inflicting spells. Completed a few quests and then moved on to the 5th stratum. Everything is in a burn-your-eyes fuggly yellow color. At least the music has a nice celtic tune to it... Mandragoras can insta-kill all the party members in an single attack. No good.
295  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 18, 2009, 12:03:55 PM
EOII - Well, I was wrong. The boss is on floor 20, which is the one I am exploring now. Nothing interesting to note... except those annoying butterflies that keep confusing my party and a flower monster that kills in one attack. It's almost on par with Megaten's level of cheapness. :P
296  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Article - Best RPG of last generation... DQ8? on: March 18, 2009, 11:55:45 AM
I played DQ8 on an slim PS2 and cannot remember any issues with loading times.

Back on topic...

DQ8 may not have excelled in any particular way, but it did everything it was supposed to do right. From the graphics to the mechanics, everything was smooth and worked well. Even the tiniest details received attention, like the movements of the main character while opening doors. You can tell that the game is very polished. The story is light-hearted and at times does not take itself seriously, which adds to the whole "simplistic" feel the game has.

Just my two cents.
297  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 16, 2009, 03:36:56 AM
After a break from gaming I'm back to EOII. Got to floor 19 and explored a bit. This game never ceases to amaze me, now there are teleport pods all over the place. I wasn't expecting it, but there was another scenery change, even if it was a lesser one and it looks pretty cool. Got killed while harvesting for materials. Damn those scorpions. :( I think this is the last floor of the 4th stratum so there's probably a mean boss waiting for me near the end. Gonna grind my ass off so that my party won't be slaughtered.
298  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 12, 2009, 04:02:27 AM
If it wasn't for Persona 3 I probably wouldn't have heard/cared about SMT. P3 was so different from what I was used to play, dealed with so many themes not usually covered by other RPGs. I was impressed. Did a little search about the series and was surprised to see how many games there were! How come I've never heard of it before? Decided to try Nocturne and I wasn't dissapointed, it was great. I have yet to play DDS1/2, the Raidou Games and the non PS2 games, but eventually I will.
299  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of Last Generation? on: March 03, 2009, 07:02:49 PM
From what I've played so far I'd choose P3, DQVIII and SMT Nocturne.
300  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Dragon Quest DS to get... on: February 28, 2009, 01:15:27 PM
DQVI is excellent, especially if you are fond of job systems. You have TONS of classes to choose from. Plus it has a flying bed, how can it not be awesome?

In regards to the original poster, both games are good choices. As people have stated, there are a few references here and there about DQIV in DQV, but nothing to worry about. If you value story in RPGs then DQV might be the one to get, as it features a whole generation and has party talk. Yes, party talk is neat and does make a difference.
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