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286  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "The Greatest Enemy of the RPG Genre" article... on: April 29, 2009, 09:17:38 AM
Nice read.
It's funny, but the article reminds me of the Wii. I'm tired of people on the internet claiming "Wii is killing the industry!" and Nintendo fans being like "Oh noes, they betrayed us!"
287  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 26, 2009, 08:47:45 PM
Glad to hear you're enjoying DQVIII, Akanbe-. Been a while since I played DQ8, but I will try to help.

- I chose staves for Jessica. She learns both support (Kasap, Magic Barrier and the useful Caduceus) and offensive spells (Frizzle, Sizzle).

- I think it is. You learn Holy Protection, which lowers random encounters and the Zap spells.

- I went with spears just because I thought they were cooler than swords. However, in terms of "the best of", swords win. The ultimate weapon in the game is a sword that can only be equipped by the MC.
288  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 03:25:43 PM
In Persona 4, I thought Naoto and Kanji were much easier to relate to XD

Good to know I'm not alone :P
289  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 12, 2009, 06:09:50 PM
EOII - Reached the 30th floor and was brutally killed by a FOE. Guess it's time to hunt down those dragons, retire a few characters and farm the bosses...
290  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.
291  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.
292  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
293  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.
294  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.
295  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.
296  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Zelda. on: March 25, 2009, 04:01:58 PM

My thoughts exactly.

Nintendo, where is my 2d Metroid? :(
297  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?
298  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.
299  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
300  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.
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