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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: August 03, 2015, 06:12:07 PM
Yeah seriously. This is VP in everything but name.
Hell, the interface is like a near perfect duplicate of VP2.

This is pretty much a case of Squeenix holding the VP IP and isn't bothering to do anything with it (surprise, surprise...), and either tri-Ace or Spike Chunsoft wanting to see another VP in the market in spite of Squeenix's continued languishing of their non-FF/DQ/Edios IPs (I really wish they would just sell some of them off since they aren't going to be doing anything meaningful or worthwhile with them for the foreseeable future).


Edit: http://gematsu.com/2015/08/exist-archive-launches-november-26-japan

Have a Famitsu leak while we're at it.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: August 03, 2015, 06:05:14 PM
1. Chrono Trigger
2. Pokemon Red/Blue
3. Lunar: SSS
4. Paper Mario
5. Skies of Arcadia

For me, those are the games I remember that do the best job of easing a player into the game without dropping the hammer at random early points.

People posting their first games regardless of the barriers of entry (Skies of Arcadia) or as to whether or not there are superior experiences available (lol Gen 1 Pokemon), let alone are following the rules (i.e. Paper Mario/Pokemon) itt, confirmed.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics? on: August 03, 2015, 06:00:37 PM
@ Aeolus:  I don't know what that game is on top, but it's the worst thing I have ever seen.

Bottom is Langrisser.  I am interested.  Where should I start?  Is the new Langirsser on 3DS going to be any good?

I hope this is an ironic/troll post, because you just answered your own question.

The first two gifs are from Langrisser 3DS. The bottom two are from Der Langrisser (SuperFamicom edition) which is also the best place to start.

And how would I go about playing Der Langrisser legally?

And WHY OH WHY DID THEY DO THAT TO LANGRISSER!?  Seriously.  What the heck.  I had no idea that that chibi abomination you posted WAS Langrisser 3DS.  Who approved that!?

The only way to play it legally is to import from Japan (at least if you want the SuperFamicom version you can get away with just tracking down the game and a SuperNES).

As for who's responsible for RE:Incarnation Tensei's approval, the same people who figured they could get away with developing a game using only the funds earned through selling Steam Trading Cards (I'm amazed that they even got VAing in at all given their obvious micro-budget, even if most of the voiced lines consisted of the battle cry "DAAAOOO!!!").
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tri-Ace's latest is not-Valkyrie Profile (Exist Archive) on: August 03, 2015, 07:08:37 AM
http://gematsu.com/2015/07/first-look-exist-archive-ps4-ps-vita

A couple of screenshots, for those interested.

Holy crap, this does look pretty...

http://gematsu.com/2015/08/exist-archive-teaser-trailer-screenshots

Now have a trailer, an establishing plot synopsis and some more screens.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 03, 2015, 06:17:06 AM
http://gematsu.com/2015/08/nikkei-report-bad-things-happening-konami

Jesus Christ Konami! Just die already.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 01, 2015, 10:18:59 PM
I'd make a topic, but this is a pretty unofficial way to hear the news, so...semi-true-super-rumor?

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=173799450&postcount=1
Arnie Roth (composer for Final Fantasy Distant Worlds) apparently just blurted out that there WILL indeed be an updated FF12  (did he mean HD or Remake?).  Do with the info what you will.

Could just be talking about updating the soundtrack.

Though I for one would welcome our FFXII IZJS-HD overlord (a remake would be fucking hilarious given that they're already doing an FFVII reimagining).
7  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 01, 2015, 09:32:40 PM
Yes but there's a poll for 'which DLC characters do you want' so unless we actually think Nintendo is straight up IGNORING that poll and mocking the people who participated, they'll be in.

Plus, Isaac has no reppage. His assist trophy was removed.

And yes, I do. Very much :) Because I am a bad human.

You're right!
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Also about the removed part (because he was a lame AT).

Still. I've lost all sympathy for people wanting certain characters in Smash ever since I first noticed that Lyn was an AT.

(Besides. Who's to say that they won't use Issac's Son or Dadssac, or literally any other overly verbose chucklefuck from that series instead? Through frankly, they can all take a hike off Pokefloats since none of the Golden Sun games were that good to begin with. Granted, they were better than Camelot's other CRPG, but that's not exactly the greatest metric when the bar was set by motherfucking Beyond the Beyond.)
...hey i liked Beyond the Beyond.

Sorry, but any game that foists a useless character on you for roughly a soild third of the total game time, which wouldn't have taken nearly as long to resolve if your party knew how to sidestep a fucking rock (versus the act of God that they actually used to get onto the otherside of a goddamn rock), on top of recreating their own version of DQ2's Road to Rhone (on top of all the other time-wasting 'gimmick' each dungeon had, with only one dungeon having the grace to turn off random encounters for), isn't a game I'd call good.

Honestly, the only part that was good was <this guy's brother.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 01, 2015, 03:25:41 PM
Guys... I'm bored  

Name something fun to play. I doubt I'll play it, but who knows, i'm really that bored.

Time and Eternity. :V
I swear I remember you saying that it was terrible. Ah well, let's see if lamestop has it cheap....

Don't actually do this. I was kidding.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 01, 2015, 08:47:40 AM
Guys... I'm bored 

Name something fun to play. I doubt I'll play it, but who knows, i'm really that bored.

Time and Eternity. :V
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 31, 2015, 09:51:29 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/07/dragon-quest-xi-first-interview-yuji-horii-translated

Quote
Horii on the Protagonist

“His background and everything has already been decided, but…the full details are still secret (laughs). But…he’s a cool hero, you know. You have Toriyama-sensei’s design, so use your imagination.”

Well that turned out to be a swing and a miss. From the statements about time in the interview (and actually finally getting a good look at some of the gameplay screenshots), I now strongly suspect that what was seeing was a pre-timeskip style fresh face. Our Hero here will most likely man the fuck up over the course of the adventure.

Toriyama's 'one gender' strikes again.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 07:11:01 PM
I'm really bad with music...
I pretty much don't 'hear' the music in anything unless it's legendary quality (to my own taste).
I'm really good at numbing background noise due to reasons and often, my brain will just cancel music out =/

Most of the time, after a movie, whoever I went with goes "Man, the music was great!" to which I ponder "There was music?"

All that to say: I don't remember a single song from BoF4...

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How about Ar Tonelico games? Ar Tonelico or Ar Tonelico 2 would be great for noobs.

Ar Tonelico 2 maybe, as that was the only good game in that series (no idea about Ar Surge).
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: July 31, 2015, 01:26:02 PM
Summer semester is wrapping up for me and I get a two week break until Fall semester starts next month. I just bought a few titles via PSN today. I haven't played a video game since April/May, so I'm looking to binge one of the titles below. I'm not sure how much time I'll have to complete a game, but I'm going to do my best. Anyway here's what I picked up:

- La Pucelle Tactics (PSOne classic)
- Stella Deus: Gate of Eternity (PS2 classic)
- Record of Agarest Series War Bundle (PS3)

Thoughts?

Find a good book.

But seriously, La Pucelle is probably the least boring/awful of that lot, but its also proto-Disgaea so if you've ever played through any Disgaea game, you've pretty much seen this game in action and then some.

And while Stella Deus isn't quite as bullshit as Hoshigami was, it still wasn't a good game.

Agarest is of course made by Idiot Factory so your getting yet another one of their spreadsheet grinding simulators with increasingly worsening character designs *3.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 31, 2015, 11:03:37 AM
DQ7 and 8 getting localized? DQ11 being home console and a 2D/3D hybrid handheld beast?

I'm beyond excited. There's very few series I follow anymore, and nothing gets me gushing like a giddy fangirl the way Dragon Quest does.

Eeeeep!

And then Sqeenix sends DQHeroes out to die a quiet death and use the resulting experience as an excuse to continue to avoid supporting the DQ series in the west as much as possible.

Looking over things, they've been quite lethargic in regards to supporting the 3DS on the whole. We've seen two Theatrhythms, Bravely Default and a Kingdom Hearts, and not much else. Granted there's still BD2 and FF:Explorers now on the way, but most everything else Squeenix has done for the system thus far has been DQ related, and well....yeah.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 09:36:05 AM
A pox on everyone above me for forgetting my first entry. Considering it was designed specifically for this sort of thing. :-P

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Pretty much THE quintessential tutorial to RPGs. It'll give you a taste of everything the genre has to offer so that you know right out the game if this is or isn't the game-type for you.

-Experience with RNG battle values, delivered right away from the very first Bull-Boss that can just outright slaughter you with lucky critical. Yet completely forgiving due to the retry system.
-Teaches you about grinding by offering incentives via upgraded gear in the Battlefields; if you can't handle FFMQ's grinding then you know JRPGs aren't for you because it only gets worse.
-Very basic magic system that instructs on the fundamentals of elemental systems and limited casting costs; even rewarding you for thinking outside the box via the Healing-Hurt factor.

Threads of Fate
Hose Rule 2. Hose Rule 1. Hose Zelda. THIS is the gateway drug to RPGs. A colorful world with fairly simple controls, very quirky characters, and a surprising amount of depth to explore. A game that just begs you to replay it and find everything, not to mention probably one of the most critically underrated soundtracks from its era. Tends to be forgotten since it came out in the sea of RPGs about that time AND the same cycle as Chrono Cross.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Again, screw Rule Uno & Dos. Like Mystic Quest the battle system here is very forgiving with losses and, despite personally thinking the game is a bit overrated, there's no denying the charm it holds and it's ability to draw in people alien to the genre. Heck my wife plays this game about...once every 4-5 weeks. She's probably beat it about 50+ times and still revisits it again and again.

Final Fantasy V
(Detecting a pattern are we? XD ) IV has a bit of moon logic halfway and a horribly scaled final dungeon if you don't come in overgeared. VI is moody, a bit overbearing, requires some knowledge of min-maxing, and is extremely verbose for a first timer. V is the perfect middle ground. Comedic, yet serious when it needs to be. Difficulty scaled pretty nicely so long as you don't accidentally trip over Omega Weapon. And it's an introductory system to the Class systems you see in many other JRPGs. As such this can also work as a gateway into SRPGs since those are often very class centric, but V doesn't 'require' discovering broken combinations like say...Tactics can.

Grandia II
Yes, I rather think this one is far better paced and more beginner oriented than the original. The original suffers from a VERY slow start, rough camera angles in certain dungeons, a limited Mana egg system that will just utterly SCREW you over if you miss some and make the rookie mistake of giving them to Sue, and from what I remember a very 'meh' lull in the middle once you jump the wall. II's got a lot more hooks and the 3D field generated by the PS2 is far, far better suited to the IP-System than the PSX could put out.

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P.S: I'm not really sure Rule 1 is relevant now that I look at this list. :-P I cite the same developer four times in a row yet each game's style is drastically different to the point where there's almost no similarities to incur 'repeat fatigue'. Then again...that might be because I also glossed 2 so...eh. X-x

Oh, if we're doing troll posts then I should adjust my recommendations.

#1 Beyond the Beyond. Reasons: Its got puzzles and secrets like bonus characters and even features a class changing mechanic. Come see the game made by the developers of Golden Sun before their smash hit.

#2 7th Saga. Reasons: Its got multiple protagonists with both allies and enemies alike varying depending on your choice of protagonist. You can even see random encounters before you encounter them. But don't think that this game is a walk in the park, because this game offers a true test of endurance to a gamer of any skill level.

#3 Time and Eternity. Reasons: It features a Groundhog Day like plot with a cast of characters that you can build relationships with. It also has reactive gameplay rather than just standing opposite of the enemy and taking turns wailing on each other. It even features a unique plot where the princess gets to save you.

#4 Xenosaga Episode 2. Reasons: Features a galaxy spanning epic with hours of gameplay and a diverse cast. Also implements an alternate vehicular mode of combat and a combo system that rewards strategic planning. Its a game that's out of this world.

#5 Lightning Warrior Raidy. Reasons: T! And A! :V
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 12:49:25 AM
Legend of Zel-

Rule number 2: Traditional RPGs only – so expect a plethora of turn based menu battles here. Branching out into alternate battle styles is a rabbit hole we don’t need to explore. I could easily devote an entire list to strategy RPGs alone but that would give a new player an inaccurate representation of the “standard” seasoned gamers are familiar with.

Well, there goes my first pick....

Secret of Ma-

Rule number 2: Traditional RPGs only – so expect a plethora of turn based menu battles here. Branching out into alternate battle styles is a rabbit hole we don’t need to explore. I could easily devote an entire list to strategy RPGs alone but that would give a new player an inaccurate representation of the “standard” seasoned gamers are familiar with.

GODDAMMIT!


Alright, fine. Final Fantasy VI. Piss easy, not too talky, and isn't laden with creepy and/or awful anime tropes all over the place. Bonus points for being on half a dozen systems at this point and even has (a rather fugly) Android port.


That said, Rule 5 is both incredibly subjective and kinda dumb, given that well written characters are a rare breed in videogames and is not the sole factor in a person wanting to draw fanart (Seiken Densetsu 3's Rize/Lise/whatever isn't the most popular character from that game for her character arc or role within the game).
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