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3796  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: February 01, 2012, 08:21:11 PM
Terrible death scenes followed by equally terrible resurrection scenes

That was easily the worst part of Grandia II.  I think it was a case of some staff members being unhappy with

killing Millennia off, and shoehorning her in to the rest of the game at the last minute.  It made her overly melodramatic "self-sacrifice" death scene utterly pointless.  It was about as meaningful as Jesus' "sacrifice" from the Bible.  I think the situation is similar to what happened with the ending of Metal Gear Solid 4, where Kojima wanted to kill Snake off originally (which would have been awesome and made the whole game worth all the bullshit), but Kojima ended up caving in to the staff who whined enough so that we could all be given that remarkably unsatisfying ending that we got, and Snake would forever be remembered as a giant bitch.

It also dicked people over since now you're stuck with having to go through the final dungeon with just Ryudo and an underleveled Millennia. Hope you didn't waste Mareg's final parting gift on somebody else.
3797  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: February 01, 2012, 10:18:59 AM
2000 lbs of gaming?? :o
Welp, everyone should have a hobby.

Anyways, Vampiric, u r hilarious.

If I weighed everything I own related to gaming...........that would break a scale.

I take it that you've never used a scale before? They're surprisingly durable. You can even stand on it and it wont break (unless it does in which case your mother must be so proud because she is fat).
3798  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 01, 2012, 10:11:06 AM
So last night while flipping around during commercials I ended up stumbling upon a show called Lost Girl which gave me the initial assumption that it's just SyFy's attempt at copying Once Upon a Time or The Grimm. By the time the first episode ended I came to the conclusion that I just happened to stumble upon Xena: Warrior Princess: The Next Generation except not set in something pretending to be ancient Greece/China/England/whatever fantasy kingdom they were visiting that week. Then during the second episode I hear the phrase "lethal libido" used unironically and then I realized that I'm watching softcore porn probably the most tastefully done show about the misadventures of a wandering succubus I've ever seen (hell of a lot better than anything which such a premise cumming out of Japan at least). Now I'm curious as to what, if any show, this was spun off of just to see if my second assumption was more correct that I realized (also to see how long it'll take before the show completely derails itself like Xena did (and admittedly to see the rampant bisexual antics of the smoking hot female lead)).

In fact: Paging Demon Princess Kay. Paging Demon Princess Kay. I have found a program that was practically designed just for you.
3799  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: February 01, 2012, 04:40:15 AM
You argument is compelling....

It is. I wouldnt be saying it if I didnt believe it. I literally have at least 1 japanese rpg in at least 1 of the new systems this gen at all times.

Next month is a big month for me for US releases and japanese releases.

Your sarcasm detector isn't functioning....
3800  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: February 01, 2012, 04:28:12 AM
The first game is by far the best in the series because, honestly, there's not a thing wrong with it; it plays it safe in almost every area and feels like an adventure on a level than only Skies of Arcadia has touched upon since.
Justin is a tool and Feena, miss adventurer extraordinaire, devolved into a pathetic character. That being said.....Grandia 1 had...


Grandia 1 is the best based on this alone. 3 was pretty, but the story was bleh, alfina was too squeaky, and boss fights were beyond drawn out. Not hard, just bosses had like 4 billion hp and you inflicted like 100  a hit, unless you power leveled to the extreme. Grandia 2 was great, cool characters (Ryudo and Mareg), fun combat, and a psycho bitch who sacrificed herself in a very awesome way. Course, the story blew chuncks, and Tio was the worst replacement for a character who shall remain nameless. Oh, and Melfice fight.....the laugh. The fucking cackle of pwnage. Never forget that laugh.

The problem I had with Gadwin and Mareg to a lesser extent were that they're basically temp characters that by the end of their time leave you with a party full of unlikable dweebs and idiots (I'll admit that Ryudo serves as the only exception to this) and there's no going back. They're like Laguna in FFVIII or Dekar in Lufia: Ruins of Lore. You really wish the game was about them or they factored into things more than they do instead of making way for the idiot brigade even though it's basically the smartest and most in-character decision they could possibly make.

Also I found Illusion of Gaia to make for a better RPG about Adventure! than all three Grandia games combined.
3801  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: January 31, 2012, 08:58:21 PM
Poopy. I'm about 23 hours in and the game really hasn't picked up. I thought the story would be better because people tend to comment on how great the series is. I have the 3rd game as well haven't played it yet. I know the Grandia games are also suppose to be about gameplay mainly the battle system. The way characters learn magic and skills is pretty interesting and not bad I'll give it that. The battle system is good but not a huge gameplay difference compared to other games. I'd probably pick this over a traditional turn based battle system if this battle system was in more game series and was a mainstay. But if it was I'd also play traditional turn based RPG's. It's not amazing or totally new to differentiate itself from other RPG's with similar battle systems. Whats the big hype about the series?

I'll second this.

The gameplay's the only thing of interest in these games as both the character interaction and the character growth are kinda squandered on weak characters. In fact, I'd bet real money that the reason that Grandia III got panned as it did was due to the lack of nostalgia blinding everyone from the terrible characters.
3802  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 31, 2012, 05:34:18 PM
Just one thing I'm a little disappointed is that in more than one review I read that the game lasts about 25 hours. Sure one can make it longer if he wants tonbut ifmyou are enjoying it you can't help but want a little more.

The way that the game is set up, there's lot of extra content to do and other setpieces to play.  There are FAQs out there for where all of the Wild Artefacts are, and if you play everything, there's at least 40-50 hours of content.  And because the gameplay is what drives the title, not the story, it doesn't feel like you're losing out.  As well, you do have sets of extra content that explore story - one of them that I'm going through now features all of Mog's backstory.

"I used to have a spear, but this crazy green-haired lady stole it."

At least your knee is still intact.
3803  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Need advice on PS2 purchase real quick! on: January 31, 2012, 05:30:38 PM
The first quadrilliogy is so padded with grinding they're pretty damn skipable. Maybe get the fourth game since all the cutscenes from the rest of the series is also on that disk. As for the GU games I'd say they're definitely better overall and have far better pacing; maybe start with one of them and see if you care enough about the plot to continue.

As for Mana Khemia it only sports a cameo by some ghost named Pamela and maybe a few other references but that's all I know or care to know about Mana Khemia.
3804  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 31, 2012, 10:05:19 AM
Who is atlus hating? I love atlus?

I love them so much I want to see them get better and better. Criticism might come off as "hating" sometimes but its really not

And I hope atlus does get super robot wars OG 3. I think it would be a perfect game for them to do. Its on the ps3, which for some reason people think it will sell more. Its an srpg (a series theyve done before)

I think it would be really cool. If they did it I would have to give them 10 brownie points

And you know what would make this easier? Posting your criticisms on a board that people from Atlus actually read. Which I should add is not this one. In fact I highly suggest you going over to an Atlus related board and spam there instead of shitting up the threads I and other RPGFan posters made here. And if all else fails just sign up over at GameFags instead. They love that kind of shit posting over there.
Although we both know that you've been there and done that already and are now clamoring for attention elsewhere like a starving mutt.
3805  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 30, 2012, 06:12:53 PM
if you dont know what your talking about please, dont spread rumors.

back on topic

There was a rumor going around that someone was interested in srw og 3 on the ps3.

What do you think the odds are that atlus was that company?

So what happened to trying to change the subject?

Personally, I'm far more interested in the subject that Akanbe- brought up rather than the constant Atlus hatin' you've been subjecting us to.
3806  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 anticipations on: January 29, 2012, 03:18:57 PM
I didn't see a thread on this post yet, so I make it.


It's pretty exhaustive from my perspective, minus one notable game: Good People Die (999 Sequel) should be a no-brainer for "localization hopefuls"

With you 100% there.  I watched the intro sequence with english subtitles, really hope we get to experience the nonary game ambidex in the US this year.  999 was one of the most enjoyable (albeit depressing) experiences i've had in gaming.

I'll care if Good People Die turns out to be a better sequel to 999 than Remember 11 did for Ever 17 that way I'll finally get to play a fitting sequel to Ever 17.
3807  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 28, 2012, 08:17:43 PM

@First Pic: Are you molecules bad enough to form a chemical bond?
3808  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: January 28, 2012, 08:13:33 PM
forget the whole thing

We would but you keep posting.
3809  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 anticipations on: January 28, 2012, 02:39:13 PM

This and TitS2 plus maybe Ys IV (if it comes out this year and XSeeD's on it like a bonnet) and a number of other games named above are on my list maybe.

Though why did Pandora's Tower make the anticipated list? I've heard that it was kinda underwhelming.
3810  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 28, 2012, 07:41:32 AM
Skyward Sword -
I got my water dragon scales, visited said water dragon thing, and am now back in the first temple! Why the hell am I spending so much time in areas I've already been in? I don't like this. Well, I DO like opening up new sections and finding new things, but I'd still rather be in a new dungeon.
Also I remain unimpressed by the music in this game. several reviewers touted it's fantastic orchestrated soundtrack, but I'm finding it kind of boring. The dungeon tracks have been ok, but everything else is meh.

My son is now playing Shining Force for the GBA on the DS. Awesome.

I found the event-music out-did anything else.

By far.

Too bad you only hear those harp tunes once or twice with no other opportunities beyond replaying the game (you can kinda hear it when strumming your harp randomly but only to the most current one and even then; ehh).

That said, did a lot of dicking around in GTA3 collecting hidden packages, completing rampages, running missions, trying to find vehicles to ship and jumps to jump. So far I'm like 68 out of 73 missions done, I have 70+ hidden packages, 7 rampages done, 3 unique jumps done, and a few other miscellaneous things like most of the first import/export vehicles turned in. I've basically got everything but the final story mission done at this point.
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