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4081  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Has anyone played the re-translation of Final Fantasy 6? on: September 04, 2010, 10:43:49 PM
I played the GBA port which is close enough.

It didn't really change that much, but it did help a few spots where Woosley was trying to be funny but wasn't (for reference; Shadow's introduction). Though Son of a Sandworm just isn't as good even if its far more correct. At least that guy in WoR's Figaro Castle's tower was a nice addition.
4082  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 04, 2010, 10:03:57 PM
Just took a look at the list. Not surprised in the least that the top 5 was entirely comprised of FFs and SMT.

My argument is that the two Kingdom Hearts games should be switched. KH felt like a cross between FF and Disney, whereas KH2 felt like neither but instead missed the point and pretty much did its own thing. Also TWEWY should be higher up, Chrono Cross should be a bit lower, Xenosaga III should be, at least, a bit lower if not a lot, and Lunar 2 WT...oh wait, this used to be Lunar.net, nevermind.

I would argue FFX but its too much the definitive PS2 RPG. Also Suikoden II. Wasn't that released in 2000? Also also, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Is that not RPG enough?

Also, its too bad that nobody played From the Abyss. That game could've easily landed in the hall of shame given how utterly lifeless and uninspired it was.

Anyways, that's my two cents on the matter.
4083  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars L on: September 04, 2010, 09:26:34 PM
I'm not going to lie. That lineup sucks.

I'll admit that Frontier looks good, but either the originals will have to be very good, or they really need more than just Linebarrels, Iczer, and a bunch of the same ol' same ol'.

Worst still is that they don't seem to have much of any new sprite work for anybody (save for Linebarrels, Iczer, Frontier, and the new EVA chick). Especially EVA (my god the sprites look like they were ripped straight from A (and not even A portable either)).
4084  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Would you like to see a comeback for the SaGa series? on: September 03, 2010, 04:25:52 PM

Oh god dammit.

For those not in the know, that's supposed to be the Talon. Aka the time traveling stealth bomber.
4085  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 02, 2010, 11:42:53 PM
I wonder if/when the true Shin Megami Tensei IV will happen? :)

It did happen. It's called Strange Journey.
4086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: September 02, 2010, 11:41:10 PM
And if all else fails visit a grotto or two and grind with the first two bosses. Not only can you beat them for experience and more treasure maps but they drop decent to awesome gear and very rarely a piece of top gear. Though you shouldn't try farming them til after the main quest.

Fun thing I did was win a couple of Fire Claws off of the second grotto boss and alchemized one of them into Kestrel Claws which really cranked up my attack power. Better still I've since upgraded them again into Orichalcum Claws making them the top form of the second best claw set in the game (though you need someone who can use claws and three pieces of orichalcum to make the most of them). And while people will swear up and down over the Uber Falcon Blade a good set of claws can potentially match or surpass a Falcon Slash powered Uber Falcon Blade with a move called Flailing Nails (hits 4 times for varying amounts of damage at no MP cost, each hit can be boosted and crit) and Hard Claw (hits twice at 75% damage at no MP cost, each hit can be boosted and crit). You can also start at Dragon Claws if you can buy/steal them.

The tl;dr is that swords aren't the only weapon choice out there. Experiment and find a weapon for your main damage dealer. Also get someone to master Shields asap. The mastery scroll will negate all crits directed at the bearer of the scroll and is insanely awesome.
4087  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: August 31, 2010, 09:07:45 PM
Beat Dragon Quest VIII.  Then I did the optional dungeon and beat it again for the true ending.  Good stuff, the Dragons you fight post-game were an awesome challenge.  I decided to see how many I could beat starting at level 40.  I ended up beating all of them, in the process leveling up to 42.  Got all the extra rewards and super items I cared for, pretty much 100% completed the game aside from ridiculous stuff like making all the alchemy items.  I attempted to beat the last fight vs all 7 dragons in succession but it was no go, I ended up dying to the 3rd or 4th dragon.  I'm pretty sure I could accomplish this feat at my current level of 42, but it would require more time/luck/patience then I care to give it.  Pretty satisfied beating them all at 42, since most do it at 65.  Alas, awesome game.  Easily a 9/10 and one of the top 5 RPG's for the PS2.  I love Level 5.
How many Timbres of Tension and Sage's Stones do you have?
I have one of each.  I tried to farm the magical beast hide required for another timbrel, but after about 15 minutes of fighting orc king's with no luck I said screw it.  I put enough time into the game, hah.  I didn't see the need for another sage stone since I had full heal and omni heal on my main and Angelo as well.  Although I'm sure there's some sort of strategy involving spamming Timbrel's and Sage Stone's and using Miracle Slash or something to heal as well.

Started up Magnacarta 2. Enjoying it thus far.

Only the MC gets Omniheal and only Angelo gets Multiheal. The advantages to using Sage's Stones are that a) anyone can use them provided one of them is in their inventory, b) their effects are boosted by tension, c) they, like all other items, do not reset your tension when used, and d) they don't use up large amounts of MP per use regardless if you maxed out Courage or not.

The best way to steal in DQVIII is have Yangus equip either the Hades Helm or Skull Helm (depending on which one knocks down all attacks to 1 HP) and have him spam Stainless Steal Scythe (or whatever its called) until it lands. Unfortunately, stealing in this game is very unreliable, so its probably better just to outright kill them until they drop it.
4088  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tokyo Game Show 2010 on: August 31, 2010, 08:31:34 PM
So any word of the new SaGa(?) title among the list of participants?

Also here's to some new information on DQX beyond it being on the Wii(for now?).
4089  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Let's design the most cliche RPG story ever on: August 31, 2010, 08:21:51 PM
Suddenly Barack Obama appears again.

And this time with the rest of the Air Gear crew.

They need your help in defeating the villains of Air Gear.

Seriously. This is all I know about the manga Air Gear. Well this and the tits and asses flying through the air on roller blades or some shit.

If anybody is more familiar with the manga Air Gear feel free to continue with this.
4090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Dated - Nov. 29 for NA on: August 31, 2010, 08:12:35 PM
I care about two things: Is Felix in it? Is Isaac in it?

Additionally, are Marth or Roy in it?

Golden Sun is a great RPG by handheld standards, but thats not saying too much.

True when they came out, or at least the first. Not true now.

I actually found them fairly... tepid, but I'll probably give this a shot anyway. Played through the first two, so I may as well see where they're going with this.

I've got to agree with you on this for once. The flaws of the RPG genre are much more apparent now then they were back then and like Beyond the Beyond before them Golden Sun suffers from incredibly bland writing/plot/dialogue, ridiculous amounts of padding, and employing cheap knock offs of mechanics found in much better games from the time.

Also the games can fuck off for the lack of auto-target. That shit was annoying in FF's I & II and they're annoying in GS.
4091  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Absorbed, Merges With Mobile Developer on: August 31, 2010, 08:01:11 PM
Who the fuck cares, as long as Atlus-J isn't affected regarding what games they make.

After all there are still so many different Persona 3 ports/editions to make.

Frankly, the only part of Atlus I still care about is the US branch (or I would if they would just fucking localize Growlanser PSP).
4092  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 31, 2010, 07:56:39 PM
...forced progression and lack of free reign exploration.

Is it just me or does this part here describe a disturbing amount of games this generation? Both in and out of the RPG genre.

Well movies don't allow for free reign exploration so why should videogames.
4093  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Am I the only one failing at White Knight Chronicles? on: August 31, 2010, 07:54:34 PM

See the problem here is that you got the now completely obsolete WKC1 instead of waiting for WKC2 which comes with a rebalanced version of WKC1 along with its disk two.

I suggest trading in your copy for a better game and wait for WKC2 to hit shelves (or not since this game is beyond redemption of its plot's mediocrity).
4094  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 31, 2010, 07:44:34 PM
Not an rpg, but reviews I've read of Other M say that the story stuff is not well done and brings down the whole experience. Way to go, Tecmo.

Reviews of Other M seem to be ALL OVER THE PLACE. One review I read thought the story sucked and the gameplay was great, another thought the story/presentation was wonderful, but the gameplay was weak. I'll see tonight when I play it.

It's going to have groan worthy moments given that even fucking Nintendo Power criticized some of the design/writing choices made in this game like not having the Varia Suit until after falling into a few lava pits beforehand or Samus's droning inner monologues.

However I've heard that pretty much all of the classic upgrades and abilities are available to you including the Speed Booster, Screw Attack, and even Shinesparking (the only thing unconfirmed thus far are the beam combos and crystal flash). Also apparently a few old faces will also be showing up in this game as well such as
Nightmare, Phantoon, and the fucking Metroid Queen.

Unfortunately it seems that this game will probably bomb given how few players will approach this game and how easy it is to space pirate this game. It doesn't help that the game is effectively Fusion 2 in 3D given the forced progression and lack of free reign exploration.

Hopefully someone can find the possible sequence breaks in this game or lack thereof.
4095  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 30, 2010, 07:21:22 AM
^They have been mentioning that for a while, and knowing Square Enix it must be true.

In other news...

The 3rd Birthday: Club Sacrifice / The latest character and scenario details, plus a few gameplay bits.
A Lovely In-Game Aya Brea Pic / Plus, Kitase and Tabata hype up The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded

Also, Valkyria Chronicles 2 is looking pretty good. :)

Oh look. Amnesia's back.

All that we're missing now is some overwrought drama-mance between the two main characters that completely overshadows everything and everyone else and we'll have a full fledged Noruma game.
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