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4096  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).
4097  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.
4098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Am I the only one failing at White Knight Chronicles? on: August 31, 2010, 07:54:34 PM
wall-o-text

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).
4099  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
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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.
4100  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.
4101  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 29, 2010, 10:20:56 AM
Is that the spiderbitch with the heaving chest?

That skeletal spiderbitch with the heaving chest.

Too bad he didn't fight the dragon/wizard boss with Velvet.

Now that will get you to wish the game didn't suffer from as much slowdown as it does.
4102  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 29, 2010, 10:13:13 AM
Also consider the PSP's lineup. The 3rd Birthday really is one of the bigger games it's getting.

In response to this I was trying to remember what system this game is getting ported from.

Then I remembered that it was originally planned to be a cellphone release alongside the third FFXIII game.
4103  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: August 29, 2010, 09:21:47 AM
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?


It's blocky...but not hideous.

Dammit D-Rider, every time someone complains about a game I want to replay it and see it again for myself, and I've like six games on the go as it is! :(

Oh shit! SO3 big plot twist finally makes sense!

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It's all a parody playing off of the game's tutorial. The entire game is a big fucking troll.


Anyways...

DQIX: Q Harder.

LoZ:MM: Goddammit the camera sucks in Goron Ball mode. The MP games have me so spoiled right now. On my third cycle in minimalist mode. The N64 controller is the worst controller ever designed by Nintendo.
4104  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Favourite Television Character! on: August 29, 2010, 09:03:04 AM
For those of you who keep listing The Doctor.

Please specify which one.


The same goes for Adama.
4105  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: August 29, 2010, 08:56:56 AM
Not so much missing as ignoring. :) You raise a good point, but I'm focusing on the voice acting itself, which is, as I've stated, the worst I've ever heard.

So have you ever heard of a PS2 game called Chaos Wars?
4106  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 29, 2010, 08:53:13 AM
"Most Cliche RPG Evar" thread

 a 13-year-old's masturbation fantasy.

Pretty much sums up that thread perfectly.

I would be very incredibly surprised if a 'let's make a real effort story thread' didn't turn out almost exactly like that one did.


(Also CC is more about saving a girl than it is about saving the world, anyway).

Also sorting out time paradox clusterfucks.


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Actually, that raises another good point. I DON'T honestly believe that the goofy plot twists in XG or SO3 existed to prove a point or make a statement or whatever. They were just there to be fun and interesting (whether they succeeded or not isn't really relevant, here) and a lot of the false importance placed on them is probably the fault of the players reading too far into it.

I do sorta agree with this given how many homages to super robot shows were in XG. Plus all the religious symbolism that existed in XG did so for the same reason that all the religious symbolism existed Eva. Because it was cool (and it may have been another homage in disguise).

Also SO3's entire plot could be summed up as 'training a virtual character in a virtual JRPG simulator'. Hell the game's tutorial literally takes place in a virtual JRPG simulator within another JRPG simulator within yet another JRPG simulator. It's just that, like the rest of the game, the execution was handled with less care than a bull in a china shoppe.


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I want to believe people play Guitar Hero for fun, but who the hell knows, maybe they really DO get some sort of fulfillment from it.

Wait, people still play Guitar Hero? I thought it was Rock Band that was the one everybody played. Either way though, it seems that most people play it for the social aspect of assembling a faux band and jamming with friends (although I have been wrong in the past regarding people taking not shit WAY too fucking far).
4107  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 27, 2010, 08:36:12 AM
Odin Sphere is like River City Ransom remade by a bunch of 16-year-old AP English students that don't know how to make games or program engines that actually function on the hardware they're intended for.

Being able to actually see shit is more important than your seven layers of fucking parallax bullshit and sprites that take up half the screen and fancy lighting affects you unrestrained twats.

I can at least give credit to Odin Sphere for trying at least. I've played too many games now where there just isn't any effort put in at all. What they needed to do was either be less stupid with the resources of the hardware they're working with or have access to more powerful hardware.

At least they learned something between OS and Muramasa (in that they made they've simplified combat to holding down one button and directing with the control stick to make things bleed and die).
4108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc Rise Fantasia on: August 27, 2010, 08:02:12 AM
And yeah, I honestly haven't played a more traditional JRPG like this in years, last one probably being Vesperia and before that, I can't remember. Finally got a world map to explore instead of the new trends of (a) story-to-story maps, (b) central hubs or (c) point and click destinations. No disrespect to those styles, but an overworld is a lost art in RPGs and so are turn-based battles. ARF's battles system is basically Skies of Arcadia refined which is a great thing.

If you like world maps so much why aren't you playing DQIX or Glory of Heracles right now? (Well Ok maybe not GoH since that game's world map has only the most superficial functions of a world map much like Grandia 2's.)

That said, I still can't find a single reason to care about this game. I just keep assuming its like a Tales-ified version of Luminous Arc (aka, Effort? What's effort? Something you put into games? But if everybody else puts this 'effort' in their games then our game's gimmick will be no effort. Brilliant!, or something to that effect).

The tl;dr is that I regret putting any time into LA since it seemed to be more time than the developers put into it, and I have a feeling that this game is the same way.
4109  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: August 26, 2010, 03:09:05 AM
DQIX: Rebirth

Two more to go before I can start collecting the top maps.
4110  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: August 24, 2010, 09:27:21 AM
DQIX finally came out here a few days ago. I've played around 15 hours so far and, honestly, it's not grabbing me that much. The gameplay is decent, but I'm struggling to keep motivated with the boring story and lack of plot-related characters. The open-endendess of "go grab whichever fygg you want first" is not a bad idea in principal, but it hasn't been executed all that well.

That and status ailments are a joke in battle. Do they EVER work?

War Cry was awesome for me up until the end game. But then again, I spent most of my time stealing shit so that I wouldn't have to spend any money on anything other than resurrection and resting expenses.

Sap and Sap like effects are still worth it but know that its effectiveness is based around your caster's Magical Might stat and the target's resistances.

One thing to remember though is that status effects aren't that important during the main quest. During the Grottoes, on the other hand, are a completely different story.

Also also the main plot is pretty much focused on whatever immediate threat to the world is present. There are, however, a number of additional plot threads that are touched upon during the main quest but will only be explored during the post game DLC like the mystery of Brigadoom's fall or the nameless king in the Quarantomb and so on.


I almost gave up on DQ9 but then I followed Cyril's advice and I am a good way into the game.

...................but I have hit a brick wall and need help.

I have collected 6 Fygg's but I now fine I need 7 to advance.

I know the 7 places to go to get the fygg's because I have been to all of them. If I use a Chimaera Wing all 7 places are on the menu, so I can go to any of them.

Is there any way I can tell which  Fygg I did'nt collect without having to play through the areas again?                

The location of the Seven Fyggs are as follows...

Swinedimples Academy
Batsureg
Gleebra
Bloomingdale
Zere Rocks
Tywll Cave
Tower of Trades

Stella's pretty good at telling you where you need to go to next. Also pressing Y will bring up a world map and a short blurb about your most recent plot accomplishment.


What about port llaffin?  (The name is pretty fuzzy to me but it is the place south of All Treades abbey.

You need to go through Port Llaffan to get to the third continent so he's probably already gotten that one. The only one's he could've missed thus far are Alltrades Abbey (if he has access to class changing then he has this one already), Zere Rocks (it'd take you like ten seconds to check if you've gotten this one or not just by exploring the place), Gleebra (go to the throne room and check if the Lizard is there or not), Batsureg (most likely since its a pretty involved quest line, check if the chief has steppe down yet), and Swinedimples (check for the weapon masters since they won't appear if the dungeon is not yet complete).

If all of these are done, then head back up to The Observatory or wherever Stella tells you to go to next (check battle records or press SELECT).
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