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4201  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 08, 2010, 03:21:58 PM
Plus a lot of JRPGs will stick at least one character with some crappy weapon that only they can wield and is the only thing that they can wield like Ping Pong Paddles or Guitar Picks or some other bullshit.

Yes, but it didn't used to be that way...I blame FFVII for starting that stupid trend.

I'm pretty sure Rhys is the only one who's able to use swords in PS2 (and if you were using anything other than swords on him then what the fuck were you thinking).
4202  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 08, 2010, 12:49:10 PM
Weapon breakage is interesting. Weapon breakage is mostly analogous to, say, weapons having ammo in an FPS. The reason for ammo in an FPS is to prevent the player from spamming the Best Weapon infinitely, which is why the BFG in Quake 3/Redeemer in UT doesn't have a lot of ammo.

Here's where things get interesting. Going back to Q3 and UT, outside of the super weapons, there's no real clear *best* weapon in a lot of cases. It's very situational, and a lot of it is just how good the player is at using said weapons anyway. Also, being arena-shooters, it's important, for balance sake, that weapons be sort of on equal footing in a general sense but vary widely in usefulness situationally.

So. This doesn't really work for RPGs, or at least JRPGs. Why? Weapons in JRPGs don't really have interesting uses. A bastard sword, a crystal dragon sword, and a long sword are just three flavors of the same basic thing. Sure, there'll be different degrees of attack strength, but generally, it's a linear progression and you don't have a lot of need to use one instead of the other.

So I think this is less an issue of realism -- it's not really that realistic, anyway -- and more of an issue in that it exposes an underlying weakness in how weapons aren't used interestingly in JRPGs anyway.

Plus a lot of JRPGs will stick at least one character with some crappy weapon that only they can wield and is the only thing that they can wield like Ping Pong Paddles or Guitar Picks or some other bullshit.
4203  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obsidian Would Like To Work On Chrono Trigger on: July 08, 2010, 12:36:26 PM
I wonder if this is just a reflection of the times.  Our generation is stuck in a rut regarding life (i.e. the economy, bleak job prospects), movies are stuck in a rut (look at all the remakes of 1980s flicks), gaming is stuck in a rut as evidenced by threads like this all the time, 

Its called getting old. Kids these days don't listen to the same bands you do. Their fashion sense looks fucking ridiculous compared to the adult clothes we wear. Bring up the subject of vampires and old fogies will tell you about Buffy the Vampire Slayer whereas damn kids will bring up Twilight. Today's music would be considered to be loud noise to us what with those damned Vuvuzelas.

I bet many posters on this forum will at least once a week look outside of their house and shout at the kids to get off their lawn.


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it seems like art imitates life.

Holy Crap. Stop the presses. Somebody just realized that Art is an imitation of Life. I can't believe that someone out there remembers that the whole fucking point to art to begin with was to imitate and abstract that which occurs in real life.
4204  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - FIrst Trailer Ever! on: July 08, 2010, 12:12:47 PM
And the best part of that trailer is that this game will never see the light of day outside of Japan just like every other Mistwalker game since Lost Odyssey.

I hope you like importing.
4205  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: July 07, 2010, 09:20:39 PM
NSMBWii: 100%'d.

FE8: Looking back at my old file I can't believe how frail Arthur turned out first time around. 11 Speed at ECL 29. Only Gilliam is slower with 5 Speed and he only reached ECL 20. And with 10 Luck and Defense any physical attack will pretty much decimate him regardless of his 42 HP. (Then again I can't really complain too much about Defense since my second highest Defense score is a whopping 19 (Myrrh is rocking the highest Def score at 35, 20 without the Dragon Stone). At least Arthur has ridiculous Resistance at 24 and is clocking a solid 30 Critical Percentage with his Aura Tome. As for a progress update for my current playthrough: Chapter 9.
4206  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obsidian Would Like To Work On Chrono Trigger on: July 07, 2010, 09:05:53 PM
And I'm not really one to talk because I'm watching Arthur on PBSKids right now but shut the fuck up this is my dream.

That show is fucking awesome.

OT: Obsidian making a Chrono game? Do not know if I want. They're pretty hit and miss.

What I DO want: A Chrono game made by Warren Spector. He would definitely get it right.

I'm not so sure about that. However, I am certain that it would be 'EPIC'.

Epic Trigger. Coming to a PC/PS360 near you.
4207  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Shiniest New Sword on: July 07, 2010, 10:17:57 AM
Star Ocean 3, hands down.  It's deep, and helps you deal lotsa damage if done right.

Yeah, if you can out-sperglord the computer and make those critical inventions occasionally amidst a sea of 1,000,000 FOL failure salads.


It's simple math.
You put on characters that make cost go down, and understand the price range of certain items (deduct the % the creators take away from the cost).  One alchemist helps you make an item that sells for more than its worth to create (big fol).

Not enough games take advantage of customization...a shame since it is a great way to "take control" of everything.

I lost interest in breaking SO2 when I realized that I had spent more time breaking it than it would have taken to actually beat it, and all I've got to show for it is a parade of unwinnable boss fights no matter the level. I don't even get a piece of decent equipment as consolation for being able to own an endgame level boss like in Lufia or something. All I get is a "Fuck You For Playing!" from the assholes at Tri-ace.

And its much easier to break SO2 than SO3. Just not worth it in my opinion.

and grinding takes almost literally forever, since that gauge with rewards like double/triple experience and money only fills up if average party level is around that of enemies in battle.
and why do most reviews of star ocean 3 on here call it turn-based?

Nevermind having it break on you at the fucking drop of a hat.

Also MP death. Learn it. Live it. Loathe it.
4208  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Shiniest New Sword on: July 06, 2010, 10:54:36 PM
Star Ocean 3, hands down.  It's deep, and helps you deal lotsa damage if done right.

Yeah, if you can out-sperglord the computer and make those critical inventions occasionally amidst a sea of 1,000,000 FOL failure salads.


It's simple math.
You put on characters that make cost go down, and understand the price range of certain items (deduct the % the creators take away from the cost).  One alchemist helps you make an item that sells for more than its worth to create (big fol).

Not enough games take advantage of customization...a shame since it is a great way to "take control" of everything.

I lost interest in breaking SO2 when I realized that I had spent more time breaking it than it would have taken to actually beat it, and all I've got to show for it is a parade of unwinnable boss fights no matter the level. I don't even get a piece of decent equipment as consolation for being able to own an endgame level boss like in Lufia or something. All I get is a "Fuck You For Playing!" from the assholes at Tri-ace.

And its much easier to break SO2 than SO3. Just not worth it in my opinion.
4209  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: July 06, 2010, 09:19:03 AM
New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Beaten. Now currently half way through World 9. I'll finish W9 off then go fight Bowser one last time then move back to Suikoden or something.

And speaking of moving back I've started up FE8 again due to having an SRPG itch. This time with the intent of going through Hard Modo (and without abusing the arenas or the tower because I do have the ability to show some fucking self-restraint unlike some people). Currently up to chapter 6.
4210  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Shiniest New Sword on: July 06, 2010, 09:06:37 AM
Star Ocean 3, hands down.  It's deep, and helps you deal lotsa damage if done right.

Yeah, if you can out-sperglord the computer and make those critical inventions occasionally amidst a sea of 1,000,000 FOL failure salads.

I rather prefer the SRW games since you are given a boatload of mechs and not enough money to fully upgrade even a quarter of them by the end of the first playthrough (nevermind administering weapon upgrades and dealing with the pilots themselves).
4211  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So I've been trying internet dating on: July 04, 2010, 05:03:33 PM
hell with internet dating, call one of those hotlines that have commercials really late at night and have phone secks
or if you're absolutely desperate, try this one website that has a ton of JRPG princesses, this is perfect for you.

^QFT

This thread == over.
4212  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A game with memorable storyline and characters on: July 04, 2010, 04:57:32 PM
So far nobody has mentioned the most awesome character in JRPGs.

IoG's Hamlet.
4213  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which character ended up dating Lightning for you? on: July 02, 2010, 03:04:57 PM
Uh oh.Did I just walk into a spoiler or is this a joke?

You didn't get THAT much spoiled, just some small extra stuff. The game is really packed with content, so you have a lot more to look forward to.

He's not kidding about this folks. There are a TONNE of secrets in this game. For instance, I bet you didn't know that you could revive Serah.

[spoiler]In order to start the events necessary to revive Serah you must first have Lightning's date be Sazh's Frocobo. This is accomplished by being nice to the Frocobo and requires lowering the affection rate with everyone else by being mean to them (especially Vannile since she has a fuck ton of events that boost her happiness for no goddamn reason so you really have to be a dick to her). Once you've accomplished that you need to max out your Treasure Hunter and Explorer ranks by taking every proposition you can. You must also buy a flower from a Serah lookalike half way through chapter 4 (don't forget this as it is important). Then once you get all the way to the Gran Pulse you must unlock all chocobos and then highlight the hidden 4th option when asked to ride them to start the chocobo racing minigame. You have to score 0.00 time in order to unlock the Chocofro accessory but none of your starting chocobos can achieve this. You must breed high ranking chocobos of certain types together to make different coloured chocobos until you have the Platinum Chocobo. Now with the Platinum Chocobo you can score 0.00 at the chocobo racing and win the Chocofro which is the most powerful accessory in the game (though only the Frocobo can equip it). But more importantly your Platinum Chocobo can now reach the Phoenix Tower where you can fight the elidion Phoenix who is Serah's eilidon. Beating Phoenix will net you a Summon Materia that you can bring to the basement of the old man's house where Serah is being preserved then a cutscene will play and she will rejoin your party just as she left you once you beat Titan (so you don't have to worry about losing her ultimate weapon and accessory which you had accidentally left on her because the option to unequip her hadn't been opened up yet). However there is one thing you must be careful of. There are two unmarked chests in every chapter that if any of them are ever opened will lock you out of the option of dating the Frocobo except for three chapters where there are four unmarked chests. If you're really intent on seeing Serah in your party then you're better off never picking up any chests.[/spoiler]
4214  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Versus XIII scans and a ton of info on: July 01, 2010, 08:45:37 PM
I got burned hard with FFXIII by half-convincing myself it'd be good. FFVs XIII looks better, yes, but I'll wait until it bargain bins before I get it this time around. And even if it is good, I'll be at least a little upset that some good FFXIII characters (Lightning and Sazh mainly) got wasted on the worse game.

I was like this too except for FFXII instead. Watching it drop from $60 new to $30 within a month made me swore to never buy an FF game at launch again.

Now DQIX on the other hand. That's tempting me to buy day 1. Especially after the awesomeness of VIII & V.
4215  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: July 01, 2010, 08:32:49 PM
NSMBWii: Up to Bowser's Castle. It's that and stage 7 of World 8, and then its on to World 9.

Glory of Heracles: And now the old-skool grind is felt in full force. The encounter rate is fucking ridiculous. Thankfully (?) there isn't much if any exploration so I don't have to put up with the encounter rate that much per battle. Also its very hard to run out of any resources at this point. The Herc's both have health regeneration, and everyone else is in the back row tossing spells at everything.
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