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4201  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenogears coming to PSN this week for $9.99 on: February 28, 2011, 05:01:28 PM
Here, let me fix that for you:

Wohoo! finally a chance buy one of the most overrated rpgs of all time...!

I agree, Persona is overrated as hell.
4202  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: February 26, 2011, 04:59:20 AM
Isn't making shit up just awesome??

Welcome to Anime/Manga/VideoGame Writing 101!!!

Where you take the exact same idea everybody else has then make shit up as you go along until you write yourself into a corner. What truly separates the mangaka from the fanboys is by how many people they piss off with their liberal use of Deus Ex's and how often they can get away with it without getting their series shit-canned.
4203  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: February 26, 2011, 04:43:31 AM
The game's whole gimmick is time traveling to create an ideal future by rewinding time as necessary; it'd be pretty dickish to have genuine game over sequences as a result of a poor choice.

Another way of looking at it is that they're basically taking Chrono Trigger's idea of having different outcomes based off of current plot events when you end the game and running with it.

Instead of having to play the game through the first time and then see the alternate ways things could go down when the TrueEvil is removed from the picture thus seeing how everything works out ahead of time, you're searching for the correct context while getting slapped with and dodging the bad ends flying all over the place.
4204  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Remnant on: February 26, 2011, 04:29:53 AM
Sorry to revive this very old thread but I wanted to say that I just bought this on the 360 and should have it in the mail in the next few days.  I'm going to install the game because I hear if you don't, the game is almost unplayable and by doing the install option, it is much better.  Any tips or advice for a new player?  I heard this is similar to SaGa.  I'm fully prepared since I own and have beaten the SaGa games, well I don't own Unlimited SaGa.

Return it and get the PC version. I'm not even kidding, the difference is night and day. You're seriously screwing yourself over with the threeshitty version. Installing it wont solve the design issues made to fit the game on the 360.

Once you're done with that, my advice is to try avoid grinding. Like many SaGa games before it, grinding can and will screw you over if you're not careful about it.
4205  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: February 24, 2011, 07:01:14 PM
DQIX. Picked up two new top tier weapon types from the DQVC. Now with the top Knife and top Staff all I have left are the top Fan and top Wand.

Now why the grotto bosses have to be so god damn stingy with their top drops AND the DQVC fail me constantly for these (aside from the pants, thanks a lot DQVC) is beyond me but it means that I only have four of the top armors in the game (and most of those are only worn below the waist).

Edit@Yoda: I'm honestly surprised it wasn't named Dongz.
4206  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: February 24, 2011, 02:54:41 PM
If you liked Aya's character from the previous games, then no, probably not.

The overall setup, on the other hand, really isn't all that different from the other games. Unknown monsters out of fucking nowhere starts wrecking shit up and its the main character's job to kick ass and be bubblegum (fanservice wise). There's also the requisite evil douchebag behind it all and the plot twist that makes no sense which requires an equally improbable solution to resolve.

So yeah, the basic plot structure is the same as at least the first game. Just hope you don't care about secondary characters or mind the new and improved(?) Aya.
4207  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: more SRW this time for psp on: February 24, 2011, 02:19:12 AM

First, albeit shitty, scan of the originals appearing in this game along with some gameplay notes, such as Gurren Lagan being able to alternate pilot status between pilots mid battle as well as having a Spiral bonus activate at 130 Will, Lulu serving as this game's Barsa by sacrificing his turn to give a unit a buff to either attack, defense, or boss busting abilities, and Dancouga Nova only being formable for a couple of turns.
4208  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Sting, possibly Dept. Heaven game in the works? on: February 24, 2011, 01:56:19 AM
I never understood the following that Sting has. I only played Riviera and Hexyz Force, but they both had pretty mediocre stories and some questionable design choices. Besides, given that Atlus USA hasn't even announced Blaze Union (let alone Yggdra Unison) yet it's not certain at all that this new game will ever be localized.

Riviera biggest draw to fame was that it featured dating-sim elements long before Persona 3 came out much like the Sakura Taisen series did (also voice acting). The fact that the gameplay wasn't an afterthought like in the ST series was just a nice bonus. And said battle system was actually unique which at the time was all but unheard of in RPGs of the day even if, in practice, it was horribly unbalanced. All in all not bad for what was originally a WonderSwan Color title (I forget whether the WSC version had voice acting or if the GBA version was the first to include that).

Blaze Union is a completely different matter given how its being handled by a wholly separate team and is only loosely tied to the Yggdra Union plot.

Also Treasure Hunter G was awesome.
4209  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: GamePro: The 14 Best Unreleased JRPGs on: February 24, 2011, 01:33:18 AM
Seiken Densetsu 3 is amazing

Also, I know we got it eventually, but the fact that we didn't get Tales of Phantasia on the SNES is just plain sad. It just wasn't nearly as impressive on a portable. The game had a vocal soundtrack on an SNES, I mean come on!

It probably wouldn't have been so bad if the GBA port was by far the worst version of the game which was impressive given how many fixes were made over the original. (Did anyone else here notice how little some of those sprites in that video resembled the actual character designs?)
4210  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Sting, possibly Dept. Heaven game in the works? on: February 23, 2011, 04:03:11 PM

Important to note that its being made by the same team that did Yggra Union and is being designed by the same guy that did all the other Dept. Heaven games. It's also coming out on the PSP first.

Odd to hear it claim to be traditional given how these games usually go.
4211  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: This goes out to all the lovely RPGfan Ladies out there (and Goose) on: February 23, 2011, 03:56:06 PM
Eh. You're probably right. The Batman and Transformers strips are at least mildly entertaining.

Wasn't St. Valentine persecuted in Rome for secretly marrying young couples so that the boys didn't have to go to war, because of some law that married men couldn't be drafted?  I don't know, because any information about St. Valentine is scarce and I like to know the stories behind various American holidays. 

Wasn't there like a dozen or so St. Valentines (given how popular the name was back then)?
4212  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: GamePro: The 14 Best Unreleased JRPGs on: February 23, 2011, 01:24:42 AM
Took a look at that list. Whether I agree with some of the games being on the list or not, I just can't agree with much of what that guy wrote.

Games like Bahamut Lagoon, SD3, and Live A Live more likely didn't come over here due to limitations present at the time such as cartridge production and distribution, getting crap past the radar (Bahamut Lagoon in particular), providing bug fixes (if you can imagine it, the original JP run of FFVI was buggier than the FFIII that we got), and that SquareSoft had produced well over a dozen games over the course of those three years, about half of which we got and half of which we didn't (like any of the Romancing SaGa games, Treasure of the Rudra, Treasure Hunter G, and the aforementioned among other games). Also I wouldn't count on SD3 showing up on western VCs any time soon as it seems that Nintendo is very strict on what you can actually do to ROMs uploaded onto the service (i.e. jack squat, you'd be better served just straight emulating the game rather than paying to emulate it, especially since there have been many wonderful ROM hacks over the years that makes certain, text heavy games far more enjoyable to non Japanese readers).

Then there's FEVI. The reason for that one is two fold. First by the time the US had shown interest in the FE series thanks to Melee, FEVII was nearing completion so they gave us that instead. The other reason was that FEVII was far more accessible and polished than VI was and made for a much easier entry to the series for US players who'd never heard of the series beyond Melee. Also the author's reasoning as to why we got VIII over VI after VII is ridiculous. Understandable, but ridiculous.

Then there's SeGaGaGa. Aside from the nods to the Sega games of yesteryear, there really isn't any real good reason as to why this game had to be on the list. There are in fact plenty of better games like, oh say Growlanser PSP, that would be worth more mention. Gardia Quest II gets a pass since its part of Game Center CX 2 and Game Center CX is the closest we'll likely get to seeing any commercial release of anything Game Center related out here in the west (unless, by some miracle, Spike TV decides to pick it up just to have some new kind of "Those wacky Japanese" program that NBC will shamelessly steal from).

SD Snatcher. I don't care if it does feature Random Hajile in a panda suit, it wasn't a good game. Moving on...

FFXII International. The fact that we didn't get this already was retarded. However, getting it now while faith in the FF franchise is kinda low, in addition to the fact that many FF Fanatics tend to rate the original version of the game from dislike to outright despise, as well as the fact that it still doesn't fix the fundamental problem with the game to begin with (nor ever will as the problem is that the core of the game itself is the result of the fusion of two radically different games with radically different design philosophies and radically different genres).

SaGa 2. I really can't say whether or not Squeenix has given up on the west yet. It could just be that they're being lazy fucks right now about the series, or it could be that they're too busy with crappier series like Kingdom Hearts. It's probably worth holding our breaths over for a little while longer.

Tales of Innocence/Hearts. Wasn't Innocence terrible to begin with, or was that The Tempest? Either way, I've never really cared about the Tales series that much, and even if I did, there are better games for me to pine for than those two. (Also we'd just get stuck with the CGI version of Hearts anyways.)
4213  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New RPGs releasing soon_DS/PSP Wishlist on: February 22, 2011, 05:12:41 AM
Some of the PSP RPGs wont release for a while.And in that time NGP might release too.

Final Fantasy Dissidia Duodecim
3rd birthday
Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection
Final Fantasy Type 0
Persona 2:Innocent Sin
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
Kingdom Hearts birth by sleep Vol 2(perhaps its for PSP)

I already got DQ6,then its Pokemon #639255 and I guess thats it for DS.
Sorry laz it was easier to cross out stuff from yours than make my own

I was going to ask you about your avatar, but then I surfed TVTropes for a while and now I needn't ask.

As for games I'm looking forward to, I've already given a list out in another thread, but out of the goodness of my heart I'll reiterate.

Radiant Historia, Ys I & II, LoHVI:SnK1, Super Mario AllStars (not exactly a handheld title but on my wishlist (and yes I am well aware of more efficient means of getting those games but dammit I want to get that game that was detailed in issue 52 of Nintendo Power and I'm at least not getting the Advanced versions of 2 & 3)), and a 5th Gen Pokemon (for my brother, for his birthday, and for me to permanently borrow). After that I should be clear until Skyward Sword (unless something else comes out of fucking nowhere like Nier and Deadly Premonitions did last year).

I already have Tactics Ogre and DQVI and I'm in the middle of DQVI.
4214  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tactics Ogre on: February 22, 2011, 01:08:02 AM
Archers as a whole rape ass.

Oh, also, archers RAPE ASS.

....archers rape ass.

Well that's just great. Now I have the mental image of Mirror Mirror Captain Archer from Enterprise, the lead from that FX series Archer, AND Da Turminatur Archer from FMA all raping your ass. Thanks a fucking million (and I hope they forgot to bring the lube (or use only a candy wrapper as a condom in FX Archer's case)).
4215  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: February 21, 2011, 05:06:54 PM
Beat the Elite Four and am on my way to Kanto. Lance is like the kid who spends all his time playing a game and uses the most annoying thing possible. Seriously, who has three Dragonites? Dick move, sir. Dick move.

My son has been playing this game and is stuck on Lance. He gave up after trying several times to beat him. Any tips for him?

Ice. Ice. Baby Ice.

On a serious note Ice moves are typically the way to go. Get something like a Pilloswine or a Gryados with Ice Beam or Blizzard and just wreck his shit. Electric moves are a good fall back since his Gryados is typically his biggest roadblock and his other Dragons all have Flying in there somewhere.

That said, DQIX. Goddammit DQIX. NOW you're dumping top tier items on me even though they're weapons that I can easily grind from those two S ranked chests in that one grotto I grind versus those annoying 2% grotto boss drops. Oh well, at least I only have two more top tier weapons left to acquire now and one of those can still be acquired during this week's DQVC.
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