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4606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: One game you'd want Next-Gen Remake? on: June 24, 2010, 08:57:26 PM
Koudelka seemed to have a good storyline but was flawed by the worst battle system ever, with some retooling it could have been a much better game.

I would've preferred if the game had a battle system more like Shadow Hearts. Maybe for the sequel they could implement Shadow Hearts' gameplay.
4607  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2010 on: June 24, 2010, 05:48:01 AM
Go team USA!!!  First a blown call by a ref (what else is new this World Cup?  The refs are morons this time out) then a stoppage time goal for a victory?  Sa-weet!  I only just read about it because I was working today.  I wish I could've seen it. 

And good riddance to Team France.  Buncha hooligans. 

Not only that but US's win has Team Algeria going home (or at least they would be if they weren't already there). So much for the home field advantage.
4608  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIX will finally make it to PSN on: June 24, 2010, 01:52:10 AM
As I remember it, A is an action ability, you use it in battle. S (or whatever) is a skill ability, you equip it on the status screen for different effects. My favorite is auto haste.

Except that haste is a really bad thing in FFIX given just how much everything counters you later on in the game.

Should've named her Kuja.

I actually still get a twitch in my eye knowing she's actually a he.  What a sexy female Kuja would be.  Would it have really been so hard to do?  The simple addition of an "s" in front of "he" and the internet would be that much a quieter place.

Questions for people playing - can you learn all the skills off equipment?  What are the letters the appear in the diamond-diagram part of the skill name?

Love this game.  Even though it isn't concise, the moogles are a wonderful way to save the game - they're so adorable.  The odes to the previous games are much welcomed, and the characters are lovable.  I absolutely adore Steiner - he's the best comedy relief of the decade.

Basically what Leyviur said about the skills. A is for Action and S is for Support. You can learn all the skills off of equipment but many skills are exclusive for one or two people. Fortunately not all are so check around, it shouldn't be too difficult to figure out who learns what (though you shouldn't ignore a weapon that has an ability that something else has for the obvious reason that all characters have their own exclusive equips).

The Kuja suggestion was suggested because I always find it humorous to name a character after the main villain then read the ensuing chaos. Best example of this is to name everyone in FFVII either Sephiroth or Jenova. Doesn't make the plot any less nonsensical and its funny as hell to read that Sephiroth is going after Sephiroth or that Jenova has Jenova's cells in him.
4609  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales studio facing financial problems? on: June 24, 2010, 01:37:13 AM
I've never understood the appeal of this franchise.

Never understood the appeal of Dragon Quest; but that doesn't seem to stop it from ALWAYS hitting number one on sales charts. ...what a shitty ass series.

I played DQ IV for the first time on the DS, and it was fun, and had an interesting story.

Tales games, on the other hand, have never had an interesting story.

I'd argue that.  

The characters are interesting and diverse.  The story takes you on your classical RPG fare around the world, there's a crap load of extras and greater challenges, the stories have gotten somewhat political as well (saving the "end of the world" schemes for later on, handling the "politics" first), and the characters are usually given backstories that can be loved even if you didn't love the character.  I don't really wanna say more; that's my two cents, and even with a rebuttle - I hate exposing bias unless I state "IM GUHNA BEE BYE-ASS!!"

But, I can always put story aside, say whenthe gameplay plays out better.  I like the real-time action of Tales' games too.  Thank god.  Personally, I feel that unless turn-base offers some innovation, it's become quite a bore.

And I'll argue that.

DQ characters can be just as interesting as Tales of characters at times, and moreover the NPCs in the DQ series are easily more interesting and involved compared to Tales of NPCs. I can tell you of the sad tale of Clayman who after leaving his home for supplies comes back to find his home in shambles and his friends and neighbors turned to stone leaving the old man alone to spend his remaining days wasting away until hope is renewed when your party shows up to try against all odds to find someone who might have survived against the elements, or I can tell you of the sad kingdom of Ascantha who's king has his subjects in perpetual mourning over his late wife, and the adventure your party has to go through journeying to a lone hilltop to await a portal at night to gain entrance to the realm of the Elves, or even the tale of a child's adventure through the secluded realm of the faeries to stop the witch of winter and bring spring back to the realm, and so on...

Tell me can you go into such detail when describing events from any of the Tales of Games without looking them up? Do they stick out in your mind enough to be considered memorable? How much do those plots focus more on your own party members than just the world at large?

That to me is the DQ series' greatest strength. And though I'm certain that the Tales of Series' plots has there own strengths, especially when confronting racial segregation like in ToS and ToP, but nothing from those games really sticks out to me unless one of your own characters is directly involved otherwise its just a straight up fetch quest.

Also many of the DQ games also allow you to interact with your party members with Party Talk (provided it doesn't get exorcised in the localization), not that you get to see as many sweat drops as Tales of Skits, but its something.

And yes the Tales of Fighting is much more interesting than DQ's first (or recently third) person view of enemies lined up to take you down, but at least most DQ battles take almost no time at all with the proper set up.
4610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIX will finally make it to PSN on: June 23, 2010, 11:29:08 PM
Should've named her Kuja.
4611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: One game you'd want Next-Gen Remake? on: June 23, 2010, 09:54:04 AM
A growlanser vi remake wouldnt be so bad

A remake of a PS2 game. Meh. I would rather have a remake of Bahamut Lagoon.

Speaking of which, I would like to have a remake of Bahamut Lagoon.
4612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Let's create the ultimate CRPG list on: June 23, 2010, 06:10:04 AM
No Deus Ex?
No Freedom Force?
No Icewind Dale I or II?

Yeah. I'm pissed too.

Where the hell is The Bard's Tale 1 & 2? Where's King's Quest VIII? Where's Septerra Core?
4613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 23, 2010, 05:35:41 AM

So what is it? (Don't answer that!)
4614  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: June 23, 2010, 02:46:03 AM
Bah, I hate Jeanne D'Arc.  Done with that shit.  Interesting game, but I'd rather replay Fire Emblem for a SRPG fix.

Question though:  Since I hated Jeanne D'Arc's gameplay, will I hate FFT:A PSP as well?  The biggest thing that bothered me in Jeanne D'Arc was the stage layouts (that stage were you had to protect the froggie pissed me off to no end).  Also hated their version of the weapon triangle.  Should I stay clear of FFT:A PSP then?

FFT:A is on the GBA not the PSP. The only FFT game on the PSP is War of the Lions and is awesome if you love FFV's job system mixed with SRPG.

That said, its a very good game if you're going into it blind and don't overgrind or cheeze the system (although it can still be good if you enjoy breaking the game). However, it is nothing like SRPGs like FE or SF, but instead is more of a turn based RPG like FFV or X set on a grid based battlefield very much like the TO games. The plot was really good at the time but hasn't aged well (due to all the quadruple-crosses going on and the main character making as much sense as someone with downs given just how idealistic he's portrayed as (then again this could just be an aftereffect of the piss poor translation the PSX version got in which case the PSP will be infinitely better due to having a redone translation)).

One thing I should note though is that there are perma-deaths if you are not quick about reviving KO'd people.

(Of course if you are somehow playing FFTA on the PSP (or meant the GBA) then you'll like it even less since it's a SRPG that though it would be a great idea to separate your party members into five separate races but give them almost identical jobs with maybe one or two different skills and tie all of your grinding towards getting a shitload of weapons and ever so slowly grind skills off of them. Also Laws suck and the plot is pretty lame (though Marche can be reinterpreted as a stone cold fucker if you consider him to be the antagonist instead).)

That said, NSMBW: finished world 2 with full coins and both world's cannons unlocked. Now on either worlds 3 or 5 depending on which I would rather do first.
4615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: E3 2010 SRPG news on: June 23, 2010, 01:50:14 AM
this showed up on gamefaqs but i dont know if its real yet....

if its real i just might die!!!!! sakura taisen in srw?

This showed up a long while ago and is proven fake.
4616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: One game you'd want Next-Gen Remake? on: June 22, 2010, 06:19:11 PM
There are two games I've been dying for a remake of:  Earthbound and Secret of Mana

Be careful what you wish for! I too would love a Secret of Mana game, but I vividly remember how excited that Final Fantasy Adventure was being remade...and how HORRIBLE it was. Sword of Mana pretty much made a simplistic game into this moral angstfest full of villians and heroes who were morally gray...and then they talked about it NONSTOP. Don't get me started on the extra Malvole storyline they shoehorned in.

Ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh. :|

Not to mention all the gameplay mechanics from all of the previous games up to that point that they shoehorned in there making sure that none of them worked at all with each other. They ultimately added 200+ to 300+ hours of grinding to a now 10 hour (if that) game.
4617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Another remake is in the works. on: June 22, 2010, 02:36:04 AM
The BS chapters are not going to be in the main game. They're going to be included in an extra option.
4618  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: One game you'd want Next-Gen Remake? on: June 21, 2010, 10:07:32 PM
Romancing SaGa II.
4619  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What RPG are you currently playing? on: June 21, 2010, 10:06:47 PM
Don't we have a thread for this very thing in the General Discussion forum.

Anyways, Glory of Heracles.
4620  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: If you could have one game localized... on: June 21, 2010, 08:12:34 PM
Growlanser PSP SRWOGs Seventh Dragon.
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