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4606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-Random Battles worse than Random Battles? on: December 18, 2010, 03:37:37 AM
Lufia: Ruins of Lore was a game where I would have preferred random encounters every 5-8 steps than the non-random encounters.  Lee Babin's review does a better job of explaining it than I would.  All I know is that Ruins of Lore is proof that sometimes non-random battles can be FUBAR.

You mean Lufia: Horseshit of Lore, because that's what it was, a fetid pile of horseshit.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand...

Lufia 2

/Thread.
4607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Looking for RPGs with a particular cliche. . . on: December 15, 2010, 06:38:01 PM
There's also:

Code:
Golden Sun (all three of them).
Terrengima (kinda, in that you're working for the bad guys rather than being a villain all along).
Lufia and the Fortress of Doom (kinda, in that only one of your party members was the villain all along).
Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess (oh wait, Ganon out of fucking nowhere, so much for toying with dark powers to combat a mysterious threat).
Castlevania Aria of Sorrow (and by extension Dawn of Sorrow).
Chrono Cross (both technically and literally but I'm not really that interested in performing all the blind calculus needed to make enough sense of the plot to explain how or why).
Xenogears (kinda, in that alter-egos/blatant psyche metaphors are involved).
FFIV (for only the first couple of hours).
FFVII (kinda, but my explanation for this is the same as CC's).
FFVIII (same as Lufia 1's if you're the kind of person who buys into the Rinoa = Ultimecia argument).
FFTA (kinda, in that nobody presents a consistent argument as to what you are doing being right or wrong beyond stop destroying the world or because the prince said so).
Legend of Dragoon (same as Lufia 1's and FFVIII's).
Drakengard (kinda, in that everyone's an asshole including the developers who are trolling you with the very game you're playing).
Valkyrie Profile Covenant of the Plume (kinda, in that you get to choose just how evil you want to be).
Tales of Phantasia (oh wait, villain just trying to save his world out of fucking nowhere, you're killing his planet man).
Tales of Symphonia (kinda, in that there's fantasy racism everywhere and because Dawn of the New World said so).
Live-A-Live (same as Lufia 1's, FFVIII's, & LoD except that you can actually side with the villain).
Crystalis (kinda, in that you are the reason as to why there's a big bad elephant in the room to begin with (NES version only)).
Sword of Mana (kinda, in that you are the good guy fighting the bad guys but those poor misunderstood bad guys didn't deserved to be killed and you should feel bad for being so cruel to them).

Admin Edit: Cheesus H. Crisps, enough spoilers in there? :P
4608  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Latest update on the new Sakura Taisen game. on: December 14, 2010, 01:27:52 AM
You guys did know that there was a new SW game in the works, right? Maybe the old thread got swallowed up with the Computer RPGs Board.

That aside, info get.
4609  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: December 13, 2010, 11:24:31 AM
*Facepalm*

Sounds like somebody wasted $40 on the Wonder Years.

That aside I may look into this as someone who only has the PSX version (namely because it came with Chrono Trigger).


I'm just sick of Square Enix and their constant remakes. I can accept a game that never got an outside Japan release (Dragon Quest V), or a rare valuable game getting a port/remake (Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth), but I think they're just trying to get some easy cash. I reckon they should quite remaking the same game a million times, and come up with some fresh ideas. Remakes are a distraction to developing the bigger games. Final Fantasy XIII could've been a masterpiece, but all these pointless remakes prevent the creators from putting heart and soul into original games (how long has it been since Square Enix released an original A grade game?). I have no problems with FFIV, V and VI (as they all kick some serious ass), but too many remakes! Square Enix are a bit slack, if you ask me.

I think that the real motivation here is Squeenix trying to recoup their expenses from FFXIV.
4610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs - Deep, Medium, or "Lite" stories? on: December 11, 2010, 01:07:46 PM
1. Deep/Symbolic Story (Xenogears)

Quote from: Some Dude on teh Webz
At a few people's recommendations, I've been playing through Xenogears recently since I've never actually done so, and in theory it's supposed to be an incredibly in-depth look at Gnostic mythology. In practice, however, the backstory involves early (10,000-year-old) humans eating from the tree of knowledge and then building giant robots to kill God, who has to recover by hiding under the ocean for thousands of years while sometimes using organic computer viruses to attack starships carrying naked anime women. Meanwhile a church mines these ancient giant robots out of the ground and invents Darwinism as a cover-up to distract from the fact that your main character's Jungian alternate personality is destined to use said robots to finally kill God once and for all in between the occasional genocide.

The above quote pretty much matches my recollection of the events of the game and really, this does not sound very 'deep' so much as it does 'clusterfuck'. Basically, Xenogears is the VG equivalent of NGE and it's use of Christianity (i.e. purely for the sake of sounding cool).

If you want deep, try DQV. The entire plot is based on the simple premise of following your MC from birth to the completion of his life's goals, including all the stumbling blocks along the way.
4611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 08, 2010, 02:49:06 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2010/12/08/how-you-can-heal-yourself-in-the-3rd-birthday/

Posting this to now confirm that yes, there will be a Christmas themed outfit as well as four more unmentioned costume fetishes left to fill.

Protest away about how you'll continue to never preorder this even though you already have.
4612  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 30 characters that defined a decade on: December 03, 2010, 09:30:05 PM
Additionally the only things that Snake actually did this decade were the infamous bait and switch first act of MGS2 and whatever shenanigans went on in MGS4 (also the Ac!d games which were a thing, Ghost Babel maybe, and participating in SSBB with Sonic). Big Boss has better grounds for to be on that list than Solid Snake does. Also Raiden for said infamous bait and switch of MGS2.

And I'll admit. If I had to choose who I'd put in first place on this list. I'd be Master Chef instead of GLaDOS as da chief pretty much singlehandedly led Microsoft's charge into the gaming industry as well as the shift in the course of the gaming industry's history.
4613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 30 characters that defined a decade on: December 02, 2010, 11:51:44 AM
 I mean, I like Auron and FFX, but can anyone REALLY say he had any sort of lasting effect that could really be determined as culture defining?  

A lot of people wet their panties over Auron as he's the closest Squeenix got to replicating Sephy within the last decade. That said, if I absolutely had to put an FF character on that list, I'd choose Vaan due to all the controversy surrounding him. Similarly Celda's Link but that's a whole 'nother can of worms I don't want to get into. And maybe Samus since despite the fact that she's been around for the last two decades, there wasn't much else to her beyond Super Metroid aside from two very archaic games and an appearance in SSB (and cameos in Kirby 3 and SMRPG:LotSS but I digress) until this decade with the Prime Trilogy, Fusion, and Zero Mission.

Other issues I have with that list are #13 (seriously, who remembers Bully?), #s 2 & 29 (Red Dead Redemption came out this year nevermind the fact that I don't think either character is going to matter that all much in the long run), #20 (as mentioned earlier, has absolutely no reason for being on such a list), and #28 (as I would probably substitute the Wanderer himself with the actual Colossi or even the horse).
4614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 23, 2010, 09:33:06 PM
FF5 was funny? I guess if you're 11. I thought it was retarded. Especially the stuff with Faris. I did like the dungeons, and skill system though. But the story and dialog were probably the worst in the series. I love humor, but only if it's reasonably intelligent.

"I guess you're 11." Really? Now I remember why I'd been ignoring these boards lately. Thanks.

OP -- your initial post was vague. But given you *are* Alisha, I'm assuming you appreciate FF being open to gender ambiguity so early in its lifetime and that's what you really liked about the humor.

Bravo, good sir. You managed to be both elitist and sexist in the same post.

As for that thing that the thread was kinda about, I'd say the humor lies in Butz's and Lenna's (ironically) general stupidity about matters (also in breaking the game wide open with a bunch of cheap rods less than a third into the game).
4615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Linear and simple RPGs on: November 22, 2010, 06:33:27 AM
I thought that was a Blatant Final Fantasy X rip-off with Mega Man characters inserted? That's the impression I got from playing it, at least. Not like its a bad thing, it just didn't really remind me much of BoF.

Imagine what BoF V would've been like without all of that moldbreaking and uniqueness and then imagine it with a MMX veneer (i.e. substitute furries with animal themed robots and transformations with hyper mode).
4616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Linear and simple RPGs on: November 19, 2010, 03:16:59 AM
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Last Ranker is the spiritual successor to BoF...

Now I'm listening. *wag tail*

So was Megaman X: Command Mission.


@OP: If you don't mind older games then pretty much the entire FF series will do. You may just want to stick to FFs IV, X, and XIII though as they are the most linear and simple. FFs V & VI would be the worst though since they kinda open up at the end and they have yet to appear on any current system. VII opens up just a little bit during the latter half but its hardly noticeable and its really easy, VIII is so straight that it will bottleneck you at the end but it does require some thinking in playing the card game, and both are available from the PSN. I'd avoid IX since there are minigames all over the place. Name a system, and you'll like find a port of FFI which is damn linear and easy as piss (except for the NES and Origins versions which still retain much of the NES hard difficulty). You're millage may vary with II & III as they're still not current generation level of easy that FFI is yet. And finally there's FFXII and my suggestion of that is to not bother as its anything but linear or simple.
4617  Media / Miscellaneous Games / You know it's a pretty sad day at Atari... on: November 18, 2010, 03:26:17 AM
when you're re-animu-ing your 30 year old Atari 2600 games that aren't Pitfall.

At least they picked one of their better games to re-animu.
4618  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: November 17, 2010, 03:11:06 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2010/11/16/ayas-a-bit-more-covered-up-in-her-knight-costume/

And now we've "cum" full circle.
4619  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: November 15, 2010, 06:07:37 PM
That maid outfit just proved to me 3rd Birthday will be crap.

The following discussion just proved to me that every poster on the last two pages of this thread are a bunch of whiny teenagers.

Once you guys and gals hit adulthood you'll understand why they went with this (though no guarantees on liking it).

Seriously, where the hell were you people when Soul Caliber 4 was coming out (or better yet, Shadow of the Colossus)?
4620  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's influence on your gaming life on: November 11, 2010, 03:38:26 PM
FE did fine after coming to North America, at least right away. It should probably have come over earlier than 2003 though. And I question what they're doing by not bringing Shadow Dragon's sequel over here...

Christ! Does anyone on this board have a fucking shred of patience? Localizations do not happen over night, especially with RPGs with their walls-o-text to both translate and localize. The game came out less than four months ago. At least give localizations a year to come out.
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