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4936  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: July 16, 2010, 12:00:52 PM
DQIX: owns. Currently at Nice Boat.
4937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 16, 2010, 11:58:44 AM
I started playing this thing, despite not being someone terribly into the series (The last DQ game I really played was DQ2 on the gameboy alomst a decade ago). I'm a sucker for character creation stuff and the idea of a online turn-based RPG is intriguing to me. I've just finished returning to Celestia or whatever as a non-angel for the first time. So far, I'm not terribly impressed, the main problem being the low difficulty as many other people have pointed out. The combat is the typical RPG trap of spamming attack and stopping to cast heal with no real thought involved other than that. Things like poison don't seem to stick onto bosses so that actually further discourages use of abilities and spells. I plan on sticking with it a bit more to see if that improves though.

I don't get why it was necessary to take so long to get into the actual game, and things like being able to change classes are really something I think should be available right from the get-go.

Gameplay flaws aside, I like the story alright. Someone mentioned it being more about the people you meet, and that is certainly true.

I know most people are still lolFamitsu, but with most 40s I can remember them giving I understood the general thrust of why they did it...with this game, not so much. This just seems a lot like the same game I played 10 years ago, with some interface cleanup and laughably easy instead of incredibly frustrating.

The main quest probably wont be too difficult until near the end (hell, they even give dead characters experience provided that it was the battle that they died in). However there is so much else to do it doesn't really matter. Alchemy is more addicting than it was in VIII thanks to not having to run all over creation like a chicken with it's head cut off waiting for the process to be done. Unfortunately its not that easy stumbling across basic equipment in a foraging only run-through of the game.

Also if you don't like a character's profession pre Alltrades, just make another character in the profession you want. You get free (albeit crappy) equipment and bringing a new character up to speed at that point shouldn't take long at all. And the main character is in basically the Hero/Jester class with access to swords, shields, and whips (and fans but seriously). All weapon skills are shared by different classes so what you put into swords, shields, or whips will still be there in your new class along with passive bonuses from profession only skills like +10 to strength or agility or +20% to HP or MP.
4938  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Worthless RPG Characters on: July 16, 2010, 11:25:51 AM
Speaking of obscure games with fucking useless characters, half of the cast of Beyond the Beyond were so fucking useless for the first third of the game. Samson was so fucking useless due to his curse that you spent the next ten or so dungeons and at least five different quest lines running around getting all the steps necessary to see the guy on top of a hill to remove that damn curse (including visiting that game's version of fucking God). And the curse in question wasn't just a cutscene malady but a legitimate status effect that crippled the character in combat. And worst still there were two more characters more worthless than him, and they never get better.

Who was worse than Samson?  Every other character at least gets some spells or has a utility in battle.  By the time Samson is healed of his curse, he's not that great of a fighter anymore compared to Finn, Lorele, or Percy.  The spellcasters are all fantastic, I think the only character who is comparably bad to Samson is Domino, but even HE gets a couple good spells.

Note who you didn't name (though not Annie as she was the best goddamn fucking thing in that game (especially during her getting tentacle raped scene with the side effect of turning her into a magical healer type)). At least Samson can hit things with his sharp pointy thing once he gets cured whereas those two can't even get crowd controlling glass cannons right due to being slower than fucking dirt. After all crowd control doesn't work when there isn't a crowd left to control nor does it work when the enemy is making you their bitch thanks to all the gratuitous stun-locking.

The only thing they were good for was the strength up spell and maybe nuking one of the five or so bosses in the game.
4939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trinity Universe Or Nier on: July 16, 2010, 10:59:09 AM
I agree with Uru, why are you guys spoiling the game for yourselves? I checked a bit of gameplay and that was more than enough for me to understand the game. I must say I'm interested and it's already so cheap anyway.

Because I'm spending way too much time playing DQIX blind to play either of these games blind.

Besides what's the difference between watching an LP of FFXIII and playing FFXIII? And remember I can easily take hold a PS2 controller in my hands, or better yet a second gen XBox controller.
4940  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: July 14, 2010, 12:28:51 AM
MP2: I managed to snag a Gravity Boost without even having to jack knife from comet to comet at breakneck speed. Still died like a scrub against the subboss though, DOH!

DQIX: Heading for the first dungeon now. The Hexadecimal or something. Lets see how long I can keep running around in my skivvies or less for.
4941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 13, 2010, 07:32:46 PM
There's a place in Boston called Ken's Ramen.

Is that the place next to Ryu's Burgers?
4942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Worthless RPG Characters on: July 13, 2010, 07:31:22 PM
Speaking of obscure games with fucking useless characters, half of the cast of Beyond the Beyond were so fucking useless for the first third of the game. Samson was so fucking useless due to his curse that you spent the next ten or so dungeons and at least five different quest lines running around getting all the steps necessary to see the guy on top of a hill to remove that damn curse (including visiting that game's version of fucking God). And the curse in question wasn't just a cutscene malady but a legitimate status effect that crippled the character in combat. And worst still there were two more characters more worthless than him, and they never get better.
4943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So long Cavia and thanks for all the fish. on: July 13, 2010, 03:43:06 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2010/07/12/nier-developer-absorbed-into-aq-interactive/

Well that sucks. I doubt that they'll be allowed to troll even half as much as before now that they have someone to answer to.
4944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trinity Universe Or Nier on: July 12, 2010, 05:42:12 PM
Every now and then I think about picking up Nier. From what I hear, good story and really good music are a plus but that watered down hack and slash feel put it down for me, even more than the not so great graphics.
I'll probably wait a little longer to see if I want this one, as for when I start to urge again for a new RPG it'll probably be a little closer to end of the year, so I'll pick either Fallout, Nier or Atelier Rorona but seeing as Nier is old it'll probably be very cheap.

You know what makes me sad about this game, that they didn't give us the option to chose between the ugly old main character or the girl-looking guy the japanese version got. I mean, how big can another character model and a few different lines be? In PS3 there's no excuse for space on disk, and of the 360 also believe there is plenty of space considering the game is not pushing it to its limits in terms of visuals. Hell, even if they don't wanna give it for free, at least as a DLC.

The youth-Nier, before the 5 year break you see in the game, can literally pass for a girl.  It's only the second half where he looks way "cooler".  Otherwise he wears some sort of puffy shorts thing and a princess jasmine ponytail sort of do.

Whereas Man-Nier always looks like a badass regardless of what time period you're playing.
4945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - FIrst Trailer Ever! on: July 12, 2010, 05:38:14 PM
Mistwalker never developed any of their games. They hire other small companies to do the development duties. Like Artoon that developed Blue Dragon and Feelplus for Lost Odyssey. Mistwalker don't do technical stuff.

And too bad that announcement is from 2008.
I don't think ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat is gonna be localized.

Okay, so I was wrong about Blue Dragon (after further checking I noticed that we even got that lovely anime). So I guess that BD is the exception not the rule.

My point with ASH was that we didn't get it despite how much of a sure bet it was at the time and I doubt that both Xenoblade or Teh Final Story will be any different.
4946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon: The Latest Generation on: July 12, 2010, 05:33:17 PM
http://www.rpgamer.com/news/Q3-2010/071210a.html

Update of new features confirmed for the game, including a pass by mode (ala DQIX) and live chat.
4947  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 12, 2010, 04:55:43 AM
In before dick thread derail.
4948  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - FIrst Trailer Ever! on: July 12, 2010, 04:19:32 AM
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.
Say what!

In all seriousness.
The game does look interesting and I've been wanting to get a Wii for a while.
Maybe when this game and Xenoblade gets localized.

GameFAGs sez that the game's developer was Tri-Crescendo not Mistwalker. Also your link is borked, fix it. Also also even if your link wasn't borked [citation needed].

Also also also, http://kotaku.com/5010244/nintendo-bringing-mistwalkers-ash-archaic-sealed-heat-stateside.
4949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trinity Universe Or Nier on: July 12, 2010, 03:58:44 AM
Trinity Universe at least looks terrible, but I've given up on believing NIS will ever put out any quality material. Ever.

Fixed.
4950  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: July 12, 2010, 03:56:21 AM
Unfortunately, the party members are created characters as everyone knows by now, and this will undoubtedly be the very worst thing about the game. A stupid, stupid decision.

Ok, I understand preferring to have premade PCs with actual character development, but isn't that too harsh? It's not exactly the kind of thing that actually ruins a game, and I like having that bit of freedom to play with the character creator without having to make a character I wouldn't want to use as THE main character.

To add to this DQ games are usually more about the people around you rather than your party members. Aside from IV, the latter half of V, an amount of VI that I don't know about on account of having never played it before, and VIII the plot doesn't really focus on the party or saving the world from some as of yet undetermined evil. Whereas the typical JRPG will load the game with either character building quests or barring that a mindless fetch quest for some trinket, key, or macguffin, a DQ game will usually have the region in some state of trouble extending from a local dispute to a minion of the main villain wreaking up the place and will feature at least two or more named NPCs being the ones getting the fleshing out.

The tl;dr is that DQ games tend to do more world building rather than hometown building that most JRPGs perform.
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