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5086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star vs. Shining Force on: April 01, 2013, 01:09:37 AM
There are so many Sega Genesis collections out there that you could probably find one with the least amount of overlap for cheap if you wanted to.

That said, Phantasy Star's gameplay ranges from old skool (PS4) to incredibly old school (PSs 1-3) but make up a fairly solid series on the whole (PS4 does an amazing job of tying everything up together and handles cutscenes in the incredibly neglected Comic Book panel style which has helped the game stay fresh even after all this time; PS1 was probably the most progressive JRPG of its time by having a female lead who actually became/remained the party's frontline fighter; PS2 had some interesting twists to its plot that made it stand out back in the day; and PS3 had a fairly decent generational mechanic if nothing else). Shining Force is best considered to be the other kind of SRPG with an overhead view of the battlefield (Fire Emblem's more of an outlier of this style with permadeath and fairly transparent mechanics whereas SF is considered the median) compared to the FFT/TO style of 3D models/2D sprites set against a isometric battlefield where the direction you face matters and all that. The writing/plots/music though, I can only assume is only mediocre at best (I've only played a part of SF1, but if Beyond the Beyond is anything to go by...).

Basically, I consider the pre-online PS series generally superior to the post-dungeon crawler/pre-crap Shining series in everything but gameplay.
5087  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night Series on: April 01, 2013, 12:32:25 AM
One thing I would like to point out is that none of the main games have left Japan. The two GBA ones are Tales of-like knockoffs and the DS one is a semi-decent dungeon crawling ARPG (which is twice as good as Children of Mana which in of itself is only twice as good as From the Abyss which consists of basic RPGMaker level gameplay with literally nothing else going for it).

The main games though are SRPGs and have been floating around since the PSX days. And if I recall correctly, the closest thing we got to a Flight Plan (the former Summon Night developers) SRPG was Eternal Poison on the PS2 (which is a fairly decent SRPG that suffers from obfuscated mechanics and a rampant need to 100% every map to stay ahead of the curve (much like Covenant of the Plume does), which is made all the more difficult/annoying due to the obfuscated mechanics; at least the artwork and character designs don't suck like usual).

Also should point out that a while back some people on this board were raving about Dragon Shadow Spell which is another Flight Plan SRPG (and more apparently related to the Summon Night series with its awful character designs). Haven't played it myself but it might be worth looking into.

Also also, the character designs of these games are generally awful (generally speaking its like they take early 2000's era generic anime designs then take them the wrong way).

That said:
5088  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 31, 2013, 05:52:55 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/03/square-enix-launches-10th-anniversary-teaser-site

This had better be an April Fools joke Squeenix, because why would you celebrate this!?
5089  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 31, 2013, 11:49:46 AM
Finally beat Rogues and Redeemers 1 in FE:Awakening. I ended up making it by avoiding the mistake of dividing my team up and trying to rely upon Chrom for more than cleanup (or Frederick for anything at all given his dismal stats). Also stopped trying to build supports between most of my people and focused on the A ranks (save for Chrom and Frederick). Lost Owain early on due to a bad match up against Navarre and an Astra proc, Severa did most of the heavy lifting with Cythina a close second. Got a convo between Lucina and Seliph and Severa and Sothe, and a battle chat between Nah and Julius and Lissa and Petrine.

A tough fight. You really have to pay attention to the skills that enemies are carting around since a Slayer skill could easily cost you a unit's turn or the unit him/herself.
5090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I replay FFX or wait for the remake? on: March 30, 2013, 07:22:54 AM
I've seen their new IPs. I'd rather have the remakes.

What, you want to the 3DS and Vita to be like the DS and PSP again with a ton of remakes of SNES games? We already got that and I'm became very tired of it.

...though if SQEX do remakes of Final Fantasy IX and Vagrant Story, then they have my curiosity.

Honestly though, the question itself basically amounts to "Do you want to die of AIDs or Cancer?" Both methods are slow, agonizing ways to go, while one choice offers a glimmer of hope and the other offers no hope at all.

Besides, those DS remakes finally enabled me to get a chance to play games that didn't make it out of Japan the first time like Dragon Quests V & VI and Front Mission 1. Any one of those games was more entertaining to me than FFXIII-2 or anything Kingdom Hearts.
5091  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: March 30, 2013, 06:47:19 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/03/29/new-support-characters-who-will-be-helping-you-out-in-dragons-crown/

Some details on the game's NPCs.
5092  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 29, 2013, 05:58:31 PM
Appearing in Space Jam isn't nearly as shameful as say, appearing in Space Jam during the height of your ill-advised career move to a sport you're not all that great at.

Bo Jackson you were not, Mike Jordan.

It's also not as shameful as the highs and lows as Dwayne Jackson (the Rock)'s career. 
Quite frankly, I admire Space Jam for making his baseballing days a plot point to some extent.

I want to say that the lowest The Rock's career got was when he got his ass handed to him by Jeri Ryan on Star Trek Voyager, but I know that just isn't true.
5093  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I replay FFX or wait for the remake? on: March 29, 2013, 05:53:47 PM
I don't get why so many people wanna see remakes. New ips would be so much better.

I've seen their new IPs. I'd rather have the remakes.
5094  Media / General Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on: March 29, 2013, 05:52:42 PM
Aww. But I spent so much time working on that Sea Fort. :(
5095  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 29, 2013, 04:35:34 PM
Appearing in Space Jam isn't nearly as shameful as say, appearing in Space Jam during the height of your ill-advised career move to a sport you're not all that great at.

Bo Jackson you were not, Mike Jordan.
5096  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: March 29, 2013, 04:19:26 PM
Quoting from the bottom of the previous page since I'm sure we've got some Eurofans out there waiting for this.



That said, I've inadvertently hit a minor speed bump in that most of my active roster (including my Avatar) have all been demoted to basic classes which have made them more or less worthless against some of the latest DLC fights like Rogue and Redeemers 1 where everybody is either toting Legendaries or Brave Super Forges, except for my guys who are slinging around, at best Silver level weaponry, and at worst Iron level and have stats that are 10-15 points lower than the other guys on average.

That said, I got a battle convo out of Smash Brothers Brethren between Morgan and Ephraim, and a talk out of my failed run of R&R1 between Lucina and Seliph. As far as confirmed localization names are concerned, we ended up with Travant instead of Trabant, Narcian instead of Narshen, Loptyr instead of Loputousu, Ishtar remains the same (who fittingly, proceeded to wreck my shit when I tried to bumrush her), and Tirnanog instead of Tilnanogue. The stage itself is Chapter 8 from Path of Radiance, music is from FE3. Smash Brethren's music came from FE9, and its stage continued to be Light part 1 from FE7.
5097  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I replay FFX or wait for the remake? on: March 29, 2013, 04:07:58 PM
I'm not completely sold on this game. I really enjoyed FFX. But I don't believe it really needed to be re-done. I feel like this is time and energy that could be spent on much better things. Polishing up ALREADY 3D graphics is like tracing over a picture and everyone saying "ooooh, what a pretty picture!" I'm not trying to sound too negative, I'm just disappointed that they put so much money into remaking this when much better games like FF6 and FF7 are still yet to have a worth while remake.
The difference between this and a FFVII remake is like the difference between fixing up a car and building a whole new car from scratch from already existing heavily edited blueprints.

Fixed.


 to see what they're going to screw up with that.

Not everyone hated FFIVDS, if that's what you're implying. I thought it was the best version of the game yet. I'd actually welcome the FFV 3DS port, personally.

I've heard some superficial complaints about FFIVDS, mostly involving those skills you can pass down to people and the limited number of NG+s, but I never bothered with the version myself (mostly because I've played through FFIV from the Chronicles port and that's enough for me (but seriously though, those aforementioned issues are pretty silly)).

But then again, unlike FFs III & IV, FFV actually has pretty solid gameplay and enough freedom and variety in its Job System that there shouldn't really be a need to fuck with it.
5098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should I replay FFX or wait for the remake? on: March 29, 2013, 11:37:02 AM
I'm not completely sold on this game. I really enjoyed FFX. But I don't believe it really needed to be re-done. I feel like this is time and energy that could be spent on much better things. Polishing up ALREADY 3D graphics is like tracing over a picture and everyone saying "ooooh, what a pretty picture!" I'm not trying to sound too negative, I'm just disappointed that they put so much money into remaking this when much better games like FF6 and FF7 are still yet to have a worth while remake.
The difference between this and a FFVII remake is like the difference between fixing up a car and building a whole new car from scratch from already existing heavily edited blueprints.

Fixed.


And hell, I'm still waiting for that FFV3DS remake (ala FFIIIDS and FFIVDS) to see what they're going to screw up with that. Right now, all we're getting is an ugly iOS port.
5099  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 28, 2013, 05:31:36 PM
Check out the latest photo craze in Japan.  At least with high school girls, it seems.

http://imgur.com/a/LsgGd?gallery

("Oh, what a blatant attempt to get people to click your link," you're thinking.  But it's simultaneously true and not why the photos are cool/funny.)

Quoting becuase it's cool.  And because Yoda loves commenting on shit the moment it gets paged (making it potentially unseen by folks too lazy to click).

Speaking of:


And now we truly know why Yoda was referring to Luke's bulk as crude matter.
5100  Media / General Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on: March 27, 2013, 05:10:17 PM
Looks like its time to Escape from New York.

Not pictured, the lighter in the rocket hand.
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