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5086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: White Knight Chronicles dated for the US on: February 04, 2010, 01:09:23 AM
I'm wondering if those reviews factored in the On-Line portion of it?

I ask because I was under the impression that the US servers went up on the second and it seems that the game was more or less designed around the faux MMO parts with the Main Quest being the extra curricular portion of the game (not that I'm trying to defend the MQ for its apparent blandness or anything as I have obviously yet to play this).
5087  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: No Saga 2 outside Japan? on: February 04, 2010, 12:55:13 AM
I would vote RSaGa as the best remake of any game ever, not just from S-E's roster.

In a world where Zero Mission exists however?

While not quite remakes, Metroid Primes 1 & 2 ports on the Wii are also fantastic.

Also Romancing SaGa.


In regards to Metroid, after playing the BBCA/Amiga/Atar SI/C64 game Exile, it's just... well...

* Exile has a physics engine. A sort of simple one, but it has fluid physics and particle physics and consistent gravity for objects. Keep in mind that this is a BBC Micro game we're talking about, from like... 1988.

* Exile allowed for some seriously emergent gameplay by playing with the physics.

* Exile's world was just more interactive. Unfortunately I don't remember a lot of specifics, but you could do things like get water to put out fires -- with a rudimentary fluid physics system in place -- feed things to monkeys to get them to be useful, turn mushrooms into bombs (I think. It makes sense in game. The mushrooms break down nuclear matter or something)... Just lots of little details the metroid games lacked.

* Taken from wikipedia: "Exile's AI programming featured innovative routines like creature strategy code that knew about noises nearby, line-of-sight vision through the divaricate caves and tunnels, and enemy's memory of where the target was last seen, etc."

@Exile: It should be noted that Metroid came out in 1986 and it too had fluid, albeit simple, physics as well (especially in regards to bomb jumping). In total the differences between Metroid and Exile are like the differences between apples and oranges. They're not quite as similar as one would assume.
5088  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play games a day? on: February 04, 2010, 12:25:30 AM
No, just that the truest game addicts probably wouldn't tear themselves away from their games long enough to rant about them on message boards. 

As far as addiction goes, it's heroin vs. methadone.

No, the truest game addicts died after playing WoW for the better part of a week without a single break.
5089  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Sakura Wars English trailer on: February 04, 2010, 12:23:24 AM
Are there supposed to be any differences between the Wii and PS2 ports, apart from the $10 price difference?  I'm trying to figure out which to preorder.

The PS2 also includes a subbed version of the game as well as an artbook (or somesuch). On the other hand, the Wii version gets the shaft but for $10 less (especially given NISA's localization track record). I'd say get the PS2 version and if you don't like the dub then you can try to trade it back to Gamestop as the Wii version and hope they don't notice. Or trade it to your friend for hopefully a better game then move away or something so that they can't trade it back.
5090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: February 04, 2010, 12:15:07 AM
It's going to be a different game with the Xeno name slapped on.

It also may or may not include a few tenuous ties to the Saga series in the same way that the Saga series tied to Gears.


Now if you wanted to see more Xenosaga characters, you should go play the OG Saga games.
5091  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 31, 2010, 07:46:13 AM
Apparently CNN stands for Cinro News Network.

Because they're the strongest, and also because investigative journalism to them means clicking on a link sent via twit-ter with the phrase "This has to do with a viral video!".
5092  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: January 30, 2010, 11:56:17 PM
One more thing. Has anyone gotten Ogre Battle from the Virtual console? Is the N64 version also availble or just the "March of the Black Queen". I'm thinking of getting one.

Yes. And just MotBQ.
5093  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: January 30, 2010, 11:54:11 PM
There seems to be this... disposability about video game consoles. Like, you're not supposed to get a video game console and use it till it dies. You're supposed to get a video game console and use it till the next version comes out.

I mean I'm sure it's nice if you have the disposable income to go out and spend 300-600 dollars on a new video game console every other year. I'm just saying that I don't have that kind of money and even if I did I wouldn't be spending it like that. Buying a video game console once? Sure, I wouldn't be opposed to that, but as was already mentioned, their highly iterative design process would make doing so... irritating.
5094  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: January 30, 2010, 08:37:11 PM
DQV: At 82 hours and 04 minutes with my MC, Great Dragon, Parry, and King Cure Slime at levels 71. 60, 65, & 20 respectfully, I finally managed to beat Estark within 15 turns and got the Catas Trophy. I've finally cleared all of a DQ's post game content completely. I haven't even done that with VIII yet (fuck you Darksteel Dragon).
5095  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: January 30, 2010, 11:01:58 AM
Why are you people still saying "HM NEW XENO GAMES?" like it's a good thing!!

Because 3 out of 4 of the games were pretty awesome?  Of course, since Iwata admitted there's basically no attachment whatsoever, my excitement just went down 95%.  That's good though, I didn't really need an incentive to pick up a Wii any time soon.

It should be noted that I was going to post a comment on mesh's post but I thought was a bit too flammie to post. But after this post I now realize now that I was wrong.

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Shh! Don't tell them that.

Let them wet their panties in excitement of a new PS2 era JRPG on a console before they realize that they're wetting themselves over a PS2 era JRPG and go back to hating on the Wii for not having any games.

That said I'm not going to hold my breath for That Last Whatever in case it pulls another A.S.H.
5096  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Apple's iPad on: January 30, 2010, 09:48:42 AM
iPad? Mo' liek iFad!

No, to be a fad, you have to be popular in the first place. iPhail

iSad ;_;
5097  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: January 30, 2010, 09:46:52 AM
Tried play FFIX. Ended up playing Tetra Master for two hours somehow. I think I was going to do other things but I... OH right. Chrono Cross and Seven Kingdoms 2. Deedly deedly doop.

Why the hell did you do that?


On the other hand I spent another hour or two grinding for more monsters in DQV. Sadly I've only recruited a Gigants (or whatever that big blue one-eyed cyclops is called) since my last post (to be fair though the only other recruitable monsters in the area are Killing Machines and the Metal Slimes). My Grand Dragon is level 57 currently, and I've brought my Slime Knight back out to grind him up since he's going to be my fourth man against Esturk and is currently level 48. MC is now level 65 and has learned Dragon Sou-oh wait wrong game, nevermind, he hasn't learned anything new in the last 30 levels.
5098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: January 29, 2010, 02:31:06 PM
The name change from Monado to Xenoblade is an interesting one. I saw some media of the game at E3, and it seemed nice. Mistwalker's next game going to Wii is good news as well. Happy to hear Wii is getting more RPGs on its platform.

And yet, we all know that it'll never be enough.
5099  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nintendo reveals new RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Monado becomes Xenoblade on: January 29, 2010, 01:28:37 PM
*sees 'Xeno' in title*
*sees 'x4' in URL*
*reads that Tetsuya Takahashi worked on it*

Ohmanohmanohman. I know it's a big tease and will probably have precious little in common with Xenogears or Xenosaga, but still! I really wish I had a Wii now. D:

I second the feeling that this game seems like there's similarities between it and the Xenosaga series. Also, while I know better than to hope for that clash of titans that was seen in the cut in to be in the actual game or even playable, I still hope that its in there. Also also, let's hope that this game doesn't star an insufferable cunt with ridiculous plot armor.


As for this The Last Story I can only hope that it won't leave me Crying On like Mistwalker's previous IP attempt did.

As for the site music I preferred Xenoblade 4's over Teh Last Story.
5100  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: January 29, 2010, 12:50:44 PM
You know, talking about DQV got me wanting to fire up DQV again, so I did.

Finally cleared the last T 'n' T board (both of Starky and of all three Falcon Blades and the extra Metal King Shield).

Then I spent about 4 hours grinding.

Now I have about seven new monster recruits including Starky, Rebjorn, and a maxed out King Cure Slime. Most of my humans went from levels 40-45 to 50-56. My Grand Dragon went from level 16 to level 36. I also got lucky and picked up about three or so Oriaclum Fangs so now my Grand Dragon can hit as hard as my MC.

Went back and fought Esturk a second time. I barely succeeded in my first victory against him at 39 turns, whereas my second run saw only one causality (my slimeknight who was benched during my grinding session) in the 25 turns it took to clobber him. I knew that the King Cure Slime was the best healer in the game, but I didn't foresee myself just sitting around spamming Omniheals for most of the fight. The KCS is one broken SoB.
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