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5491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 16, 2009, 07:55:22 AM
I'm actually of the opinion that tri-Ace has no idea what they're doing with games. Star Ocean 2 is far and away their only complete game. Valkyrie Profile wasn't bad, per se, but it was very incomplete. The sparseness of the locales tells me that they didn't quite pay attention everywhere they should have. It also doesn't help that the majority of the characters are largely uninspired, with the exceptions of Arngrim, Jelanda, and a handful of others.

Besides VP and SO2, I don't see any reason people celebrate tri-Ace as a good studio. They've produced far more crap than good.

I would even argue that VP was a mess thanks to it's impossible to guess good ending requirements, and all modes but Hard being purposely designed to be incomplete gaming experiences (and somewhat unbalanced too thanks to the lack of exp for easier modes or something along those lines).
5492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 16, 2009, 12:53:52 AM

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Star Ocean: The Last Hope International seems to stick with the CG models that are used in the Western version of the game rather than the anime models used in the Japanese version of the game.

Wait! They're getting rid of the menu sprites in favor of those out of place CG models.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
5493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which series has gone the longest without a dud? on: September 16, 2009, 12:44:46 AM
So you're saying that a flip picture book of stick figures is more visually impressive than any painting ever because it moves.

Because that's what you're saying.

actually yes thats EXACTLY what i'm saying. i'm an artist too and you know i've always hated abstract art.

If I recall correctly PS2 also had animated sprites. You might want to check that one out too.
5494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 15, 2009, 01:03:28 PM
I think even with original Japanese voice tracks, scenes like this one would still be all weird, awkward and just plain loopy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYq_S-92fRo
That is the reason why when people complain about the voice acting in this game I like to point out that there is nothing that the localization team could have done to salvage the presentation outside of re-blocking all of the cutscenes. Even if they toned things down with the voice work the character movements would not have matched creating something even more awkward. This game is like watching Batman and Robin, drowning in camp. There is little to no subtlety. I hope this horrible direction doesn't make it into RoF or at least this team considers hiring someone with the no how to rewrite their scripts and work on their cutscenes. There have to be people in this industry with the know-how.

Unfortunately I don't share your optimism for EoE. It looks to be yet another piece of Tri-Ace trash.
5495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 15, 2009, 12:13:18 PM
The gameplay isn't really good either, there's nothing special to the slow battles and the item creation is pretty simple this time. The camera isn't great, the game's environments are mixed, the controls for movement aren't the best. It's a pretty big disappointment from tri-Ace.

Pretty much that.  They did a lot of "good" but didn't do it "right".
The graphics were stunning, the music was great.... but I know some people will hate the doll-like CGs and Sakuraba's "repetitive" musical stylings.

Battle was complicated, and sometimes stacking bonuses could be too much work (which becomes necessary for some of the difficulty spikes that game throws you in to).  Some characters are quite unbalanced or annoying.  Game mechanics were often either too simple, or too fussy (who got the extra endings?  Pain in the ass).  Unfortunately, it is also riddled with waaay too many anime-esque shinanigans that really destroy the quality of whatever enjoyable parts of the game.  To top it off, the dungeons take a long time to get through.

Another topic discussed sequels on handhelds: and this title in the series proves that its a good idea to be a bit more old-school.  I LOVE(d?) tri-ace....but man, the buttload of awkward that came with this game still gives me shivers.

I was of the exact same opinion of SO3 back when it came out in 2004. The difference here was that I learned from my mistake and waited to see what came up on Youtube.

Sufficed to say, I did not like what I saw.
5496  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 15, 2009, 06:15:42 AM
Embolden from my victoly over BoF III I've decided to take yet another crack at DQVII. Found out that I currently have a file, but it's only at the festival of flame. Oh well it's at least its 5 hours out of the 200+ I'm going to need to beat this game with. :/
5497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 15, 2009, 06:01:28 AM
SO4 International info:

- JPN/English voices/dubs. Includes French and German subs.
- Battle targets can be changed
- Menu has been redone
- New characters (from GAF I believe)

And here I actually thought for a moment that they were going to try to fix something. It's a good thing we're probably not going to get this anyways.
5498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kazuya Niinou is making Last Ranker, a PSP action RPG for Capcom on: September 15, 2009, 05:58:20 AM
So that's the new project that I've been hearing about.

I find it ironic that they've set the BoF series on the backburner for something like this.
5499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes on: September 15, 2009, 05:52:17 AM
Trailer's out, and it's definitely a Zelda clone.

Holy crap. Even the opening of that trailer was heavily inspired by Zelda.

Though I wouldn't call it a true Zelda clone yet (not until I'm certain that you're going to have to set trees on fire and drop bombs all over the place to find secrets and the occasional dungeon).
5500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Resonance of Fate, new trailer. on: September 15, 2009, 04:43:01 AM
What is it with all these games these days doing the "The world is shrouded in poison, except for this one conveniently built utopia, which is not so utopian anymore." plot point? It's getting kinda old at this point.
5501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: September 15, 2009, 04:35:01 AM
The only way this will be worth it is if they rewrite the entire script from scratch and get different voice actors. I'm doubting that will happen.

That's exactly what I was going to post.

That said, if they're going to hire some goddamn writers than they might as well start from scratch.

Frankly though a real director would be a better investment of their money since good dialog can only take your characters so far (especially if they're flailing about like they're in some godawful kung-fu movie all the time).
5502  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 13, 2009, 05:06:28 AM
@Armoire: Emitai for Ryu isn't a very good proposition, it's better to sign him up with Deis, since he doesn't take a hefty HP and STR debuff from her.

But then again, I also rarely used True Kaiser, preferring the various elemental Warrior dragons since they did overall more damage and cost about 1/10 the AP.

You're gonna hate me when I tell you who I put Deis on.

Code:
Hint: Peco
5503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: September 13, 2009, 04:54:34 AM
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Wow, you are a special one. Way to miss the entire point of the topic. Bravo.
Lol, was said in sarcasm, sorry you didn't get it. And thankyou. =D



This is going well.
5504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nostalgia on: September 13, 2009, 04:53:15 AM
Every time I see this game I keep thinking of ToP if ToP was set in a more steampunk setting and didn't involve time travel.

That said, this game's still low on my priority list. Too many other games coming out for me to really give this more attention.
5505  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is this a Dragon Quest teaser site for PS3? on: September 12, 2009, 07:36:27 AM
Did nobody here play Namaikida? The sound effect is from that game, and Sony wouldn't be the one to put up a teaser for DQ even if it was on a Sony platform.

Wtf is a Namek-eye-da? @.@
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