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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SaGa series on: July 26, 2009, 04:59:43 PM
SaGa Frontier is good. Really good. Everyone hated it, because it followed on the heels of mainstream-happy Final Fantasy 7, and people were expecting more easy battles and FMV Tifa closeups. But it's really a brilliant combination of Western PC-style open world and JRPG character focused storyline.

The skill system is neat: It's like Elder Scrolls or Final Fantasy 2j, where the more you do something, the better you get at it (swing a sword enough and you get new sword techniques.)

You get to pick one of seven characters, play through their story (usually 5-10 hours) bumping into or actually recruiting the player characters you chose not to play. Then, when you finish their story, you go on to play another, until you have all of them beaten for a final bit at the end.

It's kind of randomly hard and just plain weird, but if you give it a try, you'll probably love it. I played the robot first, because his story is fairly straightforward.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Big List of RPGs I should play on: July 26, 2009, 04:55:12 PM
As far as 16 bit RPGs go:

1. Arcana: A fantasy anime style dungeon crawler RPG. This is the only "dungeon hack" I've ever finished, thanks to a fun storyline, short game length and plenty of overworld segments. (A misty forest level, instead of dungeon after dungeon.)

2. Actraiser: Technically a side-scrolling city builder game, but nevertheless warmly embraced by RPG fans, thanks in part to lush visuals, beautifully orchestrated soundtrack, and lite RPG elements.

3. Shadowrun for Genesis. Seriously, play this game. if I start talking about it now, I'll never stop. It's an Action RPG with gang missions, hirelings, and basically everything GTA3 had minus the cars.

Those are the three that spring immediately to mind.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Progress Quest: Passively Multiplayer RPG on: May 26, 2009, 01:33:04 PM
Looking for something new? A game that will simultaneously capture your interest while freeing your spare time? Look no further than Progress Quest, a zero player RPG.

Progress Quest is a text-only single player or MMO much like Everquest or WoW. The twist is, after you create a character, the game takes care of the rest: Heading into the wild, slaying monsters, grabbing loot, accepting quests -- it's all automated. It's stupid. It's weird. And yet I can't look away.

"Play" this "game" and you'll either think, "What the hell?" or "Where have you been all my life?"


P.S. Any other PQ players around?
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So this is what has become of the Might and Magic franchise... on: May 23, 2009, 12:34:30 PM
Eh, it's no more different from the original first-person dungeon crawlers than the beloved Heroes of Might & Magic series. Whether you're taking an  FPS RPG and turning it into a strategy game, or a puzzle game, it's going to appeal to a whole new audience.

That being said, I can't really stand Bejeweled clones. Or Bejeweled for that matter. Isn't it about time we got a Peggle clone or Plants Vs. Zombies clone on DS?
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ragnarok Online DS on: May 23, 2009, 12:31:10 PM
For a second there, I thought it was going to be an actual MMO for DS. Wouldn't that be neat? Hell, I'd settle for RuneScape DS at this point. *grins*
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus announces Demon's Souls for America on: May 22, 2009, 01:53:54 PM
Woo! Anything even remotely resembling a King's Field game is all right with me. :D
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: May 22, 2009, 01:16:43 PM
How did any of those games mimic FFX in a way that FFX didn't mimic some other game in?

Being influential and being original are two different things. Doom clearly aped Wolfenstein, but nevertheless, it was Doom that brought the FPS genre to the mainstream, and thus new FPS games were called "Doom clones" for years.

Just because FFX didn't invent the things it made popular doesn't mean it wasn't influential. That's pretty much how everything works. A concept will be around for years, and then all it takes is one high profile game, TV show or band to come along and get so much success that everyone starts to imitate them, neither knowing nor caring that they weren't the originators.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil. on: May 22, 2009, 01:05:50 PM
Black Sigil looks awesome. I almost bought the pre-order over at Amazon, back when they had it discounted to $22, but instead I decided to pick up that copy of Golden Sun I've been meaning to play for five years now. :D

But yeah, as much as I appreciate N64-looking remakes of Square games, I'm looking forward to games like Black Sigil and the upcoming FFIV direct sequel even more.
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