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751  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What to play next? Suggestions? on: May 14, 2007, 08:04:51 PM
Zelda and PS4 first. As someone who didn't play PS4 until maybe two years ago I can say that barring the graphics it's aged incredibly well. Grandia comes distant 3rd for having a story that will make you puke, but otherwise being a fun game to play.

Xenogears...well it's a odd case. I would recomend xenogears 3 right after zelda, or at least have it tied for number two with PSIV. It was actually a pretty damn good game. There's just one little problem in that you'd probably want to play 2 first as the games are directly related. And actually that problem is not so little as XG2 has the worst battle system I've ever seen in a rpg. The combo system is kinda cool and I'm all up for taking a few turns to power a super attack and all now and then, but the problem is you MUST use it to do any worthwhile damage, even on non boss battles. So it's have each character boost 3 times and just sit there getting your ass kicked for 9 turns, attack repeat. It's excuricatingly bad.

If you're willing to read a summary or find some videos of 2's CS's you might be able to get some enjoyment out of 3. Though I'd feel a bit odd myself going into such a plot heavy game skipping 2. But regardless, avoid actually PLAYING XS2 at all costs.

Haven't played the other games on your list except PSII...hasn't aged well at all, skip it.
752  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Well that's surprising.. on: May 12, 2007, 10:54:25 AM

Really seemed like ToAU would be the last FFXI expansion. Seemed like it was, well on it's last legs. Though part of that could just be opinion even before I quit the last expansion seemed to just feel like the final with how slowly the plot was being dragged out. I guess while in previous expansions the plot didn't move slow, it did move. ToAU plot just kinda seemed like foreshadowing to real plot, even a year after release.

Anyway, for the teaser video, it's mostly just clips from what's currently in the game. What it does show seems like the past, which I think could be pretty cool if the past is deep enough(That is if they're not 'dungeons' and you get to see the whole world). MMO's just don't evolve what's currently in them do to the nature of things and that could be a big way to get around that if did right.

Still, I think it was really time for a new MMO in the same world.

Edit-Obligatory zomg mithra >^_^<
753  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV remake for DS on: May 11, 2007, 01:47:09 AM
Quote from: "Sapphire_Fate"
FFIV was far more mature than V, and almost as mature as VI

Possibly moreso. FF4 was just filled to the brim with drama, though perhaps in a medium that couldn't convey it all that well. It's way off from 'lighthearted'.
754  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV remake for DS on: May 10, 2007, 08:10:54 AM
I can't help but thinking 'Again?' Yet despite that, since it's a remake and not just another port with a mediocre bonus dungeon tacked on I can't wait for it. Nostalgia mixed with something new at the same time is a great combination.
755  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Death Note on: May 02, 2007, 07:25:12 AM
Maybe Near and Mello will prove sufficient substitutes,

They're really crappy replacements. It should have ended with L dying. Or him winning instead. Or dying AND winning somehow or another. Whatever, Mello and Near suck and things start to drag on besides afterwords. Still, without spoiling it the ending delivers and it's worth sticking around for.

Oh and everyone needs to see this- http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=233
756  The Rest / General Discussions / Pet Thread (not safe for dialup, if you still have it) on: May 02, 2007, 05:56:11 AM
Jimmy's dogs always win these threads. It's not a competition..but they do :P I like Yoda, the cat that looks like he's doing a rude gesture and the goat too though.

Sadly I'm allergic to both cats and dogs, even though I love both. My asthma, which is normally practically nonexistent becomes severe around dogs(And I grew up with a yellow lab in the house and tried to downplay it because, well, he was my dog.) Cats aren't so bad, they'll make me sneeze and if I'm not sure to wash my hands after petting one my eyes will swell up if I rub them later on. A dog will make me regret being around him unable to resist playing with him. The cat allergies on the other hand seem worth the price if I'm around one. If they'll LET me near them anyway. Cats are dicks :P
757  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome. on: April 30, 2007, 05:29:54 AM
Well, I don't know about the ending, but I'll forgive it, because this is amazing. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/04/18/battle-of-the-fps-titans-samus-vs-master-chief/
758  Media / Single-Player RPGs / suikoden V does it get better? on: April 20, 2007, 01:21:52 PM
I think one of the big reasons people like V is it's similarities to I and II. They basically de-evolved the series with V to be more like the earlier games. I don't think this is nessasarily a negative thing, as I loved suikoden V. But if you didn't like the early games, or never played them, then I'm sure V loses something.
759  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: April 13, 2007, 03:12:08 PM
Warrior's fury tree looks to have really gotten the shaft. At 35/5/21 it doesn't affect me though. Meanwhile revenge is buffed to 400-500(!) damage and devastate attacks with both hands when dual wielding to help with soloing. They want me to go back to my old protection spec, and I just may if things go through.
760  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms Vth Vanguard on: April 07, 2007, 02:04:11 AM
Millenia dying and not dying didn't seem to get to me. I guess because when someone dies in a game(Or tv, or a move, or a book) I very much assume they aren't dead. It's not until the end that I think 'wow, that person's really dead?'. Of course by that point it's to late for any emotional reaction. Being bait and switched too often killed most death scenes for me.(Although Tidus swimming at the end of FFX after dying ruined the ending for me. It was really a beautiful ending followed by "Jus' kiddin', he's fine') What got me more with Grandia was this...

Quote from: "Alisha"
i didnt think the millenia thing was that big deal because millenia was in fact a side of elenas personality.

It annoyed me that if Millenia a repressed part of Elena's personallity that they stayed seperate. Millenia should go back into Elena to make a balanced personality. And they don't, just so the player can imagine Ryudo coming back from his journey and picking whichever the player thought was hotter. That just came off as throwing story asside for fanboys. What's worst is both of them waiting desperately for him to come back for her when, if you're going to stay two people, he can't choose both and someone's going to be devastated.

Then again as I'm one not to make 'myself' the main character, I kinda get the impression that Ryudo probably wouldn't come back for either of them :P
761  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Pseudo topic revival: Looking back at anticipated games on: April 03, 2007, 07:16:22 AM
I didn't post there specifically, but I remember saying SMT:Devil summoner was so chock full of style with it's setting and art that they'd have to seriously fuck up the gameplay for me not to like it.

And you know what? They fucked up the gameplay. Simple gameplay, but that doesn't nessasarily mean bad. Simple gameplay with unresponsive controls though, sucks ass. Yet I STILL liked it anyway, just because everything else was so cool.

Let's see, what else...

VP2 I think delivered.

Kingdom hearts 2 was really good, but despite some originals(Like going black and white on us) there was too much going back to the same places we went the first game. But as the game was better that's easy to overlook. KH3 though, better not be having us going through agrabah and halloween town again.

Xenosaga III I was wary about, but it turned out to be great. The story was better because they actually had to TELL it instead of dragging it out 3 more games. The battle system was actually FUN. Mech battles didn't have the gameplay of non-mech battles, but did something both XS 1 and 2 AND xenogears didn't. It got the 'feel' of it right. These giant robots came off as badass and it was a joy to tear shit up with them.

Suikoden V was a blast. A lot of talk once it came out of it being 'even better than II'. While actually playing it I felt it was competing as well. Although now quite a bit of time after playing it SII definantly stands out more in my mind, then again that could just be because I played it several times :P
762  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: United States launches strike against Iran on: April 01, 2007, 06:39:18 PM
Quote from: "Dave"

I like what they did on their forums myself. Everyone was turned into a moderator while the ACTUAL moderators turned into level 1 troll characters and are complaining about bad service.
763  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Cutesy-ness on: March 31, 2007, 04:25:39 AM
I'll give it credit for one thing. I do like that Jonathan Morris wasn't near as bad on the prettyboy scale as the heroes usually are(He is in that art, but they didn't go with that hair in the final version). I remember playing SoTN back when I was a teenager and my mom asking if Alucard was a witch. Less androgyny is definantly welcome.

 Though that said I really don't think anime style works for castlevania. The normal anime style just doesn't do dark and creepy. It's bright and colorful. And bright and colorful just doesn't work for Dracula.
764  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sympathetic villains... on: March 30, 2007, 03:30:11 AM
Jowy certainly tops the charts.

I liked Fou Lu also.
The whole deal with him and the farmgirl, you can almost see him settling down. Two things stop this, one being his mere existence is too powerful and effects nature and those around him and the other being the girls own town sold her out to get carried off and tortured to death(To be ammo for a cannon that's powered by hate and despair even). And it strenthens his resolve. That it was silly that he thought he could have a life like that and that the world NEEDED him as ruler.

 And when you beat him at the end you can't help but thinking the world just may be fucked.

With that said, I think there's very few good sympathetic villains. It's usually done SO badly. Either the villain looks like a complete fool or you feel like they think you're a complete fool thinking you'd buy the chunks that gets spewed in your direction to try and build up sympathy.
765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Great pretentious crap sequels. on: March 30, 2007, 02:58:59 AM
I happened to think Star Ocean 3's storyline was actually pretty good. The beginning parts were terrible, as was all of the medievel boredom. But the meaning behind the game was actually thoughtful and touching.

Star oceans plot wouldn't have been so bad if the story was told in another format, such as a book or anime. But

When you're playing a game and the characters start to say they're more then just characters in a video game it just breaks suspension of disbelief. Why? Because they ARE just characters in a video game. That's the reality of the situation, and pointing it out directly goes against the theme that they're more than that.

Especially Tales of Symphonia, which is the most pretentious piece of garbage I've ever played.

I liked one point it made. Wasn't the main theme, just a little thing said when you went into some dungeon and the evolved winged half elves were there with blank faces. Something along the lines of 'How can there be heaven if you lose your humanity'. Which of all the anti religious themes in games was the only argument presented that meant a damn outside entertaining storytelling(Which by that point wasn't entertaining storytelling because every rpg uses it).

 If you DON'T lose your humanity it can't be heaven, it'd just be a reflection of earth. If you DO, what kind of heaven is that?

 But yeah, the overall story did suck. Characters helped carry it though.
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