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751  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Great pretentious crap sequels. on: March 27, 2007, 04:17:42 AM
Just judging from legend of mana here as I haven't played dawn.

 The mana series seems a bit different in regards to sequels in general. What people want is pretty simple and it'd be simple to give it to them. But they don't want to just ride on the coattails of secret of mana and SD3. They want to be innovative. Noble enough goal, but there's just two problems here.

One is they aren't very good at it.

Secondly people don't want innovation. Not in a sequel at least. Slow evolution over time maybe, but nothing drastic. As it's the most recent game I played and fits the example perfectly, I'll use The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess. I knew exactly what I was getting with it. Sure, It's got the cool wolf dilly. And some of the old tools were given some new flare. But at it's core it's very much a zelda game. If i bought a zelda game and it WASN'T a zelda game I think I'd feel pretty jipped. This goes for just about any series. There's exceptions to the rule, but these are when a series is dying and both the players and developers KNOW it(Hi there Resident Evil)

This could easily be considered a fault with the gaming comunity, not really demanding or wanting more from a series until they're sick of what they have. I feel rather odd saying I don't want originality in a sequel as I know I should. Yet I don't.

On the other hand, maybe there shouldn't be lots of originality in sequels, but lots more original, new games. The standard zeldas and fire emblems to get my fix on that front, but more new experience with original games like shadow of the collosus or Okami(A game actually on my backlog that I should get off my ass and play. Or get on my ass and play...Whatever :P )
752  Media / Single-Player RPGs / a feature all future rpg's should have is..... on: March 24, 2007, 04:39:02 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing it more, but only if a actual effort is made towards well designed alternate costumes. I might do one battle to see what they look like, but I'm not going to actually PLAY the game with the characters in their bathing suits, a tuxedo or a chef outfit. Or if I can help it, because sometimes it's their default outfit, a magical girl costume. Give me some cool looking options and I'd use them.

 Although one other thing is that it can't be some 1 defense armor. Regardless of how good it looks or if a games so easy it doesn't matter I'd avoid wearing it regardless. Unless of course, it's a shirt for Vaan.
753  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 18, 2007, 12:09:56 AM
You can't cod wrapped items...so now they just send the wrapping paper :P
754  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / anyone Silkroad Online? on: March 14, 2007, 09:34:39 AM
Attention:RMT. If they had money to buy from you they wouldn't be playing a free mmo nobody has heard of.
755  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / FFXI march update on: March 08, 2007, 12:55:50 PM
Wow, it looks like they're changing the bottleneck that is ulli. I kept going for a bit afterwords, but after just ONE night of trying to get him and him never popping I'd say that's when I lost heart on the whole sky thing. Not even any gilsellers, just competing against another party(Who quite humorously left after wiping after they taunted us for bringing alliance to ulli) and eventually every got sick of waiting/needed sleep and we had to leave.

Looks like lots of other anti-gilseller stuff in their too. And they're encouraging solo/small groups. And I want to see these wyvern emotes.


It's just a shame that for so long their idea of updates was to time release expansion content for the expansion you bought 10 months ago and nothing else. If they had given a fuck BEFORE everyone canceled then maybe we wouldn't have all canceled.
756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 02, 2007, 07:29:59 AM
Back when I was a kid I'd play FF2/4 over and over. Two things were different back then though. For one, not many rpgs came out. And if one did I probably wouldn't be getting my hands on it until christmas. If I were lucky blockbuster might have one, but their selection was downright terrible back then. Not that it's particularly great now(Uh..no DS section? I could kinda see that honestly, but then they carry psp games?), but it's like a goldmine compared to what it used to be.

 For another, when you're younger you're more creative. I'd just be running from point A to B on the world map for the fifth and in my head I might imagine something like say, a conversation between Yang and Cecil. Being that I'm now 29 instead of 13 I won't just be able to satisfy myself with content that I just made up in my head.

 Almost no RPG that comes out is designed with replay in mind and a new average rpg will be more fun than replaying a great RPG. There's newgame+ type things pretty often, but these actually turn me off more than want me to play again. Putting me at the start of the game at level 99 isn't going to be fun for me. In fact it's going to be incredibly boring.

 A game needs forks in the plot and character customization to make me want to replay the game now. Things like the sphere grid or liscence board touch on the character customization, but get it wrong in that you eventually get everything. A fork in the road should lead to a choice that leads to vastly different characters. What you do instead is just go down both roads and the customization becomes trivial. Not too many games have that seiken densetsu 3 'play me again, but in a different way' thing going for them.
757  The Rest / General Discussions / My new project on: March 01, 2007, 03:43:21 AM
Ahem.

DO NOT WANT!!!!1
758  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / There is no God. on: February 23, 2007, 10:32:15 AM
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I can't stand either O'Brian or Fallon.


Conan's cool. Though I do have to admit he was better several years ago. Well, technically he wasn't as good, but he had Andy Richter. And Andy Richter was more than awesome enough to make up for it.
759  The Rest / General Discussions / Old School Avatar Month on: February 21, 2007, 07:04:07 PM
Even when the month ends, you aren't allowed to take Lyn out of your sig again :P
760  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Opinions on if FFVII-IX were re-released. on: February 15, 2007, 02:45:41 PM
FFIV port was alright, since we never got the full game in the first place. And V of course we never got in the first place. Other than that I'm going to have to agree that ports are pretty pointless. Putting a staple bonus dungeon in and a new item here and there doesn't really add enough to games that I ALREADY have. I could drag the SNES out of the closest, or emulate the game legaly on my computer if I wanted to play FFVI. If I want to play FFVII, the cases may be dusty, but my PS1 games are all still sitting in the living room ready to be played.

 But a actual remake would be great. Like the wild arms remake. Sure they

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and it wasn't a excellent game, merely a competent one. But the nostalgia, plus a new experience made it much more enjoyable then just a regular old competent rpg. I loved it.

I'd love a FFVII remake, even though I think it'd kinda sad that a remake that isn't even official is THE game everyone, including me, is looking forward to. If they just do a port..who cares?
761  The Rest / General Discussions / Old School Avatar Month on: February 15, 2007, 05:24:04 AM
This thread clearly needs more suikoden III.

 Geddoe for now, maybe later I'll switch to Caesar 'Weed' Silverburg.
762  The Rest / General Discussions / Is the United States going to war with Iran? on: February 15, 2007, 12:18:26 AM
I'd imagine that politicians WANT to, but oddly enough can't because of politics.
763  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Joss Whedon being sought for Sailor Moon on: February 07, 2007, 09:00:09 PM
Well...I guess *if* I were to watch a sailor moon movie I'd want it to be one directed by Joss Whedon :P

Really though his time would be better spent making a Angel movie or original series' that get canceled before I even hear about them.
764  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Non-RPG interest. on: February 06, 2007, 01:41:16 PM
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I'll be frank: I'm just making this topic because I'm completely outstanded at how news of Rondo of Blood being remade and released again with the original and SotN packaged with it has gotten only two people other than myself responding (edit: 3 now thanks to DR).


Really, it's just because you're the only 3 with PSPs :P Castlevania caught my eye in the headlines. Then...oh...it's on the PSP.

Back to the topic.

I don't care about sports, so I don't really care about sports games either.

I care very little about racers that aren't mario kart. Maybe one now and then to mix things up, though I can't even remember the last one I played.

No 3D platformer has been able to grab me since mario64.

Action games I like, but I usually just rent the big name ones(And my favorite game of the last few years wasn't a RPG, but resident evil 4. Not really chock full of replay despite nice extras, but a amazing experience first time through).

Your phoenix wrights, monkey islands and grim fandango's are great too, but they come around once in a blue moon. The rare case that you do see a text based game it usually looks all realistic and serious, which doesn't really fit into what I want out of them.

FPS's I have nothing against, but I don't play them much. Goldeneye on the N64 and Half-Life are the only two to really own me. Now I wanted to play Half-Life 2. My PC however..did not.
765  The Rest / General Discussions / Games Radar: Top 7 series run into the ground. on: January 27, 2007, 04:45:12 PM
There's TONS of reasons to not like the mega man series anymore. The two things that killed it for me personally though? One was playing through one of the games and collecting all the boss weapons...and they were all absolutely worthless. Niether effective or fun to use. Stealing boss powers was the best part of mega man games and nothing they gave me could compare to the dinky pea shooter.

 The second thing was Zero. He's awesome and a badass. And a spotlight stealer. Never should have been a fully fleshed out selectable character, instead he should have got his own series sooner then he did.

 Tenchu I don't think was ran into the ground so much as people just lost interest. Played one and two, and while you see obvious flaws, they were fun. 3 was enjoyable, but it was starting to get old. Then whenever I hear a new one's out I just don't really have any motivation to play it.

 Last sonic game I played was the dreamcast one. Just didn't make the conversion to 3D well, though I'm biased against 3D platformers. Mario 64 wowed me. Then everything else just felt boring(I couldn't even get into psychonauts which everyone raved about. I liked the whole feel of the game...just not the game itself). Of course I don't have to have played shadow to laugh at how absolutely horrible the more 'xtreme' sonic concept is.

Tomb raider just gets a 'Wow they're STILL making those?' whenever another gets anounced. I mean, how can you kill a series nobody has played for ten years?
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