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781  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms Vth Vanguard on: March 28, 2007, 01:06:02 AM
Wow, an amnesia girl? I wonder if she, just possibly, might be the tool that is needed to defeat the big baddies of the game? Perhaps she also is required to sacrifice herself and die in the process? And maybe, just maybe, the lead male character will fall in love with her?

No doubt she will be.

And on that note, it's odd how WAs can on one hand have a great character like Raquel(Who's strong, but doesn't just act like a man like every other 'tough' female character) and on the other hand have the most stereotypical, 'I can't wait until I get a airship just so I can throw you off of it' females as well.
782  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 28, 2007, 12:12:25 AM
I'd probably be able to tolerate cheesy scenes better if they weren't being acted out or at least voiced

I think this is also one of the reasons for liking japanese versions of games(And anime) better. It's not so much it being better, but it masks how silly what you're watching/playing is and holds suspension of disbelief better.

Though that's not so much the case with FFXII, which wasn't poorly written. I didn't find Fran's voice to be annoying or anything, but I wouldn't say it was well done either. She sounded..I don't know. Bored? Timid? Not really fitting for a sultry bunny girl. Now if FFXIII has a librarian joining your party then nab that actress back up :P
783  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 )
784  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.
785  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
786  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.
787  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.
788  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.
789  The Rest / General Discussions / My new project on: March 01, 2007, 03:43:21 AM

790  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / There is no God. on: February 23, 2007, 10:32:15 AM
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.
791  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
792  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

dropped the bomb on the scene where Rudy shoots off his own arm

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?
793  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.
794  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.
795  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.
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