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6346  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Dark Spire - Any impressions yet? on: April 19, 2009, 05:02:52 PM
Chevalier, why are you quoting something I said back in January that wasn't even in this thread to begin with :<

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And why would you keep a party bigger than 5 going in EO?

OCDishness, I guess. I was also under the impression that you'd need one of every class to do well. I dunno. I'll get back to it with a stabler party. Wish you could have six dudes, though.

Anyway, specifically by FOEs, I meant harder-than-standard respawning set encounters. If they're ALL that hard, it's like... it's not like running up against a wall and breaking the flow or something.

Also, how well would you say the dungeon's designed? Does it have a significant number of interactive spots and events and things, and does it not tend to look like it was done up in a random mazz generator (KAFF KAFF persona and phantasy star 2 KAFF PHLEGM).
6347  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Dark Spire - Any impressions yet? on: April 19, 2009, 01:44:24 AM
I'm posting this here to keep Gen Eric Gui (I don't know if that's the right name or not. I go by avatar pictures because I'm illiterate) on their toes but two things I found offputting with EO is that while it was strategic it seemed to necessitate a lot of grind, especially if you were trying to have one of every class going at a time, and also, FOEs kind of bothered me for some reason. Does Dark Spire have anything equivalent to them, and is the grind acceptable?
6348  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Graphics in RPGs - how important are they to you? on: April 19, 2009, 01:35:45 AM
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I refuse to stare at ugliness for that long.

Wait till you're married, kid.
6349  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 18, 2009, 11:57:32 PM
Aww, what's wrong with Riki :<

Anyway, I played Arcana a bit. Did the first level of the first dungeon. Seems fairly easy so far. Stat downers work, which makes me happy, although Paralyze didn't effect the boss I was up against.

I read in some faq the the translation ruined the game and cut a lot of spells and items. And changed the story or something. There's no data on what actually was cut. I generally call either bullshit or OH GLORIOUS JAPAN HOW BETTER THAN WE AMERICAN PLEBES-sydrome when I see that. Especially without concrete details to back it up. I mean I'm not necessarily ruling it out, especially since it's an SNES game, but the tone of righteous indignation in the FAQ where it was written makes me wonder.
6350  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 08:20:32 PM
Also if you stare at something long enough it starts to do weird things. Optical illusion and all that.
6351  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 18, 2009, 08:19:57 PM
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Mei-Ling sucks amazing amounts of balls, and the one thing she does do well doesn't help Riki at all.  Stop using her.  If you need a Gun/Magic hybrid character, just grab Roufus or use Dr. Nusakan.

I JUST got a sixth character :P I pretty much got out of Junk and immediately sent to Tanzer. Fei-On is nice, although I used him a ton with Emilia. I should've grabbed Nusakan before getting on Tanzer, probably.

I think I'll play Arcana and Wizardry 5 on my SNES tonight. All this talk about dungeon crawls makes me want to. And W5 on the SNES had really nifty graphics.

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Do you like Saga Frontier? That was one of my favorite games when I was younger. I got almost all of the endings. I felt like an outcast being one of the only few people that actually liked the game

There are a lot of older games from the PSX era that used to be pretty hated around here. SGF, LoM, and Parasite Eve all come to mind. I also seem to recall FM3 getting a lot of hate and now I'm the only person that does that (And I don't hate it at all. It just has some things that bug me, and I like FM1 a lot more). It also seems Dragon Quest got a lot more popular recently. And uh, BoF: DQ (My thoughts; Like the gameplay changes. Don't like the save system much. I have a very low attention span).

Keep in mind that if Dark Spire came out in say 2003, everyone here would probably be hating on it. To a certain extent it's kind of acclimation. You start with Nocturne or Persona 3, move on to Etrian Odyssey, and get into something really back to its roots like how Dark Spire sounds.

Specifically in regards to SGF and LoM, one of the original reasons they weren't that well recieved was the non-linear plot structure in both (and SGF's storyline was a lot more... let's say minimalist than LoM's too). I think there's a lot more tolerance for non-traditional storytelling methods lately, especially in regards to how well something like Mass Effect is doing. Or Etrian, for that matter.

Actually, VP apparently wasn't well received in a lot of places at launch for similar reasons. Very non-linear, very unconventional progression and storyline and gameplay as a whole.

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Hey, we're building quite a little SaGa fanclub here.

You're doing the easy thing and building a saga frontier fanclub. I'm trying to build an unlimited saga fanclub ;3

I think I'll pass on DS for the time being unless the soundtrack is really great. I'm eyeing those two new SMT related games more. BTW is the Raidou plushie a preorder bonus or something with first-print copies?
6352  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Age of Empires: Mythologies DS on: April 18, 2009, 08:14:07 PM
AoE: Mythologies is TBS, but it's not an RPG, no. It looked like an HoMMish type hybrid but I doubt it after reading a bit.
6353  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 18, 2009, 12:53:57 AM
I need to get back to PE. Didn't play it much but it was sort of like a Persona flavored VS-lite, so that really jived with me. Anyway.

Romancing Saga 3. Did uh... wandering around till I found Harid and... Ellen or Ellen's older sister. The brown haired one. Could not find Nora. Did the bandit mission, and then the uh, thing with Wood at the lake. RS3 is kind of easy. Unlimited saga is kind of easy too. Maybe RS3 gets harder. US doesn't, really, unless you intentionally do something really odd (equipping everyone with staves and not getting any armor ever that has pierce evasion or life protection, for instance. Or being ocd about getting every chest).

Saga frontier. riki remains a god. Mei-lin is sucking amazingly. Basically I changed Riki's form again, so now he only had 53 strength compared to like 63, but his Will is 75 so any special technique I use is going to be doing like 10x the party's average. It's amazing.
6354  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 12:52:00 AM
Uh, stare at her eyes a bit. Something uncanny valley starts happening. I was about to post a "WTF DONT GET IT" post and then I saw that.

Her eyes really are out of proportion somehow.

Then again, if you stare at any face long enough, it starts to like... mutate. You get spacial disphoria or whatevs. Try it in a mirror with yo own damn face.
6355  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 17, 2009, 07:51:16 PM
BG2 has a lower hit rate, IIRC. It's just not noticable because combat's fast.

Or you could use a Kensai, yeah.

I don't remember HP raising very fast in FF2 in FFO, but I also don't really remember enemies ever doing any damage to me. Also they were slow as hell to actually attack and rarely even got hits in.
6356  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 17, 2009, 03:10:37 PM
At the risk of getting into Magical Pengel territory, it should, on a DS, be feasible to have a "make your own character" thing via some sort of... HeroMachine like interface. And I think I'll just say this for the millionth time that more games needed to do what Wizardry 8 did and let you pick voice-sets/personalities for the characters.

Actually, Forsaken Land was really interesting like that. Alignment and race affected how much your party members liked eachother and in turn what combos you could. More games need something like that also.

Anyway finished that mission in unlimited saga. It was... pretty damn easy to do that as I just had one fight left. Gave up on getting the chests. Probably could've grinded a little bit more and maybe gotten them. Oh well. Kurt's panels sucked. Everyone else got a pretty good selection. Armand was a problem because he got L4 Axe and L3 diplomacy in his selection, and has L3 Fashion. L3 Diplo + L3 fashion would mean I could get out of a lot of fights, potentially. I went with Axe since I ditched Kurt's inconspicuous skill, which made diplomacy a lot more useful.

Also Mordeus got L4 throw, which I liked, exceeeept replacing L3 throw with L4 throw was lowering my stats for some reason, and replacing L3 QuickFix with L4 throw would've given me the biggest strength boost but fuck that I need QuickFix.
6357  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 17, 2009, 11:07:21 AM
Does this dude actually have scar magic or is that just roleplaying on your party?

Wizardry 8 I remember being really goofy about attacks not hitting much, though that might've been my own crappy character builds. IIRC, I gave the the stats/skills that govern accuracy WAY, way too low of a number.

M&M6 and 7 also had fairly low hit rates but the battle systems in those gays were very, very fast.

Oh, and I guess Chrono Cross does to when the giant car you're fighting keeps blinding you (the bastard).

I also hit some point in unlimited saga last night where i had Ventus trying to kick one of those fuzzy little brown enemies and half of the attacks missed. I've had attacks miss in that game, but usually only the really slow and inaccurate ones like Stardust. I'm not sure what stat governs attack hittiness in that. Probably Skill since that governs nearly everything.
6358  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hey guys... on: April 17, 2009, 11:01:49 AM
Nichevo in russian is, potentially, the genetive form of nichto, which means nothing.

In this case, though, it means nevermind, but it a very fatalistic sense. Sort of like "A raccoon just ate my dong and then planted a tree in my lungs. Oh well. Nevermind."

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And oopsie for forgetting Mr. Lungtree, although unlike the others, he didn't put his penis in a precarious predicament.

Give it a week.
6359  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on: April 17, 2009, 04:31:00 AM
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bloodier than Fist of the North star.

I call bullshit.

Anyway.

If you're just looking for some sort of fairy-tale-ish RPG, I can think of a few recommendations. Like, plugging Quest for Glory 2 VGA because it's that kind of week and it's freeware. There's also legend of mana, which i loved, and Odin Sphere, which I didn't like. legend of mana also fulfills the music requirement sense all of your magic are flutes except the drums

Specifically musically themed stuffed is harder to find. Although to that extent that extent Tales of the Abyss and Ar Tornelico (apparently?) might work.

Or if you're just looking for cute happy games for LEETLE GURELS then you could try Riviera. It's full of LEETLE GURELS and they interact and I think you can like date them or something. I don't know. I never got very far in it because I don't have a reasonable adult attention span.
6360  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dude had a tree growin' in his fuckin' lung. on: April 17, 2009, 02:16:03 AM
That's not a tree. That's a branch.

I think the theory on gardenweb was that he inhaled a bud and it continued to grow somehow. That's slightly less impossible than it growing from seed in any case.
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