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6406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: March 01, 2010, 11:49:18 PM
Actually, Gen's right. You really CAN grind past any obstacle in most RPGs, which is why the genres sort of inherently flawed.
6407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: March 01, 2010, 11:12:34 PM
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See, but the reason EXP is there is to help players who -aren't- technically capable at a game complete it anyway.

Then those people should either learn to play the game or play something else :(

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When you take out EXP you have to balance the game exquisitely or you're going to have people who won't be able to finish

You ever notice how most RPGs aren't even remotely balanced? Maybe if you took out exp, that'd force devs to actually balance things.
6408  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: March 01, 2010, 09:43:10 PM
OoT. Working on Biggoron stuff. Wondering how the HELL you're supposed to figure out where item recipients are till I realized they're marked on the map. Derp. This game has an interesting way of making you fail at things until you get good at them.

Also have this nostalgic desire to play Xenogears even though I think it is, in a lot of ways, one of the worst PSX games Square made.

Also came up with a level file format for Boolean RPG. I need to actually start working on that.
6409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: March 01, 2010, 06:51:24 PM
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If the game has EXP in it, you can grind in it.

See, this is why more games need to either:

A) Do what CC did and just get rid of leveling entirely.
B) Do what Deus Ex and Tombs and Treasure did and only grant XP for completing plot points.
C) Still leave XP from combat in, but make it completely fucking minuscule, like in a lot of CRPGs.

Also you can't really grind through Gothic 2. As I said earlier, experience level and stats are irrelevant if you suck at it.
6410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is Suikoden II worth $150-200? on: March 01, 2010, 03:48:28 PM
\I have to admit, I've only played 1 and 3 and I thought they were both generic and boring as fuck.
6411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: March 01, 2010, 02:32:10 AM
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Unlimited SaGa is pretty difficult

Only a couple characters are actually difficult. In most cases, as long as you're properly cycling your party members and weapons so that you don't run out of health and attacks and avoid doing quests that are outside of your reach, it's not particularly difficult.

Although it IS immune to grinding for the most part since doing so will probably cause the enemies to level up PAST your current level, which is something that should never, ever happen if you're playing normally.
6412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is Suikoden II worth $150-200? on: March 01, 2010, 02:15:41 AM
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So does anyone else remember the days when new games cost between $70-$100 new?

my receipt for SimCity 2000 Collector's Edition says it was 70 dollars new, so... yes. But that's before Software Etc. really existed, let alone before it turned into Gamestop, so who knows how much over retail the little PC store in the now-dead Lima Mall was selling it for.
6413  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: March 01, 2010, 12:49:24 AM
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PST was misogynistic? How so? I'm not disagreeing with you, it's just been years since I've played it, so whatever misogynistic elements there were I missed.

Women in the lower ward are sort of objectified and treated as second class citizens in the game...

... except it's made clear on several occasions that this is a very bad thing and a product of the corrupt regime you're sort of going up against.

Also a lot of the woman in the game are fairly scantily clad, which is clearly far more misogynistic than forcing them to all wear burkas.
6414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is Suikoden II worth $150-200? on: February 28, 2010, 05:17:27 PM
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Gaming is probably the least expensive hobby I've ever had

Let's see, what hobbies do I have...

Drawing -- More or less free since I just do digital stuff and every tool I use is free.

Writing -- OpenOffice is free...

Music -- Listening more than writing, although in the latter case Korg DS-10 was only 30 bucks, and otherwise, CDs are only 10-20 dollars a piece.

Plants -- I don't think I've ever spent more than 30 dollars on a houseplant and the one houseplant I DID spend thirty dollars on is that huge fucking podocarp. Potting mediums' cheap. Fertilizer's cheap. Pots are cheap if you go terra cotta which you should because plastic pots are bad. Cold pressed neem, miticides, rooting hormone, and fungicides aren't cheap but if you're going through those fast you have other issues to worry about.

Gaming -- Buying new games is far more expensive than any of my other hobbies.

Collecting Old PC Games -- This is actually really cheap since I can spend about 50 bucks and end up with like 30 games.

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While $120 is a fair amount of money, it's a drop in the bucket compared to most people's student loan payments.

Or you could put the 120 dollars towards paying off your student loan debt. Or towards getting two or three different games.

Or if you're actually concerned about Konami getting your money, then seriously just wait until they re-release it through PSN, because if you buy it on ebay the only person getting your money is going to be some collector selling it at a vastly inflated price.
6415  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 28, 2010, 05:15:10 PM
Alundra 1 was pretty goofy, what with WD's brain-dead translation at all. I mean I know it was supposed to be a serious game, but they fucked it up. That and it had some really bullshit puzzles from what I remember.
6416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: February 28, 2010, 05:00:22 PM
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How exactly is ADOM any harder then a console Roguelike like Baroque, considering that they have all the same stuff in them?

Because ADOM does some things that are complete fucking bullshit. Short answer is that ADOM has some rather butterfly effectish things, and it's not entirely clear when some fairly innocuous action just made the game unwinnable.
6417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New Credit Card Laws effective Monday on: February 27, 2010, 07:36:46 PM
I have a debit card. I use it to pay for things with money I have in the bank. I was going to get a credit card to build up a credit score, but... fuck :(
6418  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 27, 2010, 04:23:15 PM
Started playing FFMQ again. Did the Ice Pryamid. After finishing it, realized I'd already done it and that the current save was the later one. Errr.

Oh

don't wanna pollute the main forum with this but...

I'm thinking of some bizarre dungeon in a first-person RPG that I'm PRETTY SURE is console or handheld-based, except I can't figure out what the hell it's from and it's driving me nuts.



Basically this curvy path like pictured. If you followed the curve, the thing would continue forever, whereas one of the side/horizontal paths would lead to a... staircase to the next level.

Seriously what the hell game is this.
6419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: List of RPGs for a noob trying to catch up on: February 27, 2010, 03:20:39 PM
I wouldn't recommend TotA unless you're really tolerant of load times. Battle load-ins can take up to ten seconds on the overworld, and up to like 5-7 seconds in dungeons.

Yes, I timed this.

That might not sound too bad but battles in TotA are very short and fast paced and getting into a fight that takes longer to load than it does to play isn't uncommon.
6420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: February 27, 2010, 03:17:37 PM
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Grind until you can fuse a party that DOES have the right skills, or until you can teach the skill you need to the Protagonist with a Magatama, or until you have enough gems to buy power items from Rag.

Do you know anyone that's done this?
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