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6541  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 16, 2009, 05:42:53 PM
You know, even within DemiKids Dark was a lot better than Light, because Light's fusion mechanics were gimped somehow, and it was easier, and it didn't have Destroyed Future World.
6542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 16, 2009, 05:42:00 PM
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It was a huge success for PC RPG fans though.

It was well recieved in a lot of circles, but it wasn't really deemed a huge success by PC RPG fans. Remember: At launch, the game was unplayable because of bugs. Most of its fans came on later after the game had been patched to the point of playabilty.

It's a lot more impressive when you don't know how it works. When you DO know how it works it's pretty apparent how half-assed they did everything.

And I'm way more a fan of PC RPGs than JRPGs.
6543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 16, 2009, 05:39:20 PM
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Might and Magic 6/8

What the hell, M&M8 is like universally regarded as being really bad.
6544  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 16, 2009, 05:35:14 PM
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and the mechanics of everything are nowhere near as refined.

They're pretty much the same mechanics as 8, except without a skill system and an alchemy pot.

DQV's a lot better anyway, though. DQIV doesn't really get fun until chapter 4.
6545  The Rest / General Discussions / The Town Closest to the Moon. on: July 15, 2009, 10:56:43 PM
I was born in Wapakoneta, and there is -- or at least was, up till around 1990 or so, when we moved -- a great deal of Neil Armstrong-related iconography around the town. After all, why wouldn't there be? There's the Neil Armstrong space museum, a weird, yet quite attractive building, resembling nothing so much as Spaceship Earth at Epcot, situated right next to I-75, between a BP and a Waffle House (and near where Big Bear Plus used to be before they were bought out by Community Markets, which also bought out Dave's and Cylde Evan's and may or may not be owned by IGA). I've been there a couple of times. They used to send us there on field trips. There's a collection of astronautish-stuff and model airplanes and a theater and a room that looks like an infinite field of stars because of some tricks with mirrors, and I don't remember what else because I've been to a lot of COSIs and space centers and my mind is jumbling things up.

There's a mural somewhere downtown, too, though it may've been painted over by now. Here's a picture of it: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1999/07/18/mural_600x334.jpg It's actually not very well done. It's just something I remember.

There are also Neil Armstrong day parades. Or were. They got smaller every year. Neil Armstrong never attended after a certain point. I don't know if they're still around.

Wapak's pretty much in a constant state of collapse. Moreso than Lima, even, and I think it's biggest claim to fame is, for being a town of around 10,000 people, having a total black population of around 18. It's a quaint little town that's racist as hell and digging out everything quaint it ever had and it's good I got out before I was old enough to know what urban decay was.

In this sense, it reminds me of the American dream, I guess. Or how annoying nostalgia can be. I still remember enough about the place to wish that some of the things that USED to be there still were.

I think, maybe, my biggest personal connection -- and I tell this story over and over again because I think it's interesting and it's not even really about me but there's nothing ELSE interesting about me, so... -- is that my mom, who grew up in Wapak, used to go to a church were Neil Armstrong's mom was a Sunday school teacher.

Neil Armstrong never really drew attention to this particular accomplishment. I don't think the town did either. The memorabilia is more out of a sense of duty, I guess, than earnest interest. Wapak's a very insular town that has more terrestrial ambitions, and aspires more towards Heaven than the heavens.
6546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 15, 2009, 10:37:01 PM
Tooker, play it anyway. Do you seriously trust MY opinion?
6547  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 15, 2009, 09:58:21 PM
I don't really like either that much, because both -- unless you mean Japanese visual novels -- tend towards really stupid COMBINE CAT FUR WITH SYRUP TO MAKE MOUSTACHE puzzles.

I do really like the Myst games though, especially Riven. Those are different. They're less about collecting useless crap to use in puzzles that are more about trying to figure out what the devs were smoking, and more about finding machines and figuring out how to work them. Also, when playing Riven, the revelation that the entire game is one single puzzle to which all of the other puzzles are subcomponents is... incredible. Also I'm a big fan of the story and the way it weaves heavy metafictional elements with family drama.
6548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 15, 2009, 06:41:23 PM
In any case I'd rather people be spending all their free time beating off to loli cat girls than running around and robbing banks and stealing old people and killing babies like CERTAIN OTHER amreican made games seem to encourage !!
6549  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 15, 2009, 06:39:51 PM
Daggerfall's towns were not well made. Daggerfall towns weren't even made by people.
6550  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 15, 2009, 05:08:22 PM
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Just because it's realistic doesn't mean it makes for an enjoyable gaming experience.

See also: realism mods for Quake 3.
6551  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Start your journey now, my lord." on: July 14, 2009, 10:09:36 PM
okay pretty sure the chick in the new sidebar ad is a crossdresser, livedoll, or... Mick Ronson's corpse, with tits.
6552  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 14, 2009, 08:33:37 PM
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And I liked how they made the towns

They were made via one-time randomization and any given town in a region is virtually identical to any other given town in a region. Like, literally, there are about fifty unique houses in the game, and they're just pasted anew in every town with the NPC names randomized and that's it. You could spend the entire game between the three capital cities and see everything the game has to offer. The entire illusion pretty much breaks down pretty fast once you notice stuff like that.

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Also, it was a fast game...


Not really. Don't you remember how long the dungeons were?
6553  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 14, 2009, 08:27:12 PM
I played ToS a bit last night. In Welgaia, doing things. I think the best part about ToS, after playing Tales of the Abyss, is that the load times are acceptable.
6554  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 14, 2009, 07:37:27 PM
It is.

Everything in daggerfall is fun the first one or two times. The problem with daggerfall is that you sort of have to repeat these things... well, a pretty countless number of times. Especially if you wanna progress through the game.

I mean, progressing through a guild will involving repeating the same type of quests a whole lot.

It IS at first really fresh and unique looking, but the repetitiveness of it gets pretty apparent pretty quickly.
6555  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst. Ending. Ever. on: July 14, 2009, 07:16:05 PM
Lyrics don't translate well, unfortunately :(
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