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6826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of Last Generation? on: March 03, 2009, 10:27:57 PM
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Don't know if Castlevaina (the metroidvaina games) count, but if they do I recommend Aria of Sorrow for the GBA (otherwise I'll go with FE:BS).

Castlevania's yes, Metroids no.
6827  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fantasy RPGs? on: March 03, 2009, 10:26:44 PM
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I don't know, one of the reasons I like JRPGs is because they aren't bound with an iron chain to the concept of "realism" that seems so highly valued in Western culture these days.

Western RPGs don't really adhere to realism that much, although I will admit that Bethesda's take on Oblivion was like...

Okay, if Vvardenfell was this mysterious volcanic island full of harrowing, blasted lava flows, grottos, giant mushrooms, building made of giant mushrooms and the shells of giant crabs, and this sense that they were really working to come up with this new culture and everything.

Oblivion, on the other hand, is set in a rather generic looking green valley full of castles.
6828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of Last Generation? on: March 03, 2009, 03:06:11 PM
I'm going to say Nocturne.
6829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona port for PSP? on: March 02, 2009, 11:56:08 PM
Can we please keep black Mark. The original Mark is creepy looking. What with those weird tear-drop tattoos and that oddly phallic hat with the buttons pinned to it.

Also I mean the dude fights with an axe and a machine gun.

Oh and they better not mess with Nate's voice clips in battle. It's just not Nate unless he giggles ominously while firing his rifle.
6830  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 02, 2009, 11:53:48 PM
So, attempted to start one of the campaigns in Disciples 2. That's going *very* poorly. It was going well until I got rushed by a bunch of the fire dudes. Apparently my Heroes 3 method of playing this thing isn't... that... great. I'm also having a really hard time describing how it works. It's KIND OF like Lords of Magic in a *sense,* although as I said, battle system is more JRPGish and I've also discovered that there's this huge terraforming element to it. And it's incridebly RPGish in its mission structure, so far. That's actually the biggest similarity to Lords of Magic -- it's more like a big, freeform RPG wrapped up in a strategy game shell.

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Also, nearly finished my current area in SimCity 4. Gonna start developing a primarily commercial area once I get infrastructure better. Healthcare, transit, and schooldulation are lacking.

Oh, and I watered plants and scraped scales off two of my ferns for like twenty minutes. Hurray.
6831  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: One of the greatest mystery of all time has been solved on: March 02, 2009, 11:47:48 PM
Even more amazing: the discovered a civilization of miniature men living in this fluff.
6832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fantasy RPGs? on: March 02, 2009, 01:02:53 AM
Xenosaga is sort of loosely based on Xenogears a little. Xenogears wasn't a book, unless he means perfect works.
6833  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: March 01, 2009, 09:59:28 PM
I played some of the tutorial of Disciples 2 before i got a headache for some odd reason (weatherfront is to the EAST of here). Damn odd game though. Kind of wish the maps were more interactive like in HoMM3, although I DO like that individual units are more meaningful.

Also the JRPG-style battles are an interesting touch.

Also I bought an azalea because I have no self control. I guess I'll also go buy a coke and drink 20 goddamn paczkis.

Eat. Whatever.

Oh, really looking forward to starting out on Entomorph! Looks like I bought the Mac version but I found ways to get it running on a PC. The idea behind it is really interesting, and the magic system sounds cool. Looks like a more serious Dink Smallwood type thing with Albion-styled aesthetics.
6834  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Puzzle Quest: Galactrix Impressions on: March 01, 2009, 06:25:51 PM
It doesn't work on my computer. Apparently it requires hardware T&L for the sprites to show up.
6835  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: February 28, 2009, 09:02:57 PM
Legend of Legaia is kind of retarded but I fucking love what I played of it for some reason.

Anyway, I've mostly been playing SimCity 4 lately, although I DID grab Disciples 2 Gold and Entomorph, and I'm very much looking forward to playing those for awhile. Disciples 2 seems like a very RPGisher Heroes-type game.

But yeah, SimCity 4. I started a new city as Mayor Bagrat Bagratuni to... keep things in line with Crusader Kings. Got a nice residential section going with a layout that let's me get some serious parkage going on while avoiding a grid. Don't know if I can ever expand it to accomodate more... upwardly, urban growth, but it's not for that. I'm thinking of moving the commercial district to its own area. Also there's a nice little industrial area there too, and a farming community in another map I'm calling North Jawbone that looks horrible because I suck at making farms look decent.

Also I bought a fern :3 It's a Blechnum gibbum, I think. They're not really uncommon but nobody sells them around here. They kind of look like a nephrolepis that doesn't make me hate myself, and they form trunks. Slowly. Also unlike nephrolepis ferns I doubt they shed so bad since the leaflet thingies are more attached to the stipe.
6836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Dragon Quest DS to get... on: February 28, 2009, 08:58:52 PM
Well, that's sort of comforting, although confusing because Chapter 4 and 5 was the only party chat they apparently didn't actually translate at all.

But um... I liked 4 a lot but I have to say that 5 with its monster catching is just a little bit better for me so far. And I dig that 4 got rather nonlinear in chapter 5, although I didn't really like parts of the earlier chapters much, as they were a bit grindy (Torneko and the twins, for instance) and not as... developed (Alena's)? Also I have to say, 5's story is better so far. And I don't really play these games for the story much, but it's got some interesting stuff going on.

Party and character wise, though, DQ4 is really linear, and DQ5, since you catch monsters, is less so. Still a linear skill progression -- that's not something that changed till the 6, 7, and 8 set -- but it makes things feel a bit more varied.

Still say get DQ4 first just cause it's cheaper, though, and 5 should come down in price.
6837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finally, a way to make my Barack Obama vs. Optimus Prime diorama a reality on: February 28, 2009, 12:21:28 AM
also it could be called BOBBY JIN-DOLL.

btw a yulia tymoshcenko doll would be *so hot*
6838  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finally, a way to make my Barack Obama vs. Optimus Prime diorama a reality on: February 27, 2009, 08:31:18 PM
they should make a bobby jindal action figure playset !!
6839  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest V on: February 27, 2009, 08:29:30 PM
Holy crap the guy that composes music for these games is old.
6840  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Fantadroms on: February 26, 2009, 10:41:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF8__eovFz0

Surreal, Soviet-era cartoon from Latvia about a little yellow robot space cat named Indrikis XIII, who is able to transform himself, and starts out as a cube until a little red ball goes into him to make him come alive. He solves problems and things.
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