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7261  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: May 03, 2008, 02:00:12 AM
No, I'm not crazy yet. Give me another day though, and I'll link to a blog post I'm working on, and THEN you'll think I'm a crazy guy.

Someday I hope to write a sentence that makes sense.
7262  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Most Anticipated RPG for the summer on: May 02, 2008, 11:05:20 PM
What I've played of DQ8 hasn't been too hard.

I also don't recall long load times.
7263  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: May 02, 2008, 02:50:38 AM
Are we doing FF lists? Mine will be zany. I'll divide it up by generations first.


1) FF3 (Remake or original)
2) FF2
3) FF1


1) FFV
3) FFIV (Hardtype. Never played easytype. I expect to like the DS remake)




1) Large, inedbile, axolotl-shaped clusterfuck.

So, if we conver this down to a single list, we get irregularities:

3) FF3 DS Remake
4) FF2
5) FFV
6) FF3 Original
7) FFX
10) FF1
11) FFVI
12) FFIV

Tactis isn't in the list because then I'd have to include FFTA and Vagrant Story and things would start getting off kilter.

Anyway, the above list isn't so much in order of like to dislike as in order of how much I want to play these individual games. The two GENERALLY coincide.

there's a bit of a disconnect as I want to play FFVIII more than FFXII typically. Also the only reason FF1/FFI is low is because of rows of 100% battle chance tiles in hallways in dungeons and the relative uselessness of the thief class.

In regards to Steambot chronicles, I am now recalling feeling like it kept forcing me around too much, even though it was supposed to be sandboxy. This was also a complaint I had about Sp... er... Rogue Galaxy. This is NOT a problem I had with Metal Saga (although the alternative problem of not knowing where to go was definitely true, although it bugged me a lot less, although it was an actual issue in this game, as getting certain events to trigger could be odd, whereas in most nonlinear games, going to a different town is generally a good bet for getting something to happen. In Legend of Mana, for instance, you could get a bit lost on what to do next in a particular event chain but triggering SOME sort of event was never too difficult; or in the case of Romancing SaGa, you had a little "quest level" meter that would determine when certain quests fired so you could sort of gauge what was going on).

What the fuck am I talking about jesus christ it's almost 3 AM.
7264  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 02, 2008, 02:40:02 AM
Being finals week (and being supposed to be working on a Russian ePortfolio which is going slowly and I have no idea how to use Powerpoint to create attractive looking whateverthehells it makes OH god) I haven't had a chance to play the game much recently but I will say that Neku's assholishness is kind of bizarre.

Entirely speculation so I'm not spoilering this out but it's like since he has amnesia from the beginning of the game, he just picked up some sort of random personality. He's a douche, but in a really dissociated and emptyish sort of way -- like he's just existing and not actually doing anything beyond that.

I THINK that's what they were trying to do with Cloud in FFVII, really, but who knows.

Ну, мне надо заниматься...


also, for the record, I honestly think P3's battle system has far more in common with highlife than straight-up rap or R&B. Yeah, the singing bits are rapped, but the horn sections are straight up highlife. I think you could make an argument for ska too, maybe, but ska seems to almost require a piano anymore, and skat mixed with rap are something you're far more likely to hear in highlife than ska. That, and the guitar skronk-mimicing-a-bass thing makes me think highlife too, though I don't know why.

For people that saying WEWY's music works better in context, not that the composer started out a synth programmer. There's probably a connection there.

In the case of Blue Dragon's boss theme, it's not so much that it's a Dragonforce ripoff (Which is silly as Dragonforce is perfectly capable of ripping off themselves) with terrible singing overtop. It's the complete lack of cohesion between the elements. The singing doesn't sound like it's PART of the song. There's a random-ass organ solo in there for some reason. In regards to the singing, it's not even that the lyrics are stupid and sound like the guy's making them up as he goes along. It's the complete disregard for rhythm. Or lyrics that take advantage of the natural rhythmic properties of the English language.
7265  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 01, 2008, 06:31:08 PM

I'm not one to usually do this but I'm going to assume you're either sarcastic or just have bad taste in music.
7266  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A quick question about Persona 3. on: May 01, 2008, 04:08:40 AM
I don't know if I already posted this, but I really wish I had Persona 3 in highschool. I had Persona 1. You know. The game without very many save points and the few you did have were trees.

I'm going to replay that game with Ellen sometime.

In any case I just realized I've been frequenting this site since I was in sixth grade, and that the first time I heard about Persona was from an EGM preview from when I was in 4th grade. That issue also previewed FFVII.

also I got persona 1 after I got persona 2 and I've only finished 1, I guess. Also one of the shop owners in P2 looked a lot like my old German teacher.

I have no idea what any of this means but it makes me feel sort of sad.
7267  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: May 01, 2008, 03:05:28 AM
In regards to XG, it's not that disc 2 was too short, that the sprites were too pixelly, and the story too confusing. It's that disc 2 was unfinished, the sprites were too pixelly, and the story was to nonsensical.
7268  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 01, 2008, 02:45:00 AM
Yeah, the more stuff I see opening up for Shiki, the more I realize...

Well, stuff opens up as you go along. I *like* that.

I really need to start using the "sub" setting for certain pins so that I like, LAUNCH said motorcycle at the enemy instead of attacking it.


also what the hell why are people complaining about Persona 3 music but not http://youtube.com/watch?v=sCNyNmuFSlw
7269  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 01, 2008, 01:00:41 AM
I still haven't gotten a grip on handling the upper screen, honestly, but I think the lower screen stuff's a blast, especially if you're trying to get insane combos.

Also I think this is one of the few games where I enjoy grinding, for a few reasons.

A) Very tangible benefits. New clothes and pins and food everywhere, so you're only grinding for stuff and not to get past a certain goal (Well, the red shirt guys, sort of, but that's different for reasons below).
B) Grinding never actually TAKES long, really.
C) You're in control of the reward. You can drop your level and have to play more skillfully, but in return, you get better swag.
D) That battle system's entirely active and quite fun and rather River City Ransomish, sort of.

In some regards, it IS sort of Square ripping off SMT/Persona. In other regards, is this actually a bad thing?

Also it has a bear with tattoos for arms.
7270  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: May 01, 2008, 12:00:48 AM
Also MeshGearFox .. Great minds think alike. Apparently that's not a lie. .P

True but I'm Russian major furry that has trouble forming coherent sentences and using credit card readers and I spend my free time looking at pictures of rare pine trees on the internet.

Additional comments:

I keep seeing FFIX come up and I'm going to jump on the bandwagon. I don't know if it's my personal FAVORITE FF, but I started really playing it FOR REAL recently, started again this year, and I'm really liking it a lot. I think in some ways it might be one of the better executed FFs. It's quite well balanced, fairly difficult without being annoying, and has some really nicely done side stuff.

In addition to Legend of Mana comments (because post I just made in WEWY reminded me of this and I don't know if I already mentioned it): LoM reminds me way more of River City Ransom than Secret of Mana but I don't consider this a bad thing.
7271  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: April 30, 2008, 09:50:53 PM
Compared to Oblivion I personally liked Steambot Chronicles more since it was a perfect balance between non-linearity and an engaging (yet silly) storyline.

Jesus christ I think I've said that EXACT sentence in other posts I've made in other places.

Though I haven't really played Steambot chronicles that much since I got it :( I have no idea why. I think it's because I went away to college and my roommate sort of hijacked the PS2.
7272  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: April 30, 2008, 01:36:22 PM
what childish game has bunny girls and puff-puff?

WTF? DQ8 also has a pretty hefty body count.

Many have complained about the Three-Day rule.

I wonder though if in the Persona 3 era if that would be a lot better recieved.
7273  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A quick question about Persona 3. on: April 30, 2008, 03:44:30 AM
If your parents are okay with you seeing a giant blue-green penis with a bunch of tentacles on it, four tiny, tyrannosaurus rex like arms, riding around in a golden chariot made of knives, get FES.

If not, get regular Persona 3.
7274  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Horror RPGs on: April 29, 2008, 10:10:48 PM
I thought the hospital in SMT: N was creepier than the one in Persona 2.
7275  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Horror RPGs on: April 29, 2008, 09:16:10 PM
Not to be too pretentious about the entire thing.

But that's what RPG BBSes are for!
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