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7456  The Rest / General Discussions / Why do YOU game? on: July 06, 2008, 11:53:31 PM
Simple question. Why are you a gamer? I have my reasons but they're silly and embarassing so I will post them later :(
7457  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: July 06, 2008, 11:50:15 PM
Current list:

SaGa Frontier 2
Star Ocean 2
Chrono Cross

These are basiaclly the core games that I'm going to try to stick with for awhile, especially since I'm actually feeling something akin to ADDICTION in regards to SGF2, and I haven't felt that towards an RPG since... Nocturne came out? Maybe not addiction. I played Ultima 6 and DQ7 for awhile pretty consistently. I don't know. It makes me happy.

The next two games are a bit subject to change, and I'm playing two from a pool of the following:

Devil Summoner 3
Radiata Stories
Ultima 6
Tales of Symphonia
Pikmin 2
7458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 06, 2008, 07:29:07 PM
By this logic developers should never have attempted Final Fantasy XII or Shadow of the Colossus.

I'm not saying that the Odin Sphere guys shouldn't have attempted it. I'm saying they should have had better testing or something to find out where the slowdown-afflicted areas were so that they could've done something to alleviate the problem. Trying to fix performance issues is generally considered good development practice.

I'm pretty sure that what I said wasn't that hard to understand so could you all please quit trying to fuck around with it, or at the least assume that I am trying to construct complete thoughts and not just presenting you with a number of disjointed talking points that simply exist to be countered just for the hell of it? Tack så *mycket* meine Damen und Herrn.

Anyway though and on a completely different note, frankly, I thought the voice acting in Odin Sphere was really wooden and awful, and I thought the entire game seemed sort of pretentious and silly.[/quote]
7459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 06, 2008, 03:57:42 PM
and normal attacks will almost *always* miss or be blocked, even if you attack enemies from the sides or behind.

I've hardly ever had attacks miss in Arc 2. I'm not really all that far along in it I guess so maybe it's something that happens later.
7460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 06, 2008, 03:53:07 PM
why would you expect a console that old to keep up with the processing demands of newer games that came out 6-7 years later?

I'm not. I'm expecting developers to make software that runs well on the hardware they're developing it for.
7461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 06, 2008, 12:29:12 AM
The PS2 handles 2D games exceptionally poorly and I really doubt they could've done <i>that</i> much better.

Yes they could've. It was some combination of too many sprites + lighting effects causing the slowdown. Tone one of the two (or both) down and the problem would probably have been fixed.
7462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 05, 2008, 04:37:12 PM
It's not game breaking. Just annoying. The only place it's really, really awful IS the spider queen, yeah. The main problem I guess is that the slowdown looks like it should be fairly easy to fix with some minor tweaking.
7463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 05, 2008, 11:00:03 AM
I loved Odin Sphere, but it appears I'm in the minority.

For fuck's sake, the HATERS used to be in the minority. Can't the RPG community collectively make up its mind about something? You guys flip-flop more than those polecats up in Washington.

Anyway, the reason I mentioned legend of mana and river city ransom is that they're both essentially beat 'em ups. Except they also both have a lot of exploration in them. I know. Totally different generations. Well, what about the pseudo-sequel that RCR got -- Technos Samurai?

I mean, let's compare Super Metroid to a lot of other sidescrollers from the era. I'm not saying that exploration like that is necessarily essential, but I'd be pretty hard pressed to find someone who didn't think it really improved things.

I know that exploration is sort of rare in beat 'em up games, like that, but Final Fight was years ago and I think it's time we move on. Odin Sphere had cooking and plant-growing, so it's nice to see it playing with new ideas in THAT sense. It just felt like it stopped half-way, which is what I guess annoyed me the most.

(Also the beat'emup mechanics Odin Sphere had were sort of substandard in other regards, I guess, although I don't really play THAT many beat 'em ups so I can't really clearly explain what I MEAN, but I will say that Golden Axe let you ride dragons, and had a pseudo-3D plane of motion).
7464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 05, 2008, 01:38:11 AM
How's arc the lad 3 supposed to be, anyway? People seemed to like it less than 2, but I can't recall if they had valid reasons or if it was just stupid crap.
7465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 05, 2008, 12:00:02 AM
Oh crap. I bought Raw danger** at value city but never started it*.

* along with the first game in that series and Castle Shikigami 2. I've played CS2 the most. Translation aside, it's pretty sweet. The little bit I played of Damage Report was pretty neat, though.

** This does have some RPG elements*** to it, if I recall though. You can make clothes and stuff, and cook.

*** ALTHOUGH if you're into survival RPGS, a single version of the unreal world is only 5 dollars to register, I believe.

**** End of Darkness isn't supposed to be anything***** like Twilight of the SPirits by the way.

***** Though what's his face got me thinking I should try dawn of mana sometime so maybe EoD's not so bad.
7466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 04, 2008, 11:09:44 PM
Wow. I thought I was the only one who felt that way towards OS.

No, I did too. It got a bit funner when I got past Gwendolyn because Bunnydude can do that spinny, flying attack

Basically, things I disliked:

* Slowdown. Not really that bad though.

* Dialogue. Everyone said it was great and Shakespearean. I thought it was really pretentious and sounded like it was trying too hard to be Shakespearean*.

* Repetitive levels. Not just in the sense that ever character has the same levels and level layouts, but in the sense that every node is just a circle, some of the nodes in the level are more or less identicle, and two areas have the exact same "You lose HP every couple of seconds" gimmick.

* A few things with the graphics bugged me. The art itself was beautiful, don't get me wrong -- but the seven layers of parallax made it a very visually confusing title, and the field of view was so TINY that I spent most of the game just looking at the minimap since most of the enemies came at you from off screen and you couldn't really see much.

* Also, something about the gameplay mechanics seemed sort of unfair. The charge bar thing didn't bug me. It was something like, er... enemies could knock you back really easily, but it was impossible for you to knock them back?

So, yeah, the game is similar in some regards to two OTHER games I really liked a lot -- Legend of Mana and River City Ransom (DX). Laundry list of my least favorite things about both games would be... I don't know. Legend of Mana was too easy and had stupid partner AI, but the repetitive dungeons and unavoidable fights bugged me the most, and Odin Sphere has those. And uh... Well, who the fuck am I kidding. RCR is perfect. So I guess I'll just say that Odin Sphere really reminded me of LoM but without all of the things I liked and with my biggest problems magnified a bunch. And it also had the potential to be the next RCR but it fell short making it even MORE painful.

* Russian has destroyed my spelling :(
7467  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 04, 2008, 11:05:12 PM
I still can't figure out why I couldn't get into Persona 2 much :( And that bugs me because I really, really want to get into Persona 2 :(
7468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 04, 2008, 10:56:25 PM
I heard it's really bad. Apparently it's just Twilight of the Spirits (never played) converted into a mediocre action RPG or something. Also Twilight of the Spirits should be around 3 bucks and is supposed to be much better.

If you don't have ARc the Lad collection, get that instead. I can't imagine it being that cheap now, though.
7469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 04, 2008, 01:41:51 PM
I'm not so concered about the main tales games. There aren't really THAT many of those. It's the fact they release something like 20 different side games a year. That's just bizarre.

BTW still sort of interestedin Tales of Rebirth :(
7470  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 04, 2008, 10:48:26 AM
Tales of Shitcock would be awesome. It'd be like every fan retranslation ever. You like, walk into town, and there's this ten year old, and he's all "FUCKDAMN YOU CHOMPERS MALONE" and then you go on a quest to retrieve the Mystical Helltits from Chompers Malone (they're a component of the Mystical Shitcock), who also swears like a drunken sailor (and is also a ten year old) (but a robotic one).
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