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7471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suggestions for American RPG's? on: December 17, 2008, 02:58:03 AM
What didn't you like about Morrowind? Answering this will allow for more accurate recommendations to you.

My recommendation is Ultima 7, which is an older title but very good. http://exult.sourceforge.net/ <- Fanmade windows port but you need an original copy of the game to use it.

Ultima 6 is also great of course, although there's no Windows version so you'll need a dos emulator like DOS Box. Actually, most of the Western-style RPG... Well, here.

Windows:

Freeware:

Quest for Glory 2 VGA. Especially if you liked the day-to-day life thing Persona 3 did. http://www.agdinteractive.com/index2.html

Ultima 4 remake which is probably too archaic for what you're interested in but what the hell http://xu4.sourceforge.net/


Pay:

Wizardry 8, which should be cheap now.
The original Fallout.

DOS:

http://www.dosbox.com/ Requires dos emulator to use.
http://dfendreloaded.sourceforge.net/ Makes dos emulator easier to use

Freeware:

Betrayal at Krondor- First person, grid-based combat system, really good writing and indepth NPCs, fairly directed storyline but lots of sidequests, nice music... also freeware and not that hard to get running in DOSBox.

Avalon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbV7yBXOI8 I played it a long time ago. No idea what it's like.

Pay:

Albion, which is actually german, but great, and quite similar to how JRPGs are structured.
Wasteland.
Quest for Glory
Ultima 6 and 7, as already mentioned.

Console:

Summoner 2
7472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 17, 2008, 12:22:49 AM
Yeah, I looked in a FAQ. I still don't remember ever going to the place where the thing is by....

"going to the place where the thing is by" wow. I have a paper to right tonight. This is going to be a really bad paper.
7473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Would you name your kid Hitler? on: December 16, 2008, 11:01:52 PM
Kid Hitler was probably the worst beat 'em up I've ever played. I was expecting a lot more from IREM. I mean they made R-Type for god's sake.
7474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 16, 2008, 09:53:05 PM
DQ7 - In the process of getting Melvin.

Last night, I found this weird building in the middle of the pond with a bunch of lilypads behind it. I think. Can someone tell me if that's DQ7 or DQ4? I think it's 7. Where the hell is that? Help?
7475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lets discuss the forgotten SNES Era of RPGs on: December 16, 2008, 09:51:01 PM
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Oh yeah, Treasure of the Rudras is an awesome one too. The spell system is so innovative.

Dungeon Master actually did something pretty similar, but less expansive, a decade before :3

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It feels like a NES RPG. It seems like there was a lot of transition problems from NES to SNES.

It's a Genesis game that predates the SNES which is why it probably doesn't feel like an SNES game.

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That being said, have any of you ever played the Enix SNES game, Robotrek? Typical RPG fare in terms of structure, but you control a team of robots and can program their special moves by combining regular moves.

I was playing this last weekend. Can you have more than one of your own robots out in a battle at once? I never got far in the game because robots take forever to charge up between turns and I'm not that patient.

Also for a game targeted at children it's really not very intuitive :(((

Anyway, quasi-obscure SNES games I like? Erm... Quintet trilogy, early SMT games, Wizardry 5, romancing saga 3... Um, seriously, there' aren't that many SNES RPGs I'm that big on which is why your comment about the SNES era of RPGs being forgotten is weird since I'm really the only person here that doesn't get nostalgic about it.

(GB RPGs and SNES SHMUPs, on the other hand...)
7476  Media / The Soundroom / Re: The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: December 16, 2008, 01:51:52 PM
Every CD I've bought since like October:

TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Duran Duran - Rio
Over the Rhine - Ohio
Of Montreal - Icons Abstract Thee
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
7477  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "Throw a shoe at Bush" game. on: December 16, 2008, 12:39:58 PM
It's awesome though.

The stupidest fucking part is that Bush is grinning the whole time and is like LOL EASY THERE BUUUUDDDY. I mean it's like, some guy tells you that they think you're worse than dirt by trying to wang you in the head with a shoe. And your response is "lolwhut?"

The President is 13 year old internet troll and he knows it.
7478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 16, 2008, 03:03:44 AM
Played SMT1 for awhile. I think I'll need to focus on just doing that, DQ4, and DQ7 for awhile (maybe some PS1 and Soulblazer too or something) so that I don't get complete confused about what's going on. Or I could take notes, I guess :P

I really like SMT1, don't get me wrong, but I'm really not of the mindset that just because the conversations are longer they're better than Nocturne's. Both games have a problem where half of the questions demons ask you are completely arbitrary, and that their responses to these questions are completely arbitrary. However, Nocturne's conversations only do this once, whereas SMT1's do this at every single stage.
7479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: December 15, 2008, 11:59:04 PM
DQ7: Simultaneously doing the Brugeo stuff and the present-day Hamelia stuff. I think the story's on the verge of getting very weird.
7480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's you'd like to see re-released on: December 15, 2008, 10:58:34 PM
It takes a special kind of talent to do a remake for a system with massively increased color palette and still end up with a game that's less colorful than the original.
7481  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game making/game idea thread. on: December 15, 2008, 10:56:32 PM
Didn't Sid Meier make that?
7482  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's you'd like to see re-released on: December 15, 2008, 07:35:59 PM
Eternia's nice. That and Symphonia are the only tales games I've ever liked (though Phantasia and Abyss were the only other ones I played, and my unwillingness to play Abyss is partially because my PS2 is f'in up and making the battle have ENDLESS LOAD TIMES).
7483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The "Throw a shoe at Bush" game. on: December 15, 2008, 07:25:25 PM
that man is my hero 2x extra fancy.

I mean, the original shoe thrower. the controls on that game kind of suck. And why aren't I doing the shoe throwing?

Honestly though, I thought that was a beautiful moment. Nothing that direct's happened in the States since the 1800s. He's like a goddamn entartist or something.
7484  The Rest / General Discussions / Game making/game idea thread. on: December 15, 2008, 04:37:58 AM
Okay, all the indie RPGs coming out got me wanting to try this myself. Or at least make a thread about tossing around game ideas or something. I don't know. Has anyone here ever tried making a game before, or maybe just has cool ideas FOR a game?

Anyway, here's my idea. I'm going to try to learn this uh, old game creation system called Megazeux which has been developed far beyond an reasonable level of appropriateness for an ASCII-based level editor from the early 90s.

Anyway this idea's sort of stemming from that recent thread on the console RPG board about city-building RPGs.

Basic Premise:

A man and his pet hyena are exploring a large and strangely shaped desert where something has happened, although it's not clear exactly what that something is. As they explore, they locate various items and structures. Some of these items are "film reels" -- not literal film reels (although the first one you find actually is and old-style projector with a film reel in it, hence the name), but particular special objects that contain fragments/memories/souls of a town that used to be situated in this desert. As you find more of these, the town is rebuilt and the plot progresses. Additionally, rebuilding the town grants you power. Your XP is based on the number of citizens in the town (Alternatively: Your stats or abilities are based on who is present in your town), and some of the revived villagers give you tools that help you out.

There are no random encounters. There are, however, several bosses which need to be fought. Additionally, there are puzzles in some of the sites that you find in the desert which must be solved to get new film reels. These should have several different solutions, some of which require abilities granted by various villagers. Some puzzles are also based on your stats like in Quest for Glory.

No idea what the battle system would work like.

Might include very minor, Oregon Trail-like survival elements (Having your hyena hunt lizards for you to eat? Needing to find water so you don't dehydrate?).

So yeah. Basically ripping off Soulblazer and Quest for Glory. I think combining the two is a fairly logical idea though.
7485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 80s RPGs on: December 14, 2008, 05:42:28 PM
Yeah, I meant the WSC color. I guess I was just saying that color doesn't really suit those games, for me.
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