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7471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 17, 2009, 05:06:54 PM
Rest of the text is pretty cryptic. Something about an investigation unit sent to the South Pole.

HOLY SHIT they're making an NGE game!
7472  Media / General Games / Re: New Monkey Island on: July 16, 2009, 10:01:20 PM
The original SoMI looked fine, and the realistic art was part of the humor. It's like, gritty realism, and it's goofy. It's dissonant. That's why it works.
7473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 16, 2009, 09:57:25 PM
Would you really think they would design manually 15,000 towns? lol

I think that every town in a game should be carefully made to be fun and interesting. As such, I don't think a game with 15,000 towns is a good idea.

When I visit a village A, then go further and visit a village B, and another one C, they all look the same.

If I want to go to a bunch of similar-looking, boring towns, hell man, I live in Ohio. And you're right. It is realistic. It's not fun though. Do you think I'd even play videogames if I lived somewhere interesting?

I give total credits to those Bethesda people who tried something both very new and very ambitious.

Ambition is worthless if you don't make good on it, and Bethesda didn't. Daggerfall is at it's core a very simple dungeon crawl wrapped around the framework for an epic, globe-trotting RPG. Half of the planned features were cut, and a lot of the stuff that did make it in was completely broken.

It wasn't even that revolutionary. They just took Elite and changed the setting.
7474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 16, 2009, 07:04:45 PM
MM6/8 is offering the same parallel as Phantasy Star 2/4, really.

7475  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.
7476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 16, 2009, 05:42:00 PM
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.
7477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs are total shit, WRPGs are THE shit on: July 16, 2009, 05:39:20 PM
Might and Magic 6/8

What the hell, M&M8 is like universally regarded as being really bad.
7478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: July 16, 2009, 05:35:14 PM
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.
7479  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.
7480  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?
7481  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.
7482  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 !!
7483  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.
7484  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is now free. on: July 15, 2009, 05:08:22 PM
Just because it's realistic doesn't mean it makes for an enjoyable gaming experience.

See also: realism mods for Quake 3.
7485  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.
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