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7486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IV on: September 18, 2008, 11:23:40 AM
Sort of confused by people complaining about Scottish accent in game. As far as I can tell from http://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_leid, it's not actually transcribing the way the accent sounds but using Scots orthography, to an extent.

Also it looks like the wi-fi stuff in Immigrant Town is just being able to send out custom emissaries. i think. I seriously hope it hasn't been neutered from the PSX version where you could get some 38 NPCs from around the world there. If it is, that combined with the removal of the party chat is seriously some serious fucking fuckshit.
7487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IV on: September 18, 2008, 11:03:55 AM
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I heard they took out party talk that they added for the japanese version.

Dammit, it doesn't have it in the US version but I didn't know it was *removed.*

And reading some other stuff, apparently party chat amounted for half of the game's script. What the fuck?

I hope they didn't do something stupid to Immigrant Town. It sounds like it involves that thing where you put your copy of DQ4 in search mode and if anyone ELSE has their game in search mode too, you get a new immigrant. The problem with this is that nobody will ever do this. I hope there's some sort of component where you can find immigrants in the single-player game.
7488  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yahtzee does Oblivion on: September 17, 2008, 08:26:27 PM
I just saw the Spore review and if I were to talk like Yahtzee for a second:

Well shit, that was shit.
7489  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IV on: September 17, 2008, 08:08:41 PM
In DQ1, though, grinding actually felt somewhat meaningful as a level up usually meant more noticably betterer stats or something, and your level capped out around... 20 or something anyway. In general I'd say that for a lot of old-school RPGs, the levelling up process was a lot more meaningful for similar reasons, and it was FF1 that sort of... went against this.

Also what the crap they took out whips and boomerangs?

Anyway though I ended up getting this because, judging by the imminent collapse of various banks, the economy needs help! MY help! By buying this game -- from a local, privately owned shop, no less -- I'm doing my patriotic duty to help out the United States' economy!* It's sort of like a Victory Garden except I don't have to worry about homeless people stealing my cabbage.

Anyway, failing to find anything Hebrew in origin that I liked, I decided to go Caucasian and ended up with Naskhida for my hero.

* Or at least I keep telling myself this to fend off the inevitable feelings of buyer's remorse.
7490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 on: September 17, 2008, 08:04:09 PM
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music not being crappy J-pop all the way through.

What about the parts that were non-vocal, non-j-pop ambient music?
7491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yahtzee does Oblivion on: September 17, 2008, 12:38:13 PM
Two things that bug me the most about Yahtzee:

In his Tabula Rasa review, he typifies the Ultima games as being needlessly obtuse. I actually have no idea what this means, because obtuse seems to mean "not properly explained" in this sort of context so I'll just assume he meant confusing. Picking on Lord British for sticking himself in the games is a bit silly, though, given that joking self-insertion was pretty much the norm back then (Guys from the Andromeda, for instance), and the Lord British character in Ultima 4 - 7 really, really had nothing at all to do with real-world Garriot (and Iolo's the only character that did start resembling his real-world counterpart).

In his TWEWY review (and Braid review) he talks about how when games have stories he think the story and gameplay should go hand in and instead of being sequestered off from eachother. I can think of three possible meanings for this:

1) The storyline is something that is entirely dictated by the gameplay and only exists because of the gameplay. To date, Dwarf Fortress is the only game that's ever done this (or ever done it effectively at least, and I say this because it actually chronicles every single event of importance that happens in the game as it goes on, and this is expressed through things like enemies that kill on of your dorfs get named and their backstory starts getting recorded, various carvings in your fortress start detailing your previous exploits, etc. In general, the game actually responds to notices your actions (which is something that never happened in, say, Daggerfall)).

Anyway, as I said, only one game ever did this so if THIS is what he means he's being too damn picky.

2) The storyline is branching or multilinear and changes a bit to reflect some of your bigger choices.

3) The story is exposed DURING the gameplay elements instead of in between-level cutscenes.

3's noticable for NOT being all that different from just shoving the storyline into between-level/dungeons/whatever cutscenes, and 2 and 3 are both notable for being things Yahtzee has, to my knowledge, never actually incorporated into his own games.

I'm not one to say that "don't judge something unless you can do better" but in this case, Yahtzee definitely is capable of making quality games, and so this is more a matter of "okay dude, stop picking on other companies for not doing something you're unwilling to do yourself."
7492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IV on: September 17, 2008, 12:26:24 PM
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Immigrant town work? Sure you're not thinking of Dragon Warrior III and that town that a merchant builds?

No, I'm not. They added a Migrant Town/Frontier Town/Whatever to DQIV and it's one of the more notewrothy additions apparently.
7493  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: September 17, 2008, 05:22:25 AM
Got to stage 2-F in Gradius 5. The last three stages (I hope there's no stage 7, dear god) is some insane boss rush. Also got a third credit. Woot?
7494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IV on: September 17, 2008, 04:07:08 AM
By the way how does immigrant town work in this game? I heard it was dumbed down from the PSX version, and I'm also hoping there's not too much wifi only crap going on. I don't like wifi. Don't trust it. Don't trust it for the same reason I don't trust ghosts -- it's invisible.
7495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yahtzee does Oblivion on: September 17, 2008, 04:00:45 AM
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because he's speaking as if he's Asian

Dear dalucifer:

Stop living in an alternative timeline where, after America lost the war, Japan turned their sites on Britain and proceded to colonize the living daylights out of it.

With Love,
Sommer Glau
7496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Just bougth Persona 3 FES..should I play it without playing the previous ones? on: September 16, 2008, 10:40:14 PM
I never bought FES :( I didn't want to restart my normal game in Persona 3 original, and Episode Aegis didn't sound as fun to me. As I mentioned earlier, I bought a tree instead.

Where does Raidou Kuzunoha fit in, anyway?

Also what's this theory I heard about SMT:N where

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That Deppish looking reportery dude was Aleph, and the amala network was the multiverse in which the other storylines were... existing or something? The latter sounds a bit BSish
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7497  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: September 16, 2008, 09:11:32 PM
Played Dragon Warrior 7 for like two hours or maybe one hour I'm not sure. Finally upgraded my equipment again. Like, for the entire party. I haven't done that since like, the 35 hour mark. Magic immunity is *nice.* Still in Litorud. Litorud will never end. Baloch's tower is adorable. I think I'm going blind. I'm not really sure if Baloch's tower is necessary or not but it's there and I'm going to kill everything in it because I can.
7498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Just bougth Persona 3 FES..should I play it without playing the previous ones? on: September 16, 2008, 09:08:52 PM
By the way if you want to get into the self-referential mindfuck factor more, Persona 1 and 2, as videogames, are acknlowedged as existing within P3's real world, and there's an MMO Persona 2 spinoff in one of the social links.

Also, SMT: If seems to have story ties to the original Personas, and the Raido Kuzunoha games may or may not just be a cute reference to the Kuzunoha Detective Agencies in... the various Persona games :3333

this some pretty david lynch sh*t dawg.
7499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IV on: September 16, 2008, 09:04:42 PM
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The Dragon Quest games are closer to good dungeon crawler than they are to story based games.

Debatable! DQ1's gameplay style sort of works for that, except the dungeons are pretty inconsequential, there. 3's much dungeoncrawlerly. And 7 and 8, despite HAVING dungeon crawl moments, are also really very muchly text heavy.
7500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yahtzee does Oblivion on: September 16, 2008, 05:06:22 PM
I do want to see his spore review, though.
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