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7636  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.
7637  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 :(
7638  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).
7639  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 03, 2008, 11:35:50 PM
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Yeah, I thought Cielo Mist was a parody of Sierra's Mist, since I played P# before DDS.


No, that was Cyan. Sierra was behind Robert William's... stuff.

I heard somewhere that all of the SMT worlds are like, floating in that Amala Network thing or something.

Also, Devil Summoner 3, at least, seems to have some sort of connection to... one of the Persona games, as there's a Kuzunoha Detective Agency in that too, I believe.

Though, your demon buddy in Raido was a lot similarer to a Persona in some ways, and I seem to recall something a bit dark hourish, too? I haven't played that game in ages and I sort of want to now, although I'm going to limit myself to... eh, let's say Star Ocean 2, Saga Frontier 2, and Metal Saga for awhile.

See, I've got this painting job this summer, so I'm working full time, painting my old highschool. So not a lot of time in the day, but I mostly game in the evenings so no big deal. Except the other problem's been the crappy weather, meaning... well, power outage while saving to a memory card is USUALLY bad. That and the whole "Storm sirens could go off at any moment and I'll have to carry four dogs down into the basement, which isn't as easy as it sounds, while inviting over neighbors that don't have basements" thing not being very condusive to gaming.

Anyway, I'm sure Persona 4 will be great. I'm just hoping that if, well, there's a director's cut version, we get it from the beginning, and not a few months later. Although, honestly, Episode Aegis just never sounded that interesting to me, and Persona 3 was easily one of the content packededest games ever so it's not like it really NEEDED an expansion pack. I mean, not that SMT: Nocturne did either, I guess, but I don't know, the lack of the amala stuff and the fiends would just feel sort of wrong to me. I like the hell out of Daisoujou, even if he was sort of unbalanced (and by unbalanced I mean fucking awesome). I wanna see him in a new SMT game.

Hey, maybe they'll do some new Revelations games for the DS -- or port the old SNES ones over --, or some new Devil Children games, only make them good, unlike the GBA ones we got (I heard Fire and Ice book were good. It's not that Light and Dark were BAD. they just weren't as good as the originals, and there wasn't any sense of balance to them at all. Way too easy.) Or maybe we'll get Soul Hackers, finally :((( I mean, I sort of doubt that, but who knows. DS isn't going away any time soon, and they could put some nice touchpad functionality on it.

Still, pretty cool they haven't abandoned the PS2 yet. I mean, I imagine that'll help keep development costs down a bit. And buying costs, too.

Anyway, I still have some popcorn left over from the movie.
7640  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 03, 2008, 11:31:38 PM
Yeah but remakes of good games aren't necessarily good. Which is why I wouldn't want a remake of Chrono Trigger. Just use the same damn engine and everything but rebalance it** and add new content. You know. Like a director's cut edition. New bonus dungeon doesn't count since you know that's just going to be one of those stupid post game things where you fight random ass bosses for sekrit equpimuntz you don't really need.

Remakes of good NES games are usually okay though since uh... NES was sort of crappy hardware. DOS or Master System* games from that era have aged way, way better. Not trying to be elitist or anything, but I mean, compare FF1 and Phantasy Star 1, and try to tell me that FF1 was faster, looked nicer, and had better sound quality.

* And the Apple II can go eat a penis made out of Starbursts made of glass.

** Which should be fairly easy to do. Give the player slightly more MP at level up early on and slightly less later on, keep tech learning rate the same, and cut back the level-up rate. That SHOULD work okay. Overlevelling is what makes the game get too easy, and giving the player a little more MP early on would give them some more strategic versatility.
7641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 03, 2008, 09:50:48 PM
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Why do you think that they NEED to come out with crappy gimmicks like "customized marshmellow summons" for the new FFIV


Because the original FFIV's really slow and not that fun anymore and basically the RPG equivalent of Candyland, and I'm sure you're going to disagree, but I'm pretty sure you played it back then and you're just going to get through the entire thing on nostalgia alone?


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Younger kids are spoiled by their flashy systems, their 3D polys, their voiceover actors that can't act their way out of a wet paper bag, etc.


Not really. Voice actors are a lot better today than they used to be because voice actors are now actually voice actors and not just whatever programmers happened to be in the office at thet ime. Also people seem tobe less and less impressed by good graphics these days.

Anyway, the case with ports of classic SNES RPGs is that like, you can port it as much as you want, guys, but the RPG playing community is insular as all hell and will stay that way for-ever and anyone who has any interest in Chrono Trigger will have already played it.

The main target audience here is probably the fanboy demographic that like, absolutely NEEDS to be playing Chrono Trigger... portably.

But yeah, I don't really think Chrono Trigger is as absolutely perfect as a lot of people do, and sure, I like it, but there are a lot of things about it that really annoy me, and a lot of ways the game could be... expanded.

And anyway, if someone's favorite game is Chrono Trigger, the only thing that'd piss 'em off more than a sequel they thought was worse than the original would be to make a sequel that would be better than the original.
7642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: July 02, 2008, 04:45:25 PM
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IS THIS FUCKIGN SCI-FI ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE?! HUH?! YEEEAAAHHH?! WHAAATTT?! FUUUCCCKKK!!!


Clearly made of wood. Not sci-fi.
7643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 02, 2008, 04:44:05 PM
I wonder if it'll have a hard mode or something.
7644  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: July 01, 2008, 06:38:33 PM
Cockney Rebel - Sebastian
7645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 01, 2008, 04:47:54 PM
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The first P2 didn't come here because of controversial elements, like Hitler.


I doubt it would be hitler. Otherwise, Wolfenstein 3D would've been blocked from release years earlier. It's Germany that has the anti nazi glorification laws.

If there's any controversial elements I can think of it'd be the number of murders involving people at that highschool, or whatever it was. This game was coming out around the time of Columbine.

However, I recall reading an interview where Atlus said that SCEA would let them bring over only one of IS or EP, and they picked EP because they thought it was better.
7646  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: July 01, 2008, 04:43:49 PM
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I just hope they have a matching Story and not one thay came up with in 15 minutes..


Star Ocean? Story that makes sense?

DOES NOT COMPUTE
7647  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: June 30, 2008, 04:30:29 PM
OMD - Dazzle Ships
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lay Down in the Light
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Some CD by this dude at the botanical gardens yesterday.
7648  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: June 28, 2008, 07:15:03 PM
SMT3's music wasn't really metal. More industrial.
7649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 28, 2008, 01:53:00 PM
I didn't really like SO3 from a gameplay standpoint much, though. I can put up with stupid stories (Though I prefer games without main, central storylines to ones with stupid stories. So expanding this, I can put up with main-storyline-less games that have badly written sidequests. Or something) but it was just a bunch of little things (dungeons too hard to get 100% in, really huge but fairly empty dungeons, battle system felt slower and confusinger than 2's or something, I dunno).

also, the sense of scale in the game started driving me nuts. Outdoors areas were tiny and supposed to represent huge stretches of land, whereas cities actually DID have reasonable scales, which is rare for JRPGs.
7650  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: June 27, 2008, 07:54:04 PM
Persona 3's system is essentially press-turn :|
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