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2176  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up: MMO Armageddon on: June 06, 2008, 09:04:25 AM
Quote from: "Hathen"
Well, it wasn't really a picture, but a screen capture of the concept video.



But seeing as how they're still using FFXI-like style graphics to simulate it I'm assuming their next MMO is going look incredibly similar.

Not that I really mind since I like FFXI's art style, but I don't really see that many improvements yet.

Maybe because it was a concept video from three years ago that was thrown together in one month for the purpose of delivering a presentation that Square was onboard for developing on Xbox 360 at E3 2005.  Short version: that was a tech demo for Xbox 360.  A lot happens in three years.
2177  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up: MMO Armageddon on: June 05, 2008, 06:22:45 PM
Quote from: "Hathen"
I'm kind of wondering how far they're actually along with that game. The supposed picture of Project Rapture just seemed like a high-res version of FFXI.

What picture.
2178  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: June 02, 2008, 10:21:18 PM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
which was wonderfully written

No it wasn't.
2179  Media / Single-Player RPGs / World Destruction Trailer, amazing music on: June 02, 2008, 06:53:01 PM
Soundteam JDK whips Mitsuda's ass.
2180  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up: MMO Armageddon on: June 01, 2008, 01:12:36 PM
Lesson learned: play an MMO handled by a reputable company.  Speaking of which, Square needs to reveal Project Rapture's official title, getting sick of waiting.  Also would be nice to know what Bioware's working on.
2181  Media / Single-Player RPGs / World Destruction Trailer, amazing music on: May 31, 2008, 04:31:35 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Right up there with S04 in the lame trailer department.

It had one thing of merit... the Teddy Ruxpin/Danger Mouse creature hybrid.  Talk about being out of place.  It made me laugh.
2182  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 10:45:19 PM
Ultima IV was my first RPG, and it was awesome for what it was in its time, but seriously.

"YOU SEE A SPICY WOMAN."

> NAME

"MY NAME IS PEPPER."

> JOB

"I AM A FIGHTING BARD."

> BARD

"BARDS KNOW MANY THINGS."

"DOST THOU SEEK SOMETHING?"

> YES

"WHAT MIGHT THAT BE?"

> RUNE

"THE RUNE OF COMPASSION LIES AT THE END OF A HALL SOMEWHERE IN THIS TOWN."

> DAMMIT

"I CANNOT HELP THEE WITH THAT."


Not the most compelling dialogue, if you follow me.  Dry content like that is what makes the Elder Scrolls series a gigantic snoozefest.
2183  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 02:12:49 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
I just think some people have too high of expectations for a story in a game. Not every single story has to be an epic masterpiece of something...

This is why I'm careful with my wording... it's not about the story, but about the quality of the writing for me... how the story is executed.  A game like Tales of Symphonia for example, doesn't have a compelling story.  But it didn't need to... the character interaction was fantastic much like Grandia II's, and it had extremely fun gameplay to supplement it.  Aside from the last hour or so, neither game took itself too seriously.

Grandia III is a steaming pile of failure because no matter how epic the story could have been, the writing failed to keep me interested.  This is where Lost Odyssey, Eternal Sonata, Final Fantasy XII, Xenosaga, and numerous other titles have all failed to deliver.  If I don't care about the characters and dialogue, an RPG will not retain my interest for long.

Mass Effect and Ys: The Oath in Felghana are two of my favorite RPG titles.  They stand on opposite ends of the spectrum as far as complexity goes with regard to storyline, but I enjoyed both a great deal.  It's all about the execution.
2184  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 29, 2008, 05:40:47 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
To offer the defence of JRPGs: At least they /try/ to have a story with actual character development. :P

Yeah, western RPGs don't have enough screechy girls screaming "ITAAIIIIIIIIII >_<" every time they get hit, and moments where characters fight monsters and solve puzzles inside a character's mind as the game reveals how Character X's personality revolves around one single event in their life.

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But anyhow, not an argument we need to drag out here...

But certainly not before you threw in your own two cents prior to making this statement.
2185  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 29, 2008, 03:11:07 PM
Yes, that is exactly the point where the game started sucking for me.  The charm that GameArts' games usually have quickly disappeared, along with any interest I had in the title.
2186  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: May 29, 2008, 01:36:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG1LLTYkn4I
2187  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 29, 2008, 01:35:09 PM
It's mostly a JRPG problem in general.  Their writers seem to be pretty terrible.  If Lost Odyssey's in-game writing had been of the same quality as exhibited by that novelist whose work was featured in the Thousand Years of Powerpoint, I wouldn't have given up on the game.  Instead, it turned into your typical pretentious JRPG suck-fest, which is the same reason why I never finished Eternal Sonata.

Now that I think about it, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is the last Japanese RPG title I've finished in some time now.  I really enjoyed Grandia II, but Grandia III got really stupid early on, and I sold it back to Gamestop in no time flat.
2188  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: May 29, 2008, 12:11:57 PM
Quote from: "DM Kyle E. Miller"
I'm sorry, but that track is one of the worst I've ever heard. In anything.

To Uematsu's credit, at least it isn't as bad as this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_6vqGtV65A
2189  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery Coming September 2 on: May 23, 2008, 12:18:04 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Parn, it's drought, not draught. The latter would be pronounced "draft". :P

Uh, what?
2190  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery Coming September 2 on: May 21, 2008, 04:36:14 PM
Day one purchase, easily.  After Ninja Gaiden II and Metal Gear Solid 4 this summer, it seems I may be in for a slight drought until September.
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