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2551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 15, 2007, 01:32:05 AM
im alarmed that pretty much everyones reasons for liking games relates to story and characters(only). perhaps thats why im at a loss for understanding. the way a character is presented in battle can go a long way in my like or dislike of them and most recent ff games the characters have no identity in battle. i think my obsession with battle systems and gamplay comes from shining force 2 being the first rpg i played that i really liked as well as my background with fighting games.
2552  The Rest / General Discussions / What makes a game age well? on: August 14, 2007, 02:44:32 AM
2 main factors i think gameplay and animation quality.

gameplay is the foundation animation quality are the support beams.

if you are unsure what i mean by animation quality compare the character sprites in crono trigger to those in ff6
2553  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 14, 2007, 02:11:31 AM
except its not id take tactics over ff12 anyday.
this is last im gonna say on this in this topic but i just dont get the ff7 was my first so its one of my favorites sentiment. dragon warrior was my first rpg but its pretty far down there on my list.

back to FF9
Zidane = Terra?
Beatrix = Celes?
2554  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 12, 2007, 02:45:51 AM
fanservice only works if you are the target of the fanservice otherwise it comes off annoying.
2555  Media / Single-Player RPGs / tales of the abyss.... on: August 12, 2007, 01:49:00 AM
i thought it would be cool to challange
on unknown since this is my 3rd playthrough. big mistake i was introduced to a world a pain >_> maybe i'll try that exhibition match again. also on the second playthrough im sad anytime Ion isnt with the group >_> Radiat Howl + Extension > Lost Fon Drive. i also didnt like natallia much but in battle shes pretty good on the second playthrough with the elven bow :D plus i love her costume where she has the cowboy hat on.
2556  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm a name my kid 4real, yo! on: August 10, 2007, 01:56:58 AM
theres a baseball player who used to be on the cleveland indains but was traded to the boston redsox named coco crisp.
2557  Media / Single-Player RPGs / tales of the abyss.... on: August 09, 2007, 01:09:32 AM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
Luke is probably one of my favorite RPG characters, because he's so distinctly different from the stock archytipical hero. AND because he changes so drastically throughout the game, due to the event in the game and his connections to other characters. I went back and started replaying it, I was so amazed at his transformation, even his voice actor took a distinctly different approach to portraying him, but the transition was so incredibly smooth, I never noticed it. That's one thing that botters me about so-called "CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT" in RPGs, it tends to happen all at once, at one time, and one character goes from being one architype to another, but in TotA Luke's change is much more gradual. Sure, there are a few points (one in particular) that the change is pretty drastic, but it's far from the end of his transformation, and even it takes some time to settle in. Also, the part about killing humans was especially good. "FINALLY" I kept thinking, it's about time an RPG delt with mental stress of having to kill other human beings.

I don't mind annoying characters if they make sense, and if they're well written, and I think Luke's was. He wasn't annoying for the sake of being a foil, it was that he was genuinely clueless, and through that, you get to see him change. I think about Titus in FFX, who I pretty much hate... I guess because his obnoxiousness was used more for comic relief, and it really never resolved.

My only real problems with the game are in the graphical department. Let's face it, TotA is an UGLY ASS GAME. For a late gen PS2 game made by a fairly prominant developer, who's previous outtings were much more polished, TotA was a disgrace. The rendering of the characters was fair at best (Tear's was downright horrid), and the environments were just bad. But none of that compares to the downright horrific graphic design of the whole menu system, extra-gameplay elements. Whoever designed the look & feel for the extra-gameplay elements should be blacklisted from ever working on a video game ever again.

Also, regarding the ending:
I hated the epilogue. But, the actual ending itself I really liked. ESPECIALLY the "I love you" bit. I'm so sick and tired of unrequited love, simply because the game manufacter's don't have the balls to come out and admit it (I'm looking at you, Grandia II). I screamed for joy when Tear finally comes out and says it, because I was just glad that they had the balls to follow through with what they started. The timing was perfect, and it's dramatic quality was spot on. I'd have been really pissed at they NOT done it.

However, the epilogue was terrible, and boring. Luke must live: that's pretty much a given, especially considering Ash's sacrifice. The fact is, Ash had nothing to live for; no one really cared about him—even Natalia really only cared about him because of his previous self—which he'd abandoned long ago. Luke's journey is all about why he should keep on living. Guy pretty much sums it up after Axereuth when he says, "You need to keep on living to atone for what you've done." But the whole 6 month disappearence (or was it a year), was rediculous. There's no explanation other than purely "dramatic effect". I'd have been much much more interested if they had brought Luke back shortly after the ending, and then done a "6 months later" for all of them. I was especially interested in seeing how Anise would handle the church reconstruction, or possibly Natalia's eventual rise to the throne. "Luke Lives," big deal... we know that, it's what most of the game is about... just say it and let's get on with hearing some of the more personal things that would take place after the game.

unrequited love? you have got to be shitting me? the fact of the matter is that that pair didnt make any sense at all much like Arnaud and Raquel in wild arms 4.
you know i saw a lot of myself in Tear in fact i think she provided valuable insight as to how others perceive me. wich makes her loving luke even harder for me to swallow.
2558  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 08, 2007, 01:47:58 AM
the more i try to wrap my head around why people like FF7 so much, the more dumbfounded i become. even if someone explains it to me i dont get it. even if explained to me. its like someone saying a hamburger that features only a patty on a bun is awesome because its the first hamburger you ever had O_O
2559  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 3 Favourite/Least Favourite Squaresoft RPGs on: August 08, 2007, 01:32:57 AM
in no particular order

Crono Cross
Parasite Eve 1(never played the second one)
Seiken Densetsu 3
Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2 with the original being the better game.(any game with a female lead that uses a sword has to try pretty hard to get on my bad side witch FF12 managed to do..)

chocobos dungeon lol!
2560  Media / Single-Player RPGs / top 3 best/worst Final Fantasy games (no spine-off) on: August 08, 2007, 01:19:40 AM
before i start my list i think i should mention 2 things

1st ive only played FF5-12 and havent finished 5,6 or 12 yet

ff8- <3 quistis. ff8 also has a large contingant of female characters
ff10-best battle system
ff11 if you can trudge through the levels you are rewarded with what is probally the best tale of any FF game.
FF6-even though i havent finished it i am biracial wich i think gives me a deep understanding of Terra's plight,and i connected with her early on.

In the Middle
FF9-it was decent enough but it felt uninspired to me(after playing a little of FF6 i can see how it would make people nostalgic though). had freya been a human or at least human looking like FFXI's elvaan race i think this could have allowed me to like the game more.

FFTA-something i didnt understand is ritz said she didnt want to go back why then did she not try to stand in marche's way? admittedly its been a couple years since i played it so i could be missing something.

FF7-lol this game gets way more praise than it deserves. it was the first FF game i played. i bought it after trying the FF8 demo and thought it was decidely medicore. though after playing FF6 on gba i suppose it seems like a baby step forward.i cannot comprehend people thinking its good. then again too me shining force 2 > FF7

FF12- the cream of the crap this is what happens when you take FFXI and make a concentrated effort to make it worse
2561  Media / Single-Player RPGs / tales of the abyss.... on: August 07, 2007, 01:41:55 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Responding to the first spoiler note mostly, mine has some majorish spoiler stuff pretty much until the end of the game, including the ending:

Luke's definitely a YMMV character, and personally I liked him from beginning to end.  His first persona is hard for people to appreciate simply because he's definitely not a typical hero, especially by Tales standards, where every hero in the "main" series released in the U.S. (at least with the exception of Symphonia, which I haven't played and probably won't since I have neither a GC nor a Wii nor have much interest in a Wii at the moment) has been pretty much a spunky go getter.  Offhand I can't recall a similar "hero" such as Luke v.1 in any JRPG - as close as they get is Yuri From SH/SH:C, and that's really not very close.

Luke v.2 is very interesting as well, though a bit too close to the typical Tales heroes for my taste in terms of personality.  His seemingly nihilistic attitude towards life that becomes pretty much the main point of the second half of the game, on the other hand, I found very touching.  It isn't being so much an angst-filled hero so much as it's his own logical conclusion - as he says at one point of the game, it's not that he wants to die but that if through his death he can save a great many people (including the "real" Luke), that was a sacrifice he was willing to make.  This nearly absolute willingness for self-sacrifice is a subject often glanced over (if even discussed) in many RPGs, so I found it wonderfully refreshing.

Having said that, the epilogue per se of the ending was a complete and utter disappointment and a complete reversal of everything up until that point.  When finality is so stressed throughout the second half of the game, it's somewhat silly that Luke comes back like nothing ever happened.

the reason i hated luke is is because
his assertion that because he is a clone that somehow his life is less meaningful
2562  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone interested in Bioshock? on: August 06, 2007, 05:13:21 PM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
alisha says a lot of things and they don't frequently make much sense :<

Anyway, this is something that's a very, er, want-ish type thing for me, except my PC sucks for gaming, my laptop sucks even MORE for gaming, and my XBox 360 is... well, I don't have an XBox 360.

whats hard to make sense of? i like rpg's but not first person shooters.
2563  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone interested in Bioshock? on: August 06, 2007, 03:54:59 AM
rpg and fps is a fusion i have almost no interest in. maybe you can convince me why i should think otherwise.
2564  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 05, 2007, 05:05:35 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"



Go go fucking time travel and excellent fucking plot twists.

lenneth is kinda fail compared to hrist once she gets gunguir plus i think shes way more badass,i mean she bitch slapped freya
2565  Media / General Games / Super Smash Bros. Brawl site is relaunched. on: August 05, 2007, 04:13:51 AM
im mildly disapointed with Ike i would of prefered someone from sacred stones or FE7.
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