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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Resonance of Fate, new trailer. on: August 16, 2009, 06:44:40 PM
I see, I was thinking of buying the Xbox 360 for merely playing Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, and Infinite Undiscovery.

Or maybe I should stick with my PS3? :P
If you only want the XBox 360 for three games, I would suggest you stick with the Playstation 3 unless you are flush with cash.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lunar: Silver Star Harmony trailer on: August 10, 2009, 09:49:48 PM
I am still disappointed that they aren't going to create new animated cut scenes for the game.  While the animation for the Saturn / Playstation remake still looks good, it's in the 4:3 aspect ratio.  The game will either have ugly black bars on the sides or they'll have to cut the frame to make it fix the PSP screen.
33  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Monetize RPGFan by affiliating RPG games? on: July 05, 2009, 07:32:53 PM
I would discourage such a practice since I could see using an affiliate system leading to a conflict of interest.  I would not be able to trust any reviews of any games posted here if the site is getting commissions for every game sold by clicking through the site.  I think that in order to maintain some sense of editorial integrity, such advertising partnerships would be a bad idea.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Square Enix Game on: June 28, 2009, 03:32:33 PM
It's Final Fantasy 4 for PSP, because we all know that game hasn't had enough ports yet. :P
I would consider this a possibility if only there wasn't a recent remake of the game for the Nintendo DS.  I don't really have a guess about what game this might be.  We'll find out soon enough, I guess.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Michael Jackson dead. on: June 27, 2009, 01:09:55 PM
I was just watching the video for Thriller over on Youtube.  It more qualifies as a short film since it is over 14 minutes in length.  What I find strange about the video is that he seemed so normal in it.  If I knew nothing about the that happened in the 27 following the release of that video, I never would have thought his life would have turned out as it did.

The second thought that occurred to me is how I hard I find it to believe that it would have been aired uninterrupted in its entirety at the time considering how television content rarely lasts that long between commercial breaks.  It gives you an idea just how different the TV market was 27 years ago.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Michael Jackson dead. on: June 27, 2009, 03:17:46 AM
Since I believe he was a pedophile, all I can say is that I am glad the monster is dead.

And if you were wrong? You said you BELIEVE he was a pedophile, which isn't the same as KNOWING he is.
Then I would be wrong and have to re-evaluate my assessment of him.  At this point, it will never be known whether or not he was in spite of my belief he was.  With him dead and his victim not talking (or even identified), we'll never know.

One thing I do find utterly staggering is the amound of debt he incurred when you consider just how much money he made.  I read in my local paper that over a 25 year period he made around three quarters of a billion dollars.  The lifestyle he lead must have been completely unsustainable in order for him to have accumulate the massive debt he had.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Michael Jackson dead. on: June 26, 2009, 10:14:01 AM
Since I believe he was a pedophile, all I can say is that I am glad the monster is dead.  While I do concede he was a brilliantly talented musician in his prime, he grew into a monster who preyed upon innocent children.  He should have died years ago for his crime.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Cross Edge coming to Xbox 360 with new features on: June 26, 2009, 12:22:59 AM
Where did you hear that?
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Dragon Quest IX Footage on: June 24, 2009, 02:38:09 AM
I was looking forward to an action based combat system before they scrapped it.  The scrapping the online functionality is good to know, though.  I do like the turned based combat of the Dragon Quest games so keeping the system intact while removing random encounters is fine by me.

I do wonder if Square Enix will update the interface when bringing it over like they did with VIII.  I think this title has a good  chance of being very successful in the West if they market it well.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Dragon Quest IX Footage on: June 24, 2009, 02:13:50 AM
This game is looking damn good.  I am very impressed with Level 5's work on the game's visuals.  Here's hoping the localization happens relatively quickly so we can get our hands on it.  My only concern is the online component.  So long as it isn't necessary to complete the game and optional; I'll be fine with it.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFXIII Japanese vs English Voice Acting Comparison on: June 24, 2009, 01:57:19 AM
Technically, voices were still dubbed over the nonexistent Japanese ones.
I wouldn't call it dubbing, though.  Again, there were no original Japanese voiceovers so calling it a dubbing is simply incorrect.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for DS. Anyone have updates? on: June 24, 2009, 01:55:34 AM
Since you are furrther along than I am, I have a quesiton.  I am currently exploring a library in the game.  I have managed to unseal the first section, but I am stuck on the second and can't figure out how to advance.  Do you have any tips that can help me?
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Parties and Boss Battles on: June 23, 2009, 04:35:52 AM
I have OCD about leveling up my party members and making sure they're all the same levels - just in case I'm forced to use one by surprise, so I prefer smaller parties for that reason alone.

Suikoden games take me weeks to play.

And yet Suikoden games solve that problem easily with their relative EXP system.  There's no reason to keep allies evenly leveled because a single fight brings them up to speed if they're behind.  In the first game, when they throw Krin into your party near the endgame and he's level 7, he's level 50 like the rest of your party in TWO fights.

There is no need for silly level grinding in Suikoden.  None.
I wish more games did this.  In this day and age, there should be no reason to have to grind to bring low leveled characters up to speed.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFXIII Japanese vs English Voice Acting Comparison on: June 23, 2009, 03:53:44 AM
DQVIII voices were superb, best dub I've heard.

I wonder why FFXIII does not come with dual audio option. I mean, space shouldn't be a problem with blu-ray.
I am not sure if the game would qualify as a dub since there were no Japanese voices.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for DS. Anyone have updates? on: June 23, 2009, 03:28:01 AM
It's not a bad RPG.  The story and music are its strongest aspects.  If you can live with a battle every 3-5 steps, have fun.  I don't know what more I can say about it except that it's a throwback, warts and all.  Sure some of those warts can be construed as charming old-school quirks/foibles, but some of those warts are just warts.  Warts that were bad game design then and are bad game design now.   

I have encountered a few glitches and bugs, though.  I haven't had anything freeze or lock up my game (I've been at it for almost 10 hours), but I have seen a menu glitch here and there and every so often Kairu will enter a battle with multiple stat ailments despite being equipped with an anti-whatever charm. 

In a nutshell, I want to like this game a lot more than I actually do. 
I am not entirely sure if Kairu's multiple stat ailments are a glitch or bug.  I think that has more to do with his curse than anything else.

I have been playing the game for a while now and I happen to enjoy it.  The only complaint I would have about it is the real high encounter rate and the low level of gold received for killing enemies.  I will say that playing the game evokes warm feelings of nostalgia on my part and I'll keep playing just for that.

So far, I have enjoyed the story quite a bit.  I have reached a point where I am exploring this old library.  It seems that this is the next point of the story, so I'll find out what happens next as I explore it.  I will say that as a Western developed RPG, I think they did a fine job in evoking the traditional Japanese RPG template.  Since it is a Western RPG, I have to say that I like the fact that there isn't any real awkward dialogue.  They also did a fine job in keeping certain characters speech patterns consistent throughout.

I haven't encountered any bugs or glitches in the game at all.  I will say that there is one thing that annoyed me.  The poor quality of the instruction manual is horrible and makes it completely useless.  It looks completely low rent and makes me wish a larger publisher picked this game up.

All in all, I think this game was a solid debut title from Studio Archcraft.  Here's hoping it won't be their last.
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