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2356  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 03, 2008, 09:30:59 PM
Ah.  Then I recall that I basically had two spell casters to try cast an area spell of their weak-element and that weakened them enough usually to finish them in 2-3 melee hits.
2357  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what is your addition to the console rpg formula? on: April 03, 2008, 08:50:11 PM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
I HATE IT when RPGs don't ask if you want to retry a Boss battle,

how about bringing back CC's "You can run from every battle, even bosses" thing?

Also SMT:N's "There's a boss here, yo," warning. Another great, great thing to have.

Mm... Action RPGs that have more involved actiony bits. Like, no selection moves from a menu. Especially now that we have buttonier controllers. You know how you could do dive attacks in Terranigma, but in Secret of Mana you just sort of held the button down longer? You know how you can unlock new attacks in Twilight Princess and Okami and it's awesome?

I too like how you can learn new moves in games.  Especially in Zelda how the new moves are actually very useful against some later more difficult enemies.

I really don't agree with the whole "run away from bosses" idea.  I mean, why the hell wouldn't the enemy boss chase you down after you ran?  It also makes things kind of easier.  I don't love or hate the retry thing but it's convenient and I do wholly agree that it's annoying to redo a dungeon.  IMO, just put a save point 3/4th of the way through (or one right before the boss) in every dungeon so backtracking is minimal.  Also include scene skipping stuff (which most are including now a days).

Agree with the SMT:Nocturne style boss warnings.  I like exploring every nook and cranny of dungeons before I fight a boss and sometimes you are kicked straight out of the dungeon afterwards which might make you miss something.

I'll input one thing that I really hate:  After you beat a boss or some important enemy, they just walk away/retreat like nothing happened.  Suikoden 5 is extremely guilty of this, particularly
Dolph or whoever that black ninja guy was that Lyon knew
and it pissed me off a lot.
2358  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 03, 2008, 08:42:09 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
More FFXII. I'm going through some weird sounding place before I get to Salikawood. I must need to level up badly and/or get new equipment badly, since the enemies are kicking my ass without me using quickenings.

Did you unlock the augment part of the license board?  I only ask this because it's potentially kind of easy to miss (I admit I missed it for a couple hours too).  There's a ton of useful licenses there which add up to about +1200 more health, more strength, more magic, more blockings with a shield, etc.  It's good stuff.
2359  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 03, 2008, 08:30:10 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
Quote from: "Hathen"
One thing I think WoW doesn't have, is the cinematic storytelling done in FFXI. Seeing stories like this just make you fall in love with the game all over again.

Actually, one thing WoW is moving more towards is cinematics during raid events and raid instances.  I know there's a quest chain in Karazhan (the first ten-man raid instance a character would do) that spells out the story behind one of the bosses.  Yes, it's not quite as pervasive as the cinematics in WoW, but they certainly do exist.

That seems to wither away after the first dungeon though.  Serpentshrine Cavern had no lore that I could find other than through quests.  Same with Tempest Keep and Battle of Mount Hyjal.  Black Temple had some interesting cinematics when you turn in the last two attunement quests and the final boss, Illidan.
2360  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamers track down criminal on: April 03, 2008, 12:15:18 PM
Quote from: "kyuusei"

I want to see this rap video. That's bound to be hilarious. :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1dW7g3vXxs .  He's the first one.
2361  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamers track down criminal on: April 02, 2008, 03:19:21 PM
Ah, yes I read about this.  Apparently pretty much every piece of information of the guy who supposedly "ended up buying it from the guy who stole it" including his age, phone numbers, AIM address, IP address, school address, home address, myspace page url (including girlfriends url), etc was posted on a website (which was then posted on Digg).  Apparently this kid got harassed on end about it.  I feel like it serves him right, especially after leaving the owner a racist message on his xbox live account.  The story leaves out part of the message where, iirc, starts out with something like "You fucking ni**er...".  Yeah I guess you could call it not racist because Jesse is white, but I hate fucking white ass high schoolers / junior highschoolers who come onto xbox live or steam dropping the n-word like it's "cool" to say.

To me, what sucked the most out of this story was the police were pretty much indifferent to his situation and didn't seem like they were willing to help him in any way to get his stuff back.

Oh.. and the kid trying to gangsta rap was the most pathetic video of someone I've ever seen.
2362  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 02, 2008, 01:26:21 PM
I agree.  The changes are nice but not enough to warrant a new purchase unless you really like the game and want the extra content after the final dungeon.  They added 2 pretty hardcore dungeons that require you to use more than just one party of characters and have excellent stats and armor for each character.
2363  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star ocean 4 on: April 01, 2008, 01:05:16 PM
Quote from: "Lard"
New trailer!


Interesting. Gives me hope that it will be expansive like it looks.

I was really expecting a rick roll.  Pleasantly surprised.  Nice trailer but I'm still holding my breath to see how the final product actually turns out.
2364  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Questions about PS3 or 360 on: March 31, 2008, 02:22:41 PM
Do they play XBLA downloadable games?  I heard not, but the ones that they said were not were connected by a USB cable.
2365  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Questions about PS3 or 360 on: March 31, 2008, 01:23:19 PM
Interesting. I thought only the PS3 could do that.  I didn't know that and the Gamestop employees certainly did not tell me that when I asked what I was missing out on by buying the arcade edition (yes I did a bit of research on my own too, but I never came across that tidbit of information).  If any of the games I'm really interested in ends up requiring it, I'll be very pissed.

I agree the XBLA games are fantastic for the most part, but if you're uninterested in them, the arcade version isn't too bad (I've had my system for 3 months and it still hasn't been online yet).  I posted a link for a portable harddrive for the basic system in my earlier post that could work, I think, for the arcade version.  I don't know how to install it though.
2366  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Questions about PS3 or 360 on: March 30, 2008, 03:54:30 PM
Quote from: "Lord Dorkus"
The Arcade unit of the 360 does not come with a harddrive but does come with a memory card. To tell you the truth you should stick with the Elites or Premium, which in reality is what Microsoft considers to be the real Xbox 360s. Even though the hard drive is mostly used for downloading movies, TV shows, games, demos, and BC, devs from time to time use it to improve loading performance on in their games. I can't tell you which games use it because I alway play with it attached but I do know that they do make use of it and that Microsoft also suggest that they make use of it. It is not a bad idea to get one that has it already rather than buying it later.

I kind of have to disagree.  I have the arcade and it's perfect if you don't care about large scale downloadable content and just want to play the games released online or offline.  It comes with a 256 memory card which looks to hold plenty of game saves.  If you decide you want to download arcade games, a portable harddrive for the core system goes for about $50 used on Amazon

Quote from: "Eusis"
Plus look at the upcoming lineup: Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy Tactics A2, The World Ends with You, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, Soma Bringer (if it comes out in the US anyway), Etrian Odyssey 2, Sigma Harmonics, Rondo of Swords, and probably more that aren't coming to mind right now. Oh, and GameRankings didn't list Front Mission, and there's other borderline games people may care about (Zelda, Castlevanias).

Also to add to that list is Project Exile/Black Sigil: Blade of the Exile (same game, new name).  It's an indie game coming out for the DS in Q2 of 2008.  It may or may not be any good, but I'm pretty stoked for it.

Quote from: "Robert Boyd"
Personally, I'd vote the 360 unless you absolutely must get...FF13 (both of which may end up getting ported anyway)

Quote from: "dalucifer0"
What's with all the 360 fanboys saying that FFXIII and MGS4 are getting ported to the 360. It's not happening...Square-Enix said time and time again both are PS3 exclusives.

Indeed.  FF13 spin-offs are going to show up on the 360 but the main game really looks like it will not.  Like someone said in an earlier thread about this, I want to see what the PS3 can do in terms of a Jrpg.  Hell I'm not much of a MGS fan but once I'll probably end up at least renting MGS4.
2367  The Rest / General Discussions / DICE NEEDS HELP- advertising class questionnaire! on: March 30, 2008, 03:38:50 PM
1. Do you smoke cigarettes?  - no

12. If you do not smoke, why not?  Parents smoked a lot and so did relatives.  I thought it smelt like shit and made them smell like shit.  I remember visiting my aunt's house and it was hard to breathe in their house because it smelled so much like smoke (much worse than a bar in terms of smell)

13. What brand of cigarettes first comes to mind? Marlboro

14. Name some other cigarette brands/companies you have heard of.
Winston, Laramie

15. Have you noticed any recent against smoking advertisements?

16. Have you seen/heard of the series of Stupid.ca advertisements?

17. Where did you see them? (Circle any that apply).

18. Describe what you remember about the ads.

If they are the ones I think they are, they're the ones that present some anti-smoking fact in a large, grand-scale presentation on the streets and film it.

19. Please rate from 1 to 5 how successful you thought the stupid.ca advertisements are.

2 Fairly Successful

20. Before you were reminded by this survey, did you remember their organizationís name and logo?


21. Whatís your opinion of cigarettes?  Dislike it in general. Hate going to bars and coming home and smelling like shit.

22. Whatís your opinion of cigarette products?  I don't buy them, so I don't have an opinion.

23. Whatís your opinion of cigarette companies?  They aren't much different than any other big corporation.


24. What is your gender?

25. What is your age?

26. What is your current occupation?
(Circle any that apply)  - [student]

27. Approx. Annual Income:
[Under $4,9999]
2368  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: March 22, 2008, 07:34:14 PM
Asking here won't give you an unbiased view of it, but it's one of my favorites  but with the amount of good games out there, I wouldn't sweat it if you don't get to play it.

The mature themes like philosophy and religion aren't really a big part of it like others have said.  I wouldn't go as far as to call it on par with a 15 year old's journal, but it definitely isn't the main focus (like someone mentioned).  There are a lot of good staff and reader reviews for this game in RPGfan's review section.

If you're looking for a mature game though, yes DDS and Shin Megami Tensei series is a good series for that.  I can't really think of any others off the top of my head.

Also, I just noticed Dincrest's post and I pretty much agree with what he said (but I can't comment on the War and Peace or Mahabharata since I haven't read those)
2369  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: March 22, 2008, 03:50:04 PM
Quote from: "Miho"
Quote from: "Azrael"
Yea, I don't remember much from that point either but thats because I remember it being very uneventful and boring.  

Replaying FF7.  In the Corel Prison trying to make my way out on the races.  Been so long since I played this but things are slowly coming back...also hte story finally makes a bit more sense this time around.

Even replaying it still makes little sense because the translation is bad. One reason why I want Square-Enix to make the FFVII remake is to make an improved translation.

You make it sound like the whole game is written in Engrish.  I didn't really have any trouble making sense of things (though I probably played the game 3 or so times because back then, I usually didn't have a backlog and wanted something to play =P)
2370  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: March 21, 2008, 06:31:40 PM
Quote from: "pinkspiderx"
Quote from: "daschrier"
Quote from: "pinkspiderx"
Quote from: "DM Kyle E. Miller"
Besides what a few people have already said, there's one game that should be cast away and only included if the list extended to 100 RPGs: FF XII.

I liked FF XII (it would be in my top 21) except it got ridiculously hard after Raithwalls Tomb..

FF12 was hard? Only if you didn't try and make use of the gambits and license board.

I used the Mist Charges alot I was just refering to when you had to 'avoid' the Elementals (I should have put that in there) I was bad at avoiding them and kept dying, haha.

FF12 can be easy or hard depending on how you go about things.  If you do enough hunts to get the Niphilophia (yes this spelling is butchered) at rank 4 or 5, the game becomes a lot easier.  It all comes down to what you do.

As for the elementals... they are probably one of the hardest non-boss creature i've ever faced in a final fantasy.  Even after having a lot of advanced job hunt equipment, being fully buffed, etc; I still had trouble beating some of them.  A level 25 elemental could be tough even at level 45.  Tough creatures.

The list is okay.. quite a lot of final fantasys on there but one of my major dissapointments on there was no Secret of Mana or Super Mario RPG.  Sure, SoM was mentioned (could even call it an honorable mention) but that's my one personal beef.  I played through the game with one of my best friends when it came out so it was a really enjoyable experience.  

I also agree that a Tales should be on that list, probably Tales of Abyss (i liked symphonia better, but abyss was the better game imo).

Quote from: "Eusis"
2 - Final Fantasy V is the one entry in the series to do the Job system best without falling into a subgenre (Tactical or MMO) and generally considered the best from a pure gameplay standpoint, seems to fit to me. I think FFVIII could be dropped though despite the article making me kind of want to replay it.

Agreed.  Story wasn't anything great and it probably doesn't deserve to be on the list, but I really, really enjoyed the gameplay aspect of it.  I didn't do the whole Dragoon/white mages to keep things more pure.  I might have done things like a samurai with nin dual wield, dragoon with a warrior's double grip, or a summoner with white magic.

I guess overall I agree with everyone that there's a lot of personal preference in it and narrowing it down would be tough.
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