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2401  Media / General Games / Super Smash Bros. Brawl site is relaunched. on: March 14, 2008, 12:00:28 PM
How is Ganondorf in this version?  He was my favorite one on Melee so I'm curious as to how he handles.
2402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: March 14, 2008, 10:59:32 AM
I'm with Eusis.  I'd much rather it be exclusive.  Let's see what the PS3 can "do". Of course that means purchasing a ps3 (for me at least) but I'll end up buying one eventually anyway.

Quote from: "Ramza"
In fact, the smartest business move I can imagine is that Sony does a price drop of the PS3 ($350 for their premium, highest-HD-sized model) in conjunction with the release of FF13. That will effectively kill the 360 in Japan, and bolster Sony support in North America. Don't think it won't happen. :)

Didn't Sony recently shrink the blu-ray laser?  They said it's supposed to cut production costs a good bit which is supposed to lead to a price cut sometime this year (perhaps Christmas).  Of course, that's only if this is all true.  

Quote from: "Ramza"
But I'm convinced FFXIII and Vs.XIII will stay PS3 exclusive.

I am as well.  Whatever happened to (1), (2) ,(3), and  (4) - though I thought this one was busted since the reporting of the White Engine being able to be used on mutliple consoles.. but I guess it could be used for Infinite Undiscovery but I really have no clue

(edit: (5) kinda biased.. if Chris keeps his famitsu around he could probably confirm it since the scan is too small

Whether any of these links are true or not, the skeptic in me thinks Sony wouldn't mind dishing out some major bucks to keep FF13 exclusive.
2403  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: March 12, 2008, 02:56:28 PM
Been watching Kekkaishi since it has semi-decent ratings.  I haven't watched much so far but it looks like it's going to be an Inu-yasha demon of the month type clone.  Still i'm pretty interested in watching it.

Might also try to watch Teppa Leppa Tengen Lengen or something eventually as well.
2404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: March 12, 2008, 02:25:42 PM
All good points.  I don't mind random battles (I would rather see the enemies on screen like Lunar/recent Tales/FF12 though) without anyway to control it  though, especially since LO's could be anywhere from walking 6 steps and getting into another battle to walking around for a full minute and still not getting into a battle.  

One small detail I'm enjoying about LO though is the weapons (so far) all have different models.  This is a small detail that I appreciate but seems to be absent in a few RPGs I've played in the last few years.
2405  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: March 12, 2008, 02:18:17 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Quote from: "Akanbe-"
As for your DDS problem, do you have the skill on the bottom of the skill-tree-thing that gives xp to party members even if they aren't active in battle?  It's a worthwhile thing to get for everyone.  It's at the very bottom where there are only two skills.  The right one is better but needs to be unlocked by the left one, i think.

Yeah, that is one of the most useful mantras in the game apart from the dekaja/kunda one and samarecarm, not to mention mana walk and megidolaon....

DDS2 gives you the EXP mantra near the start, and its the better one, too.

I fully agree.  Mana walk is very nice for your healer (not as necessary on anyone else if you ask me).  Those skills definitely are useful since the final dungeon is long and the boss (or bosses) will kick your ass if you aren't ready.  I didn't have megidolaon but i'd say having a few of your ma-dyne spells would be handy... if not completely necessary.
2406  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: March 11, 2008, 10:55:21 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Played DDS, FFX, and FFXII today.

As for your DDS problem, do you have the skill on the bottom of the skill-tree-thing that gives xp to party members even if they aren't active in battle?  It's a worthwhile thing to get for everyone.  It's at the very bottom where there are only two skills.  The right one is better but needs to be unlocked by the left one, i think.

As for FFX12, I used fran too for my my mage.  I don't know how far you are in the game but stat-wise
was the best mage in the game by far.  With each having all the stat upgrades in the license trees, the same equipment, and same levels
beats her by 3-4 magic points still which is pretty significant.  It doesn't really matter since the game isn't that hard (sans some of the hunts in the game) but I thought i'd tell you so you don't end up wishing you used someone else like I did.
2407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: March 09, 2008, 05:56:35 PM
At first I agreed with everluck with the subjective/objective part, but then after reading parn's statement about it, I follow his logic.

With Lost Odyssey, while I don't dislike the game, I find myself just playing it in sessions on and off, as if it were just keeping me occupied as I wait for the next game

Again, I feel the same.  I like LO, but something allows me to only play so much of it before I'm bored.  It's not like Persona 3 (or even FF12) where I could play all day and still want to play more.

Quite frankly, JRPGs tend to be full of terrible writing when it comes to anything dramatic

This seems to be a common complaint by a lot of people on this board.  It makes me wonder sometimes why people even play jrpgs in the first place (never found gameplay to be that engrossing except for persona 3's).  Some of LO's dialogue is indeed odd, but so far not enough to really stick out as a major "WTF" for me yet.
2408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: March 08, 2008, 08:09:31 PM
from my understanding of it, you just select it on the main menu as a different game.  The only things that carry over are (from the official FAQ):

-Your Academics, Charm, and Courage rankings
-Your discovered Fusion Spells list
-Any key items you possess that unlock Persona fusions
-Your Persona compendium (However, the Personas in your compendium will be reset to their base level, stats, and skills)
2409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: March 08, 2008, 10:02:18 AM
My only thing with the review is that I don't really see how Jansen's voice ruins the delivery (seems to be more of a personal preference than anything).  I'm somewhere in disc 2 and so far he's done a pretty good job with the lines and the character's personality (and this is coming from me, who usually doesn't like english dubs).
2410  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: March 06, 2008, 05:51:55 PM
Other than the price (a debatable negative imo. the 360 wifi adapter is expensive as shit which is the only way I'm going to be getting a console online anytime soon) and the lack of exclusive, wanted titles atm, the PS3 is a good machine =P.  My friend from my old uni won a 80gig PS3 at his school raffle.  I'm pretty jealous... even though there's only one game on the PS3 that I'd want at the moment.

Anyways, I beat Terranigma a little while ago.  Pretty good game - would have loved to play it growing up during the snes era.  A lot of people over at gamefaqs said they teared up at the ending, but I didn't think it was all that sad.
2411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Lost Odyssey on: March 06, 2008, 05:44:03 PM
Well, I spent the few amounts of my discretionary income left on this game and I can't say I'm unhappy with the choice.  Good visuals (pity I'm playing it on a CRT still), fairly interesting story/writing, etc etc you know the rest.

It definitely feels like a Final Fantasy-esque game like someone mentioned earlier.  On the other forums I visited, I'm surprised I haven't seen that much complaining about this being on the 360 compared to other games like Tales of Vesperia.

Not sure how I like the whole
immortal angle
, but I'm going to wait and see how it plays out.
2412  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / tales of abyss on: March 06, 2008, 11:35:49 AM
You should get the same XP, I believe.

The only differences that I know of are enemies have more HP and they do way more damage.

Hard mode should definitely offer up a good challenge compared to normal mode.
2413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Your Opinion: The Spin-Offs on: February 28, 2008, 02:41:46 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
And this thread proves what I've been saying forever:  if you judge games on their own merit and quit comparing them to the shit that came before it, you'll generally get more enjoyment out of them.

I couldn't agree more.  This is why I generally don't get so annoyed with reused elements in a game as I see other people do.

I didn't mind FFX-2, but the over the top poppyness of the game got on my nerves after awhile (gameplay was decent but i can't remember the job system much).  I thoroughly enjoyed DDS, but I felt like I missed too much of the main story due to choppy playtime amounts.

If the games are good then I don't have much of a problem, but the FF ones are just getting out of hand it seems.
2414  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: February 27, 2008, 11:07:47 PM
Le sigh...

Suikoden 5 ending spoilers...

been playing it.  I stopped right at where you're in that elf town chasing the bad guys who have the sun rune.  I haven't touched it much lately since I had the ending spoiled that Lyon died and it just kind of sucked my desire to finish it.

I was reading the 27 true runes FAQ on wiki and found out that Lyon gets revived.. man that would have been a crazy surprise if i actually pushed to finish the game.  Does that only happen if you recruit all the stars?  or does it happen no matter what?
2415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Disgaea 3 confirmed for US on: February 27, 2008, 08:16:27 PM
Yes.  I've watched most of the trailers that were posted on gametrailers and other sites as well have looked at the screenshots from rpgamer and such.

Still doesn't bother me.  Hopefully they put extra effort into the gameplay, dialogue/writing, and story to make it a fun game.  Sure, it would be nice, but it's not a deal breaker to me.
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