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3391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 13, 2010, 02:36:56 PM
I must be too American or something because whenever I see game characters talk about Ramen and how good someone makes it, all I can think about is dumping the Ramen brick I bought for 12 cents from the store into boiling water and adding powder.  I need to find me some good ramen or something because if their commentary says anything, it states that I'm missing something.

Finding good ramen outside of Japan is a challenge.  I can recommend a couple of places in New York City, but after living in Seattle for years the best place I have been able to find is called "Samurai Noodle" and is about what you might expect from that name...

For best results you'll need to go to Japan.
3392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tales of vesperia makes me sleepy on: July 11, 2010, 02:47:21 PM
I, too, loved this game from the start (PS3 import version).  But if you don't then I'm not really sure it will ever 'pick up' in your eyes.
3393  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Psychic Octopus received death threats on: July 08, 2010, 02:56:07 PM
It's actually better than that, in a sense, because if he gets the first couple of picks wrong nobody is going to care about the story enough to talk about it.  It's only after some success has been acheived that anyone starts paying attention.  That's what we call 'selection bias'.

3394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Age 2 on: July 08, 2010, 02:40:40 PM
Dragon Age 2

It's happening...not sure how I feel about this, to be honest.  I really liked the first one, but this seems way too soon.  I haven't even gotten the Awakenings expansion yet.  The first game was amazing in large part because of all the care and detail put into it and now I can't help but feel that they're rushing things.

3395  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: There is no free lemonade on: July 08, 2010, 01:26:15 PM
I think everyone gets the 'point', GrimReality.  That doesn't mean we either agree with it or think that the article does anything to prove that point.

The article is completely worthless, whether the point is valid or not.  There is no logical connection between the example and the point, just a bunch of inane ranting.
3396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - FIrst Trailer Ever! on: July 08, 2010, 01:20:40 PM
Combat looks quite cool.  Seems to have borrowed the kind of cover mechanic you see in all the 3rd person shooters these days (though this is definitely not a shooter).  I do hope we see this (and Xenoblade) outside of Japan.

Well, I haven't bought a Wii yet...maybe I'll just get a Japanese one.
3397  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 08, 2010, 01:10:14 PM
Plus a lot of JRPGs will stick at least one character with some crappy weapon that only they can wield and is the only thing that they can wield like Ping Pong Paddles or Guitar Picks or some other bullshit.

Yes, but it didn't used to be that way...I blame FFVII for starting that stupid trend.
3398  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obsidian Would Like To Work On Chrono Trigger on: July 08, 2010, 01:08:24 PM

Its called getting old. Kids these days don't listen to the same bands you do. Their fashion sense looks fucking ridiculous compared to the adult clothes we wear. Bring up the subject of vampires and old fogies will tell you about Buffy the Vampire Slayer whereas damn kids will bring up Twilight. Today's music would be considered to be loud noise to us what with those damned Vuvuzelas.

I find it hilarious that you think Buffy the Vampire Slayer is old...
3399  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 07, 2010, 07:05:25 PM
So I think this is less an issue of realism -- it's not really that realistic, anyway -- and more of an issue in that it exposes an underlying weakness in how weapons aren't used interestingly in JRPGs anyway.

I think you can remove the 'J' there.  I can't think of any WRPGs with interesting weapons differences either.  Going back to D&D it's the same deal (well, OK...really high level magic weapons can have interesting abilities).
3400  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obsidian Would Like To Work On Chrono Trigger on: July 07, 2010, 07:02:12 PM
I thought Persona 4 had a number of genuinely funny moments.

3401  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I have a PS3 (finally). Reccomend me stuff!!!!!! on: July 07, 2010, 06:00:25 PM
Maybe in Europe, but it's not platinum in the US.

3402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 06, 2010, 08:14:12 PM
I have such a backlog of games to play this really isn't even an issue for me.  Even if there's nothing new that I want to play there are always plenty of older games that I still haven't played...

3403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obsidian Would Like To Work On Chrono Trigger on: July 06, 2010, 08:11:51 PM
Ah, the old JRPG vs. WRPG argument.  I will say this, though: not all WRPGs are the same.  I am bored to death with Bethesda games.  Fallout 3 just didn't do anything for me.  But I loved Dragon Age: Origins.  Bioware makes good stuff.

3404  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I have a PS3 (finally). Reccomend me stuff!!!!!! on: July 06, 2010, 06:08:56 PM
I was never really into the MGS series (nothing against it per se, just never reall played the games) and I tried playing 4 after hearing so much hype about it.  I honestly can't understand what's so great about these games.  The stealthy parts are OK, but suffer the problem of a lot of stealth games of relying on trial and error (I'm going to avoid these guards because I magically know exactly where they will be and what they'll be doing from previous attempts).  The shooting parts felt pretty generic.  The story is ridiculous and stupid.  The writing is god-awful.  It's not a terrible game or anything, but I can't understand all the praise it gets...

Back to the topic at hand, I think there are four PS3 games that every PS3-owner should have:
Uncharted 2
Heavy Rain
Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is a personal favorite of mine.  Honestly, though, I wouldn't really even consider it an RPG.  It's a strategy game with a strong story and some light RPG elements.  It offers a nice challenge at times, but I really didn't find it hard enough to be frustrating.

3405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obsidian Would Like To Work On Chrono Trigger on: July 06, 2010, 05:04:12 PM
As for Alpha Protocol...I have a feeling Sega tried to pull the same shit.

Are you basing this on anything?  If Sega was rushing the game's release then why was it massively delayed?  Did you read that joystiq post by somebody claiming to be a developer at Obsidian?  He puts the blame for Alpha Protocol squarely on Obsidian and paints a pretty bleak picture of the company as a whole.

The battle between publishers who want to release a game and developers who want more time is nothing new.  Good developers can work within those constraints and still make good games.
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