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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 11, 2014, 05:33:37 PM
I don't mind a MC being a bit stronger.  I mean, he is the MC, there should be some appeal to playing as him.  And in this case, since his design is so horrible, it needs to be in the gameplay department.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 11, 2014, 02:49:53 PM
No, you're right.  There are more duels numerically in III, if my memory serves me correctly, but none of those really big important ones other than the one with Yuber. 

I think the only one close in III is in the extra story with

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Luc vs Sasarai.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 07:11:03 PM
I know the subject is dropped, but I agree.  Also, Suikoden I has a few moments that are really, really, really good and need to be experienced for oneself, such as

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The duel with Teo, leading to killing your own father.

Which doesn't really have an equivalent in Suikoden II.

On that subject of building stories throughout the series, I can't imagine playing Suikoden III is without at least playing II, considering, well, everything. You're basically missing half the story.  The building of plots if entirely why I find the first 3 Suikoden games so incredible.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 05:26:10 PM
I played II before I way back when on the PS1, then went back to I after I loved II.

The Neclord plotline in II without playing I feels kinda filler-y and like it's there to pad gameplay space, in my opinion.  At least the first time, while strange, is forgivable since it's an abandoned castle, but the second time in Tinto is totally ridiculous.

(After playing I it's obviously a lot more relevant)

Edit: I can't say I advocate watching the cutscenes on YouTube.  You might as well not play the series at all and just watch it.  After all, you can watch 2's cutscenes on youtube as well. And 3's, 4's, and so on.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 10, 2014, 03:53:17 PM
Yeah, 1's on PSN, I bought it last night.

It's such a short game, but it's quite fulfilling.  There's no reason to skip it.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: December 09, 2014, 11:38:46 PM
Supposedly they've stopped using Digital River for distribution and Customer Service, so it's slightly less garbage now, at least.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 09, 2014, 09:25:08 PM
It's up on PSN now, $9.99.  I thought it was coming next week,  well then.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: December 09, 2014, 04:36:10 PM
That Agnes figure is pretty cute. 

I'd be that SE still won't release the figure in the west, though, because no market or whatever excuse they're using.  It's a shame that the west got such an abomination.
There's always YAJ and Manda for those who do want it outside the game, though, so no huge loss.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 08, 2014, 07:39:13 PM
I don't expect them to fix anything, it's just a PS1 Classic.  I mean, I'd certainly like them to, though.

I'd prefer them fix the change from Jowy to Joei and then back to Jowy again.  That was just ridiculous.

Edit:  Actually, you do get extra story scenes and slightly changed dialogue with save transfer data.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 08, 2014, 02:19:13 PM
I loved Tactics and its heavy focus on elemental and environmental effects.

Suikoden IV in itself had nice music and a really, really neat setting and atmosphere, I have to admit.  It's just that everywhere else suffered.  It feels quite half-finished, as if, just when the plot was starting to get exciting, the game ended.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 07, 2014, 02:51:12 PM
The loading times compounded on the 8 hour prologue ruined V for me sadly.  I wanted to love it, but I do regret not giving it another go.

I agree with the loading times, but in hindsight I actually became quite fond of the opening sequence after multiple replays.  I can totally see not enjoying the minimal gameplay, but I felt it was very world-buildy and helped set the stage for the rest of the game.  It absolutely drove me crazy when I was trying to write out relationship points and map out all of the possible alternate scenes for my guide, but it also has a really neat feeling to it that I don't get from many other JRPGs.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 07, 2014, 03:30:01 AM
I wouldn't say III is the most liked, really.  II and III are about even in popularity, but you'll get more out of III by playing II first.  It's not necessary, just nice for cameos and seeing character progression that you wouldn't have without playing II (multiple former villains turn ally, for example).
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 07, 2014, 02:29:04 AM
III isn't particularly my favorite, at the time I actually felt it was a bit of a disappointment due to how how large of departure it was and how easy the Stars were to get.  II is my favorite, but it desperately needed more QA and a better translation.  A new translation would make it 10/10 for me, even if the glitches remained.

I always felt like the first was a decent game, but II is an example of a series taking everything good about the first and improving it for the sequel.

It's a crime, too, that Miki Higashino stopped composing after Suikoden II.  I've heard rumors that she got pregnant and had to take time off and that pretty much ruined her career, but I haven't really looked it up to confirm and may just be talking nonsense.  She's an amazing composer, whatever happened to her.

Also, as disappointing as IV was (how can you so thoroughly butcher a game that surrounds the ocean? Seriously.) La Mer is a very good and fitting opening song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc7evTrULxk
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn. on: December 06, 2014, 09:40:13 PM
Yeah, as Dice said, we can just use this as a general Suikoden thread or something.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth on: December 06, 2014, 04:59:04 AM
They're quite different games and you should probably get the one in the subgenre you prefer.

Persona Q is in the Wizardry/EO/First dungeon crawler genre, but with more of a story.  Not quite as much as Unchained Blades, where the characters just did not shut up, ever, but it's pretty story heavy.  It honestly feels very fanservicey, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on your opinion on the subject.

SMT IV is, er, SMT mainline?  It has a very different feel to it than Persona.  It has less overall focus on characters and more focus on the bigger picture . Also, named playable non-MCs are only uncontrollable guests and your party is entirely composed of demons and your MC. If you've played SMT this isn't anything new for you, I just feel the need to mention it because it does turn some people off.  It also has a really annoying Smirk system that I hope to all Gaming Gods they remove in the next game.
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