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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 30, 2014, 12:47:29 AM
Absolutely agreed. Gaius is the best, easily one of my favorite characters in the entire series.  He's hilarious in just about every skit he's in.

It doesn't help that he's hot as hell.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 29, 2014, 11:41:04 PM
I have some severe problems with the true ending (which I pointed out on one of the last pages), but I agree.  Despite absolutely loathing her at first I grew to like her.  I think she's fun, especially in her interactions with the older party members (Rowen and Gaius).  Gaius gets all big brother-y and Rowen just teases her constantly and it's amazing.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 29, 2014, 11:39:04 PM
I'm almost positive that what exactly JENOVA is has never been officially confirmed.  All we know is that she's foreign and definitely not an Ancient.

But really, does it need to be?  In a case like this, interpretation makes it far more interesting.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 29, 2014, 07:42:02 PM
Loving this, Dice. I agree with the Kalm flashback.  It's a beautiful piece of storytelling.  FFVII in general absolutely nails unreliable narrator in a way I don't think any other game has. That being said, the flashback almost always makes me quit the game because, despite being wonderful from a narrative perspective, it's terribly, horribly boring to play through.  Well, that and I tend to enjoy the Midgar section of the game most and lose interest after that.

About Jenova, she is absolutely, 100% not an Ancient.  Though there's quite a bit of theory about what "she" might have been (a virus, for example), it is clear she isn't an Ancient.  For that matter, FFVII is truly sci-fi; the Ancients themselves are aliens and not native to the planet FFVII takes place on.

As for Barret, I see him as an extremely interesting character. Cursing aside, other than Cloud and Tifa he goes through the most character development in the game.  He's very conflicted about what he does, which starts showing up early on.  One thing to keep in mind was that AVALANCHE was actually a violent terrorist group and as the game goes on he begins to hate himself for his actions to the point where he gnaws away at himself.  Keep in mind how he reacts to Dyne and you'll see what I mean. He definitely falls more under "Atoner" than "brute with a heart of gold."  It's a bit sad, because even in AC he doesn't entitely live the way he wishes. After all, Marlene is still with Tifa.

I certainly don't see him as a mindless cliche, there was clearly a lot of thought put into his character.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 29, 2014, 04:20:01 PM
Ha, I always forget where to place the h in Sazh.  I think it's because when I see "zh" I think of a different sound than just a straight "z."  But then putting the h before the z changes the pronunciation of the a.  And it's clearly not after the s but before the a.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!] on: September 28, 2014, 11:19:02 AM
To be quite fair, proper shifting becomes quite an art when you get to post game content.  It's really something of beauty when you can do it right.  We've discussed it on this site before, but the battle system is more about acting on a larger scale rather than smaller, individual scale. 

I found the battle system much more interesting when I figured that out.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: September 28, 2014, 09:46:33 AM
Oooh, I'm glad you mentioned the menu portraits.  They're just gorgeous in FFVII. VIII and X (the other games with drawn portraits) just don't compare. VIII and X tend to have long neck syndrome as well, something VII avoided. 
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: September 27, 2014, 08:51:34 PM
Eh, I'd say he would get more out of by playing Koudelka and SH1 first. Koudelka especially for SH3.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: September 27, 2014, 06:30:17 PM
I feel that. "Souls exhaustion" is why I didn't get the DLC immediately. Playing it consistently over time is the surest way to burn me out.  In a few months or so I'll get them and play them all at once.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: September 27, 2014, 02:23:24 PM
On the subject of censoring, 1's censoring actually made the censored scenes even worse.  Much worse.  I didn't know it was possible.   I'm glad they didn't remove the scenes entirely, though, because they're seriously, deliciously messed up and probably the most defining moments in the series.  Even if the OP doesn't play the games, he should probably still watch them (uncut of the first below):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_oHxm8TYu0

It also showed internal inconsistency; 1 didn't censor a scene that was censored in later games (Miltia flashback in the hospital).

Edit: Also, I'm not sure I agree that Episode 1 has weak music.  Most of the non-battle themes are very, very good.  The problem is that the game has half of an OST and most areas have no background music.  
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: September 27, 2014, 12:09:00 AM
I'm with Annubis, I prefer 1 because the storytelling method is clearly TT's, but 3 is also a fine game in its own right. It feels a bit rushed in some ways, but it was necessary given how badly Monolith managed its funds.

2 is right there at the top of my "Most disappointing games of all time" list.  Avoid like the plague. Maybe listen the OST, though, it's decent.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: September 26, 2014, 11:59:37 AM
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=131605109&postcount=1
Some fancy shiny screenshots.
Excellent-looking (for an updated PSP title)

Oh goodness, look at all of the bloom in that bottom screenshot.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 25, 2014, 09:27:36 AM
I have absolutely no problem with waiting to see the game until it's ready.

They changed directors during FF12 and plenty of people liked that game just fine.

It isn't necessarily a disaster and the fact that it's changing because Nomura wants to focus on something else, rather than burnout indicates it's at least being done for the right reasons.

FFXII doesn't suit your argument very well.  It's rather obvious where the directorial change came in in FFXII if you've ever played Matsuno's games in the past.  It's like a clear line between one part of the game and the other, story-wise, and it just falls apart.

That being said, I agree with your point overall and think Nomura focusing on KH3 is the better idea.  One director overseeing two huge, expensive, prominent projects is just asking for something bad to happen to not only the projects, but to the director as well, given it's Japan and Square Enix and the stress they're under.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 21, 2014, 08:15:24 PM
I've heard the same, but I don't know how true it is.  I did the full, huge install with the UMD, the one that takes ~30 minutes, and there was still persistent slowdown.  I think it's a mix of bad port, general GUST title slowdown, and PSP reading issues.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 21, 2014, 06:33:12 PM
Mana Khemia is a really unique experience.  The battle system is amazing, not just "okay" or "serviceable" like most GUST games.  I'm not sure why they even moved away from it in the way they did.  I do wish it had more management aspects, but it's definitely worth it if you play it like a standard JRPG and not an Atelier title.

Also, as expected of games in the series, it has amazing music.

Stay far, far, far away from the PSP version though.  It's an abysmal port.
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