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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 26, 2013, 02:28:38 AM
Liking the answers.  I think I'll pick up the 3DS title and try it out.  I only have Devil Survivor Overclocked and LoZ: Ocarina of Time at the moment, so they could use a new friend.  Might try to find Radiant Dawn as well.  There's a couple of Gamestops relatively close by that I can look at.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 25, 2013, 01:10:29 PM
I've never played a Fire Emblem game before.  I'm considering jumping in with this one, but as I still have my Gamecube does anyone think the FE game on that system is worth the trouble?
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: October 13, 2012, 12:48:46 PM
Finally started playing this and, after the Escape from Dulkheim (should be a movie title), it looks like it's beginning to pick up.  Granted, GLIII is still my favorite of the series, but this game is proving to be a contender so far.  Though I have to ask: does Tricia ever become playable?  I feel I've put a good amount of quality time into making her happy and it'd be a waste if I never saw her again, or worse, had to fight and kill her.  :/

Also, just in case anyone was interested in the artwork, it looks like Udon entertainment has licensed the Growlanser Artworks book for release this February according to ANN.  I've already picked it up from Japan, but I might double dip to support the English release.

Link: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-10-12/udon-licenses-haruhi-vocaloid-growlanser-art-books
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite "Tales of" Game and why? on: August 14, 2012, 02:48:53 AM
Tales of Phantasia for me and always will be.  Sure, the character setup is pretty damn standard, but then again maybe that's why I like it.  It's also the only other Tales game I've played to completion besides Symphonia and Symphonia felt like a bit of a slog towards the end.  That's probably because I was power gaming the hell out of it, though.  I've played Destiny (been a long time, I need to pick that up again), Legendia (never finished, but might try it again.  I liked Chloe), Eternia (got sort of bleh in the middle, so I quit), Abyss (the less said about that, the better.  It's sad when I consider Jade and MIEU the most tolerable characters in that game.), and currently Graces f (this one is a lot of fun, really enjoying the characters and banter in this one). 

From what I have seen of Vesperia, I dearly want to play that, too, but I'm not willing to pick up a XBox for it so I'll likely import the PS3 verson from Japan.  Kind of a shame, because I liked what I heard of the english voice acting.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .Hack on: July 19, 2012, 10:46:01 AM
I originally liked the original .hack series and .hack//SIGN was a favorite of mine for a while.  I actually liked the multimedia storytelling concept, but unfortunately it got quite convoluted after a while.  I got fed up with .hack//GU after a while, though I liked the gameplay more in that one.  I just couldn't stand Haseo and his constant jerkass (with the occasional heart of gold) attitude.
36  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: phantasy star online 2 on: April 06, 2012, 01:17:30 PM
I'd only been lightly following news on PSO2 until recently.  Just played around with the character creator and benchmark tester and I'm in love!  As if SW:TOR hasn't been taking up a lot of my time already...o_O;
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenosaga 1, somehow not attracted..... on: March 14, 2012, 01:18:42 AM
I'm probably one of the few who liked Xenosaga 2 better than Xenosaga 1, though I do like Xenosaga 3 best of all.  Maybe because 2 fleshed out Jr., Gaigun, and Albedo, who turned out to be some of my favorites in the series.  Hell, even MOMO went from being merely moe-moe lolicon-bait to something more.  1 just dragged on and started losing me once the Encephalon bit started (though I blundered through).  I also went from liking Shion in 1 to not being able to stand her in 3.  Crazy.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 14, 2012, 01:07:51 AM
I'm less impressed with character ages and more impressed that it only takes 2-3 hours for the protagonist to stop being a dick and become a responsible adult (so far). That's got to be some sort of modern JRPG record. XD

Even as a little brat, I'm finding Asbel far more likable than, say, Luke ever was.  That disturbs me far more than it should.

Didn't get too far in the Childhood arc before having to go to work.  I plan on rectifying that tonight.  I'm still trying to get used to the battle system, which is a lot of fun.  Another night with no sleep?  Bring it on!

39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 11, 2012, 02:51:19 PM
Got the game early from Indie game seller who don't know what a "street date" is. :D

I love it so far, and ta-hell with opinions and modern standards, this game's graphics are beautiful in their own right (the motion capture really helps too of course, Abyss, Vesperia and Symphonia had probably some of the most retarded looking cut scenes for that).  Scenery is gorgeous.

Sadly, most of the music, though pleasant enough, is pretty forgettable and blandly melodic.

The battle system... hell, just about everything is pretty unique to the series.  I'm still kind of confused about how Skills work with Artes and with Titles. @_@  I accidently skipped through some of the dialogue on it...

I think this "kids" chapter is lasting a bit long too, I've skipped a few cutscenes here and there for going long and already making their "point".  But I'm sure it'll work out for whatever idea they're going to get at in the end.

Anyways, I'm pretty damn happy. :)

Nice, Dice!  I'm happy for you.  I agree that it's always good to hear nice things be said about a tales game.  Especially a localized version.  Makes all the waiting a bit less painful.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 02, 2012, 03:31:16 AM
Preordered the other day.  I'm with the OP; I beat and enjoyed Symphonia a while back, but got halfway through Abyss before I gave up.  Apparently, I like cheese in my stories and character tropes so gameplay and story wise, it should please me if what I've hear through the grapevine is true.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: May 05, 2011, 12:24:41 AM
according to Bioware on FB ME3 is now being released in 2012 :(
Yay!  More time to get through Mass Effect 1 & 2!  Plus, that's one less distraction to watching the girlfriend play Skyrim.  :P

I still don't get all the hate towards Dragon Age 2.  I love the hell out of it, repetitive dungeons and all.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 05, 2011, 12:19:35 AM
Back to Wild Arms female leads:

I have to agree with those that found Virginia to be weak. I was pretty unimpressed with how they handled her. There's some weird hypocracy in her character model that just doesn't add up. Other characters tend to treat her as a strong leader, but I found myself thinking she was uncharasmatic and indecisive. She just didn't have very strong leadership skills, yet all the other characters follow her lead as if she does. I just didn't buy it. Not to mention, I do think she falls into the same problem as many female characters do, where as they develop, they become less emotionally strong. When you first meet her, she's a badass vigilante, but as the game progresses, she's prone to devolving into sorrowfull Daddy's Girl. I'm not saying that it isn't realistic for a character to become emotional over personal events like that, but it's possible to have a character show emotion without becoming weaker.
In my view, Virginia was never meant to be the "badass vigilante" in the story.  That's Maya's job.  :P  Virginia was more the passionate, yet exceptionally naive, heroine wannabe with daddy issues, who makes her mistakes and learns her lessons and manages to stick to her guns without having to do a complete 180.  Oddly enough, I never considered that a weakness.  Not every heroine needs to become the next "Rambo".  I like the type of character who sticks to their core beliefs and outlook in life.  Call me weird.

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Raquel, on the other hand, was exceptional. Great concept, great execution (I really need to finish the game one day, and find out what happens to her!).
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...is dead due to her body finally breaking down by the epilogue after having given birth to Arnaud's daughter...it's sad that happens to one of the cooler characters in the game.
  I have to agree about the writing, it is probably my least favorite of the series.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 26, 2011, 02:54:37 PM
Personally, I think the "everyone's bi" thing was a great idea.  I was one of those who didn't like being locked out of some romances in Origins due to picking a certain gender.  I just took it as being able to have more options per playthrough.

That being said, I'm not sure I'd ever want to romance Varric.  Not because he isn't attractive, but because he just comes off as the "awesome friend" type, like the type of cool, somewhat jaded, yet wise and understanding bartender that keep slinging you drinks while you tell him your woes then throws out a line that solves just about everything.  Okay, so that's not the best way to describe it but that's the best way I can think of to describe him.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: February 13, 2011, 01:37:34 PM
Seems like it's unanimous, then.  I'll d/l the demo now and try it out, then will likely pick up the game itself. 

Thanks!
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: February 12, 2011, 02:58:36 AM
Good point.  The videos I did see were played on Insanity, which I had forgotten until now.

I will pick this up eventually.  I'm on too high of a Dragon Age kick at the moment.
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