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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star PS2 Compilation. on: January 25, 2007, 11:48:04 PM
I've never had the chance to play PS1 in any form, but from what I know of it it's more a medieval setting than the rest of the series.  Isn't there, like, 1000 years between PS1 and 2?  Thinking of it that way, the sudden shift into a furturistic setting isn't so off-putting.  Besides, wasn't PS3 both medieval and futuristic?
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star PS2 Compilation. on: January 25, 2007, 01:59:40 AM
It really does look like Sony is pushing the PS3, despite the fact that it dies after running a few hours and it still being over $600.  You'd think they'd realize that he average gamer or Bluray watcher (are those even common yet?) wouldn't splurge that much money on a system like that.

At least, I sure as hell wouldn't.

As for the whole PS thing, I've yet to play PS2-4 on the Sega Collection.  Too many other games on the brain at the moment.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: January 22, 2007, 07:10:43 PM
Huh?  Which other two CDs?
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico out soon on: January 22, 2007, 07:04:33 PM
Quote from: "Silverwolf X"
... technically its an Ar Tonelico Encyclopedia.

Anyway, it was published by Softbank Creative, ISBN:

ISBN4-7973-3461-4

It'll set you back 2400 yen = Tax + Shipping.

Oh, its obvious but, yeah, Japanese only.

Thanks for the lookout on the complete artbook.  I'll have to look into that next time I hit Amazon.JP.

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Soundtrack... well, I suggest you just buy the officially released one. Its worth it.

Done and done.  Mine just came in today, actually.  CD Japan is your friend.  :)
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy Tactics ending on: January 20, 2007, 03:22:07 PM
Well does it necessarily have to be the same Balthier from FFXII?  For all we know, it could just be a gun user (I'm assuming he IS a gun user, like Mustadio) with the same name.  I somehow doubt he would be an air pirate, considering that FFT didn't have airships from what I recall.
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "knights do it two handed" on: January 20, 2007, 01:05:25 AM
Heh.  That reminds me of the oft heard cries of outrage when jokes and general humor don't get a direct translation in localized games.  I mean, I can understand devotion to the original version and all that, but do people find the original jokes THAT funny?  Same can be said for the localized versions, too.  Then there is the fact that direct translations of japanese jokes and puns are NEVER funny.
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy Tactics ending on: January 20, 2007, 12:55:59 AM
Funny thing about Cloud in FFT, I don't think I ever had him in my party in my first playthrough.  I also recall having to go out of my way to recruit him once i did play through again.  So I'm not really sure if you can consider Cloud being "forced down our throats" the way he was in the Kingdom Hearts series.

As far as new content in games is concerned, I welcome it.  Especially if I've played the original.  It's one thing to just play the same game on a different console, but having new content makes it that much more worth it in my opinion.
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy Tactics ending on: January 19, 2007, 12:39:35 AM
According to the news on the 'Fan, looks like those who were hoping for a FFXII connection will get their wish.  Balthier will make an appearance as a story character.

Also, Dark Knight as a new class?  Awesome.
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "knights do it two handed" on: January 19, 2007, 12:35:39 AM
I don't know about that.  I found ChuChu very useful during Gear battles (the only character who can actually heal Gear HP, not just restore Defense).  Other than that, yeah, she was just the cute yet annoying fluffy mascot.
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy Tactics ending on: January 17, 2007, 02:34:58 AM
Wow...I haven't played FFT in ages.  I was a little annoyed because I had a Greatest hit version and the CG bits were fucked all to hell, so I can't remember the ending all that well past the final boss fight.

I should play that again.  I have a version that's NOT a greatest hits, and those usually play a lot better on my PS1.
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "knights do it two handed" on: January 14, 2007, 02:51:05 PM
The point of games that don't take themselves seriously is...well...not to take them too seriously, I would think.  Okay, so there are games like the Shadow Hearts series which can't seem to decide whether to be dark or comical.  I'm excluding the first SH game, since that was dark overall compared to "Covenant" and "From the New World".   In that case, I think you've made yor point.
387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "knights do it two handed" on: January 14, 2007, 02:45:55 AM
I'm also of the crowd that hates it when a game takes itself way too seriously.  I love comic relief in a game, even the stupid ones, because that's exactly what it is: a relief.  I doubt I'd like the Wild Arms games nearly as much if they didn't have obligatory annoyances like Zed, Liz & Ard, and the Schroedingers.

As for pop culture references, it's a bit iffy for me.  Working Designs tended to go a bit overboard with their games, so a lot of their lines were either funny or groan inducing.  "Knights do it two-handed" doesn't sound so much pop culture-ish as just general low humor, though.  I'm not too far into FFV Advance yet, but I'm waiting on a pirates vs. ninjas line.  Since, you know, both classes ARE in the game.  :P
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rogue Galaxy. on: January 14, 2007, 02:25:09 AM
I haven't looked that much into this game either except that it does sound like the aforementioned "Skies of Arcadia in Space", which would rock my world.  Actually, I just read the Preview on the 'Fan's front page and it does indeed sound exciting.  With this, Ar Tonelico, and FFVI Advance, I think my backlog just grew another few feet.
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: January 14, 2007, 02:12:11 AM
Just finished Phantasy Star Universe, Story Mode, a week ago.  If only network adapters weren't so hard to find, I'd try the online mode.

Then again, I'm still on dial-up.  Maybe not a good idea.

EDIT: Just beat Atelier Iris 2 today.  Fun game, even if the story wasn't as good as the first.  Now if only NISA would bring over Grand Fantasm...
390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance on: January 14, 2007, 02:03:19 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
out of curiosity was ff6 the last FF game to have a female lead before ff12? perhaps if i had tried ff6 right when it came out instead of after playing crono trigger and seiken densetsu 3 i would of felt differently.

Well...unless you count FFX-2...and if you actually consider Ashe to be the main character of FFXII...

Anyways, I'm psyched over FFVI Advance!  I already have it preordered and I'm hoping it comes in before I leave for work.  Nothing kills time on a 1 hour commute like playing a good game.
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