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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy XII on: November 02, 2006, 03:43:49 AM
I was only going to sample the game for a few minutes, but it turned into several hours.  I'm still more or less at the beginning, but FFXII has been loads of fun so far.  I'm really liking the ADB system, it's such a refreshing change from the standard jump to static screen method used in the past games.  It's a slight shame about monsters not dropping Gil in battles, but healthy uses of "Steal" to get sellable items makes that a moot point.

May I go on record saying that the voice acting is fucking awesome so far!  I love the use of different accents, especially when they're used well, and no one really sounds out of place so far.  Can't wait to hear Balthier!

I'll likely dive into the game later after I've gotten my fill of Angel on DVD.  I need my fix.  This might actually call for an all-nighter.
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFXII-Anyone waiting for this title...worth the wait? on: October 28, 2006, 02:02:47 AM
It's a shame to hear the comments from a few posters regarding the story and character development (or lack thereof).  From what I've been reading, I was hoping the storytelling would be somewhat like FFVI, which I loved, and that game has over twice as many playable characters.  At least the game is fun to play, judging by what little I experienced on the demo that came with Dragon Quest VIII.

Guess I'll have to play and see.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFXII Limited Ed. Strategy guide on: October 26, 2006, 12:15:59 AM
I have mine preordered at the local Gamestop, but I'm not counting on being able to pick it up until Halloween.
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSU: RPGFan's Hang Out on: October 26, 2006, 12:12:17 AM
As much as I would love to join you guys and learn the basics of online roleplaying (this would be my first ever MMORPG), there are a few things I need to pick up...

Like a broadband connection...

Yes, I'm STILL on dial-up.  Pity me.  Or mock me.  :P
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star Universe on: October 25, 2006, 12:42:49 AM
I'll be grabbing the PS2 version tomorrow.  I likely won't play it for a while, but as I've preordered it I hope Gamestop will have copies of the promised CD available so I can listen to that.
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / .Hack GU on: October 23, 2006, 09:12:42 PM
Considering that I have both this and PSU fully preordered, and with FF12 coming out on Halloween, I'll definitely be picking it up this week.  Unfortunately, it'll be a while before I sit down and play it.  My gaming backlog seems to have stretched a mile long.
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of the Abyss on: October 12, 2006, 01:56:41 AM
I'll be picking this up tomorrow.  Hopefully, I'll be able to find time to play it.
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of the Abyss Laser Cell Pre-order gift! on: October 10, 2006, 02:14:58 AM
Being the art design junkie that I am, as well as being a consumate Fujishima Kosuke fanboy, I would have much preferred an artbook to a cel.  But oh well, you can't have everything.

Hell, if the domestic companies put a bit more effort and money into their limited edition preorders, they'd draw more of a crowd.  I realize that there are issues with liscensing, finances, and sometimes outright laziness that prevent this, though, so I try not to complain too much.  I also realize that preorders aren't all that important unless you're an obsessed "must have it all or I'll die" fan.  In the end, the extras are just icing on the cake.  But who doesn't like icing, dammit!  :P
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So who else thinks DQVIII is the best localization job ever? on: September 29, 2006, 04:50:24 AM
Quote from: "ShdwDrake"
DQXIII was easy compared to other DQ games (I missed the difficulty at times).

DQ has a 13?  Wow, I must have been out of the loop for a while.  :P

As for DQVIII looking like it was made for kids, I suppose I can see where that comes from.  It does have a more light-hearted atmosphere to it than other RPGs of recnt memory and I think it's much better for it.  Too many games these days seem to think they have to be dark and angsty, so DQVIII is a refreshing change.
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So who else thinks DQVIII is the best localization job ever? on: September 28, 2006, 01:41:05 AM
Having a love of British syntax in general, DQ8 is definitely up there.  I think the localization is what turned what would have been a very dull plot into something very enjoyable.  I had a hard enough time taking the game seriously to with Toriyama's designs, so I'm glad the localization doesn't take itself as seriously as...er...other S-E games tend to.
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria on: September 28, 2006, 01:30:11 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Isn't this out in stores now? Why the fuck isn't anyone talking about this? :P

Some of us have things like work standing between us and hours of Norse Psycho-slut goodness.  I just got home and put the disc in.

Be back later.
387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: September 22, 2006, 05:51:49 AM
daschrier: To be fair, the Professor and Scott were parodies of the old giant robot enthusiasts and such from older anime, so it's not really surprising that they'd be in the game.  I have to agree that adding them to the cast of main supporting characters was going a bit far, though.  They were better off as extras like they were in the first two games.
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 22, 2006, 05:45:08 AM
ZE GRAND MASTER - Ah, maybe that's why I forgot about that.  I avoided using Quina whenever possible.  :P

daschrier: There seems to be quite a lot of JRPGs with at least one character who was hormones on feet.  They can be cool sometimes, and annoying at others.  A few that come to mind:

-Kyle (Lunar)
-Ronfar (Lunar 2)
-Just about every guy from Thousand Arms...except that one guy who was Gynephobic.
-Delsus (Atelier Iris)
-Poe (Atelier Iris 2)
-Zelos (Tales of Symphonia...and with no less than THREE titles related to that trait).
-Gallows (Wild Arms 3)
-Zidane (FFIX)
-Edgar (FFVI)
-Edge (FFIV)

That's about all I can think up at the moment.
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 21, 2006, 02:26:11 AM
That cross country racing minigame from the Future tense of Chrono Trigger is probably the most annoying minigame I've played.  It doesn't even involve much skill, it just seems to be about how long you can keep yourself bumped in front of your opponent.  And using Boost at the right time.  And luck, because if you slip up even once, the guy will pull ahead and you lose.  Maybe it's just because I've never really gotten the hang of it even now, but it annoys me.

At least you can bypass it by walking all the way through the long way, but the minigame is still annoying.
390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 16, 2006, 02:27:30 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
as much as i love radiata stories(hello being able to recruit lenneth owns your face,plus jack is my favorite male charachter in an rpg since ryudo) in terms of gameplay it's probally tri-ace's worst game yet.though admitedly i havent played star ocean 1,maybee it will show up on virtual console translated? the amount of times i got 1 shooted in the game must be against the law somehwere.

I'm going to assume you mean "1-shot killed".  I think I got killed more as a result of getting gangbanged by enemies than 1-shot kills.  Now SO:TtEoT, with its HP and MP kills, had me on my knees.

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moving on...

some things i hate

rpg's with only 4 characters that you virtually start the game with.

what ever happened to secret characters?

Hell, I wish more games did the 3-4 character thing.  I rarely, if ever, use everyone in a game with 5+ playable characters.  Hence another annoyance of mine: games that force you to use a certain character due to story.

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games that force you to lose characters for half the game in the name of story-worst offender ff9.

May I ask at what point in FF9 this happened?  I know there were points where the party separated and you only had control of one group for a while...but I don't recall losing anyone for half the game.  Maybe my memory is fuzzy.  :P

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when you get into a battle then when the battle's over you forgot wich way you were going.

That's more an issue with the gamer than the game.  The developers shouldn't have to compensate for a gamers lack of attention span.  :P

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why are characters always standing still in battle? the horseback battles in wild arms 3 were freakin sweet!

There are quite a few games that have limited or random movement in battle (Grandia series, Wild Arms 3 & AC:F, Skies of Arcadia), then there is near-full to full movement (Tales games, Star Ocean, Radiata Stories).  It actually seems like fewer games are going the traditional route of Side A vs. Side B.
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