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391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: August 30, 2006, 03:10:45 AM
Concerning the "teenage protagonist" problem: Think of most of the popular anime coming out of Japan.  What do a lot of them involve?  Schoolkids going through all kinds of issues.  And the audience just eats it up, regardless of the age bracket.  So of course, most video games will go for the lowest common denominator when it comes to plot and characters.  that's why we still have little girls with annoyingly high voices running around killing things.

Oh yes, that's one thing that annoys me.  Characters (main or otherwise) that have to be as exhuberant and obnoxious as humanly possible in an effort to sound "cute" or "passionate".  And that concerns both english and japanese voice overs.

Romantic <insert geometrical nightmare here> - Don't get me wrong, I like a romantic ploy in an RPG.  But when you get the typical "mother hen vs. every other female" thing, I tend to want to shoot things.  Atelier Iris' Lita annoyed me to no end regarding that, especially since she then tried to play it off like she wasn't interested in Klein.    

One thing I applaud Skies of Arcadia for NOT doing is pitting Aika vs. Fina for Vyse's affection.  Yeah, there were signs that both girls were interested in him, but there were bigger things at stake than shagging the guy.  This is one of the things that worries me concerning Wild Arms: Vth Vanguard, since it has a similar setup with its main characters (main character/childhood friend/mysterious girl).  

Another triangle I think was handled well was Grandia II's Ryudo/Elena/Millenia.  Nothing beats a schizophrenic priestess being possessed by a psychotic demonic redhead.

I also admit to getting weary of the whole "weak healer/magic user female" thing.  Those types always seems to get the soft, submissive personalities.  I want a pyromaniacal psychoslut with homicidal tendencies, dammit!  One who can wield both powerful magic and powerful weapons!  I haven't played much of Dragon Quest VIII, but Jessica is a good start I think.

And I'm also sick of the "giant, 30-story tall alien blob as the final boss" shit.  There are things far scarier than that these days.  If J. Edgar Hoover is trying to destroy the world, then I want to kill J. Edgar Hoover and be done with it, not have to move on to fight the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

And crappy music.  I can handle long dungeons, tedious battles, and monotonous minigames as long as the accompanying music is a good listen.  Crappy music makes playing even the good games tedious. at times.  Shadow Hearts; Covenant is a big offender there...fucking Idar Flamme and it's wannabe "scary movie" music...

I'll shut up now.
392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: August 30, 2006, 02:20:01 AM
Lack of blood in video games makes Angelus very angry...

Disappointing, yes.  Surprising, not in the slightest.  It is sad, though, that Namco felt the need to go to this extreme just to cover their asses.  I still find it highly ironic that the ESRB label warns about violence.  Don't blood and violence go hand-in-hand?

Ah well, I've already fully preordered it and I've waited this long.  I'll just play this with a sense of something missing...as has been the case with a lot of games lately.
393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FF:MQ -- Confession Time on: August 26, 2006, 02:22:50 AM
While not the greatest of all time, it was simple and cute.  I found the music rather catchy and the whole game was pretty light-hearted compared to other RPGs of the time.  I think that's nice in its own way.
394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: August 18, 2006, 03:21:23 AM
Quote from: "Morridor"
Art book for Gamestop / EBGames
Life Size poster at Best Buy
Lenticular at GameCrazy

Maybe this will make people happy?


I'd take an artbook over the latter two bonuses anyday.  hence my preorder at GS.  Still, I'm curious: a life-sized poster of who?  KOS-MOS?  T-ELOS?  Shion?  MOMO?  The Godwin sisters?  (Which I'd actually steal in a heartbeat)

And to echo the above question: What is a Lenticular?
395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms 5 screens on: August 13, 2006, 01:59:16 AM
I was talking more in terms of characterization than in fighting ability, actually.  Though I do agree that female heavy hitters are rare.  I just liked the fact that Raquel was artistic in addition to being a swordswoman.
396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms 5 screens on: August 11, 2006, 11:08:09 AM
Bah.  Lady Harken > Anastasia.  Barely.

Because demonic, scythe-wielding redheads are the win.
397  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms 5 screens on: August 11, 2006, 02:08:25 AM
Well, Raquel had some big shoes to fill after Maya Schroedinger's awesomeness in WA3 and she barely suceeded.  Who knows?  Maybe the girls will surprise us.

Either that, or there will be a third female PC who will redefine awesomeness.  :P
398  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms 5 screens on: August 10, 2006, 01:09:00 AM
Quote from: "Sketch"
A shovel is a badass weapon.
I'll take one over a sword any day!

Hey, it worked for Shawn of the Dead.  :P

I'm hoping there are more than three playable characters.  I can't see why they wouldn't since every WA game since the first had 4+ playable characters.  Those three will probably have the most development, though.

And as for Rebecca looking like a "bad cowgirl themed stripper", I'm not sure I'd go that far.  The Daisy Dukes are not working for me, though...

Personally, I'm hoping Michiko Naruke retains more of a presence in the soundtrack this time.  Splitting the work between 3-4 composers ended up producing something that wasn't that bad, but wasn't that great compared to the music from WA2 or 3.  The music is one of my favorite things about the series, so I do hope it comes back up to par.[/b]
399  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Victor Ireland's Rebirth on: August 09, 2006, 02:26:33 AM
Well true, XSeed has only brought two RPGs to the domestic market, but I still don't think they're done.  They did say they'd go beyond RPGs, so I'm urious as to what they'll bring yet.  I'm just saying that two games released in close proximity to each other isn't that bad for a new company.
400  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms 5 screens on: August 09, 2006, 02:20:26 AM
I can think of worse things to use as weapons in a western-based RPG.  Frankly, I think using a shovel as a weapon is a rather practical idea.

I'm still concerned about the 1 guy, 2 girls setup for the 3 main characters.  I'm hoping it'll at least play out like Skies of Arcadia, where a romantic triangle WASN'T at the center of the plot (and it very easily could have been).  I suppose a romantic triangle it could work if done well enough (Psst!  Multiple endings please!), but I've seen the ploy used so much in RPGs that I'm starting not to care for it too much.
401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Victor Ireland's Rebirth on: August 09, 2006, 01:52:13 AM
Gaijinworks?  I guess some people don't know when to quit.

Though what games are left that he can actually bring over?  NISA, Atlus, and even XSeed have done a better job bringing the relatively obscure stuff over.
402  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: August 06, 2006, 12:30:57 AM
The designs in this one seems to have a middle ground approach for me.  It's not as "popularized exaggerated anime" looking as Episode I, but it isn't as "realistic anime" looking as Episode II, either.  A little consistency would have been nice, frankly.  Hell, I'd have liked it if this was the look for the whole series.
403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The future of Squeenix's GBA ports on: August 06, 2006, 12:17:21 AM
Well, with all the FFs being ported to the GBA over here, at least no one will be able to say that we're missing a link anywhere in the FF chain now.  Well, excluding ROMs, but they're evil anyways.  :P
404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The future of Squeenix's GBA ports on: August 04, 2006, 01:48:55 AM
Ah well, it's still all good either way.  It was a fools hope, anyway.

That reminds me, I should pick up FFIV Advance at some point.  Just out of curiosity, how is the translation?  Is it the same as the PSX port or did they do another all new one.  Considering there is supposed to be new material, I'd expect all new work, but you'd never know.
405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The future of Squeenix's GBA ports on: August 04, 2006, 01:35:02 AM
Considering they've already remade the first Seiken Densetsu game (that was Sword of Mana, right?), I'd love to see a port of SD 2 and 3.

Something that I'm wondering about the FF GBA ports: Are those going to be remade like FFIV was as well or would we be likely to see them remade like FFIII?  Not that I'm in love with the FFIII graphics or anything, but a part of my soul is still hoping for an in-game look similar to the FF Anthology PSX movies.
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