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7186  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa (PS2) on: October 09, 2011, 01:11:02 AM
  • Start Game
  • Pick hero
  • Start in village
  • Go into field
  • Make a left
  • Level 40 monster
  • Dead.
  • Restart?
  • No.  Return to store get some credit back.

I can't say I dug it.  There's non-linear, but then there's "I just die a lot and don't know what or where the fuck to go about anything".  Obviously, I didn't really sit and give it a go -- then again I didn't really muster up the care to do so.
The only SAGA game I liked was the 2nd one.

Minstrel Song had level scaling. I'm pretty sure you can't run into anything that's much stronger than you. Also it's seriously one of the easier saga games.
This

My main issue is also how it's a habit for the SaGa series to kinda "run" this way.  It's not personally a formula I liked from the start.
7187  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa (PS2) on: October 09, 2011, 01:05:26 AM
  • Start Game
  • Pick hero
  • Start in village
  • Go into field
  • Make a left
  • Level 40 monster
  • Dead.
  • Restart?
  • No.  Return to store get some credit back.

I can't say I dug it.  There's non-linear, but then there's "I just die a lot and don't know what or where the fuck to go about anything".  Obviously, I didn't really sit and give it a go -- then again I didn't really muster up the care to do so.
The only SAGA game I liked was the 2nd one.
7188  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 07, 2011, 12:23:30 PM
This game is pretty basic, but kind of addictive.  Always leaves you with lots to do.  I'm a bit worried with the time-factor though, I hope I'm getting through "okay" and I'm making okay decisions and everything.

... I skip a lot of cutscenes -- so many, so pointless.  Am I actually missing something worth reading? =/

I'm loving the artwork, this has been a great direction for the atelier series to use Kishida Mel (even though most of girls have, like, NO hips haha).  This style works well for him.
7189  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: October 06, 2011, 06:34:43 PM
I'd like to play some Link's Awakening.

3DS made me happy all over again... gimme the Oracle series and I'll be a happy Stephie.
7190  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 06, 2011, 06:34:09 PM
It's a sad thing when someone dies, and he has an interesting story, but the people laying flowers down at Apple stores is a bit much.



I'm more upset with the few peeps who are like "Aww...Steve Jobs died.  I gunna get an iPhone 4S in his honor!!!!!" -- great way to buy into a 3 year contract for a man who technically means nothing, personally, to them.
7191  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 06, 2011, 06:23:28 PM
Ah don't worry Lard.  A joke is a joke.
I was texting people, "Hey, Steve Jobs died... poor guy; guess there wasn't an app for that". (SEE SYMPATHY WAS IN THERE).

It is sad, he was a great man with an astonishing career that has undoubtedly changed the world.  It's important that, if anything, we celebrate the *life* of his.  Usually I haven't let something like time stop from a joke though, call me insensitive if you want (and maybe I can't relate as well because it's not like Jobs actually *personally* meant something to me other than the products he backed up).
7192  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 06, 2011, 06:18:35 PM
Since it looks like Sony is adding the lesser known PS2 titles at the moment, even though I proudly own these two obscure gems, I would be happy to see them add Okage: Shadow King to the list and Extermination.

I *love* Okage.  What a weird ass title.  And with the exception of one "ghostly" ghastly chapter, it was a lot of fun.
7193  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: October 06, 2011, 06:17:33 PM
People being pretty hard on OoT, a game that came out in the early days of 3D world exploration. Game companies were still trying to figure out what would end up being fun and playable.

My god, OoT is amazing. No offense meant in the slightest. For its time, it was SUPERB, and it's aged quite well, in my opinion. But I think it's to Nintendo's credit that with TP, I felt they built on what they'd done right with OoT to make an even better game. Does that mean that Nintendo deserve more accolades with TP than OoT? No, OoT was the bigger leap forward, and got a lot of things right. But in a time of quickly moving technology, it's not hard to believe that games SHOULD improve as they go. It's like the original Legend of Zelda to Link to the Past. LttP is practically a remake of LoZ, and few are going to argue that LttP isn't better in every way. But that doesn't make the original LoZ a lesser game, just less refined. I believe it's the same way with OoT and TP.

LoZ --> LttP
OoT --> TP
LA --> MC
WW --> SS?

Some of the games can be considered kinda similar...
Seem to get the "experimental" versions, then we get the game that will hopefully ace "the formula".
...I wonder if we'll ever get a platformer again. :P
7194  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: TEAM ICO COLLECTION on: October 06, 2011, 09:37:15 AM
Has the grip really been nerfed? I haven't had any trouble hanging on or defeating any bosses quickly. I feel the game is too easy, and I don't remember it being this easy. I've been able to defeat all the bosses up to this point, except number 12, in 1 or 2 climbs.

I played them side-by-side.  I beat Colossus 1 in a third of the time on PS2. You'll notice it's been nerfed during time attack; colossi 3, 15, and 6 giving people the most about of "shaking" issues (it's really hard to land a hit).  The game itself isn't actually that hard (hence when some time attackers can beat colossi in a ridiculously low amount of time) -- once the game loses the "mystery" of how to beat the giants.
7195  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 06, 2011, 12:48:39 AM
This Guy on a Buffalo shit is awesome. xD
I laugh through the whole thing.  The song is great, the lyrics are very literal,  and... how do you tame [?] a buffalo???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Lmkm5EF5E
7196  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 05, 2011, 01:07:21 PM
The Japanese list of old games is amazing on PSN.  It's sorted by publisher -- because they are ALL there.... -_-
7197  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: October 05, 2011, 11:19:33 AM
the problem i had with twilight princess is that it felt to much like OoT. instead of moving forward the series continues to repeat themes. even skyward sword seems eriely(sp?) similar to windwaker. is it any wonder my favorite game in the series is minish cap?

True...  But after playing OoT again on 3DS, I dunno... I thought Twilight Princess was a more refined version.  Some parts of OoT just felt... unplanned?  Hyrule field in Ocarina was awful, it was a mass open field with pretty much nothing in it.  Twilight kinda made things for interesting.  (for those who did the "Throwback Galaxy", the N64 Mario level that was in Mario Galaxy 2... remember how weird the level felt?)
7198  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 04, 2011, 11:09:13 PM
My copy of the ICO collection arrived today and I immediately started playing Shadow of the Colossus.  It looks great.  It's gonna take some time to get used to the clunkiness of the controls again.

It might look better, but fuck me it is hard to spot fruit to shoot down.  That wasn't easy on the eyes to begin with, but it's especially tough now that it blends in so much better.

I thought the same... but it's amazing how quick you get used to them.  Weird when the human body anticipates for that kinds of things.  Just do a run around the land, picking fruit and killing lizards.  If you warm up to the controls that way, the next several colossi are cake.
7199  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2011, 11:08:00 PM
We need an RPGFan Social Con!!!!!!!
7200  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2011, 09:31:59 PM
Hahaha I loved that opening Star!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnhgpVb-u5s
Oh Sally Fields!  There she goes up in the air again!
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