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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: September 04, 2015, 10:59:36 PM
The Matilda Gate trick is basically like any other Peninsula of Power where you can level grind on enemies way above your intended level curve.

That's mostly true, but the gate trick also gets you access to a high-level town, which means you can nab some wildly good armor and (IIRC) weapon upgrades. And if you're following the walkthrough I did, you also recruit some characters from that area before returning to the prescribed path, and those characters are even more OP than your main party at that point, especially if you don't have the time to really grind out levels (just get enough to survive the world map, usually).

I would guess that the Matilda Gate trick cuts, potentially, more hours out of S2's 108 stars play than most other "Peninsula of Power" areas do in other RPGs. But I could be wrong. I don't often run to the sweet exploits in RPGs because I don't often look up info until after I beat games. Suiko2 was an exception because I knew what I wanted when I started. :)
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: September 04, 2015, 10:52:33 PM
http://indivisiblegame.com/blog/battling-in-indivisible/

This is that game from the team who made Skullgirls. They're making an RPG with a combat system very much akin to Valkyrie Profile, but with an animation style that looks like SkullGirls.

And yes, that's Kikuta music in the background.

For super-early asset prototypes, it makes me just want to gobble up the game. Between this game and the Banner Saga trilogy (can't wait for pt 2!), well-animated 2D RPGs from the West are pickin' up again. And I'm psyched about it.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: September 03, 2015, 01:17:27 AM
In terms of gameplay, Suikoden Tactics was SURPRISINGLY good. Story? Well, it fares better than Suiko4 IMO. But it didn't take me in like FFT or TO.

To answer OP: Suikoden II has left me with one of the most satisfying experiences in gaming, ever. But keep in mind, I used an insane walkthrough to ensure I got all 108 Stars of Destiny *AND* did the Clive/Elsa thing, which has a time constraint (like FFIX's Excalibur 2 scenario). The trick is that there's this stupid door/gate that you can just push aside and go into a high-level area WAY before you ought to be able to. Best sequence break in any RPG, short of *maaaybe* all the nonsense they've discovered in FFVI and the PC version of FFVII.
4  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Gyakuten Saiban 5 (PW Dual Destinies) Review on: September 02, 2015, 05:58:31 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/gyakuten5/index.html

Brigid brings the supreme knowledge and insight. What say you?

I SAY:

Noriyuki Iwadare is a great composer in general. He's had his flops. This is not one of them. I think he often excels when he has a team of co-composers to support him so he can focus on key melodies. That's what happened with this one, best as I can tell.

I also loved this game.
5  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: Just release the real OST already! on: August 31, 2015, 06:18:34 PM
oh, so I was just thinking about this the other day, and you know what never EVER got a soundtrack release, even post-digital age with EGG?

Illusion of Gaia.

Soul Blazer and Terranigma have soundtracks, but not Illusion of Gaia. That's crazy. Though I'd still argue Terranigma had the strongest OST, I'd love to own the trilogy.

(yet one more reason why they should put them as a trilogy on 3DS or something, and then release a trilogy OST)
6  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PSVita Shopping: What is digital ONLY? on: August 31, 2015, 06:16:54 PM
Yeah, I've had my share of PSStore woes as well. Being able to use the wikipedia has been much more helpful since I can then directly search the title.

And ... yes, it totally pasted into Excel just fine, allowing me to sort and filter as I pleased.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 24, 2015, 05:10:23 PM
Finally, my unpopular opinion of the day is that Zelda 2 was a better game than most people give it credit for. The endgame just needed some better balance (and the player should've been armed with more than a knife).

Zelda 2 is one of the best games of its kind. A similar game I really adored was The Battle of Olympus. Faxanadu and (the original) Ys III were inferior to Zelda 2, IMO. 2D platforming adventure w/ RPG elements, very fun.

(also ... if RS2 is the best RS, then that all-the-more makes me want an official localization. I know I could play a fan-trans, but I'd rather see SE just bring it here. So I don't play it twice. Well ... maybe I'd want to play it twice. Hmm..)
8  Media / The Soundroom / Re: AUG/21: Favourite VGM Song (Normal Battle Theme!! Pg1) on: August 23, 2015, 05:43:28 PM
Lots of great ones were hit. I wanted to throw this one in the mix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcSBYw_ycms -- LIVEALIVE "Psycho Killing"

Each of the seven characters in LAL have a standard battle theme. The cyberpunk era had some of the best music IMO. I like this song.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 23, 2015, 03:25:32 PM
UNPOPULAR RE-MAKES (klyde would like to see happen and localized)

--BAHAMUT LAGOON

--ALCAHEST

--LIVE OF LIVE

-ROMANCING SAGA 3

-DRAGON FORCE 2

-VAY

Now this is an interesting argument I hadn't considered, and I'm willing to apply it to the S-word "should" and do something with it.

Given that Square Enix has a limited amount of resources, and given they have great IPs from the past that most of the gaming world doesn't know jack about, a remake followed by a localization would be amazing. To that end:

Honestly Klyde, a lot of those games/IPs belong in their graves. If Squeenix really wanted to take anything from them, they could just as easily create a brand new IP built around concepts and system mechanics from those old discarded IPs. Of course, they aren't exactly doing that either....

Have you *played* LIVEALIVE? Romancing SaGa 3? They're kind of amazing. Any game that starts from scratch but tries to take LIVEALIVE's "mechanic" of time-spanning meta-narrative that you can't even predict until it happens ... no, I've never played another game as daring as that and I doubt I ever will again. That game is genius. You could streamline the grid battles if you wanted to, but it's a fine system either way (Enchanted Arms used it, and it's not really as cumbersome as one might think at first glance).

And Romancing SaGa trilogy is the *best* that SaGa has ever gotten. Minstrel Song was a solid remake of RS1, and I desperately wish to see 2 and 3 localized in some kind of remake, anywhere, anyhow. I'll take it.

Bahamut Lagoon would need a really good, visionary kind of creative director to resurrect, with either a remake or a sequel. But even that, I'd argue, doesn't belong in a grave. I do feel that way about Alcahest, however. That might've just been because I had a really bad experience trying to play it and failing over and over when I was in college.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 22, 2015, 10:16:45 PM
-- Final Fantasy 7 should not be remade.

I will never understand this sentiment.

"I do not think a remake of FFVII will be enjoyable or surpass the original." Sure.

"I think Square Enix will lose money on an FFVII remake." You're probably wrong, but feel free to hold the opinion.

"FFVII SHOULD not be remade." -- okay, so, passive sentence structure first of all. By what standard are judgment can you possibly be using the almighty S-word "Should"? Square Enix should not do a remake ... why? When their remakes consistently get them money and introduce a new generation to games of old?

Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who is so curmudgeonly as to say that a remake of FFVII *ruins* the original in any way shape or form is living in an alternate universe. The original still exists. On like, every platform available. Go play it.

And since the "remake will ruin my love of FFVII" argument is made invalid, there's almost nothing left with which to use the word "should." I'd honestly argue the only argument left is the profit argument, and there, I think most people would agree, S-E is *going* to profit on an FFVII remake. Unless they throw some ungodly sum of money into the dev, which I don't think they will. They are building fresh off of FFXV, they'll have plenty of engine/system stuff worked out in advance, and I suspect they'll have artists that are aching to rebuild Midgar, Nibelheim, Northern Crater, etc. And if they choose to include all seven Weapons in the remake (through some retconning), enemy designers will have a field day with that.

So, even if you hate the remake or have no intention of buying it, the statement "it SHOULD not be remade" still makes *no* sense to me, at all, whatsoever.
11  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: PSVita Shopping: What is digital ONLY? on: August 22, 2015, 03:24:52 PM
The vita wikipedia article will link to a list of vita games that also gives you a yes or no answer to the physical copy question.

That's helpful! I wonder if I can simply copy/paste these tables into Wikipedia so I can filter instead of sort. And get A-Z on there, not that A-L M-Z split.

I'll check it out tonight. Thanks D!
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 20, 2015, 10:14:44 PM
On POPULAR games? Hmmm...

idk. I got nothing. Except maybe that FFX-2 is a super-fun game because job systems are hard to mess up. ie -- fun job system is fun. Switching in-battle is fun. Fast pace is fun.
13  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / PSVita Shopping: What is digital ONLY? on: August 20, 2015, 03:39:33 PM
So...

I'm a nut. And whenever a game exists in physical form, I want that. But sometimes, games are download-ONLY.

With the 3DS, they make pretty clear what is available retail and what's download-only. In fact, on the eShop, I think that's something you can filter by.

I can find no such filter on the PS Store, at least not from my Vita. I can narrow it to all games that are available online, but not all games that are available ONLY online.

Does anyone know a way to do this, or a website that lists all PSVita titles and allows you to filter by format (ie -- "not in physical format, download only")?

Thanks,
Ramza
14  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Andrew's editorial on: August 11, 2015, 03:59:58 PM
I suppose that's true. But the trend to go console first then handheld is ... well, I suppose it's cost-effective. But it's still weird. It's like I can just sit around with a Vita and just wait for all the big titles to land in my pocket sooner or later.
15  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Andrew's editorial on: August 11, 2015, 03:36:50 AM
Just wait for our Editorial on that new FFX HD remaster coming out :o

I honestly wouldn't mind someone exploring the "handheld gets the bonuses" trend. P3P, P4Golden, all those Atelier "Plus" games, etc. It's like, you didn't get for console? Here, get it for $10 less on your Vita with even more stuff!
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