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2536  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dawn of Mana Impressions on: January 11, 2007, 01:47:54 AM
Riesz/Lise (the amazon spear chick) is my all-time favorite character. I've beaten SD3 three times, and each time I had her in my party so I could take her to a different class by the end. She's simply excellent.

(funny, though I used her 3x, I never made her my main character. For main characters I did Duran, Carly, and...I forget...Kevin? Whichever got me the 3rd last dungeon).

Ramza
2537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "knights do it two handed" on: January 08, 2007, 11:43:36 PM
I posted months ago that FFV Advance also had the "attack its weakpoint for massive damage" quote in it.

And I think Raze's spoiler-text about sums it up. FFV isn't a very deep or serious game for starters, and if they wanna have a more light-hearted translation on a handheld port, I'm all for it.

Ramza
2538  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Worst Guild Leader Ever. on: January 07, 2007, 05:40:32 PM
The last line about sums it up. "God I'm a douchebag."

Ramza
2539  The Rest / General Discussions / Bye-Bye to Blu-Ray? on: January 07, 2007, 03:30:41 AM
I don't trust sources that use contractions when they mean to use possessive pronouns.

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alter it's course to more profitable waters.


and again

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each with it's own seemingly continuous chain of production pitfalls.


and again!

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has dropped the ball in it's own court.


Here's a 3-in-one, along with a typo using "on" instead of "own"

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From it's core, the powerful Cell processor,with it's poor production yields, has added pitfalls to it's on rollout that is compounded by the difficulty in mass producing the Blu Ray in the Playstation 3.


And who can forget using a verb as a noun?

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The affect


Looks like Gadgetnutz needs a proofreader.
.....

In all seriousness, if PS3 bites the bullet for Blu-Ray, all I have to say is "good." I never saw the good in it.

Ramza
2540  Media / The Soundroom / Song on FFV OST, "Harvest", DRIVING ME CRAZY on: January 06, 2007, 04:24:57 PM
I know what you're talking about. It's actually not quite as similar to the songs in your head as you'd think: it's just that synth and the melody. Trust me. ^^

But yeah, isn't FFV Advance a sweet trip? I loved going through it.

Ramza
2541  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Games of 2006 on: January 06, 2007, 03:27:36 AM
Also Superflat, FFV Advance is little more than a port. We get some new artwork, the bonus dungeon and jobs...yeah. But it's *BASICALLY* still FFV. It's hardly a new game.

FFIII on the other hand...well, it was COMPLETELY re-worked from the ground up. That fact alone probably gives it more weight than FFV.

That, and, it'd look a little nuts to give a "best handheld" award to a GBA game instead of a DS game. I myself voted for LostMagic, and if I hadn't voted for that, it probably would have been Magical Starsign (put the word "Magic" in a title and I'm sold!).

I think I may be in agreement with Eusis, however, that in our "genre" awards we may want to put in a "traditional turn-based RPG" category, since the console/PC/overall winners can hail from ANY of the genres. That's just good sense. (Though, in our case, it would've just been a way for FFXII to win three times over).

Ramza
2542  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico out soon on: January 06, 2007, 03:19:50 AM
wow. Talk about thread resurrection.

And your question makes NO sense to me. None whatsoever.

If you want the artbook/soundtrack, you'll probably need to *PREORDER* it, likely from NIS America themselves.

Ramza
2543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Etrain Odyssey trailer on: January 06, 2007, 03:18:17 AM
ah yes, from "Project Yggdrasil." This is the game that was tentatively entitled "Yggdrasil Labyrinth" ... which would have been a headache since the games "Yggdra Union" and "Deep Labyrinth" have also been recently released. Glad they gave it the name "Etrian Odyssey."

The gameplay doesn't look that great (as stated, it's Wizardry-like FPoV dungeon crawling), but the character design, story, and !YUZO KOSHIRO! music will probably win me over.

Ramza
2544  The Rest / General Discussions / NES seiken densetsu, ff7 with 3 characters, saturn shenmue on: January 05, 2007, 01:29:35 AM
the info about the origin of the Seiken Densetsu series is very interesting. It's funny that "Seiken Densetsu" is now known in the US and Japanese as the "Mana" series, though "Seiken Densetsu" translates to "Holy Sword (Excalibur) Legend" -- word up.

Ramza
2545  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Games of 2006 on: January 01, 2007, 09:06:29 PM
Eusis,

Although "complex" and "convoluted" essentially mean the same thing, most people use the word "convoluted" as though it were a bad thing: the word has a negative connotation, much like "stagnant" and "permanent" mean about the same thing, but one has a stronger negative emphasis.

Ramza

PS - Yeah...I don't understand the whole "Zelda is an RPG" thing, but I know that since the beginning of time people told me it was one, so I went with it.
2546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rogue Galaxy. on: January 01, 2007, 01:49:03 PM
It's definitely not March. They've had the game *completed* in English since mid-December, and they've been giving out those demos for a month now. Jan 30 would be correct.

And yes, the game is going to Pwn your world.

Ramza
2547  The Rest / General Discussions / Happy New Year, RPGFan on: January 01, 2007, 05:03:09 AM
I'm going to disappear for a day to recover from my lack of partying. Boooring new years for me (and it was my anniversary too!). I basically just played GBA games and hung out with my newborn.

But I hope you all rock 2007 harder than any previous year. I know I'm gonna try.

Ramza
2548  The Rest / General Discussions / Saddam Hussein Executed in Iraq on: December 31, 2006, 02:17:03 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Also: What does it matter if he was a Muslim? I can hardly consider a man like that a real Muslim. Then again, I subscribe to Kirkegaarde's sentiment that faith in God is something you earn through your experiences in life, not something you are just given by the clergy.


Thank goodness for Kierkegaard. However, as you said, not everyone will share Kierkegaard's sentiments, and it looks like Sunnis have already begun to use Saddam's death as a reason for outrage and violence, and according to a recent BBC report, Saddam's death will probably be a new tactic for terrorist recruits that think "the West killed a Muslim man...it's Jihad time!"

I wish Mohammed would just come riding down on some sweet @$$ chariot and be like "sup b*tches, you're not defending the faith by acting like pansies. Grow some balls and get over it." That would be nice.

Ramza
2549  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Article Idea & Rss on: December 30, 2006, 02:36:56 PM
Isaac,

We've never done a "most anticipated" column before, likely because the games we most anticipate are games that may or may not make it to the US before the end of the year. I didn't even click the link, but I would expect Blue Dragon to be on the list for the US '07 release.

As for RSS feeds with our news updater: it is being looked into, but it's currently a lower priority compared to some other projects we have, including a little bit of "site cleanup" (you may have noticed some sections magically disappearing: they are now listed as "discontinued" under Features).

Ramza
2550  Media / The Soundroom / Favourite Albums of 2006 on: December 30, 2006, 03:46:26 AM
Nemmet -- Joanna Newsom's "Ys" was guaranteed to be a hit. I mean, look at the name!!! In all seriousness, the album is fantastic.

My tastes vary a good bit from a lot of people on this board, but here are my (non-VGM) 2006 picks, in no particular order:

Anathallo - Floating World - an indie band with lots of members doing unique things released their first FULL ALBUM (after being together for about 6 years) in the form of a "concept album." It's all based on a short story (and some poems) that come from various Japanese folk tales/legends. The packaging for the album is superb, and the entire story (Hanakasajijii) is put in the album for you to read. If you aren't in some state of awe by the end of your first listen, you probably weren't paying attention.

DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage - Neal also mentioned this one. It's a fantasy metal band, and if you haven't heard of them, you're way out of the loop. Personally, I liked 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" a little more, but this album is also great.

Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat - The band's third full album was just released in November, and while it has virtually no resemblance to their first two albums (other than the sweet, smooth vocals), it has quickly become a favorite listen of mine. The lyrics are easily the worst thing about the album: contrived, cheap, and "softcore emo" (sort of like "emo lite") to be sure. But the music is darn sweet.

mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister - Another band's third full album, this one came in September. Vocalist/lyricist Aaron Weiss is probably one of the best lyricists alive (to my knowledge anyway). I'm not sure if this album is my favorite of the three (the second, "Catch For Us The Foxes," was solid gold from beginning to end) ... whatever it is, it certainly beat the pants off of most other albums this year.

Sufjan Stevens - Songs For Christmas - This five disc box set contains EPs that Sufjan recorded personally each Christmas since '01 for friends and family. This year, he decided to release them all together in one box: and for $18, it's an excellent deal. The split of new, original, Sufjan-written songs and classic, overdone, unoriginal Christmas songs is about 50/50. And Sufjan spices the old songs up pretty nicely too. The album also comes with a 50 page book including some excellent essays and commentaries on the commercialization of the holiday season, as well as some short stories from Sufjan that help give a feel for why he actually dreads late December and struggles to reconcile his personal feelings about the holiday with all the cheap plastic mirth he finds around him. It was probably the perfect gift for the intellectual in your life, but you'd be a tad late giving it now! :P

Danielson - Ships - If I'm not mistaken, this puppy marked the 8th full album release from Danielson (if you count "Familie," "Brother," and "Tri-" as all the same "Danielson" entity). I've listened to most of those albums, and I own a few of them, but this was really something special. Pitchfork Media gave the album rave reviews, which is what sparked my interest. If you know nothing about the Danielson phenomenon, go here: http://www.danielsonmovie.com/ and read up.

That's it from me. If I had to pick a favorite, it'd be a toss-up with Anathallo and mewithoutYou. But I just love their styles in general...

Ramza
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