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2536  Media / The Soundroom / Bonnaroo Music Fest on: April 30, 2007, 05:03:31 AM
When is this happening? Did it happen yet?

The comedy tent alone makes it worth it. If you haven't ever heard Flight of the Conchords, believe me when I say it's WORTH it.

If I could go, here's who I'd check out:

Tool
The Decemberists
The Roots
Regina Spektor
DJ Shadow (I only know him from his work with Thom Yorke, "Rabbit In Your Headlights" -- it's amazing)
Fountains Of Wayne
Aesop Rock
RX Bandits
Mute Math

and of course, everyone in the comedy tent.

Hope it rocks (or rocked).

Ramza
2537  The Rest / General Discussions / Um...WHAT? on: April 29, 2007, 04:35:21 AM
is that girl topless with red paint, or is that actual clothing over her breasts?

...

as for the goat, all I have to say is wtf. Is it fun to pretend we're some crazy-ass pagans? Hey let's SLAUGHTER A GOAT like the people of ancient Greece did!

Honestly, HONESTLY, is Sony just TRYING to get bad press? Let's see now: PS3's launch was pathetic, PSP is paling in comparison to DS, third parties are going multi-platform with 360 on many major releases, Kutaragi is resigning (possibly to get out before shit hits the fan), and now they want to get animal rights activists on their ass?!

Why should I even *want* to see them succeed this time around?

they're making it too easy for me to hate them.

Ramza
2538  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Revenant Wings... Fuck. on: April 28, 2007, 02:53:36 AM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
Give me a tacticle RPG that also enchorages exploration, and I'll gladly play it.


Give me a sentence that doesn't confuse two commonly used words with testicles and the Alaskan city of Anchorage, and I'll offer a decent reply. :P

As for the original subject at hand; from the very beginning, I wasn't impressed with Revenant Wings. Hell, I haven't been that impressed with XII in general. But who knows, Revenant Wings could be good.

Also, Mr. Anoop Gantayat may not have been uplifting X-2 so much as saying that Revenant Wings may not even overcome X-2's relative success. Whatever the critics may have said about the game, X-2's US sales weren't half bad, and despite having a not-so-impressive plot, the gameplay was pretty decent. You generally can't go wrong with a good job/ability system, IMO.

Ramza
2539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: April 27, 2007, 05:18:57 PM
hurray for double posts, eh PM?

Yeah, I'm sorry you weren't aware (like the rest of us were for the past year) that the game's name is Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume (Chopin's Dream).

Which, of course, is awesome.

I'm not the world's biggest Scriabin fan, but Chopin was obviously quite the dude. Who knows, maybe Scriabin will make a cameo appearance in the game? :P

Ramza
2540  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: April 27, 2007, 02:57:43 PM
Wait, when was it announced that Trusty Bell was coming to PS3?

Ramza
2541  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo buys Monolith Soft on: April 27, 2007, 04:14:32 AM
I don't think Namco Bandai has rights to Xenosaga. I'm guessing that, if Nintendo has Monolith, that means they ALSO have anything Xenosaga-ish from here on out.

Reason for my logic with NB, if you look at Namco X Capcom and any copyright info that went along with it, they had to make separate provisions for everything Xenosaga-related saying it is the copyright of Monolith.
2542  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo buys Monolith Soft on: April 27, 2007, 02:59:12 AM
I smell a Baten Kaitos 3 for Wii.
2543  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: April 27, 2007, 01:28:35 AM
I'm so ready for this game. <3 Japanese developers working w/ X360.
2544  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: April 17, 2007, 12:35:48 AM
Based on story alone?

The highest story score I've ever awarded a game is a 98%.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/xenosaga3/index2.html

Xenosaga III baby. It's not worth it without having played the other two before it though.

Plus you said you liked Xenogears. You owe it to yourself. Play this series.

Ramza
2545  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy 3 has all the charm that so many RPGs miss on: April 15, 2007, 01:56:04 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
what you described is what i like to call artificial difficulty.


Care to tell me of a gaming example of "natural difficulty," which I assume is the opposite of this artificial difficulty?

:P
2546  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: April 11, 2007, 09:40:58 AM
I recently hit the big "100" mark for RPGs completed. I attempted to rank them 100 to 1, and guess what hit #1?

Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra

It perhaps shows that I am favorable to things i've played recently. If you'd like to know, #2 went to Lunar 2: Eternal Blue and #3 went to Chrono Trigger. #4 went to Star Ocean: The Second Story, and I don't know offhand what got #5. The first FF to appear on the list was FFVIII, which took the #6 spot.

I have very...unique tastes I guess. :P

Ramza
2547  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamesradar: Top 7 Nintendo mistakes on: April 11, 2007, 04:30:09 AM
The writer mentions Gunpei Yokoi as though, if he had stayed at Nintendo, something good may have happened. But uh...didn't Yokoi die *shortly* after Virtual Boy anyway? ...seems like he couldn't have made a big difference if he's dead...

The top 3 reasons were all spot-on.

Ramza
2548  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grandia III review... on: April 10, 2007, 11:52:20 PM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
I agree... and tend to respect GameRanking's scores a bit better (has GameRankings ever pulled scores from RPGFan?) As someone who spends most of their time at Slashdot.org, which consists, mainly, of replies to articles, I sorta wish this site had commentary sections for each game or review. For one thing, if you notice, a lot of our opinions on particular games leak out into other, more over-arching discussions in the forums, possibly because of the lack of anywhere else to post these things?


Regarding the "high" scores. Our grading, in all honestly, does very much reflect the "grade-inflation" culture of our time. Where I grew up, from K to 12 and even in to college, "B" was average, "B-" was risking it, and "C" was practically unacceptable. Teachers bow down to the pressure of parents, and grades rise. (see Peter Sacks' "Generation X Goes To College" to read more about grade inflation).

Our grading scale claims the usual A = great, B = good, C = average, but there's no denying that some reviewers will hold B to average, 90-93% as good, and 94% and above as great.

Regarding having reader comments below reviews...it's something we could easily incorporate, but there are plenty of reasons to shy away from it. One reason is that, as evidenced by most sites that allow user feedback, knee-jerk reactions by extreme lovers (and haters) of such a game turn the feedback area into a flamebait riot. That's the last thing I want to see under a fairly well-reasoned and well-said review. To take the time to bring the review up in a separate message board post shows you care enough about the topic to bring it up, and it gives a little more safety that your typical moron fanboy doesn't come and ruin the whole thread with mindless ranting.

That said, I appreciate your post very much, Prime. Some people tend to give higher scores than others. I am prone to giving high scores myself, though I attempt to balance this by flat-out failing games that I see few redeeming qualities in.

Ramza
2549  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Super Robot Taisen OG2 ROCKS! on: April 07, 2007, 03:34:09 AM
Alisha,

You are definitely NOT the only person who thinks OG2 is made of win. Gamespot gave it like, handheld RPG of 2006 or something...

And, of course, our two reviews here at RPGFan say many happy things about the game.

One thing's for sure, it's one of the hardest SRT games made, which is part of what makes it so awesome. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you can get it for a clearance-ish price.

Ramza
2550  The Rest / General Discussions / HAY GUYZ on: April 06, 2007, 02:15:05 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
My brain starts to crack when I see people who signed the petition just to say "im not synig dis u ppl r stooooooopid! hur hur hur."


Yeah, it's like, ... dude you just signed up ...
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