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2551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Phantasy Star III Defies All Logics on: May 17, 2007, 05:39:07 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
...best RPG on the PS2 to best RPG on the GC (ToS or PM2, unless BKO is some unfathomably amazing improvement)...

It is. Baten Kaitos Origins is my favorite GC RPG, hands down.

Also, SNES > Genesis, especially with RPGs. That's just how it is. Genesis had some good ones, but SNES has the Squaresoft trump card. I have extremely fond memories of import Langrisser II (and, in some respects, its predecessor which came to the US as "Warsong")...but none of them can beat my love for FFIV, FFVI, Secret of Mana, or Chrono Trigger.

2552  Media / Single-Player RPGs / KH3 full trailer on: May 16, 2007, 12:03:30 AM
Sympathetic Villain = Maleficent. I loved how they did that.

I don't know what it was I saw in it that made me enjoy it so much, but I really appreciated the way it worked out. I think that, given the premise they laid out in the first game, it was VERY difficult to create a successful sequel in terms of plot. But, IMO, they did so.

Well, we'll see what they do with this next KH.

2553  Media / Single-Player RPGs / KH3 full trailer on: May 15, 2007, 10:21:29 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I dunno, the developers had this whole setup for KH2 and it had real potential and sounded promising, but KH2's story was a mishmash of bullshit that just came off as poorly cobbled together; I'm not holding out much hope for the story this time around, just improved gameplay.

Make it harder this time, S-E! I got through brave mode in KH2 with one hand tied behind my back.

I'll agree with you that the plot to KH2 flowed about as well as Chrono Cross (in other words, they had to deconstruct and reconstruct the entire premise). But flow is one thing -- the depth of the ideas behind it is another. Did you see any merit in that?

Also ... KH2 on its hard mode was not especially difficult, but some of the Org. XIII fights were challenging. I'm sure that the Final Mix ver. in Japan (which includes fights with all 13 in a Megaman-arena-style setup) made for some real challenges.

2554  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Rengoku 2 on: May 15, 2007, 10:18:16 PM
Topic moved to misc. games because RPGFan isn't covering Rengoku as an RPG.

Also, interestingly, I've played both and much prefer Monster Hunter to Rengoku 2.

Just wondering Willy -- did your choice to get a PSP come from its recent price change to $170 MSRP? Personally, I think this is a GOOD move from Sony, because I know way too many people were unwilling to buy it at that price.

Now, when they mark down PS3 to $400, we'll talk again. :P

Sorry for derailing your topic. Anyone else play/enjoy Rengoku?

2555  The Rest / General Discussions / This is why you don't pee on your Playstation! on: May 15, 2007, 09:14:17 PM
Quote from: "Logick"
Why am I thinking of the ren and stimpy bit "don't whizz on the electric fence"?

Classic song, and EXACTLY my thought.
2556  Media / Single-Player RPGs / KH3 full trailer on: May 14, 2007, 06:34:09 AM
Quote from: "Sapphire_Fate"
None of the characters in the trailer are any of KH1's or KH2's characters.

They are all new, and the guy with the Kingdom Keyblade is NOT Roxas.

Yeah, not Roxas or Sora. We get that.

Apparently you missed what I said in the first post when I said they are *archetype versions* of the characters. It's plain as day that this is a prequel story, and that the characters we see are some sort of archetypal pre-existing figures that exist for some reason or other. It's like Shuyin --> Tidus, for anyone who played X-2 and bothered to grasp/enjoy the plot.

2557  Media / Single-Player RPGs / KH3 full trailer on: May 12, 2007, 11:56:16 PM
Hopefully I didn't miss this post from before.


The 1 minute preview trailer we got for the next KH title was expanded in the Japanese release of "Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix +" ... now it's 5 minutes, it reveals all sorts of characters, including what seem to be archetype versions of Sora/Kairi/Riku.

And, as is to be expected, it looks effin' rad. (though Mickey def. feels out of place with the more futuristic/lifelike atmosphere).

I hadn't even realized they updated the trailer until I read (in our own news story) that S-E was showing the 5 minute trailer @ the event, and the trailer was based on the bonus video from the game.

Thoughts, anyone, everyone? IMO, this video is sweet as hell. Nothing in-game of course, but this is hot. And the music is hot.


2558  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFXII what do you think about it? on: May 12, 2007, 09:09:57 PM
Haven't touched it. Couldn't get interested in it no matter how hard I tried.

I'll beat it this summer, since I have a personal commitment to beat anything with the words "Final Fantasy" on the box...but yeah, lots of people at this board don't seem to think too highly of XII.

Which is fine with me.

2559  The Rest / General Discussions / Michael Jackson wants a giant robot. on: May 11, 2007, 02:23:39 AM
MJ scares me so much, it makes me cry. And then my tears, as they stream down my face, get scared as well, and THEY start to cry.

It's exponential fear-cry-itude.


PS - The giant robot, would it be anything like the one from the Moonwalker movie? IT could transform into a jet.
2560  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Victor Ireland on: May 10, 2007, 08:30:15 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
For those of you here who weren't around pre-2002 (even I was after most of the WD/RPGFan Fiasco), Victor Ireland HATES RPGFan, because of things some staffers said.  These staffers were all gone by 2003/2004 (when, essentially, RPGFan was being run by a staff almost entirely from 2002 and beyond), and we tried to get back in touch with Working Designs/Victor Ireland to help promote Growlanser Generations.  What the hell kind of guy turns down FREE PROMOTION because of something that happened three years previous from DIFFERENT people?

Victor Ireland, that's who.

Preach it.

Let's see if he still holds his grudge as the founder of Gaijinworks.
2561  The Rest / General Discussions / Why Mario is "cool" and Sonic is not... on: May 03, 2007, 09:15:09 PM
HERE's the problem.

Jaleel White, AKA "Urkel" from Family Matters, was the voice to Sonic in the early 90s cartoons.

That killed my image of the blue furball mighty quick.


EDIT - in seriousness, Prime Mover's opening post has a lot of merit to it, if you study the sociological factors that go into each character's level of "marketability." Mario's timeless, at least among the modern world, but Sonic is stuck in the early 90s.
2562  The Rest / General Discussions / GamePro: The 52 Most Important Video Games of All Time on: April 30, 2007, 09:58:00 PM
Quote from: "Lilim"
GamePro has always sucked. Oh snap! I said it!

Hear hear!


Anyway, yeah...my little brother sent me the URL to this puppy. I am so sick of people getting off on GTA3 and Rockstar Games. Personally, I think GTA3 was crap, and not just because I'm a prude and I was disgusted by the allegedly "immoral" gameplay (seriously, who's *not* going to see if they can get a hooker and then run her over instead of paying her?). Open-ended gameplay existed well before GTA3. They just did it moderately well and made huge sales to the masses, IMO *because* of the immoral appeal.

And did you read their examples of games that have emulated the style? Simpsons and South Park games! My oh my, games based on TV franchises are using your newfound sandbox style...you're really a hit now! They claim that it's said and done, that this style of gaming is the "way" of the future. My ass! It's a trend, nothing more. It's come, it's had its time in the spotlight, and before you know it, something much more innovative will be out there. As far as I'm concerned, MMOs like WoW are much more influential than GTA3.

The executives at GamePro, who I'm sure have some reason to benefit from lauding the makers of GTA3 (financial, power-grabbing, business-relationships, blahblahblah, something!), can stfu.

2563  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: April 30, 2007, 09:23:20 PM
They were working hard to make a decent list.

If they had thought harder, they could have grouped Nintendogs, Animal Crossing, and Harvest Moon together as "sim" games. And I laughed when they listed "Pokemon" and "Anime-based games" back to back. Hmm....

Only one of those applied to me: music games. And it's not a guilty pleasure. It's simply pleasureable gaming.

(I play FFXI, *not* WoW. They simply could have listed "MMOs" as a guilty pleasure).

So yeah, that "feature" was a piece of dog sh*t.

2564  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:

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).

2565  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.

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