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2551  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is anyone else just plain tired of Tetsuya Nomura? on: May 29, 2007, 01:59:04 AM
I don't particularly *like* Nomura's style, but it has yet to actually piss me off. There are at least two character designs per game where I see them and think "wow, that's hip" (in 10, it would be Auron and Yuna).

I think it's just like...companies are defined by their key staff. Square Enix got Nomura, and it looks like he's not going anywhere anytime soon. I, for one, can put up with it. ...except maybe Sora's weird-ass baggy pants and shoes.

Ramza

PS - Sakuraba? Yeah, he gets REALLY old really fast. But for some reason, I keep finding things I LIKE from him year in year out. In recent times, his scores for Baten Kaitos 1 and 2 have really been decent, and before that, I was in love with Star Ocean 2. But, IMO, SO3 was a huge letdown musically, and Sakuraba's "shittiness" is probably due to the fact that he writes so much. If he were to limit himself, take less jobs, etc, we'd probably see more originality in his music. I have hopes for Eternal Sonata, as that's essentially Sakuraba's baby (it's all tri-Crescendo).
2552  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force on: May 28, 2007, 08:04:57 PM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"
It's a lot more fun than it looks.

I'm not gonna defend the VA, though (I heard that they hired somebody right out of a children's theatre group for this game - or was it it's sequel?).


I'm currently working my way through SF Neo right now. It may have some redeeming qualities to it, but it better become *actually* enjoyable in the next few hours...cuz right now it feels like work instead of fun.

Honestly, is there something wrong with me, or am I using the "return" spell every 3 minutes to recharge health and go back in to fight? That doesn't strike me as interesting gameplay...just a cheap, and somewhat redundant, exploit.

There are moments that I enjoy the VA...one character I recently met has an excellent accent, and I appreciate it. But Max sounds like the English Goku from DBZ, except a little more whiny...and Meryl flat out sucks.

Ramza
2553  Media / The Soundroom / The Beatles on: May 27, 2007, 11:41:08 PM
I will never, ever understand why they achieved both mainstream success and critical acclaim then, nor why they continue to receive those things now.

Honestly, I just don't get it. I'm fairly certain I've heard at least 50% of their released repertoire (thanks to friends and family that just *had* to make me listen to the albums), and I was never like "oh yeah this is great!"

Nor do I see how they "apparently" influenced music for a generation. If they did, then how am I able to like so many other musicians from each decade, but not find them (the Beatles) something of great appeal?

Maybe I just can't stand that distinctly British vocal tone...

Ramza

PS - Anyone ever dig into theories about the CIA trying to assassinate Lennon? I love conspiracy theories.
2554  The Rest / General Discussions / GamePro: 11 Worst Video Game Trends on: May 27, 2007, 09:18:57 PM
I liked this list a lot. It surprised me how much a "mainstream" publication like GamePro was willing to bash Halo left and right.

Here are my thoughts on each pick:

11. The perfect woman -- yeah...but...what are you gonna do? Seriously. I'm all for media with more "realistic" portrayals of women, and if it happens, let me know...I'll support it.

10. Bloom effects -- LOL, "bloom effects...are the lens flare of twenty-first century video games." So true! Still...I frickin love it. I think it looks awesome, and I'm not tired of it yet.

9. Supersoldiers -- I wasn't aware this was a trend...probably because the only game I'm familiar with there is HALO.

8. Regular soldiers -- hmm...kind of ties in with their number one. They definitely have a gripe with the number of recent realistic-war-style games. I do too...but not as much as I hate the EA Sports lineup.

7. Every button -- that's not really a problem to me, as long as it isn't mandatory I *learn* about every button. Like...can I play the game from start to finish and never have to use the mystical "R3" button? That'd be fine then.

6. Licensed soundtracks -- Dear god, it's about time someone bash this. I am SO tired of licensed soundtracks. No. thank. you. I think Xbox 360 created a clever solution with the "put your own music as BGM to games" setup. Licensed soundtracks suck, end of discussion. Write some frickin music for yourself.

5. Sequels -- LOL, no. "Sequels" are not a trend. "Annual sequels" is the trend, and they ought to have named it as such. And they also should've used this as a platform to bash EA Sports, and bash them HARD. Not just Tony Hawk, I'm talkin' the NFL and NBA stuff.

4. Rising game prices -- Again I ask, "what are you gonna do?" This doesn't surprise me at all, and it'll continue to happen. Also, the Limited Edition complaint struck me as odd. US gamers have seen like 1% of all the LE games ever made. The place for limited editions is the land of the rising sun, and EVERYONE knows this. Plus, they occasionally come with *useful* bonuses.

3. Microtransactions -- Ditto. They were 100% correct here.

2. Gangsta themes -- Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. (they spelled "voila" wrong). YES. Gangsta-themed games are so pathetic on so many levels. SOOOO many levels. And I do blame GTA. Generally, I hate GTA. And Rockstar games.

1. World War II themes -- LOL "Spoiler: the allies win." That had me going. Also, lovely statistic there, nice work from mobygames categorizing it as a genre (since it definitely deserves to be one).

Overall, a fine list. Here are a few ideas I would've added:

- MMOs -- They're new, they're cool, they're hip. But there are way too many *bad* ones out there. Why try to compete with the big dogs (WoW) in this arena? I don't get it.

- PSP porting -- No, I do *not* want my entire PS1 and PS2 RPG library put onto the PSP. And I certainly don't want to pay for it.

- Shitty Sonic games -- please, *please,* can someone just make another fun 2D platformer with the blue guy and stop making these TERRIBLE 3D adventures?

Ramza
2555  The Rest / General Discussions / Save RPGFan Radio! on: May 22, 2007, 08:19:54 PM
Thanks for the word Dio.

An update on "RPGFan Radio" ...

We have a secret project in the works for the entire site. Part of this project will involve the soundtracks section. Eventually, it will be the case that every audio sample in the RPGFan Soundtracks collection will be playable in a "shuffle" mode...this will become the new RPGFan Radio.

(and no, it WON'T be realplayer. It will play within your browser).

Ramza
2556  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey on: May 21, 2007, 11:59:50 PM
Masamune's correct. We get games as advance releases, for free. That's one perk of working at this site.

And yeah...again, like Masamune said, don't be giving rude snarky comments to the site's webmaster. That's just a terrible idea.

And, IMO, the game isn't very good.

Ramza
2557  Media / General Games / Rengoku 2 on: May 21, 2007, 09:01:00 PM
Quote from: "Willy Elektrix"
I'm not terribly impressed with the PSP line-up. Really, the only other game I'm interested in is Generations of Chaos 2 and even that I'm sort of luke-warm about (I just really loved Dragon Force). From what I've read online (mostly on this site, in fact) the RPGs on the system seem pretty mediocre and a little console-style for my tastes.


Dude, Aedis Eclipse GoC is the *only* game I've truly enjoyed for the PSP to date. And I promise, this isn't me selling out to NIS America. Like the rest of the world, I hated GoC and SS (because of load times mostly...). But Aedis Eclipse fixes all that and goes a step beyond to make the game actually FUN. If you have fond memories of Dragon Force, you'll like Aedis Eclipse.

PSP *will* have a better RPG library by...2008, I'd say. Right now all its best games are ports (all its bad games are ports too though). I think Crisis Core will be the game that turns the tide...granted it doesn't suck like Dirge of Cerberus did.

Ramza
2558  The Rest / General Discussions / This is why you don't pee on your Playstation! on: May 17, 2007, 04:45:50 PM
Quote from: "Takezo"
When I first got my dreamcast christmas day, I christened it by taking a hammer to my saturn. I curse myself every fucking day. :(


That has GOT to be the worst decision you've ever made. Unless you've been convicted of a felony.

Ramza
2559  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.

Ramza
2560  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.

Ramza
2561  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.

Ramza
2562  Media / General 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?

Ramza
2563  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.
2564  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.

Ramza
2565  Media / Single-Player RPGs / KH3 full trailer on: May 12, 2007, 11:56:16 PM
Hopefully I didn't miss this post from before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GCkkL9-Yo4

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.

Hothothot.

Ramza
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