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2566  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Yggdra Union on: November 25, 2006, 10:42:06 PM
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Wait! I haven't clicked the link yet so I don't know, but has it been released Stateside yet? Because I've been looking forward to it for a while now.


It always saddens me when our message board users don't check the very obvious resources available to them at this site.

*points to the left*

Click "Release Dates", check the "recently released" list. I know I don't keep it perfectly updated (it currently lists two games which came out recently in the "coming soon" part)...but Yggdra Union's been out for awhile now.

And yeah...I feel like a moron for not playing the game, but I was too busy loving various incarnations of old FF games (III on DS, V on GBA...)

Ramza
2567  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFV Advance (and a Genji 2 joke!) on: November 25, 2006, 09:07:58 PM
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The ridge racer thing still puzzles me though.(at least in that video eusis posted)


It's apparent you just don't follow the zaniness of internet jokes. Everything has multiple layers and is overdone to the point of obscuring the original joke.

The name of the video is "Sony e3 2006 Conference in 1 Minute." So it summarizes the main points. Here are the main points for you, if you missed it:

- Kaz Hirai is an important dude.
- Giant enemy crabs actually battled in ancient Japan.
- RIIIIIIIIIIDGE RACER.
- PS3 will retail for $599.

Ramza

EDIT - Here's a post lifted from the user comments of gamemp3s, where they recently released a set of Ridge Racer 7 music.

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The “Riiiidge Racer” voiceover is featured in any rr game I played. But it actually refers to something else - Sony’s embarassing E3 press conference this year. There were a lot of statements by Sony execs that did not really come out right. Everyone expected Sony to show off the real killer app, and they were talking about “real time weapons changing” (like that was something totally new), “flipping over giant enemy crabs for massive damage”, and announcing the big game, which turned to be out Ridge Racer 7. Not that I don’t like Ridge Racer, but with its 7th incarnation it hardly qualifies as a revolutionary title that needs a new console. And they announced it using the famous “Riiiiiiiidge Racer” slogan.

There is a clip on youtube, that is 1 minute long and contains the “highlights”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJElsNaC6yQ

But I really recommend watching the full conference because it was a joke.


If you don't understand the joke after this explanation, I give up.
2568  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: November 25, 2006, 09:03:42 PM
I got Sufjan Steven's 5 disc Christmas box set. For the last five Christmases (how does one pluralize Christmas?), the man made homemade albums with some covers and some original material and sent it to his best friends and family. These would get leaked onto the internet very quickly, so people have had them for a loooong time. He compiled the five of them and released them this year for only $18 -- the box comes with lots of cool artwork, poetry, essays...It's good stuff.

There was something else I ordered with that...what was it...OH! Copeland's "Eat Sleep Repeat." Not as good as the last album, "In Motion."

Ramza
2569  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFV Advance (and a Genji 2 joke!) on: November 25, 2006, 06:42:54 PM
Jason: you are my hero.

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Anyways, I expect that this and Contact will probably be the only two games to actually use it: Who knows how long it'll last on the internet (I'm willing to bet it'll be nigh-irrelevant come May-ish, a year after it started).


The fact that the quote made it into *any* game shows me that it's gained quite a bit of ground. It's a *really*, EXTREMELY random thing to use as a way to poke fun at Sony, and that makes me happy. Expect more than a mention of it in my upcoming review. ^^

Ramza
2570  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFV Advance (and a Genji 2 joke!) on: November 23, 2006, 09:47:48 PM
I've been playing FFV Advance (GBA) for about a week now, and it's just as fun as the last few times I played it.

The bonuses aren't quite as nifty as in FFIV (in my opinion), but what they did offer is pretty cool. There are four new jobs, and one of them (a new favorite of mine) is called "Gladiator." Let me tell you why it's my favorite...

Gladiator's Level 2 ability is called "Finisher." Here's the description, straight from the US version of the game:

"Powerful strike that, whenever it hits an enemy, attacks its weakpoint for massive damage."

SET IN HISTORICAL JAPAN. GIANT ENEMY CRABS. ROFL!!!!

This is clearly not a coincidence, but rather a great inside joke from this last E3 carried forward in a very unlikely place.

I think we can all agree that attacking one's weakpoint for massive damage is going to be a huge fad for the next few years of gaming. :P

Ramza
2571  The Rest / General Discussions / Yes, the PS3 CAN cook breakfest for you. on: November 20, 2006, 10:29:00 PM
Some people have *way* too much money to kill off on projects like that...

Ramza
2572  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 20, 2006, 03:54:30 AM
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Not only was it an extreme FF7 knock off


Tell me, how?

I hear this whole "LoD is an FFVII clone" all the time, and it's a load of horse sh*t.

Did Legend of Dragoon have a battle system anything like 7? no.

Did it even attempt to copy the Materia system? nope.

Oh, how about its plot? Surely the plot is similar... oh, nope.

Similar music? Definitely not.

Here are the only three things I can think of that even make it remotely similar to FFVII:

1) bad guy with long silver hair...oh, there's a point we should all rub in! except for the fact that baddies with long silver hair is a staple of Japanese culture. DURRR... (and that "bad guy" turns out to be good in LoD)

2) similar graphics. That only goes for in-game, exploration graphics. FMVs and battles don't look the same at all.

3) it's a PS1 RPG that spans several discs. Oh my.

Shut up. Actually, don't shut up. Instead, tell me how far you got in the game so we can gauge how accurate your judgment is.

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Why does LoD get so much hate? It's one of my all-time faves. The story, sure, was nothing much, but it had SOUL, dammit!


The overarching premise and mythos of LoD was decent IMO. The last few hours of the game, especially the last dungeon and boss, made it all worthwhile for me. Oh, and all of disc 3. And all of disc 2. Really, the only downer was disc 1, and that's cuz it was slow. But I'm glad you liked the game!

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It doesn't take a lot to keep me entertained, especially with RPGs, so I tend to like a lot of what I play.


Sketch, you're in good company with me. It's hard for me to find major fault in a game...my scores as a reviewer tend to reflect this.

Ramza

EDIT: also wanted to respond to this fine post:

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Maybe Daggerfall. Not so much because I thought it was bad in and of itself, but because the fan community jerks all over every idiotic non-feature it had like it was the greatest thing ever, and acts like Bethesda actually put effort into it. They didn't. It's a crappy, in-house 3D engine, with a crappy, in house random quest generator. There's all of jack and shit going on under the hood. I've checked. We're talking sophomore project at Digipen, here.


wait, people praised Daggerfall? Really? where?

Most people that I know bash Daggerfall and consider it the worst of the four Elder Scrolls titles. Like all of following games, Daggerfall was essentially "Arena" plus some extra frills. Of course, the graphical excellence and larger scope of Morrowind and Oblivion are enough to make you want to play them more than the oldschool Arena. But if I have to choose between Arena and Daggerfall...well...I think the choice is pretty obvious, even with the ugly pixelated NPCs. Arena ftw.

Ramza
2573  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 19, 2006, 04:36:43 PM
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And Star Ocean II and PSC and Lunar II are also great, YOU ARE ALL GONNA GET STABBED.


Agreed. Who the hell didn't like Lunar 2? Wait...Gast didn't like Lunar 1, and our boy Darkrider didn't like Lunar 2....wtf!!!! this site used to be LunarNET, why do you work here?! :P

IMO, Lunar 2 is way better than Lunar 1, but both are *excellent*.

Legend of Legaia is fun! it's not THAT bad.

In fact, most of the games you all haven't liked...you're all crazy. There are so many crappier games out there, go play them!

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Alundra 2


Yup. There's a terrible game!

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Romancing SaGa.


Excellent game, best "open-ended" RPG in ages. You're insane.

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I forgot about Unlimited SaGa. Consider my vote changed.


Very good. Lunar and Xenosaga > Unlimited SaGa.

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King Arthur & The Knights of Justice for the Super Nintendo, published by Enix America in 1995 is one of the worst RPG's I've ever played for any console. Awful. Just awful.


Something I've never heard of. I need to check it out, cuz it sounds just that bad.
2574  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 11:38:21 PM
Gee, how about a "thanks for answering all my redundant questions with that handy article you linked"?

:P
2575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 18, 2006, 11:00:36 PM
This topic has happened a million times in ten thousand different message boards.

People can usually dig up some extremely old and obscure RPG and say "yup, this is THE worst one."

I don't know about ALL time, but I will say that in my opinion, the worst RPG of 2006 (released in the US) was without a doubt Deep Labyrinth for Nintendo DS. Outside of the handheld world, I'd turn to Metal Saga. (our sites grades do, for once, reflect my opinion on the matter).

Ramza
2576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:58:07 PM
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Is the Lunar series dead now? Back when Working Designs remade Lunar 1 and 2 for the PS1, that Vic guy from Working Designs hinted at the fact that there might be a new Lunar game for the PS2. Well, since that was 5 or more years ago and the PS2 is in its last days, I take it this isn't happening. Who owns the rights to Lunar? I don't think Working Designs is a company anymore, are they? I think there was a GBA Lunar game that came out not too long agp. Who released that. I always like Working designs. Especially there packagings. I admit, I pre-ordered Lunar two to get the sock puppet and everything! Also, bringing games like Alundra and others out over here was great.


You're one huge WD enthusiast aren't ya.

Victor Ireland is certainly not doing what he likes to do, but hopefully, as he does it, he tries to be a little more true to what the original Japanese creators intended with their titles.

To answer all your Lunar questions:

http://www.lunar-net.com/lunar3-9.php

Probably the most reasonable summary of where the Lunar series stands now. There's hope, but that doesn't change the fact that $money$ is what drives this industry for the most part (a depressing fact for those of us who see art and beauty in games...)

Ramza
2577  Media / The Soundroom / Best Indian (Tamil) Song in awhile... on: November 18, 2006, 02:09:01 AM
Now, everyone heard of Daler Mhendi's "Tunak Tunak Tun."

Ladies and gentlement, have you seen Prabhu Deva's "Kalluri Vaanil"? If not, you need to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRmqZRPgK1w&mode=related&search=

The bits of research I've done on Indian pop, particularly that from this guy's publisher (Ayngaran), this is apparently pretty typical stuff. Male/female duo doing crazy dances and singing crazy stuff to a hyped up beat.

I...LOVE...this!

I just think there's something special behind it that goes beyond that shallowness of pop culture. Maybe I'm just looking for something that's not there, but to me it's a quick look at how mezmerizing something foreign can be.

Watch it.

Ramza
2578  Media / The Soundroom / Atreyu on: November 17, 2006, 09:49:46 PM
ATREEEEEEYUUUU!

"Bastien, PLEASE! Give me a new name!"

I can't, I just can't do it!

mwahahahahha...

Yeah, sell the tickets to the show, and buy yourself the Neverending Story DVD instead. :P

Ramza
2579  The Rest / General Discussions / Interview: Tom Kalinske, SoA President during Genesis Era on: November 17, 2006, 02:27:01 AM
The interviewers at Sega-16 were clearly biased (of course they would be, they're a Sega fansite). But I really enjoyed that interview. Thanks for the link!

Ramza
2580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Monster Kingdom announced for the US. on: November 16, 2006, 05:57:58 PM
What I am *really* waiting for is a full soundtrack release. It hasn't happened in Japan: maybe it'll be a uS exclusive with Atlus! :)

Ramza

PS - this will be the first good PSP RPG (besides...like...Lenneth).
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