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2581  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
2582  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
2583  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
2584  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
2585  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
2586  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 ...
2587  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Any word on Dragon Shadow Spell being picked up for the US? on: April 05, 2007, 03:29:49 AM
Quote from: "SabreWulf11887"
I hope this game makes it over here. But there's probably a 5% chance of that happening, though.


When Atlus released the Summon Night GBA games in the US, I figured that was their "testing the waters" to see if the Summon Night series would be viable in the US. Considering DSS is another Flight-Plan game, and very similar, perhaps Atlus will be interested....?

Ramza
2588  The Rest / General Discussions / 1up feature on worst game covers on: April 01, 2007, 07:54:09 PM
I love that they refused to put the "usuals" in their list. Suikoden Phalanx and Megaman...fer real dog!

Irritating Stick ftw.
2589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Infinite Undiscovery on: April 01, 2007, 12:36:36 AM
I didn't keep up on recent tri-Ace titles, but I have an extreme love for The Second Story. That said, I like any news on any tri-Ace games. :)

I think they can do it, especially with the muscle of S-E behind them. Let's just see if they do hold out with their promise this time around...

Ramza
2590  The Rest / General Discussions / Save RPGFan Radio! on: March 31, 2007, 11:08:34 PM
lolz. Not that I have high hopes for RPGFan Radio's survival, but if someone WANTED to do a car wash for the most absurd reason in the world, saving an internet radio station that plays videogame music would probably top the list...

I do not look good in a bikini tho. Any takers? :P

Ramza
2591  Media / General Games / Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword on: March 31, 2007, 08:26:36 PM
yeah for real, every game that's had DS book-style allows for screen-switching if you're left-handed.

(I'm left-handed, and I notice these things)

Ramza
2592  Media / Single-Player RPGs / First pictures of Final Fantasy Tactics A2. on: March 30, 2007, 12:36:29 AM
Quote from: "Zebulun"
I'm still unclear as to which game this follows. Is it a sequel to FFT or  FFTA? In any case, it does look nice. Of particular note is the giant cockatrice.


How does "A2" make this in any way unclear to you?

It's a sequel to Tactics ADVANCE.

sigh...
2593  The Rest / General Discussions / 5 minutes to kill yourself on: March 28, 2007, 08:45:29 PM
The thing that finished me off was a dude praying to God, and I got "Talk To the Hand"-ed...God's fist-pounding took me out.

Nice.

Ramza
2594  Media / Single-Player RPGs / XBLA Castlevania: SotN is out and rocks! on: March 25, 2007, 05:09:55 AM
Eusis is correct. the Castlevania "collections" on PSP that will include Rondo of Blood and SotN will be far cooler...particularly for Rondo of Blood. :P

But if you have a 360, this is probably one of the better downloads you can get from XBLA.

Ramza
2595  The Rest / General Discussions / Tragicomic: 1up feature on video game stories on: March 24, 2007, 10:16:19 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
maybe I'm sick of JRPG plots with some high school student saving the world or aliens senselessly killing everything.  In that case, I tire of focusing on the plots, they're becomes silly, and repetitive, and just focus for what sets games apart.


When talking about a game's story, there are different things to focus on. Yeah..the "overall" plot (typically saving the world, or someone near and dear to you) may be repetitive. It's more about the journey TOWARDS this goal. If *these* story elements are either completely irrelevant or completely bland, or if it's clear that it was borrowing from other recent story techniques in the VG world, then that's bad.

Taking into account character development, dialogue in general, and that sort of thing, may help you see the freshness in what is an otherwise drab game (at least concerning plot).

Ramza
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