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2611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / 1up: GDC Liveblog on the Evolution of the RPG. on: March 06, 2007, 09:53:35 PM
This is really excellent coverage. I'll have thoughts on some of the discussion questions and answers later, but for now, I'd just like to say: thanks for the link Eusis, and many thanks to 1up for being one of the last bastions of *excellent* gaming coverage on the net.

2612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rogue Galaxy. on: March 05, 2007, 11:59:03 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"


I have no sympathy. FFXII is a cakewalk in terms of difficulty. The only easier FF in recent memory is VIII, and even that could be argued.

Learn the game, read a walkthrough, do something. But don't complain about needing a bunch of P.Downs to get by.

On-topic: Rogue Galaxy is cool, but deeper plot would've been nice.

2613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Langrisser series. on: March 05, 2007, 11:53:47 PM
I think the troop/commander setup in Langrisser is what makes it a more interesting game than Shining Force or Fire Emblem. Always nice to have some disposable units. :P

The only Langrisser I've played to completion is II (the very first version at that: Sega Genesis, before the light/dark paths of Der Langrisser were added for SNES and the "Dramatic" disc for Saturn/PS). Though fan translations now exist, at the time I played the game none existed, so I did it without knowing one bit of the plot. I didn't even know Katakana at the time so I don't even know the character names.

I bought the limited edition of Langrisser IV for Sega Saturn, but then gave it to a friend who was really into imported games (and knew Japanese better than I did). Personally, I'd love to play through IV and V, but not without some English translation.

The series comes HIGHLY recommended (Except for III and "Langrisser Millenium") to any fan of Strategy/Tactical RPGs. It's really the cream of the crop for the genre IMO, and the artwork (from Satoshi Urashibara or whatever his name is...) is awesome.

A point of sorrow for VGM fans: Langrisser IV is the *only* game in the series to not receive any sort of soundtrack release. Even Langrisser Millenium had a soundtrack (which sucked)...but L4 got nothing. Everyone who cares to know about this is pissed about it *to this very day.*

I have a very deep and desperate wish to see I through V released as a box set in the US (a la WD's "Arc the Lad Collection"), but the chances of that happening are down next to seeing the rest of Shining Force III come to the US.

2614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Atelier Iris: Grand Phantasm on: March 01, 2007, 04:33:07 AM
I'm with Spoony - the shop owner conversations in AI1 were what made the game a truly unique experience. I LOVED it.

AI2 was good, but I strongly prefer AI1.

I haven't read much on Grand Phantasm (it was "Fantasm" in JP, but I guess NIS is changing that). I do know it has good music! We'll see about the rest...

And uhh...I have to ask...why does Ar tonelico "disgust" you, my Magical Pink friend?

2615  Media / The Soundroom / RPG soundtrack questions on: February 28, 2007, 09:37:59 PM
Grandia III - hmm...it was okay. I'd strongly recommend you look into Grandia I or II, as III is the worst among them IMO.

Final Fantasy XII - read my review. It's the worst thing I've ever heard out of Sakimoto. Doesn't fit my idea of FF, or Ivalice, in the least. I was pissed.

VP2 - If you're a Sakuraba fan, this is a great one to add to the collection. The only thing better he's done in recent years, IMO, are the Baten Kaitos albums.

Suikoden V - Easily one of the best Suikoden soundtracks out there. It's definitely better than III and IV, and I...I'd say it's tied with II. Much like the game itself, the soundtrack is really good.

Some personal recommendations:

- If you are interested, the arranged albums made are sometimes well worth it, even if you consider yourself an "OST-only" person. Xenogears: CREID, and any Square-produced Piano album is made of solid golden perfection.

- If you wanna listen to RPG music for games you don't have much familiarity with, start with this company: FALCOM.

- I recently became addicted to music from Gust's sound team, so the Atelier series + Ar tonelico is a good bet if you are like-minded on this point.

- Sakimoto's older works (Tactics, Vagrant Story, the Ogre Battle series) are waaay better than FFXII. Get these instead. ESPECIALLY Vagrant Story. <3 that soundtrack.

2616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: February 28, 2007, 09:32:36 PM
I wish I could replay games more often than I do. The most time I had to replay games where those lovely middle school and high school years. As such, this is what i can remember playing:

FFV - I've beaten it 3 times now if you include the GBA game. I beat it once for fun, then I wrote my own walkthrough on the 'net the second time through (it was crap but it had screenshots to guide you), then again for FFV Advance.

FFVI - 4 times on this one. The first time I beat this, I had this weird glitch; when I went to get Gogo, one of those construction-worker-dudes kicked me off the bridge. In fact, he kicked me off the bridge a good half-dozen times. The last time it happened, I was SO angry that I mashed on my controller as I fell from one screen to the next. Then, I hit start to use potions/ethers (low hp/mp from the random encounters), and TADA! I had 99 of every item in the game, including the Paladin Shield, Ragnarok Sword, and whatnot. In Espers, I had Odin and Raiden simultaneously, which is supposed to be impossible. It was excellent. But I felt like it was cheating, so I beat it a second time that same year. Then there was the PSX remake. Ten years later, GBA port.

Chrono Trigger - Only fools didn't take the time to get ALL the endings. This took me three complete play-throughs instead of two, cuz I missed a few my second time around.

Alundra - Once by myself, once with a friend and my little brother...we had WAY too much fun with this game.

Star Ocean: The Second Story - Once with each protagonist in the lead. The first time I totally missed everything and got a crap ending. The second time I was on my way to the best ending, but I missed some trigger to get the last event with Chisato...it pissed me off.

Final Fantasy Adventure - I beat it once per summer for about...six summers in a row. It was my "family road trip" game.

Final Fantasy Legend II - Same as Adventure, but slightly less awesome for me. I probably beat it 3 times.

That's about it...except, more recently, I'd say I beat Ys: The Ark of Napishtim either 3 or 4 times and gotten really good at Time Attack.

I wish I had more time to play RPGs more than once, but as a devoted reviewer, I try and portion my time out evenly for as much stuff as I can. Currently, I can boast that I've beaten 101 RPGs...I won't stop until at least 200! :)


PS - Welcome. You sound hip.
2617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Granstream Saga. on: February 28, 2007, 02:28:13 AM
1) the music is excellent.

2) Quintet has been doing *item design* (yes, item design...the icons/images for items) with Gust for the last few years.

3) I didn't know the dude that did Granstream went on to do Orphen. I was just looking at the Orphen RPG the other day thinking "hmm...maybe it's worth a play?"

2618  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Super Paper Mario on: February 23, 2007, 10:25:23 PM
If Nintendo's own site advertises it as an RPG, there's a *chance* we'll cover it. But then again, it was Nintendo that called Lunar: Dragon Song an "RTS" when it was announced at E3 2005. Not sure we can always trust their PR...

As for the game itself -- I like it cuz it's fun. Fun is good.

2619  The Rest / The Bazaar / Looking for final fantasy XI on ps2 on: February 22, 2007, 02:51:26 AM
If you can't get it to work on PC, the hassle of finding a copy on PS2 *and* the PS2 HD is about the same as the hassle of getting a 360 (well...a higher cost, but it's an easy find!).

I'd recommend the 360 version myself, but if you think you'd never use a 360 for anything *but* XI, then yeah, the Amazon order for FFXI with PS2 HD is probably your only hope.


PS - if you start up on XI, be sure to join the Leviathan server. ^^
2620  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Poll: audio samples on: February 22, 2007, 02:04:01 AM
Thread resurrection / UPDATE!

It's been to decided that, at least for now, Real Audio will *still* be the format of choice. Why?

Well, after some experimenting, we've learned that conversions from the RM file to other audio types (mp3, flash audio, wma) actually INCREASED file size, and usually created some noticeable side effects (occasional popping and distortion).

We tried a lot of things, but even when starting from the actual WAV file audio, it looks like Real does a decent job at compressing these songs!

However, what we have done is remove all of the "streaming" files (that re-linked to the files themselves) and now have the links pointing directly to the audio file itself. The reason we did this is particularly because we want you to have an alternative:


"Real Alternative," to be exact. This codec allows RM content to be played. And because we've done away with the "streaming" file system (which was a piece of crap that didn't quite work anyway), this alternative will be very useful to those who dislike the bulky RealPlayer software.

Please take the time to respond and let us know if this makes the audio samples any more functional, or at the very least *appealing,* to you the precious reader.

Patrick Gann
RPGFan.com Soundtracks Editor
2621  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Future of Shadow Hearts on: February 21, 2007, 09:56:46 PM
I only played FTNW, which I thought was freaking excellent, regardless of whether or not it's "better" or "worse" than the previous games.

The way they had worked the series out, the first game was Asia, and the second was Europe, and the third was North/South America...

I would've loved to see a fourth Shadow Hearts in...Africa? Or maybe some remote location (Antarctica?)...or one where the locations include the entire world!

I hope the series' "ending," if it really is over, didn't have to do with lower-than-expected sales on FTNW. The game was totally hip IMO.

2622  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mazes Of Fate for the GBA. on: February 20, 2007, 09:13:36 PM
I have it on my GameFly account, somewhere down there on the queue. I plan on playing it eventually. A lot of people said bad things about the game, but I'll see for myself when I get the chance.

2623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: February 19, 2007, 12:06:27 AM
What happened to Krusche's bf?  Did he fly off far away or is he dead?

Did you check walkthroughs on this? I didn't go past the town in Dragon's Nest, but I assumed there was probably a way to get an answer (and the answer is, probably, the dude is dead).

2624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance on: February 19, 2007, 12:02:52 AM
Quote from: "SabreWulf11887"
Is it me or does the game seem alittle easier than both the SNES and PSX version. I mean, I'm literally breezing through that game. Not that FFVI was hard in the first place.

I also noticed that they changed Ultros' line whenever you meet him for the first time.

SNES: Uwee hee hee!!! Don't tease the octopus, kids!

GBA: Gwee hee hee!!! You're up the creek, without a paddle!

Good point on that change.

Yeah, I feel like either 1) they must have dumbed down the difficulty or 2) I kick a lot more boo-tay at RPGs than I did 10 years ago.

Well, the answer is probably "both."
2625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 17, 2007, 02:13:44 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I just wanted to say, I hate aurica with a fiery passion that is not of this world.

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