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2671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soulblazer. on: November 10, 2006, 05:30:52 PM
Of the SoulBlazer trilogy from Quintet, I vote Terranigma as THE best.

SO good.

2672  The Rest / General Discussions / A MAGICAL LEOPLEURADON! on: November 10, 2006, 05:22:38 PM

I'd hope after the amount of time it's existed that at least some of you have seen this excellent piece of crazy crap.


2673  The Rest / General Discussions / Pong creator knocks PS3 strategy on: November 09, 2006, 04:06:50 AM
I wonder if Sony will fail this time around with PS3. To me it's doubtful, simply because they have essentially "won" the last two rounds with PS and PS2. Of course, Nintendo "won" with NES and SNES and then hit hard times with N64.

And in the handheld market, what happened before N64? Virtual Boy. And what happened right before PS3? PSP.

Coincidence? ...
you decide.

I think that Wii will do well, as Nintendo has always managed to get by and be innovative. If it's a question of 360 vs PS3, it could be that 360 actually wins. The 3rd party support in Japan is a good sign for Microsoft, as they didn't have that AT ALL last go-around.

2674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Whats next after DQ8 on: November 08, 2006, 03:35:21 AM
I recommend both Atelier Iris games.

And if you want a challenging title, Baten Kaitos Origins was a recent surprise for me.

2675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone playing Baten Kaitos Origins? on: November 08, 2006, 03:32:42 AM
Grand Master, to answer your question:

Mira is there. You just don't visit it because it's apparently cloaked in invisibility. When Sagi and co. reach the ground world (where everyone where's those silly masks), they discover that the fifth of the five islands IS Mira, and that Hassaleh isn't one of the original five. The real question is: how does Hassaleh not exist in the original?

Actually, the team technically does go to Mira. Kind of. Beat the game and find out.

2676  The Rest / General Discussions / Send out for pizza, order takeou Chinese, have pot delivered on: November 08, 2006, 03:29:18 AM
I've never touched the stuff and never will, but this story is so depressing to me. I think it's terrible that the head of the quote "drug ring" is facing ten years in prison. When the hell will our country just get over the fact that lots of people choose to smoke marijuana and make the stuff legal?

2677  The Rest / General Discussions / Itagaki on trial for sexual harrassment on: November 07, 2006, 05:19:38 PM
Hahahaha! (I mean, not laughing at the poor woman, but at the DoA creator).

ending up with a similar run-in at a hotel during E3 last year.

Scandal in LA!

Seriously, it's no surprise. Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball --- sexual harrassment. Yeah, it's like 2 and 2.

Great story.

2678  The Rest / General Discussions / Japanese Gaming Sites on: November 04, 2006, 01:19:20 AM
Yeah, or just read through most of OUR news updates. The majority of our news updates come direct from Japanese sites, *not* from IGN and Gamespot. Famitsuu and Namae no Nai Heya (not sure if I spelled that right) are two big ones, and Game Watch is a biggie too.

2679  The Rest / General Discussions / E3 now "GamePro Expo" on: November 02, 2006, 02:30:18 AM

It lives on, but the big question is: will it still be cool?

Guess we'll find out in 2007!

2680  The Rest / General Discussions / Is society becoming more or less overbearing? on: November 01, 2006, 09:22:20 PM
Tough call.

I'd explain it by saying that there are people who are fighting for society to be less overbearing, and they win this or that battle...but in general, most people *are* afraid of controversy so they'd rather play it safe.

For example, if you check my recent Baten Kaitos Origins review (shameless plug), look at the last screenshot with the review: main character on a metallic cross. Yeah, well I beat the game and never saw that in the US version. Why? Because Nintendo published it, and they *edited out* the graphic and instead had the main character hanging on some non-descript golden rectangular block. I kid you not. Who even takes the time to remove stuff like that anymore? I promise you, no ten-year-old kid with conservative parents is going to make it that far in a game like Baten Kaitos cuz 1) it's effing hard and 2) it already has ratings that would stop the parents from buying the game.

So yeah, ppl are making society more overbearing in general, with a few pockets of extremely liberal "do as you please" showing up here and there...which feeds more censorship backlashes.

2681  The Rest / General Discussions / Carniverous chocobo of ancient times... on: October 31, 2006, 01:59:39 PM

Coincidence? I think not!


Fun read anyway.

2682  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 Commercial - "Mama" on: October 29, 2006, 10:21:17 PM
Even if they managed to find creepier, I can't imagine a commercial that tops it. If someone has some youtube link or something, then by all means enlighten us.

There was a commercial for a horror game (may have been Resident Evil, even RE4) over in Europe (I think)...and it was a zombie-woman breastfeeding an infant. Not quite as creepy as this PS3 commercial, but definitely scary. Wish I had a link for it, but I don't. :(

2683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stella Deus ~ Gates of Eternity on: October 28, 2006, 06:09:46 PM
Two things:


The story's a little interesting. Taking a simple philosophy such as apathy towards the destruction of the world, and making it punishable by death? Damn, that's capital punishment for being emo! Those, of course, are the villains. The cute little emos are the good guys!

Yeah, I wouldn't call it an emo religion. Emo kids would cry about the end of the world. These people are ascetics and stoics...they wait for the end because they understand that's the way it's meant to be. Fatalist, yes. Emo? nah.

2) The coolest thing about the game is the ability to essentially get *everyone* on your team, even all the villains. The thing is, it's crazy hard to achieve, you have to do *everything* perfectly throughout the game with dialogues and cutscenes and stuff. There are walkthroughs for it.

There are "ultimate weapons" for each major character, and again, this includes the villains if you can get them on your team. It's totally excellent if you do this. :)

2684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 27, 2006, 02:02:36 AM
Thread resurrection!

First, Hidoshi, good points all around.

Second, I wanted to let the skeptics know that after posting my review, I've now received five *lengthy* emails from readers who all agree with what I had to say, especially in regards to the storyline.

Here's a little selection from one:


I'm a gamer (into RPGs mostly) and I gotta say i was extremely happy about the review you wrote at RPGfan. The first review posted a month or two ago, which got an 89% - i wasnt really a fan of that, especially since the review mentioned that the story aint special. After beating the game myself, i must say that ive never found myself agreeing with a reviewer on almost every level of his/her review - especially when u mentioned the story. Dude, like you, i actually enjoyed episode II a good lot, and kept thinking about what Episode III would bring to the story before its release. Reading your review felt like reading my own thoughts for the game, and i too found the story to be one of the best ive ever heard, if not the best, in my life. Kudos to a wonderful review (best review ive read, definitely) and im really glad u liked it Patrick!

This confirms my suspicion that, even if the fanbase is small, the fanbase is definitely die-hard loving the conclusion to the Xenosaga series. As well they should. Now that are friend Bogatyr is banned (at least temporarily), he can't continue to tell me that I'm wrong to call a videogame "art." So I'll sit back and continue to argue that Xenosaga is a work of art that transcends traditional categories by blending the works of old and gracefully adding many new things, and I'll also continue to say it's the best RPG of 2006, lest something should change my mind (it's doubtful).

2685  The Rest / General Discussions / Battle of the New Atheism on: October 25, 2006, 11:38:13 PM
Or it could be because you don't hear the words "thousands dead" in regards to almost any religion on Earth besides those three.

Hinduism's led to some recent killings, but I suspect it's more social/political than actually religious.

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