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2671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Baten Kaitos Origins on: October 11, 2006, 01:51:08 AM
Though I only experienced the first title secondhand (watched a friend play it...like the rest of you, loved the plot twist, mad they didn't hold out with it to the end...), I decided to purchase the second one today (we have yet to get reviewable GameCube titles...that will hopefully change with the Wii).

I didn't read all the code text of this thread cuz I don't want the game spoiled for me right away...but I am looking forward to it. The general lack of GameCube RPGs gives me the hope that this one won't be terrible. I'm generally a lenient critic, but I have let out some major "trash talk" against certain games in the last year (Metal Saga, Tao's Adventure...)...we'll see if BK2 joins the ranks or can earn a B-ish score. I doubt the game will win my whole-hearted affections, but I won't know until I'm done with it.

Which, thanks to the postponement of my son's birth, should be soon.

Hope everyone that bought the game is enjoying it!

2672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The "Defense" Command on: October 11, 2006, 01:44:36 AM
I have played at least five console RPGs (off the top of my head) where the defense command was useful enough to be worth having in the game. In some games, such as strategy RPGs, the "defense" option may also allow you to recover some HP, MP, and move/ability points.

But generally, in a turn-based RPG, the defense command is useless. The only time "defend" is useful is if 1) you know the enemy will be attacking that character (if it's one-on-one it may help, or if you've used an ability that draws the target to you...) and 2) you know that defending is the difference between the survival and destruction of that character. It takes an extreme amount of know-how and strategy to properly execute a "defend" command...but it can certainly come in handy.

Recently, playing Xenosaga III, I found that KOS-MOS had a special ether ability that was basically a three-turn "super-defense" that she puts on herself. EXTREMELY useful at the end of the game. It basically cut all damage done to her to like 10%. It was definitely awesomeness in a can.

2673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 11, 2006, 01:37:07 AM
I only got 93%.

Still many things that don't make sense, but oh well.

Care to name them? (in spoiler quotes). I'd like to believe I have some answers for you.

2674  The Rest / General Discussions / Words fail me on: October 10, 2006, 05:20:38 PM
yeah I'm with Hidoshi too.

Having done social work, trying to help kids whose parents do stupid sh*t like that all the time, it really just makes me sick. Please remember that *that* infant will grow up, and probably have one of the worst childhoods one can possibly imagine.

You'll also note the article says *FOUR OTHER CHILDREN* were taken from the home and placed in Erie Children and Youth Services. There's four more lives that get to be raised by the state. I'm not sure which is more unpleasant...though based on that pic of the mom, they may be SLIGHTLY better off in the system.

2675  The Rest / General Discussions / More copyright fun: Let's attack restaraunts! on: October 10, 2006, 05:13:11 PM
1) local band should be sued...or at least PARTIALLY held responsible...not the bar owner...

2) talk about lawyers being dicks just to make some money. Makes me want to vomit.

2676  The Rest / General Discussions / Pope Gets Rid of Limbo on: October 06, 2006, 06:07:03 PM
That'd be a reasonable reply. Sorry for saying you suck at Catholicism, I appreciate the explanation. ^^

OMFG RPGFan boards are filled with love and understanding and not stupidity (like other boards!).

Back to my pregnant wife...

2677  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 05, 2006, 05:15:50 PM
I personally believe that, regardless of the Takahashi statement (which I believe he made to keep people from attempting to make timelines connecting Gears to Saga), the similarities of Xenogears and Xenosaga FAR outweigh, say, Secret of Mana and Secret of Evermore.

Abel and Nephilim strongly resemble Fei and Elly...imagine them as children and there you go.

The Zohar, and its usage, are essentially the same. The only difference is that there are other "Relics of God" in play, such as Zarathustra.

The concept of "anima" and "animus" shows up at the end, and the Anima of the E.S. units functioned exactly the same as in Xenogears.

A big circular space station called Merkabah (Melkava) is a central location for both games.

When you take on Yuriev in Ep. III, the setup for the boss is EXACTLY the same as the end of Xenogears, and for very similar reasons.

Mai = Maria.

The concept of God as a "wave existence" (U-DO) is important...and the fact that the U.M.N. disappears at the end of XS3 suggests that you've taken that wave existence OUT of the universe, much like how God is removed at the end of Xenogears.

The list goes on. Essentially, I think Xenosaga was Takahashi's attempt to take the depth and meaning of Xenogears, put it in a more futuristic realm, and expand. Also, to everyone who whines about Xenosaga being slow-paced and having bad battle systems...since when was Xenogears praised for being well-paced and having an enjoyable battle system? The only thing that kept me going in XG was the story and the music!

Finally, I DO think it's possible that one could still make the connection between XG and XS...that they happen in the same universe. A quick read of Joseph Campbell's take on the nature of history and religion (say, "Hero With a Thousand Faces") could help you see how the two could take place in the same world (over the span of millions of years, possibly).

2678  The Rest / General Discussions / Pope Gets Rid of Limbo on: October 05, 2006, 05:02:55 PM
o_O As a Catholic, I must say that for a transitional pope Benedict is doing his best to screw up everything.

As a Protestant who has a strong respect for and understanding of Catholicism (both historically and in today's time), I think this "transitional" pope is doing a great job at cleaning up much of the mess that was the medieval era.

As the article states, "limbo" was never *officially* part of Catholicism in the first place...so it's not like abolishing it killed off anyone's beliefs.

In fact, since Vatican II accepts "separated brethren" (protestants, other religioius folk) as people that may well make it to heaven (after some time in purgatory, most likely), it would only make sense that unbaptized infants could join the crew.

As for his "making comments that piss off a good 20% of the world" -- no, no, and no. It pissed off extremist Muslims, who generally are on a continual search to FIND things that will piss them off. What Benedictine said in that speech was offensive only to people who didn't take the time to understand what it was he was saying. The man was not at fault.

For being Catholic, you sure do seem to suck at understanding what's going on around you, eh? Unfortunately, that's seemed to be my impression of Catholic folk as a whole. The "elite," the intellectuals, and those who actually care about doctrine and the wellbeing of the world around them, are pretty cool, but they're also few in number. The rest are just nominal Catholics who fear change...I hope you're not one of those!

Now that I've set myself up for flaming, I'll wait for responses.

2679  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So who else thinks DQVIII is the best localization job ever? on: October 04, 2006, 02:56:34 AM
I should play DQ8. I think my *not* playing it colors my grading of other RPGs. i.e. - other games should get lower grades because DQ8 raises the standard.

That said, expect my next game review to feature extremely, almost unjustifiably high scores. Those who have been paying attention know what the game is...

In a somewhat-unrelated question: are there any other DQ titles that people would recommend out of the series? I grew up on FF, not DQ, and as such have only played the first game in the series... (prz don't kill me).

2680  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Thanx 4 nothing!!! on: October 03, 2006, 02:43:20 PM
In a moment of seriousness:

I'm the guy in charge of release dates. We have a note at the bottom about how it's difficult to keep things 100%.

The hardest thing for me has been keeping track of European release dates, because frankly, they're not very well-advertised, and when they are, they seem to be even less accurate than the US or Japanese dates. The EU gaming industry, IMO, seems to be a step behind.

I'm not bashing Europe, it's just hard for me to find good information.

If you REALLY wanted to see improvement, a simple email to me (which is at the bottom of our release dates section) would have gone a long way. Especially if you included some specific games to list with good information (even gamespot is lax on their EU dates).

But no, instead you decided to be an ass and come here to become flamebait. AND now you're banned. So I don't know why I'm even typing this.

2681  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 03, 2006, 04:56:53 AM
k, just beat it.

Altough a lot of questions were left unanswered, we did get a conclusion of sorts to the story.

I don't think so. Not really at all. Put in spoiler-text what questions you thought were left unanswered and I may be able to help explain. The only thing I would've liked:

more info on DOCTUS. I think she may have been from Xenosaga: Pied Piper and hence had a connection to Michtam and Jan Sauer's story...but I don't know. Or I may have missed one of those bonus data treasure chests that would have told more about her. But that's a MINOR tangent to the overall plot.

After finishing the game, I will say this:

The conclusion is rife for an epilogue scenario of some sort. Be it a game, anime, CG movie, *something*...they really could add more if they wanted to. What I'd really like to see is a timeline that connects Xenogears and Xenosaga at some point. The terms, symbols, and names are all so similar, one would think they fit somewhere. The big question would be: which comes first?

Man. I'm totally using my powers as an editor to hype this game. F*ck the game's sales in Japan, or the US. People need to experience this. Smart people, anyway.

2682  The Rest / General Discussions / Plans To Open A New Dimension on: October 03, 2006, 04:52:01 AM
Let's consider:

1) "we're venturing into new territory. We can't really predict what we're going to find or what's going to happen."

2) "but don't worry, the chances of us destroying the world are slim to none."

...(inferred third statement)..."even though we don't really know anything about the probability of the matter since we have no idea wtf this experiment will tell us."

We're all f***ed. All those 50s Sci-Fi books about us destroying ourselves by accident...yeah. I'll be pissed if they were right.

2683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: October 03, 2006, 02:38:13 AM
Didn't read any of this thread for fear of spoilers. I just wanna say I'm near the end of the game and I'm peeing my pants. Tetsuya Takahashi needs to make more games in this line of super-weird-philosophy/religion/sci-fi genre. I'm in love.

If I review the game (and I might), expect a completely biased and ludicrously-high score for the story section.

2684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Trusty Bell & Blue Dragon Trailers on: September 22, 2006, 10:49:18 PM
Yeah, re: the gameplay trailer for Blue Dragon (which I found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guQYirGIg-c here, but someone already posted a link)...

It's pure awesome in a saucepan.

I think this game is giving Uematsu and Sakaguchi a chance to rekindle what they had going with the Nintendo generation of FFs. But, to start, they had to do a fun and silly game. The music, IMO, sounds fantastic. I loved the battle themes.

After Blue Dragon, hopefully "Lost Odyssey" and future games will attempt a much more sophisticated/mature feel. But, it's never a bad idea to start with a fun and interesting game.

Toriyama in 3D worked out pretty nicely too.

2685  The Rest / General Discussions / A more "Mature" Mario on: September 21, 2006, 10:38:25 PM
....I mean no offense when I say it feels like Gay Pride Parade costuming.

yeah, the more astute otaku would note that a number of the designs look very similar to Masaya's "Cho Aniki."

At least, that's what I thought.

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