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2671  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."


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

2672  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...

2673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 20, 2006, 03:54:30 AM
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.

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!

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.


EDIT: also wanted to respond to this fine post:

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.

2674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 19, 2006, 04:36:43 PM
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!

Alundra 2

Yup. There's a terrible game!

Romancing SaGa.

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

I forgot about Unlimited SaGa. Consider my vote changed.

Very good. Lunar and Xenosaga > Unlimited SaGa.

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.
2675  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"?

2676  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).

2677  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:58:07 PM
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:


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...)

2678  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.


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 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.

2679  Media / The Soundroom / Atreyu on: November 17, 2006, 09:49:46 PM

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

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


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

2680  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!

2681  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! :)


PS - this will be the first good PSP RPG (besides...like...Lenneth).
2682  The Rest / General Discussions / Games 4 Girls on: November 14, 2006, 06:21:49 AM
Damn, you beat me to it. I wanted to get a pink one too. :P

Great minds think alike.

And Mark, sorry for derailing your whole topic. I too hate the way games get marketed...but in all fairness, games based on "Bratz" and "That's So Raven" deserve terrible marketing. Let's hope they fail.

2683  The Rest / General Discussions / Games 4 Girls on: November 14, 2006, 12:54:50 AM
A lot of people buy into the pink is for girls thing just like blue is for boys.

I mean that's almost as bad as Nintendo releasing a PINK DS. Geez, what the hell were they thinking?


last Friday, for my 23rd birthday, my wife purchased a Coral Pink DS Lite. For me.

I <3 it more than you could possibly imagine.

THAT's what they were thinking, oh friendly Masamune. They were thinking of little ol' Ramza.


PS - Seriously, the "coral pink" DS is a lot more about style than girly-fun-times IMO.
2684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soulblazer. on: November 11, 2006, 12:46:58 PM
Yeah, Quintet was a part of Granstream Saga, a crappy PS1 RPG.

And Quintet did the artwork for the over-400 items in Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~. They still exist, but perhaps in name only.

I'd like to see them make a return with a fourth game in the Soul Blazer series, with that sort of similar gameplay. Perhaps a DS title?

2685  The Rest / General Discussions / A MAGICAL LEOPLEURADON! on: November 10, 2006, 11:42:55 PM
well, Charlie wants his kidney back and he's not getting it. Life's tough. :P

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