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4381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why are popular RPGs given bad reviews? on: September 15, 2010, 07:50:24 AM

Suikoden II's story definitely deserves more than it got, but this is why we tell people to broaden their horizons and check out multiple sources for their information rather than just one guy.

But. It didn't star a brooding hero, an amnesiac, or a guy with multiple personality disorder. It didn't feature twenty left field plot twists per disk or even more than one disk. It didn't feature a plot of over 200 playing hours with about 180 of those hours consisting of boring fetch quests. It didn't feature a plot of a simple rebellion against the evil polluting empire turned vision quest to kill god. Nor did the plot reveal the origins of humanity as provided by an anime alien civilization that was destroyed, locked in unevolution, or simply crashed a forgotten cargo ship onto the planet like a hojillion years ago. And the plot wasn't even entirely centered on the main character's awkward attempts at trying to fall in love with the anime magical girl/princess while he and a bunch of plebs go chasing after some unspecified evil that's simply just misunderstood in its quest to cast everything into oblivion.

Seriously? You expected Suki II's plot to compare to that? I scoff! SCOFF!!! at your silliness.

Why have you got to highlight my ignorance all the time? :(

Not really. I was using your post as an excuse to make fun of the RPGs of the era. Most games from that era (especially Squeenix games) are notoriously bad at trying to be pretentious and failing miserably.

The real reasons why Suki II got bad scores was probably a combination of bad timing (came out around 2000 which was overshadowed by a ton of other games like FFIX, LoZ:MM, Chrono Cross and the PS2 was on the horizon with MGS2 and FFX in the wings), the fact that it wasn't a game in a major series, and that there weren't that many copies getting into gamer's hands (hence why copies are typically sold on E-Bay for $100+ dollars).

I was just messin' with ya, ;). I knew you weren't making fun of me, I was just playing along with your joke.

4382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why are popular RPGs given bad reviews? on: September 15, 2010, 06:14:53 AM

Suikoden II's story definitely deserves more than it got, but this is why we tell people to broaden their horizons and check out multiple sources for their information rather than just one guy.

But. It didn't star a brooding hero, an amnesiac, or a guy with multiple personality disorder. It didn't feature twenty left field plot twists per disk or even more than one disk. It didn't feature a plot of over 200 playing hours with about 180 of those hours consisting of boring fetch quests. It didn't feature a plot of a simple rebellion against the evil polluting empire turned vision quest to kill god. Nor did the plot reveal the origins of humanity as provided by an anime alien civilization that was destroyed, locked in unevolution, or simply crashed a forgotten cargo ship onto the planet like a hojillion years ago. And the plot wasn't even entirely centered on the main character's awkward attempts at trying to fall in love with the anime magical girl/princess while he and a bunch of plebs go chasing after some unspecified evil that's simply just misunderstood in its quest to cast everything into oblivion.

Seriously? You expected Suki II's plot to compare to that? I scoff! SCOFF!!! at your silliness.

Why have you got to highlight my ignorance all the time? :(
4383  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: weirdest action figure of all time on: September 15, 2010, 06:09:30 AM
Heh. Reminds me of watching my friend balance on an egg.
4384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why are popular RPGs given bad reviews? on: September 14, 2010, 12:42:15 PM
Suikoden II's story definitely deserves more than it got, but this is why we tell people to broaden their horizons and check out multiple sources for their information rather than just one guy.
4385  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 13, 2010, 11:50:10 PM
Starm Ongoose: Well, Dark Crusade's campaign is similar and I rather like that, although it DOES have provinces that give you special abilities.

What sort of put me off with Soulstorm is that your bases are apparently lost between missions whereas in Dark Crusade, if you win in a province, if you have to defend it later your base is still there (I don't think research carries over but that's minor).

And I like that because, for the player, it removes a lot of tedium from base building and also turns it into a long term goal. Additionally it makes the map more organic. at the start you just have a lot of empty provinces. As you go on stuff gets progressively more and more fortified.

Also the special ability provinces have unique goals as well, so...

If you are talking about the Racial abilities that they all have, those are still in the game (If they were there before, I skipped straight to Soulstorm, so what do I know). If you wipe out the Eldar fortress you can move two spaces instead of one, if you defeat the Sisters of Battle you can create Forward Bases, which basically means you pay Global Requisition to have a custom made base prepared for your arrival into new territory, and It stays their after the match is over, so if another race attacks that province, the forward base you made will still be there (Though anything you built AFTER the forward base will now be gone).

You also get other bonus' from areas that aren't enemy headquarters. Some give you access to Elite Guard, which are super powered units unique to that race, that you buy with Global Requisition, are always with your army no matter where you go, and cost nothing towards the population cap. Webway gates function the same way I imagine. Some other bonus' like extra global requisition also exist.
4386  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 13, 2010, 08:27:07 PM
@MeshGearFox: The campaign is nothing special, it's like the campaign in Star Wars Galactic Battlefield, but not as in-depth. It is definately like risk, though unlike other RTS's missions they don't have any other objective other than destroy the enemy, or hold over 50% of the Critical Locations. The only time you'll get an objective different from that is when you are attacking an enemy races Headquarters. For instance you'll have to destroy the generators giving the Eldar their protective sheilds.

The two races added to it, The Sisters of Battle and Dark Eldar are rather fun, so I would get the expansion if not for the campaign, then to play around with them. My favourite race is the Sisters of Battle, though a million people will tell you otherwise. Dark Eldar, I've never used them much though they do seem interesting, alot more vehicle focused.
4387  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 13, 2010, 03:40:26 PM
Like all Suikoden games, you can teleport once you get Viki.  But yeah, until that point the boat sucks.  Keep playing Suikoden IV.  It's not as good as the rest, but it's still a solid RPG and some of the story elements play a fairly big role in the first Suikoden.  So if anything, Suikoden 4 leads into Suikoden 1.  That alone makes it worth playing, imo.

I'll admit, you have me intrigued. I will keep on chugging along.
4388  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Have you ever played a Visual Novel? And why not? on: September 13, 2010, 01:47:14 PM
You hit enter to "turn the page" and occasionally make dialog choices that may or may not decide how the story plays out. That's what my understand is anyway.
4389  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Prepare to feel old: Super Mario turns twenty-five today on: September 13, 2010, 01:45:41 PM
Yes, I'm 18, so this makes me feel rather young actually. :)
4390  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 13, 2010, 10:21:14 AM
My quest to play all the Suikoden games continues. I'm on Suikoden IV.


I can see why my boyfriend sold this game. I honestly don't know if I have the patience. It all looks like it would be really fun, but one thing fucking RUINS the entire experience and that is this fucking boat.

Do you spend a lot of time on this boat because I don't think I have the patience for this slow ass motherfucking hunk-of-junk. Especially couple with the ABSURD encounter rate.
4391  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 12, 2010, 01:49:47 AM
The Dresden Dolls - Delilah.

I'm kind of freaking out about that. There is a reason it is the song of the momment. My friend was webcasting covers of Dresden Dolls/Amanda Palmer songs and during that song Amanda Palmer came in and chatted with us. It...was so surreal. It came out of nowhere and it was so cool. There were only 8 of us watching our friend and she popped into this tiny random webcast.


THIS COMMENT WAS WRITTEN IN A MOMENT OF FANATICISM AND I CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS COMMENT WHEN I WAKE UP TOMORROW MORNING.
4392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 11, 2010, 11:47:59 PM
Mass Effect 2 is more of an RPG. Its not a hard choice.
4393  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: September 11, 2010, 09:27:04 PM
Been playing Dawn of War: Soulstorm against my boyfriend recently. He sucks , so I let him use the Tyranids mod to give him a fighting chance.
4394  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunk thread on: September 11, 2010, 06:06:29 PM
... my drinking this one lone cider makes me practically one with the animals, being unable to comprehend their superior intelligence.

If it makes you feel any better, I always thought that about you. ;)


Oh! This is one of those playful banter/jibe things right!? >.< I feel so welcome! Just like one of the guys. Okay, you had a dig at me, and now its my turn right?

Okay, okay. I can do this, your momma ate so many skittles that she...uh, no, when you were born, your momma ate so many skittles -

wait.

I fucked it up again.

Okay, your momma is so fat, when she eats skittles she has to...um...
4395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: September 11, 2010, 02:19:07 PM
If this wasn't fan service and they are just trying to portray realism by show wear and tear to her clothes, why is this never the case for male characters? Male characters may get the odd little rip on their shirt, or their jeans, but their left buttock is never hanging out while some thread dangles over their nipples.
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