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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Super Robot Wars on: June 20, 2006, 12:43:31 AM
I've played a few of the non-original titles through roms.  I thought they were decent strat-RPGs, but nothing very exceptional.  To me the entire game seems to be the anime mechs, without that it seems very bland.  I don't know how the original games will go, but other than the novelty of SRW coming to America I'm not very interested.  I may pick it up, but it's not a must have.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / LucasArts President: "Industry Needs to Release On Time on: June 16, 2006, 08:41:19 AM
Releasing on time isn't a problem, setting unreasonable dates is.  Pushing back a game that could use the extra development time is okay, what really bothers me is when they announce unreasonable launch windows to create interest in a title that won't be out for a while.  By now developers should have enough experience to give realistic times for their projects, having massive delays without apparent reasons to me just seems like a way to make news.  I seriously doubt, for example, Nintendo ever really though Twilight Princess would be ready last winter.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best Buy wants to sell you PS3 Final Fantasy 7 on: June 15, 2006, 03:50:27 AM
Oddities abound at bestbuy.com, so says 1up.  It is really interesting, though.  The date is obviously unreasonable, but other than Gamestop listing an XBox version of Suikoden 3 I can't think of any retailer listing a product that doesn't exist.  I've said since the video hit I'd be surprised (and disappointed) if they didn't go through with the FF7 remake, and I think this lends some weight to the arguement.
4  The Rest / The Bazaar / Random eBay game auctions on: June 12, 2006, 05:02:22 AM
I put up a lot of the random crap I've accumulated on eBay, lots of Final Fantasy and lots of imports.  Of note is a Wonderswan, the failure of a handheld with the craaaaazy name.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Microsoft dropping future Backwards compatibility? on: June 01, 2006, 07:22:26 PM
Considering I already sold my XBox based on the statement that all XBox games would be backward compatable, this development really pisses me off.  I still can't play Panzer Dragoon, I still can't play DoA Volleyball, I still can't play fucking Otogi.  Now that I think about it, maybe 20% of my XBox titles are backward compatable.  The "under-promised over-delivered" statement is a joke, though.  Considering they did indeed promise ALL XBox games, until they at least get all the good games working I think they can keep thoughts like that to themselves.
6  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Smash Bros. Brawl on: May 11, 2006, 04:24:42 AM
I can't help but think Snake is a bit out of place in the Smash Brothers theme.  What are his moves?  Slitting Pikachu's throat?  Strangling Luigi?  Maybe they'll make an RE zombie unlockable.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / The E3 Thread on: May 03, 2006, 05:29:48 PM
I second Mother 3 and add Mother 1&2.  Also, look into Atelier Iris 3 and Innocent Life.
8  The Rest / The Bazaar / Massive Anime Sale on: April 28, 2006, 04:44:18 PM
I moved everything to ebay, and I think it's all priced quite reasonably.  Also added Magic Knight Rayearth for the Saturn.
9  The Rest / The Bazaar / Massive Anime Sale on: April 24, 2006, 09:01:41 PM
I'm gonna be throwing up about half of my anime collection on ebay in a few days, but I thought I'd put them here first.  Prices aren't fixed, so if there's anything you're interested in let me know.  Shipping depends on location and especially the items, considering some of these sets are pretty large.  I can take PayPal and Money Orders.  I can take pics of any of them, so please let me know.  Unless otherwise noted, the sets are in very good condition, complete, and the discs are mint.

Rurouni Kenshin Season 1 Premium Box  (This is the first box set of season 1 they released, in the box that resembles a woodblock)

Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Perfect Collection

Outlaw Star Complete Series (These are the 3 individual sets they released, containing 2 DVDs each)

Cowboy Bebop The Movie

Oh! My Goddess OVA Set (Two individual DVDs)

Magic Knight Rayearth Season 1 Box Set (Initial release of the season 1, with 5 individual DVD cases housed in a very pretty art box)

Record of Lodoss War OVA Set (There is quite a bit of wear on the outside box, but the DVD cases and discs themselves are in good shape)

Record of Lodoss War TV Set

Martian Successor Nadesico TV Set

Crest of the Stars Complete Collection

Chobits Vol. 1 plus Art Box (First volume of the series, plus the gorgeous box intended to house the rest of the series)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Perfect Collection (First release of the series in a box set, so it's not the Platinum reissue.  MUCH better box, though)

Complete Ranma 1/2 TV Series (All 7 boxed sets, 34 discs, making up the TV series.  Pretty sure I'll need to go to ebay with this one)

Inuyasha DVD 1-11 (DVDs 4-11 are the stand alone products.  The first 3 came in a limited edition box, that also includes a mini-poster and a 2004 desk calendar)

Excel Saga Complete Series (6 stand alone DVDs)

Rurouni Kenshin OVA (2 stand alone DVDs)

Boogiepop Phantom Set (Discs 1-4 plus a short CD)

If you have any questions, please let me know.  If you're interested in anything, please give an offer and I'll see what I can do.  Unfortunately I won't break up any of the sets, so I can't offer individual DVDs or components.  Thanks for viewing.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Devil Summoner US Bound on: April 12, 2006, 01:31:03 PM
Unless I'm wrong, I think Goemon was supposed to be a fairly miserable game, either way.  I seriously doubt Sony has any policy against 2D games, on either platform.  Atelier Iris made it through, Popolocrois made it through, and many others have too.  Anyone who thinks Sony is in the habit of rejecting games based entirely on graphics should pick up River King for the PS2 (the fishing RPG).  I like the game, but it couldn't possibly feel cheaper.  Then again, I'm sure having an MSRP of $20 helped things along.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: Till the End of Time on: April 12, 2006, 12:34:09 AM
I don't think it's as strong as hate, but I really didn't enjoy nearly any part of SO3.  Like others have said, the plot starts off with a bang then throws you on one boring medieval world after another.  I tried to care about the story, but never could.  The characters were a little better, but still not enough to feel compelling.  I only played I think about 15 hours.  All I remember is there being a huge scene
with the space ships attacking
, making me think "wow, maybe something will happen now!" then immediately being thrown in a fucking desert, followed by a fucking desert dungeon.  That was pretty much what drew the line for me.

I thought the battles were awful.  Coming off the heels of Tales of Symphonia, it just couldn't compete.  It was unresponsive, randomly difficult, boring, and just not fun.  The blocking system was stupid, the specials were uninteresting.  Everything about the battle system paled in comparison to Symphonia.  That would be alright in some circumstances, but when that's the only thing to possibly carry the game it's unacceptable.

Personally I vastly prefer SO2 to 3.  Even including the voice acting (which can't be turned off), it's better in every possible regard.  The battles are more interesting, the world is more interesting, the plot is more interesting, the characters are actually likeable.  What absolutely made SO2 for me was the craft system and the little interactions you can have with the party.  In those two regards SO3 is a HUUUGE step backwards.  I probably spent half my time in SO2 making items, but I barely touched the SO3 system because it had no appeal.

If you can't tell, I would've certainly picked Tales of Symphonia as RPG of 2004.  I would've argued it as Game of the Year, but I doubt there are many who would agree with me.

-EDIT-  I doubt I'll ever finish it at this point, so I read those spoilers.  That sounds so amazingly stupid.  Is it executed any better in game, or could it possibly be as ridiculous as it sounds?
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Prices of Game Rentals. on: April 11, 2006, 11:03:51 PM
I've never been a supporter of game rentals.  There's just something about having a collection that makes it hard to rent or to get rid of old games (which kinda sounds unhealthy, now that I type it out).  It's been much easier to support my position in recent years now that Blockbuster is charging ridiculous prices.  As is pointed out, it's about 1/5 the price of buying the game new now to rent it, assuming they get a copy and it's in stock.  I just can't justify paying $8 or more to keep a game 5 days.

Blockbuster, in general, is becoming less and less relevant.  Netflix (which I'm a member) absolutely destroys it in movie terms, and Gamefly has the potential to do the same for games.  I really can't see them existing for much longer, at least not in nearly the same force.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Devil Summoner US Bound on: April 10, 2006, 05:40:42 PM
Prepare for more occult goodness as Atlus brings another in the SMT line to America.  It's like every day some Atlus exec wakes up and thinks "How can I possibly make my company more awesome?", and he always comes up with the right answer.
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Tourist Trophy on: April 09, 2006, 12:01:00 AM
Picked it up today, and I've been playing around with it for a while.  I destroyed GT4, I've played the XBox line of Moto GP games for years, so I assumed I'd jump right into this and be instantly up to speed.  Not even close.  The controls themselves are taking a while to get used to, but even then it's much more simmish than the Moto GP games.  I will approach a corner, think to myself "Put on the rear brake," then struggle to remember where it is and, more than likely, downshift and lean rather than brake.  It's taking a while to get used to, but it's certainly rewarding.  I certainly wouldn't expect any less from Polyphony, but everything in here feels exactly as I would expect it to.

The advancement is a bit unusual.  I admit that I haven't spent much time with it, but I do think I would prefer to go to the Gran Turismo style.  The licenses are pretty easy, but do a good job exposing you to the bike physics.  It's just cosmetic, but it's fun dressing up the rider.  I'm not sure what affect it has on handling, but I love messing with the riders' riding style.

I was hoping they would add more circuits than in GT4, and I'm happy to see Valencia, but I have the same complaint with circuit selection I had in GT4; namely, ignoring for the most part European circuits.  No Jerez?  No Mugello?  I don't know the full circuit list yet, but I doubt they'll expand on Europe beyond the Nurburgring.

This is a nice addition to Polyphony's lineup.  I could easily see myself buying a Tourist Trophy 2.

I've been playing with the Photo Mode too.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Americans seeing and hearing more profanity on: March 31, 2006, 03:44:04 PM

I thought this was pretty fucking funny.
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