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1066  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Vote for a Heroine! Megaman Legends 3 on: October 11, 2010, 02:35:02 AM
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That's what popped when I clicked it. That aside...heroine? Heroine!? *bangs head into wall several times* Bad Inafune! Bad bad bad! You already have Roll and Tron. XP Give them a chance to shine instead of dragging some new girl into the mix. Ugh...I know I knee-jerk react to many things but this in particular just reeks of un-required executive meddling somewhere along the food chain.

Edit: It actually works if you just pull up the main blog list.


Edit #2: Y'know...I wonder if this actually less for a "New Heroine" and more of a "New Spotter"? (Because these designs look more mechanic oriented than combat oriented; with the exception of the sorely out of place magical girl) With Trigger stuck up on Elysium I can see Roll taking up the Digger mantle for the first part of the game; as such you would need a new spotter to work with during those dungeon runs...although that would be losing out on a fantastic opportunity for some much needed Tron/Roll banter.
1067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 09, 2010, 10:35:50 PM
No offense taken. XD I want to play PE2 again but unless it hits PSN that's not likely to happen. XP

Ah, sounds familiar now that you mention it.
1068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fallout NV vs Fable 3 on: October 09, 2010, 09:32:19 PM
Yes, yes I'm aware; different RPG genres, different gameplay styles...ect. XD I can only afford one new release this month and it's come down to a call between these two. Fallout NV kind of appeals to me simply for the nostalgia factor the Fallout series has always brought to the table. The idea of a free roaming world with a decent story like 3 provided, only in the New Vegas setting, has a charm that totally catches my eye. Fable 3 on the other hand has that sort of "unknown potential" since I haven't had a chance to play the first, and what little I've gotten to play of the second I've enjoyed. The idea of going from rebellious soldier to merciful or tyrannical king sounds awesome, and I can't think of any other game that's offered that type of story with those kinds of choices before.

From just a general viewpoint, for people who've had interest in both titles; which would you pick and why? I'm needing additional feedback on both beyond what Gametrailers can provide. XD Thanks in advance for your opinions~.
1069  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 09, 2010, 07:59:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLh4cOLrsKs

I bet any transformation scene in T3B will involve someone exploding into tiny crystals and eventually turning into something huge with tentacles. Of course Aya will be watching that in her "ghost" form, floating and butt-nekkid.

It's been forever since I played PE2 so they might've mentioned; but I've always wondered why people suddenly started mutating in PE2 rather than catching fire like they did in PE. Was that ever explained? (Keep in mind I've only gotten to play PE2 in full once, and that was in excess of 8 years ago.)
1070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 09, 2010, 03:53:30 PM
It makes sense when you realize the "spiritual possession" idea in these games is similar in concept but not in execution/theme.

Eve: Uses her own powers of mitochondria control to exert her will over the mitochondria of others and controls them. This is "realistic" in my opinion because the idea of your body being out of your control because of rebellious cellular activity isn't completely fictional. It's very similar to a seizure; only this seizure has a hive mind controlling the body's movements.

Aya in T3B: Look at the trailers we've seen. Apparently she uses her spiritual possession by climbing into a giant technology tube and sends out her "spirit/virtual ghost" out via an unnamed wireless internet equivalent to not only possess people like Eve but to completely morph their appearance to look exactly like her but also to change their clothing as well, sometimes into cosplay costumes.

I've bolded the parts that are much more "unrealistic" compared to the first two. Again compare Eve to Aya. Sure Eve possessed Mellisa, but Mellisa's body didn't magically morph into an Eve clone. Eventually it underwent mutation by Eve's will into a more powerful and proper form, but at the core it was still Mellisa. Hell she even kept the dress Mellisa was wearing all the way until she made her pregnancy nest. Aya's mechanic just reeks of Deus ex Dress-sphere.

Hence why I claim PE 1 and 2 are more grounded in "believable reality" where T3B so far is showing itself to be the work of full technobably, neo-futuristic, it makes to sense because it's beyond your modern mind Sci-Fi reasoning. Which is in sheer contrast to the themes of the first two games.
1071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 09, 2010, 02:35:00 AM
It might've been $100. Been too long so I can't remember specifically. XD All I recall is, as a kid, seeing that collection box's price and going: O.O "Damn! What are the discs made out of? Gold?"

*sigh* Ah the days when collection/special boxes actually meant something. I almost regret being an honest gamer and trading in the fully complete Lunar 2 Collection Box. I'd love to still have Lucia's pendant.  :(
1072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 08, 2010, 11:53:43 PM
That's why I put "magical" in parenthesis. Just because until you got to Day 2 (and if you read through the Doctor's rant on Mitochondria) the random fire setting was pretty much lampshaded as supernatural phenomenon. Mostly due to the nice little touch of having Melissa playing the role of a "witch". XD

Honestly I would consider PE and PE 2 "realistic" just because I'm willing to suspend my suspension of disbelief a bit (with the explanation of things being set on fire being that a single, fully active mitochondria could generate *insert huge number* of Volts and extremely high temperatures). Sci-Fi? Totally. But Sci-Fi more grounded in reality that "Spiritual Possession via the Wireless Internet" ala Ghost in the Shell and The 3rd Birthday.

Call it my personal nitpicking but I draw my realism line somewhere between "setting on fire due to cellular over drive" and "defying the laws of gravity because it's cool to watch". Then again I'll have to wait and see what excuse they give in the game's dialog before I rail too much on the flight mechanic.
1073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 08, 2010, 08:13:24 PM
Honestly I can see how someone might get bored with Arc 2. A little over half-way through the game I started to relapse into my "Hurry up and give me more plot and less gameplay" phase and tried burrowing through the game to the ending. It took forever and a day and I wound up having to exploit the hell out of the final boss to win due to some wonky leveling. XD Good game but the pacing needed some major work.

Edit: After some thought; actually I think Arc will be a Day 1 purchase for me. If nothing else just for the Theme Music. Arc's Main Theme is on par with the Final Fantasy Anthem I think (personally I consider Arc's to be slightly superior).

Curious: Did anyone else pay through the nose for the Arc the Lad Collection for PS1 when it originally came over? I remember seeing copies in Wal-Mart and Gamestop that were like...$129.99 or so.  XD I wound up trading in a bunch of stuff to eventually own it. Needless to say for the price alone I had motivation to play that puppy to the final end.
1074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 08, 2010, 08:10:28 PM
Hmm, y'know as stereotypical as the track record is for Movie based Video Games = Crap; I have to wonder what the standard is for Novel based Video Games. If it's actually positive like the original Parasite Eve maybe that's where the industry should be looking to adapt source material from instead.
1075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 08, 2010, 06:28:22 PM
Does it have anything to do with that weird and mostly unrelated Japanese live action Parasite Eve movie? XD
1076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 08, 2010, 05:45:40 PM
The back of the box for The 3rd Birthday says "Parasite Eve's main character appears as a reborn Aya Brea. She's lost the memories of her past. Can she save humanity from despair?"

So if the massive changes to theme, setting, and gameplay weren't enough there's now the chance that they're trying to do a complete series reboot ala the amnesia mechanic? Exactly what was so horrifyingly bad about the first two games that they feel the need to remove themselves as far from them as possible?
1077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 08, 2010, 03:21:22 PM
I played Alundra briefly back when it came out. I don't remember why, but it didn't work for me.
I've always wanted to play the Arc games. Hmmm...

Wait for Arc the Lad 2. Arc the Lad is a decent game but the combat system is so basic that it suffers from Disgaea syndrome. Just level up the main character to the level cap and every enemy (even the final bosses) become a joke. And the level cap is only like...60? I can't remember but it's a low-ish number.

Of course you don't want to do this surprisingly. Your save data from AtL carries over to AtL 2, and there are points where you're suddenly forced to control the original cast...at the exact level they were at the end of your AtL save. So imagine my shock about 3/4th through the game when I suddenly have to solo a boss with a level 12 character...XD
1078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: age-old JRPG problem on: October 08, 2010, 02:04:37 AM
Call me crazy but...I've never noticed any difficulty spikes in a game...ever. Well, at least not since I was 6. Back then I had a problem with skipping so many battles because I wanted to advance the story only to have to restart because I couldn't kill the next boss and a lot of the stock enemies were causing me to have to use a tent after every battle. XD So I eventually forced myself to fight every battle I came across.

That philosophy has carried over and since then I've never noticed any "Difficulty Spikes" in RPGs. *shrugs* Then again that might just be me having played them so long as my only main genre of gaming.

Yeah, I over-exaggerated I think... but I remember Choco Eater being a retard (Mi'hen Highway) and the Seymour's proved some threat (and secret dungeon)

...oh good grief. You made me remember the Chobo Eater. XD That fight was always a bit frustrating simply because every time I got him shoved against the cliff edge he'd immediately push back to middle ground the following turn. XP
1079  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: age-old JRPG problem on: October 08, 2010, 01:28:29 AM
Call me crazy but...I've never noticed any difficulty spikes in a game...ever. Well, at least not since I was 6. Back then I had a problem with skipping so many battles because I wanted to advance the story only to have to restart because I couldn't kill the next boss and a lot of the stock enemies were causing me to have to use a tent after every battle. XD So I eventually forced myself to fight every battle I came across.

That philosophy has carried over and since then I've never noticed any "Difficulty Spikes" in RPGs. *shrugs* Then again that might just be me having played them so long as my only main genre of gaming.
1080  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 08, 2010, 12:57:09 AM
Alundra I might pick up since I've never played it. AtL I'm going to wait and see if at least AtL II comes out before picking up the original. Here's hoping neither title fall pray to Sony's negligence when it comes to bug-testing PSN titles. XP
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