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1156  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.
1157  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
1158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 07, 2010, 04:14:10 AM
Finally decided to watch the new trailer and I'm left with feeling:

-As a successor to an RPG Franchise that has left a distinct impression on my childhood...it sucks, terribly. The game looks downright horrific for a Parasite Eve title.
Take off the nostalgia goggles - Parasite Eve looks horrible by today's standards.

Sorry, I think I used the wrong word choice. When I say "looks" I am not referring to the game's graphical quality. The cutscenes are gorgeous, the game graphics are far beyond average; for a visual grade alone I would rate the game A+.

When I say "It looks terrible", what I mean is if you removed Aya and the Parasite Eve theme then it would "look" nothing like a Parasite Eve game. The themes in it are all wrong. Parasite Eve used to be a game series about fighting mutated, mostly animalistic creatures, in a modern setting with slight "magical" over tones due to the Parasite Powers (which were explained by Pseudo-Science logic.)

Now look at The 3rd Birthday, it uses paints a picture of a society that has technology well beyond modern day level (perhaps even beyond 20+ years from now), has a lot of Sci-Fi themes that are shared with the Ghost in the Shell series (hence why I still say it would fare far better as a GitS game), is filled with unimaginative tentacle monsters instead of unique and genuinely horrifying creatures that look like mutated abominations of familiar beasts, and just in general reeks of a misplaced story (Aya seems to be doing a lot of flying too ala Kingdom Hearts style, apparently realism has been completely abandoned despite being a part of the previous two installments.)

As someone who plays games for their story and as someone who enjoys good stories in general, I like to have plot and theme consistency. This...is not consistency. This is the equivalent of releasing Fallout 4 where the game takes place on a star ship that has a colony that simulates 1980's non-post-nuclear America. Sure that might be a "great" game by graphical and gameplay standards but it's not a "Fallout" game by theme and setting standards. Thus is the problem I'm having with The 3rd Birthday as it is currently presented.

1159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 06, 2010, 11:22:23 PM
Finally decided to watch the new trailer and I'm left with feeling:

-As a successor to an RPG Franchise that has left a distinct impression on my childhood...it sucks, terribly. The game looks downright horrific for a Parasite Eve title.

-As a random shooter in an already flooded market that totally has the wrong title, it looks quite above average.

Seriously; Cyber Mind Diving? A female protagonist that will spend most of the game with less than the average amount of clothing? A world with access to futuristic computer technology? This isn't Parasite Eve 3, this is Ghost in the Shell 3. XD If this game had run under the GitS title it would be amazing simply because it lends itself to that world so much better. Not so much the PE universe.
1160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How many JRPGs can you categorize by this Cast template on: October 04, 2010, 10:17:37 AM
Surprised this wasn't mentioned. XD

Game: Disgaea
Guy with Sword: Laharl
Nice Girl: Flonne (arguably Etna too considering her journal)
Hot Girl: Jennifer (Plenair if you live in Japan)
Muscular Guy: Mid-Boss

________________

Optionals:
A guy who starts off in the story as stronger than the main character, then joins the party later in the game: Kurtis
Some kind of animal/pet: Captain Gordon
Twins: Every single rank and file Prinny.
Old Guy: Vulcanus
1161  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 03:22:03 AM





...thanks for that. Now I'm going to try to sleep in a few hours only to have that image resurface along with a fresh slew of laughter. XD
1162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 02:46:09 AM


Hah. Not really. It's simply called having to feed six mouths on one sub-standard paycheck. If I want the latest and greatest stuff I have to give up the old to make with the new. That means when I buy something new I have to make damn sure it's what I want. XD

Okay, THAT I can definitely empathize with. It makes a much stronger argument than your whole brand loyalty crap. I wouldn't agree but I also wouldn't think you're an idiot for it.

Brand loyalty was probably the wrong argument tactic for me to take. I have ideas and usually they're valid but often times between the brain and the keys (or mouth) they become disjointed. XP Sorry if it seemed like I was stirring the pot. The initial "ZOMG it's on 3DS!" was a bit of a kneejerk but that good old fashioned bickering helped work that out.

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Actually something that's been kind of bugging me since the whole MML3 thing came up. Yes, it's a nitpick, but it's one I kinda find important. What art style do you think they will use for MML3? Megaman games in general over the past couple of years or so have been getting some...weird make overs. Mega Man Powered Up and Mega Man Universe come to mind. Do you think they'll go for more a "serious" (I use the word lightly) art style or the quasi-cartoony style that was prominent in those games (and honestly shows up in a fair amount of DS titles I've seen from browsing the cases during window shopping sessions).
1163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 01:28:52 AM
Hah. Not really. It's simply called having to feed six mouths on one sub-standard paycheck. If I want the latest and greatest stuff I have to give up the old to make with the new. That means when I buy something new I have to make damn sure it's what I want. XD

Well, it's still an accurate metaphor at least.

Except for the sacrilege part (just because as far as I can remember I've always had multiple gaming systems from different companies, typically Sony and Nintendo) I'll agree to that. XD
1164  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 01:19:17 AM
Well, I did own a DS at one point. But this was waaaaay back when it first came out and about the only reason I kept it around was to play the Phoenix Wright games. So it's been a long time since I've even looked at one's gameplay videos.  I'll probably wait and see how MML3 turns out and what the price tag is on the system before considering whether or not to nuke the PSP and 360 to get it. Thanks for the information. ^_^

I've finally figured out why ZeronHitaro is so upset!  Apparently he believes that owning two systems made by different companies is sacrilege and whenever one buys a new system the old ones must be presented as offerings in some sort of ritual sacrifice.

I guess I would be upset if there were true too...

Hah. Not really. It's simply called having to feed six mouths on one sub-standard paycheck. If I want the latest and greatest stuff I have to give up the old to make with the new. That means when I buy something new I have to make damn sure it's what I want. XD
1165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:51:21 AM
So...basically it's PSP graphics with the stylus gameplay tacked on and supposedly the ability to project 3D images during gameplay? Honestly my eyes aren't really that great when it comes to picking out "graphical superiority" this generation so if I'm off base with this assumption you'll have to correct me.

Roughly, though the framerate seems a lot smoother than I've seen with most PSP games. Compared to the DS the vault in graphical quality's huge, easily comparable to the PS1 to PS2 jump even when factoring out 3D, and since carts are a lot bigger (a starting cap of 2 gigabytes rather than a starting cap of 128 Megabytes that expanded to 512) this is definitely going to be akin to getting MML3 on the PS2 aside from the lack of a second analog.

Anyways, since you didn't own a DS you're obviously kind of ignorant about it. Quite a few games didn't focus on the stylus, or even really used it, so at most I'd only expect using it to aim and shoot in MML, and they might not even do that in favor of a more streamlined control setup.

Well, I did own a DS at one point. But this was waaaaay back when it first came out and about the only reason I kept it around was to play the Phoenix Wright games. So it's been a long time since I've even looked at one's gameplay videos.  I'll probably wait and see how MML3 turns out and what the price tag is on the system before considering whether or not to nuke the PSP and 360 to get it. Thanks for the information. ^_^


Wut? Are you making this up on the spot? XD


It's hard to believe any MML fan would be worried about camera and controls, but the stylus is not the primary control method on the DS so there's no reason for you to worry that they won't use the analog stick for movement and try to make everything as convenient as possible.

No, that's actually something I mentioned in a post a few posts ago or so...I've stopped counting and it doesn't matter enough to try and dig it up now. XP I've had my bark on the subject and I'm pretty sure I've gotten most of it out of my system.

Really? Maybe it was just me then but I thought the MML 1 & 2 controls and camera were pretty decent. If they weren't I guess I just adjusted to them to the point where I didn't notice any flaws. I don't think I'm too worried about them using the analog stick for movement. Although the proximity of the analog to the D-pad looks a bit small. I'm hoping you don't have to switch between the two often. >>;
1166  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:39:27 AM
So...basically it's PSP graphics with the stylus gameplay tacked on and supposedly the ability to project 3D images during gameplay? Honestly my eyes aren't really that great when it comes to picking out "graphical superiority" this generation so if I'm off base with this assumption you'll have to correct me.
Reading the writings smashed out by a retarded blind monkey with a keyboard taped to its wrists is preferable to your intensely stupid diatribes.

It's like you're saying the PS2 to PS3 jump just involves prettier graphics.

Well pardon me for not having a list of changed features at my beck and call 24/7 when the video presented to provide evidence of these led to my simplification of the product. Really now I ask a sincere question and that's the reply? There are many things I could say in response to that but will refrain from doing so simply on the assumption that you're a civil individual only giving into a bout of irrational temper.

Really all that video showed was a handheld machine like the DS with PSP level graphics and an analog stick. I know nothing about the machine except what little marketing I've seen so any differences that are not superficial will have to be explained.
1167  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:30:04 AM
There's a bit of a difference between shifting a series at the start of a generation and in the middle of a generation.
Then what's your problem with this game?

With the game itself? My views on console jumping aside I actually do have one valid concern about the game at present (But DS an PSP are part of the same generation, and are within the two generation range I consider to be reasonable for a series to stick with a company): It's on a handheld.

Now I actually have valid reasoning for this. Anyone whose played the original MMLs should at least remember the basic control scheme. The handhelds this generation are about two shoulder buttons and one analog stick short of being able to operate with the same reliability. No second stick and no shoulder buttons means the lock-on or the camera/manual aiming is going to suffer.

Plus there's the fact that the DS's primary control is the stylus. I want to play MML with a stylus about as much as I want to play Starfox with a stylus.

Sure they probably will find some surprising way to circumvent these issues but immediately these concerns fill me with a small amount of apprehension.
1168  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:22:00 AM
Unless there's some major change to the console besides adding the 3D gimmick I don't see how this handheld is anymore of a "Generation Jump" than the DS to the DSi wasn't.

Don't bother replying until you've watched this.

So...basically it's PSP graphics with the stylus gameplay tacked on and supposedly the ability to project 3D images during gameplay? Honestly my eyes aren't really that great when it comes to picking out "graphical superiority" this generation so if I'm off base with this assumption you'll have to correct me.
1169  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:16:19 AM
Actually my "standards" have nothing to do with it. XD I'm perfectly fine with Nintendo as a company and with their products. The only thing stopping me from purchasing a DS is monetary problems and life expenses.

I'm not upset Nintendo has the product, I'm just irked and the unpredictability of what games go where this generation and more than slightly irked at myself for assuming certain titles that seemed steadfast Sony titles didn't roll over.
1170  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:07:28 AM
There's a bit of a difference between shifting a series at the start of a generation and in the middle of a generation.

What the hell?  The system isn't even out yet.  And the last one was a friggin PS1 game.  Please explain to me how this is anything like switching in 'the middle of a generation'.

Because I count generations by Home Consoles rather than handhelds. And even if it's in "3D" it's still being marketed as DS, so pretty much the same handheld we're had since the original DS. Unless there's some major change to the console besides adding the 3D gimmick I don't see how this handheld is anymore of a "Generation Jump" than the DS to the DSi wasn't.
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