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1156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles II on: September 03, 2010, 01:35:56 AM
Just started it this afternoon and have pretty much played non-stop for about 8 hours. Pretty good game, won't have any problems seeing this one through to the end. It's a fairly flawed title though. I swear over half the playable cast so far is pretty much dumb as rock with the cliche factor cranked up so high I can't even take the story slightly seriously. Which is a shame because it has potential to be so. Not to metion the very first 10 minutes of the story made me miss the days of the silent protagonist. Not so much for the VA work as his thought process is comepletely insane and nonsensical in a bad way.

Although speaking of "dumb as rock" the AI in this game ranges from decent to outright pitiful. I just got done beating a map where one Shocktrooper ran forward, fired, ended his turn; then Shocktrooper #2 came up directly behind him, fired at me, and completely wasted all his ammo critically hitting his friend...

I haven't seen such a bad case of AI friendly fire since FFT's black mages. With decent AI programming this could've been a nicely challenging SRPG right up there with Wild Arms XF. As is though...not so much.
1157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyrie Profile on: September 01, 2010, 05:36:30 PM
I rather enjoyed Valkyrie Profile and regret selling my PSP copy when I had to dump the system a few years back. It's one of those odd games where if you want to get technical about it you're simply grinding and dungeon crawling non-stop but it does this in a way that keeps it fresh and entertaining. The overall story is pretty fantastic too and with the constantly changing selection of characters you're bound to form a party you can get rather attached to.

But play it with a walkthrough for the A ending. I've only played through it once and got Ending B. "Blows" is an understatement. That ending was so unrewarded for the effort I put into the game that I never played it again (original PSOne version) til I found it years after it's PSP release.
1158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles II on: September 01, 2010, 05:32:12 PM
I just picked it up on a whim (actually got there just as the clerk opened the box) based on the Gametrailer's review this morning indicating it had several things I consider to make a good SRPG. Will play it later tonight after I give Record of Agarest War a spin. Wish I could've played the original but alas it's easier to find Valkyrie Profile than Valkria Chronicles. :-/

You can find Valkyria Chronicles on Amazon very easily.

I'm a caveman. Online shopping's never been a big things for me unless I absolutely cannot find something anywhere else (and even then I'm limited to places that take E-checks only). For such a good game from what I've heard I find it kinda odd I've never seen a copy of VC in stores for the past 2-3 years. :-/ This counting both a major college town and a major city.
1159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 imminent? on: September 01, 2010, 05:07:08 PM
Y'know I've seen utter nerd rage (no offense meant) over the fact that VC II was placed on the PSP...why? Kingdom Hearts (a game with a larger fan base) has done perhaps one of the most alienating console hops as far as I can recall (PS2 to GBA to DS to PSP to 3DS) and yet I have seen far less "OMG it's on a different console!" outcry than I have for this game. ._.; Sense this is not making.
Because Kingdoms hearts sucks    /thread.

Quality of the game is not what I'm referring to. XD KH has a much larger and definitely more outspoken fanbase than VC by far yet I can browse different forums and video comments and yet not see nearly as much roaring over the console jumps. I mean heck at least VC to VC II only requires two consoles from the same company that at least function with each other. KH's franchise jumps consoles 4 times across 2 companies with the only connectivity between the consoles being that at least the Nintendo ones are somewhat backwards compatible. XP
1160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles II on: September 01, 2010, 04:57:45 PM
Don't waste your time on Agarest War if you have VC2.


My expectations of AW aren't high. XD I just wanted it to study the Soul Breed system and perhaps incorporate that into a custom tabletop game. If I get any other enjoyment out of that'll be bonus.
1161  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 imminent? on: September 01, 2010, 04:54:57 PM
Y'know I've seen utter nerd rage (no offense meant) over the fact that VC II was placed on the PSP...why? Kingdom Hearts (a game with a larger fan base) has done perhaps one of the most alienating console hops as far as I can recall (PS2 to GBA to DS to PSP to 3DS) and yet I have seen far less "OMG it's on a different console!" outcry than I have for this game. ._.; Sense this is not making.
1162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles II on: September 01, 2010, 04:45:10 PM
I just picked it up on a whim (actually got there just as the clerk opened the box) based on the Gametrailer's review this morning indicating it had several things I consider to make a good SRPG. Will play it later tonight after I give Record of Agarest War a spin. Wish I could've played the original but alas it's easier to find Valkyrie Profile than Valkria Chronicles. :-/
1163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 31, 2010, 08:41:40 PM
...forced progression and lack of free reign exploration.

Is it just me or does this part here describe a disturbing amount of games this generation? Both in and out of the RPG genre.

Well movies don't allow for free reign exploration so why should videogames.

Because between a movie ($4 viewing fee + $20 purchase, larger production budgets) and a videogame ($60 purchase, smaller budgets) I expect the latter to at least offer me more for the $36 difference? XD
1164  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 31, 2010, 07:52:26 PM
...forced progression and lack of free reign exploration.

Is it just me or does this part here describe a disturbing amount of games this generation? Both in and out of the RPG genre.
1165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ridiculous plot wanking... on: August 31, 2010, 06:11:07 PM
I actually don't mind some philosophical "grand scale" deus ex diabolous BS in my plot lines. It's one the few cliches that actually don't grind on my nerves. However I think my tolerance for the not so much plot device as "game device" that states we must take every 15 minutes to drill 5-20 minutes of typically "friendship is good-power of love" external monologue into your face. I too happen to be playing FFXIII right now and having reached the third disk I want to sometimes just up and quit the game everytime a cut scene pops up. This same afternoon school special has been on repeat since the 2 hour mark. >.<

Do these characters ever talk about anything else besides constantly bickering over the semantics of Pulse vs Cocoon and the whole circle dialog of "I'm emo and lonely despite having friends. But now my friends are talking to me. Suddenly I feel better. But don't worry, someone else will enter this same cycle within 1-3 cutscenes."?

@GrimReality: Btw, hope  you really really like that music. It feels like a lot of the tracks are recycled throughout the entire game  to the point where it feels like there is little variety. Especially the normal battle theme. ~.~ Battle time? Normal Battle music! Action scene? Normal Battle music! Getting slightly pumped? Normal Battle music! Two guys just walking nonchalantly down a road while nothing stressful or high tension is going on for about 20-30 seconds? Normal Battle music! (I really wish I was kidding about that last one.)
1166  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 23, 2010, 02:15:13 AM
FPS...TPS...I should just go back to calling them "Shooters". XD Nice, simple and they're basically the same thing. Point gun, pull trigger, kill enemy.

...Yeah, whatever.

Come now if you're going to respond that way at least explain the difference or at least where my summary is wrong. *shrugs* I've never been a big shooter fan, so aside from spending some quarters in the Arcade for some Time Crisis 3 nearly 10 years ago and hearing people go on endlessly about Halo and Modern Warfare my knowledge of the genre is honestly quite limited.

What more is there to a shooter than point, shoot, kill, repeat?
1167  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 22, 2010, 11:47:58 PM
FPS...TPS...I should just go back to calling them "Shooters". XD Nice, simple and they're basically the same thing. Point gun, pull trigger, kill enemy.
1168  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 22, 2010, 10:38:41 PM
If it ended up being a fresh, entertaining game would you still be disappointed it isn't an RPG? The original game wasn't exactly a traditional RPG as it was by any measure so I don't think falling into a specific genre matters much for them.

Quite frankly, yes. I have no real interest in FPS games which this is shaping up to be. The original was not a traditional RPG, no. But that's what made it so memorable for me. Honestly I think it was easily a decade ahead of its time because if you compare the systems used in PE to that of Fallout 3's VATS combat they look remarkably similar minus the whole SPECIAL system to customize your main character.

I don't mind Hybrids so long as they are heavier on the RPG emphasis than the other genre/s fused in with them. That's part of the reason I disliked PE2 is because they chopped out a bit more of the RPG elements in exchange for something that felt more like Survival Horror due to the tank like controls and real time main attacks.

So far between the screen shots and demos I've seen of this game it looks greatly like there are little to no RPG elements within the gameplay system. Even the control scheme is screaming "This is a FPS title." Unless for some reason the in-battle menu will be linked to the Start/Select buttons...which will be a nightmare in itself.

Honestly if this game was named anything else with any other main character I wouldn't have a problem with it. But because it's a "Parasite Eve" game which is supposed to be an RPG series...it bugs me, endlessly. I thought SquareEnix learned the last time what happens when you take an RPG series and tack on FPS gameplay as the major style; it blows chunks. (I'm looking at you Dirge of Cerberus.)
1169  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 22, 2010, 08:45:48 PM
Quote from: Kitase Interview
"...a first playable build of the upcoming PSP disintegrating jeans action title exclusively for attending press to sample.

...wow, just...wow. So the game series that started off as one of the first and great cinematic RPGs of the prior decade has turned into something only summarized as a "disintegrating jeans action title"?  Is this even an RPG anymore?

*sigh*...thank you so much Japan for taking yet another beloved franchise and raping it into a horrid shell of it's former self. :-/ Maybe Japanese developers need to just stop making games for a year and re-discover what actually made the classic games so good to begin with.


So just because some pseudo-journalist calls it that the game is automatically crap? Wow, that's amazing! OMG japan you suck!

Y'know normally I might agree my statement is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction except Japan already has a track record for taking gold and turning it into turd. Sonic the Hedgehog anyone? Just to name the most infamous example.

My question still stands as valid. I've seen nothing presented from The 3rd Birthday so far to even make me think it would be an RPG aside from it's connection to the original PE.
1170  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 22, 2010, 02:35:17 PM
Quote from: Kitase Interview
"...a first playable build of the upcoming PSP disintegrating jeans action title exclusively for attending press to sample.

...wow, just...wow. So the game series that started off as one of the first and great cinematic RPGs of the prior decade has turned into something only summarized as a "disintegrating jeans action title"?  Is this even an RPG anymore?

*sigh*...thank you so much Japan for taking yet another beloved franchise and raping it into a horrid shell of it's former self. :-/ Maybe Japanese developers need to just stop making games for a year and re-discover what actually made the classic games so good to begin with.
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