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751  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is Mass Effect and Borderlands worth it if you suck at FPS? on: January 05, 2011, 10:34:37 PM
I say play Mass Effect. Like many said, you can aim while in radial menu, but you can also put the game on easy, which doesn't take the fun away yet makes it so hard for you to die.
And maybe even while enjoying the story, atmosphere and all, you can acquire some skill for shotting!
752  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: January 05, 2011, 10:05:15 PM
I still (firmly) believe that PS3-quality remakes of 4, 6, and 7, using the Crystal Tools engine, and slightly revised battle systems, would be among the greatest games ever built. I bet they'd sell well too.

You put too much faith in these old games. The development costs would be enormous. They barely pushed out FF13.

I don't get it... why can't RPG developers find some sort of merry-median between the next-gen quality we see in FF13 and the whole-wide-world exploration we see in Tales of Vesperia?

Because then they would have to work their brains.
Example, like when SE said they were going to work on a new engine for FFXV. As if it were necessary, if they used what they had they could make a much more expansive game in a much shorter amount of time and less development coast.

All we have to do is look how many games in the west use the unreal engine. Pretty much all of them (a joke) yet they keep pushing it further.

The answer to your question may be answered by VersusXIII, we all hope for it.
My take on it, it may also be possible that the disc space on the 360 may be holding developers on putting much more stuff on the disk but to shut myself up, we just have to look how beautiful Assassin's Creed, Red Dead Redemption and some other look while being huge games.
Maybe japanese developers don't know how to compress well game data.
753  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: January 05, 2011, 06:32:15 PM
The problem with FFT story for me was that I could not for the life of me understand it. I played it from beginning to end more than 3 times, and yet I can't grasp the story. I've heard the translation had some issues but still... In my defense all was making sense until the last chapter.

As for the best, I'd pick between VII and X. They both had a good cast of characters, a plot that keeps evolving and a great ending.
754  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Devil Survivor Overclock announced for 3DS (Remake of DS with added stuff) on: January 05, 2011, 06:15:20 PM
From my perspective the COMPs looking like DSs were on purpose so you would feel like you had one COMP. I loved that idea.

I really enjoyed the art in this game but as mentioned it is subjective.
While I loved this game, it doesn't seem to have enough content or graphics upgrade to justify another purchase.
Next thing left for Atlus to do is announce Persona 4 remake for the PSP2.

Hell, if they want to keep remaking games they could at least do the ones that are a little older and could improve from having a "portable" experience. Say, a huge game like Nocturne on a go or even Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2 together would be good.
As much as I loved Devil Survivor they could at least wait more so we could feel a little nostalgic about it.
755  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: January 04, 2011, 10:47:22 AM
You'd better be prepared because it can be really hard at some points. More like frustrating, you run into a random battle and all the the enemies attack the MC and you're done, game over.
Other than that the game is a blast but I still have to finish it though.
756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LittleBigPlanet 2 - RPG Possibilities on: December 31, 2010, 06:22:46 AM
Maybe we could even try to make a mini RPG with that story we created here in the forums!
Sure it would be streamlined but considering the story is majorly made of clichés it could be even funnier.
757  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 30, 2010, 04:33:00 PM
I finally started the game and so far I'm loving it. What a great way to put a third person shooter on a portable. Peace Walker controls were great and this one is almost like it. Not as "precise" but it allows for a much more frantic playstyle.
The graphics are amazing. It's like the PSP is far from reaching its potencial. 3rd Birthday, Peace Walker and the new God of War show it's no slouch. I don't think my Wii could as good as this (until we see the Last Story).
758  Media / Single-Player RPGs / LittleBigPlanet 2 - RPG Possibilities on: December 30, 2010, 11:27:39 AM
First I'd like to say that even though LittleBigPlanet 2 is far from an RPG this level in particular shows that it can be made. So forgive me if this thread or maybe in Miscellaneous games.

Anyway, this video LittleBigPlanet 2 RPG Level shows that maybe someday we can achieve the level of RPGs like they exist in RPG Maker.
To put it simply, the guy does this in the Beta, and he can make encounters, health bars, items, equips and it has a nice music.

Imagine if the creative person would be able to create a 2 hours long level, just using the tools of LBP2. Maybe sony would allow people to publish their RPGs in the PSN Store if someone would come up with an ambitious project.
759  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite DS RPG? on: December 28, 2010, 05:18:20 PM
My picks would be The World Ends With You and Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor.
Now that I think about, both of them had the plot going on Tokyo. Sure I love the city but I think it's just a coincidence.
760  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: December 21, 2010, 11:34:22 AM
I live in Brazil. While the PS2 came here about a week after the official US release it was not officially released until that said date.
In the beginning it was extremely expensive but now it isn't. Just so you have an idea, to buy it modded is still much cheaper than unmodded because the normal ones are in big stores and pay heavy taxes to come here on the other hand the modded ones don't pay taxes so they can sell it at a much cheaper price. You don't have insurance but considering the price it's worth it.

About game prices, converting the prices to dollars, new games here go from US$117 ~ US$153. If you are lucky, you can buy it original in those same places you buy modded ps2, where the games don't have to pay tax or a few online brazilian sites where for example flight attendants bring the games, so it's cheaper because again there are no taxes, it goes about US$94.

So the only option I consider viable is buying them on ebay or some international sites that ship here, like Play-Asia. The shipping most of the times is fair and the only downside is having to wait the horrible post office service we have to endure here. If I use a better delivery like, UPS, Fedex, DHL, etc they put so much taxes that it almost stops being worth.

I know we don't condone piracy here, but given the circunstances here, I can't judge anyone, and I'd say this is the reason piracy is still big here.

I do hope there's a bright future because some Publishers do release games officially here nd on the same date as US, like Microsoft and Eletronic Arts but only their PC games come at a reasonable price (about US$58).
The bad thing is that pc gaming here is swarming with piracy, more than consoles. And it's not easy to help the industry when I buy games from ebay or Play-Asia, but I'm not paying double or triple the price of said game just to "help the industry" or because I can't wait 15 days more to play.

I went of topic ...
That just made me said because I just ordered LittleBigPlanet 2 and I'm about to order Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 but just thinking about the time it will take to get here and everything else makes me wonder if I should just stick with the PC version.
761  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western RPG With Engaging Storyline? on: December 20, 2010, 03:23:58 PM
I felt like Fallout 3's story was pretty boring. The only thing I didn't like about the game but there are many saying the story in Fallout New Vegas to be much better. I can't say myself yet as I've just begun it.
There a game that it's not quite an RPG, but I think it's enough to be featured on this site which is Indigo Profecy also know as Fahrenheit.
It is western, the story is great, you have different endings, and it's done by Quantic Dream, the same developers of Heavy Rain. The gameplay is so addictive I beat it in a single day.
762  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you don't like anymore but wish you still did. on: December 18, 2010, 04:27:12 PM
One of the games I enjoyed but I'd dare my own sanity to play again are:

Xenegears: This game was really good until half-way through. After that Dungeons were getting too big, too complex, as the story. I remember moments I was starting to have headaches after playing because there was so much text. It even come to a point I gave myself an ultimatum, I would either finish it in said weekend or just drop it.

Legend of Dragoon: I can't quite remember but while most of the game was pretty good there was something towards the end that made it boring and almost made me not finish it.

Dragon Quest VIII: This one I can't say for sure, but I have as much good memories from it as I have bad memories. While there's a ton of things I don't like about it the greatest one is the fact that there are some cryptic moments where it's so hard to know what to do without a faq that even thinking about it makes me pissed. Maybe if I were to play it again with cheats or a faq from beginning to end I could do it again.

Talking about cheats, I used to be the guy that would not mind using cheats but never used them in RPGs, probably because they are my favorite genre but as time goes like the thread points, there are some stuff you simply can't stand anymore. Some things gets more on people's nerves then others so there isn't a single mechanic.
Using cheats has helped me easy a lot of problems with some games that I overall like but have a thing or two that get on my nerves.
I believe this can make that would have some problems into something much more pleasing.
763  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: When can we expect to see White Knight Chronicles 2 in Europe / US ? on: December 18, 2010, 11:22:37 AM
For anyone that played the first WKC did they leave the japanese voices in the US/PAL version ?
I was about a week away to buy the game when they announced that WKC2 would include the first game, so my option was to wait.
764  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-Random Battles worse than Random Battles? on: December 18, 2010, 11:20:44 AM
I didn't like much the battles in Dragon Age: Origins.
They're not random and to make thigns worse, they are scripted, there will always be 2 enemies on said corner, on mage casting something, etc. It kills a lot of the variety not to mention the huge amount of battles you can't run away.
When the encounter is random as boring as it is, you can use the command escape in most games and you're done, in a game like dragon age you have to endure the whole thing.
I'm complaining about because as the game went on I found the combat to be a little boring most of the times but I have no better proposal to fix it.
Between the repetition of Dragon Age's combat and the insanely high encounter rate of Dragon quest, I'd take Dragon Age any day.
765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 17, 2010, 04:49:39 PM
I'll try to put mine in order but the only unmovable on the list is Mass Effect 2

1. Mass Effect 2 (Simply the best RPG I've played in years)
2. Resonance of Fate
3. Persona 3 Portable
4. Final Fantasy XIII
5. Birth By Sleep
6. Valkyria Chronicles 2 (until this one I pretty much enjoyed all, some more or less)
7. Atelier Rorona
8. Star Ocean The Last Hope
9. SMT Strange Journey
10. Dragon Quest IX

edit: How could I forget to put P3P on my own list!
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