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751  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.
752  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.
753  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.
754  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.
755  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.
756  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.
757  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!
758  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 16, 2010, 03:13:49 AM
This new trailer looks really good!
I wonder how the plot's going to run out like.

And the gameplay, I hope it's more towards the controls of peace walker which made it really good to control a 3rd person game without another analog. If they have a smart camera that's all I need.
759  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: December 15, 2010, 03:33:18 PM
Female Shepard for paragon.  Male Shepard for renegade.  Do this for maximum enjoyment.

Really?  I do the exact opposite; female Shepard is a total bitch. :P

Yeah same here.My FemShep tortures,murders and intimidates her way into the galaxy.If the Reapers think they are ruthless,FemShep will show off human cruelty at its finest

I'm glad you say so because that's the route I was going to take with my FemSheppard.
Since my main male Sheppard is the good guy I'd like to see how is it to play on the other end. Maybe even
spoiler: Taking the suggestion of the Illusive Man and taking the collectors's technology. I mean, he's Martin Sheen, and he was the president (west wing). I can't deny his wishes hehe.
760  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: December 13, 2010, 11:58:41 AM
Alright, to get away from the multiplayer argument, the game's trailer looked cool, and I'm excited to see how Bioware finished off the series.  The third entry in a franchise has a lot to live up to.  Guess this means I'll have to play through 1 (ugh....) and 2 (yay!) again to prepare. 

I was thinking the same thing. Then I thought, well instead of putting myself through some pain and go through ME1 again, I'll play it on the ps3 (the comics style), at least there will be no Mako on it.
I rarely buy the same game twice but considering the "Shadowbroker" DLC didn't work till the end on my PC (also in lot's of people pcs) and I don't wanna risk on my all time favorite games (ME2) to have the same fate as KOTOR which won't run on windows vista/seven making me unable to play it again. I had it for xbox 1 but sold the console but now I can't even play it on pc, so all I have left are memories.

I won't let this happen to ME2. So I'll get ME2 for ps3 and ME3 as well.

A little of topic but on Mass Effect still, of course:
I started a playthrough as a female Sheppard because I heard the female VA, Jennifer Hale, if I'm not mistaken, was "all that and even more". Even though she's good, I still think the male Sheppard is a lot more consistent and more tuned with the character, as I mean "the guy who saved the galaxy".
761  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 09, 2010, 08:40:03 PM
I got Knights in the Nightmare but one thing keeping me away from it so far is the tutorials. They are so long and complex.
You know when you're in that moment you want something a little less innovating ? But I'll get to it.
762  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: December 09, 2010, 08:35:37 PM
763  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: December 03, 2010, 11:23:05 PM
re-playing through on paladin right now, love the fighting (not quite up to god of war level, but still nice), and love feeling like a bad ass with all my combos. I just started using the sub-weapons since i felt it was cheating before. The downside is, now theres nothing to do...

I disagree with the combat statement. I find the combat really closing in on NG (it makes you think and rewards defensive play even on normal compared to GoW which allows somewhat of a button-mash attitude on the easier settings) and much above GoW levels, especially because the game rewards you for flawless combat. IMO it is rather deep and while it still isn't NG or Bayo , for me it's the next in line, especially given so many options, ground combos, air combos, secondary weapons, special abilities and magic all make the combat more flexible than GoW... but that's just my point of view.

Nier, I bought it for 30 euros here in Europe and it was quite the discount.. I'm glad I did because after I'm done with my paladin playthru and all of the trials I'll jump back into it for more quests with my buddy Weiss.

I quote you on it, the combat and controls are much ahead of God of War yet not on pair with Bayonetta or Ninja Gaiden. The sad thing in GoW is how there are a lot of moves that when active you simply can't stop them to defend, move away etc as opposed to LoS when you feel like you're always in control.

Anyway, I just beat the game and I'm glad I did. I loved every single moment of it, especially the ending. The sad thing is that I almost skipped it, reason: It was being called a God of War clone and I simply can't stand another God of War. Even being a great Castlevania fan I was close to missing it until my cousin bought it so while he was playing CoD Black Ops I borrowed Lords of Shadow and what a blast this game is.

This game shines on so many aspects for me it comes to my Top 4 of the year, together with Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta and Mario Galaxy 2.
Since I didn't buy the game I'll at least support them by buying the DLC which I waiting for!
Oh, and props to the soundtrack of this game that like most Castlevania games doesn't disappoint but in this case it is simply amazing.

Now I'll search for the artwork of this game on the internet to use as wallpaper or if unlucky, I'll take some pictures of my screen and see what I can do.
764  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 17, 2010, 05:09:32 PM
I wish I knew this back then...
I should take this as a lesson for Nippon Ichi games, as they all require some sort of farming (the SRPG ones)

I remember in Disgaea 1 a stage that every square had an invincibility trait, with just one normal. The cheat was to combine monster to get them high leveled and then throw 'em to this spot and kill them for major experience.
765  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle on: November 17, 2010, 02:24:18 PM
I loved Phantom Brave and beat it when it was released on the PS2. The downside is that it's too freaking hard! Your phantoms have a limited number of turns so even grindind for levels takes way more time than it normally does for Disgaea, for example.

As much as I loved it, I wouldn't play it again. I needed cheats to beat it for the first time and back then I would rarely use cheats (Action Replay and the like) in a game. Well, but if it has a discount price on the PSP it could be fun.
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