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766  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.
767  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Avoids on: November 11, 2010, 06:40:30 PM

I actually enjoyed FFIII a lot. Even more than FFIV which some people seem to worship.
With the exception of the story in which IV is miles better, I thought the gameplay to be really fun, switching jobs as you please is fun, the difficulty curve is better.

I think IV starts a lot better, a galaxy away, but near the end the options you have in III made it much more fun, enjoyable and customizable for me.
768  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Haves on: November 11, 2010, 06:27:35 PM
I don't like the game after you SPOILER
Turn into stone
because after this it seems like you have no direction of where to go, even less than before. I came to a point where I was lost even with a faq. The last dungeon was one of the most boring I've seen in my life, because it's really complex, full with lever puzzles, different exits and to boost the encounter rate up to the sky. When you can finally think of how to do it, there's so much encounters you have to remember it all when it finally ends.

I promised to myself the the last (possible last) DQ I would be playing would be IX. If it's at least slightly fun and less grindy I'd give the series another shot. Actually, I've found them all (VIII & V) enjoyable until the middle.
Maybe I should do this, get Dragon Quest, play it until the middle and drop it.
769  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LF jrpg on PS3 on: November 11, 2010, 05:41:22 PM
One thing that makes me love save points is to stop you from making a dumb decision and save at a horrible spot. You can always say "use your brain" and I sure do, but some people tend to forget sometimes.

I know two stories, with my cousin and my neighbor:
1. One was at the sub boss at Diablo 1, one floor away from Diablo, he was bad at health, about to die and what did he do ? SAVE. But in Diablo you only have 1 save slot so if you save at a bad spot, you're pretty much screwed. Not much his fault but he should've thought it better.
2. The other was playing Baldur's Gate II, and this one I make fun of even to this day. He saved rarely and he was all proud of using 'auto-save'. We can all see where this leads to. He went into some dungeon to fight maybe a boos or some foes which killed everyone in his party except the main character and he ran back through the door he came in BUT as you walk through the doors the game auto-saves. So that pretty much screwed up his session and he had to start back a lot of hours.

So my thoughts on save points, they can be handy because sometimes all you need is a strategy and not having them (if you're not careful) may force you to go way back.
770  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Haves on: November 10, 2010, 06:31:42 PM
I have a lot of gripes with the Dragon Quest series yet I find Dragon Quest V to be really damn good. I think the first 12 hours of it are simply great, too bad in the end it get so convoluted and grindy but I'd say that for all DQ I've played.
Bottom line, get it. I thought it to be better than VIII and gave me a better impression than DQIX, which I've played very little.
771  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: November 08, 2010, 02:11:56 PM
I wonder if this comic will be the next step of interactive comic Hideo Kojima was talking about when he came up with the one on the PSP.
I mean, we have not only tons of choices, but also male and female Sheppard plus 6 classes to choose from.

I also would like to know if they could try and put the meaningful sidequests in the comics, especially from the characters we see again in ME2.
772  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: November 05, 2010, 03:49:42 PM
My cousin played it on a pretty old pc, like yourself and I was there when we installed, it was running just fine. Maybe you had some conflicts of drivers, directx or something.
You know you could always try reinstall it and see if it works.

I will buy it on PS3 to keep it, as I'd hate ME2 to have the same fate as KOTOR. An awesome Bioware game that can't run on PCs anymore because of numerous windows vista and seven conflicts.
KOTOR was one of the games I was really sad when I sold my Xbox 1.
773  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: November 02, 2010, 07:09:49 PM
Now that's the fan service we're talking about!

1st Lightning's costume
2nd sexy office lady costume
3rd (the one we all want) shower scene costume (One can only hope)
774  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 31, 2010, 08:19:06 AM
I'll say the opposite. I started with P3 but if I had started with Strange Journey I don't know if I'd look forward to the next installment.
Nocturne is a great game but too hard and if you're not prepared for this kind of punishing it can be too much to take.
If you don't want to recommend Persona to a beginner I'd go with Digital Devil Saga. While I played only a little of it it feels much more manageable, I don't know.
775  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 31, 2010, 08:13:39 AM
I loved the juction system. I made possible to give some elements to your attacks and defense unlike all other games and Triple Triad (the card game) was simply amazing! But of course, you have to get a grip of the rules.
776  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 31, 2010, 07:56:16 AM
After X-2 it's pretty much hit or miss (or a total miss if it's FFXIV).

I liked XIII but looking back at it, I don't think it's as awesome as my first impression made it seem to be.

XII was a mixed bag, the world was good to explore, so much detail to everything, but this game is a total grind, the combat gets so repetitive that you don't even have to press a single button and the characters most of the time were worthless. That is okay as in FFVI it happens a lot and the game was good but the main character is so worthless and annoying you know something is wrong. By the end of the game (or after half of it), you only needed As, Balthier and Basch and the other three you could just throw away because they don't matter anymore.

Even liking XIII I ahve to agree the game is so streamlined, even after post game that it isn't even funny. I do enjoy not convoluted path to move the story and while XIII's overdoing of it didn't annoy me I can totally understand why it gets to so many people. But the worst is that you have a bunch of crystalium paths to choose but they are most the same and you actually don't choose much.

In FFX it's streamlined in the beginning, probably so you don't screw it up too bad, but after midway through the game, you could make Tidus a black mage like Lulu if you wanted to.

I think it won't take much for us to see a game like Shin Megami Tensei dethrone Final Fantasy (and I do love both) but the thing with Atlus is that they make good games for them to be good, not to cater a FPS market.

I mean, very few FPS can be sold to us, RPG fans as if they were RPGs. On the top of my head Bioshock and Borderlands. Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls were always RPG and even though in First person view they were never shooters, even Fallout 3 people used VATS more than anything.

My point, why the hell would Squenix try to make FFs go after FPS fans. Next time they might as well make it a side scroller and go after the Mario crowd. Or make a story about a car racing event and go after Gran Turismo fans.

I think the only difference in popularity of FF and the rest is chance. Just like Dragon Quest is bigger in Japan.
Probably the fact that Sony published FFVII helped a lot to make it known.
777  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 2 IS Remake on: October 29, 2010, 11:48:25 AM
If you guys are going to keep making a new thread everytime something note worthy comes out then there is no reason to have a Megami Tensei thread. In fact I think the moderators should sticky the Megami Tensei thread to cut down on potential thread redundancy. But that's just my opinion.

It is a new game, therefore it deserves an official thread. It's easier to find information specifically for this game here than to dig through unrelated discussions in the Megami Tensei thread.
Well I'm not going to make a fuss about it. You guys can do whatever you want. I just think making new Megami Tensei related threads is unnecessary.

I'm with you. We seem to be crating too many threads these days. It's like "Yoichi Wada sneezed" and we create a new thread.
Example, The new Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton, instead of creating a new thread for it, we could've just renamed the one about "Capcom and Level 5 cooperation".

Anyway, I liked the opening. I think it's great to see they redone the artwork, because the one in P1 did feel a little dated. If it releases in PSN I think I might try the Jap version, especially to see if I can keep up with it but it depends on how much voice acting there is.
778  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 26, 2010, 09:04:10 PM
When I heard the news of Innocent Sin I JIZZED IN MY PANTS!

Guys, the good news about this, not only that this is a great game is that it's Atlus. It's not Namco or Square-Enix, if it's Atlus we can be sure they'll localize. It doesn't have vocie acting,and it will probably be released on PSN so coasts will be low for a localization. I say I'm positive this will be localized!

Oh, and just for the sake of confusion, Innocent Sin is the first one, right ? Then comes Eternal Punishment, right ?
779  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 26, 2010, 08:22:10 AM
Be warned that Suikoden games are not for everyone. I was already playing tons of RPGs and heard about the Suikoden series and that they were good. So I got Suikoden III and I hated every little thing in it. I even lent it to my cousin to see if he would find something to like about it or the problem was with me and we both hated it.

If I were you I'd go with hell_snake's recommendation of FFX, Tales of the Abyss and Dragon Quest VIII. They are enjoyable and very pick up and play.
780  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 25, 2010, 10:10:07 PM
I really cannot wait to dive in the world of RPGs. No more pricks, no more gold sellers, no more nerfing down my precious toon. Nothing but quality story and gameplay.

You have pretty much simplified all my thought about most MMOs I've tried in two lines of text!
The lack of story in MMOs was always a downside for me. Also the fact that play like a manic the people you are used to playing with start bitching.

As a suggestion for a PS2 title that might be good for a console RPG newcomer I'd recommend Tales of the Abyss. I have to confess the first "tales of" game I played was Vesperia, and after that I played about 10 hours of Abyss and it's really fun too.

Oh, and before lots of recommendations start popping at a faster pace than you can read, I assume your pc can play WoW. Would you say it can run Fallout 3 or Mass Effect 2, because they're really good.
If it doesn't, before you buy a ps2, one of my favorite games of all time, is able to run on pretty much any pc these days and on steam it's really cheap: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. In short, one of the best games and story I have ever see. And since you've been playing wow the western interface may be more familiar to you.
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