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856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 29, 2010, 11:21:42 PM
Have anyone seen this ? “Top 10 RPGs of This Generation”
Some gaming site made a list of the best RPGs of this gen and this site I usually go to, Sankaku Complex made a short article on the list.

The funny thing is that they pointed the same thing I thought when I read the list: Where is Persona ? If I were to make a top 2 RPG I would have to put Persona on it.
857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: August 29, 2010, 11:17:05 PM
Honestly I think that some trophies can ruin a game. Just enjoy the game and don't turn a fun experience into torture. My 2 cents.

I couldn't agree more.
Some trophies are a good incentive to keep playing a little longer. For example, in FFXIII the one when you get a 5 star rating on the last boss, I liked. It could have one like these in most kind of games, to own the last boss. An example of a bad one I did in Resonance of Fate, was to do all missions in the battle arena. Doing all of them is alright but the said thing is that to try the next level you have to do the same one 3 times, and to get the trophy you need to beat each 10 times and there are 50 missions, so 500 battles. The sole reason I did this was because I had already done everything else in the game, so to not Platinum it would feel like a waste as it wasn't difficult just boring and time consuming.

Most game I get these days I read the trophy list on gamefaqs or somewhere else, go for what it fun and the rest I just don't care.
858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 27, 2010, 03:34:26 PM
The boss recycling in Odin Sphere is because the stories cross between them but I agree, even so, it is recycling bosses.
Even so I loved how the stories felt like unique and the same at the same time. The only one I haven't played was Velvet's story and I was much more hyped for her, since the ones I expected to be bad (Prince that turn into a bunny & Faerie that becomes Faerie queen) were quite good, I assume the witch that lives in the woods will be much better. Someday I'll just pick it up to finish it.

The slowdowns sure were a bad thing but I wouldn't trade them for poorer environments. It's like Shadow of the Colossus, I wouldn't trade framerate for the beauty that exists in the game.
859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 26, 2010, 11:15:05 AM
I had some gripes with Mass Effect 1 myself but if anything I think the dialogues were the best part of it. Of all the Bioware games I've played ME was one that impressed me the least (but still miles better than Neverwinter Nights). But putting it in the worst of the decade is kind of an overkill.

About Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, I think it was fun until I found out your "dragon power or whatever" could never be replenished. This ruined the game for me.
Odin Sphere, I personally loved this game but I can understand why someone would not like it. Way to punishing (I used a gameshark in lots of places), and if you're looking for something more RPGish and you get Odin Sphere which is more action oriented one would surely not like it.
860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyrie Profile on: August 26, 2010, 11:02:10 AM
Valkyrie Profile are one of my favorites games on PS1 and PS2. Even though I like VP2 more, VP1 is great and there are some nuances that you see on VP2 that would feel nicer if you've seen then on VP1 before.

About buying them, I'd would also go with the PSP version. It's waaaay cheaper than the rare PSX version and both are the same thing except for few movies which I think are better on the PSP.
I recall that after I "Platinumed" Resonance of Fate, a guy on my friend's list offered me to sell it to him. This game along with Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2 are ones I'll be keeping forever.
861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: BG:Dark Alliance totally kicks ES3:Morrowind's ass on: August 25, 2010, 09:09:36 AM
Morrowind was one of those deals where you really have to play it without expectations, along with a sense of wonder. Now that Oblivion has came out and the face of gaming has changed its hard to appreciate it normally. It's a great game, but definitely more niche these days.

Yeah, I'd imagine if you've already played Oblivion then Morrowind would be nearly impossible to enjoy.

That happened to me and I can't say how sad I was because a friend of mine kept telling me to play Morrowind back in the days as we both were RPG fans and I kept pushing it away until I played Oblivion. When I decided to give it a go, I simply couldn't. It was too ugly and lifeless.

Well, lesson learned. When a friend recommends you an older game, play it before the newer one is released.
862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 22, 2010, 01:27:36 AM
I'm suspecting that this entry will be my least favorite of the series but thats not saying thats a bad thing. 

For me it's almost impossible for it to be worst then PE2. I hated it so much ...
The worst thing is that it wasn't only hate but disappointment too so it's that thing that is kinda hard to swallow.
863  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: August 17, 2010, 08:57:43 PM
Interesting. I'm going to buy it just because I like the Mass Effect series that much, but releasing it without the first ME is kind of weird, PS3 owners will miss out on half of the entire story. Ah well, more people will get to experience 2010's Game of the Year, so can't be a bad thing.

Maybe they'll go in the style of Yakuza and put a compilation of the events of the last game. Being this game one of "choices" maybe they could even innovate and let us make the choices IF we watch the video and those choices would be carried over to when we play the game.

I'm particularly not too sad about ME1 not going to ps3. I mean, I played it on PC, it was good but rarely as any other Bioware game, this one I didn't want to play more than once. I loved the story and characters but didn't like the gameplay so much, especially that vehicle we had which was boring as hell, unlike the one in ME2 Overlord which is much nicer.
864  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: August 17, 2010, 04:59:37 PM
Wait, there's people who own a PS3, but not a 360? Odd. I can see it the other way around, as the 360 came out first, and was cheaper. Some of you either have some amazing will power, or seriously deep pockets.

I don't get this comment...you're saying that people who don't buy both consoles are the ones with deep pockets?

Personally I have a PS3 and no 360, but I didn't even get the PS3 until it had been out for a couple of years.  There wasn't much on either system that interested me in the first few years.  Not to mention that the PS2 was still going very strong back then.

Right now if I were to get another console it would be a Wii.  But the thing that's limiting me is time, not money.  I have a hard enough time just keeping up with my backlog of PS3 games.  What do I need a whole new system for?

I thought I might be misunderstood.
My thinking is that if you only own a PS3, it means you either:
bought it when it first came out - very expensive(deep pockets)
just recently bought it when it went down in price - willpower
I'm actually impressed by those who held out on buying a a new system for so long despite being bombarded with constant news about all the great games for them.
Personally, I got a 360 when it went down to $199. Then I got a PS3 when it dropped last September. Seems the natural progression of things.

In your reasoning which is not completely wrong have you wondered that there are people that just have preferences for some games on one console over another.

Think about it, even though there are good games on the system, you are not determined  to buy the console until a game you really want on it is released. I for one am I big fan of Metal Gear, so I knew I would buy a PS3, sooner or later but if I didn't have interest in exclusives on the Xbox, even it being cheaper would not be reason enough to buy it. After this game you were waiting for so much, you end up buying other titles but the decision comes on what you can play on one system that you can't on the other.

Not to mention that while a very good video game, the 360 is way too much unreliable. Mine broke 3 times before I gave up on it and all 360s of friends and my cousins, all know in real life broke, which makes up more than 10.
If it were a little better hardware Microsoft would still be making money out of me by paying live, Live Arcade and retail games but instead they just made me stay away until next gen, and since this one will probably take longer to end, they will not see any from me anytime soon.

Anyway, enough with complaining, back to Mass Effect 2.
I wonder if all DLCs released until december will make it to the PS3 version of the game, like Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition. It would be nice if not only that but some exclusive content already on disc that could also be given on Cerberus Network and Xbox live.
865  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: August 17, 2010, 11:20:18 AM
You've got to be kidding me!!!! I'm buying it for sure, day one!
This was by far my favorite game this year. My PC can handle it good, but being able to play it on my new big TV and Home Theater is reason enough for me to buy it one more time.
Not to mention the money I'll save with DLC.
866  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Resonance of Fate Topic on: August 16, 2010, 11:51:53 AM
Well, maybe it could be considered difficult in an RPG kind of way, but considering the battles are more strategic I'd say it is pretty fair in difficulty if you think it's a mix of strategy and RPG.
If you do all missions along the chapters I'd say it rarely is hard, only a few fights get challenging and you can always pay a little to retry then. If I could do that in Demon's Souls without having to play the whole stage again or at least maintaining what I have obtained I would have play it past the first level.

I forgot to mention, I did platinum this game and it is well worth the time and effort.
867  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How's Fallout 3's DLC? on: August 15, 2010, 01:33:37 PM
Funny, my cousin said me the one he really loved was Mothership Zeta but I'm not sure. I loved the game but never went into the DLCs, I spent so much time doing side quests that I didn't even finish the game, just like Oblivion.
My other cousin said the thing he liked a lot was in one of the DLCs when you get an armor that works just like the Predator suit.
868  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 12, 2010, 11:04:08 PM
I agree, there is no problem with fanservice as long as it is not over used.
If we think about it Crisis Core is a huge fanservice. Does it work ? Yes! Does it break any aspect of the game, no. It's not as if square is saying Aya will be using bikinis, it's just some tear on her clothes, much less then Goku in Dragon Ball.

Back to the game, I just it delivers. Whatever it tries to be, be it survivor horror, 3rd person action or RPG, I just want a good story and gameplay.
869  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 12, 2010, 12:20:31 AM
Quote from: Siliconera
The 3rd Birthday, however, is not a role playing game. Square Enix made a straight third person shooter with a body snatching system.

I had originally heard this wasn't going to be an RPG... but the "EXP + 100" when defeating enemies suggests some sort of leveling.

Or Square could just be fooling us with another weapon upgrade system.

If we think of Mass Effect 2, even though it's a shooter at some aspects it is still an RPG. Sure, a shallow RPG we it comes to customizing but a great one when it comes at characters interaction and feeling drawn into the world.
If PE3 can pull something like that off, I'm happy.
870  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: August 11, 2010, 11:45:36 PM
Abuse the bonus board as much as you can in battles. That's one of the biggest tips. Try to run up as many in EXP as you can early on (unless you're after something else specific) and do the best you can not to have the board break. For most of the game I generally attempted to have 50-75% of the board with exp bonuses and making sure I always had 1 or 2 health/mana recovery ones.

Item creation can be really useful, but the game's easily manageable without it. I didn't mess around with it much until the end simply because I had more characters with more skills to choose from.

Oh, here's something else important... DON'T SELL ANYTHING. EVER! Excuse the caps. But it's important! Almost everything is used in one Item Creation formula or another and there are many items in the game that are unique.

Also, without ruining anything, I suggest you do shop requests and other quests as soon as you see them. There's a couple of places you won't get the opportunity to return to. Assuming you care about the quests, of course.

Last point, and most importantly: Hands of Reimi! She's mine! ;)

I fee like playing it again now... man, I loved it.

Thanks for the info.
I usually don't sell things unless it's those kind of games you're always behind in money, this one gives you enough to play around.

I heard the same thing from the item creation, but it looks fun so even if I don't do option dungeons I'd like to at least give it a go at item creation (maybe it's my brain's way of preparing to play Atelier Rorona).

These quests feel so boring. I don't feel like doing them unless the reward is big... But I can at least try some.

Once you get a full bonus board, stick with a character like Reimi to stay away from the enemy.


Something like 90% of the money you will be obtaining will be for the hidden dungeons.  Save up now. :P

Last but not least - don't stick with one character; switch around so you can get Battle Trophies early.  You will need to get at least 50% for everyone (removes the level cap on characters, good for the xtra dungeon).

About using Reimi once the board is full, you know, I should have though of this sooner. I've had the board broken for some small mistake and having to build it all the way up again.

Not sure what you mean by the "laser weapon" but I'll keep my eyes open on it.

Last tip will be hard as some characters you really need to get adjusted to use properly. I'll at least give them a chance.

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