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856  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.
857  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.

DO NOT SYNTH ANYTHING ON THE LASER WEAPON! DO NOT SYNTH ANYTHING ON THE LASER WEAPON! DO NOT SYNTH ANYTHING ON THE LASER WEAPON! DO NOT SYNTH ANYTHING ON THE LASER WEAPON! GOT IT!?

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.



858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 11, 2010, 08:39:06 AM
Holy Hot Damn!
This is looking great, specially on the PSP. The thing that got me thinking is how we'll be able to use spells if the quick link there are only weapons... Well, I'm sure they'll find a way.
859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: August 11, 2010, 08:28:15 AM
I started playing SO4 this week, finally, and I'm enjoying it quite a lot. I'm about 10 hours in and I'm having fun with the creation system, the battles, exploring but sure, there are some characters that are a bit weird. I truly don't get why there are a lot of complains about it unless you are a die hard SO fan and find something to nit pick in it.
I've played SO2 and finished SO3 and so far this one is much more fun to me.

I just think that some dungeons could've been smaller and some puzzles a little more straight forward but still it just takes a little more time, nothing impossible, like the dungeons in Strange Journey where you can't even see your path.

Anyone who has played the game has any tips ? I'm boosting up the item creation skills so I can make the EXP and Fol equips as soon as possible. I just don't know when I can make them ...
860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 06, 2010, 01:39:50 AM
Thanks heavens!
They released a "remake" of a horrible old game I can't even remember the name, some no one cares about, even in the japanese store but when we talk about the good games they keep us waiting. If they release Parasite Eve and Vagrant Story, I'll even promise to buy Bushido Blade, just for nostalgia (if this one ever gets a chance).

Now for real, don't you think would be nice if these PSOne Classics had trophies, or leaderboards (depending on the game, of course). I mean, not that it would stop me from playing a good game but if I already have a game or at least have already played it, I'd need a little more incentive to play a "decent" game again. If we take the trophy hunters into account, it could even boost sales. Sure, no one would buy Tomb Raider for the trophies because that game is impossible, but a lot of people would be proud to show of 100% completion on their favorite RPGs.
861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: August 05, 2010, 08:34:06 PM
I bought Unlimted Saga when I was 12 or 13, back when I thought the Square/Square-Enix logo still had respectability to it, and I was very confused by it, it was not what I wanted at all. I was so bored, I think I might have played an hour the day I got it, then another hour the next day, just to please my dad, because I had begged him for it and I didn't want to seem ungrateful.


Good point you touched. Most of the times I received games from my dad they ended up being crap. My mom and my grandfather always asked the title I wanted so at least I was responsable for not choosing a good game.

One of those games (not an RPG) were ToeJam & Earl. Yeah, I know some people like this game but I simply hate it. I even played it co-op with a friend that loved it and even so, I couldn't get myself to play it. Horrible memories ...
862  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Starcraft II on: August 03, 2010, 11:24:23 PM
My cousin got the game so probably tomorrow I'll go there to see it for myself before buying it.
I liked the first one but it was so long ago that I really had no expectations for this game at all but after seeing some reviews it does look really good!
863  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Water stages in games on: August 03, 2010, 11:21:05 PM
Like I was saying, I don't know how developers put so much of these boring water stages in games. They are people that like games, I mean they can't be possibly be having fun with a broken water stage.

Another example I remembered is the jet-ski level in Uncharted 1. I sure liked it but I've read that a lot of people hated it, not the level itself but because it was too hard.
Maybe they are trying to put something "different" in the game but can't think of something else then a water level. For example, Dead Space has no gravity moments, which are awesome and really well made. I'd have that 10 times over another water level in a game.
864  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Water stages in games on: August 03, 2010, 10:26:27 AM
I was watching a video of this game called Hydrophobia, a game about using water in the surrounding and all. Looks as if Uncharted meets Bioshock but with a lower budget.

Anyway regardless of the game, it made me think of something I'd like to share: How do you feel about water levels in games ?

I felt like asking this here because when talking to my friends about 90% of them, myself included, hate water levels in almost any game. Like a great game with a horrible slow paced moment. I'll just point some games with water levels and my impressions on the level itself:

Metal Gear Solid 2: confusing with hard to see water
Mario 64: not that bad but by far the worst levels in the game.
Mario Galaxy 2: I was so happy when the water turned into ice so I wouldn't have to swim
Zelda Ocarina of time, Water Temple: One of the most boring moments in my life, with the exception of the boss which is cool.
God of War 1: Total drag on what is most of the time a good game.

I'll stop here as I think my point is made and bear in mind I'm only pointing water levels in good games here, if I were to point bad games I could complain forever.

Side note: interesting how Bioshock, a game that happens in an underwater city doesn't have a water level... My guess ? The developers knew nobody would want it.
865  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Just started Strange Journey... on: August 03, 2010, 09:57:12 AM
All I have to say is my hat is off to anyone who managed to get through that last dungeon without using a faq.
I already complete game two time (normal and chaos ending) without using any FAQs or map... Hmmm... Manual may be faqs or not???))

You are my hero for the week.
I really don't know how they (developers) expect us to figure out the mechanics of movement in those areas you cannot see. I'm at Area 4 of the game, the area that have those streams, like a river that keep carrying you around, and after you go up a few floors, there's something like it, but you can't see how they work because it's one of those areas you can't see on the map.
I went on GameFaqs to see a map for it, and when I saw how complicated it was I just put the game down and I don't plan on coming back to it. I have others SMT games here I haven't played and I bet they are a lot less frustrating.
866  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: My tastes in RPG's have really changed. on: August 03, 2010, 09:42:32 AM
Oh, you think you're playing to something good, but after all those hours of dungeon crawling, then grinding because you were trying to rush through and ended up being too weak to take on a boss, you finally reach those story nuggets you fought so hard for only to realize it wasn't worth it at all!

Seriously though, there's no reason in this day and age to suffer through a bad game for the sake of a story. I've been touting to just read books or watch movies for quite some time if it's story you're in it for, but you could also get a game's story through Youtube videos or a Let's Play, especially good for a game like Drakengard that has a genuinely interesting and fucked up story, but awful gameplay you shouldn't be suffering through just to watch it unfold, certainly not to see every ending.

You said it all. A good example of this for me is Parasite Eve 2. I have the game, loved the first one but hated the second. I simply cannot get myself to play it, not even with cheats, it's just too boring, so what do I do ? I'm watching it on youtube, sometimes after dinner I just lay down on my bed and put it to play. I was thinking of doing the same with Nier but I'm still unsure if I'll give it a chance.

About being a little satured of RPGs (or a genre of games), I've started playing RPGs with FFVII because before then I couldn't read english so for me there was no point if I couldn't understand the story, and from FFVII onwards RPGs have been a case of love for me, JRPGs and WRPGs.

Since before FFVII I played only non RPGs, I came to like lot's of different styles of games like futuristic racing games (as F-Zero, Star Wars Racer and Wipeout), fighting games, etc.
Weird because I didn't play Adventures like Zelda for the same reason I didn't play RPGs back then, as I would not be able to understand, so now while thinking I think I found out why I don't have much patience with adventures, it's as if they are an RPG that haven't gone all the way (don't take this too serious as I try to play then, I just can't get hooked on them).

With this in my, someone here said the same thing, if you're getting bored of RPGs have something else that pleases you ready, even if only sometimes.
I myself have gotten bored of RPGs for some months. There's always a period in the year since 2004 I think that I cannot look at an RPG, or a game that just makes you smile without being complicated. One of my backup games is Minna no Golf (Hot Shots for PS3). I'm not even a fan of golf, but I enjoy it quite a lot, so when I want something more slow paced or after some tedious grinding in a RPG I'll play it, you know, slow paced fun, no over the top difficulty.

I think I've said too much, I'll try to make myself more understandable next time. My overall advice some anyone bored of RPGs in the moment: give it a rest for a few months and don't force yourself to finish, just leave it there, after a few months playing other stuff it'll come back to being the most satisfying experience again.
867  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 31, 2010, 09:37:19 PM
I was gonna post the same thing! lol
Anyway, I'm glad they are 'working on it" but given the time that has already passed, I think they should "work on in a lot faster". Oh, I think I know why they're taking so long, they're waiting for another RPGs to come and release it at the same time so no one buys their games, maybe they're waiting for Mass Effect 3, Final Fantasy IXV, Dragon Age 2 or Fallout New Vegas, you know, some small title like these crappy games no one cares about. [/sarcasm]

Seriously now, when we have news of the new Tales for the PS3, if nor Vesperia nor Graces comes, people won't even care anymore, I know I won't. With Tales games from now on I'll have the same politics I have with Gran Turismo: I'll believe it when I see it.
868  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: July 31, 2010, 06:40:56 AM
I vote for Persona 3. So good, so original, unlike what we've seen before.
After it, I'd also pick Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect 2.
For a JRPG fan, it's funny how Bioware put two games on my little list but it doesn't matter, the games are great so it's all right.
869  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: tales of vesperia makes me sleepy on: July 30, 2010, 09:51:43 PM
Really ? Vesperia was my first tales game and I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. It was my favorite RPG on the 360 until Mass Effect 2 came on it.
Like Serene Prophet I played about 10 hours of Abyss, after have finished Vesperia and although it wasn't bad I didn't think it was as good.

If you say Dawn of the New World is better, I'll at least give it a go.

As for SO4, my 360 broke for the 3rd time 2 months before the was released so I didn't play on it and after I played a little on a firend's Xbox but the announcement of it on PS3 made me wait (no voices of hell for me, which I'm sure are much worse than swapping any disc). So I just begun on it, but about 3 hours in, I kinda like it.
870  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I have too many games to play!!! on: July 30, 2010, 09:31:06 PM
If I were you and had the intention of playing it I'd go get it. Think like that, since we're in a month a little slow on new games it's the perfect opportunity to buy it, because later you won't even remember it.
I didn't like Infinite Space much but honestly I didn't give it much of a chance I just thought it lacked a decent tutorial for the huge amount of stuff there is in it but I'll give it another try probably after Dragon Quest IX and Peace Walker.
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