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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 24, 2016, 07:38:44 AM
Zelda fails as an RPG at a core level: there's no stat-based progression required to beat the game. Increased heart meter/magic meter doesn't qualify, since tons of games that are clearly not RPGs use those. Zelda is an Action/Adventue game. I agree with Randiel's assessment. Zelda II is obviously an RPG, but none of them others are.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: May 11, 2016, 11:26:28 PM
Vesperia, Symphonia and others were just as guilty of that. Though they did have more of them and you didn't have to get to a save point, at least.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: May 10, 2016, 05:39:53 PM
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: May 08, 2016, 08:52:19 PM
Xillia was a waste of time, Xillia 2 was a bigger waste of time. Not worth it unless you loved the first one. If you did, you'll probably also enjoy the second. If not, you'll feel like you wasted your money. :P

The choices gimmick is pretty superficial for the most part and the story/characters are extremely bland, some of the worst in the series IMO. There's a couple of good plot twists, but that's about it. If you haven't played Zestiria, skip straight to that. A lot of people weren't too keen on it either, but I thought it was miles ahead of Xillia.
20  Media / General Games / Re: Overwatch an expensive version of TF2 on: May 02, 2016, 10:07:30 PM
21  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / MOVED: Overwatch an expensive version of TF2 on: May 02, 2016, 10:07:01 PM
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22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG Pet Peeves thread- 2016 edition on: April 29, 2016, 01:43:42 AM
Might as well throw out a thread-requisite peeve towards Japanese Highschool settings

Ugh, yes. This was cool the first... few times I experienced it when I started playing JRPGs, but the hundreds after that it's just facepalm-worthy. Can we not get even just a college or work setting? Just for a change? No?
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: April 27, 2016, 09:26:24 PM
IMO FF7 is an all time great but you had to play it at the time when it was released because when it came out it was unlike anything anyone has ever played before. It was more spectacle than substance but goddamn in 1997 what a spectacle it was.

I disagree! :)

24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 27, 2016, 01:44:22 AM
Goats in the salsa.

(Too much fun not to join in, briefly.)
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2016 version - Save money for that NX on: April 26, 2016, 11:08:32 PM
If it helps, I'm playing Digmon now and think it's kind of dull. Definitely not bad, but not amazing. I've heard it picks up though and I've only played about 10 hours so far.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: April 26, 2016, 08:56:11 PM
Excuse the slight derailing for a moment, but when this FINALLY comes out here at the end of May, which one should I get? From what I understand Conquest is harder and features more unique mission objectives than Birthright? For those of you who are playing one or both, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The 3D on the 3DS on: April 26, 2016, 06:21:27 PM
I actually really like it, but it often results in the FPS suffering, so I tend to only turn it on for cool moments/cut-scenes etc.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: April 25, 2016, 05:44:26 PM
Do you ever get to a point where you can unlock the classes you chose to forego in those barter scenarios? That really bugs me.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: April 22, 2016, 06:15:19 AM
Can't wait!
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 14, 2016, 08:40:49 PM
I need some help from our listeners right now.  I've put about three hours into Steins;Gate and, well, the beginning of this game is so damn slow that it's actively making me want to take a nap while trying to play it.  I keep hearing that the story is going to pick up, but I'm wondering just how much more I need to push through to get to the good stuff.  For the record, I'm on Chapter 2 right now. 

This is interesting, because I didn't think it was slow at all. I wonder if it's a comparative thing. I've played so many slice-of-life VNs that plod along where literally nothing happens for 25+ hours that maybe Steins;Gate seemed more gripping to me the whole way through than it actually was. I was quite intrigued the whole way through.

Things certainly do go nuts in the second half of the game though, in a good way.

I commented earlier that all VNs should be approached as if they were slice-of-life in order to get the most enjoyment out of them.  But "more gamey" VNs that are popular with "normal gamers" like VLR and Danganronpa have kind of spoiled people, I think. ;)
But Steins;Gate is definitely one that should be approached with a patient slice-of-life approach.  This is just as true of the anime, too.  You have to WANT to know the answers behind the subtle mysteries the story gives you in the beginning.  If you're just waiting for the action, those subtle mysteries will fly right by you.

A good assessment, I think!
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