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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth on: February 03, 2016, 07:30:34 AM
I've played most of the Japanese version. It's a very fun, polished game. The combat can sometimes be a bit wooden, but overall it's a very solid, fun game-- particularly if you dig Digimon.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 21, 2016, 06:26:56 AM
haha nah, Undertale is great and deserves all of the praise it has received. Plenty of small indie games get middling reviews.

To be fair, I do think the hype around Undertale is more than willing to hand-wave its flaws, but as always it's totally okay to love something despite its flaws-- and I absolutely do love Undertale ^^.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 20, 2016, 06:23:56 PM
I'm heading out and don't have a whole lot of time to comment, but I will say that while I appreciate your lengthy comments, I fundamentally disagree with your notion of "it's well-loved and popular so I hate it."

That doesn't seem like a position with a particularly defensible base. It seems like it'd be better to just say "I have no interest" than "my interest is based inversely on the interest of others."

In fact, I've since played and beaten Undertale and now love it. Had I just said "people love it, I refuse to play it," I would have truly missed out. I'm glad I didn't.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sell FF7 & FF9 for PSX? how is the FF7 PC Port? on: January 09, 2016, 11:35:19 AM
They fixed the PC port's audio a while back. It also has a few small translation corrections.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 05:15:25 PM
I still think the remake looks awesome and promising. Can't wait to play it.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 07:14:43 PM
Lard, you continue to not engage with the point, which is that turn based games are not mass-appeal enough for what this remake will cost.

Also, be respectful.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 07:02:50 PM
If this were a turn based game, you'd have a very high evasion stat.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 06:26:55 PM
I love turn based combat. I just don't think it's the only valid way to make an rpg. Also, we are up to our armpits in turn based games trying to capitalize on the nostalgia of the golden era. I'm glad Square is doing something new.


Also Lard, you're just wrong. Turn based games like Persona do well in our microcosm, they do not blow up sales charts. That's fine, if you're spending what Atlus spends on a Persona and merchandising they way they do. Not so for an expensive, over the top, globe-spanning production on cutting edge hardware like this remake. You are completely and utterly wrong if you Square only has to sell this to "us."
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 04:26:43 PM
My point is more that I don't need another turn-based, prettied-up FFVII. I'd rather play something entirely new. I'm not nearly as married to turn-based combat as it seems like a lot of folks are. I'm just happy to see a new take on a story and characters I like a lot.

I understand some people DO want that, and I respect that. It's just not something I care about. I'm interested in being surprised by what's different, not fed the same game with prettier graphics.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 03:55:26 PM
I hope the game is changed a ton. I'll buy every entry and probably enjoy it. Even if I don't, beats getting the same game with prettier graphics. If I wanted to play the same game, I'd play FFVII.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 31, 2015, 01:58:18 PM
He directed Crisis Core and Type-0?
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 31, 2015, 01:35:15 PM
I agree ^.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 20, 2015, 05:58:07 PM
I think that's an interesting to which I would reply "they don't have to be." They used to be, but there also used to be a lot fewer games coming out. In much the same way as it will be difficult for any film to ever have the same pop culture impact as, say, Star Wars, I think it'll be difficult for Final Fantasies to 'change the landscape' in the way they once did.

I'm okay with the games just being really good.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 20, 2015, 05:02:23 PM
I have a lot more comments that Colin and I already chatted about (also kudos to having your piece published :) ), but my biggest is that I disagree that they're listening to fans for design advice to the game's detriment. Opinions, etc, yes-- they're listening (it has worked very well with FFXIV, which it seems most folks credit as feeling more like Final Fantasy than the last few single player titles). But Tabata has on numerous occasions said "I know you want this or that, but it doesn't fit with the game I'm designing." Moogles were a concession in that he said "sure, we'll do a cameo" but not more than that, because as he stated a few times, "they don't fit in the world we're building as a main race."

There's a dfference between letting a fan committee design the game and letting the fans provide input. Claiming this one doesn't have a clear vision is baffling to me, because FFXV has a clearer vision and singularity of design purpose than the past several entries. Look at any of the discussions with Wan Hazmer or Tabata-- they know exactly what they want to build. People cried foul when Stella was cut because they liked her, but the reason was "She doesn't fit the story we're trying to tell." That doesn't sound like a lack of a clear vision to me. No one is saying the fans are always right on the FFXV team, and Tabata and co. are seasoned enough developers to know how to design a project without buckling to 'design by committee.'

XII and XIII both had major problems as a result of changing hands creatively or "vision-changing." Further, I think the comparison to western RPGs is unfair and essentially is isolating "Bethesda" as the only purveyor of (admittedly buggy) WRPGs. Tabata has been designing creative and interesting Final Fantasy games (cough and 3rd birthday) for years now, and they've consistently been some of the most interesting entries. I think they've earned more than a little faith. Basing fears of polish or lack of entertainment value on a demo that essentially was a pre-alpha version of the game released over a year before the thing itself is maybe a little premature.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 18, 2015, 08:02:40 PM
Oh wait, yes I do. P5 will be more of the same generic anime tropes that the fanbase will happily eat up all over again, versus the impossible to please FF fanbase that spent the last decade playing one disappointment after the other.

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