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451  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 28, 2014, 04:23:25 PM
I'm not really especially INTO the looks of the cast, but I'm not usually into the looks of any cast. I'm more interested in how they play out in the game. Example: P3 and P4's character art is great, but I don't really care much about them visually. It was only once I played and found the characters to be fantastic that I started to like them more.

I'll admit, I barely even glanced at FFXV's characters, because the way they look isn't really of much interest to me. Lightning looks cool as hell, but she's about the blandiest bland that ever blanded a bland. Zidane has a ruffle and a tail, but he's the most awesome character around, for a positive example.

TL;DR I'm not interested in the cast until I play the game. Although more than one token ladycharacter might be a good way for them to go.

I will say, in terms of friendly/sociable, I think that's really something we'll have to see in the game. I get the impression they're really trying to capture the dynamics between these characters, based on what's been released so far. It'll remain to be seen how that happens, but so far they do have a very generic "cool dudes" vibe.
452  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 28, 2014, 04:09:01 PM
The Spirit Chaser is an awesome song. I love the Battle SQ remix of that.

edit:

link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR3N01udZws

inb4 "WUBSTEP SUXXXXX"
453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 28, 2014, 03:44:38 PM
I'm getting a very Type-0 + Kingdom Hearts vibe from all this, so far. I think that's a really great combo, and I'm really optimistic for this game. Maybe not in the plot department, but if it culls any of the lessons learned from Type-0, I think it should be okay. Plus, I really like the setup-- as long as Square remembers that setup for a plot should not be the ENTIRE plot.
454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 28, 2014, 03:00:14 PM
While I admire the turn-based tradition, I'm fine with it being left at the door if it means slightly more quick and responsive gameplay.  Hey at least Child of Light is coming out soon, and a lot of handheld titles haven't really abandoned turn-based.

At least the KH team did a brilliant job of real-time battles with the more recent KH titles --- so I actually consider the same team working on this a huge selling point for me.

I totally agree with all of this. I want Square-Enix to challenge themselves with this game rather than try something we know they have delivered on before. Now if this ends up stinking like poo after they disappointed alot of people with the FFXIII trilogy, I could see them taking a step back with the next one and going back to roots.

All this.
455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 28, 2014, 01:27:50 PM
Sounds cool to me. Looking forward to seeing more at E3, hopefully.
456  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 27, 2014, 11:34:46 AM
Yes. All hail Rusty.
457  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Breaking Bad Digital Copy Giveaway Spectacular on: April 26, 2014, 12:23:49 PM
For BB, I'll do anything.

Including tell you that Conan believes to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women, is best.
458  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 25, 2014, 06:09:18 PM
Man, if only some super awesome music podcast ended a three-part special with that track, amirite, Dice?
459  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: April 25, 2014, 02:35:02 AM
New episode recorded. Expect it very soon :D
460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon Gaze on: April 24, 2014, 09:16:51 PM
Kyle is not the right person to listen to if you're remotely interested in JRPGs.  His staff page shows some of his favorite RPGs being Planescape, Mass Effect, and Fallout, which is fine, but it's obvious he wasn't going to enjoy this (or Bravely Default for that matter).

I think that is a bit harsh man. Those are some of my favourite games and I also love JRPGs. People have different tastes and it is as important to hear those that dislike the game as it is those who like it. I was surprised Kyle reviewed this but more so because I had never seen him review a modern dungeon crawler before. Thought all the dungeon crawlers went to Ashton, Tooker or Hussey.


I mean no disrespect to Kyle or RPGFan.  My point is that the review would be beneficial to more people if a fan of Etrian Odyssey reviewed it to see how it compared.  People with similar tastes as Kyle probably already know that Demon Gaze isn't for them or don't even know it exists.  As it stands, Kyle's review is practically useless to me.

I love dungeon crawlers, but some of them are bad. As always, we welcome dissenting opinions-- I appreciate that the majority of you have been having a civilized discussion if you disagree. :)

That said, I disagree with whomever said we don't "get" dungeon crawlers. That's awfully subjective, and even I love the genre, and people still said I had no idea what I was talking about when I said Elminage Original was terrible. Suggesting that you have to "get" a genre as apologism for bad entries in that genre doesn't really fly with me. It is precisely because I love dungeon crawlers that I would pan a bad one, and then some people would say "Stephen doesn't get the genre."

And I think it's pretty general to say that people who like Planescape, Fallout, Mass Effect "know this game isn't for them." I love all three of those mentioned series and dungeon crawlers are absolutely "for me.". Kyle also loves a great number of JRPGs, but has different tastes than even I (I loved Bravely Default, whereas he didn't).

TL;DR remember that RPGFan is not a gelatinous mass. Lots of reviewers with different tastes up in here.
461  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Shimomura's "memoria" will own your face on: April 24, 2014, 05:28:46 PM
Yeah, I have to say that MEGALOMANIA and Pain the Universe are probably two of my favorite tunes on the album. Super catchy.

462  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: April 24, 2014, 11:43:29 AM
Many folks are on Hyperion, and are quite active.
463  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: April 24, 2014, 03:32:01 AM
13500 myth basically guarantees I will never see those animus weapons. I have absolutely zero desire to grind enough dungeons to own that weapon... which will then allow me to grind more dungeons¿


I will continue to craft glamour prisms like a fiend and make billions of gil while wearing cool hats.
464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 21, 2014, 10:49:51 PM
they live
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 12:53:47 PM
I gave South Park the game an Editor's Choice because it was creative, stretched far beyond its source material, performed its humor well, and was one of the most memorable gaming experiences I've had, despite not being a South Park fan. I give Editor's Choice awards to games that are awesome and memorable. You'll also note that in the text of my review, I specifically point out that I took issue with some of its humor, referring directly to the rape jokes. From all I've seen, Conception is neither satire nor particularly good at its brand of humor, nor does it offer a creative or memorable gaming experience. Seems pretty clear to me which game I'd give the award to, but that's ME.

We have no problem at all with your dissent from a review-- in fact, it's quite welcome, as it stimulates conversation and gets people discussing the game more objectively (in theory). That is, provided your complaint is not "THE REVIEWER IS WRONG BECAUSE I DISAGREE." That's only a few short steps away from the utterly repugnant "THIS REVIEWER IS A GIRL/GAY/NOT MY DEMOGRAPHIC SO HE/SHE DOESN'T GET IT AND SHOULDN'T HAVE REVIEWED IT" argument. The assertion that South Park is blatantly not funny, etc etc, is pure taste, much as it seems people want to represent Conception II as being. You're always welcome to disagree, but when you nitpick and compare something from one reviewer to another, the argument falls apart.
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