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721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 02:47:36 PM
On the subject of music, SoA had brilliant dynamic themes, where they changed based on your location on the map and your progress in a boss battle.

I really wish more RPGs would do that.

Gee, I sure hope there's an upcoming RPGFan feature that addresses this exact topic! :)

But yeah, it was awesome flying past Ixa'Taka and hearing the drums, etc. Pure awesome.
722  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 02:34:06 PM
I really liked Skies of Arcadia, but the encounter rate was excessive on the world map, even though it was absolutely fine in the dungeons. It took some of the shine off the fun of exploration when you were getting into the same battles over and over again. I haven't played the Gamecube version, apparently the encounter rate is lower, but from what I've heard the soundtrack wasn't converted perfectly, the Dreamcast sounds better.

I'd have no problem with random encounters in RPGs if only they followed Panzer Dragoon Saga's example - once you've outleveled an area encounters start to disappear completely, instead of wasting your time with pointlessly easy battles.

Yeah, you've heard right. They overcompressed the music to fit on one GC disc, and so it sounds flatter and less awesome. It's especially noticable during the best part of the on-foot battle theme :(
723  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 15, 2013, 01:19:35 PM
Whew. Okay, made it to chapter 5 after a moment of lucidity last night before bed. Lunatic classic is going to give me gray hair.

I remember back when KH2FM+ came out, I did the level 1 Terra fight, and it took me weeks to win. I had a horrific eye-twitch that I thought was due to drinking too much Red Bull, but turned out to be related to being stuck on that challenge, or at least I assume it was since the twitch only went away after I finally beat him. Lunatic classic makes me feel the same way. Pretty awesome though!

Game became a lot more manageable once it opened up a bit. Also Frederick is my hero.
724  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 01:13:01 PM
Yeah, I really enjoyed Rogue Galaxy's concept and graphics. It's just that like all Level 5 games, it had way too much filler and fell apart at the end. And the combat was a fun, if fluffy, action RPG. It was a solid 7-ish game for me, whereas SoA would be a 9.995 game for me. It's probably my favorite RPG on the Dreamcast.

EDIT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZA-2PkQMsM Rogue Galaxy's battle theme is awesome though.
725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 12:12:10 AM
If you stopped and played Skies of Arcadia, Klyde, you'd be quite pleased. The game was incredibly well done.

Get Legends, btw, as it's got far more content to offer.

More content, but since it was squished to fit on one disc, the music quality isn't as good. Just as an FYI.
726  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 14, 2013, 11:56:44 PM
ahhhhhhhh two freakin' awesome games I have yet to get to.... i haven't come across a good deal on a copy of SoA yet.... how "must play" is this game??.... I mean I've read a great deal about it... but from someone who has played it.... is it good in a timeless (suikoden 2) sort of way.... or is this a case of "ahead of its time but not something you'd care to visit again at present..."??? i've got enough rpg's to keep me busy until 2020 at this point but I've seen this title brought up so many times I can't help but wonder....

Timeless.

It sure would be great if an upcoming RPGFan feature included stuff from Skies of Arcadia! Gosh!
727  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 14, 2013, 10:50:28 PM
Skies of Arcadia. Better music, way better characters, better-executed concept, and it doesn't fall to complete shit in the last third of the game.

That said, I still enjoyed Rogue Galaxy.
728  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Path of Exile on: February 14, 2013, 06:44:10 PM

I agree, Fyle. I never had to use the site and find it incredibly simple to figure out. Plus, general chat us a button away, and the community has been great about answering all of my questions.

Also agree wholly about how committed the devs are. I think the whole game is a damn solid and addiction experience.

What's your name on the game? Maybe we can meet up sometime. I'm about level 40 with my witch, Eureka.
729  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 14, 2013, 01:47:18 AM
LMFAO
730  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 14, 2013, 01:38:18 AM
Yeah, I think it's possible. Remember, they showed off Dream Drop Distance in a Nintendo Direct video.

EVERYONE HOPE REALLY HARD
731  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: System Shock 2 - on GoG for Valentine on: February 13, 2013, 10:24:55 PM
I think Bioshock on its on is a great, great game, but one that is a very different thing than SS2. SS2 is like a survival horror first person monstrosity.
732  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: System Shock 2 - on GoG for Valentine on: February 13, 2013, 09:52:37 PM
This game is way more stat and skill focused than Bioshock, Rob. BE AWARE.
733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: February 13, 2013, 05:38:14 PM
I absolutely loved Legend of Dragoon. I thought it was too harshly criticized by critics back in the day and I still think that. Luckily Neal liked it too haha.

I love Neal for that.  If it's niche, chances are he's played it and loved it.  Everyone needs that type of fan to counter the popular/overtalked about opinion.  I count on Neal as a "hidden gem" finder at times.

I agree, I'm glad we have Neal for finding those unknown and unloved gems. :)

That said, I hated Legend of Dragoon, but at least I beat it. Hated the music (most of it), hated the combat, hated the characters, but I still beat it because IT WAS BIG FOUR DISC RPG ON PS1 HELL YEAH.

But still, I know lots of people did like it, so I'm glad Neal was able to show them some love.

Also, Jesters of the Moon is an awesome song. It works well both as a "quirky weirdos" song and a "these guys are creepy villains" song.

For RPGfan's sound guy, you have to admit the game was completely innovate for having its own MENU MUSIC.  Baller.
...I mean, it sounded like some shit you hear in a government building elevator, where it's sad and cold and boring to the ears, but it was there when no one else DARED. yea.

Very true. Although I like FFT's menu theme more :)

It was also the first game to pioneer the use of a guy dragging his feet through gravel on top of Zelda 64 sound effects as a battle theme!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWYH5s0X7Tk

I keed, I keed.
I actually did like this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzfNlLPMVHA
734  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: February 13, 2013, 05:13:14 PM
I absolutely loved Legend of Dragoon. I thought it was too harshly criticized by critics back in the day and I still think that. Luckily Neal liked it too haha.

I love Neal for that.  If it's niche, chances are he's played it and loved it.  Everyone needs that type of fan to counter the popular/overtalked about opinion.  I count on Neal as a "hidden gem" finder at times.

I agree, I'm glad we have Neal for finding those unknown and unloved gems. :)

That said, I hated Legend of Dragoon, but at least I beat it. Hated the music (most of it), hated the combat, hated the characters, but I still beat it because IT WAS BIG FOUR DISC RPG ON PS1 HELL YEAH.

But still, I know lots of people did like it, so I'm glad Neal was able to show them some love.

Also, Jesters of the Moon is an awesome song. It works well both as a "quirky weirdos" song and a "these guys are creepy villains" song.
735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 13, 2013, 04:54:54 PM
Umm how do you know that is "my way of playing"? You're making assumptions.

Turtling in a corner is not necessary on Lunatic. If Fred is advancing forward to take on enemies that is not what's usually called turtling. Not a lot of luck needed to get through Lunatic 1-4 if you use an optimal strat. Once you reach Chapter 5 you can access all the highly imbalanced DLC/wi-fi features.

An optimal strat, plus luck and cheesing the mechanics, as the link you yourself sent has shown. Giving a weapon from your paired assist character to the lead character so the assist won't be able to attack and kill the enemy so your lead doesn't get hit one extra time and die when four guys are surrounding him is the definition of cheesing the mechanics.

Also Embyron, have that drink money ready. I'll take a scotch. Single-malt.

Just beat chapter 3.

EDIT:

And I agree, Aeolus. The people actually said as much, too, so you're right.
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