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826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: System Shock 2 - on GoG for Valentine on: February 16, 2013, 10:17:41 PM
I can certainly see a lot of the complains you bring up, Mesh, especially the hacking minigame.  I'm just loving this game's atmosphere and sense of place far more than anything else I've played in a long time.  The Von Braun feels alive and full of character.  This is the reason I loved the Spencer mansion in the original Resident Evil and Rapture in Bioshock.  The Ishimura was the closest thing to a living world since, but even that felt cold and sterile compared to the eeriness of the Von Braun. 

Well, in the Ishimura's defense, it WAS cold and sterile. Until the hit shit the fan.
827  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 16, 2013, 12:14:11 AM
I don't really get the whole four of February thing.  Do people really play through four games in a month?  I mean, any month...even at my best I don't think I've done more than two.  These days a single game can can me several months...



Yeah, no kidding. Even in my glory days as a high school student I couldn't finish four in a month. Fire Emblem will be my bedtime game for the next four months, most likely.

Well yeah, if you play LUNATIC CLASSIC.

Hey, I'm not known for being sane :D

Plus, when I win, I FEEL SO AWESOME
828  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV 2.0 - Holy Shit!? on: February 15, 2013, 10:06:42 PM
You can also check out:
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1098.html

^^
829  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 08:39:17 PM
I don't really get the whole four of February thing.  Do people really play through four games in a month?  I mean, any month...even at my best I don't think I've done more than two.  These days a single game can can me several months...



Yeah, no kidding. Even in my glory days as a high school student I couldn't finish four in a month. Fire Emblem will be my bedtime game for the next four months, most likely.
830  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.
831  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 :(
832  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.
833  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.
834  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.
835  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!
836  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.
837  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.
838  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 14, 2013, 01:47:18 AM
LMFAO
839  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
840  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.
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