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826  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Underwelming Storylines Feature on: April 10, 2013, 12:41:21 PM
I don't think Rob has played Sands. I have, though, and I agree.
827  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV 2.0 - Holy Shit!? on: April 10, 2013, 11:54:14 AM
828  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: April 10, 2013, 11:53:58 AM
Rookie move. Who uses a bow on a giant monster when he's that close! WHY DOESN'T HE HAVE HIS SHIELD UP!?!?
829  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: April 10, 2013, 03:05:12 AM
I have to disagree that it could have gotten away with whatever it wanted. People made it their mission to destroy that game for being different, and by god, they succeeded.

Plus, it WAS an excellent game. It's not the inbred technical extravaganza that was DmC4, and I understand people wanted more of that, but that isn't what the game set out to be. It was completely successful in doing what it set out to do.

And Metroid Prime WAS fantastic.


830  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: April 09, 2013, 06:00:38 PM
I think the game sounded like a fantastic concept, but I'm sure Megaman "fans" would have booed it out the door, just like they did with DmC and Metroid Prime before it came out. Absolutely would have played that and then been sad when everyone boycotted it because it's not classic-styled Megaman and OMG BADASS WESTERN DESIGN IS DOOM
831  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Underwelming Storylines Feature on: April 09, 2013, 10:02:10 AM
i would like to see neal chandran write one consisting of only harem adventure erogames

832  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Underwelming Storylines Feature on: April 08, 2013, 09:57:46 PM
Just remember to keep in mind that it's Rob's Top 5-- not an RPGFan top 5 or an 'Overall, all time Top 5."

And Rob's beef with XS1 was that... actually, I'm just going to copy-paste what I wrote on Facebook.

I think Xenosaga episode 1 had great WORLD BUILDING, but almost nothing in terms of narrative. It introduced fascinating characters and then did almost nothing with them--I watched it entirely online, and then played XS2 and 3, and found them to be, narratively speaking, much better games. I think Rob's issue is more with the fact that it spends so much time building up a conflict, and then when that conflict happens... "here's a thing to fight, okay end." Comparatively little happens in XS1 versus 2 and 3. Also, as the music guy, I must link to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zFLYzlSjm4 (XS2 spoilers)

and also

I dunno-- as a movie, I enjoyed it, but I've always felt that if you're going to create characters, you can't just 'TELL' me who they are, you have to show me-- and I think XS1 sort of failed in that regard. They threw plenty of "this is who Ziggy/Jr./chaos" are because exposition, but had relatively little in the way of those characters actually doing anything that made me understand them as characters. It was enjoyable, but I think as a prologue chapter it could have done a lot more-- especially in light of how fantastic the character development and actual narrative "action" were in 2 and 3-- so much more happened in those games in terms of scope as compared to XS1.

I do agree that worldbuilding and character development are essential, though. I'd go as far as to say character development is the MOST important facet of any RPG story.
833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 08, 2013, 12:22:12 AM
Could be that they're waiting for the summer because that's generally a slower release time, and the drought would give the game a better chance of scoring some extra impulse sales.
834  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV 2.0 - Holy Shit!? on: April 06, 2013, 01:06:33 AM
I'm not sure how to add people to groups, but I'll see what I can do.

In other news, I played for three hours. I hate MMOs, and I was hooked on FFXIV. Seems like it has my favorite parts of GW2, FFXI, and LOTRO, and I especially enjoy the exploration. I don't know what 1.0 was like, but this feels very worthy. Will definitely be picking it up at launch.
835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: April 05, 2013, 01:07:42 PM
I enjoyed the FF7 compilation. Dirge of Cerberus had awesome music and was an all right game, Crisis Core was amazing, and FF7AC was absent-minded brain-candy. Could have been a lot worse.
836  Media / The Soundroom / Re: ADX and Grandia on: April 05, 2013, 01:09:57 AM
I don't think it's especially germane to "advanced sound systems," but Phantasy Star III modulated the music based on a few things. The battle music shifted each round based on your performance and the difficulty of the fight, and the world map song became fuller and added more instruments as your party grew or shrunk in size (and totally changed to a sad song if your hero character was dead). Phantasy Star Online 2 uses a system called Sympathy as well to procedurally generate dynamic music. There's a pretty great interview available with Hideaki Kobayashi (the composer) about it.
837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: MLP!!!!! on: April 05, 2013, 12:55:22 AM
I've seen one episode of MLP, and it is 100% not a show for me. Kind of like Adventure Time. I'm sure it has appeal, but it simply is not my thing. But I accept and love Mike, bronyism and all.
838  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV 2.0 - Holy Shit!? on: April 04, 2013, 10:14:43 PM
Yeah, pretty sure he will be. We're planning an elaborate crime-fighting duo tale to serve as our backstory.
839  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: April 04, 2013, 09:51:40 PM
I'm actually looking into that-- though I don't think OCR would have a problem. And as always, thanks a ton for the feedback. Though I've said this to many people, we are actually planning some episodes that will incorporate many of your topic ideas-- boss themes for sure-- and we'll probably do a few episodes on Final Fantasy (NES series, SNES era, PS1 era, etc) and other big ones. And as much as I'd love to cover the entire OST from Scott Pilgrim, it actually would not fall into our coverage, sadly (basically, if the main site covers it in terms of news and reviews, it's fair game for us in the Music section).

And again, thanks very much for the suggestions and feedback-- we ALWAYS appreciate it.

And if you want to throw us a rating/review on iTunes, that's always welcome :) #shill
840  Media / The Soundroom / Re: ADX and Grandia on: April 04, 2013, 09:44:03 PM
This is a fascinating topic. I'll be keeping an eye on it :)
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