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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3
« on: September 07, 2011, 04:24:03 AM »
Oh yeah, I don't doubt for a minute that DA2 isn't a perfectly decent game in it's own right, and in isolation from DA:O.

The low scores you see over at places like Metacritic are protests rather than objective reviews. Just like the stupidly low scores for games that have unpleasant DRM, or shooters that get slated for having online multiplayer that is slighly slower than the last version. Even for the short amount of time I played it, I knew it was an OK game - just not what I wanted to spend my (very limited) time playing.

If you don't shout, you don't get heard. People don't want EA/Bioware thinking that just because they bought the game, it was what they wanted - they want the developers to understand loud and clear that the market doesn't need another action adventure game.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4
« on: September 06, 2011, 11:33:39 AM »
Good story. Certainly there's an adictive quality to the Disgaea games that ranks up there with drugs and booze!

Hopefully this one is a new pinacle for the the series. Hour/Afternoon of Darkness were brilliant on PS2/PSP (Uber Prinny Baal cleans my boots) but the rest of the series so far hasn't hit the same heights, despite 3 having a good stab at it.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic
« on: September 06, 2011, 06:41:05 AM »
Cheers. Etrian Odyssey (1) is next on my list after completing this, so hopefully (?) I'll be crying into my cornflakes with frustration soon. Enjoying this game a lot though and probably convinced me to get DS Overclocked... just as soon as it gets discounted ;)

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic
« on: September 06, 2011, 05:58:08 AM »
Where does Strange Journey sit on the SMT difficulty list? It's just that I've heard it's hard / frustrating but... well, it seems pretty easy at the point I've reached (towards the end of Sector E). Admittedly I'm a hard nosed veteran of dungeon crawlers but I was expecting to die a lot more often. Certainly, most of the Wizardry series make it look like a piece 'o' cake.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3
« on: September 06, 2011, 05:06:02 AM »
Good that the PAX panel seem committed to fixing many of the issues in DA2 (and an average user rating of 4/10 from 1400 people says there are a LOT of issues - regardless of the defence it's getting on this forum) but a shame that they state that the combat engine is here to stay.

DA:O was such a flawed game in so many ways that it had no right to work as well as it did, yet people loved it. All they needed to do was improve the visuals, unbreak some of the combat mechanics, iron out some of the storyboarding bugs and hey-presto, they'd have had a game that would have appealed to the original purchasers AND attracted a larger audience drawn in by better graphics.

It's one of the biggest fails in recent gaming history.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3
« on: September 05, 2011, 12:38:34 PM »
Yeah, because the market is practically dripping in turn-based (OK, pause based) oldschool WRPG's.

Oh, hold on...

That's the issue. The original game provided product to a niche market that wanted more of the kind of gameplay seen in Baldur's Gate and the like. What it found out was that the 'niche' was bigger than they realised - and that it was a market that would grow by word of mouth.

They then assumed that the game would be more popular if they 'sped it up' as you put it (Dynasty Warriorified it I'd say) because, y'know, kids like that kind of stuff. It backfired, because the 'niche' wanted more, they didn't want different. I know you can look at DA2 and confidently state that it contains most of the mechanics from DA:O but it just feels different.

DA2 had FAR more marketing than DA:O yet (aside from PC game sales) far underperformed by comparison:

Like I said, Cheetos Crunchy and Cheetos Puffs.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3
« on: September 05, 2011, 06:18:01 AM »
It's funny that the gameplay mechanics were sped up to make it friendlier for gamers who generally prefer actiony games.  And there's nothing inherently wrong with that.

It's depressing to see this view so often.

I wonder if platformer fans would feel the same if the next Super Mario was an FPS, or the next Bond film was a 3D cartoon to get a younger audience.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3
« on: September 02, 2011, 10:04:15 AM »
Ah, the greed of games companies eh?

I loved DA:O. First game of it's type I'd played to completion (marred with kids is my excuse) for a couple of years when it came out.

I stomached about 40 mins of DA2 when it came out.

For old gits like myself, you don't get a chance in these games to find enrichment in the storyline if you don't like the game mechanics - it's easier to just ditch it and try another game that gives you what you want. That's the crime with DA2, it didn't give all the people who liked the first game what they wanted - it tried to give us something different, albeit probably good in it's own way.

It's like finding a place that sells Cheetos Crunchy in the UK (we don't get it here) and enjoying them for a couple of months, then going back one day and finding it's been replaced by Cheetos Puffs. Sure, the flavour is the same but the content is different and it just doesn't give the same taste as Cheetos Crunchy. It's easier to try and find another crisp (chip for US readers) make which is close to Crunchy than it is to try and like Puffs.

But, apparently more people like Puffs so that's why they stock it.

Errr... yeah.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: A place to decide the most popular RPG.
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:07:13 AM »
Blimey, lay off the guy. He probably did come here to promote his list, but so what? It's at least relevant to the board and provides a pretty good list of RPG's for reference even if it's basic premise is flawed.

That doesn't really apply to Suiko though - which was pretty hard to die in apart from the VERY odd fight here and there.

Ironically, Suiko's challenge was more about collecting all 108 stars which actually lends itself brilliantly to the PS trophy system.

Why would you do that?

In an act of supreme generosity I thought I would allow another human to enjoy the brilliance of S2.

Alternatively, they go for about £80-£100 and I'd just completed my 4th playthrough collecting all 108 stars so I thought "better cash in before they put it on PSN". Apparently they've decided not to release it as a PS1 classic now...

I used to go on Suikosource every other day to check for updates, but gave up a few months ago. It's felt pretty inevitable for a while that the Suikoden series was finished.

I now feel even guiltier that I ebayed my copy of S2...

FFXX will be a 30 hour CGI cinematic. Every 20 mins of CGI will award a level-up of your stamina while reducing your luck and agility.

The makers of Dragon's Lair will sue and eventually gain control of Squeenix.


I think this one concerns JRPG fans more than everyone else. So take that into consideration, Themadcow.

That's a great point, and yeah - I'm from the UK so we're afflicted with the fact that a lot of RPG's, even if localized for the US, don't make it over to the UK because of the percieved (or maybe even legal) need to translate into German, Spanish, French etc.

As far as I know this would affect 3DS games and DSi enhanced games, but wouldn't affect me playing older or unenhanced games such as SMT: Strange Journey or Etrian Odyssey.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: A place to decide the best RPG ever.
« on: August 01, 2011, 03:57:35 AM »
The Dark Queen of Krynn is the pinnacle of the gold box games.

Technically, sure. But Pools of Darkness was the better game - reviewed better, and seems to have had a better user score (for example at Gamespot) than the Krynn series.

The gold box games were generally awesome but Pools of Darkness just seemed to have an X factor that made it immensely enjoyable.

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