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Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:09:18 AM »
You can't go wrong with Suikoden. Sure, 2 is better but the original still holds up exceptionally well. FF Tactics is also hard to dislike (unless you dislike turn based strategy in general).

English screens:

It's been confirmed.

North America AND Europe????!!!!!

Hell really has frozen over (probably some kind of cone of cold spell). Europe hasn't even been treated to Legend of Mana...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic
« on: March 23, 2011, 06:39:27 AM »
FFVII really shafted Suiko in some respects. No-one wanted sprites after that came out, yet now in 2011 Suiko I and II look brilliant (for their age) and FFVII looks a bit like someone has vomited some polygons.


*puts graph paper away*

Turn based + Party + Dungeon Crawling = Win (in any format)

Great / shocking news it's being localized. I doubt we'll see it on PSN in Europe so probably time to load up my US account with more funds. Now, as long as I can have a Pixie Samurai...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america.
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:42:15 AM »
Development costs are the killer. Every new generation of console brings with it new demands on development costs to fulfil the promise of better graphics and sound. Unfortunately, good JRPG experiences have rarely depended on such things so they end up having to attach the significant development costs to a well known name in order to guarantee a certain amount of sales.

I guess that's why handhelds are the RPG format of choice - low graphics expectations allowing for more resource on gamplay and storytelling.

My only experience of Wizardry is Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Crusaders of the Dark Savant and Wizardry 8. Can anyone tell me how much of a departure from these old PC / Amiga games the new ones are?

I'd love to think that it'll be a similar experience...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic
« on: March 17, 2011, 10:11:21 AM »
5 is the second best game in the series for me, after the mighty S2. The slow start is part of it's brilliance, but probably also part of it's downfall, as I'd imagine there was a fair few 'casual' purchasers who never even made it as far as the Sacred games, which is where it starts to pick up.

It's probably the gaming equivalent to the Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR Martin in terms of story scope and depth.

The downside for me is that combat (like most Suiko's) is far too easy and doesn't really present a challenge. Maybe the designers thought it would get in the way of the story...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic
« on: March 15, 2011, 07:01:04 AM »
That facebook post was basically a response to a bit of a 'spamming' campaign by some militant pro-Suikoden fans so I wouldn't read anything into it.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs as collectibles?
« on: March 11, 2011, 10:04:52 AM »
RPG's certainly have (by far) the highest resale value. I eventually parted with my Suikoden 2 (after doing a full complete a couple of times again) for a decent chunk of cash. Masquerade Bloodlines, Wizardry, SMT and Star Ocean titles also sold very well too.

Nearly all of the top 10 most expensive PS1 games are RPG's.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst RPGS
« on: March 02, 2011, 06:14:36 AM »
Bards Tale 3.

Enter dungeon. Random battle. Take two steps forward. Random battle. Turn around. Random battle. Scratch my balls. Random battle. Etc. Etc.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: GamePro: The 14 Best Unreleased JRPGs
« on: February 23, 2011, 07:08:35 AM »
At first I thought "The Japanese Wizardry games!!!" but then again they're basically WRPG's just not released outside Japan so probably don't count...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wizardry on the PS3
« on: December 11, 2010, 03:02:16 PM »
Bane of the Cosmic Forge was / is awesome. Proper old school rpg that needed some graph paper and serious man hours to complete. I've been meaning to have a go at Crusaders of the Dark Savant at some point but its probably buried deep in the pile of 50 rpgs that I'd complete if I wasnt married with kids :(

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic
« on: November 09, 2010, 07:22:04 AM »
There were a few FAQ's permitted from fansites around the time of Tierkreis' release - unfortunately half of the responses were either dodges, uninformative or just spun to promote Tieirkreis (which is kinda understandable). Shame really.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic
« on: November 08, 2010, 12:20:09 PM »

Never found out why it was canned for a PAL release...

Konami have never answered this. In fact, they have almost gone out of their way not to explain it! It may (possibly) have something to do German/French/Spanish localization but, really, god knows..

From suikox's FAQ with the Suiko team:

Question #12: Why was Suikoden III not released in Europe (PAL) and is there ever going to be a chance for European gamers to play the game?
Konami: Unfortunately the game can only work with NTSC so the probability of it releasing for PAL is very low.

Vextor:  That doesn't really answer the question of "why." Suikoden 1, 2, 4 and 5 were all released for PAL, so this answer makes no sense to anybody.  However, I do understand Konami doesn't plan to release Suikoden III in PAL regions, which is disappointing to say the least.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:53:05 AM »
That IS a fan opinion. I'm probably the biggest Suikoden fan you'll find anywhere.

"Devoted fans" is just another word for "fanboy who hates change" so their opinions automatically don't count.

I'm not questionning you are a fan, but your "wrong" comment is a little confrontational considering the well intentioned nature of the comment. I'd conceed that I should have said "most" rather than "pretty much all" though. How about "I don't agree..." instead next time eh? As for classifying an entire Suikoden community, many of which like Tierkreis, as fanboys who hate change... a little unfair.

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