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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 28, 2015, 07:24:04 AM
And again, I'd like to see who's going to adopt the mantle of making that style of JRPG.  My guess would be a smaller indie developer.  Kinda like how luthiers like Sadowsky, or Alleva-Coppolo are doing "Fender" basses better than Fender itself.  With that void to fill, I hope to see someone rise to the challenge and attempt doing Tri-Ace better than Tri-Ace. I'd love to see another game like Resonance of Fate.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs where picking your active party was hard on: February 27, 2015, 06:33:54 AM
The first time I played Phantasy Star IV, Raja was my fifth (best healer in the game) and he was fine.  The second time, I thought I'd use Hahn on a whim... and he blew me away.  He could do powerful double and triple tech combos with everyone, had a third-tier healing technique, and the most significant equipment upgrades (he came decked out in Malay gear).  So the third time I played the game, choosing Hahn was a no brainer.

So when it comes to Phantasy Star 4's final party, the #1 answer for me is Hahn.
18  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 26, 2015, 08:30:31 PM
I'm over halfway through Alloy of Law and though the book reads quickly and I'm enjoying it, it isn't as deep as the prior Mistborn books.  In fact, it reads more YA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not quite as dense as I'd like.  Looks like I'll have to start Stormlight Archives next because that may fit the bill for what I want.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 26, 2015, 07:41:58 PM
There's a scene in Ever17 where a character munches on a head of lettuce covered in ketchup. 
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: February 26, 2015, 07:40:27 PM
Klutz, your post reminded me of another memorable gaming moment that I neglected to mention in this thread, but have posted about all over the place and even used in an RPGFan feature:  Getting Zell and the library girl with pigtails together.  I thought that was the best love story in the game because it felt more genuine than the botched Romeo and Juliet of the main couple. 

http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Our_Favorite_RPG_Couples/index.html

I also distinctly remember the first time I played FF8, I didn't complete the quest but during a flashback scene when Zell
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promises to forge Rinoa a ring like Squall's, she asks what's up with him and the library girl and when he's taken aback, she's all like "everyone at school's talking about it."
  The third time I played FF8, I tried to recreate my actions to get that piece of dialogue again since no one else seems to have gotten it, but failed.  Too bad, because that was a great scene. 

In FF8, the "school ties" and "teen beat" stuff was wholly more interesting than the Blair Witch hunt.  One scene I felt was kinda glossed over was the one where Rinoa mentions that she used to date Seifer and I would have liked to know more about that (because it's not often that RPG heroines have a dating past; they're usually all innocent and virginal to a fault), but then Squall got stuck in his own mind, had a conniption fit, and made the moment all about him. 
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: February 26, 2015, 05:10:55 PM
Race and even species wouldn't stop her from getting laid.  Think about how many rural guys have experimented with animals.  I mean, there's even a law on the books in West Virginia forbidding guys to copulate with animals below a certain size/weight.  And history has shown us that even if a people is considered inferior or the "them" in the "us and/vs. them" that doesn't stop the "us" men from copulating with the "them" women for whatever reason. 

And for all we know, Raine was probably getting it with Kratos.  Or someone else in power so she and Genis would be "pure elven" on the books and wouldn't be outed as halfbreeds for the labor camp. 
22  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 25, 2015, 06:35:39 AM
Sounds a bit like Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Xenoverse sounds cool.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 10:03:54 AM
3 was good because of Nel.

EDIT: And like I posted earlier, I'm curious to see who takes up that Tri-Ace mantle. 
24  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 22, 2015, 10:02:57 AM
From what I've read, this one sounds as if it plays similarly to Bushido Blade.  That game was pretty cool. 

And no, I do not wish to remember Dragon Power for NES. 
25  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: February 21, 2015, 11:16:07 AM
I'm really digging this song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhn0e7cDKS0

It's a Hindi song from the upcoming movie NH10 called "Chhil Gaye Naina."
26  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: A few words about RPGFan's new design! on: February 21, 2015, 08:33:03 AM
It's not easy being green

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpiIWMWWVco

(I'm surprised no one's posted that song yet.  It's always a staple in threads like this.)
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 21, 2015, 08:24:59 AM
Well remember, Ico and Colossus were made by the same developer and Colossus is a spiritual successor to Ico so there will definitely be some connections.  

Either way, you made a wise choice.  

As for me, I've been playing School Idol Festival and am playing a game to write up for the site.  In School Idol Festival, I have saved up 31 Love Gems and want to save up 50 to do some serious scouting.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 21, 2015, 08:21:34 AM
And here's another "oh how the mighty hath fallen" reaction.  It makes me wonder, though.  With so many of the old guard we grew up with folding over the years, who's going to take up their mantle?  I mean, our demographic may not be the widest consumer demographic for games, but we are a loyal one who will reliably shell out our money for product.  So while it is goodbye to Tri-Ace as we know it, I'm looking to the front door for whom I'll say hello to.  The wifey may have passed away, but that doesn't mean the man won't find new love and remarry.  Who knows, maybe the new cadets will make a Star Ocean inspired game that actually realizes the potential of the series- make it about exploration rather than "start out sci-fi for 12 seconds then dump you on a podunk world for the whole game" and we love it and think, "Why didn't Star Ocean ever do this?  This is awesome!"  

More Dincrest analogy time: The mobile phone gaming demographic is like your listening public who favors mainstream top-40 pop music.  That audience is fickle and just rides waves as they come.  They'll make an artist super rich and famous for a minute, but once they've moved on from that one hit wonder, that artist is forgotten.  Who remembers Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style nowadays?  Nobody.  They're soooo five minutes ago.  On the other hand, we're like metal fans.  Our favored music won't make top-40, but we're supportive and loyal to it that it's never gone away, good bands can work as full time pro musicians despite never having radio play, and fans (both young and old) venerate the old guard while keeping an ear to the ground for what's next.  
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 20, 2015, 10:08:02 PM
On another note, I just got my bicycle back from the shop- I give it an annual tune-up in February ( to beat the crowds) and I upgraded my saddle (its racier shape fits me better than my older wider one) and my pedals to ones that are clipless on one side, platform on the other.  I'm a first timer to clipless, but I picked up on clipping in and out quickly and am stoked to ride the hills on them come spring.

I'm saving up for my first road bike, so having the clipless pedals on my hybrid to practice is great.  As for my first road bike, I'm considering either a Specialized Allez, a Felt Z85, or a Bianchi Impulso.  I ADORE my LBS (local bike shop) and think their staff is the absolute best in the area; I've been to several shops.  However, they only sell Specialized.  I already like Specialized, since my current bike is a Specialized hybrid I bought from them 6 years ago.  However, I'm curious about other brands, particularly those I don't see often in the peloton, like Felt.  A nearer shop to me deals Felts and while their staff is good, they're not quite the folks at my LBS.  I'll never know till I swing a leg over a bike, so we'll see what my new weapon ends up being.  
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 20, 2015, 06:21:59 PM
As far as reading "bad" literature goes, some folks just do it to see what all the fuss is about or do it because they made fun of it and were told "don't knock it till you're read/seen it!"  And they either have massive MST3K fuel or closet-ly like it but spew hatred for it. 

I have no patience for bad books, but I am one of the guys on RPGFan's "cleanup crew" who reviews bad games and/or games no one else wants because I have a morbid fascination with bad gaming.  I like to see if it's as bad as everyone says it is.  I did this years ago with SaGa Frontier- I rented it to see how bad it was since everyone talked about it sucking... I loved it!  I thought the game was fantastic. 
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