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5386  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 25, 2007, 05:43:08 PM
Back to work stories, I feel the pain for all of you who work in or have worked in food service.  I worked for a month or two in my college dining hall as an undergrad and that was the absolute worst job ever.  The management treated me like cattle and the students/customers were always assholes.  

I don't care how poor I am, I'm NEVER working in food.
5387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga III aka How I gave up on Xenosaga II on: October 25, 2007, 11:38:06 AM
Remember, Xenosaga 3 has an extensive in-game database chronicling all the events that happened in 1, 2, and 6 months before 3.  There's also an option at the title screen to view summaries of 1 and 2 with cutscene stills.  

I went through 2 with a Gameshark, and I'm glad I did because I loved the music.  Shinji Hosoe's soundtrack is a very underrated soundtrack.
5388  Media / The Soundroom / THE TOP 107 GUITAR RIFFS =^.^= on: October 25, 2007, 10:55:55 AM
I agree that Smoke on the Water has the most overrated guitar riff of all time, but IMO it also has one of the most underrated basslines of all time.  That kickass bassline under that simple guitar riff drives, charges, and is quite up-front in the mix, yet no one even thinks twice about it.
5389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: October 25, 2007, 10:45:30 AM
I think Secret of Evermore is underrated.  Everyone went on about how it sucked donkey dick and how we should have gotten Seiken Densetsu 3 instead.  Although I think Seiken Densetsu 3 is worlds better than Evermore, Evermore itself was actually not a bad game when taken on its own merits.  

I also liked Sigma Star Saga and the Touch Detective games far more than any other press reviewers did.  SaGa Frontier also comes to mind.  I remember renting it once just to see how bad it really was... and I played it one Saturday for 3 hours straight.  I would have kept playing too had a friend not invited me out.  It was a fun game.  Emilia's and Red's quests were my favorites.  

EDIT: Pat, I agree with you that FFX-2 is a fun game.  It's not a grand sweeping epic or anything, but it's a fun RPG.  

One game I consider supremely overrated is one where the elements I hate are the ones that fans of it will say are the best part.  This is a game that is either commended or condemned.  There is no middle ground on it.  Some people say this game is a paragon of its genre.  I say it's a paragon of what NOT to do in its genre.  I've long since forgotten this game, but some games I'm playing to review for RPGfan made me remember it.  

I speak of Myst.  It and its various clones (i.e. Aura: Fate of the Ages, The Sacred Rings) are some of the least fun video games I've ever had the misfortune of playing.  

Just like some RPGs are dungeon crawlers, I consider Myst a ""puzzle crawler."  All it is is a series of often nonsensical, obtuse puzzles, 95% of which are devoid of any context in the plot and seem completely arbitrary.  And plot?  What plot?  There's nobody to talk to, no direction, no motivation to do anything other than merely for the sake of doing it.  In much the same way I loathe dungeon crawl RPGs like Etrian Odyssey, I loathe puzzle crawlers like Myst.  I think that game totally sucks and does not deserve any of the accolades it's been given.  Adventure games should be about an adventure (read: a riveting plotline with cool characters) and Myst clearly was not.  

I am still flabbergasted as to how this overrated piece of shit excuse for a game was one of the best-selling computer games of all time while far superior graphic adventures like Grim Fandango (which had a terrific story and memorable characters along with clever puzzles; one of the absolute best graphic adventures ever created) sold very poorly.
5390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Rumor: Skies of Arcadia sequel in the works. on: October 24, 2007, 05:52:08 PM
Eh, as far as I'm concerned the Grandia series has never been about good stories.  Grandia 2 has the best story of the series, and even then it's a by-the-numbers RPG plot.  But Grandia's always had a winner in the battle system.  That's not enough by itself to carry an RPG (Grandia 3 has an incredible battle system, but the story and characters were lame), but it is one thing that can make or break an RPG for me, since I spend 85% or more of my RPG time in battle.  

In any case, that sense of exploration is what people love about Skies of Arcadia.  That's something everyone hopes will remain in the sequel.  Combine Skies of Arcadia's sense of exploration with a Grandia-esque battle system and you'll have a winner.
5391  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 24, 2007, 07:58:14 AM


I think these webcomics capture the sentiments of most people about the Michael Bay Transformers movie.
5392  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 24, 2007, 07:52:53 AM
Quote from: "Sketch"
@Dincrest - You never gave DDS a spin before now? I had always figured that you'd beaten that thing to a bloody pulp, and loved every second of it, for some reason. :P

Oh well. You're going to enjoy it!

Hard to believe, isn't it; especially given how much of a Megami Tensei fan I am and have been.  

And in Persona 3, Junpei has plenty of golden moments both overt (i.e. in the plot) and covert (when you talk to him after returning to the dorm he sometimes says some funny stuff.)  Junpei's a totally awesome character... too bad he kinda sucks in battle especially later on.
5393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga III aka How I gave up on Xenosaga II on: October 24, 2007, 07:42:53 AM
Battles in Xenosaga II were just really tedious because of that silly zone-break thing.  Any battle seemed to take forever because there were no hints other than trial and error to find the enemy's weak B-C spot/sequence.  If you didn't use that one and only one best way to defeat the enemy you'd do the most paltry damage and be toast.  

Some people have called Xenosaga II's battles strategilicious.  I call it tedious and frustrating.  If it weren't for the multi-height zone breaking thing, the battles would have been fine.    

To me, Xenosaga II is one game that justifies Gameshark use, otherwise it's a masochistic exercise in tedium and frustration.  I will say that the music in Xenosaga II was terrific.  Kajiura's stuff was great, but I also loved Shinji Hosoe's pieces.  Very underrated soundtrack.  

But regardless, Xenosaga 3 was easily the most fun to play of the three and had the best music (I thought Mitsuda's soundtrack in the first game was very disappointing.)
5394  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 23, 2007, 06:22:37 PM
I saw Corpse Bride the other night too.  I don't know... I LOVED Nightmare Before Christmas and I dug Corpse Bride's art style, but I just couldn't get into that movie.

I also caught Napoleon Dynamite on TV.  I can see why that movie is a cult classic, but I didn't like it at all.  I thought it was boring and stupid.
5395  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 23, 2007, 06:18:16 PM
Okay... I traded in a bunch of games.  I was intending to trade a bunch in for Dragon Quest 8 and maybe something else... only to find a new copy of Digital Devil Saga 2 for 30 bucks.  I got it.  I managed to track down a reasonably priced copy of DDS1 so I can have that too.  

It's funny... I think I've been so hellbent on gearing most, if not all, of my gaming with the intention of reviewing for RPGfan that I missed out on a lot of stuff like Xenosaga, FFX, stuff like that.  Persona 3 got me back into MegaTen mode, finding DDS2 was pretty cool, and I'm back in the saddle.  

I'll probably do some semi-retro graphic adventure reviews for RPGfan in the near future since that's kinda my niche on the site.  I'm definitely looking forward to A Vampyre Story http://www.vampyrestory-game.com/  , DarkStar http://www.darkstar.gs/ , and Prominence http://www.prominencegame.com/
5396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: October 23, 2007, 06:12:28 PM
I think I just ruined a perfectly good pair of pants, then put on a new pair... and ruined them again.  

5397  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 23, 2007, 11:01:52 AM
Storywise, I think XSII is worth it.  But the gameplay is broken.  Hence why I played it with a Gameshark.  And even the most ardent Gameshark haters concede that Xenosaga II is an RPG that justifies the use of one.  

However, XSIII has an extremely extensive in-game database that gives you all the information you need; it's a TON of text to wade through, but you have to appreciate the effort.  There are even summaries of XSI and II with cutscene stills accessible at the title screen.  So even if you decide to skip XSII, you can still find out what happens.  XSIII is definitely the best game of the series.  It's just that you'll be reading about what happened rather than experiencing it for yourself.

As for gaming, I'm trying to build levels in Puzzle Quest to get on with the story, but it gets monotonous.  I'm trying to do "La La" and "Canned Heat" in Elite Beat Agents cruisin' mode, but the circles don't correspond with the music at all, especially with "Canned Heat."
5398  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Any change of RSS-News? on: October 22, 2007, 10:37:44 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
No. It will be flashing pink and neon orange. We will be the only video game website to give our readers epilepsy.

Well, there was one time many years ago (I think it was 2000 or 2001) when the site had a hot pink with canary yellow theme for April Fool's Day.  

I've grown fond of the green.  Brand recognition and all that.
5399  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: October 22, 2007, 09:26:33 PM
Quite by accident I happened upon yet another damn good metal band from my home state of New Jersey.  They're called Core Device and sound quite a bit like Nevermore.  The only full song available on their website is from their self titled album "Our Fellowship Eternal" and it's a really good song.

In listening to other samples from the band, one thing I love is that their bassist isn't a token gesture like most metal bassists.  He doesn't ape the guitars or just pound out straight eighth notes.  He crafts some wicked serpentine basslines that can be heard really well in the mix.
5400  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: October 22, 2007, 01:17:53 PM
This is finger-crossing time!  FES would be sweet.
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