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5446  Media / Single-Player RPGs / about tales of abyss storyline (spoiler!) on: November 24, 2007, 05:03:18 PM
Eh, worst plot in a Tales game is easily Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology for PSP.  It's basically a single player, offline Tales MMORPG without the MMO.  Character creation and the battle system are fun, though.  

Abyss does not have a bad plot (it's arguably one of the deeper Tales plots), but it does have issues with pacing.  Most Tales games have very fast moving plots with few lulls, and Abyss' plot does drag in places, more so than any other Tales game before it.
5447  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Help suggest Games like DQ8 on: November 23, 2007, 08:27:02 PM
I'm not sure if the ATB of Final Fantasy is what he's looking for in terms of traditional turn-based.  Sounds to me like being pounded on by enemies while flipping through menus isn't his idea of fun.  

But FFX is true turn-based and it was one of my favorite FF games for the system.
5448  Media / The Soundroom / The absolute worst, yet best thing you'll ever hear on: November 23, 2007, 08:21:48 PM
Sounds like someone's never been in a regularly gigging band or seen Spinal Tap.  All kinds of mishaps can occur at a gig, and you just roll with the punches.  Even the acoustics of a room can mess up your tone and even intonation.  I've played rooms where my bass sounded really blatty and others where with the same adjustments on my amp it sounded really clear.  

It doesn't matter how good a performer you are, stage mishaps happen.  I've only been in local bands and I've seen my fair share.  I can only imagine the magnitude mishaps happen on world tours.  I'd say a gig that goes absolutely perfect without a hitch is the exception rather than the rule.  

And regardless of the playback being in a different frequency, the band rolled with it and the crowd was cheering and having a grand old time.  And isn't that what rock & roll is all about?
5449  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 23, 2007, 01:19:42 PM
I just caught Howl's Moving Castle on TV yesterday.  Gorgeous movie, but a total WTF acid trip.  Calcifer and Turnip Head rule!  I definitely have to see it again to make more sense out of it.
5450  The Rest / General Discussions / Best worst video reviews on: November 23, 2007, 01:13:47 PM
Quote from: "Hathen"


So they not only don't finish the games before reviewing them, they don't even read the damn manual? :P


That's a valid criticism for most any media outlet.  Outlets like Weekly Famitsu, EGM, even online sites that cover multiple genres of game typically only spend 3-5 hours with a game before reviewing it, because of the sheer volume of games to review.  Plus, if a company sends a media outlet a game, many times its a prerelease build or sample copy disk/cartridge alone and not a retail copy with a manual and all the trimmings.  

That's part of the reason RPGfan reviews don't always come quickly, because we actually spend time with the games.  I know I like to beat games before reviewing them so I can say whether or not the ending's a worthwhile payoff.
5451  Media / The Soundroom / The Cores on: November 23, 2007, 01:07:13 PM
My favorite "-core" band is easily New Jersey's own Burnt By The Sun.  I'm normally not into "-core" because of the lacking melody and tough-guy vocals, but I love BBTS.  Mike O's lyrics are awesome and the band has quite a bit of musical talent.  When Mike O does public speeches or interviews, he's quite eloquent and knowledgable.  

And I have to show some New Jersey pride for Dillinger Escape Plan and God Forbid too.  Luddite Clone was good too.  Too bad they were such a short-lived band.  Ain't no metalcore like New Jersey metalcore.

When someone says grind, I think of bands like Pig Destroyer or Cattle Decapitation.
5452  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: November 22, 2007, 11:12:29 PM
That's just needless and pointless nitpicking.  Does that scenario even make much of a difference anyway?  If you and your friend both liked the same movie for different reasons, so what?  Are you going to argue over whether the scripting or acting was better, even if both were good?  That's completely asinine.  You both liked the movie.  There's no need to nitpick just for the sake of nitpicking.
5453  The Rest / General Discussions / Saudi Arabia punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes on: November 22, 2007, 11:10:02 PM
Just because something is the law or status quo somewhere does not automatically make it right.  Laws in other places are what they are, but the whole dehumanization and violation of (at least in my moral handbook) some basic human rights are what I take issue with.  I don't care who you are, torture is wrong.  I know history is filled to the brim with torture methods, torture devices, and all that, but just because it *is* does not make it okay.  

No, I do not think that US culture should try to superimpose its 200 year old mishmash culture onto a place with a 5000 year old culture.  That's like the rebellious teenager trying to tell an adult how the world works.  

If you need to punish a crime, fine.  I can condone using death penalties in cases warranting it, but I can never condone the use of torture as a punishment.
5454  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 22, 2007, 07:17:42 PM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
I'm currently reading Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries".  Very Good read.  I had no idea he was that far gone back then.  I'm amazed that they were able to release "Girls, Girls, Girls" at all.


Have you read Motley Crue's "The Dirt" at all?  If you liked Nikki's book, you should check out The Dirt.  The Mick Mars chapters are probably the best ones in the book.  And I gained a whole new respect for John Corabi after reading The Dirt.  

Nikki Sixx must have superhero-esque powers.  I mean, the guy went into the hospital for a heroin overdose, died, came back to life, went back home, shot up again, and is still alive, kicking and rocking today.

It's kinda funny how some rock star autobiographies start out with a whole "drugs are bad, don't do them... now let me tell you about the totally awesome and crazy life I had while fucked out of my mind on drugs!"
5455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: November 22, 2007, 11:25:21 AM
And just remember kids, overhyped does not equal overrated.  

EDIT: I'm sure we can think of plenty of games that were hyped up to be the second coming of the genre but didn't deliver.  Daikatana anyone?  Overhyped, absolutely.  Overrated?  No, because press and player opinions were largely negative.

In much the same way, we can think of games that were criminally overlooked.  Does that make a games like Beyond Good and Evil or Panzer Dragoon Saga underrated?  No.  Though they could be considered "great games nobody played" they got positive ratings from the critics and players who played them.
5456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / about tales of abyss storyline (spoiler!) on: November 21, 2007, 02:50:04 PM
And just remember, there are lots of strategies to use when dealing with plot being spoiled for you.  It happens all the time.  I've had endings of movies and books spoiled for me quite a bit.  

So my cognitive strategy is that if a spoiler is revealed, I just take greater interest in the events that lead up to the revelation.  For example, I knew that Dumbledore died in Harry Potter 6 before I even read the book.  So I just took it as "I know WHAT is going to happen, but now I really want to know HOW it is going to happen."  

And if you look at most any JRPG, you pretty much know the heroes are going to save the world, but it's the journey that's ultimately more interesting than the destination.  

Plus, it's not such a stretch that main characters in JRPGs harbor secrets about themselves and their identities that they don't even know themselves.  Luke being a clone, Zidane being a science project, Tidus being a manifestation of a collective dream...
5457  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 20, 2007, 01:15:00 PM
How're you liking Trace Memory, dude?  It's no secret I loved that game.  Though insanely short, it was awesome throughout and I still think it's one of the best games for the DS.  Hotel Dusk is fantastic too; it's by the same developers as Trace Memory.  

As for my gaming, I'm tackling some PSP RPGs for the site.
5458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Help suggest Games like DQ8 on: November 18, 2007, 09:09:29 PM
If you want good ol' fashioned 2D turn-based RPGs for your Playstation 2, the Atelier Iris games and Ar Tonelico fit the bill.  

If you want 3D polygonal RPGs with turn based battling, the Digital Devil Saga duo are two of the best, but DDS1 can be difficult to get and you need both since they're two halves of a storyline.  Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne's a possibility too.  I loved that game.  The Xenosaga games have turn-based goodness, but Xenosaga II's hit or miss with some gamers.  Xenosaga III is par excellence.  

Best turn-based RPG I've played this year?  Persona 3.  

And if you don't mind a clunky turn-based battle system, some issues with pacing, and some issues with the camera Okage: Shadow King is amusing.

And there's always the option of rocking some PS1 games you may have missed on your PS2.  If you're cool with that, you open up your potential selection big time.

Like you, I prefer traditional turn-based over realtime and Final Fantasy active-time battle systems.  The one exception to that rule for me is the Tales series of games.  Fighting is so much fun in those.  <3 Tales of Symphonia.
5459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / WHO WANTS TO KILL VAMPIRE HITLER? on: November 18, 2007, 11:11:07 AM
Gast- thanks.

And regarding Spectral Souls (since that was also asked about), I recall there was a PSP port of a Spectral Souls game that did not get favorable reviews (average ratio 50% on GameRankings.com), so Spectral Souls 3 will have to make up for lost ground there.
5460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / WHO WANTS TO KILL VAMPIRE HITLER? on: November 17, 2007, 10:46:28 PM
With this news, I'm now wondering if Atlus will rock some next gen MegaTen on the 360.  I remember they had that online Shin Megami Tensei: NINE on Xbox back in '02 or so.
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