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5446  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: May 09, 2007, 03:27:38 PM
Modern pop culture references in video games are really a love it/hate it thing.  I'm normally not fond of them in high fantasy settings, but am okay with them in more modern settings.  Modern pop culture references fit better in a game like ShenMue than in Lunar to me.  

But go figure, I really liked Yo-Jin-Bo.  That game mostly takes place in feudal Japan has the princess talking about being a Pokemon master and her vassal doing impersonations of Mickey Mouse.  I really should have disliked that game since I usually cringe at pop culture references and modern "hip" dialogue  in historical or high fantasy settings, but I really enjoyed that game.  

Another game (or games) I reviewed that together had one of the best video game stories I'd ever experienced but near non-existent gameplay was the Exodus Guilty saga.  Truly epic in scope, yet with tight character-driven plotlines.
5447  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: May 09, 2007, 08:01:47 AM
MeshGearFox- To clarify, I meant with regards to console gaming.  As you said, PC gaming's had mature games with mature storylines well before consoles did.
5448  The Rest / General Discussions / Miyamoto: Don't blame me for Star Fox's decline, bitch. on: May 08, 2007, 06:14:12 PM
Eh, Miyamoto comes off in that article as being a bit too full of himself.  Who is he to say that Bungie didn't create something the way they wanted to with Halo?  That was rather condescending.  

Wasn't there a thread recently discussing Nintendo's general smugness over the years?

At the very least, the Capcom developed Zelda games Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages games were good.  EDIT: Minish Cap was good too.
5449  The Rest / General Discussions / VAGINA POWER on: May 08, 2007, 12:39:10 PM
Why does "Vagina Power!" sound like a wacky-ass battle cry that would occur during a hentai anime that parodies Sailor Moon or some other magical girl type thing?  Yeah. buncha hentai girls in skimpy fukus screaming "VAGINA POWER!!!" as they destroy an evil penis monster that rapes little girls.

I wonder if that would be a battle cry during a Project A-Ko hentai parody.  After all, since A-Ko is the child of Superman and Wonder Woman her vagina muscles are probably strong enough to crush steel.  That's vagina power.    

And as I was listening to this, the first thing that popped into my mind was this picture on the band Clamfight's myspace.  I think the band sucks, but hte drawing is awesome (not worksafe, though.)  

http://www.myspace.com/CLAMFIGHT

Sorry, but though there is seriousness in the videos and the lady's assertions (some of which I can't necessarily disagree with), this was just BEGGING me to be a snarky jackass.
5450  The Rest / General Discussions / Why Mario is "cool" and Sonic is not... on: May 07, 2007, 06:05:52 PM
Mario Orgy and Mario Does Dallas starring Ron Jeremy you say?  Dude, that'd be fucking great.  

In any case, screw the fat plumber and the Urkel hedgehog.  Alex Kidd is where it's at... or where it *was* at.  Alex Kidd for the win!  Alex Kidd was cooler than Mario and Sonic combined.  Even the shitty Alex Kidd games were not *too* bad.  

I'm still a petulant 8 (I turn 9 tomorrow) year old who'll keep throwing useless temper tantrums until Sega brings back Alex Kidd and does a remake of Panzer Dragoon Saga.
5451  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: May 07, 2007, 09:44:56 AM
Though I'm not much of an SRPG fan, I just realized that the Tactics Ogre games are always ambitious about their writing.  I remember playing the first Tactics Ogre and being impressed by the maturity of the writing, and this was a time when "mature" gaming with "mature" writing/storylines was still near nonexistent.

It also did the branching storyline thing really well.  

Difficulty was merciless though, so I GameSharked that thing.
5452  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: May 05, 2007, 09:27:40 PM
I just caught wind of a new metal band called Sanctity.  They're on Roadrunner records... but they're good.  They're not nu-metal at all.  In fact, they have that headbangable old school thrash sound that I grew up with.  No goofy-ass low tunings that sound clunky rather than heavy.  When nu-metal bands drop to low C or even low A, it sounds horrid.  Some of the heaviest metal I've heard isn't far from standard tuning- usually drop E-flat or drop-D.  One of the best thrash metal bands in my area tunes standard.  

Sounds like Sanctity tunes to drop E-flat or drop-D at the lowest.  

Song of the moment by Sanctity is "Beneath the Machine" and it's a great metal song.  It's headbangable, thrashy, and about getting tattoos.    

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/Sanctity/
5453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Why not: all time favourite RPG on: May 04, 2007, 10:14:37 PM
I was doing some spring cleaning at my apartment and at my folks' house and I wound up junking a whole bunch of my old and semi-old video game systems.  But one system I didn't junk was my SNES.  I only have one game for my SNES and that's Chrono Trigger.  

I hooked up the SNES to a TV in the basement and played from one of my old saves (a new game plus save; characters around level 90).  I realized how much I love the game.  As far as RPGs go, it's damn near perfect in my eyes in all areas.  The story is fun, the characters are endearing, the writing has charm & wit, the gameplay is fun, the visuals are great (it has better sprite motion detailing than some 2D RPGs in the 32-bit era and beyond), the music is stellar... I've played and replayed this RPG more than any other RPG ever.  

Damn fun and addictive game.  And so charming.

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/chronotrigger/Chrono_Trigger-7.html this is an old reader review I did of Chrono Trigger.  

Chrono Trigger is easily a top 5 game for me.  (I wasn't a big fan of Chrono Cross.)
5454  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: May 03, 2007, 07:06:20 PM
Eh, what the hey.  I'll shamelessly one up all of you with video footage of yours truly.  Some of you saw it in the YouTube thread on the music forum, my Livejournal, or the MySpace, but here's my pseudo-band Godzilla Vs. The Smurfs (it's me and my friend Richard).  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWiIJ4_9PeU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvrnpoqqY0

Date: March 23, 2007.  These days I'm a few pounds lighter and have better hair.
5455  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 10:59:25 PM
Oh, I got confused when you said 2nd way through.  I thought you were referring to the Capcom path since I mentioned I was on the SNK path.  

Don't I feel dense not even thinking new game plus.  I guess I won't be playing new game plus then... but after 22 floors of card battling, I probably wouldn't want to.  

In any case, my Rimoruru card has gotten me out of more tight spots than I can count.  She's definitely my favorite card.  My Momoko card is my "bimbo" card.  Looks hot, but not the most useful.
5456  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 10:18:26 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"
Neal: Apparently there's some sort of game-stopping bug the second way through the tower.  I'm none too happy, either.


Well that really sucks.  I'm on the 9th floor doing the SNK path (I have no real interest in the Capcom cards.  SNK characters are more interesting.  I wish I could completely eradicate any Capcom card in my collection.) and no bug yet, thank goodness.
5457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Release Date announced on: May 02, 2007, 09:59:26 PM
Do I really need to lock this thread?  

Knock it off, both of you (Ash and Lard).  Take the bickering to PM.  You're both acting like the petulant children and immature flametards that you both say you so despise.  And don't either of you whine "but he started it" because since both of you are finishing it (trying to get the last word), it doesn't matter who started it.  No one's innocent here.  

Bottom line: The US is getting Persona 3, we've been getting more MegaTen games lately than we ever have, we're not getting FES, whatever.  It is what is is.  You can scream, cry, throw temper tantrums, and take out your frustrations on internet message boards all you want, but it won't do a thing.  It will still be what it is.  

Atlus is a business and if it's prohibitively expensive for them to localize FES in that they may not break even on sales to recoup the cost of FES since MegaTen and most anything Atlus localizes is a niche title, so be it.  Atlus takes risks and they have to calculate those risks to make sure they gain or at least don't lose too much money on them.  

As a MegaTen fan, having been a MegaTen fan for a decade or so, I'm just so happy that we're getting a lot of MegaTen titles lately.  

'Sides, I'm sure some MegaTentist with the FES import and a shitload of free time will take the time out to give a script translation of it sometime on the intarwebnet.  Oracle of Maiya did the full script for Innocent Sin and I thank those ladies for it.
5458  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: May 02, 2007, 03:02:06 PM
I'm mostly playing Capcom Vs. SNK Card Battle for DS.  Yeah, it's supremely monotonous, horribly repetitive, and generally a fairly lame game... but for a game that I can just play in short bursts sporadically every once in a while, it fits the bill.  Guilty pleasure again.  I actually have fun with this game even though it contains most of the elements that would make me want to smash it with a mallet.

...and the SNK female characters are still way hotter than the Capcom female characters.  Hence why I'm on the SNK path.  SNK characters are just cooler.
5459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IX battle system revealed on: May 01, 2007, 11:20:47 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2007/1141.html

I'm glad it's turn based also.  Various recent RPGs I've played that eschewed turn-based systems for more real-timey action oriented systems have been clunky and not fun for me to play.  For example, I'm not at all fond of battling in FF12 or Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army.  I'd have enjoyed those games more if they were turn based (in DS:RK, it'd have made demon captures easier and less twiddly.)  

I'm glad that Dragon Quest is remaining a last bastion for good ol' fashioned turn-based RPG gaming.  I prefer turn-based battling to realtime battling since my reflexes ain't what they used to be.    

As for customizing the main character, I like that.  This way the character seems more immersive/me.  So long as the supporting cast have good dialogue and everything, I'm not worried.  I've played many awesome RPGs with "mute" protagonists and if I can make the protagonist's appearance in my own particular idiom, great.
5460  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: May 01, 2007, 02:19:17 PM
Oh, I just remembered another one of my guilty pleasures regarding gaming.  Bad gaming.  I seem to have a guilty pleasure about playing genuinely bad RPGs or adventures.  I look at 2006.  I played and reviewed a whole bunch of games that year, but a healthy portion of them were bad.  The really good ones I played were games released prior to 2006.  But in any case, I had a guilty pleasure out of playing such bad RPGs as MS Saga and Children of Mana.  Maybe I was masochistic or maybe I just was in a "love to hate" mode but there was something fun about playing a really bad game to completion and then trashing it in a review.  (I'm a very lenient grader as you know, so if anything gets below an 80% you know it's garbage.)
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