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5461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 07:55:18 PM
Thanks for the trailer link Lyonaz.  I'm happy; I saw my Beckham bends and Pele backflips.  

But what are the chances of a US localization?  Soccer isn't exactly popular over here, and the people who'd buy soccer video games may probably buy FIFA Soccer over this.  

I want to see this in English, but I'm doubtful.
5462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 05:40:13 PM
I'm the opposite.  I loved Chrono Trigger's and Xenogears' music, but Chrono Cross' didn't really do much for me (the music was good, but there was a lot that I didn't like), I thought Xenosaga I's soundtrack was lackluster (I much preferred Kajiura's and Hosoe's music in subsequent Xenosaga games), I hated the music for Tsugunai.

But opinions are like assholes and all that.  I respect Mitsuda's talent as a composer, but his stuff is very hit or miss for me and from what I've heard it's been more miss than hit.    

You know, at least the composer for this soccer RPG isn't Motoi Sakuraba so I'm thankful for that.  

As long as the RPG mechanics and soccer mechanics work well and the game is fun, I'm interested.
5463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 03:37:28 PM
...and he also did the music for Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenosaga I, some pieces for Shadow Hearts, Tsugunai: Atonement, and a whole lot more.

I'm not the biggest Mitsuda fan in the world (I think his music is overrated), but his name does pique interest among RPG and RPG music aficionados.
5464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: August 31, 2007, 11:40:49 AM
Yo-Jin-Bo, Hotel Dusk, Piece of Wonder, Memories Off: Complete (which includes Memories Off: Pure), Memories Off 2nd, Suigetsu Mayoi Gokoro, Xenosaga, Xenosaga II, Xenosaga III, Chrono Trigger a few times, Xenosaga DS and a prerelease DS game RPGfan assigned to me.  

And if Fighting Fantasy GameBooks count, I dusted off and completed Rebel Planet, which is a personal favorite gamebook.

I think I need to undergo a 12 step program from my little Xenosaga addiction.
5465  The Rest / General Discussions / Train cancelled after conductor succumbs to diarrhea on: August 31, 2007, 08:41:08 AM
Shit happens.  

Man, railway lines have really gone to shit these days.  

Talk about having a shitty day.  

It really stinks to be that guy.  

There's no way his bosses are going to take that shit from him.  

All aboard the No. 2 Express!

I know people have more of these, and more clever ones too.  I'm also reminded of that episode of South Park where Kenny has explosive diarrhea.

Poor guy and everything, but this is just too easy to make fun of.

And anyone who saw the movie "The Parenthood" has to be familiar with the diarrhea song.  Not the exact words, but still hysterical http://diarrheasong.blogspot.com/
5466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 08:25:04 AM
I'm curious about the "death blows."  There'd better be a deathblow where a player bends it like Beckham.  Even better would be a Pele or Ronaldinho style backflip.  

It's clutch time.  Instead of the hail-mary, it's the Portugese take-a-dive!  (If anyone remembers the last World Cup, team Portugal was taking dives like it was going out of style.)

I'll be honest, despite any skepticism I may have expressed I am intrigued by this title.  I mean, combing my favorite sport with my favorite video game genre... but I don't want to get too hyped if it turns out like strawberries and hot sauce rather than strawberries and cream.
5467  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 29, 2007, 09:08:08 PM
There's no bashing going on here.  Just discussion.  No developer is perfect and every developer has games that some may deem subpar.  Even with the Level 5 games people aren't fond of, there's no denying they have skill and talent, particularly with visuals.  

I still have some doubts regarding a soccer RPG.  RPG fans aren't always the biggest sports or sports game fans, and some RPGs that have tried to incorporate sports haven't always been successful.  Blitzball in FFX was not fun at all.  It had potential and could have been awesome, but it was clunky.  I never got to play Dark Cloud 2, but I recall opinions on Spheda were mixed.  Some loved it and some didn't.  

Admittedly, I still think car racing is one sport that can lend itself well to an RPG.  Final Lap Twin for TurboGrafx 16 is an underrated RPG, I dug Car Battler Joe, I never got to play Racing Lagoon though.
5468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 29, 2007, 07:49:54 PM
I like soccer (it's my favorite sport.)  I like RPGs.  I'm not too sure how well a soccer RPG will go, but I trust Level 5.  In a similar vein, the Bioware Sonic RPG for DS was a "huh?!?!?!" moment, but I have faith in Bioware.  

I can see how some sports can lend themselves decently to RPGs.  I heard that Racing Lagoon, an RPG based on underground Japanese street racing, has a fairly complex storyline.  

For soccer?  I can see a good storyline using the RPG dynamic of "poor kid from a ramshackle farm/neighborhood with nothing goes on a quest and trains hard to become a great hero/soccer star" but in playing as the manager?  It seems too much like a traditional sports game then to me.  

I'm iffy, but I have some faith in Level 5.
5469  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 28, 2007, 07:24:00 PM
When I saw that ending in ToS, the first thing that came to my mind was the end of the movie Titan A.E. where Cale decides to
name the planet "Bob."
So that's what I envisioned Lloyd doing with the

But in looking at Knights of Ratatoskr, the use of nomenclature from Norse mythology is interesting.  Ratatosk is a squirrel demon in Norse mythology.  Is Norse mythology becoming a trend in JRPGs nowadays?  Valkyrie Profile is obvious, but we saw that in Megami Tensei, mildly in Odin Sphere, and also mildly in Xenogears among others.
5470  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 3 most difficult RPG's on: August 28, 2007, 07:00:00 PM
Most difficult RPG for me had to be Phantasy Star 2.  That game had some of the most brutally labyrinthine dungeons I've seen in a console RPG.  

I think any console RPG seems easy compared to Phantasy Star 2.  The game only had three boss battles and all three were really freaking hard.  Even heavy level grinding only did *so* much.  

That game is even difficult with a walkthrough.  

But Phantasy Star 2 still holds a special place in my heart since that's the Japanese console RPG I first cut my teeth on.  Some people would say that RPGs haven't gotten easier over time, that we've just gotten better because we've played more over the years, but if I were to replay Phantasy Star 2 now, it would be a brutally hard game.  

If we're talking new school, then Odin Sphere is one that comes to mind.  Even easy mode is brutally difficult and it can sometimes be cheap and unbalanced.  The game has a lot going for it, but it can also be frustrating and repetitive.  Note to Vanillaware: Easy mode is supposed to be easy and not kick my candy ass.  

Another one that comes to mind is Xenosaga II.  Is it even possible to win battles in that game without using a cheat device?  Not only were bosses in that game merciless, but the normal encounters were merciless too.  The only consolation for that game was that the story & music were good and that the dungeons were pretty linear.  I personally think you'd have to be a sadist to complete Xenosaga II without a cheat device.  

I do agree that the Shin Megami Tensei games are difficult.  But I never found them stupidly so.  I was actually able to complete Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne without walkthroughs or cheat devices.  Same with Shin Megami Tensei I (although for that one I did use an English translation.)  Those are games that are more challenging-difficult.  Some of the others I mentioned were more cheap-difficult.
5471  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 28, 2007, 05:41:39 PM
Well Losfer, there is speculation that Tales of Symphonia is a prequel to Tales of Phantasia.  Remember in ToS' ending
the last scene is a magic tree growing
and in Tales of Phantasia
an ancient magic tree near Cless' village needs saving.

I just passed a key scene in Xenosaga DS.  What's interesting is how the JP PS2 Xenosaga, US PS2 Xenosaga, and this JP Xenosaga DS all have different versions of that scene.  
It's the scene where Albedo frightens the shit out of MOMO.  In the JP PS2 game, Albedo slices his head off with a knife.  In the US PS2 game, Albedo rips his head off with his bare hands.  In Xenosaga DS, Albedo puts a gun to his head and shoots it off.  We only see a shadow of that gun-to-head scene, though.  
5472  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 28, 2007, 10:15:18 AM
Xenosaga DS
I just finished the KOS-MOS encephalon dive.  Defeated Titania.  

And that's after about 8 hours of gameplay.  Yeah, this puppy's going quick.
5473  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: August 26, 2007, 08:26:30 PM
Sketch my man, here's a project the Oracle of Maiya team did years ago.  It's a full text translation of Persona 2: Innocent Sin, which is the whole "Other Side" adventure mentioned in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.  


This way, you can read about everything that happened just prior to Eternal Punishment's events.  

I've played Innocent Sin and it's one of the best RPGs I've ever played.  I dont' think I've extolled an RPG in a review quite as much as I did for Innocent Sin.  But it never got an English localization.  I think it's in part due to
the first boss being your high school principal and since Columbine was fresh in US cultural psyche, offing the principal in a video game was a no-no.  That and there's some mild homosexual undertones behind one or two of the characters.

I loved Eternal Punishment, but all that mention of "The Other Side" just screamed to me that a game was missing between Persona 1 and EP.  In much the same way, how the characters in Xenosaga 3 talked about events involving Verun Grimoire and Gnosis Terrorism screamed to me that something was sorely missing between Xenosaga 2 and 3.
5474  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: August 26, 2007, 08:18:29 PM
My song of the moment is a conceptual one.  I was riding in the car with some friends the other night en route to a punk show in Philly and "Twist and Shout" played on the radio.  Then a couple of songs later, "La Bamba" played.  And we all thought that a high-energy punk cover tune combining both "Twist and Shout" and "La Bamba" would be pretty badass.  I mean, they have almost the exact same chord progressions but are also unique, catchy, and awesome songs.
5475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Games you didn't INITIALLY like but then did. Later. on: August 26, 2007, 08:16:01 PM
One that comes to mind is Persona.  After 10 hours, I was sick of the game, quit playing it, and was pretty much ready to trade it in.  Then during the summer, since I had beaten everything else, I fired up Persona again and the story just opened up.  And the rest is history as I was one of the biggest Megami Tensei fanboys at RPGfan for a very long time.  I ended up replaying Persona three more times to completion.  

I had love/hate relationships with FF7, Xenogears, and Chrono Cross but guess what are the only three PSone games I actually tracked down again to have copies of?  You guessed it, FF7, Xenogears, and Chrono Cross.  And those three remain the only PSone games I actually own and will keep this time around.  

(I sold all my MegaTen stuff a few years back to buy a new bass amp.  I don't regret my decision one bit.)

EDIT: Phantasy Star 3 was another grower.  It was pretty boring until the last 1/3 of the game when the storyline really opened up and became interesting.  Now I actually look back on it fondly whereas many regard it as a complete dog and the worst of the series.

Legend of Dragoon was also a grower for me.  It was a badly translated cliche of a game until about disk 3 when the whole backstory of
Rose and the Dragon Campaign of 11,000 years ago
was revealed.  Then it went from being a shitpile to "this game's not that bad; it had potential."
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