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5476  Media / The Soundroom / Maiden Heaven - new Iron Maiden tribute on: June 18, 2008, 09:30:58 PM
That Machine Head cover of Hallowed was disgraceful.  The guitar parts were all screwy in places and those vocals were horrifically tonedeaf.  

Yuck, I'll pass.
5477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Legend of Dragoon on: June 18, 2008, 09:23:28 PM
Quote from: "Sapphire_Fate"
I would have preferred if the game was about Rose and her compatriots' journey.

That's THE understatement for the game.  To me, Rose was the main character.  Didn't she even get the most powerful weapon near the end of the game?  Her and the Dragon Campaign of 11,000 years ago was so much more interesting than the whole Dart plot.  

I agree with the statement in Drexle's reader review of "story, why did you wait so damn long to actually show some depth?"

I found the music hit or miss.  When Dennis Martin's compositions were good, they were really good.  When they were bad, they were really bad.
5478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Last Remnant on: June 18, 2008, 03:34:16 PM
Quote from: "ShadowLaguna"

I say it's like KH mainly because it's supposed to be some sort of action RPG.

Action RPG?  But in looking at screens and the literature in the media, isn't Last Remnant supposed to be turn-based?
5479  The Rest / General Discussions / Sega is finally coming out with some new hardware! on: June 18, 2008, 09:13:37 AM
Does this mean that some of the folks in the Persona 3 thread will eventually get their wish for an Aigis love-bot?  

The video, the robot, and everything about it are pretty lame in my opinion, but Minako Sakanoue herself was pretty easy on the eyes in that video.
5480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Last Remnant on: June 17, 2008, 09:18:45 PM
Cool, Tsuyoshi Sekito's doing the music.  Really talented guy.  I thought his Brave Fencer Musashi soundtrack was stellar and he's a good guitarist.
5481  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles on: June 17, 2008, 07:44:06 AM
Then again, with Chaos Wars having been released with a crappy localization, maybe this particular "retro" trend is going a bit too far:P

Eh, as long as Jake still smokes and drinks cognac, I'll feel less cheated.
5482  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles on: June 16, 2008, 10:38:57 PM
My copy's in the mail.  I should hopefully try it soon.  1Up's review read more like an angry rant than a review.  The blurb of the Nintendo Power review from Metacritic almost seemed like they were faulting the game for being a visual novel.  

I kinda figured going into it that with Aksys and the budget price tag, the localization would be shoddy as was indicated in 1Up's rant.
5483  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: June 16, 2008, 10:27:30 PM
And that's what makes a non-walkthroughed play of Persona 3 so great.  Each player can potentially "build" their main character as they like to and effectively have unique experiences based on the s-links they choose to follow.  There were some s-links I chose not to follow for whatever reasons.  When it came to choosing a girlfriend for main, I chose who I liked best.  For me Fuuka was weird, Chihiro was creepy, Yukari had too many hang-ups, and Mitsuru was someone I simply could not warm up to.  I'm neutral on Aigis.  

I wonder if in this case art imitates life in a way.  I mean in a game like this or a more dedicated love adventure or dating sim, what makes us choose a certain archetype of girl?  I know for me, having dated one too many psychotic/issue-laden women in my life, I was happy to avoid those types in this video game.
5484  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Decent and difficult PS 1/2 rpg on: June 16, 2008, 10:12:17 PM
+1 on SMT: Nocturne, DDS1 & 2, and Persona 3.  Megami Tensei is one series where you actually need to use strategy in battles.  You not only need to exploit enemy weaknesses, but make sure your own defenses are tight as well.  "Grind then annihilate" doesn't work.  

Though it's an action RPG, Odin Sphere, even on easy mode, was quite challenging though it got a bit unbalanced in places.  

Legend of Legaia had some merciless boss battles.
5485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: June 16, 2008, 08:48:13 PM
My favorite of the ladies in Persona 3 was Yuko, the team manager.  Easy on the eyes and was the most normal/grounded.  When I played Persona 3, I made her main's girlfriend and didn't think twice about the others.
5486  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: June 16, 2008, 08:46:36 PM
I hadn't listened to Blotted Science in a while, so my song of the moment is "Laser Lobotomy" by Blotted Science.  

Blotted Science is an instrumental metal project featuring Ron Jarzombek on guitars, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) on bass, and Charlie Zeleny (Behold... The Arctopus) on drums.  If that sounds totally badass to you, it is.
5487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 16, 2008, 09:35:14 AM
So if Star Ocean 4 were to stick us on a podunk planet with Farleen (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) for 90% of the game...
5488  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Legend of Dragoon on: June 16, 2008, 09:28:35 AM
FF8 and Legend of Dragoon to me are clear cases of unrealized potential.  FF8 had potential and some interesting stuff, particularly with the tight political storyline in disc 1, but went wacky with the witch hunt and the ending made zero sense.  EDIT:  And Esthar was awesome, except for that horrid music.

Dragoon, as I mentioned earlier, had potential in a very cool story part in disk 3, but instead focused on a generic RPG protagonist's quest than on the cool and interesting character and her past.  

Then again, a lot of JRPGs are victims of unrealized potential.
5489  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 15, 2008, 09:20:18 PM
When it comes to Star Ocean 3, regardless of whether you loved or loathed it, Farleen's voice could make any reasonable person want to stab out their ears.  Right?  Right?  Come on, I can't be the only one with an aversion to helium voices.
5490  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: June 15, 2008, 09:07:17 PM
I just finished that Starlancer Six game I downloaded for free from the AraFell website.  Fun little game, but it ended before it even started and said "stay tuned for a sequel."  I doubt he/they'll continue it, but it'd be nice.  

Once my summer class is over and I register for graduation and my certification, I'll spend some quality time with Anachronox.  Although, I should be getting my copy of Jake Hunter in a matter of days, so I'll be hitting that.  I hope Aksys doesn't butcher the localization (though they probably will.)  I want my Jake Hunter to still be a Marlboro-smoking cognac guzzler as Jinguji Saburo was.
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