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5491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 13, 2008, 06:33:58 PM
Quote from: "artego"
Aren't you kind of in the wrong forum then? ^^;

I think he means mainly RPG players.

I was just answering the question.  She asked if the influx of games changed anyone's mind about the 360 and I said no and why.  

If you really must know, I've been a member of RPGFan since 1999, was an editor for the site for 4 years, and have been playing RPGs since Phantasy Star 2.  RPG and graphic adventure are two of my favorite genres, but fighting is up there too.  Man can't live on bread alone.  

And since the RPG conundrum is a toss up and neither Final Fantasy nor Mass Effect are "OMG MUST HAEV!" for me, I used another genre I love to base my potential purchasing decision.
5492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 13, 2008, 05:20:00 PM
Quote from: "Dice"
Morbid curiosity, has the light on new games at all changed peoples minds as to what system they want to get (if they haven't done so)??

My mind still hasn't changed.  I'd still rather have a Playstation 3.  The "must have" games for me are fighting games like Tekken 6 (Sony exclusive), Soul Calibur 4 (multiplatform), and Street Fighter IV (multiplatform).  And the RPG I seem to be looking most forward to, Alpha Protocol, is multiplatform.  

Since I'm a huge fighting game fan (good fighting games tend to be keepers) and like Tekken way more than I like Dead or Alive (DoA is good, but Tekken's my favorite) that makes the choice easy for me.
5493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Unoriginal Topic: Favorite Battle System on: June 13, 2008, 05:08:59 PM
My favorite turn-based RPG battle system is also the Press-Turn system from later Megami Tensei titles.  It's genius.  

My favorite action-based RPG battle system is the Linear Motion battle system from the Tales games.  The AI is quite competent and unlike Star Ocean games, I never have to babysit them.  I'm normally not a fan of realtime battling (I'm a turn based guy at heart), but Tales' battle engine I love.  Too bad the series itself is so lackluster.  I'd like to see a more dynamically scripted sci-fi style RPG with the Tales battle system.  

My least favorite RPG battle system is ATB.  It is rather clunky.  The bar filling up is "hurry up and wait" and it's not fun being pounded on while I'm navigating through menus.  FFX had an incredible battle system but after that it's "sorry, but we're going back to ATB for X-2, modified ATB for XII, and ATB again for XIII."  I'd like to see FF adopt FFX's battle system as the standard instead of the clunky ATB nonsense.

As a fighting game fan as much as an RPG fan, a good combat system that makes sense and is fun is important to me.  You spend a healthy portion of RPGs engaged in battle, so any battle system where I want to pick fights solely for the sake of picking fights is a good one.  Tales and Megami Tensei do that for me.
5494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 13, 2008, 05:02:10 PM
Quote from: "Blace"
Quote from: "Dincrest"
Various verbosities of verissimilitude.

PSU was a pile of doodoo and the series seems to only be getting worse as times progressing. I used to love that series too... freakin Sega. I wonder if they are going to make more games for that series?

I was referring more along the lines of the 16-bit Phantasy Stars, as you said.  I loved PSO on Dreamcast for 500+ hours, but haven't played a Phantasy Star game since then.  2 and 4 were my favorites.  I believe people at Team Overworks oversaw the 16-bit PhanStar games and now it's been in the hands of Yuji Naka and Sonic Team since PSO.  

I've been playing Anachronox, and it's like "wow!  THIS is what I've been craving from a JRPG lately, especially in terms of settings."  Amazing that it's elements of Western RPGs like Mass Effect and Anachronox are what people would like to see in Japanese RPGs like Star Ocean.  But on the other hand, can we really expect Star Ocean to *be* Mass Effect or Anachronox?
5495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 13, 2008, 07:40:32 AM
With Star Ocean 4 being a prequel, I'm jumping ahead and wondering about future installments in the series.  I mean, the SO games are loosely connected to each other and I feel as if the writers wrote themselves into a corner with SO3's plot twist so a sequel to that would require some imaginative writing.  

What's next after SO4?  Star Earth, the pre-prequel?  Post-apocalypse often turns into the "podunk" dark ages, so perhaps the pre-apocalypse will have the futuristic stuff like flying cars.  

IMO, few JRPGs could do the whole interplanetary thing better than Phantasy Star.  Star Ocean could do well to take a cue from that series, methinks.
5496  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: June 12, 2008, 09:46:21 PM
No, I don't play any MMORPGs.  However, I am a fan of Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza's work (I love Least I Could Do; it's one of my favorite webcomics), so it only made sense that I should check out LFG.  And I think it's great; I love how it's hysterical yet also tells a pretty complex tale.  Richard and Krunch are my favorite characters.
5497  The Rest / General Discussions / Youtube on: June 12, 2008, 09:42:34 PM
If anyone likes the webcomic Looking for Group ( http://www.lfgcomic.com ) as much as I do, you'll certainly be amused by Richard singing "Slaughter Your World."  


The comic just reaffirms my theory that everyone I've ever encountered named Richard is completely insane, but in an entertaining way.
5498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Solid Script... on: June 12, 2008, 12:22:50 PM
Localizing from Japanese to English is always difficult, so it's always cool to see how it's improved.  I mean, look at Revelations: Persona back in 1996 or so and look at Persona 3 now.  

But when it comes to scripting, dialogue scripting and event scripting both play a part.  And though this thread is in console RPGs, I am mean, rotten, vicious, nasty, and low-down so I'll mention some PC RPGs instead.  

Take Anachronox for instance.  Great dialogue; it's natural and often witty and funny.  However, the event scripting has some rough spots, especially since the first 5 or so hours of the game are slow to get through.  That said, the game's still fantastic.  

When it comes to dialogue scripting, few come close to Planescape: Torment.  That talking skull was the bee's knees.  Then again, P:T is one of those "once in a lifetime" games the likes of which we probably won't see again for a long time.  

Of course since those two games began life in English, I can imagine there'd be some rough spots in terms of translating to other languages like Japanese.  In any case, awesome events are less awesome when the characters lack charisma in their dialogue.  And characters with great dialogue can only go so far if nothing's happening and the great dialogue ends up being about nothing.  So when it comes to scripting, writing good event progression is IMO just as important as writing believable dialogue.
5499  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: June 11, 2008, 09:18:56 PM
Mostly just been playing bouts of Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken 4, and Tekken 5 when I get some free time.  Tekken Tag has to have some of the best music I've ever heard in a fighting game.  No RPGing at the moment.  Though this past weekend, I got about 8 endings in Fatal Hearts (an indie Japanese style visual novel by a western developer.)
5500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 11, 2008, 08:58:04 PM
And I don't know about anyone else, but buying a PC (even buying components and building one from scratch) that can run some of these latest greatest RPGs would be more expensive than a console.  So I would think there is some merit to non-Japanese RPGs and software on consoles, right?

And I wonder about the must-have-killer-app-ness of FF.  I mean, was Crisis Core supposed be that for the PSP?  Did PSP sales significantly spike because of it?  Is it poised to become the stronger handheld for RPGs?
5501  The Rest / General Discussions / Your Bookmarks on: June 11, 2008, 03:54:26 PM
Some people may think that my frequently visited sites list goes something like this:

But really it's just various email sites, RPGFan, TalkBass ( http://www.talkbass.com ) and a few webcomics:
Candi http://www.candicomics.com
FlipSide http://www.flipsidecomics.com
Least I Could Do http://www.licd.com
Looking For Group http://www.lfgcomic.com
PhD http://www.phdcomics.com
5502  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 11, 2008, 10:04:15 AM
Maybe it's me, but I'm reminded of the Genesis vs. SNES days with the whole "Genesis does what Nintendon't" and "Super NES is what Genesisn't" arguments we'd have on the schoolyard.  

Competition has made the video game console race exciting again.  It's like a soap opera.  The once indomitable Nintendo was usurped by newcomer Sony.  The once indomitable Sony is losing ground to newcomer Microsoft, the underdog who no one thought had a chance.  Nintendo's become mighty-mighty again with Wii and despite Sony's valiant handheld effort (I do love my PSP) Nintendo still holds the handheld lead with DS.  And in the background, Sega's ineptitude led to its premature fall from wherever.

This is drama that cannot be scripted.  And as nerditudinous as it is, it's worthy of buttered popcorn.
5503  The Rest / General Discussions / Digging through old Usenet posts is fun. on: June 11, 2008, 09:37:29 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"
...Are we all going to sound as moronic ten years from now the way we all argue about the current console situation?  :P

Dude, I know I sounded like a moron 15-18 years ago during the whole Genesis vs. SNES war.  We were constantly arguing with each other over Genesis vs. SNES.  I was a Genesis kid because I wasn't into RPGs and the Genny had better action and sports games (Sega Sports was the bee's knees back then.)
5504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is the 360 the RPG console of this generation? on: June 11, 2008, 09:25:55 AM
I like that the 360 has a cross section of stuff from US, Japanese, and soon European developers.  I believe the Greek developed adventure/RPG you're referring to is Theseis.  I hope that more European developers create stuff like that for the 360, then it'll have standing in the world game market and not just US or Japan.
5505  Media / The Soundroom / Garth Brooks and The Beatles are technophobes. on: June 11, 2008, 09:18:47 AM
I look at my friends The Waffle Stompers.  They're a local ska band in my area that I'm buddies with.  They recently got on iTunes.  They're completely floored.  They're like, "WHOA!!!!  Little old us!?!?!?!  On iTunes?!?!?!?!?!  Incredible!!!"  For them, this means greater exposure than they could get otherwise.  I mean, yeah, they tour like madmen during spring break and summer vacations (they're college students who do want to get degrees) but their music on iTunes is great for their budding careers.  

And, hey, Fugazi is as indie/DIY/artistic visionary as you can get, and they sell their stuff on iTunes.  

Having played in local bands myself, if I had to choose between incredible sound quality but little exposure or okay sound quality and a fuckton of exposure, I'd choose the latter in a heartbeat.  

As for album flow, there aren't many I can listen to in one sitting from beginning to end without getting kinda sick of it.  Weezer's blue album is one of those rare few; one of the best albums of all time IMO.  On the other hand, there are albums where only one or two songs are good and so I only want those one or two songs.  Example: Do You Call My Name is the only song that was good on Ra's From One album so instead of paying 10-15 bucks for the whole thing, I just paid a buck for the song I wanted.  

I love music as much as anyone here, but do I need audiophile quality?  Nope.  Even as a bassist, I don't need or even want audiophile quality in my amp.  I like to just plug in, play, and be loud enough to cut through guitars and drums.  I also tend to listen to a lot of local artists and since local bands don't have a shitload of money to afford a big name producer and a studio with Krell equipment, their demos don't exactly sound perfect in the first place.  I also prefer hearing music live than in the studio and since live environments are less controlled, the sound is far from perfect (especially in dives with incompetent sound engineers.)
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