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5521  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 03, 2007, 07:54:31 PM
Still working through the Song of Nephilim dungeon in Xenosaga.  And today I preordered my copy of Soul Nomad.
5522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / any modern rpgs/soundtracks like Parasite Eve etc.? on: July 02, 2007, 11:20:24 PM
One series worth mentioning is Shadow Hearts.  The setting is not contemporary modern, but rather 1920s or so.  I loved the soundtrack to the first Shadow Hearts game.  Yoshitaka Hirota, who's mainly a sound effects guy, took a very modern approach to many of his compositions in that game.  

And among the Megami Tensei titles, Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army takes place in 1930s urban Japan.  The game has a terrific setting with a killer sense of period, but the battle engine was really lacking.  

I will say that finding RPGs set in more contemporary times is not easy.  Usually it is traditional high fantasy (i.e. knights, castles, dragons).  I would venture that sci-fi oriented RPGs (like, say, Xenosaga), though not as easy to find, are easier to find than ones with more modern contemporary settings.  

If you're willing to look at genres outside of RPGs, such as graphic adventures, then games like the Broken Sword series take place in modern contemporary settings.  I've only played Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars and Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, but both were excellent adventure games.  George Stobbart is an awesome protagonist.

Among RPGs though, Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment had my favorite urban sprawls.
5523  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Legend of Legaia (or an excuse!) on: July 02, 2007, 07:52:49 PM
LOL @ Sprung.  You know, despite my affinity for love adventures and dating sims, I have absolute zero intentions of playing Sprung.  That game's gotta be a shitpile.  Okay, if you offered me a free copy and a worthwhile amount of bribe money, I'd consider it:P

And I think the moral of the story in this thread is that there really is no accounting for taste.  It's already been established through conversations that I will not be recommending anime to Prime Mover any time soon since the series I find stellar are ones he either hated or couldn't get into.  

DR- I agree with you that it's not fair to expect the world out of every RPG that comes down the pike and that even a garden variety RPG can be good.  However, I found Legaia to be lacking on all counts.  It just didn't have any mojo and the experience felt like work rather than fun.  Games like Dragon Quest 8 or the Tales games are traditional RPGs that don't really break new ground, but they had much of that intangible mojo that help them rise above.
5524  The Rest / General Discussions / WoW + lonely Aussie women = teh jailz, yo on: July 02, 2007, 07:20:58 PM
You'd be surprised how many women in their "dirty thirties" and older seek out barely legal guys for boy toys.  "Cougars" those women are called, I believe.  It's not that uncommon for women in their 30s and 40s to want to snag an 18-21 year old boy and "teach them a thing or two."  

And don't forget that well known court case of that thirty-something teacher who had an affair with one of her middle school students and got pregnant with his kid.  That's some twisted May-December shit, I tell you what.

In any case, with the whole flying the woman in from Australia and have the cops lie in ambush, that had to be one supremely expensive set-up.  How in blue blazes did this family get that kind of bankroll to play with another person's life like that?
5525  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 02, 2007, 06:52:58 PM
SaGa Frontier is one of those games that I also liked more than most people. Although if I were to play it now, I'd totally gameshark it (Lute's quest especially.) My old age has stripped me of RPG patience, and SaGa games require a boatload of patience.:P

My favorite quest in SaGa Frontier was Red's. Emilia's was cool too. Many of my friends adored Asellus.

As for my playing, I must say that the infinite items GameShark code has been the best thing since sliced bread for Xenosaga.  

I'll be playing Xenosaga 2 with cheat codes as well, and I think the infinite items code will come in very handy in that game since there are no shops and money.  

Anyway, I just
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rescued all the people in the Kukai foundation and killed a boss.  
 About 27 hours of playtime, everyone pretty much around level 24, save for Shion and Kos-Mos.  I believe I'm nearing the end of Xenosaga, and though it's been a decent ride so far, I felt like not that much happened and the game was mostly a drawn out introduction to something even more involving.  The developers could have easily shortened some of the more monotonous dungeons (i.e. Cathedral ship) and crammed in more story.

This also makes me very curious as to how the Xenosaga I+II for DS was pulled off.
5526  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / 300 recut for PG audiences on: July 02, 2007, 06:41:49 PM
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Tonight, we dine in HECK!!!!
was my favorite part.
5527  The Rest / General Discussions / I hate people. on: July 02, 2007, 11:21:13 AM
I call bullshit on this.  I think the whole thing is just a publicity stunt.  And if this *is* for real, how do we know they won't pull a scam where they take all the money, abort the baby anyway, and say "ha ha SUCKERS!!!!!"  

Man, people will do anything to try and finagle money out of others.  And there's a sucker born every minute.  I do not laugh at the people running this thing; the fact they were able to sucker $13K out of gullible idiots with minimal effort is something many of us wish we could do.  I pity the fools who actually gave donations.  Perhaps they also believe that God kills kittens and domo-kuns every time they jerk off.
5528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grim Grimoire on: July 02, 2007, 11:11:59 AM
Forget Socrates the cat.  You KNOW it's all about Surely the Frog.  Were the translators sure that the frog's name was Surely and not Shirley?  Although, if it were Shirley, I'm not sure female frogs have that deep bullfrog voice that Surely had, though they surely would croak and ribbit somewhat deeply and surely not sound like Farleen in Star Ocean 3.  

...I'm surely a jackass, aren't I? :P
5529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: July 02, 2007, 09:02:54 AM
In terms of games where the gameplay mechanics had drastic changes each time:

Though these weren't RPGs, didn't a bunch of the Alex Kidd games do that?  Like how Alex Kidd in Shinobi World does not play anything like the original Alex Kidd.  There's been talk that this constant switching things up made people less interested in the series because it was inconsistent.  

Although Alex Kidd for the Genesis was a solid return to form, many found it to be too little too late.  

So when I think about it, changes over time for the FF series really weren't that drastic.  On the other hand, the battle system change from Chrono Trigger to Chrono Cross was pretty drastic (but once I spent some time with CC's battle system, I dug it.)  But my knee jerk reaction was not initially positive.  

It's like how the Motley Crue album with John Corabi did not sound anything like a Crue album and the knee-jerk reaction was that it was complete shit.  However, after getting over that and giving it another listen, I realized that it was easily the deepest album Motley Crue ever did and after reading The Dirt and a story on his (John Corabi) MySpace, I have a whole new respect for John Corabi now.  

So I think the one thing that's been mentioned frequently that we can pretty much agree on is that change isn't a bad thing, but getting used to change takes time.  So a sudden drastic change can be difficult.
5530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Legend of Legaia (or an excuse!) on: July 02, 2007, 08:43:36 AM
Legaia was terrible.  Overland movement was slower than molasses, battle system was interesting but battles often got really boring, bosses were merciless, story and characters were complete drivel, and the music was lousy too.  The normal battle theme was one of the worst I ever heard.  

Legend of Legaia was a shit RPG.  

Play Ico instead.

Re: Legend of Dragoon.  That game had potential, but didn't realize it.  Disk 3 was quite good, what with the whole story of Rose and
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the dragon campaign of 11,000 years ago.
 The game should've been about that story instead of the been-there-done-that Dart story.
5531  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 01, 2007, 09:56:09 PM
Xenosaga.  Encephalon was a kickass dungeon.  Unlike other dungeons in the game, it actually held my interest for the entire duration.  

I'm not at the part where
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the Song of Nephilim has been played, the Gnosis have invaded the Kukai foundation, and Shion & company need to find the remaining survivors and help them evacuate.


Why do Shion's attacks have to be so puny?
5532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: July 01, 2007, 07:22:20 PM
If we're talking economics, and this is a total tangent, I'm still surprised that video games still cost around $50.  A brand new game cost that much in the NES days and with higher production values, more advanced technology, more people to pay (i.e. voice actors) and all those trappings of modern video games, I'm still amazed that video game prices haven't inflated even more.  Although with the price of admission for newer consoles like the PS3 and Xbox360, we're starting to see that some.  

As far as if it ain't broke don't fix it goes, Dragon Quest and Memories Off are two series that follow that credo to a T.  Fans of those series like it fine that way.  Conversely, other video game series do take risks and try to change things up from one game to another (like many modern FF games).  Viva la difference.  There's something for everyone.  People who take comfort in the familiar tried and true usuals can do that in some games.  People who crave the fresh, exotic, and exciting can do that in other games.  

In terms of another tangent, I'm thinking about how McDonald's is trying to market itself toward healthy eating (totally pushing the salads) whereas Burger King is marketing toward the "hard core" fast food eaters or whatever they were called in the film Supersize Me (pushing the BK stackers: meat, cheese, no veggies.)  Yet at their core, both McD's and BK are burger and fry joints.
5533  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 01, 2007, 01:16:00 PM
Still playing Xenosaga.  The storyline and settings are cool, but the game itself is starting to get a tad monotonous.  I love watching the story segments and cutscenes just fine.  It's the dungeons that can sometimes get tedious.  That Cathedral Ship dungeon was boring to get through.  

I'm at the part where the Kukai Foundation
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is being sequestered by the Federation, Jr and company are under arrest, and now everyone's racing through the Durandal to get to the encephalon so that UMN recordings of the Gnosis attack on the Woglinde can be extracted from KOS-MOS and the truth can be revealed.  
5534  Media / Single-Player RPGs / any modern rpgs/soundtracks like Parasite Eve etc.? on: July 01, 2007, 12:17:05 PM
In terms of RPGs set in moden times, the Persona series, definitely.  Other MegaTen games use post-modern or post-apocalyptic/modern, but games like Persona (especially the Persona 2 games) are cosmopolitan urban set.  The soundtracks reflect that too.  

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the Earthbound (Mother) series.  It's set in modern/contemporary times.
5535  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: June 29, 2007, 11:15:16 PM
Xenosaga- I'm exploring the Kukai Foundation.  

I still can't stand Shion; freaking annoying ass, childish, immature, petulant, often completely stupid, simpering weenie chick.  Alan's no better either; he's a tactless idiot.  I'm also not really digging chaos.  There are hints that he's a really deep character, but so little is revealed about him that he comes off as a rather shallow and one-dimensional character.  He's boring; not a compelling character at all.  Kos-Mos isn't that interesting either.  Just an android who just happens to be full of surprises.  

Ziggy, MOMO, and Jr are easily my favorite characters in the game.  Although there hasn't been much story surrounding Ziggy, I actually want to learn more about him.  MOMO's sense of childlike wonder and childlike questioning of things is great; oftentimes the simplest questions of a child are the toughest to answer.  And Jr rocks.  That guy actually has a strong personality.  He's a little firecracker.  He brings a little pizzazz to the cast.  In addition, I think Jr's voice actor is the absolute best in the game.  All of Jr's lines are delivered flawlessly without any emphases on the wrong words or syllables (something Shion's voice actor does all the freaking time.)  I can definitely tell that Jr's voice actor had a lot of fun with that role.

I like Xenosaga and all, but my biggest complaint is the skimping on the music.  I can live with no dungeon or town music (in fact, I kinda prefer it; really gives that emptiness of space feeling), but only having one battle theme, one that plays for both normal battles and bosses?  That's so fucking cheap!  Yasunori Mitsuda- if you were going to skimp on the dungeon music, would it have fucking killed you to create a boss battle theme instead of recycling the regular battle theme for boss battles?
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