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5611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / WHO WANTS TO KILL VAMPIRE HITLER? on: November 18, 2007, 11:11:07 AM
Gast- thanks.

And regarding Spectral Souls (since that was also asked about), I recall there was a PSP port of a Spectral Souls game that did not get favorable reviews (average ratio 50% on GameRankings.com), so Spectral Souls 3 will have to make up for lost ground there.
5612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / WHO WANTS TO KILL VAMPIRE HITLER? on: November 17, 2007, 10:46:28 PM
With this news, I'm now wondering if Atlus will rock some next gen MegaTen on the 360.  I remember they had that online Shin Megami Tensei: NINE on Xbox back in '02 or so.
5613  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 17, 2007, 05:33:30 PM
Ar Tonelico should be a fun one, especially since one point works as both a positive and a negative.  

+ Exquisite soundtrack (generally)

+ Beautifully cutscenes

+ Therapist sim (if you're into that sort of thing)

- Therapist sim (if you're not into that sort of thing.)

- The songs with hip-hop samples felt really out of place.  

- lackluster dungeons

Next: Septerra Core.
5614  The Rest / General Discussions / Saudi Arabia punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes on: November 17, 2007, 02:10:04 PM
As horrible as this is (the dehumanizing act of such vile rape makes me lose my lunch), it's not uncommon in many countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries where the rape victim is the one punished by stoning, lashing, etc.  In parts of India, shit like this happens as well where rape victims get severely punished in humiliating ways and perps get off either scot free or with a lightened "slap on the wrist."  

There are places in this world so damn corrupt that in a case like this, the fraggin' cops would probably participate in the gangbang too while beating up the woman in a humiliating manner.  

And to think, in all kinds of holy tomes, mythologies, and cultural philosophies, the woman is strong, highly revered, worshipped... yet in much of the world, laws and practices are present that go against those ideals and treat women like bags of feces.  Not cool.  Not cool at all.  

'Tis a very unpleasant status quo.  It's sickening that the legal and supposedly moral fabric created in societies that's supposed to protect people does anything but protect women.  And this is not even getting into the whole psychology of how cultural machismo gets sickeningly twisted into ways no one would expect.
5615  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 16, 2007, 08:05:21 PM
Quote from: "KeeperX"

You know, when I saw that earlier in the day I was like "WTF?"  But now that I've had a few beers, I look at that and literally LOL.  

As far as gaming goes... some Daxter on PSP.  Oh, and in the past week I beat Naruto: Path of the Ninja for DS.  What?  I did it for RPGfan, Naruto's a guilty pleasure anime/manga of mine, and the game's actually better than I thought it'd be.  Expect a review in the near future.  So because of that, I've been neglecting FFX-2.  I think Yuna, Rikku, and Paine can live without the almighty Dincrest for a while.

And they'll have to, because...

EDIT:  I decided to try out DDS1, since I snagged copies of that series.  I'm only in the first dungeon.  The game does not have any sense of "fun" but it's oh so awesome.  So darkly twisted, even more so than other Shin Megami Tensei titles... and that's no small feat.  I can already predict that Argilla and Heat are going to butt heads later.  

I had taken an almost 2 year hiatus from MegaTen, but this year with Persona 3 and now the DDS games this MegaTentist is back on the wagon.
5616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 16, 2007, 03:46:18 PM
Alundra is plenty RPG.  A decent one at that.  

+ Terrific story

+ One of WD's better (read: less goofy) localizations

+ Some of the boss battles were really epic

- Oversensitive control + platforming = a frustrated Dincrest

- Some of the most fiendish puzzles since Landstalker (the timing ones were particularly maddening.)  

- lackluster visuals, even for their time.  

Alundra is one of those games that should've come with an extra controller.  I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to smash my controller against a wall while playing that game.  

Next up:  Breath of Fire III
5617  Media / Brush and Quill / The Filth: A New Round Robin for people to participate in. on: November 16, 2007, 03:27:47 PM
Go figure, on this day last year I started the previous round robin.  So here's my annual round robin for 2007.  You know how it works, I start a story, someone adds to it, another person adds to it, etc.  

Here goes...

Her name was Eeyore.  

That's obviously not her real name, but the guys I shared a house with called her that because her long face, large front teeth, mousy hair, and distinctive laugh resembled a donkey to them.  The way her nostrils would flare up when she was angry and her frequent, often violent, temper tantrums when she didn't get her way only reaffirmed the whole donkey thing to them.  

I'm normally not into girls like Eeyore.  No guy in his right mind would be.  My housemates totally hated her, and I can't blame them.  But the truth is, I was gaga over this girl.  I thought she was the raddest thing alive because she could...
5618  The Rest / General Discussions / Spam. on: November 16, 2007, 02:34:08 PM
Spam's gross.  Smells like cat food to me.  However, there was a convenience store gourmet article in men's magazine years ago where Cat Cora (of Iron Chef fame) reportedly made spam taste good by larding it: wrapping a couple of strips of bacon around it and then cooking it.

5619  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome/Stupid YouTube Video Thread on: November 16, 2007, 09:07:39 AM

I'm not really sure why I found this as amusing as I did.  It's silly as anything, but heck, it got a chuckle out of me.
5620  The Rest / General Discussions / Finally, a marching band representing our little hobby. on: November 15, 2007, 07:31:17 PM
The 2nd song was that technofied Mortal Kombat song.
5621  The Rest / General Discussions / ARGHHHH!!!!! on: November 15, 2007, 07:12:02 PM
You did, Shig.  You were actually the one way back then who convinced me to be a Force rather than a droid.  My character was DezaMistique, a silver-haired FOmarl in the white dress.  I only ran with you once or twice on PSO, though.  Took me 350 hours to get Deza to level 100 and it was sweet.  What other RPGfanners did I occasionally run with?  Eusis, Nallo, Cyberman X/Hevener, Hevener's sister Lacia, Dios, Parn, beans, ZP, Jayde, and a bunch of other oldbies.  Anyone remember that muscle car obsessed dude Seifer (later Takumi)?  I ran with him once too.  

Good times on PSO.  That was the first and last time I've played an online RPG.  Must've put 500-600 hours into that puppy.  

Oh yeah, I've had Star Ocean 2 freeze up on me after I gained 10 levels for my main party and I hadn't saved during that time.

And DR, that's precisely the reason I never save a game in the first save slot.  I always use the 2nd or 3rd.  Even grown ups who share games can accidentally overwrite.
5622  The Rest / General Discussions / ARGHHHH!!!!! on: November 15, 2007, 11:51:06 AM
One time when I was playing PSO on Dreamcast, a server glitch caused me to lose everything: all my money, my equipped items, everything I had in storage, my MAG... basically, I was a level thirty-something FOmarl with starter equipment.  No matter, because I had many friends who donated weapons and money to me.  Shiggy even gave me a Nei Claw which was a really fun toy to play with.  

Other than that, I've had my fair share of incidents where I've gotten game over at a boss without having saved for 2-3 hours.
5623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 12, 2007, 02:35:57 PM
If some of you want to get into the whole construct of "objectivity" then I can counter that true objectivity is damn near impossible due to individual differences.  Where one person may say a story is "needlessly convoluted" someone else may say it's "delightfully complex."  One man's trash is another man's treasure and all that.  I mean, if I were to rate the DDS games, a minus point I would say is that I miss the demon chit-chat from prior MegaTen games.  Someone else would see that as a plus point in not having to bother with demon chit-chat.  (The DDS games are f'n awesome, by the way.)

And besides, the whole point the original poster had was for us to look at a game and give 3 positive and 3 negative points about it.  This way we can try and find redeeming qualities in a maligned game and/or find flaws in a game normally viewed with rose colored glasses.  That's part of the reason I challenged people in the thread with games like Grim Fandango, which some had genuine trouble finding negatives for.  

But again, individual differences.  Look at whether or not a game is easy.  Easy would be a plus point for me but a minus point for someone else.  

If "true objectivity" is an issue, then wouldn't most of this thread be invalidated?  

I played Chrono Cross once to completion and haven't really wanted to revisit it since.  I've played and replayed Chrono Trigger at least once every year since I snagged a copy of it in 2000.  So of course that's going to influence my pluses and minuses.  When looked at objectively, yes, both games have the right ingredients and good flavors.  But what makes me want to keep going back to X Italian restaurant vs. Y Italian restaurant when both create the same dishes with the same high quality ingredients?  

If you want a more "objective" negative, then I'll say that it doesn't have the same near-universal love that Chrono Trigger does.  It has a polarizing effect.  

I think Xenogears has been done already, but I'll do it

+ Quite possibly the most epic story ever told in an RPG (or at least a JRPG)

+ One of Yasunori Mitsuda's best soundtracks.  When I would play the game, I'd have non-gaming music students/musicians repeatedly comment that the music was killer.  

+ Human combat was fun.  The combo system with multiple button presses for different types of attacks kept combat fresh.  

- Slow text speed made an already deliberately paced story even slower.  

- Monitoring your fuel during gear battles was a needless annoyance

- The platform jumping segments were not fun (i.e. Tower of Babel.)  

Next, either Panzer Dragoon Saga or Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals
5624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 11, 2007, 08:46:38 PM
Chrono Cross

+ The development of the game's world from Trigger to Cross was cool

+ The soundtrack was generally good

+ The game has some serious replayability with the vast number of choices and New Game Plus

- The character designs were mostly dull and vacant

- The story was a convoluted mess, particularly 3/4 of the way into the game.  This is a common complaint for many modern (read: post-FF7) Square RPGs.  

- The game just didn't have that intangible "mojo," charm, or "soul" that Chrono Trigger did.  It's like with cooking.  All the best ingredients were there and the flavors were wonderful, but I just couldn't taste the love in the cooking like I did with Trigger.  I guess Chrono Cross is like gourmet and Chrono Trigger is like soul food.  I prefer soul food over gourmet any day.  

Next: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  If that one was done already, then Panzer Dragoon Saga.  If that one was done already, then Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals.  If any of those were done already, just pick one yourself.
5625  The Rest / General Discussions / A couple gets engaged through Halo 3 on: November 11, 2007, 04:57:21 PM
Honeymoon at Vana'Diel?
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