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5641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Upcoming DS RPGs: Witch's Tale & Black Sigil on: June 20, 2008, 08:01:02 AM
Quote from: "Amankhan"
Great finds!

On a semi-related note, I see that Mazes of Fate is being ported to the DS & will be released very soon (June 24th).  Anyone have any thoughts on this game?  I never picked up the GBA version, but was always curious as to how it turned out.

I never played Mazes of Fate on GBA, but I believe someone here on the boards did and his impression was that the game had beautiful artwork and was a solid dungeon crawl, but there was a lot of slowdown.
5642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Upcoming DS RPGs: Witch's Tale & Black Sigil on: June 19, 2008, 09:08:33 PM
I was browsing this crazy intarwebnet thingie looking at upcoming RPG releases, and a couple of upcoming DS releases caught my attention because, well, there's almost nothing about them yet they'll be on US DS systems this year.  

One is A Witch's Tale, an action-RPG by Hitmaker that NISA is localizing.  It's reportedly coming out in October, but details on it are almost nil.  Still, the artwork is cool; I like the pseudo-Van Gogh thing going on.  



Another one is Black Sigil, being published by Graffiti Entertainment who also published that GBA dungeon crawler Mazes of Fate.  Black Sigil's being independently developed by Studio Archcraft based out of Quebec.

http://www.graffitientertainment.com/index.php/games/black-sigil (there's a 4.5 minute trailer on the site and a whole slew of screenshots.)  

So I just thought I'd put mention of these titles out there since many of you here at RPGFan like stuff that's under the radar/outside the mainstream.  It's pretty cool to see stuff like this on the DS, especially indie stuff like Black Sigil.

I haven't seen anything about A Witch's Tale on any retail sites, but I see that Black Sigil's available for preorder at Amazon.
5643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RIZ-ZOAWD -- Wizard of Oz + Wild Arms developers! on: June 18, 2008, 10:41:49 PM
Looks like your basic turn-based system.  Worked for me in Phantasy Star and works for me now.  

And, yes, I too am a little puzzled about the mariachi scarecrow.
5644  Media / The Soundroom / Maiden Heaven - new Iron Maiden tribute on: June 18, 2008, 10:28:18 PM
The studio will have to pull a miracle out of its ass then.  Even the greatest studio tricks cannot make a shitty band sound like gold and, well, Machine Head's a really shitty band.  

I'll even take Cradle of Filth's cover of Hallowed over anything Machine Head does any day, and I don't really even like Cradle.

DR- heh, I still remember that YouTube video I saw of Dream Theater covering Cemetery Gates with a bunch of guest musicians.  Petrucci couldn't do the pinch harmonic stuff so Jordan Rudess had to play those tones on his synthesizer.  LaBrie sounded like a wuss.  Mustaine butchered the solo.  Burton C. Bell's monotone barking was lame.  The only saving grace was when Russell Allen sang a verse.  He rocked it.
5645  Media / General Games / Last King Of Africa - DS Adventure game on: June 18, 2008, 09:33:01 PM
Syberia was really freaking good.  I've been seeing Paradise pop up at Gamestops around me and my folks.  It is nice to see classic graphic adventures getting DS ports, like Myst (even though I hated Myst.)
5646  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.
5647  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.
5648  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?
5649  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.
5650  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.
5651  Media / General 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.
5652  Media / General 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.
5653  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.
5654  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.
5655  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.
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