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5791  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.
5792  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.
5793  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.
5794  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
5795  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.
5796  The Rest / General Discussions / A couple gets engaged through Halo 3 on: November 11, 2007, 04:57:21 PM
Honeymoon at Vana'Diel?
5797  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 10, 2007, 06:49:00 PM
I just came back from Bee Movie.  It was a fun flick.  Nothing incredible or awesome, but a fun flick with some funny Seinfeld-esque moments.  I thought the ending was extremely well done.  

One of the little kids in the theater was so into the movie, he was almost crying when it was over.  He didn't want it to end.  If that's not a good review for a kid flick, I don't know what is.
5798  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 09, 2007, 11:52:51 PM
Been fiddling some with my new PSP.  I got the Daxter bundle and picked up Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles as well.  I'm on stage 3 of Dracula X and at the construction site in Daxter.  If you have a PSP, you gotta get Dracula X Chronicles.  I don't need to explain why.  And Daxter's a really fun game so far too.  Camera's a tad sluggish sometimes, but it's no big deal.
5799  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Banning Question on: November 09, 2007, 11:44:10 AM
SPAMbots are spamming via PM now too?  Man that sucks.
5800  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 09, 2007, 11:23:41 AM
Heh, that's part of the reason I chose Grim Fandango.  I mean, in my mind the game is darn near perfect.  

As for Phantasy Star 3, I did like the game, but the sound quality on the music was so dissonant and most of the music was not that great (Skyhaven theme and the Wren airship theme were good).  The battle themes were horrid.  The other Phantasy Star games were superior in all areas, save story.  

I'll take Soul Nomad

+English voice acting was excellent (I preferred it over the original Japanese, especially Gig's voice.  Preferring English over Japanese voice acting is a rarity for me.)

+Gig is awesome.  He reminds me of many RPGfan hecklers with his attitude and dialogue ("No, your problem is you're a retard.  Your idiocy makes me want to punch kittens.")

+Fun to play (I'm normally not into SRPGs, but I had fun with Soul Nomad.)

-Some battles could be really cheap

-Some of the micromanagement could be asinine, but that's a common complaint against most, if not all, NIS SRPGs.

-Graphics were nothing special.  NIS really needs to step it up in that regard.  

Next: Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines.  I can't remember if that one was done already.  Either way, I'm too lazy to wade through the thread.
5801  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Persona 3 anime! on: November 08, 2007, 07:19:06 PM
But this isn't the first time a MegaTen game spawned an anime.  Devil Children Red and Black books spawned an anime series.  And the anime snippets on the Eternal Punishment bonus disk were awesome.  

I'll wait and see on this one.
5802  Media / The Soundroom / The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: November 08, 2007, 07:16:09 PM
A week or so ago, I bought the Tea Society of a Witch OST from Chudah's mega sale.  I had to be careful browsing her VGM sale or I'd have dropped some serious cash.
5803  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 08, 2007, 07:13:13 PM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
+ Tedious pacing
+ Grainy graphics & bad music
+ Shared EXP was a chore

Bit of a typo ther buddy.

Not any more.  And if you want to nitpick, you left out an "e" in "there" and only wrote a sentence fragment:P  

And for Damian, I can do Lunar Legend

+ It's Lunar on a handheld
+ Solid graphics
+ Pretty anime still cutscenes

- The sound quality of the music is mush
- The redone storyline had some issues
- Card collecting was useless

Next: Grim Fandango or Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
5804  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 08, 2007, 12:08:57 PM
Phantasy Star 3

+ Best storyline of the series
+ Generations system was innovative
+ Wren transforms into vehicles

- Tedious pacing
- Grainy graphics & bad music
- Shared EXP was a chore

Next: I'll offer up some challenging ones.  Either Grim Fandango (PC) or Lufia: Ruins of Lore (GBA)
5805  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 07, 2007, 10:05:03 PM
Chapter 2 of FFX-2, Bevelle Labyrinth.  Man, I wonder what the writers were on when they created LeBlanc.  Normally, I think every Nomura-designed character is a fashion disaster, but the disastrously flamboyant (or is it flamboyantly disastrous) Nomura wardrobe actually works for LeBlanc's character.  Although I know LeBlanc is considered one of the most annoying characters to grace an FF game, I find her so awesomely terrible that she's terribly awesome.  <3 LeBlanc, but Rikku's still the besty.  

I found it amusing when she
called Yuna a "goodie goodie" and Yuna got a little offended.  Guess she wants to be a bad girl after all.
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