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5881  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV The After on: December 14, 2007, 11:08:28 PM
As for PSP RPGs, avoid Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner.  That game sucked.  Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology has a brilliant battle system and great fanservice, but the game is quite repetitive.  

Best PSP game you can get is Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles.  Rondo of Blood is awesome.  And it has Symphony of the Night with redone English voice acting, redone dialogue, and the option to select Japanese voices.  Come on, two of the best Castlevania games ever on one UMD?  You can't go wrong here.  

I do agree with Tomara's sentiment on handheld RPGs without quicksave or save anywhere options.  I've made a stink about that on many of my handheld reviews.  Portable gaming should facilitate gaming on the go.  

As for mobile gaming, it's not like the cel phone market for games is absent in the US.  It's just that casual games on cel phones are more popular than RPGs in the US.  I've seen US TV commercials for cel phone game download services.  And Pat/Ramza did give the Doom cel phone RPG a favorable review.  

I'll tell you, cel phone games, PSP, DS, Game Boy, etc. have been a saving grace in doctor's waiting rooms.  And one of our contributing editors is a business traveller who's out and about 4 days a week, so he's good friends with his PSP and DS.

As for Square-Enix milking the bejeezus out of classic FF games... I'll let someone else go there.
5882  The Rest / General Discussions / Holiday Wish List on: December 14, 2007, 10:42:27 PM
If you get a PSP, you absolutely MUST MUST MUST get Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles.  Best game for the system IMO.  Rondo of Blood is awesome.  And the redone dialogue, redone English voice acting, and ability to choose the Japanese voices for Symphony of the Night are worth it.  

Two of the best Castlevania games for the price of one UMD?  Can't be beat.
5883  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: December 14, 2007, 11:23:56 AM
Oh I will be reviewing Aveyond II.  It just may take a while since I typically like to finish games before I review them (or at least get 2/3 of the way through them if I'm not enjoying them) but with final exams and work, Aveyond 2's been slow going.  Partially because I plan to review it, I'm not giving too much away here since, well, I actually want people to read my review:P
5884  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: December 13, 2007, 10:53:52 PM
For what it's worth, here's my Aveyond review  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/aveyond/index.html
Since then, Aveyond was upgraded and only Aveyond ver. 2 is available now.  The character portraits are different (more anime styled) and the balance has been improved so there's less need to grind.  And there's still plenty of goodies.

As for Aveyond 2, I'm really enjoying it.  I found Aveyond 1's story and characters more interesting, but 2 is a smoother playing experience.

I still think Rhen > Ean.
5885  The Rest / General Discussions / Holiday Wish List on: December 13, 2007, 10:45:43 PM
But if there's peace on Earth, we'll be left vulnerable to hostile alien invasions, just like that one Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons.  

As for me, I pretty much know what I'm getting and it's all I need/want.  The one nice gift I'm getting, thanks to my Dad's Amex reward points, is a Garmin GPS.  Given the mess of papers in my car's center console of Mapquest directions to various places, a Garmin would definately be a useful gift for me.  Otherwise, I'm getting a book, some anime, and some cash.
5886  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Dreamcast boot disc on: December 13, 2007, 10:57:15 AM
Holy cow, my semantics were unclear in my post.  D'oh!  Anyway, I meant to say that it should work for you.  If I can use my boot disc to play imports, you should be able to as well.
5887  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star...Ocean 4? on: December 12, 2007, 06:14:44 PM
Wait a minute, is Square Enix publishing Star Ocean 4?  If so then there may be a good chance it hits both PS3 and 360.  I mean, SE's "The Last Remnant" is slated for release on both systems.
5888  The Rest / General Discussions / The things ya gotta do... on: December 12, 2007, 06:11:53 PM
Although it's "common" dealing with bureaucracy (or is that bureaucrazy?) is something we all have to do and it sucks.  I'm not above using underhanded means to push things through the bureaucracy.  It happened when I had to get the tutoring outreach program I coordinate started this semester.  Of course, luckily for me, the faculty advisor/supervisor whom I work with is also not above doing things "not by the book" and letting me use "my ways" to get things through bureaucracy.  

Sometimes you can't do things by the book or wait.  I'm the type of person who wants a million things done and everything done yesterday.  Though I can be satisfied if things get done "this week," once it's been a week I make some noise.  

Taking that initiative and being a pest is not a pleasant thing to do, but unless you're pesky, nothing ever gets done.
5889  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Aveyond & Ahriman's Prophecy (independently developed RP on: December 12, 2007, 04:56:15 PM
Quote from: "Logick"
It looks good but I'm kinda reserved, charging for a game made in RPG maker doesn't feel right....

How is that any different from a local band charging for a demo CD they recorded using GarageBand on a MAC or something?  

I support grassroots indie efforts.  Instead of lining the pockets of corporate record labels (e.g.), I feel like I'm giving the money directly to the creators.  

And if not anything else, Aaron Walz and his team deserve my money for sound.  The music in the Aveyond games is awesome.  

And if you want a freebie, Ahriman's Prophecy is a freebie, along with all the downloadable "goodies" for the games.  The Aveyond 1 music pack's awesome.
5890  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Dreamcast boot disc on: December 12, 2007, 03:05:40 PM
I use a Gameshark and boot disc on my US Dreamcast to play Japanese imports.  It's always been reliable.  I would imagine you being able to do that  as well.  

EDIT: My semantics were unclear.
5891  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: December 12, 2007, 10:23:54 AM
Been playing Aveyond 2 lately.  Really good game.
5892  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest Swords Release Date announced, Feb 26 on: December 12, 2007, 08:48:08 AM
When it comes to Dragon Quest, the spinoffs seem pretty hit or miss to me.  I'm not a fan of DQ:Monsters.  I'm not a fan of the Torneko games.  But DQ: Heroes Rocket Slime was really fun.  Another game like that would be sweet.  When will we get another Rocket Slime or DQ: Heroes game?  

Regarding DQ: Swords, it seems like a traditional RPG with a non-traditional control scheme.  Hopefully it'll work.
5893  Media / The Soundroom / Care to guess who's back with Iced Earth? on: December 12, 2007, 08:25:19 AM
Quote from: "Adapheon"

And Dincrest, wasn't Winter's Bane Owen's own band? I don't feel like researching to back that up so I'm probably wrong and come to think of it it was probably just a band that he happened to be in.

I wouldn't know.  If so, then I stand corrected.  Still, in my mind he got the boot from Priest when Halford came back and now got the boot from Iced Earth now that Barlow's back.  The guy has skill and talent, but some rotten luck.
5894  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star...Ocean 4? on: December 12, 2007, 08:14:28 AM
Everything else aside, the one thing I'd want eventual confirmation on is whether or not SO4 will be on both PS3 and 360.  I'm guessing its likely given tri-Ace is creating Infinite Undiscovery for the 360.
5895  Media / The Soundroom / Care to guess who's back with Iced Earth? on: December 11, 2007, 08:10:54 PM
Jon Schaeffer's still a douchebag.  Ripper Owens got shafted again.  Guy needs to form his own band so he won't get kicked out when the old singer returns.  What's going to happen with Matt Barlow and Pyramaze now?  

But the whole cattiness isn't new in rock bands.  When Vince Neil was kicked out of Motley Crue and replaced with John Corabi, Nikki was not at all shy about badmouthing Vince and the sentiment was mutual.  Corabi was an excellent musician, but not right for the Crue.  So Vince was brought back in.  I have mad respect for Corabi, though.  After reading The Dirt, he impressed me with his professionalism and good attitude.

Regardless, yeah, Burnt Offerings= my favorite Iced Earth album.
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