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5956  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.
5957  The Rest / General Discussions / A couple gets engaged through Halo 3 on: November 11, 2007, 04:57:21 PM
Honeymoon at Vana'Diel?
5958  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.
5959  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.
5960  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.
5961  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.
5962  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.
5963  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.
5964  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
5965  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)
5966  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.
5967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / S-E is the King of Games on: November 07, 2007, 07:24:25 PM
Okay, this thread's not serving a purpose any longer.  It was fun, though.
5968  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Japanese DS Detective Series Hitting US on: November 07, 2007, 02:51:21 PM

The most notable release they published was Ever17.  That and Hourglass of Summer earned Editor's Choice awards from me.  I loved the Exodus Guiltys as well.  I've reviewed a bunch of Hirameki titles on the site.
5969  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: November 07, 2007, 07:41:35 AM
Chapter 2 in FFX-2, I'm in chateau LeBlanc.  
The massage scene was hysterical.  LeBlanc's voice actor had a field day with that.  
 Now I'm in the hidden passage trying to find the security override.  

LeBlanc is such a "love to hate" villain.  She's so over-the-top, so smarmy, so "gag me with a spoon."  
LOL @ "noojie-woojie."

Is it me, or are many of the dress spheres and Garment Grids somewhat useless?  All I use are Warrior (with a healing Garment Grid), White Mage (with a black magic Garment Grid), and once in a while Black Mage.  And 3 Warriors or two Warriors & a Black Mage have been fine for all the boss battles.
5970  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Japanese DS Detective Series Hitting US on: November 06, 2007, 02:37:00 PM
Quote from: "Lard"

Me too. It would be great if the "play novel" caught on.

There is the stuff Hirameki publishes for US audiences.  The market for Japanese visual novels in the US is still very niche, but it's nice that it's there.  Still, Hirameki has been extremely quiet since Piece of Wonder and their attendance of various summer anime conventions.  

But if you really think about it, the graphic adventure genre supposedly died in the mid 1990s, but I don't think it ever really died at all.  Sure, US developers haven't made one in ages, but they've been alive and well in Europe and Japan.  Although some North American graphic adventures are on the horizon such as Dark Star, Prominence, and A Vampyre Story.
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