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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: February 20, 2013, 10:13:55 AM
Could it be the more futuristic or modernized look of the games, perhaps? I've noticed that I have a greater appreciation for more olden looks myself, but some people just appreciate the look of average day society.

I've wondered if it were the setting, since I do prefer settings more typically associated with "sci-fi" than fantasy. But I still lean away from that as the answer because I have enjoyed games with a strict fantasy setting in the past. And because the quality of FFIX fantasy is very strong. Especially when compared to games like Elder Scrolls Oblivion.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: February 20, 2013, 12:42:46 AM
As a thought exercise, I often like to compare Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX. Every time I come away thinking IX should be considered the best out of the three, but I always run into a problem with this: I just don't like playing FFIX. It is boring. I have always found it boring. As dated as the graphics are on VII and as contrived as the story in VIII, I have played through each multiple times, and I still have urges to play them every now and then (particularly VII within the past year). I just don't get it.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So Final Fantasy XII.... on: February 13, 2013, 03:54:21 PM
FFXII is my second favorite Final Fantasy (after VI). You know why it's my second favorite? I don't. I just know I had so much fun playing it that in the first 48 hours of owning it I put in 36 hours of play (wew winter break). This does not happen to me with video games. At all. I have a hard enough time sitting down for 2 hours with most games (currently clocking about 45 minutes a day with Knytt Underground). I finally beat FFXII after putting in about 120 hours. You know why it took me that long to beat it? Because it was too fun. In fact, I only beat it so I could actually move on with my video game life and play other stuff.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: February 07, 2013, 11:14:39 PM
I didn't know there was a GBA port. My DS plays GBA games, I think I'll try that. Thanks.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: February 07, 2013, 11:58:47 AM
If I made a list of my favorite FF heroes and heroines, I think both lists would consist entirely of characters from FFVI and FFXII (and I've played all the games in the numbered series, minus XI).

As for the 25th Anniversary PSN sale, I am considering getting V and VI. I recall hearing that VI is a port of the PSX version of the game, which I heard was terrible. I already own the SNES cart, so that purchase would be fluff. I haven't heard anything about the port of V and whether or not it is decent or not. I sort of feel like I should buy it out of principal, since I played it on that which shall not be named over a decade ago. Not to mention I've never beaten it, and I've beaten just about all the other numbered FFs.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Classic single player RPG questions....? on: October 08, 2012, 08:24:02 PM
I got the dev room ending after a single play through and I was missing a lot of the best gear and wasn't stat maxing because I was not using a guide. It's not that hard.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Assassin's Creed III's creative director on Japanese games on: August 27, 2012, 04:19:22 PM
I think that further proves his point. There's that generic Western flavor people don't like, just as there's a generic Japanese flavor (usually overlapping with Anime) that some people don't like, even though there's games like Dark Souls that completely eviscerate the norm. And this IS Alisha we're talking about, her logic is probably no different from someone who disregards all Japanese games for shallow reasons, even though there's far more than Final Fantasy or Nintendo.

Who's point? (guy in interview or poster on this forum)

Also, though I've been reading the website for well over a decade, I didn't venture into the forums til within the past year or so. The only members whose posting history I have noted are the people I classify as mega trolls.

As far as any subtle racism is concerned with the origin of a game, and this could be just the circles I roll with, IRL I have never met anyone who exclusively prefers Japanese games over Western. I have met plenty of people who enjoy playing both (this is most people I run into). But, I have also met a rather vocal group who prefer Western titles of Japanese, and when they explain why, it reeks of xenophobia.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Assassin's Creed III's creative director on Japanese games on: August 27, 2012, 10:57:24 AM
Actually, you are probably correct in saying that he only makes the claims because there's people like you that dismiss Western games simply for having a Western flavor. That's kind of his point.

(Not that there isn't people that do the opposite anyway)

Simply for having a Western flavor? No. We dismiss them for having an incredibly boring Western flavor. There are lots of Western sci-fi and fantasy settings in movies, books, pen and paper RPGs, etc. that are enthralling. Heck, just look at Blizzard. No reason for their video games to be so unimaginative.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: August 22, 2012, 01:25:45 PM
Not with the way they're making the games for the series, no.

One bad entry, which wasn't even the last one, out of three. That's hardly a what Id call going down hill.

You forgot Lard was the one making the statement :S
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: possible ogre battle remake? on: July 26, 2012, 03:12:26 PM
Ogre Battle would make a great touch game. I have to say, though, the game is freaking hard. It wasn't til just the last couple years that I got a decent handle on how to play it (after failing miserably as a child), and that required a lot of guide reading. Rule #1 is every unit must be flying. MUST BE FLYING. I still haven't beaten it since I bought it on my friend's Wii and beating a level takes like 3--4 hours. He moved away and now has a baby so it doesn't look like I'll be finishing it anytime soon.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nomura: "New titles take priority over Final Fantasy VII Remake" on: June 26, 2012, 05:59:41 PM
I keep saying that Vagrant Story needs a remake. :T

Updating a remake of Vagrant Story could be done easily enough by updating the shortcut menu to include changing weapons and shield, and allowing more fluid control of the camera.

But really, I'd rather see a sequel to Vagrant Story with Matsuno at the helm than a remake. The original still stands up pretty well by today's standards so a remake isn't a big deal to me. Though, given that Matsuno is no longer freelance, it might be a long while before we see a sequel. Maybe he can do a spiritual sequel for Level-5?
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: June 26, 2012, 02:41:20 PM
The standing animation looked fine, they sort of bobbed on the spot or whatever, and it's to a scale that not even BoF hit unless it was for bosses (SF2 has a pretty big character roster).  Given the budget and the fact it tried to work with some dynamic (the sliding around), not even BoF did that (BoF3 was two directions, front and back, then mirrored to hit the opposite angle, and BoF4 was just everyone "facing off" in one direction -- and also, they're an exception of high quality 2D sprite work, not the standard... come to think of it, has SquareSoft ever done outstanding 2D work??).

Wow, am I the only one who likes the big-sprite battles?

I enjoyed them, and I enjoyed how it was a great way to unlock high level techs. And the sprites did look a ton better in the big-sprite battles. I guess I should elaborate a bit more on my beef with the sprites. I wouldn't call them bad, probably call them average. Too often they just look out of place in the beautifully painted towns and dungeons.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Few Sentence Reviews:3+/-1Lines on: June 25, 2012, 10:22:34 AM
FFI: Warriors of Light


FFXIV: Seriously in need of Warriors...

I can't come up with a good FFII quip. I was thinking the random stat increase warriors....but it sounded lame.

Those aren't reviews. They contain no criticism unless taken as a whole, and then it's over 4 lines :P
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: June 25, 2012, 10:16:06 AM
SaGa Frontiet II: though the sprites aren't all that great.

Are you mad???  Did you forget about the "HD battles"?

notsureifsrs.jpg     >.<

30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Replaying RPGs? on: June 24, 2012, 09:53:23 PM
I used to replay RPGs all the time. I've beaten pretty much every SNES RPG I own at least a dozen or so times. With the PS1 I started to cut back a bit. Though, I've still beaten pretty much all my RPGs for it at least twice. Well, except for FFVII, which I would take out once a year to beat up until the end of high school. I think I might have beat it once again while in college too. I don't think I've beaten a single PS2 RPG twice, and my backlog of unbeaten RPGs for the PS2 dwarfs all my previous systems.

I think I'm in the same boat most of the other people here are in: as I grow older, I have more disposable income to spend on games, but less time to actually play them. I only replay RPGs now if I'm in just the right mood. And even then, it's almost always an SNES one that I can blow through most of the content in 8 hours (i.e., a weekend with a modest amount of playtime).
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