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226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: October 10, 2010, 01:12:56 AM
I'd say the top 3 soundtracks for the FF series go to 6, 12, and 13. I think I'd have better things to say about 13's soundtrack if I played it as much as I have played 6 and 12. If only I liked the game more (and yes, I do like it) this would happen. Uematsu has done some good work, but the replacements are definitely moving things along quite well. I wouldn't say the series is worse off without him.

Off the top of my head, I really liked the Intro to FF13, the chocobo theme, and another one I can't seem to find on youtube (don't know the track name)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-3Wap9nzK0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDwAN90MKTo

I REALLY like the chocobo theme. Probably my favorite track in the whole game.
227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are any of these RPGMaker games worth the investment? on: October 08, 2010, 02:37:55 PM
deathsaber- I've pissed and moaned about that everywhere.  Both on the forums and in my "Why my favorite JRPG is not even Japanese" editorial.  The one area I want to see Japanese style RPGs evolve is in the writing.  Sometimes I think the only series that actually writes teenagers in a believable and mature manner is Persona.  Persona 2: Innocent Sin was my personal favorite of the series.

http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2009/640.html

Do you know if marketing focus is on a younger demographic in Japan than it is in the US? Or if the transitional age for demographics in Japan is different than in the US? These seem like they would be useful pieces of information to better understand what's going on.

Also, I'd say Persona series doesn't just have the most mature treatment of teenagers in a game, it's tops for treating humans in general in a mature fashion. It has very few peers not just in Japan but including Western developers as well.
228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 08, 2010, 10:14:45 AM
I played the opening of Alundra at my cousin's house way back in the day. I got bored by it and switched to playing something else. Over the past who knows how many years I have been wanting to go back and give it another shot. My cousin really liked the game and I think he has great taste so there's got to be something I'm missing. I'll definitely be downloading it.
229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: age-old JRPG problem on: October 08, 2010, 01:19:07 AM
Know what's funny about what we hate in JRPGs?
The fact that it's imbued into their cultureHeeeeyy~ Those AKB pose like anime girls!!!!!!!! DUN DUN DUUUUUN.

Therein lies my main problem with JRPGs, some of the archetypes are more cultural than anything.


Sadly this is true. Much hate is generated for no better reason than because they are Japanese.
230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone planning to pick up Atelier Rorona? on: October 06, 2010, 02:53:28 PM
Based on the reviews I'd still very much like to get the game. I'll definitely be waiting for a price drop or sale, though. I have a hard time paying full price for games these days. I haven't played any other Gust game to my knowledge, so I hope this will serve as a good introduction.

As for the little discussion on reviewing I seem to be late to the party on, I agree that many reviewers on the major sites seem to have absolutely no clue how to actually review games. And many that can put out a good review are not consistent with their quality. This isn't some recent thing. However what is especially concerning for me is that smaller site such as this one seem to be declining in quality as well. It really seems like the whole world is going crazy. Which of course usually means I'm the crazy one, but oh well :S
231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Planescape: Torment for $10 on GOG.com on: September 29, 2010, 05:40:30 PM
I've only been playing an hour and I've gotten almost no where since I'm talking to just about everyone.

Initial impressions: The dialog and the premise is amazing. However, the interface, battles and control are very clunky. I also seem to moonwalk everywhere instead of turning to walk in the direction I click.

That will make sense later in the game when you find out that one of The Nameless One's former incarnations crowned himself "The King of Pop." ;)

Dude, spoilers! :P
232  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Planescape: Torment for $10 on GOG.com on: September 29, 2010, 09:16:48 AM
I've only been playing an hour and I've gotten almost no where since I'm talking to just about everyone.

Initial impressions: The dialog and the premise is amazing. However, the interface, battles and control are very clunky. I also seem to moonwalk everywhere instead of turning to walk in the direction I click.
233  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Planescape: Torment for $10 on GOG.com on: September 28, 2010, 09:46:07 PM
I have a feeling this is the start of gog.com making a good amount of money off of me. So many PC games I'd play at friend's houses but never owned myself....
234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone planning to pick up Atelier Rorona? on: September 23, 2010, 11:50:41 AM
So I checked out like 30minutes of footage. Fighting/Story/Field exploration/alchemy. I really can't say I'm that impressed. The fighting seems to be generic turn based stuff, exploration looks simple with collecting ingredients and fighting bad guys. From what I've seen in the story, it's typical JRPG stuff, people hitting on your character or talking some nonsense about cats and shit. The Alchemy looked interesting and all, but does it really warrant a purchase? I can't see how people are interested in this that much, it seems shallow and boring. And what is with the music, every clip had Dora the explorer music.

Based on what you just said, no, it doesn't sound like you should buy it.
235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 22, 2010, 12:18:15 AM
As flawed as XII is, definitely one of my favorite FFs. I have no doubt that if Matsuno had stayed in the lead we would have received a better game. However, I still think the idea of having Vaan is the point of view for the story could have been a very good one. Sure it hurts the power fantasy of players who want to be the big bad knight, but if they had actually played up the uselessness of Vaan could have been very interesting. Imagine playing FF4 from the perspective Edward except you're not as big of a sissy. I actually think that sounds pretty cool.

That sounds fucking awful. Never say that again.

I'm sick to death with the incompetent hero thing. I want a hero who kicks ass, takes names and still manages to be a nice guy in the end.

I'll say it over again because I think it is a great idea. And you missed the point. You aren't an incompetent hero because you aren't the hero at all. Simply a frame of reference for observing the events as they unfold. Sure you'll help out, but it isn't about you. You'll simply be there providing thoughts, analysis, introspection, and a hand in battle.

That's seems rather novel to me: a videogame where you don't save the world, you just help somebody else do it who gets all the glory.
236  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone planning to pick up Atelier Rorona? on: September 22, 2010, 12:01:14 AM
I think it's high likely I'll get it based on the very limited information I've seen. But I really would like to know more about how it actually plays and all that.
237  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 21, 2010, 08:21:30 AM
As flawed as XII is, definitely one of my favorite FFs. I have no doubt that if Matsuno had stayed in the lead we would have received a better game. However, I still think the idea of having Vaan is the point of view for the story could have been a very good one. Sure it hurts the power fantasy of players who want to be the big bad knight, but if they had actually played up the uselessness of Vaan could have been very interesting. Imagine playing FF4 from the perspective Edward except you're not as big of a sissy. I actually think that sounds pretty cool.
238  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 19, 2010, 12:54:07 PM
I said you were implying it. There's a difference. Whether that implication was intentional on your part or not isn't relevant. It is there.

It's perfectly fine if as you grow older your tastes change. However just because yours do doesn't mean others should follow suit or that they are wrong for not doing so.

You can have whatever avatar you want. I just think you should hold your tongue about people still liking JRPGs that came out when they were a teenager and that you've somehow grown beyond that when your avatar is from a JRPG that came out when you were a teenager (or depending on your age, even before that). It makes you look like a hypocrite.
You have yet to contribute anything to this thread. Stop riding me and try and share your opinion on what people have been talking about ir you know, about JRPGs. You seem to want an e-argument because I stated my opinion. Fuck off.

My opinion has been better said by other forum members (e.g. Kevadu). When that happens, I don't bother posting with a detailed response. However I've still shared some of it with you, if you'd just open your eyes (mind?) and pay attention. Oh, and I'll stop "riding" you when you stop digging yourself deeper into the hole you're in.
239  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 18, 2010, 01:52:30 PM
I recognize distinct differences between Fallout 3 and Daggerfall.

Such as...
240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The "Fucking JRPGs" Thread on: September 18, 2010, 01:36:10 PM
This is what we call a cop out and a little bit of ad hominem. You can't come up with a real argument so you simply imply that you are an adult and the other person is a child so you must be right and they must be wrong. What's ironic (or maybe it isn't unexpected at all) is that you do this with a pokemon as your avatar.
I already gave my reasons for not liking JRPGs. JRPG stories and characters don't appeal to me now that I'm older. I wasn't calling anyone a child, I clearly said that their opinions are clouded by nostalgia.

You seem to be the person not coming up with an argument and nitpicking what I wrote at the what, the beginning of the thread?

And Growlith is fucking awesome, maybe I should have avatar that depicts a spreadsheet to seem more grown up though.
Fucking moron.

I said you were implying it. There's a difference. Whether that implication was intentional on your part or not isn't relevant. It is there.

It's perfectly fine if as you grow older your tastes change. However just because yours do doesn't mean others should follow suit or that they are wrong for not doing so.

You can have whatever avatar you want. I just think you should hold your tongue about people still liking JRPGs that came out when they were a teenager and that you've somehow grown beyond that when your avatar is from a JRPG that came out when you were a teenager (or depending on your age, even before that). It makes you look like a hypocrite.
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