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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks Eric! on: February 13, 2012, 08:00:06 PM
Thanks everybody for the kind words and thanks Pat.  You give me too much credit.  I always "spared" you as you said because you have a rare quality of being able to admit when you make a mistake instead of being stubborn like so many people are in this world.  I always had a big amount of respect for you and all the work you've done at RPGFan over the years so any head-butting we had was never personal.

And you're right about this being the right time to drop my EiC role.  It's one of the reason why I was finally able to do it.  John was clearly ready to take over and accept this new responsibility which is something he may not have been ready for years ago.  So, this was the perfect time as he's clearly a better choice than me at this point in time.  Hanging on to the position would not be in the best interest of RPGFan and I'm happy to be able to get more time for myself so it's the perfect situation!
2  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: No RSS Feed? on: September 12, 2010, 07:51:55 PM
Well, the wait is finally over guys!  RSS feed is now available!  Enjoy!
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and SRPGs for the iPhone on: September 05, 2010, 07:09:59 PM
For SRPGs, if you don't mind going "retro", there's always Shining Force available.  It's definitely a classic for the genre.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 05, 2010, 07:07:45 PM
I can't speak for them, but it's easily possible that opinions soured in hindsight or that it simply wasn't as memorable as other titles were for them. Come to think of it, were any 2009 games on that list?

Yeah, I think Dragon Age and a few other more recent games fell victim to the "nostalgia" factor.  When people make lists of favorites, they often tend to put older games first because they remember those games fondly and there's the "nostalgia" factor that comes into effect.  With Dragon Age being so recent, it's tough to be nostalgic about it hence why it fell short on many people's lists.  A lot of people who enjoyed Dragon Age probably put games like Baldur's Gate II on their list instead, etc.

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia in lists like these.  I know I'm going to get lynched here but Final Fantasy IV has a cult-like status amongst RPG fans and many people consider it one of the best RPG EVER.  Personally, I think that's mostly nostalgia at work here since so many people played that game when they were younger or because it was one of their first RPG, etc.   Personally, I played that game for the first time a few years ago (on GBA) and I thought it was pretty average.  Just a typical cookie-cutter JRPG with nothing special about it.  But again, without the "nostalgia" going for it, all I had to rely upon was what the game offers and compared to other RPGs I've played on 16-bit consoles, I didn't think it was that good.  But I certainly understand that many people who played it back then would have a different opinion of it because they still remember how much fun they had with the game *at the time*.  We always have a special place in our hearts for the first few RPGs we've played in our life.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 03, 2010, 01:18:50 PM
And to answer the question about Chrono Trigger, in general, we tried to stay away from remakes or re-releases as much as possible like CT and FFIV on this feature since we're trying to judge the best RPGs of the last decade and I think we consider these RPGs more as 1990s RPGs and not 2000s RPGs.  If we ever do a best of the 90s list, then these games would definitely make the list.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 03, 2010, 01:14:06 PM
Just wanted to clarify something since there are some who seem to think we "forgot" about this or that game or that "how come this game isn't on the list?", etc.

As mentioned on that first page of the feature, this is a result of the way we did this thing.  Every editor chose their 10 favorite RPGs of the decade and then points were assigned for the positions that the games received on everybody's list.  As such, we didn't "forget" about Demon's Souls or Nocturne or Valkyria Chronicles, it's just that not enough editors included those games into their Top 10 and that's why it didn't end up on the list.  As such, we don't claim that this list is an ultimate "best of" list and that "RPGFan" thinks that Kingdom Hearts is better than Demon's Souls or whatever other game didn't make the list (like WoW), it's just a matter of certain games ending up on more lists than the other and in higher positions.  Some games made it in because more people played them and as a result they got more votes while another game didn't because not enough editors had time to play it, etc.  As an example, both Lunar 2 and Ever 17 were included in only 2 lists but because of how high they were on those editor's list they got a lot of points and ended up making the Top 20.  There are other games that were on 5 or 6 editor's list but because they were in 7th or 8th position, that didn't garner them enough points to make the Top 20.  As I mentioned, keep in mind that this wasn't a "discussion" amongst ourselves of the best RPGs, it was a pure points system with no room for debate.  Just like some of you are disappointed in certain games not being included in the Top 20, many editors felt the same way too.  That's the nature of ANY lists.  Nobody is ever going to be COMPLETELY satisfied.  However, this is how things fell using the points system so just keep that in mind.  We didn't "forget" any games, it's just that those games didn't get enough points based on everyone's lists.  That's all.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: September 02, 2010, 10:10:06 PM
If anybody has an N4G account, can you go there and approve our Top 20 RPGs feature so it catches fire?  Or if it's been approved, click on the story and maybe post some comments.  We usually never do this but since this is a big feature that we spent a TON of time working on (we started working on it in July), I wanna try and push it as much as I can so it gains some popularity.  Thanks guys!
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The obligatory Game of the Year 2009 thread on: January 15, 2010, 12:37:25 PM
Honestly, I would prefer awards that only included domestic releases, but realize this may not be realistic.

Did we include a non-domestic game in our Awards?  Unless I'm mistaken, I believe that all of our winners were released in 2009 in North America.  Unless you're talking about the individual editors top 5?
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The obligatory Game of the Year 2009 thread on: January 14, 2010, 09:42:10 PM
I also don't understand what Gen Eric Guy is talking about when he says that most people dislike Dragon Age: Origins.  From what I've seen on the web, the game seems to be loved by a vast majority of gamers.  Those who don't like it are generally people who don't like Western RPGs or people who prefer more "action" in their RPGs and less "talk".  It really all depends on what people like.  Of course if you don't like talking in RPGs, you can't enjoy Dragon Age because most BioWare titles are all about the conversation systems.  However, for those who like western-style RPGs, Dragon Age was an amazing RPG this year and the amount of awards it has garnered this year are a testament to that (not to mention the very high ratings in reviews almost everywhere).

It's also possible to like both style of games.  If you look at my Top 5 for this year, my favorite was Dragon Age but I also really loved Suikoden Tierkreis and Half-Minute Hero.  So even though I agree with Gen Eric Guy that Suikoden didn't get enough love, I think there's no doubt that Dragon Age is a quality title that deserves the award this year as it was liked by everybody on staff who played it.  The person who liked it the least still rated it 85% so that says something.  As for Suikoden, I think it was a victim of too many DS RPGs coming out this year.  I think only 3 staffers played the game so that's why it didn't get enough votes to win anything.  Sometimes stuff like that happens.  Unfortunately, every staff member can't play EVERY game so there's bound to be some good games here and there that don't get enough recognition.  That's just the way it is.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia on: December 15, 2009, 07:43:55 PM
what i like the most is that almost for every thing random people in town says the characters from the partys participates in the conversation, and their dialogues are also updated as things int he game advance, and is not just 1 dialogue, most of them have 2 different dialogues. Like for example, you talk to someone, he says, "yo justin i saw you did a prank on my son!" and then justin says "what?! i dunno anything about that" and then the conversation is over, you press X to talk again with the dude and is a different thing or like a continuation of what he said before. Really, this is a great system to get to know the party well xD

That is something I also love in RPGs and unfortunately we don't see it often enough.  If you've never played the Lunar games, then you gotta try them as they have the exact same party interaction with NPCs that Grandia has.  Not surprising given that it's the same developer who made both series.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star II on XBLA on: June 15, 2009, 08:40:04 PM
By the way, I've seen Star Control 2 mentioned in this thread and I have to agree that this is one of the best Space game ever made.  I don't even know what type of game it is.  It has so many aspects that it's tough to label but it definitely appeals most to RPG fans.  I first saw this game when one of my friend bought it for his 3DO.  I laughed at him for buying an "unknown" game that looked like crap.. and then I watched him play and got hooked!  I went out and bought a 3DO and the game even though that freakin' machine cost $800 at the time.  I still think this is one of the best videogame experience of my life.  It's truly an amazing game and it stands the test of time.

For those who are unaware, the source code of the game was released a long time ago and the game is now available for free at the following page:


It is now called The Ur-Quan Masters since "Star Control" is a trademark of Atari. Since it is now open-source, people can contribute to the game and improve it.  There are now various music remix pack that improves the music in the game, etc.  I highly suggest anybody who has never played this game to download it since it is FREE!  It's a little complicated to install and get working with the right options (including the 3DO voices and music) but it's well worth it.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star II on XBLA on: June 11, 2009, 10:42:08 PM
I completely agree with Neal.  As evidenced by my username and picture, I'm a big Phantasy Star fan and to be honest I would never replay PSII.  As enjoyable as it was back then and as much as it's a classic, I also know that it's way too time-consuming and frustrating to play through.  When I got the game, it came with a hint book included with maps of every dungeons, etc.  I don't know how anybody could get through some of those dungeons without a map... there was one dungeon in particular, the Control Tower, where there's a ton of stairs going up and down with dead-ends everywhere and you have to find your way through this freakin' labyrinth.  Even with a map, it was tough to navigate through it!! Here's the map:


Keep in mind that every square with a little circle in it is a staircase so I can't imagine the hell of doing this without a map!

As some have said, this game is ALL about grinding.  As soon as you've leveled up for a few hours in order to be able to beat the enemies in a new dungeon, as soon as you finish the dungeon, you end up in a new village where the price of new weapons and armor are so expensive that you have to level up for hours again to afford it and you have no choice because without those upgrades you don't stand a chance to beat the new enemies coming up in the next dungeon!

My advice for people who have never played the Phantasy Star games is to play a bit of the first and second to get a taste of them but then jump right to Phantasy Star IV because that one is still a great game to play to this day.  More storyline, little anime cut-scenes, not too much grinding (compared to the other PS games), etc.

I would highly suggest printing yourself some maps of the dungeons or else you'll go crazy.

I think nowadays we don't have as much patience for games like Phantasy Star II because we have so many RPGs to play.  When I played PSII back in 1990 we'd be lucky to play 1 or 2 RPG per year so when an RPG came out we didn't care if we had to spend a TON of time playing it because we were so starved for some RPG goodness and we really sank our teeth into those RPGs.

Anyway, here's a good place for maps of PS2:

13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star on: May 20, 2009, 08:00:07 PM
Keep in mind that I never asked for orchestral music instead of synth music, I asked for "better" synths.  The Lunatic Fiesta CDs are not orchestral, they're just done with very high quality synths and some real instruments.  The synths in Lunar SSSC were awful, plain and simple.  They just need to up the quality to make the compositions shine.

I also have to disagree about the DQVIII score.  I loved the music in DQ8.  The orchestral score really made a huge difference for me.  Gave it that extra special quality.  The Japanese release did not have orchestral music and had synth instead.  That's one addition that I was REALLY glad that we got here.

However, not every RPG needs to have an orchestral score.  I think what clinches it for me is the "inclusion" of a few real instruments mixed in with the synths.  Whatever people say, a REAL violin sounds a hell of a lot better than a synth trying to emulate a violin!!

One of the best example for this is the music from Albert Odyssey on Saturn.  Synths but with a few real instruments like violin and flute thrown in for the main melody.  Check the first 3 samples at the link there to see what I mean:


I'm also currently playing Suikoden: Tierkreis and it also has some real instruments in some of the songs.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star on: May 17, 2009, 09:11:58 PM
All I'm praying for is that they keep the same music (great compositions) but re-arrange them with better instrumentation.  Although the compositions were great in the game, the music quality was pretty bad.  Sounded like the compositions were being played on a $50 Casio synthesizer! :).  If only the music could sound like the arranged songs in the Lunatic Fiesta albums, I'd be in heaven!  Listen to the Burg and Meribia songs from that soundtrack and tell me that wouldn't be better than the original!!

15  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: new site layout/design on: April 14, 2009, 07:55:26 PM
Okay, I also had a scare at work today when I decided to try RPGFan with the Google Chrome browser.

I took a picture and highlighted the issues and most of them seemed to be exactly what some of you described in this thread.

Here's the picture:


I closed and reopened Chrome many times during the day and every time I checked it was always the same thing.  Then I simply did a "refresh" on the page and suddenly everything was alright!  This is just weird.  Don't know why it's doing that on some browsers.  I guess the good news is that it's not a problem with our site not being compatible so that's a relief :)
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