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406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: December 02, 2010, 12:26:08 AM
  • Albert Odyssey - It ends up feeling more like a JRPG, except the whole world is a big Battlefield. Makes walking to town a chore, but it's a novel enough idea to warrant its spot on my list.

I'm a bit confused by this one.  I played Albert Odyssey for Saturn (still have it actually) and I can't recall any reason why it would be a tactical/srpg game.  It plays just like any old traditional turn based rpg where your characters get in random encounters and then during battles you just stand in place doing moves.  Are you saying that having enemy enounters on the world map was a novel idea?  


I loosely define SRPGs as any RPG where you can command your characters to move around the battlefield freely, be it grid based or otherwise.  Whether the game actually requires much strategy or not has little to do with me categorizing them as SRPGS.  For example, Disgaea games generally require very little strategy but I still count them because of the way the battle system is set up.  With that in mind here are my favorites and least favorites...

Favorites:
Shining Force III series - This is certainly my favorite.  The games are solid all around and a lot of fun to play.  The friendship system is really nifty and I wish more games would have systems like it.  
Growlanser series - I've only played the three games released in the US.  Of these games Growlanser 2 is the only one that easily categorizes as an SRPG but I might argue that 3&5 are as well because the battle system is mostly the same you just have less characters and are traversing dungeons instead of a map (though that's a big difference).  
Yggdra Union - A challenging SRPG with some unique mechanics and cutesy character artwork.    
Knights in the Nightmare - Some may say this does no count as an RPG but I think it is an SRPG more than anything else.  With a real time battle system split into turns, bullet hell esque evading of attacks, characters with limited movement abilities that generally can't be hit by enemies, and a variety of other quirks, this is the most innovative one I've played.
Phantom Brave - Another SRPG with unique mechanics.  The main character is weak and all other characters must be summoned into an item on the field.  In addition, summoned characters can only remain on the field for a limited number of turns.  I also think the free movement system is an improvement over the grid system in Disgaea, but I'm aware a lot of of people don't like it for whateaver reason.  
Dragon Force - edited this one in, I dunno how I could forget about it since it is hands down one of the best SRPGs.  Super addicting game with lots of characters to choose from.  My 2nd favorite

Least favorite:
Front Mission 4 - I was bored at college one day so I went to the game store and saw this for like 15 bucks used.  I hadn't played any others in the series, but I like mechs and strategy RPGs, and it was made by Square, so I figured it had to be decent.  I played the game for like 2 days and dropped it like a ton of bricks.  I found the combat (and story) to be utterly boring.  
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - I played this game for like a day after rummaging through my brother's games to find something interesting.  I could not stand the character art and music, and the story was just retarded.  
407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_Which system to get? on: November 29, 2010, 11:05:37 AM
Picked up a PSP over the holiday. $130 with a 1gb card and Little Big Planet. Didn't think that was too bad. Thinking about getting Lunar(limited edition), Star Ocean 1 and 2. More suggestions welcome for games to pick up. How are the limited editions of the latest Ys titles? Thanks again.

I have the limited edition Ys Seven but only the normal Oath in Felghana.  Seven limited edition is +$20 price retail and has soundtrack CD, artbook (with art for seven, felghana, and chronicles), and a cloth map.  Felghana limited edition is +$10 with soundtrack and a calender with Ys artwork. 

I'd recommend Gurumin: A monstrous adventure (also made by Falcom who do the Ys series), Half Minute Hero, ZHP, Riviera, Yggdra union, and Knights in the Nightmare.  I don't have the last 3 on psp but I know they are great games since I've played the GBA/DS versions.
408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Golden Sun Dark Dawn in 10 days on: November 28, 2010, 11:16:15 AM
Odd, I remember a lot of people here getting psyched for the game's announcement.  Besides Serene above, it seems to have fizzled out...

This is just one of those games I have a hard time getting hyped about even though I will inevitably like it a lot once I actually get it.  It's probably because I've heard it doesn't have much innovations compared to the old ones, and I don't really like the new graphics or character art.  Of course, I haven't actually played it and I suspect the graphics will look a lot better when I'm actually playing it (can't say the same for the character artwork). 
409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs starting to become all about stripping? on: November 27, 2010, 11:19:11 AM
I don't think it's fanservice anymore at that point, it's just ecchi.  It is like calling a violent death scene in God of War fanservice.  I'm really just complaining about the use of a term though, so it's not all that important.  
410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs starting to become all about stripping? on: November 27, 2010, 11:13:02 AM
I don't think you should call it fanservice if it is a primary draw/selling point of the game like in the case of Agarest war.  The term doesn't really fit imo.  I think of fanservice as a panty shot/shower/bath scene in an otherwise non-ecchi game. 
411  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: November 27, 2010, 08:20:42 AM
Well...I've gotten to the 4th round a couple times.  only the first round has snipers right?  I generally try to kill the guy in the turret and save it for later, then when the walkers come in the second round I kill the pilots and save the walkers for the big guys that show up in round 4.  Though it seems I can only manage to kill one big enemy with the walker before the walker gets destroyed.  Come to think of it I guess I should focus on getting in the other one quickly afterward and not get distracted into fighting normally.  Some notable ways I've died...

- got into the turret for the start of phase 3 where the helicopter bot things come in, got shot/hit from both sides and died instantly (this happened twice, one of the times i got rammed by one of those "ball" enemies from one side).  I got a false lead because the very first time I tried this it worked pretty well, so I thought it was a good idea
- overheated, something shot a nuke at me and i couldn't intercept or avoid it due to the overheat
- caught between a kamikaze soldier and a grenade behind me, i got exploded
412  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: November 27, 2010, 08:01:13 AM
I've only beaten challenge 1.  I'm so bad at this game, I keep getting 1 shotted in challenge 2 but it's always for a different reason >_> 
413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs starting to become all about stripping? on: November 27, 2010, 07:52:28 AM
I hated how awkward the Agarest "love making" scenes were.  The frame rate on the wedding gown was horrible, completely ruining a "touching" moment with sloppy animation.  Then it takes you to the bed scene where sometimes the blanket around the girls' bums flaps around like they farted.  The glitter feels like a creepy magical-girl-metaphor for an orgasm.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa_Qu9ztweU  <-- case in point

That was pretty bad yeah...it does kinda look like she farted with the way the blanket is fluttering, lol.  Camera looked like it had ADD during the wedding dress part, I can't fathom why it focused on the flowers in her hand at one point.
414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_Which system to get? on: November 26, 2010, 04:17:14 PM
As prettymuch everyone else said, PSP is the best choice overall.  I would mention though that if you have an older model DS that can play GBA games there are a lot of good GBA RPGs you can play on it. 
415  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: November 24, 2010, 11:40:05 PM
Did anyone here beat all the challenges? The only one I haven't managed to beat yet is 4. I bought the weapon dlc. It's nice to have more options in your arsenal, gives it more replay value.

well if you beat challenge 4 it should unlock challenge 6 which is the hardest one.  I saw my brother doing it and it was pretty crazy

I beat the game on normal mode dying like 70times (lol) I'll try the challenges soon
416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 22, 2010, 03:16:08 AM
the way you get the dangerama costume is you keep attacking darkdeath the very first time you fight him, you'll get the first special ending, credits will roll (again!) and then you'll get dangerama costume.  generally it seems like if you want to make the credits roll in any given chapter on newgame+ you just keep attacking darkdeath till he dies, if you want to continue with the game just run away since it causes you to lose instantly

so when I first beat the game, it goes to new game+, beat darkdeath immediately, credits roll again lol.  that ending is kinda amusing but the next 2 or 3 i did were very lame.  as you said though, that's to be expected.  I really liked the main ending though, darkdeath evilman is now one of my favorite characters in the game haha

you have a favorite character?
417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: were you a good RPGfan this year? Xmas wishlist. on: November 22, 2010, 12:19:16 AM
I want Golden Sun DD and Devil Survivor (tho that came out last year).  I prettymuch bought everything else I wanted that came out this fall.

Now I just need to buy my brother a copy of Kirby's Epic Yarn for Christmas so I can play it on his Wii!!!
418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 22, 2010, 12:10:47 AM
you get the dangerama costume too?  I've gotten a few of the endings but it seems like most of them are kinda lame.  I'm still gonna try to do as many as I can though.  It is a bit of a pain that you can't just save and reload like in other games to see multiple endings (not without penalties anyway) but at least it doens't take TOO long to go through the dungeons when you're really strong. 

btw i saw a topic on gamefaqs about costumes affecting a wide range of different stats, but me and several others have remarked that we see no difference at all other than elemental resistances.  for example etranger seems to have no stat changes at all, while dangerama just has -20 resistance to all elements
419  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Vanquish, Bayonetta meets Casshern? on: November 21, 2010, 11:47:20 PM
I started playing this yesterday and I really like it.  The dialogue is so awesome.  It's great because it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.  The old guy cracks me up with his retarded lines. 
420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 21, 2010, 11:28:55 PM
ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman is set in modern times but it is a very cartoony world with superheroes and stuff.  I know you said you're tired of Disgaea (or just the setting, not sure which) but it really isn't that similar beyond the graphics style and humor in the game.   
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