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406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Who is the most manliest JRPG hero? on: December 24, 2010, 12:37:30 PM
Silent protagonists are manly.

yeah they are =]

Manliest non-silent protagonist I would say is Yuri (adult) from Infinite Space.  Unlike his younger self that you play as for the first half of the game, adult Yuri both looks and acts badass.  Unfortunately finding pics or vids with him in it seems to be impossible.  -__-
407  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys Remakes on PSP on: December 23, 2010, 12:02:16 AM
Yeah I've been getting these, they are very good.  I'm  really looking forward to Chronicles because I even liked the DS version that people don't like, so how much more will I like the real version?  Wouldn't be surprsied if it winds up being my favorite cause Ys 2 is awesome

liked seven more than oath btw
408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-Random Battles worse than Random Battles? on: December 17, 2010, 11:16:44 PM
Non-random battles are better if they are done well like in Grandia games, Evolution games, or Growlanser Heritage of War.  Grandia and Evolution basically have the same exact encounter system.  You can generally avoid enemies if you want to (though I recall it being quite difficult or impossible in Grandia 1 many times) but if you touch them you enter a battle sequence.  If you run into them from behind you get the advantage and vice versa.  Growlanser Heritage of War there is no battle sequence transition of any kind, you just fight them or run past them as you will in realtime (though you can pause to issue commands).  However, there are many games where these kinds of systems wouldn't really work so I can understand the use of random encounters.  

 I was told that Panzer Dragoon Saga's random encounters are kinda like that where you can actually make creatures go extinct if you fight them enough or something like that.  

Yeah prettymuch.  In that game your radar changes color depending on the likelihood of random encounters occuring.  Red means high chance blue means little or no chance.  If you fight enough in the same area the radar will generally change color and you won't get into any more battles, or far fewer.  
409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 16, 2010, 04:32:55 PM
Infinite Space for me is certainly #1

also played Hexyz Force, Ys Seven, Ys Oath, ZHP, and Etrian Odyssey 3 which came out this year.  2nd favorite is probably Ys Seven
410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 10, 2010, 11:51:12 AM
You made a thread in The Bazaar that you're going to sell your PSP. That's all the argument I need.

LOL you're right

Farron:  I'd encourage you to keep at it.  The tutorials are really long and I could see it turning people away, but there's never been a game like that so some kind of long tutorial is going to be needed.  Maybe they should have put in a cliffnotes version >_>  I could help if you got questions but would be better in another topic or something
411  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What don't you get sick of?? Favorite things!!? on: December 09, 2010, 02:14:06 AM
I want some pizza now too, cause I'll never get sick of pizza!
412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 08, 2010, 11:50:48 PM
Didn't read the whole hardcoregaming article cause it is really long and has spoilers it seems, so I just skimmed around.  Been looking forward to this since I first heard about XSEED bringing it over.  Certainly buying it day wun!
413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Golden Sun Dark Dawn in 10 days on: December 02, 2010, 12:43:54 AM
Yea, I was shocked by the review on 1UP when the reviewer called the graphics from the GBA Golden Sun games terrible. Killed the reviewer's credibility for me.

My mind is blown that anyone would say that. 
414  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...

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.  
415  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.
416  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). 
417  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.  
418  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. 
419  Media / General 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
420  Media / General 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 >_> 
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