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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 02:25:24 AM
Ack, it's been so very long since I played the older FFs that I can't recall their stories in major detail (heck it's been quite some time since I touched the PSOne titles as well). It's a tough call. In terms of how I felt at the time of originally playing the game I would say that IV and VIII left the best impressions on me. In hindsight VI and Tactics stand out as the more solid tales Final Fantasy has spun.

In all honesty though I'd say Final Fantasy Mystic Quest deserves an honorable mention. The plot flows relatively smoothly with decent amounts of seriousness and comedy mixed in for a relatively satisfying conclusion. For an "Intro" RPG. Before you throw flaming spears for me saying that realize lashing on FFMQ's plot for lack of complexity is equivalent to barking about a children's story lacking twists. XD It's a simple story for a introductory audience. At 6 years old I thought it was fantastic.

Believe it or not, I agree with you about Mystic Quest.  Also, I love the music of Mystic Quest and FFIV.  Simple, yet effective.  It proves that you don't need an entire orchestra or Leona Lewis to have a decent musical score.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 01:25:24 AM
I don't see why I'm being sacked for hating Tidus for being annoying, many others agree.  Don't make me bring up the laughing scene, please dont.  I'm sure my parents thought I was a retard for playing a game with something so embarrassing to watch.
And yeah, I barely remember the game to remember the Jecht/Tidus story.  I do remember loving the irony of Jecht being celebrated.

I agree with the Kefka bit.  He was just a guy who wanted to see the world burn.  A hard motive to pull off, but I think the game builds up well enough into it.  I'd kill ....KILL for a remake.  There's something too, graphically, that I think would look brilliant on a next gen console (all the metals would have that high-def-bloom-effect SHINE!)

FF12...  They should remake this one too...as the online title it resembles.

I'm surprised for all the FF7 is "okay" reviews.  Or are people just afraid to say it was "great" because of what fanboys (and spinoffs) have done to the series?  I personally thought the plot was brilliant, especially for it's time.  Midgar was the perfect start, a large stage, but a small step to the even bigger world and the bigger picture (remember how it felt to finally walk a world map - only to be greeted by a friendly choco farm and two Midgar Zollums?? (one swimming, one speared).  The meteor was a looming terror - something I can't even imagine dealing with in normal life.  I forgot a lot of the Sephiroth stuff, but his insanity drove a whirwind of mess wherever he went.  Oddly enough, one thing I hated was Vincent..the sort of pseudo-vampire thing was just ...weirder than Gogo and Umaro joining. =P

I definitely agree with you about Tidus.  I couldn't stand him and Wakka.  It kinda sucks that they were very useful in battle and had HUGE damage potential with Blitz Ace and Attack Reels, respectively.  

I also agree with you about FF7.  Sure Squeenix milked it to death, but it was a great game and is in my top 3.  I just don't get why it's almost a crime to like FF7 and dislike FF9.  While 9 was a good game, it just didn't appeal to my tastes.  The only characters I liked in 9 were Amarant, Freya, and Beatrix.  The story did tend to be a little slow.  There was some humor, but a lot of it seemed forced.  The only time I felt anything for Zidane is when he "snapped."  And don't even get me started on Kuja.

Edit:  I actually liked Vincent, the former Turk turned "vampire."
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 12:44:44 AM
To me, Tactics has the best story. :p

In the main series, I have to go with VI.  The story was great, but it was the characters that hooked me.  And as for Kefka's motivation for destroying the world, why does he need any?  It's called nihilism (more accurately a mix of moral and existential nihilism).  Remember what Alfred said in The Dark Knight;

"Some men just want to watch the world burn."

Anyway, VI was the best to me, followed by IV and VII.  The only gripe I have for VI is that it is ridiculously easy.

Edit: I've completed Final Fantasy I through X-2.  I don't like MMOs, so I didn't play XI or XIV.  I could only tolerate XII for about 4-5 hours and I won't dare touch XIII.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Recommendations for Unusual and/or Unique Games on: November 01, 2010, 10:55:44 PM
Try Alter A.I.L.A. Genesis.  It is a freeware RPG made using RPGMaker.  It is one of the most unique RPGs I've ever played.

http://rpgmaker.net/games/272/
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, besides gaming, what you're thing? on: October 31, 2010, 06:15:10 PM
I have a Master's Degree in Biology and I work in a lab.  I like to read (novels, manga, articles, etc), watch anime and movies, especially Kung Fu Movies.  I like to watch and play basketball and football.  I'm a big MMA fan and I dabble in the Martial Arts myself (1st dan in Aikido/Aikijitsu). 

I'm also music fan, but not in the general sense, because I like listening to instrumentals more than anything with vocals.  Most of the music with vocals that I like are pre-2000.  Of course I like the classicals, but I also like obscure music from other cultures, such as Chinese, Japanese, African, Indian, and Native American. 
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 31, 2010, 05:32:35 PM
Anyway, which game in the SMT series should I get my hands on first?

Nocturne, because it's the 3rd entry in the main series. All of 'em SMT games are good, but I agree with Mickey. You should start with a main entry.
Well I mean that's a fine choice too. I really doesn't matter. The only reason I'm hesitant to recommend Nocturne is because it can be Nintendo Hard at various points. But then again they all can. But Nocturne gave me the most trouble.

Trust me guys, Nintendo Hard is child's play to me.  I grew up playing and finishing "Nintendo Hard" games, so difficulty isn't an issue.

How do the games go in chronological order?  Is Nocturne considered part 3 of the DDS and where does Persona fit in all this?

They're all independent from each other. Think of them as separate franchises that have some themes in common.
 

Ok, now I understand.  I might give Nocturne a try first, then I'll move to DDS, and finally Persona.  Thanks for the info guys!  =D
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Favorite Kung Fu Movies on: October 31, 2010, 05:25:08 PM
For something newer... this is kind of lame but I really liked the film Flash Point. It was kind of cheesy but badass at the same time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCSVjFr9TIU

The way it was filmed just felt really unique to me. Pretty fun movie to watch.

Seems decent enough, so I'll check it out.  BTW Thoren, what would you consider your favorite kung fu movies?  Do you have a list?
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 31, 2010, 05:15:25 PM
Anyway, which game in the SMT series should I get my hands on first?

Nocturne, because it's the 3rd entry in the main series. All of 'em SMT games are good, but I agree with Mickey. You should start with a main entry.
Well I mean that's a fine choice too. I really doesn't matter. The only reason I'm hesitant to recommend Nocturne is because it can be Nintendo Hard at various points. But then again they all can. But Nocturne gave me the most trouble.

Trust me guys, Nintendo Hard is child's play to me.  I grew up playing and finishing "Nintendo Hard" games, so difficulty isn't an issue.

How do the games go in chronological order?  Is Nocturne considered part 3 of the DDS and where does Persona fit in all this?
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 31, 2010, 04:12:33 AM
Ok, I know you guys are gonna rip my head off for this, but I haven't played a single SMT game yet.  I've been playing RPGs for at least 20 yrs now (I'm 27) and I haven't even gotten around to playing one of the most well received series.  I live in Arkansas and the only SMT game I've ever seen in GameStop was Persona 3 and it was going for $70 (I was a broke college student then).  I've seen several on Amazon, but I don't know where to start.

Anyway, which game in the SMT series should I get my hands on first?
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: what are your top five consoles of all time on: October 31, 2010, 03:46:13 AM
+6457484576 or whatever on the GameCube love. I got way more use out of it than I would have an N64. I mostly just rocked the SSBM on it, but I got in lots of Metroid and Zelda action, Paper Mario: TTYD, MGS: Twin Snakes, etc. Ironically the last thing I bought for it was Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Both the Japanese and English versions, neither of which I finished.

I never owned a GameCube, but I did borrow one and Skies of Arcadia!  It was the only game I played on the system and I loved it!
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Are any of these RPGMaker games worth the investment? on: October 31, 2010, 03:37:51 AM
I've just recently finished Exit Fate and it was my first time playing an RPGMaker game.  I have to say that it is a wonderful game, very well written, and an excellent homage to the Suikoden series.

Now I've started playing Alter A.I.L.A. Genesis, a post-apocalyptic rpg and it's also very good.  I'm about 10 hrs in and today a played about 8 hrs straight (it's THAT good).  Anyway, just like Exit Fate, its a freeware game and I thought you guys should check it out;

http://rpgmaker.net/games/272/
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 30, 2010, 04:24:47 PM
Agreed, the battle system in X-2 is the best part. Only some of the costumes were terribly fanservicey (the default outfits outside of battle obviously were though), but I did like the dressphere system. As for the story... yeah, it was alright. Not great by any means... but I've seen worse. The game is about 5 chapters total, but it gets less cheesy after the 2nd or third.

Yeah, I though X-2 had an amazing battle system too.  I just didn't care for the story at all.  The best parts of the game for me was the opening piano theme and the battle system and the only playable character I liked was Paine.  Yuna and Rikku were BEYOND irritating, a lot more than they were in X.

BTW, the rest of the music was basically J-Pop, which I can't stand.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 30, 2010, 04:18:42 PM
I wish they would make an anime of Kongoh Bancho!  Does anyone know whether or not the mangaka plans on releasing new manga volumes?  It got up to ch 70 and suddenly stopped.
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Favorite Kung Fu Movies on: October 30, 2010, 04:14:53 PM
If you want to watch a legit martial arts movie, check out Heroes of the East.

Though it's not on my list, I have watched Heroes of the East.  Gordon Liu and Yasuaki Kurata were great in that movie!  That Crab Style was HILARIOUS!

LOL Yeah that shit was funny. The actual martial arts in the movie is pretty good though, especially the various styles of fighting shown. It's almost an education experience!

Yeah, they are both martial arts experts in real life.  I've watched so many movies that had either Gordon Liu or Yasuaki Kurata in them.  For Liu, other than the ones we've listed so far, I like 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, Master Killer, Shaolin and Wu Tang, and Challenge of the Masters.  For Kurata, I like Death Beach, Ninjas Deadly Trap, and Deadly Life of a Ninja.  I also have to give an honorable mention to my favorite David Chiang movie, Shaolin Mantis, which Gordon Liu had a cameo in. 

Are there any other kung fu flicks that you've seen or care to discuss?
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: what are your top five consoles of all time on: October 30, 2010, 01:27:48 AM
I'm putting mine in the order in which I came to own them;

1. NES

2. SNES

3. Genesis

4. PS1

5. PS2

I played more games on the PS2 than the other systems.
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