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1066  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 05:43:54 PM
Stylistically the games are too similar to be considered 'different' entries.

As an example, Final Fantasy X was inspired by Southeast Asian locations and mythology. Final Fantasy XII was inspired by European politics and history. Final Fantasy XIII ... well... all the games have very similar roots and thus aren't as diversified. For those who like the direction FFXIII heads in, that's fine. For those of us that don't, it's somewhat stagnant.

But what about Final Fantasy 1-6, 9, 11, and 14? Those have very similar styles and inspirations. I wasn't aware completely different styles was an FF staple. I thought it was just something that those games you mentioned happened to do.

..and that's even assuming you're right about the FNC games all having the same inspiration, which I honestly don't think is the case.
1067  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: So I just played TERA... with screenshots. ***Bandwidth Intensive*** on: April 06, 2012, 03:12:17 PM
Yo, I used the bottom code.
1068  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: phantasy star online 2 on: April 06, 2012, 01:47:36 PM
Honestly, if they didn't expand much on the PSO model it'd be a bit of a ripoff for it to be a P2P game, especially considering the kind of support Sega tends to provide.

...you do have a point there. I was kinda hoping for a game with a big world to explore, but that's not something the first two games even bothered doing. PSO's always been more action than exploration.
1069  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 01:39:32 PM
Truth be told, I'm kind of waiting for this whole crystalsomethigarather saga to fizzle out. The thing about the FF series is that each iteration is different than the last, and that quality has never been more appealing than it is now.

...but how is this any different? Outside of the basic combat and some repeating environment, and some character cameos, XIII-2 is a very different game from XIII, and Type-0 and Versus XIII have very little to do with eachother and the rest of the Fabula Nova Crystallis. Outside of being under a label, it seems to me like nothing has changed.
1070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 06, 2012, 12:28:43 PM
The environments have some pretty low-res textures to them, actually, and as Robert mentioned, they do a lot of tricks to make the graphics seem better than they are. There are plenty of games on the Wii that look better than Xenoblade Chronicles, IMO, especially games from Nintendo. Yes, the environments are big but the graphics took a hit for it. I do like the art style, though.
1071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 05, 2012, 06:44:04 PM
@Maxximum - Sounds like the two would even themselves out, so I'd say it was decent guage. :P

Kind of ironic that this became GS exclusive when the original push used Amazon as a foundation.

I still believe those Amazon pre-orders did jack squat, or at most convinced Nintendo to make it Gamestop exclusive so people wouldn't think it did anything. <_<
1072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 05, 2012, 03:31:02 PM
I spent over ten hours running around colony 9 and...The next area is even BIGGER.

You sir have officially made my day. :D
1073  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 04, 2012, 09:08:41 PM
Oh, I thought you were talking about in-game items.
1074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 04, 2012, 07:57:28 PM
What novels?
1075  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: April 02, 2012, 11:26:34 PM
At least your guys moved, which is more than I can say for Earthbound. Practically nothing happens on-screen in that game. Any little thing would've been acceptable. You're telling me they were so strapped for memory that they couldn't have added little sprites for when your guys do stuff at least? I don't believe it, not for a second.
1076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: April 02, 2012, 08:51:55 PM
Well, we got 3+ pages of Earthbound talk, guess I'll pitch in, too.

When people talk about Earthbound's bad graphics, I always think they're talking about Earthbound's practically nonexistant battle animations. I mean really, every other part of the game oozes with personality, so why not the animations? Instead, they just give us stuff that most NES games put to shame. There's really no excuse for it.
1077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zeboyd's made it big: Penny Arcade Episode 3 on: April 02, 2012, 02:25:06 PM
I just hope they come up with a funny explanation as to why everything's all pixelly now.:P
1078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Monster World Collection coming to XBLA (and PSN?). Rumor: SoA/Shenmue PSN/XBLA on: March 31, 2012, 04:31:58 PM
What a coincidence, it has all the Monster World games I'm missing. Now I'm ghlad I didn't pick them up on the VC. =)
1079  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Namco Bandai trademarks Tales of Xillia in Europe on: March 31, 2012, 04:28:35 PM
(doubt it given that Abyss 3D has apparently gotten a reprint after almost immediately selling out, and Grace f seems to have some actual buzz)

...and sold out again not too long after the reprint, at least on Amazon. And yeah, Graces f was actually a top-shelf, featured product at my local Gamestop, and I believe the other stores in that mall were selling it, too (If I had known I could've grabbed it at the Mall on release day I wouldn't have ordered it on Amazon...Super Saver. :( ) Granted, this is the same Mall where FYE and Best Buy dedicate two large shelves to anime...still, it should count for something, right? Anyways, I do hope this means we'll see Tales of Xillia in the west some day. I really am looking forward to that game.
1080  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: phantasy star online 2 on: March 28, 2012, 11:20:29 AM
But more importantly, it is FREE TO PLAY! :-D

Why am I disappointed in that news? I hope it's not as bad as the gazillions of F2P MMOs out there...
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