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1081  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: September 30, 2012, 02:49:42 PM
I should mention though, that Bumb of Chicken does sell albums in the US. I just bought two of them on iTunes US just yesterday...
1082  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A possibly overlooked reason for the downturn of JRPG's sold in the U.S.? on: September 30, 2012, 02:45:48 PM
^Yeah, outside of some grinding and the occasional vaguity, you you don't see those problems in good RPGs. With that said, they are problems cropping up in a surprising number of modern RPGs, so take that for what you will.

The only barrier to entry I've ever seen with RPGs in general is that people expect turn-based gameplay to be boring (and for most people they're usually right, the combat isn't the most appealing factor to a lot of RPG gamers afaik), and for JRPGs some people just don't like anime art styles that so many games utilize these days. I can't think of much else. A lot of JRPGs aren't really that complex, compared to certain board games and sports that a lot of non-gamers play. Like mesh said, if you can navigate a menu, you can play a JRPG. It might take some effort to get down the rules and naunces, but that can be said about FPS games, too.
1083  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 30, 2012, 12:52:28 PM
I remember reading a lot of stuff about it in the news and on Webcomics. I think it was pretty controversial...
1084  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 6, Breath of Fire 6, and Wild Arms 6... on: September 30, 2012, 12:50:43 PM
At this point, I'd rather they didn't make a Suikoden VI. It's one thing that the side games they're making now aren't so hot, but a main game this late in? No thank you.

Breath of Fire 6 would be lovely, though. Especially on a console. We don't have enough simple RPGs on consoles these days. How are people supposed to get introduced to RPGs these days when they're all so complex?

Though I suppose another one like Dragon's Quarters or MMX: Command Mission (gameplay-wise) wouldn't be so bad, either.

Wild Arms I have not played at all yet, but I can't get enough of cowboy-western themes, so I probably wouldn't mind another one.
1085  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: September 28, 2012, 07:27:29 PM
Got over hurdle one in getting my copy of FFXI going: I got the viewer to update, and this time to a version that doesn't crap out on me. Unfortunately, I can't test to see if I can actually play the game (the second hurdle) unless I actually pay to have a character. And they don't accept Paypal. Fuck.
1086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky HD on: September 28, 2012, 07:10:55 PM
Those screens were in the press release. Just FYI.
1087  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: September 28, 2012, 02:04:48 PM
Or rather which crappy parts, since I find it hard to believe that they could take out all of it without removing what made the series what it was in the first place...
1088  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect Trilogy coming November 2012, 360/PS3/PC (includes ME1 on PS3) on: September 26, 2012, 08:13:55 PM
What DLC are you specifically talking about? 'cuz I'm sure there's quite a bit of DLC that's already on the disc...
1089  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 26, 2012, 05:25:51 PM
Okay, so every time I go to play Lunar, I end up playing Persona 3 instead. So I guess I'm maining with P3 for now...but I'll get to Lunar soon enough.

Anyways, I had realized I wasn't far into Persona 3 FES after all, so I decided to restart and do things better now that I know to just rush to the boss area and then grind. I'm on April 23rd now. I actually almost beat the boss on my first try, but then I decided to see what happens when I use agi on one of the boss creatures and got by butt kicked. =( Now I gotta wait a few days until I can go back. Think I'll join the track team in the meantime.

@Dice - I never really liked Kirby, but I do love Kirby's Adventure. You're right that it's very impressive, even today. I'm also looking forward to playing Kirby's Return to Dreamland someday (soon, hopefully).
1090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: a quandry about rpg stories. on: September 26, 2012, 02:09:31 PM
While FF8 isn't my favourite of the FF series, I like that the events from Disc 1-4 are exactly what they are, events. Don't we play Final Fantasy games to experience the completely ridiculous, outlandish yet charming stories?

I don't. It's a plus for sure, but I play them because they're fun to play, at least for me. Just putting that out there...

With that said, you're right about FF8 basically being "events", as you put it. Some things feel there for the sake of it, not really being connected to what came before, or even making sense. I actually didn't mind that, and you could argue such a thing for a few other, well-like RPGs, too. It does have its charm, and it helps keep the game fun.
1091  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect Trilogy coming November 2012, 360/PS3/PC (includes ME1 on PS3) on: September 26, 2012, 01:55:18 PM
Nice. Maybe now the prices of 2 and 3 will drop even harder. Might get this for the PS3 someday if I like the series enough. Be good for a second playthrough.
1092  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2012: Smaller, lighter PS3 model unveiled, $269.99 (MSRP) on: September 26, 2012, 01:52:44 PM
Nah, I think the original's the best-looking out of the PS3 models. I still do really like my slim, though. Matte finish really helps with the dust and fingerprints, unlike the original model my friend has.
1093  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good import games for PS3/PSP/DS? on: September 26, 2012, 01:42:11 PM
The Super Robot Taisen Z2 games.

Seriously. If you've played Original Generation 1 or 2, you'll be pretty set with these ones. They're fun games all their own, too.
1094  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: September 26, 2012, 10:08:40 AM
Too bad I bought the 360 version...
1095  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: a quandry about rpg stories. on: September 26, 2012, 09:59:00 AM
This is an odd question, but from my loose understanding of literature, I think that's very possible. I suppose it depends on the type of story they're trying to tell, and what type of stories you're interested in.

An example: I think it's generally agreed that Final Fantasy 8 is not as well written as Final Fantasy IX, yet there are those who still prefer FF8's story. Usually this is because FF8 was trying to be a love story, and those people just happened to really like love stories.

An example that's closer to what you're saying, but doesn't involve games: I watched The Godfather and Scarface back to back, starting with the Godfather. After about an hour, I got bored of The Godfather and switched to Scarface, which I ended up enjoying a lot more. Why? Well, for one, when I think of gangsters, I think of lots of violence, which Scarface had in spades, right from the word go. The Godfather may have had just as much violence, if not moreso, but it sure wasn't in the first hour, which leads me to the next reason: The Godfather has a slow, lengthy intro, and is probably slower-paced in general. That isn't always a bad thing, but in this case, it was so slow I didn't even have a reason to care about what was going on in the story - it was unclear who the main characters were and what the basis of the plot was, though they sure spent a helluva lot of time establishing the setting and atmosphere. Scarface, on the otherhand, hit the ground running, and in 20 minutes I was already enthralled, not just with the action, but with the story as well. I just found it so much more interesting because of that.

That's not to say The Godfather is in anyway a bad movie, but just because something is quantifiably "good" doesn't mean everybody's gonna like it the same.
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