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1096  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.
1097  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 25, 2012, 09:49:27 PM
I saw Howl's Moving Castle 2 or 3 times, and still don't have a freakin' clue what was going on in that movie.
1098  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea: Makai Collection announced on: September 25, 2012, 08:41:10 PM
Does anyone know if it is possible to hook an IOS device to a television to play on the "big screen" (sort of like with the PSP cables)??

Look up Airplay.
1099  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Sega/Nintendo - the Anime! on: September 25, 2012, 06:15:15 PM
I can't find anything about a DeviantArt, but I think he/she (seems to be a girl's name) is on 4Chan...
1100  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea: Makai Collection announced on: September 25, 2012, 11:57:07 AM
G-ddamnit, I thought it was a collection of the first 3 games. :(
1101  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 24, 2012, 09:42:33 AM
I still can't stand Dragon Warrior 2, even after playing a lot of other DQ games.
1102  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 24, 2012, 09:00:50 AM
Thanks for the tip, Mesh. I'll try to remember that when I play it, which should be some time this afternoon.
1103  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 23, 2012, 03:28:24 PM
As for the long term effects of this...well, its probably going to be a while before Sunrise approaches a third party to make a major Gundam production, and given Unicorn's general success it means even more UC stagnation/UC copies are probably scheduled for down the line instead of relatively original concepts like this show had thrown around. The whole generational conflict thing for AGE was such a great idea too. What a complete waste.

I think you're being a little too cynical, especially since Unicorn had some pretty interesting ideas on its own. Not to say there won't be more UC/UC-Like stuff, but I do think they'll go for more side work adaptions for a while, and there's some freaki' great side works for them to choose from.
1104  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 23, 2012, 10:13:46 AM
I decided to pick Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete. Thanks for all the suggestions, everybody. You'll know how it goes when I post in the New Game Journal.
1105  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 21, 2012, 10:27:18 PM
And the player has a bunch of distracting, colorful icons on the side. Why?!
1106  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: September 21, 2012, 08:54:05 PM
At this time. I don't think it's out in Japan yet, so we gotta wait and see how it sells first.
1107  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 21, 2012, 08:34:34 PM

It sounds like Final Fantasy VI should be set asside for now. I'll probably stick to the VC version when I go back to it.

Breath of Fire III has gotten surprisingly few recommendations so far. Not putting it aside yet, but it's close. I'm guessing it would be a better idea to finish the first two games in the series first? (Well, more likely there are just better games to play right now)

People are making good points about Tales of Symphonia, mainly that I'm already knee deep in it, so I may as well finish it. I just wonder how easy it is for me to really get into a game when I'm resuming from almost halfway in...

Lunar is getting high praise. I'll definitely have to give it more consideration.

Trails in the Sky and Wild Arms sound like they'd be something different. Now I have more confidence in them, too.

I'll make my decision in the morning (9:00 AM EST). In the meantime, if anyone else has any recommendations, I'd be very interested in hearing them.
1108  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 21, 2012, 11:46:30 AM
And Damnit, I missed free Vay! :(
1109  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 20, 2012, 08:33:49 PM
I'd do Symphonia, since you seem to be already invested in it.
But why do you supposedly have a newfound hatred for that series?

You talking about my Backloggery entry? I thought I updated that. That statement was 3 years old, when I tried the Vesperia Demo.
Whoever said Lunar:SSSC sucks is a dirty liar. It's probably one of the better versions out there (not sure if the PSP version is better or not but it's its only real competition).

Although FFVIA does indeed suck ass. The translation and the trivialization of pretty much every meaningful ||(or) choice are the only benefits that version offers compared to the awful audio compression and graphical loss of quality. And much like every other bonus dungeon slapped to the end of a GBA FF port, this one's not worth it too. The VC version is still the definitive.

The rest are good choices too, especially since they each offer something different.

If you want something new, I'd say go with Wild ARMs.

I thought as much, regarding Lunar.

And honestly, the translation in the VC version has been kind of annoying so far. There are some rather jarring mistakes, at least in the first few hours, and this is coming from someone who didn't notice the mistakes in Breath of Fire II at all.

I'll definitely put more consideration towards Wild Arms, though.
1110  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Which RPG Should I Play? on: September 20, 2012, 07:13:19 PM
Decided to make the thread after all. I have been mulling this over for a while, and just can't seem to choose between these 6 RPGs:

Final Fantasy VI - I tried playing the VC (SNES) version for about an hour, but got tired of it since I'd done this section a million times before. With that said, the furthest I ever got was about 6 hours in. The biggest problem, though, is that I just ordered the GBA version because that one is supposed to have a better translation and a run button, two things I really needed from this game. However, that would require doing the first hour yet again. So should I just push on with the original version I was playing, or wait until I get the GBA version? Or just give up on this game for now???

Breath of Fire III - I've been tempted to go back to this by reading The New Game Journal Thread. I don't remember anything from this game other than liking it, so it should be a fresh experience now. And I do love Breath of Fire...only problem is I kinda want to finish the first two games first, but I don't want to play those right now...

Wild Arms - Just got the last game in the series I needed, so now I'm ready to take this on. I've never played it before, and I don't know how confident I am in it...

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete - I was all set to play this until some one told me that it sucks compared to the Sega CD version, which I have played a little bit of and really liked. He's probably wrong, but now the seeds of doubt have been planted...

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - I know very little about this, but I do have a good feeling about it. Only problem is I kinda want to finish Ys Seven first, even though they're not connected at all, but I don't want to play that right now. It's weird...

Tales of Symphonia - Now that I got past the part I was stuck on, I should probably get back into this...

It's a perplexing dilema for me at least, but I think some outside input may help a lot here, especially since I tend to make things more complicated in my mind than they really are.
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