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1351  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 02, 2010, 12:30:59 PM
Also, the psp is so loud when it reads the discs which seems quite frequently. What is up with that?

It's the failure that is UMD. I suggest headphones, the PSP's speakers suck anyways.

EDIT: PSN works too, but not all games are on there.
1352  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: December 01, 2010, 04:04:45 PM
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Fire Emblem series - The perma-death kinda kills it, but mostly I just find them genuinely unappealing.

If you don't let your dudes die, this isn't a problem!

But it's so hard to do that!>_<

Uh, from my experience, not so much, as long one has experience and knows what they're doing. It isn't easy, but it isn't hard either to save their asses with proper strategy and know-how either.

That's probably my problem. Most of my strategy is just random guessing.=P That's why I prefer games with more leway, that way I don't have to restart as often when I guess wrong. I don't think I really get the whole idea behind strategy games. I still find them fun, though.
1353  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: December 01, 2010, 02:36:27 PM
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Fire Emblem series - The perma-death kinda kills it, but mostly I just find them genuinely unappealing.

If you don't let your dudes die, this isn't a problem!

But it's so hard to do that!>_<
1354  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: November 30, 2010, 11:52:50 PM
An extention of my old thread that I felt warranted a new thread. Just list your favorite and least favorite Strategy/Tactical RPG that you've played. You can give an explanation if you want, but it's not required.

My Favorites:

  • Super Robot Wars series - The title alone told me that it was the series for me. Over the top anime mechs duking it out has never been more awesome. Also, I can't tell if the series is easy, or if I'm just good at them, since I rarely find them that hard, and I suck at SRPGs.
  • Tactics Ogre: The Knight Of Lodis - The way the free battles worked and how you could recruit your enemies sold me on it from the very first battle. Then the battles got going, and I really started loving it. I have no idea what the story is since I skipped it all, but gameplaywise, it's a well-crafted SRPG.
  • Shining Force Series - My first set of SRPGs. Sure the stories aren't great, but there's tonnes of comedy and charm in the dialogue and characters, specifically the towns people. I love walking around and talking to people in this game just to see if I can find another joke or bizarre occurance. The gameplay is also pretty fun and usually forgiving. I rarely stay stuck for long.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor - One of the best stories I've experienced in an SRPG, in fact, it's the only engaging story I've ever experienced in an SRPG, and I found it motivating me through the whole game up until I got stuck. I like the gameplay a lot, too, with its free battles, dialogue choices, and JRPG-style battle sequences. A superb game all around.
  • Disgaea DS - Very fun with some humorous dialogue, great mechanics, and loads of grinding. A bit too difficult at the start, though, but otherwise I liked it a lot.
  • Bahumat Lagoon - I like the story and JRPG Battles, but it's just not as good as Devil Survivor. Still a wonderful game, though.
  • Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen - It's like an RTS with Turn-based Battles. Love it! I love the Tarot cards, too.
  • 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.
  • Dawn of War II - The Only RTS with a good singleplayer, IMO. It just so happens to be very RPG like.
  • Jeanne d'Arc - I thought the story was very enjoyable, and I liked being abole to walk in towns. Otherwise it;s just a fine SRPG. Nothing really wrong with it that I found.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics A2 - A lot of fun in short bursts, kinda like Tactics Ogre lite.
  • Fire Emblem Gaiden - It's fire Emblem, except its got towns you can walk in, and it's actually kind of enjoyable.

Least Favorites:

  • Fire Emblem series - The perma-death kinda kills it, but mostly I just find them genuinely unappealing.
  • Warsong - Hardest. Game. EVER! I can't even beat the first stage!

Dishonorable mention:

  • Front Mission 4 - Sigh...they just don't feel like giant robots. Great game otherwise, though.

Sorry for the huge first post, but once I condensed some series, I realized I could basically list every SRPG I've ever played.=P And as you can see, I liked most of them.=)
1355  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: November 30, 2010, 09:27:29 PM
Xenoblade (or Monado on Nintendo's website) has been taken down from their official site which was the last sign of hope for me. I'm sort of a Nintendo loyalist, but screw them.

Dang, and here I thought Monado was doing good.=(
1356  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: November 30, 2010, 01:46:42 PM
The PSP versions of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II are both under $10 each, too, just so you know.

Wow...$10 each...are they any good though?

Depends on what you're looking for. FF1 is pretty dated and straight forward, but if you go in expecting the updated version of the game that essentially started it all, it's pretty enjoyable. The only problem with it is that it lacks a story and its pretty easy, but the extra dungeons are much harder, and the game still has charm despite the lack of a storyline. Really, it's great if you love RPGs and want to see where it all began without having to grind for hours. Personally, I don't care for it, but then again, it's not really what I look for when I play an RPG. I prefer something more complex and grindy.

FF2 is kinda different. It's less straight forward, requires more exploration, requires you to think and pay attention more, and has a unique level-up system that you will love or hate depending on how you view it. The game is also more challenging than FF1. I personally love it since its everything I want from an RPG: Exploration, challenge, active thinking and note taking in order to get to where I need to be, and lots of grinding to make my characters exactly as I want them to be. It's still a flawed game, particularly with the leveling system, which despite their best efforts is still far from perfect,  the story is still barely there, and I found it easy to get lost, but then again, I got lost in FFX, so take that for what you will. However, if you take it for what it is, I think you could enjoy it.
1357  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Is it worth Playing These Series in Order? on: November 30, 2010, 12:14:53 PM
Well, I'll still stick to the plan, but if I finish the rest of my Wii games (I don't have much, but I'm a major procrastinator) before I get NMH1, I'm skipping ahead to 2 and just see if I can beat it alone. I still don't think I'd like NMH1, but I'm not about to write it off ust yet. Still, the fact that you can't retry a job right there when you fail really bugs the hell outta me. Plus, I never cared for the idea of sacrificing good gameplay for art, so I'm not about to excuse any niggles just because they were there on purpose. But if there's some fun to be had, I'll try my best to find and enjoy it.
1358  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: November 30, 2010, 10:22:34 AM
The PSP versions of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II are both under $10 each, too, just so you know.
1359  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: November 29, 2010, 09:53:53 PM
I know this is too late, but amazon offered it for $17 as a lightning deal for Cyber Monday.

I mean I wanna get it cheap when I have money. I'm broke right now.=P Thanks for the heads up, though. It was on sale at Target on Black Friday, but I missed it, unfortunately.=(
1360  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: November 29, 2010, 07:41:51 PM
It really is a blast. For some reason, completing useless sidequests and grinding has never been this fun. I think a part of it is the speed. The battles are fast enough that they don't ever feel tedious. I would reccomend it. Like I said, I have 60 hours on the game and I'm still going strong.

Also, I tried the final boss last night and it made it through the first two fights only to die on the last one. Back to the grinding board for now.

Good luck!

I still want to wait until it's cheap since I've never quite been fond of the Dragon Quest series (they're a patience tryer)., but I still appreciate the recommendation.=)
1361  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: November 29, 2010, 07:38:09 PM
First of, A&RPGl and, you picked 3 very good games to start with.=) Secondly, I recommend Jeanne D'Arc and Hexyz Force. And I'll be a deviant and also recommend Final Fantasy 1 and Final Fantasy 2, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Crimson Gem Saga and Hexyz Force are both on Sale right now, so if you're interested, they certainly won't break your bank if you get them today.

On sale where?

Oh, on sale on the Playstation Store, available right from your own PSP.=)
1362  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Is it worth Playing These Series in Order? on: November 29, 2010, 07:29:15 PM
I'll probably do the same with NMH1, too.

That, on the other hand, would be a mistake. The improvement isn't as huge, and it has been debated which of the two is better. That, and it really is something you need to experience for yourself.

I'm afraid the gameplay doesn't really appeal to me. It seems like an interesting experiment, but everything I've read points to it being, well, not very fun, and I'm afraid gameplay is very important to me. Moreso than a few jokes and an interesting story, especially in an action game. I appreciate your sentiment, but unless the story is unfollowable, I think I'll stick to the game that removed the randomly placed jobs and the horrible, empty overworld sections.=P
1363  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX on: November 29, 2010, 12:01:41 PM
Damnit, you guys have achieved the impossible and made me want this game.=(
1364  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: November 29, 2010, 12:00:27 PM
First of, A&RPGl and, you picked 3 very good games to start with.=) Secondly, I recommend Jeanne D'Arc and Hexyz Force. And I'll be a deviant and also recommend Final Fantasy 1 and Final Fantasy 2, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Crimson Gem Saga and Hexyz Force are both on Sale right now, so if you're interested, they certainly won't break your bank if you get them today.
1365  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Is it worth Playing These Series in Order? on: November 29, 2010, 10:37:37 AM
It's worth keeping in mind that while AC1 probably isn't bad when gotten for cheap (shouldn't be hard these days) if you want to get to the good part you'll want to skip it. Especially since the biggest issue people have is how damn tedious it gets.

Yeah, that's why I never got Assassin's Creed 1. If its story is important to Assassin's Creed 2, I'll look it up, I don't think it's worth playing from the looks of it. I'll probably do the same with NMH1, too.
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