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1366  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 02, 2011, 11:03:01 PM
So my save got deleted somehow. I'm no longer sure I trust the emulator I'm using, so when I have the cash I'll grab Tales of Destiny. Maybe Jay Street has it? I'll find out tomorrow. In the meantime, I'll play Tales of the Abyss.
1367  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: MGS, SH and ZOE HD collections announced on: June 02, 2011, 09:05:45 PM
God Damn, I put out $15 for the PS2 versions just last month. Well, I'll get it eventually anyways. I've seen ZoE2 in HD. I cannot go back.

Oh, and I'll be getting the other HD collections, too.
1368  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 02, 2011, 05:49:45 PM
I wouldn't say it sucked all together, but the gameplay sure did. Everything else was pretty good, IMO. Too bad Tri-Aces only seemed to have taken the gameplay designers with them when they left. Actually I don't know who they took with them, I'm just taking a shot in the dark.
1369  The Rest / General Discussions / What Do You Think Makes Up a Good Story? on: June 02, 2011, 05:46:45 PM
The Question here is in the title. I've been thinking for a while now what I think is a good story, and so far I've only thought up of two requirements:

1) It must be able to intrigue me and hold my attention for the full duration of the story, no matter what the format

2) The characters must be likeable

Of course, I know there's more to it than that, but I can't think of anything. So I felt the best thing to do was ask everyone else what they think a good story is and see if I can get some ideas from their responses. Also, I think it'll help me understand the people here better, as I don't think I agree with everyone here on what a good story is.
1370  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: June 02, 2011, 04:44:48 PM
I don't recall having trouble understanding the plot or sympathizing with the characters. I actually felt that the gameplay in FFXIII was pretty flawed and I'm hoping in the sequel it will be better. Really, I'm just looking forward to a new adventure with the same characters again. I'll adjust to the rest of the game as I go.
1371  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 02, 2011, 04:30:17 PM
I was just gonna ask if it was E3 already since there seems to be so many announcements lately. Not that I'm complaining.
1372  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 02, 2011, 01:50:07 PM
I liked Estelle a lot, actually. Then again, I liked all the characters in ToV.

Anyways, I just started Tales of Destiny. I only spent an hour on it, but so far my First impressions were quite positive. The gameplay has been much better - it's faster, easier to strike aerial enemies, and you can guard against attacks. The game also starts off on a more light-hearted tone than Tales of Phantasia, which is always a good thing. I'm really looking forward to playing more of it.
1373  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 01, 2011, 05:29:10 PM
Ooh, yeah, Macross is damn good!
1374  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 01, 2011, 05:05:50 PM
I tried to watch Madoka Magica, but couldn't get into it.

Oh well, it's June again, and that means more Gundam. I think I'll start with Gundam SEED Destiny, then Stargazer, Then Gundam X, and I'll choose the last two when I get to them.
1375  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 01, 2011, 04:55:17 PM
I'm on the final Boss of Tales of Vesperia. We almost had him until he used his mystic arts. Damn, how do we stop something like that?

Eternal Support Force Field?

I have neither of those Artes, but thanks anyways. I'll remember that during my second playthrough.

Anyways, we beat him. We just kept using treats after the Mystic arte. The ending was pretty nice, too. Now on to Tales of Destiny and Tales of the Abyss!...Tomorrow. I need a break.
1376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales Series on: June 01, 2011, 04:49:15 PM
I just finished Tales of Vesperia today with my brother. It took us over 53 hours to finish the game while completing as few side quests as possible. I'm looking forward to the EX New Game.

As for the game itself, it's been pretty great so far. The story is occasionally lacking in execution, but all together it's well-told and I'd say quite enjoyable. The ending was very nice. The music, art, and world all work well together to create a charming atmosphere, though a few tunes did get on my nerves. I also found the characters to be quite likeable and interesting, if a bit cliché. The gameplay, on the other hand, was excellent, among the most refined in the series as far as I've seen; though I do wish you had more control over your allies. They can be a pain sometimes.

The only things I really didn't like were a few of the tedious dungeon puzzles, occasional unnecessary backtracking through dungeons near the end, and the unskippable cut scenes.

All-together, it's not Best-Game-Ever material, but it is pretty excellent in my opinion. It's my favorite in the series so far, and I look forward to playing the other entries in the series.

I've decided to just skip Tales of Phantasia and just play the PSOne version later in the year, once I'm done with the 'pincer strike'. I doubt I'll need to give up on the others since they have better gameplay.

Symphonia was my first too. I believe I've played them all except for Graces, Abyss and Legendia.

I'm particularly fond of Hearts and Symphonia, but I am really enjoying Vesperia too. I agree about Phantasia not aging all that well though. If you want a more modern take on similar gameplay, try Hearts. Well, assuming you don't mind importing. :P

Tales of Hearts looks really good, but I'm waiting until I can play it in English. Believe me, I've been trying to learn Japanese for years now, and I now know maybe...4 words? A story-based game like ToH won't go over well for me if I import it.

Ive played them all and I like Phantasia best, the playstation version I should add.

Yeah, the PSX version seems like the best version available to me.

About the only one I really didn't enjoy was Legendia. Though I'd offer sparse praise to some of the character quests, and I absolutely swooned over the wonderful soundtrack, which for me was far, far beyond any of Sakuraba's work on the series.

pretty much that
Except I have slightly fond (mostly average) memories of it and THAT SOUNDTRACK.
I beat Symphonia like 4 times, with around 350 hours spent on it, and probably a month ago I realized that I hate it.
Abyss was neat and had lovely graphics too~

I guess my ears are in for treat then, eh?

Since my first console was an N64, followed by a Gameboy Color and a Gamecube, I didn't play many RPGs growing up besides Pokemon, but ToS is one of the games that really got me hooked on the genre.

My circumstances were pretty similar, and like you, ToS helped me get into the RPG genre. I honestly can't wait to get back to it and finish it.
1377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales Series on: May 31, 2011, 09:32:28 PM
Thought I'd start a discussion thread for the Tales series.

My first Tales of game was Tales of Symphonia, as I'm sure it was for many of you. I recall greatly enjoying my time with it, even though I did tire of it about a third of the way in. Since then I've played bits of any Tales of game I could get my hands on.

Lately I've been attempting a Pincer Strike of the American releases in the series, starting with Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Vesperia, and ending with Tales of Symphonia smack-dab in the middle, right where it all began with me. Hopefully I'll have the motivation to see this through.

Unfortunately, I've already hit a little snag - As it turns out, Tales of Phantasia hasn't aged as well as I remember. The story is still pleasant, the graphics are still beautiful, and the music is still brilliant. However, the gameplay is rather rough and I'm frequently annoyed with it's excecution (difficulty attacking aerial enemies, confusing dungeons, random encounters, occasional lack of information). The battle system is especially frustrating to deal with since I've played later and more refined entries in the series. I'll try to pull through, but there is a chance that I may abandon it in the end.

Tales of Vesperia, on the other hand, has been going quite well. I even got my brother involved with it, and we're both thoroughly enjoying it. In fact, I'm almost done with it, and it will soon be the first Non-Pokemon game that I've been motivated to play through without break since Final Fantasy XIII over a year ago.

Sorry for the Blog-like post. I guess I got a little carried away. I'll leave things off with two questions for all of you:

1) What "Tales of" games have you played?

2) What did you like and dislike about them?
1378  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 31, 2011, 09:12:42 PM
I'm on the final Boss of Tales of Vesperia. We almost had him until he used his mystic arts. Damn, how do we stop something like that?
1379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wizardry on the PS3 being localized, hell frozen over on: May 31, 2011, 02:48:36 PM
Word on the street suggests a $15 price point. Not sure about the reliability of the source though...

Better than I was expecting. I hope your source is right.
1380  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: May 30, 2011, 04:06:47 PM
I'm hoping Atlus will be there, and I'm also wondering what Namco-Bandai is gonna do. Then there's Nintendo and their Wii games. Other than that, and outside of some surprises, I'm not too excited for this E3.

Atlus will be there, but not with a booth.  They've got a meeting room.  We'll be chatting with them.  Also got a nice meeting with NBGA.

Ah, well, I look forward to RPGFan's coverage of the event.=)
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