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1471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indie Games Winter Uprising - Epic Dungeon, CSTW, Aphelion 2, Soulcaster 2 on: December 03, 2010, 07:56:52 PM
I'll be getting Chthulu Saves the World and possibly Epic Dungeon, I never played Soulcaster or Aphelion, so I'll have to check out some reviews for those.

Which reminds me, I still need to play Breath of Death VII.
1472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the new fire emblem game... on: December 03, 2010, 06:28:38 PM
Place one of your more powerful units just barely inside (or even outside) the enemies' movement range and have some of your other units just outside enemy range. After they all come forward to attack that spearhead unit, decimate them on your next turn. And, obviously, just be sure you're not using a mage as your spearhead unit when the enemies have weapon based attacks and vice versa. When possible be sure to put your spearhead unit on a cell with terrain bonuses like fortresses, forests, etc.

Oh cool, I think I've done that before but didn't know it. But seriously, thanks for the time, I'll try to remember that the next time I play.
1473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the new fire emblem game... on: December 03, 2010, 06:14:20 PM
Lure the enemies to YOU, not the other way around, dude.

How do I do that?
1474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 Confirmed for The PSP on: December 03, 2010, 06:03:51 PM
The "openning": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chJtkznDwO4

Courtesy of duckroll from GAF.

...SOLD...
1475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Will there be a Lunar 2 on PSP? on: December 03, 2010, 05:11:00 PM
Remember, XSEED is only a publisher, not a developer.  Lunar 2 on PSP is ultimately down to GameArts.

However, during an interview with GameArts, it was stated that a Lunar 2 PSP release would depend on XSEED and the fans - meaning that it's likely GameArts want some funding from them.  But XSEED is a very small company, and funding is expensive.  The most you can do is buy Lunar 1 PSP, and maybe send them an EMail about it. They're a very fan-friendly company and if you Email then, they'll reply.

Edit:
Source 1: http://www.siliconera.com/2010/10/17/xseed-lunar-2-likely-not-coming-to-psn-no-plans-for-metal-max-3/
Source 2: http://www.siliconera.com/2010/03/19/lunar-silver-star-harmony-producer-talks-future-of-lunar/

Oh great, so they're also not publishing Metal Max 3.:( Good thing I just got Metal Saga.
1476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the new fire emblem game... on: December 03, 2010, 04:38:19 PM
I've posted my review of FE:Heroes of Light and Shadow.  Check it out here:http://www.tbstactics.com/2010/12/fire-emblem-heroes-of-light-and-shadow.html.

Shadow Dragon: The Fire Emblem game for people who don't care about flavor at all!

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I might actually get this one if they release it in the states. That casual mode sounds tempting.

Dude, character death comes up so infrequently in Fire Emble that it's not worth all the worry you give it, assuming you don't just blindly make a bunch of boneheaded mistakes all the time or play on the Maniac difficulties.  Just play the games, they're incredibly good.

I can't beat a map without someone dying. Not just in Fire Emblem, but any strategy game. So casual mode is good for me, at least until I learn to stop getting pawns killed.

And don't think I haven't tried them. I played Fire Emblem, I couldn't get past stage 6. I couldn't even get past stage two in Sacred Swords, and I had to restart Shadow Dragon on easy(Normal?), only to get bored during the tutorial. I'm just not very good at them, and I don't have enough patience to restart a zillion times until people stop dying.
1477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the new fire emblem game... on: December 03, 2010, 02:53:53 PM
I might actually get this one if they release it in the states. That casual mode sounds tempting.
1478  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.
1479  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.
1480  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!>_<
1481  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.=)
1482  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.=(
1483  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.
1484  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.
1485  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.
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