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691  Media / General Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: June 03, 2009, 09:56:34 PM
Yes, that's just what I was thinking. It looks/feels nothing like a castlevania game, then again, it looks to be fantastic. I love the norse/gailic flair to it, and the fact that a significant part of it takes place outdoors. Unfortunately, Castlevania isn't limited by anything more than it's name: "Castle" and "Transelvania", which basically means that it A) has to take place in a castle, and B) has to be about Vampires or the undead, and C) usually has an eastern european feel. This looks mostly outside, and I would pin down more to scandanavia or Scotland. Kojima running the show should be interesting. I'm game. I'm tired of traditional Castlevanias.
692  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: May 28, 2009, 03:54:36 PM
D-Rider...

Skyclad! Now there's a fun-as-hell band that I haven't heard mentioned for a while! I need to listen to them more now that I'm in a celtic group. Fuck Drop Kick Murphies... Scotland can drive METAL up your ass just as well as they can punk.

Personal Favorite: If I Die Laughing
693  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: December 29, 2008, 04:55:29 PM
Iron Maiden - 7th Son - Can I Play with Madness?

Jeeze... I can't believe I didn't get this album YEARS ago! All I've owned from them till now was Brave New World. My drummer urged me to get 7th Son of a 7th Son because he'd like to cover Moonchild. I'd heard this album was great, but I'd never gotten around to picking it up. Sheer genious! I'm going to collect me some more Maiden.

Also, one thing I'm surprised at is how upbeat and overall chearfull Maiden really is. They don't sound angsty and agressive the way Metallica does, they feel sorta like slightly heavier Rush. I know Metallica is thrash and Maiden is power metal, but I always lumped them together a bit since they were from the same time period, but they're TOTALLY different. I guess growing up with Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Rush, and more melodic stuff, I'm much more drawn to the power end of the spectrum.
694  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG's you'd like to see re-released on: December 17, 2008, 07:59:16 PM
Of course I'm the only person who wants Final Fantasy VIII remade.  Preferably for the PS3.  The game to this day still looks pretty good, it was really ahead of the curve when it was released.  I'd love to see the graphics updated for PS3 and a few new things added in

While I'm a huge FF8 fan (favorite in the series), I'm not sure it NEEDS a remake as much as some of the others. FF8 and FF9 were two games that just felt like they made great usage of the capabilities they had. The graphics were totally awesome at the time, as apposed to FF7s graphics, which looked laughable to me even back when it first came out. I'd say FF7 needs a remake even more... if only to make all the stupid fan boys shut the fuck up about it. FF7 was a much more flawed game than FF8, so it's more in need of a makeover.

However, the one I want the most is FF6 because, as I've said before, it feels like a 3D game that was forced onto 2D hardware, and would benefit substantially from a 3D makeover. Not because it's flawed (in fact, I think it's possibly the least flawed in the series tied with FF9), but because it has so much potential for increased awesomeness. I think I'll probably get my wish in the next 3 years on the DS.
695  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: December 15, 2008, 11:19:18 PM
Yes - Tales from Topographic Oceans
696  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest X coming to Wii. on: December 11, 2008, 01:52:56 PM
Miho, I couldn't agree more about graphical style selection. Games on Nintendo consoles seem much less likely to go for the "realistic" look. It's not even just when they've got the least graphically powered system either. The GameCube was much higher powered than the PS2, yet the PS2 went for all these creepy psuedo-realistic looking titles that fell smack into the middle of the uncanny valley, and the GameCube was able to avoid much of this, because I think that Nintendo markets itself toward being inherently more stylized.

I've always said that realism is a style no more and no less important than any other graphical genre, yet a good 75% of games these days are striving towards it. Bad form, very uncreative. Very few paintings are painted to look like photographs, few graphic novels are drawn to look realistic, video games aren't movies, they have the liberty, like graphic novels and paintings, to take on any style they want. Yet western developers insist on realism and undefined style. Kudos for the Bioshock developers to create a game completely in art deco, kudos to the MYST team for coming up with a series completely in art nuveau, but most developers need to wake up and be more creative with their art style.

You can say what you will about cliches and cutesyness of Japanese games, but they're still light-years ahead of western developers in terms of artistic license.
697  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 25, 2007, 04:10:41 PM
Meh... wake me up when it's old enough to drink.
698  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 22, 2007, 05:20:37 AM
Sorry to resurrect this dieing thread, but with the completion of Super Paper Mario, I've got a new one for the books:

Merlon:
"To feel sadness is to be alive, but as long as you're alive, the future is a blank slate..."

"...and with that, I am hungry"
699  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 09, 2007, 06:56:22 PM
Seriously, compared to our hum-drum lives, most events that take place in RPGs would send us bawling, or emotionally comatose. Granted, some of the "writing" for those lines is pretty bad and cliche, but I wouldn't say that the characters are being overdramatic or over-emotional in that regard, just that sometimes the emotion that's meant to be expressed is REALLY DAMN DIFFICULT to write for and voice act, well.

Anyway, on to quotes. Seriously, I love the group quotes from the Tales series:

Genis: "Dwarven Vow number 3, 'Peace and Love will always prevail'"
Lloyd: "Jeeze! I hate that vow!"

Luke: "Did you see my attack, I was awesome!"
Tear: "You're attacks were wild, you're swinging too much... you were a mess."
Luke: "Tch... SHUT UP!!!"

Anise: "Wow, that last one was loaded!"
Luke: "Sheeesh, the battles bearly over, and she's already got the money!"

(That last one is quite possibly one of the greatest VA deliveries I've heard in a video game... priceless!)
700  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 11:59:37 PM
Lucid, I totally agree.

Here's the thing, while I've heard it talked about alot, described to me (by some parents, shokingly enough, which was very odd), and thrown around a lot... I can't say that I've ever actually "met" an emo kid. Now, I don't exactly hang around with teenagers very often, but honestly, I'm begining to think that it's this prototypical social group who probably existed in some form for about 6 months, and then went into relative obscurity, or completely dissolved.

I think it's a group that everyone thinks is okay to hate, because no one actually knows anybody in that group... because it doesn't really exist, not in any major cultural context, anyway.

Has anyone met more than one or two "Emo Kids" in their life time?

I just think these labels are applied to anyone that people don't connect with. I've heard both Cloud and Squall described as emo, but really neither one fits any of the discriptions I've heard. Both are hard-boiled, quiet, and bottle up their emotions. Hell, the only time you know, at all, what Squall is feeling is because the game shows the thoughts in his head a lot, which I thought was a very effective move on the writers' part.

Though, honestly, yesterday's teenager is today's adult. I'm 26, and I'm still going through some of the stuff some of the characters in games go through. I guess that's one of the reasons I still connect with a lot of game characters. 20-30 make up, quite possibly, the largest buyers of RPGs. It would be nice to have some main chacters in this age range. Many times the characters SEEM like they're in their mid-20s anyway.
701  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 10:50:46 PM
Ramsa, point taken, well said. However, although Emo kids fail to actually PRACTICE Nihilistic tendancies, they do tend to TALK about them a lot: "The difference between a pios man and a murderer is probably nothing... boo hoo... *slashes wrists*" is still refering to Nihilistic philosophy, even if it's obviously not understood very well.

All I'm saying is that the quote in question is right up the ally of the kind of thing that will appeal to emo kids. It's the kind of thing an emo kid might SAY... although not really believe it, simply because it's the "cool" thing to say at this time.

And I do agree that philosophy, at it's base, is one of the most important aspects of the human condition, and should be discussed, IMO, a lot more than it is. Unfortunately, it also tends to be used, not for exploring personal growth, as it should, but for self-gratification by means of making oneself appear more intelligent. I see a lot of anime, films, and video games aimed at young adults that attempt to be "philosophical" simply so the audience can pat themselves on the back... but in reality, not have had to do any thinking for themselves. THAT's the real danger here.

Now, I have no idea whether Drakengard falls into this catagory, or not, I've never played it.
702  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 08:28:45 PM
Actually, you're all right.

Nihilism really is at the heart of the emo "trend" (or whatever you want to call it). I don't pretend to be a self-proclaimed expert on everything emo (thank god), but nihilism, at least a fairly simplistic and sophomoric form of it, is central to the emo ethos.

The bottom line is that nihilism is considered "cool" these days, and has been for some time. It's becoming fairly cliche among pop culture groups: Punks, Black-Metal heads, Otaku, Emos, Goths, Hipsters... etc. Having a character in a game say it kind of reeks of pandering to the psuedo-philosophy of a lot of pop culture crowds.

I have no idea about the context of this line, since I've never played the game, but by itself--honestly, my "pandering" radar went off the moment I read it. It's just hard-boiled, angsty, and anti-authoritarian, nothing deep and intellectual, just "badass", if you will.

So much of games and anime these days are pandering to people who seem to want to become overnight philosophers, but have no idea how to think for themselves.

"Nietzsche is dead, get over it"
-- Me
703  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 06, 2007, 05:30:59 PM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
stuff


Eh, I'm pretty religious about following RPG naming. Although, I do change stuff up in FF7. I typically rename Barrett Mr. T, and I ALWAYS rename Cait Sith, "Cat Shit", because I hate the stupid fuck. Other than that the only other two that I rename is the main character in FF5 (cuz "Butz" sucks), and Garnet's secondary name in FF9. I got into naming her "Khatru" (after a Yes song) because I thought it fit her, somehow, and I've always ran with it ever since... "Dagger" just doesn't fit.
704  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 04, 2007, 02:48:30 PM
Yeah, Grandia II had a LOT of good ones. So did Lunar 1 & 2, by extension.

But, as of recent, my favorite is a Balthier:
"Every day, the world finds new and exciting ways to kill a man."
705  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: February 28, 2007, 09:41:22 PM
I find myself replaying RPGs from time to time, especially last year during the pre-Christmas draught (before Okami, FF12, Tales of the Abyss, Twilight Princess, etc.) But I notice something, I hardly ever finish a game that I'm replaying. I usually get about 3/4 the way through and think, "eh, that was fun, onto something new". The only epic games I've only completed multipul times are Chrono Trigger (twice, and not on +) and Metroid Prime (about 3 or 4 times, all within a period of about a year). But so many great games, while being even better the second time through (FFVIII, FFIX, and Skies of Arcadia, in particular), I find myself turning off just before the point of no return.
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