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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Luminous Arc 2 announced for US on: July 11, 2008, 04:15:01 PM
The storyline was fun for a while.  The battle system isn't anything revolutionary.  It's just like any other Strategy game ever.  But the storyline was interesting enough.  

2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs Only You've Played. on: July 11, 2008, 04:12:52 PM
I played a game a long time ago on the SNES that was kind of an RPG.  It was more of a zelda clone.  I think it was called The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang.  You upgraded your hat and got new abilities to kill monsters around you.  You threw your hat at monsters to kill them.

3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 07, 2008, 12:10:34 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Quote from: "Morridor"
what an unfriendly forum. . .


HA!  That made me laugh!  Thanks.

4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 07, 2008, 01:34:50 AM
Wow, I haven't posted on this forum in a while and I thought it would be fun to start posting again. . .  what an unfriendly forum. . .

You could constructively point out that I'm wrong instead of just attacking me.  Thanks for that.

Plus, I work at one of the most proffitable Gamestops in the Chicago region.  And again, I didn't say I knew everything.  And yes anyone can look at sales charts on the internet, but aren't sales charts a pretty good judge as to what is selling and not?  If the sales charts say that Final Fantasy I sold horribly for the PSP, doesn't that mean that. . . it sold horribly?

Anyway, I'm glad Eusis got my point.  I'm glad Square Enix is producing more stand alone games.  The future is looking better and I hope they keep trending in that direction.  But when I see their future game line-up including games like: Final Fantasy XIII, XIII: Agito, XIII: Versus, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, KH: 358/2 Days, Valkyrie Profile DS, Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI DS, Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI DS, Chrono Trigger DS.  And I only see a handful of titles that are new and stand alone projecs, you can really tell where their focus is.  I'd just love to see the ratio of sequels/prequels/remakes/ports to original titles more trend towards what the company used to be.  

I guess the best way to say it is this:  Shouldn't there only be one Final Fantasy XIII?  I just think that announcing 3 titles for the same game is a little cocky since game companies usually announce more games in the same universe after seeing the profits from the main game.

That and I don't see how a new dungeon in Chrono Trigger will at all benefit the game.  I thought the game was pretty complete as it was. . . but maybe I'm wrong with that, too.

5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 06, 2008, 10:44:58 PM
Quote from: "Shiguma"
Are you fucking kidding me?  FFXI is not only the most popular MMORPG in Japan, it's been one of the most profitable games in the company's history.  You, sir, have absolutely *no idea* what you are talking about (and, no, "I'm the almighty manager of a lolGamestop" doesn't mean you know everything about the game industry, especially the overseas market).

I haven't mentioned the overseas market AT ALL in any of my posts.  I was specifically talking about North America.  Yes I know it's the most popular MMO in Japan, but look at North America.  And did I ever say I knew everything?  Stop flaming.  I even put a caption at the end of one of my posts saying, "Correct me if I'm wrong."  And I'm not wrong about the North American Market and FFXI.

And to be more on topic.  Because they have such a profit from FFXI in Japan, they can make more risks in Japan like the Code Age games and the stand alone cell phone games that they are making.  I would love to see those come to North America because the Code Age games looked really cool.  They had a very cool concept behind them, too!  

But Code Age was never released in the North American market.  And like someone said earlier, The World Ends With You wasn't originally planned on being released in North America because it was too risky.  I'd love to see more risks like that in North America because TWEWY is a really fun game!

No I don't know everything about the game industry, but flaming doesn't show any knowledge either.

Again, correct me if I'm wrong.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 06, 2008, 09:50:54 PM
How do I know what?  How do I know what is selling from their company?  It's probably because I'm a manager at a retail store for video games and I know what people buy and don't buy.  Not only that, but I look at sales charts on the internet.

Was that your question?

7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 06, 2008, 09:39:29 PM
Quote from: "Blace"
Evidently you missed their recent fiscal report where their profits were down considerably. They need money, period.

It's probably because no one bought Final Fantasy I or II for the PSP.  Also, no one bought Project Sylpheed.  And the costs vs. the profit for FFXI aren't that great.  Especially with the new expansions out.

Not to mention that no NEW flagship games came out this year except for Crisis Core.  Square Enix put funds into games like Mario Hoops 3 on 3, Final Fantasy III DS, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.  Those won't make as much money as a BRAND NEW game from the flagships.

8  Media / General Games / New Castlevania! on: July 06, 2008, 09:30:41 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"

When considering the Wii version of Castlevania, I felt that using the Wii Remote was a must for the game. The dilemma I encountered here was that past Castlevania games have all been action games where the user can play for hours at a time, but having to shake the controller for hours would be very tiring. Therefore, the solution I thought would best fit for the franchise and also for the Wii platform would be a fighting-type game with action elements, utilizing the Wii remote.

This seems like a really bad case of prioritizing a neat sounding gimmick over what the players truly want out of the series.

No one could have said it better.  Quoted for truth!

9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 06, 2008, 09:26:36 PM
Where did it come from when they made Final Fantasy I way back when.  Or Live a Live or Chrono Trigger?  It came from the main Final Fantasy series meaning a new iteration of the Final Fantasy games.  Now they remake everything and a half to just make more money.  Not really to fund side projects.  If they're doing anything with those funds, it's to give more funds to their flagship games like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest.  They're not putting that money to side projects.  That's why we haven't seen all that many side projects during the PS2 and current era.

Correct me if I'm wrong!
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 06, 2008, 09:14:19 PM
What I find really interesting is that Square Enix only became ridiculously profitable by taking one last major risky effort and making Final Fantasy I way back when.  Squeenix made a TON of side projects and stand alone games back in the Super Nintendo days and a little in the PS1 era.  But now, they're RELYING on ports and remakes to make them money rather than focusing on stand alone games.  

Secret of Evermore
Secret of Mana
Live a Live
Chrono Trigger
Breath of Fire
Romancing Saga
Bahamut Lagoon
Treasure Hunter G
Parasite Eve
Brave Fencer Musashi
Threads of Fate
Vagrant Story

Granted, a bunch of these received sequels, but they started off as stand alone games that were risks.  And I know I'm forgetting a lot of games.  Let's look at what they've released on the PS2 era and now:

The Bouncer
Kingdom Hearts
Radiata Stories
Project Sylpheed
The World Ends With You

What's coming up in the future is this:

Infinite Undiscovery
Sigma Harmonics
The Last Remnant

The focus of stand alone games or new series vs. remakes and ports is ridiculous.  I'm fine with them porting Chrono Trigger because it might mean a new Chrono game later, but still.  When the number or remakes and ports on the PSP GREATLY outnumbers original games, it's kind of stupid.  Look at the PSP alone.  Remakes:

FF: Tactics
Valkyrie Profile

New games:

Crisis Core

4:1 on the PSP.  I won't even start on the DS ratio!!

Anyway, all I want is new stand alone or original ideas from Square Enix.  Their focus makes me not want to buy their re-releases. . .

11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone interested in Bioshock? on: August 20, 2007, 10:23:30 AM
It's interesting because I made my room-mate play the demo and she absolutely hates FPS games more than anything in the world, but she really loved the demo and wants to play the full game.  I'm kind of surprised that she liked it so much.  I think the idea of plasmids was a really good idea.  Much better in my opinion than a flamethrower, tesla coil, etc.

12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: August 18, 2007, 02:33:05 PM
I just got through the intro of the game and then I had to go somewhere so I shut it off.  If anything, the intro was amazing and made me want to play the game a million times more rather than make me think it was too long.  I like narrative intros like that because it gives you a starting off point.  If a game and end with a long cinematic, why can't it open with one?

13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone interested in Bioshock? on: August 18, 2007, 02:28:36 PM
The reason there are spoilers is because Toys-R-Us accidentally sold it before the street date and some people have the game already.

The game is definitely amazing.  I can't wait to run into those moral dilemas.  The idea that a game actually does this is really amazing.  I also love the gameplay.  It's a lot more fun that other FPS games out there!

14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere to be brought over by Atlus on: February 11, 2007, 12:41:57 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Edit: Oh hey I looked at the other most likely guess, RPGamer, and it says sequel!

Yup, it was RPGamer.

15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere to be brought over by Atlus on: February 10, 2007, 07:28:42 PM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
Just because it's developed by the same people and the visual style is the same does not mean this is a sequel.

Some other RPG sites that announced this said that in the press release, Atlus said it was a sequel. . . but I just went and read the release and it says nothing of a sequel.  Sorry, I got wrong info from other sites.  I don't think I should mention their names, so I won't.

Either way, I want to play it.

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