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121  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 18, 2011, 10:35:45 PM
I agree with you Kevadu. In fact, I'll extend by saying that the best RPGs I played in recent years are on the DS. I think the problem right now is that there is a high standard of quality on HD consoles, and it's tough to develop a good RPG on them. It forces developpers to make a game with good graphics, but loses some of the magic that some JRPGs had. Look at FFXIII: it looks amazing, but many people disliked its linearity. Well, I don't think it's possible for anybody to make a game that will be an epic 60-hour adventure and meeting the industry standard. Look at Nier. I think it was a great and original game well worth playing. The problem: it received bad reviews because its graphics weren't good enough. But the sad thing is, most people didn't buy it because of those bad reviews. Hell, I don't give a shit about graphics, I just want to have fun playing a good game. That is possible on the DS, with its limited graphics. A 32-bit styled game can receive great reviews as well, because of the console on which is released. Same thing on the PSP, which has some great "2D" RPGs. So, my point is: most people don't think playing the DS is "cool" enough and play PS3/360. And the JRPGs on these consoles are mostly bad, or if they're good theyr receive a bad reception from the mainstream. I think that's what lowers the general opinion of JRPGs. My conclusion: they should buy a DS!
Oh, and let's share a story. I work in a Gamestop. I think it happens one time every month that a customer asks me for a good RPG. I tell them that they are mostly on the DS nowadays. The answer is always something like: "Oh well, DS, you know... I prefer my PS3". I don't know why but it seems most people have a fear of the DS! Anyway, the solution is pretty much on the PSN/Xbox Live, where devs can release low-graphics games for a minimal price, and still receive good reviews because they're "indie".
122  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: March 18, 2011, 04:42:22 PM
I plan to get the 3DS at launch (I already pre-ordered it so...), but I'm getting a DS game with it first. I'm just having trouble deciding what... Currently I'm torn between getting 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors, Knights in the Nightmare,Disgaea DS, Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, or Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure. Someone must help me decide what to do before I implode.

As my avatar indicates, I liked 999 very much, It's probably the best adventure game I played on the DS (with Pheonix Wright and Ghost Trick, I must say). Even if Lufia's gameplay is broken, story and characters are great and I had fun doing the dungeons and puzzles. Even though I know most people didn't like KH:RC, i thought the gameplay was great and varied enough. I also finished it, but I must admit it's not the best game around, but it as a great replay value (I put 30 hours in it in order to unlock the secret ending, I'd say the main story takes about 15). My advice would be 999, because not only it is a great and long game (you pretty much have to complete it 3-5 times to get through all the stories and puzzles), and it's probably going to be rare as KeeperX said (and of course, if you can find Pheonix Wright, it's probably really cheap by now!)
123  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 18, 2011, 12:19:15 AM
I'm still not fond of Aht, I hate that her traps are a sort-of waste of turn.

Well I wasn't a fan either but I quickly found them useful when I really gave them a chance. Electric traps are really powerful... Did 350 on a boss later on that was pretty resistant to any other damage. Maybe she just isn't grinded enough yet (she's about 30 for me right now, I just began chapter 6.)
124  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I made a game: Castle on the Night Land on: March 17, 2011, 05:00:05 PM
Gosh, it's hard! I always get killed but that crazy skeleton...
125  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: March 17, 2011, 12:41:39 PM
This was written last year, and is still true.

I buy SE releases almost only out of respect for their glorious past :P

I swear to God that I don't understand this way of thinking. Why would you do that?

Anyway, Mesh's impressions on the game are making me think twice lol.

Woh, I was half-joking there! :P I don't buy EVERYTHING they release of course, only things like DQ and FF-spinoffs (and recently Tactics Ogre). Not that I don't enjoy them, I just meant that I'm not as excited in their games as I used to be, and Atlus took over this place in my heart... But I still enjoy most of their games, I'm just waiting for their next great release that wouldn't be a remake and/or sequel. But, you know, I don't buy their Eidos stuff or things like the new action-oriented Front Mission or Supreme Commander... Only their RPG stuff that interest me at least a bit. I'm really excited about this new FFIV port on PSP, but It's pretty much a remake of a remake, which is pretty sad.
126  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: March 16, 2011, 10:52:20 PM
This was written last year, and is still true.

Great point! I can't remember any SE "masterpiece" form last years (Well, DQIX was great but it's the only one I can think of)... I tend to think that Atlus pretty much replaced SE today. They have the successful SMT series with a quality standard, and they still release some standalone gems like Radiant Historia. I'm really excited about their latest projects, whereas I buy SE releases almost only out of respect for their glorious past :P
127  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs - Deep, Medium, or "Lite" stories? on: March 16, 2011, 07:28:25 PM
I don't like stories that are too heavy, because it's rare that I have the chance to finish a RPG rapidly, I usually extend it over time. Right now I'm enjoying the Star Ocean 4 format, as every "planet" as an individual story as well as advancing the general plot, which isn't overcomplicated so I keep coming to it even after I stopped player for 2-3 weeks.
128  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 15, 2011, 07:34:35 PM
Nothing I'm enjoying more right now than pushing large numbers of enemies onto traps set by Aht.

I'ts a really abusive skill, the game is so much easier since I discovered them :P
129  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Wild Armor's Game Lot *January 20, 2011* on: March 15, 2011, 03:44:03 PM
Sent you a PM. Hope it worked!
130  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs as collectibles? on: March 15, 2011, 02:56:34 PM
Oh and I also wonder if I should buy Hyperdimension Neptunia and Ar Tonelico even though they received a bad review. The collector in me wants them madly, but the player just knows I won't like them and probably never play them either.
Neptunia actually isn't that bad of a game. It's certainly a mediocre game, but it's not bad. The games a "love it or hate it" kind of deal. If it doesn't seem like something you would enjoy, I wouldn't bother with it. $60 is a lot to pay for a mediocre game that you only want for collecting purposes.

Well, my problem is that we still have the limited edition at the place where I work, and I just LOVE limited editions :P Beside, it's already overpriced on eBay! But in fact my problem is that every time I tried a game published by NISA, I disliked it... Even Disgaea isn't too much my kind of game... They seem overly complicated and superficial to me. I prefer simpler games with a great story and great characters: a great/original gameplay isn't enough for me. On the other hand, I like pretty much everything Atlus releases.
131  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs as collectibles? on: March 15, 2011, 12:49:53 AM
Well, I am a collector since I've got my PS3. The fact is that before I've got this one, I didn't work so I didn't have money to buy games. I only had 2-3 of them on Christmas and my birthday. I actually finished those games and re-played them a lot, as I only had a few. How many times did I play the first levels of those too-difficult NES games when it was the only console we had... Now I just buy more games than I can actually play. I realized it was crazy, but I'm still buying WAY too much games. I'm just too scared I won't be able to find them afterwards (most RPGS are only translated in English for the NA loclization, and I live in Quebec where a law prohibits sellers from marketing games that aren't bilingual, at least the case, so usually, if I don't pre-order it, I won't ever see it again.) These times I'm bidding for good prices on rare items on eBay (got Lunar 2 PSX for 30$ last month) so I can "complete" my collection of games that I dreamed of when I was younger but couldn't afford and couldnt't rent. But one thing that I started doing was trading games that I don't like. I didn't like Glory of Heracles, for example, so I traded it for a good price even though it is a DS RPG, my favorites. What's the point in keeping a game that I don't even like? Same thing for Last Rebellion, which will probably become "collectible" some day even though it's one of the worst RPGs I ever played. I also started trading "big" games like Assassin's Creed and Red Dead Redemption. Even though I liked and finished them, they aren't the kind of games that fit a "collection", unlike RPGs that are usually rarer. Oh and I also wonder if I should buy Hyperdimension Neptunia and Ar Tonelico even though they received a bad review. The collector in me wants them madly, but the player just knows I won't like them and probably never play them either.
132  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs as collectibles? on: March 10, 2011, 08:09:12 PM
It's true that RPGs tend to gain value over time (take Earthbound, for example), altough their prices take a serious hit when they're re-released on Virtual console/PSOne Classics (PSX FFs used to have a great value, but not anymore).
133  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: March 07, 2011, 11:17:47 AM
My advice would be to pre-order them in the future... I personnaly pre-order every interesting handheld RPGs that come out as I know they usually become rare less than a month after their release. What's great is that you can cancel it if the reviews are bad, and you're sure to get it if it's a great game.
134  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst RPGS on: March 06, 2011, 10:58:15 PM
What about Rambo for the NES? I think it's the first time that I actually had a moral choice to do at the beginning of the game... And well, it turned out to be one of the worst games I ever played!
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