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1456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 29, 2009, 04:17:11 PM
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-- Cooking, in every Tales game I've played. Sure, it's a mainstay. And in theory, it's useful because you can only have up to 20 gel units of each kind of gel, whereas you get a lot more ingredients in general, so you save your gels for battle and cook outside of battle. In practice, cooking doesn't heal enough HP to be actually useful, 20 of each kind of gels is plenty enough for any given dungeon, and if you need to heal in batte, use a healing mage.

I always use it for MP restoration. It's often cheaper than regular items.

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-- And a question to the peanut gallery: Was magic useful in Terranigma?

Best way to take down Bloody Mary if you don't want to grind. Otherwise? No.
1457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Female RPG Fans....... on: March 29, 2009, 02:35:19 PM
Yes.

Funiest part:

From introduction:

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The original goal of Aiko was to help our aging population to do simple tasks like make tea and coffee, tell them the weather, read a magazine or remind them to take their medication at the correct time. There are many applications for Aiko in the home, office or public places.

From gallery:



This must be one of its many applications!
1458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Female RPG Fans....... on: March 29, 2009, 03:43:29 AM
http://www.projectaiko.com/
1459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 28, 2009, 03:20:27 PM
I agree. When I hear a song from Chrono Trigger in a game that is not Chrono Trigger, I will associate it with Chrono Trigger and how I experienced that game, not with the game I'm currently playing. Stealing popular scores won't make me enjoy a game more, it might even make it forgettable.
1460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 3 is getting on my nerves. on: March 28, 2009, 03:10:18 PM
Yes, all you need to do is prepare for everything and it isn't that difficult to cover the bases... I had more trouble with the final boss from Wild Arms III. Just as many forms and some of them required some nasty trick that wasn't very obvious. Persona 3 on the hand, gives you all the information you need.
1461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG towns thread on: March 28, 2009, 04:47:43 AM
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I'm a whore for growing/expanding cities.

Play Terranigma.

Terranigma had some great towns, because they tried to make every place unique instead of just the next "equipment upgrade here" town. Doing all the little sidequests to boost the economy was fun. Neotokyo had some cute little easter eggs
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until everyone was killed with that virus
And then there is Crysta of course, it's a lovely town with lovely music and then you find out the truth. The towns in that game were all properly connected to the storyline, that's what makes them memorable.

I'm currently playing Persona 4 and Inaba is great. It's a lot like my town, but a bit larger and with murders instead of suicides.
1462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 3 is getting on my nerves. on: March 27, 2009, 10:43:39 AM
SO2's Indy was cheap. PS3's boss? Not so much. It was a long fight and a bit annoying because of the arcana shifts, but it isn't too difficult as long as you don't forget to scan. I don't think I was overleveld, I just fought 75% of the enemies I encountered on my way through Tartarus.
1463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your current-gen top rpg list on: March 26, 2009, 02:47:38 AM
Okay, lemme see what I've played and finished so far...


Dragon Quest Monsters - JOKER
Lunar Dragon Song
Children of Mana
Luminous Arc
Final Fantasy III
Etrian Odyssey
From the Abyss
Dragon Quest V
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Popolocrois
Astonishia Story
(Puzzle Quest)
Riviera: The Promised Land


That's more than I thought I had played, but most of it is crap or port/remake. There is very little that is actually exclusive to the new consoles/handhelds. My brother owns a Xbox 360 and I've played Blue Dragon and Fable II on it, so I'll count those as well.

A top 5 would probably look like:
1. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
2. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
3. Etrian Odyssey
4. Dragon Quest V
5. Fable

Frankly, the PS2 is the system I use the most. Companies are still releasing all sorts of RPGs for it. Last month I had a lot of fun with Mana Khemia and now I'm pouring all my free time into Persona 4.
1464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Family who are "too fat to work" need more benefits on: March 23, 2009, 03:10:25 AM
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Health experts generally tell you to eat more slowly, and to drink water while you eat(sometimes as much as one swallow of water per forkful of food).

They do? Back in elementary school there was a teacher who never let us drink anything during lunch, because it was supposed be bad for your health. I usually had something like whole grain bread with peanutbutter with me, so after a few bites I has always thirsty, but I wasn't allowed to drink until I finished my bread. That sucked so much. I'm glad the bitch was wrong.
1465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 04:57:39 PM
XSeed is great. They pick up decent titles and their localisations are solid. No complaints there.

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I know you guys have heard this one.  But at least we are getting the Cross Edge game. (Raises shield in defense).

I'm the same way. Crappy localisations? That sucks, but if I want to play the game I'll buy it regardless of what the publisher did. The alternatives are playing the game in a language I don't understand or not playing the game at all. The alternatives are worse and the localisation could ever be.
1466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 03:55:15 PM
I completely forgot about XSEED.  I was relieved to hear someone picked up Shadow Hearts Covenant.  I've never heard of Aksys.  What have they localized?

PS: To those American speakers that know enough Jap to navigate through imports, where did you learn it and how long did it take?  Not the whole language.  Just what's necesarry to make it through most games.  Thanks.  

You can buy programs to learn Japanese, like books, audio books, etc. There are probably some free ones, but for less quality. It really depends on how long it'll take, depending on how much time you invest per day learning the language and how long it takes you to learn hiragana, katakana, and kanji (not sure if a huge knowledge of kanji is necessary for a video game.)

*has some experience with playing Japanese games without knowing much Japanese*

Hiragana and katakana are essential when navigating through menu's and since many games use western sounding names you'll be able to read many names too. Menu's have some kanji, but those are easy enough to recognise after a while. Some games have furigana, but Dragon Quest is the only RPG series I can think of that has it.

It depends on the game if basic knowledge of hiragana and katakana are enough. Action RPG's rarely require much reading. Most Fire Emblems are perfectly playable this way, because menu's aren't too complicated, the names are easy to read and all items have icons. But something like, I don't know, Final Fantasy VIII? Sounds like hell.
1467  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 02:02:04 PM
I completely forgot about XSEED.  I was relieved to hear someone picked up Shadow Hearts Covenant.  I've never heard of Aksys.  What have they localized?


From the Abyss (DS), a mediocre dungeon crawler
Hoshigami (DS)

... I can't think anything else. They focus more on fighters and have published multiple Guilty Gear games.
1468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 12:35:10 PM
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There are a lot more than 2 companies who bring this stuff over.  They're not all huge companies, and some of them are little better than NISA(Mastiff edited the HELL out of La Pucelle(lol it's a game about churches that has no religious symbols), but the rest of the translation was great), but they -are- out there.

As if the edited crosses had any impact on the game experience... And it's not as if Mastiff is the only company to ever edit a game like that. Edits are actually very common. Cigarettes and alcohol are often removed, because all kids totally want to be like Badrach.

Also: Persona.


1469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I give up... NISA is making me sick of localizations.... on: March 22, 2009, 11:55:54 AM
NISA is the new Working Designs. You either love them for bringing over obscure Japanse RPGs, or you hate them for what they do the games they bring over.

As much as I bashed several different elements of Working Designs, at least their translation alterations were (usually) high quality.  For example, the original Lunar has next to NOTHING to do with the tone of the original game (just a wild guess) but darn if those weren't some of the most amusing random NPC conversations around.  The only game they did with lolwhat changes was in the Sega CD version of the sequel where they decided to make a character...different.  Not Atlus Mark different but still a change that was neither necessary nor done well.

NISA?  Complete and utter joke.  So much for this unfounded rumor that NIS in Japan was jumping on their asses for their incompetent work.  I hate to say it but this string of progressively worsening idiocy is making me feel quite happy about my boycott on NISA.

Not everyone was happy with Working Designs' jokes about Clinton, pop music and farts. They often tried a bit too hard to make a game funny.

In any case, I'm not going to boycot them. Boycotting NISA would mean boycotting Koei and Koei actually gives a damn about European RPGfans.
1470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Family who are "too fat to work" need more benefits on: March 22, 2009, 09:26:26 AM
Actually chewing your food is recommended in any case...
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