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1471  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: IGN ARTICLE ON SQUARE ENIX on: November 26, 2008, 05:10:21 PM
Many of the acclaimed western RPG's are extremely lengthy because of the amount of material stuffed in. I guess the players has the freedom to rush through it, but most of these games encourage the gamers to stretch the experience/replay the game and choose a different path. The only difference is that Japanese RPGs are usually more linear. In both cases large amounts of time are spend killing stuff and micromanaging.

From my experience Japanese RPG's are getting shorter. A lot of the ones (50%?) I played were less than 30 hours long, which is usually a good length.
1472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: IGN ARTICLE ON SQUARE ENIX on: November 26, 2008, 04:31:18 PM
Wait, didn't we go through the same phase in 2002 when Squeenix just merged? Everyone was complaining about lack of innovation, too much innovation, lack of worldmaps Enix was falsely accused of unleashing the abomination known as Unlimited Saga etc. Then some good stuff came out and everyone forgot about that.

Taking two games from the same publisher, but different developers and calling it a trend is idiotic. Want a Squeenix trend? Final Fantasy ports and remakes are a trend. Disappointing Mana games are a trend. Square Enix unwillingness to use the Virtual Console is a trend. But  I guess that isn't flashy enough to write about.
 
You know what? I predict that 770 days after the gaming gods give birth to their new offspring, the nerd s will rage again and the digital lands will be consumed by their tears. From 4chan four annons will rise to lead the armies of the undead to do battle against the vocal fanboys who defend the old beliefs on Youtube. Few will survive the end of the old days and the new generation will be blessed with obliviousness. However, this unawareness will be a curse as well and history will repeat itself.
1473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sumo wrestling + fat Australian girl = greatest photo in the world. on: November 26, 2008, 02:53:52 AM
Hard to believe she's 14. She looks like she's in her 20s.

Anyway, it's awesome she's doing something positive like that. I bet she's more healthy and active than most of the skinny kids I know. Heck, I know she's fitter than me. I fail at sports.
1474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: November 26, 2008, 02:42:11 AM
Beat Odin Sphere's final boss. Not with a piece of toast -I went back and created a bunch of elixers- but is was a great fight anyway. Got the good ending. Great stuff, all  magical and fairytale like, with true love and everything a girl could wish for.

Great game. Slow down didn't bother me that much, but that may just be my playing style. There was this one time the screen froze up, Oswald was going berserk in the mountains and all sorts of crap was flying around, but other than that it only really slowed down twice.

I really enjoyed the food element. Collecting ingredients, growing sheep... Also, this is the only game in which pralines saved my virtual life. Go chocolate!

BTW If I was any good at Odin Sphere the toast would have been enough. I did get to his head a few times, for some quick and easy damage from a safe place, but I kept dying when he had like 20% of his health left :(
1475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Completed RPGs: 2008 Edition on: November 25, 2008, 02:58:36 PM
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I don't know... I didn't really keep a list this year. Lets see...

Dragon Quest Monsters: JOKER
Sword of Mana
DemiKids - Dark Version
Super Robot Wars: Original Generation
Shining Force
.hack//Outbreak
.hack//Quarantine
Atelier Iris: Gran Phantasm
Legaia 2
Romancing Saga
Digital Devil Saga 2
Persona 3
Suikoden Tactics
Tales of Legendia
Lunar Dragon Song
Luminous Arc
Children of Mana
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

I thought I had only finished a few games. I guess I thought wrong O_o

I'm now very close to the end of Odin Sphere, but I doubt I will be able to beat Levanthan without getting some more healing items first.
1476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal MXVII: Crisis Atelier Spectral Moon III on: November 25, 2008, 02:48:29 PM
Holy *beep*! Odin Sphere has some of the best final boss fights ever!

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Too bad I won't be able to finish it in one go. There is no way I can take Leventhan on with only a few heal bottles and an egg on toast. Sure, mulberry tart got me through the fight with the fire beast, but you can't beat a dragon that encircles the world with a piece of toast!



Also thinking about getting DQM: Joker since it's only 15 bucks or Viva Pinata for the DS because I like virtual pet games (and it seems a bit more interesting than the Petz games. Remember when those weren't Nintendogs clones? I'm sure you don't because that was like a goddamn decade ago and you all drop so goddamn much acid).

DQM is pretty good for 15$, it's very short (15 hours?) and has no story what-so-ever, but the monster raising and visiting the different islands is pretty entertaining. Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise is a cute game. You're not getting anything new if you already own one of the Xbox games, but it's solid portable version.

1477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .....sort of new to rpg's on: November 23, 2008, 08:14:00 AM
Didn't Odin Sphere turn GH a little while back? If so, that may a game to look into. It some sort of hybrid, but it's absolutely wonderful. No slow battles and just two stats to keep track of. The game is rather difficult, but you can always start on Easy if you want to.

You could also try something entirely different. If you dislike random battles because they serve no purpose other than gaining Exp., you may want to try a strategy RPG like Fire Emblem. These games are turn-based,  but atleast every battles serves a purpose. Okay, unless you're playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2), that's just one boring quest after another...

My younger sister isn't much of a gamer, but she likes the Atelier Iris games. These RPG's don't put emphasis on fighting, but have fast battle systems anyway.


1478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 20, 2008, 03:08:46 PM
I'm sure you'd love Dutch cuisine. Mash some random vegatable together with potatoes, dump some gravy or mustard on it and, tadaa!, stamppot!

Example. Example 2 (The Dutch pour a lot of gravy over it or use mustard to add some extra flavour. The gravy is usually used as a excuse to play with your food and make everything taste like meat. What you do: first make a mountain out of the stampot, then make a hole in the middle and pour the gravy in it, after that you mash everything together again.)
1479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 19, 2008, 03:09:23 AM
Well my ex-girlfriend was a vegetarian for most of her life and she used to get very ill if she ate meat. She was more a vegetarian because her mom was a hippy and imposed it upon her and she just kept up with it because she was used to it, every now and then she would try to eat beef just because and it wouldn't be fun.

I'm familair with that. I've been a vegetarian for almost 10 years now and one of the reasons I stopped eating meat was because I had a lot of trouble digesting it. If I'm ever going to start eating meat again, it's going to be one slice at a time. It not an evolution thing, it's just that the body isn't used to it anymore. It's the same as switching to a high fiber diet. It's going to be messy for a while.

Anyway, I have nothing against people eat meat, but it annoys me when people eat too much meat practically every day and then complain about all sorts of health problems. Not to mention this behaviour puts a serious strain on our resources...
1480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Eternal Poison on: November 18, 2008, 05:46:59 AM
It sounds like a combination of some of my favourite SRPGs. I hope my local gamestores have it in stock or I may have to consider importing it myself. (Though I wouldn't be surprised if Koei licensed it.)
1481  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 17, 2008, 02:44:21 AM
I don't mind multiplayer RPG's, but I prefer them for consoles. Getting enough people together to enjoy the game is difficult enough, so you might as well use the big screen. Something like Secret of Mana. Console is more convenient anyway, since you only need one game and a few extra controllers.

I don't care about doing random missions with random people. If I want to play with other people, it's because I want to experience the game together with others. Fighting battles and aquiring items is hardly a real experience. May as well play a MMORPG then. I had a lot of fun playing Tales games with other people, even though I was usually a mage. We would switch field-control every now and then so everyone could get a turn walking around and solving puzzles.

BTW Even though it was tons of trouble, I always thought the GBA-link with the GC was worth it.
1482  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears Of Blood on: November 15, 2008, 02:51:00 AM
I'd rather play a RPG with good gameplay and a bad story, than a RPG that doesn't excel in any department.

I'll go even further and say I would rather play an RPG with good gameplay and a bad story than one with average gameplay and a great story. Gameplay is the most important thing to me, story will always be second. That doesn't mean I want only good gameplay. I definitely would like a good story as well.

If the game has bad gameplay, but is special enough in one way or another, if the rest of the game can motivate me to overlook the shortcomics of the gameplay, then I'll play it. Okage: Shadow King's battle system was a trip to the stone age, but I'm glad I played all the way through it. And hey, it was only 15 hours long, maybe I'll replay it some day.

Magna Carta however, is like 60+ hours long and I'm not touching that ever again.
1483  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears Of Blood on: November 14, 2008, 01:46:48 PM
Atleast Wild Arms 4 was actually fun to play, even though it was a bit easy. Magna Carta often bordered on frustrating and sometimes even crossed the line. Atleast Wild Arms 4 had quick battles and exploring the different area's was actually fun with all the platforming and puzzles (and a character that moved faster than a dead turtle). I'd rather play a RPG with good gameplay and a bad story, than a RPG that doesn't excel in any department.
1484  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 13, 2008, 03:16:01 PM
I hope it's a typo. I can't imagine why Squeenix would choose the DS for this. Oh wait, I can. Handheld games = lower productions costs = less risk. DS = owned by everyone and his pet pet hamster.

Ah well, atleast they're making something original again.

Edit: Or are all the teams with console know-how working on Final Fantasies? That could also explain the choose for the DS.
1485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 13, 2008, 11:14:32 AM
Not necessarily. Just because it's on a handheld doesn't mean it can't be of epic scope.

Yes, the game looks good and all, but when you imagine what it could look like on the PS3 or Xbox360... It's a concept that could really benefit from the power of a console.
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