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1486  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 30, 2012, 01:47:19 PM
It's no Xenoblade, that's for sure. But if it's $40 or less, I'd say it's a decent deal.
1487  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 30, 2012, 12:10:53 PM
Nearly done with The Last Story, just need to finish up the epilogue...

All in all, nice game, but not exactly something special. Not counting a few nasty (boss) battles, fighting is a ton of fun and the game has the decency to not overstay its welcome. A 25 hour investment should be plenty to wrap it up. The story was a big bag of cliche, though. At times it tried so hard to be a tear jerker, but just failed miserably because the drama it's going for is so overdone. And I still don't like the bloom-effect. I made Yurick's clothes a bit too light and now he looks like a walking talking lightbulb! It's giving me horrible flashbacks to Bakshi's Lord of the Rings...
1488  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of the Abyss 3DS on: May 27, 2012, 05:10:42 AM
If you're not sure, you'll know soon enough. Akzeriuth is the turning point of the game.
1489  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 26, 2012, 04:00:47 PM
The Last Story is getting better. First the castle was invaded and  Lady Calista/Lisa wanted to go back to her room to get changed. Blue ballroom dresses aren't designed to fight in, so she switched to something pink instead. I dyed everything that wasn't pink already pink as well, because well, if you're going to be the noble with the fancy healing artes, you're going to need all the pink you can get. Then Ganondorf appeared, kicked my butt and kicknapped the princess Lady EstellisaCalista. I chased him, got her back and then the good guys accidently fired cannons at us and now I'm on a boat.
1490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 26, 2012, 04:36:52 AM
Teddy is the only one who should be allowed to dance like that.
1491  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 25, 2012, 06:36:06 AM
After getting sidetracked by Ghost Trick, Catherine and Dokapon Kingdom, I finally started The Last Story. I'm a few hours in and I don't hate it, but it hasn't left much of an impression either. I like that there's some strategy involved in battles and that characters actually discuss tactics before engaging the enemy, but the battles themselves can be a bit boring. It's a bit like Xenoblade but without all the fancy moves. What you can do is hide behind pillars or draw the enemy towards you, which is kinda neat, but sometimes I feel like I'm watching instead of playing. The standard classic controller doesn't feel quite right for this game, which slows me down in battle. What I do love is the banter between characters. They're very talktive and whenever you're running down a long road or tunnel, they'll start up a little skit-like conversation. It's a nice touch.

Maybe it's just me (well, probably not just me, looking at Metacritic...), but I can't help comparing The Last Story to Xenoblade and feeling disappointed as a result. Maybe if the game had some more colour... It's rather brownish right now. Brownish with lots of bloom. It looks like the bastard son of a modern shooter and a JRPG.
1492  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 23, 2012, 04:11:36 AM
I thought my hearing sucked, but I could actually hear all of them as well.

Anyway, I've been staring at a picture someone took of me at an animecon. My ponytail is kinda like, screw gravity, I wanna be a pineapple!
1493  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 18, 2012, 03:48:33 AM
There's also the whole 'lets go on a trip to sacrifice some teenage girl, yay!' Well, I admit most of the characters in ToS didn't know while everyone besides Tidus was fully aware of what was going to happen to said teenage girl, but hey, it's not as if it came as a shock to the player.
1494  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 18, 2012, 01:36:38 AM
Tales of Symphonia doesn't really play like FFX...

Not gameplay, story. The big plottwists are basically the same.
1495  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 17, 2012, 02:09:57 PM
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This topic would be better if more people explained their hatred for certain games.

I guess I got a little lazy here and there.


Golden Sun is boring - It's not a bad game, but it's not special in any way. It's an upgraded Beyond the Beyond. The only reason people remember it fondly is because it was one of the first GBA RPGs and simply didn't have much competition. Also, characters talk way too much. If you're not going to bother with writing good dialogue, then just get to the point and let me continue my quest!

Tales of Symphonia is not a special snowflake - It's the same as with Golden Sun. It's not a bad game, but the only thing that makes it special is that it's playable on a Game Cube. If you've played Tales of Eternia and Final Fantasy X, you've played Tales of Symphonia. And honestly, I really don't mind they use the Grand List of RPG Clichés as foundation for every Tales-game, but if you're going to do it, do it right and make it great. Like Tales of the Abyss.

Dokapon Kingdom > several Mario Parties - After 5 the Mario Party series became kind of gimmicky and stupid, so did we really need more of them? Dokapon Kingdom is a nice change of pace, even if games take several hours. No wait, that's exactly what puts Dokapon above Mario Party. It lets you play 30 minutes games as well as whole campaigns that could take weeks if not months to finish. Backstabbing is more fun if everyone gets a/several turn(s)!
1496  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 17, 2012, 12:10:26 PM
-Tales of Symphonia is not the best Tales-game.
-Golden Sun is boring as hell.
-Super realistic grapics make games look really awkward or downright creepy.
-Dokapon Kingdom is more fun Mario Party 6 and up.
-Games have not gotten easier, because crappy level design/stupid AI does not equal a good challenge. Games have gotten less frustrating, which is a good thing!

Are you my twin brother?

Is there a brother named Tomara?

After ten years RPGfan still isn't aware of my gender? I guess I'll blame it on Sumire not wearing underwear back in the old days...
1497  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 03:15:40 PM
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Except you can basically point and laugh at that smoothness by cheesing clan rewards for an early copy of that knife that lets you steal weapons (since normally it's one of the last weapons you get thus making the ability all but worthless to begin with). Also have fun using classes like White Monk early on that get to sit there with Air Render and one of the game's dozen spin attacks and nothing else for half the game.

Still, I'd rather screw over the game than get screwed over by the game and Final Fantasy Tactics is really good at screwing players over. That suicidal AI still gives me nightmares.
1498  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 02:06:11 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics is worst than Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced.

I seriously think I'm the only person thinking this.

Actually, I think it's pretty reasonable. Final Fantasy Tactics has HUGE balance issues, it has some of the worst difficulty spikes I've ever seen in a game. Advance played a lot smoother. And as for the story, it was hard to take seriously if you played the first translation. Advance's story is simple and maybe even a bit silly, but in its own way it works.
1499  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 01:40:55 PM
-Tales of Symphonia is not the best Tales-game.
-Golden Sun is boring as hell.
-Super realistic grapics make games look really awkward or downright creepy.
-Kingdom Hearts should have ended years ago. Or better yet, it should have have been made in the first place. Final Fantasy and Disney characters in one game, that's like putting garlic on cake.
-Dokapon Kingdom is more fun Mario Party 6 and up.
-Games have not gotten easier, because crappy level design/stupid AI does not equal a good challenge. Games have gotten less frustrating, which is a good thing!
1500  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 10, 2012, 03:00:43 AM
They're everywhere. I know a few of the female variety and they're pretty cool. We have discussions about Tolstoy translations and crocheted cupcakes.
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