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1486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Completed RPGs: 2008 Edition on: November 25, 2008, 02:58:36 PM

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
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.
1487  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!


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.

1488  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.

1489  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.)
1490  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...
1491  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.)
1492  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.
1493  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.
1494  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.
1495  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.
1496  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.
1497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 13, 2008, 09:38:18 AM
Blood of Bahamut for the Nintendo DS first screenshots !
Square Enix has released the first screenshots of a new RPG called Blood of Bahamut for the Nintendo DS in the latest Shonen Jump magazine.

- The game will feature two protagonists Ibuki and Yui.
- They live in a fortified city built on the back of a giant.
- The giant will wake up during an enemy attack, our heroes must fight and defend their city.
- Cooperative multiplayer mode for up to four players locally available.
- The game will be presented at Jump Festa expo in Japan at the end of the year.

screenshots + source

Waste of epic artwork? :/
1498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 12, 2008, 03:17:41 PM
I wonder what the Bahamut in the picture is like. Is it likes the tortoise that is vaguely aware there is a civilization on it's back? Or is it some kind of ancient golem/a dragon controlled through a pact or something like that? If it's the later, it could make for an amazing strategy RPG. Aerial fights with dragons and/or airships! And just think about the strategic possibilities of a sentient, mobile country!
1499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears Of Blood on: November 12, 2008, 01:46:20 PM
I really wanted to like Tears of Blood, but the battle system kept getting on my nerves. It. Is. Too. Damn. Slow. If you have the patience and can overlook that shortcoming, it's a decent game. Looks nice, music is nice, story is engaging enough and everything else isn't too horrible.

I'm with Dincrest, get it from the bargain bin or used. Fullprice is too much of a gamble and there ar ebetter ways to spend the money anyway.
1500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 12, 2008, 01:40:59 PM
It'd better be a SRPG that lets me kill stuff with dragons.

... Bahamut Lagoon was the first thing that came to my mind. It's not just the title, it's also the setting. Bahamut Lagoon had floating continents with guardian dragons. Maybe this is some bad-ass remake in which the lands are the dragons.

Okay, it's farfetched. However, I still want a RPG in which I can kill stuff with dragons :(
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