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1486  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 23, 2009, 11:06:41 AM
Tales of the Abyss, 40 hours in. I correctly predicted several deaths and plottwists, yet I seem to have missed several big sidequests. Ah well, there is always new game+.
1487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Parties and Boss Battles on: June 23, 2009, 02:54:57 AM
Villgust did something really weird. There were basically switched between two parties several times, only the hero was always there. And in the final dungeon...

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the party members left the hero one by one and the hero had to fight the final battle alone.

It's a good thing that game wasn't very difficult and new equipment could always be found at just the right time. I doubt I would have finished it if that hadn't been the case.
1488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: June 22, 2009, 10:47:43 AM
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And nice glasses, Tomara - my last pair were almost exactly like them. :)

Thanks. I think they look a bit harsh in that picture. Part of the frame is actually light transparent blue, but it's not visible there. Those glasses did get me a fan or two, since they make me the "geeky girl". The girl next to me is the cute girl and our other team member (0:10), the one who almost gave away a panty shot, is the exotic/rock girl. We sold a lot that day.
1489  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 22, 2009, 06:17:47 AM
Tales of the Abyss, 30 hours in.

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Tamara died? :( I was disappointed to find out I shared my name with an old woman, but that feeling soon disappeared when she tried to beat up soldiers with a ruler. And then the flamethrower! That was awesome.
1490  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: June 22, 2009, 03:57:08 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofc_w9_16FE

Chibicon 2009. I'm the white haired girl (0:08). I got up at 5.15 that morning. I was asked to pose like that.

1491  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 21, 2009, 05:00:25 AM
I finally got some time to play Tales of the Abyss! The story has been predictable so far, but out of all Tales game I've played I'd say this one has the best characters and story. I love Jade <3
1492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 17, 2009, 05:04:33 PM
Yes, but there are so many people who have never played a roguelike before, you have to help them figure out if they would like the game or not. You don't write a review for the people who are almost guaranteed to like the game just because it's a roguelike. If a game's appeal is limited, you bring it up in your review and ideally you explain whom it would appeal to and why.
1493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 17, 2009, 01:35:26 PM
Roguelikes... those are a pain in the *ss to review. The majority does not like these games and if you have to write a review with the majority in mind, these games will likely end up with a relatively low score.
1494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 17, 2009, 06:26:04 AM
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"girls look like men in WRPGs".

True. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but I just don't like the tits, ass & muscle designs. Sure, the girls in JRPG's provide plenty of fanservice as well, but atleast they wear cute outfits!
1495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The awful war between JRPGFans and WRPGFans on: June 17, 2009, 04:09:39 AM
I always thought it was more of a PC vs console RPG war, just like there is a PC vs console gaming war in general. Hardware is one of the main reasons why I rarely bother with western RPGs. I guess I could play some games from before 2002 on my system, but why bother when I have a big stack of DS, PSP and PS2 RPGs I want to play?
1496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 15, 2009, 03:31:09 AM
But you know what's worse than overdramatic deaths? FAKE deaths! Yes, I'm looking at YOU, Final Fantasy IV! (Edward, Yang, Cid, Palom and Porom, FuSoYa, Golbez) They practically pretend to kill off every temporary character when they leave your group...)

Fixed on account that Tellah actually bought the farm. Still doesn't excuse Cid for surviving a bomb exploding in his hands as he was falling from who knows how high up and into a fleet of airships all while causing a cave in above him. >_<

I could totally see him slipping on a banana peel and never getting back up again. Mundane death indeed.

Don't forget all the lava. Parashutes can't save you from lava.
1497  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: More characters need to die boring deaths... on: June 14, 2009, 04:26:45 AM
I've seen some pretty stupid/boring deaths in RPGs, but only in RPGs with exceptionally bad writing. There is this scene in Astonishia Story where a whole town is destroyed and the heroes barely escape with their lives. The conversation that follows was basically "Gee, that sucks, lets go do something else"

And then there was Lunar Dragon Song. Since we didn't actually see the guy die, I thought he had escaped again, like earlier in the game.

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Let's not forget Fire Emblem - when your characters die, it's really game over for them.  No Life Elixar 9000, no feather or down off a large avian's arse.  Just death.

And if they do survive the war, they might die in more peaceful times. The epilogue often mentions a character or two dying.
1498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 09, 2009, 04:17:40 PM
[N]gamer has two, but now that I think about it, I'm not sure our sister magazines have RPG guys. PU didn't have one for ages, they totally trashed Final Fantasy VI and Phantasy Star IV back in the days...

I don't think someone who's not a fan reviewing an RPG is necessarily a bad idea. It can be refreshing to read a review from the viewpoint of another type of gamer. As long as the reviewer is fair and openminded, the review could be very good.
1499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Forgotten Old Square RPGs? on: June 09, 2009, 02:45:44 PM
I played through Final Fantasy Mystic Quest a dozen of times. If you're starving even stale bread can be a gift from the heavens. This stale bread also had some cool music. Doom Castle theme!
1500  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 09, 2009, 02:18:58 PM
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles got some really good scores when it just came out and that really surprised me. It was not just because I thought it was a very repetitive game, but also because I felt it should have been a Mana game. Remove the moogles, add some sprites and elementals, call it Chronicles of Mana and fans would have finally gotten that multiplayer Mana game they have been wishing for since Secret of Mana.

That's me as a fan. The critic in me thinks Breath of Fire fans need to stop complaining about Dragon Quarter not being like Breath of Fire I, II or III. Dragon Quarter was a very innovative RPG.  A developer that has the guts to change a series drastically and makes a more than decent game in the progress, deserves praise. Instead they got poor sales and angry fans.

Anyway, someone pointed it out already, but critics often are fans themselves. The avarage website/magazine with reviews has a RPG guy, a racer guy, a FPS guy... The main difference between fans and critics is that critics are exposed to a lot more games.
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