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1486  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to "Numbers Speak Louder Than Words" Editorial on: June 30, 2009, 05:49:13 AM
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The deadline thing sounds irresponsible to me.

Welcome to the real world. Publishers and readers can be very demanding, so there are cases were we really have to rush to play and review a game. That doesn't mean we always leave those games unfinished, but if you have to play a 30 hour game in three days, you won't get the same experience as someone who is allowed to play the game at his own pace. You could burn-out halfway through and give the game a lower score than it deserves, or you give it an unreasonably high score because your life revolved around that game for half a week.
1487  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Response to "Numbers Speak Louder Than Words" Editorial on: June 30, 2009, 03:19:45 AM
You know, for someone who's obsesively playing Tales of the Abyss, this talk of the importance of the score is way more entertaining than it should be.

In any case, the score alone doesn't say that much. Reviewers are often on a timer, trying to play as much as possible before the deadline. Because of this haste they may over- or underrate a game. I rated Star Ocean 3 too high, a friend gave Twilight Princess a perfect score and that comes back to haunt him every now and then.
1488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 28, 2009, 04:42:10 AM
I'm on my second Tales of the Abyss playthrough (10x Exp. is fun!) en I just hope my PS2 will last long enough for me to finish it. It has been making funny noices for a while now and that's never a good thing for first generation PS2s. I might be able to fix it again when it breaks or I might not.
1489  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest: Generations of War confirmed for European release. on: June 26, 2009, 08:02:00 AM
Dunno about the developer, but the publisher, Ghostlight, is a fairly good publisher. Like Atlus, they sometimes throw in a free OST. Unlike Atlus, they actually print enough copies of the games they publish. The only thing I never understood is why they changed SMT3's titel from Nocturne to Lucifer's Call.
1490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest: Generations of War confirmed for European release. on: June 26, 2009, 03:10:29 AM
Wait, there is an European releasedate for a JRPG that doesn't even have a publisher in the US? That's like a once a decade event!

Tales of Eternia doesn't count.

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Agarest: Generations of War is mostly remembered for its dating sim style elements where Leonheart, the hero, and one of the female characters can “breed” a new character.

Not exactly new. Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu let you "breed" a whole new generation (of statistically superior uber characters).
1491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that critics love but fans of the series hate. on: June 24, 2009, 02:57:48 PM
I personally had enough after Lufia's Ancient Cave and I only played that because I had nothing else to play at the time.
1492  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: June 24, 2009, 02:29:48 PM
Tales of the Abyss is taking up most of my days. Tales of the Abyss and Walk with me. Someone had to "play" and review that thing and I'm kinda happy it is me. The alternative was Tales of Vesperia and I don't want to play two Tales games at once or put TotA away for a while.

Tales of the Abyss - One gate left to go and then it's time for the final dungeon, I think. I want to do some grade farming so I can get 10x Exp on my next playthrough.

Walk with me - Reached the goal the game set for me before noon. Yay for me!
1493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Vandal Hearts as downloadble title only :( on: June 23, 2009, 04:20:07 PM
I guess you could approach the graphics from a purely practical point of view, like you'd do with ugly 32 and 64-bit games.
1494  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+.
1495  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.
1496  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.
1497  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.
1498  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.

1499  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
1500  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.
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