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1501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breath of Fire IV - August 16th on PSN! on: July 31, 2011, 07:31:54 AM
You never now... Maybe they'll use the PC version, convert it back to a PSone game and release that on PSN? :P
1502  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: July 31, 2011, 04:19:31 AM
Ohhhh my god.  Mameshiba FUCKING OWNS!!!

Finally, someone who appreciates the greatness that is Mameshiba!

1503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 30, 2011, 02:59:09 AM
If the whole (internet) conversation is about some other M.J., sure. Writing the full name becomes a bit of a drag after a while.

1504  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 29, 2011, 12:23:09 PM
SF2 does get super hard towards the end, but the beginning is a cakewalk.

The Battle of South Moundtop, the horror... the horror...!

Funny how the hardest part of the game is a SRPG and thus totally irrelevant to this thread.
1505  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 29, 2011, 02:54:22 AM
One of my brother's classmates has a mother like that. He had some allergies (nothing deadly, just stuff like mild hayfever) and that made his mother extremely overprotective, which in turn turned him into a annoying, egocentric kid nobody wanted to hang out with.
1506  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 29, 2011, 02:33:48 AM
Still annopys me that it takes her this long to care or notice.

Want to borrow my mum for a while? Her reaction to pretty much everything:

"It's the weather. It happens to everyone around this time of the year."

Spent the whole night puking your guts out with a crazy high fever?

It's the weather.

Still tired despite having slept 12-14 hours a night for a whole month?

It's the time of year.

Nearly drowned in the swimming pool because some asshole kid pushed you under and you seem to have lost half an hour of your memory?

It happens to everyone.

I know she says things like this because she cares and doesn't want us to worry (she used to be a nurse) and sure, it's not like most things are all that serious (just bothersome), but it would be nice if she would just acknowlegde how we feel...

On the upside, atleast we didn't grow up to be sissy hypochondriacs.

On the other hand, we never put our health first. For some reason work feels more important than being able to walk in a straight line. I need to make a new appointment, because people are starting to stare at me whenever I go grocery shopping...
1507  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 28, 2011, 04:45:29 AM
I feel sorry for you :( Chocospread is awesome. On the other hand, having more brands might unleash a national health crisis upon the US of A. Or something. Maybe.

Anyway... wiriting a preview for a game you've already played is surprisingly difficult. And ironic, if the game you're previewing is Tales of the Abyss. I already know what the game is like. I know exactly what's going to happen. Give me half an hour with the 3DS game and I'd probably be qualified to turn the preview into a review...
1508  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 28, 2011, 03:08:15 AM
So... do you guys only buy Nutella or are there other choco spreads available as well? Like Duo Pennotti?

1509  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 27, 2011, 01:55:13 PM
And here I was thinking that little warning system from MegaTen was old as hell and that Etrian Odyssey was a game designed with nostalgia in mind. All the little counter in the corner of the screen does is warn you the odds of getting ambushed are getting higher and higher. It's random, but the odds are different at different times. As for having some control over those odds for a limited time, that's pretty much a neccesity if you want to keep the game enjoyable. Players should have a way to not encounter weak monsters or improve the odds of getting out of a dungeon alive.

Have you played any of the Etrian Odyssey games? Going into the labyrinth and discovering you're out of warp wires when you're all worn out is enough to put you on the edge of your seat. Or how about when you defeat a boss and are allowed to enter a new stratum. Will you risk it all and look for that warp pillar or will you use a warp wire and save before going to the next floor? Or maybe you'll rest first and... nevermind, you were murdered by butterflies!
1510  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 27, 2011, 12:37:36 PM
Challenge shouldn't be random though. I prefer a game that gives a fair warning and methods to avoid those encounters.
1511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 27, 2011, 11:12:11 AM
Yeah, it works in some games. Etrian Odyssey does it right.
1512  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 27, 2011, 05:00:06 AM
You're too young to worry about games you missed. Not that you should worry about it later. Backlogs creep up on you awfully fast...
1513  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 27, 2011, 04:18:34 AM
Tales of the Abyss on the PS2. I wanted to see for myself if the load times we're really that bad. I timed it. While the PS2 version does have longer load times, it's a 2 second difference at most based on that comparative video.

I guess the type of PS2 (or PS3) you play the game on could make a slight difference, but my PS2 is a first generation model currently enjoying its third chance at life. Whenever I boot a game I'm praying 'please don't die, please don't die, please don't die'. In fact, it should have died from DREs years ago. There is no way in hell my poor old PS2 is one of the faster ones out there.
1514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 27, 2011, 02:45:33 AM
I also agree that FFX battle system was great.  It gets rid of one of my biggest pet peeves in RPGs.  Here are 12 unique and great characters, but hey, you can only use 3 for the entire game at one time.  Almost every time you leave out a majority of the characters, FFX had it right where all your characters are there, the system was good enough to support fighting your entire party.  I wish more would do it like that, or just have a limited number of main characters.

Breath of Fire IV has a similar system and pulled it off better too, IMO. The characters 'on the bench'  will actually do something. They might cheer you on (small stat boosts/HP recovery!), recover SP, or take a nap to recover HP. There is a combosystem that lets you combine spells to form more powerfull ones. Oh, and dragons. Dragons make everything better.
1515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon on: July 26, 2011, 01:46:47 PM
The last couple years have been a huge exercise in letdowns, a lot of my most anticipated games that I'd followed for months were released to heaps of criticism: Eternal Sonata, Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers, Fragile, and Lost in Shadow. In some ways I feel guilty for not going ahead and playing them anyway, but on my income, I can't just grab anything and everything.

You shouldn't fele guilty. Sure, we reviewers stick grades on everything, but in the end we're just giving our opinion. We're not grading math homework, but an interactive experience that can be more than the sum of its parts. A 6 or 7 means that the game still contains something worthwhile. The reviewer may not have liked it, but there may be something in there that makes it the right game for you.

Games like Fragile Dreams are really tough to put a score on. Are they good games? Well, no, not really. But this type of game leaves a lasting impression because it's an interesting experience.

Well, some games are both, but hey, you shouldn't be too picky :)
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