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1501  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Jumping the gap on: November 07, 2010, 02:35:54 AM
One of the Atelier games? Atelier Rorona (PS3)/Atelier Annie(DS)? It's a bit like Harvest Moon, but with alchemy and just as cute. They aren't terribly difficult, but you do get a sense of accomplishment when finding rare ingredients or making a new item. My sister isn't much of a gamer, but she really liked the Atelier games.

Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (PSone and DS) is also very cute and a good introduction to the basics of RPG's. It's also fairly short.

Puzzle Quest (multi-platform, the PC version can be bought for a couple of bucks) and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (DS) are also lots of fun. These games mix puzzle games with strategy and RPG elements.

Speaking of puzzles: Professor Layton (DS). It's hard not to love the world and the characters. Also, puzzles are fun. Yay for puzzles!

As for games with a slower pace and great storytelling, how about ICO and Shadow of the Colossus (both for PS2)? Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Wii) would be a good choice too.
1502  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 07, 2010, 02:15:54 AM
Whenever I played Star Ocean 3 in the living room I switched the voices off. It still looked stupid. Thanks Albel!

1503  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 05, 2010, 02:26:44 PM
Ar Tonelico 2. Actually, I was not the one to buy it. I wanted it for my birthday and my sister was awesome enough to go to our local gamestore and buy it for me. I was embarrased asking for it and playing it, so I wouldn't be surprised if she was embarrased buying it. On the other hand, she's pretty openminded when it comes to games and the people at the store are really nice, so...

Oh, but buying Atelier Rorona 3 there was pretty embarrasing. Not because of the game or the cover, but because I needed it very badly. One of the magazines I write for promised a Atelier Rorona review, but the reviewcopy the publisher had promised us never arrived. It took three trips and some begging, but they did sell me a copy as soon as it came in, a couple of days before the official releasedate. Now they probably call me deadline-girl behind my back ~_~

On time, at a different store, I went to the register with a small stack of JRPGs. The kind with colourful and cute animelike images on cover. Then, I noticed a game my brother had been asking for for a long time: Def Jam Vendetta. His birthday was coming up and it was pretty cheap, so why not, right? The guy behind the register gave me a funny look and then let his stamp go wild on my stampcard.
1504  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Recommendations for Unusual and/or Unique Games on: October 30, 2010, 08:48:51 AM
Gameplay: Knights in the Nightmare, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, Rondo of Swords

Story/Setting: Okage: Shadow King, Fragile Dreams

Both: Breath of Fire: Dragon Quest

As for games that aren't RPGs... Killer 7?
1505  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on: October 30, 2010, 04:50:35 AM
My hero and black mage murdered practically every random encounter, but the bosses can be quite difficult. I made the mistake of completing the first tower before taking on the final boss. I got my ass kicked three times. Luck and micromanagement saved the day.
1506  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, besides gaming, what you're thing? on: October 28, 2010, 03:36:45 AM
I love knitting, crocheting, that kind of stuff. Since I make way more than I could use or even give away, I started selling my stuff at animeconventions together with some likeminded people. We also give amigurumi workshops there sometimes. One of the fun parts is that we go to places of the country and types of animecons we normally wouldn't have visited. Yaoicon was actually a lot of fun!

Manga. I read too much manga. You can find over 1500 volumes on my shelves. Since I wanted to do something more with this, I started writing for Aniway, a magazine about anime, manga, videogames and Japanese culture, earlier this year. I don't get paid, but I do get free manga and games once in a while.

What else? My two adorable little rabbits! Their names are Chibi and Senka, they both have a dark past and their totally different personalities make them a great couple (and lots of fun to watch!). Chibi is very outgoing and overprotective, he enjoys running around and fighting cats. His favourite food is banana. Senka thinks everyone and everything is annoying and prefers to hide in the shadows of the big cherry blossom tree. She's a lot nicer than she looks, it just takes some time to get to know her.
1507  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on: October 26, 2010, 09:39:23 AM
I think you're at the point where you have to confron Rolan again. He can be found in the basement of the flying island (go through the cave again).

If you're stuck, try talking to animals. Animals usually give the best hints.
1508  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on: October 22, 2010, 02:25:18 AM
It even has metal flans!

Sadly, they only give 100 exp. But the don't run away and you can get a rare jewel from them, so I guess it's okay.
1509  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on: October 21, 2010, 03:34:22 PM
The merchant thing? Meh, most figure it out once they see the job. The game expects you to.
1510  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 21, 2010, 05:29:12 AM
Because Sinterklaas wasn't controversial enough yet.
1511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on: October 21, 2010, 02:03:45 AM
The bosses level up with you, so grinding is kind of useless unless you're grinding for jewels. Some jobs have very useful final skills that can be game breaking, so you really want those jewels. There are also some pieces of equipment that really benefit from upgrading. The dagger the princess comes with (King's Dagger?) is one of the best weapons in the game.

Example: merchants have a skills that allows them to base damage on the amount of money you possess. There is a minigame you can use to earn huge amounts of money if you have the patience. You do the math.

As for the story, it's like a trip to 1990. Some things only make sense if you're using 8-bit RPG logic, characters are barely developed and the game uses as many clichés as possible.

Basically, it's nostalgia with pretty graphics, best played on a lazy Sunday afternoon while munching on brightly coloured cereal.
1512  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on: October 20, 2010, 04:34:03 PM
When you heal the game decides your target for you. That brought up the red flag for me. I'm not sure what the motivation for that is. Kid game? Casual? Fear of too many menus? Why take control out of the players hands?

To speed up the battles. It works.

And yes, it does get difficult if you don't master the jobsystem. It's kind of like Wild Arms XF. Some jobs may seem silly and weak, but they're lifesavers when used the right way at the right time.
1513  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Vending machine win on: October 20, 2010, 03:55:57 PM
Our baker had a bread vending machine, but I heard someone murdered it to get to the soft, fluffy insides :(
1514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I love when games let you keep playing after the final boss on: October 19, 2010, 02:59:47 PM
What tri-ace games are you guys specifically talking about?

Star Ocean 2? Lots of variety, cool bosses and Santa Claus? Valkyrie Profile? Awesome music and murderous hamsters?
1515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: sexy jiggly boobs on: October 19, 2010, 03:38:35 AM
That's probably the most honest videogame trailer I have ever seen.
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