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1576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 20, 2010, 01:29:28 PM
What will bring RPG's back? Are they gone? Looking back, I really enjoyed the games I played this past year and most of them were very recent.

Fragile Dreams made me cry, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony was like a nostalgia bomb, Atelier Rorona was fun as always, the new Ys game is really cool, Strange Journey kept me busy for nearly seventy hours, I played through Devil Survivor three times in a row and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes took me by surprise with its unique and clever strategic puzzle battles.
1577  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sex and Violence in Gaming on: November 20, 2010, 03:05:57 AM
I like the Ar Tonelico games. A lot. But yeah, the sexual overtones are annoying. It's the main reason why I always switch the voices to Japanese right away. I'm sure they're just those sound just as perverted as the English ones, but atleast I don't understand half of them.

It's not the idea of innuendo that bothers me, but a game that doesn't need it, shouldn't have this much. The Ar Tonelico games are pretty awesome. Great music, interesting world, interesting characters even. The two girls from Ar Tonelico 2 showed a lot of depth when they weren't busy providing fanservice. The girls are also incredibly strong. Sure, they stand in the back and sing, but the meatshields wouldn't be able to get anything done without them.

You know what also bothers me? The heroes of these games are so boring. The girls deserve better than some bland guy with a big sword whose only purpose is to be an avatar for desperate gamers.

Games such as Agarest War? Meh, I don't care. If people want to play a game like that, it's their choice.

As for violence, there is very little that makes me cringe, but over-the-top violence is totally uninteresting to me. A constant splatterfest doesn't make an impact, one brutal murder in an otherwise fairly clean game does.
1578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 19, 2010, 08:56:51 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty much desensitized. I mean, I'm friends with people who draw explicit Persona 4 doujin, or hardcore yaoi, or both, in which the banana really is just a banana. Though I have to admit I don't like corn as much as I used to. And candy canes too. And popsicles.

Stuff like Ar Tonelico? Well, I'm a bit jealous of the girls, because there seem to be nice hot baths around every corner. I like baths.
1579  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Linear and simple RPGs on: November 19, 2010, 07:05:57 AM
Popolocrois (PSP). Sure, it didn't get any great reviews, but that's mostly because it's fairly old-fashioned and not particularly challenging. It's perfect for someone who isn't looking for something innovative and edgy and just wants a simple and fun RPG to play.
1580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 19, 2010, 03:20:28 AM
Well, the C-rating stands for 15+, so it's not exactly the same as the American T-rating.

A = all ages
B = 12+
C = 15+
D = 17+
Z = 18+

Well, atleast they know what a 15+ year old boy may be interested in...
1581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is JRPG... on: November 18, 2010, 10:11:45 AM
Imgeepoch? Oh the irony.
1582  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Nintendo Wii is Doomed on: November 17, 2010, 03:47:39 PM
Hmm... my list is worse and I write for a Nintendo magazine, so the Wii was doomed to begin with.
1583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 17, 2010, 11:04:21 AM
Terranigma - SPPPPOOOIILLLERRRS - from what I can remember, you start the game essentially in hell/netherworld, and you die a part of the way through to be revived by your worldly/light self.  The world is in chaos at first, you underworld mayor is some equivalent to satan, one enemy is bent on changing everyone into zombie like things to fulfill an immortal life goal.  Umm.  At the end of the game, Ark (our hero) is told to sleep because it is to dangerous for him, after ressurecting and saving the planet, to live on - he'd be considered a god.

Don't forget the gas attack on Neo Tokyo! Everyone died/was turned into zombies, including the Quintet people :( Oh and sure, people have survived plane crashes before, but usually planes don't crash into hell.

But then again, I don't think it's worse than Tales of the Abyss, right Luke? *spoiler* goes boom and all that.

Oh and like Tales of the Abyss, people are still unsure who the guy in the ending was.
1584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 17, 2010, 04:42:56 AM
I'd add Breath of Fire II and Illusion of Gaia (slave trade, Russian "roulette" glass) to the list of slightly disturbing pre-FF7 RPGs. I think I remember Shadowrun having a graphic scene or two, but I can't be for certain.

Slightly? My English wasn't exactly good when I played Illusion of Gaia many years ago so a lot zoomed past me, but I could feel the game weighing down on me the whole time. Most of the locations where really depressing.
1585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 16, 2010, 10:35:32 AM
Read this. If you think 'that isn't to bad', you'll be fine.
1586  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Avoids on: November 12, 2010, 01:01:42 AM

I actually enjoyed FFIII a lot. Even more than FFIV which some people seem to worship.
With the exception of the story in which IV is miles better, I thought the gameplay to be really fun, switching jobs as you please is fun, the difficulty curve is better.

I think IV starts a lot better, a galaxy away, but near the end the options you have in III made it much more fun, enjoyable and customizable for me.

Easy solution: play The 4 Heroes of Light instead. It's like Final Fantasy III, but better in almost every aspect.

1587  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Avoids on: November 07, 2010, 03:35:14 PM
From the Abyss. Despite what that joker who reviewed this game for this site said, this is one of the most barebones dungeon crawlers I've ever had the misfortune of blowing $19 bux on.

Poorly designed too. At the beginning of the fire levels, I found a magic ring that drained all fire damage. Guess which element all the enemies, including the boss, attacked with in that part of the dungeon?

Though I have to admit it invincibility was kind of fun...
1588  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Jumping the gap on: November 07, 2010, 10:18:09 AM
As for other casual, cute, sim-type games, why not Animal Crossing?  However, I don't think the Animal Crossing games have same-system multiplayer. 

You can't play at the same time, but you can live in the same town and send eachother messages and presents.

... Aw, now I remember this ;_;
1589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Handheld Must-Avoids on: November 07, 2010, 06:19:19 AM
Lunar: Dragon Song/Genesis. Running costs HP.

Bleach: The 3rd Phantom. It's like a fanfic with a slooooooooooow battlesystem.
1590  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.
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