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1621  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII not a JRPG on: May 08, 2009, 03:51:09 PM
It annoys me that RPGs made in America or Europe are all lumped together into one all-encompassing 'WRPG' genre and then dismissed as all being the same. I don't like tri-Ace, but I don't assume every other game made in Japan will play similarly.  Many 'JRPG' fans would love BioWare's games because of the strong characters and stories, but for some odd reason they're lumped together with Bethesda's stuff, even though they're nothing alike. And the main complaints about Mass Effect (bland art style, dull side quests) can't be levelled at their earlier games either, just look at some screenshots of Jade Empire or try some of the side quests in Baldur's Gate II.

I'm not saying I don't like any RPGs from the west, just that it's much harder to find ones I like. I like Jade Empire, but I'm not a Star Wars fan, or science fiction in general for that matter.
1622  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII not a JRPG on: May 08, 2009, 06:04:41 AM
There are several reasons why I rarely play western RPGs.

1. Hardware. Most of the good ones are PC games and I have a laptop from 2003. I did try to play some older games like Lands of Lore, but I don't really like first person games. I also don't like playing with a mouse and keyboard.

2. Choices. There are already so many choices I need to make in reallife, so I usually prefer it when there is a clear objective in the games I play. I don't want to wander around and do some quests until stuff happens. I don't mind if I can't pick the role I play, as long as it's a role worth playing.

3. Graphics. I'm sorry, but I prefe colourful games over the brownish and grayish ones with maybe some green. If a game is brown/gray/green it better have some unusual and creative setting, not just dreary towns and realistic forests.
1623  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: May 05, 2009, 04:37:59 AM
I don't like the water temples with those puzzles where you have to raise or lower the water level by flipping a bunch of switches divided by atleast 10 random encounters.
1624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "The Greatest Enemy of the RPG Genre" article... on: May 05, 2009, 02:13:38 AM
I'd say the main game is usually more fun than all the tacked on extras and hidden things. For me the fun usually starts declining somewhere near the end and I'd rather start a new game after finishing it, than going back to all the secrets in the game I was playing.

Fun isn't always of the same quality. The cummalative fun from short game can equal that of a longer game. Now, if someone could define "fun", we'd be able to do some math, because math is fun. Or not.
1625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "The Greatest Enemy of the RPG Genre" article... on: May 04, 2009, 11:43:07 AM
You said hardcore gamers have more fun than people who don't care about getting 100% :P

IMO it depends on the game and the person playing it. You could call me a hardcore gamer, but I didn't think Final Fantasy X was fun enough to spend countless hours on the Dark Aeon sidequests. I didn't even get all the ultimate weapons, because I thought half of the mini-games were stupid and frustrating. I played the game once from beginning to end and that was enough for me, anymore wouldn't have been fun for me. On the other hand, I know almost everything about Terranigma and I see Tetris Party as an easy way to get free Wii points. Some games are worth is, some aren't and my way of measuring fun isn't the same as the next person's.
1626  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRTOGS Endless Frontier on: May 03, 2009, 02:39:37 AM
Looks like fanservicy RPG's are going to be more common. I wonder when they'll release a game that caters to the yaoi crowd?

Going to be more common?  Exactly how many games have you played in the past few years?

Hundred or so?

I didn't mean DoA and the like when I said that, I meant the games that are made for anime geeks. The ones with specific fanservice, not just bouncing boobs. A catgirl here, a tsundere there, something to please the loli-fans... Those games.
1627  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: May 02, 2009, 04:30:00 AM
Oh yeah, that. I was surprised they let me in. Eight years ago I was a stupid teenager and my English was pretty bad. I was afraid people like Dios were going to flame me, but everyone was actually really nice. And Sumire more of less ignored me, because I wasn't a potential minion.
1628  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Teaser site for new 360 Front Mission game opens on: May 01, 2009, 03:19:48 AM
Europe is still waiting for... like... everything that is not Final Fantasy, Unlimited Saga or Samurai Legend Musashi. Namco Europe is even worse. The only thing they ever gave us is Xenosaga 2, even though they're sitting on a big pile of Tales titles.

I love my NTSC U/C PS2. And companies like Koei. Koei's great.

Hey, is it difficult to play imports on the Xbox 360?

1629  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: May 01, 2009, 02:19:37 AM
With FFX no game previously enabled you to change characters in battle on the fly

Breath of Fire IV.

BoF4 did a better job of it as well. Sure, you had to switch party members to hit monsters' weaknesses in Final Fantasy X, but Breath of Fire IV had a neat little combo system and the people in the back row actually did something, like cheer the people in the front row on.
1630  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 30, 2009, 04:16:50 AM
It's not just that, it was all related to the story as well. Ari is the type of person people overlook and after a certain event
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it gets so bad people can't even see him anymore. The player is then encouraged to go around the world and speak up. You can't continue the game until everyone is aware of his existance.
1631  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SRTOGS Endless Frontier on: April 30, 2009, 04:10:55 AM
Looks like fanservicy RPG's are going to be more common. I wonder when they'll release a game that caters to the yaoi crowd?
1632  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "The Greatest Enemy of the RPG Genre" article... on: April 29, 2009, 06:23:03 AM
So I finished watching Metal Gear Solid 4.

Not an RPG mind you, but the sheer cannonade of vitriol the fanbase expunges towards even the most moderate of critics over that game is disgusting. I don't think RPGs are alone in this era of fandumb. It's gaming as a whole. About the only thing not on the chopping block is the sports genre.

You think? Ever seen a PES versus FIFA discussion? Scary stuff.
1633  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: April 25, 2009, 05:14:30 AM
Yes, and instead of fusing them together, you make them make babies. And then you make the offspring make babies, because incest is totally a kind of eugenetica.

Not creepy at all, nope.

And don't get me started on pokéballs and little kids being kicked out of their house to promote animal cruelty.
1634  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The youthful protagonists thread on: April 24, 2009, 01:50:57 PM
In the Persona games I usually give the answers that grant the highest rewards. Being a dick to everyone just screws you over. Because of that the MC (especially in P3 and P4) felt too perfect, he doesn't really represent me. In Persona 4, I thought Naoto and Kanji were much easier to relate to XD
1635  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Secret Party Members in RPGs on: April 24, 2009, 12:07:51 PM
secret characters are cool. it's funny though how many i've missed in games like srw and fire emblem because i was supposed to talk to an enemy instead of killing them.

Heh? It's not that difficult to find out which enemy characters are recruitable in Fire Emblem games.
1. Portraits. Recruitable characters and boss characters are the only enemies with portraits.
2. Talk status. Most Fire Emblems have a screen that displays exactly who can talk with who.

Characters like Stefan are much worse.
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