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1726  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.
1727  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.
1728  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.
1729  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.

1730  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...
1731  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 ;_;
1732  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.
1733  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.
1734  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!

1735  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.
1736  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?
1737  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.
1738  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.
1739  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.
1740  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.
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