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1846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 3 Favourite/Least Favourite Squaresoft RPGs on: August 08, 2007, 05:48:11 AM

1. Secret of Mana. I don't think it's the best game out there, I just have some very fond memories of it. Without this game, I wouldn't have become the 'RPG Queen' :)

2. Saga Frontier 2. I have a soft spot for the SaGa games, but this is my favorite. It didn't have the steep learning curve most SaGa games have, or atleast it wasn't as steep as usual. And it looks and sounds great. Story was a bit weird at times (one egg to rule them all?), but I liked it.

3. Xenogears. Others already mentioned the reasons why.

Least favorite:
1. Unlimited SaGa. Yeah, I like SaGa games, but this one is a disgrace to the series. I think I have a high tolerance towards bad games, I played Final Fantasy Mystic Quest and enjoyed it. I played through two of the three Final Fantasy Legend games without wanting to throw my Gameboy through a window and I thought Final Fantasy II was a enjoyable game. But I can't stand Unlimited SaGa.

2. Parasite Eve 2. Crappy sequel, watered down Resident Evil, awful controlls.

3. Sword of Mana. The original game was fun, this one isn't.
1847  The Rest / General Discussions / Islamic Phrase removed from Capcom's Zack & Wiki on: August 02, 2007, 12:29:26 PM
It's because they just take the things they like and combine it with their own culture. Context doesn't matter that much, as long as it sounds/looks cool.
1848  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Brave Story: New Traveler - A RPG worth a crap for the PSP on: August 02, 2007, 04:38:20 AM

I think I'll like that game. Even if the story and gameplay are nothing new, it does look nice. This is the prettiest PSP RPG's I've ever seen, the visuals remind me of Radiata Stories. And yay for minimal loadtimes!
1849  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Brave Story: New Traveler - A RPG worth a crap for the PSP on: August 02, 2007, 04:09:30 AM
It's nice to see that there's a worthwhile RPG to play on the PSP that isn't a port.

Fixed. This isn't a port, right?
1850  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone can make a 2D RPG. on: July 27, 2007, 03:09:20 PM
Also, when I look at all the 3D games on the market today it's like, standing in the center of hong kong or something. And all you see in every direction is sky scrapers. All dull and grey. And generic.

Take a better look. You can't say every 3D games uses the same style. Dark Chronicle doesn't look like Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XII doesn't look like Digital Devil Saga, Digital Devil Saga doesn't look like Romancing Saga and Romancing Saga doesn't look like Okage: Shadow King. You 3D games you pile together offer just as much variety in style as your beloved 2D games, maybe even more so because developers have much better hardware to work with now.

When you play a 2D game and, you're this little person, and when you see something bigger appear. You freak out. It actually means something.

Ah, like in Secret of Evermore. But I got the same kind of feeling when playing Ocarina of Time and Shadow of the Colossus (nog exactly RPGs, but who cares).

When you play a 2D game and it has special effects, like flashes or sparks
and bright effects. They're actually special and unique. In a 3D game, they're no longer unique, they're generic and common.

Many 2D games don't have special effects like those, because most of 2D games were made in the days flashy special effects just weren't possible. Flashy spells are very common in newer 2D games.

It's like when the giant boss drops onto your screen in a 2D game you're like "holy shit" and the screen shakes. In 3D it's like "oh just another enemy to shoot at". In 2D it's like "holy shit holy shit holy shit"

That doesn't make sense. At most, it's a very personal observation that is in no way a fact.

I think the goal of 3D games is to recreate an experience as boring as real life, but that only applies to 3D games made after y2k ;p

Yeah, don't you just hate those red dragons stomping down the street? One of my classmates got eaten last month. We told him to buy new equipment in the next town and level up a bit, but he was too lazy and didn't feel like grinding.

Cause back when people had a place to make 2D games and a place to make 3D games at the same time it was more balanced.
Now all we have are systems that only have 3D games :/

It's true that there are many misguided people out there who believe that extra dimension is the difference between suck and awesome, but there is a market for 2D games. Not only are they succesful on the handhelds, every now and then we get this amazing 2D game on a console.
1851  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone into Puzzle Quest? on: July 26, 2007, 09:28:54 AM
Quote from: "Willy Elektrix"
Quote from: "karka"
Actually, there are two bugs.  One makes companion bonuses useless, and other prevents you to use your higher level skills.

Oh shit. Interesting. Looks like it'll be the DS version then. That's rather unfortunate too, because I don't have much else to play on my PSP right now.

The PSP isn't that bad. You don't really notice the bugs. Companion bonuses are probably useful in the beginning, but during the later half of the game they don't matter anymore.
1852  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone can make a 2D RPG. on: July 25, 2007, 03:42:55 PM
Working Designs was a publisher, they didn't make games. Okay, they did mangle some of the code occasionaly to change the difficulty of the games and such, but they didn't create games.

And what's so great about Tales of Destiny? Some of the newer Tales games are definitely better, they really improved the battle system and overal presentation.

I wonder, have you even really played the games that were made after the turn of the millenium? I mean, do you honestly think every game I'm going to list now is crap?

Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter
Dragon Quest VIII
Atelier Iris
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XII
Radiata Stories
Shadow Hearts
Shadow Hearts Covenant
Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2
Fire Emblem 6/7/8/9
Skies of Arcadia
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
Tales of Symphonia
Puzzle Quest
Odin Sphere
Romacing SaGa

See, what you can do I can do better. Go me~! Go me~!

And good lord, don't like Square? Ignore their pointless ports and remakes. Go enjoy the games made by some newcomers like Level5 and Nippon Ichi (they make 2D games, yay!)
1853  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone can make a 2D RPG. on: July 25, 2007, 03:19:54 PM
Except for Quintet. I think they make sprites for Atelier Iris games now or something...
1854  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / PSP Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth........wth? on: July 19, 2007, 02:09:40 PM
Yes, you're doing something wrong. Have you read the manual?

1. Items and equipment can be purchased with MP. And there are tons of mages, always keep one around, they're very useful.

2. Well, aside from items (which you can buy) there is the skill First Aid (useful through most stages of the game) and you can teach mage characters the Heal spell (only useful in the beginning of the game).

3. Weapons made by mortal break easily, because mortals suck, or something. Get some Asgard-made weapons and save those dragon slayers for special fights.

Oh and Normal Mode is easier than Easy Mode, because you can find a special items that lets you abuse item creation.
1855  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2007, 09:44:46 AM
Lets see...

My current obsession? D. Gray-man. I started with buying the manga (fuck you Viz, too many edits, inconsistant translations and 6 volumes behind, I should have bought the German release) and the 6th volume had a major cliffhanger and I just couldn't stand waiting any longer, so I started downloading the scanlations... :x I plan on watching the anime too, but I've heard it's filled with crappy fillers. I may even venture into the dark world of the fandom, but that will probably scar me for life.

Other current favorites are Genshiken, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and 20th Century Boys. And I read the final volume of Death Note a couple of days ago, nice ending, but frankly I had stopped caring somewhere after around volume 8. I'm glad it's over.
1856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / BOFDQ: Good or bad? on: July 09, 2007, 03:51:40 AM
Quote from: "AJR"
He probably just didn't D-Charge. Using that skill drastically reduces the % you add to the D-Counter. Heck, use the D-Charge skill 3 times and you can take out practically any boss with twister. The First time I finished the game I was around 90%, the second time I was around 50%, just because I knew how to use the D-Counter system effectively, without overusing it.

EDIT - Too late.

That sounds pretty odd, did you use the D-Charge ability at all?

Only way to get that high is using the breath attack, I think.

I think I use 50-70% of the D-counter on a regular playthrough. One playthrough I used no dragon moves at all and I didn't even use 10% before reaching the final boss.
1857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommended Real Time RPG's on PS2? on: July 05, 2007, 02:56:39 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
i think shining tears is great if like me you have a high thresh hold for repetition and have someone to play it with.

It had 30 sec. loadtimes, even in towns.

If you just want to kill stuff again and again, play Drakengard. Atleast that game actually has a story.
1858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommended Real Time RPG's on PS2? on: July 04, 2007, 09:54:16 AM
.hack games aren't the games I would recommend. They bore me to tears.  And you need to watch watch the anime series and read the manga and novels to really enjoy them, or so they say.

Dark Chronicle should give you plenty of gameplay hours, but it's not exactly the most dynamic game out there. Prepare to spend a lot of time in boring randomly generated dungeons.

Drakengard is fun if you like murdering hundreds of soldiers in ten minutes again and again. Repetitive gameplay, good story, awesome dragon.

Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2 are perfect, if you're into Disney and Final Fantasy. Both games don't pose much of a challenge, unless you're going after the super special optional bosses.

Odin Sphere is loved by all, I guess. Haven't played the game myself yet, but it looks very interesting.

Radiata Story has a pretty cool world and nice graphics, but the gameplay can be rather boring and the amount of characters can be overwhelming.

Shining Tears sucks. Ignore it. Ignore all the action Shining games.

Star Ocean 3... just read the topics. It's not exactly refined, but it's an entertaining game.

Tales of the Abbys is another popular game, for good reasons.

Ys: the Ark of Napishtim is a fun old-school action RPG.
1859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: June 25, 2007, 02:38:32 AM
i'm never in favor of a series taking a step backwards unless its a situation like xenosaga 2 -> xenosaga 3.

So, sometimes you're perfectly happy they changed something that wasn't broken (the first two Wild ARMs games worked just fine, even though they didn't age that well), but sometimes you're not?

You're probably trying to say it's no problem when they change things for the better. But better or worse is often a matter of opinion. Prime example: Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.
1860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / if it's not broken dont fix it... on: June 24, 2007, 01:42:48 PM
Those weren't bad games because they departed from the norm. Those're bad games because bad ideas were badly executed.
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