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1846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 22, 2009, 12:37:26 PM
That doesn't change the fact that you can select difficulties. If the default one is too hard, switch to a lower difficulty. That is not a problem, as long as the game is not too difficult to complete on the easiest mode available. If reviewers have a problem with that it's their ego's fault, not the game designer's.

Many Odin Sphere reviews pointed out that normal was very challenging and that many players would be better of switching to easy mode. They didn't hold that against Odin Sphere, the game was actually praised for appealing to the hardcore crowd. Gamespot's review didn't even mention Odin Sphere's difficulty settings, but when Fire Emblem did the same thing it was suddenly a problem?
1847  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Former world leader mauled by his depressed poodle. on: January 22, 2009, 10:20:00 AM
How do dogs get depressed? I thought dogs are perfectly happy as long as you feed them on time and give them enough attention (work/play being more important than cuddling/making it wear little dresses). I don't like those toy breeds, they fail at being dogs. Though they look cute, they're often snappy, hyperactive, attention whores.
1848  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 22, 2009, 10:04:57 AM
Oh yeah, and the "unforgiving difficulty". Play the game on easy if you suck that much...

"Doesn't even try to adapt and make use of the Wii" The game never needed an analoge stick, so it sure as hell doesn't need a wiimote. Controls work fine, isn't that what matters?
1849  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 21, 2009, 09:27:15 AM
Read the reviews carefully, many people trashed the game for stupid reasons.

"It's not like Fire Emblem 7!"

"I can't rescue!"

"Real Fire Emblems don't have class swap!"

"I don't want to kill people!"

"Roy > Marth!"

"The graphics aren't colourful enough!"

"The translation sucks! Oguma is now called Ogma!"
1850  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 21, 2009, 04:36:52 AM
It might still be Shiida, since that's the translation used in Smash. Besides, "Caeda" was on the European website too before they changed it to Shiida.
1851  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 20, 2009, 02:03:57 PM
The gameplay is very solid, but the story is stuck in the early nineties. Not that you need to follow to story to enjoy the game, you can skip every scene with the start button. Some elitist Fire Emblem fans think some of the changes ruined the game, but they're overreacting like fanboys like to do. The class swap system brings depth to the game without unbalancing the gameplay. The bonus chapters require a mentality change, but they're completely optional.
1852  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 20, 2009, 02:42:45 AM
You need to let characters die if you want to get to the bonus chapters. I got to all the bonus chapters once, but it felt horrible. I was putting unarmed characters right next to the boss to reach Death's quotum. I killed all the characters from the bonus chapters as well. Except for Etzel. I just couldn't bring myself to kill him. *has a thing for sexy mages*
1853  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DS on: January 19, 2009, 03:05:39 PM
NM can be completed with just about any team. I know some people have finished it with just facelss replacements and Marth.

Jagen isn't worth holding on to... because he's Jagen... A whole set of useless characters was named after him, so don't expect anything from him. Draug is okay, very speedy for a knight, but he doesn't gain much def. His whole def growth comes grom is class. If you want a good general, try Sedgar or Wolf.

You lost Cain, Abel and Frey? They're some of the better characters :(
1854  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 17, 2009, 03:11:57 AM
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BTW, even if you're a vegan, unless you're strictly adhering to an organic diet, don't they, uh... isn't everything fortified with cyanocobalamin?

Not everything. Plus, vegans are often fond of homegrown vegetables and the like. Fortified meat replacement products are a good way to get some extra vitamins, calcium etc, yet are frowned upon by strict vegans, because those aren't natural products.

Ah well, their loss.
1855  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 15, 2009, 12:11:32 PM
Proteins aren't that hard to come by. Getting enough vitamin B12 is harder. Many vegans and vegetarians wrongly assume you can get it from plants. While it's true B12 can be found in some plants, humans can't actually absorb the B12 from plants. B12 deficiency is pretty common among vegetarians/vegans.
1856  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 14, 2009, 03:00:44 AM
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"So as there is less of a demand for foods like fish, there is more of a demand for other foods, and jobs open up in those industries," Byrne says.

Yeah, like meat.

Unless people are already vegetarians for one reason or another, the avarage meal looks like this: potato/pasta/rice - vegetables - meat/fish.

Seakittens are not going to change that.

Besides, rabbits are cute and people still eat them. If bunny-power doesn't protect you from hungry humans, nothing will.
1857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Down in the dumps, and need a good new RPG... on: January 12, 2009, 04:55:26 PM
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i don't have any specific game recommendations but I do suggest you find the most colorful RPG you can think of and play that, and try to avoid the dreary, depressing ones, and i'm pretty sure you've already played them all because nobody likes making colorful games anymore.

Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color! It lets you draw your own monsters :D
1858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Entire Life Completed RPG List on: January 12, 2009, 04:33:29 PM
Don't we on staff frown upon list threads?

Not "frown upon" as much as "think they're really fucking pointless".  It's a good way to see who has themselves a case of RPG Asperger's, though. :P


Well, yeah.

The list helped make my case "obvious". The RPG's thing and the fact that I actually kept a list... ^_^'
1859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Down in the dumps, and need a good new RPG... on: January 12, 2009, 03:35:10 PM
If you like the first Arc game, you're going to like the second one even more. The first game is rather short, but the second game is huge and has plenty of optional content.

The Saga games are an aquired taste. Saga Frontier II is pretty close to more conventional RPG's, but still has some interesting innovations and original ideas. First of all there are two main storyline which both span multiple generations. Like Suikoden it has normal turn-based battles as well as duels and strategic battles. There is plenty of room to customize your party and the towns and dungeons offer a lot of variation.

Romancing Saga is good too, but the non-linearity can be very overwhelming.
1860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Entire Life Completed RPG List on: January 12, 2009, 02:56:20 PM
I'm working my way through Life right now.  Sadly, I don't think I'll get any replay value out of it, but to say that there are thousands of hours of playtime for most characters is an understatement.  Of course, I'll finish it someday, but I'm not giving away the ending. :D

Some people say there is an optional dungeon available after you complete it. I heard the design depends on the choices you made during the game.
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