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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: December 27, 2015, 09:24:58 AM
Make sure to tune in to Caitlin and Tooker's magical romp through Witcher III Land.
Independent study shows that 4 out of 5 badgers who watched our stream went on to become popular sports mascots*. Don't let that kind of success pass you by, tune in today at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST. That's 6pm CET for those in jolly old Europe!

*Not applicable to wombats and beavers.  Study conducted by me with no involvement of actual badgers, statistic based entirely on a guess and may be 100% inaccurate.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: RPGFan Sunday Streaming! on: December 27, 2015, 09:19:07 AM
Make sure to tune in to Caitlin and Tooker's magical romp through Witcher III Land.
Independent study shows that 4 out of 5 badgers who watched our stream went on to become popular sports mascots*. Don't let that kind of success pass you by, tune in today at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST. That's 6pm CET for those in jolly old Europe!

*Not applicable to wombats and beavers.  Study conducted by me with no involvement of actual badgers, statistic based entirely on a guess and may be 100% inaccurate.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 21, 2015, 10:41:52 AM
I wonder if it'll have branching story paths so people can save Aeris, and/or maybe catch us off guard with a different plot twist(s?) though not necessarily in that order; like maybe killing off Cloud (that'd be super unlikely but shocking) and building the rest of the story around it.

In a double plot twist, it is revealed that it really WAS Zack the entire time who, guilt ridden to the point of insanity, took on the identity of Cloud after failing to save his life, choosing to believe that he (Zack) was the one that died that day. *Que dramatic music*
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: RPGFan Sunday Streaming! on: December 21, 2015, 06:42:20 AM
Anyone that missed the Van Helsing stream can still catch the archived vod on RPGFans twitch channel.
Next week Caitlin and Tooker take on The Witcher 3, who knows what kind of bother those two will get poor Geralt into :)
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Twitch Channel on: December 20, 2015, 09:40:29 AM
Not enough Van Helsing in your life? We will be streaming the Final Cut version today! Anyone that gets there early can help us pick the class and game difficulty :)
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 11, 2015, 02:17:02 PM
For a while now, I've considered the idea of an FFVII remake as something locked up in box sitting somewhere in Sqare-Enix's HQ, with the words "break glass in case of money problems" in shiny bright red letters printed on the case.
I wonder if there's any merit in that assumption.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 11, 2015, 09:46:41 AM
Yoshinori Kitase clarified the "multi-part" definition somewhat on the Playstation blog.

http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/final-fantasy-vii-remake-psx-2015-message-yoshinori-kitase

The highlight of the post is, "We’ve seen everyone’s comments and reactions to the news that FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be a multi-part series and many have speculated correctly as to the reason why we have made this decision. If we were to try to fit everything from the original into one remake instalment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of FINAL FANTASY VII. We knew none of you would have wanted that."

So it sounds like it will be the full game, perhaps even with new content. They just weren't going to be able to fit it all in one package as it would be too massive.



It'll be just as "massive" when all the "instalments" come together. It's just a smoke and mirrors way of justifying their business model. They want to sell it in chunks so that the product is easier to manage and money starts coming in before development is complete. The funny thing is, that if done right, it may even work in favour of the final product. But that's a pretty big IF.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 08, 2015, 07:43:38 AM
I recall saying at some point that they're saving this for a moment when they'll need a quick cash injection. This is a cash grab, there's no doubt about it (and yes, I'm aware that technically every commercial product is a "cash grab", but you know exactly what I mean, so save yourself the comment :) ). The episodic format just takes it to another level.
The question is: "is it going to be a GOOD cash grab?". There's way too little to go on just yet, and there's no way of telling until all the episodes are out and the game is complete. Either way, people will be upset both before and after release.
They change something? - People riot
They don't change enough? - People riot
Either way it'll get panned for being too similar or straying too far from the original.
Creatively It's a lose, lose situation that will somehow translate to financial victory for SE regardless.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 07, 2015, 01:11:01 PM
It all depends on how they handle it, but splitting an RPG into episodic installments has many pitfalls.
-Will it require every episode to play
-If not, how will they handle starting from medias res
-Will it be linear as a consequence of the episodic format
-How will it handle an overworld and exploration

That's just a few off the top of my head.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 07, 2015, 09:37:23 AM
This bears repeating... who cares if it's linear if you already know exactly whats going to happen?  This is a gussied up journey down memory lane we're talking about.  Of course SE knows that.

At this point "open world" is basically code for "never finish" so "painfully linear" does not compute inside my primitive monkey brain.

Actually, in a game where "you already know what's going to happen", the new side content would seem of even bigger importance.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: December 07, 2015, 05:21:34 AM
Holy crap, it's episodic? That..pretty much means it's going to be painfully linear...or am I jumping to conclusions.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: November 14, 2015, 05:15:57 AM
This bad boy is getting streamed on RPGFan's twitch channel tomorrow. Don't know about you guys, but I'm looking forward to it :)
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a sad day on: November 07, 2015, 08:57:57 AM
So, he's shutting down daily content and moving over to a more casual upload schedule (or am I missing something?). That's... not really what I expected when I read the tread header.
Sucks if you like his content, but at least it's not going away.
44  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx vs Grandia II - First Imperessions Journal on: November 04, 2015, 12:22:35 PM
It's not really about the length, but quality of closure. After spending multiple hours with these characters, you want to see their story come to a proper end rather than having the boss fall and credits roll.
Dragging it out too much isn't a good thing either, but that rarely happens.
45  Media / Game Journals / Re: Maxx vs Grandia II - First Imperessions Journal on: November 04, 2015, 06:56:35 AM
After the final boss kissed the world goodbye there was still at least a good 20 minutes of closure and wrapping up :)

Every game needs this.  After spending 50+ hours with these characters, let me frickin say goodbye properly!

Totally.  I hate short ending.

FFVII might be the worst-ever offender here (in JRPGs, anyways, correct me if there is a worse one).

Not technically a jRPG, but Takeshi's challenge comes to mind :)
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