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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Warming up to a new title on: January 06, 2014, 12:24:23 AM
When I was about 9 or 10, I downloaded Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on my PSP.

I got the original FFT as a Christmas present when I was 12.


Making me feel ancient.  I was in college when the original FFT came out :(

On warming up to new titles, it's varied for me quite a bit.  But overall reflects a change forced by shifting play schedules.

Back in school when I had much more time to play I could dive into it, one game at a time and finish.  I only bailed rarely, on those games that had really pushed my away by about 10 hours (and they had to really turn me off, I'd play through things I was relatively neutral on; more time to play games than money to buy them so I was hesitant to just drop them).

These days however, between 60+ hours of work per week and being constantly on-call/weekend plans for two kids under 3 I need something I can drop in and out from very quickly and doesn't play on the TV (need an offscreen of some sort, wife-imposed restriction).

A game that gets good 10 hours in doesn't work so well if it takes me 2 weeks to play 5 hours, so it needs to hook me early on or I'll replace it.  I don't have time to slog through an unpleasant experience.  I also need to be able to drop it quickly and pick it back up a week later without being too lost.

For example, I've been playing Mass Effect 3 on the WiiU (offscreen) whenever I know I'll have an hour or more of time available.  I started in mid October, and I'm now about 25 hours into the game.  At this rate those 100+ hour games quickly lose their appeal.  I'd rather have a very polished 20-30 hour experience since it takes me months to get through just that.

For those times when I have 15-30 min to play I typically play on the Vita, as those games are more designed for that time scale; usually something light (Indies, a level in Dragon Crown, etc..) or something I've played before like FFT.  Here I really value the game being constructed to play in small snippets, and most large scale RPGs lose their flow when played in 15 min segments a day or two apart so I'll quickly lose interest.

I guess to warm up to a game (and stay warm) I need a game that not only grabs me quickly, but also can hold my attention for the time scale I'm playing it at, allow me to drop in and out quickly, not feel like it's wasting my time and get me back into the flow when I come back after up to a week or two away; otherwise I'm likely to move on to something else.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Any good RPGs in a non-medieval pseudo European setting? on: June 08, 2013, 07:42:10 PM
The world ends with you [DS] - modern japan jrpg

Soul Reaver [PC, PS1]  - post-apocalyptic vampire wasteland, good dialogue and voice acting, but it is zelda-ish in terms of action

Phantasy Star Online/Portable (or even the classics on a genesis collection on ps3) [psp, pc] - futuristic / sci-fi, the modern ones may be too action-y

Parasite Eve [ps1] - Modern New York, jrpg

Valkyria Chronicles [PS3, psp] - Europe, but WW2 era, strategy rpg

Jade Empire [PC] - China

Also, while you aren't looking for MMOs, one of the best non-medieval settings I've seen in a game (in terms of novelty and atmosphere) is Anarchy Online [PC].  I find that when I play it I am alone far more often than in a group, combat pace is slow enough and mechanics are suitably complex that it's almost more of a strategy game to optimize setups.  It is turning 12 years old this month, so it's not a dazzling modern spectacle and it has some very old-school design, but I still get back into it every few years and regard it as one of my favorite games.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Any good RPGs in a non-medieval pseudo European setting? on: June 08, 2013, 02:45:34 PM
Wild Arms series (ps1, ps2, psp) standard jrpg fantasy in an old-west style setting.

Knights of the old republic 1/2 (pc); star wars rpg

And as someone already mentioned; Planescape Torment would really fit your criteria (pc; old infinity engine rpg, very loyal following, and not European setting)
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: June 03, 2013, 12:59:54 AM
Playing on the PSP has been so successful that I took advantage of the recent sales and upgraded to a Vita (for the screen + vita games).

Looking through the game library I'm curious about Atelier Totori Plus.  I've never played anything from the Atelier series before so I'm a bit apprehensive.

Reviews have me thinking that there may be more strategy in the time and resource management and less grinding which would work well for me since I only have about 4-5 hours per week to play and I want to spend it making decisions (or at least demanding my attention), not grinding away.

Is this impression correct?  Or does the game feature a lot of time-sink grinding?
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: June 01, 2013, 03:21:16 AM
Thanks again for all the recommendations.  I've been enjoying TitS and Ys oath so far.

For those of you who, like me, end up getting your games from psn you may want to stock up on cards from best buy now.

$50 psn card for $45 from best buy

Make sure you are a member of the gamers club for 4% best buy credit, and buy them through the discover card shopping portal (if you have a discover card) for an extra 5% cash back; resulting in the psn cards being ~18% off (+free shipping).  Then you can hold on to them until Sony runs a sale on psn to compound the discounts.


They've been periodically unavailable for shipping, just check again in a bit and they should be orderable.
21  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: PS1/Saturn gen RPGs for sale on: April 21, 2013, 11:39:59 PM
I know it's rare and makes me a bit sad to sell, but I doubt if I'll ever get around to playing it again and it's far more useful to me sold than sitting in storage like it has been for the last decade (unfortunate truths about getting older and having very little free time).  :(

Although, that game alone can keep me in new games for the next ~2 years.
22  The Rest / The Bazaar / PS1/Saturn gen RPGs for sale on: March 23, 2013, 08:33:43 PM
After being criticized by my wife for hoarding too much old video game stuff (while buying more) and being disallowed use of the TV for gaming (no TV use with the baby around) I decided to sell off some of my game collection.

I've been listing them on amazon for a while, but figured I'd cross post here and offer up a 10% discount for rpgfan members.
If you buy something let me know on here or via amazon message and I'll issue a 10% partial refund of the listing price after the item ships.

For those who want to bypass the middleman (and 15% cut it takes) you can knock 25% off of my amazon list price and we can work out a payment method.

I've been pricing the games in line with those of comparable quality on amazon/ebay.  However it's possible the current trend on some are just too high to sell so feel free to make offers if you think the prices are unfair.

Shipping is via USPS priority mail, so expect it within ~3-4 days; if ordering multiple items I can bundle them together for lower shipping cost.

I take very good care of my games, so in most cases the disc, manual and case are in good shape for any collector types (each listing detail the state of the game).
Once I get through with these I'll move on to my old SNES/Genesis/SegaCD stash!


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23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 23, 2013, 11:57:24 AM
Sounds like a pass.

I've gotten spoiled in regards to loading times since converting all my PCs to SSDs, and reinforced with not having to deal with UMDs on the PSPgo.

24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 23, 2013, 01:29:02 AM
(in fact I think there were people in this thread who recommended the game),

You're right, it was mentioned once that I missed earlier.

I'd imagine the loading times would be better on the downloadable version; but the other parts sound like some poor design choices.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 23, 2013, 12:52:43 AM
Sorry to bump this thread again, but how is the Lunar Silver Star remake on PSP?

Is it worth playing if I've already played the Sega cd version (skipped the ps1 remake)?

Reviews seem good, but no one mentioned it in the thread; is it not up to current standards?
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Looking for some good western style RPG's (No elder scrolls games or PC games) on: March 21, 2013, 11:08:12 AM
I've played all of the following on PC, and they are all available on xbox360 as well

"Classic RPG types"
Dragon Age Origins
Witcher 2
Kingdoms of Amalur

If you want something like mass effect (story driven shooter with rpg elements) then try Deus Ex: HR

Looking for a bit more action? Give Darksiders (1 and 2) a try; it's an interesting melding of zelda and god of war
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 19, 2013, 12:18:28 AM

"Unchained Blades".   I'm not really a fan of that sub-genre but it seems to be quite well liked among people who are.   I don't think there's many other PSP dungeon crawlers that are on the PSN. 

They have been hit or miss for me, but the last one I played was 'shining the holy ark' on saturn and have fond memories of that so the EO thread got me thinking of them.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 18, 2013, 09:39:37 PM
The Etrian Odyssey thread has be wondering, what is the consensus for the best wizardry-clone (is that the proper term?) on the PSP?

I know that EO is for the (3)DS, but wondering how the PSP options compare.

29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 17, 2013, 08:03:00 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations in the thread; I've picked up Trails in the Sky and am looking at a few others mentioned to use up some PSN credit.

However, I also found out that a new Carnage Heart is coming out for PSP next week so TitS may need to wait a bit.

The original Carnage heart on PS1 was definitely an acquired taste, but great if you like programming and strategy.  I had been pining for a sequel to get ported, but assumed after 15 years of nothing since the first that it was never going to happen.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What's your criteria when choosing a starter Pokemon? on: March 17, 2013, 02:09:53 PM
I typically lean toward the grass-type.

It's been my experience that later in the game there are many interesting fire/water options but non-starter grass types tend to come early and be weaker overall or part of disadvantageous combos like bug-grass (coming from silver, but the pokemon counts were much lower back then so this may have changed).
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