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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 17, 2013, 02:55:00 AM
What are general impressions of Gungnir (the fairly new SRPG)?

Reviews seem very mixed, with the only thing everyone agrees on being that it's very hard.

That sounds appealing to me though.   I often end up handicapping myself like this to some extent in most SRPGs to counter power creep that comes with having all those end game skills at your disposal.  When playing FFT, for example, I'd pick a strange party of vanilla recruits (say, 5 chemists, no special chars except ramza), go straight there and use that for the rest of the game with no grinding allowed.

A game that is already that hard from the get-go would be a nice change.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 16, 2013, 06:44:30 PM
And in terms of PS1 classics, a lot of people dislike Legend of Dragoon, but I liked it and think it is one of the most underrated Playstation RPGs: http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/The_Legend_of_Dragoon/index.html

I have been curious about this one, saw very mixed reviews back in the day.  It's in storage somewhere but unlikely I'll ever get around to playing on the original CDs.
At this rate it will end up being just another unplayed game in my old RPG collection that I am slowly selling off on amazon (I felt bad about this at first, but very little time to play console rpgs anymore).

I'd be more likely to give it a try on the PSP though (since I can stop and go whenever needed to accommodate a hyper toddler).
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 16, 2013, 06:37:13 PM
No recommends for Zettai Hero Project? A thousand lashings for each of you!

Looks like I actually have that one already, just haven't played it.

I checked my PSN account and it turns out I forgot about several games I had bought but never downloaded to the PSP (looking at the dates most of these were around the time my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our first in early 2011, which I guess distracted me from getting all of them at the time).  I'm grabbing them from PSN now.

Persona 3 portable
Disgaea 2
Phantasy Star Portable 2
Crimson Gem Saga
ZHP
Wild Arms XF

I'm still looking at TitS considering all the recommendations and the promotion on PSN now (and since I have some old PSN cards to blow).
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 16, 2013, 02:45:00 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations!

So far it looks like TitS is the thread favorite, although I am curious about the Y's games.

For those who have played both Oath and Seven what are the main differences between them, do they feel very different?
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 01:47:12 AM
TitS sounds promising.

I enjoy action RPGs as well; but how linear are the new Y's games? (I've only played Y's 3 back on the SNES)

Are there any ps1 classics people would recommend up there with the new PSP games?  I haven't played Chrono Cross, Grandia or FF9 (played a bit, but didn't finish) for example.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 01:19:31 AM
Due to a bizarre confluence of events (involving my 16 month old baby, my PS3 dying, and being unable to use my gaming PC) I recently pulled my PSP Go out of storage to get in a bit of gaming while I can.

Because this is a PSPGo it's restricted to what is on the PSN store (no UMDs) but I'm perfectly fine with PS1 classics as well.

I'm currently wrapping up Tactics Ogre: LUCT (really liking it) and I'm looking for suggestions on other RPG/SRPGs (or any other excellent games in general).

I'll offer up a few points/comments/questions on my tastes for reference:
  • I grew up on final fantasy and shining force, so older games don't bother me (unless they are bad, but that's a different story).
  • Due to being busy at college/grad school I missed many games in the ps1/ps2 era the first time around so remakes of classics are fine.
  • Valkyria Chronicles was one of my favorite games on ps3; but the highschool-esque setting of 2 is giving me pause (maybe I'm just getting too old), is it as good as the first (or at least in the same ballpark)?
  • Geopanels are awesome! (I must have spent more time trying to get perfect geopanel combos than killing monsters when I played the first Disgaea on ps2)
  • I played and enjoyed FF Tactics back on the ps1, is the psp remake worth getting and playing through again?
  • In addition to TO:LUCT on the PSP, I have previously played Jeanne D'arc (fun, but too far on the light/easy side), Symphony of the Night (excellent) and Final Fantasy 7 (good, but difficult to live up to the hype after 15 years of nostalgia and rose-colored glasses).

Browsing through the PSN store listings I'm paralyzed by choice and just looking for some suggestions on where to go next.  I can cross reference metacritic like everyone else, but tastes vary I was hoping to get some recommendations from firsthand experience.

Thanks for any input!
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: April 22, 2011, 09:37:14 AM
Media Go connects to PSN, your PSP doesn't.
You'll log into PSN from the program, browse the shop, make purchases and download without using your PSP.

When you plug in your PSP to your PC, Media Go may pop up messages saying there is a new firmware available but you are never forced to install it.

I'm not sure if there is a mac version currently.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: April 22, 2011, 12:02:51 AM
I use a PSP Go and it came with the cable by default.  It appears the PSP2000/3000 don't, but the connection looks like a simple mini usb plug.   A quick search on amazon shows some for less than $2 with free shipping (if you don't have one already).

Here you can see an example of my game library on media go, I can reupload any game here to my PSP if I remove it.
It also has all the obligatory media management (mp3s/podcasts/movies/syncing) features if you want to use those.

Another nice feature is that you don't need to update your PSP's firmware to sync or move games around as it never directly connects to PSN.

39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: April 20, 2011, 10:55:19 PM
I'm not sure about the connection problem, but even if it doesn't get resolved right away you can still get games from psn.

Try using media go on pc (http://us.playstation.com/psn/mediago/), and from there you can drop the games to your psp via the usb cable much faster than trying to download them directly.  It also lets you keep all your games on hand, so you don't have to redownload if you delete or swap them around.

40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: April 17, 2011, 02:52:36 AM
You press Home/the PS button and you can select from several video settings amongst the options. You can go for 1:1 pixel (where applicable), stretch it to fit from top to bottom while retaining aspect ratio, stretch to fill the screen fully, or (I believe) even zoom in.

Thanks. I know it was probably a real basic question but as strange as it seems I'm still on the fence with which PS1 classic title to purchase. Just want to try and ask the questions that I'm sure I'll have once I do actually buy my first game. Thanks again.

I'm playing FF7 on psp now, and just like SOTN, it tends to have some unused black space on the top and bottom of the typical 4:3 screen, allowing you to use the manual zoom function to zoom in more than you'd expect to fit the psp wide screen aspect ratio.  You'll have a little unused space on the side, but less than if you were actually blowing up a 4:3 image.

The only time I ever even notice it is when a dialog text box happens to have an edge outside that area, although I haven't seen any actual text obscured and I haven't noticed any cutoff in the maps, characters or menus.

I'd guess you can probably do something similar on many ps1 games.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New to the site, looking for game advice on: April 07, 2011, 12:04:41 AM
I know it's not on a console you specified, but neverwinter nights 2 (D&D ruleset, selectable party members in main game, make your own full party and open ended in the 2nd expansion) sounds like it's exactly what you are looking for if you have a reasonably decent pc.  I've seen its platinum collection on sale on steam a few times lately.

As for the consoles your closest hits are as people have mentioned, the first person exploration games (class of heroes, etc...) or SRPGs (Disgaea, FFT...).

Although, and this suggestion may be way off base, I'd almost think FF12 (if you have a backwards compatible ps3) could fit the bill, as long as you build your characters in a consistent way to make them fit traditional class roles and don't just make everyone learn everything.  I got a strong dungeon crawler vibe from side quests in that game with a group of dedicated-role (and often underleveled) characters, when you need to use cc and can't just mob everything.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSP PSN RPG downloads on: April 05, 2011, 03:21:20 AM
I was in a similar situation a few months ago.  My wife got me a PSPgo for Christmas, and I was trying to look through PSN to find things worth getting.

At first I was discouraged because several games I had been interested in weren't available, but I looked around and found more than enough things to keep me busy.  I also have a soft spot for digital distribution, as I hate having to pop in or carry around discs (I get almost everything on my PC via steam/impulse now).


As you like strategy games you may want to look at:
Disgaea (1 or 2)
Jeanne d'arc
Tactics Ogre
Wild Arms XF (though people seem very polarized on this one)
Yggra Union
ZHP (Zettai Hero Project)
Phantom Brave
You could also pick up ps1 classics, like FFT

The PSN store updates every tuesday, so you can check their blog for new sales/price drops then.  Generally the best deals I have seen are around holidays, or when a specific publisher has a sale week (got the Sega deals, Phantasy Star Portable 2 and Valkyria Chronicles 2 for $16 each around Christmas; and picked up more Atlus games than I probably should have during their last sale).

As for specific games, I recently finished Jeanne d'arc and really enjoyed it, though I didn't think I would when first starting out.

Just last week I started playing FF7 again in an effort to revisit some old ps1 classics.  I remember many of them as good, but was curious to see if that was just my fond memories and rose-colored glasses, and how well they stood the test of time.  So far I find these 'epic' big name ps1 games go well interspersed with other psp games, as they have a weightier feel that you don't often get from portable rpgs which tend not to take themselves as seriously (though that of course depends on the game) and I like the variety.
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