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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 6, Breath of Fire 6, and Wild Arms 6... on: October 03, 2012, 12:39:01 PM
I am actually playing Breath of Fire 3 right now.  Great game and it reminds me of all the charm that old RPGs had back during the SNES And PS1 era.  Sounds like the continuation of the series is rather slim right now.  The video game industry seems to be going through a weird time.  Back during the SNES And PS1 era, I would have never guesses that this popular series would come to a halt. 

Japan seems to be closing up more and more by appealing to their interests only and its understandable.  They aren't making the money they used to with modern JRPGs in the international...or at least, western market.  Still, I think there is hope.  Side scrolling games with crisp sprites and graphics have been making a come back on the Wii (Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong).  I think all the players who are now older still have fond memories of the JRPGs of old.  Japan just needs to learn how to balance the amount of influence they have when it comes to the western audience.  What I mean by this is to tone down the amount of things that make sense to Japan only.  No more crazy character art, weird fashion craziness stuff (I am thinking of Quina from FF9), ect.  The western audience isn't in to that as a whole.  Now that many of us have grown up from the SNES/PS1 era when we were kids and teenagers, our tastes have changed.  I don't want to play a hero who is a kid or teenager.  I want to play a character who is a grown person. 

Look at games like Skyrim.  We seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from what Japan likes and the western audience.  Its all about finding the balance and I think many of the players who played those JRPGs from before will come back...because they won't have to feel silly playing a game with a character portrait like Quina in front of their friends.

Lastly, JRPGs need to move to another possible platform.  When I was a kid, it was not a worry to play from a handheld device.  Now that I am older, I have kind of moved on.  The solution?  Release JRPGs on a digital platform - something like Steam.  It will cut back on costs from a manufacturing perspective since it will all be digital.  Plus, many of us have embranced PC gaming.  After all, hasn't the MMORPG market become extremely popular?  These thrive on the PC market.  When they release many JRPGs on the PSP or 3DS...it might work from Japan but perhaps not in the same way for the western audience.

Just my opinion.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: September 25, 2011, 12:09:31 PM

Well, after much debate I finally broke down and bought a PSP so I can play Final Fantasy 4 Complete Collection.  Its bringing back a lot of great memories that I enjoyed about the original.  Definitely a great game. 
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Legaia on: September 02, 2011, 08:25:32 PM

I'm no attorney, but I'm pretty sure if an independent developer wanted to get the rights to the Legaia name then they'd be able to purchase it since the trademark has been considered abandoned.


Whatever happened to the original creators?  Are they just off doing their own thing?
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Legaia on: September 01, 2011, 08:51:45 PM
  I stand up for this game, I really love it and it's in my top 3 list. It had great gameplay, the fighting system was awesome, I can understand the comments on the graphics, it was behind the times, but to me they weren't even an issue considering the story and history inside the game. Seriously, say what you will but I will always love this one.

Well the graphics outside of battle were meh, but at least the characters, while deformed, were still better than the super-deformed characters in FF7.

The in-battle graphics and the few CGI movies it had were great, though.

EDIT: Here's a behind the scenes video of legend of legaia that I found where you get to see some of the staff who worked on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LaHaGSiNLY


Thanks for sharing that video.  It was cool to hear from the original developers.  So with the trademark expired, does that mean the whole series is up for grabs for anyone who wants to buy it?
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Legaia on: August 22, 2011, 01:27:29 AM
Wasn't Legend of Legaia criticized for having a bad soundtrack?  I liked it for what it is, Sakimoto and Mitsuda did great with the Legaia 2 soundtrack.  

At the time of its release I don't think it was criticized for having a bad soundtrack exactly. I think it was criticized for its somewhat small number of tracks compared to other RPGs, meaning the same melodies were reused more often than they should have. But there were about 4 different boss themes, so it's more varied than other RPGs as far as boss music is concerned :D

The songs that were in Legaia are really good, imo, so lack of song #s don't really bother me much. It's got a really different type of style/sound compared to most other RPGs and the songs are filled with lots of bass, percussion, flutes and synth.

Legaia 2: Duel Saga had good music too, but I think it not having any orchestra pieces in either Legaia game may have upset some people who are used to getting that from Squaresoft.

I really loved Legend of legaia's soundtrack.  I thought the music was way better than many of its other RPG counterparts.  Its one of the features that attracted me to the game. 
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Legaia on: August 20, 2011, 08:16:21 PM
Legaia is probably my favorite RPG from the 90s. It's one of the rare games where the storyline actually fits in with the battle mechanics. For example, a typical rule for RPGs and most all games in general is that the enemies get harder the further into the story you get. Often times there is no explanation that would fit with the story for why the enemies are stronger - but for Legaia there is. The final continent of the game had the largest Mist Generator, which made the thickest mist and had the most Mist elixir within it, therefore the Seru surrounded in it would get a larger power boost and the enemies would be harder in battle.

I also liked how Seru would only be found in areas with Mist and non-Seru enemies (non-absorbable monsters) would never be found in Mist Generators.

*Spoilers*

However one Mist Generator, the Floating Castle, did have non-Seru enemies within it and is the only Mist Generator that does. At first you think it's an oddity, but you find out it's because the Floating Castle's Mist Generator was a dud and spewed out fake Mist while the real Mist came from the Absolute Fortress.

Sure the story of the game was not all complex and filled with a ton of twists (though there were some plot twists in Legaia that played out nicely) but it was a good story and had a lot of tie-ins with Christian/Catholic mythology. I liked that you basically got to travel to Legaia's version of hell and fight it's "Satan" (Rogue) and also go to Legaia's heaven (Noaru Valley) to save it from being conquered by Songi.

Battle system is easily one of my favorites as well.


What is the possibility of seeing a third Legaia game made?  Does Sony still own the rights to this game? 
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Legaia on: August 19, 2011, 01:59:44 PM
Legend of Legaia was the first game I got with my playstation, most fucking magical day of my life changing from my 64. I was only allowed to pick one game and for some reason the game stuck out to me, ive had that same copy ever since. I remember reading a review in a game magazine (god, remember those?), and the quote ive always remembered was "the only game where every fight looks like the last battle". Yeah its slow, and it takes fucking forever to level-up but it was my first playstation game so I love it.

Legaia 2 on the other hand, really could have done without that one. I thought the pacing was quite slow.

Legend of Dragoon, oh how i loved your combat system and hated your shitty quality music.

Yes, Legend of Dragoon was an interesting one for me. I remember buying it and playing through only to get bored with it.  I agree, the music was terrible.  I remember feeling overwhelmed when I went to the towns.  There were so many places to explore that I didn't even know where to start.  I have played games with big cities before but for some reason this game's towns didn't work for me.  I remember not caring for the story and just wanting to hurry and finish the game.  I think I hated the battle music the worst. 

I ended up cheating and finding a save on the internet to fight the last boss and see the ending.  What was really disappointing for me is that I remember see a game trailer that came with the playstation magazine which previewed the game.  The music to the trailer was amazing!  It was such a let down to find that the music just wasn't up to par for the actual game.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: August 19, 2011, 01:52:58 PM
You mean Ocarina of Time, right? Or is there some third Zelda game for the N64 I don't know about?

He may be talking about the Zelda 64 prototype that eventually became OoT.

Yes, sorry.  I meant Ocarina of Time.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: August 18, 2011, 11:41:13 PM
Wow, we have some really nice lists here.  My top favorite RPGs would be the following:

Chrono Trigger:  I remember buying this when it was originally released back in the 90s for the Super Nintendo.  I had a Nintendo Power magazine and I was captivated by the article on it.  I rented it from my local Blockbuster and then purchased it shortly thereafter.  Here is some trivia for you...I bought it from Babbages.  Anyone remember that store? Yep, Babbages turned into Gamestop.  :)  Anyway, this remains my favorite RPG.

Final Fantasy 4:  Again, I played this back in elementary school when it was originally released.  My best friend got it for this birthday and we all came over to check it out.  This game was amazing and the story just always stuck with me.  It remains one of my favorites.  I still want to play the Complete Collection for the PSP although I don't actually own the system.  Getting this game though almost justifies buying a PSP. 

Chrono Cross:  I actually loved the sequel to the original.  I thought it was, for the most part, well executed.  If I could change two things about it, I would have loved less playable characters and more story elements with Magus.  I think they could have done a lot with him but...eh, hopefully one day a third game will come....I'll have to keep crossing my fingers.  Anyway, even without my prefered changes, the game was really awesome for its music, gameplay, and story.  Plus, I liked how they played the nostalgia card for some parts of the story.

Legend of Legaia:  Great game.  I really liked how they included martial arts with the RPG elements.  The music was incredible in this game too.  It really got me pumped up for the fights.  I would like to see them make a third game for like the original.

Final Fantasy Tactics:  This rivals Final Fantasy 4 for the best Final Fantasy in my opinion.  I played hundreds of hours in this game.  I liked the mature themes and how battles were never the same.  I haven't played the War of the Lions version yet because of the dreaded slow down problems I've heard about, but then again, I guess the PS1 version had horrible loading times for some of the text/translation issues.   

Vagrant Story:  This was a very dark game, but I enjoyed the midevil aspects of the story.  They really should make some kind of sequel.  I an anxious to see what Yasumi Matsuno produces at Level 5.

Final Fantasy 6:  Although not my favorite Final Fantasy, this game holds my favorite villian - Kefka.  Square needs to move forward with a remake or sequel/prequel with this game.

Zelda - A link to the Past:  Yes, I know this probably doesn't fit here but it needs to be mentioned.  I love this game.  The music, story, and gameplay are fond memories of my childhood.  All the Zelda games are great, but this one is my favorite out of them all...followed by a close second - Zelda 64. 
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy (1/2/3) on iOS devices on: August 18, 2011, 11:18:26 PM
Now all we need is Final Fantasy 4 PSP version for the iOS.  The new graphics make it fit perfectly with the 1st and 2nd Final Fantasy.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Legaia on: August 18, 2011, 11:13:28 PM

Legend of Legaia is one of my top RPGs.  I actually enjoyed the long attacks and battle scenes.  The martial art theme was really neat to see in an RPG.  The music and gameplay was top notch.  I even enjoyed the simple story it brought.  I never played the second one due to negative reviews but I would very much like to see a third game. 
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: August 18, 2011, 11:10:27 PM
I just finished playing Mass Effect 1 for the first time.  It was pretty good.  I am now starting with Mass Effect 2 and man is it an improvement on the last game.  The controls, graphics, and game-play just seem so much better.  So far, I am impressed.

Mass Effect 3 is looking incredible.  I am really enjoying the series.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: General iOS RPG Topic on: August 04, 2011, 10:09:15 PM
I'm loving it so far. I can see the story sailing over my head at times in the future though.

How is the loading times?  What device are you playing it on?  Are there any major gameplay breaking issues?
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: General iOS RPG Topic on: August 04, 2011, 11:45:25 AM
So now that FFT is out for the iOS, what is everyone's impressions?
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: General iOS RPG Topic on: August 01, 2011, 09:24:40 PM

Well, it looks like we have some more information on FFT for iOS.  It will be out this Thursday, August 4th, and it will be $16.  They also provide a gameplay video done by Famitsu.  I was a little worried since the video had sound issues at first but it looks like its been fixed based off the assurances of the Square-Enix employees.  As long as there are no slow down or sound issues, I will be a happy camper. 

$16 does seem a little high though since its PSP counterpart is selling for $10 I believe.  It will just be nice to have it on my iOS devices though.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/square-enix-dlg/final-fantasy-tactics-the-war-of-the-lions-product-information/10150255684381301
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