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1141  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: June 06, 2012, 02:34:35 PM
Well I played it each day for a little over a week and finally have come to terms with the fact that I just can't do it.... maybe I'll nickel and dime it over time, but the lack of narrative and monotony of quests totally outweigh the beyond-awesome gameplay for me.... I think Dragon Age was the only exception for me when it comes to WRPG's... Thing is I don't even need a good narrative, just something I could ignorantly accept as "what the hell is happening" is enough for me.... But when I play this, I don't get the sense of anything other than "what is the next big thing to kill....." and "how cool can I make my character look"..... I'm going back to polishing off some backlogged compile-heart-creepiness for the moment I think-LOL
1142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SNES Rpgs that we never saw.... Astounded... on: June 04, 2012, 06:27:45 PM
Ok, I will totally confirm the sentiment toward the Magic Knight Rayearth title.... it sucks.... but I had to give it a go as I'm a HUGE Rayearth fan (golly gee did I dig that 90's fantasy anime....).... but even my undying love for Rayearth isn't enough for me to say anything good about this.... nothing at all..... nor do I have the right to say anything seeing as how I wouldnt sit through another minute of this game to give it proper time for any critiquing....it is THAT bad...
1143  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code of Princess for N3DS, thanks Atlus! on: June 04, 2012, 06:24:04 PM
This looks really freakin' cool!! I'm becoming much happier I bought a DS as of late....
1144  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SNES Rpgs that we never saw.... Astounded... on: June 03, 2012, 01:23:39 AM
Wow guys! Thanks for the awesome responses!!

Special thanks to Dincrest for the suggestion of Tengai Makyo Zero (that one is absolutely gonna be high priority for me) and Aeolus for all your added titles with summarization/suggestion... If I could give out a "Rpg-fan" gold-star for best replies and posts I would totally give it to you Aeolus.....

And to clarify to anyone who seems to have missed the aim here... the idea is to EXPAND the list, not simply keep discussion to the titles on said list... though of course discussion is welcome... reading the posts I got the impression I was unclear about that...

1145  Media / Single-Player RPGs / SNES Rpgs that we never saw.... Astounded... on: June 02, 2012, 06:51:47 PM
So I've never really payed much attention to the RPG's that never made it out of japan until recently.... well, really since I began frequenting this board and realizing how much we miss out on.... so I began researching what we missed in the past that I was unaware of.....

... to steal a line from Richard in the most recent tales of graces f.... the super nintendo is a "veritable jewel-box" of fantastic RPG's we never saw... and I, dear friends, have become obsessed.... I've been reading for hours now.... sure we all know about "Seiken Densetsu 3" and "Star Ocean".... maybe we have heard of "Terranigma" (sp?) and a few others like "Bahamut Lagoon" but they seem to just be the tip of the ice-berg....

So I implore, fellow JRPG lovers, help me to compile a list of 16-bit untouchables worth drooling over.... and naturally if you have played them, impressions would be nice...

To start with one of the aforementioned ( and most obvious....)....

Seiken Densetsu 3- Played it... loved it... While I wouldn't quite say it put secret of mana to shame it certainly, IMO, was the better game hands down. Everything Secret of Mana was plus... A) the ability to select a unique team of three from a cast of 6.... B)the ability to upgrade to different classes, venturing your characters development down either a "dark" or "light" path....C) greater replay-value as a result of the last two points.... Now, there were alterations to the core gameplay a bit, such as characters now specialized in weapon types as opposed to being able to equip whomever with whatever... battles, while still real-time, felt a bit different but this was an improvement to me.... And I can go on, but you all get the idea... plus I'm sure most of you experienced this splendor for yourself already...

Ones I haven't played but are on my list....
*All the other titles I initially mentioned earlier in this post
-Sailor Moon RPG
-Magic Knight Rayearth RPG
-Slayers RPG
-Live a Live
-Rudora no Hihou. (high on my priority list )
-Bushi Seiryuuden - Futari no Yuusha
-Record of Lodoss RPG
-SMT1 and SMT2

I've already ordered some of these and as I try them out I will post my impressions on this thread if it catches on.... If by the way, all this  is "old hat" and already well established feel free to tell me "Klyde, let the thread die and google it as you are the only one who has been living under a rock too long to realize these things..."....... just be sure to give me your top suggestions first!! LoL
1146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: May 30, 2012, 04:02:44 PM
You really should play Totori, Klyde.  You'll like it, and it sounds like you already own it so why not?  Even if you're getting Meruru that doesn't mean you can't play Totori first.


I second that, Totori is really fun, plus it should make your playthrough of Meruru much more enjoyable.
You really should play Totori, Klyde.  You'll like it, and it sounds like you already own it so why not?  Even if you're getting Meruru that doesn't mean you can't play Totori first.


..........alright....alright... so just give it to me straight.... if I'm gonna try to exercise some patience here and go through to totori should I just bite the bullet and pick up my rorona playthrough again and polish that off?.... well I mean obviously I SHOULD.... but I what I'm asking is do you guys suggest it? I really didn't enjoy it much at all up to about the 5th assignment where I quit..... but this board and its members haven't led me astray yet and I gotta listen to anybody with a kefka avatar.... just seems like the right thing to do.....
1147  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: May 29, 2012, 06:52:29 PM
Great review! I'm so happy to hear such positive remarks about this title!!!

I'm equally pleased to read that I don't need to get through the rest of the Arland trilogy to appreciate this.... I bought both Rorona and Totori determined to make it through both of them before this came out only to give up Rorona halfway through.... I just couldn't take the monotony anymore.... Thus I never made it to Totori (which based on what I read, I would have loved) but was eager to pop this one in as soon as it arrived from Nisa with my lovely barrel! t-shirt :) Happy to hear I can without worrying much...

One final question though, if I do play this first and love it (which I sort of know I will), will going back and playing Totori someday really feel like a regression of sorts?? Silly question I guess since I go back and play ps1 and ps2 games and they don't really feel all too out-dated to me but I thought it was worth inquiring anyhow....
1148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 28, 2012, 05:35:30 PM
I'm tasked with updating that, and I still have a bit of work to do... namely Devil Survivor 2 and P2 PSP(also P4G and Arena).

A tall task indeed friend.... I give you grande' credit for it though.... and if you are in fact one of the authors I give you mucho-grande-credit!
1149  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 28, 2012, 03:27:26 PM
Either Digital Devil Saga or Persona 3 are a good start, after that go for Nocturne and every other title that might interest you.

Also there's a huge article thingy in Hardcore Gaming 101 if you want to read about the series: http://hg101.kontek.net/megaten/megaten.htm

I second Bytor's response... that article totally kicked ass... thanks for sharing that!!

I had NO idea how much SMT I was missing out on... Gotta say I'd love to check out some of the GB stuff I never new existed from yesteryear....
1150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 24, 2012, 06:31:12 PM


I'd say it's more about the experience than anything else.  Compelling narrative is nowhere to be found.  But they nailed the AD&D atmosphere perfectly.  The enemies are straight out of a monster's compendium.

I concur....
1151  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Ancient Book of Y's 1 and 2... and on the note of games based anime..... on: May 24, 2012, 04:43:57 PM
So I just picked up the Y's Anime and I'm curious... how accurate is the anime telling of the tale to the games? I played through Ys 1  but not Ys 2 and I'm hoping this will suffice because I'm really anxious to get onto Oath (I wanna view the story chronologically and don't feel like running into baddies for 12 more hours..... i want to swing a sword damnit).....

Also, while on that note.... instead of making multiple threads.... what other anime based on rpgs or games are accurate to the series and not spin offs or too bastard-ized to be considered a sufficient re-telling of the tale? I've pretty much avoided most "game to anime" conversions in the past....

1152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 24, 2012, 04:38:50 PM
every review so far is saying the story is shit so klyde i can't imagine this doing it for you either. so far i'm enjoying the combat and exploration though. i like how the monsters respond to certain actions

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like how i shot a cyclops in it's eye and it swung at my pawns blindly while grasping it's eye

Well afternoon 2 on Dragons Dogma has left me feeling a little better about it..... but yes the story seems.... well... I can't say much about it, because there doesn't seem to be one.... which I would be able to cope with if they just fleshed out the basic premise a bit better.... like what the hell is the Arisen? And why or how have you become this hero?..... More importantly how is it that anyone recognizes you as such? These are questions only partially addressed before seemingly completely accepted by your hero.... I hope I'm speaking too soon and this is cleared up a bit as I'm still so early on.... Time will tell I suppose....

But as you stated.... its not about that here in WRPG-land.... its about discovery and combat.... which, while typically not what I'm about is proving pretty freakin' addicting thus far.... way more enjoyable than Amalur for me..... Character creation really is top notch as well (I was able to perfectly re-create myself and my D&D buddy from childhood... what til he sees when I post his pawn character on Facebook-lol)

So while dim, hope remains... I can say for sure that I am intrigued enough ATM to put a few more hours in.... who knows maybe I'll get drawn in enough to actually play through this one in easily digestable play sessions amongst some of the other titles I'm tending to right now.... I can't believe I just said that.... wow.....
1153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 23, 2012, 06:22:24 PM
Well Klyde,

The big question about DD is - does it at all feel like a WRPG? It seems to an extent that was the purpose, some kind of half breed.

Features like

- character creation
- an open world
- physical differences

Are western based features while JRPGs tend to have the opposites:

- linear or semi-open world
- handing you pre-made characters w/backrounds
- a little anime girl is Superman

Yes indeed... it feels as western as western fantasy comes to me... that is also what I took into account when I bought this.... I said to myself, "well klyde, if there is any WRPG your gonna like, it will be a japanese-made one!" LoL

I'm so strange though..... mind you, this is coming from someone who read and re-read every tolkien book I could get my hands on back in high school and used to play table-top.... why I don't have the stomach for the stuff anymore is beyond me..... I like happy, bubbly JRPG goodness is all.... I was seriously considering popping this out and picking my Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 playthrough back up- THAT IS HOW SICK I AM! hahahaha

EDIT: On a completely different note, for anyone interested, here is a little article on capcoms ambitions in regard to becoming a digital provider....

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/05/23/capcom-plans-to-be-1-provider-of-digital-content-by-2022

For those who don't like clicking links..... here is what they say about DLC

"Continue DLC as add-on content for traditional games. While Capcom has set high goals for mobile and PC gaming, they don't expect packaged software sales to go up. However, after factoring in DLC sales, they expect a 26% increase."

Klyde here is bad at math.... but that seems like a BIG increase in profit as a result of DLC now doesn't it?
1154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: May 23, 2012, 05:36:02 PM
Ahhhh yes the ability to speed up movement on ze' field or map! A minor yet curiously integral piece of a great RPG for me!-LoL

Ever since the dawn of sprint shoes in FF3 (6) when I was but a young lad I was hooked! Always had a relic slot occupied with a pair... Never once did I feel compromised in any way that I was missing a slot for some added effect... the shoes took precedence, always.

A little later on in life, a blue haired elf by the name of Stallion became a fixture in my suikoden party for his true holy rune. Is stallion effective in combat? Not unless you've got kirkis along for the ride for a nice unite attack.... do I keep kirkis around? No..... but I'll be damned if I am gonna crawl across a world map after experiencing how swift Stallion could make my journey!

I could go on, but you get the idea...

Personal Pet-Peeve on this note..... I absolutely hate it when the "speed up" in a game is a single direction dash that ends me smashing into things head on through my whole playthrough OR when said movement is increased by an evasive roll.... I don't want to sumersault or tumble through my playthroughs damnit!
1155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 23, 2012, 05:24:14 PM
I've been playing this all afternoon... which I do realize is not nearly long enough to become acquainted with a game.... but damn... this really seals the deal for me.... early last week I began to question why I dislike WRPGs and I think I've arrived at the ultimate conclusion.... I just simply do.....

I mentioned in the Amalur thread how I could not place my finger on exactly why, but I wasn't digging it.... this confirms for me that I just simply can't get into these no matter how good they are.... I'm gonna continue with this one for the rest of the week and hope it grows on me but that hope is fading fast....

By the way....Where the hell is the music in these freakin' games anyways!?..... I am, by the way, probably the only one who love the title screen music...very J-Rock-ish!!

NOTE: To anyone reading this... I am not at all taking a stab at this game... quite honestly, for what it is, it seems to be the cream of the crop... which is why it confirms for me that I am just simply a wierdo..... but once again, this is a great game... I am just a highly selective gamer it seems..
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