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1411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: August 30, 2011, 10:25:07 PM
I'm more concerned about the story/humor than the gameplay.  Disgaea 2 fell really flat with me in that category, partly cause the main characters didn't have funny personalities

It fell a bit flat for me too..... the humor just didn't do it for me like D1 or D3.. or Makai Kingdom for that matter.....

On a different note, I just went to gamestop and yes they do have it.... they let me hold it... drool over it.... and then denied me an early purchase after I proposed slipping them a 100 bucks, hahaha!...... The sad part is I was truly trying to bribe them into letting me get my copy although it came across in jest....
1412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 30, 2011, 10:19:12 PM
Please don't hollar at me for hopping back to topic of the older Megami Tensei titles but I am still at bit confused as to where to start.... I'm torn between starting with Nocturne or Digital Devil Saga 1..... I can't believe these games passed me by, being that I was Persona fan since it first came out ages ago on the PS1. Thanks for the advice in advance :)
1413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: August 30, 2011, 11:15:52 AM
Actually it already did hit our shores.... they shipped early and Gamestop already has it, they just can't realease it until the street date of Spet. 6th.... so if your lucky enough to find a store that doesn't care about such formalities it can be yours already....

Anyhoo, I AM SOOOOO SUPER STOKED FOR THIS GAME YOU HAVE NO IDEA!! Disgaea became my favorite franchise running right now and I am actually planning to take off work for this..... I purposely did not take a vacation day in a very long time in preperation.... Additionally I will be dropping my other playthroughs at the moment of Breath of Fire 2, Star Ocean First Departure, Catherine and Final Fantasy IV Complete to focus solely on Disgaea.....

I have played the other Disgaea titles cumulatively for over 350 hours altogeather...... Now if that is not a sad amount of life to waste on a franchise I don't know what is... but in all honestly many of those 350 hours trumped good sex for me (truly, I don't have much of a labido...)

Just wanted to let you know, your not the only one waiting with bated breathe for this title.
1414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: August 29, 2011, 12:32:34 PM
When Leo in Lunar 2 Eternal Blue yells "Sample my goods!"

Hearing him yell that with every other special attack and item cracks me up... Such a serious dude for such a silly line...
1415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rune Factory Oceans announced for the PS3/Wii on: August 29, 2011, 12:10:56 PM
In the last decade and a half I can honestly say that not too many JRPGs, that I've had an interest in,has slipped by me... Harvest Moon/Rune Factory has however....... That being said, this game looks pretty freakin' cool to me :)

So my question is should I just jump right in here when it comes out or play some priors in the series first? That is, are they standalone titles? If so whats worth my time and what is not? Anyone who could provide me some insight would be much appreciated :) Thanks
1416  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSN, Wii Virtual System, and old gems I (we) may have missed.... on: August 18, 2011, 11:45:47 AM
In light of a few posts recently, I realize that a few "oldies but goodies" have slipped by me throughout the years.... Sooooo quick and to the point, lets get down to business! What lesser known RPGs hail from the days of PS1 and before that often get overlooked? To expand upon, or maybe make this topic a bit easier, may I suggest lists of your favorite downloadable titles via the PSN and Wii??......... I was browsing last night on both systems and noticed a handful I was unfamiliar with and couldn't decide were to begin.... Hopefully with enough lists and feedback we can all come across a treasure or two we were not aware of, or haven't given the time yet.

NOTE: I don't think its necessary for any of us to list any Final Fantasies.... or Chrono Trigger for that matter.... Quite certain we all know they exist.... hehehe..... also, while I have the floor.... WHY IS EARTHBOUND NOT AVAILABLE!!! How disturbing...... Anyhoo thanks ahead for the suggestions, and I hope we can all foster something worth playing out of this!
1417  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Berskerk, Lodoss and other fantastical-anime on: August 17, 2011, 12:32:25 PM
After you get through digesting some that list I'd also recommend Scrapped Princess.   

Gotta thank you! I just got through the first 8 episodes of Scrapped Princess and it rocks!! I am really really digging this one man, appreciate it :)
1418  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anyone watching blue exorcist? on: August 17, 2011, 12:30:47 PM
Oooooo... I wonder what the banninated poster above me said.... unsolved mysteries I suppose....

.... In any event, I thought I would throw out my impression of Blue Exorcist for anyone interested now that I've seen all the released/subbed episodes available stateside.... And the bottom line in my humble oppinion is, while the series sports some beautiful qualities, you need to make it through ALOT of filler to get to the meat and potatos of the plot.... That normally isn't a bad thing per se, it can keep things paced nicely in fact, but in this series the humor and levity really undermines the plot a bit up until about episode 12-13 (somewhere around there).

But I suppose that is all a matter of taste and oppinion... I am hyper critical of comedy as I just don't find much of it funny..... On all other accounts, save one, Blue Exorcist has me sold :)

Animation and art style, while nothing we haven't seen, is well done none-the-less. Dialogues are decent and pertinent (when they are not trying to be cute or comical), and as I mentioned the plot is great.

Brief Summary (as found on Crunchyroll)
Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons - the Exorcists.

and beyond that......we have the son of satan trying to become one of those said expocists.....

Well, happy watching everyone :)
1419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: August 17, 2011, 12:46:16 AM
Sorry about the misuse/application of/execution of the "spoiler alert" earlier guys..... won't let it happen again, promise ;)
1420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: August 16, 2011, 04:30:55 PM
You know why this isYou know why this is a difficult list to craft? Because I feel like my favorites are always sort of shifting in a flux congruent with my current tastes... Some things I swore I loved I'll never play again, other things I thought I I'd never pick up turned out to some of my favorites later on down the road.... So with that said, this is a brief list of the ones that I'm sure make the cut of my hall of fame... But don't ask for a particular order... I just can't do it :)

-Lunar 1 and 2 (SCD)-- First RPG I ever played with alot of the next gen. elements we didn't see at the time... NOTE: The PSX version are also favorites of mine for some of my favorite dungeons in RPG history and most intense boss fights.
-Shining Wisdom (SS)-- I can't give specifics but as a kid I freakin' loved this game... haven't played it in ages though
-Growlanser Heritage of War (both included titles, PS2)--- Dripping with anime esque' goodness
-Breath of Fire 2 (Snes)--- None of the others captivated me quite like this one
-Chrono Trigger (SNES)-- I know its on everyones list, as well it should be...
-Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3(SNES)-- Best multiplayer action RPGs I've ever beheld, hands down.
-X-Com: Ufo Defense(PSX)- One of the only non-fantasy oriented titles that make my list. Creepy as hell. Difficult as hell. Engaging and rewarding as all heck. If it weren't for the bad controller interface I'd probably have enjoyed it alot more though....
-Disgaea (PSX, NOT the PSP version.....)-- The first Disgaea may not have been the best but its still my favorite.... why you ask? Laharl and Etna of course :)
-Star Ocean 2 Second Story and Star Ocean Til the end of time (psx and ps2)--My favorites of the star ocean series for the character casts and gameplay
-Persona 3(Ps2)--Dripping with J-Pop culture goodness, and I dug the story here more the 4... maybe its just me...
-Final Fantasy VI (III)-- It may not have done everything the best.... but it certainly set the stage in my oppinion for the groundwork of all the Final Fantasies to come, while perfecting many elements inherent in the series up to this title. Its pertenance to the series aside, I also feel it had the best cast, most coherrent story, best paced plot of the whole series.
-Suikoden V(PS2)-- Basically because it had my favorite cast of all the Suiko. titles...

Honorable Mentions.....
-Vandal Hearts (PSX)
-Ar Tonelico 1(PSX)
-Lufia: Rise of the Sinistrels(SNES)
-Lunar Magic School(SS)
-Ar Tonelico 1(PSX)
-Xenogears/Xenosaga(PS2)-- only reason it didn't make my list was because I don't particularly like Mecha-stuff
-Final Fantasy Tactics(PSX)
-Vay (SCD)
-Ogre Battle (Snes/PSX)
-Tales of Destiny (PSX)
-Magna Carta (Ps2)

Well thats my list(s) off the top of my head.... But I'm sure I missed quite a few worth mentioning that have slipped to the far recesses of my mind over the years... then again, maybe that means they aren't worth mentioning...?

1421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: August 16, 2011, 02:50:00 AM

Hey, if anyone could locate a screen capture of the Bracer Emblem you see on screen when you recieve it could they let me know? I actually do want to tattoo it on myself but can't seem to locate any pics aside from the pin that came with the LE packaging which looks a bit different... Thanks a bunch :)
1422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 16, 2011, 02:46:16 AM
A critic is only as objective as the amount of material he has observed and critiqued, being that it is impossible to observe ALL given material for any particular matter subjectivity will always enter the picture.... I forget offhand which philosopher said it but a quote I always appreciated was "to become good artists, we must become first good critics... and the only way to do that is to view and review art constantly". I believe the same holds true for games in a sense.... To be good gamers we must get to know what we like, to do that we must become critics ourselves in a sense, and for us to reach (with any degree of objectivity) a conclusion as to what is "good" or "bad" we need contrast.... we need to play games....

Why I am spouting this? Well I think its highly relevant to the thread itself.... There are just way too many RPGs to play through and thus becoming a good critic to determine which is worth our precious time (especially if your like me, 26 living waaaay beyond your means and working 12-16 hours a day.....) is what this is all about.

Now as for that topic..... I totally took the advice of one of the replies to me instructing me to finish lunar 2 based on other oppinions expressed... Why? Because it clearly demonstrated the critic in questions' objective and subjective viewpoints were congruent with my own.....  And So...........

Yeah, I mean we all get along about things in the real world so I can't see how anyone would disagree about video games, right?
Of course someone could have a bad experience with it, but that doesn't necessarily speak to its quality. For example, if someone found out his/her mother had died just as he/she started playing Saiyuki for the first time, he/she probably wouldn't ever be able to enjoy it. That doesn't mean it's a bad product or that the people who made it did a bad job in making it, and it shouldn't be taken as such - this is where any negative critiquing of Saiyuki is unfounded/insane. A mature/real critic would step back and evaluate the work that went into it the way only a fellow artist can, not state his/her likes and dislikes as facts, and stating one's preferences as facts is the only way one could assert "Saiyuki sucks" - a statement that should be objective. I'm never going to stop holding critics to a higher standard, even though doing so infuriates me. They're supposed to evaluate the work that went into making the product.

The fallacy of your position is that you think objective evaluations exist. They don't. Most of the time, the critics people trust tend to have not steered them wrong in the past or have a similar scope of interest.

Your bit about "mature/real" critics is laughable, as you denounce anyone who has a contrary view as insane. Very mature, indeed.

.........I couldn't agree more with that.....

And by the way, Lunar 2 was an excellent pick!! I freakin' love this game now just as much as I did when I was a kid playing it on Sega CD.
1423  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 09, 2011, 01:03:45 PM
wild arms 4
ff 12 revenant wings
brave story
SMT Nocturne
Xenosaga 2 and 3

Likely not to finish any of these.
FF 13 (though I plan to before school starts again)

Xenosaga 2 (which I don't think I ever will)


Its nice to see I am not the only one having problems with FF13...... Even after my post last night though I must confess.... I spent 5 more hours more of grinding through chapter twelve and into 13.... I just can't stand having an unfinished FF under my belt..... at least of the main series...... so it looks like, being the completionist-fool I am, I will be finishing it after all......

Dark Cloud 2
La Pucelle
Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Growlanser II
Growlanser III
Arc the Lad II
Front Mission 3
Front Mission 4
Vagrant Story
Star Ocean 2
Star Ocean 3
Chrono Cross
Saga Frontier
Brave Fencer Musashi
Suikoden III
SMT Nocturne
Persona 2: EP
Grandia II

I'm sure I've left a few off, but yeah...I'm bad at finishing games. Or I was. Of the five or six I actually own now, I've finished the majority of at this point. I won't be finishing any of the above titles as I no longer own them.

If I had to pick any of the games off this list to pick back up it would be Growlanser...... Actually Growlanser Generations is on my list as well due to the fact that my disc got wrecked and I never got another copy.... right at the very end too....... forgot about that one..... freakin' awesome titles though
1424  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Loose ends... the games we have not finished and should we? on: August 09, 2011, 12:00:06 AM
We all have em..... those titles that for one reason or another were abandonned somewhere along the way, if not entirely passed over.... and everytime we beat a game with that unfinished business sitting up on the shelf next to some new gem we've been waiting to get to we wonder "should we"? So I thought it would be fun and helpful to list a few and get some others oppinions as to whether or not they are worth finishing (or starting)......

This post was inspired after finally throwing FFX13 back in the system after abandonning it at chapter 12.... Its the only Final Fantasy I haven't finished and I must say.... I don't think I going to... Despite the fact that I am a completionist of sorts, I just can't stand this game.

Well anyhoo, heres my list:
Ogre Battle Tactics
Atelier Iris 2
Xenosaga 2
Valkyrie Chronicles
Valkyrie Profile
Catherine (I am already ready to move on from this one)
Eternal Sonata
Dragon Age 2
Lunar Eternal Blue (Technically I already beat this one but it was the original on Sega Cd and tis the remake which has been left unfinished)

So what do you guys think? Which should be finished and which should be glazed over until there is truly nothing better to play?

1425  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anyone watching blue exorcist? on: August 08, 2011, 12:13:35 PM
I just started watching Blue Exorcist myself and at first I was really really into it..... but now I am starting to feel like the humor is really going to kill this one for me.... I am only on the 7th episode but the kitchen demon drama I just had to endure really left a bad taste in my mouth... I won't pass judgement yet though...... anyhoo anyone else watching or feel that over-the-top-humor can totally ruin an otherwise bad-ass series?
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