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511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help me get caught up on the last 13 years. on: February 19, 2014, 02:56:40 PM
What an AWESOME thread!!

I myself got back into gaming about 5 years ago after quite a long hiatus.

Same situation.. Grew up playing and loving 90's RPG's (and anime). Got back into it around the age of 23 and was highly intimidated with all the cooooolness I missed.

A word of advice though, don't inundate yourself with playing catch up. It will never happen. Too many games my friend... What is really cool about your (our) scenario though is being able to draw from a slew of titles that harken back to an age of RPG's that just don't exist anymore, and its NEW in our eyes.

For a long time I tried to stay current with my RPG gaming  and with day 1 releases and whatnot. Now I'm finding a far greater thrill in diving into forgotten gems of yesteryear and being a wee bit more choosey about the new stuff I indulge. It is a luxury we have for having Not kept up (or so that is how I like to see it).

Anyhow... My suggestions (from my extremely narrow and particular tastes)

My Favorites:

Xenoblade WII/WIIU
Xenosaga (though I've yet to complete it) PS2
Suikoden 1-2-3 (didn't do 4-5 yet) PSX/PS2
Final Fantasy VI The complete collection (I didn't hit the after years yet, but the remake of VI was like a nostalgic wet dream) PSP
Anything with "Tales" in front of it MULTI-PLATFORM (Graces F, Vesperia and Xilia if you want to be "current")
Persona 2 Innocent Sin and Persona 2 Eternal Punishment PSP/PSX (respectively)
Persona 3 (portable or FES) PS2 or PSP
Persona 4 PS2 or VITA
Disgaea 1 PS2/PSP
Disgaea 3 PS3/PSP
Disgaea 4 PS3/ VITA (soon?)
Growlanser Heritage of War PS2
Growlanser Generations PS2
Ni No Kuni (people will say what they will, but I LOVED IT!!! one of my top 3 from the last generation and possibly my favorite PS3 title)PS3
Corpse Party (totally not mentioned or talked about enough, visually nostalgic with some very orginal, although not groundbreaking, gameplay)PSP
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (PSP)
Star Ocean Remakes (1 and 2) (PSP)
Ys titles PSP/PC
Atelier Iris series PS2
Breath of Fire 3 PSX
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles GAMECUBE (yep, everyone can laugh at me for this one, I had fun with it)
Hyperdimension MK2 (keeping laughing....) PS3
Lunar Silver Star Story Complete PSX (must play)
Lunar Eternal Blue PSX (must play)
Jeane D'Arc PSP
Final Fantasy Tactics PSX (WotL psp remake has terrible slowdown that drives me nuts but more content, its a trade off)
Atelier Ayesha PS3

Other I can't suggest, but can't wait to get to myself:

Nier PS3
Skies of Arcadia Legends GAMECUBE
Shadow Hearts Series PS2
Digital Devil Saga PS2
Mhana Khemia 1 and 2 PS2
Dark Cloud 2 PS2
Growlanser Wayfarer of Time PSP (played through half of it, rage-quit and didn't pick it back up... but I WILL!!)
Devil Summoner PS2
Star Ocean 4 PS3
Rune Factory PS3
Lost Odyssey XBOX360
Blue Dragon XBOX 360
Last Story WII
Corpse Party Book of Shadows PSP
Final Fantasy 1 and 2 Anniversary PSP
Eternal Sonata PS3


And on that note... while we are on the subject of, can anyone with Devil Summoner experience tell me if I can/should skip right to 2? I have heard/read that 2 was a waaaay better experience but I don't know if I NEED to play 1 first.

Once again, kudos for the awesome thread. I think I should print this out and tack it to my wall... LoL

Damn. Nobody has mentioned Demon's Souls yet?

What's wrong with you guys. ;_;



I cannot justify suggesting Demon's Souls... albeit great, the degree of frustration I felt with it out-weighed the "fun". It all ended for me on a bad note when I saved my game in a relatively impossible scenario to survive (do to my own idiocy).
512  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: South Park: The RPG on: February 18, 2014, 03:40:20 PM
It seems surprisingly neat.  I'll have to second everyone saying it looks very good for a licensed game.  It's coming out in March, though, and I'm spending way too much in March.

I'm torn between hopping on board with this to try something different and getting to something thats been forever backlogged.

I can't explain why this looks appealing to me since I don't know anything about South Park/ don't watch the show. Likewise, I don't really like any media that qualifies as abundantly comedic... Yet for some reason this game looks like barrels of fun.

Regardless, Marches end is all about Atelier for this guy. So chances are, I will be passing on this as a "day 1". Too many things in my psp library have been bugging me lately that I can get to before Escha and Dodgey (Sp?). But the fact remains that the clever writing of this game along with the idea of character creation and fake social networking via fake facebook really has peaked my interest.

In particular, the character creation and facebook thing... can't wait to see how those two elements work.
513  The Rest / The Bazaar / Deja Xenoblade on: February 18, 2014, 01:31:13 AM
After selling Kos Mos yesterday I was inspired to do another listing here on the bazaar today! LoL

Up for grabs we have a pristine copy of Xenoblade.... yes I did just sell a copy around christmas time. Right after (as soon as had more funds) I bought another. This was a mistake. I already played it and have A LOT of other titles to get to before I consider re-embarking on this epic journey, splendid as it may have been.

But wait there is more!!

Act now and you will get an ultra rare Celes (Final Fantasy 6) keychain from the mid 90's.

Here is a link to see the same keychain up for ebay auction http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bandai-1994-Final-Fantasy-6-VI-Gashapon-Keychain-Figure-CELES-/130800305275?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e744e447b

Celes is not only a rare treasure but a great value! ^^


For Celes and Xenoblade I am asking 50.00 dollars and shipping for a total of 60 US dollars!
514  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: KOS MOS Alter Sculpture-Xenosaga on: February 17, 2014, 01:58:12 PM
AND KOS MOS IS SOLD!!!

That was quick folks...

@ Dice.... I'm jealous of your alter figures... Estelle is a thing of beauty. Nice treasure you have there :)
515  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 16, 2014, 06:27:43 PM
6 month gym membership for 200 bucks, or ps4?

Choices sucks.

I vote Gym membership on account of the fact that it doesn't look as though much of anything really interesting is on the horizon exclusively for the PS4. Additionally, there is still so much happening on the PS3 I'm beginning to wonder if I'll even be ready to move onto a ps4 this time next year... I venture to guess "no". Current (last) gen consoles still have enough I haven't dug into to keep me busy for another year or two easily without even getting into what is yet to be released in the last leg of there existence.

Ultimately the timing was right in terms of hardware for the PS4 but speaking strictly about the software/games... well they could have waited quite a bit longer if you ask me.

516  The Rest / The Bazaar / KOS MOS Alter Sculpture-Xenosaga on: February 16, 2014, 06:11:04 PM
So I have TOO many toys... while hard to part with them, every so often I re-assess my collection and see some treasure I can handle giving up. Today that treasure is a Alter. sculpture of Kos Mos from Xenosaga.





I payed roughly 100-125 for it new. I saw shelf display throughout the course of its life with me. That is all.

THE BOX IS DAMAGED. The plastic is pushed in on the one side. The figure is fine. (See top left corner of box in the first pic)

I smoke. I smoke alot. Just so everyone knows, I am making it clear this did not come from a smoke free home.

On ebay currently it seems to be selling from 100-150 (with shipping) from various vendors. Here is a link to an auction to better clarify exactly which sculpture this is. Note that the paint job on the ebay auction is not accurate. The actual figure has a bit colder and more steely tone to it. The ebay auction images make it look a little more bright and cartoony than the actual sculpture is.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Xenosaga-KOS-MOS-1-8-Painted-PVC-Figure-Statue-ALTER-2005-AUTHENTIC-Rare-/110586747442?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf7bda32

I am asking 55 US Dollars plus 10 for shipping for a total of 65 US dollars.

Price is negotiable allthough my price point is set because I am essentially selling this to buy a new ps3 controller. I want to buy new, not pre-owned, hence my price point.

Additional bonus figure will be included with purchase (random mini Square-Enix Final Fantasy character).
517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith on: February 15, 2014, 06:21:41 PM


This X game looks great, but, as others have said, I really have no interest in buying a WiiU. Certainly not for only one game. Lets hope they port it.

I honestly thought I was more or less only buying my Wii U because of the X prospect but found myself comfortably reunited with Mario and Link by way of Wind Waker and 3dWorld. I am starting to feel as though the WiiU has (and will have) a few more truly concrete titles than I had intitially expected.

I must also say that the WiiU is, by far, my fav hardware from Nintendo in a LONG time. They actually blew my expectations completely out of the water with it actually...

The HD upscale of Wii titles increased the WiiU value exponentially for me as well.

My point? Until I opened my eyes a bit to what is truly here, coming and available via the Wii U I too felt I would be lucky to discover a mere handful of games that were really "worth it". But I was simply wrong.

Now on the "X" note. I just watched the new trailer... real time hopping in and out of Mechs that seemlessly blends with other gameplay in a JRPG... I feel as though I have waited all my life for this... that is all.

518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: February 15, 2014, 06:09:21 PM
these announcements excite me!!!

I must say, I've felt "left out in the cold" with everyone being so stoked about the 2014 first quarter new releases... nothing but the new atelier really peaked my interest.

x/x-2 along with XIII-3 comprise my least favorite legs of the FF franchise.

Symphonia is probably the only Tales game I wouldn't care to play (again).

Bravely Default looked like a wet dream to me but my aversion to handhelds effectively nixed that one...

But now NIS comes to Klyde's rescue with more strange and oddly flawed titles I may just love. Really excited for FFF and battle princess. Yipee-Skipee!!!! 2014 may prove a stellar year for a weirdo like myself after all!

I really believe FFF may very well be THE competent CH title that I have always faithfully believed they could make. Then again, I am an idealist when it comes to these things and it could all just be wishful thinking. But the idea of a polished neptunia-esque title that takes itself a bit more seriously has a great deal of potential in my eyes.
519  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 10, 2014, 08:15:30 PM


It was my first :3 SD3 was my second -- ordered RS3 from Germany back over winter break when I was in 8th grade, and SD3 the summer after. Got the Devil Children games when I was a sophomore, and SMT1 and 2 a few weeks after Nocturne came out. And then Terranigma and Innocent Sin were... from the summer before I was a senior in highschool and then I quit buying imports until like last year.

I also got RS1 a some point in time but I cannot, for the life of me, remember when.

I really need to throw the Devil Children Black and White scripts up somewhere. As far as I know, whoever was translating the games quit without finishing Red and dropped off the internet, and I'm maybe the only person that still has copies? They're just text files so I mean disseminating them shouldn't be too hard.

SD3 was my second import too! Weird, man! WEIRD!!!
520  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 10, 2014, 05:02:56 PM
After polishing off Mario 3dworld a week and a half ago I began focusing more on Vesperia.

Finally at the end of act 2. I wish every RPG experience was as satisfying as this. Even when I don't really feel like playing it, Vesperia only takes a brief period of time to suck me right back in.

In other news, I've been on a retro-game collecting kick. Every once in awhile, typically when the slew of new releases just are not tickling my fancy, I go on these missions to acquire old games I've wanted or missed. Coincidentally many of these are import titles... I think I really need to start prioritizing my playtime more around these older games as I've amassed quite a few I want to get to.

Newest editions as of late are Tales of Destiny, Tales of Eternia, Tobal No. 2 (yep you read that right!!) and Romancing Saga 3.

Romancing Saga 3 was actually one of the first imports I ever bought when I was a kid. It was way to complex for me at the time (about 10 years old or so). But I have ALWAYS wanted to give it another go. Who knows when the heck I'm going to get to it but it comforts me considerably knowing its on deck-LoL
521  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 10, 2014, 04:50:52 PM
Seems like I remember seeing some sell for @$100 on EBAY a while back, quick search shows some @$125. Yikes! I really want!!

This is the soundtrack I am including.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-SOUNDTRACK-GENSO-SUIKODEN-II-VOL-1-4988003225162-NEW-CD-/380835057048?pt=Music_CDs&hash=item58ab89cd98

If your interested in the package and want to beat me to the punch Bytor, PM me and we can work something out.

Otherwise, I'll decide what to throw it up on the bazar for in a day or 2. With so many things I want to pre-order ATM, I guess my price point is really a matter of decided what I want to buy-LoL. The Drankenguard 3 CE suuuuuuuure is tempting...
522  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 09, 2014, 10:35:13 PM
I know I could get more via Amazon or E-bay but its really not worth the headache for me. I like selling things here... simple for me... cheaper (than e-bay) for the buyer... everyone wins :)
523  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 09, 2014, 10:33:30 PM
(and it does for an even more bizarre third act).



Come on!! I REALLY believed Yuri when he said this was the FINAL battle!! What a spoiler.... LoL

J/k (the internet makes it so hard to be sarcastic)

Glad to know I didn't really "miss" anything so much as it was poorly explained. I felt like an idiot last night trying to follow what was going on there.
524  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 09, 2014, 06:46:46 PM
I was playing Sly Cooper HD collection, but I suck at 3D platformers so I went on to Bravely Default.

 For some reason I made sure that this birthday week was gonna be filled with physical collectors editions of various games. Some of them I don't even want now. Dear god the cover to the Etrian Odyssey design book. Gah.

I too suck at platformers and am notorious for buying CE's on impulse that I later regret. I am trying to curb my compulsion to collect CE's because most of the time the only things I really look at more then once is the game. In the worst case scenario's I get the CE's for games I don't even like or end up playing just because the goodies are tempting.

I need some advice folks.... I want to sell my copy of Suikoden 2 amongst a few other items. Probably going to throw them up for grabs over on the bazar within a day or two. The problem is, the going price (and what I paid for my copy of Suikoden 2) is WAY to high...

So I ask, what do you guys feel is a fair price for really decent copy of Suikoden 2 and Volume 1 of the Original Soundtrack? I played through and can verify Suiko 2 works beginning to end, case and instructions are in excellent shape as is the disc. The original soundtrack is "like new" (i opened it, ripped it to itunes and back in the case it went).

525  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 09, 2014, 06:33:03 PM
Ok, so I spoke too soon on the Vesperia plot. I did end up getting a wee bit confused after my session with it last night... No major confusion, but if anyone could offer some plot clarification on a minor point I would appreciate it :)

Here is what I missed/didn't quite understand

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I just rescued Estelle from Alexei at Zaphias (the capital) and she was being controlled via the use of the Apatheia and Alexei's formula/code. That much I gathered... I also understood Alexei's method of control involved the use of the barrier blastia... what I did not understand was what the problem was after Estelle is rescued... she is "stable" (so says Rita) but only so within the  city and with Dein Neimos' Aer control??? And then this whole issue is resolved by somehow sustaining Estelle's stability or well being via the use of her life force and power as the Child of the full moon... due to... Rita's handy-work???? Lastly as a result, the barrier of the city is restored because it is now no longer functioning to sustain Estelle/control over her.... Did I follow that right? I know its a minor plot point really but it bugs me that I didn't grasp it entirely due to the windy blastia jargon coupled with the fact that it was 6am and I was falling asleep-LoL

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