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676  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFXII-like RPGs on: January 19, 2014, 06:50:39 PM
There's always White Knight Chronicles.

I only played WKC briefly to try it out but I remember my very first impression of the battle system was that of a poor mans Xenoblade.
677  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: January 19, 2014, 06:47:55 PM
I should have been more specific earlier.... I stand corrected. Not all of Nomura's work looks space-ballsey.

It seems to me that the space-balls style is more commonly present in games where Nomura is credited with having greater visual influence. Final Fantasy X, Musashi, The World Ends With You, Kingdom hearts and a few others all fall into this category.

Parasite Eve, FF7 (to a point...), his monster designs and some of his other work is perfectly fine to me.

I agree with Dice in the respect that it seems his earlier work is more to my liking. Whether that is because he had less creative control or his style changed/evolved I don't know...

What I should have said earlier was something more along the lines of when the Nomura signature "sci-circus from the hood" style is present, it bothers the heck out of me.

I will also reiterate my point that I don't in fact think Nomura is a bad artist by any stretch. A great deal of what he does is just in direct contrast to my own personal taste is all.
678  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: January 19, 2014, 03:23:43 PM
Everything Amano makes is blond. The guy has a clear fetish.

And Akihiko Yoshida has a thing with thighs, and Tetsuya Nomura with stylized clothing. Every artist has a sensibility towards something in particular, that's hardly something to make a big deal out of.

Nomura's clothing disturbs me enough to bitch about it. Blonde and overtly blonde I can take. Thighs are fine. But Normura's space-balls style of dress up is just too left field for me.

I can appreciate the aesthetic of his style well enough, I'm not saying he is a poor artist. Far from it actually. In fact there are innumerable artists that I think are fabulous in their own respects. The fact alone that an artist can render beautiful art does not, in my opinion, translate well into every setting and RPG.

It is a purely subjective matter. Not an argument anyone can win really. All I am saying, while the subject is on the table, is I can really see how Nomura's style (being so different) can prove either a real draw, or turn off depending on both the setting/game in question as well as the given gamers tastes.

Whenever I see any Normura character/clothing/setting I feel like I am viewing a super-deformed sci-fi, hip-hop circus. Cool to look at. I would probably love it in an anime or movie. But I don't like sci-fi and have no particular affinity for the circus nor hip-hop and it greatly inhibits immersion for me.

Truly I would take 16-bit sprites, that leave more to my imagination, than a Nomura-heavy visual influence in my RPG's.
679  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 18, 2014, 02:40:26 PM

I sort of want FFIVDS for some reason.

So a game I've been dabbling with at night for the past year or so is Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection. The reason I don't play too often is because I'm a bit confused. Others have assured me the game isn't any more difficult, but I've played multiple other versions at least a dozen times and I certainly don't remember enemies hitting as hard as they do in CC, or healing spells healing so little.

After failing to get a shred of enjoyment from XIII-2 I was considering IV the complete collection for the after years. I played through the original IV last year and had loads of fun. The after years content is totally on deck for me this year at some point. But I am a wee too engaged with Tales of Vesp to jump ship now.

Anyhow, I found the complete collection IV to be adequately challenging myself for better half of the game. By the end, the difficulty was waaaaay easier than the original but for a good while I thought it was really tough.

Mario 3d-World/ World 6. Not one moment of boredom whilst playing yet... good stuff... peach is the most fun to play as. I wish water in real life looked like mario water. Not much else to say about it.

680  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2014, 06:54:02 PM
eggs make me sick.... reeeeeeal sick..... :(
681  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 17, 2014, 06:53:16 PM

Ghost Ship.... SO COOL! Maybe my second favorite RPG Ghost Ship ever. First favorite goes to Seiken Densetsu 3, even if the boss was cheap and damn near impossible without a magic user.

The environment of Vesperia's ghost ship was everything a ghost ship should be. The ghost enemies were adorable to boot! Although ghosts probably SHOULD NOT be adorable... I appreciated their cuteness and charm.

Mario 3d-World

Made it to world 4.


I put that in caps to emphasize how foreign and weird I feel playing it....

Very creative levels in this one. Thus far I feel like nothing has been recycled level to level and the game constantly feels fresh.
682  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western Fantasy Suggestions and Your Favorites on: January 16, 2014, 07:19:21 PM

That looks interesting and different Mesh, cool suggestion!

It is difficult to get a clear idea of what to expect from the website, do you have any experience with the game? 
683  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: January 16, 2014, 07:12:33 PM

I was actually considering getting an Ouya, primarily for this reason. I need to look into it more and confirm this game is in fact playable with the device and see what else is needed to pull it off.

I really don't know much about Ouya yet. Anyone here have any experience with it?

The Ouya does not use the normal Google Play store so unless S-E specifically released this for the Ouya it's not going to work.

Dag nabbit. I knew it.... Actually I think a little ways back when I was moaning about this very issue someone (possibly you Kevadu) enlightened me to the grim reality.

I just chose to forget because the truth hurt too much....
684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Warming up to a new title on: January 16, 2014, 06:43:41 PM
I'm double posting because

A) This has nothing to do with my last post...


B) Its been over a week since then.

So forgive me my poor forum conduct please.

I just wanted to return to this thread to say thank you all for the input because as a result I am taking your advice to heart and going to try a RPG and Non-RPG gaming agenda as opposed to playing two RPG's at once, and solely RPG's, as I have in the past.

Just having made that decision I already feel more focused and content with Tales of Vesperia being my "main game" at the moment. This is the start of a whole new take on gaming for Klyde here!

I tend to wonder if part of the reason I've proven so indecisive in the past and had a hard time warming up to titles was not due in part to the fact that I have consistently been considering two RPGs at once. No matter what the case, I thank you all for the solid advice and experience offered in this thread. It has been of great utility to me.
685  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 16, 2014, 06:17:02 PM
Got through the first act/story arc of Tales of Vesperia two days ago and still can't stop running around exploring!

In regard to the story itself, the start of act 2 in Dahngrest and actions taken by Yuri solidify him as probably one of coolest and unconventional protags ever for me. I can't think of one other main character in any other JRPG that would have handled things like Yuri did (without getting into spoilers).

On a gameplay note, the non-linear exploration coupled with the linear progression of the story in this game is like a match made in heaven for me. Just the right amount of incentive on both ends to keep me interested in searching every nook and cranny without ever getting bored.

I immediately fell in love with Yuri while playing but now I gotta say the whole cast is proving very engaging to me. Even Karol, whom I fully expected to hate, is pretty alright in my book.

In other news, I'm altering my gaming routine based on some advice that the community here offered. Instead of doing two RPGs at once like I have in the past (one current, one retro) I'm going to play one RPG and one non-RPG. I don't EVER play anything other than RPG's really and I feel I need to try and broaden my horizons. The other appeal of this is I will, hopefully,  become more immersed in whatever RPG I am currently entertaining.

And so, for my first non-RPG for 2014 I pick Mario 3d-World. I tried it a month ago and enjoyed it. I can't imagine it detracting from my focus on the tales narrative ATM and I haven't really given a mario title an honest effort since Mario 64.

CONFESSION: I secretly suck at everything but RPGs. I would be retarded proud of myself if I could ever play through and finish a Megaman game or some platformers. I have actually evaded playing some that have appealed to me based on this fact.

686  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: January 16, 2014, 05:57:46 PM

I was actually considering getting an Ouya, primarily for this reason. I need to look into it more and confirm this game is in fact playable with the device and see what else is needed to pull it off.

I really don't know much about Ouya yet. Anyone here have any experience with it?
687  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western Fantasy Suggestions and Your Favorites on: January 16, 2014, 05:54:51 PM
Dice may have hit the nail on the head, Red Dead Redemption is perfect in the sense that you can pick it up, go ride around and do simple little things (like skin a snake, or play cards lol) to waste 10 mins or you can follow the main path and complete a longer mission. It's so open it actually bored me towards the end I was begging for more linearity

Even though, I was looking for western fantasy and not a legitmate "Western" i am taking the advice to heart. I have a real affinity for Doc Holiday ever since seeing Val Kilmer play the role in tombstone... I was sort of obsessed for awhile and actually really wanted to check out Red Dead Redemption.

Some quick inquires...

-It was suggested to me to skip the normal game and just play the undead edition. How do you feel about this advice?

-I would, ideally, be playing this alongside a JRPG (as my main game going is always a JRPG). Do you feel Red Dead too involving to suit that type of gaming need in my life? In other words, how narrative heavy or dependent is it?
688  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI announced for iOS/Android on: January 16, 2014, 05:45:05 PM
Since this topic is linked to on the main site, we are now all Internet celebrities.

Let me use my celebrity status to request a way to play this on my television, or at the very least my computer with a gamepad.

689  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What would your ultimate RPG be on: January 12, 2014, 04:01:13 PM
This thread has proven very informative to me about myself. Yes, you read that correctly... no typo.

Thinking about the question this thread presents and reading everything you guys have posted has really helped me zero in and define what I truly love and value in an RPG.

My Game

Graphics, Style, Aesthetic: Lush, progressive, bright, beautiful and happy without ever becoming over the top or "slick and sleek".  Best reference I could come up with would be Ni No Kuni  with a bit more maturity to the visuals and designs. Ni No was gorgeous to me in most every respect aside from the fact that it felt like an animated childs fantasy. I'm thinking more along the lines of what would happen if Breath of Fire 3 and FF6 had a baby that was Ni No Kuni quality with some Saga first cousins.... Makes sense right? LoL

Setting: Japanese-European fantasy setting with typical fantasy races and elements. Elves and Dwarves and the like must be present!!! So must fairies and mythical beasts. So limited tech is acceptable but I want it tied to use/explanation of magic and more industrial age.

Characters: Main party selection ala Seiken Densetsu 3 with a good handful of optional recruitable characters throughout the game.

Classes, Tiers: Branched progression for characters evolution that affect both gameplay and character aesthetic. Think SD3 once again.

Customization: Outfits and attachments to further amend/ customize characters. Pretty much how Tales of Xillia did it. I DO NOT want outfits or attachments to impact gameplay. I want weapons to alter appearance as well, but not armor.

Story: Epic and grand "save the world"-type with a major shift from human mortal foes to esoteric and demonic enemies. Think Berserk.

Travel: Classic World map. However I want more then one map. Maybe even more then 2...

Plot Progression: Linear although I want it heavily influenced by the characters. In other words, some plot events will unfold differently depending on the central party selection and which optional characters you have recruited.

Writing and Dialogue: Mature but not overtly-wordy. A little humor but not as much as say a Tales or Nippon Ichi title.

Soundtrack: Just nothing lyrical please...

Battle System Gameplay: I'm torn and cannot be too concise here but I know it would feel something along the lines of Tales meets KH crossed with Dynasty Warriors.

Actually I think I just described my vision for a true Secret of Mana 4.....
690  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 12, 2014, 02:58:53 PM
I wonder how preoccupied SE is with health problems.
A lot of devs now consider motion sickness, epilepsy and color blindness when making games.

I don't know how preoccupied they are but let me tell you, it sure is playing on my mind!! LoL

I want to do a little experiment of sampling games to see if others facilitate this same reaction in me. I figure a few hours of some FPS and racing titles should shed some light on whether or not this is something I need be concerned with when it comes to future gaming.

Sickest part of the whole equation is that I still want an Final Fantasy fix in my life and keep considering XIII-2/LR. This is particularly dumb because I don't even know if I LIKE the gameplay changes being made with LR. My only other options (to get my fix) are FF1, FF5 and FF9.... 5 and 9 I played way too long ago to remember and strangely enough I never played the "Origins" version of 1.

The only real appeal to me is Lightning herself, getting to play dress up and the remote hope that it "feels" somewhat like crisis core did (highly addictive). Honestly everything else about LR sounds like it is going to annoy the heck out of me! LoL
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