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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ? on: July 22, 2011, 05:58:12 PM
Sorry, I should've been more clear. I meant this batch:

All the dot hack games
All the dot hack GU games
Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2
Star Ocean 1,2,3

If you honestly think that any of those games could tell an emotional story then I suggest you start with Beyond the Beyond. You'll be weeping by the end of the first third of the game.

Seriously though, all the games mentioned in this post are terrible, storywise.

The batch I posted were ones that I thought were moving stories/games.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ? on: July 22, 2011, 10:58:00 AM
Breath of Fire 3
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
the Tactics Ogres
Ogre Battle: Person of Lordly Calibur
Final Fantasy Tactics
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Arc the Lad 2
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
Suikoden 2
Suikoden 3

Yeah, out of that batch, Star Ocean 2 has the best/least bad story. The rest in that batch I've played though are awful in terms of story. Star Ocean 2 has its touching moments though, and I consider those graphics to be before sex appeal infiltrated video games. The complaint about her settling down sounds like an opinion on a theme instead of an objective evaluation of how well that theme is conveyed - criticism is supposed to be evaluating the work that went into making the work of entertainment.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over on: July 22, 2011, 10:11:54 AM
I've played little of WRPGs, but I certainly wish we could do away with the kiddy stuff in Japan-born entertainment. The lolis are especially irksome now that voice acting is so prevalent.

Don't get me wrong. I understand that games such as Pokemon thrive with cute, kiddy stuff (and I don't propose making massive changes to games that belong cute) but Xenogears, Dynasty/Samurai Warriors, Star Ocean, etc. are supposed to be taken seriously far too often to be filled with lolis and whatnot.

Take Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, for example. You have the real-time battle system to satisfy casual gamers as well as Fayt, Cliff, and Nel being tough enough not to drive away young men/teenage boys... but then they put in Peppita and Farleen. Basically, it goes back to what CDFN and Chronix112 were saying: culturally, it can only appeal to one nation between Japan and the U.S. It's no surprise to us here in the states that lolis are disliked, but the Japanese developers don't seem to be hearing that from anyone before giving loli voices to characters that don't need loli voices and would be a better match for a normal woman's voice (like Farleen).

I've been thinking this for a while now because FF7 is rather not-cutesy compared to most JRPGs. Despite having Yuffie and Cait Sith, their lead roles are all filled by tough dudes/dudettes or at least adult-looking characters (Aeris). Contrast that to something like Tales of Symphonia where they're all cute kids and you'll see what I think drives casual gamers away from RPGs, even if those RPGs have lots of action and are fast-paced.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should Random Battles Be Done Away With? on: July 21, 2011, 10:08:49 PM
I get the feeling that if a developer reads a gamer saying "random battles need to be done away with" without providing any explanation for WHY, the developer will make an even worse system like one where you can see the enemies on the field but not avoid them. What baffles me is anytime someone (a moron at gamefaqs said this once) says he/she will always slam a game for having random battles, even if it doesn't hinder the experience any, and praise a game for having on-screen enemies, even if it hinders the experience terribly by having those enemies be unavoidable.

I don't care whether random battles are done away with but whether they're done well. The same goes for on-screen enemies.

I know Tales of Destiny has some parts with on-screen enemies but mostly has random battles. IIRC Tales of Symphonia does too. I know Legend of Dragoon does too.
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Movie Trends that NEED to Stop on: July 21, 2011, 08:43:41 PM
That flickfilosopher site isn't good, IMO. Namely, she completely misses the point made by Knocked Up as well as the other reviews of Judd Apatow's films. She's very narrow-minded. It's almost like she only watched the first 30 minutes of the movie then wrote a review whilst pretending she watched the whole thing. My opinion is lowered too by how she thinks someone can have an abortion without feeling any remorse - I mean, seriously, she must be a psychopath to think that (this is coming from someone who's always voted in favor abortion, by the way). How can she be so critical of others when she's so easy on herself? I could go on and on but I think I've made my point.


My movie trend that needs to stop is that flickfilosopher site. She reminds me of many other critics - dumb, opinionative, and not at all analytical/evaluative of the work that went into making the entertainment.
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Wilfred on: July 21, 2011, 07:54:44 PM
I hate how Suits (USA Network), Futurama (Comedy Central), this and Louis CK (FX Network), and Love Bites (NBC) are all on Thursdays at 10. How the buzz-ball am I supposed to watch all of them? I watch Suits, but I know and like the rest too (besides Wilfred which I haven't seen yet). Why can't these networks put these new shows at other times? Argh!
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: this article pleases me on: July 21, 2011, 07:51:13 PM
It looks like a Baten Kaitos installment to me, but who knows? If it is though, that rocks! :)

Who owns the rights to Skies of Arcadia, by the way? That's a popular game that never got a sequel.
53  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Forums / Re: How Friendly is this Place? on: July 21, 2011, 07:31:21 PM
Okay, cool. I'll give this place a try. So far, the discussions here are far more intelligent than at gamefaqs, which is good. I myself also get very ticked off by piracy, so I'm very glad to hear that gets enforced. :)
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: In an age of re-makes, I wish... (outside the realm of Square) on: July 21, 2011, 07:01:23 PM
Yeah, Xenogears is definitely worth mentioning for that reason.

Also, I agree with Eusis on the relative pointlessness to remakes and even want to add another reason: most sequels reuse the same gameplay that their predecessors did (to cut production costs and to make a longer game) and often times reuse some music (for nostalgia) and visuals (also to cut production costs and to make a longer game). So the way I see it, games in the same series are often remakes of their predecessors already, just not with their stories. Repeating the stories means making even less new content from game to game.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you name some "modern fantasy" RPGs? on: July 21, 2011, 06:41:19 PM
Modern because of guns/machines (and in some of them cars) yet still retaining fantasy-themed things like swords/spears/etc. The TC asked for "modern fantasy," not steampunk.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you name some "modern fantasy" RPGs? on: July 21, 2011, 04:49:47 PM
Breath of Fire 3 and 4
Skies of Arcadia
FF6 and 7
Arc the Lad 2
57  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Forums / How Friendly is this Place? on: July 21, 2011, 08:51:39 AM
What I mean is, it sounds like some rules are strictly enforced and that sounds great (like the spam, unmarked spoilers, and illegal activity rules), but I think the most important rules have to do with being nice to each other and the posts about rules barely mention (but do in fact mention) no flaming. I guess the best way to pose the question is, which of the following sample posts would be met with effective-enough discipline to stop such behavior...

(after someone asked for help in winning a game)
"Only and idiot wouldn't realize... [proceeds to explain something in a game]."

(during a disagreement between two people)
"[after making a counter-argument]... You couldn't be more wrong. I mean, seriously, you're making a fool of yourself."

(after someone asks for feedback on an indie game/script/etc. they're working on)
"It's awful. You should just give up... [does not proceed to give any detailed/helpful feedback]."

Basically, do any of the terribly mean yet subtle things that go unmodded on gamefaqs and, IMO, make the gamefaqs forums a terrible place, go unmodded here?

Thank you.
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