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16  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: September 01, 2013, 12:00:51 AM
No luck getting in yesterday and this morning it looks like there are problems.   The NA/EU world list wont come up only JP when i come to pick my character.    Im EU and normally i can login in the mornings ok most days.   When i am looking at SE website i am finding the multitude of messages about the world status very confusing and not telling me much.  I dont mind them having problems (i have the patience of the very old!)  but i want to be able to see clearly on there site if its up or down.

Ive played as a Gladiator up to lvl 15 and miner lvl 10.  I think the music is its greatest asset.   The gameplay so far seems standard MMO and I'm not sure if it will hold my interest in the long run especially as there is a sub fee.   I very quickly tired of Guild Wars 2 after a few weeks.   Im hoping the crafting and stuff is fun.  When i was mining i liked how you can pick which resource you wanted, though the guildmaster giving me the quest for 99 obsidian pieces was a bitch!
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: June 16, 2013, 03:39:37 AM
This will be the first final fantasy i wont buy at launch and will wait for a review first.

I can live with a catgirl outfit, maid outfit etc but wont be getting outfit DLC as i view that as "bad DLC".  i only get DLC that is like old school expansions.

I dont mind the combat systems and stuff but is the story going to make me feel any thing?  Of the last few releases the main character i really liked was Sazh with his son storyline.   i quite liked Lightning being a strong female protaganist but i never really got her character.

i still havent finished 13-2, didnt mind the mechanics just found the story "paradox" mad.

also i want some "proper" minigames in this one.   And i dont count random slot machines as minigames!  In my book its not a proper final fantasy without a good skill based or puzzle based minigame!

Fingers crossed :)
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 03, 2013, 02:16:57 AM
This looks great.  Nintendo would have my money if it wasnt for the 3ds region lock and the fact that its not out in the UK yet :(   

I'm sure i will like the gameplay, but how does the story stand up?   Generic as hell or characters you care about?
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A possibly overlooked reason for the downturn of JRPG's sold in the U.S.? on: October 01, 2012, 03:38:41 PM
I dont think it is the names that are the problem.  I would say that artwork, character designs, japanese tropes are the inital first impression problem.   The only JRPG I can think of that "looks cool" is Dark Souls.   The anime look is still pervasive in so many others and I think that will put off many a casual buyer.

Its a shame as some great games have suffered because of this (cough Valkyria Chronicles cough), but i dont see anything changing out of Japan.   I think it is interesting in that it is not RPGs in general that are doing badly - just JRPGs.   Just look at Skyrim and the Project Eternity kickstarter.

As for me I still love all types of rpg but i find a lot of time i will overlook the bad story tropes and character designs in a Jrpg as long as i like the gameplay.   I get most of my titles by mail order, if an old timer like me had picked up Atelier Meruru in retail, i would look like a pedo.   
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: June 19, 2012, 03:15:59 PM
Sad news for us strategy rpgfans.  A great game series getting progessively worse.  Shame the third one never got brought over.   
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nomura: "New titles take priority over Final Fantasy VII Remake" on: May 19, 2012, 05:47:05 AM
Im ok with this.

Make a new Front Mission that isnt a FPS or another quality SRPG like Tactics Ogre.  (i wonder if the recent remake made a profit?).   Concentrate on good gameplay and story and dont spend a fortune on graphics/cut scenes.

I can't help feeling in recent years they've been going for massively bloated (and expensive) games which havent been worth the effort.

I was encouraged to hear about a sequel to TWEWY thats the sort of innovative game we need.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: November 01, 2011, 07:21:15 AM
Im a regular podcast listener and as Im currently struggling with Dark Souls this one was especially interesting to hear your views.

I love it but also hate it.  I wish From had made it a bit more accessible and less annoying, maybe a few more bonfires or even "collective gasp of horror" a beginners Difficulty mode where things are a little less brutal.  When I die at a boss let me respawn at the fog gate for another try, not 10 mins sprint away!

On the other hand its really good to see a JRPG thats not generic chars, story and anime boobs.   If you guys are up for it, it would be good to have a Dark Souls post mortem on a future podcast.  I would be interested to hear how well (or badly) it has done sales wise in Japan, US, EU and compared to Skyrim.

Thanks for TOR beta talk.  As an ex WOW player who is now "clean" you have helped me decide what to do when that comes out.   
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