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256  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 13, 2013, 01:03:41 PM
Well, I'm that arsehole that tried the Path of Exile beta and didn't like it as much as Torchlight II *and* is currently playing Diablo III while wishing it was more like Torchlight II.  But hey, I'm some kind of hipster fanboy who's shorting out a breathalyzer from all the Dark Souls in the podcast. 

And I think that Rob was making an unfair comparison in the world-building and narrative discussion.  In a vacuum, it's much, MUCH easier to create a compelling, richly detailed narrative in a novel than in a video game, if only because putting pen to paper is a less expensive, less labor-intensive process than programming additional environments, characters, and dialog into a video game.  Even your massive-budget BioWare and Blizzard games have shunted story details (i.e. your menu-hidden codices and information compendiums) because it's simply cheaper and easier than having more in the game proper.  I don't want to go down the dark rabbit hole of discussing the high cost of game development affecting quality and quantity of content (which you also sidestepped in the podcast, probably for good reason), but there ya go.  It's unfair comparing the world-building in a novel to the world-building in a game. 
257  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: November 13, 2013, 08:15:13 AM
Well, I tried each of those three, and they all... well, they're good, but the first 5-6 levels of Normal are too damn easy.  I ended up taking the Barbarian the furthest (around level 15-16 now) and I'm enjoying it.  Lots of Rend, but soon will be shouts and Whirlwind.  It was my first Diablo II class those 12+ years ago, so it might as well be my first Diablo III class in 2013. 
258  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: November 10, 2013, 08:55:28 PM
OK guys, I got Diablo III on sale for $20.  Impulse buy, feeling the hype for the expansion, etc.  I don't know what class to play, what my basic strategy is, nothing.  Probably won't play past Act I of Hell if my D2 experience is any indication.  Hopefully they won't wipe my doods when the expansion comes. 

I like tanking, auras, and summons.  Prefer mage or warrior classes to DPS or archer classes.  Tell me what class I should go for.  Deciding between Barbarian, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. 
259  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 09, 2013, 10:46:30 AM
I'm not sure I'll be able to make the quiz tonight.  Got some friends visiting from out of town and that time of day is a time I'll likely be hanging out with them. 

And damn, that means I've missed... three quizzes?  I need to get back on that at least to get some of those participation points. 
260  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 03, 2013, 08:02:30 PM
Congrats homegirl!  If I had been there though... I would have been just another sacrificial lamb.  I haven't played FF IX in forever.  Good job! 
261  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: If you could invent/discover one thing on: November 03, 2013, 09:12:19 AM
A "sleep compressor" would be cool too.  I need a bare minimum of 5 hours sleep to function properly and ideally need 8-9.  But sometimes, I don't have the luxury of a proper and/or consistent sleep pattern (my day job and being in a band require two completely different circadian rhythms) so a machine that could allow me to get the restfulness of 8 hours' sleep in, say, a 2-4 hour period would be awesome.  I think that machine could change mankind, because nobody out there gets enough sleep because stuff's gotta get done and that lack of sleep adversely affects you. 
So, something that would give you a full night's sleep in a few seconds, but you're still hungry. 

My answer would have to be a cheap method of large-scale purification and detoxification for air and water.  In the next decade there could be several major cities bordering on inhabitable due to smog (looking at you, Beijing) and certain parts of the world could experience a crippling water crisis (looking at you, Lake Chad basin).  Being able to work on fixing that in bulk would be awesome. 
262  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 02, 2013, 10:13:03 AM
So when is it today? 4PM US Eastern?
263  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 01, 2013, 02:24:56 PM
Title says it all.  If this is a repeat topic then feel free to redirect / combine / delete. 

For me it's a tough choice between fighting games, platformers, and action/adventure games, but ultimately I have to go with platformers.  Games where you control running and jumping cartoon characters are about as video-gamey as you can get.  Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, Donkey Kong, Rayman, Ratchet, Jak, Sly, Meat Boy, you name it.  I love me some platformers.
264  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: October 29, 2013, 10:12:27 PM
Dude, that King Moogle Mog song has the melody from Mog's theme in FF VI in it.  It's especially evident at the end of your sample, where there aren't any lyrics. 

SLAM-Dancing Moogle

Also, yeah, you're right.  The song sounds like the lost Moogle-themed track from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  With a sprinkling of Tenpei Sato. 
265  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 27, 2013, 04:41:15 PM
Hm, maybe I should go look at that book of Vogon poetry I received as a gift from my ex earlier this year.  You know, see how it is. 
266  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 26, 2013, 05:19:18 PM
Oh, I just had a thought: Hexyz Force.  Totally okay game.  The only Sting game I've ever bothered to finish, in fact.  I would have been okay with Hexyz Force in the 17-20 range, but L-O-L higher than that would be silly. 
267  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 22, 2013, 10:20:18 PM
Thanks - believe me, not all of us were 100% in agreement with the list either.  But it was a list we were all willing to accept. :)  You might actually be surprised at how much work one of these lists takes.  (Which partially explains why we don't do many of them here.)  We've got our "best of DS" list coming, and I talk a little more about the process in the intro to it.

When you're arguing between a large group of people, I understand that it could be difficult to assemble a list like that.  It makes me feel 130% more justified in blaming Derek for forcing Ys Chronicles up there.  Don't try to deny it, Embryon-senpai. 

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Valkyria Chronicles II, Disgaea 1, and Breath of Fire III all came close to making the list. :)

It's unfortunate that so many of the games on the list are remakes... but depending on whether you had played them before (I hadn't), it may be unfortunate that those were simply the best games on the system. :(

Yeah, like I said: I wasn't complaining, but it's true.  And a little unfortunate. 

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The Monster Hunter series is one that we've decided doesn't fit our coverage - I actually reviewed Monster Hunter Freedom (the one before Unite), and it spurred much debate, resulting in that decision.  But how about if I offer the beginning of what my review would have said as a consolation prize?

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Dear Reader,

I didn't want to be the one to have to tell you this, but our friendship means a lot to me, so I'm going to do it anyway. I know Monster Hunter Freedom looks cool, and does fun stuff, but it really doesn't like you "that way." It's cool if you come along with your friends, but when it's just you and Monster Hunter alone, it's just not the same. No hard feelings, OK?

-John T.

Monster Hunter Freedom is two games before Unite.  The PSP games go Freedom, Freedom 2, Freedom Unite.  In Japan that lineage of PSP MH games is Portable / Portable 2nd / Portable 2nd G / Portable 3rd.  For the past year and a half I've been hoping for a Vita G version of Portable 3rd, but alas it hasn't happened. 

And re: imported stuff.  Well, OF COURSE.  Here, I'll make a top 5 important Japanese RPGs right now, without even leaving this tab.  Let's see....

MOST HONORABLE OF MENTIONS: Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
5. Valkyria Chronicles III
4. Super Robot Wars Z2 (two games)
3. Tales of Phantasia Naikiri Dungeon X (hahaha remakes!)
2. Eiyuu Densetsu: ___ no Kiseki (like six goddamn games or something)
1. Final Fantasy Type-0
268  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 21, 2013, 05:12:19 PM
The Epic Rap Battles of History guys are back, and this time with a little bit of Assassin's Creed IV sponsorship:

Blackbeard vs. Al Capone
269  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGFan's Top 20 PSP Games on: October 18, 2013, 09:09:36 AM
I was pleasantly surprised to see this list pop up, as the PSP is by far my most-played console of the past 6 or 7 years.  Here are my thoughts on RPGFan's list:

Spots 16-20: no real arguments here, I guess.  I played four of these and they were all at least pretty good.  Love Jeanne D'Arc.  XML2 is the best of the XML/MUA quartet.  Second Evolution is a decent remake of a good game.  Silver Star Harmony is an excellent remake of a good game.  WAXF looks neat.  

Spots 11-15: I dunno if Ys Chronicles belongs here.  The gameplay is so unsophisticated (insert your own dry-humping, lawn-mowing, or sumo-wrestling joke here) that playing through it is a chore at times.  I'd rather play a fun game than have a history lesson, especially when the Ys series is already well-represented on the list.  I haven't played ZHP, but I love HMH and Disgaea 2.  FF4 sure is FF4.  

Spots 6-10: Oath in Felghana is amazing; I haven't played Ys Seven but it looks fantastic; and VP: Lenneth is a hell of a remake.  Totally cool with those.  I haven't played Birth By Sleep, but... sure.  I'm not really a KH guy but I'll believe you guys if you say it's pretty good.  But really, Riviera?  People like that game?  And you're praising the gimped adventure game interface?  I wouldn't have put Riviera on any top 20, let alone the top 10.  

Spots 1-5: If I was making my own list of top 5 PSP RPGs, it would have four of these.  I haven't played Tactics Ogre yet, but it looks stellar and now I want to play it that much more.  Strong top 5, and a good glimpse of how excellent the selection of RPGs is on the PSP, even if it's a lot of remakes.  

(Seriously, 8 of the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 were remakes. This isn't a complaint but an observation. If I made a similar list the distribution would probably be the same or very similar)

Omissions: Valkyria Chronicles II.  It's not as good as the spectacular PS3 VC, but it's a very good strategy RPG with great visual design that does a lot of cool little things.  If I made such a list it would be in the top 8 to 12 somewhere.  I'd also add Disgaea 1, Tales of Eternia, and Breath of Fire III to the set of "good PSP remakes." I think any of them would have been better choices for the list than Riviera or Ys Chronicles, Afternoon of Darkness in particular.  I'm not sure if it's an RPG, but Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is a phenomenon that is worth a mention on any list of PSP games (I identify it as an online action RPG and would put it in the top 20, but I understand if someone might disagree).  

TL;DR online lists of **** are a little silly and haters might call them journalistically lazy, but they're easy reads, interesting to discuss, and look good on a front page.  This was a very solid online list.  Good on you guys and gals.  

(If this is the wrong place for this topic then please go ahead and move it. Thanks in advance!)
270  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 18, 2013, 01:05:13 AM
Even if it isn't canon I'll probably opt for the female MC. The anime would only be supplemental. I just don't have the time to do 2 play throughs (self inflicted) as I want to make my way through my backlog of games.

Actually come to think of it, I rarely ever play an RPG twice once I've beaten it. It's a strange habit of mine.
The only things you're missing out on by choosing FeMC are a few Social Links.  Let's see...

Exclusive to the male MC
Kenji - annoying student with a crush on his teacher.
Kazushi - athletic student stuggling with a knee injury.
Chihiro - student council treasurer with crippling social anxiety. Romance option.
Maya - MMORPG internet pal.
Keisuke - artistic student who is unsure what he wants concentrate on at university. 
Yuko - sports manager who is unsure about her future. Romance option.
Mamoru - student-athlete at a rival high school trying to support his family.
Nozomi - selfish, overweight student who is a member of a cult. 

Out of all those, my favorite S.Link is Maya, but none of them affect the story in a major way.  And most of the above characters appear in some of the new FeMC Social Links anyway.  Look, pick the character you want to pick.  Like the above posters said, the S.Link content is peripheral and not key to understanding the main story of Persona 3. 
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