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391  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. 

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. 

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?

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
392  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
393  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!)
394  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. 
395  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 17, 2013, 03:06:13 PM
Dude, did they just tease Brother Blood in yesterday's episode of Arrow?  My 1990s George Perez senses are tingling. 
396  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: October 16, 2013, 06:34:43 AM
Neither P3 nor P4 is that challenging, but I don't really look for a serious challenge in RPGs.  I care more about interesting characters, building teams, and a tangible feeling of power and improvement as I'm playing.  I think that Portable's menu-based navigation (i.e. pressing Triangle and warping to any spot in town) makes everything way faster and more streamlined, but I miss FES's MC equipping six weapon types.  FeMC in P3P is decent; the most important is a distinct lack of that ****head Kenji's Social Link. 
397  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2013 on: October 13, 2013, 09:51:59 PM
I've barely played any games the past two months.  Not even halfway done with Ys: Oath in Felghana.  Messing around with a 3rd playthrough of Persona 3 and a 4th playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins.  I have a problem. 
398  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So does anyone think the Vita will get better? on: October 13, 2013, 03:40:01 PM
I really want a Vita.  Even if it's just a Persona 4 Golden machine that also has a few indie titles on it.
399  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: I have a complaint on: October 09, 2013, 09:34:08 PM
Will a mix of blue and yellow be more to your satisfaction?
...if we were painting?  If you're viewing this on a computer screen then it's using an additive color system, where green is one of the three primary colors.  If you're viewing this page on printout, then it's likely that you're using a subtractive color system, making the green a combination of yellow and cyan. 

TL;DR everything you learned about colors in primary school is wrong. 
400  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: October 09, 2013, 02:34:55 PM
Well, now I may want to revisit the Legend of Heroes PSP games.  Was not expecting this feeling to happen, ever. 
401  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: October 08, 2013, 10:01:32 PM
PSN update currently downloading....

Look, I'm a Disgaea fanboy, so I'll probably love this game regardless of its faults.  I will enjoy the **** out of the main story, do maybe 2% of the postgame content, and then move on.  Worth it. 
402  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: October 06, 2013, 12:41:40 AM
Aw damn, FF IX is that classic I-really-like-this-game-but-I'm-not-exactly-an-expert situation.  I'll play, but I won't go in with as much confidence as some of the other quizzes. 

And sorry about missing the quiz earlier tonight.  I was predisposed. 
403  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Cosmic Star Heroine - a Zeboyd Games joint on: October 02, 2013, 04:29:44 PM
Well, I've always liked the Zeboyd games because they take a few simple RPG mechanics, give them a small twist, and then are over before they wear out their welcome.  $3 to $5 for a 5-10 hour RPG with amusing dialog and an interesting twist on turn-based combat?  Sure.  Messrs. Boyd and Stiernberg are more ambitious than ever for this upcoming title and I couldn't be more excited for it.  I've only given to (*does a quick count*) six KickStarters before, but this is the only one where I've considered giving over $80 for.  Might go halfsies with a friend and co-design a monster. 
404  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Cosmic Star Heroine - a Zeboyd Games joint on: October 01, 2013, 05:01:07 PM
It's worth noting that Boyd is 100% against stretch goals: Check the quoted text in this article.  If/when the KickStarter is successfully funded they'll explain where extra money goes, but they don't want to make early promises. 

And if you guys haven't played any Zeboyd games before, their RPGs are awfully inexpensive on Steam
405  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Cosmic Star Heroine - a Zeboyd Games joint on: October 01, 2013, 01:20:45 PM
Robert Boyd and Bill Stiernberg are up to their old tricks again.  Here's the KickStarter page for their new game, Cosmic Star Heroine.  It's a science-fiction RPG with a spy theme that draws inspiration from Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star IV, and Lunar 2 from a team with four successful indie RPGs under its belt.  Check out the video on the KS page for more details!  Coming out in late 2014 for PC, Mac, PS4, and Vita. 
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