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406  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 16, 2014, 05:17:06 PM
The lack of stat and skill distribution in Diablo III just murdered the game's replay value for me.  I wasn't making MY Barbarian or MY Witch Doctor - I was just playing exactly the same character everyone else was playing.  Even if you customize skills, runes, and passives, it just makes conforming to a cookie-cutter build easier than ever.  TL2 was a nice compromise between the lack of risk in Diablo III and the 20 points of terror in choosing skills in Diablo II. 

Also, Rob.  Come on.  Why are you treating a demo like it's the introduction to an entire game.  Derek has the right of it - it's not a great demo, but it's a ****ing demo.  It's trying to cram as much gameplay crap as possible into a limited space.  Story and characters are a non-factor for a demo.  Most Bravely Default fans already know if they want the game or not; I was pleasantly surprised that there's a demo at all. 
407  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: January 15, 2014, 04:58:56 PM
Put me in the camp that played Path of Exile, Diablo 3, and Torchlight 2 and adores Torchlight 2 vastly more above all of them.
Is there a way for me to send you a high five buy you a drink over the internet?  Because I would love to. 
408  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 15, 2014, 12:09:08 AM
I think it's a near-guarantee to hit $1 million.  If it gets good overall coverage a ****ton of people will go for those $20 to $80 pledges.  My guess it that it tops out around $1.3 to $1.4 million. 
409  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Capcom: All games will be "social" in the future; monetization involved on: January 11, 2014, 03:29:17 AM
"Oh wow.  Excellent"
-Capcom's shareholders

-Everyone else
410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What would your ultimate RPG be on: January 10, 2014, 07:08:05 AM
Action-oriented battle system, where each character feels different to play and has a unique gimmick or skill that makes him, her, or it useful and fun.  Party size is ideally 4.  At least one character is an optional "secret" recruit. 

Between 7 and 9 characters, each with a distinct personality and specific character or plot issues that are acknowledged and at least re-addressed before the final stages of the game (if not necessarily resolved).  Basically, I want individual character arcs that aren't totally swept under the rug over the course of the game. 

Combat that is actually fun and at least somewhat strategic.  Requires some level of finesse or patience and not mindless mashes and clicks.  Re-emphasize each character feeling different and bringing something unique to the table. 

Game is medium difficulty, but with experience caps in certain areas.  Grinding vs not grinding should be a choice most of the time.  A mandatory grind is never, ever good. 

Each character has multiple level / upgrade paths where players are forced to choose between different builds or skills.  Clearly delineated and NOT a giant grid or web lacking obvious direction.  I want to keep these characters distinct, remember? 

FAST. TRAVEL.  For areas that you have already visited, at least between towns or major hubs. 

Linear story, but with a large world map where players are encouraged to explore.  Players should know exactly what they need to do and where they go for the next plot event, but are encouraged to stray off the beaten path. 

Large number of side quests and optional content, but with said content being recorded in a quest log and having clear start times and deadlines.  None of this "talk to person A before event C" without any warning about event C. 

Basically I want a rebalanced Dragon Quest VIII or Skies of Arcadia with an actiony battle system.  Is that too much to ask?  Did I basically describe XenoBlade Chronicles?  (which I own, but haven't played yet).  Maybe and maybe. 
411  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Will you raise your kids playing video games? on: January 08, 2014, 08:10:35 PM
Probably yes.  Because, well, Dad will likely be playing some games in his spare time. 
412  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: January 07, 2014, 04:47:37 PM
I think you should write us an essay on the subject, Holy.

Hmm yes indeed. Perhaps also analyze the more hidden socio-political implications of the whole ordeal, quite.

Quite, indeed.

Most indubitably.

I look forward to subscribing to your newsletter. 
413  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 06, 2014, 11:33:56 PM
But I have to say... am I the only person getting a Seiken Densetsu vibe from this game?

The reason I like the Ys VI-based Ys games more than the SD games is that, unlike in SD2/3, you can't get random misses in Ys.

Did that change in Ys Seven :(


Though I really don't think that's a defining quality of SD for most people...
Yeah, I'm with Kevadu on this one.  Attacks do miss sometimes in Ys Seven, but usually it's because you're entering a new area that you aren't supposed to enter or something.  And I'm 95% sure the only character I've seen miss is Mustafa, who has the lowest Dexterity in the party by far. 
414  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: January 06, 2014, 11:32:25 PM
I have to work overtime this Saturday, so it's about 50/50 whether I can make it or not.  We'll see. 
415  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 06, 2014, 03:48:43 PM
Currently in the middle of Metroid Prime.  Recently defeated the giant ice rock monster that you use the infrared scanner on, currently trawling for missile expansions and energy tanks before I figure out where to go next. 

Now, if you remember my comments in the Memories of Celceta thread, you might know that I've been on an Ys kick.  I've beaten Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Ys Origin, and Ys I and II on Steam over November and December.  Now I'm playing Ys Seven on the PSP, and damn.  I think I like it better than the others.  Its combat is still fast and frantic, the skill learning and execution is fun and satisfying, and it still has the good characterization and dialog that the better Ys games had.  The plot and characters are maybe a little derivative, but the cast has a lot of personality and is consistently entertaining.  Boss battles are still excellent, but the ease of grinding for them makes the game a little too easy.  I appreciated the fair difficulty of Felghana and Origin, and I think I've died only once in the entirety of Ys Seven so far (right now I'm saved a ways into the Fire Shrine).  Bottom line - I really, really like Ys Seven and wish THAT MUCH HARDER I had a Vita for Celceta. 

But I have to say... am I the only person getting a Seiken Densetsu vibe from this game?  Three characters to your party, moving around in a sorta-isometric field attacking in real-time, searching for mana stones altars in corresponding towns for each classical element, seeking mana spirits dragon powers and eventually defeat their corresponding God Beasts Great Dragons.  Am I the only one? 
416  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Your Most Favourite Movie Moments on: December 29, 2013, 12:53:30 PM
The Blues Brothers - the mall chase scene.  BOOM

Shaolin Soccer - the games before the final match, the greatest montage in sports movie history.  (apologies for the awful dub)

Back to the Future 2
- the ending.  spoiler alert!
417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: December 27, 2013, 06:48:09 AM
I hope the rumors are real, it'd be cool to finally have a Fallout take place where I'm from. (You just know that Salem is going to be in it with some witch-based quest line)
I live just outside DC, so checking out familiar spots in Fallout 3 was surreal.  Especially the Metro.  And I'm pretty sure they made my hometown into a hideout for cannibals....
418  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays? - 2013 Edition on: December 25, 2013, 09:07:09 PM
ESPN 30 for 30 Collector's Set blu-ray
Back to the Future Trilogy blu-ray
Monster's University blu-ray

Some pretty sweet brown jeans
Light gray hoodie
Vintage striped All-Blacks shirt

A few mystery and/or thriller novels
A nice hardcover collection of Mark Twain's short stories

Video Games
None.  My family does not buy me video games.  I've supported that hobby myself since buying a Super NES when I was 11 years old (in 1997).  
419  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 23, 2013, 07:56:40 PM
Home stretch in Ys Origin.  Between last night and earlier tonight I took out sand monster, giant mantis, trident girl, wizard skank, and halberd guy (had a save right before sand monster).  Pretty sure there's only one boss left, but I'm supposed to head over to my neighbors' to watch pro wrestling.  Might finish it tomorrow.  Using Yunica, playing on Hard. 
420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 19, 2013, 01:44:03 PM
I think that XSEED's future of working on Falcom games depends on how well Celceta, Trails-Steam, and Trails 2nd do through 2014.  I hope, for my fandom's sake, that all of them sell strong. 
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