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466  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. 
467  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. 
468  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. 
469  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. 
470  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. 
471  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? 
472  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!
473  Media / General Games / 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....
474  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).  
475  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. 
476  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. 
477  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Classic Christmas Episodes on: December 15, 2013, 11:56:16 PM
Community has had four very strong Christmas episode, especially in season 2, when Abed imagines his "holiday intervention" as a Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated Christmas special. 
478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2013 on: December 15, 2013, 12:12:24 PM
I keep track on a notepad doc as well.  Here's what I got so far:

1. Persona 4
2. Pokemon White Version 2
3. 10,000,000
4. Persona 4 Arena
5. Persona 3 FES: The Journey (NG+)
6. Hexyz Force
7. Persona 4 (NG+)
8. Psychonauts
9. Tales of Vesperia
10. Guacamelee!
11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
12. Final Fantasy VI Advance
13. Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4
14. inFamous 2 Evil Finish
15. Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
16. Torchlight II (Classist)
17. Donkey Kong Country Returns
18. DuckTales Remastered
19. Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga
20. Rayman Legends
21. Diablo III
22. The Last of Us
23. Ys: The Oath in Felghana
24. Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen
25. Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

I have a few running playthroughs still going, so I think I'll end up with 27 or 28 on the year.  Far removed from my past years of 50+.  Being an adult suuuucks. 
479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2013, 03:13:44 AM
I played Ys vs Sora no Kiseki and Ys Origin today.  A lot.  Ate leftovers.  No gym.  Crazy lazy.  Much Ys.  Very wow. 
480  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: December 14, 2013, 08:55:04 PM
Are you ready for some hideous combinations of colored fonts?  Well if not, I'm sorry.* 

2013 GOTY - The Last of Us

I wasn't on board with it's bull**** for the first few hours, but then it comes together and becomes a compelling experience through to the end. Spectacular finish as well.  Makes me more excited to see what Naughty Dog can do on new hardware, presumably the PS4. 

Runners-up - Tomb Raider ; Rayman Legends ; Tales of Xillia

My favorite 2013 action-adventure game, platformer, and RPG respectively.  Was impressed with the TR reboot.  Rayman was a delight that got me interested in the rest of the series.  I really enjoyed Xillia's combat wrinkles and cast, I suppose moreso than the rest of the forum. 

Not-2013 GOTY - Persona 4

I was Persona-obsessed for the first half of 2013.  Finished Persona 4 twice in five months.  I love the changes made from Persona 3 and I was on board with the story and characters from start to finish.  Unlike some people I appreciated the less grim-dark story.  I am WAY pumped for Persona 5.** 

Runners-up - Ys: The Oath in Felghana ; Tales of Vesperia ; Donkey Kong Country Returns

I played these three in 2013 and had a ****ing blast.  Very recommended to fans of one-character action RPGs, group action RPGs, and platformers respectively. 

2013 Games I Wish I Could Play - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds ; Ys: Memories of Celceta

I don't own a 3DS or a Vita and as such I can't play either of those.  It's killing me on the inside.***

2013 Big Bang Mini Award (most underrated or overlooked) - Guacamelee!

Guacamelee is a nifty little metrovania game about masked luchadors with a Mexican Dia de Los Muertos aesthetic and a TRIUMPH among portmanteaus for a title.  It's on PSN and Steam, people, give it a shot. 

Biggest Disappointment - Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

I liked the return to older Disgaea traditions (weapon levels, easier class upgrades, simplified skill levels and skill passing), but D2's story, class variety, stage variety, and endgame content were lacking.  I wish I had just played Disgaea 4 for 30 more hours than indulged in Disgaea D2. 

*I'm not sorry. 

**I think I was unfriended by some people on FessBork due to my excess enthusiasm. 

***Not really, but I am disappointed. 
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