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511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 24, 2013, 11:22:40 PM
Oh please.  The spinoff **** is silly, but that kind of expansion is to be expected with something that's been as successful as Persona 4.  But I guess I don't take the creative decisions of game developers personally.  Whatever.  I'm looking forward to hearing more about Persona 5.  Not interested in Persona Q or Dancing All Night.  Probably will get the P4A sequel because I liked the first game quite a bit.  
512  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: November 24, 2013, 07:34:45 PM
I tried Wanderers from Ys YEARS ago on the SNES and thought it was terrible.  Earlier this year I started Oath in Felghana and really liked it, so much so that I bought Ys Seven and Ys Origin.  I (barely) started those but liked them as well.  I *finally* finished Oath in Felghana this weekend, and I'm around the middle of the Chronicles+ version of Ys I.  I've also put about 12-15 hours into Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga. 

Question: does character appearance or displayed weapon change at all in Ys Seven or Memories of Celceta?  I really liked completing item sets in Felghana and getting the new looks for Adol.  Anything like that in the two most recent games? 
513  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Memories of Celceta on: November 24, 2013, 08:28:19 AM
I reserved the special edition yesterday.  I'm not getting a Vita until next year.  This is an "investment" for a game I'll eventually play.  I have a problem. 

...six months ago, I owned zero Ys games.  In a few days I will buy my eighth.  Yup, new obsession. 
514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 24, 2013, 08:26:13 AM
I'm not surprised that Persona 5 is PS3-only; Persona 4 was PS2-only in 2008.  I would be equally unsurprised if it received a PS4 and/or Vita remake a year or two after its initial release. 

And I'm... weirdly relieved by this news.  I was worried that A) there would be no Persona 5 or B) that Persona 5 would be yet another Persona 4 game.  Instead, we get a bunch of spinoffs AND a legit Persona 5 announcement.  I'm glad it worked out this way. 
515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 23, 2013, 02:31:16 PM
It's probably not counted as an RPG for the purpose of this site, but Advance Wars: Dual Strike is waaaay better than Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.  Use that game for your DS strategy fix.
516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 22, 2013, 05:31:52 PM
Leslie Ann Warren has the right of it.  I really really hope this is a new Persona with a new cast, but I'm starting to worry as well....
517  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow? on: November 22, 2013, 12:02:01 AM
All-Star Superman and A Superman For All Seasons are for my money the best Superman books.  Not counting the Grant Morrison run of JLA, which is one of my favorite superhero books of all time. 

For fans of early Vertigo goodness (i.e. The Walking Dead, American Vampire) we might have the next big comic book TV show on our hands.  AMC ordered a pilot for Preacher.  Preacher is excellent, and its general format (3 core characters usually traveling) is ripe for adaptation into hour-long episodes.  New content wouldn't be challenging to implement, either.  I love Preacher, so naturally I'm cautiously optimistic. 
518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 21, 2013, 05:20:28 PM
In that case, I'm surprised that Sora no Kiseki SC wasn't considered for the PSP list.  Whatever.  You guys seem to really like Hearts.  A few of my thoughts on the list:

Bowser's Inside Story is too low.  I'd put that in my personal top 5.  It's hilarious, the combat has good variety, and the story and set-pieces are completely bat**** insane.  I'd rank it higher than... pretty much any of the SMT games you put there.  

Trace Memory is not a good game.  This is the Riviera of the list.  The DS has several good traditional adventure  games / visual novels, but that is not one of them.  I have no idea why it's on the list at all, let alone 15th.  I'd put Disgaea DS, Phantom Hourglass, Revenant Wings, 4 Heroes of Light, or Inazuma Eleven ahead of Trace Memory.  

When it came to picking one game out of a series, you chose well.  Order of Ecclesia is my favorite DS Castlevania.  Unwound Future is my favorite DS Layton.  HGSS is my favorite of the DS Pokeymans.  V is my favorite of the DS Dragon Quests.  Bowser's Inside Story is better than Partners in Time.  Basically all I'm saying is that I agree with a large number of your sorta-sillly series-specific selections.  Pretty much all of them other than Apollo Justice.  

Where is Phantom Hourglass?  I'm not saying it should be in the top ten, and I am WELL aware of the frustrating and/or bad parts of the game (**** YOU TEMPLE OF THE OCEAN KING).  However, you guys gave it a 92% in your review (which was several years ago, but still) and I definitely think it's better than Trace Memory or Clash of Heroes.  

For giggles, Monsoon's top five:
5. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
4. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
3. 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
2. Radiant Historia
1. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

(I really like Dragon Quest.  IV and VI would also be in my top fifteen).  

EDIT: And sorry Dice, you are incorrect.  Best abbreviation is for Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.  PoRNDS. 
519  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 18, 2013, 11:25:50 AM
I won't have the same confidence I had for the Persona 4 or Chrono Trgger quizzes, but I'll jump in and play to win. Have at you!
520  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 18, 2013, 10:04:09 AM
Welp, perfect time to replay it.
521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 15, 2013, 06:54:23 PM
My bad. I was indeed referring to the November 24th thing. I hadn't been reading the thread thoroughly. (Posting from phone). And ins like play Xillia; it's on my shelf, but I want to finish Graces first.
522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 15, 2013, 06:33:56 PM
Whatever.  Persona Team logo right on the bottom of the teaser.  If this is anything but Persona 5, I'll be confused and disappointed. 

...just give me a bo-wielding character, Atlus.  Estelle, Katt,  and the dude from Suikoden are lonely.  Wouldn't say no to a Lucha Libre grappler with masks as weapons, either. 
523  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. 
524  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. 
525  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. 
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