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511  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 4: Dragon Quest III vs. Final Fantasy III on: March 03, 2013, 10:50:13 PM
Dragon Quest III is one of the most popular games in the series.  It can only be considered "among the lesser-played" when it comes to more recent fans of the series.  

I think FF III is perfectly charming, but DQ III is the clear winner here.  Both games are a little clumsy in their class change systems, but FF's is more fluid and DQ's is more slow-moving.  Then when you examine the story (DQ III is one of the most epic tales on the NES, period) and quest design (orbs! vs.... surprise oceans?) DQ pulls ahead.  

~Maybe Some Spoilers~

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And then you have the worst part of FF III compared to maybe the best part of DQ III - the endgame.  In FF III, you have to complete multiple consecutive dungeons with six bosses in quick succession, with no good save opportunity anywhere in that midst.  The bits with Doga, Unei, and Xande are kinda neat, and the "lend us your power" plot point might be a seminal moment for the Final Fantasy series, but it doesn't rescue the FF III endgame from sucking.  It's archaic and dumb and only masochists and oldschool-elists defend it.  

Dragon Quest III has a hella-cool final sequence of events: traveling to the world of Dragon Quest I, finding the Sword of Kings, *almost* rescuing your missing father before defeating Zoma, and making the connection that you are Loto the Hero.  Every part of it is awesome, and Zoma is one of the more badass Maou / Archfiends in the series.
 

~End Spoilers~

So, bottom line, after going on for WAY too long, Dragon Quest III is way better than Final Fantasy III.  it wasn't until the SFamicom/SNES games where Final Fantasy has a title run superior to Dragon Quest's games of the same period.  
512  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 02, 2013, 01:31:04 PM
I'm disappointed in myself.  Due 90% to poor planning and 10% due to a few s.link dialog mistakes, there's no way I can get max S.Links in this playthrough of Persona 3.  Four links remaining, but there aren't enough school days remaining in the year to do them.  Too many vacation days in December and January.  I'll have to settle for a full Compendium (minus Orpheus Telos) thanks in part to my previous run.  After this I might try The Answer, but I'm not sure I want to. 

Given how ambiguous some of the reactions were to answers during S Links, I did them with a guide.  I think I'm being smart and supportive, someone gets offended.  I mean, what the fuck, is telling someone to give up on their dream bad when it's causing them pain, heartache, and ruining their lives meanwhile?  I'm just trying to help!!
Sometimes I think it's hilarious (like when Kazushi responds positively to "stop whining like a little bitch" and negatively to "maybe you should try not to explode your knee"), and other times it's just damn frustrating (like when I try to say anything at all to Mitsuru).  I know it's supposed to reflect their personalities, but sometimes it's too unpredictable.  My major mistake was waiting too late to start any of those time-consuming girlfriend links and using early school days on some out-of-school links like Hanged Man and Hierophant.  Next time, and there WILL be a next time, I'll know what to do.  And might have to use a guide. 
513  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 02, 2013, 10:10:29 AM
I'm disappointed in myself.  Due 90% to poor planning and 10% due to a few s.link dialog mistakes, there's no way I can get max S.Links in this playthrough of Persona 3.  Four links remaining, but there aren't enough school days remaining in the year to do them.  Too many vacation days in December and January.  I'll have to settle for a full Compendium (minus Orpheus Telos) thanks in part to my previous run.  After this I might try The Answer, but I'm not sure I want to. 
514  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 3: Advance Wars vs. Fire Emblem on: March 02, 2013, 10:03:20 AM
I think that Advance Wars 2 and Advance Wars: Dual Strike are better than any Fire Emblem game that I've beaten (4, 6, 7, 8, and the DS remake of 3.1), especially when you throw in multiplayer.  Days of Ruin wasn't very good, but neither was Radiant Dawn.  I'm going to give AW the edge for fun multiplayer and for how awesome Dual Strike is. 
515  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: March 02, 2013, 10:01:01 AM
I'm not going to vote.  These are two of my top five favorite games of all time.  **** all y'all. 
516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 26, 2013, 12:54:26 AM
I'm not optimistic, but it's *possible* that they'll use this PS1 release (which is undoubtedly cheaper and easier to put on PSN than a fully localized edition of the PSP remake) as a barometer.  If it sells well, then maybe they'll be encouraged to put the PSP version up on PSN in the future. 

...all of that's probably a pipe dream, but game companies have done similar before. 
517  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 25, 2013, 03:26:51 PM
My 4 in February plan is not happening at all.  For some reason I decided to start a New Game+ of Persona 3 FES (currently in early November) and that derailed it a bit.  Then I decided to start up my Christmas gift of Skyrim on Steam (currently right in the middle of both the Mage College and the Companions quests) and that derailed it a bit more. 
518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: February 22, 2013, 10:39:33 AM
Well, looks like $120 to $180 of my annual budget is going towards some new NISA titles....
519  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: February 19, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
Dragon's Dogma expansion is EXACTLY like the G versions of every Monster Hutner game.  Almost every Monster Hunter game in Japan has an expanded version come out a year or two later with G added to the title.  MH Freedom Unite is MH Portable 2nd G; MH Tri Ultimate is MH Tri G, etc.  You guys were right on during the podcast - it's a move to draw in new players and to sate existing mega-fans hungry for more. 

So while it seems like a cash grab, and people will complain, it's 100% in line with Capcom's Monster Hunter strategy and a slightly better deal than the recent shenanigans with Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Street Fighter X Tekken (neither of whose second editions I support).  Plus, players of the original Dragon's Dogma get several in-game bonuses in Dark Arisen, including several thousand extra crystals and a bunch of free armors.  I never played Dragon's Dogma (despite being a Monster Hunter fanatic), but I'm kinda interested in Dark Arisen. 
520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 18, 2013, 08:11:35 AM
That's Aksys and not Atlus.  But still... this kinda sucks.  I'd like to play both of the P2 remakes back to back eventually. 
521  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 18, 2013, 08:07:59 AM
I'm replaying Persona 3 FES, intending to get 100% compendium and to beat the secret boss.  Right now in early October and on pace to... do at least okay on those fronts.  After I finish this if I'm still hungry I'll play The Answer.
522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 09:56:26 AM
The only things RG has on SoA is some decent weapon / item / skill crafting systems and action-y combat (which might not even be as solid as SoA's, which is turn-based but often excellent). SoA has WAY better environments (especially its awesome world map), characters, story, and audio. Both games have some pretty good side quests and a cartoon aesthetic hat holds up.

Yeah, I really enjoy both games (I play layer Rogue Galaxy last year and liked it just fine; I played SoA for the first time in high school, at least 10 years ago), but Skies of Arcadia is better.
523  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 07:07:28 AM
I'm interested in Dream Team, if only because I freakin' *LOVE* Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story.  Jumping into Luigi's dreams sounds like a good time. 

Decided to celebrate Valentine's Day by playing Persona 3.  I broke up with my girlfriend some months ago; don't judge me. 
524  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 13, 2013, 07:07:07 AM
Psychonauts is insane.  Currently fighting the Den Mother and having trouble in the second half of the fight.  She turns off the lights and I'm supposed to use Clairvoyance to fight her using her own field of vision, but I'm getting stuck. 

Also started (for the first time)... Skyrim.  I've never played more than 30 minutes of an Elder Scrolls game before, but I received Skyrim as a Steam gift so now I'm playing it.  Finished Unbound, killed a dragon, and now I'm hanging out with the Companions. 
525  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 07, 2013, 07:27:50 AM
Played some Persona 4 Arena at my buddy's Super Bowl party, and had such a good time that I picked up the game for myself two days ago.  HOLY CRAP story mode has a lot of dialog.  Combat is excellent, and I particularly like using Kanji, Mitsuru, and the MC. 
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