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436  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:46:49 PM
It seems to me Atlus and Working Designs never competed. There are tons of RPG's in Japan that never come over stateside, and each company only brought over a handful in comparison. Also, it seems to me both companies concentrated on different style RPG's. Atlus always seemed to concentrate on the more odd/quirky RPG's.
437  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:40:37 PM
This was also on Wikipedia. If this ends up being true, this would be awesome.

Gaijinworks is a company founded by Victor Ireland, former President of the now-defunct Working Designs. At the time of writing it is not entirely clear what the company is set out to do, though there are some hints. The official website only shows a logo and a webmaster email, but the metatags of the website contain words such as Xbox 360, import games, localization and Japanese role-playing games.

When Victor Ireland announced Working Designs was no more he also stated that he wanted to try to bring Japanese role-playing games to the Xbox 360 in western territories and considering the metatags, we can assume this company will do just that. There was some bad blood between Sony and Working Designs but it seems that is all in the past now since the words Sony and Playstation popped up too. Amusingly, another metatag is "11 is over", in reference to Working Designs' slogan "Our games go to 11!".

Since the metatags also contain the words otaku and anime, and the word gaijin means foreigner in Japanese, it would seem this website is geared towards the Japan fanatic and will do more than just bring games from Japan to western markets.
438  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:36:21 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Working Designs had little to no involvement in the actual development of Lunar: GameArts of Grandia fame did, then some other companies handled the remakes. However, it does seem more or less dead: There was just Lunar DS, and that wasn't received well.

Yeah, I know this. I don't think Working Designs created any of there own games, did they? They just brought obscure Japanese titles over here, tweking the gameplay a bit in some. But still, with them gone, us U.S. gamers are missing out. I read in Wikipedia that Vic said he has talked with Microsoft about bringing some Japanese RPG's over here on the 360.
439  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 18, 2006, 10:33:48 PM
For me, it's easily Fatal Labyrinth for the Sega Genesis. Random uninspired dungeons, no point but to make more money in the dungeon to buy a better casket when you die. Also, Quest 64 and Virtual hydlide for the Saturn were pretty horrid.
440  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:28:38 PM
Didn't working Designs release Popful Mail over here for the Sega CD? I never played it because I sold my Sega CD just before it came out (I think), but I remember that game looking/sounding cool for its time. 2d side scrolling game with a ton of RPG elements.

Working Designs was great. I remember back when I bought Lunar for my Sega CD, I pre-ordered it from Walden Software, a long dead game store that I think was affiliated with Walden Books. Anyway, I pre-ordered it like 2 months in advance. Release day, it wasn't there. The next day, it wasn't there. The next week, nope. After five weeks I got pissed and called Working Designs about it, and they sent one right to my house. I don't know if they got my money for it from Walden Software, but I didn't care. Plugging that first Lunar in the Sega CD for the first time was an experience I'll never forget. All that FMV, and what I liked the most... voice acting.
441  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Lunar series/Working Designs. on: November 18, 2006, 10:15:33 PM
Is the Lunar series dead now? Back when Working Designs remade Lunar 1 and 2 for the PS1, that Vic guy from Working Designs hinted at the fact that there might be a new Lunar game for the PS2. Well, since that was 5 or more years ago and the PS2 is in its last days, I take it this isn't happening. Who owns the rights to Lunar? I don't think Working Designs is a company anymore, are they? I think there was a GBA Lunar game that came out not too long agp. Who released that. I always like Working designs. Especially there packagings. I admit, I pre-ordered Lunar two to get the sock puppet and everything! Also, bringing games like Alundra and others out over here was great.
442  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Question about equipping weapons/armor on FF III. on: November 18, 2006, 10:42:59 AM
How in the hell do you tell if what a weapons/armor seller is offering is more powerful or weaker than what you already have equipped? Also, in the instruction manual, it says when you're in a shop buying such things, the characters on the top screen will wave if they can use the weapon/armor you're looking at, but it seems I can equip everyone with anything. Right now (early in the game) I have all 4 of my part ymembers using long swords in each hand, even though back in the shop it says two of them can't use them...
443  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 17, 2006, 06:04:01 PM
Bal Sagoth "Invocations Beyond The Outer-World Night" off their "Chtonic Chronicles album.
444  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone able to pick up FFIII (DS) today? on: November 16, 2006, 09:04:54 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "Masamune"
At the very least they could have pulled a Castlevania and bundled it with so much awesome crap that 40$ would be nothing for it.

Ironically, that turned out to actually be $35.

Edit: And Britton, you've probably heard this a million times, but you may wanna take a look at FFXII. Even though it's got more technology in it than I thought there'd be, it's predominately a fantasy-style FF.

I actually played the demo of FF XII. I didn't like the way it kinda mimmiced a MMORPG, what with the battle system and all. I've heard a lot of people like it, some hate it. Granted, I can't base the whole game on that demo which I'm sure was an early unfinished demo version, but it just didn't appeal to me.
445  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on: November 16, 2006, 08:43:08 PM
How friggin' cool is it that a Zelda game is available for launch? I'll definitely be getting it, but not at launch. Probably around March or so of next year. I'm leary of buying the first batch of systems and games, because they can be buggy. Like the first batch of Dreamcasts...

Also, I wonder how long a person can actuall sit and play this new Zelda? You wave your arm for almost everything... people's arms get tired real fast when they're held out in front of you like that.
446  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone able to pick up FFIII (DS) today? on: November 16, 2006, 08:40:59 PM
I picked this up today, and must say that though I've only played an hour or so into it, I'm pretty impressed. It's hard to beleive a little DS game card can pull these graphics off. And it is nice to play a true Final "Fantasy" that I have not played before. Those new Final Sci-Fi's suck in my opinion. I like the zoom feature. It may make the graphics look uglier, but it's a cool feature. Also, I paid 40 bucks for this at Wal-Mart. I thought DS games topped out at 35? Either way, it's worth it.
447  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone able to pick up FFIII (DS) today? on: November 15, 2006, 01:32:35 PM
There's no "Save anywhere" feature on FF III? I thought that was the standard now for handheld games? That sucks and blows.
448  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone able to pick up FFIII (DS) today? on: November 15, 2006, 08:57:28 AM
I went to get two things from Wal-Mart yesterday. Northern Exposure Season 5 and Final Fantasy III. Both items they had on their board would be in-store yesterday, but they weren't. I've been to a few other boards and no one got it yesterday that I know of. Amazon had the game listed as "In Stock" though, so if you pre-ordered it from there you might have gotten it already. The thing that sucks is that in my little town Wal_mart ran all of the other places that sell games out of business, so I either gotta wait for them to get FF III in stock, or go 30 miles (one way) to a bigger town to get it. Thing is, I think Wal-Mart only gets one shipment of games per week, so it might be next week before they get the game in.
449  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Soulblazer. on: November 09, 2006, 11:08:15 AM
Soulblazer for the SNES is oneof my favorite games ever. In my opinion, only Zelda: A Link To The Past is greater. Ah, the good ole days of action/adventure RPG's, eh? I loved Soulblazers epic atmosphere. I actually felt like I was creating a real world. And how closing up monster lairs in the dungeon would release spirits/people/plants/animals, etc. to open up new tons and areas to explore was phenomenal. Dark Cloud tried to recreate the same gameplay, but failed in my opinion. Anyway, what I was wondering is if anyone knows where any of the developers of Soulblazer went on to? Or at least recommend some similar games to Soulblazer. I know of Actraiser and Illusion Of Gaia that were a bit similar, but I own those as well. And found them to not be nearly as good to boot. Are there any current gen games with similar gameplay?
450  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Next-gen RPGs on: November 09, 2006, 08:50:41 AM
Enchanted Arms is a pretty solid RPG for the 360 and it's out right now. I'm looking forward to the Mistwker 360 RPG's as well. Blue Dragon looks to be good.

A large majority of the RPG's the last few years seem to have come out for the handhelds. That's why I recently bought a Nintendo DS.
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