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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Screw announcements, let's just release the game (Atelier Totori Plus) on: March 21, 2013, 04:01:06 PM
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Looking for some good western style RPG's (No elder scrolls games or PC games) on: March 21, 2013, 02:50:45 PM
I've only played the PC versions of the following but all are available on 360.

Witcher 2- Although I would certainly recommend playing the first one on your PC (it's really not very demanding), it really isn't necessary to enjoy the 2nd game, which arguably has much better game-play anyway. 

Dragon Age: Origins

Deux Ex: Human Revolution (although I'd argue it's really more of an action game with light RPG elements, it's a good game).

Risen 1 & 2

The reality is most of the best Western style RPGs are PC exclusives.  And contrary to popular misconception, you don't need a powerful gaming rig to play most of them.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: March 20, 2013, 02:50:57 PM
This was the very first game I kickstarted (although I also backed Wasteland 2, right before their campaign ended).  I really hope it is a huge success so there can be many expansions beyond the already planned Berlin DLC. 
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Thread (merged) on: March 20, 2013, 02:48:28 PM
I really liked this game but was kind of disappointed with the ending.  Just seemed a bit too abrupt for my tastes.  I'm hoping that the rumored possible DE: HR2 is in the works. 
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Curious to see others opinions on Working Designs if it was a new company.... on: March 19, 2013, 11:18:05 AM
I liked their ambition, but I think I'd end up skipping a lot of their games now, if they were new, if they had kept the same style of localisation.

Their humour was forced and shitty, and I cringed at it back in the day. I can't imagine people not ripping it apart now.

I think they did a great job with the localization of Growlanser Generations (II & III).  I never played any other WD games, but I've heard they made a lot of pop culture references.  However, I don't remember them adding any really obvious ones in the Growlanser games; perhaps they avoided it because the subject matter is so serious (lands being torn apart by war). 
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 18, 2013, 10:21:08 PM
The Etrian Odyssey thread has be wondering, what is the consensus for the best wizardry-clone (is that the proper term?) on the PSP?

I know that EO is for the (3)DS, but wondering how the PSP options compare.


"Unchained Blades".   I'm not really a fan of that sub-genre but it seems to be quite well liked among people who are.   I don't think there's many other PSP dungeon crawlers that are on the PSN. 
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: March 18, 2013, 10:06:07 AM
Yes, it definitely reminds me of Fallout 1 & 2.  I've also seen it compared to Jagged Alliance 2 and X-Com: Enemy Unknown but haven't played either of those.

Hmm, I'm rather surprised that RPGFan hasn't previewed this game at all yet.  I'm hoping this will change once the game is closer to release.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 17, 2013, 08:16:35 AM
What are general impressions of Gungnir (the fairly new SRPG)?

Reviews seem very mixed, with the only thing everyone agrees on being that it's very hard.

That sounds appealing to me though.   I often end up handicapping myself like this to some extent in most SRPGs to counter power creep that comes with having all those end game skills at your disposal.  When playing FFT, for example, I'd pick a strange party of vanilla recruits (say, 5 chemists, no special chars except ramza), go straight there and use that for the rest of the game with no grinding allowed.

A game that is already that hard from the get-go would be a nice change.

I have Gungnir but have barely played it.  The battle system seems decent; it's a nice turn-based SRPG style although the isometric perspective can sometimes make it difficult to keep track of your characters positions relative to the enemy.  But really the reason I haven't played it more is the story was rather boring and generic.  And as soon as Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time came out, I put Gungnir aside and played through Growlanser twice (original route and modified route).  I still need to play it again on the "evil" path.

I'd recommend Jeanne D'Arc over Gungnir if you want a turn-based SRPG. 
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: March 16, 2013, 08:52:59 AM
Whoa, that was seriously impressive. This looks like the kind of Western RPG I've been waiting to see. Glad Kickstarter worked out for them, and it looks like they'll be delivering. Where exactly can I pre-order, btw?

Just go to Harebrained Schemes Website.  Yeah, pre-ordering now if you haven't is definitely a good idea because it will be $5 off the release price and I recall them saying on another recent video that they will be closing pre-orders soon. 
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shadowrun Returns on: March 15, 2013, 09:55:54 AM
I'm so excited for this game!


I enjoyed the Genesis game immensely back when it came out.  Played the SNES game more recently which was also pretty cool.  But I love that this spiritual sucessor is going to be turn-based.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 09:35:32 AM
You should look into Growlanser, they're pretty challenging and have a neat twist on strategy/real-time battle systems, and have similar amounts of political intrigue to FFT/Ogre.

72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: September 17, 2012, 10:10:26 AM
Well that was dumb.

-Bryntir: Attack him after I hit him!
[Boss leaves before Bryntir can even get near him]

[You lose! Good Day Sir!}

I think that was the first mission that really frustrated me.  After a few tries I realized that it was more a matter of positioning my melee characters in the right spot.  I had Crevanille get in front of Akyel and then as soon as Bryntir hit him I nailed him with fierce strike / impede and it was a piece of cake.  What really annoys me about this mission is  the fact that you can't save right before it.  Every time you fail, you have to hike back up to the ruins, get the magic rod, read the instructions, talk with Bryntir, etc. and the save point in the ruins doesn't work for some reason.   That's really my only complaint with this game; lack of save points.   Having to go to areas again doesn't add to the challenge, it just makes an otherwise fun game tedious.  Also, would've been great if there was a retry option after getting a game over on missions.

73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: September 07, 2012, 01:21:15 PM
Also, don't bother with knacks like Fierce Strike. 

why not?  it does more than normal attack does

also, I played almost the whole game with Crev, Eliza, Leona, Frayne.  it was annoying at first not having Remus's archer ability but soon enough I wasn't missing him at all.  I used Meline instead of Frayne some near the end

Hmm, I could be completely wrong, but it seemed like the small additional damage to the angel from fierce strike was not worth the increased wait time.

I wish Leona would have joined the party sooner, she's awesome. 
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: September 05, 2012, 09:21:47 AM
And now the waterfall angel mission. Just what exactly hurts her?

As far as I know she is fairly resistant to everything.  Just keep whacking her

Yeah, basically the best thing to do is kill off the other enemies as quickly as possible... then just have Crevanille and the others attack her, while using Frayne to heal / buff everyone else.  And whatever you do, don't cast Holy on her as Holy damage heals her.  Also, don't bother with knacks like Fierce Strike. 
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: September 03, 2012, 11:04:33 AM
Any chance they localize the Growlanser 1 remake that was released on the PSP in Japan a few years back?  We got 2 thru 5 over here now, so it would nice to have a chance to play the first game.  BTW, anyone know if the first game has any story connection to the other five games in the series?

While I share in your hope to someday see Growlanser 1 (as well as 6) I think it is a pipe dream my friend.... we certainly won't be seeing any more on the PSP (its a miracle we got WoT)....

And what really sucks about it is the story for Growlanser 1 is related to 2. Though I'm not quite sure how exactly, I know many of the same characters are in both titles and 2 is supposed to act as a co-occuring scenario to 1 somehow... that is, rather than a chronological sequel, its timeframe (growlanser 2's) is supposed to be during the same time frame as growlanser 1..... or something like that.

I wouldn't entirely dismiss the possibility of a few more PSP games getting localized.  When you take into account that 70 million PSP systems have sold world-wide (compared to about 2 million PSVitas) and downloadable PSP games can be played on the Vita, there's still a siginficant market for PSP games.  I think the only reason more publishers aren't bringing out PSP games is the fear of rampant piracy on the system. 

That said, I think the chances of getting Growlanser I PSP over here are rather slim at this point.  I would love to be surprised though.  I do wonder why Atlus didn't localize it a couple years ago though.  Back in 2009-10, Atlus was publishing quite a few PSP games, so it seems strange they passed on one of their own properties.   I suspect that Atlus USA may have actually wanted to bring Growlanser I over, but perhaps SCEA denied it due to it's "bad" graphics.  But right now I think SCEA will approve just about any PSP game, so I think Atlus could do it if they wanted to.  I will hold on to some slim hope that they may still bring I over if Wayfarer of Time ends up making them a profit.  Of course, if Atlus doesn't even localize P2: EP, then Growlanser I has no chance. 
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