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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 23, 2014, 02:15:08 PM
Tales of the Tempest is the quintessential RPG. The best part is how whenever your party stops to rest you get a beautiful ambient campfi-HEY WAIT A MINUTE
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 23, 2014, 10:54:41 AM
I'd say that the characters didn't start becoming silly animu archetypes until Graces,

What are you talking about? Tales of characters have always been walking anime archetypes. Just looking at protagonists, all of them outside of Cless and Yuri have been some degree of Idiot Hero, and then there's the one that's terrible at cooking, there's the flat chested/busty female combo, the older/cooler/almost big brother male, the male rival, the klutz, the boy genius, the kawaii/genki little-girl, the pure-hearted maiden/female lead, etc. And that's not even touching the other clichés the series just loves to embrace like xenophobic ass hat Elves, hidden ninja villages, snowy town romances, and so on.
Sorry, archetype was a poor word to use here. What I mean by that is that in many of the Tales games I played before Graces, each character honest to goodness felt like they were their own character to me. (In other words I was seeing a person first, and a personality second.) In the more recent games, however, I've felt as if the characters were something more akin to a sort of "caricature," seeing them as a personality first and a person second. I've always admired the series for having some great antagonists that you genuinely understand as well.

Although, I started playing the Tales series when I was still in elementary school, so it could certainly be a case of my own observation changing over time, but my last playthrough of Tales of the Abyss was quite recent. I honestly felt that quite a few of those characters were actually quite fresh (a few silly conversations aside.)
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 22, 2014, 11:51:51 PM
Tales is the ultimate generic series. Unremarkable, generic characters with average music and an okay but sometimes frustrating battle system (same can be said about Star Ocean) tied to inconsequential plots and terrible dialogue. It's only notable cause there's barely any other JRPGs coming to consoles anymore.

Honestly, I somewhat see where you're coming from, and I can even give you some of these, but honestly, Tales only became this fairly recently. I'd say that the characters didn't start becoming silly animu archetypes until Graces, and the drop in music quality happened around the same time (although I already said a bit about that in the Random VGM thread). I have to disagree with any knocks toward the battle mechanics though, to be honest. Graces had one of the most fun combat systems I have ever experienced. One you get a feel for the ins and outs, it only gets better, too. Tales has always been good with expanding their combat mechanics in any one game as it goes on, too.
4  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: April 17, 2014, 12:05:18 AM
a Galaga alien is already confirmed as an Assist Trophy
See, I actually don't think the Galaga aliens are actually "Assist Trophies" per se, namely because of this. The S Flag is a figure of Namco tradition, and considering the way he's holding it in the air, (like an assist trophy) it makes me wonder if this is some sort of new assist trophy-like item, but with Namco characters?
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 16, 2014, 04:08:10 PM
What a beautiful day!


...Welcome, spring...welcome.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: AMAZING new TRAILER of FREEDOM WARS on: April 12, 2014, 10:08:44 AM
I'm not entirely sure what I think. I personally am a fan of the Monster Hunter formula, and the whole hookshot mechanic looks like something I could totally find quite fun! Also, it's partially localized by Japan Studio. I've enjoyed their stuff in the past!

On the OTHER hand, it is co-developed by Dimps. I really don't like Dimps.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Y's fans- I need your help on: April 10, 2014, 10:12:28 AM
The PSP forms of Ys 1 &2 are not horribly different from the rest of the dozens of remakes, just more visually impressive. If you've got a Vita to play Ys Chronicles: 1&2 on, I feel that's the best way to do so. However, no matter what format it's in, 1 and 2 are quite...dated. The bump and grind combat is used in most formats of the game except for the DS remake which has an option to press a button to swing as well.

If you don't mind, however, that's a decent place to start. However, with a Vita, you've got access to Oath in Felghana (3's remake), Memories of Celceta (4's remake), Ark of Napishtim (terrible PSP port of 6), and Ys Seven. These games have little to no connection, minus one shared character between 6 and 7. You really could start with ANY of them.

Just know that even if the combat of 1&2 isn't to your liking, the rest of those are perfectly fine action rpgs with much more enjoyable combat. Difficulty wise, however, I would consider playing 6 after the others. I found 6 to be quite a bit more difficult than the others.
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: April 08, 2014, 11:04:10 PM
I'm REALLY intrigued by the customizable movesets. I'm going to be experimenting with that a TON, even though I can't go competitive with it. The only disappointment for me was that Midna was confirmed not playable. I thought her with or without Wolf Link would've been really nifty.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 12:11:57 AM
Aaaaalright! That's the end of Xenoblade! Fantastic game, even if it did get a bit off the rails towards the end.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: April 05, 2014, 01:52:36 AM
I've just finished my first ever playthrough of Chrono Cross! (tooot!)
I'm now working on making my way through what I have left of Xenoblade. 77 hours in! Go go go!
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: April 05, 2014, 01:39:27 AM
Not quite sure how much of an RPG it really is, but I honestly REALLY liked Orphen: Scion of Sorcery on PS2. The gameplay mechanics were...bizarre to say the least, but overall, I felt it was pretty enjoyable.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The official waifu thread on: April 03, 2014, 01:39:55 PM
I will never be Tiki's Mar-Mar. That is okay.
13  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 02, 2014, 08:00:23 PM
Wild Arms 5: The Road to Tomorrow Follows Behind You

I believe I am somewhat in the minority of liking Masato Kouda's work on Wild Arms more than Naruke's. Not to say her's is BAD, I still find 1-3's to be incredible. I just somewhat enjoys the newer stuff a bit better.

Nope.  I think this is one of those situations where my bias SHOULD be leaning towards Naruke, but Agematsu and Kouda did such a fucking great job with the series after her (actually, iirc, she was sick during WA4's production).

http://youtu.be/TXEz-i-oORk - THe Terrible Monster Wrecking Crew (or some sh*t....that 1:20 mark is beautiful)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TRsqRWMV7I&feature=share&list=PL883886FBAB9638A0&index=29 - Nightless City Guara Balbao (what you get when a formerly religious town turns to a video game Las Vegas...perfect)

Next to Dahngrest from Tales of Vesperia, I totally consider Guara Balbao to be one the most absolutely chill town themes I've ever heard.
Also, TERRIBURU MONSTURU ATTACKINGU CURU is also one of my favorite standard boss themes in any game ever, really.

Wild Arms 5: Persephone Battle
This is most certainly NOT the sort of song that comes to anyone's mind when discussing Wild Arms, but nevertheless, this is a beautifully crafted song, and one of my first exposures to the soundtrack of Wild Arms 5.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Leeky Cauldron: The RPGfan Food and Recipe Thread on: April 02, 2014, 07:33:27 PM
Bought 2 jars of Bacon Dressing and dumped them into a bowl.
Made a few hard boiled eggs, sliced them up, and put them into the bowl as well.
Heated it all up, then dumped a bunch of romaine lettuce into it.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 02, 2014, 07:03:22 PM
I always thought I was somewhat decent at writing for Philosophy courses, but Philosophy of Science is VERY MUCH an exception to that rule. I enjoy Philosophy, and I am adequate at Science courses, but this one's quite unusual. I am usually never content with "Sailing the high Cs," but I feel like I might have to settle for that this time around. I just can not, for the life of me, link reasoning methods with particular experiments that have happened throughout the ages and adequately explain my own thought processes behind these on paper.
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