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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is brand loyalty "worth it?" on: April 19, 2015, 10:35:16 AM

Coke II: The Sequel
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Is brand loyalty "worth it?" on: April 16, 2015, 11:46:47 PM
Oh, I'm not asking if brand loyalty still exists, it obviously does. What I am asking is whether or not there would actually be a benefit to deciding to not hold yourself to it anymore. I'm sure there are more than a few objectively good games that got rejected because it deviated from standards set by its predecessors/successors. Just a crazy little idea that may or may not have any merit whatsoever; I just figured it would be worth thinking about.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Is brand loyalty "worth it?" on: April 15, 2015, 09:09:05 PM
There's no denying the fact that many of us look at series as a whole. After all, if you liked one game in a series, chances are you'll want to try more of what the series has to offer.

However, we are reaching the points where...

A. Series can diverge from their original direction
B. Thanks to the information age, we can be made aware of these changes well in advance.

With that said, what I REALLY mean to ask is, is there really any point to brand loyalty anymore?
Can it be considered disingenuous to a final product to judge it based on other entries in the same series?

What do you guys think? Do you find yourself judging a product based on its predecessors/successors or do you judge a game based on its own merits and how much you personally get out of it?
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 11, 2015, 02:01:01 PM
I miss Tales games having fantastic cel-shading.
5  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: March 31, 2015, 12:54:51 PM
Just curious, how long ago was the second segment of MOTY Part 1 recorded? I found it a bit odd that nobody mentioned the fairly recent passing of Origa when you guys were talking about her track in Ar nosurge.
6  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: I have a complaint on: February 19, 2015, 11:33:29 AM
RIP Fanfiction section
7  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: February 15, 2015, 11:53:40 AM
I know they said Star Ocean has ended, but it doesn't mean Tri-Ace can't continue something new as a 'spiritual successor', re-using (and improving) many of SO's systems. Then again, I don't even know what Tri-Ace is doing anymore aside from helping with 13-2 and LR. But, trying to bring it back to music, perhaps they could bring Sakuraba and give him more freedom than the Tales studio to actually make some awesome music (I don't hate Tales music, but it's far from his best work). Who would you like to see compose for a spiritual successor to SO? (sorry if I sound like a teacher leaving prompts - I just want to add to the conversation)

Tri-Ace were the developers of the very recent Phantasy Star Nova on the vita. They even got Sakuraba to compose. It's definitely no Star Ocean, but as far as the soundtrack is concerned, I think that'll be pretty close. Also, track down the Frontier Gate soundtrack. THAT'S pretty good.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Netflix Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series on: February 09, 2015, 09:31:52 AM
"Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience"

That sounds like one of the worst things ever.

I have a feeling that particular description is just Netflix attempting to sell the show to the Netflix viewers who DON'T know Zelda.
9  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: January 26, 2015, 10:21:46 AM
The Monster Hunter 10th Anniversary Tribute album has a ton of awesome arranges by super talented composers.

Wind of Departure by Michiko Naruke. Y'know, the Wild Arms lady!

Sparkling Blue Light ~ Zinogre/Tremble of the Sea and Land ~ Lagiacrus by Shota Kageayama. Y'know, the Pokemon dude!

Red Afterglow Running In The Darkness / Nargacuga by Hiroshi Kawaguchi. Y'know, that one old Sega guy!
10  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: January 13, 2015, 03:49:03 PM
Sadly this music is being covered up by the sounds of gameplay as I was unable to find a clip of this song on its own. But HOLY COW, low res DS synth Deep Purple guy!
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 08, 2014, 11:28:14 AM
Fighting Giacomo, Ayme, and Folon on the Goldoba was likely the worst experience of Baten Kaitos 1, and was just almost as the Holoholo Bird in my opinion. All 3 of them use different elements, so if you don't build your deck VERY precisely, it'll be hell. Also, not only is there no way to leave the Goldoba, there's no way to actually LEVEL UP on the Goldoba as you had to go to the church to level up in that game, and there was no teleporter there. What an awful mechanic.

Another awful battle for me was the battle against Gohdan in Zelda Wind Waker. I know its not quite an RPG, but it's worth mentioning. Its my own fault this guy was so tough for me though. As a kid playing that game, I had no idea you could L-target with the bow, so I did that entire battle aiming manually. Not recommended. Many tears were shed.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 07, 2014, 11:52:57 AM
That's not Shin, or were you going for a Linkle there?

Actually that'd be Rath from 7, I believe. Not that it matters. A Nomadic Trooper is a Nomadic Trooper!

I am excited for saddlepult.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Wii U Gameplay) on: December 06, 2014, 02:19:50 PM
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "Tales of" a discussion on: December 02, 2014, 11:28:53 PM
1. A. Yuri Lowell from Vesperia
I hate to be the guy just following the most well loved character by fans, but he's just SO COOL. Also the idea of playing as a vigilante and having a standard Tales protagonist (Flynn) being the foil is pretty cool too.

1. B. Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear from Abyss
I didn't initially care too much for her at first, thinking of her as just another in the list of "spoiled princess" trope characters, but as time went by, it became apparent that she is also a DAMN GOOD princess who deserves the love of her people, and the give it to her, even when her blood is brought into question.

1. C. Shirley Fennes from Legendia
BLAAAAAAAAAAAGH. Everything about her is just awful. Her personality is awful, her role in the story is awful. For further details, just check out the "Best and Worse Female RPG Characters" feature on this site from a few years back.

2. Tenebrae from Symphonia: DotNW  (Yes, he counts!)
It's a shame about that game, but Tenebrae was honestly one of THE best things about this game. A sardonic wisecracker, this cool dude is basically Jade from Abyss minus sadistic tendencies.

3. TIE! Symphonia and Abyss
Symphonia's cast coming together makes more sense to me overall, but Abyss' characters themselves felt the most compelling to me.

4. Graces F/Destiny R
Any game that doesn't use a standard TP system and instead allows for me to continuously combo in short bursts is absolutely perfect. CC is a fantastic mechanic.

5. Vesperia
The 200 man melee was SUPER fun and the cameo battles were very doable solo as opposed to Graces' absurd solo cameo battle against Veigue. Also Xillia is instantly awful because ringouts. EFF THAT.

6. Abyss
Even if there were aspects that were somewhat cliched, MAN did that game have good drama. I can indeed be bought by good drama. The characters all developed quite well too.

7. Legendia
I feel bad for this, especially considering that Sakuraba is one of my favorite composers, but Legendia's soundtrack is absolutely beautiful. Go Shiina did a brilliant job. Of the Sakuraba bunch though, my favorite music came from Destiny R.

Bonus: wHAt thE HecK IS tHAT?!
15  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki on: November 26, 2014, 06:03:59 PM
The axe gets in the way of the sights, and if you wanted to hold it so the blade was facing down you would have to turn the RIFLE UPSIDE DOWN. It is a gunaxe which cannot possibly function as EITHER OF THOSE THINGS. Nice.
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