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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 08, 2014, 04:38:38 PM
Oh no, the friend codes are incredibly useful early on.  I'd say they're probably more useful early than they are later when you're more self-sufficient.  They give you a nice buff when your attack power is still low.

Added you.

Thanks! Don't see you though, guessing there is some sort of delay. I barely use this feature.

Well it's good to know about the buffs, it's a pretty interesting mechanic tbh.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 08, 2014, 04:03:13 PM
I was playing Sly Cooper HD collection, but I suck at 3D platformers so I went on to Bravely Default.

 For some reason I made sure that this birthday week was gonna be filled with physical collectors editions of various games. Some of them I don't even want now. Dear god the cover to the Etrian Odyssey design book. Gah.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 08, 2014, 03:57:44 PM
Yeah, to make people excited for a SRPG you would need to talk a lot about the gameplay. You need some definition in here, otherwise people are gonna wonder what exactly you're planning and in this case, what are you doing with your star child.

Hope it gets enough attention to at least make a second kickstarter. Hopefully this time with more involvement with the man himself.

So yeah, agree with the consensus around here.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance on: February 08, 2014, 03:51:44 PM
Skyrim + Mount & Blade?

Hope this does well, though my usual Kickstarter instinct is to think this is gonna be defunct in some manner. I will be keeping my eye on this one, it's pretty interesting.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: February 08, 2014, 03:48:31 PM
Friend code: 0834-2162-0306.

Just starting to play now. Best Buy managed to get my CE a day after it was released, kick ass.

I don't know how this friend thing works though, but I'm pretty sure it's not gonna be useful for a while.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western Fantasy Suggestions and Your Favorites on: January 20, 2014, 08:06:25 AM
Daggerfall's freeware now if you want to check out what I personally consider to be the worst RPG ever made.

Yeesh, I know it can be a pretty bad (and boringly difficult) Ultima Underworld clone, but worst? That's quite a title.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western Fantasy Suggestions and Your Favorites on: January 19, 2014, 10:52:52 PM
Knights of the Chalice for engaging combat. Little to no narrative.

The Ultima Underworld series is also pretty engaging, though I have to admit that may just be me. Knowledge of Ultima lore somewhat required. Oh yeah and Ultima 7 I suppose. That game was great. The remakes of 5 and 6 from the Dungeon Siege engine may also be good, I just haven't tried them yet.

GOG.com has a lot of good examples. Though admittedly most of them are dungeon crawlers. Wizardry series and the Might & Magic series are both recommended. I haven't played that many westerns but some of the more common titles I've heard include: Lands of Lore, Betrayal at Krondor, Darklands (good luck with THAT one) and Arcanum (bugged, also warning) and of course the NWN series. The NWN series best comes from it's expansions and mods. I think both had pretty terrible original campaigns. Eye of the Beholder is another good example of dungeon crawling > story. Most RPG's from the 90's were. :D

I know even less about the newer stuff though. I hate Kingdoms of Amalur for being too much like an MMO, so there's that. I would also tell you to avoid Oblivion on the console (because you have a bad PC) due to the broken leveling system. I also didn't like any of the quests that much. The world was also pretty small. Skyrim is great to play on the console, however, and Morrowind can be played on pretty much any computer. There's hardly a narrative for the ES series, so you should be fine for the most part.

+1 to whoever mentioned the Goldbox titles. Little to no story, just a bunch of D&D combat.

That's all I got.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 15, 2014, 10:10:57 PM
I'm just a bit annoyed that the Kickstarter video didn't even star the man himself. Just a few pictures.

I won't be backing though. There isn't any physical copies of the game, so I'm not missing out on anything except some trivial classes. I'll just wait until the development is finished and see where it goes from there.

I mean it's not like this thing won't get funded anyway.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What would your ultimate RPG be on: January 12, 2014, 05:44:51 AM
That's a bit difficult to answer. Mostly because I love both Action/Real-time RPG's as much as I love the Turn-based/Strategy kind.

Though I guess it would be something like this: (Wall Incoming)

Steampunk or Victorian-era setting. I was gonna say Western but Wild Arms pretty much cornered the market on that. Well, at least on Western JRPG's (I just noticed how odd that sounds). The gameplay would be a nice mix of Valkyria Chronicles and Final Fantasy Tactics. A very intricate battle system, that takes into account the area around them as well as the enemies, allies and their preceding jobs. I would pick the Valkyria Chronicles view-point with a map option, since I love the flair of it. Instead of moving from place to place on a map however, you would be moving on the land with some kind of caravan (or Airship, Steamship whatever) for all your heroes to reside in and you to plot out it's course. Instead of the whole "create-a-hero" thing, I would prefer Heroes with their own abilities that will be introduced throughout the story or through optional side-missions. The heroes will be able level, and choose between certain Jobs that can be gained from certain prerequisites- learning it in battle, conversation or through some quest. Some characters will have abilities that can affect the environment around them, such as a hunter who could catch and sell game or a explosives expert who can clear the entrance in an abandoned mine shaft. The way you use your heroes and other decisions that you may make would effect the story/ending of the game, without any "best" ending (like Ogre Battle), just a bunch of good or bad endings. The kind of heroes you can get is limited by these same decisions, so you can play through the entire game with two completely different parties with their own strategies. I would also love to have to converse your resources. It would be like Fire Emblem and Oregon Trail. You would have to keep your heroes alive in battle and outside of battle. Keeping weapons in stock, armor in check, enough food for the group, making sure those that are going to battle isn't seriously wounded etc. If they die, well it's that's it for them - and their part in the story.

The storyline would be more about accomplishing a simple task than some grandiose end-of-the-world thing. Something a lot more personal, but could blow out of proportion at times, especially with corrupt government officials or outlaws. The way one would accomplish this task would be the fun part. The story should also involve every character you recruit, so they aren't just back-drops. Your actions should also either alienate or elevate your standings with the group, while also developing your Main Character. Kind of like a Bioware game, except when you start being Paragon you can't just switch to Renegade. How he/she develops would be decided through a few selected traits, class and gender and the actions you make in-game. I would also take the Way of the Samurai route on conversation. Being able to be silent should be an option in certain cases, and in others if you don't respond in time (by talking to say, an impatient person) different things can happen. Situations where you are timed should also have an option to say something like "I'm thinking" if you're talking to someone casually but they are expecting a quick answer.

Stupidly complicated? Yes. My Ultimate Game? Yup. Will it ever get made? Not even in my dreams. This kind of thinking is Peter Molyneux level. I would just settle for just an open-world Valkyria Chronicles clone.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Warming up to a new title on: January 05, 2014, 03:00:37 AM
Yeeeeeeah, that is definitely making me feel old.  Way to totally ruin my night!  The only thing I remember about FFT PSP is having some annoying iissues with the way they changed Confirm from O (PSX) to X (PSP).  My body knew to press O, so it kept canceling commands.

On the subject of being able to play games for 10 hours straight, back when I was young, I was rather ill, so I would stay home often.  I ended up getting really devoted to FFVII during my second or third playthrough to the point where I mastered every non-Yellow Materia I had in my possession during the first visit to the Shrinra building.
Yeah.
Not exactly my highest point, but I have no idea how I even managed that type of patience.

Whoops, my apologies. I'm a tad bit young, sometimes I forget that.

Funny thing about the O and X problem. I had the exact same problem, except backwards. I mostly played PS2 RPG's when I was a kid so all I really knew was that the 'X' button was confirm, and O was cancel. Imagine my frustration when I started to play some old PSX games that I found in my basement. You get used to it though.



41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Warming up to a new title on: January 04, 2014, 07:47:44 PM
I have a few examples, the first two being Final Fantasy spin-offs for some reason.

1. Final Fantasy Tactics.

When I was about 9 or 10, I downloaded Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on my PSP. I loved the look of the graphics and the gameplay reminded me of Fire Emblem (I didn't know what SRPG's were, so I just thought it was like Fire Emblem) and when I first started it - I freaking hated it. I thought it was too slow and the plot was too dull. Apparently I was a stupid little shit.

Fast forward 2 years ago, I got War of the Lions free on PS+. I tried it again, got through the first few missions and BAM - addiction. I played through all of it whilst grinding for Ramza Dark Knight and a few builds I had in mind. After unlocking all of the side characters I bull-rushed through the intriguing story and found myself beating the game in just a few days. It was glorious. Still ranks as one my favorite Final Fantasy games.

2. Four Heroes of Light.

Yet another example of the stupidity/ignorance of my young age. For some reason, I thought FHoL was a remake of FF1. Of course it wasn't, and I was disappointed. The combat had this AP system that I wasn't used to, and I outright stopped playing after the first boss for about a week. I started playing again about 1 week ago and I adore it. The crowns, the gameplay it's just so sublime.

Off topic: Also loving the Bravely Default demo.

3. Persona 1.

Simply put, I didn't like the story or gameplay at first, then I got really addicted to the gameplay. Story still sucks though. Have yet to beat it, but it's near the top of the list of what I should play next.

I usually play RPG's one at a time, since I would need to remember what I was doing and what happened in the story. I do tend to make small tangents and delve into an action/arcade title.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQEX's indie usable IPs; Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox on: November 08, 2013, 05:26:28 PM
Anachronox man, just...Anachronox. Imagine: Anachronox for Vita. Anachronox HD. Anachronox 2! This game would fit so perfectly on modern consoles, at least for me. It's control, heavy focus on storyline is just a match made in heaven for consoles, or at least the Vita.

Now if any indie dev decided to make a 3rd person shooter or something from the series I will...be severely disappointed.
43  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Favorite Game Genre BESIDES RPGs on: November 02, 2013, 11:55:44 PM
Tough.

I'd say it's in a weird circus of Metroidvanias, Point and Clicks, Beat 'em Ups, Metal Slug/Contra style shooters, Doom-style shooters and 3D platformers.

Since it's bottling down to two with you people I have to say Beat 'em Ups and Doom shooters. Though 3D platformers/Metroidvanias make a close third.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Decided to give a computer RPG a try on: October 21, 2013, 02:01:03 AM
There was two things I remember from playing the gog.com version of Ultima IV.

1) Holy crap there's no big bad buy? I'm just on a pilgrimage? Cool.

2) What in Lord British's name do I do around here? Eh screw it.

I still like the series though, I just admire it far away whilst I play the Dungeon Siege remakes. Some virtues I do not have, I'm afraid.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So does anyone think the Vita will get better? on: October 14, 2013, 10:18:53 PM
I actually think the Vita is mostly fine, as is, although your attitude of it will vary based on what you want out of it. 

If you don't use PSN and download things digitally, and basically only play AAA retail bought games, yes the thing is a dud.   In other words, if your gaming appetite is basically Call of Duty, Assasins Creed, GTA, Uncharted , etc., stay away.  Don't get me wrong, there are some games experiences like this on Vita, but the release schedule is too far and in between to keep you occupied.

However, if you like the more niche side of gaming like JRPGS and indie games, are fully invested in the Sony gaming ecosystem, also own ps3 (and plan to get ps4) buy often from PSN, are a PS plus member, this thing is excellent.  You get most of the best parts of the PSP library (endless JPRGS!) cheap and available for download at a moments notice.  All of the PSOne classics are now portable on it.  PS Plus have given me a sizable library of free retail Vita games I can download anytime and play as long as im a member- I have access to many of the best retail games free through this.  Indie games shine on this hardware, as they better lend themselves to being portable, and playble in shorter bite sized sessions.  Plus my PS Plus membership got me 70% off of quite a few retail games I wanted, like Soul Sacrifice. 

On top of it all, eventually the thing will be playing your ps4 games, streamed from your home console via the internet anywhere you go that has good enough internet, AND streaming PS3 games from the Gaikai service in a year or two. 

As I said before, if you are "all in" with Sony's online offerings, Vita is great.  Its really the ultimate companion piece to owning a Sony console. 

I both disagree and agree with you. I disagree with you mostly because I've already tried out or seen most of what the PSP has to offer (playing some of them right now as a matter of fact) so the pickings are kind of slim. Not to mention the PS1 library on the Vita is pretty small, and the amount of RPG's in there is even smaller. i agree with you , however, because if you haven't yet tried what the PSN PSP library has to offer, you would have a very nice backlog to catch up to.

The PlayStation plus part is stale, imo, as I'm not much of a fighting game fan. Or a racing game fan. Or a 3rd Person Shooter fan. Gravity Rush was great, but I think they're hell bent on making sure everyone knows that. It's been free for months! Megaman is sweet though. At least I have no reason not try Virtue's Last Reward one of these days. So really, the pickings are grand if you want to amass the great mountain that is the backlog.

The indie side of things you got me there. There's a lot of good titles for those who previously didn't own them or want to support the guys again. Most of them are not really my cup of tea, but still it's a pretty good selection.

As for the streaming part, my internet sucks so that's not much of a plus (I think I accidentally made a pun) for me (I also don't usually go to places with Wi-Fi so Gaikai is pretty useless as far as I'm concerned). [/rant]

Regardless of all of that I'm still feeling optimistic about the library. As I'm gonna enjoy the small backlog of PS1 titles I missed (Front Mission 3 was on here? Woah), while waiting for the games I want to see.
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