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2311  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: May 04, 2007, 05:54:00 PM
Not the 1up Show had a piece on Eternal Sonata. Shane said it looked like an Xbox 1 game while another guy said it was beautiful. Also there's a few musical minigames and they require you to be able to read musical notes, so start researching.

The Voice Acting is honestly poor. I'll probably enjoy the game, but I'm going to feel a bit ripped off for $60 with that kind of crappy localization. There's no talk about Japanese voices being included yet, but with Namco-Bandai's history, I sincerely doubt they will be.

WMV: http://zdmedia.vo.llnwd.net/o1/1UP/notthe1upshow_09_640x360.zip
stream: mms://zdmedia.wmod.llnwd.net/a111/o1/1UP/notthe1upshow_09_320x180.wmv
QT (Low): http://zdmedia.vo.llnwd.net/o1/1UP/notthe1upshow_09_320x180.zip
2312  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: May 03, 2007, 10:13:05 PM
Thanks Dorkus.

I hope the small jRPG fanbase on the 360 doesn't turn their heads to this game!
2313  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IX battle system revealed on: May 02, 2007, 12:19:19 PM
Aw, Square-Enix succumbs to their fans way too often these days. I was hoping for something really unique!

So does this mean there's no more multiplayer?
2314  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A new Star Ocean? on: May 01, 2007, 09:25:39 PM
I thought Tri-Ace was already busy with a big game. Can they handle two projects at once?

I wonder what console it will be on, hopefully not a Sony Platform (Only because I don't own one yet, :D)
2315  Media / Single-Player RPGs / what kinds of character design appeal to you? on: April 30, 2007, 08:24:32 PM
I dont have a favourite type of character design, I really like to be surprised by the character and the thoughts and creativity of whoever designs them, and how they evolve through the story.
2316  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo buys Monolith Soft on: April 29, 2007, 12:17:54 AM
Monolith is already making a game for Nintendo, it's called Disaster Day of Crisis, where you are a guy running around saving people under different circumstances
2317  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: April 28, 2007, 11:33:48 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"

If it helps about getting an X360, this game's coming to PS3 too. If you were planning on getting that and didn't have sufficent interest in Blue Dragon/Lost Odyssey/Mass Effect/whatever else, then don't worry about it.

The game is currently a 360-only title, but that may change in the future, who knows, it may be a timed exclusive like Virtua Fighter 5, RE4, etc.

Alot of people suspect it's an exclusive bought by Microsoft though to help the 360 get RPG gamers to buy it as well as Japanese gamers, since they're packaging the game with 360's as a special bundle in Japan. The rumor that it's coming to the PS3 was from ESRB putting the game up as T for Teen and listing it under both consoles. If you check the site however you will notice that they took the listing down.
2318  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: April 26, 2007, 02:56:36 PM
I don't know if this counts as an RPG, but Dreamfall: The Longest Journey had excellent writing and story.
2319  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: April 26, 2007, 02:53:34 PM
Streaming: mms://wms51.aii.co.jp/famitsu/wavetv/news/070427_trustybell_revo.wmv

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0-PK6l6ohk

Bonus! Eternal Sonata Battle Music!

2320  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy 3 has all the charm that so many RPGs miss on: April 16, 2007, 02:41:10 PM
I agree completely that RPGs shouldnt have a factor of challenge. What the hell, why even have combat in an RPG at all? We can just bake cakes with the bosses instead. And god forbid you don't like what you see after a few minutes of gameplay. It must be that artificial challenge kicking in again! Damn you Sakaguchi, why must you make your games one big blatant lie! Don't you know RPGs are about convenient save-spots and battles where items are completely unnecessary?

I mean, RPGs arent even about the gameplay, and Squeenix has to let those 12 year olds play video games too! And if anyone DARES disagree with my Opin.. no, factual statements, they MUST have their head up their ass.

RPGs are about being interactive movies and books with visuals! I love when I can get attached to the emotional, prettyboy main character! Hes such a sweetie, this is really how someone should appreciate video games!
2321  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy 3 has all the charm that so many RPGs miss on: April 15, 2007, 10:23:42 PM
Quote from: "The Darkrider"
If by "charm" you mean "outdated game mechanics that would have been doomed to oblivion years ago were it not for the tendency of older gamers to look back on the games of yore through rose-colored glasses and lament the long-gone days of monotonous level grinding to artificially inflate playing time through sheer repetition", then I guess it has charm out the fucking ass.

I'm not calling the game superior to modern RPGs, but complimenting it's game play structure and basic design. This is also the first time I've played an RPG pre-SNES, so it's easy to reflect on the changes.

And they were obviously doing something right back then, since Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger are so unquestionably praised by the more serious jRPG gaming community.
2322  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: April 15, 2007, 06:34:59 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
Video-games are still pretty niche in the U.S., at least, beyond First-Person Shooters and other games like that, and for the most part, English VA talent for video-games is taken right off the street, or from whoever answers a classifieds ad.

Knock this shit off guys. Most of the RPGs we play anymore (and quite a few non-RPGs like Ace Combat 5) have VA handled by the same VA studios most anime use. Whether they're better or not you can argue about over and over, but they're not lacking experience, and I think most of them do a pretty good job. And don't disregard the Voice Director's role in this: Farleen's voice is an abomination, but the voice work for the Tachikomas in GitS:SAC isn't. Both are handled by the same actress.

Admittedly, the anime VA studio thing I mentioned brings along a new problem: You hear the same people in practically every game. I'm convinced that in half the PS2 games I own, Crispin Freeman voiced a character or two in them.

Aha, but I find most of the English Dubbing in anime quite poor, at least when compared to their Japanese counterparts. Late last-gen it has caught up to anime standards with games like FF12, but they still have a long way to go. Just look at games like Metal Gear Solid, that sounds fantastic in English. I would like Japanese RPGs to reach this kind of caliber instead of being done by the "Anime Dubbing studios". They should be done by the "Video game Voice-acting studios" instead.
2323  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy 3 has all the charm that so many RPGs miss on: April 15, 2007, 10:05:34 AM
Quote from: "Alisha"
thanks i think i'll stay away from ff3 now. what you described is what i like to call artificial difficulty. developers instead need to come up with innovate ways to make games challanging instead of cheap tricks.

Making the dungeon and it's boss a single entity is artificial difficulty and cheap tricks? I can't even think up a competent reply to this person. I guess NES games were nothing but artificial difficulty, eh?

It's not even that the game is overly frustrating either, it just requires a bit of planning ahead and uncomplex strategy.

Oh well, don't you worry, I'm sure they'll make games even easier for you this gen.
2324  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy 3 has all the charm that so many RPGs miss on: April 14, 2007, 11:40:13 PM
I recently bought a Nintendo DS and I've been playing this classic, and by all means I feel like this is the definition of what the basic structure for what Final Fantasy's and many similar styled RPGs should be. It's like a fresh splash of water playing a game like this again.

The Fundamentals of the game just feel more solid than FF12 (Which I'm also playing, 30 hours in). You go into a dungeon, the monsters whittle away your mana and supplies, you collect levels and rewarding loot, then challenge the boss. There's no petty save points before the boss that regenerates all your health. I actually just died to a boss after spending 30 minutes fighting my way to it, and I didn't feel upset at all. I was used to the newer RPGs that hold your hand throughout the experience, and I went into the dungeon ill prepared.

What exactly is the purpose of having cure-all save points that not only replenish your Health and Mana, but completely cure all status ailments? I'm being babysat while playing FF12, and the character development is being fed to me through a straw. I've probably found out the same back story as Refia in a few hours as much as I've found out of Balthier's after 30.

Ah, how I've missed these games. One could easily say that the popularity of gaming as a whole is the reason games have become easier in general. I'm glad developers will be getting chances to remedy this via optional modes as we've seen already in Blue Dragon, but it still feels as if the structures of RPGs that define the challenge of the game have been killed entirely.

Just a bit of ranting,
2325  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: April 10, 2007, 04:47:36 PM

Here's a video I uploaded quite a while ago, It's the trailer for the Japanese version of FFXII with English subtitles.

The Dubbing in English isnt that bad actually, but the few noteworthy "downgrades" are:

Parts with alot of anger and passion are usually dumbed down in the English versions. Watch for when Ashe and Vaan both do their little yelling bits, it was so poor in English. Also, Vossler sounds so much more serious in Japanese.

Of course the small line with Fran only expresses why I loathe her English voice so much.

Ah, if I could only play it subtitled..  I'm 20 hours in and cant find motivation to keep going.
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