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2311  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A New FF game to be announced...? on: March 30, 2007, 06:46:12 PM
I don't want a remake at all, I say leave the games as they are, classic RPGs.

I just wish Square Enix didn't have such a fear of making a normal turn based game. I would have been completely blown away if Crisis Core had the same Materia turn-based gameplay of FF7, but just a prequel. A true prequel, I suppose. Instead we're getting this Action-RPG Kingdom Hearts-esque drabble.. bah. Even Dragon Quest has gone down the path of action RPG.
2312  Media / Single-Player RPGs / First pictures of Final Fantasy Tactics A2. on: March 30, 2007, 01:04:39 AM
That is possibly the queerest looking folk I have ever seen in a video game.
2313  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 28, 2007, 11:15:10 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
On the Fran issue: It may just be that you have expectations you need to put aside to get a more objective opinion of her voice. I found it rather attractive in its own way. Was it sultry? No. But for me it added a bit of an exotic touch, which is what Fran's all about. It's as though she's speaking English well enough, but like some first generationeers, there's still a hint of accent. I found that pretty cool.

I probably did have expectations from watching the old as hell FF12 trailer before the game even came out, and when I actually saw Fran I thought "Whoa, she's hot". Her voice was great, she was kicking somebody over, who knows. But she looked and sounded awesome. Seeing how much a character can be changed just by localization, just the character's personality, was like Square Enix splashing a glass of ice cold water in my face.

An example of keeping the characters true to their original counterparts is the anime Full Metal Alchemist. I've watched it in both Japanese and English, and it's like they tried to improve upon the original characters while keeping their emotions and personality in-tact completely. It's like the VAs heard the Japanese versions ahead of time, and tried to match the characters with their own voices for the dub.

My friend promised me that I'd learn to love Fran's voice, but I could not accept that. It's like hearing a big, burly muscular man in a lumberjack outfit with a big axe over his shoulder approach you in the woods, then sounding like 10 year old girl when he speaks. That's exaggerating, but you catch my drift.
2314  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 27, 2007, 09:36:13 PM
It's just like watching a foreign film with subtitles. I just prefer the content in it's original form I guess. Just the whole dubbing and twisting the dialogue to match their lips thing, plus most RPG voice acting that gets localized is done by people reading scripts, and not people reading their lines with each other in a studio.
2315  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Can* English Voice Acting ruins Characters in RPGs? on: March 27, 2007, 06:54:27 PM
So, I've finally forced myself to play past the very beggining of FFXII, and I've gotten to the part where you meet Fran for the first time. My jaw dropped when she spoke, she sounded just whiny and horrible. Every time she talks I cringe. Perhaps it wouldnt have been as bad if I didnt watch the Japanese trailer for the game ages ago, where it had Fran speaking in a deep, sultry voice, one that more suited her looks. Then I hear her in the English dub and she sounds like.. well.. just bad. Just... bad.

The British accents were a bit odd but fitting, I figured the Arcadians had them since most of the Dalmascans sound more American, but then I heard Fran and my heart just sank a bit. I just couldnt take the game seriously so I saved and turned it off.

I am nitpicky but these things are kind of important to me, since Japanese RPGs lean so heavily on characters and plot. I'm not a Japanophile either, since the last game I played, Baten Kaitos, had bad voice acting quality, yet the voices fit the characters so well it wasn't so noticable. But this is just too far.

I thank my lucky starts that Blue Dragon will have Japanese Voice acting included. I also hope Dragon Quest 8 is a bit easier on the ears, I might start playing that instead of FF12. :(
2316  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is it just me or is SoA putting more effort into localizing? on: March 27, 2007, 06:18:27 AM
Haha, I thought the Japanese version was better because the US song reminded me of those cheesy TV shows like Baywatch that had similar music.

And yeah, I don't touch these Shining Force games, not because they're good or bad, but I just gravitate away from them since i was such a fan of the SRPGs. They basically took a few monsters and creatures from the SF world and slapped the name Shining Force on there.

I still have to beat Shining Force Gaiden too..
2317  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Will you be buying a PS3 for the Level5 and S-E games? on: March 24, 2007, 06:34:05 PM
Alisha: I still find it funny that you bought it for VF5 which is a multiplatform game. I realize that the future lineups may be appealing but I still think waiting is a better choice.

Kos-mos: You say you prefer more story-centric games and not FPSes, but the only two real killer apps Sony has put out for the PS3 is a FPS and a Racing game. It just makes you seem like a bit of a hypocrit.

And its ridiculous that you call every game you dislike in a genre a bad game. There's a difference between personal taste and a bad game. That's like some meatheaded FPS gamer saying that all Japanese RPGs are horrible because you sit there an attack or navigate menus.
2318  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Will you be buying a PS3 for the Level5 and S-E games? on: March 23, 2007, 09:42:34 PM
Please, saying Halo is a hardly decent game is a ridiculous statement for any credible gamer to make. It made health regeneration the standard in shooters and set the bar for online play with console games. You have to at least give the game respect for that.

And I wouldnt say that the PS3 has a couple less RPGs than the 360, It's more like "Quite a Few" less, unless you only count Japanese RPGs. You still bought the system on hype and expectations of games you know little about, and while I wont crucify you for that any further I will wish you luck in the console's future, which will be rocky at best compared to Sony's previous two consoles.
2319  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: March 23, 2007, 08:04:58 PM
I finally beat Baten Kaitos, and holy sweet jesus at the plot twists in that game. I dont think anything will ever top them, ever.
2320  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A New FF game to be announced...? on: March 23, 2007, 08:04:21 PM
My money is on a FF13 based MMO, although I'd prefer a single player RPG much more.
2321  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Will you be buying a PS3 for the Level5 and S-E games? on: March 23, 2007, 08:03:25 PM
Quote from: "Kos-mos"
Restricting myself to only listing games I thought of when I bought my PS3  (and not newly announced titles or hopefully inevitable titles that haven't even been fully rumored yet, like a new Suikoden/SMT or Zone of the Enders 3 or a next-gen Wild Arms), I already got one for FFXIII, VS XIII and Level 5's White Knight Story as far as early RPGs go.  Plus MGS4, the new Naughty Dog title, Heavenly Sword, whatever the ICO/Colossus team puts out, and the now multiconsole DMC4 (I'll keep my obvious feelings about that out of here since it doesn't belong since it's not an RPG) and the already multiconsole Assassin's Creed.

Other than perhaps Blue Dragon and to a lesser extent Eternal Sonata (I'd totally buy it but it's not a system seller for me) there is absolutely nothing that I can't live without on the 360 (I find the drab too-realistic  look of Lost Oddysey exactly what I don't like about many 360 titles and many games in general and I hate FPS games) and I don't play the types of games the Wii is offering (other than Zelda:TP which I have for GC).

That's already a 9:3/9:4 and 9:0 ratio off the top of my head, more than enough to justify spending extra on what I really want at any of these prices.

Ah, someone finally stands at the PS3's side and gives their opinion. That's good, buy why did you buy the console now if those games aren't even out yet? FF13 and WKS wont even be out until 2008, and FFV13 much later. It just seems silly to buy a console on the pure hype of games coming out, or the hype of games that have barely been rumored of.

I'll disagree with you about Lost Odyssey, I think that we havent had a dark and immersive jRPG for a long time, and the setting reminds me personally alot of FF7 and FF8. There's also Infinite Undiscovery coming out 2008 by Tri-Ace for the Xbox 360 along with another Mistwalker game, so I think the console has quite the RPG head start on the PS3.

While you do have a good selection of games that may suit your preference better, I think you're overlooking many of the 360's titles by saying all of them look drab and realistic. I still dont think it's wise to spend $600+ on a console purely on what you think may come out, just my two cents. You get more benefit from waiting for those games that you want and save alot of money in the process. It's also kind of funny that you dislike Drab, realistic, FPS games, but that is the console's only real killer app right now.
2322  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Will you be buying a PS3 for the Level5 and S-E games? on: March 23, 2007, 02:40:59 PM
Of course there's games like Heavenly Sword and MGS4 for the PS3, so it's not like you'd only be getting RPGs, but I guessed since this is RPGfan those are the kind of games that would sell a system to somebody.

Still, $600 is just a staggering price for me personally. I just think about it and any desire to buy a product is killed. $400 was even too much for an Xbox for me, but luckily there's alot of price drops and sales for the system nowadays online.

But you never know, if Square Enix does deliver on FF13 and it has FMV-Quality graphics and the combat is like the movie Advent Children, it may turn more than a few heads. I still kind of wish they would go back to the old formula though.
2323  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Will you be buying a PS3 for the Level5 and S-E games? on: March 23, 2007, 04:44:19 AM
All of the games seem to be the more odd end out jRPG than the more traditional Mistwalker games. Personally I prefer the old fashioned turn based stuff, and I honestly can't afford to support more than one console, so I'm just going to stick with the one I own right now, unless FF13 turns out to be spectacular, which I'm hoping (I haven't been too impressed with Final Fantasy lately)
2324  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Q&A: Mistwalker's Hironobu Sakaguchi on: March 17, 2007, 03:20:56 AM
I liked how he mentioned Final Fantasy should go multiplatform since the White Engine is open platform, and that he would gladly crush them competitively :P
2325  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Eternal Sonata. on: March 16, 2007, 07:18:43 PM
Here's a bunch of really high-res images of the English build:
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