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2341  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. :(
2342  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..
2343  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.
2344  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.
2345  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.
2346  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.
2347  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.
2348  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.
2349  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)
2350  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
2351  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:
2352  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Two Worlds on: March 09, 2007, 04:42:19 AM
I'm not sure if alot of people on this forum have love for games like Oblivion and Gothic, but Two Worlds (PC, 360) seems to look like a nice blend between the two. It's a Third Person sandbox game that originally boasted about being much less linear than Oblivion was in quests.

These type of games from german developers usually end up a little sloppy, Gothic 3 was near unplayable, but this one looks pretty good, although all the footage is of the PC build. Visually its fantastic, and they use motion capture to do most animations with the humanoid characters.

Here's a streaming video:

Official site:
2353  Media / Single-Player RPGs / 1up: GDC Liveblog on the Evolution of the RPG. on: March 07, 2007, 03:18:31 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"
seems 1up is down keeps timing out for me maybee ill try again tomarrow.

edit:scratch that it loaded now. ill ammend my post after i read it :o

edit2:ok i thought it was stupid do these guys even play their own games? they seem kinda clueless. a real life rpg would be boring because it would be hard to keep the player entertained. you cant exactly fight bullys every 10 steps.i think some of the posters here have better ideas on how to make good rpg's than these guys.

What are you talking about? They were answering a question from the crowd about "Real Life RPGs", Molyneux commented how it would be more fun to be in a fictional situation, and Sakaguchi said he had an idea about an RPG that focuses on getting back with your girlfriend. I think you read a little bit too fast.
2354  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Eternal Sonata. on: March 01, 2007, 05:12:22 PM
He is..

The main characters are Allegretto, Polka, Beat and Chopin.
2355  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Eternal Sonata. on: February 28, 2007, 06:43:27 PM
Release date for Japan is June 14th

Man this is going to be a great summer with Eternal Sonata and Blue Dragon, can't wait for the first wave of next-gen RPGs.
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