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2341  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 16, 2007, 04:08:13 AM
I definately think it will start out with the 360 ahead, then become a three-way tie for a while, with the Wii or PS3 pulling ahead in the long run (In terms of Eastern RPGs).

My biggest worry is that these Microsoft funded Japanese RPGs do badly worldwide, and we never see the likes of them again after 2007, and then the 360 becomes a FPS/Action box with a few Western RPGs thrown in once in a while.

As for region compatability, its a toss up. The US versions of DOA4 and Enchanted Arms for example, don't work on Japanese Xbox 360's, but the asian versions do and they have english, so you'll manage somehow I'm sure.

I'll definately pick up Enchanted Arms, I heard it comes with a Manga so that's always a nice touch. It will really take the big, high-budget jRPGs to win over the American and European market though. Good thing Microsoft promote's its products (Like they did with Gears of War) really well.
2342  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 15, 2007, 01:58:26 AM
Quote from: "Mana Knight"
Quote from: "Eusis"
It's worth noting that, from what I heard, the Enchanted Arms port blows ass on the PS3. When they're ported poorly enough, I'd say the original release hold more weight then the port. Nevertheless, Enchanted Arms is just one RPG compared to what the PS3 will probably wind up receiving.
The Enchanted Arms port reminds me of Grandia II being ported to PS2 (from DC), how it didn't turn out too great.

I'll admit, I sold my 360 version because I was interested in the extras of the PS3 version.  I'm still going to buy it on PS3 eventually, despite the Game Brink review (actually, the one who reviewed the 360 version is very easy on RPGs, while the one who reviewed the PS3 version isn't).  I'll wait and see and judge the two versions myself.


I was actually chatting with some Japanese gamers a while ago about RPGs, and they mentioned that Enchanted Arms was really bad on the PS3. It may get cleaned up a bit during localization though. Personally I haven't touched the game yet, I heard too many bad things to spend the money. I'll probably grab it once it dips below $20.

They also called Blue Dragon a hundred times better than eM, and said it was comparable to the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series.
2343  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 13, 2007, 03:07:27 PM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
Personally I'd like to have all three next-gen systems but i'm not rich so I'll have to stick it out with my 360 for the next year or so.  It really is nice to see a lot more RPG's planned for it though as the original had next to nothing. I'm really looking forward to the Mistwalker games but "Mass Effect" is the one i'm really anticipating the most. Has a realease date been nailed down for it yet? I've heard April or May but I have no idea if that's true.

It doesn't matter too much to me though as i'm still working on FFXII and Rogue Galaxy.


Mass Effect should be coming around May, it's almost finished and they're at what one of their devs called "The Final Push" to make sure the game runs well.

I still have FFXII sitting in it's box, for some reason I can't get motivated enough to play it.
2344  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 12, 2007, 04:42:29 AM
Don't worry, RPGs are far from going out of style. Worst case scenario would be that less Japanese RPGs get localized, but I think the fanbase outside of Japan is large enough to get us the good stuff.

If anything, I could imagine we just wont see as many old fashioned turn based RPGs.
2345  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 11, 2007, 01:45:34 PM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
I had typed a rather lengthy reply, before the board decided to screw me. Whatever. Alisha: Yes, the PlayStation 3 has already outsold the 360 in Japan. And while that was expected, it is still interesting, because January only saw the release of two PlayStation 3 games in Japan (NBA 07 and Enchanted Arms). With Virtua Fighter 5 being available since Thursday and seven games, among them Gundam Musou coming up in March, and Nintendo releasing the new Fire Emblem for the Wii later this month, the gap between Wii/PS3 and the Xbox 360 will only get bigger.


It's funny though, because there are around twice the amount of PS3s than 360's in Japan, but Blue Dragon has higher software sales than any single PS3 game. DOA4 is also pretty high.

I don't doubt that the 360 can't compete with Japanese machines due to gaijin-phobia, but I strongly believe it will do better than the original Xbox.
2346  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 11, 2007, 04:24:05 AM
But 100,000 was the set goal for the game in Japan. They know the system isn't doing well there, but there is a fanbase for the console. The attach percentage of Blue Dragon is quite high as well, but Japanese gamers aren't ignorant and are probably waiting for a bit more on the plate.
2347  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 11, 2007, 03:46:39 AM
That may be the case, but Sakaguchi has mentioned a few times that he really wants a worldwide release. I hope he delivers!
2348  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 11, 2007, 03:39:29 AM
Quote from: "Shooichi"
The lack of a strong RPG library is exactly why I never purchased an XBox. I'd like to see that change for the 360, because the system really appeals to me. However, it doesn't seem likely to me. The core market for this system is just different.


2007 will answer your questions. It looks really good though, TES4 Expansion, Mass Effect, Blue Dragon, and Eternal Sonata all look like guaranteed games this year! Then there's Fable 2 and Lost Odyssey which are schedueled for this year.
2349  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Eternal Sonata. on: February 11, 2007, 03:35:19 AM
You're right Rob. I looked up some videos of the game and it actually seems to be pretty far in development! The Graphics didnt WOW me, but they were a few low-res trailers. I really liked the combat system, it was almost a mix of strategy RPGs and turn based.
2350  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 11, 2007, 02:58:05 AM
The system as of now is more of a Western-Gameplay action system, but it's obvious Microsoft is funding a bunch of jRPGs (Blue Dragon, Infinite Undiscovery, Lost Odyssey). There are even a couple Japan-Only exclusives from Idea Factory, which is odd since the system barely sells there.

Sony with Level 5, Bandai-Namco and Square Enix are guaranteed to have great RPGs, but I don't think we'll see them in the sudden future. The 360 however seems to have a great number of games planned for it. If Microsoft gets sales first from people who want to play the Tri-Ace/Crescendo and Mistwalker games, I think more developers might follow.

Here's to hoping,
Thoren
2351  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Eternal Sonata. on: February 10, 2007, 05:24:12 PM
Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if the game came out early to mid 2008 in the US if it comes out in Japan at all this year.

The gameplay, from what I've heard, is sort of like Star Ocean, except with musical influences in the combat somehow and a light/dark system on the battlefield.
2352  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone have Blue Dragon Impressions? on: February 10, 2007, 03:28:49 AM
Blue Dragon's graphics is just easily dismissed by the ignorant gamers that think Bumpmapping and Bloom is all you need for graphics. It is a bit childish for a RPG by the standard these days, and that's probably the turn off. The animations are extremely fluid. I remember seeing a video of a boss battle against this giant mechanical creature, and it looked fantastic. Screenshots do not do the game justice, I think it's the first RPG to reflect what this generation's systems can do.

It's obvious that Microsoft is trying to hook the fish with this slew of Japanese RPGs they're funding themselves (Mistwalker and Tri-Ace). I've certainly taken the bait, and I hope others will do so we see a Blue Dragon Sequel some day!

Here's a screenshot that shows how nice this game can look:
http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/1018/102402gw7.jpg

Edit:

Also, I read in Gameinformer that Blue Dragon will have Dual Audio tracks! That just made my week, I hope it becomes the standards for RPGs from now on. A bad English VA cast can really ruin the game.
2353  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone have Blue Dragon Impressions? on: February 09, 2007, 07:00:04 PM
Yeah, It really isn't nothing new gameplay wise. The Story is great though, and the Graphics look like you're playing a Pixar film.
2354  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone have Blue Dragon Impressions? on: February 09, 2007, 01:19:33 PM
That's how Super Mario RPG played. You saw the monsters beforehand, and had the chance to attack them to get a preemptive strike or get attacked. The whole radius of battle thing also adds a nice extra layer of strategy to it.
2355  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone have Blue Dragon Impressions? on: February 09, 2007, 04:43:50 AM
Just think Toriyama Dragon Quest Art-Style with Next-Gen Graphics, FF5's Job system, and Super Mario RPG's random monster system. Throw in some Nobuo tunes and you have Blue Dragon.


The graphics are absolutely breathtaking, it's the first game I've seen that shows great animation and graphics without resorting to overused bumpmapping and bloom.
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