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2371  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.
2372  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.
2373  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!
2374  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.
2375  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.
2376  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
2377  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.
2378  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.
2379  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.
2380  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.
2381  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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