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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 info! on: March 24, 2008, 06:18:15 AM
As long as Atlus can execute on the atmosphere that a game like P4 requires than P3 might have an usurper to the throne on my list.

Although the majority oppinion so far is positive but I've read some that seem to view the fact that P4 doesn't seem to differ to much from P3 as something negative. I'm certainly a bit biased since I loved P3 but I can certainly understand the mixed feelings of not changing the formula at all. But somehow that just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. So what if there hasn't been a lot of changes to the formula? Does anybody actually believe that the game will be less enjoyable just because it resembles a previous title, especially when most did enjoy said title? I understand the argument, I just don't get it.

One detail that I liked though is the prominent color that seems to be in the Persona games now. P3's was blue and P4's seems to be yellow. I now that with the hardware limitations of the PS they couldn't pull of the level of style the later games have but for those who know did Persona 1 or 2 feature a prominent color in the same fashion somehow?
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / favorite hero and boss from any game on: January 08, 2008, 11:40:12 AM
I must say that when truly understanding the entirety of Giygas character he has risen quite high on my list of antagonists. It is just a theory, but it is fascinating and a bit chilling.

"Shigesatso Itoi stated that his inspiration for Giygas' speech came from a traumatic childhood experience where he mistakenly walked into an adult movie theater and caught a glimpse of a rape scene in the 1957 movie Kenpei and the Dismembered Beauty."

Which could explain why it is so disturbing.

In any case, I find it hard to choose a protagonist that I like, seeming as most that have a personality, i.e aren't mutes, are the kind that I have a hard time connecting with. I always have a easier time connecting with antagonists than protagonists as long as the antagonist simply a deranged madman.

Well, Manny Calavera is easily one of the best protagonists I've ever encountered so I think I'll give him the title. Yes, I stand by that decision 100%. Phoenix Wright gets an honorary mention as well.

When it comes to antagonists, I have a hard time choosing. The first that springs to mind is of course Kefka, even though I believe that there are better choices in terms of character, because I simply adore his madness and general distance to everything. Like everything is merely a joke to him and he is the final punchline.

I'll also mention Lezard Valeth in VP2. Not only was he a very enjoyable antagonist but he was brilliantly delivered by Liam O'Brien. He still holds the title of Best Manic Laughter.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Games of the Year on: December 25, 2007, 06:23:34 AM
I'd like to agree that 2007 was a good year, but I always have such a hard time remembering what came out during the past months. So I'll just see what I can remember playing. Obviously P3 gets the nomination of GOTY from me, but I did play a lot of other worthy titles. Odin Sphere was really good, even though it had it's share of flaws.

For the five or so hours I played Odin Sphere, I can't remember a single song.

One song that I certainly found soothing was the theme for Pooka Village but I doubt that you've been there yet if you only played for 5 hours. Anyway, Bioshock was a great game though it was too easy and forgiving. Mario Galaxy restored my faith in the plump little plumber as it was simply a lot of fun to play. Uhhhh...

It feels like I'm missing something here. Oh well, in any case, P3 is my pick for GOTY, followed by Odin Sphere, Bioshock and Mario Galaxy in no particular order.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone played Baroque before? on: December 13, 2007, 05:17:51 AM

After watching the trailer for the port, I have to say that it certainly LOOKS interesting, but I'm worried about the game play, as it seems a bit slow. Can anybody how played any of the original games on Saturn or PS shed any light on how it plays?
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 09, 2007, 05:53:11 AM
+ Fantastic voice acting, arguably the best there is
+ Original setting and storyline
+ Memorable characters

- Controls are a little clunky compared to the traditional point and click interface
- One or two annoying puzzles (the pumps spring to mind)
- Um.. (struggling here, it's difficult to find anything negative to say about this game) it's the last truly great LucasArts adventure game, it's a bad thing that they haven't released anything to this standard since

Well done. I tried doing Grim but I just couldn't think of anything negative to say about it.

Final Fantasy IX

+ An overall beautiful art style.
+ The first FF since VI to really capture the spirit of Final Fantasy.
+ It's simply a lot of fun to play(couldn't find a better way of putting it).

- Way to easy.
- The Trance system was very inconvenient.
Snubbing Kuja as the final boss in favor of the standard evil entity.

Spin the wheel, what shall it be; We'll go with a recent title, namely Soul Nomad.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 29, 2007, 04:21:37 AM
What's the point in specifying what games you can and cannot critique? What's the problem with just talking about the games that we actually want to?

I'm probably the person to answer that question. As this thread was meant to enjoy the luxury of objectivity I designed it the way I did so that there wouldn't be any bias choices. For example, Bernhardt choose to ignore the setup of the game and picked a game of his own to make points on. By doing so you already have an axe to grind so to speak. And I know this because I've seen Bernhardt argue Suikoden IV's pros and cons before in other threads. I'm not out to attack you Bernhardt so don't take this the wrong way. When you posted at first, you caught some heat from the others but I decided to keep quiet because I wanted to see how this thread would play itself out. When I first made it, I decided to keep close tabs on it so that I can see how long it could keep going without hitting a snag and I wasn't supposed to interfere more than was needed. But I feel that I need to steer things up now before this turns into a inferno.

Anyway, the reason you're not supposed to choose you own game is that once you actively make a choice on which game to choose, you more than likely already have a reason for doing so, maybe you feel the game gets a bad rep or the likes, and I wanted the system to work so that the next poster would go; "Oh, <insert game here> I hate that game! Is there really anything good about it?" or the other way around.

Well that's enough of that. Bernhardt, I would appreciate it if you would stop choosing your own games to evaluate and adhere to the rules that I set at the beginning. So everyone, let's stop bickering and continue this little game.

Edit: Discarded the new choice as Shining Force II was finally evaluated.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 27, 2007, 12:59:45 PM
After reading a couple of the posts in the thread about overrated and underrated games, I can't really understand why people would dive head first into a battle which is simply waiting to happen, one which nobody could ever win. It's basically an exercise in who can outshout the person standing on the other shore of the ocean known as an opinion. Which is inevitable to be sure, but as I am curious to a fault, I wanted to set up a interesting practice of objectivity.

It's simple. I'll start of be naming a game that I didn't enjoy too much, in this case Final Fantasy XII. Then I will bite my tongue and think for a moment, and form 3 positive points and 3 negative points about said game. I will then name another RPG, which the next person will form 3 positive points and 3 negative points on, after which he/she will state another RPG and so on. As this is a practice in objectivity I would appreciate if we could do it without having to endure statements without any fair meaning or which are designed only for provocation.

I'll start things off.

Final Fantasy XII
+ The elimination of random encounters.
+ Entertaining side quests.
+ Very good voice acting.

- The Gambit system makes combat more hands-off.
- Not a very engaging plot, partly due to characters somewhat lacking in personality.
- Dull environments.

Then I'll choose the next title. As such, I'll choose a title close to my heart, namely Legend of Legaia.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: October 24, 2007, 05:27:58 AM
Even though I consider myself quite rich in vocabulary, I find it hard to express the crushing sense of joy, glee and anticipation that is currently surging through every fiber of my body.

I can only say, YES! THANK YOU ATLUS!
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: October 22, 2007, 05:18:50 PM
I don't know if I could survive FES. I've already spent 180 hours on Persona 3, and I can still see myself playing it again on a THIRD run through right now only a day after finishing it. It's simply fantastic. Easily my favorite game on the PS2, and in the top five of best ever.

God, I hope that Atlus does an equally impressive job with Persona 4. And that FES reaches us soon.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fire Emblem DS!!!! on: October 11, 2007, 06:03:19 AM
This is great news, for the obvious reasons. I wonder, if this version does well overseas, are we going to see more remakes of the earlier games in the future?

I'm looking forward to it. With this and Advance Wars DS 2 it looks like my DS is going to be running hot with strategy game goodness.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So many games... So little time on: October 01, 2007, 02:06:25 PM
Usually I only HAVE one title to focus on at a time, but due to recent events, I have allowed myself to almost drown in a sea of unfinished games. It's the old chestnut, "playing a game until the next one I want to play drops, tries out the new game and forgets about the one I was already playing". Things are starting to get out of hand. I've always had a couple of titles that I put off playing simply because I lost interest but something about just moving forward and neglecting the games I was playing just feels wrong to me. For a while I thought I was getting rusty, as I've never had this problem in the past but the truth is that I've just been buying too many games(I never thought I would hear those words from myself).

In the past, I would usually just get one or two games a month, so I never had any problem with finishing the games that I bought. I need to return to the focus I had back in the day and stop piling games on the "not yet finished pile".

As an answer, I try to focus on one game at a time, so that I can give them all the same amount of attention. Otherwise, it feels like I'm kinda diluting the experience.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: September 29, 2007, 08:49:29 AM
I think it took me about 120 hours to finish my first run through. Don't ask me what the hell I was doing, but somehow the hours just kept adding up.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So how would you rate TGS? on: September 28, 2007, 04:40:49 AM
No More Heroes ... is another letdown. It looks like Killer 7 part II without any improvements on the graphics front. So why couldn't it be done on the Game Cube?

I agree on it disappointing me, but not on in a technical and graphical sense. I hardly care how a game looks as long as it plays good, and while No More Heroes certainly doesn't set a new standard "next generation" graphics I really like the art style. But my beef with the game is that it just seems repetitive and boring as the battle system seems to be simple button mashing/remote flinging and shallow. I'll still probably get it sooner or later, but I have lost a lot of interest already.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 26, 2007, 03:51:40 PM
I'm kinda confused. Why aren't there any kind of information for either SO2 or SO4 on the site yet? Or rather, as Losfer so eloquently put it, where are the updates? Last time I checked, TGS was OVER.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Innocence TGS trailer on: September 26, 2007, 03:41:58 PM
Quite impressive graphics, especially in the combat scenes, but something just seems kind of...off, to me. I can't say that I really like the general art style, and the characters seem kind of bland. But I should conserve judgment for a later date. But so far, I'm not really feeling it.
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