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5566  The Rest / General Discussions / Giant Nazi Robots!!! on: May 01, 2007, 12:55:31 PM

5567  The Rest / General Discussions / Storytelling in video games: Linearity versus non-linearity on: May 01, 2007, 12:30:10 PM
Damn - I'm late for this discussion. For the most part, I prefer linearity for RPGs.

I tend to think of a good RPG as a well written story with a solid beginning, middle and end.

That's why I don't really care for MMORPGs and such. It's like someone's reading over your shoulder.
5568  The Rest / General Discussions / Top 14 Guilty Pleasures for Gaming on: May 01, 2007, 12:23:20 PM
Retro games are a guilty pleasure?

Since when was something wrong with Dig Dug or Pac Man?

That's just stupid.
5569  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: May 01, 2007, 12:13:50 PM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
What I don't like is medieval settings that contain contemporary speech specifically because the creators feel it will more easilly appeal to a contemporary audience. That's simply a form of dumbing down your audience, IMO.

Lunar Silver Star. *shudder*
5570  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo buys Monolith Soft on: April 27, 2007, 05:08:39 AM
Do I smell the English version of XS 1&2 for DS? I hope so.
5571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / New Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell Trailer and scans (56k=no) on: April 27, 2007, 05:07:11 AM
Didn't play the first ones - worth tracking down?
5572  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A new Star Ocean? on: April 27, 2007, 04:46:19 AM

Hmmm - curious whether this is Star Ocean 2 on PSP/DS or a new title.
Very curious about this.
5573  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Monolith-Soft purchased by Nintendo on: April 27, 2007, 04:44:09 AM
Mixed emotions also.

It depends.

Could we finally see Xenosaga 1&2 for the DS get a NA release now?
5574  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPG based on writing quality, alone... on: April 26, 2007, 07:35:39 AM
I own Vagrant Story and I have just never been able to get into it.

I've tried about three times but that god awful dungeon where you start out just kills me everytime.

Is it really worth another chance?
5575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 Release Date announced on: April 26, 2007, 07:33:23 AM
Quote from: "Dice"
I still wanna know what its about... =(

btw, for people who persue that stuff; the Artbook and OSTs are fantastic (as well as the arrange OST)

There's an arrange CD?

I have the original OST and the Reincarnation CD - which is mostly full length versions of all the tracks with vocals.

I know there's a FES soundtrack out - but I couldn't find it when I was in Japan last week. :( Is that the arrange CD you're talking about?

As far as the news goes - I'm not very pleased. We got the "Maniacs" version of Nocturne when it was released in English - why aren't we getting Fes? I will probably hum and haw and end up buying it anyway, just to have it...considering how Atlus print runs are.
5576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: April 26, 2007, 12:43:32 AM
Sorry - I meant in the "real world" not "modern day". (IE In Europe instead of some fantasy land)
5577  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Grand Theft Auto IV trailer up. on: April 25, 2007, 09:25:08 AM
Planes are out - but helicopters are in. We can still fly.
5578  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Best RPGs based on story alone? on: April 25, 2007, 09:21:20 AM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
And one thing that I certainly overlooked and probably was pointed out by others and only got a cursory glance is what people value most in a story.  

Is it a series of epic world spanning events that makes a story compelling to you?  Is it a tightly knit tale of highly developed/well written characters that makes a story compelling to you?  Is it the quality of the writing that makes a story compelling to you?

Very good points. I like an RPG that tries to do something different.

The first Shadow Hearts had an interesting story and is the only game I can think of besides SMT Nocturne that's set in the present day.

I like the Xenosaga series for its epic scifi "big concept" story.

I liked FFX because it felt like they genuinely felt like they tried to do something different from past FF games - and I thought the characters were compelling and interesting.

I like Suikoden (the series) because it's well written with interesting plots and generally good characterisation.

I liked Legend of Mana and Tsugunai because they took the RPG formula and gave it a twist - like a short story anthology rather than a full length novel, as most RPGs are.

There's good things about lots of RPGs - just have to look for them.
5579  Media / Single-Player RPGs / suikoden V does it get better? on: April 25, 2007, 09:11:54 AM
DQ 8 didn't suck.

But it was very generic - and the plot was almost as bland as a Tales game.

Suiko 5 at least had a semi interesting plot.

The load times did suck though.
5580  Media / Single-Player RPGs / suikoden V does it get better? on: April 23, 2007, 07:26:38 AM
Well, the Sindar have been talked about since the very first game, and we *still* know bugger all about them. I thought they were going to throw us a bone in Suiko V....but nada. That was a bit frustrating.

SuikoV, overall, is a pretty good game.

I like the graphical style - but the camera is absolutely horrendous. I felt like I was playing the original Diablo half the time.

The battle system is pretty much similar to how it's always been, so either you like it or you don't. I don't understand why people are complaining about it. Suiko 3's battle system was much worse.

Suiko V is a funny beast because there are lots of things in there for longtime fans. I felt a bit like they were relying too much on nostalgia for the game.

Yes, the game starts off slow. Painfully slow. It does get better, IMO. I say stick it out.
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