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61  Media / General Games / Re: Games so good you got sad when it was over on: February 16, 2016, 10:42:03 PM
Suikoden 1 and 2 come to mind. Though the endings was pretty satisfying.

These were my first picks as well, along with Suiko 3. Poor
62  Media / General Games / Re: Our Favorite Horror Games on: February 16, 2016, 10:20:24 PM
It wasn't universally liked, but I was a fan of a game called Shadow of Destiny (Shadow of Memories in Japan).  In it, you travel through time trying to prevent your own murder and find out who keeps trying to kill you.

The graphics are bland for a PS2 game.

The soundtrack is generally terribly and sounds like it's trying to ape the worst part of the "More" soundtrack by Pink Floyd


And the voice acting is weak.


The concept is really cool and the game as a whole is way better than the sum of its parts. It's definitely worth a play through once. It's not very long and is pretty cheap, especially on PSP.

Has anyone played any of the Fatal Frame games? I noticed no one has mentioned them (I've never played any of them myself, but want to). They have a reputation for being pretty danged spooky. Some would say among the best of the genre.

They're creepy as hell. I had to turn the lights on while playing the first one which I never have to do, even for Silent Hill. The best version of Fatal Frame 2 is on the OG Xbox, if you can find it.

Eternal Darkness isn't scary in the way that Fatal Frame is, but it creates a great atmosphere, the voice acting really, really adds to the game and the sanity effects are really cool. I would consider it a must play if you're a horror fan.

Kuon is okay, but not worth $80. Had no idea it was worth that much. Rule of Rose, on the other hand, is worth the price. Even with the gimpy gameplay, I really enjoyed it.

One I haven't seen mentioned yet is Cursed Mountain. It's a Wii game, so the graphics aren't HD etc. but the atmosphere is amazing. It's more like Eternal Darkness in that's it's creepy and not scary. It's slower paced and not really action based, i.e. it's more Silent Hill than Resident Evil 2. However, it's insanely cheap.

Oh, and if you like Dead Space, get Dead Space Extraction. It's a surprisingly fun horror FPS for the Wii.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: February 04, 2016, 05:37:05 AM
All I hope is that this game is good. I really want it to be good after SO4.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 04, 2016, 05:33:09 AM

I never got that "Nintendo playing the parent deciding what's right for it's kid's eyes".  They been doing this for decades now, so I'm surprised people are surprised. 

The problem is it's only been since the rise of the internet that people have known what exactly was changed in the old games. (Except Mortal Kombat and people were complaining about that back then).

It wasn't nearly as bad during the GC/Wii era but Nintendo seems to be backsliding into the 80s between cutting content and region locking.

It's especially dicey (no pun intended) when you start cutting content in RPGs because people are going to start feeling like they are missing story content, even if it's just character interactions.

65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 03, 2016, 06:52:46 PM
Instead of talking about the petting mini game (which I think is stupid but shouldn't be removed - I don't like Japan treating the Western audience as babies that are too sensitive to handle anything without freaking out), I wish people would talk about how you're being forced to buy three versions of the game to get the full story. Talk about bilking the fanbase.

Shower thought - Whomever said that it's a localiser's job to take out content for different audiences is 100% dead wrong. A localiser's job is to localise the content for a specific audience and give context when necessary. Not to be the moral arbiter of what should and shouldn't go in a game. If a localiser is offended by content in a game they're working on, they should give that content, or that game, to someone else who isn't as easily offended.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grand Kingdom announced for the West on: January 17, 2016, 07:15:37 AM
I can't wait for this to get canceled in a couple of months.

It won't. XSeed's not doing it this time, so they can't botch it and blame someone else like with the PSP game.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Grand Kingdom announced for the West on: January 15, 2016, 11:40:32 PM

68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 03:35:54 PM
Don't use logic with Lard, apparently it invalidates his reasons.

Wow, someone's got their panties in a twist over this game. A game that Squeenix has royally bungled at this point.

And Rob - do you honestly think Square isn't going to charge full price for this, especially since they're splitting it up as well?
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 02:27:09 PM
 We remember that feeling of awe when we first experienced FF7 almost 20 years ago.  And I would love to see a new generation of gamers feel that same awe.  But in order to do that, it needs to evolve like a pokemon.  And I think about the example of Metroid Prime.  That game completely redefined Metroid and it was really good.  

But it also wasn't a remake of an existing game.

The problem with FF7 is that everyone is still stuck in this mentality of last gen where Japan has to appeal to western gamers.

And how did that turn out for the genre? It turned out shit.

I don't want to play FF 7 Drake's Fortune. I don't want to play FF 7 Skyrim. I don't want to play FF 7 Ghost Babel. I don't want to play FF 7 Lost Planet.

It's this mentality of trying to please everyone, which you're never going to do, instead of saying "Hey this was awesome back then, and it's still awesome now".

All they had to do was give us a decent translation, a choice of remixed or old soundtracks, some good voice acting and I think the majority of people would have been happy. People weren't asking for very much and Square still managed to fuck it up.

And as an aside, given that it will probably 3 discs, and amazon.ca has the first disc listed at $80 (closer to $90 with tax in Canada), there is *no fucking way* I am paying $270 for FF7. That is downright laughable.
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 04:20:53 AM
You not accepting valid reasons doesn't making them invalid.

You're just ready to make excuses for every stupid decision done by Square about the game.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 12:52:27 AM
I've had bowel movements with more development time than FFVII at this point.


Given that the first disc is already done, I highly doubt that.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 11:16:58 PM

I dunno man I think i'd recognize Cloud's stupidly spikey head even if Picasso painted it.

Fair enough - amended

And if they're going to make the game's story/mechanics so different as to be unrecognisable, what's the point?

I mean, given what disnazi is like with Star Wars, it's pretty unlikely we're going to get a character named Biggs even.

I agree a 3DS remake probably would have been better, but given Square's propensity for pomposity, that was never going to happen.

73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 11:00:25 PM
Jesus christ. Nobody is naysaying "just to be cool".

People are pissed off because instead of being an RPG, it's now an action game with RPG *elements* just like every other fucking game nowadays.

They thought they were getting the full game - now they are being charged full price for each disc, which is completely exploitative and it's exactly why Square didn't announce the game was episodic when it was revealed.

And if they're going to make the game so different as to be unrecognisable, then what the fuck is the point of remaking the game in the first place?

I'd rather just have something new than some frankenstein of a game calling itself a remake.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 07:32:45 PM
Calling you contrarian is not disrespectful.

You came on after I made a post about how the game should be turn based and literally said "I hope the game is changed a ton!"

Why? Just to be contrarian. And to start an argument.

You want people to be respectful, try leading by example.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 01, 2016, 07:05:27 PM
And you'd have a low charisma stat.
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