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466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age: Origins on: May 14, 2009, 12:57:27 PM
I don't think it'll be too demanding, the developers haven't said much about system requirements on the forums other than that going from a dual core to quad cores won't make all that much difference in performance in DA, the biggest leap for processors is between single and dual cores. So by the sounds of things it won't need a brand new computer just to run. They haven't said anything about graphics cards yet though.
467  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star on: May 13, 2009, 01:48:04 PM
The extent to which Working Designs put popular culture references and inappropriate jokes in their games isn't really anywhere near as much as it's often made out to be. For the most part it's just when you're talking to townspeople who normally have very little interesting to say anyway. And they toned it down almost completely in their later games, like Arc the Lad Collection.
468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona on PS3? on: May 08, 2009, 06:33:14 PM
SMT IV, or pass.

That's all I want at this point, and it would sell me on whatever console they make it for.

A true next gen core SMT: godliness.


Hell, I'd buy a PS3 for it, even ignoring the extortionate price tag.
469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 08, 2009, 06:24:33 PM
Started S.T.A.L.K.E.R and quickly gave up after several futile fights, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so mercilessly difficult. Enemies take about twenty shots to kill and my character goes down in about three.

I still have the urge to play an FPS with some RPG elements, so I've begun a game of Deus Ex: Invisible War. Hopefully this will be much easier, or at least more forgiving early on. Deus Ex was excellent but I don't have my hopes very high for this, it seems like they took out a lot of the RPG elements.
470  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kitase: Final Fantasy XIII not a JRPG on: May 08, 2009, 10:07:15 AM
It annoys me that RPGs made in America or Europe are all lumped together into one all-encompassing 'WRPG' genre and then dismissed as all being the same. I don't like tri-Ace, but I don't assume every other game made in Japan will play similarly.  Many 'JRPG' fans would love BioWare's games because of the strong characters and stories, but for some odd reason they're lumped together with Bethesda's stuff, even though they're nothing alike. And the main complaints about Mass Effect (bland art style, dull side quests) can't be levelled at their earlier games either, just look at some screenshots of Jade Empire or try some of the side quests in Baldur's Gate II.
471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Duke Nukem Forever to become Duke Nukem Never? on: May 07, 2009, 02:11:03 PM
I have to admit I wouldn't keep funding something that's been in development since 1999.  You'd need a hell of a lot of money to pay that off.

It's worse than that, they first announced it in April 1997.
472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Duke Nukem Forever to become Duke Nukem Never? on: May 07, 2009, 09:12:06 AM
They should have done what they did with Prey and farmed it out to a developer actually capable of finishing a game.
473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Turn Based RPG, Do they no longer exist? on: May 06, 2009, 09:06:57 PM
Hardly any RPGs nowadays actually require level grinding, it hasn't been necessary in most games since the Playstation/Saturn generatiion (excluding optional bosses). Even Nocturne didn't require much grinding, and that was the most difficult turn-based RPG for years.
474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: May 05, 2009, 07:08:21 PM
Finished GTA IV with 82% complete. It's disappointing that The Lost and The Damned is a 360 exclusive, you'd think that Microsoft wouldn't be against a Windows version seeing as they seem to be pushing GFWL into every other new PC game but apparently not.

Also finally defeated Cave Story's final bosses after about 50 tries. I found that the 'final final boss' was actually easier than the first of the four.
475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 3 on: May 05, 2009, 04:55:07 PM
GFWL is a mess, it was only a couple of weeks ago that one of the updates rendered GTA IV unplayable.
476  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 3 on: May 05, 2009, 01:22:08 PM
So, Broken Steel is out and apparently it's broken on the PC. Also, it doesn't look they put much thought into the new perks, because many of them seem to be totally unbalancing. I don't see why they needed to make it easier, it's easy enough as it is once you find certain weapons and armour.


Looks like it's been pulled from Games For Windows Live now.
477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Character Relationships Thread of Epic on: May 04, 2009, 06:42:51 PM
Well, the ages of characters in JRPGs always seem to be completely off, so Auron being 30 isn't much more implausible than Balthier being 22 and Zidane 16.
478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X or XII? on: April 29, 2009, 02:27:27 PM
I like both, but FFX shades it for me because the pacing is better. I'm glad that they opened up the areas in FFXII, but there are too many huge field locations. This would be fine if there was anything interesting to find there, but for the most part there isn't.
479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 29, 2009, 12:44:26 PM
I can't kill Cave Story's final bosses. Four bosses in a row with no healing or save points is just too much for me, especially when I can barely make it past the first with an acceptable amount of health left. Great game though, I find it remarkable that everything was made by just one person, even the music (which is very good).

Still at GTA IV, the missions are getting better and better the more I play. I still think its main flaw is that you spend too much time in the early part of the game running errands, the developers should have balanced it out so that you get more interesting stuff to do at the start rather than just in the latter part.
480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: April 22, 2009, 07:01:25 PM
Many of them seem to have got in by default rather than any reflection on their actual quality, which just goes to show how poor this generation has been so far.
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