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481  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POLL: Fable 2 or Mass Effect on: April 18, 2009, 01:16:03 PM
How many hours would everyone estimate the game would be including all sides quests and DLC's?

My last save is at 40 hours but I'm normally fairly slow at getting through games.

Grim: You know you can choose other character classes, right? Playing as the default Soldier class is probably the least interesting option, there's a lot more variety to the gameplay if you choose one of the other classes, especially those that use biotics.
482  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: POLL: Fable 2 or Mass Effect on: April 18, 2009, 09:03:49 AM
That's cool. But can't you at least agree Fable II's world is a breath of fresh air for modern gaming? I mean, I played through and liked Mass Effect and all, but that type of setting, and that more realistic looking Sci-Fi/shooter style of gameplay has been extremely overplayed ever since the last generation of games/consoles.

It isn't in RPGs, in fact sci-fi RPGs are far and few between.
483  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Vandal Hearts as downloadble title only :( on: April 14, 2009, 01:07:12 PM
Personally, I really didn't Vandal Hearts 2. The dual turn system (or whatever it was called) was a terrible idea, producing some of the most drawn-out and tedious battles in any SRPG I've played. The first game was okay though, if a little generic.
484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Pie. on: April 11, 2009, 04:32:06 PM
Lemon-meringue pie is delicious

485  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Shining Force? (Sega Teaser) on: April 10, 2009, 07:01:03 PM
We aren't getting a Shining Force IV, just as we aren't getting a Phantasy Star V. However, I heard that it'll be a top-down strategy RPG, only battles are done in real-time. But I heard that from a friend, so take that at face value.

That's Shining Force Feather, which was already released in Japan. This is something else altogether.
486  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIII release date revealed!!! on: April 10, 2009, 07:46:54 AM
The Saga series and Legend of Mana too.
487  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Tales games on: April 09, 2009, 08:18:49 AM
I can honestly say I hate Inomata's designs.  An A+ for being unique... but some of them are just down right atrocious. 

I couldn't agree more with this. Example: Tales of Eternia's male protagonist wears a boob tube.
488  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Muramasa: The Demon Blade & a debate! on: April 09, 2009, 08:12:35 AM
The only thing that bothers me about RPGFan's coverage is that sometimes there's a lack of consistency. I don't have a problem with covering action/adventure games like Zelda as long as other similar games are covered too. Okami actually has more RPG elements than Zelda and follows a very similar structure but was ignored by the site.
489  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New tri-Ace RPG on: April 08, 2009, 08:08:34 AM
I just hope they hire some new writers this time around.
490  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 31, 2009, 04:33:15 PM
While there's cases where they're tolerable or even handled relatively realistically (Sue), a lot of the time it just seems that they're there to fulfill some silly quota.

A generic RPG cast has a very high chance of containing:
-hero dude
-mage/healer girl who may or may not be the chosen one
-tough guy
-ninja girl
-mysterious guy
-annoying brat

You could almost be describing Tales of Symphonia's cast with that list.
491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The RPG towns thread on: March 27, 2009, 09:18:10 PM
Athkatla in Baldur's Gate II. Almost certainly the largest city in any RPG with the most content and quests. It actually feels like a city, not the usual two shops, a few houses and an inn. I wish more RPGs would follow this model and have towns as a significant chunk of the game, rather than just somewhere to stop off at between dungeons.

Zeal in Chrono Trigger stands out too, mostly because of the fantastic music.
492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 19, 2009, 08:55:46 AM
Just watching that SO4 video reminded me of another - excessive voice acting. Is it really necessary to shout out the name of every special attack, every single time? I could do without any comments at the end of battles too. If games must have voice acting, keep it limited to dialogue only.

"My strength!"

"Whoop-ass completed!"
493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Annoyances/Pet Peeves on: March 19, 2009, 08:42:44 AM
I'm fairly sure I brought this up in another topic some time ago, but multiple endings in which the only good ending is the one that requires a walkthrough to reach. Valkyrie Profile and FFX-2 are the worse culprits.

How the hell am I supposed to know that I have press the x button repeatedly at a certain point in FFX-2? And no one playing the game normally would ever see VP's proper ending without outside help.

I don't mind some secrets but when it's a significant chunk of content I feel cheated.
494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Article - Best RPG of last generation... DQ8? on: March 18, 2009, 07:35:54 AM
I've just loaded up my copy of DQVIII. It takes about 1 second to access the menu and about 2 or 3 seconds to access the alchemy pot, and that's on an old 2002 model PS2 that I've had to repair myself at least a few times.
495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age: Origins on: March 06, 2009, 10:33:36 PM
NWN was supposed to be the spiritual successor of BG2. Heck, in the tips BG2 gives you during loadings it tells you you'll be able to export your characters to NWN. That wasn't true D:

Really? From when they first revealed NWN it was seemed pretty clear to me that it was focused on the toolset and multiplayer. I think any plan that Bioware had to import characters into NWN was shelved with Throne of Bhaal and then the move to 3rd edition D&D.
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