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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 14, 2014, 01:35:12 PM
By the way, check out the Zohar in the upper left:

http://i.imgur.com/21HMLxE.png

I don't think we'll ever see this game push the limits of copyrights like Episode III did, but if it feels more "Xeno" than Xenoblade I'm all for it. I don't think I'm alone to say that Xenoblade's story was merely "OK" in comparison to Gears and Saga. If this game can improve on that... while keeping Xenoblade's amazing exploration and depth... I'd say we've got a winner.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: February 19, 2014, 10:04:50 PM
This podcast is pretty much the reason I got a Steam account. And... it's pretty much the reason I love Dark Souls.

Not kidding at all.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: November 01, 2011, 10:31:06 PM
In case anyone missed it, here's this week's obligatory Metal Gear Solid reference. It's a bit less obvious than usual this time.

Rob: "If what’s her face Naomi Hunter voices one more character..."

4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Arc the Lad, here I come. on: August 14, 2011, 12:24:29 PM
The first Arc the Lad is kinda mediocre, but you'll still want to play it anyway. It leads directly into Arc the Lad II, which remains one of my favorite strategy RPGs ever.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dreath of Dire. on: April 12, 2011, 01:47:16 PM
Looks like I'll have to settle with naming my character "Ryu" and giving him blue hair.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 23, 2011, 07:09:57 PM
"Kenji Ito is working on the sound"

...

*massive drool*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZVrfXJGdnc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpmFXlJtOyk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcRPgmQpv6o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4EaWi_KmE8

I still think Shoji Meguro is the better all-around composer... but when it comes to battle music Kenji Ito blows everyone out of the water. One of the biggest complaints I had with Devil Survivor was that nearly all of the battle tracks got grueling after a while.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs with puzzles or subgames on: February 12, 2011, 05:36:20 PM
You will love every minute of Lufia 2 and Alundra. Wild ARMs 1-5, Valkyrie Profile 1-2, and Brave Fencer Musashi are also worth looking into.

If you can tolerate an average RPG experience, Brave Lord for the SNES has a ton of great puzzles.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Confused about Shin Megami Tensei games on: November 16, 2010, 08:30:16 PM
And I can think of only a few things pre-FF7 that were disturbing.

In US released games of course, and you'd have to be ignoring computer RPGs here I think. Factoring both in... I believe some of the older Ultimas had some grizzly scenes, and looking at console RPGs, well, once again Megami Tensei!

I think he was referring to the claim that FF itself (not including other RPG series) has been disturbing over the years. Aside from the suicide leap and the ones mentioned in FF6, I mostly disagree.

I'd add Breath of Fire II and Illusion of Gaia (slave trade, Russian "roulette" glass) to the list of slightly disturbing pre-FF7 RPGs. I think I remember Shadowrun having a graphic scene or two, but I can't be for certain.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favorite RPGs on: October 25, 2010, 12:01:10 AM
No random battles
Save anywhere
Party AI
puzzles
Zelda "tools"
jumping (!)

People forget how much Mystic Quest brought to RPGs.

My favorites:

Terranigma
Vagrant Story
Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter
SMT: Nocturne
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Lunar 2
SaGa Frontier 2

Least favorite:

Deadly Towers
Hydlide
Secret of the Stars
Deep Labyrinth
Orphen
10  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Langrisser Revival? on: September 23, 2010, 11:44:40 PM
We have gameplay, folks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM52afrGGBU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKpJTdLAn6g
11  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Langrisser Revival? on: September 20, 2010, 06:53:58 PM
Langrisser, one of the oldest tactical RPG franchises, is making its revival as an MMORPG. The series debuted in 1991, which was only a year after the first Fire Emblem. While the U.S has only received the first title in the series (known as Warsong for the Genesis) Langrisser remains one of the most renowned SRPG franchises to date.

http://www.siliconera.com/2010/09/20/langrisser-lives-on-with-langrisser-schwarz/

Do want.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: August 11, 2010, 12:06:51 PM
Quote from: Siliconera
The 3rd Birthday, however, is not a role playing game. Square Enix made a straight third person shooter with a body snatching system.

I had originally heard this wasn't going to be an RPG... but the "EXP + 100" when defeating enemies suggests some sort of leveling.

Or Square could just be fooling us with another weapon upgrade system.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best RPG of the decade on: July 31, 2010, 12:47:56 PM
If you haven't planned it already, it would be nice to see categories for best WRPG, best JRPG, best battle system, most unique, etc. You also might want to do a best portable RPG since a lot of the great handheld RPGs probably won't be recognized. Examples include the Castlevania games (particularly Aria of Sorrow), Jeanne d'Arc, SMT Strange Journey, etc.
 
Overall I think the best will come down to these, though.

Nocturne
Vagrant Story
Skies of Arcadia
Dragon Quest VIII
Persona 3
Deus Ex
Mass Effect 2
Chrono Cross
Knights of the Old Republic

I'd give it to Nocturne as as personal favorite. It's a shame Planescape would miss the cut by a couple months...
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs with the best: Story, Characters, Atmosphere, and Plot twists? on: May 30, 2010, 01:30:23 PM
Story: Vagrant Story, Terranigma, Digital Devil Saga

Characters: Lunar 2, Final Fantasy VI, Threads of Fate

Plot twists: Suikoden

Atmosphere: Wild ARMs 3, Skies of Arcadia, Nocturne, Breath of Fire V
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What feature in one/few RPGs should they all have? on: February 26, 2010, 02:30:48 PM
I thought one of the coolest features in any RPG was listening to NPCs talk "without talking to them" -- ie having text bubbles appear over them as you run by. This made towns in Xenosaga III much more lively and realistic.

left-handed playing -- YES. 7th Saga, Paladin's Quest... old Enix RPGs were awesome for this reason.
multiple battle themes -- SaGa Frontier II.
epilogue -- Lunar 2
automatically win battles w/ weak enemies -- ex: EarthBound, Breath of Fire V

save anywhere -- I like this feature for portable RPGs, but for console ones it doesn't bother me too much. I think limited save points actually gives the game a unique sort of challenge, ex: Breath of Fire V.

pausing/skipping cutscenes -- Pausing should be required. But I can't see skipping cutscenes being an option in all RPGs, since today there seems to be more and more Bioware-esque RPGs where the game actually logs your responses -- SMT Devil Survivor for one.

I hate to mention Breath of Fire V again, but Scenario Overlay (SOL) was such a great feature. Retaining all of your skills and stats is one thing (ala New Game +), but being awarded with new cutscenes and content each time you play is much cooler.
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