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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime Advice: Cowboy Bebop on: June 09, 2008, 04:41:44 AM
Thanks guys I will check out Samurai Champloo!
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime Advice: Cowboy Bebop on: June 08, 2008, 05:32:20 AM
I just got through watching the Cowboy Bebop series along with the movie. Now I am by no means an anime connoisseur but CB has now got to be one of my all time favourite television shows period, I was hooked from start to finish and the ending was all I wanted it to be and more.

Now I realise I am a little late to the game, but are there any other anime series I should be checking out that are similar, if not just in style to Cowboy Bebop?

The only other series I ever really got into were Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell, but I personally feel CB was the superior, although they were all pretty good!

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Yours truly,

3  Media / General Games / Metal Gear Solid 4 on: May 16, 2008, 03:55:49 AM
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I really have to get cracking on replaying the last three games (never got Portable Ops, and I doubt it's essential). Considering that MGS3 took me 20 hours the first time through, and I never really played MGS2 myself, it could take a while.

PO is canon. It's actually got a lot of important story bits.

It has indeed, had to force myself through it just for that reason.

Hated the stupid recruitment feature, lack of voice acting and although the comic book scenes were nicely drawn I thought they took away alot of the immersion of previous games.

You can probably watch the cut scenes on youtube though, which will give you the basic run down.
4  Media / General Games / Metal Gear Solid 4 on: May 13, 2008, 01:51:49 PM
I hear yah!

I am buying a PS3 specifically for this game! Damn that theatrical trailer is amazing.

I just got through re-playing MGS1-3 & Portable ops (not to mentiond MGS2 a second time) so that I am sharp in preparation.

Biggest video game release of 2008 easy.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 13, 2008, 07:54:49 AM
I agree that FFX was depressing, and it is one of my favourite Final Fantasy's, but the damn voice acting for Tidus ruined a lot of the cut scenes for me.

My concept of "dark" in a video game is much like the previous poster mentioned: macbre, gothic, misery like the SMT games, where it's all post apocalyptic, and even Persona 3 had that dark feel to it.

Final Fantasy's are just a different type of story, usually full of some hope for ending the evil/creating a better world etc, so I would never call them "dark" in the traditional sense, but they can be depressing.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 11, 2008, 07:22:57 AM
I loved the FFXII story and thought it was well written in terms of the dialogue between the Judge's etc, but the story itself kind of burn out towards the end and it finished very suddenly imo.

The character development in FFXII is almost none-existent too, Penello has to be the most underdeveloped Final Fantasy character ever.

As for dark FF games, well I see people have dodged FFVII because of perhaps the fanboy connotations but it's quite easily the darkest FF, contrasted by maybe the character visuals, but Midgar and the state of the world is pretty depressing.

FFVI was certainly among the darkest but by FF standards thats not THAT dark. Kefka was an interesting villain, but it's difficult to take some of these older games seriously when their only motive is nihilism , which in itself is not going to make you want to destroy the planet, it takes some psychosis for that.

Kuja I felt was one of the best Final Fantasy villains, and you could totally appreciate his motives. In fact I think FFIX is really under rated as far as Final Fantasy's go, I never understood why either. Maybe it was just because the PSX was coming to an end and it was the third on the system. I guess it did have the worst gameplay of the newer games, but I think the simplisitc nature was intended as a throw back to the earlier stuff.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 10, 2008, 09:23:48 AM
I'm currently nearing the end of FFIV Advance and I must say the script changes, although subtle are much welcome.

I do hear FFVI Advance had a greater overhaul in terms of the script, which is why it intrigues me so. Alas, there are none on Ebay anymore, only 1 or 2 with "just the cartridge" and unfortunately I am quite anal about wanting the box and manual in decent condition.

FFIV and I suppose the same goes for the other 2 remakes are really helped by the little graphical changes, the portraits in the box and the fact that playing it on the small screen hides a lot of the up close detail.

I was afraid i'd get bored with how dated it looked, but it has hardly been the case at all.

I can sympathise with your point Fei, but I played FFIV such a long time a go as a much younger person so I don't really notice it. FFVI however I played more recently on the PSX, so perhaps I, like you, may find some fault.

I guess we shall see.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS2 RPG Roundup on: April 10, 2008, 09:13:10 AM
EDIT: Oops just realised this was an ancient thread, my apologies.

Im in a similar position, had a PS2 since the week it came out but aside the 2 Final Fantasy games and maybe Silent Hill 2, I barely used it for years due to MMO's and a busy life.

Fast forward to 2007 and I started buying up the RPGs for the PS2.

The decent games have all been covered here really, but the technique I used was to go through the review list on here and then do a bit more research then check amazon/ebay. I began using Gamespot as my benchmark but I feel that with JRPGs at least, you need to gatherer the opinion of someone who is actively enjoying games in the genre (which is when I found RPGFan), mainstream reviewers tend to fault the JRPGs due to their tendency to cling on to old mechanics.

I've recently purchased:

The SMT collection: Nocture, DDS 1 & 2, Persona 3 and am thinking about devil summoner.

Last year I played through Suikoden 5, which although not the best Suikoden at least in my opinion (it got rave reviews pretty much everywhere else) it is still worth picking up. I'm contemplating Suikoden 4, but I hear it's a turd.

Games I've yet to play but bought up for prosperity include, Dragon Quest VIII and Suikoden Tactics.

So with just the PS2 alone I reckon I've a good year or two worth of games to keep me occupied, but I also bought up the Gamecube/GBA/DS stuff so yah happy times :)

It's become almost a fun little hobby collecting all these games, especially as i've not even played half of them! Something about crawling trough the depths of Ebay and researching on small back water fansites that is quite exciting. It's made especially difficult being from the PAL territory, a lot of the RPG series here only got tiny distribution.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 03, 2008, 03:27:24 AM
Yeh the load times on PSX are really bad.

I have FFIV in the post and have had FFV for a while.

Unfortunately I got the US version of FFIV:Advance not believing it to be an issue till I read there were a load of bugs that the EU release fixed. :(

Ah well. FFVI is getting a bit pricey on Ebay now so I may just leave it.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance, a query on: April 02, 2008, 12:46:39 PM

Just a quick one, I am thinking about buying up FFVI advance as there are one or two on the UK ebay at the moment.

It's getting pretty rare so I really need to act fast, however I already own the PSX version of FFVI that came out prior to FFX (it included the FFX demo CD). Now I believe they did some minor script tweaks in this version but nothing like the extensive make over the GBA port got.

So basically is it worth buying FFVI: Advance if I already own the PSX version? Are the scriptural changes worth shelling out for?
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: April 01, 2008, 02:31:26 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions guys.

Im currently playing through Persona 3 and have Nocture/Lucifers Call and the 2 DDS games ready for after that.

Persona 3 is a nice change of pace from the majority of RPGs ive played and lends itself nicely to smaller play sessions until I can find some actual proper time to sit down and play through the bigger SMT games (namely Nocture and DDS as mentiond). I haven't had much time to sit and properly enjoy an RPG since last year when I had 2 weeks of free time in which I burned through FFXII and then played through FFVII again, good times I must say.

I also picked up a copy of 'The Book of The New Sun' as suggested by someone in this thread, so I will be reading that also once ive finished my current book.

Oh and I have Tales of Symphonia for my GC have had it for some time but I could never really get into it, it was a bit too 'young' for me. Not to say that I don't enjoy games targeted at younger audiences (loved Kingdom Hearts for example), but it was just a bit too blatant for me. Although admittedly I only played maybe an hour or so, so perhaps I'll try again some day.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: March 27, 2008, 06:19:52 AM
Well I see video games (or VGs that rely on a strong story), specifically JRPGs to be an extension of movies. Essentially you have more time to flesh out a story and/or characters in an interactive enviroment. So it can be in many cases a better medium for telling stories.

You have to remember that alot of movies have pretty basic stories, there are only maybe a couple a year that have something out of the ordinary. So you could say, look to novels for deeper stories..well thats all well and good
but as with movies there is alot more chuff than there are classics, especially if you are interested in reading a specific genre, Fantasy, Sci-Fi etc.

I love reading, but I wouldn't say there are many books I read over the course of a year that truly having something profound to say, and I have to say that FFXII for example which I played last year was much beter than a large proportion of books I read that same year.

So I like to think of RPGs on an equal level with the other mainstream mediums as far as storytelling goes, obviously alot of games opt for fairly basic plots in favour of intricate gameplay (which makes sense as its a game!) as has been discussed. Mostly because dialogue driven games don't have the same mass appeal.

The potential is there though, yet there remains a snobbery about RPG stories. Not a day goes by that I don't have an argument around the office cooler about the merits of VG storytelling.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: March 26, 2008, 01:58:50 PM
hah. Naturally I meant as a kid ;p (man that game came out in 95/96 thats over a decade ago, seems much shorter)

Yah you're spot on I must say, open ended more western RPG's are fine having a silent hero...but I tend to play the JRPGs specifically for the great stories/characters.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: March 26, 2008, 04:28:20 AM
I felt Final Fantasy XII was pretty epic for the majority of the game despite ending in a harsh anti climax.

The cut scenes (especially the ones featuring conversations between the various Judges) really blew me away, lots of intrigue.

The world itself too, just walking around the cities you got a sense for just how huge Ivalice is.

The original Suikoden (although I played it as a boy, so its difficult to write about it judiciously now) really feeled to me like it was, again, epic. Where as the latest in the series, Suikoden 5 just felt..immature almost. I enjoyed it don't get me wrong, but it was just so silly in parts and I know A LOT of people rate Suikoden 5.

I'm not a huge fan of the silent hero concept though, it just feels broken to me. I don't mind having no voice overs thats fine, but having a cut scene with voice overs then a silent hero just felt incomplete.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenogears - Games of this scale, advice required on: March 23, 2008, 06:45:08 AM
Thanks a lot guys.

I don't necessarily require those themes I mentioned, just something with a bit more chew. I've played a lot of RPG's over the years (granted nowhere near as many as you guys based on the games you suggested). After a while you get a bit jaded as they all kind of merge into one with the stories being very similar accross the board.

Final Fantasy XII though I must say was a welcome change of pace as far as story goes, they seem to have matured the series somewhat.

I will take a look at the Shin Megami Tensei collection and also I hear Vagrant Story has some brilliant writing?
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