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Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Art of Quests
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:34:19 PM »
I find quests that actually add to a game's story most interesting and fun.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: "No plans" for new Saga or Mana games
« on: June 22, 2011, 05:18:14 PM »
The SaGa and Mana series are piles of shit (except FF Adventure and Secret of Mana, fuck those who like Seiken 3), so I'm not hurt by this news.

Boo. I don't want to pay for an Xbox 360 just for this game, I'll just import the PS3 version once I've honed my Japanese skills a little more.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: WRPG virgin no more!
« on: June 20, 2011, 02:11:48 PM »
blah blah blah

You actually liked Baldur's Gate? You have my deepest condolences.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 18, 2011, 03:34:30 PM »

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic
« on: June 14, 2011, 12:56:07 AM »
imo persona 1 and both persona 2's arent even fit to have scraps at persona 3 and 4's table. they are just missing a certain charm that persona 3 and 4 have.

Maybe for P1, but not for P2. P2 is the worst of the series.

Fixed. I honestly don't see how it's humanely possible to play P2 without a guide, given the shitty conversation system.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Question about the PS2 SMT: DS Titles
« on: June 05, 2011, 01:28:11 PM »
In any case, I heard DS1 is good, but DS2 sucks. Tough call. I'd let your decision be based primarily on whether or not you can find DS1 for a cheap price (under $20)

Fixed. I actually liked the first Devil Summoner better than the second, the second for me was fucked up by long-ass loading times and that demon you randomly encountered that could easily rape you.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dungeons And Dragons: Daggerdale.
« on: May 25, 2011, 06:45:47 PM »
My experience with Dungeons & Dragons-based RPGs has generally been shitty (Baldur's Gate), so I'll gladly skip this one.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey
« on: May 07, 2011, 11:17:18 PM »
Well, turn order might be random, but you do have some degree of control over your characters, yes.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: must haves.
« on: May 07, 2011, 05:35:10 PM »
I tried the original Fallout but absolutely couldn't stand its open-endedness and lack of direction on what exactly the hell to do. Your call, though.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol.
« on: May 03, 2011, 08:53:55 PM »
I never think a game being too easy is a flaw, I'll take an easy RPG any day over one that's extremely hard. I preferred Nall's voice in the PSP version over his squeaky voice in the PSX version.

By the way I really wouldn't recommend the Baldur's Gate games since I tried the first one but it became one of few RPGs I ended up not finishing (too expensive to revive dead characters, schizophrenic difficulty). Saved computer RPGs my ass.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should Random Battles Be Done Away With?
« on: May 01, 2011, 09:58:13 PM »
I hold EarthBound to be the gold standard of non-random battles, where enemies charge you if your levels are low and run away if your levels are high, and you can score instant victories against them if you're powerful enough without having to fight them.

So yes, I believe random encounters can be pretty much phased out.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Question About Mass Effect
« on: May 01, 2011, 04:46:20 PM »
The first game is one of my favorite Western RPGs (and I'll admit I really don't like WRPGs that much), and it's just fine on its own, if somewhat short (about twenty hours).

Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol.
« on: May 01, 2011, 03:29:49 PM »
I personally wouldn't recommend some of the older WRPGs such as Elder Scrolls Arena, Baldur's Gate, and Fallout. I heard good things about them, but they just ended up really letting me down. I don't like having too much freedom to the point where I have to use a guide, let alone use a guide to make sense of a game. I'll take older JRPGs any day.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: I need some help to get initiated, lol.
« on: May 01, 2011, 01:41:46 PM »
I disagree, Link to the Past is my favorite Zelda, I think it's aged pretty well, I much prefer it over the 3-D Zelda games.

As for recommendations...

1. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume - I think it translates the Valkyrie Profile gameplay very well to a strategy RPG, and it's not too lengthy and you don't need to grind (you actually can't really grind aside from a select few optional battles, but the game's balanced enough where it's not necessary).

2. The Tales of... / Star Ocean games, which are two of my personal favorite series.

3. I definitely second the recommendation for the Suikoden games, though you probably can't find the second at a reasonable price.

4. If you have a Steam account you might be able to download/play the original Mass Effect, if your system requirements are good enough (mine were, though the second game's system requirements are much higher).

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