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361  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mana Khemia on: November 08, 2008, 07:18:40 PM
I was satisfied by Mana Khemia. It is certainly harder than the other Atelier games, but personally, I found it to be a good, fair challenge instead of a cheap challenge like in certain other RPGs.
362  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the traditional console RPG genre stale? on: November 05, 2008, 06:23:55 PM
Atlus is definitely the exception to the rule. As neat as prior MegaTens were, I don't think they really became accessible until they hit the PS2, nor was the localization quality as high. Almost everything else is debatable though.
I'll definitely second this, though I specifically think the Digital Devil Saga dilogy is when the series really became accessible.

I also think many Japanese RPGs still suffer from usability problems like stingy save systems, no pause button at all, and no shortcuts for managing characters (like an "Equip Best" option) or moving around menus.
363  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the traditional console RPG genre stale? on: November 05, 2008, 04:31:26 PM
There is definitely a lot of crap in the genre, gameplay and story-wise, that could really use a rest.
364  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you use strategy guides playing rpg's ? on: October 25, 2008, 05:48:59 PM
I used to, but I've come to find that having to use guides is usually a sign of bad game design. I only consult guides when doing post-game quests and/or am absolutely stuck.
365  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Force Gear? on: October 19, 2008, 10:44:56 PM
Magic Box says this will be a tactical RPG. If Shining Force Feather's any good, I'll definitely be excited about this.
366  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Previews for Suikoden: Tierkreis (videos up) -- confirmed for North America on: October 19, 2008, 10:43:31 PM
A shame this one won't really be connected with the other Suikodens, since it's actually of the few RPG series I play for the plot. But I'll still probably get it anyway.
367  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Secret of Mana hits VC for $8 on: October 14, 2008, 07:10:47 PM
I would have probably preferred a DS port of Secret of Mana so they could fix all the bugs/glitches in the game and improve the translation (a lot of which had to be cut out because of space restrictions), but it's still a lot better than more contemporary Mana titles.
368  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Dragon Quest IX trailer (off-screen) on: October 09, 2008, 09:28:35 PM
That just looks...amazing.
369  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 on: September 17, 2008, 07:10:38 PM
She's live!  Import Review of Persona 4:

I've got it preordered. By the way, does someone annoying narrate battles like Fuuka in Persona 3? And does the sequel address usability problems from the third game like no pausing, and having to talk with your allies to change equipment, and such?
370  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Arc the Lad 2 Help x_x on: August 14, 2008, 06:52:15 PM
Magic's pretty much your only saving grace if you want to level up :/
371  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Beyond the Beyond on: July 28, 2008, 08:20:45 AM
Overall 44% is, if anything, *too* generous for the game, especially considering mainstream game critics tend to overrate even bad games. But yeah, Beyond the Beyond isn't all that good. *Very* high encounter rate, slow battles made slower by some stupid system where you can supposedly mash buttons a lot before attack execution for a critical attack or dodging attacks (although it's *highly* randomized), cliched plot, and hideous character design that makes Nomura look like Rembrandt. The music by Motoi Sakuraba isn't all that bad, though, and the graphics aside from the ugly art isn't that bad, though the battle graphics are on the pixelated side.
372  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: July 19, 2008, 02:19:38 PM
This seems to happen in just about every RPG, but a character getting temporarily incapacitated for much of the game (i.e. FF7, FF8, Wild ARMs, etc.).
373  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey 2 on: July 18, 2008, 09:07:59 PM
I've seen plenty of beast weapon/armor available at the shop, and the beast's armor is actually a lot better than the armor for other classes, and their attack power's pretty good, too. They seem to be like Protectors, but with much better fighting capability...
374  Media / Single-Player RPGs / IGN on Star Ocean 4 - No ridiculous plot twist on: July 18, 2008, 12:19:12 PM
I didn't mind "the" plot twist because there *did* seem to be more than one, such as...
Fayt being a science experiment or whatever, sprouting magical wings, and such

But I thought the databank was a great idea. Frankly, I had a bigger problem with the gameplay than the plot.
375  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs you're embarassed to own. on: July 18, 2008, 12:17:04 PM
Definitely both Kingdom Hearts. I definitely wouldn't want to get caught dead playing them my anyone in my family.
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