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451  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: July 05, 2008, 11:54:10 AM
What reviewers actually *say* about games (unless they're quote whores like many movie "critics") is a *lot* more important than some silly numbering system. Some reviewers are good, some are bad, some tend to exaggerate flaws, some underplay them, and so forth. Sometimes, it's just too difficult to know what you're getting into when you get a game, even if you read reviews first...
452  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So, Ar Tonelico. on: July 05, 2008, 11:45:23 AM
Quote from: "Ramza"
Quote from: "Der Jermeister"
Ar tonelico's probably my least favorite of Gust's games, but since some suggest its gameplay it's better, I might actually give its sequel a chance if it's localized.

Atelier Iris 3 is far far worse IMO.

Yeah, it certainly wasn't that series' shining moment, I'll agree.
453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So, Ar Tonelico. on: July 05, 2008, 11:01:46 AM
Ar tonelico's probably my least favorite of Gust's games, but since some suggest its gameplay it's better, I might actually give its sequel a chance if it's localized.
454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Arc The Lad End of Darkness worth $5? on: July 05, 2008, 10:55:51 AM
I actually like Arc III the best of the collection since it fixes most of the things wrong with its predecessors (like having to center spells on enemies or allies to execute them), and I feel it's a lot more balanced than its predecessors. Arc II is my least favorite since your party will always been dozens of levels below the enemy, and normal attacks will almost *always* miss or be blocked, even if you attack enemies from the sides or behind. If there was a way to fix this problem, it definitely wasn't explained very well in the game or instruction book.

And I actually used to think Twilight of the Spirits was decent, but there's just so many little things wrong with the battle system like the lack of a turn order meter, unbalanced leveling, and that you constantly have to choose between picking up items on the battlefield and attacking enemies, not to mention random encounters on the overworld, which I feel have no place whatsoever in tactical RPGs. That and the final boss was one of the cheapest, longest, and most boring in the history of the genre. And I'll definitely stay away from End of Darkness given what I've heard of it. But hey, if $5 is pocket change to you, go for it.
455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Odin Sphere on: July 05, 2008, 10:39:51 AM
I enjoyed Odin Sphere but its beauty is superficial at best, given things like the slowdown and long loading times. In my opinion, there's really no excuse for deep technical problems in a 2-D Playstation 2 game and loading times especially considering many of the environments are recycled.
456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Suikoden VI on PSP?! on: July 04, 2008, 12:02:33 PM
I don't see what's humanely logical about Sony America refusing to let these PSP ports cross the Pacific.
457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Two New Tales on: July 02, 2008, 06:37:12 PM
A shame Namco-Bandai never does their part to get the word out on these games when they do get localized...
458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / "Countdown Site" = Chrono Trigger DS? remake, new on: July 02, 2008, 01:34:35 PM
I wonder if they'll do a new translation a la the GBA ports of Final Fantasy IV through VI, since a lot of the original script was cut out because of the Super NES's space restrictions.
459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 4 on: June 30, 2008, 11:24:25 PM
Still working my way through FES, and I'm certainly curious as to the direction the fourth game will go.
460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / voice acting so bad its funny. on: June 30, 2008, 07:51:11 PM
Quote from: "Tridius"
Wait a second is'nt Uru the original japanese name of Shadow Hearts.

Well, Uru isn't the Japanese name of Shadow Hearts, but it was Yuri's nickname in the Japanese Shadow Hearts games, his full first name in those versions being Urmnaf.
461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Arc Rise Fantasia - New Wii RPG on: June 26, 2008, 06:37:30 PM
Quote from: "Fadedsun"
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
Looked pretty good... until I saw Mitsuda was doing the music. I think I'll pass.

The composer of a game affects your buying decision?

I don't think Mitsuda's bad at all, although his talent certainly is wasted at times (like in Xenosaga, which was often music-less, though that is more likely the fault of whoever was in charge of putting his music in the game, whatever that position is).
462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Operation Darkness on: June 25, 2008, 10:35:09 AM
Review could've certainly had a bit more detail and have done without lines like "added bonus" (just "bonus" since bonuses aren't anything but added), but I'll certainly be staying away from this one if I get an Xbox 360.
463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey 2 on: June 22, 2008, 10:58:23 AM
I have it, and have gotten to the Second Stratum. Got some decent levels when trying to fulfill a quest where I have to stay and fight in the Labyrinth for three days (although I've not been able to complete it :/).
464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RIZ-ZOAWD -- Wizard of Oz + Wild Arms developers! on: June 17, 2008, 07:19:50 PM
L. Frank Baum wrote several sequels to The Wizard of Oz so there's certainly strong story potential. I thought the book was way better than the movie by the way...
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean: The Last Hope on: June 15, 2008, 03:28:42 PM
Wow this thread's gone way off-topic. Back to Star Ocean, I was a bit disappointed by the third game largely because of the gameplay, which I felt was a step down from the second game due to things like the Weak/Strong attack system (I don't have that kind of timing, sorry) and especially the awful Invention system, which was too expensive and random. Here's hoping they return to all the stuff that made SO2 good. And I didn't think the plot twist in SO3 was *that* bad; I've seen much worse.
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