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Subject: Persona 3: FES
Prize: $20 eShop, PSN or Steam code
Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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451  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Overrated & Underrated (with a twist!) on: May 01, 2008, 06:32:51 PM
I think Final Fantasy Tactics is vastly overrated. Whoever decided that the player can't undo movement needs to be shot, almost *every* enemy can counterattack, there are stupid annoying points of no return, random encounters on the overworld were a stupid idea, Cidolfas is your only hope in the last chapter, and the character art just looks stupid. Then again, I really haven't liked any FF spinoff games aside from X-2.
452  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 1 & 2 Remakes on: May 01, 2008, 04:51:17 PM
They'd be a decent reason for me to spring for a PSP.
453  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard announced for the US on: May 01, 2008, 12:07:53 PM
I honestly didn't think the original was that hard, and didn't have to "grind" often (except for the post-game quests). I didn't find it nearly as difficult as say, the SaGa games.
454  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A quick question about Persona 3. on: April 29, 2008, 11:30:48 PM
For me, age ratings more refer to maturity level than actual age levels. I'm sure any moron with no touch on reality over 17 could be inspired to shoot themselves to death in the head after playing this game. I would never do such stupid crap, even if below 17, because I was *raised right*.
455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne reprint on: April 29, 2008, 10:04:24 PM
Kinda wish companies would have print-on-demand for these niche titles...
456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Horror RPGs on: April 27, 2008, 08:33:52 PM
I've never truly been scared by any RPG...the thought of losing a lot of game progress because of cheap mechanisms definitely scares me at times, though :/
457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Top 5 RPGs everyone loves to hate on: April 27, 2008, 08:32:45 PM
1. FFVIII - I don't understand the complaint that you have to spend an eternity drawing spells from enemies, since I made it fine through most of the game without doing so...and besides, drawing spells from enemies is just *one* way to get spells (I mostly used GF abilities to get spells). Triple Triad is definitely good, as well, as long as you don't encounter/spread around some of the lousy rules (like Random, which unfortunately happened to me; guessed I should've just reset the game -_-).

2. FFX - I've seen a lot of people whining about this one solely because of the lack of a "world map," an argument that I just think is silly, considering the unrealism of explorable overworlds where you're some fifty-foot giant. I thought the Sphere Grid and battle system were well-done, and while some of the mini-games are frustrating, their difficulty is understandable since completing them successfully can break the game's balance.

3. FFX-2 - I'm somewhat tired of the people that absolutely refuse to play this because of the girlish content, since I thought it had one of the best implementations of active-time battles, and one of the best class systems in the franchise and RPGs in general. As far as I'm concerned, X-2 is vastly superior to FF5, the previous class-based Final Fantasy, in terms of mechanics (and on equal ground in terms of story, since neither had a great story in my opinion).

4. Breath of Fire III - It does have issues, for sure, such as a paper-thin plot, and the Master system could've been better implemented, but I thought the battle system was alright, if the encounter rate was a little high.

5. Tales of Legendia - I think a lot of people didn't like this one since it wasn't like Tales of Symphonia, but I thought it had a nice take on 2-D Tales battles, although I did use Holy Bottles to keep the encounter rate at a tolerable level.
458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 26, 2008, 06:15:32 PM
I liked DQ7 but the graphics made it look far more like one of the first Playstation RPGs rather than one of the last.
459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 25, 2008, 10:21:38 PM
DQ4's chapter system is strictly linear while Suikoden III allows freedom of choice of different characters' chapters after completing each, so the comparison between them is faulty at best.
460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 23, 2008, 11:30:29 AM
Quote from: "daschrier"
In the remakes, they gave you control over your other party members right?

Probably the biggest pain in the original.

I've played the PSX remake of DQ4 and there, they did allow you to manually input commands for your allies, and I would be surprised if they didn't allow this in the DS port.
461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Gamasutra - A Japanese RPG Primer: The Essential 20 on: April 23, 2008, 10:04:44 AM
I agree with many, but there are many I disagree with. FF5 is perhaps my least favorite of the franchise given its tedious, restrictive class system, huge spikes in difficulty, and general unplayability. The PSX port of Grandia is also fairly sloppy, with lousy voice acting and so forth, although the battle system does redeem the game. And SMT: Nocturne, while okay, has a lot of elements making it a poor introduction to the series (and I adamantly disagree that it's "superior" to the DDS games, which I think are *far* more accessible to newcomers to the franchise).
462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: April 22, 2008, 12:29:18 PM
A good soundtrack, in my opinion, should both be good and fit the milieu of a game. For instance, I really couldn't stand Radiata Stories' jazz soundtrack since it seemed *really* out of place in a fantasy setting.
463  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Quest IV DS on: April 21, 2008, 08:26:32 PM
The subtitle certainly fits, considering the game centers around a chapter system, and the original Japanese subtitle loosely translates as "The Chosen/Guided Ones". I'll certainly be getting this one, and hope we get the remakes of the fifth and sixth installments.
464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The World Ends with You on: April 20, 2008, 06:45:09 PM
This is one of those games I just have a *really* bad feeling about. I know it's gotten stellar reviews, but based on the description of the gameplay, I don't think I'd like it. I've seen gameplay videos and am not particularly fond of what I've heard of the music, or the voice acting, for that matter. I think I'll pass.
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Izuna 2 coming to U.S. on: April 18, 2008, 07:20:29 PM
Haven't really heard much good about the first, so I think I'll pass.

And I think the title would be better if they used the term "Roninja" (ronin and ninja, ronin literally meaning "unemployed person") instead of "Unemployed Ninja," which I think is a little dumb.
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