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451  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.
452  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.
453  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.
454  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.
455  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.
456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Dragon Quest IX trailer (off-screen) on: October 09, 2008, 09:28:35 PM
That just looks...amazing.
457  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?
458  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 :/
459  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.
460  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.).
461  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...
462  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.
463  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.
464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey 2 on: July 17, 2008, 09:32:40 PM
I'm at the fifth Stratum, whose first boss has been giving me a hard time. The third Stratum bosses gave me a bit of a hard time as well and somewhat forced me to try the Quests, although I managed to beat them after enough tries. My main party's a Landstalker, a Protector, a Ronin, a Troubadour, and a Medic. I had had an Alchemist although I replaced it with the Troubadour since I needed its stat-buffing magic, and since I'm somewhat stuck against the first fifth Stratum boss, I've again been trying my hand at the Quests. It definitely is harder than the first game. I've gotten killed a few times by FOEs that pinned me against walls -_-
465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Stupid RPG conventions/cliches you can't get past. on: July 15, 2008, 06:55:48 PM
Persona 3 definitely does have a story, though heavily character- and event-driven. I much prefer conflict-driven stories (like in the Suikoden games) since they just tend to be the most powerful to me.
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