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General Games / Re: Underrated Classic Games
« Last post by Klutz64 on Today at 11:36:08 AM »
Can't have this thread without mentioning Threads of Fate/Dewprism. Fun little action JRPG that wasn't overly ambitious, but still managed to be addictive and charming. Heck, just bringing it up right now is giving me the urge to replay it.
General Games / Re: Underrated Classic Games
« Last post by Rook on Today at 10:57:25 AM »
I was never able to defeat the final boss in Secret of Evermore.

Also forgive me if this makes me sound like a pedant, but how is a game both underrated and a classic?

I'm pretty sure artimicia means underrated retro games.

Its by no means perfect (story gets lost in translation). However its really a nice and unique 20-25hr SPRG. The setting is cool, divided post WW2 Japan with diesel mechs and the combat is fun.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on Today at 10:24:46 AM »
I downloaded the ME trilogy for PS3. Got about 1/2 way through ME1 and stopped. I'm just terrible at these western cover and shoot RPGs. I hate dying in RPGs because of pressing the wrong button and/or losing my enemy in the camera. Maybe the controls are meant for PC, dunno.

Finished The Order: 1886. Solid game 8/10. Worth a budget/flash pickup.

Started The Banner Saga and a bit more than 3 chapters through it. Its OK, I like the injured fallen players mechanic and the permadeath in the Oregon Trail part of the game (my most useless character died falling off a cliff, total kills: 1, himself). The SRPG part of it is pretty meh and not getting into the story much. Graphics/soundtrack are excellent. I would like the voice acting if there was more of it.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Artimicia's JRPG battle
« Last post by Aeolus on Today at 09:52:19 AM »
I'll admit that this one's a better competition than the norm here, if only because we've got two games that are anime as hell and have developmental skeletons in their closets. That said, Lunar 1 is only slightly above the average JRPG that plagued Japan in the 90s, being utterly generic while only bringing a few mechanical tweaks to the table, whereas Xenosaga went down the rabbit hole of pretension, technobabble and anime and didn't really look back. That being said, of all the games you could've picked, you went with the best of XS and the not worst of Lunar 1 (Legend says hi) and on the merits of these particular games, the fulcrum shifts towards XS3 more since it was the game that finally did the gameplay decently and even got mecha action up and running (granted it still wasn't good, but its better than the previous attempts), whereas Harmony is the fourth iteration on Lunar 1 and made long after the contributions made by The Silver Star and Silver Star Story Complete had made their impact felt in the medium.

Also, choosing between Crispin Freeman at his best and motherfucking Skelator would've made for a tight battle, but you went for the one with New Ghaleon, so its no contest.
General Games / Re: Underrated Classic Games
« Last post by Klutz64 on Today at 09:29:33 AM »
I was never able to defeat the final boss in Secret of Evermore.

Also forgive me if this makes me sound like a pedant, but how is a game both underrated and a classic?
General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Today at 08:24:33 AM »
^Yes it is, in a singleplayer setting. Not so much when you're trying to share the experience with other people who will likely make fun of you behind your back afterwards.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: SINoALICE
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Today at 08:20:38 AM »
Also a mobile game. That's basically where I stopped...
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nioh: Visceral High Eastern Fantasy Combat
« Last post by kofvscapcom on Today at 07:53:37 AM »
bought this game and powered through while streaming it for about 25 hours. Did anyone else get this game? it's really good and the soundtrack is amazing. Bonus points if you've played sengoku basara or just know the general japanese history the story is about.

I feel it does bring some innovation to the genre. The ki pulse and stance changing along with the wealth of attacks you can learn really makes it so you have a lot of choice in how you want to deal with combat. Co-op is interestingly done too since if you want to co-op a mission with your friend one of you has to have beat it already. This restriction gets lifted in ng+ and there's quite a few mechanics that only appear in ng+. Fighting revenants is also rewarding since you guaranteed get a piece of gear from who you beat, so "pvp" is usually a nice way to get gear if you feel like you're not getting good drops from the enemies.

A downside for some is though that the end game is a lot like diablo 3, turning it into a loot hunt and about forging the perfect gear(you can even reroll stats on your gear like d3).

Anyways, if people want to do some co-op lemme know, in ng+ and just co-oping with people
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Artimicia's JRPG battle
« Last post by Dincrest on Today at 07:19:26 AM »
I'll have to vote Xenosaga III as well.  Now, it's true that I loathe Shion Uzuki and she's extra wangsty in the game, but the game is still the best of the Xenosaga trilogy.  I also adore Kajiura's soundtrack and Josh Seth's performance as chaos was hypnotic. 

With Silver Star Harmony, it's not the best version of Lunar and that game has seen too many needless remakes, whereas Xenosaga was never given its proper due as a series and was cut unceremoniously short.  If it were Silver Star Story Complete, I would have voted for that since it is the definitive version of Lunar for me. 

Best Xenosaga game vs a meh version of Lunar... I pick Xenosaga.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Darilon on Today at 07:16:57 AM »
Medievil Resurrection

The gameplay is clunkier than I remember but it is still really fun. There seems to be a lot of minor differences from the PS1 version. Bosses are pretty different from one another. I can't really comment on the puzzle difficulty as I still remember most of the solutions.

Mass Effect

The story missions are great but the combat areas for the side missions are pretty awful. The characters are great. The aliens act too much like humans but it kind of makes sense. It would be too difficult to make them relatable if they acted too alien. Kaidan > Ashley

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Clearing out the last few High Rank port quests I have. Things are going to get a lot harder from here on out.
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