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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2013, 06:04:38 PM »
Is Radiant Historia really that good? I feel like I got pretty far into it and I was never elevated above "playable rpg" for me. Did I give up before it got good? Does the story have some amazing revelation I hadn't seen?

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #31 on: November 22, 2013, 06:13:20 PM »

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Is Radiant Historia really that good? I feel like I got pretty far into it and I was never elevated above "playable rpg" for me. Did I give up before it got good? Does the story have some amazing revelation I hadn't seen?


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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #32 on: November 22, 2013, 06:18:23 PM »
Hey, I legit am a critic. :P

I'll replay it some day, I'm not saying I didn't like it, it was good in its own way, I just can't say I was captured.

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #33 on: November 22, 2013, 06:29:45 PM »
I hated Radiant Historia. :P

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2013, 06:30:19 PM »
Why does the Top 20 list say there's no cutscenes in Chrono Trigger DS? I just played it and it certainly has the same FMVs as the Playstation version.
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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #35 on: November 22, 2013, 06:33:06 PM »
I hated Radiant Historia. :P

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2013, 06:40:03 PM »
Hey, I legit am a critic. :P

I'll replay it some day, I'm not saying I didn't like it, it was good in its own way, I just can't say I was captured.

The cutscenes aren't particularly exciting and the graphics are all over the place... but I liked it because it felt real, the people and conversations were terribly over-the-top and the political aspect felt realistic (for the most part; magical elements and "sand disease" aside).  
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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2013, 06:50:33 PM »
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As for Front Mission, the reason why I didn't bring that up was because the game was hilariously unbalanced. Rockets, Dual-wielding Pistols, and the eventual ability to target specific body parts just allowed you to one shot anybody, and enemies rarely if ever had anything really close to this in the main game.

Also there's no point in experimenting with the other chassis/body parts except for whatever the best one is at any given moment, but whatever, it's still a lot more balanced than FM3, although apparently I ended up on the completely bullshit story branch in that. Anyway I still LIKED FM1 a lot for some reason.

I'd also like to point out that the retcons specific to the DS version of CT make especially little sense.
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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2013, 07:45:00 PM »
I enjoyed Radiant Historia quite a bit, but I wouldn't say I fell in love with it or anything.  I mean, it's no Trails in the Sky ;)

(I always end up comparing the two since they came out around the same time...)

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #39 on: November 22, 2013, 07:55:25 PM »
I enjoyed Radiant Historia quite a bit, but I wouldn't say I fell in love with it or anything.  I mean, it's no Trails in the Sky ;)

(I always end up comparing the two since they came out around the same time...)

I thought both more than adequately told excellent stories, or at the very least, had some damn good writing.
Trails did so with a more predictable plot, but characters that were incredibly endearing.
Radiant had a more complicated plot and characters that fit (but not always entertained).

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #40 on: November 22, 2013, 07:58:56 PM »
I thought Radiant Historia was an excellent game, but I also feel like it gets a slight boost from enthusiasts for also being a bit of a hidden gem.
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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #41 on: November 22, 2013, 08:04:16 PM »
+1 to whomever mentioned Rocket Slime.  That game was loads of fun and easily my favorite Dragon Quest game.  If we're going to offer opinions, I will say that despite my admiration and respect for the Dragon Quest series and all it's done for JRPGs, I simply could not get into it.  Even the best titles in the series that everyone says are sublime examples of the JRPG experience just didn't do that intangible "it" for me. 

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #42 on: November 22, 2013, 09:07:41 PM »
Golden Sun was chosen over all three Etrian Odyssey games? What in the world?

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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #43 on: November 22, 2013, 10:08:09 PM »
I have a real problem with remakes on these types of lists because they're generally included due to nostalgia more than anything else.
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Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games
« Reply #44 on: November 22, 2013, 10:30:18 PM »
I have a real problem with remakes on these types of lists because they're generally included due to nostalgia more than anything else.

Agreed.  I'm glad when they stay in the higher parts of a list at best; butt I don't like them as Top 3 when some reviewers do that.
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