Malice Through the Looking Glass
January 31, 2005

Yeah, so Zelda: The Minish Cap is really quite good. Far better than I expected. The only real problem I have with it is that it seems small. This particular version of Hyrule seems pretty compact. Maybe I'm just still used to Wind Waker-esque open areas.

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Hello D,

I was wondering if anyone is getting excited about the game Stella Deus! Im a big fan of the strategy RPG games and I cought wind of this one from a magazine. It has a May release date, hopefully they stick to it. Just wondering if there are anyone english playable demos of that game floating around?


Honestly, I don't know too many people who are looking forward to Stella Deus. To tell you the truth, I don't even know many people who know anything about it. I do know that the game looks fantastic. I swear, I am becoming such a graphics whore these days. :P

I'll probably look into it when it's released. I haven't played a decent strategy game in ages.


hey I've been looking for a good rpg for awhile now and im kind of gettin confused . All these new rpgs look like a bite off of tactics and im really getting tired of the old school gameplay. After FF8 all the other rpgs seemed to be going down from there. FF9 was fruity and FF10's sphere grid was horrible. I mean I like XenoSaga(but it was like watching a movie) , StarOcean(really really long), and Suikoden/wildarms ,i dunno if u like more than two storylines, with plain character designs, i guess its for u .Now all these new import games are coming in and the graphics look mediocre and the gameplay looks like crap. Maybe its just me, but i'd like to see a more dark gloomy rpg like FF7 again. I guess theres always FF12..but im wondering whats a game thats ...good,original, and new?

My friend, I do believe you need to play some Shadow Hearts. While I wouldn't go so far as to say it's gloomy, it's definitely dark.

...Well, it's dark MOST of the time. It's hard to maintain a semblance of darkness when the main character goes around saying "Bite me" at least once a conversation. :P

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hey fans,

i guess it is that time, i'll chime in with my two cents worth of an opinion for this years good games.....Sorry i couldn't help but laugh! Star Ocean 3 will not be joining any of the other ground breaking games i actually hold on to, in fact i already traded it in along with FF crystal chronicles, why, because i bought the advertising about them, sadly after playing them for a while realized that there was no point in playing them again, this coming from a guy who played final fantasy the nes hit over and over again just to see if my 4 white maze crazy party could defeat the game, along with Zelda, part of it, (the magic) was that you could go around aspects and get hearts if you knew where they were, and then snag the master sword and romp thru the early boards. In an attempt to grab us these game companies have failed to grasp this simple fact, mini games and mindless repetition are growing passe; and they do not make the game, they merely only sometimes enhance it. Now the majority feel that whacking the A or X button over and over again is also boring, but after dodging 200 lightning bolt strikes for what's her names special thing-a-ma-gigee in FFX i'm feeling a bit jaded. As for my pick, just couldn't resist...would be Shining Soul 2(GBA), a simple game filled with enough of that old school fun to kill a few hours........now if only my gameboy player for the gamecube actually worked, i wouldn't mind wasting a few more hours. (anyone find a lawyer for a class action lawsuit against NOA for the eye damage resulting from actually using the Virtual Boy.) And ps, the DS doesn't look like anything special, so i doubt that it will collect dust next to my robbie the robot, now that was a short lived peripheral, can't wait to see whats next!

Wait, you actually took the time to dodge those lightning bolts? I swear to God, gamers these days just have more time on their hands than I do. Or patience. Probably the latter more than the former. :P

RPGs these days don't have a whole lot of replay value for me, either. For example, I love Vagrant Story, and consider it one of my favorite games, but I've only beaten it once. And I highly doubt I beat it again anytime soon. Yet I've managed to play through Final Fantasy IV about twenty times over the years. I honestly think I can play older RPGs more often than new ones simply because they are usually shorter. My attention span has shortened as my hair has gotten greyer.

The DS doesn't appeal to me one bit right now. I won't be getting one until Castlevania comes out on it.

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Until next time, folks.

~ Daniel Stringer (letters@rpgfan.com)


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