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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:33:38 pm »
In the end, I ended up enjoying Suikoden IV more than Suikoden III.  And yes, I know my opinion is a minority one.

Gaming Discussion / Re: RPGs with good game design?
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:44:41 am »
Which is kind of an issue in this instance. WA5 is a much better game in every aspect, but part of that aspect is an open world with a lot of searching for towns, treasures, and dungeons. WA4 is a straight line for all intents and purposes.
Ah, yeah, true.

Gaming Discussion / Re: RPGs with good game design?
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:26:03 pm »
By the way, if you're going to try out Wild Arms 4, you need to play Wild Arms 5.  One of my favorite PS2 RPGs, and it expands on pretty much everything its predecessor attempted to do.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Games that are not emulated properly (or at all)
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:31:17 pm »
I know that SSF is good, but as mentioned, the sound is off (go listen to a Camelot game like Shining Force 3, there's a background instrument that's hideously off-key), and even newer versions have introduced new problems.  Panzer Dragoon Saga used to be playable from start to finish, but later versions hang on the final boss spiel, after playing the entire rest of the game perfectly.

I'd always been under the impression that PSX emulation has gotten tons better, though.  I've messed with pSX, which seems quite nice, even if there are no frills.  PCSX is hit or miss for me, though, and I'm not sure about the latest version of ePSXe.

I think most of the earlier systems are quite well covered, though.  bsnes/higan does a great job of resolving the quirks in a few games (like the bug in Speedy Gonzalez), stuff like Nestopia does a wonderful job with NES, Kega is pretty darn solid stuff for Genesis, and so forth.  (Although I know there's something in the Genesis emulators that does not handle the AP measures in stuff like Pier Solar or Star Odyssey, and if I'm not mistaken, the authors have refused to account for whatever loophole they're using to detect the difference, for completely understandable reasons.)

Gaming Discussion / Re: RPGs with good game design?
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:16:13 pm »
I'd say it's pretty hard to get completely stuck in Chrono Trigger.  Everything you need to beat the game is there, without guides.

Honestly, there are a lot of RPGs that fall into this category, though.  You might miss out on some optional, super-secret stuff, but the main quest lines aren't too hard to keep track of.  Unless you're playing a game like Valkyrie Profile (although the best ending could be considered optional, I suppose) or Wild Arms 3 (which does a terrible job of communicating where you need to go).

I enjoyed FFXIII, but yeah, it's crazy linear.  That's why I constantly refer to it as a corridor RPG/RTS.  Because that's what it is.  ;)

Gaming Discussion / Re: New Nintendo 2DS release in October!
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:11:42 pm »
I see this as being targeted at parents of kids aged under 7, who are liable to break the hinge on a flip-open device and shouldn't be using the 3D anyway.
Yep, I hear their eyeballs will explode or something if they use a 3DS.  ;)

It's clearly for the younger market.  Definitely not for us college-and-older crowd.  It even looks like something I'd give a young kid, as opposed to a traditional handheld.  The reduced cost doesn't hurt, either.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Demon Crest 2013 SolovelyasianGirl Youtube
« on: August 28, 2013, 10:34:08 pm »
I just find it depressing that the series has been left to languish.  Easily one of the best games on the SNES.  Thanks for the link!  (I know another guy that used to be around here that would probably be interested in this as well, might have to send it his way.)

Just...  eww.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: July 31, 2013, 05:45:47 pm »
I'm forgetting stuff I've beaten.  I do remember finishing Shantae and Donkey Kong '94.  Both are spectacular games.

Gaming Discussion / Re: 3DS V. Vita?
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:42:26 pm »
I'll go ahead and add that the 3DS XL is probably the way to go.  I don't have both, but I love my XL.  It's getting a lot of playtime now.

Gid's right about the speakers, but it sounds just fine with headphones.  I used it with Castlevania, and it was great.

General Discussion / Re: Favourite Video Game Music?
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:25:44 pm »
Anyone mention Shatterhand or Shadow of the Ninja?  Because Iku Mizutani rocks.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:46:11 pm »
Finished Gunman's Proof.  Fun little game!  Thanks to Gid and everyone else that worked on it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Essential Kingdom Hearts?
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:34:06 am »
I'd say the first two.  BBS was good, but I'm not sure I'd dub it essential.  I skipped the DS entries.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Xbox to Saturn controller adapter
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:23:07 pm »
Actually, I'm pretty sure original XBOX controllers are USB, just bigger connectors.  Adapting things could be...  tricky, because you've got to do some USB packet management and whatnot.  You'll probably have to use some sort of FPGA / microcontroller to handle the USB and convert to the proper Saturn signals, or vice-versa.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:56:46 pm »
Yeah, it was hard to dislodge certain games from the top spot in NP.  At one time, I might have even held that against a game (I'm looking at you, Mario 3!), but Link's Awakening is so great that the top spot for all that time was well-deserved.

Heck, I'd probably argue that it's still the greatest GB game ever made, DX or not.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Fighter Team RPG Trifecta Pack
« on: July 01, 2013, 12:57:10 pm »
I can't disagree with that assessment of Star Odyssey.  I did, however, beat the game.  :P

It's a historical curiosity.  Having it in cart form is the way to go, if possible.  I want to give Beggar Prince a shot, though.  I'd rather have the cart of that, too, but man, it's just too expensive.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Kids now have it all.
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:01:24 pm »
You can definitely see the PC influence overseas when reading publications like Retro Gamer.  Stuff on there I'd never even heard of.  The NES definitely had a stranglehold on the market, although the C64 was pretty rockin', too.  But almost all my fond gaming memories from that time were on the NES.

General Discussion / Re: Eye Styles in Anime and Manga
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:23:09 pm »
I'm not a big fan of anime eyes.  I can take 'em, but the ginormous sparkly cutesy type just...  well, again, I'll tolerate it, but it's not something I'm going to use in my own artwork, that's for sure.  But then, I was mostly raised on American comics, and in particular, I had a lot of Jim Lee's X-Men stuff.

But yes, it's more important that the artist have at least some competence, and the eyes are usually the least of concerns.  (And I'm not saying I have that much competence...  I know I've got a long way to go, and even the crappiest manga artist will probably best my own work.)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Your #1 RPG you ever played?
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:46:28 pm »
Have you guys ever played parasite eve before or ever beaten it once? Jezz that game is Fucing tedious (excuse my language) like im on at a specific lvl (33) and Eve just freaking blows me outta the water everytime! :/ is the Japanese version any easier?
I beat it a long time ago, so I honestly remember almost nothing as far as strategy or difficulty.  I don't remember it being all that hard...  but then again, failing memory.  Can't be trusted.  I enjoyed the game, even if I thought Aya moved a little too slowly.  And the game's battle system proved to be a cool precursor to Vagrant Story.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Your #1 RPG you ever played?
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:49:52 pm »
Interesting to see how almost everybody is dwelling on the past and almost nobody mentioned any of the Xbox360/PS3 RPG like Nier, Fable, Blue Dragon, Infinite undiscovery, Resonance of Fate, the Last Remnant or all the new Tales of..., Atelier xxxx and so on.

Even titles that have been requested for longtime like Xenoblade are not in anybody favorites.

Interesting to see that some (long) series got forgotten over time as example: Alundra, Vandal Hearts, Breath of Fire, Romancing Saga,(Genso) Suikoden,  persona, shin megami tensei, Disgaea (or everything made by Nippon Icchi).

Another interesting fact is that nobody mentioned any of the many perls lost in Asia (japan only) games.
There are even there many games that are wonderfull: Black / Matrix, Popolocrois, Spectral Blade.

And I wonder why there is almost no licensed game in anybodys list.
For licensed i mean games that have movies/cartoons a side of the game.
Something like Lord of the rings or  Dragon Balls ( can not think of any more but i am sure there are).

Anyway, I started with Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Terranigma, Chrono trigger.
Even if i  like story driven games, I have to admit that I just played too view of them even if I have them.
If i should make a list of my best memories:
Secret of mana, Chono Trigger, Breath of Fire 2, FF7 and 9, Chrono Cross
I'm not sure I'd call it dwelling in the past if we honestly believe the games we're mentioning are better.  And while I've had some fun with the last generation, none of them have hit Chrono Trigger-level yet.  There's definitely some fun stuff out there, though.

Honestly, my best recent experience, if you want to call it an RPG, is The Last Story.  I absolutely loved the game.  I haven't played anything that moved at such a tremendous pace in a long time.  It's almost like the SNES RPGs (or action-RPGs) of yesteryear, all grown up.  Sakaguchi and his team knocked it out of the park with that one.  I still wonder why Xenoblade was received more positively (even though it's a great game, too!).

Those are some good games to pick, even if I am more partial to FFVIII over the other PSX-era Final Fantasy games.  And Breath of Fire 2 tends to get a lot of hate, but I really enjoyed it, too.  I still need to get around to playing the retranslation, but finding time has been difficult.  I went all last week without touching any games.  That's crazy for me.

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