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Gaming Discussion / Re: So I played White Knight Chronicles 2
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:46:04 pm »
Yeah, as far as numbers go, PS3 has a pretty sizable lead.  As far as quality, though?  Ehhh...  not really.  Ni No Kuni and the Tales games are probably the best thing going on that system.  I'm not sure I throw Valkyria Chronicles in the JRPG category, it's much more SRPG / X-COM, in my mind.  FFXIII and the sequel are on both, so that's a wash, ditto Eternal Sonata and Star Ocean.  All those Atelier and Hyperdimension games look pretty bad to me.

The 360 has Vesperia, and that's probably close to enough to balance out the Tales games on PS3...  until more come out.  Infinite Undiscovery was pretty maligned, as was The Last Remnant, but they're both enjoyable, I'd forgotten about Magna Carta II, and then there's Lost Odyssey.  I honestly think I'd choose the 360 over the PS3, and if you throw WRPGs in there, it's not even close.

Still, the most fun I've had with an RPG (or action-RPG, depending on your view of it) was with The Last Story.  Between it, Xenoblade, and Pandora's Tower, there's a pretty strong argument for the Wii being the best.  I know some don't like it, but Super Paper Mario was pretty fun, the Symphonia follow-up was enjoyable enough, Arc Rise Fantasia is a bit like a turn-based Tales (with a horrible, horrible localization, at least as far as voice acting), and depending on if you want to throw SRPGs in, you've got Fire Emblem (which would qualify Valkyria for PS3, of course).  And depending on whether or not you consider Zelda an action-RPG or not (I don't really, but some do), those should put the system over the top.

It's a bit weird, honestly, seeing how none of the three systems are a clear favorite, though.  This last generation has been absolutely crazy, at least for consoles.

I didn't have much money to play in arcades.  Most of the time, I just watched others if I had a chance, or the demo scroll.  There was a short period of time where a service station in my insanely small town had arcade machines, and was very generous about lives and the like with the settings.  It's where I beat Double Dragon, for one.  But competitive?  Not particularly, even though I enjoy Street Fighter immensely.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I played White Knight Chronicles 2
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:43:44 pm »
I was just thinking the other day, Beyond the Beyond might be pretty decent if the stupid pause before attacks (for the timed hits, I suppose) was gone.  That, and halving the encounter rate, with double EXP to compensate.

Gaming Discussion / Re: So I played White Knight Chronicles 2
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:17:25 pm »
Never got around to it.  Rogue Galaxy wasn't bland, though!  Neither was Dragon Quest VIII!  Or Ni No Kuni!  (Well, maybe a little.)

Also, what'chu got against Beyond the Beyond?  It's a...  well, it's...  umm...  it's not bad.  It's not good, either, but it's...  okay, fine, it's kinda bland.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Neverland is nevermore.
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:27:24 pm »
I actually did enjoy the action-RPG re-imagining of Lufia II.  And I've heard that Rune Factory 4 is actually quite excellent.

Very disappointing to see them go.  Lufia II remains one of my favorite RPG experiences, and from what I've played of Energy Breaker, it's pretty cool as well.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Sega CD rememberance thread
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:30:05 pm »
I only liked Shining Force CD, Snatcher and Keio Flying Squadron. The rest of the games I saw blew or weren't much better than genesis games.
There was more worthwhile there than that, although I'm not sure if you tried some of the other good stuff.  Eternal Blue is one of 'em, Popful Mail is quite good, too.  But there were a lot of games, as you say, that weren't really any better than Genesis games.  In fact, there were quite a few that were basically Genesis games with redbook audio.

Snatcher is indeed a great game.  Well, text adventure / visual novel / whatever it is.  Amazing atmosphere, even now.  Even if it did swipe liberally from Blade Runner and Terminator.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Sega CD rememberance thread
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:12:36 am »
I have a CDX.
And I mainly use it to play Shining Force CD.
I want one of those.  They're pretty sweet.

(Shining Force CD was pretty awesome, too.)

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Sega CD rememberance thread
« on: September 25, 2013, 04:15:00 pm »
I got a Sega CD...  when the Dreamcast came out.  Friend of mine sold it to me with a Genesis (also the first I owned) for $30.  It needs some work now, I think the track limiters are goofed, as the laser motor gears grind now when sliding on the rails.  And the Genesis has developed audio crackling something fierce.  Probably a capacitor issue, although I suppose it could be an issue with the chip itself.

Good thing I've got replacements.  :)

My favorite game on the system?  Easily Lunar: Eternal Blue.  I like it better than the PSX remake.  It's right there with Phantasy Star IV as one of the best games of that generation.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Steam entering the next stage
« on: September 25, 2013, 04:08:20 pm »
I know what they're trying to do...  I'm just not sure someone's going to go out and buy one of these if they're already heavy into PC gaming.  Seems like they may be missing the market.  But who knows, maybe they'll take out Microsoft and Sony, and we'll be bowing to our new digital, non-ownership overlords.

EDIT:  And please note, I don't hate Steam.  I have lots of Steam games!  But I'm under no illusions as to what it is.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Favorite Obscure Genesis Games?
« on: September 24, 2013, 01:57:09 pm »
Remember, even Gunstar Heroes didn't sell all that well.  It's not obscure anymore, but it was back in the day, I suppose.  Light Crusader definitely counts.  I actually played through the entirety of Treasure's Genesis catalog for some articles not too long ago.  McDonald's Treasure Land is pretty obscure, but it's not as good as its spiritual successor, Dynamite Headdy (seriously, I think they may be using the same engine), and by the same token, Yu Yu Hakusho is interesting as basically a proto-Guardian Heroes.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Favorite really obscure SNES games?
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:54:01 pm »
Operation Logic Bomb
Oh yeah, that's an awesome game.  It's not terribly long, about what you'd expect from an average arcade game, but it's loads of fun while it lasts.

Did anyone mention Holy Umbrella: Dondera's Wild!!?  If not, then I am.  Gid did a great job with that release.  :)

EDIT:  Of course, given that Gideon actually posted this topic, he'd already know about it and then some.  Still, anyone that hasn't tried it should do so.  :D

Gaming Discussion / Re: Favorite really obscure SNES games?
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:21:42 pm »
The only thing that comes to mind that is obscure and good/something I enjoyed is Dragon View.
Yes to this.  Dragon View proves to be one of the best action-RPGs on the system (and almost no one talks about it!).

Also, it seems like I've mentioned it like a million times, and it may not even be considered obscure anymore, but I will always recommend Demon's Crest.

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: 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.

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