Due to annoying circumstances I was not able to try out Shadow Hearts so since I already had Mana Khemia ready to go I tried it. I found myself laughing out loud within the first few minutes because of something the cat said. I never would have seen that one coming.
I played it for about an hour and half before I finally got tired and had to go to bed (not because it was a JRPG, fufufu...).
Just like with Persona 3+4, I like the whole "going to school and having a schedule" thing with a home base that you keep returning to. I find that refreshing for a genre where you more often find yourself wandering from place to place until the game is finished. The battle system feels VERY quick for a turn-based RPG. I'm loving that. I also like how the main character seems like he in a fog the whole time. That's a refreshing change of pace from the ususal "arrogant tough guy".
So far I'm actually enjoying it a lot more than the other Gust/NIS games I've played (which I have yet to finish). You can def tell it's the same developer. It had the same style of graphics, music, characters, etc. It even had some of the same sound fx. The atmosphere isn't really what I was looking for, but at the same time I'm kind of a sucker for the whole "cute and fun" thing it's got going on. Like with the other games these guys have made, much of the characters and music is kinda funny, like it borders on parody or something. I'm also a sucker for that sort of thing (Carranger, Akibaranger). Mana Khemia has not disappointed.
Holy crap. Glad I played the import when it was released.
Yeah I don't think it's even possible for the voice-acting to be any worse than it is. I would say if they had used kids or something but then that wouldn't just be a problem with VA, it would be a problem with casting.
Heroes of Might and Magic: Quest for the Dragon Bone Staff is a pretty good RPG game you should check out.
You know, I don't think I've ever even heard of that one. That's why I like these threads.
Both Dark Cloud and Dark Cloud 2 are fantastic Soul blazer/Roguelike hybrids.
I've played it before but it was just a quick test run. It was def worth going back to though.
Also, Dragon Quest 8 is certainly a must play if you enjoy DQ5.
I've heard good things about it so once I can get DQ5 patched correctly and finish it I'll move straight on to 8.
I'd reccomend Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. It's a bit more strategy than Rpg, but it fuses the two together in a way that is quite awesome. Battles aren't grid-based like a tactics game, instead you have a range that you can freely move your characters around in. You get techniques that have area effects or can go in a straight line ala Chrono Trigger.
That sounds cool. I always liked that about CT. If you just take an extra second to think about who or how you are going to attack you can get more bang for your buck and end the battle(s) quicker. Seems like there's a lack of that sort of versatility with attacks in a lot of RPG battles.