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Gaming Discussion / Re: Best RPG
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:55:12 am »
Good rule of thumb for these types of threads: "Best" is an absolute term. Obviously, entertainment is a very subjective medium, and everyone's opinions are always going to differ. Me, I start taking things with a grain of salt the moment I see the word 'best' and find a poll.

Washing w/hot water and applying neosporin is the 'best' way to treat a cut so it won't get infected. Wearing a raincoat and using an umbrella is the 'best' way to keep dry if you have to walk out in the rain.

The answer to the question "what is the 'best' RPG," then, is far far too wide-open to be taken very seriously, especially when your list consists of 8-10 entries...there are few more than that which are excellent even from the era it's culled from alone.

I'd reccommend changing the thread title to "What is the Best RPG from this list."

Thanks for the Input. I looked through the repl.ies and did some looking of my own and added many other options

"Actual good English"?
A modern Nintendo localization can't be that poor in "good English", can it?
I was joking lol. I know it's supposed to be proper English not actual good English. I was merely taking a stab at the games. And yes, the English is quite poor in the games. There would be points in the game when I'd be completely sucked out of the immersion due to how poor the English was

Gaming Discussion / Re: Best RPG
« on: April 21, 2019, 01:37:34 am »
It's always been a tough call between Chrono Trigger and Earthbound.  Today, I'm going to have to go with Earthbound.  Slogging through Chrono Trigger to get all the new endings just did so much to kill my enthusiasm for the game.
I felt the same way after a while too. My one and only issue with Earthbound is how slow the opening segment is. Other than that it's a solid game

Newcomer's Board / Re: Help Wanted!
« on: April 20, 2019, 10:19:13 pm »
I likely don't quality for the "people who know what they're doing" bit since I'm also in the learning process with my first project, but I can link some resources that could possibly be of help.

First off, I'd recommend checking out the Getting Started section if you haven't already:

Also which PMD game are you talking about, specifically? I'm guessing Red/Blue since you mentioned original, but even with those two you're looking at two different platforms (GBA vs DS).

Red & Blue Rescue Team have some tools / documentation here that might be useful:

You might want to check out the forums/clubs too. I don't know of specific people you can ping off hand, but there are some threads regarding PMD romhacking in there if you search for them.

Lastly, I'm not sure what you mean by fixing wonky dialogue. Do you mean editing the script (similar to translation)? editing the font so that it fits better? etc.

Thanks so much! I was referring to Red And Blue Rescue Team. I meant that the grammar in the game is quite poor so I just wanted to make a version with an edited script that fixed these issues. Your input will definitely help me reach this goal!

A hack of the OG Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games but this hack will feature actual good English

News Submissions / Re: Translations: Pokémon Diamond for the NES?!
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:28:04 pm »
It looks amazing so far! Pokemon Diamond is my personal favourite and I can't wait to see the finished product.

Newcomer's Board / Help Wanted!
« on: April 20, 2019, 03:20:21 pm »
Hey, I've never done any hacking before so I'm clueless on what I'm supposed to do. What I want to do is fix the wonky dialogue in the original Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games. I just need some help from people who know what they're doing to make this happen. I'd really appreciate some help. Thanks in advance! =)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Best RPG
« on: April 20, 2019, 02:58:46 pm »
Phantasy Star!

Ok, I admit it's not the definitive best... but it's short, sweet, the music's great, the sprites are pretty, and you get to fight dragons with a lightsaber.  What's not to love?

Those sound like things I'd be interested in. I'll give it a try when I have time.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Best RPG
« on: April 20, 2019, 02:45:10 pm »
Seiken Densetsu 3 & Secret of Mana - Pretty good games (counting hacks) but more hack 'n slash really. ~7.5/10

Chrono Trigger - Best of this lot. 8.5/10

Final Fantasy III/VI - Honestly had more fun with 5 but it's an ambitious and polished game for the time. 8/10

Earthbound/Mother 2 - Nice writing, unusual setting and some cool ideas here, but middling gameplay overall

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow - Eh

Final Fantasy II/IV - Not bad for the time and the j2e fan translation is fun. 7/10

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - Pretty good if a bit shallow and repetitive. Some creative ideas. 7.5/10

Breath of Fire II - Seems poorly balanced and translated but I like the spritework a lot. ?/10

The 7th Saga - Dunno

Fair enough. I love Final Fantasy II/IV but my primary issues is the overflow of babying in the game. The game spells out many things that the player easily could've inferred themselves and it takes away from the experience. Final Fantasy III/VI is another example of almost an almost perfect game. I have more problems with this game than I do with FFIV but that's probably because Final Fantasy III is a much bigger game. Final Fantasy III is a completionist's nightmare. The amount of different things to do in this game is gut wrenching. There are Strago's Lores, Mog's Dances, Gau's Rages, and many of these are missable. The Espers and the stat maxing is a mind boggling experience for new players and to be honest I stopped playing the game for years because of how overwhelmed I was. It's a solid game but it could've been handled better. I agree with you on Final Fantasy V. It's my personal favourite in the series. I love the amount of customization available to the player with the newly mastered job system and Galuf is pretty amazing. All of the protagonists in the game are very well thought out and I love them dearly but Galuf is a whole other story. He's funny and witty and kind and most importantly he's the father figure of the main protagonist, Bartz/Butz. My only issue is he started the amnesia trend and none of us appreciate that. What happens to Galuf was the first thing to make me cry in a game and I'll probably always remember it. I don't know if you noticed but I play these games too much and I'll continue to do so for years.

Gaming Discussion / Best Classic RPG (Heavily Revised)
« on: April 20, 2019, 01:22:56 am »
I'm just curious on what people thought of these games. They are considered by many to be the best RPGs and many of us have played them so I figured it only made sense to see which was the best of the best. =)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Good PS4 Games to pick up early on?
« on: April 20, 2019, 01:14:28 am »
I'd have to recommend Red Dead Redemption II. It's an excellent game and is one of the few games that has made me cry and think about my life. There are hours upon hours of things to do in the game and I'm still discovering things despite the countless hours I've invested in it. Playing the first game isn't imperative either as Red Dead Redemption II is a prequel which initially takes place 12 years before the events of the first one. The people you meet in the game are so engaging and unique. They all have established relationships with one-another so they never feel like they're just filler. Overall the game is the most lifelike experience I've ever felt. There were times where I'd forget I was in the real world because of how entranced I was by the game. This isn't just a good game. It's a masterpiece and I'm positive you'll love it the way I do. 

Gaming Discussion / Re: Underrated Games
« on: April 20, 2019, 01:07:40 am »
Shining Soul II is an great game that I never hear anyone talk about. It's not anywhere close to the level of RPGs like Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger but it holds its own considering it's one of those obscure GBA games that we've all played at one point or another. Shining Souls II is a traditional Action-RPG with with a simple yet efficient leveling system. Upon leveling up in Shining Souls II the player is given skill points that come in two forms. There are skill points that affect basic stats and then there are skill points that are spent on weapon skills which will cause new weapon abilities to be unlocked. One of the main selling points of the game is the main character selection. There are several different playable characters with their own classes, unique stat allocations, and weapon specializations. The game's soundtrack is fairly dull but that's to be expected from a GBA game and the story isn't exactly thrilling but I'd still recommend it to RPG and Action fans alike. Overall I'd have to rate Shining Souls II a 7/10.

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