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  • Illusion of Gaia   3 years 25 weeks ago

    I've just completed Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia back to back, and just started a file on Terranigma for the first time.

    It's easy to see the evolution in game mechanics as this series progressed (even only being 30 minutes into Terra). Soul Blazer was simple enough, with next to nothing to do besides freeing souls to open doors or unlock a villager that will give you some deus ex machina item/effect/etc. Then we get to Illusion of Gaia, a game that seems much more ambitious at first, but ends up being even more linear in the end. But hey, the dungeons were incredibly fun atleast. Terranigma actually feels like a complex game thus far, with an actual over world map with exploration, a real item and equipment menu, and the best artistic design the series had seen to date, it's a damn shame the series didn't have much of a future (Granstream Saga is a spiritual sequel to the series, but it ended there).

    But back to Illusion of Gaia. The game suffered from two things mainly: The goddamn awful translation (which was made even more awful by forced censoring at the last minute) that made the plot completely incomprehensible, and the game was too damned linear. The graphical design was above average Enix fare for the time (early Enix produced games seemed to always look bad for some reason), and the gameplay was pretty top notch. As far as the actual story goes, I'm sure that a translation with some effort put forth could yield a pretty deep plot, but there are still alot of questions to be asked (such as, why the hell did the Jackal get mentioned barely at all into the game, but only brought back during the last 30 minutes, only to be immediately killed? Or how about telling us a bit about the King who wanted some sort of power that was never explained to us). It wasn't a good plot, despite the perception of depth that themes of life, evolution, humanitarian progress, etc., making people think different.

    Just my two cents, though I know no one will ever read this, and I may never again either!

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 27 weeks ago

    If you want a game that is more adult oriented I suggest looking at the series the Persona franchise spun off. Shin Megumi Tensei still has the demon negotiating gameplay as of IV, and no social links as far as I can see.

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare   3 years 28 weeks ago

    pfft. the fact that this got a good score means I shouldn't consider any of your reviews.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 29 weeks ago

    umad bro? Lol secretly you love skyrim, you know you do.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 29 weeks ago

    I too have little love for this game and thought Eternal Punishment was a vastly superior game. Gone is a lot of the whiny teen drama--I played this game during my high school years and I didn't relate to any of these characters because they're all exaggerated putzes who, if I met them in reality, would likely recommend they work on their issues and potentially get help. Seriously I've known a lot of people in high school and not one of them were nearly as big of a loser as any of these characters who we're supposed to 'relate to' in Persona 3.

    Wish Atlus would drop this whole school dating sim + weak story teen drama bit and just go back to the adult-oriented Persona 2 type of story. And drop the social link crap. I'd much rather have demon negotiation back, especially since with modern tech they could actually program more believable personalities into the demons when you converse with them. But chances are Atlus will never go back because I guess the average Persona fan loves the high school dating sim uguu kawaii desu sugoi crap.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 29 weeks ago

    What This guy said.

    "With Persona 3, the downfall of the Persona series began.
    This great and epic series turned into a simplified and pussified dating sim with plastic pop music.
    Persona 1 and 2 were better as they:
    - were darker and more mature games
    - had better music (I like Meguro's work on Shin Megami Tensei, but plastic pop doesn't suit the real Persona)
    - were portraying a consistent world with Philemon, Nyarlathotep and Satomi Tadashi which were dropped in later games
    - allowed you to choose your companion's Personas
    - had demon negotiation
    - unlocked new personas with tarot cards. Jack Frost inheriting fire spells via demon fusion is not really plausible
    - had more unique demons instead of lazily reusing the Shin Megami Tensei monsters"

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 29 weeks ago

    Fuck this review fuck people like you go masturbate to skyrim or something i hate reading posters like you every fucking time burn in hell, you don't know shit about games.

  • Video Game High School   3 years 30 weeks ago

    I love games. The Familiar characters of Warcraft's past versions, such as Grom Hellscream, Ner'zhul and Blackhand, will also appear here.

  • Nintendo Power #37 - My First Video Game Magazine   3 years 31 weeks ago

    I had gotten Metroid II for my birthday that year and really appreciated this issue showing me where everything was (I got to the Queen without the Varia, and after going back for it I discovered that I hadn't found enough missiles to actually kill her)! This is actually my favourite Nintendo Power, but that is because it is far more enjoyable if one is a fantasy gamer such as myself.

    Dragon Strike is excellent if you've enough enthusiasm for dragon-fighting to pursue it. As shown in the Wikipedia article to which you linked, the original was a combat flight simulator that played quite differently from the NES top-down shooter version, but the NES version actually tried to reproduce several of the PC version's missions in 2D form. The stage maps were tiny, but the original dragon artwork was quite cool!

    Aaron's comment about Arcana is spot on. I enjoyed it a lot, but as with so many of this issue's screenshot you really have to peer/squint very closely to see how cool it is...lol

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 37 weeks ago

    With Persona 3, the downfall of the Persona series began.
    This great and epic series turned into a simplified and pussified dating sim with plastic pop music.
    Persona 1 and 2 were better as they:
    - were darker and more mature games
    - had better music (I like Meguro's work on Shin Megami Tensei, but plastic pop doesn't suit the real Persona)
    - were portraying a consistent world with Philemon, Nyarlathotep and Satomi Tadashi which were dropped in later games
    - allowed you to choose your companion's Personas
    - had demon negotiation
    - unlocked new personas with tarot cards. Jack Frost inheriting fire spells via demon fusion is not really plausible
    - had more unique demons instead of lazily reusing the Shin Megami Tensei monsters

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   3 years 38 weeks ago

    Omg... I just have to say that the soundtrack in every SMT game is awesome, including P3... The soundtrack IS the game as much as the combat system, the demon fusion, the dialogue. It just makes the identity of the game.

  • The Hobbit   3 years 39 weeks ago

    That's a lie. You know nothing of good gaming. That game is excellent as everything related to Tolkien. Once, I ate an ice-cream that promoted Jackson's The Two Towers, and I tell you: It was the most delicious ice-cream ever!

  • Chrono Trigger   3 years 40 weeks ago

    I'll admit the fact that this game was a fantastic one ever. . I found it a bit inconsistent between how he spoke as a human being, then how he spoke as a frog. Still i enjoy playing this game. This can be categorized best game now and ever.! Thanks for remembering me the amazing game through your post.

  • Okami   3 years 47 weeks ago

    It is surely a good game but to much dialogue for me. Yeah I need a tutorial, yes I need interaction with the people but then release me from my chains! That didn't happend in Okami. Zelda has the right balance. Skyrim is almost to much freedom but in Okami I never fellt "free"...stopped after the fight against some sort ninja boss fight or something like that.

  • Bioshock   3 years 49 weeks ago
    D:

    Dude, Calm Down, We All Have Opinions. :l

  • Link's Crossbow Training   3 years 49 weeks ago

    Links Crossbow Training... 100/10

  • Borderlands 2   3 years 51 weeks ago

    Question, does the other 3 vault hunters come back somehow?

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life   4 years 3 days ago

    Its not a great white shark, looks like a tiger shark but not a tiger shark either, they just use a generic shark shape!

  • Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One   4 years 1 week ago

    I got an excellent re-mastered compilation of the three titles. I have been playing Ratchet & Clank since the very beginning. This is still my favorite game series of all time. click here Well, I can finally play those PS2 classics in HD format.

  • Sleeping Dogs   4 years 6 weeks ago

    I bought Sleeping Dogs in the recent Steam sale. Great game, better than any GTA IMHO.

  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night   4 years 8 weeks ago

    I've only played through a single time as of yet and it's one of my favorite games, ever. As for the music not standing out? You've got to be kidding me. I remember every single track in the game, very classical victorian-era inspired with a memorable tune for every area of the game, completely fitting for the atmosphere. Can you say that about 99% of Beethoven or Vivaldi's music? Michiru Yamane is one of the best female videogame composers around and a pioneer for the industry as far as I'm concerned. For you to write it off as something that doesn't really stand out is flat out wrong. The graphics are super detailed for small scale pixel art and flawless for its time, try looking at one of the area or boss sprites and you'll see what I'm talking about. See, I hate stupid biased reviews like this. I don't care if you didn't like the first hour of the game and that's the ongoing theme for this site. SOTN is not meant to be played and enjoyed in a single hour. I don't understand why you chose it as such. You have to take it in. Don't review it if you don't understand it because people will actually read this and believe it.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   4 years 8 weeks ago

    I get how the game comes to be too repetitive and that the characters talk too much. But I would disagree with some of the things said about tartarus. It isn't a bad thing that you can't see the monster you're about to fight before you fight it. It isn't a big deal if the monster is too tough for you, because you can run away. Pokemon doesn't let you know what you're about to fight, but no one complains about that?
    And it's not actually a big deal that characters are harassing you about hanging out, because all they're doing is offering you the opportunity to build their social link. If you want them to stop, complete their social link. Then they so talking to you and you can live happily ever after with chihiro.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   4 years 12 weeks ago

    "Because we aren't discussing of it as a game of general mean, we're specifically talking about Jrpg here. Try to compare this game's battle system with any other Rpg will make it look really bad. You like garbage, it's your choice, but saying rubbish is great just makes no sense.

    From the view of a long time rpg player, I'd say this game failed in rpg genre, but definitely succeeded in visual novel and dating sim category. You like the latter genres then of course this game suits you well, but don't , just please don't praise it as a good rpg."

    Sure , you're an experienced rpg player good for you. Lets not repect other peoples opinion and assume they only play garbage games.
    As a gamer ( not rpg player per se ) I like Persona 3. Sure the battle system is not the best, but the overall feel it has is better than many other "respected " titles ( Tales of Xillia comes to mind ) . I'm pretty sure that I have a good feeling what makes a good game ( for me ) as one has been around since the Missile Command on the atari 2600 days. Plenty of rpg's among those too

    The problem with your post is not that voice your opinion. Think that persona 3 is garbage all you want. Thinking that your opinion is worth more than anothers however is utter BS.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   4 years 14 weeks ago

    Good side: this game is fun. answering the question is fun. for me tho. it's like i can be me, i got option to chose. and it's three option! not just 2. eheh. and i pretty like tartarus. it's so challanging for me like i need to owned each block. need to get stronger until all enemies i've found are distressed. the story is good too. i've laughed to some convos between junpei and yukari xD i play this game (Persona 3 Portable). i like how tricky the enemies are. like there's an enemy with ice symbol on it's head. i thought it's power is ice.but then it's their weakness. (some shows their power, some shows their wekness lol)

    Bad side: well, need to read the guides tho. the class quiz.. well i thought if i pay attention to what the teacher say i can find the answer but no (some might be yes or is it just me. i need to google every question. i swear i've read the text what the teacher say. a lot battle tips to fight boss. i didn't read the guides that time i keep using my magic (zio) to fight the 3rd boss (i think) then i keep dying for many times. when i try carefully just to use attack or bash like that the boss would never use it's deathly skill -___- and also the fusing tips, our charms, academics, bla bla bla guide guideguide..
    *plus for the P3P: i hate how useless Orpheus is! we all want our first hero became the strongest ay?

    Boring side: velvet room is boring! like gosh i've spent most of times just to see and learn about fusing thingy and some of elizabeth's request are clueless........... :'(

    fyi i didn't follow the walkthrough at all. i've play p3p, p3fes, and p4. i re-playing P3P just now and it's still addicting.

  • Bit.Trip Runner   4 years 15 weeks ago

    Yeah, that was my exact problem with the game. I tried playing with the sound on and the sound muted, and played far better with the sound muted. I would love the game if only it asked me to press buttons in time with the music, but it doesn’t – the music can only be appreciated by a spectator, not the player. The music is just a distraction to the player.

    Sadly, the sequel Runner2 has the same problem. At least the standalone music-only soundtracks to the games are nice – though not as nice as the in-game music with the obstacle-clear sound effects.