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About rpgking

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  1. I've been playing Tales of Vesperia on the xbox 360. This is the first Tales game since Symphonia that I really enjoy. Sometimes I've played the game for 4 hours at a time...a record for me nowadays.
  2. I must play through games quick then, because my DQVIII game took about 70 hours including the Dragovian trials. I played DWVII at about the same pace, though I had to grind a lot more in DWVII.
  3. DWVII is definitely the longest DQ/DW game. Playing through it normally without doing all the extras, it took me a little over 100 hours. Had I gone and did everything, I'd have put as much time as Slime Master did, or more. It was surprising how DQVIII took a serious plunge in the amount of content.
  4. I'm currently playing Dragon Quest Swords. I regret not getting this sooner, because it turned out to be a great game that I underestimated
  5. Overall, how do you rate Lost Odyssey, rpgking? (Story-wise, music, etc.) I plan on playing it next after Blue Dragon. Have you played Blue Dragon, yet? Made by the same people as Lost Odyssey. I'm hearing LO is one of (if not) the best RPGs right now for the XBox 360 by many people... that may change, though, with Tales of Vesperia later this summer. I have played & own Blue Dragon. I consider Blue Dragon to be a "modern traditional RPG". The story in Blue Dragon was a bit cliched but I enjoyed the game overall, since I am a fan of traditional RPGs. Lost Odyssey is in a whole other league than Blue Dragon, IMO. Although it does retain lots of traditional aspects, it also includes several innovations. On the story front, this can be extremely deep, or fairly standard depending on how much time you put into the game. What I am referring to in particular is the story of the main character, Kaim Argonar. It's told to you on the back of the box that he is an immortal man who has lived for 1000 years. Now you would think that someone who has lived for 1000 years must have had a very rich history, and it would be very difficult to fit into the scope of an RPG. And you would also think that an immortal like this will already have been developed enough to where it is impossible for him to learn many more lessons in life or improve as a person. Due to Kaim's unusual circumstances, rather than working his background and character development into the course of the game, the developers exposed this through a series of "dreams". The dreams themselves are like short stories that you actually read (these are not movies!), and there are visual aids and music/sound effects in the background to make them more interesting. The stories were very deep, interesting, and oftentimes sad, and it really did give me a sense of the kind of person Kaim turned out to be after 1000 years. I don't think they could have done this any other way... To see all of the dreams, sometimes you must go out of your way past the linear path of the game to initiate a dream sequence. On the battle system front, this game combines aspects of Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy IX. Similar to Final Fantasy VI's espers, the immortals in your party can "skill link" to a mortal who is in the party and learn skills from them. After gaining enough SP through a battle, the skill is learned, and then you can link/learn more skills. Like Final Fantasy IX, you can equip accessories and learn skills from these. As with linking, you need to gain enough SP to learn the accessory's skill, and then you can move on to another accessory. As your immortals' skill arsenal increases, you can mix/match them any way you want, as long as you have enough skill slots. I've had lots of fun with this system, and I keep trying out new ways to make my immortals unstoppable. This game is not totally linear. There is a point in time where it becomes fairly nonlinear, and you can do anything you want (as there are lots of sidequests) before going back to the main story arc. And although it appears initially that there is no walkable overworld map, this is not entirely the case... I really like the music in this game, as it brings back memories of older final fantasies. This is not surprising since Nobuo Uematsu composed the score. I'm considering getting the soundtrack to this. Rating: Story: 9 Music: 10 Graphics: 10 Gameplay: 9
  6. I'm on the 4th disc of Lost Odyssey for the XBox360 and I'm about 50 hours in. This game is just amazing, and it's the first RPG in a while that I could play for over 2 hours at a time and still have the desire to keep going.
  7. Member impersonation is just tasteless...

  8. My currently playing list: -Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) -Final Fantasy V (GBA/DS) -Mass Effect (Xbox360) -Tales of Phantasia PSX (PC) Yeah...I'm not very good at sticking with one game. What I've recently completed: -Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS) -Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PC) -Rogue Galaxy (PS2)
  9. I've been playing Baten Kaitos Origins on the Gamecube, and this is the first game in a while that I had to force myself to stop playing at times. The story just draws me in like no other, and the battle system has been overhauled greatly since the first game. Now it is actually fast-paced semi active-time, and as always battles are a real test of skill. The bosses in this game can be so unforgiving at times (I've died A LOT), and that just makes the game more appealing in my opinion since RPGs nowadays are way too easy. This is a must-have RPG for the Gamecube, and probably the last that the system will see.
  10. Later on, Terranigma has so much depth to it and it's amazing that an action RPG was able to achieve this level of depth. Definitely one of my most favorite games of all time.
  11. Sure, I would like those ISOs I've already seen the insane prices that Suikoden II goes for, and I don't think I'd be buying these from eBay. I'll be on AIM this weekend including Friday evening as rpgkingDWL. I forgot what my MSN messenger account was. EDIT: This was a response to Kage, obviously. By the way, for Suikoden V fans who've completed the game but missed an awesome but sad scene involving Roy, here it is. I didn't see this scene because of one of the choices I made, but it was for the best... It'll be a long time til I replay Suikoden V again just to make alternate choices(since I have lots of other games on my list) so I just watched this on youtube. Oh and obviously, that is a MAJOR SPOILER, so do not watch this movie unless you've completed the game or gotten near the end of the game.
  12. I finished Suikoden V on Monday. This game had one of the best and most thorough storylines I've come across in a long time, and it makes me want to go and play some of the other Suikodens I missed out on(Like 1 & 2). It's amazing how there were so many characters, and a good majority of them are memorable characters who have a backstory to them.
  13. A fellow Heroes of Might and Magic fan? It's a rare occasion to meet someone who has even heard of the Heroes of Might and Magic series. Yes, I'm estactic and can't wait to play Heroes V when it comes out next month. Heroes IV wasn't bad, but I still prefer Heroes III (especially with the Armegeddon expansion). Great series that I've played since day 1 (back in 1995 I think the first Heroes game was released). I've also played since day 1. HoMM was the game that forced me to upgrade to Windows 95. It wouldn't run on my Windows 3.11 system, so I just "had" to have a new computer my senior year of high school. I had a Chinese friend, Wei, that would come over and we'd play campaigns on HoMM for hours. Never played HoMM2, but I had it, because in '98 or '99 I bought HoMM 1-3 pack and I promised myself that I was going to start with 2 and then play 3, but I played 3 right away and fell in love. I beat all the campaigns and then downloaded fan game after fan game from the internet. I only downloaded the Very Large maps with great stories. Ahh... memories. My current computer won't run the HoMM V demo, so feeling depressed, I went out and got HoMM 4 with both expansions. I'll be playing through them into the summer! Yeah, I got about 20 hours in Atelier Iris and now it's just sitting gathering dust. I bought it the day before Grandia III came out, and really, I shouldn't have started it, knowing that I was getting Grandia, but I did. I've put in a few weekend marathons to get to the 20 hour mark, but I kept getting sidetracked by playing Grandia III, FFI&II Dawn of Souls, and now KHII and HoMM IV. I'll beat it, but it'll probably sit till summer. I'll get Atelier Iris if it's suggested by someone here after the price drop later in a few months. What else is really coming out? Cool, I'm also working on FFI&II. I got this a while back, but never finished. Recently I started playing where I left off, and I forgot how cool the new dungeons are.
  14. I still need to finish the first Atelier Iris. I kept getting sidetracked with other stuff when playing that game. And now having Suikoden V doesn't help the Atelier Iris situation since I can't get enough of it! lol Anyway, I'll be visiting here a lot more often now.
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