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Tomorrow On The Dot
April 29th, 2007

Andrew Long - 3:03 EDT

I REALLY MUST START writing these on the proper date. Matt, it seems, has encountered difficulties as a result of an appointment he thought he had with Rogers to set up internet in his new place. As a result, you get me, me, me and nothing but ME all week! Isn't that swell? I think it's swell. It's definitely swell.

Ahem. Letter time!




LETTERS
You little rascals...


Can you tell me any of the 3 endings? Haven't played the game :)

That was the joke of the day ;)

Now to some real business :) I don't get the hype around FFXII. I don't think it's THAT great. Sure it's a good game, but i'm more the FF6 + FF7 (also FFX) kinda guy :)

Im also itching to play Suikoden 5, as i've heard is more like the first two games. Is that correct? Right now i'm playing Rogue Galaxy for the PS2, and PoPoLoCrois for the PSP. Love those games ;)

Now, naming animals. I wanted to name our cat Ifrit, but my wife didn't agree. We ended up Calling him "Lukas" (Luke in english).

Cheerio from Norway,
Steffmeister

Andrew

I think the hype around FFXII is fairly easily explained; it's the first traditional FF game in six years. No, I don't count X-2 or any of the myriad sequels to FFVII as traditional FFs, and FFXI is the furthest thing from it. In any case, there's also the fact that a certain portion of the population was teed off over various elements of FFX, so while XII takes the series even further from its ATB roots than X did, I still find it somehow more traditional, somehow, than X was. There's also the fact that it's awesome covered with wicked sauce.

Suikoden V is indeed like the first two games, in that it follows the Suikoden Archetype. It's also better than either of them, although 2 is fairly close in terms of goodness, and tops it slightly in the music department. I almost bought a used copy of Rogue Galaxy last week, but I was saving my funds for some impulse buys of a sartorial nature, so I didn't end up getting it.

Finally, the naming of kittens! I have no idea what I'm going to name any of them presently; the only one I even call anything at the moment is the black one, who has earned the moniker Blackie, a terribly creative choice if I do say so myself. This will likely turn to something much more dramatic and terrifying, like Smogface or King Deathington or Sprinkles, so never fear; I haven't lost my flair for saddling cats with awful, awful names. Also: screw Lukas, buy another cat! Ifrit is the wave of the future!



Hint: If you want my mail filter to stop "eating" your letters, make them about a quarter this length :P


Hi Andrew. Since Matt is so terrible at this, I'm gonna try one out with you:
"Why don't you ask him, if he's going to stay
Why don't you ask him, if he's going away
Why don't you tell me, what's going on
Why don't you tell me, who's on the phone..."

This song is hardly obscure, so go ahead and give me the pertinent information.
Andrew

Sorry bro, Fleetwood Mac's not my bag.

Couple of little issues first. As you well know, I support Q&A wholeheartedly. But your email filter is clearly possessed by gremlins because it likes to eat my messages. So go boot it upside the head for me. What's your stance on having Tingle's DS game released in English?
Andrew

Utter indifference tinged with scorn; I hate Tingle like pestilence.

Okay, now for the biggie. Last week I advised Draconn, the proud owner of a newly acquired Saturn, to pick up Shining Force III Scenario 2 and 3. We're about to go into why I refuse to reconsider that advisory, and it requires a bit of game history first. So let's time travel back to 1998.... Sega of America in the early months of the year made the decision to localize four final titles for the Saturn, which was essentially dead across the Pacific by then. Those four titles were the House of the Dead, Burning Rangers, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Shining Force III Scenario 1. SF III Scenario 1 was released in English, then Sega of America essentially hibernated for a year prior to the Dreamcast's launch thanks to utter idiocy.

Shining Force III was developed by Camelot BELCH
This is obviously a noveletter. And I wouldn't have it any other way, for few subjects rouse such passion within me as this.

JuMeSyn

Andrew

Yes, it is a noveletter, and you lost me at "Camelot". Anyone who recommends Camelot games to others is obviously an awful, awful person. You must never seek to do so here again.



Try some of column A, try ALL of column B?


Hey,

Which system do you think will take the cake for RPGs coming up? I recently bought a wii for Super Paper Mario, which is fantastic by the way but the line up for the Wii looks a little sparce. I am hoping Dragon Quest Swords will make its way over here and I'm looking forward to the new Fire Emblem but what else do I have to look forward to?

And yes I do know this is old news, but I am still very excited that Dragon Quest 9 will not be doing away with the classic Dragon Quest combat. I still get a little nostalgic when I hear the spell sound effect from the older DQ games.

Do you think HP levels are getting too high? I just feel I can not do the math in my head when someone does 2789 damage to me. I loved in older games when a monster performs a critical hit towards the end of the game doing 25 damage and you find yourself heading to the reset button.

And how bad was Ephermal Fantasia?
Jeffrey

Andrew

RASCALITY! It's almost as if you all think I'd actually pay money for EF... In any case, I am hard-pressed to say which system will win out in the RPG department, because none of them are looking terribly hot at present. Or, at least, none is looking any hotter than the others. The 360 has various Mistwalker games, while Sony, in the distant future, will have FFXIII. The Wii, meanwhile, has all your Zelda and Mario RPG needs covered, along with a new entry in the FF:CC series, plus Nintendo just bought Monolith, but there's no real way to say whether any of that will matter in the end. So my advice to you is this: if you don't have a DS, get one. If you do, you're in RPGTown for the nonce, cuz that's the place where most of the best RPGs are landing currently.

As to DQIX: the classic battle system has never been an issue for me either, and if the hordes of Pokémon fans are any indication, people will be willing to live with it for some time to come. Finally, I have no issue with HP levels, and I don't quite see why you would think they've been getting higher in recent years. Pretty much the only game that busts the 9999 barrier is Disgaea, and if you're whining about subtraction with four-digit numbers, I've been doing that since I was 4. I'm pretty sure it's not that hard.



Intangibly phut


Dear guy, FREE TOPI--oh wait, I said that last time... Speaking of free, I'm finally free from my burdenous load of school work for the semester!! Except I do have finals, so read that as *almost free*. On to my rpg question: When I dropped Wild Arms Alter Code: F like a bad habit, do you think I was in the right? What I'm really wondering is have you ever played an rpg that simply reeked of blahness to such a degree that you eventually stopped playing for fear of it making your life equally as blah? If you're wondering, "blah" to me ranks somewhere above smelly crap and just below mediocre. No longer kasizzled, yet perhaps just pfargtled, -Pseudonym

Andrew

Having played through such gems as Beyond the Beyond, Dual Hearts, Rhapsody and DBZ: Legacy of Goku, I can tell you with a certainty that it takes a mightily terrible game to offend me to the point of dropping it. Still, I do frequently wander off when things grow boring; I've been at the final dungeon of SO2 for about 4 years now, and am still no closer to actually, you know, finishing it.



Personal to K.D. McAllister


Please remove the encoding from your letter so I can actually read it! Also, please make it shorter <3





IN CLOSING

Hmm. So according to Sony, there was no actual consumption of goat at their party, just the carcass of a goat plus some savory intestine stew. Sometimes we in the media get caught up in our search for the truth, and this reporter would like to issue apologies to the following individuals:

(this list travels too fast to read any names except "Michael Greenhut")

For tomorrow... wow. I'm really out of topics... Um, our news columns are back, yay!? No, that will never do...Ah, I know. There has been some dispute lately about the actual RPGness of Super Paper Mario. How pure do you like your RPGs? Do you just want fight-item-magic-run, or do you have no objections to grabbing two swords and actioning it up? Discuss! And remember, if your letter is longer than a third of my screen, you risk the bluey touch of death!



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