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I decided to play through Xenogears for the second time, but I have a couple of catches. I'm gonna play it at home instead of on the black & white TV I brought to work, I'm gonna do it without any game shark or anything, totally legit, and here's the real kicker...I'M GONNA TRY TO KEEP TRACK OF THE STORY. I already decided that if I can't manage this, I'm going to condemn myself to playing WCW Thunder for an hour every night for a month. Believe me, Russian spies should use that when torturing CIA agents instead of shoving reeds under their fingernails or whatever they do.
Don't blame me if the Black and White TV gives the entire game some sort of bizarre 50's sit-com feel to it. I can see it now. Fei returns to his own Levittown home to greet Elly. Fei's wearing a plain brown suit (though it's hard to tell in grayscale), and a fedora that he hangs on a door peg. He's plenty tired after a day of slaying Deus and everything, and he's eager to meet his kooky red-headed wife. (Again, grayscale, I know.)
"Honey! I'm home!"
Elly walks in her pre-Mary Tyler Moore dress with an anxious look on her face.
"Elly," Fei asks, "What comic mischief have you engaged in while I, the man of the house, was out earning a living?"
Suddenly, Bart and Maria run screaming out of the kitchen as a beast made out of nanites munches on the remains of Rico.
"Waaah!" Elly cries, "I'm sorry Fei. I was making a casserole for you, but I accidentally added Nanotech probes when I should have added eggs! Wahhhh!"
"Oh Elly! I love you anyway!" (Cue the giddy theme song.)
No matter how many silly accidents she causes, Fei will never leave Elly. Two reasons, actually. One, his only other choice is Alice's corpse somewhere in the charred remains of Lahan. Also, Fei's completly expendable in the bedroom department. He already suffers from utter inadequacy when he compares himself to Elly's telescoping 'rod.'
"Why not? I don't have anything to lose but my life. . .and I got that for free!"
Setzer, of course, in FF6 when he joins your team.
|Ding Ding! ~ Tilde for the first right answer!|
For tomorrow's column, I've got a couple topics for the readers to write in about.
First, in recent news, we see that Enix is postponing development of Dragon Quest 8, meaning it will be quite a few years til we see the game. In contrast, Squaresoft usually only lets a year or two sit between each of its Final Fantasies. Keeping both of these examples in mind, how long do you think a company should wait before releasing a sequel to an RPG, and why?
Second, partially related to the first topic, though many games have sequels, many other games do not. Tell me which deserving RPG you'd like to see continued with a sequel or spin-off of some kind.
And Mario, though you probably get this a lot, what unreleased game are you looking forward to the most right now?
I'll leave the first two questions for ya'll to answer tomorrow. What game am I looking forward to the most? Let's see...
In the RPG department, I'd suppose the Arc the Lad collection. It looks like fun, and depending on the reviews, I may have to pick it up next time I get some cash.
"State of Emergency" Made by Rockstar games, the folks who brought you GTA3. Let me ask you something. Did you ever do something specificaly to piss someone off? Say your friend hates it when you snap your gum. Because your friend freaks out over this small detail, you do it over and over just to tease him and to get a kick out of his goofy reaction.
The Last Laugh:If you don't send letters to Aegis RIGHT NOW, I'm going to have Macho Man Randy Savage comeover to your house and beat the crap out of you with his walker! Do it now!
"Fall Creature! And Feed the Earth!"@rpgamer.com
Bit of a departure on this one. Easy, if you've played the game though.
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