Googleshng - March 28 '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time|
Power: Check! Internet connection: Check! Hands: Check! Brain: Check!
That's everything! Now just to connect to RPGa..mer... DOH! This just isn't the week for you Q&A readers
is it? The weekend host takes a two week vacation, and the weekday host gets beset upon by a bizarre
streak of catastrophes delaying every column. At least the server going poof for several of the wee hours
of the morning is externally observable so I won't get any "UR JST MAKING EXCUSES CUZ UR TO LASY TO UPDAT"
letters today. Or maybe I will. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of logic behind such things.
ANYWAY, on a much better note, recently all sorts of interesting news has been cropping up, so while it's
a tad behind schedule, today's column should at least be an interesting read.
How'd I forget THAT?
Google, just to add something: you said the only games you remember that have a night/day cicle are the Breath of Fire series, Diablo 2, and some Dragon Warrior games. But you forgot Seiken Densetsu 3 (excellent game BTW, I'm hoping it will be ported to the GBA like I've never hoped for any game before).
I can't believe I forgot that one, especially with Kevin being my favorite character and all. I also forgot
the more recent Pokémon games and various clones thereof.
Speaking of FM3 though, I'm told it's practically the only game to ever make use of the SNES' higher
resolution mode, and at that only used it horizontally.
phantasy star on gba ..can it be a good thing ? .. do we really want to trudge painstakingly through those nauseating dungeons again ..and no word on ps4 which is really the only one worth re-releasing ..
most people keen enough to play the first 3 nowadays Might have probably Emulated them or had some access .. its not gonna be fun on a handheld system without some sort of upgrade being administered to the series . phantasy star 3 is a mindless Quest for reproduction .. with mindless maze crawling fighting ... from sega consoles to nintendo handhelds . and wasnt there a saturn re-release or something ? . its going to be one questionable piece of plastic .. repackaged and redistributed . who do they think tehy are .. mcdonalds ?
p.s im not bagging the games just the chice of them for a GBA game .. i loved the games except 3 really.. too dodgy and unrelated .
You know, you could make the same statements about the DW and FF remakes, but they're doing just fine. Anyway, where to begin here?
All 4 PS games were indeed wedged into a compilation disc on the Saturn, but only in Japan, whereas we're
getting this one.
As long as there are grizzled old nostalgic freaks and people curious about older games, there will always
be a market for remakes.
I'm not going to defend PS3 much. It was made by a different development team and was only thinly connected
to the main series. Of course, I personally don't own a copy of it at the moment, so it would provide
the rationalization for me buying such a game bundle.
Now on to the main point. Where did you get this direct port with no improvements idea from? Last I checked,
Nintendo actually has a policy that nobody can port anything to a system of theirs without improving it
in some way. So, aside from obvious things like PS1 making use of all those extra buttons, I'm fairly
sure you could at least count on improved graphics and a new translation that'd be consistant with pronouns
WHAT IN BLAZES!!!!!
"Of even greater interest to fans of strategic RPGs is Square's
acquisition of the rights to the Ogre Battle Saga series ... Square
will be producing and publishing all future entries in the series."
Why must God forsake me?
While it is a very interesting development, I am filled with a certain
sense of dread about it. First off, I'm worried that Square will
make "changes" such as injecting it's style of both gameplay and
aestetics into the series. Especially trying to put more FFT elements
into the series, something I definatly do not approve of. FFT was the
sorriest of a tactical RPG ever (at least it was until the horror that
was Hoshigami was released). I'll grant that the OB series is not
without it's flaws in the games, but nothing compares to FFT in that
department. (I know that I'll get flak for this, being in the middle of
Square-ville itself. And don't say your site doesn't have a heavy bias
toward to Square because it does, mainly because of the community).
Second, will Square move the series away from Nintendo consoles? Ogre
Battle was about the only good RPG-ish series that Nintendo has had
over the past years, and OB64 was the only noteworthy RPG in the dark
days of the N64. Now I'm enraged that OB will taken away from my
beloved Nintendo, which will essentially leave Nintendo NO RPG series
to call it's own (even if it was 3rd party).
And Dancemania Speed 8 rules.
DarkPaladin, enraged Ogre Battle fanboy
Hey there now. I wouldn't say RPGamer itself has any particular slant towards Square at all. The majority
of our readers though, that I'll have to grant. I mean, if that last letter were talking about the 16-bit
FFs, I'd have an inbox tomorrow overflowing with people crucifying him tomorrow.
Moving on though, I do agree that Square buying the rights to Ogre Battle doesn't seem like a particularly
good idea on anyone's part. The Ogre Battle series is known for being darn hard, open ended, and pretty
minimalistic in terms of graphics. Square is known for putting out extremely easy, strictly linear, and
putting a major emphasis on graphics. They're like night and day. That makes for either some disturbing
changes in the games, or some really really awkward ad campaigns. It also makes for Atlus USA becoming
Of course, while I can't see the Ogre games hopping the Nintendo ship even with this news here. I mean,
Square just hopped back ON. Oh, and why is it that everyone forgets Pokémon in such situations?
It's an RPG series, it's on Nintendo's systems, and it's quite popular. For that matter there's Golden
Sun, there's Mother 3 if it should ever decide to rise from the dead, there's all these RPGs from newbies
cropping up, and there's the Fire Emblem series for all the good it does us in the U.S.
A letter of many parts
I was just wondering about a couple things, so I figured I would hit ya up for them, and since you mentioned Warcraft 3 in yesterdays column, some questions are about that.
1. I know you aren't into the whole MMO RPG's such as DAoC and Everquest, but do you ever think that will change?
I know that will never change, because I dislike them at a fundamental level. If you made all the changes
needed for me to enjoy one, it would no longer be a MMORPG. It would also have no monthly fees, so I REALLY
doubt anyone would want to develop it. They might like this idea though: In-game advertisements instead
of monthly fees! You know, the big placcard above the town marketplace has an eBay logo on it, the town
pub serves Budweiser, and if you head into the frozen north you might end up fighting the dreaded Linux
penguins or Polar Beverages Bears!
2. Have any ports of Final Fantasy games that were on the SNES been annouced to make a transition to GBA yet? If so; what ones?
I have answered this question more than enough times this month. So I'm just going to have to take a
3. What are my odds of finding an imported version of any of the following: Fire Emblem (Not sure of name, the one on the N64, The Evangelion game, or Super Robot Wars S. And where (if you do) get your imported games from?
How easy it would be to find those would honestly depend on where you looked. Finding any ol' SRW game
would be real easy, not sure on a specific one. The rest shouldn't be that hard. Any imports I own I have
because a relative of mine currently living in Japan happened to buy them cheap as a Christmas present.
4. Have you ever played Magic Knights Rayearth for the Sega Saturn? Ahh those were the days. =D
"The whole village was on FI-YER!"
5. Finally, what is Hundred swords like? (PC RPG from Sega)
"Those unforgettable days... for those; I live."
Honestly, I've never even heard of it. And hey, I didn't see any WC3 questions in there! That's false advertising
2 Quick Questions
Hi Googleshng, master of all slimes.
I was wondering, What is you Utena Theory?
Based on this
poster, the choices of voice actresses, and a few other things, I fully expect you to pull a sword
out of yon android's chest at some point.
Also, why is there not a Flan staff member or RPGamer?
Flans and Slimes should be eternal enemies, and I want to hear the story on why there isn't a Flanshng
Flan as a kind of food. Rather nasty at that. You can't hire food.
More on PS on GBA
Oh Slimey One,
Thanks to Square signing on and the news of the Phantasy Star ports/remakes,
I'm finally going to have to cave in and purchase the GBA (been holding out,
but the over-abundance of 2D RPG goodness is too much). My question is, is
there or will there be some kind of accessory that would allow me to play
the GBA on a TV? Because my eyes ain't what they used to be, and I shudder
at the thought of staring at that tiny LCD for hours on end. Maybe some way
to link it through the GameCube?
Well, let's see. At last E3 Nintendo had stuff like the Super Game Boy for playing GBA games on the N64,
thus making for easier demos. There's no market for that, but it shows they realize it's an issue. The
GBA however can be linked to the GameCube, and I'm sure it wouldn't be much of a challenge to come out
with a little disc to let you play it that way. So, there's a good chance one will come out some day.
Plus third parties have come up with a way of working it, if you don't mind doing a little surgery. It
honestly isn't all that hard to get the right angle to see it though.