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Googleshng - December 12 '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time
The letter flow this week has been rather strange. I had practically
nothing to work with the first two days, then yesterday my inbox starts bursting at the seems with nice
juicy letters. So a lot of what I print today will likely be overflow from that batch.
Praise of PS, Mention of Mythri
Hey Googleshng, a couple of questions,
Something occurred to me about Mythri, isn't it a
GBC game? Is the publisher or the developer going to
make any effort to convert it to a GBA game (I have no
idea how involved that would be)?
Also, you said you hadn't received any comments
about PSC yet. Well, I bought it and am enjoying it
immensely. Especially, since they're faithful ports
of the originals (including difficulty). I just wish
it had included IV.
Emperor of the Namingways
Well the GBA is reverse compatable, so that wouldn't be too involved at all. It's possible that it could
be made GBA exclusive with some graphical improvements made all over, but I don't recall hearing anything
along those lines.
First off, kudos on the name, it's damn good. I enjoy saying it. But, on with the rest of my problems...
In my opinion, there is a tie for the greatest game of all time between Chrono Trigger and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. However, my favorite game of all time is definitely Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete. I was just wondering, why is it that nobody cared at all that Lunar Legend was coming out? I looked in the Nintendo holiday booklet, and it was nowhere to be found, but they had plenty of lesser games on display. I also looked in the GameStop holiday guide, and once again, they managed to put every title one could think of with the exception of Lunar Legend. How could everyone skip over one of the greatest RPG's ever being put into portable form? Now, you can level up Alex while on the can!!!
And, I would just like to mention that nonrandom battles is a million times better than random ones. Once you get used to nonrandom, it's really tough to go back to regular random. Does anyone else agree???
A big fan,
Well, in a nutshell, nobody cares about Lunar being rereleased for the GBA because we already @#$%ing
have it. Lunar was rereleased for the PSX not too long ago. The GBA is, I believe, the 4th system on
which it has appeared. There really isn't any excuse not to have a copy by now if you want one.
Plus the last version released had nice shiny anime cutscenes every five minutes or so, a fantastic
localization, and if I recall correctly, had better music than the GBA can really handle. So really, unless
you have some strong desire to have a copy of Lunar for every system you own, there's not a lot going
for the GBA port.
Flattery of Roger Zelazny is always fun.
Goog, I now am in even more awe of you. The fact that you have read the Chronicles of Amber is one thing, but loving it also! Enough about how impressed I am, I guess I'll actually give a holiday question because I just wanted to talk. Are there any RPG's that have our holidays incorporated into them? I don't think I've ever seen a game with a Christmas, or Halloween, (well, Kingdom Hearts, but that doesn't count!) and the games that do have holidays in them are usually just harvest time celebrations, nothing wrong with that. Thanks if you respond!......My mom almost named me Corwin because of that book.
See, that's the sort of thing I'd be ticked off at my parents for not doing. I'm still rather annoyed with
my aunt for not naming her daughter Koudelka. She actually liked the name, but didn't want to name a
baby after a videogame character.
... whose game just happens to take place on Halloween.
LONG question, short answer.
Hail oh great androgenous google (Um... that's more
insulting than I meant it to be.)
Anyway, here's my question. Why does everyone say
Final Fantasy 9 took the series "back to its roots"?
Is it the big castles? I mean, come on here...
Technology has always been a part of the Final Fantasy
series. For instance in the very first game you go
into outer space and fight giant robots. You also time
Wait, time travel... doesn't that make it "scifi" as
So why is FF9 "the roots" and FF7 and 8 are "scifi"?
Isn't the series rooted in scifi? I always thought a
mixture of super futuristic technology plus all the
big castles and midieval stuff was even more scifi
than what was going on in 7. Most of the technology in
9 is steam power, which is kinda like FF6. I guess
people like that. Does nobody see this? Okay, FF4 had
the Big Whale... it was a spaceship for crying out
loud! You went to the moon. There was an enormous
robot and stuff. And hovercrafts and tanks. I'm very
right. Technology has always been a big part of the
series, and 7 and 8 didn't take many more liberties
than previous games did (Heck, the space travel and
time travel in 8 just mimicked the first game really.)
Maybe I'm going the wrong direction... maybe it's the
graphical style. Wait, I can shoot that down too...
"The Roots" didn't have a bunch of round buildings.
FF9 was chock full of roundness. Including the
characters. Bringin me to next point: the characters.
Sure, they're super deformed, but in the wrong way. I
mean, enormous hips are just not cool in my book.
Neither is looking like a 12 year old girl with a
Maybe it's the music? Well, the music did return to
the roots in the sense that it was much more
simplistic than 7 and 8's scores. I mean, they reduced
all that development from over the years. The battle
music had the old intro, I think a lot of people buy
How about gameplay? Well, the slower paced battles
have returned, and the old "press button and wait 10
seconds before your character goes" is returned. Is
this really an improvement? I don't care if the old
games were like that, because that was always
Is it the black mages and the moogles? Those aren't
even Final Fantasy exclusive. Plenty of other
Squaresoft games have had their share of both of
I know this is a very long letter, but I must get
someone else to agree with me, as anyone else I try to
convince just says something like "|)00|), FF9 ownz
I think people just like it because it ripped off
everyone's favorite, FF6, in every way imaginable.
(Note: the 6th game in the series is not the roots.
The first game is the roots.),
Please please please agree with me. I have spent many
years fretting over this.
FF9 "gets back to the roots" of the series by virtue of the fact that every single plot point and game
mechanic is lifted straight out of an earlier, better Final Fantasy. That and you get to use 4 characters
Only two questions for you, my dear...
First, I love the Phantasy Star Series. I played PS4 years ago and now I am
gonna get that Phantasy Star Collection to complete the set. I never played
Phantasy Star Online before but I am considering it. So, here's my
question...what order would you recommend to play the games? Since one game
might be better than the other, in your opinion as a game guru, what would be
the best order to play in first? And, uh...name the negatives of playing PSO,
Play them in order. Each game has massive spoilers of the last one, there's a decline in quality over
those three, and PS1 has the best music to get stuck in your head first.
Negatives to PSO: It doesn't tie into the series in any fashion not causing huge continuity errors, it's
just like playing Diablo 2 but without all the fun with skill points and the robust variety of items.
Enviable character creation system though.
Second, what would be a good pure RPG to play? When I mean pure, I mean
turn-based action, an epic storyline, and beneficial storylines? If you
can't think of any, then could you choose between dot hack and Skies Of
I am sorely tempted to say Skies of Arcadia is the best RPG ever. It also fits your criteria nicely I
If you catch this, then explain to me the deal with Dark Force between PS4
and PSO. I couldn't figure what you said about it...
Thank you for your time.
Short version: The storylines of PS3 and 4 prevent PSO from fitting into the series.