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Googleshng - September 8 '04- 4:00 Eastern Standard Time

Phantom Brave is odd. So very very odd. The things the demo does are even stranger. I should have a decent grip on the more unusal features by tomorrow, so I'll hold off on my ravings until then.

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::Emerges from a pokeball::

Groogleball,

Star Ocean 3 is out? Considering all that I've heard about it, and having just finished (and loved) Tales of Symphonia, it seems like a must-have in my book.
Unfortunately, I only have enough dough for one game, and I already have the new Pokemon remake reserved. Ick, I feel like an idiot. Then again, I'll probably still be busy getting everything in ToS by the time my budget allows more spending cash, anyhow.

Anythat, here comes the question that comes when playing a remake... what party shall I use this time around? I plan on picking Charmander, which is the best starter overall, so getting a Pikachu in Viridian Forest is almost MANDATORY if I want to stand a chance in hell against Misty... hmmm... maybe I'll toss a Clefairy in there just for fun. Because Clefairy are cute. Despite having FANGS.

Do you have any other ideas for a fun party? Or should I just say SMURF it all and pick up Star Ocean 3?

NeoCarbuncle
Seriously, how can a Clefairy use Vine Whip, even WITH Metronome? How's it gonna get a vine from if you're in a friggin arena?

Googleshng:
Hmm... I've always been more for constantly switching Pokémon around than in specializing in a small party. That said though, there's something to be said for having a geodude, an abra, and pidgey handy I find.

Incidently though, for anyone who's thinking of grabbing yon remakes, perhaps you'd be interested in my little challenge. Win the game without ever buying anything from a shop. If you find a pokéball lying around on the ground, you can use it, but you can't buy a single one.

 
This guy again.

Wow, you actually had a contest to name my turtle. That is probably the most amusing thing ever. My friends are trying to get people to vote for what they think is the worst name, just to be obnoxious. I mean, seriously, Iggy Koopa should not be on that list. I'm thinking of naming it Kiwi just to spite you all.

I was at Dragoncon this weekend, the first time I've been to a convention. I saw the most amusing thing ever: four Batmen, who did not know each-other previously, had seen one another and apparently formed an instant life bond on the basis of their common costume. This particular convention invloved a great deal of drinking and scant claddity, but I am under the impression that this is not the norm for fantasy/comic/anime conventions? Pretend that was actually phrased as a question.

Esoterically,

LockeZ

Googleshng:
That actually sounds pretty standard as conventions go really. Things get strange when nerds congregate.

 
Sharing with the rest of the class.

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Matthew Davidson.

P.S.: Terrapin

Googleshng:
The ironic thing here is that it was more work for me to add all the line breaks than for you to send it.

 
Cleaning up terminology again.

I'm having a terrible amount of trouble deciding whether to get either SMT: Nocturne or Shadow Hearts Covenant, which both come out at the end of the month. I know that you're sorta biased towards, Shadow Hearts, but if you could give me a relatively unbiased decision on which you think you think is going to be the better game, that'd be great.

Googleshng:
Uh, no. For me to be biased, I would have to have some connection to Shadow Hearts. I'd have to have helped make it, or translate it, or have some sort of deal going where I get kickbacks based on how well it sells. Therefore, I can tell you in a completely unbiased fashion that I expect Shadow Hearts 2 to be a much more interesting game, due to it being part of a series I have found to be original and well done, as opposed to a series I've never really cared for.

 
VP2, and other things.

Goog,

First off, why do people talk so much about Phantom Brave having done away with the grid system like it's so spectacular and groundbreaking? Arc the Lad: Twilight of Spirits had no grid system either and that game came out about a year ago I believe.

I agree with the guy on the changing of costumes. I like a lot of change throughout the games I play. I get bored with games where your guys always look the same or always use the same abilities. However, I hate games where you have half your guys playing with themselves on an airship while you take 3 guys to save the world. That's why I liked FFIV so much, because you're constantly getting guys in and out of your group and you never have more than the 5 in your group.

In RPGs, your characters hardly ever look different. The only real change in them is SOMETIMES you change classes (but there are few games you can do that in) and then most games nowadays your weapons change when you buy new ones. I'd like to see a game that EVERY SINGLE piece of equipment you buy changes your look. If you buy a helmet, you're wearing that helmet in battle. It wouldn't be that hard to implement. Take Cloud for example. Instead of buying huge breastplates, you'd just buy new versions of that shoulder pad deal he's got. So when you buy new equipment, the shoulderpad gets bigger or has spikes, or changes color (depending on what it's made of), stuff like that. Basically every single character would have to have their own specific armor bought from a vendor. Heck, you could make it so you went to a blacksmith and gave him the materials, that would make it easier, he'd tailor the armor to your needs.

Haha, sorry for rambling on like that. I tend to think about how to make RPGs better quite often and actually have thought out my own RPG that I have a lot of ideas for. I just wish that some of my ideas were implemented more often, if not all the time, because I think it would make for better games. Course, they're my ideas, so obviously I'd like to see them implemented.

So yeah, a question is needed, as always, so here goes. I'm currently in chapter 6 of Valkyrie Profile (quite far through the chapter) and I must say it is one of the best RPGs I've ever played (got to Chapter 8 previously, so this is my second time through). The game goes for around 80 dollars on Ebay so I hear. So in light of the fact that it's so popular and well-liked, how come Enix (well, I guess it's now Square Enix) hasn't had the brains to make a sequel? Or another game like it? Is it one of those things like Family Guy? You know, a great show that was ruined by the fact that the time it showed kept moving around, but once it came out on DVD it sold the most copies ever? Meaning, does Enix just need some kind of jumpstart to realize they're sitting on a gold mine with that game and the possibilities of extending the series?

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Gryphon

Googleshng:
Well, VP was a very odd, experimental game, which I don't recall being all that popular at the time, and which didn't have a lot of sequel potential being about the end of the world and all. Mind you, I'd love to see another one, and we just might one of these days, but at the moment, it's working out better for tri-Ace to focus their efforts on other games.




The Last Laugh:

Now then, as my Weird Gaming Luck has delivered Phantom Brave unto me, off I go to play it.



Googleshng "Nope, I have no clue how it works." @rpgamer.com

It just does.

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