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Googleshng - December 22 '04- 4:00 Eastern Standard Time

People continue talking about plot twists in games... which is all well and good, but it would be nice to see more people asking questions, this being a Q&A column and all. Oh, and if the title of the column didn't give it away, expect spoilers in just about every letter here.

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Dear Goog/Andrew:

To give you some extra info, I recently finished Arc the Lad (twilight) Disgaea, Xenosaga, and Neverwinter Nights in addition to my imminent victory over Star Ocean. A newer game is what I had in mind, but a classic isn't a bad thing. As far as platform... as long as it's not PC, I'm good to go.

-mex

Googleshng:
That technically doesn't rule out PDS actually, but for a more realistic suggestion, let's go with...
Phantom Brave.

 
Massive Jade Cocoon 2 spoilers... and 7th Saga.

Dear Goo,

I've got an unexpected plot twist for you: in Jade Cocoon 2, upon acquisition of all four elemental forest orbs, the man who has been guiding and teaching you turns into a demon and betrays you. Now, that may not sound like much, I know, but bear in mind that this man was the main character in the first Jade Cocoon game.

I'll let that sink in for a moment.

A lot of people hated Chrono Cross because it bastardized the story in Chrono Trigger. Just imagine how much more pissed they'd be if Crono flipped out and joined Lavos in order to destroy all time. Only other game to have the balls to do something like that was Donkey Kong Jr.

-DiNi

PS, Hey, there were some pretty tough fights in Final Fantasy X. Seymour's a real bitch if you don't know what to do.

Googleshng:
Actually, in the case of Chrono Cross, I think I'd prefer that. It's a lot more believable than someone who can kill Lavos, by himself, with a mop, being bumped off by some big cat.

The 7th Saga has you beat though. I mean, there the person who sends you out on your quest and then stabs you in the back turns out to be uh... you. Time travel is involved. Yep, whether you're the elf girl, the demon, the hideous alien monster, or the huge robot, you somehow manage to grow up to be the kindly old king... who sends his past self to get some stuff then gives himself the finger.

I hate that game.

 
Lunar 2 spoilage.

Lunar 2 spoilers ahead.

I can't believe I didn't respond to this earlier.

One plot twist that I thought was funny was that Lunar 2: Eternal Blue doesn't end when you defeat Zophar. Instead, Lucia leaves for the Blue Star and the credits roll... and once they're done, you can save a game and start the Epilogue.

--
R. Bemrose

Googleshng:
I'm not sure if I'd really count that as a plot twist, but yes, it's nifty.

 
Spoilers for that Star Wars thing.

You know with all this talk about plot twists... I'm really quite suprised no one mentioned the BIG plot twist in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

*spoiler*

You know... That twist where you *are* Revan.

*/spoiler*

Personally I think that is still the biggest one in the history of games so far... Well, unless you include Star Ocean 3 but thinking about the twist in that game makes me cry. I guess I'm emo.

-Ed

Googleshng:
You're Elmo? Bring back Grover! And Harry! And uh... that other one.

 
SMT Nocturne Spoilers

Dear Googie,

I'd just like to comment about a couple of the things you said. For one, you said Koudelka was pretty much the only RPG that isn't about saving the world, and agree. To name another totally awesome game with a completely original plot is Shin Megami Tensei: NOCTURNE. I mean seriously, the world is destroyed wthin the first 5 minutes you the game, and everyone is killed off. The world composes of sand and pieces of Tokyo spread into a sphere, which I found very strange. Your objective is not to revive the world (or save it) but to completely make a new one (or destroy everything) based on your choice to become good or evil throughout the game. Basically everyone died of their horrible sins andwe just have to start over. Even the main character is transformed into a demon! The battling is very original from anything NA or the rest of the world has ever seen.Googie, you better play this gameand review it BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW YOUR OPINION!! ahem.

Oh, and you are totally correct about FFX being very easy for the most part, but there were a couple difficult battles near the end of the game and that is seriously about the only challenge left in it. Seymour casts some articularly nasty status effects and extremely damaging skills, and Yunalesca wasn't a cakewalk either. Normal battling up to that point and beyond are easy. If you choose to get the final weapons you will be in for some excruciatingly annoying challenges, and maxing out your stats is extremely long and tedious; and if you don't have a guide to help you you could screw up very badly.

Can you believe I went on the ferry from Seattle today and a vending machine sold soda for $2.50 !?!? Holy guacamole, it was only a 20 oz of suger water!

Brendan Mesick.

Googleshng:
Do I have to? I've never had a good experience with a MegTen game. I still have a really bad taste in my mouth from the last time I tried one.




The Last Laugh:

Seriously. Please ask me some questions for tomorrow's column. If I'm not resolving quandries, I don't feel like I'm getting my job done. Random annecdotes should be the exception, not the rule.



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