January 15, 2006
Josh - T-6 hours before Armageddon
Well, I'm sure that you all know by now...it is the End of Days. I'm sure Matt will try to write a column tomorrow, but none of you will be able to view it, because...8 million people will be cluttering up the Internet with...World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade. And we all know that the internet is made of tubes, no one will be able to see anything because all of the tubes...will be full. Sorry.
This isn't the first time I've heard this.
There is such a thing as Honey Nut Chex Mix?! I like the cereal, but now
there is a mix for all times of the day (inclusive of breakfast but not
exclusive of lunch and dinner) you enjoy its sweet goodness?! You see,
Ouro, it's the little things like this that make you a god to me.
Well, it's actually called Chex Mix Sweet n' Salty, but it had honey nut clusters in it. Either way, I probably ate more than I should have.
Working on a novel, eh? Admirable...I also fancy myself as something of a
writer, but unfortunately all of my free time is absorbed into the my
arduous task of creating the eighth and final wonder of the world...a statue
of the mighty Ouro constucted entirely of Rolo wrappers. I sincerely
apologize if the quality of the construction materials is not to your
liking, but your humble servant could not afford gold leafed bronze. I hope
my offering of gold-colored foil will be sufficient.
I am presently at an impasse in my project, however. You see, Rolo wrappers
have the nasty habit of refusing to stay together once they reach a critical
mass. I do not wish to adulterate your beautiful statue with various
adhesives, but I cannot let this project end as it is (a lonely, but
altogether glorious, golden eyeball). Perhaps welding?...
Well, you can always go grab some silver! That'll accentuate my golden eyes. You'll need gold for the hair, though. And don't forget the muscles...can't forget the muscles.
Hmmm...whoa, sorry about that. I think my crazy rant is over. This is what
happens when I have to come into work on national holidays. *shakes fists
at the heavens* I've been praying to MLK Jr. all day to use his reknowned
powers of violent vengeance to smite my foes/employers, but so far my pleas
have fallen on deaf ears. MLK Jr., lord of destruction, my foot... The one
day a year he's supposed to rain devastation from the heavens...aw, crap, I
think I thinking of Kukulkan....
*looks above and winces* Okay, let's wrap this piece of crap up with
something vaguely related to RPGs. I gotta thank you and Kezzy for tipping
me off about Sega Genesis Collection. By Odin's Hammer, this has
everything! I gotta pick it up on my way back from work. My Genesis died a
few years back, but this collection has it all! Altered Beast! Comix Zone!
Columns! Sweet, precious Columns! The Golden Axes!! The Phantasy
Stars!!! I'm practially whizzing my pants...no, yeah, I actually am now.
The only things this collection is missing is the Shining Forces. I had
both for Genesis, and damn, I miss those games. Don't get me wrong I miss
Phantasy Star IV big time, but not like Shining Force I and II. Every time
I hear Metallica, I think of Shining Force, which makes the nostalgia all
that much more poignant. Anyway, which Genesis RPG is your fave?
Yeah, it's looking like a pretty sweet collection. On another note, the Virtual Console is getting better and better, it looks like. I think they just added Comix Zone (or will be adding soon).
While I never owned a Genesis, I did get my fair share of Shining Force in, and yes, that would also happen to be my favorite Genesis RPG. Great game, and also started me in liking TRPGs. Though I don't think I was able to play another one until Vandal Hearts, which pretty much cemented my interest in the genre. Soon though, I'll be playing the Phantasy Stars in that collection, so...we shall see...
Why am I drinking Diet Coke at 9AM?
Christmas list, eh? I had a rather RPGful Christmas, I'd say. I only asked for two RPG's for Christmas, as I'm already backed up quite a bit. I, fortunately, received both of which I requested: Suikoden V, and Kingdom Hearts II. I managed to complete Xenosaga III (absolutely brilliant, by the way. It was everything I had hoped for and more) AND Kingdom Hearts II over the three week break. I found this to be rather impressive, as it usually takes me at least a month to complete ONE RPG, let alone TWO superb ones in THREE weeks. A word to the wise with Kingdom Hearts II, however. No one ever told me (nor did I read anywhere) that you could get the 'secret' ending by JUST completing the 'proud' mode. Stupidly, I selected the medium one. By the time I realised you have to complete all of Jimminy's journal on medium mode, I was half-way through the game. Being a trooper, however, I did it and managed to get the secret ending.
I usually play through on the hardest setting the first time I play through a game. Saves me the trouble of having to play through again if I become disinterested. But hey, you overcame adversity! Good on you. :)
Anyway, my query for you today would be Suikoden V. College has resumed once more, but I find myself sitting around on a three day MLK break. I've started Suikoden V, and am roughly 6 hours into it. So far I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The voice actors are quite excellent, and I've noticed several actors from Xenosaga (including Shion and Margulis, to name two). The buttons seem a bit odd, however. I've read this in a few reviews as well -- sometimes when you push a button to talk or open something, nothing happens. You have to be in a specific spot, apparently. Also, the menu activates by using the SQUARE button. What game uses THAT? It's completely weird (I HATE when games switch up the menu button -- Final Fantasy, Xenosaga, Suikoden! It's all a different bloody button)!
Yeah, why can't the menu button always be Triangle? It's the least accessible of the four right buttons, leaving the three other buttons open for field actions! And, while Xenogears is one of my favorite RPGs, its menu button is Square. Stupid.
The music and battle system has been right on par with what I've expected -- it's well done. Sadly, I can't figure out a way to PAUSE during a voice-scene. This really irks me, as sometimes I like to write down intriguing quotes from video games. That, and the fact that if my phone is ringing during a vital scene, I can't pause the game?! Bother.
Regardless, I was curious if you've played (or beaten) Suikoden V yet? I know you must be an avid fan, considering your THONG contest is based on Suikoden! I own Suikoden II, III, IV, Tactics, and now V. I've never played part I, sadly, but I do fancy all the others (even IV, despite the horrid reviews). If you've played V, did you enjoy it? What did you dislike/like about it?
I've really only played Suikoden and Suikoden 2. I didn't really like the battle system of III, and IV just was dull. I've heard great things about V, though, so I intend to give it a shot one of these days. I am a big Suikoden fan, it's just that Suikoden V was released at a time when I was bogged down with thirty other games I was trying to beat, and I just haven't caught up yet. So...you guys just keep singing its praises, and I'll just sit here and furiously pound through my games on the way to it. Sigh...
You are getting sleeeeeeeepy...
Hey Ouro, welcome back! May the culture shock be brief and mild.
I heard about Dragon Quest 9 and I have to admit Iím not a big DQ fan but Iím wondering if the game will have any Wi Fi related features that will really inspire the console gamers to make the jump. The only negative thing I can think about the switch is the obvious downgrade in graphics & sound from one system to another. If DQ9 is going to be on the DS, itís going to have to make use of all the bells and whistles the DS has to offer.
Anyways, glad to hear youíre settled in and hereís to a good 2007.
All I've heard so far is that the game will feature some form of 4-player online co-op play. What that specifically entails, I have no idea, but it would be neat if that meant you could go through the story like that. No idea how that would work, though. So far, the graphics don't look bad at all. Nothing terrible, and while maybe not on par with its PS2 counterpart, isn't hard on the eyes. And I bet the music will be stellar, as well. I'm interested to see what the hell they use the stylus for, though.
Well, there goes my New Year's resolution...
Hello Ouro! For a while there I wasnít sure youíd be
Well, had I known YOU'D still be here, I might have been gone longer.
Well, I got a pile of games for Christmas and made
significant progress towards catching up on all of the
PS2 games I still want. For non-rpgs, I got Sonic
Mega Collection Plus and Capcom Classics Collection 1.
I also got Sega Genesis Collection which has a pile
of Phantasy Star games. For RPGs, I got Disgaea 2, La
Pucelle Tactics, and Digital Devil Saga 2. Iíve been
playing Disgaea 2 quite a bit. It is very similar to
the first, but thatís not a bad thing. I got addicted
to it all over again. My brother got Castlevania PoR
for his DS, so Iíve been playing that a lot too.
Yeah, I'm at the last chapter in Disgaea 2, and I just need to get around to hooking up my PS2 and finishing it. There's so much extra crap in that game, it's disgusting. I also picked up La Pucelle Tactics with some Xmas money, just adding to my backlog...sigh. But hey, TRPGs. Thumbs-up.
With all of these and all of the great PS2 RPGs I
donít even own yet, next gen is looking so far away.
I still havenít modded my PS2(financial reasons), and
thereís the chance that I too will succumb to the DS.
Iím still planning on getting a PS3 eventually, but
thatís looking like late 07, early 08 at best. By
then the next gen picture should be a lot clearer.
Iím honestly a little worried about the PS3 right now.
It seems to have lost all of itís momentum, and
doesnít really have any good games. On the other
hand, Enchanted Arms is getting ported to the PS3.
This, IMHO, is a very bad sign for the 360ís JRPG
lineup. JRPGs donít get ported that often. Every
JRPG that I can think of that has been ported,
excluding MMORPGs and ports many years later, have
been from systems that have failed. Has there ever
been a port from one system to another of an offline
RPG within a couple of years where the original system
didnít fail? I realize in this generation this may
only apply to Japan, but since the overwhelming
majority of the games I own are from there, itís an
issue for me.
Iím still not convinced about the Wii. Itís looking
very good right now, but for the last few generations,
Nintendo has had an issue with 3rd part support on
their consoles. Iím just not sure itís here to stay.
Iíd rather own a $600 console that releases 6-8 games
I want a year than a $250 console that releases 1-3
games I want a year, unless one of those games is a FF
or a Suikoden. And looking at the GC, 1-3 is
generous. If Nintendo can get a steady stream of
games to come out, it may be the system to own.
Like I said before, my current plans are still for a
PS3. Iím just very glad the PS2 library is big enough
for me to put off acting on it for a while.
Well, the PS3 didn't really have any momentum to begin with, that's the problem. Sony has pretty much placed its foot squarely in its mouth with the release of the PS3. As for the 360, it's not the system for RPGs. The Xbox wasn't, and neither will the 360. End of story. But, it will still survive, because it does contain a good collection of other genres. I dunno, right now, the PS3 has a total of 0 games I want to play, while the Wii has quite a few. I definitely want a Wii, but my decision about the PS3 won't be finalized until Sony finally releases a hit, which WILL happen, but who knows if it will be enough to save it?
Well, there goes my New Year's resolution...
Okay, here's a question for you. If you had to design the perfect
RPG for a handheld console, what would it be like? You can use
elements from existing or upcoming RPGs, if you like.
1. Save anywhere, or allow the system to sleep.
2. Short levels, but plenty of them, without horrible repitition.
3. Some form of Co-op mode.
Those are pretty much the only constants that need explaining. Good story, music, and whatnot are all implied.
Mine would feature the graphic goodness of Final Fantasy III (chibis
are soooo cute!), while the storyline would be something off the
beaten track, like Valkyrie Profile. The job/ability system from
Final Fantasy V Advance would be in there. The main character would
be customizable a la Elder Scrolls IV, but the supporting characters
(the rest of the team) would be quirky, humorous, and element based
like the team in Magical Starsign (can you tell that I'm a DS fanboy
yet?). So you could have a dragoon who specializes in casting wind
spells, or a white mage with an elemental affinity for light. Oh,
and can't forget the music. I'm thinking the opening music could be
by Utada Hikaru, something in the vein of "Simple and Clean" from
Kingdom Hearts. Battle themes would be Final Fantasy-esque, while
dungeon and overworld music would feature lots of gentle choir
What do you think? Would you play it? Or can you think of a better
design? Note that I intentionally omitted any influence from Final
Fantasy XII, since I think it did such a great job of spotlighting
new innovations that I can't think of any improvements.
Sorry for the lengthy letter, but you asked!
Well, it sounds fine, but I don't see the actual relevance to the fact that it's portable. Sure, those are great qualities in general for -any- RPG, so what would you want for it to be for a handheld system? That was basically my philosophy in designing my criteria. So what you have is a good start, but what would you add to move it over to the portable realm? So keep the ideas coming, and get back to me. :)
Can't get my blue magic jones, but at least I got game again.
So here's a question I'll probably ask both hosts eventually: what
system do you think will be "king of RPGs" in the near future? I think
it was pretty well locked up by the PS2 last "generation," but it's a
whole new ball game now, especially with the Dragon Quest news (altho'
would most hardcore fans really count it as an RPG?), so it's hard to
say. Whaddya think?
That's a toughie. The Wii is far, far ahead at the moment, and I don't really see it stopping any time soon. I think the PS3 will eventually get around to putting up a decent fight, I really do. It'll just take some time. In the near future, however, the Wii will win, hands down. On the portable side, the DS will win. Nintendo certainly knows what it has when it comes to that genre!
In Final Fantasy tactics for the PS1 what happens when you lv.8 and master all jobs, does anything special happen.
If you master all the jobs with 3 characters (including Ramza), then you get a special ending where Delita rides off into the sunset with a Chocobo, and they make sweet, sweet love down by the fire. Worth every hour I spent levelling.
PureLunatic, let me know when you want me to send your XSIII book.
Bucket will be cohosting on January 22.
Luca Blight charges up!
Leaper moves to Tile 49.
BLG moves to Tile 38.
Arros Raikou moves to Tile 12.
Bucket moves to Tile 11.
Draconn moves to Tile 55.
Slashlen moves to Tile 55.
Arpijy moves to Tile 44.
Vicissitude moves to Tile 40.
Aurelius moves to Tile 51.
Tabor moves to Tile 55.
Previous THONG Rounds!
Selections for characters can be found at the following sites:
Suikoden 2 Characters
Click here for the rules and lists of items and prizes!
Click here to see previous trivia!
Great, now Ouro outranks me.
Answer to #L40: A. Gilgamesh
Yes, Gilgamesh will be making an appearance as an Esper in Final Fantasy VI Advance. Surprise!
In which game can you find a book of Cantrips?
A. Chrono Trigger
B. Xenosaga II
C. Suikoden II
D. Azure Dreams
E. Beyond the Beyond
F. Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2
Answer to #40:C. Final Fantasy III
Arc is one of the main characters in FFIII, and and arc is a segment of the circumference of a circle!
#41.Difficulty: Hard, Potch: 350
Who is the captain of the Lorbenian Army?
May your week be better than your weekend...and remember, don't give in! The end is near! Run!
***Josh will play Guild Wars instead.
Why? Because WoW doesn't wow me. </lame>
Jan. 14: Josh
Jan. 13: Josh
Jan. 12: Matt
Jan. 11: Matt
About the Host
Josh's Top Distractions:
Air Force Training
Not Ailise. ^^;
Current Order of Game-Playing:
1. Final Fantasy III
2. Castlevania: PoR
3. Disgaea 2
5. GTA: LCS/VCS
Flik TP: 2
Hero 2 TP: 21
Antonio TP: 2
Mazus TP: 1
Sid TP: 23
7. Arros Raikou
Kage TP: 20
Gijimu TP: 0
Clive TP: 2
Gadget TP: 11
Millie TP: 20
Mondo TP: 6
Pesmerga TP: 6
14. Alan Tse
Hoi TP: 14
Fu Su Lu TP: 0
16. Gouden Draak
Rubi TP: 1
Lorelai TP: 10
Odessa TP: 21
Viktor TP: 11
Killey TP: 6
Hix2 TP: 15
Badeaux TP: 2
Kasim TP: 1
Viki TP: 7
Clive2 TP: 16
Kuromimi TP: 7
Kinnison TP: 7
Kahn TP: 4
Yoshino TP: 2
Luc TP: 14
Ted TP: 4
McDohl TP: 2
Hai Yo TP: 15