Another day in the mine
Hi there. Tis I, your substitue RPGuru, Alex Kimbel. Sorry I didn't update last night, I've been sick lately.
Also, I appreciate all of you Pumpkins fans' sending me letters. They are a great band, I love 'em. On with the letters..
I need some advice, but first, I need to tell you one thing. I started
playing rpg's with FF3(6), and I absolutely love the game. I've played it
around 3 or 4 times straight through, and I'm know so much about the game
it's scary. Now that it's being rereleased for PSX, I'm wondering about
what I should do. I have two options: 1. get it now, and suffer through
the Japanese. 2. Hope that it gets ported to the US (is the news that
Square is porting ff4 and ff5 PSX rumors or are they based on fact)
Now if the news is based on fact, do you think that they will port ff6
PSX in the near future? Should I wait and hope that ff6 gets ported? Or
should I go ahead and buy the ff6 Japanese? Now, I haven't played any
japanese games before, but Im so familiar with ff6, that I doubt the
language will be a problem for the *plot.* But for things like weapons,
items, relics, espers, spells, etc, I'm not so sure. So what is your
advice? Do you think the Japanese will be too difficult? Should I hope
and wait for a ff6 PSX US version?
Alex: Honestly, if I didn't know Japanese, I wouldn't buy a Japanese game. Sure, I can see why one would import for fighting games or games with little important text, but with a game such as FFVI, importing sounds like a bad idea. Like you said, there are a lot of items, relics, weapons, etc. that would be hard to figure out. You wouldn't want to try to cast Ultima and end up curing the enemies, would you? So, I'm going to have to say no, getting the Japanese version is a bad idea. We'll just have to wait and see if it gets brought over to the U.S.
Games these days..
Before I start this letter, I have to ask why the heck you like the Draw
System? To me, it's one of those things where it adds more Challenge, but it's
not a good thing, it's a FRUSTRATING thing. Example being you draw so many
magic, then OOPS! You used it all on that mini boss, so your dead at the boss,
and since you didn't save, you have to fight the mini boss again. But anyway,
that's not my point.
1. What has happened to Square? This is a matter of opinion, but After games
like FF7, they seem to want to keep on the mainstream of things. now I know I
will get flamed to all eternity for this, but I did not like Final Fantasy 7.
I hated the story, the gameplay, everything. Square is using the same
technique they did for FF7 on FF8 by making it a graphics fest and I am pretty
sure they will do it to FF9, so why has square taken a good series like FF and
put it down with the band wagon of Graphics selling.
2. What do you think about recent rumors of Phantasy Star sequels for
Dreamcast? We all want it for dreamcast, (As long as it does not stand in the
way of another Lunar game... ;]) But we don't think we will get it...
Alex: The draw system can be frustrating, if you don't plan, I guess. I'm assuming it's always good to have a large amount of spells stocked up, so when you get to that hard miniboss, you won't use them all.
1) Yes, it may have seemed like Square has changed since the days of FF3 and Chrono Trigger, but in my opinion, it's for the better. Sure, Final Fantasy 7 may not have been what FFIII was, but I liked the story, as mistranslated and confusing as it was. Plus, if Square hadn't "gone mainstream" we might not be seing such titles as Xenogears, for they wouldn't have enough money to create them. Remember, companies are there to make money. Whether it is making dishwash soap or games, they need to make money somehow.
2) I don't really believe they are true. Sure, it'd be great to see a PS title on Dreamcast, but it looks like we'll have to sit and wait until any official announcements.
They keep getting stronger
Yo, Jos...erm... Alex!
Y'know, I just noticed something in recent Square games. One character who
isn't a secret one has to be a monopoly to the rest of the characters in the
stats and abilities. Two recent games follow the trend -
Final Fantasy Tactics - T.G. Cid. Need I say more?
Xenogears - Citan. Once he had his katana, who could stop him?
So, I wonder if the obscenely-powerful-character-that-isn't-secret is a
tradition in Japanese RPGs? If so, I will fear the day that a Square RPG
places a godly powerful character based on Bob Livingston, an evil Republican.
Alex: I've noticed that too, and it's making me mad. Sure, it may be easier to get by with these all-powerful characters, but it doesn't add a sense of balance strength-wise. Like, I knew it would be hard, if not impossible to get someone as strong as Citan in Xenogears. And I breezed through Tactics once I got Orlandu, the game seemed so easy. Maybe in future RPGs we will see this trend change, at least I hope so.
Hey, man. I'd like to say that I think, informal or not, you are a very good
RPGuru. I espcially like the "In the N64" bit I noticed today, with Zelda.
Do you have a PSX? There's no Archives link I can see so I can't know....I
don't have one: boo hoo hoo. (Hell, I don't like Playstation)
Anyway, the question. I recently got, like, quite a large bunch of my friends
into playing Chrono Trigger again or for the first time (around 5 peoples),
and we've run into a sort of deadlock as to where the Time Portals came from.
I say they don't know and won't know, because it keeps the player thinking.
Another guy says a sort of god must have made em. Yet another insists that
they were made by Lavos because A) the scene where Lucia saves Lara mentions
an "Entity" and B) in the battle with Lavos, they call him an "Entity." The
fourth doesn't know (has no comment?) and the fifth was sick from school.
Think you could help, or give us your opinions? Cool.
Alex: To my best knowledge, the time gates were created by Lavos as he ripped through time. I hope that ends the dispute between you and your friends.
Sephiroth's got nothing on Saddam
Well as I am sure everyone in North America is aware, Wednesday night we
bombed Iraq's capital, Baghdad. Gee what a surprise, Saddam had it
coming. Well I'm a socioeconomic freak and a RPG lover on the side, so
I, in the odd hours of epiphany of the nights have deduced a way to
settle this without bombs, troops, or annoying diplomats like Krushchev
was in the GA back in 1960. Simple: Middle Eastern RPG's. Yes you can
play as Bin Laden, Husine, Malosovich (I know he is Yugoslavic but
still...), or other manglomanaic dictators of "republics" who anger the
West. And it would be a great way for failing Asian economies like
Japan to reestablish good negations with the Middle East. But the games
could have multiple endings (like Chrono Trigger), or a path of destiny
based upon how far/how many battles you fought during the game. Instead
of democracy we would have Play Stations, and instead of war we would
use Virtual Reality. Theocratic institutions would no longer be the
"opiate" of the masses, but addictive game play would be; the world
would be reduced to the level of mind blown 5th graders, who have no
concept of the outside world. And peace on Earth would reign, Amen.
Alex: Heh, what a wonderful idea. Maybe after all of this crap going on is over, an RPG developer out there will pick this one up. ;)
I'm the desert fox
That line is from Porcelina of the Vast Oceans, which is a very cool song, BTW. I'm listening to it at the moment as well... By the way, are FF4, 5, and 6 really going to finally come to the US? By the way, what do you think of Desert Fox? On one hand, I'm glad that bastard Saddam's getting what he deserves. On the other hand, I don't know if it's a good idea, because I'm sure a lot of people are going to die...sad isn't it.
-Sir Serpent, Esquire
Alex: As far as I know, Final Fantasy IV and V coming to the U.S. are unconfirmed rumors. PSM reported in their latest issue that Square is working on them for a U.S. Playstation release, but Square has not confirmed this. Final Fantasy VI was just recently announced for a Playstation release in Japan. No word on a U.S. release has been said, though.
Bah, I think the whole thing is stupid. First of all, Saddam needs to get a grip and let the U.N. inspect his weapon stuff. And if bombing Iraq will make him do this, then I'm all for it, honestly. But, I worry about the innocent civilians that will be killed. I really do wish there was a better way to solve this, but apparently there isn't.
Well, that wraps up tonights column, lets hope I feel better tommorrow.
~ I've faced the fathoms in your deep / withstood the suitors quiet siege / pulled down the heavens just to please you, appease you / the window blows, and I know / I can't go on digging roses from your grave. ~