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March 2nd, 2012

03/02- 12:00PM EST


Hello again! A bit of a shorter entry this week. As we gear up for the launch of Mass Effect 3, I wonder how many of you are replaying the first two games? I'd love to hear stories about your Shepards.

Anyway, on to the letters!

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Shadow of the Icolossus


Quick question for you. Have you played Ico and/or Shadow of the Colossus? I am not sure they are rpg's exactly, but I think they were discussed on rpgamer. Anyway, I am a huge fan of both and have been in eager anticipation of Team Ico's supposed third release, "The Last Guardian". Unfortunately I recently heard that the lead guy Fumito Ueda has bailed on the project. If this is true, do you think we should have any hope of seeing the Last Guardian anytime soon? (I think it was originally scheduled for 2011).

Thanks for any news or insights you might have on the Team Ico situation!




I did not pick them up when they originally came out, but I have recently gotten the Ico and Shadow of the Collossus collection as a birthday present from my parents, and have found it to be quite stunning. I have no idea how Shadow of the Collossus even ran on PS2s! Anyway, I have followed this story a bit and I can tell you that you need not worry too much. Though Ueda has left Sony, he hasn't stopped working on the game at all. Though now working as a contractor, he still is working in office, and day to day development of the game hasn't changed. That's not to say the game hasn't had a difficult development cycle. Reports are that other Sony developers are being brought in to help finish the project. Still, it seems clear to me that this isn't a project Sony is just about to give up on. I'd say expect the game by the end of the year or in early 2013. I'm sure we'll hear more about it by E3!

River of RPGS

Dear Wheels, please compare three RPGs to rivers. :D



Really? REALY?!??!

OK I accept this challenge. I guess I'll start with Resonance of Fate is like the Amazon river. It has many twists and turns along its path through a dense and complicated forest, however it still has a definitive start and finish. The forest here of course referring to Resonance of Fate's dense play mechanics.

Final Fantasy X is like the Connecticut river. It is certainly good looking and enjoyable to experience, but for the most part it is a straight path, running the usual north to south route.

Dragon Quest VII is like the Nile river. They're both insanely long!

Tales of No Free Time

Dear Wheels, how many games would you say you beat a year? How do you deal with the glut of releases and prioritize what it is you want to play?


This is a good question. I'm going to leave multi-player focused games out of this equation, as there isn't really a necessity to beat them in the traditional sense. I'll also leave reviewed games out of these calculations since I finish those much quicker than casual play. That being said, I'd say I finish on average five to seven games a year. I get easily distracted by new games, so I'll often drop what I'm playing and move to something else depending on mood. I don't really have any good method of prioritizing, I just play what I'm in the mood for.

Why do you think RPGamers should care about Tales of Graces F?


Well, because it is far more than just another Tales game. This is the first game we'll have in English using an off-shoot of the battle system created for the Tales of Destiny PS2 remake. This is a far cry from the typical Tales system, and I think many RPGamers will find it far more interesting than the systems in Tales of the Abyss and similar games. I can't recommend it enough.

Also is Rchard hotter than Yuri?



Though I am in no way qualified to answer this question, yes, yes he is!

Brass Bonanza
Go through all the platformer mascots of the 90s that deserve to be returned, and put them into RPGs. You can include Bubsy as a character that dies, if you like.



Well I'll do you one better, and suggest an RPG full of 90s nostalgia. For starters, the party will be made up of various mascots, like you suggest, from platformers in the 90s. They will be lead by Earthworm Jim, who wanders about the world aimlessly after his cartoon show is canceled. His best friend and companion is Bubsy, who (spoilers) eventually kicks the bucket. Traveling with them as well is Cool Spot, a rogue, Aero the Acrobat, another Rogue type, and finally Ristar, a mage/cleric combo.

Their quest is to regain stardom by finding the sports franchises lost during the 90s, mainly the Hartford Whalers, The Quebec Nordiques, and the Houston Oilers. The main villain will be Sparkster. Having recently been gloriously revived by Konami, the success has driven him mad and he tries to stop the party. Towns will be based on lost cartoons from the 90s. So you may wonder into Duckberg from Duck Tales, or perhaps run into the Samurai Pizza Cats. It would mostly be a funny game, but would also explore peoples' connection to mascots and sports franchises, and what it means to them when they leave. The title? 90 Mascots and the Quest for Brass Bonanza. 

That's it for this week!

See you next week for lots of Mass Effect talk!


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