Welcome to another episode of Q&A! It
has been a while since we've talked about
series, so with info on the next game
starting to come out, we've already got a
question about that! Of course lately I've
been distracted from playing Tales of
Graces by Atelier Rorona, which I
finally got addicted to and completed. It is
quite amazing what they were able to do with
that game with an obviously small budget.
Anyway, on to the letters!
Tales of Skull Cracking
Hi Wheels! I've got a couple questions
First, what do you think of the Tales
series going for a modern setting? I
don't think it's a big departure for the
franchise, since there have always been
science fiction elements in it. I just
hope the series doesn't lose any of its
charm or get too lost in technobabble
gobbletygook, which is a definite risk even
for the fantasy-themed games (see: Abyss.)
Also, if the "girl" that the main character
might destroy the world for is yet another
stereotypical healer chick I'ma crack some
really like the idea of
switching up the setting. The Tales
series, despite changing
the gameplay up a bit for the Team
Destiny games, have
largely stuck to familiar
fantasy territory. Sure, they
often describe fantasy worlds
with vastly different
termonology, but that doesn't
change the fact that its still
fantasy. Switching things up is
great! Remember when Final
Fantasy went with a
more steampunk style setting for
Final Fantasy VI?
That sure worked out. A more
modern setting ultimately helped
the Legend of Heroes
series as well, given that it
wasn't hugely popular in Japan
before Trails in the Sky.
Of course, this all depends on
them pulling off a convincing
setting. As for techno-babble
and the like, I'm sure it'll be
present, so we can only hope
they don't go overboard. Oh, and
you'll probably be stuck with a
stereotypical girl healer so be
prepared to crack some skulls!
I'm look forward to hearing more
about this new Tales
game. Hopefully we'll
have Xillia localization
news to celebrate around the
Also, I hear you're playing The Game of
Thrones: The Game (of Thrones).
I have to admit that I have thus far
completely avoided the series, as I'm not
fond of the whole thing where characters get
killed off all the time. Do you think
the game would appeal to somebody with
little to no knowledge of the setting?
no, I don't think it'd appeal
much to someone with little
knowledge of the setting. Though
there's plenty of in-game
material to help explain things,
I think ultimately the game
makes up for its gameplay
weaknesses with tons of touches
to appeal to fans, so I think a
non-fan will find it quite
disappointing. With that being
said, you should read the books!
The "characters get killed off
all the time" statement is quite
exaggerated because when it does
happen, you'll know the
character so well that it has
much more impact. The series has
quickly become my favorite book
series ever, topping Lord
of the Rings.
Hi Wheels, as Phil asked I am sending you
some questions that I been pondering for a
First, let’s start with an easy one, why do
we play games, it is really a hobby or it’s
could be something more serious like aliens
are trying to play with our mind and put
idea like only a child around 12-16 years
old, can save the world?
it seems you are the only one
who answered Phil's call!
Is that a covert reference to The
Anyway, it is definitely a
hobby. As far as RPGs go, I
think we choose them as our
favorite genre to fill our needs
for adventure, to challenge our
minds (with tactical games and
the like), and to fill a need
for compelling story (though not
all RPGs fit this bill). I mean
it's more fun to interact with a
story than to watch one on TV
As now my nephew ask me to buy Diablo III
and go play with him and is friend.
Should I do that? You know that I got
a family and they don’t… well they do but
not a wife and/or kids…
why not? Diablo
can be quite addicting,
but it is fine in moderation.
Just don't quit your job and do
nothing but play Diablo
III! Besides, RPGamer's
own Adriaan den Ouden loved
Was it ok for me to quit World of
Warcraft? You know I don’t
want somebody at Blizzard to starve to dead
because I don’t send them money every month.
hope this was a joke! Blizzard
will do just fine without your
$14.99 a month. Especially if
you're going and buying Diablo
Then, I have right now quite a collection of
games, I been wondering if I should keep
buying more and add them to my collection,
try to finish my backlog or start over and
sell it’s all make a small fortune!
say it would be better to keep
buying and pruning games out of
the backlog when you realize you
aren't ever going to play them.
However, if enjoy buying and
playing new games, why stop? I
think if you sell everything
you'll quickly regret it and
just have to re-buy a bunch of
games (I've had this happen to
me before when selling old
games). Good luck!
I was wondering, I look at my backlog and I
got some series in there, if you think that
I should keep my collection of course,
should I play them chronologist or in any
order. As an example, Right now I am
Fantasy XIII, but I still have to
finish the 5th one and the 9th one
and up. Should I stop right now and go
back finish them first? If it depend
of the series, then what about Suikoden,
Thanks for your wisdom on all these matter.
would only play games in order
if they're directly story
connected. So for example, play
the Suikoden games
in order. Other than that, just
play the ones you feel like
playing at the moment and you'll
have a much better time digging
your way through the various
series you mentioned. Too often
people like to play the games in
direct order, when playing the
newer games can often give you a
different perspective on the
older games. Just have fun and
don't sweat that kind of thing.
I'll reiterate again though,
play the Suikoden
games in order.
Thanks for the letter!
@AskWheels Where were my Final Fantasy
characters as fish?! >:(
seem to have completely
forgotten about this challenge.
Perhaps because I don't really
know anything about fish? I mean
I could always just say the
entire population in Final
Fantasy X are like
fishes since they all seem to be
able to breathe under water. I
could say that Quina from Final
Fantasy IX is like a
goldfish because she eats a lot.
Kefka is like a clown fish
because he looks like a clown. I
think I've failed this challenge
and kindly ask for a new one!
Quest for Quest for Glories
@AskWheels Why haven't your readers picked
up the Quest
For Glory collection yet from GOG?
Hopefully they have already gone to
purchase the collection! The Quest
for Glory games are a
unique combination of the adventure
gameplay that made the King's
Quest series so great, and
a bit of extra RPG goodness. There's
really nothing else out there quite
like them. Rather than blab on about
the games for much too long, I'll
provide a gameplay video that sums
it all up.
That's it for this week!
See you all next week. Ys Origin
is on the horizon, are you all excited? Send
me your Ys
memories and perhaps you'll have a
chance to win a code for Origin!