05/25- 12:00PM EST
Welcome to another episode of Q&A!
Lately I've been addicted to playing some Mystery
Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. I've
had a growing fondness for roguelikes not
rendered in ASCII graphics, and Shiren fits
that bill nicely, being one of the best in
the sub-genre. That's not to say I'm
anywhere near completing it, but this is how
these games go. Of course more importantly,
we've got the sad news that 38 Studios is no
more, effectively, having let go their
entire stuff. Hopefully they'll all land on
their feet. I had high hopes for the world
of Amalur, and it's sad to see this happen.
In happier news, Ys Origin releases next
week on steam!
Anyway, on to the letters!
How are things?
I guess it's a bit of an unrelated question,
but I read you love the Game of
Thrones books... Tell me, do the
books have a minimum of one sex scene per
chapter as well as the series, or not?
actually do not. I'm guessing
you're basing this on the TV
Show, but remember that these
are very long books and one
episode of the show can be
upwards of five or more chapters
from the book. Each chapter
focuses on a different
character, which makes following
the story interesting because
you get some many different
perspectives on what's going on.
Considering some of the chapters
are from the perspectives of
children I'd hope they don't
involve sex scenes!
I watched the first episode expecting
of the Rings - the Series, and the
first scene was awesome! And then...
Politics and sex scenes. Every episode. I
gave up around episode 7.
sorry you went in there with the
expectation, as that certainly
isn't the case. The two don't
have much in common outside of
both being fantasy. The series
is lots and lots of politics and
not much as far as heroics and
such. There's more battle and
fantasy as things go on, but the
politics don't decrease in
quantity. The sex scenes do tend
to decrease as things go on, so
if that bothers you, those
scenes do decrease in quantity.
You should stick with it though,
the world of Game
of Thrones has a great
mythology to it, and some of the
best characters I've ever seen
written. It has actually
of the Rings as my
favorite fantasy series.
Another question, why is it that RPGamer.com
features so little tabletop RPGs? I know
they do from time to time, but just not that
often. I do, however, really appreciate you
guys giving so much coverage to "indie"
RPGs. That definitely gives you guys an edge
over other sites, if you ask me. I also
really enjoy the retroviews.
mostly I think it would be
because we've only got one
person handling the bulk of it.
Perhaps we could use another
person to provide extra coverage
(maybe you could volunteer)? I'm
glad you enjoy our indie
coverage and retroviews. I think
we do a pretty good job covering
a lot of different things,
though we could always do
better. Any games you'd like to
see us retroview?
And... Has Blizzard finally lost the last
slight bits of their sanity, mind and soul?
What's with having to be online 24/7, even
if you are playing solo? That makes --NO--
sense whatsoever. I also read a couple of
discomforting tidbits about the game having
some kind of item shop like the free MMOs
have. Seriously? Guhhh... What's next? We
can only play it if we have a facebook
Facebook Edition? I
could see that happening!
Honestly, I have no idea what
Blizzard was thinking here. I
know the assumption is that if
someone is on a computer they're
probably online, but what about
those still stuck with dial-up?
What about those playing on a
train or bus on a netbook? What
about college kids where their
internet access may restrict
access and cause issues with the
server? There's lots of
scenarios where not being able
to just play on your own offline
will be very annoying. Heck
they've already had all kinds of
server issues at launch, and
there seem to be times where
people couldn't play simply
because the servers were offline
for maintenance. We've already
seen Ubisoft have countless
issues with similar
restrictions, so I think
Blizzard has made a mistake. I
doubt it will hurt sales, but it
will certainly hurt gamers!
Look forward to hearing from you
Hey Wheels, you always are asking for
questions so I thought I would comply with
your kind request. I’ve been playing
games since the mid-80’s, but I’ve only
really gotten into RPG’s since picking up a
PSP 5 years ago which is a long way of
explaining that I may be asking a stupid
you! I know it can often take a
long time to write up some good
questions, so I really
appreciate the effort to do so.
You know, that really is
probably the best possible
system to get into RPGs on since
the glorious Super Nintendo
days. There are so many quality
titles on there, and remakes of
many that you may have missed.
Plus, you can catch up on a lot
of great PS1 RPGs thanks to PS1
classics. I'm sure your question
is not stupid, so let's get to
Is there a formal difference between
tactical RPG’s and strategy RPG’s? At
first I always though tactical RPG’s
referred specifically to the grid based
derivatives of Final Fantasy Tactics and
Ogre and strategy RPG’s were turn
(and semi-turn) based games where the battle
system goes beyond simple attack, magic and
defend like Resonance of Fate or even
Trails in the Sky. However it seems
that most people use the two terms
interchangeably and I’m just weird for
seeing a distinction where there isn’t one.
is not a formal difference
between the two, which is often
something that confuses me as
well. In fact, if you enter
either tactical RPG or strategy
RPG into Wikipedia it brings you
to the same page! It can be very
confusing, and I wish people
would just stick with one. That
said, the fact that you
of Fate earns you major
brownie points. I love that
Also, are there some fundamental games of
Tactical/Strategy RPG genre that I have to
play but missed out on years ago? I finished
the remake of Tactics Ogre for the PSP
and I have FF:Tactics in my backlog,
but what are some others I missed out on?
Thanks for the info!
are plenty, and I will give you
a number of different games to
consider. I'm not sure what
systems you have, so I'm sorry
if I mention anything you won't
be able to play. I'll start with
PSP games. Check out both Disgaea
1 and Disgaea
2. They have very goofy
and entertaining stories and an
insane amount of optional
content. They can be a bit
grindy though. An absolute must
is J'eanne D'arc.
It looks and plays similar to Final
Fantasy Tactics so you
should feel right at home.
Arms XF which isn't
amazing and has some design
issues, but is still fun. Valkyria
Chronicles 2 has a
boring story for the most part,
but the gameplay is a lot of
fun. Speaking of that, assuming
you have a PS3,
is an absolute
must, as are Disgaea
3 and Disgaea
4. You should also pick
up Sonic's Ultimate
which has the first two Shining
Force Games. If you
have access to Nintendo
consoles, buy every game with
the Fire Emblem name.
The two Devil
Survivor games are
quite amazing. Finally (for
now), give the two Final
Fantasy Tactics Advance
games a try. They aren't as good
as the original, but still are
If that isn't enough suggests
let me know and I'll think up
Why you like everything?
wow, I forgot I put out a call
on the 3DS swap note to try and
get some questions from people.
Someone has responded (two
people actually as you'll see in
the next question). The truth is
that I actually do not like
everything. I hate Star
Ocean 3. I hate
roguelikes with ASCII graphics.
I hate most Diablo
clones. I hate that Shining
Force Neo has the Shining
Force name attached to
it. I hate everything I've ever
played that was developed by Idea
Factory. I hate Sega
about 50% of the time. You see,
I do hate things!
Tales of Swap Note Part Deux
Are you playing Reckoning yet? If not,
why not? It's time to get your chakram on!
How sad a thing that I should come
across this swap note this of all
weeks. I have played a bit of Reckoning,
and find that it fixes everything I
disliked about Bethesda's games. The
combat is simply brilliant! The
fantasy world isn't the best out
there, but its colorful and includes
tons of back story, so I can't call
it boring or uninteresting in the
slightest. With DLC and more open
world sequels in the same vane I
think they could have slowly built
up a cool world that eventually
would have made an MMO quite viable,
but it was not to be. I'm still
holding out hope that someone swoops
in to the rescue and we get to see
more games like this from the
talented people formerly of Big Huge
Games. I don't suppose they ever
finished that big balance patch I
heard rumor of, did they?
That's it for this week!
See you all next week. Ys Origin
is next week! Send me an Ys based
letter and maybe you'll win a copy!
About the Host
What I can't wait for:
1. Ys Origin
2. Kingdom Hearts 3D
3. Ys IV Vita
4. Persona 4 Vita
5. Gravity Rush
On my Playlist:
1. Space Jam Remixes
2. Persona Live
3. Atelier soundtracks
1. What do you think of the setting change
for the next Tales game?
2. What MMO do you wish was a single player
3. What 3rd party developer would you like to
see make a Final Fantasy game?
4. What HD RPGs do you want to see rendered as 8
or 16 bit RPGs?
5. Will Western developers ever return to expand
beyond typical fantasy and sci-fi settings?