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[Sep. 18th, 2005|08:37 pm]
Silicon Rose
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Whee, look, it's a post!

Work has been hectic recently and genedefect's parents have been in town, so we've been spending time with them. Very fun.

I finished Phantom Kingdom/Makai Kingdom, which was very short storyline-wise. I completed the game in 30 hours, and with some amount of effort to spare. Disgaea was much harder, and had a much more solid storyline, but Phantom Kingdom was cute on its own merits. The ending was rushed - I felt like there should have been another chapter or two to fight through the ending instead of seeing it play out before the player's eyes with no interaction. Anyways, I had been feeling a bit of nostalgia for the games that you could complete in 30 hours... way back when, when that was the standard, there weren't enough RPGs. Now there are tons, and they're all really long, so I often feel like it's too much of a good thing.

A----nyways.

I've decided to formally give up on Black/Matrix Cross and Tristia of the Blue Sea. While I was interested in the storyline of B/M, the game system was badly designed and ended up being frustrating instead of fun. They balanced it a lot better in Black/Matrix 0 and (I surmise) Black/Matrix II. As for Tristia, the story was okay, but the characters didn't grip me. I found myself enjoying the invention aspect, but being frustrated by the interruptions by the storyline, which felt drawn out a bit too much and was too silly for my tastes. I'm sure it's a perfectly good game, but not for me.

I've decided the next game I'm going to complete is Tales of Destiny. Unfortunately, it seems to be experiencing the same crashing problem as the other PS games I've tried on my PS2. Argh. Anyways, I'm almost to the end of the first half. I know I got that far once before, but I literally don't remember most of the things that are happening. Not even in a "oh, now I remember" sort of way.

After that... finish .hack//Mutation, maybe? Do Shadow Hearts? We'll see.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-09-19 03:11 pm (UTC)
A warning: I watched Paulo play the first disc of Tales of Destiny. It seemed like an extremely generic, highly predictable RPG in terms of story, with very little to distinguish the gameplay, either. I don't think I'd recommend it.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
Um... there's only one disk?

I actually find it reasonably humorous because of the character interactions, it's just the battle system drives me nuts. If it weren't for that, I'd have been gravy on finishing it the first time I tried.

If I wanted a fighting game, I would have bought one... that sort of feel.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-09-19 07:11 pm (UTC)
..? Could've sworn there were two discs... Gamecube game, right? Press the button in the right spot to get little pictures of the characters arguing with each other? Real-time combat? Bird-dogs?
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-09-19 07:17 pm (UTC)
You know what? I think I was thinking of Tales of Symphonia. Forget everything I said.

...Poor Gamecube, suffering in its little RPG dearth. 'Cept for Skies of Arcadia, that rocked, but it was a port. And Pokemon Coliseum was pretty decent -- usual Pokemon gameplay gravy, and a story not quite as crappy as the Pokemon standard.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-19 07:31 pm (UTC)
Heh. No problem. genedefect tried Tales of Symphonia, and he said exactly the same thing. Tales of Destiny actually has a relatively derivative story - the first part of the game, your characters aren't in it for trying to save the world or anything, it's just that they got into trouble and the King told them that if they did something for him, he'd forgive them the charges AND pay them. You kind of get roped into it. ^^;;

Actually, the Gamecube's RPG selection is fine... if you buy a Gameboy Advance adapter and play the Gameboy Advance games. ^^
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-09-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
Only good thing to come out of that game was Cyrus' wonderful quote: "Biiiiiird-doooooog! Half man, half -- dangit!"

Kind of weird that the GBA ended up the premier RPG platform, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-19 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, though mainly for strategy RPGs. The PS2 is better overall - it has more variety.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-09-20 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah... sadly, I can't really play RPGs much any more. It's really hard to find the 4-5 consecutive free hours you need to get anything out of a play session.

...I looked last night, and noticed something truly frightening: I have played over a thousand hours of Smash Bros. And that's just since I bought my copy -- Cyrus had it, and we played constantly, for two years before that.
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[User Picture]From: dragonoflife
2005-09-19 06:52 pm (UTC)
Baaaar, screw you and your free time to finish games.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-09-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
I often don't. It's just that Phantom Kingdom was short, and I've got a whole host of games I've started and haven't finished.

Then there's the 31 I haven't touched. (Heh... heh... heh... <silence>)

I blame most of this on genedefect and cyfis.
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