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#1 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

The last three years have all been pretty lackluster in my eyes. 2011, 2012, 2013.

#2 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

It's my favorite game. I would probably not particularly enjoy video games at this stage of my life without it - it single-handedly got me to love them. I don't feel the need to justify its age, nor what it has to offer, since others in this thread have already done so quite well. But yes, to me it is the greatest game ever made. No other game has had such a profound effect on my life.

Like, literally. I was almost 10 years old when I got the game, back in early 1999. It took me probably a year or more to beat. I remember it better than just about anything from back then. Wallmasters abjectly terrified me to the point where I had nightmares about them, and to this day I have a hard time dealing with them. The atmosphere was at times legitimately scary, moreso than the vast majority of actual horror games, current or otherwise. Yet there was something triumphant about it, something intangible that made you feel like a true hero, a conqueror. I never feel that way about any other game, excepting maybe Majora's Mask (which is so similar).

I regularly replay it, so far I have beaten it 11 times and am currently going for my 12th. All I have left to say about it is this:

#3 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

@yummylee said:

@extomar: Ugh, Selvaria... she was one of the worst. Given she's on the boxart I figured she would have had a much bigger presence, but overall (from what I remember) all she really did was act all submissive to the emperor, strut around her warhead tits for some fanservice, and occasionally show up as a bullshit invincible boss enemy. Although maybe she makes a grand return at the end somehow or something, I dunno. Still, again, even if you wash away the anime/JRPG cliché criticisms, the characters are poorly written all the same so, it doesn't really matter.

I can still remember the almighty cringe I suffered after Welkin's stupidly idealistic line about ''wanting to be the bridge who brings our nations together'' or something or other. But then I've always been intolerant with that stuff, perhaps over the norm even. I mean even a game like Persona 3 just drove me mad, and I disliked pretty much every character I encountered and thought all of the dialogue sounded unnatural and awkward. I gave it about 12 hours but... nah just wasn't going to happen. Which is unfortunate because similar to VC, I happened to at least really enjoy the gameplay and the schedule-keeping stuff.

Also, I was paying more attention to the fact that love-interest girl is an 'orphan who can't remember her past', which is then explained by way of her being of a super powerful race of whatever.

Sounds to me like you have an almost irrational hatred of Japanese tropes. Maybe you should avoid Japanese games altogether, if positive idealism really rubs you the wrong way. Personally, I kind of like that stuff. I guess I'm just not that jaded and I like to think of the world as a generally positive place. I thought Welkin was a great hero, one of my favorites in all of video games, because I respected his motives. Very few main characters in video games have such clear, simple-to-understand reasons for doing whatever it is they are doing.

I never watch anime, so my only exposure to these "tropes" you all are speaking of is through video games. They don't bother me. Valkyria Chronicles was a great game, and I enjoyed Valkyria Chronicles II, as well. It seems like a lot of people on this site really hate Japanese tropes.

Final point: of course the writing is going to seem ham-fisted in a lot of these games: it's been translated. There are examples of scenes in certain games where it would be ham-fisted either way (Tidus and Yuna laugh scene in FFX immediately springs to mind), but for the most part I think it might be less awkward in the original language. Again: maybe you should just avoid Japanese games, and let people who like them like them?

#4 Edited by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

Final season of Game of Thrones for me, but I'm pretty excited for it. Hope there isn't too much Daenerys.

#5 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

I have taken girls I want to bone into my room containing four massive Michael Jackson posters, the complete LP collection of his albums (when I don't even own a record player), a framed Thriller jacket, all while wearing another Thriller jacket. So to answer your question: fuck yes.

#6 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

@alexw00d said:
@video_game_king said:

@asurastrike said:

so my only choice would be to start that dreadful 20 hour tutorial over.

That's a bunch of bullshit. There is no 20 hour tutorial. People only say that because the game introduces one new feature far after the actual tutorial period.

Calling it a tutorial is at least a better way of saying it takes 20 hours before it gets decent.

It doesn't. It follows the FF7 quality curve:

  • The first few hours are terrible.
  • At some point a couple hours in, the game becomes decent, but not great. (For FF7, it was around the Train Graveyard; for 13, it was when everybody became l'Cie.)
  • Later on (but still early on), there's this one fucking awesome event where the game finally becomes great. (For FF7, it's the motorcycle mini-game; for 13, it's when you control a giant robot out of fucking nowhere.)

The only real difference (at least that I can remember) is that FF13 bounces up and down after that.

I just read this post, and my mouth dropped open. You had a completely different experience with the "FF7 quality curve" than me and it's the first time I realized why I didn't like that game when others did. My experience was the exact opposite - I found the first few hours to be great, then the part where you meet Aeris happened and it started to slow. Then the second you hit the world map, the game crashed and burned, never to recover, to the point where it's easily my least favorite FF and RPG in general.

Just shows the power of differing opinions.

#7 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

Depends on the story, most video games have bad pacing and maybe like half the characters either contribute almost nothing or are a detriment (i.e. the first Mass Effect, every Bethesda game ever); but there's plenty of video games that just have good stories like Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, The Last of Us, and Xenosaga 1, 2, and 3. It's much harder to carry a story for longer than 2 hours so games will always suffer as a result. As far as comparing them to books most modern literature is shit so of course game stories are comparable; if you're trying to compare a video game to something like Othello or Three Kingdoms or The Road or Heart of Darkness it will pale in comparison (though its worth noting Spec Ops: The Line has a comparable storyline to Apocalypse Now; both are vastly inferior to Conrad's original work).

Hit the nail on the head. The actual plot may not be any worse than those of books, but the way they're told certainly is, unless it's an adventure game or visual novel. Film suffers from similar issues.

Seriously: read one of the Wiki articles about various games, and man, those stories sound great. Then when you actually play the games, the story gets lost amid the gameplay. There are a lot of games I really wish they'd remake as novels.

#8 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

@mamba219 said:

The hate it gets is because some people didn't find it to their tastes when they thought it would, regretted buying it and playing it, and decided to ruin it for everyone else because they're spiteful little children. People like this cannot accept that some people might not share their opinions on things. The internet just allows them to vocalize those opinions in the most radical ways possible without getting punched in the face.

I don't think this is fair at all I can see plenty of reasons for people to express their hate of this game besides being "spiteful little children" trying to ruin everyone fun and I don't see how you marginalizing their opinion is any different than people who do the same to people who like the game.

I think hating something to that level is something only spiteful little children do.

It is a game with many flaws. Discussing them and pointing them out is one thing, but to claim it is a "flaming pile of dog shit" is quite another. I marginalize their opinions because if that is how they choose to express them, they are not worth talking to. It's a video game, not the Holocaust.

#9 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

It seems as though the internet really brings out the criticism like nothing else. Personally always thought the game was decent. Not great, not bad. At no point did I not have fun playing it, though I didn't always enjoy watching it.

The hate it gets is because some people didn't find it to their tastes when they thought it would, regretted buying it and playing it, and decided to ruin it for everyone else because they're spiteful little children. People like this cannot accept that some people might not share their opinions on things. The internet just allows them to vocalize those opinions in the most radical ways possible without getting punched in the face.

#10 Posted by Mamba219 (154 posts) -

Both Vagrant Story and Xenogears and both really incredible games, with Chrono Cross not much worse. I'd definitely put them all ahead of Final Fantasies 7 and 8, for sure. 9 falls somewhere in there.