Yeah!!! Whoohooo Escaflowne!!! Awesome series,
recommended to any out there who haven't seen it.
Dilandau rocks, and so does Folken and the rest of the
Dragonslayers!! Whose your favourite character?
I've been getting the DVDs as they come out and
watching them on my PSX2 (I knew it would come in
handy for something while I waited for Darkcloud- by
the way, when is that gracing us with it's
..... only DVDs 5 and 6 don't work on it!! >.<
Pity me, the Esca-deprived....
Yeah, I am a big fan of Escaflowne. I've picked up the
first 6 DVD's and am counting down the weeks till the
last 2 come out. Allen is my favorite for some
reason. I haven't had any trouble playing 5 or 6 on
my PS2. Oh, and since we had 10 people asking about
it at work today, Dark Cloud comes out on 05/29/01.
Would you like to preorder that for only $10 down at
your local Software Etc.?
Favorite Esca character eh? That would be a toss up between Van and Dilandu I think. I really like characters
who get into combat and totally flip out. Episode 14 rules.
Weapons: Online, Sensors: Online, FF: Online
Hello, Google-sama and Cyrael-sama. While we all know
about Google's hatred
toward MMORPGs, I'm asking these anyway:
1. What is your favorite already released MMORPG, or
which one do you think
looks the kewlest?
2. Which looks more promising: Star Wars Galaxies or
Final Fantasy XI?
Ok, that's all I've got today. After reading through
the entire archive of
Real Life Comics, one starts to develop an interest in
Well, I've never been under the impression that Google
HATES MMORPG's... My favorite is EverQuest right now.
I've played the big name ones and EQ is the one i've
had the most fun with, with Ulitma Online in second
and Asherons Call in a distant third. I think SW
Galaxies is more promising just because you can be a
Jedi. Or a Wookie. Yeah!
I don't hate MMORPGs, I just feel no desire to play them. As for those, well, anything Star Wars related
that isn't about the actual characters from the movies has a tendancy to suck. That puts FF11 a little
ahead I think. Of course I have my qualms with both concepts, and refuse to pay monthly fees for games,
so I'm not one to be comparing.
Hey I just finished Vanguard Bandits for the first
time and I got what I
consider to be the most annoying, slap in the face
ending ever! You got all
your guys lined up every one of them have some great
ATACs and then you see
Faulkner and he spouts some crap and blah blah blah.
He brings out most of
the main baddies throughout the game. I'm thinking
hey this should be real
good right? NO!! Faulkner does that stupid howl thing
and you become the
enemy against your allies. I of course said hey I'm
not fighting them it
must be part of a test or something. The killed all
of the little baddies
meanwhile I'm hiding in a corner. Then they go to
take on Faulkner and he
slaughters them. A few days later my character wakes
up from his daze and
realizes what happened and claims to have killed some
of them but I never
touched them I swear!! Faulkner goes "Ha ha ha and
now I'm immortal" The
End... WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?! As far as I could
tell everything I ever did
was for the betterment of mankind I tried to avoid
killing those that didn't
need it and I let anyone that asked to join. Now I
ask you why is this? And
how can I avoid this ending when I play again? Also I
heard you highly
recommended Vandal Hearts, or maybe that was someone
else, do you think $15
is good for a used copy with a few scratches and
everything else is there.
Thanks if you answer and if not I'll send it again and
again until it's
answered then I'll come to your house crying "Why
didn't you answer my
questions? I gave and I gave and all you did was take
and take from me."
Maybe I need some help...
Well, I haven't played Vandal Hearts, but that sounds
like it sucks...
I'd pay a lot more than $15 for Vandal Hearts if I saw it, but "a few scratches" is a phrase I avoid
in the used game field. Now, as for Vanguard Bandits, you managed to get yourself the killing spree ending.
Basically, when you get to then end of the Kingdom branch, Faulkner tries to work his evil mind control
magic on you. Much like the protagonist of a Magical Girl show, if you have the love and support of your
friends, you can resist. If not, well, you get possessed and have to kill them. Now then, as for how to
keep them happy, in addition to making decisions that don't make you come off as a total psycho or incompetant,
which you seem to have handled, keep people from dying, that ticks'em off quite a bit. Try to keep everyone
on roughly the same level, since people don't like being ignored, and, most importantly, ALWAYS talk to
three people between fights. When I finished, one of the girls loved me (red heart), another liked me quite
a bit (pink diamond), and Devlin was slightly ticked (green triangle), and I got the good ending. I believe
nobody being REALLY unhappy is slightly more important than having someone love you, but it's really not
that hard to keep everyone in pretty good spirits. Then of course for a couple more upbeat endings, hit
level 8 before the end of the third fight and you're on the Empire path. That has two pretty pleasant
endings on it.
Dear Mr. Google sir,
What's new? Well enough with the chit chat, let's get
1) Have you ever seen the anime Oh My Goddess! It's
I've seen it but I wasn't too impressed.
I've read the manga, I've seen the OAV series, and I've seen a bit of the weird TV series where all the
godesses are shrunken and hanging out with the rat. The OAV series I don't care for, but the others REALLY
have their momments.
2) What are your thoughts on Grandia, the BOF series,
and the Suikoden series?
I love Grandia, enjoy BOF and have yet to play
Way too easy, decent but not that appealing, and the first is way too short respectively.
3) Are you a mullet fan?
What an odd question...
4) Were you as disappointed with The Bouncer as I
~ The Great Didingo
Yes. Our store copy was beaten in 4 hours. What a waste...
I've been told The Bouncer is a short, unbalanced, Double Dragon clone. Between that and the fact it's
on a system I don't own, I didn't give it the chance to let me down.
Sequels on the Dreamcast
I'm thinking about buying a used dreamcast and buying
Skies of Arcadia and Grandia II so...
1-What others games are worth buying? (I'm not
interested in PSO).
Record of Lodoss War is fun if you liked Diablo.
Crazy Taxi, Samba de Amigo and a bunch of other
non-RPG's are fun too.
Those are the only RPGs I've personally played on the system, but I've heard most others are pretty decent.
Speaking firsthand, some other nice non-RPGs include Chuchu Rocket, Soul Calibur, Power Stone 1 and 2,
and of course Resident Evil: Code Veronica.
2-Are they going to make Skies of Arcadia II on the
I hope so.
Well, they're making one. What system is up in the air though. If not the DC, my money's on the Gamecube.
3-If Shenmue 1 is the prelude and Shenmue 2 is not the
end of the story, will the other Shenmue games be on
Could be. That or GameCube.
Shenmue 3, which will be the last game in the series, will be on the Dreamcast. All three games use the
same engine, have been in simultanious development (some of the first Shenmue screens are actually from
Shenmue 2), and well, your character transfers over between them!
4-How long is Grandia II this time around?
Thank you for your time!
I clocked in at 32 Hours. My firends said that I
Hmm... Grandia 2... I should get back to that some time.
Hi Google and Cyrael. Just some general comments. I've
HTMLizing this, but I don't know if it will work as
1) In Chrono Cross, when you had an "enter code"
shtick, each of the
four buttons was assigned to a letter, and the L1 and
R1 keys were L
and R. I figure they'll do something similar.
Do you mean Chrono Trigger? I don't seem to
remember anything from Cross that used those (except
of course the LARA code in Lucca's house.)
Oh yeah. I forgot all about CC's LARA bit.
2)I think that Square has probably used its time to
clean at least
SOME of the bugs out of Final Fantasy Chronologies'
FFIV. I hope and
Well, they just might. But then again...
While Square has had every spare person they can find touching up older FFs, the PSX version of
FF4 isn't the one getting the facelift. I really doubt we'll get a bug free release.
3) "Zophar" is from LUNAR 2: Eternal Blue and EB
This is true.
Oops. I meant to point that out yesterday...
4) On the whole, you seemed rather uninterested in FF
I quote: "Well, considering that one of the reasons
Square gave for
not putting FF4 in the US release of FFA was that it
buggy", and FF6 came out so nasty I can't believe they
let it out
the door, unless Square has Working Designs translate
it, the two
movies and 2 or 3 newmenu options won't be worth it.
retranslating all the text. Considering that Square's
translation efforts have been fairly nasty compared to
stuff, well, see above comment."
Does this mean you don't plan to get FFC? Not that
it'll affect my
decision, but I was curious.
I'm gonna get it just for the Anime Cutscenes in
Chrono Trigger. Fuggle FF4. I already have it.
Well, if I wanted to play FF4, I could just pop it into my SNES. No load times, no 3 second battle
swirls, no movies with rendered Amano characters. Chrono Trigger I can also play on my SNES. Of course,
I HAVE gone all the way through 17 consecutive times, so that's not the strongest of my desires. So all
I would get in exchange for my hard earned $50 is a collection of movies, which I would have to access
by sitting through a game I can play with my eyes closed. Not worth it. Of course, for those of you who
missed Chrono Cross the first time around, grab it! Not if you missed FF4 though. Hold out for the real
First off, do you know of a site that tells where the
bromides in the game are? I've found a lot, but I
want to make sure I find them all on my second time
Second, how do I open the first door in the "Brave
Labyrinth"? thats the dungeon north of Horam in the
epilogue) It's one big room, with four glowing sword
shaped marks in the cardinal directions, and two six
pointed stars in the center.
Ok, I think thats all.
"When the horizon darkens most, we all need to believe
there is hope."
I'm pretty sure any FAQ will tell you where they are.
No particular sites come to mind though. As to that
dungeon, you have to make the enemies run over those
plates on the floor.
I'm 95% sure that RPGamer has a Bromide FAQ in the Lunar 2 section. Especially since I recall checking
it after I finished the game to make sure I didn't miss any.
One last multiparter
alright... i've been a hard-kore fan of this site for almost 2 years now, but
this is my first time writing in to u... here are a few questions for u,
slime-babe!!! ;-) lol...
1. Where can I find a copy of Perfect Works for Xenogears... Is there a link
to a website that has it translated anywhere???
Cyrael seems to have missed this letter, so it's just me for a little. Perfect Works was only available
in Japan, and has been thoroughly snapped up, so just look on eBay for someone sick of looking at the pretty
pictures and trying to translate it.
2. I found a copy of Suikoden for 10 bucks a few weeks ago... I bought it,
but haven't really started to play it... Is it worth getting into while I
still have to buy Lunar 2, a Dreamcast, etc??? Or should i just wait until I
::accidentally:: lose it, come across it some day in 5 years, and act
surprised that I found it???
For a game where you get a party of 108 characters, Suikoden is shockingly short, like 20 hours I believe.
Might as well plow through it while scraping up cash for all that.
3. Was it just my computer, or was today's column messed up? it wouldn't
scroll down past the SNES rpg question... sigh...
It was your computer.
4. Is it at all a possibility that Sega might re-release their Phantasy Star
games on a new console? I, unfortunatly, was just a young-un when they were
released and knew very little about them...
HMMMMMM! They very well might. After all, every other RPG developer has been doing that these days, and
it seems to be working out pretty well for them. Plus if they do, I'll be able to get more people to actually
play the original. Sega Master Systems aren't easy to come by, let alone games for'em.
5. I love Madonna... and if ANYONE begs to differ her excellency, I dare them
to take me on... :-)
THERE'S a random comment!
6. I'm SOOO excited about the FFIV/CT re-release... Am I the only one in the
world who still has faith that Squaresoft can kick ass... I know that the
argument belongs in the Editorials, but they're amazing... They've had a
so-so track record the past few years, but think about what they've done for
our communtiy... If it wasn't for FFVII, there wouldn't have been the burst
of rpg's that there was... And where would we be now then?
I kind of have a love/hate thing going with Squaresoft. At least out of what I've played, Squaresoft has
made more great RPGs than any other developer, and talent doesn't just go away (well, except for the bit
where a brilliant development team leaves Square to go out on their own every year or so at least). On
the other hand though, if you take the PERCENTAGE of each developer's RPGs that are really great, Squaresoft
ranks pretty darn low. I can't name a real dud from Sega, Enix has only bombed twice that I recall, Game
Arts does nicely if you don't mind the ease of the Grandias, but Square has released it's share of utter
garbage, and a lot of it in recent years. If you can even classify PE2 as an RPG, it's a real lemon flat
out. I don't know anyone who exactly adored Legend of Mana, and of course the entire SaGa series just
screams the fact it hasn't been playtested enough. Again though, the occassional release of a game like
Xenogears, Chrono Cross, or FF9 (despite my being a tad sick of the series as a whole) DOES give me confidence
that they can make some really good games. They just need some feedback from us so they know what's gold
and what's garbage. Since the only real way they have to get that feedback is sales numbers, just try
not to grab the games that don't rule, even if they do have FF in the title. Oh, and that's a good point
about FF7 there.
7. One more ::little:: rant... When people are describing a game that totally
blows, could you not use the word "gay" in reference to it? It would be
appreciated from the ultra-rare breed of gay guys who play video games...
Thank you for reading my (kinda?) long email... BYE!
I don't tend to call bad stuff "gay". I don't say "it blows" either. I go with "sucks". By the way, isn't
it odd that "This blows!" and "This sucks!" mean the same thing? The normal words are opposites, so one
of those should mean "This rules!" Oh, and I'm not so sure on that "ultra-rare" comment. A pretty good
chunk of all people I know pretty well are both homosexual, and seriously into RPGs. Let's not have a
debate starting on THIS though, I can't stand dumping that sort of thing on CC right at the start of the