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Michael Bischoff - November 10 '02- 2:00 Central Standard Time
Everything seems to have run according to plan. My DVDs are in superb condition, my alma
matter's football team was destroyed, I received lots of letters, and I received signature picture submissions! Now,
if the Dolphins manage to beat the Jets tomorrow night my weekend will be complete.
The bulk of my letters consisted of replies to what previous Suikoden characters are making an appearance in the series latest
incarnation. Many of these characters' names by mere mention are spoilers (and I don't have the game yet, a dark side to this
job I now see). Therefore here is a complete list of all the characters I received from most of you, but beware the evil
spoilers! You have been warned. Now, let us finally move onto the letters!
A pimpin lengthy correspondence
hi Kam ! long time reader, first time submiter.. well this would have mad
e a lot more sense sending it to Goog but i couldn't wait him to be back for
my FF sequel rant !
First I should start by stating the obvious: FF contunuity, as suggested
by the site's poll, is blasphemous. First and foremost, the setting for ever
y single Final Fantasy is one of a big, completely explored world when you
finish the game. If you take the world of Suikoden, which is separated by countries, regions and the likes.. you can
actually make a sequel/prequel since the talked about regions next to the game explorable terrain is off-limit. You have
unlimited potential right there.
So how could a direct sequel/prequel fit in a FF game ? The only game that i can think of to have one of those is indeed
FF7. the concept of a prequel where Aeris' mother is the protagonist and is waging war with the Shinra or something is
somewhat plausible.. but then you'd need to have a big boss that you would kill and Aeris' mom would get whacked
afterward... could be done... would produce more of a dramatical endind than a happy one thought. but i'd go for that.
And as you said there's this whole idea of Vincent background not being covered that could add a lot to the plot.
Oh and i'm all for a new combat system but you gotta keep those materias... i mean..they did exist for a loooong time
(as the planet creates them itself with Mako concentration). Just a different use of it.
The sequel concept is also conceivable.. as Nanaki's tribe lives on at the end of FF7.. of course you could use a hero
who's Red descendant, having heard his ancestor's tale, he roams the world for adventure.. but that's plain cliché. and
you'd need a new human race.. or something..
On a completely different note here i've been wanting to ask you guys about some freaking stuff i found here at RPGamer.com.
I was talking with a friend about the suckiest rpg we ever played... and suddenly Thousand Arms for psx came up.. i
mean.. it did suck. So back home I looked for Thousand Arms on your site curious about the rating you guys gave it...
boy was I in for a shock... not only did the rating was pretty high.. but you accepted a reader's review (Mr Chupon's)
which, in my humble opinion... is either a error or a direct insult to Atlus for publishing such crap. just how was it
ever accepted ? the guy goes on and on about how "pimpin" good this and this is without any reference to the game
whatsoever ! even the rating is given in a "pimpin'" phrase or whatnot !
http://www.rpgamer.com/games/other/psx/ta/tareviews.html oh wait.. could this "spoof" thing actually mean something ?
thx and keep it up you're doing real great !
Another opinion on this whole silly "sequel" deal with Final Fantasy graces the column. Of course it has the RPGamer
comunity buzzing as evidenced by the reaction to the news on our forums. I'll sum up my opinion again for those who missed.
I find the whole concept of Final Fantasy storyline sequels insane, but, if a Final Fantasy VII sequel were to be produced
with the focus on Vincent, I'd probably give it a shot.
As for the Thousand Arms review, it seems there is just a simple difference of opinion going on. Mr Chupon's spoof review of
the game is just that, a spoof. It was meant as a joke and thus should be taken as such. Of course, when it comes to hilarity
and satire, nothing holds a candle to The Onion.
I love it when people insert their own line breaks
Hi Divine Wind. I have a bunch of annoying questions for you!
First, some FF6-related obscurity: I seem to remember hearing somewhere
that, if you beat the game with just 4 certain characters, you get a special
ending. One FAQ I found said it's Celes, Edgar, and Setzer, but who's the
fourth? Maybe they're not neccessary, but I want to do this, and 1 more
character could make quite a difference.
I've not heard of some special ending, but I can tell you the fourth character would happen to be Sabin. Now, I don't want to
spoil anything but you actually have to get Sabin back. If any one character can make a difference though, it is Sabin.
Second, I know that you can upload Suikoden 2 data to Suiko 3, but what does
it do? Does it do anything different if you use S2 data that youve uploaded
S1 data into (Meaning, you have McDohl)?
Unfortunately I own neither Suikoden 2 or 3. This did come up in another letter though,
so my suggestion to the readers
that do know the answer is to pummel Google with letters. Either that or Goog
knows already and will kindly mention it tomorrow on his own behalf.
NOTE: Don't send Google ANY letters with the answer to this question. One will be printed regardless
and it would help to have some questions to go along with it. - The Management
Third, do the characters in FFX have last names? In every FF since 6 most
characters have had both first and last names. Did they change this for
You know, I haven't seen last names for any of FFX's characters either. As for why such a change would occur, I'd guess either
laziness on Square's part, or simply leave it as another mystery of the universe.
Fourth, what is it that makes Guado different from humans, anyway? I mean,
besides the funky hair.
And last, a
"What's wrong with the way I'm dressed? I like this shirt."
That would require me to have played the game to really know I'm thinking. Since I'm a college student it's imperaive that
Final Fantasy X become a greatest hits game, so I can afford it on my meager income.
Send in your conspiracy theories now!
You wanna know something that's crazy?
I've been playing the KH sound track when I'm working at Subway and i always get people commenting on how they enjoy the
I'm not sure sure but this may be teh start of something.............something BIG!
This proves that video game sound has come quite a long way since the days of Pong. You know what is funny though? Some modern
movies still use those very sound effects when showing a couple kids playing with their Playstation 2. One must imagine that
in the world of movies some sort of dimensional tear has left game sound in a relatively primitive form. I'd like to see
you come up with a better explaination!
Star Ocean 2 Help
To Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem,
Although it's possible your Playstation is on the fritz, there are indeed copies of Star Ocean 2 floating around with
problems on the first disc. I have such a copy...while playing through on my copy, the game would freeze, tell me it
couldn't read from disc, etc. What I found worked for me was to load up Disc One, and then mid-game swap it out with
disc 2. Since the entire game is on both discs, the game will think its reading disc 1 and play should continue without
further problems. The only drawback is that the FMV's for disc 1 are not programmed on disc 2, although after the town of
Clik's big thing happens I do not believe there are any more FMV's until the half way point of the game. If your copy is
like mine, the hang ups should be long and gone by that point.
Hope that helps, Star Ocean 2 is a blasts and I hope you dig the rest of the game.
After playing through SO2 myself and reading some FAQ's about it. I found
that the game will just randomly freeze on you. Especially in the dungeon
where you have to find the right plant. It sucks, but just turn over your
playstation and rush through that dungeon, after enough tries, you'll make
it. Oh, and if you can avoid battles while in that dungeon, do it, cause
that's when it froze most for me.
It's never good when bugs on any console game are missed by the beta testers. As you can see, we gamers will always come up
with our own solutions to the problems somebody was paid to fix. Jerks...