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End of the Sushi December 3, 2006

Josh - 10:20 EST

Well I quit my job at the Sushi restaurant, since I need the following weeks to buckle down and study for my exams so I can graduate and never look back. They fed me 'til I burst, and then gave me a long sleeved polo shirt for an early Xmas gift. All in all, a great night. But, verily, I have PT in the morning, so let's get this started!




L E T T E R S
See, this is why I love these games.


Ouro:

I'm currently playing through Xenosaga III -- well, I started it and got relatively close to the end of the first disc (I assume, at least). I had to put it on a brief hiatus until after finals. Regardless, I'm 98% sure you have successfully completed the game. I've played Xenogears (at least 3 times), Xenosaga I, and Xenosaga II -- and so far, III is enchantingly divine. I've got a query for you, however. I KNOW you've completed Final Fantasy XII, but what about Kingdom Hearts II? I've asked for KH II for Christmas, and I'm hoping to win FF12 from THONG. My question to you is this: How would you rate those 3 games? From what I've been hearing, it sounds like: KH2 > Xenosaga III > FF12. Is that how you would rank them? My opinion is obviously biased at the moment, as I've only played Xenosaga III.

Josh

I still haven't been able to get around to KHII, I've had so much on my plate in recent months. I'm hoping it actually drops in price somewhere (It's STILL $49.99 around here), and then I might pick it up. I hear it's good though.

And yes, I destroyed XSIII and FFXII. Rating those against each other is really, really hard. I mean mind-boggingly difficult here. They were two of the most enjoyable RPGs I've ever played. Let's take a look at the different categories, though, and see who wins what.

  • Battle System: FFXII
  • Story: XSIII
  • Music: Uhh....tie.
  • Originality: FFXII
  • Replay Value: Tie
  • Graphics: FFXII

Despite FFXII winning most of those categories, there's just the overall FEEL of XSIII that makes it so hard to judge. If I must, I'm going to have to say they tie.

Speaking on Xenosaga, did you read Xenosaga: Pied Piper in its entirety? Over the summer I read it (http://zarathustra.kaisho.org/) and was simply amazed. I recall playing through Xenosaga Episode I and not really fancying the character Ziggy. I was more or less the same way with Episode II. Having read Pied Piper before Xenosaga III, however, I must say I've got a completely new outlook for him. Pied Piper, despite being a cell phone game, has an excellent script. Even without images, I was so drawn to it. It definitely aids in the story line, as well! Figuring out the past of Voyager and Ziggy makes that portion of the series incredibly more 'emotional', I suppose. I hope they'll turn it into a REAL game, instead of that cellphone game wank.

Josh

I've taken a peek at it. Haven't actually read the whole thing yet. I did think that the plot was stellar, and I also still thing that cellphone gaming sucks and should never have really been thought of as a major outlet for videogaming.

An actual 'game' would be pretty nice, though!

Speaking of Xenogears! Right now, I'd have to say Xenogears is still my favourite game of all-time (though FFT ranks up there). This may change after I complete Xenosaga III, however. I KNOW the Xenosaga series is supposedly NOT connected to Xenogears, but I'm filled with delight whenever I see something relatively similar. I don't wish to reveal any spoilers to either series, but, for example: Vanderkaum being in Xenogears AND Xenosaga I and II (possibly III, but I haven't seen him yet if he is). Little things like that thrill me to death. I've heard the ending to Xenosaga III will really delight a Xenogears fan -- I'm hoping this is true. Curiously, though, who was your favourite character in Xenogears and why?

Tabor.

Josh

Oh man, all the little cameos in that game made me squeal like a little schoolgirl. Embarassing, yes. Freakin' awesome? Yes.

Favorite XG character...hm. Either Citan or Krelian. Citan was just awesome. As far as party members go, he deals a ton of damage, can heal the party, and has really good speed. As an actual character, he's complex enough that the player wonders about his past for the first half of the game, and then the player gets smacked with the wonderment of figuring out whether he's a good guy or not.

Krelian was just a really good bad guy. He wasn't really messed up or psychotic, but he just performed the necessary evil for the game. He was a deep character that provided a lot of great plot development.



Oh, come on. Grip it!


So now that I've written once I guess I'll write again. While I have heard of many of the games you listed, I'm not sure how I feel about some of them. Though Rogue Galaxy looks nice, so I'm keeping my eye on that one.

Concerning FF3, I do like the game and switching classes isn't so bad, I do wish I had more information. Your suggestion to talk to all the npcs is basic rpgamer knowledge, but they tell me things that I go investigate that do nothing. The story has yet to advance since I've gotten the Enterprise. Now I'm okay with running around leveling for a while, but I want a clue! I'm sure I'll get it eventually, but it's annoying anyway.

So what is it with people breaking their TVs with their Wii-motes? Having gotten pretty crazy swinging that around my living room I don't get it. I mean there's a strap and the machine tells you to wear it whenever you start a game. Boggles the mind.

Yeah so playing the backlog, it hasn't changed any, but when it does I'll give you an update.

Josh

FFIII was a rather confusing title when I played it (Ok, ok...I played it via an emulator. I'm ashamed ;_;). But it still ranks up there as a great game. Funny how all of my favorite FFs are multiples of 3. The thing is that the clues for FF3 are just really obscure, but they do exist. Keep trying!

My editorial for this week is actually about that Wii thingy. This site has a bunch of incidences about it. All I can say is...people are stupid.



Another firstie!


Hey Guys!

This is my first time writing here, although I´ve been visiting RPGamer for almost two years now. Well, I´ve got some questions for you.

Josh

All right, but first you must pass the initiation.

*readies a Flaming Turtle*

I thought I was wrong, but a couple days ago I saw it again - is Link really right-handed in Twilight Princess??? Some time ago I googled for screenshots, but they all showed a left-handed Link, as usual. Maybe they were from a pre-Wiimote stage in development...

Josh

Yeah, though I imagine it's just due to the large amount of righties over lefties in the world. It might seem weird to swing your arm and see the character perform the mirror image of you. I think he's a lefty in the GCN version, though. Sorry, lefties! Righties win again! Mwahahahaha!

About left-handed characters, the only other one I can think of is Megaman. Well, I´m assuming his blaster is on his "good" hand, but since he´s a robot (reploid, whatever), I guess either hand is fine for him. Do you remember any other "lefties"?

Josh

Some of the characters in FFIV were lefties, I recall. I think Kain was one of 'em. Sephiroth's a lefty. Also, Shigeru Miyamoto is a lefty. Coincidence? ^^

I agree with Ouro on his last Q&A that the PS3 will surpass other consoles in some years. I think the Wii is great, but as Ouro stated, Nintendo has a bad habit of only having good titles developed by... Nintendo ^_^. As great as Zelda/ Starfox/ Metroid/ Mario can be, there won´t be as much as 10 of these great games. I´m considering buying a Wii now to play these titles from the GameCube era, as they weren´t enough to justify buying that system (at least IMO).

Josh

I agree. There weren't enough games for GCN that even remotely made me think of purchasing it.

My final question is about the future of Full Motion Videos. Don´t you think that they´ll end up being replaced completely by cutscenes created by the game´s engine? We had a glimpse of it in Xenosaga III - although there were FMVs, they were rendered with high-res models of the characters, there were no overly pretty CG screenshots anywhere.

That´s all for today. See you guys!

Eduardo

Josh

Of course they'll be replaced. EVentually everything will start looking more and more life-like, and technology will grow to the point where the processing power required to do in-game cinematics with the normal engine won't be such a huge burden. It'll happen, even though signs of it are starting to show in mere PS2 games. FFXII had some gorgeous cutscenes, but those graphics can be rendered almost perfectly on the next-gen hardware. It'll happen, trust me. ^^. Thanks for writing in!



Yes! Another convert! Mwahahahahahaha!


Hi. I have been a gamer since the days of the NES. In all that time I have never once played a straight-up RPG (as one individual pointed out, though, elements of RPGs have made their way into many other genres of gaming). This has not been because of a distaste for the concept of RPGs, but rather with their complexity and general difficulty to an outsider (such as myself). I also have a hard time with the fact that, while the best RPGs are like alternate lives for the player, they’re all console games and, thus, not portable.

That all changed this week. On a whim, I picked up Final Fantasy III for the DS. I am now an RPG disciple. Here, finally, is a fully immersive world that I can carry around with me. I’ve read many articles on the game, both on this website and on IGN.com, and I gather that not many games are made in this style. My main question is, what game should I buy next? I plan to buy an RPG for my DS every week until I run out of good choices. So far on the list: Magical Starsign and Final Fantasy IV and V (GBA). That’ll get me most of the way through December. What I’m specifically looking for is turn-based action. I played Children of Mana and, frankly, I was terrible at it. Couldn’t make it past the second dungeon. So, is there anything for me to look forward to? Or have the days of turn- based RPGs passed me by forever? Will I ever find a game as good as Final Fantasy III?

The newest RPG disciple,
Jeffrey

Josh

Oh, turn-based games will probably never go away. There's just too much demand for things that are like old things!

And the sentiment that you'll never find a better game is also crap, too, since something better ALWAYS comes along. People thought Mario 3 would be the best damn thing ever created, and now look at what we've got. It's still a good game, but more and more games have improved upon an already stellar formula. You'll be fine.

As for next...The Mario and Luigi games are fun, and I don't even own a DS (I adamantly hate the stylus system). And as for more turn-based action, you can't go wrong with a Pokemon game, although after the first one, you'll never want to play another unless you're a huge Pokemon fan. There's a Vandal Hearts game on the horizon, and if it's anything like the first game, it'll be something to look forward to!





S E G U E

If you haven't noticed already, I've included PICTURES of the items I HAVE. Matt is donating Riviera, so there's no pic of that yet, though. Just go to the rules page and take a looksee.



T H O N G
Combat Log

Luca Phase:
Luca Blight attacks! No one is affected!
Luca Blight is learns the new spell - Summon Anti-Ouro!
Now, Luca can summon Anti-Ouro, the Q&A Host that will belittle you. The criteria for this spell are...? Well, you'll just have to find out.

Remember, it's where you are at the end of the action each day that determines your placement. If you want an item, Blind Rage up to it, but then get knocked back in the same day, you still haven't earned it.

DAMAGE Phase:
Slashlen falls to Tile 46.
JDX falls to Tile 46.
Aurelius falls to Tile 38.

Movement Phase:
Bainick moves to Tile 11.
BLG moves to Tile 30.
Draconn moves to Tile 50.
Slashlen moves to Tile 47.
JuMeSyn moves to Tile 35.
PureLunatic moves to Tile 42.
William.T moves to Tile 30.
Arpijy moves to Tile 44.
Vicissitude moves to Tile 32.
JDX moves to Tile 47.
Aurelius moves to Tile 41.
Tabor moves to Tile 56.


Previous THONG Rounds!

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Luca Blight

I didn't have enough time last weekend to perform all the EVIL I wanted to!

Answer to #L35: C. Xenogears
Siebzehn and Achtzehn are German for 17 and 18 respectively.

#L36.
I wanna play a hidden minigame that's just like that old game called Warlords! But I forgot the button combination! I think it was Up, Down, Left, Right, _______, Start!

A. Triangle
B. Square
C. Circle
D. X
E. Select
F. L1

THONG Question

Answer to #35:D. Sayuki Torimoto
Utada Hikaru - Kingdom Hearts. Melissa Williamson - Silent Hill 3. Joanne Hogg - Xenosaga. Mio Kashiwabara - Unlimited Saga. Sayuki Torimoto is just something I made up. ^^

#36.Difficulty: Medium, Potch: 250
Assuming Link has earned all of his hearts in LoZ: Link to the Past, how many of those hearts were not rewards from beating a boss?

A. 5
B. 7
C. 10
D. 12
E. 13

C L O S I N G
IN CONCLUSION:

Oddly enough, not putting a prompt down here actually seemed to increase the amount of mail I got. So, let's continue this experiment, shall we? ^^;


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THONG Players:

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550p

2. Bainick
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2825p

3. Leaper
Antonio  TP: 29
3200p

4. Macstorm
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6. BLG
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7. Arros Raikou
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5500p

8. Xlash
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9. Donovan
Clive  TP: 2
900p

10. Slimey
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1800p

11. Bucket
Millie  TP: 15
1800p

12. Draconn
Mondo  TP: 17
1000p

13. Genjuu
Pesmerga  TP: 6
1375p

14. Alan Tse
Hoi  TP: 14
5225p

15. TheBluick
Fu Su Lu  TP: 0
0p

16. Gouden Draak
Rubi  TP: 1
725p

17. Slashlen
Lorelai  TP: 18
1925p

18. JuMeSyn
Odessa  TP: 20
3775p

19. PureLunatic
Viktor  TP: 25
1000p

21. William.T
Killey  TP: 6
4325p

22. Arpijy
Hix2  TP: 18
3150p

23. Spiffyness
Badeaux  TP: 2
525p

24. Reivax
Kasim  TP: 1
200p

25. Carabbit
Viki  TP: 7
1975p

26. Vicissitude
Clive2  TP: 8
1350p

27. JDX
Kuromimi  TP: 4
1850p

28. Kupomogli
Kinnison  TP: 7
875p

29. Aurelius
Kahn  TP: 29
2875p

30. Omm
Yoshino  TP: 2
1225p

31. Aylee
Luc  TP: 14
4250p

32. Tabor
Ted  TP: 14
1350p

33. TvsAdam
McDohl  TP: 2
875p

34. Sundoulos
Hai Yo  TP: 15
3475p

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