04/26- 7:00PM EST
Welcome to another edition of Q&A! I've
been busy with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
(still), along with another game which you
should see a review for on Tuesday or
shortly thereafter. I can now safely say I
get why Japanese gamers are so addicted to Monster
Hunter. There series even seems to be
catching on a bit more here! I've been
progressing along in Monster Hunter
Portable 3rd as well so I may get an
import review of that up in the near future.
Also, it appears the orders for Class of
Heroes 2 will finally be going up
soon, so stay tuned for a coming contest to
win a copy.
Anyway, on to the questions (I have to get
back to Monster Hunter)!
You've encountered a deadly "ENGLISH
PROFESSOR". She assigns you 5 Essays!
If you had to write 5 essays comparing and
contrasting 2 RPGs, which games would you
pick and what would your thesis' be?
Personally, I'd probably do 2 on SMTs,
one on Mario RPGs, a Final
Fantasy, and finally the Chrono
What a fantastic question, with
so many possible responses!
I think the first essay would be
on the Chrono games. The
thesis would be that making a
sequel to a game about time
travel isn't the best idea.
The second essay would be about
This would compare and contrast
the mechanics of the two for
starters. The thesis would be
that, despite the desire for
players to have a typical Final
Fantasy type experience on
the Game Boy, SaGa 2
ended up being not only better,
but more loved by fans.
The third essay would be about Secret
of Mana and its
Japan-only sequel which we'll
just call Secret of Mana 2.
It would compare and contrast
the mechanics and story of the
two. The thesis would be that Secret
of Mana is the better game
because of the way it combines
real-time and turn-based combat
using the recharge time for
The fourth essay would focus on
Super Mario RPG and the
Paper Mario series. The
thesis would be that the Paper
Mario series does a better
job of converting ideas from the
Mario platformers into an
The final essay would be an epic
comparison of Final Fantasy
VI and Final Fantasy
VII with a thesis of "Final
Fantasy VI is better."
There you go! Now I think I
actually want to write a few of
(P.S. the letter link at the top of the
Q&A articles is out of date and points
wonder how long that has been
there. All fixed now. Thanks for
pointing it out!
@AskWheels DEAR WHEELS HOW MUCH RPG IS TOO
There's no such thing as too
@AskWheels DEAR WHEELZ IF I KIDNAPPED
BLINK182 WOULD YOU RESCUE THEM?
Probably not, I mean
it's not like they're my
favorite band (that would be
Green Day). I could give it the
old college try I suppose. Why
would you do that though?
@AskWheels I HAVE KIDNAPPED BLINK182 YOUR
Can't hear you, too loud at this
Green Day concert!
@AskWheels YOU LOVE KAWAZU. WHY?
Because he makes interesting
games that take chances instead
of sticking to the typical RPG
formula. It doesn't always work
out, but for the most part the SaGa
series has provided me with
countless hours of
Saga can even be fun if
you're willing to take the time
to learn how to play it.
@AskWheels ARE THERE ANY GAME DEVS YOU HATE?
@AskWheels OTHER THAN @KayinNasaki I MEAN
Hey I don't hate @KayinNasaki
even if I Wanna Be The Guy
is the most evil piece of
software known to man. I do hate
some very specific game devs.
For example whoever made Shining
Force Neo (I hate that
game to an insane degree). I
also hate anyone involved with Mugen
Souls because reviewing
that game led me to some dark
@AskWheels IF I HUNG YOU FROM A TREE AND HIT
YOU WITH A STICK WHAT KIND OF CANDY WOULD
@AskWheels DON'T LIE I KNOW YOU'RE A
@AskWheels I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN
And you never let my secret out?
I don't believe this! You can't
keep your mouth shut.
@AskWheels HEY GIMMIE YOUR FACE I NEED IT
What do you think this is,
@AskWheels I MEAN... I NEED IT FOR
LEGITIMATE AND NOT ILLEGAL ACTIONS.
believe you... about as much
as I believe you actually hate
RPGs (clearly you're a closet
@AskWheels WHAT IS SECRET
BABY? I MEAN REALLY? CAN ANY OF US
Perhaps this book holds the
@AskWheels ARE VIDEO GAMES FUN TO PLAY WITH
Absolutely, especially Secret
of Mana because that game
is a lot more fun to play with
@AskWheels DO YOU THINK I ONLY ASK YOU
QUESTIONS ON TWITTER THESE DAYS BECAUSE I'M
TOO LAZY TO OPEN MY EMAIL?
think you know the answer to
that (hint: the answer is YES).
@AskWheels WHERE AM I
You're drunk man. Give me your
Whatever happened to Game Arts? Their lack
of recent output and weird decline depresses
I'm not sure what led to their
decline. They don't seem to be
making much of their own
original material anymore. As
much as I enjoyed the PSP
version of Lunar
think it was a wasted
opportunity for them to do
something new. How about a new Grandia
or an HD update to one of them
to honor their fallen
co-founder? Instead they haven't
done much of late other than Ragnarok
, which I found to
be a pretty decent Monster
also made some game called Dokuro
which came out on PSN last year
(that I know nothing about).
Since they're owned by GungHo
now, I hope they find a better
use for them in the future.
That's it for this week! I think I still owe
the King of Content a connection challenge.
About the Host
What I Can't Wait For:
1. Ys Vita
2. SMT IV
3. Rune Factory 4
4. Lords of Shadow 2
5. Tales of Xillia
On my Playlist:
Less Than Jake
1. Does the success of Fire Emblem
Awakening indicate main stream turn-based games
are still possible?
2. Will Dragon Quest VII 3DS come to the West?
3. Dragon Quest X hasn't been a huge success,
will this be the first and last Dragon Quest
4. What RPG series would you like to see revived
5. Now that Thief 4 has been revealed, what do
you want to see out of the game?