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The Meaningless Opinions of an RPG n00b


I’m always hearing people complain about how RPGs aren’t as good as they used to be and how Chrono Cross “pwns Baten Kaitos” or whatever. As a kid who is fairly new to RPGs, I usually have no idea what these people are talking about.

Until last month, all I had was an Xbox, PS2, and a Gamecube, no PSX or SNES or anything. Of course, I just happened to accidentally get into RPGs. It all started in November of 2004. I had a fierce addiction to Final Fantasy X and played the crap out of it until my PS2 died on me.

I was having a hard time living without my RPGs, and so I quickly swooped up Fable and Skies of Arcadia. After playing Fable for a long time and starting on Skies of Arcadia, I happened to rent Tales of Symphonia. Needless to say I was hooked.

When my week with my beautiful baby, Tales of Symphonia, was over, I went insane, doing intense research on RPGs. Instantly I knew that I had to get Star Ocean 3. I also found out about Disgaea (I had already owned Fire Emblem and Advanced Wars from a long time ago).

Luck was on my side, as my brother’s friend sold me a PS2 for 15 bucks, and I had just begun a small career as my brother’s babysitter. (25 bucks a week) Like an owl swooping from the moon I scooped up Star Ocean 3, Disgaea, Final Fantasy X-2, and Atelier Iris a few weeks later.

I still wasn’t satisfied, though. Even finally buying Tales of Symphonia wasn’t good enough. I wanted all those old games that people were always talking about! If PS1 RPGs were really so much better than the RPGs of today, then why the heck didn’t I have them? And so, within three weeks, I had Final Fantasy 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and I even borrowed Star Ocean Second Story.

So what did I find? Were the old RPGs gods compared to these ones? Not really. Final Fantasy X is way better than Final Fantasy 7. Star Ocean 3 and Tales of Symphonia are way better than Star Ocean Second Story. And while Final Fantasy 6 was plenty fun and worked well, it just wasn’t very exciting. My favorite of all those old games was Final Fantasy 9, and I suck at it!

So, in the end, I decided to stick with the new games, like Makai Kingdom, La Pucelle, Xenosaga, and Suikoden 3. I still plan to pick up some old games like Chrono Cross and Tales of Destiny, but I still don’t think they’re as great as everyone thinks.

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