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    Good list, but I'm biased as Skies is tied with FF4 as my favorite JRPG of all-time.

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    What about the classic homebrew brought to us by Bratwurst? It was a big hit in your last RPG topic, Daria.





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    I enjoyed the video, and totally agree with Lunar - it was one of my first RPG's, and the learning curve was pretty minimal. I'm surprised Earthbound isn't in the list, given the way a lot of people say it's hardly grindy at all, and is very well paced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSoup View Post
    What about the classic homebrew brought to us by Bratwurst? It was a big hit in your last RPG topic, Daria.
    I've moved onto the spiritual successor:

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    I didn't mention Pokemon because I burned out on it. I've played and beaten Ruby, Emerald, XD: Gale of Darkness, and FireRed several times each; Platinum, SoulSilver, and Black once each. Once I learned about IVs and Natures and RNG exploitation . . . ugh. Fell down the Buneary-hole with several months straight of catching non-cruddy legendaries and breeding Nature/IV/movesets . Eventually got sick of it and moved on to Persona 3/4, and from there the Shin Megami Tensei series in general. Didn't play Pokemon at all for over a year, blocked it out . . . and now I'm playing Platinum again because of Dashopepper's comment.

    Daria, a video on strategy RPGs would be great -- I'm a big fan of the Disgaea series, and somewhat less so of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. Sure, Disgaea has a LOT of mechanics, especially from 3 on, but you don't have to know or master all of them to play the storyline.
    I hate it when people write their initials on a game cart's label. Can't get it off without ruining part of the label!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBenenator View Post
    Daria, a video on strategy RPGs would be great -- I'm a big fan of the Disgaea series, and somewhat less so of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. Sure, Disgaea has a LOT of mechanics, especially from 3 on, but you don't have to know or master all of them to play the storyline.
    I'd be sooo tempted to just start naming off games from the Shining series and call it a day though. :P

    Actually I think I need to brush up on my strategy gaming before tacking that list. While I've played a lot, there's a few genre stables I've never even touched - like the original FFT and Tactics Ogre.

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    The first Final Fantasy Tactics is really really good. Its one of the best PlayStation games in my opinion.

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    I really like some of the less conventional ones like Ogre Battle, Dragon Force, and 7: The Cavalry of Molmoth.

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    New video. I wanted to bring some attention to some of the really awesome NES homebrews that are currently in development. This review covers the playable demo recently released for Legends of Owlia plus highlights a plethora of indie titles in general.

    Basically Owlia is an action adventure game in the style of Legend of Zelda (or Star Tropics - which the creator credits as inspiration). Spoiler alert: I loved it. (:

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    New Video:

    Big surprise! It's an RPG.


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    Request: More RPG's for SEGA consoles please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nz17 View Post
    Request: More RPG's for SEGA consoles please.
    Your request has been duly noted sir. (:

    Although my next video will be another homebrew game, since the author was generous enough to send me a review copy. But I also promised Zebbe I'd give my opinion on Pier Solar, so there's that in the near future to look forward to.

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    New video! The Incident from Khan Games


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    Very good reviews of Little Ninja Brothers and Arabian Nights, I liked them.

    If Little Ninja Brothers wouldn't be so pricey in the meantime (cib) watching your review tempted me to pick it up.

    Too bad that Arabian Nights didn't turn out better. You showed the pros and cons very clearly. The unduly frequent random encounters in RPGs is a well-known problem even in fantastic ones like Skies of Arcadia for the DC. I asked myself why the programmers (although it is a homebrew) fell into this trap. Exaggerated encounters are frustrating at best if the gamer has a specific goal during a game session and are a big hurdle to identify with the storyline. Even for grind-loving animals like myself too frequent battles are just frustrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Very good reviews of Little Ninja Brothers and Arabian Nights, I liked them.
    Aww... thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    If Little Ninja Brothers wouldn't be so pricey in the meantime (cib) watching your review tempted me to pick it up.
    Tell me about it, I just paid $90 for LNB CIB, and it was a *cheap* copy all things considered.

    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Too bad that Arabian Nights didn't turn out better. You showed the pros and cons very clearly. The unduly frequent random encounters in RPGs is a well-known problem even in fantastic ones like Skies of Arcadia for the DC. I asked myself why the programmers (although it is a homebrew) fell into this trap. Exaggerated encounters are frustrating at best if the gamer has a specific goal during a game session and are a big hurdle to identify with the storyline. Even for grind-loving animals like myself too frequent battles are just frustrating.
    Arabian Nights wasn't a homebrew though, a legitimate commercial release in Japan, just fan translated. But I agree 100% about the random encounters, watching the video myself I was wondering why I didn't like the characters more. The clips I showed actually made them seem pretty likable but I'm wondering if that disconnect between the grind and the cutscenes was preventing me from getting into the story after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daria View Post
    Aww... thank you!
    You're welcome. I like your videos because you provide great information and you try to explain the games. WHY is it good, WHY is ist bad or mediocre, and what are the gameplay elements. This is much more than the ubiquitous 'let's play'-videos with wannabe funny comments. After all, the questions what makes a very good game, how can we identify with a game through gameplay and story, and how a story can be PLAYED and not merely watched are questions which are very difficult to answer.

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    Tell me about it, I just paid $90 for LNB CIB, and it was a *cheap* copy all things considered.
    Yep, the prices are just insane nowadays. Sometimes I can only shake my head about the prices for classic games today. For six years I didn't care at all about price development for older games, and my last NES and SUper NES games I bought around 8 years ago. In the last couple of months I looked the prices for a couple of NES, SNES and Genesis games up I thought about buying, and I was just amazed how expensive they are CIB in the meantime. I can tolerate some insane prices for specific games like Castlevania Dracula X or Mega Man X3 (the latter was already ten years ago $300), but overall and on average the prices are terrible even for mediocre games. I'm glad that I have all of the Mega Man and Castlevania games minty mint, but I would never pay 400 for a cib Castlevania Dracula X. That's not worth it.

    My good guess is that on average the prices for NES, SNES and Genesis games tripled compared to 10-12 years ago. Closer looks at price charting. com confirmes that.

    I don't pursue collecting agressively, but I should have bought some more NES and SNES games 10-15 years ago. The prices were much more reasonable. (Just noticed that this developed to a rant, I'm sorry. )

    We both can be glad that we have all the PS1 RPGs we wanted, the prices for them doubled in the meantime also. Can you imagine to buy all of your PS1 RPGs today?


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    Arabian Nights wasn't a homebrew though, a legitimate commercial release in Japan, just fan translated. But I agree 100% about the random encounters, watching the video myself I was wondering why I didn't like the characters more. The clips I showed actually made them seem pretty likable but I'm wondering if that disconnect between the grind and the cutscenes was preventing me from getting into the story after all.
    If it is a commercial release with fan translation I might buy it. Despite its flaws it looked nevertheless interesting and like you I loved Magic of Sheherazade for the NES. (talking about prices, I got a sealed one from ebay around 2002 for 7 bucks) Now here comes the Q of a very cheap player/collector: how much and where can I buy it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    We both can be glad that we have all the PS1 RPGs we wanted, the prices for them doubled in the meantime also. Can you imagine to buy all of your PS1 RPGs today?
    I've managed to stay ahead of the spike on so many games, I don't have a huge collection compared to other collectors, but I seemed to have grabbed a lot of popular games early. I've always been a very frugal collector, so now that certain systems have gotten insane I focus on cheaper things - like PSP!

    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    If it is a commercial release with fan translation I might buy it. Despite its flaws it looked nevertheless interesting and like you I loved Magic of Sheherazade for the NES. (talking about prices, I got a sealed one from ebay around 2002 for 7 bucks) Now here comes the Q of a very cheap player/collector: how much and where can I buy it?
    Yeah I never want to do a review where I'm like: "This game is shit, never buy it!" I prefer to present the pros and cons so other people can make educated decisions about which games to play. Arabian Nights had some good points, I hope you get more fun from it than I did.

    I also picked up a sealed Scheherazade in the early 2000s for super cheap (although I want to say it was more like $12 than $7) but regardless, cheap enough that I opened her up to play. (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daria View Post
    I've managed to stay ahead of the spike on so many games, I don't have a huge collection compared to other collectors, but I seemed to have grabbed a lot of popular games early. I've always been a very frugal collector, so now that certain systems have gotten insane I focus on cheaper things - like PSP!
    Very smart thing to do. I feel the same way.

    When everyone runs after one thing, stop, look around and go in a different direction. Right now to start collecting for Turbografix or Super NES is terrible. Go instead for Xbox games, they are great and still cheap to get. In the next couple of years there will be 360 games and PS3 games offered very cheap. I bought in 2007 and 2008 tons of great and cheap games I wanted for the Xbox, 2 or 3 years after a systems death is the best time to collect for it. And there will be times when NES and Super NES won't be so high in demand.

    The basic rule is to get these games when they are cheap and to be patient. (And once in a while buy some expensive stuff we just can't resist and REALLY want)
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    Sweet Home is (for lack of competition) the scariest game on the NES. It's also a fantastic RPG from Capcom

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    Great review of Sweet Home! I wasn't aware of the game at all, probably because it was never released in the US; but thanks to your review I know now that it is a very important game for the history of the survival horror genre and for RPGs.

    Too bad that it never came out in Europe or the US. (I assume you played a repro cart) This is a game which I'd like to play very much because these early 8bit games if done right show the raw gamelements of games today and remind us that the basics of games didn't change so much at all. The game surely paved the gameplay for a lot of survival horror games.

    About the video: great editing (!!), I loved the way you compared the movie with the game and put game scenes side by side with scenes from the movie. The introduction is very well done because you showed which place the game has in game history and gave an insight in the survival horror genre (equals the incentive to watch the video); and like always you explained WHY this game is well done and it works, that means it accomplishes what it tries to do.

    That's how a game review should be done! Great! (and not like these dumb and mindless reviews out there with wannabe funny babbling, screaming 'fuck' and 'bitch' all the time, and destroying games with a hammer while they don't explain a thing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lendelin View Post
    Great review of Sweet Home! I wasn't aware of the game at all, probably because it was never released in the US; but thanks to your review I know now that it is a very important game for the history of the survival horror genre and for RPGs.

    Too bad that it never came out in Europe or the US. (I assume you played a repro cart) This is a game which I'd like to play very much because these early 8bit games if done right show the raw gamelements of games today and remind us that the basics of games didn't change so much at all. The game surely paved the gameplay for a lot of survival horror games.

    About the video: great editing (!!), I loved the way you compared the movie with the game and put game scenes side by side with scenes from the movie. The introduction is very well done because you showed which place the game has in game history and gave an insight in the survival horror genre (equals the incentive to watch the video); and like always you explained WHY this game is well done and it works, that means it accomplishes what it tries to do.

    That's how a game review should be done! Great! (and not like these dumb and mindless reviews out there with wannabe funny babbling, screaming 'fuck' and 'bitch' all the time, and destroying games with a hammer while they don't explain a thing)
    Heh. While this is one of three games I do have reproduction carts for, I just emulated it. It's really convenient for capturing footage and I'm not at all squeamish when it comes to emulation. But thank you for the feedback. This video took so long to make I nearly threw in the towel more than once, but I'm really happy with how it turned out (some goofy pronunciation excluded). I like funny videos as much as anyone else, but I feel like there's a need for more analytical spin when it comes to RPGs. With the popularity of reproduction carts I keep seeing the same 15 games or so getting all the praise. And so many collectors are dead set against emulation I don't think they realize what's even out there.

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    Nice video. Sweet Home really is one of the best games on the NES.
    I played through it earlier this year and I couldnt put it down untill I beat it. In some ways its very similar to Earthbound. In both games you have to pray to defeat the final boss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bb_hood View Post
    Nice video. Sweet Home really is one of the best games on the NES.
    I played through it earlier this year and I couldnt put it down untill I beat it. In some ways its very similar to Earthbound. In both games you have to pray to defeat the final boss.
    That's an interesting point - didn't think of that. They're both also take place in a "modern" setting. That alone is pretty unusual for an RPG.

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    Ever wondered how Zelda would play as a Breakout/Arknoid action game? No?! Well the developers of this somewhat obscure SNES oddity sure did.



    Special thanks to Robert Lee Diefendorf​ for cleaning up the audio quality.

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