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  • Mohammad AlHuraiz 10:11 am on August 18, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Abala Burn, , , Ehregeiz, , , RPG, , Tobal,   

    Hello friends,

    I know have been MIA for a while, busy times and I just recieved a 5 day holiday (it’s the last day of Ramadan today and Eid follows) so I got a good chunk to do the things I wanna do. Lately I’ve been playing Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey on the DS but keep going and coming back on Valhalla Knights on PSP (actually, playing it on the Vita, found it for like $6 on a sale, which I think is still going on), VK didn’t get much praise critically, being it is kinda unpolished. It is a proper dungeon crawler with a more traditional RPG approach, the way it presents itself however sort of gave me a flashback to something missing in games nowadays.

    I wonder if any of you played any of the Tobal series, Ehregeiz or a Japan-only title known as Abala Burn. I don’t predates it, but there was a handful roguelike side modes in some PS1 fighting games coming from RPG developers (Square-Enix, Tamsoft, etc.), these modes probably could have been my earliest experience with roguelikes as a kid.

    (gameplay starts at 2:00)

    I’ve been kinda wondering, why don’t they make these anymore? Or at least, has there been any notable ones in recent date? I would sure love to play one if there are any. I guess Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls could be a fair candidate as a full game of that kind of thing, but I’m thinking of something more randomly generated.

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  • Pete Davison 3:30 pm on June 2, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Cavia, , RPG, , Square Enix   

    SquadCast Mission: Nier 

    Listen now!

    Direct link

    The Squad take on Cavia’s peculiar, tragic, bleak and darkly humorous action RPG Nier, coming face to face with intersex characters, talking books and questions regarding the morality of video game violence along the way.

    Featuring Pete Davison, Mark Whiting, Calin Grajko and Alex Fisher.

    Further reading: Grimoire Nier fan translation

     
    • Pete Davison 4:00 pm on June 11, 2012 Permalink

      Interesting comments from “Mealtime Strategy” on Twitter:

      Big thanks for the Nier episode. It’s my game of the generation, possibly all time! You guys “got” it 😀

      I still have an hour of the ep left, so not sure if this is covered but here’s my chin strokey contribution: If androids had to create a creepy mansion in a post-apocalypse world, with no real-life version to copy, I guess they would copy a digitally coded version instead, hence the near-carbon-copy Resi mansion! #wankery

    • Lou Page 11:55 pm on June 11, 2012 Permalink

      I listened to this one on Friday and spent my weekend keeping my eye out for a copy of Nier. Nier was never a title I was interest, mostly because the cover reminded me of PN-03. Everything about it’s marketing drove me away. If you guys had done the marketing I’d have bought it. Also Like you guys said it’s hard to take $60 risks on games like this.

    • Pete Davison 1:09 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink

      Right. That cover’s awful, isn’t it? Like I said on the ‘cast, it looks like Generic Action Game #347 and gives you next to no idea about the strange wonders that lie within. I wonder what they could have done differently, though.

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