I am writing this in response to Brian’s post titled Form and Function, you know, the one below this one.
I completely agree that it is absurd for my character who is “wearing more purple than Barney” having to look more ridiculous than him. I would really like it so games, MMOs in particular, would have a pure vanity aspect to them. Essentially have the really cool looking items be just as rare as the really powerful items, but have it so you would simply find “enchants” of sorts. Essentially, instead of having my Steel Hawk Crossbow be this retardedly ugly silver-fish-bird thing, make the boss drop a “Enchant Crossbow: Steel Hawk” item that I could apply to any crossbow I wanted. I could then farm for some suitable looking crossbow and apply it, changing its stats entirely to match the current bow. I feel this is completely reasonable and would give players even more stuff to farm for and spend time getting, which is what MMO developers want anyway. So good on ya, Brian.
As a side note, does anyone know of any RPG, Tactical War, or action/adventure games for the DS that recently came out or is really good? I am in the mood for a new DS game and I’ve been doing a little research( essentially looking at gamespot’s browse-by genre feature and sorting by rating ), but nothing is really pulling me in. I need a game that is going to be able to keep me occupied for a while because I don’t want to have to buy a new game in a week or two( mostly because I can’t afford it ). I was looking at Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates last night and I think that is what I am going for. It seems the single player is really good and the multiplayer is passable. That seems okay considering I don’t have anyone to play with anyway *pouts*. I would just hate to spend $40 on a DS game to find out I don’t really like it, again. Also, why oh why can’t a company make a game with good online play for the DS? Is it really THAT bad an infrastructure or is the DS hardware? I mean, Ring of Fates is a dungeon crawler, one that boasts 4-player action. This game seems like it would be perfect for online play, think Diable II here, folks. That to me would make this game an instant buy, having a portable dungeon crawler with online play would be heaven to me, heaven.
Also, why hasn’t Square-Enix released Secret of Mana, Chronotrigger, and Super Mario RPG for the DS, or even the virtual console? You can’t so much as sneeze without finding an FF 1 or 2 remake, so why not make the other greats as well? I mean they are sitting on a gold mine that would probably require minimal effort, so why not just freaking do it?
I am really waiting for the next Castlevania on DS, but I don’t know when or if that thing is coming out, I think DoS was two years before PoR, so if one is coming out and it follows the same time, it will be near December ‘08, which is too far away. I am also waiting for FFT:A2 to come out in the states, but I think that is slated for July right now, which is again to far away. I believe they are making a few other games for the DS that are too fary away as well. Basically I want to buy a game either tomorrow or Saturday, depending on my mood.
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