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Treasure Hunter
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 22, 2006
I stand on the fence when it comes to character customization.... I like how Shadow Hearts and FFXI gives each character a set of abilities, and from that you can build them into the story. Vivi, a Black Mage, with Black Magic, etc... is from Black Mage village, where he was able to learn about himself through other people like him.

In Final Fantasy VII or Chrono Cross, you can attach whatever you wish magic-wise, with only the weapons they use making them unique. You can build any character in nearly any way you wish (although there are characters who obviously excel in one thing or another), but in a way that defeats the purpose of having multipul characters. You can play through FF7 or Chrono Cross with the same party every time, but always give the character a different role in the party. With Chrono Cross you can go based on ability, and build a different party for a different experence.

World maps... Breath of Fire 4 was the first RPG I owned that used a "point and click" world map (I think...) Then FFX and SH. Having an explorable world map does add a lot of depth to a RPG, although its not required. I just hope it doesn't become a habit of dev's.
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 22, 2006
You guys mention world map; however, those games like to put you in a random encounter mode.  That big thing heavily discourages exploration because it is extremely annoying.  It's better to have a small world if the game implements the annoying random encounter feature.
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 22, 2006


elderscrolls wrote:
You guys mention world map; however, those games like to put you in a random encounter mode.  That big thing heavily discourages exploration because it is extremely annoying.  It's better to have a small world if the game implements the annoying random encounter feature.



I don't find it annoying. Dragon Quest VIII has, by far, the biggest world map in any game I've seen, and it uses random encounters.  It's not an issue with me.

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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006


Mastervivi wrote:
Shadow Hearts should stick with the Historical track they've been going. Although its VERY loose on history, it makes for an enviroment that you don't see in other RPGs. SH is also the only RPG game that can really make you laugh. I think its good that they've improved a good and innovative battle system.

And and think you're being a bit narrow-minded about it, seeing that the quote ends as: "it seems to borrow the best features of many other RPGs (including its own predecessors) and blend them into near perfect harmony". What thats basically saying is the game takes things that we've seen in other RPGs before, but puts them all in one game. Then again, I guess that could be exactly why you wouldn't want to play it.



I love the historical tie ins the Shadow Hearts series uses. It is an interesting twist to each game and very creative IMO. The developers get a round of applause for those things. I can't wait to see how Al Capone and other historical factors tie into this one. The SH series is great for making you laugh, the pillow scene, Anastasia wanting to wash Kurando's underwear, Joachim doing anything... all classic to me. Although I do have a few others that make me laugh more, SH is right up there. I don't mind what it borrows and uses as long as it is fun.

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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006
As always, it simply comes down to personal opinion.  Since I picked the first one up on a whim, I've been a fan of the series.  I'm planning on getting the newest one due to the historical aspects, the more "dark" feel to them, the Judgement Ring, and the off beat humor.  That and the fact that I've played the demo for about 2 hours, even though it resets after 30 minutes.  Gerard and Buigen hitting on Johnny in front of a Geppeto and Cordelia makes me giggle.
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Fender Bender
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006
To tell the truth I actually don't like world maps that much.
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006
Tell that to Square-Enix about Dragon Quest.  Seriously, if you updated the first couple of Dragon Quest titles with Dragon Quest VIII's graphics, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference other than the different characters. :smileyvery-happy:  Shadow Hearts and Dragon Quest both need to change.

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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006


Kos-Mos Is MY-Girl wrote:
To tell the truth I actually don't like world maps that much.


Does not surprise me.  Games without them would not be in the majority if the general public liked them.

I remember games on the old consoles that did not have them.  But they were few and far between.
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006
Heh.... SHs are funny, but never the LOL moment for me. Anyhow their storylines are interesting enough to worthy of purchase.
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Re: And with this Quote, I've confirmed that I will pass on Shadow Hearts 3

Feb 23, 2006
Just read the Gamefan review.  With just just one word and a name, it has been cemeted that I must buy this game: Arkham and H. P. Lovecraft.  Yep, I'm that bad.
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