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6:01 AM on 04.20.2013

RPGrinders ep 238 Mayonnaise Sploogin

This episode the Grinders wade thru a slew of jrpg news, Break Man condemns new Ohio laws, Stealth condemns the new gun control law proposals, and the crew discusses the new boy scout proposals. A much funner episode than the description!

http://rpgrinders.podbean.com/2013/04/19/rpgrinders-ep-238-mayonnaise-sploogin/   read


9:02 PM on 04.13.2013

rpgrinders Ep 236 - Special guest stealth

http://rpgrinders.podbean.com/2013/04/05/rpgrinders-ep-236-special-guest-stealth/

This episode we welcome in special guest Stealth to bring insight to a ton of burning jrpg/rpg questions. After the news we talk wrpg v. jrpgs, jrpg tropes, imports, jrpgs as they stand today, and finally a very interesting would you rather!   read


9:00 PM on 04.12.2013

RPGrinders EP 237 - Open Borders

This week we add Stealth as a permanent fixture on RPGrinders, Break Man is a smooth RPG news talker, and DerrickH calls in to talk the presidency, immigrant voting rights, and how insane we are. All this and more on another ponderous edition of the Role Playing Grinders! Follow us on facebook.com/rpgrinders. Also follow us on Twitter: @EricRPG, @frankbranches @Break_Man @Stealth____ (four underscores)

http://rpgrinders.podbean.com/   read


6:43 AM on 02.28.2013

Vblank Entertainment: Nintendo is "Great To Work With" (With my help)

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/02/vblank_entertainment_nintendo_is_great_to_work_with


I didnt even know about this but I want it preserved in the annals of time, as the day Stealth played reporter to get the answers the fans want.

Being a reporter is not an easy job. Your on the road 300 days of the of the year. Very little time with the family. But for you. The loyal game fans of the world. I have delivered.   read


8:36 AM on 01.24.2013

Cross Over Delight

This gen we have seen many cross over games. Some were fighters like street fighter x tekken. Some were crossovers within the same series like final fantasy theatrythm. Others were srpgs like cross edge, project x zone, pokemon conquest. Others were even board games mixing dragon quest characters with Nintendo characters.

With the recent announcement of the latest cross over to blitzkrieg japan, Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei. I thought it might be interesting to think about other cross overs that might work or be potentially interesting.

Disgaea X Mugen Soul - Disgaea is an srpg. Mugel Soul is a classic rpg whose main source of influence was disgaea. I thought putting the two together would be a match made in heaven. In my mind this would be an srpg mega insanity crossover maybe even having neptunia characters as well.

Nintendo Smash Bros SRPG - Why hasn't this happened yet? Seriously? Put Intelligent Systems in charge of this after they finish Fire emblem X SMT, then make every character that's ever been in Smash a sprite and let them duke it out rpg style on a grid.

Digimon X Pokemon - This is more of a fanboy delusion than anything else. I would love to see a combination of the digimon story DS titles (Evolution Depth, Monster Variety) with main line pokemon games (online, modes, the rabbid teen following) rapped up in a neat package.



The real question is, what cross overs would you like to see down the road?   read


7:31 PM on 01.10.2013

What Genre is Most Represented in Your Gaming Library This Gen?

Before writing this blog I took a gander at my game collection of roughly 2000+ games. Some of them from this gen. Most of them not. And I thought to myself. What genre of games did I buy more of this gen? The answer, surprised even me. The genre of game I am referring to, is niche, even by niche standards. The ones that come out in japan rarely make it here, and the ones that do, do it with just about the smallest amount of fanfare you've ever seen.

I bought a lot of Strategy Role Playing games this gen. When I say a lot, I am talking over 100 here. Between PS3,360,DS,PSP,IOS Strategy Role Playing Games are quickly becoming my bread, some more bread, and 1000 cows worth of butter.

Valkyria, Fire Emblem, Disgaea, Legend of Heroes, Devil Survivor, Final Fantasy Tactics, ect. I found myself buying at least 1 SRPG a month. Sometimes import. Within the last month, I purchased Summon Night 1,2,3,4 psp.......all of them, on the psp, anxiously awaiting Summon Night 5. If I had to put a ballpark numerical figure on the amount, it might be over 6 grand on SRPG's alone. I guess one could also ask how I am not poor. Well that's a question for another blog.

So fellow DTOID'ers, what genre did you buy the most of this Generation (IOS, DS,PSP,PS3,360,WII)? What genre do you expect to buy the most of coming up?

Let me know.

Thanks For Reading   read


6:45 AM on 01.06.2013

Pokemon: The Best Gen Ever



Pokemon is an unpredictable and wild beast. What started as a humble new IP attempted has blossomed into becoming the most well known rpg franchise in a world. Even the creators weren't sure the idea was worth pursuing. It took kind words from lord of Nintendo himself, Shigeru Miyamoto to get the ball rolling. Here we are over 15 years later from the initial Red/Blue/Green Releases on the original Gameboy, and I can honestly say this has been the best generation for pokemon ever.

I believe that we have seen the best main line games, the best side games, and the best remakes all within this 8 or so year span.

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum - Generation IV. This set of games brought us many new and interesting things. For me, I will always remember how impressive I thought the sprite work was. I was also highly impressed with how hard the game was for me.

Pokemon Ranger 1-3 - I never thought pokemon would work as an action rpg. I was wrong. Its fun, light, and was a blast. I enjoyed this trilogy a lot and hope to see a fourth on the 3ds.

Pokemon Mystery dungeon 2-3 ( 4 is on the 3ds so I dont count it) - Ahh mystery dungeons......though art a heartless bitch. A fun bitch, but heartless.

Pokemon Black/White - My favorite main line gen pokemon EVER. Yes I said it. For 2 main reasons. The pokemon type combinations they added exclusive to this gen like ice dragon or dark dragon, ghost fire, really cool things. The other was the fact that for the first time I felt the story was something I cared about.

Pokemon Black/White 2 - The sequels to my favorite main line gen pokemon games. Just as good and just as polished. I will always remember these games for the pokemon world tournament which allowed a player to battle every boss/gym leader/champion from the past gens, the achievement system which had over 400 medals and Black 2's exclusive hard mode, which lives up to the name.

Pokemon Conquest - I remember being very very skeptical about this game when it was announced. Game freak and koei working together on a strategy pokemon? NO WAY, how would this work and play? Then when I saw pictures of the game, and realized it was a strategy rpg with pokemon, I saw the gold. Pokemon I felt would always make a good SRPG because battles were already turn based, and the grid based gameplay would work well with the different pokemon types. I really hope they make a sequel.

Pokemon Heartgold/SoulSilver - The best remakes Gamefreak has ever done. Ever. Better than the remakes of of generation 1. They took the already stellar games of pokemon gold/silver used the Generation IV engine and made a great game better. They added new dungeons to the game, new legendaries, the difficulty was notched up, rematches with the gym leaders and elite 4 added to the already impressive post game content. Everything you'd ever want in a remake.


You tell me what other gen had this amount of top class pokemon?
There were some duds like pokemon dash, but overall the gen has been very very good to pokemon

What have been your favorite pokemon games of the gen? What have been your favorite pokemon moments? Do you even agree with this sentiment?

Let me know in the comments, tell me how you feel.


In conclusion,

You've been such a good friend,
I've known you since I don't know when.
We've got lots of friends but they come and go.
Even though we've never said it,
There's something that the two of us both know:

Together forever, no matter how long -
From now until the end of time.
We'll be together, and you can be sure
That forever and a day,
That's how long we'll stay,
Together and forever more.

Always gone that extra mile,
Depended on you all the while.
Even in the good and bad times you will see -
From now until our journey's end,
You know you can always count on me.

Together forever, no matter how long -
From now until the end of time.
We'll be together, and you can be sure
That forever and a day,
That's how long we'll stay,
Together and forever more.

No matter where our destiny leads,
I'll be there for you,
Always come through,
And that you can believe.

Ash: C'mon you guys, I've gotta get another badge!
Misty: You better figure out how to repay me for my broken bike, Ash Ketchum!
Brock: Oh no, not this again...
Pikachu: Pikachu...

Together forever, no matter how long -
From now until the end of time.
We'll be together, and you can be sure
That forever and a day,
That's how long we'll stay,
Together and forever more.

I love you pokemon   read


7:20 AM on 01.05.2013

Import Spotlight - Sol Trigger



Developer - Imageepoch
Publisher - Imageepoch
Platform - PlayStation Portable
Release date - October 4, 2012 (JP)
Genre - Role-playing game
Mode - Single-player
Media/distribution - 1 UMD

When I am asked who I feel the most prolific new developer of this gen was. I always say the same thing. Imageepoch. They have graced the wii, ds, psp, ps3 with some amazing rpg content. In 2012 they graced the psp with their last rpg on that platform.

Entitled Sol Trigger. The game is a turn based RPG. It features gameplay mechanics such as "Sol System", where the player's can activate character's "Sol Power" to activate special moves that become stronger the more they are used. "Sol Power" can also be traded away in order to revive teammates in battle as well, similar to the game Soul Sacrifice.Additional skills can be learned by equipping new weapons.

The game is set in a distant future, based around the fictional city "Kaiserhald". In the game's world, "Sol" has the power to create miracles, but is horded by Kaiserhald and it's "Machine Church". The "Sol Trigger" is a group of people who oppose their corrupt use of the "Sol", and they fight to stop them.

As of mid-October, the game had sold 52,234 copies in Japan which is very respectable for a new IP. It was revealed to be the company's most expensive, high-budget game ever attempted,

Staff include Shuji Sogabe as character designer, who previously worked on the Persona 4 comic, and Kazushige Nojima as the game scenario writer, who previously wrote parts of Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts.

Please if you love to import and your craving a classic turn based jrpg. Don't miss out on this one.





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7:29 AM on 01.04.2013

Import Spotlight: The God And Fate Revolution Paradox

If you were to ask me which rpg company best embodies the idea that a man could do heroin, see a rainbow, and write a song about it, it would be Nis Japan.

This company has done some funky games in the past ie the Disgaea SRPG series, the Prinny platforming series, the Cladun trilogy of dungeon crawlers and so much more (Sorry Makai).

This gen however they explored a sub sub genre, that only the most battle tested japanese developers will even attempt. The rogue-like rpg.

March 11, 2010 they released there first rogue-like rpg entitled Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman on the Playstation Portable. Criminally Under rated, unfairly forgotten by time and by rpg fans a like (for more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z.H.P._Unlosing_Ranger_VS_Darkdeath_Evilman).

For those who played the game, it quickly became one of the favorite rpgs of the generation. Beloved for its hilarious characters, ridiculous story, totally original game play, and pure nis japan style.

As fans we worried. Would Nis japan scrap future rogue-likes because of its lukewarm western reception? Would this game be doomed to be 200 dollars on ebay? Would this game be doomed to having only stealth talk about it?

Thankfully earlier this year we got our answer. That answer is no. That answer is the spiritual sequel to Z.H.P that in our wildest dreams we could only hallucinate about.



This game will be released sometime in January of this very year in Japan on the Playstation 3. Its fate in North America as of now is unknown but odds are, it will come here. All Team Disgaea games do.

This game as was Z.H.P is not just developed by any internal team of Nis Japan. Its being developed by the Disgaea team. Whose done nothing but quality since exploding penguining onto the scene.

This game is so off the chain, I would have little hope in explaining to you everything. So please watch this video.



The real only difference between this game and Z.H.P are, in this game you get a "team" of either 1 or 2 other characters that you can battle with, which makes up your party. In Z.H.P you didnt have a party.

Do you want to know how absurd this gets? This is an example of 1 plot thread in the game.
Cinderella (yes, the same princess from the fairy tale) is a heroine in The God and Fate Revolution Paradox from Nippon Ichi Software. She’s tired of happy endings, but you can change that. Renya, the game’s hero, has the power to change people’s fate by entering the Copy World. There you’ll see a saddened shadow of Cinderella. As Renya battles in the Copy World, Cinderella’s attitude begins to change. Nippon Ichi’s take on the Cinderella story still has an evil stepmother, but instead of a Fairy Godmother, a magician shows up. Before you can change Cinderella’s fate you have to fight her shadow in the Copy World. If you can get Cinderella to rise above her troubled emotions you’ll trigger a "Fate Revolution" and…… everyone lives happily ever after. But, that’s only one of the scenarios in The God and Fate Revolution Paradox. Players have to dive into different dungeons to change fate for other characters.Renya has help from a group of angels and sacred treasures. Equip these and you’ll change Renya’s appearance plus get a special skill. (Thank you siliconera)

Now for some pictures, everyone loves pictures right?



Vs. Evil cinderella



Think of this like an rpg customization grid a la FF 12 or zhp



A party of 2 about to get in a lot of trouble



Skyrim dungeons have nothing on this.......



This........this is fanservice. Your welcome Destructoid.



This picture shows a special attack. I feel bad for whoever just got Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū Ryūkansen'd



In this final picture one of your party members goes rocky on a bull. I dont know why I choose this. I think its awesome

In Conclusion, when this game is announced in english please dont pass on it without giving it some serious thought. There aren't many developers on consoles left willing to do sprite based games. If we don't support them now. We wont get them in the future.



Note: I choose this game to highlight because every time I mention it someone says I have to look this up. Now you don't.   read


2:36 PM on 01.03.2013

Return of the Import Spotlight: Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki

I thought I would bring this feature back since I enjoy discussing rpgs. Without further Adieu, lets get grinding.




Like many of you who grew up playing rpgs, suikoden has quite the soft spot in my heart. 1,2,3,4,5, tactics, Tierkreis, the card battling side games on GBA, I believe all brought something great to the table.

The latest entry in the series is titled Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki and was released on the psp February 9, 2012. So far the only region its been released in is Japan.

Like Suikoden Tierkreis, Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki is a side-game which takes place in its own universe within the Suikoden "Million World" multiverse outside the continuity of other games in the series. The plot concerns the main protagonist, a swordsman, his two friends, time travellers, you know, standard jrpg stuff.

Unlike Suikoden Tierkreis, which was a good rpg in its own right and Suikoden by name only. I really feel like this latest psp game is as close to a suikoden VI, as we will find in the multiverse.

Players take control of a party of up to six characters out of a possible 108, which are recruited from one of three time periods of the game's world: the present, 100 years ago, and 200 years ago. Battles use a turn-based approach where each character takes turns attacking based on their speed statistic. Players may arrange their characters in formation on a three-by-three grid, the placement of which affects certain characters' combat performance. Certain characters may also use special team-up moves with others to attack enemies together. Very much like any suikoden you've played.

Odds are due to the psp's questionable financial strength in the US, the game will never be localized. I recommend importing myself if you have the means and ability.

The soundtrack of this game is one of the best I've heard for a game in my entire life.





If I were to grade this game on a traditional scale of 1 (Worst) - 10 (Best). I would give the game an 8.5. The Soundtrack is great, the gameplay is great, the characters are great. The one knock on this game for me is the lack of towns to explore. Maybe its a small issue for some of you, but if your calling the game an rpg and its part of the suikoden brand, you need towns.

If I were recommending an order to play suikoden. It would go something like this.

1
2
3
4
Tactics
5
Tierkreis
Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki

Thanks for reading and happy rpg playing.   read


9:44 PM on 01.01.2013

Exploratory Research Regarding Favorite Review Sites

Step 1: Turn on Computer

Step 2: Wait for it to boot up

Step 3: Open Internet Browser

Step 4: Enter "http://www.gamerankings.com/sites/index.html"

Step 5: Look at the list of Gaming Review Sites

Step 6: Tell me what site that ISN'T ON THERE, you think should be added to GameRankings. The better the reasoning, the better case I can make on that sites behalf.

Step 7: You get cake for helping


This exercise is designed to improve GameRankings capabilities

Thank You

(I only ask this after spending the last week entering old destructoid reviews. I figure since I did something for this site, you all would help other sites in the new year. Spread the love around)   read


1:54 PM on 12.31.2012

Stealth's 2013 Predictions

Without further ado. Lets get predicting.

1) The 3ds will (for the third straight year) be the top selling gaming unit globally worldwide. With likely a new gen pokemon, 3ds zelda, smash bros. I dont see how it wont be

2) If Sony or Microsoft ready there next consoles for Holiday 2013. The Wii U will receive either A) A 50 dollar price drop B) New Bundles/colors

3) The year japanese rpgs arent falsely accused of being dead

4) Geoff will do even more weed on bonus round

5) Ni no kuni will sell more than people think it will

6) Bioshock infinite will sell less than people think it will

7) Outer Heaven will return

8) DS will be phased out ( as will the vita)

9) Monkey overlords will rule the planet

10) Obama will remain our president.



There are some jokes here. Dont be hyper sensitive   read


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