In a video game world dominated by heart pumping action and quick, responsive control systems, it is pretty rare to find a turn-based role playing game in the headlines as a best selling title or a highly anticipated game. Games like Halo 3, Call of Duty 5, and even the Madden series are all games that I would lump into the category of "instant gratification" games. You want your character to do a certain action, so you press a button and immediately it responds on screen. And there's nothing wrong with that, but where's the love for classic, turn-based RPGs that were so popular back in the days of the SNES?
Final Fantasy was a hugely successful game on Nintendo's flagship system, the NES. The game featured advanced graphics on the system, as well as an in-depth weapon and armor system that seemed to transcend the limitations of the era. And the series took off, spawning numerous sequels and offshoot titles.
When you think of a mainstream RPG, what do you think of? For me, the first thing that comes to mind is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The game was not your typical RPG; it was an action RPG that traded in turn-based combat in favor of live action. It was a huge seller on the Xbox 360 and was the first RPG to sell on the system.
A more recent example of a mainstream RPG would be Mass Effect, the Bioware RPG that seemed to draw from the battle system used in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The system is mostly real time; you get to control your character and the aiming of his weapons in real time. But, if you want to switch weapons or biotics, you have to go to an "attack wheel" sort of thing.
What I'm getting at here is that the mainstream RPG is not what you might think of when you imagine a traditional RPG. It seems that the genre has drifted away from what it once was, and is now just a shadow of its former self. To be popular in the gaming industry today, an RPG has to fit into the "instant gratification" style of play. Turn-based RPGs are seen as tedious and too much effort for the common gamer, who prefers to twitch shooting of games like Halo.
Don't get me wrong here; I love the feeling of mowing someone down with a Battle Rifle as much as the next guy. But when it comes to RPGs, I prefer the slow, turn-based system of games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and dare I say it, Pokemon. Something about the mind-numbing level grinding and unbearably long boss battles gives me that contentedness that others get from their FPS and Action games.
Where am I going with this? Well, I am trying to figure out what kind of effect mainstream gaming has on the RPG genre. While it is good to see that the genre is alive and well for all gamers, but at the same time, what if the turn-based games of yesteryear seem to fade away into oblivion (ok, sorry, that is a terrible pun)? I know that's a pretty ludicrous thought, but there's no telling what effect the mainstream taste in video games will have on the genre.
One thing I have noticed, however: the turn-based genre is alive and well on the Nintendo DS. Square Enix has had a very successful life on Nintendo's handheld, porting over classic Final Fantasy titles with updated graphics and new features. I am delighting in this, picking up title after title of turn-based RPGs and loving every minute of it. If there is one console where the traditional RPG is still going strong, it is on the DS.
So what are my final thoughts on this matter? Well, I think that my opinion on this is as crude and jumbled as this blog entry itself. I feel like the console turn-based RPG is a dying genre; the mindset of gamers has shifted into the "instant gratification" way of thinking that we see in so many other things outside of gaming. However, I am excited at the continued success of traditional RPGs on handheld systems, and feel like the system is bright. Now if you excuse me, I have a few random encounters to get into.
Well here is my first blog. Mostly this will serve as an introduction about me, and what I do in my life.
I'm in my senior year at high school. Hopefully after I graduate I'll be heading down to Illinois State University. I've been getting into more and more gaming lately, playing more Counter Strike Source. I'm gonna be building my own computer, and *hopefully* have it done by the time I graduate. Web development is my strong point with computers. I actually do some work with Neoseeker itself. I do some pre-release testing with some features, such as the Tags. I also do some coding, like the Spoiler Tags and the Video Tags on the NeoWikis. Now, I don't work at NeoHQ, so don't confuse me with the real workers.
Well, thats enough about me. If ya wanna learn more, feel free to ask me anything. You can send me a private message, or you can instant message me from any of the contacts on my profile. Thanks for reading!
What's up guys? Basically, I am going to be using this blog to work on my writing skills, and to rant and rave about whatever video game topic comes to mind. I might occasionally post a user review of mine up here, because I think it would garner more feedback this way. Anyway, this isn't much yet, but expect some awesomeness coming soon!
I might as well just make one little blog entry. :)
To be honest, I'm more interested in messing around with the CSS and making my blog look pretty than actually writing anything decent. So if you're looking to get some dirt on me you won't get anything... for now anyway!
So yeah, just needed a post to see what the text and stuff looks like with the CSS I have put in. Have fun watching my CSS fails guys.
So yeah, I just learned about this Neoseeker blog. Anyways, I am Vermillion (:. I'm happy for having this blogs (at last...). I'm sure I will update my blog in a frequent basis (maybe not every day though, but just frequent enough.
I am currently a moderator, wiki staff, CRS reviewer. I also have some other small responsabilities on the site, but those are the only ones that I can mention without getting people to be "wtf" =D.
I will do a lost of related updates to Anime, movies, and web development, mostly.
Oh and something that has to be said, I am a guy, not a girl. I just like a lot of girly stuff, and I am not homosexual either. Just get to know me well, and we will probably have some good talks on MSN (:.
And yes, this post has nothing to do with Anime, Movies, or Web Development, it's just an small introduction.
Since I'm terrible with initial site entries on my own, I've decided to take a page from huntyr's first one and introduce myself.
Hmm. So yes, my main thing is writing news stories for Neoseeker and GameGrep, though currently I'm also staffing the BioShock wiki. I also do my best to improve the quality of articles and promote the rules on GameGrep by talking with users -- a taxing task at times, to be sure. There are a few other duties, such as occasional beta testing and promoting the site.
Don't really know how much I'll be posting in here as I expect I'll get out most of my gaming love via the sources listed above..hopefully a 'miscellaneous' category pops up in the future..then I'll go to town.
I've been kicking around different ideas to try to help gain some more popularity and exposure outside of Neoseeker for our wikis, and so far this is one of the better ones.
I think it would be a good idea if everyone added their respective wikis to StumbleUpon. (about) If you are currently not part of a wiki team, then feel free to float around and see what you can add on your own ;)
In FireFox, it is as simple as using the StumbleUpon Toolbar Extension [Firefox|IE (IE Alt)], and selecting the "I like it!" thumbs up icon () when you are on the wiki page.
You should then be asked to fill out a brief description/review which would be something to the extent of "A Comprehensive wiki dedicated to the SERIES NAME series on Neoseeker that anyone can edit!"
Then categorize as Video Games (or TV for some) and throw on a bunch of tags.
If the wiki has already been added, you will just rate the page and not be required to fill out anything. (How simple is that?!)
Eventually I would like to try to get some more of the content pages added to SU, but for now just a direct link to the main page should suffice. But in the near future (or now for some) I feel we should be ready to unleash some of the more hefty pages onto the net as well.
By doing this - any of the 6.5 Million or so users will be able to navigate randomly to our pages with the click of a button (a little less than random if tagged properly and they share a common interest)
So get out there guys, and increase our exposure! Soon we shall rule the world! (well maybe not, but a guy can dream right?)
Your friendly neighborhood Wiki Admin, Deathsythe
PS- I am listed as deathsythe212 on there, feel free to add me, if you like - make a mention of neoseeker or your username so I don't get confused though :P.
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Everyone remembers Final Fantasy X one of the most renowned and loved Final Fantasy title out there - at least on the PS2. The games that were released after that FFXI & FFXII were good, but many didn't consider FFXI to be even part of the series (I know I didn't), and FFX-2 & FFXII got mixed feelings (though I was one that loved and enjoyed both the games, albeit I didn't like the story of either too much, the gameplay was addictive enough for me). The one thing many people bring up and remember to this day is - FFX was Square-Soft, FFXII was Square-Enix. The merger of Square Soft and Enix seems to have been a "curse" of a sort for the two companies - at least many people think of it as such.
Square-Enix have since created a number of titles, none of which can be found on the PS2... but two of which can be found on the XBOX360, the next generation system. This is where my biggest worry is, and you'll see why...
So far Square-Enix have created two games for the Next-Gen system:- Infinite Undiscovery & The Last Remnant. With IU being released a couple of months back, and TLR a few weeks back, you'd have hoped that any issues with IU that came about would have been fixed for TLR. However if the reviews are anything to go by... TLR has gotten far lower review scores than IU did, with issues with the graphics being the greatest problem. It could be said that this was really due this game being developed on the Unreal Engine, however I can't help but worry that it's due to Square-Enix's inability to create good bug/issue-free games.
Infinite Undiscovery certainly had a lot less issues, though the storyline of the game was a major downer for many (and anyone that has played FFXII know that is also the case with that game). News has come from all those that have played The Last Remnant that the story is again an issue.
With Final Fantasy XIII in the works, two worries keep popping into my head.
Firstly, will they get the story right this time? If the past is anything to go by, FFX-2, FFXII, IU & TLR were certainly NOT the best that Square could offer, so will FFXIII break this trend or another to fall victim to the Square Soft - Enix merger?
Secondly, if the past two games on the current-gen consoles (XBOX360) have anything to go by, they were full of bugs, and with the most recent game having more bugs than the first, I think we can say that Square haven't learnt much from their mistakes, and went on to make a bigger mistake releasing a game that feels "rushed" and full of bugs. This could very well be the Unreal Engine, and their inability to use it, and one can only hope that they will do a lot better with their own Crystal Tools engine...
Though I'm going to reserve judgement on Square's capabilities till the PS3 version of The Last Remannt is released and is (hopefully) bug free, till that time I can't help but doubt Square's capabilities as a games developer, and as the developer of Final Fantasy XIII.
However I must say, that at the same time, I can't help but optimistic about Final Fantasy Versus XIII which is being worked on by Namura and his team, who have worked on the Kingdom Hearts series with excellent results.
Hiya everybody, sorry I'm late to this party. Congratulations to the Neo code monkeys tekmosis and huntyr for pushing out the new tag and blog system for Neoseeker. They've really put a lot of effort into this, and the next few weeks will see them grind even more into it! Hopefully everyone will put both features to good use!
As for me, I've been here longer than I care to remember. Really, I should've run away fleeing by now, but I'm a sad, lonely man even without Neo. If we haven't spoken already, I help out with the game profiles and FAQs; if there's something you like to see on Neoseeker, why not take part as a contributor? We always appreciate the extra mile you guys put in for Neoseeker. If you have any questions, feel free to fire off a PM to me. Hopefully I'll answer within the next decade or so!
Sigh, I remember it like it was yesterday when tekmosis asked me to help him beta test it because he sucks at coding I have a knack for detail and compile 50 page reports detailing every bug and error possible. (sans cover sheet of course)
I guess I would like to take this time to introduce myself: I'm Deathsythe, I often go by Death, Deathy, DS, or even Deathscythe.
I've been on neo for a very long time. Seen a lot of things, made a lot of friends, contributed my share.
To date I have been involved in many different projects, I am currently a Wiki Admin and a GameGrep Approver.
If you are involved in the new neowiki system, or if you haven't been under a rock for the past few months, you probably have seen my work on one of the wikis, just look to any main page.
Previously I have moderated the Advance Wars: Days of Ruin and Digimon World forums. I shall return to moderating when the time is right and when I am needed. But my main focus has shifted away from gaming and onto the site itself. You have probably seen my suggestions, bug reports, and general day to day activities around the site to try to make it a better place.
Feel free to message me with any questions related to anything. I always try to be helpful :)
I don't have to much else to say for now, but watch this space for updates, I may even edit this post later to include some more.
Shout outs: (in no particular order) tekmosis <3, Avalith <3, Krunal <3, Redemption, Dinosoid (Semper Fi my brother), Rome, Koloth, Akira_EX, and anyone else I missed I'm sorry.