Post by Red Hairdo on Mar 11, 2008 18:48:58 GMT -5
I also played Alundra looong ago, and still have it.
I never finished it. But it is a spectacular game. I intend to play it next month, this time to finish it!
And that Ganbare Goemon game is one of my favorites. It has one of the funniest video game intros I have ever seen in my life. And since you know japanese, you'll laugh even harder (wow, how loud would that be? xD). Seriously, this game is so f***ed up. XD One of my favorites from the series. =]
Post by Falcom Director of Fanservice on Mar 11, 2008 20:00:05 GMT -5
I'ma say otherwise, actually. Even back in its day, and this is when I primarily hung around RPG News sites, Alundra was pretty forgotten. And now it's, what, seven, eight years later? Trust me, RPG players in general are fairly likely not to know what it is.
Unless you have a very narrow definition of "we nerds", I guess.
Warning: thumbnails might not be dobby for work, oh my brothers!
Oooo... I've never played the playstation Goemon games, or the GBA ones for that matter. Infact, I missed out on the second N64 installment. I've completed all of the Super Famicom games, however. Nothing beats watching the devil hulahoop while flipping off the audience in the process. You'll have to let me know how *that* Goemon fares in comparison to its elders!
Alundra... I remember picking that game up, and then putting it back down after a few hours. It just never grew on me. I got farther in Legend of Gaia, but also put that one down frequently. Having all my saves erased doesn't help the fact. At all.
The Esteria "board" you got there is really interesting. xD Does it have that pound where we can find the Gold Pedestal Pim can buy from us?
Ys I.II ETERNAL STORY is the best Ys I/II gameplay-wise, I think. Adol can move as precisely as with the mouse in the PC versions. Even if you use a GamePad on the PC with analogic stick, it won't be as smooth as this PS2 version.
Yeah, that's why I said gameplay-wise. xD Because the load times and having no translation is very bad. =/
The GamePlay also has something different from the PC versions (at least COMPLETE, ETERNAL is probably the same too...). Every weapon Adol gets has unique characteristics. In COMPLETE, the only difference between the weapons (including empty-handed) was the damage they inflict. And that the Silver Sword is effective against Dark Fact, like all versions... In ETERNAL STORY, on the other hand, gave special effects and different knockback for every weapon. I think it was something like this:
- Empty-handed ---> Has no additional effects, but the enemy receives no (or almost no) knockback when hit. Because of that, fighting empty-handed is a really good option to fight enemies, maybe even better than the Talwarl sometimes, I don't really remember that very well. You hit them, like, 10 times per second.
- Short Sword -----> This weapon can cause the Stun status to enemies for a while (even if they don't receive damage), making them totally helpless. The enemy receives some small knockback when hit too. Since you can use the L/R buttons to switch over the swords (unfortunatelly you can't unarm yourself that way), you can always use the Short Sword to paralyze the enemy to then quickly switch for a stronger weapon.
- Long Sword ------> This weapon sometimes inflicts a critical hit on enemies. From what I remember, the enemy also receives greater knockback when hit than with the Short Sword. Since the Tarwarl has the ability to instantly kill enemies sometimes, the Long Sword's special skill seems to become useless, but that's not exactly true, because you are much more likely to hit a critical hit with the Long Sword than instantly killing the enemies with the Tarwarl, since the odds are bigger.
- Tarwarl ---------> This sword has the effect to instantly kill enemies sometimes, although the odds aren't very good. The enemy also receives a huge knockback when hit (note that Adol also receives all of these knockbacks too when he hits enemies).
- Silver Sword ----> definitely the best weapon in the game for all cases, even better than the Flame Sword. I don't remember what effect this weapon has (if any, but it probably has one), but the knockback the enemy receives is the same when you fight empty-handed. Add that with the sword's power and there you go.
- Flame Sword ------> I also don't remember the skill of this one (if any, but it also ought to have one). The knockback the enemy receives is HUUUGE, so there's an annoying amount of time between every time you can hit the enemy, unless you use a wall or something to absorb the knockback.
I LOVED what they did with the weapons in this game. xD Also note I didn't beat Ys II in that version yet, so I don't know what are the effects of the weapons in that game.
anyway, that's also why i like this version better, gameplay-wise. = ) Also sorry for the "mini-FAQ" there. xD