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Unread 09-28-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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Video Games What is wrong with me, or I like old games better than the games of today, wtf?

Whenever I feel like playing an rpg, I go back to my PSOne and PSTwo games, and play Final Fantasy 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, Tactics, 10, 10-2, and Legend of Dragoon, Legaia, Grandia 2, Vagrant Story. I look at my PSThree games and think "meh". In fact the only PSThree games I play are Madden and NCAA Football. Is there something wrong with me, that I do not appreciate games like the Eldar Scrolls and Fallout as much as these older games?
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Unread 09-28-2012, 09:00 AM   #2
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It looks like you enjoy older Jrpgs more than modern wrpgs, seems normal to me. the problem is there are so few good jrpgs out there right now, especially on ps3
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Unread 09-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
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Hey, I'm the same way. I don't see anything wrong with that. Mere personal preferance.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 10:38 AM   #4
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The only thing wrong with you is that you seem to feel having an opinion is a sign that something is wrong with you. So I guess you are correct -- just not for the reason you thought.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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Gaming has certainly evolved quite a bit over the years. In many ways for the better, but in many ways for the worse. Let's make a list!
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Unread 09-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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I always love the classics more than what is out now. I've replayed FF 4-6 so many times. Legend of Dragoon I just can't beat. I will try at some point again though! Also Star Ocean and Wild Arms. Shadow Hearts Covenant was fun.

I guess the PS3 has Star Ocean 4 which I liked. FFXIII I liked to play. Idc what anyone says the combat mechanics make the game fun for me to play. I think it's partially do to the lack of RPG's out there. And I think we have nostalgia with the PS1 and PS2 ones since we played them first. I know that's partially what brings me back to them.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 12:20 PM   #7
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I am glad I am not the only one. As far as Legend of Dragoon goes, the final boss is very hard and it takes over two hours to beat him. The key is to have two offensive juggernaughts, Dart and Haschel for me, and someone who can do some healing, Rose for me. You also want to be stocked with equal parts angel's prayers (to bring you back to life) and magic potions (I forget what they are called, so you can coninually hammer away with the ultimate dragon cannon). Also when you get to its final form, it will turn one of your party members into a wierd creature. When it does, select the special command and you will heal the others in your party, and the affected character will eventually turn back to normal. Don't forget to equip Rose with the Dragon Buster Sword. With a little patience and luck you too can beat Legend of Dragoon.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
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While I sometimes feel quite nostalgic for the SNES, Genesis, PS1 and/or PS2 eras, I've never had quite as severe a problem playing current-gen games. In fact, from Skyrim to Tales of Graces to FFXIII-2 to Sleeping Dogs to Assassin's Creed Revelations to Dragon's Dogma, nearly every game I've played and enjoyed lately is a current-gen game.

I used to be able to at least say that I genuinely missed past eras of JRPGs, but games like XIII-2 and Graces have 'fixed' that issue for me.

It's weird how I genuinely simultaneously believe that the SNES/PS1 eras were the 'height' of gaming, but I still can thoroughly enjoy modern games -- and in fact, I generally don't feel a compulsion to relive older titles. So, yeah, if you were to tell me that games like Xenogears, Suikoden 2, Chrono Trigger, older Final Fantasies, Planescape: Torment, Fallout 2, etc. were the best ever, I'd be inclined to agree with you. But, having played through many of those titles multiple times already, it's difficult to convince me that they're worth replaying again over playing a brand new title.

I guess I'm trying to say that I disagree with you, without actually really disagreeing with you. Phenomenal titles, perhaps even objectively the 'best' titles, were released in yesteryear, it's true. But I also feel like great titles are still released today, and I hate to see modern developers 'punished' merely for releasing their games in the wrong era. Titles like Sleeping Dogs or FFXIII-2 can hold their own with great titles from previous eras.

I guess it just irritates me somewhat when people attempt to behave like pseudo-HYYYYYYPPPPPSST-TURs and pretend that the mere year in which a game is released has a direct correlation to objective quality. It's cool to have your own personal preferences when it comes to games, but a vast number of 'nostalgic' critics out there these days seem to enjoy kneejerkingly lambasting how "games are crap these days." Those kinds of over-generalizations irritate me, because I feel like we can and should be able to judge games solely on their actual quality, and not on whether it was released in 1995 or 2012. It's almost like you're preventing yourself from actually analyzing what you may actually like or dislike in a title, because instead of looking into gameplay mechanics or narrative and arguing why a game may or may not be great, you're just looking at the year the game was published.

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Unread 09-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #9
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I'm sure the principle of rose-tinted glasses has something to do with it. Hundreds/thousands of video games come out every year, most are average, garbage, or forgettable. The true gems tend to stand out, especially the further away you get from their release. This was true in 1997 as it is today.

The economic scale of video games is much larger today, but I think that only means total titles released per year may be higher. The proportion of crap/average/good/great/best games is probably about the same.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #10
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Nothing wrong with being nostalgic every once and a while. I Really really miss "Crazy" Fps shooters. Where the entire plot was "Kill that Fucker over there" and they handed you a dozen of the weirdest tools to do it. You know like Unreal Tournament and stuff. There is a few still around but Its all overshadowed by Call of Honor 3: Modern Warfighter

I also miss 2d platformers...but there is quite a few around here that have been released lately.

What I really want is a good metroidvania game...I tried out Hell yeah and it was alright...but I hope for some more.
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