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Blue Dragon Discussion Thread

junehhan
09-05-2007, 08:18 PM
I thought i'd start up a thread for Blue Dragon. Anyone else playing this besides me? I have to honestly say that i'm incredibly impressed with this game as it has managed to just swallow my interests up. It has a very involving storyline that sucks you into the game world and makes you hate to leave it to take a break. The graphics are also very good and smooth, and the sound effects while general, still do sound good.

As you might expect with the kind of talent in this game, the musical score is probably one of the best i've ever heard in a video game. It repeats variations of the game theme song based on situations that are unique and yet pleasantly soothing which helps immerse you further into the game world. I also have to say that some of the lackluster reviews this game might have gotten from a few people are totally unmerited. I think it was totally unfair to compare this game to Final Fantasy when this game ISN'T final fantasy. So far, I don't think i've experienced some of the negative things that were said about this game, as the transitions are very smooth.

The only faults I see with this game is how they use blurring to give you the sensation of distance with far away stuff, and that you can't invert only the vertical axis for the controls. If you invert the vertical, it also inverts the horizontal which drove me a little crazy.

Graphics 8/10
Audio 9/10
Story/Plot 10/10


Obviously with any JRPG, a good heavy plotline is essential and this game doesn't disappoint. It's a game that really has you getting attatched to the various characters as well. I've only gotten to that catlike character(Marumero), but expect the others you eventually find to have just as unique of personalities.

Based on the time i've spent, I think i'll give this game a 9/10

ragemaster68
09-05-2007, 09:15 PM
I looking forward to this, but after playing the demo it killed all of that. Music was incredibly repetitive, and that was just in the demo. The graphics looked ok, but i don't like the style the guy used. It's basically dragonball z (which i hated) all the characters are just variations of the characters from that. Not new character designs for a new game.

Eternal Sonata is now my most anticipated JRPG.

junehhan
09-05-2007, 09:40 PM
The problem I have with Eternal Sonata is that i'm a turn based purist. This is likely another reason why I like this game so much. I don't like these hybrid turn based systems that are in real time, or ones that impose time restrictions like Eternal Sonata does. If you have a chance, check out the full version of this game since I know you rent games at bb. I have to say that i'm extremely impressed.

ragemaster68
09-06-2007, 08:47 AM
Only game i've ever rented was forza 2, once, which i then bought.

The demo left a rather bad taste, to the point i didn't even want to rent it.

I don't have a preference for one combat system over another, i look at each game individually to see what the overall experience is using each interation. Be it rigidly turned based, ATB, or a hybrid thereof. The only combat system i've come across that i really dislike is that of FF12, which is based on the FF11 system. Which i also dislike.

<rant> I can't believe stranglehold got pushed back ANOTHER! week. </rant>

junehhan
09-06-2007, 11:11 AM
Only game i've ever rented was forza 2, once, which i then bought.

The demo left a rather bad taste, to the point i didn't even want to rent it.

I don't have a preference for one combat system over another, i look at each game individually to see what the overall experience is using each interation. Be it rigidly turned based, ATB, or a hybrid thereof. The only combat system i've come across that i really dislike is that of FF12, which is based on the FF11 system. Which i also dislike.

<rant> I can't believe stranglehold got pushed back ANOTHER! week. </rant>


At least check out the full game, as demos can sometimes be a bit misleading. Of course this game does have achievements that are going to be very hard to get though. After seeing the work they did with this game, I now can't wait to see Lost Odysey come out later this year. I definately did not like the combat system in FF12 either, but to be fair I only spent an hour playing that game at a friend's house. I guess that is why the saying goes, different strokes for different people as we all enjoy different things in life.

ragemaster68
09-06-2007, 12:19 PM
True. Lost Odessey i'm looking forward to as well.

AlphaLog
09-06-2007, 05:24 PM
Yeah, I picked up Blue Dragon this past weekend and so far I have been enjoying. Only about 6 hours into it but it has been a fun 6 hours. I can see how it isn't everyone's cup of tea. But fortunately it is mine.

I was first put off by the reviews, even though I was really looking forward to this game since I first found out about it. Glad I didn't pay attention to the vast majority of the "professional" reviews out there. I dont' know what they were expecting, but it has been meeting my expectations so far.

Nevertheless, I am also looking forward to Eternal Sonata. I wasn't at first, but I checked out more on it and thought the demo was fairly decent. I'm curious to see what kind of story it has. It's battle engine was engaging enough and I really enjoyed its visuals.

junehhan
09-06-2007, 10:02 PM
Yeah, I picked up Blue Dragon this past weekend and so far I have been enjoying. Only about 6 hours into it but it has been a fun 6 hours. I can see how it isn't everyone's cup of tea. But fortunately it is mine.

I was first put off by the reviews, even though I was really looking forward to this game since I first found out about it. Glad I didn't pay attention to the vast majority of the "professional" reviews out there. I dont' know what they were expecting, but it has been meeting my expectations so far.

Nevertheless, I am also looking forward to Eternal Sonata. I wasn't at first, but I checked out more on it and thought the demo was fairly decent. I'm curious to see what kind of story it has. It's battle engine was engaging enough and I really enjoyed its visuals.


The problem is that so many of these guys refuse to be objective when they review a game. Instead of reviewing a game for what it offers, they automatically try to compare it to another totally different game and then start nit picking away with irrelevant details that don't exist in the game because it isn't the same game. I couldn't care less about FFXII, because this game ISN'T FFXII.

IvanM
09-06-2007, 10:55 PM
I enjoyed the Blue Dragon demo but I was on the fence about picking it up if it was going to be just another cookie cutter RPG. By the looks of it, its not. So I might have to give it a dabble, I will say this much, I have never been a big fan of the DragonBall Z series so the character design for this title really does not appeal to me, but it is a small detail that I am willing to overlook if the gameplay is as good as you say it is. The 360 library seems to be inundated with shooters so this is a welcomed change to what they regularly put out. Sure they have had MMOs on the 360 like Phantasy Star and Final Fantasy XI, but those are a different kind of RPG, although I must confess that I played FF religiously until it started taking up too much of my time. With games like Mass Effect and Lost Odyssey coming out, the future of RPGs looks good on the 360, I can't wait.

junehhan
09-07-2007, 11:34 AM
I enjoyed the Blue Dragon demo but I was on the fence about picking it up if it was going to be just another cookie cutter RPG. By the looks of it, its not. So I might have to give it a dabble, I will say this much, I have never been a big fan of the DragonBall Z series so the character design for this title really does not appeal to me, but it is a small detail that I am willing to overlook if the gameplay is as good as you say it is. The 360 library seems to be inundated with shooters so this is a welcomed change to what they regularly put out. Sure they have had MMOs on the 360 like Phantasy Star and Final Fantasy XI, but those are a different kind of RPG, although I must confess that I played FF religiously until it started taking up too much of my time. With games like Mass Effect and Lost Odyssey coming out, the future of RPGs looks good on the 360, I can't wait.

I thought Phantasy Star Universe was a complete and utter disaster for the X360. Not only does this game look seriously last gen, but the gameplay and storyline is horrible and doesn't flow very well. The story is also weak, which isn't good as a good story is usually the foundation of most JRPG's. My copy of PSU is simply collecting dust as I can't bring myself to finish it. They have seriously disappointed me as I used to be a big fan of the PS series.

bingotem
09-07-2007, 01:21 PM
Yeah, I didn't like PSU either. I rented it and could never get into it.
With Blue Dragon,so far so good. I like it, but I'm not very far yet, just started playing last night.

AlphaLog
09-07-2007, 05:16 PM
I thought Phantasy Star Universe was a complete and utter disaster for the X360. Not only does this game look seriously last gen, but the gameplay and storyline is horrible and doesn't flow very well. The story is also weak, which isn't good as a good story is usually the foundation of most JRPG's. My copy of PSU is simply collecting dust as I can't bring myself to finish it. They have seriously disappointed me as I used to be a big fan of the PS series.

I cannot agree with you more about PSU. I was so utterly disappointed with that pile of garbage. It really irks me how very poor that game was. It seems like Sega really doesn't care to try and make a decent game anymore. It is a shame they had to take the Phantasy Star series down with them. The whole thing just seemed like a lesson in lazy game development.

It was bad enough that the game itself was awful, but the fact they had the gall to still charge $10 extra for the 360 version was what really got to me. I couldn't believe they did that with, as you said, last generation graphics, only stereo (no surround sound?), and you couldn't even play with people on other networks. Not that I ended up playing it enough to ever want to play it with someone else. That would mean I would have to play the game again, and that I could not stomach. :D

junehhan
09-07-2007, 09:33 PM
I'm glad that i'm not alone in my extreme disgust with PSU. It is another of many reasons why I seriously dislike port jobs from a lesser system. A port from the PS3 has potential, but there is only so much you can do with a game that was likely programmed originally for something like the PS2. Of course it also depends on the developer. On a side note, is anyone else besides me really looking foward to Bully for the X360? Rockstar's site shows a coming soon message as I can't wait for this game.

I cannot agree with you more about PSU. I was so utterly disappointed with that pile of garbage. It really irks me how very poor that game was. It seems like Sega really doesn't care to try and make a decent game anymore. It is a shame they had to take the Phantasy Star series down with them. The whole thing just seemed like a lesson in lazy game development.

It was bad enough that the game itself was awful, but the fact they had the gall to still charge $10 extra for the 360 version was what really got to me. I couldn't believe they did that with, as you said, last generation graphics, only stereo (no surround sound?), and you couldn't even play with people on other networks. Not that I ended up playing it enough to ever want to play it with someone else. That would mean I would have to play the game again, and that I could not stomach. :D

junehhan
09-14-2007, 08:49 AM
Well, I have logged 29.5 hours of gaming on Blue Dragon and have just now reached the 2nd disc. It's amazing how attatched i'm starting to feel towards all of the game characters. My only complaint so far is that save points can be extremely far apart as you need to allocate a lot of uninterrupted time for each gaming session as a result.

Trantzz
09-14-2007, 09:16 AM
Thank you for the update as I am still considering grabbing this.....

bingotem
09-14-2007, 01:32 PM
Well, I have logged 29.5 hours of gaming on Blue Dragon and have just now reached the 2nd disc. It's amazing how attatched i'm starting to feel towards all of the game characters. My only complaint so far is that save points can be extremely far apart as you need to allocate a lot of uninterrupted time for each gaming session as a result.

I noticed that too. Right now I'm a few missions into disc two. I've typically been playing for 2-3 hours a session, so I guess the save points fit well.
BTW, don't miss the "nothing" man below the bridge in Jibral.

junehhan
09-14-2007, 09:17 PM
I noticed that too. Right now I'm a few missions into disc two. I've typically been playing for 2-3 hours a session, so I guess the save points fit well.
BTW, don't miss the "nothing" man below the bridge in Jibral.

Thanks for the tip, as I have him covered. I've tallied up 895 nothings so far. When I buy any JRPG, I always as a habit buy the corresponding strategy guide for it, especially when Amazon sells it for cheap.