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The Official RPG Reload Club Thread

05-13-2017, 06:01 AM
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PSA: My brother was complaining that it was hard to navigate TA to find all of Shaun's features, so I put together a list of links to all of the History articles. To wit:

wrote:

http://toucharcade.com/2015/09/03/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-one/

http://toucharcade.com/2015/10/01/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-two/

http://toucharcade.com/2015/11/05/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-three/

http://toucharcade.com/2015/12/03/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-four/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/01/07/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-five/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/02/04/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-six/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/03/03/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-seven/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/04/07/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-eight/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/05/05/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-nine/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/06/02/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-ten/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/07/07/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-eleven/

http://toucharcade.com/2016/08/04/rpg-reload-presents-the-history-of-handheld-rpgs-part-twelve/
05-14-2017, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by OrangutanKungfu View Post
I was going to suggest Spiderweb games too - particularly the Avernum series. Or there's Planescape Torment. Again, not that much like KotOR or Jade Empire, but still sprawling WRPGs.

For something a bit more off the wall, there are the two 9th Dawn games. I've got the second one and it's quite unusual. Only dipped my toe into it, but what I've seen is good.

Otherwise, I think Jakeopp has played most of the big WRPGs.

Oh, one more came to mind: Seven Mages - that might do it. Or Ember.
Thanks for the recommendations! Been considering picking up Ember on steam of it goes on a sale. How's the storyline? Obviously not expecting it to compare to BG or Planescape. It just looks like something that would be easier for me to pick up.

Also, any recommendations on ARPGs? I enjoyed Dungeon Quest and Orc: Vengeance. Planning on picking up Titan Quest eventually.
05-14-2017, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakeopp View Post
Also, any recommendations on ARPGs? I enjoyed Dungeon Quest and Orc: Vengeance. Planning on picking up Titan Quest eventually.
I was about to mention Battleheart: Legacy, but you've done that! Ys is a perennial classic and has been very well-received on iOS, but I didn't care for the controls, myself.

I had an EXCELLENT time with Adventures of Mana. It's a high-quality but faithful remake of a GameBoy game, however, so you might find it a bit simple.

Crashlands received universal acclaim, but I never got the appeal. But the acclaim really WAS universal, and thunderous.

It's a bit unconventional, but Sid Meier's Pirates! could be classified as an ARPG, I suppose!

OH! And apparently Monster Hunter is just phenomenal: graphics, gameplay, the world... it's so terrific, I've been too intimidated to try it out.
05-15-2017, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by korossyl View Post
I was about to mention Battleheart: Legacy, but you've done that! Ys is a perennial classic and has been very well-received on iOS, but I didn't care for the controls, myself.

I had an EXCELLENT time with Adventures of Mana. It's a high-quality but faithful remake of a GameBoy game, however, so you might find it a bit simple.

Crashlands received universal acclaim, but I never got the appeal. But the acclaim really WAS universal, and thunderous.

It's a bit unconventional, but Sid Meier's Pirates! could be classified as an ARPG, I suppose!

OH! And apparently Monster Hunter is just phenomenal: graphics, gameplay, the world... it's so terrific, I've been too intimidated to try it out.
Ha - Ys, Crashlands and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite were the first three that came to my mind!

Ys is great: super fast, brilliant music, and a fairly unique (weird) bump combat system. It's really all about the boss battles, though, rather than grinding for exp and equipment.

Crashlands is brilliantly simple and enjoyable. I loved it.

And Monster Hunter IS daunting. You get out what you put in: it's probably the most endlessly entertaining ARPG-influenced game on iOS - as long as you don't require a story.

Titan Quest is probably closest to the original demands though. Or give 9th Dawn a whirl (1 or 2).

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05-15-2017, 03:08 PM
Joined: Sep 2012
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Quote:
Originally Posted by korossyl View Post
I was about to mention Battleheart: Legacy, but you've done that! Ys is a perennial classic and has been very well-received on iOS, but I didn't care for the controls, myself.

I had an EXCELLENT time with Adventures of Mana. It's a high-quality but faithful remake of a GameBoy game, however, so you might find it a bit simple.

Crashlands received universal acclaim, but I never got the appeal. But the acclaim really WAS universal, and thunderous.

It's a bit unconventional, but Sid Meier's Pirates! could be classified as an ARPG, I suppose!

OH! And apparently Monster Hunter is just phenomenal: graphics, gameplay, the world... it's so terrific, I've been too intimidated to try it out.
Thanks for the suggestions, will probably give Ys and Adventures of Mana a try at some point. Haven't played Pirates yet either.

I own Monster Hunter never felt compelled to keep playing beyond the first hour or two. Just feels like a ton of work getting decent at the combat and figuring out where to start lol. For mobile I generally prefer games like BH: Legacy that I can just pick up and play whenever. Probably will give it another shot when I have the time and clear out my backlog though.

Last edited by Jakeopp; 05-15-2017 at 03:12 PM.
05-17-2017, 08:56 AM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 197
I really, really loved Adventures of Mana. It was like old-old-school Zelda, but with a touching and interesting story, interesting weapons, and great graphics. Oh, and the music...! I hope you have a good time with it.