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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: July 02, 2010 (10:09 AM)
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Man. I've heard nothing but good things about this game, and you show us why. Interestingly, though, I'm a little surprised that the story wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be. I remember Felix showed me the first ten or so minutes of this game, and it seemed rather story-heavy. It's interesting that you sort of "debunk" this, or at least place emphasis on other aspects of the game that seemingly outshine it.

With that you did well. I was absolutely intrigued by the combat system while I was reading about it. It definitely sounds very unique for an RPG, probably like nothing I've ever seen before. You also make it sound fun and exciting to play, and the various strategies involved with the dragon sound like you could play the game several times and not catch them all, despite the fact that you can willingly change the attributes.

It's a shame this game is so rare. I certainly haven't played it. Hell, I've never even owned a Saturn. You'd be right in assuming most of us probably never will. And it sucks that GameTap is being so thickheaded, but it's like... where'd they get that idea from? haha

Anyway, as for nitpicky stuff, there was a bit of word/phrase repetition in some paragraphs, and I may have found one tiny error:

it may be advantageous to mount of a defense-type dragon

"of" doesn't really seem necessary to me.

Those small things aside, nice work.

[Eating EmP's brain] probably isn't a good idea. I mean... He's British, which means his brain's wired for PAL and your eyes are NTSC. - Will

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Author: Genj
Posted: July 02, 2010 (11:12 AM)
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Thanks for the positive comments and the catch on the typo. I was changing sentence structure around quite a bit into the night, so the remains of a cut phrase must have eluded me. I don't think I'd say the story isn't good, but it certainly isn't amazing either (I may be jaded in that I think few games have good stories). The plot and game world are interesting, but the combat easily overshadows it. And yes, a true shame that the game is so rare and expensive. Even if GameTap actually got off their butts and tried to release it for their service, I have my doubts that a web-based emulator of a Saturn game would really work well anyway. A port will never happen either because Sega lost the source code. It's probably one of the best RPGs I've played, but you can pretty much only play it if you have a lot of disposable income for video games or are savvy enough to get a Saturn emulator working.


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Author: dragoon_of_infinity
Posted: July 05, 2010 (09:14 PM)
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There's a local shop I frequent that sells games all the way back to the Atari. A copy of PDS recently showed up for $150, and it blew my mind.

I'm very tempted to buy it, and this is just making it worse.

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