Ginnazoh wrote:I will definitely check out both 太閤立志伝 and 軒轅劍外傳 since I've heard of both of them before but never played them. ditto 仙剑...except the 4th one which I didn't know about until recently.
You are officially my new best friend. I know so few people who's ever even heard of these games, makes me so happy to hear that you have lol.
I played 仙剑1-3. 1 was really good for its time, the popularity was pretty much equivalent of FF7. 2 was kind of shaky, the plot was way lacking compared to 1. 3 was pretty horrible IMO, finished it a few month ago, liked the TV show better actually which is kinda sad. The game mechanics are just horrible, it's so glitchy (I actually got my character stuck once so I had to completely restart the game from the beginning), moving around has never been more painful in a RPG game. The plot is very generic and the characters were insignificant. If you speak Chinese, just watch the TV show instead rofl.
4 as far as I know is mediocre as well. Softstar has been going downhill with it in general. I have 4 but I haven't tried it yet, not much motivation.
as far as 軒轅劍 goes, I consider it the holy grail of Chinese RPGs. 軒轅劍 1 started off as a tech demo pretty much, also it was pretty much a break through game being the first RPG in China. 軒轅劍 2 was a continuation of 1 with much better detail and almost a pokemonish gameplay (which later gets developed better and better). 軒轅劍 2x was a game with the same engine but it took a historical setting in ancient China, and you actually meet a lot of very famous historical figures of war and science like 鲁班 (Inventor of the saw and umbrella.
軒轅劍 3X (which I would recommend) is probably the most famous of the series with a complex love themes, perfect for people who want to go ronery on videogame characters. It takes place during um... Don't exactly remember what time in China, but it has a realistic historical setting as well.
軒轅劍 4 and 5 are both pretty bad, because they have a pretty horribly made plot and boring gameplay. 4X however is my personal favorite in the series, the setting is during the war between 秦 and 晋 in Ancient China. It incorporates the technologies from all the previous games, a lot of mythology, and the graphics were really well done too for its time. There's some very notable plot twists as well, and I think it's overall a great game. 軒轅劍 5x goes along further into more recent history, and it takes place during the time when probably the most popular culture plays around, the San Guo period (Three Kingdoms).
Lastly, touching base on 太閤立志伝 (which means the success story of the Taiko), it's probably THE best game Koei has made (the guys who made Dynasty Warriors, but that game sucks). It's like a RPG-strategy-tactics-history-simulation game which will really make your head explode at the amount of depth required to play it. At first you take the role of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in an open free roam world RPG style, as a lowly commander of a mere 100 unit army under the family of Oda Nobunaga. However, after a series of realistic historical events which you have to trigger, like defeating 今川, constructing that 墨something city, construction of 安土, burning the monks in 本能寺, etc etc, Oda will be betrayed by 明智 and Hideoshi will go through the events to take over the Oda family, the game becomes totally macromanagement dependent, ordering subordinates around like in other games like Romance of the 3 Kingdoms, and after warfare with Takeda, Mori, Uesugi, Hojo, etc, Hideoshi will finally unite Japan under one rule, and become the Taiko. Don't worry, I'm not really spoiling any plot here. This is all probably taught in Japanese history courses lol.
Anyways, after that huge essay, I feel like playing some of these games again lol. Nice to meet someone who actually knows what I'm talking about. You have no idea how happy I am.
EDIT: Apparently 軒轅劍 5x 2 just game out 2 months ago. Holy monkey balls, my life has meaning again.