Recently I've been downloading some old style RPGs on PS3, so I'll chat about them here. If you've played any of them, feel free to share your thoughts about them, or give me some recommendations.
I downloaded this one back in October, got quite far into it, but then got a bit bored. The last thing I did was recruit the big guy with the sword and we were going through some dungeon after a storm broke out over his village (I can't remember any of the names). I do like the combat system and the skills that increase as you use them. I got bored of the part where we were climbing up the massive wall, even the characters were complaining about how dull it was. I will get back to it at some point.
Dragon Fantasy Book 1
A spoof RPG created with 8 bit style graphics, it does have lots of gags and funny moments of dialogue. I don't like how the game refers to me having a "party" when I've only had one character to use the whole time. You don't get to fight groups of monsters either, it's just one enemy at a time. I'm at the part where I need to collect the final relic, and now I'm taking a break from it.
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
This game has some of the most hideous sprites I've ever seen. There is one character who I could have sworn was using a shovel in combat, when he performs his attack, it even looks like he's digging into the ground at the enemy's feet. Turns out his weapon is a hammer, so there you go. There are some nice hand drawn graphics that have been blended into the maps and backgrounds. The combat system is a bit awkward, if you choose auto then characters will use up spells and items, and it's particularly annoying when characters heal each other after one hit. You do have the option to modify the encounter rate, though, so you can crank it up to 8x the enemy encounters so you can buff up your characters with some training, or you can put it down to zero and take a leisurely walk through the dungeons and collect any treasure chests you've missed.
I was always curious about his game but never played it until now. Haven't done a lot so far, I've just played the blue haired guy and been banished from the village that I rescued, and I've just played the relic hunter guy with the flying mouse (I found his little adventure in the dungeon a lot more lively) and next I'm going to try playing as the girl in the abbey. The overworld map is nicely designed, as I press a button to enter a locale when the text pops up, so I don't accidentally re-enter a place when I don't want to.
Arc The Lad
This has probably been the most engaging one I've played so far. Vandal Hearts style combat system but with top down graphics instead of the isometric or 3d POV. Hopefully that means I won't get headaches from hours of playing! The story line moments are exciting, I've only got the first 3 characters so far, but they seem interesting and well thought out. I haven't encountered any shops, though. I don't know if shops are excluded form this game and we are to rely only on items we pick up in combat. The option to replay battlemaps is there for training, and it seems pretty important to do so.