RPG Maker - PlayStation

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RPG Maker - PlayStation

Postby Skinr » August 15th, 2011, 4:30 pm

Once you learn exactly how everything fits together, it's possible to make great games.

This game is in a double-CD case because it has two instruction manuals, but only one disc. If that doesn't serve as a clue to its complexity, I don't know what will.

You have tons and tons of sprites for monsters, characters, objects, and environmental set pieces. These range in style from sci-fi to olden fantasy, and can be used for nearly any purpose; their collision data is built in, though, so be careful the player can't walk over a desk.

It's even possible to create your own sprites with the Anime Maker tool, although it's not even worth bothering if you don't have a mouse; there's no support for analog sticks, and the D-pad is not fun to draw with. With the amount of text you have to enter in with the on-screen keyboard, however, it's a shame the game doesn't work with any kind of keyboard.

Overall, if you can find this game, it's worth your money. One precaution: the game does not autosave ANYTHING, so you have to b careful not to overwrite any system or scenario data. Also, it's a shame there's no way to distribute your games aside from copying the data onto multiple memory cards and buying multiple copies of the game.

Score: 8.5

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RPG Maker - PlayStation

Postby VideoGameCritic » August 16th, 2011, 12:17 am

This is a good review.  I feel like I got a taste of the game and want to learn more.  Details like the two instruction manuals and needing the mouse are things reviewers normally leave out, but they do matter.

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RPG Maker - PlayStation

Postby Skinr » August 16th, 2011, 2:11 am

Well, the mouse isn't technically required, but it is very helpful for drawing (as I mentioned).

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RPG Maker - PlayStation

Postby Marriott_Guy1 » August 16th, 2011, 7:53 am

I agree - nice overview of the game.  RPG Maker 3 for the PS2 has been waiting patiently for me to give her a go.  Thanks to your review, I think I'll bust it out this weekend and take her for a test ride.

Terry

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Postby Skinr » August 16th, 2011, 2:07 pm

Uh...this may be awkward, but I have a slightly different opinion of RPG Maker 3...

If you want my honest opinion, I can post a full review.


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RPG Maker - PlayStation

Postby Marriott_Guy1 » August 16th, 2011, 2:43 pm

[QUOTE=Skinr]Uh...this may be awkward, but I have a slightly different opinion of RPG Maker 3...

If you want my honest opinion, I can post a full review.

[/QUOTE]

Please do - a take on RPG Maker 3 would be very helpful.  I have been sitting on this title for a while, curious yet somewhat skeptical.

Thanks in advance!

Terry

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RPG Maker - PlayStation

Postby 0-Storm » August 16th, 2011, 10:19 pm

The RPG Maker games have always intriguied me. I assume that they take a long time just to learn how to navigate menus. I just don't have the time for that sort of game. Now if I were stranded on a deserted island (that somehow had electricity) I'd probably pick an RPG Maker if I could only have 3 games. I could probably lose 5 years alone on one of those games.


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Postby Skinr » August 16th, 2011, 11:03 pm

[QUOTE=0-Storm]

The RPG Maker games have always intriguied me. I assume that they take a long time just to learn how to navigate menus. I just don't have the time for that sort of game. Now if I were stranded on a deserted island (that somehow had electricity) I'd probably pick an RPG Maker if I could only have 3 games. I could probably lose 5 years alone on one of those games.

[/QUOTE]

Learning the flow and order of the menus is actually fairly easy (on the PSX), but you're right, it takes time.

That being said, RPG Maker II and 3 let you use a keyboard.

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Postby VideoGameCritic » August 21st, 2011, 1:01 pm

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