[quote=“Heretic Agnostic”]So Frankie, (just to turn the screw a little tighter)… would that make it “official” that Final Fantasy VII is a better investment than Panzer Dragoon Saga?
It’s always fun to find out what the true limits of one’s objectivity are…
EDIT: Besides, one thing you’ve completely failed to mention, which is relevant since you’ve made price an issue, is that Tekken 5 Online is still based on Tekken 5. It’s 30 bucks because it doesn’t cost so much to update the visuals in a vs fighter and pad the roster with some clones that no one expects to be balanced.
EDIT - EDIT: And who in their right mind would buy VF5 on PS3 at this stage anyway? Assuming they had a 360, which… any gamer hard-core enough to care about VF5 in the first place, who had a PS3 but not a 360, isn’t in their right mind so… shrug[/quote]
Well, I’m not really the one with the “objectivity” issue, since I never really attempted to qualify which game was “better” in anything other than cost/long term investment…and I never questioned the “state of anybody’s mental health” in making any purchase.
Let’s go over this one more time, and regardless of whether or not you “agree with the concept / believe it’s possible in art/music/games, etc.” maybe it’ll be clearer for the sake of this debate, which frankly, I was willing to just let go.
When comparing two similar products, in this case two 3D fighters on the same video game system, more content for a lower cost equals greater value for dollars spent. Why is that? Because more content (including online play with global rankings) adds to the universal longevity of the product. (ie, how long an average gamer can play it before becoming bored with everything there is to do in it.)
Okay, that’s as crystal clear as I can make my assessment of the two games.
PLEASE take note that I’m not saying that Tekken 5 has a superior fighting system than Virtua Fighter 5, I’m not saying that one is a better CRAFTED product, as that’s ALWAYS going to come down to which series you enjoy more … I’m simply trying to quantify which game is a better financial investment. And you seem to keep getting “hung up” on the fact that you find VF5 to be superior in it’s mechanics.
Even if it is, which I’m not arguing, that doesn’t make it a greater content-based-value, based on my equation, which is very much a standard model in retail. “Get more for your money” isn’t a term that I coined…it’s been around longer than video games, much less PS3.
Now. Moving forward…you’re specifically asking if Final Fantasy 7 is a greater “value” than Panzer Dragoon Saga?
I suppose you take me for some kind of game collecting slouch …
That’s really ALMOST a loaded question, as the games are on different systems, while both fall into the RPG genre - have distinctly different gameplay styles (turn based vs. realtime) and have FAR different production runs, rarity, and current used “market values”.
To look at it from a standpoint of “getting more for one’s money”, I think it’s fair to say that regardless of which you hold in high regard for aesthetics, mechanics, design, story, or any other “artistic” quality, both are considered classics, and both are well regarded amongst classic gamers. We’re not comparing a game with a fanbase of FF7 to a stinker like Beyond the Beyond.
So, putting aside “personal preference” (between the two games I have none anyway, since I don’t really play RPGs) to find the greater dollar-for-dollar “value” you simply need to look at which game will cost less and provide the most content (the same formula that I applied to Tekken and VF on the PS3) … and that’s where the decision can easily be made in your requested contest.
FF7 can be purchased used for a MUCH lower price than Panzer Dragoon Saga (FF7 seems to have an average complete used price of about $20 with some much lower than that, where Panzer Dragoon can end in auction around $150 in any condition), and if my memory serves, FF7 has a much longer total play time than Saga (this likely due to it’s reliance on random turn based battles, larger player parties, and extensive leveling up).
So, yes, dollar-for-dollar, hour-for-hour, FF7, appears to be a greater “value” than Panzer Dragoon Saga.
I ASSUME that you hold Panzer Dragoon Saga in high regards due to it’s excellent aesthetic, storytelling, graphics, and iconic Saturn swan-song performance, and that my assessment of the two games is some type of “nonsense” (or more likely “sacrilege”) … because, frankly, most people don’t mention that game if they don’t already think it’s the greatest thing since 4-Meg Ram Carts.
But before you retort with something along the lines of “What person in their right mind would say FF7 is better than Panzer Dragoon Saga?” … PLEASE keep in mind that I’m not passing judgment on EITHER game for it’s content, ONLY for it’s value, and when I’m considering value, I’m thinking about the median, average gamer, not the hard-core import-collecting, willing to drop $150 on a 30 hour Saturn game gamer.