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GAF, what is your favourite starting town in RPG's?

Ushay

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Athkatla from Baldur's Gate 2 has this shit on lock.

There are more things to do in Athkatla then in most full RPG's.

EDIT: Thinking about it, Sigil from Planescape Torment certainly gives Athkatla a run for it's money.
Yup, the best town ever. Athkatla ... Ahhhh good times.

Also thought Kakariko village from Zelda OoT was amazing.
 

crazyrabbits

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Baldur's Gate II. Athkatla.

It's almost unfair, considering all the quests/sidequests/stuff in that equals half the game's content.
 

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I really enjoyed Flotsam in Witcher 2.

I'm gonna have to put in another vote for Flotsam. It's probably the only one that really stands out for me, at least in RPGs made in recent times. There's a lot of interesting stuff going on in Flotsam beyond just being the place where you get comfortable with the game mechanics or where the plot begins. It has these different communities within it that you can actually see operating in different ways, which adds to both its homeyness and complexity. Story-wise you also have a lot of internal politics going on in what initially looks like a sleepy town. Maybe it's cheating a bit because roughly 25 to 30 percent of the game takes place there though.

Maybe I feel this way about Flotsam and possibly also White Orchard because when you think about it, Witcher 2 and 3 are the state-of-the-art RPGs right now when it comes to technological presentation. The graphics engine, art assets, and cut scenes stand on top of pretty much any RPG on the market right now, and likely will until Final Fantasy XV comes out. You could argue Dragon Age Inquisition beats Witcher 2 in this regard, but not 3.
 

L Thammy

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Also thought Kakariko village from Zelda OoT was amazing.
If Zelda counts, how about Terranigma?



Your normal lazy village.
Except for being a copy made by Dark Gaia as part of an eternally recurring scheme to destroy the world.
 

Camisado

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How did we get this far without mention of Besaid Island?

The music still gives me chills

(EDIT: Thinking about it, there is actually a fair bit of content before you reach Besaid, but for me it's the real beginning of the adventure)
 

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I figured it would have been out be now. They have the experience remastering FFX, and FFXII already supported wide screen. I want to play it again, but I gave my PS2 away and my 60gb PS3 is dead. I could use an emulator on my computer, but I keep holding off hoping for the HD release.
 

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Midgar, but that is kind of cheating. It's not just the opening town, it's the entire prologue of the game and you spend so long there that you see all these different areas and different plotlines that take place there.

My choice is weird. I didn't even like this game as much as other RPGs, and it's technically not the very very first town, but Airyglyph from Star Ocean 3 had this amazing atmosphere to it. Fayt is thrown from all of these high tech areas to this depressing and desolate winter wasteland and things start to go sour almost right away.

 

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I am gonna go with Flotsam also. It's great at really communicating how nasty and dark the world of The Witcher is. First towns are important for setting up the mood for the rest of the game, and Flotsam does this perfectly.
 

Spieler Eins

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man starting towns are pretty shit.

Gotta with Midgar, I guess, although that pimp section is dumb. Other than that, cheat answers like Yarnham, South Park, Rogue Port from Paper Mario (aka you're there all the time).

Rabanastre (Final Fantasy XII)

Looks cool, where's the HD remaster?
 

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Nothing beats Arni Village from Chrono Cross for me. Super chill music and beautiful setting. Makes me want to visit it.
Same. I really like this kind of small village from the beginning, we used to see them a lot but love it !

I also liked manies towns from Baten Kaitos. Parnasse was pretty funny

 

Xiao Hu

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It's either Seyda Neen from Morrowind or Santa Monica from Vampire -The Masquerade: Bloodlines. At least I can revisit the former in Skywind in the coming years.
 

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Clock Town. One of my favorite games of all time so it's no doubt that this is my favorite beginning location. The way all of the NPCs have a story that matters in some way, shape or form is excellent. Plus the music is iconic.
If this counts as an RPG, then undoubtedly.

But otherwise Balamb Garden from FFVIII.
 

Yabberwocky

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It's my nostalgia talking, but Traverse Town. I loved the atmosphere, the level design, meeting the FF/Disney characters, and especially Shimomura's gorgeous musical theme. The town felt comforting yet ominous simultaneously. Booting up KH and wandering around Traverse Town is always like coming home.

Rabanastre is still freakin' incredible. FFXII HD into my veins, please.
 

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Pirate Isle, Skies of Arcadia.

Houses a giant hangar for your Dad's flying pirate ship. Really sets the tone for the whole game that you're outlaws, sticking it to the man.
Was my first thought too.

It's not exactly a useful location and you rarely go back, but for your first area, it's a cute little home island, with some fun story events.

I still remember finding out you can "accidentally" peep on Aika.
 

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bastok FFXI



sense of scale in that game was great, especially for something that came out during that time (before ff12)
 

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bastok FFXI



sense of scale in that game was great, especially for something that came out during that time (before ff12)


Same game, different city. Oh man do I miss the glory days of this game. Even though it's not the same game these days, I still go back every few months just because I miss some of the locations in the game like some people miss real places in the world. The Federation of Windurst has been my second home on and off for 12 years now.

Soundtrack just for bonus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnP16Ypf4l4

Edit: Damn this slippery slope. Reactivated.
 
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bastok FFXI



sense of scale in that game was great, especially for something that came out during that time (before ff12)
Of the three starting town in FFXI Bastok was my least favorite. In particular due to that stupid draw bridge that would lift every time an airship came in, forcing you to wait.
 

Zelias

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How could it be anything but Vale from Golden Sun



The way it's used to set off the story is pretty damn cool and if you count Sol Sanctum as part of it... phew.
Pleased to see the love for Vale in this thread. Awesome music and a great start to the game.
 

Morfeo

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A toaster could run it. I'm sure your laptop would be fine.

The Xbox version is absolutely gross. Many of the textures really aren't even visible on the Xbox version.


P.S. I'd also choose Seyda Neen from Morrowind if Zelda games don't count as RPGs. Otherwise, it's Outset Island from Wind Waker for me.
I use to think that, but it still gets crazy hot when running stuff like Volgarr the Viking or Civilization 4(a game that is about as old as Morrowind), but maybe those are just programmed terribly? Best solution would probably be to just get an old pc and hook it up to my tv I guess.
 

Makonero

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It's not technically from an RPG, but Ordon Village is one of my favorites. I know everyone laments the long opening to Twilight Princess, but I loved spending so much time. It felt like home in a way that a lot of starting towns don't.

Also, how the f^$% do you get into Fado's house?!