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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« Last post by bigdeath on July 13, 2018, 01:48:48 PM »
Well, that sucks. On the bright side, been playing some Ys VIII and its a lot of fun. No crashes either.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« Last post by Dincrest on July 13, 2018, 01:43:32 PM »
When it comes to Hentai gaming, if Jast USA or MangaGamer doesn't have it, you don't want it.  Localized hentai games are more numerous than fleas on a shaggy sheepdog, so I'd venture that a healthy portion of what's available is degenerate crap.  Those sites can be like going down the proverbial rabbit hole, so caveat emptor.  If you end up seeing things you can't unsee, don't say I didn't warn you. 

My favorite H-game is Crescendo because it has gorgeous writing.  That game is one of my favorite VNs, period, and even the endings where characters don't end up naked are very nicely done and don't necessarily feel like "bad endings" at all.  Or for something different, I recently played a demo of this gritty film-noir style match-3 puzzler called Metropolis: Lux Obscura that had no shortage of R-rated content, yet was slick, stylish, and fun to play. 

And, as I said earlier, I'm still not buying the "censorship alarmist" argument. 

Censorship alarmists may try to cry foul and use the "slippery slope" argument, but I don't think there is anything to worry about.  Gratuitous sex and violence in video games will always be there.  Games like HuniePop and Grand Theft Auto certainly aren't hurting for sales.  I think the biggest squick issue with Omega Z is/was the "loli" factor.  Sexualizing children is criminally and morally wrong in pretty much every country of the world. No matter how much you retool the script to say the girls are 18+, anyone can plainly see that several Omega Z characters are hyper-sexualized schoolgirls under the age of consent.  Criminal Girls tried to script it so that all the girls were 18 or older, but one look at the game and you know several of them were kids.  I STILL wonder how in blue blazes both of those games got through the rating boards, because they were 50 million shades of wrong, nope, and WTFisthisIdon'teven...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on July 13, 2018, 12:03:35 PM »
I don't think creative people who have an idea for something they want to make should have to say to themselves, "This deals with subjects that rating boards don't approve of, so I guess I just can't make it."

You're giving them too much credit here, and yes, they should. The ratings board is there for a reason: to keep the government from meddling. While it's not always fair, there's no question that people love to overreact, and if they let this stuff fly unchanged, they could've caused more headaches for everyone involved. This isn't the first time a game had to denied due to content, and while ratings boards can be a little too crusade-y, especially in different parts of the world, and their reasoning isn't always this case, I don't think anyone could've justified the sexualization of a child character in a commercial game like this. PQube wanted to keep it as close to the source material as possible, and if they really thought they could get away with leaving things unchanged regarding that character without causing a commotion, then they've officially learned their lesson and will hopefully choose their next game to localize more carefully. There's a case to be made for artistic vision, but at the end of the day, they're a company. Too many people's livelyhoods are involved to risk them over an exploitative bargain-bin RPG.

With that said, I looked around a little more for other ecchi games on the PS4, and I think a lot of what I was thinking of was for the PS3 and especially on the PC...Steam really doesn't give a fuck anymore, so if you want your titillation with the possibility of going all the way via uncensored patches distributed via the publishers' websites, you're honestly better off looking there. You get your cheesecake and eat it in all of its original glory, too.

On the PS4: I'm pretty sure the Neptunia games still count as an ecchi series? It's hard to tell, since they're actually decent RPGs now. Nothing mindblowing, and I still don't find a lot of its humor funny, but it's already a decent option that stands above most others I could find. Then there's Dead or Alive 5: Last Round - not purely ecchi by any means, but it knows how to do fanservice right on all fronts, while also being a genuinely fun and fairly well-balanced fighting game that's easy enough for casual players to get into. It's not Tekken or Virtua Fighter, but it still a stand-out fighting game series.

Getting into more blatant territory, I very much enjoyed watching streams of Akiba's Trip and Onechanbara, the latter I've almost rented several times in the past since it seemed like a cheese-y fun B-Movie-esque game, but I just have a hard-set rule regarding Zombie games - they don't go anywhere near my collection. I've already tossed what few exceptions were left in my library by now, actually. Otherwise, that seems very much the case, and it reminds me why ecchi RPGs doesn't stand out as much to me - a turn-your-brain-off silly, risque romp is best served in small doses, and shouldn't overstay their RPG almost certainly will. That's also why I'm not gonna mention Senran Kangoku, since I was honestly bored to death by those repentive brawlers. That might by a problem more with the genre than anything, but I still have seen much better and more fun interpretations that what they've presented so far in the first two games...and it's only gotten weirder/sillier instead of mechanically more engaging from what I've seen...

Similarly, Gal Gun just seems like it'd be too repetitive to hold my interests, though more for the opposite reason than the others - there just doesn't look like there's enough content to justify a purchase, IMO. I has a fun concept, is very fun to watch, but unless it gets an arcade cabinet that I'd see at a rest stop near here, I doubt I'd ever play it, since it looks like it'd only hold my attention for a round or two before I've had my fill and moved on...that's, what, $2 at a modern arcade? $4? They got really expensive last I checked...
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Frostillicus on July 13, 2018, 10:59:23 AM »
DA:I - Recruited Blackwall and Iron Bull. Blackwall replaced Cassandra's insufferably humorless ass, and Iron Bull replaced Sera, meaning I've no archers in the preferred adventuring group at this point. I seem to be kicking ass just fine without them.
I've done most of the quests in the Hinterlands. I needed a change of scenery though, so I'm currently exploring Storm Coast.

don't give up on BoF IV. It's a gem.

I won't... I've quite enjoyed it up to this point. It's just frustrating... I'll probably take another crack at it this weekend.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« Last post by Agent D. on July 13, 2018, 10:53:16 AM »
I think I need to keep off the Discord and this site until I either get this game or everyone is done with it...  T____T

I have the cash for a Switch right now, but.... oy.
Goosey means there's a spoiler chat, no one is talking about it elsewhere.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Arvis on July 13, 2018, 10:06:05 AM »
Sorry, Annubis. :(
Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« Last post by Arvis on July 13, 2018, 09:54:03 AM »
I think I need to keep off the Discord and this site until I either get this game or everyone is done with it...  T____T

I have the cash for a Switch right now, but.... oy.
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Arvis on July 13, 2018, 09:53:00 AM »
Holmes of Kyoto (12-minute drop):  Antique appraisal has never been so boring.

On a lark I googled all of the Current Season Stuff you listed and this actually looks like something I could maybe watch.  I think I enjoy boring anime, though?
Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« Last post by The Legendary Zoltan on July 13, 2018, 09:26:38 AM »
I'm not going to say it's a win, but it's certainly not a loss. I didn't see anything from a gameplay perspective that made it stand out, and there are already better ecchi games on the PS4 and certainly the PC. I'm sure people who were looking forward to it are going to be disappointed, and probably worried as to what kind of precedent this could set...but it could still work out in end. I mean, looking at Omega Labyrinth Z, it really doesn't look like it would've been cost effective for them to release it outside of Japan, and I certainly hope the lessons they learned will help them in the future.

Maybe next time they won't choose a game that isn't risque enough to be porn, but deals with subjects that rating boards really don't approve of? That's long and complicated enough that trying to change content that complies with their demands would require a ton of work, and probably just anger their niche fanbase anyways?

You know, silver lining and all that jazz....
No man, it IS a loss. It doesn't matter if it is good or not in your personal opinion. I would assume it was expected to be cost effective by the localization company, otherwise they wouldn't have localized it. Now they've done all that work and then had to cancel the game 3 months before release. So there's another loss. I don't think creative people who have an idea for something they want to make should have to say to themselves, "This deals with subjects that rating boards don't approve of, so I guess I just can't make it." I'm really not seeing the silver lining here. Is it that next time they'll self censor themselves enough so that they can get their game, which is no longer a true reflection of the vision they had, to be released in the western market?

Anyway, having criticized your point of view, I would very much like to hear what the better ecchi PS4 games are.
Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« Last post by The Legendary Zoltan on July 13, 2018, 09:08:11 AM »
Yeah, Aeolus, it is indeed a sad day for The Legendary Zoltan. I can read Japanese just fine, so I could play it if I want, but I was hoping to play it in my native language anyway. I'll probably download the Japanese version at some point, but all this censorship of art from foreign countries is a massive bummer. I once heard a dude on YouTube say that Western gaming is dead because thanks to all the censorship and cries for forced diversity and all that, nobody is actually just making the game they want to make. And now I'm starting to agree. Thanks for trying to cheer me up with the hot springs RPG, though. ^_^
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