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Single-Player RPGs / Re: To the Moon [Now Available!]
« on: November 23, 2011, 03:42:11 AM »
I just finished it. You know, it's always nice when I read a few good reviews for a game, set up high expectations, and then end up having those expectations met.

Definitely one of the best stories I've experienced from a video game, right up there with Metal Gear Solid 4 and Nier. It's kind of similar to Inception and Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic
« on: November 19, 2011, 11:22:51 PM »
The anime gets good around Episode 3, then amazing at 4-5.

And than it gets kind of bad again at episode 7. Although I might just be saying that since they made Kanji's homosexuality seem even more over the top.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Neptunia
« on: November 19, 2011, 11:16:48 PM »
It is a fairly mediocre game. In no way is it a bad game; just one that can feel underwhelming. You'll either enjoy it for what it is, or hate it due to the fact that there probably are better games for you to be playing.

Personally, I think for $30 is the most anyone should be paying for this game. (Although strangely I don't feel any regret buying it for $60.)

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Question about the PS2 SMT: DS Titles
« on: June 06, 2011, 09:02:43 PM »
About a year ago I bought DS2 from GameStop, brand new with the plushie. I played it on and off for a bit, and eventually decided to sell it on Glyde for $15, since I was just bored with the game. However, I regret doing so, as in retrospect the story and gameplay was actually pretty decent.

And I still have the plushie. He just sits there on top of my bookshelf. He seems so incomplete without this game, and is now a constant reminder that I probably shouldn't have sold DS2 before I finishing it.

Sure, I could just buy the game again, but than that'd cost me $30!

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why
« on: April 15, 2011, 12:09:02 AM »
I've only played 30, maybe 40 RPG's in my life so far; out of the ones I've played my favorite would definitely be Persona 3 Portable. Simple yet strategic combat, philosophical story with excellent characters...pretty much the same reasons everyone else likes the game.

Kingdom Hearts is the game that got me into RPG's, and is still one of my favorite RPG's so far. I'm also one of the few people who actually likes all of the spin-off games.

Dragon Quest VIII and Final Fantasy XII are also among my favorites, although I've never actually beaten either game.

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Duke is an asshole, that's part of the gag.

Honestly though, I'm insulted by some of this as a male. I get the impression that some of these guys think a short skirt or huge rack will awaken my homer simpson gene and make me buy their game, or that some meat in a bikini next to a booth (which is what they are hired to be, even if they are intelligent women) will turn me into a drooling cave man who will now put my stamp of approval on whatever it is you're selling.

Taken further, and more in line with the topic, I think that THEY think they can further appeal to me in some way by insulting, demeaning, and sexualizing women. As if I'm more inlined to pay them whatever it is they are looking for (time, money, attention) if they spit in a woman's face in front of me. As if I have not progressed beyond the mentality of women as second class citizens, or as if I harbor some gender based prejudice. I personally find that very insulting.


This describes my point of view exactly.

That said, I think a more pertinent example than Duke Nukem (and perhaps one more fruitful for discussion) would be Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2; it gives you the ability to make the female characters breasts shake by shaking the controller during cut-scenes.  Now, granted, Rachel always had huge tits and was clearly intended as a stereotypical sexy and bad-ass warrior woman, but this is a lot lower than that in my opinion.  I think I may be bothered by it so much simply because it seems so childish.  Seriously, I cannot imagine anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature enjoying this feature as anything other than cheap laughs while drunk.  Yet, l can't help but suspect that it was intended for an audience who would actually 'enjoy' the feature, which comes back to MindCandy's point about how insulting it is to deal with game companies that think males are that fucking stupid.

Anyone attracted to women and have a breast fetish (like me) enjoy the feature. But only for a minute. Than it's just stupid.

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I agree that the way which women are generally portrayed in video-games is a problem, but I seriously I think Duke Nukem is a really bad example for this. The whole game is a parody of macho-men action heroes from the 80's, and it's supposed to be sexist in order to strengthen the parody. One of the creators commented on the subject saying "Of course it's sexist. That's the point."

It really doesn't make sense to rant about how sexist a game is, when the game itself is making fun of sexism.

edit: Just to clarify, I do not find the "capture the babe" mode to be amusing, and have no intention of playing it. Besides, the mode was probably made solely in order to stir up controversy and get the game some free advertising.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSP PSN RPG downloads
« on: March 31, 2011, 11:52:41 PM »
Atlus was having a 50% off sale when you were looking at Hexyz Force, and now the sale has ended.

I bought Hexyz Force during that sale, but I regret it seeing how I haven't played it at all. (Why Atlus? Why did you have to tempt me into wasting my valuable $15?)

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Sorry if this is a bit off-topic, but some people say that Final Fantasy VII is a game which has aged terribly. (I think it was someone in this thread? I forget.) Right now I'm playing the game for the first time, and I'm someone who started playing video-games with sixth generation consoles, and I don't really see how the game has aged badly. Well, aside from the graphics. The graphics look awful.

So in what ways has FFVII aged badly? (Aside from the graphics.)

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I think this game would have had a decent chance of doing well in America, if it were released in 2008 or 2009. But now it's 2011, and the 3DS has released, a niche title like this probably would do horribly.

...I'll still hope for a download only version though.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:48:43 PM »
Anyone here play Arrival yet? People are saying that it's the worst ME2 dlc and very disappointing overall. I'm still getting it but I was expecting some great things from this. I wanted ME2 to go out with a bang not to mention that this is supposed to set the stage for motherfucking ME3. Well, whatever, more ME is always a good thing.
I haven't played it yet, but from what I know it's a 1 hour mission which explains that the reapers are approaching. Doesn't really seem like it's worth the $7.

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From the creator of FF:The 4 heroes of light

We're probably better off then.
Just because one of his games was mediocre doesn't mean they all are...

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Concerning Hitchcock, has anyone seen Vertigo? The whole point of the movie was Hitchcock expressing his obsession with blonde woman.

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It always depressed me for how easily American gamers are stereotyped. :/

I don't even know if it's good or not, but I seriously want this game now. edit: Oh hey, and there's a sequel. In that one you also get to play a cursed platformer game.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy (1/2/3) on iOS devices
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:36:20 AM »
Aren't these just ports of the PSP/DS versions? (Not that that's bad or anything.)

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