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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I'm having so much fun with rpg games lately. What should I get next? on: May 15, 2010, 03:16:50 PM
^Nice! Then Ys 7 might be released before I go on a trip. (Might be around August / September when I leave). This year is just awesome for us RPG fans, isn't it. :) Now I need release dates for Valkyria Chronicles 2 and Phantasy Star Portable 2. Offcourse I am buying those too :D I'm excited!
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I'm having so much fun with rpg games lately. What should I get next? on: May 15, 2010, 03:10:23 PM
^ I read that as Breath of fire first! And seeing the link as something 360 releated I was ready to jump of joy. Oh well, I'll still check it out. Thanks! :)

edit: Wow, the screens are appealing to me :) Thanks a lot for letting me know about it. Looks like old school fun!
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I'm having so much fun with rpg games lately. What should I get next? on: May 15, 2010, 02:58:48 PM
^Cool, thanks. Yeah, I liked both Evolution and Evolution 2. I know most people hated them though. The nice thing about psp is that it is region free. I won't have to worry about a euro release date. As far as I know, none of the Falcom PSP games have solid release dates, right? I really want Ys 7 too :)
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / I'm having so much fun with rpg games lately. What should I get next? on: May 15, 2010, 02:36:18 PM
Lately I've played
Yakuza 3 - Finished it twice, loved the characters, story, gameplay. Really awesome.
Resonance of Fate - Completed it, even got all side missions. Had a great time
Final Fantasy 13 - At the last area (?), was fun until then
3d dot game Heroes - Started, really loving it so far
Lunar PSP - Having a good time on the bus
Sakura Wars V - playing togheter from time to time with my wife.

This year has had the best "RPG start" that I can remember. I've played most worthwile rpg games, except Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2. I'll get those later, or borrow them from a friend of mine. Anyway... I'm hungry for RPG games, and I am now wondering about currently not yet bought or just future rpg games:

Star Ocean 4 International: The cutscenes look horrible, but I liked Star Ocean 1 on psp.
Nier - It didn't seem interesting at first, but now plenty of people recommend it despite having a lot of flaws.

Of those two, what would you get?

Also, of near future games;
Hexyz Force - Liked Sting game Evolution for DC back in the day
Trinity Universe - Liked Disgaea
Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow - Like Blue Dragon for 360
Arc Rise Fanatsia - Wants, but no EU release date? My wii is not region free

What interesting ones am I missing? I've got all consoles / handhelds. I hope this was not a too big bulk of text. I'm just very RPG-hungry now :)
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes on: May 15, 2010, 02:18:47 PM
I made cute pig today. I love this game. It's very funny :)
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest war is getting close!(Now is not) Next year, for 360 and ps3 on: April 12, 2010, 03:56:07 PM
If you're talking about the European version, I'm going to have to say "no" simply because the localization really hurts the game.  The Aksys version should have a better localization, not to mention that there is a bit of added (scenes, CGs, dungeons) and changed (more animations) content in the North American version.

Thanks for replying. I mean this version, http://www.zavvi.com/games/platforms/ps3/agarest-generations-of-war/10062552.html
So I guess it is the euro versio, yeah. Too bad to hear that the localization version can actually be bad enough to make the game go from good to bad.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest war is getting close!(Now is not) Next year, for 360 and ps3 on: April 12, 2010, 09:31:30 AM
The game is pretty cheap for ps3 at play.com I haven't found any reviews from any of the sites I usually visit. So I ask here; is it any good?
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon's Souls on: March 25, 2009, 04:05:16 PM
I placed an order for the asian version at yes-asia. This game might be hard to find soon, yes-asia assumed I wouldn't have the game before the beginning of may (!). Those interested might want to order it while it's still possible to get new. Or it could just be a problem at yes-asia. I can't order from play-asia since they don't ship to Norway.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan Game of the Year on: January 02, 2009, 05:54:14 AM
I had a great time playing portable RPGS this year. I got the psp late, so I mainly played Disgaea 1, FF Crisis Core, Star Ocean FD, Popolocrois, Monster Hunter and a few other rpg games I got for dirt cheap. On the DS I played through TWEWY and I am currently playing DQIV.

On consoles I enjoyed Lost Odyssey, Disgaea 3, Chocobos dungeon, a few older ps2 rpg games and most of all:

Valkyria Chronicles!
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Obscure JRPG games coming our way: RPGamer interviews NIS America on: December 22, 2008, 04:58:37 AM
I'd like to know if X Edge is any good. I didn't understand too much from the trailer I've found.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Obscure JRPG games coming our way: RPGamer interviews NIS America on: December 19, 2008, 07:35:25 AM
Welcome to the State of NIS America interview, our second in a series of at least three interviews with North American publishers. NIS America has been kind enough to answer our tough questions about their upcoming schedule of games and much more. So please make yourself at home and get ready for some wonderful information from Nao Zook, Jack Niida, and the rest of the NIS America crew.


Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica
For those that missed out on Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia, does Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica require much knowledge of the first or does it stand on its own?
NIS America: Fortunately, Ar tonelico 2 does not require any knowledge from the first game to enjoy. Both the main story and the characters are all-new. However, there are many guest appearances from the previous game, so you will enjoy it a lot more if you have played the original.


Platform: PS2
Developer: Gust
Release Date: 01.20.2009

The first Ar tonelico was full of sexual innuendo; does Ar tonelico 2 follow in the same footsteps?
NISA: Yes, and even more over the top this time. Keep a look out for all the innuendo and kinky little moments. We had a lot of fun localizing this part and it shows. You could call us idiots, but we'll do anything to make fun games.

What are some of the biggest gameplay improvements over the first game?
NISA: It's definitely the battle system. The original had a pretty unique system for a classic style RPG, but 2 has a quicker tempo and some action element to the battle. Your Reyvatails are more vulnerable to enemy attacks, so a lot more strategy is involved during combat. If you mindlessly just attack enemies, you won't get very far in the game.

In as many words as you need, let our readers know why they should rush out and pre-order Ar tonelico 2.
NISA: Limited to the launch, the game will come with a special bonus soundtrack and art book. These items are limited and will not go into reprint, so if you miss the opportunity you're gonna have to eBay them to get it. If you're either a fan of the series or like beautiful anime art it's worth getting the first release.

Mana Khemia: Student Alliance
We have to know, is the Wi-Fi multiplayer only via ad hoc, or can you play against people from all over the world?
NISA: The Wi-Fi multiplayer is for ad hoc only, but it helps when you need to fight powerful enemies. It's always easier to fight with another person than battling on your own.


Platform: PSP
Developer: Gust
ESRB: E10+
Release Date: 01.20.2009

Do you think Gust has any plans up their sleeves to port any more of their series' games, such as Ar tonelico, to the PSP?
NISA: That's a good question and at the moment we haven't heard much from Gust regarding future ports. Hopefully they have some titles up their sleeves 'cause Ar tonelico or even some of their older titles that never made it here to the states would be awesome.

Are there new quests and crafting recipes, or is multiplayer functionality and new items the only new additions?
NISA: There is a new battle tournament mode where you could fight to gain new rare items. 

There were lots of complaints about the loading times of the Japanese version of this PSP title, so having the Jump Start option is a great addition. With Jump Start, how are the load times when compared to the PlayStation 2 version?
NISA: If compared to the PS2 version it's not as fast, but it is definitely faster than without enabling JumpStart.

A Witch's Tale
It was stated the game would be an action RPG developed specifically for western audiences, but not much else has been specified. Can you describe the gameplay for us?
NISA: It's tough to say since it's still under development, but one thing is for sure, the game has been changed to an RPG instead of an action RPG. The reason behind it is that the developer felt the world setting and story was better suited for an RPG that can be played for a long period of time, rather than a relatively short action game. We haven't seen the latest game just yet, so as soon as we get more info regarding this title, we will inform everybody.


Platform: DS
Developer: Hitmaker
Release Date: 2009

Is there any estimated release for this title, or is it on hold?
NISA: At the current moment the release is going to slip back to the fall of '09. In fact, we may just wait for a Halloween release, which goes along with the setting of the game.

X-Edge just seems to have NIS America all over it. It features characters from Disgaea, Mana Khemia, Ar tonelico, Spectral Souls, and the Atelier series. I mean, come on, there are even Prinnies. When should we expect to see it in North America?
NISA: X-Edge is an interesting project since it's a collaboration between 3 different companies. It's pretty funny to see a little Prinny fight characters from Darkstalkers like Morrigan and Demitri.


Platform: PS3
Developer: Compile Heart
Release Date: 03.2009

The release date isn't finalized yet, but it's going to be in March 09. 

General NIS America Questions
A little birdie told us that someone was finally getting brave enough to localize a game in the Sakura Wars series, mainly the fifth game in the main series for the PS2. Would that be NIS America, and what can you tell us about the game?
NISA: Haha, your birdie knows too much. Let's just say the game is in the works by an undisclosed company. I've heard somewhere that the game should come out in '09.

So, just curious. Since the PS2 refuses to die, should we expect Mana Khemia 2 to make it over here as well?
NISA: We haven't made any formal announcements, but yes please expect to see Mana Khemia 2. The game is definitely an improvement over the original, so please look forward to it.

I know the game is not really an RPG, but I have a couple questions about the upcoming Prinny game. Such as, where did the idea for this game originate?
NISA: That's a good question. This was actually our dev team's idea. They basically thought it would be cool to make an action game based on a Prinny. NIS tends to do all sorts of crazy things, so we weren't surprised, just delighted. Not only is the game hardcore, it's distinctively Disgaea, meaning lots of humor and ridiculous remarks.

Am I really going to have to use all 1000 lives to complete this game? Is it that hard?
NISA: YES, you will definitely need to have 1000 lives. Even on standard mode, where you can get hit up to 3 times, it is very challenging. It's quite difficult to describe the game play, so look forward to actually playing the game.

Is it going to have a deep, Disgaea-style story mode to go with the action gameplay?
NISA: Since Prinny is an action game, the story mode might not be as long and deep as Disgaea, but it definitely has its own charms and moments. If you enjoy Disgaea-style humor, you will love Prinny. (Lots of parodies and jokes)

If you are looking to broaden your horizons in terms of new systems, which direction are you most likely to pursue the hardest? Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3?
NISA: This is a very difficult question. Since we have to release our titles in both U.S. and Japan we have to think about 2 different markets. If we're only working here in the states we could pursue consoles like the 360, but since we have to worry about 2 different regions we can't release a 360 title in Japan. There's just not enough install base for a niche title like ours. Therefore, we have to first start with consoles like the PS3 and Wii. Hopefully, as our titles become better known, we can broaden our reach to all the platforms.

Are you planning to try to follow more of the current series that have been successful for you? We are mostly curious about recently announced Atelier Annie for the Nintendo DS.
NISA: 2009 is going to be an interesting year for us. We will release a brand new series that has never made it to the States. Your mentioning of Annie is a sharp guess. We can't say officially that we're going to bring the game over, but please look forward to what we have to offer next year. 

Are there any plans from Nippon Ichi Japan to port any of their own games to the DS or PSP like they did with Disgaea 1? I think that something like Soul Nomad would be great on the PSP.
NISA: That's a fine question and we would love to know about it, too. JP likes to keep things quiet until the last minute, so who knows what they have up their sleeves. 


Special statement from NIS America: "Thank you very much for this interview opportunity. We always appreciate your help and would also like to thank everyone who is interested in our titles."

RPGamer would like to thank Nao Zook, Jack Niida and the rest of the NIS America team for their time in answering these questions. NIS America looks to have an interesting 2009 lineup, so we cannot wait to see how things turn out. Keep an eye out here at RPGamer for future contests and other exclusives from NIS America.

72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: First Departure on: October 27, 2008, 08:34:37 AM
I am waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail, as it was just shipped recently. However, I am not sure I'll even have time to play it until I finish some other games. This has really been a great rpg year so far, and it's not even over! I wanted to buy this at once no matter though, as psp developers needs to see that quality rpgs released for psp can sell...
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PS3 or Xbox 360? on: August 03, 2008, 01:27:08 PM
To own them all is the best thing, naturally. But if I had to choose, I'd have a very hard time choosing too. I mean, the 360 has Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, both great games in my opinion. So far, ps3 has only got Folklore when it comes to rpg-ish games in english.

Since it seems like you're basing your purchase mor eon future potential; I would list all the upcoming exclusive rpg games, and rate how much I am anticipating them.

Let's see:
Disgaea - *** - very soon
Valkyria Chronicles - **** - soon
White Knight Story - *** - way off?
Final Fantasy versus XIII - *** - even more way off?

Fable 2 - ** - soon
Infinite Undiscovery -  *** - soon
Tales of Vesperia - *** - soon
Star Ocean 4 - ** - way off? maybe not exclusive?

So yeah, hard to choose.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Flood of rpg games for 08... How many can you afford? on: August 02, 2008, 04:52:08 PM
Quote from: "Ramza"

We don't consider the Yakuza series an RPG here at RPGFan.

Alright, I'll keep that in mind. I am unfamiliar with the Yakuza series myself, but the japanese demo of Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kenzan! seemed like a kinda "light rpg", or a "Shenmue-like".

Anyway, it's great to see o many interesting replies. Seems like the least wanted rpg on the list is Fable 2 and Phantasy Star Portable, maybe? Personally, I realy hope Phantasy Star Portable will be released outside of Japan.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Flood of rpg games for 08... How many can you afford? on: August 01, 2008, 02:48:07 AM
There are a lot of awesome rpg games coming from now on until the end of this year. What are your most eagerly anticipated ones? And how many games will you end up buying? I've tried to make a list using info from wikipedia.

Xbox 360


Fable 2

Fable II is an upcoming role playing video game exclusively for the Xbox 360, which is being developed by Lionhead Studios and will be published by Microsoft Game Studios. It is a sequel to Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters. Announced in 2006, the game will take place in Albion, 500 years after Fable's setting, in a colonial era resembling the time of highwaymen or the Enlightenment. Guns are still primitive, and the entire area is broken into 20 large regions and more developed large castles and cities in the place of towns. Unlike in the original, the player may choose to be either male or female. Peter Molyneux announced at E3 2008 that the game will be released in October 2008.

Tales of Vesperia

The game is being developed by Namco Tales Studio and its animated movies will be done by Production I.G. Release August 26, 2008 in North America, summer 2008 in Asia, and 2009 in Europe. :(


Infinite Undiscovery

is an action role-playing game developed by tri-Ace and published by Square-Enix for the Xbox 360. The game is due out during September 2008 in Europe, Japan, and North America. This marks the first attempt by Square-Enix to release a game in all 3 regions simultaneously.

According to tri-Ace co-founder and R&D programmer Yoshiharu Gotanda, this game is set to contain 10 years worth of ideas that can finally be realized by the power of the Xbox 360 and that with it, "RPGs will undergo a true evolution." tri-Ace wishes to achieve this by putting the player through "situational battles" that will lead to "unknown discoveries" and cause permanent changes to the world.


Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is an action role-playing game currently under development by Bethesda Game Studios. It will be the third major game in the Fallout series, which has also spawned the spin-offs Fallout Tactics and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. Fallout 3 will take place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war that devastated the game's world. The game will be released in North America on October 7, 2008.


Playstation 3

Valkyria Chronicles

The North American version is scheduled for November 2008.

The game is set in the fictional world of Europe in 1930, in the country of Gallia. Because of its abundance of ragnite ore—which can be refined into a powerful fuel—it has come under attack from the East European Imperial Alliance, which itself is engaged in war with the Atlantic Federation. Players take control of an uprising of Gallian nationals, dedicated to repelling the invasion. The game's visuals have received a lot of attention, featuring sketch-style cel-shading.


Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice

is the third video game in the Disgaea series by Nippon Ichi. It was released on January 31, 2008 in Japan for the PlayStation 3 video game console. The North American version is due for release by NIS America on August 26, 2008. Jack Niida, Localization Director for NIS America, has stated that "Disgaea 3 will have a downloadable content feature through the PlayStation Network to download new and old returning characters."


Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kenzan!

It is being developed and published by Sega exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The game is not set in modern day as the previous installments have been, but rather in the Edo period in 1605. There are four fighting styles in the game; fists, one blade, two blades and big blade. Heat moves are special moves that the player can execute, but these have not been specified as of yet.

The game was released in March 6th, 2008 in Japan, while North American and European releases are not confirmed at present.

Playstation 2


Yakuza 2

Yakuza 2 is the sequel to the video game Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) by Sega. The title was released on December 7, 2006, for the PlayStation 2 video game console in Japan. On March 25, 2008, Sega Europe officially confirmed an European release of the game planned during 2008.

Persona 4

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Rather than the city locales of previous games in the series, Persona 4 will take place in a fictional Japanese countryside. It features a weather forecast system with events happening on misty days to replace the moon phase system (with events happening on full moons in Persona 3) implemented in the previous games. Its story is a suspenseful countryside murder mystery with multiple twists and turns in the plot.

A North American release has been set for December 9th, 2008. (No Europe date yet!)



Tales of Symphonia 2

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, known in Japan as Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk It is a spin-off to Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2. It was released in Japan on June 26, 2008 and is set for a North American release on November 18, 2008. The March 2008 Issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine mentioned the possibility of releasing the game in Europe. (Please do!)


Rune Factory 2

According to Marvelous managing director and Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, Rune Factory 2 does not borrow the Harvest Moon name for the Japanese release. This was done in order to grow Rune Factory as an independent series and Marvelous will continue to do this with all future installments including the forthcoming Wii game, Rune Factory Frontier. However, Natsume has confirmed that the subtitle A Fantasy Harvest Moon will return for the North American release of this game.

Nintendo DS


Chrono Trigger DS

On July 2, 2008, Square Enix announced that the title will be revamped for the Nintendo DS and released in North America during the 2008 holiday season. This was followed by the opening of the official Japanese site on July 6, 2008, where it announced a Winter 2008 date for the title.

Dragon Quest IV

This remake is planned to be released in North America on September 16, 2008, and the title will be made available in Europe for the first time during the same month.

Dragon Quest IV differed from the series by breaking up the game into five distinct chapters. The first four are told from the perspective of the Hero's future companions and the fifth one, from the hero's perspective, brings all the characters together as they begin their journey to save the world.


Luminous Arc 2: Will

Luminous Arc 2: Will is the second game in the Luminous Arc series of strategy RPGs. Chronologically, it takes place after the first game.  It was released in Japan on May 15, 2008. The game will be released in North America November of 2008. The game will come with a bonus music CD insert.


Sonic Chronicles

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is an upcoming Nintendo DS console role-playing game, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, developed by Canadian RPG developer BioWare which is now part of Electronic Arts. Due for release in 2008 in North America and Europe, the game focuses on the events surrounding the kidnapping of Knuckles, and the disappearance of the Chaos Emeralds.




Star Ocean First Departure

Star Ocean: First Departure is an enhanced remake of the original Star Ocean. I never played it. This title was released in Japan on December 27, 2007, and will be released in North America on October 21, 2008, the first time a version of this game will be released outside Japan.


Phantasy Star Portable

The PSP title is said to include an all-new story mode with added missions and a multi-player mode that supports cooperative play up to four players; and appears to be local multiplayer only. Judging from the scans seen of the two-page Famitsu preview, it also is shown that there will be at least two additional characters introduced: Vivienne, a character with whom players will team up, and Helga Neumann, a villain who is responsible for terrorist attacks in the Gurhal System. What is currently being called "Phantasy Star Portable" will be based on Phantasy Star Universe and its latest expansion, Ambition of the Illuminus.

Phantasy Star Portable is slated to be released in Japan on July 31 2008. No release outside of Japan has been announced.


Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone

The game is a Tactical RPG in the vein of the Fire Emblem games, with an overhead view of a 2D map, managing miniature versions of the units. However, the map view is one of the few similarities. A card system dictating unit movement and potential skills plays into both enemy and ally turns, as well as the "Union" formation system, in which massive battles can take place between several platoons. There are also some real time elements included during actual battle sequences, such as being able to control how units attack the enemy.

I have most likely forgotten a few, and I am not entirely sure every game will make it within 08, but even so, the list is huge! I'm buying Valkyrie Chronicles for sure, though I am not sure about what other games to get yet.
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