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10576  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on: July 19, 2006, 03:57:34 PM
See, I knew that wasn't vaporware!

'Simulation' RPG though? For some stupid reason, that's usually applied to Strategy RPGs. I'll need to hear more, espicially from other sources.
10577  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 18, 2006, 09:37:55 PM
Quote from: "Gondor_Reficul"
If nothing else, I'd get a DS just to play a game like this....if it ever comes out in the United States.

I'm fucking sick of this unrealistic pessimistic bullshit.

Ok, to be fair you really may not have had any doubts, and just put that there in case some freak occurance happened. But come on, this is SQUARE ENIX. And FINAL FUCKING FANTASY, the one RPG series to successfully, and consecutively, sell in the millions over here. And to top it off, it's a high quality 3D remake at that. There is no fucking way Square could have even considered passing this over for the US market, even with as questionable as they're getting at times as of late when it comes to these kinds of decisions. :P

Edit: Also, I'm aware that you're likely not following up on all the news, since you only just found out about FFXII's release date. But then that's why I went at everything BUT the ignroance of the US release.
10578  Media / General Games / 4 New Mizuguchi Games on: July 18, 2006, 03:36:45 PM
Makes me wish Ubisoft just kept it. Not that I'm against adding new songs or something, but unless I'm missing something, Lumines had all the original songs, and people /loved/ that. Plus why do this to Lumines 2? Why not make a new game that's a special version for America?

This definitely is one of the last games that needed to be americanized.

Edit: Though to be fair, the game also is coming out earlier... And I half expect there to be enough backlash for them to do something to make up for this, unless of course, these are all simply being added, and nothing is /removed/. Plus I haven't heard what the Japanese release will have.
10579  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / A Scanner Darkly on: July 18, 2006, 01:28:53 AM
In pretty much the complete opposite of PotC2, went and watched A Scanner Darkly. Anyone else see it/planning to? I enjoyed it.
10580  The Rest / General Discussions / Israel to world: Fuck off on: July 17, 2006, 01:24:00 PM
Quote from: "Lucid"
Maybe, but they don't really seem like they'd be eager to try if they could.

You should pay more attention to the news then. In an interview Lebanons prime minister said that he was pretty much powerless to stop hezbollah, and that he wished for help in extrapolating them from being the main political force.

If that's how he feels, and Israel focuses more on rooting them out and kicking their asses, this could go better than we fear.

But I have a feeling that given the overall climate, this could easily escalade.
10581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 17, 2006, 01:49:52 AM
Well, at least it's looking pretty nice this time. Honestly, if they just made it more along the lines of the early Mana games, Ys, Crystalis, basically the games that are closer to Zelda than Diablo, then I'd probably enjoy it. It's probably following the same model as before though, and while some screens suggest a behind the shoulders/moveable camera, I don't think that's going to apply to most of the game.
10582  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / What did you watch? on: July 16, 2006, 11:57:35 PM
I grew up on 80's and early 90's cartoons, but it's the ones from the 80's I think I'm the fondest of, half because of the overbearing power of nostalgia. Transformers was easily my favorite cartoon, and I think only one person I've seen that isn't above 30 flat out didn't like it (hey there Tranny).

However, I think I can watch and enjoy cartoons of the early 90's easier than many of those from the 80's; Rocko is still funny, I might be able to enjoy Tiny Toons, and Animaniacs is good too. But upon seeing Silver Hawk and Thundercats again, I couldn't stand them. Transformers was still awesome when I last saw it (admittedly back when I was 13 or 14), which was the same time I last watched Silverhawks and Thundercats.
10583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Vagrant Story on: July 16, 2006, 10:55:20 PM
If I recall correctly, Valkyrie Profile did fairly well in Japan. Doubt it was a million seller, but it was probably strong enough to warrant a sequel.

VS might be the same way, but honestly even if SE and Matsumo both wanted to do one, there was the whole deal with developing FFTA then FFXII; a bit too busy for the last 3 or 4 years to go make a new VS. Plus it'd be smarter after that, they can then hook in all the people who loved FFXII into buying VS2 along with the original fans.

Oh, and I didn't find it TOO hard - it certainly has more of a bite than the vast majority of modern RPGs, but... whether it's because of forcing myself through games like XSII, playing the MegaTen titles, or just plain getting more experinced, I found it much, much easier when I played through it and beat it than when I got half way through back when it came out.
10584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 16, 2006, 10:48:20 PM
I think Shining Force is more irritating than AtL because it's a longer lasting, more beloved series, plus that came off strongly as a side game - ya know, like the 5+ Shining side games. Even then, there was a prequel released shortly after that had a similar battle system to BoF:DQ, which seems like a more natural SRPG transformation than what SFN is.
10585  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 16, 2006, 01:27:24 PM
Got Drakengard for $5 yesterday at CompUSA, thanks to their sale. As repetitive as it is, it's kinda fun, and the game just... I dunno, has this demented feel to it, which has my interest. Anyways, finished Chapter 1, and stopped there, doing an expedition to level up my lance, will do the same for the hammer, then continue.
10586  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 15, 2006, 04:02:54 PM
Plus they have the series (unofficially?) started by Shining Tears, they've already got their action RPG quota filled. Maybe the difference is that they've got a 2D series, and a 3D series. Disregarding the fact the difference doesn't matter if it's purely graphical. But I've never played either (and for all I'd know, I could enjoy them), so maybe they're significantly different.

I'm more annoyed at the principal of the matter and the fact Sega's boneheaded in regards to BOTH doing well and appealing to their core fanbase, than genuine dislike for the games.
10587  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 15, 2006, 01:01:26 PM
On second thought, to be fair, they're 'implanting new systems'. But I'm not exactly expecting much given /most/ of Sega's recent track record.
10588  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Shining Force EXA on: July 15, 2006, 12:54:09 PM
Teaser site launched. I guess Shining Force Neo apparantly being pretty unpopular wasn't enough to convince Sega to go back to the traditional strategy RPGs. Think it's safe to call the series dead. :P
10589  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / UMDs Shelved for Good on: July 15, 2006, 04:40:57 AM
I'll have to find other stories, but despite the headline I don't see anything flat out stating that /Sony/ has ended UMD. I've seen a similar story on GameSpot. and they're only reporting that while UMDs will still be made, they will make movies come free with memory stick duos as well.

Nevertheless, the format's life is limited for uses outside of video games. How the fuck did they expect this to succeed when only a video game system plays them, let alone the fact they're just mini-DVDs when they've already got cheap, affordable portable DVD players? I expect a few more monthes before Sony /officially/ shuts down production, espicially since it's going to be harder for them to sell them when no one else wants to.

Edit: The GameSpot story, for those curious. To be fair, that /is/ typical PR crap, but still means they're not officially scrapped yet.
10590  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 15, 2006, 04:32:04 AM
Hidoshi: Agreed on the cinematic angle for FFIII, it's already looking better than I can imagine 2D being without anime/CGI cutscenes or whatever. However, I disagree with the FFA/FFC comments, /espicially/ the FFIV bit. Granted, if you already have the games in those collections (FFV exempted as long as you don't know japanese, and roms don't count), there's little reason to get them. Well, there's more reason to get FFIV, but that's more to see a proper translation and what all was different between the US version (not Easytype - read here for details, though it'll spoil you on a bonus boss in FFIV Advance).

However, the collections were a good value, both when they came out and espicially now, for those that never got the original games, such as myself aside from CT. It's essentially 20, now 10 bucks each for games that cost at least twice as much used. And while FFV, VI, and CT got the shaft with porting, what with menu load times and all, FFIV came out damn well. There are no noticeable load times aside from saving/loading, and that's not half as bad as constant menu loads that the other ports suffer from. At /worst/, outside of that I see a tiny bit of slow down in some battle animations... And that sounds better than what FFIV Advance got.

While I wouldn't appreciate being charged full price for these games being just ported - as much as I like IV, it's hard to justify putting down $35 for a moderately enhanced port of a game I just beat - these were sold in collections at a slightly below average pricepoint. Japan, obviously, is a different story with this. But almost all of us don't live there, and they get charged a fuckload more than we do on average anyway.

With all that said... I certainly wouldn't mind overhauled remakes of IV and VI. But since SE doesn't seem to be putting out quite as many original new properties as of late compared to the 16 and 32-bit days, they're very low on my wish list. Wouldn't mind more remakes of games we never got though.
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