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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Member's Game of the Year - 2013 Edition! on: January 08, 2014, 10:18:45 PM
I'm not saying 'never', that's your putting words in my mouth. It just so happened with Ys this time. I can't speak for how it was scheduled, but I'm guessing interest in 2013 lists tends to wane the more you get into 2014, not an intention to 'ignore Ys' or anything that came out so late. November was busy for new releases, and not just RPGs, so some of us got distracted with those.

I just know I voted for Ys. Except in the GotY category. :)

That's my thought too, the internet's been in general more and more demanding of immediate information, many sites have their GotY stuff done before the year's even over (and it SEEMS to me there's been more and more creep in that regard, I don't recall GameSpot having their GotY out this far in advance in the past.) Ideally there'd be a wait until the year's over THEN decide, especially in case anyone was waiting on Christmas for games, but I suspect there's a high risk of just coming too late or looking irrelevant otherwise.

Anyways it's not an RPG but Bioshock Infinite was easily my disappointment of the year. As far as RPG go though... I dunno if I could pick one, I think I had reasonable expectations for them all: Ni no Kuni being all Level 5 design-wise meant that it was likely to be pretty but kind of boring, and others I didn't go in with extreme expectations. I guess the closest thing would be Trails in the Sky PC slipping into this year, but that's more disappointing NEWS, and something like Bravely Default would probably be a better case being a more arbitrary wait.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western Fantasy Suggestions and Your Favorites on: January 08, 2014, 10:11:08 PM
There's Divinity: Original Sin coming out in February too, but that may be too demanding without a console version in sight as the case was for Divinity II. That one'll be turn based as they had been wanting to do for a long time.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The PS Vita is Awesome! on: January 05, 2014, 09:23:03 PM
Only spend the $9.99 either if you want to see if you'll seriously use it or to get some games you want until a more opportune time for a subscription. No reason to actually STAY with a $9.99 monthly plan whatsoever.
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 05, 2014, 03:47:52 AM
For the love of god guys I tried... I read, reviewed and watched everything I could... I filled my brain with enough FFXIII info to write an incoherent sci-fi novel with religious overtones.

This is an effort best saved for Paradox games honestly. For the FFXIII games just look up game recaps and whatever information is directly relevant to your interests, because it's generally better to just go with the flow and not try to take the games that seriously. This could go for a LOT of works really, but for total story information that's better spent on something like Mass Effect, and for gameplay immersion borderline necessary for Paradox strategy games.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: January 03, 2014, 08:41:26 PM
I was more annoyed with the age changes than the outfit ones, but finding out a scene that happens in the game I think I can understand why they went that route. Nevermind that it's still innuendo laden.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: December 29, 2013, 06:37:52 PM
I'm not sure whether that's a good or bad thing.

It's both at once and more.

I was ready to write the whole thing off, but then I found out the first game was kind of a bait and switch in that it ended up mocking the very audience you'd think it was being sold to primarily, and I guess this one might actually have a pretty good story? Though that still depends on the gameplay being good, and at any rate this is something of a derail.
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: December 29, 2013, 04:02:08 AM
Everyone I know interested in this game only ever talks about the Vita version

They gotta get something to play

They'll have Conception II before it comes out.

I'm not sure whether that's a good or bad thing.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: December 27, 2013, 10:16:38 PM
^There would be negativity among some fans either way knowing how this sort of things usually go.

There can be more negativity depending on certain directions, and what I'm hearing is probably the sure fire way to get a fuck load of that venom. Fanfic/shit cash-in movie quality right there.

EDIT: For the record I don't think the idea of FFX-3 is inherently a bad idea, but if that audio drama's any indication it may well be everything I don't want out of an FFX-3.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: December 24, 2013, 02:56:43 AM
There's usually one reliably heavy hitter, but this year's been an anomaly in that it's a few indie games and not much else. We probably saw more alphas and betas hit than full games!
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2013 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: December 23, 2013, 10:28:45 PM
http://store.steampowered.com/app/201420/

^- This game is fantastic guys :(

Pft, got it on Wii U.

Hey guys it's Ys I & II Chronicles+!
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: December 23, 2013, 10:27:54 PM
There's no stopping this train (unless it's suplexed into the ground.)
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 20, 2013, 02:57:52 AM
Well, here's the famous "scenario books" for reference


If Tom said FC was a pain in the ass, I'm not even thinking ANYTHING into Zero/Ao/Sen/Whatever else thereafter.

Maybe, MAAAAAYBE if FC and SC become this major JRPG super-sensation off steam we'll see the third chapter.  Falcom-diehards will say otherwise, but it isn't "necessary" to finish the main game plot... we'll be left with peculiar B-plot cliffhangers though.  And, iirc, it most definitely cuts us off to getting the haps of Zero/Ao.

Eh, if anything it's the opposite of something like Ys Origin: Shorter main story but lots of sidequests.  And it's only the main scenario that's shorter than FC.  When you include all the side content it's a bigger script (though still not as big as SC).

And Zero and Ao exceed even SC...

Oof, looking at BOTH the page counts, yeah, they'd pretty much have to go completely crazy with translating Third. I wonder if any of the Falcom diehards were REALLY saying 3 was necessary for 1 and 2, or if it was just necessary for Zero/Ao/Sen/"Sen 2"? I can see fans that don't know better thinking it absolutely has to be a trilogy and not knowing better, whereas those that actually played through the whole series know it's more an integral link between Trails in the Sky and the future non-Nayuta games.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 20, 2013, 01:49:09 AM
Even FC is a heck of a lot bigger than any Tales game...

Admittedly I wouldn't be surprised if skits closed the gulf some between Tales and Trails, though it sounds like the Third has an unorthodox structure, more like Ys Origin or something. If that's the case I wonder if there's even much in the way of NPCs to talk to, I need to go see how text heavy that's supposed to be. The scenario book LOOKS to be smaller than FC's though, so if there's way fewer NPCs to talk to then it may be the most reasonable Trails game to localize. Too bad Zero and Ao seemingly go right back to SC density.
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a Vita release of SC will likely arrive on a dead platform

On the one hand I feel like this is being needlessly pessimistic. On the other hand sony doesn't seem to be... acknowledging that the US even exists anymore, what with not releasing a budget-version, non-portable Vita which is ostensibly what people ACTUALLY want, instead of the real Vita, etcetcetc.

I want to wait a few months, but I do think there's a high chance they wanted to focus on the PS3 release first THEN get to Vita stuff. If so we'll probably see something happen early next year. And it may not even be Sony not caring but RETAILERS not caring, they may well be looking at that Vita model and going "no thanks, we can't even sell the ones we have now!"
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 20, 2013, 12:01:17 AM
Still, I wouldn't get hopes up too high. There's too many unknown factors at work here, and it does seem likely that if they want to go for a trilogy collection it'll be too late to matter, though maybe with the Third being so much smaller text-wise they could get that out relatively quickly.

You make it sound so easy!  But, iirc, Tom from XSeed said even FC was a major under-taking and it is one of the "smaller" of the latest batch of these super-plot-heavy Kiseki games. 

Really though, the series is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  It's beloved by just about all, but its fan base is only comparable to the amount of effort that needs to go in to get it released it seems.  XSeed was only so happy with how the PSP version did, so right now I think all efforts and hopes for XSeed are going into Steam right now.... which honestly, makes complete sense.

Well, it does sound like the Third is closer to FC than SC, but I think it'd be more like the average Tales localization in terms of turn around at best: get SC done, maybe see the Third in a year if FC sales are good enough to make them confident enough to go at it. Though it may not be worth it if they can't get to Zero and Ao quick enough.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 19, 2013, 11:01:23 PM
That trilogy will be the thing that finally makes me use Steam. My body is ready.

I'm holding out for the PS3 versions.

It'll really piss me off if we don't get them.

I really wouldn't count on getting those.  As has been discussed it's really more of a Sony thing than an Xseed/Falcom thing...

Well, we don't know all of what's holding up PSP releases, but it has been noted that at least on PSP they have eased up on approving games, and that the real hurdle for Monster Hunter 3 Portable HD not coming here may have been the servers. It is possible that by the time it's relevant Sony will have eased up if that's a problem, and it'll help that at a minimum they can bundle Trails in the Sky FC and SC together. Two games are clearly enough for collections as Ico, Tales of Symphonia, and God of War have shown. Even trophy-less games may be OK now, the Genesis/Mega Drive version of Castle of Illusion came without them though that was a pre-order bonus.

Still, I wouldn't get hopes up too high. There's too many unknown factors at work here, and it does seem likely that if they want to go for a trilogy collection it'll be too late to matter, though maybe with the Third being so much smaller text-wise they could get that out relatively quickly.
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