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766  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Visual Novels on: March 31, 2009, 11:12:19 PM
Anyone has played Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni, I have heard that they both have great plot and are very interesting and engaging murder mystery visual novels.
I believe they are not eroge, if they are I apologize...

As far as I know the games haven't been translated yet, although there's fan translations in progress.  Fan translations of games are typically slow and unreliable though, so they could be finished in anywhere from 6 months to never.

This is definitely true, but I know of one group that has translated the first game in the Higurashi series: Onikakushi-hen. If I'm correct, 07th Expansion, the makers of Higurashi and Umineko, offer Onikakushi-hen for free download as well. But you're right, outside of a few notable exceptions, most fan translations don't move anywhere.
767  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 on: March 20, 2009, 11:17:44 PM
Yes! I was so worried it would be disappointing or lukewarm, but they managed to pull off an incredibly satisfying ending. Well done, Ronald Moore and David Eick, well done.
768  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Victor Ireland's GaijinWorks is actually doing something on: March 15, 2009, 10:53:23 PM
I love me some point and click graphic adventures, but I'm getting tired of the "serious" ones, or the crime/detective ones. I want me some comedy ones like the mid 90's, dammit.


I hear ya on that.  Two of the most recent comedic ones I can think of in the spirit of classic LucasArts are A Vampyre Story and So Blonde (was released in multiple languages, including English, in Europe but not released in the US).  WadJetEye's Emerald City Confidential looks like it'd be a fun one. 

Regardless, I like visual novels and hopefully Miami Law will be good. It appears to be one of those games where WD-style pop culture references would not be out of place.

I find the new Sam and Max games to be a blast too, but I've never played the original so I can't compare. They're certainly not serious, and are pretty decent games outside of the humor.
769  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: March 07, 2009, 11:01:15 PM
I'm around 46 hours into the game and I think I can go to the final dungeon now. So far I'm very, very pleased. I certainly wasn't expecting a sci-fi epic, and I expected a pretty cheesy storyline, but it's compelling enough to keep me going. Dialogue is hammy too, but I actually laughed a few times. Battle system is crazy fun too; I felt the 3rd's Fury gauge kinda hampering, and I hated not being able to hit enemies who were knocked down.

The characters are two-dimensional, but I would have been shocked if they were anything but, considering the 2nd and 3rd games. I find them charming enough though. And despite him being the cliche "stoic bad-ass" character, I have a savage man-love for Arumat. It might be his ridiculous scythe.

770  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: March 01, 2009, 12:39:41 AM
Lymle's voice has grown on me, so I don't find it as offsetting as when I first got her. The VA work isn't masterful, but I think it gets the job done. Off course, I'm in the middle of a love-fest with the game, so my opinions are biased. :P Although they just THROW xp at you in this. And I haven't seen a game over once, so I'm figuring this'll be one of those games you'll need to play on the harder difficulties to have a real challenge.

Crossing my fingers for crazy difficult/annoying bonus dungeon though.
771  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: February 25, 2009, 03:39:16 PM
Played a good amount of time yesterday. Very very satisfied with my purchase. This game feels more like SO2 than SO3 in my opinion, which is a good thing. I love the new PA system (I'm a visual novel fan, so I have a soft spot for affection systems), and it isn't as awkward as SO3's was. Battle system is fun and pretty fluid, and the battles move fairly quick. I was also surprised to see that the boss was quite difficult, seeing as I had thought I was over-leveled. It required a bit of strategy.

I'm pretty happy with the voices, but I have a high tolerance for voice acting. Lymle's voice is a bit odd, though; is she supposed to be monotonous?
772  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: February 24, 2009, 12:54:07 AM
Apparently my copy I ordered through Amazon has just shipped. The delivery estimate says it should be here tomorrow, so I'm guessing it should be available tomorrow, in the U.S. at least.
773  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: This is what happens when you give an idiot money. on: February 20, 2009, 02:07:21 PM

I can't even stand contacts, let alone needles injecting ink into my eyes.
774  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: February 03, 2009, 02:54:58 PM
After taking a look at the official English website, I have to say that it is one of more better designed ones I've seen in a while. I like it a lot better than its Japanese counterpart, but there's something about Edge's face in the character section that creeps the hell out of me.
775  Media / The Soundroom / Re: The Recent Musical Purchases Thread on: February 02, 2009, 09:14:35 PM
My music purchase feels wimpy compared to y'alls. :P

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight

My toe-tapping foot is getting a real workout now.
776  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: January 29, 2009, 09:07:50 PM

I'm curious if they're bringing back pairings outside of the main character. I wanna say that's a "no" since I'm sure it'd be a pain to come up with all those endings, but then it makes me curious why they bother letting you pairing up the other characters as roommates. Probably not gonna be what it seems, but I'll hold out my hopes a little more while.
777  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Most Anticipated for 2009 on: January 25, 2009, 02:52:01 AM
9. Trailer: http://www.apple.com/trailers/focus_features/9/hd/

I've stopped being excited for movies and only see something like, one a year at the theaters, but if there'll be one movie I see in theaters this year, it's this one.
778  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: Second Evolution Released!! on: January 25, 2009, 02:22:02 AM
Star Ocean: The Second Story has the best voice acting ever.

http://staroceanclaude.ytmnd.com/

I hope the re-dub didn't try to re-do all the old lines. Hearing Claude instead of Crawd when he advanced forward! just wouldn't be the same.
779  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: whats your next highly expected rpg! on: January 25, 2009, 01:50:40 AM
Yeah, definitely looking forward to SO4. I'm also clamoring for more info on Steambot Chronicles 2, but that's too far away at the moment.
780  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean: The Last Hope news.(56k Warning) on: January 25, 2009, 12:35:22 AM
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802535107dd/?of=2

Official(ish?) trailer. Just click the link, but it requires Microsoft Silverlight. I <3 Edge's voice.
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