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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: Today at 10:10:22 AM
That and you know that they're just going to put it 'on sale' from a month after launch till forever.

So yeah, wait a month or two and pay $30 instead.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: Today at 10:07:05 AM
I'm a bit curious as to people's opinions about the Stein's;gate writer, whose name I can't think of at the moment, no longer being the writer of Bravely Second.  I imagine the story might be a lot less mindfucky and meta.  Preferably it'll keep the same tone as the first part of the original BD.

Wasn't that big of the fan of the guy to begin with, so its no great loss to see him go (especially if he had anything to do with Chaos;Head's writing). I'd probably like his work better if he could just stay away from the pop meta/quantum theory, like the whole multiverse as a time travel escape clause thing, since I feel that such a thing in its current incarnation is little more than a melodrama narrative's wet dream come true (to the extent that I felt that Bravely Default handled the multiverse as a time travel escape clause thing better than Stein's;Gate and even BD's interpretation was a boring slog).
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 31, 2014, 01:43:32 AM
Except that James Earl Jones did not actually play Darth Vader. He only provided him with his voice, and I don't recall Vader using his voice to kill Hitler .
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 31, 2014, 01:39:50 AM
It cleaned the script up, but it unfortunately made Rena into a 10 year old girl

But but but... Nedians can live a long time... maybe they age really slowly.
(That's the best I can come up with)

Seriously, we all know why they did it.
I'm not a big fan of it but at least they retained the essence of the character as opposed to Celine's redesign in Blue Sphere... I can't ever acknowledge that one.



Yes, because it was such a downgrade from this.v



Seriously, her own dress is all but giving her a Basic Instinct style upskirt, not to mention her goofy ass floating shower curtain.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 31, 2014, 01:30:55 AM
The best part of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman was the fact that the team's official name was Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. That and the stylish Sentai uniforms and those bladed bird boomerangs.


So I am watching Gundam Seed Destiny for like the third time, and I have three thoughts at the moment.

1. Early Destiny Cagali is almost as insufferable as Shinn at any point in Destiny. Thankfully she will get better.

2. Everyone is incredibly impressed by Shinn's performance when he first goes into Seed mode, but it really was not that impressive. He just used an anti-ship sword on a bunch of ships that lacked proper anti-mobile suit weapons while the enemy's mobile suit squadrons either didn't exist or completely ignored the attack on their base of operations. I mean yes he did take out a mobile armor, but that was just a single stab with a beam saber and all anyone was praising him for was taking out 8 (or w/e) enemy ships.

3. As of this watch through, I feel like I am leaning more towards the idea that the way the series turned out is how the writers always intended it to turn out and not a rewrite due to fan reaction. At the very least Durandel was always supposed to turn out as a villain with Kira opposing him, only thing that could have really changed is what side Shinn decided to take, but if he swapped sides then things in the final battle would be far too lopsided.

Except that it was a fan rewrite of the series as the series writer herself was a huge fan of Jesus Yamato. Basically the SEED series is a lot like the FFXIII trilogy in that the first part was poorly written to begin with, but instead of using the second part to help try to fix the overall series, it instead just makes everything much much worse.

Also Cagali doesn't get better, she gets dis-existence. At some point Cagali disappears from the show altogether due to her voice actress getting into a dispute with the show writer over the treatment of her character.


Space Dandy 4 was a high school musical

The writers of Space Dandy have got to have a lot of 'creative agility' given how wild and diverse each episode is.
That or they are doing drugs non-stop.

The amount of western pop culture references in that episode was about on par with the number of anime/manga references in SDS2Epi1. From the Sentinel Campus Security Guard detaining the Jock Hulk to the completely random Slimer rush. That said, it was the dance choreography and motion animation that was the star of that episode.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 31, 2014, 12:57:25 AM
*Insert new serie* for being stuck in a dead end job with great wage but no time to even enjoy the money as you work 80 hours a week which makes your wife leave you taking your daughter with her and you can't do anything about it because you have no time and are so very tired and depressed overall... until insanity hits you one night... but it turns out it wasn't insanity but completely real DUH DUH DUUUUUUUUUH

(also needs drinking a la Catherine)

Wasn't that what Catherine was to begin with?
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 31, 2014, 12:55:25 AM
I think I like this although there's a 0% chance of me ever finishing it so I'm... I guess I'm ambivalent about whenever SC comes out.

Up to, uh... I killed a fur angel and did two requests and then a farm thing.

Not really seeing the "attention to detail" the game is supposed to be famous for though. It feels like a pretty bog-standard traditional JRPG.

Its as I said two pages ago. The majority of the first game exists to world build for the adventure that takes place in the second game, and the rest of the series by proxy. Its otherwise the very definition of a bog standard JRPG, complete with a hot springs episode, a Japanese highschool episode, a tournament arc and a kinda-sorta-beach episode, excluding a brief point near the end where it does get interesting (which is immediately followed up by a straight out of a JRPG final dungeon).


I think I like this although there's a 0% chance of me ever finishing it...

Imagine if everyone ate food the same way that some of us play games:

"This taco is boring."

"This chicken sandwhich is taking too much time to eat."

"These nachos are so cliche."

"There's too much bread in the world!"

Wonder what it would be like if we used the same nomenclature with our food as with games:

"This salad is taking to long to level up my gut."

"They nerfed the gyros."

"I wish this popcorn was harder to eat."

"Crab has advanced 80 points!"
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 30, 2014, 09:20:03 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/30/breath-fire-6-launches-spring-2015-ios-android-browsers/

A reminder that this is still in the process of becoming an actual thing.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 30, 2014, 03:40:40 PM

Outside of the no S-Crafts and collecting 9999 Septih chieves, all of those can be done easily enough. I do like the fact that there's a chieve for talking to every chest after plundering it.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 30, 2014, 11:02:28 AM
Serious question: Which version should I get? PSN or PC? I have a Vita right now so I can buy it off PSN and enjoy it portably. But playing it on 1080p is enticing to me as well. Appreciated the feedback! :)

The PSP version of the game looks kind of blurry. The graphics are a vast improvement. Both versions have the same content so it's really up to you. The PC ver also runs at 60fps while on PSP/Vita it's 30 not that it matters a lot in a game like this but still it's nice.

It comes down to portability vs non portability. If that's a factor for you.

Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it. I'll think about it for a few more days before I decide which version to buy. Last question: Is the Second Chapter coming to PSN as well or is that just a Steam release? Also, will it be playable on Vita? Thank you.

As far as I know right now, SC should be coming to both PSN and PC.

E:F;B.


Anyways, does anyone have a list of FC's Steam chieveos?
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 30, 2014, 01:42:46 AM
College is depressing?  I enjoyed it way more than high school...

I'm talking more from what I've heard of Japanese colleges where it's really difficult to get into, fairly strict, a lot of people wind up in lousy living conditions, etc. Basically just something that a lot of people don't really look forward to.

College in Japan is difficult to get into (in fact most people spend their whole senior year of high school just studying for entrance exams), but it's a whole different story once you're in it.  I mean, Japanese society is pretty strict in general but college might be the one big exception to that rule.

Actually, its the way that Japanese companies handle hiring new talent (and Japanese corporate culture in general) that forms the backbone of this perception. Basically, companies take the cooked pasta method determining new hires, i.e. they hire whomever they can from whatever college takes applicants from their line of work and throw them at the business and sees who sticks (and those that don't can always try again at a different business within their field). They don't care what your grades were in that college or even how long you've been there, the moment you graduate from high school and presumably enter college is the moment your ticket is punched and what you got is all that you will likely ever be (if you do well its up up up the corporate ziggurat lickity-split for you, but if you had a bad day and failed your entrance exam, you'll be lucky if you wind up digging ditches for a living).

Basically, highschool for the average Japanese person is basically the last point in their lives where their futures aren't set in stone. It is literally the point of transition from childhood to adulthood, and thus is 'the' setting ground for your average coming-of-age story in Japan.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 29, 2014, 01:54:42 PM
http://gematsu.com/2014/07/atlus-promises-new-title-announcement-soon-brand-new-titles-future

In other news, Atlus will continue making games in the future.

http://www.siliconera.com/2014/07/29/shin-megami-tensei-digital-devil-saga-spin-novels-coming-u-s/

In the meanwhile, have some videogame novelizations.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 29, 2014, 01:52:44 PM
I don't understand people demanding Japanese voices in an American release. If you really want the Japanese voice overs....import the damn game!

Honestly, it's like they want to have their cake and eat it too. They want Japanese voices... in an English translated game. And I'm betting most of the people who want the Japanese voices can barely understand a lick of Japanese anyway. And even if they did, then why don't they just import the original untranslated game?

EDIT: And in other news, game's out. WHOO!

They could always do what Squeenix did with Lightning Returns. Include the JP voices option as a $5 piece of DLC.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: July 29, 2014, 11:04:49 AM
If I don't like TitS I think I'm giving up on RPGs as a genre. And possibly gaming as a whole, and just draw Sonic porn for money instead. Not sonic the hedgehog I mean like the burger place. They have really yiffy cherry limeades.

wth? Sonic is a gas station here.

I'm actually afraid about playing this game. I've heard so many great things about this serie for the longest time that I'm afraid I might go in with too much expectation.
Quick, somebody trash this game for me.
Tell me how the story is like SO4 while the combat is like Arcanum.
The dungeons are like Tales of Graces F and the graphics are like Phantasy Star 1-2-3.
The dub (or grunts prior referred to) are like Chaos War and the music is like Soul Nomad.

And now, I want somebody to make that game...

(for Soul Nomad, there is one exception - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD9Vho0SVCU - but other than that... it's pretty bad all around)
(oh wow! Disgaea 4 really nailed it -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LFpBT1Ih_z0#t=179)

My biggest problem with Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki FC is that the heat of the meat as it were is pretty much entirely stored within SC. Basically, FC is a world building prequel to whatever's gonna go down in the second game up (and a bit at the end). I suppose you could say its like Ys 1 & 2 in that FC is mostly a boring romp through Esteria until you hit the endgame in Darm's Tower where there's an actual plot that needs foiling, but then you make it to the top but instead of fighting Dark Fact, you fight some other tosser boss then as the credits are playing and Adol & Dogi are just about to start making their way back down the tower when Dogi spots a wall in need of crushing and while he's doing that, Dark Fact walks up to Adol and tells him that he's going up to Ys proper for Game 2 and that he should come with him and he does and Dogi's all "What the hell man?" and goes after him.

Not helping matters is that the game is about as linear as a Ys game since all the sidequests and stuff mostly exists to keep you up to speed and save you from having to bump and grind the old fashioned way (the only actual wholly optional things are the collection of a set of books that can be turned in prior to the last dungeon for the best weapon in the game for one of your two mains; if you NG+ it, you can obtain both of them but they're only just a step up from their second best gear so it doesn't really matter; and the collection of every possible BP for a starting bonus in SC). Additionally, the game has an odd balance where the JRPG Police Academy Cadet stuffs place greater emphasis on keeping your gear up to date and making sure your Orbment (i.e. Magic) covers the essentials like healing and AoE damage and your fallback involves eating and cooking meals to recover health and provide stat buffs, then you hit the final dungeon and your Orbment is all about stat boosts since enemies have tons of HP to suck up the largely fixed magic damage and sweat high powered healing items that put even your best heal spells to shame while your best HP restoring recipes can't even restore half of even your healbot's health in one go, and there's just enough endgame gear to outfit your two main characters and one additional character of either gender (and said endgame stuff is a clear tier above your best pre-final dungeon stuffs).

That said, for a game about the Anime Adventures of Cadets of a JRPG Police Academy, its definitely top of the line as far as countries outside of Japan are concerned.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: July 28, 2014, 11:18:35 AM
Is there a Hooker job-class in Bravely Second? Dem boots.

With dem boots and dat red binding rope, I'd say she trying to make a fashionaaabul statement.
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