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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 03:55:24 AM
Right.... >_>; Well then.... <_<




http://www.computerandvideogames.com/475384/miyamoto-explains-nintendos-renewed-passion-for-the-core/

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"Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."

Nintendo to drop casuals and focus on core.
(casuals all have iPad and iPhones anyway)

This is pretty hilarious (and probably due to a combination of tapping out the Blue Ocean market and the Wii U continuing struggles), but its nice to hear since Nintendo does make some pretty fun games (and I'd like to believe that this new attitude change is why we're finally hearing from Star Fox again (seriously, Command was released in like 2007; its been nearly a full decade)).
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: Today at 03:47:00 AM
I just hope the maps don't get too bloated and we wind up with an FFXII situation all over again.

That said; http://www.siliconera.com/2014/08/28/xenoblade-chronicles-x-will-user-friendly-quest-interface/

This is the update that I was waiting to hear.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: Today at 02:25:11 AM
Is it me or did I just step into a Lifetime Original Movie?

I mean seriously, there's a specific message board for only socially awkward, lonely, males? Why? Just sitting there, dwelling upon their own problems out in the middle of the goddamn Internet is the worst thing they can do. They should at least try to get out of their house and do something with themselves, even if its joining an anime viewing club to view anime or something that's almost, but not quite as lonely or socially awkward as posting on a socially awkward, lonely, males only message board.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Clannad on: Today at 01:13:11 AM
Come on, this is a huge deal.  It's a true classic VN, and there aren't exactly a lot of official localizations of Key games out there (actually, is this the first?).

Also, I don't have to bitch about Sekai Project butchering it since it was all-ages to begin with...

Key made planetarian, right? That story was actually pretty great, and it didnt make me feel all dirty about myself afterwards (like literally every other VN ive ever attempted to sit through) I thought that one had been localized??

I think that one's in the process of localization, but its been awhile since I last heard anything on that front.


Anyways, my earlier post was more about the fact that I generally dislike how dishonest feeling these VN stories are. Like the only real piece of substance in any of these stories is the initial hook or mystery and it almost always involve running through a hundred hoops of blatant padding since there's like nothing else to the plot but the initial hook. And you do all this just to get to the end and find that the resolution tends to be a massive let down because it is either all about achieving almost nothing or a completely outlandishly convoluted method of achieving almost nothing (like the story of a budding romance (and sex) ends because the Yamato Nadesko (or however its spelled) girl dies to long term anime poisoning, or turns into a reluctantly berserk demon princess and needs to be mercy killed by the duller-than-dishwater player cypher descended from the long line of legendary demon slaying heroes that nobody's heard about prior to the start of this story before she completely loses her human purity).

Though I will admit that yes, my prior post should be amended. At least Soap Operas involve some kind of human performance beyond providing props, audio and putting the whole thing together.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Terra Battle on: Today at 12:22:02 AM
http://gematsu.com/2014/08/terra-battle-story-characters-system-detailed-gameplay-official-trailer

And here's some actual gameplay/story deets.

I'll give them credit for the Job changing mechanic actually changing up the character's artwork based on the current Job taken. More games with Job/Class changing mechanics should do that, but I'll take what I can get.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Clannad on: August 27, 2014, 06:08:52 PM
Speaking of flipping through the wiki, I can't find anything within it or the review here that explains what this story's 'hook' might be. Is it really just a generic dating sim/school life concept? I see the bones. Someone kindly explain to me what the meat is.

Its a VN. 'Serviceable' is the best you can really ever hope for.

I mean, VNs at their core are basically a distilled seasonal day-time soap arc. The only advantage that VNs really have over day-time soaps is the porn/2d waifus (conversely soaps have the advantage of being able to be left running in the background while you do something far more valuable with your time like cooking dinner, reading a book, taking a shit, etc).
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 27, 2014, 03:24:17 PM
I can forgive the recycled areas from ToX 1. I mean, it does sort of make sense, even if it's a bit annoying.

What I'm struggling to forgive is that ToX 2 recycles its own content. Fully explore an area and then have to do it again in a
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Fractured Dimension
? Mildly infuriating.

I agree.  I mean, for example, in Gaius' episodes alone you go through the Mon Highlands twice, not to mention needing to go through them to get to Kanbalar initially.  So that's a minimum of 3 times going through the same pointless region.

That being said, once I realized that there was nothing particularly good or unique in the chests in the character episodes (eg, no extractors), I just started running through and ignoring everything.

That said, I will not be passing up any opportunities to open up Milla's Chest. :V
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: August 27, 2014, 03:21:21 PM
Major Smash Bros leak in the following.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfAVYwRjGNo

Get Fresh.
9  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 27, 2014, 01:49:52 AM
So a leak happened the other day (and a shitload of others in the wake of said leak). At first I blew it off like any rational person would but after browsing around for a bit, I found this....



....which means that the following is also something I'm willing to put money on (linked in case somebody wants to remain spoiler free):

http://imgur.com/a/PzeCw/noscript

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=878858

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Shulk is in, also Ganondorf, also also Duck Hunt Dog (but that one was something I didn't predict), also also also all 7 Koopa Kids as Bowser Jr. alts. The only guy I'm still waiting for is Athony and something's telling me that he's not getting in (also, still no playable Issac).

The other important note is that this still doesn't cover everybody in the game, so Ice Climber's return isn't entirely off the table/locked to DLC.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 26, 2014, 12:56:39 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/08/26/capcom-suing-koei-tecmo-patent-infringement/

I should be wary about the validity of such a story given Siliconera's love of sensationalism horseshit, but this is hilariously scuzzy of Crapcom to pull such a massive dick move if true.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 25, 2014, 11:22:29 PM
^I just want to keep enjoying streams like I've been doing with not much (or any preferably) kind of BS getting in the way of the experience.

Quote from: Amazon
"Sorry, but only Amazon Subscribers can view this stream."
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 25, 2014, 08:57:01 PM
Everything's Awful, But It's Not That Bad -- The Escapist

Jim got out of his character for the video of this week.

Also, Capcom Asia announced that the psychical release of biohazard HD Remaster is gonna have Japanese dub. There's also something about DLC that I can't tell what it is because the description they left on Facebook is in Chinese.

EDIT: A Letter from the CEO -- Twitch

"Today (August 25, 2014), I'm pleased to announce we've been acquired by Amazon."

Nobody expects; The Amazon Acquisition.

I'm not all that surprised. After all, Amazon can't fully turn to the dark side of corporate monopolies if Google or Facebook gobbles them up first. The Internet will probably turn into the Romance of the Three Corporate Empires at the rate its going.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 25, 2014, 08:51:26 PM
I see the hate for Ludger to be long lasting within the Tales communities and discussions therein for ages to come. That being said, I always tip my hat to Tales for their bold moves because they always make em work by my measure and Ludger is no exception for me.

...*Ahem*.
http://www.abyssalchronicles.com/?fn_mode=comments&fn_id=1258
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I think this, actually, states the differences between a Japanese and English audiences.... well, Yuri and Leon's popularity aside (who are SO popular they've been taken out of the official runnings for "Most Popular Character"... A really bizarre move, IMO.  I'm more suprised it's TWELVE spots before a girl even makes it.... beating complete drips like Emil and Asbel

I'm not surprised given that there's technically only one female MC versus the shitload of copypasta'd female leads/magical healer types that every other game had. And even that concession feels kinda hollow given that the game in question had dual protags and that among the many issues that the immediate sequel addresses was the decision to introduce a totally new semi-silent male protag in place of the previous game's MCs. And though the other previous MC also lost his MC status, it seems like so far he hasn't been replaced by an obvious counterfeit and shoved into the fridge like his female counterpart.

Also that list seems to have forgotten virtually everybody from Destiny and Rebirth (and all but Eternia's MC). I'm certain that with the next game, most of the top 10 will get shuffled down in favor of the MCs of the season. Also, who the hell came in 25th?
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 25, 2014, 04:33:54 AM
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-My hatred for box canyons is growing. Being able to visit nearly every location from the last game is nice, but there's almost nothing to do there. The game's structure is similar to that of Xenosaga, but that game really made me want to explore for the sake of exploring. In Xillia I'm just running to through box canyons to catch cats.

I get flummoxed with how that direction was *EVER* a good idea.  I am grateful with the new areas still which I do find offer a view --- but it's waaaay too little, waaay too late.  Graces was similar in its pretty limited World Travel as well, but at least the view changed periodically.  Zesteria looks *really* inspired by Xenoblade, but still hardly as unique (and, unfortuantely, somehow less detailed as well despite the hardware differences).  I do like the "elemental angle" they're adding to it though (where you can break rocks [I assume] when you get that Earth Sprit Character)

I just bet you that the "elemental angle" of Zesty will basically amount to 6x the number of Sorcerer Ring 'puzzles'.

That said, I wouldn't say no to a game with better inventory puzzles than Mystic Quest.
15  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Panzer Dragoon Orta on: August 23, 2014, 01:31:00 PM
One of these days I'm going to sit down and play through this game.

Not that I'll have any point of reference compared to the other Panzer Dragoons, but I feel its long overdue for me to sink my teeth into another rail shooter.
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