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3526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: August 17, 2012, 11:16:10 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/08/17/valkyria-duel-blitzes-on-to-android/

And now its on Android.
3527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem entry on: August 17, 2012, 11:14:17 AM
FE11 (I'm referring to the 3DS one, yo!) not only allows you to create your own character but s/he comes in with the Strategist class which is exclusive to MU and his/her kid Mark. Additionally when picking out your MU's appearance you can choose to keep your MU mute. Also, I should clarify that this MU is playable on the field rather than just showing up at cutscenes like FE7's Mark did (not to say that your MU won't).

And then there's FEDS2 (the DS remake of FE3 Book2 and the DS game that wasn't released outside of Japan) which also has the option of creating a MU (My Unit) that, while not a tactician, can also be similarly defined by the player and with further options that are unlocked later on throughout the game (though I don't think being mute is one of them). It's a crying shame that this game didn't get released outside of Japan.
3528  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: August 16, 2012, 06:28:20 PM
It makes perfect sense to forget about one of the most important franchises in gaming for one game that a bunch of nerds didn't like.

Last I checked, Metroid spent almost an entire decade sitting on a shelf once before, it can do so again for all I care (especially after the unfettered garbage known as MOM). And if you really want another Prime game there's always the Halo series (with the added bonus of not having the main character turned into a completely incompetent and massively fetishized chick with absolutely no agency whatsoever).

Edit: It also didn't help matters that the guy who wrote the series since the very beginning went on record to state that the fetid pile of compost that is MOM was his masterpiece.
3529  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: August 16, 2012, 12:47:58 PM
At least Mega Man is getting something. Metroid didn't get anything for it's anniversary last year...

We got a year where we weren't reminded that MOM exists. And if that wasn't the best anniversary present, then I don't know what is.
3530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: August 16, 2012, 12:43:12 PM
Glacial or not, I still found the beginning of KH2 to be one of the better parts of the game, along with those Gummy Ship battles.

I'm too...scared to play this game. =P I was all ready for it until I found out that it doesn't use a traditional grid-based system (I skimmed over the battle system parts in the reviews since I simply assumed it was standard. Live and learn). Strategy games are notoriously frustrating for me, so the thought of having to learn a completely new gameplay style has me quacking in my boots - it just seems too daunting! I know that sounds weird, since I played and enjoyed and didn't suck too much at Heritage of War, but honestly, I didn't know that was a strategy game until someone pointed it out to me. I just figured it was like FFXII - an RPG with a little more control over your allies. I may end up putting this series off for a long time.

Though, I think Phantom Brave may have a similar style of gameplay. I suppose I could always play that first and see how I handle it. I'm just in that game for the music, so I don't mind if it turns out it sucks.

Think of it like an RTS rather than a standard SRPG. Just replace the hoards of Marines with a single anime. Similarly replace vehicles with anime that can shoot really far, and nukes with anime that casts magic. Then just point and click to where you want each anime to go, and when they get there what to do, and now you know how to play.
3531  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 16, 2012, 08:39:45 AM
Futurama Episodes 8 & 9: Double Feature. So I missed last week's until last night where I got to see Bender go on a soul searching journey, a cameo of the Fryfro, Leela getting flattened by her scrunchy slingshot backfiring, and the Prof getting violently gunned down. And speaking of the Prof, it was amusing to have a 'you have an older brother' cliche turned on its head. Also the shots taken at the Matrix were pretty amusing as well.
3532  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: August 16, 2012, 08:19:27 AM
Are "nominations" like these that enables a company to keep rehashing games, a shame really only Big names get mentions as GotM or GoTY.

Very close doesnt matter really and further ensure me that brand rcognition gave KH the upper hand.

Usually those very big titles are well made, and probably the only area KH games (ones they put serious effort into) are generally agreed upon to be good at is gameplay... which can be enough. Plus I didn't elaborate enough on how an extra two weeks could've flipped things around: that'd have given Growlanser time for word of mouth to spread, and for those that got the game to sink enough time to form a real opinion. As is only importers and those with review copies could get that kind of time (obviously), and Growlanser definitely doesn't start fast, it's pacing is actually kind of bad at first though this gets better.

KH 1 and 2 had slower starts than WoT (Not sure in this KH case tough)

I don't know, that island segment from KH1 moved by pretty quickly if you knew what you were doing (KH2 on the other hand was indeed glacial).
3533  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: August 16, 2012, 08:16:06 AM
http://andriasang.com/con28o/mega_man_rpg_ios/

The latest from the "Top Men" at Capcom.

Looks just as ass as that MMX iOS port. Bonus points for making the new guy look like an awful cross between X and Star Force's MMs.

Happy 25th Megaman!
3534  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 15, 2012, 11:00:29 PM
Is it just me, or does Twilight Princess have too many characters?  Seriously, I've only beaten the second big dungeon, and we already have almost two dozen NPCs with names and personalities, including some children that Link's had to rescue three or four times.  I... kinda don't like this.  I would prefer to be thrown into the action with less prompting and dialog.  I want Zelda to be... more like Dark Souls and less like Dragon Age.  

Unfortunately it'll get much worse. At least the rate at which they're introduced will taper off by the time you hit the fourth dungeon and most of the characters up until that point will become irrelevant as well. Malo, Ilya, and the cowardly kid's dad are the big exceptions and even then two of them have some decent payouts by the end (though the other is a lot more WTF by the end).

Whine about that all you want, personally, I hated the fact that every *female* Sage (+Malon) in Ocarina of Time sounded like they wanted to fuck Link.

Ilia became useless, but so what -- she was goddamn ugly and annoying. CLearly a future soccer mom.

Are you implying that Impa isn't female, because I'm pretty sure she had no interest in Link's Master Sword (if you know what I mean). Also the only reason why I don't outright hate Ilia's late game quest is because
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the spaghetti western shootout was actually pretty cool.
3535  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What are your Final Fantasy memories? on: August 15, 2012, 02:48:24 PM
FF6 - My bro got it Christmas Day and didn't open any other gift beceause he ran downstairs to start it up.  I basically watched him play through all of it, I was...about 6 or 7 at the time, so when I played it, it was his file and to go to towns (I didn't like fighting!).

. That childlike naivete made the series that much better (but I guess it makes everything better, really). I don't like to think of myself as jaded, but...


This is so true.. sometimes it really makes me sad to think I will never feel the excitement and joy I found in games, and really in many other things in life, as I did when I was younger :(

My problem was that I was already seeing the cracks back when I first took up FFVII and got annoyed at how everything was tied to Materia, weapons and armor were mere afterthoughts, and the only defining feature to each character was their limit breaks. VIII only exacerbated the problem by removing equipment altogether and having that stupid Disk 4 business where you can't go anywhere but towards the endgame (and endgame sidequests). IX in comparison was a definite step in the right direction where you had 8 unique party members and a number of events where the narrative followed more than just the main character (even if only the first continent was the only one that was really populated and that drat Disk 4 issue reared its ugly head again). And finally FFX was a game that only had me asking how were you actually supposed to stop a force of nature like Sin with just a Meg Ryan lookalike and his crew (since VI's couldn't be stopped, VII used a force of nature against a force of nature, and IV, V, Tactics, VIII, and IX had only to deal with overpowered douche bags) and then I played it and found out that bad writing was the solution. Also the sphere grid was cute but it had no fucking clue as to what it was doing given how A) linear it was, B) overpowered it made you, C) non-negotiable it was to navigate it (i.e. you had to burn one sphere level to advance one space forward or like up to five spaces back), and D) sparse it was in anything but stat boosters.
3536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 15, 2012, 07:48:59 AM
Is it just me, or does Twilight Princess have too many characters?  Seriously, I've only beaten the second big dungeon, and we already have almost two dozen NPCs with names and personalities, including some children that Link's had to rescue three or four times.  I... kinda don't like this.  I would prefer to be thrown into the action with less prompting and dialog.  I want Zelda to be... more like Dark Souls and less like Dragon Age.  

Unfortunately it'll get much worse. At least the rate at which they're introduced will taper off by the time you hit the fourth dungeon and most of the characters up until that point will become irrelevant as well. Malo, Ilya, and the cowardly kid's dad are the big exceptions and even then two of them have some decent payouts by the end (though the other is a lot more WTF by the end).
3537  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: August 15, 2012, 07:33:57 AM
does it seem like they are trying to avoid japaneese freindly stuff? i mean i would of expected of wild arms char but theres none. in fact i dont think theres any character from an rpg. pandering to western equivalent of weaboo's?
Truthfully I think if they included a Wild Arms character, you'd be unhappy with who they included. It's obvious characters like Kanon, Raquel, or Anastasia won't be included. Besides, Wild Arms has too many mains to be represented solely by one of them, I think.

Hell, not even Virgina from WAs3 has much of a chance to get in outside of a strictly support role. I'd say either the mains from WAs1 or 2 have the best chance and the female support is also going to be from those games.
3538  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: August 15, 2012, 07:28:05 AM
It would be suicide and a completely brain dead move to not include an Tales characters, considering it is the best selling series they have that isn't part of their classic franchises like PAC Man. I'd expect at least two or three. Yurt, Luke, and Cless are my guesses, being the most popular heroes from the polls in Japan IIRC.

If there's anybody who's coming in under the Tales of banner it's going to either be Cress, Lloyd, Luke, or that guy from Graces. Basically, anybody from a mothership Tales of game that showed up on a Nintendo console. Lloyd has serious potential since he dual wields swords which will keep him from feeling too much like Link, Other Link, Marth (or Not Marth), or Krom. That said, I think the possibility of either Tear or Sofie showing up is also pretty high for game variety's sake and maybe Dhaos for a villains entry since he's probably the most well known and would cover the rest of the trifecta.
3539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Let's make an awesome Pirate RPG! on: August 15, 2012, 07:06:34 AM
The  closest we've ever gotten to a perfect pirate game was Skies of Arcadia.

There was a Bethesda pirate game called Pirates of the Caribbean that was kind of crap, Legend of Black Kat was kind of crap and Legend of the Buccaneer was kind of crap.

I would love a good pirate RPG.

Rogue Galaxy was kinda crap, and Suikoden IV was straight up crap.

Infinite Space was pretty good in the "I have a fleet!" sort of way at least.
3540  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: August 14, 2012, 08:27:42 PM
:facepalm:

Parappa the Rappa and Sly Cooper are both pretty Japanese. So too is Raiden (and due to various leaks Solid Snake is all but confirmed as well). Norioko (or whatever that chick from Heavenly Sword's name was) has also been all but confirmed. Plus there's Tekken's Heihachi is another that's been all but confirmed.

So yeah, I don't think there's been any significant white-washing going on.

Now if only 90% of the female cast weren't delegated to assist trophy status....(but I guess that can't be helped given that there weren't that many female leads to begin with).
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