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3661  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 30, 2012, 09:35:45 PM
  Having the 'Cancel' button as Triangle is seriously annoying to get used to when 99% of games have it as everything BUT that goddamn button. 

I tried playing Metal Gear Solid on PS1 about 2 years ago and this sort of thing had me trapped on the menu screen for a bit



Were you able to save Meryl without needing to use a turbo controller?
3662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Siliconera to announce Squeenix "Exclusive" tomorrow on: April 30, 2012, 08:15:03 PM
A canned game made by the glorious bastards at Cavia? Fuck. The one thing I thought was too unlikely to even make my list of unlikely unannouncements.

That said, that was the best unannouncement by being the worst unannouncement. Bravo Silconera. Bravo.
3663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Siliconera to announce Squeenix "Exclusive" tomorrow on: April 29, 2012, 06:36:02 PM
A 13 Versus update?

FFXV? Now instead of just the hallways or the characters being doused in neon it'll have everything in eye searing neon, including all the enemies.

KH3?

TWEWY2?

Either an FFV or FFVI 3DS remake?

A Romancing SaGa 2 PSVita port?

My real guesses would include one of the following....
A) A Type-0 based anime.
B) DQX beta key giveaway.
C) An FF themed tower defense game.
or D) Some kind of crappy/useless mobile phone based social game.
3664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Black 2/White 2 Announced on: April 28, 2012, 06:34:34 PM
So with Pokémon is the case of if it ain't broken, don't fix it? Well, that makes sense. After all last time I checked the games still sell well but that alone doesn't mean either that following a franchise that is afraid of taking risks can be boring and tedious.

Though, for the little I've saw in forums it seems that people is really more than satisfied with the same old thing.

...that still doesn't stop this group of crazy people that wants a Pokémon MMO.

Makes sense within the game world.  Everyone is out to train their little pocket monsters in the game world too, so I could see it.  I think it would be a nightmare to oversee though.  And yeah, I could see people getting really pissed if the franchise tried to do anything too different.

Plus it has more or less become a competitive sport to a certain degree. If they change up the mechanics now it'd be like making the transition from the GB/C to GBA which to some people would be an inexcusable waste of the time spent over the last decade in making their tweeked out murder teams full of ribbons, shinnies, and event exclusives.

The single player mode at this point is more of a feature and a source for more grinding, catching, breeding, award-winning, and accessorizing opportunities.

Pokemon is the biggest Not-MMO MMORPG in existence, and I dare say bigger than WoW.
3665  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: April 28, 2012, 06:23:56 PM
Er...they've only announced six characters.

Yeah this. While some of the characters they introduced were kinda lame (That dude from Killzone? Really?), they still have way more to announce, and I'm sure there are plenty of characters that people have a fondness for. Sly Cooper is already in there, so throw in Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, and Kevin Butler and I for one will be sold. ;P

With that said, I was always under the impression the Smash Bros. did well because it was a good game that people enjoyed...

It also helped that you have A) characters people are familiar with, B) a large and diverse enough pool of resources to borrow from, and C) characters that people aren't so familiar with that open up new aspects of the company that people generally weren't aware of before.

If Sony could bring something obscure to the table rather than just their latest and greatest like a Legacy of Kain or Legend of Dragoon character or two it'd help tremendously in diversifying the roster.
3666  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: April 27, 2012, 06:37:15 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/27/how-playstation-all-stars-battle-royale-is-different-from-super-smash-bros/

So apparently it's Super Smash Bros. but instead of kicking people off the stage, throwing people off the stage, being a douche and holding the edge of the stage while dooming the other guy to fall off the stage, environmental hazards tossing people off the stage, and so on you only get to use final smashes to down an opponent.

Nice Sony. Very nice. Next you're going to be telling us that all stages will be like Final Destination, instead of just one or two.
3667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Sting and Idea Factory performs the Fu-Sion-Ha dance and becomes Super Sting on: April 27, 2012, 06:21:44 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/27/generation-of-chaos-6-from-sting-could-be-mistaken-for-a-music-game/

We've got some gameplay videos and it looks like Sting's bringing their usual obtuse game design style for this one. The game's looking like Knights in the Nightmare with IF characters/artwork; the best of both worlds.
3668  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 26, 2012, 01:18:47 PM
Awkward Zombie is awesome.



"Came from behind"?

Oh you son of a bitch. XD
3669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 25, 2012, 07:48:43 PM
Sega

Zephyr and Leanne from Resonance of Fate.


Without Vash though..... D:
...this is tragic.
Maybe he's an assist character for an ultimate attack?

Still not the same though since assists tend to speak less than the peoples they're assisting. :qq:
3670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: April 25, 2012, 03:23:34 PM
http://andriasang.com/con0sy/media_create_sales/

Apparently, the game did well in Japan.

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/25/fire-emblem-awakening-domain-name-heats-hopes-up-for-north-american-release/

So well that it got NoA to register a domain name for it.

No guarantees of course, but I've now got something to look forward to for E3 this year.
3671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 25, 2012, 12:02:11 AM
Son Of A Bitch MK2

I was just about to post that as well.

Ninja Edit: Anyways, that makes the previous predictions of Leanne and Frank West retroactively correct.

Ninja Gaiden Edit: Might as well provide the link.
3672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 24, 2012, 08:10:51 PM
http://andriasang.com/con0sh/devil_summoner_3ds/

So guess what Atlus is up to.

If you guessed more SMT spinoffs then have yourself a cookie.
3673  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 24, 2012, 03:32:09 AM
I have always watched anime via a "research and then purchase" order of operation... thus I was not exposed to alot of stuff that made it to cable television.... cowboy bebop was one series I actually never saw believe it or not.... I know nothing about it... and while its on my "to get to" list, there are a number of titles before that one....

As for the time being I'm now watching Utawarerumono (I wonder if I spelled that right......) and though I almost gave up after a few episodes and wrote it off, I'm glad I didn't. I'm about 11 eps in and really digging this at the moment. Great one as far the fantasy stuff is concerned.

I'm also rewatching Sailor Moon-LoL! I'm also 11 eps in on that as of today and not really digging it.... the appeal of this one is purely nostalgic to me as it was the first anime I was ever exposed to.... Never did watch past season 2 though, so I guess I've got something to look forward to... then again maybe I don't.....

On deck I have Saiyuki, High School of the Dead, Clannad, Murder Princess, Gai Rei Zero, Eureka 7, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Magical Girl Lyrica......something or other.... full title escapes me at the moment..... anyhow, any suggestions as to what to dig into next out of that bunch?

I'm a big supporter of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. (I've recommended the show to some girls and guys and up to now everyone loved it)
The biggest problem with starting to watch it used to be the terrible and lolitastic season 1... but not anymore!

For maximum enjoyment I'd say watch "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - The Movie 1st" which is the improved movie version of the first season.
After that "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's".
If you liked it and want to see more of the characters then check out "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha  - Strikers", but be warned that season 3 is pretty average.

StrikerS also suffered from cast bloat by that point as the number of principal characters tripled the size of A's entire cast (and that's only on the protagonist's side). That said, Banpresto really needs to get the call to make an SRW-like game for the series. The series was basically made for it, and besides, they've already done the honors for Queen's Blade.

Anyways to make your future decision making endeavors harder K. Chroma, I'd also recommend Highschool of the Dead (unedited), Gai Rei Zero, and Eureka 7:

HSotD: It's a zombie show except that it kind of explores what happens when all hell breaks loose in Japan instead of rural America. The core cast is mostly solid (if ridiculously proportioned when it comes to the females), there's fun to be had at seeing typical anime cliches turned on their head (as zombies feast on the brains), and despite the title very little happens within a Highschool instead hitting other typical zombie locals like the shopping mall. Unfortunately, the manga seems to be in hiatus and doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon, so you've basically got a series with no resolution. Additionally due to the levels of gore typically seen within the zombie genre, the broadcast version of the show got edited to hell and back; you'll want to find a version that doesn't look like the negative sat in the sun for too long. If you can get past that and the ridiculous fanservice (look up bullet-time breasts, and I'll guarantee you that this show's going to come up).

GR0: It's a prequel series. It's about demon hunting in the modern day setting (and none of that ancient secret that only a select few know about nonsense; they've got special sections for this shit). And I can't really describe it any more than that due to spoilers. Just know that the three episode test was basically designed for shows like this.

E7: The definition of the slow burn. This show's about the characters and the relationships they build. Everything else is basically complementary, even the giant airboarding robot battles. And it takes a while for things to move, but it's worth it in the end. I don't want to describe this anymore than that because I can't do the character building justice, but I can tell you that it's going to take a while and for the love of god, don't try to marathon this. Watch an episode or two a day, and remember that even slow episodes have something that'll come up later.



If everyone's in a helpful mood, I could use some help choosing between these 5 shows to watch:

Fang of the Sun Dougram
Berserk
Slayers
Super Beast Machine God Dancougar
Magic Knight Rayearth

I should note that I have seen some of all these before, I just can't really choose which one to go with right now.

Depends on whether it's Dancougar or Dancougar Nova and whether it's one of the first three Slayers series, one of the movies, or anything else. If it's Dancougar, then it's a serviceable giant robot show. If not then it depends on how much you like shows such as Graviton since it's much closer to that style than a real giant robot show.

As for Slayers, Slayers Next, and Slayers Try, all three are good but Next is the best followed by Slayers, followed by Try. Slayers in a movie or OVA format is also typically a safe bet. The rest all tend to vary between mediocre and terrible (though mostly to mediocre). Anyway you slice it you're in for JRPG based shenanigans.

I've only read the MKR series and I recall the anime taking things in a different direction. Either way I'm kinda ehh on the series. Good concept but a little too touchy feely for my tastes.

I don't know what to say about Berserk right now as there's movies coming out in Japan right now that are covering the same part of the manga that the series did and probably more. In fact the series is really only good to serve as a jumping off point for the manga which has long since moved on from the point that the series left off (also the problem with getting into the manga is that it takes about three months for a chapter to come out so cliffhangers last just as long assuming the plot doesn't just hang out on a boat while things happen out on the side for years at a whack).



TL;DR: Chroma, HSotD and Nanoha seem right up your alley and GR0 would be a good follow up to both. Mickeymac92, wait on Berserk, Slayers is on Hulu so go with that, and assuming that Dougram is a giant robot show (and how could it not with a name like that) it and Dancougar are also acceptable but not my first picks.
3674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 23, 2012, 10:56:02 PM
It's also easy to think it's good if you go in with really, REALLY low expectations. I'd take this over SO4 any day, at least FFXIII-2 seems to know HOW to have fun with itself.

What amazes me in regards to SO4 was the fact that it started out trying to have fun with itself and failed miserably in regards to both the fun it presented and the willingness to not take itself seriously.

But that's why I generally tend to stay away from Tri-Ace games.
3675  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games That Focus On Exploration on: April 23, 2012, 08:50:05 PM
Any Metroidvania worth its weight should do you.

Oh, a very good idea! I've played a number of Metroid games over the years, but not all of them. I shall go hunting!

You'll want to skip Metroid: Other M as it is the exact opposite of exploration focus.
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It is very much bad anime: the movie: the director's cut: the game-like?. Skip like the plague.

I don't know how exploration focused one could call it, but I've always felt that the first Megaman Legends had an interesting element of exploration to it.
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