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3661  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 12, 2011, 03:48:52 AM
The Final Fantasy games with the GBA link cable were extremely fun, but it was very difficult to find friends with the hardware.  I splurged on 3 link cables for my friends, and FF:CC, and it was so much fun.  The girls thought it was cute how the three of us were sitting up straight, actively co-operating... it worked well.

Not saying it wasn't a commercial failure.  Stuff like that needs to be delivered with the initial hardware, and Nintendo is doing that now, so I think it'll be good.  By the way, where the hell was the DS/Wii functionality?  I thought for sure we'd get a Crystal Chronicles games to do that.  Was Nintendo too scared after that Gamecube flop?

They did do that with FFCC:Echos of Time. You got to play a DS game on either your DS or your Wii (versions sold separately).
3662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 10, 2011, 04:33:58 AM
As an European gamer and fan of RPGs, I think this is absolutely hilarious. Yay for karma!

And the worst part is that I can't even say FFVI anymore. You fucks got it on the VC months ago and we're stuck with either the slow and crashy as hell PSX version or the washed out/horribly tinny GBA port (although thankfully we DO have something to tide us over in Chrono Trigger from a few weeks ago).
3663  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 09, 2011, 02:54:32 PM

I'm not really bothered by the only slight upgrade in graphics I guess

Well, we don't know if it's slight, rumors are pointing to a power7 cpu and an AMD gpu superior to the 4870. Though not a generational leap, it would be a significant upgrade. Problem is that by the time it hits the market people will already be talking about next gen (there's no way in hell the next xbox wont be at next year's E3) and it will be current gen all over again.

Unless they try for another year of Kinect marketing. And frankly they could've upgraded this year instead of wasting their time on Kinect. They're kinda likely to waste their time next year stealing the Wii U's concept to implement in either the 360 or whatever 720 is down the road. Of course they could go through with a 720 upgrade next year then spend the two years after that clumsily trying to copy the Wii U's Swiss Army Controller instead.

If you really want to go the fanboy route all Mircosoft needs to do is to overhaul their online infrastructure and make whatever new attempts made by Nintendo at online into a backwards, incompetent, half-hearted effort on their part for the next 5 years or so.


and suddenly BAM, 2012 is looking like mostly shovelware.

And the end/new beginning of the world/humanity, don't forget about that.

That's assuming we even make it past October.




Maybe the RPGFan people have better/different sources, but I haven't heard a peep about the E3 show outside of gaming sites. I don't think the general public even knows it's going on, let alone cares.






The general public definitely knows. A lot of my E3 news was coming from tech websites that aren't necessarily related to gaming. There was even E3 news when I was browsing through the NPR news sites.

Heck you could've turned on the TV to Spike TV (provided you have cable and can tolerate terrible channels) and watched the events unfold.


Rumors were pointing to a new xbox this E3 and I'm sure it would've happened if kinect hadn't been such a success. It breathed new life into the xbox by opening the gates of casual gaming and MS didn't want to break that momentum, thanks to kinect they still see potential for market growth with the current xbox. I seriously doubt that they'll get away with that next year though.
I'm curious to see sony's reaction but since MS didn't make the move they probably wont either, they have all their developers firing on all cylinders developing games for the PS3, not even the biggest studios seem to be thinking about the PS4 yet. 2013 looks likely for both machines, with the xbox probably coming a bit earlier.

I doubt Sony's going to release a new console in the near future. They were VERY big on that whole "We'll repeat the PS2's success with a new 10 year console that looks like a George Foreman grill that you can control with a boomerang." back when they released this in 2007, and it would kinda look bad if their 10 year console couldn't even make 5. Besides Nintendo just blew it's load only to catch up with the others. Microsoft's the only one in a position to take the next big leap into the next generation, but the Kinect, diminishing returns, and the lack of a new storage format are probably keeping them from making that leap as well.

The only thing I can see the others doing next year is plagiarizing the WiiUmote while new versions of that "IT PRINTS MONEY!!!".GIF show up all over the place.
3664  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 09, 2011, 02:32:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTU84uwyN5w
3665  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 08, 2011, 09:42:17 PM
Maybe. We ARE getting at least one concession out of this though....

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/07/surprise-dragon-quest-monsters-joker-2-will-travel-to-the-u-s-this-august/

Better than nothing I guess.

No seriously guys, WHAT THE CHRIST!?!
3666  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: June 08, 2011, 02:45:35 PM
Sorry. You're stuck with AT&T like early iPhone adopters were. That's why everyone was either laughing at or booing the $300 version. It's the suckers' choice. Seriously, don't do it.


I might actually get this sooner than later. My PSP 2000 screen's screwed up, I have quite a few PSN downloaded games I can burn through during the first few months, and honestly I've come to like the PSP quite a bit.

Depending on how brickable this is I might be tempted to adopt early too. Too bad my UMD library is now useless.
3667  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 08, 2011, 02:39:56 PM

I'm not really bothered by the only slight upgrade in graphics I guess

Well, we don't know if it's slight, rumors are pointing to a power7 cpu and an AMD gpu superior to the 4870. Though not a generational leap, it would be a significant upgrade. Problem is that by the time it hits the market people will already be talking about next gen (there's no way in hell the next xbox wont be at next year's E3) and it will be current gen all over again.

Unless they try for another year of Kinect marketing. And frankly they could've upgraded this year instead of wasting their time on Kinect. They're kinda likely to waste their time next year stealing the Wii U's concept to implement in either the 360 or whatever 720 is down the road. Of course they could go through with a 720 upgrade next year then spend the two years after that clumsily trying to copy the Wii U's Swiss Army Controller instead.

If you really want to go the fanboy route all Mircosoft needs to do is to overhaul their online infrastructure and make whatever new attempts made by Nintendo at online into a backwards, incompetent, half-hearted effort on their part for the next 5 years or so.


and suddenly BAM, 2012 is looking like mostly shovelware.

And the end/new beginning of the world/humanity, don't forget about that.

That's assuming we even make it past October.




Maybe the RPGFan people have better/different sources, but I haven't heard a peep about the E3 show outside of gaming sites. I don't think the general public even knows it's going on, let alone cares.






The general public definitely knows. A lot of my E3 news was coming from tech websites that aren't necessarily related to gaming. There was even E3 news when I was browsing through the NPR news sites.

Heck you could've turned on the TV to Spike TV (provided you have cable and can tolerate terrible channels) and watched the events unfold.
3668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, Spring 2012 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: June 08, 2011, 01:52:13 PM
More details:

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Here's one possible way that teamwork will play a role in the game. Your weapons can be damaged and destroyed. If you lose a weapon, you'll have to fight barehanded until a thief steals a weapon.

Kamitani mentioned one limitation about the game's elf class. If you use a bow and arrow as your weapon, you'll be limited in the number of arrows. You can recover arrows by touching dead enemies.

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If you die during your play session, you will be revived after a some tens of seconds, assuming you have lives left of course. If all players in your party die, you're all returned back to town.

There will be a few communicative aspects to the game. You won't be able to chat, but you will be abel to do greetings and create a dying message.

I'm not totally sure if I'm reading this part right, but it seems that the game will have a Demon's Soulish system in place where the dead bodies of other players will appear in your game session as bones. From the bones, you can see information about the other player and their dying message. If you like a particular player, you can take his bones and covert it into an NPC for future use.

Kamitani says that Dragon's Crown is a game he truly wanted to make, and he's putting his full strength behind it. He said to expect a number of additional elements beyond what has been announced thus far.

http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/06/08/dragons_crown_bits/

Apparently, this game's been in development hell since the Dreamcast era. Cool to see it getting the green light this time (now that the tech is sufficient enough to handle all those thighs).
3669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 08, 2011, 01:45:28 PM
For some reason I think that we didn't lose anything of value here, but yeah, it's kinda disappointing I guess.

I mean, JRPGs... eh.

That's what I think for games like Fatal Frame IV that turn out to be buggy as hell, or games that end up receiving limp importer/reviewer reception like ASH. This isn't one of those, having received exceedingly positive importer impressions and high user scores in Japan. By all accounts it's the real deal this time, something that'd actually be remembered by most past this generation.

... That, and it really does sound like what JRPGs need. Something refreshing from the gameplay angle rather than being another shallow DQ/FF clone.

Hell the videos I've seen of it on Youtube show some really fucking awesomeness off. Just navigating alone, the party is running along this ledge overlooking this huge and beautiful lagoon way the hell down below. In any other game you're stuck walking along that narrow path until it's conclusion, lagoon or not. In this, all you gotta do is jump.

I dare anyone to name another instance like that in any other RPG that isn't also a cutscene event only.


I just realized. The reason Nintendo might be using is that the previous Wii RPGs didn't sell very well. Of course there were, what, two? Tales of Symphonia 2 which wasn't really that good, and Arc Rise Fantasia which had a rather bad translation and almost no advertising whatsoever. Of course, Namco Bandai seems to have the same opinion regarding the sales of Tales of Symphonia 2, so it may have rubbed off.

This might almost hold up if Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon didn't do too well and justified not bringing over Heroes of Light and Shadow, instead of doing well enough like it did.

There's seriously no good reason why these games shouldn't be localized (unless it involves localization issues like absurd demands, way too much text, cost of distribution, a localizers' strike, ect).
3670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 07, 2011, 07:51:44 PM
Maybe. We ARE getting at least one concession out of this though....

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/07/surprise-dragon-quest-monsters-joker-2-will-travel-to-the-u-s-this-august/

Better than nothing I guess.
3671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 07, 2011, 07:39:56 PM
You're right to doubt.

http://www.1up.com/news/mario-party-9-confirmed-xenoblade-the-last-story-nowhere-to-be-seen

Still haven't seen any word on what's going on with FEDS2 yet either....

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!
3672  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 07, 2011, 01:50:00 PM
SO... I'm going to have to get every weapon in the game to finish Scenario C? Screw that. I'm looking up a guide on NeoSeeker and printing it. But Scenario B of Nier was great. I shall review it like Starmongoose does:

:)
:0
D:
:)
o-o
oOo
?
:(
:'(
D':
:'O
:^D
>:^(

Now to print a cheat sheet.

Shouldn't be hard. All of the missed weapons can be bought at blacksmiths and you don't even have to worry about upgrading any of them (aside from the broken Hymms Finger/Iron Will for plot reasons).

Besides there's still spoilers.
3673  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 07, 2011, 01:46:03 PM
Also Wii U haters shut up. Of course it's not going to blow the PS360 out of the water. They've just now caught up and made themselves a viable console for 3rd party devs to work with instead of having to tone all of their games down or shovel kiddie crap onto it. The point is that there's now a console level DS out there while Sony and Microsoft are still dicking around with their Move and Kinect.

Now it's time to go perusing the sites for any info on a NA release date for Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story.

Edit: Also the Wii U is confirmed at 1080p.
3674  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 07, 2011, 01:27:25 PM
Five minutes in and Nintendo's already put everyone else to shame.

Granted the middle was weak but hearing all those REAL games coming out on the Wii U helped make up for it.


In 2016 they will reveal the wii-u-dem.

Will nintendo ever come up with a new IP? Like ever?

You fool, you know that in 2016 they're going to call it the Wii U 2.
3675  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: June 07, 2011, 11:59:43 AM
The problem here is that you're trying to compare apples and oranges. Console games have an entirely different standard set to them than phone apps. They're built differently and cater to different markets. Handheld games are sort of the middle ground in all of this. Not as much power as a console but far more capable than a purely touch screen driven interface. More expensive to make than cheap and casual apps but much cheaper and less resource intensive than a console game.

A phone really likes it's touchscreen because it can be smaller and sleeker and can easily fit in your pocket. Consoles obviously can't, and handhelds are the middle ground.
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