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3691  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VI appears on: May 16, 2011, 08:17:19 PM
Lo and behold, new copies of Dragon Quest V, for retail price:


Aw. So much for me being able to say that I own a copy of a rare game. They did the same thing with FFT too.

That said, like FFT before it, it's better that this game gets to be experienced by more gamers. It really is the best game in the series.
3692  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 16, 2011, 02:58:23 AM
Not sure I've ever seen as many cheap ways to die as in Odin Sphere, I swear, miss one attack and it bites you in the ass.

There's two or three  underlying problems that cause this.

- You can get knocked back by enemies, but that they can't be knocked back by you.
- The 'attack too much and get stunned' thing.
- Potentially, the limited viewing area/weird enemy spawn-in behavior.

Asymmetrical knockback is probably the biggest problem, though, and the second reason I never got past really early on in the rabbit's chapter (the main reason I quit being having to replay those godawful heat/cold damage stages again. It's nice that you have an alchemy system. Forcing the player to grind up some stupid potions to overcome a totally arbitrary cherry tapping bullshit thing that's only present for the sake of being present is just stupid design, though).

You forgot the godawful slowdown. Pieces of debris and other attacks that don't go away upon contact will happily score their hits on you while they slowly chug through your beautifully rendered flesh. It's the leading factor behind that one boss (well actually two) fight being the single worst fight in the game (the running up factors involve goddamn wizards (they have one of the most obnoxious gimmicks in the game to fight effectively, you're seriously lucky to have stopped when you did because they don't show up until the bunny dude's final chapter) and being forced to fight it with the worst character in the game).
3693  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sega announces Monster World 4 (a Japan only Genesis game) to be translated on: May 14, 2011, 05:49:20 PM
I am well aware of the situation. I'm just simply stating my complete and utter disbelief at this turn of events. This was something I greatly anticipated back in '06-'07 when the Wii was brand new and the promise of games flowing plentifully on the VC, not in '11 when we're on the eve of the unveiling of the Wii's successor and the VC has since proven itself to be an utter disappointment.

The only games I've gotten from the VC thus far are Sin and Punishment (was already fully in English, down to the voice acting), Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood (completely untranslated), Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen (because I didn't want to track down a physical copy, though I have since tracked down the PSX port), River City Ransom (from the reimbursement deal offered to those who purchased the Internet Browser), Gunstar Heroes, Shining Force 1, & Puyo Puyo (from the one and only sale ever on VC games, the last of which is completely untranslated, and thus completely superfluous as I've already had Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine on the Genesis).

The tl;dr is that there are other games that have come out on the VC that would've been worth the effort of receiving a localization like Rondo of Blood, but didn't get one (although that particular case had voice acting and was better off left alone). As for Puyo Puyo that's more of the case of it being Puyo Puyo and thus not worth the effort.
3694  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 14, 2011, 03:08:40 AM
I'm on chapter 34 in SRT: OG 1. I have SP Regen on most of the pilots this time around. When I first played it 3-4 years ago, I didn't have SP Regen on anyone so I was stuck at chapter 39.

My copies of SRT: OG 2 and SRT Z2 should be here by the end of the month. Gonna have to brush up on my Japanese a lil bit before playing Z2.

If you can read Japanese and are ordering SRW games off the internet, why the hell are you getting OG2 instead of OGG? OGG is OG1 + OG2 + a little bit extra remastered for the PS2. Seriously. Get it.

OGs though, isn't even worth it.

Also the trick to Chapter 39 in OG1 is to bring EN Drain missiles. In fact, the entire endgame revolves around having EN Draining Missiles. (Ah! OG1. Where I didn't have a fucking clue as to what I was doing and what anything meant aside from higher numbers being better and ended up having Ryoto and his pathetic Astralion (or whatever it's called) lob half a dozen shots of Graviton Launcher per turn at whatever it was that I wanted to die now.)
3695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser IV hits the PSP on: May 14, 2011, 02:29:24 AM

Meanwhile, here's the new opening for the game, along with the old one for comparison.




3696  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Senran Kagura, Thread of "Enormous Breast Hyper Battle" a.k.a. Boobs in 3D on: May 13, 2011, 01:58:10 AM
I honestly thought this was a Joke thread at first. But no, this is serious, and it is awesome.

Kenichiro Takaki, Half-Minute Hero (of 3D boobs)

Speaking of which....
3697  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sega announces Monster World 4 (a Japan only Genesis game) to be translated on: May 13, 2011, 01:51:24 AM
What's so amazing about this is that it's coming on the VC. Usually when dealing with Japan only imports, and really, every other game released for the service, absolutely no changes are made to the Rom. It's been this archaic reasoning that's kept a LOT of Japan only games from continuing to ever see the light of day on the VC. Imagine all the games that could've come out for the VC had Nintendo allowed for localizations for games that didn't originally have one. Bahamut Lagoon, the Romancing SaGa trilogy, Seiken Densetsu 3, Fire Emblems 1 - 5, Treasure of Rudra, Live-A-Live, Treasure Hunter G, Ys IV & V, Final Fantasy's 2, 3, & 5, and so on....

But of course, this is all wishful thinking because we're far more likely to end up with maybe the options screen translated badly and nothing else.
3698  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 12, 2011, 02:25:49 AM
popped in deadly premonition...

not sure if I should say:





exit to dashboard

The first two. You shouldn't even be considering the third one.

Through granted, the combat segments are balls, but the cast is excellent and it has a great plot to it. Plus it's basically Twin Peaks meets Majora's Mask which goes together like a Turkey, Jam, and Cereal Sandwich. It really is up there with Nier as 2010's Diamond in the Rough of the Year.

Played Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth.  Someone traded it in, and I took it.
When I first played this game, I didn't understand, I was young and immature to the Tri-Ace cacophony of different skills and item creation options and all that bullshit.

Trying to get the A ending... it's making me nervous.  The list of requirements is both scary and almost unreasonable difficult to make Lenneth happiest by the ending.  C'est la vie.  The game has been pretty easy, sad I didn't pick the Hard Mode... I might still, it's just a matter of re-scrolling through so much damn text.

Actually Hard Mode is the easiest of the game. A lot of the prizes exclusive to HM easily outweigh the loss of EXP and enemies give more to begin with.
3699  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 11, 2011, 10:37:13 PM
Code Geass Gaiden coming soonish(?)
Lelouch looks like such a girl.
Oh well, he's dead now.

One Shigeru Morita, who did scripts for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and a variety of episodes of Blood+ and Toward the Terra, will be on screenplay duty for the new Geass.


And Kazuki Akane, whose directed works like Vision of Escaflowne and Noein, will helm the new series.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

I'm iffy now. Gundam SEED and Destiny were shit story and character wise, so I have a feeling the story and characters are also gonna be shit here. But I love Escaflowne and Noein, so I don't know how to react.

On the one hand, I don't remember if SeeD and GSD had the same script writer or if I'm mixing up the script writer with director (which is VERY easy to do in GSD's case given the fact that they were one and the same). On the other hand I kinda remember watching Blood+ wondering where did that badass from Blood: The Last Vampire go and why am I having to watch this utterly useless chick sleepwalk around while the even more lifeless bishie does everything for the rest of the cardboard cutouts.

As for Noein, uuuunnnnhhhhgggg.... I'll admit that when it got good, it got good, but that only happened rarely and usually within the fight scenes. I'm pretty sure everything else was technobabble culled from a 5 hour seminar on quantum mechanics or iron manning the good episodes of StarTrek:TNG.

Also which Escaflowne? The TV series or that terrible movie?
3700  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 11, 2011, 11:02:30 AM
I really want to see Thor! I'm thinking of taking my 10 year-old son this weekend. Do you folks think it'll be OK for a kid that age? He's seen other PG-13 movies like Avatar and Nine with no issues.

Totally safe. This is Marvel we're talking about after all. It's no more violent than X-Men or Spiderman.
3701  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: May 11, 2011, 02:18:51 AM
This will probably get you even more excited then. Also the article causally mentioned that it has both on-line and off-line play, which brings its own potential awesomeness.
3702  Media / Single-Player RPGs / 7th Dragon 2020 on: May 11, 2011, 02:12:44 AM

Well this is certainly a thing. Doesn't help that we STILL haven't gotten 7th Dragon 1 yet but maybe they'll have better luck with Sony this time around.
3703  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 10, 2011, 03:12:17 AM
OG2 like most SRW games isn't really that hard unless you're doing the Skill Points/Battle Masteries and you're on your first playthough in which case it actually does get really hard (especially at the end if you're not prepared for it or aren't cheesing the hell out of the WildFalken R). Also god help you if you want to get all the bonus items off of Episode 15 (hint: to get most of them you have to shoot down every enemy rather than escape like you're supposed to do, the other bonus item is received at the start of the episode if you met it's requirements earlier).
3704  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: May 10, 2011, 02:56:46 AM
your talking to someone who eats up strategy rpg's. sprites arent the problem honey. the problem is they STILL have this attacking at air with damage numbers appearing over the enemy. is it to much to ask to at least have the characters jump next to the enemy before attacking?

Didn't you slam FEDS2 for having terrible graphics, and not in the "This is a fine but unfortunately ugly game." sense but in the "This is an awful game because it's ugly.".

Frankly though, can we all agree that at least we're getting to see both combatant groups duke it out at the same time instead of maybe a portrait in the UI if we're lucky.
3705  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 08, 2011, 11:13:36 PM
Recently Viewed Thor. First half kept me wondering whether this movie is going anywhere or not, second half though put on the show. Loki just wasn't that great of a villain in this. Yes, he played both sides well, but you knew from the start that he was the villaiin because he's fucking Loki and of course he's playing both sides. As a result his character motivation felt like it was constantly changing abruptly leaving you to feel as if you really aren't seeing what he's truly after, even by the end. Aside from the action and humor it felt like this movie was trying to turn on every chick in the theater.
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