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3826  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 on: March 12, 2013, 11:15:37 PM
I've never actually played a Drakengard game, but after Nier I'm intrigued.  Should I go back and play the first two?  Is the gameplay as bad as they say?

The gameplay in the first game is, unfortunately, kinda mediocre. One can basically sum it up as Dynasty/Samurai/Whatever Warriors gameplay but instead of dozens of fairly similar dudes murdering thousands upon thousands of faceless mooks set against ancient China/Japan/etc, its one dude (plus a few ally helpers who can be called in briefly) wielding dozens of fairly similar weapons murdering thousands upon thousands of faceless mooks set in a generic medieval fantasy. The big mechanical difference though is his Dragon (and a particular rhythm minigame, but the less said about that, the better) which not only has her own aerial based missions but can also be called down and used during most foot missions as well to either rain hellfire down upon the waves of trash mobs (except for the ones specifically designed to counterattack your dragon's attacks which do a fuck ton of damage to you as well as forcing you to dismount) or to cover large distances quickly.

That said through, that's not the real reason why Drakengard 1 is so memorable. No. Its the fact that both the narrative and the ascetics grow more and more grimdark/crazy until it hits full on batshit insanity. Its entirely a game about increasingly bad shit happening to bad people while everyone becomes more and more fucked over. In a way, it turns most JRPG plots onto their sides, since, as often happens in video games, the world starts off peaceful but grows ever more dangerous as the events in the game goes on, but with the caveat that unlike in those games, the hero doesn't magically save the day by beating the big bad, and in fact, doing so just makes matters worse.

Drakengard 2 however is a more technically competent game by having more than one proper playable character, but the few mechanical upgrades it enjoys come at the cost of not even going near the levels of batshit insanity that the first game does, but instead, opts for a lot more generic anime stupidity (and the mechanical upgrades do not nearly offset the stupidity surrounding the rest of the game). The only good thing in Drakengard 2 is that Caim, the protagonist of the first game, continues to be the same homicidal maniac he was in the first game (only more pissed off).

Really though, these games are best served by LPs so I'm just going to go ahead and leave this here.


It has both Drakengard games and Nier for your perusal.

Well, it's far from the worst controlling I played, plus in the second half of the game you can get a weapon that just trashes everything, letting you steamroll just to see the story.

EDIT: Caught this on Neogaf:
Quote from: crinale
Yoko and Okabe are back confirmed :D

EDIT 2: Got more:

Quote from: duckroll
According to the regular guy who breaks news on 2ch:

Creative Director: Yoko Taro
Character Design: Kimihiko Fujisaki
Music Director: Keiichi Okabe

Dragon aerial sequences are also confirmed.

I'll update the OP when we have a "visual" confirmation.

So yeah, really interested now. Just play decently enough or let me steamroll the game rather than being a nightmare like Drakengard 1 seemingly was.

Excellent! Simply excellent!

Also, you know that they're going to troll players by throwing in something batshit crazy difficult to do into this. I just hope they take the Nier route and not stick the ending that leads to the not shitty game behind a batshit hard rhythm game.


Scans.  Flower out of the eye.  Sounds painful. D:

God I love Fujisaki's weapon designs.  They look like you could ...kill...things with 'em (I'm out of wit/creative commentary).

Hate to say it, but that sword looks familiar (also the blonde chick, I hope to god they're not Noway & Manna's children).

Edit: More details and another pick for the pile. http://gematsu.com/2013/03/drakengard-3-announced-for-playstation-3
3827  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 on: March 12, 2013, 07:58:51 PM
Get Nier's scenario writer onboard and I'm interested.

Yoko Taro could be a possibility for it since he worked with them on a (mobile or browser iirc) game after cavia got absorbed.
Apparently he was picked because they wanted a gloomy game.

They really need him back. Last thing we need is another Noway being pants on head retarded/anime bullshit superpowers while trying to rescue the flaming pants on head retarded damsel in distress from the either the comically evil/pants on head retarded badguys or Caim.

Then again, it not being Nier 2 disappoints me as well since it means no Emil's super happy fun time with the impending alien invasion. But then again, we could be seeing the coverage of one or more of the short stories that occurred during the whole 'Fall of Jericho/Red Eyes' clusterfuck that preceded Nier (but again, the fact that this is being called Drakengard 3 probably rules out that possibility as well).

Also the link contains some rather confusing details. Hopefully that'll get sorted out over the next week.
3828  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 12, 2013, 01:37:39 AM
^So true.  I have wondered that a few times myself.

Just saw this, had to post it here when I got to the bottom row.

Bigger version for if you can't read the text.

Needed a chihuahua entry to explain why females/anybody would give any fucks about those fuckers (male entry would probably have been 'the Taco Bell dog'/'hideously obnoxious fuckers').
3829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: March 12, 2013, 01:31:37 AM
Clearly you haven't played JRPGs

^ THis is a man.

But yeah, it looks way too effeminate.  "I'm digging the silhouette", if that's a real compliment.

But I thought men were nothing but miserable little piles of secrets?

But unfortunately, I am aware of the not-XBox360 Manga Carta game (and that dude isn't nearly the biggest fashion atrocity that game commits). Besides, that dude's wearing pants (of some kind), unlike the silhouette which is most likely wearing thigh-high stockings like every other JRPG female in the last decade.

Also, all caps your words or don't. Don't just half cap them.
3830  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: March 11, 2013, 09:00:22 PM

I'm going to go out on a limb here and posit that Siliconera is wrong with their theory. Namely because the new character is female and also uses a sword.
3831  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: March 11, 2013, 12:30:20 AM
I made Donnel into my first Dread Fighter since it was either that or Bow Knight for him. He's been everything else so far.

Likewise, I may end up doing the same for Olivia when it comes time for someone to catch the Bride's bouquet.

(And despite how good the design was, I still feel a little jilted by the choice to make Erikia into a Bride. I mean, even a Princess class would've been a throwback to an earlier (in the case of FEIV, a much better) class, just like Dread Fighter was/is.)

And on that note, my next play through of the game will star a male Avatar named Roberts who I will endeavor to reclass into a Dread Fighter and keep him there.

Belated Edit: Then again, having a Bride princess has its own advantages. Too bad, not even the Avatar can get hitched to the DLC characters.
3832  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 10, 2013, 05:00:03 AM
Seriously, Milla's voice....holy crap she sounds like a dude.

Holy shit yeah... totally some balls under that miniskirt.


Probably the only logical explanation as to why a female finally got a legit leading role in a non-Tales of the World title.
3833  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lord British's Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues on: March 09, 2013, 09:32:40 PM
Unfortunately, I remember that same ambition screwing over Tabula Rasa.

Then again, Kickstarters man. They'll get what they need/want from fans rather than from someone who may or may not have the courage to put enough faith into the project (as long as they keep it realistic).

That said, I'm not too sure an MMO where virtual real estate is a limited and supposedly sought after commodity is going to be appreciated when the Chinese gold farmers, hackers, and other assorted assholes, swoop in and claim-jump your $10k property faster than a greedy slimeball after catching wind of the first whispers of gold.
3834  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: March 09, 2013, 09:20:47 PM
So beat chapter 10/11.  I noticed that the game is definitely built around at least some grinding.  I got to chapter 11 and enemies were just overall 3-4 levels higher than me with a few promoted enemies to boot.  A no death run became annoying, so I beat some paralogue chapters and risen or two then I was fine.  Also I started using pair-up a lot more.  Allies with poor speed got paired up with candy thief man and suddenly they were powerful.

I ended up with Sumia.  Kind of wanted Cordelia, but I guess they didn't fight together enough.

If you're playing on either Normal or Hard, you should have enough resources to manage a core party without any grinding or DLC abuse whatsoever (but it typically involves leaning on Frederick and Chrom early on, promoting at or as close to level 10 as possible, sticking to the same support pairings to maximize your time with A or S-ranked supports, supporting based on the value of the pairing stats contributed rather than on who you want to sleep with, opting to bring less than the full deployment amount later on, and to not to be afraid of using glinting tiles/Barracks loot (unless you think that's too much like grinding)). If you're playing on Lunatic, you're pretty much consigned to having to visit each DLC chapter once, at the very least, or to grind (since enemy skills get ridiculous on Lunatic+).

And sadly, Chrom can't get with Cordelia (not that Severa needs Aether to be ridiculous but Sorcerer Lucina would've been awesome and the only overlap would've been Bow Knight between the Mercenary and Archer class lines).
3835  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys: Memories of Celceta... on: March 09, 2013, 02:58:58 AM
Well if you get that Vita you can always play Ys Seven and Oath on it.  Just get them digitally.

But I have Seven and Oath. That's the reason why I want to get a PSP.

Well I'm not sure why you bought games for a system you don't own, but they're only $15 each on the PSN (and I'm pretty sure they've been on sale before for less than that before...), so it's probably cheaper to rebuy them than to buy a PSP just for those two games...

They aren't the only PSP games I own though. I also have TitS, TO, R-Type Command, Gungnir, Persona 1, Persona 2 IS, and a few others.

And to head the next question off at the pass, I was borrowing a PSP to play these games on for quite a while with the intent of picking one up around this point in the console's life cycle. Unfortunately, some random asshole decided to try to corner the market in used PSPs and hunted down/bought up every single used PSP in town to flip on Ebay for a profit (well that, and the fact that the FE 3DS actually made it out of Japan after all so the money that was set aside for the PSP went into that instead).
3836  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 09, 2013, 12:42:24 AM
Me and Eusis got stuck with a shitty name.

Bloody Dark.

Which as a British person I say all the damn time.

"Oh it's bloody dark in here".

I think you were supposed to end up with Bloody Tendencies.

I got Black Rage for my C^2 or double yeses.
3837  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: International Women's Day! on: March 09, 2013, 12:35:53 AM
I spent the day letting my mom rage over mysterious charges on the bills (only a buck 50 from paypal but still worrisome since nobody in the house uses paypal) and the assholes from the local utilities parking in front of her house.

Frankly, I needed the extra sleep.
3838  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys: Memories of Celceta... on: March 09, 2013, 12:24:51 AM
Well if you get that Vita you can always play Ys Seven and Oath on it.  Just get them digitally.

But I have Seven and Oath. That's the reason why I want to get a PSP.
3839  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I think this is why japan's video game industry is taken far more seriously... on: March 08, 2013, 03:17:15 AM
The sample size is far too small for this to be a valid scientific study.

Additionally, the study only compared one person's rack to the game.
3840  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: March 08, 2013, 03:10:30 AM
Alright. I need to fess up and admit that I actually watched King of the Nerds.

And like all other reality shows, this too ended up being a popularity contest and people bringing out their ugly, vicious, cutthroat sides was still the only reason to watch.

Thank god Archer ran on the same time slot as the boring parts of the show usually were and The Daily Show came on just in time to rinse the bile out of my eye sockets.
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