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3856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 22, 2013, 03:50:54 AM
Pokemon Conquest, and Rocket Slime?

I forgot about these two. Rocket Slime in particular was criminally underrated.

As for Front Mission, the reason why I didn't bring that up was because the game was hilariously unbalanced. Rockets, Dual-wielding Pistols, and the eventual ability to target specific body parts just allowed you to one shot anybody, and enemies rarely if ever had anything really close to this in the main game.


I'll admit, I was kinda reaching with that one. As I mentioned earlier, there were surprisingly few non-dungeon crawler, non-gimmicky bullshit laden RPGs for the DS. I mean, look at Black Sigil. It wanted to be a CT clone so badly but wound up stupidly long-winded, wasn't really balanced at all, and even felt like it was only play tested enough to determine that it was possible to beat it without the game crashing or turning into an unwinnable mess. Meanwhile there were games like Soma Bringer (admittedly a dungeon-crawler but far better than even Summon Knight: Twin Age let alone half the other dungeon crawlers on the system, and probably on par or even better than even EO3) or Metal Max 2/3 that would've kicked ass, yet they couldn't achieve escape velocity from Japan's orbit (not like that stopped ToH for some reason).

As for GS:DD, the problem is that it was 'only alright' at best. It's been over 15 years since Beyond the Beyond was made and the only thing I felt Camelot has learned since then is to make their games piss easy and flashy to compensate for their continuing inability to balance a game.

You know, I've had this very argument with people before and they all seemed to think I was crazy.  "The DS was great for JRPGs" is a mantra that people repeat so much they don't even question it anymore.  But when you really look at the catalog...if you're not into pure dungeon crawlers (which I'm not, really) there are very few stand-out titles.  There may be a lot of games but most of them were pretty forgettable.  Personally I think the PSP had a much better selection of JRPGs but I've been called a heretic for saying that...

But I'm not surprised by the number of VNs on the list because there were some pretty good ones on the DS.

The problem with the DS is that it was where Squeenix really started to lose it (well actually, they started to lose it back during the PS2/GBA era but they still put effort and a shitload of cash into their mothership titles on the PS2; when the GBA died and they had to start focusing on the DS, they pretty much delegated it to ports/remakes, compilation entries, and experimental titles with DQIX being the only real exception to this) and the attempts at filling the void were largely met with lame dungeon crawlers, crappy SRPGs, or remakes. There weren't a lot of original CRPGs or good SRPGs, and of what was there, many wound up stranded in Japan. And I agree with you that the PSP had the better RPG selection that generation. Unfortunately, most of them came out after the PSP had died outside of Japan.
3857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Magus on: November 22, 2013, 12:51:23 AM
If Gematsu is to be believed, its for skills, not magic of either kind.

But I still prefer my theory of it being a stealth colour adjuster for thy monitour.
3858  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 22, 2013, 12:44:37 AM
Say what you will about the DS remake of FF3, but at least it had the decency to tone down some of the original's bullshit like the Salamander fight, the Garuda fight, the Cave of Ancients/Cave of Darkness, and so on. Too bad they pretty much had to since they nerfed the shit out of the later jobs (although Sage is still the definitive magic using job in the game, you'll just want to pair it with a Devout instead of a second Sage; but Ninja isn't really worth it anymore since they're made of glass, you're better off with a Dark Knight and whatever you've been using since the Water Crystal and/or Onion Knight).
3859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Magus on: November 22, 2013, 12:26:33 AM
I'm hoping he'll be customizable.

Really, the idea sounds incredibly promising and I'd like to support Aksys, but I think I'm going to need more convincing.

If there is, I wouldn't be surprised if you can choose how far you can turn this guy's 5-o'clock shadow into a full on stubble. The armor will of course have a spikes-to-defense ratio where the more spikes and gold lines it has, the better the defense rating. Bonus points if the shoulders and leggings get big enough to look like it came from Warhammer 40k.


I like Aksys but I'm not going to support crap just because it has their name on it...

Edit: Just for the heck of it I checked out the game's website.  Even that seems half-assed...

From the Gameplay section:
Quote
There are three different kinds of magic present in the game: red, blue, and green.

Each magic type has a Basic spell and a much more powerful Strong spell; alternate between the two depending on the situation to destroy all of those foolish enough to stand against you.

....

You can absorb magic from the colored gems and stones scattered throughout the world.

Once your powers are charged, you can go on the offensive. Basic magic spells do the least amount of damage to enemies, but do not use Mana.

Strong magic spells do significantly more damage than the Basic spells. While they do not use Mana either, these types of spells take longer to cast and have a cool down period before they can be used again.

So what the heck is mana for?!



Judging by the screenshot here, I'd say to have three additional ugly, half-assed looking UI bars beneath the ugly, half-assed looking health bar.
3860  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 21, 2013, 09:37:24 PM
Oh god what did I do

No I mean I was wondering what AEOLUS thought was that was giving him the dread.

Starmongoose nailed it.

On that note, @punkygooster: GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!! and into my car.
3861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Magus on: November 21, 2013, 09:29:57 PM


How can you look at this and not think protagonist? You have a medieval bald spache mahrein and his 'is she supposed to be hot?' female sidekick.

I have nothing to worry about from this game after all.
3862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 21, 2013, 09:20:52 PM
Everyones a critic.

I'm kinda cringing at a few of the titles people DID want to see...Or at the very least, they had one good feature amongst many other problems (Rondo of Swords was a cool idea but felt kinda gross and unpolished...and it was freaking hard).


Why all the hate for Dark Dawn?  I thought it was alright.  I think the "ending" is the biggest offence given the title's current status. :P
Then again, I might be cooler with it since I paid ten bucks and got a pretty good ride out of it


I'll admit, I was kinda reaching with that one. As I mentioned earlier, there were surprisingly few non-dungeon crawler, non-gimmicky bullshit laden RPGs for the DS. I mean, look at Black Sigil. It wanted to be a CT clone so badly but wound up stupidly long-winded, wasn't really balanced at all, and even felt like it was only play tested enough to determine that it was possible to beat it without the game crashing or turning into an unwinnable mess. Meanwhile there were games like Soma Bringer (admittedly a dungeon-crawler but far better than even Summon Knight: Twin Age let alone half the other dungeon crawlers on the system, and probably on par or even better than even EO3) or Metal Max 2/3 that would've kicked ass, yet they couldn't achieve escape velocity from Japan's orbit (not like that stopped ToH for some reason).

As for GS:DD, the problem is that it was 'only alright' at best. It's been over 15 years since Beyond the Beyond was made and the only thing I felt Camelot has learned since then is to make their games piss easy and flashy to compensate for their continuing inability to balance a game.
3863  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 21, 2013, 07:25:24 PM
Finally got Shimakaze in KanColle.  She's pretty rare and I've been trying for a long time...

Yeah, this is all I play these days...

So, are you starting to feel sexual attraction for boats yet?

Buuuurniiiing Loooooove!

Arragh! I just realized what the hell this is.


Got Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds.

= Goddammit Nintendo... I'LL STOP PLAYING WHEN I WANT TO STOP.  THANK YOU.

I really hope this isn't what I think it is.... :ohdear:
3864  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGFan's 20 Top 20 DS Games on: November 21, 2013, 07:18:25 PM
And while I know nobody cares about them, here's my opinions anyways.

Golden Sun shouldn't have been on that list. The original games are overrated as hell and Dark Dawn wasn't much better.

Bowser's Inside Story is way too low, especially in light of the many VNs that got rated over it (admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of VNs given the whole "I don't find the writing amazing enough to offset the complete and total lack of gameplay."). This should've been at least within top the 15.

Tales of Hearts, lolwut? Call me when it actually makes it outside of Japan.

VNs. Half of these should have never made the list and should make room for actual games. That said, I'd say keep Hotel Dusk, 999, Ghost Trick. Maybe not where they are but keep them on the list.

Chrono Trigger is debatable. Obviously it should be lower just by virtue of only having portability as the only meaningful change made to this particular port. The rest of the changes are the usual Squeenix cramming in that ROM Hack Supra Dungeon +1 and littering it with Swords of Infinity +1. No bonus points for the useless monster arena and terribly shoe-horned in extra ending that exists solely to do a hilariously bad job tying this game into Chrono Cross.

FFIV I'd rank lower, but not by much. The fact that it's an actual remake (although maybe not the best remake, I would still rank it a better job than either FFIII or either of the FE games got) does justify it's presence on the list, but top ten is a bit much.

Radiant Historia should've made top 3 easily, shoddy production values be dammed. It's one of the biggest game changers in JRPGs in the last decade, losing out to an Ace Attorney game is unacceptable.

DQV and Devil Survivor. I can't say anything on Devil Survivor as I haven't played it yet but I do suspect that it this weren't SMTFan it wouldn't have made top 10 let alone top 3. DQV is a port of a remake, but admittedly its also the first time it's left Japan and its a damn shame that it took so long, I have no beef with it's placement.

And TWEWY. Yeah, objectively this is probably the correct decision, but only because it has better production values than RH got.


And for notable absences. FF:4HoL, maybe Infinite Space, and either Knights in the Nightmare or Rondo of Swords or VP: Covenant of the Plume or DQVI or FE:New Mystery of the Emblem (although debatable it did receive a fanslation) or LoZ:Spirit Tracks or Pokemon Black/White. One or two of the above (man, there were a lot of mediocre and/or stranded in Japan RPGs for the DS; there's like another half a dozen games that could've made the list if they had just left Japan (yes, including ToH)).


Ninja Edit: I will say thank you for not including more than SMT:SJ for dungeon crawlers. Those fuckers were everywhere and most were mediocre as hell.
3865  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: November 21, 2013, 02:23:14 AM
You know, every so often a funny episode of South Park comes along. But in this case, these Game of Consoles episodes are just hilarious. I hope the finale will be able to deliver on this one.
3866  Media / General Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 20, 2013, 02:33:50 AM
WiiU Sonic level is also confirmed in today's pic. Gonna be another Green Hill Zone-alike stage, but it doesn't look anywhere near as tactical as Brawl's Green Hill Zone was.
3867  Media / General Games / Re: Xseed localizing Senran Kagura Burst on: November 20, 2013, 02:23:43 AM
Now that I've seen a bit more of the game I recall a site doing an article about this with that snide "OH, JAPAN!" tonality, so it's actually kind of nice to see games like this get an audience over here so those writers can choke on their foot.

Do you mean this one?
3868  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 20, 2013, 02:20:19 AM
http://imgur.com/gallery/FSFen

Sailor Moon has cat-ear-bones..... She's also a Japanese anime character.... seems legit.

Really cool idea and certainly emphasizes how character traits and expression are really emphasized with how they look (certainly Wally Gator has one hell of a strut and tail bone).

I love how Batman's shoulder blades are the size of his pelvis.

Also, how could Link perform such impressive stunts....with such tiny feet?
3869  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 19, 2013, 01:58:01 PM
I agree with you though, there's rumors of them going to recast characters from the original trilogy in the new Star Wars....

just use some fresh fucking ideas! That expanded universe is so amazing and yet they keep going back to the same crap.

To be fair to ST again, the original timeline is bookended by Enterprise and Voyager. There's not really a lot they can do with that without having to address those turds.

And to be fair to SW, if I recall the main saga correctly, the remaining plot is basically Luke starting up a new Jedi order, nearly slipping over to the Dark Side to deal with the Emperor's New Clones, and getting bailed out by Leia and her kids. Besides, everyone knows that SW Expanded Universe is a colossal clusterfuck of like a million different things happening just off screen of the main trilogy all at once. To a certain degree, I'd be happy if they just steered clear of that shitstorm.
3870  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 19, 2013, 01:42:43 PM
I'd be surprised about Conception 2, except it seems to be a "thing" now to bring over super-niche JRPGs that test the limitations of the ESRB.

Eh, innuendo aside Conception is pretty clean.  They're making magical children in a magical way.  This doesn't even come close to the level of fanservice in, say, Senran Kagura or something.

It's not the fanservice that bothers me, it's the mediocrity of the premise. The first game looked infinitely dull and this one didn't look like it improved on the first enough to be worth my time.

I'd rather have that SRW OG fighting game over this.
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