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3856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 21, 2011, 03:29:32 AM
Yeah, the potential problem is the fact the PSP never had the PS2's momentum, and thus may not be able to thrive at retail for an ungodly amount of time. Maybe they'll surprise there, or at least retailers like Amazon and GameStop will still stock the games online and sell them while digital versions get put up on the PSN, Hell, the fact Trails 3 and Zero are both 1 UMD at least ensure the PSN's still a route if Trails 2 can still hit retail but not those two.

I should note that Ys 1 & 2 have become hard to find as of late. Gamestop and Amazon are your only bets since nobody else really even carries PSP games anymore save for a few generic titles and KH:BbS.

Thankfully, there's always the VC option for the TurboCD port and it's excellent sound quality if you really want to play those games.
3857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Legend of Mana on PSN this week on: March 21, 2011, 03:23:31 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2011/03/20/legend-of-mana-hits-playstation-network-this-week/

Just a heads up so that you can get to sperging out on making that 999 powered 1h sword asap.
3858  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wizardry on the PS3 on: March 20, 2011, 01:27:20 PM
You're all talking like you just found out that Atlus wasn't the niche publisher that used to be. It's been obvious for years now that Atlus gave that throne up when they've adamantly refused to localize Growlanser PSP (also the SRT:OGSaga games but then the OGSaga games weren't made in house like Growlanser was (seriously Atlus, you're going about like if Nintendo still hadn't localized any of the FE games until FEDS1 where the bland and muddy graphics, weird mix of archaic and modern functions, and easy yet bone dry gameplay would've been used to test the market and would've flopped horrendously because nobody would've given the series a chance unless they played the other games through emulation or if somebody like WD published 6 and 8 years ago and saw what the series really had to offer)).
3859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 20, 2011, 04:08:50 AM
Ah. I remember the good old days when FFX first came out and everyone referred to him as to looking way too much like Meg Ryan.

And now that I think about it Hope was probably the stealth MC of FFXIII. Not-Cloud may have gotten top billing, but Hope was the Tidus/Vaan incarnate disguised as a side character. Notice how much time he spends with Not-Cloud much like Chad and Alys of PS4 (and really, all incarnations of the MC/Mentor relationship) except in this case Hope never gets the opportunity to take over for Not-Cloud. My guess is that Not-Cloud will die shortly into FFXIII2 and Hope will finally assume his rightful place as the game's Real MC.


Bullshit aside though, the issue is complicated for a number of reasons, but to boil it down into a short post that I can get out quickly and without confusing the forum goers of this site (because I can get really fucking confusing at times) is that the combination of the fallout from the PS2 era, MMOs, and the utter lack of quality meshed with the blind drive to turn JRPGs into semi-interactive movies. The PS2 era saw a huge boom of JRPGs, many of which are semi decent at best, but were considered to be visual tour de forces thanks to the power of the system versus the cost to develop on it. Thanks to the increased potential of the latest generation and thus cost as well as not quite having a clear surefire frontrunner console like the PS2, many developers sought to find cheaper alternatives like the DS, the PSP, or even Mobile Phones which have developed to the point of being able to play SuperNES and PSX era ports. Further they're still pulling the tricks and bad habits they learned back during the PS2 era like unnecessarily dividing one game into 3 or 4, reducing world building to employing an encyclopedia and turning the rest of it into bland hallways, or still following Squeenix's example of making JRPGs when they really haven't done anything worth mimicking. Additionally MMOs like WoW take a tremendous amount of available playtime for many people cutting into playtime for JRPGs and considering the social aspects of an MMO over the stodgy, recycled, plots of today's JRPGs there isn't even a competition. And finally, to alienate the core JRPG crowd they're moving further and further away from what little perceived control players might of had in the past (in all honesty they haven't lost much at all, if anything, it's just that they aren't even bothering to keep up the charade anymore) to make even more rigid and forced gameplay segments so that developers can focus on writing their stories that they were inspired to write based on their favorite day-time soaps' episode or whatever. They make the games based on how they want them to play out and further remove any sense of chance or variance for their stories to go wrong.
3860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 16, 2011, 11:00:15 AM
I'm sorry, I couldn't read anything in that link because my eyes instantly zoomed in on



WTF? and she looks so happy too.
(Never really played any Disgaea)

They edited this. Now it's a barrel or some shit.
3861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 15, 2011, 05:06:15 PM
I just looked up criminal girls...

wow.
I fear typing that into the allmighty google machine.
I'm just coing to assume it's worse than what I'm thinking it is... because I'm not japanese and am sane.

Basically it's Doki Doki Majo Shinpan but as a dungeon crawler and with god awful character designs.

Edit: FUCK; Beaten.
Never heard of that one. Is that japanese for *heart pound heart pound* major shitpan?
And thanks Yoda. Japan scares me now...

Japan only DS game where you poke big titty moe blobs in suggestive ways.
3862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 14, 2011, 05:08:06 PM
I just looked up criminal girls...

wow.
I fear typing that into the allmighty google machine.
I'm just coing to assume it's worse than what I'm thinking it is... because I'm not japanese and am sane.

Basically it's Doki Doki Majo Shinpan but as a dungeon crawler and with god awful character designs.

Edit: FUCK; Beaten.
3863  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 (9.0?) Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 14, 2011, 04:57:18 PM
After the Japan earthquake, in Amazon Japan the preorder ranking chart, Irem's Zettei Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories [Disaster Report 4] has jumped up 76 positions from No.86 all the way to No.10. The game is about survival after devastating earthquake.

Which is really unfortunate considering this.
3864  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 14, 2011, 04:55:27 PM
Well, I'm liking the NEW thread title.

That said, DQIX: FINALLY! At long last, I have a suit of Victorious Armor (and with no help from Excalipurr despite me beating the fucker 62 times) And thanks to some grinding and the DQVC's generosity over the last three weeks I've collected the following top items:

Deft Dagger
Knockout Rod
Bad Axe
Critical Fan
Vesta Gauntlets
Hallowed Helm
Brain Drainer
Apprentice Gloves
Tropotoga
Victorious Armor

I'm now but one weapon (Bright Staff) and one armor (Angel's Robe) away from finishing up with standard grottoes (aside from hunting down the last two grotto bosses and high enough level water and ice maps to meet and defeat the top encounters therein and also for general exp/gold grinding purposes).
3865  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 14, 2011, 04:41:27 PM
Man! If only these games featured males instead of females they would be vastly more playable (well except for Criminal Girls because that's just pure garbage no matter what gender the characters are).

I guess that's why there's so much anticipation for Cathrine around these parts.
3866  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VI appears on: March 14, 2011, 04:27:50 PM
I beat DQVI over the weekend. I liked the job system a lot, but the characters weren't nearly as endearing as in IV and V.

Haven't played VI yet, but I keep hearing that the characters are endearing, thanks in large part to the party chat, and that they're actually inherently better then V's, which I have played. Have I misheard, or is it just your own personal opinion?

It's not really all that hard for any game to have more endearing party members than DQV considering that much of DQV consists of only your MC and his merry monsters roaming the countryside, although that's not really that big of a deal considering that DQV's story really is the story of the MC's life. The other humans that join during the game consist entirely of the MC's immediate family and friends (with one exception who's major justification for joining consists of his king commanding him to do so), and I REALLY shouldn't have to explain why they would join the MC on his quest.
3867  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Earth Seeker on: March 13, 2011, 11:29:35 PM
Man, if it comes over here I hope they don't change the cover. Or if they do it's another great piece of artwork rather than a Photoshop collage or pre-rendered/in-game stuff.

But there aren't enough scowls on the cover yet.
3868  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 13, 2011, 11:22:25 AM
DQIX: Grounded up a pair of Vesta Gauntlets from Equinox. Now onward to Shogum and his Apprentice Gloves.

Sonnvabitch! This week was the first top armors week in the DQVC and go figure that the first item I get is a second fucking pair of Vesta Gauntlets.

Oh well, at least I've also gotten both the top shield and top helmet since.
3869  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 11, 2011, 08:10:26 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGPGknpq3e0

Nature CAN adapt. (Not at the rate we're destroying it, but still...)
3870  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 8.9 Earthquake hits Japan. on: March 11, 2011, 08:06:50 AM
8.9! Holy Fuck, that huge. Hell LA usually considers a low 7 to be a disaster.

Boy, I hope enough people watched Toyko 8.0 to know how to survive having the precept of two tectonic plates you're country is built over snapping like the chain used to tie an active jet engine down.

Of course this will probably lead to the inevitable sequel Toyko 9.0 once all of this settles down but that's neither here nor there.
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