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3931  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 20, 2012, 12:54:45 PM
In other news Gai Rei Zero proved surprisingly satisfying, wrapping up nicely with a few plot twists toward the end of its short little run whilst still leaving plenty of room for more if in fact more is to come.... I don't normally jump for the "bad-ass monster-slaying chick-with-a-sword" stuff either.... usually seems horribly generic to me ever since I tried watching the atrocity that was Blood C after the Last Vamp film.... One thing I must mention didn't like too much was some odd cg visuals for the demons is GRZ..... but then again I never really dig the inclusion of the CG stuff......

More might have come since then. In fact there may be a reason why 'Gai Rei Zero' didn't just call itself 'Gai Rei'. Perhaps that added 'Zero' was meant to indicate something.

(Hint hint....)
3932  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okami HD on: June 20, 2012, 12:44:00 PM
On the one hand, I haven't gotten a chance to play this in any form yet so an HD port would be a great jumping in point.

On the other hand, it's a Crapcom game and I'm finding it very hard to justify spending any money on this, even in light of the above statement.
3933  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys (IV) Celceta, Sea of Trees on: June 20, 2012, 12:35:16 PM
Bamping with an update,


or two.

3934  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: June 20, 2012, 12:25:27 PM
Parasite Eve 2: Its like a resident evil game (pre-RE4), but does enough to differentiate itself from them (you can purchase spells that do a lot to make combat a lot more manageable than your typical pre-RE4 RE game does, ammo isn't that big of a concern and neither is limited saves). A decent game that actually manages to avoid some of the more standard cliches that survival horrors are known for. Too bad it's the very last game in the Parasite Eve line and that there never was a proper or true follow up since (though pretenders have tried) and with Squaresoft being nothing more than a fading memory of a bygone era there's absolutely no chance for a Parasite Eve 3. (NO CHANCE AT ALL!!!)
3935  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: June 20, 2012, 12:16:03 PM
So I wouldn't call this a depressing cash-in (or at least not depressing)

Preview: 1/7 Selvaria Bles Swimsuit Ver. No.9 BIG Size Images

What about this then?

I like the figure but there's people saying that this depressing.

To be fair though, the only difference that character has from her initial appearance in the first game is the lack of her normal outfit. The series has always been anime war as hell.

What is depressing though is Sega's continued refusal to understand what people saw in the first game to begin with (I mean, sure they realized other games could benefit from VC's gameplay mechanics, but the Shinning series is, if anything, even more painfully anime than all of VC and the game in question looks to be even a bigger step back from those established mechanics).
3936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: June 20, 2012, 11:59:02 AM
Xenogears: It's a really ambitious game for its time and it shows with an incomplete 2nd disk (that mostly involves chairs, slide shows, and highschool level dramatic reenactments). It was also intended to be part of a much larger series which also never happened (there are a lot of details the game basically winks at and suggests that there's a lot more to it than they're telling you but you'll never know because they'll never cover it). And the localization was pretty dismal so a number of details also gets lost in translation. Other complaints involve the fact that there are a few areas that are rather difficult to play through (like Nocturne's Sewers or the Tower of Babel or that particular double whammy boss rush during disk 2). That said it's probably worth at least one go through just to see what it's all about and if you like giant robot anime then you might like the homages and borrowed plots from them (and if not well you'll get to see something new).

Vagrant Story: Fun game, even if it's a dungeon crawler. It does require you to figure out how its complex systems work to minimize grinding. Platforming can be a pain at times though. Plot's interesting, but again nothing comes of it despite the suggestions (that its merely a prologue for the real game that never came). Again, worth a playthrough just to see what the fuss is all about.

Grandia: Was never a big fan. Mostly due to having played through Grandia 2 and seeing what it's all about from that. In my opinion, if you've played one Grandia game you've played them all. I'll give credit for trying to run with a lighthearted adventure romp but it degenerates into generic and uninspired JRPG trash (but then again, every Grandia game save for Xtreme and 3 does this in which the former doesn't even bother with a plot and the latter dispenses with the trying not to be painfully generic and uninspired at the start even though it still manages to go downhill from there).

Parasite Eve: I'm almost willing to say that mechanically speaking, this game is basically a predecessor to what Vagrant Story did with its gameplay (except for making Bazooka shooting Shotguns instead of Swords that cuts skeletons, bats, and things weak to earth better than a Mace that crushes humans, lizards, and things weak to water and/or fire). Plotwise it's as entertaining as mutant monsters take NYC, so if you like monster flicks then it might appeal to you.

Alundra: Have not tracked down and played this yet.

Suikoden 2: A bit overrated but a solid game. Mainly benefits from the fact that it's part of a interconnected series that spans six games. Unfortunately the series kinda loses its direction by the third game so don't expect a resolution to any of the major questions hanging over the series. Still a fun game even if its buggy as hell and requires a guide and almost perfect planning to 100% in one or even two runs.
3937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: June 19, 2012, 03:36:24 PM
It seems to be a phase that various series seem to be taking lately. Gundam and Queen's Blade and nearly Sakura Taisen have all taken to browser based gameplay, just to name a few examples.

So I wouldn't call this a depressing cash-in (or at least not depressing), of course I'm more worried about SoA basically hanging on by threads at this point and not being able to bring out anything more than Sonic and the occasional PSO title, nevermind a new VC game when one actually comes out.
3938  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 19, 2012, 08:45:11 AM

Here's $5! Go buy some game!

(Preferably not this one.)
3939  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 17, 2012, 11:13:28 PM
Finally got around to finishing up Heroman. I could see this go into an SRW game without missing a beat. Of course wanting to see a series get into an SRW game is one thing, seeing it make it is another (and I just don't see it happening any time soon).
3940  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: June 17, 2012, 11:07:51 PM
Not really in the spirit of this thread but I feel like I need to get that Metal Gear HD collection. I haven't played one since the 1st one on the psx and as a lifelong gamer I feel that I should give that series a serious snake.

MGS2 will fuck you up son.

...in a good way, I guess. Well it depends honestly.

I misread that and audibly groaned at the bad pun that didn't exist (at least until I 'fix'ed it).

Anyways MGS3 is where it's at. The other games get way too hoisted by their own pretentious petards for their own good, although despite that MGS1 is still pretty solid.
3941  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 17, 2012, 10:51:16 PM
And now you can safely block all further messages from that particular user in full confidence of your victory.
3942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: June 17, 2012, 06:08:58 AM
i dont give a rats ass about exploration just means more opportunity for me to get lost. so is the combat fun?

Getting lost isn't that big of a problem in this game thanks to the waypoint system where you just open up the map, select the waypoint you've been to closest to your destination that you want to go to, and there you are easy peasie.

As for combat, imagine FFXII's combat but without all the annoying and ass that plagued FFXII's combat. You don't transition to an boxed off battle arena whenever you get into a fight, you don't have to fumble about with menus during fights, instead you have an action pallet where you a bunch of skills and spells are located, although there aren't any items, using spells and skills only cost cooldown time save for your main ability which requires charging up through combat, enemies have helpful indicators over their heads that tell you how badly they'll kick your shit in as well as if they're going to chase after you or whether they'll assemble into a swarm and rush your sorry ass, there's no need for a basic understanding of programming, treasure is regulated to enemies, quests rewards, and trading, while maps contain shinnies that can be collected for more prizes or for trading, all equipment shows up on your character model instead of just weapons, non-basic attack abilities can't be tied down by enemies abusing the game's query system, you can perform combo attacks once you've charged up enough meter for it which involves cycling through party members and using skills and spells of the same color, and if you're not feeling up to fighting or you want to get the hell out of dodge then you'll be pleased to know that running away in this game actually works versus FFs XII or XIII-2.

The tl;dr is that this game has somewhere between serviceable and fun combat which is a far cry above any other game that uses a similar combat system. And with that said, and call this a hunch, but for some reason I suspect that you will not like this game. But I'll have to play deeper to know for sure.
3943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chrono Break officially announced; out Summer 2013... on: June 17, 2012, 05:41:57 AM
Viper was a baller for being able to call down an air strike and for wielding a motherfucking anchor sword. Though Fargo was the man thanks to a quick level 7 tech and being the only one to steal those wonderful plates or so I would have said if that godawful S.S. Zebless didn't exist or at least if it wasn't his alternate self who was responsible for trapping you there to begin with (though I will give him the fact that he looks like a pirated Freddy Mercury, but man oh man, does everything about S.S. Zebless suck ass). Actually I'll probably go with the Luchidor Priest/Exorcist or that guy from Mad Max 2.

Also to get Glen, all you need to do is to tell the doc that a crazy bitch named Kid ain't worth savin'; this ain't Heroes after all.

As for Radiant Historia, my problem with it was the fact that it really was tied down by it's shoe string budget. It still amazes me that we even got to see it make it off the drawing board.
3944  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 16, 2012, 03:15:31 PM


Luigi's still the master of Mario Party Zen.
3945  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Michael Bay talks TMNT movie! says, "They are from an Alien Race..." on: June 16, 2012, 02:17:37 PM

I'll believe it when I see a Chrono Break. ):<
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