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3931  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: December 21, 2011, 11:21:22 PM
525k first week sales; appears the Japanese were VERY hesitant to buy the game despite all the improvements and high Amazon reviews. While it's not a bomba, I'm disappointed. There's so much awesome they've put in this game that it's sad to see it sell so poorly.

500k is bad in Japan? 

I think lifetime sales might improve with word of mouth and reviews then.  If they are as good (seems like less complaints are flying around the internet with 13-2)

For Final Fantasy it is; although I wouldn't entirely pin the blame on XIII given the disaster that XIV was and the disappointment with XII. Type 0 has probably been the best FF release since XI and a lot of the faith and goodwill the series had since XI has been pissed away.
3932  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: December 21, 2011, 11:16:41 PM
It's that plus they really have been trolling Growlanser fans for awhile now given how many times they keep pointing towards Growlanser V and saying it's our fault for not being supportive enough. Hell right now I still suspect that the new clue set is alluding to something other than Grow IV like Gloria Union or GalGun.

With that said, what's the word on Gungnir? General details, no spoilers, how bad is it to be OCD with this, ect....

so CC thus all western games suck?  And most obscure eastern games are on a platform which is unfortunately pretty much dead here which requires manufacturing.  I'd rather have them release small games here which are obscure, quirky, and fun which have low costs to keep them afloat to release more megaten games here as opposed to releasing high risk games which cost a lot and go under here.

And since when was GoT obscure?  Books sell like mad and the TV series is well received, doesn't sound obscure to me.

and I'm sorry a good game is a good game, who gives a shit where it came from.  Seems kinda stupid to snub a game purely where it comes from.

Oh yeah I actually know why Growlanser 1 never came out here, but sadly I can't go into details.

You can't just say that and not follow up on it (unless you're just scratching with nothing more than common knowledge like the crap that kept SRW:OGS1 in Japan).
3933  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 21, 2011, 10:12:14 AM
Got SS. Liking it, but I'm having the hardest time making my Loftwing gain altitude. Gave up on the race. I'll figure it out later.

You need to flap your arms like the fucking bird man.
3934  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 21, 2011, 10:08:53 AM
I finally watched Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa and I'm pretty mixed about it.
The movie itself is good and I would recommend it to anyone who watched Macross Frontier and didn't hate it, but I just can't understand why they modified the plot so much. The other movies before that one were only slightly different but this one is completely different. I wouldn't mind this so much if the new plot was as good as the one in the serie... but sadly it isn't.
The majority of the movie is fine, but it sinks when it reaches the ending. In the serie, the last 2 episode were an amazing mix of music, emotion and action. This new version, at the final battle instead treats us to music (always interrupted by speeches), very few emotion (if you watched the original, lets just say that nobody died at all, only 2 MIA that probably died, but nobody seems to give a damn about it) and a lot less action. They decided to cut most of what made the original ending incredible to instead make time for people 'understanding the Vajra and feeling their pain'.
Somehow, it feels like a cop out to rewrite it as the super happy ending.

Also, why would you have a Macross surf atmospheric re-entry... that felt like something tacked on just to look 20% cooler.

I hate to say this but Macross F had a pretty lame ending to begin with since it turned out that the Vajra were a bunch of space ants ala Starship Troopers that were also the Borg (which is going to get even more retarded when the next series either ignores this feature or the Vajra entirely) and the real antagonist was the manager chick who still wasn't all that big of a deal given that her big plan was to make herself into the space ants' queen. Now whether the movies manage to outstupid this is the real question.
3935  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: December 21, 2011, 09:56:40 AM
Now I'm trying to imagine what God of War Tactics would be like.  I have no clue, but I bet it'd be epic. :)

Let's face it, it would consist entirely of Kratos running around on a grid mowing down everything in sight with maybe a few foot soldiers on hand to act as canon fodder. The tactics would basically consist of choosing which enemy to slaughter first without getting dogpiled in retaliation and when to break out the spells and items. There will of course be a bonus stage that consists of nothing but banging chicks in orgy like fashion.

There may be a few additional characters added to the game solely to give you more than one PC or one real PC and they'll be the usual sniper, staff chick, magic nuke, pack mule, gimmick character. Male PCs not named Kratos will either be bald or guys like Adonis and Perseus and any and all female PCs will be the usual inappropriately dressed, buxom, and bangable (its just that you'll have actual sex minigames in this one rather than just dating simming it up like in Riviera).
3936  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: December 20, 2011, 07:51:22 PM
I've seen someone throw the idea of scrapping instructions and making them more into little artbooks/pamphlets. That actually seems like a good idea if you can go and make a digital manual readily readable at any moment, because I don't want them to go for both of those reasons you stated.

Frankly I'm surprised Instruction Manuals haven't been driven to extinction back during the PSX era where they started getting really craptacular and low effort and games have been shoving their instructions into the games themselves through forced tutorials of all kinds (with the advent of QTEs telling you how to play the game as you are playing the game without actually letting you play the game since it's all a glorified cutscene that you can't ignore).
3937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Hearts Series Discussion on: December 20, 2011, 02:27:23 PM

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3938  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: December 20, 2011, 01:01:51 PM
I have to admit. It was a lot easier to get the 20 hearts this time around.

A little too easy...

Except for Fun Fucking Fun Island of Hell...  Wasted too many pesos there.

It's not that bad considering that winning it nets you 500 rupees a pop. Now the minesweeper minigame was a pain in the ass (hey I found a red rupee does that mean that there are three bombs around me or four?) although I did manage to clear out the first two challenge levels and start a third level game on a fucking gold rupee.

Actually the minigame I hated most was the harp playing one on Pumpkin Island.
3939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: December 20, 2011, 12:53:52 PM
Don't forget that it'll be a PSP game yo!

Also let it be Growlanser IV, because dammit I did my part to support the series by going so far as to pick up Chaos Wars on release day. Gungnir can also come along even though it doesn't really have the genre-defying gameplay that the rest of the Dept. Heaven series is known for.
3940  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 19, 2011, 04:10:00 PM
Yoda's high again.

Pay him no mind, I know I don't.

That's a serious man hand there.
3941  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 19, 2011, 04:22:07 AM
So I finally got around to watching most of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaoh (namely to find out who this Hattori Junko was since I was familiar with most of the rest of Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos' cast but not her). Apparently she's basically your typical lawful and justice crazed to a fault type ninja who made a pact with a fellow classmate attending a magic school who wanted to become a pope to stay true to that ambition upon pain of death before he visits the sorting hat expy who files him under Demon Lord and spends the rest of the series either trying to kill him or get into his pants as this is a harem anime. More apparently though is that this is a harem series that surprisingly doesn't suck and can actually be funny at times. The show is hammy enough that the fight with the first major villain causes the show to suddenly switch art styles to a more shonen level while the main character and the villain are exchanging corny monologues while flexing their newly developed muscles and launching showboaty attacks at each other. That said the show is fairly ecchi and gets a bit overblown at times but the thing it really does right by is making the male lead of this harem anime mostly sensible, filled with bravado, quick on the uptake, can be outright vicious if need be, fairly intelligent, and generally competent thus making him the absolute opposite of your typical harem anime sausage between legs protagonist (aside from their gender and inexplicable ability to draw walking female harem anime stereotypes like a fucking magnet). Additionally the series is mercifully short so a lot of potential annoyances that overdrawn anime usually invokes although I will admit that I wasn't able to watch the last two episodes due to Youtube being Youtube thus I don't really know how it ends.

Aside from that nonsense I also finally got around to watching the two Ideon movies. A Contact was essentially what I expected from a condensed retelling of the majority of the series with the occasional retcon and refurbished scene. B Invoked on the other hand still managed to surprise and entertain me despite knowing exactly what it was that I was walking into (down to the laser decapitation that occurs near the end) mostly due to two reasons. First was the fact that it really does earn it's reputation for being one of anime's biggest bloodbaths at the start when they retcon Kitty's death from accidentally getting shot by a faceless mook in a field of flowers in a sort of overwrought sort of way to getting explosion decapitated within the first five minutes of the movie (and then it's all down hill from there til near the end). And the second was the entire ending sequence after Tomino killed 'em all where everybody's dead and loving it and wondering why they were such colossal assholes and bitches to begin with. I was expecting more of a Ideon Gun gets too hot and lights up the night sky in a universe ending explosion finish with a moment of silence and a message to stop being colossal assholes instead of the Ideon suiciding itself on the Buff Clan's supernova cannon which blows itself apart in the process of lighting up the night sky and then ends with the entire cast getting along famously with each other in the lifestream before getting dumped onto Earth II to be reincarnated as the eighth civilization.
3942  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 17, 2011, 10:35:50 AM

I missed this last week but there's an obvious holodeck joke to be made here....or at least there would be one if I didn't remember that Voyager not only had one of its own but abused it far more often than TNG ever did (even including the crap in the movies). At least Voyager's hammiest episodes came from them unlike TNG where either the Q episodes or episodes where either Wesley or that other doctor featured heavily into the plot were the wurst.
3943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: December 16, 2011, 10:37:09 AM

Once again Nintendo proves that they're still the best in the game of customer service. Good to know that they're doing something about it.
3944  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 15, 2011, 10:04:23 PM
Playing Radiant Historia again when I need something to take my mind off studying when my brain is getting fried.

Kinda hard to explain where I am since TWO story lines are happening.  I think it's when Rosch is sad and his arm is hurtin', and when I meet Princess Eruca.  Myup. 

Probably the best RPG I played this year. I should replay it. It was that awesome. Princess Eruca is the best <3

Stocke's better, but the Princess definitely earned some awesome points by the end. Aht is fucking broken though (when bosses aren't 3x3 otherwise she's just alright).

That said, finished Champions of Norrath (well the first run anyways; fuck going through it a second and third time for bigger numbers). Spent the better part of the week on GTA3 in which I've done 50 of 73 missions along with 3 Rampages and Stunt Jumps and 31 Hidden Packages on the side. Also cleared up to level 22 in Taxi Driver mode and level 12 in Vigilante mode.
3945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: December 08, 2011, 10:46:58 AM
Finally got FRAPS installed. Here's what it looks like running at 1920x1200, no AA, 16x AF.  The way all Wii games were meant to be played :)

Old Heroes

I just want to mention how much these guys remind me of Xenogear's Bart, Fei, and Citan in that order in this pic if they were 20 years older than they were in that game and had no actual relation to them.
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