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3931  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 17, 2013, 04:47:28 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/01/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-set-for-fall-2013

http://gematsu.com/2013/01/lightning-returns-extended-trailer-features-noel

http://gematsu.com/2013/01/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-screenshots


Got some screenies, a trailer, and a release date time frame. Oh No~el indeed.
3932  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 17, 2013, 05:51:11 AM
Operation Rainfall was a complete success then. Too bad that this was the least interesting game of that fan push. I may get it later but prospects are not looking good at the moment.

I thought The Last Story actually looked the least interesting, because of Hironobu's past couple console games.
(irony intended)

One of Hironobu's last console games was Lost Odyssey.

Which itself had a few clever ideas but beyond those it was FFIV all over again.
3933  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 16, 2013, 07:58:34 PM
I hear it wasn't a super great game, but still-- more RPGs is always a good thing. XSEED is doing nothing but building goodwill among a fanbase, if you ask me.

Maybe they can fight Square to the death for the localization rights to Bravely Default.

Given Square kinda made the game this is going to have to be some Highlander-style face off.

Seems more like a T2: Judgement Day-style face off. It'll take a bombardment of firepower and a drop into vat of molten steel to wrest BD:FF from Squeenix's hands.
3934  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 16, 2013, 06:49:22 PM
i dont get this thought process. is it just hey its ok to snub core core gamers because theres way more casuals?

It's cheap and they can milk more obsessed or dumber fans of their money this way. It's not strictly snubbing, and I don't think anyone would think much of this if they actually had more being released here that wasn't Eidos stuff. Certainly their cellphone games years back didn't draw attention unless it was something like FFIV: The After Years.

I was interested in Friends of Mana back when it first came out with the rest of the World of Mana compilation and looked like it was related to Legend of Mana, but then I learned that Squeenix couldn't compilation worth a damn and even if this somehow did manage to make it outside of Japan it wouldn't be worth my time or money.

But yeah, I've seen romhacks that look more professionally done than this piece of crap.
3935  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 16, 2013, 05:20:02 PM
I'm really liking Xenoblade so far. The scope is amazing. I do have a few quibbles, though.
Why am I not able to use any type of healing item during combat? That's lame.
Then there's no "block" or "defend" option. Odd.
Is there a way to turn off the annoying repetitive chatter after each battle? It's a bit obnoxious.
I've already knocked out a bunch of sidequests, but am only in the Tephra cave, otherwise.
The game has good music, too. I'll have to seek out the soundtrack.


There are no healing items.  Some characters will get a healing spell which acts as a minor band-aid that needs to be used proactively when the cooldowns are up and there are healing characters you eventually get in your party.  Are you playing as Reyn?  There are no hard block/defend abilities.  Instead, they abilities that ARE there are going to be kind of MMO-esque like, "Increases chance to block and parry by 25% for 10 seconds" with a 45 second cooldown (abilities and timers are made-up, I don't remember times and can't remember any of Reyn's abilities since I didn't play as him).

Aeolus, I didn't care for Tekken 6's quest mode either.  It was somewhat entertaining, but the controls were annoying.  Those kinds of modes take a backseat to the actual versus fighting which is quite good but with a steep learning curve to be really good.

You also get something called the party gauge that acts as a sudo healing reserve, by which I mean, that you'll be able to revive a fallen character or be revived yourself to partial health with one segment, be able to instantly use an ally's art to interrupt an incoming attack for one segment, or unleash a chain attack for the full three segmented bar. Also Reyn does get an art that lets him guard against all incoming attacks for a short while (of course this puts him into full stop mode and he can't do anything else until the effect wears off so its not exactly a good idea to use during a chain attack).

As for Tekken 6's quest mode, the problem lies entirely with the fact that the developers used a 2D fighting game engine for a 3D third person beat'em up. You literally cannot use half of your moveset due to the fact that you can no longer duck, jump, or block because you're now moving right, left, or turning around respectfully (you can still use the more complicated moves but its a clumsy endeavor at best). I just wish you didn't have to play it just to unlock the regular story mode or that the loot had any sort of effect on story mode instead of nothing.
3936  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 16, 2013, 04:53:08 PM
... what about old PSP titles that RPGFan did multiple news stories on? No love for BlackRock Shooter or Sol Trigger? Is there just no hope?

I've pretty much given up on BRS at this point.  I know NISA still claims they're doing it, but...what on earth are they waiting for then?  The PSP market certainly isn't going to get better and this isn't a case like Trails or something where the script is just that huge.  If they were going to do it I can't figure out why they haven't already.

Sol Trigger was never even announced, was it?

Unfortunately no. We didn't get its predecessor Saigo no Yakusoku no Monogatari and we're probably not going to get Sol Trigger either. Although outside of their twists they're dungeon crawlers so its no great loss to me.


i have WKC2 and ill probally have to force myself to finish it unless Kara somehow comes back without losing her attitude.

She won't come back. She got thrown under the bus.

On the other hand you do get a girly pink ranger knight robot for the childhood girlfriend as well as one for your custom character. But honestly though, the solo portion of the WKC games is just the side dish to the main course that is the MMO-lite online portion (enjoy the same great grinding flavor, without the depth or entertainment value).
3937  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 16, 2013, 04:25:31 PM
Is there a way to turn off the annoying repetitive chatter after each battle? It's a bit obnoxious.

IT'S REYN TIME all the time!

Whatta bunch of Jokers

Just beat Shadow of the Colossus.

Code:
I didn't really see Dormin as evil. The guy seemed to keep up his part of the deal and he had warned Wander that it was dangerous. Great game overall.

WILD DOWN! *time to follow up with a Daze attack then a chain combo for maximum shit wrecking*


With that said, I've been playing some fighting games recently to get back into the swing of things (also what else am I going to get for a 360). Soul Caliber 4 was mildly entertaining, especially with the tower and character creation mechanics. Dead or Alive 5 was pretty much hands down the best of the games I got for the 360, the practice mode alone is rock solid and the in-story missions make for a nice tutorial, great for somebody as out of practice as myself. Tekken 6 is a piece of crap. Full stop. Its mostly built around an incredibly dumb brawler quest mode and the final boss is SNK-levels bullshit.

Though admittedly my opinions might be skewed a bit given how my 360 controller is a piece of shit. Left stick is wonky and has serious trouble registering clean inputs while the D-pad has a barely functioning right directional input and I don't think the left one's anything to write home about either. I probably should invest into an arcade stick if I'm going to dick around with these games anymore.
3938  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Deadly Premonition coming to PS3 with Move support on: January 16, 2013, 04:10:50 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/01/deadly-premonition-ps3-has-new-branching-ending-more

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/16/deadly-premonition-was-originally-going-to-have-a-female-lead/

Triple postin' with an update and some trivia.
3939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 16, 2013, 04:04:23 PM
Operation Rainfall was a complete success then. Too bad that this was the least interesting game of that fan push. I may get it later but prospects are not looking good at the moment.
3940  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 16, 2013, 07:02:45 AM
Ni no Kuni ... [it has] blander gameplay compared to their better titles

lol, like what??  I stand of firm opinion that they have to be one of the best companies when it comes to hit-or-miss games.  When they hit, they hit a bullseye, but when they miss, it's because they missed their target by a full 180-degrees.

I never quite understood the love Level 5 seems to get from RPG fans.  Yeah they have some good adventure games, but most of their RPGs are middling to bad.  I thought Rogue Galaxy was terrible, and I'll never understand the love it gets.  Then there was White Knight Chronicles...I guess Dark Cloud was supposed to be good, but I must admit I never played it.  Even so, how many years ago was that now?

Ni no Kuni might buck this trend...maybe.  Colin Moriarty is probably number one on my list of reviewer's who's opinion I couldn't care less about, but there are other positive reviews showing up.  But I wasn't really impressed with the demo...gorgeous game but combat was shallow and repetitive with needlessly obfuscated controls. How is that a good thing?

Dark Cloud 2 had a sort of/kind of interesting equipment advancement mechanic by letting you take pictures of everything and had two playable characters in the main dude and his robot tank (also some chick but she sucked and tended to disappear every so often), but other than that it was a bland dungeon crawler with a pants on head retarded plot and horribly unbalanced mechanics. Dark Cloud 1 sucks compared to DC2.


But to me, the only good RPG Level 5 did was Dragon Quest VIII and I believe most of the credit probably belongs to the DQ team rather than Level 5 since they kept them pretty restrained from their normal bullshit. And admittedly, I thought they were the bee's knees for a time; until I saw White Knight Chronicles and promptly lost faith in them (I'm not even going to spoiler it. How does anyone come up with unintentional awesomeness like the sneaking in, not just a spy, but the main character's principal rival and antagonist into your main party for a goodly chunk of the game only to immediately throw her under the bus in favor of the "real" MOTHERFUCKING BLACK KNIGHT who is as much of a cardboard cutout as every other joker in the game just because the first black knight was female and thus only exists to serve as a walking dramabomb that everybody forgets about by the end of the death speech?). Although I didn't consider them terrible at making games until they went and made literally the worst Gundam series ever made (like, so bad, even Sunrise doesn't want to acknowledge its existence, and this is a company that was shameless enough to make a series that was literally a blatant commercial for their own toys and merchandise; hell, I think they're probably more willing to acknowledge G-Savior as a thing more than AGE and that wasn't even made in Japan).

I honestly consider them to be between Squeenix and Capcom in terms of Japanese game developers' qualities vs. shenanigans, and even Capcom's starting to look like they're learning.
3941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 16, 2013, 05:48:57 AM
http://gematsu.com/2013/01/lightning-returns-introduces-new-character-lumina

So now Lightning has a loli-goth frenemy and even more ridiculous costumes. Suddenly, Ms. Chocobokolina doesn't seem like such a bad choice of companion now.
3942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: January 16, 2013, 05:40:01 AM
Mother Brain is also the teacher of the class.

Also possibly reincarnated Hitler because apparently that happens in like every anime.

(Brian May inexplicably guest stars).

I figure that the homeroom teacher is the guy who blows himself up early on after killing his own daughter because she was an idiot (I mean, yeah she was trying to prove a point, but it was still dumb).
3943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 16, 2013, 05:37:31 AM
FFV remake details? I swear those sprites look like the FFV ones...

And then there are the ones that don't look like anything seen on an 8 through 32 bit console.

Also I'd pitch a guess but all the even remote possibilities have been covered. Any other guess at this point would be like guessing that its secretly XIII-Versus.
3944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 15, 2013, 06:43:18 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/15/fire-emblem-awakening-has-dual-audio-voice-tracks/

Meanwhile, a neat feature is confirmed.

Although outside of the handful of cutscenes that the game has, most voiced dialogue consisted of clips such as "Krom-sama!", "Eh!", and "Yosh!".
3945  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2013, 06:06:43 PM
Besides "Grave of the Fireflies" "Saikano" has be the next most depressing anime show I have seen.  Chaos;Head is crap. The VN was crap, and the anime even more so.

IIRC, the manga ended on a particularly disastrously sad ending.

NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL ANNOUNCED?!?!?!??! :D
One of few anime series' I really dig!

I just made a thread for this.

Also

Chaos;head had an interesting premise but blew it out of it's ass the moment it tried to explain anything since it all boiled down to "A wizard did it.".

As for depressing anime try Bokano (or however its spelled). Giant Robot series where the robot literally runs on children.
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