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4066  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 30, 2011, 09:35:13 PM
Rereading their facebook post, I don't think the situation's any different than it was before. If and when they're ready to discuss the release of the game, they will discuss the release of this game, and not one second before. This is how NoA works. They don't go around saying that they'll localize it only to turn around and say "Oops. Looks like we can't do it after all. Sorry we got your hopes up." which is something I dislike more. I mean, look at Super Meat Boy, Retro City Rampage, and that PS2 Ikki Tousou game where the localizers said "Sure. We'll bring it out here. Oh holy shit! We can't bring that out here under an AO rating.", or even that PS2 PS1 remake, that I even saw a newspaper flier advertise.

The tl;dr is that so long as we don't get a black and white "IT'S NEVER COMING OVER! SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU WHINY SELF ENTITLED FUCKS!!!" there's still hope. So long as the console still lives there's hope. And I just hope all this whining for Pandora's Tower or whatever doesn't screw us out of FE3DS.

On the plus side, at least this has the decency to rear its head at this point in time.
4067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breaking: Yasumi Matsuno (FFXII, Tactics Ogre) joins Level 5 on: June 30, 2011, 02:49:06 AM
Are you guys being ironic? FF Crystal Chronicles was the best post SuperNES FF game, bar none....

[serious post]FFIX for the world and character building. FFT for the overall plot. FFX-2 for the best version of the job system yet.[/serious post]

FFXII had a satisfying amount of overworld to explore, the gambits and semi-realtime combat were great, and what was there of the plot was alright, but there really wasn't anything to find on the overworld and the characters and plot were too sparse and threadbare to hold up such a game putting a lot of it to waste. It was fine for one playthrough, but I don't know if I could stomach a second.
4068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 30, 2011, 12:37:44 AM
I wonder why we can get Sin & Punishment 2 released outside of Japan (which was a miracle) but not Xenoblade?

I mean, I've never thought for a moment seeing a copy of S&P2 in my store, like, in a million years. And they bring it, but they can't do it with Xenoblade or The Last Story? (Xenoblade being already translated and all that) Yeah never say never, but still, this doesn't change the fact that there's so many inconsistencies with the release of games with Nintendo systems that is not even funny at this point.

Hell, I saw a thread on NeoGAF a few days ago with lists of "big" games not released by region. Crazy stuff.

Nevermind stuff like Taskuno vs. Capcom, which, according to Namdai, we had no right to get given how little the Taskuno characters are known outside of Japan. I mean, who here has even heard of Casshern or are even aware of the fact that the first Megaman X game pilfered most of its characters from that series?
4069  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breaking: Yasumi Matsuno (FFXII, Tactics Ogre) joins Level 5 on: June 30, 2011, 12:23:40 AM
So much FFXII hate.I'm glad Matsuno can find comfort with Level 5.The company is profitable and the recent deals(Studio Ghibli partnership,Western expansion,Gundam/bandai Project) have made Level 5 on of the top dogs in Japanese gaming.

And I'm looking forward to their new releases like Gundam Age RPG and Ni No Kuni.

Hey, now maybe he can get Level 5 to release an RPG with a (at least semi serious) plot that doesn't suck or is Dragon Quest.

i'd have to disagree. ive played FF 5 and 6 and think they are inferior to everything that came after them with the possible exception of dirge of cerberus,crisis core,and FFXIII all of wich i havent played yet. sometimes i wish i could give a younger me FF4,5,6 and see if my opinion of them would change. though i doubt it since adult me thinks phantasy star 4 is superior to FF 5 and 6.

I'm just surprised that you're not bashing FFVII while you're at it. I mean Popeye Arms man. Seriously, the graphics sucked in that game.
4070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Art of Quests on: June 29, 2011, 08:19:54 PM
I typically prefer sidequests where the character can go and do something like address some issue lingering from their past or something or just something they do on the side like romance someone. Something that can be used to build the character without having to bog down the main plot. Basically something ala FFVI where the end game opens up and you can go about rerecruiting party members as well as resolving some hanging issues that they've kept putting off while the world was still in balance and not in ruin where some lingering memory of the past would remind them of something they took for granted or just simply ignored until now (like Daryl's Tomb, the Phoenix Esper sidequests, and many more).

Too bad most sidequests are either filler used to keep you in the current region long enough to make use of the current level of equipment, are shoehorned into the main quest at really inappropriate times, are only ever about the main character, involve whiny NPCs who can't do anything on their own or are too lazy to do whatever menial tasks that's on their agenda yet can somehow inexplicably afford the services of whatever do-gooding party is in the general vicinity, or some combination of the above.
4071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 29, 2011, 11:37:12 AM
But my NA Wii can't play games released in Europe. Right? We can't just import Xenoblade when it comes out over there, right? I thought it was region-locked.

It is, but regarding the Wii's internal security, this means absolutely nothing to anyone with an SD Card, access to the internet, and a free afternoon.
4072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "No plans" for new Saga or Mana games on: June 28, 2011, 08:10:15 PM
On the other hand....

Goddammit Squeenix.
4073  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 27, 2011, 03:41:09 PM
I might reconsider that Dance in the Vampire Bund one if I were you. Especially since one could sum up the anime version with the phrase "Screw the politics! Its all about the naked lolis!".

While I understand your decision regarding E7 it should be known that the series doesn't really pick up until Charles and his wife show up half way through at which point the action picks up. And although the coming of age focus on Renton and Errecta never really goes away, at least it stops being boring by then.
4074  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 26, 2011, 04:49:11 PM

To be fair, that previous link was pretty obviously a fake post.

Seriously, I couldn't even see them changing the name back to Monado. Especially with the added draw of a misassociation to other various games with Xeno in its title.

You got double trolled buddy.
4075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 25, 2011, 11:08:02 PM
I just needed to grab a certain Skill for Rosch to help me with this one boss fight. Otherwise, I chain my combos like crazy.

I'll try that on Raynie, as I use her for a mix of spear action and casting. Marco, on the other hand, gets swapped almost immediately if I have another character.

Yeah, that one boss fight is pretty much the only non-sidequest fight that you actually need to grind for in the game. Entirely due to Roche being the best man to take out those damn mines but you've only just got him back since his brief stint way back at the beginning of the AH timeline and is grossly underleveled and thus underskilled at this point. Seriously, you only have him for the mines and a few spots in the hills and Judgement cliffs. Grind him up to level 18 and give him as much attack boosting equipment as you can, and that fight is in the bag as long as you realize that the boss speeds up as it's health decreases.
4076  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "No plans" for new Saga or Mana games on: June 25, 2011, 10:44:19 PM
I never played Heroes or Dawn of Mana but the soundtrack for Heroes was amazing since Shimomura returned.  Not as epic as the Legend of Mana but it was still very good.  The only Mana games I own are: Secret of Mana, Legend of Mana, Sword of Mana and Children of Mana.  Secret is my favorite of the bunch I own but something about Legend just makes me happy.  I always have to play it during the Summer.  The mixture of the music, graphics, characters, environment.  The story was all over the place I guess since it was basically a mission based game but granted the game is just beautiful to look at and still is.  One of the best looking PS1 games, up there with Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy Tactics.

That's the thing about the Mana series. More often than not, it has very beautiful art and music. Games like Legend and hell even Dawn still look good even today, but when you strip all that away you're left with a very mediocre side scrolling brawler and an awful juggling grindfest respectfully. Children so far has been the one big outlier as it's artwork is fully concentrated on the title screen, the one screen large designated 'town', and the characters. Everything else is your typical, by the numbers, dungeon crawler, down to the boring reused title sets.

Heroes, as you said, had great music and good art for an RTS. But there's the rub, an RTS. An RTS from Japan. In the nearly three decades that they've been making video games, Japan has only developed 3 RTSes during this entire time. And they're ALL based off of Heroes of Mana's shitty engine. (Of course, I'm not counting the RTSes produced under Squeenix since as they're all developed from western companies that they've absorbed in a vain effort to appeal to western gaming audiences without actually having to do the work themselves.)
4077  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 25, 2011, 12:12:00 PM
You bring up a good point Eusis. Read the manga first, then go watch whatever. Even Brotherhood ended up cutting things to make it to the episode deadline or because of how anime works compared to manga (I'm mostly referring to the first major throwdown as a solid third of it got cut (also because you can't really do ominous/mysterious voices coming from the shadows in an anime without giving away the mystery so they skipped the entire scenario that led to that particular scene despite making some other parts not make as much sense (and making one character look almost completely incompetent until a later point where there apparently was some unexplained level of badass taken at some point))). I'm also recommending the manga first for when you get to some of the later HOLY SHIT!!! moments of the series, you have the option of going back and rereading it to make sure you just saw what you think you just saw.

That said, they're all good for one reason or another. If you want the early parts brought to life and a wrist slitting/grimdark ending, the original has you covered. If you want to breeze through the beginning and see the events from the manga in fully animated and voice acted glory, then Brotherhood is the show of choice. If you want to see the full series, uncut, and with a slightly different ending, go with the manga. If you want to waste your time to see some of the popular surviving characters of the original FMA get thoroughly shat upon, watch the movie (or actually, don't as its awful).
4078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "No plans" for new Saga or Mana games on: June 24, 2011, 11:31:58 AM
And then in Dawn of Mana everything was just shit.

Heroes of Mana, being Japan's first RTS, was also shit. Squeenix, of course, went and reused it's same 'Don't cross the streams pathfinding' engine for both Reverent Wings and Blue Dragon +, resulting in of course, more shit.

Seriously, that whole World of Mana compilation was full of uninspired or gimmicky bullshit.

Also, Sword of Mana went and remade FFA into a bloated, shitty, grindfest that went against the very nature of it's own platform (a handheld RPG without even a quicksave feature) all while watering down FFA's plot into 'Power of Friendship' anime bullshit.
4079  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 24, 2011, 10:04:22 AM
Yup, you're about to get to the worst moment of the game.

I'm guessing it's either "DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT" or the big bad finally reveals himself.

Oh well, still better than "WELCOME TO 4D" of SO3.
4080  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 24, 2011, 09:26:07 AM
Sorry, but when it comes to anime, I finish what I start (eventually).

Oh, I'm not saying that you should quit. Just take a time out at around that point to watch the vastly superior version then you can go back to watching The Archinator and ridiculously forced love triangles.

Oh yeah, that was funny how in the original serie they went past the manga and completely made up a cardboard villain and ended the serie in a spiral of shit.
Wait, that's not funny, that's sad =/

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ended exactly how it should; a giant tear jerker episode.

I'll agree with that. It was a tearjerker to see Winrey still be completely irrelevant, and Edward not ending up with his OTP Alphonse.
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