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4081  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Guild01: That's a lot of talent for one little game on: October 14, 2011, 03:19:00 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/first-look-at-yasumi-matsuno-short-dark-fantasy-and-suda51s-robot-shooter/

Come for the dark fantasy; stay for the 3D shooter.
4082  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 13, 2011, 07:12:52 AM
Just fell back in love with Drakengard. I summoned Arioch and the first thing I hear is, "WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?!" I really wish that Leonard, Arioch, and their pact beasts actually showed up in the story sometime though. It's annoying not seeing them.

How do I make my partners use magic?

If I remember correctly it's the same as using magic as Caim except that you charge it up first.

Oh and they'll show up during cut scenes later on. Ya' can't miss 'em.


Actually, as far as I know Nintendo ONLY handled publishing/distribution. Translation was still SE's call, and in that case DQIX was outsourced to Plus Alpha while DQVI was outsourced to 8-4 (fitting really, given the co-founder wrote this awhile back on 1up). Still, if they translated FE internally and didn't release it because DQIX and Vi filled up their RPG quota that'd probably qualify for some frustration, but I really doubt that's the case at all.

Shows how much I actually know about localization issues.
4083  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 12, 2011, 05:29:48 PM
Are you talking about VC1 or VC2?  I remember seeing some advertising for VC2, but there is literally nothing that I can recall for VC1.  I only knew the game existed at all because of previews and the like (i.e., third parties who took independent initiative to find games to talk about, rather than being paid to do so).


I'm the opposite, I barely saw nothing [actually] for neither title.  And while VC one is the talk of town, helping its success, no one talks about the 2nd titles. 

I was talking specifically about advertising, not word of mouth stuff.  Yes the first game gets talked about more, but I don't remember it having any advertising at all.  And for that matter, nobody was talking about it prior to its release either.  The buzz for the game only built up slowly after the handful of people who actually did buy it at launch (I was one of those people, actually) kept talking about how great it was.  But initial sales were terrible.

I did actually see some advertising for VC2, but that's still not enough to overcome the fact that nobody seems to buy PSP games.  Plus the game was not as well-received critcally (and by fans) thanks to the poor story aspects we've already talked about.


The reason why nobody out here buys PSP games is because the PSP is already on its way out the door much like how the DS has already left the building. The primary US market is already focused on the 3DS and the Vita and the retail shelves reflect this. Unfortunately this coincides with the fact that the PSP got its second wind in Japan; which mostly stems from the fact that most third party developers are dragging their heels trying to cram as many releases as they can on the old platforms since they can put off having to relearn how the new platform works. The real problem with all this is the fact that the PSP wasn't really a success in any significant measure until this second wind hit, and rather than share this new found interest with markets outside of Japan they leave us with a mold covered PSP, a languishing DS, and an ignored 3DS. And of course to JRPG gamers outside of Japan who's genre of choice is by and large locked to said handhelds are basically screwed at this point since all the wells have mostly run dry. Hell even the consoles can't really throw us a bone since even the very occasional console release is being ignored.

The tl;dr is that JRPG gamers outside of Japan are fucking screwed right now.
4084  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 12, 2011, 03:32:39 AM


Way to hotlink there chief.
4085  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 12, 2011, 03:28:21 AM
To be fair most of Squaresoft's money vanished into that awful Spirits Within movie. It's all Enix and Squeenix munnies now.

Man. If they had to cut out the party chat from DQ4DS because they blew all their money drawing wolf butts, I am going to choke SO MANY BITCHES.

You probably should since Squeenix was beyond lazy in seeing any of the DS DQ games localized. They didn't even bother bringing DQs VI and IX over and left it to Nintendo instead which cost us a localization of FEDS2 among other things given the resources needed to bring over JRPGs.

And of course Squeenix figured now would be a good time to make DQX a goddamn MMO so it's pretty obvious that they're trolling their US DQ fanbase pretty hard right now.
4086  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 12, 2011, 03:02:03 AM
They've been saying this for a while now so I'm not surprised. At least they have the decency to finalize it.

I can see why they didn't get the sales they wanted out of the first two games given that
A) the first game was the first RPG anything from Japan actually worth playing on the PS3 and a brand new series at that. Word of mouth was what saved it and the series in the first place. (And hell, we were lucky to have even gotten the first game given how keen Sega was about localizing it in the first place.)
B) the second game was a massive step back from the first one by making it revolve around stupid highschool anime drama (and moving it from the PS3 to the PSP but this was the lesser of the two problems).
C) the third game was a return to form compared to the previous one and a lot of people knew that, but they also knew that Sega was uncommitted as hell in bringing it over; so I could definitely see a bunch of self entitled pricks pirate the game rather than show some goddamn patience.

That said, hopefully Sega will learn from this and next time instead of bringing over the next Sonic bullshit they can say to themselves that "nobody wants it so we wont bother localizing it", and then we don't have to continuously watch that blue spiky hedgehog zombie drag its stupid friends with him all over the place, and they can save some of that precious monies.
4087  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Board Games! on: October 11, 2011, 02:15:56 AM
As mentioned before Arkham Horror is a decent game (if long winded like Risk and Monopoly are).

Agracolia (if I'm spelling that right) is a decent farm management simulator kinda like Harvest Moon the board game.

I've also been getting a kick of watching an online play of Dune: The Board Game. It's a game that's so well set up to where you'll likely need a partner to do well against everyone else but that you'll never have a moment where there isn't treachery and plans within plans abound.
4088  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 11, 2011, 01:55:13 AM
Okamiden has reminded me how photorealistic the wolf monster genitalia were in Final Fantasy XII. That was actually kind of creepy. Actually what was really creepy is that the giant wolf you fight from that one hunt had a different nether-regions texture than the OTHER wolves, meaning that SOMEBODY at Square was probably paid at least a few hundred dollars to paint not one, but two, wolf...things.

All that money you've paid Square over the years? This is what it's funding. I hope you're happy.

To be fair most of Squaresoft's money vanished into that awful Spirits Within movie. It's all Enix and Squeenix munnies now.

Still haven't done much to Champions of Norrath yet, but I'm getting there. Almost done with the isles and then all that's left is the netherworld bullshit.
4089  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 10, 2011, 05:44:44 AM
There's slowdown on the first dragon. It's not terrible but it is noticeable. Also there are a few bugs in with the porting. I reset the game and my controller refused to connect the controllers only 3 months old so I'm almost certain it was the game. You have to plug it in and exit the game if you want it to work wirelessly again.

Welp! If the first dragon has slowdown then my question of whether or not that doubleheader was going to have slowdown has just been answered.
4090  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: just picked up infinite undiscovery for 10 bucks on: October 10, 2011, 05:42:43 AM
Obligatory.



Also, the name of this game... what the shit.

I...I never noticed this before but does that kid in blue have VaanAbs?
4091  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 09, 2011, 06:27:23 PM
What's Bashir doing gawking at a girl anyway? Garak's going to be pissed.

To be fair, Q is involved, and that usually leads to a cavalcade of hilarity/creepiness.
4092  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holiday games, something about this years crop on: October 09, 2011, 05:05:18 AM
I agree with Grim about Zelda. That aside, I dunno about you guys in NA, but here it takes Zelda games 3 years+ to drop substantially in price. Twilight Princess is still $79 here ($99 originally).

Funny thing about Nintendo games is that they don't typically drop in price except for the rare holiday deal; especially headliners like Mario and Zelda. Otherwise you'll be paying the same price for them as you would the day they came out regardless of how many years it's been since its release (i.e. SSBM being full price until the day that the Gamecube died).

That said, if there's any other game besides Zelda I'm looking forward to, it may just be that Aliens DS game being made by Wayforward.
4093  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Romancing SaGa (PS2) on: October 09, 2011, 04:33:46 AM
Glad Square-Enix's American branch has come to its senses and allowed newer installments to remain in Japan.

Why the fuck is it a good thing to keep games in only one territory just because you don't enjoy them, especially when plenty of others like them and want them?

I'm surprised you even had to ask.

That or he could mean that the changes weren't worth the effort to remake in the first place like Sword of Mana was, but I highly doubt that.


I'm still disappointed there hasn't been a Romancing SaGa 2 remake (in the same vein as the game headlining this thread was) yet.
4094  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 08, 2011, 12:50:04 AM
Getting started with Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. After the cakewalk that was Other M, I'm getting my ass kicked by this game.  Two missions in and I've already seen the Game Over screen twice. That's fairly embarrassing considering I'm playing on normal. Other M barely required me to pay any attention to what I was doing for a large chunk of the game so I need to get back into the mindset of "thinking while playing".

That's the problem with FE10. The jokers you start the game out with suck for the most part and you don't get a hell of a lot of time to fix them. Also be aware of hidden items scattered throughout all of the stages; some of them are worth finding (but are mostly crap like coins).
4095  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 06, 2011, 01:26:38 AM
The worst instance of slowdown was the double header in Velvet's story. Suddenly, that dragon has his junk rain down upon you and you're already dead.

Actually, any fight featuring that dragon was hideous in its slowdown.
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