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4096  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: June 15, 2011, 01:52:36 AM
Forget this game and VC3 (and Growlanser, hahahahahaha...oh wait, you were serious...), we might not even get Type-0.  The PSP is officially dead in the west...


Jesus... did 3rd Birthday and the FFIV remake sell that poorly?
Must take a lot to get Squeenix to reconsider a Western release.

Actually its the PSP itself that's the problem. Go to any retail store like Best Buy, Target, Walmart and count how many different titles they have on hand. You'll find that you'll be lucky enough just to find where they keep the five or so of them. Basically, while the PSP has finally turned it around in Japan, the UMD format died long before (re. PSPGo), and in the west, the system has been on it's deathbed since. Hell even in places like GameStoppo they may have one of those mini-shelves holding PSP titles and most of that's of those terrible UMD movie ports that choked the system's early years. Frankly, it's a goddamn miracle that we even saw the Tactics Ogre remake nevermind the Falcom games (seriously, Ys 1 & 2 might as well have never existed, it vanished into the night on a trail in the sky before I could bump into it, I guess that's why they call it Vanishing Ys).

If there's any chance of some of these PSP games to come over it'll likely come as a PSN download.
4097  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 14, 2011, 03:45:17 AM
Finally located the last grotto boss for me in DQIX. Now all I need is his Angel Robe, a top level Ice grotto deep enough to get it's final encounters, and to clear that 99 grotto I have sitting around in my inventory then I can focus on the legacy bosses and maxing out my levels. Also whatever quests, accolades, and alchemiracles I still have left outstanding after this.
4098  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 13, 2011, 09:34:31 PM
Highly unlikely since the WiiU isn't just a controller but also a new box. They just didn't really show it this time, but you can see it in the WiiU video.
4099  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next Vanillaware Title to be Grand Knight History on: June 13, 2011, 09:27:45 PM
Will this even come to USA?

I don't have any basis but I have a feeling we'll stop seeing new releases here

I agree, we saw the same type of onslaught from the snes - n64 transition. No love for a LOT of rpgs that were too close to the death of snes to come over here.

And unlike the SNES (or PS1 and PS2) the PSP isn't pulling strong still in software sales. ON THE OTHER HAND none of those had the digital distribution method, or even plans to allow the prior gen games to be released and upgraded for the new console, so if retail is out of the question for a lot of titles then at least maybe they'll go and put them on the PSN, or release them as VITA games instead (and probably give the system an unusually strong first year).

I'll believe it when I see the Growlanser games on the PSN.

Until then, WHERE'S GROWLANSERS DAMMIT!?! (Also VC3?)
4100  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 12, 2011, 03:48:52 AM
The Final Fantasy games with the GBA link cable were extremely fun, but it was very difficult to find friends with the hardware.  I splurged on 3 link cables for my friends, and FF:CC, and it was so much fun.  The girls thought it was cute how the three of us were sitting up straight, actively co-operating... it worked well.

Not saying it wasn't a commercial failure.  Stuff like that needs to be delivered with the initial hardware, and Nintendo is doing that now, so I think it'll be good.  By the way, where the hell was the DS/Wii functionality?  I thought for sure we'd get a Crystal Chronicles games to do that.  Was Nintendo too scared after that Gamecube flop?

They did do that with FFCC:Echos of Time. You got to play a DS game on either your DS or your Wii (versions sold separately).
4101  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 10, 2011, 04:33:58 AM
As an European gamer and fan of RPGs, I think this is absolutely hilarious. Yay for karma!

And the worst part is that I can't even say FFVI anymore. You fucks got it on the VC months ago and we're stuck with either the slow and crashy as hell PSX version or the washed out/horribly tinny GBA port (although thankfully we DO have something to tide us over in Chrono Trigger from a few weeks ago).
4102  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 09, 2011, 02:54:32 PM

I'm not really bothered by the only slight upgrade in graphics I guess

Well, we don't know if it's slight, rumors are pointing to a power7 cpu and an AMD gpu superior to the 4870. Though not a generational leap, it would be a significant upgrade. Problem is that by the time it hits the market people will already be talking about next gen (there's no way in hell the next xbox wont be at next year's E3) and it will be current gen all over again.

Unless they try for another year of Kinect marketing. And frankly they could've upgraded this year instead of wasting their time on Kinect. They're kinda likely to waste their time next year stealing the Wii U's concept to implement in either the 360 or whatever 720 is down the road. Of course they could go through with a 720 upgrade next year then spend the two years after that clumsily trying to copy the Wii U's Swiss Army Controller instead.

If you really want to go the fanboy route all Mircosoft needs to do is to overhaul their online infrastructure and make whatever new attempts made by Nintendo at online into a backwards, incompetent, half-hearted effort on their part for the next 5 years or so.


and suddenly BAM, 2012 is looking like mostly shovelware.

And the end/new beginning of the world/humanity, don't forget about that.

That's assuming we even make it past October.




Maybe the RPGFan people have better/different sources, but I haven't heard a peep about the E3 show outside of gaming sites. I don't think the general public even knows it's going on, let alone cares.






The general public definitely knows. A lot of my E3 news was coming from tech websites that aren't necessarily related to gaming. There was even E3 news when I was browsing through the NPR news sites.

Heck you could've turned on the TV to Spike TV (provided you have cable and can tolerate terrible channels) and watched the events unfold.


Rumors were pointing to a new xbox this E3 and I'm sure it would've happened if kinect hadn't been such a success. It breathed new life into the xbox by opening the gates of casual gaming and MS didn't want to break that momentum, thanks to kinect they still see potential for market growth with the current xbox. I seriously doubt that they'll get away with that next year though.
I'm curious to see sony's reaction but since MS didn't make the move they probably wont either, they have all their developers firing on all cylinders developing games for the PS3, not even the biggest studios seem to be thinking about the PS4 yet. 2013 looks likely for both machines, with the xbox probably coming a bit earlier.

I doubt Sony's going to release a new console in the near future. They were VERY big on that whole "We'll repeat the PS2's success with a new 10 year console that looks like a George Foreman grill that you can control with a boomerang." back when they released this in 2007, and it would kinda look bad if their 10 year console couldn't even make 5. Besides Nintendo just blew it's load only to catch up with the others. Microsoft's the only one in a position to take the next big leap into the next generation, but the Kinect, diminishing returns, and the lack of a new storage format are probably keeping them from making that leap as well.

The only thing I can see the others doing next year is plagiarizing the WiiUmote while new versions of that "IT PRINTS MONEY!!!".GIF show up all over the place.
4103  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 09, 2011, 02:32:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTU84uwyN5w
4104  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 08, 2011, 09:42:17 PM
Maybe. We ARE getting at least one concession out of this though....

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/07/surprise-dragon-quest-monsters-joker-2-will-travel-to-the-u-s-this-august/

Better than nothing I guess.

No seriously guys, WHAT THE CHRIST!?!
4105  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: June 08, 2011, 02:45:35 PM
Sorry. You're stuck with AT&T like early iPhone adopters were. That's why everyone was either laughing at or booing the $300 version. It's the suckers' choice. Seriously, don't do it.


I might actually get this sooner than later. My PSP 2000 screen's screwed up, I have quite a few PSN downloaded games I can burn through during the first few months, and honestly I've come to like the PSP quite a bit.

Depending on how brickable this is I might be tempted to adopt early too. Too bad my UMD library is now useless.
4106  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2011 on: June 08, 2011, 02:39:56 PM

I'm not really bothered by the only slight upgrade in graphics I guess

Well, we don't know if it's slight, rumors are pointing to a power7 cpu and an AMD gpu superior to the 4870. Though not a generational leap, it would be a significant upgrade. Problem is that by the time it hits the market people will already be talking about next gen (there's no way in hell the next xbox wont be at next year's E3) and it will be current gen all over again.

Unless they try for another year of Kinect marketing. And frankly they could've upgraded this year instead of wasting their time on Kinect. They're kinda likely to waste their time next year stealing the Wii U's concept to implement in either the 360 or whatever 720 is down the road. Of course they could go through with a 720 upgrade next year then spend the two years after that clumsily trying to copy the Wii U's Swiss Army Controller instead.

If you really want to go the fanboy route all Mircosoft needs to do is to overhaul their online infrastructure and make whatever new attempts made by Nintendo at online into a backwards, incompetent, half-hearted effort on their part for the next 5 years or so.


and suddenly BAM, 2012 is looking like mostly shovelware.

And the end/new beginning of the world/humanity, don't forget about that.

That's assuming we even make it past October.




Maybe the RPGFan people have better/different sources, but I haven't heard a peep about the E3 show outside of gaming sites. I don't think the general public even knows it's going on, let alone cares.






The general public definitely knows. A lot of my E3 news was coming from tech websites that aren't necessarily related to gaming. There was even E3 news when I was browsing through the NPR news sites.

Heck you could've turned on the TV to Spike TV (provided you have cable and can tolerate terrible channels) and watched the events unfold.
4107  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, Spring 2012 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: June 08, 2011, 01:52:13 PM
More details:

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Here's one possible way that teamwork will play a role in the game. Your weapons can be damaged and destroyed. If you lose a weapon, you'll have to fight barehanded until a thief steals a weapon.

Kamitani mentioned one limitation about the game's elf class. If you use a bow and arrow as your weapon, you'll be limited in the number of arrows. You can recover arrows by touching dead enemies.

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If you die during your play session, you will be revived after a some tens of seconds, assuming you have lives left of course. If all players in your party die, you're all returned back to town.

There will be a few communicative aspects to the game. You won't be able to chat, but you will be abel to do greetings and create a dying message.

I'm not totally sure if I'm reading this part right, but it seems that the game will have a Demon's Soulish system in place where the dead bodies of other players will appear in your game session as bones. From the bones, you can see information about the other player and their dying message. If you like a particular player, you can take his bones and covert it into an NPC for future use.

Kamitani says that Dragon's Crown is a game he truly wanted to make, and he's putting his full strength behind it. He said to expect a number of additional elements beyond what has been announced thus far.

http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/06/08/dragons_crown_bits/

Apparently, this game's been in development hell since the Dreamcast era. Cool to see it getting the green light this time (now that the tech is sufficient enough to handle all those thighs).
4108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 08, 2011, 01:45:28 PM
For some reason I think that we didn't lose anything of value here, but yeah, it's kinda disappointing I guess.

I mean, JRPGs... eh.

That's what I think for games like Fatal Frame IV that turn out to be buggy as hell, or games that end up receiving limp importer/reviewer reception like ASH. This isn't one of those, having received exceedingly positive importer impressions and high user scores in Japan. By all accounts it's the real deal this time, something that'd actually be remembered by most past this generation.

... That, and it really does sound like what JRPGs need. Something refreshing from the gameplay angle rather than being another shallow DQ/FF clone.

Hell the videos I've seen of it on Youtube show some really fucking awesomeness off. Just navigating alone, the party is running along this ledge overlooking this huge and beautiful lagoon way the hell down below. In any other game you're stuck walking along that narrow path until it's conclusion, lagoon or not. In this, all you gotta do is jump.

I dare anyone to name another instance like that in any other RPG that isn't also a cutscene event only.


I just realized. The reason Nintendo might be using is that the previous Wii RPGs didn't sell very well. Of course there were, what, two? Tales of Symphonia 2 which wasn't really that good, and Arc Rise Fantasia which had a rather bad translation and almost no advertising whatsoever. Of course, Namco Bandai seems to have the same opinion regarding the sales of Tales of Symphonia 2, so it may have rubbed off.

This might almost hold up if Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon didn't do too well and justified not bringing over Heroes of Light and Shadow, instead of doing well enough like it did.

There's seriously no good reason why these games shouldn't be localized (unless it involves localization issues like absurd demands, way too much text, cost of distribution, a localizers' strike, ect).
4109  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 07, 2011, 07:51:44 PM
Maybe. We ARE getting at least one concession out of this though....

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/06/07/surprise-dragon-quest-monsters-joker-2-will-travel-to-the-u-s-this-august/

Better than nothing I guess.
4110  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: June 07, 2011, 07:39:56 PM
You're right to doubt.

http://www.1up.com/news/mario-party-9-confirmed-xenoblade-the-last-story-nowhere-to-be-seen

Still haven't seen any word on what's going on with FEDS2 yet either....

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