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4201  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: October 01, 2011, 12:08:15 AM
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is up to page 33: hasn't been released yet, and was announced for US release on Day 1. Come on... it's not like RPG NEVER talks about games before they are released. Hell, in fact, I would say they're talked about MORE before they're released, unless they're a sleeper hit like Nier. Dark Souls was only just released, and it's up to page 22.

Similar to what you said about Zelda generally being a reliably good series, both FFXIII-2 and Dark Souls are more interesting to talk about in general: Dark Souls follows one of the most exciting RPGs to come out in recent years, a JRPG that the industry at large paid attention to and took seriously, while FFXIII is almost its antithesis, a FF that was the ultimate culmination in where the series was headed to most people's displeasure, and despite the reaction online (and to a lesser degree from critics) is getting a sequel pretty damn quickly anyway. And has some ridiculous plot details and goofy redesigns to spur a lot of conversation, or at least mocking.

Also,  you might be underselling Zelda somewhat here. Granted a topic didn't seem to have existed within recent months, not with Zelda in the title anyway, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was talked about more in general threads like the E3 one, and this thread started TODAY and is already on two pages.

Also Squeenix came straight out of the gate saying that a lot of XIII-2 was being built from the cutting room floor scraps of XIII-1. Because as we know, FFXIII-1 was a tech demo designed with it's art ass(ets) first (and foremost), and they're doing it again with FFXIII-2. And though they are promising to fix the immediate problems evident in the first game most of us doubt that they're going to address any real issues that need to be addressed.
4202  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: September 30, 2011, 05:00:16 PM
I'm guessing that the reason nobody here is looking forward to it might be a combination of its 2009 E3 presentation falling flat on its face, the fact that gamers love to bitch to hell and back about having to use anything other than a PS360 controller/control scheme, (most specifically to this site) is a game made by Nintendo and not Atlus (because if Atlus/SMT/Persona were in anyway involved the majority of this site would be ejaculating into each others orifices in anticipation but because there isn't it's just Nintendo milking its pathetic fanbase with the same Mario/Zelda bullshit that never changes and always looks worse than N64 graphics because "lol Nintendon't get with the program"), and the fact that the last major Zelda games were painfully incomplete products (WW with its 3 missing dungeons and TP with its two separate plots that have little to do with each other).

That said, I've been stoked for this game since I saw the E3 trailer. The colorful yet not cartoonish style reminds me of LttP; the fact that common scrubs aren't just sitting there chipping off a quarter of a heart while the more threatening ones take up to an entire heart; the concept of mashing Zelda and Metroidvania together is like the combo of chocolate and peanut butter of a Reeses; the item construction/upgrading mechanic ala Atelier ______; the possibility of a villain other than Gannon showing up to ruin everybody's day; and the fact that Super Mario Galaxy's 1/2/NSMBWii reminded me that Nintendo still knows how to make games have me looking forward to this one with bated breath.
4203  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: September 30, 2011, 08:06:22 AM
Anyway for those of you who want to know. I've completed what is addumed to be the first half of the game so i am working on the second half. Oddly enough the first half of the game has 10 chapters to complete. So i am not sure how many chapters there are in the second half and there is a second anime opening to this story as well. Though from what i am seeing it looks to be quite a serious story.

Hopefully the second half doesn't mostly consist of sitting around in a chair and talking your ear off save for the occasional boss rush.
4204  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 29, 2011, 03:53:05 AM
FINALLY beat Chapter 3 Verse 5 of Drakengard. It took me forever to figure out how to get on and off my dragon mid-battle and summon my allies (I don't have a manual you see). Summoning allies makes everything SO much easier, but I guess I don't get as much EXP doing that. There's still Expedition if I really want to grind though.

Don't worry about Allies robbing you of EXP; there's plenty to grind on. What you should be worried about is the fact that you can only summon your ally up to 3 times per stage. Also I'm betting you're in the desert which means you either have or are soon to get the best ally in the game.

Other advice: combos are your friend. Every time you cross a certain threshold of hits (or am I thinking of kills) an orb will appear healing you (unless you're at full health in which case it'll provide an attack boost).
4205  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: September 29, 2011, 03:42:27 AM
Like Kim said, this game very much evokes childhood nostalgia. It's unfortunate that our adult sensibilities can lead us to associate animal characters with the dark side of the furry fandom, because this game quite obviously has nothing to do with sex. To me the game feels like a lighthearted Cowboy Bebop mixed with Samurai Pizza Cats. Besides, floating islands! Baten Kaitos and Skies of Arcadia, eat your hearts out.
This generation of gaming and its affinity to islands in the sky... Why, the most dominant this year is Skyward Sword's Skyrim's islands.

Fixe-urk*gets shot*
4206  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 28, 2011, 05:14:33 PM
That's pretty awesome, if true.  Zero no Kiseki is a different storyline than TiTS, right?   If so, Xseed has its work cut out for them.  

From what I've heard it's supposed to be a prequel of sorts.

It's not, some (probably mild) spoilers proved that isn't the case. Still, it's a new story entirely if not the start of a new arc (it's effectively Legend of Heroes 7 I believe) set in a place separate from the rest of the series.

Anyways, it sounds like this really is official, which is good.

News to me. I was under the impression that it took place prior to the events of Sora no Kiseki but in a different part of the world with only a few callbacks.

But then, I don't go looking up plot details for these games now that there's a chance that we could see them out here.
4207  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 28, 2011, 04:37:53 PM
That's pretty awesome, if true.  Zero no Kiseki is a different storyline than TiTS, right?   If so, Xseed has its work cut out for them. 

From what I've heard it's supposed to be a prequel of sorts.
4208  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: September 28, 2011, 03:48:45 AM
Of course there's no fucking way in hell we're seeing 7th Dragon 2020 out here given the fact that one of its character customization options is different voices which is impossible to localize given the lack of variety in NA VAs.

Although they could try to get away with what Atlus did with Endless Frontier even though the voiced dialog in that game consisted of not a small part of the game's total dialog and had no subtitles to fall back upon.
4209  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 28, 2011, 03:40:34 AM
I need a better source for these things. *sigh*
4210  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: September 28, 2011, 03:37:59 AM
Good Fucking Lord! What the Fuck is This Furry Shit Doing in a Thread I OP'd?

You know what? Rather than going off on a fucking tirade (since it looks like Eusis nipped this one in the bud) I'm just going to derail this into something other than sexed up shenanigans.

Like for instance, lets discuss this trailer reminding you jerks to go buy this game and support XSeeD in bringing over good JRPGs like Ys and TitS.

@Eusis: The anthropomorphic bullshit went on for over a decade and even into the PS2 era there were still attempts like Ratchet and Clank for a good example, and something like that Dingo with the boomerang which I can't think of the name of for a bad example, and of course Star Fox: Dinosaur Planet for an ugly example.
4211  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 28, 2011, 01:48:29 AM
Necroing the thread for some good news.


The tl;dr is that having this ported to the PSV significantly increases our chances of seeing this localized.
4212  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: September 26, 2011, 01:39:50 PM
There are so many things wrong with that picture. Unio implies(?) 1 but you're looking for 2 capsules. Second, it's good to see that No~el and Serah-chan have taken up the noble profession of drug peddling. Third, the quest giver looks like that guy from Shinobi-X (the drugs themselves are probably called Shinobix and are used to transform users into ninja, which is an incredibly stupid plan in of itself given the inverse law of ninjas where the more ninjas you have the less effective they are). And finally, while not stated, it's probably implied that the drugs are a rare drop of the common boar which means grinding for 3 hours for boar tusk ninja drug.
4213  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square classics NOT hitting PSN today. on: September 26, 2011, 01:24:14 PM

To the surprise of noone CT is hitting the PSN soon (if you live in Japan or shenanigan access to the JPSN).
4214  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 25, 2011, 04:27:42 AM
I started playing Alice: Madness Returns, so far it's decently okay but the levels are just way too long. I also started DQ5 on my DS at work since it's been slow lately. I died in the first castle so I did what I do in every DQ: I grinded until I couldn't stand it anymore, so I have my guys at level 10 with all the best gear they could buy and steamrolled it.

... You died in the first castle. What.

He most likely died in the haunted manor even though there's an inn right there and you don't even really need that to get through the place.

You also don't need to worry about losing half your gold until later on, so you can just keep trying and trying until you actually clear it or simply gain enough gold to deck yourself out. Not much of a need to immediately start grinding.

Hell, by the time where losing money might be a concern you get access to a casino shortly thereafter and then you never need to buy your MC a weapon again (unless you don't want to bother cheesing the game vis-a-vis the casino).
4215  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Any new action anime out? on: September 25, 2011, 04:16:39 AM
Blood+ was the most boring shit I've ever seen. The entire 52 episodes were spent watching the Bishonen do everything while hoping that this is the episode for the arc where Saya shuts the fuck up and actually does something beyond complaining about having to fight or that she's tired. It doesn't really help that everybody who wasn't a villain was entirely just there for Saya to angst over or fall for in the most awkward way possible. It'll be amazing to see Branpresto do anything with that in that upcoming crossover JRPG that doesn't involve Saya being a worthless twat for 90% of it (among other things like giving S-cry-ed/My HiME an arc that ends in a way that isn't lame or completely batshit insane or getting a serviceable plot arc out of Sgt. Frog and Rune Soldier Louie (granted these are the same guys who can get Shinji Ikari to call out Jesus Yamato on his bullshit woes in SRW@3 so if anybody can turn an obnoxious and mostly worthless main character into an asskicker so if anybody can salvage Blood+ it's these guys)).

Tangent aside, Blood C once it get's going (if you ignore the fact that it fails the 3-episode test miserably) is pretty watchable. Nothing truly spectacular but serviceable in that Clamp sort of way. Don't know how it ends though.
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