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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 21, 2015, 02:41:50 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/06/tales-berseria-debut-trailer

A wild Berseria trailer approaches.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SMTxFE (aka 'GIRFE', aka 'PerformaEmblem') on: June 21, 2015, 10:46:00 AM
I feel like I'm the only one who's actually feeling pretty good about this game. xD Definitely not what was expected, but from the looks of it they're going all out with the music/idol motif and the gameplay looks super fun. Who knows, but I'm definitely going to give it a shot.

My beef has been, and continues to be, my thorough lack of interest in any more of Atlus' Persona Performa spam. The J-Pop, Idols and Hatsumi Miku Tiki aren't helping matters either, nor is the utter lack of a possibility of any Jugdral or Magvel FE reppage (hell, I don't even think Elibe has much of a shot; and that's even after considering that by the time this comes out, Roy II's Amiibo will be out of stock and vanished into the mists of legends).

Oh well, I suppose I'm getting carried away. After all, if they do manage to include a character I actually like in this, I might feel differently about this, but right now, Caeda alone isn't enough to get me to reconsider my stance on this (and I continue to suspect that Eleanora's (archer chick's) Performa is going to wind up being based upon either Gordon Gaggles, Ryan, Rolf, possibly Wolt (though unlikely given the aforementioned lack of Elibe reppage, on top of him not quite meeting the shota quota that pairs well with a J-Pop idol chick), or maybe a Stahl (or Green Haired Robin) sired Noire (because these days, if it isn't from Archanea, its probably from Yilisse)).
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: June 20, 2015, 11:59:29 AM
Maybe even open up the option to pull off something like XBC's Chain Attack under certain circumstances.

Alternatively, bring back FFXII's Gambits.

Or perhaps the whole 6+ parties thing is a massive load.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 20, 2015, 10:52:04 AM
Dice- yes, I didn't highlight everyone's "believing something that's untrue" because I couldn't remember them all.  Hence the etc. 

As for Tifa's proportions, they don't seem that odd to me because I too have longer legs but a shorter torso.  This was evident when I was getting fitted for my new bicycle.

One that Dice missed was Cait Sith believing he's become a real boy.

Also, a new generation will now become acquainted with Titfa or Ms. Walking Life-support for Breasts.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 20, 2015, 06:49:03 AM
My E3 impressions are that:

A) Sony won the Internet (nevermind E3) by getting to pull the trigger on FFVII The Remake, as well as pulling off the hat trick that was TLG gameplay and the Shenmue 3 kickstarter announcement. However, outside of that, their conference heralded the death of the PS Vita in the Western Markets, if not its complete death, and they had that Horizon game which looked like fem-Turok: Dinobot Hunter. The rest what largely yearly iterations, sequels that look nearly identical to their predecessors and indie stuff that promises the moon and the stars. There were also talking heads and montages a plenty.

B) Squeenix made a solid showing for itself with FFVII: The Remaking and NieR 2, however, I'm no longer really expecting anything from them anymore since they've figuratively jumped the shark. World of FF looked like Squeenix's continuing trend of cashing in on nostalgia and KH 3 continues to be a thing. The rest, I gave a pass on because Nintendo's Tree House was happening at that point and I couldn't be assed to switch over.

C) Nintendo's numerous presentations gave us Earthbound Zero (in spite of it being badly aged jank; but hey, I've played through Phantasy Star 2, so I'll live if it means seeing localizations for other passed over games like it and Mysterious Murasame Castle), some updates on titles that up until E3 were only known to be a thing (Star Fox Zero), and localization release dates for the more highly anticipated titles (XBCX). The new stuff was underwhelming though, with Zelda Tri-force Heroes and Metroid Prime: Federation Forces being the new titles that failed to show them living up to their namesakes, while Little Battlers X and Yokai Watch reminding me of just how goddamn overrated Level 5 is, Persona Emblem continues to have the absolute worst trailers imaginable, and the Amiibo clusterfuck rages on by producing a joint venture with Skylanders among other things. Thank god for their Treehouse Live Streams because they really turned my opinion around on MP: Federation Forces and convinced me that there was more to Persona Emblem than Idols, J-Pop and Vocaloids; they also covered the stuff that should've been covered in the presentation like Fatal Frame 5. Overall though, the theme of the year was to "Do the Mario" with Super Mario Maker and with Social Media, and oh by the way, Star Fox Zero is coming along.

D) Bethesda did a solid showing of Fallout 4 and even convinced me that their upcoming Doom game looks like Doom. Other than that though, their presentation was mostly a wash since 1) I'm not much of a Bethesda fan, and 2) they really spent half their conference time on Fallout 4 alone.

E) Microsoft's big announcement was that 30 games in 1 Rare Collection (which I'm hoping won't just be a bunch of lazily emulated copies of those games because there were several classics mixed in there and it'd be a real shame if they weren't (or barely were) playable), followed distantly by Inafune's and ex-Retro guys' latest vehicle ReBootCore (how I wish). The rest of the conference was a complete joke with special mention going to this year's in conference commercial (complete with actual Car; sold separately), Minecraft via CNN's Situation Room, EA's flaccid Access service (being met by all of four golf claps), and Microsoft's second doomed attempt at trying to implement Backlog: The Remake.

F) Ubisoft came out with South Park 2: Revengeance and a bunch of lies and slander. Full Stop.

G) EA doesn't even deserve a mention for its remake of its E3 2014 presentation. Even their yearly Madden is garbage due to not even acknowledging the need to accurately recreate Tom Brady's deflated balls.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 20, 2015, 04:13:32 AM
(I've been looking at people who say Aeris and Aerith in this topic; but you can't see this because I wrote it in parentheses!!)

Not really sure SE can force lock the Gondola ride into being Aeris only.

If you do so you're removing the Barret option. Which in this internet age will get the US/EU side screaming 'racism' AND 'anti-gay' accusations. (Pretty much the same backlash reasons they won't alter the brothel's optional sequences.)

And on the Japan side of things if they deny date options with big-breasted fanservice girl and genki-ninja Haruhi-clone girl their local market will slam on it.

So west and east an Aeris-only crop is a horrid idea PR-wise.

Heh, I think you're reading into what happened during the Barret date.
They say nothing for half of it, and this is the rest:

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Barret: Hey foo. What you wanna see fireworks with me for?
Cloud: Not having fun?
Barret: You should've asked one or the other!
Cloud: Which would you have asked?
Barret: Oh man, there just ain't no choice!
Barret: Tifa, Aeris.
Barret: Ah, Yuffie?
Cloud: (hoo boy)
Barret: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
Barret: Hey, you don't mean...Marlene?
Barret: NO WAY! Forget it!
Barret: There ain't no way I'm lettin' a wacko like you anywhere near my little Marlene!
Barret: She's my baby. My prized possession.
Barret: .......Marlene.
Barret: Wish I could've brought Marlene here. She'd love the fireworks.
Barret: Why the hell do I gotta be here with a foo like you...!
Barret: Shit...the more I think 'bout it the madder I get!
Barret: Damn fireworks anyways.
Barret: Shut up!!
*gunfire*

The game makes a point to DENY you and Barret entry into the Stage Play (as the "100th couple!").  The option could not be more 'for fun' if it tried and as a perk for... well, treating the girls like an asshole and buttering up Barret.


That does bring up another possibility though. Maybe there will be even more datable options for the Gondola Ride, like Lucerita or Marlene (or maybe they're Vincent Only options). :V
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: June 19, 2015, 05:22:45 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2015/06/19/the-new-nier-game-will-have-a-happy-ending-says-creator/

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There will be other things to ride besides boars.

GOTY.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 19, 2015, 03:37:33 PM
Or how about decisions that have Cloud hook up with Jessie (who later dies when the rotting pizza falls) locking out Tifa, Aeris, and Yuffie, so Cloud goes on the Golden Saucer outing with Barret and they try to bond over the loss of AVALANCHE people, but it's awkward because they're both stoic tough-guys but who else can they open up to?  

Barret: "Biggs... Wedge... *sigh* and Jessie... Dunno what she saw in a spiky-haired freak like you, but she liked ya.  And now she's with the Lifestream.  They all are."  

Cloud: "..."

Barret: " Well?!?!  Ain't ya gonna say sumthin?"

Cloud: "... What am I supposed to say?  It's hard to talk about, you know."

Barret: *knowing nod*

Dincrest knows he's being an idiot right now, but it's all in goofy fun.

Somehow I doubt that the Gondola Ride will allow anyone but Aeris.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 19, 2015, 03:22:08 PM
Thinking on this today, I would love if they took creative liberties with the airship and made some cosmetic and gameplay perks available. Like say, recruitable ship crew members with various tacked on functionality, character outfits/skins/accessories with "dressing rooms" to customize character models, and maybe even more mini-games available right on deck ala an alternative to the gold saucer.

The more I muse over the whole thing, I think the more of this ^^ type of thing they do and the less narrative-rework the better.

In short, I don't want Aerith's role to change in any way, I just want to be able to have Cloud wear her jacket as a scarf or something late game. Then I wanna go beat my high-score in choco-skooba-sky-dive or some other yet to be realized pilotwings quality mini while I wear it! LoL

Finally, as a bold move, I would like to see more characters that add additional support elements to main cast for battle. Its crap like this that I feel will expand on the game rather than reconstruct it in an unnatural fashion.

If they do the recruitable airship crew members, maybe they'll even make the Pilot's level actually mean something. :V

The character outfits and skins will be DLC of course (just like they were in FFXIIIs 2 and 3).

As for Aeris Aerith, while I also wouldn't want to see her as a glorified NPC, I don't trust Nomura enough to not make her a glorified NPC (or to get this game out in time for FFVII's 25th anniversary).
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: June 19, 2015, 11:53:30 AM
Still pretty meh on the character designs but the environments look great. Honestly, I'm most excited about the battle system. Having six characters all in battle at once sounds like a blast.

Six? We can go "beyond" six!

http://gematsu.com/2015/06/star-ocean-5-producer-something-not-right-star-ocean-4

Not only that, but it sounds like that the producer is at least aware that something went horribly wrong with SO4 (though saying that they got up to 'halfway' towards western appeal with SO4 is being rather generous).
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 19, 2015, 09:41:49 AM
Welp. Looks like we now have our reason to take the Hoshido path.

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Waifu Emblem 3.0 is a go.

Also the most amusing thing about yesterday's Treehouse coverage was watching the long, dramatic cutscene of Kamui/Corrin/whatever getting sent on a suicide mission all by himself, when his demo stats were more than enough for him to solo the goddamn stage (on top of the Treehouser getting Elise and Cav dude killed due to underestimating enemy stances).
To the best of my knowledge there has been 0 indication that it is exclusive to Hoshido path at this point. We just don't have confirmation it is available on the Nohr path yet.

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I know some people are speculating that it might be unavailable since Nohr doesn't have a world map for paralogues, but the counter to that is that Nohr does have access to My Castle and it is possible to recruit Amiibo characters through My Castle. So children characters might be recruited in My Castle for both sides just like how Amiibo characters are recruited for both sides via My Castle.

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I'm less referring to just that Hoshidians are the only ones bumping uglies, than the fact that grinding up all those S-Ranks will be far more difficult during the Nohrian campaign without a clear plan.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 19, 2015, 06:15:54 AM
The question about the remake isn't whether or not they're going to change things (even the announcement trailer was pretty indicative of that), but by how much. Again, referring to the announcement trailer, while the new trailer kinda resembles the original's opening, there was a suspicious lack of Aeris in it, focusing instead on Barret and Cloud's approach to the train they leap from in the original game's opening. Additionally, even the narration would've had a female narrator instead of a male one if they were merely basing it on the original game given how it starts with Aeris looking onto a random shower of sparks like stars in the night sky, before the opening zooms out over Midgar before pulling back in on the train carrying Barret, Cloud and all the rest. Don't quote me on this one yet, but I definitely suspect that Aeris' role in the story will be getting diminished by a sizable margin (since she's just going to die half way through anyways).

My crack theory is that she's gonna end up as a background decoration for everything between Midgar to the Golden Saucer date (and not in the good way like OG VII where doing so allowed the game to pull what it did since unlike virtually every other instance of PC death in an RPG, there was hardly any telegraphing compared to all the Obi Wan style mentors, or characters that are 2 Cewl 4 U, or you meet suspiciously similar characters, or the mechanics specifically give away the twist, and so on that other games typically perform, but in the "you already know that she's gonna die so why bother"). That, or they're gonna go all soap opera-y on her and crank the melodrama dial to 11 (much like The Hobbit Trilogy did to Thorin Oakenshield), but that's the boring, sure bet option.


At the very least though, I will guarantee you, even at risk of Toxx, that the post credits stinger will either be changed or dropped completely, since I'm pretty damn sure that there isn't a single person in Squeenix who even recall's the scene's existence, let alone what it even means (or if they do, then they will be spelling it out with like 30 minutes of talking heads). Either way though, that one scene is definitely getting changed, and I'd bet real money on this statement.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 18, 2015, 12:50:45 PM
Even if I can see where that line of thought is coming from, I can't take any gaming "journalist" that actually uses the word "entitled" seriously anymore because it's almost always used for clickbait garbage articles, which is exactly what that is.

I'm afraid I agree with Aeolus and Kevadu on this one; the Nintendo "fans" are being unreasonable.  Not buying and ignoring a game isn't enough, they're calling for it's full out cancellation --- and that's just silly and narrow-minded.  Pokemon is a series with mainline games and spinoffs; but one spinoff in Metroid and the fans can't handle it.  I mean, don't want to play this Metroid game (and I'd love to see Samus return), but I'm not calling for its production to straight-up stop.

That said, I suppose it really didn't help that the game looked like it belonged on the original DS and the game's title really screams "Kiddiewarez" like that Saturday Morning Kids Show about rescue workers (the name of which I can't recall) made back during the Aughts. I bet that if they changed the title graphic (and the rest of the title for that matter), the number of dislikes would halve.

Yeah that's probably what is putting me (and others?) off the most.  The series has amazing looking characters and a cool slick sci-fi design... So this is almost the opposite of that. A petition to change the look makes way more sense. :P

Its even worse when you consider the fact that when the Blastball potion was revealed for the Nintendo World Championship, not a single goddamn person complained or had issue. But the moment that the Metroid Prime name got attached, suddenly everyone's shouting "BURN THE WITCH!!!".

(Granted, that even though nobody knew that it was going to be MP related during NWC'15, the UI parallels was a pretty big hint.)

Besides, its on the 3DS, which seems to specialize in chibli-fied games. Just look at that Atelier Rorona port.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: June 18, 2015, 11:00:50 AM
Welp. Looks like we now have our reason to take the Hoshido path.

Code:
Waifu Emblem 3.0 is a go.

Also the most amusing thing about yesterday's Treehouse coverage was watching the long, dramatic cutscene of Kamui/Corrin/whatever getting sent on a suicide mission all by himself, when his demo stats were more than enough for him to solo the goddamn stage (on top of the Treehouser getting Elise and Cav dude killed due to underestimating enemy stances).
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: June 18, 2015, 10:27:09 AM
No Legend of Legaia on anyone's list?

I am disappointed in all of you.

It's too janky for most to consider top tier, but not janky enough to make it onto my joke list.

Like seriously, the game doesn't have a difficulty curve so much as a series of valleys and peaks (especially if you know what you are doing and get that card at the start of the fucking game).
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