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5041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Would You Recommend Any of These Over Xenoblade? on: October 17, 2011, 01:44:23 AM
I've yet to play Xenoblade. Its on my list of games to pick up eventually though. Despite not having played it, I get the feeling that its being elevated to epic status partly because of how awful its competition has been this generation. The question is, how much of a factor in its popularity this actually is. Its something I plan on answering myself once I finally get around to playing it.

To me it's FFXII (not XIII) done right gameplaywise plus the guys behind Xenogears/Baten Kaitos are also behind this so expect new and different things in a comprehensive setting.
5042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime to game adaptations we may never see... on: October 17, 2011, 01:35:19 AM
Anything "to game" is usually a disaster (there are rare instances of good adaptations, but every rule has exceptions), so they can stay in Japan for all I care.

I don't know. That Aliens DS game that just came out seems pretty damn good right now. Though granted I haven't seen much of a good videogame adaption of an anime that isn't a mash up like SRW or those Queen's Blade/Gate games (which are also like SRW).
5043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on: October 17, 2011, 01:28:20 AM

Man this game is pretty.  I really wanna play Twilight Princess right now... but I realized that graphically the game is of a much more "grim" aesthetic.  I adore the pallet of colours this game uses both in scenery and even dungeons

One thing I loved about Wind Waker is that even though you have that huge ocean, surprisingly there is no water level.
I personally hate water levels in pretty much every game and even when they are not bad per say, they are just way worst than the regular one. On the top of my head I can't think of one game with a good water level.

What I can think is one of my worst experiences as a gamer: Ocarina of Time's Water Temple.

Probably because it was cut. At least the Tower of the Gods has a kinda water based entrance.

Also LttP's water dungeon was probably its most tame Dark World dungeon aside from Thieves Den.

And getting back on track of the topic, it looks like Link's sporting some Zora level swimming in that preview. Fuck Yeah.
5044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Would You Recommend Any of These Over Xenoblade? on: October 16, 2011, 12:56:09 PM
If you live in the US then maybe Resonance of Fate due to the fact that you don't need to jump through so many hoops to even get your hands on the bloody thing. And I say maybe if you aren't immediately repulsed by silly anime antics or a one note combat system. That said, the silly anime antics in RoF are actually silly rather than the usual stuff from Disgaea that you've probably seen a dozen times before or crap like the dinner dance from Infinite Undiscovery; this is because the game makes no bones about the fact that you're going to be non stop flipping out John Woo style with guns with so many barrels, magazines, and scopes slathered all over with the occasional side mission like chapter 11 that cranks the silliness up to 11.

The rest of your games aren't even worth your time even if you live in the US.

WKC2: Sequel to a thoroughly bland and disappointing game.
HDN: Moe-blobs and silly anime in the Disgaea sense that if you've seen before probably won't impress you again.
Enchanted Arms: One of the first JRPGs this console generation and it shows.
AT3: Bad even by its predecessors' standards; you shouldn't even be looking at this unless you've played the other two first.
Trinity: All I know about this is that it plays the 3 man adventure party straight as an arrow in some sort of ARPG; could be Hack & Slash RPG; not worth it either way.
Atelier Rorona: Moe-blobs makes stuffs; better done in later games, pass.
FFXIII: The biggest anime; probably not worth it even with a sequel incoming.
Oblivion: Why get this when in less than 2 months Skyward Swordrim will fall from the sky.

If you live in the UK then why in god's name are you even asking? Get Xenoblade now.
5045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: October 15, 2011, 02:47:24 PM
Check this out!


LOH as an anime.... I'm not sure whether to be excited at the prospect, or discouraged by some of the "game to anime" adaptation blunders in the not so distant past... Interesting regardless though.

Given how much of an anime the games are to begin with; it isn't entirely unfeasible for the series to successfully make the transition from game to anime.

Damn it! It didn't sell well so now the 2nd installment is being held hostage. Part of this on Xseed though, If it wasn't for RPGFan I would never even known this game existed.

It doesn't help that not many people in general are very interested in a very anime JRPG series from the early aughts. Granted it's not bad anime (of which there are tons) but its practically the definition of niche market.

Also Gamestop is the only place to get these games but only if you preorder from them (as I found out with the Ys 1 & 2 PSP port) and I hate preordering from them in general since it means more trips to and from the store (which may or may not even have the bloody things) and more harassment with crap like Game Informer rag subscriptions and so on.

That said, since I've already done my part in supporting XSeeD in purchasing TitS 1, I'll need to pick other games to support them with the likes of Grand Knights History and such.
5046  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime to game adaptations we may never see... on: October 15, 2011, 02:20:00 PM
Welcome to the pit of despair every SRW fan has been in since they've first heard about it (though granted, it's more of taking a bunch of animes with a common element and smooshing them together than just an anime to game adaption).

Also admittedly most adaptations aren't really all that good anyway.

Additional: No PS2 Berserk. :qq:
5047  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Guild01: That's a lot of talent for one little game on: October 15, 2011, 09:18:50 AM
Edit: Here's a trailer that covers all four parts in greater detail.

Looks like Crimson Shroud is basically going to be a D&D style rule book + some rudimentary tools and means to actually playing it out on your 3DS's (i.e. imagine four 3DS equipped players standing next to a cliff sitting around a table RPing with some complimentary material (pens, graph paper, maybe some figurines or AR cards, possibly some dice, ect). Christ, I'm already wanting this.

Maiden Liberation looks to be hilariously Suda-ish.

The others are ehh but you're getting them for free at this point (provided all of this actually leaves Japan in the first place).
5048  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Guild01: That's a lot of talent for one little game on: October 14, 2011, 03:19:00 PM

Come for the dark fantasy; stay for the 3D shooter.
5049  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.
5050  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.
5051  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 12, 2011, 03:32:39 AM

Way to hotlink there chief.
5052  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.
5053  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.
5054  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.
5055  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.
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