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5491  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 16, 2013, 07:02:45 AM
Ni no Kuni ... [it has] blander gameplay compared to their better titles

lol, like what??  I stand of firm opinion that they have to be one of the best companies when it comes to hit-or-miss games.  When they hit, they hit a bullseye, but when they miss, it's because they missed their target by a full 180-degrees.

I never quite understood the love Level 5 seems to get from RPG fans.  Yeah they have some good adventure games, but most of their RPGs are middling to bad.  I thought Rogue Galaxy was terrible, and I'll never understand the love it gets.  Then there was White Knight Chronicles...I guess Dark Cloud was supposed to be good, but I must admit I never played it.  Even so, how many years ago was that now?

Ni no Kuni might buck this trend...maybe.  Colin Moriarty is probably number one on my list of reviewer's who's opinion I couldn't care less about, but there are other positive reviews showing up.  But I wasn't really impressed with the demo...gorgeous game but combat was shallow and repetitive with needlessly obfuscated controls. How is that a good thing?

Dark Cloud 2 had a sort of/kind of interesting equipment advancement mechanic by letting you take pictures of everything and had two playable characters in the main dude and his robot tank (also some chick but she sucked and tended to disappear every so often), but other than that it was a bland dungeon crawler with a pants on head retarded plot and horribly unbalanced mechanics. Dark Cloud 1 sucks compared to DC2.

But to me, the only good RPG Level 5 did was Dragon Quest VIII and I believe most of the credit probably belongs to the DQ team rather than Level 5 since they kept them pretty restrained from their normal bullshit. And admittedly, I thought they were the bee's knees for a time; until I saw White Knight Chronicles and promptly lost faith in them (I'm not even going to spoiler it. How does anyone come up with unintentional awesomeness like the sneaking in, not just a spy, but the main character's principal rival and antagonist into your main party for a goodly chunk of the game only to immediately throw her under the bus in favor of the "real" MOTHERFUCKING BLACK KNIGHT who is as much of a cardboard cutout as every other joker in the game just because the first black knight was female and thus only exists to serve as a walking dramabomb that everybody forgets about by the end of the death speech?). Although I didn't consider them terrible at making games until they went and made literally the worst Gundam series ever made (like, so bad, even Sunrise doesn't want to acknowledge its existence, and this is a company that was shameless enough to make a series that was literally a blatant commercial for their own toys and merchandise; hell, I think they're probably more willing to acknowledge G-Savior as a thing more than AGE and that wasn't even made in Japan).

I honestly consider them to be between Squeenix and Capcom in terms of Japanese game developers' qualities vs. shenanigans, and even Capcom's starting to look like they're learning.
5492  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 16, 2013, 05:48:57 AM

So now Lightning has a loli-goth frenemy and even more ridiculous costumes. Suddenly, Ms. Chocobokolina doesn't seem like such a bad choice of companion now.
5493  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: January 16, 2013, 05:40:01 AM
Mother Brain is also the teacher of the class.

Also possibly reincarnated Hitler because apparently that happens in like every anime.

(Brian May inexplicably guest stars).

I figure that the homeroom teacher is the guy who blows himself up early on after killing his own daughter because she was an idiot (I mean, yeah she was trying to prove a point, but it was still dumb).
5494  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 16, 2013, 05:37:31 AM
FFV remake details? I swear those sprites look like the FFV ones...

And then there are the ones that don't look like anything seen on an 8 through 32 bit console.

Also I'd pitch a guess but all the even remote possibilities have been covered. Any other guess at this point would be like guessing that its secretly XIII-Versus.
5495  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 15, 2013, 06:43:18 PM

Meanwhile, a neat feature is confirmed.

Although outside of the handful of cutscenes that the game has, most voiced dialogue consisted of clips such as "Krom-sama!", "Eh!", and "Yosh!".
5496  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2013, 06:06:43 PM
Besides "Grave of the Fireflies" "Saikano" has be the next most depressing anime show I have seen.  Chaos;Head is crap. The VN was crap, and the anime even more so.

IIRC, the manga ended on a particularly disastrously sad ending.

One of few anime series' I really dig!

I just made a thread for this.


Chaos;head had an interesting premise but blew it out of it's ass the moment it tried to explain anything since it all boiled down to "A wizard did it.".

As for depressing anime try Bokano (or however its spelled). Giant Robot series where the robot literally runs on children.
5497  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / New Ghost in the Shell anime on: January 15, 2013, 06:04:21 PM

5498  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 02:44:53 PM
If we're talking votes for least anticipated titles of the year, I'd place mine on Ni no Kuni since it looks like a Level 5 game with blander gameplay compared to their better titles XIII Versus because honestly, it really has become the second coming of Duke Nukem Forever and should have DNF's old projected release date of 3/21/2999.

Also I noticed this before but didn't feel like mentioning it till now, but lol at XIII-3 not even getting a mention despite it being guaranteed to be released later this year.
5499  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: January 15, 2013, 03:44:52 AM
The problem may be how would you properly remake something like those first four now?

... Well, I'd at least like them to preserve that 80s/early 90s sci-fi anime feel as much as they can, and III could be made to mesh better with the rest, but I just don't trust Sega as they are now to do a good job there.

*pictures Rhys, Nei, and all the rest of PS2's cast hijinks-ing it up in a Japanese High School*

(Although given their personalities, you could slot them right in with almost no fuss. Rolf takes the protagonists' seat by the window so no NPCs need to be drawn, Nei is the mysterious transfer student that takes up residence right behind him, Rudo is the buddy next to Rolf and constant wingman, Amy is the librarian's aide, Hugo is the guy who only shows up at lunch time and is humorously ignored, Anna is the class rep, Kain is the guy in the automotive repair club, Shir is the athletic girl, Nei-First randomly shows up to wreck havoc and causes Nei to get expelled, Lutz is the old mentor who teaches Rolf karate's ultimate move the Neihameiha Medigo, Dark Force is the evil gang leader, Mother Brain is the dark magic possessed trophy henchwoman of Dark Force who helplessly fights for her master after he is defeated and is the true final boss, the people of earth are aliens from the Algo star system, and the Musik teacher is still gay.)
5500  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 15, 2013, 03:15:01 AM
Barring some kind of critical failure of incompetence or human dignity (goddamn scalpers), I fully intend to make off with that sweet FE3DS bundle, and then I'm going to be drained for the next couple of months.

Also wouldn't mind seeing Bravely Default or Type-0, but Squeenix needs to pull their collective head out of their collective ass. Soul Hackers would be another good game to cut my teeth into someday.
5501  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 14, 2013, 08:21:02 PM
I'd always said there was just one voyager ep I really liked, where the ship and the entire crew cloned and in the end it was the cloned ship that survived while the original was destroyed.

...buuut then I heard someone say that I was wrong and it was the original that survived after all. So nothing redeeming about the show at all.

If there was anything Voyager was consistent on, it was inconsistency. Hell, just look at any time the Prime Directive got brought up. Half the time Janeway would be "We must respect the Prime Directive at all costs. Even if it means losing a crew member/a chance to go home in the process." and the other half would be "To hell with the Prime Directive! Just blow it up and be done with it.".
5502  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 14, 2013, 05:57:19 PM

Beware the were-chair.
5503  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 14, 2013, 05:16:38 PM
Eh. It'll hurt my wallet but with the current retro gaming bubble and a potentially dry year this year (I'm suspecting that all those new console rumors will bear something later this year which means launch titles and the occasional underrated gem) I think I will take the bite and hope for the best.
5504  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 14, 2013, 02:20:53 PM
5505  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obama won't support building 'Death Star' on: January 14, 2013, 01:45:15 AM
Lightsabers don't kill people.  People kill people.

You can take my Lightsaber when you pry it from my cold robotic hand.
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