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61  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Blue Reflection on: August 29, 2016, 11:03:19 AM
You guys do realize that I was joking about the AtlusFan quip right?

Meh, whatever. But I still smell an S-Link knockoff mechanic in there somewhere, and if they had just came out and said "We have S-Links and Stands Persona", the whole lot of you would be on this like 'flies to a sensual pile of manure'. -_-

For now though, its back to licensed anime tie-ins for my Magical Girl JRPG fix.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: August 29, 2016, 06:53:38 AM
I just don't really care about the centralized "plot" in most video games, to be honest, it kind of hinders my enjoyment of everything else. So, I don't really hold it against the thing as long as it doesn't really get in the way.

It's all about maybe like the character interactions, gameplay, just kind of the experience, overall.

Edit: So TLDR, Fates is the best FE, and really the best game of the past I don't even know.

Your previous comments about FE10 kinda threw me off there for a second since that game's character interactions basically boiled down to A) villains be scheming, B) something something Dawn Brigade something something Laguz something, and C) Ike striding onto the scene, delivering some kind of cheesy one-liner, and everybody swooning and shouting "Ike-sama!".

The rest of the cast barely said anything at all and half of them could've easily been cut and not have been missed (hell, you can axe all of Part 2 and only lose out on 2-3 good maps and Elinica's storybook ending from FE9 nearly going south on her).

Then again, Fates characters are even more irrelevant than 10's characters were since everybody's still swooning and shouting "Corrin-sama!" regardless as to how much of a dork s/he is, while the only other relevant party members are Azura, your Butler/Maid, whomever is about to randomly eat it, and the Princes. Everybody else is either a servant of one of the Princes(ses), an Awakening refugee, or some random schmuck who have nothing better to do with themselves.
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: August 28, 2016, 10:33:17 PM
Sorry to ressurect this thingy long after the fact, went back to this game randomly today....

I don't know I think both Fates and some of the other FEs like Radiant Dawn etc... more recent ones... are about as good or better than some of those super early FEs, based on my impression of them.


FE1 and 2 haven't aged particularly well due to the NES/Famicom era finally showing its age, and Gaiden being yet another NES/Famicom era black sheep sequel. FE3 further drives the previous point home by including a parred down remake of FE1 (and the updated mechanics and parring actually makes it the definitive version of the game), though the actual FE3 part of FE3 is one of the better games in the series due to superior map design and sort of establishing the form that many of the series mechanics would take for decades to come. FE4 tried some interesting things, some of which was also carried over/brought back (Weapon Triangle, Skills, Multiple Generations), but others didn't really pan out all that well (Huge Ass Maps, Mounted Emblem, Incest Plot). BSFE was nearly lost to the ages until the DS remake that we didn't get brought it back (and it could be described as a prequel and a thing that happened/proto-DLC). FE5 (technically 6 when counting BS) is a bizarre and interesting beast, not the least of which was for being a Super Famicom game made during the start of the PS2 era, but also because its about a guy who is a loser throwing a doomed rebellion and does a fairly good job of making you feel that. FE6 was IntSys moving on after the series head departed for greener pastures (with Blackjack and Hookers) and decided the best way to do that is rehash FEs 1 & 3 but cherry picking some of the mechanics used in the series thus far (they picked the safer/less interesting ones) and without 3's interesting maps. FE7 was basically more of the same but somewhat better (but is only really notable for being the first game to leave Japan). FE8 implemented a few more mechanics from the 'good old days' but is currently the only game in the series not tied to any other game in any meaningful way (and was a lackluster sideshow to FE9's development). FE9 was probably the most ambitious game out of the post-SuperFamicom/pre-3DS era and even had some good maps and the best post-SuperFamicom era plot, but it brought back a few too many mechanics from the SuperFamicom era (especially Canto, making it Mounted Emblem 2.0) and was IntSys's 'My first 3D game' and really shows it. FE10 was overly ambitious, but not in a good way and just wound up making a complete mess of itself (though the maps were among the best prior to Fates). The DS era were clumsy/poor remakes of FEs 1, 3 and BS (and the latter two didn't even make it outside of Japan). And then Awakening happened and saved the series from falling into the N-Zone (where it would've been doomed to keep Famicom/Nintendo/Advance Wars company), but the gameplay itself was literally an unorganized mess from throwing every mechanic available at the wall and hoping enough sticks to keep going. Fates is what happened when enough mechanics stuck to Awakening's wall. Tear Ring Saga is basically FE5 II and also an interesting but brutal mess (at least its translation has been upgraded from broken/incomplete to somewhat more complete/comprehensible in recent years). Berwick Saga though is still largely uncharted territory (though I do know it changed a lot of mechanics). And Vestaria Saga will probably be interesting as well for a game made in SRPGMaker, when it gets released in about a month (translation hopefully to follow).

TL;DR: I think 3, 4 & 5 are the best, but 9 is right up there, 10's okay, and Fates would've surpassed the lot of them had it been better written (and not essentially about Glorious Nippon versus The Evil Western Dastards Empire).
64  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Blue Reflection on: August 28, 2016, 09:53:36 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/blue-reflection-first-details-screenshots

So now its Gust's/Koei-Temco's turn at taking a crack at that Magical Girl JRPG genre that's still criminally underrepresented. Hell, its already better off than Level 5's/Banpresto's/Squeenix's/Compile Factory's attempts by virtue of not being outright skeezy (though I'm not holding my breath on this, especially since it got announced alongside 'Totally-not-Lesbians of Azure 2'), not aimed at the wrong demographic for a serious attempt at this, containing an actual magical girl (well okay, Superheroine Chronicles did have Symphogear and Dream Hunter REM), and/or isn't free-2-play CCG shovelware.

That said, the reason I'm throwing this thread together is that it sounds like Sailor Moon meets Persona and I know that half of RPGAtlusFan loves Persona (it's also billed as an RPG, but that barely means anything these days). I also suspect that there's gonna be a bunch of Madoka Magica-isms (because it's gonna take a Monkey Paw's wish to get anything straighter than that), but hopefully they can keep the Magical Idol bullshit down to a dull roar.

What I will blow a Monkey Paw's wish on is for this to not be yet another VN because those are a dime-a-dozen and boring as shit (and outside of two screenshots, this is unfortunately looking pretty VN-ish).
65  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2016, 08:25:59 PM
Super Mario 3D Land: Picked up two more save file Stars, bringing the grand total up to four. Getting the fifth and final is gonna be tedious (as I'm gonna have to replay most stages as Luigi).
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: August 28, 2016, 12:01:40 PM
Hey did, anyone... get around to playing this in the entirety, was it any good?

Its a bargain bin SaGa game. It has the basics and a number of staples that a real SaGa has, but its incredibly barebones.
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 28, 2016, 01:28:17 AM
Got super bored of my 9% run of Metroid: Zero Mission, so I decided to blow through the packed-in Metroid NES port instead (its really amusing to see just how methodically the game can be dismantled; swing for Morph Ball, beeline it for the Bombs while snagging the Missile Pack, double back while picking up the Ice and Long Beams and Varia Suit, head to Norfair for an Energy Tank, a bunch of Missile Packs, Hi-Jump Boots, Screw Attack and finally Wave Beam, continue on down to Norfair Depths/Ridley to job Ridley (since he's piss easy due to his blind spot), double back to Brinstar Depths/Kraid, take the express elevator down to Kraid's chambers and pump him full of Wave Beam and Screw Attack, heal up with the Energy Tank and march on towards Tourian and ice a bunch of Metroids, Rinkas, Zebites and Mother Brain, then escape the Time Bomb Set! and get your swimsuit natch).
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser: Reincarnation coming Stateside? on: August 27, 2016, 01:53:20 PM
Publisher and intended audience, naturally.

Also, budget.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser: Reincarnation coming Stateside? on: August 27, 2016, 10:00:12 AM
I'll pretty much avoid this game like the plague. I'm normally not picky about visual styles, but this game's is just lol worthy.

Honestly, there are some quirks as people have already mentioned, but overall I kind of like it more than the original style.

My problem is that some of those 'quirks' involved mostly naked lolis.

That kind of crap soured me on otherwise not-terrible things like Nanoha. Just ask Annubis.

Also I preferred Urushihara's semi-outlandish/semi-ridiculous half/two-thirds-naked designs to Reincarnation Resurrection's "How to Draw Manga: Half/Two-Thirds-Naked Females Edition" style.
70  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 27, 2016, 12:34:44 AM
Dear god this podcast....
you all have terrible, terrible opinions.

The top 20 is...not bad, butt i'm scared for the top 10.

Seconded. I vote that we cut all of them and get some people with actual taste on lock.

They basically didn't even touch either Persona game while happily cutting the best Zeldas off the list, nevermind that half-hearted case for DQV (sure, you made one, but you let it get cut all the same while putting up a fiercer fight for Kingdom Hearts and dotHack).
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: August 26, 2016, 01:01:29 PM
Nights of Azure sequel now on both... that was one of....

*Godzilla Rage*

*Sigh*

You know... I guess really the answer in this long tortured process, has simply been "both." And there just wasn't any way around that, I guess.

That said.... I don't know... I'm kind of thinking the Vita has a brighter future, perhaps.

PS4. Vita's already long in the tooth and Sony's never held more than a passing interest in the handheld market to begin with, plus while PS4 games can be scaled down to Vita tech levels, Vita cannot possibly scale up to PS4 tech levels.

Also, none of those character designs look that good (blonde's okay and brunette's ehh, but red's not even wearing a quarter of a costume and if they're doing transformations again, its only gonna get worse).

OLED

Only if you're lucky enough to chance upon a first generation model

I was speaking from a development standpoint. Any multiplatform title will need to be adapted to accommodate the hardware/OS quirks of that platform, and the specs of any version of the Vita are easily and noticeably lower than any version of the PS4.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: August 26, 2016, 12:07:12 PM
Nights of Azure sequel now on both... that was one of....

*Godzilla Rage*

*Sigh*

You know... I guess really the answer in this long tortured process, has simply been "both." And there just wasn't any way around that, I guess.

That said.... I don't know... I'm kind of thinking the Vita has a brighter future, perhaps.

PS4. Vita's already long in the tooth and Sony's never held more than a passing interest in the handheld market to begin with, plus while PS4 games can be scaled down to Vita tech levels, Vita cannot possibly scale up to PS4 tech levels.

Also, none of those character designs look that good (blonde's okay and brunette's ehh, but red's not even wearing a quarter of a costume and if they're doing transformations again, its only gonna get worse).
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 26, 2016, 10:34:45 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/2016/08/26/final-fantasy-xv-open-world-first-half-second-half-linear/

World of Balance confirmed (hopefully the landmasses merge together for the second half (although that's exactly what FFV did with its final third, so VI was more of a deconstruction (pun intended) of that)).
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (now Trails of Cold Steel) on: August 25, 2016, 08:04:08 PM
Who you callin a fannie?

Isn't that one of them thar fancy spellings of yers such as 'Colour' and 'Mr. Thou'?
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (now Trails of Cold Steel) on: August 25, 2016, 06:20:41 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/legend-heroes-trails-cold-steel-ii-launches-november-11-europe

Here's your date Euro Fannies.
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