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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Class of Heroes 2 (Physical + Digital) on: June 08, 2013, 08:09:11 PM
It's hard for me to compare this to Elminage. Elminage is a fantastic game, but was treated with almost no respect. CoH2 is a decent game treated with immense TLC.

I have to be honest, even aside from the localization I still felt like Elminage Original was pretty lame. There are significantly better options that make it hard for me to justify spending much time with it.

I will definitely agree though that CoH2 speaks volumes to the care Vic Ireland and folks and MonkeyPaw put into their projects. I'd absolutely support a future endeavor for them.

Elminage isn't as good as Etrian Odyssey or even Dark Spire, but it has aspects that puts it far above Wizardry PS3; a variety of dungeons and locations, and some fantastic music. (Well, the fact that it has music period.)

Wizardry PS3's scarce music was good, but it badly needed dungeon BGM.

Custom character art is a fantastic feature, too.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Class of Heroes 2 (Physical + Digital) on: June 07, 2013, 11:27:20 PM
It's hard for me to compare this to Elminage. Elminage is a fantastic game, but was treated with almost no respect. CoH2 is a decent game treated with immense TLC.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Class of Heroes 2 (Physical + Digital) on: June 07, 2013, 09:49:59 PM
Vic was kind enough to let me review a copy, and it's very enjoyable. Slow build, but once you get over the trademark initial hump, it's fun times, especially the combat's fluidity.

Some of these dungeons are brutal, too. My biggest complaint is the lack of dungeon music.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 06, 2013, 09:24:20 PM
I've always thought the negotiation/summoning mechanics fit Devil Summoner pretty well. It's not like Persona where they're facets of your personality, thus you have free reign over them. These are separate entities with their own desires and goals only held in check by your power and force of will.

Without that, they have no qualms about killing you the moment you turn your back.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 06, 2013, 12:29:11 AM
Soul Hackers... I'm glad I'm getting to play it, especially since I was clamoring for it back in the Revelations: Persona for PS1 days, but it really hasn't aged that well.  It's good and all (especially the music and voice acting), but definitely stuck in the 1990s to the point where it feels a little more anachronistic than timeless.  It's good, but I'm often more compelled to play something else whenever I have the downtime. 

I'm still getting my sorry butt kicked by Snappy.  

I hope you realize his trick. You aren't supposed to do damage to him. There's another way.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 25, 2013, 10:08:34 AM
Pretty sure the fastest way to rack up the coins is bingo.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: May 24, 2013, 06:37:08 PM
I'm confident Versus will happen, just a question of how and when(and what it'll get called).
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SQUARE ENIX Presents, Live Broadcast E3 Showcase on: May 23, 2013, 09:28:15 PM

My sentiments exactly.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 22, 2013, 08:30:33 PM
As far as SMT artwork is concerned I am far more enticed by the Soejima side of the coin, as opposed to the Kaneko. While I feel Kaneko's work stylistically offers a great deal more "character" than Soejima's, I am just a sucker for the lush color anime work Soejima has cranked out in recent years. However I certainly am not turned off by either artist and I will totally give credit where credit is due.... Kaneko is responsible for the visual direction of my absolute (new) favorite protag. ever- Tatsuya from Persona 2.

Kaneko seems to work in a very signature palette of sorts. That, coupled with his distinct "style" of drawing, makes his work  recognizable from a mile away.  Having that strong of an "identity" to your art, is what makes a stellar artist in my book.

And that is all I have to say about SMT artwork... now back to my grind through p2EP... I'll be back in a week or two when I'm finished-LoL

EDIT: On the note of Eternal Punishment... I am floored with the amount of optional content in this game. I can't imagine how long it would take if I really wanted to get to most of the optional stuff. With so much other stuff on the shelf calling my name (coupled with the fact that I haven't played ANYTHING other than SMT/Persona stuff for the last 2 months) I am ready to move on but damn I wish I had the time/wherewithal to manage to get some of more rare persona and whatnot.

At 60 hours in, with a tentative 10-15 to go (I imagine) I can easily see how this game could demand 100+ hours and still leave you with a great deal to do if you so desired...  I wish I discovered this when it came out in my childhood/teen years... this could have been a whole summer vacation worth of gaming-LoL

Yeah, it's easy to see why Atlus USA of that era was only able to localize EP. It's a demanding game, and has a TON of content, arguably more than P3 or P4.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 20, 2013, 09:31:32 AM
Likewise.  He's good with a more "painterly" style, a lot of his Persona art is like anime pop art.

Persona 3 bridged the gap and still had some art similar to that, but with P4 he just went full-on anime.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 19, 2013, 08:42:18 AM
Additionally, this is such a practical outfit. :v

Was gorgeous art, though. I miss Soejima's sketch-like designs.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 18, 2013, 11:10:26 PM
Well, specifically I mean Yuko Takao's design. Probably the classiest female character design ever.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 18, 2013, 01:24:45 PM
I may be of the unpopular opinion here, but while like Kaneko's artwork, I'm of mind that it needs to stay exactly that: artwork.  Even in PS2 titles characters some of the characters' face models were starting to look creepy/strange (and not in a good way to fit the games and their themes, especially in the Raidou games).  I imagine a more detailed character model for current-gen or next-gen would be even worse.  I think the new artwork strikes a good balance.

That said. . .I can't see Devil Survivor's character designs working particularly well in 3D, either.

Wait, what? His character designs are awesome and add to the appeal.

I've always loved his knack for designing outfits. His female characters usually dress like normal females would.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 17, 2013, 08:36:17 AM

And to be honest it's ANIME but not a sort of pandering or overly pop style of it. The characters don't look like rejects from a kid's anime (closest is that the lead looked like Korra from behind... a character from an American cartoon that's just anime styled and mainly came from the hair style), or fashion rejects of Nomura, or the moe crap of the likes of Idea Factory or Compile Heart. Really, his style looks a lot like Kaneko's 32-bit onwards style with the Goth scrubbed out, if they really wanted to go ANIME they'd have just gotten Soejima to do the artwork, and that probably would be the better bet to get the staunchly Persona fanbase in.

I agree, and I still like the artwork, but we definitely lost something without Kaneko's input.

Though the designs Doi did for the modern humans(namely the Gaian cultist and the Hikawa look alike with the shades) gave me huge Kaneko vibes.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 16, 2013, 09:26:26 PM
I hate to be a downer, but he says stuff like that, then says that he wanted Doi to do the art work to make it more 'anime'/appealing to a wider audience.

Source

I mean it'll still be great, but don't claim to be punk when you want Miley Cyrus doing your vocals.
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