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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi JRPG for Agarest War fans on: July 10, 2013, 07:04:51 PM
What kind of potential are we talking here?  Is the gameplay like Bayonetta meets Valkyrie Profile meets Final Fantasy's 1-12 meets Pokemon meets Grandia meets Diablo II or are we talking Project X Zone with T&A?
Yumina the Ethereal is like Aselia the Eternal, except with better graphics and a focus on comedy.  It was made by the same people and it's rated similarly by English users.  The ecchi content is probably less than 1% of the overall experience.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi JRPG for Agarest War fans on: July 10, 2013, 06:31:20 PM
You won't review a game just because the game is rated for those who are aged 18 or over, regardless of its potential?  That's a shame.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi RPG for Agarest War fans on: July 10, 2013, 05:47:42 PM
Long time no post for me.  Would RPGFan be interested in reviewing this title?
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi JRPG for Agarest War fans on: July 10, 2013, 05:47:12 PM

After 3 years in the making, JAST USA is finally ready to release Eternal-Will's popular adult visual novel RPG Yumina the Ethereal.  This will be the highest profile ecchi RPG to ever be officially released in English.  It's highly rated on both VNDB (8.3/10; #5 ranked in untranslated RPGs) and Erogamescape (80/100), and is particularly praised for its strong gameplay melded with moe romantic comedy and sci-fi themes.  The game was developed by members of the same team that worked on the popular titles Aselia the Eternal (released) and Seinarukana (also being worked on by JAST).

Recommended audience
Are you a fan of the Agarest War or Ar tonelico series?  Looking for something a little more story-focused than Agarest War?  Or perhaps more...ecchi?  This may be the game for you!

"The Student Council Election is your only hope. Fight, win, and change your destiny!"

Midorishita Yumina is a junior at the prestigious Jinbu Academy. Far from being a model student, Yumina skirts the precarious line between barely passing and failing hard. One day, a young man named Akashima Ayumu transfers into her class. Ayumu claims to have been sent by his father, an eccentric and possibly delusional man who ordered Ayumu to find and protect Yumina, whom he believes will one day save the universe.

Ayumu and Yumina are at odds from the moment they first meet. They bicker endlessly, day after day, until finally Yumina goes too far and starts a fight just before a critical test. Her failure dooms her to repeat the year.

But just when it seems all hope is lost, a mysterious girl named Kurokawa Kirara appears and invites Yumina to run for Student Council President.

According to Kirara, whoever wins an Election War and becomes President will have the power to change any school rule he or she likes. Realizing that this is her only hope of becoming a senior, Yumina agrees to join the race, and drags Ayumu along for the ride!

Thus begins an epic tale of love and friendship in which youthful passions run high and debates shake the foundation of the heavens.

Who will emerge victorious!?

Free trial
JAST has released a playable demo which includes the entire first chapter of the game, including story segments and combat.

Release date and availability
Yumina the Ethereal is scheduled for August 30 release (discs are currently being pressed), and is available through JAST, J-List, and RightStuf in hard copy or downloadable format for PC.

School-life OP
Sci-fi OP
Official site
Gameplay overview
Combat tutorial
Free trial (includes the entire first chapter of the game)
User review
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 14, 2011, 03:20:11 AM
I respect someone who can own up to their mistakes.  I'm glad the affair was straightened out.

As for Ar tonelico 3...the game's been getting bad press all around.  Even in Japan, the reviews were less favorable than usual.  One possibility: the game really doesn't live up to its predecessors.  A second possibility: the transition to the PS3 has resulted in inflated expectations.  I expect the "truth" is somewhere inbetween: GUST made too many changes to the formula and ended up with a less than polished product because of it.  In addition, the game is now faced with a far more critical crowd than the previous two games met.  I see people complaining about elements in Ar tonelico 3 that were very much present in the previous 2 games.  NISA calls it "Qoga", not 3...but that's just marketing.  This game is for people who played and liked the previous 2 games.

It should come with a sign:

Here there be moe.  Otaku: Welcome back.  All others: Turn back now.

I have a feeling this game will let me down a bit.  Nonetheless, it's Ar tonelico.  As long as the core elements from the original are there, I can't not like this game.  This series was made for me.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 14, 2011, 12:43:50 AM
I didn't read the entire thread (in fact, I only read the tail end of the argument).  I don't even post here anymore.  But I just thought I'd show up to say this: I can't believe you banned WildArms over something this silly.  Not to mention the way the RPGFan editor responded would've gotten HIM banned on any other site.  Disgraceful.  As moderators, you have a duty to not use your banning powers for selfish reasons.

I had my own issues with the review--but it looks like RPGFan doesn't value dissent.  A pity.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play games a day? on: February 02, 2010, 09:39:54 PM
has this topic turned into anything interesting, yet?

Which only goes to show that we're more well-adjusted, responsible, and *gasp* NORMAL than expected.  Either that, or the addicts aren't responding because they're too busy playing games to waste time talking about them on teh Intarwebnet tubes.

So you're suggesting then that message board addicts are more normal than game addicts?
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play games a day? on: January 28, 2010, 10:56:06 PM

My highschool wasnt easy, but i could pass the tests without studying much in my house, just paying a lot of attention in class, as for homeworks.. i barely do them, good thing it just represents 10% of the notes. So i had a lot of free time in my house :D

And now.. in college..., well it actually depends in what are you studying (i think most of the ppl that went to college know that there are careers not as hard as others), and i know i picked the second hardest of my college (first one being phsicologist), and is telecomunications engineering.. and for a way to describe it, we a good part of what electronic and system engineeres see, with a plus of all the wireless comunications, so well, we have now around 6 classes, in high school i had 12, but hell, college is like the same multiblied by 3, and in school my mom or dad could take me, now i have to use subway and bus (i spent 1 hour to go, and 2 to get back to my house) and i spent from 7 am until 4-5 pm in the college, is like my house already (thanks god for handleds), so when im finally in my house, im tired as hell, i can barely see my ps3 shining there and besides, now i do have to study in my house :(

Well yeah, 3hrs of traveling kind of kills your day.  I lived on campus, so classes were never more than a 15min walk away.  Also, I was taking 15-16 credit hours per quarter, as I was in no rush to graduate (I entered with a significant amount of transfer credit, and since I wasn't paying the bills, there was no reason not to stay the full four years).  Also since my bills were covered, there was no need to get a side job.  As a science major I had some hard classes, but nothing too bad.  So yeah, undergraduate days were great.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How long do you play games a day? on: January 26, 2010, 09:20:43 PM
I play around 3-5hrs a day on weekdays, and around 10hrs a day on weekends, for a total of around 30-40hrs a week I'd estimate.  Other than web surfing and message boarding, gaming is all I really do in my free time.

Back in my undergraduate days I'd play MMOs for 8-10hrs a day.  It's pretty easy to do: go to class for 3-4 hrs, do whatever work has to be done immediately (maybe 1-2hrs), then game the rest of the day.  When exams came up that would eat up the weekend or the day before, but other than that, I never had more free time than in my undergrad days.  Even high school kept me busier.  I wish I could've been an undergrad forever.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: January 14, 2010, 06:07:22 PM
Also, you can purge the men here (meaning you can strip the men)

If true, I imagine the justification is something along the lines of why clothing destruction in Soul Calibur 4 applies to both genders: because otherwise feminists could cry sexism.  In other words: because Sony said so.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: November 20, 2009, 07:15:43 AM
Gust: Played 3 games from them (Ar Tonelico 1, AT2, Mana Khemia), and I've enjoyed them all.
NIS: Played Disgaea, lost interest about 10hrs in.  Didn't really like the mechanics, and the story was a bit too light/farcical to hold my interests.
Idea Factory: Never played a game from them.  Record of Agarest War will be my first, and it's supposedly pretty good.  Haven't heard good things about their other games, so there was never any reason to consider them.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: November 19, 2009, 03:50:28 PM

Gen, whatever justification you have, you're abrasive (welcome to the club).  Your habit of entering game threads, where fanboys (like me) congregate, to dismiss their favorite games as crap in one or two sentences is your right, but can rub people the wrong way.  You don't walk into a church and proclaim that belief in God is silly.  Or at least you don't do that then get indignant when people get upset.

And aquagon...you need to chill.  Seriously.  People will walk all over you if you show them how easy it is to push your buttons.  However outrageous his opinions, he's entitled to them.

And my contribution to the argument: Judging games by developer isn't a bad way to go, but it's good to keep an open mind.  If you spurn all future games from a company, just because you hated previous games...well, you might end up missing out on something you'd really like.  If other indicators (reviews, description, etc.) suggest you might like a game, then further investigation might be warranted.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: November 17, 2009, 09:23:44 AM
I would intrested........but now I thought AI2 was one of the most over-rated games I ever played(funny, because I liked it first), so screw it! Except the OST.

The main problem I see with this comment is that it suggests he changed his opinion, after having played it and enjoyed it, because of the hype surrounding it (although, to say Gust games are "overrated", outside of their dedicated fanbase, is kind of odd).  I try not to let other people tell me whether I like a game or not.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 28, 2009, 03:28:59 PM
It is emulation.  Even the release models don't play every PS2 game perfectly.

But don't take my word for it.

Quote from a Sony representative during an interview:
The original PS3 used the Emotion Engine/Graphics Synthesiser to emulate PS2 titles. With the latest European specification we have removed the Emotion Engine, retaining the graphics chip. This has an impact on the number of PS2 titles that will be backwards compatible.

Link: http://threespeech.com/blog/2007/02/scee-respond-to-backward-compatibility-questions/

It's close, pretty damn close, but the Emotion Engine/GS combo still isn't a PS2.  On the flip side, rumor has it that the Raki bug doesn't cause Ar Tonelico 2 to crash on the 20 and 60GB PS3 (game doesn't load at all on the 80GB model).  I'll soon have a chance to see for myself.

I feel sort of silly now, but to my dismay further research has reinforced my earlier point.  I discovered that save corruption issues are fairly common with PS2 games played on the PS3, even the 20GB and 60GB models.  Gust games (the PS2 games I'd be most likely to play on my PS3) in particular have frequent problems.  This completely compromises the usefulness of my PS3's backwards compatibility features.  I can deal with odd rendering issues and freezes, but save corruption is simply intolerable.  Even the risk of it is enough to keep me from ever using the BC feature.  What a pain.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 27, 2009, 10:38:34 AM
I actually liked Croix better than Lyner.  Croix was fairly witty and I often found his comments rather amusing, while Lyner was generally pretty dull and thickheaded--your stereotypical clueless and brash male lead.
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