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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 26, 2009, 07:16:55 PM
If the second had a weakness (imo) it was that that focus was on the relationship between the Reyvateils rather than the main character and the Reyvateil he chose.  For a game seemingly designed to appeal to the dating sim crowd, that's a big weakness.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 25, 2009, 09:30:46 PM
Heh, magical girl transformations.  They still managed to subtlely work some ecchi into what was otherwise a dramatic tour de force.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 20, 2009, 11:45:17 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:
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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.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 20, 2009, 09:14:40 PM
I just ordered a 20GB refurbished PS3.  The family wanted to get me a birthday present, and it was on my mind. ^^  Once I tack on a new 250GB hard drive I'll have myself a 250GB PS3 with hardware-emulated backwards compatibility...mmm.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 20, 2009, 09:52:07 AM
In my opinion, translations should be better than this.

That's what happens when you hire your family to do the voice acting.  Not kidding.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 19, 2009, 10:37:55 PM
And magus, you did read the pair of translation errors I put some posts back in spoilers, right?

I don't recall either of the 2 issues you mentioned from when I played the game...which indicates they 1) weren't striking enough to make an impression on me, or 2) confused me and therefore I ignored them.  But I was mostly referring to the forum post Eusis linked to.  2/3 of those "errors" didn't feel out of place while playing the game itself, and I understand exactly what's being said, even if they sort of "made up" a word (let's face it, the fantasy genre makes up a lot of words).  The remaining one probably made considerably more sense while playing the game, but still seems awkward now.

Anyway, I wouldn't say Atlus is squeaky clean either.  They dubbed honorifics, for heaven's sake! (Persona 3 FES)  It's almost ironic there was no option for a Japanese voice track, where their translation would've made much more sense.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 19, 2009, 01:41:05 PM
I think some of these so-called translation issues are simply due to a lack of context.  Playing through the game, I didn't notice any glaring problems with the dialogue for the most part (I played with Japanese voices).  The Dive Therapy sessions were pretty nonsensical, but for all I know they didn't make much sense in Japanese either (as the scenes weren't voiced).  The only real problems I have with the localization are the Raki bug and the cutting of half the Japanese voices.

I did find much of the shopkeeper dialogue pointless and annoying.  In literature, they say every scene should be important to the greater whole--that if you were to take it out something would be missing.  Much of the shopkeeper dialogue doesn't meet this bar.  For the most part, it didn't tell me something new or important about the characters or story.  It wouldn't have been so bad if the dialogue was well written or witty.  But much of it wasn't.  I did however want all the synth recipes, so I plowed through all the scenes whether I liked it or not.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 15, 2009, 06:43:51 PM

Actually...

(Dialogue)
Aoto: What will you do? (e.g., What are you here for?)

(Options)
Install
*Random bundle of kanji*
Present (not sure what this means without more context)
Return
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: October 14, 2009, 01:57:36 PM
This game along with Atelier Rorona and Agarest Senki will probably force me to buy a PS3.  I guess hoping for niche games like this to be ported to the 360 for international release was wishful thinking...
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: April 20, 2009, 12:21:20 PM
Parasite Eve: If Aya Brea was real, I'd kill to see her. Another great game by Squaresoft that I never fully appreciated until a year later after beating it. Also, using actual science to fuel the story drew me into the plot more than ever.

I remember the "scientific" justification in Parasite Eve being utterly laughable and ridiculous.  Well, it wasn't so much the base ideas but the terrible writing used to phrase them.  Parasite Eve II did that aspect a lot better...but of course it was an entirely different type of game.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Favorite RPGs and Why on: April 19, 2009, 06:24:36 PM
It's hard to rank RPGs overall, but here's my favorites from particular subgenres.  This mostly reflects my impression at the time I played them; they might not match up as well to more recent games.

Baldur's Gate II: My personal favorite.  The best of the Infinity Engine set of D&D CRPGs, with great story, character development, and addictive tactical strategy combat.

Star Ocean 2/3: I liked Tri-Ace's blend of sci-fi and fantasy, the characters were interesting, and the combat system was absolutely addictive.  Bonus dungeons ftw.

Tales of Phantasia: This SNES game was way ahead of its time when it was released in 1995, and later went on to spawn the rest of the Tales series.  As the first of the series, the concept had yet to be redone 10 times, the time travel story was intriguing, and it had a great battle system.  It's really incredible how they managed to do so much with the SNES.

Eien no Aselia (JP only): The best ADV/RPG no one in the West will ever play, and released in 2003 at that.  The story is fascinating and considerably darker than the usual fare, it features my favorite game heroine Aselia, and the combat system is very unique and strategic (and improved even more in its sequel, Seinarukana).

Honorable mention:
Ar Tonelico 2: I really am a sucker for dating-sim-like ADV/RPGs.  The battle system is interesting, and the story is decent.  The character interactions, humor, and great soundtrack are what I played this game for however.
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