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1966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: April 05, 2013, 05:15:49 PM
BC didn't? I ask because there was a time that I tried to make sense of the story of VII with the compilation, but everything end up being a big ugly mess to me... is like everything that is shown in the compilation are just a bunch of stories connected in a very forced way to expand the universe of the main game.

VII never really needed any kind of continuation or expansion to its universe though.

AC was entirely pure eye-candy fluff that was totally unnecessary and its story plays out like a fanfic.

Never played Dirge of Cerberus...

Crisis Core was probably the most conceptually sound element of the compilation.  There were definitely a lot of elements there that could have benefited from being more fleshed-out.  The results were mixed, however.  Gameplay-wise it was a solid game, but story-wise I feel like it's about equal parts solid backstory and confusing, unnecessary, shoehorned-in additions.  So whatever...

All in all it's hard to feel like the expanded FF7 universe as a whole was worth it.
1967  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2013, 01:09:45 AM
Maybe the thread got so long it unstuck under its own weight.
1968  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 04, 2013, 05:07:10 PM
If screensize is the issue (does sound like it for you Kevadu, but no idea which 3DS you used) stick with the XL model, and check out grips for ergonomics. I never cared enough to get grips, but combining those large screens and grips might just make the difference between "unplayable" and "this is pretty nice", especially if you don't force yourself to use 3D when you don't like it.

Also: the XL's 3D screen is about the same size as the Vita's. Will make the large pixels more obvious, but it does seem like if one's fine then the other should be size-wise.

Well, screen size is an issue, certainly, but it's not the only issue.  What I love about the Vita's screen isn't just the size, or even the resolution, but the brightness, color saturation, excellent viewing angles, and general readability in different lighting conditions.  It's just a really nice screen all-around.  Didn't get that impression from the 3DS screen, and though I admit I haven't tried an XL yet but I don't think the underlying tech is any different.

That said, if I do get a 3DS it will probably be an XL...
1969  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 04, 2013, 04:01:38 PM
You're not alone there, Klyde.  I've never been crazy about gaming on handhelds.  My PSP and DS libraries are filled with unfinished games.  I think it's the ergonomics (or lack thereof) that really gets to me.  Leaning over and squinting at some tiny screen for long sessions is not comfortable, and these systems don't exactly feel good in your hands either.

But oddly enough I don't have any aversion to gaming on my Vita.  I seriously love the thing.  I dismissed that as new gadget syndrome at first, but it's been quite a while and I still feel that way.  Must be that big, beautiful screen I guess.  In a lot of ways I prefer it to console gaming since it's much faster to get into the games.  (Instead of having to turn on my TV and sound system, boot up the console, select a game and go through all the loading screens and stuff everytime...)  Now if only it had more games...well, I still play PSP games on it and there are a ton of those.

I haven't gotten a 3DS yet, but I've tried one before and wasn't impressed.  Ergonomically it's pretty much just the same as the DS, and the 3D affect gives me headaches.  Can't deny that the library is looking pretty impressive, though...
1970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 04, 2013, 12:04:44 AM
There are plenty of games as old or older than P1 that I can still play and enjoy today.  I think Eusis is right that it's not so much the style of gameplay as it is the balance and finer details.  Simply having the same format does not make two games equivalent.

The early SMT games had real issues, and I can't help but think that anyone who claims otherwise is wearing some rose-colored glasses.
1971  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mind 0 is not Persona...er...well...maybe not... on: April 03, 2013, 11:03:32 PM
Well, it sounds like the MIND thingies can be summoned/unsummoned to change your status rather than just being something that appears whenever you use special abilities, so that's something different...
1972  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 03, 2013, 08:34:22 PM
Google has been pushing the real name thing for a while now.  It's really quite obnoxious.  Their business used to be based on aggregate statistics.  Yes they always tracked people, but it didn't matter who a person was so long as they had something to distinguish unique individuals.  Knowing that people are X% likely to do Y was good enough for them.  But now they really seem to want to know everything about each individual.  Google Plus is perhaps the ultimate manifestation of that, and it's astoundingly creepy.

Well, at least to me it is.  But then I'm the kind of person who wouldn't even touch Facebook with a 10ft pole, and I feel increasingly like a dying species.  Most people seem to have no qualms about spilling their personal information all over the internet these days.

If you google my real name you get nothing about me, and that's how I want to keep it.
1973  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 08:28:06 PM
It sure as heck irks me when P3/P4 fans refuse to play the older games or worse find them unplayable, but what're you gonna do.

Hate to break it to you, but the older games are pretty much unplayable.  Despite what the image says, it's got nothing to do with "social sim elements" (which I couldn't care less about), but rather the slow combat and obnoxiously high encounter rates.  I gave them a fair shake and said the heck with it.  I've got better things to do with my time.

That said I quite enjoyed DDS.
1974  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Well shit! There goes LucasArts on: April 03, 2013, 07:15:03 PM
TIE Defenders were cheap as heck.  They could trounce anything.
1975  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter launched on: April 03, 2013, 06:39:57 PM
Just a bit of an update and reminder.  There is about 48 hours left to go on the kickstarter, so if you want to get in on this project now is the time.  The $3.5 million stretch goal has been reached so Chris Avellone has joined the design team!  I also upped my donation despite saying I wasn't going to...so much for that.

It will be interesting to see how high this goes.  A lot of kickstarter projects seem to get a ton of money in the first couple of days and the last couple of days, with the growth in between being a lot slower.  So this has the potential to be the most-funded kickstarter video game yet.
1976  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Well shit! There goes LucasArts on: April 03, 2013, 05:39:24 PM
I think I've come to terms with it.  LucasArts was incredible during the 90s, but what have they actually done lately?  In some sense they've already been dead for a long time now...
1977  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 10:57:31 AM
It takes them an extra year and a half to bring Devil Survivor Overclocked to Europe despite it being English-only (i.e., exactly the same as the US version) but somehow they managed to add several game-breaking bugs in the process.

What a fuck up.  Don't you just love region locks?
1978  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 12:25:03 AM
I dislike the whole hours/dollar comparison thing because it's really easy to pad out a game and make it longer without actually making it any better.  And a lot of companies do exactly that when people start comparing hours of gameplay.  The end result is many hours of rather tedious repetitive gameplay, and that's even worse than a short game in my opinion.

I think I'm going off topic, though.
1979  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS Plus is awesome on: April 02, 2013, 11:48:08 PM
Demon's Souls free this week.
1980  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 02, 2013, 10:06:53 PM
Man I can't wait for Persona 5.

April Fool's Day is over, Dice.  Bad pony.
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