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1981  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 07, 2012, 12:59:51 PM
I don't know about visual quality, but they absolutely will block it for lack of trophies.  That is their policy.

Anyway, this announcement is a no-brainer.  We knew it was coming after the first game was announced.  Honestly I'm surprised they're waiting until April...
1982  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 06, 2012, 06:04:55 PM

Disappointed by the lack of dogs...so here:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/watch-shelter-dogs-learning-how-to-drive/

Sadly I couldn't find the whole story on Youtube so that link is probably your best bet.
1983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: December 06, 2012, 03:00:48 AM
Tis the season, I suppose.

But seriously, have you SEEN their track record? Gundam AGE alone should be reason enough never to trust them again or even trust that even the amounts of executive meddling that companies like Sunrise tend to indulge in can reign in their awful writing.

To me they're right in between Squeenix and Crapcom in terms of the quality of treatment it demonstrates between themselves, their franchises, and their fan bases (in Japan; otherwise folks like Zynga, EA, and Actiblizzvision would be mixed in there among others).

I'm not really defending Level-5 (never been a big fan anyway), but I still think your original post was over-the-top.  Not to mention that Ghibli is involved here and they're quite good at what they do.  I don't actually know who did the writing, but what little I've seen is at least competent.  But it's hard to really judge from snippets.

And I didn't watch Gundam AGE because I'm not a masochist so I have no comment there...
1984  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 06, 2012, 02:56:03 AM
Potentially good season coming up.  The show that I am simultaneously most anticipating and most nervous about is Maoyuu Maou Yuusha.  Anticipating because I've read the source material (and the manga adaptions...yes all five of them) and I love it.  It's a very interesting story that touches on politics, religion, prejudice and yes, a whole lot of macroeconomics.  But I'm nervous because I don't have a lot of confidence in the studio doing the anime adaption and I haven't been very impressed by the promo material.  The character designs look off and they seem to be really pushing the fanservice...note that the source material has basically zero fanservice.  I guess they didn't think they could sell the anime without it.  I'm very worried that they're going to fuck this up.

Speaking of fanservice, the Senran Kagura anime is a thing that exists...not sure what to make of that...might watch a bit just out of morbid curiosity.

More Minami-ke and Chihayafuru is always good.
1985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: December 05, 2012, 02:32:31 PM
If you're banking on the strength of the story and the characters in a Level 5 game to make up for middling gameplay then you're making a sucker's bet. Honestly, I'll be genuinely surprised if this game doesn't feel like it was written by a 12-year old who's mother abandonment issues and lack of any sort of sex education dominate the choices used to fill out his disjointed narrative cobbled together from a mad-lib of random plot points.

Why you always gotta be so negative?
1986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: December 05, 2012, 02:31:21 PM
A tight-knit genre? That's stupid. Apparently the zillion subgenres of RPG don't count.

Actually you can easily ignore a game like Skyrim. Especially since the core design philosophy behind DA is completely different from TES. I'll take a more narrow slice of 'content' with more carefully designed gameplay over 'here, have a shitload of mediocre randomness.'

Unless your owner says your game must sell a bazillion copies, so make it like Skyrim,' there's no reason to homogenize.

Also, Skyrim wasn't a new direction. Unless you count selling way more than its predecessors despite being the same basic game' as a new direction. Which is exactly what he's saying, in PR speak.

Couldn't agree more.  Personally I've never really liked Bethesda's RPGs and it's sad to see Bioware being so insecure about their own legacy.  They have been responsible for some really great games (including the original Dragon Age) that are in a completely different style than Bethesda.  A style I actually like.

I can only pray that this is just PR speak and they're not actually abandoning the things used to make them great...
1987  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: December 05, 2012, 04:54:21 AM
The game is gorgeous, of course, but I'm not really sold on the battle system.  It seems pretty simplistic...and yet at the same time, confusingly presented.
1988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 04, 2012, 03:02:47 PM
It sounds like they're actually doing some interesting things for this game.  I just wish they were doing them in a game that had nothing to do with FFXIII.
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 03, 2012, 05:07:06 PM
I know some of the reviews said they didn't like the battle system or maybe they found it boring, but I definitely liked it for the most part once the game got going.

Totally agree.  The battle system is a bit slow in the beginning when you don't really have a lot of options, but towards the end of the game I found it quite enjoyable.  In fact I have a hard time naming a traditional turn-based (non-SRPG) JRPG battle system I like more.  There's really a lot of depth to TitS's system.
1990  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 03, 2012, 02:38:50 PM
And for some reason physical attacks started to be ineffective

What?  Pretty sure I was heavily using physical attacks all the way 'til the end.  In fact I don't know how you would manage without them, since special moves that affect turn order and stuff are so important.  There are occasional enemies that are resistant to physical attacks but it's not the norm.

I actually rather liked TitS's final dungeon.  Big and meaty, with challenging enemies.  But I guess I'm sadistic like that.

1991  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 02, 2012, 07:59:04 PM
Decided to make my Japanese knowledge all official and stuff and took the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) today.  Think it went well...I don't know.  Don't get the results 'til February...
1992  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 01, 2012, 01:26:44 AM
The fan on my computer's motherboard's northbridge died.  I actually managed to find a replacement, but dear lord this is easily the most obnoxious fan I have ever had to replace.  It's kind of inside the heatsink, and I had to unmount the whole motherboard to get the heatsink off.  But now I can't actually get the heatsink apart because the screws are so tiny and tight it's pretty clear they weren't really intended to be serviced.  Bloody hell...starting to think I should have just ordered a new motherboard...
1993  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: November 30, 2012, 02:10:37 AM
Ultima VII
1994  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Who's coming with me to Cat Heaven Island? on: November 29, 2012, 06:03:40 AM
There's an island in Italy near Venice that's quite similar in that respect.  Tons of cats roaming everywhere.  Haven't been to the Japanese one but I've been there.
1995  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: November 29, 2012, 06:01:40 AM
Fine with me, they should take their time.  DA2's biggest problem was that it was rushed.
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