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1981  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mind 0 is not Persona...er...well...maybe not... on: March 20, 2013, 02:47:47 AM
Hey, there's a new game coming in Japan which alternates between daily school life with 2D event scenes  and a mysterious other world where certain people can summon entities that represent their unconscious to engage in 3D turn-based battles!  And it's published by a company who's name starts with 'A'!

That's right, it's Mind 0 by Acquire!  What did you think I was talking about?

I mean yeesh, even the art style is similar:

That said, I'm a little surprised there aren't more Persona clones out there.  It's clearly a popular setup and Atlus themselves aren't exactly churning them out...being a clone doesn't mean it has to be bad.  And the Vita could use more RPGs (though it really feels like things have been turning around for it lately).
1982  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 19, 2013, 11:58:48 PM
As long as they don't find some way to add ridiculous microtransactions I'm cool with that.

That's a big if, though.
1983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 19, 2013, 08:47:30 PM
Given A)Squeenix's recent track record for localizations, B)Squeenix's overall track record for localizing International editions outside of Japan, C)Japan's batshit economy practically requiring entertainment media released in Japan to have extra content over worldwide releases to discourage reverse importation (to justify the otherwise exorbitant prices video games and other media goes for over there), and D)Sony's recent track record of shooting down localization attempts, I don't personally believe the chances bode well.

Though I will concede the fact that my initial choice of words was poor and should've stated "Now if only the game will actually be released outside of Japan." instead of stating that there was no chance.

A) It's a Final Fantasy game.  A popular one at that.  FF sells like hotcakes here.  And unlike Type-0 it's not on a dead platform.

B) International editions released shortly after the initial version of the game, sure.  But this is a full-fledged remake, which they have a pretty good track record on.  You make it sound like they are conspiring specifically keep people from buying international editions...

C) Whua?  Because everyone in Japan speaks fluent English?  How is this even relevant...

D) I don't even know what you're talking about here.  What localization attempts has Sony shot down recently?

Seriously, if this game doesn't come out internationally I'll eat my hat.
1984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Screw announcements, let's just release the game (Atelier Totori Plus) on: March 19, 2013, 08:39:02 PM
Wait, WTF?

I can confirm that it is actually on the Vita store.  I have half a mind to just buy it right now because of the sheer weirdness of this release, but on the other hand I've already played Totori and don't really need to add to my backlog...
1985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 19, 2013, 07:44:46 PM
My P5 checklist includes... well, the opposite of what most of you want. Haha. I love the P4 cast and the entire atmosphere.

Dark is pretty often overdone (poorly) these days, but I wouldn't complain about a darker storyline, either, as long as the characters are still likeable. These guys have done dark before, and done it very successfully.

Could not agree more.
1986  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 19, 2013, 07:04:55 PM
Feeling like crap today.  Sicker than a sick dog on a sick day.  I blame it on visiting my friends and their one year old kid over the weekend.  Little bundles of disease, they are.  Went to a couple hours early last night but couldn't actually stay asleep.  Taking the day off today and just drifting in and out of consciousness, browsing the web and shit when I'm awake.  I guess it's not that different from a normal day ;)

Was supposed to have a dentist appointment tomorrow but I rescheduled it so as to not get the dentist sick.  Aren't I considerate?
1987  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 19, 2013, 06:08:10 PM
Now if only the game had a chance at being released outside of Japan.

Um, what?  I would be shocked if it wasn't released outside of Japan.
1988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Annoying Moments in otherwise Great Games on: March 19, 2013, 06:07:09 PM
One of the things I liked about AT 1 and 2 is that there was actual, interesting character development to go along with the fanservice (and even the fanservice wasn't nearly as blatent as AT3...).  The whole idea of diving into a character's mind and having them confront their deepest issues was seriously pretty cool.  But AT3 introduced all these sub-personalities and as a result it didn't really spend any time developing any of them.  They just come off as a bunch of 2D stereotypes.

Pair that with the worst battle system in the series (I actually like what it was trying to do, but it failed miserably) and I have a hard time finding a single thing to like about the game...
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Annoying Moments in otherwise Great Games on: March 19, 2013, 04:28:58 PM
Ar Tonelico 3 - That part where you run after Saki for way too long.

That last one is like an entire story arc of running across multiple maps with random encounters and tons of unskippable in-game cutscene-ish discussions.
It lasts easily an hour and you are just running after her because she's being stupid. Ends up with her trying to suicide herself because she is so fucking stupid.
I am never doing a Saki game because that part of the game almost gave me ulcers and Saki is one of the worst character I've ever seen.

This one doesn't make a lick of sense, as the only character who actually attempts to commit suicide in that game is Finnel, and even then, that chase sequence doesn't last beyond a few minutes.

More importantly, Ar Tonelico 3 was not an "otherwise great game".  It wasn't even a good game!

Don't get me wrong, I loved the first two Ar Tonelico games but come on...3 was terrible.
1990  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 19, 2013, 01:30:19 PM
Probably couldn't fit both games on a single Vita memory card, but it does seem like kind of a bum deal...
1991  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: March 19, 2013, 01:56:19 AM
It has a release date!

In Japan, anyway...but that's still progress.
1992  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 18, 2013, 11:04:16 PM
Youtube reacts to Bioshock Infinite
1993  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 17, 2013, 05:21:19 PM
Also, anyone ever heard of Attack on Titan?? It's becoming an anime too soon... I dunno, this series sounds like it warrants a checking-out. :D

Hey, I pointed out that show when the lineup for the Spring was first announced.  Believe I called it something like a "must see".  But nobody ever listens to me...if you did you would be watching Blast of Tempest by now ;)
1994  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: March 17, 2013, 05:11:01 PM
Love how the trailer is two minutes long and gives no actual information about the game.

...wait, I don't love that.
1995  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Neptunia and Vita on: March 17, 2013, 04:34:50 AM
Apparently somebody at Compile Heart likes the Vita...

We already knew about the Idol Neptunia PP spinoff that's coming in June, but that's not an RPG (it's apparently an Idolmaster-like game in the Neptunia universe...) and it's not what this post is about.

No, apparently Compile Heart has announced two more Neptunia games, both coming this year for the Vita.  Milk a franchise much?

One of them, Hyper-Hyperdimension Game Neptunia Re;Birth1, is a remake of the original.  The other is a spinoff staring Black Heart.

Honestly I've yet to play a Neptunia game.  I'm just posting this because I thought it was interesting.  I'm not sure what they're actually doing for the remake (there weren't any real details), but if they improve the mechanics I might consider giving it a shot...seems like a reasonable place to start.  Compile Heart is clearly committed to this franchise...
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