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1996  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 18, 2013, 11:04:16 PM
Youtube reacts to Bioshock Infinite
1997  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 ;)
1998  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.
1999  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...
2000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 17, 2013, 03:46:16 AM
I haven't played Gungnir yet myself, but Sting makes nice SRPGs that tend to emphasize the S over the RGP.  If that's what you're looking for then I would really recommend Yggdra Union which is one of their older titles but it's still my favorite Sting game to this day.
2001  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 16, 2013, 07:16:08 PM
Am I the only one who really didn't like Hexyz Force?  It's...inoffensive, I guess.  But it did absolutely nothing to grab me.  Everything about it feels tired and generic.
2002  The Rest / General Discussions / Who publishes your games this gen? on: March 16, 2013, 04:35:54 PM
With the recent SimCity debacle and all the hate EA has been getting lately, along with the hate Activision has been getting for a while for various reasons, I became curious about how many games from these big publishers I actually own.  I knew it wasn't very many, and not because I've been actively boycotting them or anything.  It just that these super-massive publishing juggernauts just can't seem to make the sort of game that I like.  I get it, my tastes are weird.

I decided to quantify exactly how weird my tastes are by cataloging all of my PS3 games by publisher (retail only, not counting expansion packs).  Because why not...

Sony: 7
NISA: 5
Sega: 5
EA: 4
Namco Bandai: 4
Square Enix: 4
Atlus: 3
2K: 2
Bethesda: 2
Valve: 2
Konami: 1


This was just PS3 games, so Sony's lead shouldn't be that surprising.  And obviously things would change with handhelds (Xseed isn't even on this list, but I have a ton of their games on PSP.  I would also expect a big jump for Atlus.).  Even so, I thought this was pretty interesting.  I didn't even realize how many Sega games I owned.  And Namco Bandai benefited massively from me importing...I think only one of those games was actually a US release (that would be Tails of Graces f).  While there are a fair number of EA titles on my shelf (mostly thanks to Bioware...), I really don't own a single Activision game.  Again, I haven't been actively boycotting them, they just don't make any games that I care about...

Maybe I should go back and include handheld titles, it really would change things.  But I'm curious what publishers the rest of you favor.
2003  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 16, 2013, 03:59:53 PM
Oath and Seven feel quite different.  Oath can be thought of as an evolution of the "traditional Ys" (no apostrophe!) system which heavily emphasizes positioning and basic attacks, while Seven takes things in a pretty different direction with more types of attacks and a party-based system.  I happen to like the approach in Seven, but it was a pretty big departure for the series and I know it was controversial among old-school Ys fans.
2004  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 15, 2013, 11:37:59 PM
Even if you go by the released modes, only 2/5 of them even qualify as RTS games.  The problem is everything else was extremely barebones (well, aside from the awesome creator tools).
2005  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 15, 2013, 11:34:12 PM
It's Makoto Shinkai weekend at Crunchyroll!  Meaning all of his wonderful films are available to watch for a limited time.  If you haven't seen them, then fix that!  The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimers Per Second are my favorites.
2006  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 15, 2013, 10:37:16 PM
I'm going to have to vehemently disagree with you about Spore, Mesh.  The game was never billed as Age of Empires light.  The mode you're referring to is only one small piece of what they were promising.  Saying that pre-release videos were accurate because one small piece of the game was relatively similar when nothing else was is disingenuous at best.  And yes, the missing stuff absolutely does alter the core of the game.
2007  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 02:00:11 AM
To actually answer your question about VC2, Vencoris, the gameplay is quite solid.  Even better than VC1 in many ways (it's better balanced, for starters), though it does suffer a bit from the smaller map size.  The story and presentation leave much to be desired, however.  Actually, they had all the pieces to make a decent story and then did...bugger all with them.  So I guess it depends on what you're looking for.

But yeah, TitS is great.  Just give it some time because it does start slow.
2008  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommendations for RPGs on a PSPgo? on: March 15, 2013, 01:23:03 AM
TitS
2009  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 14, 2013, 11:45:05 PM
Freddie Wong does it again!  This was fantastic.
2010  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 14, 2013, 05:12:22 AM
Well I'm pissed.  Just got word that Jmanga is closing.  Jmanga, in case you don't know, is a digital manga service started by the same people behind Crunchyroll.  Unlike Crunchyroll, however, it never really caught on.  Also unlike Crunchyroll (and this may have to do with the first part...) you didn't simply pay a subscription service to access all the content.  You had to actually buy individual titles.  They were cheaper than physical books, sure, but not that much cheaper.

I took a chance with the service because I thought it was a good idea (there's actually surprisingly little English manga available legally digitally) even though I always thought the pricy model was kind of wonky.  And here's my reward: when it shuts down on May 30th I won't be able to access any of the titles I purchased ever again.  And didn't purchase a small number of titles.  That's a fair chunk of change that's just been thrown down the drain.
 
Back to piracy, I guess.  It's more reliable.
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