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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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1996  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 20, 2012, 10:52:13 AM
I'm calling it cycles because there's definitely going to be more than one trip into the past. Hell the trailer itself had two separate time traveling montages (one from the first where the prince got ganked and a second under less specific circumstances). And like in Majora's Mask, each time you see the phrase "Dawn of the First Day: 72 hr remaining." you're starting a new 3 day cycle. Seriously, this isn't moon logic here.

I'll grant you that there are two time travelling sequences in the trailer, the first with Toki in the bloody wedding dress and the second in plain clothes.  I still have no idea where you're getting cycles from.  In fact given that they apparenly take place under different cirumstances doesn't that speak against simple cycles?

And when you say "like in Majora's Mask"...what is like Majora's Mask?  Where is the common phrase here?  There's nothing like that.


Another aspect of the trailer that nobody seems to be mentioning is how it's pushing the romance aspect and talks about having to choose between Toki and Towa (wait, aren't they basically the same person...).  That seems like a weird direction to take things in.  There was one brief segment in the trailer (though I remember something similar from earlier screenshots) that almost looked like a dating sim.  But since the rest of the game seems to be from Toki/Towa's perspective...what's up with that?
1997  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: July 20, 2012, 10:24:17 AM
IGN is reporting it...by linking to the Kotaku article.  Internet 'journalism' at work.
1998  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: *RUMOUR* FF 15 to be open world on: July 20, 2012, 02:51:52 AM
FFXII was good.  Not perfect, but a much better foundation to work from than FFXIII...
1999  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 20, 2012, 02:50:40 AM
Framerate seems kind of low, but that's to be expected.

Not the framerate but rather the number of frames of animation.  Not really the same thing.

The running is awkward as heck at least in part because the way she runs is awkward as heck (i.e., artistic rather than technical problem).

They continue to refer to the guy as the protagonist, which is especially weird when they say (quite literally) that the protagonist is suddenly killed.  OK, so after that they talk about going back in time to prevent it, but it still seems to be entirely from Toki/Towa's perspective.

Battle is pretty much what I expected, which wasn't really high expectations.  Not really impressed.

Third; I still can't figure out if Launch is/are the only playable character(s) or not. It looks like she gets ganked in one cycle and I'd put money on somebody else taking over for gimmick/party building purposes.
Fourth; the plot. With the game borrowing the X day cycle mechanic from Majora's Mask, this leaves a couple of questions.

I have no idea what you're talking about with any of that.  First of all, who is Launch?  What's this about cycles?  They only mention going back in time once.
2000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: *RUMOUR* FF 15 to be open world on: July 19, 2012, 12:07:14 PM
It's hard to believe S-E could keep this a secret.  I mean heck, they've announced games before they even started working on them.  They did kind of surprise us with FFXIV...and look how that turned out.
2001  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 18, 2012, 04:14:45 PM
Well, I was looking at the official Tokitowa website to find something to disprove you but I ended up changing my tune instead.  See Exhibit A.  That's the character info page on the 'player'.  In the background behind him is clearly the head of the dragon Draeke (that's how they write it, though the katakana is clearly like 'Drake').  See Exhibit B.  So there must be some sort of connection.  Also Draeke's description is kept pretty vague, translating to something like, "The pet Draeke who is never apart from Toki even for a moment.  How did this creature become involved in the story?"  Which doesn't really answer anything, but all the other characters have reasonable explanations.
2002  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 18, 2012, 03:03:38 PM
Most people think the prince became the dragon.

You said the same thing on Andriasang a while back and I didn't believe you then either!  In fact I've never heard this theory from anyone besides you.  Who are these 'most people'?
2003  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2012, 01:02:06 PM
Er, LoGH is low-budget.  That's a fact.  It had a dedicated cult following but never exactly lit of sales charts.  Those 110 OVA episodes were released over the course of ten years (so roughly an episode a month), but that's only possible because they kept the budget in line with sales expectations.  It was truly a labor of love.

There may be worse looking titles out there but the stiffness and general lack of animation in this anime is undeniable.  And no, that's not just because of its age.  Plenty of contemporary titles were far more fluid.  Though to be fair, the quality of the animation in LoGH does improve as it goes along.

That said I still love it.  I did say it was my favorite anime of all time, after all.
2004  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2012, 04:41:57 AM
I mentioned space operas because a couple of my all-time favorite animes are space operas and at their core I don't think they're really that different from some of the fantasy stuff that's been mentioned.  Space operas generally aren't about the technology itself so much as they are about using some far-future setting as a stage for human drama.

To be more specific, when I get asked what my favorite anime of all time (not just 'one of') is I usually answer Legend of the Galactic Heroes.  But when I think about what makes it that way the sci-fi part doesn't even enter the equation.  It's a truly epic (and I mean that term in a way that would truly pass Maddox's standards) tale of war and politics that draws inspiration from sources like Romance of the Three Kingdoms and 19th century Prussia.  It just happens to be set in space.

It's also really long, bombards the viewer with names of people and places, and suffers from some amazingly low-budget animation, so it can be challenging to get into.  But it's my favorite for a reason and I know a lot of people share that opinion. 
2005  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 18, 2012, 02:00:09 AM
I'm like FlamingR1ft on this one.  There's no particular thing I collect, and yet somehow I have ended up with all sorts of junk.  I mean collectibles.
2006  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2012, 01:56:59 AM
Klyde, we have really similar tastes in fantasy anime.  My starred list would be practical the same as yours.

I haven't seen Ragnarok, but I don't think I would really recommend The Familiar of Zero or Fairy Tail.  The former is just...not very good.  The latter is OK for what it is, but it's very Shounen Jump (This is where somebody points out to me that it's not actually in Shounen Jump.  Fine, it's in Weekly Shounen Magazine, Jump's main competitor.  Same difference.), with long drawn-out plotlines and lots of silly over-the-top powers.  I think it's really aimed at a younger demographic.

Otherwise most of the stuff I would recommend you've already seen.  One notable exception would be Spice and Wolf, which is actually one of my all-time favorites.  As long as you don't mind some economics in your fantasy anime (personally I love that kind of stuff).  Some others would be Mushishi--which is very slow but quite interesting and has some beautiful animation--or Moribito--which is really quite conventional, maybe even old-fashioned, in structure but it's very well made.  Moribito is on Crunchyroll so you don't even need to buy anything.

By the way, how do you feel about space operas?
2007  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 18, 2012, 01:34:19 AM
I went back through the Growlanser screenshots to try and figure out what you're talking about, Zeron, but it seems pretty tame to me...

Eh, maybe just me then. In the late 90's, when I was newly exposed to the 'anime' phenomenon, I did a fair amount of internet research trying to find new shows, games, ect. in the same vein to garner my interest. Needless to say that even back then there was a lot of H-material you wouldn't know was H-material; and virtually all of them had the same design aesthetic as the Growlanser characters. I don't know what the modern H-designs are, which may be why they don't register to you (assuming less that you've actually seen said designs and more that you haven't seen any of them); but for me personally they're pretty much dead ringers for 90's H-character art.

Well, the style of the Growlanser art is a little more old-fashioned than what's popular these days.  But that's 90s art in general, not just 90s H art.
2008  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 17, 2012, 11:08:45 PM
I went back through the Growlanser screenshots to try and figure out what you're talking about, Zeron, but it seems pretty tame to me...
2009  The Rest / General Discussions / Steam on Linux! on: July 17, 2012, 03:30:44 AM
Holy crap, after all the rumours and speculation it's actually real!

I'm psyched.  I don't know if anyone else is psyched, but I am.  I've been a big Linux advocate for many, many years and the only thing I miss on the platform is gaming.  It's why I do most of my gaming on consoles these days (haven't run Windows in ten years), though recently a lot of indie games have been supporting Linux (like the Humble Bundle stuff).  But having a big name like Valve enter the fray is definitely a big deal.
2010  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 16, 2012, 08:29:22 PM
I've never played a Growlanser game, but with the way people are raving about this one I'm going to have to check it out.
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