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1996  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: March 21, 2013, 10:49:19 PM
Since this thread has been resurrected, Katanagatari is definitely worth mentioning.  It's on my mind because it's being rebroadcast in Japan.  Definitely one of my favorite shows in recent memory, but I don't believe it actually did very well.  When it was originally broadcast they went for an odd, one hour-long episode a month format which may have contributed to it's niche status.  The rebroadcast should be weekly, so hopefully more people will watch it.

On this side of the pond, NISA licensed and released it on disc (I have the special edition box sets, they're awesome), but I don't think it's ever been streamed anywhere.  It would be nice if CR or someone picked it up.
1997  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 21, 2013, 08:00:36 PM
I played Vesperia PS3, you're really not missing that much.

I wonder how many of the people whining about it would actually buy it if it came out today...
1998  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: March 21, 2013, 03:47:22 AM
Gotta say, that looks amazing.

Now the question is PS3 or Vita...
1999  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 21, 2013, 01:40:11 AM
Is it just my imagination, or does Bartz have cleavage in his character portrait?

And he's supposed to be a guy...
2000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Screw announcements, let's just release the game (Atelier Totori Plus) on: March 20, 2013, 10:07:56 PM
Well, technically it picks up after the events of Rorona.  I say 'technically' only because not much actually happens in Rorona.  The main stories are unrelated, but there are a number of returning characters.  That said, mechanically it's a much better game than Rorona, so it's hard to actually recommend that you start with Rorona unless you're really into the series or something...

So I would say yeah, Totori is a reasonable place to start. Just keep in mind that you'll be missing the occasional reference from the previous game.
2001  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mind 0 is not Persona...er...well...maybe not... on: March 20, 2013, 05:57:47 PM
Well, it looks like it's a first person dungeon crawler, so that's kind of different...yes I'm aware that the original Persona was also first person.  But the rest of the design seems cribbed from 3/4.

Honestly I'm with Klyde on this one.  It's pretty obviously a clone, but I think there's room for a clone or two out there.  Nobody else is really copying this formula...
2002  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: March 20, 2013, 08:22:39 AM
Please don't tell me that you're just finding that out now. I can't seem to go anywhere on the internet without bumping into that. I suppose next you'll be shouting about how Snape killed Dumbledor.

Spoilers, dude!

Actually I'm impressed that Taelus was able to stay pure after all this time.  He got the authentic experience.
2003  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:
http://gematsu.com/2013/03/acquire-announces-mind-zero-for-ps-vita

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).
2004  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.
2005  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.
2006  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...
2007  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.
2008  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?
2009  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.
2010  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...
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