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1996  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 04, 2012, 06:30:43 PM
Can you tell me about Dokuro? I'm kind of interested in that game.

It's seemed like a decent puzzle platformer, but didn't really strike me as anything special.  Basically your job is to escort the princess from one end of each map to the other, but the princess is quite dumb in a predictable Lemmings sort of way.  She will happily walk of cliffs if you let her.  Most of the puzzles revolve around pushing blocks, activating switches, etc. to make a safe path for her.  There's some light combat too, but it's not the focus.  What I played was pretty easy, but it was also the beginning of the game where you expect things to be easy.  I can't comment beyond that.


On another note, nobody has taken me up on the Neverwinter beta code offer.  OK, I wasn't exactly praising the game, but maybe the real thing would be better.  I don't plan on using it, though, so the code is still available for the first person who wants it.
1997  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 04, 2012, 04:05:53 AM
Doing some thread necromancy because of this.

We had always heard the story about how since there was no PSN version of the second title (related to the fact that it was on two UMDs) a Western release would have to be UMD-only, which is a really hard sell with the state of the PSP market these days.  This is pure speculation, of course, but now that there is a PSN version, which should presumably work on Vita as well, the odds of it getting localized just went up dramatically.
1998  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 03, 2012, 04:30:35 AM
Well, the show is over.  I'm a feeling a little less down about the whole thing than my previous post implies, though there really was a complete lack of single-player RPGs.  Still, I got to play some cool stuff:

X-Com Enemy Unknown: Game of the show.  A true hardcore strategy game.  I am so looking forward to this.

Hawken: Pretty fun once I got the hang of it.  But I know there's a beta floating around so I guess a lot of people already know that.

Tomb Raider (the reboot): Same as the E3 demo you've probably all ready about.  But I finally got to shoot that deer everyone is talking about (and I got it in two shots, both of which hit but the first wasn't fatal).  Much of the game feels very Uncharted-y, but there are some open areas with more exploration than you typically see in an Uncharted game.

Okami HD: I've played the heck out of Okami already so I mainly wanted to try this because they were demoing it with Move controls and I was kind of curious how well that worked.  My conclusion: stick with a dualshock.

Persona 4 Golden: Yes I went and played it.  Yes it's just like Persona 4.  They had what appeared to be an early build of the whole game and they were just started people at the beginning.  Yes, you heard me correct.  If you've played Persona 4 you should immediately realize why that makes for a terrible, terrible demo.  I love the game but there's like 3 hours of cutscenes before you get to your first combat encounter...

Phantasy Star Online 2: I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would.  Feels much more action-based and less pure stat munching than most MMORPGs.  Looks pretty too.

They had a bunch of Vita units at Sony's booth with a lot of different games and I gave several of them a whirl without really spending a lot of time with them, including LittleBigPlanet, the new Sly Cooper, Dokuro, and Little King's Story.  But I don't have a lot to say about them.

I also spent some time trying out tabletop games this PAX, which I don't usually do since they're a big time sink but I do love tabletop games.  There was some fun stuff.
1999  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on: September 03, 2012, 04:05:10 AM
I was at the PAX event.  Pretty cool.  Not sure I have a lot to add, though, since I think pretty much everything that was said there has already been thoroughly covered.  I will say that I'm genuinely intrigued by Kojima's emphasis on the open-worldness of the game, since that's something really new for the series.
2000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: September 01, 2012, 03:10:14 AM
I don't know, the battle system actually sounds like an improvement to me.  I've gone on and on already about how I didn't like XIII's system so I won't rehash that.

Though I don't think Lightning was ever a good character and I wish they would move on...
2001  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 01, 2012, 03:04:52 AM
Man, I hate to say this but I've been going to PAX for years now and even though sometimes before the show I'm kind of skeptical about the whole thing I have always quickly found something to entertain myself.  But this year I walked around the exhibition hall filled with nothing but apathy.  All I see are shooters, shooters, shooters and free-to-play/social garbage.  It's possible I might have missed something, but I seriously don't think there's even one single-player RPG from a major publisher at the show this year (there is some indie stuff at least).  Unless Borderlands 2 counts, though that's still too much shooter for my tastes.  And even if I wanted to try it the line for it was like 5 miles long, so screw that.

Wait, I have to correct myself.  Sony had a section dedicated to the Vita and there were a couple units with Persona 4 Golden on them.  So there was one RPG, that's a port, and it wasn't even being shown by the publisher.

I did play some Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale...not much to say about it.  It's a Smash Bros. clone.  I do think people who haven't played it complain about the kills-with-supers mechanic a bit too much.  It seems to work.

Also played Metal Gear Rising.  That's an interesting thing.  Feels very much more Platinum than Metal Gear--at least from what I saw--though that isn't necessarily a bad thing in my opinion.  The cutting mechanic is cool.

Then I played a demo of the new D&D MMORPG Neverwinter (no, not Neverwinter Nights) which was so boring I nearly walked out in the middle of it.  But I didn't have anything better to do anyway, so I kept at it and won by holding down attack (OK, they did say they lowered the difficulty for the demo, but still...I literally just stood there and held down attack).  Then they gave me a beta key, which I'm not going to use, so does anyone want it?

Otherwise, I went to panels and hung out at indie booths.  Thank god for indie devs.  Not only are their games more interesting, but the developers themselves are usually there and are eager to talk about them.

Speaking of panels and indie devs, there was a great panel on indie RPGs, which included Robert Boyd from Zeboyd Games.  Nice job, I really enjoyed it.

There are actually a lot of panels I want to see tomorrow so that will probably be most of my day.
2002  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: August 31, 2012, 12:10:45 PM
if i could just get that ff3 umd (assuming it's localized) i would be happy.

You're welcome.

Yes it's the JP version, but reports say it has an English language option.  Given the state of the PSP market over here I doubt S-E will ever release it here but since the game was already translated I guess they figured why not include the English script and make some importers happy.
2003  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: MGS Movie on: August 30, 2012, 05:18:53 PM
I thought Metal Gear was a movie...

*Kevadu ducks
2004  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: August 30, 2012, 05:16:33 PM
So North America gets Type-0 music but still no word on Type-0 :(
2005  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: August 30, 2012, 06:29:05 AM
About Versus, I've been skeptical about the story since the first CG trailer was released.  Just...ugh.  Is that really what people want?

Though from what little we've seen the gameplay looked baller.
2006  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kemco Android RPGs on: August 30, 2012, 12:11:51 AM
I bought Symphony of Eternity and got bored after a couple of hours or so.  I don't know, it was functional enough but was so generic there was anything to keep me interested.
2007  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 29, 2012, 06:57:03 PM
Chihayafuru

I know you listed it, but I'll ask anyway - is this good?  It's on my to watch list as it seems interesting, but the premise didn't exactly sound mindblowing.

It's a really well-made show with a solid cast of characters.  It's about a pretty obscure subject matter, of course, but they find ways to make it interesting.  I didn't know anything about karuta going into it but still enjoyed it.  If I have a complaint about the show it's that the main heroine suffers a bit too much from obscure-pastime-is-actually-really-great syndrome.  She's a little too passionate about it, to the point where it's difficult to relate to.
2008  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 29, 2012, 06:51:09 PM
Also want to start a PS3 run soon.  Thinking either Valkyria Chronicles or 3D Dot Game Heroes.  Probably fire it up next week. 

Valkyria Chronicles is my favorite game on the PS3.  Definitely play it.

3D Dot Game Heroes didn't impress me, though.  It looks cute, and the world is pretty big and stuff, but the actual gameplay was just too monotonous and I got bored with it.
2009  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 29, 2012, 12:10:20 AM
Yeah, there are still good anime out there, but the early 2000s was really the end of there constantly being quite a few good anime out every season. In the past five years, instead of "hey, what was good in the fall or spring?" I have to ask "hey, is there any anime from 20xx worth a fuck?" The anime industry has been catering to the otaku too much. Most otaku have the same taste in anime that they had when they were younger, but at 22 years old, I don't want to see an anime full of fanservice where the girls look like they're 12.

You are deluding yourself either with nostalgia or the fact that in the early 2000s most people weren't directly following the release seasons in Japan (it was the anime boom when lots of companies were going back to license old works so releases were covering many years at once).  As Mickeymac said there are lot's of good shows today and there really weren't any more good shows in the past.  Don't forget Sturgeon's Law - 90% of everything is crap.  But there's still that other 10%.

If you want to know what's good in a particular season you do have to actually put some effort in, but that's always been true.  Here are some examples:

Current Season: I would recommend Kokoro Connect and Sword Art Online, though it has admittedly been a weak season.
Spring 2012:  Fate/Zero, Kids on the Slope, and Nyaruko-san were all great (and all very different).
Winter 2012:  Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, Another, Ano Natsu de Matteru
Fall 2011: Fate/Zero (first half), Bakuman S2, Chihayafuru

Need I go on?  I've also been watching Sket Dance this whole time (it's the only long show I follow anymore, being a pure comedy avoids the ridiculously-drawn-out-fight problem).  Not a single show I listed is particularly fanservicey, and the only one that's really fits the otaku stereotype is Nyaruko, but it's a comedy that's not afraid to poke some fun at it's own audience. 

I seriously have to wonder if people claiming that there's no anime worth watching have actually looked...
2010  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 28, 2012, 11:47:29 PM
Well here's a practical question:  Who the heck carries around their own straw?  Don't the drinking establishments usually provide that?
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