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2011  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 04, 2013, 06:22:30 PM
I never realized the amount of quick 5 min episodes (last i watched was...DiGi Character...like ten years ago almost).  Do they just air between things?

A lot of the shorts they're doing now are web things.  Obviously that wasn't always the case, but that's why there are so many these days.
2012  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2013, 07:25:01 PM
Just realized it's been over a month since I fixed my PS3's YLOD and it's still going strong.  Fuck yeah.
2013  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 03, 2013, 02:00:44 PM
Even the joke "interdimensional harem" theory we had going on page 2 seems better than what the final product really is.  And to hear they screwed the pooch on the graphics (which were supposed to be the big selling point).  I mean, we knew the game wasn't going to be some cerebral treatise on the nature of marriage and relationships, but if you're going to make a cotton candy RPG, make it the fluffiest and sweetest cotton candy out there.  I can live with that.  But a lack of effort is what kills me, and that review (which reads pretty sincerely to me) basically says the game is a lack of effort in all areas. 

More than lack of effort I would say it sounds like a lack of budget.  What they were attempting was actually pretty hard to pull off and Imageepoch just didn't have the resources for it.
2014  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 02, 2013, 05:14:03 AM
 I was bumming 'round the interwebs and happened to stumble across a full import review of this game.

It's as bad as I feared...
2015  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed being a tease on: February 02, 2013, 02:37:36 AM
I think we might get the PS3 HD port of SC, if anything.  I wouldn't completely disregard SC just yet.


Been discussed before.  Xseed doesn't seem to have anything against the idea, but the question is how SCEA feels.  Unfortunately, PSP Remasters aren't true ports and are missing features (like trophies) that SCEA requires for PS3 releases.  There has yet to be a single PSP Remaster released in the US.

I might add that there are PC versions of the Trails in the Sky games and a Steam release of those seems likely, though they're missing some minor features that were added for the PSP releases and there are no PC versions of Zero and beyond.
2016  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 02, 2013, 02:33:31 AM
Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time has officially driven me mad.

There's this battle against a powerful boss who (for various plot reasons) is basically just trying to retreat.  You lose if he reaches the edge of the screen so you have to kill him before that.  Big deal, right?  Just pour on the damage.

Well, slight complication: the boss is pretty much invulnerable and can only be damaged for a limited time after an NPC you have absolutely no control over does a special attack.  Yeah, that's right: most of the time you're just sitting around waiting for him to do his thing.  I guess you can cast buffs and stuff on him, but there is no buff to increase his glacial walking pace as the enemy boss wanders off...

Oh, and of course there's no savepoint before all this.  Because why would anyone need a savepoint?  Actually, it's worse than that...there used to be a savepoint in the same location (you had visited it before) but for some idiotic reason they deactivated it.  You can see the glowing husk of where it used to be...mocking you...

Seriously though, what in god's name did the designers of this gave have against savepoints?
2017  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed being a tease on: February 01, 2013, 11:19:29 PM

The best JRPG series on the PSP (a platform not exactly lacking in JRPGs...)

Xseed did the first part a couple years ago and then left us hanging, sadly.

I don't think we can really call it a series in the West when there's only been one release.

It's still a series, whether or not the series has been localized.
2018  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The epic "gold prospector" vs "carrion crow" battle Sunday night on: February 01, 2013, 06:43:58 PM
I hear there's some sort of puppy bowl thing...
2019  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed being a tease on: January 31, 2013, 04:19:24 PM
I downloaded the Zero no Kiseki demo and it was difficult.  Much more difficult than Trails was, for me at least.  Part of it was due to the small screen making kanji lookup difficult.

Yeah, I've had that problem with PSP games before.  The resolution just isn't high enough to properly display the more complex characters.  Though Zero has that Vita port now (with lots of extra voice acting too) so I would probably just get that.  For the Trails games I might go for the PS3 releases.
2020  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed being a tease on: January 31, 2013, 02:30:42 PM
For the uneducated: what the hell game is TiTs?

The best JRPG series on the PSP (a platform not exactly lacking in JRPGs...)

Xseed did the first part a couple years ago and then left us hanging, sadly.
2021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed being a tease on: January 31, 2013, 02:49:09 AM
Not exactly official but Tom Lipschultz had previously said on the Xseed forums that it was very unlikely that SC would make it this year, so I'm not surprised.  Disappointed, but not surprised.

I don't know what's going on with that series...fortunately I've been learning Japanese all these years so I think I'm going to dive into TitS in Japanese at some point.  But the language used in TitS is a bit more sophisticated than your average JRPG so I want to wait until I've gotten a bit better.  I have no doubt I could stumble my way through it, but the story is a big part of the appeal so I want to be able to fully appreciate it.
2022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xseed being a tease on: January 31, 2013, 01:56:07 AM
Man this has been a good week for announcements.


So lot's of speculation out there about what this could mean.  Killer is Dead seems likely, and there have already been rumours that Xseed got the license for that.  But I'm more interested in the rest, obviously.  A lot of people think the big I and II mean Ys I & II for PC, which seems like a obvious thing to do.  The forest hints at Ys Celceta, which given Xseed's success with the franchise also seems likely.

Getting more speculative, the bad memory part might refer to Demon Gaze.  Then there's the making babies part which some people think refers to Conception (remember that?)...I guess it fits, but it does seem like an odd title to pick up.

Could be more...does the five refer to the number of games?
2023  Media / General Games / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines on: January 31, 2013, 12:02:48 AM
I haven't been following it too closely... but if a good Aliens/Predator game came out I'd be all over it.

There are so many games called "Aliens vs. Predator" that it's hard to keep track of, but I recall that the 1999 PC game with that title was actually pretty good.

It's a shame that this franchise has been so poorly handled in general.  It's hard to even find the good games because they're totally outnumbered by junk.
2024  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 30, 2013, 08:40:59 PM
Lightning at 7,207 frames/sec:


Completely random, but bad-ass.
2025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Muramasa Rebirth coming to North America on: January 29, 2013, 09:59:13 PM
I hope there's a jump button.  Hate that "press up" stuff.

Already officially confirmed.
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