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2011  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS Plus is awesome on: March 26, 2013, 12:07:04 PM
As long as they keep adding great games to the service I'll keep subscribing.  I'm in it for the new content, really, but being able to keep your old games around is a bonus.

Really, I could see being upset about not keeping games permanently if you were paying anything close to retail prices...but you're not.  And much like Tooker I really don't have time to replay games anyway.
2012  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Eska & Rosy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: March 26, 2013, 11:51:54 AM
Apparently 'Rosy' is short for Rozicks or something (hard to tell what it's actually supposed to be, it's just in katakana).

Edit: Oh wait, Dice's scans have the name in roman characters.  Apparently it's "Logix".  Only the Japanese can get "Rosy" out of that...

2013  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Atelier Escha & Logy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: March 26, 2013, 04:16:34 AM
Info on Gust's next Atelier game has been revealed.  Two protagonists, up to six character battles.  Sounds like they are mixing things up a little.  And the engine is obviously the result of Gust being bought by Tecmo.  We'll have to wait and see how well it works in practice.

2014  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS Plus is awesome on: March 25, 2013, 09:40:18 PM
I didn't like Infamous either, but I paid full retail for it...

Actually, I got Infamous 2 off of PS+ too.  Completely forgot about it.  Haven't actually played it, but I have heard people say it's better than the first one...maybe I should give it a shot.  I liked the idea of the series but the combat was pretty dull and repetitive and the moral choices felt forced and artificial.  But I don't know any games that really does moral choices well.
2015  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 25, 2013, 09:35:15 PM
While their is a strategy in some sense in FFXIII, my main beef with the game is that the exact same strategy works for every single battle.  Which is kind of the same as having no strategy at all.  I actually like what they were trying to do in theory, but they abstracted things so much that there was very little real choice.  There were certain paradigms which were basically essential and others that were completely worthless wastes of space.  Once you figured out the tricks in the system, that was it.  You could win every single fight by going through the same exact steps, it was just a matter of patience.  And boy did it require patience, because the HP numbers on even regular enemies in the end game were ridiculous...
2016  The Rest / General Discussions / PS Plus is awesome on: March 25, 2013, 09:03:56 PM
Sorry to sound like an advertisement here, but I'm really loving this service.

I was kind of skeptical about PS+ at first, and when I looked at the lists of free stuff and discounts that would occasionally be published during the early months of the service there really wasn't much I actually wanted.  But I eventually signed up for PS+ shortly after they started including Vita games in it because I hadn't had my Vita for long at that point and it seemed like a cheap way to get some more games for it.  It didn't hurt that one of the free games was Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which I wanted to play anyway and it was still going for full retail price most places.  So a year of PS+ was as cheap as that one game...why not give it a shot.

But man, I never expected to get so much use out of the service.  Uncharted was just the tip of the iceberg.  Games I was genuinely interested in, didn't already own, and became available for free on PS+ during the time I've had it (which has only been like half a year...) include:

Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Quantum Conundrum
LittleBigPlanet 2
Spec Ops: The Line
Wild Arms (PSOne Classic)

This is not supposed to be a complete list of games at all, just games that I was both interested in and didn't already own.  There are lots of other games that I've downloaded just because they were free but realistically probably won't ever play because I'm not that into them and my backlog is big enough as it is.  And of course there are games that have been free for PS+ but I already owned (like Gravity Rush, which I bought about a week before it became available on PS+ making me feel like a sucker...).  And this is just free games, I'm not even counting the discounts and things which I've also benefitted from.  And I haven't even had the service for half a year yet...still have plenty of time to go.  For only $50 a year it seems like an insanely good deal.

Oh, and I just read that Disgaea 3 for Vita is going to be free starting this week, so I'll be grabbing that too.  Huzzah.

Anyone else using PS+?  Do you love it ass much as I do?
2017  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: March 25, 2013, 02:18:48 PM
It's now officially coming to the US this summer.  But forget cross-buy, the game doesn't even support cross-play.  That's kind of a kick in the teeth, since I though that was supposed to be one of them main selling points when the game was first announced.

2018  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 25, 2013, 12:55:35 AM
You think Eureka Seven is slow?  I wouldn't even consider it a slow show.
2019  Media / General Games / Re: Bioshock Infinite on: March 25, 2013, 12:52:52 AM
Now I'm really curious how they converted code into miles...
2020  Media / General Games / Re: Bioshock Infinite on: March 24, 2013, 02:29:25 PM
The question wasn't whether or not say the PS3 version would run on the PS4 (though it won't, and being digiital or not is completely irrelevant), but whether or not they would release a port for next-gen hardware.  With very PC-like architecture it would not be difficult to do.
2021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 24, 2013, 12:36:14 AM
90% of the time, traditional ATB bores the hell out of me too unless it can add some distinctive adjunct to make it better (Radiant Historia's turn swapping, FFX's instant non-turn-wasting-character-tap-outs, Trails in the Sky's minor-SRPG element, Baten Kaitos' ????? system)

None of those examples are ATB...
2022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 23, 2013, 11:18:21 PM
Agent D., are you seriously arguing against turn-based games on the basis that they're old?  Fuck man, RPGs are old.  Let's all play third person shooters instead, they're a much more recent innovation!

Turn-based is a style of gameplay.  There are bad turn-based games, but there are also some very good turn-based games.  I happen to love a good turn-based game and would be really sad if they went away...
2023  Media / General Games / Re: Bioshock Infinite on: March 23, 2013, 11:16:22 PM
No idea, Yoda.  It does seem like a reasonable thing to do, but it's not like they've announced anything.
2024  Media / General Games / Re: Spec Ops: The Line on: March 23, 2013, 11:15:47 PM
OK, I finally got around to trying it out (PS+ is not helping my backlog...).  Played for about four hours in one sitting because I was so engrossed.  This game is bloody good.  It deserves all the praise it has received.  I can't believe I almost passed on it.  It's really an experience...

Edit: Well, finished the game today.  Did the whole thing in just two sittings...

I gotta say, that was something else.  I've really never seen a video game like this before.  But to explain why it's so good would require spoiling it, so I won't.  Just play it.
2025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 23, 2013, 03:38:58 PM
I don't know whether to be more surprised that you never heard of trolling, or that you never heard of Urban Dictionary, Klyde.

Though actually, 'trolling' is an old term.  It goes back to the dial-in BBS days before most people even had internet access.
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