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2116  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.
2117  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?
2118  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.
2119  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...
2120  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.
2121  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.
2122  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.
2123  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?
2124  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.
2125  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.
2126  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.
2127  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Muramasa Rebirth coming to North America on: January 29, 2013, 07:19:15 PM
Now this I'm going to buy.


Surprised that Aksys is the one who got it, but I'm pretty excited about the new localization.  The Wii version didn't have a great rep...
2128  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Soul Sacrifice on: January 29, 2013, 06:18:28 PM
I've said this before, but I think the price of the Vita is perfectly fair for what you're getting.  It's a very powerful system, and it's kind of unreasonable to expect it to cost the same as a 3DS or something.

Now the price of the memory cards, on the other hand...and I had to get two so I could access JP PSN stuff.  Well, still a lot cheaper than having to buy two systems...
2129  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Soul Sacrifice on: January 29, 2013, 02:18:31 PM
I played the JP demo before.  I don't know, the game looks pretty cool and all but I don't think it's for me.  Looks very multiplayer-centric, sort of Monster Hunter-esque in structure but faster paced and with some pretty over-the-top attacks.  Yeah everyone is a mage in this game but they don't feel or play anything like your usual fantasy mages (which I'm fine with).  A lot of the spells are for use in melee.
2130  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 29, 2013, 04:00:04 AM
Finally finished the future arc in Tales of Graces f over the weekend.  Had been playing this game on and off for months.  I really do like this game, though (despite some horribly sappy dialogue), just haven't had much time for gaming in general.

I find it kind of odd how much better the writing feels in the skits than in the in-game cutscenes.  Like, there are some genuinely funny and cute moments in the skits, but even when they're trying to be funny and cute in cutscenes they fail miserably.  Of course there are some timing issues, too.  The awkward pauses certainly don't help; the skit dialogue flows much more naturally.

Since finishing that I've decided to return to Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time.  There are a lot of things I genuinely like about the game, but it continues to drive me nuts with its lack of save points.  I just had to play through three big set-piece battles in a row (with a few regular battles in between) without getting a chance to rest or save between them.  But the worst part was that I had no idea I was going to be fighting so many large battles like that so I wasn't conserving my MP and knacks appropriately.  By the third battle I had Frayne (in case you don't know the game she's pretty much a standard mage type character) duking it out in melee because she was out of MP, but I managed to barely scrape through somehow.

Barely scraping through was sort of satisfying in a way.  Few modern games give me that sense of satisfaction.  But on the other hand this took so long if I had died I would literally have been set back hours.  That's too much...
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