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2131  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 08:08:06 PM
Hey, college didn't turn me into a lethargic blob.  Grad school did!
2132  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 03:46:43 PM
no it did not pioneer the srpg genre.... c'mon man i know that you know better and FFT is a blatant expy of tactics ogre.

Pioneer: v. tr.
1. a. To open up (an area) or prepare (a way)
    b. To settle (a region).
2. To initiate or participate in the development of

I never said it was first, but it's undeniably important.  "Pioneer" is exactly the right word to use here.

Also also, the music in FFT alone is worth more than the entire Disgaea series has put out altogether.

Fair enough, but you could just buy the soundtrack ;)
2133  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 01:44:26 PM
I live in a state where marijuana is now legal and yet I've still never smoked it (and probably never will...).  Watched too many people in college transform from interesting, fun people into lethargic blobs that just lied around smoking weed all day...
2134  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 01:28:13 PM
They're pretty different beasts (despite both being strategy RPGs).  FFT has a good, serious story.  Disgaea is good for completely different reasons.  The story is just silly, but it's genuinely funny and has endearing characters.

In terms of gameplay I honestly prefer Disgaea (and no, not because of the optional mega grinding, I never do that crap and you don't actually have to). Admittedly it's far from a perfect system, but mechanically FFT is a broken mess.  Yes, it pioneered the SRPG genre and is important historically, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a broken mess.  There are so many ways to completely abuse the system and the game has some major difficulty spikes that will punish you if you're not abusing things.

So I guess I'm going to have to disagree with the majority here and say it depends on what kind of mood you're in, but I would honestly lean towards Disgaea.

(Also don't touch FFT unless it's the PSP version because the story is the major appeal of the game and the original translation was abysmal.  Actually I think there's a smartphone/tablet version of the game that also uses the PSP translation, but I haven't played it so I can't comment.)
2135  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: February 18, 2013, 04:22:06 AM
Man, I was going to watch that Vita announcement thing but I totally did my timezone conversion wrong...
2136  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 18, 2013, 01:11:31 AM
Did not expect this.

Listing says PSP and PS3.  That's kind of interesting, as far as I know there was never a PS3 version of the game.  Could this be the first US release of a PSP remaster?

Edit: Derp, forgot the obvious.  Might just be a PS1 Classic, meaning none of the enhancements of the PSP version...
2137  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 17, 2013, 01:04:11 AM
By the way, what's the deal with conversation rings in games? ME started them. Amalur had them (along with normal topic lists. WTF?) Human Revolution has them. Are they superior to just picking conversation choices from a list? Conversation trees don't usually branch in more than four ways at a given node anyway so they don't change the gameplay any, but...

I think they're quite silly, personally.  I really don't see the point.  But they're trendy and cool, I guess.  But I've read actual articles by game 'journalists' (using that term loosely) proclaiming that conversation rings were the future and lists were old-fashioned and obsolete without bothering to explain how they're any different...

Some people get weird about this sort of thing.  And for these big games that cost tens of millions of dollars I guess you just have to do what's expected of you.  Don't want some reviewer marking you down for using "old-fashioned" lists...
2138  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 Golden for the Vita. on: February 17, 2013, 12:02:50 AM
Bought the game at launch and still haven't touched it, heh.  But I already played the PS2 version and my backlog is something else...I don't have a 100 hours to sink into a game I already played once, no matter how good it is...
2139  Media / General Games / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines on: February 16, 2013, 08:39:38 PM

Guy claims to be a tester, then talks about what Gearbox spent their money on...as if he knew.  Testers are the lowest position on the totem pole.  Why would he be privy to the company's budgets?

Maybe he really was a tester, but even so it seems like he's mostly just speculating.
2140  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 15, 2013, 11:49:44 PM
more Katanagatari

If there was actually more Katanagatari I would be all over that (loved Katanagatari), but they're just re-running the original.  Honestly I don't know why they even bother to list that kind of thing on the chart.

Besides which, Katanagatari didn't really leave a lot of room for a sequel.
2141  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 07:53:31 PM
I don't really get the whole four of February thing.  Do people really play through four games in a month?  I mean, any month...even at my best I don't think I've done more than two.  These days a single game can can me several months...
2142  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 15, 2013, 01:56:07 PM
Look, it's another angle!  It has some kind of headset jack...

OK, I'm bored of this.  Bring on the press conference already...
2143  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: System Shock 2 - on GoG for Valentine on: February 15, 2013, 03:08:59 AM
SS2 had multiplayer?!  Seriously?  I had no idea...
2144  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 03:08:07 AM
Yeah, there have been a lot of rumours but nothing substantial.  I would buy an HD Skies of Arcadia in a heartbeat...

But screw Rogue Galaxy.  I thought that game was terrible.  Terrible gameplay, terrible story, terrible characters.  I find its popularity a little baffling.
2145  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 15, 2013, 03:05:41 AM
I can't hear people talk about Animal Crossing without thinking about this.  Puts a whole new spin on things...
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