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2146  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS XL Launching July 28 JPN/EUR and August 19 NA on: June 22, 2012, 01:11:55 PM
The region lock is honestly the single biggest thing stopping me from getting a 3DS.  About half the games I'm interested in for 3DS don't look like they'll ever be localized, but for the RPGs and stuff that do get localized I would rather play in English.  And I don't want to have to buy two systems (people think the Vita is expensive...), so I just say 'fuck it' and don't buy any.  It's not like there's a shortage of games for me to play at the moment...I should work on my backlog.
2147  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS XL Launching July 28 JPN/EUR and August 19 NA on: June 22, 2012, 03:14:51 AM
Make it region-free Nintendo...

...yeah, I know that's never going to happen.
2148  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 21, 2012, 09:47:35 PM
Hey, I've been defending Dragon Age 2 from the start, though sometimes it feels like I'm the only one.  There are definitely some aspects of it that are rushed (like the constant reuse of the same couple of dungeons maps, that's just inexcusable), but for the most part I really like what it was trying to do.  It's a very political story, which is a good point in my book.  I actually like political stories.  And I like how they focused on showing how a given area and characters changed over time, which is a nice change of pace from most RPGs.

Unfortunately it did start to piss me off a bit in the endgame because
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Basically you're forced to make a choice between the two factions, but by they [i]both[/i] pull stupid bullshit at the end that made me not want to support either...where was the "let them kill each other, I'm outta here" option.
2149  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okami HD on: June 20, 2012, 05:16:02 PM
While Clover made a lot of games that were well-received critically, it's a fact that they didn't sell.  They were not profitable.  I know it's popular to hate on Capcom, but I think anyone would have shut them down.  This isn't a charity.
2150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: June 20, 2012, 05:13:00 PM
Suikoden 2 is on the PSN?  Since when...
2151  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 20, 2012, 04:50:14 PM
More might have come since then. In fact there may be a reason why 'Gai Rei Zero' didn't just call itself 'Gai Rei'. Perhaps that added 'Zero' was meant to indicate something.

Not exactly since then, more like before then.  Ga-Rei Zero is a prequel to the Ga-Rei manga, though the latter is just a manga, hasn't been animated.

Speaking of Fate stuff I just got my Unlimited Blade Works blu-ray.  Good film.  I like that route better than the one in the TV series.

Really? Might wanna go watch that soon then. I enjoyed the anime series a lot.

Never bothered with Fate/Zero though, maybe after the movie that changes.

Definitely check out Unlimited Blade Works.  It's not exactly a rehash, remember that FSN was originally a visual novel so there are different routes through it.  The TV series covered one of them and UBW covers a different one.

And yeah, I've already said it in this thread but definitely check out Fate/Zero.  Between Fate/Zero, FSN TV, and UBW, Fate/Zero is my favorite, followed by UBW, and FSN TV is last.
2152  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okami HD on: June 19, 2012, 09:52:32 PM
Official trailer

Damn this is gorgeous.
2153  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Okami HD on: June 19, 2012, 09:43:49 PM
This fall on PSN.  $19.99, 1080p, trophies, Move support.

I'm psyched.  The PS2 version is one of my all-time favorite games.  I never played the Wii version, though, and I've heard it's not a very good port.  Hopefully they do a better job this time.

2154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: June 19, 2012, 06:59:16 PM


Link.

There are lots of different figures, you know.

Edit: here's a different one.  I think I like this one better:



Of course these aren't new figures and they're all sold out, so it doesn't really matter.  Japan is really good at the whole artificial scarcity thing...seems like everything in the figure world is a limited edition.
2155  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 19, 2012, 06:54:13 PM
I never got familiar with the Fate stuff.... I was always under the impression it was more "Pokemon" and less "Fantasy" (not that there is a problem with that) and just sort of turned a blind eye to it..... been meaning to check it out though......

I was going to respond to this earlier but I was just flabbergasted.  The Fate series is nothing like Pokemon...

Speaking of Fate stuff I just got my Unlimited Blade Works blu-ray.  Good film.  I like that route better than the one in the TV series.
2156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Duel announced on: June 19, 2012, 02:12:38 PM
VC3 was a definite step forwards, we just never got it...

Anyway, as I said in the andriasang article it doesn't look like you actually control the 3D battles at all.  You're just watching them.  So I have zero interest in this game.
2157  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: June 19, 2012, 06:57:40 AM
I played the demo of Robotics;Notes (that's the successor to Steins;Gate in case you don't know) for like 7 hours.  I was not planning or expecting it to take that long.  It's almost 4am as I'm writing this.  Jesus Christ if you're going to make a 7 hour demo in include a freakin save function...

There are full games shorter than this demo.
2158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: June 18, 2012, 05:15:58 PM
Dude, when we were all convincing you to give Totori a shot didn't we also say you didn't need to finish Rorona?
2159  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2012, 04:11:58 PM
Sure, massive spoilers for those unfamiliar with Fate/Stay Night:

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By the end of Fate/Zero pretty much everyone dies.  Emiya Kiritsugu and Saber win the holy grail war but somehow his wish doesn't work and it causes a huge tragedy that destroys much of the surrounding town (the only survivor being a young Shirou, F/SN's main character, who gets adopted by Kiritsugu).  Kiritsugu is also cursed after that and his body slowly weakens until he dies so he spends what time he has left raising Shirou.  Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh survive, the latter being somehow turned from a heroic spirit into flesh and blood by the grail.  They go on to be major antagonists in F/SN.  The daughter of Kiritsugu and Irisviel becomes the vessel for the next grail.  Though I'm not really sure why Kiritsugu decides to spend his remaining years raising Shirou but not with his own daughter...
2160  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2012, 01:14:56 PM
Argh, I guess I should be specific: I want to make sure the ending is conclusive enough so I don't feel like I have to watch Fate/Stay Night to get the whole story. Because I'm not watching that show. Ever. Not unless they can rewrite the entire thing without my two least favorite characters ever. Besides, a non-conclusive ending is always bad, IMO, regardless of whether or not there is a sequel.

OK, we're getting off-topic here but how the heck can you know something has your "two least favorite characters ever" if you haven't even seen it...

In any event, Fate/Zero is a prequel about a mostly different cast describing the lead up to a certain event that's kind of the basis for Fate/Stay Night.  They're largely independent and there's just isn't enough wiggle room in terms of what has to happen to think that Fate/Zero's ending is going to be inconclusive.  While it's true that a lot of anime has inconclusive endings there's a reason for that, namely that they're based on manga or light novels that are still ongoing so the ending isn't actually the end.  That just doesn't apply here.
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