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2146  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.
2147  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.
2148  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.
2149  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?
2150  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.
2151  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.
2152  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.
2153  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...
2154  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...
2155  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.
2156  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...
2157  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2013, 03:36:43 AM
This has been a really great season so far.  There are a lot of good shows, including a few surprises.  Here's the new stuff I'm watching.  Not counting carry-overs from last season (like Blast of Tempest, go watch it) here.

Maoyu - I continue to dislike the character designs but despite the addition of random unnecessary fanservice for the anime, the core of the story hasn't been changed and the show is quite good.  All the macroeconomics and farmer methodology I was hoping for.  It's a shame that the producers were afraid to make an intelligent show without having the fanservice to fall back on, because it just feels incredibly out of place.  But at least there isn't actually very much of it (past the first ep anyway).

Kotoura-san - Agree with the sentiment around here.  I was hooked from the first episode.  Very interesting show, with a mix of comedic and serious elements.

Oreshura - No, seriously, this show is way better than I thought it would be.  Not that I thought it would be very good, mind you, and I still wouldn't exactly call it a classic or anything but it's quite entertaining for what it is.  A harem comedy with actual character development?  Who would have thought.

There are also a whole lot of sequel series this season.  A few that I'm watching:

Chihayafuru 2 - Loved the first season, so naturally I'm enjoying this one.

Minami-ke - More Minami-ke is always a good thing.

Haganai NEXT - Can be a bit over-the-top, but I enjoy the silly slice-of-life-esque comedy with wacky characters.

I'm dropping Robotics;Notes, though, because it really feels like it's going nowhere and it has much tougher competition this season than it did last.  It's a shame that it just doesn't hold a candle to Steins;Gate.

Of course there's still stuff continuing from last season, like Blast of Tempest and Psycho-Pass.  But it still looks like Maoyu will be my favorite show of the season since things have really slowed down in Blast of Tempest (though they kind of had do, it's actually nice to have a break after the amount of tension in the first half...).
2158  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Brony Documentary on: January 28, 2013, 06:59:15 PM
I feel like maybe I need to watch an episode or something because I don't get the love.

Well yeah, it's hard to judge something if you haven't even seen it...

I watched a few episodes a couple years ago to see what all the fuss is about.  I don't know...it's definitely above-average for a kid's show, but it's still a kids show.  It's well made, I like the visual style, and there are some catchy songs, but it's not exactly life-changing or anything.  I don't quite understand how people can take it to such an extreme.

But hey, who am I to judge.  If it makes them happy, what does it matter?
2159  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 26, 2013, 01:14:28 AM
Also I didn't mind the new ship, though I did like the original design better. Nothing's as ugly as the Enterprise D though. Took them like 2 decades to get another Star Trek show on the air and they apparently spent all that time making the ship as ugly as possible.

Now that's just blasphemy.  The Enterprise D is great.

The Enterprise E, on the other hand, I could never care for.  But fortunately it never really got much screen time.
2160  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Abrams set to direct Star Wars VII on: January 25, 2013, 02:06:06 PM
What?  Didn't I say that my dislike wasn't simply because it wasn't Trek-ish?  How does your response follow...

Here is an excellent dissection of the movie that doesn't resort to comparing it with old Trek.  It just explains why it's a bad movie in its own right.
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