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2191  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: July 09, 2012, 04:38:16 AM
Games always cost more in Japan.  And the current brutal exchange rate isn't exactly helping.
2192  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 08, 2012, 03:05:33 AM
Just watched the first episode of Sword Art Online and I'm pretty much thrilled with it.  Yeah it's really just the setup, but that's fine for a first episode.  Better trying to do too much and not having time to cover it properly (for an example of that, see the first episode of Campione which was all over the place because they tried to cram half a light novel into a single 20 minute episode...ugh).  I really liked the style and tone of it.  I think they captured the feeling in the book quite well.  Also, from the next episode preview it seems they're doing exactly what I hoped and integrating all the various short stories and stuff into a single coherent work (the beater thing is a reference to the short story "Aria in the Starless Night" which is the next part chronologically but was actually written well after the original novel).
2193  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 07, 2012, 09:44:25 PM
Xillia is done and has been out for like a year and change...

It's been out for less than a year.  Came out in September last year.

I really don't think 6 months is needed to translate the game and and record voice acting...

Actually, 6 months would be a very reasonable timeframe for that.  In fact I would say it's on the short side.  There's a lot of text in these games.  Though I don't know where you get the 6 months number from.  I doubt this will be an early 2013 release (they probably don't want to conflict with Ni no Kuni anyway).

The real question is why didn't they start sooner.  But this is Namco we're talking about so it's not like I'm surprised.

Odds are they are going to re-release it worldwide with extra content similarly to Graces F.

I just don't see that.  The team has already moved on to the next project.  And if they were going to do extra content then they would do it for Japan first (it's their main market, after all), and it wouldn't make much sense to release it after Xillia 2.  There isn't a lot of time until Xillia 2 launches and they haven't announced anything...there is DLC for Xillia, though.
2194  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2012, 08:32:45 PM
But I miss the cloud cover already.  I'm not a big fan of direct sunlight...
2195  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 07, 2012, 08:28:44 PM
I didn't mention it because it's old news.  It was revealed months ago. Like here, here, and here.

They really haven't said anything about the battle system one way or another.  There certainly are other characters in the game, so I wouldn't assume that it's not a party system.

2196  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 07, 2012, 02:09:56 PM
Thread resurrected on account of localization rumours.

Though I really still want to see how this game actually plays before I get excited about it...
2197  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 07, 2012, 03:01:40 AM
Xillia will be released here.  I have no basis for this statement other than the fact that Xillia is both the highest rated and fastest selling Tales game ever.  It's not some obscure entry in the franchise.  Unless Namco Bandai wants to abandon the series in the west entirely they're going to localize Xillia.

That said, Graces f still isn't even out yet so they're not going to want to start hyping Xillia already.  I seriously doubt there will be any kind of official announcement until after Graces f is released.

But I will bet $100 that there will be a Xillia localization announcement before the end of 2012.  I'm dead serious about that if anyone wants to take me up on it.

I wish somebody took me up on that bet...I could have used $100.
2198  The Rest / General Discussions / Hey, it's back! on: July 07, 2012, 02:55:19 AM
Yay!  What was I going to say again...
2199  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII announced for PC, SE Store exclusive with new online features on: July 05, 2012, 06:04:08 PM
The problem with MIDI is that the quality varies massively from soundcard to soundcard.  MIDI is just a set of instructions, and it relies on the sound samples stored on the actual soundcard as a base.  But since MIDI was kind of on its way out already (as a music storage format, anyway) when FFVII PC came out it was usually the first thing any cheap soundcard would skimp on, and you could end up with something that sounded quite terrible.  But on a good soundcard it really wasn't bad.  There was also a completely software-based solution that processed the MIDI stream with the CPU.  It was actually pretty CPU-intensive (at least for the time...shouldn't be an issue on any modern computer) so not everyone used it but it didn't sound bad at all.
2200  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII announced for PC, SE Store exclusive with new online features on: July 04, 2012, 05:28:03 PM
I don't understand the complaints.  Is it lame when they offer PS1 classics for the PS3/PSP as well?  Is it lame when GOG or somebody else resurrects old classics?  The thing is, the PC version of FFVII is not only long out of print, it doesn't even work right on modern versions of Windows (it was made for Windows 95 and wasn't the best port in the world...).  So it really isn't an option for most people.  What's wrong with giving more people a chance to play it?

Just because this isn't the HD remake people seem to want (though part of me is convinced that if such a remake were made it would be terrible...) doesn't make it pointless.
2201  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 03, 2012, 06:11:08 PM

Once you start using one, it's hard to imagine not having one.  Curious to see what happens with them since Apple is basically accusing everyone of stealing their ideas.  Hopefully eventually thrown out.

I've been using a smartphone for years.  Since before most people had heard the term 'smartphone'.  I still reserve the right to hate them.
2202  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 03, 2012, 06:01:50 PM
Stuff I'm looking forward to this season:

Sword Art Online:  Probably my most anticipated show having read the novels, though I'm not completely sure how well it will translate to anime.  There's the potential to surpass the original work here since the original novel, while full of original ideas, was initially a completely amateur work (though it became popular enough on the internet that it was picked up for publication).  It definitely felt rushed because the author was trying to cram too much into a single volume.  But since then he has written many short stories and such that take place during the events of the first book and really flesh out the setting and characters a lot better.  It would be nice to actually see all these events in order in the anime.

By the way, I wish people would stop comparing SAO to .hack.  Yes there is the obvious similarity that they both take place in virtual reality MMORPGs, but other than that they don't have much in common.  Personally I couldn't stand .hack's brand of pseudo-mystical nonsense.  SAO is a much more grounded story that really focuses on the human element of how different people cope with being trapped in this death game.

Tari Tari: A slice of life show by the same people who did Hanasaku Iroha.  'Nuf said.

Campione: OK, seriously, I know this looks generic as heck, but having read a bit of the novels it's actually a lot better than it sounds.  Good characters and some sweet fights.  Should be fun, if not particularly deep.

Dog Days': 'Cause it's more Dog Days.
2203  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 03, 2012, 02:57:29 PM
High of 63 today.  I love Seattle.
2204  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 02, 2012, 07:05:30 PM
Smartphones are fun.

2205  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 02, 2012, 04:40:45 PM
I am completely addicted to Atelier Meruru.  It's probably been almost ten years since I was this addicted to a game, to the point where I have been neglecting eating and sleeping to get more hours in.  In all honesty I think I liked the story and characters in Totori better (Meruru lacks a driving purpose), but the gameplay has been refined to a whole new level in Meruru.  Having the new third tier of development really helps, so now you have to split your time between crafting, adventuring, and developing.  But they all complement each other perfectly and the feedback is pretty immediate so it leads to a constant feeling of just wanting to play a little more.  Combat--which has never really been a strong point in the Arland trilogy--has also been subtlely improved and it's a lot of fun.  Rather than just being something you have to do it makes me actually look forward to crafting the perfect gear and items so I can take them into combat.

Yeah, this game is friggin good.  What a way to end the trilogy.
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