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2221  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next "Trails" game announced for PSP on: December 27, 2011, 07:23:42 PM
Why the heck am I the one defending this move...have you seen the tagline that's been under my name for over a year?  Gaming on phones sucks.  So get one of these.  That's what I did.  With the keyboard dock attached it feels just like a laptop but you can still use it as a tablet if you want.  Actually if I was in the market now I would get one of these...they look super swet.  I'm jealous of anyone who has the new model...

Though they haven't announced platforms yet so I hope they don't ignore Android...

You do realize that the PSP is a completely dead platform (in the West, anyway) at this point, right?  Hell, I love my PSP but I've been playing nothing but Japanese imports on it lately.  But I can't really blame any company that doesn't want to release games on the PSP at this point because nobody buys them.

This move is way better than nothing, which is what we were getting before.

Though I hope to god they worked out some deal with Xseed so that they're still doing the localization.
2222  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next "Trails" game announced for PSP on: December 27, 2011, 01:35:32 PM
Terrible news all around.

How in the hell is an announcement that some fantastic previously unlocalized games are being released on a non-dead platform in any way 'terrible news'?!  I don't care if I have to play them on a friggin toaster I'm going to buy these games.
2223  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next "Trails" game announced for PSP on: December 27, 2011, 10:42:42 AM

I have mixed feelings about this.  Getting the trilogy in English in some form is awesome.  But I really, really hope Xseed is still handling the localization because they did a fantastic job with the first title and the writing is essential to enjoying these games.

Of course I'm going to play it on my tablet, not a phone.  Who wants to play games this long on a friggin phone...
2224  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 26, 2011, 01:20:24 PM
I would have loved Deus Ex:  Human Revolution back in January, but 2011 is the year I got absolutely sick of shooters with a cover system and regenerating health.  Things were going good until I got to the tutorial about the cover system, when I immediately began cussing out my television. :P

So go stealth/social.  Wonderful thing about Deus Ex is that you don't actually have to engage the enemy (other than the infamous boss fights...).  Of course you will probably still want to use cover when sneaking but that is a bit different.
2225  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 24, 2011, 08:43:04 PM
And I don't know why you were repeatedly clicking on enemies since you only need to click when you want to do something different.  If you just want your guys to keep attacking the same enemy they'll do so on their own.

I think I know why. Turn off the AI. It's junk.

That's...a really good point.  It's been long enough since I've played that I honestly forgot about the AI. I always turned it off.
2226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Games You'd Like To Give Another Chance And Why? on: December 24, 2011, 01:50:03 PM
As for me... Baldur's Gate 2. The story was interesting, the characters were interesting, the sidequests were interesting, everything was interesting... except for one thing; the combat. I hated the combat; it felt like you had absolutely no control over what your characters were doing, and that all you do was send them out, click repeatedly on the enemy, give them potions if necessary, and see if they win. And spells were another problem; instead of having MP, and instead of being able to use all of your spells, you could only have so many spells at a time, and each spell had limited use; if you ran out, you had run off and go rest until your spells are recovered. I'm sorry, but when I'm in a battle in a RP, I want full, complete control over my characters, (at least as much as can be expected in a Turn-Basesd RPG,) and that also extends to my spells. And while Baldur's Gate 2 was full of detail and good writing, if the combat's not worth it, I might as well play a Graphic Adventure or Visual Novel instead, or better yet, read a book. But, I don't know, maybe I was looking at the wrong way. Maybe there's something I 'm missing. In any case, I might take another look at BG2, just to see whether there was something I overlooked... or if I was right on the mark.

You are the first person I've seen make comments like this, but man I really don't understand it.  If you ask me you have way more control in a Baldur's Gate game than in most turn-based RPGs...not only can you do all the same things you do in any RPG (attack, use items, cast spells, use special abilities, etc.) but you have complete control over the timing since the game is moving in real time and the positioning of your characters actually matters.  Position ought to be an essential part of your strategy, in fact.  And I don't know why you were repeatedly clicking on enemies since you only need to click when you want to do something different.  If you just want your guys to keep attacking the same enemy they'll do so on their own.

Of course there are a lot of things to  manage so pausing is essential.  The game was designed for pause & play.  In fact you can set the game to autopause on certain events so that you don't miss them.  If you weren't frequently pausing while you played and issuing orders while paused then you were playing it wrong...

As for the spell system, well that's straight out of D&D.  If you had ever played a game of D&D you would be used to it but I guess for those who haven't it might seem strange.
2227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Next "Trails" game announced for PSP on: December 22, 2011, 07:59:02 AM
I actually would love a PC release on Steam.  Who the fuck don't have a computer, and just about any damned computer can run a J-game.

But my computer runs Linux!
2228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: December 21, 2011, 02:00:07 AM
I would play God of War: Tactics ;)
2229  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: December 20, 2011, 07:24:51 PM
The battery takes up a lot of space because it's a big battery...without some breakthrough in battery technology that's not going to change in a redesign.

What might change is that improving the system's power efficiency will allow them to get better battery life even with a smaller battery.  That happened between the PSP-1000 and PSP-2000.  However that's not something that's going to happen anytime soon.  Probably not for a couple of years at least.
2230  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: December 20, 2011, 05:55:27 PM
I thought this was interesting.  A lot of people assumed that Sony's 3-5 hour battery life claim was only under ideal conditions, but this test gave 3 hours 47 minutes for the Vita with max brightness and volume.  Of course that's still shorter than I would like, but it is significantly better than the 3DS (though that was with 3D on).

I have no idea why they chose a PSP with an expanded battery for comparison...that's not the standard battery in a PSP.  Though even with the standard battery the PSP would still win by a good margin...
2231  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 20, 2011, 03:58:25 AM
New Nyan Cat video...normally I wouldn't post that shit, but this one is by the guy who actually wrote the song, and it's kind of awesome.
2232  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the next big Jrpgs on xbox and ps3? on: December 16, 2011, 06:24:01 PM
Can somebody who disagrees with me actually respond to what I wrote?  I feel like a lot of people are just throwing up their hands saying there are no good console JRPGs without actually looking.  I just listed 6 quality console titles that out to all be out in 2012: Tales of Graces f, Atelier Meruru, Xenoblade Chronicles, FFXIII-2 (though admittedly I'm still a little skeptical on that one), Ni no Kuni, and The Last Story.

I disagreed, and while I'm not exactly dead serious about the subject, with a tendency to somewhat inflate the issue beyond its actual scale, there is one thing worth pointing out about your argument:
Because most of the "good jRPGs" you named aren't even out yet, any one of them may very well turn out to be a dud. There's a big gap between "promising" and "good".

?!  The original question was about upcoming JRPGs, so I answered with upcoming JRPGs...now I get criticized for naming games that aren't out yet.

That's it, I quit...
2233  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 14, 2011, 09:45:16 PM
In case I haven't mentioned it before I'm a PhD student in the later stages of grad school.  Just found out today that I need to graduate next quarter because there won't be money for me after that (funny how it always seems to work that way).  In a way I'm actually kind of relieved.  I've been dragging my feet about actually graduating for a while now and I've already started writing my dissertation so it's not an unreasonable deadline or anything.  Having a real deadline might make me more productive...

At the same time, there's still a bunch of stuff to do so I'm going to be pretty busy.  I really won't have much time for gaming...I'm thinking about locking all my systems up in a closet or something and not touching them for the next 3 months or so.  That might be a good idea, actually...
2234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: the next big Jrpgs on xbox and ps3? on: December 14, 2011, 07:04:24 PM
Can somebody who disagrees with me actually respond to what I wrote?  I feel like a lot of people are just throwing up their hands saying there are no good console JRPGs without actually looking.  I just listed 6 quality console titles that out to all be out in 2012: Tales of Graces f, Atelier Meruru, Xenoblade Chronicles, FFXIII-2 (though admittedly I'm still a little skeptical on that one), Ni no Kuni, and The Last Story.  That's a damn good lineup.  And there are more I purposely didn't include because I wanted a list of good games, but they certainly exist.  How is that a shortage of games?  Heck, I can't even name that many Western RPGs coming out in 2012 (though the ones I can name look pretty damn good...).  WRPGs must be dead!

Now I completely agree that things were pretty grim early in this console generation but honestly it seems to be changing.  2012 looks like it will be a great year for JRPGs.

And that's not even counting the handheld titles...
2235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best Star Ocean: TLH combination. on: December 13, 2011, 11:11:52 PM
I remember the 90s...most games didn't have voice acting.  And we were fine with it.
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