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2221  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 12, 2011, 03:22:42 PM
Are you talking about VC1 or VC2?  I remember seeing some advertising for VC2, but there is literally nothing that I can recall for VC1.  I only knew the game existed at all because of previews and the like (i.e., third parties who took independent initiative to find games to talk about, rather than being paid to do so).
2222  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 12, 2011, 04:03:40 AM
Yeah, I'm actually glad that Sega came out and made this official.  Makes the decision to import that much easier.  Usually companies just leave you hanging in uncertainty...

It's a weird situation.  The first game didn't do great in Japan and actually sold much better in the US, though not at first.  It had a really bad start (since Sega did absolutely nothing to advertise it) but gained enough positive buzz that it eventually sold pretty well (though not until after the price had dropped).  However by that point the decision to move the franchise to the PSP had likely already been made, and given the information available at the time I honestly don't think it was nearly as bad a decision as a lot of people make it out to be.  PSP games are cheaper to make, the PSP is absolutely huge in Japan, and it didn't initially look like there was a big market for the game overseas.

So then came VC2 which was a budget game in a lot of respects.  The gameplay was still rock solid but the story and presentation suffered.  Sega decided to bring it over thanks to all the positive attention the first game got, but in the end it sold like shit here because it's a PSP game and nobody seems to buy PSP games anymore (well, they never bought them much at all...).

From what I have read and played of the demo, VC3 looks like a big improvement over VC2.  It is a return to form in a lot of ways, but with refinements to the gameplay.  Even if you were put off by the presentation in VC2 you should still think about giving VC3 a shot (via importing, obviously...).

By the way, VC3 is getting a re-release with some extra content and 'budget' (for Japan, anyway...) pricing November 23.  If you were thinking about importing then you should probably wait for that version.
2223  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New iPhone today, looks great on: October 11, 2011, 06:46:41 PM
Those keyboards are not nearly as full-featured as the Eee Pad's dock (which has a trackpad, extra ports, a supplemental battery, etc), but that's not really the point.  My point was that my tablet really isn't very different from a laptop.  Asking what it's good for is like asking what is a laptop good for...except this 'laptop' of mine has a 16 hour battery life and the option to just use the screen part when you want.  What is there to dislike about that?  It's all I take with me when I travel these days.

I'm not even sure what you mean by the 'Laptop Tablet' market.  Certainly there have been attempts at tablet PCs before, but they were huge, clunky, expensive, and had terrible battery life.  It shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone that they tanked.  The current generation is quite different.
2224  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New iPhone today, looks great on: October 11, 2011, 03:15:56 PM
My tablet PC has a keyboard.  I use it pretty much just like a laptop, except I can pop the top off, lean back, and watch a movie on it or read a book or something.
2225  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 4 anime? on: October 11, 2011, 02:28:17 AM
I'm not too crazy on the date-by-date thing and face "face cut in"... feels too much like a tacked-on throw-back.

Personally I loved those little touches.  Seems like perfectly harmless fanservice (in the broader sense of the term).
2226  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: The Binding of Isaac on: October 10, 2011, 08:40:27 PM
Rogue-likes are RPGs.

I agree.  I'm surprised this is even in dispute.

Now, not having actually played the game in question I don't know how much it follows the typical roguelike conventions.
2227  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Board Games! on: October 10, 2011, 03:17:02 PM
None of these are two player, sorry, but here are some of my favorites:

Settlers of Catan.  Yeah, it's practically mainstream by now but still worth mentioning.  It's well-known for a reason: it's a seriously good game.

Carcassonne.  Tile-based crazy city-building game.  Very simple to play but with a lot of depth.  Actually I think you can play this with two players, but it's better with more.

Dominion.  A neat card-based (non-collectable) game that's actually several games in one.  Sure the objective is always the same but you chose a subset of the cards to use in any given game and the choice can change the winning strategy significantly.
2228  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holiday games, something about this years crop on: October 10, 2011, 03:06:44 PM
Yeah, the difficulty in Oblivion was really broken.  If you didn't level up in exactly the right way (or just increase your skills but never level up at all like I know some people did...) then the game could become ridiculously difficult, making the slider practically a necessity.
2229  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 10, 2011, 03:03:32 PM
I have never eaten Lunchables.  Those things look seriously gross.
2230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 10, 2011, 01:30:14 PM
I feel like a complete idiot for having to ask this, but where do I find Sterk to hire him?  I should note that I have already gotten the message saying that I can hire him, I just don't know where he actually is.  You have to talk to somebody to add them to your party and I've looked all over both towns and don't see Sterk anywhere...
2231  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: October 08, 2011, 08:44:03 PM
I downloaded the multiplayer thingy but I haven't actually played it yet since I've been playing Totori.  But if you want to do some sort of clan thing then sure, that sounds fun.  I am Kevadu on PSN as well.
2232  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 07, 2011, 09:05:01 PM
No, they don't.

Are you saying that returning characters don't change or were you replying to Lard?
2233  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 07, 2011, 08:20:09 PM
Not at all, Lard.  At least not other than a few recurring themes that are in all the Atelier games (like Pamela).
2234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Odin Sphere to hit PSN along with other PS2 titles on: October 07, 2011, 05:30:58 PM
Yeah, and cables exist in 4-dimensional space.
2235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 07, 2011, 03:57:53 AM
 I played for a while today.  It certainly feels a lot like Rorona but it's much more refined.  I do like that getting license points pretty much requires engaging in a wide range of activities.  In Rorona I would figure out what requests were the easiest to complete and spam the heck out of them (and I 100%ed everyone on my first playthrough by doing that).  I also feel like the game emphasizes adventuring (healing, bombs, etc) items a lot more.  Other than perhaps a couple of the boss fights you could basically get through Rorona without ever using them.  In Totori you're going to at least make sure you have healing items on hand because (at least this point in the game) nobody else has healing skills.

Anyway, enough comparisons to Rorona.  The game is a lot of fun.  You had better like doing sidequests, though, because in some sense that's all that this game is.

An aside, but regarding the pre-order bonuses:  Since when has a tiny 30 page pamphlet qualified as an 'artbook'?  I've noticed this trend a lot lately and I don't like it.  It's worse than the Catherine 'artbook' and certainly nothing like the gorgeous hard-cover book I got with Rorona (which admittedly doesn't have a lot of pages either, but at least they're bigger pages).
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