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2221  Media / General Games / Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward on: October 04, 2012, 12:48:49 AM
Why is nobody talking about this game?  I know there are a lot of 999 fans here and the game is almost out.  The demo is out (for Vita, anyway), and I played it today.  So here are some thoughts:

The good:
Seems like a pretty solid localization.  The voice acting is good.
Some nice puzzles, at least in the limited amount I got to see.
Interface works nicely, for the most part.

The bad:
I'm sorry, but this game is just ugly, both technically and artistically.  I suppose you can argue the latter, but I really don't care for the flamboyant character designs and constantly-recycled over-the-top pre-canned animations.  Technically this game is garbage.  Low polygon counts, crappy low-res textures, etc.

Moving to 3D character models was a controversial move but it can open up a lot of possibilities.  Unfortunately they don't really take advantage of them, except maybe in cutscenes.  If you're in the room with somebody else, would it be that hard to show them there?  Instead of having them magically appear when there's dialogue and then completely vanish when there's not?  (Even though you have complete freedom to look around the room...)  Yeah, that's hard to do with 2D character art, which is why it's not something you would usually see in a visual novel type interface, but since they already switched to 3D character models why not use them for something?  Not to mention that these aren't even good character models...

But if the character models are bad the environments are positively barren.  Yes, they're supposed to be kind of barren, but I mean video game barren--where every wall looks literally exactly the same because they only have one texture.

OK, I wrote a lot more under "The bad", but they were all superficial things.  It does seem like a solid game.
2222  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2012, 03:41:58 AM
Serious for realsie cell phone help. I've been paying for my dad's cell phone for the last like 5 years. It's basically for emergencies only as he never gives out his number and has no idea how to add numbers into it. So I'm going to cancel him from my plan... what's a good solution? Are there cheap ass phones you can just buy like __x__ minutes on or something? The extra 20-30 or whatever a month for him is pointless but I want him to have something in case he's in a jam.

Yeah, paying $20-30 a month for that is ridiculous.  What you want is a prepaid phone.  There are tons of plans like that.  Pay attention to when the minutes expire, though.  For a lot of plans you have to add a certain amount per month to keep your service, but on the other hand a number of companies have things where if you pay like $100 it's good for a whole year.  That's what I would recommend.

Depends what kind of phone he has now, but you don't necessarily have to get a new phone at all.  You can just get a new SIM card if it's GSM.
2223  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 02, 2012, 08:12:32 PM
So delicious.  If I lived in the south, I would eat it all the time.  They have so many good recipes for pulled pork.

You can make your own.  A crockpot does a pretty good job.
2224  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 01, 2012, 09:46:45 PM
Pulled pork sandwiches, anyone?

Hell yes!  Bacon I can do without, but pulled pork is amazing stuff!
2225  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky HD on: October 01, 2012, 02:30:58 PM
import question: when and were can I import and is the PS3 region free?

December 13th, here and yes.
2226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: September 29, 2012, 11:51:57 PM

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The solution to that might be simple: remove the song, right? Just use any other piece of music from the game’s outstanding soundtrack and call it good. Not so fast. At two points during the game, one of the main characters (I will not spoil anything, you’re fine here) begins to sing that song.

Oh come on.  When was the last time S-E released anything internationally that wasn't dubbed?  This is a complete non-issue.  If they wanted to bring the game over they would.  Looking at the PSP market here there's no need to invent conspiracy theories to figure out why they haven't...
2227  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good import games for PS3/PSP/DS? on: September 29, 2012, 09:24:48 PM
Oh, d'oh.
2228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 joins Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget line in Japan on: September 29, 2012, 09:24:07 PM
I'm trying to figure out if that's a good sign to whether or not we'll see this game here.

I think it's safe to say it has absolutely no bearing on an international release one way or another.  This is a budget re-release, nothing more.  This happens to tons of games all the time.  Business as usual.

Honestly, I'm not quite sure why this got its own thread...I guess it's good for anyone who wants to import and hasn't yet.  You can get it cheaper.  But that's about it.
2229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: September 29, 2012, 03:19:35 PM
This dude looks like a lot like Doomtrain from FFVIII.

But can you suplex this train?
2230  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Good import games for PS3/PSP/DS? on: September 29, 2012, 03:21:28 AM
For Yggdra Union, at least, there's no need to import...

But yeah, Blaze Union is good.  I still haven't played Gloria Union, but I ought to some day...
2231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A possibly overlooked reason for the downturn of JRPG's sold in the U.S.? on: September 28, 2012, 08:03:36 PM
Disgaea is a terrible example.  It's almost intentionally confusing with all the different mechanics they throw in.  Certainly convoluted at the very least.  Not to mention that I wouldn't exactly recommend SRPGs as a starting point anyway.  But that doesn't mean that there aren't more approachable games out there, because there certainly are.

I guess it's true, though, that there's kind of a limit to how complex FPSs get.  You may not like the genre (I'm not exactly crazy about it either), but they all play pretty much the same.  If you can play one then you can any of them.  Wait, that's part of what I dislike about them...
2232  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces on: September 28, 2012, 01:04:33 PM
I'm surprised we've had no mention of Ayesha... shame, cuz it sounds like it got rid of the crappier parts of the Arland [?] series.

Is that really surprising?  Ayesha didn't come out that long ago and NISA typically takes a year or more to localize.  It's not like we had heard anything on Meruru this time last year either.

BTW, what were the crappy parts of the Arland series?
2233  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A possibly overlooked reason for the downturn of JRPG's sold in the U.S.? on: September 28, 2012, 12:21:25 AM
What RPG has a 10-word title?
2234  Media / General Games / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 27, 2012, 06:02:21 PM
Game of the year for me.  I'm calling it.
2235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky HD on: September 27, 2012, 04:23:07 AM
It's a PSP remaster.

Have any PSP remasters actually be released outside of Japan?  I'm a bit confused on this issue, because around the same time the PSP remasters were announced there was stuff like the God of War Origins collection being released here.  But that's a bit different.  Those were real ports, with trophies and stuff.  PSP remasters are more like PSP games being emulated on the PS3 (though often with HD assets and stuff).  SCEA can be picky about this stuff...
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