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2251  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: August 23, 2012, 01:06:35 PM
My biggest beef with FFXIII's battle system is the lack of options.  There's no depth.  The idea of abstracting control with the paradigm system was interesting but at the end of the day you only had 6 paradigms to choice from so there weren't actually many choices to make.  Every single battle could be won with the same strategy.  And I mean every single battle.  First buff/debuff, then focus on damage with some healing thrown in, and once the enemy is staggered go all with damage.  There, I just described every single battle in the entire friggin game.

Oh, and then there's the stagger system itself.  It's a fine idea, but in order to have it actually be important in regular battles they had to give even regular enemies tons of hit points (otherwise you could just kill them normally), which meant that even normal encounters could drag on and on and on.  And that's without necessarily being any more difficult, just time consuming.  How does anyone play this game without becoming bored to tears?
2252  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: August 22, 2012, 11:29:29 PM
The official Tokitowa website actually does refer to the prince explicitly as the protagonist, but every piece of media we've seen of the game seems to contradict that.

Also, anyone else notice that the dragon thingy Draeke (not a typo, that's how they spell it!*) actually talks?  That was news to me in this batch of screenshots.

Edit: OK, I looked at the website again and now it says "Drake".  I swear to go it used to say "Draeke"!  I'm not lying...
2253  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime Style RPG on: August 22, 2012, 11:26:24 PM
It's impossible to have too many recommendations for Trails in the Sky so I might as well add mine.  Just keep in mind that it does start a little slow, but give it time and you'll be rewarded.
2254  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Black Isle is back! on: August 22, 2012, 02:12:29 PM
Yup, Black Isle in name only.  And given Interplay's financial state can they even afford to hire good people?
2255  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 21, 2012, 02:02:37 AM
WTF, she's supposed to look asian?  Ridiculous controversy aside, how on earth is that woman asian?
2256  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sleeping Dogs on: August 21, 2012, 02:00:54 AM
If the Yakuza games don't get placed in the RPG forum then there is no way this should.
2257  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: drunken impulse buys online on: August 20, 2012, 07:54:25 PM
You kind of make me want to play the game now just to see how bad it is...
2258  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix teasing potential TWEWY stuff? (Official countdown inside) on: August 20, 2012, 06:52:30 PM
Seriously, what's the last internally-developed console game from S-E that didn't take forever?

Between announcing and releasing the game? Kingdom Hearts 3DS I guess.

You missed the word 'console' there...it was kind of my whole point.
2259  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix teasing potential TWEWY stuff? (Official countdown inside) on: August 20, 2012, 01:35:26 AM
Sarcastic Comment/Wishful Thinkin': Maybe it'll be for PS360....

Estimated release date: 2020.

Seriously, what's the last internally-developed console game from S-E that didn't take forever?
2260  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: August 18, 2012, 08:59:33 PM
I wish there was a way to blacklist rage-quitters...there is nothing more annoying than getting matched up a second time with somebody who rage-quit on you before.

And yeah I could try to filter things manually but it takes so friggin long to find a match my first instinct is to just hit confirm right away.
2261  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: August 18, 2012, 03:02:52 AM
I just started playing online...

Anyone else run into rage quitters?  This is driving me nuts.  I can't win a match because either I lose or the person I'm playing quits.
2262  The Rest / General Discussions / Assassin's Creed III's creative director on Japanese games on: August 17, 2012, 01:53:27 PM
So there's this lengthy interview with Alex Hutchinson, the creative director of Assassin's Creed III.  It's mostly the usual bullshit, but this particular exchange really stands out:

Why do Nintendo get it right? It releases a new edition of the same franchise every year and no one bats an eyelid. Why?

You want my real answer? I think there's a subtle racism in the business, especially on the journalists' side, where Japanese developers are forgiven for doing what they do. I think it's condescending to do this.


Yeah. Just think about how many Japanese games are released where their stories are literally gibberish. Literally gibberish. There's no way you could write it with a straight face, and the journalists say 'oh it is brilliant'.

Then Gears of War comes out and apparently it's the worst written narrative in a game ever. I'll take Gears of War over Bayonetta any time.

It's patronising to say, "oh those Japanese stories, they don't really mean what they're doing".

I mean...wow...

Yes, there are plenty of Japanese games with bad stories (but they do get called out on it...), however he seems to confuse being whimsical with being gibberish.  With a dash of racism for good measure.  I wonder how he feels about Lewis Carroll.
2263  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINALLY!! on: August 15, 2012, 12:30:14 PM
Totally agree with the price point. The fact that it does not even include a memory card jacks up the price even more. Until a good affordable bundle comes out, I am going nowhere near it. I really want P4 The Golden to :(

Several bundles have already been announced, which include a game and a memory card (OK, it's the practically useless 4 gig card...but it's a start) for the same price the system alone is selling for now.  In addition to the Assassin's Creed one that was announced back at E3 there are also going to be LittleBigPlanet and Call of Duty bundles.  I don't have much interest in Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty, but LittleBigPlanet Vita looks pretty sweet (and it's also coming out before the other two).

I'd also highly recommend FF Tactics-- although the translation and new content in the PSP version does make that one a little better.

The Vita plays PSP games (and it does so right now, no need to wait), so why would anyone pick the PS1 version in this case?  Just get the PSP one.
2264  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: August 15, 2012, 12:20:42 PM
just finshed labrys story wich only has 1 battle but is really long and got yu's true ending. theres no way a p4a could work. theres no more reason for persona users to fight each other. also mysterious entity admits to not having a persona. also the start of mitsu's story is weird. why does THAT still exist?

No way it could work?  Seriously?  I can imagine half a dozen ways it could work off the top of my head.  Use some imagination.

P4A spoilers:
The mysterious entity is still loose and has explicitly stated its goal is to turn personas back into shadows by causing despair in their users (for instance by forcing friends to fight each other).  Labrys was a useful tool for that purpose but hardly the only method.  P4A was Labrys's story which is largely concluded (though I'm sure the character will return).

Oh, and the P4 investigation team is not only back together but they've learned about using personas outside of the TV world (something they didn't even know was possible before) and are actively pursuing the mysterious entity.  I doubt a P4A sequel will take place in the TV world again, but now that the P4 cast knows a bit more about personas there are other methods.  I could even imagine them getting their hands on some evokers, which would be an interesting twist.

So what would the mysterious entity do to make them fight again?  There are lots of possibilities.  If simple illusions don't work there's always threats (he threatens to kill somebody they care about if they don't fight, that sort of thing) or straight-out manipulation (controlling somebody like he did with Labrys at the end).  Whatever the case the mysterious entity is clearly not done screwing around with them.

I do agree that a sequel might have more of a P3 feel than P4.  Like I said I don't think it's going to be in the TV world again.

With regards to Monsoon's comment, I do understand that's how Arcsys generally does things but given that P4A has a canon storyline in an existing universe it's rather difficult to just toss in additional characters or something without a full-blown sequel.  Either that or they have to rewrite the P4A story.  I mean if there are additional characters then what were they doing during all of that?
2265  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINALLY!! on: August 15, 2012, 02:44:34 AM
Keep in mind that they said they would be rolling out titles gradually.  They won't all work on the Vita off the bat.  So if you really want to play them on your Vita you might want to wait and see what actually plays on the Vita.  Sad, I know, but this is Sony we're talking about...

Of course if you had a PSP you'd be fine ;)

I need to buy a Vita...I already have on Vita game on my shelf and another preordered.  Yes I buy games before systems...
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