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2281  Media / General Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: September 07, 2012, 02:52:44 AM
Actually it's Big O, which is basically Japanese Batman (he's a billionaire who has a butler and a ward, the only difference is that instead of fighting crime with peak human abilities, he fights aliens with a giant robot).

Was it aliens? I thought it was giant robot piloted by human versus giant robot piloted by human most of the time.

Yeah, it's been a while since I've seen Big O but I don't remember any aliens...
2282  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 04, 2012, 11:42:08 PM
Okay, meanwhile, I'll just be hoping there'll ever be a way I can legally play the game, regardless of format.

You can legally play it in Japanese right now! ;)
2283  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 04, 2012, 06:30:43 PM
Can you tell me about Dokuro? I'm kind of interested in that game.

It's seemed like a decent puzzle platformer, but didn't really strike me as anything special.  Basically your job is to escort the princess from one end of each map to the other, but the princess is quite dumb in a predictable Lemmings sort of way.  She will happily walk of cliffs if you let her.  Most of the puzzles revolve around pushing blocks, activating switches, etc. to make a safe path for her.  There's some light combat too, but it's not the focus.  What I played was pretty easy, but it was also the beginning of the game where you expect things to be easy.  I can't comment beyond that.


On another note, nobody has taken me up on the Neverwinter beta code offer.  OK, I wasn't exactly praising the game, but maybe the real thing would be better.  I don't plan on using it, though, so the code is still available for the first person who wants it.
2284  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: September 04, 2012, 04:05:53 AM
Doing some thread necromancy because of this.

We had always heard the story about how since there was no PSN version of the second title (related to the fact that it was on two UMDs) a Western release would have to be UMD-only, which is a really hard sell with the state of the PSP market these days.  This is pure speculation, of course, but now that there is a PSN version, which should presumably work on Vita as well, the odds of it getting localized just went up dramatically.
2285  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 03, 2012, 04:30:35 AM
Well, the show is over.  I'm a feeling a little less down about the whole thing than my previous post implies, though there really was a complete lack of single-player RPGs.  Still, I got to play some cool stuff:

X-Com Enemy Unknown: Game of the show.  A true hardcore strategy game.  I am so looking forward to this.

Hawken: Pretty fun once I got the hang of it.  But I know there's a beta floating around so I guess a lot of people already know that.

Tomb Raider (the reboot): Same as the E3 demo you've probably all ready about.  But I finally got to shoot that deer everyone is talking about (and I got it in two shots, both of which hit but the first wasn't fatal).  Much of the game feels very Uncharted-y, but there are some open areas with more exploration than you typically see in an Uncharted game.

Okami HD: I've played the heck out of Okami already so I mainly wanted to try this because they were demoing it with Move controls and I was kind of curious how well that worked.  My conclusion: stick with a dualshock.

Persona 4 Golden: Yes I went and played it.  Yes it's just like Persona 4.  They had what appeared to be an early build of the whole game and they were just started people at the beginning.  Yes, you heard me correct.  If you've played Persona 4 you should immediately realize why that makes for a terrible, terrible demo.  I love the game but there's like 3 hours of cutscenes before you get to your first combat encounter...

Phantasy Star Online 2: I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would.  Feels much more action-based and less pure stat munching than most MMORPGs.  Looks pretty too.

They had a bunch of Vita units at Sony's booth with a lot of different games and I gave several of them a whirl without really spending a lot of time with them, including LittleBigPlanet, the new Sly Cooper, Dokuro, and Little King's Story.  But I don't have a lot to say about them.

I also spent some time trying out tabletop games this PAX, which I don't usually do since they're a big time sink but I do love tabletop games.  There was some fun stuff.
2286  Media / General Games / Re: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on: September 03, 2012, 04:05:10 AM
I was at the PAX event.  Pretty cool.  Not sure I have a lot to add, though, since I think pretty much everything that was said there has already been thoroughly covered.  I will say that I'm genuinely intrigued by Kojima's emphasis on the open-worldness of the game, since that's something really new for the series.
2287  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: September 01, 2012, 03:10:14 AM
I don't know, the battle system actually sounds like an improvement to me.  I've gone on and on already about how I didn't like XIII's system so I won't rehash that.

Though I don't think Lightning was ever a good character and I wish they would move on...
2288  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX Prime 2012 on: September 01, 2012, 03:04:52 AM
Man, I hate to say this but I've been going to PAX for years now and even though sometimes before the show I'm kind of skeptical about the whole thing I have always quickly found something to entertain myself.  But this year I walked around the exhibition hall filled with nothing but apathy.  All I see are shooters, shooters, shooters and free-to-play/social garbage.  It's possible I might have missed something, but I seriously don't think there's even one single-player RPG from a major publisher at the show this year (there is some indie stuff at least).  Unless Borderlands 2 counts, though that's still too much shooter for my tastes.  And even if I wanted to try it the line for it was like 5 miles long, so screw that.

Wait, I have to correct myself.  Sony had a section dedicated to the Vita and there were a couple units with Persona 4 Golden on them.  So there was one RPG, that's a port, and it wasn't even being shown by the publisher.

I did play some Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale...not much to say about it.  It's a Smash Bros. clone.  I do think people who haven't played it complain about the kills-with-supers mechanic a bit too much.  It seems to work.

Also played Metal Gear Rising.  That's an interesting thing.  Feels very much more Platinum than Metal Gear--at least from what I saw--though that isn't necessarily a bad thing in my opinion.  The cutting mechanic is cool.

Then I played a demo of the new D&D MMORPG Neverwinter (no, not Neverwinter Nights) which was so boring I nearly walked out in the middle of it.  But I didn't have anything better to do anyway, so I kept at it and won by holding down attack (OK, they did say they lowered the difficulty for the demo, but still...I literally just stood there and held down attack).  Then they gave me a beta key, which I'm not going to use, so does anyone want it?

Otherwise, I went to panels and hung out at indie booths.  Thank god for indie devs.  Not only are their games more interesting, but the developers themselves are usually there and are eager to talk about them.

Speaking of panels and indie devs, there was a great panel on indie RPGs, which included Robert Boyd from Zeboyd Games.  Nice job, I really enjoyed it.

There are actually a lot of panels I want to see tomorrow so that will probably be most of my day.
2289  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: August 31, 2012, 12:10:45 PM
if i could just get that ff3 umd (assuming it's localized) i would be happy.

You're welcome.

Yes it's the JP version, but reports say it has an English language option.  Given the state of the PSP market over here I doubt S-E will ever release it here but since the game was already translated I guess they figured why not include the English script and make some importers happy.
2290  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: MGS Movie on: August 30, 2012, 05:18:53 PM
I thought Metal Gear was a movie...

*Kevadu ducks
2291  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: August 30, 2012, 05:16:33 PM
So North America gets Type-0 music but still no word on Type-0 :(
2292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: August 30, 2012, 06:29:05 AM
About Versus, I've been skeptical about the story since the first CG trailer was released.  Just...ugh.  Is that really what people want?

Though from what little we've seen the gameplay looked baller.
2293  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kemco Android RPGs on: August 30, 2012, 12:11:51 AM
I bought Symphony of Eternity and got bored after a couple of hours or so.  I don't know, it was functional enough but was so generic there was anything to keep me interested.
2294  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 29, 2012, 06:57:03 PM
Chihayafuru

I know you listed it, but I'll ask anyway - is this good?  It's on my to watch list as it seems interesting, but the premise didn't exactly sound mindblowing.

It's a really well-made show with a solid cast of characters.  It's about a pretty obscure subject matter, of course, but they find ways to make it interesting.  I didn't know anything about karuta going into it but still enjoyed it.  If I have a complaint about the show it's that the main heroine suffers a bit too much from obscure-pastime-is-actually-really-great syndrome.  She's a little too passionate about it, to the point where it's difficult to relate to.
2295  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 29, 2012, 06:51:09 PM
Also want to start a PS3 run soon.  Thinking either Valkyria Chronicles or 3D Dot Game Heroes.  Probably fire it up next week. 

Valkyria Chronicles is my favorite game on the PS3.  Definitely play it.

3D Dot Game Heroes didn't impress me, though.  It looks cute, and the world is pretty big and stuff, but the actual gameplay was just too monotonous and I got bored with it.
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