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2611  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PAX 2011 on: August 27, 2011, 12:59:08 AM
Well, PAX has started.  Maybe I'm just getting jaded but I haven't seen anything that really impressed me yet.  Sure Uncharted 3 looks great, but that's to be expected and they weren't showing anything new (well, Gamescon wasn't very long ago...).

The one game I played today that does stand out in my mind is actually Asura's Wrath.  That game is every bit as ridiculously over-the-top as you have seen in the previews but somehow it just works.  Ridiculously over-the-top can be fun.

I'll try to hit up Skyrim early tomorrow.  I was going to try it today but the line was awfully long...
2612  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: August 27, 2011, 12:40:34 AM
Played a pretty meaty demo of this at PAX today.  It was...I don't know.  More FFXIII, I guess.  One thing they certainly did change was having more interesting locations than just straight tunnels, as well as towns and the like.  But otherwise it feels a lot like FFXIII, and I had more complaints about that game than just the super linearity (though it is nice to see that addressed...).
2613  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2011, 11:27:56 AM
PAX begins!
2614  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Thread (merged) on: August 26, 2011, 12:36:43 AM
Oh man...

I'm playing the game on my PS3.  Played for like 5 hours pretty late into the night Tuesday night but I didn't have time to play at all last night.  Started it up again tonight hoping to pick up where I left off.  I select load and get the message: "There are no saved games available."

For a while there I was completely freaking out wondering what the heck happened to my save data.  Then I had a moment of inspiration, and realized that sure enough, I had started the game after unwittingly logging in under my Japanese PSN account rather that my usual US one.  Now I'm wondering what to do...I would really rather be earning the trophies and stuff under my US account but I don't really want to restart at this point.  Is there some way to move the save data over?  (I know that won't affect trophies I already earned but I'm still not very far in the game)

Edit:  Well, apparently *some* saved data you can just copy to a USB stick or something, but other data (including in the Deus Ex saves) is protected and won't let you do that.  Grr, why do they do this shit?
2615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Thread (merged) on: August 25, 2011, 03:59:43 PM
Everything is yellow, and that's starting to get to me.

It's not yellow, it's gold.  Gold and black were traditional colors of the renaissance and it was an intentional artistic decision to use them for the whole neo-renaissance theme.  Frankly I like it.

As for the controls, yeah it's a little different but personally I think it's better than the standard approach and it didn't take my any time at all to get used to it.
2616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NIS America is bringing Black Rock Shooter to NA and Europe on: August 25, 2011, 12:25:37 PM
What's a Black Rock Shooter? ...can I eat it? :<

Gather 'round and I shall tell 'ye a tale.  It's actually kind of confusing where BRS came from...

Once upon a time an artist going by 'Huke' posted a character illustration of Black Rock Shooter on Pixiv (a Japanese art sharing site).  At that time that's really all there was to it, like so many other illustrations on that site.  As it happened Ryo from the band Supercell saw the illustration, like it, and decided to make a song about it.  He used the vocaloid Hatsune Miku to do it and this was right around the time the whole vocaloid phenomena was starting to take off.  Huke then joined in to provide illustrations for the accompaning music video.

The video proved to be extremely popular and has had millions of views.  Then the merchandising started.  Good Smile Company got involved and started making BRS figures, a short straight-to-video anime was made, and there's even a manga.  And now there's this game.  The actual stories are all over the place, though.  There isn't actually any connection between the anime OVA and this game, other than that they both feature BRS.  I believe there is actually another anime in the works that will be a TV series starting in January.

So yeah, the origins of this game are saturated with Japanese fandom. 
2617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / NIS America is bringing Black Rock Shooter to NA and Europe on: August 24, 2011, 11:51:49 PM
Prinny Bomb

Of course this was hinted at a while ago and I even remember a third party (Good Smile Company, who make the figures and stuff) implying that the localization was already being worked on at Anime Expo, yet NISA has been oddly silent on the topic.  Now it's finally official.

Guess the PSP isn't quite dead in the US yet.
2618  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (late 2011, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: August 24, 2011, 03:13:58 PM
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But when consumers are saying it, I really don't understand. It really depends on the types of consumers. If you are a very, very casual person who might just want to kill time as you're waiting for your train or something, you might not need a dedicated, big game experience. But if you like games, if you really love games, you would want to play the kind of games you like, even on the portable.

Damn fucking right.
2619  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 24, 2011, 02:57:02 PM
Certainly if it is announced for the US the first people to know will be your local Gamestop employees.
2620  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How honest do you think mainstream game critics are? on: August 24, 2011, 01:17:04 PM
For example, it's generally accepted that a racing game or an FPS will have multiplayer, so if your racing game or FPS doesn't depend on some gimmick that would break multiplayer, I think a reviewer is OK to dock the score for that lack.

Not all FPSs are the same.  I can see where you're coming from for a COD-like game, but if somebody docks a game like Bioshock for not having multiplayer then I will smack them.
2621  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Thread (merged) on: August 24, 2011, 12:21:45 PM
Now I'm suffering from lack of sleep since I was up way too late last night playing this.  I don't regret it, though...

This game is great.  It's gorgeous, too.  Sure it's no technical powerhouse, but I love the art design and overall aesthetic.  The atmosphere is great.  The music is great.  I'm going to friggin enjoy this one.
2622  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 23, 2011, 02:51:40 AM
Is it possible NoA is just waiting for an HD port on the Wii U?

No.

Seriously, though, you aren't the first person to suggest this but I can't see where this idea is even coming from other than pure wishful thinking.  While Xenoblade seems to be doing OK it's still hardly one of Nintendo's triple-A franchises that they would bother to remake for this sort of thing.  Especially so soon after the original came out.  What makes you think that such a project even exists?
2623  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How honest do you think mainstream game critics are? on: August 22, 2011, 06:40:11 PM
I think you guys are reading way too much into this...

There are plenty of hyped-up heavily markted games that get mediocre review scores even from the big sites.  Yoda mentioned Brink, but that's hardly the only example.  How about the Medal of Honor reboot or Homefront?

Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn't mean they're corrupt.  Like many of us here I didn't like FFXIII, but I know there are people who genuinely did like that game.  Heck, some of them are on these forums.  And others might be reviewers.  It's weird to use that game as an example since it got pretty mixed scores.  It was not universally loved, but I can certainly believe that there are people who did like it.

Are reviewers for major sites completely impartial?  Of course not.  Nobody is.  They can be affected by hype just like anyone else.  But there is a huge difference between not being completely impartial and being deliberately corrupt (like selling review scores).
2624  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 21, 2011, 02:19:43 PM
On a tangential note, someone on the TalkBass forum I used to frequent said people on TB spend more time talking about bass than actually playing it.  I sometimes wonder if people on RPGFan spend more time talking about RPGs than actually playing them.  I won't deny that it often feels like I fall into that trap.      

I have definitely felt that way myself....
2625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: August 19, 2011, 04:41:34 PM
Joystiq posted a very detailed article on how to hack your Wii to disable region locking in order to play Xenoblade Chronicles.  I won't like to it (though it's pretty easy to find...) but I think it's quite interesting that a large, mainstream site like that would go that far.

Reviews are really positive, too.  91 on Metacritic.
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