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2641  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The ridiculous crap that comes out of Japan... on: December 03, 2011, 03:49:27 AM
Am I the only one that thinks this is actually pretty tame?

It's a game about dating birds.  Birds that apparently go to a school with completely normal human-sized facilities.  It's not a question of being tame or not, it's just weird.

You cannot unsee this:

2642  The Rest / General Discussions / The ridiculous crap that comes out of Japan... on: December 03, 2011, 02:24:59 AM
I thought I had seen everything.  Then I saw this.
2643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: December 03, 2011, 12:42:52 AM
Um, according to IGN:

One critical note to make here - the game is currently slated to come to the United States only.

What. The. Fuck.

Between this and the whole GS-exclusivity crap it seems to me that NoA is doing their best to not actually push this game as much as possible.  Which is an odds strategy to take...
2644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: December 02, 2011, 06:28:18 PM
North American trailer
2645  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: December 02, 2011, 01:18:21 PM
Guess I finally need to buy a Wii...
2646  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 01, 2011, 05:40:55 PM
On one hand every game has stuff that gets cut from it.  That's completely normal and doesn't generally mean that there is a re-release in the future.  On the other hand, this is Namco Bandai we're talking about.  They have a bit of a history.  But on the gripping hand there is no platform change here to justify a re-release.  I mean, you can joke about doing a reverse Vesperia and making it for the 360, but the fact is that the 360 is pretty dead in Japan so that doesn't make business sense.  Maybe Wii U?  That would be kind of crazy...

Following links around led me to this: http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/5069891.html
If anyone knows Japanese, *allegedly* it states we very well might see a Director's Cut of ToX. 
This is pretty stupid, though.  These re-releases are a cheap way to earn a few extra pennies.

It seems pretty vague.  He's talking about stuff a hypothetical re-release might have, but isn't saying that they're actually working on it.
2647  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: December 01, 2011, 12:28:52 PM
Wow, this really does sound like a complete clone of Smash Bros...way to be original, Sony.
2648  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: December 01, 2011, 12:21:41 PM
Based on my experience at PAX there was one thing that greatly improved the battle system for me:  In the new encounter system in XIII-2 it was really, really easy to get a preemptive attack everytime, starting your enemies in break status.  This in turn made the encounters with regular enemies much shorter so the fights didn't drag on and on like in XIII.   Of course, it also eliminated any challenge...oh well.
2649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: November 30, 2011, 06:32:54 PM
Anyone else play the second Japanese demo that came out last week?  I was busy with Thanksgiving and what not but finally got around to it.  Quite nice.  It's has a lot more plot than the first demo (which was mostly random missions).
2650  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type 0 on: November 30, 2011, 04:15:04 AM
International release officially being worked on

That just made my day...and it's only 1am.
2651  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: November 29, 2011, 11:47:09 PM
That's not actually what Sony is calling it...

In fact Sony has barely said anything about it at all.  It's pretty much all speculation at this point.
2652  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PlayStation Vita Announced (Feb 22, $249/$299 for WiFi/3G+WiFI) + some games on: November 29, 2011, 06:20:01 PM
It completely changes the effective cost of downloadable versions of games.  They had better be sold at a discount, otherwise what's the point?  Golden Abyss is supposed to need 4GB so you are effectively adding $30 to its price tag...OK, not quite as bad if you get a larger card but it's still pretty bad.

It sounds like for many games at least you don't actually need a memory card to play them if you get the game in card format.  They can put saves, even DLC, on their own card.  I think that will be the way to go for early adopters.
2653  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: November 28, 2011, 12:26:18 PM
Smash Bros. works because it's cartoony.  You can take a lot of liberties in a light-hearted cartoon style.  This game doesn't appear to be cartoony from the limted assets we have seen (which is probably a good thing for the characters in question), but if you try to have more realistic characters it's hard to take the same sort of liberties in balancing them.

And Kratos worked in Mortal Kombat because Mortal Kombat is already filled with violent over-the-top psychos.  He fit right in.
2654  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: November 28, 2011, 12:18:01 PM

I feel like we're getting trolled here.  The original source is in Spanish and they give a 'translated quote' (with no mention of who translated it):

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Type-0, as you must know, was launched in Japan last month, so it’s over. We are working on version for the U.S. and Europe and will know something soon. Versus is not out yet in Japan, but last January there was a trailer. We are working hard to finish it. In the coming months we will say something more.

While here is the original Spanish:

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Type-0, como debes saber, se lanzó en Japón el mes pasado, así que está terminado. Versus no ha salido aún en Japón, pero el pasado enero hubo un tráiler. No hay nada confirmado todavía para europa. En cuanto terminemos todo será el momento de que me siente y me plantee el siguiente paso.

Now I don't speak Spanish, but I am capable of recognizing that 'U.S.' does not appear anywhere in that statement...here is Google's crappy translation:

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Type-0, as you must know, was launched in Japan last month, so it's over. Versus is not out yet in Japan, but last January there was a trailer. Nothing yet confirmed for Europe. As everything will end up when I sit and I raise the next step.

No mention of Type-0 for Europe or US at all...actually, it's not an alternate translation of the relevant sentence.  It's just missing entirely.

But then, things get weirder.  One of the comments on that article says (Google translated again...):

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Best of the interview is the confirmation for Europe of the Type-0.

So what the heck?  I see no confirmation anywhere.  But then, it also feels like the sentence in question was just removed from the text (because without it Kitase isn't even trying to answer the question...).  So either this is an elaborate troll or S-E had them remove that line after the fact...

Clearly I've already spent too long thinking about this...
2655  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sony's Smash Bros. on: November 28, 2011, 11:46:21 AM
I have to say that I'm kind of skeptical about how well this will work.  The Sony characters just don't seem well-suited for this sort of thing.  I mean, Nathan Drake vs. Kratos in a fighting game?  One of them hangs off of ledges and says 'oh crap' while the other murders gods.

Not to mention that they certainly lack the universal recognition that Nintendo characters seem to enjoy.
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