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2656  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 22, 2012, 01:36:50 AM
So I just watched the first two eps of the Black Rock Shooter anime.  It's finally streaming on Funimation's site (yeah, I know there are fansubs floating around...I wanted a legit version).

It's, uh...not very good.  I'll grant it that it has great animation in the dream sequence fight scenes...and I like that they used the song.  But that's about it for the pros.  For the cons...we have such a vapid, uninteresting protagonist that I was struggling to stay awake.  Blah.
2657  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 22, 2012, 01:31:30 AM
They had better put this costume in the US version.  It's the only one I care about...
2658  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 21, 2012, 06:29:23 PM
Evangelion was dumb and it bored me.  But I don't think I actually care about it enough to hate it.
2659  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 20, 2012, 07:55:33 PM
I just read IGN's nonreview and it really makes me think about how Tales games (and JRPGs in general) are perceived by the mainstream gaming community.  IGN has always been an unapologetically business-oriented website.  Love them or hate them, they've never tried to hide the fact that they deliberately tailor their content to the things that get the most page hits.  Clearly Tales of Graces f is not one of those things...

I call their treatment of Graces f a "nonreview" for reasons that should be obvious if you read it.  Basically, the author did not finish the game so he neglected to give a score (I can at least respect him for owning up to that), but also wrote barely anything about the game at all.  Despite the fact that what little he wrote about the game was actually quite positive he still could not be bothered to finish it.  And this is not standard operating procedure for IGN (in fact, I can't even think of another example off hand...).  Now sure, it's not exactly a short game, but there are still much longer games that have been gotten full reviews weeks ahead of their release, instead of this half-assed approach as week after release.

Since IGN is about as mainstream as it gets in this industry, I think that says a lot about how mainstream gamers look at JRPGs.  There's all this talk about how JRPGs are dying, but when great games come out on unpopular platforms like the PSP they're often ignored entirely.  And apparently even when they arrive on a popular platform this is the most enthusiasm that can be mustered.  It's really kind of sad.

But there is also something very wrong about this whole approach to journalism.  By deliberately focusing on content that gets page hits they end up rehashing the same few popular franchises over and over.  Reviews, at least, should be an opportunity to alert readers to good games they might not have considered otherwise.  Assuming that they're fair reviews, anyway.  But this whole it's-not-popular-so-we're-not-even-going-to-review-it thing is kind of shocking, honestly.  What purpose do these sites even serve then?  Are they just places to pick up tidbits to be used in the latest CoD vs. Battlefield flamewar?

I'm clearly going off-topic so I'll stop now...
2660  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 19, 2012, 07:37:54 PM
People keep talking about some kind of heat wave.  It's been highs in the 40s here for the last week...
2661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Rock Shooter: The Game on: March 19, 2012, 06:20:56 PM
I guess there wasn't actually a dedicated thread for this...it's certainly been discussed in other threads.

Yeah, I'm interested in the game.  I am starting to wonder if it's ever actually getting a release though.
2662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception (Spike PSP Rpg) on: March 19, 2012, 06:19:57 PM
It's a really weird idea, but it doesn't sound like a raunchy game. I'll keep an eye out for a prospective localization of this.

Won't happen. The hero's cousin is pregnant and under 18.

It's also a PSP game...
2663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: March 19, 2012, 03:40:21 PM
Am I the only one who found Half-Life 2 kind of boring?  I didn't even finish it.  I thought the original was much better...
2664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What one RPG would you award 100% to? on: March 19, 2012, 12:48:32 PM
Planescape: Torment

That's as close to a perfect game as I ever expect to play...
2665  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: March 16, 2012, 01:05:38 AM
Jeez, tiny people here.  I'm an XL myself.  Mind you I'm in pretty good shape, I'm just big.

If a shirt is too big you can usually find something to do with it.  But if a shirt is too small...
2666  Media / General Games / Re: Journey - thatgamecompany's new title on: March 16, 2012, 12:59:54 AM
Played through the whole game in one sitting.  After doing that I kind of feel like that's how the game was meant to be played.  Didn't bother chasing trophies or anything, just went straight through.  Took less than two hours, but the game felt worth every penny.  This is a visual and artistic masterpiece.  I have never experienced anything like it before.  And 'experience' is the right word there.  You don't really 'play' it in the traditional sense...

My multiplayer experience was great, too.  I teamed up with somebody for a good chunk of the game.  Even without communication there's a real sense of camaraderie.  Love how they give you the names of the people you met along the way at the end.

This game is amazing.  If you're hesitating then just get it already.  There's nothing else like it.
2667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nomura talks KH3D with Famitsu, can't give details about Versus XIII yet on: March 15, 2012, 04:12:00 PM
Zero went through a shit load of changes over the course of development.

I assume you're referring to the fact that it was originally planned for cell phones since I don't know any other major changes that occurred during its development.  But if you read the post-release interviews and stuff they really give the impression that the cell phone game was little more than an idea that never really got off the ground.  By the time serious work on the game started they had already switched platforms to PSP.  Switching platforms in the very early stage of a game's development isn't that strange.  The strange thing is announcing the game while it's still in that stage.

That's what I pieced together from various sources, anyway.  I didn't exactly save the links, though.  The only one I found with a quick search was this

Type-0 was announced five years back, Kitase reminded, adding that he's happy to see it released. The game was in actual development for three and a half years, said Tabata, although there was a period where progress was at a bare minimum as he was working on a different project (The 3rd Birthday). He doesn't feel that the development was long, and wants to get to work on his next game.

Note the "actual development" distinction.
2668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nomura talks KH3D with Famitsu, can't give details about Versus XIII yet on: March 15, 2012, 04:53:29 AM
I don't know, the impression I get from Versus is less one of development hell and more that they announced it way too early and haven't actually been working on it for most of the time.  You keep seeing these stories (and I mean relatively recent stories) about how "after game X is done we're going to work on Versus", but if they had so few people working on Versus all this time then why did they announce it so soon...

And then there's the revelation S-E made after Type-0's release that development on the game didn't really start until two years after it was announced.  Before that it was nothing more than some ideas and concept art.  I get the impression that Versus might be similar.  Sure they had that trailer way back when, but that was all pre-rendered stuff, nothing to do with the actual game.

The real question is why does S-E announce these games so early?
2669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: XSEED bringing Ys: Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin to Steam on: March 14, 2012, 08:21:37 PM
You could just... you know... restart your router to get a new IP =/
Oh snap, the secret's out!

And let my IRC sessions time out?!  The horror!
2670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 14, 2012, 05:42:51 PM
Is the voice acting for this game as bad as it seems in all the trailers?  Honestly I'm starting to think I should have just imported it...
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