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2656  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Yakuza 4 on: April 03, 2011, 12:44:04 PM
I have thought the same thing.  The Yakuza games feel more RPG-ish than a lot of stuff that gets covered here.  Though it is true that Sega doesn't market them as RPGs.
2657  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 03, 2011, 03:34:09 AM
I'm not very far in TitS yet, but I would say that it's the better game.  Hexyz Force seemed pretty generic and forgettable to me.  And BTW, I really liked Yddgra Union.  Hexyz Force and Yggdra union may be from the same developer but they don't have anything to do with each other.

TitS is very dialogue-heavy, though.  It's not epic save-the-world kind of dialogue, but it is--for the most part--well-written, which is what makes it enjoyable.  It's a pretty standard RPG setup only you can have an actual short conversation with every random NPC you talk to instead of just two sentences pointing you to the next objective.  Whether you not you actually want to spend hours talking to NPCs is a matter of taste.
2658  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peeve of mine is.... on: April 03, 2011, 03:25:49 AM
Calm, calm yourselves.  Let's all just admit who the one true enemy is here to both the army of walkers and the cavalry of drivers...

The Cyclists.

Hey, I'm a cyclist!  I bike 18 miles a day for my commute.  There are some cyclists who are complete assholes and make me want to pull them over and beat them with Kryptonite lock (that would hurt in case you don't know), but most cyclists I know are good people.
2659  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: No GameStop 3DS Demo Stations in Alaska!!! on: April 03, 2011, 02:17:08 AM
lol, Alaska.  What was the point of buying it again?

Oil.
2660  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Gachitora on: April 02, 2011, 05:10:04 PM
Gachitora is a distinctly Japanese PSP game from spike that's best described as Kenka Bancho meets GTO.  You play as a former gangster turned high school teacher who has to deal with the various problems of his students, etc.  A big part of the game is getting people to open their hearts by...beating them up.  Hey, it's a video game.  I just played the Gachitora demo (not on the PSN yet but available here) and I thought it was quite fun.  It's definitely on the light-hearted and silly side of things, but I get the impression that there will be some serious themes woven in there.  Kind of like GTO.

I'm hoping this gets localized but it seems pretty iffy.  Atlus did localize Kenka Bancho 3, but they're already up to number 5 in Japan with no word on further releases here.  I might have to import...
2661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 01, 2011, 03:14:02 PM
I still call it something to write home about. Hell, I'd be tickled pink if I put out a game and the sales for the console the game was on went up because of it.

But you don't know that!  That was my point.  PSP sales did drop a bit when the 3DS released (Not too surprising.  Why get the old toy when you can try out a shiny new toy.) and now they've returned to a pretty normal pre-3DS level.  Is that because of FFIV collection or is it just that the novelty of the 3DS has started to wear off?  You can't say.  Especially when just looking at week-by-week numbers which have a lot of random fluctuations in them.
2662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 01, 2011, 02:19:55 PM
It did beat out the 3DS, and the article I read said it was due to the release of the FFIV  collection.

That always made me lol a bit. It seems like everytime a big game in Japan is released it drives hardware sales nuts. Who doesn't have a PSP over there at this point that would want one?

PSP sales didn't go 'nut's when the FFIV collection came out.  If anything they were only slightly above average.  I think some journalists are a little over-zealous in attributing hardware sales to whatever game just came out.
2663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: April 01, 2011, 12:31:36 PM
It's not that there are a 'few Japanese developers that are really trying and keeping it alive'.  The system is very much alive in Japan.  It's huge there.  Didn't it recently beat out 3DS sales despite the fact that the 3DS has only been out for like a month?  It's only in the west that it appears to be dying.
2664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSP PSN RPG downloads on: April 01, 2011, 12:25:00 PM
I recommend you finish the games you have.  Are you on some sort of buying spree?
2665  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 31, 2011, 08:43:55 PM
Well, the PSP is no PS2 in terms of market penetration, especially in the west (actually in Japan it's a totally different story...).  The thing is the shelf space dedicated to PSP games has already shrunk quite a bit and there isn't even a successor yet.  My local gamestop (that I barely ever visit, mind you) doesn't even have a section for new PSP games anymore.  They have used PSP games and will stock a couple of new releases but you have to ask the guy to get them from behind the counter.  Imagine what it's going to be like after the NGP releases.

Though to be frank I've never understood the technical issue with making a downloadable version of a two UMD game.
2666  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Okamiden on: March 31, 2011, 03:41:32 PM
You need to play the first game simply because it is awesome.
2667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSP PSN RPG downloads on: March 31, 2011, 03:32:42 PM
I've played both Hexyz force and Crimson Gem Saga and thought they were both pretty meh.  I suppose if you're desperate for a traditional JRPG on your PSP (instead of an SRPG or something which there are actually a shit ton of) then neither one is a bad game, but neither title offers much to distinguish it.  Of the two I would probably go with Hexyz Force.

If you like action RPGs then Ys Seven is a much better game.  I would also recommend Crisis Core which is a really fun game despite the weak story full of FF7 references nevermind, you wanted downloadable games.  Half Minute Hero is also awesome but I don't quite know how to classify it.  And as I said, there are a ton of SRPGs.

If you really want a traditional turn-based JRPG then though I haven't had a chance to play it myself yet LoH:TitS looks very promising.
2668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: new union game. as in yggdra union. on: March 30, 2011, 07:39:52 PM
I didn't know what to expect when I first played Yggdra Union but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's a quality SRPG that deviates quite a bit from the old Tactics Ogre/FFT formula.  More S than RPG, though, but I'm completely fine with that.
2669  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: funny stuff. well not really but i lol'ed. on: March 30, 2011, 06:45:33 PM
At least in the US, part of the copyright law is that if you have a copyright on something, you HAVE to make people not use it, or you lose the copyright.  So even if you think "well hey, that daycare's not doing us any harm by painting our character on their front wall," you still have to stop them if you want to keep your copyright.  It sucks.

That's only for trademarks.  Has nothing to do with copyright.
2670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst RPGS on: March 30, 2011, 06:39:05 PM
I dislike Halo (except 1) and I dislike Call of Duty. I know im branded as a heretic.

Maybe in some circles, but certainly not around these parts.
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