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2926  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite and Least Favourite Tactical RPGs on: December 01, 2010, 11:41:10 PM
I'm hoping to maybe get my hands on VC2 next summer, but that means I'll need a PSP as well, so it may or may not happen unfortunately.

Get one.  If not for VC2 then for VC3, which from what I've seened looks a lot better (though I did like VC2's gameplay, the story segments were garbage).  Not to mention that there are tons of other SRPGs on the PSP (though a lot of them are ports are remakes).
2927  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story on: December 01, 2010, 04:39:00 PM
At least we get a whole bunch of NISA titles... =(

I appreciate the efforts of NISA to localize as much as they can (even if a lot of it is of questionable quality).  Really, I do.  But it is kind of funny how thanks to them and companies like Xseed, Aksys, and to some degree Atlus it almost feels like we're more likely to get obscure and mediocre JRPGs localized than the big-budget titles.
2928  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Binary Domain on: December 01, 2010, 03:30:10 PM
New game by the Yakuza team.  andriasang has the details.

Was anyone else really disappointed by this reveal?  I like the Yakuza games and I'm curious what else they can do, but that trailer looks generic as heck.  Couple that with some painfully bad dialogue (in what is supposed to be a serious drama) and a treasure trove of tired cliches and I have to wonder what the heck were they thinking...

If this is how Japanese developers think they're going to succeed in the western market then I wish they would just keep making games focused on Japan.
2929  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: xbox live can go suck it on: November 30, 2010, 03:33:42 PM
Is it possible somebody else got their hands on your CC info?
2930  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_Which system to get? on: November 29, 2010, 01:45:08 PM
I'd recommend Gurumin: A monstrous adventure (also made by Falcom who do the Ys series), Half Minute Hero, ZHP, Riviera, Yggdra union, and Knights in the Nightmare.

BTW, if you buy Knights in the Nightmare now it comes with a download code for a free copy of Yggdra Union.  I got that and all I've been playing is Yddgra Union...haven't even gotten around to Knights yet.  From what I understand the entire first print run is supposed to have the code but if they print more later it will not include it.  It came out pretty recently so you should still be good for now.

Also, Ys Seven is great.  Can't recommend it enough.

I honestly didn't like the PSP Lunar very much.  Looks pretty, but it's very slow paced.  Long (and frequent) load times, painfully slow unskippable attack animations, etc.  It's a pretty easy and simplistic game too, so I found myself having to multitask when I played it or else I would just get bored.  In battle I would literally cue my commands, put the PSP down, and do something else while I waited for it to be my turn again.
2931  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs starting to become all about stripping? on: November 27, 2010, 11:48:58 PM
Of course details are scarce right now and it's impossible to be sure but I have high hopes that Catherine will be an example of handling sex well in games.

And I like that poster...
2932  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs starting to become all about stripping? on: November 27, 2010, 04:39:10 PM
Baldur's Gate II had tasteful sex...because they didn't actually show it.

Oh for the days when a simple text description was enough.
2933  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 Confirmed for The PSP on: November 25, 2010, 05:16:28 PM
Something about these teen idol looking female leads that annoys me - given the "war" setting. =P
Mmm Japanland, everything stays pretty.

That's hardly limited to Japan...
2934  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 19, 2010, 05:05:37 PM
Just go on Youtube and listen to some of the music of AT3. It has the best vocals ever made. Simple as that.

Nier might still take that title for me, but I do love the AT music.  I already have the AT3 hymnos albums.
2935  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 19, 2010, 04:54:22 PM
WTF?! Some of you actually like this garbage? Enough to call this a reason to get a PS3? Wow. Just wow.

I'm a huge Ar Tonelico fan, but it has nothing to do with the innuendo.  It's pretty easy to find stuff in them to object to but if you think that's all there is then you're doing yourself a disservice.

I love the Ar Tonelico universe and mythology, the music is fantastic, the combat systems tend to be fun and at least reasonably original (though also kind of easy, unfortunately), and the games explore interesting aspects of human psychology that you rarely see in a video game (in between the boob jokes, anyway).  Yeah, you're going to need a certain amount of tolerance for fanservice stuff to get through them but they really are deep and interesting games and I read enough manga and watch enough anime that I'm pretty desensitized to that kind of stuff.

For reference, Ar Tonelico got 91% here and Ar Tonelico 2 got 81%, but I think a lot of that lower score was due to the now infamous localization issues and bugs it had more than the actual gameplay.  They're good games.

If they just got rid of the fanservice crap and turned up the difficulty a bit Ar Tonelico might actually be my favorite RPG series of all time.
2936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tactics Ogre on: November 19, 2010, 02:45:00 PM
The time to dust off my PSP is coming near (I seriously haven't played it since 2009.)

Then you've really been missing out.

Seriously, I don't get comments like this.  I don't even like handhelds but I spend as much if not more time on my PSP than my PS3.  That's where the games are.
2937  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: This guy's saying what you've all been thinking on: November 19, 2010, 01:12:46 PM
I can also honestly say that it's never even occurred to me.
2938  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 19, 2010, 12:33:51 PM
There were actually a ton of good PSP RPGs released in the last few months.  I can't even keep up with them.  Complaining that there isn't much coming out between now and the end of the year seems kind of silly to me.

2011 is actually looking totally overwhelming.  So many great games coming, and though they're not all RPGs quite a few are.  A list of things I'm anticipating:

Mass Effect 2 PS3 (Haven't played it yet so I'll definitely pick this up)
Tactics Ogre PSP
Dragon Age 2
Ar Tonelico 3 (or whatever they're calling it now)
Persona 2 IS PSP (Assuming it comes here)
Yakuza 4 (I don't care what you say, the Yakuza games are friggin RPGs)
Deus Ex Human Revolution

LittleBigPlanet 2
Portal 2
Team ICO Collection
(Maybe) Last Guardian

I don't know how you can look at a list like that and not find something you want to play.
2939  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: In case you weren't sure how the world was going to end... on: November 19, 2010, 12:14:07 PM
The destroy-the-earth thing isn't even knew.  People said that about RHIC when it started running ;)
2940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is JRPG... on: November 19, 2010, 02:14:55 AM
I wonder if it'll be a "retro" game like a few particular game like Cladun or Half-minute hero.

Gah, I am getting sick of these 'retro' 8-bit style games.  It was cute at first but now everyone is doing it.  I guess they all realized that making pseudo 8-bit art is actually a lot cheaper.  But nostalgia can only hold my attention for so long and nobody does a serious story that way.  (I'm not saying they can't, just that they don't.  That's an interesting question, though.  Would you play a completely serious game with pseudo 8-bit graphics?)
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