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2956  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Feature List - Coming November 2, 2010 on: November 02, 2010, 07:29:57 PM
This pretty much confirms a 2010 release. Phew...

Unless he's stamping the discs by hand, one-by-one ;)
2957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia on: October 30, 2010, 12:08:18 PM
...in other words, this sounds like a fairly typical Idea Factory game.  It has potential, owing to its kooky ideas, but botches up on execution particularly regarding gameplay balance.  Yep, they haven't learned from their mistakes yet. 

It's Idea Factory, not Execution Factory...
2958  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia on: October 30, 2010, 03:49:26 AM
the grindy, time-consuming nature of the combat.

I'm sold.
Welcome to the club. :D

I can't even comprehend the thought process behind this sentiment...
2959  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Light Novels on: October 30, 2010, 02:43:09 AM
There are definitely a lot of stinkers and cheap cash-ins in the light novel world, but then there's the old rule that 90% of everything is crap...

I never actually read the Full Metal Panic books myself, even though I've seen all of the anime.  I should probably check them out sometime.

I wish somebody would pick up Bakemonogatari.  What little has been fan-translated looks pretty promising, and I loved the anime mostly because of the superbly-written dialogue.

Edit:  Actually, anime is exactly renowned for its dialogue but now that I think about it just about every anime series I have liked for its dialogue is based on a light novel.  In addition to Bakemonogatari there's Kurenai, Spice and Wolf, Crest/Banner of the Stars, Baccano, Kino's Journey...heck, even Full Metal Panic has some pretty good lines.  And they're all light novel based.
2960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia on: October 30, 2010, 02:27:58 AM

You know, that almost made me want to play it, at least until they started talking about the grindy, time-consuming nature of the combat.  I don't have time for that crap.
2961  Media / Brush and Quill / Light Novels on: October 29, 2010, 09:27:27 PM
I'm curious is anyone else here reads light novels.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about it's a popular style of short novel in Japan that tend to have a distinct, simplistic, and dialogue-heavy writing style and are basically always serialized.  They're accessible to younger readers but not always strictly aimed at them.  The closest English equivalent I can think of would be something like Harry Potter if Harry Potter was a whole genre.  Of course they're not all of the same quality.

If you watch a lot of anime you've almost certainly seen something that was adapted from a light novel series (whether you know it or not).  It has become very popular to do so these days.  Some of the more famous examples include Suzumiya Haruhi, Full Metal Panic, and To Aru Majutsu no Index.

While popular in Japan, commercial translations of light novels to English are still pretty rare.  But there are a few that I am following, such as the aforementioned Haruhi (which is available in a really nice hardcover version too), Spice and Wolf, and Bungaku Shoujo ('Book Girl').  It doesn't hurt that these were some of my favorites even before they were picked up commercially.  Bungaku Shoujo in particular I highly recommend, the first English volume of which came out pretty recently.

Of course, there are also non-commercial fan translations of a lot of these novels.  They're not exactly legal and the quality can be variable but they're out there.  One series I particularly recommend is Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria.

I know there are a lot of anime/manga fans around here so there must be somebody else who reads these things.
2962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia on: October 29, 2010, 02:57:55 PM
I actually bought my PS3 specifically to play Valkyria Chronicles, and I don't regret it at all.
2963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 28, 2010, 11:16:23 PM
You know, I never really liked Lulu or Morrigan, and when you put them side-by-side like that it's evident how similar their character designs are...
2964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia on: October 28, 2010, 06:40:19 PM
So this is the result of NISA's new policy of doing fewer, higher quality titles?
2965  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, besides gaming, what you're thing? on: October 28, 2010, 05:13:11 PM
I have more hobbies than I care to list.  Honestly, sometimes I really feel that I need to learn to focus on just a couple of things.  Anyway, I'll just mention some of the more interesting ones:

1)  Backcountry skiing.  If you don't know what that is, let me explain.  Rather than using some sissy lift to get up the mountain (downhill skiing), or sticking to mostly flat stuff that still has to be groomed (cross-country skiing), you go out to some mountain that's often deep in the wilderness, climb it using your own power (and some fancy specialized gear), and then ski down some totally pristine powder.  Oh, and you spend a lot of time worrying about be killed in an avalanche (a very real danger).

2)  I built a sailboat once.  Not sure if that counts as a hobby since it only happened once, but there is a Boat 2 in the vague planning stages...

OK, that's just two for now.  I guess the rest is more of the usual.
2966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: October 28, 2010, 04:45:04 PM
That does sound pretty friggin awesome.
2967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: advice from you RPG experts... on: October 27, 2010, 06:34:00 PM
Back up your save before going for ending D.

Question:  Will this still work for getting trophies and such?  I still haven't gotten ending D for this reason (god damn that horrible mind-numbing grindery needed for the upgrade all weapons to the max trophy...).
2968  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: advice from you RPG experts... on: October 27, 2010, 01:13:50 PM
Played, yes. Quit around 6 hours in, bored to tears. I may revisit it, but not anytime soon. I realise that the "full game experience" can only be had via multiple playthroughs, but being as sick to tears as I am about enigmatic JRPG plots, it just didn't hold me in place.

Nier's plot is actually a lot less enigmatic than most JRPGs, but no, they don't explain the whole thing in the first 6 hours...

As for needing multiple playthroughs, keep in mind that they aren't completely playthroughs.  You're not starting back at the beginning, and everything carries over so there's no need to redo sidequests or anything like that.  It's possible to get the second ending in just a couple of hours.
2969  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 27, 2010, 01:54:13 AM
MGShogun, I hope you're ready to take the next couple of years off to play all of the games that have been mentioned ;)
2970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs for beginners on: October 26, 2010, 04:56:51 PM
AT2 definitely had some problems but I don't recall any major issues with the first one.  Been a while since I played it, though.
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