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3226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_I went with a PSP! on: December 10, 2010, 03:05:28 PM
Not really at all. I really like the PSP, BUT have found that I like tv console machines better.

The PSP can do TV out, you know.
3227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: JRPGs - Deep, Medium, or "Lite" stories? on: December 10, 2010, 12:08:35 PM
3. Light-hearted/"Lite" Story (Grandia, Lunar, Valkyria Chronicles)

Valkyria Chronicles?  Really?
3228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 10, 2010, 04:31:33 AM
Nier is by no means perfect.  It has a ton of repetive fetch quests (though they're quite optional), the world is just too small, and they reuse the same handful of locations over and over.  It's not a technically impressive game and there isn't enough variety in the enemies you fight.  (At least the regular ones.  The bosses can be quite cool)  I can understand why a lot of critics gave it the scores that they did.

That said it's still my favorite game of the year.

There is just something special about this game that is difficult to encapsulate in a review score.  There are little things that Nier does better than any game I have ever encountered in my 20 some-odd years of gaming.  Despite being a talking book Weiss is one of the most well-written characters I have ever encountered, and he's exceptionally well voiced acted to boot.  Just listening to the banter between Weiss and Kaine is always a joy even when it's totally irrelevant to the plot.  The main character can come off as a bit of a goody two-shoes at times, but his plight feels far more human than either the strange antics of typical JRPGs or the overblown dark fantasy of typical WRPGs.  The setting is exceptional.  They have actually manged to present a dying world without resorting to all-out doom and gloom.  There are still people living and moving forward with their lives but somehow you can always feel the looming threat of the shades and know that this way of live isn't going to last.  Video games and usually about as subtle as a charging rhinoceros in a china shop, but Nier is loaded with subtleties.

In terms of gameplay even if Nier doesn't do anything exceptionally well it does so many different things that it never gets boring.  I love the camera tricks and mix of gameplay styles, and frankly wish they used it a little more.  As I mentioned earlier while the regular enemies can be pretty repetive there are a number of really good boss fights.  I also really like the way the magic spells are used, which is actually pretty unique.  Gameplay alone will never sell this game but honestly I think what they have is perfectly adequate.

So there you have it.  I think most of this has been said before but that's my two cents.
3229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 09, 2010, 07:05:05 PM
To be fair, I thought Nier actually had some great art design.  It was only on a technical level that the graphics weren't so great, but there were times when it was quite pretty.
3230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 09, 2010, 06:57:43 PM
Except CGR spoke disparagingly of Nier's music. Credibility lost.

I'm sorry, I know how extreme that sounds. And I make fun of most people that would make such a sweeping generalization of another person. But c'mon. Nier's soundtrack is out-of-this-world amazing.

I honestly had the same thought, but I didn't really want to get into it...

I don't like CGR reviews in general very much.  It seems like he spends half the time attempting to joke around but not really being funny instead of talking about the game.
3231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 09, 2010, 04:06:57 PM
OK, I know what you're talking about now.  Yeah, that's not exactly typical of the game and I don't think I would call it an 'environmental hazard'.
3232  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: VGA on: December 09, 2010, 03:48:04 PM
I, too, am saddened by the fact that Intel and AMD will be abandoning the VGA plug in lieu of HDMI and DisplayPort.

What, was that not what this thread was about?

What, no DVI?!
3233  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Have you "RPG'd yourself out of other genres"? on: December 09, 2010, 03:39:56 PM
I played a lot of non-RPGs in 2009 but interestingly I've played basically nothing but RPGs this year.  Well, if you count Yakuza 3 as an RPG, anyway (which I basically do).  The only other non-RPG I spent a lot of time with was Brutal Legend, which didn't even come out this year.

RPGs are my bread and butter.  It's not that I ignore other genres, but I'm much more willing to play a mediocre RPG than a mediocre shooter.  A non-RPG has to be exceptional to attract my interest (like Uncharted 2 did last year).  This year did have GoW3 and Lords of Shadow that I do kind of want to get eventually...but given the torrent of games coming out in early 2011 I don't know when I will.
3234  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on: December 09, 2010, 12:31:34 PM

Man, that trailer was just a tease!  Like it was a...teaser, or something.

While I have zero interest in watching the Spike VGA I am eagerly awaiting all this stuff to hit the web afterwards (which is will).
3235  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 08, 2010, 10:22:06 PM
I'm pretty sure I made it through all of Vesperia without using Burst Artes.  I never really figured out how to use them (I was playing in Japanese, after all).  Fatal Strikes I used quite often.  They were essentially free hits if you were quick about it. Never felt essential, though.


The evironmental hazards alone in Vesperia ruined it for me, so I didn't even have time to learn the intricacies before I quit.

I have no idea what you're talking about...
3236  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 08, 2010, 04:41:48 PM
How many of you are fluent in Japanese? How many of you know enough to play imported games?

Definitely not fluent.  Enough to play imported games?  Sure, I've done it.  I wouldn't want to do it all the time, though.  I always play with a kanji dictionary in my lap and if you spend too much time looking up stuff, well the game isn't fun anymore.
3237  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: December 08, 2010, 03:40:30 PM
Day one purchase for me, anyway.  I buy games faster than I can play them...
3238  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 08, 2010, 02:45:57 PM
Maybe you already know this but one thing I find really helpful when playing a game in Japanese is to keep a notebook in which I write down every word I have to look up.  This may sound slow and tedius at first, but I think it helps a lot in the long run.  Basically it serves two purposes:
1) The notebook works as a sort of memory supplement.  I find if I don't keep a notebook I will look something up, remember in the short term, but then quickly forget it and have to look it up again the next time I see it.  Since there is a lot of specialized vocabulary you see in a fantasy RPG setting it's pretty normal to encounter a word you've never seen before but then you will continue to see over and over in that game.
2) Forcing yourself to stop and write down a word helps you actually remember it yourself, too.  You inherently have to study it more closely (and in the case of kanji learn something about the strokes, etc) then if you just quickly look it up as a one-time thing.  And furthermore you can study the notebook and review between gameplay sessions (yes, I have actually done this).

Jeez, with all this talk about trying it in Japanese I think I'm going to end up picking this up too.  Not before the end of the year, though.
3239  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The new Wikileaks kerfuffle on: December 07, 2010, 07:43:40 PM
Some sanity.

Very good article.  Points out a lot of the outright factual errors that the media is making in the case.  Anyone commenting on this incident should read the above.

A bit more biased, naturally, but it's also worth reading Assange's own thoughts.
3240  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 07, 2010, 01:47:39 PM
Great... now I get to play this is 10 years after fans make a translation patch.

There actually is a fan translation patch in the works already.  I doubt it will be 10 years.  However, it sounds like if you've upgraded beyond firmware 3.41 then you're SOL right now.
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