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3391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 Confirmed for The PSP on: November 10, 2010, 12:51:52 PM

The game is clearly based on the same engine, but I don't know what else you could possibly have expected.  I'll admit that the AI in VC2 was pretty dumb, but other than that what 'mechanical improvements' do you want?  Story aside, VC2's gameplay was fantastic.  Better than the first game in my opinion, other than the small map size anyway.  Which is something they have actually claimed they're improving for VC3.

From what we know so far the story already sounds more promising than VC2's.

BTW, the demo is already out on the JP PSN.  You don't have to rely on gameplay videos.
3392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LF jrpg on PS3 on: November 10, 2010, 12:40:51 PM
The combat is fine.  It's nothing ground-breaking, though I do really like they way they handled magic (it's fairly unique).  Lot's of camera tricks and different gameplay styles keep things fresh and there are some really great boss fights.
3393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 2 coming to the PS3 on: November 09, 2010, 12:19:30 PM
DA:O DLC sucks anyways.

The Stone Prisoner is awesome.  Shale is probably my favorite character in that game.

I also enjoyed Leliana's Song quite a bit, though it's pretty short.
3394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: LF jrpg on PS3 on: November 08, 2010, 04:31:17 PM
Does anyone know if there's a US release date for WKC 2?  (I never played the first.)

There is no release date.  As far as I know they haven't even officially confirmed the existence of a US release yet, though it seems likely that they'll do it eventually.  Keep in mind that the first game took a long time (over a year) to be localized...
3395  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's The Most Embarrassing Game You Have Bought? on: November 05, 2010, 04:56:04 PM
I tend to buy all my games online, embarrassing or not...
3396  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Gran Turismo 5 Feature List - Coming November 2, 2010 on: November 03, 2010, 04:06:13 AM
I think Thoren is trolling, but I'm never entirely sure...
3397  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 ;)
3398  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...
3399  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...
3400  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.
3401  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.
3402  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.
3403  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.
3404  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...
3405  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?
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