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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: June 25, 2014, 03:25:06 PM
No word on Ciel...I can't say that I'm surprised but it is extremely disappointing.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: June 24, 2014, 03:09:35 PM
They better do Ciel Nosurge too.  Having actually played Ar Nosurge without Ciel it really does feel like you're missing a lot...
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Steam Sale - Crits Wallet for 4.99 Damage on: June 23, 2014, 04:59:49 PM
Seemed appropriate
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: June 23, 2014, 02:51:44 PM
Ar Nosurge Plus announced for Vita as well as Ciel Nosurge Offline.

I'll definitely be getting Ciel Nosurge Offline.  The episodic nature and online requirements were what were really holding me back from getting it before, and playing Ar Nosurge certainly has made more curious about it (even though I've kind of spoiled myself now...).  Nice to have it finally available in a self-contained package.

This existence of this version also makes localization seem more feasible, though I still don't know if it would really sell in the west...

As far as Ar Nosurge Plus is concerned, should have seen that coming from all the plus versions of the Atelier games...seriously, I should just stop buying Gust stuff on PS3.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tears to Tiara II is being localized on: June 21, 2014, 07:18:39 PM
Did not expect that.

While it's nice to see a 'real' Aquaplus game come west finally, reviews of this game in Japan were kind of middling so I'm not sure how excited I should be.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: June 21, 2014, 06:45:31 PM
I keep trying to be cynical about this game,

Do you mind if I ask why?
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Transistor on: June 20, 2014, 10:27:17 PM
I kind of figured I would pick it up when I got a PS4...

...I don't have the slightest idea when I'll get a PS4.  Probably not soon, though.
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 19, 2014, 03:38:32 PM
Started  playing it 3 weeks ago. The game is  more addicting then it ever has the right to be.  Rng san is so  cruel ;_;.

A comrade!  Which server are you on?
Paramamusir Docks. slamming away at that 2-4 wall.

I'm on Brunei.  Guess I won't be seeing you around.

2-4 is a bitch, but life gets better after that.  Clearing world 2 unlocks both 3 and 4, and the world 2 extra mission, so you'll have a choice of what to do after that.  Next big wall is 3-2 and its frustrating all-DD requirement, but you could theoretically clear all of world 4 before you had to go back and deal with it.  Plus if you're not trying to clear it 3-2 is actually one of the best grinding spots in the game, so it should help get your levels up.

I think it's possible to cheese 2-4 with subs if you have have.  The world 1 extra map should drop lots.  They probably need to be at a decent level first, though.
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 19, 2014, 01:36:08 AM
Started  playing it 3 weeks ago. The game is  more addicting then it ever has the right to be.  Rng san is so  cruel ;_;.

A comrade!  Which server are you on?
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 18, 2014, 08:13:00 PM

Kantai Collection -Kan Colle-
I know at least one person on this forum will watch it

Who's that? ;)

Actually something weird is going on with that show.  It was definitely supposed to be airing over the summer at some point, but there has been zero promotion for it (seriously, not even a single PV) and there are rumors flying that it's been delayed.  But I haven't actually seen an official statement to that effect...in fact the people in charge just aren't saying anything.  Not really a good sign, though, particularly for something that was supposed to be airing in just a couple weeks...
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Harvest Drama: Story of Trademarks on: June 18, 2014, 07:41:48 PM
Yeah, Xseed's trailer was kind of pathetic.  I sort of get what they were going for, since they can't actually say "Harvest Moon" they showed the Japanese boxart hoping people would make the association.  But if you haven't already been following this whole mess it seems kind of random.  Plus their trailer just looks so cheap.  If they want to convince people that they're the legitimate successor and not a clone then they need to do a better job with their production values...

Plus the game is already out in Japan so it's not like they couldn't have shown gameplay...
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Harvest Drama: Story of Trademarks on: June 18, 2014, 04:41:57 PM
Let me tell you a story.

So back in 1996, Victor Interactive Software made a game called Bokujou Monogatari, which literally translates as "Farm Story".  They then contracted Natsume to localize and publish it in the west.  Natsume thought the name "Farm Story" sounded kind of dull so they renamed it to Harvest Moon (though obviously what it was really missing was -ville) .

Victor Interactive was acquired by Marvelous Entertainment in 2003.  They continued to make the games and Natsume continued to localize them.  But Marvelous has their own localization studio now: Xseed.  Why hasn't Xseed been localizing these games, especially since Natsume hasn't exactly been doing the greatest job?  Turns out that the name "Harvest Moon" belongs to Natsume, not Victor/Marvelous.  And the Harvest Moon games have been their cash cow for a while now so they don't want to give that up.

This situation continued for a while but finally with their latest release Marvelous decided they had enough.  They're using Xseed, not Natsume, for the localization.  Which means they can't call it "Harvest Moon" in the US so instead it's being released later this year as "Story of Seasons".

But the story doesn't end there.

Natsume still owns the name "Harvest Moon" and they're free to do what they want with it.  And they've apparently decided to go for maximum dickitude because they're releasing "Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley" head-to-head with Story of Seasons.  That's right, they're making a "Harvest Moon" game by a completely different team that's going to be directly competing with an actual Harvest Moon game that can't actually be called Harvest Moon.

So anyway, a trailer for Natsume's Harvest Moon game was just released.  And I have never seen a trailer that specifically references the "series" the game is part of so many times.  It's kind of ridiculous when you realize that this game is really the clone.  (Well, they seem to have added in some Minecraft elements too, which is actually kind of neat, but we'll have to see how well it really works...)

Marvelous/Xseed really have an uphill battle to convince folks to give their game a shot here.  If the casual consumer (and I hate to use that term, but Harvest Moon really does appeal to a casual audience) walks into a game story and sees both "Story of Seasons" and "Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley" on the shelves which one do you think they're going to go for?
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Phantasy Star Nova (developed by Tri-Ace) on: June 18, 2014, 12:52:10 AM
Shining Ark was supposed to be pretty good.  I mean, I haven't actually played it so I can't say more than that but I'm not sure why you're totally writing them off.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda for the Wii U on: June 17, 2014, 06:01:32 PM
And of course there will be people claiming that this is the worst Zelda ever and Skyward Sword is suddenly one of the greatest.

You realize it's not necessarily the same people saying these things.  'People' are not a collective hivemind with the same opinion on everything.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2014, 04:47:34 AM
Valkyria Chronicles seems to be the big one, but... again, PSP sequel which I've largely heard was just as good,

Not sure where you heard that...

My personal ranking of VC games is VC3 > VC1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> VC2.  But VC3 was never localized, so...

That said I still have my complaints about VC3.  It does have better overall balance than the original (those scouts, man), but I still miss the massive maps, there's still a ton of map reuse for different missions (though it's better than VC2 at least), and I still think the whole insta-spawning troops from a base you just captured that turn wrecks a lot of the strategy that was necessary in VC1.

I think what I really want is just VC1 with better balance and more missions.  It's unfortunate that they never made that.  But VC1 is still a pretty special game, and I would easily recommend it over VC2.
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