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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: May 21, 2014, 12:02:41 AM
I'm not exactly sure what you were expecting.  Drakengard 1 and 2 weren't exactly shining bastions of gameplay.  In fact, the first game was flat out unfun and miserable to play. They only really excelled at story and characters, which were good enough that it made the pain of playing somewhat tolerable.  2 was slightly better in the gameplay department, weaker in story and characters.

I guess more Nier and less Drakengard was expected/desired?
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: May 17, 2014, 11:46:32 PM
I'm glad they re-added racial selection.

It seems so silly to be restricted to playing as a human in a fantasy world in games where you can create your own character.  I'd like for it to be an option in the next ME as well, though somehow I doubt it'll happen.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you're ashamed to like? on: May 17, 2014, 11:29:52 PM
Closer to actual shame, though, would be my fondness of Time and Eternity.  I'm sure I'd have gotten less shit from my friends for playing any of the Neptunia games.

You are a better person than I am for being able to enjoy Time and Eternity.  I genuinely tried to like it, and even then couldn't last 2 hours.

I've spent a long time thinking of games I'm ashamed of liking and, while I'm not really ashamed to like what I like, I'd say the closest I get is Cross Edge.

I love the battle system (refined and overall better in Agarest 2) so much.  I can perfectly admit it's objectively bad elsewhere, but I'll defend its neat battle system quite fervently.
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wild Arms For PS4 still possible on: May 16, 2014, 04:25:02 PM
I actually have a real love affair with Wild Arms 3's English opening.... because it's sung by none other than Jem from Jem and the Holograms.  Which was awesome

All other songs are invalid.

Wait, that's a lie.  WA1's intro is a goddamn classic too and the first PSX game I ever saw played.
Fucking nostalgia.  WHERE HAS THIS SERIES GONE?!

I agree with Dice, I adore WA3's opening, and appreciated how the animation changes based upon where in the story you are.  WA1's is my second favorite.

I also really like the WA3 ending theme too.  The English version's singer is perfect. The Japanese singer just doesn't have the strength in her voice.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wild Arms For PS4 still possible on: May 15, 2014, 10:50:36 PM
4 is one of those games that fist seems really kiddy and immature, but upon further consideration is much more well thought out than it initially seems.  The Kids vs Adults was really annoying my first time through, but when considering the game outside of, er, the game, it's a very sound theme, especially for the Japanese audiences where growing into a more traditional adult means that your freedom and dreams tend to be shed for responsibility.  The point really seemed to be showing that there are benefits to different lifestyles and decisions and sometimes one group can benefit from the other.  There is no right answer to everything and you have to look out of your comfort zone to find it.

I'm not sure if it's a message that resonates as well with Western audiences.

4's ending was depressing as hell, as well.  It's interesting, because despite 4 being very much thematically about being open-minded, it also is very fatalist.  You cannot escape becoming an adult, just as you cannot escape death.

I actually didn't really like 5.  At all.  I'm not sure what I didn't like about it, in the end, either.  
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 15, 2014, 10:16:46 PM
You're complaining that you can't pause a primarily online game.  Are you serious?

I actually never really found no  pausing to be an issue after my first few levels of Demon's.  You just clear the local area you're in, then turn the game onto the menu.  In fact, you don't even need to do that, if you kill enemies then you can just  idle in place. If an emergency happens, or a phone call, you just take your death, since death isn't a particularly huge deal once you've played a bit.  Usually you don't need to unless it's a boss, and that's what you have shortcuts for.

The last part is mostly an issue with you and not the game.

To Klyde:
They are relatively self-contained besides a few references.
I'm honestly not sure if you'll like Dark Souls 1 as much simply because it doesn't seem, at first glance, as much "King's Field-esque."  When you've already played the game you'll start seeing how open it is, but a first run of it blindly (which is really how it's meant to be played) seems a bit more linear.  Dark Souls 2, like Demon's Souls, tends to seem more open and non-linear from the get-go.

Let's see if I can explain this:
Demon's: Hub world with completely separate and unattached areas, the only connection is to the hub.
Dark 1: Metroidvania, really. Many interconnected passages through unexpected areas leading to new shortcuts.
Dark 2: A hand.  Hub with long finger-like pathways and a few connections between them (mostly early on).

But, as said, Dark 1 is a cheaper game than Dark 2.  But so is Demon's Souls.  Dark 1 and Demon's don't really have the same King's Field atmosphere, in my opinion. I'd personally say wait for it to drop in price if you want it for the atmosphere.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Resonance announced for PlayStation 3 on: May 14, 2014, 09:47:30 PM
I'd assume that if anyone were to localize the game it would be Atlus, what with being owned by Sega now.

But really, who knows what their exact relationship is.  They might not quite have the rights to.

But man, do want this game.  So, so, so want.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 14, 2014, 12:23:25 PM
It's mostly Dark Souls 2 that shares the structural similarities with King's Field, but Demon's and 1 do have minor similarities as well.  If you like the progression/exploration of King's Field you probably would like Souls, as the series is pretty much the spiritual successor to it.
39  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: The Last Guardian on: May 13, 2014, 11:54:57 PM
Yeeeeeah.  I'll believe it when I see it.
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 11, 2014, 05:27:18 PM
To be fair with Shadow Hearts, though, Koudelka, the first game in the series, is all serious all the time.  It was really in a downward spiral of seriousness from the get go.

Edit: Actually, to keep this on topic, with all of its horror, body mutilation, and dark magic themes (it's probably the closest to a pure horror-RPG you'll get), Koudelka wouldn't entirely be out of place as a SMT title.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: May 08, 2014, 06:55:24 PM
It's official now.  Coming out June 24th. PS3 (physical) and Vita (download-only).

http://www.siliconera.com/2014/05/08/atelier-rorona-plus-announced-for-june-release/
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Trilogy coming to PS4 on: May 07, 2014, 02:03:53 PM
Did you hear that?  That's the sound of my heart shattering to pieces.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles Trilogy coming to PS4 on: May 07, 2014, 02:44:51 AM
Pretty sure Kevadu spoke my mind.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: May 06, 2014, 05:20:19 AM
Good news!

http://gematsu.com/2014/05/atelier-rorona-plus-rated-australia

For those who disliked the structured, early series style of Rorona, supposedly they remade the gameplay in Meruru's style, so it might be more to your liking.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New "FROM SOFTWARE" and "SONY JAPAN" game for ps4 on: May 03, 2014, 12:45:37 PM
Dark Souls 2 was basically a new King's Field game, but with a different name and a shiny coat of Souls paint.  The structure was almost entirely identical.
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