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841  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 Golden for the Vita. on: February 23, 2013, 09:06:43 PM
I like the new Shuffle Time a lot, but it makes the game much easier because it's so easy to abuse. But yes, it's nice because it lets you build up your favorite Personae to be good and long-lasting. I know I'm a fan of some of the weaker Persona and I plan on building them up for end-game use, despite lacking the full, easy invincibility of a Persona like Helel.

I know what happens with Marie, and I doubt it will make me like her any more.  She's just too much of, er, a fanfiction character for me to like her. And I mean this literally, as I have seen fanfiction characters identical to her, with almost the exact same thing happening to their character.

And I play on Hard. I think the lack of difficulty is because I've played the original multiple times now compounded by the new additions. It will definitely be noticeable for those who have experience with the game. Given I'm going for the new ending on my first run, I'll try Very Hard on my NG+. Maybe that will satisfy me a bit more.
842  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 Golden for the Vita. on: February 23, 2013, 08:28:51 PM
Some non-spoiler thoughts on changed content for previous players now that I've hit November.

- Some of the new scenes are clever (the "reenactment of the birth of Venus"), others are pretty horrible (the entire Junes band section).
- I'm pleasantly surprised at how many new scenes or changed scenes there are.  Some of the changes are small, but one or two were very important.
- Nope, even at Rank 10 Marie still isn't likeable or interesting.  This coming from someone who almost always likes Tsundere characters.
- Dungeons are easier now, due to having earlier access to Invigorate-type skills (ie, you can get Invigorate 2 below level 20). You can start buying Mage's Marks once you have access to the Sauna. This is compounded by the new Shuffle Time, which lets you upgrade your abilities via picking the Magician Arcana.  That Invigorate 2 can turn into Invigorate 3 without much effort, and you can get early access to many spells.
- The difficulty balance is still off, unfortunately.  The most difficult parts of the game are the first two dungeons and everything is downhill from there.  Like the above, this is compounded by new features.  Your non-MCs are stronger in Golden and have new abilities, Yukiko gets the Mudoon-series, for example, making battles easier than ever before.
- There's a ton more to do than in vanilla.  A first-run max S.Link is much pickier than before, especially if you want to do everything.
- While not a huge deal, they've rearranged Arcana of certain Personae because they added Jester and Aeon.  This threw me off a few times, so just watch out for it.
843  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 22, 2013, 10:34:20 PM
Was this game badly received in Japan? Because from the looks alone it does seem pretty nice but I admit I haven't seen much besides some videos where most of them were an anime cutscene and very little gameplay.

I've read on multiple sites that it was nominated for Japan's "worst game of the year" award.  I'm not sure the original source, but that rumor seems rather widespread.
844  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: February 21, 2013, 11:01:06 PM
It's kind of a no-brainer, but US release confirmed.

Yes I'm using the same link in two different posts, so sue me ;)

Oh yeah, The Guided Fate Paradox too.  That might be interesting.

Thanks for the links - in both threads.

I'm very pleased about Guided Fate paradox, since it's basically ZHP 2.  ZHP didn't get nearly enough love.
845  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 21, 2013, 11:00:07 PM
Bamco published it in Japan, that's probably why you're confused.
846  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 21, 2013, 05:23:56 PM
I don't know, I don't think I'm fond of how they're "showcasing" Chaos on the cover.  SMT is usually pretty good with keeping to the more traditional D&D  alignments, where Chaos represents freedom and choice, but Chaos is looking pretty sinister in the art.  I can't help but feel there's some bias involved.

Of course, cover art isn't always representative of the game, so maybe it's just there to look cool.
847  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 21, 2013, 03:21:43 PM
Well...

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/02/21/time-and-eternity-headed-to-spain-this-summer/
848  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 01:09:46 PM
Wouldn't this be a better comparison to swap Disgaea for Tactics Ogre?
849  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Aksys is localizing more otome: Sweet Fuse: At Your Side on: February 17, 2013, 04:28:38 AM
No, there's no joke.  He's just a rather prominent figure in Japan.  Also, keep in mind he has done cameos for IF games before, with Neptunia.  I also believe he worked with them on a game as well.  But really, this is just a cameo and it's only his name being used; it's fun for those who know who he is.
850  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 4 Golden for the Vita. on: February 17, 2013, 12:44:03 AM
I started it recently, but...well, I'm not ready to replay P4 yet after two relatively recent full playthroughs of the PS2 version, so I only have about 10 hours into it and am progressing slowly.

My (relatively shallow) thoughts so far:
Honestly, it was the first game that really showed me the graphical capabilities of the Vita.  That is, it's bright and much smoother than I was expecting after P3P.  I can't wait to see how the handheld looks when it's pushed.
I don't like the new battle theme, but fortunately Reach Out to the Truth plays when you get a surprise attack.
I adore the costume changing at will. I wish they had this in the original.
Marie is absolutely, utterly obnoxious and I can't stand her.
A very nice touch was the addition of new NPCs running around in background scenes.  For example, when you're walking to school you'll often see your schoolmate S.Links (think Naoki, Ai) running by, while the generic NPCs talk or your friends chat with you like they did in the original.
The new Shuffle Time is really easily broken in just about every possible way.  However, it also lets you use older Personas that you would have discarded.  You can make a godly (no pun intended) Izanagi if you'd like, with a little time and effort.

And, most important of all:
Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me choose inheritable skills.  Now I won't have to shuffle for an hour to get my invincible Helel.
851  Media / The Soundroom / Re: VGM at the Grammys on: February 15, 2013, 11:07:56 PM
Interesting article.  I had no idea Journey was nominated.

Given that video game soundtracks have been used in the Olympics, an event I'd consider far more important than the Grammy's, I'd say they're fair game.  The ones that would be nominated would probably fall more under the "art music" category than what I traditionally see at the Grammy's, though.
852  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 02:40:09 PM
On the subject of music, SoA had brilliant dynamic themes, where they changed based on your location on the map and your progress in a boss battle.

I really wish more RPGs would do that.
853  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 01:39:23 AM
Aika, definitely. She's one of the most likeable characters of her archetype that I know.  Fina is just...dry.  Cupil is adorable, though.

And yeah, there have been rumors of a HD re-release of Skies for about 6 months now, since they put the name back in for copyright.  There hasn't been any updates as far as I know, but oh man, I want it badly.
854  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 14, 2013, 11:32:37 PM
Yeah, I have to third SoA.  For its time it was pretty mind-blowing.
855  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Aksys is localizing more otome: Sweet Fuse: At Your Side on: February 14, 2013, 09:19:32 PM
Since I know a few of us here really enjoyed Hakuoki, I figure this is good news.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/02/14/that-romance-game-with-keiji-inafune-in-it-is-coming-to-north-america/

This romance game puts you in the shoes of Saki Inafune, she’s the niece of Mega Man and Soul Sacrifice creator Keiji Inafune. Saki goes to visit her uncle’s theme park because in this world the 46 year old video game creator is a theme park owner. This should be a fun day, but Count Hogstein blows up the Ferris wheel and holds the staff hostage. Saki decides to save her uncle and play in Hogstein’s games with a group of bachelors like Shidou.

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