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856  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 04, 2012, 01:22:59 AM
I was desperately saddened when the first scene between Noel and Snow didn't escalate beyond subtle hostility.  There's good subtplot material there and, as mentioned, just add Lightning to the bunch and make it a four-way relationship.  It's a horrible guilty pleasure of mine.  You can throw in Hope too, since he was passively flirting with Serah.
857  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: February 03, 2012, 06:58:40 PM

Tons of new screens were posted.  It seems that it's not going to be turn-based.
858  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Final Fantasy XIII-2 OST on: February 03, 2012, 03:39:02 AM
Funny you mentioned the drumming - the composers loved him as well!  They actually apologized to the drummer because they were very hard on him.

859  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Crimson Shroud - Matsuno's Newest Game on: February 02, 2012, 03:32:14 PM
We've known about this for a while,  but since I didn't see a thread I thought it best to finally make one.
Crimson Shroud is Matsuno's new 3DS game and is pretty much his take on western tabletop RPGs all the way down to physically rolling the dice.
Matsuno has previously worked on games like Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Earlier Information:

New Information:

We also know that Sakimoto is doing the music for the game.
860  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: February 02, 2012, 12:26:07 AM
That is precisely why I love Grandia 1 so much.  Justin comes off as entirely obnoxious and childish at first, but he starts to see different people he becomes more reliable and mature. It might not seem like much just written down in a forum post like this, but the way it's done in-game is beautiful.  Like the scenes where he finally learns to take responsibility for his mistakes with Sue and begins to understand his own limitations as a person.  He starts to think less about "Adventure" and more about "The reasons for my actions."  

In its basest form, Grandia 1 is a tale about growing up.  It's not like someone like Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia, either.  You can directly compare the personalities of Justin from the start and end of the game and see different people.
861  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia II is kinda.... on: January 31, 2012, 09:10:34 PM
G1 is better.

This, this this.
862  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 28, 2012, 11:05:21 PM
My issue with the purely instrumental version is that they took out the Ar tonelico-like ambient sounds and mechanical voices, which is why I liked the song.  I'm not a big of the pretentious "poetry" or "lyrics" or "rap" in the first place, but the rest of the song is great.

So perhaps I'm being picky, but I feel like both versions could have been better.  Really though, the distaste for the OST is entirely overblown.  I think most people haven't even listened to it.

863  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 28, 2012, 10:14:10 PM
Everyone's making a big deal about tracks like Invisible Invaders and the rock chocobo theme, but what about the lovelier tracks, like Eclipse? That song blew me away.  Yeul's Theme is a very good ballad and I also like some of the vocal backgrounds, Ruined Hometown/New Bodhum/Starting Over/Parallel World and so on.


Actually, I really like the background music and the first ~minute in Invisible Invaders; I'm jealous that the Asian version gets it without the rap.  Without the rap I might be tempted to call it one of my favorite songs in the OST.
864  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Game Announcement Thread - Mark 2 on: January 28, 2012, 04:46:25 AM
There is no doubt they made some questionable decisions lately (like having anything to do with The Cursed Crusade), but please point to some actual evidence of this widespread anti-Atlus sentiment you're talking about.  Wait, you can't because you completely made it up.

In his defense, there has definitely been Anti-Atlus sentiment more recently, but it seemed to miraculously disappear when they announced Gungnir and Growlanser.  For a while there, you couldn't read news articles without the whining similar to what you'd hear on Bamco Tales articles about how they've "abandoned" their fans. Certainly they did not lose 90% of their fanbase; I would say logically he would be hard-pressed to say they even lost 10%.

That said, words cannot express my joy about Growlanser IV finally getting a localization, it's my favorite in the series.  I hope everyone else enjoys the wonderful game, as well.
865  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 27, 2012, 06:38:34 PM
Puzzling review since they claimed it was a better game than FFXIII.

I didn't feel they justified their points well.  What I got from the review was basically "the game has a good battle system, is no longer linear, and its story is terrible. Oh, and shiny graphics."

I would have liked to have seen mention of the FPS - I played both the 360 and PS3 demos and both had some minor FPS drops. Not gamebreaking - just noticable and nowhere near Skyrim/DS level, and was wondering if they were in the full game.  The lack of mention of music at all during the main review other than a blurb irked me, because some of the music is quite brilliant.  I'd have liked to have read some comments about character/enemy balance - which XIII got completely wrong - as well.

Ah well. Maybe I'm just expecting too much, especially if the author is limited in his word count.
866  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: January 24, 2012, 11:57:31 PM
Glad I'm not the only one who liked the FMV status screens.  I found them distracting and would just tab between characters to watch it, haha.
867  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: January 22, 2012, 04:51:06 PM
Ha, it can seem like that.  Yes, only about 1/3 of the grinding is actually level grinding.  In Disgaea 4 you can actually go from level 1 to 9999 in one battle, so levels are pretty much pointless beyond Reincarnation for the Character World and the aptitude bonuses you get on story characters for their first five reincarnations.

The rest of it is item level grinding.  I'm not sure if you've done so yet, but make a "runner."  This is a character with high move who can float, usually, and get past enemies who block the path. People like the Masked Heroes, I just use my Thief.  Don't bother killing everything on every floor and you can get through 100 floors of the item world relatively quickly.

This is how you know someone didn't get into the post-game meat: if they still complain about how much level grinding there is when they should be complaining about item grinding.

Disgaea 4 also introduced some obnoxious grinding for ship parts.  Have fun with the Kitty ship.
868  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: January 22, 2012, 06:06:00 AM
The black is one of her palette swaps. In the mystery rooms in the item world you have a chance of encountering the color changer.  She can swap the sprite colors of everyone.  Once you encounter her the first time she appears in your headquarters forever and can be used whenever you want.
869  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dice's Artbooks & Games Super Sale on: January 21, 2012, 04:17:40 PM
Haha, I don't blame you for not wanting to part with it. A little too much for me, though. I can gt it for ~70.  Thanks anyway!
870  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dice's Artbooks & Games Super Sale on: January 21, 2012, 01:28:24 AM
Hey Dice, how much do you want for the BoF I-V book? That you've had it up has bugged me and tempted me for some two weeks now. Also, is it the new "small" sized one, or the old "normal" sized one?
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