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901  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 11:57:27 PM
Well, at the very least, you got yourself a nice OST.  I was surprised they actually gave the full thing; it made my importing of the SE version from Japan pointless.
902  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 11:48:28 PM
In my opinion, the issue is not with XIII's story.  It's actually quite interesting and has some nice 1983 themes behind it, it's simply the way it's presented and how it doesn't work well with games in general.  Not to mention XIII actually has very fascinating lore, with more depth to it than most other games in the series.

Now, on one hand they did something very interesting - that is, they didn't tell anything to you, the player. There was no moments where they explained the magical terminology like in most every other RPG in existence.  There was no young, inexperienced character to go "Wait, what's a l'Cie?" and then the more mature characters elaborate.  It treated you as if you were in the game world itself, they just throw you into it.

This can work in books, but not as well in games, because there's that narrative separation.  It doesn't help that the most important thing for the game's backstory was a prologue book that explained characters, background, motivations, and personality traits. And that it was never released in the west beyond a fan translation. This should not have been a book in the first place!  For example, Sazh is developed a good deal, you're told his profession, his preferences, and about his previous family life.  None of that is in-game; instead, while probably the best character of the bunch, he still doesn't seem to have a lot of depth to him if you take the cutscenes at face value.

XIII-2 I won't bother trying to defend. It's a fun game and I very much enjoyed it, but I don't think its method of storytelling is particularly good. While I liked Noel, he and Serah weren't really more than just "likeable." I liked them on a superficial level, but didn't find Noel or Caius particularly memorable.  I did like Yuel, however.

Anyway, sorry. I'll shut up and turn this back to XIII-2 now.
903  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 06, 2012, 05:51:48 PM
Mine shipped from NOA's store - I'm excited!

How does this look on a HDTV?  Would it be better on SD?
904  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: April 06, 2012, 04:25:23 PM
Yeah, it's getting worse than the Namco Facebook page, and that's saying something.

Do they whine about Tales localizations?  Because that's what happens in every Namco article on other sites.
905  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 05, 2012, 01:19:45 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/05/gilgamesh-is-packing-heat-for-his-final-fantasy-xiii-2-fight/

More pictures.

I'm finding the Pupus to be far more adorable than is probably healthy.
906  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 04, 2012, 08:09:03 PM
What novels?

Episode Zero and Episode i.

Episode Zero was Japan-only and introduced each character and their motivation.  Really, it's must-read material because it actually expands on their characters greatly.

Episode i was actually officially localized and offered as a pre-order bonus from Best Buy.  It's a short little hardcover book that elaborated on the events between FFXIII and XIII-2.

Both can be found fan-translated online. Google "Dilly Dally Shilly Shally."
907  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: April 04, 2012, 03:47:30 PM
Given the rather bored (I wouldn't quite say "negative," but certainly "unimpressed") reaction even Japan had to loli Rorona from Meruru in general, I don't think they would be too averse to an older character.  Totori definitely got Rorona's maturity right in that regard.

I think there's a lot they can do with the female characters, but they're afraid to venture out too far- and quite honestly, given the state of Japan's market, I don't entirely blame them.  Whether or not you realize it, there was a huge shitstorm when the Iris games were released.  At least they seemed to have learned their lesson from AT3 in that overt sexuality doesn't necessarily make a better game.  Having a character who needs to be protected isn't necessarily a bad thing, given Alchemists for the most part aren't fighters, they're crafters.  For me, the issue is that, for the most part, they all have relatively similar personalities despite their quirks.  

But Iris from Iris 3 is a lot like what you seem to be looking for, yes?
908  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Way of the Samurai 4 coming to PS3 only on: April 04, 2012, 02:38:15 PM
I just read that.

Guess I'll import the Euro version. There's absolutely no reason for this.

XSeed can just fuck off.

It's more likely SCEA than XSEED.
909  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Way of the Samurai 4 coming to PS3 only on: April 04, 2012, 01:38:04 PM
Having played Hakuoki recently, I'm way more excited for this than I probably should be.
910  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 04, 2012, 11:42:35 AM
. . .I think they look pretty good, haha.
911  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: April 04, 2012, 11:35:20 AM
Annie did that.  She only became an Alchemist because she was, literally, dragged from her house and forced into it.  And even then she only became one so she could marry the Prince.  Not because she loved the Prince, but because he was rich and would make her set for life with his money.   She was lazy and did not particularly care about the art until later.
912  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 03, 2012, 10:21:53 PM
As leaked a few weeks ago, Gilgamesh.

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/03/gilgamesh-wanders-into-final-fantasy-xiii-2-as-colosseum-dlc/
913  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: April 03, 2012, 12:04:41 PM
Haha, Demon's Souls' Tower of Latria stressed me out badly.  I played it at ~2AM in the dark with the screams, moans, and instant kill enemies and man, my heart was beating fast.  It had an amazing atmosphere alongside the difficulty.

I didn't really feel any of the stress in Dark Souls, mostly because I had gotten over it in Demon's.  You should be okay.
914  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 02, 2012, 09:23:11 PM
If you want to be literal, Cheria is the strongest.  No, I'm not joking, YouTube it.

Her high accuracy makes her absolutely beastly and she stunlocks out of the ass.  Frozen Rain in itself is broken, but the majority of her A-Artes are powerful.  She has a very high difficulty curve, though.
915  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: April 02, 2012, 07:59:20 PM
Good news for those of you who dislike the Atelier time limits.

More details about Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of the Ground of Dusk are coming out and the game won’t have a time limit like other Atelier titles.

http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/02/atelier-ayesha-doesnt-put-you-on-the-clock-when-it-comes-to-finding-your-sister/

On another note, even the name seems to imply this game is somewhat darker in theme, even if the more subdued color palette didn't tip you off on that.
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