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901  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: March 09, 2012, 12:45:06 PM
I think at first a lot of the backlash came from people who haven't actually beaten it and either saw movies or saw it secondhand.

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You'll remember, people were complaining about Serah's death immediately after the title was released in Japan, but it's
not just randomly thrown out at you. The game flat out states it on multiple occasions and you come to accept it's a
very real possibility.  In fact, it's one of the major themes with Yeul, and how Serah is going to share her fate.

As for the Chaos pouring out, that is pretty much the hook for the conflict in XIII-3.  As you said, XIII-2 is like the
 book in the middle of a series.  And, as I said in an earlier post, the story is finished.  Time traveling is no longer
possible, they're stuck in 500AF. This pretty much stops the game from progressing as normal.  It's a different
conflict entirely.

That said, I am annoyed that they left so many obvious loose ends and subplots for DLC.
902  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 09, 2012, 12:31:54 PM
Agreed.

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I'm impressed that they found a way to do it elegantly, not just "here Shepard, look at my face,"
But there were plenty of great Tali designs in the artbook.  Ones that were still human "enough," but also exotic
to make her look more alien than a simple photoshop.
903  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 09, 2012, 12:21:24 PM
Said picture's been circulating around questionable sources (mostly 4chan's /v/ board, which has a huge vendetta against Bioware ever since DA2, not that I'm blaming them). I'd wait before confirming the veracity of something like that.

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Have you actually seen it? Movies have been posted on Youtube by multiple sources, it's not just a rumor.
http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/hammasa-royalty-free-image/123488108
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYOeaV0Daic

You can see how lazily photoshopped it is when you pause it; one of her fingers is just literally painted over.
904  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 07, 2012, 10:22:55 PM
Does Tali show her face?

Looks like you missed the huge shitstorm about this last night.
With as few spoilers as possible:
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Yes, she shows her face in a picture, though not directly in-model.  However, one 4channer discovered that the picture
they used was actually a very slightly photoshopped version of a stock photo of a human woman.  And I mean -very- slightly
modified, simply editing out two fingers, adding lens flare, and changing the color.
905  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Imageepoch Announcing New Title Next Week on: March 06, 2012, 04:04:45 PM
"Sol Trigger"

Mixing Spanish with English is so clever.

But Sol is Latin!

Er, anyway, I don't think this is going to get a localization, given NISA has the Imageepoch agreement, and they've pretty much ignored all of Imageepoch's recent PSP titles. BRS was announced, but we've gotten no information on it in around a year now.  So English-only gamers are probably screwed here.

I'll wait for more information for further judgement.  The "Freedom fighters" description can be good (TO: LuCT comes to mind) or terrible.
906  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: March 03, 2012, 02:31:59 PM
Agreed, Plains of Eternity just hits all of the right "addicting" notes for me.
907  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Labyrinth Tower Legacista on: March 03, 2012, 02:30:06 PM
This is a NIS-developed game on PS3.

I can almost guarantee we'll get it. The only reason they haven't been releasing their PSP titles is because of the market in the west and piracy.
908  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: March 03, 2012, 02:08:47 PM
The Ruined Hometown Lyrics were a bit too much for me, too.  I like the song, but that one line Dice mentioned does make me cringe a bit.

However, Yeul's Theme and the vocalized Noel's Themes are very pleasant.  Yeul's lays on the sap without being corny, except one or two of the lines comes out too fast or too stilted given English's longer sentences that the writer didn't seem to take into account or his lack of knowledge of fluid English music in general.  I'm also fond of Plains of Eternity, despite its cheezy lyrics.  I think it's because it's so upbeat that I can accept it as pop-y and sappy more easily than the serious songs, much like how the Engrish is more tolerable in Persona.
909  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: February 29, 2012, 10:26:34 AM
Anyone else play it?  How long is the DLC?  Does it add anything actually useful to the story?
910  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 27, 2012, 07:43:37 PM
..actually sold really well here.  Better than in Japan.

Proof or I won't believe it.  Plz don't like VG Charts or whatever that shitty site is.

He's right.  NISA sent out a few Prinny Bombs thanking everyone for their support and the great sales of Neptunia.  Not to mention it was:
1. Sold out of NISA's store well before release, they had to order more special edition copies.
2. Reprinted, twice I believe.  This alone means it did well enough to meet and exceed their expectations. NISA, Atlus, Aksys, so on don't print more copies than they need to.
Source for one of the reprints:
http://www.siliconera.com/2011/11/18/hyperdimension-neptunia-reprinted-game-alone-is-30/
They sent a Prinny Bomb out about this, too, you can go look at their history.

Keep in mind that these smaller companies don't need hundreds of thousands of sales for it to be a critical financial success.
911  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Last Story - EU Limited Edition Details on: February 26, 2012, 03:47:09 AM
Amusingly enough, by pronunciation American English is actually closer to the English spoken in England ~400 years ago than modern British English is. Even more fascinating is that the oldest English accent linguists know of is actually found on a small island in Virginia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangier,_Virginia if you're interested.

So quite honestly this comes off more as an "exotic is better" argument.
912  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: February 24, 2012, 02:33:06 PM
Things I realized months after preordering the PS3 collectors edition AND after the 360 CE is long sold out: so far I don't know anyone who's actually getting the PS3 version. Are any of you? I could play multiplayer with randoms but that's not nearly as fun.

The only reason I'm getting the 360 version is because I have ME1 data I'd like to transfer.  The PS3 comic doesn't have all of the lesser decisions - but honestly at this point I'm not sure they even matter.
913  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Hakuoki - Demon of the Fleeting Blossom on: February 23, 2012, 04:12:48 PM
Some final thoughts, now that I've finished all of the paths.

The sub-characters are great.  I found myself just as attached to them as I was the main characters. Yamazaki, Inoue, Shimada, even Sanan.

To get the clearest view of the story and characters, primarily antagonists, you must clear all paths.  For example, one antagonist is only really elaborated at all in Harada's path.  Chikage comes off as villainous in one path and, dare I say, tsundere in another. One antagonist only appears in a single route yet is a very important character.  Recurring antagonists in routes redeem themselves in some and in others come off as more "evil."

I ended up learning quite a bit of Japanese history.  If anything, the game is great for that.

For a quick, spoiler-free rundown of the paths, I'm going to categorize them:

In-Depth and expands storyline the most:
Hijikata (The game's title is explained in this path)
Okita

Sad/Depressing:
Chikage/Kazama
Saito

Happy/Cute/Sweet:
Harada
Heisuke

Harada ended up my favorite route. Saito's route is my least favorite, despite me doing it first and him being one of my favorite characters.  Chizuru develops differently in each and Saito's Chizuru is just so. . .ugh.
914  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: February 21, 2012, 11:21:17 AM
It's hard for me to escape smoke-smell myself, my dad is worse than a goddamn chimney in Winter.  So I'm happy I got no complaints, sorry if there was a scent.  Esentially only a few zones of my house are smoke-free...my room and my study. =/

There was a minor smell, but it wasn't big enough for me to complain about.  It will fade with time.
915  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Hakuoki - Demon of the Fleeting Blossom on: February 20, 2012, 03:08:00 PM
Chikage's, or Kazama's if you prefer, path is the the NG+ only one.  It's meant as more of an external view of the later chapters and I'd say it was good to do after Saito, because Saito's path gives you a clearer view on the situation that happens late in the game with Shinsengumi than some of the others (namely, Harada and Okita).  If not then, maybe once you've finished all of the paths.

I don't really want to spoil anything, but I will say that it was handled well and isn't, to my great sadness, a typical "heroine falls for antagonist" story.
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