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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2014, 10:58:59 PM
^ Did you vote, sir?
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2014, 10:55:05 PM
I just found out that Hatsune Miku is going to be on Letterman on Oct. 8th.

This is going to be awkward...

I remember he had Girl's Generation on there.  It's kinda funny given there's like 9 girls and only two who can really speak English (while the rest stand and smile pretty). 
I'm kinda interested in it. xD

i've come to understand that i have an inner dominatrix and its ok if not everyone likes me. in other news i have 2 girlfriends now and they are both totally ok with it. though they like to think of themselves more as my pets. they have both helped me accept the dom within.

So long as y'all having fun then that's what's important!

My parents got back from a trip not too long ago and I got so so sad.  The house smelt good, looked good, and I decluttered it.  When they got back they began to smoke like they hadn't in months, mucked up the counter, and put their baggage on the floor (where it still is, a week later).

I need to get out of this house.  My room is only so clean but it's still the cleanest room in the house.  I looked at my dogs feeding mat and there was dead bugs all around it.  I shook one of those Swiffer cloth brooms and some dead, black wormy things came out of it.  I've never been so happy to say "Home Sweet Home" (because with my brother moved out, I get two rooms to myself), but so angry to keep staying here given the lack of any care at all into their own well being or even basic home maintenance.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 18, 2014, 10:47:48 PM

Nude protestor gets the 'thumbs up' from Putin

"dId you catch that?"

34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 18, 2014, 04:03:53 PM
my ability to enjoy an rpg story hinges greatly on my ability to relate to one or more of the characters. wich is FAR less likely to occur in a male dominated cast. i get what they are trying to do but that doesnt mean i have to like it. im free to voice my opinion so fuck off.

Yeah, we know, and I do it too --- take it easy, no reason to be upset.  Hell I voice my opinion a lot too!

But even as a female gamer I have no problem with this.  I agree a game is wonderful when you can relate to a character; but I don't think it always have to be on basis of sex (I actually really related to Luke from Tales of the Abyss if I had to pick).  But if there's one thing the FF series has had its strong female characters, whether supporting or playable.  And the series has been several times not shy about putting their ladies in the lead.  Heck, FF13 was about its leading ladies.

It sucks this time around that it doesn't seem like a lady is *immediately* in the party; but I doubt the main party will also be limited to these four bros.  IIRC wasn't the series supposed to be a few installments long too (like 13 was)?  Stella has more than enough potential to join the party.
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 18, 2014, 02:12:53 PM
I think the FF.series is like one of the last titles you could accuse of being sexist or poorly integrating females into their games. Most of them have had unique ladies (and even the"tough girl" types) for the longest time. I look forward to their direction with this, the more I see and think about it, the more I like it.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 18, 2014, 12:31:54 AM
New Phoenix Wright trailer for the early 20th century based title....  or when/if it reaches overseas, 20th century America :P

Jesus Christ, that Bloodborne trailer was great.  I am so pumped for this game.

Second that.  Holy crap.
If it wasn't posted yet
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 18, 2014, 12:12:03 AM
I like it for one simple reason. It looks like it focuses on the characters, not on OMG FALCLIE MELODRAMA RAGNAORPHANCRADLEPRAETORIUS MANAVIN GOD REBIRTH WORLD LIGHTINGIUNGU.

Seriously, though. Think about how much humanity has been missing from FF casts in the XIII titles. The concept render for this game has them GRILLING, ffs. That's something people do. If nothing else, realize that this game has a tone and a thematic and is now actually FOCUSED on something. I couldn't be happier with that trailer. Also, look at early-game KH2 combat compared to late-game. It's like night and day, and I'd be shocked if this weren't similar.

Given my earlier rant, yeah I was thinking the same thing.  I'm glad this was just a character trailer.  The characters themselves, on the other hand still need some work.... Actually, I'll just say I want the blonde one dead for being noisy.

... (even after having played the game, FF13's basic plot summary is still wordy as hell)

As far as how she was animated and modelled, Stella looks better than ever (like holy crap wow, that necklace and dress are something I'd want).  Design-wise I mourn the old look (DAMN I love that slightly crazier and untamed hair)...

Here's that super chill splash image from the main site.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: September 17, 2014, 11:56:43 PM
I thought AT2 was brilliant as far as combat was concerned....  Just a shame you had to scroll through chapters-worth of dialogue to get to the next dungeon (worse was the cosmosphere were these cheeseball dreamscapes where you could live your high school days or whatever else)
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 17, 2014, 11:55:16 PM
Parn calling the 'boyz' N'Sync had me laugh. xD

Yeaaaaaah I don't really now what to make of it (with respect to that direction it took).  The combat doesn't look too smooth if it's an action-RPG at the moment and I'm not really sure what to make of the Final Bro Fantasy travelling across the country and duking it out with the local enemies in their souped up BMW.... Did NOT expect that.

It's also like someone saw the Xenoblade II trailer and got a major hard-on for it cuz this trailer looked kinda familiar.

The music and graphics were phenomenal (could not tell what, if anything, was CG or not); and the music is Shimomura-calibur (awesome).  I liked how the party interacts with each other DURING combat and teleporting looks fun as hell.  But between that BIG E3 trailer we saw last year and this trailer here.... you can really tell the director's changed?
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 17, 2014, 05:13:11 PM

As for me, I haven't been "waiting" for it. I feel like that whole argument is sort of silly. Why build up impossible "will it live up to the wait" expectations, when instead you can say "hey this has taken a while," ignore it, and then when it comes out, enjoy it for the game it ends up being? I don't understand "my hype train has passed and now I don't care." If it comes out and it's a good game, why does how long it took to come out matter in any fashion? It's not like following it has cost anyone anything more than some time.

Plus, Tabata. It's going to be good.

ALSO.  Just as an addendum (I love that word even though it doesn't really belong here)

I agree.  Games should take their time (I'm sure Bungie is thinking a bit of the same right now given the somewhat lukewarm Destiny reactions).  What I do find irritating is the radio silence about the matter.  Almost anything could have been said, daresay mention "We [SquareEnix] are trying new things to deliver the best product we can", would have been better than their usual response of "Not this year! Maybe TGS next year" or whatever else.  People like news!  But you're right, really it doesn't amount to much more than some spilt ink on the Internet and a few minutes of reading some game news.

In terms of the "hype machine" created by this thing.  Well, not to speak for Yggdrasil, but I'm sure he's got more posts in here than most of us do, so you'll have to forgive me if I don't really read into his "not hyped" post as merely being a symptom of something else (perhaps a mix of caution and patience that won't amount till much till the game's actual release).  Not just speaking for Ygg, but a lot of people seem pretty nonchalant as well, myself included.  There's other things to do, books to read, music to listen to, drawings to draw....etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.....

41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 17, 2014, 04:47:12 PM
I'm gonna kinda go down another path here...so bear with me (or skip completely)...

The only thing that really worries me about FF15...or games these days is it feels like they're a bit more style than substance.  Graphics for Final Fantasy 15 already look 12/10 good, the music is in capable hands, and the battle system (given the people working on it) will likely impress me and I *love* what I see so far (though a bit rocky, admittedly).  I'm worried the need for cool and pretty cutscenes will get in the way of those, perhaps, slower but more exposition-oriented or nonchalant character scenes get lost making the game feels somewhat serious.

FF13 made it so it was kinda hard to just chat with your party members say the way Final Fantasy 7 did. FFX made it so you could have some dialogue with party members, but it wouldn't be before long before they were done and would repeat the last line they said.

Tales of Symphonia and Abyss had plots that might have ran on too long; but you get a *lot* out of characters and a ton of world description (FF13 made it so a lot of this exposition was available in the Datalog, a pre-game novella, and the occasional bits from the characters).  There was also less pressure in older games, mid 2000's and prior, to have voice work.  Trails in the Sky (and that entire series) lets characters ramble on as much as they want because it's so easy for their type of game to just let the text do the talking.  Xenoblade as well because it made less-impressive quest dialogue and 'heart-to-'hearts' an interesting part of the world they created. 

This is sort of something I feel doesn't get much talk about with respect to game stories is the "downtime" in games.  Action is definitely a big piece of any game, but so is that lighter, non-threatening downtime that really, IMO, solidifies a character and plot if that is indeed an important aspect of the game that's being sold.

I'm not trying to say that bigger, AAA, titles have less impressive worlds or plots, or have a worse time selling these things to the player (certainly there are examples outside the box, like The Last of Us which I think sold the dires of post-apocalyptic life and the relationship between its leads), but just that something has changed.  The only part of FF15 that worries me, is that the super beautiful and super cool cutscenes aren't more than skin-deep and I have more than just gameplay to look forward to and its not as big a disjointed mess of some of the more recent Final Fantasy titles (or some of the titles I've liked a little less).
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 17, 2014, 03:16:04 PM
Bayonetta 2 - Nintendo Cosplay Trailer

Complete with old school sound effects and special attacks that make these costumes... surprisingly cool (but still tacky).
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 17, 2014, 02:37:19 PM

Demo drops later, but Type-0 HD comes out the same day supposedly MGSV: TPP is released. With that and all the other stuff I'm genuinely more interested I'll stay away from FF for some time. Probably a long time I think.

Though, is like I've said in some thread here a while ago; The train for Type-0 and XV already came and went for me. I honestly feel nothing over this news even though I'm having fun seeing people in a bunch of sites exploding with excitement.

SQEX is blessed to have the fans they have.

Years of patience for J-titles and the occasional disappointment has taught me to delay hype till like a week before release. 

Nevertheless, I'm curious as hell for FF15 and hope it is worth the long wait (haaaah prolly' not).

Allegedly we'll see a demo of FF15 sometime next year! 

...And it has a fancy name: "Episode Duscae".
Yay!  Things happening!

You know, if FFXIII-1 is anything to go by, then it means that Squeenix is finally actually putting the game together instead of just endlessly cranking out art resources and assets. Hopefully they'll do a better job of sewing the final product together this time versus the slapdash job they did on XIII-1.

I'm hoping the years of radio silence is because they just been developing.  Certainly the first reveal for 15, like 7-freaking-years-ago was like "HEY, WE GOT A COOL CG CUTSCENE... AND THATS ABOUT IT.  PLEASE BE EXCITED".
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 17, 2014, 02:33:30 PM

More plot details and a new video!  It shows more UFOTable goodness (as much as their drawing style looks weird to me, their animating is really something -- especially for Anise I mean Flynn I mean Sorey's familiar-looking cape)

a745 gives the scoop since I know next to nothing in Japanese besides what lines are often heard in videogames (yattaaaa)
The trailer starts off by telling the game's main plot about the existence of "Priests" that grant the people's desires. In this era, the Priest has the power to defeat the "Hyouma" which are the world's impurities in the form of monsters. Later, it is revealed that the dragons feed off the human impurities, and hence, must be destroyed. But as Edna comments in the trailer, "That is, if you can defeat them," they are assumed to be very strong.

It is further hinted in the trailer that, possibly, there may be more than one Priest. Rose's ability to be able to see the Divine and some lines in the trailer seem to hint at the possibility, but we're not entirely sure.

We see Rose get pushed down in a "get down silly woman!!!!" style.  I giggled.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: TGS 2014 General Discussion on: September 17, 2014, 12:28:45 PM
Hey, Capcom would know, the '-tion' suffix is tricky.

EDIT: Nevermind, my wish might be coming true slowly.
FFIV (DS 3D ver. not the SNES one, iOS port) is up on Steam
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