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6496  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: January 21, 2013, 07:57:05 PM
I loved the demo, which is surprising since I don't really like Tactics games too much.  So then I go to the Fire Emblem wiki page and its got its own meant for info JUST on the one game series.  STAY AWAY.  I think I spoiler like half the game based on not warning about spoilers. D:
6497  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Composer Interviews... Who do YOU want to hear from? on: January 21, 2013, 07:53:24 PM
First off, thanks for actually reaching out to her, I love the composer interviews!  A lot of these people have influenced me for years and been a companion while I draw or made bus rides infinitely more exciting.

Motoi Sakuraba would be awesome, Hitoshi Sakamoto, Masaharu Iwata, or the wonderfully musically sexy, Masashi Hamauzu.  That's what I got off the top of my head. D:
6498  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone on: January 21, 2013, 01:12:40 PM
Tons of localizations this year so far of odd items.  Pandora came out of nowhere, Fire Emblem was wonderfully last minute, Ni no Kuni was late to the party, and now this. 

I don't really care for this one (good reviews may change my mind), but always happy to see weird games getting the NA greenlight.
6499  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Mitsuda: When I quit Square, I wanted to devote more time to my own projects on: January 20, 2013, 02:15:15 AM
I coulda *sworn* he WAS working on a fancy CC album.  Then he was "working on it", then we got radio silence for like 7 years.

Anyways, I love his work, godspeed to whatever he wants to do.
6500  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 20, 2013, 01:24:14 AM
Beat Persona 4.  Great finale.  The events surrounding the month of December and the game's final two dungeons (True Ending route) are outstanding.  I still think the dungeons themselves are a major weakness of Persona 3 and 4, but I have nothing but good things to say about most of the Persona 4 mechanics.  I'll be wanting to do a New Game Plus of this very soon. 

For a game with so many "good ideas" they really went a step back with dungeon design...  But I guess you pick your battles, and the game itself is so battle-oriented game... *shrug*
Man.  That new bonus ending, the "Accomplice" ending, is seriously creepy. :(

Ni No Kuni - Loving the battle system the more I get into it.  Something tells me it may grow tiresome or burdensome later on, but all is good new.  I'm also glad familiars aren't "caught" (a la Pokemon).   I got the chick in my party, so yay.  I like how the third dude to join you looks like some rockstar alcoholic. 

Anyways... The game encourages some grinding, a few levels will easily make the difference between suffering a pain in the ass or skipping along through the dungeons.  I also love the fact you don't abandon the home world, the game plays the idea of "two worlds" very well and makes sure your transportation isn't a one-way ticket... which is refreshing from how these plots otherwise tend to play out.  I also like the interactions with NPCs.

A surprising nitpick is the lack of inspiring monster designs.  Boss and character design is fantastic, but the monsters otherwise are kind of lackluster and are usually large, cartooney animals.  Normally I don't care, but this is Ghibli!  If there was anything they could do, you'd think... 

A definite problem I have is the text.  Being a Level-5 game the dialogue isn't exactly very clever, fetching and immersing.  This becomes annoying when NPCs and minor plot points tend to run on, and when Oliver can't make sense of anything half the time.  However, I have a bigger issue with Drippy being really annoying to read given that they type his lines with an accent in mind ("What are ou douin?" as a bad example of this).  The font is somewhat small and spaced as well, so constantly reading it can be tiresome and straining.

Typical Ghibli style, the game almost starts with a scene of the main character finishing breakfast by swallowing his food within five minutes and eating it like a duck (no chewing).
6501  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 20, 2013, 12:33:48 AM
While I agree that All the Bravest looks terrible, Kotaku is once again writing sensationalist trash...

And companies wouldn't make "games" like this if people didn't keep buying them.  They have the advantage over real games of costing practically nothing to make.

I actually think iPads are raising kids for their free time more than anything right now
6502  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: January 20, 2013, 12:32:40 AM
Speaking of the 25th, I'm currently listening my copy of


This :)

It is good.

As good as that collection is, I've heard a lot of these before on several other albums.  Not to say I don't love them and don't want this collection as well, though.
But *I'd KILL* if they did an orchestrated selection to some of the more "hidden gems" of the game's soundtracks. D:

FF9's Loss of Me, or FF7's Cosmo Canyon, FFX's Yunalesca fight, hell, a lot of FF12 is largely ignored (and damn that game had a few awesome tracks that'd be *perfect* to orchestrate).  I do admire a lot of the non-standard OSTs that have been coming out lately for the series.  The SQs were pretty great for picking some of the less-standard themes.
6503  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 19, 2013, 03:12:09 PM
There's this new anime called Koutora and episode 1 was incredible. I watched episode 2 and it's also incredible.
I'm not sure if it's possible for an anime to keep being this good for a whole season, but as of now, it definitively has an explosive start.

I'm also amazed by the themes put forth. Gutsy stuff.

Watched it -- and yeah, wow. Fantastic mix of drama, comedy, and just that touch of romance.  I really like the relationship between Kotoura and the main guy.  The first part of the first episode was brutal, like you said, it goes a lot of places other series don't touch on, and when they do, it's spaced out a lot more.  Kotoura is really sweet though, and I was so happy when she joined the club.  Been a while since I've rooted for a character.  Hopefully the quality stays consistent!
6504  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 18, 2013, 10:52:43 PM
whut the hell is happening with the last few posts here?? Amazing?  Sad?  I don't know.  All sorts of emotional haps are belly flopping around.
6505  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 18, 2013, 10:32:55 PM
I could wander around the world maps in Dragon Quest VIII and Skies of Arcadia FOREVER.  If Ni no Kuni is anything like those, well, I'm all about it.  Just one more week!

Wasn't an HD version of SoA gonna be announced or something??

Ni no Kuni was pretty fun.  The battle system ranges nicely from challenging to nice and easy after a few level ups (if I didn't know better, really weak/underlevelled enemies leave you alone).  I'm happy so far. :D
6506  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 18, 2013, 09:35:43 AM
Given the game is like 60% cutesy girls, it doesn't matter what language the voices will be in.... I'm worried I'll still get a minor headache from high-pitched girls.  I'm making sure a quiet madame and that big hulking Canadian-esque looking hunter dude.... MMM.♥

I pre-ordered yesterday.  I don't know why I'm excited for this given my extremely neutral feelings for the Arland series... Hope they pack an artbook, Hidari is a nice artist.
6507  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 17, 2013, 11:49:01 PM
CALLED IT!  Yuna in the top 3.

Lightning is Japan's #1 Female Character according to recent Final Fantasy poll.

1. Lightning (FFXIII)
2. Aerith (FFVII)
3. Yuna (FFX)
4. Tifa (FFVII)
5. Celes (FFVI)
6. Tina (FFVI)
7. Serah (FFXIII)
8. Garnet (FFIX)
8. Faris (FFV)
10. Rinoa (FFVIII)
10. Rydia (FFIV)
12. Selphie (FFVIII)
13. Rikku (FFX)
14. Beatrix (FFIX)
14. Yuffie (FFVII)
16. Ashe (FFXII)
17. Rosa (FFIV)
17. Eiko (FFIX)
17. Agrias (FFT)

I'm sad Beatrix isn't higher, I'm sad Serah-chan from 13-2 is as high as she is....ew.
I love that Celes-Tina are high together (hah)....DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, SQUEENIX
6508  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 17, 2013, 11:35:18 PM
Also.  Prettiest.  Worldmap.  EVER.

More than the one in Dragon Quest VIII?

Never played.  So yes!

DLC I'd buy: Alternate outfits of other Ghibli characters.... D:
6509  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 17, 2013, 11:25:53 PM
Sorry AgentD....

I got Ni No Kuni early from my local indie game store (lawl, suckit Gamestop :P ).
Love it.  Except, while the demo had NO explanations on *anything*, this game has TOO much for everything.  I hate when a game tells me how to "walk". :P

Nevertheless, lovely game, well done cutscenes, great music, and feels like a Ghibli film.
Also.  Prettiest.  Worldmap.  EVER.
I *think* the "map" of the world map is hand drawn too.  As a wannabe artist, that's a pretty cool thing.
6510  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2013, 10:10:31 PM
Just found out that there is a Visual Novel recently translated into English where you play as a dude who's girlfriend gets turned into an Al Paca. Don't worry, its G-rated, but yeah, my mind broke a little upon learning this. Also not linking to the site because I'm pretty sure there's porn on it.

I laughed. xD
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