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6811  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What are your favorite innovations in RPGs? on: October 20, 2011, 08:16:11 PM
- The shift of turn-based to real-time combat (who the fuck waits when you're fighting, ahmeanreallynow, who?)

There's something to be said for abstraction than treating everything "realistically", but it's good to have variety regardless.

I didn't mean it that way.  I'm just not a fan of simple turn-by-turn methods of fighting.  It's one thing if it's for tactics, but I'd rather something that means quicker and more hands-on thinking, then sitting and waiting.
6812  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level-5's Girl RPG on: October 20, 2011, 08:14:40 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/20/life-as-a-hostess-hands-on-girls-rpg-cinderella-life/#disqus_thread

The not too creatively named "Girls RPG" is getting some press.  It is Level-5, a developer I think is a tad over-rated... but hey.

I want people's opinions on this.  Because I personally think it's stupid.  Mainly for the reason Lisa in the Simpson hated the new Malibu Stacey doll: why does the girly stuff really need to be crammed down our throats like this?  I guess I kinda of get it, this looks like a "fluff" game in its entirety, but it really does perpetuate stereotypes for girls -- there are no battles, but a choice what to wear to look great for the guys!!!!

I know there really isn't a big demographic for girls in games, but man I'm surprised it's taken so drastically and reduced to this.  Your sense of "adventure" here seems to be a day at the mall or getting asked out.  I'd prefer something catered to both genders at the very least (Harvest Moon does a nice job of that at least) -- but for lack of better words, this game just looks lame.  It's easy to argue: "you're the minority who isn't the target then, Dice!", but... bah...  =/
I'm disappointed level-5.


6813  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: need help deciding on: October 20, 2011, 07:56:34 PM
ok so narrowed it down to 2 - ys7 or Tits, i own crisis core so that really doesn't count.

this may sound dumb, and off topic but sometimes i choose my rpgs solely on the fact that their is a controllable airship and world maps.

yes I am one of those annoying rpg fans that came onto the scene back when ff7 came out. so i fell in love with world maps and vehicles. when you could rent a car in ff8 i thought it was awesome, even tho it was as unnecessary a feature ever created.

don't get me wrong i love good story and character development, but the exploration just doesn't seem as fun without flying around world map and discovering hidden places on your own.

i do 99.9% of my gaming on consoles, and less games are utilizing the world map and airship. Tales of Vesperia was like an answer to my dreams.

Do any psp games utilize world maps and vehicles?

is it becoming a lost art i modern rpgs altogether? is there other people out there like me?

I can barely remember the last game that utilized a world map since Vesperia...
6814  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What are your favorite innovations in RPGs? on: October 20, 2011, 07:55:38 PM
Tri-Ace's innovations are my favorite....IMMAFAN,

One thing about innovations is not all games have 'em... sooo... whtaeva...

- The shift of turn-based to real-time combat (who the fuck waits when you're fighting, ahmeanreallynow, who?)
- Music shift is cool when you're fighting, totally agree
- Games where it takes more than level-grinding to win
- I like to see the darn enemies on screen.
- Customizing in whatever sense.
6815  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 20, 2011, 01:45:11 AM
Okamiden had like a 45 minute stretch without any save point. That's WAY too long.

Better that than playing a long game with permadeath. But, Okamiden is a DS game... yeah, what the hell.

This is Capcom... what are you complainin' 'bout?  S'pose'd ta be expected!
6816  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: October 20, 2011, 01:27:44 AM
Ah, Konami. They wish their JRPGs were like everybody elses....*sigh*

Almost a funny thing to say given the overall high acclaim the 2nd and 3rd title get...

I almost feel like there is a formula for a PERFECT rpg in the Suikoden universe and gameplay style -- but they're good at mucking it up, or at the very least, putting 70% into what they do than the full 100.
6817  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 19, 2011, 05:37:40 PM
There are collectibles in the environment in TiTs? Are they found in chests or random searching in other areas?

Er, much worse than that.  It's literally talking to an NPC in a brief instance it's open (example:  When you first get Olivier, you talk to the man at the bar; if memory serves, you can't get it as soon as you meet General Morgan that's just in the building over and the next objective).  There's 11 of these Carnelia's, I think, and one the first two can be bought (ie; not missed).  Carnelia's are really the only main ones that matter; but recipes too, and they become good to have on hard/nightmare mode.
6818  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 19, 2011, 04:22:33 PM
Doing a perfect playthrough of Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.

Easy enough, but it is also super-duper easy to miss the smallest things.  The Carnelia Books being the worst offender that have tiny time frames to get them (but will give you the best weapon for either Estelle of Joshua [one per playthrough D: ).

I like playing this game between school readings, it's very low key, nothing strenuous, and it's a lot of reading, so it keeps me in "READING MODE". =/
6819  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: need help deciding on: October 19, 2011, 01:48:12 PM
TitS all the way!  Starmongoose is right that it starts kind of slow, but it's not like it's bad or anything.  It's just that they focus more on character development at the beginning.  Which means that when shit does go down (as it inevitably does) you actually care about the people involved.

LoH: TitS is my favorite game for the PSP.  Everyone should play it.

I think it was already described...
TiTS, just enough gameplay for awesome story.
Ys, just enough story for awesome gameplay.

I love LoH: Trails.  If SC doesn't come out, I'm holding XSeed staff and family hostage for a ransom of $50 million; the funds of the ransom which will be returned to XSeed (maybe not in full) for them to have the pesos to localize new title (and advertise the damned thing).

Star Ocean 2 is an awesome addition to the collection (PSP games shouldnt be that expensive), it has probably one of the most involving customization systems seen since the game first came out and has a number of ways to play to keep it fresh.  A secret dungeon after will really keep you on your toes too.
6820  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 18, 2011, 09:44:36 PM
Yoda, Trophy List Psychologist

I LIEK SPORTZ TOOS YO!!!!

...well, I like NBA Jam.... and any sports guy will say, "That's not a real sports game".  I like Mario Kart (not wii!) too... =/
I suck...
6821  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 18, 2011, 08:07:38 PM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for the "new visual work" next year.

Extremely impressed. If you like slice of life/coming of age stories at all, I highly suggest it. The animation is also very crisp and vibrant, and nearly the entire cast feels fully realized.

I completely agree.  One of the best shows of the year.


I'm struggling to find something similar right now. Though I definitely don't expect the same animation quality from, well, anything, I'd really love something with the same "feel".

Slice of life animes are not uncommon, but ones of this quality are.  I wracked my brain trying to think of something similar and all I could come up with was Honey and Clover.  It's an older show, but if you haven't seen it then I would quite recommend it.


I'm glad slice of life exists while a good portion of fandom is busy with what's "moe" right now.
6822  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Woman tries to ice her husband with icing on: October 18, 2011, 02:41:09 AM
Nothing would calm her rage more than skillfully catching cupcake in mouth as it is thrown.  Awe inspiring! :D
6823  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Devil May Cry HD Collection In Early 2012 on: October 18, 2011, 01:43:13 AM
I sucked when the game first came out -- but I think it might be great to give this a go again. 

I know it means we don't get *new* games, but I like these HD-remakes... clearly even companies know they had a golden era. xP
6824  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Totorie, Alchemist of Arland 2 announced for the PS3 on: October 18, 2011, 12:33:51 AM
Woah, for real, Dice?

Fo' real.  Don't need it. :)

My only complaint, the contrast was turned way up on the full shots of the character art.  But on the other hand, you actually see sketches that *aren't* in the actual japanese artbook.  Too tired now, I'll shoot of a PM tomorrow if you want it.  I'm in a good mood.
6825  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 not coming to US and Europe, Sega blames you on: October 18, 2011, 12:32:08 AM
The japanese also love delux editions with goodies and fancy packaging. Game companies must make a killing doing that shit for certain games.

I'm a sucker for some of that stuff.... T___T
As a collector of art books in general, I am thrilled to get them.  I don't really care about the statues though - they're probably why some of the sets are so goddamn expensive.  My one Ass Creed one is nice though...  I put a koala plush on him - it's just darling.
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