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2581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 17, 2007, 02:13:24 PM
Quote from: "Spoony Mage"
Perhaps you're right.  I still don't think it's nearly as bad as a lot of people seem to think, but I can see how it can be interpreted that way.  After reading so many reviews bashing the game on said innuendo and after having played parts of the game, I really don't see what the fuss is about.


Oh...people are bashing the game on this point? I took it as a positive thing, particularly because it IS innuendo and not some grab-ass lolilicious hentai game.

Ramza
2582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy VI Advance on: February 17, 2007, 01:54:23 AM
I never quite understood the whole "Ted Woolsey must die!" fiasco, but after playing through most of FFVI Advance, I'm starting to get it.

I know I haven't played the game in a decade, but I *do* remember the storyline. And there are things being brought up in this text that I have no memory reading. So, three cheers to the new translation, because it is EXCELLENT. I am really, really pleased.

(yes, they did choose to keep names like Sabin and Cyan the same, but that's probably just for the sake of consistency with the fans).

Ramza
2583  The Rest / General Discussions / Fox News answer to the Daily show on: February 16, 2007, 01:35:37 AM
That has got to be the saddest piece of sh*t on television.

sigh...I was just...depressed that whole time, that's how bad it was.
2584  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 15, 2007, 02:18:26 AM
Quote from: "Spoony Mage"
The innuendo isn't nearly as bad as reviewers are harping it out to be.  The whole Diving thing is more on the intimate side than it is "SPANK MY ASS, YOU BAD BOY" porn-o-rific.  It may raise a few eyebrows for those who don't know what's going on (like some of the aforementioned reviewers), but the worst it's done to me is make me roll my eyes at some of the cheesiness.

Then again, I don't watch much porn, so I'm somewhat naive.  :P


I think you're really, really missing the point, and perhaps don't understand the word "innuendo." The idea is that it's inferred...the dialogue and the terminology behind the whole system is designed so that the player, if they want to, can make the parallels to sexual intercourse.

Pay attention to the descriptive nature (and the Japanese voice acting) when the characters do their first "Install" of a crystal into a Reyvateil.

"ooh, ow! It hurts...but thank you for being gentle as you put it inside me."

I'm sorry, but it's not just cheesy, there's definitely a suggestive overtone to that. The reviewers (like...me) are not off-base in pointing out the nature of the dialogue. In the end, the relationships with the Reyvateils are *absolutely* innocent, but the scenario is written such that it doesn't take much imagination to think otherwise.

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Also, later in the game Misha and Aurica do things like...handcuff you to a bedpost so you will stay with them forever. Things get hot and heavy at times.


Ramza
2585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Shadow Spell on: February 14, 2007, 01:38:49 AM
hey Silverwolf (and anyone else interested):

http://www.play-asia.com/SOap-23-83-28zk-71-nb-49-en-84-j-70-1uqr.html

Play-Asia finally added the DSS soundtrack for preorders. If you use this link you'll get us at RPGFan some affiliation $$. :P

Ramza
2586  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy shit.... on: February 13, 2007, 02:18:26 PM
that dude survived. That makes him almost as tough as the guy who cut his own arm off to free himself from a boulder that trapped him on a mountainside.

Ramza
2587  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Do you think the 360 could become an RPG Machine? on: February 13, 2007, 02:21:37 AM
Xbox 360 is definitely the underdog, but I have every intention of hitting up the 360 RPGs because I think there's a lot of potential there.

But, I think the correct answer to the question of "what system will have lots and lots of good RPGs" is most DEFINITELY the Nintendo DS. RPGs are much easier to do for a handheld now since you aren't expected to have high-budget awesome graphics on it (unlike what we will expect on PS3 etc).

I think the swarm of RPGs for the next year or two will come on handhelds. PS3 will take time (I'm thinking mid-2008) before it has a collection of solid RPGs. Wii will *hopefully* have more RPGs than they did on N64 and GameCube, but that's still just a hope.

And that leaves Xbox 360, the outcast, the underdog. The 360 is a place for developers DISGRUNTLED with Sony to go to. Hopefully we'll see good stuff there, but I doubt we'll see a TON of it.

Ramza
2588  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen on: February 13, 2007, 02:13:27 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
There's basically no chance of an ST game coming out here, and it'd probably need a localization of the same quality as PW's anyway, along with the liberties that's taken. There is the anime, if that's any consolation.


Double-post.

I would still hold out hope for ST1&2 on PSP. Look at all the random crap that's made it to the US on PSP:

Astonishia Story
Generation of Chaos
Gurumin
Legend of Heroes: Gagharv Trilogy
Spectral Souls

I know there were some companies looking into localizing the 1&2 PSP port, and I do believe that *fell through*, but there are others who could potentially pull it off.

Ramza
2589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: ahem on: February 13, 2007, 02:10:18 AM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
Quote from: "Mauru"
guess after all it would be better if sakura taisen will stay in japan.


Finally, something I can agree with.


And I'll disagree. (Chris and I have had this discussion before).

If someone can convince me that porting a game to another country / another language somehow *diminishes* the value, quality, or nature of the ORIGINAL game (which still exists), I'll see this as a valid argument. Until then, I'll name it for what it is: elitist bullshit.

(I'm not so mad about the elitism: it's the bullshit that gets me).

The game could have a subpar localization, but the fact is that offering the game to people who do not have the time (or, for some, the intellectual sharpness) to learn Japanese would be a big service for those interested in titles like Sakura Taisen. I don't CARE if the humor and style don't translate well. I want to play the game and get to know the characters, and I want to do it in English. Saying "well the game's better in Japanese" doesn't mean shit to me and 90% of the other RPG players, because we don't speak the f*cking language.

The argument, strangely, reminds me of the difference between the Qu'ran and the Bible. Think about it.

(yes, I just pulled in religion, that should add to the flamebaiting I just made).

Ramza
2590  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Ar Tonelico Premium Box on: February 13, 2007, 01:59:06 AM
Time to clear some stuff up...

Quote from: "Silverwolf X"
Hoshiyomi - Ar tonelico hymmnos concert Side Ao
Misha's songs, and some BGMs.

Tsukikanade - Ar tonelico hymmnos concert Side Kurenai
Orica's songs, and some BGMs.

Those 2 above and the OST makes for all the music you will find in the game, except Claire's song I think...

There are many other Drama CDs with new songs, but they are linked to the drama dialouge.


Claire's song(s) are on Hoshiyomi (performed by Yuuko Ishibashi). But she does a little extra singing on her own album, the Hymmnos musical (there's a second one coming out for Spica as well).

Except for the four drama CDs released by Frontier Works (Side Orica, Side Misha, Side Shurelia, and Side Extra), all of the Ar tonelico soundtracks are on this site, they've been reviewed for ages. Depressing that people had to ask questions about them on this forum...and Silverwolf, since you said you actually listen to the drama albums, I'd love to see some soundtrack reviews for the AT drama CDs! ^^

Quote from: "Bernhardt"
I actually recommend Ar-Tonelico, Hymnos Concert Side Blue (Ao) ~ Hoshiyomi (Reading the Stars) and Ar-Tonelico, Hymnos Concert Side Crimson (Kurenai) ~ Tsukikanade (Playing the Moon).

The tracks are vastly remastered and improved versions from the original pieces found in the game, on the original soundtrack. Definitely my favorite out of any tribal chanting albums I have.


What's with the "on the original soundtrack" statement? Outside of the opening and ending, the songs on the Hymmnos Concerts are all exclusive and NOT found on the OSTs (Japanese or US). And, they ported over the exact versions of Expressive Hill ("Singing Hill" according to NISA) and Phantasmagoria, so.......don't know what that part was. But Bernhardt is 100% correct that the in-game versions of the songs are ... umm ... lacking, compared to what's on the albums. They just sound like REALLY rough cuts in-game.

Quote from: "CluelessWonder"
I didn't realize there were so many endings in the game, like 7 or 8.  I'm only planning on playing this game once, but it's nice that it has a high replayabilty for those that like doing that.


One playthrough in the game can net you half the endings on the way. The real "split" is:

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Partway through Phase 1 of the game, you choose who to install the Purger crystal into. This basically determines which girl you officially "go for," though you are free to finish the Cosmospheres of all girls. I chose Aurica. Choosing Misha alter's the game's path slightly, and gives you "Misha" endings instead of "Aurica" endings.


The variations in the endings are so tiny that it's hardly worth mentioning. Getting the "highest" level ending unlocks a cute costume to look at in the "Extras" menu...that's about it.

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You can choose to end the game at Phase 2, which you...really shouldn't do, that's like only halfway-beating the game. Phase 3 allows for a bad ending, a good ending with Aurica/Misha, or a Shurelia ending. Thus, regardless of you choosing Misha or Aurica, you can pick up all of these endings on the way.


Ramza
2591  The Rest / General Discussions / LOL i was supposed to be arrested or something? on: February 08, 2007, 01:12:40 AM
You played that one all wrong.

The answer to the question posited in this thread? Both/and.

Ramza
2592  The Rest / General Discussions / Name A Forum, 2007 Edition on: February 06, 2007, 05:09:57 AM
Quote from: "Dave"
"Quasimodo not included"
"Vampire Gokus and emo haikus."
"Where the depths of your mind are the only -- what's the point, no one goes here"

Edited to make the second one even better. :P


If you invented #2, you are awesome. I vote this one.

Also, 'doshi, it's "Rock OUT with your cock out." ^^

Ramza
2593  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: February 06, 2007, 04:45:02 AM
Quote from: "Shadow Blade"
As of January so far:

Ys: Ark of Napishtim
Fire Emblem (GBA)

Now working on Blood Will Tell. Hyakkimaru


Can you tell me about the game "Blood Will Tell"?

Ramza
2594  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: February 06, 2007, 04:43:25 AM
well, 2007 has started up, and here's my list so far:

Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia (PS2)
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (GBA)
Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2 (GBA)

It shouldn't be hard to guess which one I enjoyed the most out of that lot. :P

Currently working on (so, should be completed well within 2007):

Astonishia Story (PSP)
Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch (PSP)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) - yes, the first one, I'm THAT behind
Shining Force Neo (PS2)

Good times. Good times.

Ramza
2595  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Dragon Shadow Spell on: February 03, 2007, 03:25:56 AM
Quote from: "Silverwolf X"
Must have missed him then, haven't seen him update the Reviews section in a while.

Where'd you order the OST Ramza? I know it'll be out in March, same as the official complete guidebook.

Anyway, first press of this came with:

1. A mini OST.
2. A mini art book.

Both contained in a seperate amaray case.


1) I'd been posting a lot of review updates, but Damian's still totally in charge. His laptop busted over teh holidays.

2) I was wrong, I did NOT Preorder DSS. I had preordered Luminous Arc. Though the release date is solid, preorders on DSS OST have not been listed on play-asia or VGMworld.

3) I heard the mini OST, which is why I'm interested in the real OST. Good, good stuff.

If you have a review you wanted to send in, you can hit me up with the email address I just PMed to you.

Word up!

Ramza
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