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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: February 22, 2015, 02:11:40 PM
I find the series interesting mostly because there really aren't that many Japanese takes on Star Trek, and it's really interesting to see that.

You know what else I find interesting about SO 3 and 4? They both contain examples of good visual only storytelling in the opening cutscenes. Star Ocean 3 has the advance of technology then we get to see Earth in the future, and Star Ocean 4 (in the pre-menu version without voice-over) has the nuclear war and the development of the warp technology. But the storytelling in the rest of both games takes an enormous tumble.

...actually, that pops up weirdly often with Tri-Ace games. Most of them have at least one moment where the storytelling takes a giant step forward, but they can't maintain it.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 20, 2015, 01:47:59 PM
They do actually drop hints about him, they're just not anything you're likely to notice the first time around. I think being a little too vague and subtle is better than hammering you in the face with the idea.

...but yeah, the approach to racism is weird, to say the least. The Pope guy at least gets a reason given that makes a little sense (even if it is a horrible thing to do), the elves have no excuse. "We banned the half-elves because they worked with humans to create horrible weapons because we kicked them out because they were okay with humans because some of us elves hated the half-elves because..." and so on. Everything the half-elves did can be directly linked to something the elves did first.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 16, 2015, 10:55:57 AM

Real talk. Does anybody genuinely gets bothered by avatars and/or silent protagonist in RPGs nowdays? I always saw that kind complaint as shallow given the nature of the genre.
It depends on implementation. It tends to work fine for me in JRPGs when it comes up, but when a WRPG tries to do it I just can't develop a connection with the game.


I think the big difference is that JRPG silent protagonists tend to have some level of personality, and there are usually other characters to take up the slack. WRPGs are more likely to give the player character a personality completely defined by the player, and NPCs tend to talk directly to you, and have whole conversations, which makes the silent protagonist thing stand out a lot more.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 27, 2015, 06:24:46 PM
Well, Will still counts.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 27, 2015, 06:21:14 PM

(actually, was there ever a Tales of character that was explicitly confirmed to not be a virgin?)
(Future Ludger doesn't count)

Anyone who turned down talking to the Unicorn in the Aselia games.

Oh, and Will from Legendia and Stahn and Rutee in the Destiny games. They all have kids.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 19, 2015, 09:57:11 AM
The Wii U is backwards compatible. If you have a Wii U to play Xenoblade Chronicles X you have a console that can play Xenoblade Chronicles.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Falcom's Brandish coming stateside? - update: Yes. on: January 16, 2015, 12:17:46 PM
I got this game too. Yeah, it's really good. I've tried the SNES version and it was just horribly confusing, but this is a million times better. Although sometimes I sidestep into a pit instead of turn, since the control scheme takes a little getting used to.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS Vita worth it for JRPGs? on: December 19, 2014, 10:05:36 PM
While these aren't JRPGs, Virtue's Last Reward and the Danganronpa games are excellent as well.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 08:29:06 PM
the 64 gig isn't even commercially available in North America. You have to import it.

The 32 gig card is $80 in Canada, and a 32 gig micro sd card, which is significantly smaller than the PS vita cards, cost between 25 and 40 dollars. The reason people complain is because there's literally no reason for the cards to be so expensive beyond branding.

It would also be less of an issue if you could save downloaded Vita games separately from the game file itself because, seriously, you either need PS+ to maintain a save after you delete a game off your Vita, or you need to back it up on your PC. Why would you design your save system like that? It's clearly not mandatory since cartridge games save onto the Vita itself, instead of onto the cartridge.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 09, 2014, 11:45:12 AM

And then you could continue doing it with Suks 4, Tactics and 5.

I don't know if you can skip Tactics for 5 but I'm pretty sure you can't skip importing 4.


Nope. 3 did not transfer to 4 because it took place 150 years earlier. 4 did transfer to Tactics (if you have 4 and Tactics, do it if you can), but they didn't transfer to 5 because there's like one shared playable character between them and 5 takes place a few years before 1. The only character who would benefit from the save transfers from 3 to 4 to 5 would be Viki since she seems to experience the games in the same order they came out.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 13, 2014, 01:09:42 PM
Well that kind of sucks it wouldn't work with tales of heart R then would it? Also how is the quality of the stuff it plays on the tv?

It works with Tales of Hearts R. I got a physical copy of it and there's a thing right at the top that says "PlayStation TV compatible". All the things that use the touchscreen have alternate options.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 13, 2014, 10:41:43 AM
Keep in mind though, that this is not a Sony product. It seems to be a third-party thing, and those have a history of bizarre and useless add-ons.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 12, 2014, 04:23:27 PM
Playing Tales of Hearts R and I reached the Central Continent whose name I keep reading as Opa! I'm mostly wondering what the hell is up with the Twilight Forest. No one mentions anything about how weird it is.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 12, 2014, 10:08:52 AM

My knowledge of Japanese is very limited, but from what I understood the English localisation is a very liberal one and I consider that a good thing (in this case anyway). They gave every important character their own voice, which is one of the hardest parts of translation/writing in general if you ask me.


Yeah, especially if there's no voice acting you understand. I haven't gotten very far, but I like what I've played. Although using the D-pad for normal battle movement and the analogue stick for free move keeps tripping me up.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 03, 2014, 12:28:03 AM
I thought the Master being a female was fantastic though, so I don't see what's sexist about it?  A main [antagonist's] role, traditionally male, is finally female?  That's a 'yay' as far as I'm concerned and made the character harder to identify.  It makes the dynamic a bit more interesting and I assume why they often pair the Doctor with a female companion in the first place.

Some people think it's sexist because Moffat didn't make the Doctor a woman, so making the crazy villain a woman is apparently really bad. People seem to be under the delusion that Moffat went "the Doctor will NEVER be female, EVER!" when what he actually said (right before the reveal of Peter Capaldi by the way) was more along the lines of "it's not in the cards right now". Which is...not nearly as bad as people make it out to be.

Hell, for all we know the BBC itself could have mandated no female Doctors.
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