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1021  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: July 28, 2011, 12:57:55 PM
You'll have to pardon my ignorance of the economic aspect of the industry but..."why"? I mean I thought the running joke was that Nintendo practically prints money. Between the Wii and NDS exactly why do they need so badly to sell the 3DS even if it's at a loss? I mean at very worst why not just call it another "Virtual Boy Incident" and start over later on? Certainly they have the funds to take a hit on it...right?

"At a press conference in Osaka today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata justified this by saying that such major moves were necessary in order to improve fiscal performance next year and beyond."

So basically it's not "We need money" it's just "We want even more money". Aka: Standard business practice.
1022  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: July 28, 2011, 12:53:41 PM
You'll have to pardon my ignorance of the economic aspect of the industry but..."why"? I mean I thought the running joke was that Nintendo practically prints money. Between the Wii and NDS exactly why do they need so badly to sell the 3DS even if it's at a loss? I mean at very worst why not just call it another "Virtual Boy Incident" and start over later on? Certainly they have the funds to take a hit on it...right?
1023  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo 3DS Launching at $249.99 on March 27 in the US on: July 28, 2011, 12:01:54 PM
Besides...aren't they already at like 80% saturation or something like that? Its been forever since I listened to that report about Nintendo sales but I'm pretty sure the install base for Wii and DS was something rather ridiculous like that. Basically to the point where the only systems you're selling are to newborns and owners of accidentally broken systems.
1024  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 28, 2011, 11:31:56 AM
Just a forewarning, I have not played the final area yet:

However is it just me or is
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the story in Catherine kinda..."meh" during the final parts? I mean yeah maybe if I have a different meter it'll change but being "forced" to pick Katherine, Catherine being a succcubus (while it "does" make some degree of sense this honestly feel more like a D&D game with friends plot twist than something I'd really care for in a story such as this), and Super Sheep Evil Bad Guy coming out of left field like that... It's like all the aspects of "bad" Japanese story telling decided to jump onto an otherwise great tale at the last minute and go 'Don't forget about us~!" ~.~

Not to mention the sudden appearance of an escort mission near the end...oh dear lord that was horrific...

Also having finally neared the end I decided to look at the art book, had been putting it off for fear of spoilers like P4's. Ugh...what a piece of crap. I was hoping for more than pages of text I care nothing for and what amounts to what I can guess is basically Playboy-lite. Wish they had at least put the soundtrack in it's own case so I could just chuck the book since it has no redeeming quality at all.
1025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 3DS vs. Vita - which will be the RPG'ers choice? on: July 28, 2011, 11:27:07 AM
Vita should be the obvious choice. After all if Sony keeps up the PSN eventually the store will start carrying "PS2 Classics". Between that and PSOne there will never be any reason to not own whatever console/handheld can support that. I'm willing to bet it'll be the Vita, if not it's immediate successor.
1026  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 28, 2011, 01:07:40 AM
I think the difficulty is overrated. I just got past what I thought was the final boss on day 8 (but it's really not) and saved for the night just before what should be the final-final stage. Maybe I just have a better mind for this kinda game but thus far I have not required any sort of FAQ to solve anything. Not to say there haven't been a few stages that took 4-6 lives to cycle through though, not counting boss battles. XD

I have to say this game really does suffer from cutscene overflow on the final sections. I thought I was sitting through the ending that last cutscene I watched took so darn long. So far I'm hoping the game really changes depending on your Law/Chaos meter because it looks like it's really trying to shoehorn you into one pairing no matter what. Also I'm starting to suspect it doesn't matter how far to the left or right you are on the Law/Chaos meter but rather "just" if you're left or right; a future playthrough should clarify that.

Thus far I love it but I'm disappointed the plot isn't going the way I want it to. :-\ I was expecting more flexability but again I'll have to see how the plot compares once I finish this playthrough and start my "jerk mode" play through.

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Erica's a man? Priceless. XD
1027  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 27, 2011, 08:09:28 AM

The puzzle/nightmare part is demonstrating how bad I am under pressure. I mostly panic and push/pull like crazy until a path appears. And I'm definitely steering towards Katherine, and prolly will go the opposite next play-through and a neutral route for the third, but I'm wondering how this game has eight endings.

Not sure how exactly they would be executed but I can theorize based on what I've seen of the system so far-

Catherine End Law
Catherine End Neutral
Catherine End Chaos
Katherine End Law
Katherine End Neutral
Katherine End Chaos
Bad End (Neither Girl)
Harem End (Both Girls)
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Thankfully I fixed my sleeping schedule so I'll be trying to make a solid 4-5 hour run at the game tonight; see how far I get.
1028  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 26, 2011, 09:05:40 PM
Up to the 4th day and over all I'm loving it. However Atlus loses major points for some really, really bad sound editing that makes it hard to enjoy the game. I have my TV cranked up to 61 and I can just barely hear the normal dialog. Often when music plays that normal dialog becomes unhearable. Here's the kicker though; the anime cutscenes at that same volume are incredibly loud. I basically have to play a sub-mini game with my remote to turn the volume down as soon as they appear lest my eardrums bleed out. This problem was present in the demo and it's very questionable as to why they didn't fix this in the production copy. Someone obviously just didn't give a crap. :-\

Wound up going on Easy difficulty and some of these stages are kicking my behind. Nothing unbeatable though. Can't wait to try it on harder difficulties and to utterly be a jerk in the next playthrough. Right now I'm trying to balance the scale between Law and Chaos without slipping too far to one side and as a result most of Vincent's replies in the sections where it seems your gauge's standing point determines the cut scene reaction are quite believable; so I really want to see how these differ during the extremes.

Aside from those complaints though it's a solid title. Writing's great, characters are great, gameplay's great. Best day one buy I've had in quite some time.

Edit: Forgot to mention- If you're hooked up to online with your console whenever you make a choice in the confessional you get a chart that shows you the rough percentage of how many other people playing the game chose what option. It's quite interesting to see how the results stack up.
1029  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 26, 2011, 02:42:00 PM
It's not much of an art book, but it's still cool nonetheless.

Yeah I just got mine as well and I have to say I find it a little disappointing. I admit this is probably because NISA has spoiled me this generation with their hard cover art books and special over-sized boxes the first editions come is. So having the art book/soundtrack simply shrink wrapped behind the game was kinda...meh.

Can't wait to play this later tonight when the wife gets home (she wants to watch me play it) so probably late, late tonight I'll try to pop back on and leave some spoiler-free first impressions.
1030  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 26, 2011, 08:57:11 AM
So here's a question while we're waiting for shipping to arrive to homes and stores: Are you going to go for Catherine or Katherine first playthrough?

Honestly; I think I'll go for Catherine. Katherine is more "my type" from what little I've seen of both characters but honestly I'm more interested in seeing what secrets lay in Catherine's past. That and I've always had a soft spot for the Yandere type. XD
1031  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 25, 2011, 02:09:41 PM
The demo was moderately easy for me, but I did die once on the second stage gloriously. The game sold me alone on the fact that it's the first title in forever where you legitimately feel that "oh crap, oh crap, oh crap!" sensation when death becomes inevitable in a matter of seconds.
1032  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 25, 2011, 12:02:52 PM

They're completely different styles of gameplay though.

But there's always the universal standard of game difficulty that transcends genre and style: How often do you throw the controller in frustration? XD
1033  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 25, 2011, 11:39:29 AM
Actually got a pre-order down for tomorrow. Now just to wait 24 hours. XD
1034  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 25, 2011, 04:29:53 AM
The bonuses would be nice. I'm going to see if I can reserve it tomorrow because I didn't realize until like...12 hours ago I'd even have money to get it at launch. XD Doesn't help my patience that I played the demo and that ridiculously vague amount of content hyped me up even more. It's supernatural, it's dark, and it's modern. Only way it could be more perfectly designed for me is if it were an SRPG. XD But this looks fun too.
1035  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 25, 2011, 04:10:43 AM
Edit: Sorry, repeated information. *sigh*
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