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1021  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Internet Dating, A.K.A. How to Scar Yourself Forever on: July 31, 2011, 12:11:15 PM
Maybe not so much "net dating" as "hybrid dating". Met my wife about 5 years ago online. Were only friends for the first three years then started having romantic interests. Met about 2 months later but due to time, distance, circumstance, all that fun stuff we really only got to see each other IRL for about once every two weeks. The rest was online "dating" for about 7ish months before we pretty much moved in together and got married that summer a year ago. Anniversary was this month actually.

Personally, and to be blunt, the good thing about net dating is the depth and width of the choosing pool. Sure this means more chances of hitting a crazy but really unlike purely local dating you can pretty much "throw back" anything that doesn't mesh and try again without having to worry about running out of options. I mean you almost literally have the entire planet to pick from.
1022  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 29, 2011, 09:07:09 PM
I find that the game's difficulty fluctuates between easy to absolutely insane based on the linearity of the puzzles. 

I think this sums up the difficulty problem in a nutshell. Heck the only reason I think I beat the whole game without having to resort to Youtube is I've spent more hours than I care to admit on Kongregate playing puzzle game after puzzle game with such obtuse singular solutions that Catherine really appears "medium difficult" by comparison.
1023  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 29, 2011, 08:04:55 PM
Huh, that sucks then. I just assumed it was "chain" based since the very first question had been the same one from last playthrough and since I answered it different "that" was the reason behind the new ones. Having them randomly generated kinda takes the fun out of it. I can see how it's supposed to avoid repetition on playthroughs but still...

Anyway I'm not saying Catherine isn't a good game. Heck I had a blast on my first playthrough. But I feel like I've been lied to by the marketing. I was expecting a plot with at least some element of divergence depending on how I behaved. Not epically so in scope but it doesn't seem like it would be too much to at least expect Vincent's Law/Chaos meter to have him behave different. His monologue thoughts indicate one thing but once the plot kicks back in it says "Nope, you really weren't thinking that. This is how Vincent should be behaving."
1024  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 29, 2011, 07:45:07 PM
There's only 3 days of the plot left and so much feels like it hasn't been said. I feel for my poor little heart as I am stressed over the denouement and then I'll see the climax, probably only to get the ending where it turns out Vincent was gay the whole time.

The last three days are kinda weird as the plot slows down then suddenly it feels like they dump a truckload in your lap; then it suddenly drags for a while before one final delivery is made to wrap things up.
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Well, I'm on the bar events before the 6th Night on my second, this time Full Chaos, playthrough...I seriously feel like I just got Molyneux-style trolled by Atlus. I've utterly trashed Katherine in my texts, been horn-doging for Catherine, have pushed my Chaos meter so far it's actually bypassed the red limiter arrow on the scale and what difference is there to the plot?

1-2 lines of dialog per monologue that the plot automatically corrects. Vincent is still wanting to stay with Katherine, he's still being all edgy about Catherine, ect., ect. Vincent's inner thoughts affect the plot? Bull, freaking, crap. I'll give it til the end of the playthrough but if nothing changes within the next few days then I can safely say this game has pretty much zero replay value and that you're best just enjoying it once on a Law or Neutral-ish playthrough since the game pretty much forces the plot to go that direction anyway then looking up the rest of the endings on Youtube. That's what I'll be doing for the remaining 6; assuming I don't get True Freedom again by some quirk.

Really about the only thing that "has" changed is it appears the confessional quests change depending on previous answers. You get different question chains based on if you were Lawful or Chaotic in the prior responses. Very cool but not enough to warrant a second playthrough.
1025  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 28, 2011, 08:49:19 PM
Probably is old news, but anyone see the Persona 4 reference in the bathroom at the Stray Sheep? 

No actually. What is it?

I restarted on Easy. This games is pretty tough on Normal, but it is really Easy on Easy. Like beyond Easy. It's weird. But at least I can see the story now.

Yeah don't let that fool you. Stages 6+ are still going to give you frustrations unless you master the skills you need to survive. XD That "undo" is not a fix all by any means.
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Just beat the game a little while ago. Apparently got the "True Freedom" ending; relatively decent but overall unsatisfying.
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Vincent winds up with no one and basically "go kart's with bowser" to borrow some money and bet of women's wrestling so he can take a space vacation.

Replaying it now and trying to go for a "Pure Chaos" approach. I'm stopping on Day 2 because I'm relatively burnt out but the very first Law/Chaos dependent cutscene didn't play out very differently. I'm hoping this changes at later points.
1026  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.
1027  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?
1028  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.
1029  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.
1030  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.
1031  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
1032  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.
1033  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.
1034  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.
1035  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
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