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1051  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: April 26, 2011, 08:14:43 AM
from what ive seen so far this game looks pretty bad graphically. if nostalgia isnt working for you i cant see many newer people liking this game.

*Facepalms* With all due respect I think you know not of what you speak. Spriting is a unique art style much like Cel-Shaded or any other form of 3D modeling; as such you really can't cross compare to say something "looks bad". The graphics look quite excellent for the art style the game utilizes compared to anything else within the sprite-based gaming field. For point of comparison look at another sprite style game that came out only a month ago, Jikandia. Now those are some pretty bad graphics.
1052  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who 2011 Series on: April 24, 2011, 07:32:48 AM
Eh, that's localization for you. I think it'll pass just fine, then again I have no idea what BBC America's standards are. Can't be any more strict than Sci Fi's was.
1053  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who 2011 Series on: April 24, 2011, 07:16:14 AM
Considering the general interpretation of Americans in all prior seasons I see no reason why that would get censored. Season 3 basically painted our president figure as an arrogant jackal. Season 4 poked fun at the whole "Obama will save the world" propaganda. Heck in Torchwood there are snarky pot shots taken at the fact that Captain Jack is "American" all the time so I wouldn't fret about losing that bit.
1054  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: April 24, 2011, 04:50:39 AM
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying it's game of the year for everyone, or even a small group of people. But for me, personally, this is pretty much the best RPG experience I'm going to have this year. ^^; Unless something takes me by utter surprise but I doubt it. Modern gaming really doesn't do it for me as between my novel writing and Tabletop RPG groups I get far better stories and mechanical systems than anything the VG industry is cranking out.

If the business of Trails in the Sky ending in a cliffhanger didn't put you off already I'd say you'd probably want to check it out based on that! Though it's worth checking out when part 2's around the corner at least. And admittedly the only major releases that really interest(ed) me are Portal 2 and The Witcher 2, though I AM curious about LA Noire.

But, yeah. FFIV's come out enough that I can't get too excited, nor does it help I mostly outgrew it, BUT I do imagine this will be my favorite release of the game when I get around to playing it, touched up without some of the flaws (slow battles) of the DS version.

Probably helps that I haven't played FFIV since I was 6 and on the original SNES. XD So all the various re-ports haven't burnt me out of it. I honestly considered TitS because I adore the character design but the whole cliffhanger + 3 games thing put me off. Last time I tried playing a 3 part cliffhanger RPG it was Xenosaga...the lesson I learned from that was I can't play multi-parter games unless I have all the parts right then and there.

Portal 2's worth it; if nothing else for the dialog and the ending, which is quite epic (and that's not a word I use that often). Granted I watched a complete high-res playthrough of it on Youtube rather than playing it myself but even from that I can tell it's a game that anyone with a sense of humor and some decent platforming skills should totally give the once through.
1055  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: April 24, 2011, 03:38:33 AM
Wow...best purchase I'm going to make this year was buying this game; period. FFIV was the game that got my into RPGs so this is like a nostalgia trip, only amplified because all the new trimmings make it more like discovering the game all over again rather than just reliving fond and familiar memories. The Auto Battle is a God send too for those many random battles. And the celtic remix of Rosa's theme is candy for the ears.

I know the fire for FFIV still going for quite a few people but... man, there's been so much good stuff already out, niche or mainstream, that IVCC's a blip on the radar in comparison.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying it's game of the year for everyone, or even a small group of people. But for me, personally, this is pretty much the best RPG experience I'm going to have this year. ^^; Unless something takes me by utter surprise but I doubt it. Modern gaming really doesn't do it for me as between my novel writing and Tabletop RPG groups I get far better stories and mechanical systems than anything the VG industry is cranking out.
1056  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: April 24, 2011, 02:08:49 AM
Wow...best purchase I'm going to make this year was buying this game; period. FFIV was the game that got my into RPGs so this is like a nostalgia trip, only amplified because all the new trimmings make it more like discovering the game all over again rather than just reliving fond and familiar memories. The Auto Battle is a God send too for those many random battles. And the celtic remix of Rosa's theme is candy for the ears.
1057  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who 2011 Series on: April 24, 2011, 12:41:44 AM
We rather liked the Adipose episode. You really can't compare the two because the themes are literally opposite ends of the spectrum. Season 4's OP was done comedy style while 6's is very much tragedy.

In general I have to say this was a pretty good opener. Although the longer I'm exposed to this show the more the characterization continuity issues stand out to me.
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After all we know Amy's pretty much going to be around the rest of the season, despite having just taken a shot at a little girl. With prior Doctors having ditched companions for lesser crimes it just seems kinda...odd.
1058  Media / General Games / Re: Sonic Generations on: April 22, 2011, 11:05:10 AM
Meh; looks decent. Probably won't get it though. Sonic had a chance to be great but lost it when SEGA decided to let their Japanese team handle him. You think they would've learned considering what all happened during his creation. XD
1059  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: April 20, 2011, 07:45:09 AM
I thought the maid looked decent until I saw the socks. Then I rolled my eyes and started laughing. XD
1060  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: April 19, 2011, 01:38:22 AM
Qoga sounds like it's vulgar as hell.  I've got a copy right here, and by now, I'm expecting something rancid.

It's not. Basically what you should expect from AT3 is similar to the following analogy: Think of it like a child who has just learned a juvenile-esque rude joke and thinks it's the funniest thing ever. Having run around in school all day getting giggles out of its classmates it runs home all excited and bursts into the living room where you have company and spills the whole thing right then and there.

No one's offended, no one's disgusted, but no one's laughing either. All you can do is gently insert your face into your palm, send the child out, and apologize to everyone else for having to have witnessed that spectacle.
1061  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: April 18, 2011, 09:10:59 PM
I'll be honest. For all the defending I did for the game I just traded it in today; having only played about 10 hours worth. I wasn't particularly disgusted or dissatisfied with it; but with all the things I want to do/need to do during a week AT3 really didn't justify being something to waste 4+ hours on every so often. Every time I thought about the game I could simply find no motivation or desire to play it. Take that as you will.
1062  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 16, 2011, 01:54:49 AM
I just saw 6 episodes of GunxSword. It was exactly what I needed. XD Not a masterpiece by any standards but a good fun romp that actually has characters and story I can sit down and enjoy without any annoyances. Well...sans that one shot love bird couple. But that was so painful it was hilarious.
1063  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Neptunia on: April 15, 2011, 10:05:50 PM
While I can't say this for certain because my knowledge of the industry is severely lacking; but I think the absence of anything related to PCs in this storyline (and console choice) might be a reference to how the PC Gaming industry tends to get ignored/forgotten, especially when it comes to RPGs (not counting the endless string of MMOs both good and bad). Unless you know where to look it's easy to forget they exist. Heck every so often on Gametrailers and Youtube channels I see this common complaint, in paraphrase: "Why do you never review PC games?"
1064  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Neptunia on: April 15, 2011, 10:00:58 PM
It doesn't seem right that the new Neptunia is for PS3, ought to be for PSP. Still excited for it though... even though I don't on a PS3...

If I were to hazard a guess it's probably because their development team is PS3 specialized; having done virtually all of their joint ventures on that console. To shift to PSP means they'd have to scrap most of what they've learned and make the project completely from scratch.

I did not know that. Still bothers me a little that a game about handhelds is on a home console, but if it means a better game...

I think that's part of the story's humor. Neptunia's whole shtick is parodying the game industry and all of it's aspects. The teaser art on the countdown site showed a massive pile of discared/junked consoles; which indicates to me that the main plot will somehow be about people ditching their old faith in the console goddesses for whatever reason and changing "religion" to fanatic worship of these new handheld/portable goddesses.

What better self-referential parody of this plot than to put a anti-console story on a console?
1065  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Neptunia on: April 15, 2011, 08:57:55 PM
It doesn't seem right that the new Neptunia is for PS3, ought to be for PSP. Still excited for it though... even though I don't on a PS3...

If I were to hazard a guess it's probably because their development team is PS3 specialized; having done virtually all of their joint ventures on that console. To shift to PSP means they'd have to scrap most of what they've learned and make the project completely from scratch. Considering the IF/CH/NISA/Gust team gets gradually better with each game I'd rather have them keep improving on one console than start over and give us another Cross Edge.
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