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1156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 08, 2010, 06:28:22 PM
Does it have anything to do with that weird and mostly unrelated Japanese live action Parasite Eve movie? XD
1157  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 08, 2010, 05:45:40 PM
The back of the box for The 3rd Birthday says "Parasite Eve's main character appears as a reborn Aya Brea. She's lost the memories of her past. Can she save humanity from despair?"

So if the massive changes to theme, setting, and gameplay weren't enough there's now the chance that they're trying to do a complete series reboot ala the amnesia mechanic? Exactly what was so horrifyingly bad about the first two games that they feel the need to remove themselves as far from them as possible?
1158  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 08, 2010, 03:21:22 PM
I played Alundra briefly back when it came out. I don't remember why, but it didn't work for me.
I've always wanted to play the Arc games. Hmmm...

Wait for Arc the Lad 2. Arc the Lad is a decent game but the combat system is so basic that it suffers from Disgaea syndrome. Just level up the main character to the level cap and every enemy (even the final bosses) become a joke. And the level cap is only like...60? I can't remember but it's a low-ish number.

Of course you don't want to do this surprisingly. Your save data from AtL carries over to AtL 2, and there are points where you're suddenly forced to control the original cast...at the exact level they were at the end of your AtL save. So imagine my shock about 3/4th through the game when I suddenly have to solo a boss with a level 12 character...XD
1159  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: age-old JRPG problem on: October 08, 2010, 02:04:37 AM
Call me crazy but...I've never noticed any difficulty spikes in a game...ever. Well, at least not since I was 6. Back then I had a problem with skipping so many battles because I wanted to advance the story only to have to restart because I couldn't kill the next boss and a lot of the stock enemies were causing me to have to use a tent after every battle. XD So I eventually forced myself to fight every battle I came across.

That philosophy has carried over and since then I've never noticed any "Difficulty Spikes" in RPGs. *shrugs* Then again that might just be me having played them so long as my only main genre of gaming.

Yeah, I over-exaggerated I think... but I remember Choco Eater being a retard (Mi'hen Highway) and the Seymour's proved some threat (and secret dungeon)

...oh good grief. You made me remember the Chobo Eater. XD That fight was always a bit frustrating simply because every time I got him shoved against the cliff edge he'd immediately push back to middle ground the following turn. XP
1160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: age-old JRPG problem on: October 08, 2010, 01:28:29 AM
Call me crazy but...I've never noticed any difficulty spikes in a game...ever. Well, at least not since I was 6. Back then I had a problem with skipping so many battles because I wanted to advance the story only to have to restart because I couldn't kill the next boss and a lot of the stock enemies were causing me to have to use a tent after every battle. XD So I eventually forced myself to fight every battle I came across.

That philosophy has carried over and since then I've never noticed any "Difficulty Spikes" in RPGs. *shrugs* Then again that might just be me having played them so long as my only main genre of gaming.
1161  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alundra and Arc the Lad coming to PSN on 10.12.2010 on: October 08, 2010, 12:57:09 AM
Alundra I might pick up since I've never played it. AtL I'm going to wait and see if at least AtL II comes out before picking up the original. Here's hoping neither title fall pray to Sony's negligence when it comes to bug-testing PSN titles. XP
1162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 07, 2010, 04:14:10 AM
Finally decided to watch the new trailer and I'm left with feeling:

-As a successor to an RPG Franchise that has left a distinct impression on my childhood...it sucks, terribly. The game looks downright horrific for a Parasite Eve title.
Take off the nostalgia goggles - Parasite Eve looks horrible by today's standards.

Sorry, I think I used the wrong word choice. When I say "looks" I am not referring to the game's graphical quality. The cutscenes are gorgeous, the game graphics are far beyond average; for a visual grade alone I would rate the game A+.

When I say "It looks terrible", what I mean is if you removed Aya and the Parasite Eve theme then it would "look" nothing like a Parasite Eve game. The themes in it are all wrong. Parasite Eve used to be a game series about fighting mutated, mostly animalistic creatures, in a modern setting with slight "magical" over tones due to the Parasite Powers (which were explained by Pseudo-Science logic.)

Now look at The 3rd Birthday, it uses paints a picture of a society that has technology well beyond modern day level (perhaps even beyond 20+ years from now), has a lot of Sci-Fi themes that are shared with the Ghost in the Shell series (hence why I still say it would fare far better as a GitS game), is filled with unimaginative tentacle monsters instead of unique and genuinely horrifying creatures that look like mutated abominations of familiar beasts, and just in general reeks of a misplaced story (Aya seems to be doing a lot of flying too ala Kingdom Hearts style, apparently realism has been completely abandoned despite being a part of the previous two installments.)

As someone who plays games for their story and as someone who enjoys good stories in general, I like to have plot and theme consistency. This...is not consistency. This is the equivalent of releasing Fallout 4 where the game takes place on a star ship that has a colony that simulates 1980's non-post-nuclear America. Sure that might be a "great" game by graphical and gameplay standards but it's not a "Fallout" game by theme and setting standards. Thus is the problem I'm having with The 3rd Birthday as it is currently presented.

1163  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: October 06, 2010, 11:22:23 PM
Finally decided to watch the new trailer and I'm left with feeling:

-As a successor to an RPG Franchise that has left a distinct impression on my childhood...it sucks, terribly. The game looks downright horrific for a Parasite Eve title.

-As a random shooter in an already flooded market that totally has the wrong title, it looks quite above average.

Seriously; Cyber Mind Diving? A female protagonist that will spend most of the game with less than the average amount of clothing? A world with access to futuristic computer technology? This isn't Parasite Eve 3, this is Ghost in the Shell 3. XD If this game had run under the GitS title it would be amazing simply because it lends itself to that world so much better. Not so much the PE universe.
1164  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How many JRPGs can you categorize by this Cast template on: October 04, 2010, 10:17:37 AM
Surprised this wasn't mentioned. XD

Game: Disgaea
Guy with Sword: Laharl
Nice Girl: Flonne (arguably Etna too considering her journal)
Hot Girl: Jennifer (Plenair if you live in Japan)
Muscular Guy: Mid-Boss

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Optionals:
A guy who starts off in the story as stronger than the main character, then joins the party later in the game: Kurtis
Some kind of animal/pet: Captain Gordon
Twins: Every single rank and file Prinny.
Old Guy: Vulcanus
1165  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 03:22:03 AM





...thanks for that. Now I'm going to try to sleep in a few hours only to have that image resurface along with a fresh slew of laughter. XD
1166  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 02:46:09 AM


Hah. Not really. It's simply called having to feed six mouths on one sub-standard paycheck. If I want the latest and greatest stuff I have to give up the old to make with the new. That means when I buy something new I have to make damn sure it's what I want. XD

Okay, THAT I can definitely empathize with. It makes a much stronger argument than your whole brand loyalty crap. I wouldn't agree but I also wouldn't think you're an idiot for it.

Brand loyalty was probably the wrong argument tactic for me to take. I have ideas and usually they're valid but often times between the brain and the keys (or mouth) they become disjointed. XP Sorry if it seemed like I was stirring the pot. The initial "ZOMG it's on 3DS!" was a bit of a kneejerk but that good old fashioned bickering helped work that out.

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Actually something that's been kind of bugging me since the whole MML3 thing came up. Yes, it's a nitpick, but it's one I kinda find important. What art style do you think they will use for MML3? Megaman games in general over the past couple of years or so have been getting some...weird make overs. Mega Man Powered Up and Mega Man Universe come to mind. Do you think they'll go for more a "serious" (I use the word lightly) art style or the quasi-cartoony style that was prominent in those games (and honestly shows up in a fair amount of DS titles I've seen from browsing the cases during window shopping sessions).
1167  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 01:28:52 AM
Hah. Not really. It's simply called having to feed six mouths on one sub-standard paycheck. If I want the latest and greatest stuff I have to give up the old to make with the new. That means when I buy something new I have to make damn sure it's what I want. XD

Well, it's still an accurate metaphor at least.

Except for the sacrilege part (just because as far as I can remember I've always had multiple gaming systems from different companies, typically Sony and Nintendo) I'll agree to that. XD
1168  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 01:19:17 AM
Well, I did own a DS at one point. But this was waaaaay back when it first came out and about the only reason I kept it around was to play the Phoenix Wright games. So it's been a long time since I've even looked at one's gameplay videos.  I'll probably wait and see how MML3 turns out and what the price tag is on the system before considering whether or not to nuke the PSP and 360 to get it. Thanks for the information. ^_^

I've finally figured out why ZeronHitaro is so upset!  Apparently he believes that owning two systems made by different companies is sacrilege and whenever one buys a new system the old ones must be presented as offerings in some sort of ritual sacrifice.

I guess I would be upset if there were true too...

Hah. Not really. It's simply called having to feed six mouths on one sub-standard paycheck. If I want the latest and greatest stuff I have to give up the old to make with the new. That means when I buy something new I have to make damn sure it's what I want. XD
1169  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:51:21 AM
So...basically it's PSP graphics with the stylus gameplay tacked on and supposedly the ability to project 3D images during gameplay? Honestly my eyes aren't really that great when it comes to picking out "graphical superiority" this generation so if I'm off base with this assumption you'll have to correct me.

Roughly, though the framerate seems a lot smoother than I've seen with most PSP games. Compared to the DS the vault in graphical quality's huge, easily comparable to the PS1 to PS2 jump even when factoring out 3D, and since carts are a lot bigger (a starting cap of 2 gigabytes rather than a starting cap of 128 Megabytes that expanded to 512) this is definitely going to be akin to getting MML3 on the PS2 aside from the lack of a second analog.

Anyways, since you didn't own a DS you're obviously kind of ignorant about it. Quite a few games didn't focus on the stylus, or even really used it, so at most I'd only expect using it to aim and shoot in MML, and they might not even do that in favor of a more streamlined control setup.

Well, I did own a DS at one point. But this was waaaaay back when it first came out and about the only reason I kept it around was to play the Phoenix Wright games. So it's been a long time since I've even looked at one's gameplay videos.  I'll probably wait and see how MML3 turns out and what the price tag is on the system before considering whether or not to nuke the PSP and 360 to get it. Thanks for the information. ^_^


Wut? Are you making this up on the spot? XD


It's hard to believe any MML fan would be worried about camera and controls, but the stylus is not the primary control method on the DS so there's no reason for you to worry that they won't use the analog stick for movement and try to make everything as convenient as possible.

No, that's actually something I mentioned in a post a few posts ago or so...I've stopped counting and it doesn't matter enough to try and dig it up now. XP I've had my bark on the subject and I'm pretty sure I've gotten most of it out of my system.

Really? Maybe it was just me then but I thought the MML 1 & 2 controls and camera were pretty decent. If they weren't I guess I just adjusted to them to the point where I didn't notice any flaws. I don't think I'm too worried about them using the analog stick for movement. Although the proximity of the analog to the D-pad looks a bit small. I'm hoping you don't have to switch between the two often. >>;
1170  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3? on: September 30, 2010, 12:39:27 AM
So...basically it's PSP graphics with the stylus gameplay tacked on and supposedly the ability to project 3D images during gameplay? Honestly my eyes aren't really that great when it comes to picking out "graphical superiority" this generation so if I'm off base with this assumption you'll have to correct me.
Reading the writings smashed out by a retarded blind monkey with a keyboard taped to its wrists is preferable to your intensely stupid diatribes.

It's like you're saying the PS2 to PS3 jump just involves prettier graphics.

Well pardon me for not having a list of changed features at my beck and call 24/7 when the video presented to provide evidence of these led to my simplification of the product. Really now I ask a sincere question and that's the reply? There are many things I could say in response to that but will refrain from doing so simply on the assumption that you're a civil individual only giving into a bout of irrational temper.

Really all that video showed was a handheld machine like the DS with PSP level graphics and an analog stick. I know nothing about the machine except what little marketing I've seen so any differences that are not superficial will have to be explained.
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