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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 18, 2014, 03:28:08 PM
I'm almost tempted just to boycott using Feene by virtue of her introduction having pretty much tripped over every 'Thing you do not do to a female character' alarm. Of all the characters in the entire game so far she's the only one I find to be borderline offensive.

-Hero 'saves' her hometown.
-Heroine comes before him all demure and also verbatum says 'You're the strong man who saved my town. I'm a woman. Therefore you get to do anything you want with me.'
-And to top it all off her battle outfit is a wedding dress.

Good lord I thought this cliche/trope was dead and buried (at least this extreme of a case thereof). But nope. Yamato Nadeshiko and Western Trophy Wife went and had a baby. We're still doing ye-olden hero gets to treat the village girl as property clause.

Probably going to give her 3 events tops. And if she's still being a boot-licker by the end of the third I doubt even I could stand it past then.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 17, 2014, 01:44:43 PM
Just got one from Torri that's a wind all-enemy hitter.

Apparently in the 4th floor of the first dungeon's VR sim there's a chance of an enemy spawning that looks basically like a bunny and a slime mated. Barely hits for anything and if you kill it you get 1500 XP...holy crap.
33  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 17, 2014, 07:22:24 AM
I have to take back a bit what I said. This game isn't 'grindy'. That implies progress. There needs to be another word for this. X-x

Spent roughly 3 hours playing last night to get through Chapter 2. Star Children have level caps. What their cap is seems to be a combination of your level, heroine's level, and affection rating with some RNG thrown in for good measure. So when I started most of my kids were maxed out at level 14-16. Cleared out the two sub dungeons, gradually swapping kids as one capped out (you trade them in to level up the town for new stuff), then beat the main dungeon.

Since I swapped to Torri...I now have a Heroine reset of Level 6 (from Serina's 14) and guess what all my Star Kids are at? 14-16. ~_~; 3 hours and the only 'progress' is a raised level cap and about 3+ levels to the hero.

34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 06:46:47 PM
Fuuka is boring.

But did you know she can swim really well? >.>
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 04:25:00 PM
At which point do you give up on half baked ecchi games with hopes of titillation to simply go for eroge where the tits are actually there?
I mean, if the game has nothing else at all going for it... why the hell not go play an actual eroge that delivers the goods instead of teasing.

That's a real question.

I'll probably have the most boring answer out of the lot due to the HSDD- Never.

Personally I'd be quite happy to enjoy the Ecchi games with none of the Ecchi as I prefer more adorable character designs, light hearted plots, and decent combat/class systems without having to delve into the hard-drama plots most non-Ecchi RPGs rely on. My RPG entertainment needs pretty heavy on levity and even contain some brain deadness to it, considering that between my anime viewing and novel writing I saturate myself in enough 'darkness' and over-thinking as is. XP

So for me there's never really any combination of eating my cake and enjoying it.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 04:10:17 PM
Just a random thought.

Why do I get the feeling we're going to have this conversation all over again when Mugen Souls Z comes out? XD

Although to be fair at least Mugen Souls tried to mix things up and didn't rely on 'peon' jokes the entire time.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 02:44:25 PM
It's time to stop using 15 year old games as the benchmark for bad voice acting.

Chaos Wars - NA Release Date, 2008

15 years huh? ;-P

Snark aside, very certain there's more recent examples if the year 2014 is contemporary enough for you. The entire game's just chalk full of bad VA but this timestamp I think captures the spirit of it. 'This' is bad voice acting of similar caliber. Conception II blows this out of the water.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 01:47:48 PM
In hindsight using the 'Editor's Choice' remark was the wrong word set to go with. I was already getting rather wordy and looking for something short/simple to get the point across. The comparison was meant to be a bit more universal. Since SoT received wide praise across the gaming review boards with commentary on the squickier material tending to be a footnote or a 'sweep it under the run', in general. Where as a majority of C-2 reviews bring up the whole innuendo thing as the primary point and tend not to let it go.

Which might've accidentally framed it as a specific-review targeting comment. Apologies as that was not the intention.

Really about the only thing I disagree with in the review is the knocks against the sound. Subjectivity with tastes in music aside, I still really feel reviews can't be allowed to call something 'poor voice acting' if it's not in the same league as anything like this.

Conception II isn't anywhere close to bad in the VA department. It's merely average with some sub-par direction choices.

But really that's just a nitpick on my part.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 12:37:32 PM
I'd give Twilight Princess a 10/10 but I doubt many people feel the same way. x)

Dice pls. We all know Trixie has far more depth of character and 'deserves' such an award much more.

*insert generic trolling face here*


On a sub note. Really hoping I finally get access to Torri tonight because so far she looks to be one of the few characters that won't be completely boxed into a worn-out cliche for the first 6 conversations. (I smell 'sealed in a lab hikikomori' here but at least that one hasn't been overexposed to me yet.) Although I can't get over the fact that she talks--with-an-extra--space-every--other-word-because----that's-how-sheltered-people--------converse-,right?
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 01:46:13 AM
Yeah, I think I can see how the 1-Track vs diversity thing would make one particularly more unbearable over the other. So far there hasn't been any other form of comedic attempts aside from said subject material. Honestly I can't really say if Conception II takes itself seriously or not simply because so far there's enough evidence for both sides to have a valid argument.

For example. Early, early on the game exposits about how male Disciples have their power measured by their Ether Count. Even I can tell through the context this is basically set up for a 'sperm count' joke. However there's just 'something' about the delivery and its tone. There are no winks or nods to the audience. No forced press of the subject matter. It flows out unusually naturally and doesn't 'feel' like forced innuendo humor at all. Very much like the whole Crystal Insertion scene from the original Ar Tonelico. It's obvious it has that 'double side', yet the material treats the scene so straight that you have to feel it's sincerely taking itself seriously.

And then it throws pedo-priest-Roshi at the audience not two minutes later and gives us a girl with literal stars in her eyes as, yet again literally, a nun with a gun...

If you're looking for a 'why' there's really no other honest answer than 'it works'.

Not in a complimentary or praising way mind you, at least by my opinion. Just a fact of the universe that it somehow 'works'.

I've always had the same thoughts of 'why' for all Western comedy sitcom material that endlessly shows anything male as being hopelessly sex-minded, idiotic, and a chronic liar despite being the 'protagonist'.

Strangely, now that I think about it, there's an odd parallel to be drawn here.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 16, 2014, 12:36:41 AM
Personally I think you people are stretching way too much. Especially with the 'juice' scene. Which I had no idea was even a thing until I checked the forums here. Really? We're going that far as to bend scene context and line delivery just to create false entendre? There's no denying the game has more than an over abundance of it throw in low, slow pitches but really. Now you're just trying to set fires so you can claim the barn bonfire's really a deforesting inferno.

Also kinda find it very pot and kettle how many people here railing on Conception II with one fist but used the other to handwave pretty much all of Stick of Truth; which anything South Park is pretty much as juvenile, low-as-you-can-go, bottom of the barrel not-funny humor. I'll point it out again. SoT utilized ABORTION and ANAL RAPE (possibly of a minor; have no desire to research this particular topic but considering how many characters in the SP universe are children I think the odds are good enough to assume this until someone corrects me) multiple times for 'comedy'. Guess what it got? Editor's Choice. And yet Conception II is being ragged because of minor to moderate innuendo? *brain blown*

I dunno. Maybe my HSDD is filtering out some of the more obvious things keeping me from seeing this 'avalanche' of supposed subject matter but really this particular criticism is being blown way out of proportion. I just got a fair way into Chapter 2 tonight and I have yet to see anything that isn't stereotypical content for your average Japanese Shonen story. Heck, compared to even some of the tamer Shonen material over the past decade Conception II hasn't throw out anything over the 'average' bar of eye rolling raciness. Even some of the things people are griping about here the 'golden child' of JRPGs this past decade, Persona 4, utilized as well. If not even worse than Conception II has so far. (Pretty sure there were 3-tops scenes of extended conversations post Naoto's rescue revolving around 'How big is X's breasts' as humor; one of which done in a hot spring with an all girl group for 'bonus points' on the low brow-o-dometer.)

The game's nothing special mind you. Horrid dialog for all the female characters thus far (not that the males are any better but they sit at base-level cliche rather than dipping into the 'bleh' pool), transitions so sharp I swear I get whip lash just from simple scene to scenes, grindy gameplay and waaaay too many tutorials just dog-piled on in quick succession. So there's plenty to nitpick here without delving into sensationalist fiction for extra discussion material.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: AMAZING new TRAILER of FREEDOM WARS on: April 14, 2014, 04:29:36 PM
*glances at gameplay* Never played Monster Hunter. Although I think this looks far more like The 3rd Birthday than any MH game I've seen footage of.

Which is a good thing. T3B was actually fairly fun if you ignore the story (or lack there of) and chop out the final-final boss fight.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Conception II on: April 08, 2014, 04:26:03 PM
Depends on which element has the most appeal once the game gets rolling. Haven't touched the demo so this is just based on website profiles.

If character personality (based on their synopsis) wins out: Probably Torri.
If character design (for better looking kids) wins out: Probably Fuuko.
If who has the coolest looking weapon/armor combo wins out: Probably Feene. (Narika would be a close second but bust-focused designs annoy me.)


Huh...just looked over the Main Character's art stills on the site...

Anyone else think he looks more like a villain?
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on: April 07, 2014, 02:18:02 PM
Yeah, Genocider Jill was the point I stopped trying to make sense of the story and just decided to go along with the ride. Seriously though, she is brilliant.

Don't get me wrong. I adore the character. But the name just really is jarring/baffling if you're familiar with the original.

For example: Imagine for the US release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD they decided Yuna was too Japanese to properly write around for a 30-minute plot point. So they re-named her Susan.

Susan, daughter of Braska; inheritor of the name from Susanalesca.

45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on: April 07, 2014, 04:43:57 AM
(Not considering this spoilers since I don't say anywhere who said character is. Will add in tags if somehow it is deemed necessary.)

You know normally I don't rag on the whole Sub/Dub thing but oh man did NISA really crap the bed on this one.

All the other Japanese names are good enough to keep but we've got to go with Genocider Jack/Jill for that one? Really?

I just stumbled across this when wiki browsing the other day to see what the alternative executions were. That one name change alone really makes me not want to play this version. Even with Sub-language on that name text is going to be there every single time. Genocider Jill...what a load of rubbish. That name really inspires terror right there. XP I dunno what 'Syo/Shou' meant in Japanese but it sure didn't sound nearly as goofy.

There's no excuse for the change either. Americanizing one name isn't going to open up your audience any wider. (Yes I know Monokuma/Monobear but at least in that case the names are pretty much the exact same thing.) The target group who was going to buy this game anyway knows well enough about foreign name gender ambiguity without having to ham-fist it like this. XP
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