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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: April 04, 2015, 06:32:11 PM
What is a good game to start with the Atelier series?

I always avoided them so far because I didn't like the time management, but I didn't find it that bad in Type-0, so I might give this series a try! Are the time mechanics similar to those in Type-0?

Should I just get the released game for PS3 and go from there? I believe there are some games that are sequels to another but not all of them, right?

If you want to go pre-time management, PS2 Atelier Iris games (1 and 2, not so much Grand Phantasm) are great.

If you're okay with Time Management ... yeah, start with Rorona and go forward.

Actually considering the weirdness the Plus versions have pulled; start with Totori Plus, go to Meruru Plus, THEN go to Rorona Plus. (I suppose you could swap these last two, but I'll get into that in a sec.) Otherwise the extras in Rorona probably will make zero sense. (Also, assuming they haven't rebalanced Rorona much in the Plus version, the time/money restraints in Rorona were MUCH bigger of a pain in the rear than Totori's.)

That and back on the PS3 versions I so happened to start with Totori myself (because I couldn't find any copies of Rorona for a while). It actually makes for a much better presentation when you don't know anything about Rorona. Granted there will be some character confusion in Meruru with that order but...eh...Meruru is so slice of life heavy (in a bad way) that even if you know every character you're probably skipping past 80+% of the dialog since it's just recycled character cliches by that point.
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 29, 2015, 04:25:38 PM
Including this?



Never seen any problem with that one. The game never explicitly states that Angelo's a 100% flesh and blood animal. Between the setting and Rinoa's character there's two very easy 'outs'.

A) Angelo's an advanced android-style dog from the Esthar city-state.

B) Angelo's a homunculus/familiar; comprised mostly of magical energies.

Angelo's background never goes further than "Was adopted by Rinoa as a puppy from the Timber pet shop". You know how pet shops are. They'll take product from anywhere. Recovered enemy shipments from bio labs... Strays that ran away from Sorceric laboratories...

Let's not forget the dog's 'actual' name.

Sant' Angelo di Roma (Translation: Saint Angel of Rome)

...you don't get that sort of hokery name in a Final Fantasy game if there's not something special about you. XD
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: March 20, 2015, 05:29:17 PM
Forgive the double post, but I wanted to share that even though it's relevant to the plot, the names for Class Zero still really bug me. Mostly Seven, Eight and Nine--because it's lazy (they couldn't have made Nine female and named her Nona?)--as well as Jack, Queen and King because they're associated with the wrong numbers.

*glances at the list of names, without looking at any spoilers and still one day away from buying the game*

My first thought was "Oh, they're all using proper playing card names." Which is why you don't see Nona, you see Nine. If you remember old poker terminology twos are deuces and threes are treys. It's not lazy, it's themed.

Secondly, why do you think they're the wrong numbers? I'd assumed it means either 10 is dead or in training. When you see 'set names' like that they usually don't leave an empty hole as such without reason.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Breath of Fire 6 announced on: March 20, 2015, 05:21:58 PM

-The main character is created (so again, like an MMO), so there's no actual blue-haired Ryu-equivalent in this game


So, this isn't a Breath of Fire game then. ;-P
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 04, 2015, 12:25:16 PM
So the alternate-dimension canon ... they ARE or ARE NOT remakes? That's what I'm trying to figure out...

They are remakes in the mechanical sense but not in the literal.

According to the non-CPU characters you recruit, they recognize Neptune and co. because they've crossed over from a future alternate reality. So the original Neptune games plot is still cannon and separate from the Rebirth canon.

Think of it like the DBZ Cell Saga. Original Neptunia games are the future with the super power andriods, Rebirth Nepunia is weaker versions with Cell cropping up. They're both 'main plot' but now exist as different continuities you can jump between without one effecting the other.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 02, 2015, 03:21:38 PM
So FINALLY got my Vita enough memory storage.

8GB Original - Save Data & DLC only.
8GB #2 - Full, Random PSP & PSOne titles.
16 GB - Full, Almost all the Final Fantasies and Personas.
64 GB - ...already using nearly 20GB...why Atelier...why...

At least once Atelier Escha & Logy and Shallie + come out that poor thing can rest assured I won't try to cram too much more into it...sans the two Trails games when SC comes out and I can finally play them both...

And here I thought handhelds were supposed to be cheaper with less work than a console. XP
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: March 02, 2015, 09:47:06 AM
A look at Metacritic says 45 for the original and 71 for Re:Birth1. That is a huge leap in quality. You are entitled to your oppinion but doesn't seem like many agree looking at the score.

I cannot say since I never played the first game.
Playing the original would greatly help you there. ;-P

Re;birth only is getting praise because:

1) Massive graphical update; in that the original had virtually no graphics to begin with. For example, anything that wasn't a party member or primary antagonist used a greyed out silhouette. No 2D art, no 3D models, for the ENTIRE game.

2) Streamlined combat. Not good combat. Streamlined. Old Neptunia had most people thumbing through menus for days.

Because of that of course the meta scores are going to be substantially higher. Even if the core 'bad' elements of the two games still factually exist. (Some of which having devolved significantly. But you'll never see, in this time period, a moe-blob RPG downvoted in the mainstream sites for horrible story/characters because Japan is 'Mai waifus!!' and America is 'Criticism = Censorship! ...also, mai waifus!'.)
53  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 26, 2015, 10:03:06 PM
Can confirm, the Dev has banned using the PS4 to stream pretty much anything not multiplayer.

...why is this touted as a system feature again? It does nothing.
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Am enjoying the hell out of this game though. Wife talked me into starting as a Frieza clan member. Nice bone grey exoskeleton...light pink gems, teal facial outers, very sandy tail and midriff skin, and a salmon colored main body skin. He's actually quite beautiful.

We also named him Salmanerra.

<.<
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Neptunia resource I'd really love... on: February 26, 2015, 03:45:00 PM
Not a flow chart persay but really if you want to know what anything is your best bet these days are the various 'sub-Wikis' out there.

http://hyperdimensionneptunia.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperdimension_Neptunia_Wiki

Reserved Edit: (Done.)

List of Neptunia Games; Organized by Cannon & Chronology

Original Cannon
Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hyperdimension Nepunia mk 2
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory


Spin Off Miku Hatsune Clone
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection

Alternate Dimension Cannon
Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth1
~ Rebirth 2
~ Rebirth 3


The next two I believe go between Rebirth 2 & 3.


(Terrible) Spin Off Dynasty Warriors Clone

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

SRPG Spin Off Game
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

??? Cannon (No one knows yet if this is the original cannon or the Rebirth cannon)
Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII


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Also, whoever said the series has gotten better has liiiiied. XP I just traded in Re;Birth 1&2 after barely touching the second. I couldn't quite put my finger on what the biggest drain was until just yesterday and my wife agreed with the sentiment.

Neptunia's plot has effectively deleted all character conflict because it gets in the way of them being 'perfect waifus'.

Just compare the original Neptunia to Re;Birth1 in this one element for example. In that one all the CPUs were relatively hostile to Neptune at first and that tension slowly wore down over the course of the entire game. Re;Birth1? You get many...5 second of wariness. Then it's gone. For no reason then just to rug-sweep it. To add to the problems...


Dungeons are just as bland, samey, and recycled as the original.

Grinding is still nightmarish, and good luck unlocking gear without a guide for which monsters to farm for drops because that crap gets convoluted quickly.

Dialog is still extremely hit or miss in the humor department.

Pandering fanservice has gotten 'worse' in that it utterly annihilates characterization. (I.E: IF used to be the 'straight man' of the group to counter balance the nonsensical humor vibe in the original. Now as soon as you meet Vert she devolves into "...booooooobs...*drools*" as her only trait for the rest of the entire game.)

Combat is still 'mash Square to win, tactics aren't needed.', despite using a completely revamped system.

Transformations have actually gotten WORSE because there's no longer any fun 'Sailor Moon' esque scene where you get to see your different parts snap on. Just a flash of light and 'done'.
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Literally the only improvement over the original is the music. :-\

As for Re;Birth2? Exact, same, issues. ~_~
55  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Xenoverse, DBZ game or something more? on: February 26, 2015, 03:18:14 PM
Think roughly 6pm CST I'm going to try streaming a fresh run of Xenoverse. So if you want to see how this plays out from a pure rookie's experience (with minimum fighter and brawler experience) then feel free to pop in. I don't use cam or any of those annoying 'stalker systems' modern streamers use. Just good old fashioned keyboard chat room replies.

twitch.tv/sakuriono

Do note though, depending on what Xeno's Devs decided to censor out for the broadcasting system the stream might end as soon as it starts. There's every possibility they decided to forbid the audio on anything but the opening menu and multiplayer because...logic? (Sorry, WO3U's made me paranoid now.)
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Rated M on: February 26, 2015, 11:51:56 AM
Is SE trying to appeal to the edgemaster audience now? I mean, this and reading about the importance of gore in FF XV.

After the stinkbomb that was the XIII-series they're probably going for that 'western audience appeal'. Which unless your dev team leader's name is 'Keiji Inafune' means using the worst stereotypes of that region as your inclusivity factor. So for us Americans it means the guns, gore, and (judging by the way they dress the mechanic in XV) rednecks are in full swing as 'ways we can make them buy this game'.

That's neither me being sarcastic nor rude neither. Nor Japan being rude. Even in today's multi-cultural internet society the majority of Japanese use harsh cultural cliches when trying to appeal or reference the outside world because the 'island nation' mindset is still very real and sadly a majority thought process. They merely don't know anything else about 'the west' other than that.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 25, 2015, 11:12:58 PM
Burned what little of my old gen collection remained to upgrade to a PS4. First time in a while I've been rather enamored by a machine simply turning it. It's quite a beautiful beasty. Immediately went to test the Twitch Streaming feature and met with massive disappointment. Apparently Devs can chose to block certain aspects of the game from live streaming...including the entirety of the audio files.

Good luck trying to make playing Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate enjoyable with zero music or sound effects...the hell Koei!?

On the plus side it looks like Xenoverse works fairly well...got sound but it seems like the opening movie is blocked. It forcefully pauses your broadcast while it plays...which worries me about what ELSE might be blocked.

Maybe I'll give it a first time attempt tomorrow and post the link around here in advance, just so we can all see what hoops Sony thinks are fun to make its players jump through for basic functionality.
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 20, 2015, 08:20:52 AM
Not just the subject matter but that has to be one of the worst written books I've ever tried to read that wasn't self published.

....:-\ Why do people do this?

Y'all know it's bad beforehand. It was written to be garbage. It was marketed specially as garbage. It will never be anything other than garbage.

Yet they still ignore the other legitimate writers, who're very much fighting to stay sane all the while, out there and burn their finite time (and possibly money) on something they know will make them miserable.

Not sure people know exactly how much mental damage this causes struggling novelists every time they have to see yet another "Oh I just read the WORST book ever...on purpose. Lawls."

(Not picking on you specifically Au, you're hardly the only one who does this.)
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 16, 2015, 08:39:07 PM

In regards to Persona, P4 definitely had a protag with a personality.

I'm actually quite curious what personality you got from him.

I ask because to me P4's MC was designed to be as plain/flat as possible for maximum malleability. He's pretty much cut and polished to be the most generic student possible, from his non reactive attitude (except where guided by the player for extreme over reactions) to being clean, cut, and polished to look like a harmless honor student.

In fact Atlus themselves joke about this with how they wrote the MC for Persona 4: The Animation. They intentionally have him carry about as much emotional re-activeness as a piece of wood. It works to great humor effect mind you, but that's pretty much the creators outright poking fun at their own 'lack' of a creation.

So I do ask in honest inquisitiveness since perhaps another point of view picked up on something I didn't...or maybe it was subtle sarcasm in hindsight. Not sure. ...I knew I should've leveled up Understanding today. Damn cranes.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 15, 2015, 06:10:55 PM

I dunno based on the picture Mickeymac92 posted, it looks to me like Izanagi....w/e (Idachi's version) with a slight recolor and a hat. Although part of that is because the wings look like they are just background elements due to the framing. I don't dislike it, but it feels a lot like an evilish version of Izanagi to me.

Also totally willing to bet that this MC will end up being a 'shonen blank slate' just as much as the last two. :p

http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090124003256/megamitensei/images/9/98/P4-MagatsuIzanagi.jpg

Magatsu-Izanagi was never anything more than a poorly palette swapped Izanagi with veins because...evil? XP

The differences in design between that and P5's are pretty broad IMO. If for nothing else that M-I's just an outright eyesore.
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