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961  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 11, 2011, 02:58:33 PM
The overall plot is weak.  The games you listed figured out ways to make it feel fresh.  There are unique character relationships, which is its saving grace, but as far as the overall plot goes - it's dull and unimpressive.  I was extremely bored with it.  

EDIT:  I just want to say even setting aside the cliches, the plot isn't all that entertaining.  

Either the game is awful or the review is harsh. Can't say until I play it though.
68% does mean a broken game. That's a D+

Ironic statement; considering Ar Tonelico II literally was a broken game (Game crashing bug near last boss you couldn't avoid unless winning within X turns) and it scored 81%. XD
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Y'know I'm actually really looking forward to this game now that I realized something in the review. If my front liners are going to do to jack squat for damage, and if I'm only going to be able to take up the Reyvatiel 2 or 3 stages depending on the costume to avoid the awkward underwear scenes then this game might be the first Ar Tonelico that's actually a "challenge" in combat.
962  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 11, 2011, 02:54:51 PM
What it provides is a chiche; all three of the aforementioned titles provide some form of cliche in them, but they are overlaid with more impressive writing and characters.  I can't say the same for AT3.

Isn't that basically what anything NIS/NISA or Gust touches is all about? I mean from Disgaea all the way up to Hyper Dimension Neptunia I've always gotten the impression that their stories are all "self-aware" cliches to one degree or another; only instead of trying to take themselves seriously they simply break the 4th wall or do something absurd in order to provide a fun little ride along the way.

It's kind of a "you should expect this" at this point y'know? Buying a NIS/NISA or Gust game and judging it for having over the top ye-olde-cliche is like judging a Michael Bay moving for having too many explosions and jokes about big steel balls. What else could you have possibly expected? XD

I hear you that it's expected and that these games fill a niche - that's what NISA does, they publish games to a specific niche - the type of person that's probably been in /h/ on 4chan at least once.  That being said, having seen some of AT3 as Kimberley reviewed it, it's more than even I would have bargained for.

Heh, oddly I've never been on either; then again that's probably why I cannot detect the things that people complain about in AT2. XD I guess there are some advantages to having a skull denser than lead.

I can believe that the series is degraded though; and I have no doubts it won't be as good as the prior two. If I could remember the specific date/time this happened I wouldn't be surprised if this "spike" in more blatant innuendo is a sort of "rebellion" on the part of the game writers against the tougher laws regarding H-material recently pushed through in Japan (basically toeing the line like Hollywood does all the time to see what crap they can get away with). If nothing else it should be worth a play just for the music from what I've been hearing on Youtube. (It amazes me this only got an 83% percent in sound when it has some of the most gorgeous Hymnos tunes yet).
963  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 11, 2011, 02:40:38 PM
What it provides is a chiche; all three of the aforementioned titles provide some form of cliche in them, but they are overlaid with more impressive writing and characters.  I can't say the same for AT3.

Isn't that basically what anything NIS/NISA or Gust touches is all about? I mean from Disgaea all the way up to Hyper Dimension Neptunia I've always gotten the impression that their stories are all "self-aware" cliches to one degree or another; only instead of trying to take themselves seriously they simply break the 4th wall or do something absurd in order to provide a fun little ride along the way.

It's kind of a "you should expect this" at this point y'know? Buying a NIS/NISA or Gust game and judging it for having over the top ye-olde-cliche is like judging a Michael Bay moving for having too many explosions and jokes about big steel balls. What else could you have possibly expected? XD
964  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 11, 2011, 12:19:09 PM
Well now that the review's out I don't feel bad about reserving it. I'm not jaded enough yet to be annoyed by JRPG plot conventions, stripping is optional, and having been raised on text-based games/old Macs I find any graphic that's not black and white dots to be satisfactory. XD Looks like another average game for the collection.
965  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst RPGS on: March 03, 2011, 05:01:02 PM
Who still buys official strategy guides?  Assuming you want to resort to a guide at all (which I try to do as little as possible) online guides are better and free.


There are some exceptions. For instance the Disgaea series printed guides have been leaps and bounds compared to anything put online.
966  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 03, 2011, 08:56:18 AM
I'm probably going to pick it up if I can manage to swing the console this weekend, as the vids I've seen of the combat system look decent and even if the game fails there's always D4 and Catherine coming this summer that will have made the console worth it.
967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: February 25, 2011, 07:21:09 AM
So by more than three are we talking actual "ending-able" Reyvatiels complete with cosmospheres or are we takling "sorta Reyvatiels but not really Reyvatiels" like AT2's Cocona?

Heh, I actually remember the games by their lore. That's literally the only thing still keeping me on the fence about this game because it contains, from what I've been hearing, practically everything I despise about modern writing. (Overt sexual overtones, pointless nudity/near-nudity, ect.) I mean Aurica's scene was kinda bad but as awkward as it was to sit through it was kinda sweet and served a purpose.

I guess the big kicker for if I buy this or not comes down to the following: How is the battle system?

Personally I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of live action battle systems. The Tales of - battles systems were always dry and boring to me, and Star Ocean's never really struck me as fun until SO4; but that quickly devolved about half way through the game when the charms of the blindside animations wore off. Seeing the series go from the nice, creative timing system in AT2 to a "live action" format is making me more than slightly cautious. Is there anything unique/creative about this battle system or is it a cut/paste of all the other live action RPG battle systems out there?

Edit: After watching some gameplay vids (or more accurately boss battle vids) two questions come to mind.

1. Are the clothing strip sequences skippable? Because in one vid it looked like you were able to speed through them without detailed cutscenes (unlike another earlier boss fight; which hurt my soul to watch) but I cannot tell if that was video editing or not.

2. Is it possible to win battles without having to "upgrade" your Reyvatiel to the point of nakedness? Or does that happen automatically when your song charge hits certain points?
968  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: February 24, 2011, 06:34:39 PM
So now that the preview is up two things spring to mind.

1. I took a peek at the gallery...worst female designs yet. Purple hair is just a rehash of Luca and the other girl is so...so...plain. :-/ Which isn't a crime of itself but considering how gorgeously elaborate the character designs have been up until now it's a real negative. Is there a third Reyvatiel later on and if so is her design any better?

2. So the innuendo is worse than ever huh? Does it manage to be worse than Aurica's Life Extension scene? If so...how? Just...how?
969  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: February 23, 2011, 01:10:21 AM
Awesome, glad to hear I didn't entirely screw myself over. XD I had to pick Mithra because I usually like higher Agi-types in RPG. I'm about to start some serious grinding tonight to see if I can make some progress (and to get used to the controls). My character name on Leviathan is Oseye.
970  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: February 21, 2011, 07:40:47 PM
I started off in Bastok and after browsing around the FFXI Wiki I discovered I've started off with a rough class/race combo (Mithra Monk) so this will be an interesting adventure.  Haven't seen a Fields of Valor thing yet but I've been using the Tutorial NPC you mentioned. It's like little quests that don't show up in the log or anything; you just have to remember what to do. But it did give me a re-raise earring and an XP boost charm thing.

I'll probably focus on grinding for now then come back and do missions later. I really want to get to 30 so I can play the classes I really want to play. XD
971  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: February 21, 2011, 03:39:43 PM
Question: Should I be focusing on Missions or leveling up via grinding? I just hit level 8 and am on my second mission. The lack of maps is killing me. XD So I want to know if these missions are worth the frustration since it seems monster killing is the only XP source.
972  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Is FF XI worth it this late? on: February 21, 2011, 02:56:44 AM
Heh, I'm still at the point where the software is updated after obtaining the Content ID. You know a patch is huge when you start it; get absorbed playing Civ V to the point where you look up and realize it might've been done hours ago, only to find it's at 90%. XD
973  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Is FF XI worth it this late? on: February 20, 2011, 10:46:10 PM
Thanks for the recommendations. Since it's only $5 via Steam I'm currently downloading it to give it a try. Here's hoping I don't get lost trying to even play the thing. >.<; Their site for it has always confused me...
974  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Is FF XI worth it this late? on: February 20, 2011, 02:52:11 PM
The class system of FF XI has intrigued me for many, many years but one thing after another kept me from hopping on board. (No credit card, too many expansions, rumors of impossible to solo, rumors of pirated game codes possibly invalidating your unopened purchase, not able to "try before you buy" because of said pirated codes, ect.)

But since I now both have a credit card and the expansions are only $20 for everything I was wondering if the game was still pretty active for a P2P game or if it's starting to reach the "dead" levels of many F2P MMOs out there (aka: semi-dead during non-peak hours, so many non English players that you can't talk to anyone, ect.) Is it worth possibly getting into?
975  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New RPGs releasing soon_DS/PSP Wishlist on: February 19, 2011, 01:37:45 AM
If you haven't played it before Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle is definitely worth a purchase. I'll be getting it regardless of having played the PS2 and Wii versions as I find NISA games work so much better in portable form these days. The new Unlosing Ranger cameo alone will make the title worth picking up.
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