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976  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 15, 2011, 03:47:03 AM
Made it partyway through Ch. 6 today. I hate Axel. Hated him in 2, hated him in cameo in 3, hate him now. I fail to see how this "thing" survived as a concept; let alone as such a popular "character" as he seems to be.
977  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Opens a New Teaser Site (Persona 4 related?) on: September 15, 2011, 01:06:51 AM
Silly question/observation: For all the side by side comparisons that people have been doing with Mary to the P3 Velvet Room companions; has anyone else noticed a subtle but perhaps very important difference?

Theodore's V marker is silver; Mary's is Golden.

Persona 4: The Golden...new character with a very prominent golden icon worn only by someone else with a connection to the velvet room...

Might be looking too deep into it but my hunches tell me this is intentionally overt for some reason.
978  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X HD confirmed for PSVita and PS3 on: September 14, 2011, 11:21:23 PM
Maybe it's been too long but even though I generally dislike X I remember Blitzball being rather fun. Granted I didn't play it long enough for Wakka's weapon but the team building aspect and manually controlling the players was a nice distraction. About the only major flaw was the Jecht Shots pretty much broke the game balance and it was about the only way to win the story-required game.

Heck my liking for Blitzball is one of the major contributing factors for why I think X-2 is a steaming pile; they turned Blitzball into a "hands-off" affair. ~.~ It's probably the second greatest example of a Japanese company missing the point of what made something fun and playable bested only by Sonic the Hedgehog's entire production history.
979  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X HD confirmed for PSVita and PS3 on: September 14, 2011, 06:50:32 AM
If it's an HD remake and follows the trends of current PS2 HD remakes it'll be DD only; see Resi 4 for the most recent example.
980  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X HD confirmed for PSVita and PS3 on: September 14, 2011, 01:12:52 AM
Just what we wanted. "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" in High Definition! >.>

Joking aside; why "X" I wonder. Of all the FFs fans have been calling for a graphically updated remake I'd rank probably 7 and 6 at the top of that list with X trailing somewhere down there with 9 (mostly because the cartoony style still holds up pretty well even with PSOne era graphics) and X-2 because...it's X-2.
981  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 12, 2011, 11:50:41 PM
That one was a rather...odd choice. Kinda reminded me of the same "voice does not match the face" situation Disgaea 3 had with the leader of the PTA's VA.
982  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 12, 2011, 02:40:50 AM
I'll have to let you know what I think when I get that far (unless you meant the information bureau). I just started Chapter 6 but am planning on some serious level grinding on 5-2 now that I have Vulcanus.

On a side note: Please tell me I'm not the only one here who has created a succubus named
. XD
983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 12, 2011, 01:12:09 AM
The problem is Brianne's and not the directors or anything; at least to me personally. Her voice has...more often struck out with me than hit home. About the only role of hers that doesn't agitate me is Jim Hawking from OS but that's probably because it was my first experience with it. Since then every role I've heard her do she pretty much clones that voice. Jr. from Xenosaga got on my nerves, Emizel's...sorta still on my nerves; he's getting better due to finally taking a back seat, and probably her worst crime was Pamela from MK 1...that voice choice still gives me nightmares.
984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 10, 2011, 07:29:54 AM
Only at the end Chapter 3 so far. I died again fighting
but beat her on what is now my third cycle. Not really liking the new difficulty curve at all. It's slowing down the progress to about one new chapter a day. :-/ On the plus side I really love the Online Downloadable Maps feature; mostly because there are awesome designers who basically put every monster in the game on a single map at level 1; this way you can unlock the base form for any monster you want without having to wait until more than half the story is over to get the critter you want to start raising.

Mechanics aside; I'm kinda torn on where I would rate this Disgaea so far. It's better than 1 & 2, but 3 gave me more laughs. Conversely 3 gave me more facepalms and groans as well; and 4 has become much more tolerable now that Valvatorez doesn't yap about sardines every single map anymore. Fenrich is quite the humorous character; I was about to write him off as a Geoffery clone but he's proven to have a bit more of his own thing going on now. Fuka so far is...meh. But DESCO is unexpectedly adorable. Although from what little of the story I have this horrid hunch that (just in case)
Fuka and DESCO were like Magical Girl and rival Enemy respectively somehow.
Not sure how I'll react if that's really the case. Really looking forward to seeing Vulcanus(?) next chapter and learning how I feel about that character. Funny how so far Vulcanus(?) and Vulcanus seem to be having the same agenda with different emotions behind it. (Vulcanus went behind the Seraphs back out of spite for demons where Vulcanus(?) seems to be doing the exact same thing to Archangel Flonne more out of reverence.)

And btw...Emizel can go die in a fire. Self centered, hoodie wearing, "gansta" talkin' brat cliche...voiced by Brianne Siddall? Even Kefka can't produce enough "hates" to bury that character. (Brianne Siddal's a good VA and all but that voice with that character type pushes my irritation button.)
985  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 08, 2011, 01:34:15 AM
Finally started playing, got in a little bit of play time; enough to get into Chapter 2. I'm starting to get flashbacks to Wild Arms Xfire; especially since this is the first Disgaea game that's killed me so early on. Like Xfire the challenge seems to be less in the strategy combat and more in following the specific tactic required for each map. Throw in the fact that the general power level of your characters has been toned down a few notches and the enemies have been turned up... (Boss character 1-shotting my level 9's in the first chapter for example, and not the rank and files either but the Mains.) It's a mixed bag; I like challenging games but I'm not too fond of the "figure out which vaguely circular log is the exact cut to fit through this very picky vaguely circular hole to advance" style of difficulty.

And now that I've played it I can agree...Valvatorez goes just a "bit" too far with his sardine gags. But over all I'm enjoying the game. Not quite sure how I feel about the whole "online interaction" component though. It was quite strange using a Cell Phone only to have an AI Lv 67 Desco pop up on a Chapter 2 map and pretty much annihilate everything for me.
986  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Fox News: "Indie Games like FLOWER and The Sims are corrupting the youth" on: September 07, 2011, 05:52:42 PM
I feel I lost IQ points watching that. Talk about a scattered, unfocused, slip-shod, half-sided, three minutes of talking without purpose. I've seen episodes of Excel Saga that were easier to understand the flow and mindset of the ideas contained with.
987  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 07, 2011, 05:44:59 PM
Yeah, US resident. I decided to pick it up straight from NISA itself on their site; plus the FAF DLC is one of those things you only get either from Gamestop of NISA Store. One of those "exclusive" DLCs. XP
988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 07, 2011, 03:51:25 PM
Alas my suspicions over the low job count have proved to be true:


Lovely, DLC Job classes... >.< *sigh*

That said, my (working) DLC code arrived from NISA today, so it's not like they've not sent it out at all.  I think Zilton is being a bit melodramatic.

When you pay an extra $12ish for a produce over retail price (the cost of Overnight Shipping) you expect all of the promised product to arrive on time and with minimal issue. So really it's not an unreasonable stance to take. Why bother ordering from NISA and paying the extra money (to make sure the game arrives on launch day) when I could get the exact same product from a local retailer without any of the hickups? I paid extra for convenience; but said convenience was not given. Ergo it has proven to be a waste of money.

Additionally; due to the limited amount of E-Mails NISA can send out my code still hasn't arrived yet and, judging from the timing of who got their fake E-Mail when, it is unlikely to arrive for two more hours. With my work schedule this is pretty much TWO days of gaming lost by ordering it from the publisher rather than ye olden Gamestop. *shrugs*

Granted I'm not trying to say "Burn NISA at the stake" here. They're not Capcom; I'll still buy from them. XD But keep in mind this is my first non-GS preorder and as far as first impressions go this one royally blows.
989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 07, 2011, 03:05:57 AM
More NISA shenanigan fun: Well, not only has NISA failed to deliver the promised DLC by the promised date (launch day is now officially over by PST time); but it appears a few people are getting "glitch" emails form NISA that claim to have the DLC code but only have "{Codeset}" where the actual DLC code should be.

*sigh* This plan was not very well thought through it seems. XD
990  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 06, 2011, 08:53:26 PM
Well, it's official; NISA has taught me never to buy games from anyone other than Gamestop ever again. NISA had the "brilliant" idea of deciding to E-mail the codes to the promised Fallen Angel Flonne DLC "today" instead of just including them in the box your game came it. Well; it's nearly 6pm here and no email. From what I had been reading; FAF starts at level 1 with your party instead of typical like how typical DLC characters work. So I really, really don't want to start my game without her. I paid the extra shipping to ensure my game got here on time (which it did, early in fact) but all that was wasted money seeing as how I could've ordered from Gamestop and gotten the same thing + the codes for FAF like...3-4 hours ago. :-\ NISA seriously dropped the ball.

Sometimes the codes from gamestop don't even work right away though. I tried putting in the code i got with NMH paradise and it didn't work until two days after I had already gotten it. I wouldn't trust gamestop either.

I've been floating forums in the downtime just to see what other people are saying in general about the game and I know the GS codes have been working for a while now. From the looks of things the FAF data was put into the PSN before today's update; as some people accessed it earlier today. So this is a rare case of GS actually being a much more responsible and cost efficient provider than the actual producers themselves.

Nearly 8pm and the code STILL isn't emailed.
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