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991  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: March 25, 2011, 01:54:27 PM
Woot; with it scoring lower than AT3 my hopes of SE being pushed to the brink of destruction come one step closer. XD Here's to hoping they botch up FFXIII-2 so they actually have to stop and make a good RPG for a change due to crappy sales.

FF13-2 was only announced because a bunch of people worldwide wanted it because most people seemed to like FF13, so we're just a minority in a small corner that hates it.
I actually still need to try it soon, probably once it gets to about $20.

I know that FFXIII didn't quite botch it. But FFXIV totally hit the crapper head first and T3B sounds like it tried to follow suit. I'm just generally disappointed with practically everything SE has released for a long time and I'm hoping their next few years of RPGs sell like week old elephant droppings in order to inspire them to actually invest time in making decent games again; instead of hiring whatever schmucks are responsible for this new wave of gaming.

Going nearly bankrupt like they were for the original Final Fantasy would probably be quite good for them. Not that I want them to go "Oh, Final Fantasy-2 is obviously what we need!"; rather I want them to have that mindset again of "Well...this might be it. Better put all our effort into making a truly memorable game since we might not ever get another chance."
992  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The 3rd Birthday on: March 25, 2011, 01:21:26 PM
Woot; with it scoring lower than AT3 my hopes of SE being pushed to the brink of destruction come one step closer. XD Here's to hoping they botch up FFXIII-2 so they actually have to stop and make a good RPG for a change due to crappy sales.
993  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: March 24, 2011, 01:57:34 PM
Lol, they should've just done truth in advertising and renamed this Atelier Lolita. *just looked at the screen shots* I don't mind having a cutesy protagonist or two but for the love of all that's holy Gust is getting about as bad at loli-overload as SE is at bishonen and stupid hair-overload. XP
994  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 20, 2011, 02:59:02 PM
AEDIS ECLIPSE, MOTHERFUCKERS.
play it

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Developer:    Idea Factory

How about no.

How about...Firestone? :-P Just because a company makes a mistake here or there doesn't mean you should avoid them the rest of your days. There are some good games IF has had a hand in.
995  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 17, 2011, 06:47:54 PM
Honestly the very first Mute fight doesn't feel like a "Tutorial" battle to me. Instead it has more of that first battle in FF II feeling; where you're just thrown into the action almost right away without much introduction. Only in this case you're actually supposed to win. I might try a file on Hard sometime after beating the game just to see how horrifically poorly I perform.
996  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 17, 2011, 06:40:20 PM
Hard mode sounds neigh unplayable then; as there's some battles I've encountered in Normal mode I cannot imagine being beatable if that increase in enemy power holds constant. The tutorial battle for Purging comes to mind; as that boss-like enemy has a ton of HP and takes absolutely 0 damage from your physical attacks; while still slinging out nice shots of its own.

Add to the calculation that the AI doesn't seem very good at defending and drops just as fast if not faster than the player controlled character...
997  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 17, 2011, 12:18:41 AM

Shame the battle system isn't that good - people here know (maybe) I love real-time battles, keeps your mind more active than any turn-based title.  Shame this one isn't all that good... real shame. =(


Actually as a stand alone real-time battle system; it's not bad. Sort of "Tales of..." light. The only reason I'm terribly critical of it is it has to live up to the unique systems AT and AT2 created before it. Compared to those it's a let down; without comparing it though...*shrugs* I'd say it's not the worst RTB I've ever touched.

I appreciate it, but you're kinda bias to begin with (arguing for it even before release; then again, I'm sure I'd juin to defend SO4 again if the time came for it again).  But I do like the feedback, and so quickly.  I may give it a shot; again when it's cheap-cheap-cheap.  I loved Ar Tone 2's system a helluva lot (the rest of the game, and actual LACK of emphasis on the battle system was a disappointment).
Ar Tone to me has always been a weird series; the adopted kid who's a bit strange, but different and fantastic, but has trouble finding a home with people because it is different and strange (and, adopted kid analogy aside, lacks polish).

That'd probably be the best idea is just to wait. Unlike other games like Tales of... and Star Ocean for example, the AT3 battle system is a bit slow. Five hours in and I only have one (Direction) + Square attack unlocked for a single character. So unlike those other titles where you have nifty tricks of the trade to learn and enjoy right out the gate AT3 looks like it'll make you wait a long while for the real elements of the battle system to kick in. That sort of slow build up isn't probably worth it "just" for the combat unless you're enjoying the ride along the way; which in AT3's case is probably an awkward ride for many.

Lol, I am indeed biased but I'm not afraid to call something out as bad when I see it.
998  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 16, 2011, 11:51:52 PM

Shame the battle system isn't that good - people here know (maybe) I love real-time battles, keeps your mind more active than any turn-based title.  Shame this one isn't all that good... real shame. =(


Actually as a stand alone real-time battle system; it's not bad. Sort of "Tales of..." light. The only reason I'm terribly critical of it is it has to live up to the unique systems AT and AT2 created before it. Compared to those it's a let down; without comparing it though...*shrugs* I'd say it's not the worst RTB I've ever touched.
999  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 16, 2011, 11:30:49 PM
I get the feeling the instruction booklets would be useful if they didn't have to dual language them. All that space used for reprinting everything in French could go for explaining stuff like that. XP I haven't noticed anything about the party chat effecting anything either.

Heh, odd. Doesn't surprise me too much than an inconsistency like that would slip by though. So far Purging seems rather pointless too. I haven't noticed any increase in charging speed or power just for a single purge. If anything it makes fights harder because it detonates the song early rather than allowing you to charge it while Purging.

On a side note; character-wise though I have to say there are a fair amount of cast members that interest me, more than I expected. Mute, Doc, Tatsumi, and Finnel all are intriguing to one degree or another. And some of the others I've only seen glimpses of seem to have potential. I'm not too sure what I think about Aoto though. He seems too stock so far; and despite my bashing on him I actually have preferred Lyner as a main protagonist so far.
1000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 16, 2011, 10:51:45 PM
I think Zeron will play this game with even more fervour than usual just to stick it to Kim's review :P

What on earth gives you that impression? So far I actually think Kim's review isn't that inaccurate. A bit harsher than I would've judged it; but not inaccurate.


I kinda expect this to happen all around - so many different people in the world, it's impossible for everybody to feel the same way about something.   A scene that's on par with Aurica's is coming - don't you worry.  :-)  Early in the game I didn't have as many of the issues I did with later scenes in regards to dialogue and the story, but maybe you'll see it differently.  How are you liking the battle system, Zeron?

Oh blarg. That's just dandy. XP Eh, it's not a "bad" battle system but it feels very much like a step and a half back; even compared to the original AT. It's harder to defend the Reyvatiel and they drop way too quickly from one mistake (I've never used so many healing items and revives in the first 5 hours of an RPG, ever). The song system isn't as fun as the older games either, as I miss seeing each individual song evolve as it powered up.

Also I think I missed a key tutorial somewhere because of two mysteries the game isn't answering.

First: I thought the whole Purge system was supposed to be gradual depending on what Cosmosphere level (which are some of the best yet I think so far) you're at. Yet whenever I try a purge I go from full costume to 0 with no inbetween stages.

Second: What are the green talk topics supposed to be? I recognize clear and purple from previous AT games; but I don't know what makes green different as filling the purple still unlocks the next Cosmo level. The manual didn't mention them.
1001  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 16, 2011, 10:27:10 PM
Put in about three more hours and my hunch was right, this multiple persona thing is adding a very nice dimension to the story I quite enjoy. Also so far it seems like the culprit for most of the inappropriate dialog comes from the Tutorial Instructions rather than character dialog. The worst thing I've seen so far came from the Hymna Tutorial; mostly due to phrases like "...because she's a girl, she won't strip right away..." and the whole line of instruction about gift giving to hasten that process.

In comparison the actual story dialog has been relatively harmless. Still nothing that beats AT's Aurica scene.
1002  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ghost Trick -- compare to Ace Attorney! Sequel-worthy? on: March 16, 2011, 05:52:55 PM
Ack, touche. XD It's been...*thinks* ...probably nearly 10 years since I've played VII. No wonder I didn't remember it. >.<;
1003  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Ghost Trick -- compare to Ace Attorney! Sequel-worthy? on: March 16, 2011, 03:41:56 AM
Actually it sounds like the reviewer didn't pay attention to the game and just crapped out a review to earn his paycheck. Some of his key criticisms are misleading, if not outright ill-informed.

Sissel falls flat as a hero...

An objective statement; personally I found him rather interesting because laid back characters appeal to me more than the "genki" variety or the "Rawr smash!" archetypes we see all too often. Without taking opinions on archetypes into consideration though and judging the writing by quality value alone; I think there's little room to argue against Sissel serving as an effective protagonist within the Anti-Hero/Hero border zone.

The story uses convenient amnesia as a constant crutch...

Outright wrong. The amnesia element is only used primarily straight in the main character. Every where else it's played for laughs. Heck Ghost Trick should receive an award for being one of the few games to have a clever, and brilliant reason for the amnesia cliche.
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After all it's not so much "amnesia" as it is mistaken identity. Sissel can't "remember" his past because he's trying to remember the past of someone who isn't him; kinda hard to do. XD

...and a series of predictable twists deflate the overall mystery.

I call outright BS on this statement. Sure Ghost Trick isn't any Citizen Kane but the twists aren't "that" predictable. Heck I'm a rather big fan of Sci-Fi/Occult/Fantasy style stories that play with elements like this and even I didn't see some of the twists coming (although each one has a cleverly placed clue you can spot in hindsight that makes no sense without context). So unless you've totally saturated your life with these story elements or are psychic; the story will take you by surprise at least once.

His case seems rather shaky to me. *shrugs* Then again I'm more than open to admitting I have a bias. (And his points about the rigidity of the puzzles are valid.)
1004  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 15, 2011, 11:19:21 PM
I'm probably going to go with Finnel here too; just because so far she's the more endearing character. XD I can see "how" Saki can be annoying though and personally I'll go with the theory that I have a higher tolerance for that archetype. My primary point was that, imo, she's not Alfinia bad. I hated that character right out the gate. XP I think it's probably because the "elf" cliche irks me more than the "lolita" cliche.

Also gotta save I love the special edition. Gorgeous art book and a CD are always welcome treats from NISA~.

Oh, and I am quite interested in this "split personality" system from glances at the art book and indications from the opening scene. Adds a whole new element to Reyvatiels I wouldn't have thought possible.

Edit: Actually I just realized; there is some sad sense of irony in this game. The last title Gust/NISA had a hand in was Hyper Dimension Neptunia, where the main character has amnesia only so the plot can make fun of that whole stereotype whenever it gets the chance. So what does AT3 use right out the gate? *facepalms*
1005  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ar tonelico 3 coming to the PS3 January 2010 on: March 15, 2011, 10:47:33 PM
Heh, this is why I always pre-order from a physical shop. ^^;

Anyway I've only gotten about 2 hours logged on the game and I have to say it's quite enjoyable. As anticipated there was one battle where the "Purge" system is forced ala tutorial but it wasn't bad. The only irritable part about the whole experience has been trying to figure out exactly how to shake the remote to trigger it. There are several tiny things that have entered nitpick territory about the way the game plays as a whole but it feels like seeing an old friend once again.

And so far the review greatly over-exaggerated Saki's character, IMO. She's not the best female lead but she's no Alfinia. Unlike Grandia III I'm not skipping text just to avoid her dialog.
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