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991  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.
992  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.
993  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
994  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:

http://www.siliconera.com/2011/09/05/kinos-journey-artist-made-a-new-downloadable-job-for-disgaea-4/

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.
995  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
996  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.
997  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 06, 2011, 06:45:42 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.
998  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 04, 2011, 05:23:53 PM
, but I don't understand the appeal of Fuuka. 

Also; tsundere school uniform wearing school girl with a prinny hat. It's Japan; 'nuff said. XP

Personally going into the game I have rather high hopes for her and Vulcanus(?).

Fuuka because her snippet on the website presents a rather interesting character to be had. A prinny who was someone at a relatively innocent age in life with no memory of committing any sins? In the Netherworld? My "potential dark content ahoy" bells are a ringin'. Alas it being Disgaea I'm trying to keep them in check.

Vulcanus(?) just because I'm anxious to see if this plays out like I think it will. With Flonne apparently an Archangel now I'm willing to be she reincarnated Vulcanus as a girl as some form of punishment. Then again the name could just be a red herring.

Can't wait til Tuesday. Even though I have the game I'm waiting to play it til I get my FA Flonne DLC code for use.
999  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 04, 2011, 05:09:28 PM
Personally I hate Geo Puzzles; at least in the main story anyway. They only slow combat down and create false challenge through unfair enemy advantage. I'm fine with them as a gimmick in the Item Worlds. But when I'm trying to advance the story only to have to spend 10 minutes on a map with only 6 enemies backtracking across it 6 times to fetch blocks intentionally scattered at opposing points in order to kill invincible enemies while they snipe me with Turbo'd magic x 3? (D3) ...yeah, not fun, at all. XP

...the "Sardine" obsession is just terrible...

Haven't played the game yet but out of context it actually sort of makes sense. Referencing an episode of Doctor Who; a plasmavore was suffering from salt deficiency because she hadn't drank fatty blood in a while. Maybe Vampires, in the D universe, only drink blood for the salt content. So if a vamp is staving off feasting on blood then a super salty fish would be a pretty good substitute. XD
1000  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 03, 2011, 01:19:13 PM
Just got my box. Unless there are some hidden ones I have to say, after flipping through the art book and having checked the Disgaea wiki, that I am rather disappointed by the sheer amount of humanoid classes that got dropped. :-\ Counting M/F versions of each class D3 had 27. D4 seems to have only 20, most of them returning classes and some of my favorites totally did not make the cut. Why do I have that irksome feeling that certain classes are going to be DLC content? XP

Gripe aside; I'm totally rushing to finish D3 tomorrow so I can get started on this beauty right away.
1001  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Opens a New Teaser Site (Persona 4 related?) on: September 01, 2011, 08:27:21 AM
Eh, with Japan it's hard to tell these days. XP Google wasn't much help either.
1002  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus Opens a New Teaser Site (Persona 4 related?) on: September 01, 2011, 02:16:09 AM
I like her. I hope she joins the party, new playable character would be awesome.

Aren't the glasses sort of a giveaway? It's been a while since I played P4 but I'm almost willing to bet that no one, outside of the PCs, wore glasses both in and out of TV land. XD
1003  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: August 31, 2011, 02:30:24 AM
Playing through D3 during the waiting period I have to say I really, really, REALLY hope they went back to the old way of learning weapon skills. In the old games if you wanted a Thief with an axe of doom; you could do it. If you wanted an archer with a speak; you could do it. It would take you longer than normal to learn the skills associated with that weapon but you could do it.

D3...you have to be in the specific class with an affinity for that weapon and the higher weapon skills are locked out unless you're using the higher tier version of that class.

It feels like a very unrewarding chore to have to grind up a basic fighter several times over just so I can reincarnate a cheerleader into its highest tier just to eventually change her back only for the sole purpose of giving her special attacks that hit more than three squares. XP

If D4 fixes that I'll be quite happy.
1004  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: August 30, 2011, 12:53:17 PM
Is this something you can pick up an play maybe 1-2 hours of and come back at a later date? Or is it something that needs attention on the order of an in depth rpg?

It depends on how much they tweaked the formula; but just based on the other three games:

1-2 hours per sit through is doable; although 2-3 is preferable and 3-4 is optimal (especially during segments where you wish to entirely retool your entire party through a Reincarnation cycle the first few times until you unlock a good grinding map).

At least in regards to the main story anyway.

If you want to do anything extra like bonus maps, character hunting, Item Worlding...reserve at least 3 hours.
1005  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Disgaea 4 on: August 30, 2011, 01:51:20 AM
Rather surprised at the lack of discussion over this game, especially since it's coming out 7 days from now. Heck the only other topic is ye olden announcement topic that was long since locked. So, who has this on pre-order? This actually marks the first game I won't be ordering from Gamestop, seeing as how the NISA store treated me quite well during the D3 discount-release.

Giant monsters, mech battles, and...Archangel Flonne? (Assuming my eyes don't deceive me on the intro animation.)

Discuss the insanity that will soon be hitting our shores. XD
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