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811  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Capcom and Level-5 Teaming Up. on: September 22, 2010, 09:06:55 AM
Well, if we consider the nature of Phoenix Wright games and Professor Layton they could be doing something like that as well but my vote is still for Breath of Fire. I liked the part I played of Dragon Quarter but I got pissed after I found out the dragon power used did not recover. I was so pissed I quit the game lol.

Whatever they're working on, I'd rather wait because what I really want from them is Ni no Kuni. Or they could localize the fourth Professor Layton.
812  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 21, 2010, 06:31:03 PM
I think the boss theme fits well enough, and just passable enough to be on my MP3 playlist. I really can't see what everyone finds so great about the normal battle music though. It just sounds so subdued and flat compared to previous games.

I thought it was decent but it got really dull by the end of the game. The best part is when the violins kick in full force.

Farron you bring great shame to these forums. How can you like such shitty characters, such simplistic gameplay, such lack of a heart and soul? Laughable villains, a cheap JRPG cop-out final boss, pitiful clicehd characters and character development..

Then again I may have enjoyed this game if I had never played a good RPG before and I had just come from Call of Duty 5 or something.

Don't give me that look (I know you're giving a suspicious look hehe). Really, can I really be blamed for liking a game ?
Well, characters, it's kind of like a hit of miss right ? I for example like more the characters in XIII than in VI which I can say the ones I really liked were Terra and Edgar and yet VI is still awesome. I only didn't like 1 character and liked all others, a thing that nor VII nor X (my favorites) managed to do.

The "simplistic gameplay" is controversial because fro my standpoint Dragon Quest gameplay is simplistic. There are people that like it and people that don't.
As I see, XIII has a fast paced gameplay, with less exploring, sure but in exchange of a momentum that doesn't go dull; best combat system in the series as you have to think really fast and react fast; best soundtrack with a lot of genres of music; good characters with a so so story and a very weak end game (now I can't deny). Does the things in it that could've been better make it crap for me ? Absolutely no!

Don't get me wrong, you can hate the game for all I care, but maybe you got more disappointed because what you expect it to be turned out to be something different.

Just to make myself clear, if you play Oblivion of Fallout 3 what do you expect ? An open game with lots of things to do, right ? How about the Atelier series ? A lot of item making and all. Final Fantasy ? Well, how can you be so sure they change a lot of things with each entry.

Once again, don't get me wrong, I can completely understand why you hate the game if it's not what you expect. When I go watch a movie I truly don't mind when I go to see something and it ends up being something else but I kinda hate it when it happens in games.





813  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 21, 2010, 10:04:28 AM
I remember when all the rage was about XII and I do have a lot of complains about XII, and there were some people trying to defend it while a lot more bashed it, and now I see myself on the other side of the table. I loved this game and sure good production values have a big impact on it but I like for a lot more reasons than that. Although I have to agree that it being streamlined was a bad choice in some aspects in others I think it was fine.

The music for me in this game was probably the best in the series but that's not much because I loved every single entry OST except for IX.

About the audio balance Prime Mover is talking about, in the japanese version there's no problem in it. This may have been another poor localization job.
814  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 19, 2010, 11:12:01 PM
changing subject, I've gone back to play Strange Journey after saying I would drop it. While I still have my complains about the dungeon crawling aspects of it, it is really fun if I don't push the 40 min mark. In short bursts I'm finding this game to be a blast. After spending more than 20 hours on it and reaching half of the game and I keep going back to it I just can't say I don't like it (or else I would have dropped it sooner).

I finally got my hands of DDS 1, and when I played about 30 minutes of it I knew I'd love it but I have to finish a game before starting this one or else my head will explode. I already have 3 SMT games started (Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona 3 Portable and even Persona 1 on psp but this one I'll hardly get back).
815  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere getting HD Ports on: September 19, 2010, 12:26:00 PM
I loved Odin Sphere right up until I couldn't get any further. Crap that game was hard. For me. I really wasn't that good at it.
Same here; I stopped at the second to last boss in the final book as I just couldn't do it. I wasn't that good at it either. I wonder if you will be able to import PS2 saves?

I don't think you guys were bad because if so that makes us 3.
I was doing pretty good until some obscenely hard bosses so I had to use my gameshark. I thought the stories were just too good to miss.
Those that kept turning you into a frog and all, they make Demon's Souls look easy.
816  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 18, 2010, 11:33:18 PM
Good for you then that it does have both languages but that makes me wonder: why doesn't SquareEnix doesn't do this from scratch ? It's not like it's cheaper to buy a version that it's not in your region and in Japan they do charge a lot more for the new games.
The that do complain about some voice acting, like myself, could have it original and the ones that don't mind get their dub, everybody happy and more money in their pockets.

These times most companies are fully aware a lot of fans wants the option to have both audios and even if the media has some limitations of space, as the 360, Wii or PSP they could at least give it as a free DLC. On the PSP it could be even better, they could release 2 versions on PSN, one with american dub other with original japanese voices. Depending of the characters one or two bad actors can ruin the mood of the game.

But that is past. What I'd really like to see is an asian version like the one you have for Versus XIII. Dual audio and selectable subtitles.
817  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: September 18, 2010, 06:39:29 PM
Ok, so I managed to get the Hong Kong (Chinese) version of FFXIII with the Japanese voices. I did a "New Game." One interesting thing that I noticed was that even though the manual says "O" is confirm, when I run the game "X" is confirm.

It does. My PS3 is japanese and all the game I own with only one exception confirms with X, probably because the port decide to make it. Every other game works like yours but opposite.
Weird thing is, when I was playing Red Dead Redemption, sometimes the GAME told me to press X to confirm but it was actually O. Now that was confusing in the beginning.

Is the Hong Kong edition supposed to have subtitles for both languages ? Because if I'm not mistaken it has only japanese.
One thing I've did to change the langue of some games that you know have more than one but don't have the option is to change the language of your PS3.

A little rant, but why they do it in the first place, right ? If the language is there why not give us teh option to change it in the first place ? As if putting one additional line in the options menu is gonna take millions of dollars and time. Instead I have to get out of the game and change my system.
818  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 18, 2010, 05:54:40 PM
Something about a little girl named Eggnog running around makes me giggle. (til she hit's 12, then you frown and wonder)

Japanese are notorious for this, no?
Bleach's main character is named (I like to put a Pimp-twist to it and say it in a Barry White tone) Strawbeeerry.  Venus and Braves had the leads Blood, Vivid and Ariah.  Xenoblade has Shulk and Florung (say that ten times fast).  And I'm pretty sure our next heavy-hitting JRPG will have a lead idiot named Chair or some sort of appliance.

I don't want to sound rude, so don't take it personal but Ichigo (苺) is not only strawberry but in the case of the main characters, while it does sound the same as strawberry it has different meaning as it is written with different kanji (一護) the first means ONE the other means PROTECT, SAFEGUARD, so, the one who protects.

I'm not trying to be bitching about it, but even though it may sound weird for us (the average non japanese speaker, or even a begginer) it usually has more then meets the eye, or in this case, the ear :)

Especially those mangakas (creators, writers, etc) they try to give the character a name that appeals to the idea they have. Another fine example is the main character from Death note, Yagami Light, especially his last name, and they mention it A LOT in the anime. 夜神 the first kanji, means NIGHT and the means GOD. You put them together and you have a badass name or at least a badass meaning for your name.

Even regular people sometimes have names like this, they just change the reading of the kanjis to something more usual a thing that in manga, anime etc you don't have to, or sometimes don't even want to, because you want the fans to make note of it.

This have happened to me quite sometimes, but as my vocabulary of japanese grew you see those nuances and it all makes sense.
819  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Post examples of good Writing in RPGs on: September 18, 2010, 05:32:11 PM
The dialogue in KOTOR 1 is very good, party members and NPCs alike. Especially HK-47 which for me has the best lines in any RPG.
820  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Agito XIII Footage on: September 17, 2010, 08:25:53 AM
The videos were removed by SquareEnix. Every other video from TGS is available but these. What are they so afraid of ?

Found another link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RMeexyDSCg

Looks great ! Especially the fight with behemoth.
821  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 16, 2010, 06:01:20 PM
Maybe some people think of the Chie and Yukiko thing because Chie is a bit of a tomboy girl and since they are close friends well, we start imagining things.

Now we're all talking about love partners in Persona 4, one thing that made me sad was that we couldn't have a "thing" with the Nurse. She was so cool and a lot of times she was clearly teasing you.
Both her and Tanaka (the Devil social links) are probably my favorite links of the games.
822  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 Confirmed for The PSP on: September 16, 2010, 02:46:24 PM
I liked how you could call your partner to go along with you while you're controlling another character. It allows for a more strategic approach.
If we can have a Valkyria on our team the whole time I will stop complaining about the fact that it is on PSP and just be happy it exists.
823  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: September 16, 2010, 02:55:13 AM
There are four new videos available in Tokyo Game Show.
The game sure looks charming. It kinda makes we feel bad Dragon Quest X is going on the Wii because it could look like this or even better on the PS3.

I hope we get a japanese model with the game to encourage us while we play it lol !
824  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 16, 2010, 02:08:09 AM
I also think he wasn't gay, if anyone Naoto was the one dressing like the opposite sex.

I don't know if I would want the game more controversial, as that would lead to even more ignorant hate speeches, acts of violence, censorship and hysteria from people who would rather get upset about something than truly listen to what it is trying to say.
It's just a nit-pick about word choice, the article itself was good. Though Kanji totally wasn't gay, even if people think he is. Just sayin'.

From what I got, they already are controversial, but thankfully to some level, they are not as high profiled as say, Modern Warfare or GTA so those censorship bastards don't give it much attention. Reading the article makes me want to go back to Nocturne and start over Persona 2.
825  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 16, 2010, 12:58:20 AM
Once I read it I simply felt like I HAD TO share this with you guys.
It's an article titled Megaten Games Should Be More Controversial Than They Are from Vgchartz.

To put it simply it's a must read for anyone who have played a SMT game. It points the controversial points the games have (it does have a few spoilers but nothing major as far as I know), why it's so intelligent and more.
I think it's one of the best video game related articles I've read in a long time.

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