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931  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 04, 2010, 06:59:34 AM
I got this App and even though it did help, a lot, there's still a lot of frustration. Also it could have more save points scattered around dungeons. They are already big and we're playing on a portable system.
If I'm not mistaken Persona 2 didn't have these problems, I mean, to this extend but I only playing a little of it, so I can't say for sure.
932  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 03, 2010, 11:38:03 PM
Let's hope that in E3 Atlus gives us the confirmation we all want to hear!
I hope it's for PS3 not because of Persona 5 itself, but like the last SMT games on PS2, after the first came a whole bunch of them. So if they make the overall structure of their games they can release many more SMT on the years to come :)

While typing I was thinking back of Strange Journey. Now I recall I kind of gave it a rest and went back to play Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (so much fun).
Those pain killing random encounters in SJ are killing me and the dungeons only get bigger, more boring and more time consuming. I wish at least there were more plot in between, or maybe smaller dungeons but a bigger number of them (it would make it even but less stressful).
That's probably one of the reasons I gave a rest to Persona 1(PSP).

I'm not to complain much about encounters but they just over do it.

I swear, if I had Nocturne on PSP I would finally beat it. So much better than those two. Anytime I think of it a smile comes to my face.
933  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 2010 is turning to be another "ouch from the wallet" year on: June 03, 2010, 11:25:08 PM
I just made a pact with myself to not buy another game until November. I mean, I already bought a lot of games, not many time to play them all and I want to be 100% sure I want certain game, at least if I'm not sure, I'll pick it up when they're cheaper, so it's not as heavy in my pocket.

The only game I may pickup day one this is no doubt is: The Last Guardian (or even the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus pack, if it's even released).
934  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs with the best: Story, Characters, Atmosphere, and Plot twists? on: June 03, 2010, 01:06:24 AM
Story: Final Fantasy VI, FFVII & Valkyrie Profile 2.
FFVI was so great at telling the story that I can’t believe I only played it last year, even those tiny pixels almost brought a tear to my eyes.
FFVII is my all time love for a game, but not only that, the way the story tells how you move forward and tells flashbacks of your childhood and young days of soldier and your mentor who lost his mind, even connecting it to the weapons, everything is just great!
Valkyrie Profile 2 is partially a dungeon crawler but it has more story than many other games, the way you walk around with a Valkyrie and a human in the same body, than find out another one is walking with you, then “someone” betrays you, as they did in VP1, you go back in time, oh my god, just thinking about this game makes me wanna play it all over again.

Characters: Mass Effect 2 characters just kept growing on me and as I did their loyalty missions they were getting better and better, even Grunt who at first I didn’t like (more like didn’t want to like) became cool.

Atmosphere: Xenosaga I, for the first time in a game I really felt like I was there, as if I was in space (not like Star Ocean 3 that lied to me about space travel).

Plot Twist: This one for me is easily Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, without giving away too much for those who haven’t played it, you go through the entire game searching this guy and when you finally find him, he’s been right under your nose the entire time ? That was just awesome!
935  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Resonance of Fate Topic on: June 02, 2010, 08:49:34 AM
I plan to get it after I finish Yakuza 3.  After that I can get God of War 3 and finally be done with my backlog of games that came out in March.  Oh, wait, there's still Infinite Space...nevermind.

March had so many games, and my Heavy Rain only arrived on my house on March, so I add this one too.
But unfortunately I had to give Resonance of Fate some time. I was having a blast with the game but it takes a lot of my time and I do need to study and just when I got two machine guns :(
There are so many games I got that it makes it even harder to pick up RoF where I left of, Trauma Team, Mario Galaxy 2, Yakuza, Bayonetta (again, on another console), Star Ocean 4 (yeah, yeah, go ahead, mock me)  and Super Street Fighter 4.
But now I'm settled, won't be buying anything else until I beat at least 4 of these.
936  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Mario Galaxy 2 on: May 26, 2010, 11:47:14 AM
I've been playing Mario games since the NES days, so as time goes it always takes a bit more effort to impress me, while some in the process have been really good, other were just good or ok.
But Mario Galaxy 2 is spetacular! It's so much better than Galaxy 1 and I dare say any other Mario game, including Mario 3, World and 64!

There's so much variety, nothing feels repetitive, everything is so smooth. The controls, camera, gameplay, visuals. But what really grabbed my attention, more than the awesome gameplay, was the music. God, it's everything I could wish for. Every tiny piece of it is fully orchestrated.

I had Galaxy 1, but didn't finish it. Not because it wasn't good, but it didn't blow me away like this one. Seriously guys, don't overlook this game, this one is truly a masterpiece.
937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: White Knight Chronicles dated for the US on: May 25, 2010, 12:21:17 PM
Apparently White Knight Chronicles 2 Includes White Knight Chronicles 1!

According to this link the game will include both games and the first will have an upgrade in visuals and gameplay!
Now I consider myself lucky for having waiting for its price to drop.

Anyone else interested ?


Anyways RPGamer laid out all teh stuffs you get to carry over for part two seen here at http://www.rpgamer.com/news/Q2-2010/051910c.html

Link synopsis for the hotlinking impaired...

You get to carry over your avatar, ranks (both guild and crafting), all your material possessions (including moneys, items, materials, equips, and a diary), and DLed stuffs.

As for exp and mad skillz, too fucking bad nya, you're starting at level 30 with everyone else.

The article goes on to say that WKC Part Dux will also be Part the Finale.

You also get crap as consolation for wasting part of your life for grinding your GR ass off.

lol, is it this bad ?
I mean, considering it will be two games for the price of one, if the first one is reasonable than, well, it isn't that bad of a deal.
938  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: May 25, 2010, 06:02:12 AM
Here we go again with the dub vs sub argument. Look, people have their preferences, but there is NO REASON that a game should be lacking multi-lingual VA, especially with Blu-Ray Discs and modern audio compression.
This is true, especially with Bluray.

I personally seek to watch movies, play games and the rest always in its original voice, even if I don't understand it. For many reasons but what I consider to be the most important is the fact that the director of the movie (or whatever) wanted it done in that way, many times making the actors record the scene many times, instead of some half done job.

I assume that this concept is hard to grasp for english native speakers because there aren't many things you need to dub, at least when talking about movies, cartoons and rest given that the majority come from the US. But where I'm from it's quite the opposite, so since I was a kid I've been exposed to some really good sub and some unbearable ones.

One funny thing, some famous actors, when dubbing was good here, always had the same VA. Schwarzenegger is one that everybody knows his voice (in the dubbed version) because the guy was good, and it was almost the same. There are movies I know by heart that are dubbed lol.
939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: May 24, 2010, 07:27:34 PM
I couldn't get into Persona 3/4 because of the English VA.

I don't know. The horrible pronunciation of the names, the Japanese highschool setting... It all dind't help.

I loved FFXII en DQVIII english VA though, probably because of the accents, and liked the VA for the main-cast in Tales of the Abyss, despite that just like the Persona games it is full of anime influences.

Couldn't have said it better myself!

Come on, you thought the VA in P3 & P4 were good ? When I bought Persona 4 I waited until "some guys" released the "undubbed version", which is miles better.

... Most people thought P3 and 4 had a great dub. Did you at least buy P4 before getting it undubbed?

I did but I already knew what was coming as this scene had already announced it. It didn't take a week for it to be released.
I almost bought the game again in Japan, but it was a little overpriced for a used game.

These bad subs are probably the reason I liked to not have voices in Nocturne and some other RPGs. It's like Jade said, the pronunciation of japanese words are horrible, more like unbearable.

I'm normally pretty anti-dub, but personally I would rank P4's dub as one of the best I've ever heard in a video game.  I also agree that the pronunciation of the Japanese names, while not perfect, is a heck of a lot better in P4 than in 99% anime dubs I have heard.

Just because it's better than garbage doesn't mean it's good, right ? (I'm not being aggressive, just trying to make a point)
With all due respect to anyone who likes it, but about 90% of anime I've seen dubbed from the USA sucks. For years it seemed like they were the same actors over and over, and now, at least there are some other guys but most of them pretty much suck. When one guy does a good job, it seems like all the rest of the cast does what's possible to ruin it.

Fro my country, I'd say about 40% of anime dubs are reasonable or good. Not great, but fair enough. I've seen a few in Italian as a friend of mine lived there and had it in tapes, they were quite alright too, but I can't say more as I'm far from fluent on italian.

My point, why should I bear with crap VA (e.g. Star Ocean 3 and 4) when there are some really good ones, (e.g. FFXII, and even Metal Gears series, since the days of PS1).
I'm not even pointing to Western games VA, because they are made with it in mind, and surely it's easier to get a better VA. But if some japanese games can do it good, or even great, we don't have to put up with crap.
940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: White Knight Chronicles dated for the US on: May 24, 2010, 07:06:45 PM
Apparently White Knight Chronicles 2 Includes White Knight Chronicles 1!

According to this link the game will include both games and the first will have an upgrade in visuals and gameplay!
Now I consider myself lucky for having waiting for its price to drop.

Anyone else interested ?
941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII on: May 24, 2010, 08:26:58 AM
Is anyone going to buy the chinese edition?

PlayStation ® 3 "FINAL FANTASY ® XIII Traditional Chinese
Voice - Japanese language
Subtitles, menus - Traditional Chinese / English / Korean
Release date - May 27, 2010

If you plan to re-buy it, this sounds like the version you should get, and it's compatible with your english/ japanese savefiles (so happy the PS3 is region-free)

This is definitively interesting, but since I already got the Jap version, I'd rather wait for the International Edition SE will surely release to make some more money. Probably with new content too.

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The VA is indeed very solid, even if it had a japanese language option I probably wouldn't have used it. Some people want persona 5 to have the japanese VA if it is indeed released on the PS3 but with dubs like the ones we saw in P3&4 I'm really not worried though it would be a nice option to have. Can't say the same for certain other jrpgs though...

Come on, you thought the VA in P3 & P4 were good ? When I bought Persona 4 I waited until "some guys" released the "undubbed version", which is miles better.

I hate when companies try too hard to localize their games. For example in FFXIII the VA is okay, not bad. Not as good as Mass Effect, Uncharted but also not as bad as Star Ocean. But why go through the trouble of changing the music of the game ? It's not just the crap Leona Lewis song, but also the song "Chocobos of Cocoon" they changed the lyrics to english and I felt it didn't end up well.
But I'd much rather they change the lyrics in the song but use the same song, like they did in FFX-2 or Street Fighter 4 than another Leona Lewis move which ruined the end of the game.
942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies comes Stateside in July. on: May 23, 2010, 09:33:07 PM
I beat DQV yesterday. Yeah after complaining so much.
I have just realized that I hate endings in game that you have to play. Like in both DQV and VIII. When I beat the last boss I just wanna seat back and enjoy.  But overall I liked the game, but I know I won't be trying nor 4 nor 6, because I dare say I'll get mad about the same things I got mad at in 5.

A little off topic, I was just saying I don't like playing in the ending of a game, but thinking about it's not entirely true. In Bayonetta and Devil May Cry 3 I loved doing that, probably there's another game I don't remember now.
But in God of War 3 I I hated it, it felt like a drag, and took so long. I think there is a thin line in where you can ask the player to play at the ending. If it takes me more than a minute I curse the game. I remember in DQVIII I just didn't turn off the game because I didn't want to beat the last boss again lol !
943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 23, 2010, 09:24:32 PM
I gotta agree with you guys, Nocturne still looks amazing, and their new game sure could use it as inspiration.
But even with its "more realistic look", than Persona at least, it has a style (which I'm not complaining, just pointing), and my main point is I do hope they don't try to too much to make them look "real" but end up making them look generic.

For example, Nier while it doesn't look as bad as people say, has some generic looking characters. Much worse could be White Knight Chronicles.

I think I'd rather want some characters looking like Atelier no Totori (from what has been shown so far), which isn't great, but has its own style, than have some cheap generic version of characters that have higher resolution.

Now if they could have characters look as real as FFXIII but a little less "happy", that would be awesome.
But don't take this the wrong way, by FFXIII, which I love those characters in this game, in the next megaten I mean the quality of the characters expressions, they almost feel alive,(like also in mass effect 2).
Quick version: I don't mean the "character design", but the possibilities of the characters expressions.
944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow on: May 23, 2010, 09:05:36 PM
I haven't even heard of this game before you mentioned, I'm surprised!
I did play about 10 hours of Blue Dragon in the Xbox, and I gotta say I was enjoying it, much more than any minute of Lost Odyssey (even though I like much more the mature theme of the second).

I didn't care for the weird looking spinoff, but this one looks really nice. I'll definitively try this one out.

Maybe if Blue Dragon had a little more time to polish, some aspects it would've been much better.
945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: rope of robots (or xenodurr) on: May 23, 2010, 08:59:35 PM
So far I like your sense of humor, and your site. Now I remember how long ago I played Xonogears.
Even though it was good, there were times it felt like a drag, some maps could be huuuge, and near the end I remember there were screen full of text, one after the other. Then it came to the point I couldn't understand what was going on anymore nor even cared, I just wanted to beat the game so I could start playing Chrono Cross.

But it was still really good, and I still have the game, one of the few I didn't sell along with my ps1.
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