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931  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.
932  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 ?

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

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.
933  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.
934  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.
935  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 ?
936  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...
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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.
937  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 !
938  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.
939  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.
940  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.
941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 22, 2010, 07:49:49 PM
My wii is gathering dust and next to it sits my pS2, which is getting infinite more use (still). The idea of a MegaTen on the Wii is intriguing, but I still can't picture it.

I can't see it either. From time to time I play my Wii but I gotta be honest, most games that come for it I wouldn't want them even if they were free.
The 360 is not good in Japan, so it wouldn't work, and besides, that announcement of P5 was in a Playstation magazine, so it's likely for it to come on either PSP or PS3.
I personally would like much more to see it on PS3, as I'm anxious to see what Atlus can do with a stronger hardware, especially as this may be the ground for many SMT games to come.

Imagine how much the dungeons from Persona 4 could look like if made for PS3. In PS2 they were already full of details and care, especially the last ones.

The thing I'm really curious to see is how the characters models will look. I'd much rather they look like DBZ, Tales of Vesperia, more anime like, than those "almost" human but animeish.
942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 22, 2010, 12:15:50 PM
The PSP is doing really good in Japan. Numerous times it's outselling even the Wii, PS3 and DS, so it's probably a good choice, for there at least. Here in the west ... I'm not so sure.
943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies comes Stateside in July. on: May 21, 2010, 09:33:15 PM
After complaining a little I thought about going back to finish DQ5, I was in the last dungeon so it shouldn't be that much of a bother. Then I remember the main reason why I keep playing Dragon Quest: the music !

It happened both with 5 and 8, the music is so beautiful that I simply can't get mad with the game.

Oh, but I did remember another thing I hated, and that is since the first hour of gaming until the last. Why when you talk to the priest to save he talks as if there is no ending, and after you save he asks you if you would like to keep playing or not ? I mean, if I don't want to play the game I'll just shut off the videogame. Does he think we'll do what ? Go back to DOS lol
If it were PS3 on 360 at least there's a dashboard with stuff to do. It would still be weird but at least reasonable.

I should stop here, because if I keep typing I'll find something else to complain about.
I just find it weird myself, because I don't hate DQ, I quite enjoy them, but I think they fall short of great for me because of this gripes I have.
944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies comes Stateside in July. on: May 21, 2010, 02:02:30 PM
This will be the last chance I give to a Dragon Quest game. I did beat 8 and V I liked quite a lot, but still there are some gameplay elements that piss me off way too much. Too much to make me bear the good parts.

By what I've seen of it, since there are not random battles, this aspect at least is more bearable. I swear, in past games, the 5 seconds walk and battle were killing me.
Other thing is like many times we have no clue of what to do or where to go. Something as simple as a journal or a hint from townsfolks would help.
Cryptic paths and item to obtain. (Anyone remembers in DQVIII when you need a sphere to enter a cave while searching Dhoulmagus, but for it to work you needed it to be lit, but to lit it you needed to go to the other side of the map, random fight a blue dragon, wait for it to use one certain attack, and use the sphere as an item just the time he attacked ?

This pretty much pissed me of so much that any Dragon Quest I play there's a time I need a FAQ. If they ask you to have these "paranormal guessing powers, ESP or whatever" in side missions, I'll say it's Ok, but during the main quest ? That's too much to ask of my patience.

So far it looks good and even though I liked V more than 8, there were still times I simply couldn't stand it. I'll pick up this game with no expectations whatsoever so I have no chance of being disappointed.
945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 21, 2010, 01:11:46 PM
I think Atlus wouldn't release it on the Wii considering that with a few exceptions, "hardcore" games don't do well on the Wii. I have a Wii, but unfortunately it's the truth. MadWorld, Conduit, Dead Space Extraction, ... the only one that did well that comes to my mind is Resident Evil 4.

Considering this, Atlus knows their game won't release as well as a big budget RPG like Final Fantasy they try to go where people are considering buying it. For example, Valkyria Chronicles wasn't doing well at the beginning of its release, but it created some great legs and now is almost at a million. And the only games on the Wii with good legs I've seen so far have a nintendo brand on it

My hopes is that persona 5 comes to the ps3, for many reasons: my favorite is due to the large amount of data the Bluray disc can handle, Atlus USA can keep the japanese voices and the english ones (for those who like it). No more excuses of running out of space.
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