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331  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 15, 2015, 02:24:08 PM
Can someone please reassure me that those faces are just not the final designs...please...I really don't wanna spend 40-60 hours looking at the personified horror of sun baby from teletubbies everytime I see that pink haired chick while playing. Please let them be place(face?)holders for real designs.

Nobody is holding a gun to your head to play the game.
332  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2015, 11:22:50 PM
Random Thought(s):

What actually happens when an enemy is hit by Mario with Star Power? Is it like getting hit by a train? Struck by lightning? Getting too close to a black hole?

Related: How does Lakitu fit all those Spinies in his cloud comfortably?


Insomnia at it's finest.
333  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 11:20:22 PM
I really do like Miki's outfit, and I've always liked that style of braid, too. I really hope they decided to announce this game late in it's development.
334  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 05:37:32 PM

As for music, I'd rather see someone other than Sakuraba compose, or at least have him share composing duties with someone else, kinda like how Uematsu, Hamauzu, and Nakano triple teamed for FFX.  It would add vitality to the music because, let's face it, Sakuraba farts out so much music that it all sounds boring, generic, and completely unmemorable to me.  Some fresh ears, a fresh perspective, all of that would do wonders for the music.  Sure, we cry when our favorite bands change their sound drastically on their lightning-rod album and we call them sellouts or traitors, but if they kept rehashing the same formula over and over again, we'd call them stale, stuck in a rut, unable to evolve.

I'm on board with this idea only because Sakuraba really seems to be on a jazz kick lately and I hate jazz.
335  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 01:35:19 PM
That reminds me... I wonder what the sci-fi element is here.  So far this all seems old school planet (are they gonna pull an SO1?).

I am so curious about the plot of this game. I mean, Tri Ace was pretty adamant that Star Ocean 4 would be the last game in the series and that Star Ocean 3 was the end of the story. I am definitely getting an SO1 vibe. Specific mention of the one planet it takes place on, revealed characters are all of the same humanoid race, etc.
336  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dice's Little Pony: Selling is Magic on: April 14, 2015, 12:50:04 PM
Oi, I just meant I'm sure I could offer you some monetary gain but I can't make you rich :)
337  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 12:22:14 PM
I really don't see the huge issue everyone is having. To me it just looks like a graphical improvement of Star Ocean 3, gladly turning away from the glassy look of Star Ocean 4.
338  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Dice's Little Pony: Selling is Magic on: April 14, 2015, 10:56:55 AM
I actually might be willing to throw some money your way in exchange for a banner for my new JRPG blog, but considering I still haven't found a replacement job and I have graduate school expenses to worry about, I unfortunately don't have a fortune to work with. Could probably work something out though.
339  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 10:52:22 AM
This is a pipe dream, but I'm hoping for the return of Private Actions.

Star Ocean 4 still had PA's, they were in the form of the scenes you can witness while on the Calnus waiting for the next planet to load warp drive.
340  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 10:44:05 AM
I actually like the doll character look.
I prefer a well done consistent style than just reaching for perfect realism.

Chldhood friend's design is really good.
Checkered is... hmmm... I'll be interested to see an in-game explanation to that.
She makes this thread NSFW also...

That's the thing, right?

Like, just once I want someone in sensible clothes to ask one of these other characters "What the hell are you wearing!?" but nobody ever seems to even notice. In any JRPG franchise.
341  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 10:05:32 AM
the fact it's aiming to be more like star ocean 3 is a plus to me. i hated the boss system in SO4

I can agree with that. The whole "Find the weak point" thing got really tiring after a while.
342  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 09:56:07 AM

And again, they look like goddamn dolls (especially with all that Starship lighting).

A lot less so than in Star Ocean 4
343  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 09:29:53 AM
Awesome news aside from the PS3 and PS4 thing. I think it's getting to the point that developers need to stop doing this. ESPECIALLY this game, since SO4 did an amazing job of showing off just what the PS3 was capable of. But I'm still waiting for a PS4 game that feels like a next-gen game, and clearly this won't be it.

Japanese developers won't have a good reason to stop until the PS3 stops being a thing in Japan. Japanese gamers are buying less consoles and everyone is still happily playing on the PS3. Besides, you have to wonder what kind of budget is needed to take advantage of PS4 tech.

Suppose that makes sense. Still a bit disappointing.

In response to Aeolus' Edit:

I kind of liked that mage outfit until I noticed that 1) it's disturbingly skin-tight and 2) half the diamond pattern appears to be her actual skin. So yeah... WTF indeed.

Also, I'm sorry. I refuse to call the main heroine anything but Sophia 2.0 after seeing that outfit.

EDIT: I know I'm sounding cynical, but I can't stop humming "Star Ocean Forever" to myself, so yeah pretty excited.
344  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 14, 2015, 09:14:54 AM
Awesome news aside from the PS3 and PS4 thing. I think it's getting to the point that developers need to stop doing this. ESPECIALLY this game, since SO4 did an amazing job of showing off just what the PS3 was capable of. But I'm still waiting for a PS4 game that feels like a next-gen game, and clearly this won't be it.
345  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 13, 2015, 01:41:30 PM
They were adopted by GungHo. I think they had a Grandia MMORPG in the pipeline, but that was in 2013 or so.

Edit: nope, shut that down in 2012. They haven't actually done anything since 2013 if Wikipedia is correct.



Still better than Camelot. Talk about wondering how a company still operates...
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