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691  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 20, 2013, 02:06:01 PM
Dammit Sony, I've owned your consoles since you first MADE them! Why I no get $10?
692  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 20, 2013, 02:32:33 AM
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How many people go through the same experience, of not realizing how very real and very serious mortality can be?

And then you do get that sudden realization and it's terrifying and hard to keep down, and you're staying up till four or five in the morning every night because you can't stand losing consciousness, especially not when it's dark out, and then everything makes you jumpy and you're sleep deprived to the point of being incoherent and inexplicably /cold/ all the time. And it goes on for months.

Or maybe that's just me.

Or you shoot Ultima spells at a planet. Different strokes. :D

Also, Persona 4 is fucking awesome. It's been a while since I played a Shin Megami game, and it's clear they still rock the house and own the show.
693  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 20, 2013, 01:36:36 AM
You just won all of the internets I have to give.

I was on board right when you said, "FFIX's dark 'cause on the surface it ISN'T dark."

This is the exact point I try to make so often. Real darkness is relative, and if there's just DARKBLACK BLAR MY SOUL IS SO WRETCHED for the entire experience, it's hard to relate to it. FFIX starts out happier, but it gets into some deep and dark business. I mean, the bad guy's entire deal in the end is that he is TERRIFIED of death (kind of like Lord Voldemort :3). It's not hamfisted (at least, not until Necron, but that was basically a nod to the rest of the series and its SURPRISE BITCHES final bosses). But the point is, because it was relatable, you are able to actually empathize with the people in the game. That line from No. 56 is relevant, too. How many people go through the same experience, of not realizing how very real and very serious mortality can be?

Maybe it's not the point you were making, but this is exactly why I enjoy games like Tales of the Abyss and FFIX-- they're light-hearted on the surface, and that helps you become attached to and relate to the characters. THEN, when crazy business starts flying about, you actually care.
694  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: A Step Back: Final Fantasy IX on: February 20, 2013, 01:32:14 AM
Yeah, DDS2 is IMO the pinnacle of the turn-based battle system. I love FFIX and its combat, but it can definitely feel a bit wonky sometimes with the pacing of the turns and when actions actually happen. I think you're right, though, that it was pretty common in PS1-era RPGs to take freaking forever with fights.

Of course, that said, I still love FFIX longtime and ignore all of its flaws :]
695  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 20, 2013, 01:30:45 AM
Why aren't we talking more here about the soundtrack??  It's, like, awesome.

Yes it is. I can't wait for the full release. Rei Kondo is pretty fantastic.
696  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 20, 2013, 12:09:10 AM
TL;DR Atlus deserves a little more credit than I think you're giving them.

After the region locking debacle and their deliberate shafting of consumers......no.

I'm with you here. Europe got shafted big time.  I'm sure shafting them was not their intent, but they had to have known how slow things get localized for Europe.  I feel bad for them.  Did they even announce a release date yet?  Last I checked, they didn't.

At least Europeans can sleep soundly at night knowing that the profit margins were extra good in Japan. 

I'm generally the first person to hate on companies with anti-consumer policies, so I can see where you guys are coming from here, but I really think Atlus, in general, is not a company I think of when "anti-consumer" comes to mind. I mean, they publish pretty niche titles, and they ARE a business. I can't imagine the profit margins are super duper high on their games. I don't like what happened with the P4A region-locking either, but I just think assuming they're lazy or anti-consumer because of these things is maybe directing the hate in the wrong direction. Yeah, it sucks, but I just can't hop on board the hate/conspiracy/lazy train.
697  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: February 19, 2013, 11:07:05 PM
Went to failstop for my limited edition....they had been shorted copies. I have to wait til tomorrow now.

WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!????!!!????????!!!!!!!?!???!!!!!!
HURT ME MORE

THE CLASHING OF BONE AND SINEW, ONLY A FOOL TRUSTS HIS LIFE TO A WEAPONS *looks at Raiden*
698  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 19, 2013, 10:57:43 PM
TL;DR Atlus deserves a little more credit than I think you're giving them.

After the region locking debacle and their deliberate shafting of consumers......no.

Yeah, I guess all that effort they put into their re-releases like P4G are just water under the bridge when it comes to one misstep.
699  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 19, 2013, 10:56:31 PM
Oh my god that picture is making me laugh my ass off
700  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 10:15:59 PM
Give FE12 a try then. It has better tactical gameplay, and a more serious plot without waifus. And yes it does have casual mode and support convos, you won't miss out.

I really didn't like FE Awakening at all. I even think Sacred Stones is better.

Which one is 12? I'm not concerned about casual mode, but a better plot and no waifus woudl be nice.
701  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 04:11:01 PM
Yeah, I agree. It's not a bad game at all, and I can see why people enjoy it. I just feel disconnected from everything, like the game knows its a game and it's winking at me the whole time going "yeah I know I'm a silly game but I have so much gameplay!" It works, but I think it's just not for me. I could have sworn the Fire Emblem I played on GBA had a more serious and less goofball story, but it's been so long that I barely remember.
702  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 03:36:51 PM
Hearing all the praise about this game makes it very tempting for me to get a 3DS...
That and I could get Zero Escape too...

Gaaaaaaaah! but I hate handheld gaming =(

VLR is amazing SO GOOD.
703  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 01:39:37 AM
Yeah, I think I'm done with this game. Chapter 6, the story is absolute ridiculous nonsense. The dialogue sucks and is full of incredibly awkward jokes that I can only assume are the fault of the translator, and the character interactions are incredibly shallow and meaningless. "ARE YOU SHOCKED BY MY BEAUTY?" "NO BUT YOUR SHIRT IS WRINKLED PLEASE FIX IT". Everyone is an anime trope, and not even a well-done anime trope (TALES OF THE ABYSS WOULD LIKE A WORD WITH YOU, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS). I can't give a shit about the combat because I don't give a crap about any of the fifty million characters the game keeps throwing at me. Pretty cutscenes, though.
704  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 19, 2013, 12:38:44 AM
Beat MGS4. That's a lot of cutscenes.

Last fight was easy, I don't know WTF people were talking about.

Was a tedious and way too long pain in the ass for me on Big Boss or whatever the mode was called. Also they used the shitty EDIT: music from MG: Twin Snakes instead of the awesome music from the original game, which pretty much killed it for me.
705  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 19, 2013, 12:35:04 AM
Other than the stupid dream demons (give me party members!), I thought KH3DS had great combat. The world design and plot were god awful though, among the worst in the series: worlds were basically skinned boxes for you to jump around on with really half-ass Disney 'stories.' It was like 20 hours of filler and then a two hour cutscene that only further obfuscated things. I miss Donald and Goofy as party members, too.

Agee with Dark Dawn basically being a retread; I hope it gets a sequel, though.

Wait... there was a KH game with non-shallow-Disney-replica worlds?  I loved KH BBS, but their idea of Neverland ruined Neverland for me.

KH1 and 2; BbS at least didn't make them feel like such an afterthought-- there was actual interaction with the Disney characters. It's been on a downward spiral. DDD's levels are literally just giant boxes for using the flowmotion. CREATIVE BANKRUPTCY MEI GOD SQUARE MAKE KH3
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