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Subject: Persona 3: FES
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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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871  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Ex-Cop Begins Killing Family Members of Officers, Claims it's for a Greater Good on: February 10, 2013, 12:05:55 AM
"No command, no instruction, no warning. They just opened fire on them."

Not that I support Chris Dorner, but the LAPD is making themselves look like psychopaths.  Even if it wasn't a case of mistaken identity (different make, model, and color truck...) that is not proper procedure.  They've clearly prioritized shutting Dorner up over anything else.

I don't condone what he's doing, but it does at this point seem as though his point about 'nothing changing unless something drastic happens' is pretty true. I agree that they've decided they want to shut this guy up. Perhaps he even expected this kind of insane retaliatory response, knowing that if they do this kind of stuff enough, it'll make people call for restructuring.
872  Media / The Soundroom / VGM at the Grammys on: February 09, 2013, 12:38:50 PM
http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/BrianSchmidt/20130208/186155/The_fight_to_open_up_Grammy_Awards_to_the_game_biz.php

I hope Wintory wins.
873  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: February 09, 2013, 12:20:36 PM
Just got a copy of this for $20 on PC. Hell yeah.

EDIT:

I've finished four missions. This game is awesome. Screw the hating. Maybe I can't dodge frame hyper animation cancel anymore, but I'm still having blast killing stuff. Not disappointed by this in the slightest. I'd be happy to see both styles of DMC continue on.
874  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Ex-Cop Begins Killing Family Members of Officers, Claims it's for a Greater Good on: February 08, 2013, 07:17:57 PM
This is insane. I don't agree with the killing, but I am inclined to believe he is right about there be no change without drastic action. Hard to believe this isn't a movie, this is actually happening.
875  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: February 08, 2013, 12:24:40 PM
I gotta give it to Atlus this time I tried the demo today just for the sake of trying and I can't believe how surprised I was!
I did have some experience with EOIII and while I liked some of it, I did have my gripes with other things like the learning curve, difficulty, XP rate, etc.

This one, however, I'm liking way more than the other. There are some measures of the strengh of FOEs on the map, also the possibility to know which creature you'll face. The casual mode is also very welcome as I hated that the game was already super hard and a little too much meant complete waste.

Now the star of the show here, for me, is the soundtrack. I had no idea it was going to be this good. I did hear people on GameFaqs talk about, and when I entered the game, nothing special, until you go to the dungeon, I was just mesmerized. I literally went to get my high end headphones just to experience the music!

Soundtracks like this, Dragon Quest VIII, Ni no Kuni, are what can make me smile even when I have to grind for hours. What in most games would be a bore, in these, I can't get mad listening to these spectacular songs!

We've also been saying how great it is, since we reviewed it last year, featured it in our Music of the Year writeup, and our Music of the Year podcast ^^ :) It is indeed fantastic music-- some of Koshiro's best work to date, which is a pretty bold claim, I think.
876  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: February 07, 2013, 11:41:28 PM
Oh, it'll be a surprise all right.

Also I love this game. Love how it's more accessible in the first area for newcomers, but quickly ramps it up. Love the changes to gathering and equipment buying, love the overworlds. Great work, all around here.

The only thing I miss are the BIG RED LIGHTS for FOEs since it made them more mysterious and the FM synthesizer battle themes, because Yuzo Koshiro's bass makes me feel pretty.
877  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: February 07, 2013, 04:17:08 PM
I have. The music is awesome, and it's quite an extensive demo-- I'm very impressed with it. The new graphical overhaul keeps the same style but manages to make it very fresh.
878  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: February 07, 2013, 10:42:02 AM
If it did, people wouldn't be paying ridiculous prices for Suikoden 2 at this point in time.

Suikoden 2 is still not on PSN right? That's ridiculous.

Yeah true, not everything gets reprinted-- but I think in cases like Suikoden 2, it wasn't going to get a reprint anyway, yeah? Still, I see where you're coming from. And no, it's not on PSN yet-- I think it's a rights issue in the US, like with Megaman Legends (although that game's issue has to do with the licensing for the voice acting). I'm playing S2 for the first time now and tracking it down was a colossal pain in the ass.
879  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: February 07, 2013, 10:38:52 AM
It also really, really really needs a better translation.

This.
880  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: February 07, 2013, 10:18:45 AM
What I'm reading is: "Our games are totally better than those old relics, you just can't see it through all those rose tinted glasses you're all wearing. Also Nomura is totally a cool dude, stop hatin' on him guys!"

What I read is: "Stop being a dick about modern FF titles. We got the message."

Hey now, I totally enjoyed FFXII (barring its flaws) back when it came out. Granted, if I wanted to play a JRPG that features wide open environments and encourages exploration today I'll play Xenoblade, but back then FFXII was almost the closest we got to that since the SuperNES era (DQVIII was better but I had already beaten it by then). I didn't have any problems with the Gambit system and I enjoyed the idea of not having to remember to steal from enemies when I fight them (except for the fights where you need to steal multiple times for good, one chance at them items) or having to keep an eye on my HP to know when to pop a potion (or to at least query up a potion that'll never be used as I'm cheaply stunlocked to death due to an exploit in the game's ATB (that FFX-2 also abused)). Plus I enjoyed what plot and characters were there (except for the parts and people that were either lifted straight out of Star Wars or the parts that existed solely to adhere to the Final Fantasy Formula).

Balthier is boss. One of my favorite characters from any Final Fantasy. Heck, Basch was pretty sweet too. I'd reckon that was one of my favorite casts of the series. I would totally love an HD FF XII.

I loved the whole FFXII cast, I just hated that they got barely any meaningful development outside of a tiny bit for Basch, Ashe, and Balthier. I also asked SQEX on Twitter the other day for an HD FFXIIIZJS. That would be awesome.

I didn't know that FFXIII got an Zodiac Job System update as well?

As for cast, my only real beef is with Penelo who's entire role within the plot is to be Vaan's requisite childhood girl next door friend and kidnapped for that one time. Not that I would've preferred her to make a nuisance of herself like most JRPG childhood girl next door friends, but at least it would've been more than just 'being there'.

That last I in the name is International :). And yeah, I get the feeling Penelo may have had more purpose (though who knows, given how badly that c ast was treated) but it was cut. If I recall, that game had a rather tumultuous path to release.
881  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: February 07, 2013, 09:47:38 AM
Well, I found that pretty often I'd save my mages MP for tougher monsters and let the rest of my party do the gruntwork. Same method I used in Phantasy Star IV and classic RPGs, too. I love me some magic. Though it DOES suck when they run dry and you're like 'welp.'

You shouldn't need to do that in PS4. Rune won't ever run out of juice, to the point that people give him two shields because he'll always be able to cast SOMETHING and doesn't need a normal attack.

I've beaten PSIV like a zillion times. I dual-shield Rune, and usually use my skills for regular fights (other than the big stuff), but I almost always save my MP. Whether I need to or not isn't really what I was getting it, it's that I just like to do that. Plus, I was being diplomatic :). Once you have Raja you can use Ataraxia and restore TP anyway.
882  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: February 06, 2013, 09:42:08 PM
What I'm reading is: "Our games are totally better than those old relics, you just can't see it through all those rose tinted glasses you're all wearing. Also Nomura is totally a cool dude, stop hatin' on him guys!"

What I read is: "Stop being a dick about modern FF titles. We got the message."

Hey now, I totally enjoyed FFXII (barring its flaws) back when it came out. Granted, if I wanted to play a JRPG that features wide open environments and encourages exploration today I'll play Xenoblade, but back then FFXII was almost the closest we got to that since the SuperNES era (DQVIII was better but I had already beaten it by then). I didn't have any problems with the Gambit system and I enjoyed the idea of not having to remember to steal from enemies when I fight them (except for the fights where you need to steal multiple times for good, one chance at them items) or having to keep an eye on my HP to know when to pop a potion (or to at least query up a potion that'll never be used as I'm cheaply stunlocked to death due to an exploit in the game's ATB (that FFX-2 also abused)). Plus I enjoyed what plot and characters were there (except for the parts and people that were either lifted straight out of Star Wars or the parts that existed solely to adhere to the Final Fantasy Formula).

Balthier is boss. One of my favorite characters from any Final Fantasy. Heck, Basch was pretty sweet too. I'd reckon that was one of my favorite casts of the series. I would totally love an HD FF XII.

I loved the whole FFXII cast, I just hated that they got barely any meaningful development outside of a tiny bit for Basch, Ashe, and Balthier. I also asked SQEX on Twitter the other day for an HD FFXIIIZJS. That would be awesome.
883  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: February 06, 2013, 09:40:13 PM

If anything, moving onto a new gen tends to drive prices up for certain games because it means it's definitely not going to get a reprint/re-release.


Except when everything DOES get reprinted in a classics line. And like last year when Atlus re-released all the DDS and SMT games for dirt cheap. I disagree very much that a new console means old classics aren't getting a reprint.

Handhelds aren't useless, though, I agree. And Radiant Historia is awesome.
884  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: February 06, 2013, 06:22:25 PM
I will be making both of those same purchasing decisions, Rob.

Also, I have to agree with Dave-- Cage can make these points while still admitting to complicity. And the fact is, his team's games ARE different from just about everything else released, so whether he's failed to deliver or not (and I seriously enjoyed BOTH of their games), he IS doing something different from most developers.
885  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: February 06, 2013, 09:57:08 AM
Really, you like Heavy Rain, Crispy?  I think you need to go back and listen to one of our older episodes.  I simply don't have the space to go into how fucking awful that piece of pretentious shit is. 

All kidding aside, Heavy Rain tries really hard to do some cool things.  I personally think it fails miserably at just about all of them (how it handles Madison sexuality/vulnerability, the giant freakin' plot holes, generally awful narrative, piss poor acting, etc.) but I think Thomas Wayne said it best when it comes to these things. 

Eh, I'm not saying its far and away my favorite game, but I thought it did a very good job of creating tension. For instance, I'm really claustrophobic, so the crawling through the tunnel scene (besides the plot hole of him not pushing the glass aside like a normal person would) freaked me out. I don't think I've ever said "Oh HELL no!" out loud to myself that many times.

But hey, maybe I'm confusing story-induced stress with QTE-induced stress.

I thought it did a great job of this too. Some of the story problems are fair but I really don't see them as worse than the average game or even movie frankly. I thought a couple of the scenes were actually quite moving. It's also the only game my wife actually demanded I play to see what would happen next.

Yeah, the Tunnel scene and the saw scene were unbelievably tense. My roommates were watching when I did the saw scene and we were all like 'AIEEE'
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