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5446  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen DS "Because there is you" on: September 06, 2007, 01:55:31 PM
Sakura Taisen's a pretty prolific series, and I too would like to see more of Red Company's work localized (i.e. Tengai Makyou, Sakura Taisen).  However, I'm not so sure it can happen because games like Sakura Taisen are extremely Japanese in terms of wordplay, in-game cultural stuff, etc.  

However, if Persona 3 could come along and do such an amazing job with the English localization whilst still retaining the unabashedly Japanese flavor then perhaps it can be done with Sakura Taisen.  

You will have some series fans, including some very vocal ones on these boards, who would bemoan the English "tarnishing" of their beloved series but it is what it is.
5447  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 06, 2007, 08:05:50 AM
Quote from: "Lord Scottish"

@Dincrest: I have a bit of sympathy for Hidetoshi. Sure, he's uptight and judgmental, but more than anything, he comes across to me as a bitter, misguided idealist.

This is what makes the game so fantastic.  You sympathize with Hidetoshi so you choose to spend time with him, whereas he's exactly the kind of person I could never stand being around, so I blow him off.  Unique gaming experience for the both of us.  

I still don't really like Mitsuru, except in battle.  There's just seems to be something shady about her.  I can see that Fuuka
does want to be part of SEES, but I wasn't fond of the way Mitsuru coerced her into joining.  In the same way, I'm not fond of the way Mitsuru coerced me into joining student council.
 Again, yes, I happen to agree with Yukari's suspicions.  She seems the most grounded of everyone in SEES.

I'm mostly using death: Loa and magician: Sati as my main personas now.  I'm building up Sati so I can make a Narcissus with strong elemental spells.  Narcissus has some good resistances that I want.
5448  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 05, 2007, 07:22:51 PM
Persona 3... I'm pretty much killing time till the next full moon with school stuff and Tartarus.  Death: Loa is proving to be a surprisingly good persona.  

it's interesting how the game is really about you and who you are in terms of determining your best persona arcanum compatibilities.  It's like how in the prior Persona games, each person has their own idiosyncratic compatibilities with certain arcana and in this game, I get to map out my own compatibilities from scratch.  I've pretty much decided to forget going for bazillions of social links/arcana and just pursue the ones with activities and people I actually like.  

For example, fuck student council and the Emperor arcanum.  I think the president is an uptight asshole and is not someone I want to be around.  I'm not too fond of Mitsuru either.  She seems like those people who think they're so smart and have it all figured out but are really clueless idiots.  I agree with Yukari that
she has a way of forcibly suckering people into doing things.  She suckered me into doing student council and later on suckered Fuuka into joining SEES.
 She's pretty good in battles, though.  I'll be ditching student council from now on.  

I'd rather be at kendo practice, even though my Chariot s-link there with Kazushi is maxed out.  Kendo's actually fun and Kaz & Yuko are people I actually want to be around.  

I'll be doing more with music club since, well, it's music club.  Go Fortune!

In terms of the ladies, I'll be pursuing the s-link with Yuko rather than Chihiro.  Chihiro's nice and all, but Yuko's more my type.  Sorry Justice.  I guess Strength is more up my alley.  

This game is way too addictive.  This game is a grade-killer for sure.
5449  The Rest / General Discussions / GamesRadar: 7 controversies waiting to happen. on: September 05, 2007, 05:20:43 PM
Persona 2: Innocent Sin also has a teenager who hides a machine gun in a guitar case and the first boss is a high school principal.  Guns in school and principal homicide for the win.  That stuff was way worse than Hitler, whose been used in older games like Wolfenstein 3D.  In Innocent Sin,
Hitler is the penultimate boss who was resurrected by the bad guys- demonic versions of the characters' parents
so it shouldn't be a big deal.  The final boss was the most disturbing final boss I've ever seen.  I mean, an
amalgam of every character's father all wearing bondage gear
is pretty sick.  

In any case, in that list SMT and hentai games in the US were dead giveaways.  I'm still wondering how some hentai games even made it to US shores given how degenerate some of them are.

And even though there was mild eyebrow raising, Xenogears and the Xenosaga games have pretty much stayed under the radar as well.  Methinks low sales had to do with that, and low sales= a nonthreat faith challenger.
5450  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Master P, Seth Green Join Forces for Hip-Hop RPG on: September 05, 2007, 01:51:56 PM
Lemme hear you say uhhhghhhhghhhh!

At least I *think* that was that shit-tastic Master P song that got really popular for no logical or explicable reason.  

I can see how music can be a great theme for storylines and stuff in RPGs.  Eternal Sonata with classical music, Marl Oukoku with its showtunes type stuff, an RPG based on any Bal Sagoth album would be really epic...

I think an RPG with a hip-hop themed storyline could work, but only if it came from the mind of someone like Chuck D of Public Enemy or rappers who do storytelling rap and not the bling bling stuff.
5451  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 05, 2007, 07:35:53 AM
Persona 3-
Fuuka's joined us, I did some Tartarus crawling to the 64th floor roadblock, and my chariot social link is maxed out.  Oh, and I joined the music club much to Fuuka's surprise.  

I'm still struggling to find suitable personas around the level 23 mark.  I'm pretty much just juggling between a bunch of them now, but I want a more stable one that I can consistently level up.  Shikome's still the best one I've created.  

Balancing kendo, student council, music club, Tartarus, dating two girls (Yuko from kendo club and Chihiro from student council), studying, and some other stuff (i.e. buying weapons) is challenging but oh so much fun.

I'm still waiting for the day I see Devil Summoner: DS then it'll be DS: DS.  What?  First week of classes is getting to me.
5452  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: September 04, 2007, 04:46:15 PM
Ever have a band you liked when you were a teen, disliked in your 20s because you thought they were stupid or lame, then in your late 20s/early 30s you think back to that band and realize once again that they were actually pretty good; perhaps even brilliant in some respects.  

It could be nostalgia clouding my mind.  It could be maturity making me rethink my musical snobbery regarding what is good vs. lame.  It could be my wanting a familiar sound from my youth because "music isn't as good these days."  

Anyway, I was thinking about the band Love/Hate in this context.  They were a hard partying, woefully underrated, hard rock band in the early 1990s that had some surprisingly interesting songwriting in their repertoire, courtesy of bassist Skid.  

So my songs of the moment are some of my favorite Love/Hate songs because they rock:  She's An Angel, Spit, Cream, Don't Be Afraid, The Boozer, and Wrong Side of the Grape.  Those are definitely my favorite songs by the band.
5453  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 03, 2007, 09:08:32 PM
Persona 3:

In Tartarus, I'm at the barrier at the end of block 2, so I can't go any further.  

In the plot, I just
rescued Fuuka.

With agi, bufu, zio, magaru, mamudo, auto-tarukaja, evil touch, and something else, Shikome is still my go-to Persona.  She's level 14 with nothing more left to learn.  Although I'm mostly using Valkyrie now since I need a bufu equipped one to balance out the elements on my other party members' personas.  My main is level 18, but there are some level 21 personas I have my eye on.  

Shikome is like Death: Hel in Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.  Multiple elemental spells plus dark spells.  Sweet.
5454  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 03, 2007, 07:16:48 AM
Persona 3- I just completed midterms and killed the flaming tables guardian in the 2nd block of Tartarus.  I wasn't head of the class but I got a "pretty high score" so I'm happy.  

My go to persona right now is Hermit: Yomotsu Shikome.  Thanks to a good fusion, she has zio, agi, and bufu so I have multiple elements covered.  

Junpei's voice actor must have had so much fun with that role.  He absolutely nailed the character and delivers every line flawlessly.
5455  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: September 03, 2007, 07:06:31 AM
Quote from: "MeshGearFox"
Wait, yeah, how did persona making in P2 work? Did you just have to get X number of cards and take them to the velvet room?

I think I liked it better in Persona 1 where you just got two cards and went all Mickey Rooney on that bollocks.

Yeah, that's how Persona making in Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment worked.  

I like how it works in Persona 3.  Instead of talking to demons, I'm talking to people and forging social relationships to bolster my personae.  

I just started the game a couple of days ago and I'm enjoying it a lot.  The story is more subtle and less meaty than prior Persona games (so far at least; I just finished midterms in the game) but I'm liking the school aspects of it.
5456  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 02, 2007, 10:13:11 AM
Sketch, opening with something like Cerberus' Wall of Wind or other Wall spells that nullify earth, wind, or water attacks on your party will definitely help.  Then just hit 'em one at a time with their opposing element.  Plus, make sure each character has multiple personae with varied elemental offenses and defenses so you can keep switching them up, since the boss(es) here have multiple elemental properties.  

EDIT:  If you can get a persona with Wall of Earth, that will save your ass in that battle, because one of the boss attacks is a combo earth/charm.  

I would recommend getting rid of Eikichi first because of his instant death attacks.  Some 3-way fire combos will burn him up good.  

I would then work on getting rid of Lisa because of her charm attacks.  3 way wind combos do massive damage on her.    

Then get rid of Jun.  3 way earth combos do massive damage on him.

That's probably one of the toughest battles in the game.  It took me about 4 or 5 tries to beat it.  

In gaming, I started Persona 3 last night.  This game just oozes style.  I'm about 3 hours in.
5457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 07:55:18 PM
Thanks for the trailer link Lyonaz.  I'm happy; I saw my Beckham bends and Pele backflips.  

But what are the chances of a US localization?  Soccer isn't exactly popular over here, and the people who'd buy soccer video games may probably buy FIFA Soccer over this.  

I want to see this in English, but I'm doubtful.
5458  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 05:40:13 PM
I'm the opposite.  I loved Chrono Trigger's and Xenogears' music, but Chrono Cross' didn't really do much for me (the music was good, but there was a lot that I didn't like), I thought Xenosaga I's soundtrack was lackluster (I much preferred Kajiura's and Hosoe's music in subsequent Xenosaga games), I hated the music for Tsugunai.

But opinions are like assholes and all that.  I respect Mitsuda's talent as a composer, but his stuff is very hit or miss for me and from what I've heard it's been more miss than hit.    

You know, at least the composer for this soccer RPG isn't Motoi Sakuraba so I'm thankful for that.  

As long as the RPG mechanics and soccer mechanics work well and the game is fun, I'm interested.
5459  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Level 5 announces Soccer RPG WTF? on: August 31, 2007, 03:37:28 PM
...and he also did the music for Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenosaga I, some pieces for Shadow Hearts, Tsugunai: Atonement, and a whole lot more.

I'm not the biggest Mitsuda fan in the world (I think his music is overrated), but his name does pique interest among RPG and RPG music aficionados.
5460  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Completed RPGs of 2007 on: August 31, 2007, 11:40:49 AM
Yo-Jin-Bo, Hotel Dusk, Piece of Wonder, Memories Off: Complete (which includes Memories Off: Pure), Memories Off 2nd, Suigetsu Mayoi Gokoro, Xenosaga, Xenosaga II, Xenosaga III, Chrono Trigger a few times, Xenosaga DS and a prerelease DS game RPGfan assigned to me.  

And if Fighting Fantasy GameBooks count, I dusted off and completed Rebel Planet, which is a personal favorite gamebook.

I think I need to undergo a 12 step program from my little Xenosaga addiction.
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