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5461  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Eternal Sonata PS3 for Japan only on: June 06, 2008, 07:31:55 PM
If any Namco-Bandai game is going to sell a PS3, it's going to be Tekken 6, and that only comes out later this year.
5462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Jeanne D'Arc on: June 05, 2008, 04:21:02 PM
I thought Brave Story was a generic, FF style RPG.  Not a bad game, but nothing great.  I'd call it a mediocre game.  Graphics were real purty, though.  

The PSP is a great platform for SRPGs, though.  Jeanne D'Arc, FFT: WoL, and Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness are good.  Although most critics didn't view these too favorably, Pat here at RPGFan reviewed Aedis Eclipse positively and I (back when I was an editor) reviewed Wild Arms XF favorably.  

Still, right now my two favorite PSP games are Tekken Dark Resurrection and Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, which aren't RPGs (though I do count Symphony of the Night as one.)
5463  The Rest / General Discussions / Jack Thompson disbarred on: June 05, 2008, 07:29:14 AM
I'd sing Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, but the potential disbarrment will only be in effect for 10 years and he'll likely come back more crotchedy than ever.  It's like how legendary adult heroes seal the supreme evil demonic overlord away and he comes back after 1000 years more pissed off than ever and a bunch of children have to defeat it.
5464  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: June 04, 2008, 09:47:08 PM
I downloaded a song on my iPod many moons ago.  I had kept wanting to listen to it, but never got around to it until today.  Now I ask myself, "why in the hell did I download this song?  Did I think it was good at one point?  This is the most generic, soulless power/prog metal type song I've heard in ages."  And for that strong reaction, "New Life" by DGM is my song of the moment.  

Oh well.  At least "Pointless Masquerade" by Magic Pie's an awesome song.  I really should get their albums.
5465  The Rest / General Discussions / DoA's Itagaki Leaves Tecmo on: June 04, 2008, 04:33:38 PM
I'm also somewhat curious as to what'll happen to Dead or Alive.  As much as I despise the fanservicey shovelware games, the main installments are actually solid 3D fighters.
5466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: June 04, 2008, 04:25:59 PM
That use of tarot arcana to match characters' personalities and even persona affinities has been present in all the persona games.  Although how some personas got placed in certain arcana were somewhat questionable in previous Persona games (i.e. I thought Phoenix would be better as Death than Temperance), it makes more sense in Persona 3.
5467  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: June 04, 2008, 07:51:44 AM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
Y'know, I find it strange that Junpei's Arcana is supposed to be "Magician," (and why they can't have thought up a more original name for that Arcana, when they call physically-based Arcana "Chariot," instead of "Warrior," for example, is another gripe), when he's more of a physical-based, melee fighter...

You *do* realize that the names of the arcana are based on the major arcana of tarot cards, right?  Each arcana in the deck of tarot has certain meanings in divination and tarot readings.  

http://www.tarotteachings.com/tarot-card-meanings-of-the-major-arcana.html Scroll down, pick the name of the arcana card, and you'll get a decent description of what it means.  

There are minor arcana too (wand, cup, pentacle/coin, sword) which are like the four suits in a traditional poker deck.  Tarot used to be a game, I believe, that became a divination tool.
5468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / World Destruction Trailer, amazing music on: June 02, 2008, 12:38:34 PM
The game certainly looks to have the epic feel and high production values fans like in JRPGs.  Sega's RPG offerings have been spotty of late (few of their offerings lately seem to match Phantasy Star 4 or Skies of Arcadia), so this hopefully signals a return to form.  I have little doubt that this will see a US release.  

Of course, given the high production values on the CG & music, the polygonal gameplay graphics, and the limited space on a DS cartridge, I worry that the game will be aesthetically pleasing and fun, but insanely short.  Of course, I don't mind RPGs that clock in under 20 hours; in fact I kinda prefer them since I don't play games as often/frequently and a 15 hour game can keep me busy for a long time.  

I'll be keeping an eye on this one.  Normally traditional JRPGs like this don't really excite me (I'm a jaded old curmudgeon), but something about this one has my interest piqued.
5469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / another Atlus surprise? on: May 31, 2008, 09:11:48 PM
Dokapon.  That's anti-climactic.
5470  Media / Single-Player RPGs / another Atlus surprise? on: May 31, 2008, 11:37:16 AM
Oooh pretty.  My first instinct says love adventure given the lavender florals, but then I think "nah."  June 3 is when they say Summon Night: Twin Age will be released, but that can't be it, can it?

Who knows?  It could be anything.
5471  The Rest / General Discussions / I realize Asian women are tiny, but come on. on: May 31, 2008, 08:30:04 AM
Yahoo news just posted this today as one of their top stories.  

And remember Bloodstar, truth is often stranger than fiction.
5472  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Persona 3 on: May 31, 2008, 07:59:54 AM
A lot of voice actors aren't what you'd expect.  Just because a character is a teenage girl doesn't necessarily mean a teenage girl voiced them.  Just because a character is a tall slim Sephirothian badass, the actor could be a balding dude with a paunch who has a really badass voice.  

Think about this.  Fred from Scooby Doo is perpetually a late teen, a meddling kid.  Frank Welker has been voicing him since Scooby Doo started in the late 1960s.  

And The Simpsons brought to light the fact that many young cartoon boys are voiced by women.  Whether it's Bart Simpson being voiced by Nancy Cartwright or Ash Ketchum of Pokemon being voiced by Veronica Taylor and more recently Sara Natochenny, it's pretty common practice.  

I'm into doing voice impersonations (my Spongebob and Fran Drescher impersonations tend to be the most requested, but I can imitate about 60 different characters), and no one would expect the voice of Fran Drescher to come out of a goofy looking Indian dude.
5473  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: May 30, 2008, 09:25:50 PM
"Change" by Magic Pie.  20 minutes of awesome.  Magic Pie's a prog rock band from Norway whose sound has a classic '70s prog vibe with modern prog touches.  Definitely worth a listen for you prog fans.  

5474  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i'm usually not one to complain about rpg stories but.... on: May 30, 2008, 06:12:35 PM
And with The World Ends With You
you defeat the final boss (the dragon form of a megalomaniac bent on taking over Shibuya then gradually the world) but that's just the last step for Neku's main objective, which is to get the fuck out of this stupid Reapers Game with his sanity and friends intact.  No noble quest to save the universe.  He just wants to leave and go home.  But he eventually does save the world before the villain can even destroy his home town, which is what usually occurs at the beginning of your average JRPG.  Neku's efficient:P
5475  The Rest / General Discussions / I realize Asian women are tiny, but come on. on: May 30, 2008, 06:06:15 PM
Am I the only one thinking of a particular R.Kelly video right now?
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