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5581  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Star Ocean 4 on: September 25, 2007, 03:14:45 PM
Those links are for screens of the PSP Star Ocean 1 remake.  I used right-click and copy-pasted the URLs into my browser.  

Supposedly, they're using a version of SO2's battle engine for it.  The sprites look fine to me; like the character art on the OST box.  But the anime art looks a lot like Galaxy Express 999 art; not bad, but rather bland.  

If this comes out in the US, it'll be an "it's about time!" because fans have been clamoring for the first Star Ocean installment in the US.  I'm sure it'll be localized better than the half-assed Tales of Phantasia GBA port we got back a year or few ago.
5582  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 24, 2007, 11:02:14 PM
Quote from: "Ryos"

Odin Sphere - Finally beat Valkyrie's scenario...and put the game aside when I found out the next character starts in the most annoying area so far.  Still a fun game, but it almost seems like Vanillaware revels in a cruel game design.

Cornelius' scenario has some of the most unbalanced-difficulty moments of the game.  

As for my game journal, I maxed out the music club s-link and am around floor 220 or so in Tartarus.  

Chihiro social link is now arcana-reversed and the picture of her looks supremely pissed.  Oh well, I'm after Yuko anyway.
5583  The Rest / General Discussions / The swag with games discussion on: September 23, 2007, 12:28:28 PM
But what *is* it that attracts gamers to extra goodies?  Is it the goodies themselves?  Is it the mere pleasure of possession?  Why is it that some people like me could care less about the extra goodies whereas others may preorder or buy a special edition game almost for the goodies?  

When I preordered Tales of Symphonia, for some reason I didn't get the artbook.  It didn't bother me.  I could care less about the artbook.  I just wanted the game.  However, someone else would call me completely crazy for that attitude.
5584  The Rest / General Discussions / The swag with games discussion on: September 23, 2007, 10:03:52 AM
It's no secret that many games in Japan come packaged with various kinds of swag like artbooks, little toys, maps, maybe plushies, and all that stuff.  Back when Working Designs was around, they released games with tons of swag; like the Lunar PSone remakes with cloth maps, artbooks, hand puppets, and the like.  Some other publishers/developers include one or two extras in the US releases of games.

But to what extent do folks like or want these extras?  What is it about these extras that appeal or don't appeal to you?  Is there enviousness that "Japan got K extra with L game, so why can't we?"  Is there something else that I'm completely missing?  

For me, I don't.  I just want the game.  I don't want little toys and a whole bunch of things that will just take up room in my desk or closet.  All I want is the game and manual in a case/box.  I'm not a fan of clutter or of paying extra for a bunch of crap I don't want.  

However, I know many folks who love these extras because it feels like the publisher/developer is going the extra mile for the fans.  

I know the compromise is the regular edition for regular price and the special edition with swag for a higher price.  I'll take the regular edition over the special any day of the week.
5585  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 23, 2007, 09:44:01 AM
I'm on that casino-on-crack block of Tartarus too.  Plot twist preceding it was kinda lame, but everyone's reactions to it were done well.
5586  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 22, 2007, 09:43:28 AM
Persona 3- my social link with Keisuke in music club is at 9 and my social link with Yuko is at 8.  
Yeah, dog!  Main made it into Yuko's bedroom!
 I like music club and everything, but Keisuke's story isn't all that interesting.  Still, it's no surprise what his s-link arcana is.  I'm pretty much blowing off the French kid, because though he's a nice kid and all, he's clingy and annoying; his s-link arcana does yield some really good personas, though.  The game made me join his fashion club out of pity way back when.  I want to pursue the Kenji s-link further because
I'm flabbergasted that this idiot slacker dude managed to bag a teacher.

Otherwise, I'm still spending my October Tartarusing for the next boss on November 3.  I think I have all my bases covered with various personae.  And just for the hell of it, I fused another Kikuri-Hime, but this time with four elements: maragion, magarula, bufudyne, and mazionga.
5587  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 21, 2007, 08:33:04 AM
Quote from: "Masamune"

Also, it takes forever to max out S. Links with the girls.  I've seen Yukari like 6 times in a row without gaining any S. Link levels.  She needs to give it up already.

Well, it's no surprise that Yukari isn't as "easy" as, say, Chihiro or Yuko.  

I'm currently just building levels and S-links in Persona 3.  Everyone in my party is around level 50-52 with Fuuka and I around level 55-57.  

Once my Loki learns Null Fire, he'll have overcome his one and only weakness.  He has bufu, zio, and garu spells so he's got multiple elements covered.  Throne has my light covered and Succubus can handle fire and dark.  I have a few others in there too, but those'll be my go-to's.  

But nothing's been able to top my Yomotsu Shikome so far.  She had agi, bufu, zio, garu, and mudo skills.
5588  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Squeenix's Last Remnant a (pseudo) Xenogears remake? on: September 21, 2007, 08:21:53 AM
Quote from: "macirex"
Well I just donīt see them to be very alike... maybe in the super secret plot... I hope it comes to the states...

S-E is actually aiming to have a simultaneous US/JP release date according to the game's official site.
5589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is Squeenix's Last Remnant a (pseudo) Xenogears remake? on: September 20, 2007, 01:09:37 PM
Yeah, the guy at 1:45 looks so much like Bart it's not even funny.  But I think it's an original title with no connection to Xeno... although how original is "ancient powerful relics from a bygone civilization far more advanced than ours."   It's been done in countless RPGs.  

Either way, the game looks freaking cool.  The music on the US site for the game is really good. Go Tsuyoshi Sekito!  

5590  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 20, 2007, 08:03:50 AM
I hit the top of the 4th block in Tartarus; floor 164 I think.  I picked up the Devil S-link.  I've been ignoring S-links lately, so I should try waiting for phone calls at night instead of going to Tartarus almost every night.  It'd be nice if I could call people in the game instead of waiting for them to call me.
5591  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 19, 2007, 08:49:31 AM
Persona 3: I'm on floor 160 in Tartarus.  Outside of Tartarus, I'm studying for exams.  

I'm disappointed that nothing cool seemed to happen when I had all three Moirae sisters.  I couldn't fuse them into something cool.  I decided Clotho and Lachesis were wasting space so I dismissed them.  I can always buy them back later if I discover something cool does happen.  I have Atropos and she's got some powerful attacks.  I'll probably hang onto her.  

However, the A-rank personas in my current arsenal are probably Titania and Kikuri-Hime; I switch to Suzaku when I need lightning.
5592  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment Part 7,894,673,589.3 on: September 18, 2007, 04:51:46 PM
"Skeletons at the Feast" by Spock's Beard.  A friend of mine recommended this band to me and I was blown away by the samples on their website.  I only heard three from their 2006 self-titled album and they were so good.  There was some nice shredding, instrumentation (stuff sounded like it could come from video games; a plus for me)... damn good band.
5593  Media / Single-Player RPGs / TGS is around the corner... what do you look forward to? on: September 18, 2007, 01:41:55 PM
As with most everyone else, anything Atlus has to say about Megami Tensei would pique my interest.  Given what/how much I've said in the Star Ocean 4 thread, I want to know more about that.  Anything on the Final Fantasy XIII trio would be something I'd want to know more about as well.  

If any graphic adventures, visual novels, and RPGs are coming out for the DS, color me interested as well.

EDIT: And Level 5's soccer RPG.
5594  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 17, 2007, 09:35:25 AM
Persona 3
I beat the Strength and Fortune shadows
and then
Shinjiro was killed.
 That was a dark and weird scene.
5595  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: September 16, 2007, 09:45:58 AM
Persona 3: 139th floor of Tartarus.  That Sleeping Table boss on floor 135 that kept kicking my ass decided not to use Megidola today and since I had a hama-proof persona and a decent party, we were able to get in a couple of all-outs on him.  Guess this was one boss where you needed some luck to beat him.  

I have my Lachesis.  She's not a fantastic persona by any means, but she's a Moirae sister, so I'm happy.  I would hope that fusing all three Moirae sisters would do something awesome.  It's cool that the Moirae sisters are supposed to be ugly hags, but Kaneko made them attractive.  

I think it's interesting that SMT: Nocturne and Persona 3 use the Moirae Sisters (Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos) rather than the Norns (Urd, Skuld, Verdandi) who are more well-known to me and do the same thing: spin the life thread, apportion the life thread, and cut the life thread.  I remember the Norns being on cartoons like The Real Ghostbusters.  In all my Greek mythology classes in high school, I never learned about the Moirae sisters.
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