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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 27, 2015, 03:56:34 PM
At least on-screen overworld enemies are confirmed...
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 27, 2015, 08:19:03 AM
Finished rewatching Gundam Wing over the weekend. Was better than I was dreading it was going to be. Weird thing, the Mobile Doll plot line is a lot more relevant now than it was back in the 90s. The series does have some problems though, such as overusing the plot point of a group within a group plotting a rebellion. But I am glad that I rewatched it finally.

I actually found the biggest problems with Wing to be the characters and some inconsistancies that I don't specifically remember at the moment. The characters were pretty much all crazy, to put it bluntly. Even a lot of the side characters. I mean, Duo was the sanest character in the entire series, and even he had is moments where he laughs in the face of logic...
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 06:27:07 PM
And again, if you didn't like the change to the graphics, and felt it was so important that you feel you were lied to, you had plenty of time to drop your pre-orders if you made one. Even if it's a "bad business decision" it's not a hurtful one. You have only yourself to blame if you bought a game based on early promises, but did nothing to follow up and make sure those promises were still being met prior to giving them your money. This isn't a kickstarter we're talking about here...
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 03:15:46 PM

You're getting closer timmy, but no. Keep trying.
I'll give you a hint, it has something to do with stations, boxes and toasters.

The downgrade is on PC too, so I'm not sure how much the introduction of new consoles counts as an excuse. And also, surely they knew roughly how powerful those consoles would be for quite a while in advance (And probably got devkits way ahead of launch). Unless they were somehow persuaded by console makers to deliberately cripple the superiority of the PC version, it seems kinda unavoidable that they just knew that original footage was unachievable (or maybe the most charitable interpretation is that they thought it was but hoped maybe they could achieve it through optimizing)

They actually spoke about this, though: http://www.pcgamer.com/cd-projekt-addresses-witcher-3-graphical-downgrade-complaints/

They flat out said it was because that build would not work on consoles. They thought they could make it work, but in the end, they couldn't. And they can't make the bank if they didn't include console ports. Also, I quite frankly doubt the game would've looked that good on any but the most expensive of computer builds anyways. They also spoke about how the game expanded in scope during development, so the game world probably would've been smaller if they tried to do that, even without the console ports. It's a shame the game looks different that what they originally promised, but things chagnge over time. Not every plan goes right. I think that's something people gotta learn to live with. It's not like footage of the game only came out yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ony2r0QFs

The game has looked like that for quite a while, and as Taealus said, it still looks good. Which is probably why no one noticed too much until now. I think that, coupled with the fact that most everybody who is playing it still greatly enjoys it on nearly every level, is what's more important.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 25, 2015, 12:37:00 PM
So lessen learned: "Never put much stock into a big game that sells itself on graphics until the game is out." Lets file that between "don't fund a kickstarter that has next to nothing to show" and "don't buy a western grand-scale open world game until the inevitable game-breaking bugs have been ironed out." All of which should be under the category called "reasons not to pre-order games."
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 25, 2015, 11:07:35 AM
For me, getting out of bed was hard enough as a kid, let alone playing a video game, so...can't say I can relate. Everything is easier to me nowadays.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 24, 2015, 09:27:50 PM
That's because Mesh is a drug. The Wonder Drug.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 24, 2015, 06:50:49 PM
The PS2 version was one of the best selling Dragon Quests, IIRC, at least overseas, thanks in part to the Final Fantasy XII demo it came with. Also, plenty of people can get it for $20 on their mobile phones and Tablets (albeit with severe framerate problems that I'm not aware if they fixed) for $20, and many more people have those devices than 3DS games. "Missing out" is not the escuse here. If you "missed out" it's readily available. You could even still get the game new on amazon for $10 as late as 2012, and while the price has been steadily going up, it's not super expensive yet, and there are still plenty of PS2 consoles...that's not the concern here. Unless they put in some more new content (and quite frankly, they probably shouldn't, the game was pretty much perfect when it was released, and "new content" by Square-Enix terms almost always means "unfairly tedious and hard bonus dungeons with B-list excuses for a bonus plot"), I think it would be fair to call the new game milking it. S-E just following tradition. Personally, I'd be tempted to just skip it (I haven't actually finished the PS2 version, anyways, and at the rate I progress through DQ games, the game probably will be remade again by the time I finish it), and wait for DQ9's remake, which I think could use a revamp, at least for some in-game adjustments and online/streetpass stuff.

If you want it for the 3DS and don't mind the graphical downgrade, fine (unless you have a readily available PS2, in which case, what is wrong with you?!). But seriously, the original was very impressive to look at, and even Dragon Quest IX couldn't surpass it in scope. I mean, it had plenty of pop-in already, but it just felt like a big world that was fully explorable, and for a series that pretty much established the "grand adventure" that JRPGs always sold themselves as, I think that's a pretty important aspect. I wouldn't downplay that change, even if you haven't played it before.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 24, 2015, 12:08:37 PM
I wonder if the android version will ever improve its framerate issues as phones and tablets get faster tech-wise? (assuming it hasn't already)
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 24, 2015, 09:15:21 AM
It is a pretty noticable difference, though. I don't care much for graphics, but the PS2 version looked practically HD compared to the 3DS version, and it's a freakin' PS2 game...it's gonna take a lot of positive gameplay changes to keep my interest, honestly.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record announced for 3DS on: May 22, 2015, 10:13:34 PM
It came out? The heck, I thought I pre-ordered it. Gamestop forgot to call me again. Goddamnit! Oh well. I'll be going there next Saturday to pick up Splatoon. I'll try to grab a copy then...
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 21, 2015, 03:15:56 PM
Terranigma - I saved the trees (among other plants). Then I went north to Colorado, where the feathered friends were freed and the wind was woken. Now to hover over to new horizons on the hind of a harried hawk.

...well, actually it's a gull, but that didn't rhyme...

EDIT: Also played some Operation C, a Game Boy Contra game, today. It's pretty neat so far, though it's obviously the easiest Contra game I've played (but I haven't played Super C). I got all the way to the boss of Area 3 (pretty sure there's only 5 stages), and then lost my last continue by making some really stupid mistakes. I'll probably get to Area 4 on my next attempt without too much trouble.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 21, 2015, 12:45:07 PM
I remember watching Gear Fighter Dendoh. Or at least the first two episodes, which was all I could find at the time. It seemed okay, but one that would get much cooler as it progressed. (I spoiled myself by watching a late Opening)
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 20, 2015, 04:57:14 PM
The games I've played in the last week (since I guess I didn't update since then):

Cystalis (NES) - Barely defeated the General Kelbesque on Mt. Saber after about 5 or 6 tries...not looking forward to our rematch. Now I'm in Portoa, looking for the Queen. This game is longer than I expected. After about 12 hours, I'm only 1/3rd of the way through. Still fun, though, so I'll try to get as far as I can.

Mother 3 - Finished Chapter 2. I had tried to play this game many times over the years, but I don't recall beating this chapter before. Which is a shame, since it was a really good chapter, and the ending bit was one of the most emotionally powerful scenes I've seen in an RPG.

I mean, Flint's reaction to his wife's death, combined with the fact that he had largely been a blank slate up until that point (or at least establishing him as a calm and stoic man), really sold how much it hurt him, and that his kids were there made it even more painful. The dream sequence at the begiining of the next chapter also helped to remind you what he lost...

I was about ready to cry, and outside of Chrono Trigger and Lost Odyssey, I almost never say that about an RPG. Now I'm really motivated to play more, though I still need to test the Genesis Slot...(which I did soon after)

U.N. Squadron - I suuuuuuuck at this game. Could not get past the first boss, and rarely even made it to him...

Mega Man 2 - Replaying on VC. Beat Metal Man and Flash Man. This isn't as tough as I remembered. It's still no cakewalk, though. Flashman's level kept me on my toes.

Blaster Master - Lost a continue, but I don't care. The VC save state had me in the middle of level 3, which I am NOT prepared for. I was going to restart, but I decided to see how far I'd get. Amazingly I made it to the boss before I lost my last life.

Streets of Rage - Made it to stage 5. I believe that's the farthest I've ever gotten solo. This game is much more fun than I remember. Still pretty sluggish, though.

Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-Kun - Made it to stage 4. This game is tough, yet not too tough. Just right, if you will. Definitely feels more like Mega Man than Castlevania, though. Also, with this, all the slots and controllers have been tested. Retron 5 test complete!

Terranigma - Progressed through four of the five towers. Having a good time so far. Definitely digging the little touches in the graphics and narrative.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Witcher 3: Poland's Finest Hour on: May 20, 2015, 12:41:06 PM
My plan was to get it free with the purchase of a new GTX960 (that deal's good til the end of the month, btw).

I was planning on doing the same.

Then I remembered I don't do much gaming on my PC, so I thought better of it...though if it's good till the end of the month, that gives me time to lose my senses again. If not, then I probably won't ever be getting Witcher 3. Doesn't seem like my kinda game from what I've seen.
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