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1051  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: August 30, 2012, 08:34:33 PM
^The demo just came out today, actually.

Just played the demo today. I don't normally go for this type of game, but I've found it to be surprisingly pleasant so far. Even managed to perfect one song on Basic. I might pick up the game soon, though it's sold out on Amazon. Not in a rush, of course.

If you're in the US, it's actually on sale for $30 this week at GameStop.

If it's still on sale next week I'll get it, but I can't leave the house this week.
1052  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Thread of people Dancing Mad on: August 30, 2012, 04:35:52 PM
Just played the demo today. I don't normally go for this type of game, but I've found it to be surprisingly pleasant so far. Even managed to perfect one song on Basic. I might pick up the game soon, though it's sold out on Amazon. Not in a rush, of course.
1053  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 29, 2012, 08:20:40 PM
I just realized that all this time I've been confusing Shakugan no Shana for Higurashi. Shana actually looks interesting. And not horrifying. Might give it a shot someday.

I should also mention that I apparently had a mental block on Higurashi, since it took me approximately 4 hours to remember the title.
1054  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 29, 2012, 12:39:12 AM
I seriously have to wonder if people claiming that there's no anime worth watching have actually looked...

Or they could have very limited tastes, but then that's their problem.
1055  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: August 28, 2012, 08:23:41 PM
Yay Vile! And Raptor? Not Judah? Though I guess he could come later.
1056  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest Wars 2..A thread about the game and NOT the fanservice this time.... on: August 28, 2012, 01:44:21 PM
I was gonna say I'm surprised Record of Argest Wars 2 was well-liked by Dincrest, but reading his last post, I see there was always a good chance for it. I dunno if I'd ever pick it up, but I'm glad to know Idea Factory is improving.
1057  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 28, 2012, 01:25:11 PM
Started Level E. Finally, an anime that doesn't totally suck shit these days.

I've talked bad about modern anime before, but as far as I can tell, there's still plenty of good shows out there, it's just, well, tougher to make out which ones those are when you don't have the luxury of retrospect. I watch anime from modern, all the way though to the early '80s, so that gives me about 30 years to sort through. It sure seems like a lot, but when I break it down by year, albeit just out of what I've seen, it's actually only 3-6 good shows per year on average, with a few really good years thrown in here and there (1997 was a good year, for instance).

Although it doesn't really help your case that it was originally written and nearly became an anime back in the mid-late 90s.

You obviously missed my point, which was that there are about as many good shows back then as there are now. Level E is but one example of that. Off the top of my head, since 2010 there have been SKET Dance, Tiger X Bunny, Hunter X Hunter, Madoka Magica, Gundam UC, Fate-Zero, Saint Seiya Omega, Angel Beats, AnoHana, Star Driver, Kids on the Slope, Ano Natsu...and that's just from what little I've seen, and going by my somewhat limited tastes. Plus Level E, that already averages out to about 4 a year, and I haven't watched much from this year yet.
1058  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 27, 2012, 09:16:07 PM
Started Level E. Finally, an anime that doesn't totally suck shit these days.

I've talked bad about modern anime before, but as far as I can tell, there's still plenty of good shows out there, it's just, well, tougher to make out which ones those are when you don't have the luxury of retrospect. I watch anime from modern, all the way though to the early '80s, so that gives me about 30 years to sort through. It sure seems like a lot, but when I break it down by year, albeit just out of what I've seen, it's actually only 3-6 good shows per year on average, with a few really good years thrown in here and there (1997 was a good year, for instance).
1059  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 27, 2012, 09:05:26 PM
I prefer larger scale stuff when it comes to Sci-fi, I think. I'd probably like Banners more.

It's hard to tell how good L-Gaim might be, when the only ones who have seen the show in its entirety are the guys on /m/Subs, the ones who are translating the show, and they can't stop insulting every show they do a release of. (Granted, it is 4Chan. I went back to /m/ for the first time in over a year, and I was ready to cry in about 5 seconds flat, no exaggeration)

Oh well, at least now they're almost done with both Braigar and L-Gaim, and once those are done, hopefully they can focus on Layzner, which has finally passed the 2/3 mark - only 11 more episodes left to go. Once that's fully subbed, all 4 of Ryosuke Takahashi's old school mecha anime will be in English, and I can watch them all at my leisure (Read: marathon them all at break-neck speed).
1060  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix teasing potential TWEWY stuff? (Official countdown inside) on: August 27, 2012, 07:09:48 PM
TWEWY was mostly touch based anyways...I've heard pretty good impressions from those who have played it, too. Really, it looks like they put some real effort into it this time. I may actually get it now that they've reduced the screens to one, and if I play it on an iPad, I can play it with a bigger screen, hopefully making the action less cramped. I should ask if it has the Japanese voice track, though. The english voices weren't bad, but the characters attached to them were, so I'd rather go as long as possible without understanding the actual story again.

Off Topic, but I just read through the RPG Fan review of the DS version of TWEWY. I like the guarded praise it had. The reviewer obviously liked it, but understood that it had quirks that may not work for everybody. Makes me feel a little less crazy, since it seems like everyone else sees it as the best thing since sliced bread with no possible flaws whatsoever.
1061  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2012, 11:19:14 PM
I always heard Banner of the Stars was better than Crest, at least from fans. I kinda stopped reading anime reviews a long time ago. I almost never agree with any of the ones I find (except for that one Gundam X review on Nihon Reviews).
1062  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2012, 12:56:51 PM
Yeah, Muv-Luv looked very promising for a while, but I ended up dropping it. Hoping it ends better than its looking, but I'll live if it doesn't. Just wish there were more good modern Mecha. Guess I'll just have to wait for more Code Geass OVAs and Gundam UC. Just one more month until Gundam Age ends, hoping Gundam Origins starts soon after.
1063  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dust: An Elysian Tale. on: August 24, 2012, 03:12:09 PM
I hear the story isn't very good, but I never expected much in that department in the first place. It looks really good gameplay-wise. I really look forward to playing it. I already bought it, so now it's only a matter of time.
1064  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What PSN Game Should I Buy? on: August 23, 2012, 07:58:31 PM
I decided to post this in General Discussion since there are some non-RPGs I'm choosing from, too.

I just bought a $20 PSN card, plus I can add up to $10 with my credit card. Which game(s) should I buy:

Legasista ($30) - It just came out, but it looks really interesting, and I enjoy a good rogue-like. I also greatly enjoyed Cladun, so I'm confident in the developer. It is the most expensive and risky purchase I could make, though. I can't forget how ZHP looked just as promising, only to get widely panned (at least from what I read of reviews and comments)...

Arcana Hearts 3 ($30) - Another expensive purchase, but I'm guaranteed to like this one. It's a fighting, and a deep one at that, and it's a series I recently got into. That's the problem, though. I still haven't played much of the first game in the series. This is supposed to be much better, I hear, but I feel like I should beat the first game, first, since I paid, like, $20 for it...

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom ($25) - This one looks good, and I've heard good things about it. I've always wanted to try an Otome game, and I'm interested in a good story. With that said, I'm not a very big visual novel fan. Like, at all. Yet, I feel like that's probably what I want right now, seeing as I'm willing to put up with puzzles, rhythm mini-games, and court-room antics in my most recent purchases, just so I can get the story. Perhaps its time I got a game that cuts out the fat?

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls ($15) - I love this style of game, and I've played the demo for longer than any full retail game I own. It is very hard, though, and doesn't have much story to it. Still, it's the cheapest option. I might also be able to add $5 and get another game along with it.

Wild Arms 2 + Breath of Fire IV + Alundra ($18) - This gets me the most value for my money, but I don't know when I'd get to all of them. Plus I was kinda hoping for a newer game...


Whoa, this ended up being a lot longer than I expected. This is gonna be the last PSN purchase I make the rest of the year (unless I can work out a deal to get One Piece: Pirate Warriors, but that won't be until towards the end of the year). I really want to make sure it's a good decision, so any help I could get would be greatly appreciated.
1065  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix teases 13-3? on: August 23, 2012, 05:50:45 PM
My biggest beef with FFXIII's battle system is the lack of options.  There's no depth.  The idea of abstracting control with the paradigm system was interesting but at the end of the day you only had 6 paradigms to choice from so there weren't actually many choices to make.  Every single battle could be won with the same strategy.  And I mean every single battle.  First buff/debuff, then focus on damage with some healing thrown in, and once the enemy is staggered go all with damage.  There, I just described every single battle in the entire friggin game.

Jesus Christ, that's more strategy than I used. I just spammed wide attacks (especially the -agas once I got them) if they're smaller enemies while the rest cleaned them up, or spammed the smaller spells until they were staggered if it was one or two bigger guys and then went all out. Only healed on the boss fights/huge monsters. I don't think I ever buffed once...

How does anyone play this game without becoming bored to tears?

I couldn't, but my brother could, since he absolutely adores repetition in games. He spent the entire KH2 mashing X and called it the most fun gaming experience he's ever had.
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