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1261  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.
1262  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.
1263  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.
1264  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).
1265  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).
1266  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.
1267  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).
1268  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.
1269  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.
1270  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.
1271  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.
1272  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 19, 2012, 10:16:46 PM
So now I've just started up Dragon Warrior III for the GBC, and so far its blowing me away how much better it is than 2. The graphics, details, and tweaks make this game actually refreshing to play.

It's subtle, but I think DW3 was one of the better looking GBC games.

Indeed it is. The animations and little bits here and there make the game look really good. I like how when you find a weapon in a chest, they all look fairly unique (I think, only found a few so far)
1273  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anime Style RPG on: August 19, 2012, 09:45:28 PM
I would suggest trying:


The World Ends With You - Has all of your requirements. It is a weird game that requires a lot of use of the touch controls and takes place in modern day Tokyo.

This. You'll find few other games that fit your requirements as well as this one does.
1274  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 19, 2012, 11:25:27 AM
Has anyone downloaded Dust: An Elysian Tail yet? I didn't even really know what it was until yesterday. After reading a couple reviews I plan on purchasing the game the first chance I get. It looks awesome.

Argh, I knew something good came out this week! I've been waiting for that game since it was first shown off in 2009! Guess I better go get it.

I wonder if they'll ever get around to making the animated film the game was technically supposed to be based on? Not that I expect much from it, but it would be neat to see an indie animated film once in my life (well, one that's not from Japan, since I've seen Voices of a Distant Star).

Anyways, I've been playing Dragon Quest IX all week. This game much better than I remember and certainly better than DW2, though it still has its fair share of annoyances. Anyways, I'm closing in on the 50-hour mark (40 of which are from this week alone) and got all Seven Fyggs. Gonna take a break from it now, since I gotta clear out some quests before I head to the observatory, and I really don't want to do them. Most of the quests I gotta do are awful. Hell, most of the quests in this entire game are awful. =P

So now I've just started up Dragon Warrior III for the GBC, and so far its blowing me away how much better it is than 2. The graphics, details, and tweaks make this game actually refreshing to play.
1275  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: August 16, 2012, 09:43:15 AM
Glacial or not, I still found the beginning of KH2 to be one of the better parts of the game, along with those Gummy Ship battles.

I'm too...scared to play this game. =P I was all ready for it until I found out that it doesn't use a traditional grid-based system (I skimmed over the battle system parts in the reviews since I simply assumed it was standard. Live and learn). Strategy games are notoriously frustrating for me, so the thought of having to learn a completely new gameplay style has me quacking in my boots - it just seems too daunting! I know that sounds weird, since I played and enjoyed and didn't suck too much at Heritage of War, but honestly, I didn't know that was a strategy game until someone pointed it out to me. I just figured it was like FFXII - an RPG with a little more control over your allies. I may end up putting this series off for a long time.

Though, I think Phantom Brave may have a similar style of gameplay. I suppose I could always play that first and see how I handle it. I'm just in that game for the music, so I don't mind if it turns out it sucks.
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