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1321  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 19, 2012, 01:01:14 PM
http://blog.ghostlight.uk.com/post/ghostlight-announce-smt-devil-survivor-games - Looks like Ghostlight is bringing over more SMT games to Europe. This time it's the Devil Survivor games.
1322  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 18, 2012, 03:04:18 PM
I miss Turn A Gundam, but I kinda watched too recently to see it again, and those ugly Mecha designs prevent me from bothering to use them in Super Robot Wars.

Anyways, Gaiking is becoming quite interesting now. They dropped a few bombs in the last 3 episodes (I'm halfway through now). Meanwhile, GaoGaiGar is still incredible, but there have been so many 2-episode arcs that I'm worried they're gonna have to kill off half of the 31 Primevals in the second to last episode. I really hope they just increase the number of enemies they fight at once soon instead.
1323  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 14, 2012, 03:51:36 PM
Just because it was ignored, I figured no one liked it (for the record, I figured no one liked Deep Space Nine, either, especially since the only time I did hear about it was when people made jokes about it). I personally hated it almost as much as the second Saga, but I can't remember why, haven't seen it since I was little. Robotech ended with the Macross Saga in my eyes. Speaking of which, I bought the complete Macross Saga in Wal-mart of all places for 10 bucks. It's still as good as I remember, which is saying a LOT. =)

Now I'm watching GaoGaiGar, with Gaiking on the side. GaoGaiGar continues to impress at every turn, and now they're in space, so it's bound to get even more epic. They just introduced a Space Battleship-class Transformer, for instance. I'm looking forward to watching more. The only downide of this show is that there's been so much to take in the past couple of episodes that I can only watch two episodes at a time.

Gaiking really impressed me when I first started watching it, but that was before I saw a lot of really good Super Robot shows. Now it's kinda boring in comparison, at least the action scenes have so far. It still does a lot of nice things, like having a more fleshed-out world and characters than you usually see in these kinds of shows. These last couple of episodes have put a lot of focus on the side characters, for instance, giving them a chance to shine. You don't see that too often. The badguys also seem generally respectable without being overly likable, such as the Knights who pilot the Giants. The fight scenes in these episodes have been really boring, though. I hope they get better soon. The ones in the first 6 eps I remember being pretty good, but then again, the main character has been established as being vulnerable, and still in a learning period, so that kinda takes away some of the impact. I accidently caught some of a later episode and saw that it gets better, so I guess I should press on.

EDIT: they just killed off the only bad guy in Gaiking that I didn't really like. There's hope for this show yet! Oh, and I finally got the card guessing game at the end of the show wrong, after an 8 episode winning streak.
1324  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 11, 2012, 01:54:06 PM
meh, so its a SRPG?

With fighting game mechanics for combat, yes.
1325  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 11, 2012, 01:29:33 PM
I liked Namco X Capcom and Endless Frontier, so color me excited, especially with the cast already mentioned.

...oh wait, it's on the 3DS? Guess I got some things to look up.
1326  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 07, 2012, 06:02:39 PM
So about the Gamestop preorder artbook. Does that come inside the game case or does it come separately?
It comes separately and its an odd size. Its not the same size as a DVD case but the paper is pretty high quality.

Freakin' nuts man.... That makes me mad.... I asked 101 times if pre-orderring got me any goodies... having already played through the European thus I felt no need to buy the game again unless there were some limited edition bonus.... NEVER was I informed of this  "art book"..... damnit.....

It really isn't that good of an artbook. Certainly not $50 worth. I would've preferred a mini-sountrack or something. I'd give you mine if it weren't for the fact that it goes surprisingly well with the other two artbooks I own.
1327  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 07, 2012, 05:14:47 PM
I never did post this:

Beat Final Fantasy XIII-2 with my bro. They didn't fix everything from Final Fantasy XIII, since they definitely did not fix the story that a lot of people hated. Instead, all they did was create a story so bad, it eclipses any negative feelings you had towards the first game's story. It was confusing, it was poorly presented, poorly constructed, and most importantly, it felt unfinished. It provided for most of the game just questions, no answers, and then towards the ends just throws more answers at you than you can process, while still leaving most of the important questions unanwered. Worst of all, it actually started to become really good in the final third, only to undo all that with its horrible ending, which I would be even more mad about if I hadn't stopped being invested in the story entirely after the second chapter. This really is just a terrible, terrible story.

With that out of the way, though, I'll say that practically every facet of the gameplay was great. I especially like how it rewards you for exploration with so many things, especially by learning more about the story, as well as experiencing some side stories that I personally felt were better than the main story. There wasn't a single moment when I was actually playing the game that I didn't enjoy, though I kinda wish my bro hadn't gotten us a "God" Chichu, since that made things way too easy for us. I'm really looking forward to playing the game through again, this time with more challenge.

Asside from that, the Characters were pretty good. I especially liked the development of Noel. The visuals were as great as always, though there weren't many CG cutscenes. The music was hit or miss, though. Some tracks were good, some were bad, a lot were forgettable. Overall, it's a really good game that's held back from greatness by its story.
1328  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 06, 2012, 11:53:26 PM
Finally got to New Generation in Robotech. My favourite.

I never thought I'd hear those words.

Anyways, I recently finished watching Gurren Lagann again, and it's still just as fun the second time around. This time I saw it with my brother, who loved it too.

Speaking of my bro, he just finished watching School Days with no prior knowledge of the ending. His reaction was absolutely priceless. XD
1329  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 10:52:50 PM
I'm not very literate at all, but I liked FFXIII's story. It was presented well, with a cast of  characters I actually cared about (a first for the entire series) and I felt were well developed, was very focused, and managed to get across its themes and messeges to someone as thick as me without feeling like it's being hammered into my head. Maybe it needed some work on the finer details, but at least on the surface it's very well done. If you really want an example of a godawful story, just take a look at XIII-2. Even I could write a book on how bad that story is. =P
1330  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 06:14:21 PM
XIII 1 and 2 I can see with that, but...Type-0 and Versus XIII both have their own settings that are seperate from XIII's. I don't think Type-0 is even in the same universe.
1331  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 05:43:54 PM
Stylistically the games are too similar to be considered 'different' entries.

As an example, Final Fantasy X was inspired by Southeast Asian locations and mythology. Final Fantasy XII was inspired by European politics and history. Final Fantasy XIII ... well... all the games have very similar roots and thus aren't as diversified. For those who like the direction FFXIII heads in, that's fine. For those of us that don't, it's somewhat stagnant.

But what about Final Fantasy 1-6, 9, 11, and 14? Those have very similar styles and inspirations. I wasn't aware completely different styles was an FF staple. I thought it was just something that those games you mentioned happened to do.

..and that's even assuming you're right about the FNC games all having the same inspiration, which I honestly don't think is the case.
1332  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: So I just played TERA... with screenshots. ***Bandwidth Intensive*** on: April 06, 2012, 03:12:17 PM
Yo, I used the bottom code.
1333  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: phantasy star online 2 on: April 06, 2012, 01:47:36 PM
Honestly, if they didn't expand much on the PSO model it'd be a bit of a ripoff for it to be a P2P game, especially considering the kind of support Sega tends to provide.

...you do have a point there. I was kinda hoping for a game with a big world to explore, but that's not something the first two games even bothered doing. PSO's always been more action than exploration.
1334  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 06, 2012, 01:39:32 PM
Truth be told, I'm kind of waiting for this whole crystalsomethigarather saga to fizzle out. The thing about the FF series is that each iteration is different than the last, and that quality has never been more appealing than it is now.

...but how is this any different? Outside of the basic combat and some repeating environment, and some character cameos, XIII-2 is a very different game from XIII, and Type-0 and Versus XIII have very little to do with eachother and the rest of the Fabula Nova Crystallis. Outside of being under a label, it seems to me like nothing has changed.
1335  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: April 06, 2012, 12:28:43 PM
The environments have some pretty low-res textures to them, actually, and as Robert mentioned, they do a lot of tricks to make the graphics seem better than they are. There are plenty of games on the Wii that look better than Xenoblade Chronicles, IMO, especially games from Nintendo. Yes, the environments are big but the graphics took a hit for it. I do like the art style, though.
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