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1516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix's Lineup for E3... 10 games on: May 30, 2009, 02:42:46 AM
I was never any good at Fremch. And "nier" is Dutch for kidney, so naturally that's the first thing I'll think about when hearing that title. Cavia is Dutch for guinea pigs, by the way.
1517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix's Lineup for E3... 10 games on: May 30, 2009, 02:34:12 AM

1518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed E3 lineup announced - Lunar and Yuusha 30 on it on: May 30, 2009, 02:16:15 AM
I love being right! Especially in this case.

Atlus remains number one, but Xseed has secured the second place in my list of favourite game publishers. Nippon ichi fails at being number one and is even starting to fail at being number two or three...

Anyway, Xseed publishing Lunar means that there is a significant chance Rising Star Games will release the game in Europe.
1519  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 29, 2009, 10:39:08 AM
Speaking of badly written villains, don't you hate those "woe is me" speeches? There is no actual character development for 30+ hours and suddenly we have to symphatise with the villain?

Wild Arms XF was nowhere near a piece of literature, but there was one thing that made me appreciate a certain badguy a lot more.
Charlton starts such a speech, but ends it rather suddenly, because he realizes there are better ways to spend your final moments than telling the heroes about your crappy childhood. Instead he decides not to let his final cigarette go to waste. Oh and he punched a zombie for interupting him, that was badass.
1520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: XSeed bringing Fragile to those of U.S. who live in the United States on: May 29, 2009, 02:44:39 AM
Yeah, they publish a lot of crap, but they also gave us Stella Deus, Magna Carta, Wild Arms 4, Steambot Chronicles, Touch Detective, Ar Tonelico... Basically everything that's cheap to license, has already been translated and hasn't been picked up by Koei yet. I doubt there is any real marketing strategy behind that, they're just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. But you know, that's more than some other publishers do. I think Namco Bandai might be afraid of walls or objects that could be throw at walls.

Edit: Rising Star Games is another possibility. They're fairly new, but they pusblished plenty of RPG's for Nintendo systems.
1521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 29, 2009, 02:31:09 AM
Probably my favorite villains where found in Breath of Fire 1-3.

I personally find it very memorable because it dealt with
fighting against a god such as having the option to defeat the protector of the world, Myra of Breath of Fire 3. Basically like a god-vs-man thing
and the fact that the villain's character is built slowly within the game's context.

And then there was the question if you were doing the right thing.
Myra was like an overprotective mother. She had blood on her hands, but she did that to ensure the safety of her children. I felt kinda bad for having to kill her, because she believed she was doing the right thing.

This reminds me.  I haven't seen a villain as good as Fou-Lu since, well, Breath of Fire 4 came out.  What a great game and series.

Good in more than one way. He wasn't even a badguy until he decided the world was better off without humans. That was only in the last hours of the game. For most of the game he just wanted to return to the capital to reclaim the throne and end the war. Then the empire decided to torture his love interest and fire her from a magic cannon in order to kill him and everything within a ten mile radius. Yeah, I can see why he was pissed off.
1522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: XSeed bringing Fragile to those of U.S. who live in the United States on: May 29, 2009, 02:17:34 AM
but I'm slightly disheartened that Namco Bandai isn't bringing it over themselves.

Namco (Bandai )seems really apathic towards their RPG franchises. NB Europe is even worse. I think they brought over Xenosaga 2 and some .hack games, that's it. They don't even bother with the Tales games! If Nintendo and Ubi hadn't picked up Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Phantasia etc, we wouldn't have any Tales at all.

I hope a European publisher steps up as well. Koei picks up just about any RPG, as long as there is an English translation available. Is 505 Gamestreet still around? 505 Gamestreet could work too. I just hope Square Enix doesn't rush in and get all the credit, like they did with Persona 4.
1523  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Villains MIA topic... on: May 28, 2009, 04:11:11 PM
I personally liked not knowing what I was up against in Persona 4. However, when you finally meet the ones behind the screens, they do fail to leave an impression... The role of the Joker was smaller, but his paper bag more memorable than whatever the Persona 3 and 4 villains could come up with.

But what I think we're missing, the most, is sympathetic villains. Probably because its one of the hardest goals to achieve: to make a character sympathetic, while maintaining the drive for the player to want to defeat him

Early in last generation and the generation before that, there were several RPG's that actually made the antagonists playable for short intervals or as an extra.I wonder why we haven't seen that in a while. (Fire Emblem 10 doesn't count)
1524  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Look, I'm being creative! I made Kirby hat! on: May 28, 2009, 01:53:07 AM
It's future wearer probably will. It will either go to a some girl screaming "kawaii!" when seeing it on our table or some big nintendo fan who doesn't mind wearing a pink hat. Because it's Kirby. Kirby is awesome.
1525  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Americans shouldn't cosplay on: May 27, 2009, 01:33:51 PM
While I do believe that this is a guy deliberately looking for Americans fucking up (thus giving some bias), it generally seems that the Japanese spend way more time on their hobbies and outfits...and bodies.

And photoshop.

For some good American cosplayers, check the Atlus website. Last year, they held a cosplay competition as a Halloween event. Most Persona cosplayers are unimpressive, but most of the Odin Sphere cosplays look really good.
1526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So, i just got a snes. on: May 27, 2009, 01:20:52 PM
Should i give Arcana a try? It does look a bit dated, but the battle system sounds interesting.

I vaguely remember that one. It's definitelly something different if you've been playing games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. It's a first person dungeon crawler, so it's certainly not for everyone. The battle system is not what it claims to be, the difficulty is very low and you won't be using magic much.
1527  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Look, I'm being creative! I made Kirby hat! on: May 27, 2009, 03:50:31 AM
I made hats.

He looks a little mangled now, but I assure you he looks fine when keeping someone's head warm.

Oh and I also made these little dino/dragon hat thingies.

1528  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA thinks maple syrup is made of Canadian seal brains or some shit. on: May 27, 2009, 01:25:06 AM
I dunno, but wouldn't it be more effectice to boycot the actual baby sea fur?
1529  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Since we haven't had a pet peeves thread in a long time... on: May 25, 2009, 09:29:04 AM
New pet peeve: webshops that don't keep their website up to date, listing items that are no longer available as in stock. I'm still waiting for that Final Fantasy Legend game I ordered 9 years ago from Futurezone, good thing it was pay upon arrival, heh. Proxis isn't any better, 14 of my 15 orders there were canceled by Proxis, because the items I ordered we no longer available. Again, good thing I didn't have to pay in advance. Last week I ordered Tales of the Abyss from Next-Level. I had to pay in advance. Guess what happened? I'll probably get my money back soon, but this is really annoying. Tales of the Abyss is very hard to find and I thought lady luck was siding with me for once...
1530  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Laptop shopping, yo. on: May 24, 2009, 04:06:01 AM
The only thing I don't like about it is the tiny touchpad, the one on the Wind is larger. Keyboards are almost the same (and they're both pratically fullsized). I prefer the one on the Wind, because of the larger backspace key and the fullsized arrow keys. The NC10 has a larger right shift key.

Other differences:
-NC10 has longer battery life, 6,5 hours versus 5,5 hours, IIRC
-NC10 looks fancier, because of the chrome
-Wind is a better name than NC10, because it's a great set-up for lame Fire Emblem jokes.
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