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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 01:42:30 PM
Yeah, it got excellent reviews, but I have a feeling the game sold rather poorly. I see it in bargain bins everywhere and not counting forum posts I've never actually met someone else who's played the game.

I'd love to play a sequel...
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 01:20:12 PM
It's one of those games that doesn't quite succeed as a game but is still a special experience in its own right. One of my colleagues went as far as giving it a 6,5/10 and then submitting it as his dark horse for the yearly top 10 (mine was Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes that year, I think). I can kinda understand why.

And now the game is pretty cheap everywhere, which certainly works in its favour.

On-topic: got a few endings in Ar nosurge (there are five in total, I think?) and consider myself done. I mostly enjoyed myself, though all those events in the synthesis shops were just too much (I think all four of them have like 50 each and it's not unusual to get like 10 in a row)! Battlesystem was barebones but fun. The localisation was a mess, though. Couldn't even decide on what to call some of the characters. Is it 'Cosal' or Korzal'? Ar nosurge doesn't have clue! There are even typos on the worldmap. But what bothered me most was something very Japanese: Nay's buttcrack. The costume is bad enough for a normal character, but Nay is also the Divine Empress and works in a restaurant. That's two jobs that should not involve clothing that has your butt hanging out! Oh, and did I mention she has the body of a 12-year-old? Bad Japan! Bad!
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 12:52:32 PM
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I refuse to pick up the hardware because I couldn't fathom being interested in another RPG for the Wii (havent played a zelda since aLttP and I don't give no fucks about Paper Mario).

Fragile Dreams, maybe? It doesn't play that well, but I thought it had a very moving story. Graphics and music are lovely too, and there are these (fully voiced)  short stories you can find throughout the game. The game is also fairly short (it would be a surprise if you didn't beat it within 15 hours), so it's a perfect title for borrowing/renting.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 24, 2014, 03:09:25 AM
I'm very close to the end now, so here's some impressions:

-Great soundtrack as always, I especially like Origa's yal fii-ne noh-iar;

-Gameplay takes a backseat. Battles are very easy on normal difficulty. There's some timing required, especially while defending, but near the end of the game you'll regenerate more health than most enemies can take off.

-Lots of talking and much of it is kinda awkward, but I there are some moving scenes in there. The relationship between the player and the characters is pretty creative.

-Story is convoluted and the game doesn't hesitate to throw a bunch of made up words at you every other sentence. Atleast they included an encyclopedia you can consult even during dialogue.

-If you haven't played/read a summary of Ciel you'll manage, but if you have the time, I recommend going to the first game first.

-This game is tiny, even compared to the Atelier games! You'll revisit some dungeon areas nearly a dozen times.

-Blasting through random encounters is a blast.

-Your avatar is a big shiny robot. There is no way that is not awesome.

Recommended? Only if you play the Ar games for its characters.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2014, 02:57:19 AM
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And you seem to have lost some perspective.  Have the FF titles really gotten worse over time? Or have other contemporary titles just caught up to them?  Both?

No, I think it's fair to say they've become worse. The first ten or so Final Fantasies had a clear focus, a story they wanted to tell. Those stories may have had their flaws and the gameplay wasn't always as innovative as it could have been, but the games were solid products.

Then Final Fantasy became a Very Big and Important Thing to Square Enix. Sure, it had always been Squaresofts biggest series, but they had plenty of other franchises to be proud of. But things happened (like the financial ouchie The Spirits Within caused), talent left and the number of projects they could take on became more limited. As a result Final Fantasy became the basket they wanted to put nearly all their eggs into. That's a big risk to take, so they wanted to put everything they got into that single franchise, resulting in a big mess of ideas and seemingly endless development times.

Final Fantasy XIII was a game build on some decent ideas, but went through three very different producers while in development (which took over 5 years!). It's kinda noticable.

Now look at Final Fantasy XIII. Humans living in a giant cocoon up in the sky, unaware of what their protectors are planning for them? A ragtag team of heroes being hunted down by the society they were once part of, trying to make a last stand for better or worse? That's pretty cool. But then they couldn't stop adding bullshit, throwing endless amounts of fantasy words at confused players. The sequels by adding time travel, the end of the world, valkyries and what else was going on. Square Enix wanted the games to do everything and be everything, rarely acknowledging their own limits.

Anyway, the faux retro The 4 Heroes of Light was the Final Fantasy game I had the most fun with in the past five years, so perhaps you should take make opinion with a grain of salt.

Anyway II (and actually on-topic), I think I'll be able to take down Ar nosurge's final boss today. Didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first two games (it's too light on gameplay for me), but I'm glad they toned down the fanservice and the music is a awesome as ever. I'm pretty impressed with myself for recognising Origa (she sung two of the hymmns), because I'm not exactly a big music fan and had no idea she lend her skills to the game.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 23, 2014, 11:09:37 AM
No matter how you feel, no matter how dark life may seem, do not do anything drastic! D:

Pro-tip: play Final Fantasy XIII with a friend, have a good laugh and enjoy the endless bombardement of pretty pictures. Battlesystem is pretty cool too, once you get the hang of it.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: September 23, 2014, 09:00:37 AM
There is a lot of text in Ar nosurge as well, so I don't think it will be much of an issue as long as they keep voice acting to a bare minimum. Ciel nosurge might stand a chance if Ar nosurge sells well enough... I think.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 22, 2014, 08:42:18 AM
Now I want to play Mana Khemia again too, but I don't have the time :(

(Favourite character? Roxis, I guess (does that make me sadistic?), but Sulpher ranks pretty high on my favourite mascots list. He's a talking (deadpan snarker) cat that can transform into a weapon! :D)
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Atelier Series on: September 22, 2014, 01:51:23 AM
I've seen some players recommend you play it on Vita. It supposedly eliminates the loading times and slowdown, and the game will play just like a regular PSP game.

Let's see if I can find a (user) review of some sort... Here you go
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 19, 2014, 11:31:11 AM
Or perhaps Cid will be the kid! I mena, they seem to be getting younger with nearly every installment...
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: September 19, 2014, 10:38:59 AM
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But even as a female gamer I have no problem with this.  I agree a game is wonderful when you can relate to a character; but I don't think it always have to be on basis of sex (I actually really related to Luke from Tales of the Abyss if I had to pick).

Me too. I'm all for diversity, but me being able to relate to a character or not has very little to do with their gender or even age. It's more their personality, personal situation, that kind of stuff.

Anyway, that trailer? It's from the first few hours at most, right? Wanna bet half of the dude bro boyband will only be there for the first stretch? They look too similar. Final Fantasy (and JRPGs in general) are all about having a good mix of characters. There will be a young or woman or two, the token kid, the token old man and maybe something furry, because JRPG.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 18, 2014, 04:22:29 AM
Six months is great! The sad part is that it took them so long to get back to that pace :)
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 18, 2014, 02:17:38 AM
Doesn't the current record belong to Tales of Destiny (9 months)? That's sad...

*checks*

Nope, it's Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology - 7 months. That's also sad...
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gained in translation on: September 17, 2014, 02:29:59 AM
Thought of another anime related one. So, like usual, Russia didn't get the message. In this case it was: "Don't dub anime songs!" Unlike usual, it was not a bad thing they didn't listen.

Spice & Wolf ending:
Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHTWdWvT52U
Engrish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo_wVKQMSBc

(Also, I agree with Dice. If they make a stupid outfit a little less stupid, I consider that a good thing.)
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 16, 2014, 04:04:36 PM
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