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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2014, 02:27:27 AM
idk which PS3 games are essential or nice to have at least? Consensus I'm getting around here is that Tales of Graces and Xilia weren't really as well received, Witch and the Hundred Knights didn't review all that well, uh, what's the deal with airline food? how are Uncharted and Infamous?

Some games I recommend:
-3D Game Dot Heroes (before From Software conquered the world with Dark Souls, they made this awesome homage to and parody of 2D Zelda games with really, really silly weapons and the option to build your own hero out of voxels)
-Ni no Kuni (it's a lovely classic JRPG adventure)
-Folklore (gameplay isn't that special, but the atmosphere is great and the story is something you don't see in every JRPG. Reminded me of Shadow Hearts at times)
-Heavy Rain / Beyond: Two Souls (interesting experiments in interactive storytelling at the very least)
-The Guided Fate Paradox (sure, it has angels in maid outfits, but this roguelike is a ton of fun!)
-Atelier-series (I love these games. Doesn't hurt to try atleast one of them. Preferably Totori or Ayesha)
-The Last of Us (great story and characters, but it's totally okay if you don't like the cliche setting)
-LittleBigPlanet (cute and fun platforming action. It's Sony's excellent rebuttal to Nintendo's platform games)

There are also so small but amazing gems to be found on PSN. Journey is a no-brainer, but I'd also recommend Rain and Tokyo Jungle. Or hey, play a modern Wizardry game because, why not?

Xillia and Graces both have their flaws, but they're enjoyable games. You won't love them, but you will like them.

Uncharted and Infamous: wouldn't hurt to play atleast one game from both series. Older installments very cheap and very easy to find anyway. Uncharteds are very polished action adventures and they're so much fun, you'd probably won't notice the flaws (like re-used enemies or repetitive fights) until after finishing it. It's Tomb Raider without boobs and that's not a bad thing. The Infamous games have some great ideas but drop the ball when it comes to the moral choice system and stuff. Still a blast though.

Valkyria Chronicles seems to be the big one, but... again, PSP sequel which I've largely heard was just as good, and I sort of want a PSP anyway, especially since XSeed's taking their sweet time TitSing Steam.

I love my PSP. Lots of its games are available on PSN for Vita, though, so if you're not dead set on owning physical copies it might be best to buy a Vita instead. It's more expensive, but a lovely, versatile piece of hardware.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2014, 02:08:57 AM
Back from a big animecon. Things I learned:

-Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a Doctor Who cosplayer and a douchebag hipster who lost his fedora.

-Some organisations feel the need to hold long meetings about cookies. Innocent little cookies. Because crumbs might fall on the already old and ugly tile floor.

-Gettings another chair or getting the names and organisations of your volunteers and guests right is hard when there are cookie risks to be analysed.

-With the right badge, you could probably get away with murder. (There should be a biscuit badge so nice girls can get away with baking cookies.)

-Asians have trouble telling blonde haired white girls apart. Either that or the whole 'let your hair down and wear a different colour' actually works. Okay, and I switched off 'happy fangirl mode' in favor of 'happy professional gamejournalist mode', so there's that too... Maybe it's a good thing he didn't recognise me.

-Even the super professional employees of World Forum will take a break for some goldfish scooping (with bouncy balls instead of gold fish).

-If I can overcome my insecurities, I will finally be a living clock.

-That arcade game Point Blank is a lot of fun AND I'M GOOD AT IT :D Held a Duck Hunt high score for a while as well. I love shooting fake things with fake guns :D

48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: June 12, 2014, 01:05:18 PM
I don't know if they're trying too hard to be awesome or they simply are awesome.

Lincoln sending out steampunk soldiers to fight Lovecraftian creations Valkyria Chronicles style is... is... I don't know. It's great, I think? Possibly? Probably? My opinion has some trouble taking shape. I'll try again later.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Scrying Pool - What's in store for the future? E3 2014 thread on: June 12, 2014, 07:35:02 AM
If you ever get bored, you can count their pores.
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda for the Wii U on: June 11, 2014, 07:27:52 AM
Some developers do seem to be treating it as a master key to success, yes, but the ones that actually do it right are a minority. Making a game that offers seemingly endless freedom in an engaging way is very difficult. More often than not they just end up with a bunch of missions that are handed to the player one at a time or in small batches. The open world ends up being not much more than a rather boring sanbox the player can play around in between following the bread crumb trails.

Nintendo seems to have a decent idea of what they want an open Zelda world to be like, so I'm curious what they'll make this time.
51  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fantasy Life for 3ds on: June 11, 2014, 02:03:50 AM
It's alive?! I remember previewing this for a now defunct magazine O_O
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 11, 2014, 02:01:13 AM
Thanks Aeolus!

Yeah, those Eldridge vibes were definitely justified then, since that's basically Xenogears, but with less Deus and artificial humans (for now).  TT seems to be packing in as much from his Xeno games as he can and mashing them all together.  That's not a bad thing.

It's a great thing. Really feels like he is finally able to make the kind of games he wants to make.

EDIT: Also, it must be said.  As somewhat childish sounding as "Treehouse" is (Canadians might get why), I thought it was a brilliant addition to E3.  A lot of the skepticism over X's somewhat dated graphics were immediately silenced by the quickly demonstrated gameplay --- which looked sexy.

Yeah, Nintendo handled it brilliantly. It's cool viewers at home can follow the conferences live, but Nintendo went a step further by giving viewers a taste of what the games are actually like. They finally seem to be getting the hang of the whole PR thing again.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: June 10, 2014, 04:14:35 PM

Very conscious word use?
Because I agree with the exact phrasing of that sentence. xD

I'm not going to complain about being able to legally play the game in English, so yes, it's much better than nothing :D

And let's be fair, that game is probably going to look amazing on the PS4. At the very least, Square Enix knows how to make a game look good.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Scrying Pool - What's in store for the future? E3 2014 thread on: June 10, 2014, 03:53:11 PM
I'm sure plenty of people have already grabbed a crochet hook and are currently working on their own 'official' Yoshi. Etsy and Ebay will be flooded by them within a week :D
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on: June 10, 2014, 03:42:59 PM
This would have been a great game for Vita. I love that handheld, why can't Squeenix love it too? D:

Oh well, PS4 is much better than nothing.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zelda for the Wii U on: June 10, 2014, 03:40:11 PM
Guess what my desktop background is right now? Lovely new Zelda scenery :D
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith (now named Xenoblade Chronicles X) on: June 10, 2014, 03:37:15 PM
Hey, if a pidgeon dating sim can hit me with the feels, overlooking a few silly acronyms in my grande JRPG scifi adventure is going to be easy peasy :D
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Scrying Pool - What's in store for the future? E3 2014 thread on: June 10, 2014, 03:15:15 PM
I totally get they want to promote the Destiny's, Halo's and whatever as the best thing since sliced bread, I totally do. Those games cost millions and millions of dollars to make, hundreds of people work on projects that big. I don't doubt those games are going to be impressive one way or another. But you can't promote half of the titles you talk about as the most important thing ever. If anything, it makes those titles seem less important. There's only so much weight the hype locomotive can pull, you know? Add too many wagons and that little engine isn't going to go up that nicely rendered hill. Most big game companies don't seem to get that.

I really want that wool-knit Yoshi... so so so cute!!!

I took some screenshots and am analyzing the yoshi's right now. They're amigurumi made with mostly basic shapes and techniques, so despite not being able to view them from all angles I have a pretty good idea of what the pattern is like. This is so going to be a crochet project ^_^
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Scrying Pool - What's in store for the future? E3 2014 thread on: June 10, 2014, 02:19:49 PM
For me, Nintendo won this E3. Most companies take themselves too serious if you ask me, but Nintendo decided to just have fun with their presentation. Instead of going for the bullshit PR speeches filled with soon to be broken promises, they just show what they want to show and it works. I love how they actually talk about game design here and there and explain why they made certain choices. And most importantly: they make me want to play their games. My most common reaction to E3 press conferences is: nice trailer, I guess?

BTW so much yarn in the background! I want it! I want the pretty colours and knit nice things O_O
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: "X" by Monolith on: June 10, 2014, 01:53:21 PM
It reminds me off all past Xeno-games at the same time. There's the space stuff from Saga, the character designs scream Gears and the big world is of course super Blade-like. Love it.
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