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1066  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Most Anticipated 2013 Discussion Thread on: January 17, 2013, 03:40:40 PM
...unless they're from Aksys (who may be run by mad men and women).

Yeah, I've been thinking that for quite a while now. :P

And regarding Ni no Kuni, I'm not gonna lie, I'm not that big of a Level 5 fan, I just like their storytelling in the Dragon Quest and Layton games. I think this at least has a chance to have interesting gameplay. Everything I've read about it and seen about it looks interesting enough to me. The rest I'd actually be less interested in if I thought Ghibli was 100% behind them. I honestly never liked Ghibli movies. They're way too weird and confusing for me...and this is coming from someone who watches a lot of anime. The story sounds more like something I'd expect Level 5 to come up with - at the very least I feel they came up with the basics of the plot, though we'll see whose writing shines through in the actual excecution. Characters, I probably shouldn't comment on. I've only say that I've found the Level 5 characters to be shallow, yet likeable, while Ghibli can make complex characters I never really give a hoot about. I'd even say the art style is at least 5% Level 5, if only because it seems to lack this slight oddness I've noticed in the most recent Ghibli movies. Or maybe I've just finally gotten used to it. Who knows...

Not sure who did the music, I'll look it up in a minute, but what I've heard so far is really amazing. I kinda wish I was getting a sample soundtrack with it.

...The long and short of yet another rant is that I understand everyone's concerns regarding Ni no Kuni. It doesn't have the best developer behind it (though I still think people might be a tad hasty in judging the gameplay), and the rest will likely rely heavily on whether or not you love Ghibli.

Yet, I am undeterred, and have nothing but the highest hopes for it (though I am at least slightly prepared for them to come crashing down should it turn out to be less exceptional than I want it to be, like the DS version kinda was).

It is comforting to know someone else is of the opinion that Ghibli is nothing to write home about...... I have been watching anime for a long time.... long enough to see the quality of Ghibli stuff (can't be denied....) but it simply doesn't appeal to my personal taste.... That said however, it is really the ONLY thing that has me worried about Ni No Kuni. Level 5 certainly has had some blunders in the past, but I feel they have really got their act togeather here. The problem I've had with level 5 games in the past is similar to the classic compile hearts problem.... interest concepts that have not worked well or have become over-complex in execution.... with Ni No Kuni, it looks like they "played it safe" in many respects as far as gameplay is concerned, creating the games "individuality" by evolving classic RPG elements that have simply not kept up with the time.... ok RPG elements that have been all but completely void this generation save hand-held "old school" titles.... or at least that is the impression I got thus far... I suppose we will know this coming tuesday eh?

It should go without saying at this point, Ni-No has me excited....

Otherwise, I'm looking forward to HyperdimensionV, Atelier Ayesha, Tales of Xilia, Disgaea D2, and (when it is announced, because I remain hopeful it will be....) The God of Fate Revolution Paradox.... in fact TGoFRP is probably one of the more exciting looking titles to me....
1067  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 16, 2013, 06:05:37 PM
Now and then, Here and there is another depressing series. The first episode is really misleading though.

I am watching Arakawa under the bridge.The humour pretty stupid but effective.

Now and the here and there was freakin' brilliant.... i will forever by grateful for bytor for turning me on to that one
1068  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Ghost in the Shell anime on: January 16, 2013, 06:03:12 PM
I could never get into Ghost in the Shell... I don't know why... I dug the original film a lot... so much so I immediately bought the rest of the franchise actually... I never could even manage to get through it all and sold it before I finished watching it (sat on my shelf for many moons....)

Does this excite me as much as the new sailor moon?? no..... will I indulge it... certainly :)
1069  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix is making an FF thing on: January 16, 2013, 03:30:14 PM
This actually looks pretty neat to me.... shame its an IOS title..
1070  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 16, 2013, 03:27:45 PM
I dunno, Last Story got a reprint at $30. I'd sooner import each version for collecting's sake than stockpile in case value rockets up.

Still, great news!

Actually... your right, I agree... Unless there is a LE.... in which case it can get reprinted as many times as they want and people will stay pay stupid prices for the LE sealed......
1071  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 16, 2013, 12:35:13 PM
Crud..... spread these things out!!!... thats within something like 20 days of Hyperdimension V!!
1072  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: January 16, 2013, 12:30:39 PM

Wow... I can't freakin' believe it.... not that I was hell bent on playing this one, but none-the-less this news comes as a complete shock.... who would have thunk it.... I mean a spring 2013 release of something people wanted localized like 2 years ago, over half a year post the hardware becoming outdated..... This is totally worth getting, if not just to support such efforts than at least because you know availability is gonna be looooow as can be..... in fact buy 3, keep 1,  sell 2 sealed on e-bay around next christmas and buy yourself a wiiU with the profit-LoL
1073  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 15, 2013, 06:40:12 PM
Zone of the End is boring me a bit....

Are we talking ZoE or ZoE2 ?
If ZoE... yeah the game wasn't hot stuff. It pretty much exists as the prequel the great game that came after.

Zone of the Enders 1 of hd collection.... I apologize if I wasn't clear on that... I seem to have a problem where I feel like I've communicated accurately when in fact I have not...

Zone of the End is boring me a bit.... but I really think that is just in contrast to playing Seiken densetsu right now.... truth be told, this is the most appealing mecha-material I have indulged since Xenosaga and the Evangelion movie/remakes. Good stuff, and I am still on the first game! I can't wait to get to the second as it seems the general consensus is the sequel is far superior.

And then in came Dice luring me back to hyrule! LoL

Twilight Princess

Easily, most stressful part in the game is racing the Wall Masters in the Palace.  I went into it blind, it's really tricky to figure it out that way, some of the enemy surprises aren't too nice either.  Worst part is probably that horrific noise that plays when it gets close.... SHWEEE SHWEEE SHWEEE SHWEE~!!  *SMACK*
1074  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 15, 2013, 03:59:16 PM
Finished the first 12 eps of steins gate.... I am pleasantly surprised.... although extremely far fetched and not well explained (which would not be such a problem if the series didn't take itself so seriously) this is highly appealing due to its pacing and characters. I can't wait to see the next twelve..... though I still withhold saying I'm a huge fan until I see this second half as chaos; head didn't fall apart in my eyes until the last leg of it....

Gave bleach a shot.... I'm not giving up on it, but initial impressions are... well.... no so great.... Ichigo just bothers the piss out of me....

Lastly, something about bleach reminded me I never did finish up all of sailor moon so I got back to that as well....... I'm in a Moon Senshi frenzy at the moment... reading the manga, watching the anime and the live action before I move onto playing the 16 bit RPG Another Story through.... I freakin' love sailor moon..... When I was little I was sure I was gonna grow up to be Tuxedo Mask.... where did I go astray??
1075  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 15, 2013, 03:52:06 PM
I've been watching the live action Sailor Moon show subbed lately... Now THIS is entertaining.... puts power rangers to shame.... I didn't even know this existed until recently and have been meaning to check it out.... GREAT stuff if you dig this sort of thing.... you know what I mean.... the type of cheesiness that is so bad its good... I love it
1076  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 15, 2013, 03:49:12 PM
Last dungeon of Seiken Densetsu 3!! Woo-hoo!! Although I just spent nearly 3 hours farming "???" seeds for my final class change.... highly frustrating business....

Zone of the End is boring me a bit.... but I really think that is just in contrast to playing Seiken densetsu right now.... truth be told, this is the most appealing mecha-material I have indulged since Xenosaga and the Evangelion movie/remakes. Good stuff, and I am still on the first game! I can't wait to get to the second as it seems the general consensus is the sequel is far superior.

Lastly, but CERTAINLY not least I have a true treasure here..... Rewind back to last summer..... I started a thread about all super famicom titles worth hunting down.... You guys pointed me in some great directions... One of which was sailor moon: another story....... I finally got it and gave it a shot as I've really been meaning to indulge/finish all of sailor moon's old material before the new sailor moon this coming summer.... Holy heck do I love this game... 3 walking speeds (fast, really fast, and like freaking warp) with no accessories needed, awesome spritework and best of all it truly is "Another Story".... not just some turn-based romp through the same sailor moon scenario we are oh so familiar with.... I will say though, if you are not familiar with sailor moon (and I do mean really freakin' familiar) this game does very little to guide you into the moon universe... it totally takes for granted that you know A LOT about the series before playing.... in fact, before I continue playing this I watching some of the show and reading more of the manga...

These are good gaming days I tell ya.... I think I should always sprinkle in a bit of 16 bit goodness into my gaming regimen... keeps me happy...
1077  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: January 14, 2013, 11:32:30 AM
id rather have a remake of radiant mythology 3 than innosence or hearts. wich incidently has characters from both those games.

If i were to pick an any Tales offshoot title radiant mythology 3 would be my pick too.... character creation in a tales game really excites me-LoL
1078  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: lol i fail. on: January 14, 2013, 11:30:37 AM
Ahhhh VC.... one of my only backlogs I shall never complete, nor do I care to... I really loved the game but became extremely ill and ended up in the hospital for nearly 7 days while playing that and tactics ogre.... I was never able to play either again because it makes me feel "strange" now.... Good buy though! If it weren't for the circumstances I could imagine myself having poured quite a few hours into it. Most impressive thing sega has published on the PS3 period IMO :)
1079  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 11, 2013, 04:26:36 PM
wow folks..... since my last post but a few days ago about entertaining a shonen title there has been absolute freakin' gold posted by your guys!!! seriously, informative stuff friends... waaaay too much for me to reply to individually....

but the long and the short of it is, whether a few aforementioned titles qualify as shonen or not is irrelevant.... I have ample direction on what to check out, which I can't thank you for enough! oddly enough i have never seen ANY of most of what was discussed despite how long I have been watching anime...

In response to a few things though....

Yes, I have watched soul eater.... that had a part in me entertaining the idea I could enjoy something in this direction...

Thank you for clearing up that shonen means "for boys"... I actually had no idea... I thought it meant "a lot more then 12 or 24 episodes"-LoL

@dice... I too have commitment issues when it comes to anime.... long series scare me... I want to conciously work to amend this...
1080  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 11, 2013, 04:02:50 PM
Well the ridiculous perils of the femme fatale of prismatic hearts was no much for the wondrous strategies employed by commander Chroma! What the hell do I mean by that??? I BEAT HYPERDIMENSION MK2 and for the FIRST time in a compile hearts title I actually got the true end!! Ohhhhhh sweet victory....

The verdict?? Highly addicting freakin' title for no discernable or measurable reason... the game sucked... and I enjoyed every moment of it-LoL.... Vast improvement over the first as far as the gameplay goes, but I must side with the masses when I report the humor just wasn't nearly as "humorous" this time around...

My biggest gripe with MK2 lies within the last few chapters......... if you are at all concerned with doing side missions and colliseum battles, the challenge of the actual story is non-existent... Even in the final chapter, unlockable only if you pursue the true end route, I trumped most the bosses without even needing to heal any member of my party.... The problem is, as far as I can tell, this scenario is completely unavoidable due to the fact that a fair amount of leveling up occurs while pursuing the true end route! If you set up a game mechanic to require a certain performance/level from the player, would it not stand to reason to make that which follows require the same level of performance or greater?.... But what do I know... most jrpgs seem pretty broken by the end to me....

In other news, I re-examined the backlog I am determined to burn through and realized I erroneously omit a key title I have wanted to finish since I was like 10 years old.... Seiken Densetsu 3!! On three seperate occasions I tried to play through the title multiplayer.... multiplayer partner petered out on my each time and I never finished one playthrough.... So with passion and haste, post MK2's credits I resumed my quest to slay the God Beasts! Ironically every time I played this is where (for one reason or another) I lost my couch co-op compadre'... So I resumed my last save file I was playing with a lovely lass but a year or so ago...

I was into playing games.... she was into doing a little bit more then playing games.... things didn't work too swell.... Before the cookie crumbled however we did make it to the mana holyland! Only problem is she didn't take the amazon girl down the healer path, leaving me with a healer-less party.... Luckily there seems to be no shortage of Luc or healing item availability, so maybe this move on her part was unwittingly a good decision...

Lastly I started playing Zone of the Enders HD collection..... too early to report anything other then this soundtrack is absolutely stellar!!!

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