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1141  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: February 20, 2013, 02:28:35 PM
I just stumbled upon Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 on Play-Asia for a great price this week. For those who have played, is this game worth it ?

I'm thinking of giving it a go but since I still have quite a number of J RPGs to play through and even some I might wanna replay (Okami HD) I'm really on the fence here.

How is the story like? Does it even have one or is it more like Disgaea, where even if it has a story it feels like it's a bunch of jokes thrown in? Also, if the story is not worth it, does the gameplay make up for it ?

I personally loved it... but it is a compile hearts title, albeit one of the better ones... you know what to expect... to briefly go over things a few things...

-Vast improvement over the first in terms of gameplay. Battles are fast and somewhat addicting :) Think, faster paced mugen souls without any MOE kills (if you are familiar)... if you are not familiar with Mugen souls then I can only really describe it as being somewhat similar to the original Xenogears with real time movement around a 3-dimensional plane (you move in real time, then link togeather attacks linked to buttons of your choosing to form combos...)

-Dungeons are short and sweet but horribly recycled and plain.... it never bothered me much because as I said, battles were what I was there for and it wasn't as though my stay was very long....

-You can fully customize the appearance of the "magical girl" type transformation for the protagonist.... if you are in to that sort of thing :) If you want a custom look without spending hours in the editor a quick google search will have you transforming into a Rei Ayaname-plug-suit-wearing-super-heroine in no time!

-The story is a joke riddled straight shot from the door. Nothing to really think too hard about..... no real plot twists.... a great deal of the humor is also based on other titles (for instance the Y's series is referenced like 101 times)..... this is double edged sword for me.... its great that the story isn't something I need to focus on... it made it so I can put the game down and pick it up in between more serious sessions of other games without ever really needing to "shift gears"...... now if I were looking for something epic,  I would be sorely dissapointed here..... this is not a grand emotional journey... this is niche-over-the-top-anime-cheese..... if you are looking to be amused rather than immersed you will be happy... otherwise forget it...

-Visually speaking, this is bright anime fluff. You either like that or you dont..... a subjective matter for certain...

-Soundtrack was not terrible.... but not exactly anything to write home about either... Mugen souls and agarest 2 had waaaaaaaay better soundtracks by far....

-Item creation/crafting exists in this game as well.... it is however a complete afterthought and waste of time... LoL.... seriously one of the worst inclusions of a craft system I have ever seen implemented.... by the time you have the resources to craft anything

To summarize, MK2 is a simplistic game in which the gameplay and visuals are the main "draws"..... the story is as appealing as the humor because that is what it is comprised of (jokes)... everything else is a complete afterthought or let-down.... LoL

All in all, I would said if it is cheap it would make a nice aside to pick up here and there whilst playing through Okami or some other non-rpgs.... that is how I digested it and I liked it A LOT!

But with hyperdimension V on the horizon, I would honestly suggest just skipping out on MK2..... the hyperdimension games are not content heavy so even if they build upon one another in some narrative-respects you really won't be missing out on much.... and based on how improved it appears the balance and gameplay is going to be for V I would say just wait....

In the realm of Compile Hearts and niche titles last year though the BIG WINNER was really Agarest 2... hands down the best I've seen from them period.
1142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" for PS3, 2013 on: February 19, 2013, 04:26:26 PM
I can't believe it!!! They are actually doing something that seems really cool  and exciting.... at least  to me..... then again maybe its just because I've already spent so much time in item worlds, the prospect of grinding in a different environment seems awesome.... whatever the case may be, I am stoked for this development!

1143  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 19, 2013, 04:20:09 PM
The squeal that Mite does when you feed him chocolate is adorable.  I want him to be real so I can hug him and feed him chocolate.

thats how I feel about the purloiner/ pirate kitty class thing.... i got 2 in my party.... named em both after my dead cats....

You will be very happy you did this.

You can say that again! I just did my third tier morph with one of the little guys 2 nights ago... as of last night he finally reached a formidable level and was totally my saving grace in the glitterring grotto..... I sort of went in a wee bit unprepared.... the little guy was invaluable against those turban-wearing-blazzard-casting "dastards!!" (to steal some fire emblem verbage-LoL)
1144  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: February 19, 2013, 03:48:58 PM
Yeah, I think I'm done with this game. Chapter 6, the story is absolute ridiculous nonsense. The dialogue sucks and is full of incredibly awkward jokes that I can only assume are the fault of the translator, and the character interactions are incredibly shallow and meaningless. "ARE YOU SHOCKED BY MY BEAUTY?" "NO BUT YOUR SHIRT IS WRINKLED PLEASE FIX IT". Everyone is an anime trope, and not even a well-done anime trope (TALES OF THE ABYSS WOULD LIKE A WORD WITH YOU, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS). I can't give a shit about the combat because I don't give a crap about any of the fifty million characters the game keeps throwing at me. Pretty cutscenes, though.

I'm having a difficult time with it holding my interest as well, but I was placing the blame on Ni No Kuni-LoL

Oddly enough, I typically eat up cliche anime stuff.... but the "lather rinse repeat" gameplay here is sort of getting to me.... that and I feel very "disconnected" from the mechanics here.... I still don't really grasp a lot of stuff having not ever played a fire emblem.... class advancing, pairing selection et cetera...... I just don't get it (though I imagine as I delve a little deeper it will make more sense or become more thoroughly explained.... I hope). Gotta say though, I love the permadeath! It does force me to pay closer attention and care A LOT more than I would typically... in fact I could easily see me giving up out of boredom if not for classic mode. Additionally I imagine I would be fostering a great deal more enjoyment out of the DLC maps and summoning all these other units to my map if I actually had played other FE's.... I'm grateful none-the-less though... thanks to street pass and these FE historical units my team seems to be trumping the chapter battles without much difficulty or frustration (currently on chapter 8, my avatar is level 21.... group with stahl in battle = untouchable unit!)

In truth, I don't find this to be a bad title by any means.... but I'm certainly not finding it to be as stellar as I expected given the hype.... I still have to reserve judgement until I really see how all this "pairing up" and "having kids" stuff pans out....

.... and yes, cut scenes are ridiculously aesthetic.....
1145  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 19, 2013, 01:20:05 AM
man.... you know you care a wee too much for your games when a doctor says to you "Look, your in deep s**t.... You may need a new kidney in as little as 6 months..." and the very first thing to come to your mind is "oh no.... I'll never finish tales of xilia!!"

NOTE: Depressing as this news may sound, don't anyone get alarmed.... doctors have been telling me I'm gonna die for years.... I still run between 8-12 miles a day, smoke 2-3 packs of cigarettes and feel like a million bucks :)........ but I wish they would stop giving me such grim reports... really bums me out for a moment
1146  The Rest / The Bazaar / Ni No German Edition, going cheap! on: February 19, 2013, 01:07:10 AM
So I got the german wizards edition even though I am currently playing an american standard copy of the game.... in other words, I have an extra german copy of the game.... before I throw it on ebay for retail I thought I would offer it up here to you guys for a wee bit cheaper in case someone who is interested in the game wants a crack at it for less the 60 bucks..... i feel like everyone should play this game! LoL

Sooooo... lets say 40 buck for you guys (shipping included).... game is still sealed so NO ONE CAN COMPLAIN THAT ANYTHING SMELLS LIKE CIGARETTES EXCEPT FOR THE PLASTIC WRAPPER-LoL!!!!

 remember, it is german (even though ps3 is not region locked) so any DLC has to be the german dlc.... payment via paypal puh-lease :)
1147  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 19, 2013, 01:00:24 AM
The squeal that Mite does when you feed him chocolate is adorable.  I want him to be real so I can hug him and feed him chocolate.

thats how I feel about the purloiner/ pirate kitty class thing.... i got 2 in my party.... named em both after my dead cats....
1148  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 18, 2013, 02:56:15 PM
... and yet I remain drug free and never drunk =/
I'm not even interested in trying.

Thats the way to be if you ask me!

Oddly enough, after spending 6 years completely drug addled.... ending on a lovely note of felony charges, health problems and major addiction issues.... I sit here now completely sober... I have been for a little over half a decade now.... in truth, you couldn't pay me enough to put anything mind altering in my body at this point.... I spent a very long time trying to chemically induce happiness when it turns out all I had to do was tattoo and play video games-LoL
1149  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Feelings towards FAQ's and guides on: February 18, 2013, 02:48:11 PM
Faq's you say...??? Hmmmm..... No sir, I don't like em!!....... Until I'm stuck.....
1150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 02:46:27 PM

Also also, the music in FFT alone is worth more than the entire Disgaea series has put out altogether.

Touche' Aeolus!!!.... My vote still goes to Disgaea but yea.... soundtrack in Tactics wins feeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr sure!!!!!!!
1151  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Round 2: Disgaea Hour of Darkness vs. Final Fantasy Tactics on: February 18, 2013, 01:55:52 PM
They're pretty different beasts (despite both being strategy RPGs).  FFT has a good, serious story.  Disgaea is good for completely different reasons.  The story is just silly, but it's genuinely funny and has endearing characters.

In terms of gameplay I honestly prefer Disgaea (and no, not because of the optional mega grinding, I never do that crap and you don't actually have to). Admittedly it's far from a perfect system, but mechanically FFT is a broken mess.  Yes, it pioneered the SRPG genre and is important historically, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a broken mess.  There are so many ways to completely abuse the system and the game has some major difficulty spikes that will punish you if you're not abusing things.

So I guess I'm going to have to disagree with the majority here and say it depends on what kind of mood you're in, but I would honestly lean towards Disgaea.

(Also don't touch FFT unless it's the PSP version because the story is the major appeal of the game and the original translation was abysmal.  Actually I think there's a smartphone/tablet version of the game that also uses the PSP translation, but I haven't played it so I can't comment.)

Don't worry Kev, you my friend are not alone.... while my arguments may be weak, and I can objectively see in many senses where Tactics is the superior title.... my vote still goes for Disgaea.... However, my reasons for this are mainly subjective (Disgaea caters to my personal taste way more...) and as such I haven't got much of a leg to stand on here....

The main appeal of Disgaea over Tactics to me is the vast amount of content and control over your team. It has been ages since I played tactics mind you, but I don't recall having a dire need to create and beef up custom troops in Tactics.... In fact if I recall correctly, I found myself hard pressed to have little reason to even worry about custom troops by the end of the title..... On the other hand story characters felt completely essential to victory, save a few of the custom classes that were just ungodly powerful by virtue of their mechanic or skill. Disgaea is the completely opposite end of the spectrum in this regard..... you can virtually make any class a force to be reckoned with and if you are at all concerned with post game content and optional stuff you'd best do just that.

Now, I'm no grinder by any means.... I like to play a game, enjoy the content and move on for the most part..... I usually could care less about maxing out this or that.... However with the Disgaea titles, becoming super-leveled always had a pay off that proved worth it to me.... first of all, I always found the item worlds to be addictive as all hell (I am certain I logged more hours in the item world of each disgaea title vs what I logged totally with all of tactics).... secondly it wasn't just large impressive numbers I was after.... those large impressive numbers enabled me to take on new maps and see new content....... Those two factors alone kept me on-board for more disgaea well beyond the credits which is something I rarely find myself doing.... usually when I finish a game, I am eager to move on to the next....

Lastly, disgaea pioneered the over-the-top niche anime styled RPG we've all come to know (and hate-Lol).... I just happen to eat this style up.... for as re-hashed and recycled as it has become in the present gen, at the time of disgaea this was a VERY original flavor to savor.
1152  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 17, 2013, 07:13:34 PM

I made Esthers tactic to just provide backup and removed all of Drongo's tricks so all Esther is really doing, when grinding, is to provide health when needed, and Drongo was just doing physical attacks...mp usage wasn't bad at all.


To elaborate.....

I too have found that through careful use of the tactics function you can pretty much evade all the pitfalls of the terrible AI..... additionally I've also managed to keep the game challenging by not grinding post familiar metamorph, and cycling when I morph each familiar (thus I constantly have weaker links in the group which I usually have to keep localized to the character I control).... The problem is one really shouldn't have to be mindful to such a measure in the interest of keeping the gameplay fun and not frustrating.... None the less, 45 hours in and I am still enjoying the hell out of this... flawed or not this is in my top 5 for this generation for sure... I feel comfortable saying that without even having finished it at this point...
1153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 01:17:54 AM
Yipeeee!!!! And its Klyde for the win folks! Case, Manual and game in very good condition for 47 bucks!! (plus 4 shipping) I feel good about that....
1154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 15, 2013, 12:05:45 AM
If you stopped and played Skies of Arcadia, Klyde, you'd be quite pleased. The game was incredibly well done.

Get Legends, btw, as it's got far more content to offer.

ok between taelus and now D as well... i'm totally sold.... that auction is mine!!
1155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Skies of Arcadia Legends vs. Rogue Galaxy on: February 14, 2013, 11:59:02 PM
there is one going off on ebay for roughly 50.... maybe i should jump on it...
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