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1216  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: March 15, 2012, 05:56:34 PM
I miss the good ol' days, where hidden characters where few and far between, you needed to accomplish or meet in game criteria to unlock them and you actually felt very accomplished in doing so..... having extra stuff just hurt my wallet does suck..... while I love NISA... I do concur on this point....

I remember being so excited when I got Blu in my group in Breath of Fire 2..... if that game came out now, everyone would have her for preordering and a month or two down the road you'd be able to pay for a costume change that made Rand look like Bo or some non-sense... all without even having to talk to obscure villager.....

....On that note (though all of this is really quite off subject) a Breath of Fire 2 remake would kick ass..... scratch that, how about just a new breath of fire..... a guy can dream can't he?
1217  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation ds v Sentinels of the Starry Skies ds on: March 14, 2012, 02:37:32 PM
I'm a Dragon Quest newbie myself, about to check V and IX based on the suggestions here.... Pretty excited, as I loved VII if memory serves me... played it ages ago..... anyhoo..... you can get them brand new MUCH cheaper than in stores on Amazon right now if anyone was wondering. They are like 12.90 apiece or something and still 35 in stores new around my neck of the woods.
1218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 14, 2012, 02:33:20 PM
In regards to one point on Klyde's post... I hate the opening.  Production and animation are awful (there's a really awkward frame with when you see Hubert marching, his hands kinda have trouble wrapping around his outfit).
And the song... it's just kinda sad and "phooey" sounding.  I think I miss the higher energy tunes of Karma and Ring a Bell.

Oh no, don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing its good..... I'm just saying I like it... LoL... Hence my little explanation of how for some reason I enjoy that awkward "curl your toes and cringe" sort of stuff in J-Pop, J-rock, and anime... No, I don't expect many others would appreciate it though... In any event they made the spell casting look purty, and that I say from a more objective standpoint.

I also want to add (in regard to the game), I've found the dialogue and voice acting to be a cut above as well.... The kids scenario in the beginning doesn't bother me in the least even... and that is remarkable as I usually loathe children in both movies and my RPGs.... Especially that kid in the re-imagined made-for-tv production of "The Shining".... which totally sucked because I LOVE Steven Weber and that movie was more accurate to the book... but now I'm getting off topic..... Anyhow, when they pull off kids without the cheese, I give it a thumbs up.

1219  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best PS3 exclusive JRPG? on: March 14, 2012, 02:22:31 PM
Oops!! I made a slight boo-boo.... I totally forgot to add Eternal Sonata to the list! I'd place ES over Hyperdimension MK2 by the way..... also I know most other people really couldn't stand it, but I have a buddy who adored Star Ocean Last Hope.....

Lastly I just want to add, if I were you, I'd probably just been farming the PS Store for some classic RPGs to playthrough I may have missed over the ages.... there are so many staples of the genre on there now for those who may have missed out...
1220  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best PS3 exclusive JRPG? on: March 14, 2012, 01:23:53 PM
When I read the thread title I thought the same as most people here: Valkyria Chronicles

Oddly, I didn't care too much.
I was kinda perturbed by the setting to begin with though, the anime influence that trickled it's way to the game annoyed me as well.  Battles were pretty great, though, I do confess.  Unfortunately I didn't beat it when I saw it's trade-in value was high. D:

Glad to see I'm not the only one who didn't care it....

VC actually fell off the backlog list for me awhile ago and into the realm of "I Don't Care to Finish"..... Its not a bad game... its just not my taste... despite the heavy anime influence, which I do love, everything else about it proved sort of lackluster for me.....

My pics for top PS3 RPGs are definately Disgaea 4 (even though its a SRPG), Disgaea 3 (though I liked 4 a heck of alot more), Tales of Graces F (and yes, I say that with confidence after one day with it) and Hyperdimension MK2.... but in all fairness, I have yet to give Resonance of Fate, Ar Tonelico, or Zill Ol' a try, which are all on my "to play" list....

So in short, yea I agree with pretty much everything everyone has said, minus the VC favoritism.
1221  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 14, 2012, 01:15:31 PM
Well, after a few hours I have to sing Tales praise.... I also have to admit, when saying I am really loving this title, that I had HIGH expectations for it.... happy to report they have absolutely been met!!

The characters so far have proven lively enough to foster my interest, though its still too early to tell whether the story will yield any real atatchment to this cast for me or not....usually I typically find (as most do) the Tales casts to be pretty generic.... not saying these guys avoid cliche's I just happen to like em WAY more then some other tales characters in contrast (the adyss cast specifically I couldn't stand). Aesthetically I find them pleasing as well. That is, I feel the characters designs are a cut above prior Tales games. This is all very very good for me as characters and aesthics mean ALOT to me in terms of how much I enjoy a title.... sometimes its a dealbreaker...

Speaking of aesthetics, how do I feel about the title visually? Its stunning, is what I think!!! I can't believe I read some reviews where people whined about the graphics! This anme-esque JRPG heavan for me. Its not supposed to, nor should it, look like Assassins Creed. If you like games graphically styled like the Atelier titles (which I do) then this will be a feast for the eyes for you as well. Lush, bright, and anime drippin-out-the-ears-styled art..... I love it...

Gameplay is where I'm really blown away though.... I've been playing on hard, so I can't speak for how things are on lesser difficulties, and it totally forces you to utilize strategic movement to win battles efficiently.. or in some cases, win them at all..... In past tales games, although I had a ton of fun with them, it seemed alot was accomplished with mindless slashing and artes use... NOT so here!! I'm dodging, blocking, sidestepping and switching targets, or I'm dying. It keeps me engaged big time, and while it was a bit much to wrap my mind around initially in the first hour or two, its all gelled togeather to prove to be my favorite battle mechanic of all the tales games thus far! And that is saying something!!

I'm going to reserve saying much about the story, as I'm not deep enough in to feel I can honestly judge it....

To sum it up, as I initially stated, I am huge Tales fan that came with huge expectations... Thus far, this title has succeeded in meeting or beating my hopes for it. I'm really loving it.

Oh and lastly...... I happen to like the opening theme that seems to have turned so many stomachs.... the english singing sounds awkward to me but pleasant at the same time.... I'm weird though... I love hearing the japanese awkwardly sing in english... both the openning and closing theme to "berserk" come to mind.... along with like a dozen incarnations of "Fly me to the Moon" I have procured over time-LoL
1222  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 13, 2012, 12:18:14 PM
Just got my copy and am about to play it as soon as I get the DLC codes in. So far I'm actually preemptively wincing from the back of the box.

'Bonds of Friendship are Eternal'

Ugh, damn it JRPGs; Sailor Moon and Yu-Gi-Oh filled the love and friendship theme quota for the next three decades when they came out. If I want a story like this I'd play something like...My Little Pony Friendship is Magic the RPG. (Granted I will be anyway when they finish the darn thing...but that's totally beside the point.)

Here's hoping it's not gag-a-riffic in its presentation of that. XP

Edit: Ow, cringe reflex proved true. Just plugged it in and got hit with a crappy English generic pop 'love' song. >.<

Hey now!...... I love Sailor Moon.....

On my way to go pick up my copy of Graces now! I'll be back on this afternoon with first impressions :)

*starts singing on the way out the door* Playing Tales by Moonlight, Handheld Mana by Daylight, never running from a rabite! He is the one called Klyde Chroma, dada-dada
1223  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: GBA and DS guidance needed, absolutely no experience with these handhelds... on: March 12, 2012, 05:51:58 PM
Alrighty folks, so after purchasing the ds lite I couldn't help but wonder what the game would in fact look like on the 3ds..... so I went back to the store to talk my Gamestop buddy who let me fire up a bunch of DS titles on the 3ds..... well I returned my lite and now am the proud owner of one these awesome little pieces of technology! I ADORE THIS THING!!!!!!

So now I've got a 3ds, I picked up Children of Mana, Radiant Historia, Castlevania Dawn of Sorrows, Megaman Zero Collection, Summon Nights, Room 215,  and magical starsign.... and still just blown away with the stuff I do with the handheld alone (making mii's and whatnot....)

So now I could use a few more pointers..... being unfamiliar with handhelds and all.... such as what type of accessories, if any, should I nab (I already got extra stylus and screen protectors).... I was thinking of getting a silicon case or armor or something as well, how durable are these things?....

.....also there seems to be alot of stuff I just don't know about... like cards and things to scan... how does this all work, and what cool features am I still blind to... by that I mean I only plug games in and play em at the moment... well aside from makes mii's that is... lastly are there any apps or downloads you guys suggest?

And keep the game suggestions coming.... I'm compiling a list that seems endless at the moment! AND I'm SUPER EXCITED TO PUT A CHECK AFTER EVERY FREAKIN' ONE I HUNT DOWN!!!! hahahaha

Now the only problem with all of this.... Tales of Graces F comes out tomarrow...... I am gonna have a gaming frenzy on my hands :)

1224  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: March 10, 2012, 04:55:13 PM
Got the game early from Indie game seller who don't know what a "street date" is. :D

I love it so far, and ta-hell with opinions and modern standards, this game's graphics are beautiful in their own right (the motion capture really helps too of course, Abyss, Vesperia and Symphonia had probably some of the most retarded looking cut scenes for that).  Scenery is gorgeous.

Sadly, most of the music, though pleasant enough, is pretty forgettable and blandly melodic.

The battle system... hell, just about everything is pretty unique to the series.  I'm still kind of confused about how Skills work with Artes and with Titles. @_@  I accidently skipped through some of the dialogue on it...

I think this "kids" chapter is lasting a bit long too, I've skipped a few cutscenes here and there for going long and already making their "point".  But I'm sure it'll work out for whatever idea they're going to get at in the end.

Anyways, I'm pretty damn happy. :)
I didn't get the pre-order bonus that came from GS... but those cross-over outfits looked like garbage anyways (didn't suit), and the exclusive theme for PS3??  I got my SotC one and a Journey one coming, I think I'll live without.

I can't express my envy right now..... damnit... but its nice to hear something good about the game! I just got my gameinformer in the mail and the review, while it wasn't horrible, certainly wasn't grand.... then again the review itself, as review, completely sucked in my opinion anyhow thus I wasn't placing much stock in it..... to be honest, I don't even like gameinformer.... I just get it was my GS Platinum membership....
1225  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: GBA and DS guidance needed, absolutely no experience with these handhelds... on: March 10, 2012, 04:52:53 PM
Mondo-thanks for all the great suggestions guys! I think I have drafted up a fair list of titles to start with... I just still can't decide the model to get.... These XL's seem to be the way to go though.... maybe I'll just grab one of them and GBA seperate....



Have you considered a 3DS? It's slightly more expensive than a DSi XL, but you'll be able to play 3DS games as well. It'll save you some money in the long run. The eShop is starting to look pretty decent too.

It doesn't support GBA games, but if you really want to play those, GBA SPs are very cheap nowadays. You should be able to buy one for less than $30.

Actually..... no I didn't..... I was thinking all about screens and being cost effective..... ok throw 3ds into the equation as an option as well..... oppinions?

Honestly, I have a 3DS but I continue to use my DS Lite to play DS games. I don't like how the 3DS emulates the DS; because the resolution of the screen is different, the pixels are blurry and the games just don't look as good as when you play it on an original DS. If you ever played a SNES on an HDTV, you'll probably understand what I want to say, the image isn't as clear as when you play it on an old TV. Of course, you can press both start and select while the game loads to play with the original resolution, but then the screen just get so small that it's hard to see. It's my opinion anyway, maybe you don't care about that kind of thing but I thought I'd let you know! Although the emulation of GBA games on the DS Lite is just perfect, but you have the same kind of problem if you use the GameBoy Player to play them on a Gamecube.
So my advice would be: you should start with a DS Lite, as it plays GBA games well, and you'll be able to enjoy DS games in their original splendor! Hope it helps!

Resolution mis-match issues bother the hell out of me... I can't tell you what I've gone through to get the best visual quality out of my classic games on my television.... I even shelled out the cash to buy a 2nd ps3 because my first didn't have the emotion engine with the smoothing option.... yes you read that right.... a whole 2nd system because my ps1 titles looked a little fuzzy....

thanks man, you totally sealed the deal for me, ds lite here I come!
1226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: GBA and DS guidance needed, absolutely no experience with these handhelds... on: March 10, 2012, 12:30:27 PM
Mondo-thanks for all the great suggestions guys! I think I have drafted up a fair list of titles to start with... I just still can't decide the model to get.... These XL's seem to be the way to go though.... maybe I'll just grab one of them and GBA seperate....



Have you considered a 3DS? It's slightly more expensive than a DSi XL, but you'll be able to play 3DS games as well. It'll save you some money in the long run. The eShop is starting to look pretty decent too.

It doesn't support GBA games, but if you really want to play those, GBA SPs are very cheap nowadays. You should be able to buy one for less than $30.

Actually..... no I didn't..... I was thinking all about screens and being cost effective..... ok throw 3ds into the equation as an option as well..... oppinions?
1227  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: GBA and DS guidance needed, absolutely no experience with these handhelds... on: March 09, 2012, 04:55:09 PM
Mondo-thanks for all the great suggestions guys! I think I have drafted up a fair list of titles to start with... I just still can't decide the model to get.... These XL's seem to be the way to go though.... maybe I'll just grab one of them and GBA seperate.... If I'm not mistaken I can hook the GBA up the gamecube and play on the TV as I do with my PSP.

1228  Media / Single-Player RPGs / GBA and DS guidance needed, absolutely no experience with these handhelds... on: March 08, 2012, 05:33:06 PM
Alrighty folks, so I need some suggestions here.... I never delved into the world of the Game Boy Advance, nor the DS, because I can't do little handheld screens... or at least I couldn't... That all changed last night!!

After I finished up doing a tattoo I felt extremely tuckered out.... didn't want to draw or anything... so I fired up the PSP and for the first time, played NOT connected to a TV..... I LOVED IT!!! Its like a whole different experience..... I've been gaming for 2 decades and never entertained handhelds unless I could hook em up to the TV... could you believe it?

So now onto the matter at hand.....

I am completely dumb when it comes to DS and GBA..... all I know is there are waaaaay to many good RPG's to weed through and I after browsing some lists online, I realized that A) I need guidance and B) Your guys advice is gonna prove better then the piss-poor "best of" lists I get on a google search.....


So here is what I need to know...

A. What model DS should I get? A lite with backward compatability?..... or should I skip the GBA stuff and go right for the DS titles exclusively and get an XL or something.....

B. I like JRPGS.... anyone who has seen my posts knows I have a sort-of specific taste... specific as in I DO NOT LIKE WRPGs...... adore bright-bubbly-anime styled crap, not dungeons and dragons. Also, for those being specific here, I love your action/RPGS and SRPGS just the same as your standard turn based stuff.. The 16-bit and 32-bit era of JRPG's was my hayday.... I'm a child of the "Secret of mana", "earthbound", "final Fantasy vi" time frame, segwaying right into your classic PS RPGs like "Suikoden" and whatnot.

C. Lastly, anyone helping me out by way of suggestion can skip games that have been released on other platforms as my knowledge and experience is adequate to vast on most fronts.... Additionally there is no need to suggest Radiata Historie (I already know I'm grabbing this one) or any Final Fantasy re-release or re-make. Thus it is more or less the exclusive titles I need some guidance with.

Thank you ahead of time, as you guys never let me down when I need direction :)
1229  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: March 06, 2012, 04:49:37 PM
Further in Abyss.

I really didn't like Luke after his new hair cut, but when you flesh it out in the skits (sometimes I got too little patience for some of these) -- he becomes a much better character.  I'll miss him telling men and women alike to bluntly "shut up", I usually giggled when he did that -- cuz he's being such a fucking asshole, it's funny.  But he does turn around nicely.

...Eugh, I hate the model for it though, his head is enormous, and his skit portrait looks kinda crappy. 

Anyone else think that Guy is a better playable lead though??  Or do Luke's skills get any better?

Luke was the only problem I have with Abyss.... I love everything else about it.... though I can't answer your question as I'm not very much further... my playthrough is on hold to finish up a few others right... which brings me to Wild Arms Alter Code F.... today I feel like a loser....

After 3 hours of being stuck on an admittingly simple puzzle, I gave in for fear I might be experiencing some game glitch and checked for the solution online..... I NEVER DO THIS..... why??? because you can't look up one thing without spoiling another..... but ever since I lost my Ar Tonelico data to a glitch I get worried..I lost days of my life to that title when I was stuck only to find out an event would randomly not trigger and you would have to reload earlier save data and re-complete the event to (hopefully) progress... oh and for the record.... I DID spoil something for myself and I AM pissed.... bahhhhh...... I knew I should have just played Hyperdimension MK2 today...
1230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 on: March 05, 2012, 04:57:23 PM
So is it any good?

While I think I'm probably enjoying it a bit more then most based on the responses and reviews I've read, I still say its worth a look. I was playing Atelier Rorona before this and it fell off the radar for the time being, so I'd say its at least proving more engaging then that.... not that Rorona's bad... I love it actually, I'm just really digging MK2 right now.... But in all honestly I'm sort of just doing the Rorona thing to get to Totori.... Hell, I'm backlogged on the whole Atelier universe, who am I kidding......  And I, much like described in the post a few above, will also probably have to drop everything for Graces F...... well everything except my Wild Arms Alter Code F playthrough and my Suikoden 108 star marathon (I never did get to load my data from game to game....)

Bottom line, I feel a "B-" rating is totally on point.... Particularly if your into the over-the-top bubbly anime stuff.
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