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1411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: May 19, 2012, 12:42:13 PM

Judging by their output after Castlevania LOS, they're apparently not in a position to release anything.

Do they even make games any more?

lol so true, they certainly seem to be in a abit of abad position these days. And bogged down with internal politics, according to my correspondences with them :/



"correspondence", man you either got seriously trolled by someone with minimum knowledge of how the internet works or got served from the "can-o-replies". Unless you happen to have some serious backing in the form of running a big enough fan website for anyone to take notice or a wildly popular Youtube channel, then no one in their right mind will talk to you, especially about "internal affairs".

Most of the big publishers and developers are moving on these days. They have their researchers and people who talk abut making profit while pointing to colourful pie-charts and using trendy terms like "synergy".
The only way you'll get a company to take a risk these days is through projects like kickstarter.

Oooooooo!!! Can you imagine a kickstarter-funded suikoden project? I bet for like 50 grand you can be one the 108 stars of destiny!! LoL
1412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: May 19, 2012, 12:37:59 PM


I'm selective too and I had trouble getting into this game. I think the problem for me is that I prefer games that have a big sweeping narrative (so JRPGs for the most part, Dragon Age and Mass Effect of the WRPGs, even Assassin's Creed). I don't seem to do so well with sandbox type games where you are let loose in some world and just explore. I watched my husband play Skyrim and had no interest. I tried Amalur for awhile and just got bored - no connection to the story or the character.

You hit the nail on the head for me..... it all really boils down to the fact that I enjoy characters and story that unravel before my eyes as opposed to feeling as though I myself need to "extract" or "create" these elements myself.... aside from being partial to the visuals in most JRPG's..... Or so that is all I could figure at least. I myself did muddle my way through Dragon's Age as well... maybe the aforementioned sheds some light on how or why I managed that one... The long and the short of it though is that IT REALLY FRUSTRATES ME!!! In my mind when I think of Amalur and certain games outside the realm of the JRPG, they seem tempting and I get excited to see em through... until I put them in and start playing them that is.... Its led to alot of titles on my shelf that will never see any play time what-so-ever despite my best intentions...

...In any event I also second your feelings about skyrim.... watched a buddy play for hours.... never felt enticed even once to pick it up myself...
1413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: May 18, 2012, 05:52:15 PM
There is something freakin' wrong with me...... So I put a few in on Amalur in hopes of deciding what my next current gen play-through is gonna be.... and I have to say this game is great. In fact I can't honestly point out anything specific I don't like aside from the very limitted options in the character editor.... Thing is I STILL DON'T LIKE IT!!!

I just can't get into WRPGS... I try, I really do.... I like this title and want to "want to" play it..... but in a few minutes I get horribly bored and my mind drifts to finishing backlogged JRPGS....

As some of you may know, whom have noticed some of my posts in the past, I really don't usually dig anything but JRPGs... But this is a perfect example of the madness that is Klyde.... a perfectly good game.... one I myself can't even complain about... and I just CAN'T for the life of me figure out why I'm turned off by it.... I love the visuals, I enjoy the gameplay, and while I can't say much about the soundtrack that really doesn't prove gamebreaking in any sense.... I don't know what the hell my problem is....

All I know as I'm gonna give Dragons Dogma a go and if that doesn't do it for me I give up on these styled RPG's altogeather...

I guess I've just become far too set in my ways when it comes to what I enjoy in gaming... and it pisses me off....

Sorry to rant for a moment, but this week has been gaming hell for me..... I sampled a ton of non-jrpgs this week only to run into the same problem every time.... games I'm sure I'll love, that I do in fact find very well done.... and I just don't feel that "magic" that keeps me playing.... in fact I don't even find them capable of holding my attention long enough figure out whats going on.....

I suppose I shouldn't be frustrated by the fact that I know what I like but every so often I look at everything else I'm missing out on in the world of gaming by being so selective and think I should dip my toes into some other genres... I should stop doing this I think as it is proving highly distressing for me right now....
1414  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game-opinions no one else agrees with. on: May 16, 2012, 04:25:08 PM
What a great thread!! I've got boatloads of opinions that aren't exactly that of the majority.

I'll start by touching upon what has been mentioned.....

-I too think the Persona series (and all the SMT stuff for that matter...) is highly overrated.... and on that note....
-.... I think nocturne sucked more then most the rest of the SMT stuff.... and lastly on the SMT subject....
-.... I liked P3 way more then P4
- I agree that WRPG's are highly un-creative Tolkien rip-offs.... I will be brazen and say it.... I do think that for the most part they suck and are poor games for the very fact that they are extremely re-hashed fantasy that has yet to have me exclaim even once "wow, haven't seen anything quite like that before...." or even "wow, I've never quite experienced this done so well....." NOTE: I make that statement without any experience with the Mass Effect series
-I also agree Mario has lost touch with whatever magic made him appealing in the past...
-I COMPLETELY agree FF6 deserves a re-make LONG before FF7... in fact I don't even believe FF7 should get a remake.... I've had enough Cloud Strife and Sephiroth for a lifetime.....

Moving on to some of my own opinions....

-I think Devil May Cry may very well be the single most surprising franchise in gaming history to me... that is, it surprises the hell out of me that it has seen any success whatsoever..... I think Dante is a tool, I hated him from the first game on.... I can't honestly believe there was ever, and still continues to be an audience for this stuff.... (maybe Dante contributed to me disdain for Nocturne a bit....)
-Almost equally astonishing to me is the success of most all the FPS titles I've given the time of day.... I say "almost" because, while I just flat out thought Devil May Cry was unoriginal and silly, I take into account how many disgustingly testosterone driven-sweaty mean are also gamers in the west and as such I understand the fan-base exists.... I just don't appreciate it is all...
-I've always felt Lunar deserved 2 less remakes, 2 more sequels, and a hell of alot more acclaim than anything else that was going on at the time of its birth on the Sega CD... and on that note...
-...Working Designs is by far my favorite company  in VG history as far as RPG's go... I always felt they deserved more acclaim than Square as well.....and lastly...
-... the opening theme for Lunar 1 on the Sega CD is still my favorite VG track/theme of all time!
-.... I think Breath of Fire 1 - 4 were phenominal games that deserved just as much praise as the final fnatasy franchise... and here is the kicker... in PARTICULAR Breath of Fire 2 was my favorite!!
-....I think Gust and Compile Hearts makes great games... in fact I think as a whole I've appreciated more of what they have brought to the table than level 5 (since level 5 has been brought up here a few times...)
-.... I really thought Star Ocean til the end of time rocked!
-.... Disgaea set the standard for top quality SRPG for me.... not Final Fantasy Tactics....
-.... I don't feel  AT ALL that the JRPG genre has sucked/been dead in recent years.... I just feel it has been under-appreciated...

I can go on for a long time on this topic.... maybe I'll come back later.... thats all for now thougho
1415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: May 15, 2012, 08:29:10 PM
I decided to give this a whirl.... why? I don't know.... This is NOT the type of game I typically like.... and while I'm not in even ankle deep yet and have no room to make a call as the whether I dig it or not I will say this.... some of these character animations are AWKWARD AS SIN!!! I mean right from the door, as your MC hops up freshly from a pile of rotting corpses she (in my case, I made a female character) looks as though she suffers from some debilitating handicap which greatly impedes her ability to walk upright and coordinated.... maybe I'm just not used to this "style" of visual being that all I really play are JRPG's but man.... I can't imagine ever seeing these monkey-like character models ever appearing "natural" or even "acceptable" for that matter...

I'm downloading the Dragons Dogma demo now, and I'm gonna give that a shot then make a call as to what I care to commit my precious hours to.....
1416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 08, 2012, 11:48:44 PM
Played more FF9.  I love how Disc 2 starts with two guards, I feel like I just came back from intermission at a play, and they're giving a sort-of recap.  Brilliant!! :D

Snagged a Limited Edition of Ys Seven for PSP for $30 at an out-of-the-way EBGames that still has a lot of stuff that's out of stock everywhere else.  Just started it, it's going to be my first real Ys play through [that I didn't just watch my bro play instead].  I love the art book that came with -- thanks XSeed!  Of particular awesomeness is the artwork from the late 80's (?) Y's games... the hair dos are fucking fantastic and "ha!"-worthy.  Oh the eighties...

Dice, I tip my hat to you dear girl, you have fine taste. If I ever met a woman with such a keen sense for gaming aesthetics and style, the likes of which you express here in the forum, I might very well start dating again!-LoL

My Y's collection is proudly displayed on bookshelf in my living room with Y's 7 LE front and center for the very reasons you just appropriately surmised...

Just got back from Australia/New Zealand. Most of the time was spent on Disgaea 3. I'm in chapter 5 right now. It's been so long since I've played a Disgaea game I've completely forgotten this -- when is it time to start reincarnating characters? Should I even bother with this until postgame? I think my characters are about to hit level 50.

I start reincarnating early in the Disgaea games because A) its fun and B) I love unlocking new things and C) I'm a sucker for a nice palette swap on an aesthetic sprite..... However it must be noted that doing so will pretty much begin the undoing of much of the difficulty in the main story.... So that is how I would gauge when its appropriate to begin... that is, when the main story battles get a little to rough for your tastes, reincarnate, then grind, then kick some ass.

I know I'm way behind on this, but I picked up a copy of Arkham Asylum yesterday and have been playing the shit out of it ever since.  I love it.  Unless something goes horribly wrong before it ends, this is gonna end up being one of my favorite games produced in this generation of consoles.

And I hear that the sequel is even better, which blows my mind. :P

I really wanted to give that one a shot.... but I can't freakin' stand super heroes.... any of them... are you a super hero/batman fan at all? I'm waiting for someone who really detests super heroes on a level akin to myself to suggest this one to me.... cause in all honestly I can't think of a single thing in all of western culture I detest more.... except for maybe the NFL.... something about watching large rich men run about on fake grass really irks me....
1417  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: May 08, 2012, 07:43:19 PM
Klyde, you my friend are definitely a masochist, lol ;) this area is driving me freaking crazy!

Only in some respects.... The sandshroud ruins final color puzzle made me want to tear my brain out and spike it off the screen after 90 minutes of getting reset over and over again.....
1418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: May 08, 2012, 02:38:54 PM
I want the newest Atelier.  I'm sure will see it if NISA is as reliable as it is.  I couldn't deal with the timed aspect.  But I do wanna keep an eye on what peeps are saying about it here.  JRPGs are hardly a seller at my location if I wanna do a late pick up.

I spend more time at, and in correspondance with, my local gamestops than I care to admit and thats the same case here.... NO ONE buys new ones and the shelves are filled with "hard to find" previous gen titles... I've picked up PS2 Limited Editions literally years after they have come out around here...
1419  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Visual art thread! on: May 08, 2012, 02:34:21 PM
hmm perhaps i'll put something up. i think this is a good idea, the book thread is long i'd expect some other artists would be on here...

i think if were going to come to you for a tattoo it'd be the main character from persona three with the gun to his head.and the glass flying out.


I would do that quite literally for whatever you could afford just to do it.... I want that in my portfolio in THE WORST WAY.... seriously, if your gonna be in my area (Northeast Pennsylvania) and want it done, lemme know ahead of time so we can have everything set and good to go (as I work by apointment only and tend to stay pretty booked up in advance).
1420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: May 07, 2012, 07:09:18 PM
I've actually been finding all the dungeons to be very enjoyable. I like the fact that its easy to get a little lost in them. It harkens back to some old 16 bit dungeons of yesteryear for me. Ever notice how somewhere along the line the number of diverging pathways common in jrpg dungeons went from like 3 (a dead end, a treasure, and the "right" way) down to two and in a lot of cases one with a brief offshoot here and there to pick up some loot?

Heck, I remember a time when your final save-point before a boss battle was a highly missable thing if you took the wrong path!

 Ok... so maybe my numbers and figures are a bit off but you get the idea..... recent gen and current gen dungeons have been WAY more forgiving then those in the past... I feel like tales touches upon those outdated, and albeit cheap, dungeon-design tactics to a bit.... and I can't say I mind it at all...
1421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 07, 2012, 01:27:55 PM
I bet that people is going to have more fun creating characters even if the actual game is good.
Normally I'd be aghast at people crying for multiplayer, but in this case... it does sort of screem for it design-wise, doesn't it? The pawns aren't even premade characters like, say, Mass Effect, they're all created by you in the character generator. Or one of them is anyway, but one's enough.

Wait....... I'm not very well read on this title yet as I didn't think it was much to be all that excited over.... do you "create/customize" the appearance of more characters aside from just your MC in this game?
1422  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: May 07, 2012, 01:23:55 PM
Bonus stuff aside, is anyone else gonna be taking this one over Dragons Dogma at the end of the month other than me?

Not at all, this is probably my most-anticipated release right now.

VERY COOL!! I really think this a gonna be a stellar entry in the atelier series..... I just wish I had the time to finish rorona and totori first... I really like rorona, thus I know I'll love totori even more....... I'm just HIGHLY excited to get to this when it comes out... and I know if I skip the other two and hop right into this one, the chances of me going back to complete the predecessors is.....well... to be blunt... non-existent....
1423  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 07, 2012, 01:19:07 PM
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Calm down.
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The game never existed out of a couple of trailers and mock-up gameplay vids. Nothing shockingly upsetting really.

I get what you're saying but what I've never understood about the FNC project is that if it supposedly started in 2003 and they barely had some concepts and ideas in 2006, why did they announce 3 titles that year with nothing to show but the logos of each game and some empty promises?

Good, albeit very immoral, marketing ploy to keep folks interested well beyond (what they knew may very well prove to have been) some real turds of some titles that would prove unsatisfying for an already existing fanbase with expectations.....??
1424  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 06, 2012, 06:27:29 PM
Really digging the post-game content of Tales of Graces F.  The skits are funny and I'm still enjoying the overall game.  It's even taking precedence over Xenoblade, which I also am loving.

Also, Tera is loads of fun.

I just finished Xenoblade last month and I gotta say, Tales of Graces F gave it a run for its money as well  in my book!... I mean, I will admit Xeno is the better game in a number of respects... but Tales just oozes everything I personally love about JRPGs... I honestly can't decide which game I enjoyed more but I will definately say, both sported the most addictive combat systems I've experienced in ages..... I just got into the future arc earlier this week as well and am TOTALLY DIGGING IT!! In that respect (post game stuff) Tales of Graces wins hands down for me.....
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Richard being playable again and part of the team is so freakin' cool! He has become a character that I will forever adore... he and hubert are just awesome in my book

Beyond my tales excursions, I had my obligatory "Final Fantasy Friday" and "Suikoden Sunday". I've finally reached the moon in FF4 CC.... really looking forward to getting into the after years... I totally forgot how absolutely everything goes wrong for the cast of FF4.... like seriously, not one plan, effort or strategy the MC's contrive to thwart evil works out for them without someone turning traitor, someone dying, or just getting plain de-railed by misfortune....

In Suikoden news, well.... progress is slow but steady... this is my "108 star" playthrough and it is driving me nuts.... I'm too paranoid I;m gonna miss something and have literally spent all day walking about recruiting or making sure I haven't missed anything that could become missable... its almost ruining my playthrough....but I'm still fighting the good fight, now in flower country, home of my favorite general Milich! Milich is totally one of those characters that I wish I had free time to illustrate.... or better yet, do a tattoo of.... I wish someone wanted a milich tattoo.... that would make my day....

Well I suppose that is all for now in my realm.... doesn't look like I stand a snow-balls chance in hell of catching up on my atelier before meruru comes out this month.... I still have a backlogged wilds arms alter code f to polish off before I get back to the atelier stuff....

so many games..... so little time....
1425  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime Comedies? on: May 06, 2012, 03:44:23 PM
Am I the only one who liked "The Idiot Adventures of Photon Earth"?? I never EVER see that one mentioned anywhere.... Anyhoo, barring whats already been mentioned that is my suggestion... but I will take a moment to second Welcome to NHK..
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