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1411  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 16, 2012, 05:46:07 PM
Never played a Growlanser,  they any good?

If you even remotely enjoy strategy based JRPGs than growlanswer totally qualifies as a "don't think, just get it".... in other words, its a sure fire good time.

In fact across the board, SRPGs JRPGs WRPGs and any other RPG genres you can think of..... growlanser totally ranks as one my favorite franchises....

My most anticipated game of the year. 

Unless you hate rpgs and anime you should like this game.

My most anticipated as well!.... I unfortunately screwed myself and will have to exercise a lil' bit of self-discipline because there is no way I am going to polish off Agarest 2 in two weeks.... and if I put that down for Growlanser there is a good probability I  won't pick it back up regardless of how much I like it for quite awhile.... I know growlanser will swallow my time like no other.....
1412  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 16, 2012, 02:10:05 AM
I never stop by the ol' SMT thread here.... mainly because I'm not a huge fan.... a fan yes.... but more so of specific entries in the series as opposed to the SMT deal as a whole.... but I gotta throw my two cents in here as the matter at hand is EXACTLY the same dilemma I faced when wanting to delve into all the SMT stuff......

Should I go Nocturne or DDS I asked myself? Now I knew I liked JRPGs..... I knew I dug persona 3...... I knew I really like Persona 1..... I knew persona 4 was just too much of the same thing and I need something new..... so what did I do? I bought all the DDS titles, Nocturne and Devil Summoner and sampled em all (well DDS 1 obviously, as that was where to start)....

Now I gotta say anyone with more atypical tastes in JRPGs who does prefer story heavy elements should start with DDS for sure IMO.... I was nearly completely turned off to the whole SMT thing by starting Nocturne first... not that it is a bad title.... but it totally missed the mark of what I had been hoping for..... unique and macabre atmosphere to be certain yes.... but IMO there is waaaay too much "unique" going on with this title for someone looking for the more typical JRPG experience.... even down to the art style, which (obviously) lends to the distinct Nocturne "feel", you are not getting anything you'd expect.... once again this isn't a bad thing necessarily... just not what I was looking for.....

So without becoming longwinded, ultimately I feel Nocturne is great once you know your in for something way out in left field and have already fosterred a love of SMT...... Before said affinity for the franchise is established however, I feel Nocturne could be detrimental to fans even giving other entries (despite how different they may be) a chance. At least that was the case with me..... Thus my vote is start with DDS for certain.
1413  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: July 15, 2012, 11:18:31 PM
And this goes back to a whole discussion about guilty pleasures.  I have them, and am definitely working on just saying, "Yeah, I like what I like.  So what?"  Let the monkeys chatter and shake their heads at my guilty pleasures.  I like what I like.  I may be a punk/metal guy, but I love cheesy Asian pop music too.  And for all I know, a pop star like Carly Rae Jepsen just may be a closet punk/metalhead who prefers aggressive bassists with moshpit scuffs over sanitized "boy" pop stars.  Hey, if Nergal from Behemoth could have a relationship with a Polish pop star and still have "street cred" for fronting one of the most intense blackened death metal bands out right now...

I like when Brian Fair of Shadows Fall said, "Hell yeah, we'd open up for Britney Spears and we'd rock her crowd every night!" 

And I'm not going to lie, the part of Mugen Souls I played at E3 where the game was heavily making fun of bikinis with abnormally high DEF stats spoke to me, because I complain about chain mail bikinis all the time. 

I know just as well as the next guy that at times it is tough to say "I like what I like, deal with it.."..... being a tattoo artist who watches nothing but anime and plays nothing but "creepy" JRPG's in my spare time has landed me on the recieving end of some verbal abuse (to say the least) amongst peers in my field.... but ya know what? It also lands me quite a few clients  who want kick-ass gaming tattoos who tell me flat out they never even considered sporting ink until they met me, saw my arm and realized tattoos weren't all skulls, busty chicks, flowers, butterflies, tribal designs and the occasional portrait. My point......? Well I suppose I don't really have one aside from illustrating the fact that even the strangest of folk with the least typical of interests given their role or "image" have their place.... I'm glad I found my "place" amongst my awesome clientele' because it certainly isn't amongst most artists in my profession- LoL
1414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: possible ogre battle remake? on: July 15, 2012, 11:05:43 PM
About Dragon Force...

http://ages.sega.jp/df/

Sega is only putting the remake of the original game that they did on PS2 for PSN.

Yea... like I'll ever get to see that localized....

Ogre Battle is more of an RTS w/ turn based combat.

RTS with turn based combat eh??? By that same logic couldn't I go the "long way around the mountain" so to speak and identify any classic turn-based title as say "Adventure with turn based combat" or something to that effect?

To be honest they are all RPG's to me.... all the genre prefixes and whatnot are like splitting hairs in my opinion... it took ages for me to even adapt SRPG and JRPG into my vocab.... RTS is, in my mind, an sub-genre of a sub-genre (the SRPG) to me.

Sorry if anyone else sees this as a verbal "fo-pah" of sorts- LoL

Word around the rumor mill though is they were going start a new sub genre in the west... "Real time FPS, with turn based combat" otherwise known as FPSWSRPG (yes thats right folks, the first person shooter strategy western role playing game).... the first game to introduce this groundbreaking mechanic which defies all sense and logic was gonna be "Call of Duty Tactics" but western playtesters felt it took too much time and effort to shoot there neighbors with the new gameplay mechanic and ultimately abandoned the project.... I also heard capcom is going to have some special DLC mode for the next street fighter... FRPG-Mode (Real-time fighter with turn based combat), but development is having problems figuring out how to properly work out the new, never before seen, fighter engine.......... the future is scary,,,,,,
1415  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: possible ogre battle remake? on: July 15, 2012, 05:43:20 PM
lets cut through the SRPG cheese here folks.... I'll take an ogre battle remake, sure.... you would too....

But what we, fantasy-war-fighting fools, want is a Dragonforce HD Collection re-boot on major consoles... now THAT is what a company what do if they wanted to make a buck... I say collection because it would include Dragonforce 1 AND 2, with some cool LE junk  like Junon's helmet as a keychain or something....

yea in a perfect world.......
1416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 14, 2012, 07:53:16 PM
Things moving along quite well in Final Fantasy XII.  I'm ~10 hours in with six party members, I've done a bunch of marks, and I'm about to cross the desert into the tomb of an ancient king.  License Board isn't my favorite thing ever, but the combat is better than I expected and I like the guild framework they use for sidequests (it's totally ubiquitous now, but it still works).  I doubt I'll see this thing through to get every weapon and summon and bounty, but I'll get some decent mileage out of it before the credits roll.

Couldn't manage to hammer out all the optional stuff for that one either.... one of the few FF's I didn't actually.... By the end things became pretty redundant to me.... that, and I just couldn't care enough about the cast in that installment... I did like Ashe though, as cliche' and archetypical as she may have been....

On my Earthbound kick this weekend, look at the cool Jeff figurine I discoverred on e-bay!!


My wallet says.... "useless, do not impulse buy....."..... but my heart and mind yearn for a cool and well put togeather earthbound display for my living room...... damnit....
1417  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 14, 2012, 05:54:30 PM
HOLD THE PHONE FOLKS!!! If I just read through the last page of posts correctly then....

A. I can use my PS3 controller to play steam games?
 
and then in theory....

B. I can (and already have) my television displaying my PC

so thus....

C. I can essentially enjoy the whole thing as a console-like set-up with little difficulty???

This is extremely cool news....

Anyways... as for my current exploits.... I got back to Gen 2 in Agarest 2 on normal difficulty.... hard was waaaaay too hard by the end of Gen 1 for Klyde here..... And on that note, I'm really loving this one..... 8.5 out of 10 for me.... with more cutscenes, and better tutorials it would have been a 9 or 9.5. Reminds me a great deal of Valkyrie Profile gameplay wise, which I was not expecting..... I was also not expecting the writing to be entertaining but the narrative is really well done.... instead of an afterthought to lend purpose to what I am doing, I'm actually hanging on dialogue and plot development. This game provides a wonderful sense of "reward" for my efforts, whilst not being overtly grindtastic..... that is (when you finally understand it) the skill system proves more then sufficient to rework strategies and allocate strengths amidst your party to handle most any encounters....... but let me tell you what, if you mis-manage things too much, rely too heavily on repeat strategies/party set-ups/characters your gonna start getting completely dwarfed. Well enough about that.... in other news....

I finally tore myself away from Agarest for the weekend to catch up on some Earthbound, as typically I try to do on the weekends.... Made it to summers and totally loving it.... I'm so happy I never played this again since child-hood and remember nothing.... Its like a totally new (and welcome) experience for me.... Classic gaming goodness at its best I tell ya.... the puzzle variety in Earthbound never ceases to amaze.... I've yet to really see much recycled and am floored by the ingenious ways they keep you on your cognitive toes in regard to progression in this title....

Speaking of classic gaming, I downloaded Monster World IV off the PSN and am giving that a whirl as well...... I forgot that I liked things other than RPGs at one time.... old school classic platformers kick ass.... Maybe I just haven't played enough to really expose myself to anything I like, but no current gen platformers I have entertained have really tripped my trigger... including current gen "side-scroller" styled stuff.... this is the ticket though... REALLY freakin' cool game....

Lastly this week Dice made me jealous again playing the new FFTR.... Last week she made me jealous with Breath of Fire 3.... Both of these titles are next in line once I polish off my current playthroughs.... I feel like Dice is always playing what I'm dying to get to next.... I don't know how she does it-LoL
1418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: July 13, 2012, 07:22:28 PM
I got the Agarest Limited edition, but it was because Amazon.ca was sold out of the regular edition. I do want to get the Mugen Souls NISA store limited edition because I want the figures though. I'll just repeat the phrase I've used several times after criticism about my likes and dislikes. A real man (or woman I guess) doesn't care what others think about their interests.

Well put friend, well put.... And you can bet I'll be pre-ordering for those cute little figurines too.... I LOVE the little mini's.... I collected every disgaea mini up to 4..... after having already pre-ordered 4 at Gamestop and missing out on the figures, I became a Rosenqueen customer.... between the D4 figurines I missed out on and my freakin' MK2 playing cards I will NEVER pre-order an NIS title from anyone but them ever again.... I don't know why I'm so nuts about getting this pre-order crap, but damn  does the kid in me still scream "I NEED THAT JUNK!!!!"
1419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: July 13, 2012, 05:53:03 PM
The truly sad part about the whole scenario with games like this.... that is, games where the creepiness of a mini-game or LE content causes a bit of a jaw drop amongst fans....... is that is totally takes precedence over anything relevant to the game itself....

I see this now to be true with Agarest 2.... The game is freakin' GREAT.... it might not be everyone's cup of tea, certainly not, but it deserves WAY more attention then it got.... beyond being just a step up from past IF/CH efforts, it stands in and of itself as one of the best and most original things to happen by way of J-SRPGs on consoles in years....  But alas, it will go down in most peoples memory as "the game that came with a blow-up doll" and not "that game with incedible sprites and a valkyrie profile-esque combat system, with a narrative that blows its prior installments out of the water...." despite the fact that the blow up doll and weird pervy-mini-games are a complete afterthought when it comes to the title itself..... the bathhouse mini-games suck by the way and are by no means anything to get worked up over.....

I guess I'm just really surprised still that at present "shock value" even exists to any degree with pop culture and media.... I mean doesn't anyone else just sort of chuckle at the stuff or overlook it entirely? I mean come on, its par for the course people.... anime and j-games are gonna have creepy fan-service attached more often then most of us care to see it and if you want to enjoy some series worth watching or playing, it must be overlooked....

Case and point, then I am done.....I actually talked to one guy the other day who was literally embarased to buy Agarest War 2 because of the whole LE blow up doll thing, despite the fact that he admitted to thinking the game looked good and he did in fact want it.....  Now that to me is shocking and ridiculous.... the fact ANYONE would get so hung up on this stuff as to deny themselves any chance to enjoy the game itself or even give it a chance is what is truly silly to me....

Now when games start coming with dildo's, bullets and anal beads THAT is when you'll hear me say they've crossed the line..... sponges and dolls though? Nope, not really that big of a deal if you ask me.....
1420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: .Hack on: July 11, 2012, 03:02:37 PM
I too am guilty of not seeing this series through.... I indulged the first two way back when and really enjoyed them, but never got back to the series.... It bothers me too as I dropped major coinage to complete the collection and have all 7 of them sitting on my shelf, every so often subtly beckoning me.... Any-hoo from what I did experience I'd have to say I am of the "not bad for its day, but there are certainly better choices to commit my time too" pursuasion now....

However, Aeolus really got me thinking now.... if one were to want to enter the universe of .hack, what we be the best order of operation...? Anime first? Manga? Game 1, then anime? I mean how does the anime work out? Is it prequel narrative for any of the games or a retelling of the games themselves? Depending on the case, does it suffice to watch it then jump into one of the latter titles? If anyone knows I'd love to hear.... or is there just so much media I should google/wiki it and get my ducks in order from there?
1421  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting psyched for Gungnir on: July 11, 2012, 02:51:33 PM
Looks like RPGFan's abandoned the PSP too. :(

At least show Growlanser IV some love, k?

I absolutely plan to, Growlanser is amongst may favorite series period and IV was without a doubt my most anticipated release this year.... but now I've got Agarest War 2 demanding my time.... and BOY is it demanding... loving the heck out er' at the moment.... So in the interest of not degrading either my Growlanser or my Agarest experience, I may have to wait on actually playing Growlanser for a moment.. I've had my pre-order for it paid off since like april or something-LoL
1422  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2012, 01:34:21 AM
I think this is the right place for this, but...

NEW SAILOR MOON ANIME!!!!

I am super stoked about this.... I am big sailor moon fan! From what I gather, the original voice actors of Darien and Serena return to voice the pair once again. Any-hoo..... despite my love of bad magical girl adaptations, I also really enjoy things that are in fact decent... that being said

I just recently caught a few I think are totally worth mentioning....

Tears to Tiara: If you are (as you know I am...) into the sword-sporting anime stuff, this is the ticket right here. Aside from the god-awful accent they gave alot of the main cast, this is just freakin' cool. Nothing particularly out of the norm. A brash and bad-ass main sword wielding hero, a overtly pure and innocent female lead, a "I'm way stronger the everyone else because I am the coolest looking and most mysterious with grey hair" archtype all come togeather to battle the sinister forces of an evil empire and deliver a very satisfying fantasy narrative. The narrative by the way is well done with enough twists and good pacing to keep you going episode to episode and just when you totally expect it to fall incomprehensibly apart at the end... it doesnt!!

Next Up......

Ghost Hound: I love psychological stuff... I love the twisted and macabre tone some series can achieve without become gruesome or relying too much on the a-typical.... One that immediately comes to mind that really pulled that off for me was Serial Experiment Lain. Well now Ghost Hound may just qualify as well... I'm only 6 eps in but man am I loving this one! If your in the mood for something different, sort of creepy and psychological without much down-time this one (so far at least) is right on point. Don't come looking for comic relief here though friends..... None to be found (and thats usually the way I like it...)

and now.....

Now and Then, Here and There: I finished this short short series up a few weeks ago and it is still lingering in my mind. I can't really say this series is akin to anything I've seen. It certainly reminds me a few different titles, but stands unique enough for me to avoid comparisons. I feel as though this one was just quality all around.... I can't imagine anyone NOT liking some aspect of this aside from the fact that it is pretty grim at points and the art isn't exactly worth writing home about. If you have not seen this one and don't harbor an aversion to having some heavy and serious tone to your anime, DO NOT miss this.

and last.....for a reason....

Fate Stay/Night: A few weeks ago I erroneously came on here and mentioned I was always under the false impression that Fate Stay in some respect reminded me a Pokemon so I never gave it a shot..... when in all honesty I never watched any pokemon either so I really don't have a frame of reference.... but that aside...... I was convinced otherwise and picked up the series..... Well I still don't have two legs to stand on when it comes to my opinion here... why? Because I didn't finish it.... Someday I may go back to it, yes..... but not soon.... This totally did not grab me in any way. It wasn't bad.... but it certainly wasn't good IMO... it was a mediocre title that (I hope) improved beyond the first third of show but even if it did, I honestly could care less in light of some of the other titles on deck I want to check out. Now for the ten-million dollar question..... Was it Pokemon'ish? Well... I still don't know....

On deck in the coming weeks I've got Shiki, a nostalgic romp around the isle of Lodoss, the 2nd season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A (of which they are now making a movie apparently), Tower of Druaga (2nd attempt... I didn't really dig what I sampled in the past) and Golden Boy (believe it or not, I never saw it as I usually avoid comedy like the plague)
1423  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Creating characterization through battle on: July 08, 2012, 09:54:34 PM
I really enjoy a subtle mix of the two flavors in question here.... that is, I really don't like it when all characters have equal potential application in battle.... but by the same token I hate it even more when static potential of characters make them almost completely necessary, or at the very least an obviously superior choice to your favorite gambler with a lousy freakin' "slot" speciality (hehe, I ALWAYS had setzer relic-ed out to be atma-equipped personally.... he was just too cool not to.....)..... as such I found FF6's system, while highly flawed, still great because despite the fact that one of my favorite characters had one of the worst job exclusive skills there was, with the right equipment and some quality time spent with a few select espers he kicked ass... PLUS HE STILL HAD HIS LOUSY SKILL AND JOB which kept him totally in character and unique.... In other words he remained a gamble, just a bad ass gambler whose prowess with a sword was 2nd only to Cyans for me..... This is an example of a good system..... IMO

Another great system was sported in suikoden. True Runes, combo attacks and positioning stengths made each character feel unique enough in battle to be themselves and coax me into their use... while even if I really dug a character who logically was a weaker link, typically switching up runes (if possible), keeping their equipment capped, and sometimes including someone whose use allowed me to exploit a killer combo attack made them completely worthwhile. Naturally there were quite a few characters who were lost causes in suikoden... but come on, out of a 108 characters of course your gonna have some that are unbalanced to an unreasonable extent.....

I typically run into the problem of not feeling as though characters are unique when the complexity of customizing things gets so great, any unique character potential is really an afterthought... this happens more so with SRPGs than anything else for me.... For as much as I loved Growlanser HoW this was a prime example of that flaw.... Placing those skill and growth plates made it so, while stat potential may have varied character to character, there was really NO reason you couldn't simply choose from the lot of em and cast em as any roles you saw fit with little to no reason to select them other than whether you liked em or not.

Then again, sometimes I really just dig the straightforward progression of linear skill sets and spells such as with Lunar. Lunar (well at least the original Lunars.....) battles proved tough enough where they never felt redundant or under-demanding of my cognitive faculties despite the fact that no real strategy at all went into character growth. I like this for the reason the OP made the thread.... Jessica will always in my eyes be a odd-ball healer, because no matter what, she is in fact a healer and priestess even though you get the impression she could be wild enough to equip a pair of gauntlets and beat the piss out of kyle for being a jerk. Now if I had the freedom to in fact equip jessica with said gauntlets, boost her attack whilst neglected her given affinity for the healing arts and have a "warrior priestess-type" she would lose alot of what makes her personally so unique and memorable in my eyes.

Great observation by the original OP about how the application of characters in regard to gameplay does, in fact, impact how fleshed out, complete and memorable a character proves to be.
1424  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Playstation 1 RPGs on: July 07, 2012, 10:26:09 PM
Going through all these games, and its pretty amazing how great squarsoft was for both the Snes era through the playstation 1. They where just non stop with classics, and even their less then stellar games, at least where interesting. Not to say that don't still make great games, they sometimes do, but simply dont do it at the same clip as they used to.




..... I'll be brazen and say it.... I haven't seen Square have a hand in anything on a major console that has been "stellar" in a LONG time... in fact, just speaking objectively, I think the only titles I can come up with that seemed redeeming in any sense were Deus Ex Machina (I may have spelled that wrong), XIII-2 and Nier.... I once again I speak from an attempt to be objective... in fact I speak from a perception derived from the majorities opinion there, because I myself haven't even given all of those three enough time to say "yay or nay".... why haven't I... well....... I personally haven't really liked ANYTHING they have put out on major consoles this generation.... The only thing that square has done right in recent history in the west IMO is a freakin' rhythim game.... that is a far cry from the epics that once wowed me in the past...


So you don't have to be bashful as far as I'm concerned... I'm JRPG nut... a tried and true Squaresoft, "The World is Square" fan-boy..... but no one is going to offend me by saying  Square-Enix puts out piss poor, gimmicky titles, having abandoned their best franchises in the interest of Lara Croft or something else equally as mundane to the typical JRPG fan they  themselves cast the mold to create....

I get waaaaay more excited to see the names Atlus, Aksyss, Namco, and even IF, Compile Hearts, NISA or Level-5 attached to a new title and have now for quite awhile.... sad as it is for me to say....
 
1425  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Agarest Wars 2..A thread about the game and NOT the fanservice this time.... on: July 07, 2012, 05:13:00 PM
So I got this game, and it really is a massive improvement. Most of Idea Factory's games make me wonder why they are picked up for release here, but this one could probably get a release on its own merits. One thing that made me laugh though was that after the super serious opening scenes, not offset by the relatively somber pre-menu opening sequence, we get a super happy and cheery opening with dancing right out of nowhere. Then right back to serious. The Agarest games tend to have an extreme amount of mood whiplash, but this is really pushing it. I am enjoying it though.

I love that ridiculous opening! I also enjoy the "whiplash" as you so appropriately put it... Its lovely to have some levity sprinkled in such a dire narrative here and there. I couldn't believe the upgraded quality of these FMV sequences in contrast to the prior titles too, I wish there were move of them then I've bore witness to thus far, but given my restart I'm still not all that far in....

Speaking of.... on normal this game is SO much more enjoyable than hard.... I liked it on hard don't get me wrong... but now I officially love it. I feel very comfortable in saying this game is totally NOT getting the attention it deserves right now.
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