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661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: September 11, 2013, 02:03:21 PM
I'm the same way, Annubis.  I treat items in RPGs as more precious than my character's lives sometimes...but then I just end up with a bunch of unused items.


Hahaha! THIS ^^!!! I am so guilty of it myself.

Any how, moving on, I've been absent from this thread for fear of accidental spoilage on myself (due to discussion of xilia 2) and because I really wanted to polish this title off to get to kingdom hearts hd mix before Disgaea comes out in october and takes over my life.

Ironically (with Kingdom hearts release yesterday) I happened to finish Xilia last night/early this morning.

I really hate to say it, but this title was SO bitter sweet for me. Weak in all the respects I typically adore tales games and yet while it had its strong points, those strengths were not exploited well enough to grab me in the way Tales typically does.

I really wanted to love this game. Truly I did... but it was just "hollow" feeling to me... Bland... I feel as though for the last 4 weeks or so I quite literally repeated the same dungeon night after night. Worse yet was how the regurgitated field dungeons offer very little reward for obsessive explorers such as myself baring more items to level up shops.

Secondly, I feel after having played Milla's side of things the game should not even give you a choice as to who to pick. You should have to unlock Milla or something... 3/4 of the game is just fine from her perspective but the last leg of it leaves you totally in the dark with the main plot. While I was aware of this and selected Milla anyhow, I was really not prepared for just how much you miss out on in the last stretch of of the narrative. Worse yet was how they handled "catching you up to speed" on said events so to speak. You quite literally wouldn't even know some things occurred if not for skits that all but glaze over major plot points.

While there were some other things I could certainly whine about, it is time to move on to a more positive note. The cast was great IMO. I really loved a great deal of the characters. Of particular appeal to me was Milla herself, Alvin, Agria the Shadowless and Rowen. Though a great deal of the title proved horribly forgettable to me, the memories of those four in particular will linger. This totally surprised me because I usually don't expect much out of the tales cast. Its about the gameplay to me... and I'm not even getting into that. I want to end this on a positive note.

In terms of JRPG's this title is not bad. In terms of Tales... Major fail in my book. Nuf' said.

NOTE: I know I am probably echoing some of what was already expressed in earlier posts but I had to get it out guys... I totally expected this to rival Disgaea for my personal "game of the year". And once again it wasn't bad. But Tales games are typically stellar by my measure while this was maybe a cut above mediocre in my book.
662  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Announced for Steam/PSP on: September 06, 2013, 06:24:05 PM
Use the PSP's lovely audio/video out feature and play on the big screen! That is what I'll be doing... I've edged into damn near every topic about a PSP title on this forum to point out/exploit how freakin' awesome the PSP is for having those capabilities.

I wish I could use the TV out, but I don't have an HDTV and most SDTVs in Europe don't have component inputs, just SCART (which is great, no PSP cable though) and composite (awful). I've got the composite cable for the PSP but it looks incredibly bad, and the text in RPGs is unreadable.

Golly, I had no idea... I've only used it via the component cables on two different HDTV's with zoom on and it looks gorgeous. So much so, I prefer playing PS1 titles on my TV via this method as opposed to using the PS3 with smoothing on when I have the option.

When I plug my PSP into my HDTV it displays in a tiny window with mostly black around it.  It's just displaying at the PSP's resolution (which is well below the TV's) and leaving the rest of the pixels blank.  I never really figured out what to do about that, but it's a really annoying problem.  You have to sit close to the TV to even make out text sometimes...

PSP games look great on the Vita, though.  The screen is so big and bright I find myself not really missing the lack of TV out.

Zoom my friend! Zoom x 2 if your feeling frisky and your TV's got it!! LoL
663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC Announced for Steam/PSP on: September 06, 2013, 05:47:20 PM
I'm torn between which version to choose, I may end up getting both. I don't especially enjoy playing games on handhelds, but I'd like to import my original clear data, and even though I could use someone elses file to import into the PC version, it wouldn't be quite the same. I could buy the PC version of FC, but I'm not one for replaying games in quick succession, seeing as I only finished it for PSP a few months ago. That said, I really want Xseed to release more PC games, so buying them would send the right message.

Use the PSP's lovely audio/video out feature and play on the big screen! That is what I'll be doing... I've edged into damn near every topic about a PSP title on this forum to point out/exploit how freakin' awesome the PSP is for having those capabilities.

And on that note...





FUCK YEAH!!!

My sentiment abut the announcement to a tee good sir. Well put.
664  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: September 01, 2013, 06:57:07 PM
Wow-ee does NA get the short of the stick in that deal or what...? I am going to pick up a Wii-U in the not so distant future. The euro deal would've had me sold. If I buy Windwaker I want the Ganondorf figurine damnit!

Sounds like the limited edition will also be released here! :) http://www.gamestop.com/wii-u/games/the-legend-of-zelda-the-wind-waker-hd-gamestop-exclusive-limited-edition/111455

I have a feeling this will quickly become a highly sought-after collector's item...

What I meant was I want the LE system package (with figurine) that pal regions are getting. The NA system LE only has downloadable windwaker and no figurine.

That said I will probably pick this up despite not having a Wii U or being a big zelda fan because I do foresee regretting not having done so in the future...

The Wii U is just not selling. Nintendo keeps saying that they're going to sell a bunch during the holiday season. I shutter to think what will happen if they don't. I really want to get one for Wind Waker HD, Xenoblade, and the upcoming Xeno game but the entire console might fail before I get around to buying it. Kinda worried.

Man, you're going to be in for a shock when the PS4 and Xbone are going to be floundering for the next year or so. Namely, because it takes a year or so for any new console to develop a library, a couple of killer apps, and an install base large enough to subsist on for the rest of the generation. And given the WiiU's upcoming price drop as well as the titles they've been readying for the holiday season, I think they're probably going to pull through comfortably enough (bonus points for not having much to compete with from Sony or Microsoft this year outside of their console launches).

I don't predict any floundering for the PS4 (at least in North America). I sort of feel like as the releases of the next gen consoles  come to pass the PS4 is going to prove the quintessential holiday console to get if for no other reason than hype alone, pulling its sales leagues ahead of competitors. This will not be due to the fact that educated gamers are bagging themselves the "best" new console (though it may prove to be the case) but more so due to the fact that I think its going to dominate the recreational gaming demographic much more so than any other console. Actually in truth, I predict a very "sony dominated" industry for quite awhile this generation for various reasons. I'm not saying "PS4 is the best" I am simply stating my prediction.
665  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Buh Bye Miyazaki on: September 01, 2013, 02:03:14 PM
http://www.uk-anime.net/newsitem/Hayao_Miyazaki_announces_retirement_from_feature_film_direction.html

^^^
I personally am not a Miyazaki die-hard by any means so I didn't find this to be all that jarring. Plus, I swear this isn't the first time I read he was retiring... maybe I'm losing it... In any event, I figured this was news worth posting.

EDIT: Please don't take my statement as ignorance or Miyazaki "hate". He is like Mario to me.... that is to say, gaming wouldn't be what it is if not for nintendo or mario and I recognize that. I may not love Mario, but I do love gaming and thus I must tip my hat to the plumber (and nintendo). The same applies to Miyazaki for me.

Although I will say this... Howls Moving Castle struck me as pretty freakin' extraordinary if for nothing other than the character of Howl himself. Additionally I've really appreciated a great deal of the older Lupin material I have seen.
666  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 01, 2013, 01:32:58 PM
Well it took almost all summer but I'm finally at the end of my DBZ re-watch. On ep 281 currently. I'll never understand the magic of this show. After my recent viewing I can certainly say it is just plain bad. Objectively speaking I feel like I can't even make a good argument in its defense.

Yet despite all that is wrong with DBZ, I loved every minute! I don't know if it is purely an affinity for the Toriyama flavor that seasoned my youth that kept me so entertained but golly was this an enjoyable re-watch for me.

Also checked out the 2nd Berserk movie recently. More berserk. Better than the first. Terribly satisfying. Nuf' said.... Ok, not enough said. I really want to stress how well I feel they condensed the berserk story in these movies. No dull moments and I didn't catch myself once thinking on content of the manga or series that was omitted or glazed over. The pacing is great and they really managed to puncuate the more integral plot points really well IMO. I know fans have expressed a fair degree of disgust over aspects of the new films vs. the old series and manga but I just don't see it. This is a quality-movie-remake material if ever I have viewed it. In fact, as a long-time berserk fan it surprises me to say that I would actually suggest these to someone interested in the series before the manga or television eps. Can't wait for the third.

667  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Wind Waker U on: August 29, 2013, 02:09:41 PM
http://gematsu.com/2013/08/nintendo-drops-wii-u-price-confirms-zelda-bundle

The WiiU is getting a Zelda Bundle, but more importantly, it's getting a price drop.

Also, fuck you Europe.

Wow-ee does NA get the short of the stick in that deal or what...? I am going to pick up a Wii-U in the not so distant future. The euro deal would've had me sold. If I buy Windwaker I want the Ganondorf figurine damnit!
668  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 25, 2013, 07:04:14 PM
Beat Jude's story last night, level 70ish. Final boss was a pushover.

I've said it before and I will say it again... your ability to utterly devour games astounds me D. We started this, Dragons Crown and Ni No Kuni at roughly the same time (so far as I remember) and you completed each before I even reached midway.

Good job sir!! Congrats.

Oh, and sorry for the Jude bashing a few pages ago. He grew on me.
669  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 21, 2013, 03:07:55 PM
I am such a sucker... They got me for like 20 bucks in dlc costumes last night... I couldn't help myself. Seeing Alvin dressed as Kratos entertained me enough to abandon all reason...
670  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Oh the great Mario... How I can't play you on: August 18, 2013, 04:19:23 PM
So last night I got an urge to play an old Mario title from yesteryear. As a kid, much like everyone else, I played the hell out Mario. After last night, I don't know how I managed it....

I have confirmed that I officially suck, with a capital SUCK, at 2-d platformers. I could not get through the first stages, let alone worlds in Mario 1, 2, or 3-lol

I'm giving super Mario world 2 yoshi's island a try now with better luck. Seems to be a vastly different platform mechanic to me.

The thing is, while not great at them, I can usually manage current gen platformers. This experience really made me realize how much easier and more accessible games have become. Dashed are my hopes of ever seeing the uber-cool water world in Mario 3 again without an unjustifiable degree of frustration... I will stick to the paper Mario's from now on.

Gee golly do I feel defeated... I guess this means nostalgia-playthroughs of mega man and donkey kong country are also a pipe dream (har har har, did u catch the joke???).
671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 17, 2013, 01:38:39 PM
Man, is it just me or did anyone else notice the bold similarity between Ivar here and Calintz from Magna Carta??


672  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 15, 2013, 06:51:31 PM
Alright, Jude is growing on me a bit. Still happy I picked Milla, as I probably will only be giving this one playthrough and don't want to miss her content and can still treat Jude as my main in combat (cause his gameplay rocks!!!)

I think I just didn't/don't like Jude because he reminds me too much of... well ... me when I was younger in some senses.

Character/self analysis aside I must concur with the disdain you guys have for the shop system. It really does seem like unnecessary/uninspiring mechanic that was tacked on without logic. The whole shop system removed would simply streamline equipment management so one could return to gameplay post-haste. I feel like this a compile hearts/IF game mechanic that somehow snuck its way into the tales universe-LoL

My only other complaint is the dungeon design. Too large and open for my taste. I prefer more maze like, tight, and puzzle oriented. But that is really a subjective matter...

In any event, that is really all I can complain about. And in truth, I'm reaching so to speak.... That is, I am thoroughly loving this title (as I expected I would) the deeper I get. I LOVE the cast in this one, the graphics or gorgeous IMO, the skits are highly entertaining and the way they managed to pull off dual protagonists is awesome. I really thought it would be either Milla or Jude (depending on who you picked) that seemed to be the MC but in truth I don't think it matters who you pick in regard to the narrative doing a fine job of expressing both as being just as integral to the plot in different senses. I can't think of any other title that really pulls this dual protag thing off quite like this.... I personally was expecting something more akin to the Star Ocean 2 mechanic.
673  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 03:06:48 PM
Klyde you suck. Jude's awesome. He thinks with his dick and responds with his brain. All men should aspire to be this

The brain works better without penile influence. Maybe I am just bitter because clearly Jude has discovered the labido I lost ages ago. Pen-iz envy aside, he would still need to keep his mouth shut almost entirely for me to tolerate the little over-achieving, do-gooder......

come to the dark side jude... come see klyde... get some tattoos... become tainted.... meet some sleezy chick and get your rocks off and leave milla alone (shes mine!!!)....Muahahahashahaha!!!!
674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Guided Fate Paradox... Give me a chance to play D2 please... on: August 14, 2013, 01:05:43 PM
http://store.nisamerica.com/The-Guided-Fate-Paradox-Limited-Edition

This is not cool. How do they expect anyone to dip their toes in all of Disgaea:D2's post game content with this landing but one short month later!!

Given the next gen releases this fall/winter I can't expect this is game is going to foster much attention. Being a die-hard for NIS LE's I'm pretty excited none-the-less but seriously... with the release schedule for games as it I probably won't get to this until this time next year.
675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: August 14, 2013, 12:58:12 PM


However, I do agree with the fellow who finds Jude intolerable.  I know in JRPG world he's going to be a hero, but I just can't get behind the guy using his wee wee as a dowsing rod to find the underwater stream of justice that will guide his life.

Off to continue the game!

That would be me Mr. Ferret!! *raises hand*

Lets start a club sir :)
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